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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.

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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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Among some of Flinn’s initiatives have been government ethics reforms, including the “anti-shakedown zoning ordinance” that requires public disclosure of any attempts to solicit or receive payment of compensation to individuals or groups in exchange for their support or silence on zoning issues. He has overseen successfully public construction projects such as storm water drainage improvements and traffic calming measures. He is committed to adding green space and improving the area’s quality of life. He also has championed measures to protect children against registered sex offenders, and provide added homestead exemptions for qualified lowincome individuals over age 65. Flinn is a smart growth advocate. He opposes high-density growth that would hurt residential neighborhoods. He has worked hard to create jobs and centers of development on the traffic corridors within District 8, to promote economic growth and protect our natural environment. And he is a strong advocate for the agricultural community within District 8, recognizing its incredible economic value. Lynda Bell has the distinction of being the first and only woman mayor of the City of Homestead. During her tenure as a councilmember, vice mayor and mayor, Bell prided herself in listening closely to the needs of her city’s residents, business leaders and community advocates to develop responsible solutions for her city’s needs. Her staunch belief that government does not create jobs, people do, led her to

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consistently support economic policies that foster job creation. It was this philosophy that allowed the creation of over 2,000 new jobs and 350 new businesses in Homestead — all in a depressed economy. Under her leadership, she reduced taxes and spending and cut the overall size of government by 14 percent. She successfully negotiated union contracts. As mayor she ended business as usual and the practice of change orders and cost overruns to city projects — saving the taxpayers millions of dollars. Bell brought single stream recycling to the city. She personally fought for and brought the first public school in over 30 years to Homestead and was honored to name the new facility herself — Gateway Environmental Learning Center. Bell worked with administrators to establish a new senior center for the city’s elderly and under her leadership as mayor the project was successfully completed in 2009, along with the completion of five other parks including a skate park, two dog parks, and park renovations without one penny of tax dollars. Mayor Bell fought to beautify the downtown Krome Avenue corridor, bringing quaint and charming benches, trash cans and lined the street with oak trees, creating a linear park for residents and visitors alike — again, without new taxes or cost overruns. While both candidates have served their municipalities admirably, for Miami-Dade County Commission District 8, Miami’s Community Newspapers endorses Eugene Flinn. 30-minute Saturday schedule after the event. In addition, Metromover will open earlier, at 4:30 a.m., and will provide more frequent service until 3 p.m. Metromover will return to its regular Saturday schedule after 3 p.m. Event goers and participants also can park free at all Metrorail stations and Park & Ride lots on Oct. 16. For more information, visit MDT’s website at <www.miamidade.gov/transit>, or call 305-891-3131, Monday-Friday, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., or Saturday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971.

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Final approved millage for Palmetto Bay only 2.447 Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Evenn better thann wee thought.... It sounds a bit like one of those catchy numbers from an old Danny Kaye movie, but the millage in the village is on everyone’s mind these days. Well, the good news, as told to us by PB’s own PIO guy, Bill Kress, is that the millage rate of 2.544 that our paper reported in a recent article on the new budget was only the proposed rate as listed in earlier budget documents and not the “final final rate” that was approved by vote of the council. The actual millage rate is only 2.447, which should make your tax bill slightly lower than the earlier millage rate would suggest. Hey, every little bit helps. We apologize for any confusion and are happy to run this correction. Thanks, Bill. Statee off thee Village... Mayor Eugene. P.

Flinn, Jr., has invited us, and you, to attend the 2010 State of the Village Address. It’s Palmetto Bay’s largest formal event of the year and at least 500 usually attend. The Mayor will review the accomplishments of the previous fiscal year, and outline the Village’s future plans and objectives, and there’ll be a historical retrospective video of the Village’s first eight years. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., since this is Mayor Flinn’s last and very special State of the Village Address. Look for an invitation in the mail by mid-October. We’ree fairlyy sure that Amendment 4 will pass November 2. The constitutional amendment will give referendum power for voters to reject land use changes that city or county “fathers” approve. It’s mostly a result of so much negativity associated with developers and government officials due to suspected tradeoffs on everything from pats on the back and lobbyist futures to cash-filled briefcases. The effectiveness of Amendment 4 may eventually come down to court cases that will determine defining the wordage, as applied in every one of our 67 Florida counties, setting a precedent for how voting can

proceed in all cases. If this seems like a tempest in a teapot to some (or many), remember that it was the urgency to overdevelop that led Florida voters to put Amendment 4 on the ballot in the first place. Buzzz outt off a Kendall Commissioner’s office is that whoever replaces Comish Katy Sorenson in District 8 (Palmetto Bay’s Eugene Flinn or Homestead’s Lynda Bell) is a good bet to become the “Aye” vote to turn a 7-6 anti-repeal of the $5 parks parking fee to a 7-6 vote to do away with it. Katy and Chairman Dennis Moss became a minority of our “Kendall Comish” voting bloc agin’ Javier Souto’s repeal, with Joe Martinez and Carlos Gimenez giving him a 3-2 backing. Iff youu didn’tt catch the dating, automotive exec’ Norman Braman’s drive to oust Mayor (and ex-Kendall cop) Carlos Alvarez from his county post began officially on October 6 with verification of petitions you’ll be asked to sign at a Publix, one of these days. To reach recall, some 52,000 signatures are needed from among 1.2 million Miami-Dade voters, but it won’t be easy with new restrictions on recall procedures. Deadline for submis-

sion: 4 p.m. on December 5 (a Sunday) so have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah, in advance! Businessess (and others) with websites take note: Tiffany Trias tells us that customers respond well to mobile ads but they previously could only be purchased from the 30,000 or so mobile enabled websites, miniature versions of full websites rescaled to be viewed on a smartphone. But what about the other 240 million websites? Advertisers couldn’t buy ads from them. Now they can, thanks to Romeo Mendoza and something called “Adzookie.” For more info visit their website: http://www.Adzookie.com Thoughtt for thee Day: Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. – Albert Einstein

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Tea Party group targets Florida Supreme Court justices R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY A high percentage of registered voters go to the polls when we are electing the President of the United States. In off presidential election years the numbers who vote are far fewer. Almost without exception everyone knows who is running for the White House. But, ask the average voter in Miami-Dade County to name just three county commissioners and we would be lucky to receive a correct answer. Ask the average voter to name just one member of the Florida Supreme Court and more than likely you will just get a blank stare. Yet, every other year we are asked to vote on the retention of judges — including four of the members of our state’s Supreme Court. They can’t campaign, other than to say “vote for me; I love America.” They can’t say how they feel about gun control, adoption, same sex marriage, stem cell research or even if they are a conservative or a liberal.

Citizens2Citizens, a Tea Party group in Central Florida, has made the decision to campaign against two members of the Florida Supreme Court because they do not like the decision rendered in rejecting a constitutional amendment proposed by the Florida Legislature. The amendment would have nullified the new federal healthcare law, as it would apply in Florida. Let me clearly state Citizens2Citizens has every right to institute a campaign to convince voters to reject Justices Jorge Labarga and James Perry from their positions on the high court. The question: Is it logical? Do we remove a judge because he or she didn’t vote the way we had hoped? Is there a difference between voting to remove a county commissioner because they voted against our wishes as opposed to removing a judge for the same reason? I think so, and so did several attorneys I spoke with in the past few days. Commissioners vote on an issue that has merit on both sides. A judge, especially a Supreme Court judge, votes on the point of law. There is the difference. So how do we know which judge to support or remove from office? One way is to look to the opinions of the attorney members of the Florida Bar. Every other year the

–– VIEWPOINT –– Florida Bar polls its members about the Supreme Court and appeals court judges. After all, who should know better the effectiveness of judges than the attorneys who appear before them on an almost daily basis? Being a liberal or a conservative attorney doesn’t mean much inasmuch as we have attorneys of all political persuasions voting. So, how did the members of the Florida Bar vote on the retention of Supreme Court justices Perry and Labarga? Some 85 percent said retain Justice Perry, and 88 percent said retain Justice Labarga. I would be inclined to say that the opinions of 5,302 attorneys — conservative, middle of the road and liberal — that we should retain the two justices is far more convincing than the opinion of a group with an ax to grind. One thing really does bother me. A Tea Party Blog (http://teapartypatriots.org) wrote: “Are the candidates [judges] conservative? Or liberal? To retain good candidates in office Vote YES and Vote NO, NOT to retain liberal candidates.” Does this mean “all” conservative judges are “good” and

“all” liberal judges are “bad?” That’s an awfully broad sweeping generality. The other aspect of the subject, one of even greater importance is, are we any better off selecting judges that will always agree with the opinions of the legislature or should we be electing judges who apply the law and not surrender to the whims of our elected legislature, be they Republicans or Democrats? Whatever happened to the concept of checks and balances? If all judges always agree with those that pass the law we could save a lot of money getting rid of the whole Supreme Court. I’m voting for retention of Justices Perry and Labarga. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH Like so many other South Florida homeowners, Alina wages war with her budget every month. When her homeowner’s insurance bill recently went up to more than $5,000 a year, she found cheaper coverage. The health insurance executive, who lives in Country Walk, changed companies and fought for every insurance discount she was entitled to, including her storm shutters. Alina said the discounts were very important to her and if she had to pay more on here bill, she wouldn’t be able to afford her home. Most families have several different kinds of storm shutters protecting their homes, from the older storm panels to the newer accordion style shutters. But it turns out they may not qualify anymore for the insurance discounts. That’s because complaints from the insurance industry have convinced state insurance regulators to change Florida’s residential inspection program. What’s the issue? It’s about allegations of fraud. “The industry’s concern was that a lot of unqualified people were certifying that homes were eligible for discounts when they weren’t,” said Dulce Suarez-Resnick of Doral’s NCF Insurance. “So they looked for a more uniform way of certifying inspectors, but it worked the other way around.” For some homeowners, “worked the other way around” means that they’ll lose the discounts they counted on because of the way homes are now being inspected. Insurance insiders said homeowners could see as much as an 80 percent rate hike on the windstorm portion of their premiums when their homes are re-inspected under the new guidelines. “I have a customer who lost their mitigation discounts and the new bill went all the way up $10,000 a year from the increased windstorm portion of his premium,” Suarez-Resnick said. So what actually changed? When my home was last inspected in 2007, it qualified for a series of storm shutter and roof bracing discounts. But under the current inspection guidelines, the very same shutters didn’t meet the requirements and the inspector, hired by the insurance company, couldn’t verify the roof qualified for any discounts at all. That, despite the

fact the original inspector three years ago found the shutters and extra roof bracing did qualify for discounts. Some of the new requirements are actually impossible to meet, because in some cases, a portion of the roof would have to be torn open to verify that it included a water-penetration barrier that can’t be seen once the roof is completed. Professor Jose Mitrani is a construction management expert and professional engineer who teaches at Florida International University. “What chance do most homeowners have under the current guidelines to get a discount,” I asked him. “Not much,” he replied. The building code expert said the new inspection program is based on Florida’s tougher building codes that most of the state’s older homes can’t meet without expensive modifications and upgrades like entire new roofing systems. “Since the majority of homes were built after Hurricane Andrew in 1993 or prior to 2002 when the new statewide code came about, and the code changed down here in 1994, a majority of the homes statewide will not meet the new requirement or most of the requirements,” Mitrani said. Alina said she didn’t know about the changes in the state’s inspection program. “I’m surprised they didn’t let people know about this,” she said. “It almost sounds like a trick to me to get higher rates. Something sounds funny to me.” Suarez-Resnick said consumers need to start getting all their old permits and inspection records together to prove to their insurance companies their homes do meet current codes and to contest a bad inspection. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation recently held a workshop on its inspection program and is studying ways of improving it. The state’s biggest Insurer, Citizen’s Property and Casualty, temporarily suspended inspection on its business policies to evaluate its findings. It’s also adding more inspection companies to manage them. Citizens’ officials insist most of its customers will still qualify for some of their earlier discounts. But as the program stands right now, insurance companies can require policyholders to get their homes re-evaluated by building inspectors picked and paid for by them, to decide if a home qualifies for any discounts. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.

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Whole Foods Market announces re-opening of Pinecrest store BY LEE STEPHENS

tions, live music, and events for all ages. Details on all events will be available in Whole Foods Market, the world’s lead- the store and online at <www.wholefoodsing natural and organic foods supermarket, market.com/stores/pinecrest/>. has announced the completed renovation of In addition to the store’s new features the the Pinecrest store at community will enjoy 11701 S. Dixie Hwy. its monthly calendar of Since 1980, Whole (US1). events featuring cookWhole Foods Foods Market has ing classes and product Market will celebrate demonstrations by local pioneered the organic the grand re-opening chefs and in-store culiof the 30,000-squarenary experts. The puband natural foods foot, remodeled store lic is invited to enjoy movement. All products health lectures, fitness on Saturday, Oct. 16, with a free continental classes, children’s meet Whole Foods breakfast for cusevents, store tours, food Market’s strict quality tomers at 7 a.m., foland wine tastings, and lowed by a traditional activities focused standards to ensure they other Whole Foods Market on wellness. “bread-breaking cereare free of artificial “We are proud to mony” — a foodie offer the community an additives, sweeteners, twist on the traditional even better shopping ribbon cutting event than colorings, preservatives experience — at 8 a.m., both takbefore,” Hinds said. and hydrogenated fats. ing place in the store “And we’ll continue the parking lot. Whole Foods Market “We are offering the Pinecrest communi- tradition of providing the best possible ty an even better store,” said Oscar Hinds, service and shopping experience to our Whole Foods Market store team leader. customers at their convenient, neighbor“We’ve listened to the community and hood store.” have designed and enhanced the store in Since 1980, Whole Foods Market has order to thoroughly delight as well as meet pioneered the organic and natural foods our customers’ needs. movement. All products meet Whole Foods “Our No. 1 goal is to provide the Market’s strict quality standards to ensure Pinecrest area and surrounding communi- they are free of artificial additives, sweetties with the freshest, most flavorful, and eners, colorings, preservatives and hydrohighest quality products, while providing genated fats. Skilled buyers search the superior value in an immaculately remod- globe for the finest authentic products, artieled store.” sans, and renowned purveyors of produce, Following the bread-breaking ceremony, meat, seafood, cheese, coffee, and other grand re-opening activities will continue delicacies. throughout the weekend with special free For more information visit online at product samples, in-store chef demonstra- <www.wholefoodsmarket.com>.

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A Review of “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” By Rick Tonkinson Certified Financial Planner CFP®

Recently, I have seen the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” which is a sequel to the movie “Wall Street” which was filmed in 1987. As a money manager, I highly recommend that if you are an investor, you should see this movie for its realistic portrayal of the brutal dynamics of Wall Street. To appreciate this movie even more, I suggest that you see the movie “Wall Street” . The new movie is a real eye opener to watch how the main character, Gordon Gekko, can come out of jail for his crimes in the first movie, write a best selling book of his exploits, and be resurrected to be once again on top of his manipulation of financial transactions. “Greed is good,” is Gekko’s mantra in both movies for those few that are powerful and sophisticated enough to deal in complex Wall Street manipulation. They are criminals who think that they are so talented and anointed to become obsessively rich. Their prevailing attitude is, in order for one to win big, others must lose badly. The investments that were “hot” in the 1987 film, such as leveraged buyouts, are now derivatives and sub-prime mortgages in the 2010 film. It’s not the investment itself but how it is manipulated by those

few “in the know” that has terrible repercussions for the rest of the world when the mega deal falls apart. Those at fault have no remorse for the damages they have done. They got caught and they go away quietly for a while as they think of another investment scheme that make them the darlings of Wall Street again only for them to get the money and the glory and eventually a lot of people get burned again. What goes around, comes around. Most of the people who see the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” will not have the slightest understanding of the transactions discussed and all the “financialese” verbiage. Gordon Gekko, says it best that only 75 people in the world really know how these (fringe) investments work. Don’t let the verbiage overwhelm you. The presentation that Gordon Gekko delivers at the University in New York in order to promote his book is a terrific summation of the 2008 meltdown. I suggest that you focus on the reasons why people are motivated. What drives them to be either saints or sinners? It is not how they do it, but why they do it. The “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” movie is, in my opinion, Oscar-quality not only for the acting but for the screenplay, editing and cinematography. It is not only quality entertainment but also a direct criticism that the Wall Street investor should be aware of. Rick Tonkinson is a money manager exclusively for the middle class. His focus is to minimize the losses in client’s accounts. Losses can occur due to abusive and aggressive manipulation of investments by those portrayed in the movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” His hands-on, daily monitoring of client’s accounts helps him to be responsive to stock and bond market gyrations. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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Millie Herrera campaigning on state economic revival BY RICHARD YAGER

Commission funding), developing lending cooperation from local banks, and bringing A Kendall mother active in community more training dollars to South Florida to affairs for over a decade, Millie Herrera has help build a world-class workforce. made a major part of her campaign for the “The infrastructure is already in place for District 114 Florida House us to become a world class seat the revival of Florida’s technology hub, a gateway economy, especially by helpfor Latin America,” she ing small business owners. said. “We are perfectly Active in state party positioned for export affairs, she joins a slate of opportunities, and every local Democratic candidates dollar we can invest returns seeking to balance the politi$57 to our economy. That’s cal makeup of the Florida why we need to aggressiveHouse that currently favors ly recruit high tech and the GOP by a 76-43 seat renewable energy industries margin. that will generate high-payHerrera is running against ing jobs,” she said. Miami-Dade School Board She expects to pay for District 7 member Ana-Rivas new programs by seeking Logan (R) for the District 114 to eliminate sales tax Millie Herrera seat vacated by Anitere Flores exemptions that cater to ––––––––––––––––––––– (R). In addition to eastern 180 special interests, Kendall areas, the district includes parts of enforce collection of taxes on Internet sales, Fontainebleau, Sweetwater, University Park, and “close corporate tax loopholes” that Westwood Lakes, Westchester, Richmond favor “wealthy, out-of-state corporations.” West and South Miami Heights Herrera also supports improving educaFlores chose not to seek reelection in tion by fairer apportionment of state funding, District 114 to become a candidate for the creating solutions to reduce property taxes Florida Senate seat of Alex Villalobos (R) and end unwarranted foreclosure actions, who has to relinquish his District 38 seat due and providing new services for the elderly. to term limits. As a small business owner, Herrera founded Herrera won her Democratic primary on The Miami Group marketing firm after 18 Aug. 24 with a strong 2,646-969 victory years in managing information systems for over opponent Robert Blanco and has since banking, insurance, and energy industries, later gained important endorsements by the applying those disciplines to travel technology Kendall Federation Political Action and marketing management while earning a Committee and Miami-Dade County BS from Southern Illinois University (1982) Commissioner Katy Sorenson. and an MBA at FIU in 2001. Herrera’s emphasis on immediate action In addition to gaining a diverse business to restore economic health also won support background since leaving her native Cuba in from a diverse range of influential organiza- 1967, Herrera has pursed equally a passion tions, including Florida Education for community involvement and public poliAssociation, United Teachers of Dade, Unity cy advocacy for over 15 years. Coalition, Service Employes International Her most influential post in recent years Union and local groups that vary from Clean came as president of the Democratic Hispanic Water Action to the South Florida Council of Caucus of Florida from 2000 through 2004 Fire Fighters. after serving as president of its Miami Her major campaign plank to restore vital- Chapter in 1997-98, and as deputy director of ity to the Florida business economy includes the Democratic Party from 1995 to 1997. payroll tax exemptions for hiring the unemA volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for seven ployed and fee reductions as a starting place years, she served on Kendall Community to help Florida businesses, both large or Council 12 from 2003 to 2006, including a small. term as vice chair in 2005, and was secretary “Close to 2 million small businesses to the board of directors of Union Positive, a employ over 70 percent of our workers,” she non-profit focused on HIV/AIDs prevention said, adding they can be helped “by making for the Hispanic community. state bids and proposals more accessible by A 2004 Fellow of the National Hispanic creating a pool of pre-qualified small busi- Leadership Institute, employed at the nesses capable of performing portions of Harvard J.F.K. School of Government NHLI projects, if not their entirety.” Executive Program, she was host and proHerrera also proposes a “Mom and Pop” ducer of Democracia Al Dia, a weekly talk state grant program (similar to Miami-Dade show on Spanish radio (1550AM).


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Jewish Learning Institute offers course on ‘Medicine and Morals’ BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present “Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions;” the six-session course will commence during the week of Oct. 24. Rabbi Avrohom Stolik of Chabad of Downtown Coral Gables will conduct the six course sessions at three locations: two daytime classes are to take place at noon on six Tuesdays beginning on Oct. 26 at the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 700, in Coral Gables, and on six Thursdays beginning on Oct. 28 at the South Miami Hospital Clarke Education Center, 6200 SW 73 St. An evening class will conducted at 7:45 p.m. on six Wednesdays beginning Oct. 27 at 550 Biltmore Way, Suite 103, in Coral Gables. The six lessons will include “Choosing Life: The Obligation to Seek Healing;” “Flesh of My Flesh: Organ Transplants in Jewish Law;” “Rolling the Dice: Risky and Experimental Treatments;” “New Beginnings: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies;” “With You In Mind: Ethical Treatment of the Mentally Disabled,” and “Secret Code: Genetics and the Ethics of Patient Confidentiality.” “As medicine advances and life expectancy increases, almost all of us will encounter an ethical dilemma in dealing with our own health or that of a loved one,” said Rabbi Zalman Abraham of the JLI’s Brooklyn headquarters. “But Jewish law creatively draws analogies with ancient paradigms to provide guidance through the maze of medical decision-making.” The course will examine contemporary case studies and compare secular and Jewish approaches as a means of developing understanding, he added.

The six lessons will include “Choosing Life: The Obligation to Seek Healing;” “Flesh of My Flesh: Organ Transplants in Jewish Law;” “Rolling the Dice: Risky and Experimental Treatments;” “New Beginnings: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies;” “With You In Mind: Ethical Treatment of the Mentally Disabled,” and “Secret Code: Genetics and the Ethics of Patient Confidentiality.” Like all JLI programs, “Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life’s Tough Decisions” is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. Interested students may call 305-490-7572 or visit <www.ChabadGables.com/JLI> for registration and other course-related information. The course will be available for CME and CLE credit. (Students who are pursuing continuing education credit may have to fulfill additional requirements.) JLI courses are presented in Coral Gables and South Miami in conjunction with Chabad of Downtown Coral Gables. Visit online at <www.myJLI.com> for up-to-date information about Medicine and Morals.

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Landmark preschool celebrates 38 years shaping young minds BY LEE STEPHENS

Tucked away behind St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church in South Miami is a thriving cooperative preschool celebrating 38 years of shaping young minds. In 1972, a group of parents recognized the need for a quality preschool experience and a cooperative nursery school experience for themselves. Today the school still continues to blossom with new and returning families looking for an enriching preschool environment. St. Matthew’s Cooperative Preschool is a place where children reap the rewards from a highly experienced teacher and an involved group of parents. As a cooperative preschool, parents volunteer in the classroom several days a month and are able to participate alongside their children as the teacher directs academics, art, science and more in fun and exciting ways. The school takes every opportunity to match creative and imaginative play in the classroom with exciting field trips that bring lessons to life. For example, each year the school visits the Key Biscayne Fire Department for a tour during fire prevention week and a chance to squirt water from a fire hose. During Supermarket Week, the children

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cery store for a behind-the-scenes tour. Parental involvement keeps costs low. And, with a 4-to-1 adult-to-child ratio, children benefit from the additional adult supervision and diversity of experience that parents bring to the classroom. The preschool had a parent who worked as a professional violinist teaching a lesson in music appreciation on a regular basis. Another parent, a professionally trained dancer, organized gymnastics and dance lessons throughout the year. “I love St. Matthew’s as much as my children do,” said Nichole Oursler, a parent who has returned for her family’s third year at the school. “It’s an enriching preschool experience and a supportive school community that you simply will not find anywhere else,” she added. St. Matthew’s Cooperative Preschool offers preschool for children ages 3-5, Monday through Friday, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The school is a licensed Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) provider for children who have turned 4 as of Sept. 1. St. Matthew’s Cooperative Preschool is located at 7410 Sunset Dr. in South Miami. For more information, call 305-661-1287 or visit <www.stmatthewscooppreschool.org>.

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Alex Perdomo named FPL’s 2010 ‘Volunteer of the Year’

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BY KRISTY KENNEDY

Since childhood, Alex Perdomo has been taught the importance of giving back to his community. However, five years ago when he began serving as a volunteer youth soccer coach at the Optimist Club of West Kendall, he never imagined all the personal reward he would get in return for his service. To date, Perdomo has logged more than 500 volunteer hours on and off the soccer field. From organizing practices and scrimmages to coordinating with team parents and making sure the kids have snacks, he does it all for his teams. Perdomo, a Miami-based employee of Florida Power & Light Company, has enriched the lives of hundreds of local youth. That’s why he has been named FPL’s 2010 “Volunteer of the Year.” The Optimist Club of West Kendall, the largest recreational program of its kind in Miami-Dade County, is staffed by volunteers who are members of the community. Perdomo has been volunteering for the past five years, coaching two soccer teams during back-to-back seasons.

He is so well-known and loved by the kids, he is the most-requested coach in the league. Starting out as a soccer novice, Perdomo initially had to learn how to play the game. Eventually, he took on more teams, allowing the program to expand and more children to be exposed to the joys of soccer, teamwork and other valuable life skills. His philosophy is simple — learn the game of soccer by being a team player and having fun. He celebrates big plays, wins and even losses, anything to encourage the kids to get out there and have a good time. He not only volunteers his time but also buys many of the teams’ supplies, cones, soccer balls and snacks out of his own pocket. As a lifelong volunteer for various organizations including the local Kiwanis Club and Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity he said, “If everyone gave a little, the world would be a greater place.” During a luncheon at FPL’s Miami headquarters on Sept. 13, Perdomo was honored for his efforts with the 2010 “FPL Volunteer of the Year” award.


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Coast Guardsman makes time to help Colombian orphanage Petty Officer Third Class Daniel Vega is pictured aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin in Miami Beach.

BY PO2 NICK AMEEN, USCG

Life for a Coast Guard machinery technician (MK) aboard an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Miami Beach is demanding enough, but Petty Officer Third Class Daniel Vega, an MK stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, is going above and beyond his already hectic schedule. When he’s not underway catching drug runners and migrant smugglers, Vega, who graduated from South Miami Senior High, Class of 2007, spends his time helping those in need. He is the vice president and co-founder of the non-profit organization Qyyum Sisters Shine-A-Light. Vega and his girlfriend, Jasmin, both 21, along with her sisters Soraya, 18, and Sammie, 16, started the foundation to be of service to those who are less fortunate. Their first project was to help a girls’ orphanage and a mental asylum in the Colombian capital of Bogota by collecting a variety of goods, including clothes, educational toys, school supplies and financial donations. The financial donations are crucial because they will go toward shipping costs. They’re also accepting empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans, for which recycling centers pay. “Everybody deserves a chance,” Vega said. “Everybody deserves to have some good luck in their life. Everybody deserves an opportunity to better themselves and to just be able to live happy.” Vega and the Qyyum sisters are collecting goods until Nov. 15. From Nov. 24 to 28, they’ll travel to Colombia, a trip fund-

ed by donations and personal savings. Jasmin’s family in Colombia will help distribute the donations to the orphanage and the asylum. Vega, a Miami Beach native, will use earned time off from work for the voyage. But they’re not stopping there — a charity drive focused on Bangladesh already is in the works for the future. In fact, the Qyyum Sisters Shine-ALight organization is named for Jasmin’s father, Mohammed Qyyum, who was born in Bangladesh. He died from lymphoma on July 21, 2007, just two days after Vega left for boot camp at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, NJ. “He was always helping out everybody that he could,” said Vega. “He brought [his daughters] up to always do good and help out the less fortunate.” Vega follows that tradition of helping others while remaining devoted to duty within the Coast Guard. “He’s definitely a stand-up guy,” said Ltjg Kenneth Franklin, commanding officer of the cutter Dolphin. “He’s always trying to do the right thing, and this is one of those instances.” Franklin, a native of Buffalo, NY, took command of the Dolphin July 28 and has since gotten to know Vega. “On the job, as an MK, he has to figure out what has to be done, what needs to be tightened, what pumps need replacing,” Franklin said. “But with this, it’s engrained in him that the right thing is to get down there and help people in need and give back.” To find out how to help, call 786-4932450.

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Course helps grandparents nurture Jewish identity in grandchildren BY VANESSA VIADERO

Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. in Coral Gables, is now offering a new course called the Grandparents Circle, a free five-session educational and support group experience for grandparents to learn techniques for nurturing Jewish identity in their interfaith grandchildren, while also supporting their adult children. Grandparents Circle begins on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12:30 p.m. Grandparents Circle courses are free and open to the public. To register or for more information call Temple Judea at 305-667-5657. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grandparents Circle course is an opportunity for Jewish grandparents to connect with their interfaith grandchildren in a loving and nurturing way,â&#x20AC;? said Temple Judea Rabbi Judith Siegal. Grandparents Circle will inspire Jewish grandparents to share Judaism in a fun way with their grandchildren, and their parents, and discuss the joys and challenges of interfaith families in a positive, accepting environment. All sessions will be guided by a trained facilitator with a Jewish educational background. The five sessions will be conducted one Tuesday a month on the following dates: Oct. 26; Nov. 9; Dec. 14; Jan. 11, 2011, and Feb. 8. The Grandparents Circle is sponsored by the Temple Judea Outreach Committee and funded by a generous donation from the Weiner Family Fund. The course was created by the Jewish Outreach Institute, an

independent national organization providing programs and services to the intermarried and their families. Known for its commitment to youth, education and the community, Temple Judea provides Shabbat religious services for individuals and families of all ages, holiday celebrations and special family programs, Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;nai Mitzvah preparation, pre-school, religious school experiences as well as an array of opportunities for lifelong learning and community involvement. The Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Now celebrating 61 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of the largest Reform synagogues in Miami with more than 600 members. The congregation is led by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg and Rabbi Judith Siegal. For more information, visit online at <www.JudeaGables.org>.


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Macy’s to host fifth annual Shop For A Cause event This year’s Shop For A Cause will take place at all Macy’s stores and on macys.com on Oct. 16. Through Shop For A Cause, Macy’s provides participating organizations with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Organizations keep 100 percent of every ticket sold. By purchasing a shopping pass to the event, customers will be supporting their favorite cause while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment, special events and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree. Shop For A Cause passes sold in Macy’s stores across the country will benefit Feeding America, The Family Violence Prevention Fund and other designated organizations. Passes sold online at <www.macys.com>. Charities can register to participate in Macy’s Shop For A Cause by logging onto <www.macys.com/shopforacause>.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUPS MEET AT BAPTIST HOSPITAL There are two separate support groups for people with diabetes that will be meeting at Baptist Hospital. A support group for families with newly diagnosed children with diabetes are meeting the first Wednesday of every other month from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Diabetes Care Center

conference room located on 3 Main West at Baptist Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. The second group is a 10-week series for teens with diabetes that meets on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The group meets in the conference room as well. Helping people control diabetes and live longer, healthier lives is what diabetes care at Baptist Health is all about. The programs at Baptist, South Miami, Homestead and Mariners hospitals are recognized by the American Diabetes Association. For information on these support groups, call the Diabetes Care Center at Baptist Hospital, 786-596-3696.

CORAL GABLES SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST ACADEMY MAGNET FAIR Coral Gables Senior High School will host an Academy Magnet Fair on Oct. 14 at the school, 450 Bird Rd. in Coral Gables. The fair will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature students from all six academies: Academy of Business, Management & Information Technology; Academy of Communication Arts, Film & Digital Media; Academy of Design, Education & Hospitality; Academy of Health Science, Public Service & Law; Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, and the International Baccalaureate-Academy of Liberal Arts.

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On Oct. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community will have the opportunity to help Idella Sanabria, a recent stroke survivor. The garage sale will take place at 8715 SW 160 St. All proceeds from the sale benefit the costs for caring for Mrs. Sanabria, newly home-bound grandmother. With Sanabria’s overwhelming love of sewing, hundreds of items will be available and include material, thread, yarn, miscellaneous crafts, sewing notations, beautifully hand-sewn items from Mrs. Sanabria and more. For more information about this event, contact Suz Perez at 1-954-439-5456.

MIAMI-DADE TRANSIT CELEBRATES WITH HISPANIC HERITAGE TOURS For the 10th consecutive year, MiamiDade Transit (MDT) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with its award-winning Hispanic Heritage Tours, showcasing Miami’s rich Hispanic legacy on Oct. 23. Tours will begin at Miami-Dade’s Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 NW First St. Starting times for the tours are: 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. The free, narrated three-hour tours are offered in comfortable MDT buses that will visit such sites as the Miami Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity and Miami’s historic Little Havana. Tour participants can request the tour be narrated in English or Spanish. To reserve a seat, call 786-469-5415.

ALHAMBRA ORCHESTRA, G.M.Y.S. TO HOST ‘A SPOOKY SYMPHONY’ Join the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and Alhambra Orchestra for “A Spooky Symphony,” featuring music by classical composers and scores from Phantom of the Opera and Lord of the Rings, on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. This free Halloween event will take place in the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. in downtown Miami. Not only will children be introduced to the magic of a live orchestra, but fun activities include a costume contest that will sure please kids of all ages. For more information, call 305-267-3002 or 305-668-9260, or visit <www.gmys.org> or <www.alhambramusic.org>. LONDON SQUARE REVS UP WITH KENDALL KAR CRUISE Classic car owners and enthusiasts are invited to the Kendall Kar Cruise at London Square on Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The center is located at the southeast corner at SW 120th Street and 137th Avenue in West Kendall. This event is open free to the public. Attendees will enjoy festive music and the classic cars on display. A disc jockey will be playing music and announcing the classic cars as they drive into the center. Retail merchants will be on site providing various incentive offers and savings with registration. For more information about this event, call Enrique Kaufer at 1-561-989-1961.

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HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO MDT’S EASY CARD Miami-Dade Transit will celebrate the oneyear anniversary of its automated fare collection system with an Easy Card Birthday Bash on Oct. 29 at noon in the Transit Service Center area, second level atrium, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St. Register your Easy Card by Oct. 15 at <http://easycard.miamidade.gov> for a chance to win a year of free transit. MDT has recorded more than 41 million Easy Card taps at its Metrorail fare gates and Metrobus fare boxes since the system’s 2009 launch. The customer who makes the 42 millionth tap, with a registered Easy Card, will be the winner of the 12 months’ worth of free transit on an Easy Card. For more information, visit <www.easycard.miamidade.gov>. DOLPHIN MALL PLANS ANNUAL HALLOWEEN ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ This year’s “Spooktacular” Halloween Party at Dolphin Mall, located at 11401 NW 12 St., will take place on Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. The “Spooktacular” Halloween Party is spooky fun for the whole family. Capture the family fun and excitement featuring live entertaintment. Kids will be treated to a magic show, character sing-a-longs and games. Children are invited to wear their costumes and enter one of three costume contests.

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A routine physical some 25 years ago, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember the year in the mid-1980s, resulted in a heretofore unknown medial discovery and conclusion that I needed to rely on pills for the first time in my life. My doctor prescribed medication for my hypertension (it was in excess of 140/90) and I had been on blood pressure medication ever since. Instead of curing the deadly malady, I was on a regimen of three different pills I swallowed daily in response to my blood pressure having settled in the 200+/100+ troposphere. It was scary, very scary. Then I met Regina and Marshall Cussell, who told me all about wheatgrass. What did I have to lose? I ordered the juicer and my first batch of fresh wheatgrass. May 15 was my first day of juicing and drinking two ounces of wheatgrass juice. On that fateful day I registered a blood pressure reading of 208/110. From then on I prepared and drank two ounces of juice every morning. I was even blessed with a pleasant side benefit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the sweet grassy taste reminds me every morning of my childhood days when we youngsters tumbled in the backyard in the summer and chewed on the grass covering our playground. On May 22, seven days later, I must admit, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prepared to read what my blood pressure monitor reported: 130/75. No, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t jump up and down with joy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see what the coming week brings,â&#x20AC;? I told myself. Having lived for so many years as a prime candidate to become a statistic and now enjoying my third year as a septuagenarian, you can understand why I gave my blood pressure monitor little rest during the second week of relying on the words of hope from the Cussells. Every day the numbers were in a range I had not even come close to for some 25 years.

On May 29, my blood pressure was down to 111/66. I felt good and was happy. Will I be able to stop swallowing those blood pressure pills? On June 5, three weeks after beginning my daily routine of drinking wheatgrass juice, the blood pressure monitor advised me of a 136/86 reading. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that exciting news. The readings on June 12 and 15 confirmed my stunning progress. On June 25, 40 days having passed since embarking on this journey of hope, I presed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;startâ&#x20AC;? button on my blood pressure monitor. The purring of the inflation cuff wrapped around my wrist lasted about a millennium but stops after 57 seconds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 135/68 is the reading. Is this a new lease on life? The Silent Killer is much less likely to count me as a victim. Will I soon be able to announce, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who wants my pill dispenser?â&#x20AC;? Thank you, Regina and Marshall. I will see you every Saturday at the Farmers Market for my weekly supply of wheatgrass. Organically grown wheatgrass by the tray or cut and bagged, manual and electric juicers, growing supplies, and growing lessons are available from the Wings of Love Foundation (www.WingsOfLoveFoundation.org) or visit <www.Wheatgrassing.com>. Call Regina or Marshall Cussell at 305-246-5683. You also may visit with the Cussells every Saturday at the Glaser Farmers Market in Coconut Grove. The author is a Miami-based online publisher at <www.GrandLifestyle.com>. Dr. Dinter earned a BS in mathematics, MA in management, and PhD in economics and business administration (corporate finance) from the University of Florida. He presently is involved deeply in the Feline Eden Project-the Miami sanctuary. He can be reached at <HDinter@GrandLifestyle.com>.

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MDC students preparing for annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;All-Nighter for Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY TERE ESTORINO

In 2009, more than 300 Miami Dade College (MDC) students led a hugely successful fundraising effort to help fight hunger and poverty in Haiti. This year, student leaders have planned an even larger campaign for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Nighter for Haiti,â&#x20AC;? beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, and continuing until 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fred Shaw Memorial Plaza on the Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12-hour event was one of South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fundraisers led entirely by college students. In the end, the students raised more than $23,000 that included a combination of donations as well as proceeds from food sales during the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to raise $40,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; double that of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to further fund the construction of sustainable tilapia farms in Haiti,â&#x20AC;? said Stuart Williams, an MDC professor who has mentored and worked closely with the student philanthropists the past two years. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Nighter for Haitiâ&#x20AC;? event will usher in the start of World Food Day, a global campaign to heighten public awareness of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hunger problem and strengthen international solidarity in the struggle against malnutrition and poverty, as well as draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development. The idea for the overnight fundraiser materialized when a group of MDC Honors College students attended the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria. After the seminar they were inspired to take on a project they already had been thinking about for quite some time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to help fight hunger and poverty in Haiti. As a result, the students created a college-wide organization,

Students Aiding International Development (SAID). SAIDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to raise awareness about the harsh and deplorable suffering in underdeveloped nations. It has partnered with MDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center for Community Involvement and Food For The Poor (FFTP), an international charity based in South Florida that provides food, shelter, and medicine to poor citizens in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. FFTP also is a co-sponsor of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Nighter For Haitiâ&#x20AC;? event. Since formalizing their efforts with the creation of their student group SAID, the students have established an online presence with a website as well as corporate sponsorships. This year SAID also has been working with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Student Government Association, among other Student Life groups, on multiple campuses to garner an even more effective campaign. Leading up to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, the students raised nearly $3,000 through active campaign efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our idea of a successful event will mean increased awareness among students and community members about the abject poverty that persists in Haiti and around our globe, and to engage MDC students in a rewarding experience that gives them civic, leadership and team-building skills,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimately, this project is about transforming the lives of those who have suffered from the perils brought about by war and poverty for far too long and to demonstrate that our students are capable of confronting the challenges that face our globe. Our students are leaders of both today and tomorrow.â&#x20AC;? For more information about â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-Nighter For Haitiâ&#x20AC;? or to donate, visit online at <www.allnighter.org>.


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The people we trust, all trust Eugene Flinn. That’s because Eugene is someone who has kept his promises. As the founding mayor of Palmetto Bay, Eugene Flinn has an 8-year track record of delivering efficient, responsive government — and low tax bills. He’ll be our strongest, most reliable voice on the Miami-Dade Commission for holding the line on taxes and development, and promoting jobs and the local economy.

EUGENE FLINN OUR STRONGEST VOICE, BEST CHOICE FOR COUNTY COMMISSION

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The Herald recommends for Miami-Dade County Commission We believe Mr. Flinn is best suited to continue Ms. Sorenson's progressive, independent service. A moving force for Palmetto Bay's incorporation, Mr. Flinn was elected its first mayor. He is anti-sprawl and pro-green, cooperating with neighboring mayors to create a green corridor to help residents finance energy-saving home features. Mr. Flinn does his homework on issues and has earned his grass-roots stripes with the incorporation movement and working with homeowners on improvement projects, including building a library in his city.

ade County Commission The Herald recommends for Miami-D Bay and is well-suited to replace

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For Miami-Dade County District 8 The Miami Herald recommends EUGENE FLINN – July 29, 2010

“I am honored to be supported by so ma community organizations and leaders. ny respected But the only endorsement that counts is yours. I am ask so that we can restore accountability at ing for your vote County Hall.”

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EUGENE FLINN — Job Creation and Energy Savings. Eugene has championed energy savings and conservation. He’s committed to doing more to create jobs and boost the local economy.

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The people we trust, all trust Eugene Flinn. That’s because Eugene is someone who has kept his promises. As the founding mayor of Palmetto Bay, Eugene Flinn has an 8-year track record of delivering efficient, responsive government — and low tax bills. He’ll be our strongest, most reliable voice on the Miami-Dade Commission for holding the line on taxes and development, and promoting jobs and the local economy.

EUGENE FLINN OUR STRONGEST VOICE, BEST CHOICE FOR COUNTY COMMISSION

EUGENE FLINN — High-Quality Services, Low Taxes.

The Herald recommends for Miami-Dade County Commission We believe Mr. Flinn is best suited to continue Ms. Sorenson's progressive, independent service. A moving force for Palmetto Bay's incorporation, Mr. Flinn was elected its first mayor. He is anti-sprawl and pro-green, cooperating with neighboring mayors to create a green corridor to help residents finance energy-saving home features. Mr. Flinn does his homework on issues and has earned his grass-roots stripes with the incorporation movement and working with homeowners on improvement projects, including building a library in his city.

ade County Commission The Herald recommends for Miami-D Bay and is well-suited to replace

tion of Palmetto Mr. Flinn was a key figure in the incorpora s the rstands the issues in the district and share unde well he ive, t a v er cons l fisca Ms. Sorenson. A ions that constituents support. anti-sprawl and sensible development posit

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For Miami-Dade County District 8 The Miami Herald recommends EUGENE FLINN – July 29, 2010

“I am honored to be supported by so ma community organizations and leaders. ny respected But the only endorsement that counts is yours. I am ask so that we can restore accountability at ing for your vote County Hall.”

Eugene Flinn

 Pinecrest Tribune of Firefighters Katy Sorenson  Palmetto Bay News  Police Benevolent Association  United Faculty of Miami  Cutler Bay News Dade College  Concerned Citizens of East  Unity Coalition | Coalición Unida  Homestead News Kendall PAC  Coral Gables News  SAVE Dade  SEIU  Eye on Miami  United Teachers of Dade  Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations PAC  South Miami News  Hispanic Police Officers  Kendall Gazette Association (HPOA)

# 107 EARLY VOTING IS OCT.18-31

Eugene has been a leader on smart growth issues. He will continue fighting attempts to move the county’s Urban Development Boundary to prevent sprawl and protect the Everglades. Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson at news conference announcing her endorsement.

EUGENE FLINN — Job Creation and Energy Savings. Eugene has championed energy savings and conservation. He’s committed to doing more to create jobs and boost the local economy.

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2011 Jaguar XK a beautiful car loaded with technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I like everything about the new Jaguar XK; everything but the dial-up gearshift mechanism that electronically slides up from the center console when you press the keyless ignition button. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my Jaguar to come with a gearshift positioned on the floor. Unfortunately, all XK and XKR models now come with this little round wheel that selects the gear for the electronically controlled, six-speed automatic transmission. The saving grace is that there are paddle shifters on the underside of the steering wheel to operate the Sequential Shift function. One more positive — the transmission is maintenance free and comes with a “filledfor-life” fluid. That said, the Jaguar XK truly is a beautiful automobile loaded with the latest technology. The 2011 lineup includes the naturally aspirated version and the supercharged XKR offered in 2+2 Coupe or Convertible body

styles. All of the XKs are built on a lightweight body shell made from a combination of pressed, cast and extruded aluminum, all riveted and bonded together with aerospace techniques for lighter weight and high structural integrity. Under the hood, the XK continues with the same AJ V-8 Gen III 5.0-liter engines introduced last year. These engines are the most advanced powerplants that Jaguar has ever produced and the most powerful ever offered in the XK models. The naturally aspirated version produces 385 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, and rockets the XK Coupe from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The supercharged XKR produces 510 hp and 461 pounds-feet of torque and clocks 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The all-aluminum quad-cam V-8 engines combine power with efficiency, using such technologies as spray-guided direct fuel injection and dual independent variable cam timing, plus a variable inlet manifold on the naturally aspirated version. Both engines have 15,000-mile or one-year service intervals, with free scheduled maintenance for the first five years or 50,000 miles under Jaguar’s Platinum Coverage. In both models, there is an Adaptive Dynamics active damping system that optimizes handling and ride comfort. The system

2011 Jaguar XK has sweeping lines and is available in 2+2 Coupe and Convertible body styles.

monitors auto body movement 100 times per second and wheel position 500 times per second, and automatically increases the damping rate as the suspension approaches its limits. Adaptive Dynamics also controls “wheel hop” on uneven roads by rapidly varying the damping to move any wheel out of a natural bouncing frequency, thus aiding ride comfort, handling and road grip. Using the Drive Control interface, the driver can select different modes for Adaptive Dynamics. In the Dynamic Mode, it increases body control for a sportier feel and also

provides more responsive accelerator pedal reaction and quicker gearshift responses. The Stability Control system also offers four driver-selectable modes: Normal, Winter, Trac DSC and DSC OFF. Base price on the 2011 Jaguar XK is $82,150. 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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Gala Parish Anniversary Concert to benefit St. Catherine of Sienna BY ROBERT HAMILTON

or of the sanctuary. This annual musical event honors former St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church parishioner Ernesto Fuentes. He was the and its pastor, Father Juan J. Sosa, will be plant administrator for St. Catherine of Siena presenting the Sixth Gala and for many years supportParish Anniversary Concert The concert will ed the parish and served on in memory of Ernesto the Vocations Committee for fea ture perf ormances Fuentes on Oct. 23 in St. the Archdiocese of Miami. by professional Brendan Church Parish The concerts have been classical musicians Hall, 8725 SW 32 St. named in his honor because including the The concert will feature of his dream to enhance St. performances by classical interna tionall y Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and its parishmusicians including the ioners through cultural perrecognized Coral Ars internationally recognized formances at the church. Vocalis of Puerto Rico, as Coral Ars Vocalis of Puerto Tickets are available in well as classical pianist Rico, as well as classical advance at the church for Ysomar Granados. pianist Ysomar Granados, $35 each and for $45 at the and other local professiondoor on the day of the conal artists. cert. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with Due to the damage sustained as a result cocktails and silent auction of jewelry and of the fire at St. Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in March 2008, paintings by Ana Gloria Castellanos, a local this concert is an essential component of artist. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. fundraising efforts to rebuild and expand To purchase tickets, visit the St. the church. The reconstruction has begun Catherine of Siena Parish Office at 9200 and the parish faces cost increases and the SW 107 Ave. in Kendall, or call 305-274additional expense of furnishing the interi- 6333, ext. 210, for more information.


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Local blogger to host charity shopping event on Oct. 16 BY ELIZA LEON

Viva Fashion, a blog featuring the latest in fashion trends and shopping on a budget, will be hosting a shopping event that will gather local Miami boutiques and unique designers all under one roof. Guests will receive the star treatment, indulging in complimentary pampering services such as mini facials and hair styling. The Viva Fashion Event will take place Saturday, Oct. 16, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Hotel in Coral Gables. Shopping has never felt this good as proceeds from the event will benefit Mision Child, a non-profit organization that helps promote education to children living in poverty by building schools, providing school meals and supplying textbooks in Latin America and the Caribbean. “We are very excited to be partnering with Viva Fashion to host this event,” said Monica Pertuz, director of Mision Child. “We hope everyone can make it and support this great cause. The cover entrance of $5 helps feed 10 children in one day and every bit makes a difference.” Guests will enjoy an afternoon of exclu-

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‘Claws for a Cause’ to benefit the Children’s Home Society BY PATRICIA ANDRADE

The Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) will conduct its 10th annual “Claws for a Cause” dinner on Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., as Joe’s Stone Crab once again will graciously open its doors one day prior to its stone crab season. Hundreds of Miami’s most prominent professionals and their families will gather to support CHS and help the children and families in CHS programs. Guests will enjoy a reception with cocktails sponsored by Bacardi and Premier Group followed by the much-anticipated stone crab dinner. The event is being made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ryder Charitable Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors, Southern Wine & Spirits, Greenberg Traurig, Commissioner Sally

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade continues its annual Pumpkin Patch, just in time for the Halloween festivities. Starting on Oct. 15, massive tents will be located on the corner of S. Dixie Highway (US1) and 32nd Avenue, where visitors will be treated to a pumpkin patch galore, with hundreds upon hundreds of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and shades of orange. Large scarecrows and a gigantic wooden pumpkin will decorate the location, making it the perfect place to bring the kids for a photo opportunity. The pumpkin sale will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of MiamiDade. Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was single building and

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I have some startling news about our students. Only fifty percent of students rank in the top half of students in school. Fifty percent of students rank in the bottom half of a class based on grade average, FCAT score, or any other measurement used for ranking. No matter what criteria set by legislators, bureaucrats, or test vendors, the fact doesn’t change that when you rank groups, one half is the top half and one half is the bottom. That is what ranking does. It makes a line and divides the line where chosen. Top quarter? Draw the line here. Top ten? Over there. Whether we discuss pajamas, hamburger buns, or students, there is a top half and a bottom half! It’s time for a reality check about the often harmful conclusions drawn about students, teachers, and school systems in the name of concepts like opportunity, success, and being at the Top. Although it is surely desirable to want the best for education and for our children, we also need to be careful as we pursue such a “race.” Damage can be done to real people – many of them young children— when human beings are described in pejorative terms because they are not at the Top. Schools serve all children, no matter where they rank, and provisions for an appropriate education must be given to those children, no matter where they rank. It is not a question of jettisoning students at the bottom, but providing for their needs to maximize their potential and direction. Parents of more than one child know that each child is different,

with different strengths and weaknesses. One shines in math, the other is a poet, the third an average student with a sunny disposition. How do we determine which child is really at the Top? Can test scores prove this? A race should also not mean that we demean competent teachers, who, like their students, comprise a top half and a bottom half when ranked; instead we should establish evaluation systems that provide direction and support, and fair compensation, with adequate base salaries. One teacher works with the gifted, the other with special education students, the third with incarcerated juveniles. Which teacher is going to be at the Top? The one whose students have the highest test scores? I strongly believe that we must stop characterizing education as a competition, for it is the wrong type of dialogue, and it harms more than it helps. If anything, great education systems are about cooperation. Individual students, groups, and teams will still compete, and will still be ranked. But the daily reality of the highly competitive model is that it creates an atmosphere of counterproductive tension: the threat that someone is doing better than the students and the teachers at that school, that for fear of this, the school day must be run with minute-to-minute, scripted interactions, that teachers must deliver that script “with fidelity” or be terminated, or that students must sacrifice any other aspect of education (such as art or physical education!) if they are in the bottom half of the rank order. None of this puts anyone at the Top. United Teachers of Dade remains committed to real reform in our schools. Real reform centers around better understanding of the human brain and of the learning process, appropriate and positive relationships between administration, staff, students and teachers, and the time to pace lessons as determined by teachers so that each student moves forward. It is not a race to be won by a single winner, but a ship that enters a harbor having crossed the ocean with all hands still safely on board. But you know that. I can tell - you were the top of your class! The United Teachers of Dade represents 38,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, office employees, and all school support personnel.

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Cruise on newest ship to benefit United Way BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

United Way of Broward and MiamiDade counties are the beneficiaries of the overnight charity cruise, Nov. 28-29, on Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas. The one-night cruise will offer charitable contributors an opportunity to be among the first to experience this oceanic wonder, the second in a class of the world’s largest and most innovative passenger ships, before she makes her maiden voyage in December. The ship’s naming ceremony, a time-honored tradition rich in pomp and circumstance, also will be conducted as part of this benefit. In addition, a $100,000 grant from the proceeds will go to support Royal Caribbean International’s education efforts in Haiti. “Once again, we are so grateful to Royal Caribbean International for giving us this extraordinary opportunity aboard Allure of the Seas. This is truly a gift,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Over the years Royal Caribbean’s unwavering support of our mission has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of our residents and the community as a whole,” he added. “We are incredibly excited and honored to be a part of Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas charity cruise,” stated Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, president and CEO, United Way of Broward County. “The ship is truly amazing providing top-of-the-line entertainment and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the ship’s naming

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Healthsouth Hosts Radiothon To Help Older And Disabled Adults Stay At Home HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami is reaching out to support the community by sponsoring a Radiothon to benefit the local, notfor-profit home health and community care organization United HomeCare Services. The event – which was held as part of HealthSouth’s National Rehabilitation Week celebrations – took place Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:00 am 10:00 am on Clásica 92.3 FM. Clásica radio personalities broadcasted live from HealthSouth throughout the day and community members were invited to call in and donate to United HomeCare Services. Staff and volunteers from the organization were on hand to explain the important work they do and share inspiring stories of those who have been helped. To make donations, please call 305-716-0710 or go to www.unitedhomecare.com. “This year for National Rehabilitation Week, we wanted to do something meaningful to help the community,” says Elizabeth Izquierdo, Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth. “What better way to do that than by assisting an organization that does so much good work. We are all dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with lifealtering events and we felt compelled to join with United HomeCare to support their efforts.” Nearly every family has been faced with the difficult decision of how best to care for loved ones who have become unable to fully care for themselves due to age or disability. There are often no easy choices and the emotional and financial burden can become overwhelming. United HomeCare Services provides one option. As the oldest non-profit home care agency in Miami-Dade County, United

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