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Divers will compete for cash prizes at Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament BY NANCY EAGLETON


Mount Olive Baptist Church Guest columnist


very July the coastal areas of Florida are flooded with lobster hunters trying to get their share of this year’s bounty during lobster mini season. Some of those divers will also be vying for the title of Lobster King of the 2012 Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament, sponsored by Sunset Tavern and Deli Lane in South Miami. Seasoned angler and restaurant owner Mike “Spiny Mike” Maler will host the third annual event during this year’s lobster mini season, July 25 and 26, to benefit the Stiltsville Optimists Club and DiveWise. “I’ve been diving for lobster with my family my whole life, and now that tradition has become an amazing event that I can share with the entire community,” said Maler. “It


Last year’s Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament. The winning lobster weighed in at 2.1 pounds.

Students at South Miami Senior High place first in National Robotics Competition

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South Miami Senior High School Robotics Club students (l to r) Ruben Labrada, Claudia Reyes, Gerardo Parra, Rafael Gutierrez, Yomar Toledo and teacher Rolando Pedraza-Cruz won first place in the ION Mini-Urban Challenge National Robotics Finals Competition in Washington DC sponsored by The Institute of Navigation and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory. Students are challenged to design and operate robotic cars. SMSHS also took home second place. Both teams won a combined $11,500 covering their one week DC travel expenses. Congratulations winners!

oming to South Miami for me was the result of a leap of faith. I was living in South Carolina, where I was born, before arriving here. For the most part I was in a pretty comfortable place. I had just found and married the woman of my dreams three years earlier; God blessed our union with twins, a boy and a girl. I was the pastor of a church that I’d pastored for 13 years and on top of that I lived only 20 minutes from my mother who’s getting up in age. I like to tell people I came to the church by accident, but that was only the beginning of my yielding to God’s will and me slowly surrendering my own. I knew after my initial resistance, that Mount Olive and South Miami were going to be a part of my life, but still I resisted. Then I remembered a quote from a book I had read years earlier called “The Dream Giver” and the quote was: “You can’t experience the phenomenal if you’re not willing to leave the familiar.” I’ve been here now a little more than

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how it is used whereby teachers are being forced to teach to the test and (consequently) When South Miami Senior High School it takes away their academic freedom to (SMSHS) Principal Gilberto Bonce graduat- (uniquely) teach.” The current student body total is 2150 ed from Troy State University in Alabama with a physical science degree, he figured he which Bonce calls a manageable number. would take a leisurely year off to perhaps Over 70% of graduating students go on to colprepare for vet school. But his dad had other lege, a small percent join the military, and the ideas, prodding him to get started earning a rest begin careers post high school. Almost 30 living. And so began, quite serendipitously, a percent are English as a Second Language or ESOL students, and approximately 400 kids career in teaching. Twenty four years later, Bonce is at the helm live outside of the school boundary zone. The of a dynamic “quietly kept gem” at SMSHS. demographic make-up is 84 percent Hispanic, Going into his seventh year as principal, Bonce seven percent African American, and seven percent Anglo. Last year one shared reflections, chalstudent won the prestigious lenges, and achievements on Gates Millenium the evolving educational Scholarship and Bonce has scene — from the director’s seen graduates go on to chair. Harvard, the United States “It was totally by acciNaval Academy, and other dent that I began teaching,” Ivy League institutions. said Bonce. “My dad basiImplementing the Class cally told me there is no Size Amendment that limits free ride for you here at total students to 25 has not home after I completed my been easy, Bonce admits. undergraduate degree, so I Ultimately co-teaching scestarted substitute science narios were implemented to teaching at Carver Middle fulfill the requirements School.” He was only two while maintaining honors weeks into this new assignand arts programs as much ment when Principal as possible. The school is Samuel Gay called him into currently being retrofitted to his office. Thinking as he SMHS Principal Gilberto D. Bonce accommodate personal techwalked down the hall to his ––––––––––––––––––––––– nology devices as an acaoffice, “I should have stuck to the lesson plan,” Bonce was pleasantly demic tool (while blocking Facebook). To combat cyber bullying which is slightsurprised to be offered a job instead. “Instead of having the students sit all in ly on the rise with approximately five to six rows I moved all the seating so we had a big cases per year, Bonce and his team remain circle,” said Bonce. “I had sewed a bunch of vigilant with an open door policy at all times tube socks together to explain the digestive for students to talk out their problems before system and we had a lively discussion going they get unmanageable. Bonce recently on. I guess the principal was impressed with returned from a Broward conference on Common Core State Standards which he my unconventional methods.” That unconventional style and passion for says is “coming down the pike soon.” They seeing the rewards of effective teaching kept also anticipate implementing a similar proBonce in the business. It has also brought gram to Advanced Placement classes in the SMSHS into the top four percent high school near future. Although summer may seem like a break for ranking nationwide during his tenure, accordthe school staff, it is actually an intense time to ing to U.S. News and World Report. The record has not been achieved without get ready for fall. Bonce says teaching is so difovercoming obstacles. An FCAT “D” ranking ferent now from when he was in school. As the several years ago (which should have been a paradigm shifts, his team is learning and evolv“C” but got docked a letter grade by the state ing to improve the way students engage in solely because the lower quartile students had thinking critically. Bonce’s “hope and pride” in SMSHS — to not demonstrated sufficient improvement according to Bonce) turned out to be a cloud quote the Alma Mater — is apparent when he talks about the student body. “They will open with a silver lining. “We were able to make some effective per- doors for you, say thank you. I thought we sonnel changes and we have maintained a “B” might have issues (considering the demographfor the last two years although due to changes ics) but we all get along nicely and it really is in the grading of schools we were a “C” this like a family atmosphere. I don’t live in the year,” said Bonce. “I feel the FCAT is a good immediate area but my son goes to school here, test but the problem is the immense focus in and my younger boy will attend as well.”

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Miami Heat Wins — Happiness Reigns! Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Celebrations for the 2012 National Champions Miami Heat carried throughout the victory night that took on the air of New Year’s Eve and continued days to follow as South Florida took on a collective glow of happiness. Pedro Garcia, Miami Dade County Tax Appraiser, shared his experience dealing with the crowds at the Heat Victory Parade Day while visiting and speaking to the South Miami Rotary Club the following day. He noted there were so many fans waiting to take the People Mover after the ceremony that he and his staff actually walked back to their car parked a good distance away to save time. While the Heat victory is still on everyone’s mind, property tax issues are also at the forefront for all. Club Vice President Horace Feliu and fellow Rotarians cer-


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tainly appreciated Pedro Garcia making himself available to answer property tax questions at this busy time of year. Speaking of champions, NBA Champion, Alonzo Mourning, and wife Tracy, are bringing GRAMMY nominated soulstress Melanie Fiona for an inaugural It’s All Overtown, “One Night… One World,” fundraiser, to benefit the Overtown Youth Center. The affair will be held at the newly redesigned Rusty Pelican on Thursday, July 19th. 6 – 10 p.m.. Belkys Nerey, WSVN-TV News Anchor, will be transported around the world with entertainment, food, and specialty cocktails, all embracing the evening’s theme of multicultural inclusion. There will also be an auction and multiple opportunities to support the program founded by Mourning in 2003. To purchase tickets, starting at $125, and for more information, visit or call (305) 349-1204. Overtown Youth Center focuses on inspiring, and empowering youth and families through enrichment services and is dedicated to bringing along and mentoring a group of positive contributing citizens and future leaders. The Center certainly provides a great resource for an underserved population. On June 19, young people from Miami Science Museum’s innovative youth development programs, along with youth from 13 other worldwide science centers, participated in a webcast featured at the acclaimed United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held June 20-22, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Museum was one of only 14 science centers around the world slected to participate in SCEnarRioS: Science Centers Engagement and the Rio Summit. Through SCEnaRioS, young participants from the Museum and Maloka Interactive Center in Bogotá, Colombia worked together learning about water resources and investigating the effects of climate change on Florida and Colombia. For more information on this, videos are available online at Shulas provided a great venue for a Chamber South After Hours on June 21 with more than 150 guests enjoying an opportunity to network and socialize. The Chamber’s next Business After Hours will be held July 12th, 2012 , at Town Kitchen & Bar, in South Miami, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. . For more information on Chamber South, visit or call 305 661-1621. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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July 10 - 23, 2012

Trainer does Burpees 4 Boobs to save a pair, save a life BY NANCY EAGLETON

“I <3 (love) burpees.” That was Malia Panos’ motto when she first started doing burpees to raise awareness and funds for Mammograms in Action, a non-profit organization that helps low income and uninsured people get mammograms. As her daily burpee count grew, it became “I like burpees,” and now as her count is nearing 300 each day, it’s become, “not so much!” Panos, a personal trainer at Fitness Together in South Miami, began doing burpees daily last fall to honor her mother, who passed away from breast cancer ten years ago. She began with one burpee on September 15, the day her mother would have celebrated her 62nd birthday, and has been adding one each day. At the end of this year-long journey, she will have done 67,161 burpees. On her daily blog, Panos said, “It sounds me, I know. But compared to the daily struggle people go through (and that my mother went through) living with cancer, it’s nothing!” Visitors to the blog site can read Panos’ story, view videos of her daily burpee and

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workout sessions, make a donation to Mammograms in Action and be inspired. Panos was inspired by Daniel Lawson, the first person to tackle the year-long Burpees 4 Boobs challenge, and Zionna Munoz, who founded Mammograms in Action. Since her mother’s battle with cancer, Panos has supported numerous Susan G. Komen for the Cure events and participated in a 60-mile walk to benefit breast cancer research. She is especially passionate about supporting Mammograms in Action. “Even with my family history, my health insurance company would not cover the cost of my mammogram because I was under age 40,” said Panos. “How many women choose not to get a mammogram because their insurance won’t cover it and they can’t afford it?” Panos knows that mammograms save lives. There are 2.6 million breast cancer survivors as of 2011. Of the 232,620 cases of breast cancer last year, seven percent were women under age 40. Burpees 4 Boobs is Panos’ way of bringing awareness and raising funds for a good cause. So what exactly is a burpee? The burpee is sometimes called a squat thrust. The full body exercise is performed in four steps and used in strength training and as aerobic exercise. In other words, they’re not easy. It should come as no surprise that Panos, who is certified through the ISSA and has been a personal trainer with Fitness Together for more than three years, often adds variation to her burpees – which is

code for “more difficult.” Try burpees into power clean, burpees to deadlift, burpees with dumbbell thruster… you get the idea. Speaking of variation, friends and family often join Panos during her sessions to offer support and ease the pain. “On day 100, which was Christmas Eve, I had 100 people join me to do 100 burpees. That was 10,000 burpees on that single day!” she said. “On Cinco de Mayo, a friend did burpees with me and they were much more fun with a shot of tequila in between sets!” With her four children, ages 7-16, cheering her on, Panos may do her burpees quickly for time or break them into sets and incorporate them into an intense workout. At this point, it usually takes her a solid hour to complete the day’s burpee count. And September is still a few months away. “People with cancer don’t get a break. They must battle the disease every day,” added Panos.

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Summer Fun at Gibson-Bethel Community Center BY RAQUEL GARCIA

vided 50 scholarships to deserving youth so regardless of economic challenges, as many children as possible can participate. The ten week camp runs from June 11 On any given summer afternoon at the Gibson to August 17 and currently has a waiting list of more Bethel Community Center, an energized game of kickfamilies eager to sign up. “We do the best we can to ball, basketball or tag can be observed along with the offer scholarships and discounts for those going through shouting and laughter from the summer camp kids out tough economic times if they can present their hardship on the field playing together. Over 190 students are case; no kids are left behind.” Although the fees are a registered for this year’s program which not only promodest $30 per week which includes lunch and snack, vides half a day of recreation but also includes a mornsome families are unable to enroll without assistance. ing schedule where math, science, reading, and lanEvery Friday is field trip day with an outing to the zoo, guage arts are taught. seaquarium, bowling, or skating and from 1pm to 3pm “The educational component is important,” said daily the students are bused to Tamiami Park Pool to Parks and Recreation Director Lorenzo Woodley. “We swim. are providing a school atmosphere as well so that Assistant director Carl Williams and recreational when the kids go back to class in the fall their minds leader Yvette Valdes make sure the center and camp are fresh and ready to learn. They can lose that focus activities are running smoothly. Williams is a recent after a few months off.” addition to the staff and his years of experience include University of Miami student tutors are critical as recreation intern for Miami-Dade County and recresupplemental staff support to maintain a learning environment. The volunteers donate their time through a Yvette Valdes and Carl Williams join a kickball game while Recreation and Parks Director ational superintendent for Miami Gardens. “This is something I am passionate about,” said program called “America Reads.” “They give us Lorenzo Woodley watches in the background –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Williams. “You can see the benefits of what you do, tremendous support that we lack due to financial limithe kids, the seniors, the whole nine, you have an tations in this economy. It’s great that we have that with each other well according to Woodley. kind of help,” said Woodley. He credits Daisy Harrell of the “They are organized, don’t get too noisy, and stay with impact on their lives.” Williams is an administrator who is South Miami Alliance for Youth for beginning the partner- their groups. The public is also using the facility so they pushing to find funding for new programs like a computer ship with UM. don’t stumble over them. Everybody stays out of every- lab to offer technology education as well as efforts to Because the kids are together for an eight to ten hour day, body’s way,” said Woodley. In terms of effective leadership improve efficiency standards. To find out more about the Gibson Bethel Community good organization and communication are key developmen- that sets the tone, Woodley thanks Josephine Anderson who Center or to register for South Miami Grey Ghosts football tal concepts for the kids to be taught. The team oriented envi- has been after school director of the center for years. ronment stresses critical social skills so they can get along The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) also pro- and/or cheerleading call 305-668-7232.

LOBSTER, from page 1 ––––––––– brings people together who share the love of fishing and diving and want to support two great causes, all while having a fantastic time.” The diver who brings in the heaviest lobster will be crowned Lobster King and will receive the grand prize of $500 cash, plus a trophy and bragging rights for a year. Second prize is $300 cash and a trophy and third prize is $200 and a trophy. Kids are also encouraged to participate in the family event. The first place prize in the Kids’ Division is a $50 gift certificate and a trophy. Trophies will also be awarded for second and third place. “Last year, the heaviest lobster was 2.1 pounds, so anyone can win,” said Maler. “But you can’t win if you don’t enter!” In an effort to bring awareness to a prevalent problem in our waters, Maler has added a new event – the 2012 Lionfish Roundup. First place and a $150 prize will be awarded to the diver who brings in the most lionfish. The second place diver will receive a $100 prize, and the diver who brings in the smallest lionfish will win $50. The lionfish has no known natural predators, an appetite for native fish and crustaceans and the ability to spawn year-round. “The lionfish are an invasive species that are increasing in population and destroying the coral reefs,” said Maler. “If left alone,

they will not only have a devastating effect on the ecosystem, but will have a negative impact on our economy, as well.” Lionfish are hard to handle and venomous, therefore participants in the Lionfish Roundup must attend the captains’ meeting, Friday, July 20, 5 p.m., at Sunset Tavern. At the meeting, DiveWise founder and executive director Julie Richardson will provide important safety instructions to keep all divers and participants safe. DiveWise and Stiltsville Optimists Club are once again Maler’s chosen charities. Stiltsville Optimists brings youth groups like the Boys Scouts and Young Marines to the Miami Springs Power Boat Club stilt house in Biscayne Bay to teach kids the importance of marine environmental conservation. The winners of the 2012 Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament and Lionfish Roundup will be crowned and prizes and trophies awarded at the weigh-in party, Friday, July 27, 5 p.m., at Sunset Tavern. The festive event will include happy hour pricing, $1 menu, a steel drum band, hermit crab races, raffle drawing, 50/50 drawing, T-shirt sales and stories about “the one that got away.” Lobster will definitely be on the menu, so stop by and try cracked lobster and lobster fritters, quesadilla, bisque and pizza.

Deli Lane Café and Sunset Tavern are located at 7230 and 7232 SW 59 Avenue in South Miami. For more information about the tournament, call 305-665-0606 or visit <>




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COMMUNITY, from page 1 7 months and it been a whirlwind of confirmation and purpose. Mount Olive and I are a perfect fit. They believe in me, I believe in them, and God believes in us. But also it’s been a joy becoming a part of the community. My family and I have been embraced by many segments of this wonderful community without regard to our race or class. It’s been my honor to be invited to their homes, share their joys and special events, bare their sorrows and lend my voice and counsel to their issues. But I’m still looking, listening, and learning my new community and willing to help wherever I can. South Miami is a special place to me because it’s much like the community I grew up in. It’s filled with those who have and those who have not, but also those who are soon to have. It’s a place of caring and compassionate people but also it is what I believe to be a God centered community. The city of South Miami is also a place of tremendous potential because of the valuable cache of resources it has. It’s situated on a traffic laden highway, a stones through from a major university and other colleges, several hospitals surround the city, it is culturally diverse, but most of all it’s filled with tremendously talented and gifted people. Our public schools need a second look to improve them and we need to find a way to fund more early education and after school programs to help catch up those who are academically behind. Another area of much needed improvement that only recently came to my attention is race relations and cultural awareness. This only became clear to me when the Murray Park Pool became the hottest topic in town. During one of the public hearings I was very surprised to hear some of the comments that were made without concern of offending others, almost in a blatant disregard for the feelings of others. There were some pretty harsh statements made that night. But as the night and comments went on it became increasingly clear that a lot of the opposition against the pool was being fueled by feelings of opposition to a people and a community. Statements like “why is it


going to be located over there,” and “why do they need a pool,” made that clear. It was as if there was an unwillingness to deal with a certain segment of the community or that the occupants of a certain segment are somehow undeserving. Clearly we need to give time and attention to race relations. After all the pool is a community pool not a pool just for one segment of the population. All can benefit from it and if we are willing to pay a little for it equally, we can seize yet another opportunity to come together. One of the new duties that I acquired since being here is that I’ve been elected president of the Concerned Clergy & Citizen Coalition. It’s

Pastor James with wife Carla, and the twins Remington and Zamaria ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

my hope that through this organization we can address many of the ills of our community. The focus of our organization is to use whatever advantage we have to the advantage of those who happen to be disadvantaged. We’ll work to improve education, economic empowerment, improve access to health care, help to improve race relations, work with the city and county to identify areas of need, lend our voice to social justice issues, and a host of other concerns.

To contact Pastor James at Mount Olive Baptist Church call 305-667-7791.

July 10 - 23, 2012

Ask an Architect So you want to remodel your home? BY HECTOR C. FERNANDEZ American Institute of Architects NCARB

As we continue to see sings of the economy recovering such as the unemployment rate beginning to slowly drop, real estate values leveling off, and sale activity slowly begining to return, some of you may be thinking… “Hey maybe we should do that remodeling we had been thinking about.” Well I say, go for it! Of course I am biased, after all I make my living as an Architect. But all kidding aside, if you have the financial means, income stability, incredible intestinal fortitude and the patience of a Tibetan monk, you should seriously consider your dream remodeling project. Interest rates are at all time low, cost of construction is just starting to creep back up but still historically low and building departments are not backlogged with tons of applications. The smart savvy homeowner would be wise to take advantage of a good thing while it lasts. Some things to consider: 1. Budget 2. What is your goal (be realistic) 3. Did I mention budget already? Too often homeowners over-reach and plan on building more than they need and ultimately more than they can afford. My advice, set a budget and work your way backwards. And yes always be conservative with your calculations. I had an old boss that used to say the most accurate way to estimate the cost of a project was to figure out a number, multiply that by two, add 20% on top and pray for the best. But with good solid planning and realistic

goals your remodeling project can be a success. Next thing is, be flexible. This is not say flexibility implies “changes” but instead be ready to accept and respond to changes. All projects no matter how well planned will experience some changes. How well you plan can of course help limit those potential “changes” to minor ones. However no project has ever been completed without a “change”. After all this aint no Swiss watch were building here. And finally get a good solid team you feel comfortable with. I personally have always preferred the design build approach. Maybe it is my years working on the job site wearing the hard hat and swinging a hammer. I have always found great success in my practice and for my clients in working very closely as a team with General Contractors that I have a history and good working relationship with. It is like in any business your track record speaks for itself. So do your homework, ask your local chamber of commerce about professionals in your area, drive around and see who’s sign is up at construction sites in your neighborhood. And best of all ask friends who they recommend. This business is almost exclusively a word of mouth referral business. You can also contact the local AIA offices in your region to get a list of practicing Architects in your area.

Next time we will cover “How to train your Architect.” For information, visit online at or call 786-315-6764

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Artist Ronald Shelley shares his life and influences leading to latest exhibit BY RAQUEL GARCIA

It was Ronald Shelley’s father who declared that his son grew up in the middle of a shooting match. In 1940, life on a farm in the countryside outside Rugby, England did not protect the Shelley family from World War II’s Battle of Britain. They just barely managed to escape their destroyed home. Six year old Ron would never forget the violent bombings in his neighborhood, or the nearby factories that kept the engine of war in motion. Perhaps it was those early influences that eventually manifested into the award winning artist’s latest endeavor, “The Steel Head Sculpture Series” whereby the notion of man versus machine takes on a whole new meaning. In this cautionary tale, Shelley effectively uses his creative powers to deliver a sequence of steel inspired robotic head sculptures. Made from recycled engine parts in a wood frame with a metal finish; they resemble what Arnold Schwarzenneger’s offspring in the Terminator film series might have looked like. “There are numbers on the side of the sculpture like the tattoos you had in the concentration camps,” said Shelley. Today we have our social security cards and credit cards and all of these things are in batches and tend to look the same-repetitive-and that is important. I hope people will reflect and ask: ‘is that where we are going?’”

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Ronald Shelley and wife Donna Shelley show sketches from a collaborated book about his childhood surviving the bombings in England during World War II

The series is based on a painting titled “The Foundry” sold in Chicago years ago where ominous imagery depicts a cavernous rusty orange-hued factory interior aligned with rows of the robotic frames at attention. “I saw the interior of factories when I was a child growing up in Rugby. I could imagine Thor (Norse God of Thunder) inside forging with fire. Factories are impressive but a bit frightening. You have to step carefully around the machines and wires and beware all of the security measures for monitoring.” Shelley’s imagination was inspired by growing up in a household of painters, actors, and architects where his creative passions were encouraged and guided. Trained at a young age to be a commercial illustrator, his architectural sketches sustained the selfmade man throughout the years and during his many travels when art and acting did not always provide a steady income. “If I say I ran away to join the circus, it wouldn’t be too far from the truth,” said Shelley. In the late 50’s he joined a Texas Company and performed in European arenas as a roustabout stunt driver assistant for smash ‘em up car shows. He then toured all over Switzerland and France as a bronco rider in

the old Wild West Buffalo-Bill style pioneer shows performing alongside Pawnee Indians from Oklahoma. The card carrying Screen Actors Guild member ultimately came back to the states with the company, worked in Los Angeles for some time and then made his way to his current South Miami home and studio; where he has lived for over 20 years now.

In between rehearsal acts while playing the Duke of Venice for a Shakespearean troupe out of the Coconut Grove Playhouse or between shoots on Stacy Keach’s television show set “Caribe” in the 70’s and 80’s, Shelley continued his architectural illustration work. Interior designers would come to the sites with blue prints in hand and they’d talk in whispers about the projects he was working on for famed architect Kobi Karp or well-known developer Martin Z. Margulies. Although the recession-affected business of architecture seems to be regaining momentum, Shelley and wife (writer and muse) Donna, have evolved into a dynamic duo whereby their partnership has born exhibit showings throughout Florida. “When we first started getting serious I put together several shows at my museum (Project Manager for the Museum of the Everglades in Collier County at the time). “We push each other to take a chance,” said Donna Shelley. “We challenge each other to be more prolific and maybe we wouldn’t do so if we weren’t together.” The “Man as Machine Steel Head Sculpture Series” is on display until July 31 at Frameworks Gallery, 3196 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove. For more information contact Donna Shelley at 786-210-9750 or visit


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July 10 - 23, 2012

Women driven business American Chariots celebrates 35th anniversary

FPL strengthens the electric infrastructure serving Pinecrest and South Miami FPL investing more than $200 million statewide in 2012 to continue strengthening electric grid

(L to r) Judy Kilburn and Karla Cooper are the ladies behind the wheel at American Chariots

Florida Power & Light Company is continuing its initiative to strengthen the electric infrastructure and improve service reliability in and near the Village of Pinecrest and the City of South Miami and is on track to complete key improvements this year. The upgrades are part of the company’s $200 million investment in 2012 to improve everyday reliability, better prepare the electric system to withstand Florida's powerful winds and storms as well as speed up service restoration when outages occur. 2012 Strengthening Initiatives in Pinecrest and South Miami By the end of this year, FPL will inspect approximately 1,340 utility poles, upgrade the main power line serving the community thoroughfare on South Dixie Highway, clear vegetation from 70 miles of power lines and use advanced infrared technology to examine two main power lines in and near Pinecrest. In South Miami, FPL will inspect more than 900 utility poles, clear vegetation from approximately 50 miles of power lines and use advanced infrared technology to examine two main power lines. FPL customers can visit and enter their street address to see a detailed map of electrical improvements in their neighborhoods. This online tool shows the system improvements – including pole inspections, line clearing, power line strengthening and power line inspections – FPL has made in neighborhoods in Pinecrest and South Miami. Overall System Improvements in Pinecrest When the planned upgrades are completed, FPL will have made the following improvements and investments benefiting the Village of Pinecrest since the start of its comprehensive strengthening program in 2006: ➢ Upgraded equipment and strengthened the main power lines serving critical and other community facilities – hospitals, 911 operations, police stations and others – in and near Pinecrest, including the Pinecrest 911 emergency communications center and the community thoroughfare on South Dixie Highway. ➢ Inspected approximately 4,390 utility poles for strength – 97 percent of the approximately 4,530 poles in Pinecrest – reinforcing or replacing them as necessary. ➢ Cleared vegetation along approximately 360 miles of power lines in Pinecrest. Tree limbs, palm fronds and other vegetation that come into contact with power lines are a common cause of power outages and flickers. ➢ Inspected 12 main power lines and equipment in and near Pinecrest using advanced infrared technology to detect and address issues unseen by the naked eye before they become problems or outages. Overall System Improvements in South Miami ➢ Upgraded equipment and strengthened the main power lines serving critical and other community facilities – hospitals, 911 operations, police stations and others – in and near South Miami, including Larkin Community Hospital, South Miami Hospital and the community thoroughfare on SW 57th Avenue. ➢ Inspected 100 percent of the 4,240 poles in South Miami, reinforcing or replacing them as necessary. ➢ Cleared vegetation along approximately 350 miles of power lines in South Miami. Tree limbs, palm fronds and other vegetation that come into contact with power lines are a common cause of power outages and flickers. ➢ Inspected 15 main power lines and equipment in and near South Miami using advanced infrared technology to detect and address issues unseen by the naked eye before they become problems or outages. 2006-2012 Infrastructure Investments and Action Plan Following the 2004–2005 hurricane seasons that saw seven storms in a 15-month period, FPL responded to the state’s call to maintain a high level of storm preparation and keep service reliability high. FPL embarked on a series of comprehensive investments and improvements to strengthen its electric infrastructure to better withstand the impact of severe weather. The work is also designed to further reduce customer outages through aggressive preventive maintenance on its power lines and equipment. For the period 2006-2011, FPL invested more than $900 million to strengthen the electric grid against major storms, keep service reliability high as well as speed up service restoration time when outages occur.


Maybe it was the salesman who was too busy asking Judy Kilburn out on a date rather than focusing on selling her a car that convinced her to go into business for herself as an auto broker. Her boyfriend (now husband) was in the business at the time. What started out as an entrepreneurial endeavor back in 1977 has evolved into a flourishing professional niche in the automotive acquisition and sales industry for her and business partner Karla Cooper. The two petite blondes behind the wheel of American Chariots, the oldest licensed auto brokerage firm in the state of Florida, are celebrating their 35th year as a womenowned-and-operated automobile brokerage firm. From the early days of securing deals on vehicles out of Detroit, to today’s popular lease options, international freight scheduling, and online challenges, Kilburn and Cooper manage to take the anxiety out of getting a new ride. With an average of 300 to 400 cars sold annually, American Chariots runs the gamut of finding the right vehicle stateside (or from wherever around the globe it may reside) while dealing with transport logistics, trade-in negotiation appraisals, and budget maximums. The ladies also answer their own phones and make the coffee. “We are women who do it all,” said Cooper. “We negotiate for our clients the best deal for lease or purchase, trade-in or not. Getting a new car can be the most expensive and stressful experience of a lifetime.” American Chariots has fleet divisions of vehicles at dealerships that cater specifically to them due to their large purchase volume. They keep close tabs on the latest dynamics of trade and available inventory to best suit client needs. Hearing the women talk shop offers an enlightening lesson in today’s automotive economics. “Knowledge is power,” said Cooper.

“People who held onto their cars during the recession are loosening up and demand is starting to roll since the beginning of last quarter. However we are contending with a short supply of vehicles from Europe since production slowed down, as well as the after effects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.” “We stay low key,” added Kilburn. “Most of our business comes from word of mouth referrals. Clients know we know how to get the job done. And we explain how the system works which makes for instant credibility.” That instant credibility is actually a result of long established expertise going back to Judy Kilburn’s elementary school teaching days where she developed her penchant for perfection. Karla Cooper’s military background as an administrative sergeant out of Frankfurt, Germany in the Army trained her to handle anything. Nowadays they have parlayed that professionalism and consistency into a business that works for them and their many clients. Consumers today contend with internet inauthenticity in the changing automotive market. They can be saddled with unexpected fees before online protected release prices are divulged. These charges may often come in the form of non-refundable add on fees. “It’s a world of internet right now and people think the internet is telling the truth but actually the communication may be inaccurate,” said Kilburn. “Fees like for availability or preparation may be left out. Charges are at times added that you were not made aware of.” Kilburn says that ingrained in the culture of a new car purchase, buyers often “expect the trouble” they receive when trying to buy a new vehicle. “It does not have to be like that. We are on the same side of the desk as the client.” To find out more about American Chariots call 305-665-1577 or visit

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FCAT: Broke, beyond fixing; Immigration Law Firm now’s the time to throw it out Recruits Top Staff BY GRANT MILLER, PUBLISHER

Give a politician a square peg and a round hole and they will stubbornly pull out a drill or sandblaster to make them somehow fit. Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush changed state law to require comprehensive assessment testing (or FCATs) be administered to all grade levels (Gov. Bush’s 1999 A+ Plan) education in Florida has never been the same. The problems have not been solved, they have only gotten worse. But, dang it, they won’t leave the test behind — even if the child is. “A” and “B” students are being left behind because of some impossibly unbiased be-all, end-all exam that is supposed to predict future competency and success. By simply applying the scientific method, it becomes a no-brainer that the FCAT is failing miserably. Consider the following: • At least 46 of the 67 school districts (and five school superintendents) have written to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to ask for FCAT data reviews on “anomalies.” (Orlando Sentinel, July 15, 2010). • Since the test began, public school teaching in Florida has all but imploded with a long list of celebrated instructors dropping out of the system over the years because they refuse to spend the academic year “teaching to the test.” In fact, the pressure has become so unbearable that at least one documented charter school was willing to cheat and view the test beforehand. As a result the FDOE has

now had to take new measures to prevent schools from cheating. (Palm Beach Post, Apr. 18, 2012). • State testing contractor NCS Pearson (being paid $254 million over four years to administer the test) has had to pay back millions in fees because of late FCAT results that essentially held the education system hostage until scores came in. (St. Augustine Record, June 8, 2010; Apr. 17, 2012). • The tremendous disparity in the drop of FCAT writing scores for fourth graders — from 81 percent last year earning 4.0 or better (out of a maximum 6.0) to only 27 percent this year passing. So they lowered the bar. Passing scores became a 3.0 to the tremendous embarrassment of the entire Florida Department of Education. (Tampa Bay News, May 15, 2012). In a recent Channel 10 News story by Michael Putney about the Broward County School Board voting unanimously against the FCAT, sponsoring board member Laurie Rich Levinson spoke for so many of us when she said, “Hundreds of millions is spent developing this test, while classes in science, social studies, art, music and PE are being cut.” We join with academicians and editorial page columnists around the state, as well as disgruntled teachers, parents, and students all over Florida who say, “let us do away with politicizing education in Florida; it was a bad idea. It can’t be fixed.” You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a subjectively sketchedout test score does not determine a student’s ranking for success in life, nor the content of his or her character.

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A newly formed full service immigration law firm, The Hermanni Law Group, recently established offices in Coral Gables and has since recruited several new attorneys to provide clients with a full plate of immigration services. The impetus for creating this firm came from Kurt Hermanni, who had earned a great reputation as a skilled, honest and competent international lawyer dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration law. Hermanni remembers a time when a client’s friend called from New York to help his detained nephew get a bond from an immigration judge in Krome Detention Center. Thereafter, the family only wanted him despite the added travel expenses. That level of trust and dedication has propelled the Hermanni Law Group to handle cases throughout the United States. That is not hard to understand given the number of cases in which immigrants have been victimized by less principled and trustworthy attorneys. Passionately committed to serve his clients, Hermanni has developed relationships that have dramatically increased his client base through satisfied client referrals. Seeing the growing demand, Hermanni has recruited a group of outstanding lawyers all of whom have a general competency in general immigration law but also have a focus in variety of critical areas. While Hermanni is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, his entire team his fluent in English and Spanish. The firm is currently comprised of five full-time house attorneys: Kurt Hermanni, Senior Partner; Norma Lorenzo, Managing Attorney; and Associate Attorneys Patricia Hernandez, Consuelo de le Ossa, Jenna McQuid and Greg Greenberg. The Hermanni Law Group currently represents numerous international companies throughout the world, with clients in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in support of their employees’ short-term or long-term placements in the United States. Additionally, the firm represents clients facing immediate removal from the United States and those seeking asylum, Cuban Adjustment and adjustment status. Successful representations have focused on defense of marriage fraud claims and cases involving violence against women. The firm’s distinguished clientele includes a former South American President and his family, several foreign dignitaries, a former military General, military attaches, professional athletes, and foreign investors from China, Serbia, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain and Italy. The Hermanni Law Group is located at 2655 LeJeune Road, Ste. 800, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Ph: 305 640-8222 or Mobile 786-271-6699. Visit our website at

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Baptist Children’s Hospital brings smiles to kid’s faces Fourteen South Florida children, teens and young adults recently received the gift of a happy smile at Baptist Children’s Hospital during its annual Day of Smiles. Doctors from various specialties volunteered their time to help correct cleft lips and palates and perform nose revisions, ear reconstruction and scar revisions. This is the 11th year the hospital has donated its facilities and provided free surgeries for children whose families couldn’t afford the operations. (Photos by Mabel Rodriguez)

Plastic surgeon Johnny Franco, MD, marks the area where he will reconstruct the ear of patient Anthony Galvez, 9.

Yvonne Barbato, RN, helps prepare Marlon Sandoval, 11, before surgery to correct his lip and nose. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Plastic surgeon John Cassel, MD, talks with Mariya Klymenko, 16, and her mom, Nataliya Klymenko-Hereter, before performing additional surgery to revise burn scars she received from an accident when she was a toddler. Dr. Cassel has performed more than two-dozen operations on Mariya, including skin grafts, facial reconstruction

Nurse anesthetist Alyshia Kendon, CRNA, checks on Cliché Hemingway, 12, before she goes back into surgery to have eyelid and ear surgery. Her mom, Darchel Jones, is shown in the background. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Coral Reef Elementary’s ‘Mr. Nick’ teaches children a love of music BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Theodore Nicholeris (Mr. Nick) conducts music at Coral Reef Elementary. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The Coral Reef Elementary chorus is silent now because the students are on summer vacation, but when they are back at school and the singing begins, 100 or so children will take part in chorus. The unusually large chorus is a tribute to popular music teacher Theodore Nicholeris, who has been at Coral Reef Elementary about seven years, starting in the 2005-06 school year. He is known as “Mr. Nick” and during most years he teaches students in second through fifth grade. “This year I had some in kindergarten and first grade classes once a week for half an hour,” he said. “The district allocates for second through fifth grade.” Mr. Nick said he has a different philosophy than many music teachers. “It’s large by a lot of people’s standards because a number of music teachers limit their chorus to fourth and fifth grade,” Nicholeris said. “For me it’s the second, third, fourth and fifth. You can identify earlier the kids. It sells itself with the kids. We were at 100 at our largest. I think we finished up at 88.” He tried the traditional fourth and fifth

grades only chorus but discovered by the time the kids got to where he needed, they were ready to move on to middle school. He said it is remarkably manageable once he got to control aspect down. The kids sing at school and they also sing for the community. “We performed at a number of locations,” he said. “We were at school for the re-naming of our street, SW 152nd Street, to Dolphin Way. We took the whole chorus to the Falls to perform there in an evening performance. We sang at the Fun Fair and at a performance for a Holocaust survivor when they came to the school and the year end performance.” They also performed for the Village of Palmetto Bay at the picnic in March. “It’s not uncommon to have a half a dozen performances through the course of a year,” Nicholeris said. He spends 12-16 hours listening to music in order to choose the right songs for the kids. “It has to be powerful and make some kind of impression on an audience,” he

said. “It’s not going to have the intensity if the kids don’t feel it themselves. Selecting the music to me is 90 percent of the battle.” Mr. Nick is well liked because he goes out of his way to help children who apply to magnet schools — for music and drama — prepare for their auditions. “I also write a number of letters for them,” he said. He has an impressive track record. “I have to say that I’m at 100 percent at this point.” How does he help? For music students he assists them in selecting their music but he also talks to them about what to wear and helps them with their look. “They have that one minute, thirty seconds to establish their presence in that room,” he said. “First, it had to do with what song they are doing. If it’s something more lyrical and delicate, you would want the look to be more lyrical and delicate. The music determines that. Over 90 percent of what people perceive is visual.” For the drama students, he helps with timing. “I tell them when to pause, how long to pause. I say, this is when you stop. Let that statement sink in. Don’t just run through it like that.”


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Rabbi Levi Friedman’s goal is to have South Miami’s first synagogue open and serving the community in time for this year’s High Holy Days. “Members of the South Miami Jewish community have expressed their interest in having a synagogue in their neighborhood — a place where they can pray, connect with friends, and celebrate holidays and family life cycle events,” Rabbi Friedman said. Rabbi Friedman is working with community members to find a fitting location to establish the synagogue and serve the area’s needs. “As this comes to fruition, we will let the diverse needs of the Jewish community dictate the wide range of services we will offer,” the rabbi said. Rabbi Friedman and his wife, Sashie,

have served as leaders of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Florida International University for eight years. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and help the Jewish students increase their level of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment. “We offer the students a place to celebrate holidays, a weekly Shabbat meal, classes and lectures, and assistance and support,” Rabbi Friedman said. The couple, blessed with five children — Moussie, Yaakov, Chana, Mendy and Etti — is eager to serve the South Miami community in the same way. Rabbi Friedman invites community members to join him and Sashie in shaping the future of Jewish life in South Miami. For more information and to get involved, contact him at 305-226-5533 or send email to <>.

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Local gym supporting Olympic triathlon hopeful Manny Huerta BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Pinecrest Fitness recently hosted a spinning class fundraiser for Olympic bound triathlete 28-year-old Manuel Huerta. Local athletes and friends hope to raise enough money so Huerta can bring his family with him to London in August to watch him compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Triathlon at Hyde Park on Aug. 7. “It would be awesome to look up at the stands and see my family there,” Huerta said. “They are the key to my success. I hope they can see me compete at the biggest sporting event in the world.” Huerta came in ninth place at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon on May 12, in San Diego, CA. He finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run in one hour, 49 minutes, 31 seconds. Huerta was a promising triathlete in Cuba but defected to the United States at age 13 in 1997. Huerta told the New York Times that because his grandmother left the island during the Mariel boatlift he was stigmatized and therefore Fidel Castro would never have allowed him to represent Cuba at the Olympics. “To have been able to move to a free country where my dreams can become a reality is because of my mother. She got me into sports at a young age and dedicated her life so that I could get ahead,” Huerta said. His mother has been battling cancer for the past three years. He admits witnessing her go through the surgeries and chemotherapy treatment was very tough, but her resilience and strength have continued to serve as an inspiration. “For the past year and a half, the PET scans have been negative and so it looks like she is overcoming the melanoma. To see her fight has been such an inspiration for me to keep pushing myself to follow my own dreams,” Huerta said. Fellow triathlete and friend Michael Nunez said it is Huerta’s humility and passion that has endeared him into the athletic community, which has supported his goals for years. “We started in triathlons together about five years ago,” Nunez said. “To see him grow throughout the years as a modest and extremely passionate triathlete with such a big heart has been wonderful. Everything happened so quickly [making the Olympic cut] and we thought it would be good to do some type of fundraiser so his mother and sister and girlfriend could be there at the games to support him.”

Pictured are Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevez (left) and Olympic Triathlon hopeful Manuel Huerta. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Huerta’s father succumbed to colon cancer in 2009. Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevez and Nunez joined forces to earmark spin instructor Steve Brookner’s class to raise the necessary travel funds. “A few years ago he didn’t have a bike. Now he is going to the Olympic Games to compete in the triathlon which is super cool,” Estevez said. “He made the news everywhere when he qualified and a bunch of us went to the airport to welcome him home from San Diego. It is very expensive to go to London, especially during the Summer Games and most of the hotels are already booked. They need a lot of help to all get out there so we decided to team up to raise money to help him out.” So far Pinecrest Fitness has raised $2,450 towards Huerta’s family Olympic travel fund. Wells Fargo Bank also has created the Manuel Huerta Donation Fund to support the family trip. “I want to thank the Miami community for their support and help,” Huerta said. “Since I was a kid I have had so many people that have helped me out. They never gave up on me. The most important thing for me to do right now is to be confident and continue my training program. Now I get to go to the biggest sporting event in the world and represent the United States.”

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Area students selected to receive Burger King Scholars Program Award BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Keynote speaker Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez addressed local South Florida Burger King Scholars Program Award recipients in Miami-Dade County on June 25 at Burger King headquarters. The following area students are recipients of the Burger King Scholars Program Award (name, city, high school, college, major): Michelle Saballos, Coral Gables, School for Advanced Studies, Florida International University, Psychology; Elmina Morissette, Homestead, Homestead High, Barry University, Health Care Administration/BSN; Katrina Dominguez, Homestead, South Dade High, Miami Dade College, Physical Therapy; Leimys Ramirez, Homestead, South Dade High, Florida International University, Business; Nathan Szpilfeigel, Homestead, Coral Reef High, Florida State University, Psychology, Soa Andrian, Homestead, South Dade High, Harvard College, Bio Engineering/BME; Abigail Montanez, Key Biscayne, Coral

Reef High, Florida International University, Pschology; Cinthia Velasquez, Key Biscayne, Ransom Everglades, Miami Dade College, Psychology; Alicia Diaz, Miami, Gulliver Preparatory, University of Miami, Executive MBA; Andrea Rey, Miami, Ransom Everglades, Georgetown University, Undecided; Andrea Lopez, Miami, Killian High Miami Dade College, Biology; Angela McDonald, Miami, Miami Northwestern High, Florida Memorial University, Aviation; Bellacruz Dezore, Miami, Southwest Miami High, Miami Dade College, Education; Crystal Dalrymple, Miami, South Miami High, Miami Dade College, Physical Therapy; Daniel Silberwasser, Miami, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Harvard College, Economics; Daniel Jacomino, Miami, Booker T. Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering; Diego Suarez, Miami, Miami Northwestern High, University of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks at awards presentation. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

California-Irvine, Finance; Eliana Hernandez, Miami, Westminster Christian, University of South Florida, Biology; Erika Martinez, Miami, Coral Reef High, Florida Gulf Coast University, Marketing Management; Felicienne Alexandre, Miami, William H. Turner Technical Arts High, Miami Dade College, Registered Nurse; Fustine Saint-aude, Miami, Coral Reef High, University of Florida, Pre-medicine; Genesis Esquivel, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Florida International University, Law;

Jacob Prusher, Miami, Southwest Miami High, Florida State University, Advertising/Marketing; Jacqueline Eisermann, Miami, International Studies Charter High, Emory University, Pre-med; Jasmine McRae, Miami, Palmer Trinity School, Broward Community College, Theater; Jennifer Birriel, Miami, John A. Ferguson High, University of Miami, MBA; Jonathan Ludmir, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Harvard College, Economics; Kassandra Ramos, Miami, Felix Varela High, Nova Southeastern University, Psychology; Laura Hoelscher, Miami, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy, University of Central Florida, English/Literature; Lauren Aguiar, Miami, Coral Reef Senior High, Florida International University, Chemistry; Matthew Samach, Miami, Coral Reef High, University of Florida, Engineering; Michael Castano, Miami, Coral Reef High, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Engineering; Nicole Martinez, Miami, Miami Killian High, University of Pennsylvania, Business and Public Policy; Rafael Alberti, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Florida International University, Biology/Pre-med; Rheanastasia Doctolero, Miami, St. Brendan High, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Business Management; Tyla Armstrong-Williams, Miami, Miami Sunset High, Florida State University, Exercise Science; Victor Padilla, Miami, Miami Killian High, Miami Dade College, Biology, and Carolina Sanchez, Miami, Miami Edison High, Miami Dade College, Nursing.

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‘Czech’ commands used for Miami-Dade K-9 dogs BY RICHARD YAGER

Czech-language commands for a Miami-Dade police dog? “That’s because all of the dogs in our current investigative units originally came from that country [Czech Republic],” Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Eric Mendez said speaking to a Hammocks District Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) audience on June 27. “European-bred German Shepherds have proven the best for the apprehension and attack work we do,” Mendez added, relating how Miami-Dade Police Department selects dogs for attack and apprehension. “These dogs have already had at least six months training in their native country before Bloodhound “Cody” and Officer Pedro Otano visit Hammocks CAC. coming to the U.S.,” he –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– explained about the 18 current “K-9s” (a homophone of canine) tocol. • Feeding is confined to a special diet of who serve with the 16-member Miamihigh protein dry dog food, provided only Dade County unit. Distinguishing between attack and detec- once daily because “treats as rewards are tion training among different breeds, not standard procedure for attack animals;” • A typical attack dog’s longevity is “not Mendez said German Shepherds remained the most commonly used for “their inbred more than eight to 10 years due to the high aggression and intelligence, as well as their stress situations that such dogs must necessarily live with;” discipline in attack situations.” • Cadaver dogs trained to detect the odor The unit also uses “search and rescue” dogs, like “Cody,” a bloodhound brought to of decomposing bodies have noses so senthe session who met CAC members after sitive they’re capable of locating bodies Sgt. Mendez’s descriptions of varied types under water, and • Dogs upon retirement “are always kept bred for different purposes. A separate training routine is used for by their handler” because no provision is detection or explosive-sniffing dogs who made for their “after-service” life. Mendez, a 22-year veteran with four “sniff out” illicit substances such as drugs or explosives, the job assigned to a totally years’ service with the police dog unit, was separate unit at Miami International joined by Officer Pedro Otano during the session at Hammocks Police District staAirport. The special world of K-9 unit dogs and tion. Asked about the cost of an imported prehandlers as described by Mendez included: • Once trained, an attack dog, its handler trained German Shepherd with Czech comis the sole human or animal recognized as mands, Mendez quoted a price of $12,500, an “Alpha” individual; all other humans or adding “but they’re worth their weight in animals rank below the dog’s sense of pro- gold,”

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Local Pilates instructor seeking support in national internet vote BY LEE STEPHENS

Laure Felton’s friends and coworkers are rallying together to show the World Wide Web that Miami excels at a lot more than just basketball by voting for the only competing Miami Pilates instructor, Laure Felton, at <>. Felton’s style of teaching enhances the innovative Pilates repertoire with professional dance and physical therapy movements. Your vote will give her the fantastic opportunity of sharing her very special Miami methods with the greater Pilates community. A native Miamian, Felton first gained her in-depth knowledge of the human body as a dancer and then as a physical therapist assistant. She studied at the elite Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City and performed with a variety of choreographers. After returning to her hometown of Miami, Felton was inspired to study physical therapy when her father suffered a serious illness. She was blessed to work at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where she was involved in clinical research for individuals with spinal cord injuries. With these experiences under her belt, she began studying Pilates in 1997, becoming certified by the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. Felton now is the director of the movement studio at Myra and Company in South Miami where she maintains a safe, healing, and inspirational environment for both her clients and fellow instructors. She started the Pilates program at Myra and Company in 1999, and serves as a Pilates instructor to clients who range from elite athletes to individuals with severe physical challenges. Felton takes an integrative approach, augmenting the innovative Pilates reper-

F e l t o n ’s s t y l e o f t e a c h i n g enhances the innovative P i l a t e s re p e rt o i re w i t h p ro f e s s i o n a l d a n c e a n d physical therapy m o v e m e n t s . Yo u r v o t e w i l l give her the fantastic o p p o rt u n i t y o f s h a r i n g h e r v e ry s p e c i a l M i a m i m e t h o d s w i t h t h e g re a t e r P i l a t e s c o m m u n i t y. toire with techniques that she learned as a professional dancer and physical therapist assistant to create an exceptional therapeutic exercise experience. Felton has entered a contest with Pilates Anytime, an online business that provides instructors and clients with a wide variety of videos from instructors all over the world. If she wins the contest, she will be flown to California to make a video that will be on the Pilates Anytime site, receive a four-page spread in Pilates Style magazine, and attend the Pilates Method Alliance Conference. In order to vote for her, you must go to < d=3>. You then go to Laure Felton’s video and click next to her video to vote. You will have to enter your email address and then you will be sent a confirmation email that you must open in order for your vote to go through. Voting deadline is July 16.

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Jackson Health System takes opportunity to honor nurses BY LIDIA AMORETTI

Thirty-eight nurses were honored with Nurse of the Year awards during a public celebration held at Jackson Memorial Hospital. As part of National Nurse Week activities, a licensed practical nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a rookie nurse from each of Jackson Health System’s patient care centers, specialty areas, satellite centers and hospitals were selected by their colleagues as the nurses who have contributed the most to quality care throughout the system. Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, and Ric Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing executive, presented the awards. The Clinical Excellence Award is presented to the nurse who best exemplifies selfless dedication, compassion and nursing pride systemwide throughout the years. Winners include: Myrlene Denis, RN, Ambulatory Care Center, for her excellence in professional practice and her compassion for patients and their families. Mamie Armbrister, RN, Holtz Children’s Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Hospital Center, for consistently displaying professionalism, autonomy, excellent clinical judgment and empathy. Pieta Pelobello, RN, BSN, Jackson Memorial Hospital, for consistently providing excellent patient care, critical thinking skills, and customer service. Elvira De Guzman, RN, BSN, Jackson North Medical Center, for her hard work and dedication to the patients, families and colleagues in the pediatric unit of Jackson North Medical Center. Maria Derr, RN, Jackson South Community Hospital, for being a leader,

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teacher and a patient advocate. Elizabeth Basiratmand, RN, MSN, Jackson Mental Health Hospital, was honored for her dedication and compassion to her patients. She always finds the time to interact with patients, families and colleagues. To qualify for the Nurse of the Year award, nurses must demonstrate excellence in job performance, proven by a consistent, above-average evaluation, no record of counseling or disciplinary action during the past three years, demonstrate fulfillment of Jackson Health System Standards of Excellence and evidence of well-rounded professional activities that consolidate the nurses as role models. They must have been employed for at least three years of continual service; for the “rookie” category, it can be one year or less. Honorees for the Nurse of the Year awards are: Ambulatory Care Center — Guillermo A. Barquero, RN, BS, and Marie Theodat, LPN.

Cardiovascular Services — Marie Gelin, RN. Community-Based Primary Care Centers — Jackie Master, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC; Maureen Allen-Barnes, LPN, and Deborah C. Rushing RN, BSN. Corrections Health Services — Gerry Francois, LPN, and Lorena Carrasco, RN. Education and Development — Bensita Joseph, RN, BSN. Emergency Care and Trauma Services — Douglas Houghton, MSN, ARNP, ACNPC, CORN, and Gelena Dimaano, RN. Holtz Children’s Hospital — Nicole Thompson-Bowie, ARNP, NNP, PNP; Angela L. Jones, LPN, and Dawn Allen, RN. Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center — Marcell Nicholas, LPN, and Bernadette Jeanniton, RN. Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center — Elizabeth Maybee, LPN, and Leonila Liddell, RN.

Jackson North Medical Center — Barbara Seay, LPN, and Marie Jean Louis, RN. Jackson South Community Hospital — Carina A. Ryder, ARNP; Maria E. Fernandez, LPN, and Dolce Ortaliz, RN. Medical-Surgical Hospital Center — Philip Dlugasch, ARNP, Jean Jecrois, LPN, and Olive Lewis, RN. Jackson Mental Health Hospital — Marie Joseph, RN, BSN. Ortho-Rehab-Neuroscience Hospital Center — Myrna Lee-Keow, ARNP, MSN, FNP-BC; Marietta Gervais, LPN, and Rocio Mariel Simunovic, RN, BSN, MHA. Perioperative Services — Nichole Crenshaw, ARNP; Anne-Marie Fernandez, RN, B.S.N., and Jacqueline Buigas, RN. Specialty Areas — Maribel Valmocina, ARNP, and Maria Luisa Rodriguez, RN. Women’s Hospital Center — Nancy E. Griffis, ARNP; Denise Lamothe, LPN, and Ozaida Astapan, RN.

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AK Sharks Swim Team sends trio to U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

Pictured (l-r) are Austin Manganiello, Samuel Smiddy and Clara Smiddy. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LOU MANGANIELLO

Three AK Sharks Swim Team members recently headed to Omaha, NE for the 2012 United States Olympic Swimming Trials. Clara Smiddy, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 18, and Austin Manganiello, 18, qualified to race in the meet where the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team members will be chosen. Clara raced in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. Samuel swam the 400 individual medley and the 200 individual medley. Austin raced in the 200 Butterfly.

The AK Sharks Swim Team is a part of the AquaKids Inc. Aquatic Programs, and practices at the Westminster Christian School pool in Palmetto Bay. AquaKids and the AK Sharks offer year-round aquatic programs for children and adults from learn-to-swim, to those striving for excellence in competitive swimming. The AK Sharks Swim Team is recognized by United State Swimming as a “Silver Medal” program. For more information visit online at <> and <>.

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July 10 - 23, 2012

Animal Services to participate in Skateboard Rodeo adoption event BY LUIS MENDOZA

The third annual Skateboard Rodeo, South Florida’s premier skateboarding event, will return to the Westwind Lakes Action Sports Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a day of sport exhibition and family fun. Hosted by Chris Casey of Fuel TV’s Captain and Casey Show, the event will feature a skate contest, a Punk Rock Flea Market hosted by 305 Green, live music, open skating, and pet adoptions. Each year, the event aspires to raise funds and educate the community by partnering with a new and unique local nonprofit organization within the county area. This year, Skateboard Rodeo will team up with Miami-Dade Animal Services to find forever homes for adoptable pets of all sizes, ages and breeds. More than 100 skaters are expected to participate in what is expected to be the biggest Skateboard Rodeo to date, along with several hundred spectators and

families throughout the day. Competitors from all over Florida will battle it out during six different skating style contests for $3,000 in cash, prizes, and sponsorships. Whether skater or spectator, MiamiDade Animal Services will be onsite exposing the public to educational material that addresses the needs of our community and emphasizes the significance of animal licensing, microchip implantation, vaccination, spay/neuter, and volunteerism. “Daily there are hundreds of deserving pets in the shelter waiting for their chance to be adopted into a loving home,” said Alex Muñoz, director of Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services Department. “It is very important to keep this in mind when considering extending your family with a pet. There is always one here who can bring lots of happiness and love to any family.” For more information, visit online at <> or call 3-1-1.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden moves tree planted 75 years ago BY BRITTANY NGUYEN

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premier conservation and educationbased gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, has successfully moved a 75-foot Haldina cordifolia tree, the only one of its kind in the United States, the only member of its genus (Haldina) and a member of the Rubiaceae family. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the moving of this exceptional beauty which is among the largest trees in Fairchild Garden,” said Nannette Zapata, chief operating officer for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “This iconic tree is a treasured heirloom that will grace our grounds for many future generations to enjoy and cherish.” After careful root pruning that took more than one year, the tree was moved successfully to its new location within the Fairchild Arboretum, in anticipation of the groundbreaking of the new Rose-McQuillan Cultural Building. The process required two cranes and an expert tree transplantation team. Because of the size of the tree, it could only be moved as far as the crane could extend its reach. The foliage of the tree indicates that the canopy is still very dense, an

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excellent sign of tree health. The tree was planted originally more than 75 years ago by David Fairchild (18691954), one of the most famous plant explorers in history, from which Fairchild Tropical

Botanic Garden gets its name. It was collected by Dr. Walter Koelz, USDA, Beltsville, MD on Mar. 4, 1937, in Nilambur, Kerala, India. Previously known as Adina cordifolia, the tree is native to India, China

(Yunnan) and the Malaysian Peninsula. Dr. Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he also was an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years, he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. Fairchild visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, bamboos and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington, DC. After retiring to Miami in 1935, Dr. Fairchild joined a group of passionate plant collectors and horticulturists, including retired accountant Col. Robert H. Montgomery, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commissioner Charles Crandon and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. This core group worked tirelessly to bring the idea of a oneof-a-kind botanic garden to life, and, in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time. For additional information, visit online at <>.

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The Falls to add Brio Tuscan Grille to revamped lineup of restaurants BY ALICIA WHITLEY

The Falls, one of Florida’s largest open-air, retail and entertainment destinations featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and American Girl (opening fall 2012), announces the addition of Brio Tuscan Grille and TCBY to the already impressive lineup of new restaurants and retailers. Brio Tuscan Grille will open its first Miami location at The Falls in early 2013 and TCBY will be added to the center in late summer. Brio Tuscan Grille, the popular Italian dining experience specializing in Tuscan fare, will add a 7,900-square-foot space on the east side of the center, near Bloomingdale’s. Brio Tuscan Grille, famous for such delectable fare as Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, is scheduled to open in early 2013 and offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus as well as a children’s menu, catering services and an extensive wine list. Additionally, the restaurant will feature a patio area allowing visitors to dine alfresco. TCBY, the pioneers of the frozen yogurt concept that opening its first U.S. store in 1981, is scheduled to open a 500-square-foot

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space in late summer. The self-serve yogurt concept store will open in Center Court, adjacent to Talbots, and will offer an endless amount of flavor and topping combinations, including Greek frozen yogurt. “We are thrilled to announce Brio Tuscan Grille and TCBY as the latest additions to the dynamic leasing activity going on at The Falls,” said Julie Goldman, mall manager. “These recent additions are just a few of the many new stores and dining choices that are changing the face of The Falls with four new restaurants, The Fresh Market and six new stores including American Girl now offering more selection and dining options to guests in South Miami-Dade.” The Falls recently announced an impressive lineup of “first to market” stores like the first American Girl store in Florida, Corner Bakery Café, Red Robin and LoveSac, which opened their first Florida locations at the center in April and May, respectively. In addition, new stores include Michael Kors and Love Culture, expected to open mid-summer. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at <>.






Aspiring vocalists will get the chance to hone their craft when Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami launch the MDC Kendall Campus Choral Academy this fall. The Choral Academy is open to all high school students in Miami-Dade County with an interest in vocal music. It will offer

courses in chorus, vocal technique, ear training and sight reading. Registration begins July 16, with classes starting Aug. 27. Students are encouraged to register now, as demand is high and classes are filling quickly. For information, contact Dr. Timothy Brent at 305-237-2149; send email to <>, or call the School of Continuing Education at 305-237-2161.

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Marlins now offer public tours behind the scenes at ballpark


The Miami Marlins now offer behind-thescenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for just $10 per person. The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the Bobblehead Museum and the premium areas including the suites. Tours operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except when the Marlins play at home or

when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment. For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or send email to <>. All tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows located on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) and are for the time and date specified. Tickets are nonexchangeable and non-refundable. Tour parking is free in the Third Base Garage.

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Breastfeeding and Sore Nipples BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

Nipple soreness is one of the most common reasons new mothers give for discontinuing breastfeeding, but this is almost always a short-term problem that can be corrected. The main reason for cracked or bleeding nipples or nipple pain is improper latch, which can be relieved by correcting the nursing technique or using the breast pump properly. If the breastfeeding baby has thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth, it can be passed to the mother and cause nipple pain or damage. Signs of thrush in breastfeeding moms include itchy, red, shiny, painful nipples and shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding. We can compound a preparation containing an antifungal to fight yeast infections, an antibacterial, and an anti-inflammatory, which can be applied sparingly to the breast after each feeding. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information.

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Florida Bar honors attorneys for 50 years of dedication BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Florida Bar honored 145 attorneys, including many in Miami-Dade County, on Friday, June 22, for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law. Their service to the profession was acknowledged during a luncheon at The Florida Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Convention conducted at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando from June 20 to 23. To be recognized, attorneys must have been members in good standing of The Florida Bar and attained their 50th anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in 2012. The luncheon was sponsored by The Florida Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Lawyers Division. Atttorneys honored from the 11th Circuit (Miami-Dade County) were: Howard E. Roskin, Aventura; Stephan H. Tarr, Aventura; Jay Howard Linn, Bay Harbor Islands; Rick G. Ciravolo, Coconut Grove; Hugo L. Black, Coral

Gables; Bennett Gordon Feldman, Coral Gables; Jesse Stephen Hogg, Coral Gables; Richard H. Hunt Jr., Coral Gables; Richard M. Leslie, Coral Gables; Herbert Stettin, Coral Gables; John M. Abramson, Homestead; Philip Bloom, Miami; Stephen A. Cahen, Miami; Dante Michael Fiorini, Miami; James Jay Hogan, Miami; Robert C. Josefsberg, Miami; Arno Kutner, Miami; Antonio Martinez Jr., Miami; John Fred McMath, Miami; Joseph B. Merlin, Miami; William Y. Sayad Jr., Miami; James H. Sweeny III, Miami; Gerald J. Tobin, Miami; Richard L. Wassenberg, Miami; Sally Weintraub, Miami; Edward Ellis Levinson, Miami Beach; Kenneth N. Rekant, Miami Beach; Gerald Keith Schwartz, Miami Beach; Sherwin Stauber, Miami Beach; D. Robert Graham, Miami Lakes; Arnold Hantman, Miami Lakes; Philip James Mandina, Miami Lakes, Laurence Feingold, South Miami, and George Elias Jr., Surfside.

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Adrienne Arsht Center announces The Donkey Show coming July 13

The Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage will be transformed into a mirror ball dance floor.


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., has announced the arrival of the renowned smash hit — The Donkey Show — a spectacular phenomenon that blends a crazy circus of disco music hits, go-go dancers, roller skaters, feathered divas and a full active bar becoming the ultimate party extravaganza. The show, inspired by William Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will open on July 13 for a limited engagement on the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage, which will be transformed into a mirror ball dance floor for guests to live their own fabulous disco fantasy. Dance floor tickets are priced at $45 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $60 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets in the VIP seating area are priced at $60 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $75 on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons must be over the age of 18 to enter; 21 to drink. A $10 discount will be given to those who purchase tickets to the first five preview performances (July 1315). Tickets may be purchased through the Arsht Center box office by calling 305-9496722, or online at <>. Created by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, The Donkey Show experience encourages the audience to become part of a glittering nirvana where inhibitions don’t exist and everyone dances and sings along to the

greatest hits of the ’70s such as We Are Family, Last Dance, I Love the Nightlife, and Car Wash — it’s an opportunity to relive the hedonistic days of the dazzling Studio 54 era. The two-hour spectacle begins the moment guests arrive at the velvet ropes of Miami’s hottest pop-up disco and find themselves interacting with several of the show’s wild characters. Once inside, the fun continues with unexpected theatrical twists and surprises, all culminating at an ever-fabulous post-show event. This self-curated show will allow patrons to become as emerged in the story and in the production as they wish. It’s the ultimate night fever — a crazy fun house enchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. “The Adrienne Arsht Center always strives to bring unique performances with world-wide appeal to the community,” said Scott Shiller, executive vice president. “Miami’s version of The Donkey Show will mark the show’s largest production yet — complete with alluring aerial stunts and a cast of 20 of South Florida’s best actors and dancers.” The Donkey Show previously has performed on a world tour in major cities including London and Seoul, maintained a successful six-year run in New York and currently is playing in Boston. Showtimes: Wednesday-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. For reservations, visit <> or call the box office at 305-949-6722.

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Nissan Maxima sets pace for company’s sedans Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The Maxima is the flagship of the Nissan fleet and the 2012 incarnation continues to set the pace for the company’s sedans. It is, quite simply, a superb automobile. This beautiful car combines sports sedan styling, a driver-oriented cockpit and superb comfort with an advanced drivetrain anchored by Nissan’s award-winning VQ series V-6 engine. It has a refreshed exterior for 2012, with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights and new 18-inch or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Two new exterior colors are available — Java Metallic and Dark Slate. On the inside, the Maxima cabin is luxurious and roomy, and enhancements include a new meter cluster illumination color (white), new Dark Piano-hairline trim, a new Atlantic Cherrywood tone trim and a new Cafe Latte interior color. There’s also a new audio segment display and new

audio/HVAC knob design. Comfort and convenience features include a standard moonroof, eight-way power driver’s seat and a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat; dual-zone automatic temperature control, cruise control with illuminated steering wheel mounted controls, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD6/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and available USB connectivity. A special Limited Edition Package has been added for 2012, bringing smoked headlights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver colored wheels, a rear spoiler, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim on the center cluster, center console and door armrest grips. The top-of-the-line Nissan is offered in two well-equipped models — Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each powered by the 290-hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes, and available paddle shifters. The Maxima has a dynamic look, with an

2012 Maxima has a new grille, new combination taillights and new 18- or 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– aggressive stance and sporty proportions that design has been refreshed for 2012 with a 12balance the wheelbase and overall length, LED L-shaped design and a pair of side along with wide front and rear tracks. The marker bulbs for added visibility during night look is accented by the 18-inch or available driving. 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels — with new Pricing on the 2012 Nissan Maxima starts designs for 2012 — and low-profile perform- at $32,142 for the 3.5S and $35,120 for the ance tires. 3.5 SV. Large wraparound L-shaped headlights add a unique dimension to the overall design, Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for with the upturned headlight shape combining Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be with the new grille design, large bumper contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, opening and bulging hood to set the tone for or by addressing email correspondence to the rest of the vehicle. At the rear, the taillight <>.

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