Issuu on Google+

One of Miami’s Community Newspapers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Connecting local businesses.

ENDALL GAZETT E K R

communitynewspapers.com

305-669-7355

NOVEMBER 13 - 26, 2012

$10.9B forecast to rebuild aging water and sewer system BY RICHARD YAGER

eplacing the county’s long-neglected water and sewer system may result in a bonding program costing upwards of

$10.9 billion. Miami-Dade’s approximate 14,000 miles of water/sewer lines are seriously in need of repair and replacement, having failed to keep up with the county’s growth since the countywide network was established in 1972, warned Douglas Yoder, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department deputy director. One example given by Yoder emphasized “pay me now or pay me later” economics to a West Kendall audience during a meeting on Oct. 24. “A 48-inch main burst in Hialeah about two years ago required $2.5 million to repair the damage and restore service. Had it been detected, the repair would have cost

Classic cars share spotlight with ‘Wings’ vintage aircraft

H

Paul and Brittany Schwartz look “under the hood.”

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

County’s urgent water/sewer needs are explained by deputy director Douglas Yoder.

––––––––––––––––––––– See

WATER, page 6

undreds of visitors joined 96 exhibitors of classic sports and vintage cars, while examining unique aircraft and memorabilia, during the fifth annual “Wings over Miami” annual Classic Car Show on Oct. 27 at KendallTamiami Executive Airport. The Sunshine Corvette Club, founded in 1977, and South Region of the Antique Car Club of America, chartered in 1955, annually join for the fundraiser to help

support operations of the Wings Museum, said Suze Rice, museum president. Rein Redik of the ACCA and Cliff Gibson of the Corvette Club, co-directed the class car exhibition. “This year, we exceeded all expectations with so many cars in view, especially with Miami’s Corvette Club participating for the first time,” Rice said. That was the opinion of folks like Paul and Brittany Schwartz, exhibiting their 2002 silver Corvette just a few feet away from a giant U.S. Navy PBY “Catalina”

––––––––––––––––––––––– See

CARS, page 6

A

US1 Express Toll Lane to be topic of meeting BY RICHARD YAGER

controversial “US1 Express Toll Lane” proposal will be aired during a public Town Hall Meeting at Pinecrest Gardens on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The meeting, to be moderated by former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, begins at 6 p.m. with an informational reception on MiamiDade Expressway Authority (MDX) plans, followed by a panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. hosted by the Village of Pinecrest, Chamber South Economic Development Council and Mayor Edward MacDougall of Cutler Bay. MDX currently is studying alternative methods for express toll lanes using the South Dade Busway along US1, similar to the one installed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on I-95 between downtown Miami and the Golden Glades Interchange. Called “Lexus Lanes” for their use by Sunpass commuters who prefer to pay for faster speed, the project is visualized by MDX to help relieve traffic congestion over the 19-mile Busway route paralleling US1 from Homestead to the Dadeland South Metrorail Station. According to Carlos Garcia, cochair of Roll Back Tolls, “increasing numbers of objections for a toll con-

–––––––––– See

TOLL LANE, page 6


Page 2

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 3

Doral Buick GMC Car Buying Made Simple Follow us on

Hours: M-Th, Sat 9-8 Fri 9-9, Sun 11-6

Save Thousands with our Auto Show Discounts

259

2013 Regal Turbo Premium

$

PER MO/39 MONTHS

$2,219 due at lease signing after all offers. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles.

$299

2013 ACADIA FWD SLE LOW MILEAGE LEASE FOR WELL-QUALIFIED LESSEES

PER MO/39 MONTHS

PER MO/39 MONTHS

$2,659 due at lease signing after all offers. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles. At participating dealers only.

$299

2013 SIERRA 2WD SLE

PER MO/39 MONTHS

$3,529 due at lease signing after all offers. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles.

$369

2013 ENCLAVE FWD

PER MO/39 MONTHS

$4,559 due at signing plus tax, title and fees. 39 mo/ 12k yr. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles. At participating dealers only.

$215

$299

2013 LACROSSE

2013 TERRAIN FWD SLE

PER MO/39 MONTHS

$2,525 due at lease signing after all offers. $395 due at lease termination. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles. At participating dealers only.

Doral Buick GMC | 8447 NW 12th Street | Miami 20 minutes from anywhere- just off of 836

LOW MILEAGE FOR WELL QUALIFIED LESSEES $3,049 due at lease signing after all offers. No security depositrequired. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles.

$199

2013 VERANO 1SD

PER MO/39 MONTHS

LOW MILEAGE FOR WELL QUALIFIED LESSEES $2,029 due at lease signing after all offers. No security deposit required. Tax, title, license and dealer fees extra. Mileage charge of $0.25/mile over 39,000 miles.

Sales: (855) 219-0952 | Service: (855) 485-0078 www.doralautomotive.com


Page 4

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Sunrise School students take part in Michaelmas festival

November 13 - 26, 2012

Recovery of two stolen cars earns honors for Kendall cop

The students of Sunrise School of Miami recently participated in a play to celebrate Michaelmas, an ancient Celtic feast-day that is observed in the Waldorf educational system. Michaelmas celebrates the Archangel Michael, who has traditionally symbolized courage and protection. According to legend, St. Michael was appointed protector of humanity and is often depicted slaying a dragon as the manifestation of evil. Pictured (l-r, front row) are students Brando Perez, Bautista Ortega, Kai Toyne, Angel Cueli, Ethan Kennedy and Ethan Holladay; (back row) Thomas Staubli and Marianna Rogers. Pictured (l-r) are CAC chair Barry White, Officer Christopher Casiano, and Maj. Delma Noel-Pratt. (Photo by Officer Bella Mompierre)

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

An alert Miami-Dade Police Kendall District officer was named Officer of the Month on Oct. 24 for making twin arrests in the Bird Road area that resulted in recovery of two stolen cars, just three days apart in August. Officer Christopher Casiano began the process on Aug. 10 by tracking a LoJack signal received by Kendall District Station for a 2000 gold Honda Civic stolen in the Hammocks District to an area west of SW 92nd Avenue. Responding to the call, Officer Casiano found the unoccupied vehicle parked in a residence driveway. He then aided in directing surveillance that spotted a man open the trunk and hood of the Honda and remove property and mechanical parts. An immediate arrest in the backyard of the home uncovered several vehicles with altered VIN plates as well as automotive parts, apparently the ongoing work of a neighborhood “chop shop.” The subject was arrested and charged with Grand Theft Auto. Only three days later, on Aug. 14, Officer Casiano, patrolling SW 40th

Street on the lookout for increased burglaries reported in the neighborhood, spotted a vehicle driven away from the area at high speed. Following the vehicle westbound on Bird Road, the Kendall officer watched it enter a Burger King parking lot at SW 97th Avenue, and two of its occupants quickly emerged from the rear seat as the driver and passenger remained inside. Conducting a records check, Officer Casiano learned the vehicle had been stolen and performed a Felony Stop, taking both driver and companion into custody. Once backup units arrived, the missing pair who had left the car were located and subsequently placed under arrest. After the stolen car arrest, officers found property in the car that was impounded for investigation of theft charges. For his alert response and teamwork, Officer Casiano received the Kendall District Officer of the Month award for September, presented on Oct. 24 by Citizens Advisory Committee chair Barry White who commended the officer on his performance and dedication to the community.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 5

Pets Trust wins! All the hard work paid off Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Great to see Pets Trust getting a sound endorsement from Miami-Dade County voters. Credit Calusa Park’s Michael Rosenberg and his team for their ninemonth campaign to accomplish a job many dedicated animal rescuers figured would be useless after years of their unsuccessful appeals to expand Animal Services. Now attracting nationwide attention, passage of the proposal has awakened other state and local organizations to follow the lead the Miami-Dade group has created. Not only inspirational as a humane cause, the program proposes long-range tax reduction by substituting spaying and neutering strays (estimated at $60 each) for euanthasia ($300 for sheltering until execution). “When the Pets’ Trust begins the implementation part the day after the election, we intend to make this the best program the County has ever seen and become a model for the country,” writes Rosenberg in an Email. “We will guard it like a hawk because after all this work, and Rita Schwartz doing rescue work of animals, we will NOT NOT NOT let it be anything but a success!! Just watch the next part after the election.” We’ll not only watch but monitor how County Commissioners respond to a mandate to take action for a problem left unattended for all too long. Half-page ad in Neighbors Nov. 1 asks for Miami-Dade Community Council members, noting 30 vacancies on eight boards. Makes you wonder how zoning gets passed in Redland with five of seven

Council seats vacant. West Kendall Council 11 has only a single vacancy in West Kendall Council 11 (none in East Kendall Council 12). That empty Subarea 114 post is currently held by Joseph E. Delaney, who regularly attends meetings but missed filing papers for reelection last June for the Aug. 14 primary by just minutes. Now, with no one else having filed, the seat will automatically become vacant at the end of 2012. So why not reappoint Mr. Delaney? A widely-respected community service official, he deserves a second term – certainly over and above fishing around for someone else. Another excellent choice: Ileana Petisco whose keen interest and service made a special mark during an appointive service over the past year. We didn’t make the ribbon-cutting by District 11 Comish Joe Martinez last month that kicked off a major widening project of SW 147 Avenue between SW 10 and SW 22 Streets just north of what many folks consider West Kendall. Why so special? The 14-month project will complete a segment a major West Dade route to allow commuters to travel north and south on SW 147 Avenue without interruption from SW 26 to SW 8 Street. Currently, commuters must detour to SW 137 or SW 157 Avenue to go north or south. Improvements include resurfacing, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, curb ramps, drainage installations, new lighting, guardrails, fences, and signage along with water main construction from SW 22 Street to SW 18 Street. Construction is scheduled through Dec. 31, 2013. Community active folks around Kendall note passing of “longtime civic gadfly” (as the ayem papyrus headlined), the death of Denny Wood, 68, who regularly appeared at many Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations political panels.

Kendall Gazette

According to a friend, Wood lost his legs in a fall from a silo in Ohio about 50 years ago. Leaving no known relatives, he was found in his T-shirt shop in Palmetto Bay where he often braved and blasted US 1 traffic from his wheelchair. Always taking “his seat” up front at Kendall Town Meetings, Wood let any politician know how he stood on any topic under the sun – but most of all, pushed the pols for more and better access for the disabled. His last Kendall visit came this year as a candidate for Miami-Dade Mayor – when he took the dais himself at Winston Park Clubhouse. Prexy Holly White reminds Continental Park folks that the CP Homeowners Association meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. “Meet and vote for board members and listen to guest speakers,” she emails her neighbors. Space exploration update: buckle seat belts for a launch into space with Russell Romanella from Kennedy Space Center who updates commercial SpaceX missions and space probes tested by NASA. SCAS (Southern Cross Astronomical Society hosting free program at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at FIU with prizes and food buffet, too. Park in

the campus garage, west side of SW 109 Ave. /SW 8 St. and follow the signs to CP145 lecture hall in the FIU Physics Building, Main campus. For information, call 305661-1375 or visit <www.scas.org>. “I always know when they’re chlorinating the water,” observes a staffer. “My wife saw Snoops take just two gulps instead of his usual five or six from his water dish.” Comish Lynda Bell confirms the chlorination cleansing began Nov. 5 and will end Nov. 18. Residents “may experience some chlorine smell and/or taste in their water,” she adds, noting it doesn’t pose any adverse health problem. However, Snoopy now lapping up bottled water in one family’s kitchen. Thought of the Day: The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. — Walter Bagehot Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this colRichard Yager contributed to this column. umn. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>

LIGHT BULBS UNLIMITED LIGHTING SHOWROOM

LIGHT UP YOUR HOME AND YOUR LIFE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

NEW TIMES

BEST OF MIAMI 2006 BEST PLACE TO SCREW IN A LIGHT BULB

6796 S.W. 62 Avenue, South Miami, FL 33143 • Phone (305) 669-7355, Fax (305) 662-6980

www.communitynewspapers.com

PUBLISHER ................................................................................................................................... Grant Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR ......................................................................................................................Michael Miller EDITOR................................................................................................................................... David Berkowitz WRITERS, COLUMNISTS.............................................................. .Ron Beasley, Kenneth Bluh, Robert Hamilton, Linda Rodriguez-Bernfeld, Gary Alan Ruse, Lee Stephens, Al Sunshine, Richard Yager ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES..................................Albie Barnes, Beatriz Brandfon, Roberta Bergman, Celia Canabate, Diane Chasin, Henry Chau, Amy Donner, Diane Maddox, Denzel Miles, Miller Myers, Ann Robbins-Udel, Fara Sax, Lori Cohen, Diane Sedona Schiller, Karina Soave, Walter White LEGAL ADVERTISING ...................................................................................................................... Georgia Tait BOOKKEEPING ............................................................................................................................. Jesus Toledo PROOF DEPARTMENT.....................................................................................................................Isabel Vavrek GRAPHIC ARTISTS ............................................................ Denise Cebrero, Isabel Ortega, Cristian Ortiz PUBLISHER EMERITUS .......................................................................................................................................... Ron Miller

Aventura News, Biscayne Bay Tribune, Coral Gables News, Cutler Bay News, Doral Tribune, Kendall Gazette, Miami Beach News, Miami Gardens Tribune, Palmetto Bay News, Opa Locka News, Pinecrest Tribune, South Miami News, Sunny Isles Beach Sun, West Park We will not return solicited or unsolicited editorial material including stories, columns and or photographs. Please make sure that you have duplicate copies of the material.

Thousandss off Lightt Bulbs Recessed, Picture & Track, Cabinet, Garden & Landscape Lighting Save Time and money with 20,000 Hours Light Bulbs

15% OFF

Any Lighting Purchase with this coupon LIGHT BULBS UNLIMITED / 12451 SOUTH DIXIE HIGHWAY 305-235-2852 • NOT VALID WITH OTHER OFFERS OR PRIOR PURCHASES. OFFER EXPIRES 1/30/13 • *DOES NOT APPLY TO SPECIAL SALE ITEMS.

12451 South Dixie Highway • Miami • 305.235.2852


Page 6

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

WATER, from page 1

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

about $65,000.” That illustration paralleled a water main break on Miller Road that “nearly swallowed a school bus just within the past year,” he added. “Water mains of pre-stressed concrete are wire-wrapped for strength. If a wire gives out through aging, the resulting pressure can cause a break at any location,” Yoder continued, explaining that despite a recent detection program now used, the county still is faced with two seriously aged pipeline systems. “They include 7,500 miles of water main varying from one-inch to 120-inch (10 feet) in diameter as well as 6,500 miles of aging sewage lines, either of which can burst open at any time. “Initially, we have estimated a need for $300 million in bonded funds by spring of 2013 to begin making urgently needed repairs to the system, including priority projects at county waste treatment plants,” Yoder said. That figure represents only part of an overall $3.5 billion to replace older water lines and $7.4 billion for the sewer system, a total $10.9 billion. Those figures include funding required to abandon ocean outfalls for treating wastewater, an EPA-mandated requirement, as well as provide additional capacity for growth, he said. Aging water mains with increasing leaks result from the need to maintain water pressure pumps at 60-65 pounds per square inch to serve the system, including substandard installations in Kendall and western areas during the 1960s. Passage of the Federal Clean Water Act led to set standards and requirements for sewer systems and substantial funding was made available, Yoder explained. When the county took over the City of Miami water and sewer infrastructure, it combined that system with other municipal utility networks, as well as private systems such as those installed in large-scale hous-

ing developments. “All of these lines were built independently of one another, including those installed by development, some of which used cast-iron pipes with sizes as small as two inches that we wouldn’t even consider appropriate today,” Yoder said. For about a 10-year period, the county continued to upgrade its sewer system by constructing two new sewer plants, including a North plant near FIU’s North Campus and the South plant at Black Point, in addition to the former city plant on Virginia Key. In addition, “locomotive-sized” generators to maintain operations in power emergencies were installed at all three sewer facilities and at the two large county water treatment plants in Hialeah and just west of SW 87th Avenue in Kendall, he noted. Despite such improvements, Yoder estimated that 50-plus years of aging utility lines may need a programmed raise of 6 percent annually in water bills during the next five years, even though per capita water consumption has dropped over the past five years. “Actually, we’re using about the same amount of water now that we were 20 years ago but we still have about 600,000 more people to serve in the county system,” he said. “While consumption of water is high, we have been allocated all of the water available to us from the Biscayne Aquifer, so anything beyond that must come from conservation or other water sources Billing for a typical Miami-Dade residence at $40 per 6,500 gallons compares favorably to Broward’s average $50-65 and significantly lower than Tampa’s $100 average “but that may have to change in the future to help offset funding for neglected repairs,” Yoder cautioned. “Based on current projections, we have enough water to meet our needs through 2030 so our focus now is to restore and upgrade the system we have,” he concluded.

JUMPS FOR KENDALL GAZETTE

CARS, from page 1

November 13 - 26, 2012

–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

flying boat of the 1930-40’s era, widelyused during World War II in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing and convoy escorts. Just a few feet away, Pedro A. Leon of West Miami was describing how his restoration efforts have kept his 1970 fire-engine red Triumph TK-6 in likenew condition. Fellow-car buff Larry Huber of Pinecrest admired the custom-built air conditioning system that Leon built into his open seat model. Triumph Club members now number 8,000 since the organization was founded 42 years ago. “This is always a great community event,” noted Rice who credited the Tamiami Civil Air Patrol, museum staff, the board of directors, and museum donors who have kept Miami’s unique historic aviation showplace alive. The non-profit Wings over Miami serves as a tribute to veterans and aviators who pioneered civilian and military aviation, aided by exhibitions and special events that often interact veteran South Florida pilots and visitors. Located at 14710 SW 128 St. at the west end of the airport grounds, the museum is

Pedro Leon of West Miami talks shop with Larry Huber of Pinecrest. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For Wings newsletter and event programs, visit <www.wingsovermiami.com>.

TOLL LANE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MDX currently is studying alternative methods for express toll lanes using the South Dade Busway along US1, similar to the one installed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on I-95 between downtown Miami and the Golden Glades Interchange. version has caused many public officials and groups in Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest to protest this idea.” As a result, a two-part public meeting was scheduled with a panel discussion that

includes invitations to MDX officials as well as participation by a recognized transportation consultant and a University of Miami professor considered an expert in urban transportation planning. The MDX study began with public “kickoff” meetings on Sept. 7-8 2011, followed by a Tier One Workshop on May 30, when MDX spokespersons described the program. The meetings were attended by a 15-member Citizens Advisory Committee to monitor study progress. “If MDX put forth a stronger effort to inform the public via direct mail, radio, local TV ads, email and text messaging to Sunpass users, many more interested parties would attend and be involved,” Garcia said, adding that expansion of the MDX network without prioritizing light or heavy rail alternative was another reason for scheduling the session. “That issue alone involves Kendall or anyone else who uses US1,” he stated. Pinecrest Gardens is located at 5855 SW 111 St. (near Killian Drive and Red Road), For more information, visit online at mdxway.com/projectsunderstudy or movemiamidade.com.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 7

Some miscellaneous thoughts on the recent election R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Reconciling my bank account I saw again the contributions I made to several political campaigns. I am still wondering if my few dollars meant anything when put up against the multimillion-dollar funds created since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. I ask nothing in return for my few dollars — except better government. I ask the same question of those that give millions of dollars to support a particular political interest. It seemed like Romney had Obama on the ropes after the first presidential debate. It looked like Obama had little interest in retaining his job in the White House. Then the gloves came off and the contest went full throttle starting with the opening comments in debate two. My problem with the debates is the candidates never answer any of the public’s questions or those of the moderator. I wasn’t interested in who could out-bully the other. I, like the rest of the viewers, wanted to know where the candidates stand. I liked the idea, jokingly suggested on one

of the late night talk shows. Every time a candidate shifted from a direct answer a gong would sound and the candidate’s mike would be cut off with a flick of the moderator’s switch, and opportunity to comment turned over to the opponent. For sure, no candidate’s manager ever would agree to such a procedure, but it’s nice to dream. I think it is time for a real third party to come into existence. I would take the fiscal ideas of the Republican Party and the social programs of the Democrat Party and roll them into one “middle of the road” political party. If you watched the party and independent breakdowns you would have seen that many states have as many unaffiliated as registered Republicans and Democrats. A suggestion to the Republican Party: Stop representing only the super rich. Include those that want to be rich and those that are middle class. You will never win another presidential election as long as you appear to only represent those earning $500,000 a year or more. Also, Republicans, women are no longer surfs. Stop acting as if the men of the world control what a woman can do with her body. How would we men act if the shoe were on the other foot? Democrats, stop taking the black vote for granted. Ninety percent, plus or minus, voted for Obama. Most voted for Obama because traditionally they have been Democrats — also

• VIEWPOINT • because, if you haven’t noticed, the president is black. But that will not always be the case. Also don’t take the woman’s vote for granted. Some day Republicans will learn their lesson, unless they want to stay a minority party, and treat women with the same respect they treat men. Tallahassee, no thanks for cutting back the days registered voters got to vote “early.” It obviously was an attempt to throttle the Democrat vote. Didn’t work, did it? And, Gov. Scott, your attempt to run three liberal justices off the Supreme Court boomeranged. Your callous attitude toward the residents of Florida might give you an idea as to why no self-respecting Republican candidate, including Romney (who is a gentlemen) wanted you at his or her side while campaigning in the state. Miami-Dade, what a sad situation trying to vote. The Saturday before the election I got into line at the Coral Gables library at a little after 9 a.m. I walked into the library at 3 p.m. and cast my vote. The nice part of the wait was I met a very interesting and knowledgeable college professor from Miami-Dade and an equally interesting Realtor who told us

about her marketing Miami real estate to South Americans. Without my new friends the wait would have been enough to discourage ever voting again. I felt sorry for the elderly who fought the gauntlet of men and women shout in their faces “Get Rid of Obama” and those asking if I liked dogs and cats and to remember to vote for their charter amendment. A number of people wrote and emailed thanking me for writing two columns on the proposed state Constitutional Amendments and local referenda. Some thanked me for my recommendations, while others gave me hell for taking a position they didn’t like. But, without different opinions we wouldn’t have a race, and life would be very boring. See you at the next election. 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.


Page 8

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Here are some hints to protect yourself from tax refund scams

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH According to United States Attorney Wifredo Ferre, tax refund fraud has been keeping federal prosecutors busy around South Florida. “Identity theft and tax refund scams are like a tsunami that is barreling towards us,” Ferre told me. For scam victims like South Dade’s Lauri King, waiting for help from the IRS is getting harder and harder. She doesn’t know when the agency may get around to mailing out her refund and she worries, “They are overwhelmed… this is something they never planned for, never expected to happen.” Ferre told me Miami now has the highest fraudulent tax return rate in the nation. “There have been over 74,000 potentially fraudulent returns filed in Miami resulting in $280 million in bogus returns in 2010,” he added. The city of Miami per capita numbers of fraudulent returns based on ID theft was 46 times the national average… and this is absolutely outrageous.” A recent Inspector Generals’ report warned these scams could cost Uncle Sam $21 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the next five years. Miami tax lawyer Kevin Packman said federal prosecutors are making progress in arresting the scammers, but he believes more needs to be done to help the victims. He warns that victims like Lauri could still be dealing with this for the next 12-18 months. The IRS insists that it’s changing procedures by tightening up its electronic processing systems to avoid more scams next season, and it continues to ask victims to be patient while they wait for their legitimate refund checks to be mailed out.

However it still declines comment on what it intends to do next year in order to ensure taxpayers’ refunds end up with the people who earned them, and not the criminals who’ve been so successful in stealing them. Here are some tips on what you should do to protect yourself against potential tax fraud: • The IRS does not make electronic contact to taxpayers. Immediately report any electronic communication (such as email, text or social media messages) from sources claiming to be the IRS. • If you receive an email from anyone claiming to be from the IRS, forward the email to the IRS. • When tossing trash, shred all documents that state your name, address, banking accounts, social security number, etc. • Never leave your tax return information in places that are easily accessible. • Acquire identity theft monitoring services like LifeLock. • When filing electronically, make sure to use a strong password to protect the data file. Once your return has been e-filed, save the file to a CD or flash drive and then delete the personal return information from your hard drive. Store the CD or flash drive in a safe place, such as a lock box or safe. • When hiring an accountant or tax firm, question them on the measures that will be taken to protect your information. Remember, identity thieves obtain personal information through stolen wallets and by accessing information from non-secure websites. Therefore, if you lose your wallet, be sure to report it to the police and credit agencies so that they can begin social security and drivers license monitoring. For more information, visit online at <www.irs.gov/uac/Identity-Protection-Tips>. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday on CBS4. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/category/blogs/al-sunshine>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Community Service Officer honored with two awards Pictured (l-r) are CAC chair James Blough, Officer of the Month Adriana Cohen and Hammocks District commander Major Hernan Organvidez.

BY RICHARD YAGER

Miami-Dade Police Department’s Hammocks District’s Adriana Cohen was twice honored in October. On Friday, Oct. 5, the Community Service Officer was named “Police Officer of the Year” by the countywide Citizens Crime Watch for her dedication and devotion to services of the organization and its programs. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, acknowledging her five years’ service to his staff and community outreach, Hammocks District Maj. Hernan M. Organvidez nominated her as October’s Officer of the Month, a citation usually reserved for outstanding police work in solving crimes. “Officer Cohen’s work throughout the year is of special recognition, especially in the light of budget cutting which reduced our outreach programs to four officers,” Maj. Organvidez said. “Throughout the year, Hammocks District has been involved in many community activities and projects,” he said, noting her participation in the Celebrate Safe Communities program, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Annual Toy Drive, “Shop with a Cop” and Career Days. “She has been at the forefront of those project and activities, coordinating and ensuring their success,” he said. “But beyond that, Officer Cohen like many of our staff spends countless hours over and above regular time, volunteering time at meetings and gathering support of local businesses to help sponsor these programs.” In addition, Officer Cohen’s efforts were described as “instrumental” in the success-

ful development of such fundraising activities as the March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. “She was also responsible for countless district projects and neighborhood meetings during the year, making a positive impact on our community and the citizens we serve,” Maj. Organvidez said, noting her work has “brought the community closer together.” Earlier in the month, Officer Cohen received Citizens Crime Watch top honors during an awards dinner marking the 57th year of the organization that partners with 800,000 citizens and 28 police departments in countywide crime prevention. Nearly 500 people were on hand to honor both residents and police officers during the dinner program, chaired by Crime Watch director Carmen Caldwell. Miami-Dade District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell handed out awards while District 4 Commissioner Sally Heyman received a special Eagle Award as a dedicated partner of Crime Watch. “It’s our time to applaud those who do so much to keep our streets safe,” Caldwell said during the presentations. Applause broke out spontaneously for Officer Cohen from Hammocks District Citizens Advisory Committee members when her citation was announced and presented by CAC chair James Blough at the Oct. 24 meeting. “I really have very little I can say,” Officer Cohen responded. “I just want you to know it’s an honor for me to work with such a great group of dedicated people in our little staff and our entire department.”

Page 9


Page 10

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Sweetwater responds to charges made by Commissioner Souto BY MICHELLE HAMMONTREE-GARCIA

The City of Sweetwater proposal to annex Florida International University’s Engineering and Computing campus along with Flagler Street between 102nd and 110th avenues and Eighth Street between 102nd Avenue and Snapper Creek Canal has become the catalyst for misconceptions by Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto. Souto has made many claims to the media stating that he was not informed about Sweetwater’s intention to annex the above-mentioned areas. And that he only learned about the intention to annex areas in his district after reading a Miami Herald Neighbor’s story published June 11 that was written after the City of Sweetwater Commission unanimously approved a resolution to submit the annexation application to the county. It would have been premature to bring the intention to annex these areas to Souto before receiving approval from the Sweetwater City Commission. Also there is no Miami-Dade County statute that requires a municipality to give notice to the

commissioner of the district where the municipality is looking to annex. As a courtesy, months before sending out notice to property owners within 600 feet of the proposed annexation areas May 21, Sweetwater Mayor Manny Maroño and chief of staff Robert Herrada briefed District 12 County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz. Because of area redistricting at the time, Diaz was under the impression that FIU’s Engineering and Computing campus was in his district. It is important to note that the areas in the annexation application have no taxable value. Souto has released misinformation about the annexation through the following outlets: June 8 District 10 Newsletter: Commissioner Souto sent out a newsletter to his constituents with bold letters stating: SWEETWATER CONTINUES EFFORTS TO TAKE PARTS OF WESTCHESTER AND FOUNTAINBLEU AS IT LOOKS TO EXPAND ITS BORDERS AND TAXBASE. It goes on to state that Sweetwater is looking to incorporate the main FIU campus and Tamiami Park.

“Their greed continues to grow after last year’s annexation of Dolphin Mall. Voracious, rapacious appetite that they have!” Sweetwater has no intention of incorporating any of the above-mentioned areas. Aug. 23 Miami Dade County Commission Meeting starting at 4:17: Souto proposed a new ordinance where Miami-Dade district commissioners would be the gatekeepers of their district and decide whether or not another city can annex into his/her district. He went on to say: It is my district… No way Mr. Mayor (Maroño). You are listening to what I am telling you? I am telling everybody... Maybe you did not know. Now you know. I am telling you this is not Kosher this is not American. This is mafia-style and mafia-style doesn’t work with me, my friend, OK? Sweetwater has done everything by the book and Souto’s statements insinuate the city has somehow broken the rules, which is not true. Sept. 23 Kendall Gazette: Here Souto states: “We have been reporting for months about the city’s ambitious plans to expand its borders to take important and valuable areas of the communities of Fountainbleu and Westchester… Legislation is moving forward to prevent that.” These statements are not true. Sweetwater has no intention of incorporating any of the above-mentioned areas. And the areas that Sweetwater has applied to annex have no taxable value. Oct. 3 Diario de Las Americas: Here Souto states that at no time was he informed of Sweetwater’s intention to annex the FIU Engineering and Computing campus along with parts of Flagler and Eighth streets. Herrada sent two emails to Souto’s chief of staff, Bernado Escobar, which remain unanswered. Maroño has

called Souto several times and received no answer. On other occasions Souto answers the call and hangs up on Maroño when he realizes it is he. Also, Commissioner Diaz has been kept fully informed of the annexation process. Following is the true and documented sequence of events regarding the City of Sweetwater annexation application for the FIU Engineering and Computing campus, Flagler Street between 102nd and 110th avenues and Eighth Street between 102nd Avenue and Snapper Creek Canal. May 21 — Notice sent out to approximately 2,986 property owners within a 600-foot radius from annexation area. June 4 — City of Sweetwater regular commission meeting where the resolution to submit the annexation application was unanimously approved. July 13 — Sweetwater chief of staff Robert Herrada sent Souto’s chief of staff an email to open dialogue. This email was not replied to. Aug. 3 — Sweetwater chief of staff Robert Herrada sent another email to Souto’s chief of staff to open dialogue before submitting the annexation application to the county. This email was not replied to. Aug. 4 — The City of Sweetwater submitted the application for annexation to Miami-Dade County. Sept. 6 — The Miami-Dade County Commission recommended the annexation application be reviewed by the MiamiDade County Planning and Zoning Board. Sept. 17 — Maroño spoke to Humberto Cortina on Radio Mambi about the annexation. Maroño expressed his interest to talk to Souto to clear the air. Editors Note: Michelle HammontreeGarcia is a Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Sweetwater.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 11

The Nutcracker ballet returns to Southwood Middle in December BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Once every three years Southwood Middle School’s Magnet Dance program presents its traditional holiday production of The Nutcracker ballet. This year marks the return of the special event and it takes place on Dec. 6 and 7, 7 p.m., in the school auditorium. Hilda M. Jimenez, Magnet Dance director at Southwood, said that 110 students are involved in the production, along with professional guest artists dancing the role of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. “Our Magnet Dance program is a threeyear program and The Nutcracker is done every three years, so every dancer will have the opportunity to be in it one of the three years they are here,” said Jimenez, who is in her 18th year at the school. Besides the dance students, students from magnet programs such as drama, music, photography and other departments are

involved in the production. “I think it’s important for all artists to experience other art forms because at some point you will cross over into one of the art forms,” Jimenez said. “As an artist you want to be well rounded or at the very least be exposed to other forms that you are not a part of. In addition, collaborating with other departments brings the school together and gives us all a sense of family and great school spirit.” Jimenez, who currently is the school’s only dance director, said that the way the students, parents, school staff and others all pitch in is what makes it such a spectacular production with the costumes, sets and other details. “My program could not ever survive or exist to the caliber it does if it wasn’t for all the parent and faculty and staff participation,” Jimenez said. “There are many details that go into having a top notch program and it can’t be done by one person.

Pictured (l-r) are Olivia Cosio, Emely Zamora and Leslie De Los Reyes as they rehearse for the production. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured during rehearsal are (l-r) Emely Zamora, Ginger Grande, Marcelina Lancaster and Leslie De Los Reyes. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

“In addition, I think it sends a positive message to the dancers and the community to see their parents and many teachers getting involved. It makes the dancers feel special and these great adults are setting a fantastic example for all. I encourage all dance teachers to embrace their parents and faculty and staff, they make a world of difference.” Rehearsals have been underway for weeks already and continue as the dance students fine tune their performances. All seem to be excited about participating in this year’s production. “I feel honored to be in such a special event as The Nutcracker because it’s a well known ballet that will be part of my dance memories forever,” said 13-yearold Alexis Leonard. “I was very excited when I was picked as the lead Candy Cane and I know this will only enhance my future in dance.”

Ginger Grande, also 13 years old, is looking forward to the event as well. “To be participating in The Nutcracker is such a privilege because not many dancers ever have the opportunity to be part of something so magical,” Grande said. “It’s a great experience for all and now for me as the role of Dew Drop.” Thirteen-year-old Emely Zamora agrees, remembering past productions she has seen. “Participating in The Nutcracker has always been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and to be the Snow Queen has made it even more special,” she said. Southwood Middle School is located at 16301 SW 80 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Tickets will be sold one week in advance at the school — $5 for students and children, $10 for adults, all general seating. For information call magnet lead teacher Mrs. Llano at 305-251-5361, ext. 2224.


Page 12

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Sarah Roda and her Arabian horse are following a dream BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Sarah Roda, a 13-year-old Palmetto Bay resident for the past five years, is pursuing a dream with a determination and wisdom not typical of many youngsters her age. An eighth grader at Southwood Middle School who loves horses, Sarah has been accepted into the three-month exclusive Emerging Dressage Athlete Program in Wellington. “Anyone who has known Sarah will without a doubt admit that she is ‘horse crazy,’” said her mother, Laura Roda. “Not your typical young child horse craze, but one that is intellectually intertwined with the love of horse psychology and physiology and how well it combines with the graceful art of Classical Dressage.” Her mom said that Sarah dreams of becoming an Olympic Dressage competitor and one day have her own barn where she can disseminate her knowledge to other dreamers and their horses. This will require training and hard work, but she is sure Sarah is more than up to the task, especially after being selected as one of only 12 riders from around the country to participate in the program at Wellington. “She’s a very centered and mature young 13-year-old who kind of stuck her neck out

there and didn’t think in a million years she’d make it, and basically she will be leaving for three months going to Wellington to train full time with Lendon Grey,” Laura Roda said. Grey is well known in the Dressage world, having participated on two Olympic teams (1980, 1988) and in the World Championships and World Cup. “I think Sarah’s the only one here in Florida that will be going there,” Laura Roda said. “She’s actually one of the youngest. The majority of them are 18, 19 or 20. Lendon Grey is very well known for helping youth. Every year she does a special summer festival up in New York. This was the inaugural year for the winter intensive training program and she actually managed to get one of the biggest farms in Wellington to open up its doors to permit her to do this, and the farm gave her 12 stalls.” Grey sent out a letter to all interested parties asking for resumes. From those it was narrowed down to a smaller group of students who were asked to send in videos of what they’ve done and scores from their competitions. “Of course, Sarah being young she didn’t have as much as some of these other girls,” Roda said. “But she said, ‘Oh, it doesn’t matter, Mom, I’m going to do it anyway.’” Another challenge was that Sarah’s Arabian gelding, Tryst, is smaller than the

13-year-old Sarah Roda gives a kiss to her horse Tryst. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

breeds of horses normally used in Dressage. But that didn’t stop Sarah either, and Lendon Grey is reportedly looking forward to working with the remarkable team. Sarah is enthusiastic. “I’m really excited and it’s an amazing opportunity for me because I found a passion; I love it so much,” Sarah said. “I absorb myself in it, and to be able to do this is really cool because I feel like I’m moving forward in following my dream and I can really strive toward what I want.” Sarah first learned about Dressage while her family was living in Germany for two years due to her father’s job. She acquired her love of horses early on. Her whole family rides and her sister competed nationally with the Arabian districts in other types of equestrian events. Then a year and a half ago Sarah decided to change course, did her research on Dressage, found a trainer and started. “You can make it competitive, but I like to make it about building up, going through the levels of Dressage, and my trainer, Christina

Fiebeck. She’s really helped me a lot; she’s really great. It’s just about following my dream, what makes me happy.” Being in the Olympics one day is a goal, but remarkably not her main one. Her outlook is more “grownup” than that of some adults. For her, it’s more about learning than winning ribbons. “I’m going to push my hardest and try my hardest and you know if I don’t end up going to the Olympics, at least I’ve done what I wanted to do,” Sarah said. “I just want to have fun with this, try my hardest and know that I at least did what I wanted to do.” To raise funds to help cover the costs of the three-month stay in Wellington, Laura Roda has set up a website at <www.gofundme.com/D4K-for-Sarah>. Sarah also hopes to have a “dog wash” event in Palmetto Bay’s Dog Park to raise money, and to put together with her Dressage trainer a “holiday fun day” sometime in December to get kids and grownups involved and learn more about Dressage.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 13

Science Village to open Dec. 1 at Fairchild Botanic Garden BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s stateof-the-art DiMare Science Village, covering more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including the Clinton Family Conservatory featuring a splendid butterfly exhibit, the Glasshouse Café, Windows to the Tropics Conservatory, and the Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion, is scheduled to open on Dec. 1. “The opening of the Butterfly Conservatory and Science Village brings together the fusion of nature’s magnificence and the enormous breadth of scientific research and technology available at our fingertips today,” said Dr. Carl Lewis, director, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “Educating our children today about conservation science, the careers available to them, and the impact they can make, is absolutely critical in the 21st Century.” A canopy of oak trees, some more than 50 years old, frame the architecture of the conservatory’s exterior. Leading visitors through the conservatory is a unique path garnished with a variety of plant imprints courtesy of Fairchild Garden’s staff, volunteers and children who participated in summer camp programs. As guests enter the Butterfly Conservatory, volunteers will be on hand to offer information and welcome them into the conservatory, which is ADA accessible. Creating a wonderland of nature, an outdoor screened enclosure arouses the senses with butterflies by the thousands, hummingbirds, palms and trees wrapped with Fairchild’s extensive collection of rare orchids, all alongside a beautiful stream that flows throughout the length of the conservatory. Upon entering, visitors encounter a Butterfly Metamorphosis lab where, through a glass wall, they can view butterfly chrysalis that are undergoing metamorphosis. Butterfly Conservatory staff can be

Pictured is the Clinton Family Conservatory. (Photo by Ben Thacker)

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

viewed in the lab conducting research and observing as the butterflies emerge. Emerging butterflies will be released twice a day into the conservatory as part of its interactive programming for guests. Visitors continue next into the Windows to the Tropics Conservatory where they will experience some of the tropical world’s rarest plants; plants too sensitive even for Miami’s mild winters. In addition, visitors will enjoy a majestic “Corchid Tree” — a large cork-covered PVC tree that is designed to exhibit rare epiphytes and orchids. Next, the Tropical Fruit Pavilion introduces visitors to the world of tropical fruit. Guests will see cacao (from where chocolate comes), the vanilla orchid, the rare Mangosteen and more. The new Glasshouse Café, which is directly across from Fairchild’s rainforest, exhibits a large glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly and 20 foot high ceilings that peer into the Conservatory through floor to ceil-

ing glass doors. The café’s popular menu has been broadened to include organic and locally grown food, includes seating of up to 150 people and is available for private rentals. The Science Village will showcase the talent and accomplishments of Fairchild’s conservation team by directly connecting scientists and their activities with the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Garden. Fairchild’s five-year vision is to support the science education initiatives with 10 PhD scientists, 20 PhD students and 40 undergraduate research students. The undergraduate and graduate course offerings taking place at the Science Village bring Fairchild’s existing environmental educational programs, The Fairchild Challenge, the highly successful multidisciplinary environmental education program for grades K-12 directly into a pipeline. Fairchild has upheld strict environmental standards during the development phase,

the result of which allows the Science Village to become LEED certified. This new scientific hub marks the first time in 50 years that Fairchild’s team of scientists will be working on-site with the opportunity to interact with students, visitors and the community. Since the 1960s, Fairchild‘s scientists worked from a separate facility one mile from the garden. Fostering a strong sense of pride in Miami’s environment, conservation science and community, the Science Village is equipped with the Dr. Jane Hsiao Laboratories — four cutting-edge educational labs including the Jason Vollmer Butterfly Metamorphosis Lab for pupae rearing, a Micro-propagation Lab for propagating rare orchids, palm, cycads and other endangered topical plants; a DNA Lab for biodiversity and conservation studies; and a Microscopy and Imaging Lab which enables scientists to study plants and butterflies in minute detail. A unique alliance for scientific study, the laboratories are installed with computer screens, Wi-Fi, and live webcams to facilitate lectures, and allow visitors to experience the work taking place inside of the labs, outside. The large-sized classrooms allow college and graduate students from Florida International University, the University of Miami and the University of Florida to extend their education. The Tropical Science Institute named in honor of Dr. James A. Kushlan, a wellknown South Florida biologist and wetland conservationist and sponsor of Fairchild’s bird conservation initiative will be housed in the Science Village. Its overarching goal is to collect under one umbrella the science activities of the garden and to facilitate coordination and increased cooperation among South Florida’s scientists, conservationists, and educators engaged in tropical science, conservation and higher education. For additional information, visit <www.fairchildgarden.org>.


Page 14

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Student goes to schools to talk to kids about suicide prevention

Justin Menendez speaks to students at Robert Morgan Education Center about the problem of teen suicide. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Justin Menendez’s family was devastated when his 13-year-old brother Jason committed suicide a few years ago. Menendez created the JAM Foundation in honor of his brother and set out to alert teens and their friends about the teen suicide crisis. “I was in contact with the medical examiner in Miami-Dade County,” Menendez said. “In 2011, there were 27 suicides of young people under age 25. Eight of them were 19 and younger. In 2012, from January to June, there were already 25 suicides and eight of them were 19 and younger. When I saw the number of teens is already tied, it was like, wow.” Some of those suicides were by kids as young as 12. It frightened him that those numbers were so high in just the first six months of the year. “I was telling my mom, ‘I’m scared to follow up; I’m scared to see what that number is now,’” he said. Now a student at FIU, Menendez goes to area high schools to speak to students about the problem of teen suicides. “As of now, we have five that are already in contact with us and want us to have a presentation at that school,” he said. “When we present to a school, we partner with the Ganley Foundation. I speak with their executive director. Grace Carricarte from the Ganley Foundation always gives the mental health perspective and the depression and I go up and talk about my brother.” For far too long, suicide was a taboo subject, but Menendez wants to bring it out into the light. “This isn’t contagious, you can’t catch it by talking about it,” he said. “But talking about it brings awareness.” The purpose of the talks is to teach the kids the warning signs.

“If two kids can relate to what I’m saying, then I’ve done my job and everything is perfect,” Menendez said. His courage in coming forward and sharing his pain with fellow students in assemblies earned him a Silver Knight nomination from Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School. “The feedback from the schools is life-changing,” Menendez said. “We’ve had anything from ‘I was planning to kill myself next week’ to ‘I was planning to kill myself tonight.’” He said depression is the leading mental illness that leads to suicide, although it’s not the only one. “The Stand Up and Speak campaign I started is helping,” Menendez said. “Even if you stand up and speak for the kid who walks the hall by himself. You can be a nondepressed student and feel lonely. Depression is the most common mental illness.” Gay and lesbian teens are at risk for suicide. Menendez said he has talked to a few who told him his talk helped them. “I’ve spoken to many of them. That’s definitely another huge thing. They are taking their lives because of their sexual orientation, which is absolutely terrible.” So far in 2012 he and Carricarte have spoken at eight schools and to some 3,500 students. Next school year he would like to branch out and speak to schools outside of Miami-Dade. “I hope to do this for the rest of my life,” Menendez said. “It’s not easy balancing fulltime student work and the organization but it’s worth it.” Menendez was scheduled to participate in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk sponsored by Stand Up and Speak, a project of the JAM Foundation, on Nov. 11 at the University of Miami. For more information go online to <www.standupnspeak.com> or <www.thejamfoundation.org>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 15


Page 16

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 17

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HISTORICALLY HIGH PRICES

FOR

November 13 - 26, 2012

We buy old gold jewelry bracelets earrings dental gold scrap gold gold coins broken or unwanted rings

With ad receive $5.00 Cash when you sell $50 or more

Rotunda Jewelers

(305) 255-6162

9839 S.W. 184th Street Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 ( Just East of US 1 )


Page 18

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 19

Palmer Trinity installs largest solar system of its type in Miami-Dade BY JENNIFER AGRESS

Palmer Trinity School, on Oct. 27, dedicated a 22-kilowatt solar power system, the first project of its kind in South Florida, in conjunction with Solaria Design and Consulting Co., a company based in the Florida Keys. This independent educational institution, serving grades 6-12, plans to utilize this new addition not only to save energy costs but also as an educational tool to continue to promote sustainability efforts. Designed to provide 22 kilowatts of electricity to the school, this solar electric panel installation comprises 1,866 square feet of Trina solar panels. This photovoltaic system includes a total of 98 solar electric panels, each of which produce 225 watts of electricity. These solar panels are powering the athletic fields as well as a

portion of the school library. Also included in the design is a solar charging station to give students and faculty the opportunity to charge their computers and cell phones. “We are very excited about this new initiative, which allows us to explore ways to lower our energy cost while extending our efforts in sustainable education,” said Sean Murphy, head of school. Because the school’s new solar power system is attached to the electric utility company grid, it provides electricity to the community when not being used on campus. As a result of this effort, Palmer Trinity School also received a rebate from Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). During this event, Murphy honored Julie and Bob Reynolds, parents of PTS student Delaney (Class of 2017), for their generous contributions to the project. Dr.

Pictured (l-r, front) Fabiana Vivacqua, Delaney and Owen Reynolds; (rear) Dr. Leopoldo Llinas, Bob and Julie Reynolds, and head of school Sean Murphy. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The photovoltaic system includes an array of 98 solar panels. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Leopoldo Llinas, director of sustainability at PTS, and Fabiana Vivacqua (Class of 2014) explained how this new installation will serve as an educational tool to all Palmer Trinity School students, and representatives from FPL brought one of their electric vehicles to the event and were on-site to answer any questions about the installation’s renewable energy technology. This ceremony took place at noon, just before kickoff of Palmer Trinity School’s Homecoming Game. “Students are now able to view online, in

Because the school’s new solar power system is attached to the electric utility company grid, it provides electricity to the community when not being used on campus. As a result of this effort, Palmer Trinity School also received a rebate from Florida Power &

real time, the production of the solar panels, analyze how production is affected by weather conditions, determine the amount of money saved on energy, and calculate the pounds of carbon dioxide averted from the atmosphere,” Dr. Llinas said. “With this system, our school is transitioning to a future that includes more sustainable energy, and is helping students evaluate energy resources.” For more information about the school, visit <www.palmertrinity.org>. For more information about FPL, visit online at <www.FPL.com>.


Page 20

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Florida Career College celebrates opening of new Kendall Campus

Pictured (l-r) are Peter England, vice chair of the Economic Development Council of South Miami Dade; David Knobel, president and CEO of Florida Career College, and Mick Jones, CEO and executive director of the Economic Development Council of South Miami Dade. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RACHEL SHAPIRO

Representatives from Miami-Dade County and the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade joined Florida Career College (FCC) for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of its 11th and newest Florida campus, located at 11731 Mills Dr. in Kendall. “We look forward to being a vital part of the Kendall community by providing new educational opportunities that reflect industry-current job training requirements,” said David Knobel, president and CEO of FCC. “Our mission is to train stu-

dents for careers that are in demand so they can move directly from the classroom into the workforce.” The Kendall Campus offers diploma and degree programs with hands-on career training for Medical Assistant Technician; Patient Care Technician; Medical Front Office and Billing; Health Services Administration; Cosmetology; Nursing, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. For more information about the Kendall Campus of Florida Career College, call the campus at 305-384-7900 or visit <www.careercollege.edu>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 21


Page 22

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

NOW OFFERING PRIMAL RAW. SINGLE SOURCE RAW DIETS AND TREATS

Open 7 Days a Week

November 13 - 26, 2012

USOC grant enables disabled vets to enjoy outdoor sports BY LEE STEPHENS

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Disability Services Division has been awarded a 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund grant totaling $24,000 — from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), Paralympic Division. The funds will be used to create MiamiDade County Parks’ new “COVERT Project” (Connecting the Outdoors with Veterans through Education, Recreation and Training) that will enable local disabled veterans to enjoy the sports of archery, sports shooting (air rifles/guns), kayaking and swimming. The following are the upcoming COVERT session days, times and locations: Archery, 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 15, 29, and Dec. 6, Camp Owaissa Bauer, 17001 SW 264 St., Homestead; Shooting Sports (Air Rifles/Guns), 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Trail Glades Gun Range, 17601 SW Eighth St., Miami; Kayaking, 10 a.m.-noon, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr. 4 and 11, Crandon Park, 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, and Swimming, 10 a.m.-noon, Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 and 23, AD Barnes Pool, 3701 SW 72 Ave., Miami. Program dates are subject to change. Limited transportation will be provided from the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami. Participants must pre-register in order to secure spots as space is limited. Program participation is limited to disabled veterans with the following disabling conditions: spinal cord injury, amputation, and trau-

matic head injury. Some restrictions in participation may apply to certain sporting activities. For more information and to pre-register, contact Miami-Dade County Parks Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Jody Cox at 305-234-1673 or send email to <jsantia@miamidade.gov>. Miami-Dade County Parks Disability Services is one of a few organizations nationwide to receive the 2012 Olympic Opportunity Fund grant through the USOC, U.S. Paralympics Division. The USOC has awarded more than $2 million in grant funding to a total of 97 organizations in support of Paralympics sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed forces. The Olympic Opportunity Fund is provided through a partnership between the USOC and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 were provided to USOC partner organizations to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically and visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sports programs. In its third year, the Olympic Opportunity Fund has provided more than $4 million to 223 USOC partner and community programs resulting in thousands of veterans with physical and visual impairments who are participating in sports programs and opportunities at the regional and national levels. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks/>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 23

Celebrity grand marshal Coco Jones joins South Florida holiday tradition BY ALICIA WHITLEY

The official start of the holiday season gets underway when the 16th annual Miracle on 136th Street Holiday Parade marches into The Falls on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. Sponsored by South Miami Fiat, Beaches Resorts, Cox Radio (Easy 93.1 and 97.3 the Coast), and Baptist Children’s Hospital, this year’s Holiday Parade benefits the South Dade YMCA Family Center, which is opening a brand new facility at the end of the year. Celebrity grand marshal Coco Jones, from Disney Channel’s original movie Let It Shine, will lead the way. Jones also has had recurring roles on Disney Channel’s So Random! and Good Luck Charlie. Coco recently signed to Hollywood Records and has been in the studio co-writing and recording all-new original music for her highly anticipated debut album. Free and open to the public, this year’s parade will feature local marching bands, bag pipers, stilt walkers, junkanoo band, mariachi band, Brazilian dancers, Dixieland band, penny-farthing bike, local dignitaries, and more. The Jolly Old Elf himself will make his long-awaited first arrival of the season along with Mrs. Claus and their little helpers. “The Falls is thrilled to welcome Coco Jones and our other special guests to the Miracle on 136th Holiday Parade,” said Julie Goldman, mall

manager at The Falls. “It is the guests will see routines by a exciting to celebrate our 16th Brazilian Dance Troupe and a year of this event. The Falls’ Polynesian Drum Band on the Miracle on 136th Street Center Court stage. Holiday Parade has become a Following the Parade, the South Florida tradition that lights of the season will come welcomes the spirit of the aglow at The Falls as hundreds season. of thousands of lights that “We always enjoy seeing showcase giant animal topiarso many people attend the ies and elaborate water eleparade. We are honored to ments to include elephants, have the opportunity to giraffes, peacocks, camels, bring such a wonderful dolphins and more will illumievent to the community that nate the shopping center’s garhelps create holiday memodens and waterfalls. Santa will ries that will last a lifetime.” take up residence and be availSpectators are encourable for photos in Center Court Coco Jones aged to arrive early to line at the Santa House. –––––––––––––––––––––––– both sides of the parade Retailers will offer great holroute before the 4 p.m. start. iday shopping opportunities, The parade route, which is located on the in-store promotions and specials. Many of these Boulevard in between the center and the parking are included in The Falls Holiday Coupon Book, lot, will start at the east end of The Falls in front including a chance to win the family vacation of of Bloomingdale’s and wind through the entire a lifetime to any Luxury Included Beaches length of the center, west toward Macy’s. Resort, located in the beautiful Caribbean islands Coco Jones will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on of Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. Visit Simon Center Court following the holiday parade to per- Guest Services at The Falls for more informaform joyous holiday music, plus a single off her tion, including rules and regulations. upcoming album. Guests also will see Two Night The YMCA of Greater Miami and the South Stand by Macy’s, and performances by Cache plus a Dade YMCA Family Center is a leading nonfire-eating dancer by Bloomingdale’s. Additionally, profit committed to strengthening communities

through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y impacts the Greater Miami community by nurturing the potential of kids, improving individual and community health and well-being, and giving back to our neighbors. The Y connects the community through four Family Centers, three preschools, and many after-school, youth sports and day camp programs throughout Miami-Dade County and the Upper Keys. In January 2013 the South Dade YMCA Family Center opens a new wellness center which will serve more than 3,500 families through healthy and life-changing programs. To learn more, visit <www.ymcamiami.org>, connect on Facebook or Twitter, or call toll free 1877-969-9622 to find a Y near you. The Falls, located on SW 136th Street at S. Dixie Highway (US1), is one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the U.S., featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, American Girl, and more than 100 stores, restaurants, and cafés as well as Regal Cinemas and The Fresh Market. Stroll the one-level, covered walkways surrounded by a million-gallon waterscape and lush tropical foliage. The Falls sits on a 55acre site featuring 821,000 square feet of retail space with more than 100 specialty stores and two department stores, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.


Page 24

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

R&T Signature Grill hosting Miracle League fundraisers BY DONNA SHELLEY

R&T Signature Grill recently began its special fundraising efforts on behalf of the Miracle League of Miami-Dade. Dan Kaplan, the restaurant’s owner hit upon an idea to attract customers to his new eatery while fundraising. On the third Friday of every month from 4 to 10 p.m., 15 percent of all purchases will be donated to the Miracle League. Donations will help fund the construction of the first league baseball field in Miami designed specifically for children with special needs. When speaking of his charitable efforts for the league Kaplan said, “I’ve always known that giving back is good for business and good for the community. Every kid and parent should have the opportunity to experience sports and the joy of sports.” The field where dreams of baseball will, at last, be realized by children with special needs begins with the Howard Palmetto Baseball Softball Association (HPBSA), a longstanding organization that has been integral to youth sports in South Florida since 1962. HPBSA offers boys and girls Tball, baseball, and softball played in the parks of Miami-Dade County, Village of Palmetto Bay and Village of Pinecrest. In

2011, HPBSA turned its attention to building a program for children with special needs. The goal of the newly formed Miracle League of Miami-Dade is to construct a new type of baseball field that removes the barriers that keep children with special needs from enjoying one of America’s most popular sports. Fundraising for the $1.5 million project was given a major boost by a $100,000 donation from the Florida Marlins. Nationally, there are 235 Miracle Leagues in the U.S., many of which receive significant financial support from Major League Baseball teams. The league has partnered with Miami-Dade County Parks to locate the field at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. Keith Reilly, executive board member and co-chair of the Miracle League, has been, according to co-chair Karl Sturge, the “fuel” behind the idea. “The impetus for this was having Dan Kaplan, owner of R&T Signature Grill, donates check for Miracle a child with special needs come to League to Sandy Robinson, executive board member and fundraising the HPBSA and having no way for cochair, with Elijah DeArmas (left) and Anthony Nodarse (right). him to play. This effort has already –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

proven to be a tremendous success for families and the league,” said Reilly. Anthony Nodarse and his mother, Grissel, attended the event. Anthony and other children with special needs were looking forward to their first game to be played in the beginning of November. Wearing his new baseball shirt, Anthony proudly smiled for the camera. “It has been so hard to find some place for him to play baseball. He wasn’t accepted. I signed him up for the Miracle League. He just wants to play,” said Grissel, fighting back tears. Roasters ’n Toasters (open for breakfast and lunch) recently added a new concept to their business, the R&T Signature Grill, a family and sports-oriented lunch and dinner spot. Roasters ’n Toasters (established in 1984) is a New York-style deli and catering business. Roasters ’n Toasters has three locations — in Pinecrest, Skylake and Miami Beach. R&T Signature Grill is located at 9471 S. Dixie Hwy., in Pinecrest, across from Shorty’s. For more information, call 305-663-3000 or visit the website at <www.rntsignaturegrill.com>. To get involved with the Miracle League, visit its website at <www.miracleleagueofmiami.org>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 25

Baptist Health, Girl Scouts partner to restore camp’s native hammock BY STEPHANIE ROJAS

Baptist Health South Florida recently partnered with local Girl Scout volunteers for a morning of “green happiness” as they planted more than 350 native small trees and shrubs at Girl Scout Camp Mahachee. The historic site, spanning more than 11 acres, was dedicated for the use of Girl Scouts of Dade County in 1948, and has served as a troop camp, day camp and a center of community activities. The volunteer efforts aimed to restore the native hammock and develop the canopy in the area. Baptist Health South Florida donated a wide array of native foliage, including Gumbo Limbo, Marlberry, Satin Leaf and Krug’s Holly, among others. “The native habitat at Girl Scout Camp Mahachee is a priceless asset to our local Girl Scouts,” said Sally Ann Boggess, chief operating officer for the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida Inc. “We are grateful to all the Baptist Health volunteers who helped ensure that Girl Scout Camp Mahachee will be enjoyed by generations of Girl Scouts to come.” Additionally, the greenery planted during the event helped to restore the tree canopy as

Baptist Health South Florida and Girl Scout volunteers join together for a morning of “green happiness” as they plant more than 350 native small trees and shrubs at Girl Scout Camp Mahachee. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

a part of the Million Trees Miami Initiative, a community-wide effort to plant 1 million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Planting these trees supports the Healthy Communities goal area in GreenPrint, a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cut energy, water and fuel

consumption, and help develop a sustainable community for future generations. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular

Institute, Mariners Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net.


Page 26

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

‘Deering Goes to the Birds’at Deering Estate, Nov. 17 BY JENNIFER TISTHAMMER

For the first time in 10 years, the Deering Estate at Cutler will host the 2012 “Deering Goes to the Birds” on Saturday, Nov. 17, featuring lectures and walking tours of the natural areas led by local birding experts and enthusiasts. From the moment you walk onto the estate, bird activity is evident. Red-bellied woodpeckers nest in trees; mockingbirds sing in the shortleafed fig trees; ospreys are spotted carrying a fish to a favorite perch. Visitors might even catch a glimpse of a catbird, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, or, if you’re lucky, the sudden swift flight of a whitecrowned pigeon. Shorebirds search for food in the mangrove prop roots and a plethora of songbirds can be heard in the surrounding hammock of trees. Activities and programs for the entire family and bird enthusiasts of all ages will be held at this annual event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free with regular admission — $12 for adults and $7 for children (ages 4-14). Participating organizations include Tropical Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Everglades National Park, AIRIE–Artists in Residence in Everglades, Florida International University, Crandon Park Nature Center, and Miami-Dade County EcoAdventures. Schedule of events for Deering Goes to the

Birds on Saturday, Nov. 17: 7:30 a.m. — Bird Walk: Take a 1.5-hour trek through the Deering Estate’s tropical hardwood hammock and pine rockland habitats in search of South Florida’s elusive avian residents; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Book Nook by the Bay “Birding,” enjoy family story time, on-site ecoarts and crafts, science programs and more; 10:30 a.m. — “Episodes and Interesting Unknowns with John James Audubon” with Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) photographer Krista Elrick. Follow her on a photographic journey as she shares her perspective and continues to make photographs in the same wetlands, forests, and shorelines where John James Audubon hunted, wrote about and painted birds. Noon — First lecture (30 minutes with time for Q&A after)., Topic is “Urban Oases: the importance of South Florida to migratory birds.” Have you ever wondered why South Florida is such an important habitat for birds? Come learn about the importance of your own backyard in providing habitat and shelter for migratory birds, as well as how urbanization is affecting these birds and how scientists and citizens are working together to discover ways to improve these habitats. Featured Speaker: John Withey, PhD. Dr. Withey is an associate professor in Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts and Society. His research focuses on the responses of terrestrial ver-

tebrates, especially birds, to human influence. He takes an interdisciplinary approach by integrating avian ecology with economics, urban planning, and other social science to better understand birds in urban systems. 1 p.m. — Second lecture (45 minutes with time for Q&A after). Topic, “The Atlantic Flyway and Conservation Efforts.” The Atlantic Flyway encompasses some of the hemisphere’s most productive ecosystems, including forests, beaches, and coastal wetlands. The Deering Estate at Cutler is part of the Biscayne Bay Important Bird Area (IBA) which includes Bird Key, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Biscayne National Park, Deering Estate at Cutler, and Matheson Hammock Park. Come learn about conservation efforts Tropical Audubon Society leads in our community and how you can help. From the northern Atlantic Coast and through the Caribbean to South America, Audubon is working to support this avian superhighway’s 500-plus bird species and millions of individual birds. Featured Speaker: Laura Reynolds, executive director, Tropical Audubon Society. Reynolds first became involved in TAS as a member and then as a board member in 2005. Since 2008, she has served as the executive director of Tropical Audubon Society. Tropical Audubon Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

comprised of dedicated citizens who care about the quality of South Florida’s environment and serve as outspoken advocates for betterment. 2 p.m. — Workshop: Caring for Injured Birds and Wildlife. Learn how to properly care for and handle injured birds and other wildlife you might encounter in your daily life. Find out whom to call, what to do, and how to make sure that both you and the animal stay as safe as possible. 5 p.m. — Bird Walk: Take a 1.5-hour trek through the Deering Estate’s tropical hardwood hammock and pine rockland habitats in search of South Florida’s elusive avian residents. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. 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. Historic house tours are offered daily with 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>. For more information about the Tropical Audubon Society visit <www.tropicalaudubon.org>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 27

Leon Medical Centers donates $5M to MDC School of Nursing

Pictured (l-r) are Benjamin Leon Jr., chair and founder of Leon Medical Centers; Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, and Benjamin Leon III, president and CEO of Leon Medical Centers and an MDC Trustee. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY SUE ARROWSMITH

One of the leading healthcare services providers in the region, Leon Medical Centers, is investing in the future of the industry by making a $5 million donation to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed School of Nursing on Oct. 30. The special event with students, faculty, alumni, healthcare professionals, and community leaders took place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus where a check presentation was made and remarks delivered. The donation also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the School of Nursing which opened its doors in 1962. The school will be renamed the Benjamin Leon School of Nursing at Miami Dade College. More importantly, the donation will create program enhancements, opportunities for faculty development and a cohort of Leon nursing scholars to bolster Leon Medical Centers’ workforce and the industry’s. The United States is facing a critical shortage of nurses, with no sign of abating. The problem is especially severe in South Florida. The Leon gift will go a long way in mitigating these hurdles in the region’s healthcare industry. “I cannot think of many other institutions that have positively impacted as many lives in our community as Miami Dade College,” said Benjamin Leon III, president and CEO of Leon Medical Centers and an MDC Trustee. “This is our way of thanking this fine institution and encouraging it to continue building a better community through education and opportunity.” Leon Medical Centers selected MDC because of its shared commitment to medical excellence and to the community both organizations serve.

“This donation is one more step in our commitment to medical excellence and our commitment to our community,” said Benjamin Leon Jr., chair and founder of Leon Medical Centers. “You can’t have medical excellence without having exceptionally prepared and professional nurses. They are the frontline of medical excellence. “We are fortunate to have many MDC School of Nursing graduates serving the patients of Leon Medical Centers and with this donation look forward to having many more,” he added. “We are extremely grateful and pleased with the generosity of the Leon family,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “They have raised the bar of civic engagement and giving for all to follow. Thanks to their gift, we will take our already nationally renowned School of Nursing to even greater heights and, more importantly, expand our impact in the community.” Meeting local workforce demands, MDC’s Medical Campus has trained more than 50 percent of the nurses in Miami-Dade County. It also offers more than 20 indemand programs including Physician Assistant studies, Opticianry, Emergency Medical Technician studies, Physical Therapist Assistant studies, Dental Hygiene and much more. Its students also serve the community providing critical healthcare services, performing 52,000 clinical days per year at 800 sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, plus an additional 30,000 hours of community service. The School of Nursing is celebrating 50 years of excellence during this 2012-13 academic year. For more information about the School of Nursing, call 305-237-4101 or visit online at <www.mdc.edu/medical/Nursing>.

Pictured are the new owners of Lots of Lox (l-r) Steve, Jimmy and Nick Poulos.

THE ORIGINAL LOTS

OF LOX • Catering Available • Dine In or Take Out

BREAKFAST SPECIAL

$6.45

INCLUDES COFFEE OR TEA MON. THRU FRI. 7AM TO 11AM

14995 South Dixie Hwy.

Tel: 305-252-2010 • Fax: 305-232-7560

NEW HOURS Open Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Dinner Specials from 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Page 28

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Diamond Ball raises nearly $4M for MCH Foundation BY JEREMY KATZMAN

Nearly 700 community, business and society notables were taken through a bold and elegant depiction of “A Frosted Masquerade Affair” at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2012 Diamond Ball on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. The event raised nearly $4 million, including announced gifts, to support world-class care at Miami Children’s Hospital. Guests of the Diamond Ball had the opportunity to see the world premiere of the Bald, Brave, Beautiful I Will Survive music video (visit YouTube.com/ MiamiChildrens to view), which Grammy Award-winning artist Gloria Gaynor recorded with Miami Children’s Hospital patients and supporters to raise funds to help find a cure and provide hope to children facing cancer. “No child should ever have to face a life-threatening disease like cancer,” said Gaynor via video salute. “I am asking you to step up and support the Bald, Brave, Beautiful patients at Miami Children’s Hospital because kids and chemo do not go together.” Following the music video premiere, Gaynor was inducted into the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame. Guests of the Diamond Ball had the opportunity to hear from 10-year-old leukemia patient Briana Vega, who appeared in the music video with Gaynor and shared her experience as a patient at Miami Children’s Hospital. “This hospital is not a regular hospital to me,” Vega said. “It’s a carnival with some bumpy rides. I’m lucky to be getting my treatment where the nurses and doctors are kids at heart and where it’s all about the children.” Miami Children’s Hospital

Pictured (l-r) are 2012 Diamond Ball International chair and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCH Foundation) board member Ravneet Chowdhury, MCH Foundation president and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, 2012 Diamond Ball chair and MCH Foundation board member Marile Lopez, and 2012 Diamond Ball Auction chairs DJ Kerr and Lauren Sturges-Fernandez. (Photo Credit: Orlando Garcia) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Foundation board member Ravneet Chowdhury and Anand Chowdhury were so inspired by Vega’s story that they immediately pledged a $1.75 million donation in the young girl’s honor. Named for the first chair and president of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCH Foundation), the Ambassador David M. Walters International Pediatric Hall of Fame was created in 1986 to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the health and happiness of children everywhere. It is the highest honor bestowed by MCH

Foundation. Previous inductees include legendary children’s advocates Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Barbara and Jack Nicklaus, Dwyane Wade, Beyoncé Knowles, Walt Disney and Audrey Hepburn, among others. “We are blessed to celebrate a woman who was selected for her work on behalf of children not just in her own backyard, but on a global level,” said Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, president and CEO of MCH Foundation. “For years Gloria has supported a variety of leading children’s causes and

other philanthropic organizations and we are proud to induct her into our most prestigious fraternity.” Ranked among the top fundraisers in Florida, the Diamond Ball also featured Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU and Star of ABC’s Shark Tank, as emcee, with entertainment by the Drew T Band. Other notable Diamond Ball attendees included Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, Sports Illustrated supermodel Nina Agdal, actor Juan Soler, CBS 4 anchor Shannon Hori and The Real Housewives of Miami cast members Adriana DeMoura and Alexia Echavarria, and others. In addition to the gift from the Chowdhurys, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation announced three challenge grants from the Batchelor Foundation totaling $800,000 over the next two years ($500,000 and $150,000 for 2013 and another $150,000 for 2014). The Diamond Ball Committee was led by chairs Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, iinternational chairs Ravneet and Anand Chowdhury, and auction chairs Lauren Sturges-Fernandez and DJ Kerr. Sponsors included Premier Beverage, Sabadell United Bank, Duty Free Americas, Brown & Heller, American Airlines, Tri-City Electric, Selecta magazine, Accord Productions, Lava Studio, Maria Elena Headpieces, WOW Factor, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, Rene Ruiz, Mayda Cisneros, Laura Buccellati and Shark Branding. To learn more about the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and offer support, visit <www.mchf.org>, become a fan on Facebook at <www.facebook.com/MCHFoundation>, or call 305-666-2889 (toll free: 1-800-9878701).


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 29


Page 30

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 31


Page 32

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Original Cuban Flavor Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter

The World’s Best Pan con Lechon

Authentic Cuban Gourmet Food

12313 S Dixie Hwy. Miami, FL 33156 | 305.259.1550 Open Lunch and Dinner • Generous and Delicious and Fun! • Mon-Thu-Sun 11am - 9pm Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 33


Page 34

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 35


Page 36

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 37

Burger emporium wants to ‘rock’ your tastebuds BY RICHARD YAGER

They call it “Rock that Burger” with a Colombian flair. When you enter Kendall’s newest hamburger emporium in Snapper Creek Plaza, you quickly will understand why. One wall is emblazoned with a tribute to “Rockers” of past years, their photo images arranged in a checker board-like montage. On an opposite wall hangs a dismantled rocker’s drum set, artistically placed as modern “pop” art and flanked by a row of guitars. “The design was my sister’s work, partly due to my rock band, Detour, that I led for three years,” grinned 37-year-old Flavio Alarcon who guided Kendall’s latest hamburger venture into a rocker’s heaven with brother, Andres, 25; sister. Angela, 31, and a helping assist from their mom, Miryan Alarcon. Wooden slat chairs and eight tables along with chrome-plated stools for a small luncheon bar in a blazing red color scheme completes an upbeat interior décor. But what about the burgers — and those “Yellow Dogs?” “They’re different,” explained the Alarcons. “You have to taste them to see why. We have a special seasoning that makes

Andres, Angela and Flavio Alarcon bring Rock That Burger to Kendall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– them that way.” What makes their “Yellow Submarine” hamburger unique is a homemade pineapple sauce, a holdover from the days when the Alarcons’ popular Yellow Submarine food truck drew passionate crowds of West Kendall Colombians for rarities like a pineapple-spiced hot dog.

“Oooooh! Is that hot dog good!” tweeted one customer who said the Yellow Dog “won my heart in the hot dog world.” A colorful menu card lists that “Paradise City” hot dog with a combination of mozzarella cheese and house-made pineapple, mustard and tomato sauces. The “Yellow Submarine” burger high-

lights the same pineapple-spiced topping along with tomato, lettuce and onions. You can also Rock Your Burger with a combination of exotic-toppings including jalapeño peppers and banana peppers. To keep an American flavor, there’s also a choice of Chicken Wings (10 for $6.99) with homemade barbecue or Buffalo sauce, as well as French or “Loaded” chili fries. Beverages vary from canned sodas to Corona, Budweiser or Heineken beer, topped off by an espresso, latte or cappuccino. So how can a Colombian family outdo a Shula Burger, due to open just a mile or so south of their 6-month-old operation? “Just try us, and you’ll see!” chorused the enterprising trio who grew up learning American tastes after the family left its native Cali 15 years ago to open a business called Home Necessities before branching out into catered food services. “Folks have spread the word about our new place, including many fellow Colombians who knew us from our Yellow Submarine days on Kendall Drive at SW 147th Avenue,” Flavio added. Rock That Burger is open from noon to 9 p.m. every weekday and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 7138 SW 117 Ave. For take-out, call 305-270-2110.


Page 38

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

County joins Comcast to offer free internet training classes BY LAURA PHILLIPS

Not knowing how to use a computer or browse the Internet puts families at a disadvantage. Families with school-aged children need to be digitally connected and literate in order to help their children thrive in school, and Internet skills are basic requirements for many jobs in today’s competitive marketplace. Digital literacy is virtually a necessity to complete homework assignments, write research papers, apply to college, find and apply for jobs, and to file for unemployment. As part of a growing national effort to bring digital literacy and the power of the Internet to the people who do not currently have access and skills, the MiamiDade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has partnered with Comcast to offer Miami-Dade families a trio of free “Internet Essentials” computer training classes at Goulds Park, 11350 SW 216 St. The classes are: “Basic Computers and Microsoft Software” — Offers an introduction to computer basics, such as general computer components and acronyms; powering-on and shutting down a computer; use of the mouse and keyboard, and installing and maneuvering Microsoft software programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel. “Finding and Applying for Jobs Online” — Presents strategies for successful online job-hunting and submitting resumes and job application forms. “Keeping Children Safe on the Internet” — Informs parents about potential threats their child may encounter while browsing the Internet and offers tips for keeping them

safe and responsible in their Internet use. The Internet Essentials classes will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon; Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 9-10 a.m. There is no need to bring a computer, as lessons will be taught on classroom computers; however personal laptops may be used. To ensure appropriate accommodations, advance registration is required for the Internet Essentials classes. To register, and for information about these and other Miami-Dade County Parks programs and recreational activities available to the community at Goulds Park, call 305-255-2399, or visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks>. About 30 percent of Americans, many of whom are living near or below the poverty line, remain on the wrong side of the digital divide. They possess little to no computer literacy, do not have broadband access at home and/or do not have a home computer or device capable of supporting high-speed Internet use. That’s why Comcast created Internet Essentials — the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program in America. As a component of Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, Comcast is providing low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month and the option to purchase a fullservice, Internet-ready computer for under $150. Households with at least one child who receives free or reduced price lunches through the National School Lunch Program may qualify. Call 1-855-8INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application, and visit <www.internetessentials.com>. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks/>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

11th Miami Short Film Festival announces films, new events BY JESSIE ALLEN

With more than 700 international submissions, 80 short films (under 20 minutes) have been chosen to screen in the 11th annual Miami Short Film Festival. There will be 15 different blocks, each consisting of seven or eight films that share a common theme — including love, horror, locals, documentary, and experimental. Some notable appearances include Gael Garcia Bernal in Zalet (Republic of Serbia), and Tony Award winners Ed Asner and Mark Rydell in Good Men (USA). Films will screen Nov. 26-30 at the Paragon Grove 13 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Miami Beach Cinematheque at 9 p.m. On Nov. 25, a special Kid’s Program will run at the Miami Children’s Museum including five films targeted to children ages 2-8 from noon to 4 p.m. On that same date, a complimentary family-friendly showcase of highlights from the festival will take place at the North Beach Bandshell as part of the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council’s “Fresh Air Fund” program from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, begins the festival at The Lot Bar in Paragon Grove 13 and will include the unveiling of custom artwork by local artist, and President Obama’s two-time winner of “Runway to Win,”

Phil Fung. After parties will occur following the last screening block every weekday in various venues throughout Coconut Grove and at Chalk on South Beach. The festival ends on Dec. 1 with an awards ceremony at the Mutiny Hotel, where winning filmmakers in different categories will be announced. This year’s sponsors include Paragon 13, The Lot Bar, Stella Artois, The Mutiny Hotel, Conill, Figment Group, Midtown Video, Concept International Realty. The festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners. The Miami Short Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting national, international and local short films. For more than 10 years, the event has been the launching point for original scripts, new cinematography and film techniques, innovative perspectives, and unique forms of true emotion and expression captured on film. For more information visit online at <www.miamishortfilmfestival.com> or call 786-510-3738.

See us online at: www.communitynewspapers.com

Page 39


Page 40

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Orange Bowl engages business with Kicks for Kids Challenge BY LUISA YEN

Components of the grand prize package will include: The Orange Bowl recently announced • Four tickets to the 2013 Discover its new Kicks for Kids Business Challenge, Orange Bowl; a program providing South • Four tickets to the Florida business owners the Orange Bowl Game Day Fan To drive opportunity to get involved in Zone; collections this giving back to the local com• A parking pass; munity, and to make a splash • One page advertisement college football on the biggest stage in college in the 2013 Discover Orange season, the football. Bowl game program; Kicks for Kids The Kicks for Kids • One video board menBusiness Challenge will suption during the 2013 Business port the Orange Bowl’s Discover Orange Bowl; Challenge newest youth program by the • A dedicated website invites locally same name. story on OrangeBowl.org; Entering its second year, • One page advertisement based Kicks for Kids provides South in a future issue of Inside the businesses to Florida children with new or Orange Bowl magazine, and gently used athletic footwear, • One TV feature segment join in the ensuring them the opportunity on a future Inside the collection. to participate in and reap the Orange Bowl TV show airrewards of youth sports and ing Tuesday afternoon on exercise. Last year, more than 1,000 chil- Sun Sports. dren received shoes as a result of the pro“Kicks for Kids is a tremendous program, enabling them to play sports, and in gram that eliminates the most basic road turn, benefit in the way of leadership, blocks so South Florida kids can particisocialization, cooperation, interpersonal pate and reap the benefits of sports,” said skills and overall health. Eric Poms, CEO, Orange Bowl To drive collections this college football Committee. “Last year the Orange Bowl season, the Kicks for Kids Business donated 1,000 pairs of shoes and this year Challenge invites locally based businesses to we are increasing our goal to 1,500. join in the collection. The business that col“The Kicks for Kids Business Challenge lects the greatest number of youth athletic is an exciting way for the Orange Bowl to shoes, and/or makes the largest donation to engage the local business community while the Kicks for Kids program will be awarded helping as many children as possible.” a 2013 Discover Orange Bowl marketing The Kicks for Kids Business Challenge package valued at more than $25,000. It’s a will run through Nov. 30. For more inforchance to market the business to approxi- mation including registration, shoe collecmately 70,000 fans who will be in atten- tion and full contest rules, visit online at dance and millions watching at home. community.orangebowl.org.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 41


Page 42

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

PortMiami welcoming new vessels, more cruise lines BY GINNY GUTIERREZ

PortMiami, the Cruise Capital of the World, is poised for new growth as it welcomes an impressive roster of new cruise lines and new vessels to its fleet in coming weeks boosting even further the cruise industry’s contribution to local tourism. The 2012-13 cruise season was to launch with the arrival of six ships in eight weeks, the first being the Regent Seven Seas Navigator on Nov. 8. Along with the relocation of its sister ship the Regent Seven Seas Mariner on Jan. 7, 2013, the luxury brand will now homeport at PortMiami. Also, coming in the next eight weeks are: Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest and largest ship, the Carnival Breeze; Oceania Cruises will introduce its newest ship, the Oceania Riviera to the U.S. market at PortMiami; Celebrity Cruise Lines will begin sailing its newest ship, the Celebrity Reflection, from PortMiami. The ship is the fifth in the line’s premium Solstice Class, and Disney Cruise Lines will enter the Miami market when the Disney Wonder begins sailing from PortMiami for the first time. Additionally, the Mediterranean line, MSC Cruises will begin sailing from

CRUISE NEWS PortMiami in Fall 2013 when it brings its newest ship the MSC Divina here. Furthermore, in 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line will launch the Norwegian Getaway, currently under construction in Germany. “PortMiami, long known as the Cruise Capital of the World, is well-positioned for new growth,” said PortMiami director Bill Johnson. “We look forward to what is our largest expansion ever of new cruise brands and new build vessels in a single cruise season.” Johnson noted that PortMiami recently trademarked its designation as “Cruise Capital of the World,” which recognizes that the port is where modern day cruising began and is the world’s leading cruise port. PortMiami is Miami-Dade County’s second most important economic engine contributing $18 billion annually to the local economy and supporting more than 180,000

jobs in Greater Miami. For the past four years, more than four million cruise passengers have traveled through PortMiami annually, more than any other port in the world. PortMiami’s impressive roster of 14 cruise lines offers a wide-range of itineraries to destinations in the Bahamas, Mexico, Caribbean, South America and beyond. PortMiami terminal facilities are among the most modern in the world and provide easy passenger boarding and departure. Currently underway are $15 million in improvements to PortMiami’s Cruise Terminal D, which will homeport the Carnival Breeze. The growth at PortMiami is in conjunction with the tourism numbers recorded by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) which earlier this year announced a record-breaking 13.4 million overnight visitors in 2011. Greater Miami and the Beaches offers a wealth of pre- and post-cruise options for cruise passengers to extend their travel or vacation with stays in the destination. “Cruise passengers are important to the continual growth of Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry as they contribute millions of dollars annually to the local economy and generate jobs by staying in hotels,

riding in taxis, eating in restaurants, visiting attractions and shopping,” said GMCVB president and CEO William D. Talbert III, CDME. “We are delighted to welcome cruise passengers from around the world who come to PortMiami and contribute mightily to tourism, Miami-Dade County’s No. 1 industry.” Welcoming events will be held by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for each of the new ships scheduled to set sail and the public is welcome to attend them at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach. Details for those scheduled to depart before year’s end are as follows: Oceania Riviera (Oceania Cruises): Scheduled to set sail on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. with its welcome event from 5 to 7 p.m. Carnival Breeze (Carnival Cruise Lines): Scheduled to set sail on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. with its welcome event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Celebrity Reflection (Celebrity Cruises): Scheduled to set sail on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. with its welcome event from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Line): Scheduled to set sail on Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. with its welcome event from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information on PortMiami, visit <www.miamidade.gov/portmiami>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 43

Nominations open for 25th year of In the Company of Women BY EDITH TORRES

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, is seeking to honor outstanding Miami-Dade women for the 25th Annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony to be held in March 2013. Timed to coincide with Women’s History Month, In the Company of Women recognizes the accomplishments of professional female leaders in the community in the following categories: • Outstanding Woman in Arts and Entertainment; • Outstanding Woman in Business and Economics; • Outstanding Woman in Communications and Literature; • Outstanding Woman in Education and Research; • Outstanding Woman in Government and Law; • Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services; • Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology; • Outstanding Woman in Sports and

Athletics; • Community Spirit Award; • Mayor’s Pioneer Award, and • Posthumous Award. New this year, two women will be selected for the category of “Outstanding Woman in Government and Law,” one elected and one non-elected. The Community Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteering, has made a difference within the community. No professional background is required. The Mayor’s Pioneer Award honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County. The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her contribution within Miami-Dade County. All honorees must demonstrate professional development, community responsibility, leadership and vision, contribution to women’s progress and promotion of pluralism. To download the nomination form, visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks/women.asp>. Completed forms must be mailed to Laura Morilla, executive director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, 111 NW

First St., Suite 1034, Miami, FL 33128. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 14. A committee of community leaders will review nomination forms in order to determine the nominee’s eligibility. Emphasis will be placed on the nominee’s contribution to women’s progress in her profession/area of interest. For the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, emphasis will be on overall involvement in the community and women’s progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez office will review the nominations for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award. Nominators are required to complete the nomination form and submit nine copies of the form along with nine photocopies of any newspaper or magazine articles about

the nominee, if available. If nominating for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, submit only three photocopies of the nomination form, along with three photocopies of recommendation letters from three individuals, not including the nominator, and any supporting materials including newspaper or magazine articles. Nominations that fail to include these items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be automatically disqualified. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Past recipients of the In the Company award are not eligible. For more information and for a list of past award recipients, go to <http://miamidade.gov/parks/women.asp> or contact Laura Morilla at 305-375-4967, or via email at <morilla@miamidade.gov>.


Page 44

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Batteries Plus charges ahead ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ available through Dec. 7 BY PATRICIA ROJAS Pictured are (l-r) Batteries Plus employees Felipe Pelaez and Roxana Soler, with owner Carlos Quinones.

BY JESSE SCHECKNER

The first thing a person will notice after walking into Batteries Plus, located at 6400 S. Dixie Hwy., is how welcoming it is. The shelves are well stocked with batteries and light bulbs, but everything is conveniently within reach. Interactive displays comparing the cost benefits and energy efficiency of their light bulbs are all over the store and there is every imaginable kind of battery available, from cell phone and laptop batteries to ones for motor vehicles and cordless tools. This is all part of the design that has allowed the company, which presently has 517 stores nationwide, to grow in such a difficult economy. It is one of the many things which attracted Carlos Quinones, a vital and friendly husband and father of two, to purchase a franchise two years ago. One doesn’t just buy a Batteries Plus franchise, order inventory and set up shop, however. There is a considerable amount of preliminary work to be done before the doors ever open. “Part of the reason we’ve been so successful is that we go through an intensive training program which includes three weeks of battery and bulb ‘boot camp’ and 53 hours of online work,” says Quinones. All five of the people employed have gone through the process, making for a very well educated and informative staff. With the advancement of both battery and light bulb technology, purchases may be more costly, but are fewer and further in between. It is natural to assume that a business such as Batteries Plus would consider every sale to be important – and they do – but they also are very much interested in creating a lasting relationship with their clientele. “Before we sell someone a battery, we try to do a full analysis of the device to make sure the purchase is necessary and

that the problem doesn’t exist elsewhere,” Quinones says. “We try to educate the customer by asking important questions and give them the bulb or battery that best suits their needs.” This particular Batteries Plus franchise is also involved with the community in other ways apart from commercial retail. In addition to participating in a national battery recycling program that is free to local residents, the store is also taking part in an ambitious program – assisted by government grants and incentives – to re-lamp local businesses with CFL (compact florescent light) bulbs. “Companies used to have to pursue these deals,” Quinones says. “Now we and the government are proactive about it.” The company is very aware of the immediate needs of the surrounding area as well. This was exemplified in the days leading up to what fortunately wound up being much-ado-about-nothing in Hurricane Isaac. When many businesses were burying their heads in the sand, Batteries Plus was not only open, but was receiving an emergency delivery full of hurricane necessities. With such positive community relations and an equally honest and straightforward approach to their business practices, Batteries Plus appears to be headed in the right direction for success. Though it took them 13 months to find the right location for their first store, Carlos Quinones is eager to begin branching out. “As the business takes off, hopefully within the year we’ll start looking for more locations and grow at that rate,” he says. Batteries Plus is open seven days a week. For more information, call 305-6614567, email <carlos.quinones@batteriesplus.net> or go online at <www.batteriesplus.com>.

While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of our nation’s heroes away from their families this holiday season, the American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer. Now through Dec. 7, Americans can give something that means something by sending a card of thanks and support to members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. “It just takes a moment to sign a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the military community make,” said Sam Tidwell, CEO, American Red Cross South Florida Region. “You say thanks, we’ll do the rest.” The Red Cross is inviting the public to send messages of thanks and holiday cheer until Dec. 7 by mailing them to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456. Pitney Bowes Inc. receives cards at the special Holiday Mail post office box, and screens them for hazardous materials. Pitney Bowes screens, packages and ships the cards at no charge, and contributes thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country. Red Cross volunteers across the United

States and on military installations overseas then sort and deliver the cards throughout the holiday season. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes have received and distributed more than 4.7 million cards for members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and their families since the program began in 2006. To ensure that cards are delivered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary donations, or using glitter or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. More information and card requirements are at redcross.org/holidaymail. The public can connect with fellow card senders through Facebook at facebook.com/redcross and Twitter.com/redcross using the hashtag #holidaymail. The Red Cross relies on the support of the American people to carry out its mission of service to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 million veterans and their families. During this holiday season, people also can support all Red Cross services by making a financial donation at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Individuals also can give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800REDCROSS.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 45


Page 46

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

Toyota donates a truck to local wildlife hospital BY BRIAN FOX

Kendall Toyota presented a Toyota Tundra to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (PHSS) at the dealership on Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of the Toyota “100 Cars for Good” program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. The 100 Cars for Good program is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations are awarded. PHSS will use its new Tundra to survey local marinas for injured pelicans and wildlife, rescue and care for wounded animals and as transportation for PHSS staff to give educational presentations at neighboring schools throughout Miami-Dade County. “We are overwhelmed by Toyota’s generosity,” said Brian Fox, PHSS executive director. “Receiving a truck as a donation will significantly enhance our ability to save and treat injured wildlife in the Biscayne Bay area. This will certainly enable us to increase our overall efforts in Miami.” Founded in 1980, PHSS is recognized both nationally and internationally for its dedication to seabird rehabilitation. While it specializes in brown pelicans, the center

Frank Marsala (left) of Kendall Toyota presents Brian Fox (right) of Pelican Harbor Seabird Station with a 2013 Toyota Tundra as part of Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” program. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

rescues, treats and cares for all sick, injured or orphaned wildlife with a mission to foster and promote the preservation, protection and propagation of pelicans and other wildlife. Each year, PHSS heals thousands of animals affected by mankind and returns them to their ecosystem. The organization also provides other community services to include education programs, conservation research, outreach initiatives and resolving human-wildlife conflicts.

“We are proud to be a part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program and present Seabird Station with their new Tundra,” said Frank Marsala, Kendall Toyota general manager. “We live in a vibrant city and Seabird Station is a remarkable place making a huge impact in Miami and the wildlife that inhabits the area.” Kendall Toyota is located at 10943 S. Dixie Hwy. The dealership has been involved in various charities to include its

most recent and favorite initiative of awarding Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year with a new Toyota. “At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits in their work,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, USA. “All 100 of the winners of the 100 Cars for Good program are providing extraordinary and much-needed services, and we thank Kendall Toyota for their role in delivering Pelican Harbor Seabird Station’s car to help them with their important work.” The selection process began May 14 by profiling five finalists at <www.100carsforgood.com>. Individual members of the public were able to vote for the nonprofit they believe can do the most good with a new vehicle. The charity with the most votes at the end of each day became the winner of one of six Toyota models. Additionally, each runnerup will receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota. A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty also will be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, visit <www.100carsforgood.com>.


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

The Doctors Cohn make Miami Smile

What could be better than working with one of your children every day? Dr. Jack Cohn has the good fortune of having two of his sons, Adam, and Aaron follow in his professional footsteps. Dr. Jack Cohn grew up in South Miami and attended Coral Gables High School. Years later after graduating Dental school at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond he longed for his South Florida weather and lifestyle. Dr. Jack has practiced Dentistry in South Miami/Kendall for thirty-seven years. During this time he has been President of the South Dade Dental Society and a delegate to the Florida Dental Association. Dr. Jack has achieved the status of Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. His constant participation in post-graduate education is probably what piqued Dr. Adam’s and Dr. Aaron’s interest in the dental field. Dr. Adam Cohn grew up in the Palmetto area and attended Palmetto Senior High School then attended the University of Florida and received his dental degree at Nova Southeastern University. His plan was always to return to his neighborhood and join his father. Since graduating from dental school in 2007 he has been involved in several local dental societies and study groups. Dr. Adam has participated in the pro bono Pankey Institute Dental Access. Dr. Aaron Cohn also grew up in the Palmetto area and attended Palmetto Senior High School. He then attended the University of Florida for undergraduate studies and ventured north to receive his dental degree from Temple University Dental School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a few winters he was glad to head back to his hometown of Miami. Dr. Aaron immediately immersed himself in the local Dental Societies as had his father and brother. The Drs. Cohn also brought computerization and the latest digital radiography (x-rays) to the practice which recently relocated to 9840 S.W. 77 Ave. Together Drs. Cohn designed their ideal office with state of the art technology. A website has been added to facilitate patient education at www.smilemiamidental.com. All of the latest cosmetic procedures are available and implant based Reconstructive Dentistry is also performed. The caring part of patient doctor relationship s is what Dr. Jack has emphasized during their tenure together, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Maintaining this type of work enviroment has been their mission. The doctors have a gentle bedside manner and this “family” practice is a labor of love. They employ a gentle and caring staff that have been a part of the team for many years. The staff takes pride in making sure each and every patient is relaxed, comfortable and at ease. Smile Miami invites you to visit the office at 9840 SW 77th Avenue, Suite 201, Miami, FL. For more information call 305-598-1428.

Page 47


73 PL

Kendall Dr.

El Sitio

Publix

S.

d lan

.

vd

Bl

de

da

dadeland Blvd

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Palmetto Expy. 826

Page 48

November 13 - 26, 2012

Happy -1

US

Homestyle Cuban Food

from

From New York to Miami Family owned and operated for over 30 years!

305-670-2228 7360 S.W. 90th St. Miami FL 33156 www.elsitiorestaurant.com

We Deliver Open 7 days â&#x20AC;˘ 9am to 10pm Free Valet

11238 SW 137 Ave. www.farozgrill.com

10% OFF per plate

*With coupon only

Follow me on

Coral Gables' Neighborhood Gem Offering Foodie Favorites Friday, November 23rd - Sunday, November 25th Angelique's Turkey Detox Weekend Brunch Serving up our famous Turkey Detox brunch with sweet and savory favorites include; Golden Torreja with crème anglaise, Tortilla Chorizo, Pasta Carbonara, and the Cantimpalo Burger, 100% Angus Beef topped with sliced Spanish chorizo, manchego cheese and much more. Available Friday - Sunday

DELIVERY The Best Churrasco!!

Angelique's French Spice 3-Course Dinner $33 Dinner selections include Seafood Bouillabaisse, Scottish Salmon, Coq au Biere, plus Steak au Poivre & Frites, starters range from Escargot Champignon, Artisan Salad and Vichyssoise Soup. Sweet favorites include: Raspberry Chocolate Bread Pudding with creme anglaise and Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake. Available Tuesday - Saturday.

Don't miss our Live Jazz every Friday & Saturday evenings

117 Miracle Mile Coral Gables Tel. 305.529.9922 (Reservations Suggested)

www.angeliqueeurocafe.com Recognized by Florida International Magazine, Florida Best Eateries 2011


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 49

2013 Kia adds sporty Limited trim to Optima lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Kia Optima may be the best buy in a midsize family sedan on the U.S. market today. Since being completely redesigned in 2010, Optima has become Kia’s best seller. Built at Kia’s plant in West Point, GA, the 2013 Optima lineup has been expanded with the new and sporty top-of-the-line Limited trim. The Optima has a sleek silhouette, an aggressive stance and a bold face, with the Kia badge on the tabbed grille complemented by projector headlights. The roofline connects with the pronounced shoulder line, leading to sculpted flanks and accentuating the extended wheelbase. Flared wheel arches and a raked cabin create a sedan with a graceful muscular presence. On the inside, the instrument panel is contoured toward the driver to create a “cockpit” feel, with precise gauges and

steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The seats and trim are of Nappa leather, with wood interior accents, an electronic parking brake and a first aid kit. A sportinspired Sportmatic shifter delivers crisp shifts, while an available panoramic sunroof provides an open-air feeling. All Optimas come well equipped, with the LX trim offering dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome-accented exterior door handles, 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EX has larger 17-inch alloy wheels, while the SX has more stylish 18-inch polished alloy wheels, unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, a rear lip spoiler, aero wiper blades and HID headlights with auto leveling. The new top-of-the-line Limited trim brings a level of sporty refinement, adding unique 18-inch chrome wheels, daytime running lights, red brake calipers, chromeaccented side sills, chromed-side mirrors and a rear spoiler. In addition to its sporty personality, the Optima is loaded with standard convenience features and functionality, such as a

Kia Optima has a sleek silhouette, an aggressive stance and a bold face, with the Kia badge on the tabbed grille complemented by projector headlights.

six-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, tilt and telescopic steering column, glove box cooling capabilities and automatic light control. Additional standard interior features include power door locks, power windows and sun visor extension. The 2013 Optima offers a choice of two fuel-efficient, powerful Theta II engines with gasoline direct injection (GDI), including a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. A 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain also is available. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 hp, while the 274-hp 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (SX models) delivers V-6 type

power with four-cylinder efficiency. Each engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic clutchless shifting. Both engines deliver good fuel economy; the 2.4-liter four-cylinder posts 24/35 mpg while the 2.0-liter turbo GDI gets 22/34 mpg. Base price on the 2013 Kia Optima LX is $21,200. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


Page 50

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012

In the Famous Warehouse District by the Falls next to Battaglia Shoes

8845 SW 132 St. â&#x20AC;˘ Miami, FL 33176

305.491.5651

ur Visit Ooom R Show ! Today

Open: Monday to Friday 10:30am - 6pm - Sat. & Sun. 10am - 5pm info@upscalefurnituregallery.com

Summer Specials Up To

50% OFF

Upscale Furniture Consignment Gallery www.UpscaleFurnitureConsignmentGallery.com

Where Class & Vintage Meet

Fine antiques to contemporary pieces. Find one piece or decorate your entire room!


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 51


Page 52

SERVICES

SERVICES

0$7+78725 :,7+<($562)(;3(5,(1&(

$OOOHYHOVRIPDWKIURPWKJUDGHWR&ROOHJH5HYLHZIRU ILQDOV0DWK6NLOOV3UH$OJHEUD$OJHEUD,DQG,, 3UH&DOFXOXV&DOFXOXV&ROOHJH$OJHEUDDQG&DOFXOXV 6$7$&735(3$5$7,215DQVRP(YHUJODGHV3DOPHU 7ULQLW\*XOOLYHU3DOPHWWR0LGGOHDQG+LJK6FKRRO%HOHQ 5HDVRQDEOH5DWHV:LOOFRPHWR\RXLIQHHGHG

SERVICES

 SERVICES

SERVICES

SERVICES

TUTORING SERVICES Subject Areas Taught:

SERVICES

PAINTER â&#x20AC;˘ HANDYMAN *8$5$17(('5(68/76 SERVICES

November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Call me for estimate 786-337-2374 SERVICES

SAT Prep (math), ACT Prep (math), GRE Prep (math), Algebra I & II, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Physics, College Physics, Chemistry, Organizational Skill, Memory, Technical Writing.

SERVICES

BABYSITTER (42) Working in daycare. Babysitting evenings & weekends. References available.

786.537.0127 SERVICES

FOR SALE

SERVICES

HELP WANTED

NEED A TUTOR?

â&#x20AC;˘ Reading â&#x20AC;˘ Math â&#x20AC;˘ Language Arts â&#x20AC;˘ EspaĂąol

%&

'

'$ "$

" # !(

SERVICES

HOUSE CLEANING 2 wheelcairs I take pride Get help 2 walkers in my work! 15 Years Experience 1 oxygen machine from the best! Shane Smoleny Call Claudia Office near 1 toilet seat 786.651.0862 786-367-6713 Baptist Hospital 786-216-3344 ANDREA 305.662.8097

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

FOR SALE

ARCHITECT CAD DESIGNER Prepare auto CAD format drawing of architectural designs, sketches and rough drafts, obtain data and complete designs visiting job sites, check others members drawings. Bch degree in Architect CAD drafting no exp need. Mail resume: Triangle Associates Inc. 7880 West 25 Ct. Hialeah, FL 33016 HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

SOCIAL WORKER POSITION AVAILABLE at New OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYST BLACKSTONE, INC. DORAL, FL Horizons Community Mental Health Center in Miami, FL Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Communications +5yr exp Job duties: Provide counseling and related services to in massive consumer products industry. Will esdistribution networks, market research adults experiencing mental health issues and problems. tablish studies, implement advertising campaigns to promote sales of products and services; follow Counsel and aid family members to assist them in the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working capital, knowledge understanding, dealing with and supporting the client of foreign exchange BsF/US$; knowledge of Venezuelan import/export customs regulations or patients. Assist in providing quality care for the and tariffs; will work with foreign banks in South America; project management (planning, exepsychiatric client within the therapeutic milieu. Conduct cution, monitoring and controlling results), implement marketing strategy; will promote our clinical assessment of patients. services abroad (Central and South America). Fax resumes to: Email resume: Attn: Stella Marrero, HR, 305-638-7006. tdiblin@blackstoneoneonline.com

REAL ESTATE

Professional Manicurist Needed! Need to rent 3 chairs $130 each. 305.254.6292 305.772.3823 REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

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


November 13 - 26, 2012

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

Page 53

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

BUSINESS

Independently Owned and Operated

Scott Ray S (305) 389-4006

FALL SPECIAL Outdoor GFI Outlet

LET ME SELL YOUR HOME!

With my market savvy and knowledge of your neighborhood, I can sell your home fast and for top dollar. “Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!” Dr. Patricia Brumley Realtor - Associate Call Pat at 305-613-8421, I can make it happen!

$

Certified New Home Specialist

WITH COUPON Ideal For Holiday Lights

SERVICES

SERVICES

SERVICES

SERVICES

HELP WANTED

CRS - Certified Residential Specialist 12498 SW 127th Ave. • Miami, FL 33186 SRES - Seniors Real Estate Specialist E-Mail: brumleyp@gmail.com sensitive to age 50+ issues and priorities

Cell: 305-613-8421 • Fax: 305-251-4094 • Office: 305-251-4044

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

HELP WANTED

LANDSCAPE CREW SUPERVISOR NEEDED Job Description: • Full Time Position. 40+ Hours • Hands-on working Crew Leader managing a crew of 2-6 people during landscape/ irrigation installations and maintenance. • Be able to work along with a team effectively • Be able to communicate with clients. • Responsible for ensuring crew meets installation deadlines. • Responsible for the completion of daily time sheet for entire crew including materials and equipment used. • Daily loading of equipment, tools, and materials needed for completion of projects • High degree of organizational skills, multi-task, and ability to prioritize. • Understanding and implementing landscape and irrigation plans. • Perform inspection walk-through during and at end of work day to insure accuracy of installation. Requirements: • Minimum of 1-3 years experience managing landscape installations and maintenance. • Minimum of 1 year experience working with conventional and drip irrigation systems. • Must have a valid Florida driver’s license and a clean driving record. • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a must. • Strong work ethics • Knowledge of equipment and materials. • Adhere to the Company’s safety policy. • Familiar with IPM treatments a plus. • Basic computer skills a plus (Word, Excel). Please email resume to: ANelson@southernblossoms.com


Page 54

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

- CLASSES FOR KIDS & ADULTS MATH Ɣ INTERNET Ɣ COMPUTERS PUBLIC SPEAKING Ɣ EBUSINESS Algebra, Geometry, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Email, FaceBook, Twitter, eBay, PayPal, Skype, Photoshop, Web Pages, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Apps, Video Editing, Business Presentations.

Call us Today at 305-298-8907

DO YOU OR A LOVED ONE NEED HELP WITH ALCOHOL OR SUBSTANCE RELATED ISSUES?

Paul Merker has helped hundreds of individuals and families 305.498.0704

PAUL MERKER, MS, CAP Addiction Therapist Confidential Counseling

merkerpaul1@aol.com 7600 SW 57th Ave, Suite 215 South Miami, FL 33143

Ɣ IN ENGLISH Ɣ EN ESPAÑOL Ɣ EM PORTUGUES Ɣ

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 55

Attention Small Businesses & Organizations!!

Misunderstanding the IRS can cause unnecessary Audit$$$. We speak financial at an affordable price! Stop the tax love notes. We can take care of all your small business accounting needs

786.366.6838 â&#x20AC;˘ www.afbservice.com


Page 56

November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Fantastic Flea Market Lord of Life Lutheran Church December 8 7:00am - 3:00pm Vendors Welcome!

9225 SW 137th Avenue, Miami Call Rena at 305.380.8986

A Personal Touch Fitness Sensitive Personal Training

• NCSF Certified Sibyl Adams • Reiki Master • Post Rehab Training • Functional Training for Older Adults All ages and fitness levels welcome Fitness blogger for seniority matters.com

sibyladams@comcast.net

Phone: 786.395.1588


November 13 - 26, 2012

Page 57

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

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

Law Offices of

Post & Gonzalez, P.L.

66 W. Flagler Street, Suite 300 • Miami, Florida 33130 (305) 379-1500 The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.

refresh refresh

your home, your routine

‡Every cleaning inspected & guaranteed ‡All teams trained, uniformed, bonded & insured

15 OFF

$

Your First & Second Regular Cleanings New clients only. Some restrictions apply. Call for details.

exp. 12.31.12

305.742.0103

seflorida.maidbrigade.com


Page 58

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

ARE YOU 62 OR OLDER? Then a Reverse Equity Mortgage could be right for you! • Proceeds Are Tax-Free • Use the Cash Any Way You Choose • No Monthly Mortgage Payments • Continue to Own and Live In Your Home • No Income or Credit Qualifications • Buy a Home

For A No Obligation Review Call 786-247-0547 Para Información En Español: 305-491-6862 9485 SW 72 Street, Suite A150 Miami, Florida 33173 FHA Approved Lender

Equal Opportunity Lender

NMLS ID# 816508 • FLORIDA MORTGAGE LENDER SERVICER #MLD360

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 59

Licensed & Insured

PROTECT YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT NOW!!! We Manufacture and Install

Impact resistant Windows and Doors High Performance Accordion Shutters Hurricane Panels Call 305-803-7602 for a free estimate

CLOSED

OPEN

Licensed and Insured Florida State License SCC 131150340 Miami Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties Approved

• Tree Trimming • Consultation • Stump Grinding • Landscaping • Lawn Services • Fertilization • Sprinkler Repair • Debris Removal • Backhoe Service • Driveway Pavers • Fencework - All Types • Chickee Huts • Outdoor Kitchens • And More

FREE ESTIMATES • 305-233-0699


Page 60

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

CORPORATE APPROVED

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

HAPPY STARTERS Garden Salad, Served with raspberry vinaigrette MAIN ENTREES (Served with dinner roll) Turkey

Baked Ham

Caribbean Meat Loaf

Served with two sides: Served with two sides: Served with two sides: Mashed potatoes & gravy, Mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet Mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet sweet potatoes, green beans, potatoes, green beans, broccoli potatoes, green beans, broccoli & sweet corn broccoli & sweet corn & sweet corn

DESSERT: Pumpkin & Apple Pie

(Not Included)

95

per person

(Drinks, Tax & Tips Not Included)

22400 Old Dixie Hwy, &

Only

19

$

10% OFF Meals at Restaurants

Miami, Florida 33170

TEA ROOM :

305-258-0044

Page 61


Page 62

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

What’s The Difference? Don’t be confused Education Training Accountability • 25 years in Tree and Landscape Care, disease control, nutritional programs, interior and exterior pest management and tree trimming services. • Fully licensed, insured, State Certified Pest Control Operators and ISA Certified Arborist. • On-going,in-house, twice a week technician’s training. • Quality control personnel conducting on-site property evaluations • All vehicles have GPS for routing efficiency and tracking. • One Two Tree is a drug free work place and all employees undergo background checks. • Family owned company you can trust.

We’re the innovators.. not the imitators! Tree & Landscaping Care Certified tree and palm trimming Licensed Interior & Exterior pest control

305.267.1426 7250 S.W. 42 Tr. Miami, FL 33155

www.onetwotree.com

November 13 - 26, 2012


November 13 - 26, 2012

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

Page 63


Page 64

COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM

November 13 - 26, 2012


Kendall Gazette 11.13.2012