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Palmetto Bay Garden Club honors best gardens at May 28 meeting BY GARY ALAN RUSE

he Palmetto Bay Garden Club presented two awards for the best gardens in the village at the final monthly meeting for the season on Tuesday, May 28. Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk joined the club’s members and officers for the presentation in the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. Candy Cancio-Bello won for Garden of the Year, in the category of Ornamental Landscaping, and Donna Kassewitz won for Garden of the Year, for Sustainable Gardens. Club president Richard A. Dorn explained why those two gardens were selected. “It was the ‘wow’ factor,” Dorn said. “I have visited many gardens in Miami and these two really stood out. We will have to really search for next year’s winners. These awards are not limited to garden club members. We had a list of about 17 gardens in Palmetto Bay.” Cancio-Bello and her husband have lived in Palmetto Bay since 1993. She said that being selected for the award was totally unexpected, but nice. “I was surprised and gratified, since there are many beautiful yards in

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Summer Ca baret Concert Series coming to the Deering Esta te BY CATHY GUERRA

he Deering Estate at Cutler’s Summer Cabaret Concert Series features intimate concerts inside the historic Stone House Ballroom. The 2013 series begins on Saturday, June 15, with Kirk Green. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and the main gate opens at 7 p.m. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Single tickets are $20 or $55 for the three-concert series. Limited seating is

available. Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-2351668, ext. 233. The schedule: Saturday, June 15, featuring Kirk Green; Saturday, July 27, featuring Wendy Pedersen and Jim Gasior, and Saturday, Aug. 31, featuring Ariel Pocock. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.

roperty Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera and his staff have been hard at work for several months, preparing the early release of values for the nearly 1 million properties in Miami-Dade County. Preliminary property values for 2013 are available online. The release of values was planned to coincide with the completion of the Downtown office’s reconfiguration, designed especially for individual assessment reviews. Lopez-Cantera is providing property owners plenty of time to address any questions or concerns regarding their assessment and an office that is well equipped to serve the public. Property owners are encouraged to visit the Downtown office if they feel their assessment is too high. The staff at the Property Appraiser’s Office has been empowered to adjust values on the spot if appropriate supporting documentation is provided. This new process has been created to help reduce the need for lengthy appeals, let property owners know what to expect on their tax bill, and possibly lower their property taxes altogether. In previous years, property owners had to wait to find out their property’s value until the release of the TRIM (Truth in Millage) Notice in mid to late August, which left less than a month before the deadline to file an appeal with the Value Adjustment Board. Those appeals would

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BNP archaeologist to speak on excavation of Blackbeard’s ship BY GARY BREMEN

Biscayne National Park’s American Conservation Experience (ACE) intern maritime archaeologist Joshua Marano will discuss his involvement in the archaeological excavation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) shipwreck. The ship was captained by the notorious pirate Blackbeard and sank off the North Carolina coast in 1718. The talk takes place on June 13, 7 p.m., at the Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Admission is free. Originally a French slave ship named La Concorde, Blackbeard captured the vessel near the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1717. Renamed Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship became the pirate’s flagship in a fleet of pirated vessels that menaced shipping and coastal towns throughout the Caribbean and along the eastern coast of North America. Following his blockade of Charleston harbor in May 1718, Blackbeard led his forces north to the coast of North Carolina, where the QAR ran aground and sank at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet in the summer of that year. It was rediscovered in 1996. The State of North Carolina decided to excavate and fully recover the remains of QAR and, while often affected by both weather and budget/resource constraints, regular archaeological investigations and

excavations have been performed on the site since 1997. First volunteering at the site in 2005, Marano was hired as an archaeological technician during the 2011 and 2012 field seasons and participated at various levels of planning, preparation, and execution of the project. Marano will be discussing the history of the pirate Blackbeard, the loss of his flagship, its subsequent rediscovery, and current archaeological investigations by the State of North Carolina while focusing on the project’s unique methodologies and overall goals. Additionally, he will discuss the most recent discoveries made during the 2012 field season, ongoing research, and future plans for the wreck. The talk is part of a free monthly lecture series hosted by the Deering Estate in partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, a non-profit, volunteer organization which acts as a support mechanism for the office of the Miami-Dade County Archaeologist, highlighting unique and interesting connections to our past. This lecture series serves as a focal point for local archaeology enthusiasts and professionals in the field, and helps to promote knowledge and appreciation of native archaeological and historical sites in the South Florida area. For more information, contact the Deering Estate at Cutler at 786-735-9505.

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Palmetto Bay,” Cancio-Bello said. “How long have I been interested in gardening? My family owned a plant nursery where I grew up in Central Florida so working with plants is second nature to me. My husband owns a property management company here in South Florida so plants are a way of life for us.” She added that, while the work required is not easy, it’s worth the effort. “Gardening in the tropical south can be challenging, but the continuous growing season is a pure joy,” Cancio-Bello said. “I feel a connection to the earth here. Everywhere are botanical wonders.” Kassewitz has lived in the area all her life and said she greatly appreciated the “out of the blue” award. “I was surprised and excited to hear that I had won this award,” she said. “Until that moment, I did not even realize our Palmetto Bay Garden Club had awards. I was especially honored to learn that not only did I win the very first award for Sustainable Landscaping, but that I had inspired our garden club to create this entirely new category.” She explained that gardening comes naturally to her since she grew up in the landscaping business. “As a child, I spent all of my after school hours at my parents’ business, Parker Sod in Perrine, helping to load sod and plants into customers’ cars. As an adult I worked for years at my aunt’s place, Jackie’s Parker Sod on Galloway Road. In those days, 20-30 years ago, the industry focus was really on ornamental plants so that is what I learned.” She explained that about 14 years ago,

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a visiting friend who had studied permaculture explained that some studies had shown that any national or global crisis in the transportation of food could leave everyone vulnerable. She began to rethink her landscaping focus. “I still love flowering trees, but now I am constantly working to increase the productivity of my landscape. All these years later, I still consider myself a beginner in the arena of Sustainable Landscape, but living in South Florida makes it easy to organically grow a wide variety of tropical fruits. “I’ve grown to view a landscape that can feed us as the most beautiful kind of landscaping. I encourage everyone with a yard to have a variety of organically grown edible and medicinal plants. Even beginning gardeners can grow bananas, papayas, carambola, mulberries, loquats, mangos and avocados.” She added that she found another benefit from shifting to Sustainable Landscape gardening. “Once I switched my focus from ornamental landscaping to growing food, I quickly realized that I did not want to put chemicals on things we were going to eat,” Kassewitz said. “It has been a bit of a learning curve using only organic fertilizers, pest and disease controls, but well worth it. “I found that the soil that comes out of my earthworm composter is the best. And by using organic methods, my soil quality naturally improves, ultimately making my gardening easier, instead of depleting the soil, year after year, with harmful chemicals.” The Palmetto Bay Garden Club will resume its monthly meetings in September.

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create more than a year of uncertainty before a final determination on value was made. In a statement, Property Appraiser Lopez-Cantera said, “My goal is to ensure fair values for all properties in MiamiDade, while creating policies that make the lives of property owners easier in the event they feel there is a discrepancy or error with their property’s value.”

Property owners may go online to <www.miamidade.gov/pa> to schedule an appointment for an assessment review. They may also download an Informal Assessment Review form, which they can fill out and send to the office with supporting documentation. Additional information is also available by phone at 305-3754712.


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Palmetto Bay Garden Club adds new board members

Palmetto Bay Garden Club Board members pictured are: (sitting) Ines Mander, community liason (left) and Richard Dorn, president; (standing, l-r) Mary Lou Martin, newsletter; Dolly Morrow, refreshments; Sharon Kujawa, recording secretary; Gail Weber, treasurer; Jan Gautney, raffle; Troy Henderson, first vice president, co-chair programs; Candy McDonald, third vice president, liaison to the board; Henry Clifford, first vice president, co-chair programs; Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk; Cecelia Best, second vice president, membership, and Bev Gerald, special projects. (Not pictured are Carol Expositio and Jeanne Bunten, both second vice presidents, membership.)


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SSchool’s chool’s out; out; time time for for camps, camps, mangoes mangoes and and other other things things Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN There’s an app for that! Miami Children’s Hospital, which has a location near the dividing line between Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, recently launched a free smartphone app for Apple iOS devices that uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology to give patients an on-campus indoor GPS-like way-finding system, along with other features. Through the Fit4KidsCare app, families can now connect to MCH’s interactive way-finding campus maps, purchase items from the MCH gift shop, order room service and much more. Once downloaded, the app’s new indoor way-finding feature provides smartphone users with an internal view of the main hospital’s layout. Using indoor positioning, it locates the users on the smart phone and provides step-by-step directions to any desired location within the hospital, similar to a GPS guidance system. How handy! To download the app, please visit the iTunes app store from your mobile

device and search for Fit4KidsCare. For more information on the Fit4KidsCare app visit <www.mch.com/Fit4Kids>. Another Summer Camp option for the kids is the one that Sunset Park Elementary School is running from now until August 2. They’re located at 10235 SW 84th Street and the camp is available to any MiamiDade County Public School student entering Pre-K to the 6th grade. There’s no registration fee, and the camp costs $100 per week, which includes breakfast, lunch and a snack. The folks there tell us that there will be at least one field trip a week, to places like Chuck E. Cheese, Miami Children’s Museum, Bird Bowl, Regal Cinemas and others. Stations and activities include Research and Technology, Drama Classes, Critical Thinking Games, Music, Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Game Rooms, Barbeques, Carnivals, Lego Robotics, Outdoor Sports and other things. Camp will be closed, of course, on July 4th. For more information, just give them a call at 305-279-3222. Mangoes growing, going...gone! It’s that time of year again when the mango trees have their usual bumper crop of delectable golden fruit, which is a good thing for those folks who love them as is or

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made into jellies, jams, pies and other favorites. It’s a fun time for the kids, too, who like to set up street-side stands in front of their homes and sell them to those driving by. Unfortunately, we’re hearing from residents in the community that the abundance of fruit is attracting “mango thieves” who sometimes prowl the streets looking for trees laden with fruit and nobody home, then pull their open top trucks into the yards alongside the trees and start stripping the trees as fast as they can by hand or with grabber poles, and then split and leave the area, searching for their next unfortunate victim. They presumably sell the mangoes to markets or other buyers for a nice profit. Stealing is stealing, though, and the crooks may be looking for whatever else they can make off with, too, so if you see any of these guys and can get a license number or photo without putting yourself in danger, contact the police. Or if you come home and find your trees stripped, file a report with the police. The more info they have, the better. Deering Point improvements are done! The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade Board of County

Commissioners Vice-Chair Lynda Bell will have a dedication at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Deering Point for the completion of their recent improvements, including the new restroom building and shelters. Deering Point is located at 17350 Old Cutler Road, adjacent to the C-100 Canal at the south end of the Deering Estate at Cutler. Deering Point is the only site within 13 miles that offers free public access to the Bay, providing recreational opportunities for residents and visitors from the southern portion of the County. The total cost for the restroom project was $198,000, funded by the Building Better Communities Bond (GOB). Deering Point is open seven days a week, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, from sunrise to sunset. Parking is free. Thought of the Day: No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. – Voltaire Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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Best gains in consumer confidence since the start of great recession

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH Here’s some good news for a change! We’re seeing the best gains in consumer confidence since the start of the great recession, and they come at the same time that home prices are seeing their best improvements in seven years. And that’s boosting Wall Street to even more new highs. So why are we seeing an unexpected boost? Consumers are loosening up the purse strings and spending is on the rise. According to the latest national figures out of the Conference Board, consumer confidence is now at a five-year high, its best level since 2008. The news is especially promising here in South Florida. Foreign trade is booming out of PortMiami. That’s especially great news for local shipper Miguel Gonzalez. “Business is up through the year,” he explained. “I think we’re doing very well. I think we’re on an upward scale. Compared to last year, we’re doing much better. I see construction moving along. I see land cleared for construction.” The national real estate recovery is helping homeowners feel better too. Home

prices have seen four straight months of national growth. The latest surveys show prices around South Florida up for the 15th straight month. For air conditioning contractor Jaime Bernett, that means a steady stream of cool profits as local customers go back to fixing up their homes. “I think it’s getting better than last year,” Bernett said. “We’re moving more products this year than last year. It means more money in my pocket, more that I can spend. Only a little, but more money than last year.” Nevertheless, some local businessmen still worry about a possible summer slump getting in the way of our local recovery. Jorge Saez said that’s what’s keeping him from hiring new employees for his air conditioning repair service. “I don’t know… not really,” he admitted. “It makes you very cautious; I’m still questioning what’s going to happen in the coming months.” Florida’s latest consumer confidence numbers just saw the third straight month of improvements and are now at a postrecession high. Nevertheless, the big question remains: When will local companies start accelerating their hiring around South Florida, which continues to see some of the highest jobless rates in the state? Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday. You may find Al’s blog at cbsmiami.com.


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Carol Ponzini uses her knitting skills to benefit others in need BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Cutler Bay resident Carol Ponzini, who has lived in the area for 42 years and is a member of the Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club, has knitted thousands of baby hats and other items for local hospitals and charities. Her efforts to help others have endeared her to many. “For those in need she is a true blessing and comfort,” said Cutler Bay Councilmember Peggy Bell. “Such a lovely lady. I have been attending their meetings and have joined recently. I am so impressed by their charitable works and care for their community.” Ponzini has been knitting and crocheting as a hobby for many years and besides the 4,000 handmade baby hats she has donated to hospitals so newborns can keep their heads warm, she also has made blankets and lap robes. She said she’s happy to use her free time to help out. “I like doing things that I can help someone who’s in need,” Ponzini said. “I enjoy doing it. I don’t watch much television, so I sit and I crochet. I do a lot of charitable things — the baby hats and the lap robes. I’ve made 150 baby blankets and lap robes for nursing homes and the VA, for veterans in wheelchairs. Some of them don’t have family or friends to visit them or do things for them.” She said that almost everybody sends a thank you note or lets her know that they appreciate what she does. She has been knitting for a long time, but she was introduced to the Woman’s Club because of something else she had done to

help someone. “I’ve been with the Woman’s Club for eight years now,” Ponzini said. “A friend of mine who lived across the street, she got cancer. I was taking care of her and her mother belonged to the club. She talked me into coming to the meetings. I like what they do. There are about 30 different organizations that we’ve donated things to.” Mary Cross, the president of the Cutler Ridge Woman’s Club, decided to express her feelings by writing a poem for her fellow club member and friend.

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We have a member named Carol Ponzini Whom we fondly call our Crochet Queenie. Her nimble fingers create such joy For a new mom of a girl or boy. Going home in his own hat made with love By a mom with a talent from above. Or a lap robe for a child with special needs Who needs extra love as his life proceeds. Or a lap robe to comfort in golden years As wrapped in love the senior confronts his fears. Thank you Carol for your loving donations You’ve made our lives richer by your creations. Thanks for more than four thousand baby hats to Homestead Hospital And 150 lap robes to Patches Inc. and Perdue Nursing Home.


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Habitat ReStore grand opening brings good deals to community BY LEE STEPHENS

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s ReStore, the nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that helps build homes in communities worldwide, will open its doors at 20811 S. Dixie Hwy. in Cutler Bay on Saturday, June 29, beginning at 10 a.m. The newly formed Miami Habitat ReStore will feature furniture, appliances, building materials and much more. “The ReStore gives the general public the opportunity to purchase excellent home goods at magnificent prices, while helping Habitat raise funds towards our mission of building safe, affordable homes for families in need. It is a real win-win,” said Mario Artecona, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. The Miami Habitat ReStore will continue to feature great deals while giving customers the opportunity to help end poverty housing in Miami-Dade as proceeds from the ReStore go directly to Habitat’s mission of helping those in need of simple, decent housing. After the June 29 opening, the Miami Habitat ReStore will continue to serve the community Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,

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and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. In addition to providing great home improvement deals to Miami-Dade County, Habitat ReStore is asking for donations of new and used household items and building materials, and offering rewarding experiences for volunteers. Donations are accepted at the store, or by calling 305-637-4913 for pickup. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami also appreciates fully tax-deductible donations that go to help build safe, affordable housing for those families in need throughout our community. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is a Christian ministry, which builds homes and communities in partnership with lowincome families in need of a simple, decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity makes interest-free loans available for the purchase of these homes, and provides opportunities to all people of conscience to support its mission to break the cycle of poverty. Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has built more than 950 homes in Miami-Dade. For more information, visit online at <www.miamihabitat.org>.


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‘Daddy, may I borrow $25?’ BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher I found the following story on the Internet. The author is unknown, but I thought the tale and its lesson well worth sharing. A man came home late from work one evening tired and irritated, only to find his 5-year-old son waiting for him at the door. “Daddy, may I ask you a question?” the boy asked. “Yeah, sure, what is it?” the man replied a bit grumpily. “Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” “That’s none of your business,” the man said angrily. “Why do you ask such a thing?” “I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” “If you must know, I make $50 an hour.” “Oh,” the little boy replied with his head down. “Daddy, may I please borrow $25?” The father was furious. “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard every day to pay for such childish frivolities.” The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and began to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions just to get some money? After an hour or so, the man calmed down and started to think about what had happened. Maybe there was something the boy really needed to buy with that $25, and he really did not ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the boy’s room and opened the door. “Are you asleep, son?” he asked. “No, daddy, I’m awake,” the boy replied. “I’ve been thinking; maybe I was too hard on you earlier. It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation out on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for.” The little boy sat straight up, smiling broadly. “Oh, thank you, daddy!” he cried. Then, reaching under his pillow, he pulled out a wad of crumpled up bills. Seeing that the boy already had money, the man felt his anger rising again as he watched his son slowly count his money. As he carefully placed the last bill in place, he looked up at his father with a broad smile. “Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled. “Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” said the little boy. “Daddy, now I have $50, so I would like to buy an hour of your time. Please come home early tomorrow, I would like to have dinner with you.” The man was crushed. He put his arms around his son and begged him for forgiveness. This story is a reminder to all of us who work so hard in this modern, fast-paced age that we should not let life slip through our fingers without spending time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts. Remember to share $50 worth of your time with someone you love. If we die tomorrow, the company we work for will easily replace us in a matter of hours. But the family and friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives. Grant Miller may be contacted by calling his mobile: 305-323-8206, or by sending email to <grant@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Our Lady of Lourdes Academy begins expansion of campus BY CAROLINA WILSON

After 17 years of lawyers and zoning hearings, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (OLLA), 5525 SW 84 St., finally has begun the planned expansion of its campus. The renovations include the addition of a new classroom building, a chapel and a gymnasium. Sister Kathryn Donzé, principal, said that construction is going well and is on schedule. “For the past 17 years, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy has endeavored to enhance its campus but met with resistance from neighbors,” Donzé said. “After years of legal process and a series of zoning hearings, the county gave permission for construction with enrollment cap of 840 students.” Donzé said that although the biggest challenge has been accommodating the building process in a confined area, the construction team is very considerate. “We have been blessed with the help of good people whose goal is to interrupt the learning process as little as possible,” Donzé said. During the summer of 2012, a loop road was created to allow for more efficient traffic flow. Following in the 2012-13 school year, a new classroom building was built allowing additional classrooms and the elimination of

trailers, which used to hold some classes. The construction plans continue during this summer, Donzé said. “During the summer of 2013, the southwest front part of the school will be renovated with completion scheduled for November. This will allow for consolidation of administrative offices, a new chapel, and a second floor computer center housing four classrooms, an IT office, and an IT room,” she said. “In July of 2013, the construction of the gym will commence.” While the physical construction of OLLA ensues, Donzé said she believes the renovations also will inspire academic growth in the students. “Additional classrooms will benefit the scheduling of classes. Classes will no longer be using the library and cafeteria or auditorium,” Donzé said. “Different disciplines will be in central locations.” In addition to new classrooms, the latest plans include the augmentation of a gymnasium. “The gym will benefit physical education classes, enable the scheduling of practices and games for our athletic teams, and provide a gathering space for our whole school community for liturgy and certain assemblies,” Donzé said.

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Although OLLA will undergo physical changes throughout the coming months, Donzé said the mission of the school will remain as strong as it has been for the past 50 years. “Our mission is to educate young women to face the future strengthened in their faith,

prepared and confident in their abilities to achieve their goals and committed to their Catholic and American heritages,” Donzé said. “We have graduated many young women who have positively impacted their workplace and environment.”


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Youth Fair awards 75 college scholarships to local students BY DONNA VAN DER DIJS

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo recently announced the 75 recipients of its annual college scholarship program. The awards were presented during a dinner ceremony on Apr. 25 at the R. Ray Goode Building on The Youth Fair fairgrounds at Tamiami Park. The $1,000 college scholarships were awarded to 51 public, private, charter and home school high school students, five adult vocational students, and three alternative education students. The Youth Fair distributed the scholarships to 10 high school seniors who will study for a career in agriculture. Six theater and production students attending Florida International University who volunteer their time and talent in support of the Youth Fair’s performing arts divisions also received the scholarships. To date, the Youth Fair has awarded more than $10 million to help Miami-Dade County students achieve higher education goals. In addition, the Youth Fair is the only venue where students can showcase their educational, art and science achievements all in one place and be rewarded for their efforts. More than 45,000 student projects were exhibited to more than half a million families, friends and fairgoers during the Youth Fair’s 18-day run in March. High school recipients: Veronica Escalante. Alonzo & Tracy Mourning;

Pelumi Oluwatimilehin, American; Aimee Garces, Barbara Goleman; Sergio Leos, Belen Jesuit Prep; Milta Polynice, Booker T. Washington; Giuliano Gonzalez, City of Hialeah Educational; Daniella Yepes, Coral Gables; Jialin Zhang, Coral Reef; Khristine Perez, Design and Architecture; Raul Cabrera, Doral Academy Prep; Amanda Lau, Dr. Michael M. Krop; Stephanie Lucena, Felix Varela; Betsy Trujillo, G. Holmes Braddock; Cesar M. Hurtado, Hialeah Gardens; Tomas Delgado, Hialeah; Brian Mai, HialeahMiami Lakes; Nicolas Aboredon, home school; Jacquiline Martinez, Homestead; Deborah Plana, John A. Ferguson; Jessica Valle, Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; Keaton S. Scanlon, MAST Academy; Jeanelle Gomez, Mater Lakes Academy; Daniel Tirado, Miami Beach; Marcia Daniels, Miami Carol City; David L. Jackson, Miami Central; Brigitte Madan, Miami Coral Park; Kery Mauvais, Miami Edison; Lashaevia Burns, Miami Jackson; Jazmin Castano-Bolivar, Miami Killian; Ant-quanique Dancy, Miami Lakes Educational; Smantha Young, Miami Norland; Kiara Johnson, Miami Northwestern; Jessica Tan, Miami Palmetto; Megan M. Diaz, Miami; Jnea S. Bellamy, Miami Southridge; Susana Soto, Miami Springs; Meikka Wright, Miami Sunset; Esteban Bovo, New World School of the Arts; Konan Luscar, North Miami Beach; Selena Cruz-Contreras, Robert Morgan Educational; Luis Regalado,

Pictured (l-r) are Youth Fair scholarship winners: (front row) Jessica Tan, Miami Palmetto; Daniella Yepes, Coral Gables; Jazmin Castano-Bolivar, Miami Killian; Kassandra Morales, South Miami; (back row) Meikka Wright, Miami Sunset; Jnea S. Bellamy, Miami Southridge; David Pena, School for Advanced Studies, and Fodilia Dumervil, North Miami Adult Ed. Not pictured is Jialin Zhang, Coral Reef.

Pictured (l-r) are Youth Fair scholarship winners: Sergio Leos, Belen Jesuit Prep; Selena Cruz-Contreras, Robert Morgan Educational; Stephanie Lucena, Felix Varela; Jacquiline Martinez, Homestead; Giselle D. Cruz, Terra Environmental Research Institute, and Lizbeth Ramos, South Dade. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Dadeland Mall’s new wing now offers 13 retailers for shopping BY ALICIA WHITLEY

Dadeland Mall now is offering shoppers a variety of newly opened retail options — just in time for summer shopping. The two-story addition to Miami’s original and most iconic shopping center is part of a significant redevelopment that will add 102,000 square feet of restaurants and retailers. New retailers are being added each week, and shoppers will be delighted to know that the following sought-after retail destinations have now opened their doors: Tommy Bahama is the island lifestyle company that defines relaxed, sophisticated style. Its casual yet upscale collections of men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories and home décor items helps make an island escape well within reach. Tommy Bahama is situated in a 4,480square-foot space on the west end of the new wing, next to Hugo Boss. Hugo Boss is a renowned fashion house originally from Germany that creates premium womenswear and menswear. Known for distinctive, innovative fashion statements, Hugo Boss also offers fragrance and accessory collections in addition to eyewear and footwear. Hugo Boss is located in a 3,680-square-foot space near the

new wing main entrance. Microsoft retail store offers a curated assortment of products including desktops, laptops, tablets and all-in-one PCs running Windows 8; Xbox 360 consoles and accessories, including Kinect for Xbox 360; Windows Phones; Microsoft Office, and a variety of personalization options and accessories. Visitors also will find a wide array of first- and third-party software and gaming titles in the 4,480-square-foot space located between Tesla and Tommy Bahama. Stuart Weitzman, located next to Porsche Design in a 1,799-square-foot space, is a luxury brand built upon the idea of creating a beautifully constructed shoe. Founder and designer Stuart Weitzman’s main objective has always been to merge fashion and function. The Donald J Pliner brand has built a reputation for its innovative materials and quality craftsmanship in men’s and women’s luxury footwear and accessories. Since 1989, the brand has been known for the combination of fashion, fit and comfort inherent in every design. Donald J Pliner debuted in a 1,646-square-foot space located next to Fit2Run. Porsche Design products have been synonymous with functional, timeless, and

puristic design since its inception in 1972. The product portfolio includes a high-end women’s and men’s fashion collection, engineered sportswear, fine timepieces, iconic eyewear, a line of men’s fragrances, luxurious luggage styles, home accessories and state-of-the-art electronics such as mobile phones. The 1,270-square-foot space can be found near the new wing escalators that take visitors to the second floor. Urban Outfitters, which opened May 16 next to Express in a two-story, 2,441-squarefoot space, creates an experiential retail environment with curated product assortments embracing music, fashion, art, architecture and design. Also offering home décor, Urban Outfitters is known for its hip, kitschy attitude. Since launching in the 1950s, Original Penguin by Munsingwear has expanded to a full collection of apparel and accessories for men and apparel for women and kids that can be seen around the world. The brand is a unique blend of heritage, innovation and wit that reflects today’s modern lifestyle and celebrates originality and is located near the main entrance to the new wing in a 1,801square-foot space. Tesla Motors, which opened in a 2,668square-foot space at the center of the new wing, is an innovative, interactive store designed to invite customers to explore Tesla’s technology, learn about owning an electric car, and configure their own Tesla in the Tesla Design Studio. Fit2Run, The Runner’s Superstore, offers a unique selection of running gear including footwear from top brand names, performance apparel and accessories like sunglasses and GPS wrist personal trainers. Trained staff provides complimentary gait analysis and foot scanning, assuring the right shoe for each customer. Visitors may join Fit2Run for race trainings, store events, weekly Fun Runs, and more. Running enthusiasts can find Fit2Run next to Donald J Pliner in a 7,579-square-foot space. Everything But Water, located between

babycottons and Original Penguin in a 1,697-square-foot space, offers of-themoment designer swimwear, resort wear and accessories from leading brands, including L*Space, Michael Kors, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, LuliFama, Vitamin A and Gottex. Fit-savvy sales associates are expertly trained to help customers find a perfectly curated beach look year-round. babycottons, located across from Microsoft in a 986-square-foot space, are created from the softest quality pima cotton, combined with delicate colors and classic designs for babies and toddlers. babycottons features layette sets, sleepwear, playsuits, dresses, bodysuits, tops, pants, jackets, gift items and accessories. Luggage & More provides items for all types of travel needs with popular brands such as Tumi, Samsonite, Victorinox and Rimowa. Luggage & More strives to turn the task of luggage purchasing into an easy and enjoyable experience. Visitors will find Luggage & More in a 1,705-square-foot space near the new wing main entrance. “Visitors will be thrilled to discover the newest additions to Dadeland Mall,” said Maria Prado, general manager at Dadeland Mall. “With new stores opening each week, they will be pleasantly surprised by the latest additions each time they come back and see us.” Dadeland Mall, Miami’s original and most iconic shopping center, is anchored by Florida’s largest Macy’s, as well as Macy’s Home Gallery & Kids, Saks Fifth Avenue, jcpenney, and Nordstrom. Dadeland features a variety of dining options like The Cheesecake Factory in addition to over 185 specialty stores including Apple, J. Crew, bebe, White House | Black Market, Zara, A/X Exchange, Hollister, Lucky Brand Jeans, Victoria’s Secret and Hugo Boss. Dadeland Mall is located at 7535 N. Kendall Dr. between the SR 826 Palmetto Expressway and US1. For more information on Dadeland Mall, contact the mall management office at 305-665-6226.


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Raquel Koch receives award from FIU’s Wertheim College of Medicine BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Raquel Koch, a promising 11th grade student attending the Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST) in Homestead, was presented with a special award at the MAST Saber Pride 2013 Award Ceremony on May 23. Koch lives in the Homestead area. In recognition of her passion for medicine, high GPA and community service involvement, Koch was presented with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Book Award, a copy of the Stedman Medical Dictionary. The presentation was made by Barbra Roller, PhD, the assistant dean for Student Affairs at the FIU/Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Lisa S. Noffo, principal of MAST Academy, said she was proud of Raquel and others honored at the school. “This was one of many of the awards at our end of the year ceremony at the school,” Noffo said. “Raquel is a topnotch student. It was an award well earned. She’s a very good student and that book will be helpful to her.” It is estimated that students usually learn more than 10,000 words in their first

year of medical school, so the specialized dictionary should give her a jumpstart on her medical vocabulary. Koch was very pleased by the recognition. “This award means my future,” she said in a June 3 interview. “It is a gift that will keep giving back, an indicator that I’m headed in the right direction with the right people to come alongside me. It was the best gift to give a future doctor. Thank you to FIU.” The criteria for selection were: interest in a career in medicine; at least a 3.5 GPA; well liked by faculty and students; an interest in the community, and performing community service. MAST Academy was the second medical magnet high school established in the state of Florida, three years ago. It offers specializations in biomedicine, physical therapy and pharmaceuticals and has a had a relationship with the College of Medicine since its inception, with the college having hosted a number of tours and talks about health careers for the high school’s students. Raquel Koch will learn more about the opportunities at the College from Dr. Roller when she tours the school with her family later this summer.

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Therapeutic riding center hosts first horse show BY LOU BURTON

Whispering Manes hosted its inaugural horse show, Ride for the Roses, on May 19, at its riding facility at 6255 SW 125 Ave. in Kendall’s Horse Country. Whispering Manes is a therapeutic riding center focused on empowering the physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged through horseback riding. “Our riders come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds with unique challenges to overcome,” said Erin Bauer, Whispering Manes executive director. “We have students of all ages — both adult and children — who have been diagnosed with Down syndrome, autism, genetic disorders, and psycho emotional issues.” Ride for the Roses was a non-competitive event that allowed 22 students to display their abilities for family and friends. “The show is not a competition,” Bauer said. “Our students compete with themselves to overcome their unique personal challenges. Ride for the Roses

is about celebrating the accomplishments each one of them has made.” Parents, family and friends of the riders cheered everyone riding while showing enthusiasm for their improvements. “My daughter, Daniella, started the program a year and a half ago,” said Ayleen Pinera-Llano. “When she started coming to the program, she wouldn’t even ride on the horse. Now she loves it. She even sings and talks while riding.” Whispering Manes is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of donors and volunteers. Currently the group is fundraising by selling Miami Dolphins tickets. “The Miami Dolphins have generously offered us the option to sell tickets for them and in return our organization will receive a portion of the profits to fund our organization,” Bauer said. To find out more about Whispering Manes, how to buy Miami Dolphins Tickets, donate, or volunteer, visit online at <www.whisperingmanes.org>.

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Two Miami-Dade students receive first Vaughn Jordan Foundation scholarships

Pictured (l-r) are Shana Sands, North Miami Beach High; Dr. Carl Lewis, Fairchild Garden; Dr. James Vaughn, Vaughn Jordan Foundation; Marion Litzinger, Fairchild Garden, and Stacy Soriano, Terra High School.

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The Fairchild Challenge multi-disciplinary educational program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, which serves 125,000 children in grades Pre-K through 12 in Miami-Dade County, conducted its annual awards program for high school students on May 20. The first ever Vaughn Jordan Foundation scholarships were given out to two deserving graduating students studying biology, environmental science or ecology and going to college to either FIU or UM. Five thousand dollars each was given to two

minority female students: Stacy Soriano from Terra High School in Kendall who will be attending FIU studying Botany and Shana Sands from North Miami Beach Senior High who will be attending FIU studying Biology. Dr. James Vaughn, 92, with the Vaughn Jordan Foundation, the first Chief of Medicine at South Miami Hospital, gave out the scholarships. The Young Scientist awards also were presented to students Hunter Alvarez, Ashley Sierra, Jayson Plasencia, Kasia Williams and Aliya Moktadier, all from Coral Reef High School.


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Butterflies galore at Fairchild Garden’s inaugural Butterfly Migration Parade BY BROOKE LEMAIRE

There were glittery wings, whimsical outfits, energetic dances. It may have been early on Saturday morning, but Old Cutler Road was lit up with festive sights and sounds for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s inaugural Butterfly Migration Parade. On May 18, participants from all over Miami spread their wings and marched from Matheson Hammock Park to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in colorful butterfly displays. Fairchild staff rode in style on a

Youngster gets a butterfly painted on her face. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

shuttle decorated as a caterpillar with big eyes and pointy antennae. A fun float adorned with larger-than-life flowers and butterflies carried Ms. Miami 2013-14, Isabelle Scott, and her little sisters; University of Miami’s Sebastian the Ibis, and Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot. Local dignitaries from Coral Gables waved to spectators from cars and Segways. Miami Norland Senior High marching band drummers and Precious Pearls dance group, Hialeah Gardens Middle School drumline and dancers, and the Henry H. Filer Middle School Lady Panthers cheerleaders and Panther Starlets dancers gave performances. Outfitted in vibrant apparel, the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue brought the celebration to life with high-energy drums and dancing. Even some Miami residents joined the parade, fluttering down the road dressed in bright colors and sparkly wings. Once the parade made its way through the gates of Fairchild, the garden filled with the sounds of performances by drumlines, cheer squads and dance troops. The dance groups from local schools showed off some great routines, and the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue got the crowd dancing along to the beat of the drums. While DJ Crunchtime played some popular tunes, guests got their faces painted

UM’s Sebastian the Ibis; Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot, and Ms. Miami 201314 with her little sisters ride a float in the parade.

with lovely winged designs to complete their butterfly looks. Like butterflies, people get hungry, too, and luckily there was plenty of food to go around. There were hot dogs and hamburgers on the Glasshouse Café patio, the Ms. Cheezious food truck served delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and Ecoripe Tropicals handed out samples of exotic rambutan fruit. To truly appreciate our fluttering friends, Fairchild staff was on hand in front of the new butterfly conservatory to answer questions and teach visitors about the butterfly life cycle. Once they were inside the Wings of the Tropics exhibit, guests could see the thou-

sands of stunning butterflies and their new friends on view hatching from chrysalis in the Butterfly Metamorphosis Lab. Overall, it was a great day to be a butterfly fan. Fairchild will continue educating the community about these winged wonders and will most certainly keep celebrating our butterfly buddies. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and is located at 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, visit <www.fairchildgarden.org>.


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Don Strock Diabetes Golf Classic nears 30 years, $3M in fundraising BY NATASHA NORRIS

The Don Strock Diabetes Golf Classic, presented once again by Miami Seaquarium, attracted more than 150 golfers to Miccosukee Golf and Country Club on May 8, including many who have participated for several consecutive years. Tournament host Don Strock and chair Bruce Fishbein, who founded the event 30 years ago, thanked attendees who have helped make it one of the South Florida’s

Pictured are (l-r) Nat Moore, Quadtrine Hill, Larry Little and Eddie Hill.

(Photo Credit: Teekay)

longest running celebrity/amateur charity golf tournaments. With cumulative event proceeds nearing $3 million for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), DRI Foundation president and CEO Robert A. Pearlman was eager to show appreciation to each of them. “For the past 30 years Don Strock has devoted his time and energy to making this tournament one of our most successful events each year,” Pearlman said. “We are so grateful to you for adopting the DRI as

Pictured with Miami Seaquarium characters. are (l-r) Bruce Fishbein, tournament chair; Arthur Hertz of Miami Seaquarium, presenting sponsor, and Don Strock, tournament host.

(Photo Credit: Robert Lentoski)

your charity,” he told Strock. “Bruce Fishbein has poured his heart into this event,” Pearlman continued. “His hard work and perseverance have taken this event from a simple idea that came up in conversation between himself and Don Strock to the success it is today.” Celebrities joining Strock at the event this year were: Nat Moore, Bobby Harden, Kerry Glenn, Eddie Hill, Larry Little, Woody

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99 customers score free eats as VooDoo BBQ & Grill opens BY LAUREN ODOM

VooDoo BBQ & Grill, the nation’s fastest-growing barbecue franchise, opened its first Miami location at The Palms in Kendall on Sunday, May 26. Barbecue lovers started to gather at 7 a.m. although doors didn’t open until 11 a.m., in hopes of being among the first 99 customers and winning free VooDoo BBQ for a year. The free barbecue prize drew

These young ladies were among the lucky 99 who won free barbecue for a year.

crowds of 200-plus people, making for a very successful grand opening. The restaurant is located in The Palms at Town & Country shopping center, 8405 Mills Dr., Unit 208, in Kendall, just off of SW 88th Street near Florida’s Turnpike. “We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” said Jack Flechner, president of BBQ Boyz LLC, which is franchising VooDoo BBQ & Grill in South Florida. “It meant so much to have the Kendall community’s support at our grand opening.” VooDoo BBQ & Grill offers competitive-style barbecue prepared with a New Orleans flair. The menu features ribs, pulled pork, chicken and brisket, all handrubbed with authentic Cajun and Creole spices and slowly smoked to perfection right on site. It also offers Big Easy favorites like Gumbo and PoBoy sandwiches, as well as salads, hamburgers and other specialty sandwiches. Also on the menu are hearty side dishes that include Gris Gris Greens, Rattlesnake Beans, Corn Pudding, Zapp’s Potato Chips and Sweet Potato Souffle. New Orleans-based Voodoo BBQ & Grill has been recognized as one of the fastest growing “fast casual” restaurant

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CAP Summer Concert Series brings top classical, jazz artists to Gables BY ROBERT HAMILTON

This summer, June 13-Aug. 22, in a quiet Miami neighborhood and within the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s intimate, historic Spanish-revival style setting, concertgoers will have the unique opportunity to be awed and entertained by the music industry’s most talented and revered classical and jazz figures. These artists will perform and delight audiences on the Community Arts Program 2013 Summer Concert Series. The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 62,000 people since it began in 1985. The series has grown into a valued tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that also provides music education to children within its Conservatory for the Arts. “The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” said Shelton G. Berg, dean of the University of Miami Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. “The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides highquality music education to children, many

of whom would otherwise be awarded Prix du Jazz Vocal denied access to the wonder of 2012 (Vocal Album of the Year) music and the beauty of the by the Jazz Academy in France. artistic spirit,” he added. With a Billie Holiday lyricism “We are very excited to again and Sarah Vaughan depth, present a diverse and world-class Catherine Russell — with line up of artists,” said Mark pianist Mark Shane, Matt Hart, executive and artistic direcMunisteri, guitar and Lee tor of the Community Arts Hudson, bass — will bring conProgram. “It’s an honor to welcert goers to the edge of their come concert goers from across seat on the way to their feet. the state and as far away as On June 27 the Summer Orli Shaham Europe, and rewarding to see the Concert Series presents Orli growth of our music education Shaham, who touts an impresprogram for kids. In all, we’ve sive international reputation as come to provide exceptional culone of today’s most gifted tural and educationally enriching pianists. Recognized for her experiences for more than 3,000 grace, subtlety and vitality, children and adults each year.” Shaham is a consummate musiOpening night of the 2013 cian also praised for many Summer Concert Series on June recording collaborations with 13 brings a singing sensation her brother, violinist Gil born into musical royalty. Shaham. In a recital of Chopin, Daughter of Louis Armstrong’s Brahms, and a unique presentalong-time musical director, Luis tion of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at Catherine Russell Russell, Grammy Award winner an Exhibition, concertgoers will Catherine Russell has been mak- –––––––––––––––– experience Orli Shaham’s prodiing fans and friends since the 2006 release gious skills and interpretations admired by of her debut album, Cat. Catherine’s latest critics over four continents. release, Strictly Romancin’, was just Other concert performers are:

• July 11, Pepe Romero, classical guitarist; • July 25, Brubeck Brothers Quartet (jazz); • Aug. 8, Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra, and • Aug. 22, John Pizzarelli (jazz guitarist and singer). Individual general admission tickets are $30 each in advance and $35 at the door (based on availability); Individual patron tickets are $45 each in advance and $50 at the door (based on availability). Individual patron tickets include reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows and catered pre-concert receptions — complimentary wine and beverage service with fine Coral Gables’ restaurant food stations. Series tickets also are available. Order tickets by calling 305-448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at <www.CommunityArtsProgram.org>. All concerts are Thursdays at 8 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available. Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Blvd. (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel) in Coral Gables.


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Carl Hiaasen exposes more of Florida’s society in new novel BY ERINN HARTMAN

Carl Hiaasen — award-winning journalist, columnist for the Miami Herald, and bestselling novelist — has won international acclaim for his relentless skewering of his beloved Florida. In his columns and novels, he has taken on telemarketers, tourists, land developers, and politicians, among others — all part of his ongoing quest to expose the underbelly of Florida society and politics. Now, in Bad Monkey (Knopf, 6/11), he sets his sights on Medicare fraudsters and restaurant inspectors (and a very bad monkey…). Andrew Yancy has a human arm in his freezer. The theory is that a boating-accident separated it from its owner, but Yancy remains convinced the explanation is full of holes. And since he has been let go from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department for publicly punishing his girlfriend’s husband with a vacuum cleaner attachment, he thinks if he can prove it was murder, he can move from his grisly health inspector gig back onto the force. But Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of events with unpredictable characters, including the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; two avariciously optimistic real-estate speculators; a Bahamian voodoo witch known as the Dragon Queen, whose suitors are blinded unto death by her peculiar charms; a gorgeous, kinky coroner from Miami-Dade County, and the eponymous bad monkey, who earns his place among Carl Hiaasen’s greatest characters. Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in

Florida. He is the author of 11 previous novels, including the best-selling Nature Girl, Skinny Dip, Sick Puppy, and Lucky You, and three best-selling children’s books — Hoot, Flush, and Scat. His most recent work of nonfiction is The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport. He also writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald. Hiaasen will be speaking on Tuesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. in Coral Gables. The event is in conjunction with Books and Books Coral Gables. Tickets are free but are required and may be obtained at the Coral Gables store.

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Celebrate Father’s Day, June 16, at the Deering Estate at Cutler BY CATHY GUERRA

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Enjoy a Summer Cabaret Concert inside the historic Stone House Ballroom on Saturday, June 15, or a relaxing bay cruise on Sunday, June 16. The Summer Cabaret Concert featuring Kirk Green begins at 8 p.m.; Main Gate opens at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per concert (or $55 for the three-concert series. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-2351668, ext. 233. The Deering Estate’s Summer Cabaret Concert Series features eclectic and world music artists in the intimate setting of the historic Stone House Ballroom. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show. Father’s Day Bay Cruise is from 2 to 4 p.m. (arrive at 1:30 p.m.). Cost is $35 per person Space is limited; reservations are required. Call 305-235-1668, ext. 233. ?Celebrate Father’s Day with a cruise on Biscayne Bay. Discover South Florida’s

nature and history aboard the Pelican Island Skipper pontoon boat, a 45-foot Corinthian Catamaran. A Deering Estate Education and Interpretive staff member will talk about birds, sea mammals, Native Americans, and early pioneers. The boat will pass Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and restored bird rookery. Weather and water conditions are closely monitored prior to departure. Trips may be cancelled and rescheduled due to weather and water conditions. For more information, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>. 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 (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) with admission to the Estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>.

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CocoWalk sets up a sizzling summer HS grads have 2nd chance to avoid from Father’s Day to Fourth of July developmental education classes BY LEEANN HALL

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BY LEE STEPHENS

Summer means fun outdoors and there is no place better for family fun than CocoWalk. The open-air shopping, dining and entertainment center in the heart of Coconut Grove is announcing a Father’s Day event on Sunday, June 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. A Mile of Smiles will have creative gifts that kids can make for dad, and everyone loves the balloon artist and magical face painter. The lovely and talented Donella also is set to perform pop, dance, and Latin songs from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Courtyard. For the first time, Dos Equis is presenting world-renown 3D street artist Tracy Lee Stum for a five-day super street-chalk creation at CocoWalk. Beginning June 18, Tracy and her crew will be drawing and chalking a fantastic piece of art that is sure to leave its viewers in awe. The final production will be on display until Saturday,

June 22. Bring the family for a fresh look at 3D chalk art. It’s time to get ready for CocoWalk’s fifth annual Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition. Five competitors will be vying for the title “Hot Dog Eating Champ” and the coveted collection of first place prizes and goodies. Last year’s winner, Juan Angel, ate 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes and stole the victory from runner-up Daniel Encinosa. Paragon Grove 13 sponsors the hot dogs and prizes are donated by CocoWalk and local Grove merchants and businesses. Live music begins with Slick & Slac at 2 p.m., and kids will be treated to holiday freebies, fantastic face painting, and festive balloons and toys until 6 p.m. To keep the party rocking, a Classic Rock band will take the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. to deliver high-energy songs from the 1960s and ’70s. It’s a fitting tribute to America’s birthday celebration.

diagnostic test that identifies their skill gaps and areas for improvement. This year’s high school graduates Instruction is modularized, targeting skill attending Miami Dade College (MDC) in gaps directly. Students will re-take the the fall will have an opportunity to PERT on the last day of class. The nomiincrease their scores on the Florida nal $26 registration charge includes the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test PERT re-testing fee. (PERT) by taking test preparation classes Space is limited. To register, students must in mathematics, reading and writing this visit <www.mdc.edu/ce/testprep_HS.aspx> summer. or ask their high school CAP advisor or gradStudents with low PERT scores have to take uation coach for more information. developmental education classes as a pre-reqThe test prep classes are offered in part uisite to college-level coursthrough a Completion by es. Developmental educaDesign grant and the The goal of this tion classes can increase the Hispanic Access to money and time spent in College Education c o l l e c t i v e e ff o rt i s college for students. Resources Project t o i n c re a s e t h e To be eligible for col(¡HACER!, Spanish for lege-level coursework, “to do.”) p ro p o rt i o n o f students must achieve no Completion by Design less than the following is a five-year Bill and Americans with PERT “cut” scores: Melinda Gates Reading, 104; Writing, Foundation initiative h i g h - q u a l i t y d e g re e s 99, and Mathematics, that partners with coma n d c re d e n t i a l s t o 6 0 munity colleges to sig113. Students whose scores are lower than nificantly increase comp e rc e n t b y t h e y e a r these “cut” scores can pletion and graduation improve their placement rates for low-income 2025, a national in developmental educastudents under 26. movement known tion by taking test prepa¡HACER! is a collabration classes. orative initiative with as Goal 2025. Students who took the the Lumina Foundation test prep classes last sumand 17 community partmer improved their PERT scores; approx- ners, including MDC; Miami-Dade imately half of the completers improved County Public Schools; Univision; their scores by at least one placement College Summit; the Education Fund; level, and half of this group (or 25 percent uAspire; Single Stop USA; Bank of overall), placed into college-level courses, America and FIU to support and sustain thereby avoiding the developmental edu- college access and success for Latino cation classes. students. Test prep classes start June 17 and end The goal of this collective effort is to on Aug. 23. Each class is one-week long increase the proportion of Americans with — three hours per day, Monday through high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 Friday. percent by the year 2025, a national moveOn the first day, students will take a ment known as Goal 2025.

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Treat dad to a day full of fun at Jungle Island BY ASHLEY SERRATE

the Dezer Collection and listen to Mad World Orchestra performing classic hits Jungle Island has announced the inaugu- from the ’70s and ’80s. Plus kids will enjoy ral Father’s Day Bash on June 16. The Jungle Island’s built-in playground, petting Father’s Day Bash is the zoo and the special kids perfect event for dad to zone created by Sitter Jungle Island has enjoy the things he loves. — Central Miami featuring announced the all in one place. All dads get face painting, activities in free with an accompanyand more. The Miami i n a u g u r a l F a t h e r’ s D a y ing full paid admission. Dolphins, Miami Marlins Bash on June 16. Featuring brew samples and the Fort Lauderdale T h e F a t h e r’ s D a y B a s h from Samuel Adams all day Strikers also will have fun long and a delicious offering activities for kids. i s t h e p e rf e c t e v e n t f o r of South Florida’s best barJungle Island’s Father’s dad to enjoy the things becue from a variety of food Day Bash is an ideal way trucks including Mojo on he loves — to spend a day with dad all the Go, Monster Burgers, while enjoying barbecue, all in one place. Waffleosophy, Che Grill and brew, live entertainment Dough Catering. There’s and the many amazing also a specially designed Man Cave where attractions and exhibits that Jungle Island dad can relax courtesy of Metro PCS and has to offer. Dave & Buster’s. For more information on this unique The whole family can also check out event, visit online at <www.jungleisclassic cars from Miami’s Auto Museum at land.com/Fathersday>.

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Library system, Dolphins join for another summer of reading fun BY VICTORIA GALAN

The Miami-Dade Public Library System and the Miami Dolphins Foundation are teaming up for another exciting summer of reading. Summer Reading 2013 has begun and continues through Saturday, July 21. The summer reading program is divided into three categories: “Dig into Reading” for children through age 12; “Beneath the Surface,” for teens 13-18; and “Groundbreaking Read,” for adults 19 and older. To earn a grand prize ticket, children and teens are encouraged to read two or more hours each week, for adults the requirement is four hours. Completed tickets are entered into a grand prize drawing. Prizes include: Miami Dolphins VIP

Training Camp experience, Miami Dolphins VIP Game Day experience and Miami Dolphins memorabilia (children and teens), LeapPad2 with three games, FAO Schwartz Big Play Theater, Wii U 32GB, Nintendo 3DX XL with Mario Kart and Miami Seaquarium Dolphin encounter (children); Nikon COOLPIX L810 digital camera, Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 32 GB, iPad mini 16 GB (teens) and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9inch 32GB, Keurig B70 Platinum Brewing System and iPad mini 16GB (adults). The grand prize is a $500 Walt Disney World gift card which can be used at any Walt Disney World resort. Enjoy special summer programs at a branch near you throughout the Summer Reading Program. For more information, call 305-375-BOOK (2665) or visit <www.mdpls.org>.

ARE YOU READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON? Batteries Plus® Offers Tips for Staying Powered Up and Connected in the Eye of the Storm

With hurricane season approaching (June through November), residents of South Florida should be prepared for widespread power outages and potential property damage. Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest and fastestgrowing battery and light bulb franchise, encourages consumers to take action now by stocking up on essential preparation and safety items. . “We recommend that consumers stock up on a variety of products that will maximize the battery life of items like flashlights and charging stations and keep communication lines open as long as possible so they can stay informed on breaking storm announcements,” said Chuck Kesl, owner of Batteries Plus in Miami Lakes, Fla. In preparation of the impending hurricane season, Batteries Plus Bulbs recommends stocking up on the following items. • Power Inverters –Power inverters

allow you to use a car’s battery to run a variety of electronic devices, including phones, laptops, cameras and other appliances. • Flashlights – As a general rule of thumb, have one flashlight per person in your household. • Backup Chargers for Mobile Devices – External, portable battery packs, including one solar-charged and one extended-capacity battery, can help keep a smartphone juiced up longer than its normal battery life. • Alkaline Batteries – Stock up on two to three sets of backup batteries, including AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt, and 6 volt, for every device that requires a charge. • Generator Starting Battery – The battery for your home or business generator has been in storage and needs to be checked. Bring in your generator and other batteries to Batteries Plus for free testing.

• Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs – Make sure these are in working order and replace batteries regularly. • Solar charger for car, boat, mobility and more – This will help you recharge when the power is out. • Spare batteries – Consider spare batteries for laptops, mobility and certainly medical devices. • Radios – A battery-powered, twoway or hand-crank radio, plus a NOAA weather radio with tone alert to stay informed about weather and evacuation announcements. Other essentials – Stock up on water, non-perishable, easy-to-prepare foods such as canned goods and food that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Batteries Plus is located at 5640 NW 167th Street in Miami Lakes (just off the Palmetto Expy (FL-826) and Red Road (NW 57th Ave), in the Home

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Animal Services, MDCPS join for Pollo Tropical promises wild a lesson on taking care of pets summer with zoo promotion BY GILDA NUÑEZ

Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) in collaboration with Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) implemented a Taking Care of Pets Lesson, which was made a part of the third, fourth and fifth grade curriculum. This lesson plan was launched into the classrooms recently at all public elementary schools reaching an estimated 89,300 students. This is a milestone in responsible pet ownership and marks the first time that ASD and MDCPS joined forces in an education initiative to address the pet overpopulation problem. This lesson is set to teach students about pets’ basic needs and care. The lesson will promote responsible pet ownership and at the same time stimulate students in devel-

oping character behaviors (i.e. kindness, honesty, fairness, integrity, responsibility) when taking care of pets. “We are very pleased to join forces with Miami Dade County Public Schools, and to become part of the school’s curriculum in educating our young children the importance of pet care and responsibility”, said Alex Muñoz, director of ASD. “Our goal is to teach these children respect for all animals and, hopefully, they will one day become loving and responsible pet owners themselves!,” Muñoz added. Each year, ASD receives over 30,000 pets. For more information, about services, pets available for adoptions, volunteer opportunities and found pets, visit <www.miamidade.gov/animals> or call 3-1-1.

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BY CARLYE RYAN

Summer with your family is getting wilder and delicious with the Pollo Tropical Summer Zoo Promotion now available at Zoo Miami as well as Lion Country Safari of West Palm Beach, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. As part of its Summer Zoo Promotion, Pollo Tropical is offering free Create Your Own Family Meals to support Florida zoos. During the month of June, anyone who joins or renews a family-category zoo membership (or above) at Zoo Miami and the other zoos will receive a coupon for a free Pollo Tropical Create Your Own Family Meal — complete with a whole marinated grilled chicken, four rolls and choice of any two sides. In addition to the famous Pollo Tropical marinated, flame-grilled chicken, zoo members redeeming the family meal offer

can choose from many freshly-made sides including white rice and beans, yellow rice with vegetables, boiled yuca with a garlic “mojo” sauce, Caesar salad, balsamic tomatoes and other regional favorites. Zoo Miami, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens memberships are valid for one calendar year and include unlimited zoo admission, invitations to members-only events and previews, gift shop discounts, educational programs, summer camp discounts, free subscriptions to zoo news material and more. “While we celebrate families year-round at Pollo Tropical, summer promotions like this one are a great way for families to enjoy great times and eat together,” said Sandra Pascual, Pollo Tropical director of marketing. For full promotion details and more information visit online at <www.pollotropical.com>.


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Jeep Cherokee SRT8 lineup adds new SE models Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is back in the 2013 lineup and billed as “the most powerful, technologically advanced, highperformance Jeep vehicle ever.” This top-of-the-line model has a combination of Jeep’s legendary capability and utility, merged with the advanced performance engineering from Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team. Joining the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 lineup for 2013 are two new special-edition models, the Bright White “Alpine” edition and Brilliant Black “Vapor” edition. Both models feature the addition of Black Vapor Chrome finish to the standard split fivespoke, 20-inch wheels along with unique gloss black exterior appointments, including the Jeep hood badge, Grand Cherokee door badge, Front grille surround and inserts, rear light bar and step pad and rear liftgate SRT8 badge accent. Standard luxury content includes premi-

um leather door trim panels, instrument panel and center console along with a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and Blind-spot Monitoring. Exclusive SRT leather wrapped and heated steering wheel features mounted paddle shifters for handson-the-wheel shifting both on road and at the racetrack. This “most powerful Jeep vehicle ever” comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 hp and 465 pounds-feet of torque. That kind of power also makes the SRT the best performing Jeep vehicle ever, with a 060 mph speed of 4.8 seconds; a quartermile clocking in the mid-13 second range; and a top speed of 160 mph. The Grand Cherokee SRT also has an advanced adaptive damping suspension managed by the Selec-Track system, making it “the best handling Jeep ever.” There’s also an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology to engage over a wider rpm range for fuel efficiency and enable a 450-mile range. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing delivers maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power across a wide rpm band. Specifically, 90 percent of peak torque is

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available between 2,800 and 6,000 rpm, allowing for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance. At the same time, there are such luxuries as a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, with innovative GreenEdge technology, and an available 825 watts of power. The MSRP on the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is $60,365; add on $2,495

for the Alpine or Vapor special edition package. Production will be limited to 400 units of each model for the U.S. market. 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 correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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15 Seaview Avenue 305-606- 3007 1.3 acre Marina Facility in the Florida Keys. Ocean access, protected deep water lagoon. —————————— 29430 SW 172 Ave 305-979-0370/ 3 bedroom 3 bath redland ranch with walk-in closets on 1 acre. Screened in pool and spa and dog kennel. —————————— Realty World Office: 305-251-4044 Cell: 305-613-8421 Dr. Patricia Brumley, Realtor brumley@ gmail.com —————————— We Buy Houses 305-726-2422/ Call Today for a Cash Offer on Your House. www.welovetobuyhouses.com

LANDSCAPING LANDSCAPING Otero 786-499-9501 Residential and Commercial Landscaping services —————————— Steve Moring 305-233-0699 Tree Trimming, Landscaping, Fence work, Stump Grinding, Chickee Huts, Free Estimates —————————— Verber’s Jungle Garden 305-242-9500 Wholesale and Retail Nursery. 24605 SW 197th Ave.Homestead, FL 33031 —————————— ArborTreck Tree Services 786-236-6784/ Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, Specializing in Hazardous Removalstkolo@ bellsouth.net —————————— Joey’s Tree Service 305-666-2044 Tree Trimming, Stump Grinding, Tree Planting, Removals

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MISCELLANEOUS MISCELLANEOUS TWO BOATS FOR SALE 28’ Bertram 1972 Restored wires, motors, paint, 350 Marine Power - 700 Hours. $27,000 28’ Bertram 1973 New long blocks, stearing, new shaft, rebuilt transmissions, new props and the list goes on. $17,000. Both Vessels: $39,000 Call Captain John: 305-522-4787 —————————— Study of an investigational medication for menopausal hot flashes Research study for participants in good health having hot flashes every day between the ages of 45 and 65 years old. call 305-596-9901.

Miami Crystal 305-767-7550 Cleaning service; Carpet, Tile & Grout Discounts for Seniors and the Disabled —————————— Plaster Repair 305-238-3956 / Interior Ceilings & Walls, Water Damage Repair, Match Any Finish, 30 Years Experience —————————— The Solution Cleaning Service 305-392-6696 Carpet Cleaning, Free Estimates, Commercial & Residential —————————— Byran Home Health Care For the Elderly 786-732-4635 Elderly Care, Errands and Personal Care Needs Aztek —————————— Pool Service 786-273-8796/ Maintenance, Plumbing, Pumps, Acid Wash, Filters, Motors, Lights, Electric. —————————— Florida Storm Protection, Inc. 305-971-9379/ Storm Panels, Impact Glass, Bahama &Colonial Shutters. 16215 SW 117 Ave. Suite 2 Miami, FL 33177 Licensed & Insured —————————— Nursing Registry Inc 305-252-7511 16201 SW 95th Suite #213 Miami, FL 33157 —————————— Tiki Huts 305-259-9232 New Installation and Repair —————————— Spray Rite Inc. 305-598-3866 Complete Pest Control Services —————————— Isabella Concrete Finish 305-781-0188 Concrete services, Patios and Pool Decks, Specializing in Driveways. Lic. #11BS00563 —————————— Carpet Steam Cleaning 954-479-1302/ Basic Cleaning, Tile and Grout, Sofas, Driveway Pressure Cleaning, A/C Duct Cleaning.

Video Lab 305-665-6697 Transfer Old Home Movies to DVD and Video Disc —————————— Asian Massage 305-665-6055 Shiatsu, Swedish & Chinese Tuiana 5815 SW 72nd St. Suite A, 2nd Floor South Miami, FL 33143 —————————— Riva Insurance Group 305-252-8680/ Group Health Insurance, Individual Health Insurance, Medicare Supplements —————————— Sunshine Painting & Restoration Co. 305-668-4344. Coating & Waterproofing Specialist. 8305 SW 117 Ter. Miami, FL 33156. Lic.#CC 18924 —————————— Garay Kitchens & Baths, Inc. 786-252-8474 Over 20 Years of Experience, Custom Cabinets, Complete Remodeling, Free Estimates. —————————— Ace Grooming and Boarding 305-264-1717/ Voted Best Groomer in South Florida by CBS Channel 4 —————————— Friendly Wheels (305) 790-6880 or 305-230-5606/ Personal Driving Services —————————— One Price Dry Cleaners is now providing Pick-up and delivery free of charge 305-259-3800 —————————— Dog from Ipanema It’s the best place to pamper your pooch 305-663-1712

PAINTERS/ PAINTERS / HANDYMAN HANDYMAN Steve’s Painting 305-248-8180 Free Estimates, House Painting, Pressure Cleaning & Roof Cleaning. Lic. & Ins. CC#968500340 —————————— Painter and Handyman 786-337-2374/ Call for an Estimate

PLUMBERS PLUMBING Arko Plumbing Corp. 305-978-6937 Backups, Slow Drains, Water Damage, Experts in Cast Iron Drainage Problems Chapman Septic Service 305-661-0628 Drainfeild Installation and Repairs, Pump-Out, Septic tank Inspections

ROOFING ROOFING Evans Roofing 305-896-4846 Re-Roofing, Roof Repair, Free Estimates Lic. CCC1326276 —————————— Roofing Repairs 305-216-4717 Residential & Commercial, Wood Replacement/ Repairs. Free Estimates and Consultation. Lic. CCC052480/ CGC1515299

SUMMER SUMMER PROGRAMS PROGRAMS Fit 2 Play Call: 331 or visit www. miamidade.gov/parks Miami-Dade County Parks Summer Camps programs —————————— Teen Miami Summer Institute 305-375-1601 Photography, research, culture and design. Work with other teens and experts to create an exhibition. —————————— FunCamps 305-666-2992 Magicamp, Jurassicamp, Space & Rocket Camp, Amazing Science Camp www.funcamp.com —————————— MVSA Summer Camps (305) 234-0723 Dance, Music, Fashion & Acting Camps. Ages 5-14, in Pinecrest.


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DIABETES CLINICAL TRIAL Do you have Type 1 Diabetes? Do you use an Insulin Pump? Are you 18 or older? If so, BDA Research is seeking participants for an FDA-approved study. Medication is supplied, and compensation is provided for time and travel. Our center has conducted over 250 diabetes trials in the last 21 years under the supervision of board-certified endocrinologists. If interested, please call us at 305-595-8252.

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