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KFHA audience cheers Alvarez’s recall defense

BY RICHARD YAGER

Humane Society to participate in National Spay Day, Feb. 22

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iami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez came away a winner in the eyes of a majority of a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) audience that sharply quizzed and criticized his policies at a Feb. 7 meeting. Nearly 200 turned out for his appearance to discuss policy decisions leading up to his potential recall, still legally challenged three weeks before early voting begins Feb. 28 prior to a Mar. 15 countywide balloting. Typical of the give-and-take: “We had to save $900 in movie tickets last year to keep up with a $900 higher tax bill,” declared Michael Rosenberg, KFHA vice president. “Now, we’ll have to find another way to save next year.” “You weren’t there when we needed

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez (center) is greeted by Michael Rosenberg (left) and Elizabeth Boggs of KFHA.

Dogs to get their park, but other work on hold BY RICHARD YAGER

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lmost 11 years after the land purchase, West Kendall will get its first District Park facility, a new dog park, by summer. However, current budgeting pinches do not provide operating funds for major new capital projects, delaying any additional new development for the next four years, according to a Parks Department spokesperson. The 6.5-acre Dog Park planned to open in June represents the first project to be built on a 152acre tract of farmland purchased by the county in 2000 for $10.3 million and designated for a major

Dog Park development underway in West Kendall

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PARK, page 4

he Humane Society of Greater Miami on Tuesday, Feb. 22, will participate in Spay Day, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, to promote the life saving benefits of spay/neuter. This event will offer $15 spay/neuter, with rabies vaccine, (no ear-tipping) for privately owned cats. Open to the public with no income restrictions, this event limits one cat per appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 305-252-3389, Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surgeries will be performed at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s South Clinic at Cutler Bay, 10700 SW 211 St. In conjunction with National Spay Day, the Humane Society of Greater Miami is participating in an online pet photo contest. To enter your pet, visit online at <http//humanesociety.org/photocontest> and select “Humane Society of Greater Miami” as the beneficiary of your donation. Each vote cost $1 and funds raised allow thousands more spays and

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PARK from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ALVAREZ, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– district park to serve southwest MiamiDade County. While plans remain on the drawing board for 20 major facilities, the $23 million BBC funds allocated for park development is still “not sufficient to develop all elements of the general plan,” according to Laura Phillips, information officer for Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department. The first $6 million allocation of Building Better Communities bond issue funds programmed under the 2008 Bond Series were withdrawn, due to the limits of capital and operating funds, she said. Capital and operating funds were reallocated to projects ready for construction. “Funding to operate major new facilities is not currently available,” Phillips said. “The $23 million in total funding is intact, but none of it is programmed within the next two bond sales, meaning that any further development is not expected within the next four years.” To build the Dog Park, the Parks Department drew on $1.18 million from the Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond pro-

gram and park impact fees, she said. The approximate 4.7 acres that dogs and their owners will enjoy is tucked into a northeast corner of the tract between a newly extended SW 157th Avenue opposite a group of Sunflower at The Hammocks homes that border Black Creek Canal (C-1). The park will include an 18- by 38-foot shade structure, eight-foot wide walkways bordered by benches, picnic tables, a dog drinking fountain and a 500-square-foot restroom that includes electrical services. Fencing will delineate areas for small- to medium-sized dogs and larger dogs with directional signage. An information kiosk also is planned. The general plan for future West Kendall District Park development includes a recreation center, family aquatic center, soccer and softball complexes, tennis and basketball courts, cricket and football fields, a skate park, bicycle courses with a greenway connection, lake and canoe concession plus extensive picnic and playground areas.

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Mayor Carlos Alvarez (left) addresses audience at KFHA meeting.

you,” declared co-chair Miller Myers of a “Roll Back the Tolls” drive as the evening drew to a close. “Why should we support you now?” However, nearly an hour into the session, KFHA board member Lawrence G. Percival declared, “I’ve heard what you’ve had to say and made up my mind to support you,” causing the nearly packed Kendall Village Center Pavilion crowd to erupt into the heaviest cheering and applause of the night. “Be careful when you make your decision, that’s all I ask,” added Alvarez, a former Miami-Dade Police Kendall District commander, who began his remarks: “As someone who lived here for more than 20 years, I feel I know you well. I feel at home.” Alvarez spent 90 minutes deftly fielding critics of the 2010-11 “commission-ordered rollback” tax plan instead of his recommended “flat rate” that wound up creating increases for many properties with declining values, as well as Alvarez-approved staff salary increases. One example: ”Yes, I gave a raise to the mayor’s

director of communications [from $95,000 to $125,000],” Alvarez declared. “She replaced the county director who earned $187,000, and now does both jobs,” saving a net $62,000. Alvarez earlier defended taxing to maintain service levels, saying, “I’ve come to know what the public expects, and I know you don’t want parking fees to use park facilities.” Pointing to budget cuts that “have now totaled $1 billion over the past four fiscal years, we’re still going to have to find ways to cover a predicted $200 million gap in fiscal 2011-12,” he stated. “So the question becomes: Where do you make even more cutbacks to maintain service levels?” Should a recall oust him from office, Alvarez made it plain that he opposed an appointive mayor. “I don’t believe anyone in this position should be elected by 13 politicians.” Commissioners have the option of appointing a temporary mayor until Nov. 2012 to complete Alvarez’s current term, or call a special election within 60 days that Alvarez said “would cost the county $5 million.”

SPAY DAY, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– neuters to be performed around the globe. Submissions are being accepted through Mar. 4. Entering its 17th year, Spay Day estimates its programs have altered more than 1.5 million animals. It has been a proud achievement of Spay Day that the number of homeless cats and dogs euthanized in the U.S. has fallen from approximately 13.5 million in 1973 to fewer than 4 million currently. The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in their care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. For more information visit online at <www.humanesocietymiami.org>.


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‘Help Wanted’ for Community Council seats Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Nobody seems overly concerned in local circles about the continuing absence of vacancies on our two Kendall Community Council seats. Now the county comes forward with a want ad for vacant seats on all 10 still-active Councils in unincorporated Miami-Dade, a total 29 vacancies for 70 positions at seven seats per Council. That includes two, Biscayne Shores and Fisher Island, with only one member and six vacant seats, both of which must be inoperative. Part of the disinterest in new volunteers must result from Commissioners cutting non-zoning sessions from Council responsibilities – ending a community pipeline to local issues. No one has yet to come forward to seek the Sub Area 122 seat formerly held by Carla Savola-Ascensio in East Kendall Council 12,

nor the Sub Area 116 seat, formerly warmed by Domingo Castillo, both of whom chaired their respective boards at one time. Sub Area 122 takes in a large portion of Kendall north of Snapper Creek in the SW 72nd Avenue area, south of Bird Road between Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) and the Shula Expressway (SR 874). Sub Area 116 covers a large chunk of ground south of SW 120th Street as far south as SW 184th Street, most of it west of SW 157th Avenue. If you are a three-year resident of MiamiDade and have lived within those boundaries for at least three months, you are eligible to apply for a seat as a temporary appointment. (Call 305-375-1244 for details). While both Kendall Councils remain relatively active with regular zoning application hearings, all of its members generally miss the liaison previously afforded through reports and inquiries on roads, traffic, parks and other localized issues in each of Kendall’s main areas. Perhaps if Commissioners saw fit to reestablish those sessions, it might attract more people to volunteer service. (Newlyelected Chair Jose Garciga of Council 12 often comments that was the primary reason

he originally ran for the office). Isn’t it time our Kendall Commissioners instigated that action – at least for MiamiDade’s largest area with 300,000 or more residents? Insider comment says Mayor Carlos Alvarez made sure that a number of his staff Insider comment members and even family were present for his appearance before Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations meeting February 7, accounting for the applause and cheers backing his support…no one took a ‘count’ but there was no question that the audience was pro-Alvarez in reacting to statements of support. Just to keep the record straight, we asked KFHA- PAC’s Marvin Stein if the committee Justtaking to keep was a stand on recalling the Mayor. “No action will be taken,” declared Stein. Then asked why not: “And no comment!” added the long-time (25 years or more) Chairman. We heard you, Marvin! East Kendall pipeline says lawsuit Peggy Brodeur filed to overturn a zoning decision East Kendalldue to lack of jurisdiction by was dismissed the presiding judge. That was the session when Ms. Brodeur and others left after a decisive vote, only to learn the next day that the matter was recalled and voted with an

opposite result. Folks are still rankled about the legality of the procedure, we’re told. Comish Joe Martinez reports that a DPW project willJoe begin in February to open SW Comish Martinez 157th Avenue between SW 10th and SW 13th Streets, which, when completed, will open Miami-Dade’s newest north-south thoroughfare from SW 8th Street (Tamiami Trail) south to SW184th Street. For details, call 305-552-1155. Laa test Networking session for West Kendall Business Association invites particiLatest Networking pants to the Village Diner at Kendall Village Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, and includes hors d’ouvres and beverages, and a movie afterwards at a discounted ticket price. Free to members and guests! Thought for the Day: Never do anything against conscience Thought for the Day: even if the state demands it. — Albert Einstein

Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Gov. Scott correct on changing state pension formula R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Florida’s government employees, schoolteachers and staff participate in the state’s “defined benefit” retirement plan. A defined plan sets retirement benefits based upon the employee’s length of employment and salary. The benefits are guaranteed to the employee regardless of the cost to the state in funding the benefits. The state and school boards’ contributions are invested in mutual funds, bonds and corporate stocks. As the values of the investments go up or down, the required contributions must increase or decrease accordingly. In bad years, when the stock market is sustaining losses Florida — that’s you and me the taxpayers of the state — must contribute more to make up for the lost value. When the state doesn’t have the required money, the pension runs a deficit. That means there isn’t sufficient money in the retirement system to honor the retirement obligations of the program. Florida is one of a few states that do not require employees to contribute to their

retirement fund. This is left over from the days when the state, and most other states, had more money than they knew what to spend it on. However, those days are behind us and our state pension funds in the hole. Our governor, as he promised when running for office, pledged that he would change the funding formula and require all new and existing employees to make a contribution to their retirement. Now in office, the governor has set the contribution figure at 5 percent of their salary. After all, employees in the private sector all make a contribution to their retirement fund; why not the state? It doesn’t make sense for a private sector employee to make a contribution to their own retirement plan and also, at the same time, pay taxes so the state can fund state employee pensions without the state employees make a contribution. Naturally, there will be a big battle from the unions. They have been accumulating billions in their pension funds without a contribution and now, on top of pay cuts and salary freezes, will be required to contribute to “their” retirement. The basic problem is that with a defined benefit plan there is no way to know how much money the employer, in this case the state, must accumulate to meet its obligations. We are looking at a period, perhaps as

VIEWPOINT long as five or six years, where the state will be very tight for money so it really has no choice than to tell the state’s employees: “contribute.” A better retirement arrangement for the state would be a “defined contribution” plan. Under this plan, the employer and the employee make certain contributions to the plan. Generally, the employer has some matching formula where they make contributions in keeping with that of the individual employee with certain limits on the employer’s contribution. The moneys contributed under the defined contribution plan will be invested and when the time for retirement comes the employee will learn the exact amount their will receive in the future. Each year, as required by federal law, the employer must give the employee a breakdown on the amount of funds in his or her account. This way the employee isn’t blindsided when it comes time to retire. Gov. Scott is completely correct in his approach to funding the state’s employment retirement. As an example the state employees in Missouri contribute 4 percent of their salary.

Virginia has a different plan. There the old employees stay on the original “employer pays all” plan, however new employees must contribute 5 percent of their pay for retirement. Virginia feels that this might not be enough and will soon start requiring all state employees to contribute. This is the trend in funding “all” retirement plans, governmental or private sector. Scott will have a “big” battle to change the funding formula of the state’s retirement fund. However, he is correct — it must be done! Unions will put pressure on their favorite members of the legislature threatening to withhold future campaign contributions unless they fight the governor. I think this is one of the governor’s proposals that will be enacted. 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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Jobless numbers improving but job creation still lags

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH January’s official unemployment numbers seem to show America’s jobless rate is dropping. But it also shows that not enough new jobs are being created to get even more people back to work. And a lot of longtime, unemployed may be just giving up — but not everyone. I spoke with one Miami jobseeker who told me she is looking for a fulltime administrative job to replace her part-time work at a local retailer. “I’ve been looking for fulltime work for about six months now,” she said. “I used to go for interviews and they weren’t very interested. But now I get more call-backs and I think now it’s a lot better.” While the latest job numbers show some improvement, they also show new job creation remains stalled nationally. The national unemployment rate last month dropped to 9 percent and that’s down about 0.4 percent from December. That comes out to about 600,000 fewer people collecting benefits than at the end of last year. On the other hand, there were only 36,000 new jobs added overall across the country. That’s far less than expected and not enough to really put more people back to work.

Locally, some job counselors say they are now seeing more job orders from South Florida employers than last year. A representative of Doral’s RightHire Staffing said, “I think it’s going to improve, and we’re getting more job orders than last year at this time. We’re not out of the woods just yet, but maybe we’re a little closer.” The overall national unemployment rate has dropped 0.8 percent since November. And that is one of the best improvements in more than five decades. However, some analysts say that may be in part because so many people have given up looking for work. When that happens, they’re no longer counted on the official unemployment rolls. In reality, nearly 14 million Americans remain out of work, and that is twice the number from before the start of the recession. Still, there are some bright spots in the employment picture. Manufacturing companies added 49,000 jobs nationwide last month. And that’s the most new jobs in about 13 years. Retailers added 28,000 new positions and some analysts predict even more jobs are likely to follow, once consumers start spending again. What’s more, this winter tourism season is expected to remain strong, along with booming foreign trade out of South Florida’s ports. Hopefully then, when all is said and done, our job picture may start looking a little better than it did during the first quarter of 2010. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.

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Jackson South Hospital to open new building BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

After years of construction, the new Tower Building at Jackson South Hospital opens to the public on Feb. 21. The four-story building holds 48 new private rooms, many with a view of the Coral Reef Golf Course, a 12-bed Intensive Care Unit, a new outpatient surgical area, eight operating rooms and a cauterization lab for cardiac procedures. The project includes a new 22-bed emergency room, which opened Nov. 22, 2010. The existing building was erected in the 1970s and will be modernized when the new building opens. “What we’re doing now is building a new waiting area, a new triage area and a minor care area,” said Laura Lagomasino, hospital spokesperson. A portion of the ground floor in the existing building will become a cafeteria. The funding for the project came from a bond issue approved by voters. Before the Tower Building opens for operations, there was a formal ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Feb. 10 with county dignitaries. Although the construction has been ongoing for years, information about the new building and the modernization of the old building isn’t as well known as hospital administrators would like. So they have embarked on a campaign to remind residents of the services the hospital performs.

Ric Cuming, vice-president and chief administrative officer of Jackson South, said he doesn’t think people realize that Jackson South has high patient satisfaction ratings, or that the hospital has been a part of the Jackson Health System for 10 years. “We have really phenomenal and important services for the community,” Cuming said. “Our employees provide patient care in a way that is effective. We want to get the word out about Jackson South.” The marketing effort includes an electronic billboard on the hospital grounds aimed at drivers on SW 152nd Street telling them about the services offered at the hospital. The marketing department also has sent out mailers to critical zip codes to educate area residents about Jackson South. Among other services, the hospital has a Digestive Center of Health, which treats heartburn with state of the art techniques; Colorectal Care; a Center for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine; general surgery, and even a Robotic Technology Center. Lagomasino said Jackson South is working with VITAS by leasing out space in the existing building for Hospice Care and the hospital is expanding cardiac and vascular programs because of the new cauterization lab, under the auspices of Dr. James Margolis. For more information, go online to <www.jhsmiami.org>.

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The Gold-Diggers Inc. to host benefit yard sale The non-profit theatrical group The GoldDiggers Inc. will host their “Everything Old is New Again” yard sale for charity on Feb. 19, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1807 SW 102 Pl., featuring furniture, clothing, home accessories, small appliances, toys, food and fun. All proceeds benefit The Gold-Diggers Inc. in support of their charities. The Gold-Diggers Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 35th year, has raised more than $1 million for its beneficiaries, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and Food for Life Network For more information, contact Danielle Barreras at 305-986-3133.

M.D.C. KENDALL CAMPUS THEATER TO PRESENTS ‘DOG SEES GOD…’ The On Stage concert series at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, a play by Bert Royal. Performances will run Thursday, Feb. 17, though Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kendall Campus’ Studio Theater, 11011 SW 104 St. Admission is free. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a hysterical exploration into the lives of angst-ridden American teenagers, humorously touching upon real issues, such as drug use, eating disorders, teen violence,

rebellion, sexual identity and bullying. Children under the age of 16 will not be admitted. For more information, please call 305237-2282, send emails to <dmello@mdc.edu> or visit online at <www.mdc.edu/kendall/mtd/onstage.asp>.

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CHILDREN’S CHORUS TO SING WITH UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI The members of the Miami Children’s Chorus have been invited to perform with the University of Miami for their Spring Choral Invitational. The performance is scheduled Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5692 N. Kendall Dr. The Miami Children’s Chorus will join the Frost Chorale and Symphonic Choir as well as the Coral Reef High School Choir in a program that will celebrate the joy of choral song. Audiences will have a chance to experience choral music at its finest in a spectacle of children’s voices, high school voices, and university voices. The program will feature music from around the globe as more than 200 singers come together in harmony. For more information regarding the Miami Children’s Chorus and its concert schedule,

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COOPERATIVE EXTENSION HOSTING ITS FIRST OPEN HOUSE, FEB. 26 The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension is hosting its first open house on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 18710 SW 288 St. in Homestead. Meet the county’s Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers, including 4-H/Youth Development Program members and leaders. Master gardeners also will be on site to discuss gardening problems and answer questions. The event will feature interactive demonstrations, guided tours, displays, a plant clinic, and much more. In addition, there will be fun and educational activities for the entire family, including seminars and a puppet show for kids. For information, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/csd>.

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COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY SEEKING FOOD SERVICE SITES Miami-Dade Community Action Agency (CAA) currently is seeking program sites for the county’s 2011 Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program will operate from June 6 through Aug. 12. Program sites may be public or private locations that provide services for children during the summer and may include community and recreational centers, summer camps, cultural workshops, churches and other locations. Selected sites will receive meals during the summer to serve to children participating in their programs and the general public as part of the County’s Summer Food Service Program. The program provides nutritionally balanced meals to needy children regardless of race, color, creed, sex, handicap, age or national origin during the summer recess when school breakfast and lunches are not available. The program is open to children up to age 18 residing in geographical areas where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Applications for distribution sites currently are available for download from the CAA County portal at <www.miamidade.gov/caa>. Applications must be submitted to the county by Apr. 30 to be considered. Additional information also is available on the county’s website. For additional information on the Summer Food Service Program, contact Rani Panchanathan, Nutrition Services Supervisor at 786-469-4789. CALL TO ARTISTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT THE DEERING ESTATE As part of the annual Deering Seafood Festival and Earth Month celebrations and

activities, the Deering Estate at Cutler will host a month-long photography exhibit in the historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage. The Deering Estate currently is accepting applications for the 2011 Spring Photography Exhibit. The exhibit opening is on Mar. 16, 7 p.m., and is free to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Apr. 17 to guests visiting the estate and is free with general admission. The exhibit also will be showcased during the Living Artist Concert Series, “Waters of Biscayne Bay,” concert on Sunday, Apr. 17, at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Artists interested in participating in the 2011 Spring Photography Exhibit must complete a formal application, available on the Deering Estate website. The entry form must be completed and returned with a $25 non-refundable entry fee (made payable to the Deering Estate Foundation Inc.) by Feb. 27. For more information, visit the Deering Estate website at <www.deeringestate.org>.

ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES ANNOUNCES COMING MEETINGS The Rotary Club of Coral Gables meets every Thursday at noon, at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, located at 180 Aragon Ave. Visiting Rotarians are welcomed and registration is $22. Speakers for upcoming meetings include the following: Feb. 17, Sergei Novikov, topic “Speaking Music,” Learn how a Russian immigrant learned to communicate through his musical skills in this emotionally endearing story. Feb. 24, Coral Gables Mayoral Election Panel, Q&A with Coral Gables 2011 Mayoral candidates Don Slesnick, Tom Korge and Jim Cason. For more information, call 305-441-8063.


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Gonzalez utilizes sedation dentistry to assist patients who may have had painful Dr. Raul Gonzalez, clinical director of dental care or a bad dental experience in Smile Studio Associates Dentistry, recently the past. He also practices micro dentistry, opened a new state-of-the-art location in using more minimally invasive techniques Doral and to celebrate he for various procedures. is offering two special “Dentistry should not packages for patients durbe fearful, painful or ing February at all three of expensive,” Dr. his locations — Coral Gonzalez added. Way (Miami), Pinecrest “Utilizing lasers and and Doral. technology that are less Throughout February, invasive increases prethe couples’ package for ventative treatment new patients at Smile options and results in a Studio Associates will shorter recovery time include an oral exam, and lower cost for the panoramic X-rays and patient.” cleaning for two, for Dr. Gonzalez is $200. All children who trained in neuromuscular visit during February will dentistry, which addressreceive the same services es issues of the physioplus an orthodontic evalulogical position of the Dr. Raul Gonzalez ation for $65. jaw and the bite. Full –––––––––––––––––––––––– Dr. Gonzalez specialmouth reconstruction izes in family aesthetic and reconstructive treatments offered at Smile Studio dentistry. Services offered at Smile Studio Associates may include veneers, implant Associates are extensive, making it the ulti- surgery, sinus lift, periodontal treatments and mate destination for family dentistry. The ceramics. facilities not only provide services such as “Our highly trained, professional and general dentistry and hygiene, teeth whiten- courteous team believes in the importance of ing and orthodontics, including Invisalign, working together for the total well-being and but also offer full mouth reconstruction treat- the benefit of our patients,” Dr. Gonzalez ments, sedation dentistry, neuromuscular said. dentistry and spa services. The Smile Studio Associates Dentistry “A new smile is only an appointment offices have convenient hours for busy famaway,” said Dr. Gonzalez, who’s been help- ilies: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and ing his patients maintain healthy and daz- Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The new Doral office zling smiles for more than 15 years. “My is located at 4201 NW 107 Ave., phone 305goal is to treat the whole family and educate 594-4418; Pinecrest office is located at 7924 patients that a spectacular smile does not SW 104 St., phone 305-274-4112, and Coral simply make you feel better and have more Way office is located at 1760 SW 22 St., confidence, but it is vital to your health and phone 305-856-1488. well-being.” For more information, visit online at At Smile Studio Associates, Dr. <www.smilestudiodentistry.com>.

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Todo Frio Ice Cream ’N More, a homey, sugar-coated haven for big and little kids alike, now offers its tasty treats at two locations. Opening doors for the first ice cream parlor on June 21, 2008, at 2715 SW 37 Ave., motherdaughter team of Elida and Maritza Castellon, along with Maureen Colón, expanded in 2010 with a second location at 12891 SW 42 St. (Bird Road). The family-owned business offers premium tropical flavors including mamey, guayaba and dulce de leche. Todo Frio also offers a one-of-akind mobile unit that can serve party guests what they love, a tasty delectable ice cream. Giving back to the community is part of the young company’s goals, rewarding students for Todo Frio Ice Cream ’N More is open in two locations including this one at academic progress and 2715 SW 37 Ave. achievements through ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– partnerships with Ronald McDonald House Charities, St. Jude’s South Florida Today on NBC6 in 2009 Children’s Hospital, Miami Children’s and 2010, the Castellon’s have helped Hospital, Community Blood Centers, Care Todo Frio become a household name Resource, Amigos for Kids, Big Brothers throughout Miami’s “Little Havana” area Big Sisters, among others. with a friendly slogan: “Bring a Smile, Featured in the Miami New Times and one scoop at a time.”


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Art community rallies around girl’s idea to assist homeless BY BARBARA FERENCZI

Entering its 23rd year, the highly anticipated St. Stephen’s Art Show (SSAS) will be introducing young Ava Salazar’s idea for a one-time unique art exhibit within the 160-artist show during the three-day festival, Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21. Ava, at only 10 years old, aspires to complete her first business and humanitarian project Ava Salazar is pictured with one of the sails which, through art and the ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– public’s help, will raise money and awareness for homeless in tant curator of Miami International Airport Galleries, and the St. Stephens Art Show Coconut Grove. Featured is Grove artist Neith Nevelson, Steering Committee. Weekly team meetings conducted via granddaughter of the famous American artist Louise Nevelson. Ava’s humanitarian initia- Skype have allowed young Ava to recruit the tive called “Hope Floats” joins Neith, known artists and secure a sponsor, Bremen Sails, for her vivid color schemes, slight variations and media partners NBC6, and Majic 102.7 of three main subject matters — horses, nude radio. Neith Nevelson is a Grove icon, noted as a women’s bodies and male faces — with nine “VanGogh of our time” and known in her other renowned artists. Each artist will donate an original painting heyday to be friends with the likes of on recycled sailboat sailcloth. The pieces Salvador Dali. She now lives a bohemian will be displayed within a unique exhibit artist life due to her struggles with homelessarea, during the nationally ranked St. ness and scoliosis. Joining Neith are artists Claudia Scalise, Stephens Art Show, and sold by silent auction throughout the weekend. One hundred Sri Prabha, Charles E. Humes, Mark percent of the raised funds will assist the Osterman, Abraham Camayd, and Carolina homeless and Ms. Nevelson, who today lives Salazar herself. Each artist will paint with oil-based acrylic on custom cut three-foot in a semi-homeless state of her own. In advance of the show, a public unveiling and six-foot pieces of sail cloth specifically of the collection took place on Feb. 3 at the donated for Ava and this project. “Our theme for the art show is ‘Art is in St. Stephens Episcopal Church where Miami Commissioner Mark Sarnoff, Rev. Wilifred the Heart,’ and this year’s additional home(Willie) Allen-Faiella and Daisy Lewis, less humanitarian art project really resonates with that idea,” Lewis said. “While artists among others, were in attendance. “I was having family dinner and talking from around the country will again show with my step-mom about cooking for the their brilliance during this amazing art festihomeless at church [St. Stephens] and I val weekend, the Hope Floats exhibit, and learned that some even live in old boats Ava’s astounding idea and follow through patched with recycled wood and sails,” said will make a very special 2011 show for me Salazar, a fifth grade student, when asked professionally and a very proud moment for me personally,” Lewis added. how she came up with “Hope Floats.” The St. Stephens Art Show is presented “I asked if our art show did anything to sell art for the homeless, and when I learned annually by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, it didn’t, I came up with an idea to have a 100-year resident in Coconut Grove. artists paint sails and sell them to raise Known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor art festivals, the St. Stephen’s Art money,” Salazar added. Young Salazar connected her love of art, Show drives in a crowd of over thousands of her church, the St. Stephens Arts Show, and art spectators from all over the country and the homeless in a creative endeavor. She cre- serves as a non-profit event which funds ated a strong team of adults — step-mom over a dozen outreach programs in Miami. For additional information, visit online at and show director Daisy Lewis; her aunt, Carolina Salazar, who is an artist and assis- www.artshowss.org.

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Reduce Stress While Having Fun at The Giving Tree Now that The Giving Tree has reopened after a beautiful renovation, clients are enjoying visiting owner Joan Reitsma and taking classes to learn new skills. For many clients, knitting not only provides a way to make unique handmade items for friends and family but also affords other benefits. For one local CEO, knitting helped her endure countless hours in business meetings and hours traveling around the country. For others, knitting acts as a way to stay on a diet, keeping one’s hands busy and away from the frig. For the most creative, it offers an outlet for those artistic talents. Of course, there are also those who knit for charitable projects.. caps for cancer patients, scarves for Click for the Cure, and more. If there is a charity or worthy program in need, you can bet The Giving Tree lives up to its name and provides a helping hand. Coral Gables resident Lynn Bauer notes, "When Joan Reitsma learned of my recent trip to visit our orphanage in India, she donated enough needle craft projects for all the children in the orphanage without a

Miami Dade College presents Madeleine Albright Collection BY TERE ESTORINO

second thought. But, that pales in comparison to the many acts of generosity she performs every day in our community." The Giving Tree, located at 248 Giralda Ave, in Coral Gables, not only carries only the finest yarns but also offers an amazing assortment of collectibles such as Precious Moments and Jim Shore. For those who enjoy gifts that make you laugh, there is a large selection of those as well as the more serious special occasion gifts, trendy cards and needle crafts. For directions or information on classes, call Joan at 305 445-3967.

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After stops at the Smithsonian Institution, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” makes its way to the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (MDC) for an exhibition running from Thursday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Apr. 30. Former Secretary of State Albright will be the guest of honor at a private opening reception on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 of her famous brooches from her personal collection, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a diplomatic message during her tenure. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. During Secretary Albright’s distinguished diplomatic career, lapel pins became her trademark fashion statement. The collection she cultivated has been described as “distinctive and democratic” and, often times, “demure and outspoken.” In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. While serving under President Bill Clinton, first as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and then as Secretary of State, Albright became known for wearing

brooches that purposefully conveyed her views about the situation at hand. A highlight of the exhibition will be the brooch that initiated her unusual use of pins as a tool in her diplomatic arsenal. After Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent,” Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq. From then on, she picked up pins, mostly costume jewelry, at flea markets and antique shops or as gifts from friends, which she would use to express her opinions and moods. One of the strongest messages she sent through her pins struck closer to home in South Florida. In 1996, airplanes carrying four Cuban-American fliers were shot down by Cuban fighter pilots over international waters. At a UN press conference afterwards, Albright wore her “Blue Bird” pin with its head pointing down in mourning for the free-spirited fliers. Secretary Albright currently is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC, and serves as a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Her visit to MDC will begin with a presentation to the college’s acclaimed Miami Leadership Roundtable on current global issues on Feb. 22. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College is located at 600 Biscayne Blvd.

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McLain’s new novel tells story of Hemingway’s first marriage BY LISA BARNES

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; Feb. 22) captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people — Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness — until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group — the fabled “Lost Generation” — that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage — a deception that will lead to the unraveling of every-

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thing for which they’ve fought so hard. Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry as well as a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland. McLain will be speaking and signing her new book on Mar. 18, 8 p.m., at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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2011 Chrysler 200 replaces Sebring nameplate Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS If you think the new Chrysler 200 midsize sedan has a familiar appeal, then you won’t be too surprised to learn that it once was known as the Sebring. Chrysler brass opted to drop the Sebring nameplate in favor of the numerical designation after significantly re-styling the car, giving it a new powertrain and a revised interior. The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in four models — LX, Touring, Limited and S later this year. The new 200 designation links the sporty sedan with the hugely successful Chrysler 300, though the new model rides on the same platform as the old Sebring. However, the body mounts and suspension bushings are new, along with larger tires and a rear anti-roll bar for better handling. The Chrysler 200 has a clean and sleek design, with a new sculpted front end, new front and rear fascias and fenders, and a new hood and grille with new projector

headlights and fog lights. The decklid has been redesigned and incorporates LED taillights and an LED high-mounted center stoplight. On the highway, the new 200 delivers agile and precise handling in just about all driving situations, whether it’s commuting in heavy traffic or taking a weekend adventure on winding roads. Chrysler says that just about every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings, while the suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 millimeters and the car has been lowered 12 millimeters in the front and six millimeters in the rear for a lower and wider stance. This new Chrysler has less body roll in the turns, less shaking on uneven road surfaces and better road grip with the larger tires. Under the hood, a new and improved powertrain contributes to the new 200 sedan’s better performance. It comes standard with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine (wedded to a four-speed automatic transmission) that produces 173 hp and 166 pounds feet of torque. Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter 283 hp Pentastar V-6 engine (260 pounds-feet of

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