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Kaely Camacho honored with special street sign BY GARY ALAN RUSE

year after the tragic death on Apr. 13, 2012 of Southwood Middle School student Kaely Camacho, killed by a drunk driver who struck her family’s vehicle, the Village of Palmetto Bay unveiled a street sign honoring her. To commemorate her accomplishments on the anniversary date of the heartbreaking accident the village council voted at the beginning of April to codesignate the roadway at SW 80th Avenue and 162nd Street in honor of her. At the ceremony outside Southwood Middle School on Apr. 12 Kaely’s family and friends watched in somber reflection as Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and other members of the council removed the tarp covering the new sign. Kaely’s mother, Angela Camacho, was pleased by the sign honoring her daughter. She thought it was in the best possible spot. “I really wanted the location to be near the school she attended and hopefully always be a reminder for kids of the tragedy that can come out of drinking and driving,” Angela Camacho said. “The timing could not have been better, since it was the day before the one year

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PortMiami director tells EDC about impact, future of port



Family and friends of Kaely Camacho gathered with village officials for the unveiling of the sign.

Odyssey of the Mind team advances to World Finals




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ill Johnson, the director of PortMiami, was the guest speaker during a special Community Outreach Luncheon sponsored by the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade (EDC). The title of his presentation was “PortMiami: Full Speed Ahead,” which described the future of the port and operations there, and their impact on businesses and residents of South Florida. PortMiami is the 11th largest container port in the nation and the busiest cruise port in the world, which makes it “the second largest economic engine in

tudents from Howard Drive Elementary School in Palmetto Bay won at the Odyssey of the Mind Florida State competition in Orlando on Apr. 6 after winning at the local Tropical Regional competitions in February. They are now in their final stretch and will compete at Michigan State University, May 22-25, with more than 800 teams from around the globe at the World Finals.

This creative problem-solving competition includes students from kindergarten through college. In order to compete a team chooses from a list of five problems divulged at the beginning of each school year and prepares a whimsical eightminute solution to present at their local regional competition and competes against other groups in their grade division. At the competition, teams also are

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PortMiami Director Bill Johnson addresses members of the Economic Development Council. (Photo by Moni Barrios)

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6th annual picnic to support American troops set May 18 Rev. Daniel Coy and his wife, Lorraine, dance to a Latin beat at last year’s picnic.


Thinking of You Services will host its sixth annual picnic to support American troops stationed overseas on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 6 p.m. The non-profit organization hosts the yearly picnic to collect care package items to send free of charge to U.S. military personnel from any state who are serving in the Middle East and other places. This year the location is different. The event will take place at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd, Building C. Admission is free, and there will be free food, entertainment, family fun, a bounce house for the kids and other activities. Freddie Ambrose, founder of the event, said that their only request is that people attending bring some care package items for the troops. Needed are coffee (16-ounce bags), energy bars, disposable razors, baby wipes, Pop Tarts, Slim Jims and socks. Each year, Ambrose and his wife wrap packages of these items and mail them to service men and women overseas. “This year we have quite a few sponsors and we have more children’s activities,” Ambrose said. “We’re having a bounce house, a watermelon eating contest, a hula hoop contest for the kids, and a ‘Take your picture with the superheroes’ area. There’s a company coming in and they’re dressing like superheroes.” Ambrose is a Vietnam veteran who knows what it’s like to be in a distant war zone far from home and longing for mail. Knowing someone cares makes a big difference.

“This is all to bring attention to the troops overseas, to send them a bit of home, from here to there,” Ambrose said. “People contact us with their loved one’s address overseas and we send them a package. The military person is surprised to receive a package with items that are hard for them to get over there. Each package has enough items for one to four people to use. They usually write back a letter of appreciation to us. And if anyone gives us a nice letter of support we put that in the package, too.” The first 100 guests will receive a free Tshirt for the event. Last year’s picnic attracted close to 300 people of all ages. Ambrose said there will be a dance contest for adults and the first prize will be a BlueRay DVD. “We have a wonderful deejay, Louis Fundora, who will provide the music and take care of the dance contest,” Ambrose said. “He did such a wonderful job last year and he offered to come back this year. We were so glad to have him.” People are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs if they like for the picnic. And this year, there will be a special “photo op” chance for guests. “The Military Museum and Memorial of South Florida, which is located near Zoo Miami, is going to bring an authentic fully equipped military Jeep that people can take pictures of themselves with and everything,” Ambrose said. “They changed their schedule just so they could attend our event, and we really appreciate it.” For information call 786-252-2798.

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presented a never-before-seen problem for them to solve spontaneously. This amazing group of seven fourth graders assembled for the first time in September 2012, selected a problem and began creating. Add that the coaches are rookies to Odyssey of the Mind this year too, and this becomes quite an accomplishment. Coaches Milton Todd and Lida MariTodd are parents at Howard Drive Elementary who organized and supervised this new and very hardworking team, the first at Howard Drive Elementary. Only four other teams from Miami-Dade County are competing at the World Finals and Howard Drive is the only elementary school representing the county. The students from Howard Drive Elementary — Andres Laventman, Kennedy Todd, Matthew Lamas, Sofia Vinueza, Alex Eum, Leah Melendez and Savannah Cain — were stunned, elated and honored to win the highest score of any team in any problem on their longterm presentation at the State Competition. Their presentation was judged on the creativity and artistic quality of the required elements and how they were incorporated into the solution of the problem. Many

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anniversary of when it happened. “I had family in town, who had come in especially for the weekend because it had been a year, and so many of her friends were there, who were always so supportive, wearing special T-shirts.” Kaely’s accomplishments were truly remarkable for one so young, having been the assistant editor of the yearbook, an honor roll student, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She also did volunteer work for the Special Olympics in 2011, was a regular volunteer at Christ Fellowship Church, and served as

PORTMIAMI, from page 1 Miami-Dade County.” It generates $18 billion in revenue and provides more than 180,000 direct and indirect well paying jobs for South Florida. Also speaking was George Foyo, the cochair of the Beacon Council’s “One Community One Goal.” The luncheon took place in the Palm Room at Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd., on Thursday, Mar. 28. Lunch was sponsored by International

hours per week were dedicated to the creation, transformation and perfection of their eight-minute show which included an original story, set and costume designs, construction of props, live music, original lyrics, script, choreographed movement and performance — all done by them alone. But the children’s creativity didn’t stop there. They also invoked their entrepreneurial spirit, when they decided to make original bracelets and sell them for $1 each outside their homes after Odyssey practice during spring break to raise funds and help pay for their expenses at the Florida State competition. They sold 75 bracelets across the week and were thrilled, but now they need to raise $1,200 each to get themselves and their props to Michigan and compete in the culminating phase of this competition — the World Finals — on May 22. The team members are grateful for all the support they have received from their teachers at Howard Drive Elementary, their principal Deanna Dalby, their coaches and parents who have all supported the team and their efforts. They currently are attempting to raise funds to help them accomplish this final phase. For information on how to support the Howard Drive Elementary Odyssey of the Mind team visit online at <> or contact coach Lida Mari-Todd at <>. a Coral Reef Bronco’s cheerleader. In the past year her family, friends and the students at Southwood Middle School have raised more than $21,000 to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in her memory. With her daughter’s promising future cut tragically short by one person’s reckless disregard for others, Angela Camacho said she can’t stress enough how important it is for everyone to do whatever they can to prevent drunk driving, so that other families don’t needlessly suffer the loss of a loved one. “I’m hoping that people will look out for others, look out for friends if they’re with them,” she said. “If you notice that they’re drunk, don’t let them get behind the wheel.” Container Terminal Services Inc. The EDC also has a business-training program with classes available for anyone wanting to start a business, grow a business, or just sharpen their business skills. Each course features a total of nine classes 90 minutes in length taught by successful, local, community business leaders and academicians. The program is sponsored in part by the Office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Lynda Bell, in partnership with Miami Dade College’s Homestead Campus. For information on upcoming meetings or the business-training program, send an email to <> or call 305-378-9470.

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Artist Schor completes second painting for Pasta Del Giorno

Artist David Schor is pictured with his painting Everybody Eats at Pasta Del Giorno #2 — Frank and Sammy. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


The latest addition to the collection of internationally collected artist David Schor’s paintings being created expressly for Pasta Del Giorno restaurant, located across from the Falls Shopping Center, occupies a prominent location on the wall of the restaurant. Called Everybody Eats at Pasta Del Giorno #2 — Frank and Sammy, the large, 30- by 40-inch painting shows restaurateur Ariel Rodriguez seated at a table with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Patrons of the restaurant are struck by how the painting captures the expression of and reflects the owner’s exuberant and welcoming approach to all who eat at Pasta Del Giorno. “In addition to providing the best possible culinary experience, we strive to capture the lively, welcoming atmosphere of a restaurant in Italy.” Rodriguez said. “If a customer can be made to feel like going to Pasta Del Giorno is an experience that is at once unique and also very familiar and homey, then we have succeeded in our efforts.” David Schor, who travels to Italy with his wife, Olga, almost every year for a

month to create original paintings on location for his clients there, has agreed to produce the series of five paintings for the restaurant. “Olga and I love eating at Pasta Del Giorno. It is like being in Italy while at home.” Schor said. “Painting Everybody Eats #2 was at once a very demanding and exciting project.” Schor said. “To integrate the two iconic figures of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis with Ariel in the very real location of his restaurant and to bring to the painting the emotions which would have actually occurred in the situation was the goal I set myself.” The reactions of the patrons who have been viewing the painting attest to the fact that the goal was indeed achieved. Schor is very well known locally as well as in Europe and in the USA for his portraits of children and families as well as his impressionistic scenic and nautical paintings. His studio is located in Palmetto Bay on Old Cutler Road and his work can be seen on his website. More information is available at <>. Invitations to the studio of the artist can be obtained through Ariel Rodriguez at Pasta Del Giorno or by calling David Schor at 786-443-3705.

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Municipal leaders attend ‘Dade Days’ in Tallahassee

Pictured in State Sen. Gwen Margolis’ Tallahassee office on Apr. 3 for “Dade Days” are (l-r) Cutler Bay Councilmember Mary Ann Mixon, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Marsha Tejeda, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, Sen. Margolis, Cutler Bay Councilmember Peggy Bell, Palmetto Bay Councilmember Joan Lindsay and North Miami Beach Councilmember Phyllis Smith.

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South Florida cities ‘tackle’ the Dolphin’s stadium funding issue Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Famed Major League Baseball player and manager Yogi Berra is known for saying, “It’s deja vu all over again,” and despite the quirky phrasing there must be a lot of folks in South Florida who are thinking the same thing right about now. Roughly four years after the local baseball franchise, the Marlins, talked Dade County commissioners into funding most of the costs of their new stadium, the Miami Dolphins want the state and county to pay for half of the cost of upgrading Sun Life Stadium. People are debating the pros and cons of this, although most of the “pros” are coming from the Dolphins owner and his public relations team who have been mailing out full color ads and making phone calls to all the registered voters for the “bed tax” item on the May 14th ballot. Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall considers the stakes in this high enough that he host-

ed a town hall meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 24th to talk about it with residents. Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk attended, and about 20 other folks did, too. In the presentation given by Mayor MacDougall and the town’s Certified Public Accountant, Robert Dadario, they made the case that there is more than meets the eye to the financing plan the Dolphins say will be paid for by tourists and themselves. They say that the arrangement by which the Dolphins would be exempted from $90 million in state taxes and with the remaining public funding coming from the bed tax for hotels would impact everyone. Dadario estimates that it could cost the Town of Cutler Bay $60,000 a year. Part of the problem is that if the state loses $90 million in revenue by giving the Dolphins special exemptions, the budget shortfall will likely need to be made up by someone else. Guess who? Everyone, either in higher sales taxes or in more cuts to services. Plus, even marginally higher “bed tax” rates will be passed on to the consumers, and if tourists planning trips via the internet travel websites see that they can stay a little cheaper in other Florida cities, those that are unaffected by the higher bed tax, then there may be fewer tourists visiting our area, which is a loss not only for the

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hotels but all the other places tourists go and spend money, such as restaurants, stores, entertainment and recreational facilities. The Dolphins argue that the improved stadium will bring more Super Bowls and other events to town and create 4,000 new local jobs. So which side is right? We can only suggest that you weigh the arguments, study the facts and make up your own minds before the May 14th vote. You’ll be living with the results for the next 30 years, either way. Local artist Mai Yap has invited us (and you) to the inaugural show of Palette Knife Artists of Miami on Friday May 10th, at U.S. Century Bank, located at 15680 SW 88 Street. The opening reception is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and appetizers and wine will be served. There’s free parking. The exhibit of artists who mainly paint with palette knives also features the work of Ardis Bourland, Susan Feldman, Annie Gonzalez, Magda Martinez, Elena Raffo, Leona Rogers, Lorraine Tucker, Alexandra Urvina and Ana Sora Vadillo, and will run through the month of May. One for the road... we hear that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise will hold a Public Information Meeting for the

purpose of discussing the widening of Florida’s Turnpike from Campbell Drive to US1. The meeting will be in Homestead on Tuesday, May 14, at the Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus (500 College Terrace, Building F). “This Public Information Meeting will be conducted as an informal open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In the event that the Public Information Meeting cannot be held on May 14th, 2013, due to severe weather or other unforeseen conditions, it will be held on the alternate date of June 14, 2013 at the same time and place.” Interested? Got questions? Contact Project Manager Henry Pinzon at 407-264-3802 or by email at <> Thought of the Day: The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. — Edmund Burke Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <>.

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Congressman proposes law to help stop identity theft

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH For years, Congressman Joe Garcia had all his financial information publicly posted as part of his campaign filings. Now he said that as a result he has been a multiple victim of identity theft. “You have to understand this can happen to anyone,” the Miami Democrat explained. “It happened to me.” Garcia announced on Apr. 15 that he had the support of Florida Republican Congressman Trey Radel who will join him to file a new bill aimed at stopping tax refund identity theft. The plan calls for the government to stop using easily stolen social security numbers for taxpayers’ confidential identity numbers. The problem is so bad around South Florida that federal officials say we have the highest tax identity fraud rate in the country. House Democrats still are focusing their reforms on hiking penalties for ID thieves and changing ID numbers on tax documents. But they’re not proposing a rule requiring the IRS to process legitimate refunds to victims within 90 days, or allowing taxpayers to opt-out of electronic filing.

The House plan also fails to propose stopping the IRS’s use of virtually untraceable electronic credit card payments and multiple deposits into bank accounts. Both measures are key elements of the Senate’s current bills. West Kendall businessman John Simkins had his family’s tax refund stolen last year. It took Congressman Joe Garcia’s staff four months to get through to the IRS to get the Simkins family its money back. Simkins said the IRS was no help at all and added, “It was extremely frustrating. The IRS didn’t tell me anything.” If you have filed your taxes, but the IRS reports it already has a return with your name and identity number, it probably means your tax identity was stolen along with your refund. Contact the IRS for more information and remember, you’ll still have to file and mail in your legitimate tax return and another new form: A 140-39 identity theft affidavit. For more information, check these websites: <>, <> or < ffidavit.pdf>. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday. You may find Al’s blog at

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Municipalities join together for Earth Week bicycle ride

Pictured are bike riders from Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay who participated in the joint Earth Week Bike Ride Event on Sunday, Apr. 21, conducted in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s “Bike 305” initiative. Lakes by the Bay Park in Cutler Bay was the starting point and Ludovici Park in Palmetto Bay (pictured here) was the site of a bike rodeo and other activities. More than 100 riders turned out for the event. (Photo by Shelley Stanczyk)

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Students participate in debates during 11th Fairchild Challenge BY BRITTANY NGUYEN

Fairchild Garden recently conducted its 11th annual Fairchild Challenge Urban Sustainability: Environmental Debates and Project Showcase. Some 400 local high school (HS) and middle school (MS) students in the Fairchild Challenge multidisciplinary, environmental education outreach program demonstrated their knowledge of urban sustainability through debates and an innovative projects showcase in four areas: inventions (HS), green cuisine (MS and HS), community garden models (HS), and agriscience (HS). About 150 students participated in the debates and an additional 250 students participated in the Projects Showcase. Five of the 13 environmental debate topics for high school students only included: • A bill to repeal COOL (country of origin labeling) requirements under Title X on food; • A bill to extend Florida’s Big Sugar subsidies through 2016; • A bill to require schools to serve 50

percent of lunches with organic produce and products; • A bill to outlaw growing genetically modified crops in South Florida, and • A bill promoting the expansion of the $11 billion crop insurance program, paid for by cutting the Conservation Stewardship Program. John Cervera, Christopher Columbus High School, was the presiding officer of the House of Representatives student school debate (each body debated the same questions). The following are the Student Choice debate winners who were presented by Dr. Larry Feldman, vice chair of the MiamiDade County Public Schools Board: House of Representatives School: John Cervera, Christopher Columbus, first place, and Giovanni Cabezas, Miami Killian, second place. Senate School: Emily Nieves, John A. Ferguson, first place, and Amber Tavakoli, TERRA, second place. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Students participate in a debate on environmental issues during the Fairchild Challenge.

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Greater Miami Youth Symphony season finale concerts, May 5 BY BERNARDA REYES

The Greater Miami Youth Symphony season finale concerts will take place at 3 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. The Young Sousas Band, Young Mozarts Orchestra, Concert/Jazz Band, and Concert Orchestra with Concerto Competition winner Sophia Molina will perform at 3 p.m., and the String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra with Concerto Competition winner Jason Arevalo will perform at 6 p.m. The price of admission is $11-$21 and tickets can be purchased over the phone at 786573-5300 or online at < The annual GMYS Concerto Competition took place on Feb. 23 at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Molina and Arevalo performed the Accolay Violin Concerto and the Lalo Violin Concerto, respectively, and will perform them again at the season finale concerts. Sophia is a 10-year-old Miami native who started violin at the age of 4 with Professor Andres Trujillo. She has achieved Superior ratings for her performance at “Federation of Music Clubs” and solo and ensemble events, and has been an active member of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony since 2007 when she started in Young Mozarts Orchestra.

Jason has been playing violin since age 9. He currently is a 10th grade student at New World School of the Arts, and studies privately under Daniel Andai and Rafael Rodriguez. He was a finalist in the Alhambra and New World Symphony Concerto Competitions in 2013 and won the New World School of the Arts Concerto Competition in the 2011-12 school year. He has been a participant in the All-State Orchestras for the past three years. In 2012, he attended the Killington Music Festival for chamber and solo music where he received masterclasses from Joseph Silverstein, The New Orford String Quartet, and the Boston Trio. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony is preparing to celebrate its 55th anniversary with a trip and performance in Dublin, Ireland in March 2014. To raise funds for the trip, there will be a raffle during intermission at the May 5 concert while the GMYS chamber ensembles perform background music. Raffle prizes include an iPad, two tickets to Florida Grand Opera for the season, private sunset flight along the Florida coastline for 2-3 people, and a cello. The Greater Miami Youth Symphony was founded as the All-Miami Youth Symphony by Robert Strassburg in 1958 as a complementary facet to music education in the community. Since then, GMYS has four other

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trips recorded in its history — Colombia in 1969, Mexico in 1993, Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2005, and to Italy in 2007. Today, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony is an independent six-level orchestra program dedicated to training young musicians between 5 and 18 years of

age. In addition to the large ensembles, GMYS offers students a chance to participate in chamber music ensembles. One of the most known programs is the Preparatory Division through which we serve over 400 beginning-level musicians with free group instruction and instruments.

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Red Cross Tiffany Circle honors military women BY PATRICIA ROJAS

Members of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle of the South Florida Region honored local military “women warriors” by presenting them with custom designed challenge coins during a luncheon at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. The Tiffany Circle is a society of women leaders and philanthropists who, by investing $10,000 annually in their local American Red Cross chapter, are following in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public through times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training, and countless other community assistance services. The name Tiffany has historical precedent in the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall in the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC. The women honored belonged to all branches of the military and included Brigadier General Linda Urrutia-Varhall, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance for the United States Southern Command. For nearly a century, military personnel

have created personalized challenge coins to honor exceptional individuals, explained Julia Bianchi, past Tiffany Circle National co-chair. She said the tradition began when an American World War I flying ace had medallions minted for his unit to recognize their loyalty. “Today, besides being proof of unit membership, challenge coins are awarded to outstanding service and appreciation of excellence in performance of duty,” Bianchi added. “The American Red Cross Tiffany Circle continues this honored tradition and today we are using this opportunity to personally honor local women members of the Armed Forces by presenting coins in appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice.” Brigadier General Urrutia-Varhall used the opportunity to thank the American Red Cross for the long and strong partnership it has had with the military. She made special reference to the emergency messages that the Red Cross sends to service men and women across the country and the world and said these communications were priceless. She summed it best by saying, “The Red Cross never leaves us. Never” For more information, visit or join the blog at <>.

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Coral Reef student advocates for epilepsy programs in DC BY ADRIAN MADRIZ

As Florida’s ambassador, Markovich has committed to volunteering as an active Coral Reef Senior High School sopho- epilepsy advocate to help other kids and more Alexandra Markovich represented the families understand epilepsy and advocatEpilepsy Foundation of ing for policies that support Florida and served as people with epilepsy. Florida’s ambassador during The Epilepsy Foundation the annual Kids Speak Up! of America sponsored the conference, Apr. 21-23, in Kids Speak Up! conference. Washington, DC. The national nonprofit partMarkovich, a member of ners with affiliates like the Coral Reef’s legal magnet Epilepsy Foundation of program, was one of 50 stuFlorida to lead the fight to dents from throughout the stop seizures, find a cure and U.S. chosen to attend. She overcome the challenges met with several of Florida’s created by epilepsy. The congressional offices to organizations’ goals are to advocate for better access to ensure people who have care, improved public eduseizures are able to particiAlexandra Markovich cation and more research to pate in all life experiences; ––––––––––––––––––– find a cure for epilepsy. improve how people with While in Washington, DC, Markovich epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued was trained to become a national and local in society, and promote research for a cure. advocate on behalf of the nearly 3 million “We are most grateful for Alexandra’s people in the U.S. with epilepsy. The three- advocacy on behalf of so many people and day event included training sessions and their families impacted by this disorder,” seminars to help educate Markovich and said Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of the the other participants about epilepsy and Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. “Her trip develop their public speaking skills. to the Capitol came at a particularly auspiOne of her goals was to gain support for cious time. The Institute of Medicine just the reintroduction of Modernizing Our released a report showing the broad reach Drug and Diagnostics Evaluation and of this condition, stating that 1 in 26 people Regulatory Network Act (MODDERN will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. Cures Act). This legislation is intended to encourage the development of meaningful Alexandra’s engagement, commitment and treatments for people living with chronic passion are making a difference.” The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida prodisease and disabilities. vides numerous services to individuals and “I want to encourage anyone impacted by epilepsy in any way to join me in speak- families, such as advocacy and counseling, ing out by asking their members of education and prevention, direct medical Congress to cosponsor this important act,” and neuropsychological services, as well as Markovich said. “There are 375,000 research and other programs regardless of Floridians living with epilepsy. Together, if financial situation or socioeconomic status. we speak up and speak out, we can make a For more information, visit online at positive difference.” <>.

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Pinecrest Premier U12 Boys participate in Baynanza

Members of the Pinecrest Premier U12 Boys soccer team, participating in Baynanza the morning of Apr. 20 at Chapman Field Park, are (l-r) Brandon Moncada, Reed Seckinger, Brent Pier, Zach Zelenak, Danny Henderson, Gabriel Shore and Mia Buitrago. Each boy picked up at least two giant bags of garbage from the mangrove area, joining about 75 other participants at this location for the countywide Earth Day event. (Photo by Meighan Alexander)

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Church raises $90,000 for backpack program

Annual Food Bloggers Bake Sale to benefit No Kid Hungry BY LEE STEPHENS

On Easter weekend, Christ Fellowship Church raised $90,000 to help feed 450 underprivileged local school children every weekend for an entire school year. Hundreds of students already have received backpacks full of food and snacks for the weekend. Because of the generous donations from Easter, the backpack program will continue through June, and throughout the 2013-14 school year. If you want to donate to the backpack program, or learn how your organization or company can get involved, call 305-238-1818 or visit <>.

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The Fourth Annual Miami Food Bloggers Bake Sale benefiting Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry (part of the National Food Blogger Bake Sale) will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s Bake Sale is hosted by the Southwest Community Farmers’ Market at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Baking bloggers include team captain Renée Joslyn of and Freakin’ Flamingo Jams; Fatgirl Hedonist (; Burger Beast (; Melissa Ginsberg (; Lizbeth Cruz Aiken (; Annush (Annush On The Causeway ( Other bakers include Chef Victoria and Chef Aimee of Spice Galore, Lynne Cohen (, plus family and friends. Every year, food bloggers across the country join the fight to end childhood hunger by hosting bake sales in their communities. In 2012, 20 Food Blogger bake sales raised nearly $30,000. Last year’s Miami sale

raised $3,652 for Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry, making it the No. 3 Food Blogger Bake Sale in the country. Highlights of this year’s Bake Sale include a spectacular Raffle, with prizes donated by Williams-Sonoma South Beach, Crave Restaurant in Merrick Park, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar in Kendall, EDGE Steak & Bar on Brickell, Blue Collar Restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo District, OTC on S. Miami Avenue, Haven Gastro-Lounge on Lincoln Road, Spice Galore in South Miami, and much more. One hundred percent of moneys received from the sale of baked goods and raffle tickets and donations go to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to cover the cost of opening additional meal sites serving children; hire more staff to serve meals to kids; provide mobile food pantries or cafeterias to reach families who don’t have transportation to meal sites; teach kids and their families how to plan, shop for and cook healthy, affordable meals that everyone enjoys. For more information, visit the Miami Team website at <>.

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Soccer 5 Kids Academy program comes to three Miami-Dade parks BY EDITH TORRES

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three popular Miami-Dade County-owned parks — Tropical Park, located at 7900 SW 40 St.; Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave., and Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St. in Hialeah. Headed by Soccer 5’s director of coaching development Alan Georgeson, who has over 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small sided soccer, kids ages 3-12 will learn about the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth, and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 up to 7v7 matches to gain long-lasting experience in the sport. Until now, mini soccer in parks only was available at Kendall Soccer Park. With its recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small sided soccer now will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games, that until now were difficult to come by. With smaller fields on which to play, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played to learn the sport. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players too. Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open Monday

through Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight, providing Soccer 5 Academy programs, team programs, and summer, winter, and spring-break camps. For more information or to register for the program, visit <>. “I cannot thank Miami-Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” said Alan Georgeson, Soccer 5 Miami director of Kids Soccer Development. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/private partnership with Miami-Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade,” he added. “The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer,” said Allison Diego, director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. “We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development,” she added. Soccer 5 USA is the evolution of 5v5 soccer in the USA, a game for all ages and skill levels for all who play soccer, talk soccer, and shop soccer. Its mission is to promote the game of soccer in every city around the USA via its platform of Soccer 5 USA operations, Soccer 5 live video and forums, the Soccer 5 Academy and a Soccer 5 shop powered by passion! For more information on Soccer 5 USA, contact Scott Georgeson, president, US Soccer 5 LLC, at 1-888-575-2976.

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Miami Foundation’s Javier Alberto Soto selected for Henry Crown Fellowship BY JEANMARIE FERRARA

leadership challenges and infusing those principles into our programs training young Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of leaders here in Miami-Dade.” The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, The Miami Foundation, has been selected by the Aspen Institute as a member of its Henry established in 1997 to honor the life and accomplishments of Chicago Crown Fellowship program, a industrialist Henry Crown, is two-year program that the flagship program of the engages the next generation Aspen Global Leadership of leaders to develop commuNetwork. It has 1,600 Fellows nity-spirited leadership and in 45 countries. put thought into action. The program has four previThe highly selective felous fellows from Greater lowship will bring together Miami: Sergio M. Gonzalez, 20 executives from North senior vice president for uniand South America — all versity advancement and exterunder 45 years of age — who nal affairs at the University of have achieved success in Miami; Wifredo A. “Willy” their chosen fields and are at Ferrer, United States Attorney a meaningful inflection point Javier Albeerto Soto for the Southern District of in their lives and careers. ––––––––––––––––– Florida; Cesar R. Conde, presThe program comprises a structured series of seminars and each fel- ident of Univision Networks, and Ricky low will undertake an individual leadership Arriola, president and CEO of Inktel Direct Corporation. Soto is the only Florida member project. “It is an honor to be included in the 2013 of the 2013 fellows class. For more about The Aspen Institute, visit class of the Henry Crown Fellows,” Soto said. “Cultivating thoughtful leaders is a key <>. For more inforgoal of the Foundation’s work. I look forward mation about The Miami Foundation, visit to getting the global perspective on society’s <>.

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Miami Dade College’s Math Club takes top honors in competition

Members of the Miami Dade College Math Club celebrate their achievements. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


The numbers aligned for a group of Miami Dade College (MDC) students recently. Members of the Math Club from Kendall and North campuses grabbed five out of seven places in the 2013 Math Olympics competition in Jacksonville. North Campus’ mathematics major Yang Li defeated his opponents to clinch first place in the individual competition. Having completed the majority of his studies in China, Li’s first step when he arrived in Miami was to continue his passion for mathematics and enroll at MDC. During his first semester, he joined the Math Club. A year later, he served as its president. But Li isn’t all left-brained. His passion for music began when he was 9. He plays the piano and competed in national

and Chinese talent competitions. He plans to return to his native China to work as an engineer or professor after graduating. Li and his teammates, Stanely Dor, Alberto Gutierrez, Octavio Del Sol, and Rene Villareal, battled other students, earning second place, in the team challenge. Kudos are in order for the Kendall Campus Math Club, too. Steven Rivadeneira walked away with second place in the individual competition, while Nicolas Luca earned praise for his fourthplace standing. Rivadeneira and Luca were joined by Hau Lian and Wenkui Ren, and took third place in the team competitions. Students representing other MDC campuses also were part of the Math Olympics. MDC has a history of high finishes at local, state, and national competitions.

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Miami Seaquarium celebrates Mother’s Day during all of May BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ


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In addition, each day at the park in May a “Mom of the Day” will be selected ranMiami Seaquarium honors and cele- domly and given a special prize pack. “Mother’s May is our way of recognizbrates Mother’s Day by turning it into a ing and honoring all moms,” said Andrew month-long celebration — Mother’s May. Moms are encouraged to go to Hertz, general manager at Miami < Seaquarium. “We want to help you make mom feel extra special. This is h> and “enter to win” prizes our way of saying ‘thank you’ and register to receive an In addition, for everything moms do.” admission discount coupon. Miami Seaquarium, South Prizes include: First prize — each day at the Florida’s most popular tourist a day of animal interactions park in May a attraction, is a family-oriented for mom and three family marine-life park open to the members; second prize — a “Mom of the public 365 days a year. The hands-on VIP tour for mom Day” will be park provides visitors with a and three family members; greater understanding and third prize — four annual selected appreciation for marine life passes to Miami Seaquarium. randomly and through shows, presentations Every mom who registers and marine-life exhibits. online will receive a coupon given a special General admission to Miami for 30 percent off admission prize pack. Seaquarium is $39.95 and for her and her family (up to $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). six guests) to visit all the animal moms at the park during the month of More information on Miami Seaquarium is May. This discount offer is available only available online at <>. for Florida residents.

Treat mother to delicious day out at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden BY BROOKE LEMAIRE

Treat mom to a decadent and delicious day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Delight in the flavors of Europe with this year’s menu theme, “A Taste of Italy.” Travel through the Eternal City with dishes like Chianti-laced rosemary roast beef, roasted Tuscan vegetables, fresh baked focaccia and more at the Savory Station. Enjoy classic brunch items with an Italian

twist, including cornetto pastries, ricotta coffee cake and sweet Italian sausage at the Breakfast Station. Complement the main course with tre colore, Caesar and caprese salads. The whole family will love the Dessert Station complete with a gelato bar, mini cannoli and baked biscotti. Brunch is $55 per adult, $27.50 per child 5-12 years old, and free for children 4 and under. Service charge and Florida sales tax apply. See the full menu for more details. For reservations, please call 305-256-8399. Visit the Mother’s Day Brunch webpage at <>.

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Student Military Appreciation Essay and Art Contest to offer cash prizes BY BEGOĂ&#x2018;E CAZALIS

The Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Military Appreciation Art and Essay Contest on the meaning of freedom and honoring our military. The artwork and essays will be exhibited at the Military Appreciation Day event on Saturday, May 25, from 3 to 9 p.m., at Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave. Contest winners will be announced the day of the event. The essay contest invites middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students to write a 500-word limit essay about what freedom and honoring service means. The art contest, open for four age groups, Elementary (K-2), Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12), invites students to design a Memorial Day artwork about what freedom and honoring service means. Art submissions may be in any artistic medium (paint, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, etc.). Each categoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age group will receive cash prizes as follows: $100 for first place,

$50 for second and $25 for third. Deadline for entries is May 15. Contest entries must be delivered or mailed to the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, 455 N. Homestead Blvd. Homestead, FL to the attention of: Executive Director Rosa Brito. Essay entries may be emailed to: <>. All submissions must include student name, school, grade, address, and phone. For more information call 305-247-2332. Winners will be announced at the Military Appreciation Day event, where all contest entries will be exhibited. The event will include live music, military displays and demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and bounce houses. The event, which is organized by the City of Homestead in partnership with the Military Affairs Committee, Homestead Air Reserve Base and Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, will offer to Military ID holders free $10 vouchers redeemable for food at the event. Additionally those wearing a Military Uniform will be entered for free into a $500 value prize raffle.

International Culture Exchange Services seeking families to host foreign students BY AMANDA KNAPP

International Culture Exchange Services (ICES) is a non-profit organization seeking families who are interested in hosting international high school students, ages 15-18, from Europe, Asia, and Latin America for the 2013-14 school year. Students bring their own spending money and have full insurance coverage. Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding way to experience another culture without ever leaving home. In addition, ICES host families are eligible for a tax deduction. ICES always has relied on volunteer families who open their hearts and home to an exchange student by bringing them into their family and guiding them through this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the United States. Host families come in all shapes and sizes and represent the diversity of American culture. Families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds. They

include working parents, couples with or without children, single parents, and empty nesters. In addition to treating the student like a family member, the host family also provides a separate bed, a quiet place to study, daily meals with the family, some local transportation, open communication, encouragement and sound advice to the student. Each exchange student is responsible, caring, and already attends school regularly. The student shows consistent effort to share his/her culture and customs with the host family and the community. They also participate fully in family and school life with open communication and program commitment. Students arrive with their own spending money and full medical and accidental insurance. Contact your area representative if you are interested in hosting: Amanda Knapp at 1-845-204-8857 or at <> or for more information visit <>.

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‘Culture Your Canine’ event Animal Services Department to benefit Humane Society receives grants from ASPCA BY ALICE FISHER

If you think that your furry friend needs a bit of culture in his/her life, here is your chance to make it happen. You and your four-legged friend can attend a one-of-akind shopping and cultural experience when you attend “Culture Your Canine” on Thursday, May 2, in Coral Gables benefiting the animals at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. (Note: Only well behaved, vaccinated, and leashed dogs are invited.) Guests will browse the wonderful selection of items available at Fine Line Furniture and Accessories, Filomena Fernandez Clothing Boutique, The Americas Collection Fine Arts Gallery, and Gallilani, all located at 4217 and 4213 Ponce De Leon Boulevard. Each showroom will provide music, drinks and light bites. Cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka. There also will be a fabulous silent auction and raffle. There is a $15 fee at the door and 15 per-

cent of all sales made that evening will benefit the organization as well. Sponsors include: Art Work Partners, Brown Design, Epi-Pet, Eppa Sangria, Filomena Fernandez FineLine, Gallilani, Grey Goose, Perry Ellis International, Planet Beach, Rocky Patel Cigars, Sea Dream Yatch Club, SideWalk Salads, Sotheby’s, The Americas Collection, The Collection, and the Victor Hotel. PetNet, a diverse membership group of young professionals united by a love for animals who “party with a purpose” to create awareness about responsible pet ownership and raise funds for homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Miami. PetNet meets each month at different Miami hot spots for yappy hours, mixers and themed get-togethers. Visit <> to pre-register and make your donation online. For additional information, contact Dani Kandera at the Humane Society of Greater Miami via email at <>.

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Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department, in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network, participated in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Annual Partnership meeting in Austin, TX in September 2012, where 10 other communities nationwide also presented their accomplishments and projected increase in the number of abandoned pets saved in our respective communities. The ASPCA Partnership is a collaborative effort with communities to increase the live release rate of local shelters through sustainable data-driven plans and programs. The objective is to engage the community, to reunite lost pets with their families, increase adoptions, provide targeted spay/neuter and support community cats. “As part of the ASPCA Partnership, Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department and our partners have benefited from a variety of resources and professional information to continue to improve the services provided to our community pets and res-

idents” said Alex Muñoz, Animal Services director. “Our community goal is to increase the Live Release Rate by 10 percent in 2013, and we are dedicated to working diligently and creatively to accomplish it. The support of the ASPCA is essential to achieve this objective and we are confident we will meet our goal” Muñoz added. The ASPCA grants benefit the department’s Dog and Cat Transport Program relocation expenses, an Employee Incentive Program to increase the live release of pets at ASD, support for the Mega Pet Adoption Event, marketing budget to promote joint events with Miami-Dade partners, TNG (Trap/Neuter/Give Back) surgery support, and off-site adoption event, transport and response trailer, totaling $137,000. Each year, Animal Services, located at 7401 NW 74 St., receives over 30,000 pets. The goal of ASD is to increase pet adoptions, rescues, and the number of families reunited with their lost pets, as well as community awareness and involvement with the shelter. For more information, visit <> or call 3-1-1.

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New book explores life along the Miami River BY LEE STEPHENS

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series is Along the Miami River from local author Paul S. George. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images of this Florida region. Although the Miami River originally was just 4.5 miles in length, it has been a robust working river since the incorporation of Miami in 1896. With a volume of trade exceeding $4 billion annually, the Miami River has been central to the story of Miami for thousands of years. Native Miamians lived along the river for millennia and used it as their “expressway,” as well as their source for food and water. The riverbanks have been home to exotic animals, Jesuit missions, slave plantations, Army forts, Julia Tuttle (the “Mother of Miami”) and a grand Gilded Age hotel. Even with the post-World War II rise of suburbia and the flight of residents away from the center of the city, the river has remained busy. Today, with a renaissance in central Miami, there has been a significant increase in appreciation for the role of the river in this revival and in the rich history of the city. Along the Miami River shares this unique history using vintage images that allow the reader to step back in time and view their community from a different perspective. Along the Miami River by Paul S. George (128 pages/ softcover) is priced at $21.99. It is available at area bookstores,


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Local businesswoman launches first book about ‘having it all’ BY PATRICIA HOYOS

program the listener’s subconscious and a strategic agenda for the reader to keep up Seasoned sales and marketing profes- with an action plan and make it happen. sional Liliana Páez is a prime example of a “Every woman has the potential to working mother who has successfully bal- achieve her dreams and reach professional anced her career and motherhood. and financial realization,” said Liliana The local mom entrepreneur is on a mis- Páez, author of the Female Power A sion to teach other women how to find bal- Women’s Guide to Becoming a ance in their lives and establish their own Millionaire. business, and thereby “have it all.” Páez “Today, women no longer have to recently launched her first book, Female choose between being a stay-at-home mom Power A Women’s Guide or being a businessto Becoming a woman, and they need to Millionaire, which featake advantage of this.” tures specific strategies Originally from and techniques for women Colombia, Páez was to set out on the path of raised by a middle class success. family and came to The sales entrepreneur Miami in pursuit of her is the founder and CEO of American dream. She has Global Smarts Products, a achieved $5 billion in company headquartered in sales throughout her illusMiami’s Brickell area trious career. with a global presence. Some of the topics The firm focuses on creataddressed in the book ing, designing and selling include: working for yourcutting edge, innovative self, the magic of visualiproducts, which are curzation, ambition as your Liliana Páez rently sold at major retailbest friend, tips on taking ––––––––––––––––––––– ers in over 35 countries, the “no” out of life, sales via e-commerce and Direct Response as a path toward financial success when Television. She has gone from selling investing isn’t an option, among others. cakes door to door, to engaging in multiple With her comprehensive book, Liliana successful business ventures to founding hopes to inspire women to choose their her own company. own destiny by fearlessly pursuing their In her book, Páez creates a step-by-step goals. The guide serves as a tool for program to achieve financial triumph. The women to realize that a change of attitude guide, along with Liliana’s personal story toward life and challenges is a crucial first on how she became a successful business- step toward achieving success. Her movwoman despite obstacles, provides women ing story of how she became a successful with all the necessary tools to flourish. businesswoman through her own efforts Female Power A Women’s Guide to will motivate readers to believe in themBecoming a Millionaire is comprised of selves and the power of determination. her inspiring biography, an easy-to-follow For more information visit online at 15-step guide, a CD audio book, a CD to <>.

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Cross training, boxing meet ballet at Barrebox Fitness

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pilation of carefully devised exercises customized for the non-dancer.” Through her professional dance career These movements, techniques and exerthat spanned over two decades, former cises were developed out of her experiprima ballerina Maria Teresa del Real ences with fellow ballet professionals, became an expert at devising new and cre- coaches and physical therapists. ative ways to maintain the fitness levels Born in Miami and raised in San Juan, needed to keep her dancing Puerto Rico, del Real was at top form. considered a ballet wunLike many cross-trainers, derkind when Ballets de San del Real sought effective fitJuan promoted her to princiness props that would help pal dancer at 17. Three years her achieve a strong, defined, later, she won the bronze well-aligned, elongated medal at the Varna physique without bulking up International Ballet the muscles on her legs or Competition. Soon after, del arms. Real joined Pittsburgh Ballet After 20 successful years Theater as principal dancer as a prima ballerina in and continued on to a stellar Europe, del Real recently career in Europe performing moved to South Florida and with the Royal Ballet of Maria Teresa del Real opened Barrebox, a boutique Flanders, English National ––––––––––––––––––– fitness studio featuring her Ballet, Scottish Ballet and signature ballet-inspired, cross-training Birmingham Royal Ballet, among others. workout programs for non-dancers: She also had the privilege to dance with BalletFit, which incorporates basic ballet a prestigious cadre of male ballet stars steps with the use of elastic bands (on the including Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando barre and from above), resistance rings, Bujones, Carlos Acosta and José Manuel light weights and medicine balls, and Carreño. BalletBox, a combination of boxing with HRH Queen Elizabeth II acknowledged basic ballet movement. The one-hour del Real as one of the most distinguished classes are designed for all levels and do Americans living in London and Princess not require prior dance experience. Diana invited del Real to perform for her “I am excited to share my expertise with and a select audience at Kensington fitness enthusiasts who are seeking the Palace. guidance of an experienced dance profesBarrebox is located at 2420 SW 27 Ave. sional like myself to diversify their work- For schedule, class descriptions, rates or out routines and improve their bodies,” del additional information, visit <www.barReal said. “The Barrebox method is a com-> or call 305-900-3040.

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Archaeological Society to present lecture at Deering Estate, May 9 BY CATHY GUERRA

In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Lectures are conducted in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The lectures are free and open to the public. The program on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m., is “World War II and the Blimp Base at Richmond Field.” Presenter is Anthony Atwood, PhD. Dr. Atwood will discuss the importance of Florida’s role, emphasis on South Florida, not simply as a vast training camp, but equally important as a point of departure of United States military air power around the world. The offshore waters were also the scene of a critical naval battle, one of the few in the Western Hemisphere.

Anthony Atwood is a recently retired Navy Reserve Officer, the executive director of the Military Museum and Memorial of South Florida, a Florida International University history professor, and a native Miamian. 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. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 p.m. (October-May). EcoAdventure Tours are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <>.

Miami-Dade Library to present ‘Once Upon a Time in Almeria’ BY VICTORIA GALAN

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As part of the 13th annual International Art of Storytelling program, the MiamiDade Public Library System presents “Once Upon a Time in Almeria” by Mark Parascandola, from Apr. 26 to June 3, on the second floor exhibition space in the Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. The series of photographs captures the region of Almeria, Spain, which was host to dozens of filmmakers who, during the 1960s and 1970s, constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia. The exhibition focuses on the architecture and locations used in classic films such as Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia,

Patton, and Sergio Leone’s “spaghetti westerns” starring Clint Eastwood. Some of the buildings shown were constructed solely as temporary sets, while others are pre-existing structures with their own history, discovered and reused by foreign movie directors. The prints on display are limited-edition digital prints made using archival pigment inks. Each year, the Miami-Dade Library System partners with a library from another country in an effort to share and explore each other’s customs and cultures. The 2013 international exchange partner is the Bibliotecas de la Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid, Spain. For more information about this exhibit, contact Art Services at 305-375-5048.

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MCM’s Be a Kid Again Gala raises nearly $1 million BY WOODY GRABER

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) transported more than 600 attendees to a Blues Brothers-inspired evening on Saturday, Apr. 6, at the 2013 Be A Kid Again Gala, “We’re on a Mission.” Nearly $1 million were raised in support of educational programming with the help of generous donors, sponsors, an extensive silent auction and a high-end live auction hosted by Big 105.9 FM morning host Paul Castronovo and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humorist Dave Barry. The event was chaired by Mike and Chris Weinberg. The night’s major sponsors included: Premier Sponsors Alan Potamkin and Brigitt Rok and the Fairholme Foundation; Presenting Sponsors were MCM chair of the board Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz, Coastal Construction Group and the Miami Marlins/David Samson. Guests enjoyed Blues Brothers-themed culinary delights by Chef David Schwadron and danced to a dazzling multi-

media performance by the famed Jake and Elwood Blues Revue, the complete Blues Brothers tribute band. One of the night’s highlights was the exciting live auction emceed by the “mad men” of the evening, Dave Barry and Paul Castronovo which included a custom portrait by Romero Britto, a Porsche Boxster lease from the Collection, limited edition Girard-Perregaux iconic FOReverglades luxury timepiece, Yacht charter to Bimini, Miami Heat playoff tickets and a $45,000 Tahitian Pearl Necklace. In addition to the live auction, guests supported educational programming by bidding on over 200 items in an extensive silent auction. Miami Children’s Museum, located on Watson Island, offers bilingual and interactive exhibits; programs and classes and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. MCM has 14 interactive galleries and houses many exciting and fun traveling exhibits. For more information about Miami Children’s Museum call 305-373-KIDS (5437) or visit <>.

County, Bar Assn. to conduct Landlord-Tenant Law Seminar BY NANCY PEREZ

County Consumer Advocate Leonard Elias will provide an overview of the landlordMiami-Dade County’s Department of tenant law to help landlords and tenants Regulatory and Economic Resources understand their rights and responsibilities. Business Affairs Division, “Landlord-tenant disConsumer Protection, in The seminar is putes can easily escalate partnership with the Dade into high priced legal designed to educate County Bar Association action” Elias stated. “These l a n d l o rd s , p ro p e rt y County Court Committee, legal expenses can be minimanagers, will host a seminar on mized, if not avoided, when tenants and lawyers Landlord–Tenant Law, landlords and tenants know Wednesday, May 22, from about the nuts and their rights and responsibil1 to 3 p.m. The seminar will b o l t s o f a l e a s e a n d t h e ities under the law.” take place at the West This event is open to the p ro c e d u re s i n v o l v e d Kendall Regional Library, public at a cost of $10 to i n a n e v i c t i o n p ro c e s s . 10201 Hammocks Blvd. cover seminar materials. Handout materials Reservations are required Attorneys desiring to attend prior to the event. w i l l b e p ro v i d e d . must register through the The seminar is designed Dade County Bar to educate landlords, propAssociation to receive two erty managers, tenants and lawyers about continuing legal education credits. DCBA the nuts and bolts of a lease and the proce- attorneys must pay $20 and non-DCBA dures involved in an eviction process. attorney fees are $30 to attend the seminar. Handout materials will be provided. Note: If you are not an attorney and wish Jeffrey Hearne of Legal Services of to attend you must call the Consumer Greater Miami Inc., private attorney Protection Mediation Center to RSVP at Michael Birnholz, and Miami-Dade 305-375-3677.

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2014 Kia Forte: A lot to offer in a sub-compact sedan Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all-new 2014 Kia Forte is one of the best new car buys on the market today. Fully loaded, the top-of-the-line model costs under $20,000 and the base price is just $15,900. Slotted between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new Forte includes a long list of available premium features in a package that easily accommodates five passengers and their luggage. The redesigned Forte is longer and wider than its predecessor — and that translates to more legroom — and has European-influenced styling similar to the Sonata, another sleek sedan from corporate sister Hyundai. Dramatically swept headlight lenses cut deeply into the front fenders and incorporate projector headlights. LED positioning lights create distinct eyebrows, making the Forte instantly recognizable. Gentle sculpting along the lower flanks taper the sheet metal inward, giving the car a taut, nimble appearance. To the rear, the up-

kicked fender line and trunk design allow the complex curves of the taillights to flow over the rear haunches. On the inside, the driver-focused cabin is canted 10 degrees and features high-quality materials and soft touch points. Large, easyto-read instruments dominate and secondary controls are easy to find, while the optional 4.2-inch color LCD screen between the white-on-black gauges in the EX provides trip and ancillary vehicle information. Chrome bezels ring the HVAC rotary knobs and the optional push-button start. Additional chrome accents, standard Bluetooth hands free phone integration and power windows, mirrors and door locks add to the Forte’s luxury feel. Optional leather seating trim, power sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat vents and HID head lights add to the sophistication. Under the hood, the Forte is powered by either an efficient 1.8-liter 148 hp engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter 173 hp GDI. Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter is rated at 24/36 mpg. The 2014 Forte is offered in two models: LX with a 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission — standard equipment includes steering wheel-mounted audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, power windows, air conditioning and heated power-folding mirrors. Add-ons include 16-inch alloy wheels,

Kia Forte has European-influenced styling with dramatically swept headlight lenses, and an up-kicked fender line and trunk design. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest. Add $1,500 for an automatic transmission. EX with a 2.0-liter GDI engine and Sportmatic automatic transmission — includes Kia’s next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment and telematics system with eServices, which can be integrated with an optional navigation system. Additional standard EX features include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, rear camera and display, and a unique cooling glove box for your beverages.

The new sportmatic transmission lets you switch between comfort, normal and sport driving modes. Add-ons include air-cooled seats and heated steering wheel, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, push button start, and HID headlights and LED taillights. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondenceto <>.

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June 24 - 28 • July 22 - 26 Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm (Full Day is available thru Camp Westminster) Ages 5-13 CAMP DIRECTORS:

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OPENING DOORS TO SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE As a second generation real estate professional, and a Miami native, I have an intimate understanding of our local market. Let me help guide you through the sometimes turbulent waters of buying and selling your most valuable asset. The process should be easy and enjoyable when you have the assistance of the right professional.

7600 SW 135 St Exceptional 3 bdrm/ 3 bath, family home in Pinecrest. Formal living & dining rms, eat in kitchen with lots of counter space. Spacious family room overlooks oversized, 25,700 sq ft lush backyard with covered patio and room for a pool. 2 master suites. 2 car side-entry garage. $699,000

7814 SW 165 St Spacious and well-maintained home on a quiet street in Palmetto Bay. 4 bdrm/ 3 bath, over 2,900 sq ft on a beautifully landscaped 18,000 sq ft lot. Formal dining room, expansive living room and family room. Large kitchen overlooks the pool and patio. Updated master bath.

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