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ynda Colaizzi, a South Miami cosmetic dentist and children’s health care advocate, community mentor to a youngster named Rashad, and N-Sta-Smile partner, has a plan to improve children’s dental health for a summer program and beyond. World renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Group has brought his summer program, AileyCamp to Miami for the first

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hese are critical times in our community. As unemployment continues to rise, households are continued to be threatened with foreclosures, and rising prices, many of our neighbors are seeking help from local community organizations and government in ever growing numbers. These critical times have been years in the making, however they have all come together in a critical mass that is straining our local governments and community based organizations in ways never before experienced. Property values, sales taxes, gas taxes, state taxes and revenues, fee collections - all of the revenues that local governments have used to address basic needs, basic services, health care, protection of people and property, and quality of life issues in our wonderful community continue to decline in significant proportions.These facts we all know. But they beg the ques––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

Dr. Lynda Colaizzi, Rashad and Myron Colaizzi –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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eneral Manager of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant in San Diego Timm Timbrook has recently been appointed the new general manager of RA’s South Miami location. Joining the RA family in March 2006, Timbrook served as assistant manager for two years in San Diego before being promoted to GM after only nine months. The North Virginia native and class of 2003 graduate of

Christopher Newport University was recently transferred to South Miami’s RA in July 2009. As the new GM, with more than seven years in the restaurant business, Timbrook will continue to deliver all that RA is best known for: serving up the freshest sushi and Japanese favorites all in a fun and lively atmosphere. On Thursday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. - close, RA Sushi invites fans to paint the roses red during the one year anniversary ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– See

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time. The camp, a summer program offered to school children in grades 6, 7 and 8, is being held at the Adrienne Arsht Center and sponsored completely by the Alvin Ailey Dance Group of New York. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids to spend 4 weeks learning from trained instructors. The overall program emphasizes a contract between kids and the camp. The application and interview process is quite stringent. Only 82 fortunate children out of 260 applicants are attending this summer’s program. There are no barriers at Aileycamp. Breakfast, lunch, outfits, backpacks, transportation and even toothbrushes are given to the Aileycampers. The campers are responsible for making sure their clothes are clean, getting to the bus on time, their behavior in the studios and their commitment to the program. The daily program not only includes movement in ballet, African, modern dance, and field trips, but also affirmation management and guided meditation. This vehicle for developing self esteem focuses on creative expression

and imagination. Personal hygiene and health awareness are also components of the daily program for the girls and boys. Lynda Colaizzi saw an opportunity to make things better. Upon learning that Rashad was accepted as one of the lucky children into Aileycamp, Lynda’s thought was ‘how do I make this a complete experience for all?’ With her background of community service, she wanted to provide a healthy component to how a child views themselves with others. Their self assurance socially is all tied in with appearance, health, and acceptance with their peers. Dr. Colaizzi is passionate about her cause. “I saw an opportunity to remove another barrier to creating a healthy lifestyle for children,” said Dr. Colaizzi. “Many children may not own a toothbrush or may have to share one. By focusing on dental health care and actually giving them their own toothbrush, I hope to instill the importance of life long healthy habits.” Her extensive background in her own dental practice and her many years of community service through the University of Miami programs in health care centers and the Health Council of South Florida make her a leader in the

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dents love the toothbrush, love the interactivity of after lunch brushing and ask ‘where is my toothbrush today?’ This all ties in with the goals of Aileycamp in preparing the campers for a lifetime of interaction on a positive note. With their new found grace in movement, exposure to culture and residency at the Arsht Center, the 11 to 13 year olds have experienced a summer that will stay with them forever. This opportunity to define their social skills in a beautiful environment will pave the way for their future accomplishments. Toothbrush Program brings smiles to these youngsters. Deanna Costa, director of education –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and outreach at the Arsht Center is already working on plans to expand effort to bring children’s dental health care to the forefront. In fact, Lynda is Aileycamp for next summer’s program. working on following her goal to ‘put a Miami has been put on the map, so to toothbrush on every cafeteria tray in every speak, with other major cities in the school in America.’ Dr. Colaizzi saw a per- United States offering this world class fect opportunity to reach children where program to its students. Dr. Colaizzi is also in the planning they need it. She realized that dental care can almost become a social activity, part of stages of working with migrant farm children in the Homestead area by the routine of after lunch chat. By providing a disposal prepasted implementing a dental health care protoothbrush to every child at Aileycamp, gram. She has been active in South Dr. Colaizzi has given the campers at Florida since 1987 and is located at least one good opportunity a day to take 7600 Red Road, Suite 116. For more care of their dental health. The stu- information call 305-790-3361.

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It’s not too early to plan for Miami Book Fair International Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club members assembled ‘Arts & Craft Boxes’ to be donated to F.S. Tucker Elementary School during a recent meeting. CGWC supports this school in many ways as many of the families of the children that attend F.S. Tucker simply cannot afford to purchase needed school supplies. The Club solicited help from members to fill the gap. Diana De Armas, CGWC’s Arts Chairman. Coordinated this effort. Among those helping fill boxes for Tucker following the meeting President Pam Schaefer, Susie Tilson, Patty Fossler, Barbara Lapsley, and Linda Hartwell. The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has elected Tod Roy, president of Florida Team Golf, Inc. as its president. Other officers include president-elect, John Routh, former mascot for the university and the Florida Marlins; vice-president, Walter DiMarko, an educational consultant, treasurer Ed Strongin, CPA with Pinchasik, Strongin, Muskat, Stein & Co.; and secretary, Gerard Loisel, executive director of Marine Biology Camp, Inc. Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 815, 2009, is the nation’s oldest and largest collection of authors in the country. Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Madison Smartt Bell, Andy Borowitz, Meg Cabot, Betsy Carter, Susie Essman, Bruce Feiler, Mary Gordon, Al Gore, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, John Hemingway, Allegra Huston, Barbara

Kingsolver, Mary Karr, Dennis Lehane, Philip Lopate, Peter Mayle, Jill McCorkle, Ana Menendez, Ralph Nader, Elizabeth Nunez, Todd Oldham, Francine Prose, Jeannette Walls, are some of the over 300 authors from the U.S. and abroad who will gather at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus to read from Ptheir works in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Kreyol. Speaking of books, CSD: Cecilia Dubon Slesnick Art and Illustration will be hosting Books and Books Show Opening Night for “Gables grown and Gables shown!” on Friday, September 4, 7 p.m. For more info, call 305-442-4408. Ronald K. Teasdale, Vice President, Investment Consultant with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. is hosting a client appreciation event on Thursday, August 27, noon, at Town Kitchen and Bar, 7301 SW 57 Court in South Miami. “A Disciplined Approach to Investing” will be the topic presented by guest speaker Doug Berman, Regional Vice President of Transamerica Investments. Lunch will be served. For reservations, please contact Tony Rodriguez, Investment Associate, at 305-255-3434. Future Chefs Club, at Chef Aliza’s, is moving to Tuesdays this September. This is a great experience for young people 7 years and older to develop cooking skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Classes are at 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and cost $125 a month plus $25 registration fee for new students. Chef Aliza’s is located at 8441 SW 132 Street (east of US1). Reservations are required. 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, send your news via e-mail to <galburns@aol.com>.

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Get in the race with OPEN LETTER, Team Footworks BY LEE STEPHENS South Miami residents, it’s not too late to get involved in a fitness program. Get in the race for better health by joining Team Footworks in one of their programs: FITNESS 101 BEGINNER TRAINING PROGRAM Beginning September 3rd, this program is perfect for the beginner. It gets you motivated and off the couch and prepares you to complete a 3.8 mile course. In 7-weeks, using a combination of running and walking, you will notice a change in your fitness level, and be able to go the distance! It’s the perfect training program for those participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 17th or the Waterford 5k on November 13th. It’s also great if you want to get a head start on training for the Miami Half-Marathon. Don’t think about it any longer, just do it! TEAMFOOTWORKS HALF-MARATHON TRAINING PROGRAM Training for the Half-Marathon of the Palm Beaches started August 8; training for the ING Miami Half-Marathon starts on September 26, 2009. Don’t be intimidated by the distance. It’s all about the training and TeamFootWorks has the best program to get you there. This 17-week program will use a combination of running with

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tion – where do we go from here? Historically, in times of severe economic recession, government spending has been used not only to stimulate the economy but to provide a safety net for those who are most vulnerable and most adversely impacted by the economic downturn. The Federal government has done its part; however, all levels of government and the community must play a role. Miami-Dade County has historically provided the final safety net for those in our community most in need. The residents of Miami Dade County have consistently stood up for those most at risk and filled the ever growing funding gap for critical programs that have been underfunded by the State. Time and again Miami Dade Countians have looked deep into their hearts and reached deep into their pockets to provide funding and support for children and teens, the elderly, health care for those who have no insurance, food for those who are hungry and housing for those who are homeless. The Mayor of Miami-Dade County in an effort to respond to the cries of “NO NEW TAXES” recently released a proposed budget for FY 2009-2010 that

makes draconian cuts to programs and services that address our quality of life like parks, libraries, pools, culture and arts programming, community festivals. His budget also eliminates all the programs that provide the safety net for our neighbors who are most vulnerable – meals for the elderly, child care, youth programs, after school programs, employment and training, services for victims of domestic violence, emergency financial assistance for individuals who are waiting for SSI approval, the list goes on and on. These are difficult times for our elected officials, because there are no easy answers and no matter what they decide some will not be happy. However, even while we are considering our own personal economic situations, we must look deep into our hearts and stand together one more time as the compassionate and giving community that we are and tell our county commissioners and mayor that these cuts cannot stand. This budget tears at the very fabric of our community and we have come too far together to turn our backs now. You can find your county commissioner’s and the mayor’s contact information by going to www.miamidade.gov and clicking on the tab that says County Hall. Eileen Maloney-Simon, CEO YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc. <www.ywca-miami.org>

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Citizens Insurance had bad news for owners of older homes R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Proposed increases in homeowners’ insurance premiums are hurting homeowners almost to the point of despair. While this is bad news, the news to owners of older homes — that is homes over 40 years old — is disastrous. If you have a mortgage on your home, the lender requires that you carry insurance. Sufficient coverage is required to replace the home, exclusive of land, in the event of total destruction. If you have a mortgage on your home and you let your insurance lapse, the lender will provide coverage. The coverage is called “force-placed insurance.” It is insurance that is forced upon the uninsured homeowner by the lender. Coverage is limited to the cost of repaying your mortgage debt in the event of a loss. If you have a mortgage balance,

smaller than replacement cost, and you have a total loss, the lender will be paid off and the homeowner will end up with a destroyed home and possibly only a lot after the destroyed home is demolished. While Citizens Insurance is a “state” insurance company, it cannot give away coverage. Therefore it structures its premium in an attempt to provide sufficient funds to cover future claims and pay the cost of running Citizens. Citizens will require homeowners with homes over 40 years old to prove that the home meets minimum structural requirements so as to not cause any additional risk for the insurance company. Before you can obtain insurance coverage on the older home you must obtain a four-point inspection which checks the condition of the roof and electrical system to make sure the home is in insurable condition. Additionally, Citizens no longer will provide coverage if the house has a shingle or gravel roof over 15 years old, or a tile roof over 25 years old that doesn’t meet their standards. If they don’t, they must be

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event of the restaurant’s opening. The “Mad Hatter’s Sake-Tea-Ni Party,” reminiscent of the Lewis Carroll novel and Disney classic Alice In Wonderland, will boast everything from wild and crazy hats worn by staff, to a “Pin the Grin” on the Cheshire Cat game, flavored hookahs, dance music provided by DJ Johnny The Boy and themed décor throughout. The soirée, sure to be anything but your grandmother’s tea party, is complete with local celebrity drag queen Daisy Deadpetals reigning as the night’s “Queen of Hearts” and a crazy hat contest giving Sake-Tea-Ni party-goers the chance to win a $100 RA Sushi gift certificate. In true RA Sushi fashion, head sushi chef Kenny Li and RA mixologists worked together to create a sampling of specialty rolls and cocktails for the wacky celebration. The “Eat Me” list includes the Wonderland Roll (crab mix, shrimp and cucumber rolled and topped with colorful crunchy tempura bits and drizzled with a sweet eel sauce; $7), Smokin’ Caterpillar Roll (freshwater eel, kani kama and cucumber rolled in seaweed and rice topped with avocado and drizzled with sweet eel sauce; $10) and the Cheshire Roll (crab mix, cucumber, shrimp tempura rolled and topped with seared tuna and avocado; $11). For sipping, the “Drink Me” list of signature cocktails consists of The White Rabbit (Ketel One Vodka with Hakutsuru Sake and Nigori Sake), Mad Hatter’s Long Island Iced Tea (traditional blend of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Blue Curacao liqueur and sour mix), Blushing Alice (cold lemonade mixed with Skyy Raspberry, raspberry liqueur, with a splash of

lemon-lime soda), Queen of Hearts Punch (a refreshing mixture of cold sake, flavored liqueurs and tropical juices) and the Wonderland Mojito (white rum, blueberry puree, triple sec, lemon-lime soda and fresh blueberries) all available for $6. Complimentary iced tea will also flow freely in everyone glasses. In the spirit of giving, $2 from the purchase of each item from the menu listed above will be donated to The Wellness Community – Greater Miami. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, an upbeat, unconventional sushi bar, opened its first location in Old Town Scottsdale in October 1997. RA is best known for successfully combining distinctive sushi with a trendy, hip atmosphere. Fresh sushi is sliced to order along with outstanding Japanese-fusion cuisine in a fun, energetic environment. The result is a place that is both unpretentious and fashionable. RA Sushi in South Miami is located at 5829 SW 73rd St. across from The Shops at Sunset Place. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 3 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. Happy Hour food and beverage specials are offered Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., and the bar remains open until 1 a.m. or later. RA Sushi’s Flying Fish Lounge is the perfect place to catch some fresh fish and drink specials. On Sunday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight, RA-goers visiting the Flying Fish Lounge will find Happy Hour specials on sushi and drinks. For more information, call 305-3410092 or visit RA online at www.RASushi.com.

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Guardians protect interests of abused, neglected kids BY ROSI ALVAREZ Once the file is in our hands, we become introspective, and we flip those pages tentatively — waiting for the hurt. Reading the case history of an abused child evokes a mix of emotions most of us will never, should never, forget. The judge said that “M” has one of the greatest smiles she has ever seen. Developmentally disabled, abused, and ravaged by mental illness, “M” processes life with wisdom unique to those who suffer, yet carry on. Month after month, she waits for her Guardian’s visit, wearing that smile and her best dress; projecting the kind of faith only a beautiful soul understands. Nothing will test your humanity, and engage your abilities more than being a Guardian Ad Litem. Ad Litem literally means “for the purposes of a legal case.” A volunteer must complete 30 hours of training, including six hours of continuing education a year; submit to a background check, and be at least 19 years of age. As a party to the case, the Guardian Ad Litem, through a staff attorney, is entitled to present evidence, subpoena, cross-examine witnesses, and, in some cases, appeal decisions. Appointed by judges to protect the best interest of abused and neglected children, Guardians make sure the children are placed in a nurturing environment that will, ideally, lead to permanency within a year. They also monitor whether youth “aging out” of the system are enrolled in the Independent Living Program, which provides financial assistance and services to youth between the ages of 18 and 21. The 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad

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Residents can speak on county budget at Town Hall meeting Miami-Dade Commissioner Rebeca Sosa will host a Town Hall meeting on the proposed 2009-10 county budget on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Miami Children’s Hospital auditorium, 3100 SW 62 Ave. The Miami-Dade County Commission will conduct its official budget hearings on Sept. 3 and 17 at the Stephen P. Clark Center’s Commission Chambers in downtown Miami. For information, contact Commissioner Sosa’s office at 305-267-6377. REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION HOSTS BENEFIT BARBECUE The South Florida Reining Horse Association (SFLRHA) will host a barbecue to benefit PlayMaker Charities and Foundation Inc. on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. Celebrities scheduled to be in attendance are Michael Irvin, Grantis Bell, Donnell Bennett, Bernard Ford, Bobby Harden and James Pruitt. In addition to this free event, there will be a player autograph signing and live/silent auction items to bid on, plus much more family fun. Auction items

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at 305-552-1155. GROUP’S PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES BEGIN ON SEPT. 8 The Roxy Theatre Group (RTG) performing arts classes begin on Sept. 8, Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107 Ave. Registration began on Aug. 17. RTG offers classes in acting, voice, musical theater, ballet, tumbling, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, belly dancing, technique and point for ages 3-17. Scholarships, family and multiple class discounts are offered, as well as competitive registration and monthly fees. For more information or to register, call 305226-0030 or visit online at <www.RoxyPAC.com>.

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PIANIST BRINGS SIGNATURE STYLE TO SOUTH FLORIDA The Seraphic Fire Summer Concert Series presents acclaimed pianist Richard Dowling performing “A Celebration of American Ragtime and Gershwin,” an energetic and spirited program of early American popular music, on Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way. Celebrated not only for his definitive interpretations of the repertoire, but also for his entertaining commentary and anecdotes about the composers’ lives as well as American popular music from 1890 to 1930, audiences across the country have gone wild for Dowling’s elegant and energetic performances. Tickets are $25 and available at <www.seraphicfire.org> or by phone any time at 1-888-544-FIRE. ‘MEMORY LOSS: NORMAL AGING OR ALZHEIMER’S?’ “Memory Loss: Normal Aging or Alzheimer’s?” is a Baptist Health program offered at the Westchester Health Resource Center, located at 8820 Bird Rd., Suite 400, on Tuesday, Sept. 15,

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Congregation to welcome its ‘new’ Torah with procession BY KIM FIELDER The Torah is a Hebrew scroll containing the first five books of the Old Testament and is the embodiment of the Jewish faith. Beginning with the creation of the world, and spanning Jewish history from Abraham to Moses, it includes the terms of God’s Covenant with the Jewish people. It addresses many aspects of life covering an entire range of human and social behaviors. In most synagogues, the Torah Scroll is kept in a Holy Ark, which is a cabinet or recess in the wall, covered by a curtain. Reading from the Torah is an important part of many synagogue services. When Congregation Ahavat Olam was founded four years ago in Kendall, Rabbi Danny Marmorstein wanted to find a Torah that survived the Holocaust for the new synagogue. He felt that reading from it would be the most meaningful way of honoring the memory of his grandparents and all others who perished in the Nazi death camps. Although most Torahs in existence at the time of the Holocaust were destroyed by the Nazis, there is a repository in London for surviving scrolls and Ahavat Olam was placed on its waiting list. This past spring Rabbi Marmorstein’s vision became a reality when he was invited to come to the repository and select a scroll for Congregation Ahavat Olam. He flew to London to examine the scrolls, each one having been carefully checked and recorded for identifying marks. After two days of examining nearly 50 scrolls, he came across one that had an inscription dated 1878. The inscription apparently had been overlooked by the examiners of the repository. A more thorough examination by Rabbi Marmorstein surprisingly revealed the Torah was in perfect condition; the parchment had not yellowed and the ink had not faded, as one would expect of a Torah that was over 130 years old. Further investigation revealed an amazing history; this Torah had been confiscated by the Nazis and preserved under the most perfect conditions, intending it to be displayed later in a museum dedicated to the obliteration of European Jewry. Torahs such as these, very few in number in the world today, were immediately spoken for when the repository

opened in 1964. This Torah had been overlooked. “In Hebrew, we say the sacred union of this Torah and Congregation Ahavat Olam is beshert,” Rabbi Marmorstein said. Its meaning, “‘It is meant to be.” Ahavat Olam will welcome this Torah into the congregation on Friday, Aug. 28, with a mile-long procession from Rabbi Marmorstein’s home, to the Temple at 10755 SW 112 St. in Kendall. Shuttles to the procession will run from the temple parking lot starting at 6:30 p.m., with the procession beginning at 7 p.m. The entire community, everyone of every faith, is invited to be part of the procession and the special Sabbath Service to follow. The Torah will be placed in the Holy Ark to first be read during the upcoming High Holy Days in September, the start of the Jewish New Year. The story has one more unique facet. A sofer, an expert Torah scribe, has become part of a team that is designing a protective breastplate for the Torah. In November of this year, once again the entire community, everyone of every faith, will be invited to write passages of scripture on a scroll that will be placed inside of the breastplate. A formal dedication ceremony for the Torah, the breastplate and all of its adornments will be held during the Jewish festival of Hannukah, a time commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. For more information, contact the Ahavat Olam office at 305-412-4240 or send email to <members@ahavatolam.org>.


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ROCKY, GAIL, AND FUZZY I did not intend to have any dogs in my life, because I have always been so busy at work. When my best friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog passed away, I went in search of a dog to replace her little Maltese dog. I looked on the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Website. While searching the website for her, I saw this adorable little puppy named Fuzzy. The minute I saw him, I knew that I had to rescue this dog and take him home with me. This picture is of me and â&#x20AC;&#x153;my boys,â&#x20AC;? Fuzzy and Rocky. Fuzzy is the dog on the right. When I brought Fuzzy home from Animal Services, he had been exposed to a severe case of Bordetella and he almost died. With love, and affection, intravenous fluids and antibiotics, he survived. Fuzzy was so lonely that he would curl up in a little ball every time I would leave for work. I knew I had to do something to ease his loneliness. A few weeks later, while I was driving down Old Cutler Road, I saw a firefighter selling baby Labrador Retrievers puppies on the side of the road. I stopped and there was one baby puppy left. That baby became my second puppy, Rocky. Together, me and my boys form our family. The boys love to walk together on the same leash. They are so proud when they are out walking and they strut their stuff. It is wonderful to have two adorable and precious dogs in my life. -Gail Grossman

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Assurant donates $10,000 to YMCA Strong Kids Campaign BY ROBERT HAMILTON Assurant, a provider of specialized insurance products and related services and a major South Florida employer, has donated $10,000 to the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Strong Kids Campaign. The company’s gift benefits the Y’s after-school care program hosted at Campbell Drive Elementary School in Homestead, the donor’s school of choice. Assurant will be honored later this fall at an event at Campbell Drive. “Strong Kids is an important initiative in the YMCA’s ongoing efforts to address the changing needs of children and families in Homestead,” said Ana Rojas-Filliben, senior vice president, Corporate Communications. “In addition to this gift, Assurant will support various events and collection drives at [Campbell Drive] and encourage our employees to increase their volunteer involvement in other school activities.” Last year, the YMCA of Greater Miami committed over $750,000 in financial assistance for various community programs. Although the vast majority of the recipients were kids who came to the Y for childcare, camps and afterschool programs, the YMCA also provided assistance to adults and seniors for programs that contributed to their overall health and wellbeing. Contributions such as Assurant’s go directly to provide financial assistance and program support for deserving children or families so they may access the programs they need. “We are honored that Assurant is supporting our Strong Kids fundraising campaign which benefits our overall goal to ensure that no one is ever

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Seaquarium and Petco join to benefit Humane Society BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is During the Dog Days of dedicated to placing every dog Summer promotion, which runs and cat in its care into a loving through Oct. 15, animal lovers home, and to promote responsiare invited to visit Miami ble pet ownership and Seaquarium and receive $7.50 off spay/neuter programs. the regular admission cost with For more information about coupon or receipt from Petco the Humane Society of Greater stores. Coupons are available at Miami visit online at participating Petco stores in <www.humanesocietymiami.org>. Miami-Dade and Broward Miami Seaquarium, South Counties. Florida’s most popular tourist Each coupon or receipt is attraction, is a family-oriented good for up to six people. For marine-life park open to the pubevery admission with coupon, lic 365 days a year. The park proMiami Seaquarium will donate vides visitors with a greater under$1 to the Humane Society of standing and appreciation for Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet. The marine life through shows, preoffer is not combinable with the and marine-life Miami Seaquarium annual pass Two mammals — one of the finned and the other of four-legged variety — get together to promote Dog Days of Summer sentations exhibits. General admission is or other special offers. at Miami Seaquarium. $35.95 for adults and $26.95 for “The Dog Days of Summer pro–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– children. More information on motion gives animal lovers the Miami Seaquarium is available at opportunity to support the Humane program while cooling down at Miami Eric Eimstad, vice president of Sales Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet Seaquarium during the summer,” said and Marketing at Miami Seaquarium. <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.


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While ethnic restaurants serving up favored fare of most South American countries now abound in Miami-Dade County, those with authentic menu items of Peru still are a comparative rarity. That’s why West Kendall’s Peruvian Express has steadily built a South Floridawide reputation for excellence of the country’s distinctive fare since owner Isaac Bader began serving the Andean region cooking nearly a decade ago. Opened in 2000, the “Express” is now a talked-about destination for Peruvian visitors as well as those who have settled here and need a regular “fix” of their birthplace favorites. Tucked into a shopping center just outside The Hammocks where more than two-third’s of the population are émigrés from Caribbean and South America countries, Peruvian Express provides a homelike atmosphere within a spacious main floor for couples to family parties appreciating the subtle differences of “ceviche” styles and flavors. Welcomed by Alda Monsalve, a resident of The Hammocks and Peruvian native, diners immediately note the burgundy-red tablecloths under sconce lighting that add an elegant touch while framed etchings of Peruvian notables and scenic views on surrounding walls heighten nostalgic sentiments. No less than 24 “Pescados y Mariscos” (fish and seafood) items with pricing in the mid-teens are listed as main courses while 17 Peruvian Specialties from tamales ($3.50) to Tacu Tacu con Bistec (a taco with steak at $13.95) represent the low and high of a second menu section. Ceviche

dishes (15 in all) run the gamut of fish and fish strip mixtures, some with shrimp and octopus, spiced with a rocoto sauce. “This place has very delicious Peruvian food,” writes “Katy” in a website review, urging readers that “If you go, you should try the Jalea de Mariscos [mixed fried seafood dish, a specialty of the house] which is really, really good.” Or, ask for Peru’s national dish of raw fish, purple onions and bits of aji (red pepper) with lime juice to savor living in Lima, Bader promises. For a non-Peruvian diner, there’s charbroiled chicken breast with rice or the Express’ own version of churrasco, a sizzling tenderloin steak with onions or fried plaintains to provides a more “Americanized” fare. A children’s menu of chicken fingers, fish strips or steak at $5.99 each underscores the appeal of family dining. Open daily at 7 a.m., Peruvian Express offers a choice of breakfasts from $3.25 up and a tantalizing array of omelets and tortillas, spiced with onions, tomatoes, green pepper, carrots and peas to please any vegetarian palate. The menu also has a wide section of appetizers, soups and salads, a luncheon menu with sandwiches and specials, all created with the special flare of Peruvian chefs. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a dining-out bargain feature provides one entree at regular price, the second at half-price. The menu is available for take-out service with advance orders by telephone at 305-386-4492 or by fax at 305-386-4247. Peruvian Express is located on the east side of the Shoppes at 104 Street, 14649 SW 104 St., just outside the east entry to The Hammocks at SW 147th Avenue.


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Why Wait for the Celtic Cultural Series to present High Holy Days? program of Irish stories for kids This is a perfect time to see how being part of a temple community can enrich your lives, personally and spiritually. Join us Sunday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m. for a Complimentary Breakfast and Walking Tour of our beautiful facility. Learn about the many membership incentives including our “Get To Know Us” a special membership, our complimentary Young Adult membership and our Senior incentives. Come and be surprised! Call Rita Diaz, 305.667.6667, ext. 107 to RSVP and for more information.

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BY MARILYN LUNA The Celtic Cultural Series will present “Irish Stories for Children” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St. The stories will be read by Dan Fitzgerald, past president of the Emerald Society, and Mary Ann Kerr, the current First Lady of the Emerald Society. Fitzgerald is a veteran of many plays and films. His latest film was In Her Shoes starring Cameron Diaz. He spends time each week reading stories to students in

the Miami-Dade school system. Kerr was a teacher in the Miami-Dade school system for 28 years. She has read stories at the Epiphany and Pinecrest schools. All Celtic Cultural Series events are free and open to all. Ample parking is available in the library parking lot. The Celtic Cultural Series is funded by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Inc. with support of the City of Coral Gables and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 305-2730118.


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2010 GLK is sporty new compact Mercedes-Benz SUV Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The compact and stylish GLK is the newest member of the Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle lineup. Launched earlier this year as a 2010 model, the GLK looks like a smaller and lighter version of the popular GL. However, the sporty profile, angular nose and a steeply raked windshield distinguish the GLK from its larger sibling. Projection headlights and an integrated rear spoiler are additional distinctive features. The GLK350 has plenty of power with a 268 hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine under the hood mated to a 7G-Tronic7 seven-speed automatic overdrive transmission. It clocks 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. Mercedes says this is one of the most efficient engines it has ever produced, with lightweight casting, forged connecting rods, variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust valves,

variable intake tuning and advanced combustion techniques for cleaner emissions and more power. The new GLK is unique with its fourwheel independent suspension that gives it the ride of a sports car, while the Standard Agility Control suspension allows for both soft and stiff shock absorbers. Each twin-tube shock absorber is fitted with a hydraulic by-pass piston that acts like a very soft shock absorber to effectively dampen road noise and tire vibration. On bumpy or uneven roads, the by-pass piston is negated to preserve the steering and handling response of a stiffer shock absorber. The GLK has good ground clearance for off-road driving and the standard roof rack and optional running boards emphasize the versatility of the vehicle. Other standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, roof rails and privacy glass and chrome detail elements inside and out. On the inside, the GLK has all the usual Mercedes-Benz luxury, but with some new features, too, such as the central controller on the console for combined control of the sound system, navigation system and telephone. The instrument

New MercedesBenz GLK has a sporty profile, with an angular nose and a steeply raked windshield.

panel and dashboard layout are more angular and purposeful, with all dashtop panels made of anti-glare black, regardless of the interior color scheme. One drawback to the GLK is the relative lack of cargo space. In the standard seating configuration, the GLK has a capacity of just over 23 cubic feet and even with the rear seatbacks folded down there is less that 55 cubic feet of load space. There is a smaller hidden storage area beneath the floor. A power tailgate is a nice option; the gate can be raised and

lowered with the push of a button. Suggested retail price on the GLK350 with 4MATIC is $35,900, but with such add-ons as the Premium Package, Multimedia Package, Lighting Package and Sport Appearance Package, the bottom line can easily reach $50,000.

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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WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Aries -It will be an incredibly dreamy, idealistic and romantic week. If you are single, you will have lots of chances to meet interesting new people. You may find them in art galleries, theatres, music stores and other places where creative people gather.

Taurus - You may have to be the company cost cutter this week but the dramatic changes and wild, innovative ideas you have could ultimately be what is needed to turn things around. If you are not in a leadership role, don't be afraid to speak out anyway. Someone will remember your contribution. Gemini - You are about to have a moment that will be more fun than the proverbial barrel of monkeys. You may be buying a new electronic toy, or taking in a wild new movie, or getting out together with some friends for a little wild-eyed fun this week.

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Virgo - There is tons of money to be made, piles of work to do, lots of people to obey your every command. Remember, you need to share the rewards as well as the responsibilities! A friend who demands a piece of the action should be given a good chunk of the chores.

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