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KFHA organizes ‘grassroots’ appeal of golf course decision BY RICHARD YAGER

endall’s most influential community voice — the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) — has organized a “grassroots” appeal of a U.S. Indian Bureau decision to place a Kendale Lakes golf course under the Miccosukee Indian Tribal Land Trust. Accompanied by protesting petitions of residents, Miami-Dade County filed a legal appeal on Jan. 24 claiming a 2012 Bureau action was invalid due to a 99-year covenant protecting abutting residential properties. Formation of a half-dozen committees from legal procedures and impact on real estate to daily picketing of the club’s property got underway after a special Feb. 11 KFHA meeting explored the appeal process. With several in the audience holding handmade “No Casino” signs, more than 100 residents raised their hands when Miles Moss asked for a straw vote of support for the appeal. “Any not in favor?” Moss asked. No hand was raised. Moss, together with Kendale Lakes resident Aster Mohamed, directed a January petition campaign amassing 1,351 signatures in two weeks to accompany the formal appeal by the county of the Aug. 24 federal action. “My latest count is now 1,496 so we will be over 1,500 with those who have already signed petitions tonight,” Mohamed announced. “We will continue the campaign to file more petitions to show how the people who live there feel.” Mohamed and Moss said they deplored the absence of communication by the Bureau with residents before taking action, also noting approval by 75 percent votes of county commissioners and property owners was needed to change existing covenants of any property located within

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Get a taste of Asian culture at Fruit and Spice Park event

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he sights, sounds and flavors of Asia return to the Fruit and Spice Park for the 24th annual Asian Culture Festival on Saturday, Mar. 2, and Sunday, Mar. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Fruit and Spice Park is located at 24801 SW 187 Ave. The Asian Culture Festival is a funfilled family event that offers a virtual day trip to Asia. Festival-goers will enjoy a variety of Asian arts, crafts, entertainment, plants and exotic cuisine. Events include a Malaysian noKendale Lakes residents hold “No Casino” signs at the KFHA Feb. 11 meeting.

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Commissioner urges planning for W. Kendall incorporation BY RICHARD YAGER

harting a new direction that translates the growth and economic progress of West Kendall into potential incorporation is paramount among the objectives of newly seated MiamiDade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata. Zapata, addressing 140 members and guests of the Greater Kendall Business Association on Jan. 31, urged that “you, as leaders of the community’s economic base, take a leadership position to structure West Kendall’s future.” Zapata often has spoken in favor of incorporating West Kendall during his early years of county service as the district’s Community Council chair in 1996-98 and as the state representa-

tive for eight years. He designated a potential incorporation area of approximately 137,000 residents, west of Florida’s Turnpike to Krome Avenue and south of Bird Road to SW 152nd Street. Newly appointed chair of the commission’s Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Committee, Zapata said he was “in a position to help determine the type of infrastructure the area would need to become a municipality. “Your involvement as the community’s economic force is essential,” he told the Kendall business leaders. “Local government places you closer to the people you serve, that is why it is in your best interest to become active in any effort to achieve incorporation.”

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Walking 4 Friendship: Going the extra mile

Grace Cope and Leah Friend, both Friendship Circle volunteers, are pictured at the Walking 4 Friendship event on Feb. 10. Behind the girls are the Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, a barbershop singing group. (Photo by Robbins-Udel Images)

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BY MICHAEL MILLER

Executive Editor Grant Miller and I were among the more than 1,000 children, teens, parents, grandparents and supporters who walked in the fourth annual Walking 4 Friendship on Sunday, Feb. 10. The 3K Walk and Carnival in Kendall benefited the Friendship Circle, a group that offers amazing programs for children with special needs. It was so rewarding to see the happy faces of the children and families whose lives are touched by the activities and programs of the Friendship Circle, and the many teenage volunteers who are the lifeblood of the program’s success. This year’s walk was bigger and better than ever. My hat is off to Rabbi Yossi Harlig, Nechama Harlig and Heather Utset for organizing this heartwarming annual event that brings the community together to benefit such a wonderful cause. It was great to see several local organi-

zations supporting this year’s efforts with sponsorship tables. It was fun to watch the children enjoying carnival rides and crafts. And, we all enjoyed the live entertainment on stage. There was a rousing martial arts demonstration by Kia Kidz. The barbershop quartet style-group, the Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, was a big hit with the crowd. And, the children of the Friendship Circle’s guitar program, along with many others, gave memorable performances. Honorary volunteer Alexis Greenberg, a young adult with autism, joined Nechama and this year’s top fundraiser, Joe Roisman of Perry Ellis International, to cut the ribbon and kick off the event. It truly was a powerful moment. Grant and I want to thank everyone who supported us in our efforts to raise money for the Friendship Circle. The money raised is crucial to continuing this empowering program that makes a difference in the lives of children with special needs and their families. For more information about the Friendship Circle program, call the office at 305-234-5654.

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150 feet of the golf course land. Residents expressed fear that designating the property as tribal land could result in building a casino, hotel or condominium without county zoning control, although the Tribe has expressed its intention to maintain the property as a golf club. KFHA president Michael Rosenberg, who opened the session, said, “We asked for both county and congressional representatives to attend this meeting and explain what is going on and why. No one has appeared, as you can see. We asked the Tribal Council Secretary’s office for two weeks to send someone to explain their side of the story. They kept saying ‘yes, yes’ until today when they said ‘no’ because an emergency situation had arisen and no one could attend.” Moss later noted, “The action on which this decision was made to give total control of the club property was made in 2003, just two years after the Miccosukee Tribe purchased the property in 2001. So in effect,

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Current planning by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) to extend the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) beyond Florida’s Turnpike to Krome Avenue provides “even a more urgent reason for you to have a voice in determining future traffic patterns in West Kendall,” he said. Controlling “hodge-podge development” while improving parks and park services are among the benefits of localized control, as well as building more amenities such as bike paths and pedestrian walkways, and improving local roads, he said. Zapata already has contacted Florida International University to determine if the school would assist in developing “a master plan process as a blueprint for what this

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hands volleyball tournament known as Sepak Takraw, Chinese Lion Dances, Dragon Boat display, Japanese Taiko drummers plus demonstrations of fruit and vegetable carving. Other highlights include Thai, Bangladeshi, Indian folk, classical music, and dance. There will be demonstrations of Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangements, and Origami, Japanese technique of fold-

this decision in 2012 was suddenly made nine years after the original request, without notice to the public. “In addition, we have no idea at this time when this appeal will be heard,” Moss added. “The county attorney’s office is unable to give us some kind of date for when and how the appeal will take place. It’s an incredible situation.“ Moss who has been in the forefront of several Kendall efforts to overturn unpopular decisions likened “this issue to the same fight we had to deny building a new prison in West Kendall over 10 years ago, and the most effective weapon we had then was to picket.” If the current county attorney’s appeal is denied by the Bureau, Moss said Kendale Lakes residents could consider appealing in Federal District Court. He noted that District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata had been contacted by KFHA, asking to sponsor a resolution for the county commission to co-file such an appeal, if proven necessary. A representative of newly elected U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia has volunteered to help with additional action needed by KFHA, Moss added. community could look like. “You need to ask yourselves and your children, what you want the community to look like,” he urged. “You must create a vision and an identity for the area as well as planning its infrastructure.” The monthly luncheon concluded with installation by Zapata of the 2013 board of directors who include Michael J. Welch Sr., chair; Julie Rico, chair-elect; Isabel Medina and Caty Otero, vice chairs; Gilma Hernandez, secretary, Damian Landeiro, treasurer; Lourdes Cervera Horton; Miguel A. Lopez; Tania Lorenzo; Enrique Roque, and Mike Webley. Jorge F. Peña, founding chair, was presented with a framed picture and plaque for his service to the organization in 2005-09 and 2012, on behalf of the board, trustees, members and administrator Maggie Rehman for permanent display in the GKBA office.

ing papers into decorative shapes such as flowers, animals, etc. The festival is sponsored by the ThaiAmerican Association of South Florida, Miami-Dade County Asian Advisory Board, and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. Admission for adults is $10 and children ages 6-11 are $5. Children 5 and younger are free. For information about Miami-Dade Parks call 3-1-1, or visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.


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Dolphins’ stadium rehab — a different story this time R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The community went into shock when they first heard the news that Steve Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, wanted the taxpayers, through the hotel bed tax, to foot the bill to upgrade his Sun Life Stadium. Dejá vu all over again. First we got stuck with a lease so badly written that to this day the profitable world champion Miami Heat franchise hasn’t been required to pay a dollar to the county for the use of the AmericanAirlines Arena. Then the fiasco with the Marlins P+ark that will go down in Miami history as the biggest boo-boo ever committed by our elected officials. Now, we are being asked to fund a portion of a $400 million, with the inevitable cost overruns, rehab of Ross’ Sun Life football stadium. Seems he want to cover the seats with a roof so the fans will not be exposed to the sun and heat or to a sudden

rainstorm. No, no, no. Why do they need it? Ross said without the upgrades Miami would lose all hope of landing any future Super Bowl games. And, we all know that a Super Bowl game brings millions and millions of dollars to the community. So, come on Miami, fork over the bucks. Hey sports fans. The 2014 Super Bowl game will be played up north. What would happen if the fans were subjected to another three-foot snowstorm? Would fans actually show up for the game? Would they be allowed to drive to the stadium in three feet of snow? Would the game be played before an empty stadium? I’ll bet they would wish for a suntan in the heat of a South Florida game — new roof or no new roof to protect their heads from the elements. My first reaction was “No!” Enough is enough with the give me money for another sport facility. It wasn’t that many years ago that we demolished the first basketball arena, built at taxpayer expense, because it wasn’t big enough to meet the Miami Heat’s needs. Remember their move two blocks east to the new AmericanAirlines Arena on the bay? Then I started listening to the whole

• • • VIEWPOINT • • • story. Ross is willing to pay 51 percent of the $400 million needed to upgrade the stadium. Words I never heard from the owner of the Miami Marlins. Then I started thinking. The University of Miami plays its football games at the stadium. I have attended sellout soccer games at the stadium. I don’t like them but the fans pile into Sun Life Stadium to watch Monster Jam truck demolition shows. And, only the Dolphin owner has made financial donations to local high school sports facilities for the youth of our town. Then Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez tells the National Football League “Commit to us that we will be awarded the 2016 or ’17 Super Bowl game and MiamiDade will back the stadium upgrades.” Lastly, what we should have done with the Marlins Park, we will do with Ross’ request — put it on the ballot and let the taxpaying voters of Miami-Dade vote the deal up or down.

All of a sudden it sounds like a winner. Our Florida legislature approves the plan. Ross guarantees his 51 percent contribution. Miami voters give the plan their blessing. It is true, a Super Bowl games in Miami is a big, big financial boost for the community. Everyone gains. So let’s do it. Let’s show the world that we aren’t against Miami’s sports community. We are just opposed to bad deals that hurt the pockets of the taxpayers of Miami and the visitors to our community that pay millions each year in bed tax dollars. This time we are doing it right. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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this kind of crime. We’ve seen individuals working for Holocaust survivors. We have seen folks in Social Security offices commit this kind of fraud and we’ve also had an indictment of an ex-Marine who was committing this kind of fraud.” The IRS says it also is trying to get legitimate refunds back to identity theft victims like South Miami-Dade’s Lauri King. She has been waiting since last March to get her refund back after learning her tax ID had been ripped off. The agency confirms it still has about 300,000 taxpayers waiting to get their refunds back, after processing about one half million checks so far for earlier victims. It says it is trying to cut processing time, which is still running about 180 days. King said she needs her refund now. “I think it’s insane,” she said. “This is crazy; it’s ridiculous. I mean we’re going on 2013 already and I haven’t even settled up on 2011 yet; it’s ridiculous.” Her case has finally been referred to the agency’s taxpayer advocates office after her problem was brought up to the office of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (Florida). The IRS says it has issued more than 700,000 special taxpayer identification numbers the past year to try and prevent victims like Lauri from having her tax refund ripped off a second time this tax season. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday. You may find Al’s blog at cbsmiami.com.


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Chamber South 14th annual Business Expo set Feb. 21 BY ARELIS FERRO

tesy of Proficient Travel Inc. and Hard Rock Hotels. Sometimes it’s not what you know, but The Datran Center is ideally located who you know. Chamber South’s 14th between the Metrorail Dadeland South staannual Business Expo is the place to see tion and Datran I and Datran II office towand be seen on Thursday, ers in Downtown Feb. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Dadeland. The Expo is home to the Datran Center Atrium The Business Expo many exhibitors and adjacent to the Miami brings business people Dadeland Marriott. features complimentary together in the perfect setThe Business Expo is ting for networking and hors d’oeuvres from sponsored by First meeting new prospects. local eateries, a cash National Bank of South This year’s Expo is highMiami, Williamson lighting “Technology bar, music, a raffle Automotive Group, Baptist Corner.” Visit these featuring a grand prize Health South Florida, exhibitors to learn about the vacation courtesy of Wiremasters Electric, latest in marketing technolSpiderboost, and others. Proficient Travel Inc. and ogy and how it can benefit The event is made possible your business. Hard Rock Hotels. by the Chamber South Some exhibit spaces and Small Business Committee sponsorships still are availin partnership with the Datran Center. able, but space is limited. For more informaThe Expo is home to many exhibitors tion contact Chamber South today and join and features complimentary hors d’oeuvres in for a memorable and successful event. from local eateries, a cash bar, music, a rafTo learn more visit fle featuring a grand prize vacation cour- <www.ChamberSouth.com>.

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Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo earns international recognition BY ELOISE E. RODRIGUEZ

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition has received a second place Agricultural Award of Excellence from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) headquartered in Springfield, MO, as well as three Awards of Distinction for Competitive Exhibits in diverse categories. One award was received for the overall agricultural program offered to the non-agricultural fairgoing public. The Fair created a special program developed specifically for third graders, called the Howdy Program. This is the second time it has been awarded within the IAFE Agriculture Program. The Fair received a second place in the New or Unique Division of Competitive Exhibits for its newest culinary division, Superintendents Challenge: Cooking Up Change, which was open to the food service personnel within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. The winning entry was added to the MDCPS school lunch menu. The organization also received first place in the General Display Photo category, for photos of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue which were displayed in an interactive area in Arnold Hall, as well as third place for General Display Photo Series for a four-

photo series of the center aisle exhibit that was developed, created and built by MiamiDade County Public Schools. There are a total of 15 Agriculture Award and 11 Competitive Exhibits categories, each divided into five divisions by attendance, that a fair or expo can enter. The entries are evaluated and judged by a team of industry leaders. These individuals are selected from the membership of International Association of Fairs and Expositions, which has over 1,200 members from around the globe. The awards were presented at an Awards Breakfast during the 122nd Annual IAFE Convention held in Las Vegas, NV. The Fair takes great pride in knowing that the event has been selected for this prestigious honor. The Agriculture Awards are sponsored by John Deere, which is an avid supporter of the Fair and Expo Industry around the world. The Competitive Exhibits Awards are sponsored by North American Midway Entertainment. “I am absolutely delighted that we were able to bring all these awards back home to Miami-Dade County and to the Youth Fair,” said Bob Hohenstein, president and CEO. “This was an intense international competition and, as they do in conjunction with each spring’s Youth Fair, our Competitive Exhibits team did a magnificent job. The 2013 Youth Fair promises even better

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Competitive Exhibits and programs for all of our guests.” The Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, known for generations as The Youth Fair, is a private, not-for-profit organization that has donated well over $10 mil-

lion in scholarships, awards and cash premiums to Miami-Dade students and is dedicated to supporting education and South Florida agriculture. The Fair will take place Mar. 1431. For more information, visit <www.fairexpo.com> or call 305-223-7060.


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Palace Suites residents help students affected by Sandy BY KERRY GREEN-PHILLIPS

The Knitting Club of The Palace Suites recently found a particularly rewarding project for Hurricane Sandy relief, which helped students at two East Rockaway, NY elementary schools. The knitting club members pooled their talents creating blankets, hats and scarves for the children in grades K-6 of Center Avenue and Rhame Avenue Elementary Schools that had their homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. “Knitting for a purpose really fueled their creative energies,” said Via Butler, the lifestyle director at the Suites. “My assistant, Nava Harari-Knopf, had been looking for a charity-oriented project for their talents and the ladies embraced the idea of a Sandy relief effort.” When Butler learned from a resident’s daughter that a Miami school was collecting items for Rhame Avenue, the knitters — Alicia Botero, Virginia English, Jean Mandell, Lee Shapiro and Dorothy Siegle — wanted to get involved as well.

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Students show off blankets, hats and scarves knitted by The Palace Suites Knitting Club.

Working with the school principal, HarariKnopf coordinated the Knitting Club’s effort to send 30 blankets plus 20 hats and scarves to keep students warm during the winter months. The knitting group meets weekly and is dedicated to their craft. While studies have shown that knitting, crochet and other repetitive needlework offers numerous health benefits and helps prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system, the social interaction is a benefit too. The ladies derive tremendous satisfaction knowing their work is helping others. The Palace campus also includes The Palace Renaissance, which offers assisted living; The Palace Royale, offering “catered living,” and The Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a Medicare five-star community, which received the Governor’s Gold Seal Award and is the No. 1 rated skilled nursing facility in Florida, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine. The Palace also operates two communities

in Homestead, The Palace Gardens, an assisted living community, and Homestead Manor Nursing Home as well as The Palace at Home, a Medicare-certified home health agency. The Palace’s newest community senior

luxury rental community is now under construction in Coral Gables and will be South Florida’s first urban senior living community. The Palace at Coral Gables is pre-leasing. For more information, call 305-270-7000 or visit <www.ThePalace.org>.


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Soiree at Pinecrest Gardens coming Saturday, Feb 23 BY LYNN WILLE FICHMAN AND PAUL SASSO

The seventh annual Soiree at Pinecrest Gardens is quickly approaching. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Garden Fund is hosting its annual fundraiser “Soiree in the Gardens.” As an all-volunteer organization, all profits go directly to support the historic Pinecrest Gardens. While the organization’s initial focus was on revitalizing the botanical aspects of Pinecrest Gardens, it has expanded its efforts to educational and therapeutic endeavors. The Garden Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been in operation since 2006, when the condition of the Gardens was far from what it is today. The Village of Pinecrest and the community has worked tirelessly over the years to improve greatly the former Parrot Jungle from the condition of its purchase in 2001. If you have not been there recently, you may not recognize the place. The revitalization of various areas, rehabilitation of the original entrance, new well and irrigation systems, new plantings, and mosaic pathways are just a few of the many things that have happened over the years. Many of these things have been made possible in large part by the Garden Fund’s annual Soiree fundraiser. The Garden Fund has proposed the rehabilitation of an educational conservatory at significant cost as well as an extensive renovation to a 3,500-square-foot section that will be known as the Caribbean Hammock, and work on it will begin soon.

The Soiree is the biggest and most lucrative fundraiser of the year, and because it is a rare nighttime affair in the Gardens, it has become a highly anticipated event. This year’s fete will include appetizers and a silent auction on the terrace, an open bar courtesy of Bacardi USA, wine courtesy of Whole Foods of Pinecrest, the raffling of a one week cruise donated by Norwegian Cruise Lines, a multi-course dinner and decadent dessert extravaganza, while enjoying a live short performance by City Theatre and live music for an unforgettable night at Pinecrest Gardens. This year, Norwegian Cruise Lines has donated a one week cruise for two which is being raffled at the event, and can be used on any of its ships and/or itineraries. As an innovator in cruise travel with a 46-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of “Free Style Cruising,” it is set to unveil two new 4,000-passenger vessels, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, under construction for delivery in April 2013 and January 2014. The Norwegian Getaway, will be the largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami and will sail Eastern Caribbean voyages beginning in February 2014. This will be an exciting addition to the Garden Fund’s 2014 raffle. Ticket prices are $125 per person, and tables of 10 are offered at $1,100. For information or to purchase tickets, go to <www.gardenfund.org>, or call 305-6691028. All proceeds from the Soiree will directly benefit Pinecrest Gardens.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue conducts first Change of Command event

Fire Chief Dave Downey assumes command from retiring Fire Chief William “Shorty” Bryson. (Photo Courtesy: Eric Goodman)

BY GRISELLE MARINO

Surrounded by the love, respect and admiration of family, friends and coworkers, Fire Chief Dave Downey assumed command of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) on Feb. 1. MDFR celebrated its first ever Change of Command ceremony in order to pay tribute to retiring Fire Chief William “Shorty” Bryson, a 38-year veteran of the fire service and the new Fire Chief Dave Downey, who brings 30 years experience as a firefighter, company officer, battalion chief, division chief, and assistant chief of operations. The ceremony took place at MDFR’s Training Facility located at 9300 NW 41 St. in Doral. Changes of command ceremonies are steep in tradition; these ceremonies are a formal, symbolic passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one leader to another. The event began with the preliminary honors, and ended with the symbolic passing of the guidon, or “colors.” Passing the guidon from one chief to another represents the passing of trust and wellbeing of a sector from one to another, but it also perpetuates the seamless tradition of vigilance, service and integrity. “I am torn even now leaving this wonderful organization,” Bryson said. “I leave

knowing that Chief Dave Downey knows this department better than anyone. I see good things coming from his leadership and wish him all the luck.” In addition to Chief Downey’s work experience, he has completed numerous professional courses and earned his associate and bachelor’s degrees in Fire Science, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration. Moreover, he has certifications as a technical rescue technician, flight medic, task force leader and a fire instructor. Currently, he serves as a National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Force representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). MDFR originated as a single-unit fire patrol in 1935. It has grown into the largest fire rescue department in the Southeast. According to the 2011 National Run Survey published in the June, July, and August 2012 issues of Firehouse Magazine, MDFR was ranked the fifth largest fire department in the U.S. and the department’s Aerial 2, stationed in Liberty City, is the busiest aerial-ladder-truck in North America for the third consecutive year. This ranking is a result of responding to 5,190 calls last year, 389 responses more than the second place aerial from Denver, CO and 650 calls more than the third-ranked aerial in San Francisco, CA.

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Police director J.D. Patterson Jr. confirmed by county commission

Miami-Dade Police Department director J.D. Patterson Jr. (left) is congratulated on his confirmation by MiamiDade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. (Photo by Armando Rodriguez)

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BY SUZY TRUTIE

The Miami-Dade County Commission confirmed Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s appointment of J.D. Patterson Jr. as the Miami-Dade Police Department’s new director at its Feb. 5 meeting. Patterson assumed his new role immediately overseeing the department’s 4,065 employees

and $526 million budget. “Director Patterson’s proven experience, leadership skills and unquestionable integrity make him the ideal person to lead our Police Department,” Mayor Gimenez said. “He rose through the ranks and has a unique understanding of our community and the department’s operations, its policies and management.”


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Golf Classic aims to keep air museum ‘flying high’ BY RICHARD YAGER

month-to-month with raising sufficient funding for the museum’s rent and expenses. The museum has not missed a rent payStruggling at times to keep its hangar open, South Florida’s Wings Over Miami Air ment or even been tardy with a payment Museum is looking for sponsorships, from since late 2011, Rice said, adding that the $200 to $5,000, for its Mar. 15 “Golf non-profit organization has paid back the Classic” at Miccosukee Golf and Country county almost $417,000 since the end of 2006. Club in Kendale Lakes. “As of Jan. 23 of this year, the museum “Because of the way our lease is strucactually now owes more interest tured with Miami-Dade than principal on its outstanding County Aviation, events like invoices,” Rice noted. this are critical to keep the Board members hope the Golf museum open and South Classic at Miccosukee Golf and Florida military aviation hisCountry Club in Kendale Lakes tory alive,” said Suzette Rice, will attract aviation fans and president, Wings Over major businesses in graduated Miami, the volunteer nonamounts of $5,000, $2,500, profit organization adminis$1,000 and $200 as supporting tering the museum. sponsors. All will receive onWings leases the hangar at course refreshments, a gift bag, the far western side of lunch and an awards ceremony Kendall-Tamiami Executive dinner, in addition to the golf Airport from the county’s round. Aviation Department for a Suzette Rice “In the past, events like our payment of $6,185 per ––––––––––––––– Classic Cars Show and Fly-ins month. “The museum is totally self-supporting,” helped subsidize contributions from the Rice explained. “Because most of the muse- community since the board and other donors um’s warbirds and other aircraft can actually were intent on the museum preserving militake to the air, Wings Over Miami is the only tary aviation history,” Rice explained. “But tightened budgets and rising ‘flying museum’ south of the Orlando area,” Rental fees paid to the county, combined costs has now put the museum in a critiwith a weak economy of recent years that has cal situation. That’s why the golf tournalimited contributions, has resulted in an ment is a vital event to keep the museum increasing standing debt with Miami-Dade in operation.” In addition to its exhibits, Wings serves County, which Rice and the board have worked to restructure with the Aviation as an educational center for aviation historians and has honored the services of both Department. In 2012, the Wings board received an male and female aviators prominent in U.S. agreement from the county to consolidate an aviation. The facility also serves the Kendallexisting debt of back rent, penalties and 18 percent interest (with an additional 18 per- Tamiami Airport’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron cent interest) totaling $134,673 (without an that fosters aviation careers among teens and additional 18 percent interest), an amount the an operational base for adult members who non-profit began paying back on a quarterly often help with emergency air and rescue operations. basis last September. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 launched a The back rent, interest and penalties add up to quarterly payments of $14,769 for the series of events that changed the museum’s museum’s all-volunteer board which is faced fortunes when the airport took a beating

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from the storm’s fury. At that time, aviation enthusiast Kermit Weeks’ personal collection of warbirds and other planes was secured in a hangar named “Weeks Air Museum,” a vintage collection that was destroyed. After the storm, Weeks salvaged his remaining planes and moved them to Polk County, subsequently giving birth to “Wings Over Miami” Museum devoted to perpetuat-

ing South Florida aviation and military history, a place where visitors see restored vintage airplanes taxi out of the museum onto an adjoining tarmac. The museum is open at 14710 SW 128 St., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays, noon-5 p.m. For more information, visit <www.wingsovermiami.com> or at <www.facebook.com/wingsovermiami>.


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Six Gulliver senior athletes sign college letters of intent

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Village park now offering affordable dance lessons BY LEE STEPHENS

Six Gulliver Preparatory School seniors signed at the Prep’s Spring National Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Prep’s Atrium, 6575 N. Kendall Dr. Pictured (l-r) sitting at the table are Gulliver Prep senior athletes Jordi Dalmau, who will play football at Colgate University; Bo Ellis, who will play football at Harvard University; Nicole Harris, who will play soccer at Troy University; Kai-Lin Hernandez, who will play soccer at High Point University; Grant Siegel, who also will play football at Colgate University, and Sophia Trujillo, who will take her soccer talents to San Diego State University. Family and coaches surround the students.

Along with the many sports that local parks have to offer, Palmetto Bay Park now is offering affordable dance lessons. Classes — including jazz, contemporary and ballet — are taught by professional dancer Vilma Borbolla who was trained by the renowned Ballet Concerto School of Miami. After many years performing with Ballet Concerto, she has dedicated herself to teaching. With a passion for dance, she is spreading the spirit of dance in the community by offering her expertise right in the center of Palmetto Bay Park at very a accessible and reasonable cost. Classes range from beginners through advanced. Registration is open for the winter term, which ends with a performance at Deering Estate. For more information contact Vilma Borbolla at Ballet at the Park, 786343-2184.

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We the People

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Remembering when Mays Rams captured state baseball crown

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s of 2010, Florida has been ranked 43rd in per-student educational funding with respect to the rest of the nation, and the state has continued to cut back on funding for educational programs. We the People is a stimulated congressional hearing competition that provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and ideas. This Program inspires active citizenship among the students, and enables them to form opinions on important present day issues. Many schools in Florida partake in this competition but only one can represent the state at the national level. On January 11th, 2013, that school was Miami Killian Senior High School. The school holds a legacy of sorts, having reached national level numerous times in the past. Killian earned its proud “A” grade this year, and the members of the We the People team certainly reflect that pride and capability. This year, the Killian We the People team faced many staggering challenges- a new teacher, for one, who had never taught the course before, and a single student mentor for all six competitive units. “Everyone doubted the capability of the team this year due to the many hindrances it faced, but I never lost hope, and the hard work paid off” says Veronica Joubert, the student mentor. The students themselves seem like almost a breathing analogy for the founding principles of our nation, being from a variety of backgrounds and creeds and never failing to come together as a team, tied together by the constitution. They juggle a challenging curriculum in addition to preparing for the competition, many of them are involved in Advanced Placement classes or holding jobs. Still, the students display their dedication by practicing after school, on holiday breaks, and on weekends. Despite all of these challenges, Killian’s team pulled through and is now qualified to move on to represent Florida on a national level. Unfortunately, the trip’s price is nothing to sneeze at- just $30,100.00, with a $6,900.00 deposit on February 15, 2013. The students are now faced with a lack of funding from both the state and the federal government. This incredible program used to receive federal funding, but is now receiving only meager educational funding. So the students are fundraising and holding events at the school, as well as looking to the community and state for donations. If you would like to donate for Miami Killian’s We the People team to represent your state at the national competition, please make all checks out to Miami Killian Senior High School , with a letter specifying that the money is going to the We The People team. If you have any questions please contact the principal of the school Mr. Ennis, at Tennis.dadeschools.net.

Pictured are the 1957 Mays Rams Baseball Champions (l-r, kneeling) Lee Andrew Waters, L.J. Bohler, Jimmy Edgecomb, Emory Collier, Wilbert Bryant and Dennis Bohler; (standing) assistant baseball coach Rufus Tribble; Carl Hanna, business manager; Curtis Baker, Curtis Young, Nathaniel Russ, Bob Cunningham, Herbert Pratt, James Rolle, Harvey Cooper and head coach Earl Dinkins. (Photo courtesy of Harvey Cooper) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY ALONZO HARDY

In the annals of Miami-Dade County sports history, Mays High School in Goulds (now Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts) holds a special place. Under coach Earl Dinkins, with coach Rufus Tribble assisting him, the Rams won the school’s first and only state baseball championship in 1957. With the effective pitching of the Bohler Brothers — Dennis and L.J. — the Mays High Rams won the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association State Baseball Tournament at Daytona Beach. In the first game, the Rams eliminated Cocoa Monroe High Wildcats by a score of

11-2 and in the second game the Rams defeated George Washington Carver High Fighting Eagles of Delray Beach by a score of 7-6. This was a tense moment. Emory Collier saved the day by hitting a two-run triple in the bottom of the 11th inning. It ended in a bunt by James Rolle, who was thrown out. The final game in which the opponent was Stanton High Blue Devils, was won by the Rams. The score was 12-1. In this game, Jimmy Edgecomb hit a double and a single, James Rolle hit a single, Herbert Pratt hit a double and L.J. Bohler a double. Excellent defenses were displayed by Harvey Cooper, Curtis Young, Nathaniel Russ and Wilbert Bryant.


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Zen Village hosts Chinese New Year, other recent events in community BY WUI WEI

Dancing dragons, Shin Jiang Dance from Northwestern China, Chi Pao Fashion Runway Show, and an illustrious visit from 11 Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Southern India are just some of the recent community events hosted by Zen Village in Coconut Grove, 3570 Main Hwy. “The year is off to an auspicious beginning,” said Zen Village founder and executive director Master Chufei Tsai. “We are so grateful to the community for being present at the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration and the sacred Sand Mandala painting ceremony during the Monks visit.” Founded in 2005 as a sanctuary for under-served populations and as a peaceful resting place for high achievers, Zen Village has been a refuge and healing space for more than 8,000 members since its inception. The spirit of this year’s endeavors at Zen Village (and partner not-forprofit organizations, Heart for Humanity and Zab Sang Institute) are based on the concept of “Ashokbya.”

Ashokbya is a Sanskrit word suggesting an unshakable mindful consciousness in life towards wisdom, peace, love and prosperity. “It is an expression of life in connection to the divine,” said Master Tsai. “We create beauty and meaning and art from everyday life with an attentive unwavering mindfulness to do the right thing. This way we bring about peace and prosperity in our own lives and that of our community.” The Ashokbya spirit continues with the Grassroots Festival in Historic Virginia Key, Feb. 21-24. Zen Village will host The Healing Arts and Sustainability Fair at the festival. Over 10,000 art and music lovers — many from upstate New York — are expected to head south for four days of classic independent music and international performance art through Yoga, Martial Arts, Meditation, Dance, Tea Ceremony, and a range of activities for youth of all ages. Inner Circle, Donna the Buffalo, Rusted Root and Spam All Stars are just a few of the bands headlining the music festival.

“We are creating art from expression through the beauty of presentation,” said Master Tsai. “This is Zen Living and Ashokbya in action.” Volunteer driven, Zen Village also offers an extensive catalog of courses designed not only to provide hands-on training in a range of disciplines for community leaders, but to assist youth as well in the profound challenges they face, and to bring inspiration and relief to underserved populations. Zen Village is a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit cross cultural, inter-faith organization, Buddhist temple and sanctuary that promotes eco-living, sustainability, and holistic wellness. To find out more information about Zen Village or the Healing Arts and Sustainability Fair at the Grassroots Festival Feb. 21-24 call 305-5670165, send email to <office@zenvillage.org>, or visit the website at zenvillage.org. –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Master Chufei Tsai, Zen Village founder and executive director, welcomes all for tours and consultation.


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Coral Reef HS student a winner in national video competition BY GARY ALAN RUSE

“Two, my dream for college is to go to California for film school — USC and David Scherker, an 11th grade student at UCLA being at the top. I saw this as an Coral Reef High School, was one of three opportunity to build up a résumé, while winners in a national anti-bullying video also informing the United States of a simcontest sponsored by the U.S. Government ple way to stop bullying.” that received almost 900 subNow 17, Scherker was 16 missions. Begun last fall, the when he made the video. He put competition’s results were it together in less than a week, announced on Feb. 1. using 15 actors from the His video, It Starts With school’s Drama Magnet proOne, as one of two receiving gram. honorable mention earned a “I planned and wrote Monday $500 cash prize and will be to Wednesday, worked with my featured on the <www.stopTV Production teacher David bullying.gov> website. Ernsberger, who was a cineScherker made the video due matographer, on how to frame it to his own encounters with to make editing as easy as posbullying and his hope to pursible on Thursday, and filmed it David Scherker sue a career in filmmaking. entirely in two hours on Friday, ––––––––––––––––– “Well, two things motivatrunning around the school,” ed me,” Scherker said. “One was the fact Scherker said. “I edited Friday and that this contest provided me a chance to Saturday to turn it in Sunday.” show a few of the different types of bullyWith only two hours to film and no ing that occur throughout school. Many chance for reshooting scenes, it was a chalthink of mainly verbal or physical, but iso- lenge because of the time factor, but one he lation is another extremely prominent form rose above with good planning and the help of bullying. Though I have rarely been of the others participating. physically bullied, I have had verbal abuse “Fortunately, my drama teachers. Ana and isolation throughout middle school. Mederos and Nicole Quintana. allowed me

David Scherker (right) is pictured directing a scene in the video.

to film during the class that day, and all of the actors were very cooperative and worked very well, allowing me to finish filming in time,” Scherker said. “Besides that, I just had to sit in front of the computer using Final Cut Express for several hours editing to get it done in time.” Scherker said that in high school, especially Coral Reef, people are more understanding and he has seen less bullying there, but that no school is completely without bullies. He hopes that his video and the concept behind it will enlighten the public on the different styles of bullying and show how simple it is to end it. “Bullies feed off of the support from peers,” Scherker said. “Much of the time, bullies do mean things to be funny or to be liked by others, not with the sole intention of being mean. Even the times they are being funny can severely hurt people’s feelings. Cut off that peer support and bullies lose their power and often their motivation.” Besides having been a victim himself,

Scherker has seen others being bullied through isolation, verbal abuse, and even physical abuse and has taken a stand by befriending those who have been bullied. His goal is to inspire others to do the same and make a school a more pleasant environment for everyone. “I hope that this video can be used as a tool to show that there are alternatives to bullying,” Scherker said. “Even if the video changes the perception of a handful of people, or even one person, my video was a success because it would have made someone’s life better.” The judges of the competition were Deborah A. Temkin, PhD, of the U.S. Department of Education; Erin Reiney, MPH, CHES of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Stephanie Rapp, MSW, LCSW-C of the U.S. Department of Justice. Scherker’s video can be seen online at <http://stopbullying.challenge.gov/submissions/10738-it-starts-with-one>.


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Easter Weekend to get underway with Seaquarium’s BunnyPalooza BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

Easter weekend in Miami gets underway with BunnyPalooza 2013 at Miami Seaquarium, which hops onto the scene from Friday, Mar. 29, to Easter Sunday, Mar. 31, with the largest parade in the event’s nearly 15year history. Guests will enjoy continuous Easter Egg Hunts throughout the day, and five acres of adrenaline pumping fun with bounce houses, “Giant Fun Slide,” rock climbing wall, plus many prizes and surprises. A discount of $8 off admission to BunnyPalooza is available with a receipt or coupon from Publix Supermarket. “Easter weekend is a big deal at Miami Seaquarium,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “BunnyPalooza 2013 is much more than a traditional egg hunt; it offers families three days of fun with acres of shows, activities and even a parade.” The Easter Parade will start daily at 12:30 p.m. complete with floats, bands, strolling per- This Easter Bunny hides his eggs underwater at Miami Seaquarium. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– formers, costumed characters and, of course, the Easter Bunny. During Seaquarium is located at 4400 the festivities, bunny hoppers should be on Rickenbacker Causeway. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s the lookout for a Golden Egg, which will be hidden in one goodie bag at most popular tourist attraction, is a familyBunnyPalooza egg hunts. The Golden Egg oriented marine-life park open to the pubwill give one lucky child and up to three lic 365 days a year. General admission to other family members or friends, lifetime Miami Seaquarium is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information admission to Miami Seaquarium. For more information visit on Miami Seaquarium is available at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>. Miami <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

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Westminster Christian students selected to District Honor Band

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, when considering cancers, which affect both men and women. The risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with advancing age. More than 90% of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. According to the Centers for Disease Control, if everyone aged 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided. Screening can detect colorectal cancer early when treatment works best, or find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum, which can be removed before they turn into cancer. Some studies show that increased physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight may decrease the risk for colorectal cancer. Researchers are examining the role of certain supplements, such as calcium, vitamin D, and selenium, in preventing colorectal cancer.

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Westminster Christian School Band members selected to High School District Honor Band are (l-r) Rachel Lundgren, Dylan Charlton, Christina Loisel, Tristan Suris, Taelor Suris, and Edwin Ulloa. Middle School students are not pictured. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY ANA M. POVEDA

Eight Westminster Christian School Band members were selected to the District Honor Band, and two were selected as first chair in their sections. Selected to the High School District Honor Band were: Dylan Charlton (first chair, percussion), Edwin Ulloa (first chair, tuba), Christina Loisel, Taelor Suris, Tristan Suris and Rachel Lundgren.

Selected to the Middle School District Honor Band were Angie Font and Alfonso Betancourt. “I couldn’t be prouder of their musical skill, rehearsal diligence, stage presence, and Christian character, which they displayed constantly,” said Joy Harden, WCS Band director. “They rehearsed for about 12 hours this weekend with intensity and passion, alongside the other talented musicians of our district.”


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Cancer Support Community Congregation to host an evening to honor trio of supporters of Moonlight and Martinis, Mar. 2 BY LEE STEPHENS

According to American Cancer Society’s 2012 statistics, one in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. In 2013, approximately 100,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed with in the state of Florida alone. Those numbers are overwhelming in print. However, for those actually diagnosed, the time that follows this information often is crowded with fear and great concern — both for patients and their loved ones. For more than 10 years, the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) has helped those impacted by cancer improve their quality of life by providing free educational and emotional support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Since inception, the mission of this non-profit organization has been to help caner patients — from the moment of diagnosis — with research-based psychosocial services. Since 2002, the CSCGM has seen more than 21,000 patients and family members. The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami will host its 11th Anniversary Heart and Star Award Dinner on Thursday, Apr. 11, at Temple Beth Am in Pinecrest. John Arasi; Briana Vega, and Richard Zakheim, MD, will be honored at this prestigious signature event. Arasi will be receiving the “Champion of the Community Spirit” Award for his philanthropic and community leadership; Vega, the “Champion of the Human

Spirit” Award for her work as a cancer survivor — the first child to ever receive a Champion honor — and Dr. Zakheim, The Founder’s Award, for outstanding volunteer leadership. More than 400 business and philanthropic leaders from Greater Miami will be in attendance for the event. “John, Briana and Richard are extremely deserving honorees who have done so much for cancer awareness, our medical community and for Miami-Dade County in general,” said Danielle Spiegelman, executive director of the organization. “We are grateful and proud to have them as our Heart and Star Honorees as well as supporters and advocates of the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. They have each performed extraordinary acts of kindness and have selflessly worked to inspire hope and action.” The 11th Anniversary Heart and Star Award Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 11, at Temple Beth Am, The Richard and Janet Yulman Campus, 5950 N. Kendall Dr. Committee leadership for this fundraising event is comprised of the following: Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, Chanin and Adam Carlin, Candace D. Falsetto, Ana Hughes Freund, Carmen Perez, Aida and Joseph Roisman, Lourdes Rosales, Kim Sarkisian, Amy Scharlin, Debra Schottenstein, Kara Stearns Sharp, Edie Spiegel, Carole Wright and Pamela Zakheim. For more information, call Danielle F. Spiegelman, Cancer Support Community Greater Miami executive director, at 305-668-5900. Visit the organization’s local website at <www.CancerSupportCommunityMiami

BY REBECCA KLEIN

Mix one part moonlight and one part martini; stir in a fabulous auction and entertainment for a twist of fun; serve with delectable nibbles, drinks and sweets with a room full of friends and you get the perfect recipe for a memorable night. The members of Congregation Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom invite the community to join them for their 19th annual Moonlight and Martinis Auction event on Saturday, Mar. 2, at 7 p.m. Along with an exciting auction consisting of fabulous items, the event will offer a “Deal or No Deal” themed raffle game where anyone with a raffle ticket has a chance to be selected as a contestant and every contestant will win a prize. The evening concludes with guests being treated to an after party celebration with a live performance by the band Blackstar.

“This is a community event that will appeal to many people that want to have a fun evening in our neighborhood and know that the funds raised will go to a good cause,” said Amy Simons, event chair. “Your investment of $18 entry will help educational programs at our synagogue, plus you are guaranteed a fun time with complimentary appetizers, cocktails and amazing auction items, plus live music to finish off the evening.” Pre-sale tickets for the “Moonlight and Martinis” event at Congregation Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom are $18 per person. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 per person. Registration is available online at <www.bbsoomiami.org>. Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom is located at 9400 SW 87 Ave. (behind Baptist Hospital). For more information, contact the synagogue office at 305-595-1500.


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Hats on for The Vizcayans’ annual Preservation Luncheon on Feb. 26 BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

The Vizcayans will host their fifth annual Preservation Luncheon, fondly referred to as the “Hat Luncheon,” at the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The al-fresco luncheon will be blossoming with stylish hats and elegant attire galore, reminiscent of fashionable daytime soirees in the formal Italianate gardens, which were a tradition in Vizcaya’s early years at James Deering’s European-inspired home, opened in 1916. This year’s chair for the Preservation Luncheon is Lydia Touzet. The afternoon will begin with a glorious cocktail reception on the Garden Mound where guests will be welcomed by enchanting string music as they sip on champagne and enjoy decadent hors d’oeuvres. Trumpets will then cue guests to proceed to a lavish dining experience in a beautifully decorated pavilion that includes an exquisite four-course lunch catered by Thierry’s Catering, Lanson champagne and wines by Chateau D’Esclans. Gift bags will be provided courtesy of Neiman

Marcus Coral Gables. “It’s very exciting to be part of the fifth annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon to celebrate the splendor of the gardens and to raise funds to protect, preserve and restore the treasured estate,” said Leslie Bowe, president of The Vizcayans “We hope to continue engaging our Preservation founders and partners as well as welcome new partners to this wonderful event.” The Vizcayan’s Preservation Luncheon, inspired by the Central Park Conservancy’s “Hat luncheon” held each year in New York, was founded by Norma Quintero in 2009 during her term as president of the Vizcayans in an effort to raise money to protect the estate’s viewshed. All proceeds from this and all Vizcayans’ events currently benefit a comprehensive restoration plan for Vizcaya’s buildings, gardens and outdoor statuary. Individual tickets are $300 and tables of 10 are $3,000. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 305-856-4866, ext. 3, or send email to <rsvp@vizcayans.org>.

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We the People

Rachel Seymour-Newton finds her gifts in love dogs bring BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Most children can’t wait until their birthday because they want a birthday party with lots and lots of presents. Not Rachel SeymourNewton. When she was about to turn 9, she told her mom she wanted her party to be used to raise money to save dogs. “I heard about a lot of dogs being abused and I wanted to help,” Seymour-Newton said. Since then, all of her birthday parties have focused on raising money for Friends Forever Rescue. Friends and family are asked to donate dog food or money instead of giving Rachel presents. At one of those parties, the Rachel Seymour-Newton poses with a canine friend. Seymour-Newton family brought in puppies for the children to play with and the guests left with photos of them- and for the dogs.” In a twist of roles, Rachel has been selves playing with the puppies. At anothteaching her mom how to let go of the foser, guests were told to bring their family pet ter puppies when they are adopted. and, for a $30 donation, mom Jaime “My mom gets attached,” Rachel said. Seymour-Newton, who is a photographer, “We all have to let them go. We can’t keep would take portraits of the pooch. The parties have raised several thousand every dog.” They usually foster puppies because the dollars. Party guests also have donated family pooch doesn’t like bigger dogs many, many bags of food to feed the resinvading his home. cued dogs. “We have had one dog since August, Rachel is turning 13 on Sept. 11 and she and her mom are working on the biggest Billy the Kidd; he’s the biggest mush ball,” Rachel said. “We think he’s a lab rottie fundraiser yet. “We’re going to try to do something real- mix. His brother looks like a rottie, and he ly big,” Jaime Seymour-Newton said. looks like a lab.” She especially is concerned about the “We’re having some of her friends and her parents come to this meeting and make it puppy because he is a black lab. “People don’t like to adopt the black big and make it different.” dogs because they think they are scarier They have a meeting scheduled with Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner to talk about and meaner,” Rachel Seymour-Newton said. where the event should be held. One of the reasons she loves to help out At the same time, Rachel Seymourat the shelter is because of the love and Newton is working on the service project affection she gets from the dogs. She said that is part of the Jewish tradition when a girl has her bat mitzvah. (Boys have a bar they will give that same love and affection to the family that adopts them. mitzvah.) “Most of the dogs at the shelter, they are “I’m going to do something with the used to being abused and they’ll try to dogs as well,” she said. please you,” she said. “They were abused Rachel Seymour-Newton hasn’t been satisfied with just raising money. She also so they try to be nice.” Rachel Seymour-Newton also has started has taken in dogs (and helped train them). The dogs eventually are adopted by other the Friends Forever Dog Club. Members volunteer at the Friends Forever shelter to families. “We’ve fostered 20 dogs in the past few get the dogs ready for their showings at Pet years,” Jaime Seymour-Newton said. “We Smart at SW 136th Street and S. Dixie do one or two at a time. It’s a gift for us as Highway. For information, go online to well. I’ve learned a lot from my daughter. <www.friendsforeverevents.com/landing>. It’s been very rewarding for us as a family

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Fifteen public schools from across the country, including Kendall’s Leewood K-8 Center, have won $40,000 in technology as finalists in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, a national competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Three grand prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges; a fourth will be chosen by Samsung employees, and a fifth — the Community Choice Award winner — will be determined by public online voting. The grand prizewinners, who will be announced at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in March, are invited to a special awards ceremony on Apr. 17 in Washington, DC. The students at Leewood K-8 Center created a short video submission on tackling water pollution in the Everglades by creating a sustainable garden project to supply naturally grown produce without pesticides containing harmful pollutants. The video can be seen online at <http://tinyb.it/5052C1ED3E14>. Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until 11:59 p.m. EST, Mar. 4, at <www.samsung.com/solvefortomorrow> and the Samsung Facebook Solve tab at <www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA>. “We are very excited about our finalists and congratulate them for the creativity and hard work they showed through their entries,” said David Steel, executive vice president of corporate strategy of Samsung Electronics North America. “Solve for Tomorrow provides an opportunity for students and teachers

to apply their creativity and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to real world environmental issues in their communities. “We hope the challenge of this contest, together with the technology for winning schools, will help inspire the students of today to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.” More than 1,600 schools across the country entered the contest that began in August 2012 with an essay response to how STEM can help the environment in their community. Seventy-five classrooms — 25 from each of the following three categories: rural, suburban, urban — selected as semi-finalists received a Samsung camcorder, laptop, and Adobe editing software to create videos to compete in the video phase of the contest that answered the challenge: How can STEM help improve the environment in your community? The 15 finalists now have a chance to win one of five grand prizes valued at $110,000 from Samsung, the Adobe Foundation, and DirecTV. As part of Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s philanthropic initiative focusing on health, education, and sustainability, Solve for Tomorrow encourages teachers to engage students in STEM by raising enthusiasm for these subjects and addressing the technology gap in classrooms. With the top 15 schools each receiving at least $40,000 of technology and the top five receiving at least $110,000 of technology, the total value of prizes awarded to participating schools total more than $1 million.


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Miami International Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante (left) interviews guest Ruth Shack.

BY GARY ALAN RUSE

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Miami International Film Festival and during a press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami the program for the 10day event beginning Mar. 1 was announced. Miami Dade College, which now owns the Freedom Tower (the former Miami News building), produces and presents the festival that has grown steadily over the years. After a video montage of vintage news reports of past festivals, MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante announced that there would be 117 feature films, including many world, North American and U.S. premieres. For the first time in MIFF history, the festival will open and close with documentary features, Twenty Feet from Stardom directed by Morgan Neville and Venus and Serena directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major. “The fact that these were two of the most compelling, overwhelming, joyous films that were in our program made them natural selections to be in our gala and conclusion,” Laplante said. The festival films will be presented at two historic landmarks, the Gusman Center Olympia Theater and MDC’s Tower Theater, as well as at Coral Gables Art Cinema, O Cinema, Regal South Beach and Miami Beach Cinematheque. It is estimated that the annual festival attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. There are six competition categories with many films vying for awards in documentary, dramatic and other divisions A guest at the press conference was Ruth Shack, who served three terms on the MetroDade County Commission in the 1970s and ’80s, and who sat on the original MIFF board of directors in the festival’s first year, 1984. She remembered how extraordinary that was. “The sheer audacity of the idea blew us all

away,” Shack said. “Miami’s modern history has been short, and clearly the film festival was one of the most audacious, one of the most visionary and one of the most exciting concepts to come along. There was skepticism that the film festival would last, but I think others would agree with me that the sheer joy of having made it 30 years later is rather remarkable.” Laplante asked her what the highlights were for her of that very first film festival. “It was the people involved,” Shack said. “It was having people come from other communities to ours to look around, to see some of these films that were being shown and to recognize us as a player in a field that we really knew very little about.” Laplante acknowledged that it has not always been smooth sailing for the festival, even in more recent years, but even though there have been some challenges, “we’re in a very good place here.” Shack agreed, noting that when MDC took the helm, it made a difference. “When the college stood up and said ‘we will be a part of this exciting adventure,’ I think we all had a great relief that it was going to survive,” Shack said. “Here was an organization with a stellar reputation in the community and an interest in not only film but how film was made. It made me feel a whole lot better.” MIFF will bestow Career Achievement awards to Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba and Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström, best known for his film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. River Phoenix’s last movie, Dark Blood, will make its North American premiere at the festival. “If you’re not at the movies every day in the first 10 days of March, you’re in the wrong place,” Laplante said. Shack added, “I think it’s going to be an extraordinary festival.” For tickets and information visit <www.miamifilmfestival.com> or call 305405-MIFF (6433).

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Humane Society invites Miamians to Walk for the Animals, Feb. 23 BY ALICE FISHER

Walk for the Animals, presented by Pet Supermarket, is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.) and is an exciting and worthwhile activity for the entire family and, of course, dogs. Walk for the Animals is the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s largest annual community fundraiser. More than 4,000 animal lovers will gather together for a morning filled with fun activities for dogs and the people they own. This year the event will be adding an “Adoption Center,” sponsored by Pet Supermarket, where local rescue groups are invited to bring their puppies, kittens, cats and dogs so many loving and permanent homes can be found. All adoptable pets will be spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date with vaccines. Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman is the grand marshal and NBC6 meteorologist Ryan Phillips will emcee the

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uct samples, and great food. There will be a special Bakery Tent filled with mouthwatering pastries to be enjoyed with a fabulous cup of Coffee Brake coffee.

Kendall Christian School is celebrating their 40th birthday with a Birthday Bash/Touch-a-Truck Day on February 23rd from 10am – 2pm. Nestled on Kendall Presbyterian Church’s 7-acre campus, on Historic Killian Drive, Kendall Christian School has been serving our community for the past 40 years. It will celebrate its 40th Birthday Bash on Saturday, February 23rd, with a Touch-a-Truck Day, a free community event, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 8485 SW 112th Street. Kids of all ages can have a safe, up-close, hands-on experience with over 30 vehicles including semi-trucks, police vehicles, an ambulance and a helicopter. Also on hand will be the Florida Marlins Mobile, K9 units from MDPD SWAT, construction equipment, local food trucks and much more. Touch-a-Truck Day will also be a Kendall Christian Alumni reunion. Thousands of children have enjoyed a quality Christian education over the past four decades. Our graduates have gone on to attend Miami’s top private schools, and more recently the most coveted public school magnate programs. Many have families of their own now, and KCS would like to see them all come home. All KCS alumni are encouraged to come, bring the

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and entertainment will be provided from 9 a.m. until noon. The one-mile stroll around the park (with or without a dog) begins at 10 a.m. The minimum donation for an individual walker is $50 and includes a Walk T-shirt, a goodie bag and doggie bandana. Or, form a pack (team) with your family and friends and receive personalized pack goodies. Big Dog Packs are for walkers 18 years of age and older and Proud Pup Packs are for those under 18. The Pack raising the most money will be recognized at the event with a special surprise. For more Walk information, visit <www.humanesocietymiami.org>, or to register go to <www.firstgiving.com/hsgm>. “Every dollar raised from the Walk goes toward sheltering more than 300 homeless cats and dogs in our care every day,” said Donna Tallon, Humane Society executive director. “In addition, the funds help support our spay/neuter services, quality adoptions, humane education and pet therapy.”

family, and make sure to stop by the Alumni Table. If you’ve never visited, KCS encourages you to come see what it’s all about. The quiet, inviting campus, with its “forest” of oak trees and cheery classrooms is like a home-away-from-home for its students. KCS offers strong academics, a full music and art program, Spanish, and a challenging science program taught in our science lab. KCS also boasts the latest in computers and technology, including an iPad Lab and “smart” boards in all classrooms grade K4 to 5th grade. But none of that means anything without the right faculty. KCS students are taught by a highly qualified, caring faculty, who love what they do. Janet Franco, parent of an alumni and 4th grade teacher for over 9 years, knows why she does what she does. “I love to instill the love of discovery and learning in children,” says Mrs. Franco. “KCS is a place where both happen every day.” Teri Lacret, whose children also graduated from KCS, has taught science to K5 through 5th grade for 7 of her 14 years at KCS. “I love teaching science,” says Mrs. Lacret, with a big contagious smile, “because it’s so exciting and interactive! And through science, I am actually teaching them about God and His amazing

creation.” Claudia Gonzalez, PTF President, mother of 3, and KCS parent for the last ten years, says she loves the atmosphere at KCS. “It feels like a family,” she says. “The teachers are open and easy to talk to. They take a sincere interest in their students, and that’s important to me as a parent.” At the head of Kendall Christian School is Principal Cindy Krepcho, who came to KCS four years ago and offers over 17 years of administrative experience. “It is so rewarding to lead such a dynamic team. I feel privileged to work with such an outstanding and caring faculty and staff,” says Mrs. Krepcho, who has seen the school through many changes and improvements, especially in the area of technology. “The school has undergone significant changes over the last 40 years,” Mrs. Krepcho affirms, “but our core stays the same. I’m proud to be part of this thriving ministry.” Kendall Christian School wants to welcome you to their campus on Touch-aTruck Day, Saturday, February 23rd. But you are always welcome to stop by for a tour. No appointment is necessary. The doors are always open for those curious about what makes KCS truly special. Call KCS at 305-271-3723 or visit on the web at www.kendallchristian.com.


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Chevy Spark is a nimble ‘get around town’ mini car Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS If you’re looking for a small car that’s sporty and nimble and won’t steal your money at the gas pump, then check out the new 2013 Chevrolet Spark. It’s a sporty fourpassenger, five-door hatchback designed to appeal to first-time buyers and city residents. The Spark is powered by an Ecotec 1.25liter four-cylinder engine mated to a fivespeed manual transmission and gets 38 mpg on the highway (a plug-in electric model will be available by early summer). Spark is affordable, boldly styled and comes in some fairly outrageous colors, including Salsa Red, Jalapeño, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink, as well as the more traditional Black Granite, Silver Ice and Summit White. Spark has excellent maneuverability and comes with 10 standard air bags. Spark is available in three models — LS, 1LT and 2LT — and while it looks like a three-door hatchback, designers have clever-

ly disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar. The technique gives Spark a sporty appearance without sacrificing five-door comfort and utility. An integrated spoiler over the rear hatch enhances the appearance and improves aerodynamics for fuel efficiency. Up front, Spark has a prominent two-tier grille and the Chevy bowtie logo. The “stretched” windshield is accentuated by a single arc roofline, while the wheels-outbody-in stance, body-color front door handles, standard 15-inch aluminum wheels and body sides without cladding give the Spark a sleek, almost aggressive look. Large elliptically shaped halogen headlights stretch from the front fascia to the Apillar and the clear, polycarbonate lenses and chrome-coated headlight bezels are sculpted into the forward corners. Spark’s interior complements its sporty exterior. The motorcycle-inspired columnmounted instrument cluster has a large, fullcolor LCD screen that provides digital feedback to the driver. Decorative inserts in the front door and instrument panel add a premium touch, as does the ice blue ambient lighting and faceplates across the door pockets and dash. Air conditioning and power windows are standard.

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Spark also has lots of storage space, with numerous bins located throughout the cabin and a cargo area of 11.4 cubic feet behind rear seat. With the rear seat folded, there’s 31.2 cubic feet of hauling space, and the rear seat splits 60-40 to allow long items (such as skis) to be transported along with a rear-seat passenger. Spark also is loaded with the latest electronic technology. It comes with MyLink Radio, a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying smartphone-based music, videos, photos and contacts for

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