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Latin jazz stars shine at MDC Kendall festivities A

BY SUE ARROWSMITH

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rturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Albita, Roberto Perera, and Ed Calle were among some of the world’s top Latin jazz musicians performing at the third annual Latin Jazz Festival at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall campus on Nov. 20. The mix of sounds — jazz, son, rumba, salsa, and funk — drifted over the crowd of music lovers who swarmed the campus’ Fred Shaw Plaza for the sold-out concert, which was free with a ticket, and danced in the aisles. The concert is the flagship event of the campus’ annual Fall Fest celebration, also featuring the Carnival for Kids of All Ages and Kendall Campus Golf Classic, which helped raise more than $10,000 for scholarships. It was created after the campus leadership and music faculty met with renowned Latin jazz singers a few years ago. In addition to the concert, their collaboration also gave rise to the Latin Jazz Institute at the Kendall Campus where these same acclaimed musicians offer classes to the community not available anywhere else. Other renowned performers — including Richard Bravo, Negroni’s Trio,

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PALO!, Paquito Hechavarria, Cheito Quiñones, Los Herederos, Sammy Figueroa, Edwin Bonilla, and MDC’s talented music students — also brought audience members to their feet.

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Walker: Creativity, not cost, should guide holiday decor D

BY RICHARD YAGER

JANE WALKER

ecorating for the holiday can add cheer without breaking today’s tight budgets. “You don’t need a snowy Currier and Ives landscape to create a festive feeling,” advised decorator Jane Walker who creates seasonal touches for the home without unusual expense. Her secrets? “Just for starters, think of decor in things you consume, like lemons, limes and oranges, the ‘flowers of your kitchen,’” she said. “Fill them into clear glass vessels in colorful combinations and they’ll pep up an oth-

erwise gray corner. “Set out your olive oil and wine bottles in front of a favorite wooden bowl to create an artistic still life for a dining room and remind you and yours of wonderful holiday meals to enjoy with family and friends,” she added. Originally from Massachusetts, Walker grew up enjoying family ski trips but now selects tropical flora from her West Kendall yard to fashion artistic holiday landscapes. For example: “Palm fronds and banana leaves are wonderful table toppers,” she said. “Remember that white flowers like bougainvillea work beautifully for a last minute touch of elegance. “The eye loses color as the environment

darkens but white is easy to see, and it reflects light,” Walker explained. “That’s why it works so well for a romantic candlelit dinner.” On a budget, she chose frosted tree branches to provide a sparkling background for an Elks Lodge “Winter’s Tale” Charity Ball in November. She once cut “hundreds of white paper doves and hung them from clear fishing lines for the Ronald McDonald House at Jackson Memorial Hospital. “When the doors opened, the birds ‘took ––––––––––––––––––––– See

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As the subject crossed the threshold of the door, he forcibly pulled the pickaxe The Miami-Dade Police Department away from his son, while yelling, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m has announced that Hammocks District going to kill you!â&#x20AC;? The subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son ran Officer Anthony Pando was awarded the away as the subject raised the pickaxe departmental Silver Medal of Valor and over his head and held it in a threatenLifesaving Award and selected ing manner. Ignoring the officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Distinguished Officer of commands â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the Month for October. English and Spanish â&#x20AC;&#x201D; On July 16, Officer to drop the weapon, Pando and Officers the subject charged Elba Masferrer and toward the woman, Idania Felipe respondholding the pick axe ed to 13802 SW 27 Terr. over his head and regarding a violent screaming in Spanish, domestic dispute. As â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to kill you!â&#x20AC;? they approached, they Officer Pando heard a woman screamassessed the situation ing and the sounds of a and determined that struggle. As Officers the victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life was in Masferrer and Felipe imminent danger. He took tactical positions, also realized that there Officer Pando knocked was additional danger on the front door because of a cross-fire repeatedly and Officer Anthony Pando position. Re-holstering announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; his firearm, Officer Dade Police. Open the Pando activated the laser of his door.â&#x20AC;? Officer Pando then took a tactical Electronic Control Device (ECD) and position by the corner of the residence deployed it at the subject. Trying to as continued sounds of a struggle could overpower the effects of the ECD, the be heard. Suddenly, the front door subject walked an additional five steps opened and a woman ran out of the res- toward the woman before falling to the idence, bleeding and screaming in ground and dropping the pickaxe. Officers Felipe and Masferrer handSpanish, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to kill me; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuffed the subject, who was charged with going to kill me!â&#x20AC;? The victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s minor daughter also aggravated battery, aggravated assault, emerged hysterical and screaming. false imprisonment, child abuse, and culArmed with a large pickaxe, the subject tivation of marijuana. He also had a fugicharged out of the residence repeatedly tive warrant for trafficking in cocaine. Officers Masferrer and Felipe yelling in Spanish, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to kill you,â&#x20AC;? as his son attempted to stop him received Bronze Medals of Valor, as well by holding onto the top of the pickaxe. as the Lifesaving Award.

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WALKER, from page 1 ––––––––– flight’ and it was really quite beautiful,” she added. What is a decor specialist’s most effective tip? “Take one or two elements and use them abundantly,” she urged. “For example, a cluster of evergreen trees in graduated sizes can make a charming forest in the corner of a room. Just add a few white lights for extra drama. “The ‘abundant’ theory holds for overload of white roses or candles to set the right mood, as well,” she noted. “Rethink gift-

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wrapping, too, by using white butcher and brown packing papers that ‘work’ throughout the year, next time you’re out buying ribbon and adornments for the holidays. “Raffia and plain twine add an old-fashioned look while twigs, leaves and berry clusters from your yard will enhance special present,” she said. “Herbs like rosemary are perfect for a kitchen gift. Stimulate all the senses when conceiving holiday decor. “Think how things smell, taste, sound and feel, and if you don’t have treasures to give, give of your time to a family member or friend,” she concluded. “It’s the most precious gift of all to those we love.”


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First Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market is on Dec. 13

Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the idea of a Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, in fact, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see the shopping center proposed to fill-in over on 137th Avenue with a Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market space where they are taking out our vegetable stands and strawberry picking area.â&#x20AC;? So says West Kendallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martha Backer who applauds a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Made in Miami-Dade Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a project of Commissioner Joe Martinez. The first for that area of Kendall is scheduled at Wild Lime Park, Sunday, December 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon with Subsequent 2010 market dates on the second Sunday of each month set for January 10, February 21, March 14 and April 11. For details, go to the Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site page at www.miamidade.gov/district 11, if your computer is up to following linkages that often sputter out whenever we try tapping in a lot of those government

codes. A registration form is included although Tuesday, December 1, is the deadline given for the December 13 market date. To find out who may show goods and services, you can contact the Commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant, Jessica Noriega, at jmn@miamidade.gov or call 305-5521155. Certainly the project is long overdue for Kendall and we agree with Martha that replacement of vegetable and flower fields needs to blossom forth with more markets in other areas, as well! C u r v i n g a rc of SW 142nd Avenue in West Kendall woods confirmed as a pedestrian hazard by former Hammocks Commander Oscar Vigoa, now an Assistant Police Director for MDPD. At a recent Citizens Advisory Committee meeting, he noted â&#x20AC;&#x153;crossing that street at night is the most dangerous of any in this area. I know, because the wife and I often take walks there.â&#x20AC;? Vigoa said pedestrian hit-and-runs regrettably have been on the upswing in Miami-Dade, urging added caution by holiday drivers, particularly in shopping centers and streets poorly lit at night. K i ng s M e a dow P a rk that adjoins the

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south side of Hammocks Police District Station on SW 142nd Avenue now has a small but helpful parking lot just north of SW 97th Terrace, thanks to Commissioner Martinez, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re informed. Without curbside spaces, folks in vehicles parked across the street in a neighborhood shopping center, crossing the parkway, a prime example of the pedestrian hazards that create hit-and-run tragedies. Do your bit to help the Charlee organization, by attending West Kendall Business Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holiday Celebration,â&#x20AC;? from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Terraceâ&#x20AC;? at Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122nd Avenue. Tickets ($10 at the door) include complimentary wine, food, and live music with a cash bar for those in need, all to benefit the not-for-profit that helps care for abandoned foster care children, now doubled in numbers to 800 to 1000 in Miami-Dade County since privatization of the child welfare system in 2005. You can RSVP or get details at 306-2389966. S o r ry, MDX, but we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep up with all of those ramp closings and detours on â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Shulaâ&#x20AC;? that get messaged to our office



on a daily basis, all because of the rebuilding of the SW 104th Street bridge over SR 874 which currently is in high gear with heavy equipment, detour barrels and temporary barricades creating a slalom-like course for motorists. Our advice: use SW 97th Avenue, east of the Shula for northsouth access. J u s t a r e m i n d e r : Kendall Citizens Advisory Committee scheduled to make up its November meeting with a combined November-December session at Kendall District Police HQ, 7707 SW 117th Avenue, at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 9. For the meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda, contact the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s non-emergency number at 305-279-6929. T h ou g ht f o r t he D ay: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Aristotle

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Commissioner Souto is tired of backroom, secret deals R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto is tired of commissioners and administrators meeting behind closed doors and making deals that should be made in front of the public. Souto is proposing an ordinance that simply would require all meetings between individual commissioners, or groups of commissioners, and county staff be held in the sunshine — open to the public. If a commissioner wants to meet with the county manager or his staff the proposed meeting must be noticed in the press in order that public can attend and learn what is being negotiated. For years I have felt that individual commissioners meet with high ranking staffers and cut deals that will guarantee

the appropriate commissioner’s vote on issues sensitive to management. Not only will it make public the agreements between the individual commissioner and staff but will permit all commissioners to share in the same knowledge thus eliminating “back room” deals that might benefit one commissioner’s constituents at expense of the balance of the county. Michael Lewis, publisher and editor of Miami Today, editorialized on Nov. 19, as an example of such a series of meetings between individual commissioners and the county manager that took place before the final vote on the Marlins Stadium. Who knows what deals were offered the individual commissioner in exchange for a favorable vote. Florida’s “Sunshine Law,” one of the best pieces of legislation to come down from Tallahassee, does not apply currently to elected officials and administrative staff. The law only applies between elected officials. While meeting between commissions and staff are not a violation of the law, it does violate the “spirit” of

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manager’s staff. My hat is off to Commissioner Souto. His proposal is appropriate and much needed. It looks like Commissioner Carlos Gimenez is stepping up and asking Souto’s permission to co-sponsor the ordinance. That’s two votes. How many more commissioners will come on board? Those that do support the legislation should be congratulated by the voters of Miami-Dade. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Despite bad unemployment news investors still pushing envelope

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Despite continuing bad news about growing unemployment, investors are still slowly pushing the envelope. There’s growing evidence that retail improvement is coming from the auto sector, initially boosted by the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Business is improving for General Motors in particular. Despite losing $1.2 billion dollars from their post bankruptcy, they are doing better than expected. Starting soon, the company plans to pay back the first $1.2 billion of their federal bailout. Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke’s recent forecast anticipates slow growth for the United States economy through the first half of 2010. He also expects low interest rates to remain a key part of the Federal Reserves recovery plan. The commodities markets are seeing solid gains. Gold is setting new record highs almost daily. Investment and retirement accounts are looking better than in previous months. Still, the overall economy is in its early stages of recovery and it may remain fragile for some time. The Federal Reserve Board reported that the overall United States industrial production grew by 0.1 percent in October. That’s the lowest gain reported over the past three months. With home sales still depressed, home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes are reporting deepening third quarter losses. Home Depot just upgraded its latest fourth quarter forecasts on recent signs of an improving economy. While interest rates are at record lows, overall consumer prices are growing. According to the Bureau of Labor

Statistics, there has been a growth of approximately 0.3 percent. Why the sudden hike? Blame October’s rising wholesale oil prices that are pushing retail gas prices up by about 1.9 percent, and causing food prices to increase. Vegetables are up by 24 percent and fresh fruit is up 7 percent. Looking for bargains during the holiday cooking season? Baked goods have been lowered by about 0.5 percent, beef 2.7 percent, and pork 1 percent. Unfortunately, turkey went up about 3 percent from last October. Still, the overall Thanksgiving dinner prices are lower than last year. As supermarkets cut Thanksgiving prices to lure back customers, expect to see turkey for as low as 49 cents a pound, or even cheaper. President Barrack Obama now is openly discussing how the deepening federal deficit, low interest rates and a weak dollar could team up to cause a so-called, “Double-Dipper” recession next year. However, the President seems convinced that it will not happen. He is reluctant to expand the federal deficit any further through additional “Economic Stimulus Spending.” Why the sudden concern about another possible economic downturn? Growing unemployment is keeping consumers away from the checkout counters. Personal spending remains flat as families struggle to stay in their homes. For the first time since the summer, residential construction has fallen. Though record low interest rates and expanded tax credits are available for homebuyers, new mortgage applications are dropping. Yet, there is still a lot of pent-up demand to put more money into the markets. It’s a popular option for investors who are worried about a possible “Double-Dipper” recession next year, after seeing the current mixed signals on the direction of the economy. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/4yourmoney>.

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In 2008, the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS) conducted a study measuring the development of emergent literacy skills in children ages 0 to 5. The results of Miami-Dade County’s screening revealed that 31.1 percent of the students were considered as moderate to high risk in the area of Alphabet Recognition, 40.7 percent as moderate/high risk in the area of Sound Recognition (phonics), and 14.1 percent were identified as not being classroom ready. In an effort to aid in the development of early literacy skills among children, ages 0 to 5, the Miami-Dade Public Library System has launched Reading Ready, a program aimed at parents, families and caregivers. Families and caregivers joined staff at all 48 libraries throughout the system on Monday, Nov. 16, for a simultaneous launch, and a special celebration at the International Mall Branch, where parents and children had the chance to explore the new early literacy center, a model for future centers in branches throughout the system. The early literacy center offers

materials and an interactive play area that engages adults and children in the six early literacy skills that are needed for learning to read. At each branch, staff shared resources and demonstrated ways in which parents and caregivers can teach the skills at home using the appropriate books, DVD’s, CDs, crafts, finger plays and nursery rhymes. “The library system is committed to meeting the informational, educational, and recreational needs of the community and we’re pleased to offer this new program,” said library director Raymond Santiago. “We encourage all families to take advantage of it.” Judy Oh, a frequent visitor to the International Mall Branch, along with daughter Jennifer, 22 months, joined other families for the storytime. “This new program adds an exciting component to the storytime that was being offered by the library before,” Oh said. “I really like the finger plays and the online resources.” For additional details on Reading Ready visit online at <www.mdpls.org>; call 305375-BOOK (2665), or visit any branch of the library system.

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Today, 20 per cent of the American Jewish population over 65 must deal with the effects of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or some other age-related vision problem. A recent study by the National Eye Institute found that more than 4.6 million Americans over age 40 currently are visually impaired. The study reports that these numbers are expected to double over the next 30 years as the Baby Boom generation ages. JBI, founded nearly 80 years ago as the Jewish Braille Institute, is an essential resource for the burgeoning population of older adults faced with agerelated vision diseases. The physically disabled who find it difficult to hold a book, including those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, stroke or crippling arthritis, also utilize JBI’s materials. Talking books and large print materials can restore the lifelong pleasure of “reading” and enable users to stay connected to their communities. With a growing library of 13,000 talking books and several thousand large print and Braille materials — all of which are free to those in need — the JBI Library is the largest collection of Jewish interest materials (very broadly

defined) in the world. The Talking Book collection includes fiction, history, biographies, short stories, humor, mysteries, psychology and self-help, memoirs, cookbooks, Jewish studies and more. JBI users may subscribe to a variety of magazines such as Hadassah and Commentary. A wide range of liturgical materials — including English and Hebrew Tanachim, Siddurim, and Haggadot of all denominations, as well as Biblical commentaries — also are available. The JBI Library can honor special requests from students. JBI enriches the lives of more than 35,000 children, adults and seniors in over 30 countries and in several languages — English, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Romanian and Polish. For more information or to enroll in the service contact Phyllis Levy, outreach coordinator, at 305-271-9000, ext. 243, or by email at <plevy@jbilibrary.org>. The website for JBI is <www.jbilibrary.org>. JBI offers a monthly audio book club at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC on the Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus, 11155 SW 112 Ave. Building 5 Room 510 in the Berrin Family Library. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and is free and open to all. For details, contact Phyllis Levy.

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BY RONNIE MORO The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Ford Motor Company is the first ever title sponsor for the Great Taste of the Grove. In its 20th edition, the free annual two-day culinary and music festival offers guests an incredible opportunity to experience the Grove’s finest dining establishments, a stellar lineup of live entertainment by well-known local artists, a Kids Zone and much more. Kicking off the 2010 festival season, the official Ford Motor Company’s Great Taste of the Grove will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, at Peacock Park. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Ford as the first-ever title sponsor of the Great Taste of the Grove,” said Monty Trainer, co-chair of this year’s event. “This landmark deal led by [Miami] Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is a testament to the growth of the Great Taste of the Grove over the past 20 years and its increasing viability

as an innovative marketing platform for brands looking to reach and connect with key demographics.” Ford Motor Company is participating in the 2010 The Great Taste of the Grove via “Operation Goodwill,” which works within the community to foster volunteerism, education, automotive safety, and enriching the lives of the less fortunate. During the two-day festival, several new vehicles will be onsite displaying Ford’s commitment to safety, innovation, and technology. For additional company and product information, please visit online at <www.ford.com>. Event hours are Saturday, Jan. 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission to the festival is complimentary and food tickets will be on sale at the event ranging from $1 to $8. For information on the Ford Motor Company’s Great Taste of the Grove, contact Heather Bettner at <heather@princemediadevelopment.com>, or visit <www.thegreattasteofthegrove.com>.


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Temple Beth Am to host ‘Hanukkah in the Park’ BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Temple Beth Am invites the community to celebrate Hanukkah at “Hanukkah in the Park,” a casual and family friendly afternoon, on Saturday, Dec. 12, 4-6 p.m., at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 St. in Palmetto Bay. If you are not presently a member of a temple or would like to learn more about Temple Beth Am, join in for this special Hanukkah celebration and Havdalah service officiated by Rabbi Rachel Greengrass and Cantor Lisa Segal. This event is free and open to the community. To attend you must register on the congregation’s website at <www.tbam.org>. The schedule for the evening’s activities is as follows: 4 p.m., picnic in the park, jelly donuts, fun activities for children, Hanukkah music; 5 p.m., Live Hanukkah music with Cantor Lisa Segal; 5:30 p.m., Rabbi Greengrass and Cantor Segal will conduct a special Havdalah

service and then light the Hanukkah menorah. Patrons are encouraged to dress comfortably, picnic style. Open seating is available in the gazebo area of the beautiful Coral Reef Park. Bring your own food, beverages, blankets and chairs. Temple Beth Am first began holding outdoor services in the community in September with the very well received, “Rosh haShanah Under the Stars” service at Pinecrest Gardens, which drew more than 300 people. In October the temple held a “Shabbat Under the Stars” service in the new open courtyard space on campus with nearly 200 people in attendance. Hanukkah in the Park will be the third event in the series. For more information contact Rita Diaz at 305-667-6667, ext. 107, or via email at <rdiaz@tbam.org>. Temple Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Dr., is a reform congregation serving the south Miami-Dade community for over 50 years.

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FIU School of Music presents University Brass Choir concert Enjoy an evening of chamber music with various groups comprised of students from the FIU School of Music performing as the University Brass Choir on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the university’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 10910 SW 17 St. The choir, directed by James Hacker, will perform music from the Renaissance as well as holiday favorites. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 305-348-0496 or visit <http://carta.fiu.edu>. SILVER PALM UMC SCHEDULES CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, DEC. 5 The annual Christmas Bazaar hosted by Silver Palm United Methodist Church will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the church Fellowship Hall and on the lawn at 15855 SW 248 St., adjacent to the Miami-Dade Public Schools bus parking lot next to Redland Middle School and across the street from the Knauss Berry Farm. Handmade crafts, local produce, nuts, plants, Aunt Lydia’s Attic and a scoop lunch will all be available at this annual event. Make it a day; come to the bazaar, have a great, homemade lunch and then visit the Knauss Berry Farm for dessert and freshly

baked goods. For more information, contact Bob Jensen at 305-248-0976. WINN-DIXIE TO UNVEIL NEWLY REMODELED S. DADE STORE Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., invites shoppers to experience “A Taste of the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Store No. 388, 18300 SW 137 Ave., to celebrate the grand reopening of this Miami store. Among the treats that will be available to shoppers at this free event are wine and cheese sampling, a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, live entertainment provided by La Kalle, raffles, giveaways and more. Heineken also will be cooking a paella for shoppers to sample. Children’s activities include face painting and balloon art. ANIMAL SERVICES CELEBRATES HOLIDAYS WITH PET ADOPTION Miami-Dade County Animal Services invites the pubic to celebrate “Home for Every Holiday,” a pet adoption event, on Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Animal Services Shelter, located at 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley. This pet adoption party will give Miami residents the opportunity to adopt dogs and

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whom have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned. Without help from the community, many of these children would go without gifts. For information on the Holiday Toy Drive 2009, contact Alexandra Gomez at 305-7556500, ext. 458, or send email to her at <Alexandra.Gomez@chsfl.org>. FREE MOVIE DATE WITH SANTA AT DOLPHIN MALL Dolphin Mall invites guests to watch a movie with Santa Claus if they first capture their holiday photo memories at Dolphin Mall’s Holiday Photo Center. After getting their picture taken with Santa at the center, guests will receive an exclusive invitation to a private movie screening of The Polar Express movie with Santa on Dec. 12, 10 a.m., at the Cobb Dolphin 19 Cinemas. The offer is available through Dec. 6. The invitation includes the following: One

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acknowledge the pain and sadness tragedies bring to anyone at anytime, including the Christmas season. Sunset Congregational Church invites anyone in the Greater Miami community that would like to participate in this service to attend. For information, call 305-596-0778. BEAUX ARTS FESTIVAL OF ART TO TAKE PLACE ON JAN. 9-10 The 59th Annual Beaux Arts Festival of Art, Miami’s oldest juried fine arts show, will be on display on the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr., on the University of Miami campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Recognized as one of the top-rated outdoor exhibits of museum-quality fine art, the festival attracts more than 100,000 annually to the grounds of the Lowe Art Museum. The festival’s popular Art Park offers craft projects for kids ages 5 to 12. Also, the Student Artist Showcase displays works created by Miami-Dade middle and high school student artists. This event is free for all attendees. The cost of the Art Park is $10 per hour, per child. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Lowe Art Museum.


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Line Drive Performance trains winning athletes BY PAT FULTON Just an A-Rod home run from S. Dixie Highway (US1) is a place where children of all ages — and adults, too — can hit baseballs (or softballs) and test their indoor speed and agility. Line Drive Performance is the creation of Gator Rebhan, a Miami native whose life in baseball started at age 6. Today he is the running coach and head coach for South Florida’s largest girls fast-pitch travel softball program. What could have been a warehouse has been transformed into a comfortable, airconditioned facility for baseball and softball training, where parents can watch the workouts and the personal training for general fitness and competitive sports. In the batting cages, one token purchases 18 automated pitches. Private batting, pitching, and catching lessons for baseball and softball are available for all ages. Rebhan won All-County honors for baseball at Killian High School. He went on to play baseball for Miami-Dade College and University of New Orleans. As baseball coach at Palmetto Senior High, he combined with Booster Club president Ron Nentwig in 2004 to

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Author’s novel captures final days of World War II BY PAGE SIMON

This November, Jeff Shaara returned with No Less Than Victory (Ballantine Books), the magisterial conclusion of his acclaimed, New York Times bestselling World War II trilogy. In No Less Than Victory, Shaara, whose books have been hailed as “paeans to the American fighting man” by the Los Angeles Times, vividly portrays the European war’s unforgettable and harrowing final act, from the Battle of the Bulge to Germany’s unconditional surrender. After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat. In mid-December 1944, the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans who stand in their way. Through the frigid snows of the mountainous terrain, German tanks and infantry struggle to realize Hitler’s goal: divide the Allied armies and capture the vital port at Antwerp. The attack succeeds in opening up a wide gap in the American lines, and for days chaos reigns in the Allied command. Thus begins the Battle of the Bulge, the their enemy, and through the last gasp by Hitler’s forces eyes of Germany’s old soldier, that becomes a horrific slugGerd von Rundstedt, and ging match, some of the most Hitler’s golden boy, Albert brutal fighting of the war. Speer, Jeff Shaara carries the As American commanders reader on a journey that defines respond to the stunning chalthe spirit of the soldier and the lenge, the German spear is horror of a madman’s dreams. finally blunted. Though some No Less Than Victory furin the Nazi inner circle conther solidifies Shaara’s reputatinue the fight to secure tion as this era’s most accomGermany’s postwar future, plished author of historical the Fuhrer makes it clear that military fiction. he is fighting to the end. Jeff Shaara Jeff Shaara is the New York He will spare nothing — ––––––––––––––– Times bestselling author of The not even German lives — to preserve his twisted vision of a “Thousand Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Year Reich.” But in May 1945, the German Man, The Glorious Cause, and others, as army collapses, and with Russian troops well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure — two novels that comclosing in, Hitler commits suicide. As the Americans sweep through the plete the Civil War trilogy that began German countryside, they unexpectedly with his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning encounter the worst of Hitler’s crimes, the classic The Killer Angels. He also is the concentration camps, and young GIs find author of the nonfiction book Jeff themselves absorbing firsthand the horrors Shaara’s Civil War Battlefields. He lives in Sarasota. of the Holocaust. Shaara will be speaking and signing his Presenting his riveting account through the eyes of Eisenhower and Patton and the book on Dec, 3, 8 p.m., at Book and Books young GIs who struggle face-to-face with in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave.

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Self-Representation in a Criminal Case There are many reasons why some defendants may wish to represent themselves in a criminal trial. Although it is usually wise to get a defense lawyer, sometimes it's not necessary. The key to deciding if you need a lawyer is to look at the punishment you'll face if convicted. The harsher the potential punishment, the more important it is that you are represented by counsel. Why Some Defendants Want to Represent Themselves Defendants may choose to represent themselves for a variety of reasons: • Some defendants can afford to hire a lawyer, but don't do so because they think the likely punishment is not severe enough to justify the expense. • Some defendants may plan to plead guilty to an offense whose sentence never varies, and they realize that hiring a lawyer will do them little good. • Some defendants believe (often mistakenly) that an attorney who represented them previously was not competent, and might do just as well on their own. • Some defendants believe that lawyers are part of an oppressive system and seek to make a political statement by representing themselves. • Some defendants who are in jail awaiting trial can gain privileges through self-representation, such as access to the jail's law library. Self-represented defendants are • not bound by lawyers' ethical codes. This means that a defendant who represents himself can delay proceedings and sometimes wreak havoc on an already overloaded system by repeatedly filing motions. However, this approach is not recommended because it often backfires. Choosing to Represent Yourself While it's not usually a good idea for a criminal defendant to represent himor herself, it may make sense in some situations. The most obvious rule is that the less severe the charged crime, the safer it is for a defendant to self-represent. For example, defendants charged with minor traffic offenses or shoplifting may get by without hiring an attorney, while defendants charged with violent offenses or felonies should rarely be without one. Some crimes have sentences that appear relatively minor, but the conviction may have serious repercussions later. For example, convictions for some vehicular offenses may result in increased insurance rates. Or, if the defendant reoffends, the sentence for the second conviction may be

much more severe than the first offense. So before deciding whether to hire an attorney, defendants should try to learn what the punishment is likely to be if they are convicted, both immediately and in the future (if the defendant is arrested or convicted for a similar crime), and whether there are collateral consequences, such as insurance rate hikes. Find Out the Likely Punishment It can be difficult to learn about common sentencing practices. Typical sentences aren't usually listed in statutes or court rules. (Sentencing in federal court is a big exception, though judges aren't bound by those guidelines.) However, some states do have what are called determinate sentencing laws. These laws provide specific sentences (or a range of sentences) for each crime. Other states have indeterminate sentencing laws, which allow the judge to sentence an offender for a period of time between a minimum sentence and a maximum sentence. If a defendant wants to find out what the punishment is likely to be if convicted, the defendant might take the following steps: • Pay a private defense attorney who handles cases in that court for an hour of consultation. An experienced defense attorney can often make accurate predictions as to likely punishment. • Ask a relative or close friend who is an attorney for informal, unpaid advice. • Talk to an attorney from the public defender's office. Representing Yourself at the Arraignment In most criminal courts, the arraignment is where the defendant first appears before a judge and enters a plea of guilty or not guilty to the offense charged. Assuming the defendant plans to enter a plea of not guilty, which almost every defendant does at this early stage, the court will then: • Set a date for the next procedural event in the case • Consider any bail requests the defendant or the prosecutor makes (usually if the defendant is at liberty -- not in jail -- at the arraignment, the defendant will continue at liberty without a change in bail status) • Appoint a lawyer for the defendant upon the defendant's request and a showing of eligibility, and Most people can handle an arraignment without a lawyer. However, if the defendant can get the court to appoint a lawyer for him or her without having to delay the arraignment, or the defendant is able to arrange for private representation before the arraignment, having a lawyer at this stage is always better. Jonathan Blecher is a former state prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney with offices in the Downtown Dadeland area. He has 27 years of criminal law experience. Visit his website at duilawdefense.com or contact his office at 305.670.1800.


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Experience the difference at FLEMING’S RESTAURANT - STILL TRADITIONAL WITH NEW UPDATED STYLE By Julianne Power – Independent Restaurant Critic If you have not been to Fleming’s lately its time to come in and see the classy, warm ambiance that reflects the new and also keeping to their traditional quality service and one-of-a-kind dining experience. After experiencing a facelift from Chef Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares), one thing is hard to change and that is the exceptional food that Fleming’s is noted for. Subsequent to a brief change in menu, upon ordering any entrée they have brought back the crudités (fresh veggie plate with outstanding dipping sauce), soup de jour and traditional Caesar salad that comes with all meals. They have also brought back their famed dessert display with a wonderful selection of such traditional tasty treats as the apple walnut pie, marzipan, napoleon and more for us to indulge. Chef Orlando Casanova has also added his offerings to the variety of dinners with scrumptious tastes and presentation and daily specials. Fleming has a complete and well priced wine list to compliment any occasion or meal. There is also a full liquor bar where there friendly bartender can make anything from a classic cocktail to one of their specialty drinks. I visited Fleming’s for dinner with a friend recently so I could personally see what changes and non-changes had been made. As we entered the establishment we were greeted by Owners Andy Hall and wife Suzanne Thomas-Hall, who obviously after owning the establishment for the last 8 years, have created a restaurant to reflect their vision without compromising the integrity of Fleming’s tradition. You are sure to meet one or both of them during any of your visits to their restaurant, as they are its heart and soul. Noticing the rich browns and “Bird’s in Flight” theme as the new décor, we were instantly relaxed. As we sat at our table, a menu, wine list and a sheet with their weekly specials was presented. We picked the right night! On Wednesday’s the special was half priced bottles of wine (ALL WINES!). As water was poured and a crudités was given, our server immediately came to our table and asked what we would like to drink. I am not one to necessarily match my wine to my meal since I am a Merlot type of gal, I spotted a Bogle Merlot and ordered the bottle (for half price!). While our server pre-

sented and poured the Merlot, we reviewed the menu. They also have small plate specials on Wednesday’s which is an extension of their existing list of appetizers. We ordered a Steak Blue and a Blackened Mahi. We enjoyed our wine while waiting for the appetizers which came in a short time and looked delicious. The Steak Blue was steak medallions served in a marvelous blue cheese sauce and the Blackened Mahi presentation was great and served with a dipping sauce. Next we ordered our entrees. I ordered the Lamb Chop’s medium and substituted a Wedge salad for an additional $3.00 forgoing the Caesar. My friend ordered their Roasted Duck. After taking our orders we were given a bread basket and a cup of the soup de jour, which on this day was corn chowder. The soup was hot and mouth-watering filled with diced potato and corn. As our server cleared the empty soup bowls we were then presented with a traditional Caesar salad and my Wedge salad. The salads were served fresh and very tasty. Now we were in anticipation for the main courses. My Lamb Chop was cooked to perfection served with a mint chimichurri, sundried tomatoes atop couscous. My friend received her duck and was taken aback by how big the portion was. The half of duck was served with apples, prunes roasted potato and a traditional red cabbage that tasted perfect. By this time we were certainly filled and satisfied. But wait! Now it was time for coffee and dessert! We were directed to Fleming’s Dessert display to see if we could fit another bite. They had a selection of approximately eight desserts that I was told changes daily. Hmmmmm, there it was, a chocolate cake lover’s dream……Chocolate Mousse Cake. My friend and I decided to make room and share this dessert with coffee. YUMMY! As we finished our dining experience, we were presented with a check and could not believe the amount of food and drink we received for the price. Fleming’s has been a best-kept secret in the neighborhood of Pinecrest for 25 years offering its patrons “the best bang for your buck” while keeping a “fine-dining” experience. Fleming’s is located on the East side of US-1 in a quaint, quiet strip of businesses behind the Home Depot and Office Max on SW 136th street.

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Buffalo Wild Wings opens location in Dolphin Mall

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BY SETH DE KANTER Buffalo Wild Wings, winner of scores of best wings and best sports bar awards, has opened its newest location in Miami at the Dolphin Mall. Buffalo Wild Wings is the destination for wing fanatics and sports fans alike and continues to prove to its guests again and again that “You Have to Be Here” to experience the food, the sports and the fun, energetic atmosphere. The Dolphin Mall Buffalo Wild Wings features 15 big screens and wallto-wall HD TVs for ultimate event and sports viewing, 63 televisions. Buffalo Wild Wings is known for its signature sauces, making its wings and other menu items customizable creations. Sauces include, from mildest to hottest: Sweet BBQ, Teriyaki, Mild, Parmesan Garlic, Medium, Honey BBQ, Spicy Garlic, Asian Zing, Caribbean Jerk, Hot BBQ, Hot, Mango Habanero, Wild and Blazin’. With Buffalo Wild Wings’

14 signature sauces running the gamut from Mild to Blazin, every taste bud can find a flavor to crave. Its boldly flavored menu includes boneless wings, specialty burgers and sandwiches, ribs, finger foods, wraps, salads and Naked Tenders, but the main attraction continues to be Buffalo, NY-style chicken wings. A variety of limited-time special offerings keeps the menu new and fresh. Buffalo Wild Wings also has two signature events each week; Wing Tuesdays and Boneless Thursdays, where guests can order their favorite traditional or boneless wings at a special price. The new Miami Buffalo Wild Wings is located at 11401 NW 12 St. in the restaurant and entertainment zone at the Dolphin Mall. Buffalo Wild Wings also is located at the Southland Mall, 20505 S. Dixie Hwy. in Cutler Bay. Hours of operation are SundayThursday, 11a.m.-midnight, and FridaySaturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.


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2009 BMW Z4 is all new with retractable hardtop Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2009 version of BMW’s Z4 two-seat sports car is really something special. It’s the second generation of the Z4 (the Z3 debuted in 1996) and it’s an all-new vehicle, right up to the nifty retractable hardtop. The new retractable hardtop model replaces both the roadster and coupe versions of previous generation Z4 models. The new retractable hardtop closes and opens in 20 seconds with the press of a button and provides better security, rigidity, rear visibility, quiet and protection from the weather than was available with the old ragtop. This latest Z4 is built on the same wheelbase as its predecessor, but it’s about six inches longer in the tail and the lines are softer. Chalk up the added length to the need to accommodate the hardware for the retractable hardtop. This Z4 sits low to the ground and has classic roadster styling, with a long hood and a short decklid, with

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Taurus - A subconscious message of some kind - a dream, intuition sudden insight, will come to you. There is a message for your friend, the one who is having trouble conceiving a child, or getting over a creative blockage. The message is "good things come to she or he who waits" - but not always in the form they expected.

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cle of friends for opportunities to enhance your little black book. Your social opportunities are fantastic this week, and you have a chance to make exciting and unusual new friends. You might have arguments or unexpected encounters with old friends.

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