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Village student brings joy of art to homeless kids BY GARY ALAN RUSE

eventh grade village student Taylor “Tae Tae” Davis found a way to bring the joy of art to homeless kids on Saturday, May 15. It was the second such event she organized at the Community Partnership for Homeless Center in Homestead. She not only made it possible for a dozen children to have the supplies needed to make a special project they could keep after they had the fun of creating it, she also found others to help make the day even more memorable. Davis, who last year made it her mission to secure donated art supplies to help her fellow students in the magnet art program at Southwood Middle School, later expanded her mission beyond her own school by creating a nonprofit organization, “The Traveling Canvas.” Sponsoring the event were Jacquard Products, which donated the canvas cats and Tee Juice markers for every child to have his or her own “cat” to paint and take with them. Mischa’s Cupcakes in South Miami not only donated a platter of cup-

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MDX to host public workshops on Open Road Tolling program BY MARIO DIAZ

The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will host a series of workshops to provide the public an opportunity to obtain information and comment on the conversion to Open Road Tolling (ORT) and the toll rate for SR 874 (Don Shula Expressway) and SR 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway). The public review consists of an informal format to encourage attendance at any time during the reviews, which are scheduled at the following dates, times and locations: Wedne sda y, May 26, 5-8 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church Family Center, 7377 SW 64 St.; T h u r s d a y, M a y 2 7 , 5-8 p.m., Taylor “Tae Tae” Davis shares her joy of art with homeless children in Homestead. (Photo by Trystan Davis)

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County and village to honor school with ‘Panther Parkway’ designation

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BY ALFIE SERGIO

i a m i - D a d e Commissioner Katy Sorenson and the Village of Palmetto Bay’s council members will give students at Perrine Elementary Expressive Arts School a boost of school pride on Thursday, May 27. The elected officials will co-designate a portion of SW 168th Street in

front of the school (from 87th Avenue west to 90th Avenue) as “Panther Parkway” in recognition of the school’s mascot. The unveiling will take place in front of the school from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Perrine Elementary, an A-rated school, was recognized recently as a “Magnet School of Distinction” by the national organization Magnet Schools of America. It was one of only 76 schools nationwide to receive the honor this year.

“The teachers and administration at Perrine Elementary have done an amazing job in providing our students with a quality and nationally-recognized educational curriculum,” Commissioner Sorenson said. “The students of Perrine Elementary should be proud of themselves for achieving such a distinguished award.” For more information, contact Commissioner Sorenson’s office at 305378-6677.


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Former Miami Dolphins quarterbacks Dan Marino and Don Strock led 150 golfers onto the courses at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club in West Kendall on May 12 for the 27th Annual Don Strock Diabetes Golf Classic presented by Miami Seaquarium. After hitting the links, players enjoyed a cocktail reception and dinner program, during which Strock gave accolades to tournament chair Bruce Fishbein and his hardworking committee composed mainly of members of the produce industry. Proceeds totaled more than $153,000 for the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) located at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Almost everyone knows someone with diabetes,” Strock said. “And yet for 26 years I ran this tournament without having a connection to the cause in my family. Now in the 27th year, I’ve learned that both my father and my sister-in-law have diabetes…There’s a reason we’re all here — to find a cure.” Robert A. Pearlman, DRI Foundation president and CEO, gave kudos to everyone in attendance. “This event has brought in more than $2 million since its inception,” Pearlman said. “The work you are doing to support this tournament is lifesaving in every sense of the word.” Strock extended gratitude to fellow former Miami Dolphins players Mark Higgs, Eddie Hill, Darrell Malone, Don McNeal,

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cakes for the children to eat during paint time, it also gave a box of cupcakes for each child to take with them for a “late night snack.” Joining Tae Tae for the youth art event were her brother Trystan, a young photographer; her cousin, Jackie Davis, and her friend, Tanae Carter. Her mom, Claudette, explained her daughter’s approach with the kids. “Tae Tae’s goal is to keep the group small in order that she may have quality time bonding and painting with every participant,” Claudette said. “She wants each one of them to know that they are very special. She also wants them to have an opportunity of self expression through art. When Tae Tae paints, she escapes from everything around her.” As the children painted, they listened to classical music, then went to the beading table to make their canvas cats a special necklace. After the time they shared painting together, the children gathered in a circle to talk about their favorite part of the day. That was when Tae Tae presented each of them with a journal with their picture on the cover that her brother, Trystan, made while they were painting. Tae Tae also presented each child with a hand-painted pillowcase to remind them to “Dream In Color!” Alma C. Wallace, lead teacher of the Family Resource Center at Community Partnership for Homeless, was appreciative of the young art student’s efforts to help. “It certainly is my pleasure to have been part of Tae Tae’s art projects and totally successful endeavors,” Wallace said. “To me, Tae Tae’s art time has an incredible impact on the children here at Community Partnership. I purposely chose children whom I felt would benefit the most, in various ways, by participating in this special

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activity with Tae Tae. “Just to witness the delight and improved self esteem amongst the children was wonderful,” Wallace added. “For a few hours these kids got the opportunity to allow their artistic creativity to flow in a relaxed and enjoyable environment — thanks to a young girl simply wanting to share and give back to her peers.” Wallace has high praise for the Traveling Canvas project and Tae Tae’s efforts to keep the tradition of art alive in area schools and communities. “I see what Tae Tae does as being holistic, and coupled with the fact that she has such an altruistic nature and purpose, at such a young age, it is absolutely outstanding,” Wallace said. “Of course it doesn’t hurt that she comes from a family that has instilled many great values.” Tae Tae said that she hopes she will have the opportunity to bring art to the children every month. She also has been networking with CEO’s of art companies in order to secure sponsors for her magnet art program at Southwood Middle School for the school calendar year 2010-11, and washing cars in order to raise funds to pay for her missions. When asked what her favorite part of the missions is, Tae Tae didn’t have to think twice about the answer. “Getting to know the kids and seeing them so very happy,” she said. If you wish to volunteer, make a donation or get to know Tae Tae’s goals a little better, you can log onto <www.thetravelingcanvas.com>. For more information about the recent sponsors, visit <www.jacquardproducts.com/> or <www.mishascupcakes.com/>. To learn more about the Community Partnership For Homeless...“Where Hope Lives,” visit <www.CPHI.org>.

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Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Building K, Room 413, First Floor, 11011 SW 104 St., and Tues day, J une 1, 5-8 p.m., Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus, Suchman Lobby (Rotunda), Building 3, 11155 SW 112 Ave. Each public review will last for a three-hour period and MDX representatives will be available to provide information and respond to questions. The information to be provided includes general information on Open Road

Tolling, toll rates, SunPass, and Toll-By-Plate billing for vehicles not equipped with SunPass. Upon conversion to ORT, which is projected for July, cash payments for tolls no longer will be accepted on SR 874 and SR 878. MDX is moving forward with plans to implement Open Road Tolling (ORT) on its five expressways by 2013. Overhead gantries will replace traditional toll plazas and tolls will be calculated automatically and deducted from your SunPass account. For more information, visit online at <www.MDXORT.com>.


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Will there be a ring around the coastline...? Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN If you’re concerned about the possible impact the Gulf Oil Spill may have on the seafood you eat at area restaurants or the fish you catch in the bay, shore areas or other waterways, you can find updates on the spill at the Florida Sea Grant’s website. Their web address is http://www.flseagrant.org/ so check them out and find out what’s going on. And speaking of local seafood, do the health inspectors who safeguard the quality of food in local restaurants also keep an eye on the guys you see along the side of the road holding up lobsters or fish they’re hoping to sell? Doesn’t seem like seafood that’s been out in the sun for hours would be very healthy, even without the oil spill concerns. Sometimes you feel like a nut... (sometimes you don’t.) Message found on the inside surface of a candy bar wrapper last week... “Peanutopolis \pE-nut-ä-pu-lis\ (noun). A state of mind making you feel very strong and powerful, almost mayorlike.” Gee...wonder if that’s how any of our local municipal leaders feel, given what’s going on these days. Seriously? Well, let’s just let the fact that the comment was on a Snickers bar speak for itself... Special events for Palmetto Bay VIPs: Mayor Eugene Flinn and his wife Alexandra celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sunday May 23rd. (Hope Gene didn’t forget!) Belated birthday greetings to Councilman Ed Feller (May 13th) and former Vice Mayor Linda Robinson (May 19th). Cutler Bay officials, let us know your special days!

M i a mi - D a de E xp ressway A u t h or i t y is saturating Kendall with opportunities to address attaching Sunpass or being billed to travel Snapper Creek or Shula Expressways, some time in July. Meanwhile, half of East Kendall is figuring out how to avoid any toll while gantry columns are erected along both X-ways and bulletins continue daily from the MDX alerting closures of the Shula during weekends (a real pain when NASCAR schedules Saturday or Sunday events at the Homestead oval). A lso a ppe ari ng almost daily in our Email are notices of Palmetto Expressway ramp closures from Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as its widening project continues dipping southward from Central Miami-Dade into Kendall. It’s bound to get worse, now that the first project to rebuild the Dolphin-Palmetto interchange has been contracted, said to be the granddaddy project of them all, once fully underway. As far as we know, Open Road Tolling has yet to be planned for the Palmetto, which remains under FDOT control. Sunpass is being used for fast lane traveling on I-95 as a convenience to avoid commuting blockades, although that X-way is not an MDX-maintained route. T h o u g ht o f t h e D a y : Before you can do something you must first be something. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

Clearing up those storm warnings BY RICHARD YAGER

A story published May 13 in the Kendall Gazette and Palmetto Bay News indicated warnings for storms with up to 74 mile-per-hour winds will alert homeowners to potential hurricane (75 and up) winds, attributed to Miami-Dade Emergency Management. According to Dennis Feltgen, Public Affairs officer, the National Hurricane Center will issue such warnings (including those of 39-to-74 mph) beginning this season with an increased lead-time for both tropical storm and hurricane watches by 12 hours. “Thus, a tropical storm watch will now be issued 48 hours before the anticipated arrival of tropical storm force winds, while a tropical storm warning will be issued 36 hours before the anticipated arrival of tropical storm force winds,” he stated. “The same lead times will be provided for hurricane watches and warnings because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force. The hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance, and the hurricane warning 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds. Hurricane force winds (74 mph or higher) would arrive after the onset of the tropical storm force winds.” The National Weather Service (which replaced the “Weather Bureau” in 1970) does not issue coastal tropical storm and hurricane watches and warnings, now the responsibility of The National Hurricane Center, he noted.


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If we’re not satisfied, why do we keep them in office? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Some questions defy answer. The Miami Herald editorial page’s Daily Q is as they say, “an unscientific measure of our community’s pulse.” However, those who support a question have just as many chances of voting as those who oppose. So, while I don’t always agree with the results, I do feel that it pretty well represents the direction of public opinion. The Herald published on May 2 the results of the question “Are you satisfied with the Legislature’s performance this year?” I couldn’t believe the results of the polling. Six percent said “yes” they were satisfied. However 94 percent said “no,” they were not satisfied. That’s a lower rating than Richard Nixon had the day he resigned in disgrace as President of the United States. So, the question that goes begging is: Why do we keep reelecting the same peo-

ple to represent us in Tallahassee? I know with term limits we don’t have to vote them out of office; we can just wait. But that isn’t a good answer. With a 6 percent favorable rating it would seem we should be replacing 94 percent of our elected officials every election. One answer is that while we don’t like our elected officials, we do like the individual who represents us. Everybody else is bad! Could there be another answer? Perhaps, most of the “few” who do vote are those that have a perceived benefit that might come with their vote: “Vote for me,” Rep. Doaks states, “and I will give your sister a job where she doesn’t really have to work.” It is a crime that only 6 percent of us like the job our legislators are doing. Let’s take a look at a little of what they are doing. The legislature is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot that in essence says that if a voter initiative gets an amendment on the ballot and it is approved by the voters, the legislature can kill it and prevent it from becoming law. I don’t know how they can sell that to us. But, with the big bucks from special

–– VIEWPOINT –– interests, they will find a way to twist our thinking and convince us that it is good for the state. How about a law that requires a woman who is seeking an abortion to look at an ultrasound picture of her baby or hear her doctor describe the baby she will be losing? As bad as that sounds, the law goes even farther in saying that no governmentfunded medical plan can pay for the ultrasound procedure. A doctor friend of mine said the average ultrasound costs over a $1,000. Where will an unemployed, single mother come up with that much money? Will we be returning to the days of backroom, coat hanger, illegal abortions that once took place. How about a state legislature that ran a governor out of his own political party because he once hugged the President of the United States, thanking him for bring-

ing millions of stimulus dollars to Florida? If they were so against the stimulus why did they turn around and embrace the very same dollars to balance our budget? This is not Democrat vs. Republican, or Republican vs. Democrat. This is just stupid politics. We could go on and on. And it will go on and on as long as we fall under the spell of legislators when they tout themselves as the saviors of the state. Let’s open our eyes, start asking real questions and vote with logic. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Are you getting what you pay for from your wireless service? Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY It’s a growing market, and we’re all being tempted to jump in and sign up. But are the dazzling numbers of new digital devices melting down the cellular and wireless networks and leaving the rest of us with dropped calls and poor service? Smart phones, digital work pads, and personal digital assistants are so popular now that this year alone some 295 million were sold worldwide during the first quarter. Each one has its own telephone number or network ID. Monthly cellular charges featuring unlimited data can add up to more than a $1,000 a year for the latest high-speed digital service. An FIU employee told me she isn’t a happy customer because of her poor service. “I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth,” she said. “I definitely think I’m paying for more than what I’m getting here.” She has discovered that despite all the hype about high speed service, she still has trouble using her phone to just make a simple phone call or to use the Internet. “It’s a little frustrating basically when I try to connect,” she said. “I just hit connect and work on something else. I check on my connection, and when I’m done I may get what I’m looking for.” So, does she think she’s getting the fast speeds she’s paying for? The FIU worker sighs. “I don’t think so. But again, I think everybody’s in the same boat.” So what’s the problem? Some network researchers say the growing popularity of wireless computers, smart phones and digital assistants is outstripping the ability of network providers to keep up with them all. We spoke with an FIU engineering professor who has studied networks for several decades now. She knows about the impact of all the new gadgets hitting the market today. “It slows down the network,” she said. “It’s called network congestion.” You can see it and check it out yourself. It turns out there are now several network speed testing apps available for your computer and smart phone. The best thing

about them is that they are free. For several months, I have been measuring network connections around South Florida. In some cases, they’ve been pretty good. But I also found some connections are so slow, it looked like I was trying to surf the net more than 20 years ago. A Miami computer specialist was very surprised when I showed him the cellular data speed tests I’ve been getting from around South Florida. He thought they looked pretty slow and said, “Wow that was way back in the ’80s. I would say early ’80s, based on what you’re showing me.” I showed my findings to another specialist, a networking expert from Florida International University. She explained, “If there are many people using the same tower at the same time, obviously you may not be getting the speed you want to get. You may get your information, get your data, but not at the speed you desire.” And consumer complaints are now starting to get a lot more attention. Network congestion is getting so severe, the Federal Communications Commission has just released its own free, Smart-Phone Application to track the slowdowns nationally. You measure your network speed and it sends the data directly to the FCC. So what do some of the country’s biggest cellular providers have to say? Not much. Still, most major carriers are now beefing up their networks and spending billions of dollars to keep up with the growing demand. In the meantime, some local users complain about all the poor connections and dropped calls they’re getting on their new Smartphones. One user told me, “The losers are the consumers who are not getting what they paid for, and the winners are the companies selling the services.” Network insiders say the next big trend we will see are claims that the new 4G wireless systems will be a lot faster and fix all our current network problems. But critics note those were the same claims we heard several years ago when the current 3G network was first introduced. And as we know now, it still hasn’t been able to keep up with all the demand — which is only going to get even worse. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/4yourmoney>.

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Support group established for young widows, widowers BY JAE ROSEN

Are you grieving the loss of a spouse? Do you need support, resources, and a safe environment for open expression and discussion? You need not suffer through your grief and loss alone. A bereavement group of non-denominational young widows and widowers, ages 40 to 65, will meet every other Wednesday for 90 minutes to support each other as they grieve the loss of a spouse. The first introductory meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 5:30 p.m., in the offices of psychologist Dr. Maxine Hart Weinstein, PhD, 6601 SW 80 St., Suite 202, in South Miami. Dr. Weinstein will facilitate and guide all meetings of the group, “Remember, Love, Share.” During the introductory meeting participants will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Weinstein while connecting and interacting with other group members who share their experience. The group will serve as an intimate, safe, and constant space for grieving spouses to express themselves, share their feelings, and support each other as each move through the bereavement process. “In my practice I discovered a huge void in services for this specific demographic,” Dr. Weinstein said. “‘Remember, Love, Share’ is a group for those who have lost a spouse or significant other, and are approaching or in middle age, possibly still in the work force, and maintain a vibrant and youthful lifestyle. Their needs and emotional health are very different from

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Single-Stream Recycling Program reaches 100,000 tons collected BY LEE STEPHENS

In less than two years Miami-Dade County has reached an important milestone. More than 100,000 tons of paper, plastic, metal cans, glass and other materials has been removed from Miami-Dade’s waste stream and recycled under the new single-stream recycling program. “It took us less time to reach and surpass the 100,000-ton mark under our single-stream recycling program than it did under our old, two-bin system,” said Miami-Dade Solid Waste director Kathleen Woods-Richardson. “The important thing to remember is that it means 100,000 fewer tons of waste to fill up our landfills, and we’re helping conserve many of our precious natural resources.”

Miami-Dade began recycling in May 1990. Since then, the county has collected a total of about 870,000 tons of recyclable materials, with 100,000 of those tons coming after Miami-Dade converted to singlestream recycling in late June 2008. In addition to saving resources such as metal ores and trees, recycling helps conserve energy, water and landfill space. Additionally, the reduced energy needs of handling recycled materials over raw materials results in decreased greenhouse gas production. For information about Miami-Dade’s curbside single-stream recycling program, visit the Department of Solid Waste Management’s website at <www.miamidade.gov/dswm/>.

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InterContinental Miami Downtown The Ivy at the Grove La Cofradia Ceviche Bar Meat Market MIA at Biscayne Miccosukee Resort & Gaming Misha’s Cupcakes Novecento Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge RA Sushi Bar Restaurant The River Oyster Bar Sawa Restaurant & Lounge Shula’s Steak House Smith & Wollensky Soleà Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill Texas de Brazil, Miami Beach Timó Restaurant Yuga Restaurant Festival chefs Chef Todd English Chef Alexander Feher Chef Jeffrey Steelman Founding trustees Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi Serena and Jim Berra Linda and Michael Bittel Susan and Mark Bloom Jodi and Bob Dickinson Swanee and Paul DiMare Nelly and Mike Farra Cristina and George Fowler Ximena and Jorge Gomez Dan Hanrahan Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez Teresa and Paul Lowenthal Carol and Tom Lund Rod Hildebrant and Matthew Meehan Maria Alonso and Alex Montague José Luis Nazar Mariana and Juan O’Naghten Beverly and Bill Parker Gay and Alberto Peisach Donna and John Shepard Oscar Suarez

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Calling all Mays High Alumni for Rams Roundup, June 19

Pictured are Roosevelt Carson, Class of ’59, (left) and the late Curtis L. Armstrong, ’58, during the 2007 Roundup. (Photo by Leroy Bradshaw) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY ALONZO HARDY

Mays High School alumni should be making plans to celebrate the legacy of the beloved alma mater during the 2010 Curtis L. Armstrong Mays High “All Alumni” Rams Roundup on June 19, beginning 11 a.m., at the Larry and Penny Thompson Campground No. 2, 12451 SW 184 St. Come to rekindle old friendships, reminisce, create memories, and ignite a renewed sense of pride at the Roundup. The day will be filled with music, food and fun. The entry fee is $50 per person and $25 per guest. A Rams alumni long sleeve sport shirt and food will be pro-

vided to all who register. All proceeds will benefit the Curtis L. Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Fund, a scholarship created to honor the life of U.S. Army (Retired) Lt. Colonel Curtis L. Armstrong, a 1958 graduate of Mays High. He served 20 years in the Army, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, and passed away in 2008. Send payments to Horace Graham, 15601 SW 137 Ave., #110, Miami, FL 33177 and make checks or money orders payable to Horace Graham. Deadline for registration is June 1. For more information, contact Horace Graham at 1-352-255-1567. Cutler Bay Tire & Auto Service Center offers complete auto care backed by the Gemini Nationwide Warranty. This includes oil changes, brakes, A/C, computerized alignment & balancing, radiator, shocks & struts, tune-ups, suspension and transmission sevice. We carry all brands of tires for your car, truck, van and SUV.

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National dog and baby safety program now available locally Dee Hoult, owner of Applause Your Paws Dog Training, now offers the Dogs&Storks program. She is pictured here with one of her “clients.”

BY LEE STEPHENS

Baby’s homecoming should be a joyous event for everyone in the family. But unfortunately, the pitter-patter of little feet — not to mention the crying, chaotic schedules, and cranky parents that follow close on their heels — strikes fear in the heart of many a brave dog. Too many dogs lose their homes when, in a sleep-deprived haze their families decide that something has to give. Now, however, dogs and their families in the South Florida can breathe a sigh of relief — Dogs&Storks is here to help. Created in 2002, the national Dogs&Storks program has helped hundreds of expectant parents integrate their twolegged and four-legged family members using gentle, effective techniques that are also fun and safe. Jennifer Shryock, a certified dog behavior consultant, designed the program, drawing on her degree in Special Education, plus her experiences raising three children and over 70 foster dogs. Since the program’s inception in Shryock’s native North Carolina, Dogs&Storks has recruited a select number of highly qualified canine behavior specialists to take this vital service to the public nationwide. Locally, Dee Hoult, owner of Applause Your Paws Dog Training, is Dogs&Storks’ latest addition. “I’m really excited to have joined such a passionate team,” Hoult said. “I have been working with families in the Miami area for a number of years now, specializing in training and behavior modification for the family dog. But unfortunately I usually see families after trouble has already begun.” The Dogs&Storks program allows presenters to reach expectant couples before baby comes home so that everyone in the family is prepared for a safe and smooth transition into the busy new life that babies bring. “That makes for stress-free homecomings, and happily ever after, too,” Shryock said.

“We want to make education available even before families know they need it.” By teaching expectant families to understand their dogs’ sensitivities, body language, and attention-seeking behaviors, the Dogs&Storks program provides practical education during pregnancy and continued support after baby arrives. Licensed Dogs&Storks presenters help to address the concerns of expectant parents, decrease the stress associated with baby’s arrival, and ensure the safety of all family members. Dogs&Storks offers private consultations as well as semi-private workshops. And because presenters are not only educators, but also qualified professional dog trainers and behavior modification experts, they can design and implement management and training plans tailored to each family should the need for more in-depth intervention arise. “Being involved with dog rescue, it’s such a blessing to be part of another program that also helps reduce the number of dogs that will get surrendered to shelters while taking a ton of stress off of expecting families,” Hoult said. Her clients agree. Cindy Gonzalez, an expecting mother in Palmetto Bay is currently enrolled in Dogs&Storks with Hoult. “Our four dogs are an important part of our family,” Gonzalez said. “As first time parents, my husband and I want to do all we can to ensure our dogs stay in the family when the baby comes and remain a part of our new life.” Dee Hoult, owner of Applause Your Paws Dog Training, is the only Dogs&Storks presenter in South Florida. She also offers reward-based group classes, private lessons, and behavior consultations for pet dogs and their families in Miami-Dade. For more information regarding rewardbased training or the Dogs&Storks program, visit online at <www.applauseyourpaws.com> or <www.dogsandstorks.com>.

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physical therapy, massage or acupuncture is the answer to your current complaints. If you wish, you may pass this opportunity on to a friend or relative who may benefit from our services. We also specialize in injuries resulting from auto accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries and work related injuries.

As an addition gift, we are offering a 30 MINUTE MASSAGE performed by our licensed massage therapist. This offer is a way to show appreciation to our neighbors with no obligation.

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Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. listed in the Forbes 2010 Special Issue “The World’s Leading Companies”

Goldline Research, an independent market research firm that evaluates professional services firms on behalf of the consumers, has selected Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. as one of the 2010 Leading Providers – Wealth Managers in the Forbes magazine 2010 Special Issue, “The World’s Leading Companies”. By using a proprietary research process, Goldline Research investigates tens of thousands of service providers in numerous industries to feature companies in those sectors. Tonkinson’s firm was one of a few to pass this rigorous evaluation and certification process. This represents the first time this firm has been recognized in a national publication. With a subscription base of 6.5 million, this is a special edition that will remain on the newsstand for 3 months. Rick Tonkinson & Associates is a family business specializing in their clients’ Early Retirement with a mission of helping people and their families attain their financial goals. They are located at 100 Almeria, Suite 310, Coral Gables, Florida. Telephone: 305 447-6617.

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Celebrate Father’s Day while sailing on the bay Spend Father’s Day aboard the Pelican Island Skipper pontoon boat for a Biscayne Bay cruise departing from the Deering Estate on Sunday, June 20. Passengers will learn about South Florida’s nature and history from a Deering Estate education and interpretive staff member. The boat also will pass Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and restored bird rookery. The two-hour cruise will depart at 2 p.m. and return at 4 p.m. Passengers are required to arrive at the Deering Estate by 1:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person. To purchase tickets, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERS SPRAY/NEUTER SURGERIES Now through Friday, May 28, Animal Services is offering spray/neuter surgeries for cats at the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter located at 7401 NW 74 St. The large population of stray cats in Miami has been of concern to many. Animal Services is urging residents to spray or neuter their cats to help resolve the problem.

Animal Services will charge a co-payment of $15 per cat with a maximum of four cats per household. The service is available only to Miami-Dade County residents. Proof of current rabies vaccination for cats over four months of age is required. Rabies vaccines may be obtained the day of surgery for $10, or $3 for qualified low income. The veterinarian may declines surgery due to health reasons. For more information, call 305-884-1102, ext. 255. MARLINS SUPER SATURDAY TO FEATURE SALSA STARS The Florida Marlins Super Saturday on May 29 will feature a post-game performance by salsa singers Luis Enrique and Jerry Rivera. The “Prince of Salsa” and the “Baby of Salsa” will perform after Marlins fans watch a fireworks spectacular. The Super Saturday also will host pre-game parties at the Strike Zone at Gate H featuring celebrity, player and alumni autograph sessions, Billy the Marlin, Lil’ Billy, the Mermaids and Manatees, special prizes, and live TV/radio broadcasts. The first 15,000 fans will receive a Marlins tambourine.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS The first pitch in the game against the Philadelphia Phillies is set for 7:10 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 1-877-MARLINS or visit the Florida Marlins’ official website at <www.marlins.com>. DEERING ESTATE TO HOST SUMMER CONCERT SERIES The Deering Estate at Cutler will host a series of three concerts in its Deering Estate Summer Cabaret Concert Series featuring eclectic and world music artists. The concert series will take place in the historic Stone House Ballroom on the following Saturday evenings: June 26, July 24 and Aug. 28. The first concert on June 26 will feature Harmonic Motions with Middle Eastern, Armenian and North African music and dance. The July 24 concert will feature jazz artist Johnny Hilliday.

The final concert on Aug. 28 will feature folk singer Bob Ingram. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments to enjoy during the show. Single tickets are $20 or three-concert series tickets may be purchased for $55. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The main gate opens at 7 p.m. and concerts will begin at 8 p.m. For more information visit <www.deeringestate.org>. To purchase tickets contact the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668. W. KENDALL SKATEPARK TO HOST CHARITY EVENT, JUNE 18-20 Westwind Lakes Skatepark, located at 6805 SW 152 Ave. in West Kendall, will host its first annual Skateboard Rodeo, a three-day charity and family skateboarding event, the weekend of June 18-20.

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Throughout the weekend, the skatepark will be collecting canned food for the homeless. The event will feature a number of contests including Best Trick with a $300 prize, the Longboard Death Race and the Highest Ollie Contest. The Skateboard Rodeo also will have skate demos, mechanical bull riding, barbecue, bounce houses, a “punk rock flea market,” paintball, a “low brow art exhibit,” live music and numerous giveaways. For more information call the Westwinds Lakes Skatepark at 786-537-2016 or visit the website at <www.sugarsdropshop.com>. TAXICAB ADVISORY GROUP SEEKS TWO NEW MEMBERS The Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department is seeking two new members to join its Taxicab Advisory Group (TAG). The seats on the TAG, open due to term limits, are for a taxicab chauffeur with no interest in a for-hire license and a taxicab passenger service representative. Some of the duties of service on the TAG include developing, implementing and evaluating new innovative taxicab services and service expansion and improvements through discussions with the Consumer

Services Department. To download an application go to the Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department website at <www.miamidade.gov/csd>. The TAG membership guidelines are listed on the website as well. Interested applicants should specify which seat they are applying for, provide background information and qualifications, and list the reasons why they should be selected. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume. MDC-CAA HIRING PERSONNEL FOR SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM The Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency is seeking qualified applicants to fill seasonal, full- and part-time positions for the Summer Food Service Program. The program provides nutritionally balanced meals to needy children during the summer recess when school breakfast and lunches are not available. The program will operate from June 14 through Aug. 13 at various locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Applications currently are being accepted for the following positions: Summer

Completely-In-Canal/ Completamente en el canal (CIC)

Food Service Supervisor, Lead Site Supervisor, Area Supervisor, Site Supervisor and Accountant. Individuals interested in applying should apply online at <www.employflorida.com> and by visiting a South Florida Workforce Career Center to be determined eligible. For additional information, contact Nutrition Services Coordinator Ruthe White at 786-469-4692. BAPTIST HOSPITAL OFFERING FREE DIABETES SCREENING The Diabetes Care Center at Baptist Hospital, located at 8940 N. Kendall Dr. in the Medical Arts Building, East Tower, Suite 803-E, is offering free diabetes screening. The screenings are conducted Monday through Friday by appointment only. For reservations, call the Diabetes Care Center at Baptist Hospital at 786-5963696. FOUNDATION FOR WELLNESS HEALTH WORKSHOPS SERIES The Foundation for Wellness is hosting a series of health workshops throughout the year at two locations: Coral Gables

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Library, 3443 Segovia St., and the South Miami Library, 6000 Sunset Dr. The workshops at the Coral Gables Library will continue on Tuesday, June 15, with a program titled “Balancing Hormones Naturally.” The remaining workshops at the Coral Gables Library location will be as follows: July 20, “How to Know if Your Children are on Drugs;” Aug. 24, “A Drug-Free Approach to Treating Learning and Behavioral Problems;” Sept. 21, “Natural Solutions to Improve Infertility;” Oct. 19, “Fibromyalgia, A New Approach,” and Nov. 16, “Five Secrets to Weight Loss.” The workshops at the South Miami Library location will begin Tuesday, June 22, with a program titled “Three Solutions to Your Health Problems.” The remaining workshops at the South Miami Library will be as follows: July 13, “Fibromyalgia, A New Approach;” Aug. 17, “Save Your Family’s Life,” and Sept. 28, “A Drug-Free Approach to Treating Learning and Behavioral Problems.” All workshops conducted will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Maria Zamora at 305-669-6699.

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Tea ’n Sanity a little slice of natural heaven

“An International School”

Eunice Rodriguez is pictured in her Tea ’n Sanity shop in Kendall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LEE STEPHENS

PRE-K (AGES 3 & 4) THROUGH 8TH GRADE The Heritage School offers an enriched integrated curriculum; Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, Physical Education, Technology, Languages, wireless laptops, computer lab, robotics, Small Class sizes limited to 20 students - 10 acre campus, swimming pool, baseball field, soccer field, camera surveillance system, Edline access via Internet to grades, homework, etc.

Eunice Rodriguez, owner and founder of Tea ’n Sanity in Kendall, loves her little slice of natural heaven. “I never thought I would be in the alternative health business,” she said. Rodriguez and her husband had been printers for 25 years, but 10 years ago their daughter became ill. The doctor prescribed a dozen different medicines for what turned out to be an allergy. She ended up with ulcers and a deathly fear of medicine of any kind. “I had to do something; the kid wouldn’t take an aspirin,” Rodriguez said. “I opened my first book of herbs and my life changed. It’s been an obsession ever since then.” Her specialty store offers a complete line of teas and all natural products to improve and maintain your health, and custom teas for acid reflux, stress, high cholesterol,

sugar levels, insomnia, weight loss and just about anything that ails you. The shelves are stocked with a wide variety of herbs, (over 200 on the premises), and the heavenly scent of essential oils makes you want to stay all day. “One thing just led to another, a neighbor with a skin problem, my husband’s migraines and the herbs just worked better than the stuff in the medicine cabinet,” Rodriguez said. Tea ’n Sanity, located at 12011B SW 131 Ave., has become a community natural health center and now they offer monthly events — yoga, tai chi, qi gong, reiki, meditation as well as informational classes on plant essential oils and medicinal herbs. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 786-4624341 or visit online at <www.tea-nsanity.com>.

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Southwest High students compose sonnets for class This newspaper recently received a few requests from Southwest Miami High School students to publish original sonnets as part of an assignment given by their English teacher, Helena Rosa. Here’s hoping they all receive A’s.

Imperfect Paradise The crystalline gems populate the sand. That feeling, that warmth, embraces your feet. Leaves of the tropics sway way out of hand. An area where seagulls will soon meet. Beholding one’s eyes, tis a sea of blue. Cascading waves, it is such a pleasure. This setting of mine, you haven’t a clue. A setting so calm, tis without measure. Yet this heaven of mine, is not complete. Is something missing? Why of course, tis thee. The comfort of friends, is indeed a feat. A feeling unmatched, as true eyes can see. Friendship be the path to true contentment. With it, one’s life, it has no resentment. By William Stahovec

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Young fashion design student exhibits his work BY LEE STEPHENS

Surrounded by fabrics, color markers, sketchbooks and art books, you can find 10-year-old Christopher Abella, Miami’s youngest fashion design student, who attends South Miami K-8 Center’s Expressive Arts Magnet. Born in Miami to Cuban immigrant parents, Christopher has had a rare gift for drawing and fashion design from a young age. By 9 he already was studying privately with fashion designer Tracy Ellyn of Miami Art and Design, who worked as a designer in New York for 13 years and still designs part-time in New York while residing in Miami. “I simply have never seen anyone so young have a passion and an understanding for the fashion figure and how to sketch it so elegantly,” Ellyn said. “I’ve worked on Seventh Avenue for all the top designers, and I sense that he, too, could already work there. It’s uncanny. Where does this come from?” Ellyn watches her young student as he comes up with creations swirled from his pencil onto paper with nary a breath, while colors, metallics and beading come to life in his imagination. As if his unique and elegant gowns aren’t enough, he then proceeds to add matching shoes of such high style that even ManoloBlahnik would believe he has a competitor. “I ask him where he comes up with these ideas, and he simply states with the innocence of a child, ‘From my head.’ This is the definition of true artistic talent. With little to no exposure, and having never been to New York or Paris, he knows how to design on an intuitive level. It is as if he was a designer in his previous life, so to speak,” Ellyn explained.

Chirstopher Abella, 10, is pictured during his first art and fashion opening at The Angel’s Ring on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Laurie Russell, lead magnet teacher at South Miami K-8 Center, recognized Christopher’s talent early on. He applied for her audition-based visual arts program at age 7, successfully, of course. Russell has been his fine arts teacher for the past two years, since third grade. He is just completing fourth grade at the magnet now. Russell has instilled in Christopher the classic training and knowledge of media that a typical college art student would receive. He has learned observational drawing, painting, mixed media, ceram-

ics, and all of the art elements and design principles that an artist should know. It is largely due to Russell that Christopher has evolved from child artist to sophisticated visual thinker. Simultaneously, Ellyn exposes Christopher not only to designing, but also to the history of the world’s great fashion designers such as Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Charles James, Christian Dior, and Diane Von Furstenberg, the latter of the two with whom she worked. His favorite designer thus far is Valentino. Ellyn shares with him a rare

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Montessori School for Christopher Many parents, parents-to-be, and just about anyone with an interest in early childhood education has overIʼm looking into a heard, or been part of this very conversation about Montessori Schools. It is a topic that “rings a bell” for Montessori School for many and prompts just as many to look further into it. little Christopher.” Generally speaking, learning about Montessori requires a certain intellectual curiosity and eagerness for discovery. Information is readily available, but it must be “Oh, thatʼs great. My sought out – there are no billboards, slick bus stop ads, niece goes to one, and or catchy TV commercials to spoon feed the information my sister says she – it requires a proactive approach on the part of the learner. Kind of like a “best-kept secret”, where its reabsolutely loves it. wards are revealed to those that take the time and effort Sophia is only four and to seek them out. Not surprisingly, this is the key to understanding Montessori and the very concept that lies at sheʼs already reading the heart of the Montessori educational philosophy. and doing some basic Developed almost a century ago by Italy’s first femath problems.” male physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori philosophy arose from her desire to help children. Her keen interest in children and how they learn and develop led her to shift focus from the body to the mind, giving up her medical practice to work with a group of sixty young children from Rome’s working class San Lorenzo district. The first Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House was where Dr. Montessori, by observing and working with these children, was able to develop the theories and methodologies adopted by all Montessori school systems today. The simple, basic truth, Children teach themselves, is the cornerstone of the Montessori philosophy. This unique and progressive approach to early childhood education is based on the encouragement of the individual child to discover learning by way of their natural, personal interest in exploring the world. Making the most of this keen interest, especially focused between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age, (dubbed the “sensitive periods”) Montessori programs are specifically tailored to enable and encourage constant “discovery” on the part of the young learner. Using uniquely designed learning materials and conducted by specially trained teachers in an enhanced learning environment, a wealth of knowledge and information is available to each and every child – its rewards revealed to those that take the time and effort to seek them out. In a Montessori school, including Pizarro School for Montessori Learning in the Westchester suburb of Miami, the specially certified teacher is not a repository of knowledge but a guide. Mrs. Suzanne Farrell, the lead teacher in the Pre-Primary program at Pizarro School, describes her role in the classroom as the one to “ignite a fire for learning, a spark that will lead to the child’s own self discovery.” Farrell first joined the ranks of Montessori certified teachers in 1982 through Project Champ, an American Montessori Society training program in New York City. She then worked under the famed Marlene Barron, the then Directress of Westside Montessori in New York. Farrell has been a resident of South Florida for the last 22 years and has a following of loyal parents that get excited when their next child is entering her class. Daylen Cartelle, mother of 3 year old Sabrina, looked forward to her toddler’s transition into the “big kids’ class”. “My two older children learned how to learn in Mrs. Farrell’s class and they’ve been great students ever since. My little one started in her class this past January and we couldn’t be happier.” The Montessori certified teacher has been specially trained to elicit intellectual curiosity in all her learners. Her job is to guide them as they discover their abilities in reading, math, art, music and science, individually, as a group, and at their own pace. As a result of this unique approach, a child is started on a lifetime process of joyful learning. Throughout the course of a child’s participation in a Montessori program, his/her skills in concentration, independence and discovery increase. The child is encouraged to be an independent, socially warm person with a positive self-concept, eager to learn and not afraid to make mistakes for he/she learns from them. The child is given the opportunity to be a leader or a follower, depending on the situation and can approach any task, organize materials and self and arrive at a desirable result. Taking a personal interest and encouraging further discovery is what Montessori is all about. Are you ready to know more? The information is out there. Look into Montessori. Reward yourself and your child. C.A.S.A Montessori 786-280-9809 Registration Open: 3 months - first grade

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Miami novelist Barbara Levenson to celebrate release of new book BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Longtime Miami judge and novelist Barbara Levenson will celebrate the release of Justice in June with a book signing at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables (305-442-4408) on June 5, beginning at 7 p.m. In Justice in June (Oceanview Publishing, $24.95) it’s raining, it’s pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring — especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases. Judge Liz Maxwell’s job, sanity, and reputation are at stake, and she needs Mary to ferret out wrongdoing in Miami’s courts. Solving this case won’t just mean going out on a limb; it will mean risking life and limb. Luis Corona, a family friend of Mary’s boyfriend, Carlos, needs help with a legal matter that, to Mary’s horror, turns out to be a terrorism charge. And this case will leave some catastrophic damage — and unwelcome notoriety — in its wake. Just when Mary thought things couldn’t

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My Lawn Man Wants to Top My Live Oak Tree for The STORM SEASON. Should I Have Him Do This? THE ARBORIST

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No. Don’t top your live oak or any other hardwood tree such as a black olive or mahogany. A tree sometimes needs to be pruned to avoid interference with utility lines, buildings, or parts of the surrounding environment. Whenever pruning is required, it is important to avoid the practice of topping -- the removal of all parts of a tree above a certain height with no consideration for its structure or health. Long thought to reduce a hazard, topping is a temporary and ineffective solution that actually makes a tree more hazardous in the long run. • Topping "starves" trees by robbing them of their food-creating leaves. • Topped trees, in an act of defense, create shoots that grow quickly (up to 20 feet in one year) and are more prone to breaking. • Topping also makes trees more susceptible to insects and disease. • Topping creates "high maintenance

trees" that are expensive to treat, repair, and care for. Hurricane tree-trimming basics for hardwood trees • Reduction pruning is an effective alternative to topping. It reduces the size of longer branches by cutting back lateral ones. Some branches are removed at their point of origin. • Avoid excessive thinning of interior branches. It can lead to rapid growth of upright interior shoots and limb breakage. • The best way to learn to manage tree growth and maintain tree health is to consult a Certified Arborist. These tree care professionals know how to safely prune trees, and they can couch you as a homeowner how to best maintain and care for them throughout the year. Ron von Paulus is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist (ID # Fl-5770A). He has more than 20 years experience working with trees in South Florida. He offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses. Please contact him at Big Ron’s Tree Service 305-588-3091 or by email at <ron@BigRonsTreeService.com>

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Progesterone Vaginal Suppositories for the Prevention of Preterm Birth BY Y SONIA A MARTINEZ,, RPH

Delivery before 37 weeks is called a preterm birth and the baby is considered premature. The incidence of preterm delivery (PTD) continues to increase and now exceeds 12% of all pregnancies in the United States, and is a leading cause of infant death and cerebral palsy, as well as a number of other complications and health problems. In a double-blind, placebo-control, randomized trial, 100 mg progesterone daily as a vaginal suppository decreased the incidence of preterm delivery by more than 50%. Mean gestational age at enrollment (beginning of progesterone suppository therapy) was 26.5 weeks. Among 142 women who had one prior preterm birth, prophylactic cerclage, or uterine malformation, daily use of a 100-mg vaginal progesterone suppository compared with placebo significantly decreased the likelihood of preterm delivery prior to 37 weeks from 28.5% (placebo group) to 13.8%. Delivery prior to 34 weeks’ gestation was reduced from 18.5% to 2.7%. Ask Sonia our compounding pharmacist about progesterone suppositories.

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2010 BMW 1 Series: A smaller, cheaper Beemer Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The BMW 1 Series was introduced to the U.S. market in mid-2008 as a competitor in the luxury coupe class, but billed as a smaller, less costly Beemer with all the bells and whistles of its bigger siblings. Initially, there was only one model in the lineup, the 135i Coupe with a twin-turbocharged 300 hp. In 2009, BMW expanded the series with the 230 hp 128i and by adding convertible editions for both models, and that lineup continues for 2010. All four models are powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine mated to either a standard six-speed manual or an optional ($1,325) six-speed automatic transmission. BMW makes no bones about the intent of the 1 Series — it was designed to be a serious competitor to the front-wheel-drive Japanese, Korean and American cars in the entry luxury coupe class. And this sporty little car is doing a good job of accomplishing its mission. The 135i Convertible, clocks 0-60 mph in 5.4 sec-

onds and the top speed is electronically limited to 150 mph. For the record, the rear-wheel-drive 1 Series cars are about seven inches shorter overall than the popular BMW 3 Series and the wheelbase is four inches shorter; it’s also 2.7 inches narrower. The 128i Coupe lists for $29,400 and comes with automatic climate control; premium AM/FM/CD audio with auxiliary input jack; a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel; leatherette upholstery; cruise control; power glass sunroof; high-gloss black interior trim; rain-sensing automatic headlights; fog lights, and 205/55HR16 all-season tires on 16-inch alloy wheels. The 135i Coupe has a price tag of $35,850 and adds a twin-turbocharged engine, a firmer sport suspension and high-performance brakes; xenon headlights with adaptive light control; retractable headlight washers; Gray Poplar wood interior trim; and 18-inch alloy rims. The 128i Convertible goes for $34,000 and the 135i Convertible for $40,150. Both have basically the same equipment as their coupe counterparts, except for 17-inch wheels on the 135i. Both come with an automatic cloth folding top that goes up or down in 22 seconds, even at speeds up to 25 mph.

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A Sport Package for $1,300 for the 128i models includes sport suspension, sport seats, M-style steering wheel, Shadowline trim and wider tires on 17-inch rims. A $1,100 package adds the sport seats, steering wheel and trim to the 135i, which already comes with the sport suspension and 18-inch wheels. The M Sport Package is available on both convertible models and includes an Aero kit for reduced lift at speed, an increased top speed limiter, better brake cooling and

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Room and The Village Chalet restaurants will be served. Enjoying the newly landscaped “Meditation Gardens” and the 25 original historic cottages built in 1903 by pioneers of Henry Flagler’s railroad are but a part of an extraordinary visit to Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village throughout the summer. Returning as an honorary Inaugural Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year is Petco with over 1,000 stores in 50 states with some 22,000 associates across the country. There are 11 stores in the Southeast Region of Florida, which includes Miami-Dade County. For information about Petco, visit online at <www.petco.com>. Also returning as a title sponsor is Redland Animal Hospital located for over 20 years at 24840 SW 177 (Krome) Ave. For more information visit online at <www.redlandanimalhospital.vetsuite.com> or call 305-245-5553. Cauley Square’s own Pet Spaw Shop located at the south end of the main street will be hosting and welcoming all to the Pet Fest with a customized exhibit at center stage of the event. For information, call 786-339-8211. Cauley Square Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in Goulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to 224th Street.). For more information visit online at <www.cauleysquare.com> or call 305258-3543. There is free parking and free entry to all Pet Fest events. For information, send email to <jeffreyind@aol.com>.

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