JANUARY 20 - 26, 2009
Council one step closer to new village hall site BY GARY ALAN RUSE
Miami-Dade Public Library events to celebrate Black History Month
fter a unanimous council vote at the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 12, the Village of Palmetto Bay is one step closer to finding a permanent site for its village hall. Resolution No. 9-I on the evening’s agenda officially authorized the village manager, Ron Williams, to “pursue the possible acquisition of the property located at 9705 East Hibiscus Street, Palmetto Bay, FL, for governmental use and purpose.” Formerly the Neighbors Supermarket property, the deal may close in as little as two months if all goes well. The village manager was directed to investigate the purchase and return the results of his findings to the village council, including reports on feasibility, environmental impact and the various available financing options that provide the greatest advantage to the village. The council then will have to ratify the
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The former Neighbors Supermarket property may become the new village hall location.
agreement to purchase. Village Hall currently is located at 8950 SW 152 St. (Coral Reef Drive) in the old BellSouth building, where the village has been leasing space since June 2003, currently for about $13,000 a month, or roughly $156,000 a year.
Prior to that, Village Hall had shared space with Chamber South in the tiny stone building at 900 Perrine Ave. Cost of the former Neighbors proper-
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Local runner finishes well in Disney Half Marathon Justine Knecht, who serves as Howard Drive Elementary PTA president when she is not engaged in running events, is pictured with her favorite local newspaper after completing the Disney Half Marathon on Jan. 10. Her time of 1:54:04 put her in the top 10 percent of all 12,434 runners.
esidents of all ages are invited to participate in the Black History Month celebration at Miami-Dade Public Libraries. Hear renowned storytellers and authors, explore the history of jazz, create your own masterpiece in an arts and crafts workshop or see an exhibition. Acclaimed author and storyteller Donna Washington will begin the celebration with two appearances on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Model City Branch, 2211 NW 54 St., at 10:30 a.m., and at the West Kendall Regional, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., at 3:30 p.m. Washington will visit several other branches later that week. On Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., join musicians Nicole Yarling, Bossa Nova, Son de Ahora and more, in a “Night of Jazz” at the Main Library, 101 W. Flagler Street. Also performing, at various b r a n c h e s throughout the month, are celebrated storytellers Baba
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Friendship Circle 3K Walk to help ‘special needs’ kids BY ROBERT HAMILTON The Friendship Circle of Miami will hold its inaugural Three-kilometer Friendship Walk on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Kendall to raise money to support programs for children with special needs and their families. Established in 2003, the Friendship Circle of Miami is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 50 families in south Miami-Dade County and involves nearly 100 teen volunteers. The teens form friendships and share activities with kids with Downs syndrome, autism, ADD and other emotional or physical challenges. Families of special needs children also receive support in the program. The money raised from the 3K Friendship Walk will help fund child-centered activities including volunteer teen training, special outings, fitness programs, camps, fairs and festivals. At the center of the Friendship Circle is the relationship between teens and kids. Teenage volunteers visit children with special needs for play dates in their homes once a week. “Kids with special needs want to have fun and have friends just like other children,” said Nechama Harlig, Friendship Circle director. “Yet friends are what are often missing in their lives. The Friendship Circle creates those special bonds. Teens connect with children in ways that adults and therapists cannot.” Emma Singer, 16, a student at Coral Reef High School, has been a friend to
a child with special needs, for three years. Singer and Patricia Dranoff visit Justin every week. “The experience with Justin has changed my life,” Emma said. “Justin is so optimistic and always has a smile on his face. He is waiting at the door for us and is so excited when we visit. His smile makes me smile.” Singer and Dranoff spend their time with Justin playing board games, cooking, coloring, and pushing him on the swing. “Justin’s unwavering joy and optimism has taught me to appreciate life, no matter what comes my way,” Emma said. “The volunteer teens get just a much from the experience as the kids,” Harlig said. “Giving of their time and energy makes them less focused on themselves. Their moral character grows as they learn the value of being of service to others.” The Feb. 1 Friendship Walk will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will begin at the Chabad campus, 8700 SW 112 St. The walk will proceed through the local streets and culminate in a festival with music, refreshments and entertainment at the Chabad campus. The Friendship Circle is nonsectarian and nondenominational and its programs are open to all and are offered free of charge to qualifying families. Funding comes primarily from charitable donations from the community. For more information, call 305-234-5654 or go to <www.walking4friendship.com>.
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ket that it will never be available again. “There’s no perfect spot. We’re not like Weston where you can plan it all out from the very beginning, so everything is a matter of retrofitting. But I think it’s a great choice and it leads to many positives.” It’s also right outside the area where the water and other infrastructure improvements will take place. Dr. Ed Feller, District 1 councilmember, proposed amending the resolution by adding the word “possible” before “acquisition” so that the manager would not be locked into buying the property at the offered price, but he agrees that the location has clear advantages. “I think it’s a good site,” Feller said. “I think the positive factors of it are that it’s right in the middle of what will eventually be the area of major growth and development and the commercial area of Palmetto Bay. It’s across from a fire station. It has plenty of parking.” Mayor Flinn confirmed that they are serious about the site and are moving forward with the process. “We’re doing our due diligence on it now,” Flinn said. “We’re hoping to have our closing on it sometime in March and begin work immediately on it. It will help create jobs, and we’re looking to see if we can get some stimulus money for it. If we wait any later, we’re looking at diminishing grant money being available.”
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ty is $4.4 million, which includes an addendum providing for a $25,000 price reduction if closing occurs within a 45-day period. Village Mayor Eugene P. Flinn Jr. thinks the location is a reasonable one for a variety of reasons. “It’s in the area that is the biggest public investment in the village — the Franjo Triangle/US1 Commercial Island area,” Mayor Flinn said. “It says we’re serious about the renovation of that area. It’s going to be a great anchor. It’s going to encourage further investment there. “It’s going to have Franjo Road frontage, which is a road we’re going to try to make a village main street. It will also have US1 frontage, for visibility and accessibility,” the mayor said. “It’s going to bring a lot of presence to the area and show our confidence, and encourage others to have confidence in that area. I think it’s going to be a win-win for the community to have it there.” Mayor Flinn said that another plus is the fact that the property is not adjacent to residences, where it could create a problem. “It’s also close to the neighborhoods and fully buffered, but not in the neighborhoods,” he said. “You have to take advantage of opportunities when they cross your path. This property was available, then it wasn’t; now it is again. Chances are that if it goes off the mar-
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Village garage sales, an art contest and a new movie Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR
AROUND TOWN Not in my front yard? Think again. The village apparently had about 15 garage sales over this past weekend, at least as far as officially registered ones, which may be a record of sorts. We can’t help but wonder if the increase has anything to do with the current and projected economic hard times. Maybe some of those countless gas-guzzling SUV’s that are so popular in Palmetto Bay will turn up with price tags on the front lawn. The South Miami Drug-Free Coalition (SMDFC), an Informed Families-sponsored initiative, is inviting students in grades 6-12 in South Miami and surrounding communities to tout the benefits of living safe, healthy and drug-free through its just-announced student art contest. Students in two categories (grades 68 and grades 9-12) are invited to submit original works of art that illustrate the contest theme, “Drug Free Is The Key.” Entries will be judged by an independent panel of art specialists and community members, with the winning entries to be displayed at the 25th annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival, to be held during the last week of February, as well as other locations throughout South Miami. Additionally, winning artwork will be considered for possible use to promote Informed Families’ annual Red Ribbon Week or other drug-free activities sponsored by
SMDFC and Informed Families. Prizes will be awarded in the two age groups for first, second and third place, as well as one best-of-show selection and will be evaluated based on artistry, creativity, technical ability, impact and theme relevance. Entries are due Monday, February 2 and will be collected from – and returned to – participating schools by an SMDFC representative. Or, applicants may submit the entries postmarked no later than February 2, 2009 to Margaret Sotham at Informed Families, 2490 Coral Way, Miami, Florida 33145. Poster artwork should be twodimensional work using paint, graphics, photography or mixed media and must be un-matted on white, unlined paper no larger than 18” by 24”. Only original, student-created work (either hand-generated or computer-generated) will be accepted. For additional information regarding contest guidelines or to arrange for student artwork to be picked up, contact Margaret Sotham with Informed Families at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 305-962-5606. Hurry, hurry... You still have a chance to walk into a re-creation of Interama— Miami’s futuristic fair of the Americas from the 1960s, but only through January 25. Under development for decades, Interama was never built but captured the imagination of planners, architects and public officials during an era when Miami increasingly perceived itself as a hemispheric crossroads. See for the first time Interama drawings by such world-renowned figures as architectural renderer Hugh Ferriss and architects Marcel Breuer and Louis
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advised to take SW 87 Avenue north to use the Bird Road northbound ramp; if westbound on Miller, east of SW 72nd Avenue, detour north on 72nd to westbound Bird to get a northbound ramp. That’s the alert Holly White, Continental Park Homeowners Association prexy advises, via FDOT. (P. S.: Just be thankful that doesn’t apply to daytime traffic, especially during commuter hours!). A most succinct 11-point report on January budget-cutting by Florida legislators was made available by Commissioner Joe A. Martinez, including a prediction that a $4 billion “budget gap” projected for the state’s fiscal year 2009-10 to be addressed starting in March will likely look for several new revenue sources: $1 per pack on cigarettes; removing a sales tax exemption on bottled water; increasing enforcement of sales taxes on Internet and catalogue purchases. He also notes Miami-Dade delegation chair Juan Zapata successfully restored $1 million in mental health and substance abuse grants. If you want the full report, call his office at 305-552-1155 or send an email to: <email@example.com>. Thought of the day: Oh liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name! — Manon Roland Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.
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1 in 7 adults can’t read a newspaper article R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I have read many a newspaper headline in my 70-plus years, but never before have I seen such damning news about the status of education in America. USA Today (Jan. 9) carried a front page article with the headline “One in seven U.S. adults unable to read this story.” The article goes on to say that “an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children’s picture book…” What has happened to the United States? When I was a young boy my mother would say, “Kenneth, finish your dinner! Think about the starving Chinese who would love to have your food.” China, 70 years later, is sending 68,000 students a year to American universities
to enhance their education. Please tell me why is education so important to China as well as South Korea and India, but not to America? The national trend is going from bad to worse. Florida, joined by California and Nevada, are experiencing a higher percentage of adults now, than 10 years ago, who can read only at first or second grade levels. By contrast, in Mississippi the percentage of low-skill readers dropped from 25 percent to 16 percent between 1992 and 2003. David Harvey, president of ProLiteracy, an adult-literacy organization, says that, “Mississippi invested more in education… and they have done innovative programming. We need much more of that.” So what is Florida doing to reverse this trend in our state? Unbelievably, our legislature is cutting back on funding for our public school systems. Programs that might have been “innovative,” are more than likely, among those that will be eliminated to save dollars. Florida’s universities are losing tenured professors to universities outside the state. And, the millions of dollars invested
VIEWPOINT to support their research are going out of state along with the professors. Florida is not alone in experiencing severe cash shortage problems. However, other states seem capable of continuing to fund education — why not Florida? Again, David Harvey cites “undiagnosed learning disabilities, immigration and high school dropouts as reasons for the poor literacy numbers.” U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says efforts in adult literacy are inefficient and “scattered” across government agencies. I disagree with both. First, literacy problems should be addressed before children become adults. Then we wouldn’t have the adult problem. Secondly, immigrants come to this country in search of an education for their children as well as to earn a living. I wouldn’t blame it on them. High school dropouts are the result of lack of parental influence and the destruction of the family as
well as the educational system failing to make young people fully aware of the benefits of an education. Let’s send a survey team to China, India and South Korea to learn how they are motivating their youth. Bring the ideas back and put them into use in America. I am proud that the University of Florida won the national football championship, but there must be more to Florida higher education than sports. Winning will bring more potential football players to campus but how about students that want an education preparing for life after college?
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The economy is making for a nervous new year Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY It hasn’t taken long for the 2008 holiday season to rapidly turn into the “doom and gloom” of 2009. The latest unemployment figures show more of us are losing our jobs than at any time since the end of World War II. A staggering 524,000 workers were laid off in December. And economists predict unemployment will get even worse through at least the first half of 2009. It’s believed our national unemployment rate could grow from about 7.2 percent, where it stands today, to almost 10 percent or worse later this year. President Barrack Obama is readying his own $800 billion U.S. economic revitalization plan. It includes tax cuts for working families and businesses, as well as a broad job-creation package including public works projects aimed at fixing aging roads, bridges and public buildings. However, it’s also generating a lot of Congressional opposition. That’s because the U.S. budget deficit is expected to climb to $1.2 trillion dollars this year. We’re stuck between the rock and the hard place. We can go deeper into debt printing more money to bail ourselves out of the recession while at the same time risking that we will devalue the strength of the U.S. dollar around the world. Will it work? If you look to Wall Street as a measure of investor confidence, it’s actually still holding up pretty well. However, some analysts predicted a severe market crash before the end of last year. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. But Wall Street will be challenged severely over the coming months as more and more bad economic news dominates the marketplace. Meanwhile, the rest of us are still looking for help from Washington.
We voted for change back in November. And it can’t come fast enough for millions of families here and around the country that are still struggling to keep working, to stay in their homes and to pay their bills. That’s why we all need our own “Family Economic Revitalization Plan” right now. Simply put, we can’t afford to wait for Washington to finally help Main Street the way it’s already helped Wall Street. AL’S 2009 FAMILY PLAN Actually, my plan is very easy. • Cut all unnecessary spending. • Consider taking your lunch to work, rather than dining out. • If you have a cell phone, think about whether you need a wired landline as well. If you do have a cellular telephone plan, does everyone in your family really need their own phones? • If you have 400 channels of cable or satellite TV, are you really watching all of them? Can you trim your bills by cutting back all these endless premium options? • Have you done a yearly insurance checkup to see if you can trim your insurance bills by raising deductibles or cutting coverage? • Have you done your annual family budgeting by double checking your credit cards and home loan interest rates to see if you can find cheaper credit? • Have you reviewed your investment strategies and rebalanced your 401K contributions? • Are you already going through last year’s bills and statements searching for every available tax deduction as the Apr. 15 income tax deadline approaches? • Are you doing all you can at work to make yourself indispensable as more and more local companies consider deeper layoffs to trim their expenses? Are you considering improving your education or professional qualifications to make you a more valuable employee, or better qualified to compete for a new job if your employer goes out of business?
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Letter to the Editor Better deals ahead for purchase of village hall To the Editor: I agree the village needs a village hall and, as you all may recall, I was the person who brought to the “table” an offer to sell the old Brooks Furniture property on S. Dixie Highway for $2 million with an 18-month delayed closing, free rent for the first six months and market rent for the final 12 months for one half of the square footage. The deal was structured to allow the village immediate office space at a cost it then could afford just having been incorporated. My proposal was based on the overall plan I also then proposed to use that site as the basis for redeveloping the entire immediate area foreseeing the closing of Bally and the possibility that the Party Goods property might become available (suitable for expansion for the Police Department). But as you should also recall, everyone listened to John Breder who had an objection for every aspect of that proposal which led to my inability to hold it any longer, and Morris Reynolds bought it. The owner was a longtime friend of ours who was willing to work with the village through me. This is all “water over the dam” and I now only resurface that for context to what I am about to say. I question whether now is the time to settle on any site, given the current economic conditions nationally and locally as great deals likely will surface this year. The economic crisis is just now starting to spill over to the commercial property sector as businesses struggle, go in to bankruptcy and property foreclosures in the commercial sector are for sure to escalate this year. The list of prospects your committees looked at over the past year probably is outdated as I am certain that many more will become available over the coming months and most likely at much lower costs. You could even have the opportunity of getting Dixie Highway frontage as the Bally property now is empty and for sale and I suspect the Party Goods store could soon be available as well. What about the empty Chrysler property? What will happen to all those car dealerships as there is no question that many dealerships will close this year reflecting the consolidation of the auto industry, which will dramatically reduce dealerships nationally to reflect a restructuring leading to fewer product lines. AutoNation just yesterday announced a 50 percent reduction of anticipated auto purchases this year and that means a really sharp drop off in dealership activity. I believe there will be significant opportunities to procure a village hall this year but at a far lesser cost than the $10 million the Neighborhood site will cost ($4.4 million for property plus new construction and the rent yet to be paid for the two years the buildout will take). I also am concerned about that site being appropriate for a village hall due to safety. Palmetto Bay may be able to control safety within its borders but right across the street is West Perrine and that’s outside our jurisdiction. We want a village hall to which people can go at night safely and I question that site in this regard. Finally, just because we may get the property tax windfall from the removal of the mitigation, we want to be careful not spending it before we get it because we must reserve for lower tax revenues from lower property appraisals reflecting property devaluation for several years. For whatever that was worth. Gunther (Gus) Karger Palmetto Bay
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Gulliver’s Schusterman, Lawrence inducted into FACA Hall of Fame BY JENNIFER VAIDA Gulliver Schools’ Mark Schusterman and David Lawrence were inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame on Jan. 10. Schusterman currently serves as Gulliver’s athletic director, and Lawrence has since retired from coaching but is part of Gulliver Prep’s science faculty. Schusterman began coaching in 1985 for the softball, boys basketball and girls basketball teams at Gulliver Preparatory School. His softball teams have won more than 400 games, with five Final Four appearances to go with two state championships, one state runner-up, and four regional titles. Coach Schusterman was elected three times as head coach in the FACA Softball All-Star Classic and five times as an assistant coach. He has served as FACA District Softball chair for 14 years and currently is the FACA State Softball chair and FACA representative on the FHSAA Softball Advisory Committee. Coach Schusterman was named FACA/Florida Dairy Farmers Softball Coach of the Year in 2001 and was
Gulliver Schools athletic director Mark Schusterman (right) and former football coach David Lawrence were inducted into FACA’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 10.
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from the University of Oklahoma. He began coaching at Hamilton County High School in 1966. Throughout his career he has coached teams at Miami Coral Park, Punta Gorda, Lake Weir, South Dade, Coral Gables, and Gulliver Prep. Lawrence coached football, track, swimming, basketball, and tennis. His Lake Weir Boys Basketball team was state runner-up in 1975, and his Coral Gables Boys Track team was state runner-up in 1996. Coach Lawrence was elected as an assistant coach for the South Football All-Star Team, represented his district as district track chair, and served 14 years on the FACA Board of Directors. He was FACA President in 1997 and 1998 and currently serves as FACA Awards Chairman. He received the FACA Life Membership and Meritorious Service Awards for his outstanding contribution to high school athletics and the coaching profession. In order to be inducted, coaches must have a minimum of 20 years in the coaching profession and/or participation in FACA or service beyond the call of professional duty.
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MDPL Foundation to present third Library Champions Award BY VINORA HAMILTON The Miami-Dade Public Library Foundation will present its Third Annual Library Champions award to Georgie and Frank Angones, longtime advocates of literacy and the library. Georgie Angones is the assistant dean for Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Miami School of Law. Frank Angones is the immediate past president of the Florida Bar and is a partner at Angones McClure & Garcia PA. The event, billed as “Stories in the Garden,” will take place on Friday, Jan. 23, 6:30-10:30 p.m., in the courtyard of the Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111 St. The evening will feature Miami’s preeminent chef and author Thomas Buckley of Nobu, who will be joined by top chefs Arthur Artiles, Brosia; Tom Azar, Ahnvee; Sean Brasel, Meat Market; Jonathan
Eisman, Pacific Time; Marco Ferraro, Wish; Cindy Hutson, Ortanique on the Mile; Edgar Leal, Cacao; Frank and Andrea Randazzo, Talula, and Marc Vidal, Por Fin, in serving up delicious treats. Also participating in the event are local authors Rodrigo de la Luz, Anjanette Delgado, Carolina GarciaAguilera, Linda Gassenheimer, James Grippando and Fabiola Santiago. There will be music from the Carlos Averhoff Quartet and a Rum Bar donated by Matusalem Rum as well as wine and chocolates. Proceeds from the event will benefit the literacy programs of the Miami-Dade Public Library. To purchase tickets online ($100 per ticket), go to <www.mdplf.org>. Deadline is Jan. 21. For information, call 305-895-5843.
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"Something about the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man". --Winston Churchill They’re big, expensive and they eat a lot. So why do kids long for a pony? Dreams of freedom? Riding into the sunset? The thrill of speed and notion of a perfect partnership? Mastery of so much power? Patience and courage, learned by confronting a jump as we focus and persevere, builds confidence that carries over into daily life. It promotes overcoming of fears and increases the ability to deal constructively with difficult people. Tommy, six years old and in love with the idea of horses, until confronted with their actual size, said, “I don’t want to run. I don’t want to go fast.” We dealt with his fears of speed and falling through balance and steering exercises while standing still. Trotting has become his favorite exercise and Tigger is his new best friend. Overcoming fears will give him courage to make friends in school and the world, as well. Through relationship with non-verbal, non-human partners, we can learn much about ourselves: to handle frustration, distraction and fear, as well as separating our needs from those of our partners. Oscar, a small-business owner and former military, is self-critical and intense. He doesn’t drink or
smoke or go dancing so riding is his pleasure. Verdy is a sweet and willing but also intense. They are learning to relax, to be soft with one another. Lately, Oscar has been thrilled as he senses which leg is under him, to control Verdy with his weight rather than pulling on the reins, and with the immense power and tranquility when Verdy responds unhampered by tension from his rider. Success leads to success, in the arena and on the trail, and ultimately in his daily life. Riding enhances physical strength, balance and flexibility. Many riding students are also dancers, runners, or practitioners of yoga and the martial arts. It can ease the process of birthing children since some of the same muscles are involved. Many women can ride up until the last month of pregnancy. Equestrian therapies include hippo-therapy, (physical therapy on a horse), and horseassisted psychotherapy which aids in increasing self awareness and psychological change. Therapeutic riding is a method for teaching horsemanship to students with handicaps. A cerebral palsy patient who rode from the age of five to seventeen progressed from needing an assistant to hold him on the horse, to riding independently with a leader nearby just
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Boys & Girls Clubs receives grant to help kids with math, science BY DESERAE E. DEL CAMPO
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, which has been serving the youth in the community since 1940 and serves more than 13,000 boys and girls every year, has announced it will receive a $50,000 Innovation Generation grant from the Motorola Foundation. The funds will be used for the Learning Today Smart Tutor Program. The Motorola Foundation’s Innovation Generation grant program seeks to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and to help develop critical-thinking skills for the long term. Providing $4 million to K-12 programs across the U.S. in 2008, the initiative supports handson, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs. “The funds will enable us to provide children with a computer-based academic enhancement program, which will hopefully improve their academic learning and retention,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “This grant is a great source of assistance for our Clubs.” The Learning Today Smart Tutor Program will provide researchedbased, online instructional program and training in clubs in Miami-Dade. It will consist of university science faculty providing hands-on, inquirybased science activities and training
at all four clubs, as well as external evaluation through an ongoing assessment to ensure the program’s fidelity, and provide for program adjustments and enhancements. The program is further proof of how local initiatives can have a global impact. U.S. student achievement in STEM is lagging compared to the rest of the world. Evaluated against international competition, fourthgrade students score similarly, but by the time they reach 12th grade, U.S. students fall near the bottom in math and science. Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is working with Motorola to overturn this trend. “By showing students the realworld applications of concepts they learn in the classroom, Innovation Generation programs open their eyes to possibilities,” said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Foundation. “Programs like Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade develop students’ confidence and skills to succeed in a sophisticated world and a dynamic and competitive global marketplace.” Since 2000, the Motorola Foundation has contributed more than $35 million to education initiatives with a focus on STEM. For more information on the Innovation Generation grant program visit online at <www.motorola.com/giving>. For additional information on the Learning Today Smart Tutor Program visit <www.bgcmia.org>.
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Miami Christian School, founded in 1954 and Miami Dade Countyâ€™s oldest Christian school, will conduct a series of open houses during 2009. Interested families are invited to visit the campus on Saturday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Saturday, Apr. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Located at 200 NW 109 Ave., Miami Christian School offers education from K3 through high school and will begin offering daycare for children ages 18 months to 2 years in 2009. Miami Christian School has an outstanding academic reputation and is fully accredited by SACS and ACSI. MCS has T1 Internet access in all classrooms, labs and library. In addi-
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Dr. Francine Hamel, Neal Hamel named to lead Bet Breira School
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How to Select a Hearing Aid BY CURT HAGEDORN If you remember your grandfather or other relative with a box about the size of a transistor radio in their pocket with a wire running to an earplug, hearing aids have changed a lot since then. With the rise of digitization and computerization, hearing aids have become ever smaller, and more effective – in fact, like contact lenses, there are now even disposable models. However, unless you’re the kind of person who picks out a pair of reading glasses by trial and error at the local drugstore, you should really first consult with your physician and/or audiologist to make sure that you’re getting the proper hearing aid for you – and to make sure that your hearing loss isn’t cause by some other underlying problem. Also, since hearing can change over time, it’s important that you have a relationship with a professional that can help you analyze problems and make adjustments over time as you break in the device and learn how to use it over the long term. A hearing professional will do a variety of tests covering the full range of sounds and frequencies you may need assistance or have trouble hearing. What are called tone tests or pure tone tests measure the kind of hearing loss you might have. Speech recognition tests measure the threshold of volume where you can hear and understand speech. Finally, impedance tests help the audiologist understand the functioning of your middle ear in your overall hearing profile. Once these tests are completed, you can expect to be presented with the results of what is called “audiogram,” which will tell you if there is any variation in hearing between your right or left ears, your total level of hearing loss, and at what levels or frequencies you hear best. Your potential hearing aid will then be adjusted based upon these results. There are a number of different kinds of hearing aids available, not only in their operation but also how they’re worn. Conventional hearings aids pretty much are based upon the same “transistor radio” technology of your grandfather’s hearing aids. They have an analog microphone and amplifier, and a man-
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JANUARY 24, 2009 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 8790 SW 94th Street • Miami, FL 33176
Looking for a place to enjoy your favorite cigar? Then come join us at Havana Humidor of Pinecrest. Come in, sit back and relax in our comfortable lounge where you can enjoy your favorite cigar and Cuban coffee, while catching the game on our HD Plasma TV. We also offer free wireless internet, comfortable work areas and a great networking atmosphere.
12749 S. DIXIE HWY, PINECREST 33156
WWW.HAVANAHUMIDORCIGARS.COM Mon - Sat 11 AM - 9 PM
Sun Noon - 5 PM
on the Bet Breira Campus, just south of Baptist Hospital
We offer: Highly individualized curriculum Small class sizes, maximum 5:1 ratio 1:1 ratio available Occupational, Physical and Speech, Cognitive, ABA, Music and Hippotherapy provided. We accept McKay Scholarships for full payment based on a sliding scale if your child’s Matrix is 254 or 255. Parental intent deadline is Jan. 31st for Mar. 2nd enrollment. Mc Kay Website: www.floridaschoolchoice.org.
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism is excited to offer Hippotherapy (therapy on horseback) daily, after school and on Saturdays! Scholarships for After School and Saturdays available through the Children’s Trust.
Center for Autism, Inc. 8790 SW 94th Street • Miami, FL 33176 (305) 271-8790 • www.cbc4autism.org
January 20 - 26, 2009
Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition features works by young artists BY MITCH SNOW Works by young artists representing the diversity that nourishes Miami’s expanding art scene will be on view at Miami Art Museum during the annual Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition from Jan. 25 to Feb. 15. Hundreds of Miami-Dade middle and high school students and their families will gather at Miami Art Museum on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m., for the exhibition opening in the museum’s Ne Work Gallery. Award winners, selected from approximately 200 works on view at the museum, will be honored by school district officials during a 3 p.m. ceremony. The Miami-Dade County Schools Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition is an annual display of artwork produced by Miami-Dade County high school and middle school students as part of the regional and national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Every year winners of the Miami-Dade awards compete on the national level in New York. Students from Miami-Dade County schools consistently rank among the top winners at the national level — setting records for the number of awards won by the students of a single school district. In 2008, students from MiamiDade won 28 national awards. “The annual Scholastic Art Awards exhibition is only one of the ways Miami Art Museum is working with Miami-Dade schools to encourage engagement in the arts as a way of improving academic achievement,” MAM director Terence Riley said.
“In an effort to help schools cope with the current economic situation, the museum has dropped fees for classes visiting the museum and for teachers attending our teacher workshops,” he said. “We continue to look for other ways to help students get here, as well as ways of getting art to students in the schools.” The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have been conducted annually since 1923 to reward the creative achievements of students in grades 7-12 and to recognize excellence in teaching. The awards — the longest running, largest and most prestigious student recognition program in America — were established by Maurice R. Robinson, founder of Scholastic Inc. At the conclusion of this regional exhibition, top award-winning artworks are forwarded to the national program in New York City. Works of art and writing are submitted for the national jury process by 80 regions from across the United States. A distinguished panel of prominent artists, writers, and arts professionals selects the national awards. National awardees will be honored in New York. The Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; third Thursday of the month until 8:30 p.m.; closed Monday. Admission for MAM members, children under 12 and students (with valid ID) is free. Adults are $8, and seniors, $4. Free admission every second Saturday. Visit online at <www.miamiartmuseum.org>.
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January 20 - 26, 2009
Has been a local landmark restaurant in south Miami-Dade for over 20 years.
Sunset Dinner Menu Entrées come with choice of soup of the day or Caesar salad. All dinners include coffee, hot tea and choice of Chocolate Mousse Cake or Tiramisu.
Chicken Marsala $19.95
Tilapia Monaco $19.95
Chicken Raspberrie $19.95
Tilapia filet poached in white wine served over spinach, topped with béarnaise sauce and parmesan gratin.
A skinless breast of chicken marinated in raspberry vinegar, baked in a raspberry sauce, delicious!
Tilapia Francais $19.95
Coconut Crusted Chicken $19.95
Veal Tivoli $19.95
coconut crusted boneless breast of chicken with pineapple-mango salsa
a veal cutlet smothered in a cream champagne cream sauce with fresh mushrooms
Danish Stuffed Chicken $19.95
Veal Marsala $19.95
apples, prunes,seasoned bread crumbs and brandy demi-glaze sauce
with sautéed mushrooms in Marsala wine sauce
Beef Stroganoff on Fettuccine $19.95 Honey Ginger Salmon $19.95
tender pieces of beef mixed with fresh mushrooms in a stroganoff sauce
Grilled Salmon $19.95 served over spinach with béarnaise sauce
Steak Tidbits $19.95
Tilapia Almondine $19.95
Tender pieces of tenderloin satueed with onion, garlic and peppers in a burgundy wine sauce.
NEW Sunset Dinner Menu is Tuesday through Friday 5:30pm to 6:30pm Complete Dinners including coffee and dessert from $19.95. Join Fleming’s Email list for private specials throughout the month of December.
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www.flemingatasteofdenmark.com Or just ask your server.
Take out available: Catering / Corporate Events / Private Dining Rooms (up to 75 people) / Private Luncheon Parties Available.
Fleming A Taste of Denmark • 8511 SW 136th street Pinecrest 305-232-6444
January 20 - 26, 2009
Free community sing-along coming to Kendall, Jan. 24 BY JENNA WARD Before there was karaoke, there were sing-alongs, where people sang together for fun, minus the bar tab and the cheesy oldies hits. Since 1997, Miami Children’s Chorus has been bringing this traditional form of entertainment — the sing-along, not karaoke — to neighborhoods throughout MiamiDade County, and hundreds turn up to join in the fun. The next sing-along, “All Together Now,” is Sunday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. Admission is free. Music director Timothy A. Sharp, who has been with the chorus for nearly 20 years, was inspired to start the program to show people how much fun
singing can be. Sharp, who leads the sing-alongs, emphasizes that no previous singing experience is required. “The sing-alongs are our gift to the community,” he said. “It’s rewarding to see families meet together with others from their neighborhood to share in the joy of making music. No pressure to sound great. Just have a good time.” Miami Children’s Chorus is comprised of 140 youth, ages 8-16, who participate in the sing-alongs. Neighborhood children who come to the event can meet the young choristers and learn about singing in a chorus. Miami Children’s Chorus was established in 1965 and hopes to build on its history of bringing outstanding choral music to the community by inspiring more people to sing in groups.
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