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Former Mayor Jack Block Amy on Sunset honored with street naming Happy Birthday, Val!



ormer City of South Miami Mayor Jack Block was honored recently at a special street naming ceremony on the street where he lives. A portion of Twin Lakes Drive is now also designated as Mayor Jack Block Drive. Long time civic activist Dick Ward was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and he recalled the many accomplishments of the man who once served as the top public official of the City of Pleasant Living, from 1968 to 1984. “Jack Block was mayor for 16 years,” said Dick Ward. “Anybody that was mayor of that city for 16 years deserves recognition. Besides being mayor, he was a commissioner before that and in between he was a judge for a municipal court for six Pictured (l-r) at the formal ceremony are Dick Ward, Miami-Dade Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, years. Then he was a county judge for eight Mr. Block’s daughter Wendy, wife Shirley and son Bart, former Mayor Jack Block and State years and served as a senior judge for five Representative Julio Robaina. years after that, so this man has really given a lot to the city and the Dade County community, too.”

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Va l F o x is The Parking Nazi for the building on Red Road and SW 74 Street. She helps the tenants of the center by insuring the orderly flow of customers in and out of the parking lot. Some of the tenants include Pastis, Isabels, Mojitos, Miss Pepper, SomiSoU. Apparently she does a nice job because when I saw her she was loaded down with gifts and flowers. And to show appreciation for all Val does, Virginia Guanchez of Mojitos surprised Val with a birthday cake.

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t’s almost time again for the annual City of South Miami Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the Parks and Recreation department. The Hunt will take place at the Gibson Bethel Community Center, located at 5800 SW 66 Street, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to “hop on over” and join in for an afternoon of food, games, prizes and the main event, the Easter Egg Hunt itself. Those who attend are asked to please bring their own Easter egg baskets as those will not be provided. For more information 305-668-7232.

Val Fox was surprised with a birthday cake.

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DEDICATION, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Ward also related other memories of the man who South Miami residents kept returning to office. “When Jack ran for mayor, every time he ran he would start walking door to door about the 18th of December in a Santa Claus outfit,” Ward said. “And then when we had the Santa parade he always served as Santa.” The guest of honor, Jack Block, attended the ceremony that had been set in the cul-desac in front of his house, along with Former Mayor Jack Block addresses the crowd. local family members, –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– friends and neighbors. Also attending were Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, State Representative Julio Robaina and South Miami City Commissioner Walter Harris. About 40 people in all were present.


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AMY ON SUNSET, M O O N L I G H T C O N C E RT at MOONLIGHT CONCERT historic Doc Thomas House Sat., Mar. 27, 7 p.m., 5530 Sunset Drive. The winter Conservation Concerts continue March 27th at The Historic Doc Thomas House. The next concert will feature the R&B, blues and jazz group Nightscape. Your donation of $10 (children are free) will benefit the fund to repair the chickee hut on the property, which was formerly used for educational programming. This community space will once again be used to educate future generations on native plants, wildlife and

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A great fundraiser and a stunning musical production Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB More than 170 guests enjoyed a Gold Rush themed Casino Night held March 6th to benefit the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic, a free clinic for disadvantaged children owned and operated by the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club. The Club’s historic clubhouse was transformed into an old fashioned saloon with gaming tables. A western style menu, silent and live auction, and a great DJ with music for dancing, insured an evening to suit all tastes and provided terrific fun and laughter for all. Co-chairing the event were C h a r o Bol anos a nd M ireya Kilmon with club president, P a m S c ha e fe r, heading up the fundraising/auction committee, ably assisted by Susie T ilson and Sa ndy S chae fer. L i n d a H a r well’s decorations committee transformed the clubhouse ballrooms into a western style saloon, giving it the perfect ambience for a fun filled evening. Among the many helping orchestrate the event were Vi c k i M c G ro a r t y, A n a L a m , B a r b a r a L a p s l e y, C a r m e n S u a rez, and Myra Dominguez, to mention a few. For more information on helping support the Club’s free dental clinic that provides more than $160,000 free dental care annually to disadvantaged children, go online to By the way, the clubhouse also offers a terrific location for weddings and specials events with proceeds also helping maintain this historic building, located at 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. In addition, rentals

also provide an additional funding source for the children’s dental clinic. Mis s Saig on , the n ew m usical at A c t o r s ’ P l a y h o u s e a t t h e M i r a c l e T h e a t re that will run through April 4, delivered big time with a show that wowed the audience from start to finish. The amazing cast of talented actors included singer, dancer, actor H e rm a n S e be k in the role of the engineer whose performance was flawless. Other lead actors whose voices often moved the audience from laughter to tears included E j Z i m m e r m a n , as Kim; C h r i s t o p h e r d e P rophetis, as Chris; D a r r yl Reuben Hall, as John; Amy Miller Brennan, as Ellen; and Chris -Ia n S anche z, as Thuy. Choreography and scenery were expertly done but, outshining all was the technical feat of bringing a helicopter on stage which, of course, was a show stopper. The opening night performance played to a packed house on March 5th and received a well deserved standing ovation. Among the many VIPs seen that evening were M a y o r Do n and J e anne tt S le s nic k; Commissioner C hi p a n d Ci n dy W i t h e r s ; School board member, M a rt a P e rez, and C h r i s Wolfe ; and L o u r d e s P e rez , of Continental Airlines, to mention a few. Hats off once again to the Actors’ Playhouse Artistic, D a vi d A ri s c o, and Executive Director, Ba rb a r a S t e i n , for providing our community with such a rich cultural resource. For tickets to Miss Saigon, go online to or call the box office at 305-4449293. Finally, Rotarians and friends are invited to attend Rotary Night when the F l o r i d a P a n t h e r s take on the New Yo r k R a n g e r s at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale for an exciting hockey game on S a t u r d a y, April 3, 2010. While the game starts at 7:00 p.m., the fun begins at 5:00 p . m. A $50 ticket includes C oa c h Cl u b

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access with all inclusive buff e t a n d b a r, Hockey 101, A rena To u r AND p a r k i n g ! For more information, contact Rotarian Christine Lindfield at or 954-782-0357. Until next week, keep making each day count. Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

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Mock Trial team wins District Final Competition

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Winning team from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY OLGA M. MARTINEZ

The Mock Trial Team of Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, under the direction of Mrs. Gloria Vital-Valdes, won the District Final Competition, March 5, and will represent District 11 at the State Competition, March 25-27. The team consists of the following students: Cristina Carrera, Brigitte Quintana, Sofia de la O, Karina Harduvel, Samantha Jose, Kylie McCormick, Natalie Millan, Krystine Olmedo, Natalie Oyarzun, Alexa Poo, Nicole Rasco, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Sanchez, Kelly Vidal, and Laura Vila. The team competed against Coral Reef Senior High, Miami Killian Senior High, and Felix Varela Senior High, in the District Final Competition, which was sponsored by the Division of Social Sciences and Life Skills, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Dade County Bar Association.

As part of the competition, which was based on the case of “State of Florida v. Chris Byrd,” each team fielded a team of three attorneys, with one alternate, as well as three witnesses with alternates. Scoring was conducted by panels consisting of judges and/or attorneys. Participation in the Mock Trial Competition is part of the Law Studies curriculum at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, which is one of the electives offered through the Social Studies Department. Founded in 1963, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy is an all-girl, archdiocesan high school, in South Miami-Dade, that seeks ”to educate young women to face the future strengthened by their faith, prepared and confident in their abilities to achieve their goals and committed to their Catholic and American heritages.” The school proudly boasts a history of strong academics, competitive athletics, spiritual service and extracurricular achievement.

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Everglades’ water is essential to South Florida’s existence R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY There is little scientific truth to the old saying “Man can live on bread and water alone.” But, try living without water. It cleanses our body; it cleans are clothes; it irrigates our farms. It is basic to our very existence. The source of Southeast Florida’s water is the Everglades. For years, the “River of Grass” has been under attack — first from the government which erroneously dug canals to drain it, to overzealous real estate developers building single-family home subdivisions, to farmers dumping fertilizers into the watershed, and to the community’s general neglect. Florida Gov. Charlie Christ, recognizing the need to purify the waters entering the Everglades, originally proposed and negotiated Florida’s largest land purchase for the acquisition of 181,000 acres of U.S. Sugar Corp’s farmland. The intent is to end sugarcane farming on the land, which

would result in greatly reducing the dumping of phosphorous fertilizers into the Everglades. The idea was conceived during the boom when money was available for any worthy, and sometimes unworthy, projects. The original cost of $1.34 billion has now been reduced to $536 million for the purchase of 72,000 acres of farm and grove land. Let’s step back for a moment and understand the logic behind the purchase. Water flows from the north, down through Lake Okeechobee, through the sugarcane farms into the Everglades. The fertilizers used by the farmers to grow the cane wash down with the flow of water where it contaminates the Everglades. Since the plans original conception, the scarcity of dollars in Tallahassee twice has caused a reduction in its original size and in cost. However, regardless of its downsizing, the concept is correct and the need for its implementation is ongoing. Objectors to the deal, from the very beginning, claim that it is a sweetheart deal for Gov. Crist and U.S. Sugar Corp. Sweetheart deal or not, the purchase is vital to the continued growth of our community and our ever-increasing demand for water. Florida Crystals Corp. and the

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not in the purchase. The tribe’s contention that the state doesn’t have the authority to proceed with the sale of bonds to finance the acquisition has been struck down by the courts. Now the only question remaining is will the spending of $536 million to buy the land possibly slow or eliminate other restoration projects. Inasmuch as we don’t have evidence that buying the U.S. Sugar land acquisition will end other projects, the state must continue with the purchase. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Mitchel Kaplan of Books & Books speaks to RSMA at Smoke’t BBQ Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books and Books, addressed a standing-room-only crowd of The Red Sunset Merchants Association at Smoke’t BBQ last week. Over the last 28 years Kaplan has survived the reinvention of bookselling from big box retailers like Borders to online giants like Amazon and now electronic books on devices like the Kindle. So why isn’t Mitch depressed? He admits “Often I feel like I’m in the buggy business back in 1912, but I couldn’t be more optimistic. There are opportunities in treacherous waters” The conversation provided food for thought to local merchants. For more information on the Red Sunset Merchants Association, visit <>. Tom Byrne, ELOM and Mitch Kaplan, Books & Books

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Why hire an arborist to care for your trees? Planting: Arborists plant trees, and most can recommend types of trees that are appropriate for a specific location. The wrong tree in the wrong location could lead to future problems as a result of limited growing space, insects, diseases, or poor growth. Plant Health Car e: An Arborist keeps trees in good health by helping the tree to better defend itself against insects, disease, and site problems.

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St. Thomas Lutheran Church to conduct traditional Seder BY GWYN J. ALLISON

St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Palmetto Bay will host its 15th annual Seder dinner to recognize the significance of the Jewish Passover tradition in Christianity. The meal will take place on Thursday, Apr. 1, 7 p.m., in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 17700 Old Cutler Rd. A $6 donation is requested. The Seder is a ritual meal served on the first night of Passover, that commemorates the flight of the Jews from Egypt. The meal

includes unleavened bread, bitter herbs, beef brisket, and wine, which symbolize the challenges the Jews faced when leaving Egypt. St. Thomas Lutheran Church hosts the ceremony and the meal in an effort to understand the movement of the Passover to the Christian celebration of The Last Supper, The Holy Communion. The Seder demonstrates what Jesus and his disciples did that night as 13 Jewish men. For more information on St. Thomas Lutheran Church’s Seder dinner, call the church office at 305-232-1227.

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Church sewing club works to clothe children of Haiti BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Members of the Charity Circle of the United Methodist Women have found a way to take an enjoyable hobby, their talents and effort, and put them to good use to help the children of Haiti in the aftermath of the January earthquake. Working in the Social Hall of the Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104 St., for many hours every Thursday, the women bring their sewing machines and fabric and skillfully craft bright, colorful clothing for little girls and boys who have little or none of their own to wear in the shattered cities of Haiti. So far they have made at least 200 dresses and 500 baby blankets, as well as shorts for boys. There are now 15 women working on the project, but it started with a group of five who knew each other through the Viking Sewing Machine Gallery inside JoAnn Fabrics at the Greenery Mall in Kendall. Palmetto Bay resident Hellen Ventimiglia, who manages the Gallery and is an avid seamstress herself, got the ball rolling. “I was making dresses for my granddaughters, and I thought, I think I know some kids in Haiti that could use some like that,” Ventimiglia said. “It’s tough to see them on TV in their dirty clothes, or without clothes, just in rags. We figured this will, at least, cheer them up.” Since they are acquainted with medical personnel from Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami, they believe they have the perfect conduit for the donated dresses and things. “We’re sending them over there with some doctors and nurses who are going there because that way we’re sure the clothes will get put on the kids who need them,” Ventimiglia said. “Most of the baby blankets will go to the hospitals there where they have babies being born whose

Pictured (l-r) are Amalia “Molly” Gonzalez, Yvonne Emmanuelli, Carmen Merced, Hellen Ventimiglia and Bernadine Smith in the main chapel of the Kendall United Methodist Church with some of the girls dresses they’ve made.


parents have no clothes for them at all.” In addition to the things they’ve made, they also have obtained more than 1,000 pairs of underwear, using donations from others and the help of their church. For the women of the group, it’s not work, it’s a labor of love. “Over the years I’ve worked a lot with Haitian co-workers, and they are incredibly beautiful people,” Amalia “Molly” Gonzalez said. “Having been through Hurricane Andrew, when I saw what they

went through in Haiti, which was 10 times worse, it really broke my heart. “I admire their people and I wanted to help, what little we could. This is something we could do. I have a friend whose niece is an orthopedic surgeon who went down there to work, and the stories she brought back were heartbreaking.” Yvonne Emmanuelli echoed that sentiment and the desire to contribute her time and effort. “I’ve been sewing with Viking Gallery

for a number of years — I have their machines — and when Hellen told us that we were going to help Haiti doing these dresses, I immediately volunteered, as well as my friends,” Emmanuelli explained. “This has been the best therapy that we can do, working with our friends and knowing that we’re doing something good for people that really need it.” Bernadine Smith, another veteran seamstress, also was attracted to the project because of the tremendous need and her ability to contribute. “When you see what’s going on down in Haiti you feel very helpless and you want to do something, and this is something that we can do,” Smith said. “And it’s an ongoing thing we can keep doing. It’s something I can give back. I’ve been sewing for a long time, over 60 years. I learned from my grandmother.” While they’ve been gathering up enough garments to send down to the kids, the women made an impressive display of their efforts by hanging the dresses everywhere in the church’s main chapel, and draping the baby blankets over the front panels before the pews. The effect was so striking that it prompted a rash of other donations from non-sewing members of the church. One woman in the group has inspired her friends by doing what she can to help, putting edgings on blankets or sewing ribbons on a dress, even though she is afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Despite being unable to talk and remember certain things, she shows up every Thursday with a smile on her face, ready to help. And if they tune in one day soon and see some Haitian kids on TV who are wearing clothes they recognize as being ones they made? “It will make us feel it was all worthwhile,” Ventimiglia said.

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EDC joins SCORE to offer an introductory seminar BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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Many homeowners are in distress with their mortgages. Dealing with a foreclosure and/or negotiating a loan modification is a common situation throughout South Florida. A short sale may be a viable option for those who have had enough and want to simply move on.

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to quickly find a buyer. Most attorneys work with a Realtor who is well-versed in the short sale process. Contact your attorney and get a referral for a Realtor. It will make a huge difference. 4. Do I need an attorney? An attorney will negotiate the short sale transaction. A short sale is processed much like a loan modification. The attorney will prepare all documentation and negotiate a deal with the lender/bank. In addition, you need to make certain the lender/bank waives its right to a deficiency judgment against you. A deficiency judgment is when the lender/bank pursues its right to come after you for the difference of what they agreed to allow the home to be sold for and what you owed to them. 5. What will I have to pay? The Realtor’s commissions are paid at closing by the lender/bank. An attorney may have an initial processing fee and may negotiate their fees with the lender/bank. In every short sale, time is a major factor; therefore it is best that the process be handled by an experienced professional. If a short sale is not processed correctly it could take longer to get an approval and eventually you may lose the potential buyer. There is a timeline for every alternative and every homeowner should be clear as to what step to take first. Whether it is a loan modification, foreclosure defense, short sale, deed in lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy, each alternative is going to be specific to your individual case. Don’t be a homeowner who abandons their home prematurely! There are many viable alternatives. My initial consultation is free and many attorneys do the same. Write down all the questions you may have, get clear answers and start sleeping at night.

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they will be a part of this year’s fair.” The 2010 Miami-Dade County Fair will be celebrating its 59th year beginning Mar. 25 and continuing through Apr 11. Ranked the largest fair in Florida, The Fair is an 18-day event that includes rides, games, food and live entertainment. Close to 50,000 student and adult exhibits are showcased during The Fair. General admission to The Fair is $9 for adults and children, free for children ages 5 and younger. The Fair is located at Coral Way (SW 24th Street) and 112th Avenue. Open noon to midnight during Spring Break, Mar. 29-Apr. 2, and on all Saturdays and Sundays throughout The Fair. It is open 3 p.m. until midnight on all other weekdays. For more information, call 305-223-7060 or visit online at <>.

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Transit officials hit streets to promote commuter savings For the next six to eight weeks, officials with Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) and South Florida Commuter Services will be visiting local businesses to provide information on transit programs and services that could reduce employees’ commuting costs by more than $100 a month. The transit teams will visit businesses in the downtown Miami, Brickell and Civic Center areas, where they will present information on MDT’s Corporate Discount Program and on the new I-95 DadeBroward Express commuter bus route. Information also will be provided on the Emergency Ride Home Program, which provides commuters in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties that carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike or walk three or more days a week, with six free taxi cab vouchers a year to use in the event of an unexpected emergency or unscheduled overtime. For more information on this outreach effort, call 786-469-5420. INFORMED FAMILIES’ WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE ‘NEW MARIJUANA’ Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership is presenting a free monthly “Lunch & Learn” workshop, titled “New

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COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Street and 132nd Avenue. Among the activities to take place: the non-profit organization Farm Share will be distributing food packages to the disadvantaged, and several county departments will be represented, including the Miami-Dade Police Department Hammocks Station, Park and Recreation, Solid Waste, Elections, 311, Community Action Agency and Water and Sewer. Residents can bring their old showerheads and replace them for newer costeffective and high efficiency ones for free, and there will be a Census 2010 outreach, which explains how the Census will benefit Miami-Dade County. For more information, contact the office of Commissioner Joe A. Martinez at 305552-1155. MEN’S NIGHT OUT SCHEDULED AT MACY’S IN DADELAND MALL Miami’s stylish gentlemen are invited to “step OUT” in style with OUT magazine

and Macy’s at the Macy’s in Dadeland Mall, 7303 SW 88th St. (Kendall Drive) on Wednesday, Mar. 31, at 6 p.m. Glamorous diva and celebrity columnist Elaine Lancaster will emcee a live fashion show of the season’s hottest looks and trends, while guest stylist Chad Cox and Macy’s by appointment/personal shoppers will help shoppers identify their individual styles and select the perfect spring fashions. Contact Elizabeth Margo at 305-5776791 or send email to <> for more information. MIAMI’S FIRST WOMAN ARCHITECT FEATURED AT U.M. PRESENTATION The UM School of Architecture will present a lecture and exhibit of images from the book Marion Manley: Miami’s

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while their parents are in court proceedings. As an intervention and prevention collaboration, these services keep children from becoming distractions and disrupting court proceedings as well as protecting them from exposure to stressful testimony, emotional outbursts and potential violence. Sponsorships are available. A judiciary complimentary $60 to the YWCA will be collected at the door. SOUTH FLORIDA VETERINARY FOUNDATION TO CONDUCT ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON The South Florida Veterinary Foundation (SFVF) will conduct its annual recognition luncheon “People, Pets and Vets Awards” on Sunday, May 2, at Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club, 6842 Main St. in Miami Lakes. The SFVF currently is seeking nominations for nine award categories that recognize outstanding humans and animals in the South Florida community. A description of each award category and nomination forms can be obtained on the SFVF’s website at <> or by contacting Denisa Hoult, executive director of the SFVF, at 305-397-8160 or by email to <>. The suggested donation to attend the

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A financial screening must take place before the clinical screening on May 22. To schedule an appointment for this screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786596-3673. MDC OFFERING STUDY ABROAD IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM Miami-Dade College’s latest Study Abroad opportunity will take place in Italy this summer from June 21 to July 19 as the college’s International Hospitality Center will offer courses in Introduction to Hospitality and Hospitality Sales for a total of six credits. The special program, open to all MDC students, will whisk students away to Italy, considered by many to be the cradle of tourism and hospitality. The cost of the Italy program is $3,400 and includes all airfare, accommodations, transfers and meals. For more information, contact Professor Maritza Marrero at 305237-3044 or by email at <>. Scholarship opportunities are available. For more information regarding Miami Dade College’s International Hospitality Center, visit online at <>.


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Mercedes-Benz series of races to benefit American Red Cross BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

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Easter Egg Hunt Celebration at Miami Seaquarium on Apr. 2-4 BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

Miami Seaquarium will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt Celebration on Easter Weekend, Friday, Apr. 2, through Sunday, Apr 4. The annual event is South Florida’s favorite Easter Egg Hunt Celebration and features continuous Easter Egg Hunts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as well as a smaller “Lil’ Hoppers Zone” for toddlers. Egg hunters will have the chance to win a variety of candies, goodies and special prizes. During the weekend, in addition to the park’s regularly scheduled shows and exhibits, families can enjoy “BunnyPalooza,” five acres of adrenaline-pumping fun with bounce houses, Giant Fun Slide, rock climbing wall, Euro Bungee and other exciting activities for all ages. The festivities would not be complete without a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Join Miami Seaquarium costumed characters Flipper the dolphin, Lolita the killer whale, Roc the crocodile and Romeo the manatee as well as Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue and special guests in welcoming the Easter Bunny with a daily parade at 11 a.m. The Easter Bunny will arrive with a golden egg which will be hidden in one goodie bag that will be given out during the Easter Egg Hunt Celebration. The Golden Egg will give one lucky child and up to three other family members or friends lifetime admission to Miami Seaquarium. Admission discount coupons to Miami Seaquarium for the Easter Egg Hunt Celebration are available at participating South Florida Publix Supermarkets during the month of March. A portion of the pro-

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Miami Dade College to present a unique musical performance BY SUE ARROWSMITH

The Arts and Philosophy Department at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus will present an oddball ensemble — tenor saxophone, marimba (and wood block), electric guitar, and piano — on Sunday, Mar. 28. The concert, titled “Obsession!,” will include a performance of Louis Andriessen’s mind-bending piece Hout (Wood), among other compositions, starting at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Miami, 400 Biscayne Blvd. Written in 1991, this entertaining work is a fast canon with entrances at the 16th note, each musician chasing the leader in riffs that sound like Bach gone mad. Dutch composer Andriessen is the Netherland’s most important living composer. His music often is didactic, and a common theme is perseverance. Hout is one of the most challenging works for the guitar, marimba, and saxophone. “Obsession!” moves from meditative to caffeinated, and features fresh sounds in

modern modes. Other pieces include Steve Reich’s Clapping Music; music of birds: Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir, and Somei Satoh’s Birds in Warped Time II, and Arvo Pärt’s hypnotic Spiegel im Spiegel. The concert will begin with Pastorale, music composed by Louis Andriessen’s father, Hendrik Andriessen. All of this music was written between 1941 and 1991. Featured musicians include flutist Ebonee Thomas, violinist Megan McClendan, saxophonist Matt Vashlishan, guitarist Aaron Lebos, percussionist Sergio Carreno, and pianist Alan Ngim. These versatile musicians also can be heard performing with the New World Symphony, Miami Children’s Chorus and The Delray Quartet, as well as at Churchill’s Pub, the Arsht Center and internationally. Members of the ensemble also teach at MDC, New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami. This performance is free to the public. For information, contact Dr. Alan Ngim, associate professor, at 305-237-3068, or by email at <>.

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FIU to hold arts, culture lovers auction fundraiser BY JESSICA RODRIGUEZ

Florida International University’s College of Architecture + The Arts presents the first annual Arts, Design and Culture Awards and Benefit on Mar. 25, 6 p.m., in the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. An auction will take place that includes incredible travel packages planned especially for art and culture enthusiasts to popular locations around the world. Guest will enjoy cocktails, a sit-down dinner, a performance by the FIU Amernet String Quartet, and a live auction that benefits student scholarships and academic programs at FIU. Following the auction, an award ceremony will be held to honor long-time FIU supporter Ambassador Paul L. Cejas for his generous commitment and contributions to the College of Architecture + The Arts. Amb. Cejas served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1998 to 2001. Upon his return to the U.S., he resumed responsibilities as chair and CEO of PLC Investments Inc., a wholly owned company that manages family investments in real estate, equities and venture capital projects. He has been a business and civic leader in the South Florida community for more than 30 years. Cejas has maintained an extensive involvement in the area of community and public service. The FIU School of Architecture Building is named in his honor. The auction will include travel packages like an “Art Lovers Tour to Europe” with round-trip airfare for two, hotel-stays, deluxe high-speed train-ride, an intimate tour of the Louvre, a cruise down the Seine River, and an architectural boat tour through Amsterdam’s canals. The “Adventure in Argentina” package includes round-trip airfare for two, hotelstay in Iguazu Falls, a visit to the famous Now Serving

Evita Balcony, and a stage performance in the newly renovated Teatro Colon Opera House. Also being auctioned off is a “Dancing with the Stars” package that includes round-trip airfare for two to New York City, a hotel-stay at the Millennium Broadway, a limousine ride, private dance lessons with hit-series Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, a Broadway show, Water Club access, Tribeca Grill dinner for two, and a special architectural tour around Manhattan. The College of Architecture + The Arts also will be auctioning off other items such as a private performance of the Amernet String Quartet, music lessons by renowned music professors, art work and autographed books by distinguished art professors, and much more. “I am very excited to host the first annual College of Architecture + The Arts’ fundraising event that will support not just one, but all seven departments of art, design, and performance at FIU,” said Brian Schriner, interim dean of FIU College of Architecture + The Arts. “Although our college is young, we are quickly gaining a reputation for artistic and academic excellence at FIU and in South Florida. I am confident that this evening will boost our already excellent programs by providing more scholarships for our students and enticing the community to join the FIU family.” Tables and seats to the Art, Design and Culture Awards Benefit can be purchased by four different sponsorship opportunities. Visit <> for more details on sponsorship packages. For additional information and to purchase tickets call 305-348-0496 or send email to <>.

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2010 Audi TT is a sports car with an attitude Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Audi TT made its debut as a concept car in 1995 and consumer reaction was so strong that Audi brought to market as a hatchback coupe for the 2000 model year. It has been a barnstorming success from the start. For 2010, you can get the TT in both Coupe and Roadster models. Named after the Tourist Trophy auto race on the Isle of Man, the Audi TT is not quite a sports car and not quite a sport coupe or roadster; it’s more of a two-seat GT. The Coupe does have two rear seats, but they’re not much good for carrying people unless they’re small children. The TT was redesigned for the 2008 model year and represents the second generation of the sporty little vehicle. Although slightly larger, this second generation doesn’t stray far from the classic lines of its predecessor. The general look is the same, although character lines are crisper and the

nose has Audi’s now signature single-frame grille. Although longer and wider than the first TT, this latest version is lighter by almost 200 pounds in the case of the roadster, thanks to increased use of aluminum in the body structure. It also has a more powerful four-cylinder engine. Two trim levels — a 2.0T (200 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with frontwheel drive) and a 3.2 Quattro (250 hp V-6 with all-wheel drive) — are offered in a choice of hatchback coupe and roadster body styles. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed S-tronic twin-clutch sequential transmission that offers the ease of an automatic combined with the quick response of a manual. On the road, the 2.0T is more agile through the curves because it has less weight on the front tires, while the 3.2 Quattro has more power on straightaway and a more aggressive engine and exhaust sound. The TT has the low-slung look and feel of a sports car, but the personality is closer to a luxury sport coupe. From the side, there’s a look of poise and speed, with large fender arches housing stylish wheel options. The Coupe has a long, arching

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roofline, while short overhangs in the front and rear give it well-balanced look. The TT Roadster includes integrated roll bars with aluminum inlays, which provide form and function. Integrated taillights follow the form of the TT along a subtle bodyline and incorporate a third LED taillight. On the inside, there’s a comfortable, driver-oriented cockpit with large, easy-toread gauges, and a magnesium tri-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, wrapped in

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One call does it all!


Certified Arborist on Staff • General Contractor on Staff • Licensed & Insured

DRIVEWAY DESTROYED BY TREE ROOTS? “Call Us”We’d like to get to “MOW” you!


Call Steve Lapp for a FREE estimate



305-245-6260 305-762-2675


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• Selective Pruning •

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Members of the International Society of Arboriculture

“Free Estimates and Consultation”

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Residential & Commercial

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Prompt & Courteous Since 1982

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HURRICANE SHUTTERS We Manufacture and Install High Performance Accordion Shutters and Hurricane Panels



Call 305-803-7602 for a free estimate

Licensed and Insured - Florida State License SCC 131150340 Miami Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties Approved






CUSTOM CABINETS serving Pinecrest and South Miami since 1969!

Custom Designs & Installation

We specialize in: 0430DM





New Kitchen & Bath without all the mess! Installed in just a few days.

Armando Garcia Custom Cabinets Inc. 4239 NW 37 Court • Miami, FL 33142 Shop 305.638.0901 • Fax 305.634.8446 Email:



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Call me for further information 786.273.6680 Licensed & Insured Warrantee


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We specialize in elegant finishes


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If you want to drink, That’s your business.




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By Doctor from Shanghai, China. Practicing Chinese Acupuncture for Over 15 Years SC0519

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I travel to you or you may come to my location in Pinecrest Group p discountss and d packagess available g sunkissed results Fabuoluss lasting


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TEL: 305.278.0818 10021 SW 40 STREET (BIRD RD) • MIAMI, FLA TEL: 305.225.3297 15801 S. DIXIE HWY. • PALMETTO BAY, FLA

FREE "Soft Close" undermount drawers with your kitchen purchase! All cabinets are made in our factory in the USA. These are not foreign imports. Granite and Quartz counter tops manufactured in House! We only use environmentally friendly, water-based finishes by Sherwin-Williams. 50 standard colors to choose from, not to mention custom colors and glazes that we make upon request. Hundreds of door styles to choose from. Hundreds of decorative options available like island legs, corbels, onlays and appliques. Financing Available.

Come visit our showroom!! 2323 NW 72nd Avenue - Miami, FL 33122 305-716-0077 •

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