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Planned village hall will be better than ‘green’ BY GARY ALAN RUSE he planned Palmetto Bay Village Hall facility will not only meet the needs of the village and be a LEED Gold certified “green” project, it also will be a showcase of environmentally positive building design and the first among municipal structures to do so. This is according to information presented during a special village council meeting on Sept. 24. Master Builders of South Florida has been awarded the contract and, besides making the presentation during the council meeting, company representatives also recently joined village officials in Washington, DC, to pursue grant opportunities for the project. Construction for the new village hall is slated for completion in fall 2010.

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he Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department, the Parks Foundation of MiamiDade, and the University of Miami School of Architecture will host an urban planning workshop titled “People and Places: Building Our Public Realm—East/Central/South Miami-Dade County,” on Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the University of Miami Bank United Center, Hurricane 100 Room, 1245 Dauer Dr. in Coral Gables The workshop, the second in a three-part series covering different regions within the county, will bring together key municipal and regional agencies from the cities of Coral Gables, Homestead, Miami, Miami Beach, North Bay Village, South Miami, West Miami, Village of Key Biscayne, Village of Palmetto Bay, Village of Pinecrest, and Town of Cutler Bay, to continue the dialogue aimed at forging mutually beneficial partnerships for the implementation of greenways and civic spaces that connect to the greenways, providing the user with a meaningful experience. Each participating municipality and agency has been requested to bring a significant current and/or future destination project such as that for a park, library, cultural, historic,

iami-Dade has been awarded $12,523,700 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the county’s energy efficiency and conservation activities. Fifty percent of the funds are being made available now to implement the county’s energy efficiency and conservation strategy, as approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program was funded

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for the first time by the Recovery Act. It is providing $3.2 billion in total funding for the EECBG to more than 2,300 cities, counties, states and Indian tribes nationwide to help them improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and create “green” jobs locally. “With these grants, communities across the country will be able to make major investments in energy solutions that will strengthen America’s econo–––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Youth coach Lou Confessore beat U.S. Soccer by 12 years BY RICHARD YAGER “US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2009. The Game for All Kids! exploded from 100,000 players in 1974 to over 1 million in the early nineties. Today, US Youth Soccer registers over 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19, through 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations.” — US Youth Soccer news release • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • When it comes to youth soccer, no one knows the game better than Kendall’s Lou Confessore. Now marking 47 years of coaching smallfry soccer, he began coaching the sport 12 years before formation of the first nationwide youth program in California in 1974. Today, Confessore, Coral Estates coach for its Under-6 and Under-8 boys teams, confirms what few in youth soccer may realize — Coral Estates is the oldest private soccer club in MiamiDade County. “I should know; I started the program in 1962,” said Confessore, already enshrined in both Florida State Soccer and Florida Youth Soccer Association halls of fame for his near half-century of devotion to popularizing and coaching the sport. When Miami-Dade Parks director Jack Kardys christened three new Kendall soccer fields in September, he introduced Confessore as a Kendall soccer legend. “Well, yes, Jack would have said something nice like that,” Confessore recalled. “After all, I coached his father,

Coral Estates Coach Lou Confessore watches a one-on-one drill by Jaiden Barrios, 5, (left) and Javier Marmolego, 6. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

the late Walter Kardys, in youth soccer.” Kardys said, “Lou and my father were both coaches in the first soccer leagues formed in Miami-Dade County. My father was a coach for Norwood Soccer Club while Lou was at Coral Estates.” Confessore, at 72, still teaches tots two afternoons a week at Coral Estates Park. “You just grow to love the sport,” the coach explained. “At Adelphi College in New York (where I grew up), I was really a lacrosse and football player. But the school needed a ready-to-play soccer roster to kick off its schedule in September, so a lot of us were ‘recruited’ to play. I was on defense.”

After graduation in 1960 with a teaching degree, Confessore came to Florida, joining his relocated family in Dade County and coaching at Hialeah’s Recreation Department. In 1962, he started a life-long career, teaching physical education at Coral Park Elementary School, located sideby-side with Coral Estates Park where he introduced the sport and founded the oldest Miami-Dade regional soccer club. Married soon after coming to Miami, Confessore said, “My mother pushed me into it; she wanted me to meet a girl (Harriet) at church; she had come here from St. Louis, a soccer stronghold, so

that worked out just right.” Settling in the Village of Kendale, the Confessores’ children would later carry on the family soccer connections with two sons, David and Steven, as well as daughter, Carolyn, playing on youth teams. “David’s still on an adult team and Carolyn’s two children, our grandchildren, are playing on Homestead teams at age 5, but Steven, a police officer, figures soccer might not work out with his job responsibilities.” From 1968 to 1977, as one of the “old guard Miami soccer coaches,” Confessore helped create the varsity sport at Coral Park Senior High, one of several schools building successful programs based on a feeder system from active youth leagues. “Soccer grew in popularity here because at that time, basketball wasn’t a big sport in Miami,” Confessore explained. “It filled a gap between fall football and baseball in the spring.” Serving from 1977 to ’81 as president of the Florida Youth Soccer Association, Confessore saw local and state youth leagues steadily expand in Florida at a time when only three Miami-Dade parks had regulation soccer fields. “Some still say soccer hasn’t grown that significantly, but back then, we had 25,000 youngsters playing,” he reflected. “Now, we have 125,000 youth, statewide. Last year, in the 15 to 18 age group, we had 32 leagues in MiamiDade. This year, there’s 40 with 55 active coaches.” Will he ever retire? “I thought I would by now,” Confessore said with a laugh. “But the kids keep me going.”


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VILLAGE HALL, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– PLANNERS, “This was one of our most exciting meetings,” Mayor Eugene P. Flinn Jr. said during a recent interview. “We’re really looking forward to this project. I think this is going to be a village hall everybody’s going to be proud of for its practicality and efficiency. “Our staff and the builders went to Washington looking for grant money and, while we never count our chickens before they’re hatched, we’re always working hard to bring our tax dollars back to our community,” Mayor Flinn said. “This has a real potential of being a great demonstration project that should attract not only ‘green’ money but also FEMA money.” Mayor Flinn was referring to the fact that the new village hall will be a hurricane-hardened Emergency Operations Center (EOC) facility that will function as the city center for communications and resources — local police, fire and rescue operations — after a hurricane or similar event. This makes the building eligible for FEMA funding. The complex will employ the newest water conservation and recycling techniques, special windows to reduce heat and cooling costs, special insulation and solar panels that not only can reduce electricity costs but also can on off days produce additional power that can be “sold” to Florida Power and Light. “It’s ‘green’ because of the technology, and it’s ‘green’ because of what it’s doing for the community,” Councilmember Shelley Stanczyk said. “It’s an infill project in an area that’s in transition, and a site that was ready to be revitalized. It’s near transit and it it’s going to help provide for future devel-

opment around it. “Our lobbyists have been hard at work and our staff has been looking into a number of departments in Washington for funding, from Energy to Homeland Security.” Dr. Ed Feller, District 1 councilmember, echoed the enthusiasm of the others for the new project and what it will mean for the area and the village as a whole. “It is an example of everything we’ve done, namely a new village taking the lead to do what’s right, both technologically and environmentally,” Feller said. “I’m really excited about this because, if the builders can accomplish what they’re promising, the project will be a model for the whole Southeastern United States. Even governments that are building new buildings are not trying to be energy neutral. They’re trying to be ‘green,’ but not taking that extra step of being energy neutral.” Master Builders of South Florida is based in Oakland Park and during the past 35 years has done a large number of residential, commercial and government projects. Mayor Flinn said that the people of Palmetto Bay should experience improved service as well in the new building because of the additional space. “Residents will see the benefits of the new building when they come in to pull building permits or conduct other business there,” he said. “We were cramped into a small space for a long time at the current village hall and we resisted expanding on that while we were renting. This is going to bring a renaissance to the area.”

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natural, or commercial center, and street that can link to select greenways and trails that connect the eastern, central and southern regions of the county to form a framework for greater partnership, collaboration and social connectivity. The goal is to coordinate efforts, network and seek partnership opportunities to build a more beautiful, healthier, and economically vibrant community providing residents and visitors with more meaningful experiences and improving the quality of life in MiamiDade County. Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the county’s Park and Open Space System Master Plan (OSMP) on February 2008, which was developed by the County’s Park & Recreation Department. The OSMP vision for Miami-Dade County provides a roadmap to develop a more sustainable community by using a comprehensive and coordinated model park system as its engine. Great parks, public spaces, natural and cultural places, greenways, trails,

and streets will connect to provide residents and visitors with the experience of a world-class park system at their doorstep, much like the heralded modern redevelopment of cities like Seattle, Boston, Portland, Chicago and Chattanooga. An important element in the creation of a model park system is that a vision as ambitious as this one, cannot be accomplished by any one single agency, but rather by a team of leaders that partner together to integrate seamless and sustainable practices throughout the community. Many of the ideas, findings and partnerships from these workshops will be presented in the upcoming Great Park Summit of the Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department, scheduled for Mar. 5, 2010, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens. The third and final workshop, scheduled at FIU on Oct. 14, will cover the western portion of Miami-Dade County. For information or to RSVP, contact Eric Hansen at <erich@miamidade.gov> or call 305755-7860.

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said Susanne M. Torriente, director for Miami-Dade Office of Sustainability. “This will create benefits that sustain beyond the period of investment of grant dollars.” Through the EECBG program, the county will implementing a total of 14 projects with a mix of energy management projects, citizen outreach and education, sub-grants, pilot/demonstration programs, construction projects, and incentive programs. For additional information about the EECBG program visit online at <www.eecbg.energy.gov>.

my and create jobs at the local level,” said Steven Chu, Secretary for U.S. Department of Energy. “The county will strategically leverage available EECBG funds by integrating EECBG activities with county operational and community-wide energy and climate change policy goals as well as existing and planned initiatives of the county and other government and public, non-profit, or private stakeholders,”

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Rep. Bullard hosts education panels

Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Rep. Dwight Bullard, District 118, will host two panel discussions, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Future of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Education Forumâ&#x20AC;? at two southwest area schools next week. In addition, parents and students can participate in an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Empowerment Hourâ&#x20AC;? taking place an hour before each forum. Rep. Bullard, teacher of history at Coral Reef Senior HS since 2000, is the son of two educators, Edward B. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edâ&#x20AC;? Bullard, serving in the Florida House from 2000-2008, and Larcenia J. Bullard, currently a member of the Florida Senate. He keeps education in the forefront of his legislative agenda, both as a fulltime teacher of history at Coral Reef Senior High for the past nine years and now as a recently named member of the House Pre-K-12 Appropriations and Policy Committees. The purpose of the two sessions is to bring together community leaders, including educators, students, parents, business officials, community activists and other interested citizens for open conversation about the future of educa-

tion in local communities. T. Willard Fair of Miami, State Board of Education member, will appear. The panel schedule: Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. (6 p.m. for the Empowerment Hour), Coral Reef Senior High, 10101 SW 152nd Street; also 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at South Dade Senior High School, 28401 SW 167th Avenue, Homestead. For details, contact <Mario.Bailey@myfloridahouse.gov>. If your computer opens PDFs and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned about airport noise, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Google upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: <www.miamiairport.com/pdfdoc/Final_TMB_Noise_St udy.pdf> to read the 80-page KendallTamiami Executive Airport consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report on abating the buzz of overheard aircraft. Report cost of $93,000 figures to $1,162.50 per page! No word yet on a review by the 12-member citizen committee on reaction to proposed relief measures. Palmetto Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Cutler Presbyterian Church and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Singing Miamiansâ&#x20AC;? will present a musical tribute to a favored alltime Americana show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Music Man,â&#x20AC;? with the Old Cutler Presbyterian Church Orchestra, Saturday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., at the Church, 14401 Old Cutler Road. For details or ticket information, go to: www.miamians.org while humming â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Seventy-Six Trombones,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lila Maeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, or any one of a dozen timeless tunes from Meredith Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great Ioway opus â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

they just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t makeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;em like that, anymore! Remember Ana Garcia, the dedicated and tireless Parks and Recreation Director of Palmetto Bay and South Miami before that? Well, she now has a new job, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll let her tell you about in this letter we received: â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Dear family and special friends, For those of you that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard by now, I wanted to let you know that I have been appointed my the Mayor and Council of the Village of Biscayne Park to be their next Manager. Last night it became official as we executed my contract. I am proud, excited and humbled by the unanimous decision bestowed upon me by the Commission. As I am accustomed to doing, I will work hard with our team to deliver outstanding Community Services to the residents of Biscayne Park and when the time comes for me to move on, may that Community be a better place because of our vision, efforts enthusiasm and commitment! Public Service for me is a privilege, and I am honored to serve.



I want to thank you all for your friendship, your support and most importantly your loyalty and guidance. May you always know you have a friend in me, that wishes you the very best that life has to offer. Always believe and have faith that when one door closes, a better one will open, and that in the middle of difficulty lays opportunity! May you always overcome the challenges that lie ahead and may you always see the glass half full! God Bless. All the best, Ana M. Garcia Manager, Village of Biscayne Park â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Thought for the Day: Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Author Unknown Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send e-mail to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.

  



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On again, off again Port of Miami tunnel; off again? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Back in May 2007, the often proposed and almost contracted-for tunnel from the Port of Miami under the ship channel connecting to Interstate 95 via I-395, almost was derailed by detractors objecting to an international consortium of construction companies with a construction history in Cuba being awarded the $1 billion contract. Fidel Castro once said a few good words about the French construction company Bouygues Publics Travaux which had completed a project in Cuba. To Miami’s anti-Castro element that was enough to try to kill the whole port project, notwithstanding the fact that the tunnel was desperately needed to alleviate traffic congestion on Biscayne Boulevard. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) projects 70,000

vehicles a day by 2020, of which 20,300 will be gigantic 18-wheelers crossing the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard and Port Boulevard, the road coming off the port. Add to that the thousands of cars entering and exiting the many high-rise condos under construction opposite the port and you can easily visualize a nightmare traffic jam. In addition there will be many hundreds of cars trying to get to the Performing Arts Center, AmericanAirlines Arena or Bayfront Park and you have added to the nightmare. The proposed and approved subjectto-financing tunnel, would take all the truck and car traffic coming off the port and funnel it under the channel and come up with an entry onto the interstate. That’s 20,300 vehicles a day that would not interfere with the traffic on the Boulevard. Individuals trying to kill the project kept talking about the fact that a tunnel would flood as the port is at sea level and couldn’t be kept dry. They seem to forget that England and France built and currently are using a tunnel under the English Channel. Funny, but it does-

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––– VIEWPOINT ––– n’t seem to flood. Now, here we are, late in 2009, and everything is ready except for the City of Miami’s financial contribution. MiamiDade County has made its financial pledge, and ditto the State of Florida. The federal government is ready with its Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) money. The only one holding up the deal, as of Sept. 27, was the City of Miami, which was to provide a $50 million letter of credit that was due on Friday, Sept. 25. After that date the deal with TIFIA could be dead. Miami’s city manager Pete Hernandez was busy finalizing the city’s budget and didn’t have time to complete “shopping” for the best bank rate for the letter of credit. The city manager, I hope, can buy the letter of credit, and get it to FDOT in time to convince the federal government to give the go ahead, even though the city is a few days late.

How something this important could be lost because Miami’s administrators are too busy with another project is beyond my comprehension. We will know the results by the time this column goes to press. I want you to understand the type of dilemmas facing our community. Only public pressure on our elected officials will bring logic to our government. Just think, one day’s missed action might have killed a billion dollar project that would have brought hundreds of jobs to Miami as well as solve a major, and still growing, traffic problem in downtown Miami.

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Some strength showing in the housing markets

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY It is not a major signal that home prices are going to start climbing as high as they were before our local real estate bubble burst. However, the latest numbers out of Washington, DC, point out another sign the critical housing markets are seeing new strength here and across the country. At the same time, it’s also potentially bad news for anyone who’s still deciding whether or not to jump in and buy a home or condo. The flip side is sellers may finally be able to hold out for a little bit higher price, if they can play for more time. The latest Federal Home Finance Agency numbers from Uncle Sam shows July residential prices gaining 0.3 percent over June. And that’s a solid gain from March’s probable market bottom. Still, overall prices are down more than 4 per-

cent from July 2008 and off more than 10 percent from its peak in 2007. Closer to home, prices are doing even better. Florida is part of the South Atlantic region and July prices here grew by twice as much as the national average. Regionally, our prices shot up 0.6 percent from June and they finally are seeing steady, positive growth from early summer when prices were still dropping. According to the latest statistics, since January residential prices have shown some steady improvements. And with the residential real estate market improving and prices slowly picking up, the so-called buyers market could soon be ending. Local home sales still are getting a solid boost from that first-time buyer’s tax credit. However, that expires in November. As far as single-family homes go, the great deals and rock bottom low prices available over the summer may soon be gone as the inventory of homes and condos continues to get bought out.

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Our newspapers are all about the ‘C’ — communication, connection, community BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher At the Miami Community Newspapers, we believe that it’s all about the community — connecting with it and communicating information about it to our residents. It’s all about the “C.” Miami’s Community Newspapers has been around for more than 50 years. We were spawned when the glimmer of incorporation first began to sparkle and we were the communication voice that carried that message to the people. We worked hard to become “The Voice of the Community” and we continue to work hard to remain as that voice. We strive to keep readers connected with their local government services, schools and organizations that help make our communities more livable. We connect our local entrepreneurs to our residents, directing them to the shops, restaurants and businesses in the

communities we serve. We help businesses communicate with their community with features about the businesses — what they offer in products and services, and when they support local groups and community service projects. We regularly cover the activities and accomplishments of our young people in the schools and youth organizations located in and around the community. We like to feature the activities of our houses of worship, too, as they represent the very fiber of our connections with each other in our community. And we appreciate you taking along copies of our newspapers when you travel, sending back photos of your families in famous places around the world. So, thanks to all of you for allowing us to be a part of your lives. Thank you for reading the stories and columns that appear in this newspaper. Thank you for patronizing our advertisers. And thank you for connecting with your community and allowing us to communicate some of that in Miami’s Community Newspapers.


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Shopping weekend to benefit Baptist Health Breast Center BY AMANDA GONZALEZ In an effort to raise money and awareness for women’s cancers, Saks Fifth Avenue Dadeland will host the 2009 Key to the Cure charity shopping weekend from Thursday, Oct. 15, through Sunday, Oct. 18. A percentage of the weekend’s sales will benefit the new Baptist Health Breast Center, a centralized resource for patients with a suspected or confirmed breast cancer diagnosis that features the most advanced digital imaging technology, top-quality diagnostics and expert surgical care. Nationwide, Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com will donate 2 percent of sales up to $250,000 from the shopping weekend to local and national women’s cancer organizations and research centers. Additionally, Saks will make a donation of $500,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. “We’re so pleased that Saks Dadeland selected the Baptist Health Breast Center as the beneficiary for the highly successful Key to the Cure shopping weekend,” said Tom Larsen, director of the Breast Center. “It’s a great venue to raise awareness for the

fight against breast cancer, as well as educating people about the expert care they can receive locally at our center.” Saks also will offer a limited edition “Key to the Cure” T-shirt designed by Michael Kors. The T-shirts are available and retail for $40 in Saks stores, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and on saks.com. More than 80 percent of the proceeds from each shirt sold will be donated to local charity partners. At the new Baptist Health Breast Center, located on the South Miami Hospital campus, Baptist Health’s goal is to simplify — and expedite — access to exceptional care for the thousands of women and their families facing the possibility of a life-changing diagnosis. The Breast Center offers the most advanced digital imaging technology, specialized radiologists whose sole focus is breast imaging, and a team of premier breast cancer surgeons — Drs. Robert DerHagopian and Gladys Giron — under one roof. A team of Care Coaches also is available to assist patients and families with various support functions. For more information, visit online at <www.baptisthealthbreastcenter.com> or call 786-662-4775.

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detrimental to their futures. “Our leagues and parks can always count on us year-to-year to be a loyal partner,” Regalado said. “We welcome the opportunity to support the leagues under our OBYFA banner with our resources to encourage youth development, character building and teamwork through athletic competition.” Coinciding with this season’s games, some of which began as early as Aug. 22, is OBYFA’s “Park of the Week” program. The program brings a festive caravan to numerous park locations every Saturday through the season and conducts activities such in-game contests, promotions, handouts and recognition of park leaders, volunteers and parents. Additionally, OBYFA action is featured throughout the season on Inside the Orange Bowl YFA television show statewide on Sun Sports, Thursday’s at 5 p.m. At the culmination of the season, the best of the best can look forward to the OBYFA Championships and the right to play for the famed Orange Bowl Trophy in the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships at FIU Stadium on the campus of Florida International University. The two-day championship event, televised by Sun Sports, pits champions from the different leagues against each other to crown winners in eight weight-class divisions. This year’s event is scheduled on Dec. 12 and 13. Cheerleaders also get their chance to shine as squads from throughout the OBYFA perform routines at the Orange Bowl Youth Football Cheer & Dance Competition with winning squads getting a trophy of their own. The all-day extravaganza, scheduled at Nova Southeastern University’s University Center Arena, is Nov. 15. For more information on the Orange Bowl Youth Football or any of its member leagues, contact youth sports manager Jose Regalado at 305-341-4709 or via email at <yflkids@orangebowl.org>. Keep up with the OBYFA at <www.orangebowl.org>, the official website of the Orange Bowl Committee.


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Don your favorite mask and eat, drink, dance and be merry at the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s annual Masquerade Ball fundraiser, an evening of intrigue and mystery celebrated one week prior to Halloween. This charitable event, soon to become a tradition in the City Beautiful, will take place on Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at the charming Comber Hall, 1251 Palermo Ave. in Coral Gables. More than 250 people are expected to attend the black-tie event that includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. To purchase tickets, at $250 per person, call 305-446-9670 or send email to <info@gablesfoundation.org>. The Foundation’s newest initiative “Gables Home Page” will be unveiled during the event. “The Masquerade Ball is our opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate and support the philanthropic needs of the Coral Gables community,” said Andria Hanley, executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (CGCF). Corporate sponsors to date include

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Local IndyCar driver sets pace in many endeavors BY HARRY CAPEHART IndyCar Driver Milka Duno, who calls Miami her home, and HomesteadMiami Speedway her “home track,” will be competing in the season finale of the 2009 IndyCar Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 10. Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, Oct. 9. The race weekend also will feature the season finale of the Rolex Series. It was in this series that the Caracas, Venezuela-born Duno scored two historic wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With her first win at the Miami circuit Duno became the first woman in history to win a major international sports car race in North America. Duno currently is in her third consecutive IndyCar Series season, having started in the popular open-wheel racing series in 2007. She made history when she became the first Hispanic woman to compete in the world-famous Indy 500 and the IndyCar Series. In the 2008 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Duno became the first Hispanic woman in history to lead an IndyCar race. She also led the most race laps of any female driver in the 2008 season, as well as being the only female driver to finish at the 2008 Indy 500. In addition to being one of the most successful female race car drivers in history, she also is a qualified Naval Engineer with four master’s degrees — in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business — earning the last three degrees simultaneously. Duno recently was selected as a Special Achievement Honoree in the Sports Category as part of the 2009 NCLR ALMA Awards. She also co-presented the Male Actor/TV Comedy ALMA Award with Rainn Wilson from the hit television show The Office. The 2009 NCLR ALMA Awards, co-hosted by film and television actors Eva Longoria Parker and George Lopez, pays tribute to Hispanic heritage in film, music, television and sports. The

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Forum to feature candidates for Miami mayor, commissioners An alliance of Brickell residential and business groups have announced that their annual Candidates Forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave., across from Vizcaya. The forum provides an opportunity for candidates in key local races for Miami mayor and commissioners to present their platforms, while giving residents a chance to ask questions about matters of particular concern in their neighborhoods. At this event, there will be refreshments and ample free parking. For more information, visit online at <www.brickellhomeowners.com>. COLOR ME MINE SHOWS KIDS CREATIVE WAY TO TELL STORY Color Me Mine, the paint-your-own ceramics studio, has announced its “Paint Me a Story” program for fall 2009, which will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 15 and 22, at 8888 SW 136 St., Suite 507. Leave your kids at the studio for a few hours while they are read a story from a children’s book and then get to paint something in relation to the story. Or, you can stay and join them. There is no age limit and the minimum purchase price is

$20, including paint time. For more information about the Paint Me a Story program at Color Me Mine, contact Anais Fraguio at 305233-9323, or visit online at <www.Miami.colormemine.com>. AN ETHICAL LOOK AT WORKING IN AND DEALING WITH THE MEDIA Some two dozen leaders in the news business, government, politics, academia and the law will lead discussion and debate on questions concerning journalistic standards, digital media formats and other such topics during a conference titled “Ethics and the Media: Principled Journalism and Government Relations in a New Era” on Friday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Miami School of Communications. Discussed topics will include Media, Law and Public Access; Government Information: Presentation and Perception; the Revolving Door between Government and Media, and the Appearance of Impropriety. A distinguished panel will lead a discussion called “Political Smears and Media Manipulation,” and Pulitzer prize-winning syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts

COMMUNITY NEWS briefs will present the keynote address titled “Ethics and the New Media.” Registration for this event costs $20 in advance and $30 at the door; it includes all conference materials and lunch. Members of the Florida Bar Association can earn up to five Continuing Legal Education credits in ethics. For a complete program and to register, visit <www.MiamiDadeEthics.com> or call 305-350-0631. ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE DAY CELEBRATION Acupuncture & Massage College will celebrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day on Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the AMC campus, located at 10506 N. Kendall Dr. Anyone can attend this event and listen to free health and wellness lectures, enjoy free massages and refreshments, hear live music and receive tarot, astrology and face reading. For information, call 305-595-9500.

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Miami-Dade County Health Department will host a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the H1N1 flu on Monday, Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m., at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr. Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, representatives from the Coral Gables Fire Department and Miami-Dade County Health Department will be present at this meeting. The event is free to the public. Those interested in learning about the preventive measures to avoid the H1N1 flu at home, at school and at work are encouraged to attend. The Town Hall meeting will address the most important issues to prevent infection, avoid further contamination and recommended medical treatment. For additional information, contact the Coral Gables Fire Department at 305-4605588. SALVATION ARMY NEEDS HALLOWEEN DONATIONS The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center building and its fleet of trucks will be transformed into a wonderful and spooky experience for the residents and employees’ children on Oct. 21.

One hundred youngsters are expected to arrive and the center is asking for donations to make this Halloween a memorable event. Preferred items include: Halloween decorations, costumes for adult men, party food, packaged candy, prizes for the Halloween booths, amusement activities and performers. To donate, call 305-573-4200. BUSINESS LEADERSHIP NETWORK TO HOLD ANNUAL GALA FUNDRAISER The Miami-Dade Business Leadership Network (MDBLN), a nonprofit organization that promotes employment for people with disabilities, has scheduled its second annual gala fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Britto Central Gallery, 818 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Attendees will enjoy a silent auction, networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as well as the opportunity to enjoy Romero Britto’s artwork. Dress for the evening is business attire. One hundred percent of the funds raised at this event will benefit MDBLN’s internship program, which provides area

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or making a donation, SFSPCA is offering the unique opportunity to purchase a race. Your name, or that of your company, will be printed in the daily program, projected on the tote board in the Winner’s Circle, flashed nationwide to affiliated racetracks and will appear in the picture taken of the Winners Circle. The price for this once-in-a-lifetime experience is $300, but the number of races available is limited so you should reserve your race early. ALHAMBRA ORCHESTRA, GMYS SET FREE HALLOWEEN CONCERT, OCT. 25 The whole family is invited to experience a dramatic concert of Halloweenthemed masterpieces including Phantom of the Opera, Night on Bald Mountain, Firebird Suite, Danse Macabre and more, performed by the Alhambra Orchestra and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (GMYS) on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., at Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove. Conductors Alfred Gershfeld and Huifang Chen will lead their ensembles in this performance. Audience members are invited to come in costume. A reception and raffle will follow the ceremony. Parking is free. For additional information, call 305668-9260 or send email to <info@alhambramusic.org>.


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Miami Book Fair International 2009 unveils official poster Pictured during the 2009 Miami Book Fair International (MBFI) official poster unveiling, Sept. 16, at Ecco Pizzateca in downtown Miami are (l-r) Dr. Rolando Montoya, Miami Dade College (MDC) provost; Alina Interian, Florida Center for the Literary Arts at MDC executive director; Dr. Mercy Quiroga, MDC Wolfson Campus president, and Mitchell Kaplan, MBFI chair. The poster artwork is by acclaimed author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. The Book Fair will take place Nov. 8-15.

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Even minor criminal charges can have major immigration consequences BY MICHELLE ESTLUND, Criminal Defense Attorney Walk down almost any street in South Florida and chances are good you will pass many people who are not United States citizens but who are living here legally. They may be here on an investorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visa, an employment visa, or they may hold permanent resident status. Most people are aware that persons here illegally can be deported for law violations, but many are surprised to learn that even those here legally can face deportation for certain misdemeanor offenses. These may include petit theft, possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, battery, or issuing a check for insufficient funds. Non-citizens must be extremely cautious when dealing with criminal matters, even though the charges may seem relatively minor in the criminal justice system. This is true for persons with currently pending immigration cases and for those who do not plan to adjust their immigration status for years to come. Criminal law meets immigration law when a non-citizen is charged with a criminal offense. It is important that the non-cit-

izen not rely on the advice of friends regarding how other cases have been resolved. Hiring a criminal attorney who is cognizant of immigration law to navigate the legal system is very important. This is because under immigration law, the same offense may impact different persons in different ways. For example, the amount of time a person has been in the United States and the possible penalties for different levels of the same crime will influence whether one person is deported and another is not. Any non-citizen facing any type of criminal charge, whether they were arrested or simply ordered to appear in court, must understand the ramifications the resolution of their criminal charge may have upon their immigration status. Clients are frequently surprised to discover that having resolved a criminal case with probation years ago now has a negative effect on their current immigration status. For this reason, it is critical that any non-citizen seeking to resolve a criminal matter disclose their immigration status to their attorney and discuss possible immigration consequences before closing the criminal case.

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Diamond Ball and Concert to benefit MCH Foundation BY LINDA VILLAFANE It will be eclectic — also electric. There is no denying the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation 2009 Diamond Ball and Concert, “An International Affair,” will be infused with a world of energy when such acclaimed performers as the All-Star Members of The Billy Joel Band and young musical sensations Ethan Bortnick and Charice take center stage on Oct. 16 during one of South Florida’s most anticipated charity events. The gala’s international flair will be apparent from the moment guests arrive at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Their evening will include an elegant dinner, induction of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade into the Miami Children’s Hospital International Pediatric Hall of Fame, and fabulous musical entertainment. The event will launch the Foundation’s year-long celebration of Miami Children’s Hospital’s 60th anniversary as South Florida’s only freestanding hospital dedicated exclusively to providing world-class treatment and care for children. “As ‘An International Affair,’ this year’s Diamond Ball and Concert mirrors the multi-cultural diversity of Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation, which represent more than 40 nations,” said Lucy Morillo, Foundation president. “We are privileged to be joined by such international talents as Dwyane Wade; the All-Star Members of The Billy

Joel Band; our own Junior Ambassador Ethan Bortnick, whose family has Russian roots, and the incomparable Charice from the Philippines as we recognize those who support our mission and honor Miami Children’s Hospital on 60 years of medical excellence.” Morillo said Boca Raton resident Brianna Kahane, 7, also will entertain guests with her amazing violin virtuosity. “One of the most heartwarming highlights of our evening will be these wonderful children helping other children as Ethan, Charice and Brianna perform to help raise funds for young patients from around the world who are treated at Miami Children’s Hospital,” Morillo added. The event will benefit Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, which supports the hospital in its mission to ensure all children are able to receive the highest caliber medical care, no matter where they live. The Diamond Ball and Concert, “An International Affair,” is being chaired by Vivian and Juan Carlos Mas, who also co-chaired last year’s gala at AmericanAirlines Arena, which raised more than $12 million in support of enhanced pediatric medical care. To arrange sponsorships for the Diamond Ball and Private Concert, reserve tables or seats, or for more information on becoming a Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation supporter, visit online at <www.mchf.org> or contact Merlyn Marenco by phone at 786-624-2038 or by email at <mmarenco@mchf.org>.

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LOAN MODIFICATIONS: Can I qualify for Obama’s loan modification plan? BY DANIA S. FERNANDEZ, ESQ., Attorney at Law

The key components of President Obama’s program to stabilize the housing market through foreclosure reductions are loan modifications and refinancing. This initiative is called the Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan (HASP). The program is also called “Making Home Affordable.” Eligibility is based on the following: • The property must be your homestead—your primary place of residence. • The amount you owe on your property must be equal to or slightly less than the value of the property. • There must be sufficient income to begin paying a new mortgage payment. • The original loan must have originated on or before January 1, 2009. • There must be a hardship. • The unpaid principal balance must be $729,750 or less. • Your mortgage payment must be more than 31% of your gross monthly income. Aside from these eligibility requirements, here are some of the questions I answer daily about the “Making Home Affordable” program. 1. Do I have to stop paying my mortgage to qualify for a modification? Technically, NO. I would love to say that lenders are providing loan modifications to all individuals that are current on their payments and meet the above qualifications, but this is not true. There are several lenders that have given loan modifications to those that are current. However, the majority of lenders are giving priority to those that are at risk of losing their home for nonpayment due to some kind of hardship. I will never advise my client to stop paying their mortgage because there are ramifications. Non-payment will affect your credit score and foreclosure proceedings will commence. Therefore, for those who believe they have no alternative but to stop paying the mortgage, please consult with your lender or seek the advice of an attorney first.

2. Will my equity line be modified together with my first mortgage? No. The loan modification program is only for the first mortgage. The second mortgage or an equity line will need to be negotiated directly with the Lender or Servicer. It is best to modify the first mortgage before negotiating the second. It makes no sense to start modifying the second without knowing if you can even afford the first mortgage payment. 3. What type of interest rate is being offered through the ‘Making Home Affordable” program? The interest rate may go as low as 2%. The purpose is to get you an affordable payment. The “Making Homes Affordable” program works to first reduce the rate of interest, second the term of the loan, and third the principal of the loan. Each step will be taken as needed depending on your particular situation and financial status. 4. Will I have to pay the property taxes and house insurance separately? No. The new loan payment will include a monthly escrow amount for the payment of property taxes and insurance. This is a requirement. 5. What will happen to all my past due amounts, late fees and/or penalties? Those that qualify for a loan modification through the “Making Home Affordable” program will not have to pay past due late fees. All other costs such as unpaid taxes, past due interest, etc., are usually added to the amount you owe. This also is the case for many loan modifications that are not through the “Making Home Affordable” program. The most important information to be gained from this article is that there are options available. The hardest part may be in acknowledging that you need help. We are all in this together and together many things can be accomplished. My best advice is to call an attorney for a consultation. Know what is available to you and then plan your next steps accordingly. For more information and a free consultation call 305-254-4492. Attorney Dania S. Fernandez, The Law Offices of Fernandez & Associates, P.A., are located at 10205 South Dixie Hwy , FL 33156, www.daniafernandez.com, email: dania@ fap-law.com.

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Group’s Oktoberfest to offer afternoon of fun for all ages BY LEE STEPHENS More than 100 children will showcase German culture and heritage through music, costumes and contests for all ages during the 18th annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by the German International Parent Association, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the German American Social Club, 11919 SW 56 St. Admission is free for an afternoon of fun for the entire family in an outdoor carnival setting. Meal tickets will be on sale for authentic German sausage, potato salad, sauerkraut, bread, dessert and beverage as well as a kid’s menu of hamburgers and hot dogs. The cost is $15 for adults and $6 for the kid’s menu. Activity tickets also will be on sale for carnival rides, soccer clinics, and even a dunking booth. A silent auction will be accepting bids

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Dodge Avenger a family sedan with a lot to offer Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

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