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$725,500 project designed for added motorist and pedestrian safety at the busy intersection of SW 87th Avenue and Kendall Drive will get underway in March with completion targeted by August. Details were illustrated on an aerial photo and explained by District 6 Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials headed by Jose Barrera, PE, on Jan. 12 at the Kendall Branch Library. A three-year study showed that 66 accidents were attributed to rear-ended and leftturning vehicles at the intersection where traffic counts often exceed 1,000 cars an hour during peak periods on Kendall Drive. “The primary change will close a median opening now allowing left turns from westbound Kendall Drive motorists onto SW 87 Court,” Barrera said. Motorists making left turns create the hazard when attempting the left turn to access the Lennar Center complex or medical office buildings adjacent to Baptist Hospital, especially for through traffic along Kendall Drive, immediately west of SW 87th Avenue. Barrera noted that eliminating the SW 87th Court left turn also would allow a longer left turn lane for Kendall Drive’s westbound motorists entering Baptist Hospital grounds. Other planned improvements: • Widening the west side of SW 87th Avenue for a 760-foot distance to accommo-

Kendall Drive and SW 87th Avenue plan is described by FDOT’s Rafael Logas to Michael Howe, board member of Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations.

date two northbound through lanes and a designated bike lane, designed to improve traffic flows along a curving section of SW 87th Avenue between 88th and 92nd streets. • Extending the southbound SW 87th Avenue left turn lane by 285 feet to a distance of 470 feet, creating additional vehicle waiting space. • Extending an eastbound Kendall Drive left turn lane by 225 feet to a new length of 550 feet, also lengthening the left turn lane.

Repaving both streets, upgrading pedestrian ramps, installing sidewalks, curbing, gutters, new signage and traffic signal retrofitting are included in the five-month project that will require removal of eight trees south of Kendall Drive. Temporary lane closures during off-peak commuting hours will resulted in limited impact on ongoing traffic, according to an FDOT project fact sheet. Additional information is available by calling 305-470-5260.

FWC seeks good homes for unwanted nonnative pets

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BY LEE STEPHENS

he Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced another Pet Amnesty Day at the Miami Metrozoo on Feb. 6 and needs potential adopters to provide good homes for pets that are turned in at the event. The FWC urges people who have an exotic pet they can’t care for anymore to

bring it to Pet Amnesty Day rather than opening their front door and letting it loose. It’s illegal to release a nonnative animal into the wild in Florida, and it could be detrimental for the animal and the environment. Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day, hosted in conjunction with Miami Metrozoo, is one of the FWC’s efforts to keep unwanted exotic pets out of Florida’s native habitats.

“We are expecting to get quite a few nonnative animals that day, so we need to make sure we have safe homes for them,” said Jenny Tinnell of the FWC. “Released pets are a common pathway that allows exotic species into the wild. “Often, pet owners don’t understand the difference between native and nonna-

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Attorney reviews pending condominium legislation BY RICHARD YAGER

While state law affecting Florida foreclosures needs revision, ownership rights still must reflect fundamental guarantees of security and privacy, stated a leading community association attorney speaking to the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations on Jan. 11. For more than an hour Gary Poliakoff reviewed portions of Senate and House proposals broadening association procedures, due for committee hearings beginning Mar. 2 when the 2010 session of the Florida Legislature convenes in Tallahassee. “Of course, the devil is in the details,” Poliakoff declared, waving a pair of binders, both inches thick with proposed amendments that would change existing laws from expanding right of entry to property in emergencies to lessening foreclosure procedures and permitting faster recovery of Attorney Gary Poliakoff maintenance reviews legislation during payments. KFHA meeting on Jan. 11. With a legal career representing condominium owners and association for over 40 years, the former legislator emphasized the need to be aware of details in any proposals that may infringe on ownership rights within existing statutes, particularly those caused by the immediacy of foreclosure issues. –––––––––––––––– See

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Community Council 12 okays application for office building BY RICHARD YAGER

Despite nearby resident protests, approval without debate or dissent by Community Council 12 member acting as a zoning appeals board on Jan. 13 paved the way for a new Kendall commercial office building adjoining homes along SW 117th Avenue. Ironically, permission for a commercial structure became permissible through land use changes just two years after abutting property owner Alfredo Garcia-Menocal sought to replace a vacated and graffitimarked concrete house with four estatetype residences. For years, overgrown foliage masked the three-acre corner lot where a vacated one-bedroom home at 11605 SW 95 St. was built and occupied by an architect in the 1960s. In 2006, Garcia-Menocal, who acquired the site, sought to split the property into four parcels for estate-type single-family homes, an application subsequently limited to three such residences. The application was denied without prejudice by votes of Council 12 and MiamiDade County commissioners, largely due to protesting neighbors. In 2008, changes in the Miami-Dade Land Use Plan provided latitude for commercial structures within transitional areas (i.e., residential-to-commercial use) that meet a five-point list spelled out in Section 33-11. Requirements include compatibility, conformance to county development requirements and departmental staff approvals. Since the new land use designation applies to zoning requirements, GarciaMenocal then applied for a SemiProfessional Office District (RU-5A) permitted for transitional properties as

defined by the Land Use change. Twice deferred during 2009, Council 12 members had sought a building plan from attorney Miguel Diaz De la Portilla but were informed by staff that none is required under the land use requirement as it pertains to property zoning for RU-5A. Residents protesting the change were nevertheless heard at a deferred public hearing Dec. 2 but time for discussion was delayed due to the late hour, much of the agenda devoted earlier to a Greenery Mall application. As a consequence, on Jan. 13, council chair Elliott N. Zack ruled the “public� part of the hearing ended Dec. 2 before member Jose Valdes recapped the fouryear history of the Menocal property. Valdes concluded that without a site plan required for board review, there appeared no need for discussion, only the formality to approve RU-5A zoning because Menocal’s application met planning staff requirements and had gained all department approvals necessary, and there was no reason to deny it. “If we voted against it, we would only be asking for a reversible court decision,� concluded Valdes, also an attorney. “We would like to see 10- to 20-foot tree plantings, every 10 feet, to help mask the building from residences on the east side of the property.� Another request would limit weekday trash collections to daylight hours. The board voted 6-0 to recommend the new zoning and De la Portillo said the requests for environmental and noise restrictions would be observed “as a good neighbor� after review by the appropriate county departments. Council member Peggy Brodeur was not present at the meeting.

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PETS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– LEGISLATION, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– tive species, or they don’t realize the possible effects releasing a nonnative species can have. This event gives pet owners who can no longer take care of their pets, or no longer wish to keep them, a legal, ethical option.” Currently, the FWC is looking for potential adopters in South Florida who are experienced pet owners and are willing to provide a home for one or two more animals. All adopters must fill out the proper application form before they receive surrendered animals. “This isn’t a free pet giveaway,” Tinnell said. “We’re looking for adopters with knowledge and expertise in caring for exotic pets; it’s not for people who have always wanted a pet and think this is an opportunity to try their hand at owning one they don’t have to purchase.” Pet Amnesty Day is free and open to the public. Exotic animals can be surrendered to the FWC free of charge with no questions asked and no penalties. “We will not penalize any pet owners who choose the responsible option of not releasing their nonnative pets into the wild,” Tinnell said. “This is about curb-

ing our ongoing problem of exotic fish and wildlife.” A veterinarian will examine each animal, and every attempt will be made to place all healthy animals with qualified adopters. Pet Amnesty Day also is a family event. There will be live animals on display, live animal shows and fun activities. Experts will be on hand to talk about proper care of exotic pets, so people who are thinking about purchasing one can learn from credible sources before they buy. This is a chance for people to not only see exotic animals, but get up close and even touch them. Nonnative pet amnesty events help increase awareness of nonnative species problems. More than 400 nonnative species have been observed in Florida, and more than 130 have reproducing populations. For more information on nonnative species in Florida, or to download an adoption application, visit online <www.MyFWC.com/Nonnatives>. Adopters must have knowledge of natural history and caging requirements, and have proper facilities for the animals they are interested in adopting. There is no fee for being an adopter.

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Later, he similarly waved a copy of a recently published paperback text, New Neighborhoods, co-authored by Poliakoff and his son, Ryan. It is a consumer’s guide to community living where associations are empowered to act for residents. The Miami Beach attorney reminded the audience “laws governing shared ownership have only been in existence for a little over 50 years. Just a half-century ago, 85,000 associations represented housing for 24.5 million families. “Today, 300,000 associations represent 60 million U.S. families, or an estimated one in every five U.S. residents,” noted Poliakoff, an associate of the Miami Beach Becker & Poliakoff law firm. “Twenty million individuals alone now serve as volunteers on condominium associations.” As an “issue whose time has come,” Poliakoff said he believes new federal law should be written governing all association affairs, condo, co-op and HOAs, with requirements and property rights “spelled out in plain English.” On uncollected maintenance fees burdening association budgets as foreclosures mount, Poliakoff agreed Supreme Court-ordered mediation of “one half million of pending Florida cases may shorten the time span for payments withheld by financial institutions holding unit titles prior to disposition. “It used to be that a condo foreclosure was a 30-day legal process,” he added. “In the current logjam of unheard cases, it can take six to nine months to settle a foreclosure.” So acute has the problem become that one unidentified Broward condominium has been forced to remove dumpsters for trash pickups, resulting in plastic-bagged trash now piling up in parking lots,” Poliakoff said.

Poliakoff reviewed pros and cons of major condominium legislation proposed by District 117 State Rep. Julio Robaina, represented at the KFHA meeting by his aide, Grethel Aguia, who at one point challenged the attorney’s recapitulation of prior state legislative developments. Robaina has filed three bills affecting condominiums, co-ops and homeowner associations that he terms “crucial” because they “address problems our citizens have, not help special interests.” The proposals include: HB 327 encouraging lenders and investors (of seven or more units) to acquire significant numbers of unsold or unoccupied condominiums “to rescue problematic projects” without concurrent assumption of a developer responsibility for all community costs. (SB 840 is its counterpart, filed by State Sen. Eleanor Sobel of Broward County). HB 329 creating new procedure allowing accelerated maintenance fee collections from delinquent owners or unit property holders in foreclosure. HB 419 that changes lenient law by providing an association the right to collect maintenance fees from rental tenants and eviction if unpaid, prohibits use of recreational sites if occupants 90 days in arrears, tightens procedures and allows for state examination of records and books, among 22 specific condominium association issues. Details on the Robaina-sponsored bills can be obtained from his SW Eighth Street office, calling 305-442-6868 or by email query to <Julio.robaina@myfloridahouse.gov>. Miles E. Moss, KFHA president, informed members that Monday, Feb. 22, had been set tentatively as a followup date to continue discussions on legislation issues affecting condominium and homeowner associations.

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Even the veggies were shivering Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Via East Kendall’s Barry White, Mr. “Green Dean” recounts a frigid January 4-10 week from the southwest farming territory: “As you can imagine, it has been a most unusual week. Everyone knows that we have been experiencing record cold over the last 11 days. I have spent the last five nights at the farm trying to protect everything. “Coldest nights were Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 9-10), down to 29 degrees F. Saturday night saw lots of ice due to the wind, Sunday night just cold, no ice buildup on the plants. “As for the veggies, most but not all held up as well as can be expected. Snake Gourds were dead by Monday morning, and Long Beans looked like they may be heading in that direction. Other than those two, no other damage so far, but time will tell. “If it will just warm up to normal winter temperatures, everything will start growing again. I don’t know how the other growers like myself came out this week, hopefully ok. This has been a frustrating growing season, let me tell you!” During the first week of the new Coral Gables Farmers Market (Saturday mornings thru March from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at City Hall), Mr. “Green Dean” brought Marshall, Red Magenta, Winter Density and Mixed Lettuce, each $5 for one-pound plus bags; one-pound-plus bags of Windsor Broccoli at $4; Purple Pak Choi at $5; and Sorrell, $4. Also Mojito Mint, Blue Spice Basil, Peppermint, Oregano or Garlic Chives, $1 per packet. “All veggies iced down in coolers within an hour of picking!” Guaranteed local, unique and fresh, adds Dean Richardson. Contact <troptree@bellsouth.net> or call

786-325-3936 (ASAP). You never know when 30’s temperatures may return! Comish J oe Martinez bulletins homeowners that the Property Appraiser’s Office can provide assessment relief once a homeowner has established an impact of Chinese dry wall construction in a home. Call 305375-4008 with a description of damage and, if possible, an estimate for reconstruction. Each case is based on individual merit after a field inspection to substantiate an adjustment complaint. Any assessed value reduction will be based on the cost of remedying dry wall defects — which are substantial when rebuilding whole interiors — up to $160,000 in the case of one local homeowner! Tonight’s t h e n i g h t ( J a nu a ry 19) the Continental Park Homeowners will hold their annual election of officers at the Dice House, 7 p.m., with Commissioner Katy Sorenson on hand to discuss county and issues involving FPL transmission lines running through parts of East Kendall. Hard to envison those 100-foot concrete pillars to hold high tension lines running along suburban streets west of the Palmetto! In case you missed it, West Kendall Community Council 11 will elect officers at 7 p.m. on January 19 at a special meeting at Kendall Village Center civic pavilion. Of course, technically there are no funds to hold or advertise the meeting as a Community Council since all such funding expired September 30. Kendall Council 12 is doing the same thing February 12 as part of a Zoning Board agenda beginning at 6:30 p.m. T h ou g h t of t h e D a y The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. — George Orwell

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Mayor’s chief of staff promoted, then demoted R. Kenneth Bluh ––– VIEWPOINT ––– KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Our county mayor, Carlos Alvarez, can’t seem to make up his mind. First he gives his chief of staff, Denis Morales, a big pay raise, which enraged the community when The Miami Herald’s headline told of his $21,299 increase. After all, just a few days earlier the mayor said the county must fire a great many employees and cut the salary of everyone else who was lucky enough to keep his or her job by 5 percent. Then the press learned that Morales, with his big pay raise, was working, actually double dipping, with a job in Panama training its police force. Remember Morales came to the mayor’s office along with Alvarez from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The press demanded the mayor explain Morales’ double dipping job in Panama. Alvarez responded to the Herald by saying

“Nothing you have described for me is unlawful, improper or unethical. Sharing knowledge with others is something that should be commended and encouraged.” It was obvious that the mayor was standing by his longtime friend. As public anger grew in the community, the mayor changed his mind and days later said what Morales did was wrong, and he should have used vacation time while working in Panama. It’s obvious that the mayor changed his position when he saw the public’s reaction. In the meantime, momentum was growing in a petition movement to remove Mayor Alvarez from office. The mayor, reacting to the building pressure, demoted this longtime confidant Morales back into the Police Department as a sergeant in the Special Patrol Bureau. I am sure the mayor hoped that the problem was behind him and dumping his old pal Morales from the mayor’s chief of staff job to that of a cop would take the steam out of the removal petition drive. When the salary increase story broke in the press last March, Morales was earning $185,484 a year. The mayor, claiming that Morales’ job had increased in scope and

responsibilities increased his salary to $206,783 a year. Now, no longer the mayor’s chief of staff, and back in the Police Department, Sgt. Morales is earning $77,492 a year. That’s an annual decrease in pay of $129,291. Everyone working for the mayor must know that his or her job is in jeopardy if his or her actions reflect poorly on the mayor’s image. So much for being loyal, longtime friends of Carlos Alvarez. I wonder how secure Alvarez’s “new” chief of staff feels about the job? Alvarez’s image in the community was going up when he took an unpopular, but necessary position on county staffing. Alvarez looked like the dedicated mayor, who knowing he was doing the correct thing announced the salary cuts and the firings. The move was difficult for the mayor but he was respected for doing the right thing. The Morales blunder turned his

whole “good image” around. How is the Alvarez reacting to all the publicity? First, remember that he cannot run for reelection as mayor; he is termed out. In my opinion his promotion and then demotion of Morales were stupid, but not really worthy, in itself, of a recall. We have a lot of elected officials who should be recalled for acts far worse than that of the mayor’s chief of staff debacle. Alvarez better use his remaining time in office to show the community that he can act as he promised. We wanted a strong, honest mayor; now is his time to perform. 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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Real estate bottoming out in South Florida? thanks to deep discounts, cheap financing and those income tax credits through April, home prices are not expected to see any major new growth until the foreclosure problem stops flooding the market with cheap properties. Yet, despite the expected next wave of foreclosures around South Florida, the Real Estate Association of Miami and the Beaches reports that home and condo prices are starting to stabilize. So what about all the new expected foreclosures? Happily, they are being snapped up much sooner than over the summer. So the good news is they may not be on the market dragging down property values much longer. Because of the strength of foreign investments here, South Florida now is considered a national leader for improving real estate sales. Even so, insiders tell me it may not be until the end of the year or even longer until we start seeing selling prices and property values start to significantly rise again. The only short-term upside may be our property assessments. With the market expected to remain depressed for the rest of the year, our tax bills possibly could be lower next year.

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY It’s a multi-million dollar question that hits every homeowner in the pocketbook and will help decide when our stalled construction industry can get back to work. Has the local real estate market bottomed out and when will we start to see prices rising again? Coral Gables Financial Planner Matt McGrath says, “It’s looking like a bottom is imminent, but with the current level of buyer’s interest it’s unlikely in the nearterm that prices may increase again.” Since the start of the recession, residential property values have dropped by about 45 percent. And since the height of the market in 2006, the average residential property in South Florida has steadily dropped from about $300,000 to about $166,000 last fall, according to the National Real Estate Service, Zillow.com. Single-family homes and condos saw dramatic drops in actual selling prices, according to local real estate experts. Even though inventories are down,

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Keeping in line with its commitment to entertain as well as educate, Miami Metrozoo presents “The World of Giant Insects” from Jan. 23 through Aug. 1. This traveling exhibit, which will be located at the zoo’s Dr. Wilde’s World, will provide eye-opening insight into the anatomy and behavior of insects we encounter regularly. These animated robotic insects, enlarged 40 to 600 times their actual size, will afford visitors a new up-close perspective on these important creatures. The exhibit will include a praying mantis (60 times its size), stick insect (120X), beetles (40X), caterpillar (30X), and a locust (70X). Interactive displays with mosquitoes, a honeybee, and a dragonfly enlarged 600, 200 and 80 times their size respectively will thrill and engage adults

and children alike. In addition a laboratory, “backyard jungle” components and signage will enable everyone to learn in more detail about these fascinating creatures. The exhibit, produced by Kokoro Dinosaurs, has traveled extensively and entertained numerous audiences at museums, zoos and aquariums throughout the United States. “The World of Giant Insects” exhibit will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is included with zoo admission. Miami Metrozoo is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information, visit online at <www.miamimetrozoo.com> or call 305251-0400.

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High school students help ‘bring joy’ to homeless BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Young athletes from five different high schools — Coral Reef, Ferguson, Palmetto, South Ridge and Sunset — formed an organization called “People Bringing Joy” to help those in need. On Christmas morning, while most other teenagers were sleeping in or opening presents with their families and friends, the students were instead on the road, giving out free lunches to the homeless. First, Samantha Capperelli and Dakota Bernal organized their friends and family. They got together a week before Christmas to start the lunch bags, decorated and filled them with the non-perishable items donated by the group. On Christmas morning they came together again to make the sandwiches — peanut butter and jelly — the other meaning of the group’s initials (PBJ). Then the teens boarded a truck and headed toward Homestead, pausing along the way to distribute to homeless individuals a lunch bag, bottled water and a Merry Christmas wish. Ana DePriest, Dakota Bernal’s mother, thought it made a difference. “It wasn’t a lot, just a meal and clean water, but the patrons were so very thank-

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ful,” DePriest said. “These athletes don’t have the normal time to earn their required service hours and they saw a need, so they organized themselves and created People Bringing Joy.”

Capparelli is a senior at Coral Reef High School, a four-time All-Dade Water Polo participant and a Silver Knight nominee for 2010. She thought it just seemed like the right thing to do.

“That’s the true spirit of Christmas,” Capperelli said. Bernal, a second year starter and high scorer in soccer at Palmetto High, also was feeling the holiday spirit. “Giving to those in need is always more fun, and the joy we see in the people’s faces makes waking up early worth it,” she said. Also participating in the PBJ “lunch run” were: Joey Capparelli, a graduate of and fouryear varsity player baseball at Miami Sunset High, and a Silver Knight nominee in 2009; Jonathon Silva, a senior at Ferguson High on the baseball team; Gabriella Ledbetter, on the second year varsity soccer team at Palmetto; Daniel Ledbetter, a freshman and junior varsity baseball player at Palmetto; Haily Johnson, a junior at South Ridge High on the third year varsity soccer team; Erin Griffin, on the soccer team at Palmetto, and Hannah Caskey, an eighth grade home schooled student. Getting the group organized and making the run was a special holiday event, but the teens intend to continue doing “good deeds” in the future as well.


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Sabrina Cohen Foundation joins The Collection for benefit event BY ROBERT HAMILTON

To further SCF’s dedication to community outreach and education, on Thursday, On Halloween night, Oct. 31, 1992, Jan. 21, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, in association with The Collection, South Sabrina Cohen’s life changed forever. What was supposed to be a night out Florida’s foremost luxury automotive dealwith friends, turned hauntingly tragic when ership in Coral Gables, will host the teenage boy behind the wheel decided “Accelerate the Cure,” a cocktail reception to race against another car. Carelessly, the with keynote speaker, Dr. Joshua Hare, cardiologist and director of the University of boy struck a tree. Cohen survived, but the accident left her Miami Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute in a wheelchair. Over a decade later, she (UMISCI). Known for his work at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. learned of this incredible sciHare will give an update ence that could one day get SCF has enjoyed a about his latest research her back on her feet — stem findings of healing hearts cell research. Without hesisignificant growth with adult stem cells, and tation, she began advocating within the past four introduce attendees to for the cause on behalf of years and is UMISCI, the new state of others stricken with paralythe art stem cell medical sis and other disease groups continuing to build establishment in Florida. who could benefit as well. a strong network of The opportunity for guests In 2006, she launched the to sign-up for private lab tours Sabrina Cohen Foundation individuals and of the UMISC Institute at a for Stem Cell Research partnerships in the later date will follow the pres(SCF), a 501(c)(3) non-profentation. Guests also will it advocacy organization South Florida have the opportunity to win a aimed at leading the fight region. weekend loan on a Jaguar Xf against disease by funding ($2,700 value) through a rafstem cell research in the United States. The mission of the founda- fle to raise more funds for SCF. The cost to tion is to educate the public about this vital attend is $50 per person, which includes science and help accelerate the develop- cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, sponsored by ment and delivery of therapeutics for indi- the Pritikin Center and Spa and E&J Gallo viduals suffering from diabetes, spinal cord Winery. The title sponsor for the evening is injuries, heart disease, cancer and other Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. The event will go from 7 to 10 p.m. at The medical conditions. SCF has enjoyed a significant growth Collection in Coral Gables in the Jaguar within the past four years and is continuing Showroom. To RSVP for “Accelerate the Cure,” call to build a strong network of individuals and partnerships in the South Florida region 305-968-8024 or send email to and beyond through fundraising events and <Sabrina@sabrinacohenfoundation.org>. educational programs. Last year, Cohen For more information about the Sabrina was recognized by WebMD magazine as a Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research, 2009 “American Health Hero” in the visit online at <www.sabrinacohenfoundation.org>. November/December issue.

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St. Stephen’s Art Show to celebrate 22nd year BY MISCHELLA REED

Entering its 22nd year, the highly anticipated St. Stephen’s Art Show (SSAS) will be celebrating its three-day long festival from Saturday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 15. The show is presented by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a 100-year resident in Coconut Grove, which is celebrating its centennial in 2010. The show, known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor arts festivals, will take place on the grounds of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 2750 McFarlane Rd., in the heart of the Grove. The St. Stephen’s Art Show started out as a simple hot dog stand during the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and has grown into a nationally important industry event that stands alone. Ranked top in the country by Artist magazine and Sunshine Artist magazine, the St. Stephen’s Art Show is a not-for-profit event that helps raise funds for outreach programs in the Grove and Miami area. The show’s proceeds allow St. Stephens to offer a range of cultural, spiritual and entertainment activities to the community as part of its vision to be “The Heart of the Grove, and Reaching Beyond.” “The St. Stephen’s Art Show went from just a hot dog stand to a top ranked fine art show,

yet never changed where the money goes,” said Daisy Lewis, show director. “Multiple parish programs and ministries, collaborative partner charities and at least a dozen free programs are supported by the dollars raised in this one weekend of beautiful art.” This year’s centennial celebration at the show will feature local and accomplished artists from across the nation who have been accepted into the show for 10 years or more as well as a purposeful sampling of new artists never seen at the show. The highlighted centennial artists include one of Florida’s original “Highwaymen” painters and nationally renowned artist James Gibson who has presented at St. Stephens for more than 10 of the 22 years, and sculpture artist and 2009 SSAS award winner Estella Fransbergen. Highlighted new artists are Arizona native and ceramics award winner Richard Kausalik and handcrafted jeweler Joyce Nelson who also is a Coconut Grove resident. “Personally, it’s a good show and you get to meet other accomplished artists and the atmosphere is real great,” Gibson said. “At St. Stephens Art Show you get a chance to learn about other people around the world. I think it’s really special when they come around and bless your art. It’s

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Farm Share and Safelink Wireless to provide Tablet splitting can save money free phone service to low income families BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

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Farm Share, the organization known for bridging the gap between harvest and the hungry, has now grown into a “one-stop center” of social service. Aside from providing the basic need of food to more than 6,500 families a month at the organization’s Homestead distribution center, families can now sign up for free telephone service. Thanks to a new partnership with Safelink Wireless, Farm Share recipients can now apply to Lifeline, a U.S. government and State supported program which provides eligible low-income households with a free cell phone, mobile access to emergency services, and 68 minutes of free airtime each month for one year. “Farm Share is giving new meaning to the saying “waste not, want not”, said Yvette Rodriguez of Farm Share. “This new partnership with Safelink will help provide most of Farm Share’s recipients with a luxury that has become a common necessity.” To qualify for the program, families must receive any of the following government

assistance programs: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), National School Lunch Program, Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). They also may qualify if their household income is not more than 135 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and must provide proof of income qualifications. Participants may renew service and will be required to re-submit eligibility documentation upon the year of completion. “Whether it is a free cell phone or mobile access to emergency services, it will greatly benefit those families who turn to Farm Share as a supplemental resource,” Rodriguez said. “Now our recipients can walk away with a package of food and fresh produce, and the security of knowing that Farm Share responds to the basic needs of the community.” For more information, go to <www.FarmShare.org> or <www.safelinkwireless.com> or call 866-899-7106.

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Former MDC baseball coach to conduct free baseball clinic Former Miami Dade (MDC) College baseball coach Charlie Greene will conduct a free baseball clinic for youth league and middle school baseball and softball coaches on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at St. Louis Catholic Church Family Center, 7270 SW 120 St. in Pinecrest. Interested parents also are invited. Two million youngsters participate in baseball until they are 12 years of age. Due to injury, disinterest and other factors, this number drastically drops to 750,000 when they reach their teenage years. With the aid of coaches from Miami Dade College and local high schools, the clinic is designed to help youngsters utilize the latest proper throwing, fielding, hitting and running techniques in order to reduce injuries and produce peak results in performance. Contact Jim Buzzella at 305-794-8712 or send email by <KofC14730@aol.com for reservations>. INFORMED FAMILIES’ SCHEDULES FREE JANUARY ‘LUNCH & LEARN’ WORKSHOP Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership is presenting its free monthly “Lunch & Learn” workshop titled “A New Year-A New You: Developing a Meditation

& Relaxation Practice,” on Friday, Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the organization’s headquarters on the second floor of 2490 Coral Way in Miami. The guest speaker will be Dr. Roselyn Smith, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, stress management specialist and whole life coach. Her speech is titled, “The Very Real Health, Medical & Psychological Benefits of a Meditation & Relaxation Practice.” To RSVP and/or order an optional $10 boxed lunch, send email to <adevito@informedfamilies.org> or visit <www.informedfamilies.org>. Call 305856-4886 for more information. FRIENDS OF THE U.M. LIBRARIES TO HOST AUTHOR JACK E. DAVIS Jack E. Davis, associate professor of history at the University of Florida, will present his book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century, on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the F.G. Walton Smith Commons at the University of Miami’s Rosential School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 4600 Rickenbacker Cswy. There will be a wine and cheese

COMMUNITY NEWS briefs reception at 6:30 p.m. and the program will follow. In his book, Davis explored the 108-year life of this compelling woman who was a suffragist, a lifetime feminist and supporter of the ERA, a champion of social justice and an author of diverse literary talent. FIRE PREVENTION ESSAY WINNERS RIDE ANTIQUE FIRE TRUCK AT J.O.B. PARADE The winners of the 2009 Fire Prevention Essay Contest, sponsored by the Coral Gables Fire Department, had the opportunity to ride the Coral Gables Antique Fire Truck as part of the Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Jan. 2. The winners — Alex Fernandez and Anna Nicastro from Coral Gables Elementary; Gabriela Rivas of Carver Elementary; Emily Roles-Fotso of West Lab Elementary, and Amanda Martin from Riviera Elementary — were honorary fire marshals at the popular parade.

The essay contest’s theme this year was “Stay Fire Smart. Don’t Get Burned!” The entries were judged by teachers and representatives from the Fire Department and the Junior Orange Bowl Committee. U.M. SERIES FEATURES RENOWNED I.B.M. STRATEGIST LINDA SANFORD Linda S. Sanford, the senior vice president of Enterprise Transformation at IBM, will talk about “Building a Smarter Planet: Strategies for Meaningful Change,” on Monday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m., in the Storer Auditorium of the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration, 5250 University Dr., on the university’s Coral Gables campus. The University of Miami College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker series hosts professionals who through their research and educational accomplishments

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through Friday, Feb. 12, by 5 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted, and incomplete applications will be disqualified. To qualify for the grants, businesses must be physically located in District 8 (confirm your district at <www.miamidade.gov/commiss>), must have been in business for at least two years and cannot have more than 10 full-time employees (two part-time will count as one full-time). Non-profit agencies and previous recipients of this grant cannot apply. Application forms and information will be available online at <www.miamidade.gov/district08> or can be picked up and submitted at Commissioner Sorenson’s District Office, South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 St., Suite 204. For additional information, contact Commissioner Sorenson’s district office at 305-378-6677, or Lawanza Finney, Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA), at 305-756-0605, on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. PALMETTO HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST ‘PANTHER FOR A DAY’ PROGRAM Miami Palmetto High School will host its annual “Panther for a Day” program for students who are scheduled to attend the

school this fall on Wednesday, Jan. 27. If you attend other than Palmetto nor Southwood middle schools and are within Palmetto High’s boundaries, you can attend “Panther for a Day” by sending email to <AFLIMA@dadeschools.net>. In the morning, students in attendance will experience a variety of activities allowing them to find out what it is like to attend the “No. 1 comprehensive high school” in Miami-Dade County. In the evening, parents and students are welcome to attend the annual Curriculum Fair where they can talk with teachers and administrative personnel and be exposed to the varied and advanced curriculum offered at Palmetto. The evening portion of the program begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. For more information, contact guidance counselor Harry Nerenberg at 305-2351360, ext. 2225, or <hnerenberg@dadeschools.net>. FREE SCREENING OF ‘HOTEL FOR DOGS’ AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ON JAN. 28 The University of Miami invites South Florida’s furry four-legged residents and their owners to a free screening of Hotel for Dogs on Thursday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m., at

the University Green, 1306 Stanford Dr. In the movie, two mischievous orphans, Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin, turn an abandoned hotel into a home for their dog, but it soon becomes a haven for dozens of strays, and the kids must do some quick thinking to keep the authorities off their tails. Prior to the screening, the Humane Society of Greater Miami will be on hand with some of their furry friends. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs for this movie under the stars. For information, call 305-284-5478 or send email to <umneighbors@miami.edu>. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PROGRAM ON ‘RAISING GIRLS’ Learn more about the subject of raising female children during the community parenting program, “Raising Girls,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Psychologist Regina Mendoza, PsyD, will discuss topics including how parents can help daughters understand their chang-

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ing bodies, maintain healthy friendships, develop a positive body image, and strive for achievement in school, sports and other activities. The $5 fee for this program must be paid in advance. To reserve your space and make your payment, call 786-596-3812. This program is for parents of school-age girls and is not intended for children. METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION CONDUCTING 7TH ANNUAL PSA CONTEST The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the agency responsible for transportation planning in Miami-Dade County, is holding its seventh annual Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest, which attracts applicants from high schools and colleges throughout the county. Students are being given the opportunity to create a 30-second PSA to inform citizens about the Transportation Aesthetics Review Committee (TARC), which is a citizen’s advisory committee to the MPO Governing Board, and the PSA will be aired on local municipal access television channels as well as on the county’s YouTube account. Applications can be sent either by mail to Miami-Dade MPO, Attn. Paul Chance, 111 NW First St., Suite 920, Miami, FL 33128; fax to 305-375-4950, or email to <chance@miamidade.gov>. To obtain an entry application, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/mpo/m11psa.htm> or contact Paul Chance, MPO Public Involvement Officer, at <chance@miamidade.gov> or 305-3751888. MIAMI SAXOPHONE QUARTET TO PERFORM AT UNIVERSITY The Miami Saxophone Quartet, made up of Ed Calle, Gary Keller (UM faculty), Gary Lindsay (UM faculty) and Mike Brignola will perform on Monday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. The performance will feature Chuck Bergeron (bass) and John Yarling (drums). Special guest Svet Stoyanov will be premiering Prelude-Invention-Suspension by Gary Lindsay.

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Greater Miami Youth Symphony brings music to young people BY LEE STEPHENS

Founded in 1958 by Robert Strassburg, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) continues to delight and serve the Miami-Dade community through numerous outreach concerts and programs throughout the year. GMYS currently serves over 500 students during the year in four orchestra, band, and eight beginning instrument classes throughout the county. Each year, GMYS also hosts a comprehensive summer camp for more than 300 youth where students practice and hone their musical skills in a fun and exciting environment. GMYS orchestra and ensemble students began rehearsing together in midSeptember, but already have participated in several impressive and exciting performances. On Dec. 13, at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church in Palmetto Bay, all the GMYS orchestras and band performed in the GMYS Holiday Gala Concerts. Two concerts were presented. At 5:30 p.m., the GMYS Young Mozarts Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Concert/Jazz Band per-

formed a variety of classical, holiday, and popular music including selections from Polar Express, Carlos Santana’s Evil Ways, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and Angels Bach has Heard on High by Owen Goldsmith. At 7 p.m., under the direction of GMYS music director Huifang Chen, the GMYS Symphony Orchestra performed classical, jazz, and holiday selections. Glenn Basham, University of Miami Frost School of Music violin professor performed Jazz Violin Concerto by Scott Routenberg with the symphony. The concert also included the last movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, as well as the first movement of Grieg’s String Quartet in g minor. GMYS chamber ensembles and orchestras also have performed at various community venues including Fairchild Gardens for the Ramble Festival, the Deering Estate, California Club Library, Metrozoo for the Holiday Nights with Wild Lights, and Jungle Island for The Children’s Trust Champions for Children banquet. Upcoming events include a performance on Feb. 28 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

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Warning: Trailer park trash invading the City Beautiful BY RICHARD BERNARD

If you happen to hear the raucous singing and yelling of a beer gulping, tanktop donning, rebel flag waving, red neckin’ troupe of trailer trash echoing through the tranquil streets of Coral Gables, don’t be alarmed. And don’t be afraid to join in or at least check it out for yourself either. The Great American Trailer Park Musical has invaded Coral Gables in a riotous fashion this January at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. Called a mix between South Park and Desperate Housewives, this campy, sexy, bawdy, R-rated musical fable is seasoned with murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco, the Ice Capades, and a stripper on the run who comes between a Dr. Phil-loving agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband. With a chorus of trailer park divas residing in Armadillo Acres, an exclusive Florida mobile home community, this escapist, fun musical ranges across the American Radio dial from country to blues to rock to disco to bump ’n grind to R&B. With music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsey Kelso, The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a hysterically funny musical extravaganza that you won’t want to miss. Artistic director David Arisco has compiled a slew of talented musical and comedic professionals to tow this mobile home musical rendition. Actors’ Playhouse favorite and multiple Carbonell Award winner, Margot Moreland, who has been seen recently in Les Misérables, Bombshells and Mid Life: The Crisis Musical, will play the part of Jeannie Garstecki, the permed-out agoraphobic housewife. Her former high school football star of a husband Norbert Garstecki will be played by Carbonell winner Stephen G. Anthony who has appeared offBroadway in the critically acclaimed Hank Williams: Lost Highway and at Actors’ in

Pictured are members of the cast of The Great American Trailer Park Musical (l-r, back) Stacy Schwartz, Margot Moreland, Stephen G. Anthony and Kelly Atkins; (middle) Meghan Moroney and Gwen Hollander; (Photo by Alberto Romeu) (front) Christopher A. Kent. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Kelly Atkins, who recently received rave reviews for playing the same role at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville, will be making her Actors’ Playhouse debut as Pippi, the stripper on the run. Christopher

A. Kent, who has been seen at Actors’ on numerous occasions including Aida and Footloose, will appear as Duke, her disastrous ex-boyfriend. Meghan Moroney, who was first seen at Actors’ in Oliver and has since worked with the likes of Jimmy Buffet and the

Broadway company of Momma Mia, will play the self-proclaimed bad-ass and nosy leasing office manager, Betty. Linoleum “Lin,” whose husband resides at the state prison, will be played by Stacy Schwartz, another Actors’ Playhouse veteran who also appeared in White Christmas, La Cage Aux Folles, and I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change. And finally, the hysterical pregnancy ridden newlywed “Pickles,” will be portrayed by another Carbonell Award winner, Gwen Hollander, who was on the Broadway Tour of Little Women and has appeared at Actors’ in Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, and as Epinone in Les Misérables. “Hold onto the steering wheel of your monster truck,” Arisco said. “The Great American Trailer Park Musical has great songs, fantastic singers and a plot and dialogue from a Showtime or HBO series that will leave you shaking your head, clapping your hands and begging for more. You will have a riotous good time at the theater with Trailer Park. “Just remember this one’s for mature audiences. Take the kids to see Jack and the Beanstalk, and then come out to the trailer park at night. You’ll be glad you did.” Performances, which continue through Feb. 7, will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. with an additional matinee Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, with Friday and Saturday evenings, $48. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through the group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305444-9293 or online at <www.actorsplayhouse.org>.

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‘A Deal Too Good to Be True’ January 2010 BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

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Last month, on behalf of United Teachers of Dade and our educators and children, I said I could not sign on the dotted line in order to possibly receive federal grant money through the Florida Department of Education. The money involved seemed huge -- up to $700 million, if Florida were to receive the maximum amount from the feds. I see you shaking your heads, thinking, ‘The woman must be off her rocker. Always complaining about not enough money and she’s saying no when they’re flinging dollars her way like beads at Mardi Gras.’ To restore my reputation for sanity, let me explain. There are some things that any of us will not do. For most of us, the list is pretty similar. I’m pretty sure no one reading this would commit murder for money. Or kidnap someone for money. Or sell ___________ (you fill in this blank.) You just wouldn’t do it. You wouldn’t do it for one dollar or a million dollars. United Teachers of Dade took a look at the grant when the federal government first started talking about it. We were excited. Race to the Top funds would be given to states that developed innovative, collaborative local proposals crafted by school districts and their teachers’ unions. It seemed, well, too good to be true. States chosen to apply would compete for the funding; points would be awarded to a state applicant based on the degree to which they demonstrated innovative, locally-developed program proposals, with a high degree of collaboration among all education stakeholders. A state’s application, called a Memorandum of Understanding, in fact was to be signed by the local district superintendent, the chair of the local school board, and the president of the local teachers’ union. Eureka! We teachers, the people who stand in front of students day after day delivering instruction, were finally being asked for our ideas and input. We said “yes” immediately. We began to work with the District on ideas that would make a difference in the lives of students living right here in Miami-Dade. Some good proposals were under way.

And then the Florida Department of Education sent us its Memorandum of Understanding, wanting us to sign an agreement that contradicted the intent and scope of the Race to The Top. The Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) proposed “agreement” was a prescriptive, non-collaborative, bureaucratic nightmare mandate. The DOE in effect said, ‘In order for you, local district, to receive this grant money, you must first do everything we put in Exhibit One. (Twenty-two pages long, small type.) That includes evaluating every teacher every year based 50% or more on the test scores of their students. The district must use a state assessment (FCAT) to evaluate teacher effectiveness, but if no state assessment (FCAT) is available because of grade level or subject area, the district must create a test for that grade level or subject area.’ For Miami-Dade schools, that would mean creating 2,300 new tests for our students, more or less. Not for the good of the student. Not to improve the instructional practice of the teacher. Do you know how much money that would cost? I do. More than any dollar amount we would win in this grant competition. Not only would there be no money left for the innovative, collaboratively developed local proposals, receiving this grant would end up costing our district money. There was much more in the DOE’s mandate, and it was as wretchedly bad as the bit I just shared. What’s in it for the teachers of Miami-Dade, if we had agreed to sign? Nothing. What’s in it for the students of Miami-Dade, if we had agreed to sign? Less time spent on learning. A lot more time spent on testing, and worse. I want you to know I would have said yes if I could. I wanted to say yes. We all wanted something wonderful for our students and our teachers right here at home. Instead, I said no. Because there are some things one just can’t do, and sometimes a deal can be too good to be true. The United Teachers of Dade represents 38,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, office employees, and all school support personnel.


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Pipsqueak Puppet shows are back entertaining children BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Now that the holidays are over, parents are turning their attention to planning birthday parties for their children. For parents, it’s often hard to figure out how to entertain the children at the party. One option is to hire Ivan Kivitt and Dave Mason, owners of Pipsqueak Puppets, to put on a show specially tailored for the birthday child. “They were part of the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse which was the No. 1 children’s theater in South Florida for about 25 years,” Kivitt said. “We catered to birthday parties. We had hundreds and hundreds of birthday parties every year.” They closed the Coral Gables facility when both started working on cruise ships as cruise directors. “Then we brought the puppets to the cruise ships,” he said. “We got off the cruise ships about four months ago. We decided to reactivate the theater; except instead of having a theater, we will travel to any location.” Pipsqueak Puppets also were featured on the Skipper Chuck show for 19 years and in

shows at elementary schools, churches and synagogues. They were used in shows at the former Burdines department store, now Macy’s. “It’s an all live show,” he said. “We have wonderful characters from little kids to talking birds, to lions and tigers.” Kivitt is the master of ceremonies and Mason works the puppets and does the voices. “It’s a half hour to one hour show,” Kivitt said. “The birthday child will get prizes. It’s all self-contained, which makes it nice.” It hasn’t been long since Kivitt and Mason brought back Pipsqueak Puppets. “We just started. We had some shows in some of the schools starting in December,” he said. “We have hundreds of puppets to choose from. The shows are never the same.” The shows can be done at a private home, a hall, a church, a conference room, or a school. Kivitt said they can handle up to 30-40 children at a time. The production is interactive, with dialogue between the puppet and child. “It’s wonderful for kids because kids believe,” he said. “That’s magical. It’s amazing how popular the characters

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become with kids.” The most popular are the puppets of children. “They identify with themselves. They love it when they get in trouble” Kivitt said. “That’s universal with all kids.” One of the unique characteristics of the Pipsqueak Puppet shows is that they are not scripted. “It’s always new because the kids are different every week. We have to have all this material and all this fun. We talk it over and we outline it.” Kivitt will talk to the parents about the birthday child’s likes and dislikes. “And the parents will say, ‘Billy really likes so and so and so and so,’” he said. “Billy likes baseball or likes horses. We’ll build it around that theme…whatever the child likes.” The productions can run anywhere from a half hour to an hour, depending on the age of the children. “The younger kids like a half hour, the older kids 45 minutes to an hour show,” he said. The cost is around $100 per show. For more information, call 305-2237823 or 305-790-6880.


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Conservation Concert Series aids environmental education BY LEE STEPHENS

When Hurricane Wilma destroyed the Tropical Audubon Society’s (TAS) chickee hut in 2005, it put an end to the educational experiences once offered under the shelter. Now TAS is hoping to raise enough money — about $6,000 — to restore the chickee by hosting a “Conservation Concert Series,” which will take place on the property of the historic Doc Thomas House. The house, located on three acres of native landscaping at 5530 Sunset Dr., serves as TAS’s office. Miami-born Deblois Milledge (www.debloismusic.com) will perform at the first Conservation Concert on Jan. 26. Mixing folk music, bluegrass and jazz traditions, Deblois plays acoustic roots music and soulful original tunes, many about natural Florida.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music will begin at 7. Blankets, chairs and picnic baskets are welcome. The minimum entrance donation is $10. The event not only will benefit Tropical Audubon, but the whole community by bringing people together to enjoy music and nature. “Jan. 26, 2010 will be a historic day for South Florida,” said TAS executive director Laura Reynolds. “Earlier that day, the groundbreaking of C-111 spreader canal, a major component of Everglades restoration, will take place. The concert will therefore be a celebration as well as a fundraiser.” Reynolds encourages the public to attend the groundbreaking at the S-177 structure on SR 9336 West. Other series concerts will take place on Feb. 19, Mar. 12 and Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. Visit online at <www.tropicalaudubon.org> for more information.


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Miami Children’s Chorus offers workshop for boys on Jan. 30 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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Miami Children’s Chorus presents “Bring on the Boys,” a singing workshop for boys with unchanged voices, on Saturday, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m., at the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall. The workshop gives boys an opportunity to experience the positive benefits of singing in a chorus without making a long-term commitment to a choir. Timothy A. Sharp, who has been music director of Miami Children’s Chorus for 19 seasons, teaches the workshop. Boys learn the basics of vocal technique, reading music, and teamwork. At noon there is a free recital for family and friends. The University of Miami men’s

choir, “Frost Maelstrom,” also participates in the workshop and recital. The fee is $20 and it includes a T-shirt, music, and snacks. Parents can register at <www.miamichildrenschorus.org>, select “performance schedule,” or call 305-6627494. MCC was invited to perform for three different concerts connected with the opening of Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The chorus also has performed with Florida Grand Opera in numerous productions and is doing so again during the 2009-10 season, It has participated in recordings with international artists such as Gloria Estefan, and has toured overseas in locations as diverse as Brazil, Great Britain and the Czech Republic.

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LET’S TALK CARS The Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle has been around since 1984 and it has been a hit with American consumers from the start because of its four-wheel-drive versatility, go-anywhere ability and the comfort and utility of a passenger car. After 25 years, four generations and more than 1.5 million sales, the all-new fifth-generation 4Runner is more rugged and athletic, and has more power and better fuel economy. The redesigned interior and unique cargo area make the latest 4Runner smarter, more comfortable and even more versatile. The design of the new 4Runner is more rugged than its predecessor, with large diameter wheels and tires to improve off-road performance and enhance the vehicle’s truckbased characteristics. Aluminum alloy wheels are 17-inches in diameter on SR5 and Trail grades and 20 inches on the Limited. The rugged new design utilizes a combination of Toyota’s classic boxy form and pro-

gressive styling. All 4Runner grades have rugged new bumpers and wider shoulders, with new headlight and taillight systems that yield better nighttime performance. The square front fender flares meld with a muscular profile that links with a beefy and square rear bumper and back door. The 4Runner combines the toughness and durability of body-on-frame construction with multi-use design. It’s taller, wider and longer for 2010 and is available in three models — Limited, SR5 and Trail. The Limited and SR5 grades add to the muscular design with special premium touches that include a chrome-plated front grille insert, fog lamp bezel and front bumper molding. Front and rear overfenders and side skirts are colorkeyed, while chrome plating is on the side molding, roof rack and rear bumper. The Trail grade is designed to maximize off-road performance with a high ground clearance and an array of functional upgrades. It may be distinguished with a unique hood scoop, unique 17-inch wheels, black outer mirrors, front and rear bumper guards, and a dark smoke treatment on the head and tail lights. Turn signals on SR5 and Limited V-6 grades are incorporated into the outside mirrors, along with puddle lamps. Drivetrain configurations include rear

All-new Toyota 4Runner has rugged new bumper and wider shoulders, with square front fender flares that meld into a muscular profile.

wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 and full-time multimode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All 4x4 models are equipped with a 4.0-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed ECT-i automatic transmission. The 4x2 models come with either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed ECT automatic or a 4.0-liter V-6 with the five-speed ECT-i automatic. Optional third-row seats allow for seating of up to seven adults. EPA-estimated mileage improves to 17/23

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