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First day of school brings out village police, officials BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Homestead Air Reserve Base hiring military and civilians

he first day of classes for the 2009-10 term on Monday, Aug. 24, brought out not only new and returning students to Palmetto Bay schools but members of the Village Policing Unit and several public officials as well. Lt. Avial Sanchez was at the entrance of Coral Reef Elementary School to greet arriving students and their parents, and patrol Officers Valdez and Arenas were on hand to direct parents to areas where parking was safe and permitted. No parking violations were given out during the first week of school because some parents were unfamiliar with the permitted areas. Yellow warning flyers instead of tickets were given out if cars were found to be parked where they

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Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn (center) is pictured with parent Beth Grant (left) and Coral Reef’s assistant principal Rachel Pierre-Louis. (Photo courtesy of Village of Palmetto Bay)

BY LOU BURTON Senior Airman omestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) has employment opportunities available for military members and civilians, and there are several avenues to find these positions. Currently HARB employs various positions that are full time, part time, and temporary assignments. Satellite Services Inc. (SSI) is a base contracting company that is responsible for providing permanent and temporary employees for base operating support services, which encompasses supply, maintenance, mechanics, plumbing, electricians, and various other positions, said Jennifer Diaz, SSI resource manager.

Village resident turns detective after theft H BY GARY ALAN RUSE almetto Bay resident Patrick Fiore isn’t one to just sit passively by when something happens, so when thieves broke into his Ford Explorer sports truck parked outside of his home he decided to take a more active role in the investigation. “They broke into my truck and stole my billfold,” Fiore said during an interview after the incident on Aug. 18. “There was no money in it, but it has my Shell gas card, my AAA card, an

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ATM card and some other items.” Fiore followed the usual required procedure of reporting it to the police and notifying the various card companies right away to minimize the possibility of fraudulent charges against any of his accounts, but he also took it one step further. He asked the people at Shell Oil for information on where the card might have been used last. “Some of the card companies won’t tell you, but they told me that my Shell card –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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557 yo-yo simultaneously to break a world record BY SUNNY YU Molina Healthcare and Florida International University (FIU) joined together on Monday, Aug. 24, to successfully break the world record for the most individuals to yo-yo simultaneously. Molina Healthcare and FIU gathered 557 participants on campus to yo-yo simultaneously for two minutes to break the previous record of 493 yo-yoers set earlier this year. “We are very excited about the record,” said Michael Siegel, MD, Molina Healthcare’s vice president/medical director. “But as a healthcare company, we are even more excited about the opportunity this event provided us to bring attention to the adverse effects of ‘yo-yo dieting.’ “In January, Men’s Health magazine named Miami, FL, as the ‘fattest city’ in the nation, so FIU and Molina used the yo-yo and the world record event as a visual to provide education about living healthy lifestyles.” According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and

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Prevention, the proportion of U.S. adults who are obese increased to 26.1 percent in 2008 compared to 25.6 percent in 2007. Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes. As obesity increases among all age groups, health risks begin to affect the lives of the

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young adults. “University departments and services aimed at helping students develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle were available for students at a health fair held before and after the world record attempt,” said Dr. Kenneth Jessell, FIU chief financial

officer. “Our students learned the importance of eating healthy as a lifestyle choice and the event was a great way to start the year off on the right foot.” More information about Molina Healthcare Inc. can be obtained online at <www.molinahealthcare.com>.


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JOBS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SCHOOL, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– “We are always accepting applications for positions,” Diaz said. “The best way to get your application submitted is to give the SSI office a call at 305-224-7664. You come in to our office and pick up an application or we can mail one out.” More specialized and professional positions are available at Homestead Air Reserve Base. “There are job openings currently available for Air Reserve Technicians and civilian employees,” said Angella Laing, human resource specialist. “To apply to these jobs you have to go online to <www.USAJOBS.gov>,” she said. “It is very important that once you go on to the website and apply to the positions that you remember to submit all the required documents listed. So often people don’t complete the application by forgetting to submit all their documents and they don’t get the job. “Most jobs listed here are for ‘ART’ positions, which mean you have to be a military reservist. There are some civilian positions and once you get a job and are inside the system you can move

much more freely to other positions,” Laing said. Then there is the obvious method for obtaining employment on an Air Reserve Base – enlist. “Not only can you work on the base as a traditional reservist but civilian employers also look at the experience and discipline that military members have from their military experience,” said Senior Master Sgt. Rondey Bullock, senior recruiter. “It is a great reference to put on a resume.” High demand career fields are offering enlistment bonuses as an extra incentive for entering the Air Force Reserve and performing a job that is critical. Right now there are positions offering $15,000 to $20,000 sign-on bonuses, Bullock said. Another incentive for joining the Air Force Reserve is that in times of unemployment in a civilian career, reservists can find work on base in their units or deployments, he said. To find out more information on jobs with bonuses at Homestead Air Reserve Base, contact recruiting at 305-224-7128.

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shouldn’t be. After the first week, however, tickets will be issued. Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene P. Flinn Jr. also attended school on opening day to welcome arrivals at Coral Reef Elementary, and he later put in an appearance with Village Councilmember Shelley Stanczyk at Southwood Middle School to welcome back the magnet program school’s “Superstars.” The mayor urges parents and all other drivers to take the resumption of classes into account when driving. “All schools — public and private —

are back in session,” Flinn said. “Traffic will be back to its school year grind. Please allow extra time for your commutes. “The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Community Traffic Safety Program reminds motorists, parents and students to take extra traffic safety precautions as children head back to school… The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at increased risk of transportation-related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes.”

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FIORE, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– had been ‘swiped’ at a gas station in Naranja, 26700 S. Dixie Hwy., at 7:46 a.m.,” Fiore said. “So I went there and spoke to the manager of the station and explained what happened. He told me that he saw a guy on a bicycle ride up and swipe the card — he didn’t actually charge any gas or anything, he just swiped the card at the pump and then left. Maybe he was testing it to see if it was good.” Fiore said that the manager told him that it looked like a homeless guy and that he could identify him if he saw him again. The manager said that he had been complaining about a homeless camp behind the South Dade Busway at

261st Avenue for the past year. Fiore decided to drive to the area and check it out. Finding it, he called the location in to Det. Diaz of the Palmetto Bay Policing Unit who was investigating the case. “They checked it out but didn’t find anything there,” Fiore said. “I was right on the heels of this guy. I probably missed him by an hour or so.” The police reportedly have received a tip and were checking a location in Homestead. Fiore is awaiting the results. “I think sometimes you have to get involved and look out for yourself,” Fiore said.


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There’s lots to do in the Village of Palmetto Bay Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN In business? Check this out…the Palmetto Bay Business Association tells us that their next meeting is on Thursday September 3, at Fleming - A Taste of Denmark, 8511 SW 136th Street. Be there for Networking from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the lunchtime program from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. “Connecting Our Business Community” is their motto, and it does that in a good way. This month’s speaker is Nancy Rackear of the Small Business Association. The Member Spotlight is on Mel Mendelsohn of Cruise Planners. “Join us for a fascinating program and a great opportunity to meet more potential clients!” At the meeting they will also welcome new members Ketly Stecher of I-Help, Linda Pescatore of Met Life and Ramesh Nyberg of Coldwell Banker. Can you help out those in need? Gently used school uniforms are needed for a good cause Recycle your child’s used school uniforms to benefit the less fortunate. Palmetto Bay resident Suzette Rice is seeking donations of gently used school uniforms and shoes that your child has outgrown. You can simply e-mail her and she will pick them up. All sizes and colors are needed (navy and khaki for the bottoms). Suzette will match them to families and deliver them. Suzette Rice says, “For those of you who know me, you know that I am

involved in many community activities. Among the non-profits that I am connected with are two ‘service partnerships’ that serve the children in our community. These service partnerships are composed of non-profits which have come together to enhance services to the community by collectively bringing many different services and by networking our talents. “Because the economic situation has worsened, demand on our various services has risen and our partnerships have been forced to tighten our belts due to severe funding cuts. In some organizations, this meant eliminating much needed services and staff. “As we head into the school and holiday seasons one of the biggest gaps for us will be the provision of the items that would come from what our funders call ‘Flex-funds.’ The items we often tapped the flex funds were for clothing, food, school uniforms and supplies, emergency housing or utilities and of course, for Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, the flex funds are no longer available. “Today, I am asking that if any of you have gently used school uniforms and shoes that your child has outgrown to please consider emailing me and I will pick them up. We need all sizes and colors (navy and khaki for the bottoms). We can even use men’s/misses sizes as the teens are needing uniforms too. The shirts are usually polo style with collars, while the pants are either solid shorts or slacks like Dockers style. Some of the girls have skirts or culottes. Once I have them in hand, I will match them to families and deliver them. I am very sure that between all our agencies all the donated clothing will be used.” While it may not seem important,

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having these children dressed and ready for school really helps them be a part of the school community. “Being together” at school offers some stability when everything at home may be topsy-turvy. The average cost for a set of shirts and pants runs a parent about $20 a child, so this really puts the parent and child at a disadvantage when the family is already in financial crisis. If you wish to donate school supplies they will be appreciated as well. Tax donation receipts can be provided on request. Contact Suzette at: <suzeq@bellsouth.net> Do you like scary movies? The first family movie night of the 2009/2010 school year will take place at Coral Reef Park on Friday, October 30, just after the sun sets. “Make plans to bring your chairs/blankets and meet up with your family and friends,” they tell us. “This event will be free to all, as always. This will be our Halloween feature film.” Any suggestions as to the film? Call and provide your suggestions to any of your council members or contact village hall directly at 305-259-1234. Ask for Josie. Shop local! Please continue to give your business to those stores and service providers in your own community, and you’ll help everyone. Here are a few more: Bud Stop Florist, 16705 Old Cutler Road Call them at 305-255-0330 or visit their website at <www.budstopflorist.com>.

Fax: 305-235-5183 Email: <courtney@goldenruleseafood.com> H & R Block, 14689 S. Dixie Hwy., Publix Center, Palmetto Bay Contact R. P. (Bob) Comotto Voice: 305-278-9705 Fax: 305-378-6252 Email: <rp-com@juno.com> Web: <www.hrblock.com> Keller Williams Realty, 15605 SW 77 Ct., Palmetto Bay Contact Linda Robinson, Broker Associate. Voice: 305-235-7763 Fax: 305-235-6098 Email: <linpru@aol.com> Miami Acura, 16601 S. Dixie Hwy., Palmetto Bay Contact Mark Isaia, General Manager, Voice: 305-232-1400, Fax: 305-238-3264 Email: <misaia@miamiacura.com> Web: <miamiacura.com> Pitman Photo Supply, 13911 S. Dixie Hwy., Palmetto Bay Contact Lowell Elsea, Vice President. Voice: 305-256-9558. Fax: 305-256-9789 Web: <www.pitmanphotosupply.com> Thought for the Day: There is always room at the top, after the investigation. — Oliver Herford Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Alvarez talks out of both sides of his mouth R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Pray, my friends, that The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and Miami’s Community Newspapers never go out of business. Without the written word we would never learn of the abuses showered upon us by our elected officials. Television gives us the “highlights” of local news, but the written word gives us the details that we need to support our attempts to control our elected officials. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Our county government executives are setting our community on fire and sitting back and receiving the rewards of a government gone haywire. Take the headline that read “The mayor’s big-raise club.” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez has the chutzpah to tell our rank and file county employees that they must live with a substantial pay cut and his proposed firing of 1,700 employees. Yet, at the same time he rewards his “insider” staff with raises that, even in good times, would

be considered excessive. His chief of staff, for example, received an 11 percent pay raise increasing his salary from $185,484 to $206,783 plus benefits. If for no other reason, the mayor should be removed from office. This is the same mayor who proposed and supported giving the owner of the Florida Marlins a $525 million ballpark while the county is closing public parks, reducing library hours, gutting social service programs, and making county employees receive less in their pay checks. This is the same mayor who is eliminating 14 of our 19 arts grant programs. The financial support for the arts is going from $14.3 million to $4.4 million. True, we must cut the budget in “all” areas but to read the story about the cuts in the same edition of the paper that tells us about county executive pay raises is really hard to take. The same edition of the Herald that told of executive pay raises ran on page one of the “Issues & Ideas” section, the headline “At new PAC, same tired tune.” This is the story about the $47 million South Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center, that is “still” under construction — two years behind schedule, $3 million over budget and not ready for use.

––– VIEWPOINT ––– County overseers and the contractors continue to fight over specifications and construction. Meanwhile, a building “under construction,” awaits possible damage from a hurricane. I hope you didn’t read the whole article if you have high blood pressure. The story of the South Miami-Dade Performing Arts Center, as told by the Herald, is the same story as the expansion at the Miami International Airport, the performing arts center in downtown Miami, the Metrorail usage original proposals and the MIA North Terminal — all behind schedule, all over budget (our money), poorly conceived and poorly managed. And, don’t forget the miles and miles of proposed Metrorail expansion that never took place. There is a glimmer of light. Citizens are starting to react to the way our elected officials are spending “our” money. Example: A group of knowledgeable citizens are meeting in Coral Gables, starting a “Citizens Review” of county, municipal

and school board budgets. One member, Republican Dean Santoro is quoted as saying, “We are educating ourselves. We have fallen asleep. We elected officials and said ‘Go take care of this for me.’ Have they taken care of it for you?” This is “our” county government management. We elected the men and women who are running our government. President Harry Truman once said, “The buck stops here!” He accepted responsibility for the running of our government during his administration. We, the voters of Miami-Dade, are responsible for electing those who run our government. Are we going to do anything about it at the next election? I sure hope so!

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Is South Florida recovery just around the corner?

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY It sounds like something out of Mission Impossible because it shares the same initials: IMF. But in this case, IMF stands for the International Monetary Fund. It’s an international financial think tank that guides and coordinates international monetary policy. Of course, that sounds like pretty esoteric stuff. So when I just saw their latest headlines, it really made me read the fine print. The IMF reports, “The global recession is over and a recovery has begun,” reports Olivier Blanchard, the groups’ top economist. He goes on to caution that the global turnaround will not be simple because, “The crisis has left deep scars, which will affect both supply and demand for many years to come.” The group predicts unemployment will continue and that there still will be some very major issues to be resolved both globally and by individual countries. So what does this mean to us here in South Florida? Is our recovery just around the corner? As we enter the height of the third quarter, with Labor Day getting closer every day, there are some signs that the recession is easing. Many economists predicted we would see improvements by the Third Quarter and they are starting to be seen more clearly almost weekly. Our real estate markets are showing new strength in both the condo and single-family home sales as prices may be bottoming out. Unemployment may be bottoming out, but there is no new rush to rehire former workers. Foreclosures around South Florida are slowing, but most experts predict the problem is far from over. Even more families are expected to lose their homes through the fall. Wall Street is recovering slowly, although we still are seeing too much volatility to encourage more smallinvestor money invested in the markets

at this time. Our 401Ks are regaining some of their lost value, but nobody is really comfortable yet increasing their contributions because they’ve lost so much of their money the past year. Our banks seem stable, but just recently Colonial Bank was seized by the Office of Thrift Supervision in the year’s most expensive FDIC takeover. Expected banking failures recently led the Feds to open a new “Regional Satellite Office” in Jacksonville to handle the glut of bank seizures forecast for around the Southeastern United States. All mixed signs of the “deep scars” will remain as global reminders of just how deep this recession is and how long it may take lead us to finally say, “It’s history.” So is the recession over for us? I don’t think so. If global markets start improving, South Florida’s international trade and international tourism will start improving too. That will help to get local businesses hiring again. I think we already are seeing some very positive signs of improving investment in the real estate markets, with many foreign investors buying up local homes and condos. The global recovery still is in its infancy. It will take awhile to be felt in South Florida because of how deeply we still are feeling our stalled local construction industry. We’re still being asked to wait for the full impact of Washington’s Economic Stimulus Plan to be felt. But some money-crunchers at the Palm Beach Post recently found Florida ranks dead last in the country for per-capita spending of Federal Economic Stimulus Funds. What’s more, until we start seeing a lot more new jobs, it may still be a while before anyone feels comfortable enough to say, “South Florida’s recession is over.” Still, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a little brighter now than a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the tunnel is turning out to be a lot longer than anyone expected.

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Alper JCC teams win medals at Maccabi Games BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ After winning the bronze medal in 2008, Team Miami earned a silver medal in Flag Football at the 2009 International JCC Maccabi Games in San Francisco, CA. Over 1,300 Jewish teenagers, ages 1316, traveled during the first week in August, coming from Israel, Great Britain, Guatemala and Mexico to several host cities in the United States. Here they participated in a friendly and competitive annual sports event, infused with and guided by their Jewish values and heritage. During the past five years, parent Jack Gervais has coached both Flag Football and Girls Soccer for the Alper JCC’s Team Miami delegations. “The Maccabi Games offers a tremendous opportunity for growth for these kids in sports as well as in life,” Gervais said. He sees the teens becoming better human beings, learning to be more compassionate, dealing with others, and participating in friendly competi-

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tion. “I am a firm believer that sports teaches everyone how to deal with situations in life,” Gervais said. “When you have a difficult teammate or a coach whose opinion you don’t always agree with, you need to learn to handle the situation properly. I am so proud of these kids, because this year we learned to win with class and to lose with class.” Most of the teens have been playing flag football with Gervais since the third grade. Members of the sevenman team are Spencer Gervais, Alex Parker, Josh Aronson, Zach Polito, Ethan Kalish, Tristen Ferguson and Brandon Salky. They are entering

ninth grade at Killian, Palmetto and Coral Reef high schools, and Tristen is entering eighth grade at Southwood Middle School. Joining Coach Gervais at the Games was Sean Chase as assistant coach and Gabe Mendoza as team manager. Because so many sports are represented at the Maccabi Games, a separate group of teens traveled to San Antonio, TX, where Team Miami Girls Soccer won the gold medal and the Boys Basketball won silver. “I have been coaching over the past eight to 10 years and participating in the Maccabi Games has been, by far, the most rewarding of all of my soccer experiences,” said Brad Sokol, head coach of Girls Soccer. “Over the years, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to touch the lives of almost 100 Jewish teenage girls, some of whom have little Jewish background. Through the JCC Maccabi program, we have been able to instill a sense of Jewish identity, while at the same time teaching them about good sportsmanship, rachmanus (fairness) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world through community service).” Girls Soccer had won two consecutive silver medals in past Maccabi tournaments, but their 6-0 record at this year’s games, brought them their first gold medal in team history. They won in an overtime thriller over Philadelphia, when Team Miami converted four Penalty Kicks to Philadelphia’s three to seal the victory. Heading Alper JCC’s Team Miami San Francisco delegation was Doug Buckley, JCC athletic director, who oversaw both baseball and flag football. After a challenging series, the baseball team won three games and lost two.

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Residents may air concerns during budget hearings Miami-Dade County Commissioners will conduct budget hearings on Thursdays, Sept. 3 and 17, at 5:01 p.m., in the Commission Chambers (second floor) of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St. in downtown Miami, to allow for citizen input in the FY 2009-10 county budget process. To participate, anyone wishing to speak must register with the office of the agenda coordinator at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the budget hearing. Directional signs will be set up on the first floor pointing to a registration table where people can sign up to speak. DADE COUNTY BAR OFFERS FREE LEGAL HELP-LINE ON SEPT. 2 LegalLine, a toll-free help-line answering a broad range of basic legal questions, will be conducted by the Dade County Bar Association from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Callers can phone 1-866-596-0399 and anonymously ask their questions in English or Spanish, free of charge. Each three-hour help-line is staffed by more than a dozen volunteer attorneys who answer basic questions across a wide

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Castroneves grand marshal for revived Grove Bed Race BY MISCHELLA REED He has been to Victory Lane at the Indy 500 three times, and he’s been crowned champion of ABC’s television hit Dancing with the Stars. On Sept. 6 in Coconut Grove, Helio Castroneves again will step into the competition spotlight, this time as grand marshal of the “Great Grove Bed Race.” The Miami resident will lend his magnetic personality and comedic wit — perhaps even some racing tips — to the revival of a tradition that dates back 31 years. “I’ve competed in a lot of different cars in my time, but I’ve certainly never raced a bed,” Castroneves said. “This is going to be an amazing event, and I’m really excited to be a part of it – Coconut Grove definitely will be the place to be Labor Day Weekend. And on the top of my Grand Marshall duties, this gives me an extra opportunity to be around some racing in my own backyard before IndyCar Championship Weekend at HomesteadMiami Speedway on Oct. 10.” Grove merchants, local corporations and local dog park groupies all are ready to start their engines — or rather, tie

Pictured (l-r) are Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Indy 500 Champ Helio Castroneves, and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz announcing the return of the “Great Grove Bed (Photo credit: Jorge R. Perez/City of Miami) Race” to Miami. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

their shoelaces — and take part in a hilarious community event that will benefit the University of Miami Sleep

Program and Alonzo Mourning Charities. Speed earns the ultimate checkered flag, but awards also will be

presented for theme, creativity and décor, with Castroneves serving as celebrity judge. “It is an inspiration when Miamians like Helio Castroneves and Alonzo Mourning give back to their communities through events such as the Great Grove Bed Race,” said Miami Mayor Manny Diaz. “It is a great tradition that I look forward to reviving.” The Pajama Pub Crawl sets the pace Saturday night, Sept. 5, with visits to nine participating Coconut Grove Pubs. NewCastle Brown Ale will provide a free beer along the way, and Designated Drivers will be rewarded with a Pit Stop for free coffee at The Brookstore in the Grove. Sunday, Sept. 6, highlights include the Waiters/Waitresses Obstacle course; a Family Pajama Party and story time at The Brookstore; the Pit Row Parade of decorated beds on display, and live music with races starting at 2 p.m. “The Great Grove Bed Race has a long, rich tradition in South Florida,” said Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. “This year’s event will be one of the most memorable with the addition of Helio Castroneves.”


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BY BRIAN MCLENDON Once in nine lives, something extraordinary happens. The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten that had been abandoned. It was love at first sight. Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat (A Delacorte Press Hardcover; August 2009, $20, 304 pages) recounts Homer and Gwen’s tale of finding each other, of their life and adventures together, and of Gwen finding the man she was going to marry (with Homer’s help, of course). Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or as independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly who’s ever fallen completely and made friends with every helplessly in love, whether the human who crossed his Gwen Cooper object of that love has four paws path. Homer scaled (Photo by Robert Calderone) or two feet. seven-foot bookcases ––––––––––––––––––– Gwen Cooper is the author of with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid- the novel Diary of a South Beach Party buzz. He survived being trapped Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years alone for days after 9/11 in an apart- working in nonprofit administration, ment near the World Trade Center, marketing, and fundraising. She coordiand even saved Gwen’s life when he nated volunteer activities on behalf of chased off an intruder who broke into organizations including Pet Rescue, their home in the middle of the night. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Miami But it was Homer’s unswerving loyal- Rescue Mission, and His House ty, his infinite capacity for love, and his Children’s Home, and initiated joy in the face of all obstacles that Reading Pen Pals, an elementary inspired Gwen daily and transformed school-based literacy program in her life. And by the time she met the Miami’s Little Haiti. Cooper will be present for a talk man she would marry, she realized that Homer had taught her the most impor- and book signing on Friday, Sept. 25, tant lesson of all: Love isn’t something 8 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables; call 305you see with your eyes. Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-life- 442-4408. Cooper currently lives in Manhattan time story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the with her husband, Laurence. She also refusal to accept limits — on love, abili- lives with her three perfect cats — ty, or hope against any odds. Jubilant Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer — who and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody aren’t impressed with any of it.

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Crazy Pianos putting fun in fundraising for SALM BY TINA MENDITTO From Elvis Presley to Elvis Costello and everything in between, Crazy Pianos in Coconut Grove, the dueling piano concept that originated in Holland, invites families to enjoy a day of food, fun and their favorite tunes on Sunday, Sept.13. Between 2 and 7 p.m., the new entertainment hot spot will donate 20 percent of all food and beverage sales to benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM), a community-based aquatic activities center serving able bodied individuals as well as those with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. Crazy Family Fun Day will feature activities tailored for every member of the family, from face painting to caricatures and balloon animals to live music, and of course, palatable delights like Peruvian Ceviche, Coconut Rum Glazed Mahi Mahi, Spinach Portobello Mushroom Ravioli and Kobe Beef Sliders. Delectable desserts include Deep Fried Cheesecake and Dulce de Leche deep fried in a flaky pastry tortilla and served with a chocolate and red raspberry sauce. There is even a Crazy Kids menu just for the little ones. Kids can request their favorite songs from Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brother, Britney Spears, and more, while adults opt for classic favorites from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. You name it, and the Crazy Pianos entertainers will play it. A percentage of proceeds from Crazy Fun Day will benefit Shake-A-Leg Miami’s various programs dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities live

more active and independent lifestyles, including the Wounded Warriors project, Adaptive Water sports and Shake-ALeg Miami’s own Eco-Island. “We are extremely grateful for the event planned by Crazy Pianos to benefit Shake-A-Leg,” said Harry Horgan, CEO and co-founder of Shake-A-Leg Miami. “Crazy Pianos is a great spot for families to spend the day. By simply having fun on Crazy Family Fun Day, participants are also helping to raise awareness and funds, giving those who are less fortunate, the opportunity to overcome obstacles and live out their dreams.” Crazy Pianos is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information on Crazy Pianos, visit online at <www.crazypianosmiami.com> or call 305-567-2462. Crazy Pianos is located on the second floor of CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove.


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2010 Chevy Camaro: ‘Muscle car’ blast from the past Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Muscle car fans have been waiting a long time, but it’s finally here and they are not being disappointed. The new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is drop-dead gorgeous and runs like the proverbial bat out of you-know-where. With its V-shaped nose, long aluminum hood, short deck, raked windshield and muscular fenders, the new Camaro bears a strong resemblance to its 1967 counterpart, and that’s what Chevy designers had in mind. The power dome hood intake and cooling gills forward of the rear wheels are nice styling touches, even if they aren’t functional. Interestingly, the Camaro is devoid of chrome. The rear-wheel-drive Camaro rides on the same platform as the heralded Pontiac G8 and borrows its engines from Cadillac and Corvette. The 304 hp V-6 is the Caddy contribution and the incredi-

ble 6.2-liter 400 hp V-8 is the same engine that powers the Corvette. All Camaro models can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or sixspeed automatic transmission, with an optional manual shift. The Aisin AY6 sixspeed manual is standard with the V-6, and a Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic is optional. A Tremec TR 6060 sixspeed manual is standard on the SS model, and the Hydra-Matic 6L80 sixspeed automatic is an option. The new Camaro is available in three models — LS, LT and SS. The LS and LT come with the V-6 engine; the SS gets the big V-8. The LS has cruise control, a telescopic steering wheel, six-speaker sound system, OnStar, limited slip differential, 18-inch steel wheels and a starting price tag of $22,245. The LT is upgraded with such items as leather upholstery, a six-way power driver’s seat and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels. It starts at $23,880. The SS is the high-performance model and it has a special exterior trim to distinguish it, a stiffer suspension, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels and four-piston Brembo disc brakes. It starts at $30,245.

Chevrolet’s new Camaro, with a raked windshield, long hood, short deck and muscular fenders, looks a lot like its 1967 counterpart.

On the road, the Camaro is a dream to drive. It’s quiet on the highway and impressively fast, the V-6 powered LT clocking 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds. It handles and responds with precision, brakes on a dime, delivers a very comfortable ride and, for a muscle car, gets pretty good gas mileage at 16/24 mpg. Our only complaint was with the interior where there are a couple of blind spots when backing up and the optional retro instrumentation on the console is diffi-

cult to read. And while the trunk space is deep and large, the access opening is relatively small and will not accommodate large pieces of luggage. But, on the whole, Chevy has delivered on its promise to bring back a quality version of the historic Camaro muscle car.

Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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