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Tendrich addresses PBBA luncheon on village issues BY GARY ALAN RUSE oward Tendrich, village councilmember for District 2, addressed members of the Palmetto Bay Business Association (PBBA) at their monthly luncheon on Thursday, Apr. 2, at Fleming: A Taste of Denmark Restaurant, 8511 SW 136 St. Tendrich was quick to point out that the mayor and most of the other council members were in Tallahassee attending “Miami-Dade Days,” hoping to convince state legislators to consider funding programs and projects that are important to the village during the next year or two. “Last year, as a result of our participation in Tallahassee, we were able to secure $800,000 for storm-water infrastructure improvements, substantial funding for parks development, and a sizeable grant to implement recycling efforts across the village,” Tendrich said. “This year, Mayor Flinn, Vice Mayor Pariser, and Councilwoman Stanczyk, joined by village manager Ron Williams, are lobbying for additional storm-water funding, to control flooding, and assistance to further improve Palmetto Bay Park.” Tendrich promised that additional information about those efforts would be provided at future meetings or via the village’s website. He also gave an update on the progress of the newest park in the village, the Palmetto Bay Branch Library and Community Room at Ludovici Park. “We’re about 99.999 percent done with construction, inside and out,” Tendrich said. “All that remains are minor items on the ‘punch’ list. Landscaping is also wrapping up. And a ‘turn-over’ meeting is planned for mid-April with the MiamiDade Library System folks. “At that point, they will advise us when they will begin stocking and shelv-

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Perrine Elementary students display their self portraits

New law protects buyers of foreclosed properties BY HILDA CASTILLO uyers of foreclosed residential properties in unincorporated Miami-Dade County will be informed of the conditions of the property with a required report detailing the deficiencies of the property, under an ordinance adopted by the Miami-Dade County Commission on Dec. 2, 2008. Under the new ordinance, effective Apr. 1, the Certificate of Title holder of residential properties in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, which are acquired through a Certificate of Title

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During a Mar. 24 tour of the new Performing Arts Magnet facility at Perrine Elementary School, principal Maileen Alicea Ferrer (far left) introduces Palmetto Bay Councilmember Shelley Stanczyk to students in Ms. Morales’ Visual Arts program. Pictured students displaying their self portraits are (l-r, front) Terry Urbina, Diana Eusebio, Hunter Ball; (back) Savanna Sardi, Daniel Helie and Rocio Fernandez.

ing the facility. Looks like an early summer grand opening of the library. We’ll keep you posted.” Tendrich also discussed plans connected with Earth Week/Earth Day activities, including a guided kayak/canoe trip on Sunday, Apr. 19, with the assistance of a group of Tropical Audubon volunteers. There also will be another ladybug release at five different area schools on Apr. 22 and 23; a village clean-up/sing-along effort, called the Magical Musical Litter

Bus Tour, with local residents and students; an environmental discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 22, at the Council of the Whole meeting, and a Bike Tour on Saturday, Apr. 25. “It’s a big program, but it is hugely important to your village council that we recognize Earth Day in this way,” Tendrich said. “We want to be known as an ‘extreme green community’ and sharing the importance of conservation with the young people of our village is key is to this effort.”

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BY LAVERNE GUILLEN Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) honored recipients of the Employee Valor and Excellence Awards during its annual Medal Day ceremony on Mar. 20. More than 60 firefighters were recognized in six different categories, with the highest being the Silver Medal of Valor. This award is given to firefighters who have performed an act of outstanding bravery in the presence of extreme lifethreatening and personal danger, above and beyond the ordinary call of duty, and performed in the spirit of the department’s mission. Firefighter Nicholas DiGiacomo, a crew member on Fireboat 1, was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for his extraordinary rescue efforts during a fire at the Miami Beach Marina on Mar.

31, 2008. He rescued two people who were trapped inside a yacht that was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighter DiGiacomo risked his own safety by relinquishing his air pack and mask to the trapped individuals who were on the brink of being overcome by toxic smoke and flames. Using a power saw, he was able to cut an opening in the side of the yacht and freed the trapped occupants. “Firefighter DiGiacomo earned the Silver Medal of Valor for his heroic lifesaving actions,” said Fire Chief Herminio Lorenzo, “Our department is proud to honor him for the bravery he demonstrated at this incident.” Family members, elected officials, local police and fire chiefs from the entire South Florida area were in attendance to witness this award ceremony. This event is modeled in the rich tradition of FDNY’s award presentations.


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Winholds celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Talk about staying power. Marvin and Eleanor Winhold recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and received a special proclamation from the village to commemorate the fact. During remarks before the members of the Palmetto Bay Business Association monthly meeting on April 2, District 2 Councilman Howard Tendrich honored Marvin and Eleanor Winhold for “showing us how dedication and commitment are key to a lifetime of happiness,” in celebration of their anniversary. The long-time Palmetto Bay residents are best known for operating Winhold Montessori School, a private pre-school located at 17555 So. Dixie Hwy, since 1982. Congratulations, Marvin and Eleanor! His hat in the ring? I hear that Chris Knecht is having a blast considering running for the council in Palmetto Bay and that maybe just maybe Doug Dewitt, a real estate guru and a soccer coach just might help him figure out how to run down the field and score big time. Most people are aware about how frugal the Eugene Flinn, the mayor of Palmetto Bay, really is and it’s a tribute to his financial wisdom and how he treats the taxpayers’ money, so it is with love that we are happy to report that the rumor floating around town is that HIS HONOR actually paid for lunch for a lunch buddy at Flanagan’s in the Suniland Shopping Center. Golly,

Gene, are you feeling OK, and for goodness sakes how come you never pay for my lunch? Credit Commissioner Joe Martinez with keeping his record intact on the Marlin stadium by voting against a funding package that passed 9-4, the first vote taken last month to build the baseball field in Little Havana. Once that initial item was approved, he voted “yes” to waive construction bids that needed a two-third’s majority for passage, in effect, saying “go ahead and build the park” now that its funding is a matter of record, allowing him to stick to a wellpublicized vow against the funding plan but favoring the park itself. He reported to Kendall constituents “receiving an enormous amount of phone calls, emails and U.S. post letters on this issue” but when Commissioner Bruno Barreiro got financing and construction bifurcated, our Kendall Comish could stick to his guns. Now, will some county attorneys come up with a better description than “bifurcated,” which sounds like something better left unsaid in proper company? Bird Road Update: For some reason, we like the casual pace of the charrette studying beautification and improvements to upgrade commercial clutter along SW 40 Street between the Palmetto X-way and the Turnpike. MDC planner reports March 31 session was “just another public input meeting to continue suggesting details for landscaping and street improvements. There’s no time limit imposed.” Taking their own ‘sweet time’ at P&Z headquarters must appeal to current Bird owners who have wondered if those future improvements, once voted, may

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More important to our legislators: Smokers or students? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Our legislators in Tallahassee are on a hunt for more revenue sources and at the same time are examining every state expense with an eye toward saving money. Why? Our state budget is $3 billion in the hole. A small number of legislators are joined by the Florida Professional Firefighters Association and any Floridian with common sense in urging the legislature to increase the state sales tax on cigarettes by a dollar a pack. Estimated annual revenue to the state is $870 million. That alone would reduce our deficit by 29 percent. What is the argument against increasing the tobacco tax? It’s not dependable, inasmuch as a tax increase may dissuade many smokers from smoking. Crazy argument: all revenues are unstable. Real estate taxes go down as the

value of homes decrease. When shoppers stop or slow down buying that new TV set or a pair of shoes for the kids, the amount of sales taxes collected goes down. The question is: Why are our governor and our legislators so against increasing the sales tax on tobacco but show little hesitancy about increasing the cost of education in the state? Could it be that the average smoker is a voter and most students aren’t old enough to vote? Could it be that the tobacco industry has a big lobby in Tallahassee and education has only teachers, a few parents and students fighting for more educational dollars? Adding to the argument in favor of increasing the sales tax by a buck, as pointed out by the firefighters, is the fact that millions of dollars would be saved in fighting fires, inasmuch as 20 percent of home fires are caused by smokers. If fewer people smoked, there would be fewer home fires, saving possibly millions in firefighting expenses. Add to that fact, which we all know is true, is that smoking causes cancer.

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VIEWPOINT Fewer smokers, less cancer means lower medical expenses. And, saving lives is even more important than saving dollars. Students are being asked to come up with more dollars for tuition at a time when parents funding their children’s college education find it becoming more and more difficult. Now, on top of the parent’s financial problems, the state is considering cuts in Bright Futures scholarships and other student funding programs. No need to worry, our legislature is hard at work examining other state expenses in the hope of eliminating, or at least reducing, the $3 billion shortfall. They are considering such gigantic items as saving $11,000 a year by taking pagers away from our state troopers. That’s $11,000. Why that alone would

reduce our state budget by a whopping .0000036 percent. If our governor and our legislators are so concerned about smokers rebelling against them at the next election, they could adopt this campaign slogan: “Smokers, we are trying to save your life!” Why, I bet we even have some smokers in our legislature — maybe that’s the reason for their hesitancy. After all, lobbyists aren’t permitted to buy legislators smokes anymore.

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Officer honored for solving crimes and making arrests BY SANDY KRAMER The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) has announced that Officer Yuri Millan was awarded the departmental Exceptional Service Award and selected Distinguished Officer of the Month for March 2009. Officer Millan has been a member of the department since 2003 and currently is assigned to the Midwest District. On Aug. 25, 2008, police units were dispatched to the Walgreens store located at 10690 SW 40 St. reference a motorcycle “carjacking.” Upon discovering that the motorcycle was equipped with Lo-Jack, Officer Millan responded with Lo-Jack units to locate the signal. Utilizing a house-to-house search, the signal was triangulated to 9371 SW 26 St. The owner gave consent to a search that yielded the stolen motorcycle, which had been concealed under a tarp in the backyard. After several interviews and lineups, one of the occupants of the house was identified as the subject and charged with armed carjacking. At approximately 3:08 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2008, Officer Millan was patrolling the residential area near SW 40th Street and 102nd Avenue and observed a 1996 green Chevy Lumina moving slowly. He followed the vehicle at a distance as it circled the neighborhood a few times before coming out to SW 40th Street. As the vehicle headed eastbound, it made several evasive movements and ran a red light at SW 87th Avenue. Officer Millan made a traffic stop of the vehicle and in the rear seat saw a car stereo, which appeared to have been removed recently from a vehicle, along with a screwdriver and a lock removal tool with a door handle assembly still attached. The two occupants gave conflicting stories as to why they were in the area, where they were headed, and to whom the radio belonged. As he conducted his investigation, a call for a vehicle burglary was dispatched. When officers arrived, it was discovered that the property in the car belonged to the victim of the vehicle burglary. The two subjects were charged with burglary and $1,200 worth of property was recovered. On Sept. 30, 2008, at approximately 4 a.m., Officer Millan observed a vehicle leaving the La Fuente Hotel, located at 7470 SW Eighth St., and traveling on the sidewalk. He followed the vehicle for a few blocks as

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it traveled on the road and then again drove on the sidewalk. Officer Millan initiated a traffic stop and the driver exited the vehicle and began to walk away. When he approached, the driver ran away. Officer Millan established a perimeter and located the subject after a short search. As the perimeter was being established, a call for a carjacking was dispatched from the La Fuente Hotel. Subsequent investigation revealed that the driver had just carjacked the victim from his vehicle when Officer Millan observed him leaving the hotel. The subject was charged with carjacking and aggravated battery, and the vehicle was returned to the victim. On Nov. 3, 2008, Officer Millan was dispatched to the area of SW 87th Avenue and 21st Street in reference to a group of males looking into vehicles in a residential area. He located the men and, as he was detaining them, Officer Millan saw a bag with suspect marijuana hanging from a pocket of one of the men. Backup units held the group for further investigation as Officer Millan conducted an area canvass. He found the suspects’ vehicle, which was parked several blocks from where they were located. Visible from the outside of the vehicle was a car stereo on the front seat. Officer Millan also discovered two vehicles that had been burglarized in the

area. Subsequently, the subjects were charged with burglary to several vehicles. The property from the vehicles was recovered. While Officer Millan was working a burglary detail on Nov. 14, 2008, a burglary to a vehicle, with the subject’s description, was dispatched at 9430 SW 30 Terr. Officer Millan responded and conducted an area canvass where he saw a male matching the description. The subject was on a bicycle and had a car Bluetooth device and loose change in his possession. Consequent to a lineup and further investigation, he was identified by a witness as the same person who burglarized the victim’s vehicle. Officer Millan conducted an additional area canvass and located two more vehicles, which the subject later confessed to burglarizing. On Dec. 1, 2008, Officer Millan responded to the area of SW 67th Avenue and Eighth Street, where units were trying to locate a Lo-Jack signal from a recently stolen vehicle. Officer Millan located it parked inside an open

garage of the Motel Presidente, located at 6891 SW Eighth Street, with a man standing by the vehicle. Officer Millan approached and told him to stay where he was. At the same time, he observed an open hotel room with three other subjects. As Officer Millan questioned the man, a camera was found inside the vehicle with photos of the subjects present at the scene. All subjects were detained and Officer Millan obtained consent for a search of the room. He recovered two small baggies with cocaine and a large bag containing what appeared to be burglary tools, including several handheld radios, gloves, and prying tools. The subjects were charged with auto theft and possession of cocaine. During this period, Officer Millan effected 48 arrests, including 16 felonies; issued 127 traffic citations, and initiated 66 Field Interview Reports. His demonstrated pattern of consistent and meticulous policing techniques has resulted in these excellent statistics.

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ASA, AMC join to host sensory friendly film In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society of America (ASA) have joined to bring a special showing of Hannah Montana: The Movie on Saturday, Apr. 18, 10 a.m., at AMC Sunset 24, 5701 Sunset Dr. in South Miami. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own snacks and neither previews nor advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing; AMC’s “Silence is Golden” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned. Tickets cost $6 and they can be purchased on the day of the event. For more information, contact ASA media specialist Carin Yavorcik at 301-657-0881, ext. 115, or <cyavorcik@autism-society.org>.

THIRD ANNUAL KIDS FISHING CLINIC SCHEDULED, APR. 11 The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division’s 4-H Youth Program is hosting its third annual Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, Apr. 11, at the City of Miami’s Rowing Club, located at 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to children, ages 8-16, and volunteers. Free fishing rods will be given to participating children while supplies last. The youngsters will learn about safe and responsible angling, conservation, bait and tackle, casting a fishing line, knot tying and fishing by the rules. Afterwards, they will have a chance to test their skills on the water. Any fish caught will be released. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. To register, call 305592-8040 or visit online at <http://miamidade.ifas.ufl.edu/4Hsportfishing.shtml> to download a registration form. SAINT RICHARD CATHOLIC CHURCH SETS 7TH ANNUAL EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE Saint Richard Catholic Church invites the public to attend the congregation’s seventh annual Easter Sunrise Service on

COMMUNITYNEWS briefs Sunday, Apr. 12, at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. Gates will open at 6 a.m. and the service will begin with a procession starting at 6:15 a.m., followed by a Mass beginning at 6:30 a.m. Attendees are urged to bring their own lawn chair; physically challenged attendees should arrive early. ARC TO HONOR DAVID LAWRENCE JR. AS ’09 HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR The American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys will honor David Lawrence Jr., an advocate for early childhood education and former publisher of the Miami Herald, as the 2009 recipient of its prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award on Apr. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Miami, 1109 Brickell Ave. Among Lawrence’s humanitarian achievements are the key role he played in the passage of a statewide constitution-

al amendment to provide high-quality pre-K education available for all 4-yearolds; leading the 2002 campaign for the Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of early intervention and prevention funding for children in Miami-Dade, and chairing the Florida Partnership for School Readiness, an oversight board. Proceeds from the event support the programs and services of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys. For more information regarding this event, contact Kenia Tedesco at 305-6441200, ext. 103, or by email at <TedescoK@usa.redcross.org. CELEBRATE DARWIN’S 200TH BIRTHDAY WITH LECTURE AT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI The John C. Gifford Arboretum, the University of Miami Department of Biology

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and the College of Arts and Sciences invites the public to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 21st Gifford Arboretum Lecture on Thursday, Apr. 16, 7 p.m., in the James M. Cox Jr. Science Center, Room 145. This year, Dr. Lucia Lohmann of the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, will speak on “Disentangling one of Darwin’s great mysteries: The story of climbing plants.” On the same evening, the university will give a guided arboretum tour at 6 p.m., and a birthday cake and champagne reception will take place at 8:30 p.m. Michael R. Halleran, the dean of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, will give opening remarks. Admission and parking for this event are free. The Gifford Arboretum is located on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus near the intersection of San Amaro Drive and Robbia Avenue. For additional information, call 305-284-5364. ‘PUBLIC RELATIONS ON A BUDGET’ TOPIC AT WOMEN’S CHAMBER Janice B. Gonzalez, president and CEO of JBG Communications, will be the featured lecturer at the Women’s Chamber

of Commerce of Miami-Dade County Luncheon on Apr 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bankers Club, located at 2 S. Biscayne Blvd.,14th floor. Her lecture, “Public Relations on a Budget,” will concentrate on cost-effective methods that business owners can utilize when promoting themselves and their businesses. Gonzalez, who is regarded as one of South Florida’s preeminent public relations and marketing specialists, was selected to provide insight into the best practices for public relations during the current economic climate. Attending this event costs $35 for members and $45 for non-members. To register for the event, visit online at <www.womenschamberofcommerce.org>. WATER USE EFFICIENCY, SOIL WORKSHOP OPEN TO PUBLIC The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division’s Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program is sponsoring a water use efficiency and soil moisture sensor training workshop on Friday, Apr. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the John D. Campbell Agriculture Center, 18710 SW 288 St. in Homestead. The course will offer lessons on water use efficiency that will help homeowners, professional landscapers and irrigation installation companies save money and contribute to conservation efforts. The course also will train participants on how

to install and use soil moisture sensors, a popular new tool in water-management practices. Participants of the workshop will learn about the county’s Water Use Efficiency Program, which involves a free assessment of outdoor irrigation systems and includes a free soil moisture sensor. The registration fee for this program is $20 and includes lunch and publications. Payment should be made by check to the “Miami-Dade Extension Program Account.” For more information, call 305-2483311, ext. 225, or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/csd> to download a registration form. SUPREME COURT REPORTER TO SPEAK FRIDAY, APR. 17 Warren Richey, the Supreme Court reporter for the Christian Science Monitor for 18 years, will discuss the changing world of journalism, especially as it relates to the Supreme Court, on Friday, Apr. 17, 7 p.m., in the Christian Science Reading Room, 1836 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Richey has worked as a reporter since 1978. He has worked as a local, national and foreign correspondent covering local news, the oil industry, federal courts and the Supreme Court beat. This lecture is presented as part of the Christian Science Reading Room Open House, Apr. 16-19, at 1836 Biscayne Blvd.

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and 400 Andalusia Avenue in Coral Gables. For more information, contact Larry Luttrell at 305-373-1645. MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS PRESENTING FREE FAMILY SING-ALONG ON APR. 18 Miami Children’s Chorus’s music director Timothy A. Sharp will present “Zest Fest,” a free family sing-along with master song leader Nick Page on Saturday, Apr. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Black Box Theater in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Page comes to Miami for a four-day series of singing workshops and a master class, culminating in a free public singalong at Arsht Center. Miami Children’s Chorus was established in 1965 and provides music education and performance opportunities for youth, ages 8-17, in Miami-Dade County. FREE MEMBERSHIP DEAL AT FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is offering a free Associate or Associate Plus membership with full-paid price admission for new members on Saturday, Apr. 18, and Sunday, Apr. 19, during garden hours, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables.

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The Associate membership will allow one adult member free entry to Fairchild, while an Associate Plus membership will allow two members and children and/or grandchildren of members (under 18 years old) to return everyday and enjoy the festivals, plant sales, members’ lectures and Moonlight Tours Fairchild has to offer. In addition, members will enjoy discounts on Lifetime Learning classes, a 10 percent discount in the Shop at Fairchild, and the Tropical Garden magazine. For additional information, contact the Garden at 305-667-1656. EVENT TO BENEFIT HOSPITAL, CANCER FUND FOR CHILDREN “Once Upon a Time…at Metrozoo,” the first family event to benefit Baptist Children’s Hospital and the Cancer Fund for Children, will take place on Saturday, Apr. 18, in the new Amazon and Beyond Pavilion at Metrozoo, 12400 SW 152 St. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and auction, followed by a barbecue dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy an old-fashioned raffle, animal show, “drive-in movie,” country line dancing lesson and rock ‘n roll music by Ziffer 6. Creative Western attire is

encouraged. Ticket prices are $250 for adults and $100 for children; a family pass for two adults and up to three children is $650. Tables of 10 also are available. For more information, call Lori Elsbree at 786-596-8954. FAITH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SLATES RUMMAGE SALE, APR. 18 The Faith United Methodist Church will be having a rummage sale on Saturday, Apr. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 12601 SW 72 St. Vendor space measuring 10 feet by 13 feet is available for a fee of $20. FREE SCREENING OF ANIMATED FEATURE FILM “FINDING NEMO” “College Town at Cosford,” a University of Miami program for its neighborhood overseen by the school’s Office of Community Relations, invites the South Florida community to a free screening of the animated movie Finding Nemo on Tuesday, Apr. 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Dr., second floor at UM’s Coral Gables campus. Anyone who decides to attend will get to watch the engaging story of a young clown fish named Nemo who is unexpectedly carried far from home. When his father Marlin realizes what happens, he sets out on a journey through Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in search of his son.

THE CAPITAL, TALLAHASSEE, FEBRUARY 3, 2009 - A top official at the state Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday night that regulators believe the private insurance market could absorb potentially all of the 900,000-plus property insurance policies that would be shed if State Farm were allowed to pull out of Florida as it has proposed to do. State Farm has proposed a twoyear pull out, and company officials told a House Insurance Committee Tuesday that they couldn't say precisely what might be able to change the company's mind, given its precarious financial situation. The company was recently turned down by state regulators for a 47 percent rate increase and company officials told legislators that it can't bear any more losses in the property market in Florida, given the state's hurricane record, regulatory environment and a recent increase in the amount of discounts that customers can get for stormhardening their homes.

THE MIAMI HERALD, JANUARY 27, 2009 - Saying its finances are weakened, State Farm's Florida unit wants to get out of the business of property insurance in the state. The company, Florida’s largest private insurer of homes and condos with 1.2 million policies, wants to keep only auto insurance, it said in a statement. Other State Farm units would still sell life, health and other financial services, it said in a statement. Under State Farm’s proposal, it would phase out of the property insurance business over two years, giving existing customers time to find new coverage. If State Farm’s plan is approved by state insurance regulators, that means it will no longer write the full range of property policies, including homeowners, condo, renters, boaters, mobile home, business property, commercial liability and commercial marine. As seen in Insurance News a publication of the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies.

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For more information, call 305-2845500 or send email to <umneighbors@miami.edu>. For more information on the College Town program, visit <www.miami.edu/collegetown>. ‘A TOAST TO AWARENESS’ EVENT TO AID FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER Because April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Family Resource Center joins Crown Wine & Sprits for a wine tasting on Thursday, Apr. 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Crown Wine & Spirits, 13611 S. Dixie Hwy., near The Falls shopping center. The proceeds of this event will benefit the Family Resource Center of South Florida. The tasting will feature some 20 different wines, four tables featuring a spirit with appropriate “mixers,” artisan cheeses, meats and the like. There also will be a “Chef-Demo” prepared dish. A wine connoisseur will be at each table to educate attendees about each featured wine. The cost of this event is $35 per person. For more information, contact AnneMarie Tristan of the Family Resource Center at 305-960-5543 or send email to <artisan@frcflorida.org>. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PRESENTS ‘NAVIGATING THE TEENAGE YEARS’ TALK Parents who are concerned about their teenage children’s new-found behavior are invited to attend a community parent-

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The Duran family, a New Generation of hearing Starting a new company may be a daunting task for some, but not for the brother and sister team of Dr. Joseph K. Duran and Yvette Duran Someillan. They combined their vast knowledge and experience in the field of Audiology and hearing aids and embarked on a new business venture. Before receiving a doctorate degree in Audiology at the University of South Florida, Joseph Duran started his work with hearing loss and hearing aids at a very young age at Caribe Hearing Aids in Miami. While studying at Miami Dade College he worked as a Hearing Instrument Specialist and realized his passion for the field. He felt the need to continue his studies and found that Audiology, encompassing hearing and balance disorders, brought him the satisfaction he was looking for. It afforded him the opportunity to not only help patients with hearing loss, but also those suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Joseph had the opportunity to sharpen his skills as an audiologist at the University of Miami Ear Institute. His sister Yvette, who also started working at Caribe Hearing Aids at a young age, “did not think I would spend most of my life in this industry.” But while studying Accounting at Florida International University (FIU) she also studied for and received a license to sell and dispense hearing aids. After graduating from FIU she decided to continue working at Caribe and applied her accounting knowledge to the administrative side of the business. Naturally, when the Duran’s decided to open their own business, New Generation Hearing Centers, in January of this year, they divided the responsibilities. Yvette is in charge of operations, while Joseph attends to their patients. Both married with children, they believe that owning their own business allows them to continue their careers while, at the same time affording them time to spend with their families. Together, the team has accumulated 30 years of experience in both Audiology and the Hearing Aid industry, making them well prepared when they opened the doors of their new office at 3431 SW 107th Avenue in Miami, Florida in January 2009. Choosing a place to start was not a problem. Joseph and Yvette both grew up in this area of Miami. They both went to Rockway Elementary, and while Yvette continued her education at St. Brendan High School, Joseph attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. Born of Cuban parents, Dr. Duran and his sister Yvette are fluent in Spanish and English. “This is our home, we know the people and we understand their needs”, commented Joseph Duran, 32, Co-President and Director of Audiology of New Generation Hearing Centers. Although Dr. Duran does not specialize in children under the age of ten, he has patients up to the age of 106. Recently, he had to look for solutions for a

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dentist is also on the alert for periodontal (gum) disease. Did the dentist check for signs and symptoms of periodontal disease such as bleeding from the gums and/or pockets of decay? After the exam, did the dentist establish goals for your long-term care? In March of 1997, Consumers Research provided a number of questions for consumers to ask themselves after they have received treatment from a dentist. These help determine the level of the dentist’s skill. Here are the questions: How does your bite feel? Is any of the dental work irritating your gum? Does the treated tooth look like a tooth? Does dental floss or your tongue catch on the tooth? Did the dentist take time to polish your fillings? Do you feel pain when drinking hot or cold liquids? Was any debris left in your mouth after treatment? Does the dentist use a water spray to cool your teeth while drilling? Other things to watch out for in evaluating a prospective dentist are an emphasis on mass production rather than quality care; an emphasis on cosmetic procedures and onevisit comprehensive treatments; and the routine use of intravenous sedation. Your dentist should be someone in whose judgment you trust. You are entrusting to the dentist the long-term tooth care of your family. Asking the right questions ahead of time can help to assure you of making an informed decision that you won’t regret in the years to come. Copyright © 2005 Publishers-Edge

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How to Choose a Chiropractor BY TRACY JOHNSON Today, Chiropractors are moving up in the world as a practitioner that can heal your body from so much more than the everyday aches and pains and the occasional back injury. The spinal cord in the body is being linked to pretty much your overall health and fitness. For example, if you are having a problem with depression, a pinched nerve can cause it. Same for sinusitis, fatigue, migraines, and so many more symptoms that most doctors just prescribe drugs for. Chiropractic medicine is being looked at more and more for help with common ailments. This is starting to take trend due to the unnecessary drugs most doctors prescribe which may help the symptoms, but do not take care of the underlying problem. In research, it is found that your spinal cord is the traffic point for all your nerves. If one of them becomes pinched, or blocked, then you will begin to experience different types of ailments. So how does one go about finding the right Chiropractor for them? Well here are a few tips to help

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Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Chiropractor Friends, family, and coworkers may be able to provide a starting point by referring you to a chiropractor they are familiar with. Chiropractors are licensed by the state, and should have completed six to seven years of college and post-graduate schooling from an accredited university. Chiropractic treatment can help with a wide variety of ailments, but a good doctor will make referrals when needed. Choosing a chiropractor is ultimately a personal decision, and you should chose a doctor you feel personally comfortable with. Copyright © 2005 Publishers-Edge

will ask you questions about your family history, diet, occupation, and prior treatment. The chiropractor will perform a physical exam. He will conduct a spinal examination to check for any structural abnormalities that may be causing problems. In some cases, you will be recommended for lab tests and X-rays. If after all of your careful shopping around, asking for referrals, and interviewing your prospective chiropractor, if you are not happy with the treatment you are receiving, you are always free to ask for a second opinion or find a new chiropractor to treat you.

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LET’S TALK CARS If you’re one of the many who liked the Nissan Altima Sedan, then you’ll love the sporty two-door Coupe version. It’s smaller and lighter, and when you slide behind the wheel it delivers a much sportier ride. The Altima Coupe was a new model for 2008, so the changes for 2009 are minimal, including revised 18-inch alloy wheels on V-6 equipped models, with larger 235/45R18 tires. Automatic door locks have been added to all models and the front grille has been given highgloss paint. It’s available in four models — 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SE 6MT and 3.5 SE CVT — and comes with either the VQseries 3.5-liter V-6 or the 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Both are offered with either a six-speed manual transmis-

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