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City Approves Budget that Reflects Current Economic Realities BY JORGE M. GONZALEZ

Miami Beach City Manager I was recently asked what the hardest part of my job is. I didn’t have a quick answer; indeed, there are many challenges that as City Manager I address on a daily basis. But finding a way to provide our residents and businesses with the services they tell us they need and want, efficiently and with fewer resources, has been an important focus of my administration – especially during tough economic times. After months of review and discussion, on September 20th the City Commission approved our new fiscal year budget. Our budget, much like your household one, has been dramatically affected by a variety of factors and, just like you, we cannot budget to spend more than we have. The “General Fund” (the major source of funding for the most City services), includes revenues from various sources – the primary source being property tax revenues. Since their peak in FY 2007/08, our city’s property values have declined more than $4.7 billion (18%). In these three years, the General Fund absorbed almost $43 million in recurring reductions, representing almost $50 million and 245 employee positions across this and all funds. This year we were challenged with an additional $29 million revenue gap to fill. The other part of the budget equation is managing expenses. These range from costs for providing services, which increase just like market costs increase. And, just like many other governmental

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Proposal to Refund Miami Beach Millage Increase ommissioner Jerry Libbin will place an item on the next City Commission consent agenda to permit the Commission to deliberate further on cuts that can be made from the budget that was just approved in order to provide tax relief to our residents. Commissioner Libbin said, “I was disappointed that my fellow Commissioners who voted against the millage increase and the 2010-1011 budget, failed to make specific suggestions on what they would like to cut from the proposed budget.” The Commission had many months to deliberate over how to cut the budget to balance it, and after voting in July to approve 4 out of 5 Union contracts, which do not permit layoffs or further salary cuts, it was disingenuous to vote against the millage increase without making specific recommendations on where to find the $10,000,000 still needed to balance the budget. Although we have now approved the budget and a millage increase, Commissioners now have the time to continue to direct the City Administration on cuts that we want, and my proposal is that the Commission direct the Administration to send a refund check to every tax payer in the City before the end of the fiscal year based upon the revenue

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that the Commissioners agree to find through cuts said Libbin. City Attorney Jose Smith said that this would be possible and is legal so long as the funds that are returned to tax payers are not generated from ad valorem taxes or from resort taxes. This means that all other funds in the General fund are available if the political will is there to make tough decisions by the Commissioners. I look forward to fruitful discussions with my fellow Commissioners, all of whom should be excited to now have additional time to find ways to send our taxpayers back some of their money.

To Our Community G reetings, Fellow Chamber M e m b e r s ; If I’ve learned anything throughout my career, it’s the power of relationships. When launching my first company, Sudsies Dry Cleaners, I joined the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce with the hope that it would help me uncover networking opportunities. However, any member soon finds that an affiliation with this organization is so much more fulfilling than simply advancing a business – it’s about the people. Throughout my tenure, I’ve been able to tap into the minds of the area’s greatest industry leaders, whose shared experiences and best practices have marked my life both professionally and personally. My once-small business has now grown into several companies, but most importantly, my networking relationships have grown into friendships. Sitting on the Board of Governors for 14 years, I’m excited to now lead and advance the Chamber’s exceptional culture. I’ve watched this group evolve into an A-list team of passionate, dynamic people who all understand and are eager to answer the needs of its membership. With their support, I’ll be able to drive opportunities and policies that benefit the organization, but also demonstrate our priority to foster a strong community in which businesses, residents and visitors can thrive. Joining the Chamber has proven to be an invaluable experience and it’s my personal mission to ensure the same rewards for our existing and future members. From the seasoned to the promising, each member has the power, through strong relationships, to impact and contribute to the development of this great city. As your leader, fellow member, mentor, learnee and friend, I look forward working with you. A t y o u r service, Jason Loeb, Chairman


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The ‘New-Now’ Real Estate Business on the Upswing in South Florida BY ANA CECILIA VELASCO

Real Estate professionals are pulling together to work in this fluctuating economy with new and innovative strategies, as presented at a panel discussion held September 21st. Two hundred and twenty professionals in Real Estate and related fields came to the luncheon, which was sponsored by and held at The W Hotel South Beach, and organized by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce with the Miami Association of Realtors. Attendees were guided through The W Hotel Residences by One Sotheby’s for a preview of the luxury properties. Jorge Estevez, CBS4 News reporter and well known for his “Good 4 You” reports, moderated the question and answer panel. David Edelstein began the panel with an overview of the development of The W Hotel and the attention to detail in order to maintain value over time. The outcome is that The W Hotel and Residences are over their initial projections for occupancy and sales are on the incline. Edelstein noted the direct impact from New York stating that Miami Beach is New York City’s sixth borough. He began his real estate career in the 1980s as a real estate broker and soon thereafter began to acquire Manhattan properties for his own account. Since that time, Mr. Edelstein has been partners with several Wall Street investment banks as well as publicly traded REITs, including Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse First Boston, Investcorp, UBS, Goldman Sachs and Vornado Realty Trust. His extensive and deeply rooted relationships within the real estate and banking community are key to the strength and success of TriStar Capital. His hands-on construction expertise comes from ground up high-rise development in Manhattan as well as many large-scale gut renovations throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Peter Zalewski founded Condo Vultures® in March 2006, based on the premise of using public records and proprietary research to better assess the South Florida real estate market at a time of uncertainty. Under Zalewski’s direction the last five years, the Condo Vultures® concept has developed into three companies working independently, but in unison to capitalize on the condo correction in South Florida. Optimistically for the South Florida market, Miami is no longer his market as real estate is on the upswing and his concept of bulk buying only functions in the most distressed property areas. Zalewski supported gaining knowledge from primary sources, such as public records, and doing substantial research to avoid unfounded speculation. As a member of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of

Governors and Chairman of the Chamber’s newly formed Real Estate Council, Melissa Rubin gave her insights as Vice President/Broker of Platinum Properties International regarding the inventory of short sale properties as a new market. The short sale made it necessary for the real estate sales agent to reinvent their approach to the seller and the buyer as an opportunity and not a hindrance to the sale. Rubin most recently became a CDPE: Certified Distressed Property expert to ensure that those people experiencing financial changes will be given the best and most up-to-date guidance. Understanding financial implications and the ability to educate clients has contributed to Rubin’s success. Teresa King Kinney, CEO of the Miami Association of Realtors, emphasized the strength and impact of international buyers in the Miami Beach and South Florida real estate markets, as reflected by the latest National Association of Realtors research. The local market has an important advantage over other markets in the U.S., and offers endless opportunities for local real estate professionals and the local business community. Florida by far is consistently ranked the top state in the nation for foreign real estate buying activity. The Miami-Miami BeachFort Lauderdale area is the top area for Latin American and Eastern European buyers. South Florida residents also benefit from foreign buyers who help boost the local economy while paying higher taxes without adding further stress to the local infrastructure. Steven Hayworth, founding Chairman, President and CEO of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, balanced the panel and weighed in from the aspect of financial institutions. The past economy saw financial institutions over-lending and compromising borrowers. Hayworth states that in these challenging times, financially sound banks are still lending to borrowers with strong credit and stable income sources. Established by Hayworth in 1994, Gibraltar Private is an integrated private banking and wealth management company dedicated to enhancing the wealth and well-being of its clients and their families. Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust recently opened a new relationship office in Miami Beach, located in the Sheridan Center, 400 Arthur Godfrey Road. The promise of a healthier Real Estate market, coupled with new strategies and innovative approaches has led the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce to develop a Real Estate Council to support industry professionals in the evolving market. The Real Estate Luncheon will be an annual event of the Council.

Ceci Velasco and Michelle Villalobos Jack Levine, Teresa King Kinney and Oliver Ruiz

Commissioner Jerry Libbin, Michael Goldberg, Steve Hayworth, David Edelstein, Jason Loeb and Aaron Perry

Commissioner Jerry Libbin, Grant Miller, Jason Loeb, Aaron Perry and Alan Lips

Deanne Graham, Michael Mowatt, Barbara K. Norland

Commissioner Michael Gongora, Commissioner Jerry Libbin, Wayne Pathman, Aaron Perry

Tony Noboa, Joy W. Malakoff, Jay Pelham

Michael S. Goldberg and Maria Guadamuz

Miami Association of Realtors

Susan Garcia Cromer, Jackie Melendez, Edwin Melendez and Ric Roth


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The ‘New-Now’ Real Estate Business on the Upswing in South Florida

Katy Stroka, Perci Pietro

David Sacks, Michael Klowett, Cristian LaCapra, Michael Burnstine

Commissioner Jerry Libbin, Ceci Velasco, Melissa Rubin, Jason Loeb, Aaron Perry and Peter Zalewski

Susan Garcia Cromer, Steve Hayworth, Christina Aston and Melissa Rubin

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce staff- Ceci Velasco, Valerie Rasken, Chantal Gloor, Kathleen Harris Hicks, Maggie Miller and Wendy Unger David Edelstein (PHOTOS BY AL RICKETTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

Left: Commissioner Jerry Libbin,Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Hayworth, Jason Loeb and Aaron Perry

Cristian LaCapra and Lizette Garcia

Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust with Steve Hayworth

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agencies, it includes increased personnel costs, including employee benefits. Because our community continues to tell us that they value and want to keep current service levels, beginning earlier this year during several Commission Retreats, Committee budget workshops and meetings over the summer, the City Commission and the administration developed a budget designed to keep those services while considering the available resources. This included negotiating employee “give-backs� with the City’s five labor unions to reduce pension, wage and benefit costs. As of last week the City reached agreement with all of our unions and, coupled with the savings from nonunion employee give-backs, we were able to fill approximately $15 million towards the funding gap. Operational efficiencies, revenue enhancement opportunities and reductions and adjustments to fees to cover actual costs also helped to address the gap. But one last piece of the puzzle was an adjustment to the City’s millage rate. Even with this modest millage increase of 0.5600 (which is 1.2 mills or 16% lower than FY

2006/07 when property values were similar to 2010 values), total property tax revenues will still be approximately $18 million below FY 2006/07 levels. In simpler terms – this represents about $56 per $100,000 in taxable value. It is important to note that since FY 1999/00, the City’s property tax rates have declined approximately 2.8 mills. To offset any impact, including increased taxes by other jurisdictions such as the County and School Board which we cannot control but represent almost twothirds of a typical tax bill for City residents and businesses – the City’s water, sewer, and stormwater rates will remain flat next year, and we are reducing household sanitation fees for a combined savings of $140/year per household. In spite of the challenges we faced this year, I am confident that we will be able to continue to provide our residents and businesses with the services and programs that they have told us make our City a fantastic place to live, work and play. To see the City’s approved budget, visit miamibeachfl.gov

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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT Leadership Spotlight on Steve Titleman, President of the Continental Group’s Dade Region Q. What’s the secret to your company’s success? A. The Continental Group is built on the principles of services, integrity and honest relationships with our employees, clients and suppliers. We bring pride to our job every day, conduct business through open and honest relationships, and are committed to consistently deliver what we promise.

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A native of Montreal, Steve earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors from Florida International University. Steve joined The Continental Group in 2004 when he launched the Commercial Property Management Division, a new client segment for the company. He rose to the role of President of the Property Management Division in 2007 and now has the responsibility of managing the general operations of the Dade Region. Q: How did you get into the property management business? A: Before I was recruited by The Continental Group I had amassed tremendous experience in so many fields. I had been a project coordinator, project manager, general contractor, homebuilder, developer, and even did serious accounting projects. I’m also a Florida licensed Real Estate Broker, a Certified Building Contractor and Licensed Community Association Manager. Now I oversee the Miami-Dade region which is one of the most competitive regions for property management in the country. Q: How involved is The Continental Group in the Miami-Dade market? A: It’s a hugely important region for our company. Consider that we’ve been delivering world-class property management in Miami-Dade for over 20 years and that The Continental Group practically wrote the book on what property management can really be. We have more than 2,000 employees both in our office and onsite at various communities. Our Miami-Dade office currently manages over 250 communities representing over 52,000 residential units.

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Family Day – A Huge Success at the BASS MUSEUM OF ART IDEA@thebass Family Day - A Huge Success at the BASS MUSEUM OF ART! The Bass Museum of Art hosted its monthly IDEA@thebass family day on Saturday, September 26th from 2-4pm. The museum welcomed over 400 parents and children of all ages to come participate in a variety of activities. The series of Sunday workshops (the next family day is on October 31, 2010 – Halloween) takes place at the museum from 2-4pm and is FREE and open to the community. During this educational event, children engaged in art projects and activities that were inspired by the Bass Museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions. Activities ranged from a preschool art station to face painting. The Sunday workshop was led by professional artists and volunteers that encouraged children to use their imagination and ingenuity. Families also participated in scavenger hunts that took parents and children on a journey of exploration through the museum’s permanent collection which includes works of art from its collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles, as well as its newly opened Egyptian Gallery. Additionally, HUMAN RITES, the current exhibition on view concluded the scavenger hunt during this family affair. “As the President, but also as a father, I enjoy IDEA@thebass family days because there are always so many creative activities for the kids, but mainly because children have fun while they learn how to be creative,” expressed George Lindemann, Jr., President of the Board, Bass Museum of Art who attended the afternoon with his family. The Sunday events are part of IDEA@thebass, an in-school program for grades K-5 that encourages students to be creative. This innovative program developed by Dr. Adrienne von Lates, Director of Education at the Bass Museum, in conjunction with Stanford University’s d-school encourages creative thinking. The museum‘s dynamic art activities apply this mode of design thinking by exposing children of all ages to art and inspiring them to observe, brainstorm, and create — enabling them to express their ideas. These programs were made possible by the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The museum extends a special thanks to the large group of volunteers and sponsors present this past Sunday. Additionally a large group of students from Miami Beach Senior High School did a tremendous job contributing their time and effort to the day’s events. The Museum’s snacks and refreshments were compliments of Pop Chips and

Vitamin Water, who provided the museum with wonderful support throughout the day. The Bass Museum will be involved in several other community outreach programs that are dedicated to improving education and engaging families in the study of art. Upcoming events include the next IDEA@thebass family day, Sunday October 31, 2010. The museum will be hosting a Halloween party where children are encouraged to come in costume and participate in Halloween art activities. Prizes will be awarded to the best costume. Starting in 2011, IDEA@thebass family days will be the last Sunday of every month and free the entire day. Family Day activities will take

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email: familydays@bassmsuem.org. The Bass Museum of Art also offers tours to all types of groups and ages. Children’s tours have a craft activity and scavenger hunt available to them, as well as, a café space to bring and eat a bagged lunch. Tours can be scheduled at tours@bassmuseum.org. The Bass Museum of art is committed to enhancing the lives of the people in its community and invites everyone to come participate in one or all of the educational events offered. place from 2-4pm. For more information about IDEA@thebass family days email: familydays@bassmuseum.org. The museum is also continuing its series of IDEA@thebass inventive art classes, which involve parents and children working together as a team to solve a design challenge inspired by works of art from the museum’s permanent collection. The students will learn how to paint, draw, construct, and take photographs from experienced art teachers. The next IDEA@thebass inventive art class is scheduled for October 10, 2010 from 2-4pm. The topic will be: Design a poster celebrating everyday heroes. Parents and children ages 5-11 are invited to join the class. Each class is limited to 30 students and advanced registration is required. The cost is $10 per child/members and $15 per child/non-members. For more information on IDEA@thebass inventive art classes

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ABOUT BASS MUSEUM OF ART Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of exhibitions presenting contemporary art as well as works of art from its collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles. In April 2010, the museum opened its Egyptian Gallery, the only Egyptian Gallery in Florida. Artist’s projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free family days complement the works on view. ADMISSION $8 general admission/ $6 senior adults & students. Free for members and children under the age of 6. Group discounts available.

MUSEUM HOURS AND DOCENT TOURS: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm. Docent tours by appointment. Free with museum admission. To schedule a group tour call 305.673.7530 x 9-1016. BASS MUSEUM SHOP An eclectic selection of art, architecture and photography books; folk art from around the world; one-of-a-kind decorative and gift items; jewelry by local and international artisans; postcards; and educational toys. Open during museum hours and selected special events. WIFI SNACK BAR @ THE BASS MUSEUM SHOP A cheerful, cool relaxing spot in the Bass Museum Shop offering free WiFi & snacks during museum hours. PARKING Metered parking lot on site. Additional metered parking is available on perimeter streets. The Bass Museum of Art is generously funded by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the MiamiDade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the Friends of the Bass Museum, Inc.


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Chamber Choice — New Member Occasionally, you meet someone that the Primecard name. “We do two things. has an idea that changes the way you live, Our cardholders receive a discount of up to work, and do business. Ric Roth, president 50% every time they use the card at a participating restaurant or retailof IGT Media Holdings, er. But just as importantly, Inc. and Primecard (formerwe afford restaurants the abilly IGT Card), is undoubtedity to advertise and grow their ly one of those people. business.” For example, visit Over the years, Roth has Sushi Siam South Beach, D. taken simple ideas and Rodriguez Cuba, or Nexxt turned them into profitable Café (just to name a few), businesses that bring value enjoy your meal, pay with to his varied advertising Primecard, and you get a disclients and thousands of count. Primecard members. In addition to the Primecard His family started in the business, Roth also owns and advertising business in the operates a lucrative traditional mid 1960s, and at the time RIC ROTH advertising agency, IGT his father and uncle founded Admarketing Inc. and RMR Media Holdings, Inc., with such clients as Advertising. After graduating from Boston Pollo Tropical, East Coast Jewelry, University, he joined RMR and went on to HearUsa, and Prestige Imports. Just over 4 form IGT Services, Inc. in 1985. As years ago, Roth had what he now refers to President of IGT, Roth moved the compa- as his epiphany: “over the years I’ve ny from New York to Lincoln Road in watched as our organization has developed 1989. “We hit the streets of Miami Beach and changed, and perhaps the biggest evoduring the true development years. Pre- lutions occurred when we formulated our multiplex era, we moved into the 4th floor Client Reinvestment Program®, which is of 1111 Lincoln Road and opened the currently awaiting a Patent from the U.S. doors with only 5 employees from New Government. The program is very simple: York. Within a week, we hired 40 new every time a client purchases media, printing or promotional items from IGT, we people to go out and grow our business.” The IGT Card was initially developed as reinvest a portion of the client’s overall a tool for media partners to utilize for expenditures back into their business client dinners, hotel stays, and even enter- through the purchase of the client’s prodtainment. “As people learned about the ucts and services. We add value to our card, and that it was accepted at the finest client’s business by becoming more than restaurants …AND they got a discount for just an advertising provider…we truly using it....let’s just say everyone wanted become their marketing partner.” The fundamental concept behind both of one. It was simply ‘In Good Taste’ to carry the IGT Card.” Over the years the IGT Roth’s businesses is “to creative value for Card member base grew to over 300,000 in my clients they cannot readily achieve on New York and South Florida and in 2003 their own. Beyond that, my mission is to Roth bought out competitor Primecard, Have Fun, Make Money, and Do Good for Inc., and subsequently rebranded IGT with the World.”

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Actor John Malkovich Debuts ‘Technobohemian’ Fashion Line at The Webster in South Beach fabric in the collection, so I edit and edit until it makes sense,” he says. And it does. Among the VIPs there were Barbara Becker; Jonathan and Criselda Breene; Nisi Berryman; Laura Buccellati and Sam Robin. The collection at The Webster is 60% sold out, so go get your Malkovich on now or you’ll have to wait for spring 2011.

BY DAISY OLIVERA

daisy@thedaisycolumn.com We know actor John Malkovich as one of the most accomplished actors in the film industry, able to transform into the most diverse characters. He also excels as a director, producer, costume designer and stands out as one of the best dressed men on the red carpet, so his designing chops come as no surprise. While you may not really be able to be John Malkovich, you can now certainly dress like him. “Technobohemian”, Malkovich’s fall collection of men’s clothing, which debuted at The Webster boutique, is comprised of jackets, sweaters, shirts and trousers in colorful, high quality fabrics. Think classic lines with a twist. The invitation-only cocktail was hosted by The Webster owners Laure Heriard Dubreuil and Frederic Dechnik.

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had several swatch books in his bag for the next collection. “Like in a film role, decisions are important. You can’t have every

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A New Blow to Public Education BY JESSE KIRKPATRICK

Senior at Miami Beach Senior High School

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There once was a time when students were encouraged to succeed in school. There once was a time when concerned teachers would approach students after class and offer advice and motivation. There once was a time when schools were designed not only for the most self-motivated students, but also for those with the tendency to fall behind. This time has passed. As of the 2010-2011 school year, Miami Beach Senior High juniors and seniors have the option of taking classes online through Florida Virtual School (FLVS) in lieu of traditional classroom courses. Some classes, like Honors Government and Economics, are now only available through FLVS. Instead of reporting to a conventional classroom, FLVS students report to one of two computer labs, labs that have, in the past, held other computerintensive classes. As a result, an impossibly overcrowded Journalism class is now forced to cope in a small classroom with only a few computers. It is not too difficult to deduce the motive: budget cuts coupled with a 25student cap on core class sizes has led to the displacement of hundreds of students who need to fulfill core curriculum requirements in order to graduate. Though the school website’s bulletin boasts that the program may be ideal for “truly motivated students,” preparing us for online classes that we might take in college, it has no place in public high school education. The reason is simple. High school stu-

dents are inherently not self-motivated. Therefore, the chance of success in an unstructured, low-pressure environment is tragically low. With no teacher or competitive classroom setting, students will be disinclined to exert themselves for the sake of understanding and applying concepts. Since this is a first-time experiment, we have yet to see the Advanced Placement test scores that will result from online courses, but judging by human nature, we should not expect much. Over the summer, I tutored a rising junior taking Pre-Calculus online through FLVS. The quality of virtual teaching that I observed was disappointingly sub-par. Students were forced to use an online textbook resource, which they accessed by renewing a two-week trial repeatedly throughout the course. The instructor rarely provided personal feedback, and he seldom expressed interest in the success or failure of his students. Assignments were pitifully uninvolved, and were not comparable to the difficulty level of conventional classes. Though I was working with an incredibly self-motivated individual who was able to enlist the help of a tutor, students in general might have difficulty handling such a course on their own. While FLVS may be a great alternative for students who want to go beyond their school’s curricular requirements, it does not offer an adequate learning experience for the average student. Furthermore, the ease with which most students can acquire a passing grade on FLVS creates a disparity between those students who struggle for a “B” in a “normal” class and those who are able to secure an “A” online with little effort. GPAs are nondiscriminatory, so more and more students will doubtlessly be charmed by this easy alternative at the expense of true education.

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

Volunteers gather for International Coastal Cleanup Day

PHOTOS BY LUIZ RODRIGUES

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, ECOMB’s energetic volunteers, staff from the City of Miami Beach, the City of Miami and Miami-Dade County cleaned up the shoreline of Maurice Gibbs Park, the Flagler Monument Island and Teacher’s Island as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up Day and the “Adopt a Park Program.” This was a partnership program between the City of Miami Beach, ECOMB and the Mondrian Hotel. This event was co-sponsored by the Cargill

Corporation. Students of all ages were encouraged to join and receive community service hours for their hard work. This could be considered the world’s largest single day volunteer environmental cleanup event of its nature! In its first year, the Coastal Clean Up at Florida gathered more than 12,500 people who cleaned 915 miles of shoreline and collected 194 tons of lit ter. Since then, the number of volunteers has been multiplying progressively giving the event a more thoughtful and positive impact. In 2009, the total num-

ber of volunteers for Miami-Dade alone was 4042. A total of 37.9 miles of shoreline was cleared and 12,630 lbs of debris collected. This year’s clean up was a huge success. Each volunteer did their part in cleaning up miles of Dade County shoreline and, by doing so, helped Miami’s local environment, marine life, economy and made community a nicer and better place for all of the residences to enjoy. This year’s International Coastal Cleanup day collected the least amount of trash ever with 25 bags from Teacher Island and 5 bags from

the Flagler Monument Island. This goes to show that Miami is truly becoming a more eco-friendly city. A special thanks is given to all of the volunteers who helped keep the community clean. ECOMB, an environmental not-forprofit organization founded in 1994, is dedicated to the promotion of environmental sustainability and the preservation of our community’s ecology. To learn more please contact Luiz Rodrigues, Executive Director, ECOMB or visit the webpage www.ecomb.org.


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Official National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and Previvor Day BY WENDY UNGER Thanks to the hard work of US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL -20), on September 15, 2010 the House of Representatives voted in favor of a House Resolution to designate the last week of September as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and the last Wednesday of the month as National Previvor Day. These celebrations raised awareness of hereditary cancer. This year awareness week began on Sunday, September 26th and Previvor Day was September 29th. There is an organization for people with

Hereditary Cancer issues called F.O.R.C.E. (Facing Our Risk Of Cancer Empowered) and they planned events to celebrate the first Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and the first Previvor Day. To find more information on FORCE and local events in your area, contact F.O.R.C.E., the only national nonprofit organization devoted to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, at www.facingourrisk.org/ or toll free at 866-288-7475. Their mission includes support, education, advocacy, awareness, and research specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. FORCE programs serve anyone with a BRCA mutation or a family history of cancer. Wendy Unger is the Membership Relations Manager for the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.


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Revolutionazing the Locksmith Industry with Debut of Fuel-Efficient Smart Car

The new Fuel Efficient Car

Miami Business Owners do their part to Save the Environment while Helping Save Customers Money AAA Miami Locksmith company is changing the way that locksmiths make house calls, while saving the planet and their customers money, with the rollout of the latest in their fleet of stylish and fuel-efficient vehicles. Diego Castro and Maria Guadamuz, owners of AAA Miami Locksmith, at 3501 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami, have just added their 5th fuel-efficient vehicle, a Smart Car For Two, to their existing, two, Toyota Scion fleets and two, Chevy Astro Vans. The Smart Car consumes six times less fuel than a full-size sedan or a cargo van. “We are always looking for new strategies that will save our customers money,” said Maria Guadamuz. “That, plus our love of the environment made it so easy to decide to go even smaller and add this extremely fuel-efficient vehicle to our fleet, rather than a large, gas-guzzling vehicle that traditionally you see making

“AAA Miami Locksmith Team with new Fuel Efficient Cars”

locksmith runs,” added Guadamuz. The addition of the environmentally-friendly Smart Car has required new storage ingenuity on the part of AAA Miami Locksmith. The Smart Car, measuring just 8 feet, 10 inches long is still home to all the tools needed to install new locks, replace or repair locks and install or repair security systems on residential and commercial properties or automobiles. “We have managed to fit everything our technicians need into the Smart. A little organization goes a long way,” said Diego Castro. The Smart For Two is the most fuel-efficient, nonhybrid, gasoline-powered vehicle in the U.S. today. Mileage saved translates into dollars saved for AAA Miami Locksmith customers. “My husband and I love what we do, and take pride in knowing we’re offering our customers great value along with the best possible service, plus we’re helping protect the environment for our son and future generations,” concluded Guadamuz.

MILEAGE SAVED COMPARISON CHART Van Mileage Scion Mileage Smart Car Mileage City 10 26 33 Highway 20 32 41 ABOUT AAA MIAMI LOCKSMITH AAA Miami Locksmith is a full service locksmith, that offers everything from 24/7 emergency lock-out assistance, to key cut, replacement or repair, from door to all the hardware installation, security systems, safes, and much more for all residential and commercial properties and automobiles. AAA Miami Locksmith at 3501 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137-3808 is fully licensed and insured. The company has been owned and operated by Diego Castro and Maria Guadamuz for over six years. AAA Miami Locksmith provides the most advanced technology, products and services that enable customers to sleep soundly, knowing their homes are safe and secure. For more information, please call 305.576.9320 or e-mail maria@aaaml.com.


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Miami and South Florida Top Areas for Western European and Latin American Buyers International Event of the Year in Miami Attracts Worldwide Participants Foreign buyers continue to recognize U.S. real estate as a desirable, profitable and secure investment, as evidenced by the latest research conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The weak U.S. dollar compared with stronger foreign currencies and affordability are factors influencing foreign buyers to purchase homes in the U.S. and especially in Florida, consistently the top state in the country for international buying activity. The just-released Profile of International Home Buying in Florida indicates almost twothirds (65 percent) of Realtors has worked with an international client in the last year. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach area, at 17 percent, is consistently one of the top markets for international buyers in Florida. This figure is probably much higher in actuality when one considers new construction sales. Rounding out the top markets are Orlando-Kissimmee (19 percent), Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice (13 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (10 percent), Cape Coral-Fort Myers (9 percent), and Naples-Marco Island (5 percent).

MIAMI OVERWHELMING CHOICE FOR LATIN AMERICANS AND WESTERN EUROPEANS One in four (25 percent) home buyers from Western Europe purchased a property in the

Miami area. Cape Coral-Fort Myers with 16 percent and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater also with 16 percent were the next most popular destinations for buyers from Western Europe. Home buyers from Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, accounted for 16 percent of recent home purchases by foreign buyers in Florida.

LOCAL MARKET STUDY Due to Miami’s real estate market’s prominence among foreign buyers, the MIAMI Association of REALTORS recently partnered with NAR to conduct a similar study that would detail information about foreign buyers in the Miami area. As expected, an overwhelming percentage of Realtors in the Miami area are working with foreign clients. Seventy-four percent of those surveyed said they worked with an international client in the past year. NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS IN PAST 12 MONTHS While 46 percent of Realtors in the Miami area reported that five or more of their clients were international in the past twelve months, in the entire State of Florida, that percentage was 31. COUNTRIES OF CLIENT ORIGINS With 28 percent of the market share, Venezuela ranked as the top country of origin for international buyers in the Miami

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Would You Like Your Children to Pay for College Without Needing Financial Aid? Whatt Financiall goal should d I havee with h payg forr myy children’s ing college? When planning to pay for college for your children, I encourage you to establish clear goals. First, you need to determine if you want to have your child’s education be paid with or without the need for financial aid. If you do not want your child or yourself to be burdened with a loan to have to pay back, then set the goal of having enough money saved before they enter college so that the college is paid.

Yes. If you can afford it and feel motivated to do so, you can match your childs earnings dollar for dollar. My son, Steven, did pizza delivery for 4 hours on Firday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of 12 hours a weekend. Back in 1995 – 1996 he earned $10 an hour which was $120 a weekend or $480 a month. I matched it $1 for $1. Our goal college was the University of Florida, and in 1996 the 4 year cost was $32,000. When he graduated from high school, we had $32,000 in the savings account. $16,000 he earned and $16,000 I matched. No financial aid was needed.

o should d payy forr my children’s Who college? As parents we feel motivated or obligated to take on the full responsibility of paying for our children’s college education. The second goal is to establish a clear understanding with your child that if they want a college education they should invest in it by saving for it with earnings from a job. If they invest in their education, your child will value it more.

g Savingss Plan n have Doess a Matching otherr benefits? The matching savings plan may create a new dimension in the relationship you have with your child. You become partners in achieving a long term goal. Your child should be motivated to in essence to earn twice as much as their pay check. Your child may begin to ask you how to red the account statement and how to invest the savings. Their buying habits may be influenced by their employment. Those $150 sneakers may mean 20 hours of their work so maybe they are not so motivated to buy them because it is not worth 20 hours of their life to have them after all. They may start to look for value in what they buy. They may even appreciate you a lot more for working for a living and paying the bills.

Whatt iss an n attainablee financiall goal? Harvard cost $52,000 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $208,000 based on current costs is not attainable for most people. The University of Florida cost $16,690 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $66,760 based on current costs is more attainable. Florida International University total matriculation and fees are $4,580.38 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $19,215.20 is even more affordable. I suggest that you set your goal on a specific college and save enough to cover the actual cost when your child enters as a freshman. Your child should consider a job on campus during the school year and summer jobs during the college years. I have e a 401k k plan n att work;; can n I seet p a matching g savingss plan n with h myy child?? up

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Miami Beach Salutes Veterans Mark Your Calendars to Come Out & Honor Our Service Men & Women! WHO: THE AMERICAN LEGION MIAMI BEACH POST 85, THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS 3559 & COMMIS SIONER JERRY LIBBIN WHAT: 2010 Veterans Day Parade, Wreath Laying Ceremony & Picnic WHEN: Thursday, November 11, 2010 WHERE: Washington Avenue Beginning on 17th Street (Convention Center Drive) & Continuing to 11th Street, into Flamingo Park WHY: Make this Year’s Veterans Day Parade a Proud Miami Beach Community Event – Come Out and Honor Our Brave Servicemen & Women

Preparations are currently underway to make this year’s Veterans Day in Miami Beach the best ever. If you would like to show your support, please contact: • To march or perform call Enid Rodriguez at 305-673-7106 • To volunteer contact Valerie Rasken from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at 305-695-6833 • To discuss parade details or in-kind sponsorship/sponsorships opportunities call Christine Battles at 305-588-1741 or christine@m3events.net Veterans Day ceremonies have been held in the City of Miami Beach for over 45 years. The 2009 Veterans Day Parade and Jerry Libbin Picnic included nearly 1,400 participants from 78 businesses, organizations, associations and schools, including: U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Army Reserve American Legion Post 85 Veterans of Foreign Wars Special Forces Association Miami Dade College Army ROTC – Kendall

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The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board of Governors 2010-2011

Plant a Tree and

Keep the Air Clean

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Why Hire An Arborist To Care For Your Trees? An arborist is a specialist in THE the care of individual trees. ARBORIST Right Tree – Right Place Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. Servicess Thatt Arborists n Provide: Can Pruning: An arborist can determine the type of pruning necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of trees. Removal: Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An arborist can help you decide whether a tree should be removed. Emergencyy Tree e Care: Storms may cause limbs or entire trees to fall, often landing on other trees, homes and other structures, or cars. The weight of storm-damaged trees is great, and they can be dangerous to remove or trim. An arborist can assist in performing the job in a safe manner, while reducing further risk of damage to property.

Planting: Arborists plant trees, and most can recommend types of trees that are appropriate for a specific location. The wrong tree in the wrong location could lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth. Plantt Health h Care: An Arborist keeps trees in good health by helping the tree to better defend itself against insects, disease, and site problems. w do o I know w iff thiss guy How with h a chainsaw w iss an Arborist? Many people who love trees become ISA members for a small annual fee. Some unscrupulous tree trimmers pretend that this simple membership is the same thing as being a “certified arborist.” Every ISA arborist has an individual ID number and ID card that you can check on the ISA website: <www.isa-arbor.com>. Ronn vonn Pauluss iss ann International d arboristt (ID Societyy off Arboriculturee certified # Fl-5770A).. Hee hass moree thann 200 yearss expeh treess inn South h Florida. riencee workingg with Hee offerss freee consultationss too homeowners and d businesses.. Pleasee contactt him m att Big Ron’ss Treee Servicee 305-588-30911 orr byy email att <ron@BigRonsTreeService.com>

CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS!!! The Junior Orange Bowl Announces the

2010 Royal Court Search Each year, the Junior Orange Bowl hosts the Royal Court Search, in which young ladies between the ages of 12 and 14 compete for the titles of Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses. The Queen and the two Princesses act as goodwill ambassadors that “reign” over all the various events held during the Junior Orange Bowl Festival season, culminating in the opportunity to ride the Royal Court Float in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Selection is based on character, poise and commitment to the community. This event is open to any young lady who is looking to serve as a role model to the festival’s participants. There are three preliminaries being held:

Florida Keys Preliminary October 16, 7:00 pm Coral Shores High School Broward Preliminary October 23, 6:00 pm Christian Worship Outreach Center Dade Preliminary October 29, 7:00 pm Cocoplum Woman’s Club

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Fourth quarter forecast seems more promising than 2009

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH September will prove a pivotal month as the third quarter ends and the fourth quarter begins in October. September traditionally is “Back to School” time, but I believe it could well turn into “Back to Business” time. It also should serve as a “ramping-up” time for the fall holidays. I’m already seeing Halloween sale signs around town and we all know that right after that come the Thanksgiving and Christmas sales as we approach the end of the year. I’m hopeful that we will see an increase in seasonal hiring as retailers get ready for the holidays. This should help cut unemployment numbers through the end of the year, but improvements will not be reflected until fall employment numbers come out in the first quarter of 2011. Whether those part-time jobs get converted into full-time positions could be a key indicator of how the country’s unemployment problems evolve into 2011 and beyond. Closer to home, South Florida trade and tourism continue to make gains. I believe the upcoming fall/winter tourist season will continue to see more growth through the fourth quarter and into early next year. According to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourismrelated employment and room rates are holding up. This means if you’re looking

for cheap rooms, you may have a hard time finding great deals around South Florida’s prime tourism destinations. So what can we expect for the fourth quarter? While we’ve seen signs that the recovery continues, we’re also seeing indications almost daily of it slowing down. A lot of the lost momentum may be coming from the business slowdowns we’ve seen during the summer. Although the end of 2010 should show signs of continued consumer reluctance to go deeply into debt over the holidays, holiday spending still may be better than last year. South Florida’s economy will continue to be held back by long-term problems in the housing, real estate and job markets while tourism, foreign trade and foreign investment should continue to make solid gains through the end of the year. Until hiring improves and unemployment rates start to decrease, economic news will be dominated by weak consumer spending, stalled hiring and continued foreclosures. Despite this, we can expect the fourth quarter of 2010 to be a little better than the end of 2009. Watching the recovery continues to be about as exciting as watching paint dry, but there are improvements in the local economy that bode well for the future. The bottom line for families this quarter is: Watch your bills; look for additional ways of earning and saving extra money for the family, and if you do any holiday shopping, use cash and demand a cash discount. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.


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Community Funding for Cultural Arts 100% of Proceeds of October 23 event will support local Arts programs In an economic climate that often forces the Cultural Arts to take a backseat to other equally important priorities, members of the South Florida community have taken the initiative to ensure continued funding for arts performances on Miami Beach. The 2010 Miami Beach Arts Gala: A Celebration of the Arts on October 23rd will pay tribute to locally-based Arts luminaries Judy Drucker, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; Michael Tilson Thomas, Visionary Award recipient; and Dr. Sanford L. and Dolores Ziff, Cultural Arts Champions. All of the proceeds from the Miami Beach Arts Gala will be donated to the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, which will utilize the funds for awarding grants to local performing arts organizations. Spearheaded by Commissioner Jerry Libbin with Gala co-chairs Bob Goodman and Harvey J. Burstein, the Gala committee includes representatives from arts organizations, tourism and allied industries – all dedicated to preserving Miami Beach’s rich legacy of showcasing the best talent the City has to offer. “It is heartwarming to see how the community has come together to support something that is such an integral part of our identity as a Cultural Arts Mecca,” says Jerry Libbin. “This event will surely make a difference in how Miami Beach is perceived as a cultural arts center.” ARTISTIC ELEMENTS FROM WITHIN THE COMMUNITY In addition to a dinner menu with whimsical, arts-themed monikers for each course and original invitation artwork created by Miguel Paredes, the Gala features a medley of performances by local performers. Baby B Strings, a trio comprised of violin, viola and cello, will provide traditional classical music during the cocktail reception.

Oriente, led and conceived by Cubanborn guitarist/composer, Eddy Balzola, is the featured musical entertainment throughout the dinner program. Oriente’s sound is a lively and distinctive collage of Cuban, Brazilian, southern Blues and Jazz influences. They have garnered international attention and are currently touring with Yanni. Side stages in the main ballroom will feature three diverse dance troupes: Pioneer Winter Collective, Dance Now! Ensemble and Miami Contemporary Dance Company. Even the centerpieces that will grace the tables reflect the evening’s arts theme, as they are created by art students from Miami’s Terra Environmental Research Institute, an eco-friendly prototype for schools to come. The students used dried tree branches to create twig sculptures for each table. The Miami Beach Arts Gala takes place on Saturday, October 23 at 7 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Ballroom D, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. For further information, call 305-673-5177. CALENDAR LISTING Miami Beach Arts Gala will recognize local Arts impresarios on October 23. Honorees are Judy Drucker, Lifetime Achievement Award; Michael Tilson Thomas, Visionary Award; and Dr. Sanford L. and Dolores Ziff, Cultural Arts Champions. Performances by Oriente, Pioneer Winter Collective, Dance Now! Ensemble and Miami Contemporary Dance Company. All proceeds will benefit the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council, for grants to arts organizations. Tickets are $250 for general admission and $500 VIP. Saturday, October 23 at 7 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Ballroom D, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. For further information, call 305-6735177.


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UM’s Donna Shalala honored with Nelson Mandela Award

Pictured (l-r) are Dick Schlosberg, chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees; South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool (1998 Mandela Award recipient); Univerity of Miami president Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY RAKESH SINGH

University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala received the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights during a recent ceremony and dinner at Blair House, hosted by U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The dinner honored Shalala’s retirement from the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Shalala, a former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, was recognized for dedication to advancing access to healthcare in the U.S., helping disadvantaged people around the world, and her special commitment to ending apartheid and developing democracy in South Africa. “Whether it’s providing better healthcare to soldiers returning from two wars, or shaping the future of nursing here at home, or providing relief efforts in Haiti, or providing leadership on health reform, Donna Shalala has always been there when the people of our country and the world have needed her,” said Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. Established in 1992 by the Kaiser Family Foundation at the behest of Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from 27 years of incarceration, the Mandela Award honors individuals for outstanding dedica-

tion to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally. Recipients are selected in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and with the approval of Mr. Mandela. Secretary Shalala received the award from two former recipients of the Mandela Award — South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool, the 1998 award winner, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, the 1997 award winner. Ambassador Rasool spoke of Dr. Shalala’s efforts in assisting South African exiles in the U.S. when she was serving as president of Hunter College and then the University of Wisconsin, and her association with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work in South Africa as a trustee over the past nine years. The award was presented by Surgeon General Benjamin. Shalala is a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Recipients of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights are given a statuette bearing a likeness of Mandela. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, CA, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible analysis and information on health issues.


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‘Winter Wonderful’ benefit event to fund music scholarships at UM BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The University of Miami Frost School of Music will present its holiday gala dinner, “Winter Wonderful,” on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. The goal of Winter Wonderful is to raise $100,000 for Frost School of Music undergraduate scholarships and the Frost “Music Reach” program. Music Reach is a partnership with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Arts for Learning, Communities in Schools, and the Harmony Project. Currently in this program 29 Frost undergraduate students serve as mentors, each “adopting” two at-risk seventh graders and providing weekly sessions in music instruction, homework help, and team-building activities. The relations are continued for the entire four years of the Frost mentors’ undergraduate careers, with the goal of using music as a bridge to help at-risk students towards college. Highlights of the evening will include a sumptuous three-course dinner and joyous holiday performances featuring a 200member Frost Choral Union and a special Frost Holiday Orchestra. The repertoire will include holiday carols from traditions from around the globe. Broadway alum Marcus Lovett, whose son, Dylan, is a Vocal Jazz freshman at the Frost School of Music, will be honored at the gala with the Frost Achievement Award and will perform selected holiday favorites. The Hon. Charles E. Cobb Jr. and Hon. Sue M. Cobb will be decorated for their philanthropy to the University of Miami and the South Florida community

with the Frost Legacy Award. “The Frost School of Music’s Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner is simply the perfect start to the holiday season,” said Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg. “It is a magical holiday gala filled with uplifting music performed by outstanding Frost musicians. It brings good cheer to new and long-time friends of the University of Miami and patrons of the arts in our community. “Best of all, the gala proceeds go directly to support undergraduate music scholarships at the Frost School of Music, including our new Frost Music-Reach mentoring program that uplifts and encourages teens all year long to succeed in school and in life.” The Frost Choral Union, 200 members strong, will perform as a unified choir and also as members of smaller ensembles including the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women’s Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir. Joshua Habermann will serve as music director for the entire evening, with assistance from Donald Oglesby and choral conducting graduate teaching assistants Rich Skirpan and Jeff Stern. Marcus Lovett is an American performer whose Broadway stints have included The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Carousel. The Hyatt Regency is located at 400 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami. Winter Wonderful is a Black Tie event and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit online at <www.winter-wonderful.com>, call 305284-2875 or send email to <eventsmanagement@miami.edu>.

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Dodge Challenger delivers nostalgia and excitement Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I had to drive up to North Carolina recently and — as luck would have it — I was testing the 2010 Dodge Challenger for the week, the perfect car for the trip. After crossing the Georgia state line, virtually everywhere we stopped someone came up to me with a question about the car, which made my job of digging up information a great deal easier. And the Challenger turned out to be an exceptionally nice road car — powerful and responsive, easy to handle and really quite comfortable. By the time we returned, I found myself with a grudging respect for the big American muscle car. And the Challenger does have a lot going for it — an unmistakable design, a proven rear-wheel-drive platform, powerful engines and technology — to the delight of driving enthusiasts around the country. The Challenger is a five-passenger, twodoor coupe, but rides on the same rear-drive

platform that complements the four-door Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. It’s available in three models — SE, R/T and SRT8 — and you have a choice between two legendary HEMI V-8 engines or a fuel-saving V-6. Challenger SE — lists at $21,320 and comes with a 250-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and fourspeed automatic. It has cloth upholstery (leather is optional), air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, 60/40 split-folding rear bench, tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 four-speaker stereo, visor vanity mirrors, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Other options include an eight-way power driver’s seat, moonroof, disc changer and navigation with real-time traffic, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics audio system, 18-inch aluminum wheels, ABS and electronic stability control and traction control. Challenger R/T — goes for $29,320 and is powered by a 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 mated to a five-speed automatic. It comes with a bodycolored rear spoiler and mirrors, metal fuel filler door, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, illuminated visor mirrors, dual chromed rectangular exhaust pipes and fog lights. Upgrades include 18-inch aluminum wheels with wider tires, stability control, bigger antilock brakes and a firmer suspension. Options include leather upholstery, naviga-

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tion system, a 368-watt Boston Acoustics sound system, bi-xenon headlamps, 20-inch chromed aluminum wheels, functional hood scoops, keyless go, remote start, a trip computer with performance pages and steeringwheel audio/data controls. Challenger SRT8 — lists for $39,320 has a 425-hp 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, Brembo brakes, a special suspension and a limited-slip differential. Many of the options on the R/T are standard, including an upgraded sound system, bixenon headlamps, trip/data computer, leather, keyless go, and Sirius satellite radio. The

SRT8 rear spoiler is flat black, the hood scoops are functional and the fuel filler is polished aluminum. There are 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and sport seats are standard. There are more than 25 safety and security features and modern amenities, including Uconnect Navigation with voice commands. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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