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  • MAY 3 - 9, 2011

    BY AMY LIVERGOOD DONNER

    One of the best daysof the year in SoMi isthe Saturday beforeMothers Day. Thereis a delightful gladnessin the air more thanany other day of theyear that says SoMi.Come to town on Saturday, May 7th. Visityour favorite merchants and introduceyourself to others. Its that kind of day.

    This year, members of the Red SunsetMerchants Association have decided tomake sure you know how happy they arethat you choose to shop for MothersDay gifts in SoMi. Offers of gratitudeare all over town. Youll be indulgedwith a cup of tea, lots of champagne,sweet discounts and a few flowers to siton the seat next to you on the way home.

    At MMyy SSiisstteerrss CClloosseett, treat yourselfto a cupcake and champagne while shop-ping, plus 20% off your purchase. AtCCooooll DDee SSaacc PPllaayy CCaaffee, moms will geta complimentary glass of champagneand free hummus dip with their mealpurchase. BBeevveerrlleeee KKaaggaann AAnnttiiqquuee &&VViinnttaaggee JJeewweellrryy is offering free giftwrapping along with a 10% discount onthe already legendary great prices.

    VVeerroonniiccaass DDoollllhhoouussee,, that adorablelife size dollhouse, invites you to comein for tea, sweet treats and 20% off allpurchases. MMiissss PPeeppppeerr is celebratingthe holiday with cookies and cham-pagne, plus 15% off purchases. Stop bySSpplliittssvviillllee LLuuxxuurryy LLaanneess && DDiinnnneerrLLoouunnggee on Sunday and enjoy one freegame of bowling along with a glass ofchampagne. IIssaabbeellss FFiinnee HHoommeeAAcccceessssoorriieess && GGiiffttss is offering a LadyPrimrose gift bag filled with lotion andparfum, as well as a champagne toast.

    See AMY ON SUNSET, page 7

    Amy on Sunset

    See EARTH DAY, page 3

    SoMi loves Mothers Day

    Youngsters celebrate Earth Day at South Miami Farmers Market

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    South Miami Mayor Philip K. Stoddard (L) with student art winners and Farmers' Market CommitteeMember Annick Sternberg. David Fairchild Elementary School students pictured are: Alan Garces,11; Robert Guemes, 10; and Matthew Gonzalez, 9.

    BY GRAY READ

    SS outh Miami children celebratedEarth Day through art, gardenersswapped seedlings, and localmusicians played, adding rhythmto the weekly market.

    Students from David Fairchild ElementarySchool and Ludlam Elementary School dis-played earth-inspired art at the South MiamiFarmers Market on Saturday April 23. Thestudents were awarded prizes: both schoolsreceived computers donated by the FarmersMarket Committee and the 4th grade atLudlam Elementary won a pizza party spon-sored by South Miami Hospital, for having themost student participation. The Earth Day cel-ebration was put on by Earth Learning, a not-for-profit organization and the South MiamiFarmers Market Committee to highlight com-munity efforts toward more sustainable living.

    James T. Bowman, Sr. was a lifelongSouth Miami resident and a communityleader.

    He served tirelessly in numerous communi-ty organizations and on several municipalboards, held memberships in various SouthMiami organizations including theCommunity Action Agency and the Alliancefor Youth and served as a South Miami CityCommissioner from 1978 through 1986. Hislife was dedicated to facilitating economicdevelopment opportunities and establishingcareer opportunities for the CommunityRedevelopment Agency resident youth popu-

    lation. Mr. Bowman will be fondly remembered

    for his many contributions to improve theentire South Miami Community.

    The SMCRA Board has subsequentlyestablished a scholarship dedicated in hisname. This scholarship is awarded on anannual basis to eligible South Miami CRAresident students. The total funding amountavailable for the 2010-2011 Academic Yearis $15,000.

    Awards shall be made at the discretion of

    See SCHOLARSHIP, page 5

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

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    CONTRIBUTING EDITORSDavid Berkowitz, Richard Yager

    WRITERSRon Beasley, Linda Bernfeld-Rodriguez, Kenneth Bluh,Nancy Eagleton, Robert Hamilton, Yelany Rodriguez,

    Gary Alan Ruse, Richard Yager, Lee Stephens

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    PUBLISHER EMERITUSRon Miller

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    graphs. If you send us anything, please make sure that you have duplicate copies of the material.Every issue of the South Miami News is fully copyrighted, and all property rights, including

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

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

    Earth Day also the apropostime to launch a grass-roots effortto work toward making SouthMiami a Bike-Friendly City.Petitions were on hand for marketvisitors to sign.

    South Miami Farmers Market isheld each Saturday of the year from9a 2p and is located beneath theSouth Miami Town Center ClockTower at City Hall.

    For details regarding theSouth Miami Green Task Forceand the South Miami FarmersMarket, go online atwww.greensouthmiami.com.

    EARTH DAY, from page 1

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

    Umm... they taste really good!

    (Photos courtesy of SoMiMAG)

    Vice President of theFlorida Native Plant Society

    Amy Leonard agrees withboard member Amida Frey

    as he displays a nativeplant from the endangered

    Pine Rockland canopyforests that used to cover

    SouthWest Miami whileboard member Buck Reilly

    and FNPS supporterXimena Mesa look on.

    May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 3

  • GFWC Cocoplum Womans Club visitedGFWC Coral Gables Womans Club recent-ly to participate in a fun-filled Karaoke Nightthat had literally everyone singing, dancingand laughing. Organized by Gables memberMireya Kilmon, admission was free butdonations were required to sing or havesomeone else sing. Aside from raising fundsfor Operation Smile, the affair provided agreat way for club members to get to knoweach other before many traveled together tothe Florida Federation of Womens Clubconvention in Orlando the end of April.

    Among many belting out tunes during theevening were Susie Tilson who broughtalong her daughter and granddaughter;Carmen Suarez, kicking off a night of song;Barbara Lapsley, who danced more thanshe sang; Pam and Sandy Schaefer; MariaOHoollearn; Cocoplum Womans ClubPresident, Heike Leibkuchler; Coral GablesWomans Club President, Linda Hartwell;Elaine Del Valle; Patty Hendon; and a host

    of others, all of whom work hard and playwith that same fervor in service to others.

    Speaking of fun meetings, the Coral GablesChamber Breakfast on April 21, sponsored byGulliver Schools, entertained from start to fin-ish. The morning began with GulliverSchools Symphonic Band with a programthat featured Gulliver Academy, MiddleSchool and Prep students, culminating with apanel discussion emceed by Drew Kern withUM Head Football Coach Al GGolden and FIUHead Football Coach Mario Cristobal. Bothcoaches are turning failed programs aroundand shared their strategies. During Q&A, 94-year-old Marge Hartnett explained she hadseven brothers who played football and,knowing the sport, volunteered to help themout if needed. Not to miss out, CoachCristobal immediately took her up on heroffer!

    Golfers are encouraged to save May 20 forChamber Souths Military Affairs Committees20th Annual Golf Tournament, to be presentedby Baptist Health South Florida at PalmettoGolf Course, 9300 SW 152 St. Registration is$150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch,goodie bag, green fees and golf cart.Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m.shotgun start followed at 1 p.m. with the awardreception and luncheon. Call Chamber Southfor more information on registration and spon-sorships at 305-661-1621.

    Finally, congratulations to members of theUniversity of Miamis roller hockey teamwho captured the Division II NationalCollegiate Roller Hockey AssociationChampionship on April 10 in Wisconsin,defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 4-3.

    Until next time, keep making each daycount.

    If you would like to submit information forthis column, please send your news via e-mail to [email protected]

    Karaoke Night Delights; Gulliver hosts coaches

    GLORIAS GAB

    Gloria Burns

    Cocoplum Womans Club members (l-r) Nadine LaGuette, Maria OHollearn, Dottie Zammas, Heike Leibkuchlerjoin Coral Gables Club for Karaoke Night.

    Page 4 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM May 3 - 9, 2011

  • the SMCRA Board to students exhibiting astrong desire for self improvement througheducation. The SMCRA Board reserves theright to select one or more recipients withthe total available funding to be distributedamongst the selected recipients.Scholarship funding may be utilized fortuition assistance, or related books/suppliesfor vocational or higher level educational.

    The deadline for receiving this yearsscholarship applications is 5:00 p.m. onThursday, June 30, 2011. In order to be con-sidered for funding awards, a fully complet-ed application and required documents mustbe received by the deadline. Applications canbe picked up in the SMCRA Office or down-loaded from the citys web page at.

    Following the deadline, incompleteapplications will not be accepted for fund-ing consideration. Completed applicationpackages must include the followinginformation:

    COMPLETED SCHOLARSHIPAPPLICATION

    State of Florida or School IssuedIdentification

    Proof of Residency in the SouthMiami Community RedevelopmentArea; (Deed, Lease Agreement, TaxReturn, Utility Bill, Etc.)

    Letter of Acceptance from anAccredited Educational Institution or TradeSchool. (This item is Required forEntering Freshman Only);

    A Letter of Recommendation onOfficial Letterhead from an Employer,Faculty Member or School Counselor;

    Official copy of the High School orGED transcript;

    A copy of Class Schedule for the 2011-2012 Academic Year;

    A copy of your High School Diplomaor GED Equivalent;

    Breakdown of Tuition Costs and orOther School Related Expenses

    Completed Applications must be sub-mitted from May 1st and no later than June30th

    An affidavit must be submitted to veri-fy proof of residency of the applicant

    Applicants must have a grade pointaverage of 2.0 from prior academic year(This applies for both high school and cur-rent college students.)

    SCHOLARSHIP, from page 1 May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 5

  • Page 6 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM May 3 - 9, 2011

    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

  • May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 7

    Moms who visit Gardners Market willreceive a flower and a glass of champagne.Segafredo will have a DJ for jamminmoms, along with complimentary mimosas,champagne and 50% off moms meal. Andbefore you even leave your house, book aphoto session with Anais GanounaPhotography. She is giving a $50 printcredit for sessions booked that day.

    A recap of where merchants are having achampagne toast. Why of course You can

    get a glass of champagne at My SistersCloset, Cool De Sac, Miss Pepper, Splitsville,Isabels Fine Home Accessories & Gifts,Gardners Market and Segafredo. Hmmm,might be fun to have them all. (Hiccup)

    And please like Red Sunset MerchantsAssociation on Facebook. Thank You.

    Amy Donner is the President of The RedSunset Merchants Association, a 90 mem-ber not-for-profit business associationwith a mission to foster the economic inter-est of the area around Red Road andSunset Drive. Amy can be reached [email protected]

    AMY ON SUNSET, from page 1

    WRITERS ASSOCIATIONMiami Herald columnist and Letters Editor Nancy Ancrum

    will speak to the South Florida Writers Association

    SOUTH MIAMI ELKS LODGE6304 S.W. 78 St., South Miami, 33143

    SATURDAY, MAY 7 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon

    Ms. Ancrum, who joined the Heralds Editorial Board in 1990 and writes the columnCultural Kitchen for the Heralds food section, will talk about the joys and perils

    of editing for a daily newspaper. The public is welcome.The $10 requested and $8 for SFWA members include the program and a full brunch.For details: Teresa Bendana, [email protected] or www.southfloridawritersassn.org

    Gardners Market

    Segafredo

    Anais GanounaPhotography

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  • ATTENTIONMIAMI-DADE

    Veterans and SpousesThe Director of the New South Florida National Veterans

    Cemetery in Lake Worth will hold an informal roundtable discussion regarding your FREE burial benefits.

    LUNCH WILL BE SERVED

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011 11:00 amWhere:When:

    Main Moon Buffet18423 South Dixie Hwy.(South Dade Shopping Center)

    This presentation is sponsored by:

    Eden Funeral ServicesPlease RSVP no later than May 11, Seating is limited

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    Party Platters To GoThe best way to make your party, picnicor Gathering a success and memorableis with Papa Riccos delicious entrees,

    pastas, salads and rolls.

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    14415 S. Dixie Hwy. Miami Fl3052536511

    (King Bay Shopping Center)

    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

  • BY KIMBERLY PORTER

    Not everyone knows that their trash bin isa major breeding ground for bacteria.Luckily for those of us in the South Miamiarea, Sparkling Bins will keep your wastecontainer hygienically clean, for as low as$5.75 per bin.

    The idea came to owner John Conwayafter his wife chased him for weeks to cleantheir bins. After he spent hours on theprocess he realized a serv-ice for this task could reallytake off.

    An hour and a halfcleaning my own bin, Ithought this is somethingId never want to do again,said Conway.

    This concept originatedin the UK and SparklingBins has brought it to SouthFlorida. Were getting a lotof traction, mostly fromreferrals, said Conway.

    As a first time businessowner, he says it is very excit-ing just seeing how its going.In four months the businesshas gained 175 customers.

    Sparkling Bins uses natu-ral solvents that kill 99 per-cent of all known germs,fungi and viruses. All water and chemicalsare collected into the self-contained cleaningunit to be recycled according to EPA regula-tions.

    Sparkling Bins has an environmentallyfriendly truck that visits customers at theirhomes. You waste 15 percent more waterusing a hose and broom on your own. Withus, nothing goes into the environment, it allgoes back in our truck to a water treatmentfacility, says Conway.

    Its really getting the awareness out intothe community. People can get the flu, H1N1

    [from dirty bins]; people arent educated onthe hazards, said Conway. He also warnedthat you can get fined for allowing dirty waterfrom cleaning your bins to run into the publicstreets. Bacteria infested water will flow intostorm drains, contaminating all bodies ofwater it enters from there.

    The initial cleaning for new customers takesa good hour, cleaning both the inside and out-side of the bin. From there, Conway says thepoint is to get on a regular schedule. A good

    40 percent of our customershave their bins cleanedmonthly and 50 percentevery two weeks. We dorecommend at least month-ly cleaning to maintain, hesays.

    Currently SparklingBins focus is on the areasof South Miami, PalmettoBay, Pinecrest andKendall. They are alreadyin the process of addingtwo additional trucks with-in the next 3 to 6 months.

    He says it is telling that justdriving around in the truckhas people stopping and ask-ing him questions about theservice and then signing upright on the spot.

    Now there is an effi-cient, easy way to protect oneself from thehazards of bacterial and fungal infectioncontracted from on, in and around uncleantrash bins. Sparkling Bins will leave yourdirty, smelly bins disinfected, deodorizedand smelling fresh. Leave the dirty work tothe professionals.

    Conway says, Its a great concept. Itsimportant that people know this service doesexist out there and the key is to keep itaffordable. For more information visit or call 305-382-BINS (2476).

    Sparkling Bins brings trash bin cleaning service right to your curb

    Sparkling Bins usesnatural solvents that

    kill 99 percent of all known germs, fungi and viruses.

    All water and chemicals are

    collected into theself-contained

    cleaning unit to berecycled accordingto EPA regulations.

    BY RAQUEL GARCIA

    Hit the road, parkers! was the messagefrom South Miami City CommissionChambers April 19 when Vice Mayor ValerieNewman and Commissioner Brian Beasleysuccessfully voted to shut down temporaryparking lot at 7150-7160 SW 6i2nd Avenue.

    Mayor Phillip Stoddard andCommissioner Walter Harris lost theirrequests to defer the issue until the nextmeeting with a full quorum of Commissionmembers attending.

    A six- month grace period for 62nd

    Avenue LLC to bring the operation up tocode (or vacate the premises) as recommend-ed by the Planning Board also failed. The lothas been in operation since the early 1980s.

    Atty. Javier E. Fernandez of AkermanSenterfit representing the Richard Mattawayproperty since assuming ownership in 2006requested the delay as a reasonable vehicleto come into compliance.

    Developers inherited the long legacy ofthe project during a time when downturnedeconomics slowed on-site construction, saidFernandez, noting that Mattaway could notbe present at the meeting during observanceof Passover.

    Because an ultimate vision for the space isthe location of a medical office building, thedevelopers hoped the city would allow for abridge use until a ground-breaking for thatproject, Atty. Fernandez stated. The develop-ment group sought concessions of approxi-mately $4,000 in landscaping expendituresfor code compliance.

    Paving, marking, lighting and landscap-ing Stoddard surmised was all that wasneeded not to disrupt the estimated 60 to 130working commuters who rely on the lot fordaily parking.

    Newman led the charge for eliminationarguing that these delays were strategicand claiming there is now an illegal gymna-

    sium in operation on the site that also utilizesthe spaces. Safety issues and oil seepageinto the grass lot were other concerns raisedby citizens and the commissioners.

    Chief of Police Orlando Martinez DeCastro who now oversees the CodeEnforcement department said the operatingentity is essentially running a business ille-gally.

    If you want to change the law, change thelaw and Ill oblige, but lets do it right. Ifyou have a timetable you need to get it done,an extension doesnt cure the cancer, hecommented. Chief Martinez is also dealingwith parking issues at Larkin CommunityHospital.

    During a public hearing, photographsfrom an overhead projector displayed a con-gested parking lot with cars parked vertical-ly and horizontally. A parking lot operatorwho has managed the lot for 20 yearsclaimed oil drips and safety were not a prob-lem, adding parking is getting harder to findin South Miami and shutting down the park-ing lot could push people out of jobs. RossUniversity students and other area workershave apparently relied on the lot for years.

    Nevertheless, Commissioner Newmansaid the answer is to park at Metrorail andwalk four blocks, likening the challenge towhat commuters face when traveling down-town. She said a six-month timetable was astall tactic and had the language of the res-olution changed to ensure the parking lotsimmediate shutdown.

    City Manager Hector Mirabile noted lotusers were originally scheduled to get twodays notice to relocate, if the resolution tokeep the lot in temporary operation did notpass. Even a suggestion by CommissionerHarris for a three-month compromise toallow parkers an opportunity to find newspaces failed. Commuters using the lot nowhave until the end of April to find a newhome for their vehicles.

    Hit the road, parkers!Parking lot to close, temporary use fails

    May 3 - 9, 2011 COMMUNITYNEWSPAPERS.COM Page 9

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    BY DAVID LANDY

    The Robotics Academy at Miami-DadeCountys first LEED green high school,Terra Environmental Research Institute, inKendall, recently returned from competingin the internationally renowned U.S.FIRST Robotics regional competition inOrlando.

    Each year, FIRST (For Inspiration ofResearch, Science and Technology) devisesa new challenge for students and their vol-unteer professional engineering mentors todesign, engineer and construct a robot.Then they write the programming code toperform prescribed tasks against a field ofcompetitors.

    The FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC)is dubbed a varsity sport for the mind thatcombines the excitement of sport with therigors of science and technology. Its as

    close to real world engineering that a stu-dent can get.

    This years challenge was brandedLogomotion which required the designof a robot to place inflatable tubes on ascoring grid nine feet tall and then deploy aminibot to climb a 10-foot pole.

    Terra placed highest of all Miami-DadeCounty Schools entered in the competition,but more importantly the students hadaccess to a unique applied learning envi-ronment led by highly skilled mentors andschool staff and compete with other stu-dents from around the country.

    The program requires a significantamount of funding, which this year wassupported by Motorola and JCPenney.

    As a result of the students involvementin the FIRST program, they eventually canqualify to apply for over $14 million in col-lege scholarships.

    Terra Environmental Research Institutestudents compete in robotics challenge

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

  • 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.

    Tonkinson Financial provideshands-on money management for themiddle class. They are located at:2398 South Dix ie Hwy. , Miami ,FL 33133. Phone: 305-858-1627

    Securities offered through Securities America, Inc.,member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonk-inson, Steven Tonkinson, Registered RepresentativesAdvisory services offered through Securities AmericaAdvisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson,Steven Tonkinson, Investment Advisor RepresentativesTonkinson Financial and the Securities America com-panies are not affiliated.

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    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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  • PLASTIC SURGERY CORNERWITH DR. VIJAY SHARMA

    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 ChemicalHeritage Foundation recently announcedthe student winners of the national ItsElemental video contest.

    Locally, St. Brendan High School inWestchester was selected as the sole win-ner of the contests Peoples Pick awardfor garnering the most votes nearly215,000 in just three months bylaunching a campaign that involved reach-ing out to the schools network of stu-dents, teachers and alumni. The schoolsgrant money will be used to hold the

    schools first-ever science fair.Nearly 700 individuals and teams

    entered the contest from 36 states acrossthe U.S. and 11 winning schools wereselected to receive $5,000 grants to helpsupport the schools science departments.The program was designed to inspireinterest in chemistry among students, oneof the objectives of the United Nations-designated 2011 International Year ofChemistry.

    To check out the winning video visitonline at .

    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 Fairon Apr. 11 featured author Alan Cheuse,author and book reviewer for National PublicRadio.

    The Palmer Book Fair is well known notonly because of the authors who speak at thebrunch, but because of the incredible themedtables. This years table themes ranged fromBreakfast at Tiffanys to On the Beach toPutting on the Ritz.

    One table featured peacocks, promptingthe head of school, Sean Murphy, to quip inhis welcome speech that no peacocks wereharmed in the preparation of this brunch.

    Murphy told everyone that while thetables were fabulous, what has made thebook fair so special over the years are thebooks and the people who attend.

    There is an abiding love for books, hesaid.

    That love of books and an innovative sum-mer reading list convinced Mitchell Kaplan,owner of Books and Books, to send his twinsons to Palmer. Kaplan promised to stayinvolved 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 beinga respected writer, Cheuse has reviewedbooks on NPR for more than two decades.He has written five novels, short stories anda memoir. His latest novel is Song of theSlaves in the Desert, which delves into theworld of southern slavery. Interestingly, bythe time he finished the book, he was agrandfather to a child adopted from Ethiopia.

    Books are everything to writers, Cheusesaid. We hope they are everything to readers.

    He talked about a writer who sent hisgrandmother his first book when it was pub-lished. The grandmother was quite religious

    and when she received the book, she senthim a note thanking him, but told him, I havethe books I need the Bible and the Searscatalog!

    Whether we need the Bible, we need toaugment it with other visions, Cheuse said.Books help us understand and rejuvenateourselves.

    He said there are characters in novels thatwe know better than people we grew up with.

    In the question and answer session, he wasasked about his work as a writer and as areviewer for NPR.

    We are the only broadcast network in thehistory of civilization that takes books seri-ously, he said.

    To do his reviews, he reads three to fivebooks a week, featuring books he hasenjoyed. To date he has done very few nega-tive reviews.

    For every book I review I read five to 10others, he said.

    One of the questions he fielded was aboutthe future of books in this digital age wherepeople are reading books on their phones, oniPads or on readers such as Kindle or Nook.

    I think books will go on, he said.Twenty-five percent of every book willcome in hardcover.

    As to how to keep boys reading, he saidfathers can make a difference if they wouldmake it a point to read with their sons.

    As far as the contentious debate inCongress about cutting federal funding forNPR, Cheuse said, if the funds were takenaway, NPR would survive in urban areas butit would limit access to multiple points ofview for people who live in more remoteareas.

    The book fair raises money for theMatheson Library, headed by RuthanneVogel, which has a collection of more than19,000 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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    These little chefs are learning how food can be funand good for them.

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  • NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART 10 ACRE CAMPUS FOR GRADES 6 THROUGH 12RIVIERA DAY SCHOOL 6800 Nervia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33146 I RIVIERA PREPARATORY SCHOOL 9775 SW 87 Avenue, Miami, FL 33176

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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.

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    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.

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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.

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    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

    Financial Projections: Tuesday, May 24from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Use our financial model to forecast sales Build solid pro-forma financial forecasts

    Funding Sources*: Thursday May 26from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Determine your funding sources Learn about accounting Learn the six Cs of credit Make banking relationships Consider ratio analysis*Monthly preparation and review of financial state-

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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.

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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.

    For more information, visit or find CreatureEntertainment on Facebook.

    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.

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    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 RailroadVillage has long been acclaimed as one ofthe areas most beautiful and naturalretreats with some 10 acres of environ-mentally preserved acreage includingsome 25 cottage shops in structures builtoriginally in 1903 by workers on HenryFlaglers railroad.

    This Mothers Day, May 8, CauleySquare Village invites families to comeand stroll together through the land-scaped gardens overflowing with flow-ers, plants, lush tropical foliage, naturalwhite coral rock and more.

    The cottage shops surrounding thelandscaped gardens are special interesthavens for collectors of art and artifact,antiques and collectibles, aquariums andexotic birds.

    There is truly something for everyone,and the family friendly village also ishome to the world famous Tea Room and

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    On Sunday, May 8, in both the VillageChalet and in the Tea Room restaurants,family dinners will be served honoringmothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters.

    There are no cover charges at CauleySquare Village and entry is free to thepublic as well as free parking. The villageis open seven days a week; cottage shopsare closed on Mondays.

    Also, the annual Pet Fest is scheduledon Sunday, May 22, at Cauley Square.

    Cauley Square Historic Railroad Villageis located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. inGoulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW224th Street). For information, call theAdministrative 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.

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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.

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