Project to focus on the impact of state government on
Miami, FL – August 8, 2011 – WLRN, in collaboration
with NPR, other public broadcasting stations in Florida and the Florida College
Access Network (Florida CAN), is participating in an ambitious local-national
journalism initiative to report on how policies made by state government impact
citizens and communities. Called StateImpact Florida, the project will focus on
the critical issue of how education policies in Florida impact lives,
communities and the economy. The initiative launches today.
"Education policy touches the lives of
every person in South Florida," said John LaBonia, General Manager of WLRN.
"Whether you're a student or a parent, a teacher or administrator, or just a
taxpayer, how we educate the next generation of leaders in our community will
determine our collective future. We all have a stake in how our children are
WLRN joins WUSF Public Media in Tampa, the lead
station for StateImpact Florida, as a partner station in one of eight
state-based projects selected to pilot with NPR on thelaunch. Other
partner stations include WJCT (Jacksonville), WMFE (Orlando), and WUWF
(Pensacola). A reporting “hub” will be established at WLRN and WUSF and
participating stations will share reporting and resources.
Additionally, the Florida College Access Network
(Florida CAN) is the exclusive Florida-based education policy and community
network partner. As part of its commitment to the project, Florida CAN will
provide policy research support and will work to engage education stakeholders
from all sectors through the development of community events within target
As part of this new reporting “hub,” journalistSarah Gonzalez has been hired to work from WLRN in Miami. She was formerly
an NPR Joan B. Kroc fellow in Washington, D.C., working as a National Desk
reporter, web producer and show producer for Weekend All Things Considered.
WUSF has hired journalist John O’Connor, who most recently worked as the
statehouse reporter for The State in Columbia, South Carolina.
Reporting produced by StateImpact Florida will appear
on every available media platform to reach the widest audience including public
radio stations throughout Florida, websites, blogs and mobile services.
An extensive website for StateImpact Florida also
offers original reporting, curated content and a place for conversation. The
project’s website can be viewed at www.stateimpact.npr.org/Florida.
As part of a national NPR initiative, the StateImpact
Florida website is linked to a central hub at NPR. NPR serves as a central
editorial and technical resource for StateImpact, enabling WLRN and other
stations to work collaboratively with one another to develop stories and share
content on common issues, and identify national trends.
SOUTH FLORIDA’S THEATRE community has some 40 theatrical venues and companies. Now, we are going to get more in 2011.Zoetic Stagehas already premiered its first production., a successful opening with South Beach Babylon (by Michael McKeever)at the Arsht Center..And,
a group of young artists are now promoting the State Theatre Project.
How does anyone start a theatre company in the midst of this economic
turndown?We hope to find out with this program.
Christopher Demos-Brown, noted playwright, and one of the founders ofthe Zoetic Stage Company.
Michael McKeever, well-known South Florida playwright, actor and designer, who is also one o the founders of Zoetic Theatre company.
possibly others from a new company -- State Theatre Project --whose
names came to the forefront this past year and will have its frst
poduction in January, 2011,
You won’t want to miss this enlightening program.
RSVP to Ron Levitt954-349-2596/305 775-2689 or by E-mail to rlanetwork@Gmail.comor send a check to SFIPC, 2573 Eagle Run Lane,Weston,FL 33327(we need your reservation to act as a guarantee to the Miami Shores Country Club.)
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KIWI GALLERY DEBUTS DECEMBER 2 WITH MAJOR EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER WILLIAM JOHN KENNEDY’S GROUNDBREAKING IMAGES OF ANDY WARHOL POSING WITH HIS “MARILYN MONROE,” AND ROBERT INDIANA POSING WITH HIS
ICONIC “LOVE,” THE ONLY SUCH IMAGES KNOWN IN EXISTENCE.
WORLD PREMIERE OF DOCUMENTARY based on the photographs,
“FULL CIRCLE: BEFORE THEYWERE FAMOUS”
AT SPECIAL OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC SCREENINGS FRIDAY
AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 AND 4 AT COLONY THEATRE
Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet to be in Attendance.
BEACH---Adding considerable heat to the excitement being generated by
the presence of Art Basel Miami Beach, the KIWI Gallery, located at
1680 Michigan Avenue, will bow Thursday, December 2, with the
extraordinary body of work and ground-breaking images of fine art
photographer William John Kennedy of internationally famed artists Andy
Warhol and Robert Indiana.Kennedy is a Miami Beach resident.
photographs, taken in the early 1960's at a time when Kennedy forged
a friendship with both Indiana and Warhol, capture the two artists and
their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their
careers, before the birth of Pop Art. Photographed at the artists'
studios and on location, the images consist of both formal and
informal sittings of Warhol and Indiana with their works, the only such
images known in existence. After almost half a century in storage,
first at Kennedy's New York studio and later at his Miami Beach home, a
select number of the nearly forgotten negatives were carefully chosen
to be published for the first time as a collection.
collection of silver gelatin fine art prints have been individually
printed by hand directly from the original negative on fiber paper
and consists of 50 fine art prints in a limited numbered edition of 60,
each signed by the photographer. Included in the collection are
photographs taken of Warhol and Indiana at work in their studios and a
set of images photographed during the Museum of Modern Art's
'"Americans 1963" exhibition featuring attending art notables Robert
Indiana, Andy Warhol, Marisol Escobar, James Rosenquist, Claes
Oldenburg, Jasper Johns
Mario Amaya, Dorothy Miller, Henry Geldzahler, Eleanor Ward and others.
Complemented by the world premiere of the documentary film, “Full Circle: BeforeThey Were Famous,”
on hand to recall that pivotal period of the early 60’s which launched
the worldwide phenomenon of the pop art movement, will be Warhol Superstar Ultra Violet.The
documentary chronicles the images' journey from the days they were
taken to the present. full of personal anecdotes and remembrances by
many of the principals of the story, and includes appearances by Warhol
Superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead, as well as a reunion between
Kennedy and Indiana at the latter's Victorian home in Vinalhaven, off
the coast of Maine.
American fine art photographer, William John Kennedy (Glen Cove 1930 -)
studied at Syracuse University, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt
Institute. In the 1950's, he worked as an assistant and later as studio
manager for American fashion photographer, Clifford Coffin (1913-1972).
Coffin, a contemporary with Penn and Avedon is arguably the greatest of
Vogue's 'lost' fashion photographers. Kennedy developed his
considerable skills as a lens man and his evolved eye for subject
and composition under the tutelage of the esteemed photographer. In
later years, as a top freelance commercial photographer in New York
City, Kennedy traveled the world creating the imagery for both national
and international campaigns for corporate clients including Avon, GE,
IBM, RJR Nabisco, American Express, and Xerox. Kennedy has continued
his passion for fine art photography throughout the years developing a
full body portfolio in the art form.
KIWI Gallery 1680 Michigan Avenue Suite 100A Miami Beach
Thursday, December 2, 2010 - Saturday, January 15, 2011
Gallery Hours:Opening weekend -Thursday, December 2 to Sunday, December 5
9 a.m. to Midnight.Regular Hours - Wednesday to Sunday11a.m. to 11p.m.
to view the trailer for Full Circle: Before They Were Famous.
Update On Original Productions
WLRN’S FALL LINEUP: ORIGINAL TV PROGRAMMING
WILLINCLUDE FILM ON MIAMI’S “STILTSVILE”
MIAMI – WLRN, always at the forefront of original television production – especially concerning South Florida – has issued an update onits Fall lineup which includes a production on South Florida’s unique Stiltsville – thecommunity that came into being in the 1930sin the most unlikely of places, the middle of Biscayne Bay
Other programs --on what some insiders have called “an amazing number of new shows”--cover a variety of subjects from conquering breast cancer to Richard Nixon, who often made this area a stopping point.
WLRN has already garnered great reviews for last year’s film (now out on DVD) concerning the life of Muhammed Ali, from the time he was known as Cassius Clay. The program already has been aired on dozens of stations nationally. It is entitled Muhammed Ali Made in Miami.
Program Title:Stiltsville: Generations on the Flats
Channel 17 Premiere:Sunday, August 22nd at 7 pm
National Distribution:October 1, 2010
It was early 1930’s.Miami was still a young city, and a surprising community was starting to spring up in the most unlikely of places, the middle of Biscayne Bay. Speakeasies. Gambling halls. Homes. Back then it was known as “The Shacks.”Today we call it Stiltsville, and this is an intriguing story of its survival against man and nature.
Program Title:Conquering the Dragon:
Breast Cancer Survivors Race for Life
Channel 17 Premiere:Tuesday, October 12th at 9 pm
National Distribution:Spring 2011
This half-hour documentary captures Miami’s only breast cancer survivor dragon boat racing team Save Our Sisters as they work hard to prepare for their biggest race ever. They will compete with 2,000 breast cancer paddlers from Canada, England, South Africa, Australia, Italy and the USA at the International Dragon Boat Festival for Breast Cancer Survivors in Peterborough, Canada. The compelling stories of these survivors coupled with their struggles to cross the finish line, results in a vivid image of life and survival:What was once the dragon that almost took their lives has morphed into the dragon that saved their souls.
Premiere Screening Event:Pink Rocks Fashion Show Fundraiser
Friday, October 8thMiami Museum of Science
6:30 pm3280 S Miami Ave Miami, FL 33129
Program Series Title:ArtStreet
Channel 17 Premiere:Monday, October 25th at 7:30 pm
WLRN’S weekly series ArtStreet moves into its 9th season with a new look and stories that will certainly entertain and inform.The ArtStreet team of producers have been hard at work looking for interesting stories about theatre, art, music, dance and much more. Just a few of the upcoming pieces planned include the 25th anniversary of the Miami City Ballet, actor John Malkovich, Pulitzer prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz and Art Basel.
Program Title:Nixon’s the One: How Tricky Dick Stole the Sixties
Channel 17 Premiere:Wednesday, November 17th at 8:00 pm
Narrated by Dick Cavett, this one hour documentary chronicles not only Richard Nixon’s stunning victory in the 1968 presidential race, but the ways in which that historic election gave rise to Red State-Blue State America. Combining archival footage and original interviews with, among others, activist Tom Hayden, former Nixon advisor Kevin Phillips, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian David Maraniss, and bestselling author Rick Perlstein, Nixon’s the One is anything but a nostalgic trip through the “flower power” decade. Rather, it’s a sobering, wry look at how the Sixties divided us—and how Nixon stepped into the breach to claim the biggest prize of all.
Premiere Screening Event:Paragon Grove 13 at CocoWalk in Coconut Grove
Wednesday, November 10th3015 Grand Ave # 322 7:00 pmCoconut Grove
Program Title:Key West: Bohemia in the Tropics
Channel 17 Premiere:Monday, November 22nd at 8:00 pm
National Distribution:Spring 2011
Few outsiders know that Key West the tourist town was actually created in the 1930s as a way to save the island city after it had gone bankrupt during the Great Depression.And those images that people carry around in their minds of America’s most famous tropical bohemian outpost were first put there by artists and writers paid by the federal government to concoct a colorful history for the island and depict an exotic landscape that would lure tourists and provide Key West with a viable economy.
This half-hour documentary gives a light-hearted but probing account of this largely unknown story and includes interviews with famous contemporary writers such as Gore Vidal and Russell Banks, who offer first-person accounts of how they were lured to Key West by its bohemian reputation.
Premiere Screening Event:Tropic Cinema
Thursday, October 14th416 Eaton St
7:00 pmKey West, FL 33040-6512
BARTON G WEISS, PROMINENT EVENTS IMPRESSARIO, HOTELIER AND RESTAURATEUR, FORMS MAJOR ALLIANCE WITH UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI EAR INSTITUTE TO LAUNCH THE BARTON G. KIDS HEAR NOW COCHLEAR IMPLANT FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
MIAMI---Addressing the urgency of creating opportunities for children born deaf to experience the gift of hearing, internationally renowned entrepreneur Barton G. Weiss and the University of Miami Ear Institute have joined forces to establish the home of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center on site at the University of Miami Ear Institute in the Department of Otolaryngology, it was jointly announced today by Weiss and University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala. In establishing the center, The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation has also committed to providing $5 million toward the center’s mission.
The dedication of the Center was held April 22, at the University of Miami’s Medical Campus
“The UM Ear Institute has diagnostic and treatment capabilities that are without equal, which is why it’s one of the busiest cochlear implant facilities in the United States,” said President Shalala in making the announcement. “The thoughtfulness and generosity of Barton G. Weiss, and the establishment of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, will make it much easier for patients and families to access information and services they need.”
Established to assist in the health and continuing education of hearing-challenged children and their families, the goal of the Center is to have a direct impact on transitioning deaf children from a silent world into a hearing world of sounds and life through the use of cochlear implant technology. The Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center will provide deaf children and their families the ongoing support needed before and after cochlear implants including therapy and the ability to connect with similar families.
"After living this, no other parents should live in fear when there's a solution that gives deaf children the gift of sound," said events impresarior Barton G. Weiss, who created the Foundation when his daughter was born profoundly deaf. "The Kids Hear Now Family Resource Center will insure that all families regardless of their socioeconomic situation have access to that gift." Added Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School: “With early diagnosis, there is no reason for a child to be denied the gift of hearing. The generosity of Barton G. will enable many families to navigate through a difficult time and achieve the best outcome possible.”
Guided by Dr. Fred F. Telischi, M.E.E, M.D., FACS, Interim Chairman of Otolaryngology and Professor, Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, the Center will continue to further the achievements of Dr. Thomas Balkany, who for the past ten years has helped restore hearing to more that 1,000 South Florida deaf children and adults, and who will now serve as Director of the University of Miami Ear Institute.
"Our cochlear implant team, including four experienced surgeons and many outstanding programming audiologists and auditory-verbal therapists, has been giving the gift of sound to deaf children for the past 20 years," explained Dr. Telischi.
"We have one of the most active cochlear implant centers in the world, both in clinical work and in research to find the cure to deafness. I'm proud of what we've accomplished and look forward to our partnership with the Barton G Kids Hear Now Foundation in the Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center."
Launched in April 2008, the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Foundation was founded by Weiss, whose recent transformation of the Gianni Versace mansion into The Villa By Barton G continues to make international headlines. When his daughter was born three years ago, his search for experts who could give her the gift of sound led him to Dr. Balkany. Today, Weiss' daughter is a bright and energetic three-year-old who astonishes all by her brilliant verbal communications skills and non-stop conversation. “When you hear your child say, 'I love you,' it's the greatest gift of all," Weiss said.
Citing as its mission, “Giving the Gift of Sound” the Foundation will additionally serve as a national resource base for the hearing-challenged and their families. As such, Dr. Telischi and his staff will be providing guidance throughout the pre-and post diagnostic phases, support in the areas of auditory-verbal training, and educational programming. Also available will be financial assistance and mentoring to families with implanted children.
Supporting the effort will be “An Evening of Grand Splendor,” Saturday, April 24, to be held at The Villa By Barton G. on the site of the former Versace Mansion, 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. All proceeds will benefit the Foundation. Further info is available by calling (305) 576-3006 or via e-mail: HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAP CORPS Donates $3 Million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center to Fund Research
On May 7th during its monthly Presidents’ Breakfast at Boca West Country Club, the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research donated $3 million to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. President Tutsie Lipkin presented the gift to the Director of Sylvester, W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D. and Joan Scheiner, Chair of the Sylvester Board of Governors. The Corps’ 20,000 members located in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties raised the funds during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. During the past seven years alone, the Pap Corps has given Sylvester more than $20 million to fund cancer research.
Upon accepting the $3 million dollar check, Dr. Goodwin said, “This is really remarkable in a tough year. It’s always an inspiration to be with you. One of the miracles of your gift is that it funds scientific brainstorms.I don’t know what we’d do without you.”The Pap Corps’ ongoing annual donation provides seed money for physicians and scientists to develop preliminary experimental data needed to successfully apply for operating grants from the National Cancer Institute.
Presidents and members listened to Joan Scheiner speak about her personal battle with cancer, sharing her experience as a Sylvester patient and survivor. She concluded with, “I see my role as helping to raise awareness about the endless possibilities available at Sylvester.Just think of all those people whose lives you’ve touched with the work of the Pap Corps.On behalf of all those you’ve saved and for all those you will save, you have our deepest gratitude.”
President Tutsie Lipkin closed the meeting by thanking her unit presidents and executive board,“This has not been an easy year! Pap Corps members have come through like real troopers. Cancer shows no favorites…takes no holidays. All of you stayed focused on the goal: fund research to find a cure. I asked you to dig deeper into your pockets and you did. I thank you.”
For more information about the Papanicolaou Corps for Cancer Research pleasevisit http://papcorps.orgor call 954-425-8100.
Transportation Terms and Conditions by Daniel W. Raab, Esq. Price: $50.00
A Practical Guide for the Transportation Industry
Just Published! A concise, easy-to-use reference with FORMS, citations, and websites for freight forwarders, customs brokers, steamship companies, airlines, motor carriers, railroads, insurance companies, importers, and exporters, as well as attorneys, students in logistics and transportation classes, and law students studying Admiralty, Transportation, and International Law.
About The Author
Daniel W. Raab (Miami, FL) has practiced in the transportation field for over 25 years. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Miami School of Law, he is a member of the Florida Bar and admitted to practice in the District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of International Trade, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Raab has represented importers, exporters, truckers, airlines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, and insurers. Many of his cases have been reported among the most significant cases in transportation law. He has lectured on cargo and insurance issues to attorneys and industry professionals, and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University School of law and also at the University of Miami School of Law, teaching courses on Insurance Law and Policy.
By Ron Levitt
Posted July 30, 2008 | 01:23 PM (EST)
There appears to be several Democratic campaigns going on in Florida: one that's building steam to win a majority of Congressional seats; one that's an enormous vote-getting and fund-raising effort for Sen. Barack Obama that features show business luminaries such as Matt Damon, Ben Afflek and Jennifer Garner; and one -- more apparent in party circles -- to build local campaign organizations up and down the peninsula. Campaign battleground Florida is home to 27 highly prized electoral votes.
Although it might appear that several campaign organizations are emerging separately here, the three campaigns being waged by the Democrats across the Sunshine State are actually being centrally coordinated, according to the State party organization in Tallahassee. This all comes as Florida Democratic delegates are making ready to travel to Denver for the party convention Aug. 24 -28. And there is more than minor interest in seeing who the presumptive nominee selects as his running mate. There are still a number of Florida delegates, hopeful that Sen. Hillary Clinton will be on the ticket in November. Clinton handily won the Florida primary and waged a failed campaign within the DNC to have the contested election results count toward the nomination. The intensity of the Democratic party efforts and their ground-level quality here are partly what gives the illusion that they are working independently. "The Florida Democratic Party, the Obama campaign, and Barack Obama's Campaign for Change are working together to build the largest and most aggressive voter outreach program in the history of our state, " claims Eric Jotkoff, Democratic party communications director. "The Campaign for Change is a project of the Florida Democratic Party led by top staffers who will work to harness the enthusiasm of Obama's grassroots-level supporters and organize them in communities across Florida... for the benefit of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket."
State GOP leaders say they believe Sen. John McCain is ready to spend whatever is needed to win Florida's fourth-largest number of electoral votes in the nation, just beyond California, New York and Texas. But this past week was typical of the far-ranging plans on the Democratic side to win in November.
Democratic campaign offices opened with fanfare from Miami northward to the Tampa Bay area (where several different campaign offices emerged), and party organizations were scheduling meetings all over the state this coming week. At the same time, separate fund-raising efforts were underway including one being hosted by Matt Damon, his wife Luciana and fellow actors Affleck and Garner at a Miami Beach private "to-be-announced" site with admission to those who either raise $5,000 or donate $1,000. A followup "more public" party is scheduled for $250 contributors. This was being touted as the first of many celebrity-hosted events.
While the organizational building and fund-raising is going on, Tallahassee-based party leaders -- led by party chief Karen Thurman of Dunnellon -- are working to win congressional seats as well as to deliver the state for Obama. Indeed, Democrats are now seriously targeting seven seats presently held by the Republicans. If successful, it would be an historic defeat for the GOP. Poll results and election sampling are being cited by the Democrats to suggest that their going after the GOP seats is more than mere strategy. The Obama-McCain race is tight, as well. In at least seven key contests playing out across the Sunshine State, Florida has emerged as the top battle ground for House races in the 2008 election cycle.
According to Communications Director Jotkoff, thus far Democrats in key Congressional races have raised more money than Republican incumbents. Combined with the fact that new voter registration numbers show an overwhelmingly large swing towards the Democratic party, "these figures prove that Democratic momentum is sweeping the state." "We have out-registered Republicans by more than 100,000 new voters since January," said Jotkoff "With at least seven key campaigns, Florida has emerged as the top battle ground... And now, many of our Democratic challengers have once again out-raised their Republican opponents. It simply proves that Floridians are fed up with the Republican party and will do what it takes to bring change, by electing Democrats in November."
Miami Republican incumbents - seemingly running more subdued campaigns but raising funds and organizing, as well -- were being challenged seriously by all three Democratic hopefuls. Former Hialeah Mayor/Democrat Raul Martinez raised more than $600,000, compared to GOP's Lincoln Diaz-Balart's $481,558. Democrat Annette Taddeo raised $321,000, as opposed to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's $300,929, and popular former Miami-Dade Dem party leader Joe Garcia raised $513,049 against Republican Mario Diaz-Balart's $392,103.
Even in the critical I-4 corridor of Central Florida (crisscrossing from the Atlantic Coast to Tampa), Republicans are showing signs of weakness, according to the Dems. Last week, it was reported that Suzanne Kosmas out raised the GOP's Tom Feeney for the third quarter in a row and has $140,000 more cash on hand than Feeney. "Now we learn that Feeney was forced to spend $45,000 on legal bills last quarter because of his ties to convicted felon Jack Abramoff," Democrats bragged. Meanwhile, Sen. Obama's Campaign for Change opened its Florida headquarters to the public last week. Central operations and senior staff members for Obama for America and Obama's Campaign for Change will be based in the office, which is located at Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood. Florida Campaign Director Steven Schale will lead Obama's efforts in the state.
The location of the State headquarters in the old-fashioned, historic Latino neighborhood is significant, staffers are telling everyone. The latest polls among Hispanics in Florida taken in mid June show a slight edge for Obama but still 8 percent "undecided