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SOMI Artwalk a great start to Fall BY LEE STEPHENS

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n nineteen venues and on the sidewalks throughout our town cneter, thirty-eight artists joined in an expanded SOMIartwalk© third season event. From Vilar Cigar on the corner of US1 & Sunset, way clear-over to the Doc Thomas House and the Tropical Audubon Society, established and emerging artists were showcased. Henry and wife Rossana Vilar hosted local acrylic artist Trevor Hanless, and at the local Audubon Society headquarters Dan Bondroff’s pastels were shown. At The Wirtz Gallery, located in the First National Bank of South Miami, the outstanding photography of local Brian Trainor exhibited his FLOWER POWER II works. At SoMi SoU Boutique, art night founder, Roman Compte, showcased works by renowned artist Edna Hibel. Alex Yanes, whose endangered species art is featured in the Publix calendar, and whose manatee painting is the poster art for the South Miami Manatee Fest, showcased at RE/MAX Advance Realty. John Edward Smith, Publisher of SoMiMAG and coordinator of SOMIartwalk© was delightfully pleased

Clockwise: Endangered Species Artist Alex Yanes with Brenda Bly, (left) and Lauren Hartog, Marketing Director for RE/MAX and SOMIartwalk event Co-Chair. The sounds of Van Gogh Listens were enjoyed at the SOMiamiartwalk headquarters located at the courtyard at the FNB. Art showcase outside Town Kitchen & Bar. Artist from Boca Raton showing her work outside of Marhaba Restaurant. Vilar Cigars hosted Miami local, acrylic artist Trevor Wanless.

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County Foreclosure Registry applications available online BY LEE STEPHENS

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iami-Dade County recently improved its Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department website, which includes an online Foreclosure Registry application available at <http://bldgappl.miamidade.gov/foreclosureregistry/MainPage.aspx>. To date, 15,000 registry applications have been received. Payment of the registry fee also may be made electronically. This added feature will facilitate a more efficient and expedient process for lending institutions as well as the department. The Foreclosure Registry tracks single family dwellings that are subject to foreclosure actions. Through this registry residences that have become or are at risk of becoming vacant, overgrown or dilapidated are tracked and remediated to prevent blight or unsightly conditions thus preserving property values along with neighboring residents’ quality and life safety. In order to minimize the negative impact on neighborhoods, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved, on Dec. 2, 2008, Ordinance 08134, and effective Dec. 12, 2008, which requires that upon the filing of a Lis Pendens or an action to foreclose upon a mortgaged property, registration of the property must be made with the MiamiDade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department within 30 days. This ordinance is applicable to properties within unincorporated areas of MiamiDade County. “Improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods is a priority of the department,” said Charles Danger, PE, director and building official of the Miami-Dade

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with the outcome of the event. “Not only did we have the best weather so far greeting visitors to our town center, but we had a fun and festive atmosphere with artists and their easels strategically placed throughout town on the sidewalks.” Smith credits Mike Thompson of “Art 4 u by Mike” for bringing a number of emerging artists to join in the event. “It was a logistical challenge, and Thompson did a great job in pulling it off,” reported Smith. “What a great event!” said Thompson who coordinated the emerging arts segment of the Artwalk. Not only did we have art on the sidewalks, but several new businesses joined in for the third season inaugural event to show artists in their respective locations. The new businesses involved were: Aurum Collections on Sunset Drive, Miss Pepper, Marisol on Red Road; LVS Salon Group on 73rd Street, and Veronica’s Dollhouse on 57th Court. Five restaurants participated by showing artist at their venues: Marhaba, Dan Marino’s, Splitsville, Town Kitchen & Bar and Deli Lane/Sunset Tavern. At Deli Lane, owner Mike Maler organized a student art competition, and plans to do it again.

At the Artwalk headquarters, located in the courtyard of the First National Bank of South Miami, strollers in town took in the sweet sounds of the Van Gogh Listens jazz trio, sponsored by the Red/Sunset Merchants Association. “All in all, SOMIartwalk© enhances the Friday night experience in South Miami,” said Smith. “We had retailers keeping their doors open until 9p to catch the Friday night crowd.” Artists wishing to show at a future Artnight may leave contact information on the site.SOMI Artwalk© is sponsored in part by Chamber South, First National Bank of South Miami, Plaza 57, RE/MAX Advance Realty, Sergio’s Printing, SoMi SoU Boutique, and the Red/Sunset Merchants Association. Media Sponsors are 89.9 FM WDNA Serious Jazz, 89.7FM Classical South Florida, Community Newspapers/South Miami News, Money Clip Magazine, and SoMiMAG. SOMI Artwalk© is produced by TCMC, Inc. (Town Center Marketing Concepts). The next SOMIartwalk© is scheduled for the second Friday of November. For information on Artnight, log onto www.artnightsouthmiami.com.

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County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department. “It gives me great pleasure to see how the Foreclosure Registry program has been an efficient tool in making this happen.” Upon registration, the Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department conducts inspections to ensure the yard is being maintained to county code standards (grass cut and no junk, trash, abandoned articles, solid

waste or junk vehicles); swale area is maintained; that the dwelling is secured at all windows and doors, and the pool barrier complies with the zoning code. A $500 citation is issued to entities failing to register the property. The Miami-Dade Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department is located at 11805 SW 26 St. (Coral Way). Visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/building/home.asp>.

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Sandra Lopez stars, reunion... and awaits blessed event Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The University of Miami kicked off Festival Miami on October 8 with a concert featuring soprano Sandraa Lopez at UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall accompanied by the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir and Frost Symphony Orchestra. Standing ovations echoed plaudits for these incredibly talented singers and musicians. Dean Shellyy Berg kicked off the evening by presenting the 2010 Distinguished Alumna Award to Sandra, now home in Miami. The supremely-talented, globe-trotting soprano met husband Stuartt Neill, a tenor, while performing the lead role in La Boheme, and married him last year. Now eight months’ pregnant, she’ll be in town until her child is born before resuming a world-wide performing career For those who missed this concert, catch her return to

Miami when she and Stuart perform together at UM’s Gusman February 8 during the BethAm Concert Series. God friends joined her after Sandra’s opening night concert at a Mayfair Hotel VIP receiption, including Joshuaa Haberman and Thhomass Sleeper; conductors for the performance; Davidd Lieberman,, former UM Veep ndwife, Renee; Friends of Music supporters, Thor Brucee andd Rickk Tonkinson; and a school days friend from Palmetto High School, Christinaa Burns. The Patriciia & Phillipp Frost Art Museum at Florida International University will host opening receptions for four major exhibitions: “Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction”;; “Sequentia” by Xavier Cortada;; “Selections from Anomie 1492-2006” by Arnoldd Mesches; and “La Habana Moderna” in The Wolfsonian Teaching Gallery, all part of the Museum’s “Target Wednesday After Hours” programming series, October 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 10975 SW 17th Street. The event is free and open to the public. Speaking of stepping up, more than 8,000 are expected to take giant strides for their heart health on October 30 at FIU’s

With featured soprano Sandra Lopez (center) at VIP affair following performance for Festival Miami are friends Christina Burns and Rick Tonkinson, Friends of Music supporter.

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South Campus when they join the American Heart Association’s Annual “Start! Heart Walk.” Funds raised will support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs. Festivities begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K Walk/Run starting at 10 am. This annual event provides participants a chance to improve their health through walking while helping fund the fight against heart disease and stroke. Local sponsor for the event is Baptist Health South Florida. Join the cause and expect lots of treats from Subway and other sponsors to feed and entertain all. Wear your Halloween costume for even more fun. For more information, go to www.Miami Dade HeartWalk.org Finally, State House District 117 candidate and South Miami’s own Lisa Lesperance recently received yet another endorsement, this time from the The Florida Dental Association. Lesperance, is an attorney known for her civic involvement and volunteer efforts. The FDA, a statewide, professional association, reprsents member dentists through-

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out the state with almost 6,500 members or 70% of all Florida-licensed dentists. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Murders two decades ago still vivid in my memory BY MARK A. TROWBRIDGE

Anniversaries are supposed to be celebrated, surrounded by family and friends. The anniversary of the 1990 Gainesville murders offers a more sobering feeling. Twenty years later, the memories are both raw and fresh. I remember most vividly the confusion, the uncertainty, the rumors, the flat-out fear that consumed us all. It was like no other time in my life, before and since. I was about to begin graduate school at UF after the best summer of my life and start a new position as the hall director for Rawlings Hall. We had just taken every RA on campus out into the woods for a threeday sojourn of intense bonding, trust building, and diversity training. I was so looking forward to coming back to campus to a hot shower, air conditioning and my own bed. It would be just a few days until the students arrived and a million things had to be attended to before we could welcome our students back, including thousands of freshmen. None of us knew what was about to happen. None of us could ever have imagined this type of horror, this type of carnage, this type of hatred directed at five young people just about to begin their lives. It started with a news report that several parents had heard about before coming to campus to assist their students with movein day. You must remember that there was no Internet, no 24-hour news cycle, no talking heads, no Blackberry to check. The world could have been coming to an end and I would never have known it — and ironically, that is what it felt like when the story broke. Our secure, invincible, nothing-will-ever-happen-to-me world came crashing down around all of us. Within hours, the story grew exponentially, the details leaked, and the gruesome horror that two young women had been brutally murdered — possibly even decapitated — spread across the campus and Greater Gainesville. Parents began to panic, rumors began to fly, and there was a thick pall hanging over what is usually a joyous occasion. By the time the fourth and fifth victims were found, chaos had ensued and consumed our little town. Students were packing and leaving to go home. Parents were jamming the UF switchboard trying to reach their students (there were no cell phones yet).

Classes had just started and UF president John Lombardi made one of the best decisions of his entire presidency — to keep the University open. It was the one act of normalcy we could all embrace, and we needed one another in this our darkest hour. We followed the buddy system — to walk to class, to go to our cars, to sleep at night, to do just about anything. We opened the campus residence halls to any off-campus students to come sleep in our floor lounges, empty rooms and triple up with friends. Every single light was left on across campus, illuminating our darkest fears. Then, things just stopped. The rumors of mass graves and more murders and missing people turned out to be just that — rumors. Within a few days, the reporters began to leave, the regular press conferences ended, and the humming noise stopped outside my apartment. The lights stayed on and we began to mourn our five lost souls, our friends, our fellow Gators. To this day, I remember their names even though I never met any of them and I get chills when I think of the emotions, the pain, and the losses. Whenever I am in Gainesville, which is quite often in my role as UF Alumni Association president, I always make sure to drive past the wall on 34th Street. There, after 20 years of paint and graffiti have come and gone, these five names remain in perpetuity. All five — the black, the red, the hearts — have remained in our memory and in our prayers and in our hearts. Twenty years is a long time — nearly a full generation of UF students, thousands of graduates, millions of memories. Many UF students today were not born when these terrible murders happened. But, they too know the story of our loss. It is part of our history, our indelible and irrevocable past. I know that I am forever linked to UF, this tragic time, and to my peers who experienced this tragedy with me. Some may say that the bright spot from this dark stain was a stronger sense of community, care and compassion that evolved in the wake of these murders. I suspect that is true. I also believe that for those few, frightening days in August 1990, we learned an invaluable life lesson. For life is painful at times. Life is fleeting. Life is precious. Mark A. Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, recently became president of the University of Florida Alumni Association.

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I wish I didn’t have to vote on Amendment 4 R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I do not believe in the concept behind Amendment 4. I agree with retiring Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson that the correct answer is to elect and trust better officials whose responsibility it is to make decisions that favor the community, not the few. She is totally correct. Then I read on an almost daily basis in the newspapers and watch on television where one after another governor, commissioner, mayor or councilman is indicted or sentenced to prison for voting against the best interests of the community to enhance his or her personal fortunes. Not only that, but we have individuals running for public office who come to us already with shady backgrounds. Is it possible that Commissioner

Sorenson is correct but has an impossible dream? How do we know when we are being asked to vote for a candidate if he or she truly will be honest and act in our best interest? I know the commissioner is speaking from her heart. This is validated by her commitment to the University of Miami to head up a new department that was created to encourage and train individuals seeking political futures. You see, I share Katy’s feelings on Amendment 4. We should be able to elect and trust our elected officials. It is the right thing to do. But, I must confess, I do not think it is going to happen. I once was of the opinion that the developers who wished to push a development beyond the Urban Development Boundary would favor the proposal. It would be cheaper and safer, I felt, to market a land use change to the public than to financially support decision making elected officials. After all, the average voter, myself included, doesn’t have the time, education or inclination to study the intricacies of a major land use change. The

–– VIEWPOINT –– county’s Planning Department will have spent months assembling and evaluating the facts supporting and the opposing reasons for denying the request before making their recommendations. Could I even understand the logic behind its decision and go into the voting booth and cast an intelligent vote? I didn’t think so. So who is going to vote? At one point I felt the only voters that would vote on the question would be those corralled and encouraged by the developer seeking the change. A win would always be theirs. I felt that passing Amendment 4 would be a developer’s dream. But evidently I am wrong. Just look at the dollars being spent to defeat Amendment 4. I still feel that the turnout to vote for or against the amendment will be abysmal.

However, if only a few thousand voters vote, a decision will be made. We can’t return to the days of the Greek states where everyone gathered in the plaza to vote up or down on an issue. But, we can’t seem to elect officials upon whom we can rely for protecting the community’s best interests. So, in the final analysis I must confess I am going to vote for Amendment 4 as much as I detest having to do so. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Seasons 52 to open new location on Miracle Mile

Seasons 52 is known for its seasonally inspired menu that features the freshest ingredients in flavorful dishes that are thoughtfully prepared. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY GRACE GRINDLER

Seasons 52, the popular fresh grill and wine bar, is scheduled to debut its first Miami-Dade County location at 321 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables on Nov. 15. The 300-seat restaurant will bring to the area a fresh dining experience that celebrates living well, along with an award-winning wine list and nightly live entertainment. “Coral Gables is a beautiful city, and we see it as an ideal fit for our restaurant concept,” said Seasons 52 president Stephen Judge. “We are looking forward to welcoming new guests to taste what Seasons 52 is all about and to discover why we believe this is a concept that is right for the times.” Seasons 52 is known for its seasonally inspired menu that features the freshest ingredients in flavorful dishes that are thoughtfully prepared. The restaurant uses natural cooking techniques like wood-fire grilling, brick oven cooking and caramelizing vegetables to let the flavors shine through in its dishes. The result is a delicious, fully satisfying meal, and every menu item is less than 475 calories. Just a few of the dishes set to take center stage in Coral Gables are the restaurant’s signature flatbreads, including Ripe Plum Tomato, Spicy Chipotle Shrimp and Garlic Chicken; a variety of small and entrée salads; fish and seafood such as Caramelized

Sea Scallops and Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, and poultry and meat including Roasted Rack of New Zealand Lamb and Manchester Farms Boneless Quail Breast. The sweet tastes of Seasons 52’s awardwinning Mini Indulgences — individual servings of classic desserts like Key Lime Pie, Mango Cheesecake and OldFashioned Carrot Cake — make for a delightful end to any meal. All menu items are created by Clifford Pleau, senior director of culinary development. Good wine also is a significant part of the Seasons 52 experience, thanks to an award-winning international wine list handcrafted by master sommelier George Miliotes, one of only 170 sommeliers in the world to hold this distinction. The restaurant will offer 100 different wines, including 60 available by the glass, in 26 different varietals. The restaurant’s circular piano bar will feature live music nightly, adding to the casually sophisticated ambience. Seasons 52 also offers world-class amenities for groups and event dining, including private seating available for 80 to 100 guests and a chef’s table for smaller parties. Seasons 52, which debuted in 2003, currently operates locations in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania and California. For more information, visit online at <www.seasons52.com>.

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‘Name the Concession Tower’ contest winner announced

Students at Pinecrest Elementary named the concession tower at Pinecrest Gardens. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––π BY JULIE DURSTINE

Pinecrest Gardens has announced the winner of its “Name the Concession Tower” contest. During the month of September, Pinecrest Gardens launched a contest in search of the best name for the newly renovated concession tower. After sorting through more than 100 entries a short list was created by the Pinecrest Gardens staff and sent over to the Village of Pinecrest municipal center for final selection. “I-Guana Bite,” submitted by Charlinne Garcia’s fifth grade class at Pinecrest Elementary, will be the name of the newly renovated concession tower. The concession tower overlooks Swan Lake where each year hundreds of igua-

nas call home at Pinecrest Gardens, so the name fits perfectly. Manny Diaz, student representative, on behalf of Ms. Garcia’s class submitted the name in hopes of surprising her. Ms. Garcia will receive a Sprout Eco Friendly Watch (retail value $30), and Manny will receive a $20 concession tower gift certificate. A sign will be placed at the concession tower recognizing Garcia and her class along with the new concession name. Pinecrest Gardens, a lush botanical garden offering access to spectacular flora and fauna year round, is located at 11000 Red Rd. (SW 57th Avenue) in Pinecrest. For more information visit online at <www.pinecrest-fl.gov> or call 305-6696990.


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Vineland Elementary School Scouts’ home for 40 years

Vineland Elementary School’s principal MaryAnn Maclaren (center) receives a plaque commemorating the 40 years that the school has provided a home for Cub Pack 941, Boy Scout Troop 941 and Crew 941. Pictured with Maclaren are Tim Benjamin, Cubmaster, (left) and Jeff Jacobs, Scoutmaster. Sponsor of all three Scouting organizations is the West Dade Moose Lodge No. 1825. Vineland Elementary is located at 8455 SW 119 St. in Kendall.

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Listen to your feelings BY DR. JUNE GENTLE

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South Miami Hospital makes donation to Caring for Miami Executive director of Caring for Miami, David Lopez (center) received an automatic external defibrillator (AED) from Carol Biggs, vice president of South Miami Heart Center, and John Dylewski, MD, medical director of electrophysiology, (right center) as well as an oxygen tank from Mikki Thompson, director of respiratory services at South Miami Hospital (left center). Caring for Miami will use the donated equipment on its mobile unit to help provide medical resources for those living in the community who do not have ample access to healthcare. Also photographed (l-r) are Ignacio Calle, Caring for Miami volunteer coordinator; Marietta Waller, RN, healthcare coordinator; Herbert Greene, MD, Christ Fellowship Church of Palmetto Bay and Baptist Health South Florida Board member, and Lucy Eylerts, Baptist Health Pastoral Care Services Outreach Program.

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Miami Rescue Mission residents in need of toiletries The Miami Rescue Mission, serving 1,000 people a day, is in need of deodorant, body lotion, soap and toothbrushes to help with the care for those individuals who currently reside there and those who use the Mission as an emergency shelter. The Miami Rescue Mission is located at 2159 NW First Ct. in Miami. According to past reports, October is one of the busiest months for the Mission and those facilities often see a spike in people seeking shelter in South Florida. Every little bit helps, so come out and donate. For drop-off or pick-up information, send email to <mchavez@caringplace.org> or call 305-573-6340.

ATTENTION, SEWING ENTHUSIASTS, ITEMS AT BENEFIT GARAGE SALE Don’t miss the chance to come out and do some shopping, find your treasure while helping someone in need. On Oct. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the community will have the opportunity to help Idella Sanabria, a recent stroke survivor. The garage sale will take place at 8715 SW 160 St. All proceeds from the sale benefit the costs for caring for Mrs. Sanabria, newly homebound grandmother. With Sanabria’s overwhelming love of sewing, hundreds of items will be available and include material, thread, yarn, miscellaneous crafts, sewing

notations, beautifully hand-sewn items from Mrs. Sanabria and more. For more information about this event, contact Suz Perez at 1-954-439-5456.

MIAMI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA KICKS OFF 2010-11 SEASON Conductor Eduardo Marturet, along with Arturo Sandoval, will kick of the 2010-11 season of the Miami Symphony Orchestra on Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. The concert, which takes place in the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., will be part of Festival Miami, the annual music event that opens the South Florida arts season. Founded in 1989, the Miami Symphony Orchestra is considered a cornerstone of South Florida’s cultural community. The non-for-profit symphony also conducts an inschool arts and education program for elementary school students in the Miami-Dade Public School System, and provides low or no-cost tickets to students and senior citizens in South Florida. For information about the orchestra and this program, visit online at <www.themiso.org>. CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING SLATED FOR OCT. 27 The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS will meet on Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District Station, located at 10000 SW 142 Ave. The meeting is open to the public. Any problem requiring special attention can be presented. Special guest speaker Eduardo A. Lombard, PhD, will be in attendance speaking about the “Holiday Blues” and where to get professional help. For more information, call 305-383-6800.

JEANNETT SLESNICK TO BE HONORED BY GABLES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION A J’adore Paris themed black-tie gala hosted by the Coral Gables Community Foundation will take place on Oct. 29 at the Comber Hall, 1251 Palermo Ave. in Coral Gables. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. Tickets for the J’adore Paris Gala are $250 per person and include entry to the pre-gala reception, gala and Cabaret After-Party. Jeannett Slesnick will be presented the 2010 Legacy Award for her dedication to the organization. More than 250 Coral Gables

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RADIO-CONTROL PILOTS COMING TO AMPS AEROFEST 2010 The sky will be full of the best radio-control giant-scale model airplanes you have ever seen as radio-control pilots from all over Florida showcase their skills at the AMPS AeroFest 2010 on Oct. 30. The AMPS Silver Field is located at 20100 SW 168 St., 2.4 miles west of Krome (177th) Avenue on SW 168th Street. Watch World War II Allied Forces fighters fly in formation against enemy airplanes. Enjoy the beauty of extreme aerobatic planes doing amazing maneuvers over the runway. Be thrilled by the incredible speed of jet-tur-

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BORN FREE PET SHELTER TO HOST HOWL-O-WEEN Families are welcomed to celebrate HowlO-Ween with their dogs and other pets on Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Key Biscayne Community Church, located at 355 Glenridge Road in Key Biscayne. The event will include a costume and trick contest, parades, music, food and drinks, a Paw Fortune Reader, SnoCones, and a photographer. Entrance fee is a $10 donation ($20 per family). For more information call 305-903-6610. BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TO PRESENT ‘BANISHING BULLIES’ Trish Ramsay, education director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, will be at the Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr., on Nov. 4,

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to information that will help with their goals. The Launch Pad was the No. 1 U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Week partner (out of 1,174 participants) in 2008 and repeated as the top campus partner in 2009. Some of this year’s highlights include an “Elevator Pitch” contest and themed days for Arts & Entertainment, Science & Technology, and A Taste of Entrepreneurship. All events during Global Entrepreneurship Week are open to the public. For more information, call Elizabeth at 305-284-5500 or Lexi at 305-284-2789.

UM’S ‘THE LAUNCH PAD’ TO HOST GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK A luncheon on Nov. 17 with keynote speaker Dr. Leslie Baumann will be hosted to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. This event will take place on the University of Miami campus. The 2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week at UM will feature women in entrepreneurship, technology entrepreneurs, health and wellness entrepreneurs, music and media entrepreneurs, culinary entrepreneurs and restaurateurs, social entrepreneurs and fashion entrepreneurs. Exciting lectures, workshops and networking events will aim to expose students, alumni, and the entire South Florida community

BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL N.I.C.U. REUNION SET NOV. 13 The 18th annual reunion of The George Batchelor/Gloria Vasta Lewis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Children’s Hospital will be on Nov. 13. The free event is for children who were cared for in the NICU nurseries at Baptist, and will take place lakeside from 1-4 p.m. at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Children and their parents will be treated to clowns, games, face painting, refreshments and more. The reunion is a celebration of life and health, and provides an opportunity for children and parents to visit with the physicians, nurses and support staff who cared for them. For more information call 786-596-2810.

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ANNUAL SHOP TO STOP M.S. EVENT AT SAKS DADELAND Start the holiday season on Nov. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m., with an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, musical entertainment and, of course, shopping to benefit the University of Miami MS Center of Excellence and the South Florida MS Society. The event will take place at Saks Dadeland, 7687 N. Kendall Dr. Tickets for this event are $50 ($60 at the door) and include a $25 gift card to Saks and 15 percent off everything in the store. For tickets, call 305-243-1388. TERRA ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION Miami-Dade County Public School’s TERRA Environmental Research Institute recently was awarded Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council as a “LEED” (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) school. TERRA Environmental is the first new full-campus, public high school in the country to attain such distinction under LEED for Schools. TERRA Environmental Research Institute will serve as an inspiring example to other school districts around the nation committed to the green design concept in building new facilities in the future. For more information, call John at 305995-1126.


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Firefighters to highlight ‘Girls Night Out’ at mall BY ASHLEY SUGARMAN

Dadeland Mall invites local ladies to indulge in “Girl’s Night Out” on Thurday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Saks Fifth Avenue area. This holiday-inspired special event will engage local women in an evening of free fun, fashion and food hosted by Pamela Silva, Univision 23 news anchor, and feature South Florida Firefighters’ finest plus live demonstrations by Miami’s top professional chef, personal trainer and interior decorator. “As the holiday season approaches, we are excited to host Girl’s Night Out as a way to provide a jump start to holiday shopping,” said Humberto Maldonado, director of Mall Marketing and Business Development of Dadeland Mall. “We are always looking for exciting ways to give back to Dadeland Mall shoppers and this event will do just that with an evening of holiday-inspired fun, networking, entertainment, and shopping.” This event will give women a front row

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on-hand to show the best moves and display the best attire and shoes for getting in shape for the holiday season, as well as an interior decorator who will provide tips, tricks and secrets to give your home a new festive style.

“Girl’s Night Out” also will give event attendees the opportunity to take part in a silent auction benefiting the Simon Youth Foundation, plus a chance to mingle with South Florida Firefighters. The firefighters will be selling 2011 calendars and participants can get photos with their favorite “month.” The ladies also are invited to enjoy a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception provided by Villagio. In addition, all participants will receive a gift bag with goodies from participating stores at Dadeland Mall. For more information about Girl’s Night Out, call 305-6656227 or visit online at <www.simon.com>. Dadeland Mall is located at 7535 N. Kendall Dr., between the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) and S. Dixie Highway (US1). For more information on Dadeland Mall, call 305-665-6226 or visit online at <www.simon.com>.

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Former local YMCA director earns national recognition BY YELANY RODRIGUEZ

Tom Den Boer, former director of the South Dade YMCA, has won the 2010 YMCA-USA “Excellence in Facilities” Award as CEO of the YMCA’s Northern Rock County facilities in Janesville, WI. Presented in Salt Lake City, UT, during the 2010 national YMCA General Assembly in July, the award resulted from “a number of dedicated volunteers who studied and reviewed a number of facility options in order to build a state-of-the-art facility for our community,” Den Boer said. Den Boer was born and raised in Sheboygan, WI, so his resignation from the South Dade YMCA and return to Wisconsin in 2005 came as no surprise. “I had an extraordinary experience in Miami, combined with the tremendous experience of working with a number of significant groups of people and organizations dedicated to community development,” Den Boer said. He was selected for the Wisconsin post from a national list of more than 40 applicants. His dedication to the mission of YMCA is what set him apart from others. The Wisconsin YMCA was chosen to

“Wading Area,” a fun and safe environment to develop children’s water safety knowledge; the “Current Channel” for fitness and recreational activities; an “Exercise Area” for swimming lessons, water sports and water fitness, and a “Lap Pool” with private access for uninterrupted lap swimming. “The aquatic center has exceeded our expectations in terms of membership and program development,” Den Boer said.

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receive the 2010 award for a Comprehensive Aquatic Center located at the Downtown Branch in Janesville. The

Aquatics Center accommodates individuals, seniors and families with young children by offering four distinct programs: the

Pictured at the award presentation are (l-r) George Stazin, YMCA USA; Tom Den Boer, CEO YMCA of Northern Rock County (WI), and Yuriy Zajac, YMCA USA.


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Liar, Liar, Pants . . . . in Jail By Michelle Estlund, Criminal Defense Attorney Let’s start with an admission. We all tell lies- white lies, big lies, little lies. We usually lie to make life easier, to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, or to make ourselves seem better than we are. The honest truth is that a world without any lies at all would be rather difficult. But when does a lie constitute a crime? A lie stops being a social tool and becomes a criminal offense in several situations. This occurs most obviously when a person swears or takes an oath to give truthful information in a court proceeding or deposition connected to a court proceeding. Telling a lie in open court, or in a sworn document which is submitted to the court can constitute a violation of the law. Likewise, a lie told during a deposition, or a statement which is recorded by a court reporter, regarding any open case may be a criminal offense. The crime is called perjury, and it can be either a second or third degree felony in Florida.

Another form of perjury involves the absence of truth, as happens when a person gives conflicting statements. If a person gives two or more statements under oath during official proceedings, and those statements contradict one another, the person can be successfully prosecuted for perjury. Of course, the statements must be significant, and the lie must be intentional. The rationale behind the charge of perjury is simple: we rely on the spoken word as a form of evidence. We use that evidence to allow judges and juries to make decisions and to arrive at fair decisions in court. If the testimonial evidence is false, then the entire court proceeding is jeopardized, along with the ideal that our courts are the dispensaries of justice. The bottom line is this. Go ahead and lie to your wife about her pants not making her look fat. Lie to your best friend about his burgers being the best. Lie to the judge, and you had better bring your toothbrush. Michelle Estlund is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida since 1995. She can be reached at 305-448-0077. For more information go to <www.estlundlaw.com>.

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Columbus High Business Club sparks a new program at FIU

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Founded and developed in September 2009 by Christopher Columbus High School (CCHS) senior Kevin Casamayor, the Columbus Business Club has been providing a unique opportunity for CCHS students who are interested in business and finance. The club members regularly attend a free course at Florida International Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Capital Markets Lab, which is given by FIU finance majors or graduate students with experience in the field. Dr. Helen Simon, FIU College of Business professor, helped Casamayor in getting the program underway. It has been greatly suc-

cessful both for Columbus and FIU, which have decided to open the program they call their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Financial Markets Training Programâ&#x20AC;? to other area high schools. When asked why he decided to start the Business Club at Columbus, Casamayor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;After witnessing the recent events that have affected the economies of the world, I felt that as future leaders, my fellow classmates and I needed to expand our knowledge of global economy issues.â&#x20AC;? He said he is happy that his teachers have given him the autonomy to start this initiative and hopes that students will take advantage of the program after he graduates next year.

CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS!!! The Junior Orange Bowl Announces the

2010 Royal Court Search Each year, the Junior Orange Bowl hosts the Royal Court Search, in which young ladies between the ages of 12 and 14 compete for the titles of Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses. The Queen and the two Princesses act as goodwill ambassadors that â&#x20AC;&#x153;reignâ&#x20AC;? over all the various events held during the Junior Orange Bowl Festival season, culminating in the opportunity to ride the Royal Court Float in the Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Selection is based on character, poise and commitment to the community. This event is open to any young lady who is looking to serve as a role model to the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participants. There are three preliminaries being held:

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Born Free Pet Shelter is home to abandoned dogs BY RON BEASLEY

If ever someone should be honored for the work they do for animals, it should be Alicia Aballi. The 81-year-old Aballi owns and operates the Born Free Pet Shelter, 19015 SW 208 St., on a five-acre tract in the Redland. There she rescues all types of dogs that have been abandoned by their owners, then feeds, maintains and cares for them, averaging around 140 dogs per day. “I don’t like to cage them, so that’s why I named it Born Free,” said Aballi, who opens the pens on her fenced property and allows each dog a half-hour of freedom each day. “I’ve been rescuing dogs since 1980 when my husband, Arturo, moved here from the Long Island Jewish Hospital to work for Miami Children’s Hospital. “But, even as a kid I used to bring dogs home that I would find in the streets of Havana, Cuba. I guess I have this in my blood because I was only 7 or 8 years old at the time.” Aballi lived with her husband in Key Biscayne, but as time passed she accumulated a large number of dogs and had to have room to keep them. So her husband helped her buy the five acres in the Redland. “It used to be a tomato patch,” she said.

Aballi would make the daily commute from Key Biscayne to the Redland to take care of the dogs she had rescued. “I continued working as a teacher so I would be able to take care of the dogs and they were coming in very fast,” she said. And then her husband died in 1997 and Aballi admits that her task became a great deal more difficult. “Of course, it has been rough since then,” she said. “When my husband died, I built this house [in the Redland]. I decided that I could do more for the dogs if I lived here instead of coming from Key Biscayne every day and then having to go back. I was working as a teacher then and I would take my whole salary and give it to the dogs. Aballi currently has 143 dogs on the premises and under her care. “That’s with the one I just rescued on my way home this afternoon,” she said. “I saw it as it was thrown out of a car window on Krome Avenue. But that’s about the average number for us; three or four get adopted and another five or six will come in. It’s not a game; it’s serious business.” Aballi said she supports the Born Free operation through donations that she solicits when she transports a few of the animals to PetSmart locations on weekends and

Alicia Aballi is pictured with one of her dogs at the Born Free Pet Shelter. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

offers them for adoption. “I give all of the money to the dogs, except for food for myself,” she said. “The rest I have to beg for. It’s very hard to ask continuously for money. I go to PetSmart on weekends —the one on Coral Way on Saturday and the one on US 1 and 136th Street on Sunday — and I sit there with the dogs and wait to see if one of them will get adopted, and I ask for money. But, now it’s very hard. People used to give more money years ago, but now it’s hard for everybody. I’ve had to cut down on the type of food I give to the dogs and that hurts me very much.” Aballi said that when a dog comes to Born Free, it has to go to the vet for a complete checkup. “We check it for everything under the sun,” she said. “It costs us over $100 each time a dog comes in.” The bill for veterinary services at Born Free averages $90,000 a year and Aballi said that most veterinarians only give her small discounts on their services when she

brings in a dog for medical care. However, she has nothing but praise for Dr. Terry Carro of Miami Veterinary Internists, who she said readily treats and operates on her dogs and gives her a discount, then patiently waits to be paid. “She’s an excellent vet and specialist, and she gives me 20 percent off and never asks me to pay the bill until I finally have the money,” she said. “Right now, I owe her $4,000, but she doesn’t mention it or say a word about it.” Aballi charges a $250 fee to adopt one of her dogs. The fee helps defray the cost of caring for the animals — food, medical checkups, heartworm pills, anti-flea pills, tick collars, daily upkeep of the Born Free facility — but she does make exceptions. “It depends on the person,” she said. “I visit the home of anyone who wants to adopt one of my dogs. I like to know what other animals they have and whether they have children, and if the dog will get along with the children. I want to know all of this before we sign the contract.” Aballi said Born Free also will take a dog back if, for some reason, the adoption does not work out. “Any time they want to bring the dog back, they can,” she said. “Just last week, I got one back because the couple got a divorce. After three years, the dog came back.” Aballi said Born Free will host a benefit event later this month on Key Biscayne to raise money for the facility. “We’re having a ‘Howl-O-Ween’ for dogs and other pets on Oct. 30,” she said. “It’s going to be at the Community Church on Key Biscayne, 355 Glenridge Rd. Admission is $10, or $20 for the whole family. People have to bring their dogs in costumes. We’re going to have music and food and a lot of contests and prizes for the best costume. We’re hoping to get a big turnout.” For more information about Howl-OWeen or the Born Free Pet Shelter, call 305-903-6610 and 305-361-5507, or go online to <www.bornfreepetshelter.com>.


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Richmond Naval Air Station presentation set on Nov. 1 BY BOB JENSEN

Richmond Naval Air Station played a key role during World War II in U.S. Navy efforts to limit the effectiveness of German U-Boat attacks on allied shipping along the eastern seaboard. The Perrine base was home to lighter-than-air ships or â&#x20AC;&#x153;blimpsâ&#x20AC;? which proved highly successful in patrolling large expanses of sea. Anthony Atwood will give a free presentation on the air station in the Pioneer Room of 1st National Bank of South Florida at noon on Monday, Nov. 1. The Naval Air Station narrowly missed being established in the Homestead rather than Perrine area. After WWII, the building was used for almost 50 years as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cold Warâ&#x20AC;? military site, hosting anti-Castro clandestine freedom-fighter training, an Army Reserve Center, and the local Marine Corps Reserve Center. The NAS Richmond headquarters building recently was moved to a location near Zoo Miami (previously Metrozoo) to serve as a South Florida military museum.

It was Atwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision, along with the help of Miami-Dade Commissioners Dennis Moss and Jose â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pepeâ&#x20AC;? Diaz, that resulted in the saving of the NAS Richmond building for use as a museum. This presentation is a part of the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series presented by the Homestead Center for the Arts. Atwood served on active duty with the U.S. Navy and now is a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the Naval Reserve. He is currently an adjunct instructor in American History at Florida International University and is a candidate for a PhD in history. This preservation project has been 10 years in the making and has had Atwood in the lead role. His vision remains for the museum to be a vibrant and worthwhile community experience presenting the rich and too-often-overlooked military heritage of south Florida. A simple lunch will be available by reservation at 11:30 a.m. for $10. Call Barbara Millenbruch at 305-230-9185 for lunch reservations by 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Seating is limited.

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the skin of the earlobe ages. The lobe can the sag appear longer than it should be. This can make some people feel unattractive. Correcting this is actually fairly common in older women. The good news is that both of Photo these can be by Ella Woodson corrected. The enlarged piercing should be corrected before the earlobe splits, and the hanging earlobe can also be corrected at the same time. The hanging Susan earlobe is shortened and tucked, giving it a Dear Susan, more youthful appearance. The procedure is What you describe is Andres Bustillo MD. done under local anescommon. One of the things is a stretched piercing. The other is a thesia in about half an hour. You can return hanging earlobe. The stretched piercing oc- to work the following day and can have the curs from wearing heavy earrings. If you ear re-pierced about six weeks after. continue to wear your earrings with the stretched piercing, two things can happen. Andres Bustillo, MD is a facial plastic surEither the earlobe can tear and cause a split geon here in Miami. Please submit you questions via email at earlobe or you can loose your earring. The hanging earlobe can occur with time as andres@drbustillo.com Dr. Bustillo, Over the years my earlobe has both sagged and the piercing hole has enlarged. I can no longer wear my diamond studs because I am afraid of loosing them. This leaves me my â&#x20AC;&#x153;nakedâ&#x20AC;? earlobes that hang excessively and look unattractive. Can both of these be fixed together?

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Last of ‘Miami Furniture Twins’ Homer Stembridge dies at 86

Homer Stembridge (left) and Comer Stembridge, the “Miami Furniture Twins”

BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Homer Stembridge, 86, the last of the “Miami Furniture Twins,” died on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Aventura Hospital, just three days before his 87th birthday. He is pre-deceased by his twin, Comer, who died Aug. 26, 2009, at the Miami Heart Institute on Miami Beach. The Miami Furniture Twins started Edison Furniture Store in Miami 57 years ago with their father James George Stembridge in Miami’s Edison Center community. Their motto was “Where Customers Send Their Friends.” Another feature is that they offered their customers for 57 years free delivery and credit with no interest or carrying charges. Thousands of new immigrants and long-term residents were able to establish their credit through the Edison Furniture Stores. Homer and his twin were known fondly at national furniture markets as the “Miami Furniture Twins.” Homer and Comer helped their brothers — George, Travis and John — start furniture stores in Homestead, Hollywood and North Miami. The Homestead store is operated by Steven Stembridge, Comer’s son and Homer’s nephew. The North Miami store, Stembridge Furniture, is owned and operated by John Stembridge, a former mayor of North Miami. Homer and Comer were born Oct. 10, 1923, in Wicksburg, AL. They were the oldest of nine children, eight sons and one daughter, born to George and Johnnie Stembridge. The twins graduated from the Wicksburg High School, which was built in the community through their father’s leadership. Both served in the U. S. Army and were World War II veterans. After service, Homer and Comer, worked for the General Motors Chevrolet plant in

Indianapolis, IN, from 1947 to 1949. The family moved to Miami in 1948, with the twins following in 1949. From 1949 to 1953 the twins worked for the Rhodes Furniture chain in Miami with Wallace Berry, manager. Homer was a member of the Central Baptist Church in downtown Miami. Two of his favorite pastors were Dr. C. Roy Angel and Dr. Conrad Willard. His church had a rescue mission where Homer faithfully helped feed and clothe the homeless every Sunday morning for 25 years. Homer was a strong pro-life, pro-family, and pro-American patriot. He faithfully supported organizations and political leaders who were committed to advancing these principles. Among these organizations were: the American Family Association, Focus on the Family, American Center for Law and Justice, Miami Rescue Mission, Liberty University in Virginia and Bob Jones University in South Carolina, Love Worth Finding, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries and his “Reclaiming America” program. In 1983, Homer and Comer donated the Family Life Center building at the South Dade Baptist Church in Homestead, FL, in honor of their parents. Homer traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and numerous islands of the world. He particularly loved Israel, the Holy Land, and traveled there four times. Homer is survived by his brothers Wilson in Samson, AL; Rudolph in Keystone Point, and John in Aventura, as well as 13 nephews and nieces, 29 great nephews and nieces, and 11 great-great nephews and nieces. Homer’s service was held on Oct. 10 (his 87th birthday) at the Pilgrim Home Baptist Church in Wicksburg, AL.

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Fame-The Musical takes stage in MCT production BY TIM FATH

more than two months and now it’s time for the curtain to rise on these gifted actors. Miami Children’s Theater (MCT) is pre- Many of these actors have appeared in senting the global phenomenon — Fame- MCT’s past productions of The Producers, The Musical — at the JCC in Kendall. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on First came the hit motion picture, then the Roof and Annie. the long-running television series. Now the Fame was written by David De Silva screen sensation of the 1980s along with its and Jose Fernandez with music and updated movie version in lyrics by Steve 2009 proves that FameMargoshes and Jacques The Miami Children’s The Musical is indeed Levy, and is presented Theater “gonna live forever.” through special arrangeSet during the last ments of Music Theater is a not for profit years of New York City’s International. It is directorganization whose celebrated High School ed by Christine Blair; mission is dedicated for the Performing Arts choreographed by to helping students on 46th Street (1980Cherilyn Marrocco and 1984), Fame-The with musical direction of all ages develop Musical is the bittersweet by Ana Flavia Zuim. their talent in but ultimately inspiring The Miami Children’s the arts by offering story of a diverse group Theater is a not for profit of students as they comorganization whose misthe highest levels mit to four years of gruof training and access sion is dedicated to helping eling artistic and academstudents of all ages develop to professional ic work. With candor, their talent in the arts by humor and insight, the offering the highest levels performance and show explores the issues of training and access to casting opportunities. that confront many professional performance young people today: and casting opportunities. issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth, Performances are at the Robert Russell literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and Theater located at the Alper JCC, 11155 perseverance. SW 112 Ave. in Kendall. Tickets are $12 Performed by the Miami Children’s for students and seniors, $15 for adults. Theater, these stories are brought to life Remaining show times and dates are Oct. by the teenage actors of MCT. There 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 23 and 24 at 2 were three dance-intensive rehearsals p.m. Tickets can be purchased at conducted before auditions and with the <www.miamichildrenstheater.com> or by number growing from 15 for the first calling 305-274-3595. rehearsal to over 100 by the third. The For more information about the Miami final cast members auditioned and were Children’s Theater’s 15-year history servchosen ultimately from students from all ing the children and youth of South over South Florida and represent some Florida, visit the website at of the best of the best. <www.miamichildrenstheater.com>. It also Rehearsals have been taking place for has a complete list of upcoming shows.

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Trainer’s system improves flexibility, strength, speed BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

For 25 years, John DiFede, who works out of Thump Gym in Kendall, has been involved in helping athletes rehabilitate their injuries. He also teaches them and others how to increase their speed and strength. The athletes can be quite young or in their prime, plus he has clients who are not athletes. “My day starts at 5:30 a.m.,” he said. “Some of the kids during the school year will come in early either early for training or therapy. At 3:15-3:30 [p.m.] the school kids come in. I get a steady flow. My whole afternoon is dedicated to the high school athletes.” DiFede trains youngsters to develop their flexibility, strength and speed. He also likes to begin their training as young as possible. “I have clients that I started when they were 5 and 7 and now they are 8 and 10,” he said. “You see huge improvement in the footwork. It’s very empowering to see progress at a young age.” While his program uses weights for the teens and adults, the younger children do different type of exercises. “Instead of weights, there are body weight exercises we’ll do,” he said. “Core exercises, balance work, agility work.” Proper run mechanics are taught. That includes change of direction, stopping and starting safely. “There are athletes that do it naturally, but you can tweak that,” DiFede added. “There are some that have good straight line speed but have difficulty changing direction with speed and others that have good directional speed but have trouble with straight line speed.” He can even help kids who are not natural athletes improve their skills. “There are children who are not going to

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‘Monster Splash Nightime Bash’ returning to Miami Seaquarium

This dolphin is ready for some Halloween fun. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

Kids will have a spooky good time at the annual “Monster Splash Nighttime Bash,” a family-friendly nighttime extravaganza at Miami Seaquarium featuring trick-or-treating, Halloween themed animal shows, a haunted house and lots of fun for kids. The annual event will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-31, from 5 to 11 p.m. Special admission price for the Nighttime Bash is only $24.95 plus tax for adults and $19.95 plus tax for children (ages 3 to 12 years). Monster Splash Nighttime Bash is a safe Halloween alternative for kids and their families. Halloween-themed marine animal shows during Monster Splash Nighttime Bash

include “Flipper’s Thrills and Chills,” “Curse of the Golden Dome Witches” sea lion show along with the splashy fun of the “Wizards and Wands Top Deck Dolphin Show.” Kids in costume may collect candy and other goodies at trick-or-treat stations throughout the park. Monster Splash also will feature “Buried Alive,” a haunted experience. Not for the faint of heart, “Buried Alive!” welcomes older scare-chasers in search of an adventure from beyond the grave. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a familyoriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. For event information, call 305-361-5705, ext. 225, or visit online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

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The community is invited to view a Halloween classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920 version), on Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., in a hauntingly beautiful setting — Vizcaya’s Courtyard. This thrilling tale stars John Barrymore as the virtuous Dr. Jekyll who becomes obsessed with the duality of good and evil within the human psyche and formulates a potion to separate the two. In doing so, he unwittingly unleashes his maniacal alter ego, Mr. Hyde, who wreaks havoc in his wake. While Vizcaya is known as a magnificent structure full of European inspiration, it also served as a place of leisure, enjoyment and relaxation for its owner, James Deering, who frequently hosted events for his friends and family. Experience firsthand what it might have been like to be a guest of Mr. Deering and enjoy movie night in the courtyard of the main house. This screening series will explore both modern day films that have a fun connection to Vizcaya as well as historical silent films that Mr. Deering and his guests might have viewed in their time. Casual Q&A sessions will follow certain screenings and live organ music will accompany the silent films. Complete the evening with a themed cocktail or traditional movie fare available

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Chevy Volt coming to Miami for public test drive Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS General Motors will bring the much-anticipated Chevrolet Volt to Miami next week as part of a 3,400-mile, cross-country drive to showcase the company’s first electric vehicle with extended-range capability. The tour has been dubbed “Volt Unplugged” and Miami consumers get an opportunity on Oct. 28 and 29 to test drive the Volt, meet the people behind the development of the vehicles — Chevrolet engineers, designers and others — and participate in activities. Volt test cars will be parked in front of Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Dr., and available for test drives from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. GM officials say people are welcome to come by and test drive the cars. City of Miami commissioners and the mayor have been invited to attend. Later, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Volts will be at the Florida International University South Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St., where

they again will be available for test drives. Activity at FIU will be staged between the Gold and Blue parking lots at the end of the main driveway on the South Campus. Other South Florida activities for Oct. 30 were in the planning stages and could not be confirmed at press time. They included test drives at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, test drives with the Florida Electric Auto Association and a visit to Miami’s Terra Environmental Research Institute High School. “The Volt Unplugged tour gives people a chance to get behind the wheel of the Volt and find out for themselves what makes this vehicle so special,” said Tony DiSalle, Volt product and marketing director. “This drive will demonstrate the one-of-a-kind capabilities of the Volt, the only electric vehicle able to drive such long distances under a variety of driving conditions and climates without having to stop to recharge.” On a fully charged battery and a tank of gas, the Volt has a driving range of about 400 of miles. Because the Volt can use gasoline to create its own electricity in the extendedrange mode, long trips are possible. The Volt is powered only from electricity stored in its 16-kwh lithium-ion battery for a typical range of 25 to 50 miles depending on terrain, driving technique, temperature and battery age. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas

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