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OCTOBER 16 - 29, 2012

Safe Streets Halloween

BY DONNA SHELLEY

itches, ghouls and goblins are invited to haunt the shops located along Sunset Drive in South Miami during Safe Streets Halloween. October 31 is that magical day when the imagination runs free and perfectly well-behaved children (and adults) turn into monsters or whatever character they find appropriate for the occasion. Halloween, a mystical Celtic autumnal happening that was part celebration and part superstition, has lived on in Western culture for over 2,000 years; dressing up in some sort of costume has always been an essential component of the event. Halloween revelers are encouraged to “trick-or-treat” at downtown businesses from 4:00P to 7:00P, when Sunset Drive from US 1 to Red Road, will be closed to vehicular traffic. Safe Streets is jointly sponsored by the City of South Miami and the Red Sunset Merchants Association of South Miami (who will supply the “treats” and other goodies). “Safe Streets Halloween is near and dear to my heart. I remember when we first started this, our kids were little. Now our grandkids are coming,” said event coordi-

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Around Town Bittersweet Victory BY MICHAEL MILLER

Costumed clown Hans Huseby of FootWorks interacting with the trick or treaters last year.

‘Hip Hop Pioneer’ Russell Simmons here to launch Obama Campaign HQ

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BY RAQUEL GARCIA odern Renaissance Man Russell Simmons was in South Miami recently to help launch the opening of the local campaign headquarters for the Obama-Biden Campaign at 6001 SW 70 St in the Valencia Condominiums building. Serving as a “surrogate” or official campaign spokesperson, Simmons had just left a rally in Liberty City and his team’s upcoming stops included a visit to Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, and the University of Miami. The founder of Def Jam Records who went on to create a booming fashion enterprise with Phat Farm, Simmons was recently named one of “Hollywood’s Most Influential Celebrities” by Forbes Magazine. He is also a Russell Simmons arrives in South Miami at Obama Campaign Headquarters.

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Vice Mayor Josh Liebman completed his 95th marathon in Chicago on Sunday, October 7. He is well on his way towards an auspicious goal of running his 100th finish line at the ING Miami Marathon on January 27, 2013. Although it was another great athletic success for Josh, unfortunately while he was away he lost his beloved best friend, Max, the sweetest Black Labrador Retriever in South Miami. “This is part of my countdown to 100,” said Josh. “A marathon is as much mentally challenging as it is physically. In this case it was emotionally challenging. As a Pace Leader many people were counting on me to complete the race. I was reassured that Max would be just fine when I got home but I was really torn being away from him. Knowing he was suffering made it all the more difficult.” BELOVED MAX…RIP I know so

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George’s on Sunset makes any occasion celebration a home run BY RAQUEL GARCIA

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George deftly works the room, greeting and checking on guests while dance music pumps in the background. The restaurant vibe feels more like a lively wedding party reception rather than random diners inside a restaurant eating meals separately. “This is my theater every day; it’s a show; it’s fun; it’s life, it’s what I like,” said George. Regulars like Miami Herald Columnist Dave Barry and his wife Herald Sportswriter Michelle Kaufman agree. “We love George’s because it always feels like a party, and the food is great. And George is insane.”

The food is pretty great. Appetizers range from classics like Escargot—a savory garlic kissed delight—-to a variety of tartare dishes, and of course their famous Truffle Fries. Salads like the Arugula with Grilled Portabello and Roast Pear are almost too pretty to enjoy (almost). Fish dishes such as the Red Snapper with Sauteed Baby Vegetables and Grilled Branzino with Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts flake onto the fork delicately with a tender touch, and yet the crunchy skin contrast joined with subtle spices brings it all together in one climactic mouthful.

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Across the street from the Tropical Audubon Society, the purple neon signed George’s on Sunset at 1549 Sunset Dr. with its cozy-elegant outdoor tables dressed in crisp white linens, giant serene statue of Buddha, and the laughter emanating from a happy crowd in mid-meal, invite the senses inward. After 20 years serving South Florida, George Farge has perfected the unique style of service George’s delivers daily. From the first restaurant he opened in Coconut Grove, Le Bouchon, to George’s Kitchen in Midtown set to open next month, George knows food, fun, and service. Born and raised in Lyon, France where founder of nouvelle cuisine, famous French chef Paul Bocuse is based, George grew up with the desire to be in the restaurant business. Although he claims he was not talented enough to remain top chef, he seems to know how to run the show well enough to keep customers coming back for more. “I love what I do and that creates energy right away,” said George. The place literally palpitates with energy as sharp dressed waiters in button down black shirts and purple ties glide about welcoming customers with a cool glass of complimentary Rosé champagne.

Reminiscent of the nouvelle cuisine style of fresh, classic ingredients beautifully presented, their selections have much to please the most finicky foodie. Meat dishes like Roasted Organic Chicken, Beef Short Ribs, as well as Risotto and Pasta, Mussels, and Pizza entrée options complete the menu. Desserts such as the Rasberry Sorbet or Chocolate Mousse are gorgeous and rich flavored delights so smooth and creamy the tongue must coax the mouthful off the spoon. A Campari and Soda on ice makes the perfect drink accompaniment. A variety of champagnes, red and white wines, draft and bottle beers and creative cocktail specials are available to choose from. Appetizers and salads average about $19 and entrees range from $12 to $35. Friday and Wednesday nights at George’s are especially popular for locals. Wednesday is ladies night where Miami Heat player Shane Battier was recently spotted. And the Sunday Brunch (when even kids get a chance to jump up on the tables and dance) are fan favorites as well. “Any occasion we make fun,” said George. “We have people come in to celebrate a divorce, getting promoted, fired, anything. If you can combine food, fun, and service it’s a home run.”

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Walks, Bowling Night, Golf, Halloween and festivals mark a busy Fall

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Thousands gathered at FIU’s Main Campus on Sat., Oct. 6, for the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk . Attendees enjoyed a beautiful sunny morning socializing, checking out the sponsor booths, eating free Subway sandwiches, gathering up some great Jenny Craig samples, doing health screenings and, of course, picking up their favorite hometown paper at the Community Newspapers tent. Walk Chairman, Ernie Diaz, South Florida Market President for TD Bank, thanked the many sponsors whose support helped raise an amazing $500,000 this year for the American Heart Association. Look for more Heart Walk highlights and photos in the next issue. Bowlers will want to gather your team for the South Miami Rotary’s Bowling

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Night, to be held Wed., Nov. 7, 6-9 p.m. at Splitsville. This dynamic Rotary club that organizes the big art festival in Feb. meets every Tuesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in South Miami at noon. Visiting Rotarians are always welcomed. For more information, visit www.southmiamirotary.org. Golfers also have several options in the near future. Somerset Gables Academy, a community school located in the heart of Coral Gables, is hosting the 1st Annual Somerset Gables Golf Tournament to benefit the construction of a new playground. The event will be held at The Biltmore Hotel on Friday, November 2, 2012. The tournament features a scramble format and shotgun start at 12:30 pm, registration begins at 10:30 am. This exciting event is your opportunity to showcase your golf skills, raise your company’s profile in the community through sponsorships and support a terrific elementary school in the process. For more information contact cochairs Rachel Salazar at rachel.salazar@hotmail.com or Lora Lastra at loralastra@me.com. The SGPA is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. Spotted at the Shops at Sunset Place on Oct. 11, was Victoria Justice, promoting Fun Size, her new movie, opening October 26. The first 50 fans who arrived dressed in Dorothy attire, like Victoria’s character in the film, received an autograph from the Victorious star while everyone enjoyed music and other giveaways during the afternoon session. Look for more fun events at the Shops on Halloween night , Oct. 31.

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Heart Walk Chairman Ernie Diaz addresses crowd at 2012 Heart Walk.

Ladies of GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and the Doral Business Council gather at the Community Newspapers tent before Heart Walk. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Finally, coming up is the 41st Annual Miami Until next time, keep making each day South Miami Art Festival produced by Chamber South and sponsored by First count. National Bank of South Miami, a great If you would like to submit information community partner in so many events. Mark your calendars for November 3 & for this column, please send your news via 4th, 2012, in beautiful downtown South email to gloriagalburns@aol.com.


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Senior Center residents being moved to unknown location BY RAQUEL GARCIA

After several meetings with Related Urban — the private developers and new building owners Miami-Dade County sold the South Miami Senior Center facility at 6701 SW 62 Ave to — the residents being temporarily relocated during renovations still did not know (as of press time) where they are going to be moved to, nor exactly when the move will begin. While yellow caution tape already blocks outer access to the lobby pick up area and the electrical repairs in the dining/recreational room have begun, residents still do not know where they will be housed while each of the building’s six floors get a long awaited overhaul with new hurricane windows, shower rails, ceiling fans, and a modernized activity center. At a recent meeting to answer questions and allay the concerns of residents about the move, Related Urban senior vice president Alberto Milo, Jr. assured the apparently anxious group of seniors that everything was going to be fine. Before answering questions such as “the $64,000 dollar ques-

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tion” of where they are moving to as one resident put it, Milo outlined the improvements to take place in bilingual fashion. He assured residents that the buildings must remain public housing and that nei-

ther their home nor their rent amount situation would change. Milo said the apartment building construction would not start until the first week of January but did not offer a specific date. He also said work in the common areas would begin in late November and would not interrupt any holiday plans. When asked by South Miami News if he would consider delaying any work in the common areas until after the holidays to not disrupt family and center celebrations he said it would be considered. As of press time, Milo had not return calls to answer outstanding questions on where the residents would be relocated, the exact date relocation will commence (although Ela Pestano from Commissioner Xavier Suarez’s office called to say she was told they will start January 2, 2013), when residents will know when they are being relocated, and whether or not there will be a buffer of time in between their

knowledge of relocation area and relocation date (to possibly make alternate plans if the move is inconvenient for whatever reason). According to a story in Miami Agent real estate online magazine, Related Urban recently received a $60 million dollar tax credit from the federal government for public housing. They plan to renovate and modernize over 464 units and redevelop an additional 1,800 elderly public housing units. The South Miami Senior Center building facility is no longer owned by the county. The City of South Miami will continue to handle daily operational management. According to City of South Miami employee and site manager of the senior center for over 10 years, Ana Larzabal, the main fear of residents is where they will be moved. “They understand eventually this will all be better for them,” said Larzabal, “but some of them are tripping right now, they are freaking out about where they are going to go.” Larzabal suggests a nearby hotel may be the best option at this point and ideally one with a refrigerator for medications and snacks. She said electrical work and the fixing of holes has begun at the facility. “We are going to make this transition as easy as possible for the seniors.” Commission Aides to Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez, Ela Pestano and Homer Whitaker were both present at the recent resident meeting as well as former South Miami mayor Horace Feliu. Commissioner Suarez said in an interview that this issue has a “high priority.” “We will be on top of it,” said Suarez. “Ela has been assigned to it and she is very efficient. She has a lot of responsibility over there (in the South Miami office) and knows this is a high priority. When anything gets delayed by red tape, I get involved.”


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SIGHTINGS Opening Reception for Photographer Bric Peeples, October Exhibitor in The Wirtz Gallery at First National Bank of South Miami

First National Bank of South Miami executive Steve Moynahan and Bric Peeples

Cissy Setter and Laurel Labuzan stand in front of Patty Tate with photographer and Yacht Captain Bric Peeples their favorite piece “Good Morning.”

Pictured are (l to r) Stacy Richard, Deann Walton, and SMPD Officer Charlie Moreja

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AROUND TOWN, from page 1 many of our hearts are breaking right along there with you Josh but know that Max knew your schedule and that you had to go. It was his time and perhaps with your distance, it made it easier for him to leave this earth while you were away. This often happens with the infirm, they wait until family is not present to pass because otherwise they try to hold on for them and continue suffering. You gave him permission to go home and rest in peace. HEALTH CENTER UPDATE A recent posting on The Watchdog Report listed an announcement that the Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center at 6601 SW 62 Avenue has ended “years of outsourcing at facility” and as of October 1 decided to instead staff the center with Jackson employees. The press release said in part: “Jackson employees will once again begin operating Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center, one of Jackson’s primary care clinics in South Miami. Most of the operations at Rosie Lee Wesley were outsourced years ago-part of a pilot project to determine whether a contracted model would provide the best quality and efficiency for Jackson’s full line of primary care centers.” Kudos to the folks at Jackson for the courage to admit they made a mistake outsourcing the health center and welcome back home team.

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DRUG FREE ALL THE WAY Good news from city hall! The city has taken a huge step in the right direction by allocating $30,000 to the South Miami Drug Free Coalition. Nice move, but not enough considering that the big bucks didn’t come directly from their own pocket but rather from the SMPD Forfeiture Fund. However I do pay homage to their efforts to send a message. But wait a moment, we can’t stop at that… there is a complimentary effort now needed from the commission. Let’s have them put their money where their mouth is so to speak, by asking each commissioner to donate $100 from their own pocket to the cause so the total is $30,500. Then, let’s have the commish’s take the drug test walk like cops do, new employees often do, and by the way are South Miami city employees subject to random drug tests does anyone know? Again, I have no reason to believe that any sitting city commissioner, (nor any past commissioners) have ever smoked or ingested any illicit drug. Now let’s prove it. Can you imagine the positive publicity… perfect photo opp of the entire commission in chambers with a giant cardboard check to the Drug Free Coalition. Then we can announce the commissioner’s drug test results as a symbolic gesture of support to the cause. The picture can run on the city web site, be sent to local schools, maybe go viral on Facebook, and I’ll just betcha Community Newspapers will also run it on the front page of South Miami News and other papers.

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Vice Mayor Josh Liebman and Pace Team Coordinator Paul Miller at the Chicago Marathon. By the way, thanks guys for taking us along.

The city can even start their own campaign to encourage other municipalities like Miami Beach for example, to do the same thing. Well I was just thinking it would be a cool idea and I am willing to lead the charge. If we do it on Halloween I can wear my Reefer Madness Cape! But let’s try to get it done before my holiday buzz please. LET PEACE PREVAIL SUBMISSIONS Last issue I sent a shout out to SoMi to please email me with ideas for creative solutions on how to bring a dose of positivity to city hall. Some of the responses were interesting, fun, and unusual. My favorite was from Mayor Philip Stoddard who wrote: “Last commission meeting had only 4 on the dais. We finished the agenda by 10pm. Walter said good night, and Josh and Bob both commented to me that this was the first commission meeting in their time in office that was pleasant. How about that. Seems we don’t need team building games after all, so long as the dais is populated with civil personalities.”

Keep emailing those ideas for solutions to the negativism at city hall by sending an email with subject title “let peace prevail” to Michael@communitynewspapers.com and if you have the most practical and original solution you and a guest will win a dinner at a South Miami Restaurant. South Miami staff and commissioners are especially encouraged to submit ideas. BTW if any restaurants want to jump in and compete by submitting their own ideas for peace and maybe even sponsor the dinner, we can work with that too. Perhaps it can become a “let peace prevail” party and we can bring a soapbox and mike and give all guests a chance to share their ideas? Hmmm… Thought for the Day: Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. — Anatole France Raquel Garcia contributed to this column. Got Tips? Call 305-669-7030 or email <michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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Campaign surrogate Russell Simmons addresses a standing room only crowd at Obama-Biden South Miami Headquarters. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

multi-New York Times best-selling author who manages four not for profit organizations through Rush Community Affairs, in addition to his primary post as Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications. “I care about the whole,” said Simmons when asked what brought him to an unobtrusive corner of South Miami across the street from the post office bordering the industrial district. “Community issues are important and if I can encourage people, especially progressive people, to vote and pay attention to community issues we will be better off for it. On a national level Florida is a very important state and I’m going to encourage everybody that I can get to volunteer in this campaign.” The enthusiastic standing room only crowd had a chance to ask questions after Simmons gave a brief talk about why he was there. “I’m here because I think every American deserves health care, and every American deserves a decent education. My number one issue is to limit the amount of money that goes to politicians, special interest groups, and corporations. Simmons went on to explain that President Obama is getting one dollar for every 14 dollars of super PAC (political action committee) money going to opponent Mitt Romney. “The only money he’s gotten is from people who are compassionate and care about the whole. Everybody with selfish motivation seems to be giving the money to Mitt. For me this

is a kind of proof and one of the reasons I feel confident that our president is the president for the people and not for corporations.” Simmons said another reason he was there was to highlight the disparity between the rich and the middle class. He said he was out every day during the Occupy Wall Street Movement to help draw attention to this issue. “I occupied every day in Wall Street, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston. I went and hung out at the parks because people are frustrated. Elected officials work more for the corporations than the people and they (occupiers) understood that and so we had a national conversation about economic inequality.” In addition to economic justice concerns, Simmons said privatization of public services is a bad idea. “Corporations should not control our public services. Basic services (education, health care) are not there to make money, they are there to help the people. To have all services become a business like the privatization of schools is a very, very bad thing for America.” A self-proclaimed Buddhist, Simmons also discussed the virtues of veganism, his successful efforts to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws in his home town of New York through the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, and problems associated with the prison industrial complex as it affects the health of communities.

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HALLOWEEN, from page 1 nator Hans Huesby. Hans owns Footworks along with wife Laurie. Footworks is a popular, full service sporting goods store located on Sunset Drive near Red Road. The Merchants Association sees the event as the ideal way for costumed children to safely cadge treats while enjoying the shops and ambiance of South Miami’s downtown business district. Parents are encouraged to dress-up along with their children and enjoy free candy and other activities. Huesby, who annually dons a clown costume, will wield a rather large pair of scissors, offering “haircuts” to parents; something that continues to delight children every year. Splitsville, featuring luxury bowling lanes and fine dining, and Buffalo Wild Wings, a place for wings and sports, will be offering special promotions for trickor-treaters who stop in to visit them at the Shops of Sunset. Members of the Footworks team are crafting an idea for a contest that will appropriately honor the more macabre traditions of

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Halloween. The “Zombie Dash” will be a race to the finish line. However in true Night of the Living Dead fashion, participants will be required to drag one foot on the ground during the entire race or risk being disqualified. A popular event since the 1980s, Huesby believes that experiences such as Safe Streets Halloween are important to the fabric of the community, “People are looking for places to connect to and the merchants get the chance to provide that while showing-off a little and making people feel welcomed.” Decades ago, when the idea for the event was first hatched, members of the Red Sunset Merchants Association thought that creating a safe place for children and families to gather was something that could be readily and easily accomplished. “At that time, no group of merchants was doing what we were doing. We hit upon a great way for kids to trick-or-treat in safety and get lots of candy,” said Huesby.


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South Miami local Kemy Joseph covers North America on World Kindness Tour BY RAQUEL GARCIA

After logging thousands of miles this past year during his “World Kindness Tour,” U R Awesome not for profit organization founder Kemy Joseph is back in South Miami to celebrate the third year anniversary of the organization he began while a student at UM. From New York to California to British Colombia to Alaska, Joseph cruised around North America on his trusty scooter donated by tour sponsor “The Genuine Scooter Company” and flew commercial thanks to his Gates Millennium Scholarship. His purpose was to perform random acts of kindness and inspire individuals and organizations to do the same. “It has been incredible to see the amount of kindness America has to offer,” said Joseph. “People expect Americans to be nice on an outward fence but complete strangers have trusted me and brought me into their homes, I haven’t even had to pay for a place to stay. It inspires me to be kinder and more trusting.” Joseph and his red “U R Awesome” t-shirt wearing team have been visiting area hospitals, donating clothes to the homeless, and waving “Free Hugs and High Fives” signs around sporting events and concerts in South Florida for years now. He decided to take the spirit of the work to the next level by launching the “World Kindness Tour” to spread the love a bit further and establish U R Awesome cells of positivity all over the place.

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Thanks to traveling networks like couchsurfing.org, Joseph was able to introduce himself to friendly supporters around the country before arriving in their home town and thus secured a place to stay in advance. The Aids Walk in Honolulu, South by Southwest Creative Arts Festival in Texas, and The Images and Voices of Hope Summit in New York City are some of the events Joseph attended while performing random acts of kindness and spreading the kindness message. “I was walking around with my sign in Anchorage, Alaska, and a woman who couldn’t read asked me what the sign meant,” said Joseph.

“When I told her it read that she is awesome and offered her a hug she started crying. Here was a stranger loving her as she is.” Unfortunately the woman’s cell phone rang right after the hug so the moment was over before he could get her name. “Our society needs kindness more than ever,” said Joseph. “Since the beginning of the organization we have been working to help break the cycle that keeps violent terrorism going on. The idea is if we continue to love people and forgive we can break the cycle of violence and bullying pain and suffering to feel the love out there.” Because Joseph is about to graduate with a Master’s in Education from Nova Southeastern University, some of his tour dates were spent studying and writing papers indoors. He said Venice Beach, California felt very much like home and he spent the day there walking on the beach and coordinating a team of eight volunteers to spread the U R Awesome message. Texas was a different story. “I was taking a picture of the state sign when I arrived,” said Joseph, “and somebody in a pick-up truck screamed what I’m pretty sure was a racial slur; it wasn’t very welcoming. Then I met some Cajun people that invited me to a barbeque, all of that happened within the same block. It really shook my foundation because a lot of people said I would have a tough time in Texas and it was reaffirmed by the truck that drove by. But that total acceptance I received after that broke it open. I stayed in eight cities in Texas, including Waco, and had no problem.” There was a slight detour in the World

Kindness Tour when Joseph’s scooter got stolen while parked off the camp grounds at a festival in Eugene, Oregon. However even that had a serendipitous happy ending. He ended up meeting his new girlfriend Jenny during that unexpected extra stay. All his gear was secured elsewhere and so untouched, and The Genuine Scooter Company stepped up with a replacement scooter immediately. Joseph says one of the most amazing aspects of his travels was to sit down in a coffee shop and see people’s faces change and “get blown away” when they heard his story. “Many of the places I went to, people were taken aback by my appearance. ‘Who is this young black man with dregs on a scooter looking for free hugs? ‘Is he homeless, does he have some kind of issue?’ But for some it didn’t matter. They would just come running up to me to make a genuine connection, I’m a positive energy and they just want some positive energy.”


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Palmer Trinity School event highlights 40th anniversary BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Palmer Trinity School, a collegepreparatory school in Palmetto Bay, celebrated its 40th anniversary at the end of September, beginning with a special event, “PTS Gives Back” on Saturday, Sept. 29. During the event students, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni and friends participated in a number of community service projects, both on and off campus. A fixture in South Dade for the past four decades, Palmer Trinity came about when two historic schools, Palmer School and Trinity Episcopal School, merged in 1992 and became the institution it is today. “I am proud of Palmer Trinity’s commitment to service and social responsibility,” said Sean Murphy, head of school. “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary year, this special day will exemplify our school’s long-time dedication to supporting others in the Miami-Dade community.” A coeducational Episcopal day school, Palmer Trinity provides “a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission.” Palmer Trinity School serves stu-

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dents from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. “This day embodies the true spirit of a Palmer Trinity School student,” said

Elena De Villiers, community service coordinator. “With more than 30 student-organized service groups at PTS, our students don’t do community service because they have to — they do it

because they believe it is an inherent part of their moral obligation as human beings.” For more information about the school, visit online at <www.palmertrinity.org>.


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Community’s help sought for ‘Sports Ability Games’

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BY RICHARD YAGER

The Junior Orange Bowl’s “Sports Ability Games,” inspiring disabled children for 30 years, needs new and strengthened community support, according to two program leaders. Scheduled this year from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 at three different locations, the event that formerly hosted 500 or more youngsters in swimming, sailing, track and field competitions will likely attract only 300 this year after 295 took part in 2011. “A combination of downside economics, reduced budgets and higher costs have taken their toll to stage an event that brings tears to your eyes when you see it,” said former Coral Gables Police Chief Richard J. Naue Jr. and JOB vice president Kathryn Swain speaking to a group in West Kendall on Sept. 26. At that moment, Naue displayed a photo from the 2011 event, showing a father hugging his child, adding, “That’s what it’s like for some, like this dad, who had never even seen his disabled youngster take part in a physical sports event. “It’s heart rending,” Naue said. The three athletic events that kick off the Junior Orange Bowl festival “especially need corporate sponsors willing to lend their name to help sustain a program that has brought competitors from all over Florida and worldwide,” Naue told members of the Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). “Travel costs are one reason why sponsorships can help maintain participation since many would come with a little bit of help from our community,” he said.

In addition to corporate assistance, the Games welcome all kinds of contributions, including athletic and day-to-day equipment, clothing and volunteers. “High school students can fulfill community hours by helping,” Swain noted. The 2012 program: Thursday, Nov. 29, Sailing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shake-A-Leg Miami, 2620 S. Bayshore Dr. Friday, Nov. 30, Swimming competition from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Miami Springs Aquatic Center, 1401 Westward Dr., Miami Springs. Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Track and Field, Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Field events include “soft toss and softball throw” to help even the most physically challenged youngsters to demonstrate capability in a winning effort, Naue said, noting athletic competition for disabled children began in the 1981 JOB Festival with a goal of emphasizing sportsmanship and safety while encouraging youngsters to overcome handicaps. The program that began with just 40 participants grew steadily until the mid-2000s when economic hardships began taking their toll on both participation and community support, he explained. Hammocks CAC members informally decided to create a support program of their own to be finalized at a 7:30 p. m. meeting at Hammocks District Police Station, 10000 SW 142 Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 24. For Games program details, contact Naue at 305-972-4016 or by email at <rjgrump@aol.com>. Visit <jrorangebowl.org> for full festival programming.


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Outback Steakhouse opens new location at The Palms BY RICHARD YAGER

A fresh look in new surroundings now greets customers of Kendall’s Outback Steakhouse. The familiar Outback logotype is emblazoned on a two-story tower overlooking Mills Drive in the newly remodeled area known as “The Palms.” The plaza-styled retail and entertainment center with inner pedestrian walkways replaced the former Town and Country Mall where new development continues with the razing of the mall’s last buildings along the northwest corner of Mills Drive, immediately adjacent to The Palms redeveloped area. “We’re looking forward to a fresh and new Outback Steakhouse experience in Kendall,” said Evelyn Vallejo, managing

partner, after vacating the familiar freestanding building in the southeast corner of Town and Country Center. “We’ve welcomed new and old customers to the inviting atmosphere of a remodeled interior and the traditional hospitality of our wood-fire grill,” she added, speaking after Oct. 3, the new restaurant’s first day of operation in its new location. Grasses and unfinished wood accents are combined in a new interior designed to capture the feeling of the Australian “Outback” from its front foyer to a spacious bar and booth areas. In addition to newly remodeled décor, guests are welcome for lunch with the restaurant open at 11 a.m. daily. Takeout service also is available. A new menu features items like a “Filet Focaccia Sandwich” (topped with melted

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provolone cheese) and a side of au jus for dipping among 10 luncheon entrees offered under $10. Other new items: “Aussie-Tizers” like a crab and avocado “stack,” crispy chicken artichoke flatbread, Aussie chicken cobb salad and “Hearts of Golden Mahi.” Steaks, chicken and seafood dishes flame-grilled over oak wood remain the standard chef’s specialty in classic “seared and seasoned” style that mixes 17 spices to create Outbacks’ uniquely flavored fare, Vallejo added. Voted No. 1 for “Best Steak” by Zagat

Survey of full-service restaurant chains, Outback has won the prestigious award for three straight years since 2009. Redevelopment of the northeastern area of Town and Country Center is the last link in a five-year replacement of the former 700,000square-foot retail center, completing transformation of the mall into a contemporary mixed retail-entertainment center along three sides of the lake adjoining The Palms. For information on Outback Steakhouse, visit <www.Outback.com>; for reservations and service, call 305-596-6771.


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Winn-Dixie celebrates grand opening of remodeled store BY MAYRA HERNANDEZ

Winn-Dixie celebrated the grand opening of its newly remodeled Miami store on Oct. 3. The store, located at 11241 SW 40 St. (Bird Road), is the second Winn-Dixie in Miami-Dade County to feature the company’s newest Hispanic format. Customers will be thrilled to find upgraded departments and expanded services that make shopping fun and easy in their new neighborhood Winn-Dixie store. “We’ve completely revamped our store to meet the needs of our neighbors, offering the freshest products at a great value,” said Tony Jorges, Miami Region vice president of Winn-Dixie Stores. “Customers are raving about the newly remodeled store and the exceptional customer service. With its large assortment of new Hispanic offerings, customers will now find an authentic shopping

experience every time they shop.” One of the newest additions of the 72,000square-foot store is its culinary team lead by Chef Jose Charles, a renowned culinary professional in South Florida and a connoisseur of authentic Spanish cuisine. Charles brings his passion and skill of cooking classic dishes directly to his customers by offering daily and weekly specials including fresh fish, Spanish paella and many others. Chef Charles and his culinary team also prepare a wide variety of specialties, including Spanish favorites, in the freshly prepared food section. Shoppers can find traditional rotated favorites including Spanish beef stew, Cuban shredded beef, pork chunks, black beans and rice, yucca and more, as well as additional grab-andgo options such as juicy chicken, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salads and more. He also oversees a full-service carv-

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ing station serving up slow roasted prime rib, bourbon glazed salmon, oven-roasted pork loin and traditional Spanish omelets that offers on-the-go meal options for shoppers who value quality and convenience. Additional new options also include a wide assortment of custom-prepared grilled flatbread pizzas, from vegetarian to meat lovers, baked in less than three minutes, as well as a self-serve, hand tossed salad bar featuring a variety of fresh greens, toppings and dressings that offer an endless combination of healthy possibilities. “We’re excited about our newly remodeled store and look forward to continuing to welcome our neighbors as they check it out,” said Humberto Sanchez, Miami Winn-Dixie store director. “We’re passionate about our

customers and pride ourselves in providing them with an exceptional customer service experience every time they visit our store. With our innovative chef and our fresh and local offerings, there is something new to discover every time you shop.” To celebrate the grand opening of the Miami store, Winn-Dixie is hosting a series of celebrations throughout October and November that include live cooking demonstrations, food tastings, live entertainment, raffles, giveaways and more. Winn-Dixie also invites guests to join the conversation on Facebook and Facebook Latino, where they can learn about special deals, recipes, savings, in-store events and more. Visit <www.facebook.com/winndixie> and <www.facebook.com/winndixielatino>.


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County, JHS officials launch new Mobile Mammogram Unit BY SUZY TRUTIE

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and county commissioners along with Jackson Health System (JHS) officials recently participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for Jackson Memorial Hospital’s new Mobile Mammogram Unit. The event was part of the county’s daylong kickoff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October). Miami-Dade County and Jackson Health System have partnered to bring Jackson Memorial Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art Mobile Mammogram Unit to county employees every Thursday in October, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First St., outside of the west entrance by the Downtown Medical Center, in Miami. For more information, contact Yamilet Lopez at 305-585-6720 or send email to <ylopez2@jhsmiami.org>. Miami-Dade County sponsored

the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk to fight breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. The 2012 5K Walk chair is Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor/County Manager Alina T. Hudak and 35 county teams comprised of hundreds of employees participated in the fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Tropical Park. For more information, call 305779-2860 or visit online at <www.PutOnYourPinkBra.com/ Miami>. A Miami-Dade Police Department vehicle, Public Works and Waste Management garbage truck, and Transit Metrobus have been painted pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Miami-Dade County’s website wallpaper at <www.miamidade.gov> will be pink throughout the month of October. The Stephen P. Clark Center Lobby will be pink throughout the month of October.

Pictured are (l-r) Alina T. Hudak, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor/County Manager; Thomas Schramm, president and CEO, Jackson Memorial Foundation; Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO, Jackson Health System; Dr. Ada Romilly, MD, medical director of Breast Imaging, Jackson Memorial Hospital; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Steven E. Marcus, president and CEO, Health Foundation of South Florida, and Andrea Ivory, founder, Women’s Breast Health Initiative. (Photo by Armando Rodriguez)

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Celebrity Cruises is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a particularly unique and meaningful way. Richard D. Fain, chair of Celebrity Cruises and chair and CEO of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), and Michael Bayley, Celebrity’s president and CEO, recently revealed plans to honor four employees — two who work aboard its ships, and two in its corporate offices — as godmothers of Celebrity Reflection, the fifth in its five-ship Solstice Class series. Like the godmothers of every prior Solstice Class ship — all with remarkable life achievements, including overcoming breast cancer — the cause is of great personal interest to the selected employees. The godmothers of Celebrity Reflection are: Jovanka Goronjic — Jovanka joined Celebrity Cruises’ AquaSpa staff in 2009, after previously working with Celebrity’s sister brand, Royal Caribbean International. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, and endured several rounds of treatment. In tribute to her mother and the cause, Jovanka donated her hair for the creation of wigs for cancer patients. With support from Celebrity, she arranged time off to be with her mother at critical times during her treatment. Her mother has since defeated the illness, and Jovanka now is AquaSpa manager on Celebrity Constellation. Megan Mathie — Megan is a glassblowing artist in the Hot Glass Show aboard Celebrity Solstice, and previously performed the same role aboard Celebrity Eclipse. Earlier this year, she was informed that both her sister and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer, and flew home to spend time with them. However, both convinced her to return to the ship to continue her work. Determined to support the cause, Megan and her team now host a “Hot Pink Glass Show” on every cruise. There, she shares her story with her audience and through her art, in honor of her sister and mother. At each cruise’s end, she auctions a one-of-a-kind pink glass creation to raise funds for Celebrity’s charitable partner — Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Helen O’Connell — An eight-year employee of the company, Helen manages Community Relations, and has a clear and contagious passion for serving her community. She is widely lauded internally and externally for leading the corporation’s annual “GIVE (Get Involved, Volunteer Everywhere) Day,” and events leading to it in South Florida and in many of the company’s offices and ports of call around the world. Helen also serves as the corporation’s

primary liaison with Make-A-Wish Foundation and supports Celebrity’s fundraising activities for BCRF. Before being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, she traveled to New York every weekend for three months to help care for her father, who was battling bone cancer. Helen is known for always putting others’ needs ahead of her own, such as volunteering with numerous organizations in South Florida and caring for her sick aunt in Ireland, while also making her work a top priority. Rosey Rodriguez — A 17-year employee of RCCL, Rosey is manager of the company’s Special Events team and recognized at Celebrity for being a key contributor to planning and implementing the events surrounding every Solstice Class ship launch. She is a devoted single mother of two children — Joey, 21, and Alexis, 15. On June 8 of this year, she was diagnosed with stage-3 breast cancer, and has since been resolute in her commitment to beat it. While many women would legitimately take short-term disability at this stage, Rosey instead takes her laptop to treatments to allow her to work remotely. Her colleagues say this is entirely in character, as she puts everyone and everything — including her work — ahead of her own desires. She is considered a dedicated leader of her team, admired employee of the company, loving mother and selfless individual. “The breast cancer cause is one we’ve adopted across the Celebrity brand, and one with deep meaning for each of these women and their four predecessors,” Fain said. “These ladies are not only inspiring in their professional lives, but in their personal lives, as well, with each of them devoted to their own and our company’s interest in doing all we can to find a cure for breast cancer,” he added. “These impressive women personify the qualities we admire among our Solstice Class Godmothers — remarkable strength and courage, along with optimism, warmth and genuine care for others,” Bayley said. “They beautifully represent countless other women within our company and around the world who have battled the disease or supported the cause in honor of friends or family who have done so.” The four Godmothers of Celebrity Reflection will preside over the naming of the ship in Miami on Dec. 1, and consistent with Celebrity’s Solstice Class tradition, will be joined by the godmothers of each of Celebrity Reflection’s sister ships. For more information about Celebrity Cruise Line, call 1-800-437-3111, visit <www.celebritycruises.com>, or contact your travel agent.


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Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation offers chance to play at Sun Life Stadium BY JENNIFER MARTINEZ

Have you ever dreamed of playing football in a professional stadium? Now is your chance! Teams are forming for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Touch of Football event taking place on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Players will have the opportunity to show their skills on the field of Sun Life Stadium, where many professional players make their NFL debut. Teams participating in CCFA’s Touch of Football event, will consist of 7 to 15 male and female players, who will compete in a 7-on-7 flag tournament officiated by professional level referees. Games will be 25 minutes long with double elimination. Each team will be guaranteed at least two games and will participate in a rookie mini camp with passing, kicking and receiving drills in between games. “We are very excited to host this new event,” said Amy Gray, executive director for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Florida Chapter. “Many South Floridians are avid football fans. What better way to raise funds and create awareness

than to invite the community to play football in an NFL stadium.” Teams participating in the tournament will have a fundraising goal of $3,500. Moneys raised will support CCFA’s research efforts and support for those diagnosed with Crohn’s, colitis or other digestive diseases. Team entries also will include uniforms, tours of the stadium (including the locker room), and prizes for the first, second, and top fundraising teams. General admission tickets are available for $25 and include lunch. Following the tournament, a VIP cocktail reception will tke place in the Dolphin’s player locker rooms. For $125 guests will be treated to an incredible cocktail reception with a behind- the-scenes tour of Sun Life Stadium. For those not participating in the tournament, this ticket will include lunch and spectator admission to the tournament. Co-chairs of this event are Deryk and Kyle Konhauzer. For more information, to register, or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Keytia Ortiz at 1-646-430-0559, send email to <kortiz@ccfa.org>, or visit <http://online.ccfa.org/FLATouchOfFoot ball>.


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FPL CORNER Burn and fire prevention SWAT team descends upon Westchester neighborhood as part of “Safer Homes, Fewer Burns” public service outreach program

FPL teamed up with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the UM/JM Burn Center to conduct home safety makeovers for approximately 50 local residents In partnership with Miami-Dade County, MiamiDade Fire Rescue, and the UM/JM Burn Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, Florida Power & Light Company visited approximately 50 families in the Westchester neighborhood today to conduct free safety makeovers, evaluating potential for burns and other electrical and fire safety hazards. The “Safer Homes, Fewer Burns” initiative coincided with National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13). Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, Fire Marshall Chief Arthur L. Holmes, and Dr. Louis Pizano of the JM/UM Burn Center all joined forces with the FPL team to work with the homeowners to lessen their risk of burns and fires. “Safety and savings are cornerstones of our company’s commitment to our customers,” said Manny J. Rodriguez, FPL’s regional external affairs manager for Miami-Dade County. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to unite with our partners to raise awareness of the dangers of burns and fires, helping customers learn how to be safer while saving energy and money at the same time.” To commemorate the occasion, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Souto has proclaimed Oct. 10 as “Burn Prevention Day” in the County. According to the CDC, there are 1.1 million burn injuries every year that require medical attention, with scalding water being the leading cause of burns. "This is an excellent opportunity to remind my constituents in District 10, in fact all residents of Miami-Dade County, to take the necessary precautions to ensure their homes, inside and out, are safe from electrical and fire hazards,” said Commissioner Souto. “I would like to thank all of the individuals with FPL, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and UM/JM Burn Center at Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center who dedicated their time and services to this community event." Twelve teams of “Safer Homes, Fewer Burns” volunteers conducted safety makeovers including adjusting water heater temperatures, checking the safety of fuse boxes and power outlets, and checking smoke detectors to replace the equipment or replace batteries. Most of the “Safer Homes, Fewer Burns” work can be replicated by consumers at home using the following tips. · In the kitchen, ensure the stovetop is clean with no grease or clutter; pot handles should be turned towards the back of the stove · Check the condition of all electrical cords and extension cords. If they are damaged, cracked, or loose, replace them · Make sure any space heaters are at least three feet from anything that can catch fire · If you have a fireplace, ensure that the chimney has been inspected or cleaned within the last year · Install smoke alarms on every level, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. · All your smoke alarms should be newer than 10 years old · Test all smoke alarms once a month · Never overload electrical outlets · Check your clothes dryer’s exhaust to make sure it’s not clogged with lint · To avoid hot water scalds, make sure your water heater is set at no higher than 120°F. This can also save you money on your electric bill · Use only professionals to trim trees near power lines and call 811 two full business days before planting or digging to locate underground utilities to avoid injury “The UM/JM Burn Center is experienced in treating numerous types of burns from extremely severe to mild,” said Dr. Louis Pizano, medical director of the UM/JM Burn Center. “However, most of these burns are preventable by fire proofing your homes and being aware of the proper protocol when handling boiling water, other hot liquids and objects.” In representing the UM/JM Burn Center, Dr. Louis Pizano was joined by Drs. Carl Schulman, associate director of the UM/JM Burn Center, and Nicholas Namias, medical director of the Ryder Trauma Center, along with Don Steigman, chief operating officer of Jackson Health System, and Alexander Contreras, chief administrative officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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Ethnicity can be a factor when considering breast cancer risk BY ADA PATRICIA ROMILLY, MD

If you are standing in a group of eight women, statistics show that at least one of you will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. When a woman is considering her risk for developing breast cancer, her ethnicity is an important factor. White women in the United States having a slightly higher likelihood of developing breast cancer than African American women. Yet tragically, the latter group is more likely to have a greater chance of developing breast cancer under age 45 and die from the disease. Asian, Hispanic and Native American women, on the other hand, have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer. Still, the most common form of cancer death among Hispanic females is breast cancer. A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a first degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) who has been diagnosed with the disease. About 15 percent of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.

Until recently many considered that the the gold standard for the early detection of disparities in the breast cancer death rate in breast cancer. Multiple studies have shown African American women was mainly due that there is a significant decrease in the to lack of access to medical care. Research death rate from breast cancer when cancers has shown that the lack of are found in women who access may be partially have had mammography screening as compared to involved in late diagnosis of the disease — and that it is those who have not. also linked to underlying Jackson Health System offers a full line of breast genetic risk factors. The Taylor Breast Center health services at its three hospitals — Jackson Memorial, and the Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Jackson South Community Imaging Center at Jackson Hospital and Jackson North Medical Center. All mammoMemorial Hospital are involved in collaborative grams are done on the most up-to-date, digital equipment research with the University of Miami Miller School of and we offer a continuum of Ada Patricia Romilly, MD Medicine to identify the care for all of our patients — ––––––––––––––––––– from detection to diagnosis to multiple causes of these discrepancies including studies on genetics, treatment and surgery. Jackson’s breast health centers offer a treatment and improving access to early complete complement of imaging services, methods of detection. While risk factors, such as age and race including breast ultrasound and magnetic cannot change, women can take control resonance imaging (MRI), which are addiand possibly change outcomes. The bot- tional methods for evaluating the breast tom line: x-ray mammograms still remain tissue in certain individuals. MRI also is

an important tool that we use with mammography for the screening of high-risk patients. This month, Jackson is unveiling its new Mobile Mammogram Unit — the only FDA-certified one of its kind in MiamiDade County. This mobile unit will provide digital mammography services to medically underserved populations throughout Miami-Dade County. For more information on Jackson Health System’s breast health services or to make an appointment for a mammogram, please call 305-585-6000. Radiologist Ada Patricia Romilly, MD, is the medical director of breast imaging at the Taylor Breast Health Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She specializes in mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI and breast interventional procedures, and also participates in clinical research in breast imaging. A national leader in the field of breast imaging, Dr. Romilly has published numerous studies in medical journals and is involved in developing guidelines for breast health in the United States.


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Seaquarium launches ‘Hopetober’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

Miami Seaquarium is going pink this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as it welcomes its guests with the opportunity to make a $5 contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and save 50 percent on general admission. The park also will encourage its visitors to get involved in other ways by transforming several park locations with the iconic pink color. The offer runs until Oct. 31. To participate, guests may visit <www.miamiseaquarium.com> for a donation form. “‘Hopetober’ returns for a second year and aims at creating awareness and funds for breast cancer research,” said Andrew Hertz, Seaquarium general manager. “We’re excited to be joining forces with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its missions in education and research funding.” Susan G. Komen for the Cure is dedicated to saving lives and ending breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science

to find the cures. Since its inception in 1996, the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure and the Affiliate have raised more than $12 million and reached hundreds of thousands of women and men through educational outreach. The 2012 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Miami’s Bayfront Park. For additional information or to volunteer, call 305383-7116 or visit <www.komenmiaftl.org>. Miami Seaquarium is a sponsor of the race. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $39.95 and $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.


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Pinecrest Gardens to host elegant benefit evening BY CHELSIA PECK

Miami’s famed gala season premieres on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., as Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., hosts its inaugural benefit, Masquerade in the Gardens, presented by Aloré Event Firm. The elegant evening will commence at Lakeview Terrace, where VIPs, tastemakers and local celebrities will sip signature cocktails provided by Bacardi, dine on gourmet cuisine provided by Macy’s Catering and satisfy a sweet tooth with Lily Pâtisserie’s gourmet cookies, Sinful Sweets pastries and Filled & Frosted cupcakes. Entertainment will include stilt walkers, jugglers, fire-eaters provided by Fire By The Palm Production, and an exclusive performance by renowned jazz diva, Debby Orta. The evening will proceed with dancing and music in the meadow, which will be transformed with ringside tables and dance floor. Music will be provided by the Continental Brass Band and DJ Mike Pileggi (who also will emcee the event). As the night draws to a close, attendees will receive luxurious swag bags, complete with gifts from My Derma Face Spa, Lucky Strike Miami, Anglers Boutique Hotel, Smith & Wollensky, Brighton, Yankee Candle, BB&T Bank and many more. Tickets for the black tie optional evening

are $150 per person. For reservations, call 305-669-6990. Pinecrest Gardens, the lush oasis of towering banyans, has been evolving for more than 50 years. On Oct. 17, 2011, the National Park Service announced the addition of Pinecrest Gardens to the National Register of Historic Places. The Gardens spans across 4.3 acres of native forested wetland, 3.3 acres of tropical hardwood hammock, an acre of native slough hammock, and remnants of the original bed of Snapper Creek. Home to more than 1,000 varieties of rare, tropical plants and freshwater turtles, Japanese koi and magnificent waterfowl, the site has long served the South Florida community as an educational resource for teachers, students and researchers, recreational features that include the Splash ‘N’ Play water park, a petting zoo and playground. Recently the original Bird Bowl, now called the Banyan Bowl, a 500-seat outdoor theater situated underneath a geodesic dome, was renovated to welcome once again audiences of all ages in an idyllic setting for classical music and dance concerts, theatrical productions and a jazz series. The on-site Gardens Gallery exhibits more than 10 new shows each year of local, national and international artists. In addition to weekly performances, movie nights and lectures Pinecrest Gardens hosts six major festivals each year.

Attendees will receive luxurious swag bags, complete with gifts from My Derma Face Spa, Lucky Strike Miami, Anglers Boutique Hotel, Smith & Wollensky, Brighton, Yankee Candle, BB&T Bank and many more.

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Palmetto Bay Garden Club begins new season, installs new officers

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They are president, Richard Dorn; first vice president, Candy Cancio-Bello and Kathy MacKendree; second vice president, Cecilia Best and Elaine McChristian; third vice president, Candy McDonald; teasurer, Gial Weber; recording secretary, Sharon Kujawa; community liaison, Ines Mander; newsletter, Mary Lou Martin; refreshments, Dolly Morrow; raffle, Jan Gautney; project chairs, Henry Clifford and Bev Gerald. The next meeting will be on Oct. 23 featuring Toby Davidow, master gardener, who will speak on “Vegetable Gardening in South Florida.” The Palmetto Bay Garden Club meets monthly September through May at the Edward and Arlene Feller Community Room and Amphitheater Meeting Room on the second floor of the new Palmetto Bay Library, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. Meetings are from 7 to 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged.


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Stacy Beltran was the first ever to be crowned Miss Palmetto Bay Teen USA on Mar. 3 at the Hampton Inn and Suites of Homestead. During her reigning year, Stacy has made appearances in her community such as the Deering Seafood Festival, Palmetto Bay Relay for life, Paul Mitchell Charity Fashion Show, and Ice Cream Social event hosted by the Palmetto Bay Business Association. Beltran is a 16-year-old student at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. She is a member of Invisible Children, Pink Ribbon Club, and the school Business Club. The daughter of Nelly Veramendi and Rafael Beltran, her hobbies are dancing and modeling and her career goal is to become a therapist. Stacy Beltran will represent the Village of Palmetto Bay at the televised state pageant of Miss Florida Teen USA, preliminary to Miss Teen USA and the chance to win $40,000 scholarship to Nova Southeastern University. She also works as a fashion model and has been featured in several shows such as Fashion Designers Expo, 45 Golf Classic event benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, Fashion TV segment featuring Pasarela Boutique, Donating Smiles Foundation benefiting children of the Dominican Republic, Simon’s Kidgit Mini Chef event of Dadeland Mall, Back to School Fashion show, and Fashion’s night out featuring Girls will be Girls Boutique. She has modeled for several fashion designers such as Fashion House by Francisco Azucar, Charlie Wilson Swimwear, Fernando Wong, Mare Dolce, and Judith Barnes. The next pageant is scheduled for

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Urgent Inc. hopes for win in People’s Choice Challenge BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

For five years now the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has put on the Knight Arts Challenge. This year it has added a twist — the People’s Choice Challenge. Five groups that submitted applications to the Arts Challenge were chosen to compete for an additional $20,000. Matt Haggman, the Knight Foundation Miami program director, said the aim of the Knight Arts Challenge, is to have a way to seed emerging artists. “To provide a vehicle for emerging artists and organizations to get funding,” he said. “This takes it a little further.” The five nominees include Urgent Inc., a group that will use the money from the challenge to continue to paint murals on the walls of Dorsey Park. The project started early this year as part of the events put on by Urgent Inc. in conjunction with the “We Are The Ship” exhibition by artist/illustrator Kadir Nelson at the Freedom Tower. Emily Gunter, Urgent Inc. training manager, said the $20,000 will enable her to hire more student interns and move the project forward. “We have the opportunity to do 33

murals dedicated to the Negro League. Kadir started this off.” Nelson did a workshop with the children who painted the initial murals. Gunter said he gave them great advice and homework. “He says do not copy my work. Your genius needs to be on this wall,” Gunter said. “You need to do this research. I want you to read about your players.” The way the City of Miami park is set up there is the possibility of up to 33 different murals, although Gunter said some panels may be combined for larger paintings. “They gave permission to use the entire park as a canvas,” Gunter says. “The kids and I did a focus group to decide how we wanted to do it.” They’ve already done three and have started a fourth and fifth. Gunter said she has hired local artists to mentor the children and help move the project forward. “The Kennedy Foundation gave me money to keep it going for the summer,” she said. The Knight Foundation funds would help her continue to pay the teen student interns. “Once I get this money and have an artist in resident, the children who go to the Dorsey Park after school program and the

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Urgent Inc. after school program, they get to paint,” Gunter said. Gunter added that whenever she goes to the park the children ask if they are painting that day. “We’ve had them as young as 3. Anyone who is passing, we invite them [to paint].” The five arts groups that are part of the challenge were chosen from the applications turned in for the regular arts challenge. They can still receive the funding requested from the Arts Challenge. Haggman said they have been delighted at the response to the People’s Choice Award portion of the challenge. “We were going through the responses, it

was ahead of where we thought we would be,” he said. “This is an effort to engage the public in a different way and we’re really happy to see the response. There will be one winner.” Voting closes Oct. 22. The winners will be announced for both the People’s Challenge and the Knight Arts Challenge on Dec. 3. The five groups are the 6th Street Dance Studio, Arts Garage, FUNDarte, LAB Miami, and Urgent Inc. For information on the group, go to <www.KnightsArt.org/PeoplesChoice>. To vote for one of the five groups text to 305-767-2200.


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National contest planned for Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31 BY JOSE LIMA

The National Family Partnership (NFP) has announced the national contest for its 27th annual Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 2331. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. In 1985 — after the murder of a DEA agent — parents, youth and teachers in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs. This year, families can get involved by entering a contest to promote awareness in their neighborhoods and win a drug prevention grant for their schools. Families can enter Red Ribbon Week’s contest to win a $1,000 grant for their school and a new iPad for their home. To participate in the contest families and students will decorate the front of their homes with this year’s message: “The Best Me Is Drug Free.” Studies show that substance abuse risks lessen when parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, and that is the goal of this year’s contest — to encourage families to talk about prevention. Here’s how students and their families can enter to win $1,000 for their K-12 school and a new iPad: • Students bring the Red Ribbon Week message home by working alongside parents to decorate their front door, mailbox, fence, etc. with this year’s theme “The Best Me Is Drug Free.” • Take a photo with the family and their Red Ribbon Week decoration, then upload to <www.redribbon.org/contest> or <www.facebook.com/RedRibbonWeek> by Nov. 2 (must be parents or 18 and older to upload photos). • Ask family and friends to vote for your entry at <www.redribbon.org/vote>, Nov.

Studies show that substance abuse risks lessen when parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs, and that is the goal of this year’s contest – to encourage families to talk about prevention. 2-16. Ten lucky entries from regions across the U.S. will win. Winners will be announced duriung events at their winning schools in December. “Students will once again take Red Ribbon Week’s message of prevention home to their neighborhoods with this national contest,” said Peggy Sap, the NFP’s volunteer president. “By decorating their homes together with this year’s Red Ribbon theme, families carry the message to their communities.” The nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention campaign reaches more than 80 million people nationwide. The DEA is co-sponsoring this year’s national contest. “DEA is excited to partner with the National Family Partnership on this contest that empowers communities to come together to talk about the drug problem,” said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Red Ribbon Week is also when we honor DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe.” Visit <www.redribbon.org/contest> for contest information.

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The Stockbroker: Insider Information exposes Wall Street’s inner workings BY SUSAN CUMINS

In her first novel, The Stockbroker: Insider Information, South Florida author J. R. Shine follows Jennifer Palmer’s initiation into the world of high finance as only an insider can reveal it. “The novel is a romantic, fictional account of a female protagonist making her way through the complex world behind the headlines,” said Shine, whose decades of experience in the financial industry add realism to the story. Novelist J. R. Shine launches The Stockbroker: Insider Information on Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Packed with gritty details of the backroom deals and intrigues that drive the stock market’s rollercoaster ride, the novel follows Jennifer’s shift from a privileged South Florida upbringing into the realm of exorbitant sales quotas, unprincipled coworkers, and ruthless competition. As she is carried away by the pressures of her new career, Jennifer meets the love of her life, Javier, who introduces her to the top one percent of investors (the “elephants” everyone is after) and sends her on a dangerous asset-gathering mission to the south of France. Through Javier and his friend Mercedes, Jennifer is introduced to Palm Beach’s high society and enjoys a life of luxury until she is forced to reckon with a shocking deceit that jeopardizes everything she has gained. Written to engage and entertain, the novel is intended for readers of any age who enjoy a mix of drama, humor, romance, and suspense. The Stockbroker: Insider Information (ISBN 1468146955) is available online at Amazon.com and at Books and Books, among other channels. J. R. Shine was born and raised in South

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Florida, where she worked as a fashion model during high school and college. After earning a degree in economics from the University of Miami, she worked as an economist at a regional bank holding company. Currently employed by a major wire house firm, Shine has been active in the financial industry for nearly three decades. She speaks French and Spanish, has traveled extensively, and enjoys gourmet cooking, painting, gardening, and playing tennis. Active in several national charitable foundations, Shine currently lives in Miami.


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Palmetto Bay mom writes picture book about angels BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Like so many others, Palmetto Bay mom Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon always has wanted to write a children’s book. Unlike most people who say they have a story to write, Valenzuela-Alarcon put her words on paper. She sent the picture book manuscript out to a few publishers but was rejected — the book doesn’t follow the norms of traditional publishing — so she put it away for 20 years. Then one day she saw an ad on Facebook for a publisher. She contacted the company, which helps authors self-publish, found an illustrator, Sarah Latham, and in early August, the book was released. The Day An Angel Ran Into My Room was inspired by her daughter and the teachings of Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. “The book is an inspirational tale about a 6-year-old, who is about to go to bed,” Valenzuela-Alarcon said. “She asks for five more minutes. In those minutes an angel appears in her room.” Valenzuela-Alarcon said the story is told in a very light-hearted way. “I was inspired to write this story by my kids, but also I had been immersed in cas-

settes by Wayne Dwyer. When I had my kids, they are born perfect, but along the line the messages get garbled.” She believes her book helps teach children how an action causes a reaction. It shows cause and effect and details how parents are a child’s best teacher. “It’s a spiritual book and told through a language kids can understand,” she said. The book helps children understand that angels guard them day and night. “It introduces the concept of an angel,” she said. “Although we are all different, we are all one. We all come from the same God so we are family. The other thing: the world is like a school with your mother and father being teachers. That’s where the little girl becomes confused. She thinks her teachers are her teachers.” Valenzuela-Alarcon said the angel tells the girl that her parents are here to teach her about life and that everyone is a teacher or a student at some point. “She can find her angel, but first

she needs to believe in the angel and to pray,” Valenzuela-Alarcon said. “Once you pray, the angel will help you. There is a saying that when you pray, God sends angels running. “I’m pleased with the early reception,” she added. Valenzuela-Alarcon has a background in advertising, marketing and public relations, so doing the publicity for the book does not faze her. “That has been helpful to me as far as how things work,” she said. Valenzuela-Alarcon has lived in Europe, the United States and her native Honduras. She moved to Miami 18 years ago and has lived all over south Miami-Dade, including Kendall and Palmetto Bay. She has enjoyed the experience of releasing her book so much she is planning to write more. “I’d like my next book to be about bullying. That is a big problem these days,” she said. The Day An Angel Ran Into My Room was released at the beginning of August as a print-on-demand book. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com and through the publisher at Sbpra.com/AnabelleValenzuela.


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Fans urge Goosebumps author to write horror book for adults BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

For 20 years children have been shivering deliciously while reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books. Now, adults can shiver when reading his new novel, Red Rain. If they love it, they can go see Stine on Nov. 17 at the Miami Book Fair International. How does an author, with more than 350 million books sold, change genres? “For me, I think it was exactly the opposite to what I normally do,” he said. “I compare it to a runner who runs sprints who decides to run a marathon.” His goals for the book were different as well. “When I write a scary Goosebumps book, I have to make sure the readers know nothing is real,” he said “They have to know it’s a fantasy. When you write for adults, every detail is real. It’s really the opposite of writing for kids.” In Red Rain., there is death galore and the gruesomeness level is high. “They do really gruesome horrible things,” he said. “I thought people would think it funny if I wrote about horrible kids. I write about so many good kids. That’s

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where the idea started.” His next idea was to use twins in Red Rain. because throughout history, people have been scared of twins. “People thought twins controlled the weather,” Stine said. Stine said he set a number of challenges for himself in writing Red Rain.. One goal was to do the best job possible in describing the setting, an island off the Outer Banks, getting the vegetation and information right without actually visiting the island. Another challenge was point of view. “Every Goosebumps book is told by one narrator. I thought I needed a challenge. Why don’t I have five to six different points of view and see if I can pull it off.” While he met both challenges he said doing the multiple points of view well was difficult. The one area that wasn’t hard was the writing. “I just love writing. Someone once said most authors like having written. I like the writing part,” Stine said. “For me the challenge that keeps me going for Goosebumps is ‘what haven’t I done.’” He laughed and said he wouldn’t know what to do all day if he didn’t write.

“It’s just me and the dog (all day),” he said. A good mystery always has surprises and Stine said Red Rain. features a big one near the end. Since he outlines, he normally knows those details before he writes. But it took 100 pages into Red Rain. to figure it out. Writing six Goosebumps books a year requires elaborate outlines of each book. He believes outlines make writing easier. “I don’t have to think as hard when I’m writing.” And just because he is a big name in the children’s book world, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to revise. “I have many editors,” he said. “I do a lot of revising and a lot of changing. I have to have the outline approved by my editors. Sometimes I do two or three versions of the outlines before I start writing the book. Sometimes I think, I’ve done so many outlines, did I write that book?” Stine writes 10 pages a day so it takes him two weeks to write a Goosebumps book. He’s working on a new series, Goosebumps Most Wanted. He also has a TV series, R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour, which runs on The Hub network.


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Local author’s novels explore high-pressure world of teens BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Crissa-Jean Chappell, an author who grew up in South Florida and who currently divides her time between Palmetto Bay and New York, may have been destined to be a writer. She says the signs were there even in childhood. “When I was little, I used to steal my dad’s pens from his pocket,” Chappell said. “I drew my own stories on notebook paper and stapled the pages to make a ‘book.’ I remember Dad reading Frog and Toad to me, along with countless books from the Air Force Base library in Homestead.” Her first novel, Total Constant Order, published by HarperTeen in 2007, earned a bronze medal from the Florida Book Awards, received a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and was named a New York Public Library “Book for the Teen Age.” Her second novel, Narc, was published in August as a trade paperback original from Flux Books. Both are young adult novels — “YA” for short — a genre that Chappell says especially appeals to her, initially as a reader and now as an author. “In the past few years, many readers have embraced the genre,” Chappell said. “I really love my publisher’s catch phrase, ‘Young adult is a point of view, not a reading level.’ The characters are facing huge obstacles, often a turning point in their lives. The stakes are high. Usually, the writing is tight and concise. Nothing is wasted. This is what makes YA books so appealing…to both adults and teens.” Narc tells the story of a student, Aaron Foster, who must choose to either go to jail for possession of an illegal substance with intent to sell or become an undercover informant to track down the shot-calling drug dealer at his high school. The conflicts that arise as he must play out that role, deceiving new friends and a potential love interest, form the dramatic plot and character interactions. Chappell holds an interdisciplinary PhD in literature, film theory, and philosophy from the University of Miami, as well as an MFA in screenwriting. She has had reviews, short stories and poems in many

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magazines, and for more than eight years, she wrote a weekly film column for the Miami Sun-Post. She believes that growing up here helped shape her fiction. “If you live in South Florida, you know its secrets,” Chappell said. “You know that the sky before a hurricane is cartoon blue. You’ve watched armies of crabs march across Old Cutler Road after a thunderstorm. Maybe you jumped off Snowdens Bridge as a kid — or swam with baby manatees in the canal. Your neighbor probably has an airboat rusting in the backyard. And if you roll down your car windows at night, you get a whiff of jasmine in the breeze.

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This is the Miami I hold inside my heart.” Chappell taps into more than just her surroundings as she skillfully crafts the books’ engaging stories and their teenage characters. “In my debut novel, Total Constant Order, the main character, Fin, struggles with OCD,” Chappell said. “There’s a lot of me in Fin — her obsession with numbers and counting. Aaron, the protagonist in Narc, calls himself ‘the human wallpaper,’ which is exactly how I felt in high school. “My next book, Flip The Switch, is told from a dual point of view. It was fun to write in an alternating girl/boy voice. Most of all, I try to show the place where I grew up. It’s not the Deco buildings and neondrenched beaches you find in TV shows.” With more time these days spent on book tours, she said that she must try to balance

the public contact side of her work with the quiet isolation of creative writing. “I absolutely love to visit schools and teach creative writing to teens,” Chappell said. “I’m always blown away by the strength and honesty in the stories that they share. I believe that people don’t give kids a chance. They just push them away. And that’s a shame because teenagers are the most interesting souls on the planet. “Most of the time, I’m alone in ‘the writing cave.’ That’s why touring is such a gift, although it can be exhausting. I like to be in my room, surrounded by the junk on my bookcase — the conch shells and gator teeth, the little plastic duck from a botanica on Eighth Street and, of course, a purring cat asleep on my toes.” Narc is published at $9.95 for ages 12 and up; ISBN 978-0-7387-3247-3.


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Subaru Impreza is restyled, gets new powertrain Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TALK CARS The Subaru Impreza seems to improve with age and the fourth-generation of 2012 versions of the four-door and five-door compact are more dynamic in styling and have an all-new, more efficient powertrain. Available in Base, Premium, Sport Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models, the new Impreza is powered by a new 148-hp Boxer engine and comes with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or the enhanced, second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The powertrain combination (with CVT) delivers an impressive 27/36 mpg. The new 2.0-liter Boxer engine is slightly more responsive than the 2.5-liter engine it replaces, thanks to a lighter vehicle weight and when equipped with the new CVT. This is a more compact version of the continuously variable transmission that debuted in the current generation of the

Subaru Legacy and Outback models. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, which uses fixed gear ratios, a CVT provides infinite variability between the highest and lowest available ratios with no discernable steps or shifts. The CVT continuously and smoothly adapts to performance demand, helping to keep the engine in its most efficient operating range. Impreza Premium, Sport and Limited models with the CVT also have a six-speed manual mode with steering wheel paddle shifters, which allow the driver to control the transmission via six pre-set ratios. The 2012 Impreza models have a 36 percent improvement in combined fuel economy (automatic transmission) over earlier versions, as well as more room inside, better handling and more refinement. New amenities, high-line trim levels, infotainment technology and higher-grade interior materials also contribute to the improved Impreza. And every Impreza is equipped as standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The combination of a longer wheelbase and redesigned door and roof trim and front seats allows for more room in passenger and cargo areas. The wheelbase grows about an inch to 104.1 inches, while overall vehicle

New Subaru Impreza has a longer wheelbase, a redesigned door and roof trim, and the windshield is more raked than the previous Impreza.

length and width remain the same for both sedan and five-door models. However, redesigned door panels allow for increased hip and shoulder room, while rear seat passengers gain nearly two inches of legroom. Sedan trunk room and five-door cargo room also are increased, and the five-door now has a completely flat load floor with the standard 65/35 split rear seatbacks folded. The windshield is more raked than in the previous Impreza, with the bottom of the A pillar moved 7.9 inches forward, allowing for a front door opening nearly five inches longer for easier entry and exit. Higher hip

points and a lower, flatter instrument panel, along with larger side mirrors, contribute to better visibility from within the cabin. On the inside, there are richer looking appointments and details, including softtouch materials for the dashboard, door trim and center console armrest.Base price on the 2012 Subaru Impreza is $17,495. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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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