OCTOBER 12 - 18, 2010
Eugene Flinn most qualified for Miami-Dade Commission Eugene Flinn is the clear choice for Miami-Dade Commission, District 8. Flinn topped the field of six candidates in the Aug. 24 primary election. For the Nov. 2 runoff, Flinn offers a solid record of accomplishment and leadership that has made his village a better place. His runoff opponent Lynda Bell, while gaining experience as the first woman mayor of Homestead, has not yet shown she has risen to the level of Flinn. Flinn’s record shows that he will be a good steward of tax dollars, local economy, environment, safety, and overall quality of life. As the founding mayor of Palmetto Bay, he has worked to provide residents high-quality services at very low tax rates. He can be counted on to do more of the same on the Miami-Dade Commission. Flinn is a lifelong resident of MiamiDade County. He has a long history of community service in area PTAs and other civic organizations. He has a done a remarkable job of both standing up to the county officials on the issues of incorporation and mitigation, and working collaboratively with them on issues such as sustainable growth, healthcare, transportation and bringing a “green corridor” to District 8.
FLINN, page 4
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Skateboard fans flock to ‘Wreck the Deck’ event
Special transit pass, service for Komen Race participants BY KARLA DAMIAN
Pictured are David Caballero (left) and Jahorace Epps, top finishers in the Advanced Category.
(Photo by Mary Fernandez)
BY GARY ALAN RUSE
he “Wreck the Deck” skateboarding competition, conducted on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the skate park at Palmetto Bay Park, turned out well despite rains earlier that morning that threatened to dampen interest in the event. The skies cleared in time and the attendance was great, according to Mary Shie Fernandez, program and events coordinator for the village. “It was a huge success,” Fernandez said. “Thank goodness the weather held out for us. Close to 50 skaters participated and many more people attended. Our sponsors also really stepped it up and provided great prizes.” The event was a “Play Day” hosted as a part of the village’s recent designation as a 2010 Playful City by the KaBOOM!
organization, which promotes more playgrounds and more play for children. The winners of the skateboarding competition were: ADVANCED CATEGORY: First place, David Caballero Second place, Jahorace Epps Third place, Austin Salcedo INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY: First place, Josh Mijares Tied for second, Alex Vazquez and Tylynne Williams BEGINNER CATEGORY: Moises Alvarado Similar events are anticipated for the future at Palmetto Bay Park and other park locations.
iami-Dade Transit is offering a special One Day Pass, enhanced rail service and free parking at Metrorail stations and Park & Ride lots for participants of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 16. Unlike previous years, participants of this year’s race will need to use an EASY Card or EASY Ticket loaded with a pass or monetary value to ride Metrorail. For race participants, MDT is offering a special One Day Pass, which is sold regularly for $5 that will be loaded on an EASY Ticket and sold at the discounted rate of $2 to event participants. These passes are available as part of the online race registration at <www.komenmiaftl.org>, or offline at TeamFootWorks. This discounted pass will be available in advance only at TeamFootWorks. Passes will be sold through Oct. 15 or while supplies last. Participants can call TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) to confirm if passes still are available. Race participants who are not able to obtain a discounted One Day Pass by Oct. 15 will need to pay the full fare to ride Metrorail. To avoid long lines, MDT encourages participants to purchase a loaded EASY Card or EASY Ticket prior to the race. EASY Cards and EASY Tickets can be obtained at EASY Card vending machines at Metrorail stations,
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October 12 - 18, 2010
Miami Palmetto Senior High Invites all Prospective Students and their Parents/Guardians to the
7 – 8:30 PM
(Top to bottom, L to R) National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Daniel Castan, Kelly Hsu, William Smith, Caroline Grossman, and Zhou Fang. Saxophonists Timothy Lyons, Juliana Matos, Elias Ashe, and Logan Emery; soccer player Vitor Tomazzi; singer/pianist Logan Gardipee; dancers Elena Parrish, Taylor Smith, Nicolette Chaliotis, Victoria Fiedler, Kelsey Weiss, Chelsea Zwick, and Fiamma Garcia.
(Top to bottom, L to R) Singers Amanda Gil, Jordan Latham, and Natalia Diaz; Haitian Relief fund donors Rebecca Ellis, Kayla Campbell, and Brandon Kacer, Donnie Martin; Neil Goldman, Forrest Voight, Michael Ricobaldi, and Olga Shestopalova.
• Dual Enrollment college courses taught right on the Miami Palmetto campus • 27 AP courses offered each and every year • Over 55 honors courses — from art to world religion • Vocational-Technical courses • Cooperative Education / On the Job Training
• 24 varsity and club teams— from badminton to wrestling • 2nd straight year as Miami-Dade’s top Class 6A athletic program • Stellar recruitment record for Division I college sports • Athletic training program
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Award-winning academic teams Honor societies Pre-professional clubs Performing arts ensembles Spirit organizations Service clubs
More than 50 interest groups
Miami Palmetto Senior High… discover excellence in your own backyard 7460 SW 118 Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 • Phone: 305-235-1360 • mpsh.dadeschools.net Vis Per Scientiam – Strength through Knowledge
October 12 - 18, 2010
Village student to appear in TV public service spot
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice congratulates Lauren Henschel, 17, of North Miami Beach (center) and Taylor Davis, 13, of Palmetto Bay (right) on being named the top two youth volunteers in Florida for 2010 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Henschel and Davis were honored during a ceremony in May at the Smithsonianâ€™s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, where they each received a $1,000 award.
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