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Tribute to the Military Run reminds public of veterans needs BY RAQUEL GARCIA


northern man by birth but a southerner “by the grace of God and the Florida National Guard,” retired United States Air Force Colonel and Medical Director of the Hearing Research Institute of South Miami, Dr. Robert Pickard, recently organized the 10th Annual Tribute to the Military Run raising thousands of dollars for veterans returning from war who lack jobs, health care, and even homes. “Governor Rick Scott recently said that 70 percent of the Florida National Guard coming back from Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Wars are without jobs. These are men and women often debilitated by traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of limbs, and they do not whine. Helping them can be a challenge,” said Pickard. The purpose of the race is a way to connect the public or civilian population in general with the situation of military families while raising money to assist veterans. “If I were to walk down the street in South Miami or

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Now that the communal sigh of relief is over after a strained and disturbing election season, the results are in for review. For many of the residents, observers, and campaigners who still feel like they are attempting to digest a greasy truck stop meal thanks to the insults, innuendos, and bad blood of the campaign that culminated on Valentine’s Day; perhaps a rudimentary analysis of the data might help move the system into a state of cleansing. Of 6,730 total registered voters in South Miami 1,955 residents turned out to vote or 29 percent of the population. This is good news as it represents a significant uptick from the 23 percent that voted in 2010. In every one of the eight precincts, democratic voters outnumbered republican voters. Anglo voters also led the way, representing the largest designated block of voters in the election. A breakdown by precinct reveals an apparent historical trend of fewer voters in the northern half of the city. The four northern precincts in the area of Bird Road and Southwest 57 Avenue resulted in 15 percent to 21 percent turn-out. The mid-city precincts include the historical African American neighborhoods south of 64 Street and

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AROUND TOWN, from page 1 neighborhoods west of 57 Avenue. Those are precincts 621and 623 and they had 24 percent and 35 percent voting. Finally the most voter turn-out for the two most southern precincts 606, and 653 had 33 percent, and 35 percent, respectively, with the Fuchs Park region to the south —precinct 606— (where the majority of the sitting commission resides) leading the

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way in highest voter turnout. One noteworthy observation appears to be a sleeping giant awakening in the African American voter turn-out—precinct 621—increasing from 19 percent in 2010 to 24 percent this year. Former Mayor Julio Robaina, Jr received 59 percent of the votes in this precinct compared to Mayor Philip Stoddard’s 41 percent. It remains to be seen how the new commission leadership will unveil. Will the pleas from the business owners for a friendlier attitude to commerce generate any tangible cooperative results? Will the demeanor of the dais evolve into an environment of mutual respect notwithstanding ideological differences? So far the recent demise of another long awaited project that seemed so close to fruition during election season is dead in the water again: The Murray Pool Proposal. Not a good sign. We congratulate all of the winners of the 2012 election season and wish them clarity of mind, articulation of voice, compassion for all, and sound judgment for the good of the residents who depend on a sane, accessible, professional and engaged leadership for South Miami. Thought of the Day: As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to

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Rotary Art Festival Pictorial Sightings!

Jeff Zavac and Friends entertain the crowds

Sunset Drive comes alive with color and art

Preston Scott impresses with the baritone sounds of his didjeridoo

Steven Penafiel with his original oil painting Melodic Deco

Jorge Felix Rodriguez explains his technique

Musician Sculpture by Bob and Jo Wilfong of Las Vegas


JoAnne Brooks from Texas with her classic creations

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TRIBUTE, from page 1


(Left to right) Robert Canino, Herschell Rosenthal, Edna Canino, Robert Pickard MD, Ainslee Ferdie, Daniel Fischer, Ike Heller, and Harris Hershkowitz. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pinecrest or Coral Gables and ask the average person if they knew what Enduring Freedom was I would get a ‘say what?’ answer. Today only .5 percent of American families have anyone serving in the military.” Unlike World War II when 90 percent of families were directly connected to the hardship of war, and in draft-enforced Vietnam, keeping veterans’ needs in the minds of the public is no easy task. An army doctor during Vietnam whose family on both sides served in the military going back generations, Pickard’s Tribute to the Military Run 501 c 3 organization supports not only the Fisher House Project at VA Miami, but also Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital. In addition, the Board of Directors deter-

mines individual assistance for veterans seeking a myriad of help. “Our work with the Wounded Warriors at Fisher House led to the Miami-Dade County Commission coming up with a million dollars to build the Fisher House at the VA Hospital. Today’s military are truly doing yeoman’s work with double and triple duty served and the daily danger from improvised explosive devices. It is a tough situation and it is only going to get worse. We are sitting on a powder keg of people who have been trained to kill and it is absolutely critical that we try to help as much as we can,” said Pickard. Visit to contribute or call Dr. Pickard at 305-661-9100 to find out more details.




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Q+A with Kim Rodriguez of KR Personal Style BY KIM RODRIGUEZ

Q: What is your most important fashion tip? A: There are several but the number one would be to make sure your clothes fit! I tell all my clients this. It does not matter if you are shopping low end or high end. If your clothes fit you properly you are already ahead of the game. If you love something that doesn’t fit perfectly off the rack, which is very common, buy it and visit a good tailor. Now you have a custom made piece for you. Q: What are a few key pieces for spring that I should buy? A: You don’t have to be a fashionista to look stylish. Color as always is so important for spring. It is much more prevalent than ever. If you aren’t used to color, stick to one either on the top or bottom. You can always pair any color with white or black (a little edgier). My favorite color to try this spring is yellow. It really can be a neutral. A great color blocked shoe or tribal print platform or flat is perfect to dress up any outfit. If you aren’t into brights, pastels are just as hot this season and they look amazing with the very trendy metallic shoe that is out there now. Metallic shoes are a great investment. They will work forever and can always be used as your neutral shoe. Q: How do I dress sexy and not overdue it? A: I love this question because it can be so easy to master this but many women have a hard time with the balance. For instance, the little dress: if it’s short, make sure it is not too low cut; if the dress is very low cut

and tight, the hem length should really balance that low v neck and be longer; the tight, skinny jean: don’t do the half shirts that are out there now, please. A great fitting blazer with a low cut top and great heels is very sexy or pair the jeans with a sexy, sleeveless top and show your arms. Too much of anything is not that sexy, think balance. Q: What are the essential pieces to every woman’s wardrobe? A: These are the most important pieces, and will become the seasonless back bone of your wardrobe for all occasions: • Jeans: you need a dark and lighter wash denim for dress and casual, white denim, and black if you like. • Jacket: Well fitting, tailored black jacket, one that can be worn with a great dress or skirt and also with your favorite denim. • White shirt and tees. You need these for layering and also for wearing on their own with great jewelry. • Black Trousers; Trust me you need these in your closet. If you are only going to buy one pair I would buy a light weight tropical wool, slim fit through leg with a boot cut or light flair. Black skinny ankle lengths are always perfect as well. • A Great black dress. Good quality, perfectly tailored dress that can be dressed up or worn to work functions, luncheons, dinners, etc. Change accessories and it is the “go to” dress • Last but not least a great black and neutral bag and shoes.

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Charity Fashion Show, Heritage Days and Outdoor Fun Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Gulliver Prep’s hard working Interact Club not only routinely provides hands on community service but also produces an amazing annual fashion show that helps the Club fund selected charities. Club President Dillon Patel leads this amazing club whose community outreach includes monthly visits to Chapman Partnership for Homeless, Easter Seals Alzheimers Day Care and numerous community service activities including producing this annual event that is Gulliver Prep’s most successful student run charity fundraiser. Tickets, raffle sales and refreshment sales combined with ad sales and sponsorships all help the Club donate funds to this year’s beneficiaries: Easter Seals for their Alzheimers Memory Gym; Chapman

Michael Pelle, Interact Service Director, with Interact Teacher Sponsor, Michelle Cooper, Gulliver Prep’s Interact 5th Annual Fashion Show. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Partnership for Homeless, where the Interact members visit once a month making food for 500 and playing games; and Give Kids the World, a non-profit that provides a week-long vacation in the Disney area for children with life threatening illnesses and their entire families. Hundreds of family, friends and students gathered at Gulliver Prep’s beautiful new media center for an exciting fashion show on Feb. 23. The production featured 47 models all of whom entertained and many of whom even provided some good belly laughs. The show highlighted fashions from nine or more local stores all beautifully coordinated by Fashion Show Director Nicole Tufts aided by Assistant Directors, Natsha Zedan and Nikita Kulkarni. Among the fashion’s modeled were from Veronica’s Dollhouse, Lady Lux, Neutroni, Electric Couture, Electric Boutique, Sissie by Melissa Beek, Leggenda and Cocoa Couture. Among the many faces in the crowd were Gulliver founder Marian Krutulis; School Head, John Krutulii s; President the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Deborah Swain; and Interact Teacher Sponsor Michelle Cooper. Dade Heritage Days, presented by Dade Heritage Trust, offers a Taste of Heritage that began March 1 and runs through April 30th offering up a variety of tours and great special events. Coming up on Thursday, March 15, Dade Heritage Trust and Downtown Miami Partnership invite everyone to an Ides Of March progressive dinner with stops at such notables as La Epoca, Tre Italian Bistro, Ingraham Bldg, the Alfred I DuPont Bldg. where food will be provided by Miami-Dade College Culinary Institute, and more For information, call 305 358-9572. Of course, that is but one of many great events on the schedule that may be accessed by going online to Family fun was had by all as Profit Inc., one of Miami Dade County’s oldest net-

Seen here at Gulliver Prep’s Interact Fashion Show are Gulliver’s John and Marian Krutulis with Interact President Dillon Patel Interact Teacher Sponsor Michelle Cooper.

Seen enjoying the recent Profit Inc Picnic at Tropical Park being entertained by the Bird and Bee Removal Truck hoisting volunteers in the air.

working groups, held their annual picnic at Tropical Park on Feb 12. Members and their families enjoyed a day of outdoor festivities with lots a great grilling and desserts. Bird and Bee Removal came out with their fire truck and provided additional excitement to the afternoon of fun and games for kids and adults alike. Finally, congratulations to the South Miami Rotary Club on another great South Miami Art Festival and look for the Gables Rotarians up next volunteering their servic-

es to raise money for charity at John Martins St. Patrick’s Day Fest on March 17. The fun begins at 4 p.m.with live music, and lots of beer and food through the evening. Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Joe Gallagher (left) and Sebastian Eilert celebrate the anniversary of South Miami resident Nicholas and best Chamber N-XT friend Samson

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Group gets funding for program helping special needs students Palmetto High special needs students benefit from a dance program funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.


The Knight Foundation has granted millions to local arts programs to help elevate Miami into a world-class cultural destination. Those grants include one to Karen Peterson and Dancers Inc., a 22-year-old company that teaches teens with special needs how to dance. In fact, some of the students will participate in the annual Inclusive Student Talent Showcase, one of which will take place on Mar. 9 at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St. “Ten of the schools we serviced in the past,” Peterson said. “Because of the Knight Foundation, we were able to increase to 20.” The students have a wide range of disabilities from autism, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, visual, language disabilities and emotional impairment. The dance program is in Palmetto High, South Dade High, Homestead High, Campbell Middle, Cutler Ridge Middle, Southwest Miami High and Ferguson High. The rest of the schools are in the northern end of the county. “There are 14 weeks of instruction and the 15th week there is a gala performance,” Peterson said. “All the teachers that work with me are all college-educated dance majors.” She has five teachers visiting the schools. They work on an hourly basis. Peterson took a leap of faith that the program would be funded. She started the classes even before the grants were announced. “If they hadn’t, we would have cut our budgets in some other way,” she said. “We would have cut back to 10 weeks. We still would have maintained 10 schools for 10 weeks. Since we have this additional funding, we’ve been able to provide the program to 20 schools for 15 weeks.” Peterson believes the program is beneficial to the kids. The dance program also helps the teens keep in

shape at a time when PE programs are being cut. “First of all they get physical fun with music,” she said. “There is esteem building. Many of the kids who start the program are shy. They learn about creativity; there is also teamwork; they are working together as a group.” The kids are also filled with the “can do” spirit. “This increases their engagement with others, they improve their social functioning with others, and they improve their self confidence by knowing they are helping build a dance that will be shown to others,” Peterson said. “They are better prepared to meet the challenges presented by their disabilities because of the demand of organizing music and finding the courage to perform.” Harsha Shah, a special education teacher at Palmetto High, praised the program. “In a very short time, I noticed student’s coordination has improved,” Shah said. “Students are happy to learn art and most importantly very excited to find out their own body’s ability to move.” Peterson not only administers the program, she teaches as well. “I have a class of 20 autistic young men at Booker T. [Washington High]. Some seem totally out of it,” she said. “Even if you don’t think you are reaching these individuals who seem to be on another planet, you are. It’s a stimuli you don’t get anywhere else.” The Knight Foundation awarded Peterson’s group $10,000 and then she needed to match that money. She received some from the Youth Arts Enrichment Program from the MiamiDade Department of Cultural Affairs. And she is participating in the new fundraising platform that allows small donors to give directly to the arts programs that interest them, through the website <>.

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Marker to honor sailors who served aboard USS Biscayne BY RICHARD YAGER

A retired Navy radioman who served aboard a history-making World War II combat vessel will see his dream come true this month. During 1943-45, Stanley J. Morrison, now 93, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, operated communications aboard the USS Biscayne during some of the heaviest navy battles of World War II in both European and Pacific theaters. Through his generosity, a granite marker inscribed with the words “Dedicated to the men who served on the Command Ship USS Biscayne AGC-18, May 1941 to June 1946” will be unveiled at the new Miami Military Museum on Sunday, Mar. 11, at 11 a.m. South Florida veterans have been urged to gather outside the museum to honor those who served aboard the USS Biscayne during landings at Sicily, Salerno and Anzio during

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the Italian campaign, and on Iwo Jima and Okinawa in the Pacific. Morrison took it upon himself to arrange for the monument, its inscription and installation after having a family friend, Andrew Kelly, decide to locate it near Biscayne Bay. They selected the new Military Museum as the most suitable spot. “As a command ship, the Biscayne was in the thick of it with admirals and gold braid directing naval forces during key invasions — but we came through all of them,” recalled Morrison from his Pennsylvania home. “We were strafed, shelled and bombarded from all sides in some of the heaviest of the fighting but came through every major European battle except Normandy,” he added. “We called it the luckiest little ship in the Navy.” Morrison eventually will get to see his monument installed in Miami because his nephew, Daniel, will accompany Kelly in a trip to Miami from Pennsylvania to preserve the moment on film. The USS Biscayne, named for Biscayne Bay, was launched as a seaplane tender on May 23 and commissioned July 3, 1941, prior to conversion as an amphibious force flagship on Oct. 10, 1944, earning six battle stars. After the war, it remained in service with the U. S. Coast Guard for more than 20 years. “This was a special mission for Mr. Morrison to have the ship memorialized,” said Anthony Atwood, the FIU history professor who has guided the new Military Museum to reality. In March 2010, the structure was moved from the old Richmond Naval Air Base to its new address at 12450 SW 152 St., just east of the Miami Zoo entry and south of the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. It is now being restored after initial funding from a $2 million voter-approved allocation was later aided by a $118,000 federal subsidy to recondition and move the building from the Air Base to the Zoo Miami grounds, and build a new foundation for the structure.

Anthony Atwood (left) and Fr. Luis Fernandez of Military Museum Board check details of the Mar. 11 dedication. They met during a recent dedication for Veterans Way in Tropical Park.

In the current fiscal year, a $1 million county appropriation is being used to complete the interior that will house a variety of exhibits of memorabilia and artifacts, largely with Florida connections to U.S. military history.

“We want all veterans in the area to join us for the unveiling,” said Atwood, a 26year reserve officer who hopes “the museum may open sometime in 2013, honoring all who have served their country from Florida.”

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Boys and Girls Clubs to host annual Golf Classic, Mar. 19 BY DURÉE ROSS

Those participating in Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s 45th annual Golf Classic in memory of “Bebe” Rebozo on Monday, Mar, 19, not only will enjoy an exceptional golf experience, but also raise funds for the clubs’ youth development programs. The event will take place at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, 13610 Deering Bay Dr. in Coral Gables. Chaired by Ben Walker from CCU Inc., the Golf Classic is expected to raise more than $110,000 for the clubs’ programs. This year’s event merges The Collection Audi quattro Cup, the largest amateur golf series in the world with over 79,000 golfers participating worldwide, and the “Bebe” Rebozo Memorial Golf Classic. “Year after year, members of the community come together to help support Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade through our annual Golf Classic,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director for Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “This year’s event is certain to be a great one, and we look forward to raising funds to continue to provide the children of our community with high quality youth development programs.” “The Audi quattro Cup immerses golfers in the absolute best of the brand,” said Ken Gorin, president and CEO of The Collection. “The Collection is proud to bring this unique experience to Miami and be part of something that really was created to celebrate the excitement of amateur golfing.” Tournament registration will begin at 10 a.m. The tournament will kick off with a putting contest at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. All golfers will receive a gift bag, complimentary parking, green fees, cart, range balls, lunch, on-

course beverages and dinner at the awards banquet and ceremony at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club. The 5:30 p.m. awards banquet and ceremony will feature a sit-down dinner, cocktails, plus a raffle and silent auction featuring an array of great items from vacation stays, to weekend loans on select Audis, to sports memorabilia. The dress code for the awards banquet and ceremony is country club casual. The tournament’s winning team will be eligible to participate in the Audi quattro Cup U.S. Final to take place Aug. 23–26 at both The Links at Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, CA. There, Audi of America will decide which two amateur teams it will send to represent the U.S. in the World Final at Arabella Golf Club in Western Cape, South Africa, Nov. 23–27. The 45th Annual Golf Classic Presenting Sponsor is The Collection. Additional sponsors include Frank Crystal & Company – Shirt Sponsor; CCU Inc. – Eagle Sponsor; Wells Fargo – Umbrella Sponsor; Matty’s Sports – Eagle Sponsor; Ravenscroft Ship Management – Green Sponsor; Lana DeSimone – Green and Putting Sponsor; Clint Gulley/McDonalds – Lunch Sponsor. Many sponsorship/underwriting opportunities are available, ranging from a $15,000 Silver Sponsor to a $250 Hole Tee Sign Sponsor. Registration fees are $1,400 for a foursome, and $350 for an individual golfer. The admission price for dinner only is $100 per person. For more information about underwriting opportunities, or to reserve a foursome, individual golfer or purchase dinner only tickets, contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein at 305446-9910, ext. 30, or via email at <>.

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MDC’s School of Business to offer free workshops BY TARNELL CARROLL

This spring, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed School of Business will offer free workshops to small and moderate size businesses in Allapattah, Overtown, downtown Miami and surrounding areas, as well as specific areas of Miami Beach as part of its Small Business Education Program sponsored by Citi Foundation. Beginning in March, the five free business seminars and workshops will be offered in English and Spanish for existing and potential entrepreneurs. The first workshop series for existing businesses only will take place on Thursdays, Mar. 8, 15 and 22, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., in English, in room 32105, and on Wednesdays, Mar. 14, 21 and 28, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Spanish, in room 3208. Topics covered will include finance, credit, marketing and selling techniques, funding sources, and more. Due to the success of last year’s workshop for existing entrepreneurs, the 2012 program has been expanded to add a two-day event designed for potential entrepreneurs and is scheduled on Thursdays, Apr. 5 and 12, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., in English, in room 3210, and on Monday, Apr. 9, and Wednesday,

Apr. 11, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Spanish, in room 3208. Additionally, a Business Forum event will be conducted for the general public on Saturday, Apr. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in room 3210. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. All workshops will take place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus Chapman Conference Center, 300 NE Second Ave., in downtown Miami. Participants must register online in advance for all workshops by visiting the Small Business Education Program’s website at <> or <>. “We are committed to the community and excited to be able to offer this wonderful program,” said Dr. Ana M. Cruz, chair of the MDC Wolfson Campus School of Business. “We are prepared to reach more business owners from these highly commercial areas, as well as potential entrepreneurs.” MDC has been awarded multiple grants since 2007 from Citi Foundation which enables the college to offer these free technical workshops to hundreds of existing business owners. For more information about these free business workshops, contact George Ray at 305-237-7102 (English) or Josie Lorenzo at 305-237-3822 (Spanish).



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MD Transit Farmers Markets to benefit the United Way BY ADRIANA DIAZ-MASVIDAL

Miami-Dade Transit is sponsoring Farmers Markets to benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade. At the markets, transit riders, as well as members of the community at large, will have the opportunity to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and prepared foods. The markets will take place through May at three locations, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Stephen P. Clark Government Center on Tuesdays, Adrienne Arsht Center Metromover station on Wednesdays, and Civic Center Metrorail station on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit the MDT website at <> for more detailed information.

“I’m glad that Miami-Dade Transit is teaming up with our local farmers markets for a great cause,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Supporting the important work of the United Way, while bringing healthy foods to our residents, is a winning combination,” the mayor added. “By purchasing fresh produce from these farmers markets, our transit riders have an opportunity to support Miami-Dade County’s small business community, as well as the United Way,” said MDT director Ysela Llort. To learn more about the United Way, visit online at <>, or call 305-860-3000.

Learn how to make a kite using recycled materials BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

Families are invited to “Go Fly a Kite” on Saturday, Mar. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Join education staff member Laura Tellez for a family class at Fairchild. Connect with your creative side when you make your own nature-themed kite. You’ll use some recycled materials as you learn how easy it is to repurpose those everyday recyclable materials into a beautiful kite. Then you will have a story time to learn

how different plants and animals use the wind to travel to many different places. At the end of the class, head down to the lowlands to let your kites take flight (weather permitting). This activity has limited seating. Fee (per parent/grandparent and two children) for members is $30; non-members, $40. Registration is required for this class. To register, call Fairchild’s Education Department at 305-667-1651, ext. 3322. For the complete class schedule, visit online at <>. Parking is at the North Entrance (Visitors Center).

Baptist Children’s Hospital to present program about protecting kids online BY BARBARA MOORE

Having fun on Facebook, in chat rooms, and on other social networking sites may increase your child’s circle of friends. But who is “chatting” with your child online, and what might their intentions be? Learn more at the next community parenting program, “Cyber Smarts: Protecting Our Kids Online,” on Thursday, Mar. 22, 7-9 p.m., in the auditorium at Baptist Children’s Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr. Sergeant Joseph Bermudez of the Miami-Dade Police Department will share

tips for keeping your family Internet savvy and cyber-safe. He’ll discuss: • Tactics used by online predators; • How to safely share information online; • What should be kept strictly confidential; • Appropriate “texting” activity; • Stopping cyber-bullying, and • What to do if you have suspicions about your child’s online activity. The program, which is not intended for children, is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Call 786-5963812 or send email to <>.

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Baptist Hospital to host ACS Relay for Life for 7th year

Survivors take the first lap around the lake at Baptist Hospital at last year’s American Cancer Society East Kendall Relay for Life. (Photo by Fareed Al Mashat/Baptist Health South Florida) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


For the seventh consecutive year Baptist Hospital will host the American Cancer Society’s East Kendall Relay for Life — an all-night survivors’ celebration, campout and relay-style walk around the hospital campus lake. The fundraiser, which begins at noon on Saturday, Mar. 24, and ends the next morning, benefits cancer research, education and patient services. Last year’s Relay for Life at Baptist Hospital raised more than $250,000 for the American Cancer Society, the most money raised by any Relay in South Florida. The American Cancer Society conducts dozens of Relay for Life fundraisers throughout the region each year. This year at Baptist Hospital, 8900 N. Kendall Dr., more than 3,500 participants are expected to pitch tents and pull an allnighter for the cause. It works like this: People of all ages form 10- to 15-member teams to walk relay style around the lake. Team registration is $100 plus any other money the team may collect from pledges and fundraisers. Cancer survivors are given special Tshirts and are invited to take the first lap around the lake at 4 p.m. They will be treated to a special dinner and other gifts. A moving candlelight ceremony at 9 p.m. will honor people battling cancer and those

who have died from the disease. The event continues overnight as participants enjoy food and entertainment, play games and even get a chance to sleep in their tents between laps. The event is supported by Baptist Health South Florida. Its staff and patients help plan the event and will be participating. “We’re delighted to host this community event because cancer care is a big part of what we do,” said Baptist Hospital CEO Bo Boulenger. “It’s inspiring to see so many of our physicians, employees and former cancer patients take part in this event.” For more information and to register, call Yomayra Mora at the American Cancer Society at 305-779-2860 or go online to <>. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Mariners Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organizations’ fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit online at <>.

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Machado recognized with community service award BY FERNANDO SENRA

In recognition of his outstanding corporate citizenship and contributions to the community, Gus Machado has earned a Salute to Dealers award from Ford Motor Company. Machado, who owns Gus Machado Ford and Gus Machado Ford of Kendall, is one of six winners chosen for his dedication to local community, service and peers among more than 8,500 Ford and Lincoln dealers from U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Asia, Caribbean & Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Machado received the 12th annual tribute during a ceremony on Feb. 3 preceding the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention in Las Vegas. The list of Machado’s community activities is extensive in scope, but his major focus has been on increasing health and education awareness in the Miami area. Machado created the Gus Machado Family Foundation with the purpose of contributing to local and national organizations that promote cancer research, healthy living and youth education. In doing so, Machado created a community action network throughout Miami. Machado’s philanthropic successes stem from his passion to help his peers and tapping

into personal family struggles with life threatening diseases. These personal experiences have led to Machado’s partnership with the American Cancer Society on several initiatives including the Miami-Dade County 24Hour “Relevo Por La Vida,” also known as “The Relay for Life.” This American Cancer Society-sponsored event invites community members to participate in a celebration of those who have battled cancer, to remember loved ones lost to the disease and to fight for a cure. Additionally, Machado established a Senior PGA Golf event and co-founded Calle Ocho, a Kiwanis event in Little Havana that celebrates the Paseo Carnaval. This event is a celebration of heritage and uniting communities, attracting local leaders who in turn share and show their support for communities. The dealer also hosts back-to-school community fairs, providing more than 400 children with backpacks full of school supplies, immunizations and child identification cards. His dealership participates in Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program and has partnerships with The United Way, Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” and “Salute to Education.” Gus Machado’s name is synonymous with Miami philanthropy as he devotes 25 percent of his personal time to charity. Over the past

25 years, he personally has raised more than $2.5 million, adding to his Cuban success story. Machado’s commitment to community has a tremendous impact on his family, community and the Ford Motor Company. As a result of his good work, Machado has become a local hero and has received national press for his events. Salute to Dealers is conducted under the guidance of Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s Gus Machado (left) is pictured with Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company’s vice presBoard of Directors. The ident of global marketing, sales and service, in front of Machado’s portrait awardprogram was launched in ed in recognition for his receipt of the Salute to Dealers award. 2001 to demonstrate the company’s commitment to its thousands of dealer principals who step length of participation and personal motibeyond their showroom doors to make a dif- vation. A painted portrait of each honoree has a ference where they live and work. Edsel B. Ford II and three other judges montage of philanthropic and volunteer activselected winners from a total global field of ities that led to the award. Duplicates of the 100 nominees located throughout the U.S., portraits will join a Salute to Dealers display Canada, Brazil, Europe, Mexico and Asia in the lobby of Ford’s World Headquarters in based, on community service activities, Dearborn, MI for year-round viewing.

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There are fish tales galore at Deering Seafood Festival BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Escape to the eigth annual Deering Seafood Festival for an island celebration and savor Florida’s freshest fish and seafood prepared in an infinite number of delectable dishes. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, Mar. 25, at the Deering Estate at Cutler. What keeps people returning to the festival each year, and others eager to attend for the first time, is the wholesome family experience that is created on the biggest backyard on the bay at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler. After being selected one of the Top 100 Events in 2011 (placing seventh in the food category) and chosen one of Florida’s Top Ten Food Festivals in 2010 by BizBash Media, the staff and volunteers at the Deering Estate Foundation have been working overtime to keep the festival unique. “We’re really proud of the reputation that we have created and believe that quality of food served combined with on-going live entertainment are the keys to our success,” said Eric Haas, festival chair. “To keep everyone happy, we have extended the hours and are opening the gate at 10 a.m. this year.” At the entrance, guests are greeted by the sounds of steel drums and the towering Virgin Island stilt walkers. Once inside the gate there are activities for every age. To fully experience the Deering Seafood Festival plan to spend the day. There are pontoon boat rides aboard the Pelican Skipper to Chicken Key, an Artists’ Village featuring paintings, photography, crafts and jewelry by local artists, nature hikes and historic house tours. On the main stage, the entertainment lineup includes the Pan Paradise Steel Band and Caribbean Crew, each performing their reggae/calypso sound, followed by Mr. Nice Guy. Adding to the island

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theme are the ever-popular, free-spirited Bahamian Junkanoo musicians who playfully dance throughout the crowd. Local celebrity chefs Giorgio Rapicavoli, Miami’s first winner of the TV Food Network’s show Chopped (Eating House), Simon Stowjanovic (Altamare), Chris Visger, Chef de Cuisine at Islamorada’s Green Turtle Inn and Kareen Anguin (Oceanaire Seafood Room) prepare their specialties at cooking demonstrations under the big top tent, presented by Whole Foods Market Coral Gables. During the food samplings, recipes are shared while the chef’s hold an informal Q and A. This year, the student winner of Johnson & Wales University’s Seafood Competition recreates the award-winning recipe at the festival. Throughout the day, fellow culinary students assist the chefs in food preparation. Also, a sommelier from Crown Wine & Spirits discusses wine pairings and offers tastings following

each cooking demonstration. A one-day only seafood emporium is created bringing together restaurants and caterers such as Golden Rule Seafood Market, Whole Foods Market, Eating House, Green Turtle Inn, Black Point

Ocean Grill, Imlee Indian Bistro, Shibui Japanese Restaurant, Iggy’s Street Wok, Rodbender’s and Paella Party who prepare shrimp, lobster, oysters, conch, fish and crab in a variety of ways. For land-lovers Sports Grill is on hand with their famous wings and burgers. In the Lil’Shrimp Kids Zone the Deering Estate’s Educational and Interpretive staff have created a hands-on adventure called the Deering Discovery Cove, where this year kids explore the Five Oceans of the World. The Kids Zone also offers unlimited fun on inflatables, and serves kid-friendly food. The Deering Estate at Cutler is a Miami-Dade County park, located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Admission is adults, $15 in advance online/ $25 at the gate; children ages 414, $5, and Foundation members free. This includes park entrance and all activities — excluding food, drink, pontoon rides and rock wall, — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. For more information call 305-2351668, ext. 263, or log on to <>.

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Bringing the Cool to Cutler • Coconut Grove Arts Fest school and buy a cone and then sit and help their kids do homework at our tables,” says Roger, “We love that!” Romi adds, “We are so glad to provide a place for kids to hang out. Nowadays, kids get run out of many places. With us, we invite them to stay. We create comfort and hominess” Carleton’s ice cream is custom made to the specifications of the Hammer family Bringing The Cool to Cutler taste. There are around 20 flavors available Forget the big corporate chain ice at any given time and they rotate them regcream places. The idea behind Carleton’s ularly to meet customer requests. “If we Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is to evoke get asked for a particular flavor, we make memories of hanging out at the corner store sure to have it when our patrons return,” with a soda fountain and to provide a says Roger. “We think it’s important to relaxed place for neighborhood folk to exceed expectations.” unwind. The ice cream parlor also has an oldOwners Roger and Romi Hammer are fashioned candy bar. Just grab wrapped 20-year residents of Palmetto Bay and candy pieces from dozens of candy jars and spent six years waiting for the perfect time pay by the pound. They have everything. Well, almost. One day a grandmother came in and said, “Where are the Squirrel Nut Zippers?” That night, the Hammers researched online and figured out what that candy was and how to get it. They now proudly sell the 1920s based candy at their candy bar. The ice cream parlor joins Starbucks and Sir Pizza, making this Cutler corner a great food destiPhoto caption: Romi Hammer scoops up the fun at Carleton’s Old Fashioned nation. An interior door Ice Cream Parlor. was added to allow Sir ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pizza customers to easily to open at their perfect hand-selected locafind their way to a yummy dessert at tion, Old Cutler Road and SW 168th Street. Carleton’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. With the grand opening in late January, the “We think this store is tying us closer to Hammers are realizing their dream of creatthe community and we’re happy to live ing a wholesome place for the neighborhere,” explains Roger Hammer. “We’re not hood to enjoy. some far away corporate store that is here “We have families that come in after to take you money elsewhere.” To that end, the Hammers have made sure their prices are very competitive and hire local high school and college kids to work the counter. With so much goodness, I hope you’ll support local business and find the time to give Carleton’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor a try.

49th Annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival

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The cool “South Florida way” to arrive at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is by boat. Thanks to my friends Brian and Heather Socolow, that’s just what I did this year. Like many, they’ve been coming to the best outdoor art festivals in the country for years. With over 360 artists this year, along with amazing food, wine, live music and kids’ activities, the Grove has once again raised the bar.

Even if you don’t like most art shows, it’s hard not to have fun here. The weather was perfect and tens of thousands of patrons pour in over the three-day President’s Day weekend. The artistic vibe was definitely in full force. Theodore Gall’s work caught my eye. “The Puppet Master” sculpture (see photo) towered above us as he explained with a broad smile, “see? Tony Mendoza, from Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, among his acrylic works. The puppet has bro- ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ken free.” The metal Mendoza interprets others in his art. His wires dangled at ankle level. His other shockingly colorful and whimsical pop art works, while smaller, were just as striking. exhibit brought in tons of admirers over the Interesting, strong angles juxtaposed with weekend. textured, muscular shapes showed the Mendoza said this year’s festival was skilled craftsmanship and his deep knowl- definitely brighter and more alive. “With edge of his materials. the recession, everything slowed down. Gall has been exhibiting at the Coconut People are more comfortable now and will Grove Arts Festival for around 35 years. dedicate some of their disposable income to He now sells his works to the children or art. I’m doing very well. I can’t comgrandchildren of his early patrons. plain.” Originally from Chicago, and now living in If you missed Tony’s work this year, Ojai, CA, Ted Gall beams when he speaks you can see his large murals at several local of his Coconut Grove memories, “This is landmarks, including “All the Ways We Are the only Florida show I go to anymore. I Smart” (Gulliver Schools, South Miami) and Royal Palms on Biscayne Bay” (Miami-Dade Public Schools Administration Building, Miami). You can see a 3-minute compilation of this year’s show at (case sensitive!).

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Harmonica master James Cotton to perform at SMDCAC, Mar. 17 BY MARC LIPKIN

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp” Cotton and his band will perform on Saturday, Mar. 17, 8 p.m., at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Cotton’s latest CD, the Grammy-nominated Giant, is his long-awaited return to Alligator Records. Cotton, who in 2012 is celebrating his 68th year as a professional musician (starting at age 9), has recorded almost 30 solo albums, including two highly regarded releases for Alligator in the 1980s and the famed Harp Attack! with Junior Wells, Carey Bell and Billy Branch in 1990. In 2011, Cotton won three Living Blues awards: Male Blues Artist of the Year, Most Outstanding Musician–Harmonica and Best Blues Album for Giant. Ticket prices are $15-$35. For tickets and information, call 786-573-5300 or visit online at <>. During the course of his storied career, Cotton seemingly has done it all. As a small boy he learned harmonica directly from Sonny Boy Williamson. He toured with Howlin’ Wolf, recorded for Sun Records, and spent 12 years with Muddy Waters before stepping out on his own.

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Fresh from Grammy nominations Seraphic Fire sets next concerts BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Halfway through its 10th anniversary season, Miami’s Seraphic Fire is having a banner year by any measure. The classical chamber choir, which has grown steadily into one of South Florida’s cultural treasures, has seen its profile soar to new heights with its first two 2012 Grammy nominations: Best Choral Performance for its recording of Brahms’ Ein Representatives of Seraphic Fire are pictured in front of the Staples Center Deutsches Requiem and Best in Los Angeles prior to the Grammy Awards presentation on Feb. 12. Small Ensemble Performance –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– for A Seraphic Fire Ireland was tumultuous at the very least. Christmas. The only choir in North and South Ironically, out of this scandalous rule — America to be nominated, Seraphic Fire which included Henry VIII’s break with was represented at the Feb. 12 ceremony the Catholic Church, “Bloody” Queen by founder and artistic director Patrick Mary’s return to the Roman faith of her Dupré Quigley and Seraphic Fire board mother, and Elizabeth’s union of England under the Anglican Church — came some chair Joanne Schulte. Quigley, taking full advantage of the of the most glorious music England has momentous affair, kept his iPhone at the ever known. Featured on the program are ready, snapping pictures of the beaming pieces from the Eton Choirbook and the Seraphic Fire entourage and posting them masters Tallis and Byrd. This program promises to be more of online to a veritable legion of well wishwhat Seraphic Fire does best — a smartly ers. crafted and historically informed performDespite not winning in either category, the group seems anything but discour- ance of seldom-heard music. If the past is aged. A Facebook post made by Seraphic any indicator of future performance, Fire the next day stated, “…we have been Seraphic Fire’s roster of fresh-faced humbled by the support y’all have shown singers will deliver concerts of the highest us. Although we won’t be taking home a order. As the season of the arts enters its final Grammy, it’s an incredible honor to have months and the cultural doldrums of sumbeen nominated and we congratulate the mer inch ever closer, expect Seraphic Fire winners.” Not two weeks later, on Feb. 22, to finish with the same zeal that has Seraphic Fire happily announced that Joey brought it to such success. The concerts, titled “The Tudors: A Quigley had been appointed to serve as the ensemble’s managing director. Joey, Musical Tapestry” will take place Mar. brother of Patrick Quigley, previously 14-18. Local performance dates and locaserved as Seraphic Fire’s artistic adminis- tions are: Wednesday, Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m., St. trator and assumed operational responsiJude Melkite Church, 126 SE 15 Rd., bilities for the organization upon the departure of previous executive director Miami; Saturday, Mar. 17, 8 p.m., First United Lorenzo Lebrija. With this tremendous head of steam, the Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way, Coral ensemble hopes to continue its three- Gables, and Sunday, Mar. 18, 4 p.m., Miami Beach month streak of sold out performances and its sights are set on the music of the Tudor Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach. Dynasty. Tickets and information are available at As viewers of Showtime’s hit series The or online at Tudors are well aware, this spectacular 888-544-FIRE reign of the Kingdoms of England and <>.

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Young adult author sought for Writer-in-Residence program BY VICTORIA GALAN

The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking a dynamic and engaging young adult author to be its 2012 Young Adult Writer-in-Residence. The 2012 Young Adult Writer-inResidence program is designed to encourage teens, ages 12-18, in the creative-writing process during a threemonth residency that will run from September through November. The program is made possible through the support of the Knight Foundation. The selected author will mentor 20 teens and develop and present workshops to help them develop their writing skills and provide critique and feedback on short stories, poems, plays and novels which will be submitted online. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have professionally published at

least two young adult fiction books, have experience in teaching, writing, mentoring or as a manuscript evaluator or editor. The selected author will be subject to an official background check. To apply, submit a resumĂŠ (include a list of literary publications and experience in conducting writing courses, workshops, editing, etc.), a statement of personal mentoring philosophy, a description of a personal writing project that may be worked on during the residency and a two- to three-minute video introducing yourself to the teens that may be participating in the program. (If selected, video may be used for promotion of program.) Applications must be submitted by email to <> and deadline is Friday, Mar. 16. Contact Cynthia Bermudez at 305-667-6121 with questions.

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South Florida Palm Society to host Spring Palm Sale More than 25 different vendors will offer over 250 different varieties of palms and cycads from all over the world.


The South Florida Palm Society will host the 2012 Spring Palm Sale featuring “The World’s Largest Sale of rare and exotic palms.” The sale will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 17 and 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Montgomery Botanical Center (parking and entrance at Gulliver Academy, 12595 Red Rd.), which is home to a world-class research center and collection of palms and cycads. Admission to the sale is free. Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) staff will be offering guided tours of its collections for $5 per person (free to children 16 and younger accompanied by an adult). More than 25 different vendors will offer

over 250 different varieties of palms and cycads from all over the world. Literally thousands of rare and unusual plants will be offered for sale. There will be an advice desk to answer your palm questions and with information on the proper methods to grow a variety of these plants. In addition, there will be several artists displaying their work. Guests are invited to attend South Florida Palm Society general meetings held in the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every even-numbered month. Information about meetings and other events can be found on the SFPS website at <>. The next meeting will be on Apr. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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Marlins ‘Caravan for Community’ visits Miami Children’s Hospital BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Players and front office staff of the Miami Marlins baseball team conducted a weeklong “Caravan for the Community,” Feb. 1319, that included a stop at Miami Children’s Hospital to brighten the lives of young patients, their parents and MCH staff. Part of the “blue shirts” volunteer Marlins Ayudan program developed to connect with and bring enhancements to the community, the Caravan participated in a school beautification project with City Year, a fishing tournament with local veterans from the Red Cross at Shake-A-Leg in Miami, a field day for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, adopted a firehouse in Miami and

competed in a Family Feud game against teachers from Miami Central High School. Second on the list of stops was the Valentine’s Day visit to MCH to bring teddy bears to patients, give flowers to nurses and sign autographs. Team mascot Billy the Marlin also was there to exchange hugs with the delighted kids. After an initial encounter in the auditorium the team volunteers split up to go from floor to floor, room to room, visiting patients and family members. The Marlins made a big hit with the youngsters, but it was clear as well that the patients made an impact on the players as well, including infielder Donnie Murphy (No. 22). “It’s an absolute blessing to be able to come to a children’s hospital and be able to

Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (left) and infielder Donnie Murphy visit a young patient.


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communicate with the kids,” Murphy said. “It’s great just to interact with them and see how they’re doing and let them share their feelings with us. There’s really no better experience. That’s what we love to do. To be able to reach out to the community is great.” Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek (No. 31) was touched by the contact with the patients who were battling illnesses with grace and courage. “It’s awesome to be a part of this,” Cishek said. “Just to walk in and see a smile on their faces and see that they enjoy us. It’s more about them than about us. It makes me happy knowing they’re happy that we’re here. “They’re fighting a struggle, and being able to come here and make their day a lit-

tle better is all that matters. People have been giving to us our whole lives and it’s nice to give back to them.” Dr. Narendra Kini, Miami Children’s Hospital president and CEO, was deeply appreciative for the efforts by the team’s volunteers. “We are most grateful to the Marlins for taking the time to visit the children in our care,” Dr. Kini said. “For hospitalized children and their families the visit created a happy distraction and an event to remember. We are fortunate all could benefit from the Marlins’ generous outreach.” For information on the 2012 Marlins Ayudan Caravan for the Community visit the team’s official websites at <> or <>.

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MDC to present three performances of acclaimed The Vagina Monologues BY TARNELL CARROLL

The Center @ MDC and Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Center for Community Involvement and Student Life departments will co-present The Vagina Monologues in separate performances at three campuses, beginning Wednesday, Mar. 14, in the Wolfson Campus auditorium. Under the direction of Joann Maria Yarrow, director of the Center’s renowned Prometeo Theatre, the play is one of several of productions planned to celebrate The Center’s 10th anniversary and V-Day Miami Dade College 2012. Originally written by Eve Ensler in 1996, The Vagina Monologues is based on hundreds of interviews conducted by Ensler herself, relating to themes such as sex, rape, love, orgasms, birth and women’s rights. It has garnered international success ever since its debut, and launched the concept of V-Day, a global movement of grassroots activists dedicated to generating broader attention and funds to stop violence against women and girls. MDC’s version of Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues will raise funds and awareness to stop violence toward women and girls by supporting both local and international efforts. All proceeds will benefit Miami’s Victim Response Inc. — The Lodge, whose services help victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the V-Day’s Spotlight Campaign supporting women and girls of Haiti. Each production will be presented by MDC students, faculty and staff, with actresses performing in English, Spanish and Creole. “These are incredible, courageous

MDC’s version of Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” will raise funds and awareness to stop violence toward women and girls by supporting both local and international efforts. women who have come together to perform in something they believe in,” Yarrow said. “It is one of the important missions of the theater to unite and inspire the community.” Prometeo Theatre is unique in the nation for offering the opportunity of conservatory-style actor training in Spanish, while also offering a number of other programs for all different levels of expertise. From the Professional Training Program in the Theatre Arts to their “Prometeitos,” children’s programs, Prometeo Theatre offers a variety of workshops, courses and productions for all of those who want to discover the world of performance. Presentation of The Vagina Monologues (all performances at 8 p.m.): Wednesday, Mar. 14, Wolfson Campus Auditorium; Thursday, Mar. 22, North Campus Lehman Theatre, and Thursday, Mar. 29, Kendall Campus, McCarthy Auditorium. For more information, call 305-2373262 or visit online at <>.

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Community Association Beat

The three phases of a delinquent unit’s life BY MITCH DRIMMER, CAM Community Association Manager

MCollections of delinquent maintenance fees for community associations have unfortunately become a reality these days, a process that can be broken down into three distinct phases: (1) Action when a unit owner misses paymenment; (2) The nitty-gritty of collection; (3) How delinquency is resolved. Step one is making contact with the delinquent unit owner in a timely manner, usually with a courtesy letter. (People forget, checks get lost). And there are times when people simply can’t afford the current month’s payment. That’s when they would welcome a friendly note letting them know a payment plan can be worked out. In its early stage, sending a delinquency to a collection agency or an attorney is not the way to go. Only if the owner fails to contact the association directly is it necessary to escalate a recovery effort, such as calling a professional collections service that has the expertise, systems and resources to resolve such issues. Professional collection companies will contact delinquent owners and advise them of the association’s intentions regarding collection, providing the resources and assistance to an owner to resolve a situation. If initial collection efforts are unsuccessful, the unit can then be scheduled for a lien notice in advance of a foreclosure. The plain and simple fact is that attorneys focus only upon two steps for an association: (a) a notice of lien and (b) foreclosure of title. It’s a good idea for an association to enter into an agreement with collection professionals to defer legal costs and fees until the time when a unit ‘settles out,’ at which

point such costs would be collected. When it comes to the touchy subject of collection legal costs and fees once an association forecloses on title, new options open. With title in hand, the association has power and control over the unit. It can first decide whether or not to rent the unit, monetizing it for the association. A second option is to do nothing and await a bank foreclosure filing for the unit collateral value. The final ‘settle out’ phase is tied to timing in one of three ways: •iWhen the bank finally comes for its cocollateral; • When the unit owner pays up (unlikely, but itit does happen); • When a short sale is made before a bank foforeclosure. If a short sale occurs, both new and old owners are jointly and severally liable for all funds legally owed to the association. Associations should resolve each case in the most favorable manner possible, and as soon as possible. This means maximizing the amount collected and eliminating any outof-pocket costs or risks to the association. Association boards should also remember that when it’s time for a unit to settle out, it’s the title company doing the work for the bank (in most cases). Thus a collections firm working on a merit basis has a great incentive to battle it out with the title company in behalf of the association’s interests. That’s why collection professionals are best suited for collections — because of the time they’ll devote, their strategy and great negotiating skills, as well as their knowledge, experience and the incentive to do the job right.

Mitch Drimmer is a licensed CAM and is the Vice President of Association Financial Services, an accredited collection agency, specialty finance, business process outsourcing, and specializing in community associations. For more information, visit <> or tel. 305-677-0022x 804.

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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program taking nominations until Mar. 15 BY ASHLEY THILL

Kohl’s Department Stores’ Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $420,000 in scholarships and prizes — ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships — to more than 2,200 young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Nominations for kids ages 6 to 18 will be accepted until Mar. 15 at Kohl’s is helping promising youth to further their education at a time when college tuition continues to increase yearly — a challenge to many American families. “Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s recognizes young volunteers who dedicate their time, energy and passion to helping others and bettering the communities we live in,” said Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “During a time of economic uncertainty and high tuition costs, it’s important to support extraordinary kids by investing in their future. We encourage parents, teachers, neighbors and friends to nominate outstanding young volunteers at” To nominate volunteers ages 6-18 for a Kohl’s Cares scholarship, visit <>. Nominators must be 21 years or older. Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl’s stores

“ T h ro u g h t h e K o h l ’s Cares Scholarship P ro g r a m , K o h l ’s recognizes young volunteers who dedicate their time, e n e rg y a n d p a s s i o n t o h e l p i n g o t h e r s and bettering the c o m m u n i t i e s we live in.” — J u l i e G a rd n e r nationwide will win a $50 Kohl’s gift card, and more than 200 will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward post-secondary education. Ten national winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. Through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s aims to honor young volunteers who have made a positive impact on their communities. Since the program began in 2001, Kohl’s has recognized more than 15,000 kids with more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes. In 2012, Kohl’s celebrates its 12th year of rewarding young volunteers. For more information or a list of past Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program winners, visit online at <>.

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United Way Center offering tax help, financial resources BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

United Way of Miami-Dade is launching a public awareness campaign to inform families who earn less than $49,078 annually that they can receive up to $5,751 in tax credits through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). In addition, the campaign is promoting dozens of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Miami-Dade that offer free tax services by IRS-certified volunteer preparers to those who qualify. This campaign is made possible by two separate grants — a $20,000 grant from Bank of America and a $15,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. United Way is utilizing radio and outdoor advertising to reach its target audience. The “Put more money in your pocket” message will be heard on Spanish, English and Creole radio stations and seen on Metrorail cars and stations. The campaign also combines public relations, website and social media outreach with a direct market-

ing component via United Way’s database of supporters and partner agencies. In addition to free tax preparation, working individuals and families can access year-round financial services and support — from financial coaching to benefits enrollment to employment assistance and credit counseling — at the United Way Center for Financial Stability. “Each year billions of dollars in tax refunds are not claimed by the people who most need those funds, because they don’t know they qualify or how to properly file their taxes,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of MiamiDade. “We are grateful to Bank of America and Walmart for their dedication to helping our neighbors file their taxes correctly and access much needed funds.” For more information about free tax preparation sites call 2-1-1, or visit online at <>. For information on free year-round financial services, contact the United Way Center for Financial Stability at 305-688-3551.

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Panter’s Pointers: Injuries on the rise for distracted pedestrians One of society’s current hot button topics is the danger of distracted driving, but perhaps equally as troublesome is the growth of injuries to distracted pedestrians. Many blame the increased use of mobile technology as the culprit. Similar to using handheld devices while driving, pedestrians can be fatally injured when they are distracted from their surroundings. A recent study by Dr. Richard Lichtenstein, director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in Baltimore found that deaths are on the rise for pedestrians using headphones. Whether it’s a story of a pedestrian walking into oncoming traffic or not hearing horns from vehicles or even trains, the results for distracted pedestrians can be tragic. Among the results, Dr. Lichtenstein’s study found that “the number of deaths of people wearing headphones increased from 16 in 2004-2005 to 47 in 2010-2011.” Perhaps most surprisingly is that the majority of vehicles involved were trains. The key to this alarming new trend is that it affects all populations. While the majority of cases studied involved people under the age of 30 in urban counties across the United States, this is an issue that everyone on the road needs to be aware of. In South Florida we are graced with beautiful outdoor weather throughout the year and so we are a city of runners, bike riders, walkers, etc. Whether cell phones or music devices such as iPods, it is commonplace to see pedestrians wearing headphones. What can we do to limit injuries to distracted pedestrians? First and foremost pedestrians should keep the volume low enough that they can hear what is going on in their surroundings. If you can’t hear someone talking to you, your volume is too loud. Secondly, pedestrians should be looking up at all times while in motion. If you look down to change a song or to use that fun new app, be sure that you are standing still in a safe spot out of traffic’s way. Last but not least, both pedestrians and motorists need to slow down and be aware of their surroundings before entering an intersection or crossing a crosswalk. Never assume the pedestrian will stop for you just like pedestrians shouldn’t assume that vehicles will stop for them. Source: U.S. News on, “Fatal distraction: Deaths of headphone-wearing pedestrians on the rise,” by Sevil Omer, 17 January 2012 CBS News, “Deaths on the Rise for Distracted Pedestrians,” by Jim Axelrod, 27 January 2011

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RayPrinciotta Buying A Condominium? ON REAL ESTATE A condominium is a good option to consider when shopping for housing in Miami. Many desirable condominium units are currently listed are worth looking into for price and value. Condo living offers convenience and amenities like property maintenance and community living. However, the smart shopper should be aware there are some special considerations when buying a condo rather than buying a house. A major consideration is that of control. Generally the condo buyer is a coowner of a total facility which includes all properties and is managed by a Board or a Condo Association. Condo owners, at purchase, agree to abide by the rules and regulations that control all business of the facility.. A home owner has no such rules and can, within legal

limits, make all decisions about his property. After viewing and liking the condo unit and the community, the prospective buyer needs to find out how much it will cost to own and live there. Top of the list is the Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monthly Assessment fee which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. This fee usually covers the staff and maintenance of common areas such as lobby, elevators, hallways, parking garages, roof, facade, pool, gym, landscaping, etc. In other words, the fee includes pretty much everything outside the perimeter walls of the unit. The Monthly Assessment can be supplemented by Special Assessment charges for unanticipated repairs and/or capital improvement projects such as reroofing and facade refurbishing. This charge is generally allocated pro-rata according to each unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s percentage of common elements. Property taxes may

or may not be handled by Special Assessments. All costs of maintaining and repairing everything within the perimeter of the unit fall to the owner. This includes all kitchen and bathroom fixtures, floor covering, light fixtures, painting, etc. Owners are also responsible for insuring the contents of their unit, including fixtures, flooring, furniture and personal property. After tallying up all the costs, the prospective buyer needs to check out the financial stability of the condominium community. Potential purchasers should review the Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial records to determine its ability to manage finances. The Association needs to have appropriate amounts of funds set aside for the day-to-day operation of the community. If the Association is lacking funds that may be an harbinger of poor maintenance and upkeep in the future. Another concern is

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the overall status of the accounts receivable including the number and percentage of owners who are late on their monthly fees, and the total amount of money due the Associations. Financial acuity and transparency are of prime importance to the prospective buyer. Any indication otherwise is enough to postpone a sale. The final task here is a careful reading of the Condominium Rules and Regulations. These are often the Quality-of-Life issues that the Buyer needs to understand in order to ensure his total compliance. These will include rules for parking, pets, noise levels, number of people that can live in a unit, regulate use of common areas, changes to the exterior of the unit such as awnings, window treatments; in other words, anything that has the potential to change the exterior of the condominium unit. If there are questions, they must be discussed and conclusions be reached. If everything seems satisfactory, condo living can offer a terrific lifestyle but it is important to buy into a good community with a financially strong and well-run Condominium Association.

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Chevy Volt looking good with gas around $4 a gallon

Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS With gasoline approaching $4 a gallon, it might be time to take another look at the growing number of electric vehicles available today. The Chevrolet Volt should be at the top of your list if you’re considering an electric new-car purchase; it’s safe, economical, has a 379-mile range with its onboard gasoline generator, and it’s really not that expensive after you factor in the tax credits and rebates. The Volt has bold, sleek styling and looks like an upscale, midsize sport sedan with its wide front and rear tracks, wheels-out stance and sculpted belt line. That said, there are few changes in the 2012 Volt and GM seems comfortable enough with the styling and performance to leave it alone, at least for the moment. Frankly, I like the Volt; it has good power and excellent torque, and it is surprisingly fast. Not only does it easily reach a top

speed of 100 mph, it clocks 0-60 mph in under nine seconds and runs the quartermile in less than 17 seconds. That’s not too shabby. The knock on the Volt is that it is not a true PEV because it has an on-board gasolinepowered generator. GM counters that the Volt is not a hybrid, but “a one-of-a-kind, allelectrically driven vehicle designed and engineered to operate in all climates.” The Volt is powered by GM’s Voltec propulsion system, consisting of a 16-kW lithium-ion battery pack and electric drive unit that allow a pure electric range of between 25 and 50 miles, depending on terrain, driving technique and temperature. A 1.4-liter gasoline-powered engine extends the range up to an additional 344 miles on a full tank of gas by operating the vehicle’s electric drive system until the car can be plugged in and recharged or refueled. The Volt’s long-life battery consists of a 5.5-foot, 435-pound, T-shaped, lithium-ion battery pack manufactured in Brownstown Township, MI. It supplies energy to an advanced 149 hp electric drive unit. GM says the Volt battery is designed to deliver value, safety, quality, performance, durability and reliability, and is covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty.

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GM engineers, since 2007, have completed more than a million miles and four million hours of testing on Volt battery packs, as well as each pack’s nine modules and 288 cells. A GM representative told me that every major element of the Volt was designed and analyzed for efficiency, including its highly aerodynamic exterior, lightweight wheels, specially designed tires and even the energy-saving premium

stereo system. Base price on the Volt is $39,995, but a $7,500 tax credit brings the cost down to $32,495. 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 <>.

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