News Briefs: Robbery of Chase Bank Branch in Miami Beach


The FBI has released photographs (right) from a bank robbery that took place on October 17, 2012, at approximately 8:50 a.m. at the Chase Bank branch located at 1801 Alton Road in Miami Beach.

The robber entered the bank and demanded money from a bank employee. There were no injuries. Money was taken, but the amount will not be released at this time.

Anyone who has information as to the identity of this bank robber is urged to call the FBI at (305) 944-9101 or Crimestoppers.

Early Voting Starts Saturday

Early voting in Miami-Dade starts Sat., Oct. 27, at 20 sites throughout the county and continues through Sat., Nov. 3. Sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will need to bring an acceptable form of photo ID such as:

– Florida driver’s license

– Florida identification card issued by the state

– U.S. passport

– Debit or credit card

– Military ID

– Student ID

– Retirement center ID

– Neighborhood Association ID

– Public assistance ID

Voters should also bring their voter information card from the county elections department with them. While it is not mandatory, it may help expedite the voting experience.

Early voting sites include the Aventura Government Center, the City of Miami City Hall, Miami Beach City Hall, North Dade Regional Library, North Miami Public Library, North Shore Branch Library in Miami Beach,and the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. Other sites can be found at

Requesting Absentee Ballot? Deadline is Wed.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Absentee ballots may be requested online, by e-mail, fax, phone, or in writing:

Mail: Attn: Absentee Ballot Section, P.O. Box 521250, Miami, FL 33152

Phone: 305-499-8444

TTY Number: 305-499-8480


Online here.

Miami-Dade Elections advises not to give a completed absentee ballot to anyone other than an authorized designee.

Postage is not necessary when returning a ballot to the elections department.

 Miami Beach United Presents Nikes, Cars, and Pedestrians

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:30, Miami Beach United will host a “brown bag bring your own lunch” and panel discussion entitled: A Comprehensive Street Design: how to coordinate bikes, cars and pedestrians in Miami Beach. The public is invited to attend the free event at the Miami Beach Regional Library at 22nd Street off Collins Avenue.

Panelists will include: Scott Diffenderfer, president Belle Isle Resident’s Association and member of Miami Beach’s Transportation and Parking Committee, Mike Hammon, president Lower North Bay Road Resident’s Association and board member of Miami Beach United, Mihaly Lenart, architect, activist and active member of MBU, and Jorge Gonzalez, Traffic Coordinator for the City of Miami Beach.

The mission of Miami Beach United is to address resident’s concerns though out the city. The purpose of the panel on November 1 is to bring new and creative mobility ideas to the forefront as Miami Beach progresses as a world class city. The panel will discuss ideas for a comprehensive street design that will coordinate bikes, cars and pedestrians. The goal will be to set perimeters for the city where people can travel to a brighter and safer future by bike, car or foot.

Free Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be “household hazardous waste”. Examples of such products include paints, cleaners, motor oil, propane, pool chemicals, batteries, fertilizers and pesticides. These products contain hazardous ingredients that require special care when disposed of in order to protect human health and the quality of environment. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes, such as pouring these substances down the sink drain, on the ground, into storm drains, or putting them out with the trash, can pollute the environment and impact our soil and water quality. Learn more.

Sunday, November 11, 2012, Parking Lot at 40 Street and Chase Avenue (adjacent to the canal).  8am – 3pm.


Dragon Boat Fest held at Haulover Park September 29th

The United Chinese Association of Florida (UCAF) presented the 10th Annual South Florida Dragon Boat Festival on September 29th at Haulover Park welcoming a crowd of more than 3,000 people. The highlight for our City, as one of the sponsors, was that our Sunny Isles Beach “Sunny Dragons” Racing Team took first place in their racing division! Sunny Isles Beach City Commission was there to cut the ribbon and participate in opening ceremonies including painting the eyes of the ceremonial dragons.

Many businesses and government agencies sponsored or provided entertaining stations including, a 1987 Mercedes smash booth, operated by Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce Miami. The Taiwanese Junior Chamber sold authentic Taiwanese iced Bubble Tea. The Church by the Sea of Bal Harbour brought a live rescued pelican to educate about the plight of local wildlife.

The day-long festival entertained the crowd with cultural performances, a kite tournament, an egg-roll eating contest, games and play areas for the children and other activities for their parents. Viva Classic Rock Band and Cayote entertained the crowd playing two sets each. The South Florida Dragon Boat Race had over 30 teams in participation. The UCAF hosted another successful event and our team can hardly wait until next year to defend the racing title.

North Miami

 Meet the Fosters at the Humane Society of Greater Miami

This Thursday November 1, the Founding Foster Care Fund, a support group of the Humane Society of Greater Miami, will dedicate its Founding Fosters Wall. After just a year and a half, this elite group has raised over $100,000.

Super fundraiser, Bella Goldstein, learned of the hundreds of abandoned animals in the shelter’s care and started Founding Fosters to support the shelter’s crucial fostering programs. Goldstein is like the Pied Piper of charities—wherever she goes the luminaries of the community follow and the group boasts a very prestigious roster of members.

From 6pm to 7:30pm, guests will tour the shelter; enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and lots of great surprises. North Miami Beach Mayor, the Honorable George Vallejo, will honor the group with a special presentation. Guest celebrity host is Meteorologist Craig Setzer of CBS4. Well-behaved dogs are invited and will enjoy their own doggie treats.

This event is open to Founding Fosters members, their dogs and those people who are interested in becoming part of the organization. RSVPs are a must to Bella Goldstein or Ricki Diamond at 305-749-1814 or The Humane Society of Greater Miami is located at 16101 West Dixie Highway in North Miami Beach, Florida.

Monika Sosnowska, El Jardin.

Miami Art Museum Commissions Works from Four International Artists for New Museum’s Opening

MAM is commissioning works by four renowned international artists to be presented at the Museum’s reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami in its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in December 2013. The artists, Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel), Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975, Casablanca, Morocco), Hew Locke (b. 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland) and Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Ryki, Poland), are among the leading contemporary artists working around the world today. Each artist will explore Miami and engage with its cultural community in a year-long creative process designed to encourage the creation of new work, cultural exchange, and public interaction with the artists and Museum. The installations will be on view in the new Museum’s expanded exhibition space, and the Museum will look to acquire them for its permanent collection.

“MAM is dedicated to strengthening the cultural and creative community here in Miami by developing programming that allows for a deeper, more meaningful interaction between artists, the public and the museum,” said Thom Collins, MAM’s director. “We are also committed to engaging with artists, creators and thinkers from around the globe, connecting our local experience with those across the world and solidifying Miami’s role as a major cultural catalyst.”

Over the course of the next 12 months, each of the four artists will visit Miami several times to engage with the city’s culture and local artist community. The artists will also participate in public discussions at the museum to encourage community interest and interaction with their creative processes. While learning about and connecting with the city and deepening relationships with local individuals and organizations are integral aspects of the year-long process, the artists’ work does not have to directly reflect or represent Miami. In December 2013, Bartana, Khalili, Locke, and Sosnowska will present their new work during the opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami.

2012 Artist Commissions:

Yael Bartana is among the foremost artists of her generation. Her works in video, film, photography, and installation explore identity through investigations of ceremonies, public rituals, and cultural practices. Her video work, both documentary and staged, looks at social phenomena that illuminate the complexity of contemporary life and politics, particularly in her native country of Israel.

Bouchra Khalili’s works, which take the form of single- and multi-channel videos and films as well as photographs, employ a mode of poetic documentation to investigate the experiences of identity, immigration, and transience. Reflecting the nomadic and often transnational state of existence that defines life for many people throughout the world, Khalili illuminates the realities, emotional, intellectual, and tangible, of an increasingly mobilized world.

Hew Locke is a visual artist working in a range of media including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, textile and collage. While his work deals with a diverse subject matter, recurrent themes include visual expressions of power, trophy, globalization, migration, ships and boats, and the creation of culture.

Monika Sosnowska is one of the most celebrated Eastern European artists working today. Her work explores the politics and poetics of the built environment, engaging and transforming the architecture of the exhibition space, often in implausible ways. She is best known for large, site-specific sculptures made of industrial materials such as steel and concrete, as well as surreal, tableau-like installations.

Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s educational programming currently reaches more than 30,000 people every year, with the largest art education program outside the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Miami Art Museum will reopen as Pérez Art Museum Miami in fall of 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The new, expanded museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County and an educational complex. For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit or call 305.375.3000.

 Related Events / Artist Talks:

Monika Sosnowska – Saturday, October 27, 2pm

Hew Locke – Saturday, November 17, 2pm

Bouchra Khalili – Tuesday, December 18, 6:30pm

Yael Bartana – Date, time to come

Free with museum admission ($8 adults / $4 seniors / Free for MAM members and students)

Secure garage parking $5 with museum validation at 50 NW 2nd Ave.

Metrorail: Government Center Station

Details at or 305.375.4073

Deadline to Submit Films for 8th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival Looms

The deadline for submitting films for the 8th Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival is October 31, 2012.

The Eighth Annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) is one of the few international festivals dedicated to women. This five-day event consists of indoor and outdoor film screenings, fashion show, workshops/symposia, a family funfest and of course, parties.

As the premier international festival that brings together women artists from all over the world to network, exhibit films and other art forms, WIFF encourages the marketing and distribution of their work, while providing a forum to address women’s issues.

Set in sexy South Floridai, WIFF is a great location to screen films, network at parties, enjoy the beach, and possibly spot celebrities & industry pros sipping pina coladas and mojitos at one of our outdoor film screenings, while enjoying the sunny South Florida weather with March temperatures averaging 81 degrees Fahrenheit (28 C).

Films made by women or about women are eligible for submission. For complete entry rules and information go here. or  305.653.9700.

Communities In Schools Of Miami Appoints Andrew Fierman to Board

Communities In Schools of Miami (CIS), an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, is proud to announce the appointment of Andrew Fierman, Assurance Manager with Marcum LLP, to its board of directors. CIS is managed by an active board who offer their services to improve the lives of at-risk students in Miami-Dade County.

“I proudly join the board as someone who believes in the potential of all children,” said Fierman. “I will uphold the commitment to give every student the tools they need to achieve academic excellence.”

Fierman specializes in local government, not-for-profit and employee benefits sectors at Marcum LLP, one of the tap ranked accounting and advising firms in the nation. With more than 10 years of accounting experience, he provides guidance on financial reporting, accounting and auditing matters.

“We are incredibly fortunate that Andrew has joined our board, where his knowledge, leadership and counsel will fortify our efforts to expand our program,” said Elizabeth Mejia, Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Miami.

Fierman is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Miami-Dade & Broward County League of Cities. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from Florida International University.

CIS of Miami is an affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization. CIS’ mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and prepare for life. A five-year study by ICF International revealed that the CIS model resulted in the strongest reduction in dropout rates of any existing fully scaled dropout prevention organization in the nation. Furthermore, an economic impact study conducted by EMSI, one of the nation’s leading economic modeling firms quantified the return on investment of CIS affiliates to taxpayers, businesses and students. It found an average return of investment to society to be 18.4% and the benefit/cost ratio 11.6, which means that every dollar invested in Communities In Schools creates $11.60 of economic benefit for the community. Learn more about CIS of Miami here.

2012 Chamber’s Minority Awards Celebrate Best of Leadership around the World

The Minority Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is pleased to announce its12th Anniversary Gala to recognize and reward the most dynamic, visionary and innovative leaders in entrepreneurship, politics, public service, professional, compassionate, education and international leadership. Thirty four local and international leaders will be honored for their service and leadership to minority communities during years . The event will be held on December 7, 2012 at Hilton Hotel Miami Airport located at 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive in Miami Dade County, Florida.

“Each year we are getting bigger and better,” chamber President Doug Mayorga said in a statement. “The evening’s recipients are true visionaries and leaders that inspire success now, and for future generations of entrepreneurs and their communities”. This year’s theme is “Dynamic Minority Leaders: Partnership For Success”. A total of 34 awards will be presented to deserving individuals.

“We had a significant number of dignitaries, entrepreneurs, public servants, politicians and representatives who showed up for last year’s event and many more who I know, will show their support again this year,” Mr. Mayorga said.

Each year the MCC is diligent in deciding who is most deserving of such an honor.

The awards will be presented in recognition of the incredible dedication of these thirty four individuals and their leadership. They have given their service, support, talent, solidarity, compassion and collaboration to the Minority Chamber of Commerce’s business community and citizens. Each has served not only as a mentor but has also served the entire community in much broader roles, and almost all have continued to serve.

Join us at the 12th Anniversary and Recognition Minority Gala event with our closest friends, partners and leaders for a delightful evening of dinner and special corporate environment in support of our vital programs and services. Enjoy the cocktail hour from 6:30 pm to 7 pm at one of the most luxurious hotels in Miami Dade, followed by dinner from 7 pm to 11 pm. Black tie or creative cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets are now on sale through October 15th. Tickets are $95 each and $180 per couple, and includes a gift of five raffle tickets for each ticket purchased. Tickets and tables are now available online here  or by calling 786-260-1965.

Miami Foundation allocates $204,900 for LGBT Community Projects

The Miami Foundation has announced the distribution of $204,900 from its GLBT Community Projects Fund to 22 area groups or institutions. Awards range from $2,500 to $18,000.

The money came from a record-breaking $211,291 donation by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the Foundation in June for distribution to local community LGBT-friendly groups. The donation represents two-thirds of the combined net proceeds from the Task Force’s 2012 Winter Party Festival and the 15th Annual Recognition Dinner, both held in Miami Beach.

“There is no question that the contributions of the LGBT community have enhanced the quality of life for all in Miami-Dade and South Florida,” said Miami Foundation President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto. “The recipients are all great contributors to education, the arts and social services and the community is richer for it.”

Said Nancy Jones, the Foundation’s vice president for development and communications: “In one way or other, each of the recipient organizations serves not only the LGBT community, but Greater Miami as a whole.”

The $6,391 balance will go to the Task Force’s national efforts to achieve LGBT equality.

This year’s recipients include: the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of South Florida; Blue Stripe Films, Equality Florida Human Rights Education Project; Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami; Florida International University; Fundarte Inc, the MDC Foundation/Miami International Film Festival; the MDGLCC Foundation; Miami Beach Gay Pride, Inc.; Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.; Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Inc.; Next @ 19 Street; Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc.; Pioneer Winter Collective; Pridelines Youth Services, Inc.; Safe Schools South Florida; SAVE Foundation, Inc.; Shining Families; Switchboard of Miami, Inc.; Tigertail Productions; YES Institute.

The upcoming Miami Recognition Dinner, “Sparkle,” will take place Oct. 6 at the Fontainebleau Hotel, and the Winter Party Festival will be March 6-11 at venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

 Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. With foundation expertise, Fundholders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless, and more. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships has been awarded in the Foundation’s 45-year history. Today, the Foundation is steward to more than $160 million in charitable assets. For more information about The Miami Foundation.

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