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Local salons and groomers pitch in to contain oil spill in the Gulf

Who’s packing at City Hall?

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s millions of gallons of oil float toward the Gulf Coast, hair salons and dog groomers from our community have been busy packaging and shipping their own renewable resource to help contain it… hair. Hair, as it turns out, is an efficient and abundant material for collecting and containing petroleum spills. Jarbas Godoy, owner of The Dog from Ipanema in South Miami, started sending clean hair clippings one week after the oil spill in order support the efforts of Matter of Trust, a San Francisco environmental charity that first started collecting hair 10 years ago to help clean up a series of small spills. “I found out about this effort from other

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Jarbas Godoy, owner, snapped this photo of his crew from The Dog from Ipanema in South Miami, who are all proud to be doing their part in containing the Gulf oil spill.

High School Musical 2 rocks their summer BY NANCY EAGLETON Broadway Bound campers brought High School Musical 2 to life. Pictured (l-r) are Chloe Settler, Ensemble; Juan Aguas as Troy; Lexy Jacobs as Gabriella; Sandra Real as Sharpay; Jonathan Fleites as Ryan.

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outh Miami resident, Chloe Settler, and her cast mates at Broadway Bound, Miami Children’s Theatre’s summer camp program, brought Disney’s smash hit High School Musical 2 to life on stage at the Alper JCC, Russell Theater July 9 – 11. The musical featured 35 young and talented performers, ages 12-18, and was directed by Christine Vega. The group brought Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and the rest of the Widcats to life as they finished their junior year of high school and blast onto the summer scene. For the participants in the summer program, the production of High School Musical 2 was the culmination of four weeks of

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Don’t flip out or s t a r t c h a n t i n g , “It’s my constitutional right to bear arms!” This is about the right for each of us to know who at city hall, if anyone, is carrying a gun. (Besides, law enforcement, of course.) I started thinking about this after being told that at least one elected official has recently obtained a gun permit and is toting the weapon around “like a lollipop.” Quite frankly, I started wondering how many elected officials just might have permits. There are different types of weapon permits, including those that allow you to carry a weapon around with you while you’re shopping or dining or jogging or while you’re at city hall. Oops, Did I say that? Now, I’m not implying that there just might be some gun totin’ folks there, because that’s just a no-no. Maybe it’s a good idea, though, if the staff, elected officials and visitors were reminded about the laws surrounding carrying guns into city hall. Just for grins, I’d just love to hear each of the elected officials and others up on the dais tell us if any of them are gun totin’ Americans.

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Pull up a chair and stay awhile… I hear that acting city manager, Randy Witt, has managed to rise the ‘ire of a couple of commissioners and he may soon go the way of the last couple of managers. And just for fun, let’s review how many managers ‘have gone that way’ since 2004 or so: Charles Scurr, Marie Davis, Yvonne McKinley, Ajibola Balogun, Roger Carlton, and now…Randy Witt? P.S. The last city manager, Roger Carlton, lasted around seven months or so, so I just wonder how long this manager, Randy Witt, will be there. One of the things that is getting abundantly clear is that the all too often departures, firings and terminations of the city managers in South Miami has less to do with the quality of the managers, and more to do with their bosses. So, folks, should we start singing so long, good bye, Hasta La Vista, Khodaa haafez, Bis dann, Ciao, Yasou and ‘see you later alligator’ to acting city manager, Randy Witt? Or, will “The General,” as he is so often called, be able to wade

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through the constant milieu of minutia, back stabbing and other political nonsense and keep his job for a while? I often wonder if one of the reasons that this city goes through city managers, like BP goes through oil from the Gulf, is that the powers to be don’t want a manager to know too much or have too much power... Hmmmm. I can’t help but wonder if this commission is going to point out how many managers it goes through and then use that as a platform to change the form of government from a city manager type to a strong mayor type. Golly, I can’t believe I said that! And as of late this commission wants to have control over department heads. Who would have ever guessed that the power grab is now on… So, can ya’ see it now? A gun toting, egoless, shoot out on Sunset Drive and a “strong” mayor making well over $100,000 a year running our little tiny town. Now, if I was a betting man, I would bet on the w Wacko Jackos

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reducing the power of the city manager’s position and increasing the power of the commission. .And maybe they’ll even vote in a pay raise for themselves, you know for all the hard work they will be doing keeping the city in tip top shape. Back to the business at hand… I count around SIX managers since around 2004 or so, and four of them, so far, went on to be successful city managers in other communities: Scurr in Palmetto Bay, Davis in a city in Palm Beach County, McKinley in Doral, Balogun in a town in Broward County. Roger Carlton has only been gone two months and what is he doing? Well, he is on the cusp of suing the city and as most know Balogun has already sued the city and with a $300,000 plus settlement figure floaing around it is bound to be the just another way, that this commission and past ones as well have shown their disregard for taxpayers money. Oh, and let’s see, the city paid one city manager, Yvonne McKinley well over $100,000 to leave some 90 days or so, before the end of her agreement. Ya’ know, if the city had waited, it wouldn’t have had to pay out the bucks. But what the heck, it ain’t their money.

And speaking of big bucks… This commission has been going after Mark Richman. You know Mark. He’s the guy who transformed South Miami by building the City Parking Garage along with some great restaurants that created a great nightlife right here in the City of Pleasant Living. So, how are they going after him? I’ve been told that the powers that be are trying to undo his long term contract with the city by claiming the bonds and subsequent financing were improper and should not have been done. Therefore, their deal with Mark would be invalid and the city just might get the parking Garage. That’s the essence of this,” take no prisoners” attitude in South Miami… “Even if the city screwed up, we don’t care, we’re going to take you down.” The city also went after South Miami Hospital years after it issued permits to build an “engineer room” in the hospital’s parking garage. It turns out that the city screwed up and should have not let them make it the size that they asked for.But the Hospital did everything right, ya know permits, plans, inspections and ––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Zoo Miami and Gables Rotarians had much to celebrate on July 4th

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB On the morning of July 2, Zoo Miami, formerly MetroZoo, officially unveiled its new logos for the Zoo and the Zoological Society while showcasing an awesome, colorful and very creative front entrance and digital display banner. If you pass by Zoo Miami now, you will not miss the entrance. It is that bold, bright and beautiful! On hand to participate in the ceremony were many dignitaries including Miami Dade County Mayor, Carlos Alvarez, who

Allison Bean seen here preparing for ride in 1942 Military Jeep with Fred Baddour in the drivers seat.

presented and read a proclamation highlighting the many successes and accomplishments of the Zoo over the past three decades. Several notables addressed the crowd, culminating with Ron Magill inviting Mayor Alvarez to activate the digital display on the new entrance. Hard as it is to believe, according to Magill, the Zoo opened all those years ago at Crandon Park with just six animals. Magill applauded those who have been with the Zoo since its inception and credited the Zoo’s success to its incredibly dedicated staff. That staff was looking forward to a busy weekend as Zoo Miami celebrated its 30th birthday with a $5 entry fee made possible by a generous donation from Walgreens. Speaking of July 4th weekend, Independence Day, while wet also provided patches of good weather with people out boating, enjoying the beaches and parks, and celebrating the holiday with cook outs, special events and, of course, fireworks. A group of Gables Rotarians held a picnic at Matheson Hammock, beginning the term of newly installed president, Sally Baumgartner Gooo dman, with the fun she promised as one of her goals for the year. Helping orchestrate the day were Past President, Yolanda Woodbridge and F red Baddour. Enjoying a meal of ribs, chicken and sides and playing games were the order of the day. The highlight for most, however, was Baddour’s restored World War II Jeep which he used to provide fun rides for the children and adults. Built in 1942, the jeep was used in Southern Italy and North Africa during the war and received lots of “oohs and aahs” from the history buffs in the crowd, including Past President, Frank Sexton, whose collection of historic items is renowned. It certainly brought home to the crowd the sacrifices our military makes for us every single day. Among those remembering our men and women who serve our country and cele-

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got the final Ok from the city. Years later, the city tried to do to the hospital what BP is going to do to some of those poor fisherman and tried to make the hospital pay big bucks for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own mistake. Two sources have told me that the city wanted in excess of $150,000 a year! What? Yup, and interesting enough, that figure is conveniently close to the $150,000+ that the hospital already gives to the city each year as a donation. Golly, some squeeze play by the city. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just betchaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; if the city attorney looks back into the history books, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find that the donation that the hospital has been the giving to the city has not been properly allocated for years and years. And might even be grounds for the hospital to renege on their donation. Two sources have told me that someone

recently went dumpster diving at city hall and retrieved what she thought were original public documents. Apparently not knowing that the papers were copies, she went to city officials with her BIG CATCH, claiming that â&#x20AC;&#x153;public documents were being thrown outâ&#x20AC;? and then was saddened to found out that they were just copies. So, Mr. City Manager and Police Chief, are there any rules, policies, ordinances or laws concerning dumpster diving and the removal of trash from City Hall? Thought of the week: Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; George Washington

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Proposed Amendment 1 challenged by Rick Scott candidacy? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Running for a statewide public office is a very expensive proposition. No candidate without the financial backing of either the Republican or Democratic Party can garner sufficient money to mount an effective campaign. Many individuals qualified for public office are deterred from running because they know they cannot raise the required dollars to win an election. Recognizing this fact, and wanting to attract a greater number of qualified candidates, the voters of the state amended our state constitution in 1998 to provide public funding for statewide candidates — governor, attorney general, chief financial officer and agricultural commissioner — subject to certain qualifying requirements. The money comes from the state’s general revenue fund, the money that is used to finance state operations. To receive public funding, the candidate

must first have opposition and agree to spend no more than $2 per registered voter if running for governor or $1 per registered voter if running for a cabinet position. The 2010 November election could cost taxpayers $27 million of their money to fund public campaigns. While Florida is considering eliminating public financing other states are moving in the other direction. Californians, with their gigantic budget deficit, are considering expanding their public financing program. Wisconsin is expanding public financing to include state supreme court candidates. Today the question is: Should Florida taxpayers finance the political campaigns for those seeking public office when we are firing teachers and cutting back or eliminating financing of so many necessary government programs? Up to a few months ago I figured that when the public realizes taxpayer financing of political campaigns is costing $27 million for this year’s round of elections they will vote for Constitutional Amendment 1 and save the money for more needy programs. Let the candidates and their political party finance their campaigns. That was until two neophyte political wan-a-bees came on the scene.

–– VIEWPOINT –– One neophyte, Rick Scott, with billions in his pocket, has privately financed his todate successful campaign for governor with his own money. Without public financing there would be no primary. Scott, new Republican on the scene, will coast through the primary and into the general election this November. Now the question is: Do we eliminate public financing and give statewide public office to the guy or gal with the most money or do we keep Constitutional Amendment 1 on the books and give every qualified serious candidate a chance? Is it fair, or is it appropriate, for political newcomers to be able to enter a race based more on their bank accounts than on their ability to successfully hold public office. Is the job for sale to the highest bidder? You must decide when you vote. Another solution? Cap the total, with or

without public funding the amount of money that a candidate can spend on an election. That would include third party financing as well. If a private group wants to take out an ad for or against a candidate, the cost must be included in the limit permitted to the candidate. Obviously, that proposal must come through a public petition drive. No member of the Florida Legislature — past, present or future —ever would endorse such an amendment to our constitution. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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training in theater, music and dance with professional acting teachers, voice coaches and choreographers. “I was part of the ensemble cast,” said Chloe. “We spent each day at camp singing and dancing and working with our acting teacher, Christine, and voice coach. It was a lot of fun and I made a lot of new friends.” Chloe says she will to continue to act, sing and dance and plans to audition for upcoming productions at Miami Children’s Theatre in the fall, including Rapunzel. The new four-week session of Broadway Bound camp began on July 12 and runs through August 6. This camp session will end with the group performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a delightful musical parable. The shows are open to the public and will be held on August 6 at 10 a.m., August 7 at 8 p.m. and August 8 at 2 p.m. at the Alper JCC, Russell Theater, located at 11155 SW 112 Avenue. The mission of Miami Children’s Theater, founded in 1996 by Angela Ardolino, is to share the excitement of the

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groomers on my Facebook page and knew I wanted to help out,” said Godoy. “We’ve been sending a full box of hair each week to a donated warehouse space in Marathon, Florida.” As the hair arrived into these warehouses from Miami and around the country, thousands of volunteers stuffed the hair into tubes called booms made from recycled and donated nylons. The booms, enough made to cover 15 miles of coastline, are not currently being used by BP in their containment effort. The booms are being stored, ready to be deployed to private waterfront property owners when the oil slick threatens. Godoy recently received word from the organization that that the donated warehouses, 19 of them in total along the Gulf Coast, were rapidly filling up. Volunteers are still working to make booms out of the surplus of hair, which is enough to make booms to cover another 25 more miles of coastline. Lupita’s Closet in The Falls has also been donating the clippings from their dog grooming service. To promote the

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arts with children in a fun and nurturing environment. For more information on Broadway Bound and other Miami Children’s Theatre programs, call 305-274-3595 or visit www.miamichildrenstheater.com.

effort, they even offered clients 10% off a simple doggy ‘shave- down service.’ “We wanted to get involved in this effort because it was a great way for us to make a difference in this clean-up,” said Stacey Ruidiaz, co-owner of Lupita’s Closet. John Valentine, manager of Joseph’s Salon in Palmetto Bay says that they have been sending hair to Matter of Trust in California for a long time, but were instructed to send their shipments to Marathon after the Gulf oil disaster. “We’ve always recycled our hair, whether it’s to Matter of Trust or Locks of Love,” Valentine said. “If we all do our part in recycling, we can really make a difference.” The Peter of London locations in Miami, Avant Garde in Coral Gables, Maribelle Day Spa on Bird Road and Hair Ego in Cutler Bay are just a few other salons in Miami that have been registered donors with Matter of Trust. Lisa Craig Gautier, co-founder Matter of Trust, said that the group had increased its network of donors from 35,000 to 90,000 in a matter of weeks following the oil spill. For more information on the Matter of Trust effort, visit www.matteroftrust.org.

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We have reached a turning point for Miami-Dade County BY GEORGE BURGESS County Manager

During boom and bust, I’m bullish on Miami, and nothing about the last few years has changed that. Anyone who disagrees is welcome to take a walk onto Biscayne Boulevard past the condos, bustling shops and sidewalk cafes that were not there six years ago. I’ll take you to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which helped reinvent Downtown Miami. I’ll show you projects from the Building Better Communities bond program, which is laying the foundation for the next generation of growth in Miami-Dade. And I’ll give you an amazing view of the whole thing from the upper deck of our new ballpark, which is on track to be a national model for public-private partnerships. We have taken a yesteryear airport and are transforming it into a gateway worthy of what Miami has become. We have taken a seaport that is globally competitive today and launched extraordinary projects to make it globally competitive tomorrow. We’re providing jobs in sectors that need them most at a time when they’re most needed. We have earned our place among the likes of Barcelona and Chicago and Sydney. Our challenge today is not to be better than this one or greater than that one. It is to be the architects of our own best future, the authors of our own greatest destiny. For better or worse, we will look back on this season in 10, 25 or 50 years, and realize what a crucial turning point it was.

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It’s a wondrous thing to witness when our young elementary school children can focus their energies to observe and appreciate nature. I recently watched my nephew, Dane Rossin, and his classmates’ express their excitement as they viewed their new butterfly and bird garden at the South Miami’s K8 Expressive Arts Magnet School. The garden is sponsored by the South Miami Garden Club, It Takes a Village, Tropical Audubon Society and the Rotary Club. The South Miami Garden Club donated flowering butterfly attracting plants, wood for the walkway and PVC pipes for the irrigation system. The retaining walls were constructed with recycled poles that were hauled, cut and placed by volunteers. The soil was hauled by Blackwell Trucking and brought in with wheel barrels by students and parents who volunteered their time and effort. Mike Rossin was instrumental in constructing the wood walkway, which leads you through this wondrous space. The recycling is so complete that the rain water runoff from roof is stored in two donated tanks and is used to water the garden.

The school principal, Annemarie Moreiras, along with Eloise Breault, Pat Kuentzel and “It Takes a Village” founder, Mary Ann Rossin, all commented that “the project was a joint effort and the kids love it.” The children have learned about nutrition, gardening, recycling, portion control and nature. Students who were interviewed stated the garden and project was “really COOL!” Ms. Egegy agreed with their assessment. This is the second in a series of gardening projects that these children have experienced. The first project was a vegetable and a pizza garden. The students grew all the herbs and vegetables for their pizzas, harvested them and prepared them for baking. Next, they enjoyed the fruits of their labor with… a pizza party! Needless to say, the pizzas were gobbled down in minutes. What a great way to teach our children about nutrition, biology and recycling and to give them ownership of their school. These are all great lessons that help mold wondrous and responsible citizens. The South Miami Expressive Magnet School is located at 6800 SW 60 Street in South Miami and the telephone number is 305-667-8847. (Photo by Mike Thompson)

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took place on Saturday, June 12, at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. Below are the names of area Salute to Education scholarship winners separated by school and the category in which the student won the scholarship: Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School — Grear Liggines, Athletics; Carrollton School — Chloe Burke, Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Coral Gables High School — Alexandra Martinez, Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Alice Shen, Leadership/Service; Maria Camila Hernandez, Sciences: Mathematics/ Computer Science; Coral Reef High School — Diana Alvarenga, Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Nicholas Maas, Arts: Performing Arts and Visual Arts; Caroline Henley, Athletics; Nicole Morales, Leadership/Service; Kevin Maestre, Sciences: Mathematics/Computer Science; Felix Varela High School — Ivonne Navarro, Leadership/Service; G. Holmes Braddock High School —

Maritza Torres Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Jennifer Mejias; Sciences: Natural Science; Gulliver Preparatory School — Alexa Suarez, Athletics; Emily Martinez-Lanza, Leadership/Service; Homestead High School — Marie Mathurin, Leadership/Service; John A. Ferguson High School — Michelle Avalos, Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Haydee Del Calvo, Arts: Performing Arts and Visual Arts; Adriana Del Rosario, Athletics; MAST Academy — Laura Londono, Arts: Foreign Language and Language Arts; Alyssa Nelson, Leadership/Service; Shanique Martin, Sciences: Natural Science; Miami Killian High School — Alycia LeNoble, Athletics; Miami Palmetto High School — Nikki Rigl, Arts: Performing Arts and Visual Arts; Alexandra Rigl, Leadership/Service; Francis Tam, Sciences: Mathematics / Computer Science; Mats Jaslow, Sciences: Natural Science; Miami Southridge High School —

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Sun Life Rising Star Awards to offer scholarships, grants BY JULIE E. JIMÉNEZ

The U.S. division of Sun Life Financial Inc. and the Miami Dolphins Foundation have announced they are accepting applications from South Florida nonprofit organizations that work with at-risk youth to win one of four $50,000 grants that will be distributed in the area, through the Sun Life Rising Star Awards. As part of the application process, each nonprofit will have the opportunity to nominate a student who participates in the organization for a chance to receive a $5,000 scholarship. Sun Life Financial and the Miami Dolphins initially announced the program would be brought to the region as part of the Sun Life Stadium naming rights and sponsorship announcement this past January. Both Sun Life Financial and the Dolphins reiterated their commitment to the program at Fins Weekend during the Kickoff Pairings Party and Team Awards Ceremony on June 3. The program was developed to recognize and provide resources to high school students who have overcome the odds and remained committed to furthering their education and the nonprofit organizations who work on their behalf. South Florida is one of six areas that the program will visit this year. The awards program will give away a total of $1 million in grants and scholarships in 2010. South Florida area applications will be accepted through July 23 and can be downloaded from <www.sunlifestadium.com>. Applications received from the South Florida area will be reviewed by an independent judging panel consisting of “rising

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MEET YOUR JUDICIAL CANDIDATES AT CHAMBER LUNCHEON, JULY 14 Chamber South invites citizens to meet the judicial candidates for the upcoming election at a network luncheon on Wednesday, July 14, 11:45 a.m., at Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 5829 SW 73 St. For more information, contact Chamber South at 305-661-1621.

MEET YOUR COUNTY COMMISSION CANDIDATES AT JULY 28 BREAKFAST Chamber South will host a breakfast on Wednesday, July 28, 7:15 a.m., at the Miami Marriott Dadeland, located at 9100 S. Dadeland Boulevard. Citizens will be able to meet the candidates running for County Commission for District 8 and District 10. For more information, contact Chamber South at 305-661-1621.

HISTORYMIAMI EXHIBITION FOCUSES ON ‘NATURAL DISASTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN? HistoryMiami has unveiled its latest exhibit, titled “Natural Disasters of the Caribbean, 1495-2010.” The museum, located at 101C W. Flagler St., is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The third Thursday of each month, it will remain open until 9 p.m. The exhibit will explore earthquakes,

‘PET FEST? SLATED JULY 18 AT CAULEY SQUARE VILLAGE Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village presents “Pet Fest,” on Sunday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cauley Square Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. The festival will feature a pet pageant, beginning at 1 p.m. Pet Fest is sponsored by Petco, Redland Animal Hospital and the Pet Chamber of Commerce. The event is free to the public with free parking. For more information or vendor space reservations, call 305-258-3543 or visit online at <www.cauleysquare.com>.

CITIZENS? ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED ON JULY 28 The Citizens’ Advisory Committee of the Miami-Dade Police Department Hammocks District will meet on Wednesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., at the Hammocks District Station, located at 10000 SW 142 Ave. The meeting is open to the public. Any problem requiring special committee atten-

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Local business raises money to help young cancer victim BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Less than two years ago, James Rogers opened his own shop, J’s Automotive Repair, at 10718 SW 188 St. in Cutler Bay. The mechanic has been well known in the South Miami-Dade community and so his shop was successful from the beginning. Rogers believed it was time to give back to the community. “I was looking for some type of charity,” he said. “I had the opportunity to help out somebody.” A friend put him in touch with Mia Caleca-Miller’s family. The 2-year-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a solid tumor often found in the neck, chest or abdomen. Rogers said the family had reached their insurance limits and they needed help coping with medical bills. “I met with Mia’s family. I thought it was a good cause. Here is somebody I can actually help,” Rogers said. “Not a major corporation like Red Cross where you don’t know where the money is going to. I felt like this is the type of people I wanted to help out.” Rogers said he empathizes with the Caleca-Miller family. “If you’re a parent, you do what you can to make their chances better,” he said. “I made some arrangements; I made some phone calls. I got one of my parts distributors to give me the oil and filters for free. So all the money could go to the family.” The fundraiser took place on Sunday, May 23, in the parking lot of J’s Automotive Repairs. Most people had heard of the event through word of mouth and public service ads. “We probably had over 300-400 people come by,” he said. “We did 70-80 oil changes that day.”

He had one of his mechanics come to work that day and two other friends came by to help. Each car took 15-20 minutes and the oil was changed only if they donated at least $10 to the cause. Many donated more. Rogers was surprised by how much everyone wanted to help. NAPA Auto Parts donated the oil and oil filters. Pollo Campero gave out free lunches for every oil change. Shaune from Steve and Michael’s Hair Salon gave $5 haircuts to people. “She got Publix to donate baked goods,” he said, adding that she made $180 in haircuts. “We raised over $6,000 that day.” One woman baked an elaborate Elmo cake to give to Mia. They also raffled off a variety of goods, including a 32-inch television donated by Snap-On Tools. “People were good,” Rogers said. “Mia’s dad had never heard of anybody doing like this before. He was skeptical. When we called him at the end of the day, he was in tears. People will come to help out a stranger.” Rogers said a couple of businesses came by after the fact and dropped off checks. The Black Water Sound band came out to play for everyone as did X Spelled, a teen band. “We’re looking to do another one for her in August which will be more like a Casino Night at Signature Gardens,” he said. “I’m kind of involved in that, but not as much.” That event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 20, 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $100 which includes hor d’oeuvres, $200 in gaming tokens and an open bar. Tables are $750. For more information, go online to <www.Hope4Mia.com>. To reach J’s Automotive Repairs, call 305-233-7150.

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Cauley Square to present ‘Oldies but Goodies’ show

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Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village, located in Goulds, will present an “Oldies but Goodies” Weekend, Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, featuring the popular Kim Bankston in concert with the New International Platters and the New International Supremes on Saturday, and an antique car show on Sunday. Back by popular request from a sellout performance in February, Bankston performs solo with instrumentalists and selections of Brazilian Jazz. Joining the New International Platters and New International Supremes will be the soloist from the Marvelettes, all-performing those No. 1 hits of yesteryear. The Sept. 25 concert begins at 8 p.m. and continues until 11 p.m. on stage. Prior to the concert a specially priced buffet dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a cash bar for beer, wine and beverages open the entire night. Parking is free, but valet parking will be available.

You can dance cheek-to-cheek under the twinkling lights of Cauley Square’s newly landscaped Meditation Gardens. Tickets for the concert are $12 and are available in advance at the Village Chalet. To continue the spirit of the “oldies” weekend, Cauley Square will present its ever-popular Antique Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing classic cars from collectors and classic car show impresario Gerry Perez. Entry to the Classic Antique Car Show as well as parking is free. The Village Chalet and Tea Room restaurants are open with outdoor patios for lunch and dinner. For concert tickets and special concert buffet dinner reservations call direct to Chef Noel at 305-878-1410 or 305-2839091. Cauley Square Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. (off US1 at SW 224th Street). For more information on Cauley Square, call 305-258-3543 or visit online at <www.cauleysquare.com>.

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Cirque Dreams to join Marlinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Super Saturday lineup, Aug. 7 BY JENNIFER VALDES

The Florida Marlins have announced the addition of Cirque Dreams to the 2010 Baker Concrete Super Saturday schedule. The innovative and action-packed postgame performance will take place on Aug. 7 when the Florida Marlins are scheduled to face the St. Louis Cardinals at Sun Life Stadium. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Since 1993, Cirque Productions has created and produced over 13 original unique shows for theaters, casinos and tours worldwide. In 2002, the Cirque Dreams phenomenon began with a show presented under the same title. Cirque Productions is the brainchild of South Florida resident Neil Goldbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatrical imagination and the Cirque Dreams brand of entertainment, creators of international performance, touring sensations Cirque Dreams Illumination, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Pandemonia, Cirque Dreams Coobrila, Cirque Ingenieux, and the first show of its kind at sea, Cirque Dreams and Dinner on board the cruise ship Norwegian Epic. Since its inception, more than 20 million people worldwide have experienced a Cirque Dreams brand show in theaters, casinos, theme parks, arenas and most recently on Broadway to rave reviews for Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. For the fourth consecutive season, each of the 13 Saturday home games is designated as a Super Saturday, consisting of a post-game concert featuring internation-

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2010 Bentley Supersports Convertible a ‘drop top’ to die for

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LET’S TALK CARS I recently had the pleasure of attending the international press preview in Telluride, CO, for the new 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, a nifty piece of automotive hardware that will hit American showrooms in September with a base price of $280,400. Yes, that’s correct, there is not an extra zero in that figure. For that tidy little figure, you get an amazingly agile automobile that’s powered by a 621-hp twin-turbocharged W-12 engine (12/19 mpg) mated to a revised ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission with Quickshift that cuts shift times by 50 percent and enables double downshifts. The powerplant delivers 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, 0-100 in 9.6 seconds and rockets to a top speed of 202 mph. That’s the fact sheet for this latest addition to the storied Bentley Motors stable of luxury automobiles, and Bentley executives are patting themselves on the back and crowing that the new Supersports Convertible is the fastest,

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