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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


October 2006

Volume IV Issue VIII


MDHA Recovering from Scandal

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

In the wake of a corruption scandal
that crippled the Miami-Dade Housing
Agency (MDHA) and left thousands
of city residents angry, displaced, liv-
ing in unsanitary conditions or look-
ing to relocate, some local developers
and Housing Agency officials are not
giving up the fight.
"The county is going through a
process," said
Michael Cox,
owner of the
Miami-based Many of tt
Biscayne used the fi
Housing Group exorbitant
(BHG). "I think
they are handling fees, co
it well, but we employee
are concerned their owi
that there will be
a slowdown. We
currently have a
number of county-funded projects.
The county is working with us to
ensure that those projects move for-
ward. We are very happy with the job
that Cynthia Curry is doing in reassur-
ing developers and investors that the
county is going to stand behind us and
get it done."
The MDHA has been under fire
after a Miami Herald investigation
exposed millions of dollars paid to
developers over the past five years
that never translated into finished
projects. Many of the recipients used
the funds to pay exorbitant consulting




fees, compensate employees or fatten
their own pockets. To make matters
worse, instead of selling completed
homes to low-income buyers, many
were instead sold to private real estate
investors or wealthy families who
simply flipped them for a profit.
While some of those county funds
have been accounted for and returned,
some of them have not, and a crucial
problem still exists: The demand for
affordable housing in Miami far
exceeds the sup-
ply. Thankfully,
developers like
Cox and his part-
e recipients ner, Gonzalo
nds to pay DeRamon, are
consulting stepping up to the
ipensate Having
Sor fatten received $240
Pockets. million worth of
tax-credit funding
from the State of
Florida to con-
struct 850 units, BHG, who primarily
focus on affordable rental housing, are
targeting Miami-Dade County in a big
way. They are pleased with the level
of cooperation they have received
from the city thus far. Several of their
projects are set to break ground in the
next few months and will hopefully be
completed by 2008.
BHG currently has a number of
joint venture projects in the works
with Carlisle Development Group:
YMCA Village Carver, a 300-unit
mixed development project in Little

Continued on page 16

"I make like I'm a warrior, like God sending an angel to stop war, like in my art."
See Page 28 for "Purvis Young: Paintings From the Street"

Nirvana: Not Living Up to its Name
SProblems Continue to Plague Condo

By Ivana J. Robinson
BTT Contributing Writer

After publishing a brief about long-
awaited amenities arriving at Nirvana
Condominium, located on 15 bayside
acres along N.E. 6th Avenue at 64th
Street, the BBT faced vocal disagreement
from residents who have yet to see either
a pool or fitness center materialize,
despite sale and rental contracts promis-
ing both.
Original condominium documents list
December 2004 as the estimated date for
the pool's completion. Since that time,
real estate developer Midtown Group, a
partnership between Midtown Equities

from New York and Miami-based
Samuel & Co., provided a variety of
dates and explanations for not carrying
out the project.
"By the time I purchased in June 2005
that date had already slipped by half a
year," said Ted Eull, president of one of
Nirvana's condo associations.
According to Eull, the project was ini-
tially suspended because the developer
failed to apply for a proper permit: "They
needed a construction not renovation
- permit, since they ripped the whole
thing out."
The next postponement came after

Continued on page 14

Yankee Holiday

Our editor's
tome on a
affection for
Page 36

Increase the Peace

Athletes and
politicians in
Liberty City
to denounce
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The Screaming Room

A selection
of '70s horror |
gems for
Halloween -
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Wynwood Roundup
The BBT's
does criticism
this month
Page 32




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// 2825 NW 2 AVE.
Lease at $15/Sq. Ft.
Vacant strategic corner building is on the
corner of NW 2nd Ave and NW 29th St.
10,000 sq/ft available available for lease.
-- Owner will subdivide.
Mark Leventhal
305 8102130
mleventhal metrolproperties.com

// 277 NW 33 ST.
Priced to sell at $634,000
33rd St. just West of Midtown Miami. Located
2 minutes from major highways and Beaches.
Minutes from downtown and Design District.
_ i You couldn't ask for better location.
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305 9241298






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Skip Van Cel
Christian Cipriani
Malika Bierstein
Victor Barrenechea, Vanessa Garcia,
Jim W. Harper, Derek M. McCann,
Ivana J. Robinson
Gabe Cortez, Lisa Hartman,
Gilda Iriarte, Jack King, Jenni Person,
Gabrielle Redfern, Marc Stephens,
Jeff Shimonski
Call 305-756-6200
Priscilla Arias
Corey Kingsbury

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Biscayne Boulevard from NE 15th Street to
NE 107th Street.
The neighborhoods we cover include: Arch
Creek, Bayside, BelleMeade, Biscaya, Buena
Vista, Davis Harbor, Design District,
Edgewater, El Portal, Magnolia Park, Miami
Shores, Morningside, North Miami, Omni,
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You Make This Possible

As we release our 44th issue of the
paper, I am astounded by the growth
of the Biscayne Corridor. When I
launched the Biscayne Boulevard
Times in January of 2003, I could
never have envisioned how far we
and the Biscayne Corridor would
travel. In looking back at our first
issue, the ads for properties for sale
are almost comical. A three-bedroom
house in Morningside was $259,000;
eight units west of Biscayne,
$225,000; and retail and apartments
on Biscayne, $549,000. Also in that
first issue is a letter from Johnny
Winton congratulating us on our
inaugural issue. We both liked each
other back then. And there was a
small article on an unused railroad
wasteland being touted as the next
urban neighborhood: Welcome to
My reason for launching the BBT
was to give voice to a neighborhood
that was on the verge of change. And
change it has, some for better and
some for worse. I was really tired of
seeing our neighborhood being
ignored and treated like an unwanted
orphan by the local media outlets.
Since then, many of those same out-

lets have tried to muscle into our ter-
ritory, but because of our loyal read-
ers and advertisers they have been
unable to put a damper on our ability
to inform you, the reader.
I bring this up for a specific rea-
son. Back in 2004 I tried to expand
our vision of journalism to North
Beach and was met with an unbe-
lievable amount of resistance from
some of the larger, better-financed
media outlets. They hijacked our
advertisers by offering free ads, and
began to publish articles that reflect-
ed the concerns of the North Beach
residents. I didn't have deep enough
pockets to fight them off, so I closed
the paper. Funny thing is, as soon as
we pulled out, they quit reporting
news stories about issues that affect-
ed the North Beach area, knowing
that the residents there had no alter-
I tell you this because in our four
short years we have come up against
different media outlets trying to steal
advertisers in the Biscayne corridor.
So far, on a wish and good local
reporting, we have remained the
source for news, art and entertain-
ment from downtown to Aventura,

even though some of these deep-
pocket media centers have tried to
put us out of business. I shudder to
think what the local news scene
would look like if the Biscayne
Boulevard Times were not around.
But thanks to you, the reader, and
the advertisers that pay for this real
estate we call newsprint, we are still
around. And I cannot tell you how
much I have enjoyed being the
source of dissatisfaction for many of
our elected officials, and being the
bearer of news that is important to
the quality of life we enjoy here.
However, from the amount of con-
struction cranes that dot our skyline
and the never-ending parade of self-
serving public officials that abuse
our tax dollars, it is evident to me
that the BBT still has its work cut
out. I just wanted to take this oppor-
tunity to thank you, both readers and
advertisers, for the support that
allows us to continue that work.





My Side of the Street: Dist. 2 Candidate on MiMo .....9
A Novice's Guide on How to Get Things
Accomplished in M iami............................................20

N.E. 71st St. Storm Sewer Project Plans Unveiled.... 10
Film Workshop Turns Classrooms into Hollywood... 12
American Legion Unveils Improvements...........1....8..
NoMi to Quench Water Needs
with M ajor Expansion..............................................21
Boulevard Briefs ..................................... ..........22

SPECIAL CENTER SPREAD: Yankee Holiday....36

Art Perspectives:
Wynwood Gallery Walk Delicious...........................32
A rt Listings.......................... ..... ........... 34
G allery Peek ................................... ................ 39
Art Perspectives:
A Solid Showing at Karpio Facchini .......................40

Around Town: Culture Briefs ...................................42
The Screening Room:
Halloween Horror from the '70s Vault ....................44

Condo Counsel:
Lessons from Ernesto..................... ................. 48
Tech Talk:
Best Buy's Geek Squad An Inside Look ...............49
Your Finances:
Let Uncle Sam Help You Create a Nest Egg.............53
Tropical Garden:
A Few Thoughts on the Use of Mulch..................59
Hot Kids in the City:
Mommy-Mobiles and Daddy-Rides.........................63

COMMUNITY CALENDAR................................64

Pet Personals ........................................ ..... ..... 68
Pawsitively Pets: Socialization ...............................69

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

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News That Was Used
Dear BBT
I just wanted you to know that I thor-
oughly enjoyed your September 2006
issue, which I read in its entirety. It's
nice to know what's going on in the
neighborhoods around you. I was espe-
cially pleased with the Gabrielle
Redfern article on "Special
Assessments." This has been a long-
term discussion on the part of our
condo board over the years.
I have always recommended (to no
avail) paying a reasonable maintenance
fee so that the association can establish
needed reserve accounts, thus avoiding
special assessments to the extent possi-
I plan to share Gabrielle's article with
the condo-owners who will be attending
our September 9 meeting, at which a
special assessment will be announced
by the board. While we have no choice
but to accept the assessment to pay cur-
rent bills, hopefully owners will read
the article and support the need to cre-
ate reserve accounts for the future. I
look forward to Gabrielle's subsequent

Katherine Swede
Miami Shores


Grateful Shorecrester
Dear Editor,
Thank you sooooooo much for your excellent cen-
terfold report on N.E. 79th Street including the
good, the bad, and the ugly the photos, who owns
what, it's worth, future plans... all of it.
You cannot know what a great service this is for
residents of Shorecrest. This is the kind of informa-
tion we should be getting through our homeowners
association but which we do not. In fact, our neigh-
borhood continues to be represented by our HOA
board president on issues without our knowledge or
input until after she comments on them before the
city commissioners and with developers, etc. Only
then are we told things, and that information is usual-
ly sketchy.
You know our story.
This is excellent reporting and I really wish you
would enter your paper into the public service cate-
gory of the Pulitzer Prizes. Your paper and your
reporting contribute more to our quality of life and to
our knowledge than any other source on a regular
It's invaluable. I wish you could get the recogni-
tion you deserve for being on the side of residents in
this city.

Thanks Again,
Maggie Steber

Nirvana? Not Exactly...
Dear BBT
In August you published news in your paper that Nirvana
condos would soon have their pool and fitness center. I was
surprised to see that and then I realized that you had gotten
your information from the developer. Their job is to sell their
condos here at Nirvana. I can assure you that the pools and fit-
ness center are not open and they have no idea when they will
open. I was told in mid-May that the pool would be done in
about a month, so on good faith I moved in here.
Upon meeting other residents I found out that the developer
has been saying that for TWO YEARS! The fitness center is
the same story: What I have heard is that it was completed
without permits and the City of Miami will not allow them to
open it.
I think that you should publish a retraction to your article as
it is simply not true. I would have loved to go swimming and
use the fitness center but it hasn't happened. It could be worse
for us, thankfully we didn't buy at Nirvana... we only rented
and we count the days until our lease is up. This isn't meant to
sound harsh, it is just plain honest.
The developer would love to be done here so that they can
move onto their next project; the plain fact is that they didn't
do things correctly, and what is worse, instead of correcting
their mistakes they have false information printed on their

Nicole Gonthier
Nirvana -N.E. 63rd & Biscayne

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Dear BBT
I have followed with great interest the stories
about Tree Ordinances in the different districts
of Miami-Dade and I thank you for the coverage
of this important issue. It is really a shame that
our county, with its tropical climate, has less
tree cover than many other large cities in the
North of the United States.
Regarding the comment that Miami Shores
has implemented an ordinance to protect public
areas, this is a good beginning, however home-
owners still can cut any trees without responsi-
bility. Granted, many are cut on weekends so the
inspectors do not see the deed being done, but I
have seen many beautiful tress Royal
Poinciana, Black Olives, Oaks, rare palms and
many more, some more than 60 years old and in
great condition be cut down, maybe because
they just drop some leaves. These trees cannot
and are not being replaced except for cement,
brick or other hard ground-coverings and a few
ornamental plants, and it is a loss for all resi-
Please continue to cover this issue, it is
extremely important to educate the public that
tress are after all not only beautiful but really
beneficial to our environment.

Thanks and best regards,
Lilian L. Hardy

The Last Straw
Dear BBT
They say that asking a voter what he thinks about
politicians is like asking a fire hydrant what it thinks
about dogs. So here is what I think about a politician
or two and Miami's latest property tax crisis...
Like the majority of Miami voters, I twice voted for
Mayor Manny Diaz. I trusted that he would lead us out
of bankruptcy, reduce corruption, return our pride in
Miami and provide us with a brighter future. Like
many voters I was not very impressed with his selec-
tion of the City Manager that revealed himself to be
like a bull in a china shop. I was not pleased with his
real estate partnership with that same City Manager
and a City Commissioner with anger management
I was not amused by his claim of ignorance with
regards to the Fire Fee negotiations and its irresponsi-
ble settlement that was wisely overturned by the
courts. On Wednesday, our Mayor gave a stirring
speech at the City Commission meeting, where he stat-
ed the obvious regarding all of our concerns pertaining
to high property taxes, high insurance costs and inade-
quate affordable housing for the poor and even middle
He is in his second term of office and these prob-
lems are not new. What is new are all the cranes, all
the new construction, all of the oversupply of luxury
housing units and all of the increased traffic. So now
our Mayor says that he will lower the property millage
rate to $8.99 per $1,000 of appraised property value,

down from last year's rate of $9.26. But that is just a
drop in the bucket and will not be of much value to
homeowners or to landlords and rental tenants.
Then there is Frank Jacobs, Miami-Dade's chief tax
assessor. He is by far the most despised county
bureaucrat by all those folks that have trusted in
Miami's future and invested in new homes, pre-con-
struction condos, rental properties and office build-
It is not enough that property taxes in Miami are one
of the highest while we continue to be the third poor-
est city in the nation. New home-buyers use to be able
to reasonably estimate exorbitant taxes based on what
was paid for the property. Now they are in shock to
discover that the property taxes are much higher due to
it being unfairly based on the appraised value of the
neighborhood properties.
Let's say that I live next door to Frank Jacobs and
own an exotic car like a Porsche, and he drives a prac-
tical Honda Accord. Would it not be totally unrealistic
to expect that his car should be taxed at a higher rate
just because mine is next door?
Let's say that I bought the house next to Frank
Jacobs, did not know any better and paid way over
market value for it. Would it not be unfair to expect
his property tax to increase drastically as a result of
my mistake?
We must remedy our property tax problems now
before the gap between rich and poor continues to
increase, and more of the middle class exodus from

Continued on page 9

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My, Oh My, MiMo is Here What's Next?

By Frank K. Rollason
Candidate for City of Miami Commissioner, District 2

A couple of months ago the City of Miami's Historic
and Environmental Preservation Board designated the
Upper Eastside Biscayne Boulevard Corridor as the
MiMo (Miami Modem) Historic District. The intent of
this designation is to save the historic motels along the
strip and to limit intrusive development detrimental to
this objective.
So, where do we go from here to reach this objec-
tive? It is relatively easy on the part of government to
instill such limitations and requirements, but quite
another for the owners of such properties to reach their
business potential with little or no financial help from
the very government which set up the restrictions. The
answer is for the city to come forward with various
methods of assistance to enable the district to become
successful; after all, the success of the district is the
success of the city.
The most obvious form of assistance is through a
grant program, which would be targeted to perform


some immediate restoration to the front facades of the
motels, and once again get them lit up in neon to set a
tone for the district. A comprehensive program funded
by the city, either through the Department of
Community Development utilizing Community
Development Block Grants or through the Department
of Economic Development, would provide a significant
impact to the area and give a vision of its overall poten-
People are visual creatures: We respond favorably to
improvements that have an immediate impact, and
become supportive of the next steps required to make a
plan come together. This was evident in an interim
improvement project the Southeast Overtown/Park West
Community Redevelopment Agency performed in the
24-Hour Entertainment District between N.E. 10th and
llth Streets. There we had an abandoned railroad spur
that ran behind the clubs from N.E. 2nd Avenue to
N.W. 1st Avenue. It was in poor repair, overgrown and
lent itself to the seedier side of life that tends to inhabit
this type of environment. Through an interim improve-
ment project of approximately $600,000, we were able

The Last Straw
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our community. We must renegotiate the terms of
all city services pension funds that are placing us
and our future in a serious financial bind. We
must lower the property millage rate to be more
comparable to that of Orlando, Tampa and
We must increase the Homestead Exemption
credit to between $50,000 and $100,000. We must
figure out a fair Homestead Exemption
Portability plan that will not penalize homeown-
ers when moving to another part of the city, coun-
ty or state. We must have a City of Miami Mayor
that cares more about the citizens then he does
about lobbyists and developers. We must have a
Miami-Dade Chief Tax Assessor that is elected
and responsible to the voters.

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to restore the area into the vision of The Grand
Promenade, complete with new paving, lighting, land-
scaping and irrigation.
These minimal improvements showed the surround-
ing business-owners the potential of the area, and
inspired others, including the CIFO Art Gallery, to relo-
cate to this emerging area. With a little bit of financial
assistance from the city, the same results could happen
in the MiMo Historic District. The city could also pro-
vide technical assistance to the property-owners in the
way of grant application preparation and workshops on
how they can access city departments for complying
with permitting and zoning requirements. This sort of
outreach program to owners would be the city making a
statement that, yes, we have established the MiMo
District, but we are here to assist you in turning your
dreams into reality.
The bottom line is that the success of this new his-
toric district is a win-win for all involved the owners,
the city, the residents and the visitors, and it is certainly
in the best interest of the city to extend a helping hand
to the owners of these properties.

N.E. 71st Street Storm Sewer Project Plans Unveiled

By Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

Plans for the City of Miami's N.E.
71st Street Storm Sewer Project were
released in a September 13 meeting of
the Bayside Residents Association at
Legion Park. Project Manager Jose
Lago was present, in addition to Metric
Engineering representatives, to answer
questions and explain the scope of the
"We began in 2003 with a prelimi-
nary drainage analysis to address the
flooding issues behind the seawall,"
said David Reynolds of Metric
Engineering. "We have seen the report-
ed drainage issues that have occurred
and, based on recommendations from
that analysis, have assessed what addi-
tional measures needed to occur to get
the water off your streets."
The project, which encompasses the
area bounded by N.E. 69th Street, N.E.
72nd Street, Biscayne Boulevard and
Biscayne Bay, includes drainage
improvements, roadway restoration and
site restoration. In regard to drainage,

specified improvements include three
new outfalls to the bay, storm sewer
system improvements, five 100-foot
gravity wells and 3-by-4-foot rock
trenches, which will provide porous
cavities where water can seep under-
ground. Drainage improvements will
increase the discharge capacity of
storm water into the bay and hopefully
ease the flooding that Bayside resi-
dents have been struggling with for
years, a problem that has recently been
exacerbated by the strength and fre-
quency of hurricane-related storms.
Specified roadway and site-restora-
tion improvements include roadway
milling and resurfacing throughout the
entire project limits, pavement-mark-
ing and reconstruction of cracked gut-
ters and curbs, sidewalk repairs, sod-
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Preservation Board, medians along
N.E. 69th Street may be extended.
Residents voiced concern over traffic
delays and the obstruction of their per-
sonal property as a result of the con-
struction, in addition to the preserva-
tion of trees and other natural
resources such as the manatee habitat
and sea grass in Biscayne Bay.
"The city's program will only be
impacting a limited number of trees,
which are mostly palms, but we are
trying to stay away from all existing
trees, whether native or exotic," said
Lago. "Worst case scenario, if we hap-
pen to damage one we will replant it. I
can assure you that preservation is not
going to be a problem."
Idel Mederos, a contractor for Metric
Engineering, stated that with construc-
tion taking place during normal busi-

The project encompasses the area
bounded by N.E. 69th Street, N.E.
72nd Street, Biscayne Boulevard
and Biscayne Bay. It includes
drainage improvements, roadway
restoration and site restoration.

ness hours they do not anticipate traffic
delays. Driveways will only be
obstructed while they are working
directly in front of your house and you
may have to park somewhere else
overnight, but a construction schedule
will be provided for those residents in
advance. District 2 Commissioner
Linda Haskins asked for the city
inspector to ensure that proper notifi-
cation is given to minimize interrup-
tions. In addition, Haskins requested as
a safety measure the placement of
warning signs in any areas where there
are electrical lines and deep holes.
The project, estimated at $2,473,500,
is being funded by the Stormwater
Utility Trust Fund. With the design
phase currently complete, the city is
scheduled to begin construction in
"We have 12 months to do the proj-
ect, but we are being very conservative
by giving it a year," said Mederos. "If
all goes well, it will be finished in nine
months. In order to do that we are
going to have a number of drainage
crews working simultaneously. We will
also have two to three cranes and exca-
vators working at the same time. All of
the milling and resurfacing should take
three weeks. Traffic is going to be
open. It doesn't mean that we are
going to affect your daily lives."
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Film Workshop Turns Classrooms into Hollywood

SFlorida Film Institute Provides Unique Opportunity for Students

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

The Florida Film Institute (FFI) is a
North Miami-based nonprofit organiza-
tion that conducts filmmaking work-
shops at various Miami-Dade schools.
They give students the rare and invalu-
able chance to write, shoot, score and
edit their own short film. Stephanie
Martino-Rizzi who developed her
skills in art and fashion design over
years spent between New York and Los
Angeles created the program in 1994
when she was still executive director of
the Miami Film Festival.
In 1999 she left that post to manage
the FFI fulltime. Initially, the program
only served two schools, but in recent
years that number has grown to five
annually when the funding is right.
And according to her, "It's the best-
kept secret in town."
Partnered with Miami-Dade County
Public Schools, their biggest supporter,
the FFI formulates a curriculum of 12
classes, often targeted at high school
and middle school cinematography,

drama and TV productions courses.
"[In these sorts of classes] students
already have an aspiration for learning
about the craft," Martino-Rizzi said.
"We teach the Hollywood style of film-
making, and everyone has a job."
Having a group of 25 to 30 students
work together on one
project is a good
crash-course in coop-
eration, the bedrock
of any successful films th
but by nature antithet- secret
ical to the individual-
ism of academia. -Ste
Four classes dedi- President,
cated to scriptwriting
nurture everyone's
one-page story treat-
ments until the group
chooses the best three
after all have been presented. From
those three, the students chosen as the
writing team develop the scripts until
it's time to re-pitch and choose a final-
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Martino-Rizzi and her FFI colleagues
encourage story-driven scripts not
that future David Lynch's aren't
encouraged, but personal abstractions
don't lend to mass inclusion in the pro-
duction process. According to her, the
themes that routinely surface are less
than saccharine:
"When you're
dealing with
teenagers, it's
best-kept always pretty much
town." grim. It's what they
see, so you're deal-
anie Martino-Rizzi ing with some type
rida Film Institute of violence, the
goody-good kid gets
beaten up, but good
always wins. There's
always that strug-
gle... We've gotten
drug prevention [and] unwanted preg-
nancy films... [But] it depends on
which areas we go into and it depends
on the kid. When we go into Overtown,
they're struggling with family issues,
violence on the street, and so we try to
steer that group [toward] a more moral-
ly correct story, or a story that's more
What's so impressive is the real-deal
organization of the whole affair.
Shooting takes place in one day, but in
the past students have used up to three
locations (chosen by students location
scouts, of course), and the FFI furnish-
es a genuine 16-millimeter camera
(worth about $90,000, so it's operated
by a professional), lights, a digital
sound-system ("DAT is a thing of the
past," Martino-Rizzi said) and acting
At a time when anyone with a digital
camera and a computer can be a "film-
maker" and contribute to the thousands
of festivals held annually (there were
less than 400 in the whole world when
Martino-Rizzi started with the Miami
Film Festival), familiarizing students
with real cameras is quite novel.
"And we give them 800 feet of film
to shoot," she said. "In college you
only get 400."
Of the 45 total workshops the FFI
has conducted since its inception, 20 of
the films produced have either won
prizes or been accepted as entries into
various local and national festivals.
Unauthorized, made in 2005 by stu-
dents at Ferguson High School, is an
ambitious 12-minute story about a gam-
bler's daughter heading off to school

The Miami Children's
Museum, in conjunction with the
Florida Film Institute, has been
working together for the past ten
years. The program consists of
three parts and is free to stu-
dents from elementary through
high school.
Each workshop will have an
in-depth look at the following
topics: scriptwriting, location
shooting, cinematography, acting
on screen, lighting, directing,
editing, sound, wardrobe, make-
up and marketing. In addition to
the aesthetic and technical
basics of the discipline, the
workshops address the business
environment of the motion pic-
ture industry in order to realisti-
cally prepare the students for a
career. At the conclusion of the
workshop series, the students
will work as a team to produce a
five- to ten-minute short film.

Orientation will begin
in October 2006
To apply for the program all
interested students must attend
orientation, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Dates TBA and are subject
to change!
For more information, please
contact Cecilia at 305-373-5437
x 104 or email

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with the wrong bag. It contains a mys-
terious payload connected to his debts,
prompting a black-suited thug to
descend on the school in a murderous
bid to recover the goods. Clean editing
and a well-paced story garnered it top
prize at last year's Miami Children's
Film Festival, along with nods for best
actress and cinematography.
This year, Miami Northwestern High
students finished A New Love, a four-
minute parable of a girl who chooses
the nerdy boy over the smooth thug
who punches him out in a fit of jealous
rage. Clich6d as this may be, even in its
brevity New Love was the more engag-
ing of the two due to curiously natural

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Continued from page 1
owners asked the developer not to build a
separate bathroom structure that would
block their view of Biscayne Bay, but
rather to put bathrooms inside one of the
existing buildings.
"The plan had to be revised, so the
project was delayed
until fall 2005,"
said Eull. "But "If the dev
since that time the fix the pr
only cause of delay honor their 1
is their slow pace of then the as
then the ass
Midtown Group file a claim
project managers
Vivian Bonet and Ted Eul
Colin Carby did not c
return calls for com-
ment, and property
manager Steven
Brown said he's not familiar with any
details about the pool or gym.
"It's a developer's issue," said Brown.
"I manage the property to the pool gate.
From the gate onward it's the developer's
The most recent rationale for the set-
back was noted in the August BBT: They
are waiting for the city to install a water-



meter. According to Christine Fernandez
of the City of Miami Office of
Communications, Nirvana had their
water-meter installed about a month ago.
"Nirvana is missing inspections that
were required prior to obtaining the
Certificate of Occupancy (CO) and
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
(TCO)," said Fernandez. "As for the
pool, they missed
the steel-framing
loper won't and pool-piping
blems and inspections. They
gal warranty, are currently apply-
ciations will ing for a TCO and
have been calling
ainst them." for inspections."
In addition,
Nirvana resident and Nirvana's fitness
ndo association head center, built in
2004, could not get
the city's approval
because the roof
failed repeat inspections.
"Nirvana spa is missing roof, slab, tub,
sewer, water service, insulation and dry-
wall inspections," said Fernandez. "It is
the contractor's responsibility to call for
the inspections and the city typically per-
forms these inspections the next working
"The building is just sitting there board-

ed up," said Nicole Black, who has been
renting a two-bedroom unit at Nirvana
since May 2006. "I've never seen any-
body doing any work around it."
Eull discussed residents' concerns with
Midtown Group project managers on sev-
eral occasions. According to him, con-
struction manager Bonet, who's been on
the project since January, said that con-
struction was handled poorly by the previ-
ous contractor. That comes as no surprise
to many residents who struggle almost
daily with sewage problems, roof leaks,
mold, inoperable elevators and broken
safety equipment.
"When I first came, it really felt like
nirvana," said Black. "But carrying my
daughter and groceries to the moldy
apartment on the sixth floor quickly
changed my mind."

According to the office of the Fire
Marshall, Nirvana's buildings must be
brought up to the current code in terms of
safety equipment or else they'll face
penalties from the fire department. The
level of renovation escaped their attention
until recently because permits were pulled
piecemeal instead of one major permit for
the entire project. This begs the question:
Who will pay for the necessary improve-
ments, the new owners or the developer?
Nirvana is a multi-condominium
phased development, and even after the
buildings have been turned over to the
owner-controlled associations, residents
believe Midtown Group bears responsibil-
ity for construction deficiencies since they
allegedly did not fund any reserve

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According to the Florida Statute 718, if
the developer fails to establish or fund the
reserve accounts prior to the turnover
process, it must grant to the purchaser of
each unit an implied warranty for the roof
and structural components, fireproofing
and fire protection
systems, and for "The develop
mechanical, electrical
and plumbing ele- the buildings w
ments. fans, with brok
The statute states: improper life s
"The warranty shall among ot
be for a period begin-
ning with the notice Te
of intended conver-
sion and continuing rva
for three years there-
after, or one year after owners other than
the developer obtain control of the associa-
tion, whichever occurs last, but in no event
more than five years."
"The developer turned over the buildings
with no bathroom fans, with broken eleva-
tors, and improper life safety equipment,
among other things," Eull said. "Even the
guardhouse, which is eight by ten feet, has
not been finished yet. They were cited for
violations by the city on few occasions but
still haven't fixed the problems."
Recently, Nirvana's various associations
had Crain Engineering perform independ-
ent inspections of the buildings to deter-



mine the construction quality and the
extent of repairs needed.
"If the developer won't fix the problems
and honor their legal warranty, then the
associations will file a claim against
them," Eull said. The associations' attorney
Aaron Cohen could not be reached for
In addition, Midtown Group intends to
build three new
buildings on the
*r turned over property. Although
th no bathroom the City of Miami
SPlanning Advisory
n elevators, and Board does not rec-
fety equipment, ommend approval of
er things." that development,
the City
Eull, president of one Commission hearing
's condo association s set for October 26.
Some of the resi-
dents believe the
pool may be finished soon because the
developer might want to put their best foot
forward for the Commissioners come
"Even if they do open the pool and gym
by then, they're almost two years late,
and other problems remain," said Eull.
"It's our strong belief that this is not the
kind of development the community
needs, and we hope the City Commission
sees that."
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Affordable Housing
Continued from page 1
Haiti that is geared toward families and the elderly; YMCA
Village Allapattah, a 200-unit mixed development project
that will also be geared toward both families and the elderly;
Villa Patricia, a 339-unit project in Little Haiti geared solely
toward the elderly; Amber Garden, a 110-unit elderly com-
munity in Allapattah; and Labre House, a 90-unit project
with Camillus House that will provide
permanent housing for the formerly
homeless as well as employ drug coun- "We are bein
selors and life coaches to provide ten- the government
ants with much needed skills, of the people
Applicants for the Labre House must
satisfy the HUD definition of homeless,
which is "an individual who lacks a and would n
fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime affordable h
residence or an individual who has a they do not
primary nighttime residence that is a
supervised publicly or privately operat- ( ,, Cu
ed shelter designed to provide tempo-
rary living accommodations (including
welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing
for the mentally ill)."
Additionally, applicants must be substance-free six months
prior to occupancy, agree to random drug testing and to take
part in the Supportive Services Program, which requires they
work with case managers at Camillus House once they are a
resident. Application requirements for other Biscayne
Housing Group projects are monitored and must comply
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"In the two years that we have been working in this com-
munity, we have been able to facilitate joint venture partner-
ships with other developers, religious organizations and non-
profit organizations," said Cox. "We are so proud of that
project [Camillus] and have the greatest relationship with the
YMCA. There will be recreation facilities and onsite day-
care. All of the residents, in addition to members of the com-
munity, will be able to partake in the activities."

g blacklined by
t. Over 80 percent
that live in these
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ot benefit from
housing because
fit the criteria.

tler, Overtown resident

The Gatehouse Group, a Boston-
based real estate firm that acquires and
develops affordable multi-family rental
properties throughout the U.S., current-
ly has four affordable housing projects
in the Overtown, East Little Havana and
Miami River area: Brisas del Mar
Apartments, a 160-unit senior citizen
development; Miami River Park
Apartments, a 211-unit family develop-
ment that includes town-homes, a high
rise and a garden-style building; Tuscan
Place Apartments, a 199-unit family
development; and Tuscan View

Apartments, a 175-unit senior citizen development that
recently received its temporary certificate of occupancy and
is currently in the leasing stage.
Lafayette Square Apartments in Little Haiti, a 296-unit
joint venture project with BAME Development Corporation,
is expected to break ground in the next seven to eight
months, in lieu of county funding. The family-oriented proj-
ect will be completed in two phases of 160 and 136 units,
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and should be finished by 2008.
Nick Inamdar, vice-president of Gatehouse, said that a major source of
funding comes from federal tax credits disbursed by the Florida Housing Finance
Corporation, which mandates a property remains affordable for the next 50 years
and that every unit be set aside for those with incomes no greater than 60 percent
of the median. In an email to the BBT, Inamdar wrote:
"The lack of affordable housing in Miami-Dade County is an issue that could
stagnate our growth and strength as a community. The Gatehouse Group has built
over 5,000 affordable housing apartments throughout the country, and we have
rarely ever developed in an area where the need is so desperate. Although the
county has temporarily halted its funding of new developments, the development
community has been assured by senior county officials that not one home will be
lost that is in the pipeline, realistic, and cost-effective. We are confident in their
commitment to the people of Miami-Dade County and we look forward to starting
construction on... Lafayette Square."
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
the generally accepted definition of affordability is that a household spend no
more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing, the high end of a bracket
which is considered extremely low-income, according to HUD's definition, and an
unrealistic number when low salaries coupled with high housing costs are quickly
creating one of the most unaffordable cities in the country. In 2005, 297,957
Miami-Dade County households paid more than 30 percent of their income for
housing, with 135,197 households paying more than 50 percent. Some of the
increase in rent may be attributed to a rise in amenities included with rental prop-
erties such as air-conditioning, central heating, water or complete plumbing, but
whatever the reason, the bottom line is that people simply cannot afford to pay it.
Another problem lies in the fact that people in need of affordable housing are
being weeded out through a process that is supposed to be designed to help them.
For example, a majority of Overtown residents cannot get housing or jobs due to
required background and credit checks, so even if more affordable housing is built,
the people for whom it's intended won't benefit because they'll never meet the
requirements. Some of them have two jobs and still cannot afford housing.
"Liberty City and Overtown are subjected to abject poverty," said Charles
Cutler, an Overtown resident, in a meeting of the Community Affordable Housing
Strategies Alliance on Sept. 8. "We are being blacklined by the government. Over
80 percent of the people that live in these areas have criminal backgrounds and
would not benefit from affordable housing because they do not fit the criteria. We
need some type of leverage put in place."
According to Cynthia Curry, a senior advisor at the MDHA, County
Commissioners allocated $15.5 million of general funds for MDHA programs to
include safety and security, rehabilitation of vacant units and a rental assistance
housing program. This is the first time that general funds will be used to support
the Housing Agency. Initiatives have also been implemented to set up satellite
branches for the Office of the Inspector General, Affordable Housing One-Stop
Information Web Portal, Affordable Housing Homeownership Loan Program,
Affordable Housing Review Committee and Controls to Ensure that Homes
Remain Affordable. With more formal procedures for all MDHA business areas
and more audits being done, the hope is these measures effect the development a
more efficient and accountable system.
"The primary goal of the Housing Agency is to provide housing to the neediest
in the community by expediting the renovation of public housing units and the
development of single-family homeownership," Curry stated in an email to the
BBT. "Despite internal problems, a considerable amount of affordable housing
has been constructed. Since 2001, $94.4 million supported the construction or
rehabilitation of more than 9,400 affordable housing units in 103 projects, with
an average surtax investment per unit at $10,525. That does not mean though that
change was not needed; a serious cultural change across all levels at the Housing
Agency is happening. Everyone at the agency must be dedicated to helping those
in need."
The Community Affordable Housing Strategies Alliance will hold a final recom-
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American Legion Unveils Improvements

Veteran's Open House Doubles as 9/11 Memorial

Story & Photos by
Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Veterans, neighbors and City of
Miami representatives gathered on the
morning of Sept. 9 at the Harvey W.
Seeds American Legion Post #29 at
Legion Park to remember 9/11 and get
first glimpse of their newly renovated
bar and patio.
Mayor Manny Diaz could not attend
the event due to illness (nor, for that
matter, could Fire Chief William
Bryson), so District 2 Interim
Commissioner Linda Haskins cut the
ribbon in his place as Commander Phil
Johnson, speaking on behalf of the
Post, reminded everyone to "remember
her name come November." It was also
noted that as a child, Diaz was an
American Legion-sponsored little
league player.
After members of the Boy, Girl and
Sea Scouts raised the flag to half-mast,
Haskins delivered an impromptu
address to the 50 or so guests many
of them war veterans gathered on the
front steps beneath the strong midday
sun. She offered condolences to the
victims of 9/11 and their families, and
of the U.S. proclaimed, "We are the
Remarks offered by Commander
David Magnusson of the Miami Police
Department, who is also a master's stu-
dent in history, used many quotes to
frame a central belief that everything
the U.S. does as a country from hereon
will be informed by the terror attacks.
But in keeping with Haskins' patriotic
tone, he took from Shakespeare's
Julius Caesar Brutus's post-murder
declaration, "Who is here so vile that

Children receiving their toy police cars.

will not love his country?"
Magnusson called for vigilance and
characterized terror suspects as want-
ing to take our liberties and eventually
control of this country. While both
speeches were an earnest attempt to
honor the tragedy, the whole affair
could have benefited from fewer
nationalist cliches and greater attention
paid to the victims rather than politics.
In the lobby, amidst the merciful
breeze of the air-conditioning, the
crowd joined hands for a prayer led by
Rev. Jerome Starling, whose modest
frame houses the drawn, powerful
voice of a preacher. He took the podi-
um to voice outrage over the recent
rise in gun violence, with particular
lament made for those children so trag-

Continued on page 19

Boy, Girl and Sea Scouts
raised the flag to half-mast
in honor of 9/11 victims.

The crowd with hands clasped and heads
bowed as Rev. Starling leads them in prayer.

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American Legion
Continued from page 18
ically taken by errant fire.
Rev. Starling founded the
No More Stray Bullets
(NMSB) program nine years
ago to educate schoolchild-
ren and promote nonvio-
lence after his niece, Rickia
Issac, was slain.
The program utilizes doc-
tors from Jackson Memorial
Hospital and local professors
to teach children the danger
of guns, and holds regular
gun buy-backs in trouble
spots. No questions are
asked about the surrendered
weapons, in exchange for
which the police offer $50
vouchers. The Harvey Seeds
Post is one of the program's
County Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson, NMSB's main political supporter,
remarked to the crowd, "No one suffers more than the fami-
ly of a victim of a stray bullet." Evoking the memory of
Sherdavia Jenkins and others, she said children should be
able to play in their yards without fear.
Commander Magnusson returned to address the audience,
and said: "We are probably the most violent country in the

Neighborhood Resource
Officer Frederica Burden
talking with Rev. Starling.
Officer Darrell Nichols is
in the background.

world go figure... We need to grow past violence instead
of getting used to it. Accepting it is not okay."
The line he was forced to toe was not enviable:
Magnusson tried to both denounce American street violence
and advocate military action against those forces that threat-
en American liberties. He is nevertheless a learned man of

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Temple Israel of Greater Miami, an
80-year-old jewel in the Performing
Arts District, has announced its season
of concerts for 2006-2007. The series
will include gospel, chamber music by
members of the Cleveland Orchestra, a
piano prodigy, modern versions of
Yiddish classics and a baroque oratorio.
The concerts will be presented in the
temple's Bertha Abess Sanctuary, a
beautiful Moorish building listed on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The Bethune-Cookman College
Concert Chorale, one of America's
great black college choirs, will present
"From Bach to Gospel" on Sunday,
Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. This concert will be
free and open to the community.
The Cleveland Duo and James
Umble, composed of two members of
the Cleveland Orchestra and a noted
saxophonist, will perform a concert of
chamber music, mostly by Jewish com-
posers. The concert, during the
Cleveland Orchestra's residence in
Miami, will be on Sunday, Jan. 21 at
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
A 21-year-old piano prodigy from
Moscow, Ilya Petrov, will perform vir-
tuoso works by Mozart, Liszt, Chopin,
and Prokofiev on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at
7:30 p.m. This concert is presented in
collaboration with Julian Krieger's
Friends of Chamber Music of South
Florida. Tickets are $10.
"Hip, Heymish and Hot" is a musi-
cal revue of Yiddish jazz and soul. The
revue is performed by Eleanor Reissa, a
Tony-nominee and former artistic direc-
tor of New York's famed Yiddish
Folksbiene Theater. The program will
be presented on Saturday, March 10 at
7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
The season closes with Handel's
great oratorio, "Saul," performed by
the Miami Bach Society, with baroque
orchestra. The oratorio tells the biblical
story of David's triumph over Goliath.
The concert will be on Sunday, April 22
at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Temple Israel is located at 137 N.E.
19th St., one block west of Biscayne
Boulevard. Free parking is provided.
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NoMi to Quench Water Needs with Major Expansion
S$112 Million Plan Unveiled to End County Dependence by 2015

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Anticipating a continued rise in population growth rates, mul-
tiphase plans were unveiled at a September 11 budget hearing to
expand North Miami's water program. With $112 million in
updated treatment facilities and expanded infrastructure, the city
could cease purchasing additional water from the Miami-Dade
Water and Sewer Department (MDWSD) for a 20-year sav-
ings of nearly $35 million and increase daily production from
its current average of 8.7 million gallons a day (mgd) to 20 mgd
by the year 2015.
The Winson Water Plant, nestled between Oleta River State
Park and the old Munisport Dump (now swiftly becoming
Biscayne Landing, a $1 billion mega-development), according
to the city's website, "Pumps ground water from the Biscayne
Aquifer [and] treats the water through aeration, chemical pro-
cessing and filtering," to meet roughly 60 percent of North
Miami's water demand. The other 40 percent of their 13.5 mgd
needs are met through buying up the difference from county
But after expanding the Winson site, brackish groundwater
will instead be drawn from 1,000 feet into the Floridan Aquifer,
and purified through a combination of limestone and reverse
osmosis (RO) techniques (RO being a fancy term for a filtering
method not unlike the one used in a Brita or similar device).
The city of Hollywood has successfully used this method since


The upgraded facilities will use 15.6 mgd of raw groundwater
to produce 12.5 mgd of drinking water, with the rest pumped
back into what is called the "boulder zone."
Phase I, set for completion in 2010, carries an estimated price
tag of $94.5 million, $42 million of which will go toward
adding an RO facility to Winson. An extra $17 million will be
used to increase infrastructure capacity by 2015 extra mains,
pipes, etc to serve the North Miami area.
The design phase will occupy much of 2007, at which point
Mayor Kevin Burs and city council must approve biddable
plans and move to secure funding. A combination of state
sources from the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to
Community Development Block Grants could provide up to
$20 million in backing.
Efforts to lower North Miami's county water dependence are
not new. In May 2000, Gov. Jeb Bush line item vetoed a request
for $750,000 from the Ecosystem Management and Restoration
Trust Fund to expand the Winson plant, part of a total $313 mil-
lion in vetoes given that year for a variety or reasons.
The combination of modified treatment techniques and a sin-
gle, self-regulated production source may also help address the
issue of water quality. According to findings published by the
Environmental Working Group, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan
group that analyzed North Miami tap water tests between 1999
and 2003, "Customers of the City of North Miami Water drank
water containing up to 18 pollutants," the majority of which
were described as "industrial."


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for Museum
Members of the Miami Art Museum
(MAM) Selection Panel met in a public
meeting at the MAM on Sept. 14 to
select the best out of 12 architects in
the running to design the Museum Park
Herzog & de Meuron, a Swiss archi-
tectural firm, were selected as the best
in terms of their experience, with 13
internationally acclaimed museums
completed or in progress, including the
new Olympic stadium in Beijing,
which will open next year. In addition,
the architects were selected based on
their understanding of South Florida's
climate of severe heat and other weath-
er conditions, as well as our foliage.
Members of the public raised questions
and gave comments regarding the
architect selection process.
"We have decided to pay for the
architects ourselves to save going
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$300,000 a month every time we don't
get started, so we have decided to uti-
lize private funds for the project. We
didn't have to have an open Sunshine
type of meeting, but we wanted the
community to be a part of it and under-
stand what we're doing. We're all in
this together as a city, as a county, as a
The project, which is estimated at $1
million, will be built on land in
Bicentennial Park donated by the city
and will contain of a museum, a plane-
tarium and a park with a sculpture gar-
den. It is currently in the preliminary
Concept Design Phase, which should
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Pro Bono Fair at Temple Israel
The Human Services Coalition (HSC) and the Put Something Back Program
from the Miami Dade Bar Association are matchmaking. They want to help you
tap into our community's rich supply of quality lawyers while assisting attorneys
by linking them up with exemplary nonprofits.
On Thurs. Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m., both groups are hosting the HSC/Put
Something Back Pro Bono Fair at Temple Israel in Miami. The goal is to link
professionals with nonprofits that could use their services for free.
They request you take a short survey by Oct. 6, the information gathered from
which will help in the matchmaking process. For more details on this visit
www.hscdade.org and open the PDF link on their homepage, or contact Patricia
Maldonado at 305-576-5001 x 16. HSC is located at 260 N.E. 17th Ter., Ste. 200
in Miami.

Mount Sinai Offers Free RA.D. Screenings
Mount Sinai Medical Center is conducting a free community screening cam-
paign, called Stay in Circulation, aimed at helping adults over the age of 50
learn about their risk for peripheral artery disease, or P.A.D.
In the United States, more than 8 million Americans suffer from P.A.D. -
hardening of the arteries (also known as atherosclerosis) in the limbs. One in 20
Americans over the age of 50 has P.A.D., and many of those with the disease do
not experience symptoms. P.A.D. can reduce mobility and increase the risk for
heart attack and stroke. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
"When people think of cardiovascular disease, they typically think heart
attack. There is another cardiovascular disease that affects your limbs typical-
ly your legs that can be just as dangerous," said Abelardo Vargas, M.D., of
Mount Sinai's Peripheral Vascular Disease Center. "We're providing an oppor-
tunity for people to find out if they have P.A.D. and learn how to reduce their
As part of the Stay in Circulation campaign, Mount Sinai is offering free
P.A.D. screening at its main Miami Beach campus, located at 4300 Alton Rd. To
schedule a screening appointment, please call 305-674-3905.
People who are at risk for P.A.D. include anyone over the age of 50, especial-
ly African Americans; those who smoke or have smoked; and those who have
diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or a personal or family
history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke.
Stay in Circulation is part of a national awareness campaign sponsored by the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (part of the National Institutes of
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American Values at Halloween Miami 2006, whose theme courtesy of the Winter Party Festival.
this year is "Superheroes Hit the Tickets are now available online
Beach." SAVE Dade's annual cos- at www.HalloweenMiami.com
tume extravaganza, slated for (major credit cards accepted) as
Saturday, October 28, moves from well as at local ticket outlets (cash
its longtime Upper Eastside home only). See the event summary
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Children's Museum, on the Miami is a "21 and over" event.
MacArthur Causeway. The Presenting Sponsor of
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City of Miami Parks

& Rec Receives Award

The City of Miami Parks and Recreation was the recipi-
ent of the 2006 Agency Excellence Award Category I
for populations over 200,000 from the Florida Recreation
and Park Association at the annual FRPA Annual
Conference on Aug. 30 in Orlando.
The award recognizes and honors the state's most out-
standing community park, recreation and/or leisure serv-
ice agencies for excellence in Parks and Recreation man-
agement. In order to receive the award, the department
was required to highlight accomplishments in a number
of areas including recreation and athletic programming;
fitness and wellness activities; and staff training and
"We accept this award as a sign we are moving in the
right direction," said Ernest Burkeen, Director of City of
Miami Parks and Recreation. "Thanks to our master plan
and efforts to engage the community and deliver premier
programs, we have received an honorable recognition
which demonstrates our commitment to delivering the
best to our residents."

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MPAC Opening Weekend Closes with Huge Free Event
On Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 10 p.m., the Carnival
Center for the Performing Arts will welcome the entire
community to Target Globalbeat, presented by Target, a
free grand finale to the Center's four-day Grand Opening
celebration. With more than 40 indoor and outdoor per-
formances by hundreds of local artists, Target Globalbeat
will be a huge celebration of Miami's cultural diversity
and talent, and an opportunity for all South Floridians to
be among the first to visit Miami's new home for the per-
forming arts.
Six parades will run through the Center during the day,
including the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue of Miami, The Center will also host the seven-piece Cuban timba band Target Globalbeat is free, but space is limited for the
Samba Academy, a Chinese Dragon performance by the Tiempo Libre in a rare hometown performance; Latin indoor performances. Vouchers, which are redeemable
Miami Overseas Chinese Association, a traditional funk rockers Siete Rayo; traditional Afro-Peruvian music for wrist bands on the day of the event, will be available
Haitian rara procession by Rara Lakay, brass band and dance group Peru Expresi6n; Mexican nortefio band at the 13 Miami-Dade County Commissioners' District
sounds from the high energy Miami Street Band, and the Grupo Impecable; Argentine tango from Los Tangueros; offices from Monday, September 18 to Friday, Sept. 22.
annual Miami Carnival, which will bring hundreds of the popular Cuban son band Conjunto Progreso, and Carnival Center recommends contacting the District
costumed Caribbean dancers and performers through the more. offices for a specific time and date to pick up vouchers.
heart of downtown Miami for a special stop in the The day will also feature performances from several Vouchers can be redeemed at the Target Globalbeat Tent
Center's Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, on young Miamians who define the city's unique sound: on Sunday, Oct. 8 for wrist bands which provide admit-
Biscayne Boulevard between N.E. 13th and 14th Streets. The Spam Allstars, Latin Grammy nominees Locos por tance into the Center during any one of three three-hour
Target Globalbeat will salute Miami's Caribbean and Juana, champion turntablist DJ Craze, up-and-coming sessions beginning at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
African-American communities with calypso from R&B singer Urban Mystic, Kendall hip-hoppers Mayday, Wrist bands will also be issued, as space permits, on
Florida Memorial Steelband, reggae from Nubian the break-dancing D-Projects, and Black Violin, the clas- Sunday at the Target Globalbeat Tent up to two hours
Players, gospel from Cooper Temple Church of God in sically trained duo of hip-hop-playing violinists. Irish fid- before the start of each session. Arriving early is highly
Christ Mass Choir, the energetic West African dance dling, Japanese taiko drumming, Middle Eastern music recommended. Details, including the performance sched-
troupe Delou Africa Dance Ensemble, and the acclaimed and dance, Indian dance and sitar, bluegrass, klezmer and ule, list of Commissioners' offices, directions to Carnival
Haitian konpa group Zenglen, among others. Paying more round out the world of performances at Target Center and parking information, are available on the
homage to Miami's rich Latin American influences, the Globalbeat. Carnival Center website at www.carnivalcenter.org.


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2006/07 North Miami Budget Set

North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns and the City
Council approved and adopted the city's upcoming
2006-2007 fiscal year (FY07). The millage rate was
dropped from the current rate of $8.50 to $8.30. In
order to drop the rate, the council reduced the total
proposed FY07 budget to $150,332,112, a decrease
of about $1.2 million over the proposed budget.
During the first budget meeting, a Magnolia Park
resident named Ellen complained bitterly about
salary raises for city employees, specifically their
method of presentation ("possible maximums"
brought to the table, not exact figures), and ques-
tioned $60,000 for Christmas decorations, though she
assured council members, "I am not a grinch."
Irma Braman, president of the Museum of
Contemporary Art's (MOCA) volunteer board of
directors, also lobbied for increased funding: "We are
truly understaffed," she said.
Five fulltime, museum-paid employees plus four
part-timers stretch the museum's coffers, but beyond
the six city-paid staff members, Braman said MOCA
needs North Miami's financial backing for a fulltime
fundraiser. She also said an addition by a renowned
architect would be a boon to patronage.
On the city's side of the table there were com-
plaints about their own people. Mayor Burs called
Building and Zoning "one of the most frustrating
departments in this city," and said he "has a lot of

issues" with its structure and performance.
Problematically, many inspectors especially high-
level ones with structural engineering knowledge -
do contract work for multiple cities, often netting up
to $100,000 annually. While North Miami wants to
beef up its code enforcement with fulltime inspec-
tors, they can't offer more than $70,000 a year. The
city is forced, then, to deal with contract inspectors
who cash in by spreading themselves thin between
various municipalities.
From these and other discussions, the following
additions were born into the budget: Five additional
code enforcement officers, an additional special mag-
istrate to hear code enforcement cases, lamp replace-
ment and maintenance, as well as installation of
emergency lighting at Claude Pepper Park, a city-
wide branding initiative, purchase and installation of
new Financial Management Software (FMS) system,
continued funding for COPS in Schools Grants
Program that provides for two fulltime school
resource officers and initial funding for the cyclical
replacement of police radios. The City's Community
Redevelopment Agency will have a budget of
$3,992,308 to implement various residential and
commercial redevelopment projects throughout the
city in the coming year.
A 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase was also
approved for city employees, with the exception of

police union employees who are still under negotia-
tions with the city for a new contract.
Peter Cruise, president of the North Miami Police
Association and not part of the bargaining team,
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Purvis Young: Paintings From the Street

S"Picasso of the Ghetto" Paints Life in Overtown

By: Malika Bierstein
BBT Staff Writer

When Purvis Young first created a
mural from house paint and plywood
scraps in 1972 along a stretch of 1-95 in
Overtown known as Goodbread Alley,
no one yet realized that the cultural and
economic divides he painted would
give way to self-expression and artistic
fame, such that would project Young
far beyond the city streets that bore
"My feeling was the world might get
better if I put up my protests," said
Young in an excerpt from Souls Grown
Deep, African-American Vernacular
Art, in reference to the Goodbread
Alley project. "Even if it didn't, it was
just something I had to be doing. I
make like I'm a warrior, like God send-
ing an angel to stop war, like in my
In Purvis Young: Paintings from the
Street, a collection of 100 pieces of his
work on display at the Boca Raton
Museum of Art until November 26, it is

evident just how much of Overtown's
cultural traditions, street smarts, strug-
gle and violence, assimilation and emo-

tional and economic unrest Young
incorporates into his art. He paints
what he sees, capturing on canvas the
conditions of the people and city that
surround him and translated quite liter-
ally through the titles of his work:
Truck Yard and Train Depot, City Life,
Been Framed, Music with Warriors,
Tent City Violence, Dead Man, Funeral
Procession, Carrying the Beloved and
Pregnant Lady with Syringe On Top of
the World to name a few.
His paintings exist on everything
from plywood to broken pieces of fur-
niture and other miscellaneous bits of
trash. There is no glitz and glamour, no
pretentiousness in the stark reality of
his pieces, much like the artist himself,
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paint, not to live" and seems generally
unaffected by the level of fame thrust
upon him, despite the fact that his work
appears in more than 60 public collec-
tions, with six exhibitions this year
alone. He still lives and works in the
very city that affected him enough to
want to paint it.
"There is an aura and an energy that
emanates out of his work," said Skot
Foreman, guest curator for the Boca
Museum exhibition and someone who
has been actively handling elements of
Young's work since the early '90s. "It's
the roughness of the medium, the com-
bination of colors, the in-your-face sub-
ject matter [and] the boldness of it. He
has taken nothing an environment
that is so harsh, so negative, so
wrought with violence, prostitution,
homelessness and created something
beautiful. I believe there is magic in
that. Overall, there is something about
Purvis that is uniquely Purvis. I haven't
seen anything like it since."
After learning about "Freedom
Walls" such as The Wall of Respect in
Chicago, The Wall of Dignity in Detroit
and The Wall of Consciousness in
Philadelphia, murals done by local
artists without official sponsorship or
sanction that represented a rallying
point for the community and a visuali-
zation of their collective values and
successes, Young created a mural at the
intersection of N.W. 3rd Avenue and
14th Street, coined Goodbread Alley
for a Bahamian bakery that once oper-
ated there. The mural was a collage of
hundreds of paintings done with house
paint, which Young affixed to the sides

Continued on page 29

A 100-piece exhibition of Young's work is at the
Boca Raton Museum of Art through November 26.

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Purvis Young
mugging for the
camera at his
Miami studio.

Purvis Young
Continued from page 28
of the abandoned buildings.
But the Department of Housing and
Urban Development condemned the
buildings in 1975, and tore them down
to clear the site for public housing proj-
ects. Most of the work was lost or
destroyed. A few of the original pieces
remain in the possession of a small
number of Miamians fortunate enough
to have saved them. Soon after, local

collectors and
dealers took
notice of
Young, in
addition to a
number of
tourists who
bought his
early work
and eventual-
ly helped to
bring his art
out of
Overtown and
into the wider
Young is self
ing at the age o
cially begin pai
43 years later, 1
up the studio he
Street and 2nd
Siskind, his infi
Siskind, a for
antique dealer a

rather unsavory reputation in Miami,
and has been linked to a number of
alleged scams involving real estate
deals, antiques and artwork. Young
himself admitted to an incident in 2002
in which Frederic Snitzer, a well-known
Miami gallery owner representing him
at the time, had to hire a lawyer to
retrieve over $10,000 worth of Young's
artwork from Siskind. But he's put all
of that behind him, stating that he trusts
Siskind completely in his professional
and personal affairs.

.e Snitzer inci-
S i dent] is
something I
g have forgot-
ten," he said.
"There's peo-
ple that wrote
things about
SMartin trying
/ to keep me
,. away from
him people
The public mural Young created along NE 14th who bought
Street in 1972, later coined Goodbread Alley. my art but I
think he's
-taught and began draw- great. They don't have nothing good to
f 6, but he didn't offi- say and they're the ones I have to
noting until age 20. Now, watch out for, you know. A lot of guys
he's still painting, filling know me but never introduced me to
runs on N.E. 17th any art dealers. One day I got sick and I
Avenue with Martin asked him [Siskind] to carry me to a
normal manager and doctor. I was in bad shape with my dia-
betes and he told me that if I don't get

mer restaurateur,
md art dealer, has a

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Recent Real Estate Action in Our Area

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Purvis Young
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on dialysis I'm gonna die, and ever
since I've been with him. We're like
friends. I took an oath that I will not
sell to any other art dealer. I took an
oath, I won't do that, but there is no
formal contract between us. It's on a
personal level."
Questions, however, have been
raised as to the spelling of the artist's
name. During the exhibition at the
Boca Museum, he autographed cata-
logues Pci' is Young" instead of
Purvis Young. The latter is the widely
known spelling, and the one used in
all materials related to the Boca exhi-
bition. In addition, www.purvisy-
oung.com is a website owned by
Foreman that contains Young's biog-
raphy along with a history of his
work. Siskind owns a placeholder at
www.pervisyoung.com, as the site is
currently under construction. Young
credits the misspelling to a simple
error made by banks and different
people that he worked with that was
never corrected, though he says
Pervis is "the way my mother spells
it." When asked about the creation of
an entire website around the Purvis
spelling, Young said that Foreman
had given him money to produce the

site and so he allowed it, though he
admits that he didn't really know
what a website was when he made
the agreement. He just figured it was
Despite all of the politics associat-
ed with his name, his fortune, and
his daily health struggles, Purvis
remains positive. In the works are
the publication of a catalogue on
Purvis by the Rubell Family
Collection which will include a com-
bination of essays and color photos
of his work; an exhibition at the
Bass Museum in Miami Beach some-
time next year; a documentary by the
director of Purvis Young Studios,
Richard Fendelman; and a possible
kidney transplant.
"I've traveled to places like
Louisiana and Mississippi and found
out that some people don't like
Purvis Young, the artist," said
Young, "but I mostly keep to myself.
I can't solve the world's problems. I
paint the world's problems."
Purvis Young Studios will be open
to the public for an exhibition of his
work on December 1, 2006.

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Wynwood Gallery Walk Delicious

Showings at September Second Saturday Nice, Too

By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Wynwood arts district
became the bustling hub of the Miami art scene. With
Art Basel only a few months away, the streets were
packed with art aficionados, downtown hipsters and
casual spectators, as well those in search of free
drinks (of which there were plenty to be had).
And even children got in on the action at least
there were droves of them at Edge Zones, the World
Arts Building. Most of them gathered around one
exhibit where animatronic, penis-headed figures
encased in glass danced around when you pressed a
nearby orange button. Kids had fun pressing the but-
ton and watching the figures dance. They loved it!
Underage kids also served Bacardi Raz (a kiddie
drink, anyway) to gallery-hoppers while a bland,
straight-to-VH1 band plodded along dully.
As far as art, they had Rachel Hoffman doing a per-
formance piece entitled Wunder Tchotcke in a room
decorated something like a child's bedroom, with
dolls, stacks of fruit, tacky decorations and a vaguely
aquatic theme. Two girls in furry animal outfits
lounged on pieces of furniture, making everyone who
entered the room feel awkward and uncomfortable.
Another room featured Nelson Gutieres' Dog Days,

A detail from Beth Reisman's Brothers, 2006,
acrylic on panel, 60 by 60 inches.
comprised of long strips of paper run along the bot-
tom half of the room with dogs drawn in charcoal and
blood. The centerpiece was Doggy, a chocolate dog
sculpture melting within its glass case.
Victor Payeres' Above the Clouds featured a bunch
of cliche Juxtapoz-styled paintings with an occasional
ham-fisted pop cultural icon (Dumbo, Mickey Mouse)
thrown in at random.
The most interesting works at the World Arts
Building were Magali Wilensky's mixed fabric

pieces. These abstractions were made of coiled,
wrapped fabric in intricate swirling designs with
vibrant colors.
Whatever Edge Zones lacked in terms of decent art
they more than made up for with food pasta salad,
nachos, many different kinds of cheese and fun-sized
chocolate bars. It was definitely the best food spread
of all the galleries.
Ingalls & Associates also dished out an amazing
array of refreshments various assortments of wines,
beer and liquor.
One eye-catching piece at Ingalls was Murtropolis,
by Charles Huntley Nelson. On a flat screen played a
mesmerizing video collage of the classic Fritz Lang
film Metropolis that would slowly fade over scenes
from Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi's
Goodbye Uncle Tom. It also included other pop cul-
ture references like a lightning bolt striking the
Capitol building, from an old album cover by D.C.-
based hardcore band Bad Brains.
Other pieces at the gallery were purposefully but
poorly hung. One tiny painting stood alone on the
blank wall, hung about a foot off the ground so you
had to bend down to get a good look at it, mocking
the conventional art space setup. But when you're
inundated with so much art from so many galleries, a
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Continued from page 32
challenging setup like that runs the high risk of turn-
ing people away and going unnoticed.
At Locust Projects, Nicolas Lobo showed his large-
scale wooden model of an electromagnetic field. It
had neat little touches like almost unnoticeable tints
of bright color that gave the waves of wooden planks
a subtle sense of movement. The material itself was a
noteworthy choice, as regular plywood is as far
removed from electromagnetic imagery as it gets.
As the evening wore on, Kevin Bruk gallery
became a packed house, and understandably so as it
featured works by Craig Kucia, one of the night's
With his paintings, Kucia produces somewhat sur-
real, innocent, almost childlike scenes. His visual and
thematic approach evokes a world like that of a chil-
dren's book familiar yet mysterious at the same
time. The paintings are colorful, and frequently
employ a subtle yet incredibly effective technique
that makes figures seem almost three-dimensional, lit-
erally popping off the canvas, often with piercing,
vividly rendered eyes.
And there are also lots of animals. One painting
shows a kid in the woods dressed as a ghost sheet
on head, holes poked out for the eyes in a bright
purple nighttime Halloween scene reminiscent of an
old Peanuts comic. Standing next to him is an identi-
cal sheet with no legs poking out, floating on its own
- a real ghost!

Chris Byrd,
Untitled, from

While thematically consistent, there's still plenty of
variety within Kucia's paintings as he melds conven-
tions of abstract art into his representational works.
Some paintings include floating geometric shapes, for
instance squares falling from the heavens. One paint-
ing was a kaleidoscopic rendering of owls sitting in a
tree, with bight circles dancing in the foreground, and
white paint splattered on certain segments of the can-
vas. Another of Kucia's techniques is to apply strips
of paint straight out of the tube, sometimes clumped

and coiled in a tiny pile and sometimes cut up and
stacked, but almost always hidden within the scenery.
The David Castillo gallery was the other big high-
light of the evening. Vibrant fragments of colors
dance upon Beth Reisman's canvases. Her work is
like a jumbled puzzle: Layers and layers of contrast-
ing colors are placed in large masses as random as the
Earth's continents on a map, behind which float
placid, solid-colored backgrounds. There's a whimsi-

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"The Art of Living", an unprecedented visual art
experience in the Upper East Side of Miami, presented
by Leiter Gallery and
produced by The Art Team
Corporation, will open to the
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2043 N. Miami Ave.
October 3, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Opening
for work by Rene Pefa & Jose
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1 N.E. 40th St., Suites 3, 6 & 7
October 6, 7 to 11 p.m., Opening for
"Mysteries and Masters" by various

3938 N.E. 39th St.
October 12, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening
for work by Juana Valdes

770 N.E. 125th St.
October 12, 7 to 9 p.m., Opening
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Erika Morales
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Opening for work by Rosa Muioz

151 N.W. 24th St.
October 14, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Live Shape"
by Franklin Einspruch

125 N.W 23rd St.
October 14, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for "Imaginable Matters"
by Yui Kugimiya
October 14, 7 to 10 p.m., Opening
for "New Work" by Simon Lee

3930 N.W 2nd Ave.
October 14, 7 to 10 p.m.,
Opening for work by Erika Morales


233 N.W 36th St.

"911 Revisited" by Debra Holt,
through December 16.

2134 N.W. Miami Ct.

181 N.W. 6th St.

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

769-771 N.E.125th St.
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1 N.E. 40th St., Suites 3, 6 & 7

"Mysteries and Masters," October 6
through December 28.

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Work by various artists, October 14
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111 N.W. 1st St., Suite 625

561 N.W. 32nd St.

"Get to Know Us," through October

2320 N. Miami Ave.

3550 N. Miami Ave.

"Las Goyescas" by Mario Brito,
through October 7.

180 N.E. 39th St., Suite 210
By appointment only:
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5582 N.E. 4th Ct.

2441 N.W. 2nd Ave.

"Fragments" and work by Rosa
Muioz, October 14 through
November 7.


158 NW91st St.
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2234 N.W 2nd Ave.

Beth Reisman solo show, through
October 31.

3938 N.E. 39th St.

Work by Juana Valdes, October 12
through November 26.

2043 N. Miami Ave.

Through October 28:
"Open House" by Jose Bechara and
"hidenvalleyranch" curated by Jose
Carlos Diaz

151 N.W 24th St.

"Blanco del Fuego" by Lucas R.
Blanco, through October 7.
"Live Shape" by Franklin Einspruch,
October 14 through November 11.

51 N.W 36th St.

World Arts Building
2214 N. Miami Ave.

10 N.E. 40 St.

7128 N.W 2nd Ct.

2320b N. Miami Ave.


2247 N.W 1st PI.

Work by Gean Moreno, through
October 7.

194 N.W 30th St.

"True Stories" by Sophie Calle and
Work by Leandro Erlich, through
November 26.

125 N.W 23rd St.

"Being There" and "Mutropolis,"
through October 8.

"Imaginable Matters" and "New
Work," October 14 through
November 8.


1929 N.W 1st Ave.

2249 N.W 1st PI.

"Broken smiles, lost tragedies,
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Me: "Hi, we'd like to shoot some guns."
Staff: "Right boys, we'll need to see some I.D."
Me: "Well, he's a foreigner, and he forgot his pass-

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"The law says he can't shoot, then, do you under-
1ii.'1 That's what the law says. Wink, wink."

Hc didn t \ ink but said the words out loud, and it
\ as iniplicd dall The Law wasn't walking_ thioui'ih tilic
dooi amn\ Iintc -oon. He spoke in a di\, n-out co\ ii
tonc norniall\ icserved for moonlit ;.spIonaI'icL Inc %\ il ,i
briiclc Ilanidciffed to my wrist and luni fi\ c fcct
bcliind in a iicncli-coat, r.pcalini' ilk aiccId-Lo codc
"The eai'l flies o ./.4 II
Indeed, but the only eagle around here was the Bald
one perched on the roof of this storage garage-cum-fir-
ing range, a monument to freedom so great that an
unidentified foreigner can wander in off the street and
exercise Second Amendment rights he doesn't even
In retrospect, it's perhaps better he didn't bring the
Inscribed in calligra-
phy on its opening page
is a royal decree from the
Queen of England
demanding all peoples
offer this roving ward of
the Crown their fullest
cooperation, lest their
heads be taken violently.
That sort of threat
would have sent these
guys packing, a caravan
of pickup trucks gun-
ning for England to
personally dump my
friend's body on the
steps of Buckingham
But as it went, they
willingly handed over
multiple firearms,
headphones, glasses
and heaps of gleaming
bullets. Instruction
consisted of, "Here's
the safety, now don't
kill yourself."
It was a muggy
afternoon in early
August. My friend
Tom had flown into
Miami from London
three days prior for
his first trip to
America in more
than a decade. And
now, without Mum

and Dad in tow, he was bent on having a severely
American holiday.
"Absolutely amazing!" he said, eyes tracing the AR-
15's barrel. "I can't believe you can actually own this. I
think our army gets to have these."
Tom's observations echoed with equal parts horror
and jealously; this, after all, wasn't the kind of recre-
ation normally sought by sensitive, educated men. But
any hint of civilized repulsion melted away when he
sl.icppcd up and emptied the entire magazine, a string of
fociuicd bla.iss iha left the Bad Guy's silhouette largely
intiac and Toni in pcals of laughter.
If Mummy could scc lin i no"\ "\cll, soon enough.
Extensive photographs will serve as bothl mnii onci.s nd
physical proof of having been in the L_ S naiion at
once hateful of armed and dangerous naiions and .iit-'
eously supportive of its own armed and idaniwciou.l cim-
zens and, in this case, anonymous touriist'


I've always been terrified of guns and of \ iolincc in
general. I can tolerate nearly anything on fil biu leal-
life pain doesn't bode well with my stonaclh Oncc in
the third grade, a fifth-grader tore a dodtlc ball fionl my
hands; in a flash of courage such that I've never expe-
rienced since I flung my little fist into his left cheek.
He in turn split my lip and we both went do\ n cn iimn' I1
was my first and last fight.
Since then I've navigating danger with mi\ blan N lI
Darwinian survival mechanisms long ago adiustld tlihc1
arc, so I can outwit, but not out-hit, and whliic lus pits
me in the food chain is debatable. A few steps beyond
frat boys and the entire state of West Virginia maybe,
but inside every well-adjusted man hides a sleeping
thug, one easily excited by bank-heist flicks and
Winston Churchill speeches.
I had my first weapons experience four years ago, in
England. It was at my friend John's cottage in
Winchester, an idyllic countryside village teeming with
trout and verdant farmland, a place in which one half
expects to hear a town crier. As he explained it, rabbits
destroy crops and so it was our sacred duty to mow
them down with antique shotguns. But unless you count
SUV run-ins with deer, I didn't grow up in a hunting
family. I went along mainly for the outfit:
Knee-high Wellington boots, a herringbone cap and
knotted walking stick; my only regret was not having
enough time to grow a handlebar mustache. This was a
look I'd fantasized about in English class but couldn't,
for whatever reason, pull off back in Pittsburgh.
Over an afternoon spent traipsing through damp
fields, my interest in shooting bunnies weak from the
start waned as I delved further into my own mental
cinema. On the reel was a high-brow sequence about

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gentleman hunters in the hills outside Bombay ... or
something like that. E.M Forster lite, with me as director
and star.
I punctuated my fantasy hunt with utterances like,
"By God, Lord Wigglesworth, the beast is near I can
feel it in my jodhpurs!" before pounding some aimless
shots into a tree. I'd guffaw, and order my boy-servant
to lash the White Bengal's pelt to our elephant and fetch
me a tall glass of gin...

Back in the real world, our "hunt" had gone astray
and lost momentum. The rains were picking up, so for
no sound reason I crouched at the base of an oak -
droplets gently petering off the brim of my cap and
sniffed thc ilii lonii,.and LimpoScfuil lik e do- Iit fllc
T lcn nliiilll Tiints i ilic soit olf iliin- bo dos \\ lien
lcfi to lls o '\ ni d l:\ Ic-. HI coniuiiiuni Ic. I I nI ll l- inll.
N\ i cji\ cinin scniies losi sonic.\\ lic i k biac ilin
PlIcsitoccnc I snicllcd onlh clinit i.uiin-loiookc
Thunillpi s ccnl diifllnli 0\ ci ili t nIm Ihllsidc \\ hln
John filnall\ I.uii nnd do\ wi ihic clusti c luIc it iuntid out
to be a Lab\ ls squikals \ic sid. it s dciatli i hll point-
Icss I dccidcd iluit sidc fioIn ili blasts \\ chll I real-
1 cnlio\cd liihs so0l of lulinL xsn I o101 ml Butl two
3 meai LIicI I mio\ cd '\ ilh John into a London iia and
ical,/cd Ilhs \\as. %,. ,/ thel K soil of iltng fol huni
The E n-hlish have a well-honed talent for rationalizing
bad siiLuaions but the device failed to explain why
squirrels, as a nonnmai\ c pcstilcnt species, must bc
tiippIcd in Oil 'akiidcn and drowned in the billunb
Bccauiic ilic bamauids eat ilic tulip|< I was told.
iYs allu is a stol. I should skip o ci entirely.


It \ would bc t\o years until I a-'.IIn fcI the cool weight
of gunmetal, when on a visit tocc fa mnIl\n in Pittsburgh
my eldest broilici Jnn said, "Let s go to the mun range,"
no question inkI
At this point I d no\ ci been, and didn i kino\ it was
becoming a Sc.n-lic.-'ula activity loi liii and occasion-
ally his wife. I ic'.alcd the invilc \\ it thli s.lni inward
snobbery I felt toward his personal ipohllc JInt is
Conservative to the bone, but ovl ti ic\ c las \\ c ve
found common ground n iioui'l to still \\ lit flo years
were terrible, heated fights.
I cradle few political convictions and \\ in caught in
these family feuds opcimtcd fromn a pIlifoiin of pure
antagonism, having oncc iead ialu iniillci'iencc is the
ability to hold in the mind two conflicting ideas simulta-
neously. With this as my bedrock maxim, I latched onto
to the opposite of whatever Jim thought and pushed
until he cried immature flip-flopper. Then it devolved
into personal jabs.
Ah, family...

With some reservation, I rode along to the Pittsburgh
Gun Club only to find the gate sealed off by the ATF -
rumor was the staff ran a small-time cigarette and arms
trade until the hammer fell. So on we went to Anthony
Arms, a dealer/range east of downtown, whose several
hundred square-feet of walls proudly display the corpses
of every animal known to Christendom. In one corer
stands the front half of an African elephant, his hulking
mass frozen mid-charge. I think I even saw a saber-
toothed tiger, but either way decided these men were not
to be trifled with.
The whole scene was different than hunting in
England. It wasn't about a leisurely Sunday stroll in the
countryside, inhaling the beauty of a storied land in the
company of a friend. This was a to-the-point, stripped-
down operation where anyone with $30 and a driver's
license could stand in a dank underground alley and
blow holes through a Xerox of Osama Bin Laden.
A handgun or military-grade rifle for that matter -
doesn't have the same literary allure of a century-old
Spanish musket. Here is a device machine-crafted for
the sole end of dumping a projectile through a moving
target at 1,200 feet-per-second, and to stand as physical
reassurance that a man's home is his castle. Unlike
John's hunting rifle, I was genuinely afraid to touch the
pistol, assuming from so many fear-driven newscasts
that try as I might, I couldn't help but shoot myself.
It wasn't until safely through the first clip that I offi-
cially warmed up to the Berretta 92FS. Broad-shoul-
dc icd md mind li -looki nir at only 34 ounces, the 92's ele-
gant Iincs spokc diccll\ to my love for Italian aesthet-
ics nainclh Fciiais aknd danii'o.ls-lookin,'2 biiinctcs If
ilic Sinilish iniuskct \\s lonul ncc liihS \\,is It Li
But .as bc'foic i\ inIl\ intcict in shlootiin, stopped \\ liii
tlic bullc Ict tlic clInibli I scmacckl\ considcicd iltc lil-
, i and cini onh i ifo lc c\plosion thlic inoicnti lihen a
shot bLuit of fllini detonated between in\ ihnds dis-
cIi, i'-'n,'-' I shill siuc'- right.
The blast of ma 'uin communes \ ith soii piilmoidial
inlstincti sonic ,'cnc tli bion uil thi s iii spccicc ithioi lli
millennia of \ iolcnt stinle.,'I onll to bc silcncedby a
long effort bc,'lniItni \\ i ilti t E nlih'ItciiciiiU And as a
former philoopli\. situdiiint I in okli \\ iilh tilt. It should
be quieted I \\c d Ill bc Rcplubllicns But cl ery now
and again I likc to pmIUik in iins icintblc pI.lllni
because it anluSic tili licll otI of ol I
I doubt I'll c\ ci o"\\ I n tini and lia\ c \ct to hIc.i a
good argument beyond, "Because I can." If you want to
shoot recreationally, rent one. If you're life is in such
clear and present danger that you need to be armed,
move money well spent, and meaningless compared to
an accidental death. Family, friends and even our own
selves pose more calculable danger than the faceless
Once, at a shooting range in Pembroke Pines, I heard
the cashier explain to a customer: "You never know,

they don't work alone anymore. A lot of them work in
gangs." So of course, we should be armed, I thought -
then no one would dare attack another. But they tried
this once: It was called the Wild West and it ended very
badly. No, gun-as-protection is just silly, so often a mis-
guided stab at confirming 'independence' in the face of
an overstated threat. Gun-as-recreation, though, yeeeee-
Another reason I'm afraid to own a gun is that I'm
already losing the fear, and fear keeps you sharp.
Accidents happen when you turn sloppy, and safety
measures can only combat so much human error (per-
haps a gun-safe hooked up to a breathalyzer, no?)
If my first range outing was marked by fear, I must
have skipped a few steps because my third smacked of
lunacy. There I stood, roommate in tow, demanding,
"The loudest, most dangerous thing you've got, and that
revolver there, too."
The session ended with my right shoulder battered red
by the butt of a 12-guague shotgun, my left palm
stroked with abrasions. These were from some Billy the
Kid-style, rapid-fire cowboy crap I tried to pull. My tar-
get fell to pieces when I shot it point-blank in the face,
and having watched The Deer Hunter two nights prior
didn't help, either. I kept dropping a bullet in the cham-
ber, spinning it, and whispering:
"Remember the mountains, Nicky? One shot."
My roommate wasn't laughing.


And that, for me, is the scariest part of this whole
business, which Tom latched onto immediately in
reminding me that he literally held the future in his
ihnds. mi\ Ifutuiic specifically. The notion ofvoluntari-
I hInidini,' soIIconc f ull control over your Life/Death
i\ clich iS lonuIi to pioccSS A gun's safety is infinitely
Imoic s.ccuii tIn ilic one on a man's rational mind.
Scctlnl on ilic IIIt is at best, negotiated.
For mic holding, m Iicmarm puts a lot of a senseless
ideas into ill herald ili kind that are impossible to stifle
bccal.iu lio\ niiclh oi u houldbe thinking it and how
liald \ oi .a. / ,/. Ir' iikin'I it are inversely proportional.
It's a pattern that bleeds into a host of less threatening
situations, the most illustrative of which is trying not to
think about sex in Church, a problem I hope we all share
or else I'll feel seriously hell-bound.
With a gun, however, most never cross the line; they
just relish the mortal danger, flirting with the sharp edge
of possibililN a very human tendency we all engage in
somnc foi in Shooting invigorates my mind on many lev-
cl flonl ilic childish satisfaction I get from the
BOO)N I to the philosophical puzzles through which
I in foiccd to work each time I feel the trigger.
Yes, I've found myself a good pastime. Or maybe I'm
just turning into a hick.

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A Snapshot of Local Gallery Offerings

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Craig Kucia
the best things are made on napkins, 2006
Oil on canvas
96 x 120 inches
Price: $22,000
Showing at Kevin Bruk Gallery

A feeling of conventional abandonment is ever
present, which keeps Kucia's work fresh and oppo-
site of today's mainstream painting in very apparent
ways. This is achieved not only via the fantastic,
poetic and storybook-esque content, but also by the
deliberate puncturing of the picture plane's integrity;
by actually building up and "sculpting" oil paint on
top of and away from the surface of the canvas, and
by the scraping away of images in select areas of
the composition.

Wynwood Gallery Walk
Continued from page 33
cal sense of disorder going on here,
but the intricately overlapping jumbles
placed over what appears to be a
peaceful bright blue sky produce an
interesting dynamic of chaos vs. order.
In Castillo's smaller "project room"
hung local artist Chris Byrd's first
exhibit, consisting of paintings with lots
of intertwining loops and lines broad
tangles of colors like spaghetti on a
plate. Colors intertwine and twist, but
sometimes large sections are filled-in
with big splotches of paint, the outlines
still visible. The choice of contrasting
colors makes the eye jump about the
canvas with unexpected rhythms. Byrd
seems to start with pencil first, but even
the pencil marks overlap with the paint-
ed portions to create complicated mazes
of color. A few smaller, black-and-
white pieces hung opposite the massive
anchor canvas, and possessed a rough
unfinished look about them, as if they
were studies.
Over at Fredric Snitzer Gallery hung
Gean Moreno's jumbled collage tapes-
tries, looking like the decorations of a
teenage stoner's bedroom. To have
actual teenage stoner's decorate the

gallery would've probably yielded
more interesting results than Moreno's
facsimile of.
Fache Art displayed extensive work
by... Carla Fache. Her blurred but
geometric abstract-expressionist paint-
ings are almost identical to the blurred
but geometric abstract-expressionist
paintings of Mark Rothko.
The atmosphere at Dorsche Gallery
was surprisingly dull, but had
absolutely no bearing on the art dis-
played, which incidentally was also
dull. (At least they finally got air-con-
ditioning.) Among the offerings that
night were Lucas Blancos' vague
paintings of what looked like a work-
space/art studio reminiscent of art
school sketches of random objects
found in the classroom cans, cartons,
At the start of the evening, a compa-
rably boring crowd at Filtro took in
two photography displays, each with
similar themes of urban surroundings.
There was plenty of wine and a good
selection of cubed meats to nibble on,
but as midnight neared, the place
became a veritable hot-spot packed
with crowds spilling out into the street,
the wine and food all gone, and along
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A Solid Showing at Karpio Facchini

By Victor Barrenechea
BBT Contributing Writer

If you were around at art openings last September
you probably noticed a fair share of glossy orange fly-
ers with the words "Deep Homo" parodying the "Home
Depot" logo. They were everywhere, and on Friday,
September 15, the show opened at Karpio Facchini
It wasn't a particularly lively atmosphere. The crowd
was very European-cum-South Beach. They played
techno and served Mexican cuisine nachos with
excellent guacamole dip, and margaritas.
The evening's real highlight was David Rosenbloom.
We've all heard the expression "guns don't kill people,
people kill people," and whatever your stance on gun-
control, it's an oversimplification of the problem of gun
violence. Rosenbloom's work seems to explore the true
meaning of this phrase with all its nuances.
He set up a light box, and on a curved panel project-
ed a large x-ray of a hand holding a pistol. The inner-
workings of the gun, the mechanical components, the
actual bullets essentially its skeleton were visible.
Just the same, so was the skeleton of the hand clutching
it. Because of the hand's tight grip on the gun, and the
uniform look and colors of the x-ray, it made the two
seem almost inseparable. The gun was attached to the
shooter like another appendage, and though a person
was certainly wielding the gun, that doesn't let the gun
off the hook. Both are equally culpable.
Rosenbloom expands further on this idea: On the
wall facing the x-ray hung a large picture of a machine
gun affixed with a bayonet bones replacing the gun
butt, all in front of a bright white background. The
bones appeared to be the ulna and radius, the two that
make up your forearm. It made the statement that it was
impossible to separate the human component from a
shooting, be it victimizer or victim. Both images, large
and cutting through their stark backgrounds, evoked
strong images of power.
Ray Smith was the other big featured artist. One wall
of his work was covered with about 15 rectangular pan-
els of nothing but smiley faces floating around. Alone it
didn't seem like much, but there was a messy painting
off to its left also a sea of dancing smileys, but under-
neath it a figure shrouded in white cloth, almost

Klansman-like. He mysteriously appears in the back-
ground with piecing, serious eyes. Upon closer inspec-
tion, it seems the smiley faces were cut out and pasted
onto the mystery man.
The painting is covered in
thick, brightly hued paint, but The gun w.
with oddly contrasting back- the shooter
ground colors. The paint was appendage,
clumpy and scratchy. Some smi-
leys within the outline of the fig- person was c(
ure were severed to fit within the the gun, thai
lines. The figure doesn't jump gun off the
out; he hangs in the background equally
of the painting like a ghost quite
a contrast to the wall of smileys.
The painting had some interesting
touches to further the sense of mystery. One tiny, glow-
ing bulls-eye and an even smaller blue dot are almost

r li

Was the placement of these works intentional? We
don't read from right to left, but viewing the works like
that is the best way of looking at
them and getting the full effect.
attached to Smith has other clever ways of
ike another distorting images. A number of
nd though a paintings featured a boxer, only
with torso obscured by a series of
ainly wielding boxing-gloved arms that seem to
doesn't let the spin in a clocklike, Ferris wheel
ok. Both are motion around the body. No
ulpable. heads. Using creme-colored back-
grounds and bright red paint for
the boxer's shorts and glove gave
the figures a definite camp feel,
but with a 1920s antique quality about them.

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Karpio Facchini
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The movements of these arms are slightly reminiscent of the way many futur-
ist paintings would depict movement, often blurring and obscuring the scenes in
which the movement took place. One was painted on a round disc depicting
nothing but the spinning arms, to great effect. One, with reddish background,
shows a female boxer.
It's downhill from there for Smith. The next painting of a watch-piece was
good, though not as impressive. It was a melted watch-face. The "Angelus"
timepiece's insides were distorted, with a swirling vortex in the center some-
what hypnotic, certainly eye-catching and well-rendered, but not as good as the
aforementioned pieces.
The subject of the next painting was a row of guns. They too were twisted
and distorted, curving out and bending and melting to approximate the motion
of a spraying fountain. Deep globs of color were used in the camouflaged por-
tion of one of the rifles, while for others Smith left actual portions of the wood-
en panel. These were painted on to fill in the wooden portions of the guns, all to
great effect.
Once again, well-rendered and eye-catching, but not up to par with previous
works. Smith's most uninteresting piece, however, was a painting of ballerina
floating gracefully through the air, with flowing legs and skirt. Her skin was
wooden-brown and the painting had a gray/silverish background. It was his
largest painting there, yet you really had to strain to keep any sort of interest in
But that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep interest in Smith's work. He may
be hit or miss this time around, but when he does produce a hit, it's certainly
something worthwhile.
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Around Town: Culture Briefs

SArea Happeningsfor the Month of October

By Tad Simmons
BBT Columnist

As the Japanese say, "Konichiwa." But
I'm Tad Simmons, so I'll just say,
"Howdy!" Until now I've been safely
penning this column in anonymity, but I
now feel ready to expose myself to the
community (at the insistence of my AA
So here I sit, chin in hand, positively
tingling with nervous sensations!
It is I, Tad Simmons, who has brought
you these monthly Culture
Briefs, hand-picked from a
cornucopia of worthy
events and spectacles. And
while I don't personally
attend any of these, I often
paste my head into the pic-
tures, which I post to my
grandmother in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. Stories of
her "little Taddy" rubbing
elbows with the many
beautiful people of Miami
send the gals at church
into a frenzy.
"Yes, Gram Gram," I B T
tell her, "Rick Ross is as
radiant as he is talented."
But this month I vow to attend some-
thing in person: I will not let the tempta-
tion of so many free wine coolers or the
fact that I am uninvited deter me. If it is a
gallery opening, I also vow to leave those
watercolors of my cat, Alan Goldberg,
taped to the fridge where they belong (a
minor incident that Emmanuel Javogue
needs to get over).
Godspeed, faithful readers, during this
fine month of October, and if you see me
out kicking up the golden autumn leaves,
stop and say hello Tad always has time
for a chat.

A Homefor My Falsetto
The Miami Gay
Men's Chorus has 0 O
started rehearsals for V V
the fall season and wel- Miami Gay Men's
comes new members. C H 0 R U S
No audition required.
Rehearsals are Thursdays, 7:30 to 10
p.m. at the Miami Shores Presbyterian
Church, located on N.E. 6th Ave. at 96th
St. But note this is only for adults. For
answers to your questions, call 305-604-
8787 or visit www.miamigaychorus.org.

Remember That
Movie "Mask"? That
Kid's Face Was Crazy
On Oct. 14, in addition to the regular
Second Saturday ART + Design Night, the
Miami Design District Merchants
Association presents a Masquerade
Dance to benefit the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation. The gala, to be
held in the Moore Building on N.E. 2nd
Ave. at 40th St., runs from 8 p.m. to 12
a.m., so you will be home in
time for the rerun of "7th
Heaven." Fifty, a SoBe
eatery, will provide finger
foods by the open bar, and
advance tickets can be pur-
chased for $25 at Urbania,
while procrastinators will
be shaken-down at the
door for $40 and a few
/ teeth.
S e There will also be a spe-
cial mask decorating con-
test. There is a whole rig-
orous procedure to follow
a here that I don't feel like
S retyping, so go to
for details. Fantastic prizes will be award-
ed for the best designs, so break out the
fake blood and fried chicken skin.
Punishments will be dealt to anyone using
glitter or a butterfly theme.

Like Salman Rushdie,

Except No One Knows Him
Square Peg Productions is a new alter-
native theatre group, and its inaugural
production, Three Angels Dancing on a
Needle, by exiled Iranian artist
Assurbanipal Babilla, begins a partner-
ship with Deluxe Arts that will bring
together the worlds of visual art and the-
atre. The production has graced stages
throughout the U.S. and Europe, but this
is its first showing in the Southeast.
Three Angels is a comedy about love,
lust and all the impure thoughts in
between, as three characters play out
absurd fantasies of sex and revenge in a
search for happiness in all the wrong
places. Sounds like a good weekend in
Tad's book!
Babilla is a well-known playwright and
artist in several mediums. After his exhibit

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of erotic nude self-portraits was put on
trial, banned and subsequently burned
during Khomeni's regime, he fled Iran in
1979. Last year he was awarded a
Hellman/Hammett grant in recognition
of his courage in the face of political
Both the main production and an open-
ing piece, Nerves, will be performed by
Miriam Kulick, Merry Jo Pitasi and
Odell Rivas under the direction of
Michael Yawney, at Deluxe Arts, 2051
N.W. 2nd Ave. in Wynwood.
The suggested donation is $10, for
info call 786-214-6040; the limited run
of seven performances are Oct. 12-15
and 18-19 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 22 at 2

Walk Downtown?
How Novel
On Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8
p.m., join the Performing Arts Center
Neighborhood Walk as they explore the
historic district around the city's new
Carnival Center for the Performing Arts
with the Historical Museum's Dr. Paul
George. See the 1929 Art Deco Sears
Tower and learn how architect Cesar
Pelli incorporated this Miami landmark
into the new building. Meet in front of
the Omni Metromover station on
Biscayne Blvd. and bring a flashlight.
Spooky! HMSF members $17, nonmem-
bers $22; for information call 305-375-
1621 or email a.prieto@hmsf.org.

You're in the Jungle
Baby, You're Gonna Die
While Axl Rose is busy turning him-
self into a hideous freak via plastic sur-
gery and cornrows, fans of the late great
Guns 'n' Roses can slip on their skull-
and-crossbones thongs, shoot up a little
Mr. Brownstone and take a trip back to
Paradise City with Appetite for
Destruction, the "ultimate G'n'R tribute
This is ,i, di ,,i. Goes, baby! I'm
gonna bring My Michelle and rock out
till she screams "You 're Crazy," then I'll
tell her, "Back Off Bitch, Don 't Damn
Me, okay? You Ain't the First and right
now ya got me feeling' Right Next Door
to Hell, so quit Double Talkin' Jive
before I knock you into a Coma..."
But then I'll feel bad and tell her,
"Don't Cry, don't have a Breakdown,
you been my girl for 14 Years and I

don't want us to end up Estranged... I
just lead a Reckless Life and sometimes
Get in The Ring too quickly. I should
show more Patience, 'cause You 're One
in a Million. Don't Move to the City and
start dating Nice Boys stay with us Bad
Apples. Not to beat a Dead Horse, but I
got a Bad Obsession for you and just
wanna Live and Let Die and go hand-in-
hand with you back to The Garden of
Eden when we're both Dust 'n' Bones."
You see what Tad did there? Then
we'll totally make out. Oct. 20, Studio
A, 60 N.E. llth St.; www.studioamia-
mi.com for info.

That Hendrix Song
Will be in Your Head
All Day Now
Miami International University of Art
& Design presents cross/town/traffic, a
new exhibit curated by the artist Gary
L. Moore comprised of multimedia
works by ten rarely seen artists con-
nected to the St. Mary's Art District.
Moore recently completed a large side-
walk installation near the new
Performing Arts Center. The exhibition
explores the visual, social, material and
spiritual complexities nurtured in a dis-
tinctly subtropical urban environment.
The exhibiting artists are Gismo,
Monique Leyton, Brad Kuhl, Skip Van
Cel, Jacquelyn Jackson-Johnston,
Matthias Saillard, Damien Racine,
Rosaria Pugliese, Deryl Daniel Mackie
and Purvis Young.
The exhibit, on display in the
University's main gallery until Oct. 27,
is located on Biscayne Blvd. at 15th
Street, downtown. An opening recep-
tion will be held on Thurs., Sept. 28
from 4 to 9 p.m.

Surprise! Great
Reasons to Run Do
On Saturday, Oct. 21, you can par-
ticipate in the local Race for the Cure.
If you're a running enthusiast, lace up
your New Balances because today's
your day!
The Komen Race for the Cure will
kick off at Bayfront Park in downtown
Miami as a sister event to more than
100 others in the U.S. In theory you
will be racing against more than
1,000,000 other people, so you'll prob-
ably lose. Sorry, Tad's honest, but opti-
mistically so! On the sunny side, you'll

be raising money and awareness for a
terrible illness that warrants no cheek-
tonguing. It's awful, plain and simple.
The race is open to mobile folks of
all abilities, from elite runners to can-
cer survivors.
Up to 75 percent of the net funds
raised will be used to fund local breast
cancer projects, with the remaining 25
percent going to national research
through the Komen Foundation Award
and Research Grant Program.
Be at Bayfront Park at 7:30 a.m.
for mimosas and a pancake breakfast
before the race starts at 8:30. It's a 5K
Run/Walk, 1 Mile Fun Walk and a Tot
Run, with a goal of 11,000 participants.
Hopefully this event will promote
positive awareness, education and
early detection of breast cancer, and
raise funds for breast cancer research.

How PANtastic!
The Performing Arts Network
(PAN) kicks off another exciting sea-
son with a well-rounded fall schedule
featuring performances and classes in
diverse forms of dance, music and
theater for people of all ages. PAN
provides the whole family with the
opportunity to stay fit and healthy

while learning to creatively express
themselves under the guidance of some
of the best performing artists in South
It reminds me of my own childhood,
when Dad would come home from a
12-hour shift at the mine simply jazzed
for a free-form dance session. He'd fire
up the incense and prepare tofu salads
while lecturing me on the importance
of diversity. But I digress...
PAN also welcomes their new
Flamenco instructor, Paola Escobar.
Join him on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. for
Juerga Flamenca with Ballet
Flamenco La Rosa, a traditional
Flamenco jam session with live music
and dancers from the company. This
event gives artists and audiences a
chance to enjoy authentic Flamenco
music and dance in a traditional setting,
with improvisation and interpretation of
the many rhythms that are the essence
of Flamenco.
For a full schedule of classes and
performances, or for more information
about becoming involved, visit PAN,
located at 13126 W. Dixie Hwy. in
North Miami. Call 305-899-7729 or
visit www.panmiami.org for more
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Halloween Horrors from the '70s Vault

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Daughters of Darkness
(Les Levres Rouges; Director's Cut)
MENE ",-

Belgium; 1971 / ii/, l' language)
Starring: Delphine Seyrig, Andrea Rau, Dani
Ouimet, John Karlen
DVD: Anchor Bay Entertainment
100 minutes

For years the only version of this film seen
America was one truncated to 87 minutes, bu

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Bay recently released a letterboxed edition of The unne
Daughters of Darkness at its full 100-minute running house deliv
time. None of the tired vampire stereotypes fangs and borders on
bare necks emerge in this one, and instead the viewer own measu
is treated to director Harry Kiimel's vision of Countess season at a
Elizabeth Bathroy, a charmingly sensual woman who coast and hr
looks and acts likes a golden-age Hollywood starlet, with its vau
She's forever dressed for an evening out and com- themselves.
mands the world with coquettish, breathy coos. This The Cour
may or may not also be the Countess Bathroy from 300 seductively
years ago, whom legend holds preyed on the blood of ple, and the
young women. What is true, however, is that young an otherwoi
girls in nearby Bruges keep turning up dead and blood- Daughter
less. are memora
Stefan and Valerie have just eloped when we meet and forebod
them on a train in their sleeping carriage during the likely to see
opening scene. "Do you love me?" she asks of her new
husband. "No... and you?" he replies. The Wic
ele He is immediately less-than-likable, and issues with UK, 1973
his rich and controlling mother (whom he's taking Directed by
Valerie to England to meet) hang a dark veil over what Starring: E
should be a joyful time for the young lovers. The moth- Christopher
er scenario plays out in a thoroughly bizarre if not Ekland
entirely relevant twist. Valerie, for her part, remains DVD: Anch
naive and compliant to her new husband's dark side, 84 minutes
in but intuition tells her something's amiss with the minute vers
Countess. ........................

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rvingly pretty stars and their glassy-cool art-
ery make for a strangely paced film that
pretentious but never quite falls victim to its
red beauty. The newlyweds arrive on the off-
sprawling 19th-century hotel on the Belgian
ave the royal suite and entire complex,
Cited ceilings and eerie antiquity all to
itess and her attendant Rau, looking
porcelain take a strong interest in the cou-
hermetically sealed hotel begins to weave
idly life of its own.
s has its downsides, but the performances
ble (Seyrig is haunting, in fact) and its dark
ling tone is quite unlike anything you're
in a modem 'horror' movie.

ker Man

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ward Woodward,
Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt
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Miami Art Central (MAC) is pleased
to present Video: An Art, a History,
1965-2005, an international group exhi-
bition based on the video and multime-
dia installations of the Centre
Pompidou which recounts the history

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I'll likely be skewered by film geeks
for not giving this one a perfect score,
but while I really enjoyed it (though not
as much as I feel I was supposed to), I
don't think it's perfect. I will, however,
admit that The Wicker Man is one of the
most strangely memorable films I've ever
It is a combination mystery/thriller,
horror and... musical, whose legendary
soundtrack is cited as a major influence
in the mid-1970s British folk resurgence.
Police Sergeant Neil Howie (Woodward)
is sent by seaplane to investigate the
alleged disappearance of a young girl,
Rowan Morrison, from Summerisle, a
remote island off the coast of Scotland.
The tightly wound Christian investigator
doesn't know quite what to make of the
leering, insular villagers, who follow a
neo-Pagan religion of sun-worshipping
and such under the guidance of Lord
Summerisle (Lee).
Those who actually answer Sgt.
Howie's inquiries, he soon realizes, usu-
ally provide false information that does-
n't add up (first, she doesn't exist; then,
she's dead; then...), but they remain
upbeat and cheery often breaking into
elaborate folk numbers while he grows
ever more frustrated. His only opinion is
that their Paganism with its open sexu-
ality, rituals and foreign beliefs is
The musical numbers add a strange
tone of cultish reverie, the most entertain-
ing of which is a tavern full of haggard
men shouting a bawdy, sing-song ode to
Willow (Ekland), the landlord's daughter.
Her bursting sexuality intoxicates Sgt.
Howie, and during that first night he
nearly explodes with shameful frustration
as she prances about nude in the next
room in a primitive mating song, beckon-
ing him to visit her.
Soon after is the eve of May Day,
when the islanders perform long-standing
rituals to encourage a healthy growing
season. It is here when Sgt. Howie learns
the truth of Morrison's fate and comes
face-to-face with his own.
The ending is one for the ages, and
while I felt the film was to some degree
hokey, it's nonetheless a worthy cult
favorite; few works of cinema have jux-
taposed doom and celebration to such
sinister effect.
Fun fact: The Wicker Man opened in
the U.S. on a double-bill with Don 'tLook
Now (see our box of further suggestions).

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

U.S., 1971
Directed by John D. Hancock
Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton
Heyman, Kevin 'Conner, Gretchen
88 minutes
DVD: Paramount Home Video
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Now I'll have the opposite problem:
Why did this deserve 4.5 palm trees,
the geeks will cry? Objectively it
probably doesn't, but LSJTD is one of
those films you either adore and find
yourself haunted by (especially if you
saw it at an impressionable age), or
consider just another horror flick. But
excitement over its recent DVD
release suggests many still remember
and appreciate this excellent example
of a long since dead brand of low-key
'70s horror.
This is the sort of film I only wish I
saw as a child, when memories form
so fantastically that they grow into
lifelong myths, like the attic of a
grandmother's house. While I've
argued to a dear friend of mine, whose
horror film knowledge is near encyclo-
pedic, that 'atmospheric' is an over-
used cinematic adjective, the atmos-
phere in LSJTD is palpable techni-
cally simply but rich with emotional
Here we have the story of Jessica
(Lampert), a young woman of ques-
tionable sanity who's just been
released from a New York sanitarium.
Along with her husband, Duncan
(Heyman), and their friend Woody
(O'Conner), the trio moves to a newly

purchased Connecticut farmhouse so
remote it's accessible only by ferry, to
till the earth and start anew.
Jessica stops along the journey to
indulge her morbid fascination with
grave-rubbings and thinks she sees a
young girl. But she disappears, and
Jessica keeps this to herself for fear of
seeming uncured. The citizens of their
new hometown, all aging men bearing
mysterious bandages, give them a cold
The seeing-and-hearing-things con-
tinues for Jessica, but still she says
nothing, and when a redheaded squat-
ter named Emily (Costello) turns up in
their house, the trio becomes a happy-
hippy foursome. But the story of the
house, the new girl and the town goes
much deeper, and terrifyingly so, forc-
ing Jessica to question her sanity, and
later, defend her life. Or was it all in
her head?
Lampert's convincingly fragile per-
formance; Hancock's well-crafted
visual space indeed, a surreal New
England haze hangs over the entire
film complemented by a foreboding
soundtrack; and edge-of-your-seat ten-
sion collude beautifully. This film will
stay in your head for a long, long

Black Christmas
(Stranger in the House, U.S.)

Canada, 1974
Directed by Bob Clark
Starring: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder,
Keir Dullea, Andrea Martin
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There are a lot of win-win factors presiding over this
film: Bob Clark had just directed Deathdream and
Children Shouldn 't Play With Dead Things, both of
which later achieved minor cult status; Olivia Hussey
and Margot Kidder were at the top of their fame, while
Keir Dullea would later be known for his role in
Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey; and as a horror film,
Black Christmas introduced some ideas that would later
become horror conventions.

Years before Halloween hit the screens, this film
placed holiday reverie at the mercy of a psycho killer.
We open with a party at Pi Kappa Sig, where the sorori-
ty sisters are winding down for winter break away from
their sleepy college town of Bedford. Barb (Kidder),
the resident lush, asks Jess Bradford (Hussey) and Phyl
(Martin) to stay at the house with her for a few days
into the vacation.
But a deranged, perverted crank call (which does-
n't seem to be the first) from "Billy" turns threaten-
ing and unnerves some of the girls. When a timid sis-
ter named Clare storms off to bed after Barb drunk-
enly dismisses her fears, she's of course brutally
All killer scenes, however, are shot through a wide-
angle, first person lens, and only once do we see his

eyeball, leering through a crack. At the time, this villain
was altogether new vicious, mysterious, a terrifying
psychopath with no discernable motive except to brutal-
ize everyone in the house.
An abortion subplot involving Jess and her unstable,
controlling boyfriend, Peter (Dullea), mirrors the shift-
ing gender and social values of the early '70s while
raising frightening questions about who this killer
might be. In fact, the entire dynamic between the soror-
ity sisters and their housemother is very natural and
Loving direction by Clark, excellent performances,
spooky music and an adroitly constructed atmosphere
make this film as pleasing to watch as it is scary. For
those who want a good old-fashioned horror flick, this
is the most consistent nail-biter of the bunch.

Further Recommendations


Dir. by George Romero

Martin, a reluctant "vampire" who
may just be going through the motions
in response to a supposed family curse,
is sent to live with his cousin in subur-
ban Pittsburgh.
John Amplas is mesmerizing as the
melancholy teen bloodsucker, and
Romero crafts a story of great wit and
tension. Highly recommended.

Don't Look Now
Directed by Nicolas Roeg

Julie Christie
and Donald
Sutherland star as
a young, cultured
couple dealing
with the tragic
drowning of their
young daughter.
They use his gig
overseeing a
church restora-
tion in Venice to
escape from the
madness, but find more than they bar-
gained for in this surreal mystery.
Highlights: The most beautiful and con-
vincing love scene you'll ever watch; the
flat-out weirdest ending you'll ever watch.

House on the
Edge of the Park
Dir. by Ruggero Deodata

Alex and
Ricky (David
Hess from Last
House on the
Left and John
Morghen from
Cannibal Ferox)
crash an upscale
party for a bit of
savage rape and

murder: This is disturbing Italian horror
par excellence, long banned in the UK
and a brand of chilling sleaze you're
unlikely to see at the local multiplex.
The strong-stomached may want to try
the Shreik Show uncut version.

I Spit on Your Grave
(Day of the Woman )

0IT Dh

Dir. by Meir Zarchi
^*^ L

More sleaze, but this time the rape
victim turns vigilante and goes on a
murder/castration spree brutal enough
to garer an X-rating upon its theatrical
release. One of the most gruesome of
exploitation films, Camille Keaton
(Buster's granddaughter!) won a
Spanish film award for portraying the
rabid heroine. Widely banned, which
should be reason enough to check it

Cemetery Man
(Dellamorte Dellamore)

Dir. Michele Soavi

Soavi, a disciple of Italian horror
godfather Dario Argento, crafts a surre-
al fairytale about a cemetery caretaker
who might be going mad. Rupert
Everett (yes, you read that right) is
superb as a tortured zombie-killer, his
predicament both humorous and night-
marish. If this strange journey doesn't
entice you, seeing one of the sexiest
women ever to grace celluloid might.
And the ending is a real trip.

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There's No Excuse for Unsheltered Stops

Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Unbearably Hot

By Priscilla Arias
BBT Columnist

As I drove down Biscayne Boulevard
one weekday afternoon, I took notice of
my old bus stops the ones I most fre-
quented before I bought a car. I saw
that the bus shelter recently installed on
Biscayne Boulevard at N.E. 107th
Street is a big hit; people huddle under
it when it rains, and enjoy shade from it
when the sun's out. It's also much
cleaner now that they installed a trash
can. I wonder which other stops have
been sheltered since my bus-riding
As I continued down the Boulevard, I
passed bus stop by bus stop with no
shelter of which to speak. I saw people
in mid-afternoon standing under a
cloudless sky, protecting their faces
from the 90-degree sun using maga-
zines, book bags, umbrellas or simply
their hands. One woman with a toddler
waited impatiently in the scorching sun
as she used her purse to shade the little
Of the few shelters I saw, most were
embarrassingly rundown, with broken
or missing side and back panels and
even one (or at least only one that I
saw) without a bench! The woman
waiting under this benchless bus shelter
was sitting in her daughter's stroller
with her daughter on her lap.
Much to my dismay, this little trip
down memory lane (a.k.a. the
Boulevard) started to irritate me,
because I knew exactly how they felt. It
was not too long ago that I, too, weath-
ered the heat and the rain waiting for
my bus. I remember the times I was
punished by inconsiderate bus drivers
for waiting under some shade just a few
feet away from the stop. They'd pre-
tend they didn't see me and just drive
on by. One time in particular, the bus
sped off when I was less than two feet
away from the door, and in spite of me
tapping its side.
Needless to say, I was left wondering
why nothing has been done about the
missing and broken-down bus shelters.
Why were some very nice ones being
erected while others at the very next
block seemed forgotten?
The BBT has covered this issue since
as early as 2003, and little has been
done since then. We did learn, however,
that advertising plays a big role in

Above: A woman is forced to wield an umbrella at an uncovered bus
stop in Miami Shores.
Below: Outside Publix on N.E. 6th Avenue: Nothing complements arm-
fuls of groceries like a burning rump.

whether or not a bus stop gets shel-
tered. Advertising helps the city, county
or incorporated municipality pay for
the installation and maintenance of the
shelter. Prospective bus shelter adver-
tisers, nonetheless, are more likely to
advertise in trendier or higher-class and
higher-traffic areas of the city than say
the corner of N.E. 2nd Avenue and 64th
Street, who's uncovered stop features a
broken bench. Areas such as this one
are last in line, and are usually the ones
who should get the most attention.
Not only does location play a role on
the overall attention paid to bus stops,
but each municipality's government has
the final word on whether or not to fur-
nish, shelter or open them to advertis-

ers. This may be another reason why
some areas have nicer and better-kept

bus shelters than others. However, the
majority of poorly maintained stops
that I saw were within the City of
Miami. Why is the city being so neg-
Apparently, the BBT isn't the only
one who wants something done about
the unsheltered benches. Frank
Rollason, a City Commission candidate
from District 2, and Steve Hagen, from
the watchdog group Citizens Against
Everything Bad, have been pushing for
this for over four years.
In an email to the BBT and Rollason,
Hagen offered the following as a reme-
dy for the current bus shelter situation:
"There should be a bus shelter at every
bus stop where space allows. A trash-
can should be provided at those stops
with heavy use. There should be a
[phone] number on each shelter for
people to call if the bus shelter is not
maintained. A bus bench should be pro-
vided at all other stops and bus benches
should not have advertising. Why not
be creative in Miami and perhaps
install heavy duty umbrellas where a
shelter won't fit, allowing the provider
to advertise their name only on the
edge of the umbrellas as we see in
cafes? They could be anchored to pre-
vent theft."
I would also suggest looking into
street furniture companies that special-
ize in space-saving. If some benches
must remain unsheltered due to
absolute lack of space, then those
benches should be made of a heat-
resistant material so that people can
actually sit on them without getting
The solutions seem clear-cut and
simple enough. Let's just hope the City
of Miami is reading.

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Lessons from Ernesto

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Small as He Was, Our Response Was
L ast month's brush with Ernesto site on the internet) to your cart during
allowed us to think about our each trip to the store will have you total-
response a trial run for the big- ly prepared. If the season goes by
ger things to come. And uneventful, in December
one thing we can all begin eating the foods
agree on is there are and store the hard goods
more devastating storms in your plastic hurricane
in our future. bin. You get a head start
We cannot all agree on next year as a bonus!
the appropriateness of Your condominium
our response to Emesto. P should have on hand a
But in hindsight, which few supplies for the good
is always 20/20, it seems of the community. A sup-
we overreacted. The ply of water, toilet paper,
wind barely blew, and we flashlights and bug spray
get more rain on a typi- goes a long way when
cal Thursday afternoon you need it the most. A
in August than we did on grill with charcoal and
August 29, 2006. Yet lighter fluid, a lighter and
storm warnings, hurri- ByGbill Redfe a can opener will help
cane watches and torna- residents communally
do watches were issued, gas lines cook the food salvaged from freezers
formed, and water bottles and loaves of without electricity.
bread flew off store shelves. Businesses A single cooler
were closed and houses boarded up, stocked with ice
schoolchildren were dismissed from can save residents' Ernesto's s
classes for two days and shelters were lives by having a is that we
opened. place to store medi- able to leisu
Ernesto's silver lining is that we are cines and other
now able to leisurely examine the vital supplies that the respond
response without recriminating the per- require refrigera- recrimin
ceived overreaction. Many folks, espe- tion. At the build- perceived o0
cially forecasters at the National ing I manage, we
Hurricane Center (NHC), were humbled laid out stocks of
by the sudden deflation of the weather these types in our
system that impacted South Florida. If lobby. Also this
the stars had aligned in a different fash- year, my building hung a flashlight in
ion, we might now be dealing with a every stairway landing of our tower. We
disastrous aftermath of major propor- bought them during "Hurricane Tax-
tions. Free Week" at the start of the season, on
That being said, let's grade our sale, with batteries.
Ernesto Prep Skills. We all went through If you reside in a full-service building,
it just a few weeks ago, so sit back and each staff member who battens-in
take mental stock of how you and your should be provisioned with a cot, blan-
condominium responded. ket and pillow. Two flashlights, an
Most important was your individual emergency radio, charged cell phone
response for you and your family. Did and three days of food and water should
you have enough basic supplies on hand be available to them as well. You should
so you could avoid the long, last-minute be prepared to compensate staff 2.5
lines at stores of first resource like times the hourly rate over 8 hours a day
Publix and Home Depot? We must never they stay on-duty. Does your association
forget we are in the six-month annual
window that is hurricane season. There
is no good excuse not to stock up and be BISCAYNE
prepared. A little at a time over the
course of the season makes it easy. Start
with the water and work your way BUU LLVI
down. By the end of six months, adding Opinionated ~ Indeper
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available everywhere from your corner in'T
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budget for emergency-related overtime?
Did management keep you informed
of the progress of the storm, and what
they were going to do? I know we called
each homeowner in residence several
times to keep them informed of the
building's preparation progress and
plans, and to offer assistance. We
cleared off each balcony and closed
each shutter to which we had access.
That may be the stuff of the individual,
but the very legal title of a condomini-
um, cooperative or deed-restricted com-
munity governed by a mandatory mem-
bership homeowners association is com-
mon interest. The wind does not know
that Joe's wrought iron patio table
should fly only through Joe's window,
not his neighbor's.
Did you back up your computer and
records? Did you store your important
papers in water-tight containers, and did
management do the
same with the indi-
vidual records of
silver lining each owner?
are now Although technolo-
rely examine gy exists to scan in
all such documents
se without and store them in a
eating the computer database
overreaction. easily downloaded
onto one-inch
removable hard-
drives, this does
not mean all asso-
ciations have had the time or technical
resources to do such archiving. Perhaps
future budgets should include time and
attention to getting this task done.
You may have been angered by your
level of response, that you wasted time
in gas lines, at the grocery store or shut-
tering your house. You may be kicking
yourself for overreacting, or be disap-
pointed that your association did too
much. But in these times, and with what
recent history has shown, it is better to
be prepared for the worst and hope for
the best, which is what I hope you can
say about your response!

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Best Buy's Geek Squad An Inside Look

ou've seen the hokey yet oddly
appropriate ads, with the snazzy
twin-tone VW Geek-Mobiles and
faux Men in Black outfits. You've proba-
bly seen their in-store departments at Best
Buy. Perhaps you've even had them over
your house. But just how does a huge
electronics retailer go about transforming
11,000 highly trained computer specialists
into the Geek Squad perhaps the most
formidable (and recognizable) consumer
PC consulting force in the country?
The answer likely has as much to do
with the daily confusion and frustration
encountered by millions of computer
users as it does with the cleverness of the
concept itself. Founded by Chicagoan
Robert Stephens in 1994 with just $200,
the Geek Squad hit the big leagues in
2002 when they joined up with Best Buy
as the retailer's consumer PC-service arm.
Geek Squad now operates nearly 800
locations in North America, and this num-
ber includes both their own stores and
individual precinct outlets inside all those
Best Buy showrooms. As their advertise-
ments and name recognition will attest,
the Geek Squad has come a long way
It's been exactly 25 years since IBM
officially inaugurated the PC revolution.
Yet computers remain notoriously diffi-
cult to use, rife with security vulnerabili-
ties and other confusing problems incom-
prehensible to the vast majority of lay
consumers. This is as much the fault of
the major software and operating system
vendors (Bill Gates, phone your office) as
the expanding list of internet and enter-
tainment tasks with which we continue to
burden these little machines of ours. But
who to call? The individual
hardware/software purveyors and their
overseas support centers are of little help
when the issue is system-wide, such as a
spyware or virus infestation. And does
anybody out there (within a reasonable
price range) really have the expertise to
help install that wireless home network
you've always dreamed of?
Interestingly enough, no one company
had ever made a serious effort to tackle
the home PC support market; such was
considered the 'no-fly zone' of customer
service, given its prohibitive resource
costs and the headaches entailed in
remote computer support. And heaven
knows there was (and continues to be) a
ton of potential business! Yet only now
has somebody figured out how to effi-
ciently provide this nationwide PC serv-
ice, and to do so in a manner which not
only solves people's computer problems

but also fosters an enviable level of brand
loyalty. Geek Squad unites respectable
know-how with one of the most trusted
names in home electronics, and this has
turned out to be an
impressive combination.

How it Works
The service is based on
three tiers of assistance:
1) in-store help; 2) 24/7
phone support, and 3) the
famed House Call, long
presumed to be a forgot-
ten art form. As one
might imagine, recruit-
ment and training are of
paramount importance.
Geek Squad prospects
are pretty much who By Marc
you'd assume them to be
- technically savvy self-starters with a
history of customer service, who also love
technology. A good number already work
for Best Buy in some capacity as well,
often as audio-visual technicians. Top GS
agents are not made overnight; most
begin as in-store Counter Intelligence
Agents (CIA), servicing Best Buy's walk-
in support clients. This requires an "A+
Certification" in hardware and software,
and inculcates the basics of fixing the
infinite variety of potential PC issues.
From there the CIA graduates to the
level of Cadet, who with suitable training
is permitted to go on service calls to cus-
tomer's houses if necessary (known as a
'follow-home'). These employees are lim-
ited to lower-level services such as com-
puter setup or wireless network installa-
tions. Above that comes a Double Agent,
who drives his own VW Bug and works
with the entire district's 800-number and
in-store support calls for any type of prob-
lem. And beyond Double Agents sit the
rarified Special Agents and Certified
Special Agents, further licensed and
accredited to work on business and corpo-
rate accounts. All the while every GS
Agent learns the ins-and-outs of PC sup-
port, from stamping out viruses and spy-
ware to installing corporate servers and
virtual networks.
So what does a Geek Squad visit
entail? Assuming you don't feel like lug-
ging your laptop or desktop into a Best
Buy for onsite support, your first step is
to call 1-800-Geek-Squad or log on to
www.geeksquad.com. Flat pricing for a
wide range of services is available (never
an hourly charge), depending on whether
a customer is helped over the phone,

brings the machine to a store or requests
an in-house visit. The Agent follows a
preset troubleshooting script and keeps
detailed logs of everything he does for the
customer, whether PC-
related or not. These
records can lean a little
toward the arcane, but are
quite useful for tracking
S problems and establishing
aggregate patterns for
learning purposes (i.e., a
Knowledge Base).
Meanwhile the Agent
gets the customer's okay
on the agreed pricing, and
then sets to work diag-
nosing and fixing the
trouble. There is a 90-day
service guarantee for
Stephens Geek Squad Precincts
and stores, while onsite support is guaran-
teed for 30 days and remote services for
This customer-centric business model
has also precipitated an interesting side
phenomenon. When the Geek Squad likes
a product be it for home networking,
PC diagnostics or spyware prevention it

gets pushed, and sold. Having 11,000
agents recommend something can't help
but positively impact sales, right? Well,
although Best Buy and the GS officially
deny playing favorites, sales numbers for
certain software packages have indeed
benefited from their imprimatur. And why
not? These are the guys in the trenches,
serving nearly three million customers
since 2004, and their opinion counts.
Among their favorites, according to
Internet News: Trend Micro's PC-cillin
antivirus software, and Webroot's anti-
spyware. But you didn't hear it here.
It goes without saying that if you like
doing a job nobody else wants, business
will usually follow. Hard to believe, but
even with a hundred million frustrated PC
users out there clamoring for support,
nobody had ever made a serious attempt
to serve them. Now that the Geek Squad
is a household name, the rest of us are left
to wonder:
Why didn't I think of that?

Thanks to Viviana Weiwall, Cristian
Luzbet, Elizabeth Brown, Juan Rojas and
the Geek Squad website for c i,,,i.ilt,,in
to this article.

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Say No to Palm Trees

In Search of a Flower, by Arango; $14,000

The Art of Living, a visual art experience, opened to
the public on September 30 in the indoor-outdoor space
adjacent to UVA69, the trendy restaurant at 6900
Biscayne Blvd. The interactive art exhibit features work
from artists of various backgrounds experimental and
conceptual innovators surrounded by a unique collec-
tion of Asian furniture.
"Fine dinning and fine art at one spot is the whole
concept behind this," said Sinuhe Vega, the owner of
UVA, whose paintings will be displayed at the event.
"Our goal is to offer exceptional art and furniture at the
prices that the neighborhood can absorb."
The furniture on hand is priced from $250 to $6,000,
while paintings and sculptures start at $7,000. The col-
lection will present works by Brazilian, Italian, Cuban
and American painters and sculptors.
"We want to bring art to the people, and show them
what it's like to live surrounded by art," said Jesus
Manuel Rojas, of Leiter Gallery. "Our Sculpture Garden
is an example of an alternative option to an expensive
landscaping. You can buy a sculpture for $7,000 and
have an extraordinary art piece, or spend $20,000 for
ordinary trees and shrubbery."
Art of Living is presented by Leiter Gallery and pro-
duced by The Art Team Corporation. For more informa-
tion send an e-mail to leitergallery(aol.com.

By Ivana J. Robinson, BBT C. i,, ,i.uti,, Writer

Decorating Sense: Magy Interiors

When Magaly Ramirez, owner of Magy Interiors
at 217 N.W. 36th St., moved from her native
Dominican Republic to United States, she had a
husband, a child, a B.S. in architecture and no idea
what the future held. She followed the trail of many
Dominican immigrants, who during the deep eco-
nomic crisis of 1980s pursued a better life across
the ocean.
"Those were very difficult years for everybody,
especially for professionals like my husband and I,"
said Ramirez.
Falling world sugar prices slid the Dominican
Republic into an economic depression, while high
inflation, coupled with problems in the delivery of
water and electricity, resulted in violent protests,
including a paralyzing nationwide strike in June
That same year Ramirez moved to United States,
learned new language and embarked on a new
career path. Since foreign architects encounter vari-
ous difficulties in satisfying licensing requirements
in the U.S., Ramirez attended the University of
Miami, and in 1992 obtained her B.A. in interior
decorating, with a focus on window treatments.
"When I first came, I started as a drafter for an
engineering company," said Ramirez. "Then, I
worked in the window treatment department of the
Portfolio Collections until 1993, when I started my
own business, Magy Interiors."
Ramirez's approach to decorating is eclectic, a
combination of traditional and contemporary ele-
ments. She juxtaposes time periods, styles, ethnici-
ties, materials and artistic traditions, creating very
personality-driven spaces. However, when working
with clients, her "only preference is customer's
Magy Interiors initially opened on N.E. 39th
Street in the Design District, and after a brief stint
in a studio above UVA 69, it's back inside a more

than 2,000-square-foot showroom at 217 N.E. 36th
St., which will open by mid-October.
Besides location, Magy Interiors has changed its
face many times throughout its 13-year history. In
the beginning the focus was on fabrics, draperies
and blinds. As the business grew, so did the scope
of Ramirez's work, which now includes everything
from designing floors to kitchens to accessories,
and of course Ramirez's specialty window-covers.
"We offer an array of window treatments, from
brand name manufactures like Hunter Douglas,
Graber, Pfieffer and many more," she said. "At the
same time, the personalized service our clients
receive guarantees the best results." For more infor-
mation call 305-756-1222 or visit www.magyinteri-

By IvanaJ. Robinson, BBT C. i,,m ,i.mafi,, Writer

ASPIRA of Florida Moves to Inter Design Building
ASPIRA of Florida has moved Florida, ASPIRA enrolls nearly the success of this approach with a
its administrative offices to the 1,600 elementary, middle and high dropout rate lower than national
third floor of the Miami Inter school students in after-school and state averages."
Design-I (MID-I) building, at clubs where they conduct commu- He boasts that nine out of ten
4100 N.E. 2nd Ave. in the Design nity service projects, practice lead- graduating seniors in ASPIRA pro-
District. The move coincides with ership skills, receive homework grams continue their education
ASPIRA's 25th anniversary in help, visit local college fairs and beyond high school. Of course,
Miami-Dade County. learn how to apply. The agency parents must receive some of the
ASPIRA also has a national also serves 900-plus middle school credit and ASPIRA mobilizes them
presence, with offices in students in its three leadership to support their children. The
Washington, D.C., and affiliates in charter schools, agency provides adult literacy and
eight states and Puerto Rico, with "We do not seek out and address skills classes, as well as teaching
Delaware being the most recent deficits in our young people," parents how to help their children
addition, explained CEO Raul Martinez. in school.

ASPIRA encourages school-age
children to stay in school and con-
tinue on to college. In South

"Rather, we identify what is posi-
tive within them and build on this.
In fact, our students demonstrate

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October 2006


A Recipe for Success: Watermelon Ceviche

By Chef Jeremiah

The BBT welcomes back ChefJeremiah
as the resident chef Visit him at his
Eatz, locat-
ed at 2344
N.E. 2nd

This one's
for our new
neighbors in
ceviche goes
well with
seafood, as
it's crisp and
light and
refreshing -
the ultimate
comes in all
sorts of col-
ors, sizes
and shapes,
and with the
advent of
hybrids it's Fresh tilapia is a g
quite possi-
ble to obtain
melons with no seeds. This here dish
revolves around the original ruby-red
fruit. Natural sweetness balances out
the harshness of atypical ceviches a


match made in heaven.
If for some odd reason you've slept
through the early portion of this
Millenium, let's talk about a technique
of long ago,
now new
Seviche, as
we like to
spell it, is
derived from
in South
most likely
in Peru or
where turf
battles take
place over
who makes
what better.
At any rate,
you can
search the
internet for
food history;
what we real-
ly want to
talk about is
The short
of it is this:
Acid reacts
choice for ceviche. with protein
in such a way
as to cure it.
Add salt to aid this process, and if
pulled off correctly, watch the magic
before your very eyes. You don't have
to be even remotely skilled in the culi-

**All Points Bulletin: Columnist Missing**
Dearest Readers: The conclusion to last month's special west-coast food special
"California Dreaming" will not run because our venerable columnist J.P Chops has
gone missing in action. A worried state of shock has come over us all. His last con-
firmed sighting was in Las Vegas, smoking a cigarette after breakfast at the
Venetian Hotel, but the trail was lost shortly thereafter. The tapes we recovered
from his suite were incoherent and suggested a vicious struggle had taken place.
Rumor has since placed him hauling illegals in the cab of an armored bread truck
between Tijuana and the San Diego's finer suburbs; operating cut-rate shark-hunt-
ing tours from a 30-foot schooner called Mary Jane Blige off the Encinitas coast;
and camping out with heavily armed cult members in a military dumpsite 100 miles
east of Carlsbad, yet these remain speculative. All correspondence has ceased on his
part. If anyone knows the whereabouts of J.P Chops, or has heard of his locale,
please contact us.

Thank you,
The Management

nary department. A sharp knife helps,
or someone who can cut things really
small and pretty.
Fish will be our base. Not to be
biased, but a white-fleshed fillet will
work best in this application. But if
you're picky, do it with what you will.
Freshness is muy important odor-
free, firm, with a nice sheen.
Let's get to work.
Cut all ingredients the same size, the
purpose of which is twofold:
Everything will 'cook' evenly, and your
friends will be impressed by this stylish
composition. What do we put in our
Old school style: Straight forward
'leche de tigre' base of lime juice, chili,
cilantro, salt and a touch of sugar.
Squeeze your yellowish limes first, and
then put them aside. Apply this to your
fish and hit it with salt and citrus, then
put to the side and it'll work on its
own. But remember to keep an eye on
it (like a younger sibling who's had too
much Pepsi).
Now for the goodness: Texture and
flavor will derive from the garnish.
This quasi-salad requires the practice

and knife skills of an Iron Chef. If
you're no Morimoto, don't despair -
just consult your local chef. Slicing and
dicing comes with practice or one of
those robo-chop gizmos on late-night
Onions and garlic are the basis of fla-
vor, so they should be in everything
(except maybe creme brulee). Spicy
heat from a green chili (jalapeno or
Serrano) offsets the sweetness of water-
melon. Make your watermelon rind into
a bowl by scooping out the flesh, and
remember to save all that juice.
At this point, check up on your caf-
feinated younger sibling the marinat-
ed fish, too. It should start to turn
opaque, which Roget claims "not able
to pass light through." If it looks white,
taste a piece. Good? Is it seasoned?
Now you just need to put it all
together. Toss the cured fish with the
watermelon and reserved juice. Add
judicious amounts of finely chopped
cilantro, jalapeno, onion, and garlic.
Mix thoroughly. Finish with some of
the marinating juices, 'leche de tigre'.
Bon appetite!

First Unitec

methodist Church


400 Biscayne Boulevard 305-371-4706

Sunday morning Services

Informal 8:30 am
Sunday School ~ 9:30 am
Spanish 10:00 am
Traditional ~ 10:55 am


Fellowship Dinner ~ 5:45 pm
Prayer & Praise ~ 6:45 pm


Contemporary Service 7:00 pm

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Miami Film Institute
Continued from page 12
performances and a competent
soundtrack of original hip hop.
Being such a small nonprofit, the
FFI depends heavily on a staff of
independent contractors who first
believe in the merit of the endeavor,
and who also want to give back to
the young community. Most of the
instructors, like Francaesca Seiden
of Wynwood-based 3GZ
Productions, Alyn Darnay of Chaos
Films and Tavares Beverly of
Beverly Boy Productions, are veter-
ans of South Florida's vibrant film
industry. Some, like Seiden, are
even Miami-educated. Her all-girl
production company recently fin-
ished and screened Darkbeat, an
acclaimed documentary on electron-
ic music.
"There's a very strong industry
here and we're growing all the time,"
said Martino-Rizzi. "There are three
film commissioners' offices -
Miami-Dade County, the City of
Miami and Miami Beach and they
work very closely together... sharing
ideas and getting people moving."
She, for one, wants to see Miami's

reputation in the industry grow
beyond just a pretty backdrop for
shows like CSI: Miami and Nip/Tuck,
and films like Miami Vice: "Florida
needs to provide more incentives to
bring in more film... tax breaks, hur-
ricane insurance issues, etc."
Impacting future film industry
players at a young age is a good tac-
tic, and there have been many suc-
cess stories. Aaron Davidson cut his
teeth at the FFI's Children's Museum
workshops (see box on page 12), and
is now a rising star on the festival
circuit: "He's really going to be a
There are others, too: Last year,
two brothers whose ADD prompt-
ed Martino-Rizzi to offer the kind
description "challenging" pro-
duced work through the FFI that led
to an acceptance at the Design and
Architecture Senior High (DASH) in
the Design District. Filmmaking is
also a chance for perhaps less visible
students to display talents their peers
never knew they had, or to encour-
age interaction between kids who
might normally not bother with one
After all, everyone's name is the
same size when the credits roll.

Business Briefs
Continued from page 50

The Lock-man Cometh
After years of training and experience as a locksmith technician, Diego Castro
opened AAA Miami Locksmith in April 2004. A tenacious Columbian immigrant, he
chose Wynwood because of its great potential, and was soon pleasantly surprised by
the area's rapid growth.
Castro opened his business with exactly zero clients, but Miami Locksmith soon
made a reputation for itself, and now services more than 50 exclusive clients in addi-
tion to regular walk-in customers. Castro attributes his increase in business to a poli-
cy of always giving each client his 100 percent best service.
Products offered by AAA Miami Locksmith range from regular locks, knobs,
levers, deadbolts and hinges, to panic-bars, lockers, padlocks, door-viewers and
access controls, to name a few. They offer full installation and maintenance of all
their products, as well as repair services, door and auto unlocking services, and re-
keying for doors and auto, for commercial as well as residential customers.
Visit AAA Miami Locksmith at 3531 N.E. 2nd Ave. For more information call
305-576-9320 or visit www.aaaml.com.

New Lifestyle Store Looks Promising
The newest of a growing trend of lifestyle stores in the Upper Eastside has opened
at 730 N.E. 79th St. Rara Avis sells women's and men's clothing and accessories,
home-wares, beachwear, lingerie and professional styling services for private events.
The unique name is from the Latin, meaning, "A phenomenon; a prodigy; some-
thing quite out of the common course." October 7 would be a good time to drop by
the shop and see for yourself if this is the case. They'll be having a jewelry show
featuring a pair of new designers. For more information call 305-751-1855.

Big Promotion for Rising Cultural Leader
Miami Light Project (MLP) is proud to announce the promotion of Rebekah Lanae
Lengel from Programs Manger to Director of Marketing & Communications. Lengel
joined Miami Light Project in summer 2002, and under this new position, she'll be
responsible for corporate philanthropic procurement, media purchase and placement
as well as organizational marketing and branding.
In addition to her work with MLP, Lengel also volunteers her time as a member of
the Board of Directors for Youth Expressions Inc. and Crystal Parrot Players, as a
member of the Miami Emerging Arts Leaders Task Force and as a panelist for
Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Departments Community Grant Program. In
May 2006, Lengel was awarded the Arts & Business Council of Miami's inaugural
"Emerging Arts Leader Award." She was recognized in March 2005 as a one of the
top "Women in South Florida's Urban Community" by Urban America Newspaper
and was selected by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters as one of 18 indi-
viduals across the country to participate in the 2005 Emerging Leaders Institute; she
remains active with the organization as an ELI alumna and panelist.
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Let Uncle Sam Help You Create

By Gilda Iriarte
BBT Columnist

One advantage of owning a home is
being able to deduct mortgage interest and
real estate taxes from your federal income
tax obligations each year.
You can protect even more of your hard-
earned salary by buying real estate as an
investment. Owning rental real estate has
some significant tax advantages that put
more money in your pocket. In fact, Uncle
Sam's tax benefits are a major reason so
many fortunes have been made in real
estate. The second main factor is that
financing real estate investments with
mortgages creates leverage and increases
the upside potential.
Now that we've entered a buyer's mar-
ket, it's a good time to consider buying
income property. After all, the days of flip-
ping property and making big bucks in a
short amount of time are over. Buying and
holding property for a long period of time
can provide you with a good source of
income for retirement.
If you have the patience and determina-
tion that it takes to become a landlord, you
can create a nest egg for the future. While

your properties appreciate, you can take
advantage of the generous tax breaks avail-
able to those who buy and rent out proper-
ties. IRS rules tend to be complicated, so I
suggest you seek the advice of a profes-
sional tax advisor from the outset.

What is Tax Deductible?
All the expenses associated with invest-
ment real estate are tax-deductible. This
means you get to deduct management fees,
taxes, insurance, repairs, homeowner's
dues, utilities, legal and accounting fees,
and any other expenses incurred from
owning and renting property from whatev-
er income you receive from the property.
You also get to deduct a portion of the cost
of the property each year in the form of

Depreciation Deduction
You can deduct the cost of residential
property, such as houses, condominiums
and apartment buildings, over 27.5 years.
This is done by dividing the cost of the
building by 27.5 and the resulting number,
known as depreciation, may be deducted
from your income each year as long as you

own the property, up to 27.5 years.
Commercial buildings are depreciable over
39 years. The process is the same as with
residential buildings, but the time is longer.

Passive Loss Rules
If after taking all the deductions your
income from the property is zero, or you
show a loss, you will pay no ordinary
income tax on your rental income. If you
have a loss and most do during the early
years, especially when depreciation is fig-
ured you can deduct up to $25,000 in
passive losses as long as:
Your adjusted gross income (AGI)
before the real estate losses is less than
You "actively participate" in the rental
activity. Active participation means owning
10 percent or more of the property and
making management decisions such as
approving tenants, signing leases and
authorizing repairs;
If your adjusted gross income is
between $100,000 and $150,000, the
exception is phased out pro-rata. That
means that with an AGI of $125,000 you
can deduct up to $12,500 in passive real
estate losses. With an AGI over $150,000,

a Nest Egg
you cannot deduct a rental real estate loss
but you're allowed to cany the loss to
future years. You will eventually be able to
deduct your carryover losses when you
either sell the property or generate some
passive income.

What Happens
When You Sell?
If you've owned the property for more
than a year, your profit the difference
between sales proceeds and basis (cost plus
capital improvements) is generally con-
sidered a long-term capital gain. That
means you pay only 15 percent tax on your
profit. The amount of depreciation you
deducted is subject to your regular income
tax rate.
An advantage of holding long-term is
that you can defer income taxes on the
property's appreciation until you sell. In
the meantime, you can refinance the prop-
erty and take out part of the equity in cash.
When you sell, you can spread your tax-
able gain over several years by taking back
a mortgage for part of the sale price.
You can also defer income taxes indefi-
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Childhood Obesity: A Growing Concern

By Kara Burnstine, MSRD, LD/N
Miami Beach Community Health Center

Let's face it our lives are busy. We
have instant oatmeal and instant messag-
ing. We have our kids running comput-
ers, but not running or playing outside.
We have fast food restaurants on every
street comer, and finding information is
as easy as a click of a button (no more
walking to libraries). Although it seems
as if our minds are in constant motion,
our bodies are not. Our kids may be get-
ting smarter, but unfortunately their bel-
lies are getting larger.

The Prevalence of Obesity
According to Institute of Medicine
(IOM), since the 1970s the prevalence of
obesity has more than doubled for pre-
school age children aged 2 to 5 and ado-
lescents aged 12 to 19, and has more
than tripled for children aged 6 to 11.
Currently, approximately nine million
children in the U.S. over six years of age
are considered obese. According to a
recent USA Today article, about 20 per-
cent of children in the U.S. will be obese
by 2010 if measures are not taken to
slow this epidemic. In the article, the
term 'obesity' is used to refer to children
aged 2 to 18 who have body mass index-
es (BMIs) equal to or greater than the
95th percentile, developed by Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What are the Causes?
The rise in childhood obesity cannot
be blamed on any one cause, but a com-
bination of environmental, genetic, bio-
logical and social factors. Many families
no longer sit and eat home-cooked
meals. It's easier, faster and cheaper to
pick up fast food for the kids because
maybe mom and/or dad work late and

don't have time or energy to cook. How
about homework? Children oftentimes
are so bombarded with homework they
can't find time for recreational sports
after school. What about computers?
Yes, they are such a timesaver, but com-
puter and video games are replacing bas-
ketball and freeze tag.
When it comes to family, genes can
play a large role in obesity. If one parent
is obese, a child is three times more like-
ly to become obese. If both parents are
obese, the risk is tenfold. Childhood obe-
sity transforming into adult obesity
increases from about 20 percent at age
four to 80 percent by adolescence.
Adolescence may also play a role in obe-
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Just like anything in life, there are
always consequences to our actions. For
a child, being overweight or obese has
many costs, and not just financial.
Physical health risks include diabetes,
hypertension, heart disease, high choles-
terol, menstrual abnormalities and ortho-
pedic problems. Emotional problems
may include low self-esteem, negative
body image and depression. Social
health consequences include stigma or
stereotyping, discrimination and teasing.
Now that we know the prevalence,
the causes and the consequences of
childhood obesity, let's discuss some
strategies to fight this serious nation-
wide health problem.

Some Strategic Planning
Encourage family mealtime at least
once a day; serving healthy foods and
eating together enables parents to
become positive role models. It also can
establish regular mealtime schedules;
Keep healthy snacks on hand; yogurt
and cheese sticks, cut-up fruit, hard-
boiled eggs, baked chips, peanut butter
sandwiches on whole wheat bread, baby
carrots and ranch dressing are all quick
and easy for kids to grab or prepare by
Get your children involved with food
preparation; cook with them, take them
food shopping, teach them how to

measure out the ingredients or even
help chop or cut food if they are old
enough. This oftentimes assists with
children trying new foods;
Encourage children to eat slowly and
at regular times. Snacking while watch-
ing TV may be a recipe for disaster.
Food should be kept in the kitchen and
snacks should not be given within an
hour of mealtime;
Plan menus in advance; meals tend to
be healthier when planned ahead of
Try to make eating fun. Cut chicken
into dinosaur shapes with cookie-cut-
ters, make fun shapes with carrots and
cucumbers. Be creative with food;
When getting fast food, try to order
grilled chicken rather than fried, order
small fries instead of large, encourage
children to try the salad or baked potato
offered, drink low-fat milk instead of
Don't overly restrict food; this can
backfire and cause children to rebel and
Get your children moving! Jump rope
while watching TV; go on family bike
rides; take the dog for a long walk; help
with chores like ironing or vacuuming;
try rollerblading; try a hip-hop video at
home; play hopscotch or dodge ball
with friends. The goal here is to try new
things until they find something that
Remember, any positive change is good.
Don't expect miracles overnight and
keep goals realistic and achievable. Try
to accomplish one goal at a time before
introducing new ones. Healthy eating
and physical activity are keys to suc-
cessful weight loss/maintenance in chil-
dren and adults. These are habits that
are formed over time and with much
effort, but once you can make lifestyle
changes part of your daily routine, you
are on your way reaching your wellness

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Seven Quick Tips to Get Lean

By Jairo Morales
Personal Trainer

#1: Cut Carbohydrates at Night
Our fuel source for physical activity is glycogen
(blood sugar), which is derived from carbohydrates
(carbs). Eating carbs at night increases your risk of stor-
ing fat. You bur only small amounts of glycogen at rest
because your metabolic rate is slower while you sleep.
You shouldn't eat any later than three hours before bed-

#2: Fine-Tune Your Cardio
Done correctly, cardiovascular workouts promote fat
loss. The two best times to do cardio are before break-
fast or directly following a weightlifting workout. First
thing in the morning means you've not eaten anything
for several hours. Your body will be unable to recruit its
fuel from stores of carbs and will instead bur stored
body fat for energy. Along the same lines, during a
weightlifting workout you will have burned your previ-
ously stored carbs through strenuous lifting and will
have to rely mainly on body fat to continue with the
cardio portion of your workout.

#3: Eat More Fiber (Vegetables)
Fiber promotes fat loss, whether you cut calories or not.
It slows down the digestion of carbs, which in turn slows

the entry of sugar into the blood; this initiates a smaller
output of insulin. Lowering insulin production favors fat-
burning, while high insulin levels signal cells to hoard fat.

#4: Rotate High- and Low-Carb Days
People on low-carb diets will lose fat, but they'll also
lose muscle. As you lose muscle, your metabolism
slows down... not good. To try to avoid this, follow a
three-day low-carb diet with a high-carb intake on the
fourth day, then repeat the cycle. While you may lose
some muscle in those first three days, taking the body
out of its "starvation mode" can keep it to a minimum.
Keeping your protein intake consistent every day can
further offset this loss.

#5: Drink Plenty of Water
While you're dieting, adequate water intake promotes
an increased ratio of fat loss to total weight loss.
Increase your water intake while dieting because water
dilutes metabolic wastes (from protein and fat break-
down) and allows for easier removal.

#6: Avoid Processed Foods
By shunning processed foods you can cut out much of
the associated fat, refined sugar and additives. Choose
foods that are as close to their natural state as possible to
get far more of the natural vitamins and minerals that
often get destroyed through commercial preparation.

#7: Eat on a Schedule
By planning several small meals a day, you provide
your body with a steady supply of nutrients, including
blood sugar. This will reduce the likelihood of a binge
caused by a ravenous appetite. Space five to six meals,
three to four hours apart throughout the day and you will
be constantly curbing hunger pangs. A good idea is to get
in the habit of cooking and carrying your own meals rather
than buying ready-to-eat fare or dining out. This way you
can vouch for all the ingredients because you prepared

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nitely by doing a "tax-deferred exchange," also known
as a "Section 1031 exchange." In this transaction, you
swap your property for another "like-kind" property. It
doesn't matter if the property you sell is a rental single-
family house, an apartment building or commercial
building. You may invest the profits into any other type
of investment property. There are specific guidelines
you must follow so you must consult a tax professional
for advice.
Gilda Iriarte is a real estate and mortgage consultant in
Miami with a Harvard MBA and 25 years experience.

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How Has Halloween Changed Since You Were a Kid?

By Victor Barrenechea-

BBT Contributing Writer

Javier Rodriguez
"I'm from Puerto Rico, first of all. When we
were younger, we (bleeped) up every neigh-
borhood. Here in Miami, it's just like any
other night, except people are in costumes."

Mark Smith
"There's a lot more concern with safety
issues. Kids nowadays are not allowed to go
out door-to-door by themselves."

Courtney Lamothe
"I think when you're younger it's fun to get
dressed up and go trick-or-treating. Then you
reach a stage where Halloween becomes bor-
ing. But once you're of age to drink, it
becomes really fun again."

Briana Butler
"It's not as fun because I can't go trick-or-

Zachary Schuerger
"I really don't really think it's changed that
much. It's still mayhem."

Lindsey Hausler
"I feel like there's more pressure for girls to
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By Hernan Pisano, MBA
Shores Yoga, Miami Shores

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alternatives, Miami has bec
populated by all sorts of "pc
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ideas we may believe in (Cl
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The Fundamentalist
He knows the Truth, and it is clear to
him no questions asked. He is illumi-
nated, he speaks with God (or God
speaks through him). The problem is that
you should have gotten it too! The fun-
damentalist tends to be directive and
judgmental... obviously "for your own
good." He is extremely disciplined: If his
thing is early morning, no problem, 4
a.m. it is. If his thing is having plums for
four weeks in a row, no problem! By
nature he is a preacher. Since he got the
Truth, why shouldn't he try to share it?
Some fundamentalists become media
masters (or big fiascos), and build
empires out of their revelations. Their
convictions drive them far... but some-
times far out. Because of his drive and
opinions, the fundamentalist tends to get
along with uncritical, weak ego, father-
figure-searching types.

Have you seen the Spiritual
Materialist in action?
He has done all the workshops avail-
able. He had read all the books you
haven't even opened. He hangs pictures
of all the Big Kahunas in his office/heal-
ing center/studio/house. He has gone to

r Spiritual
exotic countries in search of enlighten-
ment. He has accumulated all the spiritu-
al wealth he can, but that's not impor-
tant. What is important is that he thinks
that having done so makes him more
worthy of
enlightenment/salvation/bliss/fun than
you. Beware of the two versions of this
one: The slightly arrogant one (like me)
who straight out considers himself "bet-
ter" or superior, or the 'humble' one
(which goes something like this being
humble is being better than the rest,
including you). As the fundamentalist
loves to teach, the Spiritual Materialist
loves to learn, but hates to be taught.
They don't make good partners.

The Rebel
The Rebel goes something like: "What
all the others are offering is just market-
ing. I/we are the real deal. The 'others'
sold their soul to the system." The Rebel
is, by definition, marginal (or appears
so), and despite his/her family or eventu-
al wealth, he looks opposite what he
considers mainstream: If mainstream is
not having tattoos, he is all inked up. If
mainstream is having tattoos, his skin is
snow-white. The rebel is sharp, witty,
incisive and a loner by definition (grow-
ing into an organization would be too
mainstream). If his inspiration is socially
oriented, he might wear provoking t-
shirts ('Che Guevara' is a preferred one
in a Cuban exile hub like Miami)... The
rebel is ideally suited for cult leader
positions, if he doesn't realize before that
he needs to work, feed a family and save
for retirement.

There are also some
Authentic Legacy types
This guy probably follows a
leader/guru/master from the last century

and has studied all the minuscule details
of his master's doctrine. He cherishes his
books, pictures and some distant memo-
ry of his pilgrimage to the master's
country. Any blend with another or devi-
ation from that is unacceptable, and not
the 'true' doctrine. His respect for other
things 'authentic' is great nothing is
worse than to adapt with the tides of
times through unorthodox, creative
methods. As the memory of his master
dilutes in time, the Authentic grows iso-
lated, as more and more people are
swept to the funky trend of the moment.

And finally, the
Unconditional Lover
Also in two flavors the messianic "I
am God, and love you all," which is
most predominant in males, and the con-
flict-avoidant "I so want to be loved that
I will love you all before you can reject
me" type. These people are sweet peo-
ple-pleasers. I love them everybody
loves them. They hug and kiss in public,
and cry in private. In order to recognize
this type, search for key phrases like

"unconditional love," "open your heart,"
"forgive everything" (I use this one a
lot). Sometimes this person loves
because he or she wants to be loved! Is
there any more egotistical reason to
love?! Lots of love is their ideal, but
sometimes this too much, too superficial,
too sugary, and we end up missing a
good, frank discussion with our 'uncon-
ditional' lover.

If you identified with one of these
types, don't worry, I did too. Now, if you
identified and didn't laugh at yourself (or
at me) you fell into a different, serious,
category: The Lack of Humor type.

If so, forget everything. Stop reading
and go to the hospital right away. Lack
of humor is a serious disease.

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By Jim W. Harper
BBT Columnist

"Why don't you recycle in Miami?"
I have heard this question recently
from several foreign students who span
the globe from Switzerland to Brazil to
Taiwan the implication is that they are
ahead of us in the recycling game. And I
often hear the same question from
Americans who have relocated to Miami.
Here's our answer: Recycling is for
Our more advanced culture practices
the other two R's first: reducing and
reusing. We are reducing the burden on
recycling centers and reusing our bins to
store hurricane supplies.
When it comes to the topic of recy-
cling, the people of Miami-Dade are full
of war stories. One young woman in
Aventura quit her job at a Barnes &
Noble bookstore because it refused to
recycle thousands of paperbacks. It made
her cry.
Miami resident Richard Strell spent
months lobbying the city manager's
office to get recyclables picked up at his
house. Finally, a special truck appeared,
only to disappear after one month of
service. (Coming soon to a theater near
you Garbage Trucks in the Mist.)
Today he hauls his plastic bottles to a
condo near N.E. 35th Street and
Biscayne Boulevard.
My recycling dead end took place
three years ago, at the renamed Portofino
Apartments on Biscayne Boulevard in
North Miami. Hundreds of units and not
a recycling bin in sight so I tried to
make a difference. Calls went unan-
swered; laws were brushed aside; noth-
ing happened, and I gave up.
The solution was to move to a single-
family house where recycling was

Our Way
already offered. I pay the City of North
Miami $3.36 a month for this privilege.
Miami-Dade County provides recy-
cling services to many municipalities,
including Aventura, El Portal and Miami
Beach. Unincorporated county residents
pay recycling fees within their $399
annual solid waste bill. This price-tag is
a bargain com-
pared to the
going rate in
Miami Shores:
$661.52. The
problem is get-
ting what you
pay for.
The county's
total recycling
rate is 18 per-
cent. Since
1994, the state
has mandated a
rate of 30 per-
But the situation is worse than it looks
statistically. Consider your own recy-
cling rate: for every can of soda you
drink, how many actually make it into a
recycling bin versus a trash can? I am
not trying to blame the consumer. I am
blaming a system that does not place
recycling bins next to every trash can.
The biggest impediment to participa-
tion is that public recycling services are
provided only to single-family homes,
whereas most materials appropriate for
recycling are consumed in places like
hotels, apartments and businesses.
Private companies must establish their
own programs with a private recycling
In other words, the government is not
going to help you, and it probably will
ignore you. That's the tune of recycling
in Miami. The county mandated recy-

Out of a Plastic Bag

cling in 1992 for all business, yet it turns
a blind eye to those who don't. Instead
of enforcing proposed fines of up to
$950, it prefers to offer advice.
Well, in that spirit I offer a few sug-
gestions of my own:
Instead of a fine, assist businesses in
providing a $1,000 donation for the past
14 years of non-
After 1,000
donations, the
county's recy-
cling program
will be worth a
million bucks!
For the hotel
and tourism
industry, try col-
Ss acting recy-
clables in fash-
ionable pink
bins. These deco-
style bins could
also serve as
advertising space for Evian and Absolut.
Who am I kidding? Grab your bottle of
Absolut and go where Richard Strell
goes, to the condo at 35th and Biscayne.
If you're too drunk to locate the recy-
cling bin, do what the locals do: Dump it
in Biscayne Bay.
If you still really want to recycle, take
my final word of advice: Move some-
where else. Until someone comes up with
better ideas, here are a few things that us
mere mortals in Miami-Dade can do.

Florida law prohibits the dumping of
certain batteries, including rechargeable
nickel-cadmium (in cell phones) and
lead acid batteries. Take these batteries
for recycling to major retailers such as
Radio Shack, Target or Home Depot.

For places served by Miami-Dade
County, use the first recycling day each
month for traditional battery types,
which go inside a zip-top baggie at the
top of the green bin. Or contact The
Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation to find a local recycler at

Computers, TVs, Paint,
Chemicals, Etc.
Visit the county's Home Chemical
Collection Center at 8831 N.W. 58th
Street on Wednesday through Sunday.

Plastic Bags
Your best bet is to take them to Publix,
where green bins outside the entrance
accept them for recycling. It is a small
inconvenience to collect and transport
them, but you will be surprised at how
many you collect in a month. Next time,
ask for paper.

Local Recycling Resources
City of Miami: 305-575-5107.
A second blue bin is available free, and
you may recycle phone books from
November to February.
Miami-Dade County: 305-594-1500;
email: dswm@miamidade.gov. To
request bins, visit
www.miamidade.gov/dswm/bins.asp, or
call 305-633-3100. Businesses may
obtain a free copy of the Commercial
Recycling Guide from the Department of
Solid Waste Management.
Miami Shores/Biscayne Park:
North Miami: 305-895-9870
GreenerMiami: A-Z Disposal &
Donation Guide at

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A Few Thoughts

on the Use of Mulch

By Jeff Shimonski
Tropical Designs of Florida

Attention to soil health is the key to suc-
cessful horticulture, but so often a horti-
culturalist's main focus is the health and
color of foliage and flowers; spraying pes-
ticides; fertilizing; and pruning to keep the
plant healthy. But
what really helps
the plant to
thrive? To answer
this question it is ..
necessary to look
underground. 60
How healthy is 40
the rhizosphere? 20
What conditions F
surround the plant
roots? What is the
soil like? Is it the
native oolitic
limestone that is
almost impossible A long-stemm
to cut through, or shows week-o
some type of sand 1260 F. This mul
or black soil? used for another
Roots provide
stability and seek out water and nutrients
for the plant. This is unfortunately an area
of horticulture that is much neglected.
Plants and trees are often installed without
a thought to future development of the
root system. This is often the reason some
plants do so poorly in some areas and not
others. Often in areas of new construction,
plants and trees are dug directly into com-
pacted structural fill. This is the fill put
under structures to reduce settlement. We
all saw the results of these plantings after
the hurricanes last year, when trees were
blown out of their holes with the root ball
still attached. This fill has no macropores
or large spaces between soil particles
because the soil was compacted, therefore
plant roots cannot grow through it to cre-
ate tree stability or absorb water and oxy-
gen needed by the plant. There is also no
organic matter in this soil. It is essentially
inert, unable to support most plant life.
One way to nourish the soil is through
the use of mulch. Mulching and compost
use is a cornerstone of good horticulture.
The addition of this organic matter to the
soil as a top-dressing has many benefits.

- Provides a clean look to the landscape
- Reduces weeds

r (

- Provides a blanket of insulation to the
soil and roots below from extremes in
temperature, and reduces soil water
As mulch is decomposed by various
micro organisms, nutrients are made
available to plant roots
The addition of decomposed organic
matter retains
more moisture in
the soil
The use of
mulch from local
12 tree-trimming
S reduces the
S i amount of organic
80 material that is
200 needlessly
dumped into land-
fills each day

Years ago at the
Thermometer original Parrot
tree mulch at Jungle in
h should not be Pinecrest, we
:ouple of weeks. would purchase
Cypress mulch by
the 100-yard truckload to put into some of
our public areas. These areas were
changed out three to four times a year.
Over time we tried Pine, Eucalyptus and
even Melaleuca mulch, but nothing had
the longevity of Cypress chips. Chips
always last longer than shredded mulch
because there is less surface area, so vari-
ous microorganisms have less room to
decompose the wood (the greater the mass
of an object, the less surface area it has).
There is of course the wood-density factor,
but larger chips will essentially break
down more slowly.
When we used the fairly well-decom-
posed Cypress chips in other areas of our
garden, I began to notice a decline in
health of some of the plants, especially the
larger trees and palms over time. This was
not happening in areas where we used
tree-trimming mulch.
I eventually realized that a layer of over-
ly thick mulch would intercept rain or irri-
gation, leaving roots to dry out in the dry
season or during droughts when irrigation
was restricted. I have done many land-
scape site audits where I would ask the
owner or property manager how often the
irrigation system ran. The answer was usu-

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Compiled by Derek McCann from Actual City of Miami Police Reports

Ungrateful Crime Victim
Palm Grove
Victim had filed a police report claim-
ing someone had broken into his home
and taken several items. Police later
called phone number listed on the police
report, but only got an answering
machine; they did not hear back from
victim for several days. The following
week they called victim again and a har-
ried voice came on the line. Victim
explained he was very busy and didn't
have time to talk; he then stated he had
to take a call on the other line. He then
hung up on the officer. This case is
closed pending future cooperation from

Flirting Now
a Ruse for Robbery
500-Block ofN.E. 66th Street.
Tenant arrived home and was greeted
by a man with a gold grill in his mouth.
The grilled man lustily grabbed his
crotch and said, "I don't mean no disre-
spect, but you make my [expletive delet-
ed] hard." One day later, this same man
was seen with a female accomplice inside
the same apartment complex and it was
later discovered that he had broken into
one of the apartments via the front win-
dow, stealing items estimated at $30,000
in value. No arrests have been made.

Unique Way
to Start a Business
200-Block ofN.E. 68th Street
Victim noticed that over the past 3
months, items had been removed from
inside and outside his property. He filed
several reports, but to no avail. However,
one night he witnessed a neighbor on his

property removing a power drill from his
Jeep. He followed the man to his home
and saw several of his missing items in
the neighbor's backyard. The neighbor
was in the process of starting an
upstart contracting company.
Victim filed latest report
in order to take this mat-
ter to the State
Attorney's office.

Hair Loss
Can Lead
to Crime
3103 Biscayne
Balding man
blithely entered
local Walgreen's
carrying a large mili-
pack. He
it, looked
and started placing items in his bag. Hair
products, deodorants and several bottles
of Rogaine were placed inside the bag.
Unrelenting, he continued up several
other aisles and continued this behavior.
Store staff apprehended the man and
called police. The man was arrested car-
rying $359 worth of merchandise.

The Stresses of Moving
Belle Meade
Tenant was being evicted for nonpay-
ment of rent. She had finally agreed to
move out and rented a U-Haul truck for
the day. Landlord had even agreed to
assist her in moving out her furniture.

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Upon taking a break from helping her, he
saw her removing two large items,
wrapped with a blanket to the truck.
Later that evening, when he inspected
the apartment, he saw that two of his
window air-conditioners had been

a Thief
5400 Biscayne
Woman was
leaving a
downtown club
slightly inebri-
ated. A seem-
S...ingly Good
Samaritan that
S shie had talked to

to drive
the ride up
Biscayne Boulevard, the woman asked if
they could stop so she could buy some
cigarettes. She pulled money out of her
purse then exited the vehicle, leaving her
purse in the car. The Bad Samaritan
drove off with her purse.

Mother's Angst
for Wayward Son
Two juveniles broke into a home via
the kitchen. The living room was ran-
sacked with couches turned upside
down. Liquor had been stolen from the
refrigerator and from the kitchen cabi-
nets. The juveniles were seen fleeing by
bicycle and were apprehended by offi-
cers. One officer called the one juve-
nile's mother and was told she is sick of
her son's mischief and ordered to officer
to do whatever was necessary to correct
his actions. Both boys were arrested.

Dude... Leave My House
700-Block ofN.E. 83rd Terrace
Victim was peacefully lying in bed
when he heard a noise emanating from
the adjacent bathroom. He was horrified
to see a stranger coming out of his bath-
room. Victim screamed, "What are you
doing in my house?" To which suspect

responded, "Dude said I could come in
here tonight." Victim screamed back,
"Who the [expletive deleted] is dude?
Suspect then reentered bathroom and exit-
ed out the window. Several personal items
were found strewn across the bathroom
floor. Police later canvassed bathroom for
prints but results came up negative.

Should Have Tried
a Spinning Class First
N.E. 2nd Avenue at 56th Street
Victim heard someone rummaging
through her yard and peeked out the
back window to find a portly man riding
off with her bike. According to the police
report, the bike was a $160 beach-cruiser
type maroon bike. Victim flagged down
a police car and the corpulent thief was
apprehended half a block away. Report
noted man was panting heavily and
sweating profusely.

Foreign Beer
Prices Enrage Man
Palm Grove
Man entered gas station and grabbed a
12-pack of Heineken beer. He brought the
beer to the counter and asked how much it
was. When told the price he yelled, "Too
much!" He returned the 12-pack to the
refrigerator and came back with a 6-pack,
but the cashier had his back turned to him
as he was writing on a pad. The suspect
became angry and said, "[Expletive delet-
ed] this!" He left with the 6-pack of
Heineken and fled by vehicle. License
plate was noted in police report.

Hostile Takeover
1000-Block ofN.E. 79th Street
Victim was leaving country for an
indeterminate amount of time and had a
trusted employee to look after his busi-
ness in his absence. However, this past
month, owner noticed there had been no
credit card deposits made to his bank
account in nearly three months.
Neighbors had informed him that the
employee in charge had removed the
credit card machine and was now only
accepting cash. He had also created his
own company at the address: Riax.
Victim had only found out about this
after he received a call from said
employee indicating that the business
was now his and he was obtaining a
liquor license.

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A Few Thoughts on the Use of Mulch
Continued from page 59
ally, "Several times a week." I would then scoop away mulch
to show the dry ground underneath and explain that it might
be better to use a thinner layer of mulch and irrigate less fre-
quently but for a longer duration to allow the water to leach
further into the ground.
Another critical point is that wood is decomposed by fungi.
They are the only organisms that can decompose the cellulose
and hemicellulose found in cell walls. Green plant material is
decomposed by bacteria and other micro organisms. If only
wood chips are utilized as mulch in an area, a fungal dominat-
ed soil will result, affecting the species of plants that grow in
this area (some better, some worse). The same is true for a
bacterial-dominated soil; therefore, a mix of both seems to be
a good compromise when many species of plants are grown.
The only mulch that I have used for the past four years at
Parrot Jungle Island is that which has come from tree-trim-
ming operations. The results have been very good. I have
found by applying a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch, irrigation and
rain is not kept from entering the soil.
Fresh mulch will heat up, sometimes to over 150F. This
happens because of bacterial activity on the green plant mate-
rial. Hot mulch can kill plants and trees within 24 hours if
placed over the root zone; it is therefore a good idea to let the
pile sit for several weeks before using it. Also, never place
mulch against the trunk of a tree. This can cause collar rot and
eventually kill the tree.

i,. / \hli ,,,n,,i.-i is an ISA Certified Municipal Arborist, license
#FL-1052AM, with many years of tree experience as principal
of his company, Tropical Designs ofFlorida. Ifyou have any
concerns about the plant life on your property, Jeff is a great
resource. Contact him by e-mail atjeff tropic h idl'.cgn.\ coi or
log onto his website, www.tropicaldesigns.com, for more info.

Police Reports
Continued from page 60

Pick-Pocketing Mother
200-Block ofN.E. 62nd Street
Victim was helping a customer when she felt a hand entering
her right pants pocket. The suspected had pulled out two dollar
bills and a bracelet. Having caught the suspect, victim said she
could have the two dollars but could not have the bracelet.
Suspect left the store muttering she had to go to the pawn shop
then pick up her kids; she told victim she has a responsibility to
her kids first. Thus far, there have been no arrests.

Dirty Laundry Clouds Judgment
Man left his efficiency apartment to pick up his laundry,
which was located on the opposite side of the building. When
he returned to his apartment five minutes later, his wallet, left
on the kitchen counter was missing, as well as a mini DVD
player. The victim had neglected to lock his door.

Consequences of Rushing into a Relationship
Belle Meade
Woman called police in reference to a burglary. Though
there was no sign of a break-in, several items were stolen
from the apartment's living room. The only other person who
had a key was the live-in boyfriend who she had not seen in
three days. She had known the boyfriend only two months.
When boyfriend's alleged place of employment was checked
by police there was no record of him in the database.

American Legion
Continued from page 19
considerable insight and was a good
choice to represent the police department.
Children in attendance were given toy
wooden police cars, fashioned by hand at
a hobby shop in Plantation. Commander
Johnson handed the first to Darrell
Nichols, an Upper Eastside
Neighborhood Resource Officer, and said
jokingly, "So we can get the job done
Darrell, here's yours."
After the 50-plus toy cars were distrib-
uted, everyone retired to the newly reno-
vated bar/restaurant for cocktails and
lunch. In the large, glass-enclosed seating
area, which offers views of Legion Park
and Biscayne Bay, guests took in a clas-
sic American meal of hot dogs and potato
salad while mingling with Starling,
Haskins, community activist Bob
Flanders and the many war veterans in
The event was a great opportunity for
the public to see the fine work done on
the facilities: "A couple of years ago we
were almost bankrupt," said Flanders.
But they brought themselves back from
the ashes by reevaluating what the
American Legion means to the communi-
ty. Now, after a physical and spiritual
revamping, the Harvey Seeds Post seems
poised to again be a viable local asset.

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City Commissioners, Alonzo Mourning Lead Peace Rally

Another Gathering Tries to Put Dent in Chronic Violence

By Christian Cipriani
BBT Editor

Twenty-five years ago the United Nations declared
Sept. 21 the International Day of Peace, which in
recent years has evolved into a worldwide call for
cease-fire, if only for a day. And few sections of South
Florida could use a day of peace more than Liberty
City, where rising gun violence since the start of the
year has resulted in the accidental deaths of several
"What kids see is what they'll be," declared Alonzo
Mourning, who plays center for the Miami Heat.
Beneath a sweltering September sun, out between
the seemingly endless tracts of treeless, identical apart-
ment blocks, more than 100 students, adults, political
leaders and community activists (plus McGruff the
crime dog) gathered outside the Liberty Square
Housing Project Community Center on N.W. 64th
Street to denounce violence.
Georgia Ayers, a Liberty City native who attended
her high school prom at the community center more
than 50 years ago, lost a grandson several years ago to
gun violence, prompting her to start The Alternative
Programs, an initiative to prevent crime in the black
Wielding the microphone fiercely, in her other hand
she waved a graphic poster depicting her slain grand-
son. Ayers' message was clear: Stop blaming the world
- we're doing this to each other and it needs to end.
Schoolchildren held banners calling for peace and
excellence, while outraged friends and family waved
signs denouncing the unsolved killings of loved ones.
One man held a poster of Prince Owens Gedeon, offer-
ing a $2,000 reward for information regarding his
August 5 murder.
The event, however upbeat and inclusive (Miami
Northwestern's marching band were suited up to lead a
march through the neighborhood), drew some dissent.
Members of the activist collective Brothers of the
Same Mind signed the peace wall and were there for
support, but they also passed out flyers about police
abuse and bore signs reading, "We Want Peace, Not
More Police."
Community relations officers mingled on foot, but a
border of police cars around the event and a lineup of
well-appointed officers atop gleaming choppers there
to oversee the march sent the wrong visual message.
Gaining the trust of communities like Liberty City will
continue to be an uphill climb for the police depart-
Overall, the event was a success, if more in a sym-
bolic sense than anything. And it was good to see that
someone took heed of the August BBT editorial by
bringing in a relevant sports star instead of a retired
Dolphin, and by including other City Commissioners
besides Michelle Spence-Jones (thumbs up, Joe

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District 5 Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones talks with guest speaker
Alonzo Mourning of the Miami Heat

Georgia Ayers, a prominent
community activist, holding a picture
of her slain grandson.

The Miami Northwestern High School
Marching Bulls

District 3 Commissioner Joe Sanchez
inscribing the message wall with, "Lord,
bring peace to those who seek it."


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Mommy-Mobiles and Daddy-Rides

New Options for Graduates of the Two-Seater

he South Florida International
Auto Show (SFIAS) is coming
and here's a tidbit some of you
regular readers may be surprised to read: I
am something of a car enthusiast.
Growing up partially a
"Florida kid" as I did
(part of every year of
my life was spent in
the Sunshine State;
learned to drive and
got my first drivers'
permit here) this is not
a surprise.
Even as a kid in
1970's St. Petersburg,
I could spot make,
model and year a H t i
block or more away.
As a teenager in New By Jer
York City, I craved
opportunities to defy all that is New York-
sophisticate and fly up the East River
Drive with the top down on my yellow
Mustang with the Beach Boys blasting -
even when out to crawl the clubs, much to
my friends' embarrassment. There was
even a point in my young adult life that,

A Fair to Remember!
Celebrate the diversity of
Miami's Upper Eastside on
October 15, from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m. at the Rainbow Pride
Resource Fair. The fair will fea-
ture music, including the choral
stylings of the Gay Men's
Chorus; food from Biscayne
Corridor eateries as well as pop-
corn and cotton candy; and fun
for families including a bounce
house, rock climbing, face paint-
ing and more. The event takes
place at Legion Park on N.E. 7th
Avenue (behind American
Legion Hall).
The fair is for all neighbors,
although organized specifically
for LGBT families by the City of
Miami's NET (Neighborhood
Enhancement Team) offices,
with lots of community partners
including the Biscayne
Boulevard Times, the Gay &
Lesbian Chamber of Commerce,
the Biscayne Corridor Chamber
of Commerce, SAVE Dade and
Temple Israel of Greater Miami.

along with subscriptions to The Village
Voice and Interview, I subscribed to
Automobile magazine, which flaunts the
motto "Cogito Ergo Zoom" (I think there-
fore... zoom).
In 1996 I embar-
rassed myself and
bought a sedan -
albeit a German-
engineered five-
speed. Then in 2004
the moment came to
graduate to... a
As the type of par-
ent who simply
cannot picture her-
self in a minivan, I
took the SUV route.
ni Person I had been com-
pletely intrigued by
the Honda Elements I saw popping up all
over very butch (if you're gonna have a
truck...), very practical, very utilitarian,
very road-trip-worthy and very well-
priced. It has a good record on emissions
and mileage, and the reliability of a
After I learned that the Element was
also a way to maintain my stem commit-
ment to manual transmissions (you can
take the girl out of the sports car, but you
can't take the sport out of the drive), I
chose a color from the then limited choic-
es, named my price (it was a year-end
clearance model), moved Goldi's car seat
into my new car, threw the stroller in the
hatch and drove home as a full-fledged
mobile Mommy.
About ten years ago, prior to purchas-
ing the aforementioned sedan, I went to
the SFIAS with my friend Mitch (previ-
ously referred to in this space as "Uncle
Mitch," Goldi and Izzi's not-really-related
uncle), who is a true enthusiast right
down to his 43-year-old and growing
Matchbox collection. We had so much fun
closely examining speedy and sleek rides,
and their lines and options. Two years
ago, just after I bought my Element, we
made a reunion visit as a pair and I dis-
covered the oddest thing: I was looking at
the Mommy-Mobiles and Daddy-Rides.
Maker after maker, I was drawn to the
clunkier cars and checking how accessible
their latch systems were, how many car
seats they could fit at once and how easy
the hatch was to open with one hand.
From Volvos to Caddys to Nissans to
Hyundais, I couldn't help but wonder
which vehicles had nifty built-in car seats

There are plenty of Mommy-Mobile/Daddy-Ride offerings at the South
Florida Auto Show, October 6-15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
like my friend Missy's Dodge Caravan. leisurely as you can do anything with a
And the glorious thing was that at the toddler in tow, as I did in 2004, or very
SFIAS, I could leisurely address my pregnant with a preschooler to pick up
curiosity and assess each vehicle in per-
son for its family friendliness. Okay, as Continued on page 65

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

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

6 to 8 p.m.
Biscayne Corridor Chamber of
October Networker
Churchill's Pub
N.E. 2nd Avenue at 54th Street

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

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 October 16,
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@bellsouth.net or Slade
Cole, at sladejcole@bellsouth.net.

NoMi Chamber Installation
Mayor Kevin Burns as Chairman
Shores Country Club, 10000
Biscayne Blvd.
Contact the Chamber at 305-891-
7811 for ticket info

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

El Portal Council Meeting
Village Hall, 500 N.E. 87th St.

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

North Miami Council Meeting
City Hall
776 N.E. 125th St.

Bayside Residents Meeting
Legion Park Community Center
6447 N.E. 7th Ave., 2nd floor
Contact: giriarte@bellsouth.net

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

Greater NoMi Historical Society

Seth Bramson on the history of
Surfside and NoMi
North Miami Library, 835 N.E.
132nd St.

Zoning Board
Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Dr.

North Miami Police "Stat Trax"
Follow the crime statistics
of your area
North Miami High, 800 N.E.
137th St.

7 to 11 p.m.
Enchanted Forest's Haunted Trail
Costume contests, games, and,
of course, the Haunted Trail!
N.E. 135th St. and Biscayne

Upper Eastside Miami Council
Board Meeting (open to public)
Legion Park
6447 N.E. 7th Ave.

El Portal Council Meeting
Village Hall, 500 N.E. 87th St.

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


Palm Grove Neighborhood
Email palmgroveboard@aol.com
for time and place

Zoning Board
Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Dr.

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Continued from page 63
from school on time, like in 2005.
My friend Evan, dad of 3-and-a-half-year-
old Ariel, a classmate of Goldi's, recently
told me he wants to get a new car. I told him
to wait for the auto show, and I mean it. It is
like an all-you-can-eat buffet of automobile
possibilities whether you just want to
watch the market or the time has come to
replace your wheels. Once you narrow down
your search from seeing every car on the
market in person, you can head out for very
efficient test drives. And as a parent, here are
some of the things you are going to want to
remember to consider in your search, in
addition to the usual issues of budget, safety
and fuel efficiency:

Driver friendliness, comfort, and ease: Two slee
When you are multitasking at the wheel
with kids behind you who are either so noisy you can't
think straight or so peacefully sleeping you don't want to
stir them, how easily can you reach and control every-
thing else around you radio, cell phone charger, water
bottle, box of wipes is key. And so is how much you
can do one-handed from throwing a stroller or camping
equipment in the trunk to flipping seats down to fit gear.
Space: How many kids and just how much gear will the
vehicle allow you to safely schlep? How many car seats
(rear- and forward-facing) or booster seats can it hold at

newbie or plan on welcoming one during the life
of your car.
Materials: Leather and vinyl clean up more easily
than fabric. However, carseats slip less on fabric,
while leather will require rubber shelf liner or such
to be stable. Also, stiff leather is tough to manipu-
late when trying to access a latch system (see
above struggle with the Accord).
Amenities: Most cars, especially Mommy-Mobile
and Daddy-Ride types, offer built-in DVD players
and navigation systems, but check out how they
are controlled, shared, mounted, etc. Also, most
new cars are equipped not only with standard CD
players, but also optional MP3 jacks. I also noticed
that a lot of cars intended for parents have an abun-
dance of cup-holders and even juice-box holders
and little nooks for stashing things like wipes and
/ sunscreen.

The 2006 South Florida Auto Show takes place
ping kids in the road-trip-tried-and-true Honda Element. at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are

once and how much space do you have to install them,
both in terms of the space you need for your own body
to get them in and out as well as the distance between the
latch points being wide enough for your car seat (I found
this to be a problem with a rear-facing Britax
Roundabout, the smaller Britax, in a 2004 Honda
Accord). Further, as much as I love my Element, the sui-
cide doors are a pain with a rear-facing car seat, as the
back seat is nestled behind the open door so, consider
rear-facing car seat access and installation if you have a

$10 for adults and $3 for children 6-12. Discount
tickets to the show are available at participating new car
and truck dealerships and McDonald's restaurants in
Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Show hours are:
Friday, October 6, 5 p.m. midnight; Saturday, October
7, 11 a.m. midnight; Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m. 11
p.m.; Monday-Thursday, October 9-12, 2 p.m. llp.m;
Friday October 13, 2 p.m.- midnight; Saturday October
14, 11:00 a.m.- midnight and Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.
- 9 p.m. For more info, visit www.sfliautoshow.com.

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Cul-de-Sac street $749,900

Pool & Sunning Deck ~ $739,900

Nice Duplex ~ $569,000

17,000+\- Sq. Ft. $549,000

Home with Heart ~ $539,000

Pool & Canal ~ $499,000

Art Deco ~ $444,000

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AAA Miami Locksmith
3531 NE 2nd Avenue
Page 24
Ace Hardware
284 N.E. 79th St.
Aventura Hardgoods Co.
17811 Biscayne Blvd.
South Beach Hardgoods Co.
1668 Alton Rd.
Page 16
Adams Veterinary
672 NE 79 Street
Page 69
A.V. Grill & Wine Bar
3055 N.E. 163rd St.
North Miami Beach
Page 21
Keith Bacon
Page 16
Steven K. Baird, PA
5981 NE Sixth Ave.
179 N.E. 96th Street
Miami Shores
Page 30
Feng Shui Products
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 19
Barker Group Real Estate
Investments & Financing
Page 40
Bay Oaks
435 NE 34th St.
Page 57
Biscayne Pet House
10789 Biscayne Blvd
Page 68

Bohio Home Collection
8990 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 44
Bon Vivant
Furniture Liquidation
120 N.E. 27th St. #700
Page 10
Jane Buffington
Carson Realty
Page 23
Curb Apeal
Landscape Services
Kelly Crawford
phone: 305-756-5452
cell: 305-308-0151
Page 59
Dart Maintenance
Page 14
Duffy Realty
Biscayne Breeze Condos
Patrick L. Duffy
Page 18
First United
Methodist Church
400 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 51
Flora's East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St
Page 34
Foster's Windows & Shutters
715 NE 79th Street, Miami, FL
Page 6
Hiperfit Personal Training
7120 Biscayne Blvd.
1420 Alton Rd.
Page 7
Hiro's Sushi
5140 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 14

Insurance Planners Group
Page 12
Investor Realty Group
7100 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 105
Page 21
Jontiff & Jontiff
Personal Injury Lawyers
3550 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 510
Page 7
Keller Williams/
Eagle Realty
700 NE 90th St. Miami Shores
Nancy Dowson 305-694-2166
Page 65
Susie Lawson 305-694-5355
Page 29
Ron Platt 305-694-5361
Page 32
Kidstown Pediatrics
4112 NE 1st Ave.
Page 63
Charles Kluck
Mortgage Lender &
Financial Planner
Page 49
Lambda Passages
7545 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 9
Leiter Gallery
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 33
Louie's Brick Oven
15979 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami Beach
Page 55
Magy Interiors
215 NW 36th St.
Page 39

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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 26
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 22
Miami Shores Realty
9301 NE 6th Ave.
Miami Shores
305-754-5546 /
Page 6
Miami Shores Yoga
9712 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 60
Michele Cafe
16121 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 8
Mike's at Venetia Sports Bar
555 N.E. 15th Street,
9th Floor
Page 19
MiMo Biscayne Condominiums
531 NE 82 Terr.
Page 8
Karen Mock
Majestic Properties
Page 41
Maji Pace Ramos
Page 58

Mount Sinai Medical Center
4300 Alton Road
Miami Beach
Page 11
Real Estate Group
Page 42
No Fear Computer
7550 Biscayne Boulevard
Page 28
North Miami Dental
Dr. Robert Holtz
610 N.E. 124th St.
Page 45
International Realty
Corporate Headquarters:
11900 Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 200
Page 13
Star Behl
Page 47
Palm Realty
3550 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 700
Page 48
Air Conditioning
14230 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami
Page 52
Penguin Cove
Stained Glass
14230 West Dixie Highway
North Miami
Page 52
Peter's Doors
800 NW 36 St.
Page 22

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Pineapple Blossom Tea Room
8214 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 10
Playground Theatre
Page 35
Plaza Tire and Auto
3005 NE 2nd Ave.
Page 27
Segal Institute
Pages 27 & 43
Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
4029 N. Miami Ave.
Page 28
Sir Speedy Printing
2601 NE 2nd Ave
Page 54
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 53
UVA Cafe
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 33
Vine Wine Shop & Tasting Loft
7657 Biscayne Blvd.
Page 24
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Gray & Associates Properties
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Boomer is a 3-year-old neutered male German shepherd mix. He loves to
play with toys and other dogs. Boomer enjoys rolling around in the grass at
the park and chasing butterflies. He is a very sweet boy and he loves to act
like a super-sized lap dog, and he will sit by your side and give kisses readily.
He would make a great addition to your family. Please adopt Boomer from
our Soffer & Fine Adoption Center, 16101 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami Beach,

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Baby is a sweet and loving 3-year-old spayed female! She is a purr mon-
ster and she really enjoys the company of other kitties. She loves to play
with toys and would do great in a home with children. Please adopt Baby
from our Soffer & Fine Adoption Center at 16101 W. Dixie Hwy., 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

North Miami- Dade Shelter
2101 N.W. 95th St.
Miami, FL 33147
(305) 696-0800




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The Art of Socialization

SWhat is It, And Why It s So Important

"My dog doesn't like children"; "he's
protective"; "she is wary of strangers";
"he doesn't like other dogs"; "my
Yorkie doesn't like to leave the house";
"my Chihuahua doesn't like to be
touched, or walk on grass or [fill in the
Sound familiar? Sadly, many of our
canine friends suffer from fears/phobias
and behavior problems that may have
been easily prevented had the dog been
gently exposed to it early in life.
Unfortunately, many people aren't
aware how critical the first few weeks
of an animal's life are, and think a dog's
behavior is solely based on their genetic
makeup or "temperament." If only! We
know better now. Animals are not
robots pre- programmed from birth. It is
our job to be proactive and give them
the best head start in life we can so they
can cope in a human world.
Socialization is the exposure process
of introducing your dog to new people,
places and things. What dogs learn
about the world in those first few weeks
of life may stay with them and shape
the dog they become. It is very impor-
tant for your pet to have great experi-
ences with children, men, people in
funny hats, other dogs and anything else
you can think of. You might think it is
the professional show dog that benefits
the most from extensive socialization.
Sure, they would have no career with-
out it, but it is the average family dog
that is at greatest risk from lack of
socialization, because this animal may
be given up or euthanized when it
shows bad behavior towards another
person or pet, or becomes too much
trouble to deal with. The family dog,
after the puppy novelty wears off, will
usually settle into a routine of meeting
very few new people on a regular basis
and will be taken less places when it is

reaches full size.
You cannot overdo socialization, but
you can certainly not socialize your pet
enough. It is believed the socialization
window closes at four months of age,
and at three months for
some breeds. This is
when fear responses
usual develop. Since
the earliest it is
advised to get a puppy
is eight weeks old (so
it can learn how to
socialize with other
dogs in the litter) the
clock is ticking to
expose it to lots of
new experiences. By Lisa
Where you get your
puppy can give it a good head start in
life. If you are going to a breeder, only
deal with a reputable one who breeds
for the betterment of the breed. The
puppies should be whelped inside the
breeder's house where they can get
used to the sounds of home life, and
where people are around to interact
with them not the back yard. Great
breeders will tell you their socialization
plan. They know how critical it is to a
pup's future wellbeing. Some enlist the
neighbors' children, babies and adult
friends to interact with the pups every
day as soon as they are old enough.
The puppies go to different rooms in
the house, have different toys, cat tun-
nels and other surfaces to walk on to
develop confidence. If you are rescuing
a pup, pick a pup that seems friendly,
confident and sweet. (Do not get your
dog from puppy stores that mass-pro-
duce poor quality, unsocialized pups in
a world where most dogs end up exe-
cuted simply because there are too
many pets and not enough homes. They
are breeding for money, and these pups

to Get Your Dog Off on
usually cost far more than a pup from a
rescue or a reputable breeder). Give
your new puppy a few days to settle in,
and then bring him with you every-
where. He or she should be a social
A good rule of
thumb is your pup
should meet one hun-
dred friendly people
by 3 months of age,
and another hundred
by six months of age.
Most of the people
should be friendly men
ny Pe and children as these
two groups are the
Hartman most likely to spook a
dog later in life. Let
strangers toss or hand-feed treats, play
gently, etc. Your dog does not like chil-
dren because he likes little Jimmy next
door. He likes Jimmy. He must meet as
many new friendly children as possible.
Let neighbor Jimmy bring his siblings
over for cookies and puppy play. If you
have kids of your own, take the pup to

the Right Paw
the bus stop and school with you to
meet more kids. Have your adult friends
over for brunch or the Dolphins game
and let the dog meet everyone. Meet
friends with dogs for morning walks.
There are many ways to disguise your
puppy socializing with fun for the
humans involved.
So when are you finished socializing?
Never really. Just as you or I may lose
our people skills if we stop meeting
people often, so can your dog. You will
want to maintain his happy meet-and-
greet personality. You will want him to
have friendly, new experiences often to
be a confident well-adjusted dog.
Remember, liking someone or some-
thing and tolerating it are too different
things. If you find your dog already
exhibiting nervous or reticent behavior
with certain individuals or situations,
seek professional help.

Lisa is head Dog Trainerfor
Pawsitively Pets! You can reach her
at 786-942-PETS;

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- O
chased for $2.00. The license tag is optional for cats.


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The Vagabond & Frolics

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7301 BISCAYNE BOULEVARD AT 73rd & 74th ST.
.Located on U. S. #1 in Miami . Center of all Attrac-
tions . Soundproof Rooms Coffee Shop . Cocktail
Lounge .Olympic style swimming pool . Shuffle-
board . Air Conditioned and Heated . Telephone in
every room . Complete Hotel Service . Open Year
Round . Luxurious Kitchenettes and Hotel Rooms .
Two and Three Room Suites. Phone PL-7-4561. Free
Parking at your Door.

pub. and photographed exclusively by Valence Color Publishers.
757 N.E. 79th St., Miami, Fla.

Presently, the Vagabond Motel is being restored to its former glory, and will soon house Micky's Restaurant

3530 Biscoyne Boulevord
On U. S. 1, Miami, Florida
Swimming Pool and Coffee Shop
All air conditioned and heated rooms. Free T.V. in all
rooms. Parking at your door. Convenient to all tracks,
shopping,' fishing and airport.


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With DJ Q-Ban; On-site Parking, Museum fun exhibits, Midnight Costume Contest with great prizes KUBIK VIP Room
featuring open bar & mojitio bar from Bacardi; hors d'oeuvres from top area restaurants & karaoke studio

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General admission: $ 35.00
VIP admission: $100.00

General admission: $ 45.00
VIP admission: $150.00

Miami-Dade County Ticket Outlets: Cash only

MPower Project Gym
North Gym-9037 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami Shores, (305)758-8600
South Gym- 210 NE 18th Street,
Miami, (305)358-8500
Mon-Fri 5:30am-10:30pm,
Sat 7:00am-8:00pm,
Sun 7:00am-6:00pm
Lambda Passages
7545 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-754-6900
Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm, Sun. 11am-6pm

New Concept Video
959 West Avenue, Miami Beach,
Mon.-Thurs. 10am-12am,
Fri.-Sun. 11am-lam
Dr. Robert Guda, Doctors Vision Center
6601 SW 80 Street, Suite 115, South Miami,
M/W: 10am-7pm, Th: 10 am-4pm,
T/F: 10am-6pm
Sat: Every other week 11 am-4pm -Call First

Broward County Ticket Outlet: Cash only
Pride Factory
845 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, 954-463-6600
Mon.-Thurs. 1 0am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-11pm, Sun. 1 lam-8pm
Or Order Online
Order online now until midnight October 27, 2006
Major credit cards accepted.

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3 bdrm/3 bath home (2227 sq ft) on double lot (15,000 Newly listed 3Bd/2Ba, pool. garage. Fully &
sq ft) with beautiful bay views. House needs major meticulously renovated w/ attention to retaining
updating but has great potential. In wonderful architectural integrity. Beautiful inlay wood floors,
Bayside neighborhood. Priced significantly below working firepla.:,. many details Fenc.d ard a' deck
appraised value. & pool Great Bayside nemgnborhcor Easr of
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Offered at $589,000
Fabulous home on quiet street East of Biscayne in
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floors, new Italian kitchen, with crema marble coun-
tertops and sis appliances, efficiency great for
inlaws. 1800 sq.ft, 7500 sq.ft. lot...Plenty or room
for pool.

Mawyr Kqtenvorf Bmmft
786.543.5755/786.553. 1962

Offered at $310,000 or $1800/mo tease
Clipper Penthouse 1Bd1lBa & balcony. Beautifully
remodeled wl open kitchen, new bathroom, and an
unobstructed bay view. Pool, tennis, doorman, gated
parking. Located in popular & convenient Upper East
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Offered from $299,000 to $429,000
4 Ultra cool Lofts available in exquisitely designed Cite by
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Granite Counters, Designer Cabinetry, Industrial lighting,
Stainless Steel Appliances, Open Kichen. WasherDryer n
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Security, Concierge, Vlet Assigned Parking. Party Room
with Biliards. Pool, Spa, On-site Retail, and fully equipped
Fitness Center. Pets are Welcome.

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786.385 6977

Offered at $475,000
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Enjoy lush resort style living, with 2 infinity & lap pools, hean .:J .1 ani
new slate-of-the-art health club, 24-hour gated security,
tranquil botanical gardens, and ample dock space leading
out to beautiful Biscayne Bay. Pets are welcome.

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Offered at $410,000
Beautiful 900 Sq ft oceanfront Penthouse, all views
facing east' Byv ir mle most desirable & iaratsl 1 bdrm
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business center, valet + more! Inquire about Seller
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Reduced to $309,500
Rarely a.ailalp e 2BtileiB corto in Tne Roosevelt.
Top floor w/plentiful light and East facing view. Split
floorplan, in-unit washer/dryer and only a few blocks
from the beach. Beautiful and well maintained historic
Mediterranean bldg. Maintenance only $208/month.
700 Sq. Ft

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One of a kind custom designed condo. Views of the Spectacular panoramic view of the Bay. A fully
Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. Gourmet Kitchen, renovated large 2Bdl2Ba which includes a
expansive living and dining area, and a enormous wrap laundry room, massive closets, state of the art stainless
around balcony perfect for entertaining, steel appliances and fixtures, 24 hour security,
doorman, pool, tennis court, and two covered parking
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