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  • MAY 3 - 16, 2011

    ALL TYPES OF COVERAGEFROM OVER 100 TRUSTED,COMPETITIVE, INSURERS

    305.238.1000Savings & Service Since 1950

    Miriam Quiros-Laso is new manager of village library

    See CASHIER, page 4

    BY GARY ALAN RUSE

    TT he Palmetto Bay Branch of theMiami-Dade Library Systemhas a new manager, MiriamQuiros-Laso, who began her new positionon Apr. 4.

    Quiros-Laso, who previously was at theFairlawn Branch, at SW Eighth Street and63rd Avenue in West Miami, said she hasseveral reasons to be pleased to be at thevillages library, located at 17641 OldCutler Rd.

    I like the fact that its in a park, and avery good community, she said. Theresidents are active users of the branch.What Ive noticed about this library is thatits very family oriented. You have a lot ofresidents who come in with their families.They want activities and any kind of pro-gram that we offer. Youll see the littlechildren walking in with their moms or

    BY GARY ALAN RUSE

    FFor the first time in its his-tory, the Village ofPalmetto Bay now has adesignated cashier, likeother cities, and the intent

    is to simplify the process of making pay-ments at Village Hall.

    Wanner Fonseca officially startedworking as the new cashier on Apr. 18,after undergoing training on the financesystems involved and the departmentswith which he will be working. Fonsecastarted in Parks and Recreation in 2005. Inhis fourth year he was promoted to a ParkService Aide Leader.

    The five years that Ive been workinghere Ive seen that its a great place to workfor, Fonseca said. Its a great opportunitythat the village has given me. I was bornand raised in Miami, went to Coral WayElementary and Shenandoah MiddleSchool, and then Everest Institute, where Igraduated as a surgical technician.

    See QUIROS-LASO, page 4

    New village cashier works to simplify transactions

    Wanner Fonseca is pictured at the new cashiersoffice in Village Hall.

    First gradersNestor Ortiz

    (left) and StevenPohl, in Miss

    Cardins class atCoral Reef

    Elementary,show off the

    handmade T-shirts theyfashioned in

    time forPalmetto Bays

    Earth DayCelebration, Apr.19, during which

    5,000 ladybugswere released

    into the schoolsbutterfly garden.

    The villagereleased about

    25,000 ladybugsat local public

    and privateschools, and in

    public parks,over a one-weekperiod as part of

    its annual recognition of

    Earth Day.Ladybugs are considered natures pesticide because they eat aphids that can

    destroy garden plants a safe alternative to harmful chemicals.

    (Photo courtesy: Village of Palmetto Bay)

    First graders show off T-shirts made by hands

  • Page 2 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM May 3 - 9, 2011

  • BY LILYVANIA MIKULSKI

    The YMCA of Greater Miami will beginconstruction on the expansion of the SouthDade YMCA Family Center with a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, May 5, at9:30 a.m., at the center, 9355 SW 134 St.

    The community is invited to attend andparticipate in the celebration of what will bethe flagship family center for the YMCA ofGreater Miami.

    Commencing construction on our newfamily center is a huge milestone for the Y aswe continue on our goal to impact as manypeople as possible in the communities weserve, said Alfred Sanchez, president andCEO of the YMCA of Greater Miami. Thisexpansion alone will allow the Y to servemore than 30,000 people in the South Dadearea.

    With four family centers in Miami-Dade,and more to come, the Y is working to ensurethat every person has affordable access toessential health and social programs.

    After conducting a study to determine thetypes of services and programs area residentsdesired, the Y designed a center with the resi-dents specific needs in mind. Working witharchitecture firm Borrelli + Partners and con-struction company Gerrits Construction, theY will convert the current facility into a mod-

    ern 36,000-square-foot center. The expandedfacility will provide a new gathering placewhere all community members will enjoy anarray of programming focusing on youthdevelopment, healthy living and socialresponsibility.

    The Y bought the facility in 2002, andsince then has renovated it multiple times toaddress the needs of the community. The cur-rent expansion will add an indoor gymnasi-um for all weather play and for space forcamp and community groups; an extensive

    wellness center with cardiovascular equip-ment, resistance training equipment and free-weights; two exercise studios for group fit-ness classes; an outdoor sports court; anactivity center; locker rooms that include afamily change area; a kids adventure centerwith a play yard, and a supervised childwatch center. An outdoor swimming pooloffering a wide range of aquatic activity alsois in the works.

    While the new facility is under construc-tion, Y members can still enjoy a full-range

    of activities for kids and adults includinggroup fitness classes like Yoga, Pilates, BootCamp, Step, Silver Sneakers, and Spinningtaught by the Ys professional, certifiedinstructors. Youth programs like summercamp, soccer, flag football and basketballwill be hosted at nearby locations while thecurrent facility is under construction.

    For more information about the SouthDade YMCA Family Center, call 305-254-0310 or visit online at .

    YMCA to break ground for centers expansion

    Rendering of the expanded South Dade YMCA Family Center

    May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 3

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    Bill Kress, village communicationsdirector, sees the move as an improvementthat offers greater convenience and profes-sionalism for homeowners and businesspeople in the village.

    Rather than having four or five dif-ferent people in various departmentscollecting money for things, that is nowcentralized in the cashiers office,Kress said. That was created recentlybecause now we have a facility where

    everyones under one roof and we canhave a person close to the front door, ina secure location.

    Payments at the cashiers office may bemade for building and permitting fees,facility rentals, alarm registration fees,stormwater utility payments, occupationallicenses, police fingerprinting or back-ground checks, and any other transactionsthat need to be made.

    Everything from weddings to bath-rooms, Kress said.

    Hours for the cashiers office are 7:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Itwill be open during lunch hour.

    QUIROS-LASO, from page 1

    CASHIER, from page 1

    with their nannies, the students coming into use the computers. The atmosphere isnice, its very beautiful.

    Quiros-Laso said that she has worked ata number of library branches in differentlocations and thinks that the interactionbetween the community and the PalmettoBay branch is special. She sees a lot of par-ticipation in the various clubs the libraryoffers.

    We have a young adult book club andan adult book club, that both meet once amonth, Quiros-Laso said. We have aknitting and crochet club that meets twice amonth and we have an Italian club thatmeets twice a month as well. We have theChildrens Story Time. Im going to be pre-senting one of the childrens programs.

    We have the Reading Ready StoryTimes, which is one of our library initia-tives. Well be offering the Toddler StoryTimes, which is for children ages 2 and 3.Well also be offering the Pre-School StoryTime, which is for children 3 to 5. Andwell have the Family Story Time whichwill be on the second Tuesday of everymonth.

    In 2010 she went to South America rep-

    resenting the public library system as partof an exchange program.

    A group of us traveled to Argentina andpresented our system and the programsthat we offer here, and in exchange a dele-gation came here and weve been network-ing, Quiros-Laso said. Something weregoing to be celebrating this year, all yearlong, is the 40th birthday of the publiclibrary system.

    More information about the librarysprograms and activities can be found on theofficial website at , ifyou click on Find a Library, thenPalmetto Bay and the events link.

    Theres a lot of material availableonline that people can download to theiriPads, their iPhones and their E-Books,she said.

    Quiros-Laso said that its more than justa job for her. The work and the people arean important part of her life.

    Ive been working for the library systemfor 15 years, she said. I started right out ofhigh school. I went up the ranks from part-timer, went to library school while working.Its my family. We all work together. We alllearn from each other.

    MiriamQuiros-Laso

    is pictured inthe village

    librarys mainroom.

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    www.communitynewspapers.comPUBLISHER ..................................................................................................................................Grant MillerEXECUTIVE EDITOR .....................................................................................................................Michael MillerEDITOR.................................................................................................................................. David BerkowitzWRITERS, COLUMNISTS..............................................................Ron Beasley, Kenneth Bluh, Robert Hamilton,

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    Talk about Old Home Week at theApril 26 town hall meeting at the PalmettoGolf Course Recreation Room, 9300 CoralReef Drive, that ran from 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m. The topic was proposed Miami-DadeHome Rule Charter amendments, andattendees were invited to share their inputon changes they would like to see in theCharter and the proposed amendments thatwill be on the May 24, 2011 ballot. Amongfolks attending: Interim County MayorAlina Hudak, Palmetto Bays MayorShelley Stancyzk and Councilwoman JoanLindsay, Councilman Pat Fiore (formerWest Kendall Council member); CutlerBay Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin, ex-EastKendall Councils Carla Savola-Ascensioand Bob Wilcosky, plus just about everyknown activist in the boonies!

    Its a shame that the civics lesson

    Assistant County Attorney Tom Loguegave there wasnt foremost in the minds ofrecall petitioners last winter. EvenChairman Joe Martinez admitted Wemessed up when the Commission voted toput charter reform on the special recallelection ballot.

    Atty. Logue, whose opinions are prizedby his University of Miami law students,sketched out the differences betweenamending constitutional (or charter) provi-sions as against laws passed under its pro-visions.

    When a mom left the Palmetto Golf Clubmeeting room amidst his talk, Atty. Logueaptly declared (when the door closed):That little girl is who were talking about.Shes the future and will inherit anythingwe change in the charter.

    His audience (mostly of local govern-ment officials and activists) understood hispoint; you dont put charter amendmentson a recall election ballot.

    Changing a charter should be purposelydifficult, he advised. But in Miami-Dade,passion rules and we will likely kick thebaby (strong mayor government) out withthe bathwater (sorry, ex-Mayor Alvarez!)

    on May 24.Speaking of government officials... We

    wont mention any names, but were think-ing of one or two folks who should proba-bly enroll in a 12 step program for formerelected officials who just cant seem to prytheir fingers off the reins of government,and keep jumping to attention every timethey see their replacements doing a ribboncutting or some annual function over whichthey once presided themselves. Well, sure,its normal to miss the lime light, and weresympathetic, but all things come to an endand time moves on. So take a deep breathand...just let it go.

    Rock & Roll alert... Alexx Calise, thatlocal rocker gal, is returning to SouthFlorida briefly for a live performance at theMonterey Club in Ft. Lauderdale onTuesday, May 10 at 9:00 p.m. Its anacoustic show and special guests are Sugarin the Gas Tank. If youre over 20 its a freeshow with free parking, but buy a beer orfood if you want to support the venue. TheMonterey Club is at 2608A South FederalHighway. For more info visit www.the-montereyclub.net.

    Concerned Citizenns of Cutler Bay are

    meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at the JimShiver Community Center at Cutler RidgePark, 10100 Cutler Ridge Drive, from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. Theyre hosting a candidateforum for candidates for Cutler Bay TownCouncil, Seat 2. Both Sue Ellen Loyzelleand Chuck Barrentine have been invited toparticipate.

    Palmetto Bay residents, the village isadding something new and interesting totheir website (http://www.palmettobay-fl.gov/), a link that will enable you to checkonline to see where the Ibus is located atany given moment. So if you have a smartphone and youre traveling green, its agreat way to see when the next free shuttlebus will be passing your way. Cool!

    Thought for the Day:You miss 100 percent of the shots

    you never take. Wayne Gretzky

    Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager con-tributed to this column.

    Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669-7355, ext. 249, or send emails to.

    Charter reform is on everyones mind these days

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    I love finding small, but tremendouslyimportant news items that appear buried deepinside the newspaper. Just such an articleappeared in the Apr. 3 issue of the MiamiHerald, headlined: OHIO Opponentsbegin push to repeal union law.

    The article tells how opponents of an Ohiolaw, signed by Republican Gov. John Kasichlast month limiting public workers collectivebargaining rights, have started gathering sig-natures to get a referendum on the ballot tocancel the law.

    The law, similar to that passed inWisconsin, bans public worker strikes, elimi-nates binding arbitration and restricts bar-gaining for 350,000 public workers who arenow covered by a union. The existence of theunions would not be affected just theirability to represent their members. TheHerald article goes on to say that the petitiondrive will need more than 230,000 valid sig-natures by June 30 to put a referendum on theNovember ballot.

    The group seeking signatures, a bipartisanorganization called We Are Ohio, statesthat its has 10,000 men and women ready totake to the streets seeking petition signatures.They are quoted as saying, We want to makesure that the people [of Ohio] have a chanceto veto this legislation. This is going to be anall-out campaign.

    Dennis Willard, a spokesman for We AreOhio said, Voters are asking us not wheredo I sign, but how do I circulate [petitionsfor signature].

    Interesting? This week the Herald carriedan updated article headlined: OHIO Foesof union law cleared to continue. The articletells that the states attorney general and sec-retary of state certified the petition drive overfiled objections.

    The question is why did the elected offi-cials pass a bill that appears to be in directopposition to the general feelings of the vot-ers who put them in office? I could answerthat question if this were taking place inFlorida.

    In Florida we have more registeredDemocrats than Republicans. However, dueto gerrymandering of voting districts, theRepublicans are able to hold a majority of thestates elected positions while being a minor-ity in the state. Result is a Democrat-spon-sored petition drive could amend the state

    constitution passing it over solid objectionfrom the Republicans.

    Pew Research reports that 37 percent ofregistered voters in Ohio claim to favor theDemocratic Party while 25 percent favor theRepublican agenda. Ohio requires 230,000valid signatures on a petition drive to get onthe ballot. There are 350,000 public workersin Ohio, most represented by a union. Do thearithmetic. If a little over 66 percent of thepublic workers sign the petition it will be onthe ballot in November and they will morethan likely override the law written by theRepublican-controlled legislature.

    Interesting? The same can happen inFlorida. So our Republican-controlledFlorida House, Senate and Governors Officeshould take note. Running the risk of beingso repetitive, I must say that if the legislaturewere controlled by Democrats and they ger-rymandered the voting districts in their favor,you could take the above story and replacethe word Republican with Democrat andDemocrat with the word Republican. Such isthe way of politics.

    That said, I would strongly suggest thatour state legislature and governors officewatch their step. Pass a law that is so repul-sive to the mood of the voters and you mightwell find yourselves on the outside lookingin! Only the governor of Florida, aRepublican, is safe from removal. He wouldhave to be impeached by the Florida Houseand tried by the Florida Senate. There is nochance of this happening in a Republican-controlled legislature.

    A final word on recalls: We shouldntrecall an elected official just because wedont like how they execute their office. Werecall an elected official for malfeasance,nonfeasance, or misfeasance of office.

    We appreciate your opinions on this col-umn whether in agreement or disagree-ment. Please send your comments to (faxnumber) 305-662-6980 or email to . Theopinions expressed in this column are notnecessarily those of this newspaper, its edi-tors or publisher.

    KENNETHS COMMENTARY

    R. Kenneth Bluh VIEWPOINTOhioans take to streets to overturn law killing union rights

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    Letter to the Editor

    To the Editor:

    A recently published letter to the edi-tor written by John DuBois made someunfair statements regarding the actionsand motives of the Miami-DadeCountys Department of EnvironmentalResources Management (DERM) staff.I can assure you that DERM staff is ded-icated to protecting our beautiful naturalenvironment for the safety and benefitof Miami Dade County residents andvisitors.

    DERM is a county departmentresponsible for implementing Miami-Dade Countys environmental protec-tion ordinances. This includes responsi-bility for regulations relating to the pro-tection of our natural resources air,soil, and drinking water resources. Thisis a challenging task given our growingpopulation and the sensitivity of ourunique natural setting.

    We are a community of more than 2million people living between twonational parks (Everglades andBiscayne). Perhaps not everyone real-izes that we are a community that livesand works directly over a groundwateraquifer that supplies the water wedrink.

    DERM is responsible for overseeingregulations relating to the dredging andfilling of wetlands, and the trimmingand removal of mangroves. Wetlandsand mangroves are protected under stateand local regulations. The authority for

    regulating mangroves in Miami-DadeCounty has been specifically delegatedto DERM by the State of Florida.

    Why?Because the wetlands and mangroves

    along the shores of Biscayne Bayincluding areas adjacent to BiscayneNational Park are ecologically impor-tant to the overall health of the bay andits fisheries. The ecological role thatthese important resources play extendswell beyond the limits of individualproperties where they occur.

    We live in a natural, beautiful setting.Our job is to keep it that way. Our firstapproach is always to inform and edu-cate the public, and work togethertowards compliance. Enforcement andlegal recourses are our last and leastpreferred approaches.

    As director of DERM, I urge any citi-zen that feels they are not receiving fairtreatment or who are otherwise unhappywith our level of service to please con-tact me so that we can address their con-cerns. DERMs actions are governed bylaw.

    We are an open and transparentdepartment committed to being fair, rea-sonable, and consistent in the applica-tion of the rules and regulations. Tolearn more about DERM programs,please visit .

    Sincerely,

    CCaarrllooss EEssppiinnoossaa,, PPEEDDiirreeccttoorr,, DDEERRMM

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    Page 8 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM May 3 - 9, 2011

    BY MOST REV. THOMAS G. WENSKIArchbishop of Miami

    The FloridaLegislatures currentdebate on immigra-tion threatens the eco-nomic stability ofFlorida.

    Punitive measuresaimed at undocument-ed workers will createan atmosphere of fear

    for them and their families. At the sametime, these same punitive measures willalienate legal residents and foreign touristswho because of their ethnic profile couldbe mistaken for undocumented migrants.

    While the Church does not advocate forundocumented immigration, the Churchrecognizes the human dignity of thestranger among us who, regardless of hisor her legal status, is still the subject ofrights that are not conferred by the statebut are in fact God given. One cannot for-get the basic humanity of the immigrantwhatever his status.

    The Catholic Church has long minis-tered to immigrants and refugees in theUnited States, including those without per-manent legal status. These immigrants, farfrom being a threat to our nation, are seek-ing to meet the basic needs of their familiesby working, often at jobs that Americansthemselves eschew.

    The regulation of immigration is clearlythe purview of the federal and not state orlocal government; it is at the federal levelthe current immigration crisis needs to beresolved but in a way that is just and ina way that addresses adequately presentand future labor needs of our country and

    helps reunify and not divide families.The recent Ninth Circuit Court opinion

    pointed out the unconstitutionality of por-tions of the Arizona law, including someprovisions which are now in the proposedFlorida bills. Passage of these statutesinevitably will result in costly court chal-lenges, diverting already scarce resourcesthat could be used to implement policiesbetter suited to bolster Floridas economy.

    In this global society, fraught with eco-nomic instability and natural disasters,workers oftentimes are forced to leavetheir home country in search of a means tosupport their families. Present immigrationlaw leaves few lawful avenues for them toregularize their status even though theycontribute to our economy by their labor.Without a path to legal status, they remainvulnerable to wage theft, exploitation orhuman trafficking.

    The failure of Congress to enact com-prehensive immigration reform leaves uswith a status quo that all parties of theimmigration debate find unacceptable.However, draconian measures such asthose proposed in the Florida Legislatureand the demonization of irregularmigrants only exacerbates the problemwithout providing any long term and justsolution.

    Enforcement of federal immigration lawis a function of the federal government. IfFloridians want to contribute positively toaddressing the problems caused by illegalmigration, then they should join forceswith those pressing Congress for a federalsolution one that honors the rule of lawbut, at the same time, affords our migrantbrothers and sisters the respect and dignitythat is theirs as human beings made in theimage and likeness of God.

    Legislatures immigration debatethreatens stability of economy

  • Pictured at the team banquet are mem-bers of the Palmetto High School girls

    soccer squad, which made the finalfour at the 2011 State Championshipsand finished the season with a record

    of 24-1-1. Holding a copy of thePalmetto Bay News is first-year varsity

    coach Lyndsay Segarra who attendedPalmetto and played on the last team

    to go to the state finals in 2004, finish-ing second.

    PHS girls soccer team celebrates outstanding seasonMay 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 9

  • Page 10 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM May 3 - 9, 2011

    BY LEWIS C. MATUSOW

    Gerald Grant Jr., branch director ofFinancial Planning for AXA Advisors LLCin Miami and author of Bold Moves toCreating Financial Wealth, has been select-ed for induction into the 2011 Miami DadeCollege (MDC) Hall of Fame.

    Grant is being recognized by Miami DadeCollege for his outstanding contributions inthe field of finance. He will receive theaward along with other outstanding MDCgraduates at the 2011 Alumni Hall ofFame awards dinner on May 10 at JungleIsland.

    Being recognized by Miami DadeCollege with this induction is and amazinghonor, Grant said. All I have donethroughout my career in South Florida is tostrive to give back to my community.

    As a financial professional, Grant focuseson helping individuals and business ownersaddress their financial goals. He providesaccess to an array of financial protection andinvestment products and services includinglife insurance, annuities and investments aswell as college, estate, retirement and busi-ness planning strategies.

    Author of Bold Moves to Creating FinancialWealth (www.GeraldGrantJr.com), Grant isactive in community and professional organi-zations including serving on the FoundationBoard of Directors for FIU and Florida A&MUniversity as well as serving on the advisoryboard for FIUs Honors College. He is a mem-ber of the Orange Bowl Committee, 100 BlackMen of South Florida and Phi Beta SigmaFraternity Inc. Theta Rho Sigma Chapter andAlpha Rho Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.

    Winner of numerous company and indus-try awards including the 2005 AXAAdvisors Regional Honor Associate Award Grant was recognized as a RetirementPlanning Specialist by AXA Advisors afterreceiving a Certificate in Retirement

    Planning from the Wharton School ofBusiness. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 63,66 and 24 securities Registrations and isinsurance licensed.

    Grant is the recipient of AXA Advisorsprestigious 2011 National Honor AssociateAward which is granted to a financial profes-sional each year that represents the totalprofessional the one who most exempli-fies esteemed qualities and attributes ofcommunity service, loyalty, leadership andrespect. He was chosen for this prestigioushonor by a committee of peers from amongthousands of candidates.

    Grant resides in Palmetto Bay with hiswife, Jennifer, and their two children, Jasminand Gerald III.

    The AXA Advisors South Florida Branchis located at 9130 S. Dadeland Blvd. Suite1400, Miami FL 33156. For more informa-tion about AXA Advisors, visit online at.

    Local financial planner selectedfor MDC Hall of Fame induction

    Gerald Grant Jr. is pictured in his Dadeland area office.

  • Most working people are employeesand they think like employees when itcomes to their financial condition. Thismeans their focus is on salary, health in-surance, 401k and vacation time. Yes,these benefits do impact your financialcondition but it is one-sided. It is on theside of what you have (assets).

    We suggest that in order to attain fi-nancial independence, employeesshould begin to think and behave as abusiness owner. A business ownersfocus is not only on what they have butmore importantly, what they owe (liabili-ties). This means accounts payable,which for individuals are items such ascredit cards, car loansandmortgages.Onthis side of the balance sheet, the busi-ness ownerwants tominimize expenses.

    What you have (assets) minus whatyou owe (liabilities) results in whats leftover (net worth). $1 of assets and $1 ofliabilities means $0 in net worth. $1 lessin liabilities means you are $1 richer.

    Many employees with more salarywill spend more, so they still have littlenet worth or financial independence.The car and house they own may befancier but they may still be broke.

    Thebook,TheMillionaireNextDoor,de-scribeshowabusinessowner thinks andbehaves.It isnotsecrethowtobecomefi-nancially secure. It comes down to notthinking and behaving like an employeewhen it comes to your financial future.

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    May 3 - 16, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 7

    BY JEREMY GLAZER

    Former Miami-Dade CountyCommissioner Katy Sorenson wasrecently elected chair ofthe Building BetterCommunities (BBC)General Obligation BondCitizens AdvisoryCommittee (CAC). TheGOB, as it is known, wasapproved by the voters in2004 and is a $2.9 billionlong-term investment inthe community. Duringthe next 15-20 years, theprogram will fund proj-ects at approximately1,500 worksites through-out Miami-Dade includ-ing parks, libraries, senior housing, cul-tural facilities and infrastructure.

    The county encourages citizen par-ticipation by informing residents on theprogress of bond projects. A 21-mem-ber CAC was established to advise the

    mayor, county commissioners and thecounty manager on the program. TheCACs role is to monitor the program,participate in progress reports to the

    mayor and commission, aswell as provide recom-mendations on any reallo-cations or unspent bondfunds, and communityoutreach.

    The General ObligationBond program is more impor-tant than ever, Sorensonsaid. Its providing sorelyneeded jobs in a tough econo-my while improving thecountys infrastructure andamenities. Im proud to be apart of the Citizens AdvisoryCommittee.

    Sorenson currently is the president andCEO of the Good Government Initiative atthe University of Miami, a program to edu-cate elected officials at the state and locallevels, and to foster citizen participation ingovernment.

    Former Commissioner Sorensonto chair bonds advisory panel

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    Dear Dr. Sharma,

    I am 54 years old and I dont knowwhat to do. When I look in the mir-ror, I see more and more of mygrandmother. My neck is saggingto become the turkey neck shehad. My jawline is no longer sharpand defined like it used to be - Ivebeen told I have jowls now! Im abit nervous about extreme surgery.Maybe Im ready for a mini-facelift??? What do you recommend?

    -Sadly Signed,Sagging Susan :(

    Dear Susan,

    Like many of my patients, you aregoing through the natural agingprocess. But dont worry, you havelots of options to help you look andfeel better.

    It sounds like you may be on target.A facelift is typically a face and necklift. The procedure is performed bytightening the muscles of the face andneck through carefully hidden inci-sions. Having personally performedover 2,000 of these procedures, Iknow a facelift can improve the areasof concern that you mentioned - espe-cially the loose turkey neck and loss ofjawline definition jowls.

    Only you can decide if you areready for the improvement a faceliftcan give. The first step is to consultwith a Facial Plastic Surgeon. As with

    all Plastic Surgery, I recom-mend visiting with an expe-rienced Board Certifiedphysician. The doctorshould be able to show youphotos of his or her previ-ous patients.You should feellike your questions areanswered in a polite andinformative way.

    As with any procedure, Irecommend you spend timewith your surgeon dis-cussing expectations forwhat I call The Three Rs ofPlastic Surgery: Results,Risks, and Recovery.

    This sort of approachmakes it much more likely toget the natural, youthful,and well-rested appearanceyou desire.

    I offer my patients a modified faceliftprocedure known as The Gables Lift.It takes about 90 minutes and is per-formed under local anesthesia in myCoral Gable office. This procedurehas the advantages of traditionalfacelifts (improved neck and jawline)without the need for deeper anesthe-sia. I do offer higher levels of anes-thesia, especially for patients whoplan to perform other procedures atthe same time.

    In my practice, the procedures mostcommonly performed with facelifts areeye-lifts (blepharoplasty) or facial fattransfer (especially to build up sag-ging cheeks).

    I hope this information helps guideyou in the right direction on your jour-ney of self-improvement.Best of Luck!

    Sincerely yours,Vijay M. Sharma, MD, MPH

    Dr. Sharma focuses exclusively oncosmetic Facial Plastic Surgery.His office is located on -475 Biltmore Way, Suite [email protected]

    Dr. Sharma is a Double Board Certified Facial PlasticSurgeon. His Coral Gables office is on Biltmore Way.

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    BY BROOKE ALBERT

    Dow Chemical and the Chemical

    Heritage Foundation recently announced

    the student winners of the national Its

    Elemental video contest.

    Locally, St. Brendan High School in

    Westchester was selected as the sole win-

    ner of the contests Peoples Pick award

    for garnering the most votes nearly

    215,000 in just three months by

    launching a campaign that involved reach-

    ing out to the schools network of stu-

    dents, teachers and alumni. The schools

    grant money will be used to hold the

    schools first-ever science fair.

    Nearly 700 individuals and teams

    entered the contest from 36 states across

    the U.S. and 11 winning schools were

    selected to receive $5,000 grants to help

    support the schools science departments.

    The program was designed to inspire

    interest in chemistry among students, one

    of the objectives of the United Nations-

    designated 2011 International Year of

    Chemistry.

    To check out the winning video visit

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    St. Brendan wins Peoples Pickaward in student video contest

    Pictured (l-r) are teacher Aileen Escarpio, and students Justine Golembe, Jasmine Perez and Lourdes Bazan.

  • PALMETTO PAINT AND DECORATING CENTER YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR HOME DECORATINGBY NANCY EAGLETON

    Theres no place like homeWhetherworking, relaxing or entertaining, people arespending more time at home than ever be-fore. If this rings true for you, then yourhome should be your sanctuary. The ex-perts at Palmetto Paint and DecoratingCenter can help you refresh, update andcreate the perfect home sweet home.

    Paint, flooring and window treatments arethree of the quickest and least expensiveways to update a room, according to de-signers. From floor to ceiling, small projectsto total room makeovers, Palmetto Paintand Decorating Center has got you covered.

    The team at the center offers specializedattention that you simply will not find inlarger chain stores. Owners Dan Hedrick,Robert Lingle and Perry Arabatzis are al-ways on hand to offer expert service to thefriends, neighbors, designers and contrac-tors who have visited their store in PalmettoBay for more than 41 years. The center, lo-cated on South Dixie Highway, also carriesan array of superior quality products.

    As of April 1st, Palmetto Paint carries thecomplete line of Benjamin Moore paints ex-clusively. Whether you think neutral is niceor want to change blah to brilliant, paintcan make a big splash. Products in theBenjamin Moore line include interior and

    exterior paints and wood stains, primersand specialized paints with metallic finishesand pearlescent hues. It really is the bestbrand of paint products available, said co-owner Arabatzis.

    Do-it-yourselfers will find all the supplies and inspiration they need to get themstarted. Paint technique seminars are heldquarterly. The next seminar is Wednesday,May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will be led bythe regional representative from ModernMasters. It will include demonstrations ofModern Masters complete product range,including metal effects, texture effects andVenetian plaster. If youd rather leave yourpaint job to the experts, the Palmetto Paintteam can provide you with the name of apreferred paint contractor.

    For high impact, transform a room withnew hardwood or laminate flooring from topmanufacturers, Armstrong and Manning-ton. Like the feel of soft carpet underfoot inthe bedroom? The center offers carpets byMohawk, with a style, texture and colorchoice for every purpose, decorating styleand budget.

    Dress up your windows and improve theview with Hunter Douglas wood blinds,plantation shutters, Duette shades, Sil-houette shades, roman shades, verticalblinds and privacy sheers.Wallpaper has made a comeback or

    maybe it never went out of style. At Pal-metto Paint, youll find more than 100,000wallpaper prints and textures from which tochoose. In-home measuring and estimatesare always free.

    While in-store, decorator consultants,

    Karla Mergenthal and Lynette Pichardo,can help you choose and coordinate all ofthese products and more, such as custom-made valances, draperies, bedspreads andpillows. To help you put it all together athome, designer Debbie Jarrell makeshouse calls.

    We work with designers and do-it-yourselfers, alike, said Mergenthal. Wehave customers who visit us from SouthAmerica and those who have a winterhome here and a summer home in thenorth. We go the extra mile for all of ourclients and because of that, weve devel-oped a loyalty.

    Since 1994, local paint and wallpapercontractor Gustavo Inzillo has visited Pal-metto Paint at least twice a week for hisproject supplies. They carry the best prod-ucts and provide excellent service, he said.The paint specialists are experts at colormatching. And, when I work with Karla ona wallpaper job, my clients are all thrilledwith the results.

    Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center islocated at 14031 South Dixie Highway inPalmetto Bay and the phone number is305-233-1224. The center is open Mon-day Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. andSaturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more in-formation, visit www.palmettopaint.ben-moorepaint.com

    The helpful staff at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Cen-ter in Palmetto Bay, (L to R): Jackie Arabatzis, LynettePichardo, Perry Arabatzis, Karla Mergenthal and RobertLingle. Not pictured: Dan Hedrick and Debbie Jarrell.

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    Palmer Trinity celebratesits 20th annual Book Fair

    BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

    The 20th annual Palmer Trinity Book Fair

    on Apr. 11 featured author Alan Cheuse,

    author and book reviewer for National Public

    Radio.

    The Palmer Book Fair is well known not

    only because of the authors who speak at the

    brunch, but because of the incredible themed

    tables. This years table themes ranged from

    Breakfast at Tiffanys to On the Beach to

    Putting on the Ritz.

    One table featured peacocks, prompting

    the head of school, Sean Murphy, to quip in

    his welcome speech that no peacocks were

    harmed in the preparation of this brunch.

    Murphy told everyone that while the

    tables were fabulous, what has made the

    book fair so special over the years are the

    books and the people who attend.

    There is an abiding love for books, he

    said.

    That love of books and an innovative sum-

    mer reading list convinced Mitchell Kaplan,

    owner of Books and Books, to send his twin

    sons to Palmer. Kaplan promised to stay

    involved although his sons are graduating.

    This school distinguishes itself, he said.

    The theme of the love of books was con-

    tinued when Cheuse spoke. As well as being

    a respected writer, Cheuse has reviewed

    books on NPR for more than two decades.

    He has written five novels, short stories and

    a memoir. His latest novel is Song of the

    Slaves in the Desert, which delves into the

    world of southern slavery. Interestingly, by

    the time he finished the book, he was a

    grandfather to a child adopted from Ethiopia.

    Books are everything to writers, Cheuse

    said. We hope they are everything to readers.

    He talked about a writer who sent his

    grandmother his first book when it was pub-

    lished. The grandmother was quite religious

    and when she received the book, she sent

    him a note thanking him, but told him, I have

    the books I need the Bible and the Sears

    catalog!

    Whether we need the Bible, we need to

    augment it with other visions, Cheuse said.

    Books help us understand and rejuvenate

    ourselves.

    He said there are characters in novels that

    we know better than people we grew up with.

    In the question and answer session, he was

    asked about his work as a writer and as a

    reviewer for NPR.

    We are the only broadcast network in the

    history of civilization that takes books seri-

    ously, he said.

    To do his reviews, he reads three to five

    books a week, featuring books he has

    enjoyed. To date he has done very few nega-

    tive reviews.

    For every book I review I read five to 10

    others, he said.

    One of the questions he fielded was about

    the future of books in this digital age where

    people are reading books on their phones, on

    iPads or on readers such as Kindle or Nook.

    I think books will go on, he said.

    Twenty-five percent of every book will

    come in hardcover.

    As to how to keep boys reading, he said

    fathers can make a difference if they would

    make it a point to read with their sons.

    As far as the contentious debate in

    Congress about cutting federal funding for

    NPR, Cheuse said, if the funds were taken

    away, NPR would survive in urban areas but

    it would limit access to multiple points of

    view for people who live in more remote

    areas.

    The book fair raises money for the

    Matheson Library, headed by Ruthanne

    Vogel, which has a collection of more than

    19,000 books, videos and magazines.

  • BY IVONNE SNAVELY

    Dadeland Mall invites children of all agesto roll up their sleeves and explore the funside of food with hands-on learning activi-ties during the Simon Kidgits Clubs SuperDuper Mini Chefs event on Friday, May 20,6:30 to 8 p.m.

    Kids will enjoy a nutritional magic showby Amy the Magic Chef where they willlearn table manners and good eating habits.Youngsters also will color their own chefhats and receive an apron to help them makesweet treats.

    The Simon Kidgits Club will transformDadeland Mall into a magical kitchen askids cook up a menu including:

    Dip fresh strawberries in deliciouschocolate with Godiva Chocolatier;

    Make chocolate chip cookie sandwicheswith Nestle Toll House Caf;

    Create healthy veggie rolls with SushiMaki;

    Learn how to roll dough and make apizza pie with Cozzolis Pizza;

    Decorate mini cupcakes with Candy in aCupcake;

    Make desert crepes with Banna Strows; Create yogurt parfaits and sample chick-

    en nuggets with Chick-Fil-A, including aspecial visit by the Eat More Chikin Cow;

    Make mini ice cream sundaes withHaagen Daz;

    Learn how to twist pretzels with AuntieAnnes and sample on-the-go, famous pret-zel stix, and

    Keep hands clean at the Bath & BodyWorks antibacterial soap station.

    Kids also are encouraged to bring non-per-ishable food items to be donated to FeedingSouth Florida. Florida Blue is a sponsor of allDadeland Mall Kidgits events.

    For a chance to win a $1,000 shopping

    spree, text MALL36 to 74666 or registeryour email address at Guest Services.

    The Simon Kidgits Clubs Super DuperMini Chefs event is free to members.Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club,during regular mall hours, for an annualmembership fee of $5. Membershipincludes a Kidgits Club membership cardand T-shirt, scheduled entertainment andactivities for families, a Birthday Club(including birthday card and gift redemptioncertificate), unique programs and offers,discounts and a quarterly newsletter.

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    The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)Gallery at UM, presents the work of theBachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduate stu-dents running from May 4 through May 13.

    A reception will take place the evening ofMay 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the CAS Gallery,located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables.

    A full schedule of exhibitions can beviewed online at .

    SOUTH FLORIDA CELEBRATESNATIONAL MOMS NITE OUT

    Simon Malls in South Florida invite momsto let their hair down at the third annualNational Moms Nite Out on May 5.

    This complimentary event is a guilt-freeexcuse for moms to take the night off to relaxand enjoy a celebration of motherhood at thefollowing: Dadeland Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,and Miami International Mall, 6:30 to 8:30p.m.

    The event will be the ultimate celebrationof motherhood, and will include makeovers,entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments,goodie bags and more.

    Simon Property Group is hostingNational Moms Nite Out at 115 of itsmalls across the country. All activities arefree and open to moms of all ages.

    For more information, visit online at.

    CHARLIE BROWN COMINGTO AREA STAGE COMPANY

    The Area Stage Company andConservatory has announced the premiere ofBroadways critically acclaimed musicalYoure A Good Man, Charlie Brown, fromMay 6 to 8.

    Join the Peanuts gang in this fast-paced,lighthearted musical guaranteed to pleaseaudiences of all ages. Tickets are $20 for gen-eral admission and only $10 for students withvalid ID.

    Broadway icon Arthur Whitelaw, the produc-er of both the original and revival productions,will be in attendance for the opening perform-ance, and will speak to the cast and other conser-vatory students about his life on Broadway andrenowned career in the performing arts.

    For details, call 305-666-2078 or visitonline at .

    SIR PIZZA IN WEST KENDALLHELPING CANINE ASSISTANTS

    Sir Pizza in Kendall on SW 127th Avenue and120th Street in West Kendall is helping CanineAssistants raise money for the organization.

    Anyone who orders anything from the SirPizza on May 7, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m.,just needs to drop their receipt in the basket bythe cashier when they pay and a certain amountof that profit will be given to Canine Assistants.

    MIAMI CHILDRENS CHORUS TO PRESENTLET THE CHILDREN SING ON MAY 15

    The annual Miami Childrens Chorusspring concert, hosted at the First UnitedMethodist Church, located at 536 Coral Way,will be take place on May 15 at 4 p.m.

    Admission tickets for adults are $20 and$5 for seniors and students.

    For information, call 305-662-7494 orsend email to .

    PRACTICAL KABBALAH AND POSITIVEPSYCHOLOGY LECTURE ON MAY 17

    Join the best-selling author, lawyer, psy-chologist and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Dr.Laibl Wolf, as he presents Stillness,Awareness & Wisdom, Steps for inner PeaceTranquility & Calm, on May 17 at 8 p.m.(venue to be announced). Admission for thisannual conference is $20 with refreshmentsincluded.

    As the keynote speaker at the GawlerInternational Mind/Body Conference and theAmerican Psychological Association AnnualConference, this lecture will educate on theimportance of learning the art of emotional

    intelligence as well as reprogramming yourattitudes and beliefs.

    For information, call 786-282-0413.

    MIAMI-DADE PARKS ANNOUNCESNEW ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM

    The Miami-Dade Park and RecreationDepartment (MDPR) has announced its newonline reservation system, enabling users of itsparks to reserve picnic shelters and playingfields, and to rent recreation centers and facilityrooms from the comfort of their home or office.

    Highly convenient, residents are no longerlimited to visiting a local park to engage thereservation and rental system now theycan do so, even when on the go. Park userscan access this new feature on the homepageof the Miami-Dade Parks website at.

    In May, the second phase of the systemwill be launched whereby families will beable to register their children online for mostof MDPRs Fit to Play, Green It UpSummer Camps offered at parks around theCounty from June 13 to Aug. 19.

    For details about MDPR, call 3-1-1 or visit

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

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  • SCORE Miami-Dade Offers Workshops forAspiring Business Owners in S. DadeQuickStart Workshop Series Begins May 12

    SCORE Miami-Dade (www.scoremia-mi.org) will host a workshop series gearedto aspiring business owners starting May12 at the Economic Development Councilof South Dade (EDC), 900 Perrine Ave.

    SCORE's QuickSTART series is com-prised of five workshops led by the non-profits experienced counselors, who willhelp you make a go or no go" decision foryour business idea.

    The EDC will extend a special offer tothe first 20 participants for a special priceof only $100.00. Regular price for thisworkshop is $125.00.

    To qualify, you must register and paythrough the EDC by May 8. Methods ofpayment include check or credit card.Credit card payments are accepted via theEDCs safe and secure PayPal account.Call (305)378-9470 for details.

    Here's a summary of SCORE's nextQuickSTART series:

    Business Basics: Thursday May 12from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.This introductory workshop focuses on thebasics of testing your business idea andidentifying the key factors that influencestart-up success.

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

    Identify your target markets Collect key competitive information tosupport your plan

    Marketing Plan: Thursday May 19 from6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Outline your marketing strategy Test your marketing message Choose the right sales channel Exercise your marketing strategy

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    SCORE Miami-Dade, an all-volunteernonprofit, offers low-cost workshopsand one-on-one business counseling.For a full list of workshops or to signup for free business counseling, visitwww.SCOREMiami.org or call 786-924-9119.

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

    Firefighters receive recognitionat annual Medal Day ceremony

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    Bringing out the extraordinary in every child

    Miami area artists and writers launch Creature EntertainmentBY GARY ALAN RUSE

    Comic book giants Marvel and DC maydominate the field, but there are a numberof up-and-coming independent companieslooking to make their own mark in theindustry, including one right here in Miami.

    Creature Entertainment, founded byJohn Ulloa and Julio Alvarez, has tappedinto the creative pool of area artists, writ-ers, animators and filmmakers who arecombining their talents in new and innova-tive ways to publish graphic novels andproduce films of short and feature length.

    For Ulloa, the publisher, who was raisedin South Florida, its not a job but a labor oflove.

    Comic books are like comfort food,something from your youth that makes youfeel good when you read one, and by bring-ing that comic book to life on film it lets theaudience relate to it on a whole new level,Ulloa said.

    I loved comic books since a very earlyage but the calling to create one came laterin life. I knew I had an active imaginationand had a knack for writing stories, butlacked the ability to draw.

    One day working as a comic book deal-er I met a young artist that had the samedesire as I did so we got together and creat-ed our comic book called Double Impactwhich did very well during the 90s, Ulloaadded. We sold over 50,000 copies of ourfirst issue, putting us in the Wizard top 10comic books.

    Editor-in-chief Juan Navarro, a Hialeahnative, has been writing, drawing and paint-ing much of his life. He attended local mag-net programs and earned his Bachelor ofFine Arts degree from the New World Schoolof the Arts at the University of Florida.Navarro is co-director of the CS Gallery inNorth Miami, the art director for the OlivaCigar Company, and the creator and artist ofthe Web comic series Zombie Years.

    Ive always been drawing since I was a

    kid, Navarro said. I learned to read withcomic books. John started the companyabout two years ago. A lot of the time its

    crime noire and the horror genre, but wealso deal with graphic novels and film.

    Jose Varese, a South Miami High School

    alum, has been doing comic related art-work since the late 1990s, mostly smallcomic strips and some small independentWeb comics from time to time, but he sayshe really got serious about it in mid 2009when he started working with CreatureEntertainment.

    It is an amazing vehicle for story-telling, Varese said. The visual imageshelp the readers to really immerse them-selves into the storyline. Each illustrat-ed panel is like a movie frame and theartist acts as both the director and thecinematographer.

    Is it any wonder why movie studios stillhire storyboard artist to illustrate an entiremovie script before they even pick up thecamera? Working on comic books hasgiven me a deeper perspective of the craftand appreciation for sequential artists.

    Varese has finished two titles, graphicnovels called The Gun and Killswitch Billy,and currently is working on a brand newtitle called Ravenous. He said he thinks theCE crew is great.

    I am very fortunate to be working withso many talented individuals who share thesame love of film, writing and comic art,Varese said. But the most important thingis that they are all really good-hearted peo-ple and thats rare to find these days.

    Also onboard with CreatureEntertainment are other local talents Anthony Dones, Al and Rene Quesada, andmore. Ulloa is enjoying the ride and isexcited about the future, spreading theword about their enterprise at shows, spe-cial events and online.

    I want people to know that we want tocreate great stories that can be enjoyed intwo medias, Ulloa said. Hopefully oneday well be big enough to win anAcademy Awardbut well settle for aGolden Globe.

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    Pictured (l-r) are John Ulloa, Juan Navarro and Jose Varese of Creature Entertainment.

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    BY PA CRUZALEGUI

    Miami Dade College has announced thesigning to a national letter of intent for sixMiami-Dade County players and four fromCentral Florida. The 10 new high school play-ers will be part of the new 2012 softball team.

    The powerful squad includes: CarolineOtero of Gulliver Preparatory, Alli Schnaidarof Florida Christian, Ellen Morgan of MiamiSouthridge, Ericka Acevedo of DoralAcademy, Kayla Ogle and Megan Lee ofSouth Dade, and Carmen Nadal and NicoleOsterman of Osceola High School andHashel Figueroa of University High Schoolin Orlando, as well as Paris Prusak of BishopVerot High School in Lee County.

    The new 2011-12 team will bring a power-ful offense and defense to Miami DadeColleges Lady Sharks as these new playerspresently lead their high schools softball pro-grams. On 2010, Otero was Second Team AllDade selection, Schnaider was First Team AllDade County, Morgan earned All DadeSecond Team selection, Nadal and Ostermanearned First Team All County selection, andParis Prusak was First Team All Lee County.

    Acevedo earned an All Dade First Team selec-tion in 2009 and 2010, and Third Team All Statein 2010. Lee received Second Team All DadeCounty Honors in 2010. Ogle is a 2010 All DadeFirst Team selection and Figueroa played in thePuerto Rico Junior National Team.

    Since 2006, 15 players received theNJCAA-NFCA All American Honors and fiveplayers received the Academic All AmericanHonors. In 2009 the MDC Lady Sharks wereranked sixth in the National Fastpitch CoachesAssociation Girls Got Game academicachievement with a GPA of 3.537. In 2010 theywere No. 23 in the same category.

    As a result many Miami Dade Collegesoftball players continued their college edu-cation with softball scholarships at universi-ties across the country including Universityof Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fresno State inCalifornia, Nova Southeastern Universityand Marshall University, among others.

    MDCs athletic teams have earned a totalof 33 NJCAA titles, including 13 in womenssports. Most recently, the colleges softballteam became national champions and wonthe 2010 national ladies fast-pitch softballchampionship.

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  • BY JESSICA BROMBERG

    Bestselling author Katie Crouch will be atBooks and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in CoralGables on Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., to discussand sign two of her latest books TheMagnolia League and Men and Dogs.

    Raised in Charleston, SC, Crouchs booksreflect her Southern upbringing.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilmeets Gossip Girl in The Magnolia League,an electrifying young adult debut by Crouch.

    After the death of her free-spirited mother,the 16-year-old unlikely Southern debutanteAlexandra Lee is forced to move fromNorthern California to Savannah, GA, to livewith her wealthy and matriarchal grandmoth-er, Ms. Lee.

    By birth, Alex is a rightful if unwilling member of the Magnolia League,Savannahs longstanding debutante society.As Alex is thrust into the inner circle of theillustrious league (and adheres to a full-bodymakeover, etiquette lessons, and a bizarre andslightly hazy initiation ceremony) she discov-ers that the Magnolias made a pact with a leg-endary Voodoo family, the Buzzards. Inexchange for everlasting youth, beauty andpower, the women of the Magnolia Leaguemust remain in Savannah forever.

    Shocked with this discovery, Alex digs

    deeper into the pact and begins to fear that hermothers death may not have been an acci-dent. Does the Magnolias power come with adeadly price?

    Set within a sultry Savannah backdrop,seductively atmospheric yet plot-driven, TheMagnolia League immediately entices read-ers with its winning combination of paranor-mal mystery and teenage social drama.

    Men and Dogs followed on the heels ofCrouchs wildly successful debut, Girls inTrucks, which was No. 1 Booksense Pick anda New York Times bestseller in 2008. Criticsand readers agreed that Crouch was a com-pelling new voice, calling Girls in Trucks avery amusing debut (Vanity Fair). With Menand Dogs, she proves herself as versatile asshe is accessible, with writing that is tender,hilarious and immensely readable.

    The novel follows Hannah Legare, awoman transformed by loss. When she was11, her father went on a fishing trip inCharleston Harbor and never came back. Andwhile most of the town and her family accept-ed Buzz Legares disappearance, Hannahremained convinced of his imminent return.

    More than 20 years later, Hannahs newlife and marriage in San Francisco are unrav-eling and shes shipped back to her mothershome to recuperate and get off her self-destructive path. Once back in Charleston,she is again drawn into the mystery of hermissing father, setting off on an uproarious,dangerous quest that will test the whole fam-ilys concepts of loyalty and faith.

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  • BY ANDY NEWMAN

    In January 1912, the first OverseaRailway train rolled from the Florida main-land through the Florida Keys to Key West,forever changing the face of many of thepreviously isolated islands by connectingthem with the mainland and each other.

    A celebration to honor the historic rail-road, lauded as the most unique railway inthe world upon its completion, has begun inthe Keys. Events are to culminate Jan. 22,2012, the 100th anniversaryof the inaugural trains arrival.

    Conceived by Standard Oiltycoon Henry Flagler, con-struction on the rail linebegan in 1905, motivated byan announcement that thePanama Canal would bebuilt. Flagler thought KeyWest had the potential to bean important port and traderoute with Cuba and LatinAmerica, as well as a vitalsupply stop for ships enteringor exiting the Panama Canal.

    The railroads trackstretched more than 100

    miles out into open water, requiring trail-blazing construction techniques andHerculean efforts. At several points in theconstruction process, more than 4,000 men

    were working on the project.Flagler gambled nearly all ofhis wealth on the venture,which was so daunting andunproven that many out-siders called it FlaglersFolly.

    Officially named theFlorida East Coast RailwaysKey West Extension, the linebecame known as theOversea Railway and wassometimes referred to as theeighth wonder of the world.The bridges and viaductsconnecting the Keys, includ-ing the landmark Seven Mile

    Bridge at Marathon, were regarded as anengineering marvel.

    For more than two decades after the rail-roads 1912 completion, it carried passen-gers to the Keys and Key West, affordingthem a breathtaking sense of steamingacross the open ocean.

    The Oversea Railways heyday abruptlyended when a portion of the line wasdestroyed in a 1935 hurricane. Less thanthree years later, a narrow highway forautomobiles replaced the tracks.

    Today, many of the original railroadbridges still can be seen alongside thebridges that support the modern OverseasHighway, the contemporary connectionfrom mainland Florida through the Keys.

    Other reminders of the historic railroadinclude Pigeon Key, a five-acre island thatlies beneath the Old Seven Mile Bridge atMarathon. A base camp for workers duringconstruction of the original railroad bridge,the tiny island now features carefullyrestored structures and a museum dedicatedto the railway and its builders.

    Celebrations commemorating theOversea Railways centennial year arebeing organized throughout the Keys.

    Planned elements include history toursshowcasing Flagler sites, bicycling expedi-tions, educational presentations and explo-rations of Pigeon Key all leading up tothe 100th anniversary of the first trainsarrival in Key West.

    Celebration highlights include FlaglersSpeedway to Sunshine, an exhibition andspecial event series that already has begun atthe Key West Museum of Art & History atthe Custom House in Old Town Key West.

    The exhibition includes a re-createdFlorida East Coast railcar, a scale replica ofa section of the Seven Mile Bridge, vintagefootage of the journey from Pigeon Key toKey West, a film recounting Flaglers storyand the arrival of the first train, rare arti-facts including a conductors uniform andrailroad workers tool chest, and memora-bilia that brings alive the fascinating storyof the railroad that went to sea.

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  • BY SHERRY MILLER

    Cauley Square Historic Railroad

    Village has long been acclaimed as one of

    the areas most beautiful and natural

    retreats with some 10 acres of environ-

    mentally preserved acreage including

    some 25 cottage shops in structures built

    originally in 1903 by workers on Henry

    Flaglers railroad.

    This Mothers Day, May 8, Cauley

    Square Village invites families to come

    and stroll together through the land-

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    white coral rock and more.

    The cottage shops surrounding the

    landscaped gardens are special interest

    havens for collectors of art and artifact,

    antiques and collectibles, aquariums and

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    There is truly something for everyone,

    and the family friendly village also is

    home to the world famous Tea Room and

    Village Chalet restaurants open daily

    seven days a week.

    This Mothers Day weekend starts on

    Friday, May 6, with Viva Classic Rock

    performing on the main patio from 7:30

    to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, at the

    Village Chalet Restaurant, jazz king Kim

    Bankston performs from 7 to 10 p.m.

    On Sunday, May 8, in both the Village

    Chalet and in the Tea Room restaurants,

    family dinners will be served honoring

    mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

    There are no cover charges at Cauley

    Square Village and entry is free to the

    public as well as free parking. The village

    is open seven days a week; cottage shops

    are closed on Mondays.

    Also, the annual Pet Fest is scheduled

    on Sunday, May 22, at Cauley Square.

    Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village

    is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in

    Goulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW

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    Administrative Offices at 305-258-3543.

    Celebrate Mothers Day at Cauley Square Village

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    The UPS Foundation recently awarded a$35,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs ofMiami-Dade. The funds are to support theKendall Clubs Technology Center.

    The organization welcomed more than30 UPS supervisors, managers and seniorstaff members, who provided hands-onsupport. They removed old computersfrom the center, cleaned and painted thearea, and installed newly purchased com-puters. As a result of their collaborationand support, the lab has been renamed theUPS Technology Center.

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    The generous funding will contributeto the clubs Academic ImprovementMethods (AIM) program which targetschildrens academic needs by means oftutoring, educational software, and onlinetesting. The refurbished lab will serve asmotivation for students to access the clubfor homework help and research.Renovations were well overdue, giventhat the computers had not been replacedsince 1997.

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  • Significance of a signatureBy Michelle Estlund,Criminal Defense Attorney

    We all know that it isimportant to read thedocuments that we sign,but how many of us real-ly do that every time wesign something? Andwhen we do read it, do

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    First of all, reading the entire documentis critical. It sounds simple, but veryoften people sign documents withoutreading through them. Prior to signingthe document, one needs to know thatevery part of the document is correct andtrue. For example, an affidavit is anattestation to certain facts, and the per-son who signs it (the signatory) is swear-ing to the truth of the statements made inthe affidavit. The failure to ensure thetruth of the statements may result incriminal perjury charges.

    In addition to reading the document, itis important to understand its contents.While this may seem obvious, there aretimes when people sign documents,such as a contract, without fully under-

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    Finally, after ultimately making thedecision to sign a document, it is impor-tant to make a copy and keep it in a filein a safe location. The copy will be help-ful in the future if any kind of legal activi-ty occurs, or if you need to review thedocuments terms in order to govern yourown behavior. Once a person has read,understood, signed, and maintained adocument, she is in a position of confi-dence, rather than fear or nervousness,regarding the both the document and thesignature.

    Michelle Estlund is a criminaldefense attorney practicing in Floridasince 1995. She can be reached at305-448-0077. For more informationgo to .

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