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Village Dog Park reopens nearly a month after incident BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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eople and pooches returned recently to enjoy Palmetto Bay’s Dog Park, also known as Perrine Wayside Park, which reopened after being closed for most of the month of September. The popular three-acre park facility had been shut down since Sept. 1 when a tragic incident took place and Victor Garcia’s 6-month-old Labrador retriever Ruger was electrocuted and drowned while swimming in the small lake. Officials from the Parks Department immediately had the lake’s fountain, pump and wiring completely removed for inspection, and word is that it will not be replaced. The park, which was opened in November 2007, features a perimeter walking path, perimeter fence, pet drinking fountains, park benches and tables, a gazebo/pavilion and parking areas, and has been sorely missed according to those who have come to rely on it as a place to bring their dogs to play. “I am thrilled that the park is open again,” said resident Bill Maynard. “There aren’t that many places like it around here. I bring my three dogs here at least once a week.” Joan Swallen, who was there on Tuesday, Sept. 28, with her beagle, Barney, was also glad to be able to visit the park. “I’m happy it’s re-opened,” she said. “It’s really nice. I come here every day, sometimes twice a day.”




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Swallen said that a lot of friendships, both human and canine, have formed as a result of regular park-goers meeting and getting acquainted. One such friend, Renee Bertucci, is there all the time with her two Dobermans, Reno and Steeler, and the ladies and pooches like to hang out at the park. “There are more people here in the morning and late afternoon than at mid-day,” Bertucci said. “At first, people just know


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each other by their dogs, but after awhile they get to know people’s names, too.” Perrine Wayside Park is located at 16425 S. Dixie Hwy. and is open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week, but is closed on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month until noon for routine scheduled maintenance. For more information, call the Department of Parks and Recreation at Village Hall, 305-259-1234.

iami-Dade County recently improved its Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department website, which includes an online Foreclosure Registry application available at < spx>. To date, 15,000 registry applications have been received. Payment of the registry fee also may be made electronically. This added feature will facilitate a more efficient and expedient process for lending institutions as well as the department. The Foreclosure Registry tracks single family dwellings that are subject to foreclosure actions. Through this registry res-

he Palmetto Bay Village Council unanimously approved the budget for the coming year during its Sept. 27 budget hearing. In adopting the proposed budget, which went into effect on Oct. 1 and is expected to become a final document soon, village

officials decided to keep the tax rate unchanged, set at 2.544 mills. A mill is equivalent to $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value, which means that the village will receive $6,078,054 in advalorem taxes. That’s $130,544 less than in the prior year. Last year, out of a homeowner’s total property taxes, about 13 percent went to cover village operating costs while the

rest went to Miami-Dade County government, the Miami-Dade School Board, South Florida Water Management District and the Children’s Trust, among others. In his presentation before the council vote, village manager Ron E. Williams stated that the proposed budget would allow ––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Village student to appear in TV public service spot


Taylor Davis, 13, of Palmetto Bay will be featured in a new television public service announcement (PSA) to be broadcast in cities across the country this fall to promote youth volunteerism and the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Davis was named Florida’s top middle level youth volunteer for 2010 by the prestigious awards program earlier this year for single-handedly securing donations of $30,000 worth of art supplies to support her school’s cash-strapped art program. The PSA, which can be viewed at <>, is being distributed to 250 television stations in major cities across the United States. It is designed to alert young television viewers to the importance and rewards of volunteering in their communities, and to encourage current volunteers to apply for recognition through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Also appearing in the PSA are several other Prudential Spirit of Community honorees for 2010. Young volunteers can apply for the awards online at <> or at <>. Applications for the 2011 program must be completed by Nov. 1 and then submitted to a middle or high school principal, Girl Scout council, county 4-H agent, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA, or affiliate of Hands On Network. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling 1-877-525-8491 toll-free. Local honorees are chosen in early November and then submitted to a statelevel judging committee. The top two can-

didates from each state — one high school student and one middle level student — are named State Honorees in February, receiving $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a parent for four days of national recognition events in May. Ten National Honorees are named at that time. Taylor won her award for single-handedly securing donations of $30,000 worth of art supplies to support her school’s cashstrapped art program. Taylor knew the budget was tight and that teachers often had to pay for art supplies themselves. “Would my wonderful art program be the next to disappear?” she said. So, she spent last summer trying to build her school’s inventory of art supplies. “The inspiration was to help my teachers and fellow classmates to have the tools they needed to create freely,” David said. She began by researching national and international art supply companies. Armed with the names and addresses of the CEOs, she sent handwritten letters to 45 companies in the U.S. and Europe, asking for supplies of any kind and promising to display their logos prominently on any donations. Within one week, Taylor started receiving positive responses. In September, Taylor held a surprise presentation for teachers and students in the school auditorium, with 75 boxes of donated supplies. She also organized car washes that raised $500 to help classmates from less affluent families pay for art fees. Her journey has led Davis to create a nonprofit organization, “The Traveling Canvas,” aiming to provide art education to children all over the world.

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times of the Village Policing Unit; enhance quality of life by helping provide a safe, clean and attractive environment for residents; continue quality legal representation; enhance government accessibility through communication technologies; improve and maintain infrastructure through public works projects, and properly maintain village parks and other facilities. “I am proud that we have kept government small and stayed with our mission of

doing more with less,” Mayor Eugene P. Flinn said in a posted message to residents after the vote. “This is a ‘clean and lean’ budget.” According to the budget data, although property taxes and a few other revenue sources are lower than last year, other revenue sources such as utility taxes, licenses and permits, intergovernmental revenue and other funding helped boost available funding higher than last year.

FORECLOSURE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– idences that have become or are at risk of becoming vacant, overgrown or dilapidated are tracked and remediated to prevent blight or unsightly conditions thus preserving property values along with neighboring residents’ quality and life safety. In order to minimize the negative impact on neighborhoods, the MiamiDade County Board of County Commissioners approved, on Dec. 2, 2008, Ordinance 08-134, and effective Dec. 12, 2008, which requires that upon the filing of a Lis Pendens or an action to foreclose upon a mortgaged property, registration of the property must be made with the Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department within 30 days. This ordinance is applicable to properties within unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County. “Improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods is a priority of the depart-

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KaBOOM! account and share photos and stories in the village scrapbook. Deadline for entries is Friday, October 15, so don’t delay. Goingg aroundd inn circles... the village will be installing a needed trafficcalming device at SW 168 St. & SW 87 Ave. from October 6 to November 5, so watch for the detour signs. The project Going removal around of in acircles... includes traffic light and reconstruction of a two-lane road with a traffic circle, new curbs, sidewalk, and landscaping. Spottedd att Panera’s restaurant in the shopping center at 136th Street and South Dixie Highway, Lt. Greg Truitt, Commander of Palmetto Bay’s Policing Spotted at Panera’s Unit was grabbing a quick lunch last Tuesday at the very popular eatery, and who could blame him? Panera’s has great sandwiches, soups and salads, not to mention wonderful fresh baked breads and pastries (and not a donut in sight!). It’s a happening place. Aree youu planningg ahead? We hear that Jullie & Associates, P.A. will be conA re you planning ahead?

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It’s too late to regain the trust of citizens out hospitalization since being forced to hold two part-time jobs rather than one with benefits. Your community is bleeding! What the citizens hate is the fact that our elected mayor, county commissioners and manager seem to think that while the rest of us in the private sector are hurting it is okay to give pay raises to hundreds of county employees and pay a ridiculous $1,000 bonus to bus drivers simply to encourage them to show up for work. Fire them if they don’t come to work on time. Our mayor and commissioners could have averted the anger of the community if only they had shown a little compassion for the taxpayers. Much of the anger could have been mitigated and you could have experienced our understanding of the complexity of taxing our homes. Mr. Mayor, you should have told county employees, both union and non-union, that the promised pay raises will have to wait until we recover from the economic crises facing our community. Remind them that very few in the private sector are receiving salary increases. Tell them that employees in the private sector are happy just to have a job, go to work and take home a paycheck, even if they had to accept a pay cut.

R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Mayor Alvarez and county commissioners, don’t blame Norman Braman for his anticipating citizen anger over the county’s new budget with its miniscule 1 percent cut from last year’s budget. Perhaps, those commissioners who arrogantly voted for a budget that will result in a residential real estate tax increase for 60 percent of homeowners are too far removed from mainstream Greater Miami to realize just how badly our community is hurting. Everyone knows that it costs money to run our government. We all know that we must support our police and fire-rescue people; that it takes clerks, accounting personal, bus drivers and a multitude of other jobs to run our government. No one denies that fact. We all know we must pay taxes. And you should know that it hurts when we are unemployed, working reduced hours, working for less an hour and working with-

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You could have made an argument for the need to collect taxes to support the services provided the community if you showed some empathy and understanding and not sit on the dais like a bunch of bullies beating homeowners into losing their homes because they can no longer afford the cost of keeping a roof over their heads. I think it is too late to show the compassion needed to regain the goodwill of the voters of Miami-Dade. They may well be so fed up and, as Mr. Braman says, that they are going to take to the streets signing petitions with the intent of removing you from office. Even if such a recall petition drive is not successful, you must certainly feel the shame of your actions. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Fourth quarter predictions call for financial makeover credit card bills start coming due.

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH With October and the start of the fourth quarter here, it’s the perfect time to take another hard look at where your finances are right now and start planning where your money will be by the end of the year. Former Realtor Pete Codina is back in school working towards a new career in engineering. When the FIU student saw the local real estate market slowing down several years ago, he realized he needed a new profession. “I’ve spent a lot of time researching the job market to see what professions might be seeing some future growth,” Codina said. “I saw a lot of new engineering jobs so I went back to school to be an engineer.” With unemployment at record highs in parts of South Florida, Pete Codina is like other local residents who know this will be an especially hard fourth quarter for many families. Financial planners say now is the right time to start limiting spending and credit card use as much as possible. “Plan your holiday shopping early,” said Lane Jones of Coral Gables-based Evensky & Katz. “It’s not too soon to start looking for cheap prices; comparison shop on the Internet and find the best deals available. You don’t want to overspend in a tough environment.” It also is a great time to consider lowering your monthly expenses by refinancing any mortgage or auto loans to lowerrate ones. And if you use cash at the checkout counter, you can avoid those high credit card interest rates and don’t have to worry when all the after-holiday

FAMILIES NOT FEELING RECESSION IS FADING Is the recession really over for most of us? One of the most controversial stories I recently reported just came out of the National Bureau of Economic Research: The recession officially ended June of 2009. It also found there would be no double-dip recession because of the strength and length of the current recovery. Researchers now say if there is another economic downturn, it will be classified as a separate recession. Should we start feeling better yet? With Florida facing some of the worst unemployment rates in its history and families still losing their homes, many of us feel like the recession is still going strong. Local communities will be fighting to keep employees on the payroll as tax values and tax revenues continue to decline. On the other hand, local tourism and foreign trade have been making solid gains over last year. Real estate sales of some prime properties are starting to pick up and their prices finally may be stabilizing, but the overbuilt condominium market will take years to start seeing solid growth again. So, is the recession really over? In the eyes of some economic researchers, the answer is “yes.” We’re still seeing slow, steady growth rather than dramatic downturns that started back in 2006 and continued through 2009. Despite this, for too many struggling local families facing higher tax bills, higher insurance bills and stagnating paychecks, the reality may be “no way.” Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.

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Busy day brings parents to Coral Reef Elementary

Pictured at the Coral Reef Book Fair Fall 2010 are (l-r) Michelle Lopez, Diane Hocutt and librarian Diana Rivas. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Parents of children at Coral Reef Elementary recently joined their children for a special day at school. The school conducted its bi-annual “Eat Lunch With Your Child” Day on Sept. 22 to celebrate the beginning of the school year and visit the school’s outstanding book fair. In addition, parents attended the kickoff Parent Teacher Association meeting in the morning to discuss important issues. “At Coral Reef Elementary, we strive to involve our parents in our education team,” said Dr. Fred Albion, principal. “By inviting them to spend lunch with their children and participate in the book fair, children receive a positive reinforcement in empha-

sizing the importance of education. Parents also enjoy being a part of their children’s daily lives away from home.” The day started with the PTA meeting focusing on the yearly budget and a child safety seminar from the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit. Later parents met their children and enjoyed lunch with them. After lunch, many parents took their children to the book fair to select new reading material and bookmarks, pencils, pens and other school supplies. All profits from the book sale benefit Coral Reef Elementary. Coral Reef Elementary holds “Eat Lunch With Your Child” Day twice a year to correspond with the book fairs. PTA meetings are conducted monthly.

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Palmetto Bay architect’s pet project earns awards BY CONNIE CROWTHER

When popular, award-winning architect Roney Mateu, AIA, attended the Sept. 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the now worldfamous Best Friends luxury pet hotel at Disney World in Orlando, he was much more than just an interested onlooker. Mateu, principal of Mateu Architecture in Palmetto Bay, actually designed the facility, which has been featured in more than 250,000 online, on-air and published reports around the world in the past few weeks. It’s been an excellent month for Mateu, who also learned that the firm once again has been recognized with two Design Excellence Awards, (from more than 260 entries this year) in the annual awards program of the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (FA/AIA). The awards were given during the annual FA/AIA convention in late August in Ponte Vedra. The awards program jury for the FA/AIA design awards competition was chaired by Kirsten Murray, AIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA, who were the winners of the 2009 National AIA Firm of the Year Award. The Best Friends one-of-a-kind pet resort at Disney World offers 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and a 25,000-square-foot dog park exclusively for the use of the Best Friends clients and their owners. The pet hotel was booked fully for Labor Day weekend, accommodating as many as 300 pets for both daytime and overnight boarding while their owners explore Disney World and other Orlando attractions. Dogs stay in suites ranging from 32 to 226 square feet, and have raised bedding, flat screen televisions and some have a private

outdoor yard. Cats spend their visit in the separate Kitty City, away from the dogs, in two- and four-room condos. There also is a special area for the boarding of pocket pets, small mammals and birds. “This was a very fun and complicated project,” Mateu said. The Best Friends pet hotel was featured in more than a quarter of a million print, broadcast and online stories and mentions worldwide within a few days of the ribboncutting ceremony. In the AIA Florida Design Awards competition, Mateu’s Casa Grove I was one of only three projects selected to receive the Honor Award of Excellence for New Work, from more than 150 submitted in the category. Located on a busily traveled Coconut Grove traffic corridor, Casa Grove I’s courtyard design solution allows for the living spaces to be buffered from the street by the front structure that contains a garage and a bedroom/studio/office above. The entry sequence is such that the side setback is used as a filter/gate to the house, and deliberately extends the arrival sequence, making this house, on a 40-foot-wide lot, appear and feel larger than it is. The jury singled out Casa Grove I for “being respectful of existing vegetation and providing a modestly scaled insertion into the neighborhood. The landscape is treated as a figural element in the site composition. The use of materials is clean, elegant and minimal. Materials such as metal decking are employed effectively without creating an overly ‘industrial’ aesthetic statement. The house feels both protected from the sun and light filled.” Casa Orquidea was one of seven projects selected to receive the Merit Award of Excellence for New Work. Located in the central area of Coconut Grove and surrounded by multi-family

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structures, this young couple committed to a more sustainable lifestyle, by building their dream home in a location where they could walk to work, play and entertainment, while incorporating sustainable and energy saving strategies in their sculptured home, occupying three levels (including a rare basement level for auto storage), all in a 50-foot wide by 150foot deep lot. The jury commented, “This house is obviously well designed and executed throughout, while the house and site feel like a cool oasis.” Recent and current design work for Mateu Architecture, other than the Best

Friends pet hotel in Disney World and the award-winning homes, includes the Palley Glass Pavilion at the Lowe Art Museum (completed) and the new Basketball Practice Facility Fieldhouse at the University of Miami, (completed), the Little Manatee Migrant Worker Housing in Ruskin, FL, (recently completed), The Steven E. Chaykin Elderly Housing Project, South Miami Beach (under construction), and several custom homes and corporate offices in design and construction. For information about and images of other Mateu Architecture projects, visit the website at <>.

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VITAS needs pet volunteers for hospice patients VITAS invites friendly and well-behaved pets to join the Paw Pals program in which animals and their humans learn how to visit patients at the end of life. Pet therapy sometimes can reach a patient in ways when no one else can. A registered VITAS Paw Pals visitor can offer comfort, bring back memories, encourage activity and provide unconditional love to VITAS patients. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade-Monroe is looking for volunteers who can lick away loneliness or cuddle in a lap. Paw Pals must be well-groomed and have up-to-date health records. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is the nation’s leading provider of end of life care. A pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, VITAS has been caring for the terminally ill and their families in South Florida. For more information on VITAS’ Paw Pals program, contact Cathy Agosti at 305-6904765 or send email to <>.

SOUTH FLORIDA HISPANIC CHAMBER TO HOLD MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next general membership luncheon on Oct. 7, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Chop House Miami, 300 S.

Biscayne Blvd. Chamber member tickets are $45 and $60 for non-members. MasterCard will be introducing to chamber members MoneySend, a new service that allows one to transfer money to friends and family. The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded over 16 years ago and is one of the largest Hispanic chambers in the State of Florida providing its members with a variety of benefits, services and activities. For more information on how to RSVP, call 305-534-1903 or visit online at <>.

be available for display and sale during the event. During the SOMI Art Walk, RE/MAX Realty and approximately 15 other South Miami merchants will offer refreshments and/or beverages while they display the creation of a variety of local artists. To learn more information about the artist, visit <>. More information about SOMI Art Walk is available at <>.

SOMI ART WALK COMES BACK TO CITY ON OCT. 8 The montly SOMI Art Walk comes back to South Miami on Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event will take place at the RE/MAX Advance Realty office, 7220 Red Rd. The SOMI Art Walk is free to attend. Its sponsors include Red Sunset Merchants Association along with SOMI Mag, SoMi SoU Boutique, Sergio’s Printing, and RE/MAX Advance Realty. In addition to Alex Yanes’ works already on display in the RE/MAX Advance Realty office, extra pieces of the artist’s works will

LOCAL AUTHOR CARL MATHIS TO CONDUCT BOOK SIGNING Author Carl Mathis, a resident of Cutler Bay, will be available to sign copies of his Christian Life book, Life Is What You Make It: Seven Steps to Moving Forward. The book signing will take place on Oct. 9, 3 p.m., at Waters of Life, 3000 Coral Way. Join Mathis in this motivational story about one man’s struggle to put his life back together. Life is What You Make It will teach you how to overcome any crippling situation in which you find yourself and stimulate personal and spiritual growth.

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM Are you or someone you know a Jewish woman at risk for breast or ovarian cancer? The community Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for Jewish Women will take place on Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m., at the University of Miami School of Architecture Glasgow Hall, 1223 Dickinson Dr. in Coral Gables. Presented by the Wendy Lester Breast Cancer Educational Fund and Sharsheret, this event is open free to the public. The moderator for the program will be Laurie Stein, Emmy Award-winning TV reporter, and special guest speaker Talia Donenberg, Board Certified Genetic Counselor.

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Riviera Schools set to expand with state-of-the-art facility BY NANCY EAGLETON

As Riviera Schools celebrates 60 years of tradition and academic excellence, its administration, faculty, students and families look ahead with anticipation to the 2011-12 school year and the opening of its new, stateof-the-art preparatory school. Riviera Preparatory School will provide high school students with the same commitment and excellence that Riviera Schools has offered to younger students in preschool through eighth grade since 1950. The new campus, currently being built on SW 87th Avenue, will feature close to 100,000 square feet of facilities on the 10.5-acre site. During the 2011-12 school year, Riviera Preparatory will open to students in grades 69 and during each subsequent year, a grade level will be added. Students in grades 6-8 currently attend Riviera’s campus on Nervia Street in Coral Gables, and they will be relocated to the new facility next year. Riviera Day School will continue to serve students in preschool through grade 5 in Coral Gables. At full capacity, Riviera Preparatory will have more than 500 students. Peter Cohen, associate director of Riviera Schools, said that the school will provide a

Riviera Schools prides itself on the individual attention given to students. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– much-needed option for the community’s expand to high school for many years. This next step is a natural part of Riviera’s evolustudents. “We have been working to make this proj- tion and serves to further our mission of creect a reality since 1998,” Cohen said. “Our ating a unique educational institution and students and families have been asking us to environment for our students.” The new Riviera Preparatory campus will include state-of-the-art classrooms, a media center/library, cafeteria, auditorium, fine arts facilities, science labs, full indoor gymnasium, fitness room, dance studio, multi-purpose fields, aquatics center and more. Technology will play an important role in the educational process at Riviera Prep. Interactive whiteboards, immediate response systems, laptops, document cameras and other technologies will be incorporated into the curriculum. “We offer the best of both worlds to our students,” Cohen explained. “We’re small enough to maintain an intimacy that allows students to (exam, x-rays and cleaning) receive one-on-one attention and large enough to offer resources and opportunities that are will provide you with the usually only offered at a larger school.”




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Athletic programs for girls and boys will keep students active. Riviera Preparatory sports teams, now known as the Bulldogs, will include basketball, football, soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, tennis, golf, swimming, water polo, dance and cheerleading. Cohen said that although the school’s physical, tangible elements are incredible; its best resource continues to be its faculty. Patrick Snay has served the educational community of South Florida for over 30 years and has joined Riviera Preparatory School as headmaster. Dr. Linda Grant has joined as associate headmaster and is known for her expertise in curriculum and instruction. “Our teachers are extraordinarily talented, qualified and dedicated,” Cohen said. “We expect more from our faculty and if they are on our team, it means they have committed to our mission of providing a holistic approach to helping students develop into well-rounded citizens.” “I am so grateful to Riviera Prep for the achievements and success of my children,” said Riviera Schools parent Virginia Cordoba, whose children have attended the Coral Gables campus. Both campuses currently are accepting new student applications for the 2011-12 school year. Cohen said that applications are accepted and processed on a rolling admissions basis and the process includes review of student transcripts, admissions testing, and recommendations. Cohen is a Riviera Schools’ alumnus and has been associate director since 1996. His father, Lawrence Cohen, has served as director since 1972. Riviera Preparatory School will be located at 9775 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall and Riviera Day School is located at 6800 Nervia St. in Coral Gables. To learn more about Riviera Schools, call 305-666-1856 or go online to <>

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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 “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

HomeCare has been dedicated to making people’s lives better with proven quality-of-life solutions delivered in the comfort of home settings since 1974. Their team of more than 800 employees and volunteers provide more than 17,000 hours of care each week to well over 3,500 clients across Miami-Dade County. Services include everything from nursing care and chronic disease management to personal care services such as bathing, housekeeping, meal delivery and companionship. For a complete list of services or for more information, please call 305-716-0710 or visit “Our mission at United HomeCare Services is to make a difference in the lives of individuals by offering home health and community care solutions that promote independence and wellness,” said Jose Fox, President and CEO of United HomeCare Services. “We want to thank HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital for selecting United HomeCare Services as the beneficiary of the Radiothon. Donations will help disabled adults and elderly residents in Miami-Dade live independently at home.” About HealthSouth: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami is a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital is located at 20601 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, FL and can be found on the Web at To schedule a free tour call (305) 251-3800.

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Haircuts are a family affair at new Zoo Cuts in village BY NANCY EAGLETON

Zoo Cuts, a new hair salon for the entire family that recently opened in Palmetto Bay, will host its grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 9, and will offer $10 haircuts all day. With themed station chairs and Disney movies for the little ones, and PlayStation and Wii for older children, getting a haircut has never been this much fun. “I invite the whole community to come by for our grand opening, see the salon and get a haircut with us for the first time,” said Luis Madrid, owner and manager, who also owns the Homestead Zoo Cuts location that opened in May 2009. Zoo Cuts offers services such as haircuts and bang trims for infants, children, teens and parents. The salon also offers special occasion hair styling including up-dos, blowouts and flat and curling iron styles. The family friendly amenities at Zoo Cuts promise to make that first haircut for an infant or toddler a positive experience for the child and parent alike. To remember the special occasion, Zoo Cuts will provide

proud parents with a certificate, photo and lock of hair. Toys, books, crayons and drawing pads, a chalkboard and Disney movies playing on the flat screen televisions will keep children entertained. Kids can even choose to watch their favorite TV program on the flat screens located at each themed station chair, which include a pink convertible, airplane, taxi, police car and fire truck. While children are getting their haircut, Madrid encourages parents to do the same. The package price for dad and child haircuts is $28.95, and for mom and child haircuts, $32.95. “We encourage the whole family to come in together,” Madrid said. “It’s hard for families to find the time to go to many different appointments. Our stylists are professionally trained to cut and style hair for children and adults.” Marisol Borges is the lead stylist at Zoo Cuts in Palmetto Bay. She said that Justin Bieber’s hairstyle is currently the most popular haircut for boys. Clients can bring in a photo of the hairstyle they desire or browse through the salon’s hairstyle books

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and photos to find just the right one. Zoo Cuts uses and sells a line of organic hair care products called Original Sprout. The products, which are made in the USA, clean and moisturize hair with safe and soothing ingredients. Madrid said that Zoo Cuts soon will offer manicures and pedicures. “While the children are getting haircuts or are entertained in the salon, mom can treat herself to a manicure or pedicure,” Madrid said. Zoo Cuts also will be hosting lavish birthday party celebrations that include hair styling, manicures and pedicures as well as fun with karaoke, Wii and PlayStation. Madrid, who divides his time between his two salon locations to ensure client sat-

isfaction, said that walk-ins always are welcome at Zoo Cuts. “Good customer service begins at the front door,” Madrid said. “We want everyone to have a great experience. I’m here to help with the front desk process so that the stylists can stay focused on the clients that are at their stations.” Zoo Cuts in Palmetto Bay is open Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The salon is located at 13985 S. Dixie Hwy. and the phone number is 305-238-1017. Zoo Cuts in Homestead is located at 895 NE Eighth St. and the phone number is 305-246-0880. For more information, go online to <Facebook/ZooCutsFlorida>.

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CORAL GABLES CHAMBER TO HOST SEN. LEMIEUX FOR TOWN HALL The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce celebrates small business and will host U.S. Sen. George Lemieux on Oct. 13, at 8 a.m., for a Town Hall discussion on the recently passed Small Business Lending Act. The event will take place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. The Small Business Lending Act passed the United States Senate by a vote of 61-38 in order to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make capital investments in eligible institutions in order to increase the availability of credit for small businesses. To register for this event, visit the chamber’s website at <>. CORAL REEF MONTESSORI ACADEMY FUNDRAISING DINNER ON OCT. 15 Coral Reef Montessori Academy, located in Goulds, is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, Oct. 15. The event will take place at the school’s campus beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event — $8 in advance and $10 at the door — include dinner, dessert and a beverage. A bounce house will be hopping for little ones and a live deejay will be playing the hottest tracks. Great raffles items will be up for grabs, including an American Girl doll, tickets to Universal Studios in Orlando, Miami Children’s Museum, Florida Panthers games and many more items. Organizers promise a wonderful night of family, friends, and great food. All proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s classrooms and programs. For more information about this fundraiser, visit online at <>.

SEERSUCKER SOCIAL BICYCLE TOUR SCHEDULED OCT. 16 The Seersucker Social on Saturday, Oct. 16, will offer another enjoyable and relaxing biking experience by encouraging participants to tour the Gables in their best seersucker ensemble. Hosting this event will be the Coral Gables Museum and Green Mobility Network. Participant will gather at the University Metrorail Station on Ponce de Leon Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. and bicycle through the Gables, with a stop and tour at the Coral Gables Museum. Guests will then pedal on to the historic Coral Gables Merrick House at 907 Coral

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Way for a picnic, badminton and croquet. The catered lunch featuring fabulous food from the Green Gables Café is $14 per person. You can still join in the fun and ride without purchasing the picnic lunch. According to Wikipedia, seersucker originally was worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students, in an effort to reverse snobbery, begin to wear the fabric. For more details, and to purchase/reserve your picnic lunch, visit <> or <>.

Wien will review his tenure as president and museum volunteers will be recognized and thanked for their service. The election and installation of the officers and directors of the Governing Board also will be conducted. Miami-Dade’s Circuit Court Chief Judge Joel Brown will lead the installation, with an induction of his sister, Linda Zilber, who becomes president of the board. For more information, call 305-672-5044 or visit online at <>.

JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA TO HOST ANNUAL MEETING The Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach, will host its annual meeting for the membership at the museum on Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. All members, supporters, board members and the Advisory Council are encouraged to participate in this important event. Breakfast will be served at $20 per person. This is the perfect time for members to learn about the museum’s progress and challenges as well as pay tribute to the museum’s leadership and volunteers. The founding executive director and chief curator, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, will present the annual “State of the Museum and Annual Review” PowerPoint report. Administrative assistant Roberta Gordon will be honored for her 15 years of dedicated service. Leonard

ARNOLD NEWMAN LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, OCT. 21 The University of Miami Lowe Art Museum will host the annual Arnold Newman Lecture and Workshop in Photography with artist William Wegman. The lecture “Three Mistakes” begins at 7 p.m. at Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Dr. in Coral Gables, and is sponsored by the Arnold and Agusta Newman Foundation. A reception and book signing will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables. If you want to pre-order a copy of William Wegman: Funny/Strange, call the Lowe Museum Store at 305-284-6988. Signing is limited to books from the Lowe Museum Store.

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‘BURIED ALIVE!’ IS BACK FOR HALLOWEEN SEASON Come experience pure terror, thrills and fears, as “Buried Alive!” rises up this Halloween with seven terrifying nights of haunted houses, unlimited carnival rides, live deejays and nightmarish fright, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-31. Admission to the event, including haunted houses and unlimited carnival rides, is only $13 plus tax. This event will take place on the Miami Seaquarium event field, Virginia Key, at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Experience lifeless corpses as mad characters maliciously roam a five-acre field of screams. Intense scare zones make “Buried Alive!” inappropriate for children under 13 years old. For more information on “Buried Alive!” visit <> or call 786-235-4140. CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS FOR 2010 ROYAL COURT SEARCH Attention all girls in middle school between the ages of 12 and 14! Come compete at this year’s Royal Court Search for

Miami-Dade County on Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at the Cocoplum Women’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. Each year, the Junior Orange Bowl hosts the Royal Court Search in which young ladies compete for the titles of Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses. This event is open to any young lady who is looking to serve as a role model to the festival’s participants. For more information, visit the Junior Orange Bowl website at <>.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO HOST IMMIGRATION LAW SYMPOSIUM The Immigration Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law is holding a halfday symposium, “Immigration Law and Community,” followed by a full-day training, “Immigration Law and Deportation Defense: Intermediate and Advanced Topics,” on Oct. 29-30. The training on Oct. 30 is co-sponsored by Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. The symposium will address the themes of undocumented immigration and community, immigrant women, and Haiti and our Haitian community. Roxana Bacon, General Counsel

for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will be the keynote speaker at the reception at the end of the day. The symposium is free and open to the public. The intermediate and advanced training is geared towards immigration practitioners who practice in the area of deportation defense. Paid registration is required for the training. All proceeds from the training will benefit the nonprofit organizations Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. For more information on panels and speakers visit online at <>.

AMPS AEROFEST 2010 EVENT COMING TO MIAMI ON OCT. 30 Radio control pilots from all over Florida will showcase their skills at the AMPS AeroFest 2010. On Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sky will be full of the best radio-control giant-scale model airplanes you have ever seen! The event, which is open and free to the public (a $2 per car parking donation is requested), will take place at the AMPS flying field located 2.4 miles west of Krome Avenue on SW 168th Street. The public is invited to attend this event

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FLORIDA MARLINS TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL JOB FAIR The Florida Marlins will be hosting the fourth annual Marlins Job Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Sun Life Stadium, 2267 Dan Marino Blvd. in Miami Gardens. The job fair is meant to fill internship, game day and seasonal positions within the company in the fields of Administration, Baseball Operations, Broadcasting, Community Foundation, Community Outreach, Corporate Sales, Finance, Games Presentation and Events, Marketing, Media Relations, Photography, Sales, Finance, Reception, and Strength and Conditioning. This is the perfect opportunity for those seeking entry level positions in the field of sports as all internships are paid and admission to the Job Fair is complimentary. To attend the Job Fair, visit <> and click the Job Fair logo in the middle of the page. Upon arrival, candidates are advised to enter through Gate 4 and proceed to Gate G.

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

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

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

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

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

Rick Tonkinson is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™) who works with working people in your area since 1991. The family business, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc is located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Telephone # 305447-6617. 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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Local firefighters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;think pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to support breast cancer fight

Firefighters from Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County give a special salute from Watson Island as they join together for a common cause to raise awareness and help support women in their fight against breast cancer. The departments participated in a campaign that teamed with Guardians of the Ribbon Inc. to bring the Pink Heals Tour to South Florida on Sept. 22-24. (Photo by Eric Goodman)

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scend. In the lower face, this muscle descends toward the lips, giving rise to the jowls. In the neck, the muscle hangs down and produces the bands in the neck. There can also be excessive skin and fat in the neck that accompany the sagPhoto by Ella Woodson ging muscle. The facelift is performed by tightening this muscle in the face and neck, thereby improving the jowls in the face and the skin and Margie muscle sagging in the neck. The necklift is performed by tightenDear Margie, ing the muscle just in Andres Bustillo MD. the neck, to improve I can understand your confusion, as it occurs to many peo- this area. So what you need really deple. To give you a little background, I will pends on what signs of aging you have. explain a little about the aging process in Hope that clarifies it. the face and neck and then briefly deAndres Bustillo, MD is a facial plastic scribe both procedures. There is a muscle that starts in the lower face and continues surgeon here in Miami. Please submit down in to the neck. With time, this mus- you questions via email at cle (and the tissues and skin over it) de-

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Children’s Health Day a real treat for kids BY BARBARA MOORE

Calling all superheroes, ghosts, ballerinas and pirates — you’re invited to the 13th annual Children’s Health Day at Baptist Children’s Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s the weekend before Halloween, so kids are asked to come to the interactive health fair in costume and be prepared for plenty of fun. The event is free and takes place outside the Baptist Medical Arts Building, 8950 N. Kendall Dr. (on the Baptist Hospital campus). “Our annual fair is a lot of fun for the kids, and they don’t even realize that they are learning about their own health,” said Randy Lee, chief operating officer of Baptist Children’s Hospital. “They will have fun participating in exciting learning activities, displays and health screenings that will teach them about health and safety.” Research has shown that children who already are familiar with hospital settings are less frightened and more comfortable if they become patients. To highlight the Children’s Diagnostic Center at Country Walk, they are re-creating a diagnostic center at the health fair. Kids who bring a doll, stuffed animal or action figure for a “diagnostic test” get an entrance ticket to the Beary Fun Bus. Some of the other activities include the Doll Clinic, where children can bring their “sick” stuffed animals and dolls for a check-up and treatment. Kids also will be able to practice their surgical skills in an “operating room,” and learn how to diaper a pretend baby. Free dental and asthma

It’s the weekend before Halloween, so kids are asked to come to the interactive health fair in costume and be prepared for plenty of fun. screenings will be available, as well as fingerprinting. Other event participants include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Miami Children’s Museum, History Miami Museum, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of South Tropical Florida. Because of the increase in Type II diabetes in children, another display will have information on eating right and exercising to prevent diabetes. “Today, so many more children are obese that Type II diabetes, which used to be considered an adult disease, is now prevalent in children,” said Lois Exelbert, administrator of the Diabetes Care Center. The health fair also will have plenty of entertainment, including Madafo the Storyteller, Beary Fun Bus, face-painting, a petting zoo, and mascots Obie from the Orange Bowl Committee and MiniStanley from the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Free parking is available in the Baptist Medical Arts Building parking garage. For more information, call 786-596-3812.

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FIU trustees okay making all campuses smoke free BY MADELINE BARÓ

The Florida International University (FIU) Board of Trustees recently approved a regulation that will make the university smoke- and tobacco-free, effective in January 2011. Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties, including Modesto A. Maidique (South) Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, and parking lots and garages. Tobacco use in vehicles that are on FIU-owned properties also will be prohibited. “This regulation is truly a reflection of our commitment to environment and health,” said Rosa Jones, vice president for Student Affairs. “The smoke and tobacco-free initiative will help us build a healthier university.” Jones noted that enforcement of the regulation should come after a six to eightmonth period of giving support to students, faculty and staff, that will incorporate smoking cessation services and resources.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties, including Modesto A. Maidique (South) Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, and parking lots and garages. With the vote, FIU becomes the second public university in the state to implement a tobacco-free initiative. University of Florida enacted such a policy earlier this year. In approving the regulation, FIU joins a growing national trend. There are now at least 420 universities around the country with smoke-free campuses, including residential housing where it exists, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. For more information about FIU, visit online at <>.

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Schools Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benefit Concert Series continues, Oct. 9 BY JOHN SCHUSTER

Some of Miami-Dade County Public Schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (M-DCPS) top student singers will compete at the Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benefit Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2 p.m., at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Knight Concert Hall, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Voice? Your Choice!â&#x20AC;? the concert will showcase 12 of the school districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most gifted vocalists as they compete for audience votes. The winning student will receive a recording session at the legendary Hit Factory studios and breakfast with awardwinning music producer/composer Rudy Perez, and the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school will receive a $5,000 award for its arts program. The proceeds from this talent contest will benefit public education programs. Main anchor for NBC Miami Kevin Corke will be the emcee. The performers and their schools are: Henry Cedeno, New World School of the Arts; Janelly Perez, Coral Gables High; Christine Engelmann, Miami Springs High; Samuel Collie, Miami Northwestern High;

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‘Moonlight & Music’ at Deering featuring Nicole Henry, Nov. 5 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars and musical performances by jazz musician Nicole Henry, Jessie Jones Jr. and friends on Friday, Nov. 5, for the “Moonlight & Music” jazz concert at the Deering Estate at Cutler. The main gate opens at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 4-14). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305235-1668, ext. 233. Sophisticated, soulful and fun, Nicole Henry has been internationally inspiring audiences with her beautiful, uplifting voice for years. She has toured 13 countries and released three international Top 10-selling jazz CDs, including her latest, The Very Thought of You, which reached No. 7 in the U.S. Some of her highlight career events include having her CD featured on all transcontinental Delta Airlines flights; receiving the Miami-Dade County In the Company of Women “Arts and

Entertainment Award,” and enjoying an ongoing wardrobe sponsorship from international fashion designer Nicole Miller. Henry also has featured performances at Lincoln Center, NY; a 14-concert run with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in Tokyo, and national television coverage on Fox during her a cappella version of the National Anthem at the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl and international coverage on CBS of her Anthem performance during the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open Women’s Finals. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. with admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <>.

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My Homeowners Association Gets All Our Trees Trimmed Every Year. Is This Necessary? THE ARBORIST


The response to this question is an absolute and resounding, “No!” In fact, simply trimming all trees in your housing development on an annual basis can be detrimental to some of the trees and incur an unnecessary and costly expense to you, the homeowner. Most trees I see in associations are badly over trimmed already. Many associations follow the advice of unscrupulous or uneducated tree trimming “experts.” There are many chainsaw-swinging tree trimmers that insist that you need to “top” all your trees on an annual basis. This ensures money in their pockets, but can cause long term damage that never be fully repaired. You are much better served by employing a certified arborist when looking to care for the various trees that shade your home and streets. Remember, there are a large variety of trees that grow in our subtropical climate: live oaks, black olives, avocado, citrus, mahogany, ficus and palms of many varieties; each of these has specific growth patterns and trimming needs. For a sound proposal and scope of

work, an arborist is educated and skilled in evaluating the health needs of each individual tree. An arborist will also address tree hurricane safety and can quite often identify potential future problems early that can be easily fixed, saving you money and perhaps your trees. Also, some varieties of trees do better when trimmed at a specific time of year. A one-time, trim-all-trees plan of action is not the best way to maintain tree health. Working with a certified arborist may take a bit more time, but an arborist will be able to reduce the amount of trimming required, save on debris removal, save money and improve the beauty and health of all your trees. Some associations are under contract for annual tree trimming with their maintenance company. If no trimming is needed, see if the maintenance company will do mulching or fertilization instead. Ron von Paulus is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist ( #Fl-5770A). He has more than 20 years experience working with trees in South Florida. He offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses. Please contact him at Big Ron’s Tree Service 305-588-3091 or by email at

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Experience full service at Primos Barber Shop

Danny Roblejo (left) and Edmundo Aja invite you to stop by Primos Barber Shop in Pinecrest. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY NANCY EAGLETON

Primos Barber Shop in Pinecrest offers haircuts, hot shaves, shoeshine service and grooming products in a place that’s designed with men in mind. “We wanted to create a shop that wasn’t just a place to get a haircut,” said Danny Roblejo, co-owner of Primos Barber Shop. “We wanted to create a place where men could enjoy the process and the experience, like women do at a salon.” Like an old-fashioned barber shop, Primos features black and white flooring with vintage style ceiling fans. That’s all that’s old fashioned at Primos, though. Modern day comforts include oversized, comfortable barber chairs, flat screen TVs at each station and Wi-Fi. Roblejo also stocks his magazine rack with over 30 current choices, offers complimentary beverages and plays a wide variety of music to create a relaxed atmosphere. “Each of the six barber stations has its own sink, so clients can sit down, relax and not move from one station to another for a shampoo or hot shave,” Roblejo said. “We offer a shampoo and neck and shoulder massage with every haircut.” Roblejo, who was born and raised in Miami, opened Primos with his cousin, Edmundo Aja. The name, Primos, is fitting because it means “cousins” in Spanish. Roblejo worked with Enterprise Rent-ACar for many years and when it was time to make a change, he knew he wanted to open his own business. Roblejo recruited two experienced bar-

bers when he opened Primos in August and they are trained in scissor cuts, clipper cuts and hot shaves. Boys and men of all ages are welcome at Primos. Primos carries the popular American Crew hair care products and is one of the few places that carry the luxury shaving products from Truefitt and Hill, based in London. “We use Truefitt and Hill products on our clients for our hot shaves. The products feel great on the skin and many of our clients have purchased the products after trying them,” Roblejo said. Primos gift cards will soon be available. A hair or shaving product, cigar or grooming tool packaged in the attractive Primos gift bags make a great “anytime” gift for men. Roblejo said that Primos also will host groups who would like to come in together for the ultimate barber shop experience. Groom parties, business meetings and all other special occasions are welcome. Primos is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The barbershop is located conveniently in Dadeland Plaza on South Dixie Highway across from Datran and Dadeland Towers, making it easy for executives to stop in on during lunch or on the way home from the office. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Primos Barber Shop is located right next to Miss Saigon at 9497 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 305-6312646 or go online to <>.

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Infiniti G37 Coupe defines automotive beauty Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The G37 Coupe is in the third year of its second-generation design and it is a beautiful automobile, with an excellent combination of styling and performance and a luxurious interior. In 2010, it is available in four models — Coupe, Coupe Journey, Sport 6MT and Coupe AWD — each powered by a VQ series 3.7-liter 330 hp V-6 with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift). Three models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a Drive Sport (DS) Mode, Downshift Rev Matching and available solid magnesium paddle shifters, while the Sport 6MT has a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. There are significant enhancements to the G37 Coupe for 2010, including a revised interior and upgraded navigation and entertainment systems. The previous “Washi” aluminum trim has been replaced with a new “Shodo” style trim (inspired by

the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy) on all models, and the African Rosewood interior accents have been replaced by high-gloss Maple. Other changes include the addition of standard eight-way power passenger seats and a new center console design on automatic transmission-equipped models. There also are several package content changes such as the addition of the Advanced Climate Control System (ACCS) with Plasmacluster air purifier to the Technology Package and making the RearView Monitor a standard feature on most models. The G37 Coupe has a smooth, aerodynamic design, with sweeping character lines, flowing front fender curves, a wavestyle hood, an expressive front fascia highlighted by the Infiniti signature double-arch grille and L-shaped High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights with integrated fog lamps. The strong side character line and side sills integrate with the large wheel wells and performance-oriented wheel and tire packages for an added sense of power. Broad rear fenders flow into large LED taillights, a refined bumper and large chromed dual exhaust outlets. On the inside, the cockpit-oriented front

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