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Village renames stretch of 152 St. as ‘Warrior Way’ BY ANA POVEDA

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he Village of Palmetto Bay, in coordination with MiamiDade County, has renamed a stretch of SW 152nd Street, “Warrior Way,” in honor of Westminster Christian School. More than 900 students, Westminster parents, and Miami-Dade and Palmetto Bay elected officials marched from the school to one of the new signs, at SW 69th Court and 152nd Street (on the west side of the campus), to participate in the unveiling ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 12. The school’s drumline and members of the 2009 Westminster Christian State championship baseball and softball teams led the march. –––––––––––––– See

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Pictured (l-r) are Anthony Cross, Applebee’s general manager; Freddie Ambrose, Thinking of You Services Inc.; Sergeant Anthony Perez, U.S. Army, and Sgt. Dennis Magno, U.S. Army Veterans Benefits. (Photo by Bill Meiklejohn.) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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pplebee’s Restaurant, 20405 S. Dixie Hwy., celebrated Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11 by treating veterans and active duty military personnel to a free meal as a way of honoring their service to the country. The vets and active duty service men and women were able to pick from six different tasty entrees: Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fire Pit Bacon Burger, Fiesta Lime

Chicken, Chicken Tenders Platter, Seven-Ounce House Sirloin or Oriental Chicken Salad. Vets and active duty folks only had to provide valid identification, service photos or come in uniform to qualify for the complimentary meals. The event was well attended and was part of a national program initiated by the restaurant chain. Anthony Cross, general manager, ––––––––––––––– See

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This honor recognizes Westminster’s legacy of outstanding athletics and academics throughout the years. The legacy includes two high school national championships, 14 state titles, and hundreds of college and professional athletes. But more than its expertise on the sports fields, the honor recognizes Westminster as one of South Florida’s finest Christian college prep schools — and as a great neighbor in Palmetto Bay community. “Warrior Way” was unveiled and dedicated by village Mayor Eugene Flinn, and Miami-Dade

Commissioner Katy Sorenson. Other village council members also in attendance were Vice Mayor Brian Pariser, Shelley Stanczyk, and Howard J. Tendrich. Representing the school at the event was Mark J. Boulris, Westminster Christian School Board president. A total of seven “Warrior Way” signs will be installed along 152nd Street between Ludlam Road (67th Avenue) and Old Cutler Road. Westminster Christian School was founded in 1961 and serves 1,050 students from PK3 through grade 12.

APPLEBEE’S, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– couldn’t have been more pleased by the Veteran’s Day gift. “I think that the event went well,” Cross said. “Of course it meant a lot to us as a company. That’s part of our mission statement, to do things for the neighborhood. We did this last year, too, and the turnout was pretty good. “This year we had more than 800 people come in just at lunch time. After that, we lost count. The difference this year is that it had more exposure, with more people aware of it. We did this from the heart, and I’m pleased to have been a part of it.” Sergeant Anthony Perez, a U.S. Army recruiter based in Homestead, thought it made a difference to him and others in uniform, past or present.

“I really appreciated it personally,” Sgt. Perez said. “I was speaking to some veterans there who had served in the Middle East recently and it meant a lot to them. I think it was great that Applebee’s did this for us.” Freddie Ambrose, director of Thinking of You Services Inc., a support organization that provides care packages and other services for troops overseas, appreciated Applebee’s special gift to vets. “I think it was a great program,” Ambrose said. “I want to thank Applebee’s for what they did. It was uplifting and really inspired all the veterans and active duty personnel who were there. Applebee’s is doing a very good and patriotic thing.”

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No quiet retirement for our Mayor Flinn Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Musical chairs… The word’s already out by now on Facebook and other places, but in case you didn’t hear, Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene P. Flinn, Jr., who is wrapping up his second term of office (which is the limit under the village charter) and is the outgoing mayor (in both senses of the word) is staying in politics, announcing a run for the State Representative seat, District 117. That’s the job being vacated by State Rep. Julio Robaina, who is running for the Florida Senate. Seems like a logical next step up. Maybe someday…governor? A Christmas Festival of Song… On Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 p.m., you are invited to celebrate the holy season of Christmas with the choirs and instrumentalists of St. Richard Catholic Church. The festival will feature the children’s musical, “Calling All Angels,” as well as seasonal carols, and Christmas choral music. Admission is free of charge. An offering will be taken to support the music program. St. Richard is located at 7500 Southwest 152 Street in Palmetto Bay. For more information, call 305-233-8711. We have to stop meeting like this…or not… The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is on November 18 - 7 p.m. in the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room at Ludovici Park, 17641-A Old Cutler Road. The next Zoning Hearing is on November 19 - 7 p.m. (re-scheduled from November 9th) at the Deering Estate Visitors Center, 16701 SW 72 Avenue. Right after that is the Special Council Meeting and LPA Meeting, also at the Deering Estate

Visitors Center. Open up those “back door” meetings… County Commissioner Javier Souto is sponsoring a resolution to strengthen the Sunshine Law by opening the door to suspected wheeling and dealing with Commission votes. On December 1, he will ask 12 Commission colleagues to outlaw any individual or collective vote trading between Board members and county administrators. His ordinance proposes disclosure of all meetings on pending legislation between any County Commissioner(s), Mayor Carlos Alvarez, County Manager George Burgess, or their assistants and Department Directors, taking place in any public form, whether a briefing or a formal meeting. Such wording would prohibit ‘back door’ deals many suspect occur downtown, just as in D.C. by elected reps and the executive branch. “Our state’s Sunshine Law was put in place to ensure that people had easy access to their government’s proceedings, as well as transparency in government,” says Souto. “How can the people trust the legislative process and their local government when all the decisions are made behind the scenes as part of back room deals and vote trades? While very difficult to prohibit outright, we can at least take (them) out of the corridors and back rooms and require any tit-for-tat to be discussed in a public forum or memorialized in writing, where it is made available to the press.” The current law fails to apply to communications or outright vote solicitation between administrators, the Mayor and a County Commissioner or multiple Commissioners, he adds, concluding: “The public is entitled to know if their Commissioner voted to raise taxes in exchange for a pet project being included in the budget or voted against the labor unions in exchange for support for a law the Commissioner is sponsor-

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ing.” All we can add to that is: HEAR! HEAR! ...And for more information, call Commissioner Souto’s office at 305-2222116 G reek Festival… The St. Andre w Greek Orthodox Church will be holding its annual Miami Greek Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday of November 20, 21 & 22. The hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Adult entry is $4.00; kids 12 years and under are free. Free admission to Festival for those using the shuttle bus. Come and enjoy Greek Food/Pastries, Folk Dancing, Rides, and Games. St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church is located at 7901 N. Kendall Drive. Call them for info at 305-595-1343. Complementary shuttle bus pick ups are located at Dadeland Medical, 7400 North Kendall Drive and Galloway Plaza, 9095 SW 87 Avenue. The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame will be officially inducting the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. in the Spring and recently announced the Class: football All-American tight end Bubba Franks, All-American pitcher Alex Santos and current major league

baseball player Jason Michaels. Joining them are Olympic diver Jenny K e i m Johansen, tennis star Sid Schwartz, football player Jim Cox, basketball’s Ed Morris, and women’s athletic administrator Connie Nickel. For information on the banquet go to UMSportsHallofFame.com. Baptist Health Home Care recently named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite list, a compilation of the most successful U. S. Medicare-certified home health agencies, by the scoring in the top 25 percent of nearly 9,000 home care agencies nationwide. Thought for the Day: I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. — Susan B. Anthony Gary Alan Ruse, Richard Yager and Gloria Burns contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-6697355, ext. 249, or send emails to <michael@communitynewspapers.com>

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First, airport racetrack; now, drilling in Everglades R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY You thought that the idea of creating a racetrack at the airport in order that the county could install slot machines in the terminal was a crazy idea? Try this one for size. The Miami-Dade County Commission is considering leasing a tract of land that Miami-Dade County owns in the middle of the Everglades for oil drilling and/or gas exploration. We dread beach contamination if the government permits oil rigs miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Yet our county commissioners would drill for oil in the middle of our source of drinking water to develop a few bucks? How desperate can we get when we are short of money? Our county government wasted millions of dollars when we were flush with real estate tax revenues. We never thought about a rainy day. Now that money is tight, these elected officials

would sell out our biggest asset — the Everglades. Incredible. Thirty-five years ago the county acquired what was called the Everglades Jet Port, with the possible intent of relocating Miami International Airport to the middle of the Everglades, roughly halfway between Miami and Naples. Naturally, the idea died as anyone with an ounce of sense realized that having thousands of airplanes taking off and landing, together will all the traffic from passengers trying to get to and from the airport would pollute the Everglades beyond recognition. Interestingly, an article appeared in The Miami Herald a few days after the oil drilling news: The environmental group, Friends of the Everglades, founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was closing down for lack of revenue. More than likely contributors perceived that the major threats to the Everglades are understood and are now being resolved. The federal government realized the value of the Everglades and has committed multimillions to unblock the earthen dam created by the construction of the

––– VIEWPOINT ––– Tamiami Trail (US 41). The Everglades is vital to the survival of South Florida. Local environmentalists have known this for many, many years. The State of Florida and the federal government have acknowledged this. What is wrong with our county commissioners? The creation of the Big Cypress National Wildlife Preserve, which encompasses the Everglades Jet Port site, was created in part as a result of the anticipated disaster that would have been caused by the creation of an “Everglades” airport 35 years ago. I would suggest that our county commission look elsewhere to find the money needed to cover its mismanaged projects such as the expansion of the airport, which is now at a cost overrun of $2-plus billion and years behind schedule. Perhaps [tongue in cheek] the coun-

ty commission could put the anticipated horse racetrack in the old Everglades airport site. First, we wouldn’t have to worry about car traffic as no one is going to drive halfway to Naples to watch horses run. Secondly, I don’t think the small amount of horse manure that would be dropped, when added to all that coming from the birds, bobcats and alligators would hurt the waters of the Everglades. You’ve got to hand it to our county commission and county management — they are creative. 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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Investors still have more questions than answers

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Wall Street finally got a boost during a recent week. Surprisingly, it looked like it was on recovery from the slow but solid growth of the summer. Investors had more questions than answers about whether they really wanted to put money into the markets as it reached the closing bell. However, the big question on everyone’s mind is: Are there any solid positive signs about the recovery to keep investors in the mood to keep buying? According to the payroll processor ADP, the most recent private employment figures showed that another 203,000 workers were cut from private companies. And in figures released recently, unemployment was now over 10 percent for the first time since the early 1980s. As predicted, unemployment is getting worse. However, several key non-manufacturing sectors of the economy are showing slight positive gains. That’s a good sign that the recovery, although weak, is still making progress. So why is gold hitting new highs, approaching almost $1,100 an ounce? Commodity markets are seeing more activity as the dollar weakens in foreign trading. Meanwhile, wholesale oil is hovering over an average of $80 a barrel. The Federal Reserve’s latest meeting also boosted recent trading. By choosing to keep interest rates at recordbreaking lows, the Fed is apparently more worried about the recovery moving forward without tightening the flow of money, and less worried about our economy’s inflation. The Federal Reserve reports that economic activity has continued to pick up. Conditions in financial markets were roughly unchanged, on balance, over the inter-meeting period. Activity in the housing sector has increased over recent months. Household spending appears to be expanding but it remains constrained

by ongoing job losses, sluggish income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit. Businesses are still cutting back on fixed investment and staffing, though at a slower pace. Fortunately, they continue to make progress in bringing inventory stocks into better alignment with sales. Recent gains helped the Dow get back to where it was about a month ago. Investors seem to want to get their money back in the markets. Yet, they don’t seem to want to take any undue risks or to over extend themselves in the current, still shaky economic climate. While the Feds’ latest move to essentially let it ride will help keep consumerlevel interest rates low, they are not helping people that are living on fixed incomes. For people who depend solely on CD’s or other interest rate-based securities, it is highly unlikely for them to see any additional monthly dividends. On the upside, the United States Commerce Department reports that industrial production in September grew by 0.9 percent, which is much better than expected. That’s the fifth increase during the past six months. Positive gains were posted by Ford and General Motors, following the “Cash for Clunkers” program. The problem is — without official plans for new products and dwindling inventories, Chrysler still is struggling. Ironically, production grew in machinery and military aircraft manufacturing. Furthermore, soft sales hit Miamibased Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. It reported that its third quarter earnings were down more than 44 percent from last year. However, it also reported $1.7 billion dollars in revenues, which is a lot better than expected. With continuing volatility on Wall Street, some investors are turning to the commodity markets, which are heating up again. The bad news for the rest of us is that as investors continue to move into the commodities markets, the price of oil could start rising again. And that means pump prices might start climbing up as we approach the holidays.

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Farmers Market scheduled to celebrate Farm City Week Miami-Dade County agricultural manager Charles LaPradd will host a Farmers Market to celebrate Farm City Week at the Stephen P. Clark Center Lobby, 111 NW First St. in downtown Miami, on Thursday, Nov 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm City Week, Nov. 20-26, is dedicated to enhancing links between farm families and urban residents. Miami-Dade County’s agricultural industry ranks among the top three industries for the county and second in the state of Florida. The tropical climate provides the area with a year-round growing season, as well as the ability to produce an extremely wide range of crops. For more information about the Miami-Dade County Agricultural Manager’s Office, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/agriculture>, or call 305-971-5091.

Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. All three shows will take place at the New World Dance Theater, MDC Wolfson Campus Building 5, Eighth floor, 25 NE Second St. in downtown Miami. Peter London faculty at New World School of the Arts will present Caribbean and modern style works, a work that explores the movements of the Caribbean islands and a men’s quartet in modern dance style. Robert Battle from New York City will present Battlefield, his classic signature work using the rhythms of African drums to do modern movement; this is a dancer’s dance with a wide an powerful range of movement. General admission to this performance is $10. Seniors and students pay $5. Tickets are available by calling 305-2373341 or online at <nwsa.mdc.edu>.

WORLD-RENOWNED CHOREOGRAPHER JOINS NWSA FOR WORLD DANCE New World School of the Arts (NWSA) and the University of Florida are collaborating again to present World Dance, which originally was NWSA’s African Dance Celebration. Performances are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20, and

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CELEBRITY FITNESS CLASSES SLATED AT BILTMORE HOTEL You can start shedding your Thanksgiving dinner splurge with an XFLOWSION workout class hosted by celebrity fitness trainer Eric Paskel on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables. You also can warm up for the XFLOWSION class by taking Eric Paskel’s Yoga Rock Class from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. XFLOWSION is the only exercise program that efficiently and effectively gives you cardio, resistance training and flexibility enhancement in one convenient workout, combining proven moves from

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2010 WEST KENDALL RELAY FOR LIFE ANNOUNCES ORGANIZING COMMITTEE The 2010 West Kendall Relay for Life recently announced its Organizing Committee members. They are: Chair, Frank E. Irizarry, FirstBank Florida; Vice chair, Michael J. Welch Sr., University Credit Union; Marketing and Publicity, Andy Abbate, Tenbrook Associates; Team Retention, Mileyka Burgos, Picture Perfect Planning; Team Recruitment, Gisela Alberty, University Credit Union; Sponsorship, Eric Serrano, Designs by Serrano; Activities and Entertainment, Lucy Tamajon, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant; Logistics, Keith McClure, Berjam Auto; Registration and Accounting, Barbara Thomas and Sally Sims, University Credit Union; Photography, Ada Stevents, SnapHappy Photos; Miami-Dade Police Liaison, Officer Arlene Concepcion, and Liaison for the Office of Commissioner Joe A. Martinez, Jessica Noriega. The 2010 West Kendall Relay for Life will be run on Saturday, Mar. 6, at Felix Varela High School, 15255 SW 96 St. For more information and to register your team, visit online at <www.relayforlife.org/wkfl> or send email to Yomayra Mora at <yomayra.mora@cancer.org>.


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BY RICHARD YAGER It’s almost always a sellout because there are just 200 tickets to go around for Miami Elks Chapter 948’s annual Charity Ball, an event themed this year as a “Winter’s Tale” that begins at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. With 1,200 members, Miami’s oldest Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks chapter should ring up another success, just as it has been doing for more than a half-century, the last 20-plus years at the Lodge’s activity-oriented complex at 10301 Sunset Dr. Tickets at $40 per person for festive beverages and a prime rib dinner (plus miniauctions and program advertising) are expected to realize $20,000 or more to help fund a host of community causes supported by Elks members during 2010. The night of dining and dancing in 2008 was themed around “New York, New York” but this year, the decor for “Winter’s Tale” will include a forest of icy branches and decorated evergreens in the main dining room. Complimenting the scenery will be handsome crystal place settings on white table linens, bathed in soft lighting to provide a northern glow for the evening gala. Realized dollars will help fund services like the local chapter’s free child therapy program and keep over 6,000 Kendall and Miami area youth busy in an after-school “Hoop and Shoot” competition, while

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Los Herederos, Sammy Figueroa, Edwin Bonilla and many others will perform. Talented MDC music students also will perform. The Latin Jazz Festival concert is a community favorite that occurs under the stars at a time of year South Florida enjoys postcard weather. It was created after the campus leadership and music faculty met with renowned Latin jazz singers a few years ago. In addition to the concert, their collaboration also gave rise to the Latin Jazz Institute at the Kendall Campus where these same acclaimed musicians offer classes to the community not available anywhere else. Latin Jazz Festival sponsors include Geico, Adam Productions, Gilly, WDNA the event’s official radio partner, Star Quix, Community Newspapers, Chamber South, Jody Jazz Mouthpieces and others. For more information, call 305237-2321 or visit online at <www.mdc.edu/Kendall/>.

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32nd Annual Miami Greek Festival returning to Kendall, Nov. 20-22 BY DANIELLE BECK PAPPAS During a time when many businesses are closing and the economy is struggling, there still remains a Miami tradition that lives strong. The 32nd Annual Miami Greek Festival in Kendall begins on Friday, Nov. 20, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 22. Presented by St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, the Miami Greek Festival provides all things Greek — from mouth-watering food and homemade pastries to authentic music and dance. For more than three decades, this colorful celebration has offered a fun, festive way for the Miami community to be a part of the Greek culture — if even just for a weekend. “We’re excited once again to present this wonderful event,” said festival cochair Alex Sarafoglu. “Although times are tough for many of us right now, we think everyone is ready to come out and

party Greek-style and enjoy the food and fun that this tradition provides year after year.” So, while a trip to Greece may be out of budget for now, individuals can still enjoy a delicious taste of it — both gastronomically and culturally — right in their own backyards. “Our goal is to celebrate the Greek culture with the community,” Sarafoglu said. “There’s something for everyone, even rides for the kids.” The Miami Greek Festival, the church’s largest fundraiser of the year, is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all three days at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 7901 N. Kendall Dr. Adult admission is $4 and children under 12 are free. Two shuttles are available this year — one from Dadeland Medical Plaza at 7400 N. Kendall Dr. and the other from Galloway Plaza at 9095 SW 87 Ave. Admission is free for those using the shuttles.

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Affordable Senior Living: Options to Pay for a Great Lifestyle BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. Planning to move to a senior living community, I put my home on the market more than a year ago. With the current market, I haven’t been able to sell it. I’d like to move sooner rather than later. Are there any new, maybe nontraditional options for funding senior living? A. Seniors who prefer the peace of mind, care-free lifestyle and enhanced opportunities for socialization afforded by senior living communities, are finding new solutions for addressing the lack of traditional funding. According to Richard Rash, a Certified Reverse Mortgage Specialist with Transcontinental Lending Group, Inc., seniors 62 years of age and older typically did not have the best options when it came to getting cash from their homes. But today, there are alternatives available: Reverse Mortgages A reverse mortgage enables you to convert part of the equity in your home into tax-free income without giving up title or take on new monthly mortgage payment. Instead of making monthly payments to a lender, as with a regular mortgage, a lender makes payments to you. “Traditional home loans only offered the option of either selling the house or borrowing against its equity,” explained Rash. “With reverse mortgages coming on the scene, seniors now have some additional cashflow alternatives. This type of loan allows mature borrowers to convert their home equity into taxfree income.” The amount of funds you’re eligible to receive depends on several factors including: your age; home’s appraised value; interest rates; and the lending limit in your area. Typically, the older you and the more valuable your home, the more money you’ll receive from the lender. With a reverse mortgage, you can choose how you want to receive the money: all at once as a lump sum; fixed month payments for a set term; or as a line of credit which allows you to draw proceeds at any time. The reverse mortgage loan is repaid when your home is sold. If your home

sells for more than what is owed on the reverse mortgage, then the excess money goes to you or your estate. Life Settlements If you have a life insurance policy, life settlements are another technique for you to pay for a senior living community. This involves the sale, assignment, transfer or bequest of a life insurance policy by a policy owner to a third-party investor. Rash says the policy owner typically receives cash (generally an amount greater than the cash surrender value in the policy but less than the full amount of the death benefit) and the new owner becomes responsible for the payment of all future premiums. Asset Backed Lending With asset backed lending, you can tap into the potential power of your stock and bond portfolios without having to end their participation in possible future growth. You can leverage your securities and, depending on the quality and stability of the collateral securities, could borrow as much as 85 percent of their portfolios as cash. These are just a few of the financial options available to seniors. I recommend you seek the advice of your accountant or tax advisor for information specific to your case as you begin weighing your options. Most recently at The Palace communities, a few of our newest residents have tapped some other methods to offset the costs of retirement living. VA Benefits The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Pension with Aid & Attendance Program offers assistance to veterans and/or their surviving spouses. In order to qualify, applicants must prove that the majority of their income is spent on medical expenses such as co-pays, insurance deductibles, prescriptions, caregivers or assisted living community expenses, etc. The VA reimburses the veteran up to $1,644 per month and the surviving spouse up to $1,056 per month. A Veteran Service Center can provide specific information on how to qualify for VA benefits. They can be reached by calling 305-270-2940. Medicaid Diversion Program The Long-Term Care Community Diversion Program may also help cover the costs of senior living, more specifically assisted living communities. The Medicaid Waiver program is designed to provide community-based services to people who would otherwise qualify for

Medicaid Nursing Home placement and they generally pay up to $1,100 per month towards the cost of the Assisted Living Community. Seniors must meet several qualifications in order to be eligible. For more information, contact the Department of Elder Affairs at 305-6717200.

care-free lifestyle sooner rather than later. If you have questions about the lifestyle changes that go with aging, or if you’d like to be invited to a social event at The Palace Suites, please send a note to Helen Shaham, The Palace Suites, 11377 S.W. 84th St., Miami, Florida 33173, call her at 305-2707020, or email helen@thepalace.org.

Security Agreement Senior living communities may offer special incentives or programs to assist with expenses. For example, The Palace’s new “Security Agreement” allows you to move to the community paying only a discounted monthly rate (whatever you can afford without selling the home) while you await the pending sale of your home. Once your home is sold, The Palace is reimbursed the accrued rental difference with minimal interest fee. If you continue to have difficulty selling your home, you may consider proceeding with your move to retirement community and having a relative or friend rent the existing home to help offset costs. Please remember each option has pros and cons which should be reviewed thoroughly before finalizing plans. With the right plan in place, you’ll begin enjoying a

Helen Shaham and her husband Jacob have been operating Senior Living Communities for the past 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over, and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. They have two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables, Independent & Assisted Living. More information can be obtained by calling 305-2712220 or by visiting The Palace website at <www.ThePalace.org>.

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Test drive a Ford, support Killian HS music program BY ROBERT HAMILTON The Ford Drive One 4 UR School National Fundraising Program gives participants the opportunity to raise money for their high school booster organization by test-driving select Ford vehicles at the Gus Machado Ford Kendall Dealership, 15551 S. Dixie Hwy., on Saturday Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free, family event matches a testdriver with a Ford vehicle. For every test drive, Ford and Gus Machado Ford Kendall will donate $20 to Miami Killian Senior High School’s music program. This event not only provides an opportunity to generate much-needed funding for high school activities and support of music in schools, it also presents a great chance to check out Ford’s exciting new cars and technologies. “We love having the ability to host a Drive One 4 UR School event for Miami Killian Senior High School’s music program,” said Hank Dewhurst, community liaison with Gus Machado Ford Dealerships. “Drive One 4 UR School

gives the community the opportunity to raise money for its youth as well as the opportunity to check out our newest Ford vehicles, which provide the latest in smart technology as well as class leading fuelefficiency. “Even though we are all experiencing an economic downturn, we still believe in the importance of programs like Drive One 4 UR School and most definitely the value of music in our schools. Successful programs like Miami Killian Senior High’s music program need our support now more than ever.” Since launching in December 2007, more than 460 Drive One 4 UR School events have taken place nationwide, raising more than $1.3 million in support of extracurricular and sporting activities at local high schools throughout the country. To participate, visit the Gus Machado Ford Kendall Dealership, 15551 S. Dixie Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. For more information regarding Ford’s products, visit online at <www.ford.com>.


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2010 Kia Forte is an all-new compact sedan Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Kia’s all-new Forte is a front-wheel-drive compact sedan with a nice combination of standard safety, comfort and convenience features. The five-passenger Forte has crisp styling, with swept-back headlights and a sleek profile. It’s available in three trim levels — LX, EX and SX — and pricing ranges from $13,695 for the base LX, $15,795 for EX and $17,195 for the sporty SX. Forte has a unibody structure with an independent front suspension, MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar, and a torsion beam rear suspension with struts and coil springs. An engine-speedsensitive, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system allows for precise handling in just about any road condition. Both the Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter 156 hp DOHC four-cylinder engine (25/34) with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and multi-

port electronic fuel injection for better performance and fuel economy. The SX has an upgraded 2.4-liter inline 173 hp four-cylinder engine (22/32), also with CVVT, making it a good competitor to the Mazda3s and Corolla XRS. Four transmission options are offered with the Forte — a standard five-speed manual gearbox, an optional electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission for the LX and EX models, and a six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic in the SX. On the highway, the Forte offers taut, responsive handling and a smooth ride for a compact. Chalk that up to the specially tuned, Kia-developed suspension, which engineers have adjusted for responsive handling on twisting roads. Additional refinements help reduce noise and vibration. On the inside, Forte is quite roomy for a compact vehicle, with 96.8 cubic feet of space. Up front, there’s plenty of legroom (43.3 inches) and headroom (40 inches) for the driver and passenger, and the rear seat area is equally spacious with 37.8 inches of headroom and 35.0 inches of legroom. There’s also plenty of room in the

Kia Forte has crisp styling, with swept-back headlights and a sleek profile.

trunk, with 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Forte comes standard with a comfortable six-way adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering column, rear defroster and dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console; a functional center stack and a threegauge instrument cluster. EX and SX models offer a number of additional standard luxury touches such as power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; air conditioning; map lamps; steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls; tweeter speakers; dual front and rear cup holders, and floor mats. EX models have an optional Premium Package available that includes a power moonroof and 16inch alloy wheels, or a Leather Package

that includes leather-trimmed seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal-finish trim. The SX model has more standard features, including a black sport-cloth interior with red stitching, a telescoping steering column, Supervision gauge cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal-finish trim and pedals. The power moonroof and leathertrimmed seats are optional.

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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Is Your Association Attorney Taking Their Legal Fees Out of Your Assessments? BY: BEN SOLOMON, ESQ.

If your homeowners or condominium association attorney is taking their legal fees and costs out of your assessments they are collecting (or only collecting the assessments due to the association and then billing the association without collecting such fees and costs on top of the association assessments), then you may want to consider finding a new attorney. Florida Statutes and most association governing documents protect an attorney’s right to collect his or her legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments due to the association. Therefore, if the attorney only collects the assessment amount for the association and then separately bills the association for their legal fees (which fees, in some cases, may be more than the actual assessments collected) then, in essence, the attorney has taken their fees out of the association’s money instead of taking advantage of the association’s legal right to collect all of its legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments. Additionally, some attorneys either bill their association clients up front or at some other stage of the collection matter instead of deferring such legal fees until the matter is successfully concluded and the association also receives its money. While smaller practitioners may need to bill their clients up front or along the way in order to cover overhead expenses and other financial needs, the irony is that most associations in this market cannot afford to pay any legal fees (which is why they need a good collection attorney in the first place) and therefore should consider finding an attorney who agrees to defer all of their legal fees until such legal fees are fully collected from the debtor or the lender. Additionally, having to pay legal fees up front or along the way is actually a deterrent to many associations from even pursuing advisable legal remedies such as filing their own association foreclosures against delinquent owners (instead of just waiting for the lenders to come through) because the legal fees are cost prohibitive.

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Some naïve attorneys also allow lenders’ counsel to convince them that the statutory cap for a qualified first mortgagee (who completes a foreclosure against its borrower) also includes a cap on the association’s legal fees and costs. It does not. Such statutory caps, if applicable, only apply to “assessments” and, as such, the legal fees and costs are all recoverable in addition to the capped amount of assessments due from the prior owner. If the Florida Legislature had intended to cap legal fees and costs for qualified first mortgage holders, it would have stated so in the applicable statute. Practically speaking, this also could not have been the intent because the legal fees and costs are typically more than the statutory cap in the first place, which would mean that if the legal fees were capped, the association would not only typically get nothing (because the fees would be greater than the assessments due), but would possibly leave the association upside down owing an additional balance to the attorney, in which case no association would be able to hire an attorney for such purpose. Ben Solomon, Esq. is a partner and co-founder of Association Law Group, P.L. (ALG) and practices in the areas of developer representation and association representation. www.AssociationLawGroup.com / ben@algpl.com

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