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Trophy readied for The King Pins Around Town Challenge at Splitsville Lanes People and places are on the move

BY JOHN EDWARD SMITH

ot to be outdone by the Olympics and the Oscars, The King Pins Challenge has its own special trophy to be awarded this coming Sunday, March 21. Steve Kagan, owner of Beverlee Kagan Antique & Vintage Jewelry fabricated the King Pin crown, which is based on the event logo. The crown on a bowling pin was brought to Splitsville in advance of the event. The crown fabricator, Steve Kagan, presented the trophy to Margaret Sotham, Director of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, and event CoPresentors, John Edward Smith of SoMiMAG and Dwyane McQuillen of Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Now in its second year, THE KING PINS CHALLENGE brings together our civic, business and community leadership in a

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Pictured (l-r) are Steve Kagan; Margaret Sotham, Director of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition; John Edward Smith of SoMiMAG; and Dwyane McQuillen of Splitsville Luxury Lanes.

Martial Arts champions visit Gracie Barra of Miami

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George Saint-Pierre (left) with Daniel “Montanha” de Lima

racie Barra Jiu Jitsu Miami, the premier school for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Capoeira in Miami, was visited by two of the world’s foremost martial arts champions in the past month. Georges St-Pierre, the UFC Welterweight Champion, and Gerard Mousassi, Strikeforce Lightheavyweight Champion, visited Gracie Barra students and trained for a day with the school’s owner and head instructor, Daniel “Montanha” de Lima.

Georges St-Pierre is scheduled to fight unbeaten English fighter Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy at UFC 111 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on March 27th. “When they were in Miami, out of all the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools they chose mine to come learn a few things, and believe me they did,” said de Lima. “This was huge for us, and a real blessing to have those champions come to the school. The whole Mixed

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On t he mov e: We hear that Origin, the restaurant right next to Deli Lane, is moving around the corner to the old Poblano restaurant at 5850 Sunset Drive. We peeked through the paper covered windows to see what the new restaurant will look like, but to no avail. As it turns out, you won’t have to wait too long to visit them at their new location, as they are set to open in mid-April. I h e a r t h a t Vice Mayor Va leri e Newman’s woes are far from over as the rumor around town is that the Miami Dade Ethics Commission is going to file charges against her involving the conflict of interest surrounding the firing of former city manager Ajibola Balogun. And yes, charges against her were recently

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dropped regarding the exact same thing, but—yup, there is quite a big but with this one—but now there is going to be a subpoena and evidence. Hmmm... A n d b y t h e w a y... is $500,000 the magic number that will help make former city manager A ji bol a Ba logun happy enough to forsake his current lawsuit against the city, surrounding the termination of his gig as city manager in October 2009. The former manager had a long time to go on his contract when he was suddenly, but not unexpectedly, trashed about and fired without any stated cause. This yet to be verified figure is supposedly the number that is being bounced around in those very private meetings between the attorneys. I’ve also heard that as part of the $500,000 he was entitled to some $135,000 for all the years he put in with the city, some in the Public Works department, then as assistant city manager and then as manager with the City of Pleasant Living. So, let’s do some math right now, $500,000 minus $135,000 leaves some $365,000 or so for the early termination of

his contract. Can’t wait to hear the final figure on how this commission cost the taxpayers a bunch of bucks. P.S. Ajibola’s predecessor, Yvo nne Soler-McKinley, got over $100,000 for the early termination of her contract and if the city would have waited just a couple of months till her contract ended she would have walked away with her pride. But leave it to the city and she ran as fast as she could with her six figure early termination fee and a big “Thank You” to the City Of Pleasant Living. I u n d e r s t a n d the civic activist, S h a ron M c Ca i n, is now upset with the new city manager Roger Carlton for a bunch of reasons and she is very, very vocal about it. But the manger shouldn’t take it personally as it’s just the way it is in the City Of Pleasant Living. On the move... Cesar Garcia was recently relieved of his job with the city of South Miami, where he served as the Parks and Recreation Director. And son of a gun, Marie Stout Tate is being considered as his replacement. Sorry to see him go, but that’s the way it works, and now I

wonder just how much longer the police chief, Robert “Bobby” Richardson will be with the city. Once the deed is done, this new commission and new administration will be able to bring in their own people, who will be in step with the new power at city hall. I h e a r t h a t Doral Mayor J u a n C a r l o s Be r m ud e z will be running for mayor of Miami-Dade County come 2012, and right around the corner we expect to hear former Pinecrest Councilman Les lie Bowe declare his candidacy for the Miami-Dade County Commission seat for District 8. Tw o form er employees were at the Community Center, jeering and taunting the departing Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Our sources tell us that it was so outrageous the police were called in, just in case. Golly, I wonder if those two taunters were fired by Cesar and they were just welcoming him to the ranks of the unemployed. And speaking of moving, the State of Florida has been looking around town to lease an office building and they happen to like the 62nd Avenue corridors where there is plenty of space for offices and parking. Hmmm...is it for the Department of Corrections? I s t h e s w i m m i n g p o o l at the

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Community Center going to happen anytime soon? Well, that’s what the sentiment is after a meeting at the community center, attended by 50 people. The commission, sans Vice Mayor Newman, were in attendance as well as was the city manager and they were listening away, and I hear that within two years there will be a pool over yonder. And by the way, a few years ago one of the commissioners said “Just give those folks over there a shovel and a hose.” My, it looks like they’ve come a long way in such a short time... A n d t h e n I h e a r that County Commissioner Carlos Giminez is so upset with the city of South Miami and its CRA that he told the city to give him an accounting of all the county money and grants, etc., that the city/CRA received and how it was spent and that if it hasn’t been spent by October or so that the city/CRA will have to return the money. Ouch! T ho u gh t f or t he D ay:

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‘Rising Stars’ comes to Arsht Center for one night only BY LEE STEPHENS

“Rising Stars,” a professionally staged, energy-packed, one-of-a-kind performance, showcasing the extraordinarily talented students from New World School of the Arts, will be presented to South Florida audiences for one night only on Wednesday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. Exhilarating excerpts of works performed during the school year by the music, dance and theater division students of NWSA are presented in an unforgettable evening of unparalleled talent from Florida’s premier arts conservatory. Attendees can hear the symphony orchestra, see scenes from theater and musicals, modern dance and ballet and more in a diverse and dynamic performance they won’t soon forget. Previously held at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, this year’s performance will take place at the magnificent Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House.

KING PIN, from page 1 –––––– in a fun-filled evening for family, friends and colleagues in support of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, a project of Informed Families. This year’s challenge is being held on Sunday, March 21, 5-8 p.m. at Splitsville Luxury Lanes. For three hours, on all thirteen lanes, over seventy bowlers of varying skill levels will be raising funds for the coalition’s work here in South Miami. Former Heat Guard Tim Hardaway will serve as Guest MC and Celebrity Bowler. Four South Miami former and current mayors serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the event and are joined on lanes with

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Martial Arts community will respect me and my school even more now, and every future student should know about it.” Daniel “Montanha” de Lima is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches or supervises all classes at the facility. Raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he is an accomplished competitor personally prepared and instructed by Grand Master Carlos Gracie, Jr. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a fighting style designed to defeat other martial arts. While styles like Boxing, Karate, Kung Fu and Tae

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. In just 23 years of operation, NWSA boasts alumni on Broadway, Grammy winners, dancers in companies like Alvin Ailey, and regarded visual artists exhibiting internationally including in ArtBasel and Arteamérica. NWSA offers a performing arts program inclusive of all communities within the county and the opportunity to attend this phenomenal performance should not be missed. Made possible by Bank of America, ‘Rising Stars’ features a program of classical, neo-classical and contemporary work by faculty and guest artists showcasing the talented high school and college students in the Dance, Theater, Visual Arts and Music Divisions. For admission prices and information call 305237-7441.

teams from County Commissioner Gimenez, Chamber South, the Red/Sunset Merchants Association, South Miami Hospital, the First National Bank of South Miami, South Miami Police Department, our local Fire-Rescue squad, the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, South Miami Senior High School, SoMi MAG and other business leaders. The King Pins Challenge trophy is awarded to the team that secures the highest amount of pin pledges for their team bowling score. Spectator tickets are available at $20/pp, which includes a complementary buffet and non-alcoholic beverages. For ticket information, please call Informed Families at 305-856-4886 or log onto www.informedfamilies.org.

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Local fundraisers support the troops and other good causes Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB O ut b a c k S t ea k ho us e, a longtime supporter of U.S. military troops, will do n a t e $ 1 m i l l i o n t o O p e r a t i o n H o m e f r o n t, a non-profit organization that provides emergency and morale support for active troops, veterans and their families. In the month of March, Outback is holding a month-long “Thanks for Giving” effort in participating restaurant locations. Visit Outback restaurants in March and order from the “Red, White and Bloomin’” menu and proceeds will help to meet the $1 million commitment to Operation Homefront. Honors for kicking off the campaign in Miami went to the Outback location at 82nd and West Flagler; however, all the locations including South Miami will offer this yummy menu. Ta n y a G regorich, Proprietor of the Flagler restaurant, kicked the campaign off welcoming lots of veterans with Tr a c y K r u s e , Outback’s Joint Venture Partner; and General Manager, M a t t h e w G e n t ry. Among the many guests were J o e G i a m b rone, South Florida Area President Navy League of the United States; D r. L o ren a M or r i s o n, D r. Te ri Lo ga n, a nd R e v e re n d Wo o d y G e n t r y, of Miami Christian Scool; and Ly n n B a u e r, of Bauer Financial, to mention a few. Look for South Miami civic, business, and community leaders, and former Miami Heat guard/guest emcee Ti m Ha rda way at an upcoming fundraiser for the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition at the K ing P ins Challenge II. This fun-filled evening of bowling for family, friends, and business colleagues will be held S unday, M a rch 21

f rom 5-8 p.m. at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, at The Shops of Sunset in South Miami. Event co-chairs are former South Miami Mayors J u l i o R o b a i n a , M a r y Scott Russell, and Horace Feliu with newly elected M ay or Philip K. Stoddard and former Mayor D r. Anna Price serving as honorary co-chairs. Joining them will be teams representing Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos A. Gimenez, the South Miami Police Department, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, South Miami Hospital, First National Bank of South Miami, South Miami Senior High School, the Red Sunset Merchants Association and other area business owners. General admission spectator tickets at $20 per person include Splitsville’s buffet and non-alcoholic beverage. For tickets contact Informed Families at 305-856-4886 or online to www.informedfamilies.org. C oldwel l B anker C ora l G abl es S uns et O ffice recently made a second annual gift of $1,500 to the G rey Ghosts of South M i a m i for team equipment and uniforms through its charitable arm, Coldwell Banker Cares Foundation. The Cares Foundation also supports nine other charitable organizations including Ronald McDonald House at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Coldwell Banker’s P a t r i c i a K l o c k P a r k e r, who works hard for this group, presented the check to the Grey Ghosts with Brian Beasley. On S a t u r d a y, M a rch 20, The Wellness C om mu ni t y - G re a t e r M iami and the Eden Roc, Miami Beach will celebrate the A n n u a l H e a rt Gold Gal a with a musical performance by Z- 6 Ba nd; D r. Ziff e r and an extravagant live auction emceed by CBS-TV’s chief weathercaster L o n n i e Q u i n n. This year’s Heart of Gold Gala has been made possible by the committee’s star players – Founder of The Wellness Community - Greater Miami, P a m e l a K a t z Z a k he i m, Board Chairman A d a m

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Spiegel , Gala Chair D e b r a Schottenstein and Honorary Chair M i c h a e l C a p p o n i. Also honored at this year’s Gala will be one outstanding award recipient: Heart of Gold Honoree, David O c t a v i o Gandell. For more information, contact The Pictured enjoying the new “Red, White and Bloomin” menu at Outback Steakhouse’s local kick W e l l n e s s off for the effort to support Operation Homefront are Lynn Bauer, Dr. Teri Logan, Tanya Gregorich, Community at Dr. Lorena Morrison and Reverend Woody Gentry. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 305-668-5900 as a columnist for Community or log on to www.twcmiami.org. Until next week, keep making each day Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would count. Gloria Burns is Executive Director of like to submit information for this column, the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a please send your news via e-mail to gloria501 (c) (3) non profit organization, as well galburns@aol.com.


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ARTECONA, from page 1 –––––– ing the University of Miami in 2000, Artecona was vice president for Investor Relations for MasTec and then became director of Communications and Marketing for Adorno & Zeder. At UM, Artecona has served in increasingly responsible roles. In fact, before being promoted to assistant vice president and chief of staff, she held the position of associate vice president in the University Division of Communications. Her strong background in project and issues management as well as knowledge of the local community are evident and explain why she has a reputation as a true community leader and person of influence. Of course, the apple does not fall far from the tree when it comes to successful leaders. Artecona’s parents were two wellrespected judges, Joe and Lenore Nesbitt.

MUSEUM, from page 1 –––––––– Museum on Oct. 10. The museum, with its beautiful gallery spaces, community meeting room, courtyard and plaza, will serve as the cultural center for the “City Beautiful.” Parker is joining the museum after completing a Master in Arts Administration at Boston University where she worked with the Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge Arts Council, and Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington, MA. Prior to her master’s program, Parker was the curator of education at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. There she created and managed educational programs, including lectures, performances, and workshops. “Caroline brings a great deal of significant museum expertise to the Coral Gables

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Thus, Artecona’s civic involvement and leadership come as no surprise. As testimony to that, she has been on the board of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce since 2003 and currently serves as its chair. In addition, she serves on the boards of trustees of Gulliver Schools, United Way of Miami-Dade Women’s Leadership, Goodwill of South Florida, and Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Foundation. She also has served on the boards of City of South Miami Commission on Women for two years and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Board for three years. Artecona is an active member of Junior League of Miami, has participated in Leadership Miami (1990) and received the Order of Omega Panhellenic Honorary (2004) and Rho Lambda Women’s Honorary (2004). While husband Mario, the Tide and UM are dear to her heart, she also holds a special place for Edith Ann, her bassett hound. Museum as we begin to build our staff,” said Steven Klindt, the museum’s executive director. “Her creativity and educational background set her apart as the best choice for our director of programs.” The mission of the Coral Gables Museum is to celebrate the City Beautiful with a focus on architecture, urban design and planning, as well as sustainable development and environmental preservation through education, scholarship and exhibitions. Engaging a variety of partners — schools, universities, and professional organizations — through interdisciplinary programming and exhibitions, the museum will provide visitors with skills to better understand the environment, and thereby determine the future of their communities. Additional information concerning the Coral Gables Museum may be found online at <www.coralgablesmuseum.org>.

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Blues favorites to highlight the Coral Gables Bluesfest BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Blues has long been the favorite form of music for Austrian-born chef and entrepreneur Harald Neuweg, owner of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus in Coral Gables. The soulful tunes of Blues that speak of heartache and loss have touched many and made legends out of the likes of BB King and Ella Fitzgerald. For fans of this classic genre, you will not want to miss Coral Gables Bluesfest, Mar. 26-28. While there are many Miami events that celebrate music and the Blues, this one is a standout with plenty of entertainment to keep anyone happy. The 12th annual Coral Gables Bluesfest is a free showcase for national acts as well as local artists looking for their big break.

This year’s lineup includes Ben Robinson; Bill Wharton, “The Sauceboss;” Steve Thorpe; Big City Blues Band; Deck 52; Hep Cap Boo Daddies; IKO IKO; Darrell Raines; Piano Bob’s 88s; The Joey Gilmore Blues Band featuring Aishya Z, and The Daddy Wags Trio. Performed outside in front of Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, at 60 Merrick Way in Coral Gables, the music is mixed with the best in American, Creole, German and Austrian dishes. Fritz and Franz Bierhaus is best known for throwing the biggest Oktoberfest Party in South Florida so you know this is going to be a great time. If you want to learn more about the restaurant, Bluesfest and other Miami events held there, visit online at <www.bierhaus.cc> or call 305-774-1883.

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Based upon the guiding principle that by increasing awareness, individuals can become more connected to their daily lives, mindfultime, a new mindfulness meditation studio, has opened in South Miami. Mindfulness meditation teaches the participant to live in â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and be aware of â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the present moment by focusing concentration on many aspects of an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience. Meditation at mindfultime uses a secular approach, as opposed to a religion-based approach, thereby opening the opportunity for participation of people from all faiths.

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Times may have changed, but the 85year tradition and spiritual core of St. Theresa Catholic School (STS), 2701 Indian Mound Trail in Coral Gables, remains the same. The school is inviting alumni to continue being a part of the history and join in with families on Saturday, Mar. 20, to celebrate the Musketeer Spirit. The event is free of charge and begins with a Mass at 5 p.m. at Church of the Little Flower, followed by a reception at St. Theresa School. You may RSVP at 305-446-1738, ext. 313. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to take a trip down memory lane as you reminisce with teachers and

friends, tour the school grounds and get a firsthand look at STS history with a special presentation. For more information contact: Laura (Frexes) Perez-Heydrich (Class of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;73) at 305-389-8812; Silvia (Gonzalez) Esposito (Class of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;77) at 786-514-5907, or email to <alumni@stscg.org>. St. Theresa Catholic School was founded in 1925. It is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and recognized by the National Council for Private School accreditation. St. Theresa School is a parish elementary school with pre-kindergarten through grade 8. It has been under the administration of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles since 1991. The student body numbers around 920 students.

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Time to reserve space for city’s Spring Break camps

Rick Tonkinson, Barry Gibb and Russ Tonkinson at the Diabetes Research Institute Love and Hope Ball, a highlight of South Florida's social season held February 13, 2010 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hallandale. At this 36th annual event, themed “Honoring America,” U.S. Senior Airman Tre F. Porfirio was recognized alongside the leaders of his medical team who collaborated to save him from a life of brittle diabetes after he was injured in Afghanistan. Also apropos of its patriotic theme, International Chairmen Linda and Barry Gibb proudly announced their new American citizenship. Combined with November’s Preview Party, this extraordinary black-tie gala raised $1 million.

When school is out for Spring Break youngsters can have fun in one of several camps at the city’s War Memorial Youth Center. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON

Schools will be closed in Miami-Dade County from Mar. 29 through Apr. 5 and now is the time to reserve space at the War Memorial Youth Center’s Spring Break camps. The camps include fieldtrips, games, and educational experiences that will give your child everlasting happy memories. A variety of choices include: Club PLAY Camps (kindergarten to fifth grade), Art

Camp (ages 7-14), Tennis Camp at the William H. Kerdyk/Biltmore Tennis Center (ages 6-16), High Performance Tennis Camp (ages 10-18), Theater Camp (ages 7-12), and Gymnastics Camp (boys and girls ages 3-15). Times vary from half-day to full days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The War Memorial Youth Center is located at 405 University Dr. For more information, contact the Youth Center at 305-460-5600.


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Busy chef takes time to teach young women art of cooking BY MEGHAN RUSSELL

Sarah Davidoff, chef/owner of Fare to Remember Creative Catering of Coral Gables, one of the largest catering companies in South Florida, is no stranger to charitable events and giving back to the community. In addition to her active role at February’s South Beach Food & Wine Festival, Davidoff found the time to hold a series of free cooking classes in February for women ages 18-23 who have exited from state’s foster care system. The young women who attended the classes are being supported by Casa Valentina, a Miami nonprofit organization that provides educational and life training services for foster care teens and adults. Make healthy and appetizing food, make it quickly and make it within a budget were the goals of the cooking classes. “For the first time, these young people will be living on their own and taking care of themselves,” said Sharon Katz, program director at Casa Valentina. “Being able to cook, and cook correctly, is an important part of their new lives they’ll be building.” According to Our Kids of Miami-

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Doctors Hospital employees help to build Habitat home BY JOSE BOZA

Doctors Hospital employees on a recent weekend were able to give a fellow employee, Norma Padilla, one of the greatest gifts that can be given — home ownership. During the course of two weeks, some 160 Doctors Hospital employees came out to help Padilla build her home during Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami’s 12th Annual “Blitz Build.” The dream became a reality when Padilla received the keys to her new home during a house dedication ceremony in Homestead, which was sponsored by her employer, Baptist Health South Florida. This was the 19th home built by Baptist Health South Florida for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. Nine other new homeowners were presented their keys during the home dedication ceremony. “Every year we are involved with various community events as an organization and this one in particular hits very close to home,” said Nelson Lazo, CEO of Doctors Hospital. “Our direct connection with Ms. Padilla, as a fellow employee, made seeing her, as she opened her house for the first

Doctors Hospital employees are pictured with new homeowner Norma Padilla (center).

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Driver’s license renewals fuel effort to fight heart disease BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The Florida Heart Research Institute has partnered with the State of Florida to raise awareness of heart disease and collect money for heart research at the same time. In March, the campaign for Make Florida the State of the Heart, kicks off at all driver’s license bureaus. Floridians will be able to donate to heart research and awareness when they first get their licenses or go to renew their licenses. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in Florida and the United States. In Florida alone, heart disease is expected to kill 50,000 deaths people. Hospitalization costs for Floridians with heart problems could top $18.6 billion annually. So representatives from the Florida Heart Research Institute went to the state and asked to participate in the programs that can collect donations through the license bureaus, either at the offices or online. Legislation was passed last spring and in October the program became official. Staci Ehrenkrantz, spokesperson for the State of the Heart campaign, said anyone getting or renewing a license may donate to the program. However, the state is featuring the State of the Heart program in March. “All the bureaus will have banners, posters, tent cards. All the employees will have buttons and some employees will be wearing T-shirts,” she said, adding that this will happen all over the state. “Working with the driver’s license bureau has been wonderful. They are very encouraged with this particular campaign because heart disease is the number one killer.” The campaigns conducted with the bureau’s can be quite lucrative. “When they do these campaigns, they get anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000 in that month,” she said, adding that the additional funds will enable the institute to do more prevention programming and more education. Not only will there be promotional materials visible, the examiners also will ask everyone if they would like to donate

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Annual ‘Wicho’s on the Green’ tournament raises over $50K BY JESSICA HERNANDEZ

Wicho’s on the Green (WOTG) Golf Tournament hosted its sixth annual event this Melreese Golf Course in Miami, to benefit the UM-NSU CARD, The Autism Society Miami Chapter, and Carpe Diem Academy. Founded by Luis “Wicho” Hernandez, from LINQ Financial Group in Coral Gables, WOTG has become a staple event in the community to benefit local charities. “The event was an overwhelming success,” Wicho said. “We at LINQ Financial, along with presenting sponsors Advanced Construction & FELC Tutors, were proud to host the WOTG Golf Tournament. And the most rewarding aspect is that, through the help of very generous sponsors and tournament participants, a significant amount of money was raised for the families and children affected with autism and other special needs in our community.” In addition to raising money, golfers enjoyed receiving Nike Golf Wear, an Austin Burke’s custom suit, and an all-day grill and bar sponsored by Florida Team Golf. There also were various contests throughout the day including

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Students collect dresses for ‘Unforgettable Prom’ Palmetto Senior High sophomores Angie Isalgue and Kristen Chao collect prom dresses to donate for the cancer patients.

BY LEE STEPHENS

South Florida soon will host the first annual “Unforgettable Prom” for children with cancer. The event will take place on Friday, Apr. 30, at one of the finest luxury resorts on Fort Lauderdale Beach — The Ritz Carlton. The Friends of Scott Foundation, an organization committed to helping families receive the support they need to cope with this devastating disease, will sponsor the event. When Palmetto Senior High sophomores Angie Isalgue and Kristen Chao heard about this event, they knew they had to get involved. Immediately through Facebook, emails, texting and phone calls to many people, Angie and Kristen started collecting prom dresses to donate for the cancer patients. Within two weeks, Angie and Kristen had collected more than 100 dresses, shoes, and purses. They have been amazed at the amount of support they have received from their friends. “At first we thought it would be great if we could collect 50 dresses which would be 25 from each of us,” Angie said. “Soon, our living rooms were overflowing with dresses and even though we still have people donating dresses, at our last count, we had over 100 dresses. “We really want to thank everyone for their generosity. Without everyone’s help, we couldn’t have done it. We are so honored and blessed to be the ones delivering these dresses to the Unforgettable Prom Committee.” Both girls have known people who have suffered from cancer and they felt honored to be able to give these girls a special night to escape from the ongoing treatments,

medications, daily situations that one must deal with when they are diagnosed with cancer. They can’t wait to see how stunning and beautiful these girls will look because of the numerous dresses that were donated. They will have a multitude of choices to find that perfect dress and have a perfect evening because of this Unforgettable Prom. Angie and Kristen plan on putting all of their other activities aside on Apr. 30 and hope to attend the event, just as an outsider looking in at all the beautiful smiles on these girls’ faces. “Their joy will be our joy,” Kristen said. The Friends of Scott Foundation are anticipating hundreds of children ages 12 to 19 will attend and are offering this event at no cost to the children or their families. With the help of sponsors, donations, and volunteers, they plan to provide everything necessary to help make this prom unlike any other. Everything from tuxedoes for the boys, dresses and hair and make-up for the girls, door-to-door limousine transportation, a red carpet entrance, prom photos, food, music and much more will all be provided for these courageous teens. They also anticipate the involvement of several local athletes and celebrities who will add to the excitement of the evening. Unfortunately most of these kids can’t and won’t attend a traditional school prom because of their disease. But come Apr. 30, they will be treated like movie stars and will be given a night to remember, while forgetting about their illnesses. They may come in wheelchairs and wear wigs, but it is guaranteed they all be wearing huge smiles as they arrive in limousines to walk the red carpet. It will truly be an “unforgettable” event.


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Spring Palm Sale set Mar. 20-21 at Montgomery Botanical Center BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The South Florida Palm Society will host the 2010 Spring Palm Sale, featuring “The World’s Largest Sale of rare and exotic palms,” on Mar. 20 and 21, at Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC), 12205 Old Cutler Rd. (Entrance is located just south of the intersection of SW 57th Avenue and Old Cutler Road.) Montgomery Botanical Center is home to a world-class research center and collection of palms and cycads on 125 acres of beautiful grounds that are a well-kept secret in Coral Gables. Sale hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the sale is free. Throughout the weekend, MBC staff will offer guided tours of its plant collections for $5 per person and free to children ages 16 and younger accompanied by an adult. More than 25 vendors will offer over 250 different varieties of palms and

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There will be squids for kids at Deering Seafood Festival BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

The Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay has become one of the community’s most anticipated annual events, not only for offering Florida’s freshest fish and seafood, but also because each year the Deering Estate at Cutler creates something unique that debuts at the event. The valet bike service initiated a few years ago continues to encourage festival goers to go green and cycle to the historic estate, and last year the introduction of the Marine Mobile on Wheels allows children a hands-on opportunity to learn about the local ecosystem, food chain, environment and habitat of the specimens. For this year’s festival on Sunday, Mar. 28, Deering Estate marine biologists braved the myths about the deep dark waters of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea fame, and are presenting the legendary sea creature — the squid. Found in waters all over the world, these cephalopods (animals with heads and feet) are not on the list of endangered species. Under the guidance of the educational and interpretative specialists at the Deering Estate at Cutler, boys and girls who are age 8 and older, have the opportunity to join the Squid Squad to dissect a squid and learn about all its different parts. Yoelly Burgos, staff member and trained marine biologist, explained that the squid produces ink that it cleverly uses for defense against predators. “Kids love this type of activity,” she said. “Through the dissection the kids will find the ink sac and then using a ‘pen’ — a part of the squid’s anatomy that acts like a back bone — they can write with the squid’s ink.” A few weeks ago, in preparation for the event, some of the Deering Estate Foundation board members courageously volunteered to try their hand at dissection.

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Chamber to host Women’s History Month Awards Reception In celebration of Women’s History Month, the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will present its seventh annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception on Thursday, Mar. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at TD Bank, 2401 Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables. The 2010 honorees are: Dr. Eneida O. Roldan, president/CEO, Jackson Health Systems; Margarita Cepeda, executive director, Miami Beach Hispanic Community Center; Maria D. Tejera, CEO, Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, and Maritza Gutierrez, chair of the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX). The reception is free for chamber members and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made by calling 305-534-1903. BENEFIT EVENT TO SUPPORT THE BORN FREE PET SHELTER The sixth annual benefit, “Tropical Night in Paradise,” to support the Born Free Pet Shelter, will take place on Friday, Mar. 19 at the Key Biscayne Beach Club, 685 Ocean Dr. in Key Biscayne. The evening, which will last from 7 to 11 p.m., will include dinner, music, dancing and a silent auction. The cost to attend the event is $85 per person.

For more information, call Nancie Serpico-White at 305-361-5009 or send email to <BornFreeShelter@bellsouth.net>. You can send checks to Born Free Shelter, PO Box 823, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 or register through PayPal. APOSTLE CARLOS L. MALONE SR. TO BE HONORED AT CELEBRATION Everyone is invited to participate in the free 20th anniversary celebrations of Apostle Carlos L. Malone Sr., pastor of the Bethel Church in Richmond Heights, to take place from Tuesday, Mar. 16, through Friday, Mar. 19, 7:30 each night, at the Bethel Church, 14440 Lincoln Blvd. More celebrations will take place on Sunday, Mar. 21. Speakers include: Pastor Torrey Phillips from Gospel of Christ Church in Fort Lauderdale; Rev. Dr. Alphonso Jackson Sr. from Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights; Bishop Duane Swilley from A Place Called Hope in Cooper City, and Pastor Jesse Curney III from New Mercies Christian Church in Lilburn, GA. For more information, call 305-235-7423. THE KAMPONG TO HOST CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERTS FOR YOUNGSTERS The Kampong, the Miami location for the

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS National Tropical Botanical Garden, will be hosting its next concert on Saturday, Mar. 20, 1:30 p.m., at the Kampong, 4013 S. Douglas Rd. in Coconut Grove. The concert will feature two magical musical compositions perfectly suited for young audiences: Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Tickets and seating are limited and available by reservation only. Information and tickets are available at the Kampong Kids website, <http://kampongevent.ntbg.org> or by calling 305-442-7169. DEERING ESTATE TO CONDUCT ‘ARCHAEOLOGY DAY’ EVENT In celebration of Florida Heritage Month, the Deering Estate, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay, will host the 2010 “Archaeology Day” on Saturday, Mar. 20, with expert lectures and walking tours of the historic Tekesta Trail to the Cutler Burial Mound. Activities and programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Florida Heritage Month is a celebration of Florida’s spirit. Now through Apr. 15, the Department of State seeks to encourage a better understanding of and appreciation for Florida’s history and culture among the people of the state. This event is free with regular admission of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-14. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>. FREE HEALTH WORKSHOP: ‘SAVE YOUR FAMILY’S LIFE’ Local representatives of the Foundation for Wellness Professionals will present a free health workshop, titled “Save Your Family’s Life,” on Tuesday, Mar. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at Coral Gables library, 3443 Segovia St. This presentation covers the basics that all families should be aware of in order to raise

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a healthy family in today’s environment. It covers proper nutrition, environmental toxicity, exercise and proper function. The purpose of this workshop is to educate parents on safe, natural alternatives to treating family health problems that do not involve drugs or surgery. To RSVP, send email to <foundationwellness@gmail.com> or call 305-940-7763. CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS ‘THE SONGS AND LETTERS OF WWII’ Homestead Community Concerts is presenting a nostalgic look back at the heroics and sacrifices of our warriors and the folks they left back home during WWII in a muchanticipated show, titled “The Songs and Letters of WWII” on Sunday, Mar. 28, 2:30 p.m., at the new, state-of-the-art South Dade Auditorium, 28401 SW 167 Ave. This multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the front and headline news of the period. Actual veterans’ stories create a sentimental journey back through the days when blackouts and rationing were a small sacrifice in order to obtain freedom for the world. For those without season tickets, individual tickets cost $25 for adults and $5 for fulltime students at the door.

BISCAYNE BAY AQUATIC PRESERVES SLATE THREE PRESENTATIONS Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves will be conducting three presentations during the next two months: “Seagrasses: Biscayne Bay’s Hidden Flora” on Wednesday, Mar. 31; “On the Edge” on Tuesday, Apr. 13, and “Sharks and Rays of Biscayne Bay” on Thursday, Apr. 22. All three presentations will take place at the UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 4600 Rickenbacker Cswy., from 6 to 8 p.m. Each night, the reception will begin at 6 p.m., and the lecture at 6:30. Admission to this event is free, as is parking. There is, however, a $1.50 toll to enter Rickenbacker Causeway. For more information, contact Jenny Baez at 305-795-3485 or send email to <Jennifer.Baez@dep.state.fl.us>. For more information, visit online at <www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/biscayne>. PROMOTE MOM-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AT DADELAND MALL Dadeland Mall invites all companies and organizations that want to connect with the lucrative “mom market” to participate in the second annual national Mom’s Nite Out on Thursday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Center Court of the mall, 7535 N. Kendall Dr. Mom’s Nite Out will showcase various mom-friendly services and organizations that help celebrate motherhood. Examples of vendors include children’s party enter-

tainment, nanny services, pediatricians, housekeeping services, after-school organizations and more. Attendees will get to participate in social networking, fun interactive activites, Style Wars fashion competition, live demonstrations, food and wine tastings, the chance to receive special discounts and more. To participate in Mom’s Nite Out or to receive more information about the event, contact Renee Lanzara at 305-665-6227 or via email at <rlanzara@simon.com>. VITAS INNOVATIVE HOSPICE CARE RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT VITAS Hospice Care is recruiting volunteers to give their time to terminally ill patients and their families during a critical period. The volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Assignments are made according to the volunteer’s location preference as well as work and family schedules. Find out more about visiting hospice patients and other VITAS volunteer opportunities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties by calling Cathy Agosti at 305-690-4765 or sending email to <cathy.agosti@vitas.com>. BARBERSHOP SINGING CLASS FOR BEGINNERS SCHEDULED A free barbershop singing class for beginners, both ladies and gentlemen, will be con-

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S. FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL F.C.U. AWARDS INAUGURAL SCHOLARSHIP South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union (FCU) recently awarded its first Miami-Dade College (MDC) Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship to Stephanie Pena, a student at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. Like Pena, MDC students now have a chance to win up to $1,000 each semester through South Florida Educational FCU’s new scholarship. All MDC students are eligible for South Florida Educational FCU membership and all Credit Union members who attend MDC have an equal chance to win the scholarship. Qualifying is simple; no application is required. To qualify, students must be South Florida Educational FCU members and be enrolled in at least one credit course towards the completion of a MDC degree. To learn more about South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union’s scholarship program or about becoming a member, visit online at <www.sfefcu.org> or call 305270-5250.

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Palmetto Bay Academy educates students in an alternative fashion

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BY ASRA JAWAID Palmetto Bay Academy (PBA), a private, tuition-based school located just south of The Falls, educates students in grades 8 through 12, from the remedial level all the way to Advanced Placement (AP). What sets PBA apart from other local high schools is that it specializes in students who are above average, even gifted, yet who are not thriving in a traditional school setting. Examples of issues which may have hampered these students’ progress at a traditional school are ADD/ADHD, depression, test/school anxiety, and being in drug or alcohol rehab. Others suffer from dysgraphia (poor handwriting skills) or are considered “gifted LD,” meaning they have a general IQ of 130 or 140, yet are disabled in one particular subject. The PBA school year technically begins in late August and ends in June, but students can enroll year-round, said Lois Dimos, the school’s director. Dimos, who has been in the educational field for more than 30 years and received her master’s degree in education from Stanford University, was inspired to open Palmetto Bay Academy after working as an administrator at a local private school. There she noticed that, although they were smart, certain students weren’t thriving like the others. She noticed that, “the homework was overwhelming [for them], that they couldn’t keep up with the course load, [and] socially they couldn’t fit in.” In response, Lois initially opened a home school for four high school students. Five months later she transformed it into today’s more-polished Palmetto Bay Academy. On paper, the differences between Palmetto Bay Academy and a traditional

school may seem scant, but observing the students at PBA reveals distinct differences in methods of instruction. Rather than being lectured as part of a large class, students almost always are taught one-on-one. They receive guidance, prompting and cheerleading from their teachers, but the students themselves decide what they want to do. “Everything is customized for each student,” said James Dimos, Lois’ husband and the school’s business manager. At the beginning of the school year, students come up with a large group of general goals, as well as shorter-term goals at the beginning of each week, Lois said. Every Friday, they receive progress reports that assess which of the week’s goals have been achieved. The accommodations PBA students receive are abundant: only seven students per classroom; individual tutoring; little or no homework; self-paced instruction, and advice on study skills and organizational strategies. Students have periodic projects and openbook exams, but the exams aren’t timed, and if a student fails, he’ll receive more intensive instruction and an alternative exam. PBA is not a therapeutic school, Lois points out. Seventy five percent of graduates are accepted into four-year universities such as the University of Miami, Emory University, FSU, UCF, FIU, FAU and Barry University. Another 20 percent attend twoyear colleges. The current enrollment at PBA is 15. James serves as a substitute teacher on the rare occasion when one of the four official faculty members is absent. Palmetto Bay Academy is located at 16637 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information or to schedule an appointment for potential enrollment, call 786-293-5353.

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Mazda CX-9 gets significant facelift for 2010 Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Mazda CX-9 is the Japanese automaker’s flagship crossover SUV and the 2010 model marks its fourth year of production. For the 2010 model year, the CX-9 gets a significant exterior and interior facelift, more options and reinforced safety features. The CX-9 retains its flowing silhouette, prominent wheels and tires, muscular fenders and steeply angled windshield, as well as the sculpted five-point grille and wide bumper. The side windows form an open greenhouse and allow good vision from all three rows of seating positions. Unique trapezoid, dual chrome exhaust pipes accentuate the design. Other enhancements include: • A bolder grille, front combination headlights and fog lights. • Larger, more aerodynamic side mirrors. • Combination taillights that mimic the headlights, while incorporating a new red

lens at the bottom. • A new Dolphin Gray exterior color. The CX-9 is powered by a short-stroke, state-of-the-art 273 hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine with such advanced features as a die-cast aluminum block with cast-in iron cylinder liners and aluminum cylinder heads for minimal weight. The valvetrain includes chain-driven dual overhead camshafts for minimal maintenance, four valves-percylinder with direct acting bucket-type actuators, and variable intake valve timing. The CX-9 rides on a 113.2-inch wheelbase, one of the longest in the segment, which allows for easy access to the threerow seating. There’s plenty of room for adults in every seating position. The driver’s seat and steering column move easily over a long range of adjustment and the 6040 split second row easily seats three, has five inches of fore-and-aft slide travel and a reclining backrest. The third row splits 5050 and the legroom is among the best we’ve seen. Entry to the third row is a breeze, with 26 inches of access space between the folded second-row seat and the C-pillar. And even with the third row occupied, the CX-9 has 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Both second and third row seats fold flat for additional

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Avron Smolensky to perform in piano recital at Bet Shira

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Avron Smolensky will perform a piano recital on Sunday, Mar. 28, 4 p.m., at Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120 St. in Pinecrest. The program will consist of the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach. There will be no charge for admission to this performance. Originally from Memphis, TN, where he spent his first 18 years, Smolensky decided upon his commitment to music as his future when he began studying piano at Southwestern (now Rhodes) University in Memphis. Smolensky also was introduced to the world of music theory — the mechanics of music — at that time. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1968. At UC CCM, Smolensky studied, in addition to piano performance, music theory, history, and literature extensively. He was awarded a government grant to study music and German on a work-study program in Hamburg, Germany, during the summer of 1967. He also became a member of Phi Mu Alpha, the national music fraternity, and Delta Phi Alpha, the

national German Honor Society. Smolensky received his Master of Music Degree from the University of Miami in 1970. During this time, he earned distinction as a graduate assistant, meaning that he was assigned by the university to train undergraduates to meet its piano proficiency requirement. After Smolensky received his master’s degree, he taught for 28 years at Miami Park and Howard Drive elementary schools, both in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system. He retired from public school teaching in June 2008. His greatest pleasure in his retirement is his return to his piano practicing, because his commitment to teaching in the public school system did not allow ample time for the quality and quantity of practice to which Mr. Smolensky wished to indulge. Smolensky has performed publicly piano works of Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Schumann. Immediately following the recital, a spaghetti dinner will be available to any wishing to remain at $15 per adult, and $10 for those age 12 and younger. Anyone wanting additional information may call 305-238-2601.

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1,200 guests have wild time at zoo fundraiser Pictured at Feast With The Beasts on Mar. 5 at Miami Metrozoo are Chris Korge, Feast with the Beasts Co-Chair Irene Korge, Jeanie Hernandez of Comcast and Stephen Schott of CapTrust.

BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

More than 1,200 guests enjoyed delectable delights from 40 fine South Florida restaurants, wild animal encounters, festive animal lights by Brandano Displays, open bars, fire dancers, belly dancers, and more at “Feast with the Beasts” (FWTB) on Mar. 5 at Miami Metrozoo. Together the partygoers, dressed in warm carnival-inspired cocktail attire, raised significant funds for the zoo’s education and conservation programs. Guests dined on everything including The Ivy in the Grove’s Bang Bang Shrimp and Inside Out Strawberry Cheesecake, Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s grilled beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes, Carbonell Olive Oil’s paella marinera, Gotham Steak’s yellowfin tuna tartar, Town Kitchen & Bar’s gumbo, and Kitchen 305’s lobster salad in tortillas cups. “We’re thankful for the sponsors, restaurants, vendors, generous organizations, volunteers and staff that donated their time, money and fare to Feast with the Beasts,” said Nestor Rodriguez, Zoological Society of Florida (ZSF) president and CEO. “The Miami Heat dancers, Pyro Fusion fire dancers, Flowing Arts Movement belly dancers, Moroccan party area by Berber Events and Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance Party made this event fun and unforgettable.” Special dignitaries at the wild fundraiser included commissioners Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Sally Heyman, Katy Sorenson and county manager George Burgess. News personalities like Dan Le Batard, Lissette Gonzalez, and Bob Mayer also came to enjoy the varied cuisine and encounters with parrots, hawks, snakes, skunks and lizards. “We’re thrilled that our guests enjoyed

everything including the silent auction, Splashlight Photobooth and the Toucanettes, the ZSF’s very own dance troupe,” said Norma Jean Abraham and Irene Korge, 2010 FWTB chairs. “With continued support, the ZSF can provide world-class exhibits, wildlife conservation programs and education programs to more than 800,000 people annually.” Beautiful models clad in black were selling zootinis, special zoo inspired martinis made with Revolution Good Spirits Sugar Free Mixers in assorted flavors. Zootini purchasers were given a glow in the dark glass to keep and refill all night for free. Ron Magill’s Spectacular Dance Party was a hit with great entertainment and plenty of desserts. Deejay Donny Michaels started the party off with the Miami Heat dancers and great dance music. Those with a sweet tooth were treated to Blue Bell Ice Cream, Cupcakes Nouveau, 2 Girls and a Cupcake, Ghiradelli chocolate, Hot Cookies, Aroma Espresso & Cappuccino Bar and much more. The Zoological Society of Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that supports Miami Metrozoo through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services and financial support for the construction of new exhibits. Visit <www.fwtb.org> for more event details. Miami Metrozoo is located at 12400 SW 152 St. Zoo general admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under age 2, ZSF members and parking are free. Metrozoo’s hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ticket booths close at 4 p.m. For more information visit online at <www.miamimetrozoo.com>.


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Get free goodies for buying 5-year fishing license now BY BOB WATTENDORF

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a major partner in the Get Outdoors Florida! coalition (www.GetOutdoorsFlorida.org) encourages families to enjoy all the pleasures of recreational fishing in Florida. Active, nature-based recreation develops happier, healthier and smarter lifestyles for Floridians, as well as encouraging a conservation stewardship ethic among resource users. One way the FWC and its industry partners encourage fishing and provide extra incentives and savings to anglers is via a special five-year freshwater fishing license bonus program. The first 3,000 anglers to upgrade to a five-year freshwater fishing license will receive a special incentive in the form of free tackle, publications and fishing accessories that add to the convenience and cost savings already associated with a five-year license. Matched with the priceless memories created from your fishing experiences, the FWC makes this a deal difficult to resist. A five-year license costs just $79, plus a convenience fee, but in return you know the fees won’t increase while you have your license, and you don’t need to worry about renewing for five years. For most anglers, that amounts to barely a dollar per fishing trip, or about 25 cents per hour, for healthy, relaxing recreation that allows you to connect with your family and friends in a fun, stress-free environment — and maybe even take home a free meal or two. The bonus package literally has you covered “hook, line and sinker.” The first 3,000 customers to upgrade to a five-year freshwater fishing license after Mar. 1 receive a free bonus package by mail with samples, magazines and coupons from fishing-related companies. Some of the items offered include free hooks from TruTurn and Owner, jigs from Fish Vision, a free spool of Spiderwire fishing line from Berkley, lead-free sinkers from Bullet Weights, and biodegradable lures from Fish Bites and Stubby Steve’s.

Also in the package is a variety of useful literature to help ensure a safe-and-sustainable fishing trip, including Florida Wildlife magazine, freshwater regulations booklet, boating safety, fish ID charts, Polk County fishing maps, and a Nature Rocks brochure. Also thrown in are Catch-and-Release (Sure Life) for your livewell, a retractor for your angling tools (Power Pole), instructions and special “Fishhook Removal String,” plus coupons for fishing or paddling trips (Bass Online, Canoe Outpost), educatonal programs (Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing), fuel supplements (Fuel Medics) for your boat motor, and top-of-the-line polarized fishing sunglasses (Ocean Waves). Five-year licenses are available online at <www.MyFWC.com/License> and or by calling 1-888-347-4356. In addition, they may be purchased at any license agent, such as retail stores that sell fishing supplies and bait-and-tackle shops or at local county tax collectors’ offices. Even if your current license hasn’t expired, you can order a five-year license now and have the effective date for the license set for up to 60 days after the purchase. The package typically arrives in three to four weeks. Fishing license fees are used only for fish and wildlife conservation purposes and are a major source of funding for conservation programs, from habitat restoration to fish stocking and fishing-access enhancement. In addition, each five-year license allows FWC to recover the excise taxes that you already pay the federal government on fishing tackle and motorboat fuel taxes to use here in Florida for Sport Fish Restoration Programs, boating-access enhancement and boating safety. For information about local fishing opportunities visit <www.MyFWC.com/Fishing> where you also can verify that you will be one of the first 3,000 and see all of the bonus package contents. The FWC has designated the weekend of Apr. 3 and 4 (Easter weekend) as Free Fishing Weekend. Both residents and nonresidents can fish in public fresh waters across the state without a license. All other fishing rules apply (see MyFWC.com/Fishing).

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In defense of criminal defense BY MIC CHELLEE ESTLUN ND, Criiminall Defense Attoorney

An attorney from another field of law recently said to me, “I could never practice criminal defense law. I couldn’t sleep at night.” The comment reflects a sentiment commonly held amongst those outside my chosen profession. “How can you stand to deal with those people?” is a question I hear more often. Here’s how. It is not just members of the criminal underground who are charged with crimes. More frequently, it is someone who made a bad judgment call and drank more than he should have; or someone who let her temper get the best of her while going through a divorce; or someone who brought a pocket knife to school. A recent example is a client charged with the sale of fake drugs. This is not unusual, and often involves teens and naïve young adults. They typically concoct a scheme to “earn” money by selling some legal substance such as oregano or baking powder as an “ille-

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Win Free Tickets to the 2010 Carmen Free-For-All BY JUSTIN MOSS Through a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Florida Grand Opera is giving away 1,100 pairs of free tickets in a random drawing to the April 26th performance of Georges Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. Starring Mezzo-Soprano Kendall Gladen, the performance will take place at 8 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. You know the music. The story is timeless. And the performance is free! But if you’ve never seen an opera before, this is your chance! During the 2010 Carmen FreeFor-All, win a pair of free tickets to the redhot spectacle of Carmen, one of the most famous operas of all time. Now through April 5, 2010, simply go to www.FGO.org and sign up or mail in an entry on a 3”x 5” card with name, address, phone number and email address to: Carmen Ticket Giveaway c/o Florida Grand Opera P.O. Box 561837, Miami, Florida 332561837 by midnight on 4/5/10. Limit one entry per person. Each entry must be mailed separately. There is no purchase necessary. Go to www.FGO.org for complete rules and regulations. “All of us at Florida Grand Opera are deeply grateful for this important grant from Knight Foundation making it possible to give away one entire performance of Carmen at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It will provide a unique opportunity for 2,200 individuals from our diverse community to experience opera for the first time and we anticipate that many of them will want to return to the opera for future productions,” said Robert M. Heuer, General Director and CEO. Florida Grand Opera won funding for the effort through Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, a five-year, $40 million effort to bring South Florida together through the arts. “Florida Grand Opera’s ‘Carmen FreeFor-All is a great way to introduce people from all walks of life to the beauty of opera, especially with a classic like Carmen,” said Dennis Scholl, Miami program director for Knight Foundation, who leads the arts initiative. “Opera is one of the many avenues for

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The Ron Brown - South Dade Democratic Caucus

Guest Speaker: Dr. Farid Khavari

( 3 0 5 ) 6 6 1 - 9 2 0 0

1,750 sq.ft. store front on US1, Coral Gables

260 Palermo Ave. 305-445-2070

Please come out and participate in our next meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 • 7:10P.M – 9:00 P.M. 6796 SW 62nd Avenue. South Miami

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Candidate for Governor

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Program: “What Distinguish Candidate Khavari from other Candidates”

1550 S. Dixie Hwy. Ste. #210, Coral Gables, FL 33146

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RESERVE OF PINECREST

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25 ACRES ON UDB

Acre oasis inside UDB. Ag zoned. Build guest house now or rezone later. Original Dade Pine for less than land value: $249,000

$75K/ac Frontage on SW 200 St. and SW 137 Ave. High and dry AG exempt. Build 10 homes now or rezone for future.

31345 SW 194 Ave. $599K Inside UDB 2.4 Ac and solid home. Fish or lily ponds. Rezome to build 6 homes.

CUTLER BAY AREA

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YOUR PROPERTY HERE!

No short sale no foreclosure. 4/2 POOL with big updates. 20201 SW 112 Ave. WOW! Impact glass, accordian shutters, hot tub, new floors, 9000+SF lot $154,900 See tour www.kaysells.net

1,000 sf: $89,000 5,000 sf: $299,000 1,400 sf NEW in secure complex - two available for rent or sale on SW 117 Av.

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