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Commission overrules CC12 on office center Serving country and community SR 874 noise walls M earns Sgt. Mejia chamber honor review set Dec. 8

BY RICHARD YAGER

i a m i - D a d e Commissioners have approved a land use change to the county’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) that would permit a 20,000-square-foot office center at SW 117th Avenue and 95th Street, overruling denial recommendations of the East Kendall Community Council 12 and the county’s Planning Advisory Board. Two years ago, after hearing strong protests from nearby residents, the Miami-Dade Commission rejected attorney Alfred Garcia Menocal’s request for a land use change to build four estate-type homes on the property, one more than current zoning allows. That action led to resubmission of plans in 2008 to erect an office building on the 2.5-acre residential property that carries an assessed value of $1.4 million. A necessary CDMP land use change to permit the commercial use was approved by a 12-1 vote of the commission on Nov. 20 following a two-hour public hearing in the Government Center commission chambers. “I was shocked when I heard about it,” said Council 12’s Carla AscensioSavola, who chaired East Kendall’s Council when it rejected the commercial project by a 6-1 vote at a Mar. 19 public hearing for the CDMP amendment. “We literally spend hours studying these matters to make a decision best suited for the community which is supported by the Planning Department; then it’s overturned by the commission.

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Gus Quesada, MDX engineer, explains noise wall locations to Killian Parkway area resident Tai Hsia at the Nov. 19 presentation.

BY RICHARD YAGER iami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) officials will explain southbound traffic noise wall locations to residents along the Don Shula Expressway (SR 874) during a Dec. 8 meeting, following their presentation of new corridor improvements on Nov. 19. A contract for $61.5 million was awarded Condoote America Inc. for work commencing Nov. 10 when construction crews were scheduled to begin clearing swale areas for construction of the first noise wall locations on the northbound side of the Shula Expressway north of Killian Parkway. Locations for noise walls along the southbound side of the Shula Expressway are complicated by the rightof-way for the tracks of the CSX freight line located along the west side of the expressway.

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Kendall’s U.S. Army Sgt. Javier A. Mejia honored for community service. BY RICHARD YAGER

hile he would serve again in Iraq after two tours of duty, U.S. Army Sergeant/1C Javier A. Mejia adds, “It’s great to be home in Kendall when the holidays roll around.” He missed many of those special times from 2003 to 2006 during consecutive Mideast assignments as a helicopter crew chief following a combat tour in Kosovo when the U.S. aided its liberation in 2000-01. During nearly a decade after gradua-

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tion from Miami Sunset Senior High School in 1999, Sgt. Mejia, 27, earned 11 commendations, including a Bronze Star for what he describes as “just doing our job, saving ground troops while flying 64D Apaches [helicopters] along convoy routes.” Now a recruiter at Army South Dade recruiting headquarters in Doral, Sgt. Mejia in 2008 has another reason to count his blessings — surviving a nasty automobile mishap to learn he had won

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SFWMD approves funding to restore Chapman Field Park BY NESTOR YGLESIAS The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board recently approved investing additional funds to help restore Chapman Field Park. The project is part of a broad district effort to improve water quality and restore native ecosystems in and around Biscayne Bay. The investment provides Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) with $310,246 to continue restoration efforts at the park, which is located along the edge of Biscayne Bay in southern Miami-Dade County. The district previously had provided the county with $580,000 to complete the first phase of the project. Miami-Dade officials are actively restoring impacted wetlands at this and other sites throughout the county in an effort to revive native ecosystems along Biscayne Bay. In addition to restoring the native plant community at the park site, the project will increase the native habitat for animals, birds and fish. The park project is intended to achieve several objectives, including: • Clearing exotic vegetation; • Removing solid waste; • Re-establishing red mangroves; • Restoring historic wildlife habitat, and • Improving water quality in Biscayne Bay “The environmental benefits of projects like this are immense,” said Eric

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Residents viewing preliminary plans in summer asked that walls be erected on the west side of the CSX property to provide a visual buffer of expressway traffic. Noise walls still will be built on the MDX right-of-way to separate southbound vehicle noise from residents abutting the west side of the CSX tracks, according to Cindy Polo-Serantes, communications specialist for the MDX. Details of that planning will be reviewed for residents at the Dec. 8 meet-

ing with CSC representatives participating in the special session at the Alper JCC at 7 p.m. Three strip displays were viewed by more than 75 Kendall residents attending the special meeting in the Alper JCC on Nov. 19, displaying artist’s renderings of noise walls to be constructed, planning of the new Killian Parkway interchange and an aerial view of overall corridor work. The Kendall project will include construction of additional lanes, ramp widening, and implementation of all-electronic tolling lanes, the improvements extending from the Kendall Drive interchange to SW 117th Avenue, south of the existing Killian Parkway (SW 104th Street) bridge.

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Why are we wasting our time?” Commissioner Audrey Edmondson said, “It bothers me that we reject a residential use and would now deny commercial development, leaving the property without an alternative. We’re also causing the recycling of new applications which is not only costly but doesn’t seem fair to the owner. “We denied a change to build four single-family homes two years ago, so now, if we reject a small office project, what kind of development is left for the owner to do?” she asked, both newly elected vice chair Jose “Pepe” Diaz and District 4 Commissioner Sally Heyman echoing similar concerns. District 10 Commissioner Javier D. Souto noted that a “very nice commercial building with landscaping was built on residential land next to my own office at SW 97th Avenue and 28th Street and it is most compatible with the area. Come by and look at it.” Those comments led District 8 Commissioner Katy Sorenson, the only member voting for denial, to respond, “I can see the way this is going but I still object to the change.” She added that it

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countywide recognition for community service while assigned to a South Dade Recruiting Company the past two years. Last May 18, Sgt. Mejia had gone to Dolphin Mall with a co-recruiter, Sgt. Jose Opasio, to advise a pair of potential recruits before “having a bite to eat and heading home.” Driving a borrowed jeep southbound on SW 117th Avenue, Sgt. Mejia swerved to avoid a potential collision with a motorist executing a sharp turn off SW 56th Street. “The jeep hit a curb and rolled over. The next thing I knew, I was in a hospital bed,” Mejia said. “I just blacked out because I have no other memory of the accident or getting to the hospital.” Treated for a slight brain trauma, a broken clavical and “a lot of cuts and bruises,” both he and Sgt. Opasio were released later, his companion suffering only mild facial injuries. Then, just two months later, Sgt. Mejia was named “Service Person of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, which annually recognizes military personnel from each Armed

“was neither the right time or place to approve a project of this kind.” She cited both nearby commercial vacancies in seven of eight buildings and a depressed economic market. Souto, however, eventually moved for approval with Diaz seconding, after more than two hours of testimony that included more than 20 residents, both for and against the project. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a former commission member, appeared on behalf of the applicant, agreeing to a covenant attached to the land use amendment that prohibits use of the building for medical offices due to increased traffic it would cause, as well as a second that banning its use as a call center, added by de la Portilla’s promise on behalf of Menocal without a formal commission vote. A second stipulation requires opening a westbound-only exit from the office parking area onto SW 95th Street to relieve potential traffic jams at a SW 117th Avenue stoplight. Barring a court appeal of commission action by residents, a zoning change from residential to commercial must be secured before a permitting process for an office structure begins. That means another application will cycle through the community council, Planning Department and commissioners following the controversial change in the neighborhood’s land use. Forces branch for individual contributions to the community. The award stems from teaching leadership classes at a Sweetwater church, an effort he describes as “dedicated to keeping the kids on the right track and off the street.” He also tutors and counsels young people and helps organize charitable events to assist families in his native Nicaragua. Coming first to New Mexico to settle in the U.S. permanently, the Mejia family then moved to Florida, making their home first in the Sweetwater area, later moving to Kendall where Sgt. Mejia’s father, Hermes, is a retired accountant while his mother, Angelica, is employed at Baptist Hospital. His community service came about from volunteering with his family to help less fortunate families in Nicaragua while he attended both Killian and Sunset high schools, as well as hoping to serve his country in the Armed Forces. “Now, as a recruiter, I can tell other young people how important it is to prepare for a career, helping them develop a plan and goals for their future,” Mejia said. “I want to make them aware of how they can accomplish so much more than they may have thought.” This “lucky-to-be-alive” soldier, after coming to the U.S., has found his own way to serve both community and country.


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Recessionists? How our gals solve a holiday pinch! Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Herewith, an unsolicited female view of how women survive a down economy (shifting gears from our usual rantings and ravings about county affairs). Women want to feel better about things, says a West Kendall housewife, mother and community activist who runs her own business on the side, adding that they find their own solutions in bad economic times. More of her philosophy: “Women want to look fit, so they start walking and dump the gym. “Evidently, spending and cosmetics have a relationship because when the economy is down, women buy them. Lower and mid-priced brands have greater sales because women secretly know they are all about the same stuff, except for Chanel, the best makeup on earth, and L’Oreal being a poor woman’s Lancome. “Ultra will do better than Sephora and we will all ‘go there’ because the Ultras are not located in mall stores so we won’t be tempted to overspend. Women don’t succumb to temptation if they’re on a budget. We know how to conserve our cash. “Walmart and Target should continue to do well but we won’t be buying their Christmas decorations. We’ll use what we have, even sacrificing a string or two of failed lights rather than buying

replacements. “I’ll be taking my good shoes to the cobbler’s and better clothing to a tailor. In older days, women had ‘fat’ clothes and ‘skinny’ clothes. Those who are used to superior clothing will forego high fashion this season. After all, most of us will be on diets, which is a simple answer to revamping a whole wardrobe. “We won’t buy as much Starbucksbrewed coffee but we will shop for gourmet brands at a grocery and squeeze out extra dollars for a preferred wine (mostly in the $12 to $15 range). “Meanwhile, bottled water will die a slow death. All of us who talk about giving up that addiction that contributes to landfills will finally re-train ourselves to do the right thing and use tap water. Even so, water filter sales may go up because women worry about what their family members ingest. “Women who normally eat healthy organic foods will buy more fresh, nonorganically grown produce, but we’ll wash what we choose extra well. We may not go for organic beef but eat more chicken instead. The truly health-conscious will never give up organic dairy products (it’s just too scary to rely on standard supermarket fare). “We will even begin creating new words. This morning I heard “recessionists” used, possibly a play on words for “fashionista” which is a play on something else I can’t remember. “Accessories will become more important this season. Don’t be surprised if your better half splurges on a Hermes scarf. (Any husbands listening?)

“Overall, women deal with the holidays like the military wages war: it’s an event requiring that we assess, plan and attack. This year, our troops will wait for 75 percent off signs to go up in the mall, sneak inside at the last minute and rush out, crying about all the good buys we left on the shelves. “It could get ugly. I really feel sorry for retailers and Internet sellers. I may be wrong but I don’t think I’m that far off. I’m not a stockbroker, but I am a woman and that’s how many of us are thinking as the shopping season begins in these down times!” Just in time for this column but hardly for holiday shopping is a release from Jones Lang LaSalle, exclusive leasing agent for the remodeled “Palms” at Town & Country Center, noting their three newest tenants, once construction ends and the place opens. Signing up for space: Health & Muscle, Super Smoothie and U2 Wireless. There’s a connection there someplace but we just haven’t got time to ponder what it is. Property Appraisal candidates will appear at a special Town Hall Meeting of Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations at 7 p.m., Monday, December 8, in the meeting pavilion at Kendall Village Center, 8625 S.W. 124th Avenue. Sen. Gwen Margolis and Pedro J. Garcia, neither of whom gained a majority in the November 4 election, will state their case for their candidacies. A runoff election is scheduled December 16. In case you missed it, Officer Pedro Guerra of Hammocks Police District was the November “Officer of the

Month” for a life-saving performance August 30 when summoned to a Kendall home where he found a 28year-old male patient, a seizure victim, lying on the floor — not breathing and without a pulse. While instructing the patient’s grandfather how to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Officer Guerra worked on CPR chest compressions after notifying and awaiting arrival of an emergency unit. Fire Rescue credited Guerra’s efforts with saving the life of the seizure victim after arrival in serious but stable condition at Kendall Regional Hospital. West Kendall’s State Rep. Juan C. Zapata has been designated as Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation following his reelection with Rep. Luis Garcia, Jr., as Vice Chair. This will be Rep. Zapata’s fourth legislative term, the last he is eligible to serve, a good part of which he will focus on utilizing state resources to increase access to primary healthcare for uninsured residents. Thought for the Day: Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. — William Ellery Channing Richard Yager contributed to this story. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Connecting classes to careers key to staying in school R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Thirteen of the top 15 universities in the world are located in the United States. So highly rated, that last year 620,000 students from foreign lands came to this country for a college education. India, alone, sent a little over 84,000 students; China sent 68,000; South Korea, a nation with a population of only 48 million, sent 62,000 students to the U.S. If an Indian family can scrimp and save, and go without in order to send a child to America for an education, why is there so little striving for that same education with America’s youth? Twenty-five years ago the United States could brag that we had the highest percentage of high school graduates in the world. Today, the New York Times reports that we rank 13th among developed nations in the percentage of stu-

dents graduating from high school. South Korea has the highest percentage of high school graduates. The Czech Republic, a former communist nation in Eastern Europe, is in No. 2 position right behind South Korea. I called the Czech embassy and, after being switched between a dozen staff members, learned the reason behind that astonishing feat: “We require all children to attend and graduate from high school.” The Times went on to say that “America is the only country in the developed world where young people are less likely to graduate [from high school] than their parents.” A devastating thought. What went wrong? Are we spending too little on building schools? Are we paying our teachers so little that they don’t care about educating our youth? Are parents at fault for not encouraging their kids to finish school? Are too many kids infatuated with the idea that they can make millions playing basketball or football; become a rock star and make a fortune? I guess we could go on and on looking for excuses,

VIEWPOINT but we missed the real dilemma. We must create an atmosphere where the youth of America see the advantage and “want” an education — not something that is “demanded” of them by parents and schools. Broward County school officials came up with an idea that might be one of the keys to student retention. They are “connecting classes to careers.” How many times have you heard a frustrated student say, “Why algebra? I’m not going to use 4X – y = Z anytime in my life. What a waste!” They can’t connect math with their future life’s plans. “Connecting” is a key. We must find a way to stimulate the student’s mind. I was a commercial banker when my four children were in elementary school. One of my kids asked me to come to school and tell her fellow stu-

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Pediatric nurse Rick Tedlow, RN, aka “Woody” from the movie Toy Story, holds Isabella Perez, 10 months, at the 16th annual reunion of the George Batchelor/Gloria Vasta Lewis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Baptist Children’s Hospital. Isabella spent the first three months of her life in the NICU following surgery after her birth. The annual reunion provides an opportunity for doctors, nurses, therapists and staff to reunite with their former patients, and to celebrate the giant strides they have made since leaving the hospital. Approximately 400 premature or critically ill infants, many weighing little more than a pound, are treated each year in the NICU.

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Former RCMA preschooler wins growers’ scholarship The daughter of farm workers, a Homestead Senior High School graduate has begun her freshman year at the University of South Florida in Tampa, thanks in part to the $3,000 George F. Sorn Scholarship from the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. Lupe Cisneros, 18, was honored recently during the 65th annual convention of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association in Naples, where she was joined by her parents, Maria and Atanacio Cisneros, as well as staff from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, the state’s largest non-profit childcare provider. Miss Cisneros and four of her seven siblings began their education at an RCMA childcare center in Homestead. Cisneros excelled throughout her public school career, graduating among the top 25 in the Class of 2008 at Homestead High. An honor roll student, she worked weekends at a pharmacy to help meet growing financial demands. She also found time for numerous extra-curricular activities, including the MiniCorps service club, soccer, varsity volleyball, French Club Honor Society and Chess Club. During the summer, Cisneros completed a practical nursing program, passed the nursing board exam and became a licensed practical nurse. In August, she started at USF, majoring in nursing. She plans to pursue a master’s in nursing and become a family nurse practitioner. “I just want to help people,” she said. Cisneros’ parents migrated from Mexico in 1989, searching for a better life in the United States. They worked at Homestead plant nurseries as they raised six boys and two girls and still live in a Homestead labor camp. Five of the children attended RCMA’s South Dade Child Development Center as infants and preschoolers. “I was at RCMA from a few months old until kindergarten. I loved it,” Cisneros recalled. “I remember dressing up, housekeeping and nap time. I also did a lot of dances, and I remember story time because some of the parents and people from the community would come in and read to us. Some of my teachers are still there.” Field trips to the Miami Seaquarium, Miami Metrozoo and the circus also stand out vividly — not only for Miss Cisneros but her mother, who was among parent chaperones.

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A healthy baby starts with a healthy pregnancy BY DR. EARL GABB Did you know that approximately 6 million American women are pregnant each year? Of these pregnancies, approximately 4 million result in live births. Studies show that healthy mothers who receive good prenatal care are more likely to give birth to healthy babies. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is important to understand what you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Prenatal care refers to the medical care that women receive before and during their pregnancies. Prenatal care is more than just regular health care, it also includes education and counseling on good nutrition, physical activity, the birthing process and skills for caring for a newborn. Fathers and family members have an important role to play in these aspects of prenatal care. Prenatal care means that your doctor or healthcare provider can monitor for and identify any potential problems early on in pregnancy. Early treatments can prevent and cure problems during the pregnancy and at birth. It is important to know that babies of mothers who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight and five times more likely to die, compared to babies born to mothers who did receive prenatal care. A healthy pregnancy actually begins at least three months before a woman becomes pregnant. It is recommended that women of childbearing age get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. This amount of folic acid can be found in fortified breakfast cereals. Folic acid can also be taken in pill form as part of a prenatal vitamin supplement. Women should also consume a variety of folates, a water soluble B vitamin. Foods rich in folates include lentils, asparagus, spinach, black beans, orange juice (concentrate is best) and broccoli. Women considering pregnancy should also make sure they are properly vaccinated for diseases that could cause harm to a developing baby such as chicken pox or rubella. It is important that women get these vaccinations before becoming pregnant.

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Dr. Gabb is an obstetrics and gynecology physician at Jackson South Community Hospital. He received his training at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta.


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Greater Miami Youth Symphony schedules December concerts BY CHRISTINE MOROS Founded as the All-Miami Youth Symphony by Robert Strassburg in 1958, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) was created to foster a love of music in young people and to enrich the cultural life of the community. GMYS is an independent five-level orchestra program dedicated to training young musicians between 5 and 18 years of age. Conceived as a complementary facet to musical instruction in the schools, GMYS has continuously succeeded in presenting high caliber performances and outreach presentations to South Florida audiences. GMYS programs also include eight free beginning instrument classes funded by the Children’s Trust that feed into the orchestra program, as well as a comprehensive three-level music summer camp. GMYS is a total community project. You are invited to participate as a parent, musician or sponsor. Online tax-deductible contributions can be made at <www.firstgiving.com/gmys>. The GMYS Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert will take place on Sunday,

Members of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony to perform concerts in December.

Dec. 14, 4 p.m., at Old Cutler Presbyterian; 14401 Old Cutler Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. The concert will feature GMYS music director Huifang Chen, and Ross Harbough as guest artist. Chen and Harbough currently are professors of music at the UM Frost School of Music, and are internationally recognized per-

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