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BY RICHARD YAGER hree Kendall area schools have been honored with the prestigious “2009 National Blue Ribbon,” one of the most coveted U.S. educational awards. Calusa Elementary School and Herbert A. Ammons Middle School were honored among the top 10 percent in Florida with at least 40 of its enrollment from disadvantaged backgrounds. Leewood K-8 Center was among the top 10 percent in Florida with less than 40 percent from the disadvantaged status. A resolution recognizing the achievement was approved on Oct. 14 by the Miami-Dade School Board, proposed by Ana Rivas Logan, District Seven member. “I congratulate the teachers, students
IndyCar Series driver Danica Patrick, pictured here with a young fan, visited the Kendall Best Buy on Thursday, Oct. 8, to meet with fans and help raise money for the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Patrick and Boost Mobile also presented a donation check to the Foundation. Fans had a chance to take photos with Patrick, get autographs and see her Boost Mobile sponsored black and electric orange “Show Car.” Patrick was in town to compete in an IndyCar Series event on Oct. 10 at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
and parents from all the schools for a well-deserved honor,” Rivas Logan said. In November, each school will receive a plaque and flag to represent their “Blue Ribbon” status during a presentation ceremony in Washington, DC. Only 314 public and private schools achieved the ranking out of more than 120,000 nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announcement. The program honors schools that are “academically superior or have made significant progress in closing the achievement gap among minority or disadvantaged students.” Schools are selected through one or two criteria: (1) students achieving within the top 10 percent of their state on state tests; (2) schools with at least 40
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‘Little things’ provide key to arrest by police trio BY RICHARD YAGER hat “just didn’t look right” to a Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District trio led to citations as “Officers of the Month.” “Very often, little ‘somethings’ lead to bigger things that solve crimes,” said Maj. Alexander D. Casas when honoring Officers Michael Parmenter, Gordon Hirsch and Det. Elio Garcia during a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on Sept. 30. On Aug. 18, Hirsch, approached by the victim of a strong-arm bike theft at SW 189th Street and 117 Avenue, immediately had the suspect’s description broadcast on the police radio.
Officer Parmenter spotted a bicyclist on SW 119th Avenue who fit the description and “looked suspicious,” leading to questioning the suspect who later admitted taking the bike and leaving it at a nearby home address. Det. Garcia recovered the bike, which was returned to the victim while the assailant confessed to forcible theft during an interview at the district’s Robbery Bureau. All three officers were credited with “combined efforts, initiative and teamwork” by Maj. Casas, who with CAC chair Frank Irizarry noted the “special kind of alertness that serves the community when ‘little things’ get noticed.”
Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District “Officer of the Month” award is presented on Sept. 30 by (l-r) Maj. Alexander D. Casas and CAC chair Frank Irizarry to Officer Gordon Hirsch and Sgt. Lazaro Perez, accepting for Officer Michael Parmenter.
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After quarter century, sons continue business tradition BY RICHARD YAGER A Doral-based communications company with Kendall ties is celebrating a traditional success story for many families who have come to South Florida from other countries during the past century. Arriving in Miami from Cuba in the mid-1960s, Juan F. Perez and Maria Delgado met as Miami Senior High students in the 1970s, later to marry and raise two sons who now help solidify ASE Telecom & Data’s position as a leading network development installation and service company. Both Kendall residents, the sons became company executives over 10 years ago to unite the family in its thriving venture which is celebrating 25 years of progress during October. In 1984, the senior Perez couple founded “All Sound Equipment,” a company offering installation and repair services for commercial and residential telephone systems that has now become an industry leader. They are assisted by sons Javier Perez, chief oper-
Silver anniversary portrait of ASE Telecom & Data Company includes founding couple, Juan and Maria Perez of Westchester, (seated at center). Standing are their sons, Javier (left) and Danny, company officers, with their wives, Mrs. Javier (Yaquelin) Perez, seated left, and Mrs. Danny (Gabriela) Perez, seated right, all residents of Kendall. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
ating officer, and Danny Perez, vice president of operations. Both sons are raising a third Perez generation in West Kendall. Javier, 34, a South Miami High graduate, and wife, Yaquelin, live in Kendale Lakes, and are parents of Laurin, 10, and Sebastian, 8, who attend CEA Academy; Danny, 31, a Coral Park High graduate, and Gabriela of West Kendall, are parents of Isabella, 3, and Juan, 1. Following their father’s 12-year career as a Southern Bell telephone and PBX system service technician, the elder Perez established ASE, and within three years was contracted by a Miami medical institution for a large commer-
cial installation, a key step expanding the company. In 1987, ASE became a Mitel PBX-certified installer. The Perez firm continued to grow in the 1990s, receiving a voice and data wiring contract for the Florida Department of Transportation, becoming a vendor for BellSouth, and playing a major role for a South Florida Water Management District project. Meanwhile, Javier and Danny attended FIU, then graduated from ITT Technical Institute of Doral before joining the family firm. As specialists in the design, installation, certification and documentation of premise and outside plant cabling systems, the company today offers expertise in both copper and optical fiber media for local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN) Located at 8545 NW 29 St. in Doral, ASE numbers approximately 70 field personnel from Orlando to the Florida Keys with clients that include such major names as Carnival Cruise Lines, City of Doral, University of Miami, City of Miami Beach, Jackson Hospital and Broward County Aviation Department. “Through the years, ASE has continuously expanded capabilities,” Javier said. “Customers appreciate our keen understanding of cabling infrastructure, and how our team of professionals works together to deliver the best solutions.” “While customer business needs may change over time, they can depend on us 24-7 for managing even the largest projects,” Danny Perez added. “We will be around next month, next year, and next decade to help build their businesses, delivering cost-effective solutions on time and on budget.” For information about ASE, send email to <email@example.com>.
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AROUND TOWN More local protest about those Florida Power & Light transmission lines! The power company “wants to build another nuclear plant at Turkey Point and doesn’t want to bury the cable,” headlines a Continental Park HOA bulletin from its president, Holly White. In an E-mail to Association members, Ms. White states the 80-105 foot power lines would carry power from Turkey Point to downtown Miami along the utility’s “preferred route”: US 1 to SW 100th Street, then west at 100th to the west side of SW 77th Avenue, and proceeding in front of Wayside Baptist, Kingston Square to Greenery Mall’s east side before crossing Kendall Drive. The path would continue along the west side of the Palmetto Expressway just west of Dadeland Mall before rejoining US 1 near Dadeland North. “The amount of residential property (condos, apartments and townhouses) impacted is mind boggling,” says Ms. White, adding that it would be “another invasion of ugly commercialism into East Kendall. “The municipalities along US 1 are fighting this (so) we are the path of least resistance (for) further reduction of quality of life and property values. I will keep you posted!” she declares to her constituents. Plans for Hallowe’en festivities for moppets and teens (as well as their parents) well underway for Kendall Police District’s annual “Open House”, Saturday, October 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., reports Katrina Kavanaugh, outreach specialist at the SW 117th Station. Last year’s event attracted over 4,000 people, providing a safe haven for children, while allowing police to showcase career opportuni-
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Are commissioners pushing us closer to Everglades again? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The Urban Development Boundary (UDB) is under pressure again. The UDB is a legally drawn line, running north to south along the western edge of our homes and commercial development ultimately swinging east at the southern end of development, just south of Florida City. The UDB was created to keep compact the western expansion of new homes and commercial real estate, and to prevent the expansion into the nearby Everglades, the source of South Florida’s drinking water supply. Controlling westward expansion is so critical that it takes a series of approvals before a developer can put the first shovel into the ground. The process starts with county staff reviewing the application, then to the local community council for approval or denial, the county’s Planning Advisory Board for recommendation, then to the Miami-Dade County
Commission. The ultimate step is review, approval or denial by the governor and the state cabinet. Today, with residential and commercial vacancies decimating entire neighborhoods, and with unsold housing projects and stores sitting empty, the idea of approving farmland on the western edge of our community for real estate development is absurd. Yet, Ferro Investment Group II is asking the community, for the third time, to approve the commercial development of 9.9 acres, located on the southeast corner of SW 167th Avenue and 104th Street. We have an interesting history involving the process of moving the UDB boundary. Applications are made, and every county department and board that reviews the request says “no.” The application then goes before county commissioners who vote “yes” to almost every request made by a developer that helps finance their reelection campaigns, only to have the courts or the Florida Cabinet say “no.” Yet, some do get through. But, regardless of the lack of merit for the request, regardless of the economic condition of our community, developers with political clout keep bringing applica-
––– VIEWPOINT ––– tions before the county commission, the guys and gals we elect to protect us from such improper development of the buffer zone the UDB creates between real estate development and the Everglades. The county staff on Aug. 25 said “deny” to the Ferro request; then the Planning and Advisory Board on Oct. 5 recommended the Ferro Investment Group II project be moved to the commissioners, who on Nov. 4 will approve the application (I can almost guarantee it.). The press will come out against the application. Ditto every environmental group. Why would we ever approve such a request today with tens of thousands of homes standing vacant because of foreclosure? Why, when shopping center managers are permitting non-rent-paying tenants to stay in their spaces to prevent the look of “another empty store.” One recent letter to the editor in the Miami Herald pointed out that the last
application for UDB expansion, which was vetoed by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez; overridden by county commissioners; rejected by the Department of Community Affairs (Tallahassee), and ultimately rejected by the governor and the cabinet, still cost Miami-Dade taxpayers more than $400,000 in legal fees to support that request. Why county commission approval? The answer is simple. The community be hanged; there is a profit to be made. And, the requests come from well-heeled developers who always will support financially the reelection of developer-friendly commissioners.
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Wise investment strategies to earn money with safety Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Doral retiree Dan Cappi knows times are tight. Like so many other South Florida residents, he has trouble saving money. “I have to skimp,” he told me. “I can’t save anything. I can’t go out much. I sit at home and watch the news and my blood pressure goes up.” Financial planners know Dan Cappi is not alone. So to avoid letting our tough financial times raise your blood pressure, now’s a perfect time to refocus your endof-the year financial planning. Ask yourself some key questions: How much money can you afford to save or invest? How much cash do you need for monthly bills like rent, mortgage payments, gas, food, telephone and electricity? Cut spending to maximize and grow your available cash. And then ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really need all those extra channels on cable or satellite TV you may never really watch? Do you need more than one cell phone and do you really need a wired telephone at home if you also have a cell phone? Also, check out your time horizon. Calculate how much time you have before you’ll need any of your retirement income. Consider rebalancing portfolios between stocks with less volatile investments like bonds and cash. The closer you get to retirement, the more you need to consider trimming back investment
blends. Stocks may offer potentially higher returns, but they also can lose value. However, “Safer” bonds may not grow like a good stock blend might, but may offer a “safer harbor” for your money. Coral Gables Financial Planner Lane Jones recommends, “For the long run, it’s a decision we all have to make for our own risk levels, balancing between stocks and bonds. You have to check out your own circumstances for the answer that question.” Younger investors should consider an 80 percent stock/20 percent bonds mix, balancing possible long term growth and volatility of stocks with the slower-butsafer growth of bonds. If you’re in the middle of your investment cycle, consider reducing the risk to a 70/30 percent mix. And as you approach the middle of the cycle, you may want to look for an even safer 60/40 percent blend. Remember, you’ve got to figure out what is the best for you. You have to decide your own risk tolerance. And as we get closer to December, consider doing even more to improve your money’s bottom-line for 2010. As a general rule, try to increase savings, pay down credit card debt and avoid any unnecessary spending. Some financial advisors say now is a great time to diversify your portfolios as a hedge against Wall Streets’ ups and downs. And don’t forget about foreign stocks and the weakening dollar. Over the coming months, some foreign markets and their currencies could end up with better yields than Wall Street.
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Malls invite trick-or-treaters for some safe Halloween fun BY ALINA M. VIERA Spooky and fun events await kids of all ages at local Simon malls, including The Falls, Dadeland Mall and The Shops at Sunset Place. Little ghouls and goblins will have a safe place to haunt this Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31, at The Falls from 2 to 4 p.m. at Center Court, Dadeland Mall from 6 to 8 p.m., and The Shops at Sunset Place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Plaza Stage by Spirit Halloween. Dadeland Mall will host its “Kidgits Spooktacular Event,” presented by the Simon Kidgits Club and Oriental Trading, and offer attendees a chance to take part in costume contests, trick-ortreating and more fun activities for Halloween in a safe, climate-controlled environment. In addition to collecting Halloween treats, kids can pick up coloring sheets from Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Oct. 27, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, as well as Halloween bags and My Little Pony Twinkle Wish Adventure stickers. Dadeland Mall’s Center Court will be home to a fall backdrop for kids in costumes to be photographed in front of, courtesy of Jady Images. The pictures will be available for viewing and purchase online after the event. “Dadeland Mall is looking forward to providing good, spooky fun and sharing the magic of Halloween with families this year,” said Renee Lanzara, director of mall marketing and business development of Dadeland Mall. The Falls Halloween celebration will feature the “Kidgits Spooktacular Event,” which will include a Dracula stilt walker, a
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Soccer facilities dedication set at Homestead Air Reserve Park BY EDITH TORRES Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, and Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission, will dedicate the first phase of development at Homestead Air Reserve Park — new soccer facilities — with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. The event will feature representatives of the Miami FC professional soccer team talking about the growth of soccer in South Florida. Homestead Air Reserve Park is located at 26851 SW 127 Ave. Home to the annual Ribfest, South Florida’s largest barbecue and live music festival presented by Miami-Dade Parks, the 213-acre Homestead Air Reserve Park was one of the largest undeveloped parks within the MiamiDade County Park and Recreation Agency. This first phase of development, built on the southeast corner of the park, adds a new 2,830-square-foot field center, two regulation-sized soccer fields with irrigation system, a restroom building, two parking lots, and walkways connecting all the new amenities. The field center, which services the soccer fields, features men and women’s restrooms, a snack bar, a meeting room, park office and a storage room. The restroom building features men and women’s facilities and a storage room. The parking lots service each of the two buildings.
“Soccer is a very popular sport here in Miami-Dade County,” said George Parrado, assistant director of Recreation for Miami-Dade Parks. “In a recent survey conducted by MiamiDade Parks of 3,000 households to measure leisure interest in MiamiDade County, 10 percent of those surveyed participated in soccer. The addition of these two new fields in the Homestead area will allow for local youth and adult teams to have access to playing fields for games and practices.” The total project cost was $6 million funded by the Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond (SNP) and Impact Fees. Miami-Dade Parks, a three-time National Gold Medal Award (AAPRA and NRPA) winner, Florida Governor’s 2009 Sterling Award winner, and an accredited agency, is the third largest park system in the United States, consisting of 258 parks and more than 12,600 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the nation. Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises after-school, sports-development and summer camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; arts and culture programs and events; environmental restoration efforts; Miami Metrozoo and Deering Estate; Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds, and more.
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JOBC to begin search for ’09-10 Royal Court BY FERNANDA MEDICI The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) is getting ready for a night of glamour and royalty. A competition to choose the young ladies who will ride in a place of honor during the Junior Orange Bowl Parade is about to start. The JOBC is looking for girls between ages 12 and 14 to participate in the Royal Court Search for the 2009-10 festival. This 59-year-old tradition is much more than a beauty pageant; the girls are selected based on personality, academics, community service and poise. The winners will go on to represent the JOBC as goodwill ambassadors to the rest of the festival’s participants. The contestants will have to pass a preliminary selection in order to participate in the final. The judges will select three lucky ladies to be the Queen and Princesses. Collectively they are known as the Royal Court. The preliminaries will take place at the Cocoplum Women’s Club in Coral Gables on Nov. 1. Other locations include Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center in Key Largo (Oct. 17), and the Town Center Lobby Commission Chambers in Miramar (Oct. 24). Contact details and addresses can be found on the Royal Court page of the website at <www.jrorangebowl.com>. Community involvement is one of the most important traits for which the judges will be looking. The JOBC hopes to encourage the girls to be future leaders in the community and open the
This 59-year-old tradition is much more than a beauty pageant; the girls are selected based on personality, academics, community service and poise. doors to a brighter future. The Queen and Princesses of the 2009-10 Junior Orange Bowl Festival will be expected to reign over all the events, especially the 61st Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Jan. 2, 2010. During the festival, the Royal Court will participate in many award ceremonies for the children who succeed in the various JOBC events. A number of children who participate in the Junior Orange Bowl festival discover a large passion for the arts and sports and continue their pursuit becoming extremely successful. Anastagia Pierre was the 2009 Miss Florida USA, and she was the Royal Court Queen in 2001. Registration is open for the competition and the JOBC encourages all girls to participate in a preliminary. For information, call 305-662-1210.
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will hold its first local “Light The Night” walk to raise funds for blood cancer research and patient services on Saturday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m., at Merrick Park, across from City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. To sign up for the walk or register a team, contact the Southern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 1-954-744-5311 or visit online at <www.lightthenight.org>. Hundreds of walkers of all ages are expected to attend the 1.75-mile evening walk where Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick will speak and kickoff the event. Participants will carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters — to honor and commemorate lives touched by blood cancers. The “Light The Night” walk’s title sponsor is the Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation and the presenting sponsor is Citrix Systems. The national spokesperson for the “Light The Night” walk is actress/comedian Tina Fey. Other “Light The Night” walks are taking place in Florida in
October and November in Miramar, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers/Naples. Each year, the “Light The Night” walk raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for people fighting blood cancers. Participants can get involved by forming a “Light The Night” team, becoming a corporate sponsor, or selling illuminated balloons in support of the walks. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 5.1 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. For more information, visit online at <www.lls.org>.
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Q. My wife and I are in our mid-80s and have been happily married for nearly 60 years. My wife has on-going health problems and was recently hospitalized again. Now that she’s back home, I’m finding it more and more difficult to provide her the care she needs. I love my wife and promised to be there for better or worse; however, it’s becoming quite overwhelming. Is continuing to care for her at home the best option for both of us? A. Congratulations on six decades of happy marriage. Your commitment to providing the absolute best care for your wife is commendable. However, acknowledging that it is becoming too difficult for you to provide the care, attention and support your wife needs is the first step in continuing your commendable commitment to her. An incapable, sick, tired and overwhelmed husband may no longer be able to develop a game plan that is mutually beneficially for you both. At times, it’s not unusual for spouses to feel overwhelmed when caring for their partners. Most caregivers are self-sacrificing, often putting themselves last and paying less attention to their own needs. But this can have devastating long-term consequences for both the caregiver and their spouse. Caregiving spouses are less likely to get enough rest, have time to rest when sick and maintain a healthy diet or exercise. It is vital to take care of yourself in order to take care of your wife. Try thinking about the last time you boarded an a i r p l a n e . Remember the safety instructions provided by the flight attendant: “secure your oxygen mask first before assisting someone else”? The same rule of thumb applies to caregivers. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, being a caregiver who is experiencing mental or emotional strain is an independent risk factor for mortality among elderly spousal caregivers. The study found that caregivers (aged 66-96) who experience caregiving-related stress have a 63% higher mortality. Other studies have had similar findings. Elderly spouses serving as caregivers experience higher rates of influenza and pneumonia—conditions that together constitute the fourth leading case of death among people aged 75 or older. Feeling overwhelmed for extended periods can lead to depression, which is associated with heart disease and more debilitating outcomes for patients who already have heart disease. At The Palace Senior Living Communities, we understand the stress and emotional toll caregiving can create. In fact, our continuum of care campus in Kendall has been the ideal solution for older couples who realized—despite their best efforts—they could no longer provide
the necessary care their spouse needed. Our campus is home to The Palace Suites which offers luxury independent living, The Palace Renaissance for assisted living care, The Palace Royale for those need “catered” living and The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. While The Palace Suites may be the best option for the independent caregiver, the spouse needing additional care can best be served in The Palace Royale, for example. It’s a win-win for the couple. The caregiver has peace of mind knowing their spouse is receiving the best care possible and, since they are both within The Palace campus, spending quality time together isn’t an issue. Additionally, the caregiver no longer feels isolated and burdened with day-to-day responsibilities. He or she is surrounded by friendly staff and neighbors who share similar experiences. Residents whose partners provided care at home often thrive and flourish once they’ve arrived at our communities. They, too, experienced feelings of guilt and feared they were preventing their spouses from living a meaningful, active life. With these mental roadblocks removed, they were better able to focus on their overall wellbeing and make positive strides. Caregiving can be difficult for even the most patient, loving person. The Palace offers monthly support groups and informative discussions throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to help those feeling overwhelmed with caring for a loved one. Led by Elder Care Specialist Alene Feinstein, the sessions explore managing guilt, reducing cost of care with financial programs and helping seniors to live longer and healthier lives. I encourage you to visit our website at www.thepalace.org/events regularly to see when future discussions are being held. Not all change should be viewed negatively. The key to providing the best care for your wife is to redefine your definition of “home”. Home is where the heart is and for our residents, it’s The Palace. Transitioning your wife to a senior living community better suited for her health care needs doesn’t mean you didn’t cherish her for better or worse. It means you loved her enough to realize you were unable to continue meeting her needs. That in itself is the ultimate show of love. If you have questions about the lifestyle changes that go with aging, or if you’d like to be invited to a social event at The Palace Suites, please send a note to Helen Shaham, The Palace Suites, 11377 S.W. 84th St., Miami, Florida 33173, call her at 305-271-2020, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Helen Shaham and her husband Jacob have been operating Senior Living Communities for the past 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over, and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. They have two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables, Independent & Assisted Living. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at <www.ThePalace.org>.
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Film series to show original The Phantom of the Opera
The classic silent horror film The Phantom of the Opera will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in the courtyard of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3521 S. Miami Ave., as part of the Viewing Vizcaya film series. Starring Lon Chaney, known as the “man of 1,000 faces,” this classic silent horror film tells the story of a muchfeared fiend who haunts the Paris Opera House and falls in love with a young opera singer. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased only on the day of the program. Seating is limited. For more information, go to <www.vizcayamuseum.org> or call 305-250-9133.
GIRL SCOUTS TO HOST SCIENTIST/ NOMINEE FOR EMMY AWARD The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida Inc. will host two-time Emmy Award nominee Mireya Mayor, PhD, an explorer and wildlife expert, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Camp Choee, 11347 SW 160 St. Mayor, a scientist, explorer, wildlife correspondent, anthropologist and inspirational speaker, joins the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida as the council’s first speaker of the year for the Science, Engineering, Technology and
Mathematics (STEM) program. Mayor’s discussion is free to the public, and reservations may be made by calling 305-253-4841.
DON’T TRASH THAT OUTDATED TELEPHONE BOOK; RECYCLE IT With the arrival of the fall season comes a new set of telephone books to most Miami-Dade residents. Rather than throw out your old ones, the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) reminds residents they can recycle them. Recycling phone books does more than save trees. According to the EPA’s website, recycling a ton of phone books saves enough energy to power the average American home for half a year, saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, saves 7,000 gallons of water and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent. For more information about MiamiDade’s recycling program, call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/dswm/>. BUSINESS LEADERSHIP NETWORK SETS FUNDRAISING GALA, OCT. 21 The Miami-Dade Business Leadership Network (MDBLN), a nonprofit organiza-
COMMUNITY NEWS briefs tion that promotes employment for people with disabilities, is holding its second annual networking gala on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Britto Central Gallery, 818 Lincoln Rd. in Miami Beach. One hundred percent of funds raised at the gala event will benefit MDBLN’s internship program, which provides area businesses with a no-cost, funded internship program encouraging the employment of individuals with disabilities. Publix Super Markets Inc. is the event honoree. Attendees will enjoy a silent auction, networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as the opportunity to enjoy Romero Britto’s artwork. Gala sponsorships are available at Elite ($5,000), Principal ($2,500) and Signature ($1,000) levels. The cost of tickets is $500 per person. For more information about sponsorships, to RSVP/purchase tickets or to ask questions, contact Debbie Courtney at <email@example.com> or 1-800-386-2022.
QUEST FOR PEACE’S FIFTH ART EXHIBITION OPENING OCT. 22 The opening of the Quest for Peace’s fifth art exhibition, sponsored by the Miami Dadeland Pinecrest Rotary Club and Miami Dade College, will take place on Oct. 22, 6 p.m., in the gallery of MDC’s Kendall Campus, Building M, SW 113th Place and 104th Street. Seven art students — submitting work in areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and graphic arts — will each receive a $350 cash prize and plaque. The show is in memory of Rotarian Robert Horwitz who was an artist and philosopher. His painting, Quest, will be on display. The project is funded through the sale of ceramics by Ilajean Horwitz. Her work will be on display at In the Park with Art, Oct. 31Nov. 1, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, Old Cutler Road and SW 184th Street.
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For more information, contact her at 305-256-0745 or by email at <Ilajean@bellsouth.net>. BEAUTY CHRONICLES TO HOST ‘SHOP FOR THE CURE,’ OCT. 22 South Florida-based Beauty Chronicles, an online, one-stop beauty and fashion guide destination for women across the world, is hosting “Shop for the Cure,” an exclusive “Girls Night Out” event on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Miami Children’s Museum 980 Macarthur Cswy. Guests can shop for this fall’s latest must-have fashions from an array of dynamic local and national designers, and beauty experts such as Nic Del Mar, Amaola, Laser Cosmetica, Avant Garde Salon and Nikki Poulos. Guests also will enjoy relaxing beauty treatments, minimakeovers, massages, yoga, salsa and belly dancing classes. There will be a VIP goody bag filled with glamorous gifts and freebies worth more than $100. General admission tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. VIP (with goody bag) admission tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at <www.beautychronicles.com>.
PANEL TO DISCUSS SCHOOL LIBRARY BOOK CENSORSHIP The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Books & Books will host a dynamic panel discussion about the Miami-Dade School library book censorship case involving Vamos a Cuba and an entire series of travel books for children that is now before the United States Supreme Court. The discussion will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, noon, at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Speaking at the discussion will be Evelyn Greer, a former Miami-Dade School Board member; JoNel Newman, University of Miami law professor; Randall Marshall, legal director of the ACLU, and Mitch Kaplan, representing the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. For more information, contact the ACLU of Florida Communications Office at 786-363-2737 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. CRAZY PIANOS READY TO ‘ROCK FOR RELAY’ Relay for Life is recruiting “rock stars” and “rock bands” for next year’s rockthemed event. Prospective “rock stars” are invited to enjoy complimentary appetizers with a drink at an opening kickoff from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, at Crazy Pianos in CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove.
At Crazy Pianos, “bands” can sign with “Relay Records.” A $100 commitment fee will provide team captains VIP rock star treatment. Captains will receive first-come, first-serve choice of a rock band name and choice of on-site fundraiser the day of the event. Team Captain Parties have been scheduled to train “Rock Stars” and dates will be released at the kickoff event. Event organizers also are seeking cancer survivors who are to be feted like “Rock Royalty” and will be treated to a dinner and fun activities hosted in their honor. For more information on starting a team, sponsoring or volunteering, contact Erika Gaeta at 305-779-2849 or by email at <email@example.com>. JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM TO HOST SMALL BUSINESS VENDOR WORKSHOP Learn how to do business with Jackson Health System at its third annual Small Business Vendor Day Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ira C. Clark Diagnostic Treatment Center, Room 259, 1280 NW 19 St. Representatives from the Procurement Departments at JHS and the University of Miami will be available, as well as representatives from Miami Dade College, Owens & Minor and the University HealthSystem Consortium. Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Development
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Department will be on hand to explain to vendors how to become “certified” with the county as an eligible “Small Business Enterprise.” For information, call 305-585-7544 or send email to <SBP@jhsmiami.org>. DOCTORS HOSPITAL, CORALGABLES@HOME OFFERING NUTRITION SEMINAR FOR SENIORS Doctors Hospital and CoralGables@Home are joining to present Nutrition Q & A: What Do I Eat To Feel Great? on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m., in the cafeteria of the hospital, 5000 University Dr. in Coral Gables. Nutritionist Danielle Rodriguez, RD, will discuss how nutritional needs change over time and answer questions for attendees. Now is your chance to learn about super foods and ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about eating as well as what foods to avoid. The event is free to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, call CoralGables@Home at 305-443-4011. ROTARY CLUB OF KEY BISCAYNE BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne is conducting a Business Networking Event, open to all members of the local business
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community, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., at Key Biscayne Yacht Club, 180 Harbor Dr. Designed to help local professionals find out how to gain new business, the event will provide attendees the chance to network with leaders of other community businesses and members of the Rotary Club. Guest speaker Eduardo Gesio of Florida Business Development Corporation will discuss Small Business Association (SBA) financing opportunities and small business in South Florida. The cost to attend the event is $20 per person for non-Rotary membets. RSVP to Tim Burch at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 305-284-1509. PROFESSIONAL, AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS TO COMPETE FOR TITLES One of the longest running Ballroom Dance Competitions in the United States and the second oldest in Florida, the Grand National Championships celebrates its 39th year, Oct. 29-31. The schedule for the Miami tryouts is as follows: Thursday, Oct. 29: Session 1, noon-5:30 p.m.; Session 2, 7:30-11 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 30: Session 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Session 2, Venetian Masked Ball,
8-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Session 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Session 2, 8-11 p.m. The levels of competition for the open events are open bronze, open silver, open gold and open gold advanced. The dances fall under the umbrellas of American ballroom, international standard, American Rhythm and International Latin. For ticket information, call 954-6011775 or visit online at <www.grandnationalchampionship.com>. PUT A STOP TO HARASSING CALLS BY DEBT COLLECTORS The Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department and the Dade County Bar Association are hosting a special seminar to inform people of their right to end harassment by debt collectors on Friday, Oct. 30, at noon, on the second floor of the North Dade Justice Center, 15555 Biscayne Blvd. Miami-Dade Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias and attorney Scott D. Owens will discuss the nuts and bolts of debt collection. Lunch will be provided and served at 11:30 a.m. The registration fee for non-lawyers is $15; for members of the DCBA, $30, and lawyers who are not members of the DCBA, $35. Continuing legal education credit has been applied for attorneys. To register for the seminar, call 305375-4199.
13TH ANNUAL SAINT THERESA GOLF AT BILTMORE GOLF CLUB ON OCT. 30 The 13th Annual St. Theresa Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, Oct. 30, at Historic Comber Hall at the renovated Biltmore Golf Club, 2701 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. with the awards banquet at 6 p.m. The banquet will feature a sumptuous buffet sponsored by Sylvia’s Weddings of Distinction with a Bacardi open bar all night, a massive raffle and auction, the tournament awards ceremony and then the opportunity to dance. The cost to attend this event is $250 for individual players, which includes guests invited to the banquet; $1,000 for a foursome, which includes gift packages and advertising. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Checks can be made payable to St. Theresa School. For more information, contact Patsy Linares at 305-720-3533 or <email@example.com> and/or Grace UgarteRamos at 786-290-8467 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. TWO DAYS OF HALLOWEEN FUN AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Miami Children’s Museum will have not just one but two days of fun and exciting Halloween activities on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31, at its Watson Island location, 980 MacArthur Cswy. There will be a Halloween Scavenger
Hunt and the MCM Players will perform The Great Pumpkin. The Mad Science Lab will be cooking up some seriously Mad Experiments while the Cultural Connection area will show how different countries around the world celebrate fall and Halloween. On Saturday, Oct. 31, Halloween, of course there will be trick-or-treating. Admission is $15 for adults and children, $12 for Florida residents, free for children under 12 months and members are complimentary. For more information, contact the museum at 305-373KIDS (5437)or visit online at <www.miamichildrensmuseum.org>. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PRESENTS TOPIC ‘LIVING IN AN AGE OF EXCESS’ Parents of school-age children are invited to a community program, “Having Everytyhing, but Appreciating Nothing: Living in an Age of Excess,” on Thursday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Psychologist Gary Lancelotta, PhD, will review the kinds of messages parents give their children regarding money, material goods and wealth. He’ll discuss raising children while managing financial pressures, giving monetary allowances, gift giving and receiving, promoting a healthy appreciation for hard work and self-sufficiency and how to respond when children
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about sponsorship opportunities, contact Parent to Parent of Miami at 305-2719797 or visit online at <www.ptopmiami.org/journeyofdreams>. EDUCATE TOMORROW TO HOST ‘GREAT GATSBY’ GALA EVENT Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit providing one-on-one educational mentoring to youth transitioning out of foster care, will host its fifth annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 7 p.m. to midnight at a private bayfront estate located at 17575 Old Cutler Rd. Guests will enjoy live music, exceptional wine and food, and the company of Miami’s top executives and professionals. Leading the festivities as emcee will be Jim Berry, co-anchor of CBS4 This Morning. The cost of mentoring, life skills training and in-school support groups is approximately $2,000 per child for the first year, substantially less than the cost to society when a former foster child ends up homeless or incarcerated. Tickets and sponsorships purchased for the gala will directly benefit Educate Tomorrow. Individual tickets are on sale for $150; corporate sponsorships also are available and range from $250 to $10,000. Tickets can be purchased by visiting <www.educatetomorrow.org> or by calling 305-374-3751.
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BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NICU REUNION SET SATURDAY, NOV. 14 The annual reunion of the George Batchelor/Gloria Vasta Lewis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will take place lakeside at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr., on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Children and their parents will be treated to clowns, games, face painting, refreshments and more. The reunion is a celebration of life and health, and provides an opportunity for children and parents to visit with the physicians, nurses and support staff who cared for them. The annual event was established 17 years ago by hospital NICU nurses. For more information or reservations, call 786-596-2810. FASHION EVENT DEDICATED TO VISION, MEMORY OF EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi and the Firefighters of South Florida 2010 Calendar models will present the Fall Fashion Event supporting Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County on Friday, Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or
closely related developmental disabilities. The Miami-Dade chapter of this organization was founded in 1991 and now has more than 3,000 participants in 13 different sports. Families and athletes are not charged a fee to participate. You can follow the Miami-Dade chapter on twitter by signing on to <http://twitter.com/S Olympics Miami>. BAPTIST HOSPITAL’S BALL GOES ‘GREEN’ WITH ‘BACK TO BLACK’ Baptist Hospital’s 31st annual Ball will go “green” with the “Back to Black” theme on Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87 Ave., Miami. This year’s green movement of “casual black,” nothing new, “shop your closet” theme marks the second informal gala affair for Baptist Hospital. The evening will feature celebrity entertainer Michael Cerbelli as well as the physician-led band, “Ziffer 6.” Recycled from last year’s event, the band brought down the house with ’70s and ’80s rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Other highlights of the evening will include roaming performers, a sitdown dinner, dancing and raffle drawings. The price for a “Reclaim Table” is $10,000; a “Recycle Table” is $6,000. All tables seat 10 people. Individual tickets are available for $500 each. For more information, contact Lori Elsbree, Baptist Hospital Foundation, at 786-596-8954, or by email at <Lorie@baptisthealth.net>.
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Radio-controlled aircraft to fill South Dade skies BY NICK CAPONE Radio-control pilots from all over Florida will congregate on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 for two full days of the best giant-scale radio-control flying ever in Miami and to celebrate the Aero Modelers of Perrine (AMPS) 50th Anniversary. Watch World War II fighters fly in formation against enemy airplanes. Enjoy the beauty of extreme aerobatic planes doing impossible maneuvers over the runway. Be amazed with the incredible speed of jet-turbine powered models. See the precision of a scale helicopter in flight. The event, which is free to the public (a $2 per car parking donation is requested) will take place at the AMPS flying field located at 20100 SW 168 St. (2.4 miles west of Krome Avenue on SW 168th Street).
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Bankruptcy is a perfectly legitimate way to stop foreclosures and repossessions, put an end to lawsuits, protect paychecks from garnishments and regain control of your life. When filing for bankruptcy, it must be filed correctly in order to for it be successful. It is important to consult a bankruptcy attorney or debt relief lawyer in your area to ensure that you fully understand your options regarding bankruptcy and whether this is the best decision for your financial future. Personal bankruptcy is filed either as a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13: Chapter 7—Liquidation— wipes out most of your debts and in return, you may have to give up some of your property. If you are considering a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and you are behind in your mortgage, make certain that you first reach a loan modification/loan workout or refinance with your lender. In the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy there will not be a loan modification option of your existing mortgage and, therefore, if you stop paying your mortgage you could lose your home. Your homestead is exempt. However, it can be foreclosed on if you do not pay. Chapter 13–Reorganization— enables you to pay off all or a portion of your debts during a three to five year period, yet does not require you to give up any of your assets to pay creditors. As long as you keep making payments, creditors will not bother you for payment or continue the foreclosure against your property. In the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy you can save your house. The following is a list of facts
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Former Miami lawyer/author comes back for book fair BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD Mystery author Paul Levine is coming back to Miami, his home for 30 years, to take part in the Miami International Book Fair, Nov. 8-15. “It is in a large measure like coming home,” said the former resident of Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. “And I get a chance to see people I see so seldom any more. Even driving in from the airport, hmm, the skyline looks different. I do enjoy seeing how the place changes, a place that I know so well.” Levine, who now lives in Los Angeles, credits the book fair with helping change the perception of South Florida as a place that lacked culture. “The book fair at this point has such a national reputation,” he said. “With major authors and all the big publishing houses vying to go.” The first time Levine spoke at the book fair, he was promoting his first mystery series about Jake Lassiter, an exMiami dolphin, who went to night law school. “He’s a tough guy lawyer, not a brilliant lawyer. He leads with his chin. He does have a nose for justice. He broke a nose for justice,” Levine said. “He’s done it for justice, and he’s done in the courtroom and back as a football player, he took one in the face mask.” The first book in that series was called To Speak for the Dead. He’s celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Lassiter series with the reissue of the first book and the publication of a new Lassiter book, the first since 1997. The Lassiter books earned Levine the John D. McDonald Fiction Award. The first book was made into a TV movie. Levine is a graduate of Penn State University, where he majored in journalism, and the University of Miami Law School. He was a practicing attorney before getting into writing. He still has friends here so when he needs to check out locations and facts, he calls one of them. “I called Dave Barry the other day about the bridge over Brickell Avenue, whether that bridge is that still a draw bridge,” Levine said. “I gotta know, because (if you’re wrong) then you get letters. Reviewers love to find mistakes. I also come over and I revisit places where I’m setting scenes.” At the book fair, Levine will promote his latest book, Illegal, featuring Jimmy (Royal) Payne. Illegal was inspired by
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JOBC announces theme for Creative Writing Contest BY ROBERT HAMILTON The theme for the 22nd annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest is â€œWhat Makes a Family?â€? The contest is open to all eighth grade students in Miami-Dade County and students from public, private as well as home schooled are eligible to participate in this essay competition. Entries must be received by Nov. 4, and essays may be up to 500 words in length. Prizes are awarded to the three winning students and their teachers. The awards ceremony will take place at the monthly meeting of the South
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UM English Department chair to discuss Joyce short story BY MARILYN LUNA
The St. Patrick’s Day Committee’s Celtic Cultural Series presents Ivy Day in the Committee Room by James Joyce. Pat McCarthy, PhD, chair of the English Department at the University of Miami and co-editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement, will provide insights into the short story from the collection Dubliners. Joyce once considered this work one of the best stories he had written. The presentation will take place at 4 pm. Sunday, Nov. 1, in the Upstairs Room of JohnMartin’s Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Dr. McCarthy, who has taught at the University of Miami since 1976, teaches surveys of modern Irish literature as well as courses devoted to James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. His research focuses on Joyce, Beckett, and other modern writers who have considerable imaginative reach. All Celtic Cultural Series events are free and open to all. Ample parking is available on Miracle Mile and in the
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Kia has an urban passenger vehicle with ‘Soul’ Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR
LET’S TALK CARS The 2010 Kia Soul is an all-new offering from the Korean automaker that certainly stands out from the crowd. With boxy styling and unique design elements, the Soul is aimed at the young and the young at heart. No question that the front-wheeldrive Soul is different, right down to its all-new platform. It has a high roofline and a low, wide stance, with an overall length of 161.6 inches, a width of 70.3 inches and a height of 63.4 inches. It has a unique angled window line, along with a rounded nose and large flared back headlights. The beltline rises from the front wheel arch to create a wedge shape and continues under and around the rear side window. The back is dominated by the vertical rear combination lights set into the body color panel, with
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Gemini - You will find yourself in the middle
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of a busy and exciting social-chat-fun week when the phone rings and someone from the office threatens to spoil everything. Turn the tables on them and invite them to join you instead. A little social bonding may make you more effective in the workplace.
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Leo - You could stumble across an ideal solution to a loved one's home or residency problems this week. The money that you need will free up, an offer will be made to help, or a solution will be found in some kind of shared accommodations that brings down the costs.
Virgo - You may be spending a lot of time on the phone sharing good news and juicy gossip this week. A sibling or close friend has some interesting news about their love life that they want to share, and may come to you for your advice. "You only live once" is all you need to say.
Capricorn - Friends and companions will be calling and emailing you with exciting news this week. You may be getting news of someone's good grades, acceptance into college, or a change of housing or residence that sets them up for much more secure living conditions.
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If your homeowners or condominium association attorney is taking their legal fees and costs out of your assessments they are collecting (or only collecting the assessments due to the association and then billing the association without collecting such fees and costs on top of the association assessments), then you may want to consider finding a new attorney. Florida Statutes and most association governing documents protect an attorney’s right to collect his or her legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments due to the association. Therefore, if the attorney only collects the assessment amount for the association and then separately bills the association for their legal fees (which fees, in some cases, may be more than the actual assessments collected) then, in essence, the attorney has taken their fees out of the association’s money instead of taking advantage of the association’s legal right to collect all of its legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments. Additionally, some attorneys either bill their association clients up front or at some other stage of the collection matter instead of deferring such legal fees until the matter is successfully concluded and the association also receives its money. While smaller practitioners may need to bill their clients up front or along the way in order to cover overhead expenses and other financial needs, the irony is that most associations in this market cannot afford to pay any legal fees (which is why they need a good collection attorney in the first place) and therefore should consider finding an attorney who agrees to defer all of their legal fees until such legal fees are fully collected from the debtor or the lender. Additionally, having to pay legal fees up front or along the way is actually a deterrent to many associations from even pursuing advisable legal remedies such as filing their own association foreclosures against delinquent owners (instead of just waiting for the lenders to come through) because the legal fees are cost prohibitive.
Some naïve attorneys also allow lenders’ counsel to convince them that the statutory cap for a qualified first mortgagee (who completes a foreclosure against its borrower) also includes a cap on the association’s legal fees and costs. It does not. Such statutory caps, if applicable, only apply to “assessments” and, as such, the legal fees and costs are all recoverable in addition to the capped amount of assessments due from the prior owner. If the Florida Legislature had intended to cap legal fees and costs for qualified first mortgage holders, it would have stated so in the applicable statute. Practically speaking, this also could not have been the intent because the legal fees and costs are typically more than the statutory cap in the first place, which would mean that if the legal fees were capped, the association would not only typically get nothing (because the fees would be greater than the assessments due), but would possibly leave the association upside down owing an additional balance to the attorney, in which case no association would be able to hire an attorney for such purpose. Ben Solomon, Esq. is a partner and co-founder of Association Law Group, P.L. (ALG) and practices in the areas of developer representation and association representation. www.AssociationLawGroup.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
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