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DEC. 24, 2013 - JAN. 6, 2014

Turnpike express lanes will bar northbound 117th Ave. drivers BY RICHARD YAGER

newly proposed expansion to Florida’s Turnpike in Kendall would include express lanes from Bird Road (SW 40th Street) to Killian Parkway (SW 104th Street) over an approximate 6.5-mile distance with a newly configured and relocated interchange at SW 40th Street. Motorists who regularly exit the turnpike to turn north on SW 117th Avenue may need to change driving habits when that option disappears if the new Bird Road interchange plan is adopted. The plan converts the turnpike frontage north of Bird Road to one-way traffic and modifies connections to SW 117th Avenue between 51st and 42nd streets. A median closure is planned for southbound SW 117th Avenue at 45th Street, as well as closure of median access to a Comfort Inn. Other median accesses are planned along Bird Road between SW 119th Court and SW 117th Avenue. The interchange itself will be moved south of the bridge that currently serves as a SunPass toll entry, according to new planning disclosed by turnpike officials at a public hearing on Dec. 10 at the Reception Palace Ballroom, 14375 SW 42 St. Major institutions with busy traffic flows that may be effected by the changes include Kendall Regional Medical Center, one block west of the intersection, and both Florida International University and the National Hurricane Center, with entrances off SW 117th Avenue, onehalf mile north of the interchange. A handful of citizens that included

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TURNPIKE, page 6

Pearl Harbor Day tribute offers first look inside Military Museum

Miami-Dade is launching new Transit Online Store

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A U.S. Navy ship’s bell is rung by Luna, 7, and Caleb Cruz, 9. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

iami-Dade’s living veterans, family members and county officials paid tribute to those who served their country in World War II during a ceremony on Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7) at the unfinished Military Museum near Zoo Miami. It was the first program held within the wooden structure that once served as Naval Headquarters for the Richmond Blimp Base before being moved to a new site on Zoo Miami grounds.

“This day is especially significant because we can now safely open the building for a public affair,” noted FIU’s Dr. Anthony Atwood, executive director of a South Florida Friends organization that supports the project. Honoring veterans were the VFW’s Joe Martory, Rev. Ernest Rodriguez of St. Timothy Parish, Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin of Cutler Bay, County Court Judge William Altfield, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, School Board member Dr. Larry Feldman, Medley Mayor Robert Martell, –––––––––––––––– See

MUSEUM, page 6

o better serve its customers, MiamiDade Transit soon will launch a new online store that will offer its users a one-stop cyber shop for purchasing a variety of transit products and managing their EASY Cards. The improved online store will have enhanced security features and will offer a greater variety of fareloading options. Among the new Transit Store features: • More user-friendly navigation that will make it easier to purchase an EASY Card, load passes, add cash value, and manage multiple EASY Cards. • The ability to load passes and cash value onto Discounted Fare EASY Cards (K-12 and reduced-fare EASY Cards), and add cash value to all other EASY Cards. This feature was previously unavailable on the online store. • Additionally, the EASY Card Terms and Conditions will be updated as part of the new store. EASY Card customers who have their cards set to automatically reload will see no interruption to their current replenishment settings. For more information, customers can call 3-1-1, or 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971. The County’s 3-1-1 Answer Center is closed during countyobserved holidays.


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Bob Griese signs autographs for fans at new AT&T Store Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese signs autographs for two of his younger fans in the AT&T store at The Falls.

BY KELLEY STARLING

In celebration of its new corporate store at The Falls, AT&T held a grand opening that included an autograph session by former Miami Dolphins quarterback Bob Griese. The legendary Hall of Fame football player spent two hours at the new AT&T store on Dec. 7, posing for photos with fans and penning his name on Dolphin paraphernalia. The 3,650-square-foot AT&T store at The Falls is the first South Florida AT&T location to feature the company’s new retail design focused on mirroring customers’ mobile lifestyle. The new design breaks the mold of traditional telecom retailing by shifting focus to how technology enables our lives, instead of the technology itself. It has an open, lofty and high tech atmosphere, yet is made to feel more personal and intimate with three distinct, but interconnected zones — The Connected Experience Zone, The Community Zone,

and The Explore Zone. The open layout encourages customer exploration and discovery in each of the three zones. The Connected Experience Zone features “lifestyle vignettes” that offer customers a glimpse of how solutions can be used in customers’ everyday lives. These lifestyle pavilions will highlight categories such as music, home security, entertainment and more. The Community Zone features “community tables” that encourage customers to shop and play in an open and interactive space. This space merchandises apps, accessories and devices to show customers how they can work together. The Explore Zone with “explore walls” highlights AT&T’s diverse device lineup and accessories and is complemented by digital monitors with product information. AT&T opened its store at The Falls on Oct. 26. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

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12451 South Dixie Highway • Miami • 305.235.2852 Mrs. Claus helps youngsters visiting Santa at The Palms. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER

Christmas arrived in Kendall amidst bright sunshine under waving fronds that began The Palms first holiday season since completing its “new look.” St. Nick and Mrs. Claus arrived Dec. 7 with a police escort in an open Mercedes Benz convertible that matched the contemporary style of the plaza that is completing a three-year redevelopment begun in 2008-09. Crowds of kids were treated to gifts, face painting and holiday music with the

first 150 smallfry receiving $35 gift cards or a free holiday blanket after telling their Christmas wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Claus under a tented canopy. All received free photos while sitting in Santa’s lap while parents were welcome to try a free massage next door. Ten tons of “real snow” kept hundreds joyously tossing snowballs from 3 to 7 p.m. before an 84-degree sun ended the fun. The afternoon-long celebration wound up with a screening of the movie Elf from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in a roped-off square at a central parking lot.


Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

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Perfect business climate is not just about weather BY COMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL

Miami-Dade County People come from across the globe to Miami primarily to enjoy the benefits that come with great weather. Hotels, beaches and major attractions all contribute to a robust economy. We must continue to build on what makes us great and work to make us even better by diversifying our local economy and making Miami-Dade County the first place people think of when expanding or relocating their company or business. Recently, in partnership with The Beacon Council, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the Realtors Association of Miami-Dade County, we announced the launch of MiamiDadeSites.com — a tool to attract jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County. Think of it as “Google Maps” for businesses, with more detailed and useful information about our community’s economic potential. Through a free and easy-to-use website, we are showcasing available industrial and commercial properties for sale or lease, housing availability, incentives available to businesses, demographic information, nearby transportation, infrastructure and much more. Accessible anywhere in the world at no cost, it will allow prospective domestic and international businesses wishing to expand, relocate or establish their commercial operations in Miami-Dade County to research the benefits of opening their doors or expanding in South Florida.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell explains the new MiamiDadeSites.com website during a recent meeting. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

As the author of the legislation that created the site, my goal is to give our community an edge over other large metropolitan areas of the country by attracting potential

domestic and international employers to our county by using the most up-to-date technology available. The site also serves as a conduit for Realtors and brokers to showcase available commercial properties in South Florida. This cutting-edge technology has never before been available on one platform coupled with the ability to be site and property specific. It is a game changer and has the potential to serve as the key to economic growth and the creation of much needed jobs. It is critical that we design a blueprint that is inclusive of our business community. Our future must be built on it because our residents depend on it. The launch of MiamiDadeSites.com comes at the right time, as we have seen major investment in resources that help grow and enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem, which hopefully will develop into thriving ventures and companies that create high paying jobs. As catalysts for job creation, accelerators and co-working spaces such as Venture Hive, The Lab Miami and Endeavor Miami are all setting the stage for a thriving economy. MiamiDadeSites.com is another component in the promotion of a robust business environment as it will aid in retaining talent produced by these groups and likely serve as entrepreneurs’ first stop when they are ready to grow into their own physical space. Bustling tourism, a growing entrepreneurial community, quality schools, limitless talent, a diverse community, and now MiamiDadeSites.com, all play a role in creating a world-class business-friendly community.


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Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

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RollBackTolls co-chair Carlos Garcia along with West Kendall activist Jane Walker raised questions about traffic rerouting, as well as the turnpike’s continuing plans to install new express lanes from Homestead to the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836). The second Kendall session in as many months was held to receive public comment before officials go forward with the project.and make a “go” or “no go” decision after receiving all public comment on or before Dec. 20. Only one night after the Kendall hearing on Dec. 10, turnpike officials faced vigorous opposition to a proposed 11mile expansion that would build new express lanes south of SW 137th Avenue to Campbell Drive, estimated at a $284 million cost. No figure was immediately available for the Bird-Killian. project. On Dec. 11, at a second turnpike hearing involving express lanes, both Mayor

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County Commissioners Javier Souto and Lynda Bell, State Sen. Dwight Bullard, and U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia. Highlights included a G. Holmes Braddock High School honor guard presenting the colors to begin the program; laying of a wreath by the Cuban American Veterans Association, and playing of Taps by Cyril Bullard of the American Legion. “It is our responsibility to finish this tribute in memory of those who served so that our children and grandchildren will remember the sacrifice of so many,” said State Rep. Frank Artiles, a former U.S. Marine. An audience of more than 100 listened to speeches, seated on folding chairs that rested on unfinished 4- by 8-foot wood panel flooring. Unshaded ceiling light bulbs hanging from overhead wooden rafters and sunshine pouring through newly installed sash windows lighted a first floor speaking rostrum and a U.S. Navy bell, always rung by former Naval Officer Atwood to welcome dignitaries “aboard” for museum ceremonies. Donated by the Navy Recruiting Command, the bell commanded the attention of Luna and Caleb Cruz, children of Gus Cruz of Kendale who serves as director of Military Affairs Board for MiamiDade County that marked Veterans’ Day with a downtown Miami parade on Nov. 11 to salute Vietnam service personnel.

Edward MacDougall of Cutler Bay and Mayor Jeff Porter of Homestead openly criticized such expansion as a method of increasing toll revenues rather than serving the public interest. Porter told officials then he would ask the Homestead City Council to pass a resolution opposing the project. Prior to the second hearing involving the turnpike in Kendall, protesting Devon Aire residents cheered withdrawal of a plan to build access and entry ramps at the SW 104th Street overpass, subject of a community protest during an “Outreach Meeting.” Florida’s Turnpike officials at all hearings have maintained the express lanes will relieve predicted congestion that will continue to increase, causing more delays for motorists. They predict that variable priced tolls will better manage traffic flows, citing improvements initiated along I-95 in eastern Miami-Dade as an example. For information on Killian-Bird Road expansion, visit online at <www.FloridaTurnpikeEnterprise.com> Like other visitors, the Cruz children saw the first exhibits that included photo displays honoring vets, flags, service emblems and mementoes, all temporarily affixed to the unfinished wall timbers throughout the main floor. At one corner, a pile of books, desk, office chair and other materials were stacked where an administrative office is planned. A central concrete block unit bore a pasted sign: “Elevator Shaft.” Currently, on its new foundation, work is underway to complete finished flooring, sidewalls, exhibition galleries, electrical and plumbing, elevator (ADA compliant), and air conditioning. A memorial garden is planned on the grounds. The largest historic structure of its kind, ever moved in the State of Florida, the original building was cut from its original foundation, hydraulically lifted on a grid of steel beams that took 96 wheels to move its 700,000-pound weight. To date, Miami-Dade has spent $3 million to move, rebuild and refinish the structure from ground level up to a new roof over the past three years. Atwood and architect Richard Heisenbottle continue to guide the museum toward completion through a half-million dollar state appropriation that may open the museum at 12450 SW 152 St. formally in 2014. Visitors will then see exhibits of both war and peacetime artifacts that preserve the historic roles of Florida military men and women who served their country. For information, visit www.southfloridamilitarymuseum.com>.


Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

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Police capture knife-carrying subject who robbed woman

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Do you or someone you know have Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Rosacea “Redness on forehead, cheeks, and nose with acne type lesions on your face” to participate in a four [4] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $200.00.

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

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www.fxmresearch.com Hammocks Officers-of-the-Month honored Nov. 20 by Citizens Advisory Committee chair James Blough (far left) and Maj. Arnold Palmer, district commander, (far right) include (l-r) Giovanni Rodriguez, Orlando Sanchez, Enrique Noriega and Sgt. Ricardo Toledo. The quartet nabbed a knife-armed assailant who threatened a mother seated on a park bench while watching her son play at Quail Roost Park on Nov. 12. The subject escaped with the woman’s neck chain and wristwatch. Sgt. Toledo and Officer Noriega quickly arrived on scene to get the victim’s description of a white male who drove away in a Toyota, which they later stopped, only to see him open the door and flee. With the help of Officers Rodriguez and Sanchez, who blocked his route, the subject was captured “on the run,” apprehended and later charged following a positive ID and recovery of the knife in the subject’s pants pocket.

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

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

For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

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

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Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

The community gets only what it’s willing to pay for R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Property owners of Miami-Dade and our county government have for too many years been in conflict over what we expect in the form of services from our government and how much we are willing to pay in property taxes to cover these requested services. How it works: We pay property taxes; additionally the county collects fees for services such as building permits and the money so collected, after paying for the administration of the government, pays for the community’s needs. Certain expenses, such as capital improvements like the much needed rebuilding of our sewer system anticipated to cost billions over the next 10 years, would be financed through the sales of municipal bonds. The money borrowed is paid back, with interest, over a set period of years. Municipal bonds are paid back in two ways — either through the revenues collected for services rendered such as airport landing fees or, as in the case of general obliga-

tion bonds, from the real estate taxes and fees collected each year by county government. When the mayor and county commission establish a county budget they must take into consideration the funding of a “rainy-day fund,” officially known as reserves. Funds set aside each year in our budget, reserved to cover unexpected expenses that can and will arise after the county has approved a budget and set tax revenues to cover such expenses. Reserves are “not” used to cover normal anticipated expenses when the annual budget is approved. Governments, their budgets and revenue collections, are rated by nationally recognized rating companies such as Moody’s bond rating system. How they rate the stability of our county government determines to a great extent how much we will pay in interest when we ask the investing public, banks, investment houses and well-to-do individuals to buy a bond issue such as the one we are anticipating to rebuild our countywide sewer system. The poorer the rating the higher the interest rate we must pay. Elected officials, always mindful of the fact that they must please the majority of county voters to stay in office, must create a balance between how much they will ask the voters to pay in taxes and how they can provide demanded community services. Ask any elected official — this is not an easy task.

Moody’s did not like what they saw when they evaluated our 2014 proposed county government budget. They were especially concerned with the invasion of our reserve fund to cover known expenses such as the retention of our current library system. That is not the intended use of reserves. When we already know what something is going to cost in the coming year we “must” include that expense in the budget. As a result of its findings Moody’s lowered their evaluation of our county’s credit outlook from “stable” to “negative.” This is disastrous. When we borrow money our county government, you and I, will pay a higher interest rate. Higher meaning millions and millions of dollars more each year because we didn’t properly set our tax rate to cover anticipated expenses. When our mayor sent his proposed 2013 budget to the county commission for approval he proposed a millage rate that would cover his recommended budget. Unfortunately, a number of vocal taxpayers went on radio talk shows and demanded that the mayor lower the millage rate. When he caved in to their demands he had to propose cuts in spending. This brought out the defenders of our library system, fire rescue and animal care supporters demanding that services be

VIEWPOINT returned to the budget. Taxpayers demanded increased spending but not increased taxes. How to resolve the dilemma? Raid the reserve account. This is the proposed no-no that brought Moody’s to reducing our county government’s credit rating. Simply stated, we must pay for what we want from our county government. What are our choices? Fewer benefits or higher taxes — there is no other way in the long run. Our county millage rate is unrealistically low for what we demand in services. Want to keep taxes unrealistically low? Okay, cut back on services. Again, in the long run there is no other way. 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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JOB basketball teams to volunteer at Community Habilitation Center BY ALEX MARKEL

As the 25th annual Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic tips off Friday morning, Dec. 27, at Reagan/Doral High School, basketball practice of a different sort will be the main focus of visiting high school teams from Bartow (FL) High School (Boys) and Mt. Lebanon (PA) High School (Girls). For the eighth year in a row, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee is sponsoring a clinic at the WOW Center, located at 11450 SW 79 St. in Kendall. This tradition began with the help of Montverde Academy and their coach Kevin Sutton. Mt Lebanon’s teams will be participating for the second time, while this is the first appearance for Bartow. Mt. Lebanon’s

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Celebrating holiday season with perfect Christmas tree

girls’ team won the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic in 2011. The WOW Center is a facility that helps individuals learn community and work skills through Adult Day Training and Job Coaching. Coaches Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon) and Terrence McGriff (Bartow) and their teams will be providing an interactive opportunity for the adults at CHC to see the team work out and enjoy participation in the drills and meeting the players. The clinic will take place at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Chuck Little, Basketball Committee chair, Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Committee, at 786-546-3386 (basketball@jrorangebowl.com) or Natalia Laver-Wong, executive director of WOW Center, at 305-2797999 (natalia@chcmiami.org).

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Stadium Pong puts novel spin on a college classic BY JESSE SCHECKNER

branching out into an acrylic version which resembles glass. All of their models have been weather and For many young adults, beer pong is a rite of pasdampness tested. sage, a game so engrained in the academic experience “We left the different types of woods outside for it is synonymous with other college cornerstones such about a week to see if anything would happen to them, as fraternities, sororities, finals week, and football. and nothing did,” Joseph said. “We’ve played on all our Joseph Keebler was among those who became models and, if you take a little rag to it afterwards, involved in the game while studying political science you’re done.” and business management as a Pi Kappa Alpha at Personalization is big part of their business as well. Florida State University, and when his father, David, All Stadium Pong sets can be laser engraved, allowing came to visit, he was spared no experience. for full customization. The work they can do with it is “He came up for Dads’ Week for my fraternity and I so precise that they are able to put detailed pictures on took him to the bars, where most people would just the base of the sets, making them ideal holiday gifts. take their dads out to dinner and send them home,” he “One of the nice things about the laser is, when you said. “We actually went out, played beer pong, drank cut it, you actually sear the chafe into the wood,” David The product of a father and son’s collaboration, Stadium Pong is easy to learn but and went to the frat houses.” said. “It’s amazing, because it vaporizes the wood and difficult to master. When Joe came home during vacation he resumed singes the seams perfectly.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– playing the game with his father, introducing him to a Models currently range in price between $24.99 and variation called 3-D beer pong. David was not impressed. models, they brought their creation to a tailgate outside of $39.99, depending on the material used, not including “It was the stupidest thing I’d ever seen in my life,” said a game between the two teams to try them out. One of custom etching costs. They also are looking into a 10-cup David, who has worked in healthcare for more than 30 each set was stolen that day, and there has been tremen- system as well, adding a four-cup row to the existing sixyears. “There was no way to get the ping pong ball in the dous interest since. cup set. “It’s been extremely well-received,” David said. bottom cups, which fell all over the place. So we went out “Hopefully in the future we’re going to get to that point to the shed, got some plywood and some tools from Home “We’ve had people from both visiting and home teams where it’s like the World Series of Beer Pong that they Depot and started cutting stuff, making some prototypes.” react extremely positively. Even though it’s a different have out in Las Vegas once a year for a $50,000 prize,” The result was Stadium Pong, a modified version of the design, since you maintain the layout of the original game, Joseph said. “Eventually we want to get into the big standard drinking game, which deviates from the original the regular rules apply.” stores, but we first want to get a college base.” They have since experimented with several woods, by gradually elevating the rows of cups which are played For more information, go to <www.stadiumpong.com>, with by placing them into six-cup model sets. After including cherry, mahogany, maple, cedar, birch and, or visit their Facebook page at <facebook.com/stadipatenting their design and creating custom FSU and UM their personal favorite — oak. Recently, they began umpong>.


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‘Wild About Kids’ gala raises over $250,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ

More than 350 guests attended the Nov. 9 Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s annual “Wild About Kids” black-tie gala, which raised over $250,000 to benefit the organization’s positive programs for thousands of area children who need them most. South Florida’s top community leaders, philanthropists and socialites were among guests at the event — the most successful Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade gala to date — which took place at Four Seasons Hotel Miami. John Walsh — American television personality, published author, national speaker, co-founder of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, human and victim rights advocate and host of America’s Most Wanted — was honored with the Bebe Rebozo Humanitarian Award. Cesar L. Alvarez, chair of Greenberg Traurig and Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus, was presented with the Community Leadership Award. Lana DeSimone, gala co-chair, received the Champion of Youth Award. Diana Diaz of WSVN Channel 7 and Ralph Pagano of Alba Restaurant served as the event’s emcees, and played a large part

Pictured (l-r) are Cesar A. Alvarez, 2013 Community Leadership Award Recipient; Eris Thomas, 2013 Gala cochair; Lana DeSimone, 2013 Gala co-chair and 2013 Champion of Youth Award Recipient; John Walsh, 2013 “Bebe” Rebozo Humanitarian Award Recipient; Irene Korge, 2013 Gala co-chair; Olga Guliarte, Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Special Events chair, and Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president, Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

in the success of the event’s sponsor a child through donations opportunity. Guests enjoyed a themed evening full of luxurious and unique auction items, VIP party, cocktail reception, dinner program, live music, dancing and much more. The gala’s after party lasted until the wee hours with a special VIP performance by the Lady Panthers, plus Frank Sinatra-style entertainer Jeff Grainer, a deejay, dancing, open bar and small bites. Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumna, 15-year-old Elizabeth Elias, a singer, dancer and model, sang the National Anthem to kick off the dinner program. Gala co-chairs were Lana DeSimone, Irene Korge and Eris Thomas; the special events chair was Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade former board president Olga Guilarte. Gala committee members were Tom Bezold, Amy Deupi, Judy Kramer, Eddie Lacasa, Nina Mendieta, Alfredo Mesa, Joanne Messing, Joanne Silva, Rae Stein and Maggie Zulueta. “We are very pleased to have raised more funds and welcomed more guests at this year’s gala than any year in the past,” DeSimone said. “The funds raised will benefit thousands of children at our five clubs on so many levels.”


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Dec. 24, 2013 - Jan. 6, 2014

Miami-Dade firefighter raises more than $20,000 for MCH

Pictured (l-r) are Maida Court, Tyler Court, Dr. Mislen Bower, Kevin Court, Katherine Schain and Ana Pelligra. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY DONNA VAN DER DIJS

Kevin Court, a Miami-Dade firefighter, and his wife, Maida, have been organizing a children’s fishing tournament for the past six years raising funds for Miami Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center. Recently the Court family presented a $20,473 check to the hospital, money raised at this year’s tournament, bringing the total they have raised for the Craniofacial Center to over $75,000. “We can’t write a check that big, but we

can donate our time to raise that money for families less fortunate,” Court said. “We do everything with volunteers and through donations, with a huge help from Local 1403 Charities and the Dade County Firemen’s Benevolent Association.” The Court family plans to continue organizing the annual fishing tournament and helping Miami Children’s Hospital. The fishing tournament is held annually at Sands Cut Sandbar, Biscayne Bay, Florida. This year 110 children and 75 adults participated in the tournament.


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Young sailors from around world coming to S. Florida

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BY TINA MENDITTO

Young sailors from around the globe are preparing to travel to South Florida for the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta (OBIYR). This event, from Dec. 26 to 30 on Biscayne Bay, is the largest youth regatta in the U.S. and a boon to the South Florida economy. One of the largest dinghy regattas for sailors ages 8- 18 in the world, the OBIYR will take place at the Coral Reef Yacht Club (CRYC) in Coconut Grove, with support from the U.S. Sailing Center Miami, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami. This year’s event boasts 689 competitors from 27 states and 23 countries — the farthest being the Czech Republic. “The Coral Reef Yacht Club is proud to be involved in this premier event, which provides up-and-coming sailors with an opportunity to race competitively and become more active within the sailing community,” said OBIYG chair Henry Chau. “Besides the excitement of the regatta, more than half of the sailors and their families come from outside of South Florida and spend an average of five to six nights here, which helps support our local

economy in the form of hotel nights, food, transportation, and retail sales.” The four days of competition feature several types of vessels: Optimists, Lasers (Full, Radial, and 4.7), and Club 420s. This year’s regatta already has reached its cap in both the Optimist and Laser categories, and fleets are being put on a wait list. Platinum sponsors for the event include: the Orange Bowl Committee, McLaughlin, Sperry Top-Sider, and KO Sailing. Awards are distributed to the top sailors in each vessel category by government officials, Orange Bowl Committee leaders and Olympians including Magnus Liljedahl, a former U.S gold medalist who will be presenting this year’s Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Award. In addition, this year’s top local Opti sailor will be presented with a trophy sponsored by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. Staging for the four day regatta will take place at several locations including the CRYC, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, U.S. Sailing Center Miami, and Shake-A-Leg Miami. For more information or a daily schedule of events, visit <www.coralreefyachtclub.org> or call 305-781-5177.

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CBT College celebrates 25 years of empowering through education BY ELAYNE SOMMERS

CBT College, an academic and career institution based in the Greater Miami area, is celebrating 25 years of tremendous growth, community service and empowering education. “Since opening our doors in 1988, our college has helped thousands of students find their career path, ultimately forming a stronger workforce in Miami-Dade County,” said Peru-born Fernando Llerena, founder of CBT College. “We will continue to strengthen our professional relationships within these communities in order to build a better future for our students.” Family owned and operated for two generations, the institution’s history is symbolic of the Llerena family’s journey. Two of CBT’s five campuses cater to its large Hispanic student population with

specialized trade programs including A/C Refrigeration Technology and Electricity, which are taught both in Spanish and in English. CBT recently conducted its 56th graduation ceremony, bringing multiple employment opportunities to businesses in the community. CBT College provides career training with a focus on technology and sciences at its five campuses across Miami-Dade County, including West Kendall, Flagler, Hialeah, Cutler Bay and Miami Gardens. CBT College also is a member of Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. CBT College is nationally accredited by ACICS, licensed by the Commission of Independent Education and certified by the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information about CBT College, visit <www.cbt.edu>.


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AT&T invests $10 million to raise High school graduation rates It takes caring professionals and a relentless focus on results to make sure students stay in school and succeed. That’s why next month, AT&T* will launch the 2014 AT&T Aspire High School Success Initiative Request for Proposal to keep kids in the classroom. Currently, about one in five students do not graduate with their peers. And many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college and careers. But there is hope. As of this year, the United States is for the first time on track to meet the 90 percent national graduation goal by 2020 set by the Grad Nation Campaign. More needs to be done, particularly for minority and low-income students whose graduation rates are lagging. The RFP is part of AT&T Aspire, one of the nation’s largest corporate initiatives committed to helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. More than 1 million students in all 50 states have been impacted since Aspire launched in 2008. AT&T has committed $350 million to Aspire through 2016. “We’re looking for programs that can prove they are solving problems and changing lives,” said Beth Shiroishi, vice president, sustainability and philanthropy, AT&T. “And by supporting organizations that use evidence to demonstrate success, we can know what programs work best in certain situations, how they work, and how they can be scaled to benefit other students.” The RFP follows a previous request for proposal in 2012 that committed nearly $10 million to 47 schools and nonprofits to increase graduation and attendance rates and reduce behavioral and disciplinary problems. Through support from the 2012 RFP, the Sports & Arts in School Foundation is serving an additional 100 high school freshmen in New York City with in-school tutors. “It makes a difference,” says Sheldon Minnus, program director. “Many students commute for 2 or 2 ½ hours. Being able to offer tutoring with professionals during school hours gives us flexibility we didn’t have before.” The Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Bay (WI) is using its funding to provide graduation coaches to an additional 40 students though the BE GREAT: Graduate program, a proven model. The graduation coaches check for early warning signs for dropping out and connect with their students to teach problem-solving and life skills that help get them on track to graduate. The success of BE GREAT is driven home by Teresa LeClercq, a career development specialist participating in the program. She is mentoring a 15year-old whose family has gone through hard times, including homelessness. The 10th grader came into the program during the summer as a C and F student. “Now she’s making some As and Bs and her GPA is improving,” commented LeClercq. “But it’s not always about drilling down in algebra. Sometimes it’s about navigating a difficult home situation.” In fact, the student recently told LeClercq, “I’m rocking this class… and I’m going to college. I have two places in mind.” Through the 2014 RFP, AT&T will help national, regional, and local organizations expand or strengthen programs that serve students at risk of dropping out of high school or who have dropped out. Contributions will range up to $1 million for programs operating in multiple communities and up to $300,000 for single-community programs. Applicants will be evaluated through a competitive process on the basis of their track records using evidence-based approaches, accomplishments in serving students at risk of dropping out of high school and use of data to demonstrate their effectiveness. Details are available at www.AspireRFP.com. The RFP’s Pre-Qualification Survey will launch on January 2 and remain open until January 17. An independent third party will review and evaluate all organizations that complete the survey, and those proceeding to the next stage will be invited to submit a full proposal.

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Marlins Foundation announces first Jack McKeon Golf Classic BY CAROLINA PERRINA DE DIEGO

The Marlins Foundation recently announced the inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Crandon Golf Course Key Biscayne. Previously known as the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, the Marlins will pay tribute to Marlins former manager John “Jack” McKeon, a two-time National League Manager of the Year and 2003 World Series Champion. Marlins personalities scheduled to attend include: president David Samson, president of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, vice president and general manager Dan Jennings, Marlins manager Mike Redmond, along with Marlins players and other community leaders. Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County, a Marlins Charity Partner. The Miracle League is a nationally recognized baseball program for children with special

needs. The mission is to provide children with developmental, intellectual, mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. “We look forward to honoring Jack for his contributions to baseball in South Florida,” said Mike Redmond, Marlins manager and event chair. “Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations, we can continue to impact the lives of children through baseball. This event will give participants the opportunity to play alongside Marlins players as well as donate to a worthy cause.” The daylong event will follow the agenda: Registration at 9-10:30 a.m.; Shotgun start at 11 a.m., and Awards dinner at 4 p.m. Event registration is available online at <www.marlins.com/golf>. For more information contact the Marlins Foundation at 305-480-2550 or send email to <foundation@marlins.com>.


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Natalie Baro named new chair of AHA’s Go Red for Women BY CRISTY PAEZ

Natalie Baro, president and CEO of Michelsen Advertising, is the newly appointed chair for the American Heart Association’s 2014 Go Red For Women campaign serving Miami-Dade and Broward, a campaign to raise awareness about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. As the 2014 Go Red for Women chair, Baro will be leading the fundraising efforts by securing corporate and patron support. She will work closely with the GRFW Executive Leadership Cabinet as well as the American Heart Association staff partners to achieve success. This year, the American Heart Association and volunteer leadership has a record breaking fundraising goal. “We would like to make the community aware of all the latest forms of prevention with an emphasis on CPR by bringing them to every home and workplace in our counties and educating on the use of defibrillators. By sharing this lifesaving tool, we aim to increase its awareness and hopefully create positive outcomes from negative situations,” Natalie said. Baro is the president and CEO of Michelsen Advertising, an advertising agency specializing in the healthcare industry with clients such as Humana, Tenet Healthcare, Meridian Healthcare and over 200 Physician Providers statewide among many others. “Unfortunately, it took the sudden death of my husband to learn the symptoms and educate myself on heart disease, turning my own life around”, Baro said. Her first efforts to promote awareness in

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the community took place as the American Heart Association joined forces with the Miami Family Event this past September. The Miami Family Event was proud to contribute and present a donation of $25,000 to the Go Red for Women movement. The main focus of this event was to promote through sponsors and organizations a healthy lifestyle for the entire family, as well as educate the community on Hands-Only CPR training for adults and children. “My goal is to educate as many people as we can during this year by positioning the AHA at events and exposing the symptoms and preventive measures needed to help save lives,” Baro said. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit <www.heart.org>.

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Carlos Castillo returns to lead Red Cross emergency services BY CYNTHIA GUTIERREZ-WHITE

The American Red Cross has announced that former FEMA official Carlos J. Castillo has taken the helm of Red Cross disaster services programs across South Florida, effective Dec. 9. “Carlos has the leadership skills, the local knowledge and the community relationships to best serve the people in our eight county region, from Key West to Vero Beach,” said Rob Levine, CEO for the South Florida Region. “We are very excited to have Carlos join the Red Cross.” Castillo, a former Miami-Dade deputy fire chief and county emergency manager, brings a unique mix of skills to this role with a record of accomplishment in related fields at the municipal, county and federal level as well as Red Cross volunteer experience. A South Florida native, he served in a number of roles in the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department including division chief of Special Operations and was recognized as “Firefighter of the Year” from the State of Florida for his work responding to Hurricane Andrew. Castillo later was appointed assistant fire chief leading 1,541 uniformed firefighters across five divisions in Miami-Dade. From 2003 to 2006 he was director of Emergency Management for Miami-Dade County and led the response to seven hurricanes, a tornado and a host of local events. In 2007 he moved to FEMA in Washington, DC, and served as assistant administrator for Disaster Assistance. For the past four years Castillo has been a sen-

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ior advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided homeland security and disaster management advisory services to a broad range of clients all the while keeping ties with Red Cross. Castillo served on Red Cross boards in Miami and Washington, DC. “I am confident Carlos will prepare our neighbors in the face of disaster and work with our partners to support community preparedness and resiliency,” Levine said. For more information, visit redcross.org or on Twitter at @RedCross.


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ADL announces new leaders of Miami Civil Rights Committee BY MONIKA LEVIN

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced the newly appointed chair and vice chair of its Miami Civil Rights Committee — David Edelstein of The Edelstein Firm and Brielle Mark of Weisberg Kainen Mark PL. Founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all,” a century later ADL now is the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting antiSemitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals and protecting civil rights for all. In Miami, Edelstein and Mark will oversee ADL’s prestigious Civil Rights Committee which is comprised of prominent Miamians who are ardent supporters of religious freedom, civil liberties and equality for all Floridians. The committee advocates for inclusive hate crimes legislation and comprehensive state and local anti-discrimination laws; supports fair and humane immigration policies — which is of particular importance given that Florida has the fourth largest immigrant population in the nation, and assists victims of anti-Semitism, religious and racial discrimination.

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A longtime member of ADL’s Miami Civil Rights Committee, Edelstein also has participated in ADL’s Glass Leadership Institute and served on ADL’s Florida Executive Committee and Regional Board. “I am very honored to be asked to chair the Civil Rights Committee for the next three year term, and look forward to the committee’s stimulating debates and discussions as we do our part to help ADL formulate it’s policy positions on the vital issues so central to the ADL’s mission,” Edelstein said.

Edelstein began his legal career in the state of Florida as an assistant public defender with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. Since establishing his law firm, he has expanded his practice to include the representation of clients charged in both state and federal courts throughout the entire state of Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach counties. Mark is a partner at the law firm of Weisberg Kainen Mark PL, a boutique law firm that combines two distinct areas of legal practice — tax controversy and white

collar criminal defense. Invited to join the League’s Miami Civil Rights Committee in 2007 by her law partner and former ADL Florida regional chair, Dennis Kainen, Mark has remained actively involved in ADL. “I am honored to assume a leadership role on ADL’s Miami Civil Rights Committee,” Mark said. “I admire so many aspects of what ADL does on national and local levels, not just fighting against anti-Semitism, but in education, in legislation, in all areas of religion freedom, and in protecting the rights of all Americans from the virus of prejudice and ignorance. “I have enjoyed learning about and debating with other professionals in my community the tough issues that oftentimes require nuanced responses, as opposed to cookiecutter answers, and sending our feedback from Miami to the national level of ADL,” she said. Both Edelstein and Mark hope to focus the committee on the following timely issues of concern: anti-Semitism; anti-bullying and anti-hate crime advocacy; LGBT rights, including Marriage Equality, and immigration reform. To learn more about ADL’s Miami Civil Rights Committee, call 1-561-988-2938 or send email to <schalal@adl.org>.


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Presidential Innovation Award entries are open for environmental educators BY DALE KEMERY

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, currently is accepting applications for the third annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The award recognizes outstanding K12 teachers and their local education agencies nationwide for excellence in integrating environmental education into their lessons and demonstrating the connection between health and the environment for their students. Successful applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, community engagement and leadership as students learn more about civic responsibility and environmental stewardship. Past winners have increased student participation in local watershed cleanup efforts, created school-wide recycling programs, and implemented green land stewardship practices. Winners went on to

use their awards to bring high-tech science equipment into the classroom and expand the number of students on field trips and in labs. Applicants have until Feb. 28 to apply for the award under updated criteria released in November. Up to 20 teachers nationwide will receive award plaques and a financial award of $2,000 to support their professional development in environmental education. Each teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school also will receive a $2,000 award to help fund environmental education activities and programs that support the teacher. Winners will be considered for the National Environmental Education Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Richard C. Bartlett award, which recognizes outstanding teachers who engage students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. More information about the program and how to apply is available at <www.epa.gov/education/teacheraward>.


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BHSF cares for community with S. Fla. Day of Service BY STEPHANIE ROJAS

Baptist Health South Florida (BHSF) once again celebrated its “Caring for Our Community” campaign, as employees and their families volunteered their time to make a difference in communities throughout South Florida. Volunteers spent countless hours doing renovation projects at local elementary schools, community centers and more.

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“Baptist Health South Florida remains committed to giving back to our community,” said Phillis Oeters, corporate vice president of Government and Community Relations for Baptist Health South Florida. “The Caring for Our Community campaign exemplifies our volunteers’ dedication to make South Florida a better place to live, work and play.” The campaign served several areas in the community, including: Coconut Grove: Volunteers from across Baptist Health South Florida cleaned up the private island at Shake-A-Leg, a not-forprofit organization that works with children and adults with physical and development challenges in a marine environment. Homestead: Baptist Health South Florida employees, family and friends came together to renovate the library at Neva King Cooper Educational Center, a specialized school for mentally handicapped students between the ages of 3 and 22. Volunteers painted shelves and reorganized the area for students. Coral Gables: Thanks to several dedicated volunteers, St. Mary’s 1st Missionary Baptist Church was the recipient of several area renovations, including painting, gar-

Volunteers gather at Gilbert Porter Elementary in West Kendall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

dening and light maintenance. The church is a historic site and listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation. West Kendall: Local elementary schools throughout West Kendall are teaching students the importance of good nutrition and eating fresh vegetables every day. Baptist Health South Florida volunteers helped construct the interactive gardens

that will make this possible at Christina M. Eve Elementary School, Oliver Hoover Elementary School, Gilbert Porter Elementary School and West Kendall Early Learning Center. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net.


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MDC Homestead to host series titled Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys BY ROXANA ROMERO

Beginning in January, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Homestead Campus Library will host a five-part lecture series titled Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. The project’s mission is to familiarize the public with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The theme Pathways of Faith will be explored with a series of books and discussions. Dr. Iqbal S. Akhtar, assistant professor of Religious Studies and Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, will lead the discussions. Dr. Akhtar, a Fulbright Fellow, has worked in various community outreach and advocacy roles and presented her work on Islamic history and culture. MDC’s Homestead Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in this project. The library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host the series. The books to be discussed in the series are part of the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected

with the advice from librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies and Islamic studies. All lectures will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Homestead Campus Library. The schedule is as follows: Jan. 23 — The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters; Feb. 6 — Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown; Feb. 27 — The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson; Mar. 27 — The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter, and Apr. 10 — A Rumi Anthology, edited and translated by Reynolds A. Nicholson. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf is a project of NEH, conducted in cooperation with the ALA Public Programs Office, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts. To register for the program, contact Lindsay Schriftman at 305-237-5245 or at <lschrift@mdc.edu>.


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Miami Wild Run/Family Fun Walk raises nearly $80K for GMYFC BY LEE STEPHENS

Greater Miami Youth For Christ (GMYFC) executive director Bonnie Rodriguez recently announced the results of the fourth annual 5K Miami Wild Run and Family Fun Walk on Nov. 9 at Zoo Miami. “We are thrilled to report that there were 927 participants and a total of $79,856 in funds raised, which will help tremendously in our efforts to reach troubled teens in Miami-Dade County, through the message of the Gospel and with our talented staff of supportive youth leaders whose outreaches to young people continue to multiply.” The 5K Run and Fun Walk was presented by Baptist Health of South Florida, along with dozens of corporate sponsors including: The Courtelis Company; Fit 2 Run in Dadeland Mall; Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables; Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay; Falk Waas Hernandez Cortina Solomon & Bonner PA; Kirtland Financial Management Inc.; Marilyn Brown Photography; Sunstate Bank; TD Bank; Publix Supermarket; Mokher Plumbing; Ellie Mills State Farm Insurance Agency; Richard Burke State Farm Insurance Agency; Old Cutler Presbyterian Church; Mendez Insurance; LIFE FM Christian Radio, and Good News Publishing Company. The morning setup began before dawn, with a light rain, which threatened to increase in strength but, thankfully, did not, according to Rodriguez. “We rejoiced when the rain stopped, and we could begin our event on time.” The winner of the 5K run, with the fastest time was Bryan Sharkey, who completed the run in 16 minutes, 18 seconds. He received a gold “Wild Run” medal and a $100 gift card from “Fit 2 Run,” the run-

ner’s superstore in Dadeland Mall. First, second and third place finishers in each age/gender category received a “Wild Run” medal and top finishers also received “Fit 2 Run” gift cards. The top fundraiser received special “4-Park Hopper” passes to Walt Disney World. Along with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, donuts and coffee served by dozens of volunteers, there were several bounce houses for kids of all ages, plus the Imagination Playground that was provided by the Miami Children’s Museum. Special children’s games were led by various leaders of Miami Youth For Christ, too, as well as face painting, cotton candy and caricatures by local artist, Manny Cartoon, “just for kids, or kids at-heart.” LIFE FM Radio host James Shepard was the morning emcee, providing his quick wit and astute observations to the gathered crowd, while Burnie the Heat mascot joined in for a hilarious cup of coffee. Among those groups performing on stage were members of CATALYST, a Youth For Christ-sponsored program that connects with hip-hoppers, break dancers, deejays and graffiti artists. Live music was provided all morning long by Kendall Presbyterian Church Praise Band. The Children’s Voices Chorus, a community choir comprised of talented young boys and girls and under the direction of (Mrs.) Jamie Sutta, sang several songs, including an African-themed song to help wake up the zoo animals. If you want more information about Greater Miami Youth For Christ, or would like to become a volunteer, call the office, 9350 SW 79 Ave., at 305-271-2442. Next year’s 5K Miami Wild Run and Family Fun Walk at Zoo Miami is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8.

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Ultimate Miami Weekend winners crowned at Magic City Casino BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Ultimate Miami LLC — creator of Miami’s talent competitions showcasing local rising stars in the fields of mixology, entertainment and culinary arts — has announced the winners of Ultimate Miami Weekend Fall 2013. The Ultimate Miami Band was named on Nov. 7, Ultimate Miami Bartender on Nov. 8 and Ultimate Miami Voice on Nov. 9. Grand prize winners earned a cash prize of $5,000 and the title of Miami’s Ultimate. Each evening was highlighted with a performance by a nationally known entertainer, including Gin Blossoms, Tracy Morgan and Exposé. All events took place at Stage 305, Magic City Casino’s newest entertainment venue. The winners were: Ultimate Miami Band – Problem Kids; Ultimate Miami Bartender – Sergey Lebedev, representing The Local House, and Ultimate Miami Voice – Mailyn Cuadra.

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Chabad of Grove to present Avenue J alt-rock concert BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW-Miami) conducted its annual fundraising event Cocktails, Community and Connections on Nov. 14 at the CU-1 Gallery within the Historic Security Building in Downtown Miami. This year’s reception featured signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction with dozens of spectacular items, and a live band playing music all night. More

than 250 of Miami’s top commercial real estate professionals and business leaders mingled, celebrating their success this year and raising funds for the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade and CREW-Miami’s programs. Attendees included CREW-Miami president Margaret Nee; Alyce Robertson, executive director of Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, and Matt Haggman, Miami program director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Chabad of the Grove will present Avenue J, an alternative/Indie rock concert with a Jewish flavor and a lot of great music, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at The Barnacle, at 3485 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove. The historic Grove setting location and tropical hardwood hammock is the perfect setting for this groundbreaking event. Avenue J promises an evening under the stars with plenty of great new music. “We’re really excited to be offering this event at The Barnacle, which is an iconic Grove location and really beautiful for an outdoor evening event,” said Rabbi Getzy of Chabad in the Grove. “We’ll have the breezes from the bay and a setting of Old Florida history for this very New Age Florida event.” Because this is Alternative/Indie rock, the artists have widely differing styles, so there is likely to be something that will become a new favorite for everyone. Alternative and independent music is a good antidote to the mass-produced mainstream and, in the case of Avenue J, very much in keeping with the Chabad mission of promoting the enrichment of life through celebrations of Jewish culture. “Having these new artists bring their music to Coconut Grove, we feel, at Chabad, is a great way to reach people who might not ordinarily go to a Jewish or Chabad event,” Rabbi Fellig said. “Some of the music is more specifically Jewish, whether in style or in lyrics, some of it less so, but at all times we have something different going on, something

that nurtures the individual soul.” The concert’s headliners, “The Breslov Brothers,” are a story in themselves. Reality TV rock stars Ari and Gil Gat are brothers who perform classic rock standards while looking like the wedding band in Fiddler on the Roof. Their recent success on Rising Star — the Israeli answer to American Idol — is proof that the mainstream world loves their take on rock standards such as Hotel California and The Sound of Silence. Ultra-Orthodox Jews typically do not watch much TV and neither Ari nor Gil personally own a television set. “The Breslov Brothers” appearance at Avenue J will be their first appearance in the U.S. following their success on Israeli TV. Other artists hail from different parts of the U.S. Distant Cousins is a multi-layered collaboration of three musicians from Los Angeles; Levi Robin currently touring and opening for Matisyahu, comes from Brooklyn, and Aaron Holder is a local from Miami Beach. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit online at <www.avenuejfestival.com>. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from the website. Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the ambience of The Barnacle. Avenue J will be a night to remember and Chabad in the Grove is proud to be bringing this unique event to South Florida. Chabad in the Grove is the hub for all things Jewish in Coconut Grove and South Dade. Chabad offers a myriad events and services for the Jewish person, regardless of one’s background or affiliation.


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PortMiami Deep Dredge project moves forward BY ANDRIA C. MUÑIZ

PortMiami’s Deep Dredge project entered a new phase with commencement in late November of the actual dredging that will deepen the port’s main harbor channel to a depth of 50 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is managing the project that will be completed in approximately 18 months at the same time that the expanded Panama Canal is scheduled to open. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company LLC, the selected contractor for the project, began mobilizing its dredging equipment, including the hopper dredge, Terrapin Island, which has commenced dredging operations in the port’s Outer Channel. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez called the startup of the dredge a “major milestone” for not only PortMiami, but all of Florida which will benefit from increased trade opportunities once the expanded Panama Canal opens in 2015. “PortMiami will be the closest U.S. port to the Panama Canal able to accommodate the mega-size cargo vessels that require a 50 foot depth when at full capacity,” Gimenez said. “New trade opportunities translate into new jobs — the Deep Dredge will create thousands of permanent and well-paying jobs throughout the region.” PortMiami director Bill Johnson credited Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state legislature for moving the Deep Dredge project forward. The state is contributing $112 million to funding the $220 million project while Miami-Dade County’s share totals $108 million. “PortMiami will be big ship ready when the expanded Panama Canal opens in less than two years,” Johnson said. “The importance of the dredging project cannot be overstated.” Johnson said this is the first time that non-federal dollars are funding a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project. “We are grateful to the vision of our state and local leaders in moving this critical infrastructure improvement project forward,” Johnson said. “The investment in the Deep Dredge will pay dividends in years to come — making Florida an even

more powerful player in the global marketplace.” In addition to the significant economic impact, Johnson noted that the dredging project will adhere to the highest environmental standards. The project includes the restoration of more than 16 acres of seagrass in Biscayne Bay and the creation of nine acres of artificial reef. In order to minimize impact on existing resources, the port’s mitigation measures include the relocation of hard coral colonies. Additionally, divers will be onsite to monitor natural resources for turbidity and sedimentation effects before and during all dredging activities. The excavation will result in the removal of approximately 2.1 million cubic yards of material. Materials not used to create the environmental mitigation sites will be transported to the Ocean Dredged Material Disposal site. Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners chair Rebeca Sosa called the Deep Dredge one of the most important projects in the Port’s history. “PortMiami, already known worldwide as the Gateway to the Americas, is wellpositioned to capture new trade opportunities especially with ever-growing Asian markets,” Sosa said. Miami-Dade County Commission vice chair Lynda Bell, who heads the Commission Committee that oversees the seaport, also called the Deep Dredge an important economic catalyst. “PortMiami is South Florida’s second largest economic engine after Miami International Airport,” Bell said. “The dredging project will ensure that our seaport remains competitive in the global marketplace.” PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the Cruise Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000. For more information, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/portmiami>.


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2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan challenges the world’s best Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Cadillac’s all-new 2014 CTS sedan is just one honey of an automobile and the fact that Motor Trend magazine has named it “Car of the Year” only serves to underline my appreciation for it. The Cadillac brass has made no secret that the CTS is intended to go head to head with the likes of BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi, and this time Caddy intends to come out on top. This third-generation CTS sedan is based on the high-performing rear-drive architecture of the award-winning ATS sport sedan, moving Cadillac into the of midsize luxury class. It comes in as the segment’s lightest car and offers superbly agile driving dynamics. There’s a broad range of powertrains to choose from, including the all-new Cadillac Twin-Turbo V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission combination in the new CTS Vsport. It is the first twin-turbocharged engine ever offered by Cadillac and is the brand’s first eight-speed automatic.

The Twin-Turbo has 420 hp and 430 poundfeet of torque, making it the most powerdense six-cylinder engine in the segment. A pair of smaller turbochargers helps provide more immediate power on demand, with 90 percent of peak torque available from 2,500 rpm to 5,500 rpm. That gives the engine a broad torque curve and helps the CTS Vsport reach 60 mph in about 4.6 seconds. The 2014 CTS also is available with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter 321 hp V-6 also matched with the new paddle-shift eightspeed automatic in rear-wheel-drive models (or six-speed automatic with all-wheel drive) and a 2.0-liter, 272 hp turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed automatic. The new CTS sedan has a longer, lower and more athletic-looking proportion and evolves Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy. With five inches more in length, including a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, the roofline and cowl — the base of the windshield — are about an inch lower. Yet, the CTS sedan has a lower curb weight than the earlier model and weighs about 200 pounds less than its closest competitor. Lightweight features, including Cadillac’s first aluminum door structures, contribute to the lower weight and a 50/50 weight balance. And Magnetic Ride Control is available for the

New Cadillac CTS Sedan is longer and lower, with a wider grille and LED light guides for a technologically advanced look.

first time on CTS on base models. Cadillac’s shield grille and signature vertical lighting elements — including LED front signature lighting detail — evolve on the CTS. The grille is wider, with a more detailed texture, while the headlights flow up with the hood line, incorporating LED light guides for a technologically advanced appearance. Inside, a roomier, driver-centric cockpit interior with integrated technology and handcrafted appointments complements the exte-

rior. Eight available interior environments are offered, each trimmed with authentic wood, carbon fiber or aluminum. The MSRP on the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan ranges from $39,495 to $69,070. 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>.


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Choose a healthier you for the holidays and new year BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The holiday season brings joy — but it doesn’t have to bring unwanted pounds. Whether it’s your mom’s eggnog or Aunt Judy’s homemade holiday cookies, it can be tough to pass up those favorite holiday foods you taste only once a year. After all, ’tis the season to indulge, right? Before you reach for that next gingerbread cookie, think about this: Extra pounds can affect more than your ability to fit into your holiday party apparel. Being overweight also can increase your risk for cancer and other diseases. This holiday season, choose to put your health first. To stay well, the American Cancer Society recommends: • Maintaining a healthy weight throughout life;

This holiday season, choose to put your health first. • Staying active with at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week (or a combination of these), preferably spread throughout the week; • Eating a healthy diet emphasizing fruits and vegetables And limiting the amount of alcohol you drink. Struggling with those during the happy — but often hectic — holiday season? Here are a few tips: • Get off to a good start. Don’t go to a

party hungry. Snack on healthy, filling foods before you leave the house. If your stomach isn’t growling, you’ll be less tempted by high-calorie options. • Once you arrive, ask for a glass of water to help you feel full. And don’t head straight for the food — make a point of greeting friends or introducing yourself to new people. • Think small. When it does come time to eat, use a small plate and fill it first with healthy choices such as fresh fruit and veggies (going easy on the dip).

Leave just a little space for a bite of whatever decadent treat you’re craving, and eat that only after you’ve filled up on the more nutritious offerings. • Position yourself for success. If you’re standing by the buffet table or facing the food while seated, you’ll be tempted to graze. Turn your back to the table, and focus on having fun, not having food. • Avoid alcohol. Not only are alcoholic beverages loaded with calories, but drinking them tends to weaken your resolve to eat better. However, if you choose to consume alcohol, avoid heavy holiday drinks and stick with light beer or a glass of wine instead. For more tips on making healthy food choices, staying active year-round, and reducing your cancer risk, visit cancer.org or call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

ImageMaker Medical Spa Offers Latest Techniques, New Location ImageMaker, a fixture in medical aesthetics in Coral Gables since Miguel Angel Ortiz founded it in 1998 and who a couple of years ago joined partnership with Dr. Daniel Carpman, has moved to a new home. A brand-new office at 3014 Coral Way has a clean, modern look and features 12 treatment rooms, each with its own atmosphere of harmony and serenity. ImageMaker offers facials, body treatments for sculpting and weight loss, and numerous treatments for hair growth and removal. Fa-

cials feature microdermabrasion, deep treatment, massage, light therapy with Dermapod technology, activating collagen and other options. Medical aesthetics is a must-have for many people today, and ImageMaker offers the newest technologies for restoring and maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. Ortiz’ and Dr. Carpmans’ new brainchild is the installation of recessed LED lighting system in every treatment room. The color therapy may be applied to suit any situation. “If you are feeling fatigued, we can make the entire room red, which will help energize you. If you have been having anger problems, we will try to alleviate some of that with green. White brings clarity,” Ortiz says. There’s also yellow, purple and blue. “This is the only medical aesthetics establishment to offer this color therapy treatment enhancement,” Miguel Angel adds. Twelve aestheticians are on staff at ImageMaker. The several medical doctors who practice at ImageMaker have decades of experience; Dr. Daniel Carpman a Skin Care Specialist and argentinian dermatologist, Dr. Jorge Gaviria in hair transplant surgery and Dr. Jeffrey Lagrasso in plastic surgery. ImageMaker also provides spe-

cialists in laser hair removal and treatments that stimulate hair growth. ImageMaker is popular with female and male clients alike. “We take hair off, and we put hair on, I like to say, for him and for her,” Miguel Angel says. Miguel Angel designed the floor plan of the new establishment at 3014 Coral Way as well as the color therapy system. He has been an expert in permanent makeup and medical aesthetic procedures for 25 years. After consultation, clients can choose from

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

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

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