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AUGUST 9 - 22, 2011

Time to sound off about ‘Village of Silence’ BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher You had to be there at the last Committee of the Whole meeting to believe it. Of course you had to be there live as Palmetto Bay continues to resist broadcasting its

Street co-naming honors pioneer Clyde F. Hinson


meetings. Palmetto Bay may soon lose its distinction as of Village of Parks in favor of a new title — Village of Silence. The details are not yet in place, but the future intent is far too loud and clear. New sound levels may be coming to the village and you may be the recipient of the new sound codes in Palmetto Bay. And you better be quiet at future meetings as well. Perhaps due to the lack of real work to do, this village council seems intent on reinventing itself into a condo board and will now venture into new codes that may be great for day sleepers and napping babies but extremely burdensome on the living and active. One of the big examples cited for greater sound noise control was barking

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he Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) recently won a coveted 2011 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the DSWM’s ongoing Curbside Recycling Education Campaign. “We are proud to win this prestigious award,” said Kathleen WoodsRichardson, Solid Waste director. “It took a significant effort to educate our customers when we first converted to our current single-stream recycling program. We wanted to keep that momentum and excitement going for recycling, and our education efforts have continued paying off as we are consistently seeing excellent results.” The DSWM began to transition from its old dual-stream recycling program to the new streamlined single-stream program in June 2008. The transition was completed by the end of 2008. In the first fiscal year of the new recycling program, FY 08-09 (Oct. 1, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2009), the DSWM collected nearly double the tonnage of recyclable materials as it had done the last fiscal year of the old program (31,778 tons in FY 07-08 versus 59,616 in FY 08-09). In FY 09-10, Miami-Dade curbside recycling customers recycled 60,808 tons of

Pictured after the new sign is unveiled are (l-r) Palmetto Bay Councilmember Patrick Fiore; residents John B, Moore and his wife, Merle; Councilmember Joan Lindsay; Ralph Thiele and Carolyn Hinson Thiele; Mayor Shelley Stanczyk; William Thiele; Councilmember Howard Tendrich, and resident Ethel Brown. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––



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he late South Florida and Palmetto Bay pioneer Clyde F. Hinson was recognized for his place in area history by having part of SW 90th Avenue co-named for him. In a formal ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 9000 SW 174 St., where Hinson’s home-

A World War II photo of Clyde Hinson in the Army Air Corps.

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Dr. William R. Butler gives copy of his book to village’s library Pictured in the village library’s main room are (l-r) Palmetto Bay Councilmember Patrick Fiore, branch library manager Miriam Quiros-Laso and Dr. William R. Butler.


Dr. William R. Butler, who with his wife, Virginia, have four children and four grandchildren and live in the Village of Palmetto Bay, retired in 1997 after a 50year career in education encompassing four universities — the University of Kansas; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ohio University, and the University of Miami, where he spent the last 32 years. Butler’s book, Embracing the World, relates the history of the University of Miami, chartered in 1925, from its temporary “Cardboard College” to the present institution of international acclaim. Butler recently visited the Palmetto Bay branch library to bring a copy of the book for the collection, presenting it to the library’s manager, Miriam Quiros-Laso, joined by long time friend Councilmember Patrick Fiore. From 1965 to 1997, Butler held the positions of vice president for Student Affairs and professor of education at the

University of Miami. He wrote his book with the story style of an educator with five decades in public and private universities. Dr. Butler served in the Philippine Liberation and Asiatic Pacific Area in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later earned two degrees in education and psychology from Ohio University and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. When Dr. Butler retired, the University of Miami named the Student Volunteer Center in his honor. Student leaders have since created an endowment for the center to support the activities and programs of student volunteers who have dedicated their time and talent to help Miami’s innercommunity’s less fortunate. The Butlers have resolved that all sales and/or donations for his book, Embracing the World, are to be contributed to the University of Miami’s Volunteer Center’s endowment which supports the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development.

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dogs. Has Palmetto Bay really become that unlivable? It is apparently so to a very loud minority. I mean, really, is everyone ready to go back to using brooms instead of leaf blowers on their lawns so no one next store has to hear the activity? How about never starting your boat for regular maintenance at your home? This could begin to get really absurd. Get ready to use hand signals instead of whistles at park games. We are not talking about stopping the 2 a.m. garage bands and loud parties that go on too long after midnight. Those protections already are in place. We are talking about cracking down on man’s best friend and punishing owners of their family pet, an animal that cannot comprehend that the Palmetto Bay Condo Board — formerly known as the village council — wants library level quiet throughout the village. It won’t happen. This is a community and we periodically are affected by those around us just as others are at times affected by us. Wait, it gets worse. Mayor Shelley Stanczyk has proposed a ban on all electronic devices at meetings and even to ban whispering in the council chambers by attendees. Violators would be escorted out or even subject to arrest. Original council member Dr. Ed Feller spoke out against this move at the Committee of the Whole meeting. There has been no record of disturbances before the council. There are people now at meetings using these electronic devices, iPads and other such devises to blog, tweet and take electronic notes of meetings. Is this really that disturbing to the mayor, who herself has been a chronic example of someone texting and reading texts on her city device throughout meetings? Remove or arrest people who read or use non-disturbing electronic devices or

even whisper — really? Perhaps the mayor and council should ask the South Miami Commission as to how well received the arrest of a local activist went for speaking out at a commission meeting. This is yet another reason why the council needs to be televised. Not just the council meetings, but even the committee meetings. Council antics like this will continue to go on until everyone can see the foolishness for themselves. Are there really no more pressing issues? There is very little coverage about the increasing burglary rate in the area, but perhaps this council feels that perhaps we will be more likely to hear the burglars if we all would just be a whole lot quieter. You can bet that this attempt at noise reduction is a not-so-veiled attempt to silence Palmer and the other area private schools. The problem is that these laws become the tools of vindictive neighborhood feuds once these ordinances are on the books. Selective enforcement is corrupt enforcement. The ride down the slippery slope continues and it won’t be long until the present village council decides that special event permits with noise nannies will be required for two or more people to gather outside. Soon you will have to gag your children or keep them inside to prevent the joyful sound of child’s play from bothering this council, which seems to be far too removed from active outdoor play. Did Palmetto Bay incorporate to overregulate your activity? This is your local village government. Demand better. Live and let live, folks — life is way too short. We need to realize that most residents are responsible people. Quit complaining and making more regulations about every little thing.

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stead had been located, his daughter Carolyn Hinson Thiele; her husband, Ralph W. Thiele, and village officials gathered to unveil a street sign bearing Hinson’s name. Ralph W. Thiele explained his father-inlaw’s place in local history in an interview. “Clyde Hinson lived at the corner there for 50 years, lived in Perrine all of his life and was born in 1915,” Ralph Thiele said. “His family were all raised here and went to school here — Perrine Elementary and then on to Ponce Junior High and Senior High. He was a Realtor and a pioneer in the area, and was a mango farmer along with Tommy Mitchell. They were best friends. He passed away in June of 1996.” Thiele said that Hinson was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army Air Corps as an engineer and mechanic, flying B-17s out of Homestead. He made many trips ferrying them over to Africa for the European Theater and also took them over for the Pacific Theater. Another local pioneer, Karl Wulf, who just celebrated his 90th birthday, petitioned to have the street dedicated to Clyde Hinson because he helped so many people in the area, Thiele said. “He anonymously gave scholarships to young people, helped many people get into their first homes doing private loans and business loans that got a lot of people started

doing business in the area,” Thiele said. “When banks wouldn’t turn the corner, Clyde did it. He trusted people and he knew people. He was always working deals to help people get started. He always liked to see small business go. He was also on the Perrine city council when Perrine first became a village way back in the ’50s.” According to Thiele, Hinson was very low key. He did not like any fanfare or recognition. “He was always in the background and he always had other people do his giving,” Thiele said. “He was not a boaster. He lived very conservatively. He didn’t like to bring a lot of attention to himself. He probably wouldn’t like having a street named for him, but Karl Wulf and some of the other pioneers felt so strongly about it they went ahead and petitioned to it and said, ‘He deserves it.’ His father brought the family down from Lemon City, which was part of downtown Miami, with three brothers and two sisters, by ox and wagon down Old Cutler Road, which was the old stagecoach road that went right past the Deering Estate.” Thiele also said that Hinson worked in his younger days as a newspaper carrier and delivered papers to Mr. Deering on Old Cutler Road, and made sure he went by on Saturdays to get paid since Deering would give him a 10-cent tip then. He also delivered groceries from a grocery store on Richmond Drive and Old Cutler Road. Following the ceremony on the corner, those attending were invited to the Thiele home for light refreshments.

RECYCLING, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– glass, plastic, aluminum, steel and paper. The DSWM’s curbside recycling education program involves several components and is done in three languages — English, Spanish and Creole. Print and electronic advertisements, campaign literature, news articles, presentations, email alerts, educational videos and the Web are all some of the tools used to educate and inform residents about the DSWM’s single-stream recycling program. The DSWM provides curbside recycling

service to 348,000 single-family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 21 participating municipalities. South Dade areas include Cutler Bay, Florida City, Medley, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami. For more information on Miami-Dade County’s recycling program, visit the DSWM’s website at <> or call 3-1-1. For more information about NACo, visit <>.

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Rotary Club donates exercise equiptment to AMI Kids Wings Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN The Rotary Club of Perrine, Cutler Ridge / Palmetto Bay presented a plaque to AMI Kids Wings on Tuesday July 26th commemorating the exercise equipment that the club donated to the young women who are there at the juvenile facility for pregnant teens. Over the past year, the Rotary Club’s members donated eight different pieces of exercise equipment to the facility located at 11000 SW 220 Street, which is off Old Cutler Road near Alapatta in Cutler Bay. According to Al Royston, Chair of the club’s Community Service Committee, the club also set up power and instruction in exercise routines. The project won the Rotary District Governor’s Citation for “Best Community Service Project” for 2011. Bill Thiele, current president, invites anyone interested in learning more a bout the organization to attend one of their meetings which are held every Tuesday at Noon at the Drattori Romanza Restaurant at 14501 South Dixie Highway (305-2789027). Or you can check out their webpage at Smoother driving along S.W. 144th Street is now possible since the completion of a road project started July 12th and finished just over a week ago. The road surface, which had suffered from a lot of potholes and other bad spots was completely redone all the way from South Dixie Highway to Ludlam Road (67th Avenue). Palmetto Bay District 1 Councilman Patrick Fiore championed the project after hearing from neighborhood groups that

were worried about the roadway’s condition and the Village’s Public Works department used funds already on hand to quickly get the makeover done, even blending the edges with the intersecting cross streets. Good going, everyone! Birthday alerts... a few worth noting in Palmetto Bay that happened between issues are Village Hall Receptionist Melissa Dodge on July 24th, and former mayor Eugene Flinn and Public Works staffer Danny Casals on July 25. Still ahead are Public Works staffer Steven Diaz on August 20th and Parks & Recreation Manager Kirk Hearin on August 28th. Many Happy Returns, everyone. CBBA Calendar... The August meeting of the Cutler Bay Business Association takes place on Thursday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the usual location, the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road, which is pretty much on the dividing line between Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay. The topic this time is said to be “Nothing but networking.” The cost for members for the luncheon meeting is $10, and for visitors $20. Most of the movers and shakers of business and government in the area will likely be there, so if you haven’t attended before you’re missing out. To go, it’s recommended that you RSVP through the group’s website: Thought of the Day: I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. — Maya Angelou

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Waiting till the last moment makes us look irresponsible R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The United States Treasury has never in the history of our nation defaulted on its credit obligations. America proudly carried a “triple-A” credit rating. Our government obligations are the gold standard of the world. When individuals around the world are concerned about the safety of their country’s financial stability, they turn to the United States Treasury obligations as a safe haven for their money. Why place this standing in jeopardy? Just wait until Americans find out that the interest rate they might pay to buy a home has gone up. Just wait until the cost of buying a car is more expensive. Just wait until Americans, especially those that have not been tracking the day-to-day stupidity in Washington, find out that it will cost more to live because a bunch of politicians have placed their concern for their political future over the interest of the American public — over the future of the United

Statets as a nation. Both political parties have been playing the chicken game in the debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. Both Democrats and Republicans are to be criticized over this partisan debate. Both sides have been waiting till the last minute hoping the other side will acquiesce. President Barack Obama had given in with billions in proposed spending cuts while the Republican side, in fear of losing Tea Party support, has taken up the mantle of Sen. Ron Paul, who is quoted as saying, “I don’t like the word ‘compromise.’” I hate to tell you Mr. Senator, but “compromise” is the basis upon which Washington, actually any elected body, functions. Sen. Paul, what have you and your rightwing Tea Party buddies done to the “full faith and credit of the United States?” The fear of potentially not meeting our obligations is almost as bad as if we had not increased the debt limit at the very last moment. When Americans — Democrats, independents and the bulk of the Republican Party — wake up and see how you have damaged America’s image, they will remove you and most of your super rightwing colleagues from office come the next

election. I feel we are experiencing the beginning of the end of the Tea Party stranglehold on the Republican Party. I am certain that the bulk of the voting American public wants to see us balance the federal budget, reduce the deficit, stop trying to fund the financial needs of everyone living on our planet, and reduce our military spending, but not so quickly that it will strangle America’s future. Tea Party, are you aware that your expenditure reduction demands for an agreement to raise the debt ceiling is twothirds on the backs of the poor and only one third on the well-to-do? You are talking about two-thirds of the voters of America. Watch out! How foreign investors will react to our not being able to settle our domestic differences in a more orderly manor to pay our debts as they come due is fairly predictable. In our personal lives we can always call our mortgage holder and say, “I can’t pay you today but I will pay you next Friday when I get paid.” Not great for the individual’s credit standing, but acceptable. It is a different story with the U.S. Treasury. If we hadn’t raised the debt ceiling we could hear the Treasury saying “sorry, we can’t

VIEWPOINT pay you the money we owe you. Tax revenues are down and we don’t know when we can, as Congress might kill our ability to borrow!” For years America will be suspect. Next time the subject of increasing our credit limit, if necessary, no one, that is no one, will lend our country money. Interesting that a recent public opinion poll, as quoted in The Week, (July 29, 2011) indicated that 66 percent of those surveyed said any final deal should contain a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. Thanks, elected officials. See you at the polls next election — that is if American voters remember these days in the summer of 2011. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Village student auditions to be on Teen Jeopardy!

Leia Schwartz, a Palmetto Bay resident and soon to be sophomore at Coral Reef High School, recently went to New York City for her final audition for Teen Jeopardy! Tens of thousands of teens across the country tried out and the finalists had a live audition with the shows contestant coordinators where they took a test on a variety of subjects, answered questions for the panel in a live interview and even played a mock version of the game with the real buzzers. Leia is pictured here along with Maggie Speak, Jeopardy! contestant producer, and a copy of the Palmetto Bay News.

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Parental involvement goal of ‘Back to School’ event BY RANDI TRAZENFELD

Miami Palmetto High School and Palmetto Middle School are public institutions of academic excellence, yet they would like to see even more parental involvement. While located in the Village of Pinecrest, the student population for these schools comes not only from Pinecrest but also from Palmetto Bay, Perrine and the area around The Falls, a fact that takes a toll on the accessibility of the school to the parents. During the past several years the administrations, staff and PTSAs (Parent Teacher Student Association) have worked together to increase involvement among all parents of Palmetto students, regardless of where they live. Dr. Allison Harley, Palmetto High’s new principal, is eager to continue this outreach effort. To launch the outreach effort this academic year the schools have organized a new, free event called “Back to School at Bell’s” on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 5-7 p.m. This event will take place at one of the Perrine community landmark groceries, “Bell’s Short Stop” and will feature representation by both Palmetto Middle

School and Palmetto High School administrators, counselors, teachers and parents. This will be an opportunity for families of students to meet and greet school staff and obtain school information in an informal setting. There will be music, food and giveaways. Dr. Harley said that she is “so excited about this program, [seeing] this event as a way to support the critical relationship between the school and the parents. Increasing parental involvement will insure the success of the students from the Perrine community.” Gregory Beckford, Palmetto High School’s new assistant principal is excited about this event. He has been a Perrine resident his entire life and graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. His mother, Ethel Beckford, was a community activist and PTSA president at Palmetto High for many years. “We want to make the Palmetto schools more accessible to the community,” Beckford said. “This will allow the Perrine community to have a stronger voice at their children’s schools. I hope to see many Perrine residents on Aug. 16 at Bell’s.”

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Miami Stingrays players rally to donate softball equipment BY NANCY EAGLETON

The Miami Stingrays 12U girls’ fastpitch softball team recently collected gently used softball equipment to send to the girls who play in the Dominican Republic Girls Fastpitch Softball Association. The team effort was led by shortstop Ally Mena, 12, a student at Westminster Christian School who partnered with her mother, Rosa Mena, MD, medical director of Ultima MedSpa in Palmetto Bay. Ally inspired her 11 teammates and members of the Pembroke Pines Diamond Dusters to bring the softball equipment to their friendly exhibition game, played on Saturday, July 16, at Palmetto Bay Park. Thanks to the South Florida teams’ efforts, the girls in the Dominican Republic will be receiving helmets, bats, gloves, cleats, uniforms and catcher’s equipment. “I wanted to help the girls in the Dominican Republic who may not have the money to buy all of the equipment they need,” Ally said. “It’s important for them to have proper equipment, like helmets, to keep them safe. It made me feel really good to see all of the items we collected.” The Miami Stingrays 12U team, coached by Steve Hager and Ben Barlow, had been busy preparing for the USSSA Girls’ Fastpitch World Series. To qualify for the July 24-30 competition in Orlando, the team, which consists of girls from several area schools, has played successfully in multiple tournaments throughout the summer.

Members of the Miami Stingrays and Pembroke Pines Diamond Dusters girls’ fastpitch softball teams donated gently used softball equipment to girls in the Dominican Republic. Members of the Miami Stingrays 12U (group on the right) are (l-r) Amanda Puig, Veronnica Sanchez, Brittany Phillips, Oceana Camejo, Kiley Kross, Lilly Barlow, Victoria Perez, Erin Bakes and Ally Mena. Not pictured are Tiffany McBrayer, Hannah Burge and Ilany Rivalta.

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Young Coral Reef Breakers tennis players earn titles BY GARY ALAN RUSE

The Coral Reef Breakers tennis team, made up of 12-year-old novices, under the training of Friends of Miami Tennis at Coral Reef Park, has done the seemingly impossible and became local champions and 2011 state sectional champions. Not only that, but 4-year-old player Ysabella Quelsly Bagayas of the Coral Reef Lil’ Bits was presented the Sportsmanship Trophy. Cyndi Johnston, the director of Friends of Miami Tennis at Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Park, couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome because they only have had three months to develop their program. “In the USTA Junior Team Tennis program we have 49 children in the summer program,” Johnston said. “At the end of the season we have the opportunity to go play as a state sectional tournament which is in Daytona Beach. “Out of Coral Reef Park we sent six teams to sectionals, there were two weekends of play, the first for the 8s, 10s and 12s and this past weekend we took our 14 and 18 division teams. Our 12-and-under novice team, the Breakers, which was their first time playing in a sectional tournament, won the division.” The Coral Reef teams are called the Players, Strikers, Green Hornets, Wizards, Breakers, Kool Kidz and Lil’ Bits. “Our little 4-year-old, Ysabella Bagayas, won the Sportsmanship Award because she was determined to play even though she

had a 104 fever,” Johnston said. “Her parents are nurses and gave her a Tylenol for the morning, and she really wanted to be a part of her team and play. So the United States Tennis Association awarded her the 8-and-under division award for her determination. The nice thing about the junior division is that it’s all teamwork, and they all play singles and doubles and mixed doubles even at the 8-and-under division.” In that division the children play with a smaller court, mini-nets and low compression balls. Johnston is excited about participating. “Before this summer, Coral Reef had never seen any teams go to sectionals,” Johnston said. “This is the first time they’ve ever been able to do this. Because the parents are really excited about the program we had a lot of participation.” Johnston also said that the new program has had a number of benefits for the players and their families. “Since Friends of Miami Tennis has arrived at Coral Reef Park, we have been able to play home matches, saving all of us and our parents much time and transportation challenges,” Johnston said. “By allowing us to play home matches at Coral Reef Park, our teams have been able to fit in more practices to prepare for sectionals, as the courts have been easily accessible and to not only the team players, but the community as well.” Johnston said she hopes to get more families involved so they can enjoy the sport together.

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Christine and Jennifer Henry make their job a ‘sister act’ Jennifer Henry (left) is pictured with her sister Christine.


In some families, sibling rivalry is the norm, but sisters Christine and Jennifer Henry are not only close-knit in their family life, they also have teamed up to form MOD Media LLC., a public relations and events firm representing clients in the areas of fashion, hospitality, entertainment and real estate. Always in the Greater Miami area, both young women graduated from Florida International University with degrees in Communications and Public Relations and worked as interns in a number of area marketing firms, magazines, businesses and organizations before striking out on their own two years ago to create a business that appeals to their personal passions. “We have always been lovers of fashion and the communications field,” Christine said. “It’s so exciting to work with an upand-coming designer, boutique or venue, and help assist them in branding and marketing their location to the public.” The sisters agree that their family life made working together not only easy but inevitable. “We have always been close, and being each other’s best friends as well as family is the perfect match for success,” Christine explained. “We are the perfect balance at MOD Media, Jennifer’s strengths are my weaknesses and vice versa. We know that no matter what, we will always be family. It’s great to have that support behind you while you work, and that person pushing you to succeed.” Jennifer said that their individual strengths combine to make them a better team on projects. “Christine complements our partnership with her honesty, smile, work ethic and exemplary grammar skills that I sometimes

lack,” Jennifer said. “She handles all of our accounting and business infrastructure while letting me focus on the creative campaigns and artistic design that I bring to our company.” For Christine, there is a mutual appreciation for Jennifer’s skills, approach and support that makes their job easier. “She is incredibly creative and a go getter,” Christine said. “Jen really knows how to search and find new business for MOD Media. She is great at creating and designing our overall look, website, and handling our branding. She is definitely my rock!” They just completed their most ambitious project to date, coordinating the second annual MOD Swim Week at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach. They couldn’t be happier with the results. “It’s been a dream,” Christine said. “Our second year at producing this amazing event, and this year was even more of a success. With the help of the amazing staff at the Sagamore we were able to really make our vision and concept a reality. Our fabulous sponsors and designers helped make it that much more perfect. We can’t wait for next year.” Their original interest in fashion led them to go beyond just representing other designers and to launch their own line of vintage clothing called Vintage Coquette. “We spent some time browsing various stores and traveling to Amsterdam and Paris purchasing some divine pieces that we were able to alter and make our own,” Christine said. “The collection is vibrant and fun and really shows how another woman’s clothes can be translated and styled to fit your look. It’s exciting and so fun to be able to find a great piece at an affordable price and be the only girl in the room wearing it.” For more information visit online at <>.

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Biscayne Bay Regional Coordination Team to host meeting Persons interested in the ecosystem restoration efforts being planned in the Biscayne Bay region are invited to attend a meeting of the Biscayne Bay Regional Restoration Coordination Team (BBRRCT) on Aug. 12. The meeting is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Statistics Building, located at 75 Virginia Beach Dr. A detailed agenda and directions can be found at the Task Force home page at <>. Directions also are available by calling 305-361-4200. The public is encouraged to attend and opportunities will be provided to make public comment throughout the meeting at the discretion of the chair. For more information, contact Mary Plumb, Task Force public affairs officer, at 305-348-1662 or visit the Task Force home page at <>. BACK TO SCHOOL FUN FEST RETURNS TO DOLPHIN MALL Dolphin Mall, located at 11401 NW 12 St., will usher in the new school year with its annual Back to School Fun Fest on Aug. 13, from noon to 5 p.m., in the center’s

Ramblas Plaza area. Dolphin Mall’s Back to School Fun Fest includes special character sing-a-long shows, magic show, musical entertainment, face painters, games, hula-hoop contests, balloons, giveaways and more. Dolphin Mall will distribute an exclusive back to school deal flyer at the event featuring discounts as well as provide a free backpack with a purchase of $250 or more. Customers must present same-day receipts totaling $250 or more at the information booth located in the Ramblas Plaza to receive a free backpack. Customers can take advantage of the special backpack offer through Aug. 21 or while supplies last. Limit one backpack per customer. For more information, visit online at <>. BATH & BODY WORKS TO HOST PARIS AMOUR FRAGRANCE LAUNCH Bath & Body Works just might make your dream a reality at the Paris Amour launch event celebrating the latest addition to the Signature Collection taking place on Aug. 13 at your local store. Discover how Paris Amour, the captivat-

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trum of community thinking. Educators, students, parents, business people, community members and interested citizens are invited. The panel will consist of leaders within the education community. Thirty minutes prior to the forum, parents and students are invited to the “Empowerment Hour.” Organizations will provide information to students and parents, increasing their level of preparedness for this school year and graduation.

STATE REP. DWIGHT BULLARD TO HOST FUTURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FORUM State Rep. Dwight M. Bullard will host “The Future of Florida’s Public Education Forum” on Aug. 15, 6 p.m., at the Southridge High School Auditorium, 19355 SW 114 Ave. Focusing on the future of public education, the forum will solicit a broad spec-

ANTI-BULLYING WORKSHOP SLATED AT BRANCH LIBRARY IN PINECREST The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111 St., will conduct a “How to Stop Bulling” workshop on Aug. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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the Morikami Museum and Gardens Japanese Crafts where you will create unique paper figures and Book â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a fun-filled story and handy lesson in nutrition where you will learn to make healthy, satisfying lunches for school. For details on these programs and for a list of everything going on in August, visit <> and click on the Calendar of Events, or call 305-375BOOK (2665). BELEN JESUIT VERSUS COLUMBUS IN FOOTBALL GAME ON SEPT. 9 The annual rivalry football game that attracts alumni from two of Miami-Dade Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most prestigious, private, allmale Catholic Schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Belen Jesuit vs. Christopher Columbus â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will take place on Sept. 9 at FIU Stadium, 11200 SW Eighth St. Alumni are invited to take part in pregame festivities by joining the tailgate from 5 to 7 p.m. followed by kickoff at 7:30 p.m. More than 10,000 spectators are expected for the game, with partial proceeds benefiting the Belen Alumni Association. For more information contact Ricardo R. RaimĂşndez, assistant director of Alumni Services at Belen, 786-621-4667 or via email at <>.

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Get sneak peak at hottest new video games at Dadeland Mall BY IVONNE SNAVELY

Dadeland Mall has announced that the 2011 Simon GamePlay tour, connecting fans of all ages to the hottest video games before they are launched officially and available in stores, will come on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Center Court. Simon GamePlay, powered by Coke Zero, will take place exclusively in 26 Simon properties around the country. For the third consecutive year, GameStop, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest multi-channel video game retailer, is the retail partner for Simonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s GamePlay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GameStop is always looking for ways to share the excitement of video gaming with the community, so we are thrilled to be a part of the Simon GamePlay Tour again in 2011,â&#x20AC;? said Mike Dzura, senior vice president of stores for GameStop. The free event will launch on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Dadeland Mall, and wraps up Sunday, Nov. 13, in Ontario, CA. Last year, more than 900,000 gamers across the country participated in Simon GamePlay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the great things about Simon GamePlay is that it has something for every gamer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; young kids to parents to hardcore gamers,â&#x20AC;? said Tod Dalberg, vice president of business development for Simon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tour is one of our most successful in-mall programs, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to present it to consumers across the country,â&#x20AC;? Dalberg added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are really looking forward to bringing this exciting event to Miami,â&#x20AC;? said Humberto Maldonado, director of Mall Marketing and Business Development of

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Hospital’s Champions Dinner: A chance to say ‘thank you’ Former patient Elizabeth Gomez gives a warm hello to her nurse, Orlando Betancourt, ARNP, at the Critical Care Champions Dinner celebrated recently at Baptist Hospital. Gomez, who called her former nurse an angel, spent nine days in the Critical Care unit and 22 days in the hospital for septic shock. The special evening reunited former patients with the doctors and nurses who cared for them during their hospital stay. The yearly event gives caregivers and patients who survived life-threatening illnesses a chance to celebrate life and a return to good health. (Photo by Mabel Rodriguez)

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Darrin Smith receives recognition from Fresh Start Family Services BY LEWIS MATUSOW

Former University of Miami linebacker Darrin Smith (, a two-time All-America/ National Champion and a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Dallas Cowboys, recently received the Rising Star Award from Fresh Start Family Services of Homestead. Smith, a motivational speaker, gave the keynote address at Fresh Startâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent first annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Awardsâ&#x20AC;? at the William F. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Dickinson Community Center Ballroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have someone of Darrinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stature as our keynote speaker was a fantastic way to kick off our first fundraising event,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Ted Greer Jr., president and CEO, Fresh Start Family Services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has created a powerful message of a champion that is fitting for men, women and youths from all cultural backgrounds, corporate America, and the nonprofit and faith communities,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Greer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He inspired and motivated our audience of individuals of all ages and professional backgrounds including our mayor and vice mayor.â&#x20AC;? Companies and civic organizations from throughout the United States and Caribbean have called upon Smith to address and motivate their corporate employees and sales forces with his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attitude of a Championâ&#x20AC;? presentation. For these organizations, his message of positive, forward thinking and overcoming barriers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no matter how formidable they may seem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has stimulated and excited his audiences. They walk away from a Darrin Smith speech with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;yes I canâ&#x20AC;? attitude.

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Wyclef Jean to perform for final Marlins Super Saturday, Sept. 3 BY JENNIFER VALDES

The Florida Marlins have announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Wyclef Jean will perform at the season’s final Baker Concrete Super Saturday on Sept. 3. The live on-field concert will follow the Marlins’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies starting at 7:10 p.m. Jean closes a 2011 Super Saturday season that saw acts such as Pitbull, T-Pain, Ludacris, The Beach Boys, Gilberto Santa Rosa, and Fuego with Los Hermanos Rosario deliver incredible post-game performances. With the new Marlins Ballpark set to open in April 2012, the Sept. 3 show with will be the final Marlins Super Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. Preparing to release his self-titled album wyclefjean later this year, Haitian-born singer and producer Wyclef Jean first rose to fame as part of the hip-hop trio, The Fugees. With The Fugees, Jean won a Grammy for Best Rap Album in 1996 for The Score, which sold 18 million copies worldwide. In 1997, Jean released his first solo album, The Carnival, which included hit singles We Trying to Stay Alive, Gone Till November, and Guantanamera, selling five million albums worldwide. He has since released seven studio albums including The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book, Masquerade and The Preacher’s Son. Jean also has made several notable guest appearances on No. 1 hit singles including Maria, Maria with Santana and Hips Don’t Lie with Shakira. Baker Concrete Super Saturdays also feature pregame parties at The Strike Zone at Gate H including: • Celebrity, player and alumni autograph sessions; • Appearances from Billy The Marlin, the Mermaids and Manatees; • Special prizes and live TV/radio

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Get ready for back to school at Dadeland Mall, Miami’s premier fashion-forward shopping destination, during tax-free weekend — Friday, Aug. 12, to Sunday, Aug. 14. To kickoff the weekend of super savings on back-to-school essentials, Dadeland Mall is inviting families to enjoy a fashion show, interactive activities and a nutrition presentation on Friday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Families will get a front row seat to see the latest fall fashions for children from Nordstrom, JCPenney, Justice, Gymboree and TOUS. The free-to-the-public fashion show, taking place in Center Court, is sure to get kids excited to hop on the school bus and arrive to class in style. In addition to the fashion show, Dadeland Mall will host its monthly Simon Kidgits Club event with fun back-to-school activities and a nutrition presentation from Miami Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s

dietician will show kids and parents how to prepare healthy meals and snacks and share tips on making smart eating habits fun and fresh all year-long. “We anticipate a lot of families getting ready for back to school, so we’ve created a great event just for them,” said Humberto Maldonado, director of mall marketing and business development of Dadeland Mall. “Parents will be able to kick off their backto-school shopping with a look at the latest trends, while learning to prepare healthy meals for kids.” The nutrition presentation and Simon Kidgits Club activities are free for Simon Kidgits Club members and will take place in front of the Art of Shaving. Families can sign up for the Simon Kidgits Club for $5 during regular mall hours at Guest Services or online at <>. The Simon Kidgits Club is sponsored by Florida Blue. For more information on Dadeland Mall, call 305-665-6226 or visit online at <>.

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Seniors ‘Make A Difference’ in lives of young students BY KERRY GREEN-PHILLIPS

In honor of Make A Difference In A Child’s Life Month, Palace Royale residents recently delivered back-to-school supplies to the Children’s Home Society, one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families. The assisted living residents are part of The Palace Royale’s newly formed Make A Difference Club, which was created to give back to the community at large and support South Florida charities. “Regardless of their age and physical limitations, our residents have so much wisdom, love and compassion to offer others,” said entertainment director Pamela Parker, who organizes the club. “They want to contribute and still be a vital part of society.” Backpacks filled with calculators, dictionaries, composition books, glue, scissors, highlighters, markers, pencils, granola bars and water bottles were assembled by the group’s 12 members. Children’s Home Society will provide the bags to children awaiting foster care or adoption.

Make A Difference Club member Lauren Meyer receives a hug from a student.

“We’re so fortunate to live a wonderful lifestyle at The Palace and we understand the importance of ‘paying it forward,’” said resident Doris Feibelman. “The future of the world is in the hands of the young. We hope our assistance will leave a legacy that will have a positive ripple effect for the next generation.” A special touch was the personal message residents wrote for each child receiving a backpack. One note read, “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” “The notes exemplify the spirit of our residents,” Parker added. “This was the perfect opportunity to kick off our campaign of giving back.” The club plans to complete four community service projects each year and the next initiative will be geared to the homeless during Thanksgiving. Located at 11355 SW 84 St., The Palace Royale features “catered living,” a new concept offering all the services of traditional assisted living with special emphasis on residents’ cognitive abilities. For more information, call 305-270-7000 or visit online at <>.


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Hemiplegic teen leads normal life with help of his personal trainer BY LEE STEPHENS

Strokes in infants and children are rare, but they do happen. Research shows that about one in every 4,000 full-term births have a recognized form of stroke. These odds did not matter to Jacqueline Serrano. When her son Ryan was 4 months old, and after noticing he wouldn’t use his left arm, she learned from doctors that he had suffered a stroke in utero — in other words, before he was born. “I was both shocked and devastated to hear that my son had suffered a stroke. All my tests during pregnancy were normal, and when I received the news I was led to believe my child would be severely limited,” Serrano said. A stroke in a child can have lifelong effects. It may impair motor skills, lead to learning disabilities, and even affect language development. In Ryan Serrano’s case, he would be diagnosed with hemiplegia, meaning that the left half of his body suffers from a form of paralysis. With no cure in sight, to address his hemiplegia, the Serrano’s were encouraged to undergo various forms of therapy. “Once diagnosed, my son Ryan started a heavy dose of both physical and occupational therapy in order to help him develop his motor functions. He started his therapy at four months old and continued to the age of 6. It was grueling; we did some form of therapy three times a week until one day Ryan said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ He was tired.” As Ryan got older, therapy no longer provided the motivation he needed nor was it having the same effect as it did when he was a child. His parents decided to give him a break but after noticing that he was beginning to digress, started looking into other options other than traditional therapy. Eventually, through much research, Jacqueline heard about fitness trainers that worked specifically with kids. “I met Jose Lima, one of the trainers at the Health Joint Fitness Club [8015 SW 40 St.] and signed up Ryan for personal training sessions three times a week,” Serrano said. “Since it was more fitness and health focused, I knew it would interest him. Today, after two years, the change has been amazing — both physically and emotionally. He not only has a positive,

healthy role model, but Ryan has also developed his strength, has muscle definition, is more mobile, and can actually use his left arm now.” Regular physical fitness activity throughout life is encouraged as being important for preventing diseases and promoting physical and emotional well-being. For children with disabilities or chronic conditions, these benefits can have more impact. There are many demonstrated fitness gains to be obtained by following an appropriate fitness program. “When Ryan first came in, the first thing we did is give him a fitness test,” said Jose Lima, Ryan’s personal trainer for more than three years at the Health Joint. “At the time he did not have much function with his left hand and his motor skills weren’t that great either. Half of the equipment we couldn’t use. However, after six months of consistent training we grabbed our first bar, and eventually started using some of the equipment. I am very proud of his progress.” Kids with his type of condition may not ever get to 100 percent mobility but as Lima said, “I can assure that with the right exercise and persistence he will get to at least 80 percent.” For the Serranos, 80 percent sounds just right as it is better than results achieved through other alternatives. In short, an exercise program of strength and endurance training may be a safe and feasible option for children with disabilities, as the benefits can be immeasurable. Ryan, now 15, and in high school, has started to experience a new life by improving the functionality of his left side. “The training I’ve received from Jose at the Health Joint has changed my life,” Ryan said. “I get one-on-one training and I get to challenge myself physically, results of which I see improve with every passing year. Being able to do simple things like going kayaking and doing sports is just amazing, as they are things I was never able to do before. I have learned that exercise is progress, it has helped my body and my confidence.” For more information on fitness programs for children with special needs call 305-261-4004 or visit online at <>. More information regarding hemiplegia can be found at <>.

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Man writes book about daughter’s miraculous recovery from cancer BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

In July 2007, four-and-a-half-year-old Bella Torres became paralyzed overnight. Her father, Raymond Rodriguez-Torres said she had no prior symptoms of an illness when it happened, although she previously had complained of a stomachache. That complaint had been checked out by her pediatrician who ran tests that ruled out any problems. “That was the first sense of something seriously wrong,” he said. He rushed home from his meeting in Orlando and met his family at Miami Children’s Hospital, where his father had been chief of staff for 16 years. “They performed a lumbar puncture,” Rodriguez-Torres said. “It came back positive for a disease she didn’t have — Guillain-Barre syndrome. She started treatment for that.” He was horrified, since he knew about the disease as his father had a bout with it years before. In its worst case, GuillainBarre could cause the respiratory system to be paralyzed. The experimental treatment his father received is now the standard treatment that is given over five days. But on the fifth day, they could see the paralysis was not improving. The doctors suggested one more test. The test showed Bella had Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in the form of enormous tumor wrapped around her spine. It’s a rare childhood cancer that’s very aggressive. “She had cancer in her jaw, her foot, her shoulder, her rib, her hip, her knee, her hand and later in her brain,” RodriguezTorres said. The doctors told Rodriguez-Torres and his wife, Shannah, that Bella would never walk again and with stage four cancer, she probably wouldn’t live. But the family was not willing to give up without a fight. “What we decided to do is to try a chemo

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protocol for six weeks and see if it changed,” he said. “Bella began therapy that afternoon. I found myself in the greatest point of despair.” Until Bella’s illness, Rodriguez-Torres was not a religious man. Raised in the Catholic Church, he was a lapsed Catholic, but during those dark days he believes God talked to him through a friend and told him he needed to have an army of people to pray for his daughter. “When I hung up the phone I felt different,” Rodriguez-Torres said. His brother and sister-in-law developed the website <> to help bring people together to pray for his daughter. And people all over the world did pray.

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“They prayed from as far away as Japan and Australia,” he said. “We even had conference calls where we would all pray in unison, together.” After the first round of chemo, the tumor had shrunk 94 percent and then a scan showed the other areas of her body were cancer free. “Today Bella is the only known survivor of her kind of cancer in the world,” he said. “She can walk, jump and play. She is a cheerleader at her school. Bella’s case was investigated by the Catholic Church and is officially known as a miracle.” Rodriguez-Torres believes that Virgin Mary also made several visitations based on things his daughter told him, things that were impossible for the child to know otherwise. “I don’t know why we were chosen for this,” he said. The experience changed his life. Rodriguez-Torres became a certified life coach working with families of childhood cancer patients pro bono. His book, Why Not Me, is the publisher’s bestseller and he speaks at churches and events about what happened. “I am the happiest man you will speak to today, tomorrow and the next day,” he said.

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U2 brings back memories with South Florida concert BY LEE STEPHENS

Lisa Hayes was a teenager when she decided to skip school one day and not lie about it. She came out clean to her mother and warned her that nothing could stop her from making the endless line to get tickets for U2. That was in 1992. In June 2011, the Irish band’s explosive 360° Tour hit the Sun Life Stadium with a massive stage and all the energy four hearts from Dublin can deliver. Hayes was there too. She was one of thousands who waited years to see the band perform. When they finally came out, a little after 9 p.m., the surreal steel machine known as “The Claw” really came to life and everyone let go. “Thank you, Miami. Muchas gracias. And thank for your patience,” said Bono, dressed in black. The Edge on the guitar also wore dark clothes while Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen balanced it out in white. People of all ages and backgrounds came for this moment. They wanted to be part of the special night. They danced to In The Name of Love, Miss Sarajevo, Zooropa, City of Blinding Lights and sang whenever Bono gave them the chance, which he graciously did several times. The crowd also responded to his calls for freedom, peace and love and grew emotional when old footage of the band in its younger days came on the giant TV screen. South Florida fans expected the political references and the lead singer’s famous moans, but they did not expect a personal greeting (“Hello, Miami”) from NASA astronaut Cdr. Mark E. Kelly nor did they expect to hear Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi thank them for their support. Aside from the touching broadcasts, highlights included A Beautiful Day and Where the Streets Have No Name. During Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me Bono’s leather

jacket emanated red lights like lasers. Later on white lights shone on the entire stadium. For the audience it was as if celestial lights had taken over the whole space. The band then followed with With or Without You before ending the night with Moment of Surrender. With his glowing mike now turned blue, Bono took off his jacket and grabbed a hanger right there on the stage before saying “Good night, Miami. Thank you. America is a great idea. We love your country.” It was the vision of a band that has grown up together that allowed for such an emotional performance and dramatic stage. Reports had “The Claw” standing at four legs/tentacles but from higher seats it looked as if it had hundreds of arms and legs. The fortunate crowd at ground level melted with the centerpiece spectacle and their palms floating in the air gave the illusion of a mechanic animal gone wild. Nobody really knows if it was a spider from outer space or a spaceship carrying aliens. The fact is it cost more than $20 million and delivered the intimate feeling the band wanted for this tour, which already holds the record for highest-grossing tours of all time. The Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour held the previous record with $558 million. If waiting is an indication that an amazing show is in the works, as a wine gets better with time, then South Florida fans will probably not mind waiting even longer for U2 to come back. In the meantime, should your kid ever ask you what U2 360° stands for, tell them that is the formula for the hottest, biggest concert that toured the planet at least up until 2011. If they do not believe you, ask them to skip school one day and get in line for tickets that will test their patience but ultimately change their life.

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UM’s Festival Miami features diverse blend of performers BY ELIZABETH AMORE

Now in its 28th season, Festival Miami features a diverse blend of exciting performers showcasing their talents alongside student and faculty artists. The dynamic program includes 23 concerts organized into four themes: Great Performances, featuring legendary artists and composers; Creative American Music, a mélange of new compositions by student and faculty composers; Jazz and Beyond, guaranteed to spark your groove, and Music of the Americas, a cultural firestorm spanning two hemispheres. In addition, visiting artists who conduct free lectures and master classes will give audiences an insider’s insight. Festival Miami will begin on Oct. 1 and conclude on Nov. 4. This year Festival Miami brings two Pulitzer Prize-winning American composers — Gunther Schuller, headlining opening night with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Chamber Players, and Michael Colgrass, who unveils two contemporary works with the Frost Wind Ensemble. The festival also offers three piano concerts, including Chopin Competition winner Claire Huangci, renowned Liszt expert Jerome Lowenthal, and a two-piano concert featuring the incredible Santiago Rodriguez and UM Frost School of Music dean and acclaimed pianist Shelton “Shelly” Berg performing music by George Gershwin. Other highlights include NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor, salsa music master Willy Chirino, and the vivacious Lucy Arnaz, performing her father’s sensational arrangements. For closing night, Festival Miami is copresenting a concert with JazzRoots: A Larry Rosen Series at the Adrienne Arsht Center, featuring UM Frost School’s own

Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra with new artistic director Terence Blanchard, and an all-star roster of guests including Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Mark O’Connor, Denyce Graves, and Monica Mancini. Festival Miami has set a precedent during the past 27 years by providing a series that blends artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors. The festival’s concert series is unparalleled in its scope of musical magnitude and includes stellar guest artists, the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically significant events.  For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit <> or send email to <> for additional information. The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is 305284-4940. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All performances are at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Dr. on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted). For more information on the Frost School of Music, visit <>.

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FLORIDIANS WIN IF AT&T AND T-MOBILE COMBINE AT&T’s acquisition of TMobile USA offers tremendous benefits for consumers. Both AT&T and T-Mobile are in the business of keeping up with consumer demand. The acquisition will help the combined companies to continue to meet this demand by providing them with the capacity to drive innovation and competitive prices for consumers. And most importantly, it will help the combined companies deliver what consumers expect in a wireless world – fewer dropped calls, faster speeds and access to state-of-the-art mobile broadband Internet service – whether they live in a large city, a small town or rural areas. The acquisition will benefit Florida consumers in many ways: improving service quality and network capacity, fostering innovation, increasing competitive pressure and helping to ensure that America remains a global leader in mobile broadband. The U.S has led the world in mobile broadband usage and innovation. From 2007 to 2010, data volumes on the AT&T network increased by a staggering 8,000 percent. By 2015, that data volume is expected to be eight to 10 times what it was in 2010. Both AT&T and T-Mobile USA face spectrum shortage or even spectrum exhaustion in some markets, challenging each company’s ability to support the boom in customer demand. The acquisition provides the fastest, most efficient and certain solution to the impending wireless exhaustion facing both companies. Combining these two companies facilitates the spread of mobile broadband coverage, which can bring small towns and communities many benefits in education, health care and economic development. With the approval of the merger, AT&T

has committed to provide cuttingedge 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile Internet service to more than 97 percent of the U.S. population – that’s more than 300 million Americans, nearly 55 million more people and one million additional square miles than under our pre-merger plans. LTE will give more businesses located in rural America the same powerful tools enjoyed by those located in major cities. And, rural consumers will particularly benefit from real-time access to a wide range of resources that would not otherwise be as readily available. The expanded 4G LTE deployment and increased spectrum efficiencies resulting from the acquisition will help tie our communities to one another. Through distance learning programs, schools will be able to bring specialized teachers to their students and will be able to bring students new curriculum and experiences. Smaller and larger districts will have the same opportunities. Telemedicine services will allow residents in rural communities to get remote treatment from doctors in different areas. With access to cuttingedge technology, area small businesses will be able to stay competitive with larger companies. In the end, the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile’s compatible networks will lead to community development and economic growth. Florida must be able to keep up in the digital age. Expanded advanced, high-speed mobile broadband services will spur demand for new innovative applications and service for all of us. Getting these services to more hard-to-reach communities and businesses and maximizing the existing services we have will improve the quality of life here in Florida.

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MDC to offer new bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences BY TERE ESTORINO

Miami Dade College (MDC) soon will offer a new Bachelor of Science with a major in Biological Sciences (BS-BS) to meet the local demand for trained professionals in the biological/life science industries in South Florida, thanks to unanimous approval from the Florida Board of Education. Students choosing to pursue this degree at MDC can select one of three concentrations: biotechnology, biopharmaceutical sciences, or science education. Graduates will be prepared for in-demand careers such as those of biological scientists, research technicians, microbiologists, natural science managers, or science teachers. “We are extremely pleased to offer this new degree,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “We know that our students will serve to fulfill a critical workforce need in areas that are pivotal to our local economy, and to the economic development efforts in this region.” The BS-BS degree program will allow

graduates to tap into the burgeoning demand for biological scientists with fouryear degrees, projected to increase by 21 percent during the next decade. Degree candidates can take advantage of the seamless transfer of existing credits toward the degree and the many other benefits of a quality education at MDC, including significantly lower tuition compared to other institutions, and the ability to access classes with convenient schedules and locations. The development of the BS-BS is another example of MDC responding to the workforce needs of the dynamic community it serves. In addition to more than 300 associate degrees and certificate programs, the BS-BS is MDC’s eighth baccalaureate program, following the recently added BS. in Electronics Engineering Technology. The BS-BS degree offers hands-on experience that emphasizes skill sets and workforce-driven training that is essential and in high demand by local employers. For more information, call the Biology/Health and Wellness Department at 305-237-1101.


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Great Grove Bed Race set to roll on Sept. 4

This team representing the University of Miami competes in the 2010 Great Grove Bed Race. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY BARBARA FERENCZI

The third annual celebration of bed racing will take place in Coconut Grove during Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, Sept. 4. The Great Grove Bed Race is a free community event and fundraiser in the Grove each year. It is attended by celebrities and proves that a community can come together, have fun, be unique and raise funds for charity The six-hour event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wildly comedic bed race involves rolling beds down village streets in Coconut Grove with the local South Florida community, individuals, businesses, organizations, and clubs sponsoring the beds. Teams consist of five members, four racers and one rider, racing against the clock until the fastest beds in each division are determined. Divisions are Men’s, Women’s, Co-Ed and Corporate/Over 30. Those finalists go head-to-head in a race

for the top position. More important than the speed trophies are the top prizes awarded for theme, engineering, décor, best overall and crowd favorite through the race’s TEXT your vote telecom sponsor. Open to the public, the race is organized as a fun community event to improve awareness and economic impact to the Grove and raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. Race registration fee is $125 per team (one bed, five participants) with the final entry deadline of 5 p.m. on Aug. 26. One hundred percent of the registration fee goes to the Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade. Many activities will take place during the day along with the Bed Race; there is a Parade of Beds, theme contest (best costumes and cheers would help in winning this), decoration contest, etc. For more information visit online at <>.

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FPL gives check, participates in ‘Christmas in July’ for FSO

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Many of Florida Power and Light’s employees from Miami to Juno Beach participated in the recent Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (FSO) “Christmas in July” annual packing event at FSO’s National Operation Center located in Lake Worth. Since 2004, the FPL’s Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) have been holding fundraisers and collection drives to help Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in their mission of sending out monthly “We Care” packages. FPL’s Debbie Riley (Miami) and Margarita Truitt (Juno Beach) presented a check in the amount of $6,041 to Lynelle Zelnar, executive director and founder, and Bob Nichols, FSO national chair. These funds were raised via the company’s annual “Jeans Day” fundraiser conducted at FPL’s Juno Beach and Miami locations. Many FPL employees currently are registered with the Armed Forces and/or have had family members serving in which they benefit from the FSO program. Not only are the employees of

FPL committed to their own personnel and their families who have been called to duty, but to all of the U.S. servicemen and women deployed overseas. “Our troops certainly deserve an extra holiday, so in lieu of our normal monthly packing events, we decided to up the ante and send them Christmas style “We Care” packages, Zelnar said. “The support we continue to receive from Florida Power and Light Company sets a great example to other businesses in the surrounding community and throughout the country, of what it means to be able to do ‘something’ to show your support of our troops,” Zelnar said. “Since 2003, FSO has benefited close to a quarter of a million of our military. It is more important now then ever to truly show our support and send our servicemen and servicewomen that ‘little bit of home’ to assure they are not forgotten.” Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc., is a national 501(c) tax-exempt corporation and can be reached at 1-561-369-2933 or by email at <>.

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UPS 5K event to benefit United Way of Miami-Dade BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

UPS and United Way of Miami-Dade have once again teamed up for the UPS 5K race/walk benefiting United Way’s work in the areas of education, income and health. The race will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way.  “For almost three decades, UPS has been giving back to communities nationwide,” said Harve Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade. “Now, our community has the opportunity to help UPS and United Way continue to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all.” To pre-register for the UPS 5K, participants must submit their entry forms by 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, via the Internet at <>. Early registration is only $20. Race day registration begins at 6 a.m. on Sept. 17 for a cost of $25. “UPS employees are dedicated to supporting the communities where they live and work, and we encourage everyone to

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Simon Youth Foundation awards $5,600 to high school students BY DESIREE LLERENA

The Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship program, sponsored by Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that champions education opportunities for students of all backgrounds, awarded $5,600 to Miami-Dade County high school students, so that they may pursue a postsecondary degree. Simon Youth Foundation assists youth in Simon Mall communities nationwide by providing scholarships to help them realize their hopes of going to college. Scholarship recipients Lourianne Apollon, Daniela Serna, Sonja Castel and Kristina Oliva were presented with a certificate during an intimate luncheon at the Knife Restaurant in Miami International Mall. Representatives from Dadeland Mall, Miami International Mall, The Falls and The Shops at Sunset Place were in attendance to congratulate and recognize the students chosen from their Simon Mall community. The following recipients received $1,400

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Chevrolet has a hit with new Camaro Convertible Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Chevrolet’s beautiful new Camaro Convertible made its debut in January at the Los Angeles International Auto Show and it was an immediate hit; American consumers loved it. With the top up, the Camaro Convertible has the same sleek profile as its sibling hardtop. With the top down, it is much more seductive, and the overused term of “sleek and sexy” only begins to describe its beauty. The Camaro Convertible’s underlying body structure has been re-worked to accommodate the very tight and nicely tailored top mechanism. GM engineers made four primary additions to strengthen the body structure and eliminate cowl and steering wheel shake. They added a tower-to-tower brace under the hood, installed a new transmission support reinforcement brace, added an underbody tunnel brace and installed front and rear underbody “V” braces. The end result is a

convertible automobile that has a good looking profile and handles very much like a sport coupe. Additional structural safety reinforcements include a hydroformed tube in the A-pillars, an inner reinforcement bracket in the windshield header, a reinforced front hinge pillar and reinforcements inside the rockers to improve noise and vibration characteristics. The changes give the car’s body better bending characteristics and torsional stiffness. Designers also wanted to eliminate the appearance of convertible top support ribs, so they used composite knuckles rather than aluminum, extended the top material below the belt line and revised the top’s stitch lines for a smooth, taut and carefully tailored appearance that retains the sleek roofline of the coupe. The power top retracts in about 20 seconds, folding in a simple “Z” pattern, and latches with a single twist handle at the center of the windshield header. Turn the latch to the open position, push a button and the windows go down and the top goes down. And you don’t have to be parked to activate the top; you can drop it on a spur-of-the-moment, such as while stopped at a traffic light. A folding, one-piece tonneau covers the folded top for a finished look and an accessory windscreen is available that installs behind

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• Reroof/Repairs • Owner on every job • Specializing in roof leak repairs • Work guaranteed • Serving Florida since 1994

Cauley Square Historic Village


T 305.234.2577 F 305.234.2576


Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village is a Nostalgic Village that offers a Glimpse of Old South Florida at its best. Spend the day or a lazy afternoon shopping and casually strolling through the shaded garden paths. It is located within ten acres of lush tropical gardens, foliage, plants & flowers, birds, fountains, sculptures and private patios.


Cauley Square



16200 S.W. 137TH AVE., MIAMI, FL 33177

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August 9 - 22, 2011

Selective Cut, Inc. Complete Tree, Landscaping, Lawn Service & Construction Service Company

One call does it all! Tree Trimming • Full Lawn Maintenance E THE TIM NOW’S P E R P E AN HURRIC

Landscaping & Design • Concrete • Pavers Sprinkler Repair • Custom Water Features Backhoe & Bobcat Services • Concrete Finishing Custom Concrete Driveways


786.380.0801 Certified Arborist on Staff • General Contractor on Staff • Licensed & Insured

Don’t let your child’s hard work this year be lost during the summer. Students can lose up to 2-3 months of content retention during the summer break. You can avoid having your child struggle to catch up in the fall through summer tutoring sessions.


Reading (from basic phonics to skill specific comprehension reinforcement) Math (basic math drills to skill/benchmark specific instruction) Study Skills (organization, outlining, note taking) Essay writing (prewriting, proofreading, editing, grammar, spelling, word usage) Spanish FCAT review for summer retest!




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HOME AND LAWN SERVICES Quality Work And Service Home & Lawn Services

Roll-Off Dumpsters Land Clearing Rubbish Removal Bob Cat Service





Disaster Cleanup Tree Trimming Landscaping Lawn Services LICENSED AND INSURED






(786) 285-7207







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August 9 - 22, 2011



We are a full service plumbing company â&#x20AC;¢ Expert Drainline Technicians

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â&#x20AC;¢ Camera Drain Inspection



â&#x20AC;¢ Ultrasound Leak Detection State Licensed & Insured CFC044163




Having recurring backups in Kitchens/Laundry Bad Odors â&#x20AC;¢ Roach Problems â&#x20AC;¢ Slow Drains?


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Better Than Cable/Satellite! â&#x20AC;˘ Never Goes Out During Rain!








ALL Major Stations 60+ Digital Channels (Including Haitian & Spanish TV) Made of Recycled Materials







Paul Merker has helped hundreds of individuals, families and teens


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Jewish Recovery Group

Sponsored by Jewish Community Services



Call: 305.610.7260


Meets 2nd and 4th Monday 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 9700 South Dixie Hwy., Suite # 650 Miami, Florida 33156




• Pay off current mortgage, eliminating monthly payments • Pay off credit card debt • Establish grandchild education fund • Repair the home: New roof? Paint? • Establish an emergency "cash" fund • Pay medical bills • Take a vacation













August 9 - 22, 2011


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As part of the

THE PINECREST COMMUNITY CENTER is offering a “Quick Start” to fitness package that includes a

The Pinecrest Community Center now offers more than 4200 square feet dedicated solely to getting fit. The facility proudly provides the latest equipment from industry leaders Precor, Lifefitness, and Hampton. Village of Pinecrest • Parks and Recreation Department, Pinecrest Community Center

5855 Southwest 111 St. Pinecrest, FL 33156 • 305-284-0900 You can register online for all classes and programs at:

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