The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Tides and Currents data predicts that the South East Florida Region will experience unusually high tides again this Fall during the months of September, October, and November. Tides are predicted to be at their highest; October 15th – 18th, and on November 13th & 16th 2012. These high tide events are expected to be 9’’ – 11” above the average high tides for 2012 during these dates. Tidal fluctuations are a natural occurrence and typically go unnoticed. However extreme tide events such as these have the potential to impact drainage systems and may cause flooding in low lying areas connected to storm drainage systems. Residents are advised to use caution when traveling on any streets with standing water.
Tides are influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun, and therefore cycle on a daily, monthly, and seasonal basis. Tides can also be affected by factors such as sea level, and weather, particularly wind and storm surge.
Typically, higher-than-average tides tend to occur in our region during the months of September, October and November and can be made more extreme by the factors mentioned above. Because the region’s storm water systems depend on gravity to drain excess water to the ocean, these high tides can flow back up into drainage systems along the coast and canals, flooding streets and adjacent areas. This occurred during a similar higher-than-average tide event in October of 2010.
These annual extreme tide events illustrate the potential challenges of future sea level rise to low-lying coastal communities in South Florida and underscore the importance of developing appropriate strategies to address and reduce coastal flooding impacts. For more information on how Miami-Dade County is working to make our community better prepared and more resilient to sea level rise and climate related impacts; visit green.miamidade.gov/. For more information on tides and currents, visit NOAA’s Website.
The Wholesome Grocer
The garden is a pick-up point for members of The Wholesome Grocer: a free-to-join program sourcing fresh, local and organic produce to city-dwellers. You can also special order grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, and assorted seasonal foods from Florida growers. Support your local community and sign up for your share today! October 17th and 31st; Noon to 5 p.m.To learn how to join this program, visit onceuponacarrot.org
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Swears-in New Miami Beach Chamber President
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle presided at the Installation Ceremony of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at the group’s Annual Meeting last Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012.
Alan A. Lips, a partner with the Miami Beach accounting firm of Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Company, P.A., will be sworn-in by State Attorney Fernandez Rundle as the new Chairman of the Board for the fiscal year terms 2012-2013
The event took place at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach beginning at 6pm.
“Those of us who know Alan recognize his true commitment to and support of everything that is Miami Beach. His dedication to his community is well known and his election to the post of Chairman of the Board for the Chamber is a testament to his commitment to serve the people of this great city,” commented State Attorney Fernandez Rundle.
Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Miami Beach High
The Loews Miami Beach Hotel recently recognized its partnership with Miami Beach High School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) by honoring the many program graduates who are currently employed at its hotel.
The collaboration between business and education has been very successful in developing young professionals for the Hospitality & Tourism industry, one of seven targeted industries for growth under the One Community One Goal Initiative. The work-based learning component of the program begins with career exploration and culminates with an internship during the summer after the junior year.
The Loews has partnered with the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism since the program’s inception at Miami Beach Senior High School with Dr. Lupe Ferran Diaz, now Director, School Choice & Parental Options, followed by the current Lead Teacher of the Academy, Patricia Gregory.
Sixteen current or former Miami Beach students have been employed at the Loews, commencing with the 1997 graduation class until this year. Graduates’ jobs range from career entry-level positions such as pool concierge to management positions in housekeeping, conference management, reservations and sales.
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a national network of career academies to support the development of America’s youth toward personal and professional success in high school, higher education and throughout their careers.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, under the auspices of School Choice & Parental Options, has 48 NAF programs in 25 senior high schools that encompass the career themes of Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering and Health Sciences.
For additional information about the AOHT program at Miami Beach High School, contact Patricia Gregory, Lead Teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information regarding the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ NAF programs, contact School Choice & Parental Options at 305-995-1922 or choice.dadeschools.net.
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS
DecoBike Continues to Expand Bikeshare Operations, soon to launch in Bay Harbor Islands
DecoBike is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with the municipality of Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. This exclusive community is nestled in the tropical setting of Miami’s Biscayne Bay, just north of Miami Beach. The addition of a DecoBike program will provide residents and visitors with vital connectivity to DecoBike Surfside and DecoBike Miami Beach’s bikeshare station networks to form a regional bikeshare service.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Experience a taste of the Japanese arts and culture at this historical center that began in 1977. See a bonsai display and take home a little Japaneses treasure from this distinctive museum. For lunch, enjoy some pan-Asian cuisine at the Cornell Cafe or feel free to pack a lunch. Admission to gardens and museum, tea ceremony & transportation included. Lunch not included. Returns at approximately 5:00 pm. Heavy walking required. Fee: Resident $22.; Non-Resident $27. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road. Palm Beach. October 20, 10am – 5pm. For info: 305.792.1706
Madi Thaler Memorial Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon
Walk from Pelican Community Park to Town Center Park in beautiful Sunny Isles Beach (1 mile). Walk or donate to contribute to the cutting-edge research being done by the Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel on treatment, detection, education and finding a cure for Breast Cancer. Check-in time 10:00am – 10:30 am at Pelican Park. Pelican Community Park is 18115 N. Bay Rd. Town Center Park is 17200 Collins Ave. For info: 305.792.1706
DVAC To Discuss Business Improvement District at Oct. 29 Meeting
Interested residents, downtown property owners and businesses will not want to miss the next Downtown Vision Advisory Committee meeting on Monday October 29 at 7 pm in the Commission Chambers. The group will explore the possibility of forming a Business Improvement District (BID) for downtown.
What is a BID? It is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners make a collective contribution to enhance the maintenance, development and promotion of their commercial district. Advantages of a BID include: Shared goals and aligned efforts among businesses. A cleaner, safer and more attractive business district. A steady and reliable funding source for services and
programs. The ability to respond quickly to the changing needs of the business community. A fund to market special events and sales promotion that will help lower businesses advertising costs, improve sales and decrease commercial vacancy rates
Don’t miss this important meeting! For more information please contact Duncan Tavares, TEDACS Director: email@example.com
National Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31, 2012
The Town of Golden Beach will host a Red Ribbon Kick Off Party at the Beach Pavilion on Saturday, October 20, 2012 beginning at 12:00 Noon. 1 Golden Beach Drive, Golden Beach
In 1985, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique S. Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and murdered while working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico. His efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico. The successful eradication of this and other drug production operations angered leaders of several drug cartels who sought revenge.
After Agent Camarena and his pilot were found murdered, citizens in Camarena’s hometown of Calexico, California donned red ribbons in his honor. The red ribbon became their symbol for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs. California Congressman Duncan Hunter and teacher David Dhillon launched “Camarena Clubs” in California high schools. In 1986, club members presented a proclamation to Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the United States, who had initiated nationwide anti-drug programs. The following year, parent teacher organizations in California, Illinois and Virginia wore the red ribbons in late October and November. In 1988, the first National Red Ribbon Week was organized by the National Family Partnership (NFP), proclaimed by the U.S. Congress and chaired by Nancy Reagan.
Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration (October 23rd-31st) brings millions of people together to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, and encourage prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
The Enrique S. Camarena Foundation was founded by Enrique Camarena’s widow Mika, their son Enrique Jr. and several DEA and Border Patrol Agents who knew Agent Camarena in order to honor this American hero.
The National Family Partnership (NFP), the national Sponsor of the Red Ribbon Campaign, provides information, resources and merchandise for school and community agencies. Every year, a new theme is selected through a National Contest, sponsored by NFP. The 2012 theme is “The Best Me Is Drug Free”.
Former North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Joel Rosner Charged with Unlawful Compensation and Campaign Finance Violations
An arrest warrant has been filed announcing the charging of former North Miami Beach Mayor, Myron Joel Rosner with Unlawful Compensation and a variety of campaign finance violations all relating to his re-election efforts in 2011. This joint investigation was undertaken by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department Public Corruption Investigations Bureau, and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics.
The violations uncovered all involve the use and payment for advertising bus benches placed throughout the City of North Miami Beach. In one instance, personal advertising messages were paid for from funds donated to the Myron Rosner Campaign Account which constitutes felony Grand Theft from the campaign account.
In another instance, advertising was to be extended without cost to Myron Rosner so the company would avoid “losing” the city bus bench contract, all the while recognizing that Myron Rosner never intended to pay for the advertising. This benefit constituted the crime of felony Unlawful Compensation.
Additionally, various movements of checks throughout this process constituted such election finance crimes as extending a worthless check and extending a campaign check with insufficient funds as outlined in the arrest warrant.
Myron Joel Rosner is specifically charged with:
2 counts Unlawful Compensation or Reward for Official Behavior (3rd Degree Felony)
1 count Grand Theft (Felony)
1 count Illegal Expenditures/Campaign (Misdemeanor)
1 count False Report of Expenditure (Misdemeanor)
1 count Knowledge of Unlawful reporting of Contributions and Expenditures (Misdemeanor)
1 count Illegal Contribution (Misdemeanor)
1 count Worthless Check (Felony)
1 count Insufficient Funds/Campaign Expense (Misdemeanor)
“All of our campaigns and elections need to follow the laws outlined by the Florida Statutes,” commented Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.”
Joseph M. Centorino, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust stated, “I am proud of the work our investigators put into this case. It involved a lot of painstaking research and legwork to assemble the pieces necessary to prove it up, and that would not have occurred without teamwork among the three offices involved.”
The City of Aventura will hold its annual Halloween Harvest event on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Community Recreation Center. Children and families are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the Wonderland fun maze, bounce houses, carnival games, trick or treat trail, arts & crafts and costume parade. ??The Community Recreation Center is located at 3375 NE 188 Street. Parking is located at the Harbour Centre on the corner of 29 Avenue and NE 188 Street. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided. ?For more information, contact the Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883 or visit their website.
“Don’t Block the Box” Traffic Campaign
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and City Commissioners will join representatives from Miami-Dade County, Downtown Development Authority, Florida Department of Transportation, and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce to announce the launching of the “Don’t Block the Box” campaign, which is designed to keep traffic flowing on roadways by keeping intersections clear. “Don’t Block the Box” is part of a public education campaign known as MOVN (Meeting Our Vehicular Needs) to ease traffic congestion.
Although it is not a new law, it is one of the principle causes of frustration for many commuters. Enforcement begins on Monday, October 22 at intersections across Miami-Dade County.
To educate drivers, “Don’t Block the Box” messages are being placed in radio, television and periodicals.
City, County, and State law enforcement agencies are stepping up enforcement to stop drivers from blocking intersections. Drivers may receive up to a $500 fine and 3 points on their license.
WHO: Mayor Tomas Regalado and City Commissioners will join representatives from Miami-Dade County, Downtown Development Authority, Florida Department of Transportation and Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
10:00am. Coconut Grove Metrorail Station at SW 27 Avenue and U.S. 1. For more information.
PetSmart Charities Sponsors Miami Community Pet Adoption Event
PetSmart Charities will sponsor a community adoption event in partnership with the Humane Society of Greater Miami with the goal of adopting 600 pets in Miami, Fla. beginning at midnight on Oct. 26 through midnight on Oct. 27. The Miami community adoption event will be held at Tropical Park Equestrian Center (7900 Bird Road).
Rescue groups from across South Florida will participate in the event, including Miami-Dade Animal Services and The Cat Network. In addition to pet adoptions, the adoption event will feature entertainment and refreshments from a variety of performers and vendors.
“Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” says Donna Tallon, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the help of PetSmart Charities and the community, I am confident that we can do it!”
An estimated 8 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters in the U.S. each year, and approximately 4 million – 11,000 each day – are euthanized. PetSmart Charities strives to bring attention to the availability of pets at shelters and rescue groups and to the benefits of pet adoption.
Proudly sponsored by Purina Pro Plan and MAXX Scoop, the Miami community adoption event will raise awareness for pets available to adopt in the local community. As an added benefit, the Humane Society of Greater Miami and other participating rescue groups will receive increased adoption rewards from PetSmart Charities for every pet adopted.
“Every homeless pet deserves the opportunity to find a forever, loving home,” said Kevin Hill, shopper marketing manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. “Our goal in supporting the PetSmart Charities’ community adoption events is to help improve the lives of homeless pets by providing them with super premium nutrition as well as other important pet care supplies. We hope by providing these essentials, these pets and new pet owners can now focus on other important matters like growing a bond for life.”
To learn about the many ways PetSmart Charities is saving the lives of homeless pets, visit www.petsmartcharities.org. Members of the public can support these programs by making a donation online, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 623-587-2826 to help save the lives of homeless pets across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Donations may be tax deductible.
In honor of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, Miami Art Museum will offer FREE museum admission on Saturday, October 20, 2012, and an audio description tour of Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks, beginning at 1pm. Appreciated by visitors with low or no vision, audio descriptive guidance enhances the tour experience for all with its universal design.
Touch tours of public art surrounding the museum or guided audio description gallery tours are available for groups year-round with advance booking. To book a tour for a group with low or no vision, please contact MAM’s education department at email@example.com or 305.375.4073.
MAM’s education programs, including its access tours, will expand when the museum moves to its new, expanded home in Museum Park in December 2013. The new facility, reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami, will enable the Museum to better fulfill its role as an educational resource for the city and beyond.
Organized by Art Education for the Blind every October, Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month provides an opportunity for professionals and institutions to raise public awareness about making art and culture a part of life for adults and children affected by sight loss. The goal of Awareness Month is to educate parents, teachers, school administrators, recreational counselors, librarians and museums about the benefits of art education and museum visits for children and adults with sight loss.
Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami. Parking $5 at 50 NW 2nd Ave., Cultural Center Garage
Sign up for Florida’s Blue Alerts Email
Citizens who want instant notification when a Blue Alert has been activated can now sign up for email alerts through the Florida Blue Alert system’s new website.
In 2011, the Florida Legislature established the Florida Blue Alert Plan which utilizes the technologies employed by the Amber Alert Plan to notify the public of critical information when a law enforcement officer is killed, has suffered serious bodily injury, or is missing while in the line of duty and the suspect, who is considered to pose an imminent threat to the public, is still at large.
In some of these cases, additional information is available for broadcast such as a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle or other means of escape, and/or the license plate of the suspect’s vehicle.
Under the Blue Alert Plan, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation immediately broadcast important information about the offender when this information would help avert further harm or assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
A Blue Alert is disseminated to the public through the Emergency Alert System by broadcasting the alert on television, radio, and dynamic message signs located along the state’s highways.
To sign up to receive email alerts when a Blue Alert is activated, please visit the sign-up page at http://bluealert.imarcsgroup.com/
Recent Cinema from Spain Film Series II Returns to Miami in November 2012
EDEGA (Audio-Visual Producers’ Rights Management Association), the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) of Miami Dade College are announcing the first four critically acclaimed Spanish films that the Recent Cinema from Spain Series II will be screening this November in Miami for its second consecutive year.
“EGEDA is very happy to bring the second edition of the Spanish Film Series to Miami. By promoting Spanish cinema in the United States and encouraging its circulation to Latino audiences and the American public, the event helps to strengthen ties between the Spanish, Latino and American film industries,” said Rafael Sanchez, Managing Director of EGEDA.
The four day series will premiere six of Spain’s most recognized films of the year including Alberto Rodriguez’s crime drama UNIT 7 (GRUPO 7), one of the three finalists from the short list of the Spanish Academy for the submission for the 2013 Academy Awards and Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s coming-of- age romance drama, I WANT YOU (TENGO GANAS DE TI) (the sequel to THREE STEPS ABOVE HEAVEN, a selection from last year’s Recent Cinema from Spain Film Series), both starring Spanish star Mario Casas. Also included is Ignacio Ferrera’s stunning animated feature, WRINKLES (ARRUGAS), based on Paco Roca’s comic of the same title. Goya Award winner for Best Actress and star of I WANT YOU, Maria Valverde will be in attendance. Kicking off the series will be an opening night red carpet gala on Thursday November 8, 2012 immediately followed by a VIP reception.
Recent Cinema from Spain Series II Series Pass and ticket holders will enjoy nightly premieres at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts (174 East Flagler Street Miami, FL 33131) as well as participate in Q&A sessions with filmmakers and cast members following almost each film. Celebrating the diversity of contemporary Spanish Cinema, each film is carefully selected by EGEDA, Jaie Laplante of Miami International Film Festival., Margaret Lake of Olympia Theater and Gwen Deglise of The American Cinematheque will feature an eclectic mix of work from Spain’s most exciting new and established artists.
“The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center is proud to co-present the second edition of this important film exposition from Spain for the residents and visitors of the City of Miami. We are honored to be the chosen city for the series’ East coast expansion after years of success in Los Angeles. Recent Cinema from Spain’s programming supports our mission to showcase and present unique international entertainment in our historic theater,” said Margaret Lake, Executive Director, for the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
“We are looking forward to showcasing some of the most exciting new films to come out of Spain since last spring including the biggest box office sensation of the year, Tengo ganas de ti,” said Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of the Miami International Film Festival.
In honor of the annual film series and paying homage to Spanish culture, a poster was created by Oscar nominated artist and internationally renowned designer Javier Mariscal featuring a vibrant and colourful composition serving as the film series logo and overall theme. The artwork represents Madrid’s emblematic Gran Vi?a with an attractive, youthful Spanish actress welcoming American audiences to experience the latest Spanish film productions and is illustrated in the same style as Mariscal’s Oscar nominated animation film “Chico & Rita.” Javier Mariscal’s impressive body of work ranges from architecture, interior design to furniture to publicity campaigns including the mascot for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Full film schedule will be announced on October 3, 2012 during the pre-VIP cocktail party hosted by Miami’s General Consul of Spain, Ms. Cristina Barrios at her private residence.
A spectacular lineup of multi-award winning jazz masters will perform at the first MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL (MNJF), an extension of the internationally celebrated Nice Jazz Festival in France. The Festival makes its U.S. debut at its stateside home — downtown Miami’s Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on October 26 and 27, 2012, marking the first events of a planned five-year MNJF tradition.
The programs will feature an eclectic mix of straight ahead and Latin jazz, performed by some of today’s preeminent jazz artists, several of whom have close ties to France. Beloved Grammy winning vocalist and host of NPR’s JazzSet DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER (Festival Ambassador) will headline the Friday, October 26 concert, which also features acclaimed bassist/composer KYLE EASTWOOD’s band. On Saturday, October 27, the legendary nine-time Grammy winning pianist/bandleader EDDIE PALMIERI and his Latin Jazz Band will thrill audiences with his signature style on a program that also features internationally renowned French drummer ANDRE CECCARELLI and his band TROC, featuring ALEX LIGERTWOOD (former lead singer of Santana), as well as JANNICK TOP, AMAURY FILLIARD and JULIAN MAZZARIELLO.
The MNJF will also showcase the talent of local jazz artists and ensembles, including The Florida International University Big Band, featuring vocalist Sally Night and The South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Chuck Bergeron, featuring Nicole Henry. The jazz grooves of local ensembles from The Frost School of Music at University of Miami and Florida International University will animate the Gusman Center during a pre-concert cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. to be held in the theatre lobby each night beginning at 7:00 p.m, followed by the concert at 8:00 p.m.
- Concert-goers can continue the jazz celebration just a few blocks away at the official MNJF “After Party” Jam Session at Avenue D, hosted by Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6. Admission to the club is free for MNJF ticket buyers (with MNJF wristband; available in the theatre lobby at the concert). – In honor of the three-day Festival, a “Sunday Afternoon Jazz Garden Party” will be hosted at the BILTMORE HOTEL in Coral Gables on October 28, as well as the “8 Hands Culinary Experience,” which will bring the flavors of the French Riviera to the hotel’s flagship fine dining restaurant, Palme d’Or.
The MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL is a partnership between Sister Cities Nice, France and Miami, Florida, joining forces under the leadership of the Festival’s Founder and CEO Philippe Pautesta-Herder, who now lives in Miami. The Festival kicks off Miami French Week, a week designed to promote French culture in South Florida. “The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is the first and only jazz festival of such international significance to come to South Florida,” said the Festival founder, “and I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an iconic occurrence.” “Downtown Miami provides the perfect backdrop for the Festival as Miami is a city rich in historic heritage and culture parallel to that embodied by the Festival, its musicians and its patrons,” Pautesta-Herder added.
The MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL, presented by the City of Nice, France, is sponsored by The Conrad Hotel, the official MNJF host hotel, as well as Russian Standard, Cha?teau Mai?me Co?te de Provence, and Ferllen Wines.
Festival concert tickets range from $30 to $75, and may be purchased online or by calling the local box office (305) 374-2444. A VIP Lounge Jazz Experience is offered at $195 per person and includes a cafe? table for two, wine and cocktails, and valet parking. Students may receive a 15% discount by purchasing tickets in person at the box office (student ID required).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012
7:00 p.m. The jazz grooves of local jazz ensembles from The Frost School of Music at University of Miami will animate the Gusman Center lobby during a pre-concert cocktail reception.
8:00 p.m. Artist Lineup: Nine-time Grammy winning Latin Jazz and Salsa Favorite Eddie Palmieri and His Latin Jazz Band, internationally renowned French drummer Andre Ceccarelli and his band TROC, featuring Alex Ligertwood (former Santana lead singer) Jannick Top, Amaury Filliard, and Julian Mazzariello; and The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, with Chuck Bergeron and vocalist Nicole Henry
Gusman Center for the Performing Arts – Olympia Theater – Downtown Miami, 174 East Flagler Street Miami.
Ticket Prices: $30 to $75, and $195 for VIP Jazz Lounge Experience For tickets or info: or call the local box office at (305) 374-2444.
TAKE MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ’S LIBRARY CARD CHALLENGE!
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Miami-Dade Public Library System want you to take part in the Mayor’s Library Card Challenge which kicks-off on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pinecrest Branch Library and runs through November 16, 2012. For patrons who are library card owners, the ‘challenge’ is to explore and re-acquaint themselves with all the resources and services available at the library. For those who do not have a library card, the ‘challenge’ is to get to their nearest branch and register for one so that they can start enjoying their favorite book, movie, music or more. For a limited time, six new library card designs are available -while supplies last. Tuesday, October 16, 10:30 a.m. Pinecrest Branch Library, 5835 SW 111 Street. Pinecrest. For additional information, contact 305.375.5180.
Plantation woman arrested for $3 million extortion attempt
Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Miami Regional Operations Center today arrested Camille Brown, 31, of Plantation, Fla., for one count of extortion.
The investigation began in September 2012, when FDLE was contacted by a representative of the Rowland Schaefer family regarding an email they had received, in which Brown claimed she had derogatory information about the family. Brown threatened she would release the information to the highest bidding media outlet unless the family paid her $3 million.
Undercover FDLE agents, acting as representatives of the Rowland Schaefer family, made contact with the defendant where she claimed she had derogatory and embarrassing documents and she would release them to the media unless she was paid $3 million. The agents agreed to the extortion demands and agreed to meet Brown Oct. 9 to discuss payment transfers. Brown was arrested this afternoon in Boynton Beach after that meeting.
Brown is the daughter of a former housekeeper for the Schaefer family and was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.