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Baseball & Softball — sign up now BY GRANT MILLER Publisher

The Howard Palmetto Baseball-Softball Association has opened registration for the 2012 fall season – Fall Ball. Begun five years ago as a prelude to the winter season, the fall program is geared to allow improvement and participation in an atmosphere that is less time consuming and more relaxed than the regular season. Baseball games are played in three age groups, from those beginning fifth grade to those in high school. The games are all played at Chapman Field Park during the week (no weekends), two games per week and with no required practices. Pitching is limited to two innings per pitcher per game to allow development of a greater number of players. Softball will be conducted in three age groups — 8 and under, 9 through 11, and 12 and over. Games are played at Palmetto Bay Park. The season will begin after Labor Day and end prior to Thanksgiving, with a regular season of 14 games and no playoffs. In keeping with the instructional goal of the season, no standings are kept and no champion is named. The cost is $175 and a full uniform is included. Fall Ball is designed to provide a positive baseball and softball program without a large time commitment during the fall. To sign up, go to <howardpalmetto.com> or call Bob Hingston at 305-332-8567.

Read in Bogota, Colombia

Childhood friends raise awareness of driving BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

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hen a traffic accident took the life of Michael Sanchez and left Gabriel Maynoldi a quadriplegic, Julio De La Mata and his friends had trouble coping with the tragedy. They attended Sanchez’s funeral services and the mass honoring him, but found it difficult to leave the tragedy behind as they tried to go forward with their lives. Then last year, De La Mata and friends realized they wanted to honor their fallen friends and organized the Hoop4Hope event, a three-on-three basketball tournament. “I decided to do it with my business partner, Javier Perez,” De La Mata says. “It’s time to turn our focus and our attention and we should do what we can for

Here’s Cristopher Columbus sophomore Daniel DeCubas on vacation in Bogota, Colombia. Of course, he remembered to take along a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper and sent us back this shot. Thanks for thinking of us, Daniel.

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MELISSA ELLENBURG Palmetto High School junior Melissa Ellenburg has had a busy high school career. In the first three years, she worked on and received her Girl Scout Gold Award, volunteered as an aide at Monkey Jungle and went to Costa Rica to work with monkeys. She volunteered at Monkey Jungle and went to Costa Rica with her sister, Christine, and her brother, Kevin. The three are triplets. “I think from an early age we learned sharing, earlier than other kids would have,” she says. “We never had a moment in our life where we were bored or alone. It helped us with the ability to make friends. We weren’t the kids crying no mommy, don’t leave me. We always had the support of each other.” Ellenburg worked with Christine on the Gold Award and it is tied to her work with monkeys. She wrote and illustrated a picture book about monkeys. “It was fun, I’ve always loved drawing,” she says. “That part was the most fun for me. The story was one I really enjoyed writing. I loved learning about the rain forest and the ecology system.” She took an Advanced Placement Environmental Science class and then took a lot of what she learned and tried to translate it into something that kids could understand. “I used the monkeys to make it more fun and interesting,” she says. “It didn’t take long to write the book; little more than a week. But the illustrations took about a month.”

Her story is printed in the same book as one by her sister Christine. But the story is different. “They have completely different character,” Ellenburg says. “Mine was a white face capuchin named Marcel. He was completely made up.” While she enjoyed the project, she learned that writing for children is a lot more complicated than she thought. Ellenburg and the other Girl Scouts in her troop went to Palmetto Elementary’s After School Care to read the books to the children. “It was where we went to elementary school and we wanted to keep it in the community,” she says. “We also donated to underprivileged schools. I think we kept three within the family and donated the rest to schools.” At Palmetto, Ellenburg is a member of the Pink Ribbon Club and Chatonettes, the competitive dance team. She participated in three of the five dances they performed at a national competition in the spring. “I was in two team category dances,” she says. “I was in the medium-sized ensemble that got third place. It’s something I’ve wanted every since I was a freshman, to get a medal in competition, so it was sort of a dream come true. “We did very well. Our scores were very high. We received superior scores in the dance I was in. Out of 100, superior is anywhere from 90-100.” Ellenburg is also in the Biology Club. “We have meetings about different animals and some weeks we learn about an endangered species,” she says. Going away to college may be even more difficult for a triplet. The Ellenburgs are considering several schools, including the University of Florida, the University of Miami and Vanderbilt. “I’m also interested in Emory,” she says. “I do know that I want to go to a school that has a good science program.” Beyond that, she is not sure, and cannot say for certain what she plans to major in. “I am interested in psychiatry,” she says. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

NICOLE LOPEZ Nicole Lopez was president of the Class of 2012 at Palmetto High School for all four years of her high school career, accumulating more than 1,000 community service hours for her efforts. Many of those hours came from in-school activities working as class president. “I’ve met so many people being class president, I’ve gotten to know more of my classmates,” Lopez says. “I know the behind the scenes activities. It’s fun to plan things and see everyone’s face.” Lopez says that, at the same time, it was a hard job because she had to please more than 700 students in her class. She had to keep in mind that every person counted. In her tenure, she worked on a variety of projects, including one to encourage the class when they were juniors to take the FCAT Science test. “We offered them a trip to Disneyworld if they got a four or a five,” she says. “It brought our passing rate up more than we thought it would. Not only did it improve our grade, it was a fun trip.” Lopez says 45 of her classmates went on the trip. The FCAT Science Test counts

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for the school grade, but schools have had trouble in getting juniors interested in taking the test and doing well. “The year before, the scores went down, so our school grade went down,” Lopez said, “So the junior class funded the trip.” The trip was taken this past December, when that junior class had gone on to be seniors. Lopez had plenty of ideas for new, endof-the-year activities for seniors, including a field day. That would come after prom and a Grad Bash, the annual night at Universal Studios. Palmetto used to do Grad Night at Disney World, but Disney cancelled Grad Night. “This is the first year Palmetto has done Grad Bash,” she said. Along with being class president, Lopez was in all of the honor societies and she was a member of the orchestra. “I’ve been playing since elementary school,” she says. “I started playing in school in middle school and I loved it. I didn’t have a chance to play here in high school until my junior year.” The orchestra class held concerts three times a year and played for the school musical, which was Hello Dolly. “It’s something I always loved,” she says. “I love playing during school because it’s a class where I can go and I don’t have to worry about academics or homework. I can just go and play.” As the historian for Interact, Lopez participated in the club’s community service projects, including the talent show that raises money to build wells in Africa. Lopez also volunteered at St. Louis Catholic Church as a servant leader. “We lead them (middle and high school students) on retreats,” Lopez says. “Every Tuesday the middle school kids come in and on Sunday the high school kids come in. It’s like their catechisms class, but in a more fun environment.” As for college, Lopez applied to several Florida universities and was accepted into all of them. Her decision to go to the University of Florida factored in the financial aid package. As for her major, she has some ideas. “Since I’ve been so involved as a leader, I would love to major in business or entrepreneurship,” she says. “I really like the whole aspect of helping people.” By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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JOSH BARKOW Palmetto High School senior Josh Barkow has dedicated several hours a week to Friendship Circle, a local program where teenagers interact with children who are

mentally challenged. “My mom got me into it, I started in seventh grade,” Barkow says. “It was a way to do community service that didn’t require outside experience and it was a kind of a personal thing.” Barkow has an aunt who is mentally challenged. “She lives at home with my uncle,” he says. “It’s a way to give back.” In middle school, Barkow participated in a Sunday morning program with Friendship Circle. At that time, he would go and interact with a group of kids. “Since ninth grade, I’ve done the same program at his home with the same kid,” Barkow says, adding that the boy is in middle school today. “We usually play on his trampoline and we play basketball. He likes to wrestle, so we wrestle around and I let him pin me. If it’s hot outside, we play board games.” Barkow is in the program with one of his cousins. Originally, he went to Friendship Circle with an older cousin who attended Coral Reef, but when that cousin graduated, a younger cousin who is going into high school took his place. “There are always two at the same time,”

Barkow says. “The parents are there too. It brings a better reaction when there are two people.” It’s helpful to have two of them attending on those days when the child they are visiting doesn’t want to engage. Barkow says it changes the dynamic when there are two of them saying “come on, let’s do something.” Each year Friendship Circle has an annual walk, which Barkow participates in. The money raised goes for the program. Barkow says being a part of Friendship Circle has taught him not to take for granted what we have as fully functioning humans, as well as the value of being there for someone. “He’s expecting me and I know he wants me to be there,” Barkow says. “It allows him to branch out. Although he does have some friends in the middle school, I don’t feel they understand the situation the way we do. We’re unselfish because we do what he wants to do. For an hour-and-a-half every Friday, the family knows they don’t have to be watching him every second.” Barkow’s extracurricular activities include the Lexus Eco-Challenge. He is on a team with four other people.

“We won $10,000,” Barkow says. “We created a campaign called the No Idle Zone. It was a school effort. We made a public service announcement. We made fake tickets that say facts about CO2 emissions or facts about cars idling.” He says Palmetto High students arrive at school as early as 6:30 a.m. and leave their cars idling while they catch a few extra minutes of sleep, to the detriment of the environment. “With this program, we had a couple of presentations at Pinecrest Elementary,” Barkow says. “We had a presentation about the Everglades and renewable energy.” The group qualified for the final program. The winners receive $35,000 that is divided in a several ways, some going to the school’s science programs. Barkow’s portion of the $10,000 is being saved for college. Barkow is also active in BBYO, both on the chapter level and regional level. He has been to the organization’s international convention and has even planned a convention for 50 members in the Keys. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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Gaby. Last year, Hoop4Hope was an enormous success.” The basketball event was held at St. Kevin’s Catholic Church and was so successful that it will be staged again this year on Aug. 4 at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. The donation to enter is $150 per team. “Right now it’s a one-day event, but maybe next year if we get a large crowd it will become a two-day event,” De La Mata says. “Last year we had some big sponsors — Hard Rock, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Sports Authority. We expect support from all of them again this year. Last year we had 150 people participating and about 500 spectators showed up.” This year De La Mata says they anticipate 300 participants and more than 1,000 spectators. While he is reluctant to talk about the accident because lawsuits are still pending, De La Mata does say that it was a very bad crash. The boys had left a party in the Kendale Lakes area near the golf course and their car wound up wrapped around a tree. De La Mata says the money raised by Hoop4Hope will go toward purchasing a wheelchair-accessible van for Maynoldi’s use. “Basically we have it within reach,” he says. “It’s going to be possible for us to get it done.” Putting on Hoop4Hope has changed

De La Mata’s life for the better. He says giving back to the community helped him find himself. He and Perez also started the Giving Much More Foundation (GMM) Foundation. The initials are derived from Mike, the friend that passed away; Mack, his partner’s little brother who also died in an accident on the way back from Disney World; and Gaby, their friend who is quadriplegic. “Since this is our second year, everything is generated toward Gaby,” De La Mata says. “This is just a stepping stone for the future.” He adds that they are starting with the basketball tournaments, but one day they hope to also produce kickball or flag football tournaments. “After that, maybe galas, silent auctions, things that the community wants,” he says. “We’re going to open doors and look for other families to help, people who have been affected as we have, by accidents. Young people are dying in cars, not from drinking and driving, but from being young and dumb.” De La Mata says the accident that claimed his friend’s life caused a lot of dark years in his life. “It changed my life to the negative, but you really don’t have to go to the dark,” he says. “Other families can contact us and tell us their stories.” For more information, go to www.hoop4hope.com.


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year, but selling for $760,000 down 14% from June of 2011. If you are selling do not over price your home. There are now 143 homes for sale , down 14% from last year, with 28 homes pending-up 21% from last year and 29 that sold in June-up 31% from last June. The average price per square is $225, which is down 9% . So the inventory is going down but prices are still competitive with sales on the way up. If you want this neighborhood better buy soon before prices start to rise. Palmetto Bay likes to be known as the village of parks. The schools are also very good through high school. Here the average price is $139 per square foot and it was only $146 last year, very consistent. There are 112 homes for sale , down 15% from last June. The sales are down 11%, with 24 selling June of 2012 and 27 selling in June of 2011. Pending sales are up 3%. The average home for sale is listed for $675,000, up 18%, but selling for $368,000, down 10% from last June. I have sold lots of young families homes ther including my sister Christy and her husband Jeff who have 2 babies under 18 months and just bought a short sale. We could see inventory was getting smaller and put a contract on the home within 24 hours. I sell a lot of homes in Palmetto

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Bay because it is very affordable and has the whole package of schools, police, libraries, and of course their parks. Coral Gables is close by and overlaps Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. I grew up in the Gables and have always loved their architecture . Gables homes list at an average of 1,945,000, up 15% from 2011, but sell for $915,000, up 11% from last June. The inventory is consistently going down with 401 for sale compared to 573 last year, a 30% reduction. Sales are up 10% but pending sales are down 6%. The average square foot price in June being $357, up 20% from last June. There are alot of rules in Coral Gables and the lots are small. But you can tell from the prices the community has wonderful amenities and has always kept their resale values very well. Hoped this article was not too boring with all these facts. Every home owner should be aware of what homes are selling for in their communities . If you need any additional information about selling your home or buying please give me a call.

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Time to check in on your goals for 2012 BY PAT MORGAN

It is hard to believe that 2012 is more than half over already. Time seems to fly! It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the beginning of the New Year and making plans to make our dreams come true. How are you doing? Have you made the progress you intended so far? Are you proud of your accomplishments and feeling great about the goals you are working toward? Or do you need to refocus and recommit to achieving them and keeping those New Year’s resolutions? Rather than punish yourself if you have fallen short of your own expectations, why not stop and assess where you are so that you can get back on track to move forward. Now is an excellent time to check in and get a new perspective.

HERE ARE FOUR TIPS TO HELP YOU: • REVIEW YOUR PROGRESS — Take a look at your accomplishments since the beginning of the year. Are you on track? Have you lost sight of some goals the past few months? Acknowledge the progress that you have made and determine which goals you will continue to pursue. Ask yourself: What have I accomplished to date? • REASSESS YOUR GOALS — Are you clear about what you want to achieve? Are your goals based on your true values or on something you feel you should do or ought to do? Give yourself permission to re-define or even eliminate goals that may no longer fit. Ask yourself: What do I want to achieve? • RENEW YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SUCCESS — Are you committed to achieving your

goals? Decide that you will do what it takes to be successful in accomplishing the goals that are important to you. Ask yourself: Am I committed to my success? • GET SUPPORT IN REACHING YOUR GOALS — Any endeavor is easier and more fun when shared with another. Having a teacher, mentor or a coach who is there to nurture and support you, to offer feedback and perspective, and to challenge you to do more than you could accomplish on your own will increase your likelihood for success. Ask yourself: Who will I ask to support me in reaching my goal? It is challenging to focus on everything at once. There is power in focus and intention. Having a success partner or coach can help you have the support you need to maintain perspective, stay focused and take the action that will guide you to the achievement and progress you desire. Reaching your goals should not be drudgery, but rather a source of joy and accomplishment as you create the future you dream of. Are you ready to get on track for success this year? Get started now to make your dreams a reality. Call me to schedule your 30minute complimentary coaching session. Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Call her at 305-458-2849, email <PatMorgan@SmoothSailingSuccess.com> or visit her website at <www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com>.


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CHABAD CENTER OF KENDALL / PINECREST Hebrew School — foundation for a lifetime of learning BY RABBI YOSSI HARLIG Director, Chabad ofKendall/Pinecrest

As summer winds down and thoughts turn to backto-school, I begin receiving calls from parents asking when to enroll their child in Hebrew School and how long it takes to prepare their child for his or her Bar or Bat Mitzvah. My answer – it takes 10 minutes. If the goal is to simply prepare children for this important event in their lives, we can teach them to read the blessing in about 10 minutes. But, if the goal is to teach them what it means to be a Jew and to have a strong Jewish identity and commitment; that takes a lifetime of learning, and it is never too early to start. When a child wants to be a good soccer player, we take him or her to soccer practice. Hebrew School is life’s practice. It is the beginning of developing a love of Judaism and a thirst for knowledge that starts at a young age and lasts forever. The benefits of attending Hebrew School go far beyond learning about the Jewish roots and practices. Religious school lays a strong foundation and teaches morals, values and ethics not taught in secular education. The Sholem Epelbaum Chabad Hebrew School at Chabad of Kendall/Pinecrest begins on Sunday, Sept. 9. Our school’s mission is to teach Jewish children in our community to feel pride in their heritage, traditions and customs. The Sunday morning classes for children ages 4-13 are not like typical classrooms with textbooks, workbooks and lots of “seat time.” Through active learning, the five senses are engaged.

Students smell and taste traditional Jewish foods. They create models and art projects. They role play, read aloud and sing songs to learn about Jewish customs. Under the direction of Nechama Harlig, our caring and dynamic teachers are committed to creating a joyous atmosphere for our young students. Through their creative lessons and enthusiastic approach, every lesson becomes a unique learning experience for our students as they explore their Jewish identity in a most meaningful and relevant manner. Hands-on lessons during Jewish holidays will help children have a deeper understanding of each holiday and its traditions and customs. From Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays through the holiday of Shavuot, the calendar will be full of holiday celebrations and events for children and their families. Our Aleph Champ Reading Program helps motivate our students to advance and improve their fluency in Hebrew reading. Like karate, Aleph Champ awards students with different color belts when they advance to the next reading level. Every student starts at the beginning level of white belt and as they progress at their own pace, they advance to the next level. Each year, I see the roots of this strong love of being Jewish in the students at Hebrew School. As the children learn to read and pray in Hebrew, celebrate the Jewish holidays together and learn from the Torah, they become immersed in a loving Jewish atmosphere. They will be able to draw on the knowledge and the memories they are gaining all of their lives. For more information, go to <www.chabadofkendall.org>, visit us at 8700 SW 112 St. or call 305-234-5654.

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Audubon Society ‘Dine Out’ launches summer program BY CELESTE DE PALMA

To help feather Tropical Audubon Society’s proverbial nest year-round, an expanded group of South Miami restaurants headlines the 2012-13 Dine Out with Tropical Audubon Society series, including Solé and Sports Grill. The Dine Out program, with each restaurant donating 10 percent of dinner checks from designated first Tuesdays of the month to the Tropical Audubon Society, debuted last fall and was headlined by George’s, Town Kitchen & Bar and Whisk Gourmet. The program generated so much publicity and attracted so many new patrons that Dine Out’s founding partners repeated the program in the winter and are continuing it through the summer. Bringing even more attention to the local dining scene in the summer months is both strategic and supportive. “All of our restaurant participants are our neighbors,” said TAS director Laura Reynolds. “So we want to shine the spotlight on nearby restaurants that we enjoy patronizing. Being able to grow our mission with an infusion of Dine Out funding is the icing on the cake.” Whisk Gourmet, Dine Out’s most frequent

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partner, officially kicked off the summer season on July 3. “It’s a great thing for the South Miami community and we are always surprised by the turnout of patrons each time,” said co-owner Kristin Connor. “We see incredible support for TAS in the neighborhood and hope that Dine Out continues to bring more people through its gates.” On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Sports Grill South Miami, 1559 Sunset Drive, steps up to the plate. Sports Grill is home to the celebrated Special Grilled Wings, as well as six other flavor versions. The family-friendly restaurant group (with Bird Road, Kendall and South Miami locations) is famous for delectable appetizers such as Smoked Fish Spread, Buffalo Shrimp and Super Nachos. And then there is the mouthwatering array of juicy, chargrilled burgers that satisfy big appetites. Making the Sports Grill experience even more unique is its enviable, ever-changing selection of craft beers. Sports fans will enjoy the lineup of flat-screens tuned to a global menu of sporting events. For more information or to make reservations, call 305-668-0396 or go to <www.sportsgrillmiami.com>.


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Heat organization deserving of your respect BY PRESTON MICHELSON

“In this fall — this is very tough — in this fall, I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” Those words from LeBron James, along with a later pre-season prediction of multiple championships, have heavily influenced the national perception of LeBron James and, therefore, our local professional basketball team. It would make sense that two years later the national vitriol would have died down. Unfortunately, that is not the case and the irrational hatred towards LeBron clouds what is otherwise a worthy sports story. Point toward almost any member of the Heat and you will find a player who has taken a reduced amount of money to become a part of this special organization. All of the Big Three — Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron — turned

CORNER down opportunities to play for more money elsewhere in the NBA, opting instead to team up in Miami. What’s more, those three sacrificed even more money to retain the local product and local favorite in Udonis Haslem, who himself turned down more than $10 million more to stay in Miami. Dan LeBatard, of the Miami Herald, recounts the last time that Haslem saw his late mother smile. “It was on her death bed, when he told her he was turning down the Dallas millions to stay with the Heat,” said LeBatard, who continued with the importance of the Heat organization to Haslem. “In that rough neighborhood he

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calls home, when car after car pulled in for his mother’s wake and so many members of the Heat family emerged from them to be at his side in his weakest moment, Pat Riley included.” Even when the Heat brass was pitching their team to LeBron and Bosh, they preached that “family” was the most important tenet for their organization. To prove it, alongside Pat Riley was Mickey Arison, his son and CEO Nick, Andy Elisburg, Alonzo Mourning and head coach Erik Spoelstra. Pick any member of that meeting and the idea of “family” rings true. In 1988, Ted Arison brought basketball to Miami in the form of the Heat. In 1995, Mickey took over as the general managing partner and he has been in that role ever since. Nick Arison began working for the Heat as a team attendant in 1995. He began his natural progression up the ladder, which led to last year’s promotion to CEO. In another example of natural progression, Elisburg joined the Heat in the 1988 inaugural season as a public relations intern. He is now the assistant general

manager. Mourning helped the Heat capture its first NBA championship in 2006 and, after his playing days were over, he stayed with the organization as the vice president of player programs. And even Spoelstra has progressed up the ranks to the head coaching position since being named the video coordinator in 1995. Most recently, both Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis passed up opportunities that would have paid them more money to attempt a back-to-back championship here in Miami. In the modern-day sports world, be it the NBA or elsewhere, the majority of the time the players go where the money is; the Heat is one big anomaly. I fell in love with this team all over again during the playoff run. It truly is a shame that the rest of the country can’t move past a couple of comments to appreciate a truly admirable organization.

Preston Michelson is a junior at Palmer Trinity School where he is the public address announcer for all varsity sporting events. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <michelsonpr@gmail.com>.


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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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I think one of the most difficult things for me during this divorce is getting myself organized. I feel like I am always spinning my wheels and not being productive. I can’t even get to the bathroom in time. Well, I like to see that you still have your sense of humor. Sometimes just being able to laugh at our situation is the only thing that we can do. In terms of feeling disorganized, please cut yourself some slack. You are navigating stormy, uncharted waters. Don’t expect so much of yourself. Take each day as it comes, one issue at a time as it limits the chance of you feeling overwhelmed. Set up a schedule for yourself so chores become routine on a certain day. Don’t over schedule your day as that will lead to frustration. Continue with life as it was normally. Try to get to the gym or your art class. Normalcy is key. Keep perspective; don’t turn everything into a crisis. In the totality of your life, this is one small segment and yes, this too shall pass. Keeping looking forward; you can’t change the past, but you can control the outcome of your future. Someone mentioned that I should have an estate attorney as one of my “team” members for my divorce. Do I need one? Here is your Dream Team: A damn good attorney, an accountant, an estate attorney, a divorce financial planner, a divorce life coach, a child psychologist and a good mediator. I hear people say that having all these people is costly, but each is worth their weight in gold. You might pay on the front end, but I assure you it will be far less than what you would pay on the back end in

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I am stuck!! I cannot get to the place where I forgive my ex and his mistress. I feel like it is eating me up from the inside out. I’ve tried everything, please help. Forgiveness has to be one of the hardest things to overcome in a divorce, especially if there was infidelity and you have to constantly look at this woman. Your wounds do not have time to close before they are opened up again by her presence. What I am going to say, you’re not going to like. Forgiveness is a choice. Plain and simple. If you don’t find forgiveness, it will literally eat you up inside and make you ugly on the outside. Have you ever seen a divorced woman who can’t get past the whole “injustice of it all” thing? She looks dried up and ugly. Choose that what lies ahead is more important to you than your past. Process through your hurt and realize you are not in any way getting back at him or her by not being able to move forward. Are they really worth your life? Make peace with your past. Note to Self: Time heals all wounds, but it’s your faith and inner strength that heals your life. — Rita Hunt Debbie’s Library – Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall

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increased student social skills, decreased problem behaviors and an easier transition to middle school. Through a cumulative training and coaching model, teachers learn to expedite Open Circle meetings, teach social and emotional skills, and to integrate the approaches throughout the day. The curriculum contains content in three major areas â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creating a cooperative classroom environment, solving interpersonal problems and building positive relationships. Funding for the program was obtained through private donors and the school parent-teacher organization (PATIO). Temple Beth Am Day School anticipates that this program will greatly impact both teachers and students. Temple Beth Am Day School is located at 5950 N. Kendall Dr. For more information, go to <www.tbam.org/dayschool>.


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Miami-Dade farms feed the nation

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BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

South Miami-Dade County farmers supply most of the nation’s winter vegetable needs. In the summer, other types of crops take center stage with the farmers, including mangos, avocados and other fruits. Tom Rieder is a member of the Dade County Farm Bureau and he says farming is the county’s second largest industry. “It’s not just a job, it’ a way of life,” Rieder says. “Some of them (farmers) have gone to college and some even have PhDs. But farming has become difficult because of the free trade agreement and the rising cost of rent for land.” Rieder should know, he’s a Realtor with Rieder Realty and specializes in Florida agricultural property, working that side of the business from Orlando south. “I’ve been doing this for a little over 40 years,” he says. “Agriculture has always been my focus. But there are some real problems that farmers are having now, including this free trade agreement with Mexico.” Rieder says another problem is finding enough day laborers to pick the crops when they are ready. Crops are often picked by illegal immigrants because they are willing to do the work and Americans will not. However, Rieder says the anti-immigration rhetoric and tough anti-illegal immigrant laws passed in Alabama and other southern states have served to frighten away much of the migrant labor force that Florida farmers relied on. “There are a lot of people who physically can’t go out there and pick crops for eight or 10 hours a day,” Rieder says. “The farming down here is different from the rest of the state, and with most of our fields down here, we get two crops a year.” Those crops may be beans, tomatoes, squash or zucchini. Rieder says some small Cuban farmers are now growing sugar cane on land that ordinarily would not be used for farming, but does very well with sugar

cane. Along with vegetable and fruit crops, the Redland and Homestead areas are also home to land and container nurseries. “One of our nurseries, Costa, is probably one of the largest in the country,” Rieder says. “We have a type of soil here called marl. It holds the moisture and since it doesn’t have much rock in it, it’s easy for the farmers to root prune.” The soil clings to the roots, which helps keep the plants and trees alive and thriving while they are in the containers. It also helps when the tree is transplanted. However, the nursery business is tied to construction. “When construction fell off, so did the in-ground nursery business,” Rieder says. “The container nurseries are shipping all over the world. They’ve created a market.” They advantages of farming in South Miami-Dade include access to water and land that is less susceptible to frost. Rieder says the Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to look at the idea of selling produce directly to the consumer. “We’re trying to come up with a method of being able to sell direct, trying to contact restaurants and clubs,” he says. “We can provide fresh fruits at a better price.” There are also bus tours available. Those tours take the people to packing houses and they can buy fruits and vegetables right there. “Most produce goes to Lakeland where it is packed and then shipped back down to Miami,” Rieder says. Farmers work closely with the Farm Bureau and the Bureau works closely with the agriculture extension offices of the University of Florida on a variety of issues, including pesticides. One of the most recent issues farmers have been alerted to is the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle, which is harmful to avocado trees. Rieder says farmers in the region are trying to get federal funding that will allow for experimenting with new type of farming, such as hydroponics that may enable row crops to grow throughout the year.

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Body builder Asha Hadley qualifies for nationals BY RAQUEL GARCIA

While a student at the University of Florida majoring in nutrition and food science, Asha Hadley was flipping through fitness magazines one day and became inspired to take her work out program to the next level. Now at age 32, the Jackson South Community Hospital dietician just won second place at the 2012 National Physique Committee (NPC) Southern States Championships in Fort Lauderdale. The top finish will allow her to compete in the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships coming up in Las Vegas. “I was always into sports growing up,” said Hadley. “And then I decided to do what I could to be in optimum shape and get my body into top physical form like the women I admired in the magazines.” Competition classifications for women are body building, fitness, figure, bikini, and physique. With perfect muscle definition from head to toe, the five-foot-seveninch, 160-pound Miami native appears ready for the nationals and will compete in the physique category. Having won first place last year in the figure category at the Florida Gold Cup competition, Hadley was prepared to continue competing in the same category until a judge at the Team Universe competition told her she would be better suited for physique. “I didn’t have such a good showing at the Team Universe New Jersey show<” she said. “After talking with the judge, I knew if I stayed in figure I would not do so well. I had to change categories within a week and do a local show to qualify me for the national competition in the physique category.” With very little prep time, Hadley managed to enter the Fort Lauderdale show right after Las Vegas and pulled off the ranking she needed to qualify to compete in the nationals in the physique class. “The week before the show is hard on your body and I had to do all of that again at the last minute when I changed categories. Now that I’ve qualified to compete in physique in Las Vegas, I will hopefully do better.” In the days leading up to the show, Hadley cuts all sodium out of her diet and eats mostly lean chicken and green beans. The day before the big event she will also eliminate water. “The day before the show, contestants

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cut the fluid intake to pull the water from underneath their skin.” said Hadley. This helps keep the muscles looking full and supremely cut for the competition. On competition day, it is all about hair and make-up, spray or foam tanning, and making sure the bathing suit is properly glued on. “Prejudging is during the day after morning meetings for the athletes,” said Hadley. “You do mandatory poses for the judges and if they like what they see they will call you back again. Then, in the evening, you do the same poses during your minute-anda-half routine with whatever music you choose for the main show, and the award ceremony follows.” While training, husband Harry Guerrero and her dogs — Max, Bella and Batman — help get her ready for competition day. Although it takes three to four months generally to prepare for one competition, Hadley says it is all worth it. “It is a good way to take advantage of what God has given you and not put it to waste,” she said. “Your body is full of muscles and to be able to form, build and tone those muscles to put them in great working order is a gift.”


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Eat, drink and score at Homefield Sports Bar & Grill BY NANCY EAGLETON

Homefield Sports Bar & Grill, located in Kendall Village, is not your typical sports bar. Sure, there are pool tables and flat-screen TVs everywhere, more than 50 of them; and the bar offers your favorite cocktails and ice cold beer. But that’s where the similarities to other sports bars end. Instead of a dark, cramped space, think light and spacious. Located in the space formerly occupied by Gatsby’s, the 12,000-square-foot renovated space gives patrons room to roam. Battered high-tops are replaced with cozy tables and sleek leather booths. Only the freshest quality ingredients go into the culinary creations offered on the menu. And the modern, expansive bar serves everything from top shelf liquors to premium wines. “Our goal was to combine all of your favorite places under one roof,” said partner David Singer, a Miami native. “Homefield is a place where men can enjoy the game and a great meal, and feel comfortable bringing a

date or their family.” Homefield’s food menu is not your typical pub grub. While traditionalists will find comfort in the wings, nachos, pizza and burgers, seafood fans can opt for a grilled fish entrée or sweet crab and shrimp pasta. Choices from the wood fire grill include Black Angus New York Strip, Black Angus Sirloin and Baby Back Ribs, all cooked to perfection over Mesquite wood. Patrons dining on the lighter side can choose a delicious soup, salad or lettuce wrap. The extensive food menu was developed by partner Stacy Cofield and executive chef Demetrius Mitchell. Cofield brings to the table his unmatched restaurant pedigree gained from years of experience at Steak and Ale, Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. Mitchell, schooled at Johnson and Wales, has more than 15 years of experience as a chef in casual dining establishments. “There’s something on the menu for everyone at a price point everyone can afford,” said Cofield. “We use the finest branded ingredients to create dishes with excellent flavor and

culinary flair.” The events lineup at Homefield brings something different each evening, so choose your favorite night. On Sundays, children under 10 eat free, and a clown and face painter will entertain families from 4-7 p.m. as they feast. On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, families can enjoy a family-style meal for $50 until 10 p.m. After 10 p.m., let the fun begin. On Mondays and Tuesdays, John Allen will host open mike night for musicians. Ladies will enjoy glamorous drink creations and a DJ with video show on Wednesdays during Ladies Night. For a good laugh, stop by on Thursday nights when Homefield welcomes South Florida’s best comedians. And finally, live entertainment, including the area’s favorite bands, will rock the house with music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m. In addition to the nightly events, the game is always on at Homefield Sports Bar & Grill. With more than 50 TVs and not a bad seat in the house, you won’t miss a minute of your favorite teams in action – even on the new patio area, which will open in the fall when the cooler temps arrive. “We had 500 people join us each night when the Heat played,” said Cofield. “We’ll be the place to be to during the Olympics and football

season, when we’ll host vendor-sponsored events.” Homefield Sports Bar & Grill, which opened on Cinco de Mayo – May 5, will also host its grand opening beginning Wednesday, August 15. During the four-day event, guests will “Eat, Drink and Score,” which translates to food and drink specials and fantastic giveaways. Homefield Sports Bar & Grill has two large private room spaces, each with their own bar areas, comfortable seating and IT capabilities, making it the best place in Kendall for business meetings and social occasions. The Homefield team offers culinary creations to please any crowd and budget and will handle all of your special events needs, including rental equipment, décor, entertainment, floral arrangements and more. With its airy space and private rooms, a bevy of menu options and a TV for every set of eyes, Homefield Sports Bar & Grill has something for everyone. It’s a neighborhood game-and-meal destination that’s perfect for a round or two. Homefield Bar & Grill is located at 8575 SW 124 Ave., behind LA Fitness and across from Regal Cinemas. Homefield opens at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 305-412-2220 or visit <www.homefieldsportsbar.com> .

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A Miami tradition – ‘I’ll meet you at Shorty’s!’ HAL FELDMAN Eating at Shorty’s Bar-B-Q is certainly tradition and almost religion for many Miamians. Often imitated, but never duplicated, Shorty’s is known for its log cabin-style exterior and long picnic-table seating inside. Oh, and also for some amazing hickory-cooked pork and beef that’s hard to beat. Started in 1951 by Edward L. “Shorty” Allen, Shorty’s Bar-B-Q, 9200 S. Dixie Hwy., was the right idea at the right place at the right time. The restaurant burned to the ground in 1972, but was rebuilt two years later. In 1980, a new owner took over, but didn’t mess with the recipe for success. And, for those that think pork ribs aren’t healthy, consider that Shorty is still going strong, alive and well and living in upstate Stuart at the age of 103. Loyal patron Lynn Bethards has been eating at Shorty’s since the 1960s. “Years ago, we went to our cottage in Georgia for a month,” she recalls. “All we looked forward to was coming home to some Shorty’s Bar-B-Q. It was a tough month away.” She’s not alone. Nineteen-year server Theresa McGrath says the customers always come back. “I now serve the kids and grandkids of some of my early customers,” she says simply. We did some quick math and and figured that Theresa has served more than 500,000 meals during her days at Shorty’s. “It’s a wonderful job,” she says. “You meet people from all walks of life here — doctors, lawyers, roofers — and they all just sit next to each other and talk.” “We’re a family place,” gushed Shorty’s general manager Chuck Housen. “It’s about community, good food and good people. The

long tables are a big part, too. Once you sit next to someone, it’s only a matter of time before you introduce yourself.” Housen says a few members of his staff have been with Shorty’s for more than 30 years. “Half are 10-plus year employees and half of those are 20 year vets,” he says. “And that means consistency and people who take pride in their work. I love when our regulars bring new people into our restaurant. They look around and aren’t sure, but within minutes they warm up to the place and love it.” Housen also talked about the pride that people have when they return to Shorty’s after a long absence and say, “It’s still the same great place; nothing has changed.” Actually, that’s not entirely true. After the 1972 fire, Shorty was forced to put in gas-fired pits. It took about 10 years before they were allowed to go back to the hickory wood cooking. “The 100 percent hickory cooking makes a big difference in taste. We have it shipped down from north Florida even though our costs have gone way up,” says Housen. “But it’s well worth it.” Shorty’s business is still growing. They make about 8,000 meals a week and Housen says this past Fourth of July was the best day and long weekend Shorty’s has ever had. By the way, if you’re thinking about longdistance shipping, you’d better just drive down and pick it up yourself. “We don’t ship food, but we’ve sent our sauce as far away as London,” says Housen. And you might be surprised to learn that Shorty’s sells more chicken than ribs. “The chicken lunch special is our number one seller,” says Housen. “But, if you combine both types of our ribs together, then we sell more ribs by weight than chicken.” One more fact about Shorty; he was a bit stubborn about his menu back in the early days. He refused to sell desserts, and if you wanted chicken and ribs you had to

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New sub shop opens in South Dixie Highway

Philip Woerner (left) and Mario Bojorquez, proprietors of the Good Times Sub Shop.

BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The Good Time Sub Shop opened in Palmetto Bay just before the holidays and it’s become a hit with customers along auto sales alley. Customers can eat in, order to go or for delivery. The sub shop, at 17225 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 102, is on the east side of the highway. There’s seating for 15 inside and two outdoor tables as well. The sub shop is the creation of Philip Woerner and his best friend Mario Bojorquez, who graduated from Boston College and Georgia Tech. The two played three sports together in high school — track, cross country and soccer. “That’s how we got to know each other,” Bojorquez says. The recent college graduates had worked at desk jobs, but they wanted to do something entrepreneurial so they decided to take a chance on a sub shop since they both loved subs. Woerner has a degree is in business marketing and Bojorquez holds an industrial engineering diploma. Both degrees come in handy for their new venture. “It’s been very good to have a partner with those skills,” Woerner says.”He thinks different than I do, so it’s good to tag team.” Bojorquez says he has done a few things to streamline some of the processes to make the work more efficient. “How to make the subs and just thinking about how stuff works,” Bojorquez says. Good Time Sub Shop serves up both hot and cold subs. While the menu is primarily subs, they also have chicken wings with five different sauces. Plus, they carry sides like cookies and brownies. Growing up, the business partners had a favorite sub shop they would go to when they wanted a great sub. They kept the idea of those great tasting subs in mind when they

opened their own place. They also hired a consultant to help them learn how to cook properly and develop recipes. “He taught us how to make the food, how to manage the food, where to buy the ingredients,” Bojorquez says. One of the ways to maintain the quality is to make everything from scratch, including the dressings and all the marinades, “We prepare everything in the morning,” Woerner says. The shop has hired two full-time employees, while the owners split their managerial duties, with one working the opening and the other the closing of the store. They switch off so neither is stuck with one schedule. “I always knew I’d rather do my own thing than work for a big corporation,” Woerner says. “I have always enjoyed cooking, but I never envisioned myself as a sub shop owner.” Even so, he’s doing it well and as a result, the business is thriving. “The customers that come are very loyal,” Woerner says. “Seventy percent that have come once have returned. We’re right under an office building, which helps.” Bojorquez says customers are coming back and they are seeing new faces every day. At this point, the churrasco sub is the favorite by far. “I don’t think there is another sub shop in the area where you can go to get a churrasco sub,” Bojorquez says. “What tops it off is our homemade chimichurri.” The sub shop is getting rave revues on Yelp.com and even iPhone’s Siri sends people in the area there for good subs. You can see the menu at <www.goodtimessubshop.com>. The shop is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or delivery, call 305964-7418.

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Throughout FPL’s service territory, teachers and students can tap into opportunities to enrich their curricula for the 2012-13 school year As students and their families enjoy the final weeks of summer vacation, the new school year beckons and Florida Power & Light Company has announced its plan for supporting STEM (science, technology, energy and mathematics) education in Florida schools for the 2012 - 2013 academic year. FPL’s commitment to STEM education has led the company to develop a comprehensive inventory of tools and programs to help schools provide excellent and dynamic STEM education to students. “Research shows that STEM education is critically important to ensure that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s competitive economy,” said Pam Rauch, FPL vice president of Development and External Affairs. “We know that many teachers reach into their own pockets to supplement their teaching and to help bring lessons to life. It is our hope that these programs will inspire additional creativity, ease burdens on our teachers and make a lasting impact on Florida’s students.” Here is a brief overview of the various programs: New traveling school assembly program, offered to schools at no charge • Designed for kindergarten through fifth grades in schools throughout FPL’s service territory. • “Men in Black: The Kilowatt Connection” is a live drama that will delight students, while teaching them all about energy conservation. • Show is produced by the National Theatre for Children. • To schedule a show, call 800-858-3999, ext. 1 Adopt-A-Classroom Matching Donation • FPL will offer 1,500 classrooms $25 donations through Adopt-A-Classroom (organization links teachers with community partners and funds to purchase supplies for the classroom). • Middle and High School Teachers working in STEM subjects in the 28 school districts FPL provides service. • To qualify for the match, a teacher must receive at least $25.00 donation through www.AdoptAClassroom.org/fpl <http://www.AdoptAClassroom.org/fpl> . Teacher Grant Programs • All public, private and charter school teachers in FPL’s service territory are eligible to apply for grants to create classroom projects focused on any form of energy education. • Grants are awarded in increments of $500 to $2,500 and the application deadline is November 15, 2012. Winners will be announced by the end of this year. • For more information, please visit www.fpl.com/community/learning/solarstations.shtml FPL’s 2012-2013 plans to support STEM education in Florida is part of FPL’s larger commitment to the state. This is the fourth year FPL has supported the Energy Teacher Grant Program, which has now awarded more than $122,000 for 120 teacher projects across FPL’s 35-county service territory. The awards come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the nation’s largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun. Beyond the teacher projects, FPL has installed Next Generation Solar Energy Station arrays at 14 educational facilities across Florida and built three largescale solar power plants to supply power to its customers.

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Yamaha Pianos’ Grand Opening in Coral Gables Yamaha Pianos-Piano Music Center is resuming business in Coral Gables after 4 years of absence, with the opening of an spectacular showroom in the Santona Corner building, at 1430 Dixie Highway, Suite 117. The company is the authorized representative in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties of the prestigious brands Yamaha, Clavinova, Cable Nelson, Weber, Young Chang and Roland “Piano business is on the rise again”, says the company owner Tony Siciliano, also president of the National Piano Institute. “I want to provide Coral Gables and the Miami-Dade community with the best piano store in the country, a store loyal to the finest standards that could be asked for. Management, sales staff, technical and moving service, a vibrant showroom, every aspect of the business was carefully weighted in order to reach that goal. I want people to think about us first.” For the last four years, people in Miami Dade County had to drive to the company’s store in Broward County to buy a Yamaha product. “Miami-Dade, the largest piano market in

Florida, was not properly represented”, says Siciliano. “With the reopening of a store in Coral Gables, we filled that gap”. Manager Mario Merdirossián is a veteran of the piano industry. He was a piano store owner during the 80’s and for the last 25 years acted as an independent marketing consultant and sales promoter for Yamaha, Steinway, Baldwin, Kawai and Bosendorfer. He is also a former professor of

Piano Graduates Level at the National University of Buenos Aires, Tandil, an active concert pianist and a lecturer on piano history. He had also conducted piano master classes at the University of Mississippi and other colleges. “I believe I have the right background to help Tony achieve his goal”, says Mario. “I know him for almost 30 years. Our mutual respect, trust and inside knowledge of the piano industry helped create the bond needed for business success.” Piano Music Center was always generous in its support for the community, earning the coveted Gold Medal-Great Seal of University of Miami for reaching $ 2,000,000 in contributions. The company is also a founding member and sponsor of the Yamaha Concert Series at St. Martha’s Church in Miami and had supported for years Barry University, Nova South Eastern University, The Alhambra Orchestra, The Music Club of Hollywood, The Miami Piano Circle and the Chopin Foundation. Siciliano pledged to continue and even increase this support.


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Fiat 500c named best small convertible by SAMA Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2012 Fiat 500c Gucci Edition was named Best Small Car Convertible during the recent Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) “Topless in Miami” competition in Key Biscayne. It was the second consecutive year that year the little Italian import has won top honors in that category and just one of many awards it has received since its introduction to the U.S. market as part of the Chrysler family. The Fiat 500c does have a nice combination of beautiful Italian styling, efficient design, timeless functionality and innovative technology, the same qualities that made the original Fiat 500 (Cinquecento) an icon more than 50 years ago. The new Fiat 500 caters to a new generation of Americans who want their cars to be as engaging, individualized, ecologically responsible and technologi-

cally savvy as they are. With its A-segment size, the Fiat 500 seats four passengers and is powered by an all-new fuel-efficient 1.4-liter Fiat MultiAir engine (30/38 mpg) mated to either a manual gearbox or an all-new six-speed automatic transmission. Hands-free communication technology and seven air bags are standard equipment. With new circular projector headlights and lower parking lights, the new Fiat 500 combines the family resemblance of the latest Fiat models with the distinctive elements of the original Cinquecento. To show its road-holding stance, the vehicle’s front fascia tapers outward toward its large wheel arches, with horizontal chrome trim for an added touch. The upper fascia has a horizontal cooling duct for added design character and to provide additional engine cooling, while the lower honeycomb grille integrates road-brightening fog lights. The new Fiat 500’s body-side A-line slopes slightly at the front for a dynamic look, while its lateral section has clean surfaces and flared wheel arches. There are five unique wheel designs ranging from 15 to 16 inches, with the “500” logo on the center caps. The hood-to-fender seam is cut

New Fiat 500 Gucci Edition has circular projector headlights, parking lights, lower honeycomb grille and integrated fog lights.

at the A-line. Bi-halogen projector headlights and re-styled taillights are visible from the side profile, while new lower-sill spats protect the bodyside from stone chips. Roof pillars and shadowline window molding form a continuous arc to neatly hide the upper edge of the doors. To keep the rear design clean, the taillights are neatly set between the edges of the liftgate and the lighting functions are divided vertically following the door’s cutline, while the rear window spans the width of the liftgate and meets cleanly at the pillar.

Since its initial launch in 2007, more than 500,000 Fiat 500 vehicles have been sold in more than 80 countries around the world, earning more than 60 international awards, including being named the 2008 European Car of the Year. Pricing on the 2012 Fiat 500 starts at $15,500.

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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