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Gold Coast RR Museum expansion plan detailed BY RICHARD YAGER n outdoor “Main Street” esplanade for an expanded Gold Coast Railroad Museum adjoining Miami Metrozoo has been proposed by the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department following a General Plan report completed in June by a consultancy. The project would better integrate the museum with Metrozoo expansion and site planning for an adjoining waterpark entertainment area, furthering the creation of a major tourist destination in southwest Miami-Dade County, according to Kevin Asher, AICP, supervisor for Special Projects. Major study recommendations: • An interior 100,000-square-foot museum space with a gift shop and exhibit area; • Climate-controlled interior restoration of the existing building; • Banquet and meeting space with kitchen facilities for “full-scale events;”

Spooktober full of events coming to Miami Metrozoo

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BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO njoy a host of new Halloween festivities during Spooktober at Miami Metrozoo. If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium, the zoo’s first full-scale haunted house, presented by Flore de Lisa, at Dr. Wilde’s World, Oct. 10-31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up on Oct. 17 for the inaugural adult costume party, the Monster Masquerade benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF). The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the first ever Spooky Zoo Night on Oct. 30 and during the daytime at the annual MetroBoo! on Oct. 30 and 31. Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium is guaranteed to scare when it makes its debut at Miami Metrozoo’s Dr. Wilde’s World on Oct. 10. This 7,000-square-foot haunted house will terrify visitors with horror scenes depicting the living dead, graveyards, butcher shops, deceased creatures and more, all to the music of departed rock legends, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. With an admission cost of $5 per person, this mansion of mayhem will remain open through Oct. 31. The Screamatorium may not be suitable for younger children. The shadows come to life and the haunting begins as the ZSF welcomes costumed adult monsters and creatures ages 21 and older to the biggest and darkest Halloween party in South Florida, the Monster Masquerade at Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Come out to where the wild things

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“Main Street” displays new Gold Coast Railroad Museum entrance in artist’s rendering.

• A 50,000-square-foot concession area and “Cart Market;” • A special exhibit of dirigibles (based in part upon the Richmond Naval Air Station); • A roundhouse/train table exhibit;

• Significant added shed space to expand the locomotive collection, and • Storage and maintenance buildings to support operations. ––––––––––––––––––––––– See

MUSEUM, page 4

C op s def u se t en se d om est i c si t u at io n wi t h ou t an y i n j u ry BY RICHARD YAGER

iami-Dade Police Hammocks District Officers Anthony Pando, Elba Masferrer and Idania Felipe were named “Officers of the Month” during a Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Aug. 26 for their actions in responding to a violent domestic dispute on July 16. The officers were able defuse a tense situation without injury to the family concerned or them-

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Pictured (l-r): Miami-Dade Police Maj. Alexander Casas and CAC chair Frank Irizarry honor Hammocks District Officers Anthony Pando, Elba Masferrer and Idania Felipe.

selves, according to Maj. Alexander D. Casas, district commanding officer. The officers were able to take away a pickaxe from an individual threatening to kill a family member. They used electronic submission before handcuffing the hostile subject. “The ability to remain calm under an extremely stressful situation and their extraordinary judgment serve as an example for others to follow,” Maj. Casas said. –––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

COPS, page 4

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METROZOO, page 4


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Friday, September 25 Experience exhibitors and vendors from different Latin countries.

Saturday, September 26 Experience a fashion show 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Shoppers will be exposed to a variety of native music, dance and performances from folkloric groups, entertainers, and dance groups, as well as a Taste of Nations food sampling presented by the City of Doral. 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 27 The mall will wrap-up the Hispanic Heritage experience by showcasing a parade of native dresses from 20 Latin countries along with roaming musician presented by City of Doral. 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dominoes tournament directed by South Florida Dominoes Association. Sponsored by the City of Doral. 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by:


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BY CRISTINA ARMAND Whenever you have an emergency, you know that if you call 9-1-1, help will be on the way. Most often, people just take the time to thank the front-line responders, but they don’t realize all of the behind-the-scenes work it took to get them there. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue dispatchers work behind the scenes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are part psychologist, part support system and 100-percent unsung heroes. When a call comes in to 9-1-1, it is first sent through Miami-Dade Police. Then requests for fire suppression and emergency medical services (EMS) get transferred to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Dispatchers play a critical role, as they are the point of contact between the public and field units. When a call comes in, that is when dispatchers jump into action. Like an orchestra, the dispatchers take on the role of the conductor. They locate where the incident is happening; see

what units are closest to the scene, and how many units need to be dispatched. While doing all this, they remain to be the friendly voice on the other end of the line, helping to keep callers calm and giving them advice on what to do until the units arrive. When dealing with significant events, such as a brush fire, dispatchers go into overdrive. More than one dispatcher will handle a call of this magnitude. Each dispatcher will be given a different role. One will handle dispatching the units, while another will see where additional units are located in case they are needed and will communicate with other agencies. A third dispatcher will make calls to move units so that every part of Miami-Dade County is covered to respond to calls. With their quick thinking, fire-rescue dispatchers significantly contribute to the reduction of deaths and loss of property by effectively coordinating emergency responses. On average, dispatchers process more than 230,000 fire and EMS calls a year.

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METROZOO, from page 1 are and party in the dark with real spooky creatures while enjoying free witches brew and Dr. Wilde’s open bars, food from the lab, including troll fingers to feed your hunger. There also will be costume contests that will have you dying for awesome prizes and music to keep the zombies dancing all night long. When night falls and the wild calls, the Monster Masquerade at Miami Metrozoo will be the only place to be. The Monster Masquerade is $65 per person ($50 for ZSF members). Groups of five or more can call for more details on pricing. Proceeds will benefit the ZSF’s mission of wildlife conservation and education. Anyone who purchases a ticket before Oct. 10 will be entered into a drawing to win one of two packages including a family membership to Miami Metrozoo and a VIP behind-the-scenes tour. Tickets will be available at the ZSF office or online at <www.miamimetrozoo.com>. “Spooky Zoo Night,” a new after hours family event, will take place on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 11 p,m. At $10.95 per person ($9.95 for ZSF members), the evening will include admission to Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium, the haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, scary

movies, chilling storytelling at the Amphitheatre around a fire pit, and “thriller” dance lessons at the Aviary Plaza. Candy stations, roving street theater, and encounters with creepy critters such as tarantulas, scorpions and snakes, will add unsettling excitement to the pathways. A costume parade will culminate this Halloween Eve event. MetroBoo! returns to Miami Metrozoo on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more. Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Miami Metrozoo is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (312) plus tax. Children under 2, Zoological Society of Florida members and parking are free. MetroBoo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Screamatorium, the Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Night have separate admission prices. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-2555551 or send email to <dannye@zsf.org>. Metrozoo’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

MUSEUM, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Details were presented on Sept. 10 to the Redland Community Council whose members got one of the public’s first looks at 10-year phased development during a government facility hearing. This takes place before presentation to the county commission in early October, according to a current time schedule. The plan would enhance the Gold Coast Railroad Museum’s visibility and revenues by developing a pedestrianfriendly esplanade highlighted with restaurants, retailers, a cafe and “town square” with casual outdoor seating along a new “Main Street” entryway to expanded museum grounds. The report also proposes moving a nearby South Florida Military Museum into a 12,000-square-foot Naval Air Station building to be relocated on the same grounds as the expanded railroad facilities, and promoting its exhibits as a dual attraction. Current “connectivity” of the existing Gold Coast Railroad Museum and its rolling stock of historic locomotives and cars with Metrozoo was judged “very poor” by Lambert Advisory and The Evans Group, which conducted the evaluation, study. “It is entirely possible to drive in and out of the zoo property without ever knowing the Gold Coast Museum exists,” the report stated. “The entrance experience is unengaging and offers very little connection to the overall adjacent zoo facility. Additionally, pedestrian access from the broader zoo property for all intents and purposes is non-existent. Current signage is very poor, as well.” Study projections predicate increased visitor revenues to apply against development costs after the

first three years of a 10-year phased program, estimated in the $10 millionplus range by Asher. “Realistically, however, new income and operations generally stay even with each other in projects of this type. However, funding from special grants and federal or state subsidies may be tapped to apply against development costs,” he added. One such source available through Florida State Department of Transportation specifically allocates development of historical railroad museums and exhibits as qualification for federal funds. The current Gold Coast Railroad Museum on 49 acres provides 107 parking spaces adjoining a 51,100-squarefoot building that includes a 42,500square-foot exhibition shed for the Ferdinand Magellan and Burlington Zephyr train cars; a 7,750-square-foot model train building and 1,250 square feet for administrative purposes. The 800-acre tract, which includes Metrozoo and both Gold Coast Railroad and Military museums was acquired by the county in 1986, one year after the National Park Service presented a “National Historic Landmark” to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in ceremonies conducted aboard the Ferdinand Magellan Presidential Car’s rear platform. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew nearly destroyed the museum but it was rebuilt at its current location and annually is visited by nationally celebrated “Thomas the Tank Engine” when nearly one-half of the museum’s annual 40,000 visitors attend two special weekends in March that spotlight the popular children’s exhibit.

CIVILIAN SECURITY DIRECTOR EARNS KENDALL RECOGNITION Valentin Emeric, security director at IPC International Corp. in Kendall, was named as Kendall District’s “Citizen of the Month” by district commander Michael A. Herrera during a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Aug. 26. His actions, while patrolling the main parking garage at the Falls Shopping Center, 8888 SW 136 St., led to the apprehension of a suspect

in the theft of a laptop computer and a confession by the suspect that he followed “unsuspecting shoppers” to commit two vehicle burglaries in June. Officers David Graham and Craig Bauer were named as Kendall District “Officers of the Month” for their alertness and teamwork in apprehending a burglar at a SW 139th Street residence on Mar. 30. The two officers secured the suspect’s vehicle, noted signs of forced entry, and were able to search and arrest an individual hiding within the residence, taking the subject into custody without incident.

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AROUND TOWN The handwriting is on the wall for the end of Community Councils. Commissioner Jose ‘Pepe’ Diaz has sponsored a resolution for the September 15 agenda that would abolish 10 elected councils throughout the county, substituting “no more than” four appointed councils in their place. On Thursday, September 17, the commission finalizes budget cuts which could eliminate $437,000 for four staffers plus operating expense to continue non-zoning sessions for 10 Councils, two of them in Kendall. As East Kendall’s Council Chair Elliott Zack compares that sum against $447 million in cutbacks, the operational cost is a ‘drop in the bucket.’ Speaking of buckets, you may recall that each of the13 Commissioners currently receives $750,000 for an individual “discretionary” fund, creating a $9.75 million kitty of taxpayer money they may spend wherever they please. Taking $437,000 from that $9.75 million kitty could operate 10 Community Councils for another year, leaving $9.313 million in each of 13 discretionary accounts, or $716,384 per commissioner as a ‘sacrificial’ price to keep the councils active. Discretionary funding, however, is protectively guarded by commissioners since those dollars conveniently earn commissioners hundreds of friends whenever the money is ostensibly given to local projects, like swimming pool expansion or helping non-profits. All become photo-ops when giant checks are handed out to grateful recipients who remember the largesse when it comes time to vote. Such gratuities don’t reduce any commissioner’s personal bank account, however. They’re simply spending your taxes in

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Residents challenge FPL’s proposed high-voltage lines R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The second public hearing on FPL’s proposed high-voltage power line route, conducted in an overflowing conference room on the University of Miami campus, turned into a near riot as residents didn’t like what they were hearing. If FPL gets its way, high-voltage power lines will run along S. Dixie Highway (US1) north ending at its existing downtown substation on the Miami River. Before the meeting started residents walked through a display of drawings, giving us an idea of what the power line poles would look like. They seemed rather innocuous, suggesting that slim, round poles supporting a “few” high-voltage lines, would almost be hidden among the trees between the Metrorail and US1. “Why run high-voltage lines down the middle of our communities?” Like the elderly lady sitting next to me angrily

said, “They are ‘de-beautifying’ my City Beautiful.” One after another, residents, including elected officials from Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest, stepped up to the mike with angry questions revolving around “Why down US1?” “Why not underground?” Why not underground? “Cost,” we were told. How much? “ It would be $1.5 to $2.4 million above ground, $13.3 to $18.5 under ground. The municipalities can pay the difference if they don’t want to see high-voltage lines running through their cities.” “What do you mean you don’t know exactly what the line poles will look like,” shouted a woman at the mike. “You mean you have us here to learn what you are proposing and you don’t know what you plan to do? How tall are the poles? How big around will they be?” The company’s answer: “Talk individually to one of the guys in the blue shirts with FPL logos, and they will give you the best answers we have.” One man shouted, “We want public answers, not comments in private where we can’t respond as a group.” Those answers weren’t coming that evening.

––– VIEWPOINT ––– The City of Miami is growing. The increased population in downtown Miami will need more power as families start filling the now almost empty condos. FPL must deliver the power from Turkey Point to downtown Miami. The least expensive route is from Turkey Point down US1 to the city’s center. An elected official from one of the municipalities told us that San Diego put their major high-voltage transmission lines underground for $8.3 million a mile. Why not Miami?” “Different city, different terrain, different needs; we can’t do it for that price in Miami,” was the response. We were told that the final approval will come from the Florida Cabinet. Can it be challenged? “Yes, before an Administrative Judge. The challenge must come from affected residents!” Get ready for huge 100-foot high poles, with high-voltage lines running through

our communities. Get ready to see and hear hissing and humming power lines running next to our Metrorail. FPL’s army of lobbyists will flood Tallahassee with campaign money inducing our elected officials to say “okay” to the proposal. Within a year or two the poles will go up, electric power will be supplied to downtown Miami at a minimum cost to FPL and we, the guys and gals that elected our officials in Tallahassee, will vote them back into office at the next election, Maybe they could put fake green palm fronds on top of the poles and make them look like giant palm trees.

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Investors continue worrying recovery may take longer

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Wall Street’s investors are expected to continue worrying about growing signs our economic recovery may take longer than first predicted. But the Federal Reserve still insists the recession definitely is ending. The latest job numbers from Payroll Processor ADP show private companies cut another 298,000 positions last month. That’s almost another 300,000 pink slips and we should never forget each one represents a real-live person who lost his or her job. And that had some analysts worried that the official unemployment numbers could be worse than expected. But, on the

upside, the latest private job losses still are the fewest since September 2008. However, unemployment could be slowing down the housing recovery, which is one of the first solid signs of our possible national turnaround. The Mortgage Bankers’ Association reports that despite near-record low interest rates, mortgage applications dropped about 2 percent in August. But overall U.S. economic productivity got a good boost last month because it was still up by about 6 percent. Likewise, new factory orders, another key economic indicator, dropped at the end of August. If investors start feeling a little better about the economy, we may start seeing some moderate gains again on Wall Street.

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So, we here in Miami-Dade County are faced with a financial crisis. It is true that the national economy is in crisis, in large part because of the failure of our regulatory agencies. The over-building of housing, especially condominiums, in our county has been apparent to anyone driving around our community for the last years. Somehow our political system allowed this incredible expansion that had no basis in any rational projections. Our entire system needs an overhaul. The tax system here is antiquated, to say the least. As a community we need to demand that our taxing system be substantially changed to reflect reality. Not until we elect people to public office who are willing to tackle these fundamental, structural issues will we ever have a community that is not continuously facing crisis after crisis after crisis. Sincerely yours, Paul C. Hunt South Miami


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BY GARY ALAN RUSE More than 200 retired Miami firefighters are expected to gather in the little town of Otto in the cool mountains of North Carolina this month. Back in 1990, Ron Hardegree, who had retired in 1981 and only seen some of his fellow firefighters occasionally since leaving, wanted a way to see more of them more regularly. He started a reunion for them and invited them to come to the party and vacation in the mountains of North Carolina. “This is one of the best get-togethers for retired firefighters,” Hardegree said. “Some of them haven’t seen each other for years and it’s Ron Hardegree very emotional. It’s just ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– amazing.” The first year, on July 4, about a dozen the community center. For the picnic, people will start arrivfirefighters and their spouses attended. The event grew steadily after that and ing at 11 a.m. to park at the local comabout 10 years ago the date was moved munity center and be shuttled to the to the third weekend of September for Hardegrees’ park-like two-and-a-halfthe cooler weather and the increased acre grounds. Hardegree, who was a cook at Station availability of motels. It was then that George Billberry, a 14 for about 20 years, will make his retired firefighter, and retired Fire famous “secret recipe” conch chowder Chief Ken McCullough got involved, for the picnic — about 20 gallons worth. making the names of all retired city fire- Some retired firefighters reportedly fighters available so they could be sent come just for the chowder. The event is organized and run by letters about the event. They come from volunteers, mostly local retired fireall over the U.S. to attend. “We probably have about 40 living in fighters and their wives, who work the area and there are about 200 travel- hard to ensure that everyone has a ing from around the country,” said Judy great time. Over the years many retirees have Lange, reunion secretary. “These people look forward to the reunions year to passed away and are greatly missed. year. Some even come in vans and Chief McCullough, who gave 100 perwheelchairs — paralyzed — but they cent to the picnic and was the emcee, don’t let that stop them. One year we passed away in August. Billberry is seriously ill. But these retired firefighters had 270 attend.” This year’s reunion, a three-day event, are a brotherhood, closer knit than will take place Sept. 17-19, with the actu- most families, forged by having lived al reunion picnic on Friday. The day and worked together under the tremenbefore there’s a golf tournament for the dous stress of their jobs, and they plan men. For the wives (and men who don’t to carry on with the yearly event. “We hope to continue for as long as golf) there’s a trip to the local casino, an excursion to look for antiques or even a the Good Lord’s willing and the creek nature hike are offered, or they can don’t rise,” Hardegree said. For more information, call Ron meet at a local restaurant for an afternoon of food and conversation. On Hardegree at 1-828-524-9700 or reunion Saturday there’s a special breakfast at secretary Judy Lange at 1-828-369-8143.

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University Credit Union serves West Kendall, other locations BY NANCY EAGLETON

simply a tagline, it’s a part of our logo and we live it everyday. University Credit Union (UCU) offers “Many people have not experienced a a wide selection of deposit and loan prod- credit union. It’s important for people to ucts combined with other financial servic- know that we’re a cooperative and with es to all who live or work in Miami-Dade membership, you have an equal vote.” County. With its West Kendall Support Welch has been with University Credit Center and Branch and six additional Union since 1998 and said that he is branches located throughout the county rewarded often with emails and comto serve its members, the company strives ments from happy members. to live up to its commitment of being “I was a banker for 21 years and I loved “Your Hometown Credit Union.” it,” Welch said. “The banking industry “We believe in building relationships. taught me so much of what I know. But, We want to be a true partner in meeting banking changed over the years and, in all of our member’s financial service 1996, I joined the credit union industry needs,” said Michael J. Welch Sr., UCU and I’ve never looked back.” president and CEO. University Credit Union offers a wide University Credit Union was estab- selection of deposit products such as lished in 1947 as the University of Miami “Lifestyle Checking,” savings accounts, IRA Credit Union to serve the university’s fac- accounts, CDs and more. Deposits at ulty, staff and alumni. Over the years, the University Credit Union are insured up to credit union’s field of membership $250,000 by the National Credit Union expanded to include Florida Share Insurance Fund International University and (NCUSIF). Families also can St. Thomas University as well insure amounts larger than as the legal community. In $250,000 with multiple 2008, the company again accounts. expanded its field of mem“Members will feel secure bership to serve those who with the safety and soundlive or work in Miami-Dade ness of a credit union. No County. credit union member has University Credit Union’s, ever experienced the loss of with current assets at $175 their insured funds at a credmillion and serving more it union,” Welch said. than 22,000 members, operThrough a network of ates as a member-owned, Michael J. Welch Shared Service Centers, not-for-profit cooperative –––––––––––––––––––– University Credit Union financial institution that is governed by a offers members access to their accounts volunteer board of directors and for deposits and withdrawals nationwide. Supervisory Committee. The company sends its members quarterUniversity Credit Union operates with ly newsletters with updates and answers to the philosophies “Not for Profit, Not for many common questions. With maxiCharity, But for Service” and “People mum member service in mind, all calls to Helping People.” Its mission is to pro- the Member Call Center are answered in vide a variety of quality financial services person, by a call center agent. Also, all for its members to improve their finan- locations and the call center have a bilincial status. gual staff to serve member needs. The “Our goal is to provide ‘World Class Member Call Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 Member Service,’” Welch said. “It’s not p.m. Monday-Friday.

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Breast cancer survivors to celebrate Oct. 8 at SMH For the 12th consecutive year, Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group and Baptist Health South Florida will team up for the annual Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. The free event will take place at South Miami Hospital’s Victor E. Clarke Education Center, located at the 6200 SW 73 St. Speakers at the celebration include Baptist Health physicians Robert Derhagopian, MD; Gladys Giron, MD; Maria Pilar Martinez, MD; Grace Wang, MD, and Brad Herman, MD. More than 20 community organizations will have displays and exhibits of interest to breast cancer survivors, including a photo exhibit that captures the fighting spirit of breast cancer survivors, called “A Shot at Life.” This event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required by Oct. 1. If you plan to attend, call 786-596-3815. ADFED MIAMI TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ADDY WINNERS Join AdFed Miami in its first networking event as members celebrate and

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Florida Renaissance Festival coming to Miami in January BY JOSE BOZA Ponce De Leon explored Key Biscayne on his first mission to the New World in 1513 and claimed it on behalf of the Spanish King. The Florida Renaissance Festival, the only Renaissance festival in South Florida, will commemorate Ponce De Leon’s legacy by showcasing its first Miami show ever on Key Biscayne. The Miami festival weekend dates are Jan. 9 to Jan. 24, 2010, at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. “It’s been more than five years since a Renaissance festival graced Miami and our yearly festival goers have been very passionate about bringing an event back,” said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “We feel that Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is the perfect location because it offers the environment that we re-create every year at our other events.” This 16th Century production features more than 100 costumed performers, 12 stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world. During the three family-themed weekends, guests will enjoy jousting tournaments three times

a day, hearty food, human-powered rides and games for children that include the World’s Largest Rocking Horse, Giant Chess, Barrel Rides, and games of strength and skill. The festivities will feature historical reenactments, sword fights, magical illusions and an abundance of authentic fare from freshly made kettle corn to roasted giant turkey legs, which can be washed down with a swig of mead or ale. The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the national, award-winning Bobby Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural opportunity by making Renaissance history come to life for both children and adults. The event is hosted by Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department and Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The Florida Renaissance Festival at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will be open weekends from 10 a.m. to sunset. Prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-11 and children under 5 are free. Season passes are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Pre-show discount tickets are available online at <www.ren-fest.com>.

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Author James Swain returns with latest novel, The Night Monster BY CINDY MURRAY From the best-selling author of The Night Stalker, James Swain, comes a new suspense novel, The Night Monster. On Sept. 15, Swain returns to the shadow side of the Sunshine State, where blood can run cold even in the tropical heat. With The Night Monster, Swain brings his trademark accuracy and insight, drawing on his meticulous research and connections amongst high-level law enforcement sectors as tough as nails abduction specialist Jack Carpenter faces a criminal who has haunted him from an unsolved case early in his career. When Carpenter witnesses his daughter’s college basketball teammate being violently abducted and Carpenter recognizes the kidnapper’s face, a 20-year-old cold case reopens. With the eager assistance of the victim’s high-powered tycoon father, the uneasy cooperation of his former unit’s new commander, and precious little time before the trail goes cold, Jack and his trusty dog Buster hit the ground running. And they’ll need all the help they can get — including backup from an FBI man with a personal stake and South Florida-style suspense in the hunt — as they folJames Swain bites like a hungry gator and doeslow a twisted trail from the by Robert Allen Sargent) n’t let go. ruins of a shuttered mental (Photo ––––––––––––––––––––– The Night Monster by James asylum with an infamous past to the streets of a sinister small town Swain, a Ballantine Books Hardcover, is on sale Sept. 15; $25; 368 pages. For with a ghastly secret. The New York Times Book Review has more information visit online at or said Swain “uses language with such blunt <www.ballantinebooks.com> <www.jamesswain.com>. force he could be hammering in nails.” Swain will be visiting the area for a bookThe Night Monster delves into the complicated soul of smooth-talking, hard-bit- signing event on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., at ten hero Jack Carpenter, and Swain’s two- Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in fisted, quick-witted tale of criminals, cops, Coral Gables; telephone, 305-442-4408.

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Festival Miami attracts world-class performers BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The 26th year of one of Miami’s most exciting traditions — Festival Miami — is back to kick off the fall season with great and inspiring music. The Festival, which runs Oct. 2-30, will present a diverse roster of recognized musical artists from around the world. Festival Miami audiences will enjoy world-class music and dance programming in four themed weeks including Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond. “We highlight music from various historical periods and genres drawn from around the globe,” said Frost School of Music dean Shelton Berg. “In addition to providing extraordinarily diverse music to the public, this format exposes our students to these multiple traditions.” Classical music lovers have five Great Performances in Festival Miami, beginning on the Festival’s opening night, Oct. 2, with the Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO) celebrating the German Romantic Tradition. The FSO will per-

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and Ginny Mancini on Oct. 3. Mancini is best known for composing film scores such as The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many others. Daughter Monica Mancini, a multiGrammy nominated vocalist, will perform classics including Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses. Ginny Mancini, the wife of the late composer, will offer anecdotes, remembrances and insights. Other series artists include three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin together with UM alumnus and multi-Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby in a performance of some the most beautiful songs in popular music. Colvin and Hornsby also will judge and select the best student work during the Songwriter’s Showcase. Children’s favorite Red Grammer, known for his glorious voice and awardwinning songs, performs for the young at heart in a Halloween concert. The Music of the Americas series features Latin Grammy winner, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, presenting a Softer Side on Oct. 17 with music from his new CD for Concord Records. Also on this series, the exciting and visually stimulating IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Company will have the audience dancing in the aisles. The acclaimed Chilean singer/songwriter Claudia Acuña, brings her vocal “instrument of wonder,” to the Gusman stage, and Carlos Reyes, a virtuoso of violin and the Paraguayan harp, brings an infectious blend of Latin, jazz and rock. Also this year, Festival Miami is proud to present the master of salsa Willy

Chirino performing his distinctive “Miami Sound.” Concerts under the heading Jazz and Beyond include six-time Grammy winner, jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton bringing his performance mastery to Gusman Hall on Saturday, Oct. 10. In the forefront of jazz for more than 40 years, Burton will lead a master class and perform with student ensembles — the Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Sextet. Carmen Bradford, former vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear with the award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal-1 Ensemble along with pianist and Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg. Festival Miami will close with two outstanding nights of jazz with seven-time Grammy nominated bassist/composer John Clayton. Clayton has arranged for Queen Latifah, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole — and he teams with the versatile and dynamic drummer Jeff Hamilton. The first concert will feature Clayton and Hamilton with Dean Shelton Berg and other Frost jazz faculty artists. The concluding evening on Oct. 30 brings the duo together with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost Concert Jazz Band for an unforgettable evening of symphonic and big band music. The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is 305-2844940. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit <www.festivalmiami.com> or email <festivalmiami.music@miami.edu>. Most performances are at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Dr., on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus.


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Nissan unveils plug-in ‘Leaf’ to automotive media group Pictured at the August SAMA luncheon meeting at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Virginia Key are (l-r) Ron Beasley, president of the Southern Automotive Media Association, with Nissan executives Tracy Woodard, Julie Lawless, Mark Perry, and SAMA vice president Paul Borden. Perry, director of product planning and strategy, told the automotive writers that the company would introduce its new “Leaf” plug-in electric vehicle in late 2010. He said the Leaf is a “normal” five-door hatchback that seats five adults, has zero emissions, is affordable and has a range of 100 miles on a single battery charge. Perry said the Leaf would be priced competitively (around $24,000) and added that he is working with government and private enterprise to set up a network of charging stations across the country that would make the vehicle more practical for extended travel. (Photo b y Angelica Willard, Four Seasons Media)


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2009 Hyundai Elantra named top compact car in U.S. Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS While most of the auto industry has been singing the blues in 2009, Hyundai’s tune has been a much sweeter song. Sales in June totaled 37,943 units, a 24 percent drop from a year ago, but a 3 percent increase over the previous month and enough to vault the Korean company into sixth place as the best-selling brand in the U.S. Hyundai also got some more good news when the Genesis sedan was named the 2009 North American Car of the Year. Also, J.D. Power and Associates in its prestigious 2009 Initial Quality Study ranked Hyundai the No. 1 non-premium brand in the U.S. and fourth in the industry. In that same study, J.D. Power ranked the Hyundai Elantra as the No. 1 compact car, a stunning accomplishment for the automaker. The Elantra is deserving of its lofty ranking. It’s roomy and comfortable, stylishly designed, and delivers good per-

formance and responsive handling. Chalk that up to the advanced 2.0-liter, 132-hp in-line four-cylinder engine that powers the Elantra. It’s a very responsive 16-valve powerplant with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) that delivers a broad power spread, high fuel efficiency (24/33 mpg) and low emissions. The four-door Elantra is available in two trim levels — GLS and SE. It has chrome headlight bezels and grille bars and a sculpted profile with and a rising beltline; integrated body-color door handles and mirrors and a character line shared with other Hyundai models. To the rear, the taillights echo the theme of the headlights. The Elantra also has a sleek design with a low coefficient of drag (0.32) that improves fuel efficiency at highway speeds and reduces interior noise. On the inside, the dashboard has a modern look and slopes downward to give a feeling of more space while allowing for greater visibility. The contrasting gray or beige two-tone color schemes, combined with metallic finishes, complement the upscale exterior styling. On the SE model, leather seats are available and have a luxurious, supple feel. The seats

Elantra is sleek and stylish with a rising beltline, and integrated body-color door handles and mirrors.

are comfortable and versatile, including a multi-adjustable driver’s seat with variable height settings, adjustable head restraints and a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback to accommodate larger cargo. Other interior amenities include steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, and a center console with dual-level storage compartments and a comfortable armrest. Also standard are a cabin air filter, rear window defroster, tinted glass, two-speed variable intermittent windshield wipers with

mist function, power heated mirrors, power windows and door locks, and remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also is standard. Pricing on the Elantra ranges from $14,795 to $18,495.

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 -You may find that it is easier to deal with people you don't know as well this week. Those close to you, friends and family, are a little cranky and unreliable. You may find that the kindness of strangers makes the chores of the week much easier to handle.

Libra - You will be a little down on the spiritual elders in your faith, because you are facing a serious dilemma. Do you walk away from "The Faith" because you have found there are some cracks in the stained glass? Or do you stick with it to find the greater truth?

Taurus - When you stop trying to control

Scorpio - You can't wait for the weekend to come. You really need to play and have some fun. Someone in your circle of friends has a mischievous streak though, and you could find that you are the victim of a lighthearted prank. Take it with grace, you'll impress someone special.

everyone, things will calm down, and you'll be amazed when the problems and worries suddenly start to fix themselves. Get your children or loved ones involved in the problem-solving if things start to jam up again.

Gemini - A home-based business may turn out to be far more challenging than you expected. There is likely to be a lot more physical work involved in a home business or renovation project than you planned for, and it will be important for you to be careful with sharp tools.

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Many homeowners and condominium associations throughout South Florida are experiencing a cash crisis as a result of owners failing to pay their required maintenance assessments. Without this necessary income, the associations bills pile up quickly leaving important services such as insurance, lawn care, management, and maintenance unpaid for, with some vendors unwilling to provide further services. Severe cases can leave associations without enough money to maintain basic necessities such as fire and safety equipment, security gates, and even water and garbage services. To make matters worse, some lenders are refusing to issue loans on the units within these communities and condominiums due to the severe delinquency rates of the associations, essentially putting a freeze on the marketability of such units. Much of the problem can be attributed to investors, many of whom own multiple units in the same community or condominium, not paying their assessments (some of whom receive income from tenants living in their units but still refuse to pay their assessments). An association’s best course of action is to find a competent, diligent and aggressive attorney. Legal incompetence (including not utilizing effective legal strategies for the current market), an attorney’s inability to communicate with the board and manager of the association, and/or the failure of an attorney to proceed aggressively and diligently on behalf of the association, can cause unnecessary delays and additional financial suffering. For instance, some attorneys advise their clients to follow the passive approach of not filing liens against delinquent units and not proceeding with association foreclosures, thinking that lenders will eventually foreclose their defaulted borrowers and pay the association its money. The reality is that in today’s market, lenders are stalling their foreclosures until they find buyers first, so the process can take an unreasonably long period of time. Meanwhile, if the first mortgage holder does finally take title to the unit through its foreclosure, it is then entitled by law to a sizeable write off of the prior owner's past due amounts, resulting in significant bad debt to the association. This bad debt is then absorbed by the association and eventually paid for by the responsible owners who are paying their assessments. To succeed in the current market, associations need an aggressive attorney who files liens against the delinquent unit owners quickly and, in applicable cases, files foreclosure complaints (lawsuits) against the delinquent unit owners to collect the amounts due to the association. There is also a new blanket receivership approach where, by law, associations can petition the court to appoint a single receiver to collect the rents from all tenants living in units that are under foreclosure by the association or which come under foreclosure in the future (which prohibits investors from collecting income from tenants while failing to pay their assessments). Aggressively applied legal pressure against the owner and/or their lender is especially necessary in this type of depressed real estate market and will undoubtedly bring in a lot more money to the association in a much faster time than simply waiting for the lender to come through.

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