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New design Red Lobster slated for Kendall Dr. site

BY RICHARD YAGER

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new Red Lobster with “Bar Harbor” styling will be built on the site of the popular Kendall restaurant that has closed its doors prior to the building’s demolition. Built in 1985 on the 2.28-acre site, the Red Lobster now sports several blue tarpaulins on windows of the 7,000-plussquare-foot structure, a warning to customers of the current closure. “We will be razing the existing building to replace it with a brand-new Red Lobster with new Bar Harbor styling,” said Mark Jaronksi, associate of the chain ownership’s Darden Group, based in Orlando. A completely rebuilt restaurant is planned for reopening by summer of 2011, he said, noting that nearly 700 Red Lobster restaurants across North America will be redesigned over a five-year period with 51 remodels planned by June 2011. “The Bar Harbor design creates a warm, inviting seaside atmosphere and builds on the many improvements made inside the restaurant over the last several years,” Jaronski said. “Those include the debut of an award-winning ‘Today’s Fresh Fish Menu’ to more culinary-forward items prepared on our ‘Wood-Fire Grill.’”

Drug bust earns officer Kendall District honors

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Justin Anglin (center), honored as Officer of the Month at Miami-Dade Police Kendall District, is pictured with CAC chair Barry White (left) and Maj. Michael Herrera. (Photo by Bella Mompierre) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Blue awning cover alerts closing of Red Lobster restaurant on Kendall Drive.

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drug bust in the Richmond Heights area won a special citation for Officer Justin Anglin as the Miami-Dade Police Department Kendall District’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) “Officer of the Month” for September. The award was presented to Anglin at the CAC’s Oct. 27 session by chair Barry White who said a commendation letter by Maj. Michael Herrera, commander of Kendall District, credited

Anglin’s “performance, dedication, and commitment” to the police and community he served. In February, Anglin, along with other officers, arrested an individual for possession of narcotics that led to a Narcotics Bureau operational plan when the informant purchased $1,400 of cocaine from a known Richmond Heights-Perrine area dealer. On July 30, Anglin together with fellow officer Michael Garcia joined the ––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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etiring Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson is leaving local politics as an active participant, but is launching a different kind of political campaign with the goal of improving our public officials. About two-dozen people attended the Oct. 19 meeting of the Economic Development Council of South MiamiDade (EDC), including Cutler Bay Vice Mayor Ed MacDougall and Palmetto Bay Councilmember Howard Tendrich, as well as area business leaders. Sorenson’s address, her final presentation before the group as a county commissioner, was partly to give a recap of the changes she has seen over the her years of service and to comment on current events, but mainly to talk about her new program at the University of Miami called “Initiative for Excellence in Public Service.” The educational programming that is to begin next year is being offered to city, county and regional officials and those on the school board, and to those with the ambition of becoming government officials. “Our elected officials are for the most part doing the best job that they can for the constituents in their community,” Sorenson said. “There are a lot of questionable things that you read about in the papers, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can make good citizens who watch for their community, who want to be

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good at what they do.” Sorenson said she thinks that those who criticize people who have experience and know-how in politics are misguided at best. “I hear these phrases ‘professional politician’ or ‘career politician,’” Sorenson said. “Did you ever hear someone who has a heart condition say, ‘I don’t want to go to that person, she’s a career cardiologist’? “Somehow you never hear that about professionalism in business. People want professionalism in business. People want those in office to know what they’re doing, who study the issues, who care about what they’re doing, who have a passion or intellectual curiosity. That’s what we need in our elected officials. We don’t need dummies who are going to ride in on some kind of crazy slogan.” Sorenson said that public officials at all levels of local government need to be as knowledgeable as they can about important skills, and that they also need to think regionally, and work more closely with officials in other cities, other counties and beyond, if they are to be effective in representing their constituents. “This program will encourage that,” Sorenson said. “The program is designed so that local leaders can ultimately develop their own owner’s manual. The difference between policy and administration, about budgeting, rules of procedure, ethics and communication.” Sorenson also believes that officials, who currently can’t seek advice or opinions about local issues from their fellow members on city councils or county commissions because of the Sunshine Law, would benefit from networking with officials in other cities who are now facing or have already dealt with similar issues. “I’m certainly not going to be teaching all the classes myself, even though I have

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The new restaurant’s interior will feature dark wood paneling, warm-toned fabrics, soft lighting and nautical décor, such as signal flags and seaside-inspired artwork, he said. The exterior will include a shingled roof, stone towers, lanterns and flags with outdoor Adirondack benches. With a 2010 land value of $2.9 million and a $630,000 value of its existing building at 11550 SW 88 St., the Red Lobster carries a current market value of $3.6 million. FORMER BENNIGAN’S BUILDING DEMOLISHED Coincidental with the Red Lobster closing was the late October demolition of the nearby Bennigan’s Restaurant that follows an ownership bankruptcy in 2008 and subsequent property sale. Between the two sites and remaining open for business is a McDonald’s outlet. Most recently known for its “caloriebusting chocolate-covered Brownie Sundae,” Bennigan’s 7,230 square-foot building at 11480 Kendall Dr. was demolished in late October, following its closure of the restaurant more than a year ago. According to Dade County property

Katy Sorenson addresses EDC members. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

15 years of experience,” Sorenson said. “I have all kinds of contacts — experts in their fields who will be coming in. “I’ve already spoken to Michael Putney, Jim Defede and others and they’re going to do a panel on the media portion of the program. I’ve spoken to our former county attorney who will talk about legal issues. We have such talent in our community, people who will be participating.” Sorenson said that her first class will be next fall, with 25 people already enrolled.

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records, the property was sold in September 2009 for $1.6 million to an entity named Foggy Kendall LLC with a South Clark Street address in Chicago, IL; inquiry to a legal firm at the address resulted in a disconnected telephone message. The total land area of 43,955 square feet of the former Bennigan’s adjoins SW 117th Avenue Road on the east, an entry road to the Kendall Summit complex at 11400-11440 Kendall Dr. The property carried a 2010 assessed value of $1.683 million that included a $100,000 valuation for the now-absent 7,230-square-foot restaurant. Known formally as “Bennigan’s Grill & Tavern” when opened in 1984, Bennigan’s Franchising Company LLC, headquartered in Richardson, TX, maintained about 150 franchise locations after Bennigan’s ownership, S&A Restaurant Group, filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July 2008. In October 2008, Atalaya Capital Management announced the purchase of all Bennigan’s and Steak and Ale brands. Kendall’s two Steak and Ale restaurants, one located on SW 97th Avenue and a second at 14700 N. Kendall Dr. have closed doors in recent years; a Sports Bar now occupies the former location across SW 97th Avenue from the Kendall Branch

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Narcotics team to stake out a pre-arranged drug transaction that went awry when the subjects involved rammed a narcotics detective’s vehicle and began an escape. Alert teamwork by Officers Anglin and Garcia apprehended the subjects as they attempted to destroy the drug evidence. which was recovered by the two officers and later impounded. The identified dealer and a second subject were each arrested on four counts of drugrelated charges, including aggravated battery with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer. “Due to your tenacity, teamwork, and attention to duty, two dangerous felons were taken off the streets,” White said. “It’s an example of the dedication that law enforcement has to making our community safe for its residents.”

HAMMOCKS DISTRICT POLICE OFFICERS FOIL ARMED ROBBERY Five officers of the Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District were honored on Oct. 27 with special citations for their teamwork in apprehending an armed robbery subject. Named as Officers of the Month for

September were Det. Rajesh Maharaj, plus Officers Enrique Noriega, Franz Vargas, Giovanni Rodriguez and Osmel Cordero. On Aug. 18, Vargas answered an armed robbery complaint in the 11900 block of SW 181st Street, learning that a masked individual had accosted Matthew Martin who surrendered his cellular phone before the subject ran to a waiting car and fled the scene. Officeres Cordero and Noriego as a twoman unit heard the all-points bulletin while patrolling a South Miami Heights area and observed the escapees in the identified vehicle at Quail Roost Drive and SW 115th Avenue. Together with Officer Rodriguez in a second patrol car, the three officers made a felony traffic stop, contacted Det. Maharaj and, with identification of the suspects, arrested both for the armed robbery attempt for which they later confessed. The property taken from Martin and the gun used in the crime were recovered. “Their quick response and teamwork led to the arrest of robbery subjects and took a gun off the streets,” said CAC chair James Blough, following nominations by Maj. Alexander D. Casas, commander of Hammocks District.


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Big-time media stumbles over employee freedom Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN “They’re too scared to laugh” commented Richard Wasserman in a recent column on Media Ethics in our morning ayem papyrus (Op Ed Page, 19A , October 25). His comment as an academic overseer of journalism criticizes how the daily press (specifically, the NY Times, Washington Post, NPR) put out guidelines for its staff members who wanted to attend TV comic Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” last Saturday in Washington, DC, held to upstage the recent Sarah Palin-Tea Party event in the nation’s capital. Normally, Wasserman might be expected to side with the more liberal media views but he threw up his arms in written exasperation over Big News Bosses who told employees whether they could (or, in some cases, could not) attend the rally unless actually covering the event. NPR apparently “banned” its non-working employees from joining whatever crowd might be expected. “Extraordinary timidity” was the label Wasserman put on the mighty moguls of the Eastern Fourth Estate who feared reporters attending as spectators could taint

their objectivity in future writing. Is this how convoluted today’s press has become? Or, as a traditional editor on our staff put it: “Ethics have gone out the window, thanks largely to TV’s celebrityfocused reporting, ‘off the satellite’ junk journalism and cable’s talking heads, each of whom has a politically-correct agenda. So now reporters are told where they can or can’t go or else they’ll be rendered brainwashed? Where do these people come up with such nonsense? Nuts to them and their idiotic notions, too” he states (unequivocally). Well, people do get upset after reading some of our own thoughts at times, so we have no quarrel with that. Nevertheless, in our SW 62nd Avenue shop, we hope we never reach a point of “ideological correctness” to determine where or where not our staffers can go, especially on their own time. Matter of fact, if we did, they’d probably let us know where we could go, which is the kind of “freedom” of the press we appreciate. Just a few days before today’s big balloting, the KFHA/PAC released its last endorsements which included backing both Kendrick Meek (Democrat) and Charlie Crist (Independent) for the Senate seat — which seems to be more of a nonendorsement of Marco Rubio, most probably the Republican winner. Concerned Citizens of East Kendall endorsed Crist

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alone, according to McHenry Hamilton. Last we heard on the $5 proposed weekend/holiday parking fees for several Kendall parks is that the County Commission “will take action” on some kind of plan to either soften, reduce or possibly eliminate the charges proposed by the Parks Department. Our reliable source says the issue is up for the Commission’s decision at its second meeting in November. Meanwhile, some 300 signed petitions turned up in October to ask elimination of the fee at Commissioner Javier Souto’s office. Whitefly Warning! Commissioner Joe Martinez warns of a new and invasive species of Whitefly in Miami-Dade, known as the “gumbo limbo spiraling” whitefly, native to Central America and capable of infesting limbo, live oak, banana, black olive, mango, a variety of palms, and even some shrubs such as copperleaf, coco plum and wax myrtle. Watch for a spiral pattern of eggs beneath leaves and a sooty pattern of residue on nearby pool furniture, under trees and shrubbery. Miami Dolphins arriving at Kendall

Federation of Homeowner Associations meeting next week with their announced topic of “Community Commitment” – which, as we read it, is convincing the public to okay tax funding to spruce up Sun Life Stadium so it will still be attractive for future Super Bowl selection – and, oh yes, World Cup Soccer. Session starts at 7 p.m., Monday, November 8 at Kendall Village Center civic pavilion, with Turnpike and MDX folks also on hand to explain how great it will be to have ORT (Open Road Tolling) only as the ‘Pike gets converted to Sunpass in months to come. Thought off the Day: Saying what we think gives us a wider conversational range than saying what we know. — Cullen Hightower

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Reforming Congress: It’s a great dream, but that’s it R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I must complain too much about Washington and the disrespect so many members of the Senate and the House of Representatives have for rank and file Americans that someone emailed me a proposal: The Congressional Reform Act of 2010. I read it; it made sense. Here is what the bill proposes, with a few modifications that I offer: Term Limits. Twelve years in total — two six-year terms in the Senate, six twoyear terms in the House, or three two-year terms in the House and one six-year term in the Senate. This I like very much. No tenure/no pension. Basically I agree. However I think they should be accorded the same pension benefits offered any other federal government employee. Members of Congress collect a salary while serving and receive no pay when they are out of office. I agree. However, again, I think they should be accorded the

same retirement benefits offered to any other federal government employee. Congress participates in Social Security. Agree. However they should, again, have what ever the rest of the government employees enjoy. All money in the Congressional Retirement Fund is moved to the Social Security program. Agree. Maybe that will force them to legislate that the moneys paid into Social Security stay in Social Security and not loaned to the federal government to pay current bills. Congress members will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Their salaries should be tied to the CPI or 3 percent. Agree. Congress moves out of its hospitalization program into whatever other government employees receive and pay the same contributions as government employees must pay — such as co-pays and paying for dependent coverage. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people. Sounds logical. To quote the founding fathers, as repeated in the email, saying: “Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.” The founding fathers envisioned “citizen legis-

–– VIEWPOINT –– lators, serve their term(s) at great personal sacrifice, then go home and back to work.” I can’t conceive of any elected official sponsoring such a bill. How about a Constitutional Amendment? Read Article V of the United States Constitution. There are only two ways to amend the U.S. Constitution. Neither of the two procedures is the way we amend our Florida Constitution. The citizens of the United States cannot, as Florida registered voters can, petition to have an amendment placed on the ballot for voter approval or rejection. The two amendment procedures, simply stated, are to have the United States House and Senate by a two-thirds vote of both houses approve an amendment for ratification. The second method is for two-thirds of the state legislatures to call on Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention to propose an Amendment.

I ask the same question: What member of Congress in Washington or members of the houses and senates of two-thirds of the states would subscribe to such a proposal? “What, give up a pension?” “Restrict the number of years I can serve?” “Eliminate my ‘golden’ healthcare coverage?” “I got elected to get these benefits!” I fear not! Perhaps a member of the Libertarian Party might go along what that. That is until they see what their elected buddies would be losing. It’s a great dream, but that’s it. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Mr. Braman’s recall efforts taking taxpayers for a ride BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher Wealthy car dealer Norman Braman threatened before the final county budget hearing to seek the recall of any county commission members who voted for the new budget, of which he disapproved. He has made good on that threat, at least in part, with his current efforts to get 52,000 signatures on petitions to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Alvarez and his supporters say that it’s a personal thing, that Braman is just being a sore loser because the mayor beat him in court when Braman tried to halt county funding of the Florida Marlins’ new stadium. Braman says he is pushing for the recall because he thinks it’s wrong for the county to raise property taxes for many people while giving big raises to a lot of county employees. That’s a significant issue; don’t get me wrong. However, if Mr. Braman is worried about adding a lot of unnecessary expenses

to the county budget that the taxpayers will have to fund, how does he think that a special election to recall the mayor will help? The costs for the elections and other expenses the county will incur as a result of the recall drive could run as high as $15 million, according to some estimates. Mayor Alvarez will be up for re-election in less than two years. Wouldn’t it make more sense to let the voters have their say then and avoid the extra expense? Braman’s plan does nothing to address the basic problem, the huge shortfall in county revenues due to the troubled economy and falling real estate values. Where is Braman’s alternative budget proposal? What would he do to insure there is no tax increase while still providing the community’s basic needs? Maybe he is just trying to make a statement, or to throw a scare into the mayor and the rest of the commission to make them more careful about future budget votes. But can’t he find a better, more positive way to go about it? Maybe, because he’s a billionaire, Mr. Braman wouldn’t mind picking up the tab for the special elections?

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Family Resource Center exceeds adoptions goal BY AMBER HAECKEL

In anticipation of National Adoption Month this November, Family Resource Center of South Florida Inc. (FRC), one of the state’s leading child welfare organizations, has announced the adoption of 121 youths from the Miami-Dade area during the fiscal year ending June 30. Given an annual goal of 59 finalized adoptions by Our Kids of MiamiDade/Monroe, Family Resource Center surpassed the goal by more than 100 percent by the June 30 deadline. FRC was the only Full Case Management agency in the Miami-Dade/Monroe area to achieve over 100 adoptions for the year. Dr. Oren Wunderman, executive director of Family Resource Center, reflected on the agency’s recent tremendous success with adoptions. “We are delighted to have finalized 121 adoptions this year and are thankful that so many loving adults stepped forward to help these children achieve forever families, Dr. Wunderman said.

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Murders two decades ago still vivid in my memory BY MARK A. TROWBRIDGE

Anniversaries are supposed to be celebrated, surrounded by family and friends. The anniversary of the 1990 Gainesville murders offers a more sobering feeling. Twenty years later, the memories are both raw and fresh. I remember most vividly the confusion, the uncertainty, the rumors, the flat-out fear that consumed us all. It was like no other time in my life, before and since. I was about to begin graduate school at UF after the best summer of my life and start a new position as the hall director for Rawlings Hall. We had just taken every RA on campus out into the woods for a threeday sojourn of intense bonding, trust building, and diversity training. I was so looking forward to coming back to campus to a hot shower, air conditioning and my own bed. It would be just a few days until the students arrived and a million things had to be attended to before we could welcome our students back, including thousands of freshmen. None of us knew what was about to happen. None of us could ever have imagined this type of horror, this type of carnage, this type of hatred directed at five young people just about to begin their lives. It started with a news report that several parents had heard about before coming to campus to assist their students with movein day. You must remember that there was no Internet, no 24-hour news cycle, no talking heads, no Blackberry to check. The world could have been coming to an end and I would never have known it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and ironically, that is what it felt like when the story broke. Our secure, invincible, nothing-will-ever-happen-to-me world came crashing down around all of us. Within hours, the story grew exponentially, the details leaked, and the gruesome horror that two young women had been brutally murdered â&#x20AC;&#x201D; possibly even decapitated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; spread across the campus and Greater Gainesville. Parents began to panic, rumors began to fly, and there was a thick pall hanging over what is usually a joyous occasion. By the time the fourth and fifth victims were found, chaos had ensued and consumed our little town. Students were packing and leaving to go home. Parents were jamming the UF switchboard trying to reach their students (there were no cell phones yet).

Classes had just started and UF president John Lombardi made one of the best decisions of his entire presidency â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to keep the University open. It was the one act of normalcy we could all embrace, and we needed one another in this our darkest hour. We followed the buddy system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to walk to class, to go to our cars, to sleep at night, to do just about anything. We opened the campus residence halls to any off-campus students to come sleep in our floor lounges, empty rooms and triple up with friends. Every single light was left on across campus, illuminating our darkest fears. Then, things just stopped. The rumors of mass graves and more murders and missing people turned out to be just that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rumors. Within a few days, the reporters began to leave, the regular press conferences ended, and the humming noise stopped outside my apartment. The lights stayed on and we began to mourn our five lost souls, our friends, our fellow Gators. To this day, I remember their names even though I never met any of them and I get chills when I think of the emotions, the pain, and the losses. Whenever I am in Gainesville, which is quite often in my role as UF Alumni Association president, I always make sure to drive past the wall on 34th Street. There, after 20 years of paint and graffiti have come and gone, these five names remain in perpetuity. All five â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the black, the red, the hearts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have remained in our memory and in our prayers and in our hearts. Twenty years is a long time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; nearly a full generation of UF students, thousands of graduates, millions of memories. Many UF students today were not born when these terrible murders happened. But, they too know the story of our loss. It is part of our history, our indelible and irrevocable past. I know that I am forever linked to UF, this tragic time, and to my peers who experienced this tragedy with me. Some may say that the bright spot from this dark stain was a stronger sense of community, care and compassion that evolved in the wake of these murders. I suspect that is true. I also believe that for those few, frightening days in August 1990, we learned an invaluable life lesson. For life is painful at times. Life is fleeting. Life is precious.

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Coral Gables K-8 Academy student wins essay contest BY JOHN SCHUSTER

Isabella Gonzalez, a fourth-grade student at Coral Gables K-8 Preparatory Academy, was the winner of the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest. Governor Charlie Crist honored her at the Governor’s Mansion recently for her award-winning essay highlighting the contributions and achievements of a wellknown Hispanic American in Florida. Isabella entered the essay contest as part of the Extended Foreign Language Program (EFL) at Coral Gables K-8. Her essay bested more than 200 entries from elementary students across the state. She wrote about

Lucila Venet Jimenez, a Hispanic bakery owner whose cakes Isabella describes as “tasting like heaven served on a plate.” Isabella was the only essay contest winner in Miami-Dade County. She will receive a four-year full tuition scholarship to any Florida state college or university provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Antony Reboucas of Pinecrest Academy Charter was the winner of the Hispanic Heritage Month art contest, and he will receive a $250 gift card. Additional information about Florida’s Hispanic heritage, contests and other related events is available online at <www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com>.

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Bob Mayer doesn’t miss anchoring morning news BY RON BEASLEY

As a television journalist for more than four decades and anchor of the Today in South Florida morning news program on NBC6 for the past 20 years, Bob Mayer recently hung up his anchor chair. A familiar and popular face to South Floridians, Kendall resident Mayer retired from his news anchoring duties with no regrets and says he is relishing the change of lifestyle. “Getting up late and going to bed early, that’s probably the single best part about being retired,” Mayer said. “I’m not living a life on the opposite end of the clock from everybody else anymore. For 20 years, I got up at 1:45 a.m., had a quick breakfast, caught up on the news by watching CNN, got dressed, put on my makeup, got in the car and drove to Broward County (where NBC6 is now located). I was there by 4 every morning and was on the air by 5. Now I’m on a normal schedule, live a normal life and I love it!” Mayer, who graduated from the University of Florida and immediately went to work for the legendary broadcaster Ralph Renick and Miami’s WTVJ News in 1969, said he has no regrets about departing television news and notes that the business changed markedly during his tenure. “The key to my longevity was my ability

Bob Mayer is pictured with his “new” 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible, one of two classic cars he has acquired since he retired earlier this year.

to change with the times,” he said. “The tide has been changing for a long time in television news and I think I fully understood that the business had become a totally different business than the one I originally got into. “The emphasis now is clearly on the entertainment side, as opposed to the journalism side. A lot more time now goes to entertain-

ment news, even on the television news programs —lifestyle, social networking,” he said. “Today, if you’re not on Twitter and Facebook and the others, or if you don’t have links on your newscast and you’re not doing blogs, then you’re not with it; you’re not where TV news is today. “I was able to move with the tide and enjoyed moving with the tide because of the people I worked with. But, it is a totally different business today.” Mayer added that in today’s market nobody should rely on a single television newscast or even a single newspaper as the sole source for his or her daily dose of news. “Journalism as we knew it is gasping its final breath,” he said. “There are still some shining bright lights that are the exception. But TV news departments can no longer afford to do the kind of journalism that we used to do when news departments were not required to even turn a profit. “Television news was a public service back then. Today, a news department not only has to turn a profit; it better be making the best profit in the market or heads are going to roll.”

Mayer, who left Miami in the mid 1980s and spent a brief part of his career as a news anchor in Hartford, CT before returning to WTVJ (now NBC6), believes the economy and changing tastes in programming are the reasons for the decline of television news. “It’s a combination of the bad economy and changing viewer habits that resulted in rapidly sliding viewerships for every station and network,” he said. “Fewer people watch television every year, especially news. There are just so many choices — so many channels, so many networks, so much on the Internet — that people don’t make appointments anymore to sit down at six o’clock as a family to watch the evening news.” Mayer points out that there is a different criterion for news programming today. “The people who run television news departments today have to deal with a whole new set of rules,” he said. “Journalism as we knew it could not exist today because of the economy and what’s happened in the media, and where preferences have gone. “I’m not sure they even know yet where it’s going to end up or where they’re going, but clearly much more effort is going to the Internet side than the broadcast side.” But Mayer won’t have to deal with it anymore. He plans to devote much of his time to a lifelong hobby of collecting and restoring classic automobiles. “I’ve had time to look through magazines and the Internet, looking for old cars,” he said. “And I’ve had time to take trips to look at them, and I’ve even acquired a couple of classic cars since I’ve retired. I’ve had time to work on them. I now have time to do things I could never do before. “I just fully detailed — including painting the entire engine compartment — a 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible and I recently bought what may be the finest original classic car that I have ever owned, a 1965 Cadillac Sedan de Ville with 23,400 original miles. It’s a one-owner car that’s been sitting in the owner’s garage in Davie for 45 years. It’s a time capsule type of car. I love working on cars.”


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The award spotlights the accomplishments of outstanding professional female community leaders. 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 placed on overall involvement in the community and women’s progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s office will review 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 supporting materials including any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee, if available. For the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, only three photocopies of the nomination form are required, 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 disqualified automatically. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Nomination forms and instructions can be located on the Miami-Dade Parks website at <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 660, Miami, FL 33128. Past recipients of the In the Company award are not eligible. A list of past award winners is also available at <www.miamidade.gov/parks/women.asp>. For more information and/or to request a nomination packet, call Laura Morilla at the Commission for Women, 305-3754967.


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‘Wild about Kids’ Gala to honor Anna Kournikova COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS

The Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade will be hosting a gala on Nov. 6 at the Ritz Carlton, 3300 SW 27 Ave. in Coconut Grove. Guests of the gala will be local philanthropists and community leaders who support the clubs’ efforts of providing programs designed to inspire and enable children. The children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will present a special performance for the evening. This year, the organization will honor tennis pro Anna Kournikova for her dedication to the children who attend the clubs and her financial support to the organization during the past five years. For more information about this event, email Yaneisy Blanco at <yaneisy@bristolpr.com>. BON JOVI COMING TO MIAMI ON BIG SCREEN The NCM Fathom brings Bon Jovi-The Circle Tour on screen to four area theaters on Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. — Sunset Place with IMAX, 5701 Sunset Dr.; Dolphin 19 Cinemas and Dolphin Cinebistro, 11401 NW 12 St., and Movies @ the Falls 12, 9000 SW 136 St. The community will have the opportuni-

ty to celebrate the upcoming release of the Bon Jovi Greatest Hits Collection. This special event will capture the magic and energy of the band’s sold-out, four-night stand at New Jersey’s New Meadowlands Stadium featuring live performances of songs from the band’s 2009 album, The Circle, as well as their career-spanning hits. For more information about this event, visit <www.fathomevents.com>.

ORANGE BOWL 2010 POSTER CONTEST CHALLENGES STUDENTS The Orange Bowl Committee, along with Baptist Health South Florida and Chipotle Mexican Grill, is inviting Miami-Dade and Broward K-12 students to participate in the 2010 Orange Bowl Creative Art Contest. Obie, the official Orange Bowl mascot, will be visiting schools across South Florida inspiring kids to create a poster reflective of this year’s theme: “Eat Well, Live Well, Play Well.” Deadline for all entries is Nov. 12. Students will compete for the chance to win one of 13 U.S. Savings Bonds, including a $1,500 Savings Bond for the grand prize winner, courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee and Bank of America. For information, call 305-341-4790.

YOUNG ISRAEL OF KENDALL TO HOST ANNUAL HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE, NOV. 18 Come enjoy food, raffles, great holiday gifts and much more at Young Israel of Kendall’s annual Holiday Boutique, 7880 SW 112 St., on Nov. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 305-2326833. ‘LES MISERABLES’ CELEBRATES MUSICAL’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY Les Miserables, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Oct. 3, is coming to Sunset Place with IMAX, 5701 Sunset Dr.; Dolphin 19 Cinemas and Dolphin Cinebistro, 11401 NW 12 St., and Movies @ the Falls 12, 9000 SW 136 St., on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. This one-time tribute also will include a special performance from teen sensation Nick Jonas to mark this momentous anniversary concert celebration. Don’t miss your chance to experience

this historical event including many of the show’s original cast broadcast. For more information about this event, visit online at <www.fathomevents.com>. UM’S FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC TO HOST COMPOSER’S CONCERT Come join the University of Miami Frost School of Music and WDNA 88.9 FM, as they host the Composer’s Concert on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. The concert will be performed at the University of Miami Gusman Concert Hall, located at 1314 Miller Rd. Tickets for this event are $20 per person, general admission. The University of Miami Frost Concert Jazz Band is widely considered to be one of the best collegiate jazz bands in the world. Among its alumni are Pat Matheny, Ed Calle, Rich Margitza, Clay Ostwald, Jorge Casas, Mike Orta, Nicky Orta,

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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) was created in the Consumer Financial Protection Act. The BCFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to oversee and regulate virtually all forms of consumer credit. Areas that will be scrutinized include credit cards, reverse mortgages and payday lenders. As a new organization, it is critical that the Bureau Chief set the tone and pace of the bureau. President Obama appointed Elizabeth Warren without Congressional confirmation to be the first Bureau Chief. Based on her resume and community involvement, Warren has a reputation for being a tough advocate of the middle class. The new Bureau has to invent the policies and procedures to regulate the consumer credit industry under Warrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction. Currently, the Bureau has 35 employees and hiring sufficient staff is a challenge. Other agencies, such as the SEC, EPA, and Department of Interior, have received black eyes due to their lack of oversight

and subsequent severe damage because of being severely understaffed and having a lack of funds to do their job properly. There are politicians that do not support the Bureau and those groups that will be a focus of the Bureauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scrutiny may have a significant influence in dulling the teeth of the agency over time by diminishing the Bureauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resources, as has occurred in the other agencies. This mission of the Bureau is praiseworthy and long overdue but only the consistent grassroots support of the middle class will sustain it. The public may rally its support with some severe curtailment of the major abusers in the consumer credit industry. The regular guy can be more of a believer if he is no longer getting ripped off in fees thanks to the Bureauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement. Rick Tonkinson and his family focus on the financial and retirement planning needs of working people. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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After a year of serving at the chair of the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade, Richard M. Horton was presented with a special award from the EDC on Tuesday, Oct. 19, as he retired from that post. The plaque recognizing his year of service and dedication was presented by the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new vice chair James Thomas and EDC director Paul Neidhart at the regular monthly meeting at 8 a.m. in Chamber Southâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, 900 Perrine Ave. New EDC chair Joe Corradino, who is on the Pinecrest Village Council and the head of the Corradino Group, was unable to attend so Thomas conducted the meeting. Thomas is the owner of Computer Systems and Software Inc.

New EDC board members also were welcomed. They are Courtney Reeder of Golden Rule Seafood; Rudy Muniz, Edward Jones Investments; Raju Mohandes, Bridgepoint and a SCORE counselor; Bill Meiklejohn, the Cutler Bay Business Association and a computer network consultant, and Patricia Fulton, PhD, of Writer On Call Inc. EDC is an organization that assists local businesses with a number of free services and promotes economic growth that â&#x20AC;&#x153;protects our environment and lifestyle, provides high skilled/higher paying jobs, and which produces the cutting-edge technology that will lead not just our communityâ&#x20AC;Śbut Florida and the nationâ&#x20AC;Śinto the next era.â&#x20AC;? For more information on the EDC, call 305-378-9470.

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Author-psychotherapist to speak at Women’s Circle Spa for the Soul BY LEE STEPHENS

Women today leading hectic lives rarely have time to focus on love and intimacy. But renowned author, speaker and psychotherapist Gary Nueman will do just that in his talk, “What Women Want, What Men Want: Love and Intimacy,” on Sunday, Nov. 14, during the Chabad Women’s Circle Spa for the Soul. The event, which will take place at Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest, 8700 SW 112 St., is open to all women in the community. Nueman will share some insight on relationships and enhancing relationships. Nueman, psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author has written many books such as Emotional Infidelity, In Good Times & In Bad: Strengthening Your Relationship When the Going Gets Tough and the Money Gets Tight, and Helping Your Kids Cope With Divorce the Sandcastles Way. He is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show as well as appearing many times on Today, The View, NPR and many others. He and his work have been featured in print media including Time, People, Parents, Washington Post, USA Today and others. His upcoming book, Connect to Love, discusses his international research of over 500 women and their love relationships. He maintains a private practice on Miami Beach where he lives with his wife and five children. Women juggle quite a bit these days, as they often try to balance familial responsibilities and work outside the home. Chabad Women’s Circle events provide women with the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and learn more about Jewish topics. “The events are meant to create opportunities for women to relax, socialize with other women and learn about meaningful topics,” said Nechama Harlig, coordinator of the Chabad Women’s Circle. The Spa for the Soul is intended to offer women a morning of relaxation, spirituality and depth. The event begins with a continental breakfast and registration from 9:30 to 10 a.m. then provides women with a choice of three workshops. Women can attend the workshop of their choice from 10 ro 11 a.m. They can choose from: A. Edible Arrangements in which par-

ticipants will gain tips on how to arrange fruits beautifully and how to use the tools of the trade with Herman from Edible Arrangements in Pinecrest. B. Kosher Cuban Cooking. At this presentation, participants will enjoy a cooking demonstration featuring the most popular Cuban foods with Raquel Benson. C. Ancient Medicine for a Modern World. Women will have the opportunity to learn about the Ancient Art of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and other treatments and how they can help you to restore and maintain your optimal health naturally. Learn about the mind body connection and how it affects your health with Jane Kaufman, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician. Keynote speaker Gary Nueman will speak at 11 a.m. His talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Books will be for sale and Nueman will be available for book signing after the event. The insightful talk will be followed by a catered gourmet lunch, spa treatments, raffles and boutiques. Chabad Center of Kendall/Pinecrest’s Women’s Circle is a group that provides Jewish women from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds the opportunity to meet and to learn about relevant topics to Jewish women. The group hosts many events throughout the year. Each event offers unique activities and demonstrations of interest to women. “I always seem to get inspiration from the Chabad Women’s Circle events,” said Michelle Levi, who participates in all the Chabad Women Circle events. “There is always something relevant and positive to take home and implement in my own life. There is always something that the women can relate to personally. The events are enjoyable because the topics are always interesting and it’s fun to hang out with other women.” Chabad Women’s Circle is a project of Chabad Center of Kendall and Pinecrest. The cost for the event is $36 couvert before Nov. 4 and $40 afterwards (Donor, $100; Sponsor, $180). All are welcome, but RSVP is necessary. To RSVP or for more information about this and other Chabad Women’s Circle events visit online at <www.chabadofkendall.org> or call 305-234-5654, ext. 11.

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62nd annual Jr. Orange Bowl Parade tickets now on sale BY JOHN MAXSWEEN

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) is getting ready to host South Florida’s largest youth parade. The 62nd annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade will take place on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at 4 p.m. The parade includes marching bands, floats, live animals, and community groups, which gracefully frolic through the streets of Coral Gables in a dazzling spectacle. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade leaves a lasting impression for both those who participate and those who attend. It will be televised live on Coral Gables TV and WLRN will air an hour-long replay. This year’s theme is: “It’s a Jungle Out There!” Some changes have been made to the parade this year. While traditionally it has been held in the evening, it now will take place on a Sunday afternoon. In addition to the time change, the parade route will follow a new pattern. Throughout recent history, the parade has begun at City Hall, marched westward down Miracle Mile, north on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and ended at Alhambra Circle. This year, the JOBC will be reversing the route, so that it begins at Alhambra Circle and ends just

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past the grandstands by Coral Gables City Hall. “We feel that reversing the parade route will allow for more stationery performance time for each marching band — a continu-

ous request we are happy to be able to implement this year,” said parade chair Pete Tolmach. While the Junior Orange Bowl Parade is free to the public, grandstand tickets are

being sold for those who want a premium seat at the beginning of the route. Grandstand tickets now are available and can be purchased online at <www.jrorangebowl.org/parade> or by calling 1-866999-9735. Grandstand seats provide the best viewing angle for parade spectators and ticket-holders also are treated to a preparade show sponsored by Miami Children’s Hospital, which features a choreographed dance number. General admission tickets are being sold for $12 each and reserved premiere seating (VIP) for $22 each. Parade goers will be able to enjoy everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George — the 62nd annual parade grand marshal (courtesy of WBPT2). The Junior Orange Bowl Committee also is excited to announce its popular FloatBuilding Contest, where organizations compete to receive media acknowledgement and prizes. For more information on how to enter the parade as a participant, contact the Junior Orange Bowl Office at 305-6621210. For more information about the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at <www.jrorangebowl.org>.

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Jazzercise is coming to Kendall with introductory open house BY LEE STEPHENS

Jazzercise is coming to Bet Breira SamuEl Or Olom, located at 9400 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall starting in November. The synagogue will host a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. The open house is free to the public. Participants can take classes from a variety of area Jazzercise instructors starting at 6:30 p.m. The open house, which runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. will feature a performance by the Palm Beach Makos cheerleaders, led by former Jazzercise instructor Olabisi Castro. Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969.

She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing her program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. The workout program — which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing movements — has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall “feel good” factor. For more information about Jazzercise contact Shannon Marcelin at 305-3182566. For worldwide class information, go to <www.jazzercise.com> or call 1800FIT-IS-IT.

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New FIU marching band director looks to future BY JEAN-PAUL RENAUD

How do you build tradition? At Florida International University, that’s a question being asked — and answered —every day on the playing field, and in the classroom and the student center. But nowhere is that question so poignant than in the minds of FIU’s marching band members. It’s a band whose history, and future, resembles that of the university itself — from birth to cuts to inevitable rebirth. As FIU’s Homecoming week approaches, this group of musicians will take a leading role as the university community rallies around its school, the football team and school traditions. “FIU is an emotionally exciting experience, and our marching band energizes our students and reminds them of the incredible opportunities that FIU brings to them,” said FIU president Mark Rosenberg. Homecoming week will culminate with FIU taking on the University of Louisiana (Monroe) on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. For a full schedule of activities, visit online at <www2.fiu.edu/~hc/>. Tradition is what drives the marching band’s new director, Barry W. Bernhardt, who arrived this summer from Southeast Missouri State to rebuild the program. “The band serves a multitude of roles for a university. It should be one of the most spirited groups on campus. They should lead the charge in excitement and energy, build enthusiasm and loyalty to the alma mater,” Bernhardt said. In about five months, the marching band has grown to 110 members with a goal of

200 more. And in the next two to three years, the reconstruction of the marching band will include a new song, a new name and a new style. Bernhardt has started with the basics such as having the band members learn proper breathing techniques. But beyond the nuance, Bernhardt knows that an excellent band is fueled by and creates tradition. “If we want to make it to the big time, which we can here, we have to act like it and we have to do it from day one,” Bernhardt said. “We have to invest in the kids.” Bernhardt, who has been a band director for 26 years, has been on the production staff of Bowl Games of America for the past 20 years and choreographed seven halftime shows last year that aired on television, including the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Gator Bowl. Bernhardt said the band eventually will play a wide variety of music and already has asked a composer friend from New York to pen a new signature song, the FIU Samba. “Big-time college marching bands, big time football, have a song that you can immediately recognize,” he said. “We don’t have that. When people hear the FIU Samba or see a picture of the band, we want them to immediately recognize us.” Bernhardt’s goal is to have close to a 200-member band by next year and 300 band members in three to four years. “The bigger the band, the bigger the voice,” he said. “And the greater the identity.” For more information about FIU, visit online at <www.fiu.edu>.


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St. Theresa students participate in Hispanic Heritage Week parade BY PATSY I. LINARES

St. Theresa School students participated in Hispanic Heritage Week from Oct. 11 to 15 and children from pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes took part in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional Hispanic Heritage Parade. Duirng the parade the students were dressed in traditional garments typical of Hispanic countries and paraded around the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s morning assembly area. It was a celebration of all the different Hispanic cultures represented in the student body. St. Theresa Catholic School, founded in 1925, is a parish elementary school with grades pre-kindergarten through eighth. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Giselle Linares and Allyson Merino dress in traditional Latin American garb.

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New bites and beats concept revitalizes Little Havana area BY MEGAN PALMER

The city of Miami is witnessing a true renaissance of its metropolitan downtown with neighborhoods like NoBri and Wynwood seeing investors set up shop to offer the â&#x20AC;&#x153;in crowdâ&#x20AC;? a new, undiscovered hot spot. Little Havanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich history has always attracted many of all ages but most recently has seen a burst of young blood with businesses like La Baguette, 2 Be, Mr. Yums, and now Quiereme Muchoâ&#x20AC;ŚMorena (Quiereme for short) offering entertainment, nightlife and small bites. Setting the standard for the next generation on Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrated Calle Ocho, Quiereme Muchoâ&#x20AC;ŚMorena, 1644 SW Eighth St., takes advantage of its culturally central location teeming with history by incorporating old world into a new age entertainment eatery. The cave-like setting with textured walls and a magnificent brass chandelier creates an experience like no other. Upon entrance, guests will be transformed to an underground music scene where the stage will present a continuous lineup of both established and aspiring music acts. The perfect place for bites and

beats, Quiereme Muchoâ&#x20AC;ŚMorena will be the new destination for authentic music, food and drink. Embracing its location and all the culture it has to offer, Quiereme has chosen to update the classics instead of replacing them. The mature crowd surely will recognize Quiereme with its cave like, textured walls as the spot on Eighth Street they frequented for live music when it was Kimbra Cumbara. Using modern colors and patterns, Quiereme blends rich burgundies and golds through the space to create a progressive Victorian scene. A black wood bar will be the place to gather for refreshing libations with a flat screen television overhead for game days. Plush couches mark the VIP section with front row access to the stage. The bar will serve up house specialty cocktails like the Mojito Martini made with rum, mint coulis and muddled limes then strained to a clean and clear mojito. From the kitchen, Juan Camilo Gomez, a trained chef, will serve up Latin favorites like Empanadas de Camaron al ajill, Arepitas, and Churrasco Strips. A happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. every day of the week will tempt those looking for fun on a budget. Acting as a Little Havana-esque CBGB,

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Celtic Cultural Series to present talk on John Ford’s The Informer BY MARILYN LUNA

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2011 Chevy Silverado heavy-duty trucks ready for any job Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

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