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City officials retain legal ‘dream team’ for parking garage bonds lawsuit BY EDDIE DEL CARMEN

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s the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continues to investigate questionable parking garage bonds that were approved by the City of South Miami, local government officials are planning for the possibility of a long and costly legal battle. Despite having hired lawyers from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. to represent their interests, the council opened the July 27th commission meeting by inviting former U.S. prosecuting attorney, Guy Lewis, to promote his own law firm as an alternative solution. Lewis, a partner of Lewis Tein, PL expressed his desire to see the case resolved favorably and offered his firm’s resources at minimal cost. The rate quoted for services of Lewis Tein, PL was $275 per hour, less than half the customary rate of $750 per hour. This sparked intense debate amongst commission members who have been presented with a cost estimate from Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. of approximately $300,000 over a period of 10 months. Tensions inside of City Hall quickly rose as Commissioner Velma Palmer launched into an irate tirade against Lewis’ proposition. Palmer aggressively questioned the commission’s decision to bring in Lewis, citing his appearance as a poorly timed maneuver. Palmer’s emotions reached a boiling point when she threatened to leave the room in response to having been warned of a sanction for improper behavior. The conflict was eventually resolved and vice mayor Newman offered an apology to Lewis for Palmer’s outburst. The dispute

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Victor Dover, the improbable Ironman

Around Town The circus continues at City Hall BY MICHAEL MILLER <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>

The Tri-Loco Miami team pauses to read the South Miami News while sizing up the Ironman finish line in Lake Placid, NY. L-R: Gerardo Aycinena, Brittany Doerpfeld, Mario Arbesu, Victor Dover, Joanne Linley, Tim Lewis, Olga Martinez and Diana Bruno. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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ictor Dover, YOU are an IRONMAN!,” said the announcer in his booming and commanding voice as Dover, a South Miami resident and principal of Dover, Kohl & Partners, Town Planning, crossed the finish line to complete a 140.6 mile journey in the recent Ironman USA competition held in Lake Placid, New York. “The announcer yells this with great conviction and enthusiasm for every person who crosses the finish line,” said Dover. “It’s music to your ears and a great reward. The crowd is cheering and clanging cowbells just like in the Tour de France and they cheer even louder for the

last competitors who limp or hobble across the line.” This is Dover’s second Ironman competition and he calls himself the “improbable ironman. “I don’t go fast or finish first, but I do go far,” he said. His goal for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run was to finish in less than 17 hours. Despite an ankle injury that forced him to fast-walk the uphill and flat portions and jog the downhill sections, he finished the grueling Lake Placid course in 14 hours, 53 minutes, “I shaved eight-plus minutes off my previous time on the 2.4-mile swim. That’s a lot. I passed 1,586 other swimmers on the first leg of the race,” said Dover.

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The feuding b e t w e e n those elected officials brings tears to my eyes because I’ve been laughing so hard for months as I watch the circus at city hall. Now, I’m chuckling a bit more because of the most recent “have you heard this one yet?” Just to set the record straight, this is totally unconfirmed. So, here goes… I hear that Mayor Phil Stoddard was not going to attend a recent commission meeting because of jet-lag. However as the rumor goes, Vice Mayor Valerie Newman was telling folks something along the lines that since Mayor Stoddard was out of town and not attending the meeting that she was going to run the meeting the way that it should be and not the way the “Putz” has been doing it. Ouch! I’m not sure exactly what that means, but rest assured, it doesn’t sound nice. If I was “Putz,” I’d just tell her… “That’s Mr. Putz to you, sweetie pie!” As it turned out, the mayor did attend the meeting and ran it well, while Ms. Vice Mayor pouted away in her corner, occasionally spouting out some spontaneous utterances.

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Thinking back to a few months ago during a meeting at St. John’s AME Church, the mayor stated loud and clear that he is the mayor, he is in charge and he doesn’t take orders from the vice mayor. Okay,, now w whatt else? Last week, we received two letters concerning the behavior of two South Miami Police officers. The letters, which were anonymously penned, were also sent to the mayor and to the acting city manager, Randy “The General” Witt. Can’t wait to see what, if anything, happens. By the way, the word “acting” is quite the word. I wonder if in this context, that word is somehow connected to that old saying, “all the world’s a stage...” As far as us doing anything about what was written in those letters, I’m not sure if we can assist, but we’ll do what we can, so please keep those letters and phone calls coming. I wouldd bee amiss if I didn’t let you know that Sharon McCain sent me an email the other day. She ranted on and on and on and on and she wrote that we paid someone to send in a Letter to the Editor. Sorry, Sharon, you are

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wrong! Oops, did I actually write that? Just to make it perfectly clear… We didn’t pay anyone for that or any Letter to the Editor. And by the way, she also wrote, “True political activists care about their city and the issues that concern all the citizens and residents and they don’t have an agenda and don’t get paid for their time or effort.” Yup, that’s what she wrote. “…activists...don’t have an agenda…” Golly, Sharon, of course “they” do. That’s what “they” do. “They” have an agenda and there ain’t anything wrong with that. I wass walking g around South Miami the other Saturday and ran into a couple of folks that were just so photogenic. B r u c e MacArthur, the top dog over at the First National Bank of South Miami, was seen sportBruce MacArthur ing this beautiful

t-shirt, proudly announcing that the Chicago Blackhawks are the champs. Then, there was this other guy who was trying to figure out what do with this motorcycle. I watched him for quite a while and then after about 10 minutes, he finally figured out where the keys were, fired up that baby and off he went. I was wondering if anyone out there could identify this guy for me. If you

can and are the first one to email me his name, I’ll send you a $20 gift certificate to The Big Cheese. Continuing my walk around town, I stopped by Khoury’s on SW 73 St., which serves Mediterranean and Lebanese food in a true family style. Maroun and his family have been there for many, many years and they are genuine and the real deal. If you want some wonderful food,

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super service and lots of smiles, then stop by for lunch or dinner or give them a call, 305-662-7707. I alsoo rann into Chip Black at Casa Larios. Former mayor Horace Feliu, Paul Marolf and Tom Garrish were there and right around the corner I ran into Scott Baumann, a great personal trainer and owner of Fitness Together. I went way out of my zip code and wandered down south to Kaliapy’s, the Italian dining restaurant in Pinecrest. It is fast becoming the place to be for many notables in the community. On a recent visit, Community Newspapers’ columnist Gloria Burns ran into Village of Pinecrest City Manager, Peter Lombardi, and also spotted Peter England, candidate for Mayor of Palmetto Bay, with a group of friends enjoying dinner. Thoughtt off thee Day: Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal. — Hannah More

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Heart Walk set for October 30 at Florida International University Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Baptist COO Wayne Brackin and FIU’s Dean John Rock, M.D., are co-chairs for the 2010 Miami-Dade Start! Heart Walk to be held Saturday, October 30, at Florida International University. This is the American Heart Association signature event created to raise life saving funds as well as encourage people to embrace physical fitness into their lifestyles. With a goal of raising $700,000, businesses are invited to participate with their employees for a great team building opportunity that will also serve to help support a worthy cause. For more information how you can participate, visit www.miamidadeheartwalk.com Speaking of special events, a dozen or so South Floridians are off to Boston this coming week for the PanMass Challenge, a 200 mile bike ride for charity on August 7-8. Presented by the Boston Red Sox Foundation and Overstock.com, this is the

nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. Eight or more South Florida cyclists will join a group of more than 5,200 riders from 36 states and eight countries to ride across the Commonwealth looking to raise more than $31 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund actually started from the hospital bed of a 12-year old in 1948, and the rest is history. Among the locals participating in this monster ride are father and son, Harold and Lee Kessler; Chris Coffey; and Judi Adler, to mention a few. On July 21, the Westin Colonnade Hotel, Coral Gables and CBS-4 News Anchor Jawan Strader, hosted “History in the making”….as the new millennium members of South Florida’s Teen Board and past Teen Board members took the runway to tell their stories, showcase local designers’ clothing and honor the amazing women who made it all possible. On hand were fashion veterans Ms. Hannelore Hill and Ms. Sonia Gibson who received Lifetime Achievement awards for blazing fashion trails across

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Miami over the past 30 years. Speaking of the Westin, Gator football fans, there was a sighting of Tim Tebow recently as the former UF quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner spent the weekend at the hotel attending a friend’s wedding. Word has it, Tebow was a nice as ever and enjoyed his stay. Finally, here is a date to save. On August 25, 2010, Paws 4 You Rescue is hosting another fanciful fundraiser, a Pawtini Pawty, to be held at The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This is a first for dogs being allowed at The Biltmore and promises to be great fun. Paws 4 You is looking for additional food sponsors for $100 who need to bring food samples for 300 guests and non- food

sponsors at $200. Sponsors wanting sole exclusivity (in category) require a $500 donation. The cost for tickets is $20 for advance sales and $25 at door. For more information, call Cindy Gonzaelz at 305332-9022. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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TREEmendous Miami coordinates cemetery beautification project

BY MIKE THOMPSON

An intrepid band of local historical and botanical lovers recently descended on the original City of Miami Cemetery for a TREEmendous beautification process. The gathering was both environmental and sentimental. Steve Pearson, who formerly headed the City of Miami Beautification Committee, organized TREEmendous Miami in honor of his mother, Georgia Pearson. The City of Miami Cemetery, located on NE Second Avenue, is the final resting place for many of Miami’s original settlers. The list of settlers includes the Brickells, Sewells and Peacocks of Coconut Grove. It’s a real history lesson of the city’s birth. With the passage of time, the cemetery had become a bit neglected, and the old neighborhood replaced by bulldozed vacant lots and sprouting weeds growing in the summer heat. A few new loft style condos are rising in the near distance, bringing signs of what the future may hold. In theory, the City of Miami is maintaining the cemetery, but TREEmendous Miami is making this hollowed ground a world-class arboretum of flowering trees

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and shrubs from around the world. The special volunteers planted truckloads of donated trees and plants starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending in the heat of the day at 1:30 p.m. One group laid out the plants, another followed and dug the holes, and still another carefully planted each tree.

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brought to light the effects of a heavy burden that has been placed on the shoulders of city officials faced with the prospect of having to buy back $11 million worth of bonds. Since the services of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. have already been contracted, board members debated whether it would be in their best interest to change firms at this point. Although the argument for a lower price was an attractive one, there was opposition to

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Lewis’ involvement in current issues and the commission chose to remain loyal to Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.C. City Attorney Laurence Feingold offered the committee’s verdict of their legal situation. “Squire, Sanders & Dempsey are searching for an amicable solution. I would not consider replacing them at this point, but I would consider working with Guy Lewis as a litigator if we are forced into going to court,” he said.

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Pearson and his TREEmendous volunteers have been working for 10 years planting flowering trees and preserving them throughout the Miami-Dade County. For the past seven years, the group has planted colorful flowering trees along the right of way on S. Dixie Highway from I-95 to Bird Road. Dade Heritage Trust and Penny Lambeth

also built a new fence around the cemetery. The whole improvement process was done lovingly and carefully, so as not to disturb the graves of Miami pioneers. For more information on the efforts of TREEmendous Miami, visit online at <www.treemendous.miami.org> and for Dade Heritage Trust, visit <www.dadeheritagetrust.org>.


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Legislature gives governor’s Senate race a boost R. Kenneth Bluh –– VIEWPOINT –– KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Party vindictiveness raised its ugly head when the Republican-led legislature destroyed an opportunity to assist the residents of Florida when it chose to destroy the governor’s special legislative session rather than propose a Constitutional Amendment restricting oil wells off our shores. Gov. Charlie Crist called a special session of the Florida Legislature asking the members of the House and Senate to place a Constitutional Amendment on the November ballot prohibiting oil drilling within 10 miles of the Florida shore. Rather than help the residents of the state, the legislature chose to open the session with a motion to adjourn, hoping to embarrass the governor — never even considering the possible benefits of the session. House Speaker Larry Cretul, of Ocala, said that the state already has such a law

and that the only reason the governor called the special session was to gain points in his bid to be elected a U.S. Senator in November. The leadership in the legislature is still burning over the governor’s defection from the Republican Party to run as an independent. Yes, Florida does have a law prohibiting platform drilling for oil within 10 miles of our shoreline. But that is a legislatively passed law. And, it is very possible that an oil industry relationship with leadership in future legislatures could result in the law being repealed without any way for the citizens to object. Pass a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting drilling and only the voters of the state could change the law. Legislators don’t like giving such control to the public. I hope we, the voters of Florida, are smart enough to see that the aborted special legislative session did not help the state or its residents. The governor was correct in calling the special session and the leadership of the legislature was embarrassingly wrong is killing an opportunity to defend our state’s shores and our water-related industries. The logic behind Republican anger is

politically understandable. If Crist had stayed in the Republican Party he would have lost the primary to a “more” Republican candidate, Marco Rubio. Losing the primary, the governor would be out of the race. By going independent he put himself in a three-way race with Rubio and a Democrat. The polls show that his decision was correct as he is leading in every poll and, unless something extraordinarily bad happens, he will be the next U.S. Senator from Florida and Rubio will be an ex-elected official. To add to the interest in the race, Congressman Kendrick Meek, once the Democrat frontrunner, finds himself running way behind new-to-politics Jeff Greene who, it would appear, is buying himself a way into the November elections — with Meek, like Rubio, looking in from the outside. For years I have hoped that the voters of our state would open their eyes and realize that many of the men and women we send

to Tallahassee have little interest in protecting the interest of the residents of Florida. They are out to protect their personal fortunes and to give support to those that fund their election campaigns that keep them in office. To quote Juan Zapata, a Republican member of the Florida Legislature and chair of the Miami-Dade Delegation, there is “a shameful lack of leadership” among our elected officials in Tallahassee. Rep. Zapata sees the disgrace; why can’t those of us that elected them to office see that our interests are not well represented in our state capital?

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Dover traveled to the July 25th event with his seven Tri-Loco Miami team mates, Diana Bruno, Tim Lewis, Joanne Linley, Olga Martinez, Mario Arbesu, Brittany Doerpfeld and Gerardo Soto. The entire team, decked out in teal and red uniforms, knew the steep course would be both challenging and scenic. “Well, it was pretty, and difficult, and pretty difficult!” Dover said. “In fact, JoJo Linley’s brake pads melted on the way down one hill on a practice ride and I hit a scary top speed of 48.7 mph on the long descent of the bike course.” All eight members of Tri-Loco Miami finished the course in under 16 hours and received finishers’ medals. “We really help and inspire each other during the competition,” said Dover. “The swim portion is like a human washing machine, so you really can’t see your teammates at all, but we looked for each other during the bike and run portion.” The comments on Dover’s FirstGiving site to raise money for the Dan Marino Foundation motivated and inspired him, as well. Dover has raised nearly $5,000 for this competition and donations are still being accepted at www.firstgiving.com/victordover2010. “Some of the comments are witty and

some are sentimental,” said Dover. “They all mean so much to me and I thought of those when I was in the 23rd mile of the run.” The Dan Marino Foundation is near and dear to Dover’s heart and to date, he has raised nearly $25,000 for the foundation. “People really like to help and get in on the action. They root for you as you raise money for your cause and as you compete,” said Dover. Dover competed in his first Ironman in Idaho in 2008. He’s competed in marathons in West Palm Beach, Miami, the Outer Banks, New York, Chicago and London. He also competed in half-Ironman events in Orlando for the past three years, and this year added the very challenging “Swim Miami” 5K swim. “It’s good to always have an event on your calendar. It keeps you motivated and keeps you training,” Dover said. Dover began running ten years ago. His family, wife Mari, son Thomas and daughter Lee, inspired him at that time to “eat less and exercise more.” He eventually started training with TeamFootworks in South Miami, quickly progressing from his first 5K to the Miami Marathon. “South Miami is the perfect town to train for these endurance events. There are so many inspiring groups anchored by longtime stores like Footworks and Mack Cycle, which are practically institutions in the neighborhood,” Dover explained. “You can get involved in fitness at any level in this city.”

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The Tri-Loco Miami team on the bike course, about to practice on one of the steepest, longest descents. L-R: Brittany Doerpfeld, Tim Lewis, Mario Arbesu, Victor Dover, Olga Martinez, Gerardo Aycinena, Diana Bruno and Joanne Linley. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

To prepare for this Ironman event, Dover and his Tri-Loco teammates began their training at Athletic Republic in South Miami, and continued under the guidance of triathlon coach Ryan Shiling. Dover has also trained with former UM track coach, Mike Ward. He swims in Biscayne Bay when most people are still sleeping and has logged biking and running miles all over the U.S. when traveling for work in such cities as Flagstaff, Arizona, El Paso, Texas and Greenville, South Carolina.

At Dover, Kohl & Partners, established by Dover and his partner Joseph Kohl in 1987, the team focuses on the creation and restoration of real neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities. Dover was cited by Architecture magazine as being among ‘‘the country’s best urban designers.” “Running in these cities clears my mind and helps me with the process,” said Dover. “I see the city in a different way and I find surprises on foot that I could never find looking out of a windshield.”

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Community Newspapers endorses Eugene Flinn for Miami-Dade County Comm. District 8 EUGENE FLINN has led the Palmetto Bay Village Council and the community during its formative years. He has taken on Miami-Dade County government and he now hopes to bring his experience to work to change how County government works. As Mayor of Palmetto Bay, Flinn created a transparent and efficient government that has saved revenue and acquired grants, together totaling nearly $18 million. Under his leadership, Palmetto Bay is well positioned to respond to new levels of accountability, public participation and transparency. Mayor Flinn, working with neighboring officials, instituted government reform legislation through the “antishakedown zoning ordinance” requiring public disclosure of any attempts to solicit or receive payment of actual gifts or payoffs to individuals or groups in exchange for support or silence on zoning issues. This ordinance has been adopted by other Miami-Dade municipalities. Flinn has shown a commitment to parks and green space in the Village as being essential to the community well being. He has worked hard to improve the quality of life, including an initiative to create the Village of Parks, in part through acquiring new parks and by working to improve existing parks. He sponsored changes to the Village development plan, requiring inclusion of green space in any mixed-use development districts. Flinn is a smart-growth advocate, but opposes any high density growth that would negatively impact existing singlefamily home areas. He sponsored many

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ordinances that were enacted by the Palmetto Bay Village Council, including one to protect children from registered sex offenders; another that provides an extra homeowner exemption on property taxes for qualified low-income individuals over age 65; and another that strengthened the lobbyist registration process. Flinn has taken advantage of current technologies and was one of the first elected officials to regularly send out an electronic newsletter to residents. He continues to do this even after he directed the Palmetto Bay staff to initiate and send out an official email newsletter known as E-currents. For Miami-Dade County Commission District 8, Community Newspapers recommends Eugene Flinn.

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Alquizar Orthodontics offers state of the art treatment

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Letter to the Editor

BY NANCY EAGLETON

Dear M r.. Miller::

Pedro Alquizar, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., has opened Alquizar Orthodontics in The Crossroads in South Miami. Although he has moved into an orthodontic office that’s been around for 50 years, he has transformed the space with chic décor, state of the art technology and offers the very latest in orthodontic treatments. Dr. Alquizar specializes in orthodontic treatment for both children and adults and utilizes digital radiography in his patient diagnoses. Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging that allows images to be viewed and enhanced digitally and bypasses the chemical processing time of traditional x-rays. “This technology sets me apart from other orthodontic offices,” said Dr. Alquizar. “I don’t have to wait for x-ray development. I can see the images right on the computer screen for a quick and accurate diagnosis.” According to Dr. Alquizar, the self-ligating orthodontic brackets he uses on his patients cause less friction, are slightly more comfortable and because there are no collars around the teeth, reduce plaque build up. “With these brackets, the monthly adjustments are easier and take slightly less time, as well,” said Dr. Alquizar. “I really strive to offer the most up-to-date treatment options.” Dr. Alquizar attended dental school at Temple University in Philadelphia and then attended Harvard University for three additional years to obtain his Masters of Medical Sciences and Certificate in Orthodontics. Currently, he’s an attending professor in the pediatric dentistry program at Miami Children’s Hospital. “There’s a science behind moving the teeth correctly and I’m a perfectionist,” said Dr. Alquizar. “I’m here to deliver the very best results possible for my patients.” To accomplish this, Dr. Alquizar says it’s important for him to see children around the age of eight for a complimentary consultation. During this evaluation, Dr. Alquizar examines the developing teeth and bite to determine if interceptive orthodontics, or Phase I treatments, are needed. Many children will need no early intervention and their oral health progress will be checked annually. “Some kids may have a cross bite and a palate expander may be necessary. Some may have a strong over jet and may need braces at that time to pull the teeth in,” Dr. Alquizar said. “I also look to be sure there

Regarding your South Miami News, column of 7/13-19, the following is from Florida statute 790.06 (12): (12) No o licensee issued d pursuantt to o this section n shalll authorizee any y person n to carry y a concealed d weaapon n or firearm m into any y placee off nuisancee ass defined d in n s. 823.05;; any y police,, sheriff,, or highway y detention n facility, patt roll station;; any prison,, or jail;; any y courthouse;; any court room,, exceptt thatt noth hing g in n this section n would d precludee a judgee from m carg a concealed d weapon n or determining rying who o willl carry y a concealed d weapon n in n his or her court room;; any y polling g place;; any meeting g off thee governing g bod dy off a county,, publicc schooll district,, municipality,, or speciall district;; any y meeting g off the Legisslaturee or a committeee thereof. Pedro Alquizar, D.M.D., M.M.Sc., offers state-of-theart orthodontic treatment for adults and children. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

are no impacted teeth.” Dr. Alquizar partners with the children and the parents at this early stage to determine the best course of action. “Some patients and parents want early intervention. The smile is important and if an issue is causing low self-esteem, we work together to do what’s best for the child at that time.” When no early intervention is needed, the average age for treatment is around age 11 to 12, when most of the permanent teeth have come in. During treatment, Dr. Alquizar also educates children on the importance of good lifelong oral health practices. Dr. Alquizar sees adult patients at all ages and stages because adult teeth can begin shifting at anytime. “It’s very normal for teeth to shift. If you had braces, a retainer should be worn at night to keep the teeth straight,” said Dr. Alquizar. “I’ve had patients who’ve had braces on three times in their life. For many, the best option is to place a permanent retainer behind the lower teeth and the teeth will always stay straight.” Alquizar Orthodontics is open Monday through Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is located in The Crossings at 7210 Red Road, Suite 204, in South Miami. To schedule a consultation, call 305-6675738.

How anyone could work at, walk around at, meet others at or be productive at “City Hall” for a whole work day without violating this statute is beyond me. You also mention that there are different types of “weapon permits” that allow you to carry in different places. I found most of your article to be interesting, but some of the time I was confused as to your seriousness. This may be one of those times. If you have some factual knowledge of these different types of licenses, I would be eager to learn about them. For what it’s worth, I have been a firearms owner since 1976, a Florida concealed weapon permit holder since 1985, a Federal Law Enforcement Officer since 1990 and a Federal Firearms Instructor since 2007. Still learning. Stay y safe, T.. M..

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did not create this shirt,â&#x20AC;? McCullough told me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t create anything like this with the image of the three guys just yet.â&#x20AC;? I asked him: â&#x20AC;&#x153;In your opinion, is this a counterfeit knockoff?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is definitely a knock-off without question,â&#x20AC;? he replied. We also found so-called autographed pictures on eBay supposedly featuring the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Kings of Miamiâ&#x20AC;? signatures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure where they picked up the signatures, or if the signatures are accurate or not,â&#x20AC;? McCullough cautioned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe this is a legitimate piece of merchandise.â&#x20AC;? The Heatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing director said the bulk of the latest Heat merchandise now being sold online is not approved by the team or the NBA. So how do you know you are getting legitimate merchandise? The Heat wants its fans to know that their official NBA approved merchandise carries special 3D holograms and official NBA logos to guarantee their authenticity. And only authorized vendors are allowed to sell the Heatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official merchandise. Heat officials tell me the NBA is very much aware of all the bogus Heat merchandise being sold all over the country now. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised if the problem gets even worse as the 2010-11 season approaches, and the Miami Heat start making NBA History.

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Paper Boutique teams up with students to provide backpacks BY JILLIAN O’CONNELL

The Florida Baptist Children’s Home, located in Kendall, has seen severe funding cuts this year. The home, which serves the needs of abused, disadvantaged and orphaned children, was finding it difficult to meet the back-to-school needs of the kids in its care. A call for help went out to the community and once again, The Paper Boutique of South Miami, 7346 SW 57 Ave., came to the rescue of these deserving kids. Teaming up with Staples, they were able to donate all the back-to-school supplies for the home’s residents. Mission Backpack, the store’s annual back-to-school charity event to benefit the children of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home took place on July 27 and attracted student volunteers from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart who helped arrange and wrap the school supplies at Paper Boutique. “It is always heartwarming to see the community banding together for a worthy cause,” said Susan Isenberg, who coordinated the effort. “Many of these kids have never had a new backpack and often arrive

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to school without the necessary supplies. These generous retailers will ensure that the first day of school is a happy one and will set a positive note to a successful academic year.” The South Miami retailer, who has had a loyal clientele for over 20 years, is happy

to help in this great effort. “For us, as a local business with deep roots in the community, we feel privileged to be able to help out these deserving children,” said Christine Weill, the store’s Mission Backpack liaison. “On a personal note, as a parent, it’s fantastic to see these

student volunteers taking time out from their summer vacations to help less fortunate children; it’s a great experience for them with a very valuable lesson.” The Florida Baptist Children’s Home always is in need of donations. To help, call 305-271-4121.


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Letters to the Editor There should be a cap on campaign spending To the Editor: I agree that we should cap the total each candidate is allowed to spend (including in the total any funds spent by third parties on their behalf). Furthermore the cap should be low, so that candidates needn’t spend so much time raising money, nor find themselves and their constituents forever indebted to the special interests that bankrolled their campaign. In lieu of such a cap, here’s a simple solution that will save the taxpayers a lot of money. Skip the campaign; skip the election; list each “elected position” on eBay and let the high bidder “win.” Arlene Goldberg Kendall • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Reader finds major flaws in column about pensions To the Editor: Although I agree with some of Kenneth Bluh’s theory of how government pensions have developed and grown, some of the information provided is extremely flawed. As a deputy sheriff I am a member of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Special Risk Class. This class includes all state and county law enforcement and fire fighters. My retirement benefits are based on a formula, which accounts for years of service times your Average Final Compensation (AFC). Your AFC is computed by taking the average of your five highest years (not one as described). In order for an officer or fireman to boost their AFC, they must work hard for five years. Retirement is at age 55 or 25 years of service. Which is great, except when you consider that law enforcement officers only live to an average of 58 years old. (Many studies are available online to support that fact.) Your final benefit is computed by years of service times 3 percent times your AFC — collecting 75 percent of your AFC at 25 years. I would have to make an average of $120,000 for five years to collect the $90,000 in retirement that Mr. Bluh claims.

I fully understand that salaries may need to be dialed back in order to keep pace with the economy. However, I’ve dedicated over 15 years of my life so far to this line of work — with the understanding that I may be shaving years off my life, but at least I will be providing for my family and my future with a pension. As it is impossible to return those years of my life, I find it unconscionable that he is so quick to suggest stripping away my pension. You mentioned that this senior is paying $1,270 a year in real estate taxes — no doubt courtesy of the Save Our Home and Senior Citizen Exemptions. I continually pay in excess of $5,000 for a home that I am told is worth only $180,000, because I purchased my home within the past five years. I wish you would consider the ramifications of your article and confirm a few facts before going to print. Irresponsible journalism like this only serves to enrage the public and build anti-police sentiment. God bless the 80-year-old friend who is living off her Social Security benefits. I pray I live long enough to enjoy mine. Jeremy Hansen Deerfield Beach • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Other points should be made concerning bloated pensions To the Editor: R. Kenneth Bluh wrote a balanced column, explaining how taxpayers got tied up having to pay bloated pensions to fire and police workers. He mentioned some of the salaries, but I would like to see him research other points. The Miami Herald wrote that upon retirement, not only are the pensions for firefighters higher than for other city government workers, but, depending on several factors, a single payment of $500,000 to $750,000 at retirement is not unusual due to the state DROP program. That is in addition to the lifetime pension. Also, these workers do not have to put in a healthy 30 years. After 20 years, while they are still young enough to embark upon a second career (and many do), they are already collecting a salary worthy of a workingman or woman. Imagine that. Although we understand that policemen put their lives in danger

every day, in reality, firefighters rarely fight fires (It would be interesting to know exactly how many in a lifetime). Most of their work is in rescue operations in which they are in no danger whatsoever. What is being done about this drain on the county coffers? Nothing from what I gather. We need to hear more about this issue. Marta Magellan Pinecrest • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Xway toll imposition smacks of taxation without representation To the Editor: With all due respect, you might not be the Redcoats; I might not be the wife of Paul Revere, and Miami-Dade County might not be Lexington. But it’s the same dynamic of taxation without representation. There should be no tolls until there is a public vote — otherwise it is taxation with-

out representation. It seems counter to the basic historic tradition of our awesome representative democracy that appointed personages (no matter how well their intentions) of appointed personages of appointed personages of elected officials can inflict taxation. The silent majority and I will persist to drive along the by-ways to avoid the toll roads whenever and wherever possible, until there is a bonafide public vote, at a time and day when most people will be available to vote, with a ballot that has understandable context, is clearly written and includes no double negatives nor legalese that befuddles even the best of minds. They might have conjured up all the administrative rules and regulations to confirm themselves and their decision to toll as they are now tolling. But it is a house of cards, and I think they know it. Charlotte Klieman Kendall


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Local brother team preparing to premiere first feature film BY ASHLEY SUGARMAN

Watch out Hollywood, there is a new brother duo coming to take the film industry by storm. South Florida’s very own brothers, Julio and Diego Hallivis, professionally known as the Hallivis Brothers, recently completed post-production on their first feature film, The Duel, and are ready to conquer more.

The Duel, a romantic drama about a young man overcoming life challenges, basketball triumphs and finding love, is the first film that the Hallivis Brothers have completed professionally. However, Julio, the 26-year-old producer, and Diego, the 23-year-old director, are no strangers to the film industry. The Hallivis Brothers competed in the Miami Film Race 2009 where their short film This Girl’s Life won seven awards, including Best Film 2009 and Audience Award overall. “Given only 24 hours to create a short film from scratch has its challenges, but we were very fortunate that our film, This Girl’s Life, was positively received,” Julio said. “The Miami Film Race gave us the confidence we needed to keep pursuing our dreams of mak-

ing movies and entertaining audiences everywhere.” Due to the success of the Miami Film Race 2009, the Hallivis Brothers proceeded with their next project, the low-budget feature film, The Duel. Teaming with writer Alberto Veloso to create the perfect script and finding investors to support their venture during a weak economic time, the Hallivis Brothers worked diligently to make their dreams become a reality. After getting permits, holding casting calls and overcoming many obstacles, everything fell into place and production began on The Duel, which was shot during a two-month period in New York City during the summer of 2009. The film features “The Cage,” a world famous enclosed basketball court located on W. Fourth Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village. “The Cage” has become one of the most important tournament sites for the city’s amateur basketball and is noted for its non-regulation size and tough physical play. “Creating our first feature film was a surreal experience,” Diego said. “I look forward to what the film industry has in store for the Hallivis Brothers.”

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Sonia Martinez, pharmacist and owner of Marco Drugs and Compounding, located at SW 67th Avenue and S. Dixie Highway (US 1), believes that serving her customers goes way beyond simply filling prescriptions. “After a patient visits their doctor, I’m the next step in their healthcare,” Martinez said. “It’s important that I get to know my customers and maintain a good relationship with them and their doctor.” Before buying Marco Drugs from the original owners in 2006, Martinez spent 13 years working for a major drugstore chain. She said she enjoys the personalized service that she can provide in her own pharmacy. “It’s actually a bit like Cheers in our store. We know everyone’s name and we also get to know them, so we can take better care of them,” Martinez said. “The healthcare needs of my clients are my top priority. We don’t just sell prescriptions; we provide good health and peace of mind.” Martinez has developed a reputation with doctors as a compounding specialist. Compounding is the art of making custom made prescription medications for a patient whose specific needs are not easily met by commercial products. Martinez makes each compound prescription by hand from the highest quality chemicals. “Compounding not only requires special training and knowledge, but willingness,” Martinez said. “Some patients may not realize that their prescription may be hard to fill. I’ve had customers come to us after trying four different pharmacies and we were able to help them.” Martinez attends 20-30 hours of continuing education each year, well above the standard needed. She received her degree in pharmacy in 1990 in Venezuela, where she was born and raised, and became a licensed pharmacist in the U.S. after taking the U.S. equivalency exams in early 1996. Martinez has built strong relationships with some of the best doctors and veterinarians in Miami and serves as a resource for her doctors and patients. Martinez recently organized a Certified Medical Education (CME) program on hormone therapy that was attended by several physicians in the area, including Dr. Joyce Miller, Miami OB/GYN.

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Back-to-School supply sales to help Miami-Dade Schools BY MEGHAN RUSSELL

Navarro Discount Pharmacies, the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the U.S. and an MBF Healthcare portfolio company, has launched a Back-to-School shopping promotion that includes local partners and donates 5 percent of the sales it generates from Back-to-School products to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “The goal of this year’s Back-to-School promotion is to save busy parents time and money, prepare them early for the start of the school year and help out their schools at the same time,” said Cristy Leon-Rivero, vice president of marketing, Navarro Discount Pharmacies. “We are committed to supporting education and creating a convenient shopping experience for parents.” School and grade level supply lists are available at all Navarro store locations as well as the top 10 general classroom related items that parents are usually asked to provide.

Navarro’s 28 Miami locations offer onestop Back-to-School shopping for parents including school supplies and hand sanitizers, over-the-counter products, vitamins and supplements plus convenient services such as free prescription delivery, photo development and much more. When checking out at the register, parents simply tell the cashier the name of the Miami-Dade County Public School and the donation will be sent directly to the school. Navarro’s Back-to-School promotion includes other partners such as SpendforED, a local non-profit dedicated to supporting public education that links schools with businesses and the local community providing them with financial resources. SpendforED’s EDBUCK coupons can be redeemed at any Navarro store location. SpendforED is a supporter of Miami-Dade County Public School’s Foundation for New Education Initiatives. For more information, visit online at <www.navarro.com>.

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Financial Planning for FPL Employees This is Part II of an article published in a previous issue. These suggestions are specifically geared toward FPL employees by Rick Tonkinson who has been working with FPL since 1991 (18 years). These suggestions should apply to all employees regardless of age or time with the company. This is the second part of an ad series that began in the last issue. 4th: Before you retire become debt free. This means getting the kids raised, educated and maybe married off. It also means a zero balance on the credit cards, car and truck loans, home equity loan and house mortgage. If you have a choice to reduce debt or save an extra dollar you should consider putting the extra dollar towards reducing the debt. This process of debt reduction should be a priority and it may take several years to attain. Proper use of your net pay will shorten the time to attain this. Extra money from an outage or overtime can be extra money towards your debt. Try to live on your straight time income only. 5th: If you can afford it and have family to take care of, then purchase the most group term life insurance. You can purchase as much as 4x

your salary. This benefit is often not taken full advantage of. 6th: Purchase the disability insurance. Your job is stressful and your work is often dangerous. FPL focuses on your safety but people still get hurt. The disability insurance is a must. 7th: Live where you want to but if Miami or Homestead is too expensive consider moving to a cheaper state. Miami is one of the most expensive areas to live in the USA. The homeowner insurance, property taxes and car insurance rates are so high that it chases retirees out of town. States such as Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina are much cheaper to live. People move to be with their families (grandkids) but these states are more affordable and often times a lot friendlier and a lot less congested. These are suggestions that apply to all FPL employees. Management has merit raises in March that we can discuss what to do with. Some managers have stock options that we can also discuss. Rick Tonkinson is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™). The family business office is located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Tel # 305-447-6617

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Curious George Live! coming to BankUnited Center, Aug. 6

Pictured are The Man with the Yellow Hat and all of George’s friends on N Avenue in the new Broadwaystyle musical Curious George Live! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Curious George, the irrepressible little monkey who has captured children’s hearts for generations, jumps into action when he takes the stage in the inaugural tour of Curious George Live! Curious George swings onto the stage at BankUnited Center from Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Starring in his own original live musical stage production for the first time ever, Curious George is on a mission to help Chef Pisghetti save his restaurant by winning a world-famous meatball competition. With guidance from his friend, the Man with the Yellow Hat, George’s adventures take him to Rome and the Golden Meatball Contest. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled, entertaining story filled with music, dance and follow-thatmonkey fun. Parents and grandparents who grew up with Curious George will enjoy it just as much as the kids. Children and parents around the world have delighted in Curious George’s adventures in books for decades. Created in 1941 by Margret and H.A. Rey, Curious George has provided the inspiration

for books, movies and a television series, and will continue to educate and entertain children in Curious George Live! by introducing them to a limitless world of exploration and discovery while offering wholesome family fun. Featuring original composition and familiar songs, as well as Broadway-quality stagecraft and professional singers and dancers, Curious George Live! is sure to captivate audiences of all ages. Shows are Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Opening Night); Saturday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday, 1 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 and $20. A limited number of $28 Premium seats, $36 Gold Circle seats and $65 Monkey Seats may be available. 0pening Night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle and Monkey Seats) are $12. A facility/parking fee of $3.75 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Dr. For more information, call 305-2848686. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at <www.ticketmaster.com> or at the BankUnited Center Box Office. For information online, visit <www.curiousgeorgelive.com>.


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The Center for the Humanitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010-2011 faculty and graduate-student fellows will meet throughout the year to discuss their research.

Professor Mihoko Suzuki, right, director of the Center for the Humanities, confers with Gema Perez-Sanchez, associate professor of Spanish and one of the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural faculty fellows.

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News from the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

UMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Frost School of Music launches redesigned website featuring expanded faculty proďŹ les, videos

Concert listings and student proďŹ les are just two of the many new features of the Frost School of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s redesigned website.

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Bascom Palmer again ranked No. 1 eye hospital; three other UM/Jackson specialties ranked by U.S.News

The Miller Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

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The ‘Where To’ Shop is a staple

Women’s Clothing • Accessories Personal Styling • Personal Shopping

Come visit us at Prinzzesa Boutique!

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We are open from Tue. - Sat. 11-6 & March-April ONLY Mon. 11:30-3 4746 SW 72 Avenue • Miami, FL 33155 305.663.8117 • 305.668.0260 warmheartsboutique@gmail.com Bring in this ad to receive 10% OFF your next purchase. One per customer.

Are you tired of the same Miami malls and shopping arenas? If you are seeking a unique shopping experience, you should peruse through the Bird District shops, open weekly Monday-Saturday. Located between Southwest 72nd avenue and Bird Road, this four-square-block area offers the avid shopper an assortment of boutiques to meet any need. From cakes, fabrics, home décor, jewelry, shoes, furniture, plants, cigars, party supplies, wedding, antiques, aquariums, glass art, framing, photography studios, printing, upholstery, and much more. You can find anything here to meet your every needs and desires, for children and adults. Due to zoning and building regulation wars, many businesses were forced to leave the Bird Road Art District. New building codes were being enforced and fines placed on those who did not comply. Now this area has won the zoning wars and is steadily growing with new merchants and merchandise from the most exotic to the most innovative of products. The Bird Road Art District, as always, is open to the public while offering trade specific items and services. Amongst the array of businesses, Zoffinger Interiors, specializes in designing high-end residential and commercial interiors. Inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida, Zoffinger Interiors creates extraordinary spaces, while keeping with today’s trends and your personal style. Immediately walking into their showroom, you will experience a taste of Zoffinger’s designs; a unique blend of traditional and modern highend furniture and accessories. Other services are offered for hospitality, space planning, model homes, event planning, holiday decoration, and/or consultations. Z. Interiors has a full team of licensed and insured subcontractors that are just as meticulous as designers Natalie and Maria Elena Zoffinger, to complete the most innovative of projects. If you are on a budget, but love to keep up with the transforming trends, Prinzzesa Boutique is the place for you. Specializing in professional styling, Prinzzesa stocks their

inventory every mid-week with the latest fashion, offering their customers the opportunity to look fresh and hot in a city like Miami. All professional styling is a free service included with your purchases of clothes and accessories. Even for a last minute engagement, ensuring a fabulous look, is no challenge for Prinzzesa owner Yari Riguero. Stop in now to stock up on their latest spring fashions. Do you have an upcoming special occasion, like a communion, graduation, baptism, or wedding, and want your son or daughter to look their most fashionable? Find your child’s distinctive flair in Warm Heart’s Children’s Boutique, offering clothes for girl’s (newborn to teen size 16) and boys (infant to toddler). This award winning child’s boutique offers a large selection of hair accessories, belts, purses, and shoes. Professional styling, for your little one, is offered at no cost with your purchases. Visit Warm Hearts today, for the cutest of spring fashions. Glass art does not only belong in churches. Check out Rowe Studio Art Glass for a one of a kind custom piece of glass art that you can display anywhere from your business, home, or even as an accessory. Founded over 36 years ago by the late Brian Rowe, Lynne Rowe has continued to carry on the legacy. Glass designs are original and can be purchased, in the studio. Lynne offers classes on how to create this unique form of art, both on the torch and in the kiln. Prices range from as little as $20 per hour to $200 for extended sessions. Known mostly for offering designs and fabrication of stained glass, sandblasting, mosaics and jewelry, are also offered. You can purchase here any materials for creating your own glass art custom pieces. Visit the showroom TuesdaySaturday from noon to 5pm, or their website at: www.RoweArtGlass.com for more details and schedules. With prom and graduation dates around the corner, take a visit into the clothes-lined


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of the Bird Road Art District walls of Castelli’s boutique. Catering to high-fashion minded city slickers, Castelli’s has been voted #1 by South Florida’s Prom & Graduation Committee, while participating in various fashion shows in Miami. Castelli’s offers all types of styles from classic to contemporary chic, for both day and evening designer attire at lower costs. This boutique is a one of a kind elegance. Owner Sandra Infante-Zibilich, has an incredible eye for what customers look for in today’s fashion. Any occasion is their specialty. Come today and make your one of a kind dress dream come true. Get your upholstery needs met at Rada Upholstery, where you can find a plethora of fabrics to fit any design preference. Rada is a one stop shop for custom design in wall paper, pillows, linens, window treatments, furniture, monogramming and more. Rafael Gonzalez, owner, and his team have the professional experience to design and create any custom piece with luxurious fabrics and textiles. Their attention to detail and friendly demeanor provide clients with an excellent customer service and repeat business for Rada. Your furniture could not be left in better hands. Like many moms, Debbie Diaz had a hard time finding great shoes she liked for her 4 year old daughter. That’s when she decided to open her own kids shoe store. For 14 years, Step By Step, has become a Mecca for the shoe lovers and fashionable moms. The store stocks a wide variety of brands and price points to appeal to Miami’s diverse population. Diaz makes sure to keep her footwear offerings fresh and exciting. And as the market changes, she continues to tweak her assortment. She also has been stocking more of what she calls” French Fry” items such as: hair accessories, tights, pencil cases, wallets, and the like. As a shopper herself, Diaz ensures a friendly service. This focus on service, together with her unique footwear selection, have made Diaz’ store a favorite of the locals, here in the Bird Road Art District.

Step By Step is expanding to a new location, in front, across the parking lot. Visit the store Monday- Friday from 11:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. or the website : www.stepbystepmiami.com for more details. The deep aroma of rich tobacco permeates through Mesa’s Cigars, where you can smoke, lounge, and sip delectable wine and beer. If you seek alternate social events and outings, come to Mesa’s Cigars where the whole shop becomes a lounge with music and where ladies drink free, from Thursday through Saturday. You can even have your special event hosted at Mesa’s. Monthly events, like sports games, domino and poker tournaments, are currently booked here. Aside from the social realm, cigars can be purchased at wholesale prices. Apart from name brand cigars, here you find house blend cigars, with filler binder and wrapping, from Esteli, Nicaragua. Rolling cigar services are also available for any event or occasion. Visit their website at www.mesacigars.com for more information and a schedule of events. Look for this article in any of the following Tuesday papers (Kendall Gazette, South Miami News, Coral Gables News, or Palmetto Bay News) to update yourself with the many businesses and services, which are a part of this Bird Road Art District. Don’t keep this a secret and share the news about this cluster of diverse shops in your community, to your friends, family, and acquaintances. Make it an exciting adventure to get great finds. There are many cafes and restaurants surrounding the Bird Road Art District to satisfy any appetite and to complete a wonderful shopping experience. Be sure to take a copy of this article to any of the participating advertisers to receive a 10% discount on your purchases. You couldn’t ask for more from this centric, one-stop shop Art District, with a great diversity of unique shops and services, affordable prices, friendly atmosphere.

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News from the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

UM great Gino Torretta enshrined in College Football Hall of Fame

Gino Torretta, who won the Heisman Trophy and finished his UM career with 11 school passing records, is the sixth Hurricane to be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.

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Commissioner to host free Back-to-School immunizations In preparation for the beginning of the school year, Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe A. Martinez will host a free Back-to-School immunization event on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Tamiami Park Coliseum, 10901 SW 24 St. Residents can attend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to receive vaccines. MiamiDade County Public Schools resume classes on Monday, Aug. 23. Trained medical staff from the Miami-Dade Health Department will be on hand to administer all the required and recommended vaccinations for children up to age 18. In order to be immunized, a child’s parent or legal guardian must bring the child’s immunization record and be present when the shot is administered. Staff will provide Certificates of Immunization for all attendees. For information, contact Commissioner Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155. S. FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION TO PRESENT ‘TUNA DIARIES’ AUTHOR The South Florida Writers Association (SFWA) invites the community to hear Robert Platshorn, author of The Black Tuna Diaries, on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Lifestyle Center on San Remo, located on the first floor of the Whole Foods Market, 6701 Red Rd.

The cost of admission is $10 for visitors and $8 for members. This cost includes a buffet brunch. Parking is free in the Whole Foods garage. You can pre-register by email by the end of business hours on Wednesday, Aug. 4, to Teresa Bendana at <Ebendana@att.net>. You may pay in advance online at <www.southfloridawritersassn.org>. LOCAL GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL TO HOST FUNDRAISER AT CHUCK E. CHEESE The Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida Inc. will partner with Chuck E. Cheese to host a fundraising event on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 3 to 9 p.m., at the restaurant’s Kendall location, 8701 SW 124 Ave. Chuck E. Cheese will donate 15 percent of the net profits to help the organization continue to provide programs that build girls of courage, confidence and character that make the world a better place. Before arriving, attendees can download a flyer to receive 10 free tokens at the location by visiting <www.girlscoutsfl.org>. For more information on the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, call 305-2534841. To learn more about the organization, visit <www.girlscoutsfl.org>.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS BILL COSBY, JELL-O SEARCH FOR AMERICA’S BEST GIGGLE Jell-O will be bringing its Hello Jell-O “Give it a Giggle” Tour to Miami on Friday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St. Consumers will be auditioning for an opportunity to have their giggle, selected by Bill Cosby, featured in a national TV spot. To bring on the giggle, consumers will be able to view content from Cosby’s new Web series “OBKB,” where Cosby interviews kids between the ages of 6 and 11, mining spontaneous and unexpected comedy from their responses. Consumers also can audition online by submitting their giggle at <www.hellojelloaudition.com>. Public voting this fall will pare down giggles and the winning giggler will record his or her giggle with Cosby. Visit <www.thefacebook.com/Jell-O> for tour details, or contact Charlotte Maumus, Hunter PR, at 1-212-679-6600, ext. 276, or <cmaumus@hunterpr.com>.

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR SCHEDULED ON AUG. 14 Warriors of Faith & Praise Church Inc., will be hosting a Community Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Goulds Park, 21805 SW 114 Ave. There will be free health information and screenings, giveaways, music, bounce houses and giant slides for the children to enjoy. For more information, call 786-2934956 or 305-761-7362. INFORMED FAMILIES OFFERS FREE ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’ WORKSHOP Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership invites parents/caregivers to attend its free monthly “Lunch and Learn” workshop in August titled, “Parenting with a Purpose: Responding to Developmental

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Challenges,” on Thursday, Aug. 17, from noon to 1 p.m., on the second floor of the partnership’s headquarters, 2490 Coral Way. Guest speaker and world-renowned child development expert Dr. Daniel Armstrong, PhD, will discuss various developmental challenges and ways to support a child’s healthy development. An optional $10 box lunch will be available for purchase when making reservations. To RSVP and/or order the lunch, send email to <agoldstein@informedfamilies.org> or visit <www.informedfamilies.org>. Call 305-856-4886 for more information. FUNDRAISING EVENT SET FOR LOCAL 2-YEAR-OLD WITH NEUROBLASTOMA The family of 2-year-old Mia A. CalecaMiller will be having a fundraising event on Sunday, Aug. 20, at Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122 Ave. in Kendall, from 8 to 11:30 p.m., to help this toddler battle a rare cancer she’s been diagnosed with known as neuroblastoma. During the Casino Night Fundraiser for Mia, guests will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, open bar and music and receive

funny money to play at the various casino stations. Former NFL player Marvin Jones is scheduled to make an appearance. For more information, visit online at <www.hope4mia.com>. GO CASUAL FOR KIDS TO HELP CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK Children’s Miracle Network Program at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF) invites companies, groups and individuals to partner with them by participating in this year’s Miracle Jeans Day on Wednesday, Sept. 15. For a minimum donation of $5, individuals may make a selection from event merchandise to wear to work with their jeans on Sept. 15. By doing so, they will support the Children’s Miracle Network program at Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. Register your company or as an individual by visiting <www.MiracleJeansDay.com>. Miracle Jeans Day merchandise includes buttons for a $5 donation, T-shirt for $15, or lapel pin for $20. Contact Glenda Saez at <gsaez@mchf.org> or 786-268-1831 to register or request additional information.


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Grove Gallery Walk continues its Summer Run on Aug. 7 BY MELISSA NOBLES

Numerous art exhibitions will debut on Saturday, Aug. 7, in conjunction with the Grove Gallery Walk, the highly successful cultural initiative that showcases the work of emerging artists who are making significant contributions to the Miami arts community. Focusing on an artist’s beginnings, personal experiences and spiritual journey, this month’s Walk will present an array of visual representation about culture, community, family and soul, as well as marry art with music. Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery kicks off the “one of our own” theme, as local Grovite Sebastian DuncanPortuondo headlines the gallery’s “Words and Symbols” collection with the piece In the flamboyant Grove, when…, a 3D flamboyPictured is artwork by Juan Travieso in the “Tres” exhibition at the ant altar made of mosaic and Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery. stained glass pieces. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Just a few doors down, Miami natives Ray Lopez, Juan Travieso, Ayerbe, Mena Chacon, Ana Gomez, Gisela and Reinier Gamboa premiere “Tres,” an art Llorens, Sylvia Evelina, Marta Culver and exhibit of contemporary works at the Christy Huang. Nomade Gallery will continue its Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery. These former New World students demonstrate acclaimed “Autour du Monde” – a globetechnical ability with illustrative paintings, trotting, artistic series of pieces from the Dominican Republic, France and the at a hometown reception during the Walk. Guests are invited to get really personal Bahamas, while German-born Grove resiwith participating artists, as Grove House dent Margrit-Rose People’s “African Artists opens “Refrigerator Art,” a proud Portraits and other tribal culture art” will grid exhibit of pieces designed not by the be on display at the Dharma Studio. The Grove Gallery Walk begins at 7 p.m. artists, but by their children. “Refrigerator Art” also will be interactive, allowing and continues through 10 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and guests to create some of their own. Blu Moon Studio’s “Inner Journey – refreshments will be made available at parMandala Art” explores the spiritual con- ticipating galleries, while live music can be nection of self to insight, healing, and well found at some locations. Art inspired events such as these are probeing, when artists Sheri Friedman and Peter Barreda invite art enthusiasts to vided by partnering galleries and the enjoy healthy vegetarian treats, mystical Coconut Grove Business Improvement music and the Grove’s own drum circle District (BID). The Coconut Grove BID exists to improve the quality and financial inside Florentino Plaza. Other special, international exhibitions success of the Grove’s commercial core. It featured in the Walk include: “EKLEK- enhances Grove parking, lighting, sanitaTICITY: a collective exhibition of Eight tion, marketing, and safety, as well as supLatin American, Mid-Career Artists,” at porting special events. For more information on the Coconut the RODEZart.com Gallery and Cristina Chacon Studio Gallery’s “Blended” exhi- Grove BID, visit online at <www.coconutbition featuring new works by Mario grove.com> or call 305-461-5506.


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Robert Perello, M.D., Returns from Haiti

BY FELICIA M. KORETSKY

Pediatrician Robert Perello, M.D. has just returned from a weeklong medical trip in Haiti. He calls the experience the most intense, exhausting of his life. He also calls it “the most rewarding and beautiful, too.” He has resumed his daily routine treating patients in his Pediatric Associates West Kendall office, but at night, sleep is hard to come by. His mind drifts back to the ravaged country neighboring his native homeland of the Dominican Republic. His thoughts are vivid and haunting. He feels guilty and angry wondering what will happen to the people he left behind. “You come out emotionally and physically drained because you leave the children in the misery and poverty that still exists in that country,” recounts Perello. “We treated them and then discharged them back into the cruel world of homelessness in a decimated city. The lucky ones get into one of the tent cities, but most of go back out to wander the streets.” Dr. Perello went to Haiti earlier this month through Project Medishare, a non-profit group founded in 1994 by University of Miami School of Medicine physicians Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier, to provide and share medical knowledge and services to Haitians. Dr. Perello is the first of four Pediatric Associates pediatricians scheduled to join the medical program, which recruits doctors from all over

the world to provide medical attention to earthquake victims at what now is the country’s most state-of-the art hospital-- set up on the grounds of the Port- au-Prince International Airport. Four large tents, donated by former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning, make up the airport hospital. One houses supplies, another personnel, one is for adult medicine, the fourth for pediatric care. The pediatric tent houses pediatric inpatient care, an operating room, a neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit. It is staffed by rotating groups of pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, orthopedists, ICU, NICU and ER nurses. On his stay, Dr. Perello lived in the tent along with 140 other doctors and nurses of multi specialty and multi-national backgrounds. The week he was there, there was a large group of doctors and nurses from California, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rady Children's Hospital, of San Diego. Privacy doesn’t exist at the airport hospital erected after the earthquake. But within a day or two of one’s arrival neither did any inhibitions, says Dr. Perello. Personnel slept inches apart from each other on army cots. Showers were set up outdoors, urinal stalls were created from pieces of wood. Everyone dressed, ate, slept and bathed in front of each other. Food was limited. Both patients and doctors ate the same food--rice, spaghetti, corn meal, a plantain or two. Proteins are all but scarce. A can of Vienna sausage was a prized possession, he said. Bottled water ran out quickly and Dr. Perello depended mostly on the local tap water that was filtered through a solar-powered devise. In one week, he dropped 12 pounds. “The patients were grateful for anything. I brought two bags of lollipops with me and I would do ‘lollipop rounds’ in the evenings. The Haitian people might be perceived by some as being stoic and unemotional when confronting pain and suffering, but

they are wonderful people. They have been through so much. They are very appreciative of our help, but to them death is a part of everyday life.” Dr. Perello worked seven days straight, treating children with all kinds of illnesses and trauma he has never seen before. Typhoid fever, severe burns, meningitis, amputees. Each day brought new patients and new circumstances. I had a 16 year old homeless girl who conceived a baby through rape bring me her newborn child. After I discharged the baby, all I could think about was what would become of her, would she be raped again? Would she find food for her child?” he said. “Another baby was brought to me by a thin grungy looking American man wearing a baseball cap. He explained to me that the baby’s mother tried to poison him with Clorox. It was thought she was trying to kill him in a twisted act of love--saving him from a life of misery. “This was the first trip of this nature for Dr. Perello, but not his first exposure to Haiti. About five years ago, his best friend Hugo Diaz, M.D., urged him to donate time and money to a Haitian orphanage, Haiti Home of Hope, which had been operated through a sister church of Miami Christian Baptist Church, where he belonged. The orphanage was not damaged during the earthquake, but it has grown beyond its capacity taking in hundreds of orphaned children. “There may have been 200,000 people lost during the earthquake, but more than 300,000 are estimated to die from hunger and disease according to the U.N.,” Perello says. “And I can’t help but feel angry. Misery is persistent. The press has left to follow the next big story. Conditions at the hospital camp are deteriorating. I’m lucky because I get to come back home, but what will happen to the people I met in Haiti, I ask myself.” When asked what he missed the most about home, Perello said his family. The father of three shared his album

of photos with his children, ages 22, 15 and 13, and some of their friends, in an effort to have them become less affected by material things and understand the pain existing in other parts of the world. He plans to take his children to visit some of the Haitian orphanages during the summer. Dr. Perello gives a lot of credit to all the people around the world who have given their money and time, especially that American man who brought him the baby who digested Clorox at his mother’s hand. Turns out that it was actor Sean Penn, though at the time of their conversation it wasn’t about celebrity, it was about humanity. Penn runs a refugee camp in Haiti. When packing to return back to Miami, Dr. Perello decided to leave behind most of his possessions. Maybe the Pediatric Associates scrub top he wore would become a dress for a little girl, his baseball cap could protect a young boy from the sun, his sneakers and sandals could go to another man who might be barefoot. “While it was the hardest experience of my life, it was the most rewarding. It was so overwhelming. But our group has remained close and we are in touch, sharing our thoughts and never forgetting the people of Haiti.” Robert Perello, M.D. is a primary care pediatrician with Pediatric Associates, South Florida’s largest privately owned pediatric practice, which has been caring for infants, children and adolescents since 1955. His primary office is at Pediatric Associates West Kendall at 13734 SW 56th St. Miami, FL 33175. For a patient appointment with Dr. Perello, call 305-387-7211. Media Requests for Interview Are Handled Through Pediatric Associates Corporate Office: For more information on covering Pediatric Associates pediatricians visiting Haiti, please contact Felicia Koretsky, Director of Marketing, 954-965-7329 or marketingdepartment@pediatricassociates.com


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Dr. Frank Kinslow sets U.S. launch of best-selling book BY ANABELLE ALARCON

Promo Hosting LLC has announced the U.S. launch of Dr. Frank Kinslow’s bestselling book, The Secret of Instant Healing, on Aug. 10, 8 p.m., at Books and Books Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave. The Secret of Instant Healing, the wildly popular natural health book that has taken the world by storm, has been rated as the No. 1 best-selling natural healing book in Germany for over a year and has skyrocketed to the top of the reading charts. After two highly successful tours in Germany, Dr. Kinslow is now focusing on promoting both his English– and Spanishlanguage books in a multi-city workshop schedule across the U.S. Dr. Kinslow has brought together quantum science, meditation, and “the Power of Now” and created a simple, easily learned healing technique that anyone — novice or healing professional — can learn in minutes. Quantum Entrainment (QE) is a scientific procedure that promotes rapid healing by expanding selfawareness. “Quantum Entrainment is a very rapid healing process that anyone can do,” Dr. Kinslow said. personal happiness. Participants will “Whether you learn how to experience more have a broken leg “flow” and “ease,” and less stress or Dr. Frank Kinslow or a broken heart, agitation. –––––––––––––––––––– you need rest to Dr. Kinslow has been a chiropracheal. If you want physical, emotional or tic physician for 17 years and a teacher for spiritual healing, you need deep rest. The the deaf. He is the author of the best-selling deeper the rest, the deeper the healing. The Secret of Instant Healing (2008), The “Pure awareness is the deepest rest you Secret of Quantum Living (2010), and can get. I discovered a process that instant- Beyond Happiness: How to Fulfill Your ly gives the body, mind and spirit deep rest Deepest Desire (2006). and fast healing. It works in seconds. That Dr. Kinslow now dedicates himself fullis what I call Quantum Entrainment.” time to writing and teaching about the Apart from reading the book, people can Quantum Entrainment Process. In the past learn how to apply this rapid healing six months, Dr. Kinslow has presented two process through hands-on workshops. Dr. European workshops on the Quantum Kinslow will be offering a two-day work- Entrainment process to sellout audiences shop in Miami — the first in a major U.S. (500 per workshop). city — on Aug. 21 and 22. In these workHe and his wife reside in Sarasota. shops, participants will learn the basic QE To get more information about the workprocess and how to offer QE to themselves shops, call 1-877-942-8333, visit online at and others. <www.qepromo.com>, or send email to Dr. Kinslow will demonstrate how <info@qepromo.com>. For more informafocused awareness has the power to trans- tion about the book signing with Dr. Frank form every aspect of our lives, including Kinslow at Books and Books call 305-442health, finances, relationships, career and 4408.

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Community Newspapers endorses Michael Bileca for Florida House of Rep. District 117 MICHAEL BILECA is a visionary leader in our community. A man of integrity, strong character and intelligence, Bileca deeply loves his country and the democratic principles upon which it was founded. He and his wife Vivian are first-generation Americans, each born to immigrant parents who fled the tyranny of dictatorships in Eastern Europe and Cuba. Their family stories represent the true ideals of our country and our community: the willingness of one generation to risk everything to reach the shores of America so that their children might thrive in a land of freedom and liberty. Bileca has chosen to commit his leadership, talents and passion to represent our community in order further the dreams of those who sacrificed so much, and to work for the benefit of all of Florida’s children. Bileca grew up in Miami and graduated with honors from our local public school system. He studied at Tulane University under a tuition scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Classical Philosophy. He received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Bileca believes that it is incumbent upon government leaders to create an environment where freedom and responsibility empowers the individual to flourish. These are the principles that have guided his business experience as a

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2011 Mustang GT gets new 5.0 liter V-8 engine Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

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foot-pounds of torque. The aluminum fourvalve-per-cylinder heads feature a compact roller-finger follower valvetrain layout leaving more room for high-flow ports for freebreathing performance. The head structure was designed to support higher cylinder head pressures and crossflow cooling for sustained high-rpm use, while head bolt size was increased from 11 to 12 millimeters to contain the higher combustion pressures. The aluminum block was developed for optimized windage and oil drainback under lateral conditions and high-rpm use, such as a track-day outing for an enthusiast owner or driver. Increased main bearing bulkhead widths and nodular iron cross-bolted main bearing caps with upsized bolts were also used to accommodate the healthy jump in performance. This new Muscle Car has specially tuned Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) for better driving dynamics, large vented disc brakes and suspension enhancements for better ride and handling, including revised damper tuning and spring rates for a smooth highway ride, new rear lower control arms and firmer stabilizer bar bushings to improve stiffness and handling for better cornering.

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Additionally, the increased capacity and baffling of the deep-sump stamped steel oil pan to enable sustained high-rpm use and offer the convenience of 10,000-mile oil change intervals. Piston-cooling jets also were incorporated for performance-minded owners and for faster oil warm-up on cold start. Specially designed tubular exhaust headers were developed to maximize exhaust pulse separation and improve flow. Under the hood, curved intake runners are framed by an acoustic cover with the new 5.0 logo and “Powered by Ford” cam covers. As for styling, the front fenders have

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Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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