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Thousands expected for Around Town 40th annual Arts Festival BY MICHAEL MILLER

Executive Editor

BY RAQUEL GARCIA

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Julio Robaina is Coming Home

omething special occurs in South Miami after the Halloween spooky season concludes and before Thanksgiving gets underway. An event preceding the holiday season celebrations of elves parading about town and shops decorating in reds and greens to

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Butterfly Face by Phil Fung

highlight the spirit of the season; The South Miami Arts Festival happens. The Chamber South’s 40th Annual South Miami Arts Festival promises to be another fine art extravaganza

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Saddlebunch Sunset by Paul Marcellini

ormer State Representative Julio Robaina has officially announced his mayoral seat candidacy for the February election: “I have experienced a tremendous outpouring of people calling me over the years to come back to local government and rightly so since this is where it all began. Now that I am semi-retired I want to come home and continue working in hands on local government with the city that is nearest and dearest to my heart.” Calling all Cute Little Elves Although the Parade of Elves and organizer Barbara Acker have been synonymous for over two decades, the event is managing to proceed without her invaluable guidance this year thanks in part to the rallying of community leaders and Red Sunset Merchant Association

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utside of American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami a young man in a giant black and white penguin suit walks around offering concert goers free hugs while wearing a huge sign around his neck that reads: “U R Awesome!” Kemy Joseph began his U R Awesome not for profit organization as a way to pay it forward for the encouragement he received from mentors and friends prior to embarking upon his college career. Today he has over 30 active volunteers. The group recently celebrated their two year anniversary by driving around in the

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Parade of Elves Float from 2010 _______________________________

members. John Edward Smith who is on the parade committee and has been involved in the event since its inception, said “If the community and merchant association did not step up to fill those huge shoes I do not see how the city Kemy Joseph of U R Awesome sharing the awesomeness with lunch time traffic on US 1.

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could have staged this monumental effort alone.” Decked out elves from babies to sixth grade are encouraged to participate and march in the parade with the Lead Elf. To enter a holiday float, marching unit or band contact Martha at Footworks at 305-666-7223. For general information call Maria Stout Tate at 305-668-7231. The Cart before the Horse I could not believe what I was hearing the other day while watching the Mayor Plus 4 Reality Show I mean local government programming of the last city commission meeting. This commission wants to extend the contracts of the city attorney and the city manager right on the eve of an election. Golly Jee elected officials. With three commission seats being contested in February and the real possibility of some of the present people being put out to pasture, why would this commission want to burden the next commission with two long term employment contracts? Several speakers got up to offer their two cents worth extolling the virtues of said gents. Whether or not they are great or super or average, any extension of their current two year plus balance of contract should be left up to the new commission to decide.

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All in the Family I hear that Sally Phillips, a neighbor of Mayor Phillip Stoddard is running for city commission. I’ve been told that she is also a professor at FIU and son of a gun so is the mayor….hmmn. Mayor Stoddard and Commissioners Valerie Newman and Walter Harris all live right around the corner from each other and Brian Beasley isn’t too far away either, right on the other side of Allison Bhagwandat from The Collection Shop, Chamber South President Mary Scott Russell and Venue Btq proprietors Vivian Sunset. And should Sally and Caterina Marazzi at a recent Chamber South event. get in why then it will be ___________________________________________ just one happy block party Welcome Venue Btq with these folks, all hangin’ together in the There is a new boutique in town that just ‘hood. They could just take a stroll over to celebrated its one month anniversary. Mom each other’s place, kick up their feet, have a and daughter team Vivian and Caterina Mojito and talk politics in the shade. Now Marazzi combined their extensive retail and that is living large. It seems to be a bit like commercial real estate experience to join gerrymandering the local election. Here’s a forces and open Venue Btq. The family wild notion…how about getting representabusiness is very happy to be a part of the tion from around the community? You South Miami community. “We looked at the know like the Dante Fascell neighborhood, Grove and at the Gables but we really liked the African American community and also the environment here, it felt homier and from the north end of town where many everyone has been so friendly and welcomHispanics reside. I know it might sound ing.” said Caterina. The Marazzi’s hand unusual to some, but diversity like that on pick their own merchandise from trade the board could be a good thing. I’m just shows and unique spots to offer just a few sayin.’

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pieces of each inventory. “Nothing in our stock is something we would not wear ourselves and we do not buy in bulk so there is little chance there will be lots of other shoppers wearing the same merchandise.” Venue Btq’s official grand opening is November 4 from 7 to 9pm. Horsd’oeuvres will be offered and gift with purchase as well at 7227 SW 57 Court. Call 305-661-5155 for more information. Seen in SoMi Had breakfast over at Hang Out Central the other day (Casa Lario’s) and ran into former vice-mayor Armando Oliveros Jr, Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, the top guy at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, former mayor Horace Feliu, running commissioner Josh Liebman, and local dentist Jorge Blanco (not all at the same table). And let’s see who else was roaming the city streets…civic activist Sharon McCain was right there in mid-street next to the parking garage. It seems she has recovered from her latest city commission meeting eviction. “When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always” Mahatma Gandhi

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Fundraisers abound, Landon honored GloriaBurns GLORIA’S GAB South Miami Rotary Club President and former Mayor Horace Feliu is currently encouraging support for the Rotary District 6990’s Annual Golf Ball Drop being held Nov. 3, at the Biltmore Golf Course. This fundraiser benefits the Rotary Annual Programs Fund. Prizes include a 5 day 4 night stay at Hawks Kay resort, a sunset cruise for two, and a 5 day 4 night stay at the Hyatt Regency Bonita Springs.

In yet another effort to raise funds for outreach, South Miami Rotarian Karen Vassell is coordinating the sale of holiday 22 inch and 28 inch wreaths for $26 and $36 that can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. To support this effort, contact any local Rotarian such as John Sorgie at Sunset Quickprint and give him your order. This active group of civic leaders meets every Tuesday at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For more information, visit www.southmiamirotary.org. Speaking of Rotary, District 6990 Group Study Exchange (GSE) recruitment committee is looking for professionals between the ages of 25-40 who would like to embark on a wonderful vocational study exchange with Rotary District 9650. Those chosen for this exchange will spend an exciting month in

Seen here at Charity Water event are organizers Denise Erwin, Robin Orrell, Emi Fernandez and Andrea Lue. _________________________________________________________________________

Florida, Arts for Learning, New South Wales, and Community Australia between Partnership for Homeless. Feb. and Mar., 2012. In Florida International Those interested in University’s earliest days, applying may contact he served on the 1972 Y o l a n d a advisory board and the Woodbridge, GSE University Founders Chair 305-402-0162 Council. In 2004, Landon (ywassociates@bellmade the single largest south.net), or Carl donation from an individLanke, GSE Team ual in FIU’s history to creLeader 954-651-0563 ate the R. Kirk Landon (cjlfla@aol.com). Undergraduate School of Interviews will be Business thus memorializheld December 10th. ing his name in Miami The Miami Chapter Dade County forever. of the Association of Fundraising Congratulations go out Professionals will to organizers of first time present its 26th fundraiser for Charity Annual National Water on Oct. 20 in Coral Philanthropy Day on R. Kirk Landon AFP Lifetime Gables which may be Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., Achievement Award winner declared an all out success. at Jungle Island. This to be honored Nov. 15 Robin Orrell, Denise event began in Miami ________________________________ Erwin, Emi Fernandez 26 years ago and is now the prototype for like celebrations in and Andrea Lue, who orchestrated the more than 150 cities around the world. event, had a goal of raising at least Local philanthropist and someone dear to enough money to build one well that this writer’s heart, Kirk Landon. will be would provide clean water for 250 people honored as this year's AFP Lifetime for 20 years. In fact, the outpouring of Achievement Award winner. As presi- support was such that they did that and dent of both The Kirk Foundation and more by actually underwriting the cost of The Kirk A. Dorothy P. Landon equipment to dig wells. Foundation, Landon is actively involved Until next time, keep making each day in numerous charities and serves on the board of the Zoological Society of count.

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November 5 and 6 with more than 100 evolution for me to focus on nature and the artists from around the country participat- Everglades in my photography.” ing and over 50,000 art aficionados expectMarcellini’s captivating digital photograed to attend. phy makes classic mangroves and alligators Mediums of presentation range from and cypress trees look ethereal and otherpainting to glass, metal work, jewelry, pho- worldly with his original style of editing tography, clay, sculpture, wood, mixed images digitally. He likens it to a modern media, digital art and watercolor. In addi- version of the old style darkroom manipulation to a wide range of unique artistic tion of photography as he enhances landexpressions for attendees to enjoy while scapes with luminously hued clouds hoverstrolling Sunset Drive and Red Road, inter- ing above seemingly prehistoric scenery. national food vendors will offer “I go out to capture light; I am chassavory delights to satisfy any ing the clouds and trying to put palate and some area restautogether an image in the rants will present special light of the moment. I try arts festival menus as to exclude humanity and well. This year also simply document includes a special kid’s unspoiled Florida. area near Sunset Sometimes people tell Tavern and Deli Lane. me they cannot Events Coordinator believe this beauty is for Chamber South essentially in their Thomas Taulbee, own backyard.” involved in the show Marcellini was an for 15 years now says Environmental Science “the reputation of the show major in college and suphas traveled in the artist ports conservation issues. community and beyond for the “People will not help preserve past 40 years. Our dediwhat they do not underHappy Pop by Phil Fung cation is apparent, we stand so by highlighting _______________________________ put on a quality show these natural settings and our numerous applications and commu- hopefully when votes and bills in the state nity accolades are a testament to that.” legislature come up to preserve our natural According to resources there Taulbee, artists may be more of who make the cut a connection and are invited to made through present at the the work.” show go through Featured a meticulous juryartist Phil Fung ing process. makes connecDedicated chamtions with his ber members audience review the applithrough “posications and make tivity expressed determinations to by way of pop bring a balanced culture.” Fung array of artists is clearly a representing varilover of carous mediums. toons and his Those who are unique image not chosen are expressions utialways encourlizing watercolBob Koi by Phil Fung aged to try again or, acrylic _____________________ for next year. paints, and Lipscomb University graduate and fea- mixed media show a whimsical yet protured artist Paul Marcellini was born and found and sophisticated happy perspective raised in the Redlands, just 20 minutes from of modern life. Everglades National Park. “Ever since I was “I love to create” says Fung. “When I sit a kid my mom sent me to zoo camp and down with my materials I try to be bright nature camp. I grew up around animals and and clever with a humorous perspective. I nature, always heard stories from my family want to challenge the observer to slow down about the good old days of the Everglades and step away from the internet and televiand Big Cypress Swamp so it was a natural sion to find a quiet moment in front of a

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beautiful painting for contemplation. And it’s always fun, I try to keep it fun.” Fung says he was a skinny kid growing up who was not adept at sports so art was his creative outlet but he only began to take it seriously when he attended college. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University as a Studio Art major and went on to the University of Central Florida to obtain his master’s degree in Art Education. Fung was also born and raised in South Florida and today has a Pinecrest studio in Suniland Plaza where he teaches art classes. Although Fung enjoys a light hearted

approach to his work he is also philosophical about his dream profession: “In ancient times alchemists would take lead and turn it into gold. I am inspired by beauty and blessed for the opportunity to take two tubes of paint and a blank canvas and like the alchemists of bygone days, use simple materials to make something beautiful.” The Chamber South’s 40th Annual South Miami Arts Festival will be November 5 and 6 from 10am to 6pm in the heart of South Miami. For more information visit www.chambersouth.com or call Thomas Taulbee at 305-661-1621.


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AWESOME, from page 1 –––––– “Awesomemobile” and stopping at area children’s hospitals to give away U R Awesome t-shirts and teddy bears. “When I was about to graduate from Homestead High School there were so many people who believed in me and told me I could do anything I put my mind to. I was blessed with so much support that when I got to college I decided to do something to give back.” Before U R Awesome began Joseph joined a “Random Acts of Kindness” group during his first semester at the University of Miami. “My involvement with the group really showed me the value of being kind to complete strangers. To be there in a physical space and offer someone a hug, a compliment card or just simple encouragement changed my life for the better.” Eventually Joseph went on to a leadership role in the club and came to realize that if he was to be serious about his commitment to spread positivity in a troubled world it had to develop into more of a personal lifestyle. “I really took the ideals to heart and over the summer worked on being okay with myself to such a degree that I was able to transform and build the confidence to expand the Random Acts of Kindness ini-

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tiative. I just started wearing signs around campus. U R Awesome was the first one. Some others were Smile and Be Happy, Love Who You Are, Keep on Living and You Will Make it Through This.” Joseph became inspired by the incredible spontaneous reactions affected in the actions of others. “After seeing how people

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reacted it really added fuel to the fire, people would come up to me and give me a big smile or a thumb’s up. I was told on several occasions how the signs really helped someone get through a bad break up or a bout with depression. It was amazing, and so boom, U R Awesome was born.” The signs evolved into t-shirts, the not

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for profit 501 c 3 organization U R Awesome was created by Joseph and fellow UM students and the group began working with the Miami Rescue Mission to give out used clothes to the homeless in addition to hygiene kits, and a free hot meal. “That first year we collected over 11,000 articles of clothing and were able to directly help a couple of hundred homeless people that day. The second year we got better organized and worked with the Miami Rescue Mission in what we now call The Great Give Away. It became a personal shopping day where everyone that benefited got treated like human beings no matter where they came from.” U R Awesome has now gone global with Joseph making presentations in New York City recently at the Images and Voices of Hope (ivoh.org) Conference. He also visited Haiti bringing awesome signs written in Creole to share hope and inspiration. “These ideas have been around a long time. Growing up I wasn’t too kind and I realized it was because things I didn’t love about myself translated into things I didn’t love about others. As I began allowing myself to receive help from others I was able to see how much love was out there.” To check out the awesome message of the day and find out more about U R Awesome visit URAwesome.org or contact Kemy at 305-707-7344.


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SOUTH MIAMI SIGHTINGS Arts Festival Poster Unveiling at Williamson Cadillac

Event Hosts Carol and Ed Williamson of Williamson Cadillac __________________________

Chamber South President Mary Scott Russell and Chamber South Events Coordinator and Community Outreach Director Thomas Taulbee unveil the official poster of the 40th Annual South Miami Arts Festival. ________________________________________

About the Artist: South Miami Arts Festival Poster Artist-Photographer Doug Cavanah is a former photojournalist who studied painting. “Everyone wonders about the likeness of my photography to a painted image. I believe it is simply due to a combination of composition and light. I tend to take photographs as a painter would but there is no enhancement whatsoeverdone to the image.” Cavanah uses a traditional Ansel Adams style view camera shot on film. The size of the film is four inches tall by ten inches wide. “When you start with such a large original you can make nice clean crisp enlargements and that is why there is so much detail.” Cavanah is from Lakeland, Florida and specializes in tropical scenery. This will be his ninth year at the Arts Festival. Chamber South members Carol Alexander, Jeffrey Flanagan, Zac Hall and Diane Everett enjoying the evening

Mary Scott Russell (r) presenting a framed official arts festival poster to First National Bank of South Miami’s Veronica Flores in gratitude for their support.

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Biking on for a better planet is what Bike SoMi is all about BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Park) and rode along the M-Path or bike and pedestrian pass along the Metrorail. Chael says the ideas represent a holisThe Bike SoMi group has been busy since they were denied the right to tic approach to goals which include the peacefully assemble outside city hall for bike friendly petition, community bike a community ride in June by city manag- rides, and making the city less auto cener Hector Mirabile because they did not tric by promoting alternatives to driving have a million dollar insurance binder as well as cracking down on bad drivers. permit. The bikers “Everything is recently completed connected for a bettheir postponed ter quality of life for citizen’s ride to all and to encourage explore the neighus to look out for borhood for bikeeach other. The laws friendly pathways. in Florida say drivMarice Chael is ers need to yield to a local architect pedestrians and bikspecializing in ers in the crosswalk. new urbanism, We need to really green building, enforce the eliminaand sustainability tion of texting and practices who pre- Bike SoMi riders make a stop at Mack Cycle drinking while drivto don their bright yellow team t-shirts sented the idea of a ___________________________________ ing, especially for "joyous ride” repeat offenders. before the commission in June. The Signing the bike friendly petition also team has put many miles behind them means as a driver you will be more since. “As a member of the volunteer advisory board, the Green Task Force, I mindful behind the wheel.” “Biking is one of the components of took on the bike initiative. Now it seems sustainability practices in addition to to have a life of its own thanks to the The Farmer’s Market and the idea of support of so many. We have gathered over 1,000 signatures to support a bike growing local produce, planting trees friendly city and our recent citizen’s along the greenways, and ultimately bike ride was a huge success with over making our planet greener to improve the quality of life for everyone.” 50 bikers participating.” The next citizen’s ride will focus on Clad in yellow Bike SoMi t-shirts donated by Mack Cycle, the group of exploring the northern neighborhood adults and children started at Miami greenways with anticipated stops at Recycle Bike Shop and spent over an some of the local eateries as well as hour biking along 62 Avenue bike lanes, touring some of the southern boundaries the Madison Square area, historic and possibly gardens and parks also. To find out more about the Bike SoMi Cambridge Lawns, and the neighborhood greenways around 64 Court. The initiatives go to the Green Task Force group made a stop in the Peacock neigh- website at greensouthmiami.com or visit borhood (whose center is Allo America Bike SoMi on Facebook.


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Batter Up at the South Miami Baseball League BY SUSAN SMITH

tion to the league as well. Players will be evaluated for team assignment except for those coming in with a school or last year’s teams and mites and pony division. Many famous major league players have come out of the South Miami Youth

The South Miami Baseball League is looking for players, coaches, sponsors and volunteers to take out to the ball game. Founded over 46 years ago, the not for profit baseball organization offers league play and all-star games to boys and girls from ages six to 14. Seven different play divisions are available from Mites T-Ball to Majors. All children will have an opportunity to play in every game. According to League President for six years now Nico Munoz sliding into homeplate Omar Diaz, __________________________ “Palmer Park at South Miami Middle School is one of Baseball League such as Hall of Famer the finest fields in Dade County. We have for the Florida Marlins Andre Dawson batting cages, lit fields and families are and Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike actively involved in their child’s baseball Lowell. Enrollment fee is $190 per player, secexperience in a fun and friendly competiond child is $170 (Head Coaches son is tive environment.” Diaz says this is the first year they will $100). Mites Division cost is $150 per be introducing the Mites and T-Ball age player and second child is $130 (Head bracket to the game. The Majors age Coaches son is $90). Call Omar Diaz at group of 13 to 14 year olds has not played 786-514-8256, online registration at in a few years so that is a return new addi- www.smybaseball.com.

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Ray on Real Estate

Good d News: Banks now favor short sales over foreclosures BY RAY PRINCIOTTA Banks are rethinking their position on short sales verses foreclosures to deal with the rising number of defaults. The South Florida real estate market is dismal. Often homeowners find themselves in an uneasy spot. The bills pile up while the value of their homes goes down. Large sums of money are owed with few possibilities for repayment and the stress and anxiety endured by the borrower are tremendous. At some point the banks step in and want their money. There are no happy endings here. Of the many choices for the borrower and the lender, foreclosure or short sale stands out. In foreclosure the bankers repossess the property, evict the home owner, and assume all of the expenses including damages and vandalism. They must then carry the property until a new buyer appears. This is a lengthy process in which everybody loses. The borrower's credit rating tanks and the banks are out the money owed, while also inheriting new expenses. In a short sale, an agreement is negotiated between owner and lender to quickly offer the property for sale at a

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fair market price, but less than the amount owed. The borrower prepares a detailed package of documents outlining the reasons for “hardship” and for the short sale request. If the bank accepts, the owner may be released from some or all of the money owed. They may also benefit from “relocation assistance” and the bank then cuts its losses. The short sale can be done in as little as 90 days and the borrower's credit rating takes a lesser hit than either foreclosure, “deed in lieu,” or bankruptcy. It is not a total win/win situation. However a short sale can make a bad situation better for the homeowner and the lender/investor. It also appears to be where the banking community is heading today. Ray Princiotta is a licensed Florida real estate broker. He leverages his experience as a successful entrepreneur with honed business acumen and proven expertise in the Miami real estate market. His 40 years in sales, marketing, and strategic planning and his love of real estate, position him to specialize in expedited marketing solutions for financially distressed residential and commercial properties. Contact him at: 305.494.4101 or by e-mail ray@rayonrealestate.com To learn more go to: www.rayonrealestate.com


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Wine tasting, open house to benefit autism awareness Come enjoy wine for a great cause on Nov. 4, from 8 to 11 p.m., at Norman Brother’s Produce, 7621 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall. The evening will feature wines from around the world as well as Norman Brothers own signature hors d’oeuvres, holiday menu and desserts. The Wine Tasting and Open House is open to the community and the funds raised through event ticket and raffle ticket sales will go to support autism awareness through UM-NSU CARD services in the community. For more information, call Michelle Costa at 305-284-5269.

TEMPLE BETH TOV-AHAVAT SHALOM SPONSORS RUMMAGE SALE, NOV. 6 Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St., is sponsoring a Rummage Sale on Sunday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be treasure house of bargains: clothing, shoes, jewelry, books, hardware, linens, toys; items for kitchen, pool, patio and beyond. For more information, call 305-387-0622 or 305-661-1421. NEW NEIGHBORS CLUB PRESENTS ‘THE HEALING ART OF LISTENING’ “The Healing Art of Listening” by Tova J. Kreps is the program for the monthly luncheon of the New Neighbors Club of South Dade on

Nov. 9 at the historic Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. in Coral Gables. The inspirational talk encourages the audience to develop the powerful healing art of listening to others in order to effect profound changes in the people around us. Kreps also will give practical applications in the skills of listening. Cost of the luncheon is $24 and reservations are required. To reserve call Barbara Richards at 305-595-8631 no later than Nov. 3.

FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILROAD TOPIC OF LECTURE ON NOV. 10 In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month. The next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The Topic is “The Florida East Coast Railway: For More Than 110 Years America’s Speedway to Sunshine” and the presenter is Seth Bramson. Bramson has lived in the Miami area since 1946 and is nationally known as the foremost authority on the history of transportation to, from, and within Florida. He is Company Historian of the Florida East Coast Railway and the author of Speedway to Sunshine: the Story of

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FAIRCHILD’S RAMBLE FESTIVAL ACCEPTING BOOK DONATIONS The Ramble, one of the oldest festivals in Miami, taking place Nov. 11-13, was started by Nell Jennings 71 years ago in hopes of raising money for a much needed truck for Fairchild. This year’s event will take place each day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. Organizers are happy to receive out-ofprint books, non-fiction books as well as current bestsellers, cookbooks, gardening books, travel books, children’s books and more. Please, no textbooks or magazines. To arrange a donation, contact Stuart Debenham at 305-665-8572 or send email to him at <wdebenham@msn.com>.

SERAPHIC FIRE’S COMING PROGRAM FEATURES MUSIC OF TCHAIKOVSKY With a record number of subscriptions, Seraphic Fire’s second program of the season, taking place Nov. 16, 18, and 20, will feature the music of Tchaikovsky: The Serenade. Performances are: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, 126 SE 15 Rd., Miami. Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Nov. 20, 4 p.m., at Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach. A homage to his musical hero, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade features the full weight of his exquisite Romantic styling. The composer’s masterpiece inspired George Balanchine’s first ballet in the United States. Joining Tchaikovsky on this program by the Firebird Chamber Orchestra will be music by Mozart, as well

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ANIMAL SERVICES OFFERS LOW COST FELINE PANLEUKOPENIA VACCINATION In an effort to raise awareness and aid in protecting the health of cats in its community, Miami-Dade Animal Services is offering the public the Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia (FRCPC) vaccine for cats. The cost of the vaccination is $5 per cat and is available to all Miami-Dade County residents. Vaccinations will be administered at the shelter, located at 7401 NW 74 St. Vaccination hours are weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Veterinarians will administer the FRCPC vaccine to cats over 4 weeks of age. The vaccine offers protection against Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Chlamydia. These viruses can be fatal in unvaccinated cats and kittens. The health of the 36,000 pets Animal Services receives annually is directly linked to the health of pets in the community.


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Woman speaks to students about growing up in Pakistan BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Nighat (Niki) Naseer was thrilled to come to America in 1974. She grew up in Pakistan, one of six daughters who needed to be married. When Naseer and her sisters were born, her father said they were each a blessing from God, but the relatives commiserated because women were seen as a burden. “Thank God there is America for us,” Naseer said. She still visits her homeland to see her family but she is very grateful to be able to return to Miami and the freedoms she has here as a woman. “Even though I have a lot of property back home, I don’t think I can go back and live there,” Naseer said. “It’s very unsafe, especially for Western people.” She has written a book, called Golden Bangles, Hidden Tears, about her experiences growing up in a country that still oppresses women. While the book has been written and professionally edited, she’s still looking for an agent and a publisher. One of Naseer’s purposes in writing the book was to honor her father, who, she said, died because of the pressures of the culture. In an arranged marriage, Naseer was wed to her cousin, who was studying at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. After years of working several jobs at a time, the Naseers saved enough money to purchase a Dunkin Donuts franchise. Over time, they owned many. “We bought the first store in PerrineCutler Ridge in 1983,” she said. At one point they owned the Dunkin Donuts on Kendall Drive just west of 117th Avenue, Kendall Drive and 137th Avenue, in Suniland and Country Walk. She sold the business several years after her husband, Muhammad Naseer, died suddenly. “I wrote in the book, he died for Dunkin Donuts,” she said. “So many we bought and sold. Wherever we go, people called him Dunkin man.” Naseer and her family worked hard at the stores and achieved the American dream, which was quite a contrast from her life in Pakistan. “I had a horrible life until age of 20,” she said. “I describe myself as a Pakistani Cinderella. My husband showed me how

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Dog lovers, 4-legged friends invited to ‘Bark-A-Pawlooza’ BY LEE STEPHENS

Dog lovers are invited to come out and celebrate with their four-legged friends at Pet Supermarket and Miami-Dade Parks’ “Bark-A-Pawlooza” on Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at West Kendall District Dog Park, 11255 SW 157 Ave. The first 50 guests will receive a gift bag, courtesy of Pet Supermarket. The free event will feature lots of great activities for dogs and their owners. Activities include a “Best Dressed” contest for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Pet Supermarket; a “Best Tricks” contest and an “Agility” contest, conducted by recognized dog training experts Canine Counselors, each for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Canine Counselors. Canine Counselors also will provide obedience-training demonstrations for pet owners who want to learn how best to communicate with their dogs. Photo opportunities for dogs and their owners by professional Miami photographer Robert Sullivan will be available for a beautiful portrait just in time for the holidays. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the photos will benefit the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The family friendly event also will feature a bounce house for kids, food trucks, and pet supplies and information booths. If you don’t own a dog and would like one, the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department will

be on-site with several adorable pooches available for pet adoptions. Pet Supermarket is the department’s Premier Partner of Miami-Dade Dog Parks and has hosted several events throughout the year at all five county canine facilities, providing dog and park patrons an enhanced dog park experience. The 6.5-acre West Kendall District dog park is divided into two areas, one for larger dogs weighing over 35 pounds and one for smaller dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. Both areas feature dog play equipment for fun and exercise, such as tire jumps, a paws table, and others. There are dog comfort stations with doggy drinking fountains and water sprays, pooper scoopers to keep the areas clean, and a fabric shade canopy. Also at this site is an information kiosk, park benches, picnic areas, a public restroom facility and parking. A walkway connects all areas of the dog park and makes it ADA accessible.

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School earns national honor for hunger-fighting efforts BY MARY RICHMAN

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The Falls 15th Annual “Miracle on 136th Street” Holiday Parade will be marching its way into South Florida on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 4 p.m., to kick off the most wonderful time of the year. Jennifer Stone, most widely recognized for her role as Harper Finkle (Selena Gomez’s best friend) on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place, will be headlining as this year’s celebrity grand marshal. The celebration will include Santa’s first appearance of the season, along with internationally recognized costume characters, marching bands, motorcycles, clowns, vin-

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‘New’ whitefly species spreads through parts of South Florida BY RICHARD YAGER

A new whitefly species is defoliating tropical landscapes from plants to stately palms throughout Kendall and other areas of Miami-Dade County. One of 75 species found in Florida, it is identified as the “Gumbo Limbo Spiraling Whitefly” by Catharine Mannion, a specialist at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. “These small, winged insects belonging to the Order of Hemiptera [aphids, scales and mealy bugs] typically feed on the underside of leaves with needle-like mouthparts,” she reported in a recent bulletin. An ominous warning that concluded: “Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking nutrients, causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.” According to Mannion, the first MiamiDade whitefly was collected in March 2009 from a Miami-Dade gumbo limbo tree, becoming the first report of the insect in the continental U.S. About three times larger than other common whiteflies, the new species, believed to have originated in Central America, has spread from gumbo limbo to black olive, copperleaf, Brazilian pepper, cocoplum, wax myrtle, live oak, mango and several palm tree varieties, including areca and coconut palms. “Since the initial find, there were numerous reports in Miami-Dade County, but now it has already spread into other South Florida areas outside Miami-Dade,” Mannion said, emphasizing the “Spiraling Whitefly” species is not the same creature as the “Ficus Whitefly” that causes defoliation and branch dieback of Florida ficus trees. The extent of the gumbo limbo invasion was estimated to effect up to 120,000 trees in landscaped areas alone in county parks, according to Joe Maguire, the department’s

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natural areas manager. Maguire said the whitefly invasion had spread widely in Matheson Hammock where part of its 80 acres has large stands of mahogany and gumbo limbo trees. “This current gumbo limbo whitefly species is proving much more harmful to a wide range of plants and trees than the ficus tree whitefly in 2009,” Maguire said. “Even then, it proved extremely expensive ($50-$100 per tree) to provide insecticide extermination measures throughout all areas of county parks.” Without any budget funds available for the new infestation, Maguire said it appears there is “little that can be done for the current infestation other than wait out the natural cycle of survival.” Joseph Flores, a pest and lawn specialist for Kendall’s “One Two Trees” at 7256 SW 42 Terr., established in 1984, concurs. “We are now finding the insect from as far south as Key West to Broward County,” he said. “As far as I know, the first discov-

ery was along the Miami River. It then spread to Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Pinecrest. It began to show up only in gumbo limbo trees, but now it’s spread to different tropical plantings, including palm trees.

“Three of five calls we currently answer ask for inspections and treatment of whitefly infestation,” Flores added. “Treatments involving injections of the Arbor Jet system are the best to save the tree.” Do-it-yourself chemical applications ($5.95 or $15.95 at a home supply store) are not as effective as injection because any application mix needs careful measurement. “Homeowners can do more harm than good if they apply the wrong proportions,” Flores said. His firm has contracted for treatments as high as $2,000 with quarterly re-injections that can run up to $500. “I am very concerned; have it on my palm trees,” said Martha Backer who led a tree-saving project in West Kendall on SW 104th Street. “Black gunky stuff on the underside, and my avocado trees have had little white specks flying around for over a year since I saw them up by the Hammock’s Police Station. “Also, you’ll see them up by the gumbo limbo trees lining SW 104th Street. So, yes, we have them in this neck of the woods.”

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Live Webcast November 3 Highlights Simplicity and Benefits of Scarless Procedure BY JUAN CARLOS VERDEJA, M.D. General surgeon and Founding President, Medical Staff, West Kendall Baptist Hospital To most people, the gallbladder is an unassuming little organ that rarely causes a second thought. However, those who suffer from gallstones may suffer intense bouts of pain as well as life-threatening complications. Various forms of treatment exist, but a cholecystectomy—or surgery to remove the gall bladder—is often the most effective course of action. A new technique called SPIDER surgery, now available in South Florida, minimizes the effects of this formerly disfiguring procedure. To better understand this advance in treatment, let’s take a look at the basics of the gallbladder and gallstones: Where is the gallbladder located? What does it do? This small, pear-shaped organ is tucked under the liver in the abdominal cavity. The liver creates bile, which is stored in the gallbladder. When food enters the stomach, bile is released from the gall bladder to process fats in the food. Bile is a critical component of the digestive process. What happens when things go wrong in the gallbladder? The gall bladder can experience mechanical problems. The bile stored there can eventually clump, crystallize and form stones. When the stones get stuck moving through, the gall bladder can’t empty itself. Sometimes the organ spasms or simply doesn’t work right, and causes pain. Cancer can occur, but it is very rare. Genetics plays an important role in the incidence of gallstones. Yo-yo weight gain and loss may worsen the effects. How are gallstones diagnosed and treated? The most common symptoms are gas, bloating, nausea and pain in the right, central area of the abdomen. A primary care physician or gastroenterologist will typically call for an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis. One course of treatment uses drugs to

slowly dissolve the stones. In some countries, the stones may be pulverized with sound waves (though this treatment is not approved for use in the U.S.). However, even if these approaches are successful at first, stones can reappear. Because complete removal of the gallbladder is generally well tolerated by the body, surgery is the favored treatment option. The cholecystectomy is performed on some 500 million people in the U.S. every year. What happens in the surgical procedure? The surgery itself is fairly run-of-the-mill. An incision is made in the abdomen, the gallbladder is cut out and removed, and the liver is connected to the remaining bile duct, which gradually adapts to assume the role of bile storage. Old-fashioned surgery left patients with an ugly gash across the belly. Around 20 years ago, a new technique was introduced that made four holes in the abdomen instead. Instruments were inserted through the holes and guided by a camera. The new SPIDER surgery uses a single incision point in the belly button. The surgeon inserts a special instrument into this hole and expands it much like an umbrella, then manipulates the arms of the “spider” to conduct the procedure. In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits of SPIDER surgery, recovery time is generally shortened because of reduced trauma to the skin. How can I learn more about SPIDER surgery? Tune in to West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s first live surgical webcast of a gallbladder removal using SPIDER surgery on Thursday, November 3, at 4 p.m. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, M.D., will perform the procedure, which will be narrated live in English and Spanish. To view the webcast, log-on to baptisthealth.net. Dr. Verdeja, founding president of the medical staff at the new West Kendall Baptist Hospital, has been on staff at Baptist Health since 1989. He is a general surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery techniques. And he is an associate professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery for the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

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Author Massie back with new book, Catherine The Great BY GISELLE-MARIE ROIG

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with the longawaited, extraordinary biography, Catherine The Great (Random House; on sale Nov. 8). It has been 30 years since Robert K. Massie’s last major biography of a Russian leader, and years of research have gone into the mammoth task of recreating Catherine the Great’s remarkable life — a life of coups, plots, murders, regicide; of lovers, affairs, marital neglect; of intersections with Voltaire, Diderot, Mozart, Frederick the Great, Potemkin and dozens of other remarkable figures. Born Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst, an unwanted female child of lesser Prussian nobility, Catherine was neglected by her parents, who hoped to marry her young and see her deposited far away in a rural castle. A series of coincidences led Empress Elizabeth of Russia to send for young Catherine as a prospective bride for the tsar-to-be, Peter — a fidgety, unhappy 16year-old still playing with toy soldiers on his bed. Catherine and her mother set off in the dead of winter for St. Petersburg, wrapped in furs in horse-drawn sleds, with no idea that the teenage girl would soon experience a meteoric rise to power — an ascent that will ultimately see her become a pivotal figure of the Enlightenment era, and one of the most powerful and influential women who ever lived. Catherine The Great’s range of influence is unparalleled: • She corresponded regularly with the French philosophers Diderot, d’Alembert, and especially Voltaire — all influenced her greatly, both personally and politically. • She was a pioneer in public health,

building orphanages and becoming the first royal anywhere in Europe or Russia to be inoculated for smallpox, putting an end to fears and superstitions and saving millions of lives through her example. • She applied the principles of the Enlightenment to a new Russian constitution, The Nakaz, and institutes the Legislative Commission, nine years before Thomas Jefferson wrote the American Declaration of Independence and 22 years before Louis XVI’s summons to the Estates-General. • She acquired art collections containing pieces by Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and a vast collection of British-owned art, cementing her as Europe’s foremost collector. During her reign, she amassed almost four thousand paintings and built a palace to house her collection — now known as the Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. • She oversaw the building of the Russian navy and the wars to expand Russia down to the Black Sea and into the Ottoman Empire, opening up Russian com-

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merce and tipping the balance of power in the region to Russia’s favor. • To discourage infanticide among unmarried and impoverished mothers, she established with her own funds a foundling hospital…the anonymity of the mother was assured by a system of baskets, pulleys and bells. When a bell was rung in the street, a basket was lowered from an upper storey, the unwanted baby put in, and the basket was raised. All children, legitimate or illegitimate, from any class, were accepted,

cared for, and educated. • She had 12 lovers: The first three, Saltykov, Poniatowski, and Gregory Orlov, before she reached the throne at 33, the other nine during her 34 years as empress. Of the twelve, she loved five: Poniatowsky, Orlov, Potemkin, Zavadovsky, and Alexander Lanskoy. For another three — Saltykov, Alexander Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander Mamonov — she felt passion. Three others — Vasilchikov, Simon Zorich and Alexander Yermolov — were quickly chosen and quickly discarded. The 12th and last, Platon Zubov, was in a category of his own. • She ruled Russia for a full three decades. Urgently readable and absolutely absorbing, Catherine The Great is the work of a master of narrative history, who in Catherine has found some of the greatest subject matter imaginable. Drawing from her explicit diaries and thousands of letters, Robert Massie has created a landmark work of history, bringing to life not only this singular woman, but an entire nation in the throes of extraordinary change. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert K. Massie, who will be in Miami on Nov. 19 for the Miami Book Fair International, was born in Lexington, KY, and studied American Studies at Yale and modern European history at Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His other previous books include, Nicholas and Alexandra, Peter the Great (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography), The Romanovs: The Final Chapter; Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, and Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea.


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Andre Dawson to be honored during Kiwanis Dinner Auction BY LEWIS MATUSOW

and David Lawrence Jr. In addition to cruises, vacations, and gift Florida Marlins’ Hall of Famer Andre certificates to some of South Florida’s leadDawson will be honored with the 2011 ing restaurants, the auction will feature a Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award wide variety of artwork and sports memoraduring the Biscayne Bay bilia. Some of the artwork Kiwanis Club’s 32nd includes pieces from annual Dinner Auction, Patricia, Peter Max, Dali, Nov. 19, at the Chagall and Picasso, while Renaissance Ballrooms, the sports memorabilia 5910 SW Eighth St. A includes autographed piccocktail reception and tures of Mickey Mantle, silent auction begin at 6 Ted Williams, Joe p.m., followed by a dinner DiMaggio, Mohammed and live auction at 7 p.m. Ali and Dan Marino. Half of the money raised An autographed basethrough the auction beneball and bat from Dawson, fits the Friends of Drug and an autographed footCourt Inc., a non-profit ball from former two-time organization dedicated to UM All America and supporting the MiamiNational Champion — Dade County Drug Court. and two-time Super Bowl The other half supports the winner Darrin Smith — Andre Dawson Kiwanis Club of Biscayne also will be up for bid. ––––––––––––––––––––––– Bay Youth Foundation Inc., “This is a great mixture a non-profit organization fostering student of items that will fit everyone’s taste and leadership and creating educational opportuni- budget,” said auctioneer Jim Gall, president ties for children in the City of Miami. of Auction Company of America, best “Andre Dawson has been a source of pride remembered as the auctioneer for the Orange in our community since his playing days at Bowl in 2008. “Whether you’re looking for a Southwest High School,” said Will Reich, great bargain on a vacation, a fine dining auction chair and president-elect of the experience, or a ‘steal’ on an outstanding Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club, one of the oldpiece of artwork, this auction has it all.” est and largest Kiwanis clubs in South In addition to the auction and dinner, musiFlorida. “Andre’s work in this community cians of Orchestra Miami will perform durand on behalf of the community has been ing the fundraiser, which also will feature a outstanding. We’re thrilled to have ‘The Hawk’ join the long list of distinguished hon- fashion show by internationally recognized designer Rosita Hurtado, whose designs have orees of our citizen of the year award.” Past recipients of the award include Joe been worn by celebrities such as Gloria Robbie, Jimmy Johnson, Ralph Renick, Estefan and Eva Longoria. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, U.S. Rep. William Lehman, Marjory Stoneman on the organization’s website at <www.bisDouglas, Florida Rep. Elaine Gordon, caynebaykiwanis.org> or by calling 305Miami City Commissioner Athalie Range 733-0062.


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‘An Evening with Lucie Arnaz’ benefits City of Hope program BY LAURA KIM

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Take Stock in Children to conduct inaugural ‘Strides for Education’ BY BRITTANY ELDER

Take Stock in Children — a statewide non-profit organization with a 16-year history of breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors and hope — will present its inaugural “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Run around the state on Saturday, Nov. 19. The event is designed to help raise awareness and funds for Florida’s lowincome and at-risk youth who wish to pursue a college education. Many of Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Runs will take place across Florida to benefit local programs in several counties including Miami-Dade. Take Stock in Children aims to have a few thousand participants statewide as a part of this inaugural fundraising effort, which will raise much needed funds to provide college scholarships for low-income students. With the cost of tuition rising and significant increases of other college-related expenses, children throughout Florida are struggling more than ever to achieve their dreams of a college education. “Strides For Education is more than just a walk, it’s an opportunity to get the community involved in supporting these students along the path to success,” said Richard Berkowitz, state board chair of Take Stock in Children. “We are dedicated to preparing our scholars to become the next generation of leaders, and to helping create a better tomorrow for the communities in which we live,” he added. Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Runs are open to all individuals, families, companies and local organizations, and will feature familyfriendly activities, giveaways, and much more. Registration is $35 per person, with

The event is designed to help r a i s e a w a re n e s s a n d f u n d s f o r F l o r i d a ’s l o w - i n c o m e a n d at-risk youth who wish to pursue a college education. M a n y o f Ta k e S t o c k i n C h i l d re n ’s “Strides For Education” 5K Wa l k / R u n s w i l l t a k e p l a c e a c ro s s F l o r i d a t o b e n e f i t l o c a l p ro g r a m s in several counties including Miami-Dade. all proceeds to benefit Take Stock in Children, which annually serves nearly 8,000 students in grades 6-12 throughout 67 counties in Florida. Take Stock in Children is currently seeking participants, volunteers and sponsors for this statewide effort. As an official sponsor, you can support Take Stock in Children and have your company name attached to all promotional materials, as well as displayed in key locations throughout Florida. Sponsors to date include the Helios Education Foundation, Comcast, Berkowitz Dick Pollack & Brant, and Pollo Tropical. To learn how you can support Take Stock in Children’s “Strides For Education” 5K Walk/Run as a participant, volunteer or sponsor, call 1-888-322-4673 or visit online at <www.takestockinchildren.org>.


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Diamonette rents tents, party supplies for events big, small BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

If you’re not a professional party planner, planning a special event such as a 25th anniversary party or a big holiday bash can be stressful. One of the hardest parts is trying to figure out what needs to be rented. How many tables and chairs? Is a tent needed? And what about those pans that keep food warm? Can you get them in the same place as the chairs? That is where the professionals at Diamonette can help. The company has been in business since 1987 and is so good at what it does that it is hired by major corporations, festivals and Super Bowl committees to handle party rentals. Best of all, Diamonette owners have not forgotten where they came from. The owners — Carlos Melendez, president; Steve Calderon, vice president, and David Calderon, vice president of sales — consider a family party as important as a corporate event and they make sure the quality is there for the average consumer as well as the Orange Bowl Festival. Diamonette also is looking to expand into the school market. They already work with a number of private and public schools, but are interested in doing more school special events. “We have our feet firmly on the ground,”

Steve Calderon said. “We have the mentality of a mom and pop store. We have the reliability. We are innovative. And we continue with the same passion and energy we had when we started in 1987.” While Diamonette has a website that lists everything it rents and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, Steve said it is better for someone who is planning a party to call in. “We are skilled in assisting people with their special event,” David said. “We know our equipment and we know how it functions.” Not only that, but there often are specials that customers only can learn about if they call or come in. Walk-ins are encouraged. The Doral warehouse, 11091 NW 27 St., has a showroom and there are specialists waiting to guide customers through their services and available rentals. Diamonette Party Rental was founded in 1987 by Melendez and Steve Calderon. Melendez had a party store on SW 117th Avenue and Sunset Drive and Calderon was interested in investing. “He liked the rental aspect of the business,” Melendez said. They started in a 1,600-square-foot warehouse and over the years they have become the

Carlos Melendez, Steve Calderon and David Calderon run Diamonette with the same passion for customer service as when they started almost 25 years ago.

largest full-service party rental company in Miami-Dade. Today, they are occupying 65,000 square feet in a warehouse in Doral with room to expand. Diamonette employs 80 to 100 people year-round and up to 180 in season. They work with the Orange Bowl Committee, Super Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Coconut Grove Arts Festival, South Miami Arts Festival, Boat Show and other major events. But they want everyone to know they don’t want to work only with the big parties; they want to work with everyone. “This business is all service oriented,” Melendez said. They take pride in making sure that everything they rent is in perfect condition, that plates, glasses and cutlery are clean and spotless when they are sent to an event. “We are only as good as our last event,” Steve said. “Our philosophy is that we have to get a base hit every time at the plate. We are on time delivery. We deliver what we say we will.” Melendez said that philosophy is instilled in all of the employees, which helps to make sure the customer gets a great experience when working with Diamonette. For more information, call 305-592-1223 or go online to <www.diamonette.com>.

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How To Feel Comfortable About App created by and for college Your Investment Decisions students launched at local ‘U’s By Rick Tonkinson

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After 18 years of being a money manager, I have consistently heard how many people do not feel comfortable with their investment decisions. Have you ever second-guessed the investment decisions you have made? Do words like foolish, dumb, wrong, confused, guess, uncertain, frustrated, and overwhelmed describe your feelings? You are not alone in feeling uncomfortable about decisions you have made. Would you like to feel better about your investment decisions? If the answer is yes, then here are some basic steps to consider: Determine if You are a Saver or an Investor If you need guaranteed stability, then you are a saver. When the stock market is positive, many people say that they want to invest and that they are an “investor.” They say that they can tolerate the volatility of the stock market and that their investment time horizon is long term (greater than 10 years). Then 2008 comes along and the stock market (S&P 500) drops 34% and the “investors” now are running for safety as “savers”. Their long-term time horizon has decreased from 10 years to 10 minutes and the risk tolerance has decreased from moderate to minimal. You need to be honest with yourself as to what degree you are a saver or an investor. This is a personal decision that in a perfect world should not be influenced by your family, friends or coworkers.

There are investments for savers and investments for investors. Before you select from the thousand of choices, decide what will make you sleep at night. Don’t rely on a sales rep to tell you what your investment profile is because the sales rep may adjust your profile to fit the suitability of the investment they are trying to sell you.

Focus on the Purpose of Your Investment Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options. Be Realistic with what You have to Invest As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose part or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want.

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Students in several Florida universities can now sell, trade, barter and buy everything from books to bikes via their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile phone application created by students, for students and introduced by Net Element, a technology services provider and Internet publisher. The Yapik app, introduced in September as a pilot at Florida International University (FIU), University of Florida (UF), and the University of Miami (UM), is slated to launch in 12 other schools in January and nationwide in July 2012. As the first location-based mobile commerce application catering specifically to college students, Yapik offers a new, easier way for students to find and barter goods and services within the context of the campus experience. Conceptualized by UM student Sabina Kaplan and University of South Florida (USF) graduate Cristina Dominguez, the app enables students to buy or sell products nearby, chat with other students, view content feeds, create profiles and lists of “favorite” friends. “I got the idea to create Yapik as a college student at UM, because I knew firsthand that in college life, you have to get what you need, quickly, easily and at the right price, or you’ll be left behind,” said Kaplan, Yapik’s founder and current University of Miami student. “College students love their smartphones and love to banter, barter, and buy. Yapik is the perfect college app for this. Yapik is your campus connection in the palm of your hand.” Armando Ibarra, Yapik’s product manager, a 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate, added, “We are very excited to be launching an innovative social e-commerce platform in the

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Sir Pizza official pizza at new Marlins Ballpark BY MICHELLE VEGA

Rene Prats and his partners at Sir Pizza recently announced the signing of the Miami Marlins as a franchisee in a 10-year deal at the new Marlins Ballpark. As part of the franchise agreement, Sir Pizza will operate two stands in the Promenade Level, one in the Legends Level and one in the Vista area. With this move, Sir Pizza continues its expansion and presence in South Florida. During the past year, Sir Pizza has grown to include 10 locations in Miami-Dade and Broward as well as a Mobile Truck. Three more locations are slated to open in 2011. “We are very pleased to be bringing two winning teams together for this joint marketing effort,” said Prats, Sir Pizza South Florida CEO. “We at Sir Pizza are longtime fans and supporters of the Marlins. We’ve waited a long time for a ballpark in this town,

and we’re excited to be part of this new era in Marlins’ history. We look forward to a successful partnership over the next 10 years and beyond.” As the new Marlins Ballpark continues to transform the Miami skyline, the Marlins franchise has been forging deals with vendors to supply food at the site. The overall mission for the Marlins is to offer superior quality food that represents all the wonderful flavors and tastes that make up this multicultural community. Sir Pizza is one of those unique tastes. “We are very pleased to announce a partnership with Sir Pizza,” said David Samson, Marlins president. “Pizza is a critical component of the ballpark experience and Sir Pizza is the best. The quality is first class and will be enjoyed by Miami Marlins fans for decades to come.” For more information about Sir Pizza visit the website at <www.sirpizzarestaurants.com>.

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Dental American Group opens its fifth location in West Kendall

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(From left to right) Dr. Sonia Tavares, Anita Gonzalez, Dr. Roxanna Guzman, Zully Rodriguez, Yulaisis Rieumont, Lety Herrera, Dr. Marielba Maniglia, Manuel Gonzalez, Administrator Dental American Group, Dr. Lilian Gonzalez, Owner Dental American Group, Mary Scott Russell, President Chamber South, Nidia Espinoza, Arabellys Jimenez and Sofia Machin –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY SUSAN SMITH Twenty years ago Dr. Lilian Gonzalez took a good look around the dental practice community in South Florida and observed the service and delivery of dental care needed a deep cleaning. Dr. Gonzalez determined that opening up her own practice with a comprehensive focus and concentrated patient service orientation was the solution. Today, Dr. Gonzalez, her team of associate dentists and staff are celebrating the grand opening of their fifth Dental American Group location in West Kendall. “We are here today to celebrate the vision of Dr. Gonzalez to better serve the dental needs of South Florida as we embark upon establishing our fifth location,” said Operations Manager for Dental American Group Mariella Gomez-Lowman at the new location’s recent ribbon cutting event. “We have been so successful because of our excellent service and exceptional patient care. This is why the practice is thriving, because not only do we make our patients feel totally comfortable but we also offer specialty care so patient referrals are unnecessary and all of our patient’s treatment needs can be performed right here at our office,” continued Ms. Gomez-Lowman. In addition to standard general dentistry, the team at Dental American Group also offers a wide range of specialty care solutions such as orthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, dental implants, oral surgery, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry. True to the practice’s mission of patient

comfort, education and quality dentistry, the Dental American Group offers state of the art technology such as digital radiographs, thus reducing the patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 90% compared to conventional film X-rays. Chair-side computers and intra-oral cameras allow doctors, dental assistants and hygienist to visually demonstrate to the patient what is happening in their particular situation, making it easier to impart critical information and understanding to the patient and reduce stress and anxiety about their particular condition. Dr. Gonzalez says, “The most important priority in our office is the patient, always the patient. Listening to their concerns, making them comfortable and resolving their dental problem is ultimately what it is all about. We want them to leave our office relieved and confident again, with an assurance that they can count on us. We also want them to feel like they are part of our family.” “We offer financing without interest and work with each individual situation. We do comprehensive exams for first time visits so we include not just diagnostics but screenings for other conditions such as oral cancer for example. Dental health is an essential part of one’s overall good health and this type of treatment plan is critical to restore the confidence and beauty of a healthy smile,” adds Dr. Gonzalez. From a complex restoration to a simple annual cleaning, the calming and inviting atmosphere, state of the art technology and competent friendly staff at Dental American Group can help anyone win back that toothy grin.

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Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, has unveiled the musical lineup for its 201112 concert season featuring nationally known artists. A performance by George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Saturday, Nov. 26, will mark the beginning of a concert series that runs through the spring of 2012. The Magic City Casino Amphitheatre, an outdoor venue, will feature a range of live performances and musical genres from nationally recognized bands such as Air Supply, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Willy Chirino, among others, for fans of all ages. “We are very happy with the quality of the artists we will be presenting this season and expect some show-stopping performances,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “This is sure to be an exciting showcase of many of America’s best-loved bands and their sing-along classics.” The 2011-12 concert season lineup (all starting at 8 p.m.) currently includes: Nov. 26 — George Thorogood and the Destroyers; Dec. 17 — Air Supply with special guest Ambrosia; Jan. 27 — REO Speedwagon; Mar. 9 — Styx;

May 12 — Exposé, Lisa Lisa, Tiffany and Nelson, and May 19 — Willy Chirino with special guests the Celia Cruz All Stars. Other shows will be announced as they are confirmed. Concert ticket prices begin at $15 and may be purchased at <www.magiccitycasino.com> or by calling 305-460-6579. Two performances (at 9 p.m.) also are currently scheduled for Magic City Casino’s smaller stage at the Secada’s lounge: Nov. 5 — An Intimate Evening with Jon Secada, and Nov. 25 — Super Open House Dance Reunion starring Peter Fernandez. Limited VIP tables are available for these two shows. Reservations can be made by calling 305-649-3000, ext. 3429. Free upper level seating is available for both of the performances. Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave. in Miami, offers valet parking and free self parking. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. For more information, visit <www.magiccitycasino.com>.


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South Florida International Auto Show unveils new cars BY LEE STEPHENS

The reason for its crisp handling — it was tuned by Corvette engineers. The 41st edition of the South Florida The Boss Mustang was born in 1969, then International Auto Show continues its it played hard to get, and now it’s back for annual run at the Miami Beach Convention 2012 as the Boss 302 Laguna Edition, honCenter through Nov. 6. oring the Monterey Bay track where records Each year, about 40 major auto manufac- are set. And it’s this year’s Official Show turers fill the hall with several hundred new Car. The new Boss/Laguna is lighter, cars, trucks, crossovers and stronger, has more grunt under SUVs and make this South the hood and comes in vintage Beach event one of America’s colors that say “let’s go!” Ford top five in attendance. calls it the quickest, best-han“Today’s economy has dling straight-production fueled a strong interest in Mustang ever offered. smaller, more efficient cars, The show’s perennial and the show this year will be favorites return. Memory loaded with the latest hybrids, Lane this year features 20 electrics, diesels and convenvehicles dating from a 1930 tional vehicles that squeeze Ford Model A to a 1981 more value and performance Corvette. And it includes a out of a tank full,” said fuel sipper for its day — the Lombardo Perez Lombardo Perez, auto show 1961 Nash Metropolitan. In –––––––––––––––– chair. Million Dollar Alley, visitors Some lucky person will win this year’s can fantasize about their ultimate joy toy, a giveaway car, a new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic. six-figure motorcar. This exciting new subcompact is the only Again this year, a Green Way special car in its class built in America. It’s peppy, exhibit will feature some of the industry’s but sips gasoline, comes with 10 airbags most fuel efficient cars. Auto Show Mall and has lots of plug-in options up front. features basics and bling to make your ride

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special. Camp Jeep and an outside test drive program will put visitors behind the wheel of popular new models. “As always at this huge auto show families and individuals can see and sit inside hundreds of new cars under one roof at their leisure,” Perez added. “It’s a once-ayear chance to get close to the newest models and see what’s coming off today’s more efficient assembly lines.”

The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which today comprises more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, has been the official sponsor of the South Florida International Auto Show since its inception in 1971. For information, contact show coordinator Cliff Ray at 305-947-5950 or visit online at <www.sfliautoshow.com>.

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New Hyundai Veloster is a three-door coupe with sass Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Hyundai recently introduced a nifty new car to the U.S. market called the Veloster; it’s a compact three-door coupe with all the latest technology and it’s targeted at younger consumers. Veloster combines the style of a coupe and the functionality of a hatchback, while incorporating a third conventionally hinged side door on the passenger side for safe, ready egress or access to the rear seat. The rear door handle is cleverly hidden to maintain the coupe design. The sporty, sleek design should have great appeal to high school and college age buyers. Veloster’s unique design was inspired by today’s high-performance sport motorcycles. With distinctive black A-pillars, the car’s window glass has the look of a motorcycle helmet visor. Up front an aggressive form of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille dominates, along with hood scoop detailing and unique LED position lights. Optional

packages add a chrome grille surround, piano black highlights, fog lights and a massive panoramic sunroof. In profile, Veloster has Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture” character lines, muscular wheel arches, body color door handles and mirrors, and wraparound headlights and taillights. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard and two types of 18-inch wheels are available. The rear has a distinctive glass hatch, dual centered chrome exhaust tips and a black lower fascia that complements the front. On the inside, the center stack and controls resemble a sport bike fuel tank and incorporate an available push-button starter. The air vents are inspired by motorcycle tailpipes, while the floor console resembles the seat of a bike. There are numerous interior metallic accents, with alloy pedals and a leatherwrapped steering wheel and shift knob also available. Under the hood, Veloster is powered by an all-new 1.6-liter GDI Gamma engine paired with either Hyundai’s six-speed manual transmission or the company’s first EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Either way, the combination delivers a fuel-sipping 40 mpg on the highway. The all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the smallest Hyundai engine to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI). GDI tech-

Veloster design was inspired by highperformance sport motorcycles, with window glass resembling a motorcycle helmet visor.

nology helps deliver highway fuel economy of 40 mpg, lower emissions and higher reliability. Through the use of GDI, the Gamma 1.6-liter engine delivers a peak output of 138 hp at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 pounds-feet at 4,850 rpm. The new engine features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, an electronic throttle control, a roller timing chain, variable induction and innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating. Veloster comes standard with Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, a multi-func-

tion seven-inch touch-screen display, Pandora Internet radio capability, Gracenote display technology with voice recognition, video game console connectivity with 115volt power outlet, and Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition. Pricing for the 2012 Hyundai Veloster starts at $17,300. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Wings

Sandwiches

World Famous Steak “Keg Bites”

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No Better Burgers Anywhere!

Eat-In Take Out

Family, Food & Fun Mon-Sun: 4:00 pm -7:00 pm and 9:00 pm until close

The Best Burger & Coldest Draft Beer!

12805 S.W. 136 Avenue 305•253•2043 (Across from Tamiami Airport)

MVR-3240 MV-23508 M-F: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm • Saturday by appointment

Some of the Services Provided:

Unibody Repair Heavy Collision All Over Paints Color Matching Blending Paints Water Jobs Wheel Repair Frame Repair Suspension Fire / Electrical Glass Replacement Vandalism Mention this ad for additional discounts

Now Serving Breakfast

Mon-Fri @ 7:30 a.m. and Sat & Sun @ 8:30 a.m.

Sun.12pm-11pm • Mon-Sat. 11am-1am

More than a Paint & Body Shop!!

Specialize in all makes & models High Quality Collision Repair Utilizing State of the Art Repair Techniques

13470 S.W. 128th Street

Immediate Service

Miami, FL 33186

Celso Corrales

Tel: 305.233.4555 Fax: 233.9559 E-mail: icrcinfo@att.net

305.781.2652 After hours

Emergency Towing Services Available

We Accept All Insurance Companies • Insurance Claim Service Available • Bonded and Insured • Fully Equipped to Meet Your Needs


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Totally New!

elcome to our Totally New Red Sunset Banking Center at the intersection of Red Road & Sunset Drive in the heart of SoMi! 24 Hour ATM Night Deposit Warm & Friendly Atmosphere

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Phone: (305) 982-3460 www.totalbank.com

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Convenient Banking Centers throughout Miami-Dade County

Fine Wine & Italian Cuisine EARLY DINNER SPECIAL AVAILABLE UNTIL 6:30 PM Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your meal Since opening in 2005, Caffe Portofino has been a superb addition to the South Florida scene. Our cuisine reflects the diversity of South Florida by introducing an International fusion with an Italian zest and a touch of Caribbean flavors. Here you will taste and experience South Florida’s eclectic style. Our haute cuisine is sure to please any palate and our friendly service will provide the ultimate dining experience. We are sure you will enjoy your visit to Caffe Portofino.

Enjoy a dining experience that will keep you coming back for more

Caffe Portofino has put Miami on the culinary map.

“wine dinner nights”

Located in the heart of Palmetto Bay‐Pinecrest TAKEOUT AVAILABLE See our menu online

Every other month Ask for the date of our next event

Ask your server for our DAILY DINNER SPECIALS

“THE BEST RISOTTO IN MIAMI” 13615 5 Dixiee Highway,, Suitee 117 7 • 305.252.2869 www.cportofino.com


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