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Riviera School to expand with campus in Kendall

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BY RICHARD YAGER

new Riviera Preparatory School with middle and high school grades is scheduled to open for the 2011-12 school year on SW 87th Avenue, according to planning details scheduled for review by neighboring residents on Apr. 6. Once open, Riviera Preparatory will serve high school and middle school students in grades 6-12, expanding the current Coral Gables-based preparatory school which has been in operation for 60 years. Primary students through grade 5 will continue to attend Riviera Day School’s Coral Gables campus when grades 6-8 transfer to the Kendall location. Grades 912 will be added incrementally on a progressive year-to-year schedule in the new Riviera Preparatory School. An information session at Dice House in Continental Park followed contacts by Holly White, president of the neighborhood’s homeowners association, with attorney Peter Cohen, representing Riviera School interests. “I visited on-site with Mr. Cohen to see what was intended there after it was announced that the existing nine buildings on the property would soon be demolished for new school construction,” White said. “Concerns have been expressed about some of the ‘grandfathered’ rights of a 10year-old resolution granted the property ownership for school development,” she added. Questions about permitted uses date back to a 1997 zoning decision to allow up to 524 students, approved by the Miami-Dade County Commission, but challenged successfully by the Galloway Acres Homeowners Association in an 11th Circuit Court appeal that limited any enrollment to 150, and only in grades K-6. However, those limitations were overturned by the Third Judicial Court of ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Student’s foundation spreads wheelchair impact awareness

Celebrate 40th Earth Day during EarthFest 2010 at Crandon Park

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Nicole Brandfon (left) speaks to Palmetto Middle School students about the difficulty faced by people in wheelchairs.

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BY ASRA JAWAID he WheelCharity Foundation, founded by Coral Reef High School junior Nicole Brandfon in February, is on a mission to spread awareness of the impact of wheelchairs on society. According to the foundation’s website at <www.wheelcharityfoundation.com>, its members currently are collecting wheelchairs, ramps and walkers to be donated to disabled people who cannot afford these essential aids.

Members visit local middle and high schools to explain to students the reasons why people use wheelchairs and how they can help the wheelchairbound community. Brandfon already has visited Palmetto Middle School, and in the coming weeks plans to visit other elementary and middle schools. Nicole’s inspiration for starting the foundation came from her mother, Beatriz, who in November 2008 suffered three strokes, forcing her to use a ––––––––––––– See

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n honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Miami-Dade Parks, Earth Learning, and Expand the Love present EarthFest 2010, an annual festival promoting all things ecologically sustainable, on Sunday, Apr. 18, noon until sundown, at Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center, located at the north beach entrance of Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd. in Key Biscayne. The free, daylong annual event will feature the very best vegetarian and vegan foods, live performances, workshops, “green” vendors offering earth friendly products, an electronics recycling center, environmental educational organizations, and much more.

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Commissioner’s Easter Festival distributes 61,000 lbs. of food

BY LEE STEPHENS

In celebration of the Easter holiday, Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe A. Martinez organized his seventh annual Easter Festival and Food Distribution on Saturday, Mar 27, at Tamiami Lakes Park. The event attracted some 1,200 residents, many who came for free and nutritious food provided by non-profit food bank Farm Share. In total, 61,000 pounds of food were distributed at the festival, with residents taking home fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, apples, canned goods, and apple juice. “With a spike in unemployment hitting South Florida, it’s getting much harder for residents to provide the essentials for their families,” Commissioner Martinez said. “Thanks to organizations like Farm Share, donated food goes directly into the hands of people who need it most. It’s a way to not only salvage food that may have gone to

waste, but also ensure families are receiving wholesome produce and other goods to remain healthy.” The festival also had games for children, who came out en masse to collect Easter eggs and enjoy other activities. In addition, several county departments provided information on their services, including: Miami-Dade Police Department Hammocks Station, Park and Recreation, Solid Waste, Elections, 311, and Community Action Agency. The event also featured a Census 2010 outreach, which explained how the Census will benefit Miami-Dade County. Other event partners included The Children’s Trust, Read 2 Succeed, Hispanic Coalition, Piag Museum, and Common Ground Conservation. The Miami-Dade County Health Department provided free health screenings for HIV, hepatitis, blood pressure, H1N1, and other services.

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WHEELCHAIR, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jesus Fellowship Church to be replaced by new Riviera Preparatory School.

Appeal, which overruled the lower court and remanded any stipulations back to county commissioners. In 2000, the Jesus Fellowship subsequently obtained approval of the commission for a school of 524 students up to grade 12 with nine stipulations on the property facilities, including erection of a sixfoot concrete perimeter wall and both height and setback variations. The new Riviera Preparatory School will be located on the same grounds as the existing Jesus Fellowship Congregation on the east side of SW 87th Avenue at 97th Terrace, southeast of the recently expanded Baptist Hospital campus. A site plan of the school shows a series of two-story buildings with a central entrance and two wings housing additional facilities forming a central U-shaped structure facing SW 87th Avenue. Parking lots surround the school buildings with an outdoor swimming pool and athletic fields

adjoining the eastern area. The new campus will house state-of-theart classrooms, a two-story media center/library, a cafeteria/auditorium, a full indoor gymnasium, fitness room, fine arts facilities, athletic fields, a dance studio and an aquatics center, according to a “New High School” website. Students in grades 6-8 currently at Riviera Preparatory School will be relocated to the newly constructed facility with Riviera Day School continuing to serve pre-school students at 6800 Nervia St., north of Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street). A statement by Riviera School describes the expansion as “a natural part of Riviera’s evolution and serves to further its mission of creating a unique educational institution.” Lawrence H. Cohen is director of Riviera Schools with Peter Cohen serving as associate director. For information, visit online at <www.rivieraschools.com> or call 305666-1856.

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wheelchair on-and-off for six months. Living with someone confined to a wheelchair gave Nicole a firsthand glimpse into this altered lifestyle. “It’s really hard,” Nicole said. “There are ADA [American Disabiliity Act] guidelines you’re supposed to follow. Most places follow these guidelines, but there are still narrow passageways, [inconveniently located] steps, silver door linings [that obstruct a wheelchair-bound person’s path].” The WheelCharity Foundation’s website identifies several things to keep in mind when dealing with a wheelchair-bound person. For example, it’s always a nice gesture to offer that person assistance by speaking to them directly, but if they decline, don’t insist. Also, if you’re having a long conversation with someone in a wheelchair, sit in front of them so that your eyes generally are level with theirs. Anyone can vouch for the fact that it is uncomfortable to be looking upward constantly while speaking to someone. For a complete list of these guidelines, go to the website and click on the

“info” tab. To help raise money for the cause, Nicole has started a penny drive. In a nutshell, she has placed a jar in her kitchen, so whenever people pass by and want to help out a good cause, or just get change for a dollar, they deposit some money in her jar. She is planning to institute this fundraising effort at her sister Hayley’s bat mitzvah this month and place jars at local businesses, as well. Having raised $20 just with the jar in her kitchen, she’s optimistic about the prospects for the additional ones, too. For the time being, the WheelCharity Foundation is local to the area. Brandfon suggests that it will expand progressively to other areas. The WheelCharity Foundation is trying to fill positions in its organization. Available positions include planning chair, promotion chair, community service chair and secretary. To apply, go to the website (www.wheelcharityfoundation.com), click on “About Us,” download the application and then email or fax it back. The deadline for applications is Apr. 16.

EARTH DAY, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures staff of naturalists will provide Eco Tram tours of the Bear Cut preserve and guided nature walks through the coastal hardwood hammocks of Crandon Park. Workshops will be going on from noon to 5 p.m. on various topics including: Raised bed organic gardening; raw foods preparation, introduction to permaculture design; retrofitting your home for greater efficiency; growing a food forest in your backyard; Qigong and Yoga; every child outside; World Café, deep ecology, and more. EarthFest also will feature musical and artistic performances by groups including Heavy Pets, Teri Catlin, Sosos, PHIsonica with Kavayah Amn and Xavier Hawk, Soulflower, Jai (formerly Soul Temple), Jude Papaloko, and Lucho performing an Earth healing ceremony hosted by Val Silidker. Performances are presented by Expand the Love.

There will be a community drum circle and patrons are encouraged to bring a drum or other percussion instruments to participate. Admission to EarthFest 2010 is free, but there is a $6 per car parking fee. For more information on Earthfest 2010, visit the website at <www.earthfest.us>, or call the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center at 305-361-6767, ext. 112. Earthfest 2010 is presented by MiamiDade Park and Recreation Department, Earth Learning, and Expand the Love. It is funded in part by Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, District Seven. Sponsors include Miami Dade College Earth Ethics Institute, Disney Nature’s Oceans, Whole Foods Market, Earth Learning, Natural Awakenings magazine, Edible South Florida magazine, WLRN Public Radio, Miami New Times, and CBS Outdoor Advertising.

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Did you say UDB at risk? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Yes, we did, a week ago, as a legislative ploy to monitor in Tallahassee. Now, just seven days later, it appears the Urban Development Boundary movement may come up locally — in April! Watch the agenda for the April 28 County Commission session when another public hearing is scheduled on Miami-Dade’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP), the land use statute that allows sixmonth cycles of new applications each year, a development ‘window’ for the building trade. Meanwhile, Community Council 11 took a pass (no recommendation) on an initial application to change a land designation from agricultural to business-retail for a 9.9 acreparcel off SW 167th Avenue for a small shopping center. Sharp-eyed Dawn Shireff who heads a water conservation organization alerts West Kendall to the potential of moving the UDB if Commissioners okay the application, small as the property may be. The western border for the new District Park, SW 167 Ave, is pigeon-holed by bond issue money for development until 2014. New highways (like SW 157 Avenue, the east park boundary) seem to have a way of opening up, four-laned, lighted, medianplanted and all, almost overnight. So if you’re agin’ UDB bending, voice your protest to Board of County Commissioners (BCC) now. We ’ re also bird-dogging the resolution sponsored by Comish Javier Souto to look into expansion of Indian Hammocks Park land (ultimately, to allow a community or senior center and aquatic facility). Not heard at the March 8 meeting of the Recreation, Culture and Tourism Subcommittee (failing

to achieve a quorum), it’s been rescheduled for action next Monday, April 12, before the Subcommittee. So reports Bernardo Escobar, the Commissioner’s always-cooperative aide-de-camp, who notes the item is on the full Commission’s May 4 agenda for final action, dependent, of course, on what the subcommittee recommends. Un c o n f i rm e d re p o rt says K-Mart and Winn-Dixie may depart Sears-owned property at S. Dixie Highway and SW 104 Street, with the usual denials by immediately-contacted PR types of those involved. PR types generally deny it all until the ground-breaking occurs when everyone knows about it anyway, or so experience has taught most newspaper types. No lighting is planned for the outdoor athletic fields at the new 10-acre plus campus on SW 87th Avenue where Riviera Preparatory School plans to locate Grades 6 through 12 over the next five years, starting in 2011. So emphatically states Atty. Peter Cohen in answer to concerns voiced by neighbors of the development-to-come. Mo s t i m po rt a n t item the public expects of a major airport: clean rest rooms. No. 2: Courtesy of personnel. No. 3: Ease of check-in. So sez Dickie Davis, Head of Customer Service Operations at good old MIA to West Kendall’s CAC March 31. “Most people fear flying to some degree and they equate that fear with what an airport looks like,” she explains. “A dirty food tray” can cause white-knuckle anxiety, she adds. Th o ug h t f or the Da y:

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men. — Robert Ingersoll Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Plugging the state’s budget hole with stimulus money R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The Florida House and Senate, controlled in the main by elected officials who vehemently oppose Washington’s stimulus packages as inflationary and spending beyond our ability to repay, are hypocritically looking to plug the hole in our proposed state budget with an anticipated $880 million in stimulus dollars from Washington, DC. I have no problem with our elected officials in Tallahassee philosophically opposing the concept of excessive spending in our nation’s capital. But, I do strenuously object to their backdoor use of that same money to solve the problems that, in many ways, they created. The members of our Florida Legislature did not create the employment problems facing our state. But, they seem to be doing little to help ease the problem. Basically, we must generate state income, reduce

costs to balance our state’s budget, and create jobs. Generating income at times can appear tricky. A good example is the Senate’s cap on sales taxes as they apply to buying high priced boats. At first glance, the idea of capping sales taxes at $18,000 regardless of the purchase price seems to be a big gift to the yacht brokerage business. But the concept is sound as purchasers of expensive boats completely bypass paying a sales tax by going outside the state, establishing an investment corporation, and bringing the yacht back into Florida waters, sales tax free. Contrast this with the sales tax exemptions on skyboxes at ballparks and football stadiums. You can’t go outside the state and buy a skybox and bring it back into the state as you can a yacht. So there is no excuse for not taxing skyboxes. The simple answer is to tax all goods and services in our state to generate income. Taxing all goods sold and services rendered could be offset by a reduction in the sales tax percentage because we would be generating so much money.

–– VIEWPOINT –– I know my attorney friends will object to this statement. But, do we really think that an unhappy couple will stay married rather than proceed with a divorce because they must pay a service tax on the legal fees required to end their marriage? Will we really stop creating new corporations because of a service tax? I don’t think so. One major revenue for the state is the dollars generated by gambling. The Seminole tribe currently is paying the State of Florida $37.5 million a month for the privilege of running gambling establishments in the state. We receive $37.5 million a month, when 12.5 percent of our workforce is unemployed. Just think of the dollars we will receive when everyone is working. The legislature has a very difficult and delicate balancing act when granting gambling licenses to racetracks and kennel clubs around the state and at the

same time not upsetting the Seminoles who would like to control 100 percent of the gambling in the state. If the conservatives in Washington are successful in eliminating or at least greatly reducing the current spending levels, the anticipated $880 million in stimulus money needed to plug the hole in our state budget will disappear. It is time for a mental reconciliation between conservatives in Tallahassee and in Washington. Ladies and gentlemen, you can’t have it both ways. 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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What has happened to Florida’s school funds?

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Education funding is getting a lot of attention once again as state lawmakers wrestle with how to pay for Florida’s School Systems. It’s a battle between balancing our growing education needs against shrinking tax rolls and doing more for Florida’s students with less money. While the budget problems hit us every year, it’s important to remember that this is not a new problem. The compromises state lawmakers make will come back to hit us again next year. And the cycle will likely continue as it has. What’s missing is a meaningful fix that’s been too long in the making. There needs to be a consistent, sustained funding source that’s independent of property taxes. So what is the solution? Here is what I discovered last year, and the scenario hasn’t changed at all. Kathy Hargreaves didn’t like how South Florida’s public schools were slashing employees and cutting back classroom programs last year. She knew the problem was due to inadequate school funding by Florida lawmakers. The Broward mom worried about her daughter’s public school education and the deteriorating classroom experience thousands of other Florida kids will face this year. She told me she has been hearing for years about the $18 billion the lottery earned last year to improve Florida’s education system. Kathy wondered where the money was going, so she asked CBS4 News. It turns out that when the lottery was approved by voters in 1986, it was supposed to enable the people of the state to benefit from significant additional moneys for education. According to the Florida Lottery’s own figures, it has generated $9.1 billion in direct aid to schools statewide, including some $2.2 billion to South Florida Schools. Still, Kathy doesn’t trust how the lottery money is being spent and why more isn’t going directly into classrooms. That’s why she thinks it’s a scam that they aren’t putting it towards education like they said they were going to. In 2009, Florida’s college system got about $2 billion from the lottery and it has gone directly to local college students from the “Bright Scholars” Program. That includes some $442 million for South Florida college students. The rest of the $18 billion has gone to school renovation and construction projects statewide, as well as to Florida’s public

colleges and universities. Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Critics say the lottery may have been approved originally by voters to enhance and improve education, but that state lawmakers instead used the money for basic funding. “To put in very simple layman’s terms, new dollars came in, but they took the money they were getting before and used it for something else,” State Rep. Julio Robaina said. “They took from one place and gave it to another. It doesn’t matter what the people of Florida wanted when they supported the lottery.” Robaina said there still is a movement statewide to allow public school funds to be used for private schools, with conservative lawmakers pushing a constitutional amendment in the fall. He said opponents of public education are unwilling to mandate that public education be fully funded in the first place…independent of the lottery. “Kids and schools are suffering,” Robaina said. “There are no new dollars, and the lottery is not bringing home the money.” A POSSIBLE SOLUTION So what is the answer to better funding local schools? One possibility would be a bill requiring state lawmakers to pass an adequate education budget independent of using lottery moneys, but some local lawmakers say that’s not about to happen. The other option is a statewide constitutional amendment mandating state lawmakers to fully fund education without lottery money…and mandate that the lottery money be used to enhance and improve education. Go back to the clause in the original measure that states, “Enable the people of the state to benefit from significant ADDITIONAL moneys for education” as it originally was approved by Florida voters some 20 years ago. For now, there is no move anywhere in the state to try and organize support for a statewide education amendment requiring lottery moneys be used to enhance and improve Florida’s public schools, and not just substitute that money for real, full-time funding the state’s been avoiding for years. My guess is, if it doesn’t happen, history will repeat itself this year. We’re facing yet another round of teacher/classroom/staff and curriculum cuts — and more questions about how we approved a program to fix our schools and somehow it was never put in place like we wanted it. The voters spoke, but most state lawmakers apparently could care less. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/4yourmoney>.

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All available land must be purchased to save Everglades To the Editor: The restoration of the Everglades is a massive undertaking. It must start with the purchase of any and all available land for the storage and treatment of the water that will be diverted to the Everglades to re-establish the sheet flow that has been interrupted through many ill-conceived canals, dikes, berms, roads, highways and railroads. Land not purchased specifically for Everglades restoration will be subject to purchase by builders and developers who have no interest in the restoration process and whose ultimate use of the land will be to build projects that contravene the restoration effort. This not only applies to the U.S. Sugar Corporation lands south of Lake Okeechobee, and to downstream lands as far south as Florida Bay, but also to enough land north of the lake to provide storage and treatment for water that will be introduced into Lake Okeechobee. Once the sheetflow has been re-established, it must be protected against future interruption, and that can only be guaranteed if the Everglades lands belong to the state. The many obstructions to sheetflow must be plugged, removed or fitted with culverts, bridges or elevated portions of highways to allow passage of water and migrating wildlife, both floral and faunal. Mistakes were made in the past that must be rectified. The present generation is not responsible for these mistakes, but sadly, the responsibility for the rectification must be borne by this and future generations. It should not be a question of money, and if a special tax or an addition to the present sales tax must be assessed, so be it. The restoration must take place whatever the cost. Florida is a special place to live, not only for people, but also for the diverse forms of wildlife that attracted residents and visitors in the first place. Without a restored Everglades, the quality of life enjoyed by Floridians will be decreased and eventually will cease to be. Consider how much more undesirable the quality of life will be in a “concrete Florida.” Grant Campbell, South Florida Audubon Society

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Ellen duPont Shehan was recognized as Philanthropist of the Year for more than 70 years of selfless service to children, environmental causes, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations, including South Miami Hospital’s Child Development Center. Each year the Mercury Ball is organized by the South Miami Hospital Associates, a group of business leaders who serve as goodwill ambassadors and fundraisers for the hospital, and the South Miami Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital. Serving as presenting sponsor of the ball was longtime supporter TotalBank. Other major sponsors included Kidz Medical Services Inc. and First National Bank of South Miami. For more information about South Miami Hospital Foundation, contact Karl Cetta at 786-662-8126 or by email to <Karlc@baptisthealth.net>.

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Kabbalah comes to Kendall in just ‘29 Amazing Minutes’ BY ROBERT HAMILTON

“Studying Kabbalah has helped me find my place in the world,” long time Kendall resident Anita Swartz said while explaining her feelings for Kabbalah and the exciting opportunity to share this knowledge with her Kendall friends and neighbors of more than 30 years. Anita and her daughter, Nadine, first discovered Kabbalah 13 years ago and are thrilled to participate in bringing Kabbalah to the community. Kabbalah Kendall will be kicking off a series of classes with a dynamic free introductory program, “29 Amazing Minutes,” on Tuesday, Apr. 20, presented by Zev Auerbach, a student of Kabbalah for many years. Zev has been presenting his “29 Amazing Minutes” to huge crowds all over South Florida from Boca Raton to Weston and Aventura, and is happy to share his story with the Kendall community. Zev credits Kabbalah with many personal miracles in his life, particularly with family members who have benefitted tremendously thanks to the applied principles of Kabbalah. He is well-known in the advertising world as the creative director of Zimmerman Advertising and in the public service arena as a commissioner with the City of Aventura. For Anita Swartz and her husband, Alan, the study of Kabbalah has been life changing. Alan, a pediatrician in Kendall for 30 years, began studying Kabbalah as a way to spend time with his wife, a nutritionist. “We had to drive over an hour for our classes, but it was well worth it,” Alan recalled. “Kabbalah teaches you what it means to be a human being.” In his practice, Alan has incorporated his Kabbalah knowledge to help his young patients. “I see a large number of children that have

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), they are anxious and unhappy at such a young age, but I explain the bigger picture in life to them, and that with each new challenge we have the opportunity to grow.” Along with Alan and Anita, their daughter Nadine and son Mark also have experienced positive life changes. “I know my actions have the ability to change the world,” Mark said. “I realize that I can be in the driver’s seat and go for everything I want.” Nadine, like her dad, is able to mesh the study of Kabbalah with her work as a clinical social worker for a private mental health agency. Since her first exposure to Kabbalah, when “everything the teacher said just made sense and clicked,” Nadine has been active in studying and mentoring others. She also volunteers with the organization SFK (Success for Kids) a related program that utilizes spiritual principles to help at-risk children. Anita recalls an immediate pull to Kabbalah’s teachings as soon as she began her studies and an indescribable change in her life. Anita is a native of Venezuela and remembers “for the longest time, even when I was a teenager, my father asked me why I was so angry. I was such an angry person and there was no reason. The most important thing is that I am now a happy person.” “29 Amazing Minutes” will be offered at 7:30 p.m. in English and 8:30 p.m. in Spanish at the Miami Marriott Dadeland. The Power of Kabbalah 1 Series of classes begins on Wednesday, Apr. 28, in English at 7 p.m. and in Spanish at 8:30 p.m. at the same location. Registration is required, and information is available by visiting the website and Facebook pages, at <www.kabbalahkendall.com>, KabbalahKendall on Facebook or call 1-877292-9292.

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In recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism is sponsoring an open house on Apr. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kendall Campus, 8790 SW 94 St. (behind Baptist Hospital). Parents are invited to tour the facility, meet the staff and learn more about the center. The celebration includes activities for children. The Kendall Campus operates a full day school for children ages 3 to 12. The programs include: The Early Steps: Designed for early intervention for children from birth to 5 years old. The unique speech- and language-based programs completely center on each child’s individual goals — both cognitively and behaviorally. Children experience one to four hours of intensive, hands on, educational training, behavior modification and cognitive sensory-based activities. The Leaps & Bounds: Designed for early intervention for children ages 3-6 years. Emphasis placed on communication, social skills training through music therapy, speech and sensory integration therapy in a classroom setting. Certified elementary teacher, behavior, speech, occupational and music therapists collaborate to design a specific program for each

child for the school year. Options include 1-4 hours of intensive speech- and language-based ABA therapy. The Elementary School: Serves children from 5 to 12 years. Each class is led by a Special Education teacher with 1-2 trained teacher aides per class. A 5 or 6 to 1 student to teacher ratio is maintained, 1to-1 ratio is available. The school day includes Cognitive & ABA Therapy, Speech/OT/PT Therapy. Field trips to community attractions such as bowling, horseback riding, zoo, swimming, museums, etc. are planned bi-weekly to develop social interaction skills. The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism has a second location for its middle school, high school and adult vocational programs. This center is located at 7425 SW 42 St. Both locations accept Florida McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities for full payment based on a sliding scale if the child’s Matrix is 254 or 255. Parents may begin filing intent for the 2010-11 school year. The intent deadline is July 3 for Aug. 2 enrollment. The McKay website is <www.floridaschoolchoice.org>. The center is accepting applications for the 2010-11 school year at both locations and for Summer Camp, beginning June 7. Call the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism at 305-271-8790 to learn more about the Open House and the school. The website is <www.cbc4autism.org>.


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Baptist Hospital’s Relay for Life draws 3,000, raises $208,000 BY JOSE BOZA

Baptist Hospital’s fifth annual American Cancer Relay for Life event saw another record crowd with approximately 3,000 participants and raised more than $208,000 for American Cancer Society’s research, programs and services. It was the fifth consecutive year that Baptist Hospital hosted the American Cancer Society’s East Kendall Relay for Life — an all-night campout, survivors’ celebration and relay-style walk around the hospital campus’ lake. Cancer survivors were given special Tshirts and participated in a celebration lap around the lake. Thereafter, they were treated to a special dinner and other gifts. The event continued overnight, where event attendees experienced a moving candlelight ceremony that honored people battling cancer and those who have died from the disease. The event was supported by the BaptistSouth Miami Regional Cancer Program, and health professionals and patients from Baptist, Baptist Children’s and South Miami Hospitals. The Baptist-South Miami Regional Cancer Program is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-

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The Tonkinson Family recently met with Virginia Jacko, CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, in order to have their Aunt Ruth Tonkinson tour the facility and learn about its services. Aunt Ruth, who has had macular degeneration for the past 15 years, was the impetus for Rick and Margarita Tonkinson’s pledged support in the amount of $20,000. This donation will benefit a support group for those with macular degeneration in honor of Aunt Ruth.

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New resource in community for treatment for eating disorders BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Professional Health Network Inc., a Miami-Dade County mental health and social program organization, has announced the opening of the new Eating Disorder Center of Miami. This center, located in Kendall, is under the direction of psychologist Dr. Karen Trevithick, who has more than 10 years experience coordinating eating disorder programs and providing individual therapy. An eating disorder is a life-interfering, sometimes life-threatening illness. Eating disorders can include an obsessive focus on food/weight/appearance, excessive dieting and restrictive eating, purging behaviors, binge eating, distorted body image, and a loss of control while eating. The Eating Disorder Center of Miami at Professional Health Network has been specially developed to provide evidenced-based treatment for those who

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WORLD TOUR OF JADE BUDDHA COMING TO SOUTH FLORIDA ChakraSamvara Center, Wat Buddharangsi Temple and the Asian American Advisory Board invite the South Florida Community to the exhibition of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace from Saturday, Apr. 10, to Sunday, Apr. 18, at the Wat Buddharangi Temple, 15200 SW 240 St., Homestead. Visiting hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Apr. 10, with the closing

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U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY TO OFFER ‘GPS FOR MARINERS’ U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Miami Flotilla 6-11 will offer a two-session “GPS for Mariners” training course from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 12, and Wednesday, Apr. 14, at the Miami Yacht Club, 1001 MacArthur Cswy., located behind Jungle Island. “GPS for Mariners” is a modern learning experience that focuses on the global positioning system equipment typically owned by recreational boaters. Course participants who already own hand-held GPS units are invited to bring them to the class to increase the interactivity of the educational experience.

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with some of the other local organizations that provide services to individuals with The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation physical and visual disabilities,” said Jody Department recently announced that it will Cox, CTRS, paralympic sports coordinator host the 2010 Miami Paralympic for Miami-Dade Park and Recreation. Experience in conjunction with U.S. “This will be an excellent opportunity to Paralympics, a division of the U.S. come out and try some of the paralympic Olympic Committee. sports that are offered Also participating will locally and meet athbe several local letes who are involved “The Paral ympic Paralympic Partners in the sports,” Cox Experience prog ram including the City of added. Miami, All Children “The Paralympic encoura ges physical Together/CCDH, 12th Experience program fitness and overall Man Football Camp, encourages physical Team Row, City of fitness and overall well-being in children Pembroke Pines, Florida well-being in children with physical Alliance of Assistive with physical disabiliServices and Technology, ties, and we are disa bilities, and we are and Spinal Cord Injury thrilled to be working thrilled to be working Support Group of South with Miami-Dade Florida. Park and Recreation with Miami-Dade Park The event is scheduled on this initiative,” said and Recrea tion on for Saturday, Apr. 17, Charlie Huebner, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., USOC chief of parathis initia tive.” near the basketball courts lympics. “Research at Tropical Park, 7900 SW shows that youth with 40th St. (Bird Road). physical disabilities — Charlie Huebner, The Miami Paralympic who participate in USOC chief of paralympics Experience will introduce physical activity are youth and adults with healthier, more sucphysical disabilities and visual impairments cessful in school and have an enhanced to paralympic sports. In addition to hands- quality of life.” on participation in wheelchair basketball, Paralympic Experience events are being hand-cycling, boccia, judo, and Goalball, conducted in communities throughout the the participants will interact with local ath- country. For registration information on the letes and coaches. Members of the Miami Miami Paralympic Experience event, call Heat Wheels basketball team and South 305-382-8160. Participation in the Florida Rage Goalball team will be on hand Experience is free. to teach their sport to participants. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at “We are very excited to be partnering <www.usparalympics.org>.

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Are you tired of the same Miami malls and shopping arenas? If you are seeking a unique shopping experience, you should peruse through the Bird District shops, open weekly Monday-Saturday. Located between Southwest 72nd avenue and Bird Road, this four-square-block area offers the avid shopper an assortment of boutiques to meet any need. From cakes, fabrics, home décor, jewelry, shoes, furniture, plants, cigars, party supplies, wedding, antiques, aquariums, glass art, framing, photography studios, printing, upholstery, and much more. You can find anything here to meet your every needs and desires, for children and adults. Due to zoning and building regulation wars, many businesses were forced to leave the Bird Road Art District. New building codes were being enforced and fines placed on those who did not comply. Now this area has won the zoning wars and is steadily growing with new merchants and merchandise from the most exotic to the most innovative of products. The Bird Road Art District, as always, is open to the public while offering trade specific items and services. Amongst the array of businesses, Zoffinger Interiors, specializes in designing high-end residential and commercial interiors. Inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida, Zoffinger Interiors creates extraordinary spaces, while keeping with today’s trends and your personal style. Immediately walking into their showroom, you will experience a taste of Zoffinger’s designs; a unique blend of traditional and modern highend furniture and accessories. Other services are offered for hospitality, space planning, model homes, event planning, holiday decoration, and/or consultations. Z. Interiors has a full team of licensed and insured subcontractors that are just as meticulous as designers Natalie and Maria Elena Zoffinger, to complete the most innovative of projects. If you are on a budget, but love to keep up with the transforming trends, Prinzzesa Boutique is the place for you. Specializing in professional styling, Prinzzesa stocks their

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of the Bird Road Art District walls of Castelli’s boutique. Catering to high-fashion minded city slickers, Castelli’s has been voted #1 by South Florida’s Prom & Graduation Committee, while participating in various fashion shows in Miami. Castelli’s offers all types of styles from classic to contemporary chic, for both day and evening designer attire at lower costs. This boutique is a one of a kind elegance. Owner Sandra Infante-Zibilich, has an incredible eye for what customers look for in today’s fashion. Any occasion is their specialty. Come today and make your one of a kind dress dream come true. Get your upholstery needs met at Rada Upholstery, where you can find a plethora of fabrics to fit any design preference. Rada is a one stop shop for custom design in wall paper, pillows, linens, window treatments, furniture, monogramming and more. Rafael Gonzalez, owner, and his team have the professional experience to design and create any custom piece with luxurious fabrics and textiles. Their attention to detail and friendly demeanor provide clients with an excellent customer service and repeat business for Rada. Your furniture could not be left in better hands. Like many moms, Debbie Diaz had a hard time finding great shoes she liked for her 4 year old daughter. That’s when she decided to open her own kids shoe store. For 14 years, Step By Step, has become a Mecca for the shoe lovers and fashionable moms. The store stocks a wide variety of brands and price points to appeal to Miami’s diverse population. Diaz makes sure to keep her footwear offerings fresh and exciting. And as the market changes, she continues to tweak her assortment. She also has been stocking more of what she calls” French Fry” items such as: hair accessories, tights, pencil cases, wallets, and the like. As a shopper herself, Diaz ensures a friendly service. This focus on service, together with her unique footwear selection, have made Diaz’ store a favorite of the locals, here in the Bird Road Art District.

Step By Step is expanding to a new location, in front, across the parking lot. Visit the store Monday- Friday from 11:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. or the website : www.stepbystepmiami.com for more details. The deep aroma of rich tobacco permeates through Mesa’s Cigars, where you can smoke, lounge, and sip delectable wine and beer. If you seek alternate social events and outings, come to Mesa’s Cigars where the whole shop becomes a lounge with music and where ladies drink free, from Thursday through Saturday. You can even have your special event hosted at Mesa’s. Monthly events, like sports games, domino and poker tournaments, are currently booked here. Aside from the social realm, cigars can be purchased at wholesale prices. Apart from name brand cigars, here you find house blend cigars, with filler binder and wrapping, from Esteli, Nicaragua. Rolling cigar services are also available for any event or occasion. Visit their website at www.mesacigars.com for more information and a schedule of events. Look for this article in any of the following Tuesday papers (Kendall Gazette, South Miami News, Coral Gables News, or Palmetto Bay News) to update yourself with the many businesses and services, which are a part of this Bird Road Art District. Don’t keep this a secret and share the news about this cluster of diverse shops in your community, to your friends, family, and acquaintances. Make it an exciting adventure to get great finds. There are many cafes and restaurants surrounding the Bird Road Art District to satisfy any appetite and to complete a wonderful shopping experience. Be sure to take a copy of this article to any of the participating advertisers to receive a 10% discount on your purchases. You couldn’t ask for more from this centric, one-stop shop Art District, with a great diversity of unique shops and services, affordable prices, friendly atmosphere.

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Are you tired of the same Miami malls and shopping arenas? If you are seeking a unique shopping experience, you should peruse through the Bird District shops, open weekly Monday-Saturday. Located between Southwest 72nd avenue and Bird Road, this four-square-block area offers the avid shopper an assortment of boutiques to meet any need. From cakes, fabrics, home décor, jewelry, shoes, furniture, plants, cigars, party supplies, wedding, antiques, aquariums, glass art, framing, photography studios, printing, upholstery, and much more. You can find anything here to meet your every needs and desires, for children and adults. Due to zoning and building regulation wars, many businesses were forced to leave the Bird Road Art District. New building codes were being enforced and fines placed on those who did not comply. Now this area has won the zoning wars and is steadily growing with new merchants and merchandise from the most exotic to the most innovative of products. The Bird Road Art District, as always, is open to the public while offering trade specific items and services. Amongst the array of businesses, Zoffinger Interiors, specializes in designing high-end residential and commercial interiors. Inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida, Zoffinger Interiors creates extraordinary spaces, while keeping with today’s trends and your personal style. Immediately walking into their showroom, you will experience a taste of Zoffinger’s designs; a unique blend of traditional and modern highend furniture and accessories. Other services are offered for hospitality, space planning, model homes, event planning, holiday decoration, and/or consultations. Z. Interiors has a full team of licensed and insured subcontractors that are just as meticulous as designers Natalie and Maria Elena Zoffinger, to complete the most innovative of projects. If you are on a budget, but love to keep up with the transforming trends, Prinzzesa Boutique is the place for you. Specializing in professional styling, Prinzzesa stocks their

inventory every mid-week with the latest fashion, offering their customers the opportunity to look fresh and hot in a city like Miami. All professional styling is a free service included with your purchases of clothes and accessories. Even for a last minute engagement, ensuring a fabulous look, is no challenge for Prinzzesa owner Yari Riguero. Stop in now to stock up on their latest spring fashions. Do you have an upcoming special occasion, like a communion, graduation, baptism, or wedding, and want your son or daughter to look their most fashionable? Find your child’s distinctive flair in Warm Heart’s Children’s Boutique, offering clothes for girl’s (newborn to teen size 16) and boys (infant to toddler). This award winning child’s boutique offers a large selection of hair accessories, belts, purses, and shoes. Professional styling, for your little one, is offered at no cost with your purchases. Visit Warm Hearts today, for the cutest of spring fashions. Glass art does not only belong in churches. Check out Rowe Studio Art Glass for a one of a kind custom piece of glass art that you can display anywhere from your business, home, or even as an accessory. Founded over 36 years ago by the late Brian Rowe, Lynne Rowe has continued to carry on the legacy. Glass designs are original and can be purchased, in the studio. Lynne offers classes on how to create this unique form of art, both on the torch and in the kiln. Prices range from as little as $20 per hour to $200 for extended sessions. Known mostly for offering designs and fabrication of stained glass, sandblasting, mosaics and jewelry, are also offered. You can purchase here any materials for creating your own glass art custom pieces. Visit the showroom TuesdaySaturday from noon to 5pm, or their website at: www.RoweArtGlass.com for more details and schedules. With prom and graduation dates around the corner, take a visit into the clothes-lined

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of the Bird Road Art District walls of Castelli’s boutique. Catering to high-fashion minded city slickers, Castelli’s has been voted #1 by South Florida’s Prom & Graduation Committee, while participating in various fashion shows in Miami. Castelli’s offers all types of styles from classic to contemporary chic, for both day and evening designer attire at lower costs. This boutique is a one of a kind elegance. Owner Sandra Infante-Zibilich, has an incredible eye for what customers look for in today’s fashion. Any occasion is their specialty. Come today and make your one of a kind dress dream come true. Get your upholstery needs met at Rada Upholstery, where you can find a plethora of fabrics to fit any design preference. Rada is a one stop shop for custom design in wall paper, pillows, linens, window treatments, furniture, monogramming and more. Rafael Gonzalez, owner, and his team have the professional experience to design and create any custom piece with luxurious fabrics and textiles. Their attention to detail and friendly demeanor provide clients with an excellent customer service and repeat business for Rada. Your furniture could not be left in better hands. Like many moms, Debbie Diaz had a hard time finding great shoes she liked for her 4 year old daughter. That’s when she decided to open her own kids shoe store. For 14 years, Step By Step, has become a Mecca for the shoe lovers and fashionable moms. The store stocks a wide variety of brands and price points to appeal to Miami’s diverse population. Diaz makes sure to keep her footwear offerings fresh and exciting. And as the market changes, she continues to tweak her assortment. She also has been stocking more of what she calls” French Fry” items such as: hair accessories, tights, pencil cases, wallets, and the like. As a shopper herself, Diaz ensures a friendly service. This focus on service, together with her unique footwear selection, have made Diaz’ store a favorite of the locals, here in the Bird Road Art District.

Step By Step is expanding to a new location, in front, across the parking lot. Visit the store Monday- Friday from 11:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. or the website : www.stepbystepmiami.com for more details. The deep aroma of rich tobacco permeates through Mesa’s Cigars, where you can smoke, lounge, and sip delectable wine and beer. If you seek alternate social events and outings, come to Mesa’s Cigars where the whole shop becomes a lounge with music and where ladies drink free, from Thursday through Saturday. You can even have your special event hosted at Mesa’s. Monthly events, like sports games, domino and poker tournaments, are currently booked here. Aside from the social realm, cigars can be purchased at wholesale prices. Apart from name brand cigars, here you find house blend cigars, with filler binder and wrapping, from Esteli, Nicaragua. Rolling cigar services are also available for any event or occasion. Visit their website at www.mesacigars.com for more information and a schedule of events. Look for this article in any of the following Tuesday papers (Kendall Gazette, South Miami News, Coral Gables News, or Palmetto Bay News) to update yourself with the many businesses and services, which are a part of this Bird Road Art District. Don’t keep this a secret and share the news about this cluster of diverse shops in your community, to your friends, family, and acquaintances. Make it an exciting adventure to get great finds. There are many cafes and restaurants surrounding the Bird Road Art District to satisfy any appetite and to complete a wonderful shopping experience. Be sure to take a copy of this article to any of the participating advertisers to receive a 10% discount on your purchases. You couldn’t ask for more from this centric, one-stop shop Art District, with a great diversity of unique shops and services, affordable prices, friendly atmosphere.

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Second annual Piano Slam coming to Arsht Center BY CARLENE SAWYER

The Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation will host the second annual Piano Slam,, a two-piano classical music and rap poetry concert, on Wednesday, May 12, in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Susan and Sarah Wang, 2008 winners of the 11th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition featured with prominent Miami rap artists Lela Lombardo and Summer Hill Seven will be performing with Miami-Dade County middle and high school student poets in a program that is free to the public. As part of the event, Dranoff will hold a competition for poetry from students inspired by live classical music performances. Contest prizewinners will be presented with laptop computers and cash awards at the event and their poems will be

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NWSA presents BFA graduates’ exhibition opening on Apr. 10 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

New World School of the Arts will present “2010,” a group exhibition by the 22 newest Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduates opening on Apr. 10. Emerging from the first decade of the new millennium, the 2010 class celebrates a show that conveys predominant themes significant to artists today. Thanks to recent funding from the Knight Foundation, New World has expanded to a 6,000-square-foot studio space located in Miami’s Arts District. Individual studio spaces have intensified an atmosphere for group practice and production. Curated by the students themselves and by gallerist Fredric Snitzer, the show will embrace a compelling range of subject matter. The work featured addresses a wide range of issues using the media of drawing, photography, video, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. The opening reception of 2010 will take place on Apr. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Cisneros Fontals Art Foundation (CIFO). The exhibition will be open to the viewing public Thursday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. through May 7. CIFO is located at 1018 N. Miami Ave. The graduating students are: Gabriel Alcala, Luisa F. Aleman, Jessica Arias, Carolina Barros, Bruno Alonso Boza, Devin Caserta, Autumn Casey, Sebastian Castro, Cynthia Cruz, Nicole Doran, Laura Duran, Roberto Herrera, Samuel Lopez De Victoria, Natalia Manrique, Micah Milner, Kemi Odulana, Jose Felix Perez, Orlando Robaina, Catalina Roca, Sleeper, Yasmin Tolentino and Ibett Yanez. The students also are organizing a fundraiser in order to get funds for an artistic and cultural exchange trip to the Berlin Bienal in Germany in June. They invite you to join their effort by donating funds. For information, call 305-237-3620 or go online to <www.2010bfa.com>.

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