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Police upset about Commissioner Welsh Around Town and Mayor Stoddard’s department research Remembering

BY RAQUEL GARCIA

otwithstanding a recent $250 fine from the MiamiDade Ethics Commission and reprimands for meddling in prescribed city business from the manager and colleagues on the dais, maverick Commissioner Bob Welsh (also known as Bicycle Bob for his neighborhood flyering antics) has been touring police departments from Hialeah to Palmetto Bay to determine if the South Miami Police Department should go. “This is a personal attack on the police department,” said Police Benevolent Association (PBA) representative for SMPD, Detective Jose Lopez, who believes Welsh’s latest campaign is a result of the recent arrest of Welsh’s friend, homeless handyman Richard Warren Papove. Papove is charged with “illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.” Criminal charges against him have been dropped and he is in custody awaiting immigration proceedings. “Some may think the law does not apply to everybody,” said Lopez. “The police department has made arrests they have not agreed with and they have turned around and gone after the police department.” The PBA recently submitted a public

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City ceremony commemorates 9-11

(From l to r) Lieutenant Cesar Trapero, City Arborist Doug Baker, Police Sargent Rich James, Police Honor Guard Officer Ralph Baumer, Firefighter Mario Arevalo, Firefighter Mario Arevalo, Firefighter Carlos Trujillo, and Firefighter Tony Diaz at the 9-11 Commemoration at City Hall.

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9-11 BY MICHAEL MILLER

Executive Editor City Manager Hector Mirabile organized a thoughtful commemorative moment on Tuesday September 11th at 9:30am to honor the 2,606 souls who perished at One World Trade Center on 9-11-2001, the 120 lost at the Pentagon that same day, and the 411 emergency workers who also died of which 340 were firefighters, 27 were Port Authority officers and 23 were from the New York Police Department. The flag was raised and brought down to half-mast by Honor Guard Ralph Baumer and Sargent Rich James. Vice Mayor Josh Liebman, Commissioner Valerie Newman, City Attorney Thomas Pepe, Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro,

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SIGHTINGS (L to r) SoMi residents Aidan Tamargo and Nick Mancini enjoy a night out at Menchie’s.

UM Architecture Professor Aristides Millas, with wife and Lowe Museum Docent Carol Millas, greets UM student Isabel Sarmiento (center) at the opening of Introspection and Awakening: Japanese Art

of the Edo and Meiji Period, 1612-1912.

Stockholm Sweden native and new South Miami resident Caroline Kasa walks her beloved German Shepherds Primo and Ziva.

Robins Plaza Employees of the Month Arturo Barahona and Matias Rojas offer their best GQ pose.


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South Florida celebrates Fall with walks, bed races and fashion night

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB With the American Diabetes Association Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes coming up on September 22, at Marlins Park, it seemed appropriate that South Miami Rotary featured as a guest speaker recently Lois Exelbert, RN, CDE.BC-ADM, the Administrator of the Diabetes Care Center at Baptist Hospital. Exelbert dispelled many misconceptions about Types I and II diabetes and encourage everyone to be tested annually for this disease. Everyone participating on the Step Out Walk this year will not only enjoy a great day out at the Marlins Stadium with free parking, but will also find booths with free information, samples and even testing. For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/stepoutmiami.

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South Miami’s Mack Cycle was one of many businesses participating in this year’s Coconut Grove Bed Races that brought loads of people to witness the antics of some very creative people. Racers not only constructed beds attaching wheels onto frames but also created some great costumes to vie for various prizes and raise funds for charity. Crowd favorite winner was Barracuda Bar and Grill, one of six categories in the race. Barracuda’s new owner Lee Kessler hosted the after party with music and good times closing down Fuller Street as people partied through the evening after a long day preparing for the races. Shops at Sunset Place invites girls of all ages to come out for a night of fashion and fun on Thursday, October 11, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy an entertaining evening presented by Woolite and sponsored by Diet Coke. Vendor space is available and those interested in participating or purchasing a table to advertise their business should contact Tatiana Vidales, assistant director of marketing and business development, at 305-663-0482 or tvidales@simon.com. On the non profit scene, South Miami women interested in community service are encouraged to join other woman from around Miami Dade and Broward for a membership social for the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club on Wed. Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. at their clubhouse, 1001-9 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. Guests will have an opportunity to learn about the club’s many outreach efforts as well as tour the club’s May Van Sickle Children Dental Clinic adjacent to the clubhouse. This free children’s dental clinic provided more than $215,000 in free dental care last year alone to disadvantaged children from around Miami Dade County. Down Syndrome of Miami will hold its 6th Annual Miracle Walk at Ponce Circle Park in the Gables on Sunday, Nov. 4. The group is looking to increase their numbers this year from 3,000 walkers to more than 5,000. All of the funds raised will stay right here in South Miami, Coral Gables, Kendall and Doral servicing over 200 families with kids and teens with Down Syndrome. This organization not only provides free swimming lessons, free speech therapy, and free soccer groups but has even added Hippotherapy down in Horse Country. Students looking for volunteer hours are welcomed to contact the organization to see how they can help. For more information, visit online at

Lee Kessler (far left) with his Barracuda Bar & Grill Bed Race Team prepare for first heat.

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www.dsaom.org. Prospective volunteers are invited to the 64th Junior Orange Bowl Festival Kick-Off Celebration on Tuesday, September 18, 6-8 p.m. at The Biltmore Hotel. Meet the leaders of the world’s largest youth festival while enjoying appetizers & beverages. Cost is $15 in advance or $25 at the door. To RSVP, call 305 662-1210. Finally, charitable organizations are invited to share their programs with the Chamber South members at a NOT FOR

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Former Combat Marine Doug Baker (left) holds the American Flag while City Manager Hector Mirabile addresses the gathering at the 911 remembrance ceremony while Sargent Rich James and Honor Guard Ralph Baumer stand at attention.

City Clerk Maria M. Menendez, City Arborist Doug Baker and firefighters Tony Diaz, Carlos Trujillo, Mario Arevalo and Lieutenant Cesar Trapero were among those in attendance. After two convocations and a short presentation by Manager Mirabile, attendees went indoors to enjoy refreshments while Miriam Stern of the Miami String Project played a soulful rendering of Amazing Grace on the violin. A heartfelt thank you to the City of South Miami for offering our community a chance to get together among colleagues and friends to quietly remember and never forget.

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Thought for the Day: For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter — Deeprak Chopra For news tips, call 305-669-7030, or send emails to <Michael@communitynewspapers.com>.


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WELSH, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– records request to determine what steps are necessary to begin a formal recall process of both Commissioner Welsh and Mayor Philip Stoddard. In an emailed response to an interview request, Commissioner Welsh delivered the following statement to South Miami News: “I am not an expert on police departments. I started assembling statistics when I saw the Palmetto Bay 2012-13 proposed budget for their police department and it was about 100K cheaper than ours. For those of us that are somewhat familiar with the differences in our cities, bells should go off in our heads because they have twice the population and three times the land…I need a couple of more weeks of research and let the chips fall where they will fall.” Mayor Stoddard said he has not seen any of Welsh’s research due to the sunshine law and is uncertain of his aims. “I don’t really know what his goal is and I’m not sure how to quantify performance versus price. Some years back a resident came to me and said we have a lot of cops for a city of our population but we have a commercial district and different policing needs. You can’t make a simple comparison to population and police force.”

Stoddard suggests the recall motivation may be in response to a preliminary analysis he himself put together on crime statistics intended for the city manager alone to review. “I had begun an analysis of multicity crime statistics and gave a preliminary draft to the city manager,” said Stoddard. “It got leaked to the police staff and Valerie Newman and I consider that a breach of trust. It wasn’t intended for public viewing yet and may be the impetus for the (recall) reaction. I am two drafts ahead of that now.” In response to the allegations of a breach of trust City Manager Hector Mirabile said, “I was doing due diligence. I am in charge of the police department and it was sent to me to review. Nowhere on the document did it say ‘for your eyes only.’ I forwarded it to Lisa Corbin our crime analyst to check if what he is saying is accurate. (However) I was blindsided when Commissioner Newman brought it up.” Stoddard sent the preliminary crime analysis to Mirabile on Saturday September 1st and the note read verbatim: “Hector, Please review the attached analysis and give me your feedback. Thanks, Phil.” Mirabile also sent a copy to the Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro who then for-

warded it to two police department majors. “I discovered it at a commission meeting and I don’t know how it got there,” said Commissioner Newman. “I am not very savvy with the iPad or drop box system and saw it (electronically) on the bottom of the agenda so I clicked on it and there it was.” She has since posted it on to her blog site: Insidethehornetsnest.com. “I couldn’t believe it,” continued Newman. “They (SMPD) are doing an amazing job. He (Stoddard) said he didn’t think the DUI checkpoints were effective. This is part of the problem that they (Stoddard and Welsh) are not crime analysts and they don’t know what they are talking about half the time.” As far as Welsh investigating efficiencies of SMPD by comparison to other municipal departments Newman said: “It is an embarrassment. If he were doing this as a private citizen that’s one thing but those departments are assuming he has the blessing of the entire commission and that is not true. It is wrong for him to do this as a representative of South Miami. He is not following proper procedure and he is abusing his position.” Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro suggests the gumshoeing efforts of Welsh and Stoddard are demoralizing the SMPD. At the time of this interview the chief was working on a response to Stoddard’s crime analysis. “I am in defense

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mode. These two individuals are destroying the morale of the police department,” said Martinez de Castro. Commissioner Harris said Welsh was a bit “overly aggressive” in researching other police departments and talking about outsourcing. “I think he was pulling a Bicycle Bob and not a Commissioner Welsh. He is a bit out of line in some of the things he is doing but his heart is in the right place. I don’t agree with his interpretation or going to police departments. I think the police are doing a good job. Sometimes they are a bit overly aggressive I think but I’m not a police officer and don’t know the situations involved.” Vice Mayor Josh Liebman said never has he heard so much of an outcry from his neighbors angered about the police department’s efficiency being called into question. “We have the best police in the county,” said Liebman. “Our response time is less than two minutes and is the best south of Orlando. I fully support our police chief and our department and want to let them do their job and stop interfering with their business. Liebman has yet to see Stoddard’s crime analysis report but says all this research activity is “terrible for morale.” “Crime will certainly go up if the police are spending all of their time responding to Commissioner Welsh and Mayor Stoddard. If crime goes up and they (SMPD) are off the streets maybe Bob will achieve his goal.”


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Fashion’s Night Out brings community together

Family bonding over meals reaps big benefits for kids BY LEE STEPHENS

BY RAQUEL GARCIA

South Miami retailers came together for the “Fashion’s Night Out” on Thursday September 6 with champagne, gift bags, hor d’oeuvres and special discounts to commemorate the start of New York Fashion Week while encouraging fashion lovers everywhere to get their shop on. “We set a precedent for years to come,” said Echo Social Media President and organizer Susan Linning. “We put together maps and details of what the stores would be offering. We will do it again next year and plan way in advance.” Linning does public relations for Eberjey Boutique which opened up about three weeks ago at 5709 SW 57 Ct. She and Director of Retail, Sushi Maki marketing director Jenny Larson (left) and general manager Lauren Bitar, decided to Karina Alfaro roll out the red carpet for Fashion’s Night Out. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– collaborate the timing of “There is something about dance and the grand opening with Fashion’s Night Out global initiative to encourage local music that has a unifying power that nothing else has,” said Markos who teaches at commerce and support area charities. “We found out no one was coordinating Body and Soul Fitness Club in Coral it this year,” said Bitar, “so we thought Gables. “All of a sudden whether you are in what a great idea it would be to work with the flash mob or not you want to smile and area boutiques and have one giant night dance and fist pump. It brings a universal smile to everyone.” out.” Red Sunset Merchants Association Although this year’s event happened with only two weeks of planning, at Membership Chair Amy Donner said it was least 13 area merchants joined in and the largest Fashion’s Night Out in South there was even a Flash Mob dance out- Miami to date. “Director of Retail Lauren side Lululemon. Store manager Kristin Bitar of Eberjey came to town and reached Daniel said “ Being a part of Fashion out immediately to make a difference. Night Out was a great opportunity for Kudos to Eberjey.” Studio LX, Bluefish Sport, Tupelo us to celebrate and have fun with our Honey, Vigi, Sushi Maki, Town Kitchen community.” Professional dancer and choreographer and Bar, American Apparel, D Find, Peace J Markos’ Videosync team of dancers got Love World, Cream, and George’s also parthe crowd excited with a lively flash mob ticipated. Lotus House Women’s Shelter, Voices dance routine while giant speakers behind them pumped up the volume. Against Brain Cancer Foundation, Kristi Next door at Footworks, the Thursday House, Honey Shine, and Ramos Hoops night Fun Run runners were snapping Academy Scholarships are the local chariphotos and joining in on the contagious ties benefiting from South Miami’s Fashion’s Night Out. energetic display.

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In a culture built on speed, it can sometimes be difficult to slow down and take time for the more mundane activities in life, like eating dinner as a family. But experts say that’s exactly what you should do to raise drug-free kids. They’ve chosen Monday, Sept. 24 as Family Day 2012 to help encourage families to begin a habit that lasts all year. Researchers at the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have spent more than a decade studying the effects of quality family time on a child’s growth and development, and have found that teens who have infrequent family dinners, described as fewer than five to seven times per week, are more likely to use alcohol, tobacco or marijuana. “The family bonding that happens at mealtime is really critical to staying connected with your child,” says Margaret Sotham, director of the South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, which is sponsored by Informed Families. “Parents have a chance to ask questions and really find out what’s happening in their kids’ lives. It may take a few tries to get the conversation going, but eventually, your kids will open up – especially if you start when they’re young.” A 2011 study by CASA found that teens who didn’t have frequent meals with their families were almost four times likelier to use tobacco; more than twice as likely to use alcohol; two-and-a-half times likelier to use marijuana. Also, the teens were almost four times likelier to say they expect to try drugs in the future. The report also noted that those who believe their siblings have used or are using substances are significantly more likely to use tobacco

(five-and-a-half times), alcohol (almost three times) and marijuana (six-and-a-half times). For parents who have trouble starting the conversation, keep these tips in mind: Understand that addiction is a disease and that the developing brain of an adolescent is particularly susceptible. Start talking with your kids at an early age so that your child is comfortable talking to you about “difficult” topics such as tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Acknowledge that many people use marijuana, alcohol and tobacco; explain that tobacco and prescription drugs are also risky and can rewire your brain to increase the chance that you will get hooked. Listen carefully to your child. Educate yourself so you can answer his or her questions, even the more difficult questions that come as they get older. Write a family “contract” established to make your opinions on all types of drug use clear. Be consistent with family rules. Most importantly, says Sotham, be a model of healthy behavior for your child. “Kids learn what they live, so make sure you’re setting the example you want them to follow,” she says. For more help talking to your child about alcohol and drugs, visit www.informedfamilies.org or contact Margaret Sotham at South Miami Drug-Free Coalition, 305-856-4037 or msotham@informedfamilies.org.


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Richard S. Kalski, M.D. is the vision correction specialist... where patients can receive the treatment they need Residents of our county are fortunate to have access to one of the latest and most accurate laser treatments for cataract, corneal and refractive surgeries in the world. In the skilled hands of ophthalmologist Dr. Richard S. Kalski, patients can receive the treatment they need from the LenSX laser by Alcon at a state of the art facility, the South Florida Surgery Center, located on SW 70 St in South Miami. Dr. Kalski, a native of Cleveland, Ohio is a physician who believes in arming his patients with information, providing a complete packet about his services, what to expect during and after surgery, and even a video on his website in which his patients describe their experiences with eye surgery. His treatment includes preand post-operative personal phone calls to each patient. Cataracts, something that may be on the increase as Baby Boomers age, are generally the consequence of surviving a certain number ofbirthdays. Witness the famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), whose vision was severe-

ly impacted by cataracts, after the age of 72; some believe they interfered with his ability to accurately see color from 1915 on. Today, modern techniques in cataract surgery and intraocular lens replacement would have made Monet’s eye troubles easy to remedy. Dr. Kalski says that cataracts are a matter of “when,” not “if.” The issue about them is that surgery is only necessary when the condition greatly hampers one’s ability to see clearly, a la Monet. The approval by the FDA of foldable artificial lenses (intraocular lens or IOL) in the 1990s moved the treatment of cataracts into a realm that was much better for the patient with healing time being greatly reduced. With the invention and approval of the Alcon LenSX in the United States, cataract and other surgeries are safer, smaller incisions are required and can self-heal without suturing, healing time for the patient is reduced and there is much less swelling as a result of the procedure. Because the equipment relies on discrete patient information entered by the doctor, the solutions Dr. Kalski believes in aiming patients with information. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

are custom tailored for each patient. Results are extremely accurate and certain routine maneuvers are easily replicated, thanks to this state of the art equipment and the skilled hands of an ophthalmologist like Dr. Kalski. Another major improvement in artificial lenses is their ability to solve certain vision challenges such as astigmatism and other issues that may require glasses or contacts. These premium lenses are available and decisions about choosing one over the other should be made in consultation with the doctor. Dr. Richard Kalski is a board certified

ophthalmologist who is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and performed his residency at CWR’s Ophthalmology program. Also, he is the recipient of the “Physician’s Recognition Award in Continuing Education” from the American Medical Association and has published and presented his work worldwide. He may be reached at 305-665-2023 and his medical office, Vision Correction Specialist, is located in Kendall at 7000 SW 97 Avenue, Suite 114. For additional information, feel free to go to: www.kalskivision.com


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Sharing a moment with Columbia Ebersole BY DONNA SHELLEY Chances are that if you frequent the Winn-Dixie in the City of South Miami you have had your milk, bread and other grocery items swiped, rung-up and bagged by Columbia Ebersole. Columbia attracts attention because, well to put it politely, she is not the youngest store clerk in the cashiering business. “I hope you’re not going to print my age,” she pleads more than once. Columbia’s sprightliness and consistent good humor belie the somewhat sobering fact that she has been ringing sales for the same company for over 50 years. This is quite the remarkable feat to accomplish in the modern world of employment uncertainty. It is difficult to imagine being with ANY job or company for so long, especially in the everdynamic realm of large, national chain stores. Witness the merger between her employer, Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo in March of this year. Persuading Columbia to leave the selling floor and her customers for the relative quiet of the employee break room was no easy feat. An interview for the local paper is just not as important as serving her customers. “I couldn’t have done this work for so long if I didn’t really enjoy being around people,” she says. A marvelous attitude really, because people may not always be at their best as they hastily grab something for dinner while carefully steering their grocery cart down aisles crowded with other cheerful shoppers. Columbia comes from the small Pennsylvania town of West

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Pittsburg, population 808 (no ‘h’ and not to be confused with the metropolis of Pittsburgh). She came to Florida with her husband about 55 years ago. She has always worked in South Miami. Initially, at the Winn-Dixie that was once located on US 1 and later at their current location on Southwest 73rd Street. Church, work and family take up most of Columbia’s time. She has two children, three grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Recently, one grandson, while in Jacksonville, was having a casual conversation with an acquaintance from Miami in which he mentioned that his grandmother worked for Winn-Dixie. “I know her! Her name is Columbia,” said the man. She cites her greatest accomplishments as being a terrific mother and grandmother. She is also proud of her relationships with all of the customers she has known and served over the years. “I have always tried to do my best and treat others as I would like to be treated. I’ve met all kinds of people,” she said with a smile. Asked about her hobbies, Columbia said that reading books about taking care of oneself was something she really enjoyed. Given her upbeat nature and abilities at the checkout, it appears that her choice of reading material has paid-off. Columbia’s daughter will be moving to Daytona soon. She has invited her mother to move north and live with her by the end of the year. So, sometime in December 2012, the woman who surely must be the longest-employed cashier in WinnDixie’s 57-year history will hang up her apron and come out from behind the register.


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Kevin Rhodes lives fearlessly despite his cancer challenges BY RAQUEL GARCIA

“University of Miami said that we needed to take the foot off, but I didn’t want to believe them; I was being hardWhen Curacao native Kevin Rhodes was 12 years old headed,” Rhodes said. “The doctor in Texas told me the and still living on the island with his family, they took a car same thing. After I heard it from three different hospitals, I trip and he fell asleep in the back seat. Rhodes awakened a realized, if this has to be, let it be.” month later in the hospital and found out he had been in a In late January 2011, his left leg was amputated right coma. A drunk driver had hit the family vehicle and doctors below the knee. incorrectly predicted he would never walk and talk again. “Once they took the foot off, the cancer skipped my “I have had a lot happen to me in my life and I am not lymph nodes and went straight to my lungs. I had surgery really afraid of anything,” Rhodes said. in Texas on both of my lungs and the tumors they saw were That courage and resilience have served the 26-year-old mas- removed. I just went back up two months ago for my threesage therapist well as he awaits his next surgery in Maryland to month checkup CT scan and the tumors are growing in my once again tackle the cancerous tumors in his lungs. lungs again. They said there is nothing they can do and rec“I am not scared of death,” he said. “If I have to go, I ommended I go to Maryland.” have to go, but I don’t want to die. I’m fighting my best to As Rhodes waits clearance of paperwork for a promising stay alive, but if my time comes, my time comes; I cannot treatment plan at the National extend that.” Institute of Health in Bethesda, he Growing up in the is busy celebrating his first wedislands, climbing the rugged ding anniversary with his wife, mountainous terrain and Fabiola; his 27th birthday, and swimming along the beachpreparing for final massage school es of Curacao, Kevin was board exams. tough and resilient. “I just ran a 5K not too long ago Although the origin of his and my energy is flowing at 100 diagnosis may never be percent.” known conclusively, at age Because Kevin and his wife are 10 he was playing hide and huge Miami Heat fans, he had his seek with friends and twistprosthetic leg custom designed ed his ankle to such a degree with the Miami Heat 2012 that the pain never comChampionship logo. He said his pletely diminished. family “is cool” and taking their While in class at massage challenges in stride, counting on school in 2010 a professor their faith, and “not getting stressed suggested he have it looked out.” at. A sarcoma tumor was “You cannot really fight life,” ultimately discovered and Rhodes said. “We all have a date removed. However the set for when we will leave this tumor kept reappearing. world — old age, or a car accident, This active young man — or a shoot-out the way the world is who moved to Miami at age moving. I am still walking and still 13 — and drove a forklift doing everything I was doing. Why for the family business loadgive up, if you are still alive? I try ing 40-foot containers for to live life to my very best and not international freight delivworry about it. In my mind I am ery, did not want to accept Kevin finds a way to promote his favorite basketball team — cancer free, and my mind is powerthe doctor’s recommenda- The Miami Heat. ful.” ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– tion of amputation.

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Who's Side Will You Choose? Passionate or Peaceful, These Two Queens Want to Win Your Heart! The Red Queen of Hearts and the White Queen of Hearts are fighting for your attention as the EDGE kicks off its fourth annual Green Masquerade Ball. Decked out in costumes for their Alice in Wonderland theme benefit the two queens will entertain and amaze you! This is your opportunity to find out more about Miami-based international non-profit, The Early Development for Global Education Charitable Foundation (EDGE)! This Green Masquerade Ball will take place on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012, starting at 7pm, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Miami 33157, complete with best costume contest, performers, organic hookah, open bar and much more! The EDGE represents education, environmentalism and humanitarianism. Over 13,300 children in 10 countries (including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United States) receive services with 40% of their children living right here in South Florida. This innovative organization was started by three very diverse women with the goal of building planet-focused bridges to education and service. Programs, including the EDGE's largest program, EDGE Children for Children, directly serve children in the 10 countries and hit home with a heart of gold! This non-profit has gone the extra mile for migrant families, low income students, domestic abuse victims and human trafficking victims in South Florida with an annual toy drive, food drive, back to school drives, a Green EDGE Curriculum, an Earth Month Education Campaign and much more!! Overseas all children are engaged through the Green EDGE Curriculum and receive humanitarian services that range from large tankers of donations to grants from major corporations. The EDGE believes the power of environmental education and social responsibility are key to sustaining a healthy future where we live as citizens of the world helping each other and caring for the planet. Tickets for this event are now available for $80 through October 1st, $125 after this date. Contact Mercy at 305-298-1763 or Priya at Priya@theedgeeducation.com for tickets. Group VIP lounge tickets available; 21 and over to party. To learn more about the EDGE at www.theedgeeducation.com. See you then!

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Be ‘Forever a Camper’ at coming Alper JCC Reunion BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Growing up in Miami in the 1990s, Josh Rader and his twin brother spent every summer at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center as campers, returning to the “J” as camp staff during their college years. Josh met his future wife, Michelle Applerouth-Rader, at the JCC. Their lifelong friend, Matthew Bittel’s childhood also revolved around summers at the center. As adults with families of their own, the friends wanted to re-engage and become part of the community center they knew so well as kids. With so many positive memories between them, Matthew and Josh decided to take on the daunting task of organizing and cochairing the first Alper JCC Summer Camp Reunion. A team effort was needed and within days they had recruited more than two-dozen former campers and staff, who shared their passion and formed the reunion committee. “It is always nice to get together, reconnect with old friends to reminisce about childhood, summer camp memories and the Alper JCC,” Bittel said. “The concept of a summer camp reunion has been talked about for years. We decided to put the plan into action and from there the event took on a mind of its own. This event is going to be a real success.” For over 60 years, the Alper JCC Camp has created meaningful summer experiences for thousands of boys and girls. In 1932, the organization was originally called the Hebrew Athletic Club, but changed its name to the YM/YWHA in the 1960s and opened the first summer program for kids at the “Y” on SW Eighth Street. JCC historian Roslyn Berrin recalls, “In 1965, in an effort to raise funds for summer day camp scholarships, the fundraising committee planned a special event, and it was truly ‘special.’ The committee planned a Las Vegas Night and during the evening the county police swooped down on the ballroom and confiscated the gaming equipment, and hauled off two of the organization top officers and assistant director to jail.” It is stories like these and perhaps memories of more traditional summer happenings that will bring countless numbers of former campers and staff to the Alper JCC on Sunday, Oct. 21, noon-4 p.m., to recall old times and rekindle friendships. Kids of all ages have the opportunity to reconnect and reminisce at the JCC’s “Forever a Camper.” Creating a fun-filled day is the responsibility of camp director Ashley Conant, the program committee, and Marsha Botkin, Paul Frishman and Susan Linder, who for

Pictured are Ashley Conant, camp director, and Marsha Botkin. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

years all worked together at the center. The activities they have scheduled include Flag Pole, Color War, Singin’ with Susan, a bounce house, and a campfire with Mike Moss. Commemorative T-shirts are being printed, video collages assembled and a special closing ceremony is planned. “Based on the feedback we have received to date and with the interest which has spiked from the event’s Facebook Page, we are expecting a large turnout for the event,” said reunion co-chair Rader. “We are encouraging former campers, counselors and friends of the Alper JCC to register online and register now. “With all event proceeds benefiting the Camp Scholarship Fund, we are urging people to give generously to help provide a JCC Summer Camp experience and the memories that go with it, to someone else.” Since the 1960s, when the JCC first held its raucous summer camp fundraiser to this camp reunion, the center continues to creatively raise funds so that it can provide camp scholarships for children whose families are burdened with financial difficulties. Every child should spend a summer at the Alper JCC camp. Reunion general admission tickets include lunch and camp fun and are $36 for a family of four and $5 for each additional family member. Individual tickets are $18 per person. Patron tickets are $100, $180 and $360 and admit up to six people. For more information, call Ashley Conant, summer camp director, at 305271-9000, ext. 272. To register and pay online look for the Summer Camp Reunion link at alperjcc.org.


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‘Swim for Me’ teaches children water safety

William Romero urges drain cover changes for pool safety.

BY RICHARD YAGER

Growing up in Miami with its “uncommon numbers” of drowning victims has created a singular mission in life for William Romero, 41. “How many times do you see how desolated a mom and dad become after losing a child in a swimming pool tragedy?” said the Hammocks father who taught his daughter to swim at age 1. Now he heads “Swim for Me,” a coaching program that teaches youngsters and adults not only how to swim but how to protect themselves and help save lives of loved ones in water emergencies. “Knowing how to swim and how it can save a life is vital in a community like ours,” he told a West Kendall audience on Aug. 29 at the Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District station. He displayed safeguards from toy life preservers and swimming aids to gadgets to shatter a car window and provide escape from a car in a lake or canal. “There’s up to five minutes to save a drowning victim, including you,” he declared. “Lack of oxygen after two minutes underwater will cause a person to pass out but the heart can remain beating for up to two minutes thereafter. “Drowning is actually a heart failure, occurring at least two to three minutes after someone loses consciousness,” he

said. “Those precious seconds are the difference between life and death. “I’ve seen CPR administered to bring back a ‘drowned’ child back to life because someone acted quickly by knowing what to do in the critical time frame given to act,” Romero stated. His safety demonstration began with a simple precaution: replacing a standard swimming pool drain cover with a “$5 replacement” sprinkled with added outlet holes to decrease suction action that can grab and tangle a child’s hair underwater.” A variety of children’s devices are often deceptive, he added, showing a foam block flotation “frog” bearing a warning: “Not a lifesaving device!” Noting that he “can get anyone to begin swimming in two weeks or less,” Romero said he teaches individuals as well as small and large groups in his Swim for Me program using techniques based on six basic steps from blowing bubbles to taking the first stroke. He teaches individuals and groups at reasonable cost, emphasizing safety while making swimming fun for first-timers with instruction also covering basic CPR and first-aid for newborns, infants or toddlers. For information, call 786-233-3966 or visit online at <www.swimcoachmiami.com>.

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Breast cancer survivors invited to celebrate at SMH on Oct. 4

Linda Burrowes, founder of Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group, (left) greets breast cancer survivor Maria Hernandez at last year’s celebration at South Miami Hospital. (Photo by Fareed Al-Mashat, Baptist Health South Florida)

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“Partners in Hope: Helping a Loved One Cope with Breast Cancer” will be the focus of this year’s Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration. The free event for breast cancer survivors, their families and friends is set for Thursday, Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m., at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center, 6200 SW 73 St. Featured speakers are Willie Ivory, his wife, Andrea, who is a breast cancer survivor and the founder of the Women’s Breast Health Initiative, and breast cancer husband Jeff Zavac. Heroines Choir, a singing group of local breast cancer survivors and their supporters, will open the program. Close family and friends play an important role in helping those with breast cancer cope with the physical and emotional impact of the disease. Their support is vital during this often-stressful journey. “I could not have made it through this journey as well as I did without my husband’s constant support,” Andrea Ivory said. “He was the wind beneath my wings. He has a lot that he can share with others about the role of a co-survivor.” Both Willie Ivory and Jeff Zavac will discuss meaningful ways to help a loved one. Other speakers at the celebration include Baptist Health breast surgeons Robert Derhagopian, MD; Anna Voltura,

MD, and Gladys Giron, MD; cancer specialist Grace Wang, MD, and plastic surgeon Brad Herman, MD. More than 20 community organizations will have displays and exhibits of interest to breast cancer survivors. There also will be music and a light dinner. The event is free, but space is limited. Reservations are required; call 786-5963815. The celebration is hosted by Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group. “We began in 1997 as a small event just for our group, but because it was so well received, we expanded it into a much larger community event,” said Linda Burrowes, founder of Your Bosom Buddies. The support group meets the third Thursday of every month at South Miami Hospital. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. In addition to South Miami Hospital, Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net.


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Baptist Health hosts Congregational Health Convocation, Award event BY STEPHANIE ROJAS

Baptist Health South Florida recently held the Congregational Health Convocation and Awards Ceremony at Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, where the theme was “Healthy Communities: Impacting the Culture of South Florida.” Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, former Surgeon General of Florida, served as keynote speaker for the evening. The event also marked the 15th anniversary of Baptist Health South Florida’s faith-health partnership, Congregational Health. “The model of congregation-based health ministries in partnership with a health system such as Baptist Health South Florida truly makes an impact on the health of our communities during these tough economic times,” said Reverend Dale Young, director of Congregational Health. “We will continue to work as community partners to promote health and wellness and support people with health challenges through this faith-health partnership.” The following awards were presented at the ceremony: The Congregational Health New Innovative Faith-Health Award recognizes a congregation that joined the Congregational Health partnership and has already caught the vision and launched their health ministry program to include several of the Congregational Health Pillars. Award Recipients: • Christway Baptist Church • Friendship Missionary Church

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The Congregational Health Mustard Seed Faith-Health Award recognizes smaller congregations that are doing great things; they have caught the vision and are using the good soil of their congregation and its resources to help grow

Pictured (l-r) are Emilio Freeman, Gladys Salked, Lorna Fyffe, Franklin Povea, Aleida Delgado, Ann-Marie Rodney, Phillis Willis and Emma Canada. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

their health ministry. Award Recipients: • Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom • Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church The Healthy Life-style Promotion Award recognizes the congregations that promote healthy lifestyles, especially those that change the culture of eating habits, promote physical fitness, develop an ongoing faith-based health support group, and/or educate their community on making Healthful Choices. Award Recipients: • St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church • St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church • Branches United Methodist Church

and South Florida Urban Ministries The Congregational Health Living Water Award recognizes outstanding Faith-Health leadership and implementation of all the Congregational Health models of health ministry, which include bereavement support, faith-based support groups, community health fairs and more. Award Recipients: • Second Baptist Church of Richmond Heights • St. John Neumann Catholic Church Congregational Health has been serving the faith communities of the MiamiDade area since 1997 through a faithhealth coalition that has now grown to more than 130 partnering congregations.

The core programs of health education, health screenings, care teams, faithhealth support groups and bereavement support reflect the vision and mission of Baptist Health South Florida. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.


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Publix raises nearly $550,000 for Miami Children’s Hospital BY JEREMY KATZMAN

Publix Super Markets customers and associates once again showed their immense support for local sick and injured kids treated at Miami Children’s Hospital during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals instore fundraiser. This year’s campaign raised nearly $550,000, a 19 percent increase over 2011 totals and the largest amount raised in the program’s history. Funds generated from the May 26-June 16 campaign will help fund programs, technology, medical experts and care for the nearly 400,000 children treated each year at Miami Children’s Hospital. “We are incredibly grateful to Publix and all of its associates and customers for remembering the children throughout their daily lives,” said Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. “It is thanks to the support of businesses like Publix that our doctors and nurses have the tools they need to care for the children of our community.” This marks the 21st year Publix associates

and customers have rallied to help their nearest CMN hospital through the purchase of $1, $3 and $5 “Miracle Balloons” at the register. Their generous donations help to fund a variety of livesaving treatments, purchase critical medical equipment and provide needed charitable care, research and education. To date, Publix customers have raised more than $23 million for 19 Southeastern U.S. hospitals. “The dedication, commitment and sheer generosity of Publix customers and associates is not to be underestimated,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “The proof is in this year’s record fundraising totals, and the results will be evident in hospital rooms and hallways throughout the Southeast. We are so grateful for our longstanding partnership with Publix, and congratulate everyone involved on an extraordinary fundraising campaign.” To learn more about the foundation and offer support, visit mchf.org, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/MCHFoundation, or call 305-666-2889 (toll free 1-800-987-8701).


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Bob Griese’s new book brings back memories BY RICHARD YAGER

When an email asked if we would like a review copy of Perfection, a new book by Bob Griese and Dave Hyde, I jumped at the opportunity. It’s not every day you’ll get a chance to write about someone you once knew. “The Kid” was the name my good friend, John “Phil” Clinger from the former Dolphins quarterback’s native Evansville, IN, gave Griese when all three of us were neighbors on Key Biscayne back in the late 1960s. We joined an appreciative crowd to hear Griese spin locker room stories about his career before queuing up to get our copies of Perfection signed during his personal appearance at Kendall’s Barnes & Noble on Sept. 7, a signature he carefully penned with the numbers 17-0 following his name. “The Perfect Season” memorialized his Miami Dolphins 1972 team when it chalked up the first and only undefeated stretch in National Football League history. That still unrepeated feat will be celebrated in November during a 40-year reunion of Griese’s teammates at Sun Life Stadium where Dolfans now keep their fingers crossed for the 2012 team. Meanwhile, old-timers will delight in recapturing those glory days of 1972 when “The Kid,” Earl Morrall, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield and others created a legend along with “Shus” as Robert Alan Griese called Coach Don Shula. Appropriately numbered with 17 chapters, Griese’s story begins with “Are We Really That Good?” recounting how a return to Kansas City in the fall of 1972 recalled the previous year’s famed Christmas Day AFC Championship game battling the Chiefs for five and a half quarters with two overtimes before Garo Yepremian booted a 36-yard winning field goal, He had missed two others earlier that might have won the game.

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Jay Yager of Doral gets a copy of Bob Griese’s book at Kendall signing.

That’s why Bob remembers a run-weary Larry Csonka who lost 36 pounds that game, heaving his breath in a huddle after his bulldozing run set up the try and telling Garo, “You little bastard, if you miss this I’ll kill you!” Stories like this pop up on every page as Griese uses each winning game as a chapter headline although the text that follows more often gives him a chance to describe a fellow player, coach, owner Joe Robbie, scout Joe Thomas, and others he credits with varying contributions to the unbeaten record.

That’s where the drama and fun really come through, from learning how Buoniconti (Griese’s nomination for the key to the team’s defense) and talent scout Joe Thomas put Robbie to bed at the Jockey Club after the owner zonked out from another habitual overdose of booze. Even so, Robbie gets early credit for courage as a small town South Dakota lawyer who laid out $40,000 by mortgaging his home to bid for the Miami franchise, originally proposed to expand the NFL in Philadelphia. Jake Scott, the renegade safety twinned with a serious-minded Dick Anderson, gets Griese’s nod as the key cogs of team defense in a chapter titled “The Partnership of Opposites.” Also in for special praise: Coach Monte Clark who designed what Bob called his “check with me” defense allowing him to prepare alternative offensive plays to meet defensive lineup weaknesses before the snap. Perhaps that’s why Bob, speaking off the cuff during his early quarterbacking days, asked if we knew what a “lookout block” was. “Abner Haynes, our running back then, prided himself on dodging an onrushing lineman to take off around end. But he was no blocker,” Griese laughed. “Going back to pass, he’d yell ‘Look out!’ when an untouched tackle or linebacker came rushing in on me. That was Abner’s ‘look-out block.’” Once when Bob and Judi Griese made their home on the Key’s Redwood Lane, my friend, Phil, and I watched Bob and Karl Noonan prep opponent films for an

upcoming game. After 90 minutes of backand-forth repeats of films from a blimp-like level that rendered players ant-size in slow motion to (“Back it up again, Bob”) we’d had it. “You leaving?” asked the “Per’fessor” as he was known when equipped one season with glass-like goggles. “We’re just getting started.” We also saw Joe Namath, now Bob’s neighbor in Tequesta, upset the Colts in Super Bowl III, surrounded by Colt fans in the OB’s north stands along with Phil, Bob, and longtime pal, Archie Stone, a more rabid aqua-and-orange booster than “Dolfan Denny” with his rhinestonebedecked hat and jacket. Well before that ’72 season, Herald sports editor Edwin Pope rallied fans for “Victory Sunday” when the Fish ended a winless streak by beating Buffalo. My son, Jay, and friend carried a banner “We Back Bob” to support “The Kid” when disgruntled fans urged John Stofa’s return as QB. But our fondest memory was the story Judi told after Jay, then age 7, had pitched a ball back-and-forth with Bob on the front lawn of the Clinger Glenridge Rd. home, just across the street from our own. “You know, the next day when Bob was up in the bedroom studying charts, I heard a knock on our door,” she related to my wife, Barbara, over a hamburger at the old Press Club on Miami Beach. “There stood Jay, standing on his banana seat bike, holding a football. “I said ‘Hi, Jay, what are you doing here?’ Jay answered: “Can Bob come out and play?”


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Metro Ford: Big city features with small town friendliness

Metro Ford’s showroom is located at 9000 NW Seventh Ave. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY NANCY EAGLETON

Metro Ford has the desirable qualities of a big city auto dealership, while at the same time possessing the endearing qualities of a small town business. The family owned and operated dealership offers an exceptional selection of new and preowned Ford vehicles and incomparable financing options, but it’s the personalized customer service that makes it a local standout. “The atmosphere of a family-owned business is just different,” said Lomby Perez, vice president of Metro Ford who runs the business with his father Lombardo Perez Sr. “We work very hard to build and maintain long-term relationships with employees and our customers.” That hard work has paid off. In business since 1983, Metro Ford is now selling vehicles to second and third generations within the same families. “Some customers travel across the state or even from out of the state to come back to us for their next vehicle, or one for their son or daughter,” Perez added. “It’s been very rewarding to serve these loyal customers.” Before opening Metro Ford, Perez Sr., owned and operated a Fiat dealership. Miami Fiat was the most successful Fiat dealership in the nation. After Fiat pulled out of the U.S. in 1981, Ford Motor Company came knocking and Perez Sr. answered the call. Under his direction, in a short time Metro Ford became the No. 1 Ford dealer in the Southeast region. The younger Perez has grown up in the auto industry, starting at the Fiat dealership when he was just 11 years old. After paying his dues doing “owner’s son duties,” Perez worked his way up the business ladder to work side-by-side with his father. With good performance comes rewards,

which Metro Ford now can pass on to its customers. Metro Ford is one of only two Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealers in the area. The 2013 Ford Focus Electric, arriving soon, is powered exclusively by a new lithium-ion battery system. The Focus Electric has best-in-class horsepower, 100 miles of range and higher speed charging. “The future is electric cars,” Perez said. “We are thrilled to offer this product to our customers. Our sales and service team are EV certified by Ford to provide the very best service.” Another “major home run” for Ford is the combination of efficiency and performance in the 2013 Ford Fusion. In addition to the well-known hybrid model, Fusion will offer EcoBoost, the standard model and the upcoming Energi Plug-In. The 2013 Ford Escape also has an eco-friendly side, offering two available EcoBoost engines. The popular redesigned crossover offers the best automatic highway fuel economy in its class. Customers can shop for new and preowned vehicles on the interactive Metro Ford website at <www.MetroFord.com>. The site allows customers to view dealer specials and incentives, get a quote, apply for credit and chat online with a sales representative. “Customers today like to do their research in the comfort of their home or office,” Perez said. “An educated customer is our best customer. When they come to the dealership, they are often ready to test drive and make a decision.” The Metro Ford Service and Parts Department, staffed by Ford certified technicians, now offers extended hours — until 7 p.m. on weekdays — to meet the demands of customers’ busy schedules. Metro Ford is located at 9000 NW Seventh Ave. in Miami. For more information, call 1-877-8119402 or visit <www.metroford.com>.

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document management and IT plan to meet the company’s short- and long-term goals and budget.” Business strategies and technology are constantly changing and to be competitive companies need to keep up. RDS can help businesses stay current by safely storing their data and documents in the “cloud,” allowing employees mobile Internet access. “This technology helps a small business operate like a large business,” Hermida added. RDS understands the challenges that businesses face in today’s economy, which is why the company offers innovative and flexible in-house financing programs. “We specialize in helping start-up companies get out of the blocks. When banks say no, we say yes,” Hermida said. “To get started, new businesses need the right equipment, at the right time and at the right cost. They can get credit with RDS.” Of course, service does not end after initial equipment delivery. RDS’s certified office equipment technicians regularly perform preventive maintenance on all installed systems to ensure the maximum up-time. The RDS call center is staffed and ready to assist customers 24/7. “We offer one of the strongest guarantees in the industry: ‘If we can’t fix it, we replace it,’” Hermida said. “We respond quickly so our customers don’t experience an interruption in their businesses. Our goal is to minimize your worry and maximize your productivity.” For more information about Restored Digital Solutions, located at 5703 NW 35 Ave., call 305-468-9965 or visit <www.RDSTeam.com>.


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Florida Election & Voter Guide available for November vote BY LEE STEPHENS

As election season kicks into high gear following the political conventions, the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund (LWVFEF) is offering millions of state voters important, nonpartisan information about the crucial decisions they’ll be making on Election Day. The just-published 2012 Florida Election & Voter Guide includes information on the presidential contenders as well as statewide candidates, Supreme Court justices and the 11 constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot. With a print run of 1.1 million, copies of the Voter Guide will be provided in all 67 counties through newspapers, local libraries, civic organizations and local Leagues. The Voter Guide also is available online at the League website, <http://thefloridavoter.org/>. As a volunteer organization, LWVFEF gathers and assembles Voter Guide information from candidates’ responses to questionnaires as well as pro-con analyses of constitutional amendments based on League research and consensus-developed policy. The Voter Guide offers information but does not make recommendations or endorsements. League president Deirdre Macnab says that Voter Guide information can help

Floridians make up their minds about the complex and critical issues they will confront on Election Day. “Florida citizens will be looking for information to help them navigate critical choices: picking our future leadership and making decisions that affect the future of Florida’s economy, jobs, housing, healthcare, education, natural resources and families,” Macnab said. “The League’s Voter Guide puts it all in one easy-to- understand tool.” The Voter Guide also be will printed and distributed in Spanish. To request copies of the Voter Guide from a local League, see <http://thefloridavoter.org/about-lwvfl/local-leagues> for contact information. Macnab also notes that with the changes to Florida’s election laws, it is essential for all voters to check their status to ensure their eligibility to vote. To register to vote, check voter status and election information, and to view local candidate questionnaires when available, visit <www.BeReadyToVote.org>, a voter service website provided by the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund. The 2012 Florida Election & Voter Guide is made possible through the support of American Express, Florida Bar, Wells Fargo, League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County, Harriett Lake and Elayne Goodman.

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Residents have opportunity to get free financial advice BY ROBERT HAMITON

We’ve all heard that there’s no free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, Miami-area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at Miami Financial Planning Day. The event will take place on Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., and Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Building 2, Room 2106. It will feature experts from the Financial Planning Association and highly qualified Certified Financial Planner professionals, all volunteering their time and expertise to work with local residents oneon-one to address important financial issues. Financial planners will be set up at their own tables to meet one-on-one with attendees to answer questions on getting out of debt, retirement planning, investment strategies, income taxes, insurance, mortgages and foreclosures, among many other topics. The advice will be offered on a “no

strings attached” basis and planners will not give out business cards or sell financial products or services. Miami Financial Planning Day is organized by City of Miami in partnership with FPA of Miami-Dade, Greater Fort Lauderdale, and Gold Coast Chapters as part of a national Financial Planning Days initiative created by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Financial Planning Association, and the Foundation for Financial Planning and U.S. Conference of Mayors. The collaboration is a first-of-its kind effort involving city governments and thousands of financial planners nationwide united in an effort to provide free financial education and programming to communities throughout the U.S. Free online registration for the Miami Financial Planning Day is available at <www.financialplanningdays.org/Miami>, or by calling toll free at 1-877-861-7826. Walk-ins also are welcome.


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$1.7M grant helps students earn microbiology degrees

Eric Triplett, chair of the University of Florida’s Microbiology and Cell Science Department, is pictured in his laboratory. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY TOM NORDLIE

A team of University of Florida and Miami Dade College faculty members has won a five-year, $1.7 million federal grant to expand a distance-education program enabling MDC students to earn a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from UF. The grant was announced in August by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education. The grant is part of an NSF effort to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates, known as the STEM Talent Expansion Program. “We believe this program will allow students to become science graduates who otherwise would be unable to do so for financial or cultural reasons,” said Eric Triplett, principal investigator for the grant and chair of UF’s Microbiology and Cell Science Department, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “This is one of the very few science degrees available by distance education anywhere in the U.S. from a top research university.” Launched last fall, the program is aimed at students from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM disciplines. It’s based at MDC’s North Campus, where 90 percent of students are Hispanic or AfricanAmerican. With the distance-ed option, students can attend UF without relocating to Gainesville,

thereby reducing expenses and enabling students to maintain employment and personal responsibilities. These factors could improve retention, said Jennifer Drew, an instructor with the UF microbiology and cell science department and a co-principal investigator. Drew said the funding will help officials at both institutions improve the existing program by offering new features that may improve retention: scholarships, peer-to-peer tutoring, career mentoring and undergraduate research experiences. Lecture classes are taught online, but students will do their lab work in person at MDC or one of several UF facilities in South Florida. The program is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity, who have received an associate of arts degree from MDC and earned minimum grades in prerequisite courses. Beginning next fall, UF plans to offer a similar distance-ed program at community colleges across the state, Triplett said. At MDC, officials look forward to the opportunities the grant presents, said Heather Belmont, dean of the School of Science. “MDC and its School of Science are truly excited about NSF’s support of this innovative new way to attract more students into quality science programming,” Belmont said. “We look forward to working closely with UF to promote this partnership.”

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Florida Power & Light energizes classrooms with zany, new educational school show The fast-paced educational school show, “Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection,” is energizing classrooms throughout Florida Power & Light Company's service territory. The program, featuring an incredible cast of characters, is available free of charge to teachers who are looking to enrich their science curricula for the 2012-13 school year. "Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" delivers important energy conservation messages through an engaging cast of characters including Moldy and Skuller, The Boss, Ooot Blatuu, and The Slug. The foursome travels the planet finding ways electricity is being used unsafely and unwisely. The cast teaches students how energy is made, used and wasted and why it's important to conserve it. “We know that many teachers reach into their own pockets to supplement their teaching and to help bring lessons to life," said FPL's Education Program Manager, Maureen Wilt. "It's our hope that programs like this will inspire students to be energy conservation advocates in their homes and ease the educational load on Florida teachers.” The show is performed by professional actors from The National Theatre for Children based in Minneapolis, Minn. This organization specializes in writing and performing educational programs for children nationwide using simple sets and audience participation. The 25-minute live theatre performance is offered to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in FPL’s service territory. The show can be performed at individual schools in the gym, cafeteria or any large assembly area where students can be seated on the floor. Each show includes grade-appropriate workbooks for each student, and comprehensive online teacher guides. To learn more about arranging a performance or to see the tour schedule, visit www.fpl.com/community/learning/show.shtml http://www.fpl.com/community/learning/show.shtml .

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Breakthrough helps students succeed in school and preps them for college BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

During the summer, students from across Miami-Dade go to eight-week Breakthrough Miami programs at schools such as Palmer Trinity to help them get a jumpstart on learning for the next grade. “Breakthrough provides out of school academic enrichment for students from low income families,” said Ariel Edwards, senior site director, who heads the program at Palmer Trinity School. “We recruit them in fourth grade, hopefully giving them academic skills, social skills and leaderships skills.” The long-term objective is to help the students to go on to college. “We provide tutoring, mentoring, the six-week summer institute as well as the Saturday classes we offer from October to April during the school year,” she said. “Our goal is for them to do well in school so they have the opportunity to go to any college of their choice.” Breakthrough officials also look for ways to send the students to a top preparatory high school. “So they can enter International Baccalaureate programs, Advanced Placement and Honors classes. So they can be successful at those schools so they can go on to thrive in college,” she said. The students attend programming as they enter fifth grade and receive academic help through middle school. When they become rising ninth graders, the programming switches to College Bound, which includes SAT and ACT prep classes plus workshops. They also are coached on how to apply to college and they take college tours. As juniors and seniors, they are able to become volunteers for Breakthrough Miami. “They volunteer as teachers, but they can come back for tutoring at any grade

level,” Edwards said. “We recommend a lot of Breakthrough juniors and seniors for the Posse program.” Posse is a college scholarship program. One of the unique aspects of the sixweek summer program is that students are teaching students. “We bring in high school juniors and seniors and college students,” she said. Some of the teachers this summer came from Palmetto High, Coral Reef High, Ransom, FAMU, Barry University, University of Miami and a student from a college in Iowa. They received stipends of $1,500 to $2,000 depending on whether they are in high school or college. “We provide a dorm at the University of Miami and some of the parents provide their homes for the eight weeks,” Edwards said. This was Breakthrough Miami’s second summer at Palmer Trinity. They instructed 120 kids from fifth, sixth and seventh grades. “My goal was to recruit new rising fifth graders,” Edwards said. One of the advantages of being at Palmer is the school has the look and feel of a college campus. “They don’t want to leave when the summer is over,” Edwards said. Breakthrough Miami was started by alumni from Ransom Everglades. The first program was conducted at Ransom under the name Summer Bridge. There now are several campuses in the program that has evolved into Breakthrough Miami. In the summer, the children take math, science, social studies and language arts. They could choose electives such as journalism, dance, theater, chess, robotics, speech and debate and karate. They also have an hour of physical education.


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Aspiring actors make their way to Area Stage Company BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

The Area Stage Company is an award-winning professional theater company located in South Miami. “We do professional theater for young actors,” said Maria Rodaz, company founder. “We have a conservatory. No matter how young the actors are, the productions are professional productions.” Rodaz developed the conservatory with her husband, John. Initially, they catered to students in their late teens to early twenties but they had so many requests to accept younger students that they opened the program to elementary school kids. Auditions are mandatory in order to get in. She said this raises the bar, even for the summer program. “Our program is more specialized,” Rodaz said. “Our classes are small and personalized.” Rodaz added that the groups are very unconventional. “The groupings have little kids and big kids.” The company does not have a one-size-fitsall approach. “I audition the kids and then I will craft an approach depending on how much the parents want to invest in their children’s progress,” Rodaz said. “If a parent can

Pictured is a scene from the production of Godspell Jr. by the Area Stage Company.

invest; if a child can come here, four or five times a week, they will progress faster than a child who comes one time a week.” Scholarships are available for financially challenged families. “I’m always fundraising,” she said. Area Stage Company has fall, spring and summer sessions. The only difference is that in the summer she has the students coming in for three weeks of intense work instead of three times a week during the school year. The company used to have a theater on

Lincoln Road but had to close it in 2000. “Gentrification pushed all of us off Lincoln Road,” she said. “It was a very cool arts district. Then the rents hiked. We were homeless for about seven years.” In 2008, they moved to their present location at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. This summer, the company produced two shows, Hair and The Phantom Tollbooth. She cast 23 students in Hair and 28 in the Phantom Tollbooth. Even though the children are young, Rodaz said they don’t “dumb down” the

play’s language. “The same language is the same language used in the college,” she said. “The approach to the craft is a very mature approach. We prepare our kids professionally. It’s important we understand that distinction.” She warns parents that being a part of the conservatory is not easy. “It’s a disciplined approach. You are not going to be sitting down except for the half hour for lunch. The kids love it.” Not only the kids love the program. So do their parents. “As a parent, it has been so gratifying to see how Makhi has embraced Area Stage as a second home with the support and nurturing of Maria and John and their wonderful staff,” said Delle Joseph, whose son attends Coral Reef Elementary. “His interest in theater has turned into a true passion.” Makhi Joseph was in both plays during the summer and he will be in the production of Dear Edwina Jr. on Nov. 2-4. The program has had several students who have gone on to fame, including Oscar Isaac, who played King John in the Russell Crowe adaptation of Robin Hood and will star in the next Coen Brothers Film. For more information, call 305-6662078.


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More than great seafood is on the menu at The Fish House BY NANCY EAGLETON

People who like a good seafood meal go to The Fish House Seafood & Raw Bar at 10000 SW 56 St. (Miller Drive). Since 1995, owners Jose and Angela Rivero have been satisfying diners with fresh seafood seasoned and cooked to perfection. With drink specials, live entertainment and your favorite game on the many TVs, The Fish House delivers more than just a good meal. “If your rod and reel let you down, The Fish House won’t,” Jose says. The restaurant is known to have the freshest catch in town and that’s because every morning, Jose selects the day’s fresh seafood. Choices such as grouper, mahi-mahi, tilapia, snapper and salmon can be cooked your way and topped with your favorite sauce, including the new and popular Caribbean salsa made with mango and pineapple. Resolve your seafood craving with two new items that have the authentic taste of the islands — conch salad and cracked conch. The Fish House is famous for its smoked fish dip and jumbo, “not skinny,” chicken wings that go great with the game. Want to try gator bites? You don’t have to go to the Everglades to try this delicacy. “Unfish” favorites on the expansive menu include steaks, baby back ribs, burgers and fajitas that are sinfully delicious. Children’s entrées are just $5 and there are eight great choices. “It’s really important to us to offer our customers an excellent meal made with culinary flair and the freshest ingredients,” Angela said. “We strive to provide our customers with an excellent dining experience. We’re not on the water, but our nautical

theme and laid back atmosphere make you feel like you are.” You’ve always been able to catch your favorite sports on the TVs at The Fish House. If you have plans to tailgate or entertain at home, pick up a platter of wings or conch fritters or a seafood rice dish to serve at your event. Happy Hour at The Fish House lasts for three — 4-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. End your workday with a dozen raw oysters on the halfshell or peel-and-eat shrimp for $5, two-forone draft beer and house wine, and $2 off most appetizers. Wednesday nights are special — wine by the bottle is 50 percent off. Live entertainment and special events at The Fish House cure the work-week blues and soothe the soul. Papa Joe hosts Pro Open Mic Blues Night with the AllStars Band on Thursdays. Fridays feature International Sounds by Papa Joe and other special musical guests, and on Saturdays, Motel Mel appears in the BackRoom Live! “There’s always something happening at The Fish House,” Angela said. “Every month we have a customer appreciation day that includes food and drink specials, giveaways and live music.” The Fish House is famous for its spectacular Mardi Gras celebration in February. The restaurant’s website has an up-to-date calendar of events to help you plan your week and coupons for food and drink specials that give your wallet a break. The Fish House Seafood and Raw Bar opens daily at noon. For more information, call 305-595-8453 or visit online at <www.thefishhouse.com> or Facebook/TheFishHouseMiami.


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Seaquarium’s Dolphin Interaction, Sea Trek Reef Encounter specials BY MARITZA ARCEO-LOPEZ

Florida residents are in for a special dolphin and reef encounter deal. Through Dec. 14, Florida residents will enjoy up to 30 percent off animal encounter programs at Miami Seaquarium, including dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor and the Sea Trek Reef Encounter. With this special offer, the Dolphin Odyssey program is $134 plus tax per person (regularly $199 plus tax) and the Dolphin Encounter program is $94 plus tax per person (regularly $139 plus tax). Children ages 5-9 can participate in the Dolphin Encounter program for the discounted price of $68 plus tax (regularly $99 plus tax). Dolphin Harbor, home to 13 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins and the park’s dolphin interaction programs, features a 12,000-square-foot, 700,000-gallon dolphin pool surrounded by an 8,000-squarefoot facility that includes a reception area, education seminar room, changing facilities and rest rooms. Dolphin Harbor offers guests two different dolphin interaction programs. Dolphin Odyssey is a two-hour experience, which includes feeding, touching and learning about these magnificent animals plus the opportunity for a deep-water interaction with a dolphin. Guests must be at least 52 inches tall to participate in the Dolphin Odyssey program. Dolphin Encounter is the newer program that allows guests to wade out into the pool and have a shallow water experience meeting the dolphins. The two-hour program features an educational seminar and the chance to feed and touch a dolphin as well as learn about dolphin training techniques. Dolphin Encounter participants must be at least 5 years of age and for those children under 9 years, an older

sibling or adult must accompany the child as a participant. Expectant mothers are not allowed to participate in dolphin interaction programs. Program fees include one day’s admission to the park. The Sea Trek Reef Encounter allows guests to become one with the park’s reef aquarium, while moving in ethereal slow motion in a near zero gravity diving system. Feels like walking on the moon, only you are submerged in a surreal underwater paradise where colorful tropical fish, large groupers, lobsters, cownose stingrays and moray eels abound. Sea Trekking, developed by Sub Sea Systems Inc., can be experienced by nondivers, ages 10 and above, No certification or swimming skills are necessary. In the magnificent Reef Aquarium at Miami Seaquarium participants may Sea Trek as deep as 15 feet under the sea. Sea Trek Reef Encounter is controlled by a compressor system that takes in air, compresses it, sends it through a series of filtration components and on to a control console and manifold to regulate the air flow to participants. Unlike deep sea diving, the participant’s entire head stays dry throughout the entire experience. Sea Trek Reef Encounter at Miami Seaquarium will take about 20 minutes and will cost Florida residents $79 plus tax. This Florida resident discount fee includes same day admission to the park. Discounts for Sea Trek are available to participants in the park’s dolphin interaction programs as well. The Florida Resident special offer for both programs is valid through Dec. 14. Proof of Florida residency is required. For more information or to make a reservation please call 305-365-2501. More information on Miami Seaquarium is available at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.

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The Bangles to perform live at Magic City Casino BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, welcomes The Bangles to Stage 305, its newest entertainment venue, on Saturday, Oct., 27 at 8:30 p.m. The female pop-rock powerhouse will perform a variety of their chart-topping hits as well as music from their newest album, Sweetheart of the Sun. “The Bangles concert will be among the first of many amazing events to take place at Stage 305,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “We look forward to rocking with The Bangles on Oct. 27. Their funloving music is timeless and we encourage concert-goers to get their tickets early while they are still available.” Known for their pop-rock appeal and rich harmonies, The Bangles — consisting of Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson — have sold millions of albums and have produced a string of

successful hits spanning three decades. Their best known hits include Walk Like an Egyptian, Eternal Flame, Manic Monday and Hazy Shade of Winter. Their albums, Different Light and Everything, both reached Platinum status. Tickets are available and can be purchased by calling 305-460-6579 or online at <www.magiccitycasino.com>. Stage 305 at Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave. in Miami, offers free parking, with valet parking available as well. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, multi-purpose indoor venue, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day (Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.). For more information, visit online at <www.magiccitycasino.com>.


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UM-NSU CARD forms partnership with Miami-Dade Public Schools BY ANNETTE GALLAGHER

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program consultation and technical assistance, parent and professional training, and public awareness and community outreach. This partnership will better support students with autism spectrum disorders, as well as be a more accessible resource to prospective students in need of ASD services. Through this plan, CARD, along with its Family Mobile Clinic, will host autism awareness events at local schools, serving students with autism during which families may register for CARD services. UM-NSU CARD also enables teachers to receive additional and important training to best deal with children affected by ASD. Through this plan, CARD will provide large-scale regional teacher training conferences, an annual administrator’s training and an annual summer institute for teachers and related service providers, while also providing support to the districts in delivering school-based trainings. UM-NSU CARD will partner with teachers selected to participate in the PEPSA (Partnership for Effective Programming for Students with Autism) program. This program provides teachers the opportunity to be mentored by a CARD clinical staff member to enhance and implement effective practices within the educational programs for students with ASD. Selected teachers also will be funded to attend the annual statewide CARD Conference. As part of the enhanced partnership with MDCPS, CARD will also reinstitute its popular “If I Only Had the Money” contest, which each year gives small grants to teachers for innovative projects to benefit students with an ASD. For more information on UM-NSU CARD, call 1-800-9-AUTISM, ext. 1, or visit online at <www.umcard.org>.


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Gulliver Schools to induct into Athletic Hall of Fame

Gina Derks Gardner –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

A professional football star, Olympic basketball player and National Triathlon Team member, along with two championship title winning school coaches, will be inducted into Gulliver’s 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 19. The Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at the school’s Preparatory Campus, 6575 N. Kendall Dr. in Pinecrest. The late Sean Taylor, who graduated in 2001 and went on to play football for the University of Miami and the Washington Redskins, will be honored posthumously. Inductees are former U.S. National Triathlon Team member Gina Derks Gardner, class of ’90, and professional basketball player and Olympian Sylvia Fowles, class of ’04. Athletic director Mark Schusterman and boys’ varsity soccer coach Jorge Dieppa also will be inducted for their

Sylvia Fowles –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

dedication in shaping Gulliver athletes for 30 years and 25 years, respectively. With more than three decades of athletic heritage, it is with great pride that Gulliver formed the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Spearheaded by the Athletic Department and the Alumni Association, the Hall was established to permanently recognize and honor coaches, administrators, student athletes, athletic teams and friends of the athletic program of Gulliver Schools who have made significant contributions to the advancement and reputation of the athletic program while demonstrating a high degree of sportsmanship, leadership and character. Tickets are $50 per person and tables of 10 are available for $500. To be a sponsor and to order tickets for the event, go online to <www.gulliverschools.org/halloffame>, contact Jeri Volpe, special events coordinator, by email at <volpj@gulliverschools.org> or call 786-709-4082.

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Jim Gall named as auctioneer for Kiwanis Biscayne Bay Gala BY LEWIS MATUSOW

Jim Gall, one of the nation’s leading auctioneers, has been selected as the auctioneer for the 33rd Biscayne Bay Gala, Oct. 27, at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom. At the gala, the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis, one of South Florida’s largest and oldest Kiwanis clubs, will honor local business leader and community activist Rodney Barreto, chair of the Super Bowl Host Committee, as the recipient of the 2012 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award. The award is named for Michael Shores, who as a philanthropically minded attorney, made numerous contributions to the Miami-Dade County community throughout his life. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed at 7 p.m. by a dinner and live auction. “We know Jim is highly sought after, so we’re excited he’ll be running the auction,” said Will Reich, gala chair and incoming president of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club. “Nobody conducts a more lively and enjoyable auction than Jim Gall.” Gall, a South Miami-Dade resident and president of Auction Company of America, recently was featured in the New York Times and on ABC’s Nightline.

Jim Gall is one of the nation’s leading auctioneers.

The Biscayne Bay Gala silent and live auctions will feature a wide variety of sought-after items such as vacations, cruises, sports memorabilia, dining certificates to some of South Florida’s leading restaurants and fine art, including several pieces by Dali. “There’s something for everyone’s taste at the gala auction,” said Gall, who has more than a quarter century of auction experience. “Not only will everyone have a great time at this gala, they’ll also be supporting a great cause — assisting disadvantaged youths throughout Miami-Dade County.” Tickets to the event are $100 ($1,000 for a table of 10) through Aug. 31. After that date, tickets will be $125 ($1,250 for a table). Various sponsorships of the event — expected to be attended by approximately 500 of South Florida’s leading business people — are available, ranging from a $2,500 Silver Sponsor to a $25,000 Presenting Sponsor. For more information on table purchases, event sponsorship, or program advertising, contact Will Reich at 305-733-0062 or send email to <gala@biscaynebaykiwanisclub.org>.


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Jackson Health’s Cuming chosen for prestigious nurse fellowship BY GRETCHEN WRIGHT

Richard Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEABC, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at Jackson Health System, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Cuming joins a select group of nurse leaders chosen to participate in this threeyear, world-class leadership development program that is enhancing nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the nation’s healthcare system. Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Cuming began his career as a critical care nurse. He joined Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1991 as a staff nurse in the operating room, and held a variety of positions in the hospital and hospital system before being appointed senior vice president and chief nursing executive in 2011. Cuming currently serves as presidentelect of the board of directors for the Nursing Consortium of South Florida, and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association,

American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International. He holds adjunct faculty appointments as a professor in the school of nursing at both Florida International University and at the University of Miami. Begun by RWJF in 1998, the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows (ENF) program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape healthcare locally and nationally. The program will provide Cuming and his colleagues with coaching, education and other support to strengthen their abilities to lead teams and organizations in improving health and health care. The ENF program is located at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and codirected by Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Altman, PhD, executive vice president of Research, Innovation and Product Development at CCL. “Now more than ever, with our healthcare system preparing to care for millions more patients, many of whom are living longer but with more chronic conditions,

we need nurse leaders who are well prepared to participate as full partners in this historic transformation,” Cronenwett said. “The RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program has a proud history of building and enhancing the leadership skills of extraordinary nurses all across the country. We are delighted to be able to work with this new cohort. Each of our new Executive Nurse Fellows has made a powerful commitment to improving health and health care and is poised to become an even more effective leader,” she added. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to participate in this world-class leadership development program,” Cuming said. “To have the resources of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership is tremendous. As a professional nursing leader at one of the country’s largest public hospital systems, I know there’s a lot I can share from

Jackson’s experience and a lot that this exceptional group of nurses will be able to teach me for the benefit of the South Florida community.” Executive Nurse Fellows hold senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and national professional, governmental and policy organizations. They continue in their current positions during their fellowships, and during the fellowship each develops, plans and implements a new initiative to improve healthcare delivery in her or his community. For more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program visit onine at www.ExecutiveNurseFellows.org. For more information about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit online at www.rwjf.org.


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What happens before and after takeoff is optional, but landing is mandatory. Red Bull Flugtag is soaring into Miami this fall for the first time since 2010, and applications now are being accepted from avid aviators throughout the Southeast. Bayfront Park will welcome thousands of South Florida residents and visitors to its beautiful waterfront to see the flights and follies of Red Bull Flugtag on Saturday, Nov. 3. Flugtag, German for “flying day,” is a competition that dares the brave and tests the brainy to design, build and pilot homemade aircrafts off a 30-foot high ramp in hopes of achieving human-powered flight. Forty teams will be chosen to test their “wings” and compete in the flying spectacle that awes millions around the world. Past applicants have created crafts representing everything the imagination can bring to life, from fairy tales and comic book characters to iPhones and cheeseburgers. Entry is open through Sept. 1 and applications can be submitted online at redbullflugtagusa.com or via “snail mail.” Interested teams should draw up their blueprints of an imaginative craft and prepare

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