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Future focus to guide Kendall Corridor study BY RICHARD YAGER plan to explore new and redevelopment potential of Kendall Drive west of SW 137th Avenue drew an unexpected near standing-room-only crowd at the West Kendall Regional Library in The Hammocks on Oct 8. The first in a series of Kendall Corridor charrette meetings saw Miami-Dade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata ask more than 80 residents to join with Miami-Dade County planners to develop “a new focus” for the thoroughfare going west to Krome (177th) Avenue, as well as areas within a half-mile north and south of SW 88th Street. Study goals include creating a new vision for the future, transforming West Kendall to a destination, enhancing livability, providing transportation options and encouraging a mix of uses. As proposed by Zapata, the study is similar in scope to three that have provided future development guidelines in Kendall, including the 1998 plan for Downtown Dadeland leading to new residential towers in mixed-usage development. In 2006, the East Kendall charette established new land use and environmental guidelines and a 2008 Bird Road Corridor study produced new zoning and land use overlay maps to encourage safety, more parking and landscaping to guide future commercial development, east of Florida’s Turnpike. “This is a chance for West Kendall citizens to come up with a plan for the future of Kendall’s major arterial roadway to improve Corridor transportation, commercial development and future environmental and zoning usages,” Zapata said, noting any recommendations would be in accord with the Miami-Dade Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) and its Land Use Map. “My top priority is to find a business or development that would give West

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No change to school’s name following stormy meeting

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Kendale student protestors include (l-r) Lucas Estrada, Isabella Rodriguez, Sabrina Patlle, Sophia Rodriguez and Gisella Patlle.

BY RICHARD YAGER Kendale Elementary School will keep its name. That decision came less than 24 hours after a public hearing turned out hundreds of students, parents, faculty and incensed residents, loudly objecting to renaming their 44year-old school the “Diaz-Balart Elementary School.” The person or group proposing a name change was undisclosed during the sometimes stormy session conducted by Dr. Alex Martinez, South Region superintendent, on Oct. 9. The meeting was interrupted often by cheering and noisy applause for those speaking against the change. “Who asked for this change?” asked resident Daisy Scarry, first in a line of more than 20 who stood to declare their opposition to

the change over a microphone and ask for more details about the procedure. “I’m not permitted to provide that name at this time,” said Dr. Martinez who explained that information could only be provided in response to a specific request through the Citizens Information Department. He provided a 305-995-1128 telephone number to initiate such queries. On Oct. 23, the School District released a letter dated Sept. 24 from Daphne Ardizon, of Kendall, asking for the change to honor former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart for serving “our community admirably for over 20 years.” School Board member Carlos Curbelo,

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or the first time in years, Miami-Dade will conduct a downtown “Golden Veterans Parade” Friday, Nov. 8, to honor Vietnam veterans from the South Florida area. In addition, a special observance for World War II veterans and families has been planned. The Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board headed by Miami-Dade District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz planned the pre-Veterans Day parade for all county municipalities, local military organizations and community leaders, so as not to conflict with already-planned events in various cities on Monday, Nov. 11. The downtown Miami Nov. 8 parade is scheduled to begin at noon at Government Center and march along Flagler Street to Bayfront Park for a commemorative ceremony and community concert. “This is a long overdue one-time commemorative event, inspired by a Presidential proclamation naming the next 13 years as the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War,” according to a statement from the board. “We seek to honor those veterans who, because of anti-war sentiments, were never given a proper welcome back reception,” said Commissioner Diaz, noting that the parade is planned especially to highlight the “courage and service of all veterans in the Tri-County area.” The board is asking a unified effort of county and city officials throughout the county to participate, as well as nonprofit organizations, businesses and professionals willing to donate time, servic-

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Equestrain Center project completed at Tropical Park BY RICHARD YAGER

A celebration officially opening the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Complex at Tropical Park on Oct. 11 marked completion of an $8.67 million project designed to bring world-class equestrian activities to Miami-Dade. “The new facilities are absolutely stunning and will mark a major step forward for the county in hosting international rodeos, livestock trade shows and equestrian events,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier D. Souto. The District 10 Commissioner who has spearheaded the center’s development over the past decade was recognized for his tireless efforts by his peers led by commission chair Rebeca Sosa and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz who presented Souto with an engraved plaque for his dedicated efforts to build the new Equestrian Center. A permanent bronze plaque recognizing Commissioner Souto’s commitment will be installed at the entrance of the complex. “This completed facility will allow us to bring in large-scale events to the park, attracting international participants and spectators,” Souto said. “That in turn will create a tremendous economic boost for the community because those same visitors patronize area hotels, car-rental companies, restaurants, retail shops and other businesses.” A contingent of mounted horsemen helped mark the occasion by parading in the newly completed 55,000-square-foot ring where a crowd of more than 200 aficionados and county officials gathered to mark the occasion. Watching her husband, Santiago, ride one of the couple’s stabled Andalusian stallions, Nancy Quintero said, “This is a wonderful place for those, like ourselves, who have both an economic stake and equestrian love involved in such a magnificent setting.” The Equestrian Center annually plays

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host to Miami-Dade’s three-day International Agriculture, Cattle and Horse Show, drawing scores of equine dealers and exhibitors throughout Latin American countries, in addition to livesstock sellers and traders. The show includes daily events for family entertainment as well as competitions among show horse breeders. “This is a project for generations to come,” declared Parks Department director Jack Kardys who noted that, in addition to 36 equestrian and livestock events each year, the center hosts a variety of programming from dog shows to concerts and parties “so that all can enjoy this spectacular facility.” Opening of the new structure adds two new covered rings, providing 3.7 total

acres of overhead-lighted space for exhibitions, competitions and performances under a single roof, cooled by 10-foot diameter revolving ceiling fans. In addition, the existing 267 stalls of the adjoining stable area are now connected to the center by lighted, covered walkways. Nearby grounds have been recently landscaped and striping has been added to the north parking lot. Portable bleachers provide indoor seating for up to 5,000 spectators. Developing Miami-Dade County’s potential to serve as an international gateway to domestic markets in the agriculture industry was Souto’s goal when partnering with the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department to produce the first-ever Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show in 2008, now preparing for its sixth show to promote Florida’s agriculture industry, and provide beef producers with international commerce opportunities. In additional to livestock trading and equestrian competitions, the show offers special events for children and family entertainment. Funding for the improvements was provided through the Building Better Communities bonding program.


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Fairchild delivers orchid seedlings to environmental magnet school BY BROOKE LEMAIRE

Earlier in October, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Carl Lewis, director, and Amy Padolf, director of education, transported more than 10,000 endangered South Florida orchid seedlings to Terra Environmental Research Institute in West Kendall. Terra, Miami-Dade County’s environmental magnet school, is hosting and monitoring these orchids as part of Fairchild’s Million Orchid Campaign pilot program to reintroduce native, endangered orchids back into South Florida’s urban landscape. Tom Privett, a social studies teacher who volunteers at Fairchild, introduced Lewis and Padolf to a class of about 30 students and gave a brief explanation of Terra’s participation with the orchid campaign. “This is a very important project,” Privett said. “This is the real deal.” Lewis explained that the orchids are being micropropagated to ensure a higher rate of survival. In order for orchids to grow, their seeds must be dispersed by the wind and land in the perfect location on a tree with symbiotic fungus; however, this is rare, and the success rate tends to be low. Fairchild scientists used small containers and micropropagation techniques to increase

the number of orchid seedlings yielded. The containers are placed on shelves with proper lighting for students to observe the plant growth. “This is the first school that will host these shelves,” Lewis said, noting the importance of Terra’s involvement. Native orchids used to cover Florida, but beginning in the late 1800s, were among the first natural resources to be exploited and sold. Today, native orchids have dwindled to such small numbers that they can’t recover on their own. Fairchild’s Micropropagation Laboratory, part of the Science Village opened in December 2012, aims to solve this problem by generating a limitless supply of young native orchid plants and having the first generation of orchids blooming throughout South Florida’s urban environments. This project is adopted from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which successfully micropropagated native orchids and introduced them back into the city, finding that orchids placed in the city survive just as well as the ones in their forests. Padolf emphasized the importance of the work students will do to research these orchids. Terra is the first school to receive these orchid flasks, and Fairchild will determine how the program will be replicated

Terra high school students place orchid seedling containers on shelves in their classroom.

based on the work done at Terra. She noted that Terra was the perfect place to host this project because of its strong dedication to science and the environment. “We’re going to use what we learn here and apply it to other schools,” Padolf said. After the introduction, students volunteered to set up the shelves and orchid flasks in their classroom. The flasks contained three varieties of native orchids: cowhorn orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum), Florida butterfly orchid (Encyclia tampense), and dollar orchid (Prosthechea boothiane). As they set everything up, students asked in-depth questions related to micropropagation techniques and how orchids can grow in a contained environment. These were great questions to get

them ready for their research. Surey Rios, a science teacher at Terra, said the Million Orchid Campaign will be part of the yearlong research project for her science class. Her students will perform quantitative and qualitative data analyses to make observations and determine when the orchids are ready to be transplanted to the on-campus greenhouse. Because the goal is to reintroduce these plants back into Miami, the project gives students “something that has meaning,” Rios said. Fairchild staff will follow up and visit Terra again around Earth Day in April to help transplant the orchid seedlings to the greenhouse, where they will continue to grow until they’re ready to be released into metropolitan Miami.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida seeking specialty plate BY GENNA LUNSFORD

Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida (BBBSAF) recently announced that the State of Florida has approved a specialty BBBSAF license plate for sale to all Florida tag owners. The plates not only will Design of BBBSAF specialty license plate raise money from all –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– sales of the new license plate for BBBSAF but will create a state- our specialty license plate program,” wide awareness. Proceeds will be used to said Jody Clifford, CEO, BBBS help BBBSAF fund its mentoring pro- Association of Florida. “We invite community members to take their support on grams for children throughout the state. However, 1,000 vouchers must be pur- the road and buy their plates today to chased on or before June 1, 2015. Once help generate much-needed revenue to the goal of 1,000 vouchers has been met, expand mentoring opportunities for chilproduction of plates will begin. Vouchers dren in Florida.” For more information on the BBBS for the new plates can now be purchased at local county tax collector’s offices for license plate program, or how you can be $25 plus county registration service fees. an inspiration to a child, visit “We are extremely excited to launch <www.bbbsflorida.org>.

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Obama/Romney Care survives 42 attemps to kill it R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINT KENNETH’S COMMENTARY There is a rumor (actually a joke) running around that the RNC (Republican National Committee) is suing the Obama administration for stealing the Romney Health Care program that was so successful in Massachusetts during Mitt Romney’s term as governor. Remember Romney? Mitt Romney was the Republican Party’s candidate for President of the United States in 2012. At some point Republicans must have liked the healthcare plan designed and put into place by Republican Romney or they would not have selected him to represent the Republican Party for the Presidency. After all, Obama’s healthcare plan ended up looking a like Romney’s plan — basically with just a different name. Stopping the federal government from working and the idea that America couldn’t pay its bills is stupid, if for no other reason than Congress decides what we spend. So,

stopping payment is the equivalent of our running up a credit card bill and deciding not to pay it when it comes due. All this, because they don’t like a law that they, Congress, approved. Now that just doesn’t make any sense. What happened to the image of America, or more specifically, our elected officials and those of us that voted for them — Democrats and Republicans alike — is a disgrace. That elected officials could care so little about their country is hard to fathom. What is the problem? A small segment of the Republican Party does not like a law that Congress enacted. Not liking a law is their privilege. It is Congress members responsibility, if they do not like a law, to introduce an alternate law that would replace it. First, let’s review the process. The U.S. House of Representatives votes on a bill. Then, or the other way around, the U.S. Senate votes on a similar or matching bill. Then a compromise committee, made up of members of Congress and Senators meet and create a bill that will meet the approval of both houses. Once approved by both houses the bill goes to the White House for signature of the President, which then makes it the law of the land. If the President doesn’t like the bill he can veto it. Congress can override his veto. If

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Congress overrides the veto, it becomes law. If they can’t override the veto, it is dead. If someone believes any law, once approved by the Congress and the President is unconstitutional, they petition the U.S. federal court system (possibly all the way to the Supreme Court) to review the law as to its constitutionality. If it passes it is now the law of the land (for real). The U.S. House of Representatives has tried to do this 42 times and 42 times it has failed. So the Obama/Romney Health Care plan is the law of the land — like it or not. Just read what the world is saying about the impasse. There is the beginning of a movement to consider the Chinese currency the default currency in the event the U.S. dollar falls from grace. Is this what 40 or 50 members of Congress can do to America? I just don’t understand it. If you don’t like the current law get on the street and see to it that Americans elect sufficient Representatives and Senators to office who think like them and write a new law to replace the Obama/Romney health plan. Holding America hostage is not the way it is done. If Congress can stop our government every time a ceretin segment does not like a law that a previous Congress passed, we permanently would bring our nation to a halt.

We need a two-party system in Washington — two healthy parties, Democrats and Republicans. It is a basis of our checks and balances that prevent our nation from going off on some crazy tangent. The fringe Republicans who were holding America hostage reduced their party’s image to what Sen. John McCain described as a “party made up of elected Republicans and their paid staff” and no one else. And this isn’t the end. Congress just kicked the problem down the line a few months. It all comes back for reconsideration in December and January of 2014. Let’s see if Congress learned anything last time around. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 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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Kendall new job opportunities, one paying above the Miami-Dade median wage of $32,000,” he stated. “That could be a brand-new, exciting use for the 70-acres comprising the Town Center property, or a new redevelopment potential for the northwest block of Kendall at SW 137 Avenue.” Qualifying his participation, Zapata added, “Understand, too, that I don’t want to influence your thinking because it could be misinterpreted as a political move. But I will be available to give my opinions whenever you want them while keeping this project independent of any political issues.” His remarks ended an hour-long session that began with an explanation of the corridor study by Eric Silver, assistant director of the Development Services Division within the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, and Jess Linn, principal planner, Department of Planning and Zoning. In sketching out a timeline for the program, Linn said the Oct. 8 meeting would be the first of several in November and

December to solicit public suggestions about improving the corridor, leading to a January 2014 workshop when citizens would work directly with county planners to translate ideas onto land use or zoning maps. A public hearing on proposed planning would follow in April before Planning Board review in June and submission to county commissioners by September. “The dating, however, is very flexible,” he emphasized, noting that the schedule “may change as we develop public interest and participation.” Describing the corridor’s “roughly one-mile width,” Linn said the area comprised a population of 38,000 according to estimates from the 2010 U.S. Census. Planners estimated current land uses as 222 parcels (vacant land); 690 (single-family residential); 330 (multi-family residential); 214 (commercial and office use), and 608 (agricultural). A second study meeting is planned for November. For updated information and future meetings, contact Zapata’s office at 305-375-5511 or visit <zapata@miamidade.gov>.

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who briefly addressed the session, said he was prevented by Sunshine Law or policy restrictions to answer such inquiries at the time of the hearing, adding he had “a longtime interest in the school since he and his wife had made Kendale their first home.” Delayed 15 minutes from an advertised 6:30 p.m. starting time as an overflow crowd got seated, the session ended at 7:25 p.m. when Dr. Martinez only heard total silence when he asked if anyone favored a name change. “It’s clear to me what the overwhelming majority of you want,” he said, promptly closing the hearing. By noon the next day, he had forwarded the “no re-naming” decision to Kendale Elementary. “Keep Kendale Name” was plastered on a giant 20-foot wide paper banner, erected along the school cafetorium wall as students waved dozens of homemade posters with identical sentiments while one-by-one, parents and faculty took turns at a microphone to denounce changing the school name.

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es and talent to the parade program. For more information, contact Gloria Garces at Commissioner Diaz’s office (305599-1200) or send email to <ggarces@miamidade.gov.> PEARL HARBOR DAY OBSERVANCE SCHEDULED AT MILITARY MUSEUM The Friends of the Miami Military Museum and Veterans Memorial will mark a special observance of Pearl Harbor Day at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Veterans, family members and visitors will join for both posting of the colors and a memorial ceremony inside the restored structure on the grounds adjacent to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 St.

“As a 45-year resident of the Village of Kendale, with two grown children who attended Kendale Elementary, I can’t imagine any reason to change the name of this Arated neighborhood school with a fine reputation,” said Diane Lawrence, an officer of the Kendale Homeowners Association. Earlier, Dr. Martinez had patiently explained to the packed turnout that he was required to follow a School Board Policy 7250 “Commemoration of School Facilities” that requires three or more public hearings if someone asks the school board for a name change. “We get many such name changing requests in our office,” advised Valtena Brown, chief of School Operations. “We follow the procedure to find out as much information as we can from the school involved during public hearings. “It was abundantly clear in this case what the Kendale school and community wanted,” she said. According to the policy statement, the school board considers “recommendations from the community and other interested or impacted parties when approving proposed names for new school facilities and renaming of existing facilities.” “We urge all veterans and their families to attend the Golden Veterans Parade and participate in the museum observance,” said Anthony Atwood, advisor to the Military Museum in Kendall where special programs have been conducted in recent years to honor veterans. The museum will be completing interior projects during the coming year after receiving a $500,000 line item appropriation from the State of Florida, part of a $5-6 million budget to open South Florida’s first museum honoring all services and their history, Atwood explained. Veterans parades are planned in several Miami-Dade communities on Monday, Nov. 11, including Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Homestead and Miami Beach. In Kendall. Jewish War Veterans Post 213 will hold its annual Graveside Flag Placement Service at the Mount Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens, 5900 SW 77 Ave. For information, call 305-279-6412.

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Arturo O’Farrill headlining MDC’s Jazz Under the Stars on Nov. 18 BY TERE ESTORINO FLORIN

This year’s Jazz Under the Stars concert, presented by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus and MDC Live Arts, will heat up South Florida with Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Hosted by CBS 4 anchor and MDC alumna Marybel Rodriguez, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, at the Kendall Campus. Several guest artists will round out this magical evening, including Cheito Quiñones; MDC professors Ed Calle, Timothy Brent, Jack Ciano, and Matthew Bonelli; MDC alumna Wendy Pedersen, and the MDC Studio Jazz Ensemble. O’Farrill also will take part in a weeklong residency at MDC. All proceeds will benefit MDC students pursuing degrees in music, theater and dance at the campus. “Jazz Under the Stars brings together our students, faculty, alumni, and community for a great cause,” said Dr. Lourdes Oroza, MDC Kendall Campus president. “We are honored to present Arturo O’Farrill and other brilliant artists on one stage for a very special night.” O’Farrill is a pianist, composer and educator, as well as founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. He was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, he created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. His debut album with the orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable

Night), earned him a Grammy Award nomination in 2006. The orchestra’s second album, Song for Chico, earned a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. In February 2011, O’Farrill and his orchestra released their third and latest album, 40 Acres and a Burro, which was also nominated for a Grammy. In addition, he is the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music, Brooklyn College Conservatory and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, O’Farrill played piano with the Carla Bley Big Band and then went on to develop his solo career with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, The Fort Apache Band, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 1995, he agreed to direct the band that preserved much of his father’s music, the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Now in its seventh year, Jazz Under the Stars has featured some of the biggest names in Latin music and jazz, including Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Albita, Los Herederos, Poncho Sanchez, and more. The concert will be at the MDC Kendall Campus, Fred Shaw Plaza, 11011 SW 104 St. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MDC employees; free admission for MDC students with valid ID. To purchase tickets or for more information visit <www.mdclivearts.org>.

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Registration for Boys and Girls Clubs basketball season starts in November BY DUREE ROSS

It will soon be time for many Miami area children, ages 10-16, to shoot some hoops, thanks to the basketball program at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kendall Club, 9475 N. Kendall Dr. Registration for the 2014 Basketball Season 1 (January-March 2014) will begin in November. The sports programs at Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade are designed to provide a safe and healthy environment so that children can learn team skills, increase self-esteem, build character, become positive role models and increase motivation as well as specific skills related to the sport. Sport programs are available during

the afternoon to the early hours of the night. This is the time of day when children, especially teens, are more likely to engage in harmful activities. They are offered Monday through Saturday. Coaches are volunteers who help the children learn proper techniques for the sport. Registration dates: Division 11 (ages 10-11, born 2002-03), Nov. 12, 2-7 p.m.; Division 13 (ages 1213, born 2000-01), Nov. 13, 2-7 p.m., and Division 16 (ages 14-16, born 1997-99): Nov. 14, 2-7 p.m. Cost is $140 per child for the season. Fee includes uniform, trophy and insurance. Call the Kendall Club at 305-2793013 or visit <www.bgcmia.org> for more information.


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MDC’s Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón The Giving Tree receives ‘Good Scout’ Award Needle Arts and Gifts

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Miami Dade College (MDC) president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been honored by the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the 2013 “Good Scout” Award. This special award recognizes respected community leaders and organizations that exemplify the values of Scouting through their service and support of the community. Dr. Padrón’s has led Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the immediate past chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by six American Presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Barack

Obama. Padrón also recently was named one of Time magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” one of the eight most “influential college leaders” in the U.S. in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine. Dr. Padrón is the recipient of hundreds of major awards during his career which began in 1970 including the 2012 National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service; 2012 Sand in My Shoes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; 2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation; 2010 Chairman’s Award from the Beacon Council; 2008 Innovator of the Year Award from the League for Innovation; the 2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, and other honors. Internationally, Dr. Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and organizations including the Republic of France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palms Académiques; Republic of Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin, and Spain’s King Juan Carlos II, who bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.


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Students take their best shots in Zoolens photo competition

Miami-Dade County middle school students enjoy a special event at Zoo Miami as part of the 2013 Zoolens Photography Project, a wildlife photo contest developed by Mercantil Commercebank. Ron Magill, Zoo Miami’s director of communications, offered students exclusive access to Zoo Miami animals as well as expert photography tips.

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Mercantil Commercebank hosted a special event for Miami-Dade County middle school students on Oct. 12 as part of the 2013 Zoolens Photography Project. Ron Magill, Nikon Ambassador and Zoo Miami’s director of communications, provided an exclusive Zoo Miami experience for student attendees. While offering expert photography tips, he also engaged several animals to help students

get up-close looks, as well as their best shots. Fostering wildlife appreciation and education, the Zoolens Photography Project encourages students attending MiamiDade County’s public and private schools to visit Zoo Miami, creatively photograph their favorite animal and submit their photo entry before Nov. 1 for a chance to win a $2,000 savings account. Students and parents can learn more at <www.Zoolens.com>.


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Ribfest returns to Zoo Miami with sizzling entertainment BY EDITH TORRES

The racks are back as Ribfest returns to Zoo Miami, Nov. 1-3, for a weekend jampacked with finger-licking barbecue and entertainment for the entire family. Enjoy award-winning barbecue from seven of the finest ribbers in the nation competing to win “best of” in five categories, including best ribs, pork, beef brisket, chicken and sauce. The winners will be selected in a blind taste test by a panel of celebrity judges to include Chef Ralph Pagano from season one of Hell’s Kitchen, Zoo Miami’s very own Ron Magill, Kiss Country’s Darlene Evans, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Thunder Country’s Dougie Hitchcock, and others. Winners will be announced on Sunday at 4 p.m. In addition to great barbecue, patrons will enjoy all-day live rock and country music concerts by popular local bands including The Mojo Scoundrels, Havoc 305, The Click, The Vibe, Fire Brigade, Burnt Biscuit Band, Gypsy Road, Payback, and the Rodeo Clowns. There will be live remotes from Country music favorites Thunder Country with Dougie Hitchcock on Sunday, and Kiss Country with Darlene Evans on Saturday. Don’t miss beer-inspired cooking demonstrations and pairings throughout each day at the Chef’s Corner beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday, or purchase home-grown Florida produce and products at the Farmers Market. Harley Davidson fans don’t miss out on the “Jumpstart” demonstration and motorcycle rally, or if you prefer cars, check out Homestead-Miami Speedway’s authentic NASCAR or test drive a brand new Chevrolet on site. Other activities include hay rides, arts and crafts vendors, themed photo opportunities, and more. Purchase Zoo Miami/Ribfest combo tickets to enjoy a wild day at the zoo, or enjoy Ribfest as a VIP with VIP tickets that include

general admission; a VIP meal (half rack of ribs, baked beans, cole slaw and dinner roll); six beers from an expanded craft/seasonal beer selection to include Blue Moon Pumpkin Harvest, Batch 19, Blue Moon Rounder, Crispin Cider, Fox Barrel Pear, Linenkugel Orange, Third Shift and Blue Moon Short Straw; an event koozie; access to shaded lounge area, and comfort station restrooms. “We are delighted that Zoo Miami will once again be the site for this year’s Ribfest bringing one of our most popular events to one of our most popular park attractions, providing quality entertainment at an affordable price to Miami-Dade County constituents,” said Jack Kardys, director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. “This is a great time for our county family to come together not only to enjoy the outdoors but to enjoy the finest Rib’s that MiamiDade has to offer. I take great pride to participate in events that take place here in my district,” said Commissioner Dennis C. Moss Ribfest hours of operation and ticket information: Friday, Nov. 1, 4-9 p.m. Free admission and a free side with the purchase of a halfrack or whole rack of ribs. Saturday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. General admission: $10; Ribfest/Zoo Miami combo: $20; and VIP: $75 which includes general admission ticket, a VIP meal and other amenities. Tickets can be purchased in advance at <www.miamiribfest.com> or at the door. Ribfest was created in 2004 as one of several events taking place at parks across the county in celebration of Miami-Dade Parks 75th year anniversary. In past glory days, the event brought thousands to its previous home at Homestead Air Reserve Park. After a two-year hiatus, Ribfest was resurrected last year to a new site at Zoo Miami, where it will be held again this year. For more information or to become a vendor, visit <www.miamiribfest.com>.

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Meet the author, illustrator of Eleven Gulliver seniors recognized by kids book Tommy’s Discovery National Merit Scholarship Program BY COSETTE MARTINEZ

BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Seven seniors of Gulliver have been selected among approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Gulliver’s qualifying seniors are Joyce Chen, Joshua Cohen, Benjamin Froomkin, Philip Kaifer, Ciara Keane, Sharon Peng and Paolo Scalla. All of the students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and qualified during their junior year at Gulliver. Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year. This test served as an initial screening of program entrants. The highest scoring students in each state are selected for the pool of semifinalists. The award honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Gulliver semifinalists will continue in the running for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. About 90 percent of semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half of the finalists are likely to win a National Merit Scholarship,

Meet the author, Cindy Amar, and illustrator, Gonzalo Battaglia, of the children’s book Tommy’s Discovery at the Alper JCC, SW 112th Avenue and 112th Street on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Amar, a native Miamian, is a retired teacher and counselor. Battaglia is a MiamiDade County art teacher. Learn how they collaborated to make this book a reality. The book is about Tommy Turtle. Tommy is worried about who would help him if something happened to his parents. He goes searching for answers by asking his animal friends for help. After almost giving up, he makes a fabulous discovery, one of self-worth and Cindy Amar self-importance. –––––––––––––––

earning the Merit Scholar title. The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in April 2014. Gulliver also congratulates seniors Ciara Keane, Alexander McQuire, Juan Pino, Monica Rodriguez-Fernandez and Alejandra Ruttimann for being commended in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students will not move forward in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, but they may be candidates for scholarships offered by corporate and business sponsors. Six Gulliver seniors have been selected as 2014 National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) scholars. Gulliver’s qualifying seniors are Philip Kaifer, Alexander McQuire, Juan Pino, Monica Rodriguez, Alejandra Ruttimann and Paolo Scalla. All of the students took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) and qualified during their junior year at Gulliver, and have at least a 3.5 GPA. This year, 5,300 of the highest-scoring students are recognized from more than 259,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last year. Students recognized by the NHRP are at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM FLORIDA CITY GAS Every day, underground pipelines safely transport natural gas to homes and businesses throughout the area. Florida City Gas is responsible for the security and maintenance of pipelines in our service territory.

Call Before You Dig Before digging around your property, state law requires you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked – for free! You must wait the required amount of time before you begin your project. Pipeline markers indicate the presence of pipe and right-of-way. While they’re not present in all areas, it’s always best to call 811.If right-of-way is adjacent to your property, it is your responsibility to ensure no new landscaping or physical structure interferes with access to the pipeline, and with our ability to keep it safe through routine monitoring and maintenance. Information about transmission pipelines operating in your community is available through the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) and is available online at www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov.

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Water Heater Safety

IF YOU SMELL GAS, ACT FAST.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although natural gas pipeline incidents are uncommon, these tips will help you identify a possible leak and know what to do.

Carbon Monoxide

LISTEN for a hissing or roaring sound near a natural gas appliance or line.

Incomplete combustion of any fuel – produces carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and has no odor, taste or color. Carbon monoxide detectors are helpful, but they are no substitute for using equipment safely. This includes having it inspected once a year by a certified contractor.

Appliance Safety According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency: • It’s important that you have your furnace inspected by a qualified specialist. • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition. • Keep trash and other combustible material away from your air heating and water heating systems.

LOOK for blowing dirt or continued bubbling of standing water.

SMELL for the distinctive rotten-egg scent of natural gas. Take action if you detect even a small amount of this odor. LEAVE the area IMMEDIATELY if you detect a natural gas leak. Don’t try to identify the source or stop the leak. CALL Florida City Gas at 888.352.5325 or 911 once you are safely away from the possible leak site. Stay away from the area until a Florida City Gas representative or emergency personnel indicate it is safe to return. REMEMBER while near a possible natural gas leak, do not touch or use anything that may cause a spark. This includes lighters, matches, cigarettes, flashlights, light switches and telephones. Wait until you have left the area to use a cell phone. For more information,visit floridacitygas.com/safety or call 800.9937546.


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CBBC invites community to International Food Festival BY RAQUEL BANKSTON

Join Community Bible Baptist Church (CBBC Miami) for its inaugural International Food Festival to take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is only a $1 donation per person. This annual event will showcase the talents of local food vendors, restaurants, food trucks, as well as many other exciting vendors. This is a family-friendly event featuring live music, performances, Kids Fun-blast Zone, and much more.

Enter the raffles for your chance to win. There will be a winner every hour. Enjoy free giveaways by one of the sponsors, Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay. While you are there let a team member of Health Systems of South Florida offer you a complimentary health screening. CBBC Miami is located at 9855 SW 152 St. (next door to Coral Reef High School). For information, send email to <cbbc@cbbcmiami.org>; visit the website at <www.cbbcmiami.org/foodfest>, or call 786-487-7749.

Library seeking young artists BY VINORA HAMILTON

The Miami-Dade Public Library is seeking budding young artists, 6-12, to participate in its annual “Make-a-Bookmark” contest. Children are encouraged to submit a drawing depicting the theme: Why I Love My Library? The contest runs until Nov. 16. Contest entry must be original work and will be judged on creativity and neatness. One finalist will be chosen from each branch, and the grand prizewinner will be selected

from among these finalists. The winning design will be used on the library’s official bookmark for 2014, and the winner also will receive a large basket of art supplies and a certificate of recognition from the Miami Dolphins. Entry forms are available at all branches and online at <www.mdpls.org>. Final date for submission is Saturday, Nov. 16. The Bookmark Contest is made possible with the support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Friends of the MiamiDade Public Library.

Homemade Redland jellies and more at Silver Palm UMC holiday bazaar BY BOB JENSEN

Homemade Redland jellies, Redland-grown fruits, vegetables and plants, baked goods, handmade crafts and other items will be featured at the Silver Palm United Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar on Saturday Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bazaar, which is being conducted nearly a month earlier than in previous years, will be in the church Fellowship Hall and on the lawn at

15855 SW 248 St. (adjacent to the Miami-Dade Public Schools bus parking lot next to Redland Middle School and across the street from Knauss Berry Farm). The church is on Coconut Palm not Silver Palm Drive. A unique “scoop luncheon” will allow visitors to purchase a “scoop” of one or more dishes prepared by the ladies of the church. Many of the items on sale are very affordable and would make excellent Christmas gifts.

Seasons 52 to host another charity event BY GLORIA BURNS

Seasons 52 on Miracle Mile will host a fundraiser on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 5-7 p.m., to benefit the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Team for the American Arthritis Foundation Walk on Nov. 16 and the Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic, a free clinic owned and operated by the Coral Gables Woman’s Club. For a minimum $10 donation, guests will receive one complimentary house wine, beer or soda as well as an assortment of Seasons

famous flatbreads. Aside from partying with friends, guests also will have an opportunity to win door prizes and raffle prizes adding some excitement to a fun evening for two great causes. Whether you want to help children in need of dental care or to help prevent and fund a search for the a cure for arthritis, this promises to be a great opportunity to show support. To RSVP, call 305-968-3090. This event is one of many ways that Seasons 52 supports and invests in the community.

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Do you or someone you know have Facial Acne? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 12 years of age or older that suffer from Facial Acne, to participate in a seven [7] 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 $350.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Acné Facial? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 años de edad o más que padecen de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de siete [7] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Un reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $350.00. For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

FXM Research Miami 11760 Bird Road, Suite 452 Miami, FL 33175

www.fxmresearch.com

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 conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] 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 o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

FXM Research Miami 11760 Bird Road, Suite 452 Miami, FL 33175

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‘Who Made the Everglades’ topic Florida City’s 100th anniversary of free lecture at Deering Estate highlights museum’s reopening BY CATHY GUERRA

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Lectures take place at the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Visitor Center, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The lectures are free to the public. The next lecture is on Thursday, Nov. 14, and the topic is “Who Made the Everglades” with Dr. Michele Williams. Consider taking a walk back in time and experience the Everglades through the eyes of Dr. Williams. From the Paleo-Indian period, 10,000 BCE-8,000 BCE, through the Historic period, 1750 AD-1930 AD, various populations of Native American people navigated through and wrestled the Everglades with its unique ecosystem — marshes, dense mangroves, towering palms, alligator holes and tropical fauna. But how did it all start? This talk will explore the geological and cultural history of the Everglades. In particular, it will look at the role of early Native Americans and

initial tree island formations. Michele Williams, PhD, RPA is the director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Williams has participated in excavations throughout the southeastern United States for the past 25 years. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>. The Archaeological Society of Southern Florida (ASSF) was established in 1949. The ASSF operates as a non-profit, volunteer organization, which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the MiamiDade County Archaeologist, serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area.

BY BOB JENSEN

Florida City will celebrate its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city in December of 2014. The Florida Pioneer Museum will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 9, highlighting the history of Florida City — originally called Detroit until incorporation. Visitors will view early photos of Detroit and Florida City, postcards, a newspaper published by the developers of the community — the Miami Land and Development Company. The museum recently purchased a collection of the earliest known photos dating back to 1912. They are being analyzed and will be then put on display later. A book of Florida City’s first laws and

ordinances also is on display as well as a large trophy won by the city in a competition in Miami for parade entries. The entry was a truck displaying blocks of ice containing fruit and vegetables grown in the area. Entry to the museum is free. It is open and staffed by volunteer docents from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Museum Association is looking for volunteers to train for this coming season. No knowledge of the history of the community is required; you will acquire it and be trained by experienced volunteers. Two volunteers are always on duty. To volunteer, contact Meda Jensen at 305-248-0976 and leave a message or send email to <bobmeda@aol.com>.


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Public Radio’s BURN to examine coming threat of rising sea levels BY JULIE FUSELLA

With reports and interviews from the beaches of South Florida, the glacier fields of Greenland, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana and the streets of New York City, public radio’s award-winning BURN: An Energy Journal takes an indepth look at the potentially devastating impact of rising seas on two major American cities and the Gulf Coast’s vulnerable marshlands and equally vulnerable oil-and-gas industry. It also captures the sights and sounds of Greenland’s ice sheets, which are melting more rapidly than anyone had anticipated and unleashing huge quantities of fresh water into the North Atlantic. That, in turn, is driving sea rise in places like Miami. In this one-hour special produced by SoundVision Productions, host Alex Chadwick and his BURN colleagues do what public radio does best — break down big, complex, controversial subjects into smaller, more personal, “human-scale” stories, offering powerful reporting and unique insights along the way. “Rising Seas” will be broadcast on WLRN in Miami on Nov. 12, following the recent release of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s significant report compiled by hundreds of scientists worldwide. The IPCC’s advance summary of the full report is unequivocal: “Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” stated one of IPCC’s co-chairs. The BURN special also is being aired in conjunction with what is known in South Florida as the “King Tide,” an autumnal high tide that puts canals, rivers and coastal areas at risk of flooding. Also available online will be a wealth of additional content — exclusive photos, graphs and videos — that sheds more light on the global impact of rising seas. The website extras will include an essay by award-winning science journalist Dan Grossman who outlines current projections for sea level rise by 2100. BURN reporters will submit video “postcards”

from the field, and filmmaker Josh Kurz, who specializes in blending science with comedy, will present several “explainer videos.” BURN is launching a new Tumblr blog called “100 Years Rising” and is inviting all listeners to imagine what life might be like in the future when more of the world is underwater — and to share those written, photographic and video visions on the new blog. “100 Years Rising” is especially interested in hearing from local journalists — and high school and university students — who live in threatened coastal areas about how their communities will be affected, and what they can do about it. BURN stories on energy and climate change also can be explored on BURN Facebook and followed on Twitter. In the upcoming BURN special, Chadwick calls rising seas “the monster stepchild of climate change.” The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently conducted a threat assessment and determined the 20 most vulnerable coastal cities in the world — Miami is first, New York City is third, and New Orleans is 12th. From Miami, Chadwick reports that parts of the city will permanently flood as soon as 15 years from now. Already parts of Miami Beach flood regularly during abnormal high tides. Because the substrate for South Florida is porous limestone, there is basically no defense. He tells the story of Miami’s impending struggle for survival through two local scientists who are deeply involved with sea level rise. Nicole Hernandez Hammer is program manager for the Climate Change Initiative, a project out of Florida Atlantic University that pulls together academics, public officials and agencies to study and prepare for climate change. Hammer tells Chadwick that she is “very concerned about what lies ahead for Florida in the next 30 years. It’s going to be radically different.” Keren Bolter is a PhD student at FAU in the Department of Environmental Studies whose research compares “perceived and actual risk” for sea level rise in Florida. Her preliminary findings: many people who live miles from the coast are at high risk and don’t know it.

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CHI helping area residents access ACA Marketplace BY LEE STEPHENS

Linda Epps has spent her career caring for others. Yet this self-employed home healthcare provider has struggled to maintain her own healthcare. “I just couldn’t afford it on my salary” she confessed with misty eyes. Epps has been without health insurance for seven years. Five years ago she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Without insurance she has not been able to properly care for herself and take the suggested medication to control her sugar levels. “I know that’s dangerous. I am the sole supporter of two daughters and I need to be healthy for them,” she continued. So like many others eager for help, Epps went to Community Health of South Florida Inc. (CHI) on Oct. 1. It was the

nationwide enrollment launch date for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It has been a complicated issue for many over the past few years that left many wondering how it would affect them. Coverage, pricing and eligibility questions seemed confusing for some. To address those concerns and help educate the community, CHI held an informational program and invited speakers from various agencies to explain everything about the new healthcare program. The event also involved oneon-one enrollment assistance. Hundreds showed up at the Doris Ison Center 10300 SW 216 St., for CHI’s program. However outreach and enrollment staff had to take down names and contact information because the government’s website wasn’t functioning properly. By the end

of the day they had close to 250 people to follow up with for enrollment assistance as soon as the Marketplace website was functioning again. One of those names on the list was Linda Epps. Despite the temporary setback she was enthusiastic. Just knowing that help was in the pipeline meant the world of a difference to her. “Today I have been rescued,” Epps said excitedly. “And now with my new insurance plan my girls will have coverage too until they are 26 year old. Me and my girls have been rescued.” The online Insurance Marketplace offers several different levels of coverage from which to choose. The services covered and the corresponding premium costs vary, allowing people to select the type of care and the affordability appropriate to each family. These options can be viewed and

compared online, or with a trained insurance plan specialist. There are out of pocket limits based on income. Enrollment for ACA is from Oct. 1 through Mar. 31, 2014. In order for the plan to be active by Jan. 1, 2014, the person must apply by Dec. 15. Those who do not make the Dec. 15 deadline will have the start of their coverage delayed. Next year, those without health insurance will be charged a penalty on their income taxes if they have not enrolled by the Mar. 31 deadline. Enrollment assistance will continue to be available at all nine of the CHI locations as well as additional satellite sites throughout the Keys, South Dade and Miami. Anyone can make an appointment with an outreach and enrollment assistant by calling CHI at 786-272-2100.

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Seasons Hospice Foundation recruiting Join the community in Making kids for Bereavement Camp, Jan. 18-20 Strides Against Breast Cancer BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BY GREGORY ALFORD

Camp Kangaroo, a free three-day bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation, is recruiting children ages 5 to 13 who have lost a loved one to participate in a camp experience in January. The camp will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at Shake-A-Leg Miami in Coconut Grove. Transportation, lunch and snacks will be provided for campers at no cost. Each day of camp consists of both recreational activities and grief therapy sessions. Camp goals are achieved using a variety of proven bereavement therapy methods. Seasons Hospice Foundation’s Camp Kangaroo began in the Chicago area two years ago, and is quickly expanding to other Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care locations across the country.

Camp Kangaroo has four identified goals: • Educate campers about grief and provide appropriate outlets for them to express their emotions. • Provide peer support by connecting campers with other children experiencing similar loss and grief emotions. • Provide a therapeutic opportunity for campers to honor their lost loved one and move forward through their grief. • Give campers an opportunity to explore medical questions related to their own loss with a Seasons Hospice physician. For more information, or to register your child for Camp Kangaroo, call 305-7629230. Camp Kangaroo is provided at no cost through the generous donations of individuals and organizations in the Miami-Dade community. Call 305-762-9230 if you are interested in becoming a Camp Kangaroo sponsor.

Thousands of Miami residents, breast cancer survivors, businesses and community members will join together at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. This noncompetitive, fundraising event will unite the community in celebrating breast cancer survivors, educate men and women about the importance of early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs that will further the progress against this disease. The 2013 Miami-Dade Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way (NW 16th Avenue) in Miami. The walk begins at 9 a.m. “We invite the entire community to participate in this year’s walk. Unfortunately, nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer. We must do everything possible to raise the much needed funds to be one step closer to finding a cure,” said 2013 chair Jessica Samo, vice president/group manager with

Jones Lang LaSalle. “Breast cancer has a profound impact on Floridians as the state ranks second in the nation for the number of new breast cancer cases and third in the number of related deaths,” said Yomayra Mora-Perea, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer manager. “But out of these grim numbers comes the hope we create when we gather and work together to fight this disease. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is not only a way to raise funds for that fight, but also gives us a chance to gather to celebrate survivors.” The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk supports the American Cancer Society’s unique mission to fight cancer on all four fronts: research, education, advocacy and patient services. Over time, the Society has invested more in breast cancer research than any other voluntary public health organization. Since 1972, it has invested nearly $323 million in breast cancer research grants, resulting in many of today’s breast cancer treatments. For more information or to sign up for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Miami, call 305594-4363 or visit online at <www.MakingStridesWalk.org/Miami>.


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More than 800 walkers ‘Step Out’ to raise awareness about diabetes BY VERONICA NOWELL

More than 800 Miami-Dade residents helped Stop Diabetes by participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Sept. 21. More than $100,000 was raised and will be used to support the Association’s mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. “Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of our Red Striders, teams, volunteers, and sponsors, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes was a resounding success!” said Russell Benford, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade County. “The money they raised will make a difference in the lives of people with diabetes and their loved ones.” Local sponsors included Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Baptist Health of South Florida, Pizza Hut, Assurant, Florida Blue, FedEx, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, South Florida Times, Toyota, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, CarePlus, Leon Medical Centers, Hogan Lovells, Trivest, Life4Diabetes, Medtronics, Publix Pharmacies, Becker &

Members of Coral Gables Woman’s Club support ADA Step Out to Stop Diabetes Walk. Pictured (l-r) are Gloria Burns, Jessie Francisco, Carol Rosenau, Lauren Chiara and Kate Swain. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Poliakoff, Kaufman Rossi & Company, Nestle, Harvey, Covington and Thomas, and Perform Studios.

National sponsors included Novo Nordisk, Walgreens, Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup, Equal 0 Calorie Sweetener and

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Adding a New Dimension to Breast Health BY DONNA SHELLEY Dr. Leslie Frost has opened a new office and third location for the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at 10300 Sunset Drive. She has the newest technology in breast imaging; 3D mammography or breast tomosynthesis. Dr. Frost is committed to providing the best and most personalized service for women’s health. Modern, two-dimensional mammograms have been available to women since about 1970. The test, a low-dosage x-ray image of the breast has proven effective in early detection of breast cancer and for diagnostic testing of abnormalities in breast tissue. A powerful tool, the mammogram has been extremely important to the fight against this nation’s most prevalent form of cancer among woman. Now, with the addition of 3D imaging, doctors can see the breast tissue in greater detail, from many different angles. Likened to turning the pages of a book, the doctor or radiologist can see the condition of the breast tissue in one millimeter slices at a time. This method creates a clearer picture and

addresses the primary limitations of 2D imaging, the superimposition of normal breast tissue. “3D mammography is very exciting new technology for breast radiologists. It significantly increases the sensitivity of the mammogram particularly when evaluating dense breast tissue, which so many women have. Breast tomosynthesis allows us to see through the best tissue in more detail so that we can find cancer earlier. And we better evaluate areas of concern reducing the need for additional studies,” stated Dr. Frost. With 3D imaging, the outcome can not only distinguish between tumors and dense, healthy tissue, it can mean fewer diagnostic tests and unnecessary biopsies. Regular breast exams and annual mammograms should be part of a woman’s routine health regimen if she is over 40 or in a group that is at high risk of breast cancer. The most prevalent form of cancer among women in the country, breast cancer ranks second only to lung cancer in number of deaths it causes in this demographic. Hispanic-

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Third annual ‘Teal Over Miami’ brings awareness of gynecological cancers BY LEE STEPHENS

after the second annual Teal Over Miami event, Lydia’s Legacy raised almost Lydia’s Legacy hosted its second annual $7,000. Teal Over Miami on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lydia’s Legacy partnered with the the Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove Doctors Hospital Gyneoclogic Oncology Sapphire Room. Lydia’s Legacy was Unit and other community organizations to founded by Carin Ross Johnson of Miami bring attention to gynecologic cancers. in memory of her mother, To mark the occasion, Dr. Lydia Greene Ross. attendees were encourThe organization is The organization is aged to wear “teal” attire dedicated to raising dedicated to raising highlighting the color awareness, funding teal, which is the awareawareness, funding research, supporting surness ribbon color for research, supporting gynecologic cancers. In vivors and supporting education about gynecoaddition, teal toes for survivors and logic cancers. Its annual supporting education women and teal ties for fundraiser, Teal Over men were appropriate. about gynecologic Miami, featured a silent Betty Davis, WPLG auction, live music, Local 10 meteorologist, cancers. Its annual health and wellness served as emcee. fundraiser, Teal Over exhibits and raffles. Dr. Lydia G. Ross was “Since our first Teal a leader in the MiamiMiami, featured a Over Miami, I continue Dade Community and silent auction, live to be amazed by the suplost her three-year battle port from the local comwith stage 3A music, health and munity,” Johnson said. Endometrial Cancer on wellness exhibits “This year’s event will June 20, 2010, surroundand raffles. focus on service to caned in love by her family. cer patients. We have Lydia’s chief concern asked attendees to bring hygiene products, through her battle with gynecologic cancer journals and puzzle books to support newly was that there was not enough awareness diagnosed women with cancer. We also or visibility about gynecologic cancer feature the best dessert bar in Miami, all in issues in the community. Hence, the idea of ‘teal,’ the awareness color for women’s “Lydia’s Legacy” was formed as an organgynecologic cancers.” ization targeted toward growing awareProceeds from the event provided fund- ness, education and research regarding ing for cancer support and education in the gynecologic cancers. Miami-Dade community. Since its foundDuring Lydia’s memorial service, teal ing in 2011, Lydia’s Legacy donated more ribbons were given to more than 300 attenthan $15,000 to organizations focused on dees and thousands of dollars in donations gynecologic cancer research, survivor care to the National Foundation for Women’s and finding a cure for these cancers in Cancer were raised and donated in her Charlotte, NC, and Miami. In doing so, honor.

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Bayfront Park’s free yoga classes Cancer Prevention Study-3: surpass 100,000 in attendance How you can help cure cancer BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BY CAROL CUTT

Another milestone was reached at Bayfront Park’s free yoga class on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as total attendance since the inception of the classes surpassed 100,000. Assuming 525 calories burned during the hour-and-15-minute class, that amounts to a total of 52.5 million calories burned. Free weekly yoga classes started at Bayfront Park on Sept. 12, 2005. Eight people attended the class. The class was held every Monday, and by May 2006, the classes had become so popular they were expanded to three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). Currently, average attendance is exceeding 100 per class.

The setting is ideal. Conducted outdoors by Biscayne Bay, the classes offer a unique atmosphere to relax and invigorate at the same time. In addition, participants can enjoy the stunning view. “The classes are about building a community and we are pleased that the community has responded,” said Timothy Schmand, Bayfront Park Management Trust’s executive director. Classes are open free to the public, and take place rain or shine and on holidays. In the event of rain, the classes are held inside the Bayfront Park Management Trust office. Current class sponsors are TeamFootWorks and Yoga Journal. Past sponsors have included smartwater, ZICO Beverages, Naked Juice, and NatureRaised Farms.

As the American Cancer Society marks its 100th birthday this year, we are asking South Floridians to celebrate with us and help finish the fight against cancer by participating in a historic cancer research study. This study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. If you’re between the ages of 30 and 65 with no personal history of cancer, you can enroll in the study. All you have to do is sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, have your waist measured and give a small blood sample. Then you’ll be sent follow-up surveys from time to time throughout the next 20 years so researchers can learn more about your lifestyle and look for clues about what causes cancer. “The question is not ‘why am I participating?’ The question is ‘how could I not?’’ said CPS-3 participant Bibiana Salmon who is championing CPS-3 enrollment in Miami. “Cancer affects so many lives and this is my chance to be part of the study that finds a cure.” There is an enrollment events coming up in the area on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Health South Florida – The

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Compassionate care, comprehensive treatment, preventive medicine, convenience and personalized service make up the core philosophy of Pinecrest’s newest patient care center – Pure Executive Health & Wellness — operated by Dr. Jennifer Miranda, a board certified internal medicine physician. At her modern offices in the Marlin Centre in Pinecrest Plaza, 11921 S. Dixie Hwy., Dr. Miranda focuses on building the patient-physician relationship, which she believes is the first step toward achieving total body wellness. “In traditional practices, many physicians do not devote proper time and attention to each patient,” Miranda said. “As a result, the focus of care is on putting out fires and treating symptoms and illnesses instead of being proactive with health and wellness.” Miranda provides comprehensive care to all patients over age 15. Pure Health and Wellness packages are designed for busy individuals who want to learn about their health and be involved in their wellness process. “Executive physical examinations for men and women help individuals in high-stress jobs maintain good health so they don’t lose time due to health issues,” Miranda said. “They are able to stay focused on their work and be there for their families.” Preventive medicine often begins with a complete physical and diagnostic screening. In her state-of-the-art facility, Dr. Miranda provides diagnostic testing services such as a complete blood workup, body composition, food sensitivity, bone density scan, hearing exam, lung function, genetic screening,

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stress strategies and medical or pharmaceutical intervention,” she said. Miranda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was a four-time recipient of the John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Her impressive credentials and experience enable her to diagnose and treat a variety of ailments, including asthma, diabetes and diseases of the heart, liver, lungs and thyroid, and, of course, cold and flu. A native of Miami, Miranda received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and was admitted into Alpha Omega Alpha, one of the highest honors bestowed on a medical student. She completed her residency at the UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital where she was named Intern of the Year and served as chief medical resident. She also recently completed a comprehensive program at UM in Functional Medicine. “Advance testing shows the balance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which can play a significant role in wellness,” she said. “Additionally, certain foods can cause inflammation and other negative symptoms. I’ve had many positive experiences with determining food sensitivities. When patients eliminated problematic foods, they felt so much better.” Miranda schedules ample time with patients to eliminate waiting and offers same day, next day and Saturday appointments. She also makes home visits and provides patients with her phone number so they can always reach her. For more information, call 786-227-6811 or go to <www.purehealthandwellnessmiami.com>.


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Do you or someone you know have Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Rosacea “Redness on forehead, cheeks, and nose with acne type lesions on your face” to participate in a four [4] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation.

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¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años de edad o más que padecen de Rosacea “Enrojecimiento en la frente, mejillas, y nariz con lesiones similares al acné”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de cuatro [4] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $200.00. For more information please call:

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¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] 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 o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

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“FonFest,” the Friends of Nature Music Festival, takes place Nov. 9-10 at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park. An ambitious and innovative event, done on a grand scale, the environmentally conscious festival is billed as more than just a music festival, with hundreds of musicians, artists, filmmakers, inventors, comedians, and philosophers from all over the world pitching in to provide entertainment and to raise awareness about saving the planet. Besides the concert music by exciting bands in four “stage” areas there will be costumes, sculptures and art exhibits, food (including ice cream, ice cold lemonade, pop-corn and fruit) workshops, yoga, dancers, comedy, drum circles, movies on the beach, and non-profit

organizations participating. FonFest is presented by Eyeness Productions, co-founded by Miami locals Ines Galindo and Oscar Diaz. One of the first production companies in Miami creating events that implement eco-friendly initiatives and use alternative energy, making them more responsible to the environment, the festival founders hope that all attendees “will leave with the tools and knowledge of how to save the planet.” Unlike many music festivals, it will source all power from natural sources such as solar, bio-fuel and natural gas generators as well as ensure all products sold remain true to the festival’s eco-friendly mandate. For more information about the festival, the music and comedy lineup and other details, or to purchase tickets to FonFest, visit the website at <www.fonfest.com>.


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Chevrolet shows off 2014 Corvette Stingray to media BY RON BEASLEY

Automotive Editor Chevrolet sent a team of its top executives to Miami recently, along with a trio of beautiful new Corvette Stingrays, to showcase the latest rendition of the iconic sports car for members of the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). A record turnout of more than 65 SAMA members showed up at the trendy Barton G’s restaurant in Miami Beach to drive the new version of the Corvette, a car that has become an international classic, and hear Chevrolet’s performance cars marketing manager John Fitzpatrick give a detailed review of the new sports car. He told the group that this is the first Corvette since the early 1970s to warrant wearing the legendary “Stingray” badge. “We didn’t set out to build a Stingray,” Fitzpatrick said. “We set out to build the greatest Corvette we could. It wasn’t until we got done that we said, ‘Ya know, this really does remind everybody of the ’63 Corvette in terms of not only the look of the car, but how the car feels and how it reacts.’ We thought it was natural to add the Stingray name at that point.”

He added that Chevrolet is “redefining modern performance with this latest Stingray. And only a Corvette with the perfect balance of technology, design and performance can wear the iconic Stingray designation.” Fitzpatrick also told the crowd that the new Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette model ever produced, with 455 hp (460 hp with the available performance exhaust system), and that it is the most capable standard Corvette ever, with the high-performance Z51-equipped models clocking 0-60 acceleration in 3.8 seconds, running the quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, achieving an amazing 1.03g in cornering grip and stopping from 60 mph in just 107 feet. He added that the new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previousgeneration Corvette. It incorporates an allnew frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies and completely new exterior and interior designs. Some of the highlights of the new Stingray are: • An interior of genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, hand-wrapped leather materials, dual eight-inch configurable

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Debuts and much more set for Miami International Auto Show BY JOHN G. KISKINIS

Auto aficionados will have the opportunity to get a first look at hundreds of 2014 model cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs when the Miami International Show returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center for its 43rd annual run. The show will open on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) in Miami Beach, and conclude its 10-day run on Sunday, Nov. 17. Models from more than 40 manufacturers will be displayed throughout the nearly half million square foot floor along with many of the same special features and exhibits that have made the auto show one of the keynote events of South Florida’s fall season. Miami is considered among the top five in attendance nationally among auto shows. “South Florida is a top market for introducing new automotive products,” said Mario Murgado, show chair of this year’s 43rd annual event. “Today’s engineering and technology are adding to efficiency, safety, reliability and value. These cars really offer something for everyone.” Two vehicles will be making their national auto show debuts in Miami. The

Cadillac Escalade, which set the standard for luxury SUVs when it was introduced as a 1999 model, is all new for 2015 as it enters its fourth generation. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli sedan, first seen as a coupe in the 1960s, is set to spearhead the Italian manufacturer’s ambitious plans to become a fine-line automaker by 2015. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the Great American sports car that is entering its seventh generation, is the Official Show Car for the Miami Auto Show. In addition to being able to pore over the vehicles at their leisure, show attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of selected new models from manufacturers like Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Mazda, and Toyota during the show’s Ride and Drive opportunities on weekend hours and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). “There’s no better backdrop at any other auto show in the U.S. than Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive,” Murgado added. Camp Jeep, offering attendees the opportunity for an off-road experience as Jeep experts take riders around a special layout just outside the center, returns and will recognize its one-millionth rider during the course of the show. It could be you, so

don’t miss it! Also back will be the nostalgic Havana Classics presented in part by Telemundo 51. Cars that once toured the Cuba’s picturesque roads and backstreets will transport you back in time to the 1950s. A rare, 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally owned by Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn will be among the featured vehicles, rumble seat and all. Who doesn’t like convertibles? For the second straight year, the Topless in Miami exhibit will have on display drop tops from the annual competition sponsored by the Southern Automotive Media Association. Once again, exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and Aston Martin will be in Million Dollar Alley to entice those attendees holding winning lottery tickets. Speaking of nostalgia, Memory Lane, annually sponsored by the South Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, will have a special attraction this year. See something you really, really, really like? Let others know immediately. Show attendees will be able to connect and interact with others in real time via Twitter at prominent screens displayed at high-traffic

points on the convention center floor. Oh, yes. Don’t forget to enter the show’s annual giveaway promotion for your chance to win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro. The prize car, a Camaro 1LT, carries an MSRP of nearly $30,000. The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which is comprised of more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, is the official sponsor of the Miami International Auto Show, which debuted in 1971. Admission to the show is $12 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets may be ordered through the show’s website for a $1 convenience fee. Discount tickets knocking $2 off the admission price are available while supplies last at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties and new car and truck dealerships throughout South Florida. They also may be requested through the auto show’s website. For more information on this year’s event, visit the website, <www.miamiautoshow.net>, or contact show coordinator Cliff Ray at 305-981-1448.


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2013 RAV4 crossover SUV marks fourth generation Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all-new 2013 RAV4 is the fourth-generation of Toyota’s popular crossover utility vehicle. The new design features a sleeksloping roofline, an aggressive character line, sculpted front and rear fenders and boldly proportioned taillights. The new interior has a premium, sophisticated look with softtouch accents and driver-centric controls. In a break with its heritage, RAV4 switched from its side-hinged rear door to a convenient roof-hinged liftgate, with a spacesaver spare tire stored beneath the cargo floor. Standard on the Limited grade is a onetouch power rear liftgate with driver-selectable memory height settings. There’s tworow seating for five and a host of available in-cabin technologies. RAV4 offers a balance of performance and all-around capability, including excellent cargo capacity, striking design, eight standard airbags and a broad array of standard features. It’s available in three grades — LE,

XLE and Limited. For power, there’s a fuel-efficient fourcylinder engine mated to a new six-speed transmission. There are several powertrain technologies, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 176 hp at 6,000 rpm and 172 pounds-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The optional V-6 of the previous-generation RAV4 has been discontinued. A six-speed transmission with Sequential Shift replaces the previous four-speed automatic. First and second gear ratios have been optimized for aroundtown performance. To keep engine revs lower at highway speeds and enhance fuel mileage, fifth and sixth gears are overdrives. RAV4 front-wheel-drive models have an EPA-rated fuel efficiency of 24/31 mpg, while all-wheel-drive models get 22/29 mpg. A new Eco mode is designed to promote more efficient driving and enhance fuel efficiency. The new RAV4 also delivers a more dynamic drive, with new technologies like a Sport Mode with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, enhancements in suspension performance and optimized electric power steering. The spring rates have been enhanced and the shock absorbers have been optimally tuned to enhance handling characteristics. RAV4 has a MacPherson strut front suspension, double-wishbone rear suspension and four-

RAV4 has a sleek-sloping roofline and an aggressive character line.

wheel disc brakes. The LE rides on 17-inch steel wheels, XLE on 17-inch alloys and the Limited on 18-inch alloys. In both front- and all-wheel drive RAV4’s Sport Mode sharpens shift timing, throttle response and steering response. When downshifting the RAV4 six-speed automatic transmission in “S” Mode, engine revs rise with a clearly audible “blip,” adding to the driving experience. In the RAV4 with AWD, Dynamic Torque Control AWD has additional benefits. When turning into and through a corner, power is

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