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Many serve in new positions since Team Metro’s demise BY RICHARD YAGER

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isbanding Team Metro hasn’t left good friends behind. Claire Mostel enjoyed a happy reunion with West Kendall residents recently when she explained how Team Metro’s eight regional offices were consolidated into the county’s Office of Neighborhood Compliance during 2008-09. Mostel, now compliance support coordinator, has joined several other former Kendall Team Metro colleagues in the Saffir Permitting Center, a two-story structure anchoring the east corner of the Las Americas Central Plaza at 11805 SW 26 St. (Coral Way), just west of Florida’s Turnpike. The first floor is alive with the bustle of building and zoning applicants and county water bill payers as well as those needing environmental guidance from the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). Team Metro’s former personnel occupy second floor suites, continuing to administer compliance with zoning and building codes, a responsibility that didn’t end when Team Metro’s regional offices disappeared on Sept. 30, 2008. Severe budget cutting to relieve potential deficits ended Team Metro, a countywide outreach service that evolved after Hurricane Andrew’s devastating blow in 1992. First linking county emergency agencies to provide post-storm aid, the service continued its outreach help until 1996 when the system became “Team Metro,” providing special services to unincorporated county areas. While Neighborhood Compliance staffing inspected and enforced county building and zoning codes, outreach serv-

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It’s important to buy locally BY GRANT MILLER

Vital to Kendall compliance and outreach are (l-r) Claire Mostel, Miami-Dade County Neighborhood Compliance Support director; Alice Aleman, specialist, and Maria De La Milera, communications manager.

Park’s expansion sought to accommodate projects BY RICHARD YAGER

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xpansion of Indian Hammocks Park to allow new development while preserving the existing environment that includes natural tropical hammocks became a top priority for East Kendall Community Council members on Mar. 18. Maria Nardi, section supervisor for Miami-Dade Parks, introduced a consultant’s presentation locating a new

aquatic center, senior center and dog park in a southeast area of the 105-acre park, leading council members to ask for a long-range look at future park development planning following an hour’s discussion before more than 100 residents. The Building Better Communities (BBC) bond issue has targeted $6 million for fiscal years 2014-17, primarily to ––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Every day, we’re faced with choices — buy from Home Depot or the guy who owns the hardware store in the community? Get a cup of coffee at Starbucks or go to the local restaurant? Buy from a local clothing store or from Marshall’s? In these difficult economic times, to me it makes sense to shop, buy and dine at our local businesses. Buying locally strengthens our local economy, can help lower taxes, creates jobs, supports local nonprofits and can serve to help clean up the environment. With the world economy spiraling dangerously into a crisis, it really is tempting to simply visit ––––––– See

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members for exemplifying high numbers of referrals, attendance at meetings, recruiting, and overall attitude, the criteria established by Stein and Alan Eisenberg when the award was approved by the Networkers board on Feb. 11. Lieberman, associated with the Miami firm of Salmon & Dulberg, dispute resolution mediation and arbitration specialists, provides counsel in consumer, commercial, employment and housing law, including landlord-tenant relationships. He served as chair of the board of directors, South Florida Council on Divorce Mediation, and was instrumental among those who gained freedom for Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee after 12 years imprisonment for a murder they did not commit, a story that began with a tireless investigation by Charles Whited, a former Miami Herald reporter. A past president of Kendale Homeowners Association, Lieberman also has served as a vice chair and board member of Chamber South, and has long been active in the Miami-Pinecrest Rotary Club, serving a term as president during a 20-year membership. Kendall Networkers, which reelected Garcia as its president for 2009, conducted its installation of officers at the Miami Elks Lodge on Mar. 20. For more information, call 305-8601008 or visit online at <www.kendallbusiness.com>.

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BUY LOCAL, from page 1 ––––– the national chain store for our needs and take advantage of what look to be lower prices. But, in the long run, the money saved at Marshall’s or Target may cost us far more in than the immediate gains. The American Independent Business Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes communities through strong local economies, lists the following 10 reasons to spend your money at local businesses: • Buying local supports you and your family. When you buy from an independent locally owned business, significantly more of your buying dollar stays in the community and is used to make purchases from other local businesses. • When you buy from local businesses, you’re supporting local nonprofits. Studies show that small business owners give an average of 250 percent more dollars in donations to local nonprofits than do large businesses. • Buying locally keeps your community unique. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun all makes our community home. Local businesses give a distinctive character to a place and add to quality of life. • Reduce your environmental impact. Local businesses buy more from local suppliers, resulting in less wasted fossil fuel for deliveries from distant sources. And by shopping in the community you’ll contribute less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution. Walking instead of driving to a store also saves you money. • Local business creates more good jobs. Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and the jobs they offer create stronger links to our communities. Would you rather see your son or daughter work at a local store where they might get valuable personal employer referrals, or at an impersonal

national chain store checkout counter? • When you buy locally, you invest in community. Local businesses are owned by your neighbors, people who live in your town, and who are more invested in the community’s future. Local businesses provide very important community allies in tough economic times. • Local businesses offer better service. Local businesses usually hire people with a better knowledge of what they sell and they try to get to know their customers better. Also, a local business owner usually will respond to your complaints more quickly. • Buying locally puts your taxes to good use. Local businesses require little public infrastructure investment, as compared to nationally owned chains built at the edge of town with taxpayer money for improved roads, water and sewer service. • You can buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on the needs and requests of local customers, assures a buyer-friendly range of product choices. • Buying locally encourages local prosperity. Economic research shows that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-ofa-kind businesses and distinctive hometown character. So, yes, I buy locally whenever possible. I may pay a little more for some things and occasionally be frustrated with inconvenient hours or unavailable items. But it’s important for me to support the businesses in my community. I enjoy running into my neighbors when I shop locally and I especially like the fact that I know the owner of a business or restaurant and call him by his first name. It’s worth it to me to pay a little more and help out my neighborhood businesses, especially in these trying times.

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METRO, from page 1 –––––––––––– ices like passport photos and dog tag purchases became “cash” areas while goodwill projects included paint-outs of wall graffiti, not uncommon among Kendall’s blocks-long gated communities. In the new-structure, a South Region now administers three areas: South (all unincorporated areas south of SW 184th Street); Kendall (SW 88th Street to SW 184th Street), and Tamiami (bordered north by NW 12th Street, east by SW 37th Avenue, west by Florida’s Turnpike and south by SW 88th Street). Mostel is joined by ex-Team Metro officers such as Rosaline Morales who once headed the West office, occupying a second floor at a 3800 SW 137 Ave. shopping center building. Morales is now a compliance manager for South Operations while her associate, Judye Anderson, now works in administrative communications. Roberta Pasquier, once the secretary to the West Kendall Community Council, now works with 3-1-1, the county’s computer-based information center. Catherine L. Minnis, a Team Metro regional supervisor at a storefront office

PARK, from page 1 ––––––––––––––– build a recreational service pavilion for existing park facilities, visualized for coactivity to serve seniors since inclusion on the BBC Kendall capital project list. The aquatic center is one of several new facilities suggested during a Parks and Recreation Department three-month study that heard initial public support for a swimming facility and other recreational needs during an input session on Oct. 30, 2008. On Mar. 18, parents of autistic youngsters and adult children appeared in a group effort, urging the council to approve a swimming pool facility in Kendall for needed therapeutic aid and exercise. A second group of disc golf enthusiasts, led by University of Miami graduate student Matthew G. Sagorski, presented a detailed report backing preservation of two Indian Hammocks Park courses, one of two available layouts in Miami-Dade County. Disc golfers protested the idea of new buildings taking away one of two existing courses. The park also has three softball fields, a playground and picnic shelters accommodating up to 100 people. During budget priority motions, Councilmember Angela Vazquez, who represents the sub-area where the park is located, asked the Parks Department to initiate a study to determine if adjoining county-owned land directly south of the

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at Kendall Marketplace, 11609 SW 88 St., now serves as special county liasion to the Super Bowl Committee, while a predecessor, Leon Cristiano, who became a South Regional Team Metro coordinator, has retired from county service. Both Edward Rivera, supervisor of Kendall compliance under Minnis, and Santiago Gonzalves, who held a parallel position in the West Office, remain as compliance officers in the new county department. Revisiting the former Team West area where she had made many friends during her early years of Team Metro service, Mostel brought special applause from the Hammocks Police District Citizen’s Advisory Committee during a Feb. 25 meeting. Her announcement that “Alice Aleman will still continue serving in the West Kendall area” was heartily cheered by those who wondered if personnel transfers might end Aleman’s highly praised services with Kendall activities. “She won’t be leaving, and neither will our department services,” Mostel promised. “Outreach remains a vital part of what we do.” The new Office of Neighborhood Compliance can be contacted by telephone at 786-315-2700 or by email at <onc@miamidade.gov>. park can be acquired for expanding structural facilities, rather than building on existing greenscaped areas. Earlier, Carla Ascencio-Savola asked that potential land acquisition extend to an abandoned county building and fire-rescue storage structure, north of the park, while Jorge Garciga recommended that the Parks Department initiate a stepped-development program in five-year increments for five to 15 years for council review. Other key priorities sought for Kendall during the 2009-10 fiscal year: • Obtaining a land parcel off SW 82nd Avenue (the “paint test site”) for park use; • Rebuilding SW 97th Avenue fronting Killian Senior High School for traffic relief; • Providing immediate and yearly increased funds for roadway landscape watering; • Increasing police presence with added Kendall-wide and Continental Park patrols; • Install motorist speed signage for two SW 56th Street (Miller Drive) elementary schools, and • Provide better ramp access to Florida’s Turnpike off SW 117th Avenue. The council asked for a special meeting to review the 2007 East Kendall charrette recommendations before its final approval and potential item budgeting by county commissioners. The next non-zoning council session on May 20 will include additional park planning review and “green” building applications for Florida development.


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Is digitalized news next for KFHA? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN All newspapermen were eyeing the demise of the 146-year-old Seattle PostIntelligencer, which published its last printed edition on Tuesday, March 17, leaving the Seattle Times as the only newsprint daily in that city market. Hearst Corporation’s P-I thus began the nation’s first Internet-only daily on March 18. (To see what “the future” holds print wise, put the full P-I name in your Internet search window and click on-line). Word we get is that Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations may soon hold a community press panel to explore effects of disappearing print journalism. Concerns are increasing about local news coverage and government watch-dogging as dailies continue to go digital. Most of us ink-stained wretches are already on-line, of course, but the question persists about the extent and reliability of on-screen investigative reporting. Before getting to ‘Meet the Press’ at KFHA, the next Town Hall meeting will spotlight how to care for your pet, courtesy of Miami-Dade County Animal Services. Dr. Sara Pizano, Director, will discuss pet adoption rules, county service areas, education and special events. The session is set for Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Village Center, 8625 SW 124 Avenue. There’ll be ample time for answering your questions, too. Mary Williams wonders how the

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will “squeeze” Metrorail underneath the Palmetto overpass to extend the busway corridor to SW 104th Street corner without blocking SW 98th Street, the only easy access into the Dice ParkContinental Park area without waiting out traffic at Kendall Drive or SW 104th Street. A summer ‘07 traffic study said ‘twas possible but Transit honchos are keeping the site plan in the vault to protect “homeland security.” East Kendall Community Council Chair Elliott Zack added the item to a May 20 non-zoning meeting agenda for an update before more transit schemes hatch to rattle Continental Park residents, already sorely set upon by a rash of recent burglary episodes. New Killian Library is a “go” after County Commission okayed the six-acre land purchase at the corner of SW 87 Avenue and SW 112th Street following a re-huddling of ownership and Dade County Parks & Recreation to reduce original price tag on the parcel, just as Commish Katy Sorenson moved several weeks ago. Project to combine a passive park and branch library in “Open Space” concept should now move forward with planning and bidding details to be announced soon, we’re reliably informed. Thought of the Day: The only thing I can’t stand is discomfort. — Gloria Steinem Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Marketing South Florida is our No. 1 responsibility R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I promised myself that I would not write one more column about the proposed Marlins’ ballpark. However, the words and actions of our elected officials, both in the City of Miami and the county commission, makes it impossible for me to keep my mouth shut. How dare the mayor of Miami say that the voters of our community are not entitled to vote on the proposed ballpark? He says the money is “not” taxpayer money, but money that is collected from visitors to our city. Mayor Diaz says that we elected our officials to determine how and when CRA and bed tax dollars are spent and it isn’t necessary for them to ask us for permission to build a ballpark. The $500 million-plus to finance millionaire Jeffrey Loria’s ballpark is projected to come from three sources: CRA

money, bed tax money and money invested by the Florida Marlins. Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRAs) are created to keep tax dollars within the CRA’s boundaries and prevent it from being used to finance projects in other areas. When a CRA is created we count the amount of dollars currently being collected within the area and dedicate all future dollar growth for investment within its boundaries. How does this create dollars for a ballpark or other project? First, the boundaries of the CRA are redrawn to include the area in which the stadium or other projects are to be constructed. In politics this is called gerrymandering: manipulating boundaries to meet the needs of a specific elected official (in this case the Florida Marlins) and not necessarily for the benefit of the community. Bed tax dollars are moneys collected from visitors to Greater Miami when they stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants or have a drink. The tax dollars are dedicated to promote tourism and also may be used to build sport facilities in our community. However, we have a problem: the poor economy is keeping too many

VIEWPOINT hotel rooms empty. Tourists are not coming to Miami in the numbers we need to keep our community afloat. Say what you want, tourism is still the backbone of our community. When visitor numbers are down, unemployment is up. The question is: Do we promote our community or build a ballpark with our bed tax dollars? We must market ourselves in South America and Europe. Out of sight is out of mind. We must keep South Florida in the eyes and minds of the tourist who can quickly forget us and fly to Atlanta and New York for their next vacation. Tourism is down so we must spend every dollar that is available on marketing. I remember well an old college professor saying that when sales are down, cut back on all spending and put the saved dollars into advertising. That is what we must do with our bed tax dollars.

CRA money? Any elected official who votes to jerry-rig the boundaries other than for the benefit of the residents of the original area, should be recalled from office. As a matter of fact, any and all elected officials who vote for financing the Marlins’ ballpark, as currently proposed in this recession, should be recalled from office by the voters of Miami-Dade. The ballpark? Let Loria build it today with his own money or wait till our economy recovers before tax dollars are even considered.

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Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY As if the recession itself isn’t bad enough, crooks are now taking advantage of it to dupe the most vulnerable among our population, dusting off their old scams and coming up with some new ones. This is prompting urgent warnings from state and federal authorities. The latest unemployment scams include offers to help laid-off workers file for unemployment benefits, charging them extra fees to supposedly help them look for jobs. Florida prosecutors and the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation now are sending out important advisories, informing anyone looking for a job that they don’t need to pay extra fees to be considered for a new job or to apply for unemployment benefits. Florida prosecutors say in most cases the companies offering help only are interested in getting your personal identification for an “identity theft” scam. At the same time, they may offer to sell you a listing of “job openings” which may be nothing more than an old printout from the state job site that you can get for free. Remember, most legitimate employment agencies get paid by companies to find qualified employees. Job seekers themselves usually are never charged for being listed on

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Letter to the Editor Another charter school not needed in Horse Country It was a dream come true when we moved into our modest home in Horse Country. Surrounded by horse ranches, fruit groves, and the lushness that only agriculturally zoned areas can offer, our community is truly an oasis in the midst of a metropolis, much like that of The Redland. Little did we know that for years, this jewel had been under siege from individuals, churches and schools looking for land to split apart and develop for monetary gain. This onslaught from those of a mind that nature’s quiet beauty is meaningless, and should be replaced with a line of never ending concrete and asphalt continues today. Riviera Schools currently is seeking to buy and develop a 10-acre Horse Country parcel at 6700 SW 118 Ave. Their plans are to build a Dade County Public Schools’ charter school for an initial student body of 1,000 on a quiet, two-lane neighborhood street without thought of the impact the added traffic alone would have on our community. Riviera Schools’ motivation is easy to understand. A larger school facility allows for more students, and will increase their revenue significantly. The mindset of the Dade County Public School Board is much more difficult to fathom. In a time when existing Dade County non-charter public schools may be closed, all factions of personnel may be laid off, and the board is scrambling to find funds, why would any money be provided to expand the folly of charter schools? Dade County Public Schools (DCPS) has given millions of our tax dollars to organizations which petitioned it for charter school status. Many have closed their doors for reasons ranging from condemned buildings to inadequate curriculums, yet none of the DCPS money invested was ever returned. There is simply no reasonable way to police, and hence ensure that DCPS gets its money’s worth. As obvious as this makes investing in Riviera Schools’ plan for a charter school seem to be yet another ill-advised move by the school board, even more illogical is the lack of concern the board shows for the need, and or the impact of such charter schools on neighborhoods. The board already has helped Archimedean Academy establish its charter school in Horse Country, and did nothing to curtail that school from violating county imposed enrollment restrictions, not to mention that Horse Country residents are not significantly serviced by it or the other private schools within its borders. The list of private schools on the major thoroughfares surrounding the area is long, including Sunset Prep, Calusa Prep, Westwood Christian, Archimedean Academy and St. Kevin Catholic School. Less than 15 percent of Horse Country residents are of school age, and with the enrollment of existing Dade County Public Schools in the immediate area on the decline, why would DCPS even consider burdening the community with the drastic traffic impact, or its own troubled budget with such an imprudent use of funds? Horse Country does not need or want another school. In an era when community service and concern have become so important that DCPS now requires a community service project for high school graduation, we can only hope that the Dade County School Board under the guidance of superintendent Alberto Carvalho will join us in our efforts to “Keep Horse Country Green,” and keep its existing, noncharter schools open and providing worthwhile instruction minus the recklessness of funding yet another charter school within our community. Pam Shockey Horse Countr y

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Deering Seafood Festival: An island-style celebration BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ Seafood lovers get ready to party. The intoxicating rhythms of steel drums and towering stilt walkers greet you as you are drawn into the magical, islandstyle celebration that has become the Deering Seafood Festival. Bring family and friends on Sunday, Mar. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and plan to spend the day because this event just keeps getting better. Meet on the lawn of the biggest backyard on Biscayne Bay, where the Bay Roots Reggae Band plays its calypso beat, and the colorfully costumed, freespirited Bahamian Junkanoo dancers weave playfully throughout the crowd. Every island celebration needs some fire eating and limbo dancing, and the entertainment at the Dearing Seafood Festival’s offers that and more.

Also, back by popular demand is the crowd-pleasing band, Mr. Nice Guy. Throughout the day seafood markets, restaurants and caterers — such as Golden Rule Seafood Market, Bizcaya Ritz-Carlton, Fleming, Shibui, Rodbenders, Sports Grill, Tropical Palate and The Les Seafood Express — prepare an outstanding array of the freshest catch that includes delicious lobster, fried conch, shrimp egg rolls, grilled dolphin, garlic blue crabs and mountains of shrimp that are steamed, fried, or just peel and eat. Under the big top local celebrity chefs conduct cooking demonstrations, and share their unique recipes and impart culinary advice. Taste delectable samples of seafood dishes prepared by Sean Bernal (Oceanaire); Barb Freda (Les Dames d’Escoffier); Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile); Philippe

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The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archaeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Explore the grounds and see the tropical hardwood hammocks, rare and native plants, wildlife and archeological treasures dating back to the 1500s. During the 19th Century, the estate was the site of pioneer settlements. Admission tickets include park entrance and entertainment, Adults are $12 in advance online and $15 at the gate; children (ages 4-14) are $5, and foundation members are free. Proceeds from the event benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. For more information call 305-2351668, ext. 263, or log on to <www.deeringestate.org>.

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EDC of South Miami-Dade to sponsor free workshop In response to the down economy, the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade Inc. (EDC) will sponsor a free workshop on Friday, Mar. 27, at the EDC’s offices, 900 Perrine Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The focus of this workshop will be “how to grow your business.” Representatives from the EDC, Beacon Council, Florida Department of Financial Services and the Small Business Administration, among others, will be on hand. To ensure inclusion in the workshop, make your reservation by Thursday, Mar. 26. Seats are limited to the first 50 who RSVP. You can RSVP either by calling 305378-9470 or sending email to <info@edcsouthdade.com>. EDUCATOR TO LEAD DISCUSSION ON SELECTING RIGHT PRESCHOOL Educator and author Dr. Janet Stone will lead a discussion for parents whose children are about to enter an early childhood program on Thursday, Mar. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Ave. In “Selecting the Right Preschool,” Dr. Stone addresses topics ranging from age-

appropriate equipment in and out of the classroom to a school’s philosophy on dealing with behavioral issues. The free program is open to the community. For information and reservations, call 305-217-9000, ext. 301. EASTER BUNNY AND DESPEREAUX TEAM UP FOR EVENT AT THE FALLS The Easter Bunny and the Simon Kidgits Club will team up this year with Despereaux, the little mouse with the big heart, to make this Easter season at The Falls, located at S. Dixie Highway (US 1) and SW 136th Street, one to remember. For starters, everyone is invited to get a professional picture taken with the Easter Bunny until Saturday, Apr. 11, during mall hours. Attendees also will have the opportunity to enjoy The Falls Petting Zoo on Saturday, Mar. 28, from noon to 2 p.m. This year the Easter Bunny will be joined by Despereaux, the heroic little mouse who embarks on a noble quest that leads to discovery, courage, honor and, ultimately, redemption. The Simon Kidgits Club will be hosting a spring event where children can watch preview scenes from The Tale of Despereaux DVD, receive custom coloring sheets and win great prizes.

COMMUNITYNEWS briefs As an added bonus, shoppers can take advantage of the seasons’ delights before they leave home by “hopping” online at <www.simon.com> and browsing the Simon Retailer Showcase to take advantage of the special deals and coupons offered by their favorite mall retailers. For information about the Falls, go to <www.simon.com> or call 305-255-4570.

issues, this ethnically diverse ensemble is composed of some of the most talented kids in South Florida. Ticket prices are $10 for general seating and $30 for preferred seating. To purchase tickets for this production or for more information on Voices United, call 305726-4822, send email to <Katie@voicesunited.org> or visit <www.voicesunited.org>.

CHILDREN CAST, WRITE, PERFORM AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL PRODUCTION Voices United presents Lost and Found, an original musical production conceived, written, produced by and featuring 90 children between ages 6 and 18, on Friday, Mar. 27, and Saturday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Ashe Auditorium in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami. Tackling several social and cultural

LYNYRD SKYNYRD’S ARTIMUS PYLE IN CONCERT AT FRUIT & SPICE PARK Miami-Dade Park’s Fruit and Spice Park will host Artimus Pyle, the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer and 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, on Saturday, Mar. 28, from noon until 6 p.m., at the park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead.

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Free community workshop reveals how to slash thousands off the high cost of college, even if you think you make too much money to qualify for financial aid.

On Thursday, March 26th, 6:30 pm, at Pinecrest Community Center @ Pinecrest Gardens, Peter Ratzan, M.B.A., a local college planner and former high school teacher will conduct a free workshop on how to cope with the ever-increasing costs of college. Seating is limited. Topics to be covered include: • How even millionaires can save 25% off the cost of college; • The “double secret” formula used to determine how much financial aid you will receive; • The “dirty little secret” about Bright Futures and Florida Pre-paid; • How to triple your chances of free scholarships and grants; and • Much more.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd classics as well as the work of local bands such as the Unusual Suspects and the Strictly Business Blues Band as well as great food, refreshments and the Fruit and Spice Park amenities. Tickets are $35 and are on sale through Ticketmaster and at the Fruit and Spice Park. No coolers, pets or folding chairs are allowed. GREATER MIAMI JEWISH FEDERATION SEEKING PHONE-A-THON VOLUNTEERS The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is seeking volunteers for is largest annual fundraiser, Super Sunday, on Mar. 29. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on this day, volunteers of all ages will come to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Stanley C. Myers Building, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., to call Jewish households across Miami and ask for donations to the 2009 Federation/UJA Campaign. Three hour shifts are available for volunteers at Super Sunday and community service hours can be logged. Childcare will be offered for parents, and teen volunteers are welcome. The funds raised at Super Sunday will

help respond to the increasing demands from needy families and individuals who are requesting services from the Federation’s partner agencies in Miami and around the world. To sign up, call 786-866-8416 or visit online at <www.JewishMiami.org>. ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES TO HONOR DAVID LAWRENCE JR. The Rotary Club of Coral Gables will present its fourth annual Coral Gables Martin Hughes Citizen of the Year Award to David Lawrence Jr., chair of the Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade and president of the Early Childhood Initiative Foundation, on Thursday, Apr. 2, during a luncheon at the Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Since 2006, this award has been presented to Coral Gables residents who have distinguished themselves for an extended period of time in service to the community. Recipients must have lived in the city of Coral Gables for five years, be involved in several different fields of community service, have contributed for more than one year, and whose contributions are generally recognized. The Rotary Club of Coral Gables meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the Westin Colonnade Hotel. To learn more about the organization, call Terry Long at 305441-8063.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT LSS DURING FREE LOCAL SEMINAR There will be a free seminar where the public can learn more about lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar region, the lower part of the spine, on Thursday, Apr. 2, 5 p.m., at the Baptist Hospital Auditorium, 8900 N. Kendall Drive. During the seminar, Dr. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias will talk about the disease, which is estimated to affect more than 1.4 million Americans, its symptoms and its treatments. It surfaces as a setback as a result of the gradual result of aging and “wear and tear” on the spine. As more than 100 million U.S. citizens will be considered boomers and beyond by 2010, the number of people affected by LSS will climb significantly during the next decade. GOLFERS, SPONSORS NEEDED FOR ROTARY CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC Golfers and sponsors are needed for the 32nd annual Miami Dadeland Pinecrest Rotary Charity Golf Classic to be played on Friday, Apr. 3, at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, 6401 Kendale Lakes Dr. in Kendall. Registration, which costs $175 for individuals and $600 for foursomes, will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served

courtesy of Papichi, and an 18-hole shotgun start, four person scramble begins at 12:30 p.m. Registration includes green fees/cart, a player appreciation package, lunch and buffet dinner plus spouse invitation to dinner. Following dinner, there will be an auction, raffle and awards will be presented. Sponsorships range from $5,000 to $175. Auction items and raffle prizes also are needed. Proceeds benefit graduating seniors, who hope to further their education. To get more information and a brochure, contact the event chair, Barry Simons, at 305-670-7020 or via email at <barry@barrysimons.com> ‘SHOP ‘N’ ROCK’ SIDEWALK SALE AT OLD CUTLER TOWNE CENTER This year’s “Shop ‘N’ Rock” Sidewalk Sale will take place on Saturday, Apr. 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Old Cutler Towne Center, located at SW 204th Street and Old Cutler Road. This year’s sale will feature the live rock ‘n’ roll music of Breaktime, as well as food, drinks and free massages. For information, call Dr. Rogg at 305251-HEAL or stop by the Natural Healing Center.

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JUNGLE ISLAND SCHEDULES SPRING CAMP, APR. 6-10 This year’s Jungle Island Spring Camp will be conducted for children ages 5-12 from Apr. 6 to 10. During the week, kids will get a chance to encounter some of the island’s feathered friends, remarkable reptiles and cute, cuddly mammals. Plus, they’ll see spectacular shows like “Winged Wonders,” “Lifestyles of the Cute & Creepy,” “Tale of the Tiger” and “Gator X-treme.” Campers will be provided with a Jungle Island T-shirt, Kodak photo, plus daily hot snack and lunch from the Lakeside Café. The program runs daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and a late care program is offered until 5 p.m. for an additional fee. The weekly rate is $199, $180 for annual pass members; the daily rate is $55, $49 for annual pass members. For more information for spring and summer camps, contact 305-400-7221, 305-400-7242 or by email at <education@jungleisland.com>. AHVAT OLAM PASSOVER SECOND NIGHT SEDER OPEN TO PUBLIC Ahavat Olam, a synagogue in Kendall that embraces all Jews and interfaith fam-

ilies, will host a second night seder on Thursday, Apr. 9, 6 p.m., at Roasters ‘n’ Toasters, 9465 S. Dixie Hwy. in the Dadeland Plaza Shopping Center in Pinecrest. The seder will be led by Rabbi Danny Marmorstein and includes a complete dinner with a choice of chicken or beef. The cost is $40 per person and anyone can attend. Telephone 305-412-4240 or send email to <members@ahavatolam.org>. ‘CRUISE FOR CRITTERS’ MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT ANIMAL SERVICES The Miami-Dade Animal Services Department and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz invite motorcycle enthusiasts to participate in its Second Annual “Cruise for Critters” police-escorted motorcycle ride on Sunday, Apr. 5, beginning at the Animal Services Shelter, 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley, and ending at Scotty’s Landing, 3381 Pan American Dr. in Coconut Grove. This motorcycle ride will give residents the opportunity to support shelter pets, have a wonderful cruising experience, enjoy a live band at the restaurant; participate in raffles, silent auctions, mobile adoptions and more. Registration for this event is $20 per motorcycle, which includes an event T-shirt while supplies last. Additional T-shirts are available for $10. Interested adopters must be at least 18 years old and have current pets registered

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and vaccinated. Adoption fees apply. Donations of dog and/or cat rubber toys that can be disinfected are appreciated and will be accepted at the door. For a complete wish list, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/animals>. JUNGLE ISLAND WILL HOST 20TH ANNUAL TRADITIONAL EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Jungle Island will celebrate its 20th annual traditional Easter Eggstravaganza from Friday, Apr. 10, to Sunday, Apr. 12, including a brunch on Sunday. At the Eggstravaganza, visitors can enjoy the Coconut Tree Climb, Bounce Houses, animal shows and daily egg hunts benefiting the Parent Academy. Prizes, contests and lots of marshmallow peeps will be available. The cost of admission alone for adults is $29.95 and children ages 3-10 of South Florida residents will be admitted for $5 each with this adult purchase. Adults who, in addition to gaining admission to the park, wish to attend Easter Brunch in the TreeTop Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., must pay $45 plus tax for themselves and $21 plus tax for their children, ages 3-10. Annual pass holders who only wish to attend the brunch must pay $25 plus tax for themselves and $16 plus tax for their children, ages 3-10. Reservations are requested; to make one, call 305-4007203.

‘CANE RECORDS HOSTS RECORD RELEASE PARTY FOR NEW ARTIST ‘Cane Records, the University of Miami’s student-run record label, will be hosting a record release party for its new recording artist, Kyle Crossland, on Apr. 17, 8:30 p.m., on the rooftop of the MAC Building located at 5960 SW 57 Ave. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance by Kyle Crossland, check out artwork presented by local artists and purchase an autographed copy of the Kyle Crossland EP. The Kyle Crossland EP is Crossland’s debut release and will feature five of his most popular songs. The EP will be available for purchase both online and in various record stores in the Miami area on Apr. 13. The Kyle Crossland EP will be the label’s 20th release. More information about ’Cane Records can be found at <www.canerecords.com>. SOUTH FLORIDA WORKFORCE EXTENDS OPERATION HOURS South Florida Workforce is extending its normal business hours st its Career Centers. The new hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. By extending the hours of operation, Career Centers will be able to increase

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access to vital services that include, but are not limited to: help in filing unemployment compensation claims, job search tools, resume assistance and career development seminars. JACKSON HEALTH OFFERS MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT The Jackson Memorial Mental Health Hospital will offer free support groups with licensed mental health professionals to help residents of Miami-Dade County hit hard by the recent financial crisis. Groups will meet every Thursday, from 5 to 6 p.m., at Jackson South Community Hospital, 9333 SW 152 St. The support groups will assist families in dealing with the stress and anxiety caused by job losses, home foreclosures and other economic concerns. For more information, call Estella Stevenson at 305-355-8234. FORMER REPORTER JOINS COMMISSION ON ETHICS The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust has announced the appointment of Rhonda Victor Sibilia as Community Outreach Coordinator. In this position, Sibilia will help residents,

government employees and elected officials better understand the laws regulating proper behavior for public work. Previously, Sibilia helped start and served as senior anchor/reporter for WLRN-Miami Herald News. She also has worked in media and public relations positions for Miami-Dade County’s Communications and Fire-Rescue departments and for companies including VITAS Healthcare Corporation and Assurant Group. COUNTY LAUNCHES WEBSITE WITH LOCAL INFO ON STIMULUS PROGRAM Miami-Dade County is launching a new web page at <www.miamidade.gov/recovery>, which provides the latest information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, recently passed by President Obama and the U.S. Congress. On this website, users can view current county grant opportunities, status of projects, and get updates on local economic stimulus activities. The page also links to grant web pages of current federal, state, local and private funding sources. Anyone can become a subscriber to receive free, weekly grant email notifications. MIAMI WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE ON APR. 23-25 South Florida’s much-anticipated charity wine event, the Miami Wine and Food Festival, is back this year from Thursday,

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Apr. 23, to Saturday, Apr. 25, with three exciting days of great food, wine and fun benefiting Camillus House and the United Way of Miami-Dade. The festivities begin on Thursday with a “Taste and Toast” extravaganza at Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables, featuring nearly 60 international wineries, and gourmet treats from many of Miami’s premiere restaurants and caterers. The VIP tasting begins at 6 p.m. with general admission opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person for VIP admission, $75 per person for general admission online, or $100 per person by phone or at the door. Friday will bring the Food, Friends and Fun Interactive Dinner at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave. The evening will begin with a silent auction and cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $250 per person and $2,000 per table. The festival will conclude with a “Bubbles, Bids & Bites” auction and dinner also at the JW Marriott Hotel. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets cost $500 per person and $5,000 per table. For more information on all three days’ events, call 305-371-WINE or visit online at <www.miamiwinefestival.org>. BORDERS HOLDS BOOK DRIVE FOR MIAMI RESCUE MISSION The Baxter the Bunny Book Drive is

taking place at Borders, 358 San Lorenzo Ave., in the Village of Merrick Park, through Apr. 24. The beneficiaries of this drive will be homeless children in the Miami Rescue Mission’s Center for Women and Children and the at-risk youth in the Community Activity Center Program. Borders’ Center for Women and Children is collecting books and Baxter the Bunnies for the library in the center of the store and the at-risk youth will receive books as gifts on their birthdays and for other special occasions. For additional information, go to <www.miamirescuemission.com> or <www.browardoutreachcenter.com>. EPILEPSY FOUNDATION SLATES ‘WALK THE TALK FOR EPILEPSY’ The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) is holding its “Walk the Talk for Epilepsy 2009” fundraising event on Sunday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd., Pavillion 11. Walkers can participate on an individual basis or form a fundraising team. All participants are requested to raise at least $25 each. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraiser and the largest team. Free commemorative T-shirts will be available to participants who raise at least $50. To register, log on to <www.epilepsyfla.org> or call 305-670-4949.

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Miami-Dade 4-H Youth Program to mark 100 years during fair BY SONYA M. PEREZ The Miami-Dade 4-H Youth Program will be celebrating its 100th anniversary on Saturday, Mar. 28, 12:30 p.m., in the E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion during the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo, 10901 Coral Way (SW 24th Street). To commemorate the event, there will be a fashion and talent show, public speaking presentations and more than 1,500 student exhibits on display. The exhibits include holiday and home decorations, creative writing samples, photos, sewn garments, baked goods and other arts and crafts. A record number of 4-H members have signed up to participate in the 58th year of the Miami-Dade County Fair, with a total of 225 students registered. During this year’s fashion show, participants will receive special modeling instructions and hair-styling tips courtesy of a local modeling agency. 4-H participants also will showcase their sewing skills by creating different types of garments, such as sports wear and formal wear. Participants are eligible to win ribbons in the different categories and as much as $100 in prize money. In the past, “4H’ers” have used this money to help pay for 4-H summer camp and personal computers. During the past century, the 4-H Youth Program in Miami has expanded

A record number of 4-H members have signed up to participate in the 58th year of the Miami-Dade County Fair, with a total of 225 students registered. its focus from agricultural education to include technology, marine science, healthy lifestyles and finance, as it keeps pace with the changing needs of society. However, the 4-H program remains successful by providing the same fun, hands-on and “learn-by-doing” approach. Its club setting fosters relationships with caring adult leaders and increases life skills in public speaking, leadership and citizenship. More than 9,000 4-H members, ages 5-18, are enrolled in Miami-Dade County. 4-H is a volunteer-led youth development program managed by Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension, a partnership of the Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department and the University of Florida. For more information on the 4H program, visit online at <http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/4h>.

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‘Cook it up for Kids’ benefit delicious success at The Falls BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ The Falls, one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the United States, recently welcomed hundreds of food lovers to “Cook it up for Kids.” This culinary extravaganza raised more than $70,000 for the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education. “The Falls was the perfect backdrop for Cook it up for Kids,” said Julie Goldman, general manager at The Falls. “This was another opportunity for us to support the community and rally restaurants and others together to benefit the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education.” The event featured delicious food from more than 30 of South Florida’s premier restaurants and caterers such as Abita’s Sweets, Anacapri Restaurant, Chef Aliza’s, Crepemaker, Delicious Catering Service, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Golden Chic Catering,

The Grape, Haagen Dazs, Hotel InterContinental Miami, Jake’s Bar & Grill, Johnny Rockets, Los Ranchos Steak House, Morton’s Steakhouse, Mrs. Fields’ Cookies, Ortanique on the Mile, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Starbucks, TGI Friday’s, The Melting Pot, Trattoria Sole and more. In addition, attendees enjoyed live music and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet honorary chair and Local 10 news anchor Laurie Jennings. Also, attendees got up close and personal with celebrity chef Lorena Garcia. She was on hand to show her talent and promote the opening of Food Café and Elements Tierra and now with LG Cocina, scheduled to open this spring at the Miami International Airport. Garcia, a Venezuelan native, has used her culinary knowledge to combat a critical issue — childhood obesity. Her comprehensive program, “Big Chef, Little Chef,” helps kids and their families take control of their eating habits and ultimately, their lives.

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Large Retirement Communities Have Advantages Over Small Group Homes BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. I’ve reached that point in life where I feel I need some help with my daily living. My daughter has suggested that I move in with her and her family, but I don’t want to feel a burden on my children. They have their own lives and they are entitled to live them. So I’ve looked at Assisted Living Facilities, and I can’t make up my mind which is better—a large community with almost 200 residents or a small group home? What can you tell me? A. I’m not a fan of small Assisted Living Facilities. While they have an emotional appeal, appearing very home-like to the casual observer, they don’t have the income stream to operate very efficiently, or often even safely. There probably are some nice, well-run small ALFs around, but they are not the rule. They are the exception. Often, in the small facilities, there is only a single caretaker, or perhaps two. Think of what that means. Imagine yourself such a caretaker, cooped up hour after hour, day after day, with a patient with Alzheimer’s who asks the same questions every five minutes – What time is it? What day is it? Where is my husband? It would drive you crazy. It’s not hard to imagine how a caretaker’s nerves can shatter in such a setting. When my husband and I were first starting out in this business we considered buying a small home where the owner actually lived there, sleeping in the room of whatever resident happened to be the most troublesome at the moment. She did all of the cooking, cleaning and housekeeping. When she had to go to the store, the residents were left all alone. She locked the door so they couldn’t get out. It was really scary. We did not buy that home. But over the years I’ve heard many stories like that. In a small home you will be with perhaps six or eight or twelve other residents, each of whom will have a dozen or so favorite stories. You know that’s one of the favorite things for old people to do – tell their stories. So you will tell the other residents your stories, and they will tell you their stories. After the first week everyone begins to repeat themselves. You will get bored fast. My mother used to take bus trips and tell her stories to whoever was sitting next to her. She was smart enough to keep changing her audience. You can’t do that in a small ALF. Also, it’s hard to find a close friend when there are only a few other residents to choose from. Entertainment? Almost certainly, entertainment is 100% TV. Meals? You’ll get the basic. Nothing fancy. Contrast that with living in a building with 200 other residents who are about your age. Often, new residents run into people they know from other times in their lives. Old high school friends find each other. Certainly, from among

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200, you will find some people who are very much like you, who will become close friends. Actually, in a big ALF, the residents break themselves down into small communities. As you walk through each day, you see the same clusters of friends having meals together, or playing cards, sitting together at events, or just hanging out. Think of the economies of scale when the owners are operating with income from 200 residents instead of six. There will be a professional entertainment director to plan events and trips. There will be a kitchen staff where – if you choose the right place – you will be treated to gourmet meals every night. There will be a housekeeping and maintenance staff to keep things looking good and in good working order. There will be buses to take you to malls, doctor appointments, trips and other outings. There will be professional staff available around the clock to look after your well-being. Most important, the staff rotates every eight hours and gets days off each week. It’s so much easier to deal with difficult patients when you know that in a few hours it’s going to be someone else’s problem. The staff stays fresh and very attentive when they have help and backup and nerves don’t get shattered. So, while there is a first impression that the small ALFs are more like family and you will get better care, in my experience that is an illusion. Actually, from the few caretakers, patients get much less attention! That is not to say that all large ALFs are good. Certainly not. You have to do your shopping. Look for a place that you can afford and where you feel comfortable. Look particularly closely at the interaction of the residents and staff and see if there seems to be genuine fondness. Ask if you can move in for a few days’ trial period to experience the lifestyle. Some ALFs demand a large advance payment, and some don’t. If you move into a place where there is no big upfront investment, you can leave after a while if you don’t like it. But if you are required to post a nonrefundable entry fee of $50,000 or $100,000, then you’re kind of stuck if it turns out the place is not for you. Whatever your decision, congratulations on having the intelligence to realize that you need an ALF and that living with your daughter is probably not a good idea. Many people your age are afraid to make the move. Helen Shaham and her husband Jacob have been operating retirement communities for nearly 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – luxury living for those 55 and over, and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a continuing care retirement community in Israel. They have two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables. More information can be found on the company website, www.thepalace.org or by calling 305270-7000.

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More than 1,000 dine at zoo’s Feast with Beasts BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO More than 1,000 guests enjoyed edible delights from 40 fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, festive animal lights by Brandano Displays, open bars, samba dancers, drummers, belly dancers, fire eaters, and more at Feast with the Beasts (FWTB) on Mar. 6 at Miami Metrozoo. Together the partygoers, dressed in animal-inspired cocktail attire, raised significant funds for the zoo’s education and conservation programs. Guests dined on everything including Prime Blue Grille’s skirt steak, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s BBQ shrimp, Smith & Wollensky’s filet mignon, The Forge’s tortilla soup with chicken meatballs, Los Ranchos’ churrasco, Key Largo Fisheries’ stone crab

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