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Alvarez to tell his side of story at Feb. 7 meeting

BY RICHARD YAGER

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Pro-active policing credited with reducing crime in area

VITA offers free tax help to low-income residents

BY RICHARD YAGER

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wo officers who arrested a pair of robbery suspects by spotting a tattoo demonstrate the continuing need for “pro-active police work,” declared Maj. Alexander D. Casas who heads the Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District. “This is the kind of dayto-day vigilance that has proven one key for reducing crime throughout the district during the past year,” he told a Jan. 26 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting at the Hammocks District headquarters. Officers Al Gamez and Ariel Visciglia were named “Officers of the Month” for their arrest of two subjects in a separate location after their earlier involvement in a store robbery. Honored for teamwork, the two officers were recognized by Maj. Casas who emphasized their ability to connect unrelated incidents through awareness of neighborhood areas. Major Alexander Casas recaps year for Miami-Dade “It’s the kind of day-to- Police Hammocks District. day police work that keeps our crime rate low,” Maj. Casas said, adding that with –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See page 4 the single exception of

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iami Dade College (MDC) is continuing its long-standing commitment to help low-income, elderly, and non-English-speaking residents complete their 2010 taxes with the “always free” Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program is administered and staffed by faculty and MDC business students who volunteer their time to help the public in preparing their tax forms. Students are trained beforehand and must pass an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) exam of basic rules, regulations, and tax preparation skills before they assist taxpayers. Divided into three groups, their functions are administrative, tax return preparation, and quality review. The VITA program was started decades ago by the IRS in an attempt to help those who need specialized attention in preparing their tax forms. All MDC VITA sites have the ability to file electronically. Now in its 17th year of providing free tax assistance to the community,

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VITA, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ALVAREZ, from page 1 –––––––––––– MDC’s Business Department chair Dr. Ana M. Cruz said the program “has been very successful over the years because of our attention to quality.” She added, “MDC faculty supervises each tax assistance site to make sure tax returns are accurate and properly filed with the Internal Revenue Service.” Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than Apr. 18. (Apr. 15 is a holiday in the District of Columbia.) Individuals interested in having their taxes done through the MDC VITA program must bring the following documents to the center with them: • Social Security card and the Social Security cards of any dependents to be claimed; • Picture ID; • W-2 earnings statement; • 1099 MISC (for self-employed individuals only); • 1099 INT (interest income), and • Any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed (receipts, etc.). Below is a list of IRS/MDC VITA tax

service locations in the area, their schedules and contact information: Homestead Campus, 500 College Terr., Room D307, Homestead, FL 33030, by appointment only, through Apr. 7; contact — José Luis Hortensi, VITA coordinator at 305-237-5143; languages spoken — English and Spanish. Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St., Room 6343/Business Office in Room 6319, Miami, FL 33176; 2-5 p.m. Feb. 8 through Apr. 7; contact — (Laura) Hoa N. Burrows, VITA coordinator at 305-237-2283; By appointment only, last appointment is at 4 p.m. Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Ave., ETCOTA Center, Room 7109, Miami, FL 33132; 1-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through Apr. 5 (closed Mar. 1); contact — Christine Balmori, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-3151; languages spoken — English and Spanish. The center will be accepting customers until 3:30 p.m. and will serve a maximum of 25 customers per Tuesday, whichever comes first.

His annual “State of the County” address is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., in the Government Center Commission Chambers, 111 NW First St. “Our Kendall audience will get to ask the mayor questions, so it is very important that six weeks before the recall election our community will get to hear his answers,” said Michael Rosenberg, recently elected member of the KFHA Board of Governors chairing a new drive for expanded membership. “It should be quite a rewarding evening, and we have no idea what to expect from our audience,” he added. “That alone could make it newsworthy!” In defending his policies, Alvarez has pointed to his support of the Urban Development Boundary, retaining state funding for the Port of Miami tunnel project, creating the Miami-Dade Wi-Fi (wireless broadband) and backing a series of programs aiding seniors through his “Initiative on Aging.” Attending KFHA meetings for the past 24

POLICING, from page 1 ––––––––––– aggravated assault and battery crimes, “every category of crime was reduced during the past year, compared with a year ago. “We had less than 175 robberies for the past year, an overall reduction of 30 percent, a remarkable figure,” he continued. “For the entire year, we had 187 stolen cars. For a district like unincorporated Kendall with over 300,000 people, those are remarkable figures. “Both residential and commercial burglaries saw reductions of 11 percent, really amazing when you consider the size and growth of our area.” Maj. Casas attributed a 19 percent upturn in the single assault category “to the continued activity of area gangs — mostly during summer months when they are most active.

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years, Alvarez is stumping for voter support in familiar grounds where he first served as a Kendall District police lieutenant from 1981 to 1983, later becoming district commander as a major from 1987 to 1989 before promotion to Chief of the South District from 1988 to 1991. He purchased his first home in West Kendall in 1979, residing in the area for more than 20 years where his children attended Kendall schools and he coached a West Kendall Optimist Club Little League team. First elected mayor in November 2004, Alvarez was reelected to a second term in August 2008. He is responsible for management of all administrative departments within the county following a voter decision in January 2007 that created a strong mayor form of government. Overseeing a budget of more than $7 billion and 27,000 employees, he claims his administration “is a leaner, more efficient organization that is spending less while still providing programs and services that residents have come to expect and rely on,” according to a statement from Victoria Mallette, communications director in the mayor’s office.

“Actually, we’re fortunate in that the related gang activity we have is not connected to narcotics and is largely non-violent,” he added. He credited teams of four to five officers answering single complaints “as another key to solving crime quickly, helped a great deal by citizens who call immediately when they are suspicious of potential crimes being committed. “The quicker our officers can get to the scene and interview witnesses for descriptions, the better we can locate and identify suspects through continued pro-active involvement of our police in neighborhoods they patrol.” Asked about tighter budgeting, Maj. Casas said, “We are striving to maintain the basic service levels, rather than enhance what we already do. Conscientious, proactive police work is significantly helping reduce crime levels in our area.”

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Rental car SunPass? You’ll have to check it out Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Wish we had a good answer for Peter S. of New York City who read our recent report on SunPass use for those who rent cars for occasional trips to South Florida. “I was shocked to read your recent front page article (re: “SunPass Only Starts Feb. 19 on Turnpike”)” writes this occasional visitor, wondering how he can use the Turnpike Extension, driving a rental car from Fort Lauderdale Airport to Exit 19 (SW 120th Street, just below the Snapper Creek Service Plaza). Turnpike/SunPass folks have worked out arrangements to have rental car agencies rebill any pre-installed SunPass transponder unit. However, each rental car company has its own rules and regulations to determine how vehicle renters reimburse tolls registered on registered rental tag numbers.

One company asks a $25 deposit as part of the agreement; others assess fees for daily, weekly and monthly use of the transponder. It all winds up with SunPass folks warning that “for more information on specific rental car programs, please contact your local rental car agency as each has separate programs and fees associated with electronic toll usage.” Peter S. concludes his note by saying he thought of contacting SunPass directly, but opted for our advice since bureaucracies are “quite insensitive” to such issues. Good luck in dealing with your rental car “bureaucracy,” Pete. Just hope they’re the kind that appreciates Florida-bound customers. Commissioner Javier Souto is CoPrime Sponsor of Item 4A on first reading of the Tuesday, February 1 agenda, along with Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, which proposes the Board of County Commissioners as a “true legislative policy-making body” like the Florida Legislature and Congress. The ordinance will require the Mayor, the County Manager, any Department Director or any-

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one from the Administrative Branch of County Government to secure a Commissioner to sponsor an item they want to place on the Board of County Commission Agenda. That will “once and for all” separate the Legislative Branch from the Executive Branch of Government, says Souto. Currently those lines are blurred since the Mayor, County Manager and all Departments sponsor policy-making legislation all the time, with power to veto Commission sponsored items and administer those same policies, he adds. Good-natured palaver occurred between Maj. Alexander Casas who heads Hammock District Police and outspoken activist Lawrence Percival when revealed the sometimes-controversial Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations officer will receive a special commendation from Mayor Carlos Alvarez, acknowledging his service to the community over 30-plus years. Presentation is due to be made at the County Commission Chambers, 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, before the day’s agenda begins. Lago Mar Park at SW 162nd Avenue

and SW 80th Street getting needed improvements, including new basketball courts, a pet comfort station and an ADAapproved drinking fountain, plus assorted water and drain field connections to prevent flooding backflows. Construction to start early in February, reports Commissioner Joe Martinez. Not for publication: newly-organizing Political Action Committee forming in Kendall under the name “1896” with details to be announced in February. Meanwhile, scratching your head shouldn’t take too long to figure out why that date is important in history in these parts…or will it? Thought for the Day: We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life. — Sir William Osler

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County government in trouble with the Feds, again? R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINT KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The word “again” seems to be the most frequently used word in the English language when it comes to talking about problems with Miami-Dade County government’s ability, or better said inability, to keep a good set of accounting records in its various departments. Why “again,” today? Because, today the federal government is “again” questioning our county’s accounting procedures and making demands. This time they are questioning Miami-Dade Housing Authority’s accountability for moneys received from Washington. As a result of the findings, HUD is asking for the return of $3.6 million. County government, unlike the federal government, must live on the revenues it generates. It cannot borrow money to fund the day-to-day operations of our county. So we must cut expenses, maximize the collection of funds due the county, and work to make our county government more efficient.

Thus, it is most important to maintain a good set of books and records as every dollar received is so very critical to our existence. The last thing our county government, or should I say the taxpayers of the county needs, is federal funds we qualified to obtain being cut off or even worse being asked to return — moneys once received and spent. What is so horrifying is the fact that the $3.6 million HUD is asking to be returned was given to us to, in part, to create jobs — the one thing we so desperately need. What is the problem? The county can’t say where the money went. We spent the money. Don’t know who got it. So it must go back to Washington — unfortunately, more than likely out of the general operating fund of the county. This is not the first time the Miami-Dade Housing Authority has had record keeping problems with Washington. Just two years ago, following a massive HUD audit of the housing department’s record keeping, HUD took control of the department away for local administration and put its Washington staff in control. It took our county administrators 15 months, under Washington’s supervision, to prove that it had resolved the accounting problems and was entitled to take back control of the department.

I would suggest that George Burgess, our county manager, the man responsible for the administration of our county government, put to use the experience he developed as director of Management and Budget and then as assistant county manager responsible for the budget. He, better than anyone in county government, should know how to manage the books of the county. Burgess, it is rumored, is seeking the job as the senior administrator at the county hospital, Jackson Memorial. He knows that if the mayor is removed from office as a result of the current recall in progress, the new mayor, elected or appointed, will bring in his or her own top administrator as the new county manager. So my advice to the county manager is clean up our county’s accounting system and resolve the recurring fiscal problems with the federal government. You know how to do it. If your assistant county managers, especially running transit and housing can’t do the job, fire and replace them.

You have the authority. Departmental friendships you have developed over the years just don’t count any more. You have a job to do — so do it! Especially, if you feel you will be out jobhunting in a few months. And here is my advice to the mayor and county commissioners: We elected you to run a clean county government. Do it or you too will be replaced. A few of you, Mr. Mayor and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, already understand the anger of the community. Start paying attention to those of us that elected you and stop paying so much attention to your friends who fund your election campaigns and benefit from your elected offices. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Are smart phones really smart enough to trust? Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH Here’s a news flash that might prove of interest to all you techies out there. Consumer experts claim that over the next year or so, smart phones likely will start outselling home computers. However, as many people will tell you, smart phones can be very useful now. If you are using your computer to figure out your finances and taxes you already can dial up your tax returns right from your smart phone. The question is, are they really smart enough to trust with your taxes? Nobody likes doing their taxes, but home computers and all the sophisticated software programs available on the market right now make it a lot easier to figure out. Still, it’s not a secret that technology always changes. Smart phones already are taking over almost everything a computer can do. No wonder then that a growing number of smart phone tax apps are being released for this year’s tax season, which ends on Monday, Apr. 18. They’re being published by a growing number of big name tax companies. The companies claim they can help you put together your tax return and even e-file it to the IRS, even from the comfort of your own phone. But before you start spending, take note. Some financial planners say: Not so fast! Josh Mungavin of Coral Gables based Evensky and Katz Financial Planners says, “Most people can go to the IRS website

and fill out their tax returns and e-file it for free. The keyboards and screens are a lot bigger and it’s a lot easier working on all those figures than working on your phone screen.” That’s a good point, but if you still want to try, and don’t mind the small screen and tiny keyboards, look for tax apps that also offer tax tips either online or on the phone. They’re handy in case you need any assistance. Also, make sure it can e-file your return to the IRS. And don’t forget about checking out any security features they may include because you will be storing and sending your most personal financial data. You should consider double-checking the store reviews offered by other customers who have purchased them online. CBSMiami.com webmaster Dave Game, a long-time tech guru, suggests that consumers check out the reviews before buying them to see what other people who bought them thought of how they performed. The smart phone tax apps are available for iPhone and Android platforms. They usually cost under $10 and many are offered for free. It’s also possible that the cost of these apps are tax deductible. Before trying to file your taxes by smart phone, you still need to know what tax information you will need to complete your filing. So it’s best to start compiling your information as soon as you can. However, if you have many deductions or investments, or any other tax complications, you may need to file a more complicated tax return and consider the advice of a tax professional. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at cbsMiami.com.

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Even in economic downturn, community moves forward BY CARLOS ALVAREZ Mayor, Miami-Dade County

Doing nothing is never an answer. Warren Buffet once said, “We live in an uncertain world. What is certain is that the United States will go forward over time.” The same holds true for Miami-Dade County. Even in the midst of an economic downturn, our community is moving forward. Our goal has been to hold critical services together at a time when people need them most, and make strategic investments critical to our future success. There are signs we are on the road to recovery. Private sector employment is picking up, as are retail sales. Tourism, our No. 1 industry, is strong and trade at our airport and seaport is increasing. To stay competitive and continue improving the lives of all our residents, we are investing in tomorrow, creating jobs today, and positioning Miami-Dade to emerge from the economic downturn better and stronger. Some of our investments are still years away from being realized, but others are taking root. Miami International Airport is a changed place. A once outdated airport now

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The call has gone out and families throughout South Florida won’t want to miss “The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head,” a new interactive exhibit now open at the Miami Children’s Museum on Watson Island. Sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, the exhibit is scheduled to run through May 15. The much-loved Mr. Potato Head character will lead young visitors and parents on a number of fun and educational adventures. From trips to outer space to jungle safaris and archeological digs, each activity will provide children with engaging learning experiences. The exotic and fanciful exhibit is designed to develop school readiness and academic skills for young children, focusing on literacy, problem solving, mathematics, science and social studies. It is based on developmental milestones set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and national academic standards. The 2,500-square-foot exhibit, targeted to children ages 3 to 8, was creat- Explore the oceans with Mr. Potato Head in “Spud ed by Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Overboard” exhibit. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Children’s Museum in collaboration with Playskool, the infant/preschool toy divi- Coustato will take visitors on an underwater sion of Hasbro Inc. Visitors will find interac- adventure where they can build fanciful reefs, meet a friendly octopus and wise clam, and tive play areas within the exhibit, including: Welcome — The fun begins with an awe- enjoy simulated snorkeling adventures. Guests inspiring collection of Mr. Potato Head parts will learn by finding small surprises and a sea and accessories as well as an anthology to horse race in the kelp bed, operating the spud depict the character’s wild adventures. Special sub, experimenting with sounds from above books let visitors see themselves wearing dif- and below the waves, and generating underwaferent hats at future careers in the “What’s ter sparkle using the sub’s disco-ball antenna. Ahead for You?” activity sponsored by Spud Safari — Finally, while roaming junManpower Inc. gles with Mr. Potato Head, visitors can enjoy Space SPUD (Space Potatoes United for a pretend mudslide or venture inside a cave in Discovery) — Here, visitors can join search of mysterious objects. Guests should Commander Mr. Potato Head aboard the listen carefully to identify sounds in the junSPUD space station, where they’ll learn about gle, discover camouflaged and hidden crearepair and maintenance to the station. tures, and gain a different perspective when Children can sit in and control their journey they use special lenses and cameras to see the from the commander’s chair, use the inter- world through the eyes of silly birds, bugs and galactic translator, explore the galaxy and con- animals. duct experiments at the isolation glove box. The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head is an Spud Quest — While on an archeological adventure of self-discovery for the whole family, dig in search of the statue of King Tato, visi- only at Miami Children’s Museum, 980 tors will need to decipher “tatoglyphs” and MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island in solve mazes to find the statue’s secret caché. Miami. Entrance to the exhibit is included in Guests will use special maps to explore the each regular admission to the museum. treasure chamber and excavate the dig site to Admission is $15 for adults and children, $12 for uncover fun artifacts from the King’s past, Florida residents, and free for children under 1 while reconstructing the King’s crown and year. Admission for members is complimentary. weighing the discoveries in Mr. Potato Head’s For more information contact the museum research tent. at 305-373-KIDS (5437) or visit online at Spud Overboard — Ocean explorer Jacques <www.miamichildrensmuseum.org>.

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Latest Disney On Ice coming to Miami, Mar. 30 to Apr. 3 BY AMELIA GOMEZ

Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! brings more than 50 Disney characters to Miami this spring for one colossal party on ice. This action-packed, all-new show features a magical montage of celebrations and is set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! is performing in Miami from Mar. 30 to Apr. 3 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Tickets go on sale to the public on Feb. 11. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with

the Disney Villains, and more in the celebration of the century. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! will be a memorable and uplifting experience for the whole family! Show Times for the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami: Wednesday, Mar. 30, 7 p.m.; Thursday, Mar. 31, 7 p.m. (in Spanish); Friday, Apr. 1, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Apr. 2, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Apr. 3, 1 and 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 (front row seats), $40 (VIP), $30, $25 and $16 All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at <www.ticketmaster.com> or your local FYE or WalMart. For group rates and information, call 1-866-2488740 or 786-777-4385. To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to <www.disneyonice.com>.


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Columbus’ Odio receives full scholarship to Boston College Eddie Odio signs a letter of intent to play for Boston College.

BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Eddie Odio, a 6-foot-7 senior at Christopher Columbus High School, will be playing basketball for Boston College next year. Odio signed a full scholarship offer on the first day of the signing period. Odio, a West Kendall resident, is the son of Barry University Coach Cesar Odio, who was a star at Columbus High and Florida Southern, and grandson of the former Miami city manager Cesar Odio. It was no surprise that Odio was highly recruited. He was named to the All MiamiDade Basketball Team both his sophomore and junior seasons and a nominee for MiamiDade Athlete of the Year two years running. “More than 20 schools had contacted me through phone calls, emails, or sending a letter to my home,” Odio said. “Boston College was the first school to offer a scholarship. That’s what I wanted. There were other schools recruiting me at the time but I felt it was the best fit.” He likes the BC system and felt it was a good match for his style of play. Not only was the program a good match for him, Odio said he loves the city of Boston and the Boston Red Sox are his favorite team, as evidenced by his dog, who is named Fenway. BC Coach Steve Donahue came to watch Odio at an open gym at the end of the past school year. Odio said his dad received the call about the scholarship and they discussed the offer. “My whole family agreed that it was the best choice,” he said. Dad Cesar said they always wanted Eddie to go to a great academic school and Boston College fits that requirement.

“And we always wanted him to play for a great coach who cares about kids,” Coach Odio said. Eddie Odio expects to play small forward or shooting guard. Although he’s 6feet-7, two of the new recruits are taller, at 6-feet-11 and 7 feet. While Odio has been playing all his life, including in the basketball league at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, on travel teams and school teams, Odio said his dad made sure he kept a low profile. “He didn’t want me getting spoiled with all the AAU hoopla,” Eddie said. His father said they wanted him to develop and enjoy basketball and let nature take its course because Eddie was going to be a late bloomer. In fact, they didn’t think Eddie would be taller than 6-feet-2. “We never thought he’d grow into the kind of player he is now. We’re ecstatic and proud of him,” Coach Odio said. “When he was small he was skinny and he was a shooter. Now he’s athletic. He’s a great kid and he’s worked awfully hard since he was 5 years old.” That low profile included going to Miami Christian, a small school where he honed his skills his freshman and sophomore years. “Dad was a star at Columbus which is why I didn’t go to Columbus at first,” young Odio said. “But I wanted to move on to bigger school to help me get ready for college.” So for his last two years, Odio transferred to Columbus where his dad had been a star. He handled the transition well, leading Columbus to a 22-4 season, losing to Krop in the regional finals last year. This year Columbus is poised to take another run at going deep into the playoffs.

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GS Troop 940 bridges into Senior Girl Scouts BY YANEISY BLANCO

The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida has announced that Troop 940, comprised of 14 ninth graders, has bridged to Senior Girl Scouts. The troop is under the leadership of Wendy Armstrong and Pat Gladieux. The young ladies come from the following high schools: Coral Reef, Ferguson, Gulliver, MAST, Palmer, Palmetto, Ransom and Terra. Each is active in numerous clubs in school and young female service organizations outside of school such as Junior Opera Guild, Symphonettes and Twenty Little Working Girls. Most of the girls started in the troop when they were in kindergarten as Daisies in the Girl Scout Council and have stayed active in Girl Scouting continuously for nearly 10 years. They will be rewarded with the 10year membership pin at the end

of this year. Each dynamic young lady has earned her Bronze Award and Silver Award. The troop also has started the requirements to complete their Gold Award during the next two years. The Senior Girl Scouts in Troop 940 are Kendall Armstrong, Wendy Armstrong, Alex Azari, Valerie Cambronne, Francesca Castan, Camille Plunkett, Renee Dobrinsky, Libby Evans, Rachel Forment, Camille Gladieux, Hannah Kealy, Kirby Landon, Karina Pietra, Christie Stiver and Julia Telisch. “Congratulations to Troop 940 for their hard work and continuous dedication to Girl Scouting,” said Maria Tejera, CEO of the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. For more information on the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, visit online at <www.girlscoutsfl.org> or call 305-253-4841.

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Step into the past with Black History bus tours BY KARLA DAMIAN

Miami-Dade Transit’s Black History Tours explore the chronicles and landmarks that make up Miami-Dade County’s rich and vibrant AfricanAmerican communities. The tours, which remain a popular outing for local residents, are given free of charge onboard Miami-Dade Transit buses. Bus operators, well-versed in the historic importance of the landmarks visited, narrate the approximately three-and-one-halfhour tours. Initially created as a contribution to the celebration of Black History Month, the tours will be offered on Saturday, Feb. 19, and Saturday, Feb. 26, starting at 8:30 a.m., with the last tour departing at 10:30 a.m.

Buses will depart from the Stephen P. Clark Center at 111 NW First St. in downtown Miami. Tour buses will visit historic sites in Overtown, where African-Americans first settled in the county as early as 1896; in Coconut Grove, where the original Bahamian settlers first built their homes; in Brownsville, where famous singer Billie Holiday kept a permanent residence in Georgette’s Tea Room, and other locations. Seats on the tour are available on a firstcome, first-served basis. There is no need to make a reservation. For more information about the tours, visit MDT’s website at <www.miamidade.gov/transit>, or call 3-11. If calling from outside of Miami-Dade County, call 305-468-5900; TTY users call 305-499-8971.

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Benefit fashion show on Feb. 5 to honor children COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Friends of the Mercy Foundation will be in the spotlight on Feb. 5 for the annual “Me and My Daddy” Fashion Show fundraiser luncheon, benefiting the foundation. Dads, granddads and uncles will join sons, daughters, nieces and nephews, posing for the cameras and showing off their choice of Disney costumes. The fashion show takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the JW Marriott Miami on Brickell Avenue. It is an important cause that helps raise funds to advance, promote and support the Catholic healthcare ministries and Catholic healthcare mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Augustine, FL. For information, call 305-285-2711. AEROPOSTALE AT THE FALLS CONDUCTS ANNUAL TEENS FOR JEANS CAMPAIGN Now through Feb. 3, join the people of Aeropostale as they urge you to drop off your gently worn jeans to the Aéropostale store located at the Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136 Street. They will be donating the jeans to the Miami Rescue Mission. As thanks, you will get an additional 25 percent off your next

pair of Aero jeans. For information, call 305-469-4667.

ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES ANNOUNCES FUTURE MEETINGS The Rotary Club of Coral Gables meets every Thursday at noon at the Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave. On Feb. 3, key speaker Tony Villamil, dean of St. Thomas University, will be giving a lecture about the U.S. and South Florida’s economy. On Feb. 10, join Charles Miller, director of development at the International Children’s Heart Foundation, as he talks about the effects that the world’s No. 1 birth defect has on kids in third world countries. For more information about this event, call 1-866-716-8108. MAYOR WALLACE TO SPEAK ON BLACK HISTORY, FEB. 7 The Homestead Center for the Arts Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series will feature Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace as its Black History speaker on Feb. 7, noon, at the Florida City Commission Chambers, 404 West Palm Dr. An optional simple lunch will be avail-

able outside the chambers at 11:30 a.m. by reservation. Mayor Wallace will speak about his experiences growing up in South MiamiDade County. He is the longest serving African-American elected official in the state of Florida, having been elected to the Florida City Commission in 1976 and to the office of mayor in 1984. Parking is available to the east and west of City Hall. Reservations for lunch at $10 can be made by calling Barbara Millenbruch at 305-230-9185 before noon on Feb. 4. For more information, call 305-248-0976 or 305-230-9185. C.I.A.S.F. TO HOST DISCUSSION ON PANAMA CANAL EXPANSION The Commercial Industrial Association of South Florida (CIASF) will host a discussion on Feb. 18 regarding the upcoming

Panama Canal Expansion project. The discussion will take place at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Ticket prices for members are $40, $65 for non-members and $75 the day of the event. For RSVP information, send email to <info@ciasf.com>. CONSUMER SERVICES DEPT. BEGINS SMALL CLAIMS COURT CLINICS SERIES The Miami-Dade County Consumer Services Department (CSD) will launch its 2011 series of Small Claims Court Clinics on Feb. 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St. This will be the first of six clinics sched-

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Guy Harvey to create poster for Coconut Grove Arts Fest BY MELISSA NOBLES

Renowned marine wildlife artist and conservationist Guy Harvey has been selected to create the 2011 poster for the 48th annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Feb. 19-21. Admired for his unique blend of sincere scientific observation and exploratory artistry, Harvey’s work comes as result of complete and utter devotion to the subjects he paints. He is most widely recognized for his brightly colored depiction of warm water marine sport fish in their natural settings, with media including water color, oil and acrylic. His original paintings and his depictions of sea life also have been featured as wall murals and in apparel lines popular with sport fishermen. Poster for 2011 Coconut Grove Arts Festival by Guy Harvey Growing up in –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jamaica, Harvey spent many hours fishing and diving with his munity into better understanding marine father. While he often replicated the natural biodiversity and protecting the world’s creations he observed daily in paintings, fisheries. “With Biscayne Bay serving as its backhis fascination with marine biology initially drew him to a career in the sciences. He drop, it would seem only natural that the attended Scotland’s Aberdeen University, festival select an artist who represents the graduating with highest honors in Marine true South Floridian spirit and champions Biology in 1977, and shortly after obtained the inspirational beauty of the place we call a doctorate in Fisheries Management from home,” said Monty Trainer, president of the Grove Arts Festival. the University of the West Indies. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is proHe returned to Jamaica in 1985 and exhibited a series of 44 original pen and ink duced by the non-profit Coconut Grove drawings which depicted the story of “The Arts and Historical Association. Proceeds Old Man and the Sea.” A result of the exhi- help fund year-round arts programs and bition’s success, Harvey began painting benefit a building fund that will create a full time by 1988 and began traveling the permanent home for the Arts Festival. The world to gain more knowledge of marine association also maintains the Coconut life, diving into the world of underwater Grove Arts Festival Gallery and presents special exhibitions throughout the year photography and painting. Harvey also is an advocate for marine from its location at the Shoppes at Mayfair. Since its inception in 1963, the associaconservation and the cofounder of the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova tion has awarded more than $100,000 in Southeastern University in Fort scholarships to students who attend fine Lauderdale, as well as the Guy Harvey arts programs in local schools. For more information or to purchase Ocean Foundation. His leadership in assisting to provide necessary scientific informa- tickets for the Grove Arts Festival online, tion has advanced the marine biology com- visit <www.CGAF.com>.

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Bet Shira Congregation’s Mitzvah Day set Feb. 13 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Bet Shira Congregation, located at 7500 SW 120 St. in Pinecrest, recognizes the great importance of community involvement and volunteerism. For the 22nd consecutive year, the Bet Shira Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring its annual Mitzvah Day of Community Service on Sunday, Feb. 13, to help many South Florida non-profit organizations. We hear the terms Tikkun Olam and Mitzvah, but do we know what they really mean? “As Jews, we believe that lives should be steeped in Mitzvot, sacred deeds, and believe that we are partners with God in transforming the world and bringing about Tikkun Olam, the restoration of all that is broken,” said Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei, spiritual leader of the Bet Shira Congregation. “With that in mind, every day is really Mitzvah Day, but by dedicating one day to this sacred task, we hope to raise awareness of our obligations throughout the rest of the year,” Schuldenfrei continued. “As a new rabbi in this community, one of the things that attracted me to Bet Shira was its sense of dedication to Mitzvah Day and its recognition in the larger importance of Tikkun Olam. “I am amazed by all the volunteers and all the positive energy that this day generates. Our synagogue’s Tikkun Olam Committee, co-chaired by Paul Papier and Barry Wright, is exceptional; it makes me proud to be a rabbi,” Schuldenfrei concluded. “Mitzvah Day for the past two decades has served the Bet Shira Congregation as a great opportunity to introduce intergenerational members of the congregation and the Greater Miami community to volunteering” said Cantor Mark Kula of this 5,000-plusmember Conservative Congregation serving South Miami-Dade County. Rabbi Schuldenfrei and Cantor Kula both believe that “repairing the world starts close to home by performing good deeds in the community.” “People of all backgrounds and religious denominations are encouraged to come together to start the year off with a good deed,” said Carol Stein, chair for the Mitzvah Day event. “Come bring your donations, give blood, share a nosh at Bet Shira and see for yourself that there really is something for everyone. “The community can make a difference! It’s a Mitzvah!” continued Stein, who has served as the annual Mitzvah Day event

“People of all backgrounds and religious denominations are encouraged to come together to start the year off with a good deed.” Carol Stein, chair for the Mitzvah Day event

chair for the past 15 years. Beginning at 9 a,m, on Sunday, Feb. 13, Bet Shira congregants, Jewish Education Center students, Early Childhood families, teens, seniors and children of all school ages will join forces on this special Mitzvah Day to help clean up the environment, entertain children, comfort seniors, visit organizations, organize, collect and deliver needed goods throughout the Miami-Dade Community. School-age activities include assembling toiletry kits for the homeless, making sandwiches for the hungry, assembling lunch bags to be delivered to Camillus House and working with craft projects for seniors. Another project this year will include serving lunch to the residents at the Community Partnership for Homeless shelter in Homestead as well as planning games and activities for the resident children. The annual, ever-successful Bet Shira Blood Drive also will take place at the synagogue. For those volunteers that are outdoor enthusiasts, there will be gardening in the morning in several areas at Zoo Miami which includes pruning, weeding and general clean-up. Due to the popularity of this activity, now also included on Mitzvah Day is gardening and maintenance at the Pinecrest Gardens, which is scheduled in the afternoon after the zoo. At Bet Shira Congregation, volunteers will be sorting the donations of clothing, toiletries, books, toys, medical supplies and cell phones. Once sorted, these donations will be distributed to organizations such as the Miami Rescue Mission, Community Partnership for Homeless Center, Lotus House, Open Door Health Center, Project Cradle Camp For Children and Women’s Shelters. For more information, and to find out how you can help, call Bet Shira Congregation synagogue office at 305-2382601, visit <www.betshira.org> or to volunteer, contact the Mitzvah Day Committee at 305-232-1422.


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Pianist Gabriela Montero to play in Miami, Feb. 11 BY DAVID BERRY

inauguration of President Barack Obama. Sprinkled in between have been high proInternationally renowned pianist file performances with the New York and Gabriela Montero will dazLos Angeles philharmonic zle listeners and critics orchestras and several critiwith her one-of-a-kind cally acclaimed album style and improvisational releases. skills in Miami on Friday, Montero’s EMI-produced Feb. 11, at the Gusman Bach and Beyond album Center for the Performing introduced her to a United Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. States audience that Montero’s improvisaembraced her wholeheartedtional skills separate her ly, driving the album to its from today’s pack of classistatus as a Billboard bestcal pianists. seller in 2006. Her 2008 “I connect to my audialbum Baroque received ence in a completely five-star reviews from Gabriela Montero unique way — and they authorities that included –––––––––––––––––––––– connect with me,” she said. BBC Music Magazine, and “Because improvisation is such a huge part her October 2010 album Solatino is on of who I am, it is the most natural and pace to continue her trend of stellar album spontaneous way I can express myself.” releases. Montero’s credits include appearances For information, visit <www.risekernon 60 Minutes, a Grammy award nomina- presents.com>. Tickets now are available tion, and the honor of performing at the from $30 at <www.ticketmaster.com>.

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Porsche Cayenne has new look, more technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2011 edition of the Porsche Cayenne marks the second generation for this luxury sport SUV and it is a beautiful, comfortable and capable piece of automotive machinery. There are substantial changes in the new Cayenne, including the addition of V-6 and Hybrid models to augment the existing V-8 and turbocharged V-8 models. Cayenne also has an all-new look, with two inches more length and new styling to the front, sides and rear. At the same time, Porsche designers have shaved 400 pounds from the overall weight by adding some new technology and using aluminum for the hood, doors and decklid. This year’s Cayenne is better equipped than the previous generation. There’s a new lightweight All Wheel Drive system with a multi-plate clutch to manage torque between the front and rear axles, eliminating the need for a reduction gearbox and saving another 73 pounds. Here’s brief look at the 2011

Cayenne lineup: Cayenne V-6 for $47,600 is the entry level Cayenne and comes with a 300 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission that helps hike fuel efficiency by 20 percent. Cayenne S for $63,700 comes with a 4.8liter 400 hp V-8 that delivers a significant decrease in fuel consumption. Cayenne S Hybrid for $67,700 has a supercharged 333 hp V-6 with a 47-hp electric motor; clocks 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds; hybrid system uses a 288-volt nickel metalhydride Sanyo battery stored beneath the luggage compartment; is the cleanest, greenest vehicle ever produced by Porsche. Cayenne Turbo for $104,800; (our test vehicle for the week) powered by a 500 hp, twin-turbo, 4.8-liter V-8; is amazingly quick and responsive. Comes with Porsche’s new eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with wide gear ratios and more efficient heat management through engine and transmission cooling technology. New technology on the Cayenne this year also includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTVP), which uses variable torque distribution on the rear wheels and an electronically controlled rear axle differential lock to increase handling and stability in turns. The system automatically brakes the inside rear

Restyled Porsche Cayenne is two inches longer and weighs less with aluminum hood, doors and decklid.

wheel in corners to help the Cayenne turn. All Cayennes (except the Turbo) come standard with steel suspension, but for the first time it can be combined with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as an option. It is a sophisticated system that provides active, infinite damper control on the front and rear axle. It has a choice of the three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The Cayenne Turbo comes with a new air suspension system with PASM as standard

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