A big congratulation to Baptist Health and particularly to Wayne Brackin, COO and Executive Vice President. Brackin is being recognized for his exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of hospitals in Florida.
“We are proud to honor Wayne for his commitment to Florida’s patients and communities,” said Florida Hospital Association President Bruce Rueben. “From testifying in front of the Legislature to growing grassroots support for key issues, Wayne has been a leading advocate this year.”
The award is presented annually to one individual from each state with winners being chosen by the state association. The 2014 honorees were recognized at a special Breakfast of Grassroots Champions at the American Hospital Association Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Brackin is one of 51 individuals honored this year.
While we’re on the subject of community involvement, a local South Miami resident sent us a letter that we’d like to share:
I would like to give a Big Thank you to South Miami police, Ace Hardware staff and The Big Show. I was side slammed by a little white truck on Red Road this morning and saw the driver getting away, I was beeping my horn and tried to catch up to see his tag, but realized among other things, he punctured my tire, so he passed other cars and fled the scene. I was so upset, but the wonderful people of South Miami I met this morning, made me grateful for the bad experience, I limped into the Chevron station on Red Road at 74 street, found my cell phone dead, called AAA and waited. A South Miami detective was alerted about the accident and called the police to come to complete an accident report. The staff at Ace was so kind offered me a bench and conversation – great team of people and even introduced me to The Big Show, the wrestler.
Everyone was so kind and generous. THANK YOU ALL!
If you’re interested in supporting or learning more about the Democrats of South Florida, they will be hosting two events in partnership with the local Democratic Party. On Friday, May 30, the State of the Party Reception with Senator Bill Nelson will take place at the Biltmore Hotel and on Saturday, June 28, the JJ Dinner featuring President Bill Clinton will take place at the Westin Diplomat in Hallandale. For more information, contact Bob Goldstein at 305-970-9734.
There is still time to register for the Twilight 5 K Run and Walk, which is being held on June 1 at 7pm, right here in the city of South Miami. This annual event, which is produced by TeamFootworks, is loads of fun with lots of families having a great time, live music and many many happy faces. You can register at twilight5k.org or call Footworks at 305- 666-7223.
Congratulations to South Miami Police officer Edgardo Barta who has been promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant. Chief Rene Landa stated “I’m proud to have Sergeant Edgardo Barta as part of the leadership team of the police department and committed to working toward improving the quality of life for all our citizens who reside and work in our community.”
A graduate of Miami Sunset High School, Barta said” I am very proud to be part of this organization and look forward to serve the great citizens of South Miami.”
SEEN AT CASA LARIOS:
Couldn’t help but see Angelo Bosques, the personal trainer, having a healthy meal of egg whites and lots of vegetables. I hear that he has just one more class to go at F.I.U. and he will finally and I mean finally, have earned his Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition.
Saw Horace Feliu, the now very former mayor of South Miami, who recently ran for office a few months (and lost) and he was just having a great time with a group of his buds. Wish I were sitting closer so I could have heard more of what was being discussed. I did manage to hear something about FPL and about its victory, so far, in getting approval to move forward on the Nuclear Power plant at Turkey point and instaling the transmission lines on US1.
Lots of cops on SW 67 Ave and 73 St, east side of the road, next to Ludlam Elementary and they are there with the radar gun lasering in on all the speeders that just love to go way to fast. Beside the fine and points if you get found guilty, it’s just way to dangerous to be speeding next to the school. So slow down and stop texting while you’re driving,
And speaking of cops and accidents, there were two accidents within one block of each other.
The first one on SW 62 Ave. and 68 St. It seems as though the driver was heading north on 62 Ave. and swerved to avoid a bicyclist and crashed into a parked car. Hmmmm.
As far as the second accident, it looked like one car was on 62 Ave. and the other one had just been at the stop sign on 69 St. and they met (crashed) in the middle of the street.
What’s going on… is there some kind of distraction on SW 62 Ave.?
Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669- 7355, ext. 249, or send emails to Michael@communitynewspapers.com.