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City of Doral Partners with South Florida PBS Health Channel to Expand Health Information

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he City of Doral is partnering with the South Florida PBS Health Channel, for a groundbreaking initiative: to deliver valuable and credible health information to Doral residents through Health Channel programming on Doral TV and the Health Channel’s widget on the City of Doral’s website. “I have always been a big advocate for public-private partnerships and the great role they play in enhancing services provided to our residents,” said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “We thank South Florida PBS for choosing Doral as their first municipal partner in this venture that aims at increasing accessibility and educating our community for healthier living.” Created by South Florida PBS, a member station of PBS, the most trusted media institution in the United States, the Health Channel is the first TV channel of its kind, offering a uniquely designed concept that connects you with medical and well-being specialists in real time, promoting healthier lifestyle options. In partnership with prestigious organizations, the service aims to empower you with the most up-to-date information, enabling you to take more control of your and your family’s health.

“South Florida PBS is very pleased to partner with City of Doral to provide credible health information to Doral residents through City of Doral’s information channels. It is an important alliance which furthers and expands the Health Channel’s mission to serve the public,” stated CEO and President of South Florida PBS, Dolores Sukhdeo. To complement the live interactions with medical and well-being specialists, the Health Channel offers a robust companion digital platform that provides access to specialized services. Doral TV will feature a 2-hour block dedicated to original Health Channel content which covers health topics from A-Z. The regularly updated Health Channel widget is now on The City of Doral’s website and provides short form Health Channel videos with answers to some of the most common health question. Watch the Health Channel on Doral TV (Channel 77 on Comcast) or stream online. Visit the Health Channel widget here, also available on the homepage of the City’s website.

La ciudad de Doral se asocia con South Florida PBS Health Channel para ampliar la información de salud

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a Ciudad de Doral se está asociando con South Florida PBS Health Channel para una iniciativa innovadora: brindar información de salud valiosa y creíble a los residentes de Doral a través de la programación de Health Channel en Doral TV y el artilugio de Health Channel en el sitio web de la Ciudad de Doral. “Siempre he apoyado las asociaciones público-privadas y el gran papel que desempeñan en la mejora de los servicios que se brindan a nuestros residentes”, dijo el alcalde Juan Carlos Bermúdez. “Agradecemos a South Florida PBS por elegir a Doral como su primer socio municipal en esta empresa que tiene como objetivo aumentar la accesibilidad y educar a nuestra comunidad para una vida más saludable.” Creado por South Florida PBS, una estación miembro de PBS, la institución de medios más confiable de los Estados Unidos, Health Channel es el primer canal de televisión de su tipo y ofrece un concepto de diseño único que lo conecta con especialistas médicos y de bienestar en tiempo real, promoviendo opciones de estilo de vida más saludable. En asociación con prestigiosas organizaciones, el servicio tiene como objetivo brindarle la información más actualizada, lo que le permite tener un mayor control de su salud y la de su familia. “South Florida PBS se complace en asociarse con la Ciudad de Doral para brindar información de salud confiable a los residentes de Doral a través de los canales de información de la Ciudad de Doral. Es una alianza importante que promueve y expande la misión de Health Channel de servir al público”, declaró Dolores Sukhdeo, directora ejecutiva y presidenta de South Florida PBS. Para complementar las interacciones en vivo con especialistas médicos y de bienestar, Health Channel ofrece una sólida plataforma digital complementaria que brinda acceso a servicios especializados. Doral TV contará con un bloque de 2 horas dedicado al contenido original de Health Channel que cubre temas de salud de la A a la Z. El artilugio del Health Channel, que se actualiza regularmente, ahora se encuentra en el

sitio web de la Ciudad de Doral y ofrece videos breves con respuestas a algunas de las preguntas de salud más comunes. Disfruta de esta nueva programación del Doral TV (Canal 77 en Comcast) o en línea. Visite el artilugio del Health Channel, también disponible en la página de inicio del sitio web de la Ciudad.


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JC Bermudez wins District 12 JC Bermudez gana Comisión del Condado para el Distrito 12 County Commission POR: MARÍA ALEJANDRA PULGAR

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uan Carlos “JC” Bermudez has won as Commissioner for MiamiDade District 12, representing Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens, and a large portion of unincorporated areas of the West of Miami-Dade County. Bermudez, a lawyer, was the Founding Mayor of the City of Doral in 2003 until 2011. Came back to office in 2016 and won reelection by landslide in 2020. Now he moves onto higher office, with the support of all the mayors of the municipalities in the District, who endorsed him during the campaign, and the confidence of more than 65% of the residents of District 12 that voted for him. In his first statement as District 12 Commissioner, Bermudez confirmed his commitment to support the advancement of all municipalities on his District, and that he will remain involved to support the teams with “experience and the same mentality of honesty, efficiency and transparency” that have prevailed in the administration of Doral during his tenure as Mayor since its founding.

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uan Carlos “JC” Bermúdez ganó como comisionado del Distrito 12 de Miami-Dade, representando a Doral, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Medley, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens y una gran parte de las áreas no incorporadas del oeste del condado de Miami-Dade. Bermúdez, quien ejerce como abogado, fue el Alcalde Fundador de la Ciudad de Doral en 2003 hasta 2011. Regresó al cargo en 2016 y ganó la reelección en 2020. Ahora asume un cargo de más amplio alcance, con el apoyo de todos los alcaldes de las municipalidades del Distrito, quienes lo respaldaron durante la campaña, y la confianza de más del 65% de los vecinos del Distrito 12 que votaron por él. En sus primeras declaraciones como Comisionado del Distrito 12, Bermúdez confirmó su compromiso de apoyo al avance de todas las municipalidades del distrito, y que se mantendrá involucrado para que en Doral se conserven los equipos de trabajo con “experiencia y la misma mentalidad de honestidad, eficiencia y transparencia” que han prevalecido en la administración de la Ciudad durante su tiempo como Alcalde desde su fundación.


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This November 8th, exercise your right to vote.

Everything you need to know to vote on the City of Doral elections Doral will hold an election to determine who will be the Mayor and City Council members for the next years. And the voters should always verify the news they read using reliable sources, such as non-partisan news outlets.

ABOUT THE CITY OF DORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Voters will have the opportunity to fill four vacancies on the City Council: Mayor and three Council seats. This year Doral will have a special election because Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez decided to run for Miami-Dade Commissioner for District 12 and won in the August elections. Pete Cabrera, Christi Fraga, Claudia Mariaca, and Haim Otero have applied for the City of Doral Mayor’s seat. The first three already have experience leading the city since they have served as councilmembers for several years. Currently, Seat 1 is occupied by councilwoman Claudia Mariaca, who has decided to run for mayor of Doral. Susie V. Castillo, Francisco Gámez, Carlos Pereira and Rafael Pineyro compete for that seat. Seat 2 is occupied by councilman Pete Cabrera, who cannot run for reelection because he has served his two full terms but has decided to run for Mayor of Doral. Ivette González Petkovich, Maureen Porras, and Juan Manuel Sucre are vying to win in the race for that seat. For Seat 4, Vice Mayor Digna Cabral (incumbent) has filed to run for re-election against Juan Carlos Esquivel. To help the residents of Doral get to know the candidates running for City Council and Mayor that will be on the ballot this upcoming November, DFJ reached out to all 13 of them. For this article, all candidates received the same questions and were allowed the same time and space for their answers. We inquire about the most pressing issues affecting our city. Below, you will find all the candidates by seat number and, in alphabetical order.

The quality of living in the City of Doral continues to make it one of the best places to live in the state, and keeping it that way is up to the voters for our city not only to remain great but to move forward as well. We hope you take some time and read what the candidates have to say – in their own words – on the next pages. Doral Family Journal does not endorse any candidate. Our job is to inform and empower citizens to make educated choices.

BE INFORMED and VOTE! Have an impact on your community!

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our seats are up for grabs at the City of Doral Council for the election that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, and each time it becomes more important for voters to be informed about who they are choosing to represent them on the dais. For an election to be successful and democratic, voters must understand their rights and responsibilities, be well informed to cast their ballots, and participate meaningfully in the voting process. To vote in your local election is one of the most important things to do because it impacts your way of living. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your right. The citizens who want to express their opinion must start by registering to vote if they did not have a chance to do it during the last August primaries. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, and it can be done easily by mail or online at https://registertovoteflorida. gov , or in person at the Miami-Dade Elections Department, any public library, Florida Driver License Bureau, County Government offices, any state public assistance agencies, or Armed Forces recruiting offices. The Deadline to request that a Vote-by-Mail ballot be mailed to you is on Saturday, October 29th, 2022. The deadline to return your Vote-by-Mail ballot is November 8th, 2022. Choosing the right candidate is no easy task for voters. Research on the candidates’ backgrounds and experiences. Are they prepared for the job? You must evaluate their strengths and if their values align with those you consider should be enforced in your community. You must observe the candidates’ campaigns. Review the campaign website, social media content, and materials. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the candidate meetings, debates, or when a campaign worker rings your doorbell.

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CANDIDATES FOR CITY OF DORAL MAYOR Pete Cabrera

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Current Employment: Besides my responsibilities as Doral Councilmember 17 of the 19 years, I have owned an Insurance, Employee Benefits and HR Consulting Company for 38 years which included being a Behavioral Style Trainer teaching organizational teamwork. Political Experience: • 2001-2003: Miami-Dade County School District’s Overcrowding Task Force and County-Wide Attendance Boundary Committee. • 2002-2003: Miami-Dade County Community Councilmember in District 10 that included Doral. • 2002-2003: President of the Political Action Committee that promoted becoming a City. • 2003-2012 & 2014-Current: Founder of the City of Doral, Doral Vice Mayor, and Doral Council Member.

Current Employment: Principal owner of South Florida Small Business Solutions: A bookkeeping and property management firm. Political Experience: • Miami Dade County School Board Member District 5: 2020-Present • Served as City of Doral Councilwoman, Vice Mayor: 2012-2020 • Board Member, Miami-Dade County League of Cities • Member, Miami- Dade County Value Adjustment Board

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What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Having been on the City Council, 17 of the last 19 years, I am aware of the ongoing needs such as Safety, Traffic, Odor, Parks, Programs and events, as well as others. Every year, based on input from the community and staff, a determination is made on what are the highest priorities to dedicate the necessary resources, both personnel and financial, to achieve them. Although not currently an issue, due to our growth I consider the most pressing issue we need to address is safety and security. In Question 3 below and will address some contemplated solutions. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Although some growth is still projected, based on availability vacant land, Doral has already experienced its largest growth during the last 20 years. Most of the residential development in Doral was approved before we became a City, but as always since becoming a city, all future development will be considered based on its impact to the City such as traffic and schools. As far a recent arrival of illegal immigrants, it has not presented a problem for Doral, but I have had discussion with our City Manager and Attorney and we are making plans to be prepared, if necessary. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Safety is our highest priority, so we are constantly adjusting the size of our police force. Currently 12 more officers are already in process of being hired plus 6 new officers to be hired starting October 1st. Although not seen, we have invested in technology that allows us to protect our city more efficiently using programs such as our License Plate Reader Cameras that results 3% of the vehicles entering being stopped by an officer due to stolen vehicle, arrest warrant or others. Also, programs such as Safe Cam and numerous others that I am currently exploring with the Chief. A message to voters: I am not running out a capricious desire or opportunism. I am running out of commitment to the City I help found and have served for 17 years. I am termed out in November and with Mayor Bermudez leaving to the County Commission, all experience as well as historical and institutional knowledge would be lost. In November as your new Mayor, I will not be improvising but rather I will continue to do what I have done for the last 17 years and implementing numerous new ideas. Doral is great but the best is yet to come.

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What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Over the last few years, the eyes of the world have turned towards South Florida, particularly Doral, for its dynamic, multicultural, rapidly growing economy, its location within Miami-Dade, and because Doral is a place where we value family. A place filled with vibrant, educated, hard working people. Doral’s challenges revolve around ensuring public safety and smart controlled growth, providing additional infrastructure improvements, addressing traffic issues, and implementing fiscal policies that will allow us to provide high quality services in a transparent and efficient manner. As your next Mayor, I will face these challenges head-on, with an out of the box, results driven approach. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? I have had the great opportunity of serving Doral for just over nine years, which has allowed me to build relationships with many local, state, and federal elected officials. This is a challenge we cannot face alone. It directly impacts public safety, our housing, and our schools. We must take a multi-agency approach to face this challenge. Local government will provide much needed space to continue to educate, facilitate information and provide resources. We will work with local organizations and other governmental agencies to obtain federal and state funding to ensure that our services and quality of life remain at the highest standards. Do you think the city should increase its police force? ABSOLUTELY! The city has seen a population growth of over 70% in 10 years, considering as well the transient traffic that commutes through our city daily and we are under the national average of the number of police officers we should have in our department. You can invest many dollars in equipment, technology, etc., but if you aren’t investing in recruitment and retention then you are not investing in public safety. Our city must be a city of law and order. I propose creating and reestablishing task forces focused on proactive community policing, setting ZERO Tolerance when it comes to drugs and crime, because the safety of our children and families is of paramount importance. A message to voters: Doral is a young vibrant city and I remain committed to ensuring that it is a great place to live and raise a family. As your representative, I have worked tirelessly and efficiently to remain an independent, sensible, voice for our residents and have always worked toward building consensus to ensure cohesive governing. As your next Mayor, I will work hard to implement sensible solutions, provide transparency and enhance communication with our residents. Together we can create a model city that our residents can be proud of. This November 8th once again I humbly ask for your support.


Claudia Mariaca

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Current Employment: Councilwoman, City of Doral, elected in 2016, reelected in 2020.

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Political Experience: • Councilwoman, City of Doral, elected in 2016, re-elected in 2020 • Vice Mayor, City of Doral, 2019 • Miami-Dade County League of Cities, Board Member • Florida League of Cities, Advocacy Committee What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Fortunately, we have low crime, yet keeping our community safe for residents and businesses is my top priority. I will continue to provide our police department with funding and support, enhance prevention programs, and expand youth participation in the streamline of our police force. Proudly, I proposed taxes to be the lowest in our county (approved), and will keep taxes low. I will also be dedicated to further improve quality of life, working in these areas: city fiscal responsibility, completion of the Parks Bond Projects, getting COVANTA out of Doral, and more roadway projects and transit options to improve traffic. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Public safety is at the core of what allows us as individuals to reach for the American Dream, for our economy to thrive, and for our community to blossom. I have spared no doubt voting to allocate over 40% of our city’s budget to our police department to ensure enough officers, equipment, facilities, training, technology, and everything needed for optimum service. I look forward to responsibly continuing expanding our police department. Having completed the citizens police academy and being a frequent participant in ride-alongs, I value the brave job of our officers. I thank the PBA for their trust and endorsements. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Public safety is at the core of what allows us as individuals to reach for the American Dream, for our economy to thrive, and for our community to blossom. I have spared no doubt voting to allocate over 40% of our city’s budget to our police department to ensure enough officers, equipment, facilities, training, technology, and everything needed for optimum service. I look forward to responsibly continuing expanding our police department. Having completed the citizens police academy and being a frequent participant in ride-alongs, I value the brave job of our officers. I thank the PBA for their trust and endorsements. A message to voters: Since 2016, alongside Mayor Bermudez, we restored stability and accountability at our city government. Now, we must PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY from deviating off our path of safety and well-being, safeguarding our residents and businesses from other interests. As Mayor, I am committed to lead with transparency and efficiency to keep Doral on track. As a mom, a wife, a daughter, and a sister to Doral residents, I remain steadfast in protecting our quality of life from political opportunists who want to return to office for their own personal ambitions. Together, let’s PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.

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Political Experience: I do not have political experience, but God gave me the opportunity to serve in my country, Colombia, in the Navy and the Army where I developed leadership as well as I have exercised leadership in companies with very good results. Now as a Pastor I continue serving the community that I believe is the most important vocation to be a good public employee. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? We can talk about garbage traffic and other things, but I think that being Doral a family city we have forgotten about recreation and sports since the activities are minimal. We need to create a department in charge of this matter without forgetting our grandparents who are also part of the family. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? We have to create an information center for immigrants as well as work directly with institutions such as churches and other non-profit entities so that they can be of help to these people, remembering that at some point we could have had immigration problems and if these people have traveled miles risking their lives, it must’ve been for a very strong reason. So, we must be a channel of information and help these people. Do you think the city should increase its police force? The city is growing, and it is necessary to increase the number of officers, but I also believe that we need to give greater public recognition to our police, who are one of our greatest columns here in Doral. A message to voters: Because with your vote, together we will bring change to our city. I care about my city!!

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CANDIDATES FOR DORAL CITY COUNCIL, SEAT 1 Susie Castillo WWW.SUSIE4DORAL.COM

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Current Employment: Director of Corporate Relations of Florida International University Foundation. President and Founder of Andrea Castillo Foundation.

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Political Experience: • 2012 – 2020, I served as Miami Dade County School Board Member, District 5. • 2004 – 2013, I was Chief of Staff to Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez in the City of Doral. • 2001 – 2004, I was Board Aide to School Board Member, District 5

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Francisco “Frank” Gamez

What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? I will continue to work for the respect and quality of life that our families deserve by elevating efforts to address the bad odor from the County Covanta facility and relocating it outside the City of Doral. I will continue to work toward alleviating traffic congestion in the city and providing additional bike and pedestrianfriendly options to get around our city. Finally, because I am a firm believer in government transparency, you can count on me to ask tough questions of our administration to continue the City’s long-standing fiscal responsibility. I have a long history as a public servant, and my work on the Council will be to listen, respond, and help find solutions to the needs of our community. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? The population growth of the City of Doral has been both a blessing and a struggle. Since 2004, I have seen the transformation of the City of Doral from a County abandoned area to a vibrant, thriving, community-driven City with one of the most desirable places to live in Miami. Doral is among the most sought-after neighborhoods with A-rated public, charter, and private schools. This growth has turned empty lands into dynamic parks and green spaces that envy many cities around the country. Unfortunately, this growth has also led to more traffic and congestion in our streets. As your councilwoman, I will seek new and innovative solutions to limit the amount of new residential units. Do you think the city should increase its police force? In response to the needs of our citizens, just last month, the City of Doral increased the Police force. I believe that most officers put their lives at risk every day to protect and serve our community. I think the safety and security of all our citizens come first and foremost. Therefore, I will continue to expand the work I did as your elected School Board for 8 years by advocating for the safety and security of our children, families, and businesses. All the while keeping a watchful eye on the department, assuring they remain focused on enforcing laws as addressed by City government. A message to voters: I have lived in Doral and owned a home here for over 20 years. My children attended and graduated from John I Smith, Doral Middle School, Ronald Regan Senior High School, and Miami Dade College West. As your Councilwoman for the City of Doral, I will always listen to your concerns and work to solutions that improve our City. I will be honest and transparent in my decisions, putting our families first.

Current Employment: Global Sales Executive at Romero Britto Studios & Small Business Owner/Founder at Be Prepared Emergency Training. Political Experience: • Chair of the City of Doral Environmental Advisory Board, providing advice & recommendations to the City Council. • Doral Mayor’s Citizens Academy. • Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust. • Political Science & Government at Florida International University What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Low voter participation. We aim to inspire Doral voters to participate in local government and to address residents’ concerns. Our neighbors want to continue Doral’s progress while maintaining our high quality of life, through controlled growth. We will find budget alternatives to ensure property taxes are not raised. Closely supervise the Parks Bond projects - approved by a majority of voters last election - to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. Expand program opportunities for seniors and students. Revitalize the permitting process, guaranteeing timely responses to new/expanding businesses, and home improvement projects. And propose a Home Owners Association oversight committee to receive resident’s complaints, among other plans. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? We learned from our past and will not be considering any new high-density residential or large-scale industrial developments, which are proposed outside of designated city zoning districts. Traffic impact studies should be required with new developments. Illegal immigration is not a topic that a city council can address. However, I believe that every problem has a solution and promise to have an open-door policy to all Doral residents to listen to their concerns. When a topic is brought to our attention that is not normally handled by the city, we will communicate on our residents’ behalf to the authorities that handle those concerns until a solution is found. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Safety is our priority. As Doral continues to grow, we believe that our police force should grow along with our city. We must ensure our officers have all the equipment and tools they need to serve and protect our community. By having enough officers, we ensure our police are not understaffed and deter any criminals from even considering Doral a target. Through community policing efforts we can prevent crime before it happens by educating the public. By offering competitive salary and benefits, we can maintain the quality of service our officers provide to our residents, our schools, and our property. A message to voters: I am the first candidate raised in Doral to be on the ballot, an accomplishment for which I give thanks to my family, teachers, mentors, and Doral community. I attended Doral schools from elementary to high school and my first job was at Doral Parks & Recreation, proudly serving my neighbors. I am an Eagle Scout and devoted member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Doral. With proven experience and a record of service, I will bring a new perspective to the city council. We will bring the proposals and ideas shared by neighbors to our local government where I pledge to represent all the residents of Doral.


Rafael Pineyro

Current Employment: Capa Unlimited.

Current Employment: Management Consultant at Pineyro Enterprise Inc. Political Experience: • Manager - Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation Department. • Case Manager -Williamson County Juvenile Court. • Chief of Staff & Legislative Analyst - City of Doral for the only two mayors who have directed the destinies of Doral to date. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? • Quality of life. Therefore, I will work on support a balanced development that protects established neighborhoods; work with the county to promote workforce, affordable and millennial housing programs. Increase mobility through smart traffic planning, roadway design, expand public transportation services (trolley system and bus stops) and the maintenance and enhancement of existing streets, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Protect our environment and green space with a commitment to clean energy. Comprehensive goals to increase police presence. Also, to have our police department build those close relationships with all our community, by working on awareness campaigns related to family and juvenile court, crime prevention, and regular neighborhood meetings.. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Doral’s growth has not come without a cost. Our residents are still facing growing traffic congestion, public safety, and housing affordability crisis. I must recognize that our city is part of the successful integration of immigrant’s contribution to the economic vitality and to a vibrant and ever-changing culture. Therefore, we need to take a “community partnership model”, by working with cultural organizations, religious groups, local business owners, and other community organizations with our police department and local leaders to address this reality. By taking these approaches the city will create an economic condition that capitalizes high growth businesses, creates job opportunities, and reduces crime activities. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Yes, I do. The current economic downturn and population growth has resulted in an increase of criminal activities in our city. I will always be a pro police resident and business owner. Therefore, I’m the only candidate running for seat 1 with a straight message when it comes to the importance of increasing police presence in our streets (especially during nighttime) and the importance of community policing and engagement. To make this happen we need to offer better working conditions and benefits to our police officers. A workforce-housing program, so that our officers can live and work in the same place, will be part of my initiatives among others. A message to voters: Let’s work together for the future of our city. As your next councilman, I will promote development planning, policy, and decision-making that include economic development regulation and housing policy. Fight against tax, fee increases, and repeal elected official pensions. Create programs and daily activities to assist our senior citizens. Create HOA and condo legislation to help our communities. Create programs for our special needs families. Support our police. Work on finding real solutions to mitigate the unpleasant odor affecting all of us. Finally, support and maintain parks & recreation system for our youths. Thank you!

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Political Experience: • I have worked for the Florida Democratic Party and the Progressive Turnout Project. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Traffic congestion and the Miami-Dade County trash center are two of the issues that are affecting the quality of life of the residents of Doral. As your councilman, I will work with local, county and state stakeholders to remediate these quality of life issues. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Population growth is and will always be a net positive for our city. And as your councilman, that will be my northstar. Do you think the city should increase its police force? I will determine the increase or decrease of departments within the city based on need. Arbitrary answers do not serve the citizens of our city. Personal brief message to voters: As your councilman, you will get a leader that will work to improve your lives. My decade plus years of advocacy in Doral has given me the perspective and the experience to be an effective leader. I humbly ask for your vote on November 8, 2022.

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Carlos Pereira

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CANDIDATES FOR DORAL CITY COUNCIL, SEAT 4 Digna Cabral WWW.DIGNACABRAL.COM

Current Employment: • City of Doral Vice Mayor. • Sr. Research Analyst for the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami Political Experience: • Vice Mayor, City of Doral, 2022 • Councilwoman, City of Doral, elected in 2018 • I work at the Organization of American States, starting a family and education committee to promote family values. Before holding office, I served my community as founding President of the PTA at Dr. Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy, and as a PTA and EESAC member at Dr. Rolando Espinosa, and Doral Academy. • I served as Secretary of the Doral Community Coalition. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? One of the most pressing issues in our community is to continue upholding our quality of life, supporting our local and industrial businesses to safeguard their prosperity. As a nation-leading city, we are used to being a close-knit community and affording us a very personalized relationship with our neighbors, representatives, and public servants. This will ensure public participation in an organized and transparent manner and facilitate a financially feasible 5-year plan. The current plan the council approved this week guarantees a consistent level of service for years to come and considers our future needs.

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How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Due to the responsible fiscal leadership shown by the current City Council, our community will continue to attract new businesses and investors. Our City Manager is working on setting the lowest municipal tax rate in all of Miami Dade County. Because of this attraction, the City of Doral has become a cultural melting pot that allows us to enjoy a cultural richness that few communities get to experience. Thankfully, we have always managed to live in harmony and under enforceable rules of law. We will continue to appreciate being one of the safest cities in the United States, as proved by our crime rate and statistics.

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Do you think the city should increase its police force? We have a professional, kind, and ethical police force. They are community oriented and continue to honor the name of our city through their invaluable service. I support an adequate police force for the demands of our city. We have experienced professionals leading our police force and we trust their advice. We are one of the safest cities in the United States and I support maintaining this level of service. I am in favor of having an efficient, properly trained and wellequipped police force. A message to voters: It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve you. As your Vice Mayor, I humbly ask for your support to keep Doral on track and continue leading a fiscally responsible administration with a positive impact for our future. I will continue to prioritize improving our quality of life, including our parks programs, and supporting our local and industrial businesses. It’s all about you, it’s all about Doral.

Juan Carlos Esquivel

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Current Employment: President and CEO- Port Logistics Solutions Corp. Political Experience: In the 2020 Election I ran for Council Seat No. 3, I received 7,077 votes. I have been a public servant in multiple nonprofit organizations. I have been successful in the private sector. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Overspending, our local officials overspent money, a perfect example is the Doral Central Park that is costing $188 million dollars – I will stop and adjust the project to what the city needs. Traffic has been an issue for years and has gotten worse with overdevelopment. When elected, before approving any project I will force the developer to seek a combination approval from the County and DOT to expand our roads. Our Permitting process is bureaucratic and needs to be managed by experts in the field that know how the process affects them and should work. Our Permitting Department should be outsourced. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? We live in a great City. However, prior administrations have allowed disproportionate housing without working together with the proper entities to expand our roads. Our Trolley needs to be upgraded and the routes redesigned to help traffic flow. As a country we cannot allow illegal immigration but that is the responsibility of our federal Government. Doral is a diverse cultural city and most of its new residents are somehow in an immigration process, they have purchased homes, invested in local businesses and we should guide them with information and help them succeed in their journey to the American dream. Do you think the city should increase its police force? A safe city should be the most important issue of any local government. Our Police force is understaffed and overworked, not to mention that are the lowest paid police in Miami Dade. When I get elected, I will propose not only to increase our police force, but also strive to give them decent salaries and benefits without affecting our budget. Current city officials spend too much money on other issues that are not necessary, like supporting those that are in the front line to make Doral a safe place to live. A message to voters: In the primary elections of August 23rd, there was very little turnout of voters (19.08%). Local elections highly impact a city, we need to participate in this process by exercising our right to vote. My opponent has been in office for the past 4 years and has not proposed anything but Festivals and voted in favor of a juicy pension that will benefit from if she gets elected. Please study each candidate and its trace before making a choice. This November 8th, I humbly ask you for your vote and like my campaign slogan says, “Together we will take Doral to another level”.


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Political Experience: • Vice-Chair, Doral’s Committee on the Status of Women • Doral’s Citizen’s Audit Advisory: Scrutinized the City’s budget to ensure efficiency in the administration of our taxpayer dollars. • President, Doral Community Coalition • Miami Dade Assistant State Attorney: Prosecuted thousands of criminal cases as a public servant. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? The trash incinerator is an ongoing threat to our quality of life, property values, and our health. The facility must be retired, and the County Commission recently voted to replace it with a new facility across the street. Doral MUST have its opportunity to be heard. Miami-Dade has other options including sites in industrial areas with minimal residences nearby. If despite all efforts the County still insists on building the new facility here, we must demand adherence to strict air standards to avoid increases in toxic and noxious emissions – a problem that worsened as the current facility grew older. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? Our population is growing because our city is thriving and people are choosing to move here for all that Doral offers. We cannot absorb unlimited growth, but it’s important to not lose sight of the fact that our City is maturing and offering a quality of life not available in other parts of Miami-Dade. Securing Doral’s future and preserving our quality of life requires that we continue to be mindful of how this continued growth could impact Doral’s livability. We must preserve our green spaces, leverage every opportunity to reduce traffic, and work with our police department to address crime. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Generally, property crime and violent crime are both on the increase in 2022. Doral isn’t immune to these trends – especially in our commercial areas. However, my first instinct is to ask how we can do better with what we already have within our budget and resources rather than increase the burden on taxpayers. Before committing to increasing the size of our force, I would want to explore options like targeted enforcement, better coordination with security at our gated communities and public security cameras to monitor commercial areas overnight. A message to voters: I am a wife and mother, lawyer, and community leader, who represent experienced and authentic leadership. Born in Miami and having been in Doral since before it became a City, I have a keen understanding of the needs of residents and our business community. As a homeowner, raising my family here, I want to ensure Doral continues to thrive so our children can be as proud of living here as we are. I will never stop fighting for what matters to you most. Most importantly, I know Doral’s success is largely due to the leadership of Mayor JC Bermudez. I intend to continue his legacy.

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Current Employment: Director of Immigration Legal Services at Church World Service. Political Experience: I had the opportunity to serve Doral residents as a member of the following Advisory Boards: • Miami-Dade County School Board, District 5 • Miami Dade County Hispanic Affairs, District 12 • Miami Dade League of Women Voters and Community Advocate: I Serve as a political analyst and immigration expert on television, newspaper, and radio. What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? Traffic congestion created by overdevelopment. This burdens Doral residents and impacts our quality of life. We need to decelerate the approval of new projects, to immediately mitigate the influx of “new” traffic. This will allow us to explore mitigation solutions, including identifying and adopting transportation alternatives (i.e., expanding trolley service, bike lanes, and carpooling/ridesharing incentives); reducing commuter traffic by prioritizing business development focused on employers seeking to employ Doral residents and focusing on local workforce housing; and continuing to oppose to the Covanta incinerator, which affects our well-being and causes a large number of waste trucks to congest our streets. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? The City has been prepared to receive the nearly 70% population growth it has experienced in the last decade, which includes new immigrants with different statuses. We need to build from this framework to ensure that we have sufficient services and amenities for Doral residents, including public works; first responders; healthcare and educational facilities; and zoning and planning. We must focus on initiatives that provide community “orientations” to new residents to educate them on our laws, practices, and procedures. My organization provides similar orientations to newcomers, which has resulted in better communication and collaboration between our residents, police, and organizations. Do you think the city should increase its police force? Yes. Public safety is a crucial and important function of government. While speaking with Doral residents, public safety and maintaining our police force has been identified as a top priority. The recently approved annexation for Doral in the NW corner of the City will require more officers to patrol the area. My participation in Doral’s 8-week Citizens Police Academy provided me with a greater perspective on the operations of our department and its community relationship. By increasing and prioritizing officer recruitment and retention, our officers will integrate into our community, build strong community relationships, and know the community deeply. A message to voters: The decisions made by our city council have the greatest impact in our community and our everyday lives. Now more than ever, we need leaders that will have the energy, commitment, and dedication necessary to focus on our residents and issues; carry out initiatives; and prioritize the needs of our community. As a public interest lawyer, I have dedicated my career to serving others and public service. Doral is the city where I grew as a professional and where my husband and I decided to make our home, and it would be an honor to represent you as your next councilwoman.

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Juan Manuel Sucre WWW.SUCREFORDORAL.COM Current Employment: CEO and Owner of Mondo Logistics LLC.

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Political Experience: In my political experience, I had the opportunity to serve in my hometown as Councilor of the Metropolitan Council of Caracas. Here in Miami and specifically in Doral, I have participated as a community activist and have worked in favor of several social organizations that help immigrants of all nationalities. Furthermore, I continue to collaborate permanently with foundations in Venezuela that assist the most disadvantaged people by sending them food, medicine, school supplies, and toys.

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What is the most pressing issue facing the city and how would you propose handling it? In Doral, one of the most pressing problems is that of road mobility. Valuable hours are lost in traffic due to rapid growth without proper planning. Our communication channels are insufficient internally and our public transport is deficient. We propose the expansion of some existing roads, construction of new alternative roads, and the synchronization of traffic lights during peak hours. We also plan to incorporate new Trolley units and improve their routes so that they can reach more destinations and with more frequency; as well as humanizing the transport stops that do not protect users from the unpredictable weather. How you’ll handle population growth in our city, especially with the recent arrival of illegal immigrants? The growth of the city’s population must be planned not only in new housing, but also in sustainable services that allow harmonious growth. EX: More and better roads, new schools, parks, and commerce that can provide a higher quality of life like our current ones and even improve it for the benefit of all. Regarding illegal immigration, it is an issue under the federal authorities and it will be up to them to legalize an individual’s situation before the competent offices in order to obtain a work permit or SSN, which will give them a chance at a new life here. Do you think the city should increase its police force? The police represent the first barrier of protection for citizens, they guarantee order and protect us from chaos. Due to this, proper training, preparation, and equipment are vital. The city should increase its number of officials in the police force as a way to provide greater protection to the city of Doral. Equipment, patrols, economic conditions, budget, better salaries, and benefits should also be improved for our police officers that risk their lives to keep us safe in our city. Strengthening the ties of direct communication between the community and the police will also help exercise preventive security among all. A message to voters: I want to ask my neighbors to go out and vote this coming November 8, that we exercise this right to elect our best representatives at all levels. Let them know their candidates, compare their proposals and their training. We not only have the will but we also have a plan! And together we are going to make Doral a paradise to live in!


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EDUCATION: The key to drug use PREVENTION BY: DIANA BELLO ARISTIZÁBAL

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n recent years, there has been a resurgence of concern around drug use in adolescence due to, among other things, the increased availability of synthetic drugs and the popularity of vaping. Now that a new school year has begun, it is the best time to put this issue back on the table with the purpose of bringing parents and teachers together to prevent this scourge. In the first place, although everything has been said about drugs over the years, many young people of school age and their families even today don’t know the true dangers of their consumption or how to avoid this problem. Proof of the lack of awareness was provided by the 2021 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), according to which the percentage of adolescents who perceive marijuana as harmful it was reduced by 40 percent in the United States. This drug is the most used by minors, being consumed primarily through vaping devices, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Adolescents, followed by prescription drugs such as stimulants, opioid pain relievers, sedatives, and muscle relaxants. But, what factors affect drug use in the youth population? According to Christina Balinotti, a doctor in psychology and an expert in family issues, the use of illicit substances is increasing because today young people don’t feel integrated into the first fundamental cell that is the family, largely due to excessive use of electronic devices. “There is little communication between parents and children and this provokes in children a need to search for affection and an escape route that they find in drugs,” she says.

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Preventing drug use in the school population is a shared task between parents and teachers, although, many times, the problem begins in the classroom, because friends and social pressures stem from it. “Schools have the responsibility to convene monthly meetings with parents in which there is mutual feedback on what is happening with children both at home and at school in the social and emotional fields. Parents, for their

part, should encourage open communication with teachers,” says Balinotti. However, the first thing parents should work on is improving communication with their children. This translates into creating spaces for dialogue at home without digital distractions. For example, during family meals, adults can inquire about what is happening at school, validating their emotions, maintaining an active listening and avoiding making value judgments. If open and fluid communication as well as secure attachment are cultivated from an early age, children will be emotionally content and it will be easier for them to turn to their caregivers when a problem arises. “Teachers can do everything in their power to prevent them from falling into drugs just like the police, but the most important work is done at home. Parents have to understand that they are not their children’s friends and set very clear rules in the household. If they learn to follow them, they will also obey rules at the school, street, state, and government levels,” says Officer Ten of the Doral Police. With the purpose of offering an educational tool to parents and teachers, both Officer Ten and Officer Feliciano, both belonging to the Neighborhood Resource Unit of the Doral Police, are in charge of the DARE program aimed at fifth grade students from charter and private schools in Doral in which topics such as bullying, social pressure and the use of narcotics are addressed.

This is a 10-week program for each fifth grade classroom with an intensity of 1 hour per week. In each session, students can ask any question around the topic, while the officials provide them with important information. “Regarding drugs, we talk about what’s on the market and the effects of substance abuse so they can make more informed decisions. For example, we explain to them how vaping can damage lungs,” says Officer Feliciano. At the end of the 10 weeks, all students receive a graduation certificate at a ceremony in which they pledge not to use drugs or engage in other behaviors harmful to themselves. According to officials, this initiative, which began in 2008, has been vital in preventing drug use in the Doral community, which is on the right track in this regard. But it is essential not to lower our guard and report to authorities when cases are observed. “Sometimes people say things are happening but they don’t make a report. However, we are here to educate and inform the community and if there isn’t a report, we can’t do much.” While a date is set for this year’s version of the DARE program, the invitation for parents is that, in addition to the aforementioned recommendations, they exercise their role without fear, even if that means checking backpacks, cell phones and rooms. “We always tell them that minors while living at home have no expectation of privacy. Their protection comes first,” the officers conclude.


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EDUCACIÓN: La clave para PREVENIR el uso de drogas POR: DIANA BELLO ARISTIZÁBAL

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n los últimos años, ha resurgido la preocupación alrededor del consumo de drogas en la adolescencia debido, entre otras cosas, al aumento de la disponibilidad de drogas sintéticas y a la popularidad del ‘vaping’. A propósito del comienzo de un nuevo año escolar, conviene poner de nuevo este tema sobre la mesa con el ánimo de que padres y maestros trabajen en conjunto para prevenir este flagelo. Y es que aunque se ha dicho todo sobre las drogas a lo largo de los años, muchos jóvenes en edad escolar y sus familias aún hoy no conocen los verdaderos peligros de su consumo ni saben cómo evitar esta problemática. Una prueba del desconocimiento que hay la arrojó el Informe Mundial sobre las Drogas 2021 de la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas contra la Droga y el Delito (UNODC, por sus siglas en inglés) según la cual el porcentaje de adolescentes que percibe la marihuana como nociva se redujo en un 40% en Estados Unidos. Esta droga es la más utilizada por los menores, siendo consumida mayormente a través de dispositivos para ‘vapear’, según reportó el Instituto Nacional de Abuso de Drogas en Adolescentes. A ésta, le siguen los medicamentos con receta como estimulantes, analgésicos opioides, sedantes y relajantes musculares. Pero, ¿qué factores inciden en el consumo de drogas en la población juvenil? De acuerdo con Christina Balinotti, doctora en sicología y experta en temas de familia, el uso de sustancias ilícitas se está incrementando porque en la actualidad los jóvenes no se sienten integrados a la primera célula fundamental que es la familia en gran parte por el uso excesivo de dispositivos electrónicos. “Hay poca comunicación entre padres e hijos y esto provoca en los niños una necesidad de búsqueda de afecto y de una vía de escape que la encuentran en las drogas”, asegura.

UN TRABAJO EN EQUIPO ENTRE ESCUELA Y HOGAR

Prevenir el consumo de drogas en la población escolarizada es una tarea compartida entre padres y maestros, aunque, muchas veces, el problema comienza en las aulas de clase, pues allí están los amigos y con ellos las presiones sociales. “Los colegios tienen la responsabilidad de convocar reuniones mensuales con los padres en las que haya retroalimentación mutua sobre

qué pasa con los niños tanto en casa como en las escuelas en el ámbito social y emocional. Los padres, por su parte, deben fomentar una comunicación abierta con los maestros”, asegura Balinotti. Sin embargo, en lo primero que deben trabajar los padres es en la comunicación con sus hijos. Esto se traduce en generar espacios de diálogo en el hogar sin distracciones digitales. Por ejemplo, durante las comidas familiares, los adultos pueden indagar sobre qué ocurre en el colegio validando sus emociones, manteniendo una escucha activa y evitando hacer juicios de valor. Si se cultiva una comunicación abierta y fluida y un apego seguro desde edades tempranas, los niños se sentirán contenidos emocionalmente y será más fácil que recurran a sus cuidadores cuando se presente un problema. “Los maestros pueden hacer todo lo posible para evitar que caigan en las drogas al igual que la policía pero el trabajo más importante se hace en la casa. Los padres tienen que entender que no son amigos de sus hijos y poner reglas muy claras en la familia. Si ellos aprenden a seguirlas, también obedecerán las reglas del colegio, la calle, el estado y el gobierno”, asegura el oficial Ten de la Policía de Doral. Con el propósito de ofrecer una herramienta educativa a los padres y maestros, tanto el oficial Ten como el oficial Feliciano, ambos

pertenecientes a la Unidad de Recursos Vecinales de la Policía de Doral, están al frente del programa DARE dirigido a estudiantes de quinto grado de escuelas charter y privadas de Doral en el cual se abordan temáticas como el bullying, la presión social y el uso de narcóticos. Se trata de un programa de 10 semanas para cada salón de clase de quinto grado con una intensidad de 1 hora a la semana. En cada sesión, los estudiantes pueden hacer las preguntas que quieran alrededor de la temática planteada, mientras los oficiales les brindan información importante. “En el caso de las drogas, les hablamos sobre lo que hay en el mercado y sobre los efectos del abuso de sustancias para que ellos puedan tomar decisiones más informadas. Por ejemplo, les explicamos cómo el vaping puede dañar los pulmones”, comenta el oficial Feliciano. Al final de las 10 semanas, todos los estudiantes reciben un certificado de graduación en una ceremonia en la cual se comprometen a no usar drogas o recurrir a otros comportamientos nocivos para ellos. De acuerdo con los oficiales, esta iniciativa, que inició en el 2008, ha sido vital en la prevención del consumo de drogas en la comunidad de Doral que va por buen camino en este aspecto. Aún así, es fundamental no bajar la guardia y hacer un reporte a las autoridades cuando se observen casos. “A veces la gente dice que están pasando cosas pero no reportan. Sin embargo, nosotros estamos acá para educar e informar a la comunidad y si no hay reporte no es mucho lo que podemos hacer”, comentan. Mientras se define una fecha para la versión del programa DARE de este año, la invitación para los padres es que, además de las recomendaciones citadas, ejerzan su rol sin miedo, incluso si eso implica revisar maletas, celulares y habitaciones. “Siempre les decimos que los menores de edad mientras vivan en casa no tienen expectativas de privacidad. Su protección es lo primero”, concluyen los oficiales.


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Accede a tu historial de ganancias Con “MI SEGURO SOCIAL”

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uede que hayan pasado años o incluso décadas desde que pensó en cuánto ganaba en su primer trabajo. ¿Sabías que puedes averiguar cuánto ganaste ese primer año? ¿O algún año que haya trabajado? Su historial de ingresos es un registro de su progreso hacia sus futuros beneficios del Seguro Social. Hacemos un seguimiento de sus ganancias para que podamos pagarle los beneficios que ha ganado durante su vida. Por eso es tan importante que revise su registro de ingresos. Debe revisar su historial de ganancias e informarnos si hay errores u omisiones, aunque es responsabilidad de su empleador brindarnos información precisa sobre sus ganancias. De lo contrario, no obtendrá crédito por el dinero que pagó en impuestos sobre la nómina y su los beneficios futuros del Seguro Social serán más bajos de lo que debería recibir.

Usted es la única persona que puede ver su registro de ganancias de por vida y verificar que esté completo y correcto. Si un empleador no nos informó correctamente ni siquiera un año de sus ganancias, ese error podría reducir sus pagos de beneficios futuros. A lo largo de su vida, eso podría costarle miles de dólares en concepto de jubilación u otros beneficios a los que tiene derecho a recibir. Es importante identificar y reportar los errores lo antes posible. Si pasa demasiado tiempo, podría ser difícil para usted obtener documentos fiscales más antiguos. Además, es posible que algunos empleadores ya no existan o ya no puedan proporcionar información de nómina anterior. La mejor manera de verificar su registro de ingresos es visitar www.ssa.gov/myaccount y crear o iniciar sesión en su cuenta personal de my Social Security. Debe revisar sus ganancias

cuidadosamente cada año y confirmarlas usando sus propios registros, como W-2 y declaraciones de impuestos. Tenga en cuenta que es posible que las ganancias de este año y del año pasado aún no aparezcan en la lista. Cuando tiene una cuenta de my Social Security, le enviamos un correo electrónico tres meses antes de su cumpleaños para recordarle que verifique sus ingresos y obtenga estimaciones de beneficios futuros. Puede averiguar cómo corregir su registro de ingresos leyendo nuestra publicación Cómo corregir su registro de ingresos del Seguro Social en www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-0510081.pdf. Iniciar una conversación. Pregúntele a un familiar o amigo cuál fue su primer trabajo y dígale que puede averiguar cuánto ganó ese año.

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It’s not too early to talk about FAFSA BY: MARIA ALEJANDRA PULGAR

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igh School Seniors just began classes last week, but they should already be thinking about where they will go to college next fall. The Common Application opened in August 1st, for those looking forward to beginning college in the fall 2023, and there are schools that have a November deadline for students applying for Early Decision or Early Action admissions. One part of the process is choosing and applying to a school and being admitted, but the other most important component is how to pay for the institution of higher education of your choice. And that is where being on top of filling out FAFSA early could make a big difference on the amount of financial aid a school offers within their admission package. FAFSA stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”, and the portal opens October 1st of each year. The earlier a family completes the application, the better the chances of getting more money awarded on their financial aid packages, in the form of federal grants or loans. Scholarships, need-based or merit-based, are offered by the schools or other institutions and may use the information in FAFSA as reference to calculate the amounts awarded, therefore filling out the form out soon is a key component of the college application process.

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FAFSA application is a free process that is done through the site of the US Department of Education www.fafsa.gov The application is available only for students who are U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or other non-citizens who have a valid Social Security number. The federal financial aid is not provided for undocumented students or illegal aliens. In those cases, parents should approach the education institution to verify other types of financial assistance or scholarships they may provide. No matter the financial condition of the families, if they qualify they should always apply to FAFSA. Nobody is too rich or too poor to apply. Most colleges and universities require that students include their FAFSA information with their application. The CSS College Board Profile, which gives

students access to other sources of financial aid in case they do not qualify for federal funds, is another application that needs to be filled out by all students, as several colleges and universities require it along with FAFSA. On their website https:// cssprofile.collegeboard.org/ can be found the list of all schools that require the CSS application and more details on how to apply. International students should use this profile to apply for financial assistance at their colleges of choice.

THE APPLICATION OPENING DATE IS APPROACHING. GET READY!

Those who fill out the application early (between October and January) can modify it later after filling the taxes for the year. It can also be modified in case the financial situation of the families change in the future. That is why FAFSA should be submitted every year that a child attends college, beginning in the fall of the year before college freshman year. For example, those who will be college freshmen in September 2023 may begin filling out their FAFSA and CSS applications by October 2022. The date is getting near and there are several documents to collect to apply. Parents need to be on top of supporting their students in this process. In case of doubt always approach the CAP counselor of your child’s school. Among the documents needed to fill out FAFSA application are: • Social Security number (parents and students) • Student driver’s license • If not a US Citizen, it is required to include the Alien Registration Number • Federal tax information for student and parents: form IRS W-2; forms IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ • Foreign tax returns from US Territories (if applicable) • Records of untaxed income: child support,

interests or veterans’ education benefits. • Information on cash, savings, checking account, investments (stocks, bonds, real estate other that homestead, etc.) and other assets belonging to parents.

DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED BY THE COST OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

It is true that pursuing higher education is costly and requires a lot of effort, from the student and their families. However, the upfront cost should not be a reason to discard applying to a college or university. Having FAFSA and CSS forms filled out is a great reference for schools to estimate financial assistance for the students that are offered admission. The majority of schools have on their websites a net-price cost of attendance calculator, where parents can input the information about their finances and get a reference on what would be de EPC (Estimate Parent Contribution) and which costs can be covered through scholarships, grants, loans or work study assistance. When admitted students are great candidates, the universities guide their parents on the different financial alternatives to make their attendance happen. The worst mistake would be to shy out of contemplating the possibility of attending college for doubting the capacity of affording the costs and therefore not applying to any school. There are many resources to help cover the costs. The first step to gain access to those resources is filling out FAFSA and CSS applications. Do not miss the deadlines


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os estudiantes de último año de la escuela secundaria comenzaron clases la semana pasada, pero ya deberían estar pensando en cual universidad estarán el próximo otoño. La Aplicación Común (Common Application) abrió el 1 de agosto, para aquellos que esperan comenzar la universidad en el otoño de 2023, y hay escuelas que tienen una fecha límite de noviembre para los estudiantes que solicitan admisiones de Decisión o Acción temprana. Una parte del proceso es aplicar a una escuela y ser admitido, pero el otro componente importante es planificar cómo pagar la institución de educación superior elegida. Y ahí es donde estar pendientes de completar FAFSA temprano, podría marcar una gran diferencia en la cantidad de ayuda financiera que les ofrezca la institución dentro de su paquete de admisión. FAFSA significa “Solicitud gratuita de ayuda federal para estudiantes” (por sus siglas en inglés) y el portal se abre el 1 de octubre de cada año. Cuanto antes una familia complete la solicitud, mayores serán las posibilidades de obtener más dinero en sus paquetes de ayuda financiera, en forma de subsidios o préstamos federales. Las escuelas y universidades ofrecen becas, basadas en la necesidad o en el mérito, y pueden usar la información de FAFSA como referencia para calcular los montos a otorgar, por lo tanto, completar el formulario lo antes posible es un componente clave del proceso de solicitud de la universidad.

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La solicitud de FAFSA es un proceso gratuito que se realiza a través del sitio del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos www.fafsa.gov La solicitud está disponible solo para estudiantes que son ciudadanos estadounidenses, residentes permanentes u otros no ciudadanos que tengan un número de Seguro Social válido. La ayuda financiera federal no se proporciona a estudiantes indocumentados o extranjeros ilegales. En esos casos, los padres deben acercarse a la institución educativa para verificar otros tipos de asistencia financiera o becas que puedan brindar. No importa la condición financiera de las familias, siempre deben presentar una solicitud a FAFSA. Nadie es demasiado rico o demasiado pobre para aplicar. La mayoría de las universidades requieren que los estudiantes incluyan su información FAFSA con su solicitud.

El Perfil de CSS CollegeBoard, que brinda a los estudiantes acceso a otras fuentes de ayuda financiera en caso de que no califiquen para fondos federales, es otra solicitud que todos los estudiantes deben completar, ya que varias universidades lo requieren junto con FAFSA. En su sitio web https://cssprofile.collegeboard. org/ se puede encontrar la lista de todas las escuelas que requieren la aplicación CSS y más detalles sobre cómo aplicar. Los estudiantes internacionales deben usar este perfil para solicitar asistencia financiera en las universidades de su elección.

SE ACERCA LA FECHA DE APERTURA DE SOLICITUDES. ¡PREPARÉSE!

Quienes llenan FAFSA anticipadamente (entre octubre y enero) pueden modificarla más tarde después de llenar los impuestos del año. También puede modificarse en caso de que la situación financiera de las familias cambie en el futuro. Es por eso que FAFSA debe presentarse cada año que un estudiante asista a la universidad, comenzando en el otoño del año anterior al primer año de la universidad. Por ejemplo, aquellos que serán estudiantes de primer año de la universidad en septiembre de 2023 pueden comenzar a completar sus solicitudes FAFSA y CSS en octubre de 2022. La fecha se acerca y hay varios documentos que recopilar para presentar la solicitud. Los padres deben estar al tanto de apoyar a sus estudiantes en este proceso. En caso de duda acérquese siempre al orientador CAP del colegio de su hijo. Entre los documentos necesarios para llenar la solicitud FAFSA se encuentran: • Número de Seguro Social (padres y estudiantes) • Licencia de conducir de estudiante • Si no es ciudadano estadounidense, se requiere incluir el Número de registro de extranjero • Información de impuestos federales para estudiantes y sus padres: formulario IRS W-2; formularios IRS 1040, 1040A o 1040EZ • Declaraciones de impuestos extranjeros de territorios de EE. UU. (si corresponde) • Registros de ingresos no gravados: pensión alimenticia, intereses o beneficios de educación

de veteranos. • Información sobre efectivo, ahorros, cuenta corriente, inversiones (acciones, bonos, bienes inmuebles distintos de la vivienda, etc.) y otros bienes pertenecientes a los padres.

NO SE DESANIME POR EL COSTO DE LAS UNIVERSIDADES.

Es cierto que cursar estudios superiores en este país es costoso y requiere mucho esfuerzo, por parte del estudiante y de su familia. Sin embargo, el costo inicial no debe ser una razón para descartar la aplicación a la universidad. Tener los formularios FAFSA y CSS completados es una gran referencia para que las escuelas calculen la asistencia financiera para los estudiantes a los que se les ofrece la admisión. La mayoría de las escuelas tienen en sus sitios web una calculadora de costo neto de asistencia, donde los padres pueden ingresar la información sobre sus finanzas y obtener una referencia sobre cuál sería el EPC (Estimación de la contribución de los padres) y qué costos se pueden cubrir a través de becas, subsidios, préstamos o ayudas para estudio y trabajo. Cuando los estudiantes admitidos son candidatos excepcionales, las universidades orientan a sus padres sobre las diferentes alternativas económicas para que su asistencia se concrete. El peor error sería evitar contemplar la posibilidad de asistir a la universidad por dudar de la capacidad de afrontar los costos y por lo tanto no aplicar a ninguna escuela. Hay muchos recursos para ayudar a cubrir los costos. El primer paso para obtener acceso a esos recursos es completar las solicitudes FAFSA y CSS. ¡Esté atento a las fechas de aplicación!


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What is Supported by ¿Qué Respalda la Evidencia Evidence Regarding sobre el Tratamiento de la OSTEOARTHRITIS Treatment? OSTEOARTRITIS? BY: CHARLES LASCANO, MD, CAQSM, DABFM. SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST. SANITAS MEDICAL CENTERS.

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rthritis is a general term that means inflammation of the joints. There are several types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type. When OA sets in, the cartilage begins to break down. As it wears away, the bones in the joint start to rub against each other. This can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. This article describes treatment options for OA supported by current scientific evidence. Exercise, tai chi, and physical therapy are the first line of treatment for knee OA. Weight loss is recommended for patients with knee and hip OA. Aquatic exercise has small short-term benefits for OA. Knee bracing has insufficient evidence to draw conclusions about its effectiveness. Acupuncture is at best minimally effective for OA of the knee or hip. Oral glucosamine with or without chondroitin does not appear to be effective in well-designed trials. Vitamin D supplements, antioxidant supplements, or other supplements advertised on the media for OA lack sufficient scientific support to recommend them. Drug therapy can be started in combination with or after a trial of nonpharmacologic interventions. In general, it is reasonable to begin treatment with Acetaminophen and/or topical therapy and progress to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Naproxen or Ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is less effective than NSAIDs for OA, but given its safety, a trial at an adequate dosage is appropriate Corticosteroid injections, which are the only joint injectables usually covered by the insurance plans, improve function, and provide short-term pain relief, but do not improve overall quality of life, according to systematic reviews. A recent large, randomized trial found no benefit and greater cartilage loss in patients receiving corticosteroid injections. Therefore, it can worsen the OA, and are no longer recommended for OA treatment. There are other joint injectables, which are usually not covered by health insurances, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid, stem cell, and prolotherapy, all with limited evidence and more studies are needed to be recommended and covered by all insurance plans. Joint replacement is an option for patients with moderate to severe pain and radiographically confirmed OA Arthroscopic meniscectomy is no more effective than sham procedures or exercise for knee OA. It is also ineffective for patients with degenerative meniscal tears.

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a artritis es un término general que significa inflamación de las articulaciones. Hay varios tipos de artritis. La osteoartritis (OA) es el tipo más común. Cuando se establece la OA, el cartílago comienza a descomponerse. A medida que se desgasta, los huesos de la articulación comienzan a rozarse entre sí. Esto puede causar dolor, rigidez e hinchazón. Este artículo describe el tratamiento para la OA basado en la evidencia científica actual. Ejercicio, Tai chi, y fisioterapia son la primera línea de tratamiento para la OA de rodilla. Se recomienda la pérdida de peso para pacientes con OA de rodilla y cadera. El ejercicio acuático tiene pequeños beneficios a corto plazo. La rodillera no tiene evidencia suficiente para sacar conclusiones sobre su efectividad. Acupuntura es, en el mejor de los casos, mínimamente efectiva para la OA de rodilla o cadera. Glucosamina oral con o sin condroitina no parece ser eficaz en estudios bien diseñados. Vitamina D, antioxidantes, u otros suplementos publicitados para OA no tienen suficiente soporte científico. Uso de medicamentos se puede iniciar en combinación con o después de tratar las intervenciones no farmacológicas. En general, es razonable comenzar el tratamiento con Acetaminofén y/o medicina tópica y progresar a un antiinflamatorio oral como Naproxeno o Ibuprofeno. El Acetaminofén es menos efectivo que el antiinflamatorio oral para la OA, pero dada su seguridad, es apropiado su uso. Las inyecciones intraarticulares de corticosteroides mejoran la función y brindan alivio del dolor a corto plazo, pero no mejoran la calidad de vida en general. Un ensayo aleatorizado grande reciente no encontró ningún beneficio y encontró una mayor pérdida de cartílago en pacientes que recibieron inyecciones de corticosteroides. Por lo tanto, estas inyecciones pueden empeorar la OA y no se recomiendan más para OA. La evidencia es limitada con respecto a otras inyecciones intraarticulares como plasma rico en plaquetas (PRP), ácido hialurónico, células madre y proloterapia y más estudios se necesitan para recomendar su uso regular y ser aprobados por los seguros de salud. El reemplazo articular es una opción para pacientes con dolor de moderado a intenso y OA confirmada radiográficamente. La meniscectomía artroscópica no es más eficaz que los procedimientos simulados o el ejercicio para la OA de rodilla. También es ineficaz para pacientes con desgarros meniscales degenerativos.


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NO. Medications are covered under Medicare Part D rules which cover oral drugs and are federal. They provide coverage guidelines that are the basis for how private healthcare companies cover drugs. There are several types of drug coverages and only one can be used at a time: 1. PDP (Prescription Drug Plans) 2. HMO (Medicare Advantage), 3. PPO (Medicare Advantage). Drug coverage is very different between these 3 types of companies. For example, PDP’s charge additional premiums for their coverage, while Medicare Advantage does not in Florida. Additionally, PDP’s charge a deductible for brand medications, while Medicare Advantage also does not. Federal Part D guidelines spell out 4 stages of coverage: Stage 1: Annual Deductible ($480 in 2022), Stage 2: Initial Coverage Limit (ICL) – You pay a copay or co-insurance based on your coverage’s formulary Tier. Once your out-of-pocket costs plus what the plan pays for your medications reaches $4,430 (2022 amount), you enter Stage 3: Coverage Gap “Donut Hole”. This stage is where your out-of-pocket costs increase as the plan covers less. Once you’ve paid $7,030 in total yearly out-of-pocket expenses, you enter Stage 4: Catastrophic Coverage. In this stage your costs decrease and become fixed. Additionally, health plans create a list of drugs they will and will NOT cover. This is called a “Formulary” and each company has the right to include or exclude medications, so not all formularies are the same. Then there are 5 “Tiers” and each drug is assigned a Tier by each company: Tier 1 – Preferred Generics, Tier 2 – Non-Preferred, Tier 3 – Preferred Brand, Tier 4 – Non-preferred Brand, Tier 5 – Specialty Drugs, i.e., like self-injectable drugs. There are several reasons why medication coverage can be different by company. The first is that not all companies charge the deductible. Also, the Stage 2 amount (initial coverage limit) is different by company. It cannot be lower than $4,430, but it can be much higher, like $10,000 in for one company in Miami-Dade County. The higher this amount, the later you will enter the donut hole and start paying more. Additionally, each company can place the same medications in different tiers, the higher the tier, the higher your co-payment. So, if your medication is Tier 3 in one company and Tier 4 in another, the same Tier 4 medication will cost you more than in the company where it is Tier 3. Obviously, Part D is complicated and requires that a licensed and trained Medicare agent help you compare your costs as they differ from plan to plan, or by plan type, i.e. HMO vs. PDP. People with Medicaid are covered by a Federal subsidy which covers most medications costs, but if you do not have Medicaid, make sure you seek out someone who can help you compare these costs.

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¿Será MÁS BARATO rentar en el 2023? Hay quienes opinan que, en el próximo año, el costo de la renta en el Sur de la Florida puede bajar de precio, sin embargo, muchos aseguran que esto no será posible, debido a la escasez de inventario y al incremento de los gastos de los propietarios de viviendas POR: EDDA PUJADAS

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no de los temas más controversiales del año 2021 y de los meses que han pasado del 2022 ha sido el incremento de los alquileres en el Sur de la Florida, especialmente en los condados de Miami-Dade, Broward y West Palm Beach, donde las rentas han aumentado un paso muy acelerado. Una tremenda escasez de inventario desde el 2021, ha hecho que los incrementos de renta lleguen a superar el 40% (recordemos que, anteriormente, los alquileres aumentaban entre un 3% y un 5% anual), creando una verdadera crisis para una gran cantidad de personas, que se han visto obligadas a reducir el espacio y el número de habitaciones o incluso, a moverse a localizaciones más económicas para poder pagar el alquiler. A pocos meses de entrar al 2023, muchos están ansiosos por saber si será más barato rentar en el próximo año y en general, las opiniones parecen estar divididas. Hay quienes creen que el costo de la renta en el Sur de la Florida puede bajar de precio, mientras que otros aseguran que esto no será posible. Quienes piensan que el costo de la renta puede bajar en el 2023, se basan, primordialmente, en un estudio realizado por tres universidades de la Florida en el que se indica que habrá un regreso de las personas de Nueva York a su ciudad, tras la finalización del trabajo a distancia, que los obligará a regresar a sus oficinas. Sin embargo, el escenario parece ser un poco más complicado. Para empezar, la finalización de las medidas de distanciamiento social a causa del COVID 19, no significa que todas los personas retornen a sus oficinas, de hecho, muchos empleadores y empleados han descubierto que el trabajo desde casa se traduce en una disminución de gastos operativos para las

empresas y de ahorro de tiempo, gasolina y millas para los trabajadores. Por otra parte, el trabajo a distancia no fue la única razón que trajo a los neoyorquinos al Sur de la Florida. Muchos de ellos se mudaron al estado del Sol en busca de mejoras fiscales, pues aquí no se cobra impuesto estatal sobre la renta y según Tax Foundation, empresa dedicada al análisis de datos fiscales desde 1937, sobre la carga tributaria per cápita, una persona paga de impuestos en New York $12.083, mientras que, en la Florida $5.406 El panorama tributario se recrudeció para los habitantes de Nueva York cuando el expresidente Trump firmó la “Ley de Reducción de Impuestos” que incluía una modificación a la deducción de impuestos estatales y locales, que permite a los contribuyentes deducir estos tributos ya pagados de su declaración federal, protegiéndolos de la doble tributación. A partir del año fiscal 2018, la deducción máxima pasó a ser de $10 mil dólares anuales y antes no había límite, lo cual aumentó la carga fiscal en estados como Nueva York, Nueva Jersey y California. Este cambió les costó a los neoyorquinos más de $15 mil millones, lo que no parece indicar que vayan a salir corriendo de la Florida en el 2023. Otro factor que hay que tomar en cuenta es que si bien los intereses hipotecarios se mantuvieron en los niveles más bajos durante los últimos 50 años, en los últimos meses han registrado un incremento que los ha ubicado entre un 5% y un 6%, haciendo que muchas personas, que meses atrás calificaban para un préstamo hipotecario, ahora no puedan comprar y se vean obligados a continuar rentando.

ENFRENTANDO LA INFLACION

Con respecto a la posición de los propietarios de viviendas, la situación tampoco es fácil, pues han tenido que enfrentar el impacto de la inflación en sus pagos mensuales de asociación, seguro e impuestos a la propiedad. Y es que, así como han aumentado de precios las propiedades, era de esperarse un incremento en el valor taxable de las viviendas para el 2022. Según la Oficina del Tasador de Propiedades, el estimado del valor imponible a las propiedades en el condado de Miami Dade para el año 2022 es de $372,3 mil millones de dólares, lo que implica un aumento de más de $34 mil millones de dólares (10.2%) en comparación con el año 2021.

El tasador de propiedades, Pedro García, explicó que, el crecimiento de dos dígitos en el valor imponible en todo el Condado, no sucedía desde el año 2007, por lo que instó a todas las autoridades fiscales, a reducir sus tasas de amillaramiento a fin de ayudar al propietario promedio, pues, una reducción de un 3% en la tasa impositiva puede marcar la diferencia entre que haya o no un incremento en los impuestos. Las pólizas de seguro también han sido un gasto importante para los dueños de propiedades, quienes han sufrido un aumento de más del 40%, a lo que se le suma que son muchas las aseguradoras que ya no prestan servicios en

la Florida, limitando las opciones para quienes necesitan un seguro para su casa. Ahora, la buena noticia para quienes tienen una propiedad en la Ciudad de Miami, es que FEMA (por sus siglas en inglés) acaba de degradar el perfil de riesgo de inundación de esta zona, lo que significa que los residentes y empresarios podrán optar a primas de seguro más bajas para el año 2023. Las asociaciones de condominio y de propietarios han sufrido la inflación en el incremento de sus gastos operativos, pero además han tenido que tomar medidas más estrictas en cuanto a mantenimiento y las reparaciones después del derrumbe de Champlain Towers South, llevando a un alza en los pagos mensuales y a la asignación de cuotas especiales. En resumen, el incremento de los gastos de los propietarios de las viviendas, sumados a la cantidad de personas que siguen viniendo a la Florida por sus ventajas tributarias, climáticas, tributarias, económicas, labores, financieras y de entretenimiento, hacen difícil predecir una disminución cercana en los precios de los alquileres.


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AMERICA VIVA! 100 Voices

for the Education of the Children of the Americas BY: CRISTINA RUTHERFORD

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MERICA VIVA! 100 Voices, is a benefit gala show that celebrates the “mestizaje” of the Americas. This spectacular dance and musical performance supports children’s education in various countries of the Americas. AMERICA VIVA! 100 Voices depicts how a mestizo soul was born out of the mixture of Spanish, African and Indigenous cultures and its fantastic journey all over the continent. This dance fusion premiered 15 years ago with significant impact in the largest festival in the world and has delighted audiences in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Narrated live by renowned winner of multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, Paquito D’Rivera, hosted by Patricia Janiot and with special guests Miami Children’s Chorus, the America Viva Band and New Land Dance Company, this show conveys a profound Pan-American message of inclusion and diversity to audiences of all ages and nationalities. An unprecedented artistic and humanitarian event that is an initiative of America Viva Alliance in partnership with 28 nonprofit organizations, including Autismo en Voz Alta, a non-governmental (NGO), non-profit organization (NPO). Autismo en Voz Alta has the belief that education is an essential pillar for the development of an inclusive society and a contribution to the wellbeing of all of its members. By using the code “AUTISMO” when purchasing tickets, you will be contributing 50% of the ticket value to the Autismo en Voz Alta in

Venezuela, to continue providing effective, creative, and meaningful support for many families coping with autism as possible. Tickets on sale now starting from $65 at arshcenter.org AMERICA VIVA! 100 Voices will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center, on October 15th at 8:00 pm.

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MERICA VIVA! 100 Voices, es una gala benéfica que celebra el “mestizaje” de las Américas. Esta producción de danza y música apoya a la educación de los niños en varios países de las Américas. AMERICA VIVA! 100 Voices representa el alma mestiza producto de la fusión de las culturas española, africana e indígena y su fantástico viaje por todo el continente. Este espectáculo se estrenó hace 15 años con gran repercusión en el mayor festival del mundo y ha deleitado audiencias en importantes teatros de Europa, Asia y América. Narrado en directo por el renombrado ganador de múltiples premios Grammy y Grammy Latinos, Paquito D’Rivera, presentado por Patricia Janiot y con invitados especiales como el Miami Children’s Chorus, la America Viva Band y la New Land Dance Company, este espectáculo transmite un profundo mensaje panamericano de inclusión y diversidad a públicos de todas las

edades y nacionalidades. Este evento artístico y humanitario sin precedentes, es una iniciativa de la Alianza América Viva en asociación con 28 organizaciones sin fines de lucro, entre las que se encuentra Autismo en Voz Alta, una organización no gubernamental. Autismo en Voz Alta apoya la educación que es un pilar esencial para el desarrollo de una sociedad inclusiva y una contribución al bienestar de todos sus miembros. Utilizando el código “AUTISMO” al comprar las entradas, estarás contribuyendo con el 50% del valor de la entrada a Autismo en Voz Alta en Venezuela, para continuar apoyando de manera eficaz y significativo a familias que se enfrentan al autismo. Las entradas ya están a la venta a partir de $ 65 en arshcenter.org AMÉRICA VIVA! 100 Voices tendrá lugar en el Adrienne Arsht Center, el 15 de octubre a las 8:00 pm.


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September is here with a great list of events and entertainment for the entire family. Just check it out!

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HISPANIC HERITAGE DORAL ART EXHIBIT: September 16th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Doral Government Center. This indoor exhibit will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as our own local artists showcase what their heritage means to them. This exhibit will be open to the public at our new Cultural Arts Center from September 16 to October 14, 2022. For more information, please call 305-593-6600. www.cityofdoral.com EXHIBICIÓN DE ARTE DE LA HERENCIA HISPANA EN DORAL: La recepción de apertura será 16 de septiembre de 6:30 pm a 8:30 pm en el Doral Government Center. Esta exhibición celebrará el Mes de la Herencia Hispana mientras los propios artistas locales muestran lo que significa su herencia para ellos. Esta exhibición estará abierta al público en el nuevo Centro Cultural de las Artes del 16 de septiembre al 14 de octubre de 2022. Para obtener más información, llame al 305-593-6600. www.cityofdoral.com

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DORAL OPERA CONCERT: September 29th, at 6:30 pm at Doral Legacy Park. Enjoy a night filled with the most beautiful melodies from popular music, Broadway, opera, and operetta. This concert is free and is presented by Many Perez Vocal Studio. For more information, please call 305-593-6600. CONCIERTO DE ÓPERA EN DORAL: Este 29 de septiembre, a las 6:30 pm en Doral Legacy Park. Disfruta de una noche llena de las más bellas melodías de la música popular, Broadway, ópera y zarzuela. Este concierto es gratuito y es presentado por Many Perez Vocal Studio. Para obtener más información, llame al 305-593-6600.

ART AFTER DARK WORKSHOP HISPANIC HERITAGE EDITION: September 22nd from 6:00pm 8:00pm at Doral Meadows Park. The art After Dark series continues and invites residents to expand their artistic knowledge and creativity. Every workshop is different and free. Registration begins September 19th at cityofdoral.eventbrite.com For more information, please call 305-593-6600. TALLER ART AFTER DARK - EDICIÓN HERENCIA HISPANA: 22 de septiembre de 6:00 pm a 8:00 pm en Doral Meadows Park. La serie de arte After Dark continúa e invita a los residentes a ampliar su conocimiento artístico y su creatividad. Cada taller es diferente y gratuito. La inscripción comienza el 19 de septiembre en cityofdoral.eventbrite.com Para obtener más información, llame al 305-593-6600.

MIAMI SPICE: From August 1st to September 30th, 2022. Miami Spice Restaurant Months showcase the best of Miami’s diverse cuisine and world-renowned chefs, offering delicious three-course meals for discounted prices at some of the city’s most iconic and fantastic restaurants. This is the perfect opportunity for you to check out some amazing restaurants around town offering delightful dishes. The official 2022 Miami Spice website, miamiandbeaches.com, lists participating restaurants, along with menus. MIAMI SPICE: Del 1 de agosto al 30 de septiembre de 2022. Miami Spice muestra lo mejor de la cocina diversa de Miami y los chefs de renombre mundial, ofreciendo deliciosas comidas de tres platos a precios reducidos en algunos de los restaurantes más icónicos y fantásticos de la ciudad. Esta es la oportunidad perfecta para que visite algunos restaurantes increíbles de la ciudad. El sitio web oficial de 2022 Miami Spice, miamiandbeaches.com , enumera los restaurantes participantes, junto con los menús.


HAUNTED CIRCUS FESTIVAL- SPOOKY WONDERLAND: Sep 15–Oct 30 at Tropical Park. The Haunted Circus returns with tons of spooky and wacky characters and activities to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. It’s an enchanting and thrilling experience that the whole family can enjoy with the inhabitants of Wonderland. Activities include carnival games and rides, interactive game quests, a 45-minute live Wonderland show, Wonderland-themed photo zones, pumpkin carving and smashing stations, tarot card readings, a petting zoo, face painting, and more. Tickets can be purchased online at spookywonderland.com PAÍS DE LAS MARAVILLAS ESPELUZNANTE EN EL FESTIVAL DEL CIRCO EMBRUJADO: Del 15 de septiembre al 30 de octubre en Tropical Park. Este evento regresa con toneladas de personajes y actividades espeluznantes y extravagantes para que todos tengan el espíritu de Halloween. Es una experiencia encantadora y emocionante que toda la familia podrá disfrutar con los habitantes del País de las Maravillas. Las actividades incluyen juegos y atracciones de carnaval, misiones de juegos interactivos, un espectáculo en vivo de Wonderland de 45 minutos, zonas de fotos con el tema de Wonderland, estaciones de tallado de calabazas, lecturas de cartas del tarot, un zoológico interactivo, pintura de caras y más. Los tickets se pueden comprar en línea en spookywonderland.com.

MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS: 3D ILLUSIONS PASS Aug 30 - 31 Dec 31 at 536 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 33139 This unique experience brings the magic of 3-D optical illusions to you. Take eye-popping pictures with illusions inspired by cartoons, art, movies, and more! Feel like you’re flying on a magic carpet, walking on the edge of a skyscrape, or even surviving the lava bridge, all while you take the best selfies! www.miaillusions.com MUSEO DE LAS ILUSIONES: PASE DE ILUSIONES 3D 30 de agosto - 31 de diciembre 31 en 536 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, 33139 Esta experiencia única te trae la magia de las ilusiones ópticas en 3D. ¡Toma fotos deslumbrantes con ilusiones inspiradas en dibujos animados, arte, películas y más! Siéntete como si estuvieras volando sobre una alfombra mágica, caminando por el borde de un rascacielos o incluso sobreviviendo al puente de lava, ¡todo mientras tomas las mejores selfies! www.miaillusions.com

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HOUSE OF HORROR HAUNTED CARNIVAL From Sep 22 to Oct 31 at Miami International Mall. Celebrating 30 years, this huge haunted experience is one of the biggest of its kind in South Florida. This year, four attractions—Silent Mall, Drown Town, Insanitorium, and Scare Studios—promise to scare the crap out of you. Tour abandoned houses and explore the supernatural if you’re brave enough. Tickets are available online: https://www.tixr.com/groups/houseofhorror LA CASA DEL TERROR Del 22 de septiembre al 31 de octubre en Miami International Mall. Celebrando 30 años, esta gran experiencia embrujada es una de las más grandes de su tipo en el sur de Florida. Este año, cuatro atracciones (Silent Mall, Drown Town, Insanitorium y Scare Studios) prometen asustarte. Recorre casas abandonadas y explora lo sobrenatural si eres lo suficientemente valiente. Los boletos están disponibles en línea: https://www.tixr.com/groups/houseofhorror

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Septiembre ha llegado con una fabulosa lista de eventos para toda la familia. Simplemente dele un vistazo a lo que encontrará en esta edición.

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ara los residentes de Doral, ya sean nuevos o tengan tiempo viviendo en la ciudad, así como para los dueños de empresas y negocios, el descifrar el laberinto que suelen representar los gobiernos locales puede ser una tarea difícil o al menos compleja. Por ello, la ciudad de Doral ofrece a través de su “Academia de Ciudadanos” una oportunidad única que brinda a los participantes, una idea de cómo funciona el gobierno municipal. Los funcionarios electos, los directores de los departamentos y el personal de la ciudad organizarán sesiones únicas e informativas diseñadas para brindar a los participantes una experiencia práctica en relación con las operaciones del gobierno de la ciudad de Doral. Las sesiones se llevarán a cabo los martes por la tarde de 5:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. a partir del 27 de septiembre de 2022 durante 8 semanas. El espacio es limitado y todas las sesiones se llevarán a cabo en el Doral Government Center, ubicado en 8401 NW 53rd Terrace. Una vez concluido con éxito este programa, la Academia otorgará a los graduados un Certificado de culminación que será presentado por el Alcalde y el Concejo de la ciudad de Doral durante la reunión del Concejo Municipal. Si desea más información, puede llamar al (305) 593-6680

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