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Youngsters celebrate Earth Day Amy on Sunset SoMi loves at South Miami Farmer’s Market Mother’s Day

BY GRAY READ

BY AMY LIVERGOOD DONNER

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outh Miami children celebrated Earth Day through art, gardeners swapped seedlings, and local musicians played, adding rhythm to the weekly market. Students from David Fairchild Elementary School and Ludlam Elementary School displayed earth-inspired art at the South Miami Farmers’ Market on Saturday April 23. The students were awarded prizes: both schools received computers donated by the Farmers’ Market Committee and the 4th grade at Ludlam Elementary won a pizza party sponsored by South Miami Hospital, for having the most student participation. The Earth Day celebration was put on by Earth Learning, a notfor-profit organization and the South Miami Farmers’ Market Committee to highlight community efforts toward more sustainable living. South Miami Mayor Philip K. Stoddard (L) with student art winners and Farmers' Market Committee Member Annick Sternberg. David Fairchild Elementary School students pictured are: Alan Garces, 11; Robert Guemes, 10; and Matthew Gonzalez, 9.

S M C o m m u n i t y R e d e v e l o p m e n t Agency 2010/2011 James Bowman Scholarship Notice

Bike-Friendly South Miami petition organizer Mari Chael with South Miami resident Ignacio Zabaleta.

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James T. Bowman, Sr. was a lifelong South Miami resident and a community leader. He served tirelessly in numerous community organizations and on several municipal boards, held memberships in various South Miami organizations including the Community Action Agency and the Alliance for Youth and served as a South Miami City Commissioner from 1978 through 1986. His life was dedicated to facilitating economic development opportunities and establishing career opportunities for the Community Redevelopment Agency resident youth popu-

lation. Mr. Bowman will be fondly remembered for his many contributions to improve the entire South Miami Community. The SMCRA Board has subsequently established a scholarship dedicated in his name. This scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to eligible South Miami CRA resident students. The total funding amount available for the 2010-2011 Academic Year is $15,000. Awards shall be made at the discretion of

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One of the best days of the year in SoMi is the Saturday before Mother’s Day. There is a delightful gladness in the air – more than any other day of the year that says SoMi. Come to town on Saturday, May 7th. Visit your favorite merchants and introduce yourself to others. It’s that kind of day. This year, members of the Red Sunset Merchants Association have decided to make sure you know how happy they are that you choose to shop for Mother’s Day gifts in SoMi. Offers of gratitude are all over town. You’ll be indulged with a cup of tea, lots of champagne, sweet discounts and a few flowers to sit on the seat next to you on the way home. At My Sister ’s Closet, treat yourself to a cupcake and champagne while shopping, plus 20% off your purchase. At Cool De Sac Play Cafe, moms will get a complimentary glass of champagne and free hummus dip with their meal purchase. Beverlee Kagan Antique & Vintage Jewelry is offering free gift wrapping along with a 10% discount on the already legendary great prices. Ve ronica’s Dollhouse, that adorable life size dollhouse, invites you to come in for tea, sweet treats and 20% off all purchases. M i s s P e p p e r is celebrating the holiday with cookies and champagne, plus 15% off purchases. Stop by Splitsville Luxur y Lanes & Dinner Lounge on Sunday and enjoy one free game of bowling along with a glass of champagne. I s a b e l ’s F i n e H o m e Accessories & Gifts is offering a Lady Primrose gift bag filled with lotion and parfum, as well as a champagne toast.

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EARTH DAY,

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Earth Day also the apropos time to launch a grass-roots effort to work toward making South Miami a “Bike-Friendly City.” Petitions were on hand for market visitors to sign.

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South Miami Farmers’ Market is held each Saturday of the year from 9a – 2p and is located beneath the South Miami Town Center Clock Tower at City Hall. For details regarding the South Miami Green Task Force and the South Miami Farmer’s Market, go online at www.greensouthmiami.com.

Right: A preferred way to travel to the Farmers' Market.

South Miami Farmers’ Market is located beneath the South Miami Town Center Clock Tower at City Hall and held each Saturday of the year from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Umm... they taste really good!

Having her face painted at the Farmers' Market Earth Day Celebration is four-year old Ashley Acebo of Hialeah.

(Photos courtesy of SoMiMAG)

Vice President of the Florida Native Plant Society Amy Leonard agrees with board member Amida Frey as he displays a native plant from the endangered Pine Rockland canopy forests that used to cover SouthWest Miami while board member Buck Reilly and FNPS supporter Ximena Mesa look on.

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Karaoke Night Delights; Gulliver hosts coaches Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB GFWC Cocoplum Woman’s Club visited GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently to participate in a fun-filled Karaoke Night that had literally everyone singing, dancing and laughing. Organized by Gables’ member Mireya Kilmon, admission was free but donations were required to sing or have someone else sing. Aside from raising funds for Operation Smile, the affair provided a great way for club members to get to know each other before many traveled together to the Florida Federation of Women’s Club convention in Orlando the end of April. Among many belting out tunes during the evening were Susie Tilson who brought along her daughter and granddaughter; Carmen Suarez, kicking off a night of song; Barbara Lapsley, who danced more than she sang; Pam and Sandy Schaefer; Maria o llearn; Cocoplum Woman’s Club O’Ho President, Heike Leibkuchler; Coral Gables Woman’s Club President, Linda Hartwell; Elaine Del Valle; Patty Hendon; and a host

of others, all of whom work hard and play with that same fervor in service to others. Speaking of fun meetings, the Coral Gables Chamber Breakfast on April 21, sponsored by Gulliver Schools, entertained from start to finish. The morning began with Gulliver School’s Symphonic Band with a program that featured Gulliver Academy, Middle School and Prep students, culminating with a panel discussion emceed by Drew Kern with UM Head Football Coach Al Golden and FIU Head Football Coach Mario Cristobal. Both coaches are turning failed programs around and shared their strategies. During Q&A, 94year-old Marge Hartnett explained she had seven brothers who played football and, knowing the sport, volunteered to help them out if needed. Not to miss out, Coach Cristobal immediately took her up on her offer! Golfers are encouraged to save May 20 for Chamber South’s Military Affairs Committee’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament, to be presented by Baptist Health South Florida at Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152 St. Registration is $150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, goodie bag, green fees and golf cart. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed at 1 p.m. with the award reception and luncheon. Call Chamber South for more information on registration and sponsorships at 305-661-1621.

Cocoplum Woman’s Club members (l-r) Nadine LaGuette, Maria O’Hollearn, Dottie Zammas, Heike Leibkuchler join Coral Gables Club for Karaoke Night. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Finally, congratulations to members of the University of Miami’s roller hockey team who captured the Division II National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association Championship on April 10 in Wisconsin, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 4-3.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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the SMCRA Board to students exhibiting a strong desire for self improvement through education. The SMCRA Board reserves the right to select one or more recipients with the total available funding to be distributed amongst the selected recipients. Scholarship funding may be utilized for tuition assistance, or related books/supplies for vocational or higher level educational. The deadline for receiving this year’s scholarship applications is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011. In order to be considered for funding awards, a fully completed application and required documents must be received by the deadline. Applications can be picked up in the SMCRA Office or downloaded from the city’s web page at <CityofSouthMiami.net>. Following the deadline, incomplete applications will not be accepted for funding consideration. Completed application packages must include the following information:

COMPLETED SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION • State of Florida or School Issued Identification

• Proof of Residency in the South Miami Community Redevelopment Area; (Deed, Lease Agreement, Tax Return, Utility Bill, Etc.) • Letter of Acceptance from an Accredited Educational Institution or Trade School. (This item is Required for Entering Freshman Only); • A Letter of Recommendation on Official Letterhead from an Employer, Faculty Member or School Counselor; • Official copy of the High School or GED transcript; • A copy of Class Schedule for the 20112012 Academic Year; • A copy of your High School Diploma or GED Equivalent; • Breakdown of Tuition Costs and or Other School Related Expenses • Completed Applications must be submitted from May 1st and no later than June 30th • An affidavit must be submitted to verify proof of residency of the applicant • Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.0 from prior academic year (This applies for both high school and current college students.)

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Ohioans take to streets to overturn law killing union rights R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINT KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I love finding small, but tremendously important news items that appear buried deep inside the newspaper. Just such an article appeared in the Apr. 3 issue of the Miami Herald, headlined: “OHIO – Opponents begin push to repeal union law.” The article tells how opponents of an Ohio law, signed by Republican Gov. John Kasich last month limiting public workers’ collective bargaining rights, have started gathering signatures to get a referendum on the ballot to cancel the law. The law, similar to that passed in Wisconsin, bans public worker strikes, eliminates binding arbitration and restricts bargaining for 350,000 public workers who are now covered by a union. The existence of the unions would not be affected — just their ability to represent their members. The Herald article goes on to say that the petition drive will need more than 230,000 valid signatures by June 30 to put a referendum on the November ballot.

The group seeking signatures, a bipartisan organization called “We Are Ohio,” states that its has 10,000 men and women ready to take to the streets seeking petition signatures. They are quoted as saying, “We want to make sure that the people [of Ohio] have a chance to veto this legislation. This is going to be an all-out campaign.” Dennis Willard, a spokesman for We Are Ohio said, “Voters are asking us not ‘where do I sign,’ but ‘how do I circulate [petitions for signature].’” Interesting? This week the Herald carried an updated article headlined: “OHIO – Foes of union law cleared to continue.” The article tells that the state’s attorney general and secretary of state certified the petition drive over filed objections. The question is why did the elected officials pass a bill that appears to be in direct opposition to the general feelings of the voters who put them in office? I could answer that question if this were taking place in Florida. In Florida we have more registered Democrats than Republicans. However, due to gerrymandering of voting districts, the Republicans are able to hold a majority of the state’s elected positions while being a minority in the state. Result is a Democrat-sponsored petition drive could amend the state

constitution passing it over solid objection from the Republicans. Pew Research reports that 37 percent of registered voters in Ohio claim to favor the Democratic Party while 25 percent favor the Republican agenda. Ohio requires 230,000 valid signatures on a petition drive to get on the ballot. There are 350,000 public workers in Ohio, most represented by a union. Do the arithmetic. If a little over 66 percent of the public workers sign the petition it will be on the ballot in November and they will more than likely override the law written by the Republican-controlled legislature. Interesting? The same can happen in Florida. So our Republican-controlled Florida House, Senate and Governor’s Office should take note. Running the risk of being so repetitive, I must say that if the legislature were controlled by Democrats and they gerrymandered the voting districts in their favor, you could take the above story and replace the word Republican with Democrat and Democrat with the word Republican. Such is the way of politics.

That said, I would strongly suggest that our state legislature and governor’s office watch their step. Pass a law that is so repulsive to the mood of the voters and you might well find yourselves on the outside looking in! Only the governor of Florida, a Republican, is safe from removal. He would have to be impeached by the Florida House and tried by the Florida Senate. There is no chance of this happening in a Republicancontrolled legislature. A final word on recalls: We shouldn’t recall an elected official just because we don’t like how they execute their office. We recall an elected official for malfeasance, nonfeasance, or misfeasance of office. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <letters@communitynewspapers.com>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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WRITERS ASSOCIATION Miami Herald columnist and Letters Editor Nancy Ancrum will speak to the South Florida Writers’ Association

SOUTH MIAMI ELKS LODGE 6304 S.W. 78 St., South Miami, 33143 SATURDAY, MAY 7 • 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon Ms. Ancrum, who joined the Herald’s Editorial Board in 1990 and writes the column “Cultural Kitchen” for the Herald’s food section, will talk about the joys and perils of editing for a daily newspaper. The public is welcome. The $10 requested and $8 for SFWA members include the program and a full brunch. For details: Teresa Bendana, terebend@yahoo.com or www.southfloridawritersassn.org

AMY ON SUNSET,

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Moms who visit Gardner’s Market will receive a flower and a glass of champagne. Segafredo will have a DJ for jammin’ moms, along with complimentary mimosas, champagne and 50% off mom’s meal. And before you even leave your house, book a photo session with Anais Ganouna Photography. She is giving a $50 print credit for sessions booked that day. A recap of where merchants are having a champagne toast. Why of course… You can

get a glass of champagne at My Sister’s Closet, Cool De Sac, Miss Pepper, Splitsville, Isabel’s Fine Home Accessories & Gifts, Gardner’s Market and Segafredo. Hmmm, might be fun to have them all. (Hiccup) And please “like” Red Sunset Merchants Association on Facebook. Thank You.

Amy Donner is the President of The Red Sunset Merchants Association, a 90 member not-for-profit business association with a mission to foster the economic interest of the area around Red Road and Sunset Drive. Amy can be reached at Amy@communitynewspapers.com.

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Legislature’s immigration debate threatens stability of economy BY MOST REV. THOMAS G. WENSKI

Archbishop of Miami

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The Florida Legislature’s current debate on immigration threatens the economic stability of Florida. Punitive measures aimed at undocumented workers will create an atmosphere of fear for them and their families. At the same time, these same punitive measures will alienate legal residents and foreign tourists who because of their ethnic “profile” could be mistaken for undocumented migrants. While the Church does not advocate for undocumented immigration, the Church recognizes the human dignity of the “stranger among us” who, regardless of his or her legal status, is still the subject of rights — that are not conferred by the state but are in fact God given. One cannot forget the basic humanity of the immigrant whatever his status. The Catholic Church has long ministered to immigrants and refugees in the United States, including those without permanent legal status. These immigrants, far from being a threat to our nation, are seeking to meet the basic needs of their families by working, often at jobs that Americans themselves eschew. The regulation of immigration is clearly the purview of the federal and not state or local government; it is at the federal level the current immigration crisis needs to be resolved — but in a way that is just and in a way that addresses adequately present and future labor needs of our country and

helps reunify and not divide families. The recent Ninth Circuit Court opinion pointed out the unconstitutionality of portions of the Arizona law, including some provisions which are now in the proposed Florida bills. Passage of these statutes inevitably will result in costly court challenges, diverting already scarce resources that could be used to implement policies better suited to bolster Florida’s economy. In this global society, fraught with economic instability and natural disasters, workers oftentimes are forced to leave their home country in search of a means to support their families. Present immigration law leaves few lawful avenues for them to regularize their status even though they contribute to our economy by their labor. Without a path to legal status, they remain vulnerable to wage theft, exploitation or human trafficking. The failure of Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform leaves us with a status quo that all parties of the immigration debate find unacceptable. However, draconian measures such as those proposed in the Florida Legislature and the demonization of irregular migrants only exacerbates the problem without providing any long term and just solution. Enforcement of federal immigration law is a function of the federal government. If Floridians want to contribute positively to addressing the problems caused by illegal migration, then they should join forces with those pressing Congress for a federal solution — one that honors the rule of law but, at the same time, affords our migrant brothers and sisters the respect and dignity that is theirs as human beings made in the image and likeness of God.

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Sparkling Bins brings trash bin Hit the road, parkers! cleaning service right to your curb Parking lot to close, temporary use fails BY RAQUEL GARCIA

BY KIMBERLY PORTER

[from dirty bins]; people aren’t educated on the hazards,” said Conway. He also warned Not everyone knows that their trash bin is that you can get fined for allowing dirty water a major breeding ground for bacteria. from cleaning your bins to run into the public Luckily for those of us in the South Miami streets. Bacteria infested water will flow into area, Sparkling Bins will keep your waste storm drains, contaminating all bodies of container hygienically clean, for as low as water it enters from there. The initial cleaning for new customers takes $5.75 per bin. The idea came to owner John Conway a good hour, cleaning both the inside and outafter his wife chased him for weeks to clean side of the bin. From there, Conway says the their bins. After he spent hours on the point is to get on a regular schedule. “A good 40 percent of our customers process he realized a servtheir bins cleaned ice for this task could really Sparkling Bins uses have monthly and 50 percent take off. two weeks. We do “An hour and a half natural solvents that every recommend at least monthcleaning my own bin, I ly cleaning to maintain,” he kill 99 percent of thought – this is something says. I’d never want to do again,” all known germs, Currently Sparkling said Conway. Bins’ focus is on the areas This concept originated fungi and viruses. of South Miami, Palmetto in the UK and Sparkling Bay, Pinecrest and All water and Bins has brought it to South Kendall. They are already Florida. “We’re getting a lot chemicals are in the process of adding of traction, mostly from two additional trucks withreferrals,” said Conway. collected into the in the next 3 to 6 months. As a first time business He says it is telling that just self-contained owner, he says it is “very excitdriving around in the truck ing just seeing how it’s going.” cleaning unit to be has people stopping and askIn four months the business him questions about the has gained 175 customers. recycled according ing service – and then signing up Sparkling Bins uses natuto EPA regulations. right on the spot. ral solvents that kill 99 perNow there is an efficent of all known germs, fungi and viruses. All water and chemicals cient, easy way to protect oneself from the are collected into the self-contained cleaning hazards of bacterial and fungal infection unit to be recycled according to EPA regula- contracted from on, in and around unclean trash bins. Sparkling Bins will leave your tions. Sparkling Bins has an environmentally dirty, smelly bins disinfected, deodorized friendly truck that visits customers at their and smelling fresh. Leave the dirty work to homes. “You waste 15 percent more water the professionals. Conway says, “It’s a great concept. It’s using a hose and broom on your own. With us, nothing goes into the environment, it all important that people know this service does goes back in our truck to a water treatment exist out there and the key is to keep it affordable.” For more information visit facility,” says Conway. “It’s really getting the awareness out into <www.SparklingBins.com> or call 305the community. People can get the flu, H1N1 382-BINS (2476).

‘Hit the road, parkers!’ was the message from South Miami City Commission Chambers April 19 when Vice Mayor Valerie Newman and Commissioner Brian Beasley successfully voted to shut down temporary parking lot at 7150-7160 SW 6i2nd Avenue. Mayor Phillip Stoddard and Commissioner Walter Harris lost their requests to defer the issue until the next meeting with a full quorum of Commission members attending. A six- month grace period for 62nd Avenue LLC to bring the operation up to code (or vacate the premises) as recommended by the Planning Board also failed. The lot has been in operation since the early 1980’s. Atty. Javier E. Fernandez of Akerman Senterfit representing the Richard Mattaway property since assuming ownership in 2006 requested the delay as a “reasonable vehicle to come into compliance.” Developers inherited the long legacy of the project during a time when downturned economics slowed on-site construction, said Fernandez, noting that Mattaway could not be present at the meeting during observance of Passover. Because an ultimate vision for the space is the location of a medical office building, the developers hoped the city would allow for a “bridge use” until a ground-breaking for that project, Atty. Fernandez stated. The development group sought concessions of approximately $4,000 in landscaping expenditures for code compliance. “Paving, marking, lighting and landscaping” Stoddard surmised was all that was needed not to disrupt the estimated 60 to 130 working commuters who rely on the lot for daily parking. Newman led the charge for elimination arguing that these “delays” were strategic and claiming there is now an illegal gymna-

sium in operation on the site that also utilizes the spaces. Safety issues and oil seepage into the grass lot were other concerns raised by citizens and the commissioners. Chief of Police Orlando Martinez De Castro who now oversees the Code Enforcement department said the operating entity is essentially running a business illegally. “If you want to change the law, change the law and I’ll oblige, but let’s do it right. If you have a timetable you need to get it done, an extension doesn’t cure the cancer,” he commented. Chief Martinez is also dealing with parking issues at Larkin Community Hospital. During a public hearing, photographs from an overhead projector displayed a congested parking lot with cars parked vertically and horizontally. A parking lot operator who has managed the lot for 20 years claimed oil drips and safety were not a problem, adding parking is getting harder to find in South Miami and shutting down the parking lot could push people out of jobs. Ross University students and other area workers have apparently relied on the lot for years. Nevertheless, Commissioner Newman said the answer is to park at Metrorail and walk four blocks, likening the challenge to what commuters face when traveling downtown. She said a six-month timetable was a ‘stall tactic’ and had the language of the resolution changed to ensure the parking lot’s immediate shutdown. City Manager Hector Mirabile noted lot users were originally scheduled to get two days notice to relocate, if the resolution to keep the lot in temporary operation did not pass. Even a suggestion by Commissioner Harris for a three-month compromise to allow parkers an opportunity to find new spaces failed. Commuters using the lot now have until the end of April to find a new home for their vehicles.


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Terra Environmental Research Institute students compete in robotics challenge

Pictured (l-r) are Robotics Academy students Wesley Bowman, Ryne Neer, Jake Landy, Sophia Reyes-Hadsall, teacher Nydia Molina, Jackie Carbajal and Brenda Abreu Molnar. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY DAVID LANDY

The Robotics Academy at Miami-Dade County’s first LEED “green” high school, Terra Environmental Research Institute, in Kendall, recently returned from competing in the internationally renowned U.S. FIRST Robotics regional competition in Orlando. Each year, FIRST (For Inspiration of Research, Science and Technology) devises a new challenge for students and their volunteer professional engineering mentors to design, engineer and construct a robot. Then they write the programming code to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. The FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) is dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind” that combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It’s as

close to “real world” engineering that a student can get. This year’s challenge was branded “Logomotion” which required the design of a robot to place inflatable tubes on a scoring grid nine feet tall and then deploy a minibot to climb a 10-foot pole. Terra placed highest of all Miami-Dade County Schools entered in the competition, but more importantly the students had access to a unique applied learning environment led by highly skilled mentors and school staff and compete with other students from around the country. The program requires a significant amount of funding, which this year was supported by Motorola and JCPenney. As a result of the students’ involvement in the FIRST program, they eventually can qualify to apply for over $14 million in college scholarships.


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Former Commissioner Sorenson to chair bonds advisory panel

Manage your Financial Condition like a Business

BY JEREMY GLAZER

mayor, county commissioners and the county manager on the program. The Former Miami-Dade County CAC’s role is to monitor the program, Commissioner Katy Sorenson was participate in progress reports to the recently elected chair of mayor and commission, as the “Building Better well as provide recomCommunities” (BBC) mendations on any realloGeneral Obligation Bond cations or unspent bond Citizens Advisory funds, and community Committee (CAC). The outreach. GOB, as it is known, was “The General Obligation approved by the voters in Bond program is more impor2004 and is a $2.9 billion tant than ever,” Sorenson long-term investment in said. “It’s providing sorely the community. During needed jobs in a tough econothe next 15-20 years, the my while improving the program will fund projcounty’s infrastructure and ects at approximately amenities. I’m proud to be a Katy Sorenson 1,500 worksites throughpart of the Citizens Advisory –––––––––––––––––––– out Miami-Dade includCommittee.” ing parks, libraries, senior housing, culSorenson currently is the president and CEO of the Good Government Initiative at tural facilities and infrastructure. The county encourages citizen par- the University of Miami, a program to eduticipation by informing residents on the cate elected officials at the state and local progress of bond projects. A 21-mem- levels, and to foster citizen participation in ber CAC was established to advise the government.

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Most working people are employees and they think like employees when it comes to their financial condition. This means their focus is on salary, health insurance, 401k and vacation time. Yes, these benefits do impact your financial condition but it is one-sided. It is on the side of what you have (assets). We suggest that in order to attain financial independence, employees should begin to think and behave as a business owner. A business owner’s focus is not only on what they have but more importantly, what they owe (liabilities). This means accounts payable, which for individuals are items such as credit cards, car loans and mortgages.On this side of the balance sheet, the business owner wants to minimize expenses.

What you have (assets) minus what you owe (liabilities) results in what’s left over (net worth). $1 of assets and $1 of liabilities means $0 in net worth. $1 less in liabilities means you are $1 richer. Many employees with more salary will spend more, so they still have little net worth or financial independence. The car and house they own may be fancier but they may still be broke. Thebook,TheMillionaireNextDoor,describes how a business owner thinks and behaves.It is not secret how to become financially secure. It comes down to not thinking and behaving like an employee when it comes to your financial future. Tonkinson Financial provides hands-on money management for the middle class. They are located at: 2 3 9 8 S o u t h D i x i e H w y. , M i a m i , FL 33133. Phone: 305-858-1627 Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Registered Representatives Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives Tonkinson Financial and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.


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PLASTIC SURGERY CORNER WITH DR. VIJAY SHARMA

all Plastic Surgery, I recommend visiting with an experienced Board Certified physician. The doctor should be able to show you photos of his or her previous patients.You should feel like your questions are answered in a polite and informative way. As with any procedure, I recommend you spend time with your surgeon discussing expectations for what I call The Three Rʼs of Plastic Surgery: Results, Risks, and Recovery. This sort of approach Dr. Sharma is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic makes it much more likely to Surgeon. His Coral Gables office is on Biltmore Way. get the natural, youthful, ____________________________ and well-rested appearance you desire. Dear Dr. Sharma, I offer my patients a modified facelift I am 54 years old and I don’t know procedure known as The Gables Lift. what to do. When I look in the mir- It takes about 90 minutes and is perror, I see more and more of my formed under local anesthesia in my grandmother. My neck is sagging Coral Gable office. This procedure to become the ‘turkey neck’ she has the advantages of traditional had. My jawline is no longer sharp facelifts (improved neck and jawline) and defined like it used to be - I’ve without the need for deeper anesthebeen told I have ‘jowls’ now! I’m a sia. I do offer higher levels of anesbit nervous about extreme surgery. thesia, especially for patients who Maybe I’m ready for a mini-facelift plan to perform other procedures at the same time. ??? What do you recommend? In my practice, the procedures most commonly performed with facelifts are -Sadly Signed, eye-lifts (blepharoplasty) or facial fat Sagging Susan :( transfer (especially to build up sagging cheeks). Dear Susan, I hope this information helps guide you in the right direction on your jourLike many of my patients, you are ney of self-improvement. going through the natural aging Best of Luck! process. But don’t worry, you have lots of options to help you look and feel better. It sounds like you may be on target. A facelift is typically a face and neck lift. The procedure is performed by tightening the muscles of the face and neck through carefully hidden incisions. Having personally performed over 2,000 of these procedures, I know a facelift can improve the areas of concern that you mentioned - especially the loose turkey neck and loss of jawline definition jowls. Only you can decide if you are ready for the improvement a facelift can give. The first step is to consult with a Facial Plastic Surgeon. As with

Sincerely yours, Vijay M. Sharma, MD, MPH

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St. Brendan wins ‘People’s Pick’ award in student video contest

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Dow Chemical and the Chemical Heritage Foundation recently announced the student winners of the national “It’s Elemental” video contest. Locally, St. Brendan High School in Westchester was selected as the sole winner of the contest’s “People’s Pick” award for garnering the most votes — nearly 215,000 in just three months — by launching a campaign that involved reaching out to the school’s network of students, teachers and alumni. The school’s grant money will be used to hold the

school’s first-ever science fair. Nearly 700 individuals and teams entered the contest from 36 states across the U.S. and 11 winning schools were selected to receive $5,000 grants to help support the schools’ science departments. The program was designed to inspire interest in chemistry among students, one of the objectives of the United Nationsdesignated 2011 International Year of Chemistry. To check out the winning video visit online at <www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dXBPk7W_Z1c&feature=pla yer_embedded>.

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PALMETTO PAINT AND DECORATING CENTER – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR HOME DECORATING BY NANCY EAGLETON

There’s no place like home…Whether working, relaxing or entertaining, people are spending more time at home than ever before. If this rings true for you, then your home should be your sanctuary. The experts at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center can help you refresh, update and create the perfect “home sweet home.” Paint, flooring and window treatments are three of the quickest and least expensive ways to update a room, according to designers. From floor to ceiling, small projects to total room makeovers, Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center has got you covered. The team at the center offers specialized attention that you simply will not find in larger chain stores. Owners Dan Hedrick, Robert Lingle and Perry Arabatzis are always on hand to offer expert service to the friends, neighbors, designers and contractors who have visited their store in Palmetto Bay for more than 41 years. The center, located on South Dixie Highway, also carries an array of superior quality products. As of April 1st, Palmetto Paint carries the complete line of Benjamin Moore paints exclusively. Whether you think neutral is nice or want to change “blah” to brilliant, paint can make a big splash. Products in the Benjamin Moore line include interior and

exterior paints and wood stains, primers and specialized paints with metallic finishes and pearlescent hues. “It really is the best brand of paint products available,” said coowner Arabatzis. Do-it-yourselfers will find all the supplies – and inspiration – they need to get them started. Paint technique seminars are held quarterly. The next seminar is Wednesday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will be led by the regional representative from Modern Masters. It will include demonstrations of Modern Masters’ complete product range, including metal effects, texture effects and Venetian plaster. If you’d rather leave your paint job to the experts, the Palmetto Paint team can provide you with the name of a preferred paint contractor. For high impact, transform a room with new hardwood or laminate flooring from top manufacturers, Armstrong and Mannington. Like the feel of soft carpet underfoot in the bedroom? The center offers carpets by Mohawk, with a style, texture and color choice for every purpose, decorating style and budget. Dress up your windows and improve the view with Hunter Douglas wood blinds, plantation shutters, Duette® shades, Silhouette® shades, roman shades, vertical blinds and privacy sheers. Wallpaper has made a comeback – or

The helpful staff at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center in Palmetto Bay, (L to R): Jackie Arabatzis, Lynette Pichardo, Perry Arabatzis, Karla Mergenthal and Robert Lingle. Not pictured: Dan Hedrick and Debbie Jarrell. ____________________________

maybe it never went out of style. At Palmetto Paint, you’ll find more than 100,000 wallpaper prints and textures from which to choose. In-home measuring and estimates are always free. While in-store, decorator consultants,

Karla Mergenthal and Lynette Pichardo, can help you choose and coordinate all of these products and more, such as custommade valances, draperies, bedspreads and pillows. To help you put it all together at home, designer Debbie Jarrell makes house calls. “We work with designers and do-ityourselfers, alike,” said Mergenthal. “We have customers who visit us from South America and those who have a winter home here and a summer home in the north. We go the extra mile for all of our clients and because of that, we’ve developed a loyalty.” Since 1994, local paint and wallpaper contractor Gustavo Inzillo has visited Palmetto Paint at least twice a week for his project supplies. “They carry the best products and provide excellent service,” he said. “The paint specialists are experts at color matching. And, when I work with Karla on a wallpaper job, my clients are all thrilled with the results.” Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center is located at 14031 South Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay and the phone number is 305-233-1224. The center is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.palmettopaint.benmoorepaint.com


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Palmer Trinity celebrates its 20th annual Book Fair BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

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The 20th annual Palmer Trinity Book Fair on Apr. 11 featured author Alan Cheuse, author and book reviewer for National Public Radio. The Palmer Book Fair is well known not only because of the authors who speak at the brunch, but because of the incredible themed tables. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table themes ranged from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breakfast at Tiffanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the Beachâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putting on the Ritz.â&#x20AC;? One table featured peacocks, prompting the head of school, Sean Murphy, to quip in his welcome speech that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no peacocks were harmed in the preparation of this brunch.â&#x20AC;? Murphy told everyone that while the tables were fabulous, what has made the book fair so special over the years are the books and the people who attend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is an abiding love for books,â&#x20AC;? he said. That love of books and an innovative summer reading list convinced Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books and Books, to send his twin sons to Palmer. Kaplan promised to stay involved although his sons are graduating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This school distinguishes itself,â&#x20AC;? he said. The theme of the love of books was continued when Cheuse spoke. As well as being a respected writer, Cheuse has reviewed books on NPR for more than two decades. He has written five novels, short stories and a memoir. His latest novel is Song of the Slaves in the Desert, which delves into the world of southern slavery. Interestingly, by the time he finished the book, he was a grandfather to a child adopted from Ethiopia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books are everything to writers,â&#x20AC;? Cheuse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope they are everything to readers.â&#x20AC;? He talked about a writer who sent his grandmother his first book when it was published. The grandmother was quite religious

and when she received the book, she sent him a note thanking him, but told him, I have the books I need â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Bible and the Sears catalog! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether we need the Bible, we need to augment it with other visions,â&#x20AC;? Cheuse said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Books help us understand and rejuvenate ourselves.â&#x20AC;? He said there are characters in novels that we know better than people we grew up with. In the question and answer session, he was asked about his work as a writer and as a reviewer for NPR. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the only broadcast network in the history of civilization that takes books seriously,â&#x20AC;? he said. To do his reviews, he reads three to five books a week, featuring books he has enjoyed. To date he has done very few negative reviews. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For every book I review I read five to 10 others,â&#x20AC;? he said. One of the questions he fielded was about the future of books in this digital age where people are reading books on their phones, on iPads or on readers such as Kindle or Nook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think books will go on,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twenty-five percent of every book will come in hardcover.â&#x20AC;? As to how to keep boys reading, he said fathers can make a difference if they would make it a point to read with their sons. As far as the contentious debate in Congress about cutting federal funding for NPR, Cheuse said, if the funds were taken away, NPR would survive in urban areas but it would limit access to multiple points of view for people who live in more remote areas. The book fair raises money for the Matheson Library, headed by Ruthanne Vogel, which has a collection of more than 19,000 books, videos and magazines.

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Dadeland Mall cooks up fun with event for young chefs BY IVONNE SNAVELY

Dadeland Mall invites children of all ages to roll up their sleeves and explore the fun side of food with hands-on learning activities during the Simon Kidgits Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Duper Mini Chefs event on Friday, May 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kids will enjoy a nutritional magic show by Amy the Magic Chef where they will learn table manners and good eating habits. Youngsters also will color their own chef hats and receive an apron to help them make sweet treats. The Simon Kidgits Club will transform Dadeland Mall into a magical kitchen as kids cook up a menu including: â&#x20AC;˘ Dip fresh strawberries in delicious chocolate with Godiva Chocolatier; â&#x20AC;˘ Make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with Nestle Toll House CafĂŠ; â&#x20AC;˘ Create healthy veggie rolls with Sushi Maki; â&#x20AC;˘ Learn how to roll dough and make a pizza pie with Cozzoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza; â&#x20AC;˘ Decorate mini cupcakes with Candy in a Cupcake; â&#x20AC;˘ Make desert crepes with Banna Strows; â&#x20AC;˘ Create yogurt parfaits and sample chicken nuggets with Chick-Fil-A, including a special visit by the Eat More Chikin Cow; â&#x20AC;˘ Make mini ice cream sundaes with Haagen Daz; â&#x20AC;˘ Learn how to twist pretzels with Auntie Anneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and sample on-the-go, famous pretzel stix, and â&#x20AC;˘ Keep hands clean at the Bath & Body Works antibacterial soap station. Kids also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Feeding South Florida. Florida Blue is a sponsor of all Dadeland Mall Kidgits events. For a chance to win a $1,000 shopping

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UM to present artwork of the BFA graduating students The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Gallery at UM, presents the work of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduate students running from May 4 through May 13. A reception will take place the evening of May 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the CAS Gallery, located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables. A full schedule of exhibitions can be viewed online at <www.as.miami.edu/art>. SOUTH FLORIDA CELEBRATES ‘NATIONAL MOM’S NITE OUT’ Simon Malls in South Florida invite moms to let their hair down at the third annual “National Mom’s Nite Out” on May 5. This complimentary event is a guilt-free excuse for moms to take the night off to relax and enjoy a celebration of motherhood at the following: Dadeland Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Miami International Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be the ultimate celebration of motherhood, and will include makeovers, entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments, goodie bags and more. Simon Property Group is hosting “National Mom’s Nite Out” at 115 of its malls across the country. All activities are free and open to moms of all ages. For more information, visit online at <www.simon.com>.

‘CHARLIE BROWN’ COMING TO AREA STAGE COMPANY The Area Stage Company and Conservatory has announced the premiere of Broadway’s critically acclaimed musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, from May 6 to 8. Join the “Peanuts” gang in this fast-paced, lighthearted musical guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Tickets are $20 for general admission and only $10 for students with valid ID. Broadway icon Arthur Whitelaw, the producer of both the original and revival productions, will be in attendance for the opening performance, and will speak to the cast and other conservatory students about his life on Broadway and renowned career in the performing arts. For details, call 305-666-2078 or visit online at <www.areastagecompany.com>. SIR PIZZA IN WEST KENDALL HELPING CANINE ASSISTANTS Sir Pizza in Kendall on SW 127th Avenue and 120th Street in West Kendall is helping Canine Assistants raise money for the organization. Anyone who orders anything from the Sir Pizza on May 7, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., just needs to drop their receipt in the basket by the cashier when they pay and a certain amount of that profit will be given to Canine Assistants.

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS TO PRESENT ‘LET THE CHILDREN SING’ ON MAY 15 The annual Miami Children’s Chorus spring concert, hosted at the First United Methodist Church, located at 536 Coral Way, will be take place on May 15 at 4 p.m. Admission tickets for adults are $20 and $5 for seniors and students. For information, call 305-662-7494 or send email to <vhliviero@miamichildrenschorus.org>. PRACTICAL KABBALAH AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE ON MAY 17 Join the best-selling author, lawyer, psychologist and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, as he presents “Stillness, Awareness & Wisdom, Steps for inner Peace Tranquility & Calm,” on May 17 at 8 p.m. (venue to be announced). Admission for this annual conference is $20 with refreshments included. As the keynote speaker at the Gawler International Mind/Body Conference and the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, this lecture will educate on the importance of learning the art of emotional

intelligence as well as reprogramming your attitudes and beliefs. For information, call 786-282-0413. MIAMI-DADE PARKS ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) has announced its new online reservation system, enabling users of its parks to reserve picnic shelters and playing fields, and to rent recreation centers and facility rooms from the comfort of their home or office. Highly convenient, residents are no longer limited to visiting a local park to engage the reservation and rental system — now they can do so, even when on the go. Park users can access this new feature on the homepage of the Miami-Dade Parks website at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>. In May, the second phase of the system will be launched whereby families will be able to register their children online for most of MDPR’s “Fit to Play, Green It Up” Summer Camps offered at parks around the County from June 13 to Aug. 19. For details about MDPR, call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.

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WCMS students participate in U.S. Naval Academy program

Westminster Christian Middle School (WCMS) eighth grade students Jared LaVohn, Todd Zuccaro and Hunter Ager (all pictured) were selected to participate in the United States Naval Academy’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) mini-program. The weekend-long program is designed to motivate and inspire students toward studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The three were among only 30 students from 17 schools nationwide who were selected to attend.

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Firefighters receive recognition at annual Medal Day ceremony

Pictured after receiving their Bronze Medal of Valor are (l-r) Firefighter Mike Perez, Capt. Roman Bas and Firefighter Juan Ceballos. The three were among 150 firefighters honored by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department during its 10th annual Medal Day ceremonies on Apr. 9. More than 400 family members, elected officials, local police and fire chiefs from the entire South Florida area were in attendance to witness this award ceremony.

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SCORE Miami-Dade Offers Workshops for Aspiring Business Owners in S. Dade QuickStart Workshop Series Begins May 12

SCORE Miami-Dade (www.scoremiami.org) will host a workshop series geared to aspiring business owners starting May 12 at the Economic Development Council of South Dade (EDC), 900 Perrine Ave. SCORE's QuickSTART series is comprised of five workshops led by the nonprofit’s experienced counselors, who will help you make a “go or no go" decision for your business idea. The EDC will extend a special offer to the first 20 participants for a special price of only $100.00. Regular price for this workshop is $125.00. To qualify, you must register and pay through the EDC by May 8. Methods of payment include check or credit card. Credit card payments are accepted via the EDC’s safe and secure PayPal account. Call (305)378-9470 for details. Here's a summary of SCORE's next QuickSTART series:

• Identify your target markets • Collect key competitive information to support your plan

Business Basics: Thursday May 12 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success.

*Monthly preparation and review of financial statements

Business Concept: Tuesday May 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Describe your products & services

Marketing Plan: Thursday May 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Outline your marketing strategy • Test your marketing message • Choose the right sales channel • Exercise your marketing strategy Financial Projections: Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Use our financial model to forecast sales • Build solid pro-forma financial forecasts Funding Sources*: Thursday May 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Determine your funding sources • Learn about accounting • Learn the six Cs of credit • Make banking relationships • Consider ratio analysis

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Miami area artists and writers launch Creature Entertainment BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Comic book giants Marvel and DC may dominate the field, but there are a number of up-and-coming independent companies looking to make their own mark in the industry, including one right here in Miami. Creature Entertainment, founded by John Ulloa and Julio Alvarez, has tapped into the creative pool of area artists, writers, animators and filmmakers who are combining their talents in new and innovative ways to publish graphic novels and produce films of short and feature length. For Ulloa, the publisher, who was raised in South Florida, it’s not a job but a labor of love. “Comic books are like comfort food, something from your youth that makes you feel good when you read one, and by bringing that comic book to life on film it lets the audience relate to it on a whole new level,” Ulloa said. “I loved comic books since a very early age but the calling to create one came later in life. I knew I had an active imagination and had a knack for writing stories, but lacked the ability to draw. “One day working as a comic book dealer I met a young artist that had the same desire as I did so we got together and created our comic book called Double Impact which did very well during the ’90s,” Ulloa added. “We sold over 50,000 copies of our first issue, putting us in the Wizard top 10 comic books.” Editor-in-chief Juan Navarro, a Hialeah native, has been writing, drawing and painting much of his life. He attended local magnet programs and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New World School of the Arts at the University of Florida. Navarro is co-director of the CS Gallery in North Miami, the art director for the Oliva Cigar Company, and the creator and artist of the Web comic series “Zombie Years.” “I’ve always been drawing since I was a

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kid,” Navarro said. “I learned to read with comic books. John started the company about two years ago. A lot of the time its

crime noire and the horror genre, but we also deal with graphic novels and film.” Jose Varese, a South Miami High School

alum, has been doing comic related artwork since the late 1990s, mostly small comic strips and some small independent Web comics from time to time, but he says he really got serious about it in mid 2009 when he started working with Creature Entertainment. “It is an amazing vehicle for storytelling,” Varese said. “The visual images help the readers to really immerse themselves into the storyline. Each illustrated panel is like a movie frame and the artist acts as both the director and the cinematographer. “Is it any wonder why movie studios still hire storyboard artist to illustrate an entire movie script before they even pick up the camera? Working on comic books has given me a deeper perspective of the craft and appreciation for sequential artists.” Varese has finished two titles, graphic novels called The Gun and Killswitch Billy, and currently is working on a brand new title called Ravenous. He said he thinks the CE crew is great. “I am very fortunate to be working with so many talented individuals who share the same love of film, writing and comic art,” Varese said. “But the most important thing is that they are all really good-hearted people and that’s rare to find these days.” Also onboard with Creature Entertainment are other local talents — Anthony Dones, Al and Rene Quesada, and more. Ulloa is enjoying the ride and is excited about the future, spreading the word about their enterprise at shows, special events and online. “I want people to know that we want to create great stories that can be enjoyed in two medias,” Ulloa said. “Hopefully one day we’ll be big enough to win an Academy Award…but we’ll settle for a Golden Globe.” For more information, visit <www.creatureentertainment.com/> or find Creature Entertainment on Facebook.

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MDC signs 10 softball players to scholarships for 2011-12 BY PÍA CRUZALEGUI

Miami Dade College has announced the signing to a national letter of intent for six Miami-Dade County players and four from Central Florida. The 10 new high school players will be part of the new 2012 softball team. The powerful squad includes: Caroline Otero of Gulliver Preparatory, Alli Schnaidar of Florida Christian, Ellen Morgan of Miami Southridge, Ericka Acevedo of Doral Academy, Kayla Ogle and Megan Lee of South Dade, and Carmen Nadal and Nicole Osterman of Osceola High School and Hashel Figueroa of University High School in Orlando, as well as Paris Prusak of Bishop Verot High School in Lee County. The new 2011-12 team will bring a powerful offense and defense to Miami Dade College’s Lady Sharks as these new players presently lead their high schools softball programs. On 2010, Otero was Second Team All Dade selection, Schnaider was First Team All Dade County, Morgan earned All Dade Second Team selection, Nadal and Osterman earned First Team All County selection, and Paris Prusak was First Team All Lee County.

Acevedo earned an All Dade First Team selection in 2009 and 2010, and Third Team All State in 2010. Lee received Second Team All Dade County Honors in 2010. Ogle is a 2010 All Dade First Team selection and Figueroa played in the Puerto Rico Junior National Team. Since 2006, 15 players received the NJCAA-NFCA All American Honors and five players received the Academic All American Honors. In 2009 the MDC Lady Sharks were ranked sixth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association “Girls Got Game” academic achievement with a GPA of 3.537. In 2010 they were No. 23 in the same category. As a result many Miami Dade College softball players continued their college education with softball scholarships at universities across the country including University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fresno State in California, Nova Southeastern University and Marshall University, among others. MDC’s athletic teams have earned a total of 33 NJCAA titles, including 13 in women’s sports. Most recently, the college’s softball team became national champions and won the 2010 national ladies fast-pitch softball championship.

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Bestselling author Crouch to discuss her latest books BY JESSICA BROMBERG

Bestselling author Katie Crouch will be at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables on Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., to discuss and sign two of her latest books — The Magnolia League and Men and Dogs. Raised in Charleston, SC, Crouch’s books reflect her Southern upbringing. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets Gossip Girl in The Magnolia League, an electrifying young adult debut by Crouch. After the death of her free-spirited mother, the 16-year-old unlikely Southern debutante Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, GA, to live with her wealthy and matriarchal grandmother, Ms. Lee. By birth, Alex is a rightful — if unwilling — member of the Magnolia League, Savannah’s longstanding debutante society. As Alex is thrust into the inner circle of the illustrious league (and adheres to a full-body makeover, etiquette lessons, and a bizarre and slightly hazy initiation ceremony) she discovers that the Magnolias made a pact with a legendary Voodoo family, the Buzzards. In exchange for everlasting youth, beauty and power, the women of the Magnolia League must remain in Savannah forever. Shocked with this discovery, Alex digs

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FOOTNOTES deeper into the pact and begins to fear that her mother’s death may not have been an accident. Does the Magnolia’s power come with a deadly price? Set within a sultry Savannah backdrop, seductively atmospheric yet plot-driven, The Magnolia League immediately entices readers with its winning combination of paranormal mystery and teenage social drama. Men and Dogs followed on the heels of Crouch’s wildly successful debut, Girls in Trucks, which was No. 1 Booksense Pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Critics and readers agreed that Crouch was a compelling new voice, calling Girls in Trucks “a very amusing debut” (Vanity Fair). With Men and Dogs, she proves herself as versatile as she is accessible, with writing that is tender, hilarious and immensely readable. The novel follows Hannah Legare, a woman transformed by loss. When she was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in Charleston Harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz Legare’s disappearance, Hannah remained convinced of his imminent return. More than 20 years later, Hannah’s new life and marriage in San Francisco are unraveling and she’s shipped back to her mother’s home to recuperate and get off her selfdestructive path. Once back in Charleston, she is again drawn into the mystery of her missing father, setting off on an uproarious, dangerous quest that will test the whole family’s concepts of loyalty and faith. Katie Crouch was raised in Charleston, SC, where she attended Cotillion training but never was a debutante. She studied

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Railroad that ‘went to sea’ to mark 100th anniversary BY ANDY NEWMAN

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In January 1912, the first Oversea Railway train rolled from the Florida mainland through the Florida Keys to Key West, forever changing the face of many of the previously isolated islands by connecting them with the mainland and each other. A celebration to honor the historic rail- miles out into open water, requiring trailroad, lauded as the most unique railway in blazing construction techniques and the world upon its completion, has begun in Herculean efforts. At several points in the the Keys. Events are to culminate Jan. 22, construction process, more than 4,000 men 2012, the 100th anniversary were working on the project. of the inaugural train’s arrival. Flagler gambled nearly all of Conceived by Standard Oil his wealth on the venture, tycoon Henry Flagler, conwhich was so daunting and struction on the rail line unproven that many outbegan in 1905, motivated by siders called it “Flagler’s an announcement that the Folly.” Panama Canal would be Officially named the built. Flagler thought Key Florida East Coast Railway’s West had the potential to be Key West Extension, the line an important port and trade became known as the route with Cuba and Latin Oversea Railway and was America, as well as a vital sometimes referred to as “the supply stop for ships entering eighth wonder of the world.” or exiting the Panama Canal. The bridges and viaducts The railroad’s track Henry Flagler connecting the Keys, includ––––––––––––––––– stretched more than 100 ing the landmark Seven Mile

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Planned elements include history tours showcasing Flagler sites, bicycling expeditions, educational presentations and explorations of Pigeon Key — all leading up to the 100th anniversary of the first train’s arrival in Key West. Celebration highlights include “Flagler’s Speedway to Sunshine,” an exhibition and special event series that already has begun at the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House in Old Town Key West. The exhibition includes a re-created Florida East Coast railcar, a scale replica of a section of the Seven Mile Bridge, vintage footage of the journey from Pigeon Key to Key West, a film recounting Flagler’s story and the arrival of the first train, rare artifacts including a conductor’s uniform and railroad worker’s tool chest, and memorabilia that brings alive the fascinating story of the railroad that went to sea. A comprehensive website focused on the Oversea Railway centennial, featuring a detailed schedule of events, is being established at <www.FlaglerKeys100.com>. For more information about the Florida Keys & Key West, visit <www.flakeys.com>.


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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Cauley Square Village BY SHERRY MILLER

Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village has long been acclaimed as one of the area’s most beautiful and natural retreats with some 10 acres of environmentally preserved acreage including some 25 cottage shops in structures built originally in 1903 by workers on Henry Flagler’s railroad. This Mother’s Day, May 8, Cauley Square Village invites families to come and stroll together through the landscaped gardens overflowing with flowers, plants, lush tropical foliage, natural white coral rock and more. The cottage shops surrounding the landscaped gardens are special interest havens for collectors of art and artifact, antiques and collectibles, aquariums and exotic birds. There is truly something for everyone, and the family friendly village also is home to the world famous Tea Room and

Village Chalet restaurants open daily seven days a week. This Mother’s Day weekend starts on Friday, May 6, with “Viva” Classic Rock performing on the main patio from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, at the Village Chalet Restaurant, jazz king Kim Bankston performs from 7 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, May 8, in both the Village Chalet and in the Tea Room restaurants, family dinners will be served honoring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters. There are no cover charges at Cauley Square Village and entry is free to the public as well as free parking. The village is open seven days a week; cottage shops are closed on Mondays. Also, the annual Pet Fest is scheduled on Sunday, May 22, at Cauley Square. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in Goulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW 224th Street). For information, call the Administrative Offices at 305-258-3543.


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Classic Hollywood Glamour Leads Prom 2011 Trends Stay ahead of the prom fashion curve with The Palms at Town & Country’s exclusive guide to Prom 2011. Must-haves feature classically-chic styles, neon colors and muted prints. AT SNOB BOUTIQUE, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s and Loehmann’s, prom goers can find enchanting gowns with beading,

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Tenor Russell Thomas returns to Miami in recital on May 14 BY REBECCA STANIER-SHULMAN

Miami native Russell Thomas returns to the concert stage in a recital accompanied by Orchestra Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic director Elaine Rinaldi at the piano. In his first appearance in Miami since his triumphant win at the Francisco ViĂąas Competition in Barcelona, Spain, Thomas and Rinaldi will present a program of music by Beethoven, Griffes, Verdi, Donaudy, Tosti, Britten and Vaughan Williams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I first met Russell when he was a student at the New World School for the Arts,â&#x20AC;? Rinaldi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have taken great pleasure in watching Russell grow as an artist, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled to be able to bring him home to perform for the Miami public.â&#x20AC;? The recital will be on Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami, 609 Brickell Ave. Tickets are priced at $40 for priority seating, $30 for general admission seating, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. A special reception with the artists will be held immediately following the recital in the Fellowship Hall, proceeds of which ($20 per person) go to the benefit of Orchestra Miami. Tickets for the recital and reception can be purchased online through Orchestra Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website (www.OrchestraMiami.org) or by calling 305-274-2103. This recital is one of the events celebrating 115 years of service from the First Presbyterian Church of Miami (www.fpcmiami.org). A native of Miami, Thomas quickly is establishing himself as one of the most

exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the First-Prize winner of the prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x153;ViĂąas Competitionâ&#x20AC;? in Barcelona (First Prize, Audience Favorite and Best Tenor) and at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Competizione dellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Operaâ&#x20AC;? in Dresden. He has sung at many of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (Tamino in Magic Flute; Steuerman in Der Fliegende Hollander; Forresto in Attila; Andres in Wozzeck), Oper Frankfurt (Faust in Berliozâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Damnation of Faust), Welsh National Opera (Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly; Tamino in Magic Flute). Conductor Rinaldi is fast making her mark among the ranks of rising young American conductors. Critics have called her performances â&#x20AC;&#x153;brilliantâ&#x20AC;? and her interpretative work â&#x20AC;&#x153;impeccable.â&#x20AC;? As founder and artistic director of Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi has brought a new level of professionalism and quality to the local arts scene. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as a recitalist and vocal coach. Founded in 2006 by Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami quickly has established itself as an important part of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant cultural community. In its brief history, Orchestra Miami has presented the finest in classical symphonic, Latin jazz and opera, with some of the most important and recognized names in the world of music. For more information about this recital and the orchestra, visit the website at <www.OrchestraMiami.org>.

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Boys and Girls Clubs receive grant from UPS Foundation

UPS supervisors, managers and senior staff members joined Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade executive director, (front right) in providing hands-on support. The team removed old computers, cleaned, painted and installed new computers in what is now known as the UPS Technology Center at the Kendall Club. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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The UPS Foundation recently awarded a $35,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The funds are to support the Kendall Club’s Technology Center. The organization welcomed more than 30 UPS supervisors, managers and senior staff members, who provided hands-on support. They removed old computers from the center, cleaned and painted the area, and installed newly purchased computers. As a result of their collaboration and support, the lab has been renamed the UPS Technology Center. “We are honored to have partnered with the UPS Foundation. We now have a beautiful, updated Technology Center, allowing

our kids full access to new equipment in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The generous funding will contribute to the club’s Academic Improvement Methods (AIM) program which targets children’s academic needs by means of tutoring, educational software, and online testing. The refurbished lab will serve as motivation for students to access the club for homework help and research. Renovations were well overdue, given that the computers had not been replaced since 1997. For more information on Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, visit online at <www.bgcmia.org> or call 305-446-9910.

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Nature Adventure Summer Camps slate open house events, May 21 BY CATHY GUERRA

Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures during an open house for their Nature Adventure Summer Camps on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following MiamiDade Parks area nature centers: Sense of Wonder Nature Center at A. D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Ave., and Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, 17555 SW 79 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This is a great opportunity for parents and their children to learn more about the EcoAdventures Nature Adventure Summer Camp programs available for youth and teens. The Youth Nature Adventure Camps have educational and fun activities such as exploring nature trails, interactive presentations, hands-on activities, field trips and more. The Nature Adventure Camps for teens offers a variety of unique outdoor adventures, such as canoeing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and â&#x20AC;&#x153;swamp tromps.â&#x20AC;? Nature Adventure Summer Camps are available at the following area locations: YOUTH NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS Deering Estate at Cutler/Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, Eco-Explorers (ages 6-8) 17555 SW 79 Ave. in Palmetto Bay

(Bill Sadowski Park), 305-255-4767 or 305-235-1668, ext. 233; Deering Estate at Cutler, Discovery Camp (ages 9-11), 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay, 305-235-1668 ext. 233, and Sense of Wonder Nature Center at A. D. Barnes Park, Nature Detectives (ages 6-8) and Nature Explorers (ages 9-12) 3401 SW 72 Ave., 305-662-4124. TEEN NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS Deering Estate at Cutler, Camp Ikana Okee â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea & Landâ&#x20AC;? (ages 12-15), 16701 SW 72 Ave, in Palmetto Bay, 305-2351668, ext. 233; Matheson Hammock Park, Camp on the Sea (ages 12-17) 9610 Old Cutler Rd, in Coral Gables, 305-255-4767 (Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center) Camp on the Sea offers convenient drop-off and pickup at A.D. Barnes Park and Bill Sadowski Park. Tropical Park Fishing Camp (Freshwater), new, (ages 9-15) in partnership with Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, 7900 SW 40 St. (Bird Road), 305-255-4767 or 305-3653018. For information about Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department call 31-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.

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Significance of a signature By Michelle Estlund, Criminal Defense Attorney

standing the terms therein. A failure to understand every part of a contract may become problematic if the matter ever results in litigation. When a document, such as a contract for work, a lease, a non-competition agreement, or any other document contains unfamiliar terms or subject matter, it is important to consult with an attorney who specializes in that particular subject area. The people who take the time and spend a little money to understand the agreement fare much better than those who simply sign and hope for the best. Finally, after ultimately making the decision to sign a document, it is important to make a copy and keep it in a file in a safe location. The copy will be helpful in the future if any kind of legal activity occurs, or if you need to review the documentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terms in order to govern your own behavior. Once a person has read, understood, signed, and maintained a document, she is in a position of confidence, rather than fear or nervousness, regarding the both the document and the signature.

We all know that it is important to read the documents that we sign, but how many of us really do that every time we sign something? And when we do read it, do we really take the time to think about every consequence that can follow from a signature? When providing a signature on a document, there are three simple steps to follow that can prevent civil or criminal problems in the future. First of all, reading the entire document is critical. It sounds simple, but very often people sign documents without reading through them. Prior to signing the document, one needs to know that every part of the document is correct and true. For example, an affidavit is an attestation to certain facts, and the person who signs it (the signatory) is swearing to the truth of the statements made in the affidavit. The failure to ensure the truth of the statements may result in criminal perjury charges. In addition to reading the document, it is important to understand its contents. While this may seem obvious, there are times when people sign documents, such as a contract, without fully under-

Michelle Estlund is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida since 1995. She can be reached at 305-448-0077. For more information go to <www.estlundlaw.com>.

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