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Darby Delsalle serving as director of Planning and Zoning BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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arby Delsalle has been the Village of Palmetto Bay’s Planning and Zoning director since April but is becoming more familiar to residents through the televised council meetings and COW sessions as well as area special events. The Miami Lakes resident is a Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and spent the prior nine years as the zoning administrator for the City of Hollywood. Before that, he served seven years with Broward County. He has a master’s degree in urban planning. “What I’ve always enjoyed the most about planning work really is, although it sounds cliché, the relationships,” Delsalle said. “You meet so many different people, whether they’re business owners or residents, DARBY DELSALLE

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Doctor’s suggestion results in revealing singer’s talent

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he holiday season can be an enjoyable but busy time for many Miami-Dade County residents. Nevertheless, it’s always important to recycle — especially during the holidays. “This time of year we all like to spend time with friends and family, but we’re also producing a lot more waste,” said Kathleen WoodsRichardson, director of the MiamiDade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM). “So we remind our residents to recycle everything they can and help keep Miami-Dade’s environment beautiful.” Customers of the PWWM can recycle a wide variety of leftover holiday items. Cardboard gift boxes, and packing boxes from toys, computers and television sets are some of the more obvious items. But

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eia Schwartz, the 15-yearold Palmetto Bay resident known for her health-related community service projects, also is becoming known for her remarkable singing talent, discovered as a result of a recommendation of the doctor who has been treating her for asthma. “I was little when I had a spontaneous pneumothorax or collapsed lung,”

Schwartz explained on Tuesday, Dec. 13, during a tree-lighting ceremony at Miami Children’s Hospital where she was a special guest performer. “I was limited on activities, and Dr. Franco suggested that I take up singing lessons to help expand my lungs, and it turned out that I liked it and I’m actually good at it, so now I love singing.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Palmer Trinity student athlete earns coveted Black Lion award BY JENNIFER AGRESS

Palmer Trinity School senior athlete Sean Ramras received the coveted Black Lion Award, a national award that recognizes high school football players who are not only skilled players, but team players, as well. The presentation was made on Friday, Dec. 2. The Black Lion Award is given in memory of Major Don Holleder, a former West Point All-America who died in combat in Vietnam on Oct. 17, 1967, and the men of the Black Lions — the 28th Infantry Regiment — who died with him that day. The award is given to a high school athlete who, like Don Holleder, personifies team play — exemplifying such characteristics as leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice and, above all, an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself. The Black Lion Award is given

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with the approval of the 28th Infantry Association, and with the permission and approval of Major Holleder’s family. General James E. Shelton, Commander of the 28th Infantry, and Steve Goodman, a Vietnam Veteran — both men who served in Vietnam with Major Holleder — presented Ramras with the Black Lion Award at Palmer Trinity School’s 2011 Fall Sports Awards on the Palmer Trinity School campus. Sean Ramras has lettered in varsity football for the past four years. He has earned letters in wrestling and track, and helped lead the Falcons to their best record yet during the 2011 football season. The son of Dave and Darlene Ramras, Sean is an excellent student and a Palmer Trinity School Silver Knight nominee for Music. He will graduate from PTS at the end of this year, and plans to pursue a career in medicine.


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USAF Reserve Concert Band in free concert at SMDCAC BY NICOLLE UGARRIZA

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and Chamber South present the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve Concert Band in a free performance on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at 8 p.m. sponsored in part by TD Bank. The public may obtain a voucher to exchange for up to four tickets per person. For information on vouchers contact the SMDCAC Box Office at 786-573-5300 or visit online at <www.smdcac.org>. This 43-piece concert band is the largest and most versatile unit of the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve, with a varied repertoire that ranges from classical overtures through Sousa marches to Broadway show tunes, popular music, movie themes and patriotic favorites. The concert band has performed at various locations throughout the United States and the world. The band has toured Russia twice, making historic appearances in Moscow (1992) and St. Petersburg (1995). With the Southeastern United States as its primary touring area, the concert band frequently performs for packed houses in Florida, Tennessee,

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Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. The group has performed with such renowned guest artists as Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, B.J. Thomas, The Lettermen, Gary Morris, Lari White, Mila Mason, Crystal Gayle, Jonathan Pierce, Christ Church Choir, Faith Hill and Restless Heart. The band has performed under the direction of prominent band composers and conductors such as Dr. Alfred Reed, Paul Bierley, and Robert W. Smith. The

concert band also was presented with the prestigious Colonel George S. Howard Award from the Sousa Foundation for outstanding military concert bands in 1994 and 1996. The concert band is very active in recording projects. Since 1996, they have recorded a very special Christmas radio broadcast that was aired worldwide on the Armed Services Network and other AM and FM stations throughout

the United States. In 1998, they recorded a definitive Henry Fillmore recording with the guidance of one of Fillmoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical peers, William Miller. In 2001, the band dedicated its latest recording, American Hero, to Brigadier General Robert L. Scott (ret.). The members of the band are professional Air Force musicians working in support of Air Force and Air Force Reserve recruiting and community relations objectives.


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Charter Review Commission public workshop Jan. 25 Michael Mil er EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Heads-up... There will be a Town Hall Meeting for the Village of Palmetto Bay Charter Review Commission on Wednesday, January 25, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, and the purpose of the meeting “is for the Commission to receive public input concerning items contained in the Charter that may require modification. The items discussed would be presented to the Village Council for approval prior to being placed on the ballot for the November, 2012, election.” Other calendar dates of interest... Monday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. is the regular Council Meeting at 9705 E. Hibiscus Street. Wednesday, January 11, at 5:00 p.m., Building & Permitting Advisory Committee meets at Village Hall Conference Room, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street, with a second meeting on January 25. Call

Village Hall at 305-259-1234 for information. Don’t forget that Village Hall will be closed to observe the Federal holiday on Monday January 2, since New Years’ day falls on Sunday. Normal hours resume on Tuesday January 3. Start the New Year healthy! The Village has announced its Fitness & Health Day, Jan. 28, noon-5 p.m., at Coral Reef Park, with several different organizations and local businesses that “can help you assess your health, set health goals — and help you actually achieve them!” say staffers. Local sports programs and organizations are being invited, and free demonstrations will also be featured. Expect Palmetto Bay Parks & Recreation programs such as tennis, boot camp, and tai-chi to be promoted at the event. Contact Mary Fernandez by email at <mfernandez@palmettobayfl.gov> for information or call 305-2591234. Continuing ‘Crime Watch’ tip: Continental Park and Palmetto Bay area warned of a silver Chevy Impala driven by a Latinappearing male (about 50), sometimes with

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a child (4-6 years old) aboard, most often during early morning and early afternoon hours, casing out neighborhood homes with adjacent empty houses or lots for later burglary attempts. If suspicious of repeating (circling) vehicles, call Crimestoppers of Miami-Dade (305-471-TIPS) with details. Newest wrinkle for local bus buddies: a Miami-Dade “Transit Tracker iPhone app” to let you know when the next bus will arrive! In a pre-Christmas message, Comish Joe Martinez introduced accessing “real-time” arrivals noting you can now get bus schedules (by bus stops) without help of customer service. Visit “App Store” on your iPhone to search for and download a “Miami-Dade Transit Tracker” for a test ride, urges Joe. Now if we only had an iPhone… Date correction... The Cleveland Orchestra, which is now selling tickets for programs in the Orchestra’s sixth Miami season, has its two concerts at the Arsht Center on January 27 and 28. Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will lead the Orchestra. Featured are Sean Shepherd’s Wanderlust, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, and Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto

No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman, one of the most accomplished virtuoso pianists performing today, as soloist. For more information call 305-372-7747 or visit <www.ClevelandOrchestraMiami.com>. FPL Forum... A public forum on FPL plans for expanding its Turkey Creek nuclear facility will be held by Kendall Federation of Homeowners Associations, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the Kendall Village Center civic pavilion, 8625 SW 124 Ave. The special meeting will present FPL speakers as well as Mayor Cindy Lerner of Pinecrest on presentations that include a discussion of alternate routes for new transmission lines between the existing plant and downtown Miami. For information, visit the KFHA web site at <kfha.org>. …and a Happy & Prosperouus New Year to all!

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DELSALLE, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– whether they’re local politicians or just folks trying to improve their lives. “For me, that’s always the most interesting part. I get to learn so many different things about what they do. It’s nice to be able to assist them in accomplishing the goals they’ve set out for themselves.” Delsalle said that it is nice having a hand in the development of the community, but that it’s not just the large projects that count or that he enjoys working on. “Those are certainly exciting because they have positive transformative effects,” Delsalle said. “But it shouldn’t diminish an individual who’s doing a simple improvement to their home, or a small business operator who’s trying to set up shop. All of these things contribute in a tremendous way to the success of any jurisdiction, and to be able to help that come to fruition in the village is wonderful.” He said that it is good to learn about what people in the community are doing and how it all fits into the village. His department covers not only zoning and code enforcement issues, it includes occupational licenses, Art in Public Places and Historic Preservation programs. There is a total staff of six. “Code compliance — they don’t have the easiest job to do, but they have one of the more important ones, when you consider the economy that we just went through and are slowly coming out of, where the real estate market collapses,” Delsalle said. “It’s the code enforcement guys who are

making sure that some of those abandoned properties are maintained in good condition so that they don’t create an economic drag on the value of neighboring properties. For many folks a home is their primary investment and when a neighboring property falls into disrepair it can hurt their values. “It’s why we maintain a certain standard for the community,” Delsalle said. “That’s why people move to Palmetto Bay. Safety ties into that as well.” Delsalle participated in career day on Dec. 14 at Southwood Middle School where he had a chance to explain to students what is involved in planning and zoning. “I brought in a big zoning map of the city and I asked them some basic questions — where do you live, what kind of roads do you drive on, and created those sort of connections in their minds,” Delsalle said. “I handed out a little map of a portion of the city and gave them the opportunity to actually draw their own zoning methods, for them to decide where do the businesses go, where do the houses go, where do the restaurants go and even some community services like parks or places of worship. And it was a really great experience. “You could see that they would really get that understanding that cities don’t just necessarily happen, that they’re thought out and they’re planned.” Delsalle can be reached at 305-2591272 or by email at <ddelsalle@palmettobay-fl.gov>.

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Schwartz, who is an outstanding student and athlete at Coral Reef Senior High with an amazing singing voice that is clear and sweet and pitch-perfect, delighted an audience of children, young patients, parents and hospital staff with a selection of holiday songs, sung a cappella. She even got the youngsters involved in a sing-along that seemed to lift their spirits and help them forget their medical problems for a while. Her pediatric pulmonologist, Dr. Maria E. Franco, who works at Miami Children’s Hospital and has been treating her for a number of years, was touched by the performance and ceremony. “It is beautiful to see that one of your patients is such a committed person to other children through events in the community,” Dr. Franco said. “To understand what pain means, what suffering means, and she’s willing to give back because

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Miami-Dade’s recycling program also will take those glossy catalogs, sales flyers and magazines residents no longer need, as well as non-foil gift wrapping paper and holiday cards. Residents entertaining at home for the holidays are reminded that they can place a number of used food and beverage containers into their blue Miami-Dade recycling carts. Glass bottles; narrow-necked plastic bottles and containers (such as soda bottles); aseptic (gable-top) milk and juice cartons; aluminum drink cans, and metal food cans all are recyclable under the county’s program. “We wish all of our residents a joyous holiday season and happy recycling,” Woods-Richardson said. Miami-Dade County provides curbside

she’s been through a lot. “To see this coming from her is very emotional, not only to me but to the families, and to see all the children enjoying her, another young voice — a spectacular voice — to see that she can sing and make everybody happy, it’s beautiful, it’s wonderful and it makes me feel very happy to be her doctor.” Also attending the tree lighting ceremony outside the MCH main lobby were Rev. Ryan Ayers who spoke about Christmas and Kwanzaa, Rabbi Mark Kram who discussed the tradition of Hanukkah, MCH executive vice president and chief operating officer Martha McGill, and Leia’s parents, Laura and David Schwartz. Leia said she appreciates all that Dr. Franco has done for her over the years, making so many of her interests possible. “She’s helped me get much healthier throughout my life,” Schwartz said, adding with a chuckle, “When I’m older I want to be a singing doctor who plays in celebrity golf tournaments.” recycling service to more than 350,000 single-family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 21 participating municipalities. Local municipalities include: Cutler Bay, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami. For information on Miami-Dade County’s recycling program, visit the website at <www.miamidade.gov/pwwm> or call 3-1-1.

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At least EU politicians are trying to resolve their dilemma R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The European Union doesn’t have a central government with authority over its sovereign nations. The union is made up of 27 independent countries that all have the right to create their own budgets, run their own deficits if they so wish, and to finance the cost of running their own countries through the sale of government bonds. So, the European Union is responsible for the overall financial stability of the group of nations as a whole, but has no authority to control the monetary affairs of the individual nations. Quite a dilemma! The United States, by contrast, is one sovereign nation that has one central government with full control over its spending, taxation and decision-making authority. While both Europe and the United States have major financial crises at hand, we in America are in a far better position to control and resolve our financial dilemma. To further complicate Europe’s situation, the independent nations have totally different outlooks on how each nation should handle its financial affairs. The northern European nations, such as Germany, have a very strict, self-disciplined outlook — live seriously, stay within a national budget and spend only what they have in the bank, so to speak. In the south, Italians and Greeks, for example, tend to live a more relaxed life and look to government to take care of the problems. With all these problems the European Union is responsible for the welfare of Europe, yet cannot interfere in the affairs of the individual governments. It finds itself having to resolve the dilemma with the financial strength of one nation bailing out another. Heads of state, from Germany, France, Greece, Spain and the balance of the European Common Market, all with different opinions on a potential resolution, have been meeting constantly, developing one plan after another in anticipation of bringing the crisis to a resolution. The various nations’ approaches to a resolution are far more diverse than the differences between Democrats and Republicans in this country. However, acknowledging their different political

VIEWPOINT ideologies, the European countries have put their differences aside and are attacking the problem in a united manner. Contrast this, if you will, with the politicians running the U.S. where the survival and future prosperity of a political party is deemed far more important than the future of our nation and the survival of the men and women that have elected them to office to protect our nation. A select group of 12 Senate and House members representing both Democrats and Republicans were assigned the task of creating a blueprint of a plan to reduce the national budget by $1.2 trillion. They were given a timeframe to come to a resolution. If they did not create an acceptable plan, an automatic reduction in spending would go into effect with a formula that is arbitrary in nature and does not give consideration to the needs of individual groups and the general condition of the nation. Yet this select group of elected officials, representing both sides of the political spectrum, could agree only on the fact that they could not come to an agreement. The hell with the needs of our country — our two political parties couldn’t put their own partisan interests aside and focus on our nation’s future. Our Senate and House members, both elected men and women, wonder why the voters of our nation hold them in such low esteem. Just listen to the Republican debates over who should oppose the president in the coming election. Do we hear any clear, detailed proposals on how to get America back to work or do we only hear “we must do everything to get Obama out of the White House.” I would really like to hear how they plan on creating jobs, lower the deficit and returning prosperity to America. Perhaps the voters might elect one of them if they had a decent workable plan. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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As 2011 draws to a close, and we look ahead to 2012, many questions remain and few have easy answers. Chief among them is this: Will we finally see the economy improve here and around the country next year, and what will happen to our investments, homes and jobs? That is the question on a lot of people’s minds around South Florida. The answers will reshape American politics and the “face” of Washington, DC, next fall. Wall Street should continue to see slow gains at least through the first quarter of 2012. The 2011 holiday shopping season will probably end up being better than expected, pumping billions of dollars back into the economy and providing possible gains in fulltime employment. But market uncertainty here and abroad may continue to make investors nervous. However, we probably will see more volatility on Wall Street for possibly the first half of the year, if not even longer. While the U.S. economic recovery has a solid chance for continuing slow gains through the first quarter, European markets can expect to be bounced around by continuing problems with the struggling national economies of Greece, Spain and Italy. As U.S. employment improves through the fourth quarter and possibly into the first half of 2012, Homeowners may have a better chance of catching up on their mortgage payments and avoiding foreclosure proceedings. But the current backlog of “distressed properties” will continue to choke the courts, and may still take a few years to filter through the legal system. Until then, South Florida home/condo prices may continue to refrain from seeing many gains. But some prime properties are seeing stabilized pricing and are expected to start seeing possible solid gains over the next few years. Here’s a very good sign we can hope continues through 2012: New residential construction projects are starting to break ground around South Florida. If

the trend continues, it will go a long way towards jumpstarting the stagnant construction market and, in turn, boost local employment. Happily too, the latest tourism numbers for South Florida are showing solid gains over 2010. Foreign tourism is reportedly showing excellent improvements. At the same time, imports and exports from South Florida ports also are seeing solid gains. In addition, 2011 is expected to be a very good year for foreign trade and, absent any major global problems, there is no reason to expect any slowdown in 2012. So what does it all mean to local investors? For starters, 2012 should see some of the same problems holding back major gains on Wall Street. Slow job growth will continue to dominate investors’ attention and probably drag down their optimism through most of the first half of 2012. Consumer debt from the holidays will come due the end of January and that could dampen further spending through the first quarter. Spending cuts will hurt retailers and pressure companies to cut back any remaining temporary employees by the end of January. The cycle could feed investors’ fears of another consumer cutback in the second quarter of the year. Don’t be surprised if we see more “market adjustments” as we approach the traditional “summer slowdown” after the Easter travel/shopping season. For local investors, it means: “tend your investments closely.” Double check your investment blends between savings, stocks, bonds and insurance. Weigh and balance your “risk tolerance” and don’t be afraid to rebalance your investments. Ultimately 2012 may not feel much better than 2011 as far as the local and national economies go. In many ways, it may feel like there’s little improvement at all, because job growth will remain slow and salaries are barely keeping up with inflation. Still, if you look hard enough, there are signs at the end of 2011 that some of the economy’s problems are slowly improving. And hopefully they’ll continue through 2012. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at cbs4.com/4yourmoney.


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Coral Reef chorus students chosen for All-State Chorus BY CASSANDRA POWELL

Nineteen Coral Reef Senior High School chorus students have competed and have been selected as members of the 2012 Florida AllState Chorus. Coral Reef High chorus students are members of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program under the direction of John Rose. The Florida Music Educators Association evaluates students from throughout the state and each student was evaluated on his or her mastery of music theory and sight reading, as well as vocal ability. They will work with nationally known clinicians and perform with the best singers in the state during the January 2012 Florida Music Educators Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-State conference in Tampa. In addition, 12 students from Coral Reef High School were placed in the top 100 sight-readers in Florida and were selected for the elite Reading Chorus, more than any other high school in the state.

Students pictured (l-r, top row) are Michael Rodriguez, Rohan Smith, William Richardson, Ryan Gardner, Edmond Rodriguez; (middle row) Jessica Bass, Dylan Powell, Leia Schwartz, Brian De Jesus, Henry Gendron, Maria Gikas, Francesca Gonzalez, Manuel Rodriguez; (bottom row) Lori Weaverling, Erica Sassmann and Ashley Nunez. Not pictured are Bryce Davidson, Victoria Reynaldos and Emily Pastrana.


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Former FIU trustees board leader Dotson named chairman emeritus BY JEAN-PAUL RENAUD

on the FIU Foundation Board from 1983 to 2001. Dotson was a member of the BOT The Florida International University Presidential Search Committee that appointed Mark B. Rosenberg the fifth Board of Trustees (BOT) has president of FIU and served on named Albert E. Dotson Sr. the presidential search committee chairman emeritus in honor of in 1986 that selected president his years of leadership and servemeritus Modesto A. Maidique. ice to the university. An engaged member of the Dotson’s service to FIU spans community, Dotson now serves as three decades, most recently as chair of the FIU Athletics Finance chairman of the board of trustees Corporation Board of Directors as from 2009 to 2011. In approving well as on the boards of the Dotson’s emeritus status at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Nov. 22 meeting, current BOT Exposition, the Orange Bowl chair Albert Maury described Albert E. Dotson Sr. Dotson as one of FIU’s most –––––––––––––––––– Committee, SantaFe HealthCare and the Salvation Army. His past enthusiastic advocates who service has included participation on the “bleeds blue and gold.” “I am humbled that trustees elected to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Board honor me in this fashion,” Dotson said. “I of Governors, Baptist Health and the board of will always be a Panther at heart, and I Barry University. He received a PhD from will continue working to help the ‘finest Trinity Southern University in Dallas and an institution in the universe’ reach its fullest honorary doctorate from Barry University. Dotson and his wife, Earlene, live in potential.” The former chair and CEO of several busi- Palmetto Bay. The couple has five grown ness enterprises, Dotson, now a business children and 13 grandchildren. For more information about FIU, visit consultant, began his service on the BOT in 2001. Previous to his appointment, he served online at <www.fiu.edu>.


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Zinc Lozenges in Adequate Doses May Shorten Duration of the Common Cold BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

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Are you among many Kendall motorists avoiding SunPass and wondering why traffic is heavier on local roadways? Three major East Kendall roadways showed increases in 2011 ranging from 2 percent to 12 percent in segments between S. Dixie Highway (US 1) and SW 110th Avenue, compared to 2010 counts when the Sanpper Creek Expressway (SR 878) and a busy section of the Don Shula Expressway (SR 874) were toll-free. Vehicle counts by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) showed corresponding increases in 2011 traffic on Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street), Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street) and Killian Drive (SW 112th Street) since the establishment of Open Road Tolling (ORT) on SR 878 and SR 874. Once ORT began in July 2010, use dropped by up to 21 percent on five of those former toll-free segments monitored through July 2011 in the same area frequently used by eastbound and westbound motorists. Brian Rick, public information officer for FDOT, said reduced expressway use may or may be attributed to the result of many factors including the economic conditions of recent years “I can also understand people may not want to pay tolls if they’ll be slowed down by new construction,” Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe A. Martinez said, referring to reconstruction on the Shula Expressway in 2011. Recognizing Kendall traffic remains a major issue, Martinez said “the countywide need to improve transit is the best way to get people moving again. “We need to take the entire county into consideration by utilizing existing rail lines to establish routes that can accommodate four-car commuter trains that can safely move commuters at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour.” Tracing FDOT website counts back to 2009, each of the three Kendall roadways “show steadily increasing number of vehicle trips,” said Miles E. Moss, traffic engineer who served as president of Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations for 15 years through 2010. “But there is obviously a correlation of increased numbers with the falloff of traffic on SR 878 over the same periods,” he added after his study of FDOT and MDX

tables, and comparing vehicle counts in July 2010 and July 2011. The Snapper Creek Expressway showed the largest drop of 10,300 vehicle trips during 2011 as against 2010, Moss pointed out. “In that same period, directly north of SR 878 on Sunset Drive, there was a gain of 5,000 vehicle trips,” he observed. “On Kendall Drive, the count was up by 4,400 vehicle trips and on Killian Drive, trips increased to 1,900,” he noted. “By adding the increased vehicle trips on all three roads over the same 2010-11 period, you have a total of 11,300 new vehicle trips over and above the counts in 2010,” he said. “Naturally, Sunset and Killian were the highest, being located directly north and south of SR 878.” Moss agrees that such findings tend to bear out the often-heard complaints of commuting motorists that paying daily tolls on the Snapper Creek at $1 per roundtrip becomes a significant annual expense. “What is important is that FDOT may face consequences of heavier east-west use of arterials,” he added. “That compounds the problem that already exists, as well as the potential of higher maintenance, safety and other factors that go along with increased usage of any roadway.” Martinez’s proposal for an East Kendall commuter line using FEC tracks was defeated by resident opposition two years ago but today, he said he is continuing to explore rail system routes to establish a viable commuter service. “There has been no vision to improve transit since Metrorail expansion has become just about cost-prohibitive,” he concluded. “It’s a shame because the FEC is not only willing but eager to reach an agreement to utilize its tracks.” The still active “Roll Back Tolls” movement in 2010, headed by Kendall residents Carlos Garcia and Miller Myers, was based largely on the MDX decision to convert free roads to a ORT revenue source for the agency’s maintenance and system expansion. “While that’s true, we’ve concentrated on the new Shula construction during the past year,” Garcia said. “Primarily, we’re still concerned about the SW 104th Street intersection where so many accidents at the rebuilt Killian Drive interchange have occurred since last August.”


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Bric Peeples’ photography captures life in Galapagos

Photographer Bric Peeples greets Jo-Ann Gardner at opening of exhibit. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Although yacht captain Bric Peeples has been around the world, when he talks about the images in his photos it is as if he were a child making new discoveries on his first quest beyond the family front stoop. Peeples, a Palmetto Bay resident, recently celebrated the opening of his first photography exhibit on the Galapagos Islands at the First National Bank of South Miami’s Kendall Branch. “I fish for a living, love boating, and get to see some of the most amazing places in the world,” Peeples said. “I would Great Sapphire Wing by Bric Peeples always take pictures and got so –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– many compliments it inspired “We spent a full day driving around the me to keep at it. The Galapagos is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. To see the rain forest outside and around Quito and natural progression, the wildlife, the flowers there are 40 churches within one square mile, and the interesting rock formations, it was 40 churches. In one of them, the entire interior is covered in gold leaf,” Peeples said. just incredible.” His next adventure will be an Amazon trip Incredulous indeed are the images captured of sea lions in mid-kiss, a giant tor- to fish for freshwater piranha and to capture toise’s face smothered in his banana meal, a a whole new series of images for his collec“King Lizard” with his rooster head regalia tion. The Galapagos Photography Art and the “Great Sapphire Wing” humming- Collection will be on exhibit through January bird in mid-air. But Peeples finds beauty not at First National Bank of South Miami’s just in classical images of nature but also in Kendall Branch, 7887 N. Kendall Dr. To find out more about Bric Peeples, visit civilized works like the interior rotunda views looking up from an area church cap- online at <www.bricpeeplesphotography.com> or call 305-282-1006. tured in Quito, Ecuador.

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Rachel Allen playing soccer for USA at Maccabi Games BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Rachel Allen, daughter of Steve and Debbie Allen of Miami (Steve is executive director of Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom synagogue in Kendall), has been chosen as one of only 16 girls to represent the United States on the Women’s Open Soccer Team. The Pan American International Maccabi Games are taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil through Jan. 2 with Jewish athletes from all over the United States representing this country in international sports competition. Rachel, 21, currently is a senior at the State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego in upstate New York, majoring in Early Elementary Education. She graduates in May 2012 and plans on moving down to Florida and pursuing her teaching career here. She was an all-state soccer player in New York during her high school years, a member of the New York State Olympic Development program in soccer, and participated for five years in the Maccabi Games in the United States captaining the team for three years and earning a silver medal in Vancouver, Canada, in 2007.

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Young music lover gets acquainted with violin Don Slesnick, former mayor of Coral Gables, (left) and granddaughter, Olivia Kauffman, 5, are pictured with Manuel Berberian, proprietor of Allegro Music Center, 6869 SW Eighth St., prior to the Dec. 11 Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children program at Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami campus. Allegro Music Center brings the “Instrument Petting Zoo” to each event of the Sunday Afternoons of Music for Children series. For more information on the season’s series, call 305-271-7150 or go online to <www.sundaymusicals.org>.

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Casino Night raises $50,000 for Friends Forever shelter BY CHERYL TAYLOR

Williamson Automotive emptied its beautiful, glass-enclosed showroom on Dec. 3 to host a benefit Casino Night for the Friends Forever Humane Society. Friends Forever is a “no-kill’ organization that believes every animal deserves a forever, loving home. It is a non-profit organization funded solely by generous contributions and events such as this. All personnel are strictly volunteers. A casino and holiday marketplace were created on the Williamson Cadillac showroom floor and hundreds of guests in their finest attire turned out to play poker and blackjack, as well as roll the dice at the gaming tables, all provided by Casino Party Nights Florida. The “gaming” was all in fun and the “winners” walked off with generously donated prizes. If you weren’t the gaming type, there was a festive holiday marketplace, with local vendors providing great gifts such as hand-made pins, handbags, sunglasses and ladies’

wear. And, of course, there was fine jewelry available from Maurice’s Jewelers of Pinecrest. Many local restaurants were on hand, including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Wagons West, Kris’s Restaurant and Grill, Captain’s Tavern and Roasters ‘n’ Toasters. Food catering was provided by Francine Powers of We’re Having a Party and delicious desserts came from You Oughta Taste My Mamma’s Cakes. The evening was beautiful and the Williamson Cadillac venue, at 7815 SW 104 St., was a perfect location for the mock casino, as almost $50,000 was raised for the Friends Forever organization. Founder Dee Chess said she was delighted with the success of the evening and thankful for the community support. “We are truly thankful for Ed, Carol and Trae Williamson’s generosity and for making this event a huge success,” she said. “Please think of them when it’s time for your next vehicle purchase.”

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Community to ‘Come Together’ in fight against hunger, Jan. 12 BY DURÉE ROSS

Members of the South Florida community are invited to join the fight against hunger and attend Feeding South Florida’s (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) “Come Together” evening event on Jan. 12, 2012. 7-10 p.m., at The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Feeding South Florida is hosting the soiree that will feature food, spirits, incredible artwork, live entertainment, some of South Florida’s top chefs, and more. Proceeds/sponsorships will benefit Feeding South Florida, a notfor-profit organization that feeds South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. Individuals and corporations are Feeding South Florida’s main sources of financial support. For every dollar donated, seven lifesaving pounds of food and grocery items are provided. Event sponsorships are available ranging from $25,000 (175,000 pounds sponsor) to $1,000 (7,000 pounds sponsor). Additional packages and sponsorship opportunities may be tailored to specific individual, corporate and community objectives. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any and all donations are welcomed and needed. Attendees should dress for the “Come Together” event however they feel comfortable — from jeans to tuxedos. “Come Together” event chairs are Maria R. Millares, president of the board of directors for Feeding South Florida; Chef Allen Susser, one of South Florida’s top chefs, and Terry Zarikian of China Grill Management and New York’s City Harvest.

Current event sponsors are JM Family and Millares & Company; in-kind sponsors are The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, VSBrooks Advertising, Panache Party Rentals, Le Basque, Bacardi, Southern Wine & Spirits and Shutter Box Photo Booth. Also participating in “Come Together” are some of the South Florida’s top restaurants including China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Egg & Dart, City Hall, Mercadito, Ortanique on the Mile, Chef Allen, D Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, Scarpetta, The Forge, La Palme D’Or Restaurant at the Biltmore, Makoto, 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach and Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to feed South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. It does this by distributing food and groceries through its network of not-for-profit organizations, educating the public about the issue, and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger. In South Florida alone, 936,000 individuals are food insecure; 36 percent of those served are children. Feeding South Florida provides approximately 29 million pounds of food annually to over 700 agencies throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Recently, Feeding South Florida’s agencies are reporting a 39 percent increase in the demand for food services, due to the current economic climate. Individual tickets are $125 per person. RSVP are required. To RSVP and/or for sponsorship information, contact Jessica Diaz at 1-954-518-1839 or send email to <Jdiaz@feedingsouthflorida.org> or visit <www.feedingsouthflorida.org>.


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Violinist Markov to debut Rock Concerto at benefit BY ADRIENNE JACOBY

Alexander Markov, one of the world’s most accomplished virtuoso violinists and passionate musical mentor to students across the world, will light up the lawn of the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden in Coral Gables with his critically acclaimed Rock Concerto on Jan. 27, 2012. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. following SpendforEd’s first annual gala supporting education. Markov, known for his masterful and dazzling performances, will debut his masterpiece to South Florida, which includes a variety of classical music followed by his original, musical epic — the Rock Concerto — featuring his six string, golden electric violin with lighted bow. Showcasing his world-class talent and technical skill, Markov brilliantly arranges and composes orchestrations to combine his love of classical and rock music into one musical experience. The Rock Concerto has astounded audiences in sold-out arenas around the world. The performance is divided into two parts and explores the depth and diversity of his classical background and rock music expertise. In Part 1 of the performance, Markov will present a variety of his Virtuoso Classical Masterpieces including Vivaldi and Schubert and his signature Paganini, with conductor Alfred Gershfeld. Part 1 also will include the New World School of the Arts Orchestra and renowned pianist Heike Doerr. A Gold Medal winner at the Paganini International Violin Competition, Markov’s reputation for performing this romantic 19th Century repertoire is hailed as second to none. He has performed as a soloist with some of the world’s most celebrated orchestras and conductors.

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Markov’s thrilling, flawless performance guarantees to bring audiences to their feet. Part 2 will introduce the new audience to his sophisticated and highly evolved piece of music featuring brand blending, innovative original compositions and a combination of melodic, rich harmonies of classical symphony with the Gothic sounds of a chorus and a rock-n-roll group. The Rock Concerto features renowned rock musicians Neal Coomer (vocals), Ivan Bodley (bass and synth), Gregg Gerson (drums) with the new addition of Juanito Pascual on guitar, the New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and the students of Gulliver Prep Academy

and Coral Reef High School choruses. An original composition by Alexander Markov and James V. Remington, with lead vocal melodies and lyrics by Neal Coomer, the Rock Concerto brings classical and rock audiences together with tuneful melodies and breathtaking solos that open into a colorful, triumphant wall of sound. Playing the world’s only gold-plated, electric violin and wielding a glowing, lighted bow, designed by co-composer James V. Remington, Markov leaves audiences breathless. The Rock Concerto is a richly textured work, years in the making, featuring the violin’s enormous range of tone and mood, from quiet and sweet, to

playful and humorous, to dark, gothic and powerful. In Markov’s words, “The Rock Concerto is a musical fusion of contrasting classical elements, harmonies, melodies and counterpoints mixed with the contemporary sounds of rock n’ roll.” Markov was inspired to create the Rock Concerto when he observed the decline in the number of young people attending classical concerts. The result is a body of work that attracts a young, rock music audience without alienating traditional classical music fans. By performing both this original, modern work and a classical Vivaldi and Schubert violin concerto in the same concert, he has created a unique concert experience that bridges the gap between classical and rock music fans of all ages. Alexander Markov was born in Moscow, and studied violin with his father. By the time he was 8 years old, he already was appearing as a soloist with orchestras and performing double concertos with his father. Markov grew up in Darien, CT, where his love affair with rock ‘n’ roll began and eventually evolved into his Rock Concerto masterpiece. In 1987, he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Markov received his U.S. citizenship in 1982 and now resides in New York. The Rock Concerto, sponsored by D’Addario, will be performed at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Tickets are available online at <www.spendfored.org> or by calling 1866-811-4111. Ticket prices range from $20 for general admission lawn seating to $75 for premium orchestra seats. For more information about the Rock Concerto visit online at <www.rockconcerto.com>.


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MDC’s tax program offers free help to low-income residents BY TARNELL CARROLL

Miami Dade College (MDC) is continuing its long-standing commitment to help low-income, elderly, and non-Englishspeaking residents complete their 2011 taxes with the always-free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program is administered and staffed by faculty and MDC business students who volunteer their time to help the public in preparing their tax forms. Students are trained beforehand and must pass an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) exam of basic rules, regulations, and tax preparation skills before they assist taxpayers. Divided into three groups, their functions are administrative, tax return preparation, and quality review. The VITA program was started decades ago by the IRS in an attempt to help those who need specialized attention in preparing their tax forms. All MDC VITA sites have the ability to file electronically. Now in its 19th year of providing this tax service to the community, MDC administrators believe the program’s success is due to the staff’s attention to quality. “MDC faculty supervises each tax assistance site to make sure tax returns are accurate and properly filed with the Internal Revenue Service,” said Dr. Ana M. Cruz, department chair of MDC’s School of Business. Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than Apr. 17, 2012. Individuals interested in having their taxes done through the MDC VITA program must bring the following documents to the center with them: • Social security card and the social security cards of any dependents to be claimed.

• Picture ID. • W-2 earnings statement. • 1099 MISC (for self-employed individuals only). • 1099 INT (interest income). • Any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed (receipts, etc.). This year’s IRS/MDC VITA tax service locations in the area, their schedules and contact information are: MDC HOMESTEAD CAMPUS 500 College Ter., Homestead 33030 Room D-307 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 6 through Apr. 9, 2012 305-237-5143 Additional information: Languages spoken — English and Spanish. Service is available by appointment only. MDC KENDALL CAMPUS 11011 SW 104 St., Miami 33176 Room 6343 (Business office in Room 6319) 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7 through Apr. 10, 2012 305-237-2375 Additional information: Service is available by appointment only. Languages spoken — English and Spanish MDC WOLFSON CAMPUS 300 NE Second Ave., Miami 33132 ETCOTA Center, Bldg. 7, Room 7109 9 a.m. to noon; Saturdays, Feb. 4 to Mar. 31, 2012 305-237-3151 Additional information: Languages spoken — English and Spanish. The center will be accepting customers until 11:30 a.m. and will serve a maximum of 30 customers per Saturday, whichever comes first.


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Palace residents send touch of home to troops overseas BY KERRY GREEN-PHILLIPS

The Palace’s senior living communities are paying tribute to the U.S. military, veterans and their families by participating in the fifth annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. The Palace Royale’s Make A Difference Club, comprised of assisted living residents, recently collected and assembled more than 150 Chanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa cards which the Red Cross will deliver to military bases and veterans hospitals during the holidays. Each card was personally signed by club members and included notes of encouragement and gratitude. “We’re honored to support such a worthwhile cause,” said entertainment director

Marjorie Bonien, of The Palace Suites, spent Saturday mornings creating one-of-a-kind cards for troops stationed overseas. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The Palace Royale’s Claire Caveny is part of the Make A Difference Club, which participated in the fifth annual American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign

Pamela Parker, who organizes the service club. “Residents sent a ‘touch of home’ and were moved knowing their words would be read by the brave men and women who protect our freedoms and sacrifice so much for our country.” The Palace Suites, which offers independent living, also participated in the campaign. Residents dedicated their Saturday mornings to creating and decorating one-of-a-kind holiday cards. The Palace’s Kendall campus offers a continuum of care and includes The Palace Royale, The Palace Suites, The Palace Renaissance and The Palace Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. For more information, call 305-270-7000 or visit online at <www.ThePalace.org>.

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KRMC hosts students for ‘Day in Life of a Nurse’

Kendall Regional Medical Center nursing staff meets with students in the Medical Assistance Program at Miami Senior High for the annual “Day in the Life of a Nurse” program. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Kendall Regional Medical Center (KRMC) hosted 20 students from Miami Senior High School on Nov. 10 for a “Day in the Life of a Nurse” program. Mayra McCoy, RN, BSN, MS, KRMC’s director of education, partnered with Natasha Turner, head of the Vocational Department at Miami High, to provide the inspired learning experience. The students enjoyed interacting with and listening to presentations by people who understand the nursing field like few others including Marcia Causa, RN, MBA, MSN, CCRN; Sehnie Talisayon,

RN, BSN; Zenaida Ferro-Rodriguez, RN, BSN; Carmen Hamilton, RN, BSN, MSHSA, and Estela Carmona, RN, BSN. Those presentations, along with department tours, gave these students a true feel for the profession. All those participating are part of the Medical Assistant Program offered at Miami High, one that promises to inspire many to go into the medical field as they move onto college. For Kendall Regional Medical Center, this has been an annual activity for almost 10 years. Best of all, it gives the KRMC staff an opportunity to share their passion for nursing with the next generation.


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‘Dancing with the Seniors’ big hit with SAS students BY DENNIS P. LINDSAY

The Salsa Club at School for Advanced Studies (SAS) took its fancy moves to the Joy of Life Adult Daycare Center in West Kendall for a December holiday celebration. The students were welcomed by a very friendly staff and a lively group of elderly members of the facility. The salsa group started by dancing one of its most invigorating routines. After dancing to a few songs, they asked the elderly to join in and each student invited a resident to dance. At first many of the students and residents were shy and a bit hesitant, but before they knew School for Advanced Studies student Vanessa Chaparro enjoys a salsa with it, they were all dancing Ventura Acosta. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and having a good time. After a few dances, the students helped ed the students of their kindergarten days. She had the students singing their ABCs, serve lunch and took part in congratulating four residents whose birthdays were being Mary had a Little Lamb, and La Cucaracha among other old-time hits. After listening to celebrated. The SAS students joined the staff in many stories and dancing along with everysinging Happy Birthday, and after a healthy one, the students joined the elderly in their lunch, three of the students took turns playing favorite game of dominos. After a few hours at the center, no one was ready to leave. A the guitar and singing songs. When the students were done performing, bond was built and the students felt as if they it was their turn to be entertained. Many of were leaving their grandparents behind. the elderly in the center were very talented Many of the students’ eyes were filled with too. One of the center’s Chinese members, tears and sadness. One of the ladies ran after the group to find Cay Sen, taught the students some basic Thai martial arts moves and everyone was amazed out when the students would be coming back. by his ability and knowledge. Mercedes was The Salsa Club at SAS hopes to return to the the last member to entertain the students. In center to “Dance with the Seniors” in the near her youth, she was a teacher and she remind- future.

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Need a New Years Resolution? Consider Finding a Financial Advisor I wantt too startt shoppingg forr a financial advisor.. Whatt shouldd I bee lookingg for? Someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. A person who has several years of experience in both good and bad times. A well educated person. Someone who really listens to both the husband and the wife. Someone who provides objective advise to you and who is legally and morally obligated to serve your best interest at all times. Someone who does not have a sales quota of investment products to sell to you. Rick Tonkinson Someone who has malpractice insurance for your protection. Someone who is regulated and supervised by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Someone who is not a sales rep but an actual money manager. How w manyy financiall advisorss shouldd I interview? The more the better, but make sure you ask the same questions to each one. Ask for their credentials, experience, investment process, references and code of ethics. I suggest that you talk to each advisor one on one. Consider talking to at least 3 advisors before you decide.

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Miami-based law firm Podhurst Orseck transformed its office into the North Pole on Monday, Dec. 12, complete with a festive Christmas tree, gifts and decorations. ‘The entire firm got into the Christmas spirit for its annual “Gifts for Kids” event

serving lunch and dessert to 17 children from the pre-kindergarten special education class (ages 4-5) at Air Base Elementary in Homestead. Even Santa Claus made an appearance — played by partner Robert C. Josefsberg — to give the children presents that were donated by the firm’s staff and lawyers.

Theree aree a lott off credentialss thatt advisorss use.. Aree theyy alll thee same? No. Each credential has a different level of course content and time requirement to attain the credential. Some credentials focus on life insurance such as the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) and a Charter Life Underwriter (CLU). The CLU is more of a Masters Degree in the area of insurance. Some credentials focus on mutual funds such as a Certified Funds Specialist (CFS). The credential that focuses on comprehensive financial planning is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). It is more of a Masters Degree in personal financial planning. Ask the advisor for details of their skills and education. Rick Tonkinson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner who started his first job as a paperboy at age 12. Rick Tonkinson and his family focus on the financial planning needs of working people. Tonkinson Financial Inc. is located at 2398 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL. 305-858-1628. Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed insurance products and services offered by Tonkinson Financial Inc. are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.

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Biscayne National Park photos by Brian Trainor at City Hall BY BEGOÑE CAZALIS

Councilmember Stephen Shelley, who started the “Art in the Chamber” program, Fine Art photographer Brian Trainor inaugurated the exhibit during the presented his Biscayne Wednesday, Dec. 14, National Park photography Homestead City Council exhibit at the December’s meeting, and invited the Homestead City Council community to visit the counmeeting. The pieces will be cil chamber and enjoy exhibited at the Homestead Trainor’s photography of City Hall Council Biscayne National Park. Chambers through January. Trainor, who has practiced photography for more than The photos, which were 30 years, does not digitally captured during his monthmanipulate the pictures, but long artist residency at the focuses on the process of National Park that surphotography from conceprounds Homestead, present tion to life. His Everglades themes of conservation and Photographer Brian Trainor National Park artist in resisustainability. –––––––––––––––––––– dency work also will be “In some of the pieces I focus on the beauty of our national park,” exhibited at the City of Homestead City said Trainor, who recently completed an Hall Council Chambers later in 2011. For more information on Brian Trainor’s artist residency at Everglades National Park. “In others I isolated garbage I saw in fine art photography visit online at the park to bring attention to the issue of <http://briantrainorphotography.com> or him by email at pollution and destruction of our unique contact <briansgallery@bellsouth.net>. South Florida environment.”


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Exhibition of photos zooms in on Israel’s Galilee region BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The University of Miami Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Judaic Studies will present the photographic exhibition “Window to My World — Winds of Change in Galilee.” The exhibition will be on view Jan. 6-27, 2012, at the UM College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Gallery, located at the Wesley Foundation at 1210 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. A closing reception will take place on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. “Window to My World” is a photograph competition that is conducted annually by ORT Braude College of Engineering in Israel. It is open to all people residing in Israel. The theme of this year’s competition was “The winds of change in the Galilee.” Participating in the competition this year were 63 Arab and Jewish photographers from a broad spectrum of ages and from all parts of Israel. They used the medium of photography as a tool for transmitting their own personal stories, their weltanschauung, and their individual points of view regarding the changes that are taking place in the north of Israel, the Galilee, and the influence of these changes on the landscape and the resi-

dents of this region. In recent years Israel’s Galilee region has undergone many changes that find expression in all spheres: social, cultural, technological and ecological, as well as in various projects and initiatives. ORT Braude College which stands in the heart of the Galilee in Karmiel attributes great importance to the development of the Galilee by its encouragement and support for the changes occurring in the region in various spheres and has therefore chosen to give its patronage to this project. The competition and exhibition were the result of the initiative and direction of Effy Omiel-Pedida in collaboration with Shlomi Schvartsberg, curator and director of the Lady Roslyn Lyons Gallery at the ORT Braude College. The three previous “Windows to My World” exhibitions were held in the Lady Roslyn Lyons Gallery in the ORT Braude Academic College of Engineering in Karmiel, and parts of these exhibitions were shown in Pittsburgh in 2007. Before coming to UM, the exhibition will be shown at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For more information, call the Miller Center at 305-284-6882, or visit online at <www6.miami.edu/miller-center>.


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InterContinental Miami brings ice skating Downtown for holidays BY AURELIA VASQUEZ

The coolest place to be in Miami for the holidays is InterContinental Miami Holiday Ice Rink Presented by CocaCola, Miami’s only hotel ice-skating destination offering guests and residents a timeless holiday tradition in the hottest destination in the U.S. True to the hotel’s promise of creating unique and authentic experiences, the InterContinental Miami Holiday Ice Rink is packing six inches of real ice and will be located on the hotel’s outdoor Bayview Patio with stunning views of Biscayne Bay. The rink is operating daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 15, 2012. The InterContinental Miami is located in Downtown Miami at 100 Chopin Plaza. Ice Rink Events, the company responsible for New York’s Bryant Park rink, and the InterContinental Miami’s in-

house production partners, Deco Productions, Bayfront Floral Design and PSAV, have designed the winter wonderland. Presented by Coca-Cola, the InterContinental Miami Holiday Ice Rink also is sponsored by IHG Latin America, IHG World Class Beverage Program, Evian, Moet & Chandon, Rioja, Bacardi, Absolute Vodka, The Patron Spirits Company, Valley Crest, Engineered Comfort Systems, Waste Management and Worldwide Transportation. Cost is $20 per hour for adults; $10 an hour for ages 18 and under. Price includes ice skate rental and special-rate validated parking. Group and family packages are available, as well as ice rink rental for private and special events. For more information and reservations visit <www.ICmiamihotel.com/IceRink> or contact the InterContinental Miami Holiday Concierge at 305-372-4787.

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Redland: Its history and pioneers topic of next Bea Peskoe lecture BY BOB JENSEN

When it comes to the history of Redland (not the Redland and not Redlands) George Grunwell is the senior local chronicler of everything Redland. He will be the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series speaker on Jan. 9, noon, at the Redland Fruit and Spice Park, located at the corner of Redland Road (SW 187th Avenue) and Coconut Palm (248th Street). The lecture is open free to the public. The Mango Café at the park will serve a lunch at 11:30 a.m. for $10 by reservation only at 305-230-9185 made before 2 p.m. on Jan. 6. The history of Redland is interesting and important to understanding Redland of today. Grunwell has spent all of his life here except for the first six months in Key West and 1943-46 when he served in the U.S. Navy. A licensed architect and Homestead’s first non-political appointee postmaster (1972-80), Grunwell has spent a lot of time paying attention to detail. The special purpose maps he has drawn for this presenta-

tion will themselves be an important addition to local history. Those attending will learn of the first two homesteaders, the first woman homesteader and who the other six single women homesteaders were. Contrary to what we remember of the rush of homesteaders into new territories out West, here the inflow was much less harried and more orderly. The planned community of Aladdin City also will be highlighted. Photos from Grunwell’s personal collection will add to the appreciation for life in early Redland. Grunwell will take questions at the end of his presentation. Ample free parking is available at the Fruit and Spice Park. The Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture Series is presented by the Homestead Center for the Arts in honor of the late Homestead activist for justice, education and the arts and is presented free to the public with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.


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RayPrinciotta ON REAL ESTATE Once a popular selling method in California, non-distressed Residential Auctions are showing up here in Florida. The recent Auction Sale of two Golden Beach mansions sold in tandem set the local real estate market talking. The sellers decided to auction their properties at an Absolute Auction, which means the properties would be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price. The two properties sold for $12.4 million...the sale was fast, fair and satisfying to all concerned. If you are interested in selling your real estate at auction, you will need to work with an auctioneer who is a licensed Florida real estate broker. Based on your situation, there are various types of Auctions, the most popular are Absolute, Reserve, and Minimum Bid. Also, there are both Live and Online Auctions as well a hybrid Live and Remote, which is used to facilitate bidders from around the world.

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Sell your condo at auction? It just may be your best option Each method produces results that compare with, and in many cases, exceed traditional brokerage methods. The properties are sold AS-IS with no contingencies, and can include all furnishings if desired. With an Auction, you set the date your property will sell. An Auction generates excitement by sending a clear message that you, the seller, are serious and highly motivated. Remember, motivated doesn’t mean desperate. It means that you want to sell and move on to the next chapter. We all know the feeling of relief when your property goes into contract … and the pressure and anxiety when your home lingers on the market. Every passing month you are carrying the property, and if you have already bought a new home, you are carrying two..Ouch! Auctions bring Buyers to the point of decision quickly. In preparation for the Auction, the Bidders must bring a Cashier’s Check in order to bid; and the winning Bidder must make a deposit of 10% of the contract price at the signing of the contract. This significant earnest money deposit means the property is far more likely to close. Another major difference between an

auction and a traditional brokerage sale is there is no inspection period after the “Purchase and Sale agreement is signed by the Buyer and Seller. Prospective Bidders conduct their due diligence inspections before the auction. So the day of the auction, everybody is set and ready to deal. Live “On-Site” Auctions create spirited bidding, producing higher sale prices. The Auction will quickly bring the true market price. (The True Market price is the price a buyer is willing to pay for the property on that day.) As you can see, there are pro’s and con’s to selling your home at Auction. Built in to the Auction experience is the Buyer’s expectation that they will get something at a low price. This may or may not happen. Promoting and advertising the Auction through Target Marketing increases the visibility of the property. A larger audience sees the property and more potential bidders attend the Auction, on-site or on-line. For the Seller, the speed of the Auction is a major advantage. The home will sell

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MDC aviation students help Santa spread holiday cheer BY ROBERT HAMILTON

This year was the Miami Dade College Eig-Watson School of Aviation’s ninth annual Holiday Flight to Remember. Students from the school raised money so they could host a party for less fortunate children from the Family Resource Center of South Florida. Santa Claus was flown in from the North Pole to an awaiting party of more than 200 people at the hangar of the Wings Over Miami

Air Museum. The students invited 10 children, but were quick to adjust their plans when more than 15 arrived. Santa had determined that each child behaved exceptionally well this past year so he presented them with more toys than they could carry home. The student were quick to adjust to this unforeseen event as well by helping the foster parents transport big boxes and bicycles back to their homes.

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Dodge Charger SRT8 balances power and performance Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The Dodge Charger SRT8 was a hot seller last year for the resurgent automaker, so it is no surprise that it returns to the performance car market in 2012, but with several improvements for even better performance and more power for the popular four-door fastback coupe. New for 2012 is a 470 hp 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 with 45 more horses and 50 more pounds-feet torque across a wider rpm range. There’s also new exhaust system technology for improved fuel efficiency, new paddle shifters on the steering wheel and adaptive damping suspension for better handling and driver control. The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 clocks 0-60 mph in the high four-second range; notches a quarter mile in just under 13 seconds; 0100 mph in less than 16 seconds, and tops out at 175 mph. And, oh yeah, it will brake to a stop from 60 mph in a remarkable 120 feet. Even with the extra power, Dodge engineers have been able to coax an extra 21 per-

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