Read in India

Carol and Bill Berk

Here are Carol and Bill Berk riding an elephant while on a two-and-a-half week vacation in India. This picture was taken in Jaipur, but the Berks traveled extensively, from Mumbai to Cochin and Kerala in the South, to a tiger preserve in the middle of the country, then back up to Agra and Jaipur. Of […]

Read in Pisa, Italy

Camila Maria Llanes

Here’s Camila Maria Llanes on vacation in Italy. She’s a junior at Immaculata La Salle High School and the daughter of Madelyn and Lazaro Llanes. Of course Maria remembered to take along a copy of her favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this shot for us in front of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Thanks […]

PING! See you at ‘The Light’ for Canes baseball

Watch the UM Canes Baseball team in action.

PING! As you drive down Ponce, US 1 or San Amaro Drive on any afternoon during the week, you’ll hear a sweet sound — PING! The sound of aluminum crushing leather, a sound synonymous with college baseball. PING! Over the wall. Head coach Jim Morris and the Miami Hurricanes baseball team are poised to extend […]

MIFFed, but happy about the films showing

MIFF Gusman 31 Miami

Traveling to the Miami International Film Festival by way of Concrete Jungle might be the most peculiarly circuitous route imaginable for an event that is entertaining movie buffs from all over the world since it began last Friday March 7. This winter’s columns have all been about music, so it is ironic that this film […]

South Dade Food & Rock Fest showcases local talent, supports ‘Relay’

Mickey Filipucci rips a riff with his band Head First.

Returning to their Homestead roots, show promoters Florida Rock Stars rang in 2014 with their fourth annual South Dade Food & Rock Festival. On Feb. 1, the weather cooperated at Homestead’s Harris Field Pavilion, the crowds cheered and the bands hit the stage. We South Floridians don’t know how good we have it listening to […]

Father Pedro Toledo’s spiritual journey comes full circle

Father Pedro Toledo

History was made this month at St. Louis Catholic Church when Father Pedro Toledo became the first former Anglican priest in the Archdiocese of Miami to be ordained a Roman Catholic under the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Making this occasion even more special was that Father Toledo would conduct his first […]

The Deering Seafood Festival to celebrate a decade of fun

Youngster checking out fish

Get ready to party! The team behind this year’s Deering Seafood Festival has planned a non-stop island celebration in honor of the event’s 10th anniversary, complete with delicious catch from the waters of the world, a funfilled kids’ adventure called “10 Leagues Under the Sea,” stilt walkers, a Junkanoo musical parade and on-going live entertainment. […]

County procurement similar to Olympic figure skating judging

Grant Miller

U.S. figure skater Ashley Wagner gained notoriety by ripping into the judges at the just-concluded Sochi Winter Olympics. Whatever one thinks of the sport or its judging, the angst comes from its subjectivity. A score appears, someone’s fate is sealed and no one really understands how it all came about. Certain Miami-Dade County decisions on […]

Pinecrest Marketplace is an alternative to eBay and Craig’s List

You may have heard the term “sharing economy” refer to the sharing of cars by the likes of ZipCar or short-term abodes by Airbnb or even crowd-sourced funding by Kickstarter. These are examples of new ways of doing new things by leveraging technology. These shifts in thinking and technology have brought us new ways to […]

Experts agree, 2014 Stingray is best Corvette ever!

New Corvette is made of lightweight materials, including an aluminum frame, a carbon fiber hood and removable roof panel on coupes; composite fenders, doors and rear quarter panels.

So much praise has been heaped upon the new C-7 platform Corvette Stingray that I decided to ask my friend and fellow auto writer Bob Kroupa what he thought of the car. Bob is one of the foremost authorities on Corvettes and publishes a comprehensive annual pricing guide called Vette- N-Vestments <>. “I would have […]

Giving back to the community

I am a junior at Palmer Trinity School and, in partnership with the South Dade YMCA, I have created a community service project to assist economically challenged students. Exposed to sports at the YMCA as a youth, I wanted to give children the same opportunity that I had to attend Y camps. Thus, in partnership […]

Jon Batiste brings NO jazz to SM-D Arts Center, March 8

I have a weakness for the piano that not even some cowbell can cure. I can’t play, but my children take lessons from Brother Ryan Ellis. I have my favorites, my playlists and, like anyone else, mine have their esoteric elements. It may have started years ago with Robert Schumann, but it has run through […]

Pinecrest and FIU partner to develop app for Gardens

Pinecrest has partnered with the Florida International University School of Computing and Information Sciences to develop an app for Pinecrest Gardens. Four seniors in the Computer Science program will be working with the Village’s Information Technology Manager, Gabriela Wilson, who will act as their mentor, to develop an app that will provide iPhone and Android […]

Rick Phillips marks 15 years as a physical fitness trainer

For Pinecrest Fitness trainer Rick Phillips, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the transformation his clients experience as a result of his influence. Over the last 15 years, this enthusiasm has evolved into his life’s work. “I really want to change lives,” says Phillips. “When people first started coming in, telling me how they […]

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