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DECEMBER 6 - 19, 2010

Outlining the recall petition verification process

BY HARVEY RUVIN

Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts As the greater community begins to anticipate the realities and potential consequences of the recall effort launched by Norman Braman to unseat Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, the volume of the debate is rising and emotions on both sides are heating up. In this atmosphere, it is essential that the public has a clear picture of and a high degree of confidence in the fairness and accuracy of the process we will use to canvass and tabulate the approximately 113,000 individual petition forms delivered to my office by truck on Nov. 5. The Elections Department has established that 51,992 valid signatures of voters are needed to force a recall election. To help visualize the utter massiveness of this unprecedented submission: Picture each petition form laid end to end; spanning 24 miles of paper, enough to cross Biscayne Bay from Downtown Miami to South Beach and back again – twice. Mr. Braman submitted 113 boxes with approximately 113,000 separate legal-sized petition forms, each with the signature of only one petitioner, the signature of the cir-

––––––––––––––––––––– See RECALL, page 13

Read in Georgia Pictured is the White family of Pinecrest on vacation along the Georgia-North Carolina border recently where they tell us they enjoyed trout fishing, horseback riding, the Great Smoky Mountain Train Adventure and dining at the famous Dillard House. Of course they remembered to pack their favorite hometown paper and sent us back this snapshot. Thanks for thinking of us, guys!

Tips for a safe and joyous holiday season BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE Miami-Dade State Attorney The holiday shopping season is upon us, and unfortunately, it is always a peak time for crimes such as home burglaries, thefts, robberies and even muggings. Especially in these tough economic times, I want to share some valuable tips that can help prevent you from becoming the victim of a crime during the holidays, particularly since next week marks the start of our busy shopping season.

––––––––––––– See SAFETY TIPS, page 10

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Habitat for Humanity

Pictured are women from Palmetto Elementary School who worked on a Liberty City Habitat for Humanity home for Tomika Jackson installing roof shingles and insulation. The women are members of Women Build, a volunteer program developed by Habitat for Humanity International to recruit, educate and nurture women to build simple, affordable houses. Pictured are (front row l-r) Dominique Tejada, Maria Paz; (middle row l-r) Jenna Sleeman, Elizabeth Wenger, Zori Pena Aleman, Angela Mirrow, Judy Chi, Tomika Jackson, Daiana Diaz, Maria Keeshen; (back row l-r) Ivette Miranda, Mariel Wenger, Shannon del Prado and Cindy Gundersen.


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Read in Peru

Here’s longtime Pinecrest resident and world traveler Jonathan Bertner on vacation in Peru and high up in the Andes hiking to the summit of Mount Salkantay. As he always does, Bertner remembered to take along a copy of his favorite hometown newspaper and sent us back this snapshot. His only comment – “Wow!”

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Positive PEOPLE in Pinecrest

RAFI MONTALVO Rafi Montalvo is a senior at La Salle High School and starting quarterback on the school’s football team. Montalvo is turning heads with his ability to throw a football. At events such as Nike Combine, National Underclassmen Combine, TrainersRus Camp, Steve Clarkson Passing Challenge and Elite Scouting Services, he has been ranked among the most talented high school athletes in the country and has been touted as a top prospect. “I won quarterback MVP at the Nike Spring camp and the National Underclassman Combine that was held in Cooper City,” said Montalvo. “At the Nike Combine, my SPARQ rating, which shows overall athleticism, placed me among the top 30 in the country.” Last year, Montalvo was named to second team All-Dade. His statistics this year have surpassed last year and he is currently ranked as the number two quarterback in MiamiDade and Broward County. “I’ve been playing football since I was five years old,” said Montalvo. “My dad played football at University of Miami and my grand-

father also played football.” Montalvo played Pop Warner Football at Suniland Park through the eighth grade and was coached by his dad, Ralph Montalvo. During those years, the team won four Pop Warner championships and competed in two other finals. Montalvo attended Epiphany School through eighth grade and transferred to La Salle from Christopher Columbus High School during his sophomore year. At La Salle, he is coached by Willie Trimmer. Although the La Salle football season is heading into its homestretch, things are just getting started for Montalvo. He’s been nominated to play in the Nike Miami-Dade/Broward AllStar Game that will be played on January 21. Montalvo’s arm strength, quickness and leadership skills have caused college recruiters to take notice. He has a host of schools watching him and his top five include the Naval Academy, Florida International University, Western Kentucky, Holy Cross and Boston College. “I’ll be going on an official visit to the Naval Academy in January,” he said. Montalvo noted that if he attends the Naval Academy he plans to study naval engineering and design, and later manufacture boats, like his father, who builds Sea Hunter boats in Princeton. “I share my passion for the water and boating with my dad,” said Montalvo. “We go boating and fishing together and I spent some time working in the factory last summer.” Although, Montalvo’s six-day-a-week football schedule and schoolwork does not leave him a lot of time for extra activities, he has spent time on the water volunteering at ShakeA-Leg, the watersports recreation and education facility in Coconut Grove. “A friend and I would go to Shake-A-Leg after school and work with underprivileged and disabled children, teaching them how to fish and sail,” said Montalvo. “Sometimes, we would just hang out with them and help them with their homework. It was really rewarding.” By Nancy Eagleton

JAMES CUNNINGHAM Palmetto High School senior James (Hutch) Cunningham has more than 500 hours in community service. He accumulated those hours by volunteering at the Deering Estate Summer Camp for a full summer, and he also worked at another camp for a couple of weeks. “It’s a summer camp for little kids,” he says. “They get educational tours of the property and they do camp activities. We would go canoeing and hiking, and we would take the kids fishing.” Once a week they would take the kids to the pool at Westminster just for fun. At other times, they would play Catch the Flag, Dodgeball and Kickball. “I had a ball. That’s why I worked there the next summer,” Cunningham says. While he was having as much fun as the kids, he did learn a great deal from his volunteer job. “I learned that I was a good leader,” he says. “I was able to lead the group through the activities.” Learning to take on a leadership role is important to him because his goal is to attend either the Naval Academy or the Air Force Academy.

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“I really want to become an officer,” Cunningham says. “My passions are engineering and aviation. I really hope to become a pilot one day and the academies offer the best chance for that.” In order to gain an appointment to one of the military academies, he needs a recommendation from a Congressional representative. Earlier this fall, he met with Sen. George Lemieux in his quest for a recommendation. Cunningham has always been interested in aviation, even as a child. But as he grew older, his interest became stronger and he realized that it is his passion. “Whenever I see a plane, I’m fascinated,” he says. Both engineering and aviation require strong math and science skills, which coincide with his love for math and science. This past summer, he spent a week each at both academies taking introductory classes. “We took classes there,” he says. “My favorite classes had to do with aviation. They taught us the basic principles of flight propulsion.” While the teens spent most of the time in the classroom, when they were at the Air Force Academy they did get to visit the airport and check out the planes. Through the years, Cunningham has worked diligently on his academics in order to qualify for one of the academies. His classes this year include Advanced Placement Physics C, Multivariable Calculus, AP English, AP Statistics and Math Mentors, as well as the required government and economics. Cunningham is a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. Additionally, he’s the lab service coordinator for the Science Honor Society. That position has him coordinating the volunteers who help set up the labs for the teachers. For a while, he was on the science team, but realized he could not continue because it conflicted with his baseball schedule. He has baseball practice almost every day and games are played a couple of times a week almost all year round. Cunningham has been on the varsity baseball team for two years and thinks that the team has a lot of potential. “We have a really good pitching staff,” he says. “Our team is still young, but talented, and we have some pretty good senior players. We have a pretty good shot this year.” Last year, the Panthers had a good season, but lost early in the playoffs. Cunningham hopes they repeat the good season, but make it much further in the playoffs, maybe even to the state finals. By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld


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DYLAN d’ADESKY Dylan d’Adesky, a senior at Westminster Christian School, can really kick. His power and accuracy have brought him

great success in two varsity sports — football and soccer. D’Adesky has been on the Westminster varsity soccer team each year since the end of eighth grade and this year he is serving as team captain. As a mid-fielder during his junior year, he made third-team All-Dade soccer and was instrumental in helping his team advance to the regional play-offs. D’Adesky’s strong leg as a soccer player stood out and he was recruited to join the Westminster football team as kicker during his sophomore year. He’s been juggling both sports since then. “There’s about three weeks when the two sports overlap and it’s a bit crazy,” said d’Adesky. “I start out practicing with the football team and then run over to the soccer field to finish practice with the soccer team.” Westminster football coach Joe Mira, who has coached the Warriors for five years, says d’Adesky is “an excellent student and among the top kickers in MiamiDade County. He’s been a positive force on our football team.” It is his kicking ability in football that d’Adesky hopes will land him a college

scholarship. During his junior year at Westminster, he placed second-team AllState football and second-team All-Dade football. To date, he has never missed an extra point attempt and believes that his strength is definitely his accuracy. Over the summer, d’Adesky attended five National Kicking Combine Series camps that offer kickers a unique opportunity to train and showcase their talents in front of top-notch college coaches and recruiters. D’Adesky placed in the top five at Harvard University, second at University of Alabama and University of Miami, tied for first place at Princeton University and won first place at Vanderbilt University. “I placed well in these camps, which help open up the recruiting lines,” said d’Adesky. “Many college coaches are there standing on the sidelines with clipboards assessing each player’s performance. It’s a lot of pressure, just like kicking is in a game.” Although a busy sports schedule leaves him with little time, d’Adesky has made time to help the people of Haiti after the devastating earthquake struck last January. D’Adesky’s father is Haitian-American

and the family has 23 relatives who live in Haiti. “The earthquake was a life changing event for our family,” said d’Adesky. “For two days after the earthquake, we did not know if our relatives had survived. Luckily, everyone in my family was safe.” D’Adesky spearheaded a water drive at Westminster and partnered with Food for the Poor to get relief supplies to Haiti within a week after the earthquake. He volunteered at the University of Miami’s Project Medishare over the summer and his family donated six acres in Haiti that will be used to build a new Medishare Emergency Trauma/Training Center and Residence Complex in Port-au-Prince. “I founded a non-profit organization with my three younger siblings and my cousin called Help Haiti Heal,” said d’Adesky. “We raised more than $3,000 and are donating $2,000 to Project Medishare and $1,000 to Food for the Poor. The relief effort in Haiti has been slow. There is still so much work to be done and the people of Haiti need all the help they can get.” By Nancy Eagleton


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Miami Ski Club members read it!

Pictured are members of the Miami Ski Club on their Keys Weekend getaway at Tranquility Bay Resort with a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper. They are (front row l-r) Rick Hagen, George Ondricek; (middle row l-r) Bill Grieco, Linda Kaplan, Evelyn Roisman, Isabella Scafati, Gina Massesvalera, Lisa Hagen; (back row l-r) Ed and Dianne Green, Cathy Stahlmann, Deborah Matthews, Lou Lauria, Lori St. John, Walter Florimont, Don Lessne and Pamela Rose Epstein. Thanks for thinking of us, guys.

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Joan Lindsey: Accusations fly in the great computer caper BY GRANT MILLER

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Here are some of my thoughts about what’s going on in Palmetto Bay Voters hope that the people they elect are of good character; that they can trust those officials to do what is right which is the point of representative government. One of the responsibilities of a Palmetto Bay council member is to sit and judge zoning applications. It is a very serious process as the applications may impact the residents, as well as for the applicants, who may or may not be residents. Each side is entitled by law to a fair and unbiased proceeding. Those who disagree with those decisions can appeal the decisions to the courts. Palmer Trinity, which has pursued the village’s most contentious application to date, has raised serious issues regarding the conduct of various council members in both an appeal and a law suit, Case Number 08-28977. The representatives of Palmer contend that they did not get a fair hearing, that the decisions were made in advance by a few insiders who may have improperly communicated in private with certain members of the village council outside the public hearings. Palmer has been trying to obtain communications between Joan Lindsey and the Palmetto Bay Council that relates to Palmer’s zoning application. This important to Palmer in trying to rule out whether the decision of the Village Council was the result of any improper communications involving the Palmetto Bay council members. Council members are required to disclose any communications that were held prior to each hearing. Disclosures are important in advising what interests a person may have. (So, in the interests of full disclosure , it is important for me to continue to disclosure that my two sons attend Palmer.) Palmer has been seeking documentation of any such communications from Joan Lindsey since 2008. In the opinion of Palmer, the responses have been less than complete, so they filed a motion to compel an amended response; this means additional information was provided that wasn’t voluntarily produced the first time. Palmer yet again determined that it had evidence such documents existed, yet Ms. Lindsey again failed to provide the sought documents. Palmer took the deposition of Joan Lindsey in 2010 and

it was interesting as Ms. Lindsey stated under oath that she only provided Palmer with the e-mails she had saved by printing them from her computer before permanently deleting them. The missing e-mails could have been the evidence that Palmer was seeking to prove its case, or the evidence that proved no misconduct occurred. The allegation, by Palmer, is that Ms. Lindsey destroyed key evidence, evidence that she was under a duty to keep. Palmer then was forced to take a drastic step, going to the only source available: Ms. Lindsey’s computer hard drive. Ms. Lindsey vigorously fought to prevent Palmer from access to this hard drive. The Court rejected her objections, ordering the inspection of her computer hard drive. Palmer and Lindsey finally agreed to the specific forensic data specialist who would perform the inspection. Limits were placed on what the expert could look for, how that information would be kept and the time period for which the information could be sought. What was on the hard drive that could be so damaging? The Court order should have settled the issue, but weeks after all the hard fought court hearings and after significant attorney’s fees for all, including the Palmetto Bay taxpayers, Lindsey announced that the hard drive was “trashed” and disposed of. The hard drive seemingly and just as abruptly disappeared in less time than it takes for a stack of newspapers to vanish into thin air. An opportunity to resolve the issues appears lost forever. Palmer has now filed a drastic motion for sanctions, calling “enough is enough” and pressing for sanctions against Joan Lindsey, and, ultimately, Palmetto Bay, for what Palmer calls in their motion “… flagrant discovery violations and intentional destruction of key evidence.” This motion seeks recovery of Palmer’s attorney’s fees and worse, entering a judgment in its favor not only against Joan Lindsey, but against Palmetto Bay, meaning the taxpayers. This needless litigation costs everyone in the village, not just Palmer and Joan Lindsey. Palmer has alleged that Joan Lindsey has a duty to maintain evidence, especially after notice and request, as a participant and a named party to the ongoing lawsuit. Joan Lindsey has the same duty to properly maintain public records as an elected official. She stands accused of blowing a similar standard the first time, failing to preserve records she was under a duty to keep. Everyone has the right to fight to keep their computer from review, but not to fight the search then to allege that the computer was trashed after all avenues of redress are gone. Who would spend time resisting the examination of a

NEWLY ELECTED COUNCILMEMBER JOAN LINDSEY

computer that allegedly no longer existed? The answer from the start would have been that it was no longer available. Is this past performance indicative of future behavior? Joan Lindsey owes more to the residents of Palmetto Bay as their elected official. Let’s hope that official Palmetto Bay computer records don’t start disappearing when requested. Let’s hope that future zoning hearings will not require equally extensive, expensive and potentially damaging law suits against Palmetto Bay where the applications do not meet with Ms. Lindsey’s approval. And now that she is elected, let’s hope that the court can efficiently resolve this claim so that all interested parties, especially the taxpayers of Palmetto Bay, can move on with their lives.

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Role Models of Excellence induction

Pictured is former Howard Drive Elementary School assistant principal Reginald Fox during tie ceremonies last month to induct 15 fourth- and fifth-grade boys into the 5,000 Role Models of Excellence program. The program was founded in 1993 by Dr. Frederica Wilson to provide support at-risk young boys who learn about healthy living, responsibility, respect and attaining future goals. More than 6,000 students at 89 elementary, middle and high schools participate in the program. Fox is actively involved in Role Models of Excellence and today is assistant principal at Richmond Heights Middle School.


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THINGS TO DO AT HOME • Be extra cautious and lock your doors and windows at all times. Don’t display gifts and other valuables near windows or doorways where they can be seen. • If you go out in the evening, leave at least one light on and a radio or television so the house looks occupied. • If you go out of town, get an automatic timer for your lights. Ask a neighbor or trusted friend to watch your house and perhaps park their car in your driveway from time to time. • Contact the post office and request your mail not be delivered during the days you will be away. Your carrier will deliver your “held” mail upon your return or you may choose to pick it up at your designated post office branch. • Newspaper deliveries should also be placed on hold while you are away so that they do not pile up and alert passersby that your house is unoccupied. • After Christmas when the gifts have been unwrapped, break down the boxes and fold them so as the words are on the inside. Don’t put the boxes “as is” out on the curb for the trash collectors as this just advertises your newly acquired electronics and other valuables that are now in your home. TIPS FOR SAFE SHOPPING • Always stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid areas wherein there are people “hanging around” in parking garages, parking lots, or the outside of stores. Notify the police or security personnel. • Try to shop before dark if possible and coordinate shopping trips with a friend if you plan to be out late. • Park your car in well-lit areas and never in dark areas, no matter how convenient the spot might be. • Always lock your car doors and windows even if you are only gone for a few

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Jackson South unveils new emergency room BY NANCY EAGLETON

Jackson South Community Hospital unveiled its new emergency room (ER) during a grand opening celebration on Thursday evening, Nov. 18. After the ribbon cutting ceremony, members of the Jackson Health team, civic leaders, elected officials and community members toured Miami-Dade County’s newest state-of-the-art ER. The new ER opened to the public on Nov. 22 and is now better equipped to meet the expanding healthcare needs of residents in south Miami-Dade County, noted hospital administrators. Construction on the ER, which is being done in two phases, began in May 2009 and is part of a larger expansion project that will add 167,000 square feet to the existing hospital, doubling its size. The $102 million project is being funded by Miami-Dade County General Obligation Bonds passed by voters in 2005. The ERs first phase features 22 new private beds, nurse station, specialized medication room and dictation room for physicians. During Phase Two of the ER construction process, the existing ER and surrounding area will be renovated to include a minor care/fast track area, new waiting room and triage area. This phase is expected to open in February 2011. The harmonious aspects of the Everglades are featured in the new facility at Jackson South as part of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places program, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and County Commission. Rosy Cancela, former member of the board of trustees of the Public Health Trust, explained that the Everglades theme was conceived and brought to life by Cuban-born artist Leonel Matheu. The first floor symbolizes the floor bed of the Everglades, or “River of Grass.” The second floor of the new tower that will open in February will incorporate a

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water theme and the third floor will feature yellows and orange hues symbolizing the flowers that grow in the Everglades. “Thank you for your wonderful work to beautify this project,” Cancela said to Matheu at the event. “It was important to us to make this facility attractive for the patients who come here and for those who come here day in and day out, the Jackson South staff.” Dr. Eneida Roldan, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, praised the Jackson South team for maintaining an

excellent level of care during the process, as reflected in the hospital’s excellent patient satisfaction scores. Ric Cuming, EdD, vice president and chief administrative officer of Jackson South, and John H. Copeland III, chair of the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees, also addressed attendees. The event was attended by newly elected Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 8, Linda Bell, and City of West Miami Mayor Eduardo Mihiña, who

offered the hospital his best wishes during a proclamation. “Jackson South’s new emergency room shows our commitment to the people of south Miami-Dade,” Dr. Roldan concluded. “The new ER is a beautiful facility, where we will continue to provide the high quality medical care Jackson is known for.” Jackson South Community Hospital is located at 9333 SW 152 St. For more information, visit online at <www.jhsmiami.org.>


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lator and the signature and stamp of the notary. Each box containing approximately 1,000 forms, 10 batches in a box. Once submitted, all of it became public record. And as such, maximizing security and enabling access and retrievability became Job One of the petition canvassing process. Managing and modernizing court and property records successfully has given the Clerk’s office personnel valuable and relevant experience. It’s a part of our DNA as an organization. Our first challenge was to log in the total submission, re-verifying the batching and number of the boxes. We then stored them in a fully secured area, laid out and maintained in consecutive order so as to constitute a “library” of the actual paper petition forms. We then systematically scanned each and every petition form with high resolution, high speed electronic scanners; all the while maintaining the “library” placement of the 113 boxes for easy access to any individual form if needed for any reason. The scanned images will be viewed alongside the signatures appearing in the Voter Registration Rolls on some 20 plus dual-screen computer workstations, thereby facilitating the step-by-step comparative judgment process; without having to expose the original forms to loss or damage. We will also be checking each form’s full compliance with the requirements of County Ordinance 12-23 as written; the County Attorney’s Office having already passed on the Constitutionality and Legal Sufficiency of the Ordinance. The next challenge was to select the individuals to be utilized at these workstations where, among other tasks, the difficult comparisons must be made between a recent signature on a petition form and a signature on a voter registration card which might be much older. Though tempting, I rejected deputizing Elections Department part-timers who were already trained in similar processes involving verifying absentee ballots, in order to avoid even the appearance of bias or conflict of interest. I will likewise seek to screen out anyone from the process who has taken a public position on either side or for any reason feels unable to be fair and impartial. My decision is to deploy approximately 40-plus highly capable and impartial personnel from Clerk’s Office operations, already versed in the Clerk’s Office culture of technological innovation and the responsibilities inherent with having custody of the public record. In addition, we’ve secured the services of one of South Florida’s most outstanding forensic document examiners (handwriting expert),

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5 new businesses set for Suniland Shopping Center BY LEE STEPHENS

Retailers Liquor One, Oye Cuban Grill, NutriShop, The Cheese Course and Phil Fung Studio have opened outlets in the Suniland Shopping Center or will open in the near future. Suniland, at 11325 S. Dixie Hwy., is one of the most successful shopping centers in Miami-Dade County. With an average household income nearing $120,000 within a onemile radius of the center and its location between two successful regional malls — Dadeland to the north and The Falls to the south — Suniland is a prime location for growing retailers. Liquor One of Miami, a local fine wine and spirits merchandiser, recently relocated from Flagler Street to a 1,036 square foot storefront at Suniland. Liquor One offers a complete selection of beer, wine and spirits, is open late seven days a week, provides delivery service. Oye Cuban Grill has opened in the 3,061square-foot space at the north end of the shopping center that formerly housed Offerdahls. The restaurant adds “delicious, authentic, quick” Cuban dining at competitive prices. Oye is another fast casual option for frequent Suniland shoppers. National franchise Nutrishop Sports

Nutrition & Weight Loss Superstore joins Suniland in a 1,200 square foot store. With more than 100 locations across the U.S., Nutrishop is one of the fastest growing retail nutrition chains. The Suniland location is Nutishop’s first location in southeast Florida and will open for business in the coming weeks. The Cheese Course, a European-style cheese shop specializing in artisanal cheeses from dairy farms all over the world, joins Suniland in a 2,182-square-foot location. The Cheese Course is expected to open early 2011. Phil Fung Studio is the inaugural Arts Incubator artist. Terranova Arts Incubator is a “pop-up shop” program that offers vacant retail space at subsidized rates to handselected designers, artists, artisans, curators and creatives. Fung’s gallery space at Suniland had a grand opening on Dec. 2. The deals were all brokered by Terranova executive vice president Mindy McIlroy. “Retailers have again started to seek aggressive expansion,” said McIlroy. “Flurries of new leasing activity show that the road to economic recovery for retail real estate is well on its way.” For more information, call the Terranova Corporation at 305-695-8700 or go to <www.terranovacorp.com>.

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Young, Stovall & Co. offers ‘sound, conservative financial advice’ BY LEE STEPHENS

In 1979, Roark Young (known as Rocky) and Helen Stovall decided to form a stock brokerage company headquartered in Pinecrest. Stovall had been a bond trader with Southeast Bank and Young was a trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. They surmised, and rightly so, that with their combined experience they could offer clients a unique alternative to the “big” brokerage houses that dominated the market. There were not many independent brokerage firms in Miami back then and none with their combined expertise. Thirty years later, that is still true and Young, Stovall and Company remains unique in South Florida. The firm has evolved over the years from a “discount” broker-dealer to a sophisticated wealth management boutique with a sterling reputation. Today over $300 million in private client assets are invested with Young, Stovall. Young, president of Young Stovall, 9627 S. Dixie Hwy., is a past vice chairman of the NASD district, a former member of the prestigious FINRA small firm advisory board, and past chairman of a local bank. Stovall, executive vice president, is a former president of the Miami Bond Club. The brokers and staff at Young Stovall & Co. pride themselves on building relation-

ships with their clients and delivering firstclass customer service. Clients typically leave large firms to join Young Stovall because of the quality of advice and the personalized attention that they receive. Together with a team of experienced brokers, the firm offers clients personal attention and sound advice. Young Stovall & Co. is a member of FINRA, the Securities Investment Protection Corporation (SIPC) and is also a registered investment advisor. Trades are cleared through RBC Correspondent Services and through a Lloyd’s of London policy carried by RBC. In addition to having SIPC protection, all accounts at Young Stovall have additional securities and cash protection up to $99.5 million. “Safety is paramount at Young Stovall,” says Young. “We have been in business for the past 30 years and intend to be servicing our clients for the next 30. Our commissions are extremely competitive, but where we really shine is setting up portfolios. Our clients’ money is important to them and it is equally important to us. Every client and every portfolio is different, but we tend to be more conservative and risk adverse than many advisors. If you’re a client who is interested in sound, conservative advice and personal attention, you should investigate Young Stovall.” For information, call 305-666-2511.


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Scams are everywhere; be aware, be ready! BY MICHAEL WELCH

President & CEO University Credit Union If a financial scam has not affected you personally, you can be fairly sure that one has affected a friend, neighbor or loved one in the very recent past. That’s right, scams are out there and if we’re not cautious we’ll be taken in just like the thousands of others who fall prey each day. The old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!” rings true today more than ever before. Some scams are portrayed as honest mistakes or “too good to say no scenarios.” Other scams use “begs” to garner personal, private information for misuse. They are presented under the guise of offers for help or protection. Here are a few examples: • A seller advertises a car for sale on eBay. The seller receives an offer for the car and a deal is struck. Soon the seller receives a check in the mail for a sum substantially more than the agreed upon selling price. The seller contacts the buyer and is told, “Oh, my mistake I must have been thinking of another deal. Just send me a cashier’s check for the difference along with the title and everything will be fine.” The challenge is that the buyer’s check is bogus, a fraud, a forgery, and by the time the seller gets a call from their financial institution that the buyer’s check was returned, the buyer is long gone with the money from the seller’s cashier’s check and the title. Sometimes the car has even been shipped! • This is a scam something like the first one. An individual responds to a helpwanted ad for a particular endeavor. The employer and employee agree on a position and the prospective employer mails the employee a check for “upfront, paid ahead first month’s salary” which, of course, we all know does not happen in the real world. The only caveat is that the employee mail back to the employer a cashier’s check for taxes, insurance and employee benefits which equals one-third of the upfront pay. You guessed it, the employer’s check is no good. By the time the employee gets the call from the bank that their first month’s upfront pay check was returned as a fraudulent item, the employee’s “taxes and ben-

efits cashier’s check” is cashed and the money long gone. • Your financial institution’s “alleged” security department calls and wants to make sure you’re protected from a recent rash of scams regarding plastic cards. In order to help you the security person needs to verify certain pieces of information regarding your plastic card. The security person may already have some information on you to make you feel more comfortable talking with them. But, the catch is when you tell the scammer what they don’t know, like your card number, expiration date, PIN, and the super powerful three-digit security number on the back of your card at the end of your signature line. By the time you get a thank you from the supposed security person and hang up the phone, the scam will have already commenced. The perpetrator will use your information on their own to buy items, get cash, order items online, etc.; or they may just sell your information to another charlatan for quick cash and the next fraudster will commence the illicit transactions. • This scam is like the last one, only it happens online and is called a Phish. The typical scenario is that you receive an email allegedly from your financial institution’s security department. The email says, “Your card could be compromised and information from you is necessary to ascertain the extent of danger.” You’re then asked to enter your name, account number, PIN and that ever important, secure three-digit number from the back of the card. Just as above, no sooner have you hit the send key than the scam commences and the unauthorized, illegal purchases begin. There are so many other frauds that are happening every day and I wish we had time to discuss many more. However, the best practice to make sure you’re not the next victim is to be alert, be aware, slow things down, ask questions and, if you feel it necessary, call your financial institution. Most importantly never, ever give out your private financial information over the phone or online unless you initiated the call. Even then, make sure you know with whom you’re speaking and that the information given by you will be used for the purposes intended by you!


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the beginning of a dialogue that could ultimately produce a sale. If you feel any of the terms or conditions of the offer are unacceptable, ask your agent to present a counter offer. Sometimes buyers and sellers don’t really know beforehand what price they’ll accept until they’ve begun the negotiations. For example, a buyer might agree to a higher price than planned if interest rates suddenly drop. If you’ve received a lower than expected offer, but the buyers have proven their qualifications and commitment by securing loan preapproval, you have grounds for serious consideration. The process of counter-offering can be swiftly settled or carry on ad nauseam. Be prepared to explore all options and act quickly before letting your negotiations fail. Mike and Lynda Morgan may be contacted at the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Offices at 12155 S. Dixie Hwy., 305-253-2800 or by email at <mmorgan321@aol.com>.

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Gold Trader raises the bar in precious metal transactions

The Gold Trader owner Danny Silva examines jewelry from customer Wally Edelson. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY NANCY EAGLETON

With gold prices at an all-time high, customers of The Gold Trader in Pinecrest are receiving top-dollar payouts when selling their unwanted gold items. “In 2003, the price of gold was $300 an ounce. Today it fluctuates around $1,300 an ounce,” said Danny Silva, owner of The Gold Trader. “In today’s economy, gold is one of the few items that you can sell and, in many cases, get more than what you paid for the item.” Silva, who grew up around the jewelry and diamond business, opened The Gold Trader in September. He says he chose the location and designed the store to create a comfortable and reputable place where Pinecrest and area residents could sell their precious metal items and jewelry. “There have been many pawn shops and gold buying businesses that have given the industry a bad name,” said Silva, who owns a second Gold Trader location in New Jersey with his brother. “People will find our store and our process very refreshing.” Palmetto Bay resident Wally Edelson agrees. She brought her items to The Gold Trader, 12265 S. Dixie Hwy., when it opened and since then has been referring friends and co-workers. “I have assured my friends that Danny is extremely honest, knowledgeable and professional,” said Edelson. With the holidays approaching, it’s a great time to bring in broken and outdated

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Palmetto Middle student gives to ‘Locks of Love’ BY NANCY EAGLETON

Palmetto Middle School student Trina Nguyen recently cut her beautiful waistlength hair and donated it to Locks of Love, the non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the U.S. and Canada. Only 11 years old, this is the second time in her young life that Nguyen, the daughter of Tina Tran and Truyen Nguyen, has donated her hair to Locks of Love. When she was seven, the hair she donated then measured 11 inches. This time around, her hair was cut to shoulder length and her pony tail measured 15 inches. “I’m going to grow it and do this again in a few years when my hair is long enough,” said Nguyen. “I’ll keep doing it over and over. I like to help people and give to those who are less fortunate.” Nguyen says her classmates like her new shoulder-length hairstyle and think her donation was very generous. A few years ago, Nguyen was actively involved in her school’s effort to raise money through walk-a-thons and fundraisers for a fellow

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Roy Weinfeld law firm marks 10th anniversary BY LEE STEPHENS

The Roy Weinfeld law firm celebrated its ten-year anniversary last month at Perricone’s Marketplace and Café in Downtown Miami. More than 50 people attended the festivities, including judges, clients and colleagues. The firm concentrates on creditors’ rights and collections litigation, and represents institutional clients and businesses in state and bankruptcy courts throughout Florida. The firm, located at 800 Brickell Avenue, is a trustee member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Weinfeld is a 1998 graduate of the chamber’s Leadership Miami Program. The firm is a member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Weinfeld, a native Miamian, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 1989 and graduated from the UM Law School in 1995. He is a 1984 graduate of Palmer School. For more information, call 305-3589045, email <rlw@weinfeldlaw.com> or go to <www.weinfeldlaw.com>.

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2011 Volkswagen Jetta re-designed inside and out Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is quite a car for a starting price of around $16,000. It has a nice clean design and lots of legroom in the back seat area, along with VW’s precision German engineering. It has been completely overhauled inside and out and five trim levels are available — S, SE, SEL, TDI and GLI. The Jetta’s new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor, resulting in better performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.2 inches long, 57.2 inches tall and 70 inches wide, it is almost three inches longer than previous Jettas. To the front, there’s a high-gloss black radiator grille, trapezoidal headlights and a painted bumper. Below that, another cooling air intake and tray-shaped front spoiler help give the car a sporty look. The upper front end transitions from the v-shaped

hood to the muscular fenders. To the rear, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate. On the inside, the controls and instruments are arranged nicely, while the steering wheel has a new design, along with the more comfortable and ergonomically designed gearshift grip. Farther up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and radio-navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit, and the round instruments are in a more optimal viewing range with the multifunction trip computer display located between them. The rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds, increasing the car’s versatility. The trunk also can be opened from the inside by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (driver and front passenger airbags, side airbags in front and side curtain airbags in front and rear) are part of the equipment package. As for power, four engines are available including a 2.0-liter 140 hp turbodiesel direct injection (TDI) Clean Diesel with common rail injection and 236 pounds-feet of torque that clocks 0-60 mph in 8.7 sec-

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onds. Other options include the 2.0 liter 115 hp gas engine, a 2.5 liter 170 hp engine and a 200 hp 2.0 liter TSI. All Jetta engines come standard with a manual transmission, with an automatic gearbox available as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, the six-speed DSG transmission is offered, one that VW claims is among the most advanced and efficient automatic transmissions in the world. The TDI version gets 42 mpg on the highway, making Jetta one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market.

The all-new 2011 Jetta includes several features designed to enhance driver and passenger safety including electronic stability control to help prevent drivers from losing control of their cars, and tire pressure monitoring.

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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BETH AM TEMPLE TALK

Do I have to give up Christmas? BY COLLEEN FAIN

I was newly married, new to Judaism and so happy! Then why was I sobbing? It was clear to me that I needed to go home. Not home, as in forever, but home for the Christmas holiday. My husband and I had already decided that we would not travel over the holiday — we were young and didn’t have money. But as the day approached, I was miserable. For all of my 22 years, Christmas was my favorite time of year, a time to be with family, to be cooking, to enjoy the tree, to sing carols, to give gifts. So now that I was a committed Jew, how was I supposed to give that up? Well, I couldn’t and I didn’t. My husband loved my family and was very respectful of them. He said if I needed to be home, then we would travel the 500 miles to be there and we would participate with joy. But the other decision we made, was that we would share Christmas with my family, not celebrate it as our own holiday. My decision to become Jewish was a sincere one and I looked forward to being fully Jewish, to learn everything about the religion and its practice. I had only just begun my journey and I was certain it was the right one for me. Over the next 40 years I did just that and have been enriched by it. My children have been raised in the faith and we have celebrated every holiday and life cycle event together — the happy and the sad. We light Shabbat candles and belong to the synagogue. I love everything

about being Jewish, especially the teachings that make us strive for a moral and just life, and command us to heal the world. Still, every year we gather with my family — my Mom, brothers and nieces — we fill the house with the evocative smells of Christmas dinner and serve it on a table that is decorated for Chanukah, we give gifts (wrapped in red and green or blue and silver, depending on the person), but we don’t have a tree. We light lights, but they are in a menorah. Even my 90-year-old mother is pleased with the arrangement; it is festive, it is warm, it is now a long-standing tradition. The incidence of inter-marriage today in Jewish families is over 50 percent. Most non-Jews do not convert immediately, but for those who do, are they expected to give up Christmas? No, of course not. One didn’t come to a marriage without a life of memories and one shouldn’t be expected to throw out what came before, even if the non-Jewish partner has agreed to raise the children Jewish. But it is important to recognize that December usually presents a host of challenges for families looking to navigate the waters of living an authentic life, while respecting the needs of all. I can’t say that every moment has been perfect, but the journey has been more than worth it. As I age and have the opportunity to welcome non-Jewish others to our family, I realize that we have an opportunity to share all that is beautiful about being Jewish. If you would like to learn more about membership incentives, call membership director Rita Diaz at 305-6676667, ext. 107.


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David Feigenbaum joins JCS as vice president of development BY KATHERINE GILLETT

Feigenbaum to JCS by saying, “We are excited to have someone of David’s caliber and Jewish Community Services (JCS) of South experience to create and put into action a sucFlorida recently announced that David cessful development plan for JCS. Our entire Feigenbaum has joined the board and staff look forward to organization as vice presiworking with David in raising dent of development. the funds we need to make a difFeigenbaum has many ference in people’s lives.” years of fundraising experiJCS, the largest Jewish social ence, primarily at Jewish service agency in South Florida, federations. In addition to provides critical help in the his previous positions as community, such as delivering campaign director in meals and emergency funds to Baltimore and Palm Beach, frail seniors so they can stay in he was the associate camtheir own homes; counseling paign director at the Greater families in crisis, and teaching Miami Jewish Federation for basic job skills to developmenthe past six years. tally disabled adults. Feigenbaum also has Each year, more than 35,000 David Feigenbaum worked for the Jewish people — regardless of race, –––––––––––––––––––– Federations of North religion, or ethnic background America (formerly the UJA) in its regional — benefit from their trained, caring profesoffices in Dallas and Deerfield Beach. sionals. Although each individual’s circumAn alumnus of the University of Maryland, stance is different, JCS is a lifeline for all. he has a master’s degree in social work with a For more information, call JCS Access at concentration in community administration. 305-576-6550 or visit online at Fred Stock, CEO and president, welcomed <www.jcsfl.org>.

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Here are Linda and John Reed with their niece Heather and Jan Novar at the Cape of Good Hope on the tip of Africa, South of Capetown. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper and sent us back this photograph. Thanks for thinking of us, guys.

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Melatonin, Sleep Disturbance, and Cancer Risk

BYY SONIA A MARTINEZ,, RPH

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that is involved in circadian regulation (biorhythm) and facilitation of sleep, the inhibition of cancer, and enhancement of immune function. Recent studies from Tulane University and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute indicate that individuals such as night shift workers who are exposed to light at night on a regular basis not only have disruptions in sleep, biological rhythm and nocturnal melatonin suppression, but are at increased risk for immune system suppression and cancer. Studies suggest that a shortened duration of nighttime sleep and low melatonin levels are associated with a higher risk of breast cancer development. Because melatonin can modulate estrogen-dependent pathways related to breast cancer development, as well as reduce free radicals to prevent cell mutations, melatonin may have a potential use in breast cancer prevention and treatment. Because melatonin production is a light-sensitive process, getting undisturbed high quality sleep, and perhaps even more importantly, uninterrupted darkness, may be previously unappreciated methods of cancer prevention.

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New columnist writes about alternative medicine BY RICHARD BROWNE

Holistic Care Practitioner I am a Miami-Dade acupuncture physician and I will be writing a regular column on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), with topics ranging from acupuncture and homeopathy to herbal medicine and massage therapy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also cover current health topics and issues. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices and products such as acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal supplements, meditation and chiropractic that are not generally considered to be part of mainstream medicine. Approximately 38 percent of adults use some form of CAM for health and wellness or to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, according to data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). My own background and training is emphatically not in mainstream medicine. I received a doctorate in Oriental Medicine from the Open International University of Alternative Medicine in 1994. I hold a Diplomat in Homeopathy certification from the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners and I am certified as a massage therapist. I am committed to working towards the full integration of alternative medicine and conventional health care and to the advancement of the acupuncture profession through education, research and community service. When I started as an acupuncture physician 30 years ago, I would sometimes do Internet searches for acupuncture and other

ON HEALTH alternative therapies in relation to specific conditions or disorders. Often, there were few results. Nowadays the options are much broader. Although general information is still available through the recognized websites (NIH, WebMD.com, CDC, and Mayo.com) we have arrived at a time when research is now addressing CAM therapies. In future articles, I intend to provide clear information about how complementary and alternative medicine practice affects health and how it allows us to build bridges with the rest of the health-care community. Acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine and other alternative therapies are not simply occasional luxuries, but rather vital health care strategies which are cost-effective and safe. I would love for readers who want information or guidance about specific health conditions to find my column as a resource. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about acupuncture or other CAM therapies, or if you have any recommendations as to material you would like to see covered.

Richard Browne has been active in the acupuncture and naturopathic professions for 30 years and was one of the first licensed acupuncture physicians in Florida. He is co-founder and president of Acupuncture & Massage College in Kendall and past president of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association and the Acupuncture Physician Association. He may be contacted by calling 305-595-9500 or by email at <richard@amcollege.edu>.


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2010 Vizcayan Gala Ball This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 54th Vizcayan Ball honored Jim Murphy who dedicated over thirty years of volunteer service to Vizcaya Museum and Garden and The Vizcayans, Vizcaya's private support organization. Co-Chairs for the November 20, 1010 event were Mr. Leslie Bowe, Vizcayns' VP and Pinecrest resident, Sheila Kuhl, Vizcayans' Treasurer, and Stella Holmes, member of the Vizcaya Trust.

Donald A. and Elizabeth Kress Leslie A. Bowe, Sheila Kuhl, Helen McDonald, Stella Holmes, and Jim Murphy

Deborah Friend-Tedesco and Scott Tedesco

Donna Preudhomme, Persephone Taylor

Ryan Repepi, Gerhardine Escobar Barbara and Mort Guilford

Max Blumberg, Victoria Cummock

Jeanie and Jack Plfleger

Cliff Orolfo, Robert and Linda Bailey, Cami Onolfo, Christine Marrow, Myra Tameo, David Marrow and Brian Tameo

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Walter Miller, Betty Brandt

Commissioner Carlos and Lourdes Gimenez

Alvaro Martinez, Gail Clarke and Jorge Perez

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Rick Tonkinson shares holiday cheer year long BY GLORIA BURNS

COMMUNITY PROFILE

Rick Tonkinson, a certified financial planner who has been featured in several national publications, is a man who shares the holiday spirit all year round as a mentor, philanthropist and civic leader. A Pinecrest resident, Tonkinson works with his wife of 32 years, Margarita, and son, a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra Miami Steven, in the family business, Rick residency and on the board for the Diabetes Research Institute and the entrepreneurship Tonkinson & Associates in Coral Gables. advisory board of the UM A graduate of School of Business. Pennsylvania State Tonkinson and his wife University with a Bachelor are trustees of the Rick of Science degree in finance Tonkinson and Family in 1976, Tonkinson’s first Charitable Fund. Through job out of college was as a that fund and personally, Peace Corps volunteer. He the Tonkinsons support a moved to Miami in 1981 myriad of local and national and held several jobs until charitable organizations. he got into banking as a They are double diamond trust officer. At the same majors donors of the Rotary time, he attended the Foundation, founder donors University of Miami at at the Diabetes Research night, earning a Master of Rick Tonkinson Institute, silver level donors Business Administration in ––––––––––––––––––––– to the Adrienne Arsht 1984 and a Master of Public Performing Arts Center, Administration in 1985, with a specialization in budgets and cash benefactors to the Florida Grand Opera, silver fellows at Fairchild Tropical Botanical flow. While working at the bank, Tonkinson Gardens, members of the Vision Society at realized that the quality of advice and serv- Bascom Palmer and members of the UM ice was based on the balance of the cus- Heritage Society, IBIS Society and tomer’s account. The minimum balance Citizens Board. He also serves on the board was so high that working class people, like of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest. his family and friends, did not qualify; so, Tonkinson and his wife were the UM honhe went back to night school once again orees for National Philanthropy Day on and became a certified financial planner in Nov. 17. A man who sets personal goals and pass1991. Since 1991, Tonkinson has been dedicat- es those on to his son, Tonkinson and son ed to helping employees of Florida Power Steven celebrated their 50th and 25th birthand Light and AT&T, as well as police offi- days by climbing to the summit of Mount cers and teachers, plan for retirement. He is Kilimanjaro.

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This Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for You!

Say hello to Tails, a very active and playful male Dalmatian mix. Tails is a handsome water dog and is full grown at one-year-old, weighing about 35 pounds. Tails is an excellent dog for an active family. If you would like to give Tails a happy home, call the Born Free Pet Shelter, 305-903-6610, or go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com>.


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DeRuiter Electric Motor Co. celebrates 50 years

Farrell Sippel (left) and Marvin Winhold have worked at De Ruiter for more than 40 years and were recently honored by owner John Delaney and the De Ruiter team. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY NANCY EAGLETON

De Ruiter Electric Motor Company in Palmetto Bay recently marked 50 years in business with a celebration attended by the company’s employees, friends and neighbors. At the party hosted by owners John and Marilyn Delaney, two De Ruiter employees, Marvin Winhold and Farrell Sippel, were given awards for their longtime service to the company. “Marvin came to Miami from Canada over 45 years ago and when there was work available at De Ruiter two years later, his good friend Farrell followed him down here,” said Delaney. Both Sippel and Winhold said it was quite a surprise and very humbling to be honored. Sippel is the chief mechanic and has been with the company for 43 years. “Marvin and I grew up together and came here as a couple of farm boys,” he said. “I’ve been living in the same house with my wife and have had the same job since coming to Miami.” Winhold rewinds all of the motors at De Ruiter, a job he has done for 45 years. He and wife Eleanor own Winhold Montessori School, so he stays very busy. “It keeps you young being around all of these young people,” said Winhold. “I couldn’t imagine not coming into work each day. I told John that if he’ll keep me around, I’m aiming for 50 years.” Larry Knesel of Eagle Fluid Dynamic, a valued client and asset to the business, was also honored by Delaney and the De Ruiter team for his continued support. Since 1960, service excellence has been a

priority at De Ruiter and the staff has over 150 years of combined experience in the electric motor and pump industry. Delaney bought the De Ruiter business from Jim De Ruiter in 1994 and merged it with his company, Dade Pump and Supply. Delaney recently renovated the De Ruiter storefront and signs, but the company trademark, a bright red motor, remains a landmark in front of the store at 14261 S. Dixie Hwy. “New sign, but the same old people,” said Delaney. “The people really are the key to success in any business. We get to know everyone by name.” The only business of its kind in the area, De Ruiter serves municipalities, waste water and agricultural industries, as well as the pump and motor needs of residential and commercial clients throughout South Florida, the Caribbean and South America. Miami Seaquarium also depends on De Ruiter to maintain their pump equipment. The sales team at De Ruiter helps customers choose the right pump from many top brands or design a system to meet their needs. Services include electrical motor rewinding, pump and motor remanufacturing, full machine shop services and domestic and industrial pumping systems repairs, including emergency work. “If you have a pool pump or sprinkler system, chances are that we’ve worked with you or the service company that is maintaining your system,” said Delaney. “No job is too big or too small.” Business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 305-235-5000.

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Terranova launches ‘Arts Incubator’ at Suniland BY LEE STEPHENS

Suniland Shopping Center is now home to the first Terranova Arts Incubator resident, award-winning artist Phil Fung. The Terranova Arts Incubator is a “pop-up shop” program that offers vacant retail space at subsidized rates to select designers, artists, artisans and curators. The program aim is to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between commercial real estate developers and the growing South Florida artist Artist Phil Fung community by providing one ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– of the most elusive commodities — space to create and display work, around the brand, and to help launch a new thus driving increased foot traffic to the product without the long term commitment centers, enlivening vacant store fronts and of a lease. Artists are invited to apply for space not helping to broaden the audience for cononly at Suniland Shopping Center, but at temporary art and design. Fung, who resides in Pinecrest, creates various other locations available throughart that reflects his unique upbringing and out the Terranova portfolio. “The launch of the Terranova Arts his optimistic view of the world. He attended Florida State University and majored in Incubator program has been something that Studio Art. He has a Master’s in Art we have been eagerly looking forward to Education from the University of Central all year,” said Kelliann McDonald, Florida, and was the grand prize winner of Terranova marketing manager. “Not only is the 2008 Manifest Hope International Art Suniland the perfect location for Phil to showcase is dynamic award-winning work competition. Fung’s gallery space at Suniland opened and the program mutually beneficial for all in late in November, just in time for Art involved, but Suniland Shopping Center is the premier center to accommodate the Basel. While relatively new to south Florida the increased traffic with its various casual “pop-up shop” concept has flourished in dining options, convenience shopping, and New York, Chicago and Los Angeles after hassle-free parking. We invite the public to stop by and originating in London. The concept is a way for landlords to fill vacant space and browse.” For information, call 305-779-8904 or for tenants to determine the reception of a email <kmcdonald@terranovacorp.com>. brand, to develop a distinct message


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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY Is it true that the University of Florida no longer has early admission? Yes. According to the University, they will only have one admission deadline. The new deadline is Nov. 1 for all applications. My son plans to go to Duke next year. He heard a rumor that there was some scandal regarding cheating. Is this true? Yes. Duke’s business school has severely punished 34 graduate students for cheating. For more information, go to Duke’s web site. Does sign language count as a foreign language? According to the College Board, American Sign Language does not count as a foreign language. I heard about fast-track applications for instant-gratification college applications? What are they? These are personalized applications. They may come with the student’s biographical information already filled out. Applying is free. They are being sent under a variety of catchy titles by at least 20 colleges and universities. Among them, Baylor (SnapAp), St. John’s University in Queens (FastAp), Loyola University in Chicago (Fast Track) and Tulane (Personal Application). The emphasis is ease, speed and the importance of this “limited offer”. If you have been chosen, apply now while you can. This is strictly legit, and it does exist. What type of questions do colleges ask in a teacher recommendation? The following are some of the questions from the University of Pennsylvania application: *What do you know of this student’s intellectual qualities? *What are your impressions of the student’s academic priorities? We are especially interested in any evidence you can give about the nature of his/her motivation for academic work. We are interested in the breadth and depth of intellectual interest; the originality, independence and sensitivity he/she displays in coursework; and the quality of performance as compared to his/her classmates. *What personal qualities stand out in the applicant? Are there any features in the applicant’s background that will help us better understand his/her academic or extracur-

ricular performance? Are there any personal strengths, weaknesses or problems you feel we should be aware of? *In your best estimate, how will the applicant respond to the academically competitive environment at Penn? *Do you have any reason to doubt this student’s academic integrity? *How would you compare this applicant to his/her entire class? *Please use this space for any additional comments about the applicant and his/her candidacy.

How do colleges know a student’s class rank? There is a space for guidance counselors to answer the following questions: *Does your school rank? *This applicant ranks ___ in a college prep group of ___. *How many others share this rank? *Is this rank weighted or unweighted? *Is this rank cumulative? If it is cumulative, then which years does it include? *Of this applicant’s graduating class, approximately what percent plan to attend a four-year college? My son wants to get a job. His dad and I have repeatedly told him it is not necessary, but he really wants to get a job, and says it will look good on his college application. What do you think? During the school year, the only job a student should have is to study, make the best possible grades and have the highest possible scores on his/her PSAT, SAT and SAT IIs. Working in the summer is fine. Also, if the student must work to help the family, then, of course, the student should work. There is a place on every college application that asks students to list any work or internship experiences they have had during their high school or college years. Although that question is asked, it is not necessary to have worked in order to gain entrance to college. It’s best that a student avoid being spread to thin. Joining clubs at school and holding an office in one of those clubs will show leadership ability. Also, community service takes time. Usually, there is not enough time left after community service activities, school activities and studying to have a job. Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737 or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.

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This is Ears and he is looking for a good home. His personality matches his name. He’s a friendly, trainable, happy dog that likes being around people. He’s a nine-month-old Labrador mix and weighs about 60 pounds and that’s about as big as he will get. If you would like to give Ears a good home, call the Born Free Pet Shelter, 305-903-6610, or go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com>.


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Columbus High’s Prats, Suarez sign baseball scholarships BY YELANY RODRIGUEZ

Columbus High School baseball co-captains Kyle Prats and Andy Suarez appear destined to face each other on the diamond after officially signing letters of intent to play for different colleges. Together with family, teammates and the Columbus coaching staff, seniors Prats and Suarez signed letters of intent with their chosen colleges on Nov. 15. Prats, a starting centerfielder, decided on the Virginia Tech Hokies for his college baseball career, while for Suarez it was all about the U as the southpaw pitcher signed with the University of Miami Hurricanes. After three years as friends, teammates and varsity co-captains, the two standouts will now battle each other when the Hokies and Hurricanes square off on the baseball diamond. “The only downside is that they will likely be playing against each other since both UM and Virginia Tech are ACC teams,” said Joe Weber, Columbus manager for 15 years. “We’re very proud of everything these young men have accomplished and look forward to watching them at the college level.” For three years, the pair’s hard work and constant striving to improve has not gone unnoticed. Prats was named as co-Most Valuable Player and AllDade, was an All-Selective Recruiting choice as a sophomore and a Gold Glove Selective Recruit as a junior. Suarez was also named to the All-Dade team, chosen as an All-American for three years and named 6A Division Pitcher of the Year in 2009. He is expected to be a high draft pick by Major League Baseball. Their dedication and hard work doesn’t only happen on the field. “They’re both hard workers in the classroom,” said Weber. “They’re great students and great leaders, too.”

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Black and white infrared photography exhibit opens at JCC Linda K. Landy

preserved would inspire his life’s passion. Gaffney, a veteran art teacher, heads the Museum Education Program in the MiamiDade County Public School Art Education program. He initially took photos only as a tool to freeze a subject in order to paint watercolor portraits. But then a young art teacher introduced him to black and white infrared film. “The old black and white photographs seem more like memories, visions, or remembered dreams,” explained Gaffney. “The slightly out of focus, grainy, faded images as more dreamy, mysterious, and romantic than modern color photos or clear, sharp black and white photos. I give my Infrared black and white photos those qualities that very old photos have.” If you attend the opening talk on Dec. 8, plan to stick around for the Israeli Dance Theater of Ramat Gan at the Robert Russell Theater at 7 p.m. Celebrate the final night of Chanukah with this talented troupe of 30 Israeli performers. The dancers, who range in age from 18 to 25, are dressed in brilliantly colored costumes and entertain audiences with their dazzling choreography and joyous renditions of Chanukah songs.

ALPER JCC NEWS The other day a text message from my brother popped up on my phone. All that was there was an 18-year-old photo of my younger son and my nephew sleeping in their Batman and Robin pajamas. A few minutes later, an even older photo appeared of me dancing with my then seven-year-old older son at my brother’s wedding. It was priceless. My brother explained that he was looking through old photos and thought I would enjoy them. He knows I am the family photographic historian and caretaker of my grandparent’s photos going back many generations. Although printed photos are just a bit of ink and paper, they take us back to a time or place or person and elicit a flood of memories and emotions. An interesting new exhibit of black and white infrared photography opens at the Futernick Family Art Gallery at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 8, and runs until Jan. 23. Infrared photography uses a filter to block most of the visible light spectrum, so only infrared light passes through. The filters are used together with infrared sensitive film or sensors to create black and white images with a fairy tale appearance. The exhibit is titled Charley Gaffney: Black and White Infrared Photography. The artist will give a gallery talk on opening day. While they are technically photos of Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and New Hampshire (including many of Vizcaya, the Italian Renaissance style villa

on Biscayne Bay), the artist has created stunning and vibrant images that transform common scenery into wonderful dreamlike scenes. “Sensitivity to his subject matter and mastery of his ‘dreamscapes’ photographic process, is evident in his breathtaking black and white pieces with subjects from Vizcaya Museum and Gardens to the mountains of North Carolina,” says Suzy Breitner, JCC visual arts director. When Gaffney worked as a garbage collector to pay his tuition at Ohio State University, he was shocked by families who disposed of boxes of old photos when a loved one passed away. Little did he know that those discarded photos he gathered and


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Acupuncture Benefit for Camillus House

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With holiday season upon us the Affordable Acupuncture Clinic in Palmetto Bay has announced that throughout the month of December on Saturdays all Acupuncture and Massage treatments will be by donation. The proceeds will go to benefit the Camillus House. The benefit had its beginning last Saturday November 27th and the newly elected Mayor of Palmetto Bay Shirley Stanczyk and Communications Manager Bill Kress came to kick off the fund raiser. Also in attendance was the Clinic directors Dr. Richard and Nancy Browne and a number of the Interns from the Acupuncture and Massage College. The Browne’s are hoping that the community will join them in this worthy cause while giving themselves the opportunity to get a

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