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THREE CANDIDATES VYING FOR VILLAGE VICE MAYOR SEAT Village’s 10th Anniversary fundraising gala ‘a delight’ SEE RIGHT COLUMN

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he big fundraising gala cocktail reception celebrating the Village of Palmetto Bay’s 10th anniversary was deemed a success on two counts — it was a fun event for the many people attending and also raised money for area schools. Taking place on Friday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m., in the Palm Room at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, there were 240 people attending at $50 per person. Half of the proceeds will go to public schools in Palmetto Bay, which means that some $6,000 will be divided among four village schools. Coral Reef Elementary, Perrine Elementary and Howard Drive Elementary will use their money for their

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Pictured with a proclamation from the county are (l-r) village manager Ron Williams, Councilmember Joan Lindsay, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser, Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Councilmembers Howard Tendrich and Patrick Fiore, MiamiDade County Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Ferro, Miami-Dade School Board Vice Chair Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, and CBS4 Sports anchor Jim Berry.

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Coral Reef Elementar y hosts ‘No Place f or Hate’ workshop BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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ticipated in a special anti-bullying training session called “No Place for Hate” at Coral Reef Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 20. Conducted in the school’s library from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m., the program focused on teaching the 30 participating students how to be an ally to those who are the targets of name-calling and bullying by supporting the victimized students, by not participating in the bullying actively or passively by laughing, staring or cheering, and by telling aggressors to stop. The students also were urged to tell a trusted adult about any bullying incidents to get needed help, and to get to know people instead of judging them. School counselor Susan C. Sirota helped

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The students in the training session are pictured with (lr, back row) Susan C. Sirota, Iris Frohman, Lily Medina, Lee Milstein and Officer Peter Judge.

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Three candidates are competing for the vice mayor’s seat on the Palmetto Bay Village Council. They are: John DuBois, Karyn Cunningham and Brian Pariser (incumbent). You can read their profiles on page 7


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The Palmetto Bay News travels to the Taj Mahal

After five weeks of teacher training in Conoor, India, Yoga instructor Jeanette Calderon decided to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. She took a copy of the Palmetto Bay News along on her amazing adventure.

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Pets Trust activist ready to spend weekend in cage BY RICHARD YAGER

Michael Rosenberg is caging himself to call attention to a countywide canine and feline overload.

by a record crowd of shelter visitors. The Animal Shelter has reduced its adoption fee to $25 as a special incentive for the three-day period. Regular fees including rabies shots and tags are $65 for puppies

under 4 months; $75 for dogs over 4 months; $35 for kittens or cats. The discovery that the county euthanizes 60-70 adoptable dogs and cats daily sparked the passion in Rosenberg to put a

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“I am psyched and ready to go,” declares Pets Trust initiator Michael Rosenberg of Kendall who will cage himself at the county’s Animal Services Shelter, Oct. 5-7. That’s where euthanasia annually kills two-third’s of the strays taken in by the facility each year. Rosenberg wants his self-imprisonment “to wake up the community” about the killings. “I want to be the only living thing in a cage when the weekend is over,” Rosenberg stated. “Let’s help make that happen” at the county shelter, just off the Palmetto Expressway at 7401 SW 74 St. “Most people still do not know that 20,000 dogs and cats are killed annually in Miami-Dade County,” he stated. “Experiencing the same fear these homeless animals may feel is just my way to shock people into positive action.” To publicize a cause he hopes will turn future strays into protected pets, Rosenberg pictures himself despondently awaiting a fate intended for a “fellow” inmate, which he sent to media and Pets Trust backers. His immediate goal is “to get every single animal in a shelter cage adopted that weekend”

referendum on the ballot. A proposal would create new north and south Miami-Dade clinics supplementing county services with veterinarians who would spay and neuter strays instead of executing them. The clinics would also offer low-cost services intended to encourage adoptions rather than continue year-to-year killings that maintain a steady average of 20,000plus of more than 30,000 taken in each year. Rosenberg estimates the Pets Trust initiative also will “address the estimated 416,000 free-roaming cats” that multiply far beyond control capability, adding to public concerns about transmittal of disease. Animal advocates and rescuers Rita Schwartz and Lindsay Gorton along with Rosenberg presented their case July 17 to Miami-Dade Commissioners who unanimously approved a non-binding ballot issue (No. 240) on the Nov. 6 ballot. “A ‘yes’ vote means a start to begin saving lives,” Rosenberg said. “The Commissioners want to see how strongly the people feel about saving animals.” For details on support of Pets Trust or aid its cause, visit online at <PetsVoice.org>.

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Adult Day Center of South Florida open house on Oct. 24 Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Mark this on your calendar. We hear from Elaine Ortiz that the new Adult Day Center of South Florida is having an open house celebration and educational health fair on Sunday, October 14th from 1 - 5 p.m. The location is Eureka East Plaza, 9855 SW 184th Street, in Palmetto Bay. There’ll be free blood pressure screening, “fun and learning,” food and refreshments and giveaways. “Our slogan reads ‘Where caring and compassion matter’,” Elaine tells us. “Adult Day Center of South Florida is a premiere center for the care of the elderly, impaired and frail adults. Our center is owned and operated by a Florida Licensed Registered Nurse who is certified by the Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ to care for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Our center is also dedicated to support and provide

respite to caregivers.” For more information call Elaine at 786-732-4055 or send an email to <elainern@adultdaycenter.net>. Barbara Wilson, who is owner of the excellent florist shop, Blooming Gardens, 20462 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay, held a special fundraising event on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in preparation for participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day ‘Walk for the Cure’ event to fight breast cancer, a horrible disease that has afflicted her sister. “I had such an incredibly amazing experience doing the 3-Day last year that I’m going back for more, even though this year I really know what I’ve gotten myself into,” says Barbara. “I will be walking in Dallas on the first weekend in November. I will again be walking with my sisters, CC’s Sisters, in support of breast cancer research, education and treatment.” She walked the full 60 miles last year and plans to complete it again. Barbara raised $3,500 in sponsor donations last year and hopes to match that this year. Call Barbara Wilson at 305-256-2772 or send her an email at <blomingdns@aol.com>. And a musical calendar note! A very

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special performance will be happening in Miami Beach on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m. Internationally respected singer and art performer Migguel Anggelo will be performing for the first time in the Sun Trust Pavilion of the New World Center, which is located at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach. “Migguel will combine singing and performance art in force with a full string ensemble,” says Jessica Wade Pfeffer. “It will be incredibly unique. As a singer, actor and dancer, Migguel combines pop and poetic songwriting in order to create a unique musical experience. Musical direction and arrangements will be conducted by pianist, director and composer Mau Quiros.” Tickets are available at <www.newworldcenter.com> or by phone at 305673-3331, or in person at the box office window. For more information, visit <www.Miggeulanggelomusic.com> or <www.facebook.com/miggelanggelomusic>. Warnings that the Nov. 6 ballot will not only be long but confusing led us to check with the League of Women Voters of Florida which has an excellent preliminary

view of how to understand national and statewide contests. Just visit <www.TheFloridaVoter.org> on your computer if you want a comprehensive overview plus details about multiple state constitutional amendments, thankfully reviewed in layman’s language! “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 5K walk takes place on Saturday, October 13 at Tropical Park with registration opening at 7:30 a.m. This year’s 5K walk features entertainment, food and fun including DJ Supersede, the official Miami Dolphins DJ; a workout warm up and cool down by Curves; a Zumba class; local high school bands; and several of our town’s popular food trucks. Thought of the Day: The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. — Charles Schwab Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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HATE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– organize the event with the help of Lily Medina, Education Project director of the ADL; Lee Milstein and Iris Frohman, ADL facilitators, and school principal Christina Guerra. “Here at Coral Reef and all DadeCounty Public Schools, especially the elementary schools, we work very hard on bullying prevention strategies throughout the year,” Sirota said. “However, every workshop, every program, including our DARE officers, our ‘Officer Friendly,’ Youth Crime Watch, including this one from the ADL, help to reinforce our strategies with the children and give them more opportunities to express themselves and come up with ideas that will work for them as children, not just us as adults giving them what we think will work.” Sirota said that the hands-on workshop will hopefully help students come up with ideas they can bring back to friends that they can then incorporate in their DARE programs and Officer Friendly programs. “We also want to prepare them for social media cyber bullying and middle school as well,” Sirota said. The goal is to become a “No Place for Hate School” and for Palmetto Bay to become a “Community of Respect.” Medina explained the importance of the program. “The ‘No Place for Hate’ initiative is all over Miami-Dade and Broward, actually all over Florida, but right now in MiamiDade we have a lot of schools that are trying to become designated as ‘No Place for Hate,’” Medina said. “What that means is having each school receive one of these programs, either a bullying prevention or diversity awareness program, and then implementing three school-wide activities that promote the message, bringing the school commu-

nity together to address name-calling and bullying in a positive way. We want to give the students skills and strategies to help them speak up and help each other so they’re not bystanders, they’re allies. It can change a whole school community.” Several of the students — all 10 years old and in the fifth grade — wanted to express what the program meant to them. “It means that I’m not afraid to speak up to bullies and I can try my best not to be a bully and try to help other people that are bullied,” Jane Garcia said. “I really enjoyed the session and want to do it again. I want kids to know, if they get bullied, don’t be afraid; just speak up for themselves and tell an adult.” Marisa Tellam liked the training session as well. “It was very informative and it taught me a lot about bullying,” she said. Rebecca Regalado agreed. “It was fun and I liked it,” she said. “It taught us a lot.” Juliana Fuprelo also took the message to heart. “Not only does it say that we should stand up for what we think, but we should stand up for others, too,” she added. Officer Peter Judge, also known as “Officer Friendly” in the school programs in Palmetto Bay, thinks the program can have a great ripple effect throughout the community. “We’ve been doing the anti-bullying work for the last six years in the ‘Officer Friendly’ program,” Judge said. “We tell kids they have the power to stop bullying. What they learn here they can put forward in middle school and high school. So a lot of the kids that we deal with in the three elementary schools here in Palmetto Bay are going to be our goodwill ambassadors when they go off to other schools.”

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PTA programs, while Southwood will donate its share to the Magnet Booster organizations. Private Stock Band played throughout the three-hour event of dining and dancing, and popular CBS4 Sports anchor Jim Berry served as emcee of the night, filling in for village resident Gary Nelson who could not attend. According to Mary Shie Fernandez, village program and events coordinator, the highlights of the night were some special moments in which the first village council was recognized, as well as the members of the first charter group and the steering committee who helped lead the way to incorporation — all part of the village’s history. “It was followed by a champagne toast to the 10th Anniversary of the village,” Fernandez said the in an interview the following week. A large number of area business sponsors helped make the event a success and covered most all of the expenses. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez had expected to attend but was unable to due to a last minute emergency, so Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Ferro represented the mayor. Parks and Recreation director Fanny Carmona-Gonzalez said that she couldn’t

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have been more pleased by the turnout and the event itself. “The 10th Anniversary Celebration was a delightful event that brought together residents and friends for some great food, lively dancing, and a great charitable cause,” said Carmona-Gonzalez. “It exceeded all of our expectations, and we thank everyone who supported it and attended it.”


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THREE CANDIDATES VYING FOR VILLAGE VICE MAYOR SEAT

BRIAN W. PARISER Brian W. Pariser, the incumbent vice mayor of Palmetto Bay, is running for re-election and hopes to carry on the work he has been doing for the people of the village. “In 2008, I had the privilege of being elected vice mayor of the Village of Palmetto Bay,” Pariser said. “I have decided to run for re-election for a second term as vice mayor in order to continue providing to the residents the highest level of municipal services at one of the lowest municipal tax rates in all of Miami-Dade County — making Palmetto Bay one of the most desirable communities to own a residence and raise a family.” Pariser said that he supports smart innovative municipal programs, but only at the most fiscally conservative price. “I believe the best public policy decisions are made after listening to resident input to arrive at a balanced decision,” he said. “I have led in promoting accessibility and transparency for resident interaction with our municipal government during my term as vice mayor. I will continue to sponsor municipal policies that enhance the quality of life, quiet enjoyment and value of our homes, for the benefit of vast majority of residents who own their residence as their primary asset. “I review every expenditure the same way I do for my household budget and my business — in order to get the biggest cost-effective benefit for the residents for every tax dollar spent.” He graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1974 and received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Pariser has lived in the village since 1992 with his wife, Cathy, and their three grown children, all of whom attended Coral Reef Elementary, Southwood Middle and Coral Reef High School. He said that his experience as a practicing civil and commercial attorney in Miami-Dade County for the past 38 years has benefited his analysis and decisions on complex issues that come before the

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JOHN DuBOIS

KARYN CUNNINGHAM

Dissatisfied with the leadership of the Palmetto Bay Village Council, John DuBois is running for vice mayor in order to better serve the community’s residents. The keyword in his campaign is “serve” — a word that DuBois believes should be the guiding principle of conduct for every elected leader. DuBois said he believes the council members have lost touch with their constituents and failed to serve the needs and interests of residents. He points to the millions of dollars of cost associated with the fight against Palmer Trinity School and the $1 million “hot dog stand” at Coral Reef Park as two of many examples demonstrating the gross mismanagement of taxpayers’ money. “Council members have spent an enormous amount of time and financial resources fighting Palmer Trinity at the expense of neglecting issues that affect Palmetto Bay residents,” DuBois said. “Council members have a fiduciary responsibility to serve the interests of the community as a whole, not their own personal interests over the vast majority of residents. There is $16 million in long-term debt on the balance sheet and the 2011-12 budget has a $1.5 million deficit for the first time in the village’s history. Wasting millions of dollars on attorney’s fees for frivolous litigation is not acceptable. It is time for a change of leadership.” DuBois explains that fiscal responsibility is not just about avoiding waste, it’s about spending money in areas and services that positively impact the community. In DuBois’ opinion, these areas include beautification of the village, park maintenance, personal safety and security and education. “Focusing on these areas ultimately improves quality of life and in turn, helps to increase property values in Palmetto Bay,” he said. In addition, DuBois believes the village’s customer service level can be improved significantly. Customer service and professionalism must start with leadership by example from the council — something that is sore-

Karyn Cunningham, a 17-year resident of Palmetto Bay and a Miami-Dade County native who grew up in Pinecrest, is running for the position of vice mayor with the goal of making village government more open and responsive to residents. “I strongly believe that a failure to communicate with the residents of the village and its neighboring communities has taken the Village of Palmetto Bay off course,” Cunningham said. “As vice mayor, I know I can return the village to open government and restore the peoples’ voice. I supported incorporation 10 years ago because I believed then as I do now that a closer connection to our elected officials provides a clear benefit.” Cunningham said that recently she has seen a shift toward a more insulated local government whose focus has become very narrow. “As vice mayor, I want to open our village government to all of our residents while working to stop the wasteful spending that has taken place and shift our focus to those things that our residents feel are important, such as lowering taxes and enhancing our quality of life,” she said. “I share my goal with many of our residents, to once again make our community one we can all enjoy living, working and playing in.” Cunningham is widowed and has one daughter, Megan, who recently graduated cum laude from George Washington University. She also has a sister, two nephews and a stepfather living in South Florida. She graduated from Palmetto Senior High School in 1981, received a BA in Education and Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1985 and a Graduate Urban Education Certificate from FIU in 1987. Cunningham worked as a teacher in Miami-Dade County Public Schools from 1985 to 2004 and has served as a coordinator and education advocate with United Teachers of Dade from 2004 to the present. Cunningham said that she would bring a fresh approach with seasoned experience in government process and procedure.

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my term as vice mayor, I supported the fight against the county to end mitigation payments that cost our village $1.3 to $1.8 million annually. “My first budget year on the council, taxes were lowered. For the past three budget years the village has kept level the municipal tax millage rate, increased village reserves to 40 percent in excess of generally accepted levels, has had three years of unqualified annual fiscal audits, resulting in our village having a AA-Bond rating.” Pariser said that the village has one of the lowest village employee to resident ratios, and he supports contracting with Miami-Dade County for the Village Policing Force. “To better inform the residents as to expenditures, I supported publishing the village checkbook on the village website, increasing to seven days the publishing of the council agenda, and televising village meetings on Channel 77,” Pariser added. He has served on a variety of panels and committees that have impacted directly the safety, zoning and growth of the surrounding community, including the Long Range Planning Committee, Village Hall/Police Complex Advisory Committee, and Palmetto Bay’s Charter Review Committee. “My continued commitment is to limit the role of local government to core municipal services, to wit: public safety, parks and recreation, public works, planning and zoning,” Pariser said. “As vice chairman of the Palmetto Bay Incorporation Steering Committee from 1995 to 2002, I fought for the right to establish local control of our tax dollars, increase accessibility to local government and accountability for local elected officials, and have been recognized by the village council as one of the ‘Founding Fathers’ of Palmetto Bay. I am proud to stand on my record as your vice mayor.” For more information visit <Pariser2012.com> or send email to him at <bpariser@palmettobay-fl.gov>.

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members during his campaign. Many residents have expressed their frustration and said council members have been so focused on the Palmer Trinity issue they have not been responsive to basic issues, such as fixing potholes and standing water problems near people’s homes. Residents have also indicated that council members have been dismissive of opposing views and choose to not listen or consider a compromise, even on issues supported by the majority of residents. As president and CEO of Eyecast, DuBois brings to the table his corporate business experience and analytical skills in making informed and objective decisions. In his business, integrity, fiduciary responsibility and customer service are keys to success. Eyecast is a technology company that DuBois started more than three years ago, bringing many new jobs to South Florida. He attended American University in Washington, DC, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics and a Master of Science in Technology of Management. DuBois served on the board of directors of the Deering Estate Foundation and is a member of the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Tree Committee. He is most passionate about assisting the homeless community and for the past eight years has served on the board of directors for Camillus House, the largest service provider to the homeless in Miami. He also serves on the board of Camillus Health Concerns, which provides health services to those who cannot afford medical treatment. DuBois is a member of the Educate Tomorrow Advisory Board, which provides foster care children who age out of the system with education and life skills training. For more information about John DuBois, visit <www.JohnDuBois.com>, or contact him directly at 786888-4000.

CUNNINGHAM, from previous page opinions. I am an advocate for education and I want to bring public and private school representatives together to improve the quality of life for all village residents.” Cunningham has devoted 27 years to working locally, statewide and nationally in community-based organizations. A recent graduate of the renowned Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Leadership Miami Program, she currently serves on the boards of Common Threads Miami, Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, School Board District 2 No More Broken Hearts Committee, Yaeger Foundation, Miami-Dade County Days, New Leaders Council Miami and is a member of New Miami Forum. Her goals as vice mayor: 1. Stop government waste. A strong advocate for fiscal responsibility, she will work to stop the wasteful government spending and reckless misappropriation of funds that she says has plagued the community. 2. Lower taxes. She will work to create a comprehensive budget that will lower taxes by eliminating unnecessary spending and maximizing efficiencies within village government. She also will challenge all proposed new tax increases and reckless fee assessments. 3. Improving quality of life. She is committed to the expansion and enhancement of parks and recreational facilities and to the beautification of green spaces and right-of-ways. She will work closely with village police to ensure that neighborhoods and public places are patrolled adequately and effectively. “I want to restore the most important voice in the community — that of the residents,” Cunningham said. “In our conversations, the residents have told me the things that are important to them. My experience in building consensus and coalition will help to restore and unify our voice in Palmetto Bay to make our community a place that we are happy to call home.” For more information visit online at <www.karyncunningham.com>.

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Another attempt to control Florida’s Supreme Court R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The majority party in control of the Florida Legislature is attempting to take control of the state’s Supreme Court to guarantee that once a conservative law is passed it is guaranteed to stay on the books with court approval. The plan is that the Florida Supreme Court would rule on the constitutionality of the law, based on conservative political philosophy not necessarily on the basis of law. Trying to turn the judicial into a politically controlled branch of government is way beyond acceptable politics — for Republicans or Democrats. Many elected conservatives frequently allude to the idea that America should return to the original U.S. Constitution as ratified in 1789. I guess they forgot the original constitution clearly defined the functions of the court as well and the separation of powers of the three branches of government. Last year, Florida’s Speaker of the House,

Dean Cannon, was unhappy with the way three liberal members of the state’s Supreme Court — Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince — voted on several issues favored by the legislature. As a result, the speaker attempted to place on the November ballot a Constitutional amendment that would increase the court by three judges whose voting would dilute the votes of the three liberals. If approved by the voters our governor would then be able to fill the new chairs and the conservatives would have control of the court. Fortunately, his attempt failed to garner sufficient votes to get on this November’s ballot. Attempt No. 1 failed. Attempt No. 2: Three conservative members of the legislature attempted to have the same three liberal judges removed from the court by accusing them of breaking the law and having a court clerk notarize documents required to have their names placed for a retention vote on the November ballot. Their crime was having a state employee on government time during a break of an important trial, perform a non-government function. Fortunately, the attempt was abandoned once it was pointed out that several conservative justices did the same thing on an earlier date. Attempt No. 2 to

VIEWPOINT remove the three justices failed. Attempt No. 3: Now, the Florida Republican Party, by unanimous vote of its executive committee, is accusing the same three justices’ earlier ruling in 2003 on a case involving overturning a death sentence because of improper legal representation as a subterfuge to remove them from the court and again have the three vacancies filled by the governor with conservative justices. The Republican Party executive board confirmed that they will campaign extensively to have voters cast a “no confidence” vote, which if successful will remove them from office. The Miami Herald pointed out in a recent article that no sitting Florida Supreme Court justice has ever lost a retention election. A number of influential Republican lawyers have opposed the party’s move. Raul Cantero, a former justice, stated, “My strong feeling is, if we start turning the merit retention process into a political vehi-

cle, then we are turning the judiciary into another political branch of government, which the Founding Fathers of our country specifically intended to avoid.” Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, former president of the Florida Bar, is quoted saying, “The announcement that the Republican Party is engaged in this effort would shock those wonderful Republican statesman who helped create the merit selection and merit retention process. Surely we do not want to go back to the broken past.” It certainly would appear we are heading in that direction. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or


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ment that the borrower and lender agree to. Deferment is typically granted to those that are re-enrolling in school, experiencing financial difficulties and/or unemployed. Keep in mind that during a deferment, the payment of the principal balance is delayed and depending on the loan classification, the government will pay the interest charges during the delayed period. • Forbearance is granted to those that cannot make their loan payments and do not qualify for deferment. Payments can be postponed or reduced for up to 12 months; however, interest will continue to accrue. For discretionary forbearances, the lender warrants whether the borrower meets the criteria for forbearance, which is typically granted to those that experience financial hardship and illness. On the other hand, lenders are required to grant mandatory forbearances to borrowers that are performing teaching services, serving in a national service position, medical internship or residency program, and if the total monthly sum of the payment is 20 percent or more than total monthly gross income. • Delinquency refers to borrowers that have not paid their most recent statement(s). A loan becomes delinquent the first day after a missed payment. Delinquencies are reported to the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) for at least 90 days. It’s best to stay clear of this option because it results in high interest rates and lower credit scores. If you anticipate a missed payment, contact your loan provider — keeping a positive rapport will help in the long run and open up other payment options. • Defaulting on loans has serious consequences. Failure to make loan payments puts the borrower in high risk of going into default. A slew of problems emerge due to defaulting in loan payments — among them, negative credit ratings, higher interest rates, difficulty receiving future loans for cars or homes, apartment rentals and receiving homeowners and car insurance. Whether you are a recent college grad or a working professional still making loan repayments, it’s never too late to understand your loan terms and the options that are available to decrease your loans amounts or decrease the time taken to pay off your loans. For more information on student loans and repayment visit online at <www.studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans>.


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Annual Wine On Harvest Moon at Deering Estate has French flavor BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The much-anticipated 11th annual Wine On Harvest Moon celebration presented by South BMW is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, and showcases the “fine wines, fine food and fine art of France.” Samples of French-inspired cuisine, wine tastings from the region’s distinctive vineyards, Moulin Rouge-style entertainment and an art exhibition are all part of the Deering Estate Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Throughout the evening guests are invited to roam the property and explore the historic buildings — Charles Deering’s Stone House and the Richmond Cottage — under the glow of the Harvest Moon that illuminates the lush lawn and waters of Biscayne Bay. Wine tastings presented by Vintage

The Harvest Moon rises over Biscayne Bay. (Photo by Brian Call) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Liquor and Wine Bar are certain to confirm France’s long-established reputation as one of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions. “French wines are Old World wines,” explained Harry Radcliff, Vintage Liquor buyer and store manager. “France, Italy and Spain have produced wines for hundreds of years, unlike the newcomers like the United States, South America and Australia.” At the event, Radcliff shares his expertise as guests sample wines from the different French regions. “I will be bringing wines from Bordeaux, Cote De Rhone, Burgundy and Languedoc,” he said. “Two of the wines for tasting are the 2010 Haut red wine from Chateau Puech in Languedoc, and the Graves white wines from the Thomas Barton Winery in Bordeaux.” Top area chefs, restaurants and caterers host tasting stations around the estate that highlight French cuisine. Some of the participants include Master Chef Franck Garanger, of Oceania’s 5-Star Cruise Line, and Maxel Hardy, personal chef to NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire. Restaurants being featured are George’s in South Miami, Tuyo and Miami Culinary Institute, La Gloutonnerie, Oceanaire, Smith and Wollensky, Truluck’s, Fabien’s Bistro, Red Fish Grill and the Crepe Maker. Creative Tastes and Thierry’s Catering companies join them. The pastry chefs at Whole Foods Market Coral Gables are planning a sumptuous buffet of éclairs, tarts and other distinctively French desserts. “This will be our sixth year as presenting sponsor of Wine On Harvest Moon, a signature event that we have all come to enjoy and eagerly anticipate with its changing themes each year,” said Joe Canaves, general manager of South BMW. “At South BMW we recognize the Deering Estate at Cutler as a focal point for historic preservation in our South Dade community and value its service as a center for cultural arts

Wine samplings are a popular part of annual Wine On Harvest Moon. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

and environmental education. “Serving as presenting sponsor of this fundraising event provides us with a fun and exciting way to do our part as a community stakeholder to support the Foundation’s efforts to provide the necessary resources to preserve and protect it.” The evening also celebrates the preview of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s fall invitational art exhibit, “From Cutler to Paris.” The exhibit is in partnership with the Bakehouse Arts Complex and represents a collaboration of work that draws contemporary associations with art movements that took place from 1922 to 1927 in France and the United States. Participating Bakehouse artists include: Juan Carlos Arana, Jennifer Basile, Christian Bernard, Alain Castoriano, Andrea Favelli (Sílice), Michael Gellatly, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez and Gerry Stecca. The French Consulate, the FrenchAmerican Chamber of Commerce and sev-

eral participating French Spice restaurants are helping to create an authentic French experience. Together with their help and the support of other lead sponsors that include Oceania Cruises, Coconut Grove Bank, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, and Preferred Care Partners, Wine On Harvest Moon is an evening certain to be filled with the flavors, sights and sounds of France. Tickets for Wine on Harvest Moon are $125, and $100 for foundation members and members of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation whose mission is to protect, preserve and enhance the Deering Estate at Cutler for this and future generations. For tickets and information call 305235-1668, ext. 263, or log on to <www.deeringestate.org>. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay.


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10 new iPads donated to Miami Children’s Hospital BY JENNIFER CAMINAS

Children recovering from various operations and treatments at Miami Children’s Hospital now can spend their time playing games, watching movies or listening to lullabies on new iPads, thanks to an anonymous donor. Dr. Chad Perlyn, plastic surgeon at MCH and co-chair of the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, a group of young leaders that enact change for the betterment of children, was speaking during a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation fundraising meeting on

how powerful the effects of technology can be for children in recovery. Within a matter of weeks of the July meeting, 10 new iPads arrived at MCH. “When children are recovering from surgery, they are often confused and disoriented, so medications are often administered to promote relaxation. This can make the recovery process longer,” Dr. Perlyn said. “Caregivers in the post-surgical units are experts in the art of pain relief and creative distraction of patients. The iPads have proven to be an irresistible tool and great

Pictured (l-r) are Rosemary Brakmanis, RN; patient Justin Morales, and Jennifer Barsallo, Care Assistant.

Patient Jonatan Issac checks out the iPad with Dr. Chad Perlyn.

patient satisfier,” he added. The devices are not only popular among patients in recovery, physicians and nurses at MCH also believe that these electronic devices enable patients to take their minds off of their illnesses enough to minimize the use of pain medication. Parents and families usually find their loved ones smiling with the iPads in the recovery room. “The use of electronics has taught nurses that there is more than one way to help a patient,” said Ana Bonet, clinical educator at MCH. “Technology helps us think outside

the box in terms of pain management and allows us to visit other strategies in pain reduction.” Whether the patient is a young toddler or even a teenager, the iPads offer age-appropriate entertainment for all types of patients. As soon as the iPads were put to use, the difference was as night and day. Dr. Perlyn said. “There is no question that our recovery room is now a much warmer and more comforting environment for the patients. It was a nice way for the Young Ambassadors to give back to the hospital.”


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University of Miami School of Law student interns at White House BY CATHARINE SKIPP

University of Miami School of Law student Paul J. Agbeyegbe recently concluded a summer internship at the White House. While his primary role as a White House Intern in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs was assisting staff members to prepare for meetings with various constituent groups, his highest honor was helping with tours of the East Wing to veterans and other guests. His personal interactions with other White House interns are the ones he will treasure forever. “Being a White House intern was an honor,” Agbeyegbe said. “You never know who you’re going to run into. I just tried to make sure I wore a nice suit and smiled each and every day, while being prepared to assist staff members with the countless assignments going on at any given time.” As a junior at UM, Agbeyegbe took UM president Donna E. Shalala’s class, “U.S. Health Care Crisis: The Politics of Healthcare Reform.” He excelled in the course and kept in touch with Shalala. The 26-year-old second-year law student was encouraged to apply for the internship by Shalala. “Paul has had the opportunity of a lifetime,” Shalala said. “He will be a better citizen because of his experiences at the White House.” Also urging him on was his mentor for nearly 10 years, Marilyn Holifield, Esq., a member of the UM Board of Trustees. Agbeyegbe grew up in Miami Gardens with his twin brother, Peter, and siblings, Celia and Joseph. Celia is completing her master’s degree in International Administration at UM and Peter is a student at FIU after serving in the Florida Army National Guard as a saxophone player for the Army Band. During his enlistment, brother Peter deployed as a team leader with an infantry unit to Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Joseph is studying music at Miami Dade College. Agbeyegbe enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard at the age of 17, while still in high school, participating in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) and was the program’s commander his senior year. His favorite television program at the time was JAG so he enlisted in the Army as a paralegal, with the goal of completing law school and being an attorney in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. His permanent unit was stationed in Homestead with the 50th Area Support Group and where he won the 2006 Soldier of the Year award. In 2005, Agbeyegbe was sent to help Key West residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma and volunteered to go out on convoys to neighborhoods to distribute food, water and supplies. He was awarded the Florida Commendation Medal after that mission.

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He was later transferred to the 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, out of Starke, for a one-year deployment to Iraq. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Iraq. After returning from service, he came to UM to complete his undergraduate studies and graduated in 2011 with a double major in Political Science and African Studies before starting at Miami Law. At the same time, he completed his enlistment in the Florida Army National Guard with an honorable discharge and the rank of sergeant. “I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring Paul Agbeyegbe and know him to be committed to service, whether in the military, his other professional choices, or his personal life,” said Zanita E. Fenton, Professor of Law. “I’m certain that his experiences at the White House only add to the determination already innate in his character.” Agbeyegbe is a member of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Race and Social Justice Law Review. He is pursuing a JD/MBA degree and was a member of the James Weldon Johnson program in the summer of 2011. “My time at the White House has transformed my life in that I now want to dedicate my life to public service,” Agbeyegbe said. “I have first-hand knowledge of the incredible sacrifice those in public service make every day and the profound influence they have over millions of American lives.”

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the future needs of Miami-Dade County. The legislation will include specific administrative changes, such as: renegotiating the Beacon Council’s agreement with the Board of County Commissioners — which has not been revised in 25 years; reviewing the Council’s Board of Directors membership and nomination process; aligning the Beacon Council staff compensation and benefits policies consistent with organizations of the like across the nation; implementing a line-item administrative/operating budget which will require reporting to the Board of County Commissioners on a yearly basis, and other policies that will help improve the transparency and accountability of this respected organization which plays an vital role in Miami-Dade County. My legislation seeks to renew our focus on incentivizing economic development and much-needed job creation in MiamiDade County, as well as attracting new businesses to our area while ensuring the integrity of taxpayer dollars. Finally, the legislation seeks to encourage my tradition of working together with the numerous economic organizations in South Dade and the neighboring communities. We must take a holistic approach when creating an environment where businesses can thrive and our residents can benefit through job creation and economic revitalization. Sincerely, Lynda Bell County Commissioner, District 8


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Kendall mom designs shirts with goal of helping others BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

A year ago, Daniela Garcia was going through a difficult time in her life. “It was really dark,” she said. “At that moment, I saw clearly I needed to speak up and be me. Not just be a mother, or a wife, but be me. I saw many around me with the same situation.” She said that during that dark period she was looking at her life and realized she wasn’t happy. There were problems that affected the people around her from illnesses to job losses. All of this angst made her take a look at her life and question whether she was doing what she wanted to do. “Did I do what I wanted to do?” is one of the questions she asked herself. And she decided to take action because she wanted to set an example for her children. Her personality is such that she always has wanted to help people and when she went through her difficult time, she saw a way to help others. “Let me use clothing, that when you wear it, you actually feel it,” she said. “It talks about love; it talks about protection. It’s about love.” She started a clothing company called Pure of Heart and has released her first collection. “I wanted to send a message through my clothing for the empowerment of women,” Garcia said. Because she always has had people make clothes for her and she has always altered them or painted them, she wasn’t daunted by the idea of designing a collection. “I always had an inclination for it,” she said. “I make my

Daniela Garcia is founder of Pure of Heart, a new clothing company. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

own jeans. I kind of play with clothes. I have a lady who is a seamstress and a designer.” So she went to her seamstress with ideas. “It was really easy,” Garcia said, adding the collection is made in the USA. “We made it here so we could help the economy and have the best quality control.” The fabric is also eco-friendly. She is working with a new all-natural fabric called Tencel, which is made from wood and has no chemical waste. It also allows for rich colors. “It is wonderful to work with,” Garcia said. It also is a comfortable fabric for anyone who lives in a hot and humid climate but works well in other climates as well. “The fabric is very versatile,” she said. The first collection consists of 14 shirts. “They are all different. You can dress it up, dress it down. It can be used in a variety of ways. The most important part of my collection is the message.” The messages say “Pure Love,” “Pure Blue,” “Pure Intentions” on the front and then they have a different message on the back. The collection also is colorful and each color has meaning. For example, pink means love. “The message on the pink shirt is ‘Pure Love,’” Garcia said. “On the back it says, “I love you and I love myself, together we are a part of a beautiful life.” Garcia said her goals include having Pure of Heart merchandise available at boutiques across South Florida. For more information and to order from the Pure of Heart collection, go online to <www.pureofheart.me>.


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Laura Lagomasino joins team at Deering Estate Foundation BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

In her new role, she will provide leadership in the foundation’s short- and long-term planning, When Laura Lagomasino-Delmonte while directing the organization’s membership signed on as the Deering Estate Foundation programs and fundraising activities. (DEF) development director, “I have had the privilege of Mary Pettit, the foundation’s working with Laura on many executive director, likened the community-based initiatives over hire to “getting a No. 1 draft the past several years,” Pettit said. pick.” “Little did I know that she also Described as a super-achiever had extensive professional experiand a triple-threat, Lagomasino ence in the nonprofit world servis an accomplished professional ing the American Diabetes who has the skills to build relaAssociation and American Heart tionships, fundraise and lead Association.” other mission-driven efforts. Lagomasino, who is bilin“I am thrilled to be here and I gual, earned her BS in Laura Lagomasino hope to add value in regards to Hospitality Management at ––––––––––––– fundraising and event planning FIU and MBA at Nova. She to an already successful organization and a began her professional development in the strong board,” Lagomasino said. private sector with Brinker International She already is coordinating the sponsors, and Grainger in operational management, restaurants and entertainment for the founda- both Fortune 500 leaders in their industion’s annual fundraising event, Wine On tries. Harvest Moon, on Saturday, Oct. 27. “Her experience in the private sector comBefore joining DEF, Lagomasino was the bined with her work at nonprofit agencies director of Business Development and Strategic provides a valuable platform for her to have Planning at Jackson South Community Hospital. an immediate impact on the Deering Estate


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Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and Chicks N’ Wings are helping to raise awareness of breast cancer by presenting the Second Annual Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run. The event aims to shed light on the disease that affects thousands of South Florida families each year, particularly focusing on the disproportionate effects of breast cancer in African American women. Proceeds from the walk will assist CHI in providing mammograms to the uninsured. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 20 with on-site registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and the walk starting at 8 a.m. The walk will begin at the Homestead Air Reserve Base (27401 SW 127th Avenue). Registration is $25 for adults, $5 for children 10 to 16 years of age, and free for children age 9 and under. Teams of five people may register for $100. Since it was founded in 1971, CHI has provided health services to uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami-Dade County and since 2007 in the Florida Keys. The private, not-for-profit organization maintains seven state-of-the-art health centers and 27 school-based programs. In 2011, CHI served more than 60,000 patients, representing more than 283,000 patient visits. For more information about the Hope 4 L.Y.F.E. Breast Cancer Awareness 3K-5K Walk/Run, contact Angela Roberts at (305) 238-5311 or Romanita Ford at (305) 252-4853. CHI is a not-profit corporation partially sponsored/funded by the Florida Department of Children & Families; District 11; the Florida Department of Health; HRSA; Bureau of Primary Health Care; Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County; The Children’s trust; and the Health Foundation of South Florida.

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Gadinsky Real Estate LLC, a full-service retail real estate company, announced recently that Market Square, a 70,000plus-square-foot shopping center in the heart of Kendall, has signed several new leases and is now over 80 percent leased, with approximately 12,000 square feet of space remaining. The shopping center, which is anchored by a 28,800-square-foot Publix and 14,500square-foot Walgreens, includes an additional 27,000 square feet of inline shop space. Signed leases to date include Chase Bank, Shula Burger, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Metro PCS, Miami Dentistry, Hair Cuttery, Subway and Little Caesars. Many of the tenants already are open, or will open later this year. Shula Burger, Don Shula’s new burger chain, will open its first location in MiamiDade County at Market Square in early fall. The new addition to the Shula family of restaurants has opened three other Florida locations in Islamorada at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, Miami International Airport and Tampa International Airport, and is scheduled to open two more loca-

tions (in addition to Market Square) at the Quay Shopping Center in Ft. Lauderdale and Delray Marketplace in Delray Beach. Market Square, which is owned by College Park II LLC, currently has approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space available, including spaces in one of three buildings, ranging from 1,207 to 2,143 square feet. There also is the opportunity to combine several bays to create a 3,888square-foot space. “We are actively negotiating other leases, but there are still excellent opportunities for retailers who want to be in the heart of vibrant market area,” said Seth Gadinsky, principal of Gadinsky Real Estate. “With nearly 156,000 residents in the area, plus the center’s proximity to Miami-Dade College, Market Square is a prime location for both national and local retailers.” Market Square is located just east of Florida’s Turnpike at the southwest corner of SW 104th Street and 117th Avenue, approximately one mile from Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. For more information about Market Square retail opportunities, call Justin Schultz at Gadinsky Real Estate, 305-5375662 or send email to <justin@gadinskyrealestate.com>. For more information

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Gloria Floyd student earns Macy’s Spelling Bee crown BY GEORGI MORALES PIPKIN

Bianka Estrada, a fifth grade student at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Kendall spelled her way through nine rounds of words to become the local champion of the Macy’s Spelling Bee. The winning word was “aviary.” In total, 43 students ages 8-11 participated in the Spelling Bee at Macy’s at The Falls on Saturday, Sept. 15. This is Macy’s seventh annual Spelling Bee competition in partnership with Reading is Fundamental. Each of the 27 regional Spelling Bee champs take home great prizes including an iPad, a $100 Macy’s Gift Card, a tutoring scholarship from Kaplan and an online gift card from Scholastic. For more details and a complete listing of participating Macy’s locations, visit <www.macys.com/spellingbee>. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bianka Estrada, 10, is pictured at Macy’s at The Falls.

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Attorney Ronald Roman named ‘Ultimate Networker’ for 2012 BY RICHARD YAGER

Attorney Ronald P. Roman was honored on Sept. 19 as the “Ultimate Networker” of the Kendall Networkers Inc., following a vote by the organization’s membership. Roman was presented with the award during one of two monthly breakfast meetings conducted by the Kendall group at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at La Carreta Restaurant, 11740 SW 88 St. The award was named to honor the late Allan Stoller who made outstanding contributions during his membership in the organization. Criteria for the award include high numbers of referrals given other members, recruiting new members, business presentation, superlative attitude and Sergio E. Vega, president, recognizes Attorney Ronald P. Roman as attendance. Members Marvin P. Stein “Ultimate Networker.” –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and Alan Eisenberg conceived the award to honor from Pace University as an honors graduate Stoller following his death in 2008 and the in 1973 and a BS in Business honor was approved as an annual event Administration from the Pennsylvania starting in 2009. Previous winners were State University. Ron Lieberman, 2009; Abe Levy, 2010, Kendall Networkers, a premier Miami and Martha Rothaus, 2011. networking group, develops new business For more than 35 years, Roman has been contacts through card exchange, reciprocal involved in the fields of distribution, fran- referrals, lead generation networking, marchise, trademark and corporate law, includ- keting and sales promotion to generate ing merger and acquisition law, and trade leads, prospects, customer and client idenregulation law. tities for goods, merchandise, products and A 1976 graduate of Fordham University professional services in South Florida. School of Law, he is admitted to practice Potential members are invited to visit law in Florida, New York and New Jersey. <www.kendallbusiness.com> for details and He holds an MBA in International Business to attend a breakfast meeting.

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State Constitutional Amendments topic of club’s meeting, Oct. 10 BY KATHRYN SHEPARD

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade will have Maribel Balbin, president of the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade, as its guest speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 10. She will discuss the 11 amendments to the Florida Constitution that will be on the ballot in November. Balbin has been a member of the League for more than 20 years, serving in different capacities on the board. She currently serves on several boards including Miami-Dade College School of Continuing Education and Professional Development Advisory Board and has served in the Community Relations and Art in Public Places boards.

Balbin is a former chair of the MiamiDade County Commission for Women. She has been recognized for her community service with the Women of Impact Award from the Women’s History Coalition and is a 2005 honoree of In the Company of Women. Professionally she is a program manager in the Office of Sustainability of Miami-Dade County. The luncheon and program take place at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. Social time begins at 11 a.m. followed by the luncheon and program. Cost of this event is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4. Contact Rita Casagrande at 305-595-0213 or send email to <ritafosse@yahoo.com> to make your reservation.

Center for Independent Living now seeking volunteer tutors BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida is seeking volunteer tutors for its tutoring program. The program provides supports to young adults with disabilities who are enrolled in Special Diploma programs or GED programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The volunteer must have a college degree and be able to pass a teacher background check. Background screening fees would be reimbursed by the center. The center also will reimburse mileage expenses to and from the schools. The three tutor-

ing locations are Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center, Miami Lakes Educational Center, and Robert Morgan Educational Center. The survival of the tutoring program is critical to insure that these young people with disabilities obtain the academic support needed for them to graduate with a diploma and transition into the workplace. Interested individuals should forward their resume to the attention of Kelly Greene, executive director, by email at <Kelly@Soflacil.org> or send fax to 305751-8944.


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Christina Gonzalez to launch her latest novel at Books and Books BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

What do you do when your first book is a tremendous success and has eight hardcover printings before going to paperback? If you are Christina Gonzalez, the Coral Gables author whose first book, The Red Umbrella, created a huge buzz even before it came out, you follow it up with another historical novel, but this one set at the start of World War II. The Red Umbrella became required reading in many schools across the nation and was a required read at Florida International University last year. It is on the state reading lists for Nebraska and Oregon and is featured in Scholastic Book Fairs. Her new book, A Thunderous Whisper, comes out Oct. 9 and she will have a book release party on Oct. 13, 5 p.m., at Books and Books in Coral Gables. A Thunderous Whisper already has received several very good reviews from Kirkus and Voya. In fact, one review said that readers who liked The Book Thief will like A Thunderous Whisper. A Thunderous Whisper is set in Guernica, in the Basque region of Spain. It is the story of Ani, a young girl whose father is off fighting in Spain’s Civil War.

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Ani becomes part of a spy network, helping deliver messages to the underground resistance until her market town is bombed by the Nazis. Gonzalez said she was inspired to write the Christina Gonzalez story by Pablo ––––––––––––– Picasso’s painting, Guernica. Initially, she didn’t know the history of the town, but the more she learned about it, the more it intrigued her. “It was the precursor to blitzkrieg,” she said. Another reason the story called to her is because the Basque sent more than 3,400 of their children to England to keep them safe. “That same idea of children being sent away struck a familiar chord,” she said. “The ship all these children get placed on is the SS Havana. That’s where it all began.” It struck a chord because The Red Umbrella is about two Cuban children who are sent to the U.S. during Operation

Pedro Pan. The operation was set up by the Catholic Church to find foster homes for Cuban children whose families sent them to the U.S. because of a fear that that Castro would take their children away. While Gonzalez lives in Coral Gables, she wrote much of the book at the Starbucks in Palmetto Bay on Old Cutler Road. She worked there with Danielle Joseph, a young adult writer. When she is not writing or taking care of her family, Gonzalez likely is making school visits. She often travels to talk at schools or to speak at conferences. She also does Skype school visits because they are cheaper for schools to schedule. Publisher Random House has developed a teacher’s guide for A Thunderous Whisper and is sending Gonzalez to speak at a number of events around the country. Her event at Books and Books is expected to be well attended as her first book launch party drew hundreds and almost 400 books were sold. “It’s starting to look that way,” she said. “There was a quick response on Facebook and a lot of the people who came last time that are not on Facebook tell me they are coming. It’s going to be a huge crowd.” For more information on the book signing, go to <www.BooksandBooks.com>.


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Author learns life’s lessons from books he shared with his mom BY JOSHUA LAMOREY

When Mary Anne Schwalbe returned from Afghanistan in 2007 feeling unwell, doctors suspected it was a rare type of hepatitis — for a woman who worked with refugees in places such as Rwanda and Darfur, it seemed a reasonable diagnosis. But when she was diagnosed with a fatal form of pancreatic cancer, Will Schwalbe and his mother faced the certainty of her death. Waiting for chemotherapy one day, Will decided to ask his mom what he always asked her: What have you been reading? So begins The End Of Your Life Book Club (Knopf, 10/2). Over the next two years, Mary Anne and Will began a book club that brought them together as her life came to an end. Will Schwalbe –––––––––––––– Through discussions about books by authors from Stieg Larsson and P.G. Wodehouse to T.S. Eliot and Khaled Hosseini, Will realized that their book club “wasn’t about death. It was about life — the life lessons I learned from Mom, and the life lessons we learned from the books we read.” As their list jumps from classic to popular and poetry to mysteries, the issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as how Mary Anne would like the family thank yous after her death to look (and what color ink to use on them). The End Of Your Life Book Club ultimately leads Mary Anne to her last act — securing funding for a library for women in Afghanistan, which is today nearing completion in Kabul.

As Will writes, reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying. The End Of Your Life Book Club “illustrates the power of the written word to expand our knowledge of ourselves and others” writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review. Schwalbe has worked in publishing (most recently as senior vice president and editor in chief of Hyperion Books); digital media, as the founder and CEO of Cookstr.com, and as a journalist, writing for various publications including The New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He is on the boards of Yale University Press and the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. He is the coauthor, with David Shipley, of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. Will Schwalbe will be speaking and signing books on Friday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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24-hour Mega Pet Adoption Event set for Tropical Park BY ALICE FISHER

It’s really big; it’s humongous; it’s colossal; it’s immense — and it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s Mega Pet Adoption Event, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will take place from Friday, Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m., until Saturday night, Oct. 27, at 11:59 p.m. — without stopping — and will have more than 800 homeless animals eager to find a forever home. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kickoff the festivities at midnight and then continue with the older animals for the rest of the 24-hour event. Who will you take home? The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at the covered Equestrian Center in Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. in Kendall. This is a family affair with an entire Kid’s Festival, presented by the ASPCA, complete with rides and fun games for children of all ages.

There will be entertainment and refreshments offered by a variety of vendors and performers including Ballet Dance Exchange, Belly Motions Inc., Blood Centers of Florida, Canine Counselors, Carioca Capoeira Miami, DJ Uneeq, Doggie Bag Café Chefs, Dogzy Collars, Alex Murga & Ezpinaz, Game Time, Glamour by J’s, Gourmet Truck Expo, Grove Naturals, Hurricane Jumpers, Ice Cream Time, Live! Modern School of Music, Maria Verdeja School of Arts, Mary Lundberg Art, Natalia Dance Show-Cabaret, PetSmart, Yomo Essentials, and more. Admission to the park is free and complimentary parking is available in the park. “Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” said Donna Tallon, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the communities’ help, I am confident that we can do it!” For more information call Dani at 305749-1825, or send email to <dani@humanesocietymiami.org>.


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Original Lots of Lox’s friendly service earns repeat business BY NANCY EAGLETON

For 34 years the Original Lots of Lox Deli located in Palmetto Bay has been serving Miami residents homemade comfort foods that satisfy the tummy and soothe the soul. The wholesome meals are not the only reason locals keep coming back to the family-owned deli — it’s the warm and friendly service. Several members of the popular deli’s wait staff have been with the restaurant for more than 20 years. They know everyone who comes in and if you’re new to Lots of Lox, you’ll be initiated into the family on your first visit and welcomed home on your second. “Our staff is the heart of the restaurant,” said co-owner Nick Poulos. “It may sound cliché, but we are the ‘Cheers’ of restaurants — the place where everyone knows your name. We have many customers who come in twice a day. As soon as they sit down, their favorite drink is on the table.” Poulos owns Lots of Lox with brother Steve Poulos and cousin Jimmy Poulos. The restaurant’s walls are lined with photos that document the family’s three-generation history in the restaurant business in Miami. “My grandparents were risk takers who sacrificed a lot to live the ‘American dream,’” Poulos said. This generation of Poulos men is passionate about this business. One of the owners always is in the deli to ensure patrons are enjoying a dining experience “second to none.” With phrases like “the customer is always right” and “we’re only as good as our last meal” as their mantra, the Lots of Lox team is destined to be cooking up homemade favorites for another 30 years. Breakfast time is busy at Lots of Lox, but the 10-minute wait is always worth it. Begin your day with the Breakfast Special, available Monday through Friday, 7-11 a.m. Enjoy two eggs served any style with

You will get “service with a smile” from the friendly staff of Lots of Lox in Palmetto Bay. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

your choice of grits, home fries, toast or bagel and coffee or tea for $6.45. All breakfast favorites, including Eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes and waffles are served all day. Lots of Lox lunch specials start at $8.45. The choices are endless and the portions are generous. You could visit the deli every day for a month and never have the same lunch twice. Design your own sandwich or wrap, or choose your favorite New York delistyle specialty sandwich, including the famous Corned Beef Reuben and Pastrami Rachel — both customer favorites. If you’re in the mood for something from the grill, choose a burger or chicken or fish sandwich. Hearty salads and garden fresh soups also are on the vast menu.

Turkey with all the fixins’ is a favorite meal that’s not just for the holidays anymore. The oven-roasted turkey breast is served every evening at Lots of Lox, along with numerous homemade dinner choices that start at $11.95. Comfort foods like homemade meatloaf and old-fashioned pot roast served with mashed potatoes will make you feel right at home. “Our stuffed cabbage is another customer favorite. It’s made from scratch and it’s the real deal,” Poulos said. “Our traditional homemade foods are prepared daily on our premises by our dedicated staff. It’s time consuming to make things from scratch, but our customers recognize the difference.” The catering service offered by the Lots of Lox team brings comfort food favorites from its kitchen to yours for special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and bar/bat mitzvahs, and holidays such as Passover, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. The Original Lots of Lox Deli is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and is located at 14995 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 305-2522010 or visit online at <www.OriginalLotsofLox.com>.


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The Deering Estate to present ‘Living Artist Concert Series’ BY LEE STEPHENS

For music enthusiasts, the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble presents superb concerts intimately set in the historic Stone House Ballroom. Internationally acclaimed musicians collaborate with world-renowned guest composers, artists, and talented youth performers as part of the Deering Estate at Cutler’s “Living Artist Concert Series.” The 2012-13 Living Artist Concert Series begins on Friday, Oct. 19, with “The Circle” featuring a world premier by Composer-in-Residence Jurai Kojs, along with works by Janácek, Hummel, and Dvorák. 2012-13 “Living Artist Concert Series” season schedule: Friday, Oct. 19, “The Circle;” Sunday, Nov. 18, “Solar Winds;” Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, “Temperate Zones;” Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, “Dreams of Biscayne Bay;”

Friday, Mar. 22, 2013, “Women of Note,” and Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013, “Glades.” All concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. with a meet the artist reception at 6:30 p.m. Season subscriptions are $120 (includes all six Living Artist concerts and two piano concerts); adult tickets are $25 per concert and student tickets are $12 per concert (grades K-12 with student ID). Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. 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. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Miami-Dade politicians and their politically connected friends are at it again. They have collected BILLIONS of our tax dollars to run Jackson Memorial Hospital. Carlos Migoya, Jackson’s millionaire banker CEO who earns $800,000 a year, wants to sell off the Emergency Room and Rape Treatment Center to the highest bidder. That’s right, he wants to sell off the very heart of our public hospital, the people’s hospital.

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Scary Spooktober coming to Zoo Miami, Oct. 17-31 BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Enjoy a host of Halloween festivities, Oct. 17-31, during Spooktober at Zoo Miami presented by Dixie Crystals and Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center. If you dare, enter Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a full-scale haunted house at Dr. Wilde’s World from Oct. 17 to 31. If dressing up and partying is your thing, show up to the fourth annual adults-only costume party, The Monster Masquerade presented by Bacardi USA, benefiting the Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF), Oct. 19. The entire family also can enjoy Halloween at the zoo at night during the second Spooky Zoo Nights on Oct. 26 and 27, and during the daytime at the annual Zoo Boo, Oct. 27 and 28. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, a 7,000-squarefoot haunted house, is guaranteed to send chills up and down your spine when it debuts Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will make your every fear come to life. Roaches take over the kitchen while cats take over the home of a deceased grandma. What will you find when the freezer defrosts — a zookeeper or two perhaps? You will have to come and see for yourself. With an admission cost of $5 per person, this house of chills will remain open through Oct, 31. Parental discretion is advised for young children. Get your Halloween costume ready and come dance the night away at the darkest night spot around town — Zoo Miami. Costumed monsters ages 21 and over are invited to the biggest Halloween party in South Florida, The Monster Masquerade, on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 p.m. until the stroke of midnight. Come where the wild things are and party in the dark while enjoying premium cocktails courtesy of Bacardi USA, savory treats, music and dancing by The Coast 97.3 FM. At the end of the night, organizers will announce the “Best Costume Contest” that will have you dying for awesome prizes. When night falls and the wild calls, The Monster Masquerade at Zoo Miami will be the only place to be. Your ticket purchase will support the Zoological Society of

Florida in its mission of wildlife education and conservation. Pre-sale tickets to The Monster Masquerade are $65/person. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door for $75/person. Anyone purchasing a ticket before Oct. 5 will be entered into a drawing to win a Family Membership to Zoo Miami. Tickets currently are available at the Zoological Society of Florida, call 305-2555551, and online at <www.zoomiami.org>. Spooky Zoo Nights, an after-hours family event, will take place Oct. 26 and 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. The $10.95/person admission ($9.95 for zoo members) includes entry into Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, spooky tram rides, ghoulish carousel rides, and chilling storytelling. Goodies and roving street theater will add excitement to the pathways. Save money and time by purchasing your tickets during the online pre-sale at <www.zoomiami.org>. Zoo Boo! returns to Zoo Miami Oct. 27 and 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Included with zoo admission, families and kids ages 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat in costumes, participate in costume contests, watch special performances, make Halloween crafts, see the zoo’s wild animals get their Halloween goodies, and more! Music and games with fun prizes will be provided by Radio Disney AM 990 and The Coast 97.3 FM. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 St. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (ages 3-12) plus tax. Children under 2, Zoological Society of Florida members, and parking are free. Zoo Boo! is included with paid zoo admission. Dr. Wilde’s Creepy House, The Monster Masquerade, and Spooky Zoo Nights have separate admission prices. Zoo Miami’s regular hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information, visit <www.zoomiami.org> or call 305-251-0400. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Danny Elfenbein at 305-255-5551 or send email to <dannye@zsf.org>.


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Vampire Circus to unleash a reign of terror in Miami BY JOSE BOZA

Lock your doors, secure your homes, beginning Oct. 18 and continuing until Halloween, Oct. 31, the Vampire Circus will release an army of vampires into Miami and transform Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into a haven for the beautiful and seductive creatures of the night. Spectators at the Vampire Circus will witness a world filled with supernatural circus performers, terror and suspense, enchanted magic and comedy that will leave them dying for more and an exotic ambiance of panic and fear that would make Tim Burton proud. The Vampire Circus is a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of 30 world-class artists showcasing theater, dance and gymnastics. All of which push the physical boundaries of human performances and leave the audiences amazed and astounded. The cast is an eclectic mix of professional entertainers featuring the cream of the crop that includes the most renowned clown in the world, “Slava the Clown;” magicians trained from the original folklore; world champion acrobats and gymnasts recruited from the top acrobatic clubs across the globe who have achieved Guinness Book of Records fame.

“The Vampire Circus will? take audiences into a journey of immersive experience, where it plunges guests into a deep hypnosis state while breaking the fourth wall,” said Javier Francisco Santos, artistic director for the Vampire Circus. “With The Vampire Circus, you are fully integrated into something that is happening in front of you, around you and sometimes inside of you. Come meet the Vampires… we’ll leave the lights off for you.” The show is inspired by the magical and captivating allure of legendary traveling carnivals. Set in Bohemia during the 19th Century, Count Dracula contemplates a plan for world domination, when he decides to open a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards. The Vampire Circus is a perfect cover-up to travel unnoticed and unleash Dracula’s world reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires for global dominance. A good nightmare of this kind comes so rarely. The Vampire Circus will bite Miami this Halloween in the heart of the Downtown area where the mysterious Big Top will take haven at Bayfront Park, Oct 18-31. Regular Vamp performance days are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m. In addition, Saturday shows

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Daughter shares how father’s recovery from stroke inspired With the American Heart Association Heart Walk in a few days on Saturday, Oct. 6, at FIU’s Maidique Campus, Community Newspapers shares part of an essay written by Natalie Perez. Her father, Joe, has survived a stroke against all odds and resumed a normal life as a police officer. Natalie writes:

left side of his body. Doctors said he would not fully recover or be able to return to work. (He was only 39 years old with a wife and three children ages 7, 12 and 16.) For nearly a year, Dad worked hard to be able to get his life back in order and never gave up. It was not easy. In that year of recovery, my father taught me struggles and Joe Perez challenges make you stronger. –––––––––––– Despite the grim prognosis of his BY NATALIE PEREZ doctors, he fought hard and was finally able to A hero can often be defined as a person return to work. Now Dad is better than ever of distinguished courage and ability but and has shown how one can accomplish anythese days your hero or idol usually may thing with effort and hard work. consist of a front man of your favorite band or a celebrity. My hero may not be a well-known person but he is the type of hero not regularly acknowledged. My father is my hero and not only is he my hero he is a police officer. Dad risks his life on a daily basis to make others safe. Six years back my father, Joe, had a stroke that affected the right side of his brain and

The Perez family once again will participate in the American Heart Association Walk on Oct. 6, 7:30 a.m., at FIU’s Maidique Campus and invite all to join this worthy cause. Whether you are paying it forward or paying it back like the Perez family, the 2012 Heart Walk promises to be a fun-filled morning of family fun that all will enjoy.


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Investigate the paranormal at the Deering Estate at Cutler BY JENNIFER TISTHAMMER

In partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators, the Deering Estate at Cutler offers a variety of Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. Hear about the sightings and experiences from the actual paranormal investigations of the Deering Estate at Cutler and see for yourself the evidence recorded on video, photographs, and audio. Events scheduled include: Deering Estate “Spookover,” Friday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013, and Friday, May 17, 2013; 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.; $65 per person. Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the lights are out. The League of Paranormal Investigators will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences — such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. This is not a sleepover; guests will investigate and participate in activities all night. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. A light breakfast will be served. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Be Your Own Investigator,” Thursday, Oct. 25; Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, and Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013; 7 to 9 p.m., $25 per person. “Be Your Own Investigator” and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team to discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome! Tour may contain mature subject matter. Ghost Tour: “Voices of the Past,”

Thursday, Oct. 18; Thursday, Nov. 15; Thursday, Dec. 20; Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, and Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013, 7 to 9 p.m., $15 per person. This is a three-part series of tours where each month the focus is on different aspects of the paranormal investigations at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Be sure to experience all three. These are walking tours and, if weather permits, the tours go out on the natural trails. Dress comfortably. Tour may contain mature subject matter. The “Voices of the Past” Ghost Tour on Oct. 18 will focus on Psychic Impressions and Personal Experiences. Guests will learn about the paranormal experiences found on the estate and how they tie into the current history. Rumor mills also will be covered and how such rumors came to be, but are actually untrue. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. For private tours or your own overnight paranormal experience, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. 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. and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are free with regular admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>.

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Miami’s Grammy-nominated choir begins its season at all-time high BY LEE STEPHENS

As Seraphic Fire begins its 11th season, the professional choral ensemble is riding an all-time high. Against a bleak backdrop of failing arts organizations nationwide, Seraphic Fire is entering the new season with a record number of subscribers, a newly signed record distribution deal, and the optimistic energy of an organization on the rise. Seraphic Fire’s 10th Anniversary season brought with it a series of celebrated achievements — most notably the ensembles two 2012 Grammy nominations, making it the only choir in North and South America to be nominated. With the national spotlight suddenly upon the ensemble, Seraphic Fire went on to close the performance year with more sold-out concerts than ever before. Continuing this meteoric rise, Seraphic Fire is emerging from its highest-grossing summer to date. Additionally, this past August, Seraphic Fire’s independent recording label, Seraphic Fire Media, closed a global distribution deal

with Naxos of America, the nation’s leader in classical music distribution. The deal will grant Seraphic Fire complete artistic control over future projects while placing the ensemble’s albums in brick-and-mortar stores around the world and online across all digital platforms. Seraphic Fire’s 2012-13 season began this past September with a tour across the Midwest. Highly anticipated — and even sold-out — performances to audiences in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania were received eagerly. To open the regular season, Seraphic Fire will present “Simple Gifts,” a celebration of refreshingly simple Americana. The beautifully sincere music of Aaron Copland, declared “the American composer” by the New York Times, and his contemporaries, will be on stunning display as Seraphic Fire departs on an incredible season. The concert, titled “Simple Gifts” will be performed at St. Jude Melkite Church on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables on Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets and information are available at 305-2859060 or at <www.SeraphicFire.org>.


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Florida Grand Opera names Susan T. Danis as new CEO BY STEFANIE HEW

$47 million for a capital campaign, part of which funded the $20 million renovation The international search is over and of the company’s historic theater. Florida Grand Opera (FGO) has She recently completed a six-year term announced the appointment of Susan T. as a member of the board of trustees of Danis as the company’s new general direc- OPERA America, three of which she tor and CEO. served as treasurer. An established arts What’s more, the selfadvocate and leader proclaimed “opera with a proven track geek” was a driving record of fiscal force behind Sarasota’s growth, Danis is dynamic artistic offerscheduled to take the ing, known internationposition as the compaally for initiatives like ny’s fourth general their American Classics director on Oct. 9. She Series and Verdi Cycle. comes to FGO with Anticipating the more than 20 years of planned retirement of arts administration and Robert M. Heuer, the particular expertise in company’s CEO of 27 the areas of marketing years, and FGO’s board and fundraising. of directors embarked “Susan is a phenomon an international enal choice to lead search for his replaceFGO,” Victor H. ment, forming a search Susan T. Danis Mendelson, president committee headed by –––––––––––––––––––– of FGO’s board of William Hill, FGO’s directors. “She has the unique combination vice president. of being a successful opera producer, man“We set out on a lengthy search to find ager and development expert. We are the ideal candidate, someone who has both ecstatic to have Susan build on FGO’s his- passion for opera and established business tory as Florida’s oldest performing arts success in arts management,” Hill said. company and infuse the company with “We also sought a reliable leader and great productions, ideas and enthusiasm.” ambassador for the company with a true Since 1999, she has served as the execu- sense of community. Susan meets and tive director of Sarasota Opera, and has exceeds all these requirements and is the been instrumental in the company’s contin- perfect choice to lead Florida Grand Opera ued fiscal development. During her tenure, into a new chapter in its history.” the company’s operating budget more than Florida Grand Opera is scheduled to doubled, growing from $3.2 million to begin its 2012-13 season on Nov. 17, with over $8 million. Beating fundraising goals La bohème. Single tickets can be purat every turn, Danis increased individual chased through the FGO Box Office by giving by more than 200 percent in a calling 1-800-741-1010 or online at seven-year period and raised more than <www.fgo.org>.

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FPL CORNER Fight Higher Taxes on Investment Income

By Lew Hay, Executive Chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. The fiscal cliff is rapidly approaching for America’s seniors and millions of taxpayers across the nation. Congress adjourned [last week] without preventing the multiple tax increases scheduled for January 1, and without ending the uncertainty over fiscal policy that represents unnecessary additional risk for private investment. Unless Congress acts immediately after the November election during a “lame duck” session, the crippling effects of Washington’s procrastination will be felt across our entire economy. Floridians should be especially concerned about one particular tax increase that will fall disproportionately on seniors. Beginning next year, tax rates will soar on investment income from capital gains and dividends. The top tax rate on capital gains will jump from 15 to 23.8 percent and the top rate on dividends will nearly triple from 15 to 43.4 percent. Millions of seniors would feel the pain of these higher rates immediately. Given the low rates on interest-bearing investments such as certificates of deposit, many older investors have turned to dividend-paying stocks to supplement their income. And those dividend distributions have been growing. According to a J.P. Morgan study, total dividend distributions jumped from $340 billion in 2008 to about $680 billion in 2011. Higher tax rates will change the equation for everyone. Dividend-paying companies could reduce the size of their quarterly dividend checks, which would devastate those relying directly on dividend income to help pay their bills. And if major investors shift their portfolios away from dividend-paying companies to assets with lower tax penalties, including those in other nations, every American with a retirement plan or mutual fund invested in U.S. dividend-paying stocks could take a hit as well. Higher taxes on private investment would not only reduce returns for investors, but also make it more difficult for many companies to create jobs and increase the value we deliver to our customers. At NextEra Energy, Inc., under current tax policy, we’ve been able to raise the capital necessary to invest billions of dollars in our infrastructure over the last several years. These investments in infrastructure deliver major benefits for our customers. At Florida Power & Light Company, our investments help keep reliability high and bills low over the long term. At NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, our investments help bring the benefits of renewable energy to customers in more than 20 states. Our company now employs about 10,000 people in Florida alone, and our ability to attract capital by paying dividends to our shareholders has been a major catalyst for our growth. Discouraging investment in dividend-paying companies like NextEra Energy will impact many vital sectors of the economy – such as manufacturing, utilities, and telecommunications – that are creating jobs across the nation. Reducing the capital these sectors can raise in equity markets will force them to increase their debt financing. This, in turn, will lead to an even riskier economy with even more overleveraged companies. The good news is that Congress still has time to act, and we still have the opportunity to make our voices heard. NextEra Energy has joined with other companies across our industry and across the nation to encourage more people to send our leaders a clear message: now is not the time to reduce dividend income through higher taxes and punish Americans who invest in our nation’s future. Everyone who wants to help can join our advocacy campaign, Defend My Dividend at www.DefendMyDividend.org. Together we can stop tax increases on all investors, including millions of seniors, as well as prevent further barriers to job creation and economic growth. Keeping tax rates low will be good for American businesses, good for our economy, and good for all investors.


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University of Miami partners with FDOT for safe-driving campaign BY LEE STEPHENS

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six is partnering with the University of Miami to launch, “Put it Down,” a campaign that educates young adults on the risks of distracted driving. The campaign continues through October. The FDOT is targeting young drivers between ages 16 and 24 by partnering with local area educational institutions including the University of Miami, Florida International University, MiamiDade College, Barry University and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Several outreach events will take place at local school campuses including a key event at the University of Miami on Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at “The Rock” (near University Center). The UM event will feature the UM Police Department, UM Parking and Transportation, UM Association of Commuter Students, Dori Slosberg Foundation, Verizon Wireless,

Miami Police Department DUI Detail and BAT Mobile, and WalkSafe/BikeSafe. Additionally, the FDOT will be employing social media by conducting a Twitter campaign using the hash tag #PutItDown. The Florida Highway Patrol, MiamiDade Expressway Authority, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the Dori Slosberg Foundation, Florida’s Community Traffic Safety Teams, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, South Florida Commuter Services, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization and AAA/Traffic Safety Foundation have joined the campaign efforts as well. For more information, contact Carlos Sarmiento, FDOT District Six community traffic safety coordinator, at 305-4705437 or via email at <carlos.sarmiento@dot.state.fl.us>. More information on the national distracted driving campaign can be found online at <http://www.distraction.gov>.


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Hyundai adds LWB model to 2013 Santa Fe CUV lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Say goodbye to the Hyundai Vera Cruz SUV and hello to an all-new Hyundai Santa Fe CUV in two distinct sizes and purposes. Hyundai recently unveiled the all-new Santa Fe for the automotive media at a gala press conference in the new Montage Resort in upscale Deer Valley, Utah. To say that company brass was glowing with pride about their new baby would be something of an understatement. Big things are expected, and they most likely will be forthcoming. After driving the Santa Fe Sport — that’s the smaller of the two models, the Long Wheelbase (LWB) version was not yet available — I must agree that the Hyundai design team has come up with another winner. The all-new third-generation Santa Fe Sport is a five-passenger crossover vehicle and it’s already available in dealer showrooms.

The longer LWB model has three rows, seats seven and will start hitting showrooms in January. By adding the LWB model to the Santa Fe lineup, there no longer was any need for the slow-selling Vera Cruz, so it got the axe from the Hyundai lineup. No big loss there. The new Santa Fe is designed with Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” concept to create the illusion of constant motion. Up front, there’s a three-bar hexagonal chrome grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights. Other design elements include body color mirrors, 19-inch wheels and a twin-tip chrome exhaust on Santa Fe Sport 2.0T. Both Santa Fe models are capable crossovers built for today’s on-the-go American family, and they come with flexible seating and cargo space. Both have the same flowing interior look, designed for passenger functionality and comfort, from the heated rear seats and available eightway power driver seat, to a standard 40/20/40 folding rear seat back. Other interior details include an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and premium window switch trim.

New Santa Fe Sport has a threebar hexagonal grille, LED headlight accents, a low stance, rising beltline, roof spoiler and wraparound taillights.

The Santa Fe Sport delivers excellent performance and much of that is due to a 266-pound weight reduction from the 2012 model, the result of using a lot of high tensile steel in the construction of the vehicle. There’s also a good choice of power options available. Sport buyers may choose between a fourcylinder 2.4-liter 190 hp Gasoline Direct Engine (GDI) engine (22/33 mpg) or a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter 264 hp GDI engine. Both engines provide excellent power for city or highway driving and

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