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Metrorail station greenspace may become a public park

Real estate market overview reflects slow, upward improvement encouraging realtors

BY GARY ALAN RUSE ayor Horace Feliu announced last week during an interview with The South Miami News that a special project he’s been working on for the past several years is moving closer to reality. Feliu said that he met on Monday July 27 with the Metro Transit Authority, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez and his staff, members of the Department of Cultural Affairs and also with the Green Canopy Division regarding converting the “greenspace” area at the South Miami Metrorail station into a small public park. “This would be a win-win situation for everyone,” Feliu said. “For two years I’ve

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Pictured is the South Miami Metrorail Station “greenspace” area in its current state, barricaded off and unusable to residents.

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he Real Estate Association of Miami-Dade County hosted a panel luncheon discussing the latest developments and projections affecting the five real estate markets - Residential, Luxury, Condo, Commercial and International. The panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts was led by moderator, Louis Archambault, Attorney, Pathman Lewis LLP, who guided the presenta-

Jarbas Godoy, owner of The Dog from Ipanema dog grooming salon, has been in South Miami for the past two years, but opened his business 23 years ago with a mission — to pamper your pet. “I moved the company to South Miami to be close to my own home, since I have been living for the last 11 years in South Miami,” said Jarbas. “We opened in 1986 in the Gables and were received with rave reviews. A magazine in 1988 named us a ‘fern

ladden spa for the BMW Pet Set.’ We were named ‘Best of South Florida’ and ‘Best of Miami,’ amongst other publications. Even the Sunday Times of London has named us the salon with the most expensive Poodle Coif of the world in 2005. We have served over 500,000 in over 23 years of operation. Even Borat taped a segment at the salon.” Located at 7230 SW 57th Avenue, the grooming saloon works mostly by appointment only, but it takes a dif–––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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ferent approach to grooming that both pet owners and their beloved pets are sure to like. “One of our trademarks is that the owners are always welcome,” Jarbas said. “So it’s very common to see the owner sitting right by the groomer while the dog is being done.” The “regulars” are done in an average of three hours and wait for their turns in a special room with their own TV (playing dog-sitting videos), spa music and their own water fountain. Most of the visiting pooches sleep away while their parents are shopping in the neighborhood. “We also offer a service called Express visits, for those owners who don’t want their ‘babies’ to be in a cage while they’re waiting,” Jarbas said. “So the babies come in, go straight to the tub, get washed and blow-dried, go immediately to the groomer and then go home with the owner. We try to spoil everybody and make everybody happy.”

Jarbas Godoy opened his first salon in Brazil in 1976, located in a fine boutique area in Salvador, Bahia. It was there that Jarbas started to experiment with the way services were provided to pets, since the way pets were treated back then was not to his liking. Jarbas has been able to provide services for dogs and cats in a compassionate environment, and has fine tuned some of the most incredible professionals he could find to his mantra of ‘fair, humane and loving treatment of the little ones that bring so much needed love and peace for so many of us.’ Jarvas has a staff of eleven at The Dog from Ipanema. “It is like a family here,” he said. “We have associates that are with us for 14, 17, 18 years.” Jarbas is clearly doing what he loves doing, and with his background in the dog show circuit where he trained and groomed some champions in record time, he and his team

know how to groom dogs in the proper way for specific breeds. Jarbas has conducted pioneering seminars for training groomers in Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal and Spain. Here in the USA he has been a dog grooming competition judge for over 12 years, being a founding member of IJA (a body of accredited judges from around the world) and having been nominated three times for a Crystal Award by his colleagues in the grooming industry in recognition of his contributions. He also graduated from UM with a bachelor in Psychology having pursued a Master In Counseling there. The Dog from Ipanema also offers a full range of special organic pet foods, grooming products and accessories. Hours are Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 305-6631712 or visit http://www.thedogfromipanema.com/.

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been asking the county if we could do this, or at least landscape the area and maintain it. It’s a shame the Metrorail station is still an eyesore. It would make sense if our city residents could use the property and it would also beautify the area.” Feliu said that the county has awarded the city roughly $20,000 for trees to increase the overall canopy of “green” in the City of Pleasant Living, and that some of those trees would be used for the project. The city commission would have to vote on it for approval, but since the materials—trees, plants and sod—will be provided by the county, it would be a hard thing to turn down. The county attorney’s office is currently reviewing the wording of how the project and maintenance would work, as well as pending litigation regarding the county’s role in establishing a “hometown station” at the Metrorail facility, but the mayor is optimistic that these final hurdles will be overcome and the mini-park project will soon get under way. “We want to remove the concrete barriers and the fences and add landscaping that will beautify and enhance the area, and add to our residents’ quality of life,” said Feliu. “There will be park benches, too, of course.”

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NOAA’s Robert A. Black addressed South Miami Rotary meeting Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB With hurricane season upon us, South Miami Rotarians called on Research Meteorologist and Adjunct Professor of Meteorology out of NOAA, Robert A. Black, to speak to them at their July 14 meeting. Black, who flies in the eye of hurricanes to test and monitor storm patterns, entertained the crowd with some amusing stories. It seems his first flight into Hurricane Allen in 1980 was so turbulent that after the second day, the pilot quit and joined the Navy to work on submarines. South Miami Rotary meets every Tuesday at Carrabba’s 5829 SW 73th Street, in South Miami, at 12:15 p.m. Visiting Rotarians are always welcomed. In other Rotary news, Rotary Club of Coral Gables recently honored 1978-79 President Warren Zeiller. Zeiller, a faithful member of the Club from 1972 to the day of his passing last year, was also a veteran. In fact, Zeiller’s family donated $5,000 from his estate to the Rotary Club of Coral Gables to be used to help the V.A. Nursing Home where the Club has been sponsoring monthly bingo games. With that in mind, the Club decided to use the money to purchase a new Bingo machine and cards and then had a plaque prepared in Warren’s honor and placed in the room where the Club runs the games for the veterans. On Saturday, June 18th, with Warren’s wife Chardy Zeiller and son, Todd Zeiller, in attendance, the plaque was presented to Lupe Bornn, member of the education-

al therapy department at the V.A. Hospital. Bornn then surprised the family and the Rotary members by announcing the game room would be called the “Zeiller Bingo Room,” an honor well deserved by Rotarian Warren “Mickey” Zeiller. Members of the Rotary Club present at the ceremony were President-elect Sally Baumgartner representing President Wiley, Lan Nghiem-Phu, Bonnie Blaire, our Community Service Chair Judy Pantoja, Alfredo Iglesias, George Reeves, Jo Burke, Yoli Woodbridge, and guest Derek Griffeths and his wife Grettel. Mireya Kilmon has been elected Corporate Chair for The Arthritis Foundation “Let’s move together” Miami Dade Walk scheduled for November 14 2009, at Crandon Park. As a sufferer of Arthritis herself, her platform is promoting public and patient education for The Arthritis Foundation. She will lead the committee is securing corporate sponsors and corporate teams for the walk. She is available for appearances, events and speaking engagements. If your company is interested in a corporate team or in a sponsorship, please contact her via email at <Tessie13@aol.com> or by phone at 786-295-9323. An amazing woman who dedicates countless hours to volunteer efforts, Kilmon recently won a national pageant and was crowned American Image National Queen 2009 in Charleston South Carolina this past April. She currently serves on GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s board of directors and chairs the Club’s Domestic Violence Committee. She was recently named to the Task Force Violence Against Women Act Health Committee in Washington DC. Camelot Salon & Spa in Coral Gables is sponsoring The Gold-Diggers, Inc.’s First Annual Cut-A-Thon charity event. Centrally located in the heart of Coral

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Pictured at VA Hospital to honor the memory of Warren Zeiller are Lupe Bornn, of the Veteran’s Hospital; Warren’s widow, Chardy Zeiller, and son, Todd Zeiller; and Rotary Club of Coral Gables’ President-elect Sally Baumgartner.

Gables, Camelot Salon & Spa is opening its doors on Sunday, August 9, 2009 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. for a salon experience like no other, all in the name of charity. While haircuts usually range from $65 to $100 at Camelot, guests at the salon on Sunday, August 9th can receive a haircut for $20, blow-dry for $15-$20 (depending on hair length), nail polish change for $5 and/or a relaxing chair massage for $10. Special pricing is available for a Sensational Salon Sampler to complete the experience, including all four services. Light fare will be provided by the Sgt. Pepper Cafe, gourmet, urban style eatery; wines from Joseph Carr Winery will be provided by Coral Gables law firm, The Murray Law Firm, P.A. and gourmet, “couture” cupcakes will be served from Cupcakes Nouveau. This fabulous event is hosted by local Coral Gables women’s charity organization, The Gold-Diggers, Inc. The GoldDiggers, a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 32nd year, has raised over one million dollars for its beneficiaries, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and The Food for Life Network. The GoldDiggers, Inc. is made up of 60 women

from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties who raise money for these charities through fall fundraisers and their annual spring musical revue. Visit <www.gold-diggers.org> for more information. Don’t miss out on this exciting event on Sunday, August 9, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 p.m. to receive a new hairstyle from some of Coral Gables’ premiere stylists. All proceeds will benefit The GoldDiggers, Inc. in support of their charities. Camelot Salon & Spa is located two blocks south of Miracle Mile at 2600 Galiano Street in beautiful downtown Coral Gables. Visit www.camelotspa.com for more information. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome for this event and there is ample parking nearby. Contact Natalie Tappert of The GoldDiggers, Inc. at 305-439-3206 or at <natalietappert@hotmail.com> to reserve your appointment today! Until next week, keep making each day count. Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to <galburns@aol.com>.


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Help Children’s Home Society help needy children Remember the first day of school? The excitement and nervousness of starting a new year, seeing old friends again, moving up to a new grade. On August 24th children all across MiamiDade will be cheerfully showing off their new backpacks, uniforms and school supplies as they once again begin the school year ready to succeed. Now imagine that you are a child in need. The first day of class is scary and looms large with anxiety. You’ll have to face school, once again, without even the most basic of supplies. While the other children excitedly chatter, you’ll sit in the back, embarrassed, ashamed. Children’s Home Society of Florida needs to provide school supplies, backpacks and uniforms for more than 2000

abused, neglected, abandoned and needy children this year. Our back to school drive is in full swing and your donation can help a child start the year with their head held high! Donate backpacks, supplies or even gift cards to Office Depot or your favorite supply store. $75.00 helps a child start the year with confidence…and provides valuable support to help them succeed in class and in life. Call 305-755-6520 to make a donation or for more information. Thank you for participating in the CHS Back to School Drive and for making a difference in the life of a child. Children’s Home Society of Florida <www.chsfl.org>.

Share your fuzzy friends’ photographs with others Miami’s Community Newspapers wants your pet photos so we can share them with our readers. From the fantastic to the funny, the hilarious to the heartfelt, send them in for publication. Candid and posed shots are welcome. Please be careful — we want you and your pet alive and healthy to enjoy seeing your furry or feathered friend in Miami’s Community Newspapers. Email photos to us along with a description of 250 words or less. Digital photos should be at least 1,800 by 1,200 pixels and prints should be scanned at least 300 DPI. Please send as .jpg (JPEG) or .tif (TIFF) files. Send submissions to <Angie@communitynewspapers.com>.

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Can we afford government retirement programs? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY There was a time when working for the government meant sacrificing income for a guaranteed job. Government, then trying to compete with private industry for good workers, started offering benefits such as enhanced retirement plans and health benefits that were appealing to future employees but did not cost much money — in the beginning. Now, that has all changed! Working for government, especially state, county and municipal positions, no longer means a “job for life.” But, it does mean guaranteed benefits to those who retire, that private industry cannot afford, to stay competitive within the industry. General Motors and Chrysler are two perfect examples. A large portion of the price of their automobiles goes, at least before their reorganizations, to fund hospitalization and retirement benefits for retired employees, those who haven’t been working for their former employers for

many years. GM and Chrysler did not have the luxury of increasing the prices of their cars to accommodate the heavy cost of retiree benefits. If they did, their competitors would have eaten them alive by underselling their cars. Government is different. At least government was different. For years the dollars rolled into state, county and municipal treasuries. Money was not the question. Residents of our state went to the stores and bought and bought. Sales tax revenues continued to grow every year. The value of our real estate continued to grow at unprecedented rates. Real estate taxes continued to grow, and like the sales tax revenues put more and more dollars into government treasuries every year. County, municipal and state salaries continued to grow. In some cases unwarranted increases were granted and those in management seemed to turn a blind eye to the irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars. Work for government and your retirement benefits were guaranteed. Not only guaranteed but for a very high percentage of your salary. Contribute for a lifetime to Social Security and see just how little money you will receive at retire-

––– VIEWPOINT ––– ment. Social Security retirement benefits equate to about 19 percent of the average salary (based upon $50,000 at the time of retirement). Retire from government and benefits can be from 50 percent to as much as 90 percent (Miami-Dade County employees) of the average of the last few years’ salary. Join the “drop” program and see just how much money a retiring government employee will receive (but that’s for a later column). Private industry workers can no longer afford to fund government workers’ retirement programs. Workers in the private sector do not appreciate working their whole lives, paying taxes that fund government gargantuan retirement programs, and then retire on the meager monthly income provided by Social Security. Government seemed like the only place to work. Every year more and more businesses find that they can no longer afford to match a portion of employee contributions to retirement programs. Many retirees are

finding that retirement programs have been eliminated or modified by court action when their former employers go through bankruptcy. Salaries, health benefits and retirement benefits are the most costly portion of municipal, state and school systems’ budgets. Unless they are modified, bringing them into line with private industry, we will find more and more governments going into bankruptcy courts and having a federal judge modify their retirement benefits. The harsh reality is that government is spending itself out of business. Better they make the adjustments themselves than letting a bankruptcy judge do it.

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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Teatro Area Stage offers special productions for theater fans BY LEE STEPHENS Teatro Area Stage has two very special productions that theater lovers will not want to miss. Area Stage Conservatory ends its summer session with the macabre and uncompromisingly powerful musical Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The rare instance that a musical thriller has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor; audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next. Casting was a challenge for the directors involved in the process, John Rodaz (Artistic Director), Maria Rodaz (Executive Director), Robin Barson (Director) and Jeanne Sensale (Musical Director). They agree it is an impressive group of extremely dedicated and talented kids. Jonathan Rojas, 16, who plays Sweeney, says “I’m really excited, I’ve always wanted to do this role… it’s so different, there is no one really like Sweeney. I’ve always played romantic leads, and this is a huge departure.” Carolina Ribeiro, 14, who plays the female lead Mrs. Lovett, also loves the play. “It’s been really fun! Since I’ve never done a show at Area Stage I feel blessed to have the opportunity to play such an awesome role,” says Ribeiro. Marcos Alvarez, 13, playing Toby, responds: “Yeah! I’m very excited to do this play! I enjoy the immense effort of all involved, giving this opportunity to young performers.” Nick Ley 18, (Pirelli) a veteran performer already adds: “Sweeney Todd is such is a “monumental challenge”… to live up to the work is proving to be more enjoyable than any amount of stress it could’ve brought to us.” The cast is composed by Jonjon Rodaz (Rockway MS); Marcos Alvarez (Gulliver Academy); Nick Ley, Jonathan Rojas, Frankie Oliva, Joseph Barbosa (Belen);

Ivette Vinas (left) and Carlos Orizondo are pictured in a scene from “Motolov Kisses.”

Jason Lewis, Jake Barson, Rachel Piero (Palmetto HS); Erin Acle (Palmetto MS); Moriah Houwers, Kaitlyn Schlotzhauer (Ammons); Jeremy Cole, Stephanie Volero (R. Morgan HS); Nick Martin (Southwood MS); Danielle de la Fuente (St Theresa); Rachel Rodaz, Joel Mays (NWSA); Marilyn Caserta, Amanda Lopez (Lourdes Academy); Carolina Ribeiro (Ransom Everglades); Kevin Rios (St Brendan). Performances are August 4th and 5th at 7:00 p.m. This is a fundraising production for the AREA STAGE Conservatory Program and their scholarship program. Also playing is the USA Premiere of Your Molotov Kisses by the award winning Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott. English translation by Heather McKay, with Carlos Orizondo and Ivette Viñas. Directed by John Rodaz. A hilarious and provocative commentary on political incorrectness, the play centers on the life of an urban couple whose world explodes in riotous ways when they receive a mysterious package from the FBI. The Spanish version of “Tu Ternura Molotov” ran for seven consecutive weeks and received critical praise from audi-

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• Sunday: single tickets $25/ Couples $40 • Students $10 (25 yrs or younger with ID) In 1989, Area Stage began producing on Lincoln Road, South Beach. “One of the most influential theatres in the region…” (Sun Sentinel), it presented a mix of contemporary plays and developed new works and “…changed the perception and standards of what South Florida’s theatres can and should be.” (Sun-Sentinel). For the past eight years, working between venues and countries, the company explored new theatre initiatives, original works by Hispanic Playwrights and the production of works in South America. In November of 2008, this dynamic theatre company moved into its new home: the beautiful two hundred and seventy five seat facility located in the Riviera Plaza in Coral Gables, a dream come true for John and Maria Rodaz and their supporters. “Audiences can be assured of seeing solid ensemble acting, thought-provoking theater, and first-rate production values,” said South Florida Magazine, proclaiming Area Stage Company the Best Theatre of South Florida. The theatre is located at 1560 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables. Call for tickets or more details at 305-666-2078, space is limited. Purchase tickets online at <www.teatroareastage.com>.


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First Bank of Miami breaks ground for Kendall branch

Pictured at the groundbreaking for the First Bank of Miami Office Building in Kendall are (l-r) Abel Ramirez, president, Jaxi Builders Inc.; Jorge I. Triay, president and CEO, First Bank of Miami; Raul R. Garcia, Executive Committee chair, First Bank of Miami, and Eduardo Caballero, vice president, Jaxi Builders Inc. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY RICHARD YAGER First Bank of Miami (FBM) broke ground for its new Kendall branch office on July 27. The event was celebrated by the company’s chief officers and senior management with principals of the general contractor, Jaxi Builders Inc. of Miami, and Rodriguez & Quiroga, building architects. “This is a very important area in the growth of Miami and fits well into an existing objective to add coverage and convenience to existing clients and a new market area for the bank,” said Jorge I. Triay, president and CEO for the bank. Triay was joined by Raul R. Garcia, bank’s Executive Committee chair, for the traditional hardhat and silver-plated shovel groundbreaking ceremony as bank executives and guests toasted with fluted glasses of champagne. Opening is anticipated in one year for FBM’s sixth Miami-Dade location and its first in Kendall, on N. Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street), one block west of the Don Shula Expressway (SR 874). The three-story structure at 9851 N. Kendall Dr. will be 100 percent occu-

pied by bank personnel and is anticipated to employ a 25-member staff. Earning a Superior Rating in the banking rating system, “First Bank is looking forward to bringing to the Kendall community the same type of personalized banking that has been the cornerstone of our success,” Triay said. “At a time when other institutions are scaling down their operations, First Bank has a conservative growth plan and is looking for additional opportunities to continue to expand with conservative and traditional business values that have become the bank’s trademark over the past 13 years,” he added. “Our bank has traditionally maintained a very conservative lending policy that has maintained the bank away from existing problems affecting other financial institutions.” Beginning as a “de novo” community bank on June 10, 1996, First Bank of Miami executive offices and headquarters are located in Coral Gables at 255 Aragon Ave. Four branch offices have been opened at: 235 SE First St. in downtown Miami; 7101 SW Eighth St. in Westchester; 3650 SW Eighth St. (Douglas Road) and 1255 W. 49 St. in Hialeah.

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The Falls, South Florida Parenting to present ‘Back to School Splash’ BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ The Falls, one of the largest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment complexes in the United States, has teamed up with South Florida Parenting to welcome back the annual “Back to School Splash” event which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 8, and Sunday, Aug. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. at The Falls. “The Falls is dedicated to ensuring that Miami-Dade residents make the necessary preparations for the new school year,” said Dailen Rodriguez, director of mall marketing at The Falls. “Our shoppers will benefit from finding some real bargains and many stores are eager to offer incredible markdowns to get ready for the new school season. “Families will be able to save on products ranging from clothing, footwear, athletic goods, back-to-school supplies and electronics.” Free fun for the whole family, the “Back to School Splash” event will feature kid-friendly activities including paddleboats, inflatable rides, fishing games, dunk tank and a return appear-

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ance from Curious George. Event attendees will enjoy performances by Hip Hop Kidz, magic shows and Miami Children’s Theater. They also will have the opportunity to take advantage of special in-store promotions and discounts offered at participating retailers throughout The Falls. In addition, the Florida Marlins will host the outdoor activities and provide music, games, free samples, prizes and even welcome surprise appearances from some of the team members. The Parent Academy will present a pirate scavenger hunt and provide back-to-school materials for Miami-Dade parents. For details go online to <www.sfparenting.com>, <www.simon.com> or call 305-255-4571. The Falls, located at S. Dixie Highway (US1) and SW 136th Street, features Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, over 100 stores, restaurants, cafés and a United Artists theater. For more information about The Falls, go online to <www.shopthefalls.com> or call 305255-4570.

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Access to expert, comprehensive and compassionate care becomes a No. 1 priority for the nearly one in eight women who develops breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. With the opening of the new Baptist Health Breast Center, Baptist Health’s goal is to simplify — and expedite — access to exceptional care for the thousands of women facing the possibility of a lifechanging diagnosis. The Breast Center is located on the first floor of the South Miami Hospital Medical Arts Building, 6200 Sunset Dr., and serves as a centralized resource for patients with a suspected or confirmed breast cancer diagnosis. The Breast Center features a team of highly skilled breast cancer surgeons, specialized radiologists whose sole focus is breast imaging, and state-of-the-art diagnostic technology under one roof. Diagnostic services include breast MRI, breast biopsy and breast PET/PEM. “The expert physicians and technology are in place, but we also felt it was critically important to offer patients and families an ally, someone who could help guide them through the journey,” said Denise Harris, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer of Baptist Outpatient Services. “That’s where the CareCoach comes in — to serve as a trusted point of contact and centralized resource.” CareCoaches are available to help guide patients and families after a breast cancer diagnosis. Functions include appointment scheduling, connecting patients with support services such as social work, mental health counseling,

physical therapy and more, as well as providing compassionate support. “Most people think women are worried about what will happen during the course of treatment, but, in reality, they are most worried about how breast cancer is going to affect their families,” said Robert DerHagopian, MD, one of the Breast Center’s expert surgeons. “You have to plan the best treatment for the cancer, but you can’t forget about the patient’s emotional wellbeing. It helps to have an added layer of support.” The Breast Center’s décor also was carefully planned to provide a peaceful, healing environment for patients and families. The community is invited to tour the new Breast Center at the grand opening health fair scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Free screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and osteoporosis will be offered, as well as a special unveiling, performances and refreshments. Randy Schenkman, MD, a retired Baptist Health radiologist, shared her vision with others and helped lay the groundwork for the Breast Center’s development. “It was Dr. Schenkman’s dream to have a place where women can receive the highest level of care while finding solace through the compassion of our team,” said Patricia Rosello, CEO of Baptist Outpatient Services. “If we can lessen someone’s anxiety by providing faster, more convenient access to expert care, we will have reached an important goal.” For more information about the services available at the Baptist Health Breast Center, call 786-662-4775.

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The Florida Baptist Children’s Home (FBCH) sent out an SOS for back-toschool supplies, and private donors and local merchants teamed up to provide help that was urgently needed. The FBCH, a local orphanage established in 1954 and located at 7748 SW 95 Terr., experienced severe budget cuts this year. The children who reside in the home range from elementary to high school age and this year the prospect of new backpacks and back-to-school supplies seemed out of reach. Local donors and merchants decided to make a difference in the lives of the children and provide all the necessary supplies that would get them ready for school. The Paper Boutique of South Miami

generously provided stylish backpacks and back-to-school supplies, and on Monday, July 27, students from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart gathered at the shop located at 7346 SW 57 Ave. in South Miami and volunteered to arrange, pack and gift wrap each of these backpacks. Other area retailers — Staples, Get Smart, Kids 4 Kids and private donors generously joined in the effort as well. “It is heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from local retailers and donors, in these tough economic times” said Susan Isenberg, who reached out and coordinated the effort. The Florida Baptist Children’s Home — which serves the needs of orphaned, abused, neglected and abandoned children — is in need of donations throughout the year. To help, call 305-271-4121.

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‘Share A Haircut’ program to benefit disadvantaged children Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will launch its 10th annual “Share A Haircut” program to provide children in need with a fresh haircut just before the start of the new school year. Through Aug. 15, every time a child, age 18 or younger, receives a haircut at the salon, a free haircut will be provided to a disadvantaged child in the community. Through partnerships with local service agencies and nonprofit organizations, the Hair Cuttery has donated more than 450,000 haircuts since the program’s inception in 1999. CLINIC EMPOWERS PEOPLE TO SEEK COMPENSATION FOR GRIEVANCES The Miami-Dade Consumer Services Department will be teaching people how to file a case in Small Claims Court without the costly assistance of an attorney during a free clinic to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 11, noon, at the Main Library in downtown Miami, 101 W. Flagler St. Small Claims Court is used by individuals to address disputes involving $5,000 or less. People are invited to visit the

Consumer Services Department website at <www.miamidade.gov/csd/court_clinics.asp>, for instructions in English and Spanish on how to file in Small Claims Court and collect on a judgment. In addition, legal forms are provided for free on the website and are available at the clinic for a small fee. For questions regarding the clinics or additional information, call the Consumer Services Department at 305375-3677. RECRUITMILITARY CAREER FAIR COMING TO STADIUM, AUG. 20 The RecruitMilitary Career Fair event is coming to Miami and will take place at Land Shark Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., on Thursday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 300 veterans are expected to attend this special event intended to help recently returning troops and other veterans and service members as well as their spouses, find jobs. Veterans will be able to interview with an all-star team of national, regional and local employers at the fair.

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The Way to A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach and The Way to Residents’ Hearts Is Through Great Dining Experiences BY KERRY GREEN MIAMI—Innovative retirement communities are dispelling the old-fashioned stereotypes of seniors and dining. As in any fine restaurant where gourmet dishes and appearances by the chef— dressed in crisp white toques—are expected, chefs at senior living communities are now raising the bar to meet residents’ growing demands. “Dining continues to be a common concern for many older adults moving to a senior living community,” said Helen Shaham, President of The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care. “Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, the dining experience can often be the highlight of the day. It’s the time when residents gather to socialize and exchange stories with friends and neighbors. And, nothing goes with great conversation like a great dining.” At The Palace, the first step in creating memorable dining experiences for residents is the selection of chefs with extensive culinary backgrounds. Alon Hershkowitz, the executive chef for The Palace Renaissance and Royale Assisted Living Communities, offers a wealth of knowledge and talent, having worked at several of the most luxurious hotels and country clubs including The National Hotel in Miami Beach. Under his culinary guidance, Assisted and Catered Living residents enjoy fine dining which rivals some of the best gourmet restaurants. He marries their desire for comfort foods such as traditional meat loaf and brisket with his flair for creating French, Italian and Mediterranean specialties. As people age, they experience a natural decline in their senses of taste and smell. Chef Alon compensates by increasing the intensity of the dish’s flavor and aroma with fresh, roasted garlic and special sauces and purees. “Dining has to be both enjoyable and healthy,” said Chef Alon. “We understand the need for limited to almost NO sodium & sugar intake and use no-salt seasonings such as Mrs. Dash. We also offer a wide variety of sugar-free desserts.” Chef Alon along with our Gabriel Garrido, the Food Service Director at The Palace Suites, a luxury independent living community, believe there’s always a reason for a celebration and have cre-

ated themed dinners throughout the month to heighten residents dining experiences. “Palace residents are well traveled and have very high expectations,” said Garrido, who has been with the company for over 10 years. “Employees get their greatest satisfaction from seeing residents happy; therefore, we go above and beyond to exceed these expectations while shattering the stereotypes of dining at a senior living community.” The Renaissance and Royale residents enjoy specialty dinners twice per month. Past themes have included German, Asian and Mediterranean. Suites’ residents enjoy gourmet dinners on Thursday nights with menu items including filet mignon and shellfish. Also, the Suites’ Happy Hour is kicked up a notch regularly, featuring an international theme and small plates from the region along with complementary entertainment. Recently themed Happy Hours have included a Spanish Tapas event featuring over 20 different appetizers along with flamenco dancers and an Italian Antipasto Party with over 15 delicious offerings including proscuitto di parma with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. Holidays and special occasions are yet another way The Palace communities make the dining experience special. The Palace Suites recently set a record when it hosted the largest Mother’s Day brunch buffet for over140 residents and their families in addition to hosting a myriad of unique brunches throughout the year including a Sunday Gospel Brunch, a Country Western Brunch, an Oktoberfest Brunch, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Xmas Day & Hanukkah buffets, and more. Residents also have opportunities to voice their opinions about the dining experience at The Palace. In addition to talking with the Chef as he visits their table every dinner to solicit feedback, they can share their thoughts during the monthly Resident Council meeting or write their comments in the Palace biannual Resident Satisfaction Surveys. Our chefs and dining room mangers take other steps to further maximize resident dining satisfaction. White linen tablecloths adorn each table and are accented by fresh flowers. Residents also enjoy a glass of wine and freshly baked bread (baked in-house) with dinner, and the young wait staff is educated daily about the Menu, the Daily Specials

& their ingredients and how they should be served. “It’s not simply about food on a plate,” said Chef Alon. “It’s about service. The dining experience begins even before the server arrives at the table; personal service is paramount. Here, the dining staff knows residents by name and anticipate their preferences.” Chef Alon has launched an engaging, interactive cooking show too. Twice per month, he prepares dishes such as stir fry vegetables, soups and meatballs, taking residents through the food preparation process and cooking stages. Donned in aprons and hats, residents cook along, and eagerly look forward to the finished product. “The Palace chefs don’t simply make meals, they make the entire dining experience incredible,” said Shaham. “Our food services satisfaction surveys are extremely high and residents take great pride in inviting their friends and family for dinner.”

Helen Shaham and her husband Jacob have been operating Senior Living Communities for the past 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over, and The Palace TelAviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. They have two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables, Independent & Assisted Living. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at www.ThePalace.org.

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School for Advanced Studies named among nation’s elite BY TARNELL CARROLL The only full-time dual enrollment public high school in Miami-Dade County is enjoying top billing this week thanks to prominent recognition in Newsweek magazine’s recently released list of the nation’s top public high schools in 2009. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School for Advanced Studies (SAS), ranked 15th among public high schools nationwide, making it the highest ranked school in Miami-Dade County to receive the distinction of appearing on the list. The school, designed for academically talented 11th and 12th grade students who seek a rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) and college curriculum, is no stranger to the limelight. In fact, SAS has been on a rapid ascent in Newsweek’s annual top high schools list. Since 2006, the school has risen from 1,210th in the nation, to its current position of 15. And, last year, the school received the highest scores on the science portion of the FCAT exam, surpassing other high schools in MiamiDade County. “The school’s success is due in large part to the support Miami Dade College provides our program,” said Guillermo Muñoz, principal of the School for Advanced Studies. “Our students are very lucky to have the opportunity to attend a high quality institution such as MDC while still in high school. The experience they get by attending college for two years is something that they point to as a key to the successes they have come to enjoy once they graduate from our program.” The Newsweek rankings were derived by calculating the number of AP, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken by students at a school divided by the number of seniors graduating the same year. Many SAS students graduate with both an Associate in Arts degree and a high school diploma as a result of success on the AP exams, CLEP exams, and summer school at MDC. Established during the 1988-89 school year as a small program located at MDC’s North Campus, SAS is a combined effort of MDC and Miami-Dade

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Should I call the police to talk to my out-of-control child? BY MICHELLE ESTLUND, Criminal Defense Attorney

Should parents call the police when a child refuses to obey them or borrows the family vehicle without permission, when a teenager punches a hole in a wall or threatens physical violence to a parent or sibling? Today, there is no clear cut answer. Years ago, despairing parents might call the police in hopes that an officer giving the disruptive child a stern lecture might work where they have exhausted every other form of discipline. Parents felt that the neighborhood police department served as a back-up in their arsenal of parenting tools. In return, police departments often obliged and used those visits as a means of strengthening relationships within the community. In today’s world, this model of police/community interaction is no longer valid. An unnecessary call to the police may become a loss rather than a gain, especially for a child’s future. With most police departments lacking the time needed to

mediate non-emergency family disputes, police officers rarely have the authority to exercise the same discretion they once did. The parent should understand that once the police arrive and they determine that a crime has occurred—physical violence, threatening behavior, an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle—the child may be arrested regardless of the parent’s wishes. The child may then have to face formal charges in juvenile court or, for more serious charges, in adult court. If safety of the family or the child is the major concern, a 911 call is still warranted. But the parent and the child should be aware that once that call has been made the decisions about the outcome of the event are in the hands of the judicial system, not the family. An arrest record can affect a child’s future acceptance into colleges, entrance into the armed forces, and career choices. If the police have already become involved, parents would do well to consult with an attorney with extensive experience in the juvenile court system to determine the effect of any decisions on their child’s future. Michelle Estlund is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida since 1995. She can be reached at 305-448-0077 or mestlund@estlundlaw.com. For more information go to www.estlundlaw.com.

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Facing foreclosure? Is bankruptcy an option for you? BY DANIA S. FERNANDEZ, ESQ., Attorney at Law Bankruptcy is a perfectly legitimate way to stop foreclosures and repossessions, put an end to lawsuits, protect paychecks from garnishments and regain control of your life. When filing for bankruptcy, it must be filed correctly in order to for it be successful. It is important to consult a bankruptcy attorney or debt relief lawyer in your area to ensure that you fully understand your options regarding bankruptcy and whether this is the best decision for your financial future. Personal bankruptcy is filed either as a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13: Chapter 7—Liquidation—wipes out most of your debts and in return, you may have to give up some of your property. If you are considering a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and you are behind in your mortgage, make certain that you first reach a loan modification/loan workout or refinance with your lender. In the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy there will not be a loan modification option of your existing mortgage and, therefore, if you stop paying your mortgage you could lose your home. Your homestead is exempt. However, it can be foreclosed on if you do not pay. Chapter 13–Reorganization— enables you to pay off all or a portion of your debts during a three to five year period, yet does not require you to give up any of your assets to pay creditors. As long as you keep making payments, creditors will not bother you for payment or continue the foreclosure against your property. In the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy you can save your house.

The following is a list of facts you should know about filing bankruptcy: • Bankruptcy is a matter of public record. • A credit counseling course and financial management course are required. • Creditors will be prohibited from contacting you concerning your debt. • Florida law will exempt certain assets. • You may suffer some discrimination in future employment opportunities. • A stigma may still be attached to filing bankruptcy. • A record of filing for bankruptcy may remain on your credit profile for up to 10 years. • By eliminating your debt in Chapter 7 or making payments in a Chapter 13, you will immediately improve your credit score. In the midst of an economic crisis, please try not to forget the importance of life and your priorities. I have clients who are falling apart not only financially, but also emotionally and physically. Saving your home is not the only solution. A job is needed that can pay for the revised monthly payment. Activities to stimulate good health and family events to create memorable moments with children, family and friends are a must. Take all the necessary steps to preserve what is important to you by taking advantage all of your options. There are options available for you. And, more continue to come with evolving federal and state laws. Know your rights and know your options. Call an attorney today to guide you towards stabilizing your life. For more information on foreclosure, loan modifications and bankruptcy, go to www.daniafernandez.com. Call the Law Offices of Fernandez & Associates, P.A., to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with one of our attorneys at 305-254-4492 or 800-617-0525.

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2010 Volvo XC60 aims at new generation of buyers Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Volvo hit a home run with the XC90 sport utility vehicle; they’ve done it again with the new XC60. The 2010 Volvo XC60 is a new entry in the Small Premium Utility segment, one of the fasting growing markets in the auto industry. It has beautiful styling, all the latest safety technology, outstanding comfort and dynamic performance, and it was designed to capture a new generation of Volvo buyers, while retaining those already loyal to the brand. The XC60’s styling blends a muscular lower body with a sporty coupe-like cab. A new trapezoidal grille holds an enlarged Volvo logo and a strong shoulder line blends into the rear liftgate flanked by LED taillights. The XC60 is available in only one model, the T6 AWD. It’s powered by a 3.0liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that produces 281 hp and 295 pounds-

feet of torque. Power is transferred to the ground via a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission and Volvo’s All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction. Oversize 18inch wheels (19 inches are optional) along with 9.1 inches of ground clearance enable the XC60 to cross terrain that would be impossible in a conventional passenger car. Enhanced Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) is standard, along with a new feature called Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) that allows for more stable driving when towing. The XC60 offers many new systems, including a driver support system aimed at preventing or mitigating collisions occurring at speeds of 19 mph or less. It utilizes a closing velocity sensor to help determine whether a collision is likely. Depending on the closing speed, City Safety will either pre-charge the brakes or automatically brake the XC60 to help avoid a rear-end collision or lessen its impact. The XC60’s cabin reflects the design of the exterior, keyed an ultra-slim center control panel with an optional new integrated navigation screen that’s angled slightly toward the driver. The seats have

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Cancer - You'll have wonderful social energy this week. You may not have felt like going out much lately, but suddenly you have some wonderfully enjoyable opportunities. Someone you know may introduce you to a sport or hobby with the ability to dramatically change your life for the better.

Capricorn - Your holidays don't have to be "perfect" in order to be positive and purposeful. If you let go of your need for everyone to get along, a strange sense of peace could come over you that lifts the stress and the drama. Under all that you really do all love one another.

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