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Walmart gets ‘super’ response from CC11 News from home follows A couple on visit to St. Lucia BY RICHARD YAGER

n application to expand the existing Walmart in West Kendall into a “superstore” won Community Council 11 approval by a 3-2 vote on June 16 following a nearly two-hour public hearing attended by a crowd of more than 50 residents. The final council action saw Vice Chair Jeff Wander, Joseph E. Delaney and Ileana Vazquez provide a three-vote majority approving the expansion with chair Patricia “Shannen” Davis and Beatrice Suarez opposed. Nelson Diaz left the meeting prior to voting, and a seventh seat on the council currently is vacant. “My primary objection was the footprint of the new building being too big for the site,” said Davis, who “sided with the many residents that felt a retail outlet of this size was simply incompatible for nearby neighborhoods.” The measure that attracted scattered support and opposition from neighbors also saw high-profile community spokespersons

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Miami-Dade gets awards from National Association of Counties

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iami-Dade County has received 20 awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The 2009 Achievement Awards recognize innovative county government programs that better serve residents. NACo took notice of improvements to public safety including the Mayor’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force, which was recently adopted by Congress as a role model for the federal government’s task force. The Gun Bounty Program also received accolades for significantly helping to solve crimes. In its first two years, Gun Bounty has recovered 315 firearms and made 188 arrests. “I am proud to say, the success of our programs surpassed all expectations,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez. “I’m very grateful to the dedicated team of professionals who have made it more difficult to commit mortgage fraud and have gotten firearms and criminals off of our streets.” The Port of Miami was recognized for its state-of-the-art Cargo Gate Vehicle Processing System which improves security, as well as innovative seaport berth planning, which is expected to accommodate additional customers and improve customer service.

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Proposed Greenery Mall ‘grocery’ spawns protest BY RICHARD YAGER

eplacement of two Greenery Mall anchor tenants with a supermarket-styled retailer has drawn a petition protest by nearby residents prior to a scheduled public hearing by the East Kendall Community Council 12 on July 1. The anchor stores’ closings led to the ownership’s request for a modification of an existing covenant covering the nearly 90,000-square-foot property to permit a new use for the now-shut-

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tered Circuit City’s 47,000 square feet as well as the space formerly occupied by the Barnes & Noble book store. According to a letter filed on behalf of the owners: “To mitigate the effects of losing those longstanding anchor tenants, the applicant has been diligently seeking new tenancies that will serve to complement the existing services…unfortunately, the availability of viable tenants…like neighborhood supermarkets are prohibited pursuant –––––––––––––––––––– See

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WALMART, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PROTEST, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– on opposing sides when Lawrence Percival, a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) officer, backed the measure and former Council 11 members Frank E. Irizarry Jr. and Jay G. Reichbaum, led the opposition. Percival asked council members to overcome any immediate objections by giving more weight to compelling longrange reasons for approval, such as a “desireable community business” that will mean new jobs and economic stability for the area. Several residents agreed, supporting a continued need for low-cost shopping in the area. Irizarry and Reichbaum countered with concerns for safety, which they said would exacerbate traffic on Kendall Drive in the SW 157th Avenue area. The Walmart plan shows a “cut-through” access creating a new main entrance and exit onto westbound Kendall Drive at a point where the Garden Center is located at the existing store. (The plan calls for moving the Center west of the enlarged store.) A second access to SW 88th Street now serves for truck deliveries and will remain intact, as will two existing entries off SW 157th Avenue. “Once six-laning of Kendall Drive is completed, a majority of exiting motorists will be turning left against four lanes of traffic, three westbound and one eastbound,” said Irizarry, chair of Hammocks Police District Citizens Advisory Committee. “It will lead to an intolerable traffic hazard when combined with backups that already occur at the SW 157th Avenue stoplight, just a few hundred feet away from the newly planned entrance,” he said.

Reichbaum, a former councilmember and resident of the adjoining Lago Mar community, said “expansion of this type was simply incompatible with surrounding residential areas,” noting the first 50 objecting petition signers to join 147 from his community live at Kendallgate adjoining the Walmart site on its west boundary. Reichbaum brought a professional planner, Mark Alvarez, to testify at the session, primarily to support contentions of incompatibility as well as problems effecting safety and traffic in the area. The Miami-Dade Department of Public Works noted that generation of an estimated additional 226 daily “peak hour” vehicle trips “will not change or exceed the acceptable Levels of Service on area roadways.” Original plans filed by Walmart did not show any key objections from reviews by Miami-Dade Police, Fire Rescue, Department of Public Works or the Department of Environmental Regulation, other than maintaining existing regulatory codes and site approvals for the existing covenant, including landscaping and tree plantings. Patricia M. Baloyra, an attorney with the Broad and Cassels Law Office, led presenters who described the details of adding 60,000 square feet that will modify the original Walmart store plan submitted and approved nearly 20 years ago. The new retail Superstore will create 164,638 square feet of retail space, combined with a relocated Garden Center of 12,488 square feet, totaling 177,126 square feet compared to the existing 117,000 square feet now occupied on the 14.01-acre site.

to the 1978 Declaration.” The filing of a preliminary letter of intent on behalf of the owners by attorney William W. Riley of the Bilzin Sumberg Miami law firm on Mar. 3 did not indicate a specific tenant to replace the two anchors that were “being vacated due to current economic conditions.” However, it noted that the purpose of the request “is to permit tenants, such as a supermarket retailer” to replace the vacated space. Residents of the nearby Tara community, however, began circulating a protest petition headed “No Supermarkets at Greenery Mall” which objects to locating a “CVS-type pharmacy-type use” at the former Barnes & Noble premises. The petition’s preface states such a tenancy would be an “inappropriate” and “incompatible” use within the adjoining neighborhood density, citing excessive traffic and inadequate traffic controls at the mall, noise and light pollution, potential of unsightly and unsanitary garbage and waste, lack of pedestrian safety near SW 96th Street and nearby schools, “ugly” signage and decreased property values and quality of life. The petition move extended into Dadeland Walk and Continental Park neighborhoods, south of 7700-98 Kendall Drive where Greenery Mall is located, as well as drawing an initial objection to a covenant change from the East Kendall Homeowners Association. “It’s the changing of restrictions originally placed in the covenant that is our primary objection,” said Holly White, president of the East Kendall Homeowners Association. “It shouldn’t be changed after the

specific land uses are delineated,” she added. “The area is simply unsuited to a grocery or supermarket outlet that was specifically outlawed by the county in the original land use restrictions,” said McHenry “Hank” Hamilton, Dadeland area CPA and resident of Kendall Glen, just north of the mall. “SW 77th Avenue is not built for 18wheel truck deliveries and there’s nowhere near the kind of parking space required for the kind of store the owners are envisioning.” The existing covenant permits only retail, wholesale, personal and professional services, call centers, commercial and professional offices, hotels, motels, hospitals, medical buildings, nursing homes, entertainment and cultural facilities, amusements and commercial recreation. The letter of intent notes that the mall, initially developed in 1983, also allows for a “mid-rise office tower” utilizing surplus surface and rooftop parking lots, but that the owners do not seek to modify the existing building or scale. Review of the application by MiamiDade Police, Fire Rescue, Department of Public Works and Department of Environmental Regulation (DERM) did not cite any objections to the covenant change, other than stipulating that such change should conform to all existing zoning and land use regulations currently in force for the 8.71acre site. The zoning hearing currently is listed as Item 4 on a Council 12 Zoning Board of Appeals agenda to be heard beginning at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, at the Kendall Village Center Civic Pavilion, 8625 SW 124 Ave. in West Kendall.

AWARDS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The county’s Government Information Center was recognized for its 3-1-1 Answer Center, which is one of the nation’s few multi-lingual, multi-municipal answer centers. The county’s “Idea Machine” which continuously collects and evaluates employee ideas that save money and or improve services also received notice. Other notable awards were given to the Water and Sewer Department and Office of Neighborhood Compliance (ONC). The Water-Use Efficiency Program was highlighted for more than doubling its

projected water conservation efforts. ONC was recognized for: e-Ticketing which allows Neighborhood Compliance Officers to get more work done in the field. Arts and historical preservation were highlighted for programs such as “Living Classrooms” that raise awareness of community environmental issues; the “Artist Village,” which created a hub for collaborative arts programs, and, “Paralympic Partners,” sports and recreation services for persons with disabilities.

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Council 11’s Davis keeps her word Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN The most recent vote of West Kendall Community Council’s Patricia Davis, opposing Wal-Mart’s superstore, turned out to be a losing cause when the project was approved by a 3-2 count. Nevertheless, Davis certainly kept her pledge to resident constituents. Upon taking office over two years ago, ‘Shannen’ said: “Growth is happening every day. Some has been conscientious. Some is appalling. “As I begin to participate in the land use process, I will seek to honor the land and home owners already here.” Then, she added: “careful planning...means holding developers accountable for their promises.” Meaning: the original covenant Wal-Mart executed 20 years ago. Those italicized words written by Davis in 2007 certainly became prophetic when opposition was voiced to Wal-Mart’s expansion plan in 2009. Davis, now Council Chair for West Kendall, one of Miami-Dade’s high growth areas, rates high marks for consistency after her appointment to the newly-created “At Large” seat by Commissioner Joe Martinez. For or against, isn’t it great when governing folks keep their promises! Latest word on Kendall Drive’s Greenery Mall accommodating a supermarket is that a fast-growing neighborhood protest (and other factors) will defer an initial scheduled public hearing on July 1 to September. Wasn’t too long ago that many now opposing a large-scale grocery retailer at the Greenery banded 20 or more neighborhood homeowner associations together and shot down a

mid-rise condominium in the former rental complex, just across the Mall on the north side of Kendall Drive at SW 77th Avenue. If the Busway’s future concerns you, be advised the Governing Board of MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) will hold a public hearing July 23 at 2 p.m. in the downtown County Commission chambers to amend the “US-1 Express” project as a Priority III in the 2030 LRTP Cost Feasible Plan, all of which worries Prexy Holly White of Continental Park Homeowners who explains: “I realize that the year 2030 seems like a lifetime away (but) our property values could be impacted by these plans!” For details about the Busway and MPO planning, call 305-375-4507. Terrapins for Terra? That new high school north of Indian Hammocks Park, named TERRA Environmental Research Institute, is expected to draw students from throughout Miami-Dade to study ecological science in the county’s first “green” campus. Terra, Latin for earth, is also defined as any surface on the moon other than maria (pronounced: MAHree-uh, we’re told), or the ‘gray’ crater areas on the moonscape. Now, if only fanciful sports fans come up with just the right nickname for the new school — the ‘New Ninjas’ or ‘Terra Terrapins’ (a la University of Maryland)?.Perhaps a contest is in order! Thought ofthe Day: Quit now, you’ll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there. — David Zucker Richard Yager contributed to this column.

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Convert the South Dade Busway to an express toll road? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Is the proposal to convert the South Dade Busway into a toll road to assist drivers in getting to and from downtown faster a good idea? The conversion from the unused Florida East Coast Railway right of way into an expressway for buses and emergency vehicles seemed to work fine. The only thing keeping more drivers from using the bus to get to Dadeland is their inability to find a place to park their cars so they can ride the bus. Let’s see how it would work. I assume that the current two lanes would be widened to three or four lanes. All lanes would be used northbound in the morning and southbound in the evening. What happens when the cars get to Dadeland? The busway will end and

drivers are expected to park their cars and take the Metrorail north. Where will they park? Dadeland South and Dadeland North parking garages are almost full by eight in the morning. Most drivers will be forced to continue driving north by changing from the toll way to S. Dixie Highway (US1) to continue their journey. Drivers will find themselves in a funnel where six or seven lanes of northbound traffic in the morning (three lanes from S. Dixie plus the three or four lanes from the converted busway) are reduced to three lanes on S. Dixie continuing north. To accommodate this transition from the now converted toll road will require a crossover at the toll road and SW 104th Street. My only fear is that this will back up traffic for miles on the new tollway waiting to merge onto US1. It’s a pity that it can’t be widened to eight lanes to accommodate the increased traffic. The conversion to accommodate the ever-increasing volume of autos on US1 will result in the loss of express buses as they will be caught in the middle of traf-

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busway? The driver could then park next to the busway and jump on a bus. The winners are drivers now sitting on S. Dixie every morning trying to get to work, especially if they work in East Kendall. The losers are those currently using the express buses and emergency vehicles. And, remember this will be a toll road — a revenue producer for the county and an expense to the driver. I only hope the commission doesn’t try to sell the new toll road like the state attempted with Alligator Alley.

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Katie DiFede to compete for ADA national Dancer of Year BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Her passion for her dancing shows in her performances, which is why Katie DiFede has been winning dance competitions both locally and nationally. DiFede, a Kendall resident and student at Palmer Trinity, has been dancing since she was 2 years old and it is paying off now at 15. Recently, she had such a terrific performance at the American Dance Awards regional competition in April, she not only won Dancer of the Year in the teen category, she also won the Flawless Dance Award. “I felt really good about the competition,” DiFede said. “I felt probably that was the best that I performed that dance.” While she thought she did quite well, she wasn’t sure if it was enough to win because there were so many good dancers at the competition. Yet when they announced her name as the winner, she was surprised but not shocked. What made her dance so well? She said she focused more than usual. Katie DiFede won Dancer of the Year at the regional American “I was rehearsing the dance Dance Awards with moves like this. in my head a lot more than in –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the other competitions,” she said. “I think focusing and staying in my with all the top dancers.” The American Dance Awards nationbox and blocking everyone else out, al competition is taking place in that helped.” That ability to focus has helped her in Hollywood Beach. “This is something she is very passionso many dance competitions that she doesn’t have space for all her trophies ate about,” Vicki DiFede said. “And she in her room, so she and her mom, loves it. It gives her a sense of who she is and it allows her to belong to someVicki, have packed away a few. DiFede’s titles include the Star Power thing.” Lately Katie has been going the extra World Championship which she won in 2005 and she has gone to ADA nation- mile in keeping fit for competitions. Her father is a personal trainer and a als before and done quite well. The next trophy they hope to add to physical therapist and mom is a massage the collection is Dancer of the Year therapist. Katie has been going to the from the American Dance Awards gym and working out with her father as well as putting in all those rehearsal and national competition. “It’s a very prestigious competition,” dance lessons at the studio. “She’s understanding that just dance said Katie’s mom, Vicki DiFede. “When she won this regional competition they alone is not going to give her what she invited her to dance in their national needs,” Vicki DiFede said. Katie DiFede dances at Dance Attack competition which is coming up in July. She’ll learn the choreography for their and specializes in lyrical and contempoopening number and she will compete rary dance.

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Good nutrition can help you get fit in stressful economy BY LUCAS G. IRWIN

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Let’s start with the obvious; things aren’t what they were just a few short years ago. Rising prices, vanishing jobs, falling wages and increased uncertainty have all contributed to the tightening of our discretionary income while fostering stress and the profusion of negative health factors that come along for the ride. This scenario is especially the case here in South Florida. Stress alone can lead to a decrease in sleep, anxiety, depression, heart disease, stroke, lack of concentration and memory, heightened sensitivity to pain, numerous gastrointestinal disorders and an increase in the production of the fat-storing chemical, cortisol. However, that doesn’t seem to be threatening enough for most of us as we tend to fuel the already out of control fire with calorie-rich, high-fat “comfort” foods. But why not? What alleviates stress and depression better than chocolate, French fries and unusually long-named coffee drinks from you know where? If your goal was to create an absolutely perfect physiological environment for gaining weight and developing both short and long-term health problems, congratulations. All you have to do now is give up exercise and physical activity completely. Of course, this is not what you want. For millions of Americans, this is an all too real and common circumstance. It is a dangerous and potentially life threatening spiral of stress leading to poor nutrition and lack of exercise, which then leads to more stress, and the cycle repeats. So why are people so quick to sacrifice nutrition and exercise when finances get tight and/or stress levels rise? Simply put, it is easier. The food is quick and seemingly as effective at relieving stress and depression as the drugs in those semicreepy pharmaceutical commercials. Moreover, going to the gym isn’t always the first thing on your mind after a long workday. But let me assure you, when your eating is healthy and you are exercising regularly, the physical and mental effects of your stress will decrease. Numerous studies provide strong evidence that physical activity increases the body’s ability to deal with stress while increasing the production of endorphins (your “feel-good” chemicals). What’s more, going to a gym or running also provides a change of atmosphere, one that is absent small reminders of those things that have been causing your stress. Finally, looking good feels great. How

Lucas G. Irwin ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– much better do you think your day will go when it starts off by fitting into a pair of pants that haven’t fit for a while or your mid-section stops threatening to pop the bottom button off your wrinkle-free dress shirt? It is time for you to start building a body of confidence that resists the negative aspects of your environment and no longer contributes to your stress. Now what about food? Well you can eliminate that mammoth list of foods that you know you shouldn’t be eating, such as candy, soda, fast food, many simple carbohydrates and the rest of the usual bulgepromoting suspects. Additionally, ignore the packaged, fat-free, sugar-free, tastefree and low-cal versions of everything; they aren’t the answer. These foods are less effective and much more expensive in the end. So what is the correct line of attack? Start buying raw, relatively unprocessed food. Yes, that section of the grocery store where food is purchased by the pound is where the vast majority of your shopping needs to take place. Start preparing your own meals and watch both your mid-section and grocery bill shrink. Remember that exercise and a healthy diet are always in your benefit and can help alleviate at least a fraction of the stress in you life. The economy and related stressors are out of your control, but a healthy lifestyle is yours for the taking. I’m sure you have plenty of questions, so please feel free to contact me with any you may have and I will certainly try my best to respond to as many as possible.

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It’s time of year for men to think about their health BY DR. SANJAY RAZDAN Men’s Health Month and National Men’s Health Week are celebrated each year in June to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Many men do not know what tests they should have done and are skeptical about the importance and value of checkups. Through many exams, measurements and lab tests, physicians can help men prevent the development of disease and identify small health problems before they become larger. Always consult with your physician as to the test and checkup schedule recommended for your particular health history, but the following exam guide is a good start: MEN 18-39 YEARS OLD: Ever y year — Dental exam; Ever y 2-3 years — Blood pressure, height and weight measurements, physical. Ever y 5 years — Cholesterol check.

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U.S. News & World Report, the prestigious news and consumer magazine, has ranked The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kendall as the top nursing home in Miami-Dade County. The community, owned and operated by The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care, was compared to nine other facilities throughout the county. The report, “America’s Best Nursing Homes,” was created by U.S. News & World Report to help the families and friends of the 3.2 million Americans who will spend at least some time in a nursing home. “The new rankings are built atop the data and rankings found on Nursing Home Compare, a federal website created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),” reported Avery Camarow in the Mar. 11, 2009 posting of the data. “The agency collects and analyzes information on more than 15,000 nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid residents and rates the facilities on numerous measures from safe food preparation to the amount of nursing care per resident.” The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center received five stars in the overall rating, health inspections and quality measures categories and four stars in nurse staffing. “Being recognized by U.S. News & World Report is validation that we are excelling at serving our area seniors and their families,” said Helen Shaham, president of The Palace Management Group. “It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees.” In December 2008, the community also received the five-star rating — tops in the nation as selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the federal

administrative support agency for the 65and-older U.S. citizen. Health inspections included approximately 180 care aspects, judged during on-site visits by trained inspection teams that check quality, review medical records and individually interviewed residents. Lily Patterson, former administrator of The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center who now manages the company’s Palace Renaissance and Royale assisted living communities, said the recognition is an acknowledgement of the team effort that is required. Emphasis was placed on training and education as well as in staffing — which exceeded the required staff to patient ratio — wound care and rehabilitation. Last year the community underwent an extensive refurbishment and new, state-ofthe-art equipment was installed. Additionally, services were expanded to include a specialization in orthopedics and opening the center to the general public for outpatient services such as physical, occupational and speech therapies. In addition to the Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, The Palace’s continuum of care includes The Palace Suites, a luxurious independent living community; The Palace Royale, a “catered living” community; The Palace Renaissance, an assisted living community; The Palace Gardens, an assisted living community in Homestead; The Palace at Home, a Medicare-certified home health agency; The Palace at Weston, luxury living for those 55 and over, and Palace TelAviv, a continuing care retirement community in Israel. Their two newest projects, The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables, are under development. For information about The Palace’s communities, call 305-270-7000 or visit online at <www.thepalace.org>.


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For their annual summer collaboration, Riuniti Opera and Alhambra Orchestra, with conductor Carlos Riazuelo, will present two concert performances of The Impresario, a lively oneact story in song, plus favorite arias for your enjoyment. A one-hour just-for-kids performance will take place at 11:15 a.m., on Thursday, June 25, at the University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. The evening performance for adults and families will be co-sponsored by the Alper JCC on Sunday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the JCC’s Robert Russell Theatre, 11155 SW 112 Ave. in Kendall. The second performance is open to all. Alhambra Orchestra is a non-profit community orchestra made up primarily of volunteer musicians. Riuniti Opera, under the leadership of soprano/music educator Dr. Beverly Coulter, mentors and promotes young opera singers. Together, they present a free opera each summer. For additional information, call 305668-9260, 305-899-3689 or send email to <info@alhambramusic.org> or <BCoulter@mail.barry.edu>.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAMS TO COMPETE IN MIAMI Come and watch as the best female volleyball players from North, Central and South America compete in the exciting Pan American Cup. Games will be played from Friday, June 26, to Saturday, July 4, at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami’s campus and from Friday, June 26, until Tuesday, June 30, at the U.S. Century Bank Arena on the FIU campus. During this event, 12 Olympic teams from countries in the western hemisphere will compete in 44 matches during 10 days of non-stop action. Tickets are $12, general admission, and $20, reserved, and $10 for groups of 20 or more. A season pass (for all sessions) is $75. For a complete schedule of matches visit online at <www.MiamiSports.org> or call 305-818-7188 to purchase group tickets. JULY 4 PICNIC, OLD-FASHIONED CELEBRATION AT THE BARNACLE This year, celebrate Independence Day with an old-fashioned picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Barnacle Historic State

Park, 3485 Main Hwy. in downtown Coconut Grove. You can either bring your own picnic or treat yourself to hot dogs, veggie dogs, popcorn and soft drinks that will be available for purchase. Lawn games, board games, knot-tying, kite-making, crafts and a scavenger hunt will keep the whole family entertained and in a sporting mood. Live music will add to the atmosphere. Admission to the park on the day of this event is $5; $2 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. The park closes at 5 p.m. Blankets or lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, but alcohol and fireworks are not permitted. For additional information, call 305442-6866 or visit online at <www.TheBarnacle.org>.

BISCAYNE NP SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON MOORING BUOY AND MARKER PLAN The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to address options for mooring buoys and information, regulatory and navigational markers within Biscayne National Park. The NPS is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental effects of the proposed alternatives. The public is invited to attend any of three Public Scoping Workshops where they can learn more about the mooring buoys and markers, ask questions and share ideas and concerns. The workshops are Tuesday, July 7, 6-8 p.m., at Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus, Aviation Building F222-223,

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On Thursday, June 25th, 6:30 pm, at Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th Street, Peter Ratzan, M.B.A., a local college planner and former high school teacher will conduct a free workshop on how to cope with the ever-increasing costs of college. Seating is limited. Topics to be covered include: • How even millionaires can save 25% off the cost of college; • The “double secret” formula used to determine how much financial aid you will receive; • The “dirty little secret” about Bright Futures and Florida Pre-paid; • How to triple your chances of free scholarships and grants; and • Much more.

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(BCCO) director Herminio F. Gonzalez, PE, MS, has been reappointed by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to serve as a member of the Florida Building Commission (FBC). The reappointment was announced June 11 and Gonzalez will be expected to serve for a period of four years, or until Jan. 6, 2013. The FBC is the administrative body that modifies, updates, interprets and maintains the Florida Building Code. This is Gonzalez’s third reappointment to this position. For more information about the role the FBC plays in regulating building and construction in the state, visit online at <www.dca.state.fl.us/FBC/> and click on the link titled “Florida Building Commission” to the left of the page. ‘SOUTH FLORIDA PARENTING’ RETURNS FOR ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL SPLASH South Florida Parenting magazine is planning its fifth annual Back-toSchool event scheduled for Aug. 8 and 9, at The Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136 St. in Miami. The magazine partners with the shopping mall to provide parent information, educational resources and new product sampling for local families. The event is open to the public with all activities provided at no cost, including face-painting, crafts, paddle boats, Florida Marlins’ activities, inflatables and more. South Florida Parenting welcomes dance, karate and gymnastic groups to perform on the entertainment stage, as well as family-friendly businesses to become exhibitors at the Back to School Splash. For exhibitor, sponsor or stage information, call 800-244-8447 or visit online at <www.sfparenting.com>.

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The Top 5 Questions When Facing Foreclosure BY DANIA S. FERNANDEZ, ESQ., Attorney at Law 1. Once I get the Complaint for Foreclosure what should I do? When you receive the complaint, your best action is to consult with an experienced attorney to properly respond to the Complaint of Foreclosure. In Florida, you will have 20 days to give a response to the Complaint for Foreclosure. Once the response has been filed, you will have between 6 to 12 months to take action and make decisions Each provision in the complaint should be answered with a Denial or Admit along with your defenses against the Foreclosure Complaint. An Attorney will know the law and will properly form the answers and all the defenses on your behalf. Many of my clients come to my office with a recorded hardship letter as their answer to the Complaint. A recorded hardship letter is not an answer to the complaint. 2. I do not have any money right now. What should I do? Analyze your employment options and start looking for a way to make money. You must show some kind of income to qualify for modification or refinance. If there is no income, the Lender will not agree to new loan terms. Even though money is short, investing in a qualified attorney is essential. The attorney will be able to defend your case and may be able to negotiate a better agreement with the bank. 3. Should I keep my home? Is it still a good investment? The following is a list of points to consider when making this decision: •Do you owe more than the property is currently worth?

•What are the new modification terms the Lender is offering you? •Are there properties comparable to yours available at reduced prices? •Are there any loan programs you could qualify for if you do buy a new home? •Are family or friends available to help you get a loan as a co-signer/co-borrower? 4. Should I leave my home and rent another? No. It is not until there is a foreclosure sale date and the sale has occurred that you will need to leave your home. Hire an attorney to defend your case. You can stay in your home during the defense of your case. During this time you should be working at getting a loan modification with the Lender. This will take a few months. 5. Can anyone get a loan modification? No. First, a hardship must exist, such as loss of income, health issues, divorce, etc. Second, there must be proof of income sufficient to substantiate the payment of a loan modification. Third, the monthly expense should not be greater than the monthly income. We are experiencing great results with loan modifications. Some examples: 4%fixed for a term of 40 years; 3% for 5 years and thereafter fixed at prime; decreases in interest rates from 8.5% to 6%. These are a few of the most commonly asked question and answers regarding foreclosure. For more information go to www.daniafernandez.com and download the e-book “Foreclosure and Bankruptcy Today: What everyone should know?” by Dania Fernandez, Esq. and Emmanuel Perez, Esq. For a FREE initial consultation please call Dania Fernandez at 305-2544492 or e-mail me at dania@fap-law.com.


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South Florida Educational FCU awards full-tuition scholarships BY LEE STEPHENS South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union (FCU) recently awarded full tuition-based Florida Prepaid College Scholarships to 15 graduating high school seniors during an evening ceremony attended by Miami-Dade Public Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. Carvalho encouraged students to take full advantage of the scholarship, calling it a winning ticket to their future. Scholarship winner Joel Perez set the tone for the evening when he expressed his gratitude to the credit union and its board of directors stating, “If it weren’t for this scholarship, I wouldn’t be able to afford to go to college.” According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, college tuition and fees have increased 439 percent in the past 25 years, while median family income has risen only 147 percent. This staggering trend is one of the reasons why South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union (FCU) has continued to offer its Hubert O. Sibley Four-Year Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship annually for the past 14 years. Since 1995, South Florida Educational FCU has awarded 219 scholarships, totaling more than $2 million. “Our members anxiously look forward to our long-standing scholarship tradition,” said Steve Webb, vice president of Communications and Public Relations at South Florida Educational FCU. “It is great to give back to our members, particularly

during a time when the economy is at the forefront of their minds.” 2009 South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union Scholarship recipients and their schools are: Gino Ageno, G. Holmes Braddock; Jonathan Castrillon, Robert Morgan Educational Center; Courtney Collins, Everglades; Joseph DePriest-Capparelli, Miami Sunset; Kenneth Dyches, Miami Palmetto; Treymon Ellis, Coral Reef; Michael James, Miami Norland; Vincent Lemon, Miami Palmetto; Zachary Martell, Coral Reef; Kamilyah Miller, Coral Reef; Karina Pereira DaCunha, Coral Gables; Joel Perez, Felix Varela; Mario Roberts, Booker T. Washington; Clyde Small, Pembroke Pines Charter School, and Mekalla Tyler, Everglades. To be eligible for South Florida Educational FCU’s Hubert O. Sibley Four-Year Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship high school seniors or their parent/legal guardian must have had a Credit Union account for at least one year prior to the scholarship application deadline. In addition to the Scholarship Program, South Florida Educational FCU is involved in its award winning, “Got Green?” financial literacy program, paid high school summer internships, and career fairs to help promote the importance of developing professional skills in the workplace. “Got Green?” workshops are available free of charge to all Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College campuses. For more information on South Florida Educational FCU’s programs, call 305-270-6633 or send email to <youthed@sfefcu.org>.

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The Sports Exchange earns spot as after-work favorite BY CHRISTA SEGALINI

Sports fans and business professionals throughout Miami have discovered a new home field. The Sports Exchange is the region’s first customized sports bar, equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows every customer to create an atmosphere of his or her liking. This unique ability to personalize the experiences of its patrons has made The Sports Exchange extremely successful in its opening month, attracting large crowds and exceeding 300 dinners served several nights per week. Customization at The Sports Exchange begins with “The Shrine,” the restaurant’s 50-foot-long bar, which features an incredible 25- by 8-foot wall of high-definition projection and plasma screen TVs that allow patrons to view up to nine events and programs at the same time. A 16-foot scrolling stock quote ticker hangs above. With wireless sound boxes that can be situated on any table per request, customers can personalize their Sports Exchange experience by listening to their choice of what is being broadcast from “The Shrine” or any of the 24 large-screen, high definition televisions that are strategically placed throughout the restaurant. Without sacrificing the excitement that comes from watching a sporting event with a large group of fans, these sound boxes allow for the privacy that every fan knows is necessary to truly focus on the game or match at hand. Likewise, financial professionals can enjoy up-to-the-second stock quotes and local and national news shows without being interrupted by crowd noise. Thanks to the recently installed, 16-foot, authentic stock market ticker, customers have been enjoying their lunch

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and monitoring the market without the hassle of continuously checking their email alerts. In addition, and for those who want to grab a bite while they continue to work, The Sports Exchange offers free WiFi Internet access. “The Miracle Mile has never been home to a restaurant like The Sports Exchange,” said managing partner Barry Abes. “At any time of the day, you can come to The Sports Exchange for a great meal or beverage, knowing that you’re going to have a great time whether you want to watch a game, surf the ’Net, finish a report or just socialize while you eat. The choice is yours at The Sports Exchange.” For the ultimate customized experience, The Sports Exchange is presenting the opportunity to become a “Good Sport.” By signing up to become a “Good Sport,” customers can be notified by The Sports Exchange when their favorite sports are being featured on the establishment’s main projection screen. With a seating capacity of 275 and

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Café Med celebrates first anniversary at The Falls BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD For the past year, Café Med has been the place for families to go for dinner. The family neighborhood restaurant, located at The Falls near Bloomingdales, has a cuisine that includes numerous delicious Italian and Mediterranean dishes as well as homemade pizzas, pastas and seafood. Formerly known as Bice Grand Café, it was taken over by Frank Bernstein and business partner Fred Wright. The restaurant had been part of a chain, but they bought it away from the chain and changed the name to Café Med. It has no affiliation with the Café Med that was in Coconut Grove. Bernstein also renovated the décor to make the restaurant more inviting. He added a rug to improve acoustics and created a floral centerpiece as a focal point. It also helps break up the long dining room so the restaurant feels more intimate. Café Med is making good use of Florida’s sunshine and beautiful weather. Bernstein has seating for fifty on the patio and has plans to add a covering to protect diners from the elements on rainy days.

“It’s going to be a nice patio,” Bernstein said. Café Med also has a private room that can seat 40 where they host many private parties. When Bernstein took over the restaurant, he and chef Walter Peralta developed a new menu. “When we came here a year ago, we wanted to be a family neighborhood restaurant where people could come two or three times a week and not spend a lot of money,” he said. It didn’t take long for Café Med to become popular for Happy Hour. “I have entertainment four nights a week,” he said. Café Med offers 12 different wines by the glass including champagne. Food service also is available at the bar. When the recession hit, Café Med changed its Happy Hour to all day every day. “My appetizers are half price and all my drinks are half price, even top shelf,” he said. The appetizers are real food, not fried egg rolls or tiny portions. In fact, some people order a couple of appetizers and a drink and leave feeling full. Bernstein also lowered other meal prices. “It’s about giving back to the communi-

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ty,” he said. “It’s working. Families come in have one or two appetizers and beer and pay less than fast food.” Café Med has Sunset Specials from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for $12.95. “I also have brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can choose from the brunch menu for $10.95,” he said. On Sundays, he has what he calls the Traditional Family Meal —spaghetti and meatballs plus a salad for $11.95. The table service also includes homemade bread and a trio of olive oil, roasted garlic or hummus or garlic butter. The restaurant has weekend brunch menus for $10.95. Because of the family friendly features and the reasonable prices, Bernstein has built up his business. They may come in the first time for Happy Hour and then return with their families. Bernstein is at the restaurant constantly so he can make sure that customers are satisfied. “I work very hard to make sure every guest is treated as a guest in my home,” he said. Café Med is located at 8888 SW 136 St. For information, call 305-232-8878.

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BY JAY RAND Law enforcement and advocacy groups long have sought safe alternatives to illegal street racing that plagues South Florida roadways. To combat this dangerous activity, Homestead-Miami Speedway has announced the development of the “Test and Tune” experience, whereby car enthusiasts can test and tune their street-legal vehicles on a one-eighthmile course. The grand opening is set for Friday night, June 26, with free dinner and half-price admission for all attendees arriving between 6 and 8 p.m. On June 26, drivers producing valid license and vehicle registration can tune street-legal vehicles in the same garages housing IndyCar (Oct. 9-10) and NASCAR (Nov. 20-22) elite for Championship Weekends, as well as test their cars on a one-eighth-mile course. The infield will open at 6 p.m., and attendees arriving between 6 and 8 p.m. will be treated to: half-price admission ($10 for competitors, $5 for spectators, children 12 and under free); a free barbecue dinner courtesy of Homestead-Miami Speedway, and a free $10 gift card to Longhorn Steakhouse.

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2010 Insight is Honda’s all-new hybrid entry Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2010 Honda Insight hybrid is a big step in the right direction toward putting more fuel-efficient automobiles on the highway. Strangely enough, the Insight, with its aerodynamic design, looks a lot like the Toyota Prius, and that’s probably intentional. But there are differences — the Insight is lighter and smaller and has less interior space, but the Prius gets better gas mileage (40/43 mpg for the Insight; 48/45 mpg for the Prius). The Insight is a five-passenger, fivedoor vehicle and it’s offered in three models: LX ($19,800) — comes with automatic climate control, power windows, outside mirrors and central locking; a fourspeaker 150-watt, multi-media-capable sound system including speed-sensitive

volume control; a multi-information display showing, among other data bits, fuel economy, average speed, exterior temperature and a real-time map of the hybrid system’s energy flows; tilt-and-telescope steering wheel; manual driver’s seat height adjustment, and 60/40-split, fold-down rear seatback. EX ($21,300) — adds cruise control, paddle shifters, front center console with armrest and storage bin, driver and passenger seatback map pockets, map lights, and two speakers and a USB connector to the sound system. EX with Navigation ($23,100) — includes a navigation system with 6.5inch screen, voice recognition, routing and guidance, and Bluetooth handsfree capability. The Insight is powered by something Honda calls an Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system, which basically is a 1.3liter i-VTEC gasoline engine paired with a 10-kilowatt electric motor. There’s also a built-in Ecological Drive Assist System — or Eco Assist — that enhances operation even more, while at the same time provides feedback related to individual driving styles.

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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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WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Aries - Your communications challenges

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seem to resolve themselves this week. Telephones, computers, networks and Internet connections suddenly work themselves out, you can finally get through to technical support, everything starts to click. Things will be "clicking" soon in your love life, too!

attending lectures. Public speaking may not be the challenging or frightening experience you feared. If you want to take on a leadership role, you will need to spend time traveling or studying more effective ways to communicate.

Taurus - A friend or companion has good

Scorpio - You have an opportunity to make extra money, and it would be a good idea if you took that little windfall and paid down some debt, or built up your savings accounts. Your career is heading for an upswing, and you will be energetic and creative.

ideas or opportunities to increase your income in inventive and original ways. You may find yourself involved in a new group of people who have unusual talents. They may be able to help boost your income though connections to important people.

Gemini - You are playing the expert, teacher, or wise guru role this week, and now that you have reluctantly admitted you don't know everything, the odd thing is that admission has only added to your credibility. You may have to delegate authority or responsibilities to others who have the knowledge or experience you lack.

Sagittarius - You and your spouse or partner will have time for some fun and recreation this week. If you have been trying to get your significant other to agree to that budget-busting home theater system, this is likely the best chance that you will get, but do shop carefully!

Cancer - Your subconscious is working

raise, this week would be one of the better times to approach your boss for an appointment to discuss your future. In some cases, they may actually be coming to you. Try to get the best deal you can, be flexible if you are negotiating a contract this week.

overtime this week, processing ideas and information, some of which could come from hidden sources. You will find that you are drawn to strange spiritual and metaphysical topics, and are attracting people with wild ideas.

Leo - Your relationships are rather complicated right now. You may have an opportunity to go with a friend to holistic fair or expo soon, but you may be overwhelmed with financial paperwork right now. You need a bit of a break, and a reflexology or aromatherapy treatment could work wonders.

Virgo - Companions will express regrets, appreciation or understanding of a hard choice you made recently. Sharing experiences will draw you much closer together. You will be invited to join a new group or club, to start a philanthropic effort, or to take on a leadership role. kitchen cabinets and island w/ granite all around. All new appliances. Recessed lighting, all crown moldings, freshly painted, extended new patio with Spanish tiles. On the golf course. Townhouse located in a very small secluded area. Private gated community, truly a unique place!! $2,000 a month Please ask for Martin 305-234-4575 Cell 786-367-9160 www.byownerpage.com/196

HOMES FOR RENT PINECREST DUPLEX FOR RENT. Clean, 2 bdrm 1 bath, new kitchen. Not far from Dadeland Metrorail station.

Capricorn - If you are overdue for a

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