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Commission candidates head second KFHA election forum BY RICHARD YAGER

Early voting for primary now through Aug. 22

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hile no one disputed the importance of other county races, seven candidates for two Miami-Dade County Commission seats on Nov. 2 provided most of the pre-election “buzz” during a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) forum on Aug. 2. Miami-Dade District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto greeted long-established friendships before the forum got underway, later describing his intention to “keep services at high levels without raising new taxes” before a packed house at the Kendall Village Center meeting pavilion. “Continuing liaison with community organizations has always been necessary to reflect the voice of voters and is crucial to acting in behalf of the people,” Souto said. The commissioner, whose service began in the Florida House and Senate from 1984 to 1992 was first elected to the MiamiDade Commission in April 1993, followed by reelections to four consecutive terms from 1994 to 2010. Miriam “Mimi” Planas, seeking to oust the incumbent Souto from his seat, attacked “entrenched commission seats in a fight to establish term limits so that our communities can look forward to a new generation of leadership.” Their initial remarks led the second of three KFHA forums, including a third set for Sept. 13 for runoff candidates who survive the Aug. 24 primary balloting. The nearly three-hour session heard from five of seven candidates seeking Katy Sorenson’s District 8 commission seat, including Eugene Flinn, Albert HarumAlavarez, Obdulio Piedra, Lynda Bell and Daniel Marmorstein. Annette Taddeo and Jason Culler did not attend.

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Miami-Dade Commission candidate Lynda Bell (standing) addresses KFHA forum as (l-r) Eugene Flinn, Obduilo Piedra, Albert Harum-Alvarez and Daniel Marmorstein await their turns.

Proposed county budget draws criticism at meeting BY RICHARD YAGER

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ore than 60 West Kendall residents peppered county staffers with criticisms of Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s proposed 2010-11 MiamiDade County budget during an Aug. 4 meeting, vowing to carry a protest to commissioners during two September public hearings. The cost of raising $7.3 billion to maintain current services for Miami-

Dade County at the expense of a 13.4 percent increase in property tax rolls was the primary objections voiced during the meeting at West Kendall Regional Library in the Hammocks. It was one of six conducted countywide Aug. 3-4. The proposal would hold property tax revenues flat by adopting essentially a so-called “rollback” rate that would end a protective “cap” on tax ––––––––––––––––––––– See

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he Miami-Dade County Elections Department is welcoming voters to the polls for the primary election with early voting now through Sunday, Aug. 22. For 14 days, including weekends, registered voters may cast their ballot at the location most convenient for them. Hours are flexible too, with sites opening as early as 7 a.m. and closing as late as 7 p.m. Before going to the polls, voters are encouraged to be “Election Ready.” Miami-Dade voters have been sent sample ballots to ensure that everyone has the chance to review it before going to the polls. It also is available on <www.miamidade.gov/elections> under “Sample Ballots” or by calling 3-1-1. It is printed in English, Spanish and Creole and prepares voters for what to expect on the ballot including candidate races and issues, how to properly vote, the early voting schedule and absentee ballot information. “By reviewing the sample ballot, voters know what to expect and will receive important information that’s needed in advance of voting,” said supervisor of elections Lester Sola. “The sample ballot also promotes the three ways to vote — early voting, absentee voting and reminds voters to go to their assigned precinct on Election Day.” Voters are reminded that whether voting at early voting or on Election Day, they

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Lingering traces of Dieldrin pesticide in private wells have resulted in new water main installations for 34 homes in the Falls area while reports of similar contamination in Continental Park are under study by the Miami-Dade County Health Department. A $700,000 expansion of county mains began on July 29 to serve an area between SW 132nd and SW 136th streets, largely to homes fronting on 99th Place and 99th Court. Connection to county water also will be available to eight other homes in the same area. Meanwhile, reports to public health offiEight-inch pipes ready to bring county water to Falls area. cials of potential –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dieldrin contamination have been made for 15 homes with pri- reported recently by DERM with traces of vate wells located between SW 79th and arsenic in private wells, two of which are SW 82nd avenues (just east of Galloway planning to connect to county mains. Southwest farmlands typically retain traces Road). As of the end of July, testing had not of arsenic from agricultural pesticides, been completed on the Continental Park Espinosa noted. Just over a year ago, a neighborhood area homes to determine the extent of toxiwith more than 80 homes off Sunset Drive city in that area. According to Carlos Espinosa, director just east of the Palmetto Expressway was of the Department of Environmental connected to new county mains due to Resources Managament (DERM), a unacceptable traces of arsenic in nearly planned inventory throughout the county half of the area’s private wells. The $2.9 will determine the extent and locations of million project was approved for county areas where private wells may have con- funding by District 7 Commissioner Carlos Gimenez. tamination problems. Homes in the Falls area were represented Dieldrin, a chlorinated hydrocarbon, originally was produced in 1948 and used by retiring District 8 Commissioner Katy extensively from the 1950s through the Sorenson who met with homeowners and ’70s. It has been banned since 1987 due to department officials to resolve installation extreme toxicity to animals and humans, costs. Homes will be connected to eight-inch far above the insects it was designed to control. Now linked to health problems mains without cost to installed meters, such as Parkinson’s and breast cancer, it according to Jennifer L. Messerner, repalso is a potential danger to immune, repro- resenting the Miami-Dade Water and ductive, and nervous systems as well as Sewer Department. The project is expected to take about three months to affecting pregnancies. Three homes in the Pinecrest area were complete, she noted.

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Prior to their appearance, Planas sharply criticized approval of the county’s $400million-plus participation in the new Marlins baseball stadium “as too much wasteful spending during an economic crisis,” adding “this commission treats a million dollars like a $10 bill.” She will direct her attention to “helping small business survive” as her first priority. Saying he had “no problem with term limitations,” Souto defended the stadium expense, noting the project is creating up to 5,000 new jobs while bringing new expertise of specialists as well as workers to help the economy. Use of tourist bed tax revenues instead of county property taxes justified building a new facility to replace a “dilapidated and outdated Orange Bowl,” he stated. The stadium issue was quickly picked up by District 10 candidates when Marmorstein said its approval was “nothing more than commissioners once again padding the pockets of their cronies.” He likened that decision to “one just as bad when the legislature backed offshore oil drilling.” Harum-Alvarez said, “the poor Stadium decision” has resulted in the “distrust people have with government today,” underscoring that “no matter what may precede the votes, they always wind up in favor of developer projects, something Katy Sorenson was often the lone ‘no’ vote in 12-1 decisions to protect the Urban Development Boundary.” “While not legal to stop stadium construction, it shows a misdirection of county government which would have been better off expanding Miami Beach Convention Hall to attract more business,” Piedra declared. Former Homestead Mayor Lynda Bell said projects like the stadium could “benefit from the same efforts I initiated in

Homestead by establishing informative links with builders and developers so they were aware of citizen concerns.” Palmetto Bay Mayor Flinn said any expenditures “need review in the light of what can be done in Tallahassee” where he had personally lobbied in behalf of his village’s interests, adding the fight should now turn to recovering $80 million “lost when the state changed apportioning funds,” severely cutting back MiamiDade’s revenue sharing. All five indicated they would not oppose term limits for commissioners although Flinn emphasized, “you can’t turn the clock back to 1991 thinking” and calling for “a three-year review of budgeting processes,” if elected. In a less provoking exchange among Miami-Dade School Board District 7 candidates, the group united to pledge “support of children” before any other constituency, each with different philosophical approaches. “Students, like myself, must come first,” said Juliana Velez. who wants to replace Ana Rivas-Logan, now running for the legislature, while Libby Perez emphasized the need to “provide more respect for teachers.” “I’m just a new father and not an ‘insider’ to politics,” said Carlos Curbelo, who wants to give teachers the same on-the-job benefits all other government employees receive. The sentiments were echoed by Nathasha Alvarez and Eddie Barea. Five candidates for School Board District 6 failed to show at the session. Community Council 11 chair Patricia “Shannen” Davis, opposed for a second term by John Arrien, reminded voters that zoning decisions “made every month in this same hall were the real grassroots protection of their property rights.” Council 12’s chair Elliott Zack, unopposed in November, was present but did not speak.

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rate increases in place since 1996. “Retired people who have owned their homes for years will be hardest hit,” declared Hernan Santisteban, urging the audience to protest ending a l4-year cap promised by the Save Our Homes legislation that limited annual increases to 3 percent. “Only the commissioners can save older retired people from an unwarranted tax increase,” he charged, addressing the audience in Spanish interpreted in English by Barbara Galvez of the county’s Strategic Business Management staff. “You’re only creating a smokescreen by providing figures that mask the real story,” added Moraima Morales, member of Concerned Citizens of West MiamiDade, who said ending the cap would create a near 15 percent increase on a homestead-exempted property. Among other objections included was the failure of Mayor Alvarez and staff executives to dispense with luxury

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automobiles and monthly car expense payments. Budget planners “had run out of alternatives” after cutbacks averaging $200 million per year during the past four years, stated Brian Taylor, a county budget manager. Defending the proposal were a stack of 20-page documents and CD-roms of the three-volume budget that already had “cut 1,900 county staff positions, including 900 who are leaving county employment entirely,” Galvez said. “Talk to the police, fire and employee unions,” Taylor added. “Only further reduction of pay scales and benefits can offset revenues from property taxes, and that’s after a 5 percent across-the-board reduction already in place for fiscal 2010-11.” Final budget hearings for the MiamiDade Commission will take place Sept. 13 and 23, beginning at 5 p.m., in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St.

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Who’s getting cut? and where? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Lots of folks wonder what jobs are being lost and what services will be eliminated if Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s proposed budget gets approval. Major position and service cuts from operations, still subject to revision or reversal by County Commissioners during September hearings include: • Firee Rescue:: eliminate $5.5 million to replace front line vehicles, ten fulltime and two part-time administrators ($957,000 salaries); two civilian and six vacant review posts at $1.042 million and a Wellness Center subsidy of $782,000. • Police:: Postponing $6 million in vehicle replacements; reduce overtime pay in four special service areas at $6 million; eliminate the Police Services Bureau, a $1.1 million saving; dismantle the Community and Intergovernmental Affairs Bureau while re-deploying 30 sworn positions to save $1.5 million — eliminating Drug Abuse education and Police Athletic League activities. Also eliminated: a 13-member Career Criminal Analytical Section by “redeploying” its staff at a saving of $1.3 million. • Transitt reduces 20 administrative and operational support positions to save $1.5 million and delays purchases totaling $5.1 million.

• Publicc Workss wipes out 10 administrative posts to save $841,000 and various contracted work projects and staff, including a “stump grinding” crew for $700,000. • Parkss & Recreationn eliminates 54 full-time jobs in maintenance, mowing, neighborhood custody and repair of capital projects at $3.7 million. • Publicc Librr aryy eliminates 14 fulltime positions, defers maintenance to save $1.51 million; eliminates Sunday operations and limits a six-day schedule to main and regional libraries, saving $12.6 million represented by 68 full-time and 223 part-time positions. • O t h e r cuts: $3.5 million in Community Action Agency services; $4.6 million in Human Services effecting street crime and the homeless; $21.7 million eliminating 193 positions in the Water & Sewer Department; 25 in Elections staffing to cut $1.6 million and elimination of 237 various Internal Support posts, totaling $22.7 million. All of which adds up to just under $90 million, according to handouts from Strategic Business Management headquartered in the Steven P. Clark Government Center. Plus, we’re reminded, a five percent across-the-board salary cut through July 1, 2011, for all county employees to further cut back on labor costs. Now if you guys in the tailored suits would just get rid of those fancy cars.... Withh sixx seatss coming open on East and West Community Councils, the only contest for August 24 balloting is the “At Large” seat on Council 11 held by Patricia ‘Shannen’ Davis, incumbent

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chairwoman, challenged by John P. Arrien. Already elected without opposition are Council 11’s Michael Diaz and Beatriz Suarez, as well as Peggy Brodeur, Alberto Santana and Chair Elliott Zack, all unopposed for seats on Council 12. ‘Shannen’ Daviss raised her own chuckle at the KFHA forum August 2, waving a strictly home-made 8.5x11” sheet of paper (printed two sides) as her “brochure,” proudly distributed admid the glitter of the slick stuff of county and state office-seekers. Creative prize, had to go to Commission candidate Obdulio Piedra’s die-cut piece, attached to a wooden handle to make a handy fan! Southwestt 157thh Avenue was officially opened to traffic at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 2, completing a four-lane stretch in West Kendall from The Hammocks south to SW 136th Street at the west end of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. Delay from an announced mid-July opening due to heavier wiring needed for street light installations. Stop signs at

the two intersections with SW 136 Street ought to be replaced by flashing red traffic signals, if not timed stopping, to further prevent potential nighttime accidents. Thosee happy musical notes emanating from Dice House in Continental Park last Sunday night was a “Song Swap” program of The Folk Club of South Florida when members sing or play songs, activities that go on monthly under direction of Barry and Ronnie White. Thoughtt off thee Day:

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Candidates now for sale to corporate sponsors R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY In January, the United States Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that corporations have the same standing and privileges as individual citizens. Therefore, they can spend, as can individuals, as much money as they wish on national election campaigns. The court literally unleashed billions of dollars that can be spent marketing candidates for the Presidency, the Senate and House of Representatives. Naturally, the money will be spent to finance candidates who support the best interests of the sponsoring corporations. Melanie Sloan, director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said we no longer will have a Senator from state “X.” Rather, we will have the Senator from Walmart or the Senator from the Bank of America. Corporations have almost unlimited assets to support a candidate and guarantee

that it would be impossible for an opposing candidate to amass sufficient contributions to fight a major corporate-sponsored contender. Fortune 500 companies alone have reserves of $13 trillion and profits last year, of over $605 billion. If a few corporations got together they could virtually buy all the key public offices in Washington. Just look at what Jeff Greene and Rick Scott have been able to accomplish in their bids for a U.S. Senate seat and the governor’s office in Tallahassee, respectively, just spending their personal wealth. Think what a candidate could do with unlimited corporate backing. No one could beat them. Corporations will own Washington, right out in the open. Democrats, scared to death of the potential takeover of Washington by major corporate interests, introduced the so-called Disclosure Act. It would impose stringent disclosure requirement on corporations and other independent groups that finance ads and other marketing media for political campaigns. Naturally, the loyal opposition, wanting to kill the bill, voted against a motion to limit debate and bring it to the floor for a vote. The bill died. The Supreme Court as part of its ruling

–– VIEWPOINT –– stated that corporations spending over $10,000, a miniscule amount in national politics, must identify the sponsors of the advertisements. The Democrats, concerned about the generality of the Supreme Court ruling with respect to identifying the source of the money, drafted the disclosure bill to better define who and how a corporate sponsor must be identified. Unfortunately, I don’t think that disclosure of the source of money to support or oppose a candidate or issue will have much influence on how the mind of a voter is molded. Jeff Greene’s statement “I will create jobs because I know how” is swaying the public notwithstanding the fact that there is little substance backing up his statements. The unemployed like the sound of his saying “I will create jobs!” He has successfully invested millions of his own money to end up the current frontrunner in the

Democratic primary. Can you imagine what $40 or $50 million in sponsorships for a corporate-leaning candidate could do? I think the damage is done! The Supreme Court said it is okay. I don’t think it matters who is identified as the financial backer of the candidate or the issue. Voters don’t care; they will be swayed by the TV and newspaper advertisements. Just supporting a candidate or an issue with that much money is all it will take to buy the votes needed to win. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Why should we care about smart phones? Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH With all the changes occurring in technology these days, the necessity for new laws has become mandated. For example, a new exemption to the “Digital Copyright Act” by the Library of Congress will trigger groundbreaking changes in the digital marketplace. Until the new ruling, it was illegal under federal law to make copies of DVD’s or altering the software in your smart phone. Altering the software in your phone often includes having to de-code the software protection built into cell phones. If you wanted to transfer a DVD you owned to your laptop computer, or any other digital device like a smart phone, you’d be breaking the law if you had to decode any copy-protection software. Now there is a new law that provides provisions that allow the public to make copies of DVDs. The Library of Congress, which interprets the Digital Copyright Act, just announced a series of new exemptions to the law that allows consumers to legally open up their smart phones to “unofficial” software vendors. It also allows new owners of used phones to change the software that allows their phones to operate on the network of their choice, not just the network the phone was originally locked into. Those mandates provide a tremendous change and here is why: Until today, phone makers forced their customers to buy only their software for brand of phones. So-called app stores can sell you almost any kind of program imaginable to make your phone into a book-reader, online weather bureau or mapmaker so you’ll never get lost again. The profits to the companies are tremendous and the app stores can dictate prices and limit the kinds of programs you can run on your digital devices. Under the new exemptions, you can “crack” your phone to buy and use programs from any vendor. You’ll get a lot

more choices of what to buy. It’s also believed that the competition could result in lowering prices to consumers and lower profits for the app stores. The phone makers argued that they had to approve their own standards for their devices to guarantee the apps would work correctly on their cell phones. Even though critics insist they were more interested in protecting their profits more than anything else by forcing consumers to only buy their approved apps at whatever price they were set. But the ruling still leaves a lot of serious questions unanswered. It still doesn’t address the common industry-wide practice of forcing software upgrades into unsuspecting consumers’ cell phones, which lock out and disable any phones that have been altered by their owners. It still allows phone makers to void warranties on any of their products that have been broken. The big question remains as to how much of a problem this may be in today’s marketplace. Smart phones have turned into a billion-dollar business. The profits are enormous for phone makers, app developers and network providers. The problem is that consumers have very limited options on what to put on their phone. The new regulations could mean a huge swing in the balance between phone makers’ profits and phone owners’ ability to decide what is in their smart phones. I predict the new ruling may generate a huge legal battle pitting consumers against manufacturers and cell phone providers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a massive lobbying effort by the phone makers and network providers attacking the new ruling and pushing for new laws against consumer choices. In the end, the battles going to be like the Mad magazine’s “Spy vs. Spy” comics. Companies will accelerate their software battle to disable, while hackers figure out new ways to get around software lockouts and allow phone owners to buy and use what they want on their own phones. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/4yourmoney>.

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Today I was reading Kenneth Bluh’s piece, “Bloated pensions are killing government ability to survive,” in this newspaper and my blood started boiling. I am totally in agreement with the column. Just like that lady from Liberty City, I am surviving on Social Security without any other income and, like her, my real estate taxes are paying for those “bloated” retirement benefits to the Fire-Rescue/Police Department. As you are aware, Social Security benefits have not increased in 2010 nor will they in 2011. The explanation of how those big retirements benefits came into existence was very interesting to read, because I believe most people don’t know those facts. However, it does not justify or make any sense that FireRescue and Police and are able to retire with almost 90 percent of their last year’s salary. I

find this outrageous and greedy. Bluh mentioned that management had no choice but to give in to government workers demand of higher wages because waste collection and firemen would quit. Let them. While I am at it, let’s get rid of all those “socalled elected officials;” maybe we need such a wakeup call. And if this happens, get in the National Guard to take over those duties for a while. When Ronald Regan fired all the traffic controllers in the 1980s, all the airplanes were airborne and flying. In addition, I don’t want to hear how dangerous their jobs are; no one forced them to take the jobs. This is my opinion on this debacle of those bloated salaries and retirement benefits. Thank you for letting me voice my opinion. Sincerely, Karin Lingaas


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Commissioner, Police Explorers fight graffiti in West Kendall

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In an effort to maintain the aesthetics in the community, Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe A. Martinez and the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Explorers joined forces to combat graffiti in District 11 with a series of paint-outs in the West Kendall area. The first paint-out took place along SW

47th Street between 142nd and 147th avenues on July 30. “My office has observed an increase in the amount of graffiti in the district,” Commissioner Martinez said. “Since kids are out of school for the summer, we are receiving some great assistance from the Police Department’s Explorers who have painted over the graffiti and beautified the community.”

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Harum-Alvarez campaigning for Dist. 8 commission seat BY LEE STEPHENS

Albert Harum-Alvarez, who has been deeply involved in the Kendall community for years, is making his first run for public office — seeking the Miami-Dade Commission District 8 seat being vacated by Katy Sorenson. Harum-Alvarez says he wants to work for the people of Miami-Dade, but doesn’t plan on becoming a career politician. “Two terms and I’m done,” he said about his self-imposed term limits. Among the major issues on his platform are to: Hold the line on overdevelopment by not paving over farmland, and stopping high-rises from invading neighborhoods. He wants to make Miami-Dade County the most transparent local government in the country by publishing all county accounts, contracts and calendars online. Harum-Alvarez says government should be less about ceremony and more about accountability. “I don’t know much about ribbon cutting. I do budget cutting. I’m not interested in getting my face on the news. I want to help fix this county — and the place to start is with money.” He thinks the county has played fast and loose with taxpayers dollars for too long. “We voted to tax ourselves a half-penny for expanding Metrorail, and another halfpenny for Jackson for indigent care,” he said. “The Transit Department frittered away the Metrorail money in operating expenses, and Jackson is still discovering what happened to its tax dollars.” Harum-Alvarez believes it’s time to hold county officials responsible for fiscal mismanagement. “God bless the voters of this county for being so generous. Now it’s time to put the fear of God into bureaucrats who have abused our generosity,” he said. “It’s time to fire county managers who don’t value our tax dollars. It’s time to put all county

accounts online, for instant review by those of us who pay their salaries. And it’s time to make the county follow our agenda — not the agenda of billionaires who own sports teams or developers who want to pave over our farmlands.” Albert Harum-Alvarez is a life-long Miamian whose family dates back to the 1930s in South Florida. He is married to dancer and schoolteacher Enid Harum-Alvarez. They have three children: Gabriel, Giovanna and Marjory. Harum-Alvarez began his working life as laborer, ditch digger and carpenter. He became a schoolteacher and a member of the United Teachers of Dade before he founded a company that consults with small businesses around the world. Harum-Alvarez taught school for 15 years, in Overtown, Liberty City, Brownsville and Coral Gables, as well as in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Watts and South Central. He volunteered for assignments that were hard to fill, and succeeded by believing in his students and finding ways to teach them. He was an “incentive sub” in Watts, which means he got 150 percent of the daily rate as long as he agreed to take the assignment, no matter what the school or class was. There usually were no lesson plans left in these classrooms, so HarumAlvarez developed a portfolio of “super lessons” that could engage the toughest classrooms. When their first child arrived, Albert and Enid decided that they both wanted to stay home to raise their children. Enid left her dance classroom when she was eight months pregnant. Albert founded a small consulting firm that he ran from the kitchen table, and after three years he was able to leave the classroom as well. The company now is world-renowned for software design, and Harum-Alvarez’s clients and partners are spread across three

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continents. They include Harvard University, New York Public Library, Fidelity Investments, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Time Inc. Harum-Alvarez now teaches master classes in software design, and supervises the work of his staff of four. He recently became a Family Mediator, licensed by the Florida Supreme Court, and joined the family firm of Harum and Harum, founded by his grandfather, Al Harum, and now directed by his sister the Hon. Andrea Harum Schiavoni, Esq., Town Justice of Southampton, NY. Harum-Alvarez entrepreneurial success has allowed him time to devote to his children and to volunteering in the community, starting with the PTA of his children’s school. For nine years, he chaired the

Kenwoods Hammock Committee, running an award-winning and nationally renowned outdoor classroom set in a grove of South Florida native trees planted by parents, teachers and students. He organized Hammock workdays and led classes through the Hammock on a new set of “super lessons” he developed on the history and ecology of South Florida. Harum-Alvarez and his family have built “The Green House” in Kendall, a home with electric bills of $35 to $110 monthly — about 75 percent lower than comparable households in their neighborhood. The Green House has been featured in films, on television and in print. The family offers regular tours to share its design techniques with others. Harum-Alvarez has served in dozens of community groups, including: Catholic Church Ministries, Habitat for Humanity: Liberty City construction project, Mayor’s Climate Change Task Force, Continental Park Homeowners’ Association, Dice House Coalition to save the oldest house in Kendall, East Kendall Incorporation Committee (MAC), Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Kendall Public Space Committee, Downtown Kendall Steering Committee, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Kendall Transit Corridor Studies, Board Member, Urban Environment League and ChamberSouth Trustee. He is a conservatory-trained musician whose musical performances range from salsa to Gregorian Chant. He performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, dance bands and a gospel group that toured African Methodist Episcopal churches in California. He now enjoys playing and singing standard tunes from the Great American Songbook. For more on Albert Harum-Alvarez and his campaign, visit online at <www.electAlbert.com>. The election is on Aug. 24.


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Kendall Regional Medical Center to host free Family Health Fair BY DANIELLE CALLEJA

Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 SW 40 St., will be hosting a Family Health Fair for the community on Saturday, Aug. 14, 9 a.m.-noon. The free fair will include health screenings, seminars, healthy sweet treats for the public and activities for the kids. The event will be hosted by Maritza Fuentes, MD, health reporter from Univision. Kendall Regional Medical Center wants to show the community how to live longer and be happier with a healthy lifestyle. Free health screenings and tests will be given for blood pressure, osteoporosis, breast, pulmonary function, cardiac risk assessment, cholesterol, sugar, foot and EKG (first 30 people only). Appointments are not necessary for any screening. For the cholesterol and blood sugar tests four hours of fasting is required. To RSVP or for more information, call 305-222-2200. The seminar topics include: • Latest Treatments for GERD/Reflux Disease by Carlos Santiago, MD, General Surgery, and Angel Veloso, MD,

The free fair will include health screenings, seminars, healthy sweet treats for the public and activities for the kids. Kendall Regional Medical Center wants to show the community how to live longer and be happier with a healthy lifestyle. Gastroenterology; • Your Family’s Health-The Basics by Lester Carrodeguas, MD, Primary Care; • Women’s Health and Beauty: Mommy Makeovers by Orlando Llorente, MD, Plastic Surgery; • The Latest in Robotic Surgery by Robert Santa-Cruz, MD, Urology; • Mommies & Babies Health by Remberto Santos, MD, Obstetrics, and • Latest Treatments for Your Heart by Gonzalo Carrizo, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Julius Gasso, MD, Interventional Cardiology, and Jose Martel, MD, Electrophysiology.

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Fans can meet baseball greats on MSC cruises BY JULIANNE CARELLI Fans looking to stretch the baseball season into the winter months can enjoy the warmth of the Caribbean with some of their favorite former Major League Baseball stars on an MSC “Baseball Greats” cruise onboard the MSC Poesia. Guests can interact with former Major Leaguers who played and were stars of their sport. “Baseball Greats” cruises offer free guest/player activities including a player-hosted trivia game, a question-andanswer session, a guest pitching contest, and a lively storytelling session. The players host pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running clinics. One of the most popular aspects of the experience includes a free autograph session. These Caribbean cruises are roundtrip from Port Everglades aboard the 2-yearold, 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia and feature the following itineraries and former Major League Baseball players: Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 14 with Indians’ Hall-ofFamer Bob Feller, Tommy Davis (Dodgers’ two-time batting champion), Glenn Beckert (Cubs’ All-Star, Gold Glove second-baseman), Clarence Jones (player and hitting coach for 20 years with the Braves and Indians) and Stan Bahnsen

N E W S (star pitcher for the Yankees). Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Dec. 5 with Graig Nettles (AllStar, Gold Glove third-baseman for the Yankees), Amos Otis (All-Star, Gold Glove center-fielder for the KC Royals), Dave Campbell (infielder for the Tigers and Padres, and award-winning broadcaster for ESPN), Stan Bahnsen, and another player to be named. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 9 with Andre Dawson (Cubs and Expos 2010 Hall-of-Fame inductee), Greg Luzinski (All-Star slugger for the Phillies and White Sox), Art Shamsky (outfielder and first-baseman for the 1969 “Miracle Mets”), Pete Mackanin (infielder for the Rangers and Expos, manager for the Pirates and Reds, and current bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies), and Stan Bahnsen. Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 23 with Rick Burleson (Angels and Red Sox All-Star shortstop

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Miami City Ballet School to conduct auditions Miami City Ballet School will conduct auditions for dance students for its 2010-11 program on Wednesday, Aug. 11, and Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. for ages 7 to 12 and at 6 p.m. for ages 13 and older. The auditions will take place at Miami City Ballet School, located at 2200 Liberty Ave. in Miami Beach. No audition is required for students ages 5 and 6. Miami City Ballet School is recognized as one of the top dance schools in the nation. Classes range from preparatory levels to pre-professional levels. Classes for the 2010-11 program will begin Sept. 7. For more information, visit online at <www.miamicityballet.org/school> or call 305-929-7007. DEERING ESTATE’S LABOR DAY BLUES PICNIC SLATED SEPT. 5 Enjoy great food and music on Sunday, Sept. 5, at Deering Estate’s Labor Day Blues Picnic. The Picnic will take place at Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature a performance by the Blackstar Blues Band as well as guided tours of the historic Richmond Cottage and Stone House.

The cost, which includes a picnic lunch, is $30 for adults and $20 for kids. The menu includes your choice of pulled pork, barbecue chicken or a grilled hot dog. Side dishes include potato salad, corn on the cob, garden salad and potato chips. If guests choose to bring their own lunch, the cost for general admission is $15 for adults and $10 for kids. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Deering Estate ticket office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

To reserve space and make your payment, call 786-596-3812.

BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OFFERS COMMUNITY PARENTING PROGRAM Baptist Children’s Hospital invites parents to learn to explore, discover and develop their child’s talents at the community parenting program titled “Discover Your Kid’s Strengths,” on Thursday, Aug. 26, 79 p.m., in the auditorium of Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Psychologist Albert Zbik, PsyD, will conduct the program. He will discuss the role of memory in the development of strengths and weaknesses, discovering how your child learns best and tips for parents to give their kids a bright future that plays to their strengths. The program cost is $5, which must be paid in advance.

FREE IMMUNIZATIONS OFFERED AT ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ EVENT Students in Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson’s District 8 may be eligible to receive free vaccines at the “Back to School” immunization event on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Leisure Lake Park, 29305 Illinois Rd. The vaccinations, all of which are needed to register for school, are free to children up to 18 years of age. Immunizations will be administered by medical professionals. A parent or legal guardian must provide the child’s immunization record and be present at the time the vaccine is given. For details, contact Commissioner Sorenson’s district office at 305-378-6677.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS BET BREIRA SAMU-EL OR OLOM MEN’S CLUB BREAKFAST, AUG. 15 The Men’s Club of Bret Breira Samu-el Or Olom will host a breakfast meeting on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m., in the ballroom of the synagogue, 9400 SW 87 Ave. The meeting will feature guest speaker Yishai Fleisher, a noted Israel National TV/Radio personality, as well as a gourmet kosher breakfast. The breakfast is free for Men’s Club members and men who intend to join the club at the breakfast. For congregation members, the cost is $5 and $10 for non-members. For more information or to reserve your space, call Richard at 786-201-1415.

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BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FEST SCHEDULED AT DOLPHIN MALL Dolphin Mall will host its annual Back to School Fun Fest on Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon to 5 p.m., in the Ramblas Plaza Area of the mall, 11401 NW 12 St. The event will feature character sing-along shows, magic show, musical entertainment, face painters, hula-hoop contests, games, balloons, giveaways and more. Dolphin Mall will distribute an exclusive back-to-school deal flyer at the event featuring discounts as well as a free backpack with purchase of $250 or more. Customers must present same-day receipts totaling $250 or more at the information booth

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Commissioner Souto has never been afraid to stand up and be counted, even when the subject or decision is unpopular. He continues to work on a variety of important issues for the community and also continues in his efforts to create a more open and transparent government – one that is available to everyone, not just the privileged. We commend him for his efforts and although some may not think that having a transparent government is important, I believe it is truly essential and fundamental to a free society. In the news business, a government that operates openly enables us to provide the public with timely and relevant information and stories, as well as editorials that may be, at times, quite critical of the county staff and elected officials. Commissioner Souto has served his constituents faithfully during the past 25 years. He has served as County Commissioner in District 10 for 17 years, as a State Senator for four years and also spent four years in the Florida House of Representatives. Here are just a few of his legislative accomplishments that have benefitted the residents of Miami-Dade County: • Sponsored the Shannon Melendi Act of 2005 and re-wrote the Act in 2008, making it more difficult for predators to gain access to children in Miami-Dade County parks by requiring nationwide criminal background checks of County employees, coaches and volunteers, carnival and fair employees. • Drafted laws prohibiting the sale of drug related paraphernalia. • Sponsored legislation prohibiting adult entertainment establishments near residential neighborhoods, schools and parks. • Secured a $1 million grant to purchase three gamma ray machines for the Port of Miami, enabling law enforcement officials to x-ray containers and prevent stolen vehicles from being shipped abroad and prevent the entry of weapons through the port. These are now used in detecting inbound weapons as a homeland security measure. • Conceived the idea of a sales tax-free hurricane preparedness period in the beginning of hurricane season. • Funded the installation of anti-litter

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signs on all the main roads throughout his district. • Purchased 400 litter cans for bus stops for District 10 with funds from his office. The primary election will be held on August 24, 2010 and you can vote at the polls or by Absentee Ballot. To find out more on how to vote by Absentee Ballot, call 305-499-8444 or go to www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote _ absentee.asp. For more general information about the election, call 305-499-VOTE or go to www. miamidade.gov/elections. You may also call Commissioner Souto directly at 305-222-2116. District 10, includes, the community of Fontainebleau, Westchester, the Kendall communities of Village Green, Royal Green, Horse Country, Winston Park, Kendale Lakes, Calusa, Snapper Creek, Snapper Village, McMillan, Miller Dreams, Horizons West, Pine Grove, Pionciana of Sunset, Miller Heights, Westwood Lakes and the Kenlands. Commissioner Souto is clearly qualified, has worked hard for his constituents and has earned my vote once again. We hope you will cast your vote for him, too. If you don’t live in the district, you may know someone who does, so please ask them to vote for Javier Souto for Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 10 on August 24, 2010.


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BY ASHLEY SUGARMAN

Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, The Falls and The Shops at Sunset Place are part of 20 Simon Malls across the state of Florida hosting “Look Smart Book Smart,” a back-to-school clothing drive for disadvantaged children in support of Dignity U Wear, a statewide notfor-profit with partnering organizations located throughout Florida. Simon Property Group’s “Look Smart Book Smart” will collect donations of new children’s clothing and school supplies during tax-free weekend on Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug 15, from noon to 5 p.m. Simon’s South Florida malls, with support from CBS4 and Neighbors 4 Neighbors, will help collect new clothing for one of Dignity U Wear’s South Florida partners, Neat Stuff, which is a Miamibased nonprofit that distributes new clothes to underprivileged children. Neat Stuff is seeking donations such as school uniform polo tops, school uniform pants/shorts, boys and girls underwear, socks and backpacks to help as many children as possible wear new school uniforms when they start school. Shoppers also will enjoy the following back-to-school activities during tax-free weekend: Dadeland Mall will host a Kidgits Back-to-School event on Friday, Aug. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kids are welcome to participate in a fun night of singing, dancing and activities as well as a special screening of Leapfrog: Let’s Go to School. Miami International Mall will host a Back-to-School Safety Expo and Kidgits

event on Saturday, Aug. 14, from noon to 6 p.m. The Shops at Sunset Place will present its “Super Sale” on Friday, Aug 13, to Sunday, Aug 15, with great discounts at participating retailers. On Saturday, Aug. 14, shoppers can enjoy a live performance by Sammy Arriaga Jr. from 4 to 7 p.m. and a South Miami Drug Free Coalition Rx medicine collection from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will help keep prescription medicine from being misused or stolen. “Simon Property Group is proud to support Dignity U Wear and provide brand new clothing to children for the upcoming school year,” said Lynnette Lauria, regional vice president of marketing, Florida, Simon Property Group. “We are thrilled that our malls will serve as a venue in support of this important effort to create real change in the lives of children in need.” “The mission of Dignity U Wear is to provide brand new clothes for a brand new life, said Bob Bryan, executive director of Dignity U Wear. “During the summer months, Dignity U Wear is focused on providing brand new school clothing to children so they have a fresh start to a brighter future. “We appreciate Simon Malls as collaborators, giving their customers the satisfaction of helping others by providing new clothes for children that do not have access at the start of a school year.” For more information about Simon Property Group’s “Look Smart - Book Smart” back-to-school clothing drive, visit online at <www.simon.com>. For more information on Dignity U Wear, visit <www.dignityuwear.org>.

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Diaz de la Portilla running on conservative values BY NANCY EAGLETON

Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican candidate for State Senate in District 36, describes himself as a family man, a conservative leader and “the real Republican.” He’s running on the platform of creating jobs, lowering taxes, cutting wasteful government spending, improving education and protecting individual freedoms. “I was a Ronald Reagan Republican even before it was popular. I was a part of the 1976 Reagan campaign when I was 13 years old and it was at that time that I fell in love with the idea of being a public servant,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I also supported Reagan in his 1980 campaign when I was 17 and this was when I understood the core principles of being a Republican. Reagan was a rugged individualist and had the attitude that government ‘should get out of my way.’ He felt strongly that we should depend on the talent and hard work of individuals for success. That’s my core message and my inspiration for running.” In his grass roots campaign for the Senate seat, Diaz de la Portilla said that his constituents have told him that they are concerned about the future and the state of the economy. “Florida’s families are suffering during these difficult economic times, so it will be my priority to get people back to work. Big government is not the answer. The investment of small businesses, the ingenuity of entrepreneurs and the creativity of individuals are the engines that will drive Florida’s economy,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I will advocate for even more incentives for businesses to relocate to Florida and current businesses to stay in our state.” He also intends to lower taxes and reduce the burden currently placed on American workers. “Government takes too much money out people’s pockets, leaving them with little

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money to spend and pump back into the private sector,” Diaz de la Portilla said. Another priority will be to cut waste in government spending and reduce government intervention, regulations and bureaucracy in order to create an environment for businesses to thrive. “The economy is shrinking and yet government is the fastest growing sector of employment. The Miami-Dade County budget has grown from $4 billion to $7 billion during the past 10 years,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “During these tough economic times, government must cut its spending and become more efficient.” According to Diaz de la Portilla, his parents put a great emphasis on education when he was growing up. He plans to make education a top priority.

“The public school system is not perfect and it can be improved. We are educating our future citizens, future workforce and future parents. Education takes up 31.8 percent of the state’s $71 billion budget, so it’s important to spend wisely,” he said. “In a company, you reward employees based on performance. I believe we should reward teachers who produce results and go above and beyond.” He continued, “College courses, vocational training, career academies and practical training along with the theoretical training should be offered in high school. The arts and technology training also need to be a priority.” Diaz de la Portilla says that he is committed “to the conservative principles of smaller government, and being closer to the people. That was my legacy as a county commissioner and that will be my legacy as a senator,” he said. As a Miami-Dade County Commissioner from 1993 to 2000, Diaz de la Portilla created the Office of the Inspector General, founded the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority, created Community Zoning Adjustment Boards and transformed the land use and zoning process in

Miami-Dade County. “I had a 90 percent success rate of gaining consensus and getting approval on important issues,” he said. Born and raised in Miami-Dade, Diaz de la Portilla comes from four generations of public service in Cuba and the United States. He and his wife, Mari, have been married for 23 years and they are proud parents of three children — Michael, Jon and Mary. After graduating Belen Jesuit Preparatory school, Diaz de la Portilla attended the University of Miami earning his BA, cum laude, and majoring in Philosophy and English Literature. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1987. He has practiced law in the City of Miami and Coral Gables for 23 years and is recognized by Martindale Hubbell as an AV rated, preeminent attorney. “I’m not a professional politician. I am a product of my experience,” Diaz de la Portilla said. “I’ve practiced law in the private sector and I’ve served on the Board of County Commissioners. I understand government and I understand the private sector. I truly have a balanced perspective.”


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It’s ‘all in the family’ at Kaliapy’s Italian restaurant BY NANCY EAGLETON

Kaliapy’s is a family-owned restaurant operated by two sisters, Monica Gill and Carol Bermudez. When you visit for dinner, you will be rewarded with delicious fresh specialties prepared by Chef Monica and warm, welcoming service from Carol. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales and takes great pride in every dish she makes, all homemade and prepared to order with the freshest ingredients. Customer favorites include Eggplant Parmigianino, Chicken Pappagallo, Tilapia Francese, classic pasta dishes and more, all served with a house salad and warm bread. “Monica is known for her fish specialties,” Bermudez said. “Our customers rave about the way she prepares fish.” Just in case you have tried the 14 fish entrées and everything else on the menu, Gill offers specials every weekend, including a soup, entrées and dessert. “Monica gets a bit creative with the specials and they often match her mood for the weekend,” Bermudez said. “Her sense of humor is sometimes displayed on the ‘Specials’ board, too. Many of our customers visit on the weekends to try something new.” To keep up with the weekend specials, go

Pictured are Chef Monica Gill (left) and Carol Bermudez, sisters and owners of Kaliapy’s Casual Fine Italian Dining.

to Kaliapy’s on Facebook and choose “like it.” Watch for news of the Thursday night happy hour coming soon, which will feature appetizers and beer and wine specials. On Tuesday nights, choose the lucky $13 meal specials that include a choice of one of six entrées, salad, side, coffee or tea and a small dessert. Families will enjoy the “family pack,” which includes a choice of one of 10 entrées, bread and salad for four.

Kaliapy’s also offers a kid’s menu with 10 choices, including mini versions from the main menu, as well as traditional kid friendly choices. The restaurant is cozy and comfortable, great for an early or late dinner, and also offers take-out and home and office catering. Coral Gables resident Marie McClure said Kaliapy’s is her favorite restaurant and she and her husband dine there frequently. “We just love Kaliapy’s. The food is homey

Italian and you can just tell that it is made with love,” she said. “The sisters and the staff are always so genuinely happy to see you and they make you feel like family. I love it so much I even had them cater my holiday luncheon.” The two sisters and family members opened Kaliapy’s, 12153 S. Dixie Hwy., in December 2006 and it was a dream come true for her sister, Bermudez said. “It was her dream to have her own restaurant. I thought why not help my sister’s dream come true instead of working to make someone else’s dream come true,” Bermudez said. Kaliapy was a name that Gill planned to give her baby if she had a girl. Family members agree that it was a blessing that she had a boy, but decided the name was a good choice for this “baby,” the family restaurant. Bermudez has three children and both sisters are single parents doing what they love. “We strive to deliver the highest quality food with fresh ingredients at a great value,” Bermudez said. “We want everyone to have a great experience and we really care about the people who visit us.” Kaliapy’s is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 5 p.m. For more information, call 305-252-7337 and to view the entire menu, go online to <www.kaliapys.com>.

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Pollo Campero in Cutler Bay hosting public service events BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Pollo Campero in Cutler Bay is inviting public service employees to their restaurant at 18660 S. Dixie Hwy. every other Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The goal is to invite representatives from the Fire Rescue Department, Police Department, and the Boating and Park Ranger Services to raise public safety awareness. On Aug. 10 Pollo Campero is hosting a safety awareness seminar with the Miami-Dade Police Department and on Aug. 24 speakers from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department will share safety tips with restaurant guests. “Cutler Bay in Miami provides a wonderful opportunity for Pollo Campero to give back to our community,” said Belquis Rabi, local marketing specialist for Pollo Campero. “We hope to share great information with our customers and teach children about public safety in a fun environment.” We welcome Pollo Campero devotees, as well as new customers getting their first taste of the restaurant’s legendary Latin chicken and international sides, including yuca fries and sweet plantains. Children will learn about stranger danger, boating and fishing safety, fire safety and neighborhood watch. “Right now, Florida is one of our fastest-growing, most active markets in the United States,” said Roberto Denegri, Campero USA president and chief operating officer. “In addition to our three existing locations in Miami and

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Need Job Security? Create a Plan B Now By Rick Tonkinson

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Job security for many occupations that 30 years ago promised a steady job for a persons entire working years are now empty promises. Whether you are a teacher, lineman or telephone tech, the current corporate policy is to make fewer people do more work. Technology has eliminated jobs and will continue to do so. Ask a travel agent what the internet has done to their income. The days of the company treating you like a family are gone. The rules of the employment game are drastically different and not for the better from the point of view of the employee. It is critical that all employees regardless of age or time with the company really start to get their financial act together now. Many people have their current employment as their plan A and they have

not created a plan B. Plan B is where you no longer work for your current employer. You should prepare yourself a “What if” scenario. This may include new employment, other income, go back to school, consider starting a contractor business, relocate, review your bills, etc. There is a lot to think about. Change in life is a certainty. Either you are reacting to it or proactively controlling your future. Now is the time to get proactive and develop a plan B in regard to your career, and we are here to help you. Rick and Steven Tonkinson are Certified Financial Planners who specialize in helping working people attain their financial goals. They are located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Tel # 305-447-6617

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2010 Volkswagen CC a coupe with sedan appeal Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The car manufacturers today seem obsessed with the idea of creating a fourdoor coupe automobile, notwithstanding that the definition of “coupe” is a two-door vehicle. The latest manufacturer to try to change the definition is Volkswagen, which brings us the 2010 CC with the annotation that it “embodies the idea that function and form can successfully exist together in a car’s design without sacrificing on practicality.” CC, by the way, stands for Comfort Coupe, and it was introduced in 2009 as an all-new model. It continues in 2010 with little change. Still, the VW CC is a pretty car and is available in four trim levels — Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion. From the front, the CC is sleek and low, with a wide chrome grille, slit-like headlight housings holding Bi-Xenon High Intensity Gas-discharged headlights and

reflector lens fog lights. In profile, the angle of the long hood continues along a line starting on the front fender and moving just above the door handles to finish in the taillight lens. A low-slung roofline includes a panoramic power sunroof with tinted glass (standard on all models but the Sport) before sloping down into the short rear decklid. Jeweled tail light lenses continue the detailing and stand above a thin chrome bumper accent that runs back along the lower half of the doors. Two engine options are available — the 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled fourcylinder gasoline engine or the 3.6-liter narrow angle V-6 gasoline engine. The 2.0T in the CC Sport and Luxury models is sporty but efficient and combines four valves per cylinder, variable timing, dual overhead camshafts and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. On the inside, there is a nice blend of luxury, rich textures and intuitive controls. A leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel has integrated controls for the multimedia system and the gauges are surrounded by chrome trim. The driver and all three passengers have sport seats that sit comfortably low and are

Volkswagen CC is sleek and low, with a wide chrome grille, slit headlights, a long hood and a short decklid.

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GRAND OPENING!!! Our South Miami Branch is

CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY TO RELEASE YOUR STRESS

OPEN SATURDAYS

$38 AND UP* $5 OFF

SATURDAY HOURS Lobby: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Drive-In: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 305.756.4550 6400 S. Dixie Highway | Miami, FL 33143

gives you a different feeling OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9:30AM TO 11:00PM HOMES • HOTELS • OFFICES

2281 SW 27TH AVE. • MIAMI, FLA TEL: 786.360.5887 15801 S. DIXIE HWY. • PALMETTO BAY, FLA TEL: 305.278.0818 10021 SW 40 STREET (BIRD RD) • MIAMI, FLA TEL: 305.225.3297

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM FOR GREAT SUMMER SPECIALS!

FREE "Soft Close" undermount drawers with your kitchen purchase! Alll cabinetss are e in n ourr factory y in n the e USA. These are not foreign imports. Granite and Quartz made counter tops manufactured in House!

Call for a free in-home estimate or visit our showroom.

We only use environmentally friendly, water-based finishes by Sherwin-Williams.

Satisfaction Guaranteed!

50 standard colors to choose from, not to mention custom colors and glazes that we make upon request. Hundreds of door styles to choose from.

Many models, sizes and colors for any decor.

Hundreds of decorative options available like island legs, corbels, onlays and appliques.

Come visit our showroom!!

We design and install bathroom cabinetry.

2323 NW 72nd Avenue - Miami, FL 33122 • 305-716-0077 • www.durablewoodworks.net


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