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Superintendent pleads for voter approval of school bond issue BY RICHARD YAGER peaking to an applauding Kendall audience of more than 150 on Sept. 10, Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho delivered an impassioned plea for passage of a $1.2 billion bond referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. “This is the first community meeting of many I expect to attend over the next six weeks,” Carvalho told a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) full house in the Kendall Village Center’s civic pavilion. With that in mind, the Miami-Dade school administrator said he would use key dates to dramatize future remarks prior to voting, including: “Mar. 2, 2010, when a school roof at North Bay Village collapsed because of deterioration. “Plus eight years of the Eisenhower administration when 50 percent of Miami-Dade’s still-utilized schools were built, with 40 per-

Dogs have their day at Skateboard Rodeo

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Luis Garcia of Doral picked out a Jack Russell to the delight of his grandson, Chris Roman, 15, during the Skateboard Rodeo.

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hey came by teams for the fun of competitive skateboarding, but the real winners were more than a dozen puppies that now have new homes. Miami-Dade Animal Services’ staff members took back fewer canines than they came with after visiting families from throughout South Florida enjoyed time with the pooches during a day of family fun in a tented landscape at Westwind Lakes Park on Sept. 15. More than 100 skateboarders participated for $3,000 in team prizes while their accompanying moms and dads roamed the shaded grounds at the third annual Skateboard Rodeo.

Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent, (left) and Michael Rosenberg, KFHA president, review the agenda before the Sept. 10 meeting.

District 11 runoff to decide who will replace Martinez

Others, some who even brought along their own family pooch, picked one or two of a sampling of some 30,000 abandoned animals the Animal Service shelter houses each year. “Now, our own dog has company!” laughed Kim Swan of Palm Bay who shepherded a brood of six skateboarders and happily drove home with a black chihuahua. So did grandpa Luis Garcia of Doral who added a perky Jack Russel to his household. “These great pets are just waiting for their chance to become part of a loving home,” said Alex Mu, director of the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. “They’ll surely bring lots of happiness and love to any family.”

two-man contest for M i a m i - D a d e Commission chair Joe Martinez’s soon-tobe-vacated District 11 seat is the only one at stake for Kendall voters in county commission races on the Nov. 6 ballot. Once rumored to be a candidate for the Broward Sheriff’s post (since denied), Martinez has not yet announced his intentions when he steps down from a 12-year term as commissioner of District 11 which represents several of West Dade’s major unincorporated areas including Country Walk, The Hammocks, Kendale Lakes, Bent Tree, and Lakes of the Meadow. That commission seat is contested by former state legislator Juan C. Zapata, 45, and Miami-Dade police detective Manny Machado, 37, neither receiving more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the August primary while eliminating Javier Munoz, 29. Machado, a 12-year law enforcement veteran, is on leave from the department while running for office following. Zapata who once served as

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Pets Trust activist ready to spend weekend in cage BY RICHARD YAGER

“I am psyched and ready to go,” declares Pets Trust initiator Michael Rosenberg of Kendall who will cage himself at the county’s Animal Services Shelter, Oct. 5-7. That’s where euthanasia annually kills two-third’s of the strays taken in by the facility each year. Rosenberg wants his self-imprisonment “to wake up the community” about the killings. “I want to be the only living thing in a cage when the weekend is over,” Rosenberg stated. “Let’s help make that happen” at the county shelter, just off the Palmetto Expressway at 7401 SW 74 St. “Most people still do not know that 20,000 dogs and cats are killed annually in Miami-Dade County,” he stated. “Experiencing the same fear these homeless animals may feel is just my way to shock people into positive action.” To publicize a cause he hopes will turn future strays into protected pets, Rosenberg pictures himself despondently awaiting a fate intended for a “fellow” inmate, which he sent to media and Pets Trust backers. His immediate goal is “to get every single animal in a shelter cage adopted that weekend”

Michael Rosenberg is caging himself to call attention to a countywide canine and feline overload.

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under 4 months; $75 for dogs over 4 months; $35 for kittens or cats. The discovery that the county euthanizes 60-70 adoptable dogs and cats daily sparked the passion in Rosenberg to put a

referendum on the ballot. A proposal would create new north and south Miami-Dade clinics supplementing county services with veterinarians who would spay and neuter strays instead of executing them. The clinics would also offer low-cost services intended to encourage adoptions rather than continue year-to-year killings that maintain a steady average of 20,000plus of more than 30,000 taken in each year. Rosenberg estimates the Pets Trust initiative also will “address the estimated 416,000 free-roaming cats” that multiply far beyond control capability, adding to public concerns about transmittal of disease. Animal advocates and rescuers Rita Schwartz and Lindsay Gorton along with Rosenberg presented their case July 17 to Miami-Dade Commissioners who unanimously approved a non-binding ballot issue (No. 240) on the Nov. 6 ballot. “A ‘yes’ vote means a start to begin saving lives,” Rosenberg said. “The Commissioners want to see how strongly the people feel about saving animals.” For details on support of Pets Trust or aid its cause, visit online at <PetsVoice.org>.


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‘Who’s on First?’ I don’t know... but I tried to find out Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Some newsroom projects never see the light of day. That was the fate of our ambitious Abbot & Costello assignment to determine how many folks (and who) might be affected in County Commission voting Nov. 6, due to the ten-year legislated boundary changes for newly-documented population figures and subsequent equalization of 13 county districts “by the new numbers.” A southward move of Miami-Dade’s population growth over the past 10 years figuratively reduced the county’s northern population counts by re-distributing them in south Dade, both growth and in-county migrations reducing north Districts boundaries while increasing faster southern growth areas to meet a figure of approximately 157,000 per District. So how would that affect Kendall voters? We decided to check it out until running into several roadblocks, including how to determine specific geographic areas by comparing 2000 and 2010 District boundary maps. The idea was then to correlate five Kendall District precinct changes with census tract population counts to see who got moved where, i.e., or: “Who’s on first?” “Sounds like a good math project for someone,” chuckled Miles Moss who has often re-directed our wayward inclinations that seemed destined for the bottom of a mathematical pit. The former KFHA president adds: “By the way, once you have all those shifted figures, what good are they as public knowledge? Isn’t the important thing to let voters know in advance they

need to check their registration cards so they get to the right voting place?” Nothing like having the wisdom of a good friend to count on when the brain gets overworked these days! So, check your registration cards or call your County Commissioner’s office, if still unsure. We’re busy now finding out ‘What’s’ on Second!! As we go to press, travel agent Doug Kostowski, overseer of long-criticized traffic movements causing fender-benders at the rebuilt Shula/Killian Drive intersection, reports a non-working left turn arrow for westbound traffic on Killian, looking to turn south on the Shula. Lengthy emails with inspecting engineers ensues with a claim that a constant “green ball” serves the purpose, leaving Doug wondering how many eastbound drivers will give the right-of-way when their red light changes to green. We’ll be monitoring results, as we’re sure Doug will, too! Those objecting to an application by David Brown family members (d/b/a Kendall Investors 172, LLC) to convert a 42-acre West Kendall tract from commercial to residential use have their last chance to protest Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. The first legal ad for the Oct. 2 public hearing in the Commission Chambers at the downtown Clark Center carried the wrong time of 9:30 p.m. when published on Sept. 21. A new half-page ad that ran Sept. 22 corrected the notice to the right 9:30 a.m. time on Oct 2. Folks at the Dept. of Planning/Zoning confirm the re-dating legally conforms to a 10-day notice period to the public. County Commissioners are scheduled to take action following the hearing on a land use change that would that could allow up to 546 homes on the tract. Commissioners reversed a previous stand last May to uphold the Urban

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Development Boundary by permitting a CDMP (Comprehensive Development Master Plan) re-application to go through, despite heated objections of Commissioner Dennis Moss. The Browns who have developed several West Kendall commercial properties off Kendall Drive have remained silent about housing plans for the triangular property that lies off the south side of Kendall Drive at a platted SW 170 Ave., just inside the UDB. Warnings the Nov. 6 ballot will not only be long but confusing led us to check with the League of Women Voters of Florida which has an excellent preliminary view of how to understand national and statewide contests. Just visit <www.TheFloridaVoter.org> on your computer if you want a comprehensive overview plus details about multiple state constitutional amendments, thankfully reviewed in layman’s language! Cooking Hispanic-style served up by UnitedHealthcare at three locations in West Kendall last week to teach how Latin meals can be made healthier, according to the organization’s wellness chief, Eric Stein, a registered

dietician. Seminars took place at the Coral Way Senior Center, Westwind Lakes Park Senior Center and West Miami Community Center along with tantalizing demonstrations narrated in Spanish. “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K walk takes place on Saturday, October 13 at Tropical Park with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. This year’s 5K walk features entertainment, food and fun including DJ Supersede, the official Miami Dolphins DJ; a workout warm up and cool down by Curves; a Zumba class; local high school bands; and several of our town’s popular food trucks. Thought of the Day: The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. — Charles Schwab Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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cent still in operation today.” Many classrooms in the district’s 345 schools operate with outdated projectors under leaking roofs with peeling wall paint with at least a half-dozen identified within Kendall’s sprawling suburban landscape. Those type of statements are the verbal ammunition Carvalho hopes to use to gain support for the school board-approved referendum that will “bring our schools up to the level companies look for when they are looking to relocate,” he pointed out. Two other points favoring passage in 2012: interest rates at 4 percent (“as low as you may ever find again”) and reduced construction costs in a still-recessive economy gained through an early start for renovations. “The proposed cost over a 30-year period would have minimal impact of just $5 annually for each $100,000 of taxable property value in the first year,” he said. “An average of $27 annually per $100,000 of taxable property is based on projections during the full term of the bond issue.” Outweighing any cost factors is the creation of 9,200 jobs to help the county’s moribund construction industry during the first three years of bond money expenditures, with more than 18,000 sustainable jobs during the full 30-year term. Other key “selling points” Carvalho listed included safety and security of school build-

ings, upgrades of equipment, and guaranteeing equitable technology across all schools, watch-dogged for transparency by citizen and oversight committees. Should the bond issue fail, Carvalho said he would be forced to ask for funds through increased taxes within one to two years’ time. “Should that happen, I would ask to be relieved of my position because I would have failed to get the proper financing in place through this long-term bonding issue,” he pledged. “That is how strongly I feel about it,” he added before fielding a short question and answer session. Concerned about using the private sectors as vendors (instead of school board employees), West Kendall’s Martha Backer said she wanted to make sure all were properly vetted for security, which Carvalho assured would be the case. The few citizen comments were almost entirely laudatory. Former KFHA president Lee Zimmerman began by saying, “After all you have done for this community, I just wish you’d run for office.” After conclusion of his remarks, Carvalho, who had visited KFHA over five years ago as an administrator to a former superintendent, was congratulated by more than a dozen listeners who pledged support of what he termed “building a pathway to the future.” For more details on the bond issue, visit <www.dadeschools.net>.

RUNOFF, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– West Kendall Community Council 11 chair was term-limited after serving eight years as a State Representative for District 119 that covers a large portion of West Kendall. The only other seat affecting Kendall voting currently is held by Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, who is unopposed on Nov. 6. Suarez, 53, was elected to the District 7 seat on May 24, 2011. He represents several municipalities from Miami to Pinecrest, including precincts in East Kendall areas. Boundary lines for commission seats were changed throughout the county after reapportionment to equalize populations in each of the 13 districts. The new plan was adopted on Dec. 19, 2011. Catalina Lopez, spokesperson for the Elections Division, advised voters interested in district revision to consult a map of revised boundaries, located online at <http://www.miamidade.gov/redistricting>. “Voters should check their registration cards carefully, especially to see if the boundary changes could have affected location of a voting precinct,” she added. Lopez also noted that the Miami-Dade School Board redrew the nine member district boundaries to reflect population changes that have occurred since the 2000 Census.

Boundaries approved Nov. 22, 2011 are available on a new district map at <http://redistricting.dadeschools.net/>. Martinez began serving as commission chair for a two-year term on Nov. 16, 2010, interrupted only by his unsuccessful bid for the county mayor’s post when defeated in the August primary by Carlos A. Gimenez. Martinez began his public service career in 1984 as an officer in the Miami-Dade Police Department, including service in the Kendall District. He worked his way through the ranks as a detective with the General Investigations Unit from 1988 to 1992, and subsequently was promoted to police sergeant, master sergeant and lieutenant. During his 17-year police career, he received more than 70 awards and commendations, including two prestigious Gold Medals of Valor, the Silver Medal of Valor, an Exceptional Service Award, and Lifesaving Award. A native of Miami, Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies in Public Administration from Barry University. Married to Ana Martinez, the couple has five children.


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Read2Succeed’s founder Zapata returns for ‘Story Time’ reading BY RICHARD YAGER

Nearly 100 tots along with their parents crowded the most recent “Story Time” session to hear Read2Succeed’s founder, former State Rep. Juan C. Zapata, take his turn at reading aloud. “Reading is the start of all learning,” commented Zapata before beginning reading to wide-eyed moppets who were given free book bags filled with school supplies and took part in a raffle for free tickets to a Miami Marlins baseball game. Zapata was instrumental in gathering together a group of Kendall residents who held the first Story Time event in 2005, leading to widespread literacy programming and activities by the parent Read2Succeed organization today. Assisted by the popular “Clifford, The Big Red Dog,” Zapata’s appearance on Sept. 14 marked the fourth year of Read2Succeed activities to assist and encourage reading and literacy in West Kendall. A non-profit organization, Read2Succeed has been serving thousands of at-risk youth and families since 2007, focused on educating children and empowering parents through after-school tutoring,

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FCAT preparation, adult English classes, workshops and social services. Nita Bhat, an Arvida Middle School student, took the lead in 2005 by holding a

“Harry Potter Literary Event,” reading aloud before enthralled youngsters from the series of adventure tales that are now a literary legend.

Since that popular beginning, storybook sessions continue at 7 p.m. every second Friday at Barnes and Noble for “It’s Story Time!” with children advised to wear their pajamas. Milk and cookies are served after each reading. Meanwhile, Read2Succeed has grown to provide both family literacy and afterschool tutoring that have broadened the organization’s activities in West Kendall. These include such enrichment programs as “I 2 Can Succeed,” a unique afterschool program designed to help students in grades K-5 enhance their academic performance. “Fun N Learn” summer camps also are held yearly, taught by certified teachers and tutors. A key to its continued success: parents are encouraged to become involved actively in their children’s academics and are given opportunities to participate in a series of educational activities with them. Read2Succeed administrative offices are located at 13418 SW 128 St. For details on future “Story Times” or Real2Succeed programs, call 305-969-7440 or visit online at <www.r2succeed.org>.


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Sweetwater annexation letter called ‘meddling in politics’ BY RICHARD YAGER

A proposal by the City of Sweetwater to annex some areas of unincorporated MiamiDade County adjacent to the Florida International University (FIU) campus has erupted into controversy with charges made by District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto of “secret negotiations.” In a widely distributed newsletter, Souto has accused FIU president Mark Rosenberg of providing “erroneous information” and “meddling in politics” in conjunction with Sweetwater’s move to annex a portion of Fontainebleau Park where FIU’s engineering school is located, about a mile from the Maidique Campus south of SW Eighth Street. Souto said the application opens the door to future annexation by Sweetwater of sections of Westchester immediately east of SW 107th Avenue. “Ultimately, they will try to swallow Westchester into Sweetwater,” Souto declared. His charge against FIU is based upon a letter, dated Mar. 27, which Rosenberg wrote endorsing the Fontainebleau application. It was included in Sweetwater’s annexation proposal received by the Clerk of the County

Commission on Aug. 4. The 52-page proposal did not come before Miami-Dade commissioners until Sept. 6. The dating is important because Souto claims Rosenberg told him “he was not involved in this annexation process” during a personal meeting on Aug. 31. In the March letter, Rosenberg states: “I would like to express my strong support for the City of Sweetwater’s proposal to annex Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing at 10555 W. Flagler St…” In response to Souto, Maydel SantanaBravo, FIU’s director of Media Relations, said, “You will see that it is a simple, straightforward letter of support for our neighbors, the City of Sweetwater, in their bid to annex FIU’s Engineering Center only — not the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The Engineering Center is located on the northeast corner of Flagler and 107th Avenue. “At FIU we enjoy good relationships with all the municipalities that border our campuses and have an interest in working with us for the betterment of the community and the university,” Santana-Bravo added.

Nevertheless, in a Sept. 21 online report to constituents, Souto blames Rosenberg for conducting “secret negotiations” without proper notice to the county commission, his office and District 10 residents, including those in Fontainebleau Park. Souto noted that, “The Fontainebleau people already had a MAC or application to incorporate into a city. The letter is addressed to the Board of County Commissioners. Although the letter is from Mar. 27, it was never sent to the commissioners. Now, it appears in the FIU annexation package. “Why the secrecy over the letter and President Rosenberg giving me erroneous information? There is no doubt that the letter from Rosenberg is the strangest part of the Sweetwater application for annexation of portions of District 10,” Souto said. “Incredibly, they seem to be conspiring and negotiating in secrecy to take portions of District 10 that belong to Fontainebleau and Westchester. A university meddling in politics and going on a partnership with a city to invade communities? What about the rights of voters and taxpayers?” According to Souto aide Bernardo Escobar, an incorporation application by Fontainebleau residents has been on file for seven years and under current procedure, takes precedence before any subsequent annexation proposal for the same territory. Escobar further noted that while the Sweetwater application is limited to two Fontainebleau areas to provide “connectivity” to the FIU engineering campus, a third — Area 3 — takes a part of Westchester along the SW Eighth Street right-of-way, opening that street to policing by Sweetwater. While the county commission has turned the annexation proposal over to the Planning Advisory Board for analysis, Souto stated that any annexation “should be made public, guided by a referendum and public participation,” and added that “we have taken measures to prevent

Sweetwater’s ambitious plans to annex the three areas in unincorporated Miami-Dade.” All MAC applications have been on hold due to a moratorium lifted earlier in 2012 but now further delayed by a commissionordered study of the effects of all pending incorporations since the moratorium began. The Miami-Dade Commission on Sept. 6 began the process for an ordinance that would amend the annexation process by requiring a commissioner’s consent prior to consideration of any territory proposed for annexation within a given district. The ordinance is due for final public hearing on Oct. 23. Sweetwater Mayor Manuel Marono in describing his city administration online states, “With FIU directly south of the city’s boundary, the mayor has worked to establish a partnership with FIU in many areas beneficial to both entities.” He said that FIU “is assisting the city in amending its comprehensive master plan and preparing cost projections for its annexation project. Both of these projects will also benefit FIU, its students and faculty by providing more attractive housing and shopping benefits geared to the educational community.” Specifically, Marono refers to FIU interests in Sweetwater that would modify its transportation planning to include a direct walking link from its main campus to its School of Engineering on the city’s northern boundary. As a result of Souto’s statements, David Chambers, resident of the Westwood Lakes who recently led a move to identify that neighborhood in the Westchester area, said he has begun informing residents to protest the annexation move. “Commissioner Souto has explained how the economic effects of such a move would act against the residents of unincorporated areas in this district,” he said. “We will definitely be heard in opposition to any annexation proposal that would make


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Another attempt to control Florida’s Supreme Court R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The majority party in control of the Florida Legislature is attempting to take control of the state’s Supreme Court to guarantee that once a conservative law is passed it is guaranteed to stay on the books with court approval. The plan is that the Florida Supreme Court would rule on the constitutionality of the law, based on conservative political philosophy not necessarily on the basis of law. Trying to turn the judicial into a politically controlled branch of government is way beyond acceptable politics — for Republicans or Democrats. Many elected conservatives frequently allude to the idea that America should return to the original U.S. Constitution as ratified in 1789. I guess they forgot the original constitution clearly defined the functions of the court as well and the separation of powers of the three branches of government. Last year, Florida’s Speaker of the House,

Dean Cannon, was unhappy with the way three liberal members of the state’s Supreme Court — Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince — voted on several issues favored by the legislature. As a result, the speaker attempted to place on the November ballot a Constitutional amendment that would increase the court by three judges whose voting would dilute the votes of the three liberals. If approved by the voters our governor would then be able to fill the new chairs and the conservatives would have control of the court. Fortunately, his attempt failed to garner sufficient votes to get on this November’s ballot. Attempt No. 1 failed. Attempt No. 2: Three conservative members of the legislature attempted to have the same three liberal judges removed from the court by accusing them of breaking the law and having a court clerk notarize documents required to have their names placed for a retention vote on the November ballot. Their crime was having a state employee on government time during a break of an important trial, perform a non-government function. Fortunately, the attempt was abandoned once it was pointed out that several conservative justices did the same thing on an earlier date. Attempt No. 2 to

VIEWPOINT remove the three justices failed. Attempt No. 3: Now, the Florida Republican Party, by unanimous vote of its executive committee, is accusing the same three justices’ earlier ruling in 2003 on a case involving overturning a death sentence because of improper legal representation as a subterfuge to remove them from the court and again have the three vacancies filled by the governor with conservative justices. The Republican Party executive board confirmed that they will campaign extensively to have voters cast a “no confidence” vote, which if successful will remove them from office. The Miami Herald pointed out in a recent article that no sitting Florida Supreme Court justice has ever lost a retention election. A number of influential Republican lawyers have opposed the party’s move. Raul Cantero, a former justice, stated, “My strong feeling is, if we start turning the merit retention process into a political vehi-

cle, then we are turning the judiciary into another political branch of government, which the Founding Fathers of our country specifically intended to avoid.” Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, former president of the Florida Bar, is quoted saying, “The announcement that the Republican Party is engaged in this effort would shock those wonderful Republican statesman who helped create the merit selection and merit retention process. Surely we do not want to go back to the broken past.” It certainly would appear we are heading in that direction. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. 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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Understanding your student loans: The payback system

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ment that the borrower and lender agree to. Deferment is typically granted to those that are re-enrolling in school, experiencing financial difficulties and/or unemployed. Keep in mind that during a deferment, the payment of the principal balance is delayed and depending on the loan classification, the government will pay the interest charges during the delayed period. • Forbearance is granted to those that cannot make their loan payments and do not qualify for deferment. Payments can be postponed or reduced for up to 12 months; however, interest will continue to accrue. For discretionary forbearances, the lender warrants whether the borrower meets the criteria for forbearance, which is typically granted to those that experience financial hardship and illness. On the other hand, lenders are required to grant mandatory forbearances to borrowers that are performing teaching services, serving in a national service position, medical internship or residency program, and if the total monthly sum of the payment is 20 percent or more than total monthly gross income. • Delinquency refers to borrowers that have not paid their most recent statement(s). A loan becomes delinquent the first day after a missed payment. Delinquencies are reported to the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) for at least 90 days. It’s best to stay clear of this option because it results in high interest rates and lower credit scores. If you anticipate a missed payment, contact your loan provider — keeping a positive rapport will help in the long run and open up other payment options. • Defaulting on loans has serious consequences. Failure to make loan payments puts the borrower in high risk of going into default. A slew of problems emerge due to defaulting in loan payments — among them, negative credit ratings, higher interest rates, difficulty receiving future loans for cars or homes, apartment rentals and receiving homeowners and car insurance. Whether you are a recent college grad or a working professional still making loan repayments, it’s never too late to understand your loan terms and the options that are available to decrease your loans amounts or decrease the time taken to pay off your loans. For more information on student loans and repayment visit online at <www.studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans>.


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Annual Wine On Harvest Moon at Deering Estate has French flavor BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The much-anticipated 11th annual Wine On Harvest Moon celebration presented by South BMW is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, and showcases the “fine wines, fine food and fine art of France.” Samples of French-inspired cuisine, wine tastings from the region’s distinctive vineyards, Moulin Rouge-style entertainment and an art exhibition are all part of the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Throughout the evening guests are invited to roam the property and explore the historic buildings — Charles Deering’s Stone House and the Richmond Cottage — under the glow of the Harvest Moon that illuminates the lush lawn and waters of Biscayne Bay. Wine tastings presented by Vintage

The Harvest Moon rises over Biscayne Bay. (Photo by Brian Call) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Liquor and Wine Bar are certain to confirm France’s long-established reputation as one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. “French wines are Old World wines,” explained Harry Radcliff, Vintage Liquor buyer and store manager. “France, Italy and Spain have produced wines for hundreds of years, unlike the newcomers like the United States, South America and Australia.” At the event, Radcliff shares his expertise as guests sample wines from the different French regions. “I will be bringing wines from Bordeaux, Cote De Rhone, Burgundy and Languedoc,” he said. “Two of the wines for tasting are the 2010 Haut red wine from Chateau Puech in Languedoc, and the Graves white wines from the Thomas Barton Winery in Bordeaux.” Top area chefs, restaurants and caterers host tasting stations around the estate that highlight French cuisine. Some of the participants include Master Chef Franck Garanger, of Oceania’s 5-Star Cruise Line, and Maxel Hardy, personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire. Restaurants being featured are George’s in South Miami, Tuyo and Miami Culinary Institute, La Gloutonnerie, Oceanaire, Smith and Wollensky, Truluck’s, Fabien’s Bistro, Red Fish Grill and the Crepe Maker. Creative Tastes and Thierry’s Catering companies join them. The pastry chefs at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables are planning a sumptuous buffet of éclairs, tarts and other distinctively French desserts. “This will be our sixth year as presenting sponsor of Wine On Harvest Moon, a signature event that we have all come to enjoy and eagerly anticipate with its changing themes each year,” said Joe Canaves, general manager of South BMW. “At South BMW we recognize the Deering Estate at Cutler as a focal point for historic preservation in our South Dade community and value its service as a center for cultural arts

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and environmental education. “Serving as presenting sponsor of this fundraising event provides us with a fun and exciting way to do our part as a community stakeholder to support the Foundation’s efforts to provide the necessary resources to preserve and protect it.” The evening also celebrates the preview of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s fall invitational art exhibit, “From Cutler to Paris.” The exhibit is in partnership with the Bakehouse Arts Complex and represents a collaboration of work that draws contemporary associations with art movements that took place from 1922 to 1927 in France and the United States. Participating Bakehouse artists include: Juan Carlos Arana, Jennifer Basile, Christian Bernard, Alain Castoriano, Andrea Favelli (Sílice), Michael Gellatly, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez and Gerry Stecca. The French Consulate, the FrenchAmerican Chamber of Commerce and sev-

eral participating French Spice restaurants are helping to create an authentic French experience. Together with their help and the support of other lead sponsors that include Oceania Cruises, Coconut Grove Bank, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, and Preferred Care Partners, Wine On Harvest Moon is an evening certain to be filled with the flavors, sights and sounds of France. Tickets for Wine on Harvest Moon are $125, and $100 for foundation members and members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation whose mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the Deering Estate at Cutler for this and future generations. For tickets and information call 305235-1668, ext. 263, or log on to <www.deeringestate.org>. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.


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10 new iPads donated to Miami Children’s Hospital BY JENNIFER CAMINAS

Children recovering from various operations and treatments at Miami Children’s Hospital now can spend their time playing games, watching movies or listening to lullabies on new iPads, thanks to an anonymous donor. Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon at MCH and co-chair of the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, a group of young leaders that enact change for the betterment of children, was speaking during a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraising meeting on

how powerful the effects of technology can be for children in recovery. Within a matter of weeks of the July meeting, 10 new iPads arrived at MCH. “When children are recovering from surgery, they are often confused and disoriented, so medications are often administered to promote relaxation. This can make the recovery process longer,” Dr. Perlyn said. “Caregivers in the post-surgical units are experts in the art of pain relief and creative distraction of patients. The iPads have proven to be an irresistible tool and great

Pictured (l-r) are Rosemary Brakmanis, RN; patient Justin Morales, and Jennifer Barsallo, Care Assistant.

Patient Jonatan Issac checks out the iPad with Dr. Chad Perlyn.

patient satisfier,” he added. The devices are not only popular among patients in recovery, physicians and nurses at MCH also believe that these electronic devices enable patients to take their minds off of their illnesses enough to minimize the use of pain medication. Parents and families usually find their loved ones smiling with the iPads in the recovery room. “The use of electronics has taught nurses that there is more than one way to help a patient,” said Ana Bonet, clinical educator at MCH. “Technology helps us think outside

the box in terms of pain management and allows us to visit other strategies in pain reduction.” Whether the patient is a young toddler or even a teenager, the iPads offer age-appropriate entertainment for all types of patients. As soon as the iPads were put to use, the difference was as night and day. Dr. Perlyn said. “There is no question that our recovery room is now a much warmer and more comforting environment for the patients. It was a nice way for the Young Ambassadors to give back to the hospital.”


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University of Miami School of Law student interns at White House BY CATHARINE SKIPP

University of Miami School of Law student Paul J. Agbeyegbe recently concluded a summer internship at the White House. While his primary role as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs was assisting staff members to prepare for meetings with various constituent groups, his highest honor was helping with tours of the East Wing to veterans and other guests. His personal interactions with other White House interns are the ones he will treasure forever. “Being a White House intern was an honor,” Agbeyegbe said. “You never know who you’re going to run into. I just tried to make sure I wore a nice suit and smiled each and every day, while being prepared to assist staff members with the countless assignments going on at any given time.” As a junior at UM, Agbeyegbe took UM president Donna E. Shalala’s class, “U.S. Health Care Crisis: The Politics of Healthcare Reform.” He excelled in the course and kept in touch with Shalala. The 26-year-old second-year law student was encouraged to apply for the internship by Shalala. “Paul has had the opportunity of a lifetime,” Shalala said. “He will be a better citizen because of his experiences at the White House.” Also urging him on was his mentor for nearly 10 years, Marilyn Holifield, Esq., a member of the UM Board of Trustees. Agbeyegbe grew up in Miami Gardens with his twin brother, Peter, and siblings, Celia and Joseph. Celia is completing her master’s degree in International Administration at UM and Peter is a student at FIU after serving in the Florida Army National Guard as a saxophone player for the Army Band. During his enlistment, brother Peter deployed as a team leader with an infantry unit to Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joseph is studying music at Miami Dade College. Agbeyegbe enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard at the age of 17, while still in high school, participating in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) and was the program’s commander his senior year. His favorite television program at the time was JAG so he enlisted in the Army as a paralegal, with the goal of completing law school and being an attorney in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. His permanent unit was stationed in Homestead with the 50th Area Support Group and where he won the 2006 Soldier of the Year award. In 2005, Agbeyegbe was sent to help Key West residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma and volunteered to go out on convoys to neighborhoods to distribute food, water and supplies. He was awarded the Florida Commendation Medal after that mission.

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He was later transferred to the 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, out of Starke, for a one-year deployment to Iraq. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq. After returning from service, he came to UM to complete his undergraduate studies and graduated in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and African Studies before starting at Miami Law. At the same time, he completed his enlistment in the Florida Army National Guard with an honorable discharge and the rank of sergeant. “I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Paul Agbeyegbe and know him to be committed to service, whether in the military, his other professional choices, or his personal life,” said Zanita E. Fenton, Professor of Law. “I’m certain that his experiences at the White House only add to the determination already innate in his character.” Agbeyegbe is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Race and Social Justice Law Review. He is pursuing a JD/MBA degree and was a member of the James Weldon Johnson program in the summer of 2011. “My time at the White House has transformed my life in that I now want to dedicate my life to public service,” Agbeyegbe said. “I have first-hand knowledge of the incredible sacrifice those in public service make every day and the profound influence they have over millions of American lives.”

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the future needs of Miami-Dade County. The legislation will include specific administrative changes, such as: renegotiating the Beacon Council’s agreement with the Board of County Commissioners — which has not been revised in 25 years; reviewing the Council’s Board of Directors membership and nomination process; aligning the Beacon Council staff compensation and benefits policies consistent with organizations of the like across the nation; implementing a line-item administrative/operating budget which will require reporting to the Board of County Commissioners on a yearly basis, and other policies that will help improve the transparency and accountability of this respected organization which plays an vital role in Miami-Dade County. My legislation seeks to renew our focus on incentivizing economic development and much-needed job creation in MiamiDade County, as well as attracting new businesses to our area while ensuring the integrity of taxpayer dollars. Finally, the legislation seeks to encourage my tradition of working together with the numerous economic organizations in South Dade and the neighboring communities. We must take a holistic approach when creating an environment where businesses can thrive and our residents can benefit through job creation and economic revitalization. Sincerely, Lynda Bell County Commissioner, District 8


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Kendall mom designs shirts with goal of helping others BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

A year ago, Daniela Garcia was going through a difficult time in her life. “It was really dark,” she said. “At that moment, I saw clearly I needed to speak up and be me. Not just be a mother, or a wife, but be me. I saw many around me with the same situation.” She said that during that dark period she was looking at her life and realized she wasn’t happy. There were problems that affected the people around her from illnesses to job losses. All of this angst made her take a look at her life and question whether she was doing what she wanted to do. “Did I do what I wanted to do?” is one of the questions she asked herself. And she decided to take action because she wanted to set an example for her children. Her personality is such that she always has wanted to help people and when she went through her difficult time, she saw a way to help others. “Let me use clothing, that when you wear it, you actually feel it,” she said. “It talks about love; it talks about protection. It’s about love.” She started a clothing company called Pure of Heart and has released her first collection. “I wanted to send a message through my clothing for the empowerment of women,” Garcia said. Because she always has had people make clothes for her and she has always altered them or painted them, she wasn’t daunted by the idea of designing a collection. “I always had an inclination for it,” she said. “I make my

Daniela Garcia is founder of Pure of Heart, a new clothing company. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

own jeans. I kind of play with clothes. I have a lady who is a seamstress and a designer.” So she went to her seamstress with ideas. “It was really easy,” Garcia said, adding the collection is made in the USA. “We made it here so we could help the economy and have the best quality control.” The fabric is also eco-friendly. She is working with a new all-natural fabric called Tencel, which is made from wood and has no chemical waste. It also allows for rich colors. “It is wonderful to work with,” Garcia said. It also is a comfortable fabric for anyone who lives in a hot and humid climate but works well in other climates as well. “The fabric is very versatile,” she said. The first collection consists of 14 shirts. “They are all different. You can dress it up, dress it down. It can be used in a variety of ways. The most important part of my collection is the message.” The messages say “Pure Love,” “Pure Blue,” “Pure Intentions” on the front and then they have a different message on the back. The collection also is colorful and each color has meaning. For example, pink means love. “The message on the pink shirt is ‘Pure Love,’” Garcia said. “On the back it says, “I love you and I love myself, together we are a part of a beautiful life.” Garcia said her goals include having Pure of Heart merchandise available at boutiques across South Florida. For more information and to order from the Pure of Heart collection, go online to <www.pureofheart.me>.


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Laura Lagomasino joins team at Deering Estate Foundation BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

In her new role, she will provide leadership in the foundation’s short- and long-term planning, When Laura Lagomasino-Delmonte while directing the organization’s membership signed on as the Deering Estate Foundation programs and fundraising activities. (DEF) development director, “I have had the privilege of Mary Pettit, the foundation’s working with Laura on many executive director, likened the community-based initiatives over hire to “getting a No. 1 draft the past several years,” Pettit said. pick.” “Little did I know that she also Described as a super-achiever had extensive professional experiand a triple-threat, Lagomasino ence in the nonprofit world servis an accomplished professional ing the American Diabetes who has the skills to build relaAssociation and American Heart tionships, fundraise and lead Association.” other mission-driven efforts. Lagomasino, who is bilin“I am thrilled to be here and I gual, earned her BS in Laura Lagomasino hope to add value in regards to Hospitality Management at ––––––––––––– fundraising and event planning FIU and MBA at Nova. She to an already successful organization and a began her professional development in the strong board,” Lagomasino said. private sector with Brinker International She already is coordinating the sponsors, and Grainger in operational management, restaurants and entertainment for the founda- both Fortune 500 leaders in their industion’s annual fundraising event, Wine On tries. Harvest Moon, on Saturday, Oct. 27. “Her experience in the private sector comBefore joining DEF, Lagomasino was the bined with her work at nonprofit agencies director of Business Development and Strategic provides a valuable platform for her to have Planning at Jackson South Community Hospital. an immediate impact on the Deering Estate


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Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and Chicks N’ Wings are helping to raise awareness of breast cancer by presenting the Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run. The event aims to shed light on the disease that affects thousands of South Florida families each year, particularly focusing on the disproportionate effects of breast cancer in African American women. Proceeds from the walk will assist CHI in providing mammograms to the uninsured. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 20 with on-site registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at the Homestead Air Reserve Base (27401 SW 127th Avenue). Registration is $25 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 16 years of age, and free for children age 9 and under. Teams of five people may register for $100. Since it was founded in 1971, CHI has provided health services to uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami-Dade County and since 2007 in the Florida Keys. The private, not-for-profit organization maintains seven state-of-the-art health centers and 27 school-based programs. In 2011, CHI served more than 60,000 patients, representing more than 283,000 patient visits. For more information about the Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run, contact Angela Roberts at (305) 238-5311 or Romanita Ford at (305) 252-4853. CHI is a not-profit corporation partially sponsored/funded by the Florida Department of Children & Families; District 11; the Florida Department of Health; HRSA; Bureau of Primary Health Care; Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County; The Children’s trust; and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

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BY JULIA C. BROWN

Gadinsky Real Estate LLC, a full-service retail real estate company, announced recently that Market Square, a 70,000plus-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Kendall, has signed several new leases and is now over 80 percent leased, with approximately 12,000 square feet of space remaining. The shopping center, which is anchored by a 28,800-square-foot Publix and 14,500square-foot Walgreens, includes an additional 27,000 square feet of inline shop space. Signed leases to date include Chase Bank, Shula Burger, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Metro PCS, Miami Dentistry, Hair Cuttery, Subway and Little Caesars. Many of the tenants already are open, or will open later this year. Shula Burger, Don Shula’s new burger chain, will open its first location in MiamiDade County at Market Square in early fall. The new addition to the Shula family of restaurants has opened three other Florida locations in Islamorada at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, Miami International Airport and Tampa International Airport, and is scheduled to open two more loca-

tions (in addition to Market Square) at the Quay Shopping Center in Ft. Lauderdale and Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach. Market Square, which is owned by College Park II LLC, currently has approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space available, including spaces in one of three buildings, ranging from 1,207 to 2,143 square feet. There also is the opportunity to combine several bays to create a 3,888square-foot space. “We are actively negotiating other leases, but there are still excellent opportunities for retailers who want to be in the heart of vibrant market area,” said Seth Gadinsky, principal of Gadinsky Real Estate. “With nearly 156,000 residents in the area, plus the center’s proximity to Miami-Dade College, Market Square is a prime location for both national and local retailers.” Market Square is located just east of Florida’s Turnpike at the southwest corner of SW 104th Street and 117th Avenue, approximately one mile from Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. For more information about Market Square retail opportunities, call Justin Schultz at Gadinsky Real Estate, 305-5375662 or send email to <justin@gadinskyrealestate.com>. For more information

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Gloria Floyd student earns Macy’s Spelling Bee crown BY GEORGI MORALES PIPKIN

Bianka Estrada, a fifth grade student at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Kendall spelled her way through nine rounds of words to become the local champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee. The winning word was “aviary.” In total, 43 students ages 8-11 participated in the Spelling Bee at Macy’s at The Falls on Saturday, Sept. 15. This is Macy’s seventh annual Spelling Bee competition in partnership with Reading is Fundamental. Each of the 27 regional Spelling Bee champs take home great prizes including an iPad, a $100 Macy’s Gift Card, a tutoring scholarship from Kaplan and an online gift card from Scholastic. For more details and a complete listing of participating Macy’s locations, visit <www.macys.com/spellingbee>. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bianka Estrada, 10, is pictured at Macy’s at The Falls.

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Attorney Ronald Roman named ‘Ultimate Networker’ for 2012 BY RICHARD YAGER

Attorney Ronald P. Roman was honored on Sept. 19 as the “Ultimate Networker” of the Kendall Networkers Inc., following a vote by the organization’s membership. Roman was presented with the award during one of two monthly breakfast meetings conducted by the Kendall group at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at La Carreta Restaurant, 11740 SW 88 St. The award was named to honor the late Allan Stoller who made outstanding contributions during his membership in the organization. Criteria for the award include high numbers of referrals given other members, recruiting new members, business presentation, superlative attitude and Sergio E. Vega, president, recognizes Attorney Ronald P. Roman as attendance. Members Marvin P. Stein “Ultimate Networker.” –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and Alan Eisenberg conceived the award to honor from Pace University as an honors graduate Stoller following his death in 2008 and the in 1973 and a BS in Business honor was approved as an annual event Administration from the Pennsylvania starting in 2009. Previous winners were State University. Ron Lieberman, 2009; Abe Levy, 2010, Kendall Networkers, a premier Miami and Martha Rothaus, 2011. networking group, develops new business For more than 35 years, Roman has been contacts through card exchange, reciprocal involved in the fields of distribution, fran- referrals, lead generation networking, marchise, trademark and corporate law, includ- keting and sales promotion to generate ing merger and acquisition law, and trade leads, prospects, customer and client idenregulation law. tities for goods, merchandise, products and A 1976 graduate of Fordham University professional services in South Florida. School of Law, he is admitted to practice Potential members are invited to visit law in Florida, New York and New Jersey. <www.kendallbusiness.com> for details and He holds an MBA in International Business to attend a breakfast meeting.

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Hectorr Wiltz,, MD.,, CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

Do you or someone you know have Toenail Fungus? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 to 70 years of age that suffer from Toenail Fungus, to participate in a fifteen [15] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $950.00.

¿Tienee ustedd o alguienn quee ustedd conozcaa Hongoss Enn Lass Uñass Dee Loss Pies? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 a 70 años de edad que sufran de Hongos En Las Uñas De Los Pies, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere quince [15] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte hasta $950.00.

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in a three [3] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $150.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conozca Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más que sufran de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere tres [3] visitas. Seguro Médico no es requerido para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo a no costo. • Compensación por tiempo y transporte hasta $150.00.

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State Constitutional Amendments topic of club’s meeting, Oct. 10 BY KATHRYN SHEPARD

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will have Maribel Balbin, president of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade, as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 10. She will discuss the 11 amendments to the Florida Constitution that will be on the ballot in November. Balbin has been a member of the League for more than 20 years, serving in different capacities on the board. She currently serves on several boards including Miami-Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development Advisory Board and has served in the Community Relations and Art in Public Places boards.

Balbin is a former chair of the MiamiDade County Commission for Women. She has been recognized for her community service with the Women of Impact Award from the Women’s History Coalition and is a 2005 honoree of In the Company of Women. Professionally she is a program manager in the Office of Sustainability of Miami-Dade County. The luncheon and program take place at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. Social time begins at 11 a.m. followed by the luncheon and program. Cost of this event is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Contact Rita Casagrande at 305-595-0213 or send email to <ritafosse@yahoo.com> to make your reservation.

Center for Independent Living now seeking volunteer tutors BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida is seeking volunteer tutors for its tutoring program. The program provides supports to young adults with disabilities who are enrolled in Special Diploma programs or GED programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The volunteer must have a college degree and be able to pass a teacher background check. Background screening fees would be reimbursed by the center. The center also will reimburse mileage expenses to and from the schools. The three tutor-

ing locations are Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami Lakes Educational Center, and Robert Morgan Educational Center. The survival of the tutoring program is critical to insure that these young people with disabilities obtain the academic support needed for them to graduate with a diploma and transition into the workplace. Interested individuals should forward their resume to the attention of Kelly Greene, executive director, by email at <Kelly@Soflacil.org> or send fax to 305751-8944.


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Christina Gonzalez to launch her latest novel at Books and Books BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

What do you do when your first book is a tremendous success and has eight hardcover printings before going to paperback? If you are Christina Gonzalez, the Coral Gables author whose first book, The Red Umbrella, created a huge buzz even before it came out, you follow it up with another historical novel, but this one set at the start of World War II. The Red Umbrella became required reading in many schools across the nation and was a required read at Florida International University last year. It is on the state reading lists for Nebraska and Oregon and is featured in Scholastic Book Fairs. Her new book, A Thunderous Whisper, comes out Oct. 9 and she will have a book release party on Oct. 13, 5 p.m., at Books and Books in Coral Gables. A Thunderous Whisper already has received several very good reviews from Kirkus and Voya. In fact, one review said that readers who liked The Book Thief will like A Thunderous Whisper. A Thunderous Whisper is set in Guernica, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the story of Ani, a young girl whose father is off fighting in Spain’s Civil War.

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Ani becomes part of a spy network, helping deliver messages to the underground resistance until her market town is bombed by the Nazis. Gonzalez said she was inspired to write the Christina Gonzalez story by Pablo ––––––––––––– Picasso’s painting, Guernica. Initially, she didn’t know the history of the town, but the more she learned about it, the more it intrigued her. “It was the precursor to blitzkrieg,” she said. Another reason the story called to her is because the Basque sent more than 3,400 of their children to England to keep them safe. “That same idea of children being sent away struck a familiar chord,” she said. “The ship all these children get placed on is the SS Havana. That’s where it all began.” It struck a chord because The Red Umbrella is about two Cuban children who are sent to the U.S. during Operation

Pedro Pan. The operation was set up by the Catholic Church to find foster homes for Cuban children whose families sent them to the U.S. because of a fear that that Castro would take their children away. While Gonzalez lives in Coral Gables, she wrote much of the book at the Starbucks in Palmetto Bay on Old Cutler Road. She worked there with Danielle Joseph, a young adult writer. When she is not writing or taking care of her family, Gonzalez likely is making school visits. She often travels to talk at schools or to speak at conferences. She also does Skype school visits because they are cheaper for schools to schedule. Publisher Random House has developed a teacher’s guide for A Thunderous Whisper and is sending Gonzalez to speak at a number of events around the country. Her event at Books and Books is expected to be well attended as her first book launch party drew hundreds and almost 400 books were sold. “It’s starting to look that way,” she said. “There was a quick response on Facebook and a lot of the people who came last time that are not on Facebook tell me they are coming. It’s going to be a huge crowd.” For more information on the book signing, go to <www.BooksandBooks.com>.


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Author learns life’s lessons from books he shared with his mom BY JOSHUA LAMOREY

When Mary Anne Schwalbe returned from Afghanistan in 2007 feeling unwell, doctors suspected it was a rare type of hepatitis — for a woman who worked with refugees in places such as Rwanda and Darfur, it seemed a reasonable diagnosis. But when she was diagnosed with a fatal form of pancreatic cancer, Will Schwalbe and his mother faced the certainty of her death. Waiting for chemotherapy one day, Will decided to ask his mom what he always asked her: What have you been reading? So begins The End Of Your Life Book Club (Knopf, 10/2). Over the next two years, Mary Anne and Will began a book club that brought them together as her life came to an end. Will Schwalbe –––––––––––––– Through discussions about books by authors from Stieg Larsson and P.G. Wodehouse to T.S. Eliot and Khaled Hosseini, Will realized that their book club “wasn’t about death. It was about life — the life lessons I learned from Mom, and the life lessons we learned from the books we read.” As their list jumps from classic to popular and poetry to mysteries, the issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as how Mary Anne would like the family thank yous after her death to look (and what color ink to use on them). The End Of Your Life Book Club ultimately leads Mary Anne to her last act — securing funding for a library for women in Afghanistan, which is today nearing completion in Kabul.

As Will writes, reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying. The End Of Your Life Book Club “illustrates the power of the written word to expand our knowledge of ourselves and others” writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com, and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the boards of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. Will Schwalbe will be speaking and signing books on Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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24-hour Mega Pet Adoption Event set for Tropical Park BY ALICE FISHER

It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense — and it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s Mega Pet Adoption Event, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will take place from Friday, Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m., until Saturday night, Oct. 27, at 11:59 p.m. — without stopping — and will have more than 800 homeless animals eager to find a forever home. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kickoff the festivities at midnight and then continue with the older animals for the rest of the 24-hour event. Who will you take home? The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at the covered Equestrian Center in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. in Kendall. This is a family affair with an entire Kid’s Festival, presented by the ASPCA, complete with rides and fun games for children of all ages.

There will be entertainment and refreshments offered by a variety of vendors and performers including Ballet Dance Exchange, Belly Motions Inc., Blood Centers of Florida, Canine Counselors, Carioca Capoeira Miami, DJ Uneeq, Doggie Bag Café Chefs, Dogzy Collars, Alex Murga & Ezpinaz, Game Time, Glamour by J’s, Gourmet Truck Expo, Grove Naturals, Hurricane Jumpers, Ice Cream Time, Live! Modern School of Music, Maria Verdeja School of Arts, Mary Lundberg Art, Natalia Dance Show-Cabaret, PetSmart, Yomo Essentials, and more. Admission to the park is free and complimentary parking is available in the park. “Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” said Donna Tallon, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the communities’ help, I am confident that we can do it!” For more information call Dani at 305749-1825, or send email to <dani@humanesocietymiami.org>.


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Original Lots of Lox’s friendly service earns repeat business BY NANCY EAGLETON

For 34 years the Original Lots of Lox Deli located in Palmetto Bay has been serving Miami residents homemade comfort foods that satisfy the tummy and soothe the soul. The wholesome meals are not the only reason locals keep coming back to the family-owned deli — it’s the warm and friendly service. Several members of the popular deli’s wait staff have been with the restaurant for more than 20 years. They know everyone who comes in and if you’re new to Lots of Lox, you’ll be initiated into the family on your first visit and welcomed home on your second. “Our staff is the heart of the restaurant,” said co-owner Nick Poulos. “It may sound cliché, but we are the ‘Cheers’ of restaurants — the place where everyone knows your name. We have many customers who come in twice a day. As soon as they sit down, their favorite drink is on the table.” Poulos owns Lots of Lox with brother Steve Poulos and cousin Jimmy Poulos. The restaurant’s walls are lined with photos that document the family’s three-generation history in the restaurant business in Miami. “My grandparents were risk takers who sacrificed a lot to live the ‘American dream,’” Poulos said. This generation of Poulos men is passionate about this business. One of the owners always is in the deli to ensure patrons are enjoying a dining experience “second to none.” With phrases like “the customer is always right” and “we’re only as good as our last meal” as their mantra, the Lots of Lox team is destined to be cooking up homemade favorites for another 30 years. Breakfast time is busy at Lots of Lox, but the 10-minute wait is always worth it. Begin your day with the Breakfast Special, available Monday through Friday, 7-11 a.m. Enjoy two eggs served any style with

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your choice of grits, home fries, toast or bagel and coffee or tea for $6.45. All breakfast favorites, including Eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes and waffles are served all day. Lots of Lox lunch specials start at $8.45. The choices are endless and the portions are generous. You could visit the deli every day for a month and never have the same lunch twice. Design your own sandwich or wrap, or choose your favorite New York delistyle specialty sandwich, including the famous Corned Beef Reuben and Pastrami Rachel — both customer favorites. If you’re in the mood for something from the grill, choose a burger or chicken or fish sandwich. Hearty salads and garden fresh soups also are on the vast menu.

Turkey with all the fixins’ is a favorite meal that’s not just for the holidays anymore. The oven-roasted turkey breast is served every evening at Lots of Lox, along with numerous homemade dinner choices that start at $11.95. Comfort foods like homemade meatloaf and old-fashioned pot roast served with mashed potatoes will make you feel right at home. “Our stuffed cabbage is another customer favorite. It’s made from scratch and it’s the real deal,” Poulos said. “Our traditional homemade foods are prepared daily on our premises by our dedicated staff. It’s time consuming to make things from scratch, but our customers recognize the difference.” The catering service offered by the Lots of Lox team brings comfort food favorites from its kitchen to yours for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs, and holidays such as Passover, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. The Original Lots of Lox Deli is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and is located at 14995 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 305-2522010 or visit online at <www.OriginalLotsofLox.com>.


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The Deering Estate to present ‘Living Artist Concert Series’ BY LEE STEPHENS

For music enthusiasts, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble presents superb concerts intimately set in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Internationally acclaimed musicians collaborate with world-renowned guest composers, artists, and talented youth performers as part of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Living Artist Concert Series.” The 2012-13 Living Artist Concert Series begins on Friday, Oct. 19, with “The Circle” featuring a world premier by Composer-in-Residence Jurai Kojs, along with works by Janácek, Hummel, and Dvorák. 2012-13 “Living Artist Concert Series” season schedule: Friday, Oct. 19, “The Circle;” Sunday, Nov. 18, “Solar Winds;” Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, “Temperate Zones;” Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, “Dreams of Biscayne Bay;”

Friday, Mar. 22, 2013, “Women of Note,” and Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013, “Glades.” All concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. with a meet the artist reception at 6:30 p.m. Season subscriptions are $120 (includes all six Living Artist concerts and two piano concerts); adult tickets are $25 per concert and student tickets are $12 per concert (grades K-12 with student ID). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Miami-Dade politicians and their politically connected friends are at it again. They have collected BILLIONS of our tax dollars to run Jackson Memorial Hospital. Carlos Migoya, Jackson’s millionaire banker CEO who earns $800,000 a year, wants to sell off the Emergency Room and Rape Treatment Center to the highest bidder. That’s right, he wants to sell off the very heart of our public hospital, the people’s hospital.

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Scary Spooktober coming to Zoo Miami, Oct. 17-31 BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Enjoy a host of Halloween festivities, Oct. 17-31, during Spooktober at Zoo Miami presented by Dixie Crystals and Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center. If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World from Oct. 17 to 31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the fourth annual adults-only costume party, The Monster Masquerade presented by Bacardi USA, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF), Oct. 19. The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 26 and 27, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo, Oct. 27 and 28. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-squarefoot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will make your every fear come to life. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts — a zookeeper or two perhaps? You will have to come and see for yourself. With an admission cost of $5 per person, this house of chills will remain open through Oct, 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest night spot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed monsters ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA, savory treats, music and dancing by The Coast 97.3 FM. At the end of the night, organizers will announce the “Best Costume Contest” that will have you dying for awesome prizes. When night falls and the wild calls, The Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami will be the only place to be. Your ticket purchase will support the Zoological Society of

Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation. Pre-sale tickets to The Monster Masquerade are $65/person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $75/person. Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Membership to Zoo Miami. Tickets currently are available at the Zoological Society of Florida, call 305-2555551, and online at <www.zoomiami.org>. Spooky Zoo Nights, an after-hours family event, will take place Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95/person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement to the pathways. Save money and time by purchasing your tickets during the online pre-sale at <www.zoomiami.org>. Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami Oct. 27 and 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the zoo’s wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more! Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under 2, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Boo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, The Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Nights have separate admission prices. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information, visit <www.zoomiami.org> or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or send email to <dannye@zsf.org>.


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Vampire Circus to unleash a reign of terror in Miami BY JOSE BOZA

Lock your doors, secure your homes, beginning Oct. 18 and continuing until Halloween, Oct. 31, the Vampire Circus will release an army of vampires into Miami and transform Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into a haven for the beautiful and seductive creatures of the night. Spectators at the Vampire Circus will witness a world filled with supernatural circus performers, terror and suspense, enchanted magic and comedy that will leave them dying for more and an exotic ambiance of panic and fear that would make Tim Burton proud. The Vampire Circus is a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of 30 world-class artists showcasing theater, dance and gymnastics. All of which push the physical boundaries of human performances and leave the audiences amazed and astounded. The cast is an eclectic mix of professional entertainers featuring the cream of the crop that includes the most renowned clown in the world, “Slava the Clown;” magicians trained from the original folklore; world champion acrobats and gymnasts recruited from the top acrobatic clubs across the globe who have achieved Guinness Book of Records fame.

“The Vampire Circus will? take audiences into a journey of immersive experience, where it plunges guests into a deep hypnosis state while breaking the fourth wall,” said Javier Francisco Santos, artistic director for the Vampire Circus. “With The Vampire Circus, you are fully integrated into something that is happening in front of you, around you and sometimes inside of you. Come meet the Vampires… we’ll leave the lights off for you.” The show is inspired by the magical and captivating allure of legendary traveling carnivals. Set in Bohemia during the 19th Century, Count Dracula contemplates a plan for world domination, when he decides to open a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards. The Vampire Circus is a perfect cover-up to travel unnoticed and unleash Dracula’s world reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires for global dominance. A good nightmare of this kind comes so rarely. The Vampire Circus will bite Miami this Halloween in the heart of the Downtown area where the mysterious Big Top will take haven at Bayfront Park, Oct 18-31. Regular Vamp performance days are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m. In addition, Saturday shows

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Daughter shares how father’s recovery from stroke inspired With the American Heart Association Heart Walk in a few days on Saturday, Oct. 6, at FIU’s Maidique Campus, Community Newspapers shares part of an essay written by Natalie Perez. Her father, Joe, has survived a stroke against all odds and resumed a normal life as a police officer. Natalie writes:

left side of his body. Doctors said he would not fully recover or be able to return to work. (He was only 39 years old with a wife and three children ages 7, 12 and 16.) For nearly a year, Dad worked hard to be able to get his life back in order and never gave up. It was not easy. In that year of recovery, my father taught me struggles and Joe Perez challenges make you stronger. –––––––––––– Despite the grim prognosis of his BY NATALIE PEREZ doctors, he fought hard and was finally able to A hero can often be defined as a person return to work. Now Dad is better than ever of distinguished courage and ability but and has shown how one can accomplish anythese days your hero or idol usually may thing with effort and hard work. consist of a front man of your favorite band or a celebrity. My hero may not be a well-known person but he is the type of hero not regularly acknowledged. My father is my hero and not only is he my hero he is a police officer. Dad risks his life on a daily basis to make others safe. Six years back my father, Joe, had a stroke that affected the right side of his brain and

The Perez family once again will participate in the American Heart Association Walk on Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m., at FIU’s Maidique Campus and invite all to join this worthy cause. Whether you are paying it forward or paying it back like the Perez family, the 2012 Heart Walk promises to be a fun-filled morning of family fun that all will enjoy.


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Investigate the paranormal at the Deering Estate at Cutler BY JENNIFER TISTHAMMER

In partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators, the Deering Estate at Cutler offers a variety of Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. Hear about the sightings and experiences from the actual paranormal investigations of the Deering Estate at Cutler and see for yourself the evidence recorded on video, photographs, and audio. Events scheduled include: Deering Estate “Spookover,” Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013, and Friday, May 17, 2013; 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.; $65 per person. Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the lights are out. The League of Paranormal Investigators will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences — such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. This is not a sleepover; guests will investigate and participate in activities all night. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. A light breakfast will be served. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Be Your Own Investigator,” Thursday, Oct. 25; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, and Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013; 7 to 9 p.m., $25 per person. “Be Your Own Investigator” and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team to discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome! Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Voices of the Past,”

Thursday, Oct. 18; Thursday, Nov. 15; Thursday, Dec. 20; Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, and Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., $15 per person. This is a three-part series of tours where each month the focus is on different aspects of the paranormal investigations at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Be sure to experience all three. These are walking tours and, if weather permits, the tours go out on the natural trails. Dress comfortably. Tour may contain mature subject matter. The “Voices of the Past” Ghost Tour on Oct. 18 will focus on Psychic Impressions and Personal Experiences. Guests will learn about the paranormal experiences found on the estate and how they tie into the current history. Rumor mills also will be covered and how such rumors came to be, but are actually untrue. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. For private tours or your own overnight paranormal experience, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are free with regular admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>.

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Miami’s Grammy-nominated choir begins its season at all-time high BY LEE STEPHENS

As Seraphic Fire begins its 11th season, the professional choral ensemble is riding an all-time high. Against a bleak backdrop of failing arts organizations nationwide, Seraphic Fire is entering the new season with a record number of subscribers, a newly signed record distribution deal, and the optimistic energy of an organization on the rise. Seraphic Fire’s 10th Anniversary season brought with it a series of celebrated achievements — most notably the ensembles two 2012 Grammy nominations, making it the only choir in North and South America to be nominated. With the national spotlight suddenly upon the ensemble, Seraphic Fire went on to close the performance year with more sold-out concerts than ever before. Continuing this meteoric rise, Seraphic Fire is emerging from its highest-grossing summer to date. Additionally, this past August, Seraphic Fire’s independent recording label, Seraphic Fire Media, closed a global distribution deal

with Naxos of America, the nation’s leader in classical music distribution. The deal will grant Seraphic Fire complete artistic control over future projects while placing the ensemble’s albums in brick-and-mortar stores around the world and online across all digital platforms. Seraphic Fire’s 2012-13 season began this past September with a tour across the Midwest. Highly anticipated — and even sold-out — performances to audiences in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were received eagerly. To open the regular season, Seraphic Fire will present “Simple Gifts,” a celebration of refreshingly simple Americana. The beautifully sincere music of Aaron Copland, declared “the American composer” by the New York Times, and his contemporaries, will be on stunning display as Seraphic Fire departs on an incredible season. The concert, titled “Simple Gifts” will be performed at St. Jude Melkite Church on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets and information are available at 305-2859060 or at <www.SeraphicFire.org>.


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Florida Grand Opera names Susan T. Danis as new CEO BY STEFANIE HEW

$47 million for a capital campaign, part of which funded the $20 million renovation The international search is over and of the company’s historic theater. Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has She recently completed a six-year term announced the appointment of Susan T. as a member of the board of trustees of Danis as the company’s new general direc- OPERA America, three of which she tor and CEO. served as treasurer. An established arts What’s more, the selfadvocate and leader proclaimed “opera with a proven track geek” was a driving record of fiscal force behind Sarasota’s growth, Danis is dynamic artistic offerscheduled to take the ing, known internationposition as the compaally for initiatives like ny’s fourth general their American Classics director on Oct. 9. She Series and Verdi Cycle. comes to FGO with Anticipating the more than 20 years of planned retirement of arts administration and Robert M. Heuer, the particular expertise in company’s CEO of 27 the areas of marketing years, and FGO’s board and fundraising. of directors embarked “Susan is a phenomon an international enal choice to lead search for his replaceFGO,” Victor H. ment, forming a search Susan T. Danis Mendelson, president committee headed by –––––––––––––––––––– of FGO’s board of William Hill, FGO’s directors. “She has the unique combination vice president. of being a successful opera producer, man“We set out on a lengthy search to find ager and development expert. We are the ideal candidate, someone who has both ecstatic to have Susan build on FGO’s his- passion for opera and established business tory as Florida’s oldest performing arts success in arts management,” Hill said. company and infuse the company with “We also sought a reliable leader and great productions, ideas and enthusiasm.” ambassador for the company with a true Since 1999, she has served as the execu- sense of community. Susan meets and tive director of Sarasota Opera, and has exceeds all these requirements and is the been instrumental in the company’s contin- perfect choice to lead Florida Grand Opera ued fiscal development. During her tenure, into a new chapter in its history.” the company’s operating budget more than Florida Grand Opera is scheduled to doubled, growing from $3.2 million to begin its 2012-13 season on Nov. 17, with over $8 million. Beating fundraising goals La bohème. Single tickets can be purat every turn, Danis increased individual chased through the FGO Box Office by giving by more than 200 percent in a calling 1-800-741-1010 or online at seven-year period and raised more than <www.fgo.org>.

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FPL CORNER Fight Higher Taxes on Investment Income

By Lew Hay, Executive Chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. The fiscal cliff is rapidly approaching for America’s seniors and millions of taxpayers across the nation. Congress adjourned [last week] without preventing the multiple tax increases scheduled for January 1, and without ending the uncertainty over fiscal policy that represents unnecessary additional risk for private investment. Unless Congress acts immediately after the November election during a “lame duck” session, the crippling effects of Washington’s procrastination will be felt across our entire economy. Floridians should be especially concerned about one particular tax increase that will fall disproportionately on seniors. Beginning next year, tax rates will soar on investment income from capital gains and dividends. The top tax rate on capital gains will jump from 15 to 23.8 percent and the top rate on dividends will nearly triple from 15 to 43.4 percent. Millions of seniors would feel the pain of these higher rates immediately. Given the low rates on interest-bearing investments such as certificates of deposit, many older investors have turned to dividend-paying stocks to supplement their income. And those dividend distributions have been growing. According to a J.P. Morgan study, total dividend distributions jumped from $340 billion in 2008 to about $680 billion in 2011. Higher tax rates will change the equation for everyone. Dividend-paying companies could reduce the size of their quarterly dividend checks, which would devastate those relying directly on dividend income to help pay their bills. And if major investors shift their portfolios away from dividend-paying companies to assets with lower tax penalties, including those in other nations, every American with a retirement plan or mutual fund invested in U.S. dividend-paying stocks could take a hit as well. Higher taxes on private investment would not only reduce returns for investors, but also make it more difficult for many companies to create jobs and increase the value we deliver to our customers. At NextEra Energy, Inc., under current tax policy, we’ve been able to raise the capital necessary to invest billions of dollars in our infrastructure over the last several years. These investments in infrastructure deliver major benefits for our customers. At Florida Power & Light Company, our investments help keep reliability high and bills low over the long term. At NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, our investments help bring the benefits of renewable energy to customers in more than 20 states. Our company now employs about 10,000 people in Florida alone, and our ability to attract capital by paying dividends to our shareholders has been a major catalyst for our growth. Discouraging investment in dividend-paying companies like NextEra Energy will impact many vital sectors of the economy – such as manufacturing, utilities, and telecommunications – that are creating jobs across the nation. Reducing the capital these sectors can raise in equity markets will force them to increase their debt financing. This, in turn, will lead to an even riskier economy with even more overleveraged companies. The good news is that Congress still has time to act, and we still have the opportunity to make our voices heard. NextEra Energy has joined with other companies across our industry and across the nation to encourage more people to send our leaders a clear message: now is not the time to reduce dividend income through higher taxes and punish Americans who invest in our nation’s future. Everyone who wants to help can join our advocacy campaign, Defend My Dividend at www.DefendMyDividend.org. Together we can stop tax increases on all investors, including millions of seniors, as well as prevent further barriers to job creation and economic growth. Keeping tax rates low will be good for American businesses, good for our economy, and good for all investors.


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University of Miami partners with FDOT for safe-driving campaign BY LEE STEPHENS

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six is partnering with the University of Miami to launch, “Put it Down,” a campaign that educates young adults on the risks of distracted driving. The campaign continues through October. The FDOT is targeting young drivers between ages 16 and 24 by partnering with local area educational institutions including the University of Miami, Florida International University, MiamiDade College, Barry University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Several outreach events will take place at local school campuses including a key event at the University of Miami on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at “The Rock” (near University Center). The UM event will feature the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, UM Association of Commuter Students, Dori Slosberg Foundation, Verizon Wireless,

Miami Police Department DUI Detail and BAT Mobile, and WalkSafe/BikeSafe. Additionally, the FDOT will be employing social media by conducting a Twitter campaign using the hash tag #PutItDown. The Florida Highway Patrol, MiamiDade Expressway Authority, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the Dori Slosberg Foundation, Florida’s Community Traffic Safety Teams, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, South Florida Commuter Services, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization and AAA/Traffic Safety Foundation have joined the campaign efforts as well. For more information, contact Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT District Six community traffic safety coordinator, at 305-4705437 or via email at <carlos.sarmiento@dot.state.fl.us>. More information on the national distracted driving campaign can be found online at <http://www.distraction.gov>.


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Hyundai adds LWB model to 2013 Santa Fe CUV lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Say goodbye to the Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV and hello to an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe CUV in two distinct sizes and purposes. Hyundai recently unveiled the all-new Santa Fe for the automotive media at a gala press conference in the new Montage Resort in upscale Deer Valley, Utah. To say that company brass was glowing with pride about their new baby would be something of an understatement. Big things are expected, and they most likely will be forthcoming. After driving the Santa Fe Sport — that’s the smaller of the two models, the Long Wheelbase (LWB) version was not yet available — I must agree that the Hyundai design team has come up with another winner. The all-new third-generation Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger crossover vehicle and it’s already available in dealer showrooms.

The longer LWB model has three rows, seats seven and will start hitting showrooms in January. By adding the LWB model to the Santa Fe lineup, there no longer was any need for the slow-selling Vera Cruz, so it got the axe from the Hyundai lineup. No big loss there. The new Santa Fe is designed with Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” concept to create the illusion of constant motion. Up front, there’s a three-bar hexagonal chrome grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights. Other design elements include body color mirrors, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. Both Santa Fe models are capable crossovers built for today’s on-the-go American family, and they come with flexible seating and cargo space. Both have the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort, from the heated rear seats and available eightway power driver seat, to a standard 40/20/40 folding rear seat back. Other interior details include an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim.

New Santa Fe Sport has a threebar hexagonal grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights.

The Santa Fe Sport delivers excellent performance and much of that is due to a 266-pound weight reduction from the 2012 model, the result of using a lot of high tensile steel in the construction of the vehicle. There’s also a good choice of power options available. Sport buyers may choose between a fourcylinder 2.4-liter 190 hp Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine (22/33 mpg) or a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter 264 hp GDI engine. Both engines provide excellent power for city or highway driving and

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Looking to relocate Make your own hours Be Your own boss

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Now at Beauty Essence you have the opportunity if you are a Hair Dresser or Nail Technician with following clientele. Beauty Essence is a very spacious Hair Nail Salon with excellent parking in the heart of Pinecrest. For more details CALL Sara at 305-609-9360 BEAUTYESSENCE.COM

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Property Tax Appeals For houses, hotels, apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, restaurants, warehouses, hospitals, commercial properties. Contingent basis. $20 filing fee.

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305.964.7097 â&#x20AC;˘ www.afbservice.com Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. and the City of Miami Community Development Block Grant September 10, 2012 Notice Inviting Quotes/Bids Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., a non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes communities by providing free rehabilitation services to low-income, elderly, veteran, and disabled homeowners, invites quotes from qualified vendors for: Rehabilitation of single family homes for elderly and disabled homeowners. We are receiving CDBG funds for the Rehabilitation of 4 homes in the City of Miami District 4, and 5 homes in the City of Miami District 2. Bids must contain all requested information and forms for the 9 homes, and must be signed by an authorized agent of the offering company, in order to be considered responsive. All contractors and subcontractors are to be aware that the Community Development Block Grant rehabilitation projects are governed by the regulations set forth in Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and those businesses that qualify as a Section 3 Business Concern will be given preference. A bid packet (containing property addresses, contact numbers, and work scopes) is available for pick up at the Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. office, 1533 Sunset Drive, Suite 150, Miami, FL 33143, or call (305)665-1146. We will accept bids from Monday September 10, 2012 to 3:00PM Tuesday October 9, 2012. Please submit completed bid packets on or before October 9, 2012.


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“Miami’s Best Pizza”

USA Today

Doral Business Council

Legacy Awards Gala Presented by

Mercantil Commercebank

9118 Bird Road Miami, FL 33165 Serving South Florida

Since 1955

Tues-Wed-Thur-Sun 11:00 to 10:00 pm Fri - Sat 11:00 to 11:00 pm

“The Finest Italian Pizza in Town”

October 27, 2012 7:00 p.m. Reception, Pool Side 8:00 p.m. Gala, Grand Ballroom Doral Golf Resort and Spa 4400 Northwest 87th Avenue Doral, Florida 33178

Join us in recognizing the

Legacy Award Honorees

EESION 1st Saturday Every Month: R F I Gold Coast Railroad Museum ADM Every Sunday: Cutler Bay Farmers Market Every Thursday: Miami-Dade County Fairground *

Juan Del Busto

Juan Carlos Bermudez

Stephen Musolino

Founder and President Regional Executive Mayor of the City of Doral Casa Linda Tile and Marble Federal Reserve Bank-Miami

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Restaurant Corner For advertising information call (305) 669-7030 FREE Valet Parking â&#x20AC;˘ Dine In & Pick Up

11238 SW 137 Ave. www.farozgrill.com Serving South Florida since 1975

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We now deliver and cater!

Coral Gables Dadeland North Kings Bay

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per plate

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TWOCHEFS restaurant.com 305-663-2100

8287 S. Dixie Hwy. www.TWOCHEFSrestaurant.com Dinner Special 4:30 pm - 9: pm Breakfast Special

$6.45 14995 South Dixie Hwy. 305.252.2010

(305) 662-6855 8080 S.W. 67th Ave. S. Miami, Florida

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