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Budget cutting ‘top priority,’ Sorenson says BY RICHARD YAGER n a wide-ranging discussion of issues, Miami-Dade District Eight Commissioner Katy Sorenson, serving as commission chair for the 2009-10 budget, said her “first priority will be how to maintain county services in the fiscal year ahead despite anticipated revenue reductions. “We’ll know more after the tax roll is delivered June 1 to determine what we can expect property taxes to produce,” she told a Citizen Advisory Committee audience, May 27, at Hammocks Police District station, noting that a revenue decline of 25 percent is anticipated. “Combined with state funding cutbacks, we’ll be facing one of the most difficult periods I’ve ever seen to main-

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Arvida Middle School places first, third in poster contest

The Arvida Middle School Art Department recently took first and third place in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Human Resources “Connect with Respect” poster contest. Pictured (l-r) are Deborah Montilla, administrative director; Mr. Reig; Kris Reig, first place; Suzy Berrios, director; Alexia Hirlemann, third place; Nancy Aragon, principal, and Maripat Taccolini, art teacher.

Commissioner Katy Sorenson addresses West Kendall residents at the Hammocks Police District Citizen Advisory Committee meeting.

tain parks, public works and other basic services as we’ve been accustomed to seeing them in the past,” added Sorenson, who was first elected to the county commission in 1994. She said that commercial properties “may have to bear the lion’s share” to make up differences to avoid severe cutbacks in service areas, predicting that the county manager will “wind up providing a smorgasbord of options of who and where to cut back costs.” Named to head the commission budg-

eting committee by commission chair Dennis C. Moss, Sorenson said, “Although I was honored by the appointment, finding new ways to cut costs after two successive years chopping $250 million left us with few choices to further reduce costs. “Even so, we are going to have to find cuts totaling another $250 million or higher, just to keep everything from

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Miami launches ‘Buy, Play and Stay Local’ campaign BY LEE STEPHENS o help fuel the local economy, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is spearheading a new “Buy, Play and Stay Local” campaign. The program encourages residents to spend their money locally, while taking advantage of great deals. Spurred by the success of its Miami Spice Restaurant Month and Miami Spa Month programs, the GMCVB is partnering with seven chambers of commerce to offer special discounts on lodging, dining, shopping, arts and culture, boating/water sports, sightseeing and tours, business services and other local services. “There has never been a better time for Miami residents to vacation in their own backyards than right

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BY LEE STEPHENS Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, Miami-Dade Commission chair Dennis C. Moss, Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas on May 22 unveiled a new water reclamation pilot plant at the South Dade Wastewater Treatment Plant. Attendees were able to see water that has been processed through various stages of treatment, including micro-filtration, reverse osmosis and disinfection via ultraviolet light and peroxide. “Providing clean water is one of the most basic and important services the county provides,” Mayor Alvarez said. “It is a service that is directly used by residents and visitors each and every day.

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maintains needed services not otherwise available to the indigent. Other observations: Transit: “We can’t do away with the surtax (half-penny sales tax) despite the way funds were used; instead of abolishing the tax, we have to find a ways to better use that resource to continue transportation services so many people depend upon.” Fine arts: “It’s important to continue to find ways to fund cultural and arts programming for our people and community, and, remember, subsidized dollars return up to $25 back for every dollar the county appropriates.” FPL: “We need to review carefully every step the power company proposes for its new reactors at Turkey Point, particularly to what extent development requires digging a new pit that could cause extensive saltwater intrusion into below-ground fresh water systems.” Sorenson concluded her remarks, complimenting CAC members for monitoring neighborhood security with police. “Democracy is not a spectator sport,” she said.

OPENINGS FOR THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST Applications are now being accepted for the Board of Trustees of the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, the governing authority for Jackson Health System. Trustees serve without compensation for staggered terms of three years. There are five vacancies for the 2009 appointment process. The PHT Nominating Council will contact selected applicants for interviews. Those applicants selected for interview will be subject to a background check. The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, upon recommendation of the Nominating Council, will make appointments to the Board of Trustees. Application forms may be obtained from the County Executive Office, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2910, or online at www.miamidade.gov. All applications must be received by Diane Collins, Acting Division Chief, Clerk of the Board, at 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 17-202, Miami, Florida, 33128 no later than June 3, 2009 by 4:00pm. Emails or facsimiles of the application will be accepted and can be sent to clerkbcc@miamidade.gov or faxed to 305-375-2484. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure electronic receipt of the application by calling the Clerk of the Board at 305-375-1652. For additional information regarding the application process, please call 305-375-5311.

now,” said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of GMCVB. “The deals are incredible at places that attract visitors from around the world. Plus, residents can feel good about strengthening our economy when they spend their dollars locally. Buying, playing and staying local helps retain jobs and expands Greater Miami’s tax base.” The “Buy, Play and Stay Local” program is being supported by a comprehensive marketing campaign that includes radio and newspaper ads, public relations and a dedicated website — <www.MiamiDealsForLocals.com>. Residents are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates on special offers. Among the deals currently being promoted: Miami Spa Month — Nearly 20 of Miami’s premier spas will offer $99 treatments — normally valued at $199 and above — during July. The promotion was so popular last year that it was extended for a second month. Miami Spice Restaurant Month — Upwards of 100 Miami restaurants will offer $23 lunch and $36 dinner prix fixe menus during August and September, an average discount of 30-60 percent off the regular value. Beginning on May 1, the GMCVB launched the first-ever Spring Miami Spice where more than 50 of Miami’s finest restaurants are offering the $23 lunch and $36 dinner prix fixe menus. Spring Miami Spice runs through May 31 and has all the ingredients of the successful Miami Spice summer program, which launched in 2001. Accommodations — More than 50 package deals at a broad range of hotels and resorts throughout Greater

Miami and the Beaches now are available on the website. Special packages range from complimentary nights to special upgrades. Participants in the promotion include Chamber South, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The concept of “staycations” — where individuals and families stay home and take day trips to local attractions — became popular last spring as the summer travel season approached and gas prices were reaching record highs. With the national economy now in full recession, many people continue to look for ways to cut back on expenses, including travel. “Fortunately for people in Miami, staycations are hardly a hardship,” Talbert noted. There is a spectacular array of options in Greater Miami and the Beaches for planning a fabulous vacation close to home that will help make our economy strong and won’t break the bank.” The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a nonprofit sales and marketing organization with a mission to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit <www.MiamiAndBeaches.com> or call 1-888-76-Miami or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 or 305-539-3071, or visit <www.MiamiMeetings.com>.

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FPL’s Turkey Point reactor scrutinized Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN We expect that you’ll be reading more about FPL’s plan to add two nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point energy-generating plant. Commissioner Katy Sorenson updated a West Kendall audience last week on the utility’s efforts to expand over the next 12 years, warning the public should continue questioning what they’re told by FPL. Remember how our feisty Comish got ‘stood up’ at a session she organized this spring to have FPL folks answer public concerns? Unit 3 at the plant, that began operation in 1972, went off line in mid-March for refueling when a control rod appeared stuck. Although replaced, it raised serious questions about maintenance when a lead employee quit over the incident. Critics continue to question how long such reactors can safely operate. FPL says once a nuclear plant is operating, it produces electricity at a much lower cost than do other FPL energy sources. The utility has not responded, however, to questions about how much more it spent on fuel each day that Unit 3 was out of service. Commissioner Sorenson’s primary concern is the extent of excavation needed for deeply dug foundations for the giant reactors, possibly unleashing further saltwater intrusion to endanger aquifers that recharge our fresh water supply. Overall impact on the environment, however, remains the most significant concern and deserves constant attention of both press and public. So What’s New in Westchester? Community Council 10 has forwarded its 2009-2010 fiscal budget recommenda-

tions to the county, urging infrastructure improvements on Flagler Street between SW 57th Avenue and Florida Turnpike as top priority. More police bike patrols and a comprehensive traffic study throughout the district are two other requests to improve the area adjoining Kendall in the northwest. In the South, our Redland neighbors are looking for more operational funds to support the West Perrine Aquatic Center, purchase of agricultural land development rights and details on BBC bond spending, as well as boosting manpower in the Hammocks District Police “Agricultural Unit,” the “Agri-Cops” described in a recent issue of the Gazette as the security force for 400 acres, more or less, of boondocks and farmlands, south to the Monroe County line. Couldn’t help but enjoy the Herald’s recent story exposing County Commission “Discretionary Fund” accounts. Objectors call them “political pork,” solidifying incumbent seats thru largesse dispensed as “contributions” for their constituencies. Commissioner Rebecca Sosa did that earlier in May with a $5000 check to “help” the Barnes Park’s learn-to-swim program. Such donations are really part of a $9.5 million tax fund allotted to 13 Commission members to use as they see fit in their Districts. Next time you see those big checks handed out, you might ask: Is that your personal money — or my taxes? Thought of the Day: What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. — Bob Dylan Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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South Florida’s Tri-Rail derailed by Florida Legislature R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY We had a good thing going in South Florida. Thousands of cars were kept off the highways as travelers took to the train to commute through Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Every year more and more travelers took Tri-Rail as their form of transportation. Now, thanks to the Florida Legislature, the trains will run less frequently during the coming year, and the year after, not at all. The Tri-Rail board recently voted to cut service from 50 to 30 train trips a day and to eliminate weekend and holiday runs. Also, without additional funding, the whole operation will be closed down by early 2011. Adding insult to injury the federal government will demand the return of $256 million given the state to add a parallel set of train tracks that was

designed to make the runs more efficient, not having to stop for trains coming in the other direction. Why the cuts in Tri-Rail funding? The answer is simple. Our Florida Legislature would rather cut service, thwarting a positive move in mass transportation, than have the guts to find the money needed to keep the trains rolling. Incredibly the legislature wanted to fund a mid-state, cross-state commuter train that was projected to have a far, far lower ridership than South Florida’s Tri-Rail. Fortunately for Florida taxpayers that move failed in the legislative process. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, running short on funds to finance their county operations, notified Tri-Rail that they were being forced to cut back on their contributions to the system. With greatly reduced county funding and the absence of state funding in the future, the $9 million funding shortfall places the future of Tri-Rail in doubt. Tri-Rail came into existence in 1989 offering an alternate form of transportation during the reconstruction of Interstate 95. Since 1989 the system has

VIEWPOINT enjoyed ever-increasing use. Ridership has increased from 7,500 a day in 2005 to about 14,000 a day in 2009. Now its future is in doubt. If every rider is forced to use his or her auto for transportation, we will see 14,000 more cars on the road each business day. Miami-Dade and Broward counties recently announced that they will be inaugurating an inter-county bus system as early as this coming January. The buses will run between the counties using the express lanes on Interstate 95. This is both good news and bad news. The good news is that there will be some form of inter-county public transportation. The bad news is that the legislature might use this as an excuse to end discussions on creating a dedicated funding system for Tri-Rail. It is ironic that a recent Miami Herald contained an insert from the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) telling the community about

“Transportation for a New Century.” The publication tells us that the multimillion-dollar Miami Intermodal Center (MIC), where buses, trains, cabs, car rentals and private cars will all meet to provide easy access to the airport, contains a terminal for Tri-Rail. The transportation hub, currently under construction around the existing Tri-Rail tracks at a cost of $1.7 billion, includes a terminal for Tri-Rail that might not be in existence when the Intermodal Center opens. How poorly our elected officials plan and spend the taxpayers’ money. Anyone want to buy a like-new train?

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TotalBank opens new branch in W. Kendall’s London Square BY ROSALYNN SALINAS TotalBank, one of the strongest and largest community banks in South Florida, continues its expansion strategy with the grand opening of its newest branch, located at 13400 SW 120 St. in West Kendall. The branch represents the institution’s 15th location, further increasing TotalBank’s footprint across Miami-Dade County. The new location is TotalBank’s second in Kendall and is part of the 450,000-square-foot London Square shopping center. The branch will feature conveniences such as ample parking, drive-through services, and state-of-the-art facilities. Led by an experienced all-star team, the branch is fully staffed to offer a full range of personalized products and services to individuals and businesses. As part of the grand

opening festivities, TotalBank will be offering exclusive promotions to West Kendall branch customers for a limited time. “The opening of our second branch in Kendall represents our continued growth and the solid position we have maintained in the South Florida business and residential community for more than 35 years,” said Bill Heffernan, CEO of TotalBank. “We feel a strong commitment to our customers and our goal is to continue to grow and meet the financial needs of the growing Kendall community.” Headquartered in Miami, TotalBank is one of the strongest, and largest, community banks in South Florida, with more than $2 billion in assets and 15 locations throughout Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit online at <www.totalbank.com>.

The Transportation Trust – Moving Forward The Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (Transportation Trust) is the oversight board created as part of the half-cent sales surtax and the People’s Transportation Plan approved by the voters of Miami-Dade County in 2002. Since the passage of the Plan there have been significant improvements to our public transportation system and roadways. These include the addition of millions of miles of new bus routes, the purchase of more than 262 new buses and the funding of 21 municipal shuttle bus systems throughout the County — from Coral Gables to Aventura to Hialeah. More than 173,000 senior citizens and veterans ride public transportation for free under the Golden Passport and Patriot Passport programs.

Hon. Linda Zilber CITT Chairperson

Rodney Sanders

Harold Braynon

Honorable Anna Ward, Ph.D.

The first leg of the Metrorail system expansion will break ground this May. This $525 million project — the Miami Intermodal Center/Earlington Heights Connector — will bring Metrorail to Miami International Airport. A new fleet of railcars and Metromover cars are also being purchased. In the transportation area, more than 390 miles of roadways have been improved. A new Advanced Traffic Management System that will ease traffic congestion throughout our community is currently being installed. Traffic circles have been constructed and school safety crossing zones have been improved.

There is, however, much yet to be done. There has been great concern over promises made and the ability to fund those projects. The Trust shares these concerns. The Trust is also encouraged and applauds the candor, honesty and quality of the discussion occurring within Miami-Dade County and the community. Recent events and dialogue sponsored by Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Commission Chair Dennis C. Moss; Transit, Infrastructure and Roads Committee Chair Barbara J. Jordan; the entire County Commission and County Manager George M. Burgess are all positive developments.

Peter L. Forrest

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Marilyn Smith

Honorable Jorge RodriguezChomat

Miles Moss

The Transportation Trust is an important participant and partner in working with Miami-Dade County and the community as we produce results — not only to meet the current pressing needs of the transit system, but also to develop creative funding solutions that will continue the expansion of critically-needed transit corridor improvements. The Trust currently has three Board positions available. We invite interested members of the community to apply for nomination to the Trust so that you can become part of the solution to our transportation needs. Full information can be found at our website, www.miamidade.gov/citt, or by calling (305) 375-1357.

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BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD In today’s economy, people are looking for ways to turn unused items they have in their homes into moneymaking treasure. One way of doing that is by selling off unused gold jewelry. Some companies have gold owners send them the gold items in specially market envelopes and then give them a quote. But Countrywide Gold Buyers is different — it buys the gold on the spot. Countywide Gold Buyers has kiosks at Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall and a store at The Falls Shopping Center, with plans for additional locations. Edwin Carrion, the company’s chief financial officer, who will oversee the Miami locations, and company president Luis Junco explained what they do. “We’re looking for used, broken and outdated gold jewelry,” Carrion said. “We buy gold, silver and platinum.” Because of the state of the economy, Carrion and Junco recognize there is a need for people to make money. “We recycle your gold for cash,” Carrion said. “Everybody is doing the ‘green’ thing, but they are forgetting to recycle the most precious metals, which are gold, silver and platinum.” Junco said this is a new market they are exploring while helping people who need cash. “Our two goals are to help the community and help the environment,” he says. “We’re not a pawn shop. We provide a safe, secure environment for people to come and sell their jewelry.” Countrywide Gold Buyers works directly with refineries where the jewelry is melted down for resale to jewelers. They weigh and test the jewelry, cutlery

or even gold teeth in front of the customer. “We actually show the prices to the customer,” Junco said. “People come in and say this is 10-carat gold and we tell them ‘no,’ it’s 18 carats and pay them for 18 carats.” Plus, National Gold Buyers will not pull that trick where they see a valuable piece and lowball the customer and then turn around and resell it for a huge profit. Carrion said if a customer comes in with antique pieces that could be more valuable “as is” instead of buying the piece and melting it down, they’ll suggest the owner try selling the pieces at antique shows or look for other places where they will get the value they deserve. “We tell them what it’s worth,” Junco said. “We are fair. We do what we do because we want people to trust us. Not many people know about jewelry. We don’t resell anything. We are not estate brokers.” Junco and Carrion said they want the public to understand they are not like pawnbrokers who buy jewelry for far less than its value. They post their prices and weigh the jewelry in front of the customers. And they give the customer a check right on the spot. They also report everything they buy to the police, which is why they require identification from sellers. Clients can make money. Carrion said the average customer sells $800 to $1,000 in gold items. And those hosting a gold party at National Gold Buyers can make even more. “We’ll close the store and we’ll purchase the gold and you get 10 percent of the sales,” Carrion said. “You can come here and drink some wine and eat some cheese.” For more information, call 305-4676694 or visit online at <www.bringgoldgetcash.com>.


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Commissioner Moss honors CRHS basketball champions

Pictured (l-r) are Coral Reef High coach Gaston “Chachi” Rodriguez; Miami-Dade County Commission chair Dennis C. Moss, and Coral Reef Barracudas Basketball team members Steven Lopez, Jerron Granberry and Brandon Vickers. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY LEE STEPHENS Members of the Coral Reef High School boys’ basketball team are still celebrating their recent state championship and Miami-Dade County Commission chair Dennis C. Moss recognized the winning coach and team on May 21 in the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers. In early March, the Coral Reef Barracudas came from behind and defeated Orlando Olympia in Lakeland with a final score of 69-60. In addition, Coral Reef’s boys basketball team made history by becoming the first school from the south Miami-Dade area to win a boys basketball championship in 50 years. Sports is not the only thing on which Coral Reef High prides itself. The school is very big on academics.

“It’s amazing how dedicated they are both to their basketball and their class work,” said second-year coach Gaston “Chachi” Rodriguez. “I’ll have kids that are getting A’s and B’s, and they’ll still be stressing about doing better.” Only a handful of teammates from Coral Reef were able to take part in the presentation at the County Commission chambers. More than a dozen had to remain at school due to final exams and end of the year commitments. Commissioner Moss saw to it that each member of the team was recognized and given a Certificate of Appreciation for his efforts. “I am proud of these young men who are committed to both academics and athletics,” Moss said. “I’m sure this is just the beginning of great things for each one of them. Keep up the good work.”

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South Miami Mayor to speak to Writers Association South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu will be the keynote speaker for the Saturday, June 6, meeting of the South Florida Writers Association to take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge, 6304 SW 78 St. Members of the public, including aspiring writers, are welcome. A $15 donation includes brunch and the program. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call Evelyn at 305-772-5827 or send email to <evelynbenson2@aol.com>. CAMP DESIGNED TO ADDRESS GAP IN LEARNING DURING SUMMERTIME In an effort to address the academic decline in reading and the gap in learning that occurs during the summer break, Unity Center of Miami’s “Youth Expressing Powerfully Summer Camp” (YEP) will be take place from June 8 to July 31 at Unity Center’s five-acre campus at 16320 SW 147 Ave. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, YEP will provide summer camp services for 90 children, ages 7-17. Extended care is available.

The summer experience is designed to stimulate and improve self esteem, academic skills, physical health and social and family interaction through fun and enriching activities dealing with literacy, math, business skills tutoring, physical fitness and a unique financial prosperity curriculum. Camp registration is $35 per child and the tuition is on a sliding scale basis with assistance offered to low income families. Qualification is based on criteria including household size and income. For additional information about the camp, contact Karen Kuebler at 305232-9503. EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM SCHEDULED ON INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America invites patients, families and caregivers living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis to the educational program “Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: What Every Patient Needs to Know” on Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m., at the University of Miami

COMMUNITYNEWS briefs Hospital, Seminar Center. Topics of discussion at this event will include and overview of inflammatory bowel diseases, recognition of symptoms and the importance of diagnosis, a review of current therapies and emerging research and management of the disease and emotional wellness and resources. This educational program is being provided by an educational grant from Centocor Inc., with no cost to attendees. For more information, contact Amy Gray, executive director, at 1-561-2182929 or send email to her at <agray@ccfa.org>. U. MIAMI’S OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE OFFERING ‘LAUGHTER YOGA’ The University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

looks to remedy the current emotional downturn in society with “Laughter Yoga,” a four-week course taught by instructor Christina Farnsworth, which will take place on Wednesdays at noon from June 10 through July 1, at the Institute, 1550 Brescia Ave., on the UM’s Coral Gables campus. This series will explore a unique, hands-on approach to yoga. Concepts such as deep breathing combined with the exercise of laughter will be addressed. The goal of the course is to remind individuals to find a way past difficult situations with laughter. Admission to this event for OLLI members is $32 for all four classes or $10 per class. A four-week fee of $50 is applicable for non-members or $15 per

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SHOP MIAMI 2009 COMING TO MIAMI’S DESIGN DISTRICT More than 40 of the hottest designers and boutiques in South Florida will be selling some of their finest merchandise during SHOP Miami 2009 on Thursday, June 18, at the Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave. in the Miami Design District. The VIP-Only Private Pre-Sale will be from 6 to 7 p.m., and general admission will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Guests at this event will have the opportunity to purchase the latest and greatest women’s wear, men’s wear and accessories. As an added bonus, there will be a sponsored bar, complimentary beauty services and DJ Ray Milian. To purchase tickets, call the Gen Art Office at 305-695-8200 or visit online at <www.genart.org>. General admission tickets, which include access to the open bar and beauty services, cost $10 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets, which are in limited quantity, include a one-hour VIP private pre-sale, access to the “VIP Lounge” with specialty drinks, and a VIP gift bag full of goodies. This ticket costs $30 in advance and $40 at the door (cash only).

ALHAMBRA ORCHESTRA JOINS RIUNITI OPERA FOR PROGRAM For their annual summer collaboration, Riuniti Opera and Alhambra Orchestra, with conductor Carlos Riazuelo, will present two free concert performances of The Impresario, a lively one-act story in song, plus favorite arias for your enjoyment. In collaboration with the Young Musicians’ Camp at the UM Frost School of Music, a one-hour just-for-kids performance will take place at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, at Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. The evening performance for adults and families on Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m., will be co-sponsored by the Alper JCC and will take place in its Robert Russell Theatre, 11155 SW 112 Ave. in Kendall. This event is open to the public. Large groups are requested to make advance reservations for both performances. For additional information, call 305-668-9260, 305-8993689 or send email to <info@alhambramusic.org>. DADE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS $7,000 GRANT TO RCMA The Redlands Christian Migrant Association, which provides childcare

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and early education for more than 1,000 children in southern MiamiDade County, has received a $7,000 grant from the Dade Community Foundation. Founded in 1965 in the Redland farming area of Miami-Dade County, RCMA serves more than 8,000 children of working-poor families in 21 Florida counties. The goal is to prepare at-risk children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. For more information, visit online at <www.rcma.org>. VISTA HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO WORK IN NORTH, SOUTH OFFICES VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade/Monroe is looking for administrative volunteers to work in its two offices: 16800 NW Second Ave. in North Miami Beach and 18001 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay. Office work can include anything from processing mail and typing to stocking supplies. Volunteers should be detail-oriented and dependable; the time commitment can be as little as two hours per week. For more information, call Cathy Agosti at 305-690-4765 or send email to <cathy.agosti@vitas.com>.

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Your emergency portable TV may not work after hurricane BY HAL FELDMAN We entered another South Florida hurricane season on June 1. We all know the drill; we’ve done it countless times before. Prepare the shutters, check the generators, get fuel and make sure you have plenty of fresh batteries for the flashlights and your emergency portable TV. But this year, fresh batteries for the TV likely won’t be enough. Most of us will need a fresh TV too. On June 12, 2009, the FCC and U.S. Government requirement to have all broadcast television stations permanently shut down their analog signals goes into effect. This means most TV sets that are not using cable or satellite boxes simply will stop working. More importantly, nearly all of the portable TV sets people have packed away for emergency use become instantly defunct. So, if you are used to huddling around your battery-powered emergency TV to watch news reporters flap in the breeze as they tell you about the latest hurricane damage, you’ll need to buy a new set that has a digital tuner (ATSC). Otherwise, it’ll just be you and the radio. And for those who do have satellite or cable plugged into an analog TV; don’t forget that should (or more likely, when) the cable or satellite feed goes out, you are in the same boat. Nothing but snow to keep you company as the winds howl outside. The reason for the analog shut down is clear — or more accurately high-def. It is the ATSC digital signal that is capable of producing beautiful, high-resolution HDTV images on our ever-expansive flatscreen TVs. It’s the future of all TV. During the past two years, all broadcast television stations have been dual broadcasting their

programming in both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) formats to accommodate viewers during the transition. The June 12 analog shutoff is the next logical step in the move to HDTV. While there are many benefits to the digital signal, the lack of backwards compatibility is a huge drawback, especially for Floridians during hurricanes. For the uninformed, our next weather event could be a rude awakening. That’s why, as a technology consultant, I felt it important to write this article. It is important to know that this potential “communication emergency” is real. Thankfully, the solution is simple. Buying a new emergency ATSC portable television is not an expensive proposition. At around $100, it’s pretty much a nobrainer. I have seen and recommend buying either the Haier 7-inch portable TV (Model HLT71) or the Coby 8-inch portable TV (Model TF-TV891). Both are sold through Amazon.com (use this link http://tinyurl.com/hurricaneTVs). In addition to the new portable TV, you also may want to consider an external HDTV antenna. Based on my research in the areas of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay, digital broadcast reception is marginal with the use of a basic indoor antenna and may require something beyond the included telescoping antenna. Either a roof antenna or a passive indoor antenna such as the Terk HDTVi are good choices. Even though amplified antennae typically yield better reception, I suggest you don’t buy one for your hurricane supplies. If the power is out, you are out of luck.

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2009 Nissan Maxima luxury sport sedan has all-new identity Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima is the seventh generation of the luxury sport sedan and it just may be the best one yet. The Maxima rides on Nissan’s popular D Platform, the same FWD underpinning that was introduced with the hot-selling Altima. However, the chassis has been “enhanced” with the use of aluminum suspension links, revised suspension, new technology shocks, a lower engine mounting and a new Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), all of which contribute to minimal torque steer and much better handling As for design, the new Maxima no longer resembles its sibling Altima, but does look a lot like Nissan’s new GT-R super sports car. It has a short nose and deck, a long sloping roof, deeply sculpted fenders and a wider front and rear track. Wraparound upturned headlights and a wide grille combine with a large bumper

opening and a bulging hood. The design flows through deep-waisted rear fenders and into a high trunk lid. New L-shaped LED taillights with side marker bulbs accent the rear. The sporty look is accented further by 18-inch (or available 19-inch) aluminum alloy wheels and low-profile performance tires. The new Maxima is available in two models, the 3.5 S and 3.5 SV, both powered by an enhanced 3.5-liter VQ-series 290-hp V-6 engine (19/26 mpg). The revised engine has a modular design with microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, a resin intake collector, digital knock control, six individual coils (one per spark plug) and a cross-flow coolant pattern. It also has a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), a variable induction system, a silent timing chain and an electronically controlled throttle. It all adds up to more horsepower and torque for quicker acceleration. The 3.5 SV models add leatherappointed sport seats, an advanced Bose premium audio system with nine speakers, HomeLink, fog lights and outside mirrors with turn signal indicators. Several option packages are offered,

All-new Nissan Maxima has a short nose and trunk, a wide grille, wraparound upturned headlights and deeply sculpted fenders.

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Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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