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Serving the Communities along the Biscayne Boulevard Corridor, including Arch Creek, Baypoint, Bayside,
Biscayne Park, Belle Meade, Buena Vista, Davis Harbor, Design District, Edgewater, El Portal, Keystone Point, Magnolia Park,
Miami Shores, Momingside, North Miami, Oakland Grove, Omni, Palm Grove, San Souci, Shorecrest and Wynwood


r September 2006

Volume V Issue IV

Volume V Issue IV



Trailer Park Bankrupt, Developer Has Owners in Court

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

The owners of Little Farm Mobile
Court comprised of more than 10
acres of prime real estate from N.E.
83rd to 87th Streets, between Biscayne
Boulevard and the railroad tracks -
filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in
August. Now
Pinnacle Housing
Group (PHG), a
leader in afford-
able housing No one on
development in the divid
Miami, is battling
them in court over wants to u
their contract to about the
buy the property.
court records
show that PHG
Holdings, Inc.
filed suit against Little Farm Properties,
Inc. in June to force a sale for which
negotiations began in 1999. But while
the county property appraiser's records
lists the owner as "Little Farm
Properties GP," no such entity is listed
in the state's incorporation records. The
closest fit is "Little Farm Properties,
Inc.", a corporation with principals in
Damascus, Ohio, and a mailing address
in Vero Beach.
Want to get more confused?
Little Farm Inc.'s lawyer, Louis
Rockman was involved in a suit


brought against the mobile park in
February by Miami-Dade County in
which he filed a Suggestion of
Bankruptcy. But when the BBT called
Rockman in May to ask about the
mobile court, he said, "I haven't been
involved with anything related to that
place in years." PHG Holdings entered
into litigation in June against Little
Farm, Inc., which
brought another
Suggestion of
Bankruptcy, filed
any side of on July 26.
however, And then poof-
ter a word became "Group."
hole affair. Little Farm
Properties GP
filed for Chapter
11 in August, and
on September 7,
represented by
Jordi Guso, a bankruptcy attorney with
Berger Singerman in Miami, they'll go
before the court with a motion to reject
the sale contract they signed with
No one on any side of the divide,
however, wants to utter a word about
the whole affair. Crystal Conner-Lane,
El Portal's acting village manager until
Jason Walker takes over, ignored
requests for comment. Conner's assis-
tant said everyone was under a gag
order not entirely true, they're just

Continued on page 10

Photo courtesy of Rasha Soray-Cameau and the Little Haiti NET Office
The Family First "Back to School Rally" collected backpacks
and school supplies for more than 600 Little Haiti schoolchildren.
See photos from the rally on page 62.

Trees: Still No Action

Coconut Grove Takes The Lead on Tree Protection

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

A new draft of the City of Miami's
existing tree ordinance will go before
the City Commission for approval at
one of the two regular meetings in
September. Proposed changes to the
ordinance were submitted for approval
by Cocoanut Grove Village Council
Chairman Marc Sarnoff and Village
Councilwoman Michelle Niemeyer.
"It went back and forth a couple of
times," said Liliana Dones, co-chair of
the TreeWatch Committee of the
Cocoanut Grove Village Council. "We
wanted stiffer penalties, but after Marc
and Michelle submitted their rewrite it
came back with further changes from
the city where basically they had done

away with many of the suggested
changes, and had gone so far as to
declare that palm trees are not to be con-
sidered trees. A big fuss was made over
this, so as of last week it is our under-
standing that palm trees are back under
the definition of tree."
According to Dones, the current ordi-
nance does little to dissuade people from
removing trees illegally. Offenders often
get away with it altogether because no
one actually sees them cut down the
tree, a situation that often occurs on
weekends, when Code Enforcement is
not accessible. The maximum penalty
Code Enforcement can impose is a $500
citation, and even if offenders are
caught, one can appeal a violation at a
Special Master hearing. Pleading igno-

Continued on page 4

Field of Dreams

What does the
future hold for
79th Street?

The Screening Room
Films: From
the poignant to 5h
the tasteless

The Local Beat
likes their
bands good
n' weird
Page 41

Give Peace a Chance
Liberty City
kicks out the
jams for a
great cause

Page 36

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Christian Cipriani
Malika Bierstein
Victor Barrenechea, Matt Gajewski,
Vanessa Garcia, Jim W. Harper,
Derek M. McCann
Gabe Cortez, Lisa Hartman,
Gilda Iriarte, Jack King, Jenni Person,
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Call 305-756-6200
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Boulevard from NE 15th Street to NE 107th
The neighborhoods we cover include: Arch
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It's Election Time!
elections are upon us. This year, in contrast with elec-
tions past, is particularly interesting as it seems there a
lot more candidates and therefore a lot more "talent"
to choose from. Particularly spirited are the races for State
Representative of District 108, Miami-Dade County
Commission District 3 and Miami-Dade County School
Board District 2. All three of these spots are vitally important
to the Biscayne Corridor. Residents are urged to get to know
the candidates and to get out and vote as all of the soon to be
elected officials will impact our quality of life and pocket-
book for the next term.
There is no excuse for not knowing what the candidates
stand for or against, since we all have a long Labor Day
weekend (elections will be Tuesday, September 5, 2006) to

Tree Ordinance
Continued from page 1
rance of the law usually results in the
fine being reduced by half, or dismissed
In 2004, the developers of The
Preserve, a townhouse project just north
of Shorecrest, were required to move 14
native trees from the center of the prop-
erty to the perimeter, a process that cost
in excess of $200,000 and was indica-
tive that Miami-Dade County may be
more serious about tree canopy than the
City of Miami. Stricter laws and more
severe consequences for offenders
would be more effective and less costly.

find out who they are, what they have done in the past and
what their intentions are for the future.
Here at the BBT we are refraining from making any recom-
mendations, as we feel voters should not rely on one opinion,
but get to know their candidates on their own terms.
With the election field full of diverse backgrounds and
varying degrees of previous public service, it is refreshing to
actually see the candidates have to campaign. Too many
times in the past, we have all just accepted the status quo and
not even bothered to vote. Whatever the reason, there is a
palpable taste of change in the air that has forced many long-
time politicos and fresh newcomers to get out and ask for the
vote. Now it is up to you, the constituency, to make the dif-

Developers, however, are able to recoup
that cost in the pricing of their units.
While moving trees instead of destroy-
ing them is an option, it requires a great
deal of work and manpower. Developers
for the townhouse project did not want
to save the trees, but when the city
insisted, they took credit by changing
the name of the project from Marbella
to The Preserve.
The new ordinance contains stiffer
penalties, includes more mitigation and
special consideration taken in the case
of repeat offenders. Stipulations of the
ordinance have yet to be finalized, but
Saroff, Dones and other TreeWatch
members are hoping that the commis-

sion and members of the community
will recognize the need to protect such a
valuable resource.
Fortunately, nearby cities Coral
Gables and Miami Shores recognize this
need and have implemented strict laws
in regard to tree preservation. Coral

Continued on page 15


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.................................5

In Our Opinion: It's Election Time! ..........................4.
My Side of the Street:......."More Cops" Says District 2
C candidate ....................... ......... ........... ........ .. .... ...

Miami's Green Mayor Touts Hybrids ......................12
Electricity Costs Heat Up This Summer ....................14
Shadowlawn Elementary:
From the FCAT Fringe to a B Rating ......................17
Salary Cuts Spur Resignations at
M iami Country Day .................................................20
Our History: Biscayne Park Village Hall ..................22
Overtown Residents Say "Give Us Hope"................24
MiMo Historic District:
Push for Preservation Persists .................................30

Art Perspectives:
Bass Museum Tapestry Exhibition........................32
A rt Listings.............................................................. 34
The Local Beat: The Many Faces of Atomisk Records.

Around Town: Culture Briefs ............................... 42
G allery Peek ........ ................ .............. ... ........... 44
Optic Nerve @ the MOCA:
Amateur Candy for the Sense ...............................46
The Screening Room: The Holocaust: From the
Poignant to the Tasteless ......................................... 50


Condo Counsel: Special Assessments......................52
Tropical Garden: How to Plant Epiphytes................55
Hot Kids in the City:
Brown Baggin' it Boulevard-Style.............................63
Your Finances:
Invest in Real Estate with Your IRA........................65

P et P erson als ........................................ ...................6 8
Pawsitively Pets:
Saying Goodbye to Your Best Friend ......................69

COMMUNITY CALENDAR................................70

Business Directory ............................................ 66-67

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Praise for
Green-Shirts Narrative
Dear BBT
I saved the July issue specifically to
praise the author of the "Green-Shirts to
the Rescue!" feature, but I now see no
byline is listed. For this reason, I ask that
you share my comments with the writer,
who has done a superlative job of human-
izing the homeless individuals so many of
us encounter while moving about the
area. The writing was informative, engag-
ing and insightful -just like many articles
in The Biscayne Boulevard Times. Keep
up the fine work.

Janell Walden Agyeman
Oakland Grove

Note: That story was written by BBT
Editor Christian Cipriani as an adden-
dum to the July cover story on homeless-
ness, entitled "Gimme Shelter."

IRS Form 1099 &
Miami-Dade Commissioner
Jose Martinez
Dear BBT
According to the Internal Revenue
Service, they are now conducting an out-
reach campaign in the entertainment
industry regarding the taxability of gift
bags and promotional items. This effort is
focused on distribution of celebrity gift
bags and goodie bags in conjunction with
appearances by the stars at award shows
and other gatherings.
I wonder if this new rule also applies to
our elected, appointed and administrative
government officials, because it should
apply to them as well!
Therefore, Miami-Dade County
Commissioner Jose Martinez is also
responsible for paying the IRS his fair
share of taxes on the many gifts that he
has received. Has he filled out Form 1099
with the "market value" for the land he
was recently provided at a special price?
Has he itemized his 1099 with the "retail
value" of the many gifts and deeply dis-
counted items he has received from his
generous pals that are roofers, A/C dis-
tributors, window suppliers, pluming con-
tractors, pool installers, floor installers,
landscapers, electricians and such?
Let's hope so.
If not, then perhaps Commissioner
Martinez may have a generous CPA pal
that will donate his time and talents to
help defend him during his forthcoming
IRS audit.

Harry Emilio Gottlieb
Coconut Grove

Applause for "You Are
What You Fish"
Dear BBT,
Thank you for dedicating your front
page to how Miami-Dade County dis-
poses of our wastewater ("You Are
What You Fish," by Jim W. Harper,
August 2006). It is just a shame that
this kind of news doesn't warrant cov-
erage in The Miami Herald. You would
think that with an economy that is
dependent on beach tourism and water-
sports activity, the County would be
more proactive in trying to resolve this
issue instead of just doing nothing. It
seems that every time someone comes
forward with evidence of the damage
being done by pumping partially treated
sewage into our waters, the County puts
its efforts into publicly discrediting the
information. As an avid diver and for-
mer dive-charter operator in these
waters, I can certainly attest to the dras-
tic changes occurring underwater, much
of which is due to a combination of
sewage-related nitrates in the water,
run-off from shore, elevated water tem-
peratures and rampant coastal develop-
ment. In the last ten years alone, I have
seen most of our hard corals turn into
virtual rubble piles, once cyclical inva-
sive algal blooms now permanently
blanket most of the seabed, and many
fish and other marine life that once pop-
ulated our waters right off shore have
all but disappeared.
While the damage being done under-
water may not be apparent to the aver-
age beachgoer, or to those fishing the
area around the outfall (not to mention
our politicians), people need to be
aware that they are potentially suscepti-
ble to bacterial infection, either by
swimming in contaminated water or by
eating the fish they catch. Also worth
mentioning is that while the North
Miami outfall pipe empties almost two
miles out to sea in about 100 feet of
water, there are sections of the pipe
where age and corrosion have resulted
in perforations that spew the pipe's con-
tents much closer to shore.
Sadly, unless a stronger mandate is
issued by the State or the Federal
Government, I seriously doubt the
County will attempt to tackle this issue
on its own accord, particularly since our
elected officials are more concerned
with appeasing construction-related
interests, which after all is where the
money is.

Kent O. Bonde
Miami Shores

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Closure Related to Pipes?
Dear BBT
I'm a resident of Sunny Isles Beach
who regularly swims in the ocean. Every
couple of months, the beach is closed for
a few days based on DERM water sam-
ples. Most recently the 8/18 to 8/22 clo-
sure a few hundred pilchard fish washed
up, and two of our local lifeguards got
sick. I have long suspected that these clo-
sures were directly related to the sewage
pipes, as they always happen when the
winds have been blowing out of the east.
Yours is the first article I've seen that
even mentions the pipes' existence. Also,
this last year I've noticed a significant
increase in the floating brown seaweed
clumps. I am on the permit for the sea tur-
tle restoration project in Dade county
associated with the hatchery at Haulover
Park, and would really love to see some-
thing done to help mitigate the declining
water quality that I am observing. If you
know of any way that I can help make
this matter come to more peoples' atten-
tion, or even to have it addressed at some
level politically, please let me know.
Thank you again for your article,
John Higgins
Sunny Isles Beach

Keep Up the Good Work
Dear BBT
Bravo for your article on the underwa-
ter/ocean outfalls of partially treated
sewage! Keep up the good work and per-
haps you will give the political will to
Tallahassee, regional/county and munici-
pal leaders to 'do the right thing'.
More expense and thought now as to
how to manage a growing population in
this state will gain greater economic suc-
cess, environmental health (which affects
personal health) and greater Florida
tourism in the long run.

Keven Reed, O.D.
Orange Park, FL

"People Need to See This..."
Dear Mr. Harper,
This is one of the best articles I've
read ("You Are What You Fish," August
'06). Thanks for sending it along. Wish I
had had it to include in our mailing. But
I will make sure I get it out to our list;
people need to see this.

Thanks Again,
Ed Tichenor
Director, Palm Beach
County ReefRescue
Boynton Beach, FL

Does This Mean
Diaz is Satan?
Dear BBT
As a 35-year resident of Miami, I
ashamed of the abuse of good, hard-
working people in Miami just trying to
survive. While the politicians steal from
the poor and give to the rich, the beat
goes on. Looking at the poor souls who
sleep on the pavement on downtown
streets, I see parades and foaming
mouths of our elected officials over Fidel
Castro's demise.
Life for many in Miami is just as hell-
ish as Cuba or any third world country in
the world. Hundreds of millions for a
new opera house downtown while the
poor die in the waiting room at Jackson
Memorial Hospital.
Miami is a warm city with a cold
heart; Miami is Hell on Earth.

Reverend Roy Harris

The Lessons of History
Dear BBT
I greatly enjoyed the article "Unsung
Miami Naturalist," on Charles Torrey
Simpson by contributing writer Victor
Barrenechea. It is sad that such an amaz-
ing person, who dedicated his life to the
environment, could be forgotten.
I love this area for all the same reasons
Simpson loved it. It is such a unique
place, with fascinating plants and crea-
tures everywhere.
I suppose these things are not as
important today.
Entrepreneurs and movie stars come
and go and take this area for all it's got,
leaving nothing for future generations
but trash heaps and lonely buildings. It
would be great if there was a better
memorial for this incredible man. Thanks
again for the article. Great job!

Doug Graves
Miami Shores

Linda Haskins
Resigned, Not Fired
Dear Editor,
As always, I want to congratulate
The BBT for its coverage of the City
of Miami. It is good to see issues that
are not published in other media, but
that are very important for many of our
residents. It is also good to read
debates about the city officials, and I
would like to opine about one such
debate, because I was a participant in
this situation. The debate is about
whether Linda Haskins was fired or
resigned during the Carlos Gimenez
administration when she was the per-
son in charge of finances and budget.
I remember this well. She told me
that she was going to resign. Mr.
Gimenez was not happy about it and
tried to convince her to stay. She
resigned. I urged Mayor Diaz to ask
Linda to be his financial advisor.
He did and she accepted. Eventually,
she returned to the administration and I
have to say that during the Arriola
years, Linda was one of the few (at
least with me) who were truthful, giv-
ing both the good and bad news and
never spinning it for the administra-
tion's benefit.
Tomas Regalado
Miami City Commissioner
District 4

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The outfall pipe pictured on last
month's cover is actually in Palm
Beach, not Haulover, as indicated in the
caption. The one off Haulover Beach,
however, is the same kind of device.

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A Pat on the Backpack
Dear BBT,
On behalf of the Board of Directors
and staff of Miami/Miami-Dade Weed
and Seed, Inc., along with the City of
Miami Little Haiti NET Office and the
Department of Parks & Recreation, we
thank you for your support of the
Family First "Back To School Rally."
The spirit of giving is one we all
share; as a result of your sponsorship,
over 600 children were given back-to-
school supplies, i.e., backpacks, paper,
pens, pencils, etc.
Through such collaborations we can
continue to build a better community
and improve the quality of life for resi-
dents living in the Little Haiti/Lemon
City and the Liberty City communities.
Together, we were able to further the
message of a safe neighborhood while
stressing the importance of education to
the children and their families.

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Dear BBT
In reading The Biscayne Boulevard Times August
'06 issue, I was quite surprised to read that the trol-
ley folly is going forward per Richard Mason's let-
Miami had trolleys when I was quite small, but I
remember them well. Long after they were
scrapped, the tracks remained. Our forefathers were
quite prudent in their decisions and wished to do
the best for our city. When the trolleys no longer
ran on Miami's streets, they continued to serve in
other ways. For example, until recently, trolley
controls were used in bridge houses to control the
lifting and closing of bridges. There must have
been a reason for doing away with trolleys. What
was it?
Outside of San Francisco's cable cars, I don't
know of another city that has trolleys today.
Electric or gas run buses make more sense. They
would seem to be more versatile, as they would not
be confined to racks. Some of the larger New
England cities moved away from fixed tracks to
I would like to know who is taking credit/respon-
sibility for this megabucks folly. Where is the
money coming from? If we can put these persons on
record now, it will be easier to place the blame later.

One of 'Bunny's Girls'
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"More Cops" Says District 2 Candidate

Dear BBT
The best weapon against crime is uni-
formed police officers out in the field
providing community policing. As a
partnership between the police and the
neighborhood, community policing
allows for interaction between the two.
It pulls the police out of their quarter-
inch divide the window pane of their
cruisers. By knowing your police officer,
trust is developed and valuable informa-
tion can be shared with him or her to
help track down community criminals.
The City of Miami is budgeted for
1,112 uniformed police officers. The
city presently has 145 officers in the
"Drop Program," which allows an offi-
cer to leave at anytime once providing
his Drop Notice. There are presently
109 officers in the training program
and the academy, 35 officers on
Permanent Limited Duty and six on
Temporary Limited Duty. This restricts
the 41 officers to desk or light duty.
This number must again be reduced by
supervisors and detectives, who do not
The best weapon against crime is visi-
bility of police officers. An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. The

best visibility of police officers in many
parts of District 2 is on bicycles and foot
patrols, but certainly outside of police
cruisers. Our police do a wonderful job
with the manpower that they have. We,
however, could add a significant deter-
rent and improve community policing by
increasing the number of budgeted
police officers for the City of Miami.
The entire city would benefit from a
stronger deterrent through the visibility
of our police and the youth would bene-
fit from interaction with our officers,
who could serve as role models.
As our tax base grows and our popula-
tion increases, we must allow for a sig-
nificant increase in the visibility of our
police officers and not merely incremen-
tal additions to maintain pace with the
significant influx of population to the
City of Miami, both in tourism as well
as newly acquired residents.

Yours Very Truly,
Marc Sarnoff
Coconut Grove

Ed's note: There are, as of July 1, 1,013
uniformed police officers and 56 ready
to graduate from the academy.

Praise for "Orphaned Causeway"
Editor's Note:
Last month 's cover story "Orphaned Causeway, which detailed neglect of the
Julia Tuttle Causeway at the Miami side, drew swift response from City Hall.
Javier Rodriguez, an FDOT director for the area, said more than $200,000 of this
year's landscaping budget was used to beautify 1-395 in lieu of the new
Performing Arts Center, and with funds now tight, Tuttle improvements would
have to wait. City Manager Pete Hernandez, at the behest of District 2 Interim
Commissioner Linda Haskins, nonetheless sent a letter to FDOT requesting the
improvements, and Mary Conway, director of Capital Improvements Project for
the City of Miami, assured city leaders that, "FDOT is committed to working with
us to provide gateway improvements at the Julia Tuttle Causeway. The BBT will
follow up on this once FDOT has drawn up a re-landscaping proposal.

Dear BBT,
Just a quick note to tell you I thought the August 2006 BBT cover story
called "Orphaned Causeway," on the deplorable condition of the Julia Tuttle
Causeway at the Miami side, was excellent. I had been curious why that area
looked so bad, and I appreciate Christian Cipriani for doing the research. I
hope some of the decision-makers mentioned in the story act to improve that
very visible gateway.

Thank You Again,
Peter Ehrlich
Lemon City Taxpayers Association

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Miami 21: Mixed-Use Blitz Not My Dream

Dear BBT
Miami 21's new zoning is supposed to
be for everyone who uses the city. DPZ
claims their nic% urbanism" will create a
pedestrian-friendly urban environment and
get us to give up our cars for mass transit.
Their plans for less space between
buildings, more density and mixed-use
almost everywhere (with accompanying
NYC mayhem: 24 hours, the "city that
never sleeps") isn't exactly what most of
us want. Delivery trucks and all the
accompanying noise, cars blocking my
high-rise driveway when I want to get
home, etc., isn't something I want, even
near downtown. Something in between
NYC and a maybe too-suburban inner-
city would be good. But their vision -
based on what worked in older cities, but
without the subways and overhead rail
which makes it work doesn't match
Miami as it is now. Worse, it will stall
good mass transit because up-zoning den-
sity means increasing land costs, should
the city ever want to buy land to create a
thorough overhead rail system (subways
are out). Good planning requires zoning
around mass transit, not increasing density
and use until everyone is so miserable that

they will then hopefully push for mass
transit. It takes a huge amount of misery
for people to stop driving and 30 years to
provide decent alternatives.
But this plan is loved by short-term gain
developers (which I am sure DPZ, the
mayor and others less concerned with
average locals know). Mixed-use every-
where will only mean more traffic and
cars on streets originally designed for one
and two-story not 50-story mixed-use
buildings, off main thoroughfares. DPZ
and the Planning Department will turn
already bad traffic into parking lots along
Biscayne, Overtown, Downtown and
Brickell. And who of our elected officials
and consultants will be around to be held
accountable for the finished bad product?
DPZ was recently booted out of Biloxi,
Mississippi, for failing to take into account
infrastructure needs. We already have very
liberal zoning, and adding mixed-use
carefully is a great idea, but the infrastruc-
ture needs to support the increased
demands it requires. We aren't getting
good reasons as to why Planning is re-
zoning in places which are ill-prepared for
the increased use.

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not supposed to talk about the case and
wouldn't confirm the existence of any
litigation or even sale plans.
That might be a good policy: One
source said Walker received flak from
village officials for telling The Miami
Herald that one of his first orders of
business as village manager would be to
finalize the land sale. El Portal officials
are distancing themselves from the situa-
tion, which has taken a turn toward the
Since 2000, Little Farm has dug itself
into a hole with numerous code viola-
tions. Despite performing high-priority
repairs following last year's hurricane
season and reducing the number of
mobile homes parked onsite, which at
one time numbered almost twice as
many as legally allowed, Sarika Olah,
Little Farm's owner, never quite fol-
lowed through with getting the property
up to snuff.
Citations issued by the village, Miami-
Dade Team Metro code enforcers and by
the Department for Environmental
Resource Management have not been
heeded. The streets still aren't wide
enough for emergency vehicles, and

major problems with the septic system
remain. Public bodies, however, have
lessened the pressure since Little Farm's
bankruptcy declaration effectively insu-
lates them from all administrative and
civil proceedings.
No one at Pinnacle Housing Group
would discuss the lawsuit either, but
Harold Mathis, a seven-year El Portal

resident who became a village council-
man nine months ago, sat down with the
BBT to discuss what he knows about the
situation, both past and present.
"This has been a long time coming and
things aren't moving the way they
should be," said Mathis. "There are laws
and regulations that need to be enforced,
and the Little Farm people are trying to
come into compliance, but there has
been extension upon extension.
"Every time there's a council meeting,
residents are there voicing grievances.
There are always issues with the park...
[and] the violations fall upon the owner
and not the residents. The village's
stance is that the situation at the trailer
park is deplorable. We want the owner to
bring the property up to code... it's a big
And that, according to Mathis, is
where the village's involvement with the
site ends. The sale and any litigation is
strictly between Pinnacle and Little
Farm, a notion echoed by Village
Attorney Joe Geller of Hollywood-based

Geller, Geller, Beskin, Shienvold, Fisher,
& Garfinkel. He remembers Pinnacle
submitting several concepts for a low-
rise apartment development in years
past, but said he is not party to the sale
"If you find anything I'd really like to
know, because it sounds like you know
more about this than I do," he said.
In late spring, Alain Gandur, Little
Farm's property manager, came forth as
a representative, but after one conversa-
tion suggested the BBT call back when
he had "more information."
Subsequently, more than 15 calls went
either unanswered or were taken by an
unnamed woman who said he was "out
of town."
BBT staff members, who have been
trying for more than four months to com-
municate with Little Farm's owners,
have met with everything from evasive-
ness to outright hostility. Of more than
50 calls to the main office, less than five
were answered.
On one of those rare occasions, Olah
got on the line and yelled in Spanish, "I
hate the media I hate newspapers, I
hate television, I hate the radio." She
vowed total non-cooperation in our
investigation but insisted residents have
been kept adequately informed of the
sale's timeline.
That may well be. According to
Mathis: "Most of the residents know
[that the park is going to be sold]. Many
residents come to meetings and tell us
what's going... [But] safety is the main
problem right now. There are kids that
live over there."
For now, negotiations with the trailer
park remain up in the air. Stay tuned to
the BBT for further updates.

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Miami's Green Mayor Touts

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

On August 17, representatives of the
Ford Motor Company were at City
Hall to present Miami city leaders with
an efficiency case study of their
Escape Hybrid SUV, currently enjoy-
ing favorable responses from major-
city taxi-drivers to Miami Mayor
Manny Diaz, who has two.
"The future sustainability of this area
is directly tied to the condition of our
environment," said Diaz in his opening
remarks. "As leaders, I think all of us
recognize the responsibility [to the
environment]... [so that] future genera-
tions of Floridians and visitors to our
area will live and visit in a place
renowned for its environmental stew-
ardship and conservation."
He went on to mention the U.S.'s
disproportionate annual contributions
to factors in global warming and the
problems inherent to oil dependence,
from high gas prices to the state of
U.S.-Middle Eastern relations.
The city has set a goal of converting
1,000 vehicles to hybrid or alternative

fuel technologies by the year 2012,
essentially its entire light fleet. This
push is part of Diaz's 'green' agenda,
for which he was lauded in a recent
issue of Vanity Fair, and his adminis-
tration's desire to make South Florida a
bellwether of environmentally con-
scious living.
Critics of Diaz's self-styled
Green Mayor image, however,
point to his fostering of
Miami's unbridled building
boom as evidence to the
contrary. And Steve
Hagen, from the
watchdog group
Citizens Against
Everything Bad,
said in an email
statement regard-
ing the mayor's
speech last month
at a University of
Miami ribbon-cutting:
"I believe you and your
administration are not being good
stewards of Bicentennial Park, our sin-
gle most precious public asset. And
your stewardship of smaller parks is

W-01W6 urtesy of Ford Motor Company
The Ford Escape Hybrid
At the Ford Hybrid demonstration,
Kurt Machelvie, a company
spokesman, took the podium to outline
how in recent years the auto industry
shifted its innova-
tive energies
away from inter-
nal-combustion "The future
and toward
renewable and of this are
alternative ener- tied to the
gies. our envir
advanced diesel, Miam
low-sulfur fuel
and bio-fuels
(ethanol, corn
starch) exist, but
in the future, any biomass from wood
chips to grass to fruit rinds could
conceivably be used to power a car,
with little or no harmful emissions.
Ford has a fleet of hydrogen-powered
Focuses operating in Orlando, with
buses to follow, and Machelvie called
Florida a nationwide leader in fostering
new technologies.
Targeting governments may be part
of a business strategy: Over the years,
large-scale public contracts have been
good to Ford, who with the Crown
Victoria holds a veritable monopoly
on American police cruisers and taxi
cabs. But after a decade of losing mar-
ket-share in the U.S. consumer market,

the company posted a $1.6 billion loss
in 2005, and said it may have to cut
up to 30,000 jobs and close 14
North American facilities by
2012. This month, 6,000
salaried Ford workers will get
a pink slip, after a further
$1.44 billion loss in the first
half of '06.
"Driving American
Innovation" is Ford's mayor
and governor lease program,
which offers a two-year,
unlimited-mileage lease with
all-inclusive maintenance. That's
where Mayor Diaz got his Escapes,
which replace a Cadillac and Lincoln
Navigator as the primary mayoral
Other City Commissioners, howev-
er, still prefer the chauffeured
Navigator, especially for day-long,
multiple-destination excursions
throughout Miami. At $49,325 (base)
and a gross weight of nearly 7,500
pounds, it gets 13 miles a gallon
around Miami and 18 out on 1-95;
tinted windows add a touch of high-
brow class.
In July, the BBT asked District 2
Interim Commissioner Linda Haskins
about these vehicles. She said: "The
mayor has two
hybrid SUVs...
The city is con-
sustainability cerned with reduc-
i is directly ing fossil fuel
n of dependence...
condition of There are green
onment." alternatives and
absolutely the city
i Mayor Manny Diaz is looking to
address this."
But with careful-
ly chosen argu-
ments, the city
may be able to toe the line on this
one. According to blogger Jay Reding,
of JayReding. conm: Conservativism
with Attitude, in an article titled "Why
That Lincon Navigator is Saving the
"Forcing everyone into hybrid cars
won't reduce energy usage, it will
increase it. Electric cars only shift the
source of pollution from gasoline to
our already over-extended power grid."
His anti-hybrid, pro-SUV arguments
based on historical trends of simul-
taneous rises in energy usage and effi-
ciency might just be what the city
needs when it's time to gas up the
Navigator with your tax dollars.

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By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

With high fuel costs accounting for
more than 50 percent of utility bills, cus-
tomers may be wondering how they can
save as summer temperatures continue to
rise in South Florida and what our
friends at Florida Power & Light (FPL)
are doing about it.
"Natural gas prices and oil are at an all-
time high. If fuel prices go up, then elec-
tricity goes up," said FPL spokesperson
Patricia Davis. "Since 1999 the base rates
for non-fuel costs have been reduced by
15 percent due to FPL being able to work
smarter and becoming more efficient."
Davis highlighted initiatives for fuel
cost-reduction beginning with the mainte-
nance of a diverse fuel supply that
includes a mix of natural gas, nuclear
units, purchased power, oil and coal to
help stabilize costs and maintain reliabili-
ty of their electrical system. In addition,
FPL is maximizing the use of their
nuclear generating units and coal-fired
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fuel-hedging a buying process which
locks in preset contract prices to reduce
the impact of price fluctuation and
allowed customers to save more than
$600 million last
The Florida
Public Service "Natural gas
Commission (PSC)
approved FPL's are at an a
request for a fuel- If fuel price
cost adjustment in electricity
November 2005.
FPL attributes this FPL spokes
request to the rising
expense of fuel
used to generate
electricity during a
period of high global energy costs, in
addition to the impact of major hurricanes
on natural gas and oil production in the
Gulf of Mexico last summer. Beginning
in January 2006, an increase in residential
utility bills jumped from approximately
$16.99 for 1,000 kilowatt hours to
$108.61, and commercial customers saw
an increase in cost between 22 and 41



"I think that our customers would be
interested to know about some changes to
our programs and incentives for being
more energy-conscious at home," said
Davis. "The PSC
also approved a
plan for increasing
prices and oil those incentives. We
prices and oil
are hoping that our
-time high. customers will take
go up, then advantage of it."
goes up." FPL lists a num-
ber of ways to keep
person Patricia Davis the cost of your bill
down on their site,
including tips for
seasonal residents,
such as turning fans
off when you leave the room, replacing or
cleaning air conditioning filters every
month, installing programmable thermo-
stats, setting your thermostat at 78
degrees or higher and filling out their
Home Energy Survey, located on their
website, for a personalized report of what
you could be saving. The survey is avail-
able for both residential and business cus-
tomers, though only the residential ver-
sion is available online. Business cus-
tomers should call the care center number
located on their bill and ask for the
Business Energy Evaluation.
A variety of incentive programs are also
available, including a ceiling insulation
plan for homes built before 1982. FPL
will provide a list of qualified contractors
and are offering watt-saver vouchers to
customers. If you are having trouble pay-
ing your bill, they are offering the Budget
Billing Plan, which averages out your
electric bill throughout the year to come
up with one average payment instead of
the actual cost. In association with this
plan, FPL will honor a once-a-year True-
Up Period, which means if they were off
on your average they will "true it up", or
adjust it.
For customers on Social Security or
other fixed income, FPL has a 62-Plus
Program. You don't have to be 62 years
old to qualify, but must be on a fixed
income. This program allows more time
to pay bills for those who have to wait for
a check every month that may not arrive
before the due date. For a full list of ener-
gy-efficient recommendations and
detailed additional assistance programs
and guidelines, visit www.fpl.com.
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Public Works Repl
SHopefully in Time for
Story & Photos by Dana Swartz
BBT Contributing Writer

After last year's hurricane season,
many ficus trees were left uprooted, pos-
ing a problem to residents along N.E. 4th
Avenue Road
in Miami
Shores. More
than half the
trees were
damaged dur-
ing the
According to
Lieberman, a
former direc-
tor of the
board at Miami A bald pal
Shores Villas, where a there
about 90 per-
cent of the original trees have been
Miami Shores Villas is a community of
townhouses stretching along N.E. 4th
Avenue Road, west of N.E. 6th Avenue.
Lieberman, aware of the danger posed
by the ficus's shallow root system,
claimed she tried to make arrangements
before hurricane season to have the trees
removed. According to her, no action
was taken, and the toppled trees became
entangled in electrical lines. Lieberman
said Miami Shores Public Works
(MSPW) left roots sticking out for

Tree Ordinance
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Gables, named The City Beautiful for the
arboreal beauty of its neighborhoods and
the value of its property, requires a permit
from the Building and Zoning Department
for the relocation or removal of every tree
over 12 feet in height or 4 inches in diam-
eter, even if it is dead and even if it sits
on your own personal property. Residents
may trim privately owned trees without a
permit, but procedures such as topping
(cutting back) and hatracking (reducing
the height) are prohibited.
In addition, the city prohibits residents
from trimming or pruning trees on the city
right-of-way, in front of their home or
within swale areas. The City of Coral
Gables provides scheduled routine main-
tenance on all trees based on current need,
which is determined by regular city wide

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"The area looked terrible," she said.
The townhouse community's handy-
man helped by flattening the stumps as
best he could, but MSPW didn't step in
until months later, when this past July
they removed them entirely.
No new
trees have
been planted
along N.E. 4th
Avenue Road,
but according
to Scott Davis,
MSPW direc-
tor, a village-
wide tree-
scheme is
underway and
h of earth, it's only a mat-
once stood. ter of time.
ter of time.
Some 25 new
trees have been erected around the vil-
lage with more in stock, the bulk of
which consists of silver buttonwoods.
"Appropriate trees that grow to accom-
modate the height of the wires, like live
oak, will also be used," said Davis.
Replanting efforts are currently
focused in the northwest comer of Miami
Shores, and as of press time MSPW
could not specify when they'll tend to the
N.E. 4th Avenue Road area.
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The Village of Miami Shores has
deemed it unlawful to cut, tear, burn,
pluck or otherwise damage or remove any
tree, shrub, flower or other plant on a
public park or parkway, or on village
property, without authority of the village.
"By doubling the fines from the current
$500 which is a joke to developers to
$1000, increasing mitigation and intro-
ducing stop-work orders on those not in
compliance or who are repeat offenders,
we are sending a message to would-be
illegal tree-removers that will hopefully
inspire them to work with keeping or relo-
cating existing trees instead of destroying
them," Dones said in an email statement.

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The DJ Uncle Al "Peace in the Hood" Festival

Story & Photos by Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

Loud bass boomed and the sweet
scent of barbeque filled the air as peo-
ple of all ages gathered in Liberty City
for fun and dancing at the 5th Annual
DJ Uncle Al Peace in the Hood block
party celebration.
This year, N.W. 15th Avenue was
blocked off between 62nd and 71st
Streets, with two stages set up on each
side of 15th Avenue. On nearly every
street corner in between were vendors,
food and refreshment stands, small DJ
set-ups and stacks of speakers some
nearly as high as the first floor of an
apartment complex, and as wide as a
The festival was in honor of the late
Albert Leroy Moss, better known as
Miami Bass pioneer DJ Uncle Al. His
September 10, 2001 murder was ulti-
mately overshadowed by the next day's
terror attacks, but Moss's community
never forgot, and for five years straight
this festival has been held to promote
nonviolence. This message of "peace in
the hood" comes in the wake of

increased vio-
lence in the
Liberty City
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death, strives to raise awareness of
community issues, and provide scholar-
ships to students in the field of radio
broadcasting. This year's festival
expanded to include AIDS awareness in
the crusade.
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get 15th Avenue named after my son."
The Sugarhill housing project, at
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where the famed DJ was born, and
where the festival's main stage was
placed. On that stage, nationally famous
local acts such as Rick Ross, DJ

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entertain, as well as to show support for
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message of peace.
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this festival would have been a dream
come true for Moss: "He would've
loved it. He loved music."

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Shadowlawn Elementary: From

the FCAT Fringe to a B Rating

By Chaim Lieberman
BBT Contributing Writer

It's opening day 2006 at Shadowlawn
Elementary in Little Haiti uniforms are
starched, balloons wave in the breeze,
parents are in attendance and teachers line
up the hand the new school year has
The atmosphere is celebratory, courtesy
of teacher and Grammy-nominated
Timmy Thomas on keyboards and three
attentive student band mates. Each plays
their percussive tool with an eye on their
teacher. A broad colorful banner summa-
rizes the communal message: "We're on
the move to an A+."
The school community here is not
merely intoning the start of a new aca-
demic year: Shadowlawn's "Smart
Sharks" a nod to a mascot that knows
no predator is marking their progress
from scrutiny to statistical pride.
Seen through the lens of the Federal No
Child Left Behind Act (2001),
Shadowlawn is a success. Florida uses
grades to measure the overall perform-
ance of a school each year on the FCAT.
Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-
F) based on three criteria: The students'
overall performance on the FCAT, the
percentage of eligible students who took
the test and whether or not students made
progress in reading and math. These
grades are calculated by adding points
earned from each of the performance cri-
teria listed above.
And Shadowlawn's FCAT narrative
reads like a local school done good and
doing better: 2000-01 Grade "D"; 2001-
02 Grade "D"; 2002-03, Grade "C";
2003-04, Grade "D"; 2004-05, Grade
"D"; and alas, 2005-06 a "B" touted
internally without argument as a "B+."
The burgundy-clothed Sharks can smell
the "A" a mere nine cumulative perform-
ance points away.
Although Shadowlawn still performs
below average in seven out of eight major
categories highlighted on the "Great
Schools: A Parents Guide to K-12
Success" website (greatschool.net), it did
rate higher than state average in third-
grade math a whopping improvement of
41 percentage points over one year.
Shadowlawn's lowest scores came in
fifth-grade science.
According to the Florida Department of
Education's website (dadeschools.net),
Florida School Grades show how well
students are performing against state stan-

dards. The grades also determine whether
low-performing, as well as high-achiev-
ing, schools receive extra funds.
Principal Brenda Dawson, now in her
13th year, takes the microphone and con-
gratulates the crowd on moving out of the
shadows, so to speak, and toward the
light (and increased funding) of an "A"
"Close your eyes children. You are sur-
rounded by the power of love. The power
of love is all around you. Now open your
eyes and be the best that you can be!"
Give credit where it is due: Dawson, a
35-year education veteran, is firm in her
convictions: "[I] strongly believe that my
God-given purpose is to elevate and
empower others, especially the disenfran-
chised. My career as a public educator
has given me the best opportunity to ful-
fill this purpose."
While many of us regular folks have
the luxury of opining about the FCAT
specter, Dawson's God-given purpose is
to deal with it. In turn, her read carries
valence: "The FCAT provides a level of
measurement that establishes standards to
be met. This is a good thing! However, a
negative grade often overshadows a true
picture of the school."
Irma Dorelien-Noel, parent of
Lamonte, 9, and Keyshawn, 8, is a resi-
dent of Little Haiti who appreciates the
"hospitality and diversity" of her neigh-
borhood school: "Parent involvement for
me has involved the Parent Academy, the
PTA and volunteering."
At the Parent Academy, Irma acquired
computer skills that she applies to the
workplace. "After volunteering in the
classroom, the school office and the PTA
for five years, it was time [to get back to
work]," she said.
Other parents chaperone field trips and
many attend Title I meetings. Title I helps
parents identify resources and make plans
for improving the school.
Timmy Thomas, a music instructor of
12 years and 2002 Grammy award nomi-
nee in the Artist of the Year category,
believes the announced Performing Arts
school status will enhance the school's
overall level of excellence.
"By unleashing the energy of talent
already here and attracting the best out-
side the neighborhood, our kids get a run-
ning start in life," he said. "Call it 'life
after rap.' There will be demand for clas-
sical styles, Broadway musicals and any-
thing else that world is getting but we are

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Marlins Stadium... Neighborhood Payoffs... Miami Musings...
By Jack King The last part of the Venetian Islands debacle is that

BBT Columnist

Other than a few politicians, does anyone really
want a new stadium for the Florida Marlins? As far
as I can tell, everyone would like a new stadium if
the cost is zero to the area residents, and no one
wants one if it costs us anything. Nevertheless, the
stadium story continues to rear its ugly head every so
often and I think the Marlins and major league base-
ball do this just to keep the hope of a new stadium
The official cost number for the stadium that keeps
being bandied about is $435 million, with a $100
million shortfall in construction revenue. Funny,
those are the same numbers we heard five years ago.
Does anyone really believe that the cost estimates
have stayed the same for five years?
Right after the Marlins themselves, the biggest
proponent of a new stadium is The Miami Herald and
its cadre of sportswriters and columnists. Their argu-
ments always seem disingenuous and self-serving,
especially chief stadium cheerleader Greg Cote. I
don't know why we need a world-class baseball sta-
dium. We certainly don't have a world-class daily
newspaper. If the Herald wants it so badly, let them
pay for it.

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And on the footsteps of The Miami Herald build-
ing we have another story that two Venetian Islands
homeowners groups have taken a $1.35 million pay-
off to go away and let the Citisquare project go for-
ward on property sold to the developers by the
Herald's new owners. The last time I checked, this
type of arrangement is called a bribe. Half of the
money is to be used for traffic-related measures for
an expected increase in traffic. No one knows where
the rest of the money will go.
Shades of yesteryear! More than a decade ago
Mercy Hospital paid $500,000 to the Natoma and
Bay Heights homeowners associations to allow
Mercy to build a large office building. Everyone
knew that the new structure would bring traffic
nightmares, and the money was supposed to be used
to hire off-duty cops to aid in traffic control. That
lasted about six months, and the rest of the money
just disappeared as there was zero oversight. A
decade later, traffic on South Bayshore Drive is
worse than ever.
Even Coconut Grove, with its high moral values,
has gotten caught in this type of mess. A prominent
homeowners group took a bribe to drop its opposi-
tion to a mixed-use building in the center of town.
Again, with no oversight, the money just disap-
peared. Did it ever do the neighborhood any good?
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the developer and the homeowners associations have
agreed to lobby the county to sharply increase the
tolls on the Venetian Causeway to discourage traffic.
Wow, that should really help local residents!

I ran into the film producer and videographer Carl
Kesser a few weeks ago. You might remember that
he was one of the many news media people who
were shot with rubber bullets during the ill-fated
Free Trade of the Americas conference in downtown
Miami three years ago. He had started litigation
against the city and the cops, but finally gave up
because both the city and the cops have been com-
pletely uncooperative. It seems like I heard the same
words from the mouths of the Civilian Investigative
Panel members who were investigating the same
thing. They also got nowhere.
Now comes a disturbing video shot by the
Broward Sheriff's Office for "training purposes,"
showing the BSO unit in downtown Miami high-fiv-
ing each other for having taken out an unarmed
female attorney trying to get to work. She was hit no
less than five times from a barrage of rubber bullets
fired by a large group of BSO deputies.
"How about yesterday, huh?" gushed Major John
Brooks of the BSO. "I went home [and] couldn't

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Salary Cuts Spur Resignations

at Miami Country Day

Misappropriation of Funds a Concern for Parents

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

Salary cuts implemented at the close
of the 2005-2006 academic year at
Miami Country Day School prompted a
number of teachers to resign, leaving
behind many disgruntled parents and
students wondering what is really going
on outside the classroom.
"There is an absolute year-to-year
revolving door of teachers there," said a
parent who asked to
remain anonymous to The recent
avoid repercussions
for her three children were attril
who currently attend enrollmen
the school. "There teachers sot
are so many great they all ag
teachers leaving. It's contracts
disheartening. And
then I see them tak-
ing away after-school things like car-
pool and traffic control that's why I
don't give a penny to the endowment
fund, because I'm not sure where my
money will be going after the cost of
tuition. If I had a better option in terms
of local schools I'd be out of there in a
The recent cuts, which were attrib-
uted to low enrollment, blindside teach-
ers somewhat, after they all agreed to
new contracts in March. Several were
told their classes would be consolidated
and no longer receive the $6,000 to
$8,000 stipend for extra classes they
had been teaching. Some of them taught
extra classes, and thus received the
additional stipend, for years. With no
chance for appeal, more than 20 teach-
ers reportedly left the school, discontent
with a salary already substantially
lower than that of their public school
But Headmaster John Davies dis-
agreed: "I can tell you that is unequivo-
cally not true. I don't even know how
to respond to that. We're trying to pay
teachers more money, not less money.
What they may be referring to is their
stipend, which is a separate part of their
contract and a supplement to their
salary. I can only think of maybe two or
three classes that we consolidated. We
don't have the students to do an extra
class. If we need them to teach the class
we pay them, if we don't we don't. It's
that simple. We had a number of teach-
ers leave, but only one comes to mind




that would have been receiving the
But the Teacher Endowment Fund, to
which many parents give generously,
doesn't appear to be serving its purpose
of contributing to teachers' salaries.
According to a former teacher who
asked to remain nameless, the adminis-
tration at the school is holding all of the
money in a fund until it reaches $5 mil-
lion. Roughly $3 million has been col-
lected so far. Davies described the
Teacher Endowment
Fund as an adminis-
*uts, which
trative fund that only
ited to low dips into the interest
blindside and not the principle.
what, after According to him, the
eed to new fund is currently very
SM small and not spin-
n March.
ning off much money
in terms of teacher
In addition, SMART Board interac-
tive whiteboard machines, which con-
nect to a computer and digital projector
to show an image which can then be
controlled from the display, were added
to every classroom in place of the trans-
parency machines so many of us
remember from school. A low-end ver-
sion costs up to $2,000, but high-end
versions go for nearly $8,000, including
installation, an investment more than a
few questioned considering the stipend
cuts. Questions were also raised as to
whether it was more important to install
these machines or keep quality teachers
on board, an issue that Davies called
"preposterous," explaining that MCDS
is simply trying to stay on par with edu-
cational technology at other schools. He
assured the BBT that funds for class-
room materials come from a completely
separate budget.
Enrollment at the school has report-
edly increased since the stipend cuts
occurred in June, but there has been no
mention of raising salaries as of yet.
Davies gives credit to their endowment
fund as one of the most innovative
teacher funds in the state, and said that
MCDS is actively working to increase
the salaries of their teachers despite
local opposition.

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Biscayne Park Welcomes

First Village Manager

Former City Manager Frank Spence Steps In
By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

In a July 31
Biscayne Park meet-
ing, commission
members voted in
Frank Spence as their
very first village man-
ager. Spence will be
considered an interim
manager until his 90-
day introductory peri-
od is up in September.
"The reason all of
this was prompted
was due to a wholesale
change in our charter
that included a village manager form
of government," said Biscayne Park
Mayor John Hornbuckle. "We have a
wait-and-see attitude [about Spence].
There's no timeframe on that. Right
now we are getting a chance to know
him and letting him get to know the
Spence brings more than 40 years of
experience as a city manager, 35 of
which were in Florida and 17 in
Miami-Dade County alone. His
appointment is instrumental in moving
the village of Biscayne Park from its
former commission member-based
form of government. A wholesale
change to the village's previous charter
was passed by a citizens' committee in
a special election on June 6. The new
draft includes a village manager form
of government and no longer contains
a $25,000 maximum restriction on the
borrowing of funds for development.
"We only borrow whatever we can
legally afford to pay back," said
Founded in 1933, the Village of
Biscayne Park's original charter was
written to include a commission form
of government with a strong mayor at
the forefront. Each commissioner
headed a different department which
the mayor oversaw, but the mayor was
no more powerful than anyone else on
the board. After the Florida Sunshine
Law was passed, which established a
basic right of access to most meetings
of boards, commissions and other gov-
erning bodies of state and local gov-
ernmental agencies or authorities,
commission members were unable to

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communicate privately about votable
items and were forced to call special
meetings or wait until regular commis-
sion meeting times to discuss such
items. In a village manager form of
government, the manager has the abili-
ty to speak to each department head
and each commissioner on an individ-
ual basis.
"I'm here to help the transition to
village manager," said Spence. "It's
my fourth day on the job. I'm in the
learning process. I have my first budg-
et workshop with the commission
tonight. During the budget preparation,
that's where you really find out what
the various departments need and how
to carry it out."
Plans in the works include a new
administration building funded by a
General Obligation Bond to create
workable space for police officials and
village administrators. The goal is to
bring the current administration build-
ing back to its original purpose. The
building, an authentic log cabin built
in 1933, was created through a work
program that was developed to build
municipal buildings and create jobs for
people after the war. It was originally
used as a meeting hall.
"I lived here years ago," said
Spence. "It's a beautiful community.
We're 100 percent residential, no com-
mercial. It's quaint and everyone wants
to keep it that way."


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Biscayne Park Village Hall

By Ivana J. Robinson
BBT Contributing Writer

Biscayne Park Village Hall on N.E.
114th Street is an example of log cabin
architecture rarely found in South
Florida. Its origin dates back to the Great
Depression, when it was built by the
Works Progress Administration (WPA) in
"WPA provided labor to America's
unemployed youth during the Great
Depression," said Rick Ferrer, from the
county's Office of Historic Preservation.
"Other WPA-related projects in Dade are
Greynolds Park, Matheson Hammock
Park, Perrine Community House and the
Miami Beach Post Office on Washington
The log cabin project was part of
President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal
Program, which was designed to combat
high unemployment. In order to help with
the expenses, citizens donated nails and
other materials.
The cabin sits in the middle of
Biscayne Park and serves as an adminis-
trative center. It's built from hand-hewn

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covered with wooden shingles. Inside of
the cabin, there is a fireplace made of
oolitic limestone.
"We used to have commission meet-
ings here," said Sira Ramos, a Code
Enforcement Officer for the village.
"Five years ago, the hall was divided into
offices, and the recreation center became
our meeting place."
However, some of the gatherings con-
flict with sporting activities, so the vil-
lagers are seriously considering con-
structing a new office building.
"We have plans to build a new admin-
istrative building on the adjacent parking
lot and keep the cabin the way it used to
be, one big hall featuring a historical dis-
play of the village," said Mayor John
Horbuckle. "Our staff committee is to
start working on the design plans, and we
expect to break ground next year."
Since the cabin's inception, very few
changes were made to the structure. In
1946, the Village Commission authorized
the construction of police headquarters in
the cabin's porch area.
In 1983, the building was designated
locally as an historic site. Renovations in
1986 caused much debate because they
involved resurfacing the western side of
the hall with logs and enlarging the
police department's work area in order to
include an interrogation room, evidence
closet and more desk space. Some resi-
dents believed that preservation, not ren-
ovation, was supposed to be done. At the
same time, state historians warned that

making these changes could hurt its
chances of becoming a national historic
site. As of today, Biscayne Park Village
Hall is not on the National Register of
Historic Places.
"We maintain the building, but we can-
not alter its exterior," said Mayor
Hombuckle. "For example, our air-condi-
tioning unit had to be put inside, in the
attic. It was a bit of an exercise, but we
managed to keep the outside unchanged."
With less than 3,500 residents and only
residential properties, one church and a
recreation center, huge trees and beautiful
vegetation, Biscayne Park is as unique as
its village hall.
When Arthur Griffin first set his eyes
on this area, it was just a tomato farm. He
came to Miami from Norwich, New
York, in 1903 and began a large nursery
business known as Griffing Tropical
Nurseries and Groves. He lived on a
seven-acre estate between West Dixie
Highway and N.E. 125th Street, in North
Biscayne Park was Griffing's third
major development in the area. The oth-
ers were in what know today as Miami
Shores and North Miami. Before the
incorporation of the various small munic-
ipalities, all three were known as the
Griffing-Biscayne Park Estates.
In 1917, he sold the nursery and began
subdividing the land. The Biscayne Canal
was dug in 1924 to remove farmland
from flooded conditions, but consequent-
ly the soil began losing moisture, and
farming, which had been the backbone of
the economy, ceased being profitable.
This drained land, however, became
available for partitioning and develop-
ment, and were bought up quickly during
the 1920s real estate boom.
According to documents held by the
Metro-Dade County Historic Preservation
Board, Griffing originally platted
Biscayne Park in 1919, which was then
briefly annexed to the City of Miami in
1925. With the real estate bust and the
nationwide depression, the city could no
longer provide services for the all of the
small outlying communities. Between
1930 and 1932, several broke away -
among them Biscayne Park, in 1931. It
was first incorporated as a town, but two
years later became a village and remains
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Overtown Residents Say "Give Us Hope"

SWake up Miami Survey Results Reveal Top Concerns

By Ivana J. Robinson
BTT Contributing Writer

According to a recent survey of the Overtown resi-
dents, the most pressing issue in the community is drug-
related crime. Closely following are inadequate educa-
tion, homelessness, the lack of professional services
inside the neighborhood and unemployment.
The study was conducted by 20 trained Overtown resi-
dents hired to administer questions to 522 residents. The
survey is a part of Wake up Miami, a campaign that aims
to prepare neighborhoods for future growth in Miami.
According to District 5 Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones, whose office led the study, the first phase
of this community empowerment program is to get resi-
dents to face the issues that have negative influence on
their district.
"The results of this survey give strong indications
that we must identify key initiatives to create viable
communities," said Spence-Jones.
The next phase consists of 12 monthly workshops that
would allow residents to address the main problems and
play an integral part in improving their community by
offering solutions.
The first workshop for Overtown residents was held
on August 5 at the Booker T. Washington High School,
and featured the motivational speaker Les Brown. More

than 300 residents came to weigh in on a plan to
improve Overtown, one of Miami's poorest and most
crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Among the suggestions, according to Vicki Augustus-
Fibelia, a member of Spence-Jones's staff, was more
police officers on the streets, and quicker responses to
their needs as well as thorough investigation of the
crimes. They also suggested that landlords should better
maintain their buildings, beautify the area and be held
accountable to tenants. As for the education, community
members asked for better training programs, mandatory
tutoring and mentoring programs, and a higher level of
accountability from school administrators. They also
suggested that children be exposed to life outside of
In addition, people feel that second chances for ex-
convicts, job-seekers' assistance and more programs that
generate hope would lower the unemployment rate.
"This is extremely powerful data," said Dr. Marvin
Dunn, associate professor of community psychology at
Florida International University. "It is very unusual to
have this many face-to-face interviews in such a small
geographic area. It should give the commissioner some
confidence in saying that she has her hands on the pulse
of the Overtown community."
Dr. Dunn, together with support from Miami Dade
Community College and Social Compact, supervised the

The findings also pushed two new initiatives in
Overtown: One provides two women's shelters, funded
by the City of Miami and Habitat for Humanity, which
offer guidance in banking, financing, health and fitness.
The other project, "Urban Life Expo," to be launched
in November 2006, will provide job-training, and at the
same time try to lure businesses that have left back to
the Overtown area.
"We are working with the school district, community
leaders and the city on this," said Augustus-Fibelia. "We
also want to provide leadership training to the resi-
Other surveys will be conducted in Liberty City, Little
Haiti and Wynwood.
"Although the goals are the same conduct the sur-
vey, gather data and find solutions the approach will
be different in other communities. Currently, we are in
the process of determining those differences," said
Wake Up Miami is supported by the Dade
Community Foundation, the Knight Foundation and the
City of Miami Redevelopment Corporation.
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Sidewalks Along N.E. 10th Avenue
SAre Shorecrest Residents Making Progress?

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

Shorecrest homeowners are still seeking
answers as to why the county has not installed
sidewalks and bike paths along N.E. 10th
Avenue, from N.E. 87th Street to N.E. 91st
Street, a safety issue that residents have been
pushing for the past four years.
"A friend of mine informed me that a
neighbor from 88th Street was recently riding
his bike along 10th Avenue and swerved to
avoid an approaching vehicle," said Jack
Spirk, a Shorecrest resident and former mem-
ber of the Shorecrest Homeowners
Association (SHOA), in an email to the BBT.
"He ended up with a compound fracture in his
arm that took months to recover from. One
wonders if it will take a fatality before some-
thing is done."
The issue of putting sidewalks and bike
paths along N.E. 10th Avenue is not a new
one, and residents have grown frustrated by
the lack of response from their local govern-
ment. At a SHOA meeting in December 2003,
former District 3 Commissioner Barbara
Carey-Schuler had agreed to the association's

request and was reportedly checking on the
availability of funds to carry out the project.
No one ever got back to them.
This past May, the issue was brought to
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson's attention
during a SHOA general meeting. According to
Spirk, the commissioner didn't foresee it
being a problem and had agreed to check on
the possibility of implementing the project.
After six weeks with no response, he emailed
the commissioner and was told to wait for
someone from her office to contact him after
they checked with Oscar Braynon, her chief-
of-staff. At the Legion Park candidate's forum
in July, which was also SHOA's next meeting,
Edmonson stated that she would consider
looking into the issue but did not foresee it
happening due to the fact that there was insuf-
ficient swale space to complete the project. To
date, nothing has been done and residents
remain concerned about safety along the
"Last month, on July 26, my office received
a report from the Public Works Department
which indicated that property-owners along

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Domain Sales Center
Moves, Project to
Break Ground Soon

Drivers enjoying the slow burn of
Biscayne Boulevard rush-hour traffic
on August 11 got a little entertainment
from bulldozers razing the Domain
Upper Eastside sales office, at N.E.
64th Street. With two-thirds of the
mixed-use development still unsold
and ground not yet broken on actual

construction, the demolishing of the
sales center seemed mysterious.
But Elizabeth Ramirez, operations
manager for Domain developer
GREC/LUIS, explained that their dem-
olition permit for the site was set to
expire and had to be used, and that the
sales center will most likely be relocat-
ed across the street.
Biscayne Boulevard road work has
slowed the development's progress,
and GREC/LUIS meanwhile is re-eval-
uating construction materials and struc-
tural components in an effort to reduce
building costs, and conducting soil
tests for the concrete piles. But accord-
ing to Ramirez, the aesthetics won't
Contractors will begin work during
the final quarter of 2006 and continue
building for the next one-and-a-half to
two years. The development will stand
five stories tall eight at its height -
and offer 68 units from the high
$200Ks to the mid-$800Ks, 33 percent
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Pulitzer Prize Winner
to Address Miami-Dade
Gay & Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce

The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC)
will feature Leonard Pitts, Jr., the syn-
dicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize
winner, at its monthly luncheon on
Wednesday, September 13. Sponsored
by chamber-member Davis, Hellman
& Suarez, the event takes place at the
Radisson Miami Hotel and includes a
pre-luncheon Expo for organizations
and companies to present information
and materials to the attendees.
Mr. Pitts has a loyal following of
readers who seek out his perceptive
and sometimes controversial words,
always campaigning for fairness and


equality. For years, Pitts has spoken
out against discrimination, with sever-
al columns devoted to anti-gay bias
and bigotry, from the religious right to
the military's "don't ask, don't tell"
policy. In a 2001 column about the
military's policy, Pitts stated,
"...There is, you have to admit, some-
thing silly and self-deluding in the
idea that you can cordon off a hidden
culture, that you can keep them over
there separate from us over here. How
many gay preachers, police, ballplay-
ers, admirals and generals have to
come forward before we get it?"
Pitts has been the recipient of many
prestigious honors, including the
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in
2004 and a Media Award as
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist
presented by the Gay & Lesbian
Alliance Against Discrimination in
MDGLCC is the largest not-for-
profit corporation in the county for
gay/lesbian and "gay-friendly" busi-
nesses who's mission is to promote a
unified and thriving, gay and gay-
friendly business and professional
community throughout Miami-Dade
Tickets are $35 for MDGLCC mem-
bers and $45 at the door. Reservations
are required. The expo begins at 10:30
AM, and will take place at the
Radisson Miami Hotel, 1601 Biscayne
Blvd. For further information or to
purchase tickets, please call -305-573-
4000. Visit www.gogaymiami.com for
info on MDGLCC.

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Miami Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival Accepting
Applications for
Managing Director

The Miami Gay & Lesbian Film
Festival (MGLFF) board of directors
announced on August 15 that Jaie
Laplante, the festival's co-director and
director of operations, would be leaving
his role. Laplante co-directed the last
three MGLFFs alongside Carol
Coombes. He retains a seat on the festi-
val's board of directors as he takes on a
new position with the South Beach Wine
& Food Festival.

Assuming the role of festival director
is Carol Coombes, as announced by the
board. The search for a new managing
director is now underway.
"I have poured a lot of heart and soul
into the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film
Festival over the past five years,"
Laplante said of his shift in status with
the organization. "I love the enthusiasm
of the audience and our members, and I
feel happy making this change at a time
when I know the festival is as strong and
as healthy as it has ever been."
Established in 1998, the Miami Gay &
Lesbian Film Festival has grown to be
one of the largest and most prominent
film festivals of its kind in the United
States. It is the largest GLBT cultural
event in South Florida, and attendee fig-
ures have grown by 27 percent over the
last two years. The 9th Annual Festival
will be held April 27 to May 6, 2007 in
Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
A complete job posting for MGLFF's
new managing director position can be
found at www.MGLFF.com.

Celestial Con Job
An email circulating the internet in
recent weeks, stating that on August 27
Mars would come as close as it has come
to the Earth in thousands of years, has
proved to be a hoax. The email declared
that Mars would be about the size of the
moon, and that it would be seen clearly,
even without a telescope.
In actuality, Mars is hundreds of mil-
lions of miles from Earth, on the other
side of the solar system.

Perez Named Chairman of
Miami-Dade County
Cultural Affairs Council
Jorge M. P6rez, CEO and Chairman of
The Related Group of Florida, a Miami-
based multi-family residential developer,
has assumed the post of chairman of the
Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs
The Cultural Affairs Council is a 15-
member volunteer advisory board,
"whose purpose is to develop cultural
excellence, diversity and participation
throughout Miami-Dade County by
strategically creating and promoting
opportunities for artists and cultural
organizations, and the residents and visi-
tors who are their audiences."
It manages millions of dollars in coun-
ty funds that support nonprofit cultural
organizations, as well as educational and
outreach initiatives, and the development
and renovation of cultural facilities.
P6rez has been a leading developer in
South Florida for more than 25 years,
starting out as the foremost builder of
affordable housing in Florida. He is a
member of such organizations as the
National Council on the Arts, appointed
by President Bill Clinton; the State of
Florida Affordable Housing
Commission; the Governor's Advisory
Board on Affordable Housing; and the
Dade County Housing and Urban
Development's Blue Ribbon Committee
on the Homeless, to name only a few.

Something Fishy
There, Jimmy

A "short bus" with license plate
"YEAY" and a decal of a goofy looking
puppet in the back window was spotted
in the parking lot of Jimmy's Eastside
Diner. Its owner and purpose remain

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N.E. 10th Avenue would be required to
dedicate between 5 and 15 feet of land
before sidewalks could be installed,"
said Commissioner Edmonson. "I
strongly support sidewalks for this
neighborhood, however I do not support
taking private property by eminent
domain along N.E. 10th Avenue."
According to Edmonson, Miami-Dade
County has a $6.86 billion annual budg-
et, so funding for the project is not an

issue. A community-based effort to
work with the affected homeowners to
see if they would agree to give up their
property was suggested to the commis-
sioner at the candidate's forum and
appears to be in the works. The County
Attorney's office and the Public Works
Department are currently preparing a
survey that will be mailed to those
property-owners to determine if they are
willing to dedicate the necessary land
needed to support the sidewalks, but
Spirk and other Shorecrest residents are

not so easily convinced.
"I find there is no accountability with
this government," he said. "They tell
you they will do something, you feel all
warm and fuzzy and then realize it's
never done."
Commissioner Edmonson assures she
is working on the issue and will use any

means necessary other than eminent
domain to bring sidewalks to the neigh-

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English Spoken, Taught in Miami Shores

The ELS Language Center at Barry University

By Jim W. Harper
BBT Columnist & Contributing Writer

Going back to school is a challenge in
itself, and it gets tougher when you add
in a foreign country, culture and lan-
guage, but there is a steady stream of
such students coming from abroad to
study English in Miami Shores.
Opened in 1988 on Barry University's
campus, The ELS Language Center of
Miami Shores is an independent, for-
profit program (where I am a teacher).
There are over 40 such centers based at
colleges across the U.S. ELS in Miami
Shores serves about 50 foreign students
at any given time.
Some students arrive in the U.S. with a
background in studies of the English lan-
guage, while others come armed with
only a few phrases. The goal of the pro-
gram is to provide them with basic fluen-
cy in less than a year.

New Family Ties
Like many students at ELS, Al-Masri
spent a few months living with a host

family in the Miami Shores area. A host
family is compensated to provide meals,
lodging, and daily doses of English.
"It's different than being a tourist in
Miami," said ELS Director Peggy Street.
"They get a real feel for life in America.
Instead of observing it, they are a part of
The host family also benefits by learn-
ing about a foreign culture, and some
families even visit their former live-in
students in their home country. Street
says that new host families are recruited
mainly by word-of-mouth.
One Miami Shores resident who has
been hosting ELS students for over a
decade is Linda Kaany. Some students
stay for only four weeks, while one
camped out in her house for 11 months.
Her host-students have hailed from 16
countries across Latin America, Europe,
the Middle East, and East Asia. She
recalls one student from Japan who
almost did not make it out of the airport.
"He did not speak a word of English.
He was lost in customs, and I had to pick
him up in the middle of the night," says
Kaany, a kindergarten teacher at the

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Miami Country Day School.
Other students have been more inde-
pendent and adaptable, especially the
students she has hosted from
Switzerland, who tend to have strong
language skills. Currently she is playing
host mother to two brothers from
Venezuela and a "very polite" young
man from Turkey. On a recent Saturday,
she went beyond the call of duty and
took them to Aventura Mall and out to
Kaany learned about the program
through her son's girlfriend, whose
mother was a host. As her own children
left home, she discovered a void that
needed to be filled.
"I have a big home and I'm used to a
home with people in it. I enjoy them,"
she says of the foreign students. "They
become like extensions of the family."

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Students who do not live with host
families may live in the university dor-
mitories or arrange their own housing.
The language school serves as an intro-
duction to campus life and life in
Florida, and a certain number of its grad-
uates enroll in degree programs at Barry.
Students are routinely shocked to find
that English is not always the language
of choice in the Miami area, while others
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A recent student from Switzerland,
Stephanie Broillet, fell in love with all
things Miami, including the Miami Heat
and its star, Dwayne Wade. She especial-
ly loved living in South Beach, which
she describes as a small village of famil-
iar, albeit exotic faces. She has returned
to Switzerland with the intention of
returning to work in Miami eventually.
The ELS Language Center is also a
miniature village within the Village of
Miami Shores and Barry University. The
uniting factor is the students' desire to
learn English, and it is the only language
allowed in the classroom. Outside of
class, the hallways echo with traces of
Arabic, Italian, Spanish, and Thai, with
no one country dominating the others.
When the students from Thailand want
to converse with the students from Italy,
they must use English. Of course, there
are also the occasional forays into the
language of love.
For more information about the center,
visit www.els.edu/Centers/MiamiShores.
While the day program caters to foreign
students, a similar night program is
available for local professionals. Call the
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Push for Preservation Persists

While the Vagabond Overhaul Chugs Along, its Owner Discusses the Area's Needs

By Ivana J. Robinson
BBT Contributing Writer

After the section of Biscayne
Boulevard, from N.E. 50th to 77th
Street, acquired local historic status
three months ago, very few business-
owners in the area knew the exact
meaning of this new designation, which
was to preserve the Miami Modern
(MiMo) architectural style and make
the area eligible for government grants
and other financial assistance from the
Eric Silverman, a former president at
Hugo Boss and Dolce & Gabbana, got
involved with the area's rehabilitation
in October 2005. Silverman and his
partner, Octavio Hidalgo, bought the
Vagabond Motel at 7301 Biscayne
Blvd. with the intention of restoring the
motel to its original glory.
"The first phase of the project, which
includes a retail space on the first floor
and the pool area with the caf6, should
be done by the end of the year,"
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restaurant and the motel's 40 rooms.
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commitment to the district."
Silverman would like to see the
entire area flourish, not just his motel.
One of the ways he would like to see
this implemented is in the building of a
parking garage. New businesses will
not come into the neighborhood until
their customers have an alternative to
on-street parking.
The first step in
providing the "We ne
space is conduct-
ing a study that
would determine official
the need for the import
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Silverman, the
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be the first obsta-
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"The Upper
Eastside Miami
Council formed a committee consisting
of residents and volunteers whose role
is to take a better look at the needs of
the community and determine what
study should be done," said Tim
Dodson, a spokesperson for the Miami
Parking Authority. "As of today, the
Miami Parking Authority has no plans
to conduct the study. As far as the cost
is concerned, usually it is compensated
by the city, but in some cases business-
owners in the area might pay for it."
Silverman would like to see the
Biscayne Corridor designated as an
Empowerment Zone. The program



"The Vagabond will be the jewel of
Biscayne Boulevard," said

would provide federal dollars, econom-
ic incentives and other assistance to the
area. What sets the Empowerment Zone
initiative apart from previous urban
revitalization efforts is that the commu-
nity drives the decision-making.
Residents, not government officials,
decide what happens in the neighbor-
"This area used to be an
Empowerment Zone until Hurricane
Andrew," said District 2 Interim
Commissioner Linda Haskins. "In
1992, it was moved to Homestead and
the Biscayne Corridor was dropped.
Zoning is a county determination, and
although it would be fabulous, it would
be very difficult to get it."
The last Empowerment Zone desig-
nation took place in 1998, and there are
currently no plans to amend it.
On the other hand, there is an
Enterprise Zone designation that offers
opportunities for entrepreneurial initia-
tives and small business expansion in
targeted areas around the state.
Enterprise Zones
may be in rural or
urban areas of
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Florida, and busi-
ess of city nesses located
as to the within an
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ed the city qualify for sales
and corporate tax
credits, but no
strict." more Zones will
be designated until
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ner, Vagabond Motel 2009.
Zone is our first choice, and we know it
is very difficult," said Silverman. "Our
second choice is the Enterprise Zone.
By the time Miami 21 gets passed, if
this area is not included, it might never
However, the most important thing,
in Silverman's opinion, is the Transfer
of Development Rights (TDR), which
would allow business-owners to make a
profit without actually selling the prop-
"Since we have no option of altering

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Stringing a Discordant Century into Harmony

SModernist Tapestries at The Bass Museum

By Vanessa Garcia
BBT Columnist

The tapestry now on display at the
Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach
are not medieval strings weaving sto-
ries of unicorns enchanted (at least not
at first sight), but abstractions and
modern masterpieces translated into
wool. The show, entitles Tapestries:
The Great Twentieth Century
Modernists, funded by the Trust for
Museum Exhibitions and curated by
Dirk Holger, poses several problems,
but also offers up solutions.
Formally, it makes perfect sense that
Kandinsky and Picasso would make an
appearance in tapestry. It makes sense
to see geometric forms transformed on
the loom, which is so calculated a craft
and mathematical in the same way
music is, just as abstraction and
Cubism were. What doesn't make
sense, or is at first a paradox, is that
the "moderns" would give way to such
a communal and collaborative process,
such as is tapestry an art form that

enjoyed its "Golden Age" a great many
centuries ago.
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scurrying on the sea floor in isolation,
having been lured by mermaids and
drowned. One thinks also of waste-
lands and civil strife fragmenting soci-
ety, turning up in works like Picasso's
black-and-white ashen vision of war:
Indeed, the typical image is of the
artist working alone him or her and a
blank canvas.
Tapestry, on the other hand, is a team
effort, as the introduction to the cata-
logue of the exhibition points out. At
least four people are needed: the artist
as the designer of the cartoon the
mapped sketch for the tapestry; the
person making the threads; the person
dying the threads; and the weaver. All
of these people must communicate.

Tapestries: The Great Twentieth
Century Modernists
Picasso, Matisse, Calder
and Others
Aug 11 to Oct 8
Bass Museum of Art
2121 Park Ave.
(between 21st and 22nd Streets)
Miami Beach

The work of early 20th century mod-
erns proves that humanity, at that point
in time, turned inward and lost the
ability to communicate with one anoth-
er. And yet, here they are, talking in
tapestry. Was it nostalgia for times past
that made them revert to this, or was it
a step towards Andy Warhol's Factory
and Pop Art, which was deeply com-
munal eradicating the individual and
leading art, once again, towards its
roots in almost-spiritual communion.
The answer isn't clear, but what is
apparent in the tapestries shows here is
a sense of antiquity in the way that
Times Square seems strangely outdated
in a post 9/11 world. At the same time,
a certain warmth and sense of home
pervade, and even a sense of magic.
In the Middle Ages, tapestries were
used to divide rooms. Le Corbusier
called them the "Murals of the
Nomad." They, in other words, feel
like home, because they were meant to
be in your home; represent your home.
They are made of the same material
that keeps our bodies warm in the win-
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Continued from
page 32

ter. As for the magic:
think The Unicorn
Tapestries at The
Cloisters of The
Metropolitan Museum of
Art, New York.
The Unicorn Tapestries
are perhaps the most
famous, or at least most
recognizable, of all tap-
estries and date around
the 16th century. They
are a catalogue of plants,
a rich and dense story of
symbols and flora, and
spiritual chasing.
Walnuts, here, symbolize
Christ, and unicorns,
later killed, trapped, and
resurrected, cleanse
waters with their purify-
ing horns (if only we had
one of those for The Miami River).
And then, maybe my reaction to tap-
estry is more personal and has some-
thing to do with my own past and the
fact that my grandfather's family in
Spain was a family of weavers.
My grandfather's name is Severo
Rivases. His nephew was Severo
Ventos. Ventos, who everyone called
"Severin," was twenty-four years old
when he died and he was already an
adjunct professor, teaching art in Sant
Cugat, right on the outskirts of
Barcelona. Many thought he was a
genius with the brush and at the loom.
In 1970, Severin, was about to leave
to Puerto Rico, where he was invited to
lead the launch of a tapestry program
at the university proof that the art
form was making a come back at that
point in time (it is the same era in
which many of the tapestries in the
Bass Museum exhibition were made).
The first tapestry created in the school
in Puerto Rico was going to be given
to The President of The United States
at the time: Nixon, of all people. But
Severin died before all of this hap-
pened: he fell off a mountain in
Montserrat during a cave excursion.
And the rest is family lore.
Severin came from a long line of
weavers who renovated the tapestries
of churches and museums after the
Spanish Civil War. When I first went to
visit my Spanish relatives, at the age of
five, what I remember most is the

loom. I remember rooms with color
and wool and strings on which the
family played and pulled and drew.
In the catalogue of the Bass exhibi-

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(The Harlequins)
Based on a gouache of 1920,
woven 1954, Atelier J. de la
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90 x 68 inches
Vojtech Blau New York
Photo Vojtech Blau

tion there is a quote: "We eat paint-
ings. We read tapestries." And so,
whether it is because a loom looms
somewhere in your childhood memo-
ries, or because there is an uncon-
scious deciphering that goes on in all
of our minds as viewers, tapestry is
not only a communal art but also a
collaboration between creator and
audience. We read the pieces, take
them apart, string by sting, until we
get to the soul of something.
As Kandinsky said: "Color is the
keyboard, the eyes are the hammers.
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2043 N. Miami Ave
September 5, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Opening for work by
Silvia Rivas
September 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Opening for "Open
House" by Jos6 Bechara and "hiddenvalleyranch" curat-
ed by Jos6 Carlos Diaz

194 N.W. 30th St.
September 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening for "True Stories"
by Sophie Calle
September 6, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening for work by
Leandro Erlick

561 N.W. 32nd St.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m., All members exhibition:
"Get to Know Us"
**Works by entire roster of BAC artists.

282 NW 36 St.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening for "Woman of the
by Elyan Biscayn and Christian Bernard


2247 N.W. 1st PI.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for work by Gean Moreno

Room, by Tracy + the Plastics and Fawn
Krieger. Composite Digital Print. Originally
performed at The Kitchen, New York.
Showing at The Moore Space.

2234 N.W. 2nd Ave.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening for Beth Reisman
solo show.
151 N.W. 24th St.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening for "Blanco del
Fuego" by Lucas R. Blanco

125 N.W. 23rd St.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Being There" by various artists
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Mutropolis" by Charles Huntley Nelson

4040 N.E. 2nd Ave., 2nd Floor
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Room" by Tracy + the Plastics
$10 per person for performance Limited performanc-
es, limited seating (80)
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Twilight Town" by Sean Dack

2249 N.W. 1st PI.
September 9, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "broken smiles..." by Frances Trombly
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66 N.E. 40th St.
September 9, 6 to 10 p.m., Opening for
work by Brandon Graving and other
national and international artists
September 9, 6:30 to 10 p.m.,
Performance by "Miami Blues"

1501 Biscayne Blvd. Ste. 100
September 28, 4 to 9 p.m.,
Opening for "cross/town/traffic"
by several artists


233 N.W 36th St.

2134 N.W Miami Ct.
www.alejandravonhartz. net

181 N.W 6th St.

811 N.E. 79th St.
Open by appointment only

769-771 N.E.125th St.
North Miami

1 N.E. 40th St., Suites 3, 6 & 7
"Ever-Changing Spectrums,"
through September 28.

130 N.E. 40th St. #2
www. a rtformz. net
"Flux and Flow,"
through September 6.

111 N.W. 1st St., Suite 625

561 N.W 32nd St.
"Get to Know Us,"
through October 14.

2320 N. Miami Ave.

3550 N. Miami Ave.
"Influenced Identity = I,"
through September 2

180 N.E. 39th St., Suite 210
By appointment only:
teamwaif@yahoo. com

5582 N.E. 4th Ct.

2441 N.W. 2nd Ave.

158 NW 91st St.
By appointment only:
carol@cjazzart. com

282 N.W 36th St.
"Woman of the World," by Elyan Biscayn
and Christian Bernard, through
September 17.

2234 N.W. 2nd Ave.
September 9 through October 31:
Beth Reisman solo show.

3938 N.E. 39th St.
"Brave New World,"
featuring work by Caroline Holder,
through September 23

2043 N. Miami Ave.
September 5 through September 30:
Work by Silvia Rivas
September 9 through October 28:
"Open House" by Jos6 Bechara and
"hidenvalleyranch" curated by Jos6
Carlos Diaz

151 N.W. 24th St.
by William Keddell,
through September 2
September 9 through October 7:
"Blanco del Fuego"
by Lucas R. Blanco.

51 N.W. 36th St.

World Arts Building
2214 N. Miami Ave.

Monday thru Friday
8:00 am 5:D0 pm


10 N.E. 40 St.

7128 N.W. 2nd Ct.


2320b N. Miami Ave.

2247 N.W. 1st PI.
September 9 through October 7:
Work by Gean Moreno

194 N.W 30th St.
September 6 though November 26:
"True Stories" by Sophie Calle and
Work by Leandro Erlich

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1065-1067 N.E. 79th Street
According to Tony Ulloa, the listing agent for
this 13,090-square-foot commercial lot, many
owners and speculators in the 79th Street area are
finding workforce and affordable housing attrac-
tive projects, considering the government incen-
tives. This particular site, which should go for
around $105 a square foot, has room for 45 units
and ground-floor retail, and clearance for more
than 10 stories. Office/retail developments, he
added, are also strong prospects for this stretch of
79th Street.
"Housing demand isn't slowing down, but
interest rates are scaring people away," Ulloa said.
"So-called 'vulture fund' speculators are going
around buying up already-permitted projects
because they're predicting a surge in demand for.
luxury housing in about two years."
Ulloa, who sold the Vagabond Hotel and
Sunshine Motel on Biscayne Boulevard, said
Miami 21 will raise density limits along the strip,
an encouraging prospect for developers.

1199-1201 N.E. 79th St.,

7950-7951 N.E. Bayshore Ct.

This is the future site of Oasis on the Bay, a
twin 20-story mixed-use Related Group devel-
opment on nearly two acres of land. The
ground is cleared, the signs are up, the sales
center opened, and according to Eric Fordin,
the project manager, things are "moving full
speed ahead, [and] we are expecting the build-
ing permit completed by the end of
The land is registered to River Bait &
Tackle, LLC, a subsidiary of TRG RBT
Venture, Ltd., which itself is a Related Group
company (a corporate matryoshka, if you will).
In all, Related paid $8,316,000 for land around
the western mouth of the 79th Street

The Oasis project sparked debate earlier in
the year, pitting some Shorecrest neighbors
against one another. A lawsuit against the proj-
ect brought by members of the Upper Eastside
Preservation Coalition whose main grievance
was the height was settled out of court. The
terms of the settlement are unknown because
the plaintiffs remain under gag order. Steve
Hagen, from the watchdog group Citizens
Against Everything Bad, had his donation to
the legal effort returned un-cashed.
In response to questions about the lawsuit,
Fordin said only, "There is no lawsuit pending
[and] no comment as it relates to any lawsuit."

1071-1075 N.E. 79th St.

These sites are owned by Tremorr Investments,
Inc., a subsidiary of Majestic Properties in the
Design District. The plot at 1071 N.E. 79th St. is
6,545 square feet purchased in September 2000 for
$160,000; it was appraised this year at $410,000.
Picked up three months earlier, 1075 is an equal-
sized parcel that cost $42,000, but now has a taxable
value of more than $250,000.
When asked what's to happen with the properties,

920 N.E. 79th St.
Mark MacCagno and Maria Do Carmo Amaral
live on N.E. 10th Avenue in El Portal, and last June
they purchased this vacant lot for $495,000. Since
then its taxable value has risen from $145,000 to
$223,300, but the BBT was unable to reach either
Mark or Maria, so their plans for their 5,800-
square-foot commercial plot remain unknown.

749 N.E. 79th St.
Formerly the Deliverance Church of the
Nazarene (and still owned by them), the land was
almost acquired by the City of Miami Fire Rescue
for a fire station but the deal never materialized.
The 25,000-square-foot site is worth a little over $1
million, but no taxes are paid by religious institu-
tions, even though it's zoned restricted commercial
and not religious.

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N.E. 79th Street,

Veteran Shops, Rising Property

Story & Photos by Christiat
BBT Editor

Many people especially
sleepy Shorecrest neighbor
about the state of N.E. 79tt
Boulevard. The long comrr
the western mouth of the K
a long time seemed poised
land values rising, millions
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East of Biscayne

values and Plans for the Empties -


Longtime residents of the
aood have been asking
Street, east of Biscayne
ercial stretch leading to
ennedy Causeway has for
for a renaissance, with
of dollars worth of water-
;w businesses moving in
ng. A number of vacant
up for projects.
re list, here are some
immercially promising
next to Biscayne

necessarily reflect the actu-
and in most cases, market

,stic's CFO, said in an email
dically review all our properties
;. current needs and then pro-
lalysis. This analysis is current-
ected to be completed some-
t that time, decisions would be
ropriate action taken based on
)perty moving forward."
Nothing right now.

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frontal is just what the doctor
Cabaret, the all-nude male
eck of an investment: The
pleasure den sold in 1998 for a
s now worth more than $1 mil-
le over the past year alone.

'79th St.
forth Bay Village resident,
rough his company LAD
ard acquired the 6,600-square-
zoned restricted commercial -
and it's now worth nearly
ng to develop the vacant lot
ce-condo project, but not for

8000 N.E. Bayshore Ct.
Next door to the Oasis site is
this circa 1956 MiMo motel
currently being transformed
into The Boutique, a condo
project comprised of 43 pool-
side units. Oasis on the Bay is
going on land originally owned
by Michael Wine, whose self- .- -
named development company
retained the Boutique site as .....
part of their deal with Related. -- "
LBL Group partly owned by
a Related alum and Nxtera
are co-developing the project,
which is registered to Wine's
Deerfield Beach-based compa-
ny, Pelican II, LLC.
The Boutique should open
by February 2007, and accord-
ing to John Patrick, one of their
sales agents, $150,000 will get
you a studio, and for $14,000
more, a view of Biscayne Bay.
Rendering courtesy of The Boutique

7865 N.E. 10th Ave.
Two years ago, the archi-
tect Yahya Koita, who prima-
rily designs single-family T
luxury homes in Coconut
Grove, bought this 29,000-
square-foot vacant lot for
$840,000 through his compa-
ny, Bel Air Crest, Inc. This
year the site's appraised
value jumped to $1.1 million,
as Koita who also owns
2799 Bird Ave., home of -
Grove Village Cleaners and -
his own offices draws up 2
plans for a 99-unit, 140-foot-
tall condominium develop-
ment aimed at the mid-level
income bracket.

677-693 N.E. 79th St.
The home of Marky's Caviar, owned by Mark Gelman and Mark Zaslavsky through
their company 79th Street Holding Corp. They've enjoyed 22 years of importing gour-
met foods to their nearly 28,000-square-foot compound, of which they finally became
landlord in April 2001. The area has been good to the two Marks, their site now worth
more than $1 million and their business still thriving, and according to Zaslavsky,
"We'd like to do another 20 years."


N.E. Bayshore Ct.
These Related-owned properties across 79th Street
from Oasis on the Bay are to be conveyed to the City
of Miami for public use. The options until now have
teetered between a fire station (after plans for one at
749 N.E. 79th St. never materialized) and a public
park. It was argued at the February 23, 2006 City
Commission meeting that fire station needs in the
area have been met, so a park is most likely forth-
coming. This is probably for the best, as a west-
bound left turn out of this address is very nearly
impossible, and would pose a problem to rescue
vehicles in a hurry.

900-910 N.E. 79th St.
These two plots of vacant commercial land, total-
ing more than 10,000 square feet, were bought by
Steda Investments, LLC in June of last year for near-
ly $700,000, but were appraised this year at less than
$200,000 each.
Steda is operated by Stefano Camiato, who along
with his brother, Dante, created Piola, a global busi-
ness that operates everything from magazines to
eponymous pizzerias, like the one on Alton Road in
Miami Beach. The have been out of the country and
neither could be reached for comment on their plans
for the properties.

951-961 N.E. 79th St.
These adjacent vacant lots are owned by Jesus D.
Maura, a resident of Biarritz Drive on the Isle of
Normandy in Miami Beach, through his company
D'Maura, Inc. Together the lots comprise nearly
13,700 square feet and have been assessed at more
than a quarter-million dollars, but any plans for the
land, which has been vacant for more than a decade,
remains a mystery, as no information not even a
phone number could be found about D'Maura, Inc.
or the Maura family.

860 N.E. 79th St.
This property is registered to T.C. 860, LLC a
David Torek company. Torek owns Touch, the
trendy Lincoln Road eatery, but runs Touch Catering
from this 27,000-square-foot complex, servicing
clients from South Miami to West Palm Beach. He
acquired the property in fall 2005 for $2 million, and
while this year its taxable value was appraised at
around $1.5 million, the land value alone nearly
tripled to $1 million from 2005 to 2006.

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1929 N.W. 1st Ave.

2249 N.W. 1st PI.

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$5 adults, $2.50 seniors, free for children
under 12 and students, free the second
Sat. of each month from 1 to 4 p.m.
"Miami in Transition," through Oct. 29.

770 N.E. 125th St.
$5 adults, $3 seniors/students, free chil-
dren under 12/North Miami residents,
Tues. admission is by donation
"Metro Picture Part 2," through Sept. 17.
Work by Shimon Attie, though October 8.

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Shimon Attie @ MAM

By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

Shimon Attie, recipient of the 2006
Jewish Cultural Achievement Award, has
two pieces on display at the Miami Art
Museum in downtown Miami: "The
Heroes of Telemark" and "Lights Under
Night," a 17-minute long film viewed on
three separate screens and run on a con-
stant loop.
We start off with "The Heroes of
Telemark," a series of photographs on
light-boxes adorning the entrance to the
room where the main film is played. The
pictures come from the town of Rjukan, in
the Telemark region of Norway. This town
is the site of a hydroelectric power plant,
built in 1905 and still running today,
which is also the main focal point of
Attie's film.
"The Heroes of Telemark" is also the
title of a 1965 Kirk Douglas film based on
true events; Norwegian saboteurs took
action against the plant in an effort to pre-
vent the Nazis from acquiring heavy
water, which they could have used to cre-
ate atomic weapons. Today the plant is
undergoing downsizing.
The light-boxes present these heroes in
larger-than-life fashion. Something also
interesting about these pictures is the way
the figures seem to pop right out of them,
almost as if they aren't part of the back-
ground. They appear bold and striking,
like the heroes who sabotaged the plant,
but at the same time outside of the
scenery, like they don't belong. Attie pres-
ents them in a strangely blurred fashion.
There's an ambiguity between the present
- where these people have almost exceed-
ed their usefulness and the past the
heroes who sabotaged the plant to save the
This ambiguity continues with "Lights
Under Night." Here Attie takes it a step

Still from "Lights Under Night" (2005), a three-channel video installation with full-surround sound
environment. Photograph courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

further, blurring the lines between the nat-
ural and manmade worlds. The two seem
to coexist: The hum of electricity mimics
the rush of water; the plant's dials and
gadgets hum eerily just the same as the
snowcapped mountains of the opening
scene; water-drops trickle from pipes and
rocks alike.
Here too one finds caves with iron bars,
and grates. Machinery is surrounded by a
natural cavernous exterior. Water rushes
through pipes the same way it rushes
down waterfalls.
In one scene, we encounter what seems
to be a living room, far removed from the
hydroelectric plant surroundings. Even

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Shimon Attie
Continued from page 39
here the ambiguity continues. Electric light fixtures are wrought
like vines. The wallpaper is full of floral patterns. The plant
feeds this room with electricity but the lights are dim, and a fire-
place is burning.
Most of the film is marked by a fore-
boding quietness, even when water rushes
at great speeds it's still a quiet scene.
Every shot is stark and desolate. There are
no humans, and only in one scene do we Every shot
see a person, one of the plant's workers. desolate. T
desolate. TI
But with a camera effect he is made to
look ghostlike and see-through. He only humans, anc
appears on camera for a short moment, an scene do we
apparition. one of the pla
Attie also uses weather to enhance the
film's ghostly nature. It snows, it rains;
water condenses into smoke and fog, the
rhythms of which put the viewer in a haze
of mystery.
Only one scene jolts the viewer out of this haze, and that's in
the very first scenes of the hydroelectric plant. A loud noise
shocks the viewer and the camera zooms down the rocky corri-
dors of the plant before returning to the serene pace of the film.
Attie is always in control, setting the mood and letting you see
only what he wants, when he wants.
His use of sound effects is particularly interesting, using simi-
lar sounds in disparate scenes. The power-lines in one scene give
off a buzzing noise, not unlike the noises used in a scene where a
tree is at the foreground.



Also of note is what Attie does with the three-screen setup.
The camera usually moves slowly, but the interplay between
screens is interesting. Sometimes the same image appears on all
three screens but from different angles. The camera moves on
the object in one direction while the left and right screens move
on it in the opposite, which creates different perspectives.
Sometimes the movement goes from left to right; a camera pans
down an open landscape, spilling from one
screen into the next all in the same direc-
tion. Sometimes the camera pans in all
divergent directions, causing the images to
stark and swirl in a dreamlike fashion. This same
ere are no kind of three-screen arrangement could be
only in one used to great effect in a film with more of a
ee a person, But vagueness seems to be the point with
It's workers. Attie. The experience feels blurred and dis-
cordant, and the connections between dis-
parate elements are never quite clear. The
plant produces electricity by harnessing
energy that flows through the water that
much is clear. In order for this to take place, the manmade plant
has to coexist with the natural world machinery alongside
rocks, power-lines among tree branches. Flowing pipes match
flowing waterfalls and streams, and the stillness of the plant
machinery matches the stillness of a grassy valley, or the sea.
With beautiful photography of the Norwegian landscape, Attie
achieves a mood of mystifying abstraction. His work invokes
feelings and emotions without ever being clear-cut about it. What
he's created in essence is an onscreen poem that deals with
issues of the natural world versus the manmade, past versus pres-
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The Many Faces of Atomisk Records

By Matt Gajewski
BBT Contributing Writer

So, you want to start a record label? First, you'll
probably want to draw up a business plan. Distributors,
promoters, carefully worded contracts you'll want
those too. And money you'll need lots of money,
Not if you're Atomisk Records.
Miami's Atomisk Records follows in the proud tradi-
tion of the bedroom record label, operating on a budget
that hovers near zero dollars. CD cases are made by
hand, shows are promoted through word of mouth and
albums are recorded with a laptop and a single micro-
phone. What sets Atomisk apart from the typical DIY
label, however, is its diversity and prolificacy: In just
over a year, Atomisk has released 15 albums in styles
ranging from indie pop to avant-garde postclassical to
music for a video game that doesn't exist.
Atomisk, whose name comes from a character in the
anime series "Fooly Cooly," was formed in April 2005
by Devin Smith, Patrick Hart and Richard Haig, then
music students at the University of Miami. The three
friends had just recorded an EP for their punk band,
The Dead Hookers Bridge Club, and were unsure of
what to do next.
"We'd been making a lot of music and didn't know of
any labels in the area that would put out the variety of
stuff we made, so we decided it would be easier to do it

Atomisk recording artist Ramburglar
ourselves," said Hart.
"Plus, we would never have to go through the pain of
rejection," Smith added.
The three heralded Atomisk's official launch with a
label showcase at the original Sweat Records, simulta-
neously releasing short albums by the Hookers, techni-
cal hardcore band Tea Real Dogs, and two Devin Smith
solo projects a solo IDM album, "Lovely Tama-Tama
Attack," and the indie pop of "The Hot Lesbian Kissing
Contest." The sold $350 worth of merchandise, thanks
largely to Atomisk's first and only use of paid advertis-
Over the next year Atomisk continued with its low-

profile releases, mostly "solo" albums by Devin Smith
(Smith is responsible for roughly half of Atomisk's cur-
rent catalog, recording under a plethora of names:
Cassette, Invisible Boy, Hibiscus, Battle Master, the
Hot Lesbian Kissing Contest, Ramburglar, and yes,
Devin Smith). Though Atomisk sold few albums
through traditional means, several of Smith and Hart's
songs were used in national commercials, including one
for Visa which aired during the Olympics.
Appropriately, the proceeds helped pay off Smith's
credit card debt.
For a label without a distributor or advertising budget,
commercials are the perfect way to gain exposure with-
out spending a dime. Other promotional outlets also
exist: the Dead Hookers will have songs in a short doc-
umentary and a video game, and Smith's song "Hip Hip
Hooray for Baths!" (performed by "Harry the Hap-Hap-
Happy Hippopotamus") is featured in a DVD offered to
prospective Volkswagen buyers.
Like other labels such as Miami's Schematic Records,
Atomisk also embraces digital distribution as a means
of circumventing manufacturing, packaging and ship-
ping costs. The recently established Atomisk online
store offers individual songs for 20 to 50 cents apiece,
and full albums for less than $3. Atomisk may release
some future albums in tandem with other labels (for
instance, the Dead Hooker's latest EP is distributed by

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Area Happenings for the Month of September

From Russia
(and Miami) with Love
Lace up your toe shoes and sit down,
for the llth Annual
Ballet Festival of
Miami, presented
by Miami
Hispanic Ballet
and American
Airlines, run-
ning until
Sept 10.
Director Pedro
Pablo Pefia has
made this event
a staple of the
fall calendar,
which has been gi- .
ing momentum and
critical acclaim fol
more than a decade
The festival fea-
tures hundreds of
local dancers and
companies as well

as participants from scores of other
nations fond of girls with discipline and
men in tights. Check out a performance
by the International Young Ballet
Medal Winners, Sept 6 at 8 p.m., at the
Gusman Center, 174 E. Flagler St., and
a full-company performance of contem-
porary ballet Sept 7 at 8 p.m., at the
Manuel Artime Theater, 900 S.W. 1st
St. For ticket info visit www.miamihis-

Will this Contract
Require My Lawyer?
Temple Israel of Greater Miami pres-
ents Love as Activism: Beyond
Egalitarianism in the Contemporary
Ketubah, a visual art exhibition exam-
ining how contemporary partnership is
reflected both through language and art
in reinvented notions of the traditional
Jewish marriage contract.
Featuring the contemporary ketubah
art of four artists as well as the broad
variety of texts used by couples today,

Love As Activisim presents art and
ideas about the way love is celebrated
in progressive Judaism.
The examples displayed reveal the
commemoration of such nontraditional-
ly celebrated love as same-gender
partnership, interfaith partnership
and newfound senior love. The exhibit
runs from Sept 16 to October 29 at
137 N.E. 19th St. A free opening night
reception starts at 8 p.m.; for more
information, call Temple Israel at 305-
573-5900 or visit www.templeisrael.net.

Translated for Your
Listening Pleasure
The English version of "Speaking of
Women's Health," to be held Sept 9 at
the Radisson Hotel Downtown (1601
Biscayne Blvd.) and hosted by WPBT
Channel 2, has sold-out each of the
past three years.
This year the conference will be pre-
sented in Spanish with simultaneous
English translation. This is not a health
expo so leave your health expo
equipment at home!
It's a day full of informative ses-
sions, health screenings, renowned
speakers, continental breakfast, sit-
down luncheon and a gift bag valued at
Speakers include Chef LaLa with an
exciting cooking demonstration;
Maria Marin, author, columnist and
dynamic speaker; and Dr. Isabel
Gomez-Bassols, psychologist, educator
and domestic violence authority (take
that however you will). Tickets are
$35; call 1-800-222-9728 for info.

I May Have this All Wrong

Ladytron Rocks Studio A Sept. 20.

On Sept 20, Studio A presents
Ladytron, a quartet of bionic Thai
transsexual teens that play art-school
folk. At least that's what I've heard.
Joining them will be CSS, which is an
acronym for Cansei de Ser Sexy (what-
ever the hell that means). Go to
www.studioamiami.com to get your $20
ticket or www.ladytron.com for all the
lurid details. Or if that isn't your sort of
thing, check out Brazilian Girls on Sept
30 for a cut-rate $17; they wax one
another right onstage. Wild stuff.

Gordon Sumner's Lawyer
says, "Cease and Desist"
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Wyclef performs at Sting, Sept. 24
at Bicentennial Park.

On Sunday, Sept 24 at Bicentennial
Park is Sting, no not the English guy
that turns your mother on, but a hip-hop
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New Art School Records), but for now the internet-only
route is the most economically viable method.
As of May 2006, Atomisk, Inc. is a legally incorporat-
ed business, though its founders haven't switched to
leather wingtips and muted tweeds. Besides releasing
their own music, Smith, Hart and Haig use Atomisk to
promote other artists, such as Miami's The Jean Marie
and Los Angeles's Bob LaDue. LaDue, once the drum-
mer for local favorite Awesome New Republic, is the
prototypical Atomisk
artist, capable of F m-
chameleonic shifts in
style. Ixtli, his through-
the-mail collaboration
with Devin Smith, is chock full of cacophonous noise,
complex polyrhythms, and dissonant harmonies, while
his solo album (under the name Denny Denny
Breakfast) is a mostly acoustic collection of sweet,
catchy pop.
"Someone asked me what our label is about," said
Hart, "and I said we're more establishing a collective


than a record label. We're bringing together people who
think the way that we do."
Perhaps the clearest expression of Atomisk's esprit de
corps is a Ramburglar concert, wherein 10 to 20 friends
dress in elaborate costumes (zombie, polar bear,
Pegasus/unicorn, sequined Uncle Sam) and perform a
bizarre combination of dance and performance art
loosely scripted by Smith, who wears a Jason-esque
hockey mask and miniskirt while lipsynching to his
own versions of songs ranging from Elton John's "The
Circle of Life" to Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to
You." So far there have been six Ramburglar shows,
With one more on August 30 at Studio A, and the
ensemble of costumed "Ramburglarettes" grows
with each installment.
"After the last show I had three people I'd never
met ask me if they could Ramburgle at the next
concert," said Smith.
The coming months should see a flurry of activity
from Atomisk, with releases by Ixtli,
guitar/drums/piano/vibraphone noise ensemble
Hibiscus, and Battle Master, an electronic work utiliz-
ing the sound mass techniques of modernist com-
posers such as Penderecki and Ligeti, entitled "It Is

Only Through Violence That We Are Truly Free."
Atomisk hopes to celebrate its "21st birthday" with
its 21st release, tentatively a tribute album to Sir
Elton John. In true Atomisk form, the tracks bear lit-
tle resemblance to the originals: "Your Song" by
Cassette has completely different lyrics, "Benny and
the Jets" is an instrumental atonal freak-out, and
"Candle in the Wind" by the Hot Lesbian Kissing
Contest is a eulogy to their recently deceased lead
singer, Ricky Rocket.
"We haven't had an Atomisk artist die yet," noted
One day Atomisk may follow the practices of a 'prop-
er' record label, securing distribution, mailing out radio
samplers and the like, but for now its founders are con-
tent with the thrill of creation, with or without an audi-
"If you're not making money you may as well make
music that's as crazy as possible," said Smith. "We've
done 15 releases in a year. Now if only more people
knew they're out there."
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event of titanic proportions, replete
with Shakira's new muse Wyclef Jean,
Ying Yang Twins, Trina, and gay
activist dancehall star Beenie Man.
Visit cms.stingmiami2006.com, for
more info, tickets are $40. Wear your
rainbow flag thong and get a discount.

Sorry, No Connection
to the Spice Channel
Nearly 70 restaurants in Miami are
participating in this, the 5th Annual
Miami Spice Restaurant Month. It
started last month but I didn't know
about it. For all of September, culinary
hotspots are offering three-course meals
at a fixed price of $20.06 for lunch and
$30.06 for dinner (excluding tax and tip).
Visit www.miamirestaurantmonth.com
for info. The only local participant is
North One 10, at 11052 Biscayne Blvd.,
so screw the Beach and support
Boulevard businesses. Go to
www.northonel0.com for menu info
and opening times.

We'll Have a
Gay Old Time!
Join the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian
Chamber of Commerce on Sept 7 from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a networker at
new member VINE Wine Shop, 7657
Biscayne Blvd. (305-759-WINE).
Hostess Cary Quintana is offering a free
glass of one of their fantastic wines and

light food. Other wines will be show-
cased for a nominal charge. Great net-
working opportunities abound, so don't
miss out members $5, potential mem-
bers $10. Bring your business cards and
bring a friend.

You Wanna
Step into My World?
Artformz Alternative presents
Extraordinary Worlds, an exhibition
featuring the work of acclaimed local
names along with some of the most
exciting discoveries working today.
The exhibition includes 11 artists, all
of whom are involved in portraying
what could be described as their own
very personal world. Self-involved
artists fancy that! Check out the
opening at 2nd Saturdays Art &
Design Night, Sept 9 from 6 to 10
p.m.; free to the public. The gallery is
located at 130 N.E. 40th St.

Have You Heard My
Little Jimmy Croon ?
Swoon to the sounds of Jim "Little
Jimmy" Scott, the legendary '50s
torch singer with the "supernatural
feminine voice" the result of a
hereditary condition called Kallman's
Syndrome. Trust me it's not the
least bit creepy; he sounds straight out
of a David Lynch movie. According to

the press release he's Billie Holiday's
favorite singer (but I think they meant
was). This Labor Day Weekend, LJ's
headlining Jazz Brunch on the Bay,
11 a.m. Sunday, Sept 3, at Margaret
Pace Park (1775 N. Bayshore Dr.,

Jack King
Continued from page 18
sleep. I was just so pumped up about
how good you guys were. ."
Great job, John. So it took a dozen
BSO deputies to take down a female
attorney. Your guys must be great!
Wait a minute, isn't this same John
Brooks who used to be an assistant
chief in the Miami Police
Department back in the days when
they shot anyone that moved, espe-
cially if they were black? Ah, yes it
is. And the same John Brooks who
left town with his tail between his
legs when he got photographed rid-
ing with the feds in the Elian
Gonzales raid in Little Havana, land-
ing in Broward County, where his
type of police work is more appreci-
My, how times have changed!
Come on back Major Brooks, Chief
Timoney says all is forgiven and you
can have your old job back.

At the last Coconut Grove Village
Council meeting, our new Interim
City Commissioner Linda Haskins
took council member Michelle
Neimeyer to task for ambushing city
staffers on proposed improvements

behind the old Omni Building). The
city-sponsored event is free and open
to the public; call 305-642-1271 for
more info, or visit

to the waterfront, namely the con-
struction of a gas dock at Dinner
Key Marina. Haskins thought com-
munity efforts to stop the project
until the Dinner Key Master Plan is
complete were uncalled for and way
over the top, bordering on just being
mean to city staffers. Niemeyer
pointed out that many times it seems
like one city department doesn't
know what the next department is
doing or planning on the same
issues. Haskins agreed that there
were some communications prob-
lems in city government and vowed
to work on resolving them.
Wait a minute. Now that you are a
city commissioner you want to do
something about communication
problems with staffers and depart-
ment heads? Why didn't you fix this
problem when you were an assistant
city manager and all of these people
worked for you?
No doubt Ms. Haskins has an
electibility problem, being tied so
closely to Mayor "Concrete Manny"
Diaz, but promising everything to
every group you speak to will do
nothing but get you in a heap of
trouble. And right now it looks like
trouble is coming her way.

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A Snapshot

Jos6 Bechara
"Bench for Window"
Photograph $7,000
Image courtesy of Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.

Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts is pleased to
announce Jos6 Bechara's second solo exhibi-
tion titled Open House, a series of new work
developed around his ongoing sculptural proj-
ect "The House," or "La Casa." Open House
will highlight a series of photographs and an
installation shown for the first time in the
United States.
"The House" project originated in 2002 and
continues to explore the concept of shelter,
and from the familiar notion of housing, strives
to establish physical, metaphysical and visual
relations about habitat, creating poetic associ-
ations that encompass both its internal and
external space. The furniture of the structure is "
arranged together and projected through the
windows and doorways, thrown up against
each other like a great weighty burden, inflict-
ing change on the house's design, form and
original function. "The House" reworks the ele-
ments of housing by reconstructing them and
creating formal tension.

of Local Gallery Offerings
Luis Garcia-Nerey
"Sunday Morning"
36 by 50 inches
Mixed media on panel
Courtesy of The Bakehouse
Art Complex

Luis Garcia-Nerey's vibrant
art explores the rich diversity
of his Latin culture from an
abstract perspective. In Luis's
paintings, the everyday sits
side-by-side with the ideal.
His artistic sensibilities lean
-' toward the unseen beauty of
found objects and applied
geometry. Luis's work has a
rhythmic simplicity depicting
forms that hint at reference,
but leave interpretation open
to the viewer.
"My intention as an artist is to involve the viewer in a conversation
with my paintings," said the artist, "to create a personal relationship
between the narrative of the piece and the viewer's interpretation."

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Dear Metrobus: My

Honda and I Bid You Adieu

By Priscilla Arias
BBT Contributing Writer

Coming to Miami sans vehicle was a
mistake. January, February and March
were pleasant enough to walk or take the
bus, so I started to think that maybe own-
ing a car wasn't an absolute necessity in
Miami... and then WHAM! I'm hit in
the face by the incredibly humid late
spring and summer months of South
Florida. Sure, it gets much hotter back
home in Texas than it probably ever will
here, but it's definitely not as humid. It's
taken me a while to get used to this.
Oh, what a naive and wide-eyed trans-
plant I was. Thankfully, a little over a
month and a half ago, I came to my sens-
es and applied for an auto loan.
Requesting a loan is easier than ever in
today's cold, impersonal world of online
banks, but hey, it beats pestering a friend
for a ride, waiting in long lines, filling
out a lengthy application by hand, and
those tedious, forced niceties one must
offer a loan officer you know what I'm
talking about. Thanks to the web, I was
able to type in my information, request
an amount, click send, and not five min-
utes later I had Bill, the bank representa-
tive, on the phone telling me that I'd
been approved. That was easy. Next step:
Go car shopping!
Well, I didn't really go anywhere,
thanks again to the internet. I surfed the
net for deals, but found that online quote
requests will only get you the
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
(MSRP) plus the destination charge. Car
dealers won't even bother haggling with
you over the phone, much less via email,
so I was forced to car-shop the old fash-
ioned way personally. The only prob-

lem was I didn 't have a car to get any-
where. By the time I get off of work and
try to get somewhere by bus, most deal-
erships are getting ready to close for the
day. So I was faced with the dilemma of
needing a car to buy a car.
Thankfully my good friend Adrian vol-
unteered to drive me to car dealerships
and help me out with the bargaining
process. After all, studies show that men
get better deals on cars than women. And
I did get a deal, though whether it was
because of my friend's male influence or
not is debatable.
Since I hadn't decided on a make or
model, we started off just browsing
through dealerships. I was very surprised
at the tenacity with which auto salesmen
come at you, even though you say you're
"just looking." I didn't see anything that
caught my eye at the first few places, but
decided I couldn't drag Adrian around
for too much longer without narrowing it
down to something. I found my car the
following day.
First, I decided on my spending limit
and swore to myself I wouldn't budge.
Then, in a dealership on Coral Way, I
found the perfect car at an almost perfect
price nothing some good haggling
couldn't take care of. It was a certified
pre-owned 2002 silver 4-door Honda
Civic with an automatic transmission. I
asked the dealer for his best deal and he
knocked $1,000 off the ticket price. That
was still beyond what I was willing to
pay, so I made him an offer. I offered to
pay approximately $2,000 below the
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I thought that was a very fair bargain.
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Amateur Candy for the Senses

Optic Nerve @ the MOCA
By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

August 18 marked this year's 8th Annual Optic
Nerve Film Festival at the Museum of Contemporary
Art (MOCA) in North Miami. Animation seemed to be
the highlight of this year's event, with 8 out of 15 films
including animation of some sort, some mixing in live-
action elements.
The festival's best offering and audience choice
winner was "I Forgot My Name" by Matthew Cox.
Yet another animated film, it featured an old lady, shuf-
fling around in her tiny house. The backgrounds were
done in what appear to be pencil, while the old lady
herself is a model of some sort. She's incredibly
designed, in a housedress, hunched over and frail with
raggedy gray hair. Cox does a good job of conveying
the sadness, boredom and loneliness of her existence.
He perfectly captures the mood with virtually no arti-
ficial sounds, like music. Just an old lady, at the end of
her life, living alone, possibly senile, possibly with
Alzheimer's, neglected. She never speaks. She spends
the film compulsively finding ways to fill her time. She
finds meaning in the insignificant like picking up a
phone to check for dial tone or moving a mug from one
side of a table to another a pointless and depressing
existence. It's amazing how much realism and emotion
he can pour into a mere animation piece, using fairly
little in the way of materials.
"Something Awful" by Clifton Childree is a delight-
fully absurd take on silent films of the early 20th centu-
ry. It's about a toilet seat that teleports anything that
falls into it out of a portable clay ass. There are some
truly bizarre and humorous moments, including a scene
where claymation testicles get smeared with jelly and
another where a giant fish on wires attacks a boat.
What makes the movie more than just a novelty is
that Childree pays close attention to the details and con-
ventions of the silent movie era. The result is not unlike
an old UFA film from Germany. The sets resemble the
same kind of eerie and surreal world of the old expres-
sionist films, and the makeup looks like something
straight out of The Cabinet ofDr. Caligari.
Some films, like "Heroin Heroine" by David Rohn,
strayed away from conventional narrative but still had
interesting elements to offer the viewer. In Rohn's film,
the premise was simple enough: A guy in overalls
shoots up in the corer of a room while silly ironic
music plays in the background. After the inevitable cli-
max, a girl comes up and smashes a pie into the guy's
face. But certain parts of the process are reversed and
looped the tying up, for instance. The film goes back-
wards, forwards, and he's stuck in limbo, creating terri-
ble tension and anxiety in the viewer. You already know
what the outcome is going to be (he shoots up) and you
want him to get it over with already. With this method,
Rohn succeeds in recreating the nervous itch of the
"In Perpetuity, Circle of Purity" by Liz Haley started
off really soothing. A voice asks you to relax and stare
at the white dot in the middle of the black screen. "Sit.

Relax. This is a circle of purity" the calming voice
repeats. It's effective.
Haley then tries to throw off the viewer. Voices pop
in out of nowhere overlapping with other vocal tracks.
Pictures flash over the dot, as it's supposed to represent
"everything in the universe." But the voice keeps urg-
ing you to relax and concentrate on the dot.
The payoff is somewhat cheap. No satori, just an old
trick. A common optical illusion you stare at the
white dot for so long that when the screen goes black,

you still see a dot. But nevertheless, getting there was a
nice ride.
Franco Gonzalez's "How Long is Forever" was proba-
bly the worst film of the bunch. What we get here is a
cliche and common story about street gang violence,
only told in the vaguest way possible with nothing in the
way of style or substance. Gangs ride around on silly
low-rider bikes. Gonzalez proves he has seen at least
one David Lynch film in a scene where a gang member
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A still from
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"How Long is Forever"

choice winner
"I Forgot My Name,"
by Matthew Cox.

Optic Nerve
Continued from page 46
dies in the streets (they never show how,
but you assume it's from gang-violence of
some sort) and an obvious representation
of death makes an appearance dancing,
shrouded in black and shadows.
An angel character tries to revive the
fallen teen. Her glowing eyes look like
something out of your average straight-
to-video B-horror flick. After the kid
dies, what follows is a scene that's paint-
by-numbers gang retaliation. What we
end up with a film that's predictable,
obvious and dull.
But the most predictable aspect of the
festival took place in a lot of the sound-
tracks, a lot which had the exact same lo-
fi home-recorded feel. Stylistically, a few
films also go for a hip, vaguely retro
appeal. Duda Leite's "After the Fox" is
the most glaring example, as it's just a

bunch of vintage surf footage with a Burt
Bacharch tune playing on top of it.
Also, some films were obviously part
of larger instillation pieces, and as a
result come across very out of place
within the festival, and just can't stand

on their own, out of context like this.
But there's loads of great and interest-
ing animation that more than makes up
for these shortcomings. At the very least,
what you get is wonderful eye candy, as
well as candy for all the other senses.
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The State of Sea Turtles

Story & Photos by Jim Harper
BBT Columnist

The crowd applauded spontaneously
when the first tiny critters crawled into
the water. It was 9 p.m. on a cloudy
August evening at Crandon Park Beach
on Key Biscayne, and 59 rescued sea tur-
tle babies scuttled across the dimly lit
sand towards a single flashlight, and
quickly disappeared into the murky sea.
It is Nature at its best, and it can be
witnessed at Haulover Beach and numer-
ous other parks along Florida's east coast
every year during August and September.
The saga of sea turtles is one of hope
for Florida, yet despair for their survival
worldwide. Simply put, sea turtle nesting
is our most underrated tourist attraction.
Florida is the Sea Turtle State, and we are
at the epicenter of sea turtle recovery.
Their numbers are up in Florida, thanks
to conservation efforts; worldwide, how-
ever, sea turtle populations continue to
decline. It helps their cause that baby sea
turtles are just about the cutest and most
valiant little things in the animal king-
dom. The size of a peach pit, they swim
hundreds of miles out to the middle of
the Atlantic, where they find shelter and
food in plumes of Sargassum seaweed.
Atlantic sea turtles eventually disperse
ocean-wide and into the Mediterranean as
well. After about 20 years of foraging at
sea, the females return to their beach-of-
origin to lay their own eggs. These are
unexplained, unrivaled feats of naviga-
tion, and many of them begin and end in
our backyard beaches.
Of the world's seven sea turtle species,
five of them swim in Florida's waters,
and four nest on our beaches (the
Loggerhead, the Green, the Hawksbill
and the massive Leatherback). All are
listed in the U.S. as endangered except
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Adult sea turtles that frequent our
waters are vulnerable to boat strikes, fish
hooks and plastic bags, which they mis-
take for jellyfish. Some of these injured
turtles get a second chance from the good
people of South Florida.
One rescued sea turtle's name is Oleta,
and she was found floating in the
Intracoastal Waterway near Oleta State
Park in January. She had a bad case of
"turtle gas" and was underweight, for
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months at the Loggerhead Marinelife
Center in Juno Beach, she was returned
to the wild in June. Mission accom-
Oleta is one of hundreds of sea turtles
that have been rehabilitated here and at
The Turtle Hospital in Marathon Key.
These places are part of the good news
for these amazing animals.
Oleta is also our flagship species: a
Loggerhead Turtle. That species should

be up there with the Bald Eagle and the
Manatee in our environmental lexicon.
Florida's east coast is the world's leading
breeding ground for the Loggerhead
(rivaled only by Oman on the Arabian
Peninsula). From Miami to Jacksonville,
they can lay up to 70,000 nests each year.
From each nest of 100 or so eggs, only
one hatchling will survive to maturity.
Most of them end up in the stomachs of
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raccoons, birds and fish.
Hurricane Harbingers
Sea turtle nesting season in Florida
runs just ahead of hurricane season, from
March through October. Some believe
that the placement of their nests predicts
the intensity of the hurricanes, and we
are in luck this year. They have nested
much closer to the water's edge than last
If you have never seen a mother sea
turtle lay eggs, mark your mental calen-
dar for early next summer. It is an
entrancing experience. Once she starts,
nothing will stop her, and nature guides
will allow you to gather close enough to
hear her sighs.
It happens like this: Under cover of
darkness, a 300-pound reptile emerges
from the waves and crawls onto the beach
of her birth. Struggling against gravity,
she pulls her bulk to a level where people
were sunbathing a few hours earlier. With
her back to the sea, she transforms her
hind flippers into shovels and blindly cre-
ates a perfect, two-foot pit for her proge-
ny. As she labors over the next hour, her
flippers rise and fall with the rhythm of
The sand starts flying as she seals the
nest with all four flippers. When she turns
to face the ocean again, you may be sur-
prised by the size of her head. She is,
after all, a Loggerhead. She slides into
the waves and disappears, never seeing
the fruits of her labor. She may return that
year to nest again and again, but most of
her life remains a mystery.
It is amazing to think that, while we
sleep, reptiles that lived among dinosaurs
are crawling out of the ocean and digging
in the sands of Haulover Park and Key
Biscayne. Tonight as you sleep, tiny
dinosaurs may be emerging from their

mother's sandpit and scuttling into the
moonlit ocean. Or they may crawl toward
U.S. 1, disoriented by city lights.
Of the many threats to sea turtles,
beachfront lighting is one that we can
control. Almost every county in eastern
Florida has ordinances for darkness dur-
ing turtle season, and these rules have
contributed to greater numbers of nesting
turtles since the 1980s.

Excuse me. I get a little emotional
when it comes to ignorance.
Another choice you can make is paper
versus plastic. Avoid plastic bags, and do
not take them to the beach. Once they fly
into the water, they remain there indefi-
nitely as a threat to the ocean's megafau-
This month you can attend the Crandon
Park sea turtle program during the
evenings of Thursday through Saturday
(call 305-361-6767). The Haulover Beach
Park program has concluded for the year,
but you can request information at 305-
If you find an injured, harassed or dead
sea turtle, report it to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-
Lastly, don't be afraid to be a turtle-
hugger. Learn more, adopt one through a
conservation organization and remember
them each time you visit the beach. I love
sea turtles.
Carl Safina, Voyage of the Turtle:
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The Holcaust: From the Poigniant to the Tasteless

Highlights from a Wide Spectrum of Film Treatments

Night and Fog

(rrance, 1933)
Directed by Alain Resnais
DVD: The Criterion Collection
31 minutes; French w/ English subti-

How soon is too soon for a tragedy
to make it to a theater near you? For
9/11, the answer was not soon enough:
Spike Lee's 25th Hour used Ground
Zero as a backdrop just a year later,
Michael Moore incorporated previous-

ly unseen attack footage in Fahrenheit
9/11, and this year, two big-budget
releases dramatize the day's events.
But in 1955, the French filmmaker
Alain Resnais took a bold step by deal-
ing with the Holocaust just ten years
after the liberation of Auschwitz. The
result was 31 minutes of some of the
most powerful images ever committed
to celluloid, and a final work Francois
Truffaut declared, "The greatest film
ever made."
That, of course, is entirely debatable,
but Night and Fog, in all its somber
brevity, pays great homage to six mil-
lion dead by purposefully not appeal-
ing to cheap sentimentality, as is the
habit of many films based on real-
world horror. Laid over bleak postwar
footage of Auschwitz and select reels
and photos taken from the Nazi
archives, the film's sparse narration
presumes nothing and doesn't even
allude to comprehension, but speaks
rather from a distance that admits to
the futility of understanding:
"Useless to describe what went on in

these cells."
"Words are insufficient."
"Is it in vain that we try to remem-
Coupled with clinical descriptions of
Nazi extermination procedures, the
effect is startling: In recognizing that
heart-tugging would cheapen any pres-
entation of the Holocaust, the filmmak-
ers perfectly capture the fact that it
was a tragedy too large to comprehend,
and one with which it is impossible to
The atmosphere reminds one of Elie
Wiesel's Night, the seminal autobiogra-
phy of a man whose time at Auschwitz
robbed him of his faith in both God
and man. A reality too terrible for the
mind and heart to bear can only be
properly honored with humble words -
the power of Renais' accomplishment
lies in what it doesn't say, in letting the
tragedy speak for itself.

By Christian Cipriani, BBT Editor

II Portiere di Notte
(The Night Porter)
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(Italy, 1974)
Directed by Liliana Cavani
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte
DVD: The Criterion Collection
118 minutes; English language

For literary buffs, there are Penguin
Classics and Harvard's Loeb series; for
film buffs, there's the Criterion
Collection. To be part of this collection
gives a work instant credibility, a water-
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Continued from page 50
mark of expert approval. But Liliana
Cavani's The '. it Porter, reviled by
critics upon its release in 1974, is a film
that makes me wonder, "If this wasn't
included in such an esteemed compendi-
um of world cinema, would I be more
critical of it?"
It's true: This is the sort of film that -
at least in some categories one must
examine closely to appreciate. Here, in
1957 Vienna, we have the story of Max
(Bogarde), who's taken a job as night
porter in an upscale hotel after his career
as a Nazi officer. A psychologically com-
plex figure, Max the officer was
involved in a deeply sadomasochistic
affair with a young female prisoner,
Lucia (Rampling). Max the night porter
is quiet and respectable, if a bit edgy.
Now, ten years after the Reich's fall,
Lucia arrives at the hotel with her opera
conductor husband and is startled to see
the face that haunted her youth.
But their past relationship outlined
through dreamy flashbacks isn't as cut-
and-dry as dominator/victim. Presumably
Max's twisted affection, which swung
from wretched and abusive to an almost
fatherly tenderness, was the only reason
she survived. During the camp years, the
affection grew somewhat reciprocal, as
Lucia developed a deep emotional
attachment to Max.
When the pair meets again in the hotel,
the past from which they've both been run-
ning comes pouring forth, dragging them
back into the union it seems they cannot
escape. But Max is part of a secret organi-
zation of ex-Nazis, who in an effort to
resume 'normal' lives and make peace
with the past eliminate documents and
people that connect them to the Holocaust.
When they find Max entangled with Lucia,
protecting her becomes his fulltime job.
The lovers barricade themselves in his
apartment, and inevitably recreate their


starving, sadomasochistic relationship
from a decade back. It is animalistic and
disturbing, but Max's commitment to her
safety speaks to love, however dark the
package in which it's wrapped. The per-
formances and direction are very good,
but feeling anything but disgust toward
the relationship requires a certain open-
ness to the complexities of human love
and sexuality. You might want to warm
up with Blue Velvet.

By Christian Cipriani, BBT Editor

(U.S., 1974)
Directed by Don Edmunds
Starring: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory
Knoph, George "Buck" Flower
96 minutes

It's hard to know where to begin with
this one: It's offensive in every sense of
the word, but considered against the
backdrop of '70s exploitation flicks, cin-
ematically at least it's curiously better
than the rest of its ilk. As with a reading
of Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, one
must separately evaluate craftsmanship
and materials, but the emotional nag of
"this just isn't right" is hard to ignore.
Many involved in the making of llsa
smartly worked under pseudonyms, but
what they probably didn't expect was
what a hit this tale of a vicious, large-
breasted SS officer would become at 99-
cent drive-ins (though it's still banned in
Germany). Ilsa (Thorne) is a sadistic

Nazi commandant, who when not cas-
trating male prisoners after sleeping with
them performs torturous experiments on
female prisoners most of them beauti-
ful and nude throughout much of the
film in a mad-scientist bid to show that
women can withstand more pain and
should therefore be on the front lines.
One's initial instinct is to recoil in hor-
ror at this mockery of the Holocaust, but
to slip into moralizing would do a dis-
service to the art of film analysis. It's
competently directed, the acting and dia-
logue are outrageously tongue-in-cheek,
and its gore-factor ranks higher than
films of similar budget and style.
The opening disclaimer insists these
are true events retold with the hope of
preventing such atrocities from happen-
ing again, which is nothing short of
crazy: It's precisely the sort of thing a
bunch of pot-smoking amateur filmmak-
ers would submit half-seriously in an
effort to shield themselves from the
inevitable maelstrom of disgust.
The details of the film bear no repeat-
ing here your imagination can probably
conjure up about half its rotten scenes.
But it must be said that Thorne's campy
vixen performance and cleavage-bearing
uniform are very entertaining, and the
strong-jawed Aryan-American who inex-
plicably ends up as her favorite prisoner-
plaything and eventually her undoing -
is too silly not to laugh at. It is also of
note that no one ever alludes to the pris-
oners being Jewish; that whole dimen-
sion isn't even addressed.
Like the Emmanuel movies, lisa
sparked a number of sequels: lisa,
Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks and Ilsa,
the Wicked Warden, amongst others.
Insensitive and low-brow as they may
be, films like these are a time capsule,
relics of an era in filmmaking that will
never again exist. No one today could
get away with making Ilsa, which is
probably why after 30 years people are
still curious.

Also check out:
Roma: Citta Aperta
(Rome: Open City)

(Italy, 1945)
Directed by Roberto Rossellini
Written by Sergio Amidei &
Federico Fellini
Starring: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani,
Marcello Pagliero
100 minutes
Italian & German language, w/ (poor)
English subtitles

Rossellini's heartbreaking story of
Roman citizens trying to live their lives
amidst German occupation shows how
the dissident human spirit endured
Germany's twisted ideals, the suffer-
ings of love and death, and the evil of
betrayal. The DVD print is poor and
only about two-thirds of the dialogue is
subtitled, but one can still follow this
timeless classic, which overflows at
both ends, from inspired goodness to
heartlessness almost too sad to watch.

-By Christian Cipriani, BBT Editor
To comment on this story,
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Special Assessments

What to Know When Your Association Needs More Money

Just as you can count on the sum-
mer rains to fill the afternoon
skies in South Florida, most con-
dominium owners are opening their
mail these weeks to
meeting notices
announcing a pending
special assessment.
Whether for work that
the board has decided
through the course of
its administration this
past year should or
must be done, or if the
budget review that
should happen on or
near the third quarter
reveals discrepancies,
the need to collect more
money to run the com- C
plex comes to fore. B GaT
Different from the
budget process, and requiring less
input from homeowners, boards have
an almost godlike power to specially
assess. As defined in Florida Statute
718.103, a special assessment is any
assessment levied against a unit owner

other than the assessment required by a
budget adopted annually.
Proper notice is defined in Florida
Statute 718.112 (c) as sent through
mail delivery or electroni-
cally transmitted to the
unit owners and posted
conspicuously on the
condominium property
not less than 14 days
prior to the meeting.
Evidence of compliance
with this 14-day notice
shall be made by an affi-
davit executed by the
person providing the
notice and filed among
the official records of
the association.
Boards of administra-
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assessment for any
amount, due in any time period they
determine. This tool is often wielded
most by the boards of associations with
no reserves (i.e. no bank account of
savings for rainy days). Keeping no-
reserve budgets artificially deflate the

cost of owning a condominium by
maintaining assessments unnaturally
low. Owners, who consistently waive
reserves, play a Russian roulette of
sorts, hoping that no budget error or
unexpected repairs or replacement to
common area property or equipment
will occur during their ownership.
These days, the chance of winning that
game over the course of their deed is
increasingly rare.
This year was especially hard on
budgets. After all, a budget is a best
guess of possible expenses based on
past performance. Unless your budget
committee was very smart and reached
out to all vendors asking for their pro-
jected costs, followed the local budget
process of their home municipalities to
track water and sewer rates and
increases, read the Wall Street Journal
daily to help rightly forecast the sharp
increase in fuel costs and predicted the
unprecedented rise in rate-charges by
FPL and insurance companies, most, if
not all associations, will find costs
exceeding projected maintenance
income this year.
The trend-lines to budget-busting
expenses should be evident now, and
most budget items will be close to
exhausting themselves financially with
many months to go before the end of
the fiscal year. If your association is
fortunate enough to have operating
capitol equal to 10 percent of your
annual expense budget as a suggested
cushion, you may be able to ride out
the year without a special assess-
ment... for now. But the day will come
next year when the pencils are dull
from accountant's calculations of last
year's performance and you will be
required to make up the cash-flow
deficit. The only way to do that will be
through a special assessment.
Many associations are choosing to be
proactive this year in the face of 20
percent to 40 percent insurance cost
increases and rate-hikes from FPL and
local water and sewer providers.
Administrations are specially assessing
now for the difference in budgeted
amounts and actual costs for this years'
insurance bill, or projected cost over-
runs for utilities. Owners may question
and complain, but single-family homes
too have had to dig deep into pockets
to pay individually for these same
costs over runs or faulty projections.
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paid, and the funds must come from
somewhere. Condominiums have no
choice but to collect the needed monies
from the members of the association.
Boards should specially assess with
care, and document fully where and
when the monies were spent. Eeach
special assessment vote must specifi-
cally state the amount of the total
assessment, the single and immutable
purpose for the fund and the method of
payment required by the homeowners.
For example, a proper Special
Assessment Notice should look some-
thing like the green box above.
If at the end of the fiscal year there
are excess funds after the roof replace-
ment, a resolution must be passed by
the board dispersing those funds, either
back to the homeowners in the same
proportion they were assessed, or to the
association's general operating fund.
You elect board members to do the
best thing for the association.
Remember they are homeowners too,
and they too must pay their share of
any special assessment they pass. Stay
involved and watch the expenses of
your association to feel good about
what has to be done!

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September 2006


Buying Music Online A Primer

As Apple's iTunes Music Store
gallops into its fourth year of
operations. It's probably safe to
say that legal digital music has officially
arrived. Just about any
recording one can possi-
bly think of is available
somewhere online for
legal download, usually
for under a dollar a song
(and sometimes much
less). Once downloaded
you can then bur the
music to CD, copy it
onto an iPod-type digital
music player or listen to
it right there on your PC.
But here's where
things get confusing.
Owing to piracy fears,
By Marc
different services have By
distinct music-file formats (MP3, WMV,
etc), as well as varying licensee rights
dictating what you may and may not
legally do with the songs you purchase.
Some have more reasonable restrictions,
while others have better interfaces
between their music store and your
portable player. And how should one
decide whether to go the subscription
rental route (download all the music you
want for a flat monthly fee, but the
moment you stop paying all your music
expires), or cough up the 99 cents a song
ownership fee? The answers might sur-
prise you. And contrary to earlier reports,
thanks to a thriving online secondary
market, the CD is not quite dead either.
Let's begin with the services: iTunes is
far and away the most popular, mainly
because it was the first serious vendor on
the scene and because it features a justly
praised user interface. The 99 cents a
song business model has taken off like
gangbusters, with tens of millions of
songs sold since 2003 (and, not coinci-
dentally, tens of millions of iPod players
as well). Wal-Mart also sells individual
downloads, in their case for 88 cents a
song. But the music files from these sites
come in proprietary Digital Rights
Management (DRM) copyrighted for-
mats, with annoying limits as to how
many PCs and iPods are allowed to play
the same song, or how many CD
playlists you can bur. The dollar a song
fee also adds up rather quickly (though
the $9.99 an album iTunes charges
would be a fair price if each download
came with liner notes and full rights to
the music). Conjuring a free-use MP3
file from this morass requires burning
the songs to a CD and then re-ripping the


music back to your PC, an expensive and
time-consuming proposition.
It's for these reasons that other online
music providers like Napster and Yahoo
have begun offering flat
subscription-based serv-
ices in addition to their
99-cent downloads. For a
monthly fee (as low as
$5 a month in Yahoo's
case), these services
allow the user to down-
load and play as much
music as he or she
wants. This music is
subject to even more
stringent restrictions
than songs purchased
individually, however,
including a complete
tephens prohibition on CD burn-
ing. In addition, the moment you stop
paying your subscription fee even five
years from now all the songs you've
rented over that period will expire, ren-
dering them unplayable. Many people
also have an aversion to 'renting' music;
if they're paying for it, they want to own
it. It's worth noting too that the software
bundled with these services (Napster in
particular) is vastly inferior to iTunes'
intuitively simple interface. And I mean
bad. Trying to transfer songs to your
portable player via Napster is like mow-
ing your lawn with a pair of rusty scis-
sors, except slower.
There is one other music service worth
mentioning: Emusic.com, which happens
to be my personal favorite. Downloads
are super-cheap and come in an unre-
stricted MP3 format, meaning you can
copy, burn and basically do whatever
you want with the file till the sun goes
out. Their MP3 file quality is also superi-
or to most other sites, upwards of
200K/second. Emusic operates on a
monthly subscription basis applicable to
groups of purchased songs, meaning you
can download anywhere from 40 to 65
songs a month for less than $20.
Unfortunately, while charging as little as
18 cents a song, Emusic's selection is
wholly geared toward obscure alternative
rock and indie record labels, meaning
your favorite Beatles, Stones and Eagles
tunes are nowhere to be found. However,
being a snobbish music columnist in
another life, I consider this a definite
plus because the other services rarely
carry the acts I'm looking for anyway. If
you're at all interested in discovering
tons of obscure music on the cheap,
Emusic may be the site for you.

All that said, there is one other online
music source worth considering.
Whenever I'm ready to pull the trigger
on a new record, I peruse each of the
above-mentioned sources for availability
and price (Emusic first of course). Then I
go to Amazon.com
and check out their
used CD marketplace.
Contrary to what you
may have heard, the "Tryin
death of the CD has songs via
been greatly exagger- mowing y
ated. Amazon's User pair of
Marketplace is chock-
full of high-volume
used CD traders,
many peddling their
wares for as little as
$5 a disc. Granted,
throw in shipping and your total can add
up quickly. But the Marketplace has got
just about any new or used album you
can think of, imported or not, and some-
times even with shipping included the
total cost will still be cheaper than a
download from iTunes. Best of all, you
get liner notes and a full quality CD
recording for your money, not just com-


pressed digital files. Call me old-fash-
ioned, but as somebody who still misses
those giant Yellow Brick Road-style dou-
ble-LP packages from the '70s, there's
something to be said for printed lyrics
and production credits.
So there you
have it a hand-
ful of versatile
online sources
to transfer for music, from
Japster is like old to new and
ir lawn with a back again.
isty scissors, You'll no doubt
slower." notice the dearth
of brick-and-
mortar recom-
because unlike
California, we
South Floridians have no Rasputin or
Amoeba superstores in which to shop.
So what's a serious Miami music fan to
do? Click away, that's what.

Have a tech question? Email it to Marc
Stephens at tectalk@bellsouth.net.

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Healthy Disaster Preparedness

By Diego R. Martinez, M.B.A.
Executive Vice-President
of Corporate Compliance

You have all heard of the precautions
that need to be taken before a hurri-
cane and yet we always see lines of
people at gas stations and supermarkets
trying last-minute to get things done
right before the storm. Then, after the
storm, we see those that never prepared
or fell short on their preparation or
supplies in a panic. Well, the same
thing happens at your health facility
for prescriptions, appointments to see
your doctor, and any other healthcare
needs. Unfortunately, around those
times there is too much demand for
services and not enough supply or
space to accommodate so many
The most immediate demands are
usually handled quickly, but the prob-
lem with any post-disaster situation is
that we don't know how long or to
what extent the after-effects of the
event will last. Preparing for things
like lack of electricity, food, water, or
access to medical care, plus many
more factors influence your ability to
wait out the situation and even survive.
Having a written plan and reviewing
it will go a long way towards handling
a crisis and, as with all emergencies,
preparation is the key. This needs to be
both a home and work plan, which is
checked routinely as part of your daily
process. Important emergency numbers
and contacts should be included in
your emergency plan, and at minimum
should include the Disaster Hotline at
305-598-7550. It is important to be
prepared and informed ahead of time
so you know what to do, where to go,
when to stay at home, and who to go to
when you need care. A question you

need to consider is: If you are at work
when a disaster happens, do you have
enough supplies to keep you safe in the
event of a problem?
There are a variety of things you can

do right now before
that don't require a
great deal of cash
and could possibly
save your life or
that of another. If
you have a hurri-
cane preparedness
kit, you probably
have most of the
things you need.
You'll also want a
first aid kit at
home. Make an
appointment to see

any event happens

of infectious disease or bioterrorism.
I Incident Command establish
control over flo\\ of resources" and
define responsibilities for "rescue,
transportation, and triage".
S Scene Security and Safety -

Having a written
plan and reviewing it
will go a long way
towards handling
a crisis and, as with
all emergencies,
is the key.

your practitioner today, and refill your
prescriptions; always have a 30-day
supply at home, this way you have an
ample supply to keep you safe after the
event. You'll also want to have the
same essentials in the office in case
you need to stay there during the emer-
Keeping up-to-date and informed as
things develop, especially if the event
is near the South Florida area, is cru-
cial. Being prepared and not panicking
is essential. It is said that knowledge is
power but only if you use it, so know-
ing what most of your local area emer-
gency preparedness responders are
going to do will allow you to be in
control. It is important to at minimum
for everyone to know and understand
the 'Disaster Paradigm', which offers a
standardized approach to any emer-
gency response. This uses the acronym
'DISASTER' (Source: AMA website):

D Detection become aware of dis-
aster, may be complicated in the event

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Ensure the safety
of the staff
responding to the
crisis as the "first
A- Assess
Hazards -
reassess dangers
that could inflict
additional harm.
S Suport -
Seek additional
resources to sup-

port ongoing response, including staff
and supplies.
T Triage and Treatment Follow

the M-A-S-S (move, assess, sort, send)
algorithm for triage.
E Evacuation Short-term goal;
remove injured people form the scene.
R Recovery Long-term goal; pro-
vide for needs such as crisis manage-
ment, counseling and shelter.

A disaster, whether known or not,
man-made or natural, is no different in
the preparation process. There are
some basic steps you can take right
now to be prepared and prevent some
of the situations that you can be
exposed to and the best thing is that
the advice is similar to that of a hurri-
cane preparedness that we all get
informed about every season. The
American Red Cross has some good
information on what you need to do to
be prepared both at home and in your
business. You can find them at the fol-
lowing link www.redcross.org.

(NOTE: these may change without notice so be aware that
there may be some unknown changes to this list, always check
and confirm these numbers prior to the emergency):
Federal Emergency Management Agency......................404-881-3442
Dept. of Elder Affairs (Helpline)...................................... 305-670-4357
Division of Emergency Management .............................904-488-1320
Animal Control (Lost and Found) ................................... 305-884-1101
Citizen Services Information .......................................... 305-375-5656
Community Services ........................... ............ 305-375-5416
Consumer Protection (Complaints) ................................. 305-375-4222
Deaf Services Bureau ..................................................... 305-670-9099
Elderly Services .................................................... 305-375-5335
Emergency Management ......................... ................... 305-596-6735
Emergency Operations Center ....................................... 305-273-6700
Emergency Evacuation Assistance Registry.....................305-273-6791
Environmental Emergencies (DERM) .............................305-372-6789
Health Department (Animal Bites) .................................. 305-623-3500
Health Department (Immunization Program) ..................305-325-2554
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES (Fire/Rescue/Police)...............................911
American Red Cross (Miami Chapter)............................305-326-8888
Florida Power and Light ................................................ 305-442-8770
Insurance Consumer Hotline ....................................... 800-342-2762
Mental Health Services (Crisis-Suicide Intervention) .......305-358-4357
TYCO Peoples Gas (Emergencies) ............................... 305-940-0139
Poison Information Center .......................................... 305-282-3171
Southern Bell Telephone (Residential Repair) ................................ 611
Southern Bell Telephone (Small Business Repair) ..........305-780-2222
Miami-Dade County General Information Line ............................... 311

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How to Plant Epiphytes

By Jeff Shimonski
Tropical Designs of Florida

One very distinctive feature of every
humid tropical forest worldwide is the
presence of epiphytes. Even in drier
forests they can be seen growing on the
trunks, atop the branches and in the
canopy of even the tallest of trees, some-
times in great numbers.
An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon
another. Many different plant families
have members that
are epiphytes -
bromeliads, orchids,
ferns, aroids, cactus,
and gingers. The
vast majority of
these plants are not
parasites; that is,
they do not take V
nutrients from their f
host tree. Some epi-
phytes are parasites
(e.g. mistletoes).
There is also a pos-
sibility that certain
bromeliad species
such as Spanish
Moss, Tillandsia Staghorns ar
usneoides and some growing natural
other species of
Tillandsia may be parasitic due to the
apparent decline in health of Oak trees
that sometimes support large colonies of
these epiphytes. This has not been proven
to be the case, but there is enough empiri-
cal evidence seen
throughout Florida
that makes it a good
idea not to plant
large amounts of
Spanish or
Tillandsia sp in Oak
Some species of
plants are true epi-
phytes, meaning
they spend their
entire lives without
ever contacting the
forest floor. Other
epiphytes are facul-
tative, meaning they Platyceriun
can grow either on and Rhynchos
the forest floor or up a Calophyllun
on a tree. Plants that Jungle
grow on rocks or
cliff faces are technically considered
lithophytes. Some of the larger species of
bromeliads (e.g. Vriesea imperialis) can
be found in Brazil growing on steep
rocky slopes. These plants are better



grown in the ground.
Humidity and light are two of the most
important factors that need to be consid-
ered when planning to plant and grow
epiphytes on trees in your garden. The
species of tree that they will be planted
upon is also important. Many years ago I
thought that only trees with rough bark
were good hosts for epiphytes, and subse-
quently I used mostly live Oak, Quercus
virginiana and Black Calabash,
Crescentia cujete for displays of epi-
phytes. I have since
found that palms are
excellent hosts,
especially for
Staghorn ferns,
Platycerium species.
Make sure the palm
is not a species that
has a crown shaft
that falls off when
the leaf turns brown,
like a Royal Palm.
When this structure
breaks loose from
the trunk, it can
wipe off anything
attached to it includ-
SAspleniums ing well rooted epi-
y in Singapore. phytes. I have always
been surprised while
traveling through the tropics at the differ-
ent species of trees that host epiphytes;
many trees that have smooth bark are
often preferred hosts. I have seen large
Citrus trees festooned with many differ-
ent species of
orchids and bromeli-
ads. The critical fac-
tor with tree selec-
tion is matching the
epiphyte with the
conditions that the
tree provides. You
will not be success-
ful growing a plant
that requires high
light conditions
underneath the
canopy of a Ficus or
mango tree. The
canopies of these
superbum trees are usually too
lis planted on dark. If the epiphytes
tree at Parrot actually survive these
island. conditions, they may
never bloom. I've
spoken with many people about their
orchids or bromeliads that have been
growing on trees for many years but
never had flowers, and usually lack of

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New Tire
Over the last few months, we
have seen and repaired many
of these new 'run-flat' tires.
Many new cars are now equipped with
run-flat tires from the
manufacturer. No more
pulling over, jacking-up
and putting on spare
tires to get to a service
facility. As a matter of
fact, many of these
same cars no longer
carry a spare tire or
equipment to change
Many people do not
even know they have a
flat until a dash warn-
ing light (tire pressure
monitoring sensors)
flashes to let them
know they have a prob-
lem. The sidewalls of By Gal
run-flat tires have an
added piece of molded rubber near the
tire bead. This reinforcing element is
sufficiently stiff to prevent the rim
from contacting the inside of the tire
even under cornering or braking.

As long as drivers observe the rec-
ommended speed limit (usually 50
miles an hour or so), they can count
on a run-flat tire to get them to a
repair facility. Run-flat
tires can be retrofitted
to any vehicle that
uses the appropriate
tire size. However, be
prepared to pay 50
percent or more than a
conventional tire.
Have your run-flat
tires inspected regular-
ly, at least at every oil
change for any punc-
tures or damage, and
don't forget to check
your tire pressure at
least once a month. It
is normal for a tire to
lose a few pounds of
be Cortez pressure during nor-
mal service.

Visit Gabe for all your automotive
needs at Plaza Tire & Auto, 3500 N.E.
2ndAve., 305-573-3878.


Recently planted Rhynchostylis showing
the Zip-ties at Parrot Jungle Island.

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sunlight was the issue. Learn which nat-
ural conditions the epiphyte is normally
found in and try to match those condi-
Attaching epiphytes to other trees
must be done with great care for both
the host tree and its new inhabitant. I
used to use cable staples to attach most
plants to trees, with the exception being
trees with heavy sap (e.g. Ficus and
palms). It is very important to never
puncture the trunk of a palm tree; there
is no cambium layer in the trunk to heal
the wound thereafter, forever exposing
the palm to possible fungal and insect
problems. I still use cable staples on
trees with very thick bark, but now use
mostly Zip-ties (the thickest possible to
cover more surface area). Whatever
method used to attach the plant, always
make sure it is stable (the epiphyte) and
will not move around. If the plant is
loose, the new roots which are attempt-
ing to attach to the tree will not be suc-
cessful, and often the epiphyte will die
within a short period of time. Another
important thing to be aware of is to
never break the skin (epidermis) of the
epiphyte. This is usually fatal in orchids
and often in bromeliads.

A few other things to remember:
Water the plants several days a week to
wet the foliage and roots. Bromeliads
have specialized cells on the foliage
which will absorb water and nutrients.
Many species of orchids can store water
and don't need to be watered every day.
If the orchid has a pseudoblub, like
Cattleya or Oncidium species, they can
store water. Orchid species like the Moth
Orchid, Phalaenopsis usually prefer to
be watered almost daily. Finally, remem-
ber that plants, like certain species of
bromeliads, store water in the axils of
their leaves or in the center of the
plant to avoid breeding mosquitoes so
drop a few granules of a product that
contains Bacillus ;itl, i,,. i,,o inside the
water every few weeks. This will greatly
reduce or kill all mosquito larvae living
in the bromeliad without harming the
plant or you and your pets.

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Elegant Dining at Reasonable Prices

Spanish Fare in North Miami Beach, Ethiopian in the Design District

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Sheba Ethiopian
4029 N. Miami Ave.
www. shebamiami.com
Open for lunch & dinner: Mon-Sat, 11:30
a.m. to close; Sun 5 p.m. to close

A land from which the first humans
drew sustenance has no excuse for
bad food they've certainly had
enough time to get it right. The menu
at Sheba, in the Design District, is
proof positive that when it comes to
the succulent use of meat and fish,
Ethiopians are nearly faultless.
As with most restaurants in this
area, the interior is very fashionable,
from dark-stained chairs and wooden
flooring to soft lighting and an array
of African textiles. Coupled with the
atmosphere is a seemingly endless
offering of diverse dishes. Lunch
could be a wrap, like the Kilimanjaro
- grilled lamb with mango chutney,
drizzled with chili oil ($8.50), or
Mombassa lemon-mustard-saut6ed
shrimp and crabmeat in a spinach

Continued from page 30
the buildings, meaning adding square-
footage to the properties, we can sell
our development rights to another
developer," he explained.
TDR encourages the voluntary trans-
fer of growth from places where a com-
munity would like to see less develop-
ment to places where they would like to
see more. The sending areas can be
environmentally sensitive properties or
other places that are important to a
community, like historic landmarks.
The receiving areas should be places
that the general public has agreed are
appropriate for development because
they are close to jobs, shopping,
schools, transportation and other urban
It is more profitable for owners to
sell their unused development rights
than to develop their land. Developers
buy the development rights and use
them to increase the density of receiv-
ing-site projects. In addition to making
property-owners and developers happy,
TDR solves a seemingly intractable

wrap ($9.50). Sheba also has another
30 or so beef, chicken, seafood and
vegetarian dishes to fill your midday
pangs (all priced between $7 and
Dinner, naturally, is a little more
expensive, but the fare is more elabo-
rate. Most of the meat dishes are pre-
pared with ginger, garlic, Ethiopian
herb-reduction and berbere sauces,
onions, chili powder and a kaleido-
scope of vegetables.
The staff is prompt and friendly,
and not at all overbearing about
dessert and coffee (which are great,
by the way, especially when not
forced down your throat). Within
Sheba is Esohe's African Gift Shop,
which reminds you just what part of
town you're in wall-to-wall beauti-
ful, authentic African wares that range
from $36 salt-and-pepper shakers to a
$2,000 wooden ladder. Pretty, but
An excellent selection of brandy
and scotch for the gentleman in your
life (or in you) makes for a nice icing
on the cake. Sheba gets the thumbs-
up as great place to power-lunch, and
I hope to make it back soon for din-

dilemma for communities: It gives
them a way to achieve critical land-use
goals using little or no public funding.
"I am pushing for the approval of
TDR through Miami 21 in the late fall,
early winter session," Haskins said. "It
would be wonderful to have the ability
to keep buildings historic. We lost too
many buildings already."
Federal law provides a federal
income tax credit equal to 20 percent of
the cost of rehabilitating an historic
building for commercial use. The credit
is offered in installments over five
years, and owners are not allowed to
sell the property within that period.
But Silverman remains hopeful: "I
know that it is hard to do the zoning
changes, but I also believe that with the
united effort of the residents, business-
owners, commissioners and the media,
it is possible."


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AV Grill & Wine Bar
3055 N.E. 163rd St.
(Sunny Isles Blvd.)
Open Tues-Sun, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Chef Alex Lopez does the cooking,
his wife, Natalia, works the front of
the house, and Dad helps out when
he's in town... from Spain, which
earns him the title of most well-trav-
eled part-time help. Lopez, who grew
up in the Upper Eastside after moving
here from Spain at age four, opened
AV in September 2005 after paying his
dues at the Loew's in Miami Beach
and the Four Seasons on Brickell.
The Johnson & Wales alum took
over a strip-mall slot in North Miami
Beach near the causeway over to
Sunny Isles that once housed
Artichoke's Natural Caf6, gutted it,
acid-washed the floors and invested
heavily in tapestries extolling the
virtues of wine. Billed as Old
World/New World, the crux of the
menu is paella and tapas, the latter of
which goes for $9 a pop.

The wine selection hails mostly from
Spain and South America, and while
AV doesn't exactly have what one
would consider a wine-bar range of
offerings, the vino on hand is tasty
(who am I kidding; I wouldn't know
good wine if it came in a tuxedo).
The calamari is light and crispy,
without the heavily fried character of
the Italian version. My churrasco steak
was very tender a little on the oily
side but bursting with flavor and the
arugula and baby tomato salad had a
sharp balsamic-and-garlic kick.
A little creme brulee and creme sher-
ry coupled nicely with an after-dinner
coffee, during which time Alex proved
that a behind-the-scenes man can also
have personality. Indeed, years as a
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California Dreaming

Our Resident Foodie Sniffs Out the Best of the West

By J.P. Chops
BBT Contributing Writer

And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high"
-George Gershwin

West Coast, Left
Coast, Cali, PT Time
Summers are obnoxiously sweaty in
South Florida, this we all know. You can
usually tell what time it is by the clock-
work precision rain-showers: "Ah, 3
p.m. downpour!" So, just like
schoolkids, it's time for a getaway a
vacation, if you will to the more
sophisticated set.
But this isn't your typical tripping:
less planning, more eating. You know
how we do. The only schedules that are
kept abide by mealtimes. Luckily my
wife is expecting, so eating every two
hours is quite the norm.
If it is at all possible to conceive of a
map solely for food purposes, the image
appears very vividly in my mind. Rather
than symbols for important landmarks,
forks mark the spots to stop. Roadside
stands offer a much needed change of
pace; an unexpected snack spot is an
added bonus. (While traveling, this, gen-
erally speaking, is how gems are discov-
Frank's Hot Dogs, in the retrofit
antiquity town of San Luis Obispo, is
primetime proof. The lure of a good dog
brought about recognition for a town we
may have overlooked. Stop for a bite,
drive slowly down Main Street and
check out the local digs.
Other important food adventures start
through word-of-mouth advertising,
such as, "Hey we are going to San

Diego, where do we get the best fish
tacos?" Restaurants are like... they are
everywhere, and everyone has their
One such W.O.M. recommendation is
South Beach Bar & Grill (unlikeliest of
names for a Miamian out of place on the
opposite side of the continent), a stone's
throw from the sand and water of Ocean
Beach, a beach-bum town full of hip-
pies, independently run businesses, a
record shop, and the coolest bar on earth
- Bullfrog's. With Newcastle on tap and
a shuffle-board table-top, how can you
go wrong?
Back to business: Fish tacos may
well be the official dish of San Diego.
They come served in a soft or hard
shell, fried or grilled and topped with
some sorta white sauce (ranch-ish),
shredded cabbage, pico de gallo (tomato
salsa) and cheese (or not). These bug-
gers are G-O-O-D! SoBe Bar & Grill
offers an array of choices: Tacos with
lobster, shrimp, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo,
Fried Baja fish, Shark, Tuna and a few
others lost in my notes due to layers of
sauce drippings. Wash it all down with
a selection from the 50-some draught
beers on tap.

Strange Sighting:
BBQ & Sushi seems like overzeal-
ous Koreans try their hand at raw fish
too; Miami isn't the only town where
Asian cultures crossover to appease all.

Burger Bliss
In 'n' Out Burger is California's gift
to the world of fresh food, fast and for-
ward-thinking. Yes, this is a chain not
a public company or franchise and
yes, it's fast food, but it also gets this
chef's seal of approval.

Five-item menu:
Burger w/ cheese: Double burger aptly
named 'Double Double', fries and a
shake. These are not just French fries,
but hand-cut, fresh potatoes twice fried1
to order. Shakes are blended with 100
percent pure ice cream. Soda service
includes Dr. Pepper. Sounds enticing,
huh? It gets better.
There is a fact some Cali folks may
not like share with you about their
favorite burger baggers: An underground
menu exists. This isn't the 'Da Vinci'
secret madness that swept our country,
but real-deal, optional items you must
know the lingo to get.
Double Meat2. 3X3. 4X43. Protein-
style. Animal-style4 (a personal favorite).
The secret is out of the bag, m'kay?
But you must rattle off the proper order,
such as "a double-double, animal-style,"
or "a burger with grilled onions; gimme
a 3X3, fries and a choco-shake."

1 Twice-fried is good technique to ensure
crispy 'taters. The first dip in oil is to blanch

Dear Metrobus...
Continued from page 45
ager" routine a couple of times, but I
stuck to my guns and finally got exact-
ly what I wanted. Adrian was backing
me up the entire time, but in the end,
he said, "See? You didn't even need
Did I? I can't help but wonder if I
would have gotten the same deal had I
not taken a man with me. Double-stan-
dards are still so prevalent today that I
wasn't about to take the chance.
Needless to say, on July 18, 2006, I

Tune in next month for the conclusion
of "California Dreaming..."
* Fear and (Stomach) Growling
in Vegas
* No A/C Zones: Desert-Style Driving
* Airport Food or How Not to
Become a Terror Suspect in the Post-
9/11 World...
* Breakfast: Fit for a King

the spuds and a lower temperature to draw
out moisture. When ready to serve, they dunk
into a hot bath of grease to crisp up and dark-
en in color.
2 Self explanatory, but anyway double pat-
3 Four freakin' beef patties! Four slices of
cheese! Hot damn. I can hear myself getting
fatter just saying these ingredients. Think
double Big Mac, except better.
4 Animal-style consists of a burger cooked
with mustard, pickles, extra sauce and some
grilled onions. Try this on your French fries
to become the ultimate attraction for all those
Japanese tourists eating side-by-side with

happily bid the Miami-Dade Public
Transportation System adieu.
MetroMover, I never truly under-
stood you, but you were always there,
free of charge. MetroRail, you and I
met only once recently, and I have to
say, the ride was relatively pleasant.
And MetroBus, you were kind to me,
although unpredictable and in desperate
need of a good spring cleaning. You
and I went through a lot together. We
had our ups and downs, and I probably
complained more about you than you
deserved. I wish you well, but I have to
be honest: I hope we never meet again.

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An Ode to Casserole

By Chef Jeremiah

The BBT welcomes back ChefJeremiah as the resident
chef Visit him at his c' y.., ,., Bullfrog Eatz, located
at 2344 N.E. 2ndAve.

Tuna Casserole 2000
This ain't yo momma's Tuna Casserole no cream of
mushroom soup cans, no fried crispy noodles. This is
updated for the millennium, complete with raw sushi-
style fish seasoned to perfection. Sustenance and tex-
ture are added with a mini salad and garnish of crunchy
The key to this dish is super-fresh tuna, sliced thin.
Usually, this grade of fish can be procured from your
local monger skip the local market and/or Whole
Foods-type stores. Eating raw fish is a risk! Please con-
sult your local neighborhood chef-extraordinaire before
attempting on your own. Look for a filet which is bright
red or even purple, firm, odor free and has a nice sheen
(like a freshly waxed automobile hood). Consult your
local Japanese mini mart for ingredients.

- Sashimi-grade Tuna loin
- Soy sauce (Tamari-style, Japanese version full of
actual soy flavor)

- Sesame oil (toasted)
- Sriracha chili paste (Vietnamese-style chili paste with
a rooster on the label)

Use fish that is free of white sinew and muscle tissue,
trim the loin so that it's clean. Slice it very thin about
the size of a domino and as thick as cardboard. The
idea here is to season the fish so it's good 'n' tasty. Soy
adds salinity, (no need for salt), Sesame oil for earthi-
ness, and Sriraccha for spiciness.

- Wasabe peas
- Edamame beans
- Daikon sprouts
- Sesame seeds
- Pickled ginger

Pick a dish that is apropos for casserole use (narrow
sides but deep bottom). Layer the dish with a 'salad' on
the bottom. Toss the ingredients together with a little
seasoning from the fish. Place the sashimi slices in a
line down the middle, on top of salad. Add a little gar-
nish of peas and sprouts and seeds, and serve with well
chilled sake.

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Compiled by Derek McCann from Actual City of Miami Police Reports

Lane Blocking Garbage
Truck Leads to Road Rage
Palm Grove
Victim is a driver for Miami's Solid
Waste Department. As she was doing
routine rounds, the subject, driving a
blue pick-up truck, attempted to pass her
on a narrow street. The victim tried in
earnest to give her enough room but to
no avail. At this point, the alleged sus-
pect got out of his pickup truck and pro-
ceeded to bang on the sliding door of the
garbage truck: kicking and screaming,
then declaring, "Bitch, I'm going to kick
your ass if you don't let me by."
Witnesses notified police but unfortu-
nately, they did not cooperate with the
investigation. There have been no

Broken Glass and the
Angry Parishioner
Palm Grove
An area church had its window broken
and was subsequently burglarized. The
suspect, a parishioner, turned himself in

to the pastor and was advised to tell
police. The burglar upon speaking to
police insisted that he only broke the
window and did not burglarize the
church. Upon his entry into
the police car, he managed
in his attempt to escape, to
break the lock of the back
door and crack the back
window of the police car.
He was transported to
another car, but he vio-
lently resisted arrest. He
was subdued by a police
taser and restrained by
his legs.
more charges "
were added as he
was escorted to
the county jail.

Suspect's Bling-Bling Ride
Leads to the Slammer
150 Block ofN.E. 54th St.
On patrol, police noticed a "suspicious-
looking vehicle." It was a green Toyota

with illegal, coruscating, blue lights on
the hood. The vehicle was stopped and
when the officer asked the man for a dri-
ver's license, the driver informed him he
didn't have one. The driver was

with Time
Victim awoke in the
Morning and found a
brick on his coffee table
and a hole in his window.
Three desk clocks
were missing from
A the room. Another
tenant, in the adja-
cent apartment,
had a similar situa-
tion and the pilfered loot: more clocks.
According to the police report there
were several juveniles (sic) in the area at
the time of the clock swipes. No arrests
have been made.

Fire Extinguisher
Victim's business was broken into via
the front door. A crowbar was used to
shimmy the door open. Strangely, noth-
ing inside the business was taken. The
fire extinguisher was removed from the
wall (the glass broken) and it was used
to spray the walls of the business. In
addition, this extinguisher was also
thrown against the wall repeatedly cre-
ating huge holes in the wall. The
owner suspects an old employee but
there have been no real leads.

The Trickle-Down
Effects of the Booming
Real Estate Market
2700 Miami Ave.
Witness flagged down a roving police
car and told the officers that he saw a
man snaring several items from the
scene of a construction site. Several
blocks away they saw someone match-
ing the man's description pushing a
cart loaded with building materials.
When he was approached, the man
simply stated he was only stealing
because he wanted to see how much
money he could get for the materials
on the open market.

Would-be Landscaper
Stopped by Police
5800 Block ofN.E. 2nd Ave.
Another church was broken into, but
this time, six plants ripped from the
front, fenced-in area of the church.
Police saw a man furiously pushing a
shopping cart (stolen from Home Depot)
down 58th street, filled with greenery.
Several times he was told to stop, yet he
continued to push his cart down the
block. The plant thief was finally appre-
hended when he crashed his stolen cart
head-on into the police vehicle. He tena-
ciously fought with police and resisted
arrest. A crack pipe and several rocks
were found in his possession as he vio-
lently kicked and screamed his way into
the back of the police vehicle. One offi-
cer suffered a sprained ankle and several
abrasions. The plants were returned to
the church and replanted.

Old Flame Fondles
Naked Victim
According to police report, victim was
sleeping in the nude under a sheet on her
couch. A recent boyfriend had contacted
her sister outside the house and asked
where she was. The sister, not knowing
the pair had ended their relationship, let
the man inside the home. As soon as he
arrived, he pounced on the victim-mas-
saging her naked breasts, abdomen and
other areas. The man left quickly after,
grabbing a pack of cigarettes on the way

Neighborhood Menace
Stopped by Cops
300 Block ofN.E. 80th Terrace
A woman known as "Nine Millimeter
Fefe" drove up in a Ford Taurus to the
victim's home accompanied by another
woman. An argument ensued shortly
after arrival. Fefe then grabbed the vic-
tim's hair and forced her to the ground,
driving a knee into her chest. Fefe
screamed to her accomplice, "Grab the
stash." Defendant number two grabbed
victim's bracelet and reached into vic-
tim's pocket, pulling out $576.00. An
area police car saw the incident and
chased Fefe into the house where she
was apprehended on the roof. Defendant
number two managed to escape.

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Metrosexuality Leads to
yet another Crime
Palm Grove
Victim was staying at one of the
Boulevard's historical motels. After a
night out, he returned to his room and
found his luggage bag had been com-
promised. About 8 bottles of cologne
were removed as the victim was a trav-
eling salesman. Nothing else was taken
in the room. An hour later as he passed
the front desk, he saw a man standing
nearby. The man seductively asked him
if they could both try on some cologne
together, especially the ones in the
white bottles. Victim ran from scene
and called 911 on his cell phone.

Caveat Emptor Part 2
Buena Vista
Perpetrator approached an elderly
couple and stated that he was in posses-
sion of a lottery ticket worth $234,000;
however, he could not cash it because
he was an illegal immigrant. Suspect
suggested the victims give him money

for the ticket. Inexplicably, they did,
handing over $800 in US currency and
several items of jewelry worth over
$500. The suspect then fled in a red
Volkswagen: license plate V19JQR.
When the two victims later tried to cash
the ticket, it was found to be worthless.
Because there was an actual exchange
of property, police determined no crime
was committed.

Roll over Minutes
not to be Taken Lightly
5200 Block of Biscayne Boulevard
Suspect and victim got into a dispute
over parking spot. After the argument
ended, victim went to his apartment and
noticed his cell phone was missing.
When he returned to his parked car he
saw the suspect using his Cingular cell
phone. There was another argument, but
this time, the suspect physically assault-
ed the victim, kicking him repeatedly in
the groin area. The victim claimed he
told police in the area about this inci-
dent and was informed that this wasn't
their area of jurisdiction. He also
claimed to have approached another
officer several blocks away and was

refused help. The police report stated
that these charges were unfounded and
the first available report of this incident
occurred two days after.

Free Drinks Lead
to Incarceration
Suspect was drinking at the bar and had
run up a significant tab. He had grown
increasingly intoxicated to which the bar-
tender refused to serve him further. The
bartender also asked the man to pay his
tab-now totaling $86.00. The man
refused and police were called to the
scene. The police report noted there was
a strong alcoholic odor emitting from his
breath. He was arrested and charged with

For a Healthy Clean
4800 Block oJ i: i....- Boulevard
Suspect was seen grabbing a value
meal costing $5.29 and not making an
attempt to pay for it. In addition, a dou-
ble package of Fleet Enemas was also
carried off past the entrance. No arrest
was made as the attending officer was
not at the immediate scene.

Miami 21
Continued from page 9
Sure, some of their ideas are great:
Front porches, bigger sidewalks, more
trees, mixed-use in some places where
it fits and won't overwhelm. But these
changes are minor compared to the
major increases of city traffic they are
proposing for already dense inner-city
Don't be fooled with their impres-
sive-sounding, idealistic concepts and
buzz words which intimidate. The
land-brokers love them and the plans,
but whether we live in a condo or
drive throughout the city, the average
resident should be wary of the more
sweeping, increased zoning changes in
highly dense areas.
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Local Chefs 'School Lunch Ideas

school's in full swing and we're
back to the grind. For me, that
grind is literal, as I spend time
grinding organic veggies for Izzi in my
food processor, but it is also about the
grind of packing Goldi's lunch. In an
interesting twist to
the grind, to which
I had become
accustomed, Goldi
now insists upon
making her lunch
with me, which is
both glorious (in
terms of her devel-
opment, expanding
independence and
bonding-time with i
her) and a drag (it
would be so much By Jen
easier to run in to
the kitchen at night when she is asleep
and slap something together quickly on
my own without having to give too
much thought to kitchen safety or
repeat myself 40 million times, ("No,
put the bread down, we're not ready
for that yet."). But it really is mostly
good news and so we bond in the
kitchen over her lunchbox.
Because I have always encouraged
her to cook with me, since between
being a foodie and doing a lot of enter-
taining I seem to spend so much time
in the kitchen, we have some routines
in place. For example, cooking is one
of only a few activities for which
Goldi allows her wild hair to be up in a
ponytail (along with tennis and swim-
ming lessons). We have a nice folding
stepstool for her to reach the counter,
her little apron hangs below mine
(which she actually wears while I just
wipe my hands on whatever I'm wear-
ing), and she gets to wash her hands in

I have recently been really sur-
prised by how many car seats I
have noticed improperly
installed. Make sure yours isn't
one of them.
The Injury Free Coalition for
Kids offers car seat clinics to
help you protect your kids. For
more info or to set up an
appointment contact them at
305-243-3928 or check out their
website at:


the kitchen sink. When we are baking,
she reminds me when we have to place
the splash guard on the stand-mixer
before we add the dry ingredients.
But a kid-in-the-kitchen revelation
occurred when my friend Missy gave
me the totally bril-
liant idea of putting
Goldi in charge of
slicing mushrooms
with an egg slicer.
Well, wow, I hadn't
even thought of
having her slice
eggs with it yet! As
a result, Goldi is
now a huge fan of
Seegg salad, while I
try to use mush-
ii Person rooms in as many
meals as possible!
So, when it comes to making Goldi's
school-lunch, egg salad sandwiches are
of course a regular. Sandwiches in gen-
eral are good, as she can help pile on
ingredients. So, she has egg salad,
salmon salad, chicken salad, sliced
cheese and occasionally a mild salami
- which, much to the shock of my
Brooklyn Jewish instincts, she eats
with mayo because mustard is "too
spicy" (regardless of what kind of
mustard it is). And of course all sand-
wiches are on whole wheat, as whole
grains are all you'll find around here
from bread to pasta to cookies.
And speaking of pasta, Goldi will
also gladly eat cold pasta salads made
with salmon or chicken, and for veg-
gies she likes cucumbers, carrots and
tomatoes. That's an easy thing to make
in bulk to keep in the fridge for every-
one to snack on or throw into a con-
tainer to take along.
The other things she is able to help
with are the other aspects of making
her lunch healthy and balanced. I am
very, very lucky to have a kid who
chooses fruit as a special treat and
could eat either cucumbers or peas for
every meal. So I cut the cucumbers
into sticks and she counts them out and
puts them in the container for her
lunch ditto with carrots. I also slice
up fruit for her to place into her lunch
box; generally she takes an apple to
school every day, but we've been get-
ting amazing plums from our organic
buying club lately, so she's been taking
those (a special thanks to former BBT
Wellness columnist Jayne Rosenbaum

for that!). And she considers it an
insanely special treat when she gets
raisins to take to school. I assume this
will change some day.

But enough
from my mod-
est Buena
Vista kitchen -
since those of
us here on the
Upper Eastside
rush our kids
to school up
and down
Biscayne ..
Boulevard I
thought it Adam Meltzer o
would be a wife, Katie, and d1
good idea to let will someday hav
some of our to take
local chefs
inform their lunchboxes. Thus, savor
the following lunch ideas for our tropi-
cal city kids from local restaurants:
Michelle Bernstein, chef and owner
of Michy's (6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-


759-2001) said: "I would love to make
a kid my zesty chicken-mango salad
sandwiches... no mayo, just with a
mango-vinaigrette. It's delicious and
kids don't
even know
it's good for
Noodles with
o crunchy veg-
gies and
grilled chick-
en breast with
peanut vinai-
grette; fruit
kabobs with
he Daily with his dressing;
ghter, Maggie, who shrimp in let-
some great lunches tuce leaves
school! with a little
soy-sweet chili
dipping sauce. Nothing heavy as it's so
hot out! Yummy food that is easy to
make, fun to share and makes them
feel like they are finishing a task by

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Do You Vote? Why or Why Not?

By Victor Barrenechea

BBT Contributing Writer

Claudia Veliz
"Honestly, I don't vote, and I don't really
have a reason."

John Cabarga
"I vote. The reason for that is because I think
it's a right we've been given and we need to
take advantage of that right. Other countries
don't have that oDDortunitv."

David Lee
"Yes I vote because it's my civic responsibili-
ty and I care about the future of our country,
which doesn't look too good right now."

Cassandra Cruz
"Yes I vote because I care about what's going
on in the country."

Luis Diaz
"Yes I vote, and the reason I vote is to make
my voice heard."

Pedro Armada
"Yes, because I think, in a sense, I have a very
real responsibility to vote -just in a moral

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Invest in Real Estate with Your IRA

By Gilda Iriarte
BBT Columnist

Did you know that you can have an
IRA account that allows you to be in
the driver's seat, so you control where
the funds are invested? It is called a
self-directed IRA and you can use it to
buy real estate raw land, houses, con-
dos, commercial properties and even
mortgage notes. You can broaden your
portfolio as long as you follow certain
You can't buy real estate with your
basic IRA, but must open a self-direct-
ed IRA with an independent adminis-
trator that offers real estate as an
investment option to serve as the
trustee or custodian. These include:
Guidant Financial of Bellevue,
Washington, Pensco Trust Company of
San Francisco, Entrust of Oakland,
California, Sterling Trust of Waco,
Texas, and FISERV Investment
Services of Denver.
The advantages of real estate in a
retirement plan are its potential high
rate of return, added diversification
and its lower risk over the long run.
When you buy a property for your
IRA, the income and appreciation
builds up tax-free until you start to
take withdrawals after age 59 and a
half. If you've had the dollars in a
Roth IRA for at least five years and are
59 and a half, disabled or dead (distri-
bution is to your beneficiary), all of the
dollars come out tax-free.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

has imposed certain rules that restrict
the types of investments and the per-
sons with whom you can do business.
Your self-directed IRA cannot transact
business with you, your spouse, your
parents, your children or your chil-
dren's spouses.
But you can do
business with your
brothers, your sis-
ters, your spouses' The advantage
parents or grand- in a retirement
parents, your potential high
stepchildren, your addd
aunts and uncles added divers
and your cousins, lower risk ove
What transac-
tions are prohibit-
ed? You cannot
use your IRA in an
investment whose primary purpose is
to benefit you or another party; the pri-
mary purpose of your IRA investment
has to be the enhancement of your
IRA. For example, if your IRA lends
$25,000 on a second mortgage to your
brother at three percent when the mar-
ket rate for such a loan is 10 percent,
the IRS can rule that you have a pro-
hibited transaction.
The IRA cannot invest in a corpora-
tion if 50 percent or more of that cor-
poration is owned by you or any other
disqualified person. Moreover, you
cannot commingle IRA funds with
your own cash.
You and your relatives can use your
separate IRAs, and discretionary funds
as well, to purchase property. This may


be done by using any one of the three
different types of ownership, including
tenancy-in-common, a limited partner-
ship and a limited liability company
(LLC). Why is this allowed? When you
buy interests in any of these set-ups,
you are dealing
with the company
or the seller not
with other mem-
s of real estate bers. Be diligent
t plan are its when you set it up
rate of return, and have an attor-
ney advise you. In
cation and its order for the IRS
the long run. to permit your
IRA to be includ-
ed in such
arrangements, you
must address spe-
cific legal issues and add specific
clauses to the documents involved.
Now that you understand some of
the constraints, you can see how differ-
ent types of ownership can enable you
to invest your IRA funds safely and
Let's take an example of ownership
in a tenancy-in-common. This arrange-
ment allows each person to invest the
amount he has available and allows
participation of disqualified individuals
without risking a prohibited transac-
tion. Also, it allows that person to sell
his share in the investment at any time.
So you get together with a few fami-
ly members and friends and decide on
your goals income stream or appreci-
ation, or both. After discussing it with

your real estate broker and having him
or her show you some options, you
decide on a small shopping center. He
or she completes the due diligence, and
then you review all the risks and
decide you're good to go. There will
be no debt, the tenants will pay all
expenses and have several years on
their leases. You hire a management
company to collect rents and disburse
funds to owners and keep an eye on the
property. Your attorney draws title as
tenants-in-common, completes the IRA
administrator's paperwork and sends it
to the title company for closing. Using
an IRA in a real estate transaction adds
a little more paperwork and requires
using an attorney, but the process is
basically the same as it would be if
you used your own funds.
In recent years, most investors have
discovered that the stock market often
isn't the solution to financial security.
The key has always been diversifica-
tion. True diversification comes from
identifying investments that are inde-
pendent of the stock market's ups and
downs. Real estate investments, when
wisely made, can build your IRA while
keeping your retirement money safe
and secure.

Gilda Iriarte is a real estate and mort-
gage consultant in Miami with a
Harvard MBA and 25 years experi-
ence. She can be reached at giri-
arte(ibellsouth.net or 305-984-1101

Hot Kids in The City
Continued from page 63
dipping and saucing!"
Michael Vega, chef and co-owner of UVA (6900
Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-9022), sends his kids,
Dylan and Emily, to school with tuna salad sand-
wiches, with sliced hardboiled egg and sliced tomato
on a whole wheat baguette. He includes a banana, a
drink and a fresh chocolate chip cookie. He also
suggests that an easy way to make tuna salad more
interesting is to add in chopped green apple.
Adam Meltzer, owner of The Daily Creative Food
Company (2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535) and
father of Maggie, offers a creative selection of sand-
wiches inspired by memories of his own brown bag

Peanut butter, bananas, & honey on wheat bread
Hummus, cucumber and tomato on multi grain bread
Cream cheese & jelly on pumpernickel bread

Turkey rollups (literally turkey slices rolled up) with
carrot sticks, celery, & sliced American cheese
Avocado, cream cheese & turkey on wheat bread.

As additional brown-bag treats, he suggests a
small bag of nuts and raisins, dried fruit medleys,
apricots, raisins, dried berries, apples and other
pieces of fruit, baked potato chips, veggie couscous,
nonfat pudding snacks or Jell-O.
Chef Jeremiah of Bullfrog Eatz (2344 N.E. 2nd
Ave., 305-576-3289), who will soon be a dad him-
self, has two suggestions for varying levels of culi-
nary handiness:

Chef Jeremiah's Brown-Bag
(medium-sized Bloomie's bag)
- Toasted cashew butter on seven-grain banana bread
with guava marmalade on top (so the cashew butter
doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth)
- Asparagus spears tossed in lemon confit vinaigrette
- Thermos filled with warm Granny Smith apple

cider and cinnamon tapioca pearls (the essence of
apple pie in a drink)
- Angel food cup(cake) spiked with candied straw-
berries and white icing (something of a healthy
strawberry shortcake for youngsters)

Bullfrog Eatz Kids Lunch Suggestion
(from the forthcoming fall menu @ Bullfrog Eatz)
- Egg salad with whole wheat pita. The tastiest egg
salad is made using free-range brown eggs. Mash the
yolks and whites separately, then take the egg whites
and dab dry with a paper towel to soak up excess liq-
uid. Mash with a whisk or fork, and then add a tea-
spoon of mustard, a big spoon of sour cream, chives
or parsley, celery leaves, salt, pepper and celery. For
the pita, buy the mini-rounds and toast in oven until

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AAA Miami Locksmith
3531 NE 2nd Avenue
Page 45
Ace Hardware
284 N.E. 79th St.
Aventura Hardgoods Co.
17811 Biscayne Blvd.
South Beach Hardgoods Co.
1668 Alton Rd.
Page 40
Adams Veterinary
672 NE 79 Street
Page 69
A.V. Grill & Wine Bar
3055 N.E. 163rd St.
North Miami Beach
Page 39
Steven K. Baird, PA
5981 NE Sixth Ave.
179 N.E. 96th Street
Miami Shores
Page 56
Feng Shui Products
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 47
Barker Group Real Estate
Investments & Financing
Page 10
Bay Oaks
435 NE 34th St.
Page 26
Biscayne Pet House
10789 Biscayne Blvd
Page 68
Bohio Home Collection
8990 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 33

Bon Vivant
Furniture Liquidation
120 N.E. 27th St. #700
Page 42
Jane Buffington
Carson Realty
Page 49
Chi Tae Kwon Do
9699 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 47
Curb Apeal
Landscape Services
Kelly Crawford
phone: 305-756-5452
cell: 305-308-0151
Page 45
Dart Maintenance
Page 34
Duffy Realty
Biscayne Breeze Condos
Patrick L. Duffy
Page 42
First United
Methodist Church
400 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 12
Flora's East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St
Page 16
Dena Glazer Yoga
Page 32
Granite Transformations
2700 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 49
Hiperfit Personal Training
7120 Biscayne Blvd.
1420 Alton Rd.
Page 13

Hiro's Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 48
Insurance Planners Group
Page 22
Investor Realty Group
7100 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 105
Page 8
Jontiff & Jontiff
Personal Injury Lawyers
3550 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 510
Page 13
Keller Williams/
Eagle Realty
700 NE 90th St. Miami Shores
Nancy Dowson 305-694-2166
Page 18
Susie Lawson 305-694-5355
Page 55
Ron Platt 305-694-5361
Page 44
Charles Kluck
Mortgage Lender &
Financial Planner
Page 28
Lambda Passages
7545 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 51
Leiter Gallery
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 41
Louie's Brick Oven
15979 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami Beach
Page 24
Magy Interiors
215 NW 36th St.
Page 57

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5046 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 72
Metrol Real Estate
120 NE 27th St. Bay 200
Page 2
Metropolitan Blinds & Shades
3483 Chase Ave.
Page 52
Miami Beach
Community Health Center
1221 71 St. Miami Beach
710 Alton Road, Miami Beach
12340 NE 6th Court, North Miami
Page 38
Miami Parking Authority
Page 27
Miami Shores Realty
9301 NE 6th Ave.
Miami Shores
305-754-5546 /
Page 26
Miami Shores Yoga
9712 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 16
Michelle Cafe
16121 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 14
Mike's at Venetia Sports Bar
555 N.E. 15th Street,
9th Floor
Page 59
Karen Mock
Majestic Properties
Page 50
Maji Pace Ramos
Page 39
Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton Road
Miami Beach
Page 21

Real Estate Group
Page 5
No Fear Computer
7550 Biscayne Boulevard
Page 54
North Miami Dental
Dr. Robert Holtz
610 N.E. 124th St.
Page 34
International Realty
Corporate Headquarters:
11900 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 200
Pages 23 & 29
Star Behl
Page 6
Irina Nefedova
Page 33
Palm Realty
3550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 700
Page 14
Air Conditioning
14230 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami
Page 32
Penguin Cove
Stained Glass
14230 West Dixie Highway
North Miami
Page 32
Peter's Doors
800 NW 36 St.
Page 35

Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 40
Plaza Tire and Auto
3005 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 61
Segal Institute
Pages 30 & 61
Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
4029 N. Miami Ave.
Page 60
Sir Speedy Printing
2601 NE 2nd Ave
Page 10
Smiling Pets
7310 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 68
South Beach Investment Realty
828 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach
6815 Biscayne Blvd. Miami
Page 25
Temple Israel
137 NE 19 St
Page 19
Tiki Boutique
9702 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores
Page 58
UVA Cafe
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 41
Villa Jardin 1 Condominiums
5513 NE Miami Place
305-759-2542 ext. 111
Page 6
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Gray & Associates Properties
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Please help us find a home for Zeza! This 3-year-old Fox Terrier mix
needs a loving family. Zeza is very picky about her doggie friends, so it
is best that she be the only dog in the household. She is a second
chance dog and she is recovering from hip surgery. She is very affec-
tionate and she loves to go on long walks. Zeza is at our Soffer and
Fine Adoption Center, 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami
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first meet her but once she gets to know you, she will purr and rub
up against you all day. She becomes especially playful at night so
you must be ready for her high energy level. Please adopt Colada
from our Soffer & Fine Adoption Center at 16101 West Dixie
Highway, North Miami Beach, 305-696-0800.

These pets can be found at our brand new
shelter, the Soffer and Fine Adoption Center,
located at 16101 West Dixie Highway in
North Miami Beach. The center is open for
adoptions Mondays and Wednesday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and
Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. (closed
Tuesdays. Thank you!
The adoption fee for a dog or a puppy is
now $90 (and still includes: spay/neuter, up-
to-date vaccinations including rabies if dog is
four months or older, de-worming, microchip
identification, Miami-Dade County dog
license or puppy tag, dogs six months and
older are tested for heartworm disease and
Ehrlichiosis, free puppy training or low-cost
dog obedience classes, and new parent sup-
The adoption fee for a cat or a kitten is now
$60 (and still includes: spay/neuter, up-to-
date vaccinations including rabies if cat is four
months or older, de-worming, microchip
identification, FeLV and FIV tests, cardboard
cat carrier, and new parent support).

South Miami-Dade Shelter
16601 S.W 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33177
(305) 252-3389

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Saying Goodbye to Your Best Friend

By Lisa Hartman
BBT Columnist

It's hard to make friends, and it's espe-
cially difficult to find friends as loyal
and loving as our pets. Sadly though,
their time on earth is far too short. As
such, many of us will be faced with the
unenviable task of deciding when our
friends should travel on. And although it
is a sad and devastating time for us, it
might be a blessing for them. We don't
get that option as humans, but we do for
our pets. Making the choice to end the
suffering of our beloved animal can
bring us peace as well.
But how do we know it's time? For
most of us, the bond with our pets is
very special. Many of us consider them
part of the family. Animals are stoics
when it comes to showing pain, so usual-
ly we don't know something is wrong
until long after the fact. If you have an
older pet, look for signs of stress or pain.
Is your animal panting a lot or is his
breathing labored?
Has he lost the
interest or ability
to participate in Animals are i
activities he once comes to sho
loved? Although usually we
losing interest in something is
something is
flyball would not
be a clear indica- long after
tion your pet is
entering its final
stage of life, lack
of interest in more sedate activities such
as eating or belly-rubs might.
Your pet may have more obvious signs
of trouble, such as loss of bowel control,
failure to focus, and perhaps sounds of
physical pain such as crying or whining.
You can also take your cues from the
environment. Are many people telling
you your pet looks like he is suffering?
Sometimes we do not want to see the


truth or face the inevitable. If you
believe there is more pain in your pets'
life than pleasure, you may want to con-
sider ending their life humanely.
Sometimes it's your pet's personality
that changes. Many pets seem healthy on
the outside, but their behavior is now
different. If your once-
docile pet has become
vicious to people or
completely unmanage-
able, it may be time to
say goodbye (of course,
if you don't think your
pet is suffering or have
doubts, make an
appointment with a
qualified trainer/behav- s
iorist first!). Many
older dogs or pets in By Lisa
pain become somewhat
aggressive as they suffer, lose sight and
hearing, and are stressed.
Euthanasia should not be used to end a
healthy pet's life because of financial


burden, lack of
interest or change in
lifestyle. Every
oics when it effort should be
ing pain, so made to adopt the
ing pain, so
pet or rectify the
on't know problem.
wrong until The decision to
the fact. use euthanasia does
not have to be made
alone. Your veteri-
narian can be very
helpful in the decision-making process.
After examining your pet, your vet can
discuss with you the severity of your
pet's condition, chance for recovery,
potential problems and quality of life. He
or she may be able to give you a time-
frame and fully explain to you your
options. Rarely do you need to make an
immediate decision.

But if the time has come to stop help-
ing Fluffy along, there are many
options. Your vet can do it, and some
will euthanize your pet in the comfort of
your home. Humane Societies will also
perform the task, and some clinics will
even let you hold your animal as he
S passes. You have the
option for cremation
and keeping the ashes
if you wish. As for
euthanasia itself, some
clinics will sedate the
animal before injec-
tion. Do not be afraid
to ask questions and
know your options.
S Euthanasia should be
considered when other
lartman options aren't possible.
The decision to euth-
anize a pet may be the kindest thing you
can do for them, yet it will never be easy
one to make. Many churches and shelters
offer pet-loss support groups and hot-
lines. There are many poems written on
the topic of our pets leaving us for the
Rainbow Bridge (where our pets wait for
us outside heaven's gate, turned back in

time to their healthy youth).
Another poem, by the playwright
Eugene O'Neal titled "Last Will and
Testament of an Extremely
Distinguished Dog," was written about
the loss of his dog Blemie. A small little
booklet, it is written from the dog's
point-of-view, thanking his owners,
telling them he was very happy with
them, but it is now time to move on
(available at Amazon). He puts his
owner at ease with gratitude and humor,
telling them to find room in their heart
for another dog as a small testament to
him ("I would like to think that after
having me you could not possibly live
without a dog in your life.")
Our pets may give us the greatest joy
we know, but sadly their time with us is
limited. Your decision will not be easy,
but always know in your heart you made
the best decision you could for them.
They know it too.

Lisa Hartman is head trainer for
Pawsitively Pets! Dog Training and Pet-
Sitting You can reach her at 786-942-
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Free Animal Neutering and Spaying

for Pet Owners of Miami-Dade
Pet owner and prospective pet owners should be aware the Animal Services
of Miami-Dade offer free neutering and spaying for cats and dogs. Addressing
the over population problem in the county is a priority for the department and
they want to make it increasingly easy for residents to lend their assistance.
One can schedule an appointment by calling 305-884-SPAY (7729). Before
the actual surgery, pet owners must provide proof that their animal has
received a rabies shot and a license tag. If not, the rabies shot is $7.00 and
the tag is $25.00. If the owner is on public assistance then both can be pur- 6
chased for $2.00. The license tag is optional for cats.

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email newsletter@biscayneboulevard.com and put 'subscribe'in the subject.

Greater NoMi Historical Society
Chamber of Commerce
13100 West Dixie Hwy.

Miami Shores Village Council
Budget Hearing 2006-2007
10050 N.E. 2nd Ave.

3 p.m.
Historic Preservation Board
Miami City Hall

The Palm Grove
Neighborhood Association,
which normally meets on the
last Thursday of each month,
will not meet in September.

It's Everybody's Birthday at this
month's Walk the Talk fundraiser
event. On hand will be Haitian
legend Jose Tavernier serenading
the crowd with great dance music
and Lucky Pierre's Band, playing
their new soca song just in time
for Miami/Broward Carnival 2006.

3500 Pan American Dr.

Buena Vista Heights Association
Coral Rock Church
N.W. 46th Street and N.W. 1st

6 to 8 p.m.
North Dade Regional Chamber
BCCC September Networker
Metro 1 Properties
120 N.E. 27th St.
Complimentary wine, food, park-

9 a.m.
City Commission Meeting
Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Dr.

Saturday, Sept 2
9 p.m. till late
Jakmel Art Gallery
147 N.W. 36th St.
$10 cover, cash bar
Island food, $5 donation
RSVP to Rhonda, 786-344-

7:30 p.m.
Biscayne Garden Civic
15000 N. Miami Ave.

North Miami: First 2006-2007
Budget Hearing
NoMi City Hall
776 N.E. 125th St.

Zoning Board
Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Dr.

9 a.m. & 5:05 p.m.
Special Miami City Commission
Sept 12
This is a public hearing on proposed
taxes and budget, where all citizens
can voice their opinion on where your
tax money goes! This is a real chance
to affect change and influence the
budgets of various civic bodies. If you
care about your city don't miss this.

Sept 12, 5:05 p.m.
Miami City Hall
Commission Chambers
3500 Pan American Dr.
Coconut Grove

Biscayne Park Village
Ed Burke Recreation Center
11400 N.E. 9th Ct.

Bayside Residents Association
Legion Park
6447 N.E. 7th Ave.
Contact: giriarte@bellsouth.net

A bid to rezone the nearly
115,000-square-foot plot of land
fronting the Little River, at 399
N.E. 82nd Ter. in Oakland Grove,
will go before Miami's Zoning
Board at 7 p.m. on September
11, at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Dr. in Coconut Grove.
Property records list the owner as
"Katia Tralkos," but it's actually a
woman named Katia Traikos. The
issue was covered in a July BBT
cover story, at which point many
neighbors expressed concern
about the impact of 101 town-
homes planned for the site. To
coordinate with Oakland Grove
leaders, neighbors should email
Tamara Hendershot, at floofie@bell-
south.net or Slade Cole, at sladej-

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with Lucky Pierre & Jude Papaloko
Celebrating Operation Green Leaves 1 5 Yrs..
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Special Guest Appearance:
1 Haitian Le-gend JOSE TAVERNIER J
'5? support 7h, Cause' Walk 7"he 7alk '

The Upper Eastside Miami Council is sponsoring a town hall meeting on Thursday,
Sept. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Legion Park Community Center to present plans for
passenger rail on the FEC Corridor railroad tracks. The Florida Dept. of
Transportation is in the middle of an 18 month study on what will be a multi-billion
dollar project to bring passenger rail from Palm Beach County to downtown Miami.
The plan has preliminary stops at 79th St., 62nd St., 54th St. and 36th Streets in
the Upper Eastside. The Town Hall meeting will feature an audio-visual presenta-
tion by FDOT on the proposed project, and there will be a question and answer
session afterwards. The presentation will also include presentations of the various
kinds of railroad cars that could be used as part of this mass transportation project.
The passenger rail plan also links up with the proposed Miami streetcar. FDOT is
looking to gauge public reaction to the proposed passenger rail, and initial reaction
has been extremely positive. This is a project that could be transformative for the
Upper Eastside, and public involvement is greatly encouraged. For more informa-
tion about the meeting, please contact David Treece, Secretary of the Upper
Eastside Miami Council at 305-751-8855 or by email at David@DavidTreece.com.

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Art on Your Fingernails in September

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The Miami Light Project will be the Nail Jet Pro, interview a Fresh
hosting a visual exhibition featuring Flavor expert for Frut6zia wine and
work by prize-winning nail artists view amazing nail designs by talent-
Jacqueline "Jackee O" Oliphant, ed artists.
Erica Plyter, Rachel Ouellette, This event will take place at The
Jiobahn Denise Bush and Nancy Miami Light Project, 3000 Biscayne
Smoyer. Attendees will be able to get Boulevard #100, from September 26
their nails done by local nail art tech- to 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the
nicians, receive intricate nail designs closing reception on September 28,
by a state-of-the-art machine called from 6 to 8 p.m.

Majestic Realtor Featured on HGTV
Darin Feldman, a realtor for Majestic After moving to Miami 15 years ago,
Properties in Miami, will serve as the real however, he discovered his affinity for
estate expert for several episodes of the real estate and quickly became an expert
upcoming program, "My in the field. He has been
House Is Worth What?" with Majestic Properties
The HGTV show, for six years, becoming a
debuting in August, will top producer in his sec-
advise homeowners of the ond year with the compa-
real value of their homes, ny.
taking into consideration Majestic Properties is
all the changes and one of South Florida's
upgrades they have made largest, privately owned
to them. His new role in real estate companies.
TV entertainment seems Founded in 1995 by Jeff
to fit Darin like a glove Morr, the full-service
besides being a good company has more than
businessman, he is also a 300 sales professionals
fine singer and song- fluent in over 10 lan-
writer. guages specializing in
Darin obtained degrees in Political residential and commercial real estate
Science and Economics from the sales and leasing. For additional informa-
University of Michigan, his home state. tion, visit www.majesticproperties.com.

Bohio Grand Opening
The grand opening of Bohio Home Collection is on Friday, September 15, from 7 to 9
p.m. at 8990 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores. Attendees can meet some of their artisans
and get into the groove of Venus Rising's drummers and dancers.
Bohio (a pre-Columbian word for round house) offers unique rustic furniture, art,
blown glass, jewelry, fountains and accessories handmade by artisans around the globe.
The shop will be a home-base of sorts for a variety of youth and community contribu-
tions, with programming such as children's workshops where they can meet artisans and
create their own works planned for the future. Bohio also hopes to throw cultural events
throughout the year featuring different countries and encourage participation of those in
our community who are from, or descended from, these places.
For a better look at what Bohio will bring to the community, come to the grand open-
ing or call 305-757-4000.

Continued from page 17
On May 17, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, District 5
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and Miami-Dade
County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rudy Crew
joined Principal Dawson and students for the official
opening of its newly built Music Suite.
Thomas suggests that, in addition to the commonly
understood relationship between music and math,
enhanced musical opportunities will improve geography
and language arts skills: "There is grammatical struc-
ture a way of both enunciation and pronunciation
unique to every type of music. We sing our songs in
English, Creole and Latin."
From Dorelien-Noel 's parental perspective, the
Performing Arts designation simply offers opportunity:
"School is where opportunity should lay. If they are not
getting it at home, and they are not getting it at school,
they are just not getting it."

As part of her initiative to help prepare today's youth
to be tomorrow's leaders, Spence-Jones has formed a
partnership with Shadowlawn that will assist with mak-
ing it into a music magnet school, and recently her
office helped beautify the school's community garden.
The community garden project focuses on three themes:
Music and the performing arts, the learning strategy of
multiple intelligence and shadows of the elementary
school children. The project is a partnership between
the commissioner's office, One Art, Buena Vista
Heights and Buena Vista East.
The outdoor learning environment is located near the
new music suite, a state-of-the-art building that will
house the school's instruments and allow for the kids to
have a place to record and play music. In addition, it
will also be the new home of One Art, a program that
helped develop the "Kids off Streets" program.
Established in 1989 to help One Art reach kids during
after-school hours, KOS provides youths with stimulat-
ing cultural and educational programming, and was
designed to provide free music courses to "at-risk" and

"latchkey" kids, ages 7 to 14, in the Haitian community.
Pivotal in the D-to-B grade-jump was the onsite
resource center. The Parent Academy has expanded to
daily literacy/ESOL and workforce classes, monthly
workshops, Coffee Chats and meetings which include
topics like nutrition, tax info, DCPS resources, immi-
gration information, reading and math strategies.
Dorelien-Noel spoke candidly about the ocean of
change at Shadowlawn Elementary: "The B brings
about high hopes. The teachers are energized and not
stressed. It is great for the kids who now feel close to
an A. The FCAT was rough on our home. We didn't
like it."
Both her boys are repeating a grade, but they are not
alone in their class.
"It hurt a lot and it stressed me out to see my boys so
upset," said Dorelien-Noel. "This year we hope for big-
ger and better results. We look to be an A. The kids are
learning 'I can' instead of learning 'I can't.' They are
learning that failure is sometimes needed to learn to

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