Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Loose Cannon on The Run: Locam Monthly Bike races with an edge

DRIVING AND TEXTING: Event and Interviews....


Holly Jordano, Angel Fish Connections
Telephone: 713.398.2398

Guilty As Charged...
Stop Texting And Driving!

Miami, Florida- Recent driving tragedies involving text messaging while driving are evidence that driving distractions are becoming as prevalent as drinking and driving in terms of inhibiting individuals driving abilities.

According to recent driver research by DTAD-SAL (Don’t Text and Drive – Save a Life) and information found on the Unites States Department of Transportation website(s), email, instant and text messaging while driving leads the list as the biggest distraction while driving.

In a national survey of more than 1900 adults and teens with driver's licenses from 26 cities, DTDSL rated the following behaviors or activities as "extremely" or "very" distracting:

  • Instant or text messaging while driving - 46 percent
  • Drivers emotional state - 30 percent
  • Having several friends in the car - 9 percent
  • Talking on a cell phone - 4 percent
  • Eating or drinking - 7 percent
  • Having a passenger in the car - 3 percent
  • Listening to music - 1 percent
“This campaign should be in every newspaper and on every television show around the country. Our impact has to be made now. Communication technology is growing and text-messaging is as common now as was sliced bread”, says Clay Johnson member and advocate. Mr. Johnson says the idea for this campaign and organization came during a business trip to Los Angeles where a horrific accident took the lives of several people. The driver was texting while operating a city of Los Angeles metro-rail. Because of this experience and many others, his company has taken an active role in texting and traffic safety across the United States. Recent developments involving texting and driving have caused alarm and in some states like California and laws have been created to stop the dangerous practice. The largest offender based on a study by , is young adults (86%). The belief is that if we start to be responsible now, we can benefit today.

Don’t Text and Drive’s mission is to prevent and inform every one of the consequences of using any mobile device while driving. By working with auto-makers, wireless device manufacturers, insurance providers, and other safety conscious companies we can promote good behavior and create technology that allows for safer communication while driving (i.e. voice text, and auto-reply text). How else will the members of Don’t Text and Drive – Save a Life get the word out? It has not been simple. Schools have turned down free presentations to student drivers and some companies that have been approached for support have blamed the economy for their lack of effort. Text-Nation has so much passion they are spending their own dollars to travel, create products and help spread the message. “You can’t place a dollar amount on saving someone’s life. Life is priceless. I’m using all of my resources and contacts to drive this message home”, says Christina Daverne, owner of BRMedia and member. A tour slated for June 2009 has followed this campaign all over the country and benefit fundraisers in:

  • Kicked off in Atlanta, GA with special performance by Mykel McKintosh with songs from his soon to be released album “Love Noize”.
  • Next Stop...MIAMI. With Special guests from Slip N Slide Records. November 14th.

“Our celebrity friends are really rolling their sleeves up, Junior Sanchez, Bryce Wilson, Lupe Fiasco, and Abebe Lewis (Circle House) have all signed on and support this effort and that really helps”, says Daverne. Guests who have confirmed interest in attending are superstars and local celebrities alike. Donnie Klang (Making of the Band MTV), Jonas Brothers, Usher, Hannah Kang (Grand Hustle, T.I.), Chachi (Ethiopian Songtress), Daddy-O (Stetasonic), Shay Johnson (Flavor of Love, Charm School), Don Omar, Mykel McKintosh, Mary Mary, The Kardashians, and Tyra Banks have all agreed that the cause is well worth attending.

Don’t Text and Drive – Save a Life is more than another responsibility campaign, it’s a way of life we should all adopt. Join us November 14, 2009 from 7p-10p at AE District 3852 N. Miami Ave. Miami, Fl 33137.

Note to Editor: S.T.A.D (or D.T.A.D) will be available for interviews before the event on November 14th. Please contact Holly at 713.398.2398 or to book an interview, or cover our event.


Thursday, October 29, 2009


Miami Beach’s Free Citywide WiFi Service is Hot

-- Wire-Cutting Ceremony to be Held Friday, October 30 @ 3:00 p.m. --

Miami Beach, FL -- Miami Beach is now hotter than ever. Free wireless Internet connection has swept the city. The City of Miami Beach worked with IBM and other organizations including FDOT, FPL and Wireless Nets to complete what is amongst the first free, citywide, municipal WiFi networks in the country and first in South Florida.

An official “wire-cutting” ceremony with city officials and project partners will be held on Friday, October 30, 3:00 p.m. at Miami Beach City Hall.

“WiFi Miami Beach will make our city safer, our government more efficient, and provide free Internet access to our residents and visitors,” said Miami Beach City Manager Jorge M. Gonzalez.

The broadband technology was developed to strengthen public safety, increase government efficiency in delivery of services, and provide a basic level of access to the public. The City specifically plans to use WiFi technology to support mobile access citywide for public safety teams and other government agencies.

WiFi Miami Beach also offers the public two free networks: City_of_Miami_Beach_WiFi and a content-filtered version, MBKIDS, that provides safe Internet service for Miami Beach children using the same application implemented by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. There is a bilingual, 24/7 help hotline available for users: 305-722-1917.

The WiFi Miami Beach network began a “soft launch” in phases last week. From October 21 - 26, the network was available for use and over 1,100 users registered and connected to the network over 3,800 times. After the ceremony, the network will enter into a reliability period of 90 days during which the network will be available for all users. The network must successfully perform during the reliability period before the City of Miami Beach will accept it from IBM. WiFi Miami Beach is required to meet a 95 percent outdoor and 70 percent coverage inside a building up to the second floor. Additional tuning and relocation of nodes may still occur during this period to enhance coverage and connectivity. The operations and maintenance phase of the project will begin after the City accepts the network and will continue for six years.

The City of Miami Beach entered into an approximately $5.2M agreement with IBM that includes capital investment, installation, and maintenance for six years after the city accepts the system. Miami Beach residents, as part of the agreement, receive discounts to Lenovo products.


Wine Tasting to benefit Autism

Here is the information... I would like a blurb/article/audio bit (one of those) before the actual event if possible.

Comment below to cover! You could do a quick interview with Alessandri, even over the phone!

Please, let me know if you would like to cover this event and/or interview Dr. Michael Alessandri, director of UM-NSU CARD




WHAT: A night of sampling wines from around the world, savoring hors d’oeuvres from Norman Brothers to support the University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-CARD). This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $30 per person or at the door for $40 per person.

WHEN: On Friday, November 6, 2009, from 8 pm to 11pm

WHERE: At Norman Brothers Produce, 7621 S.W. 87th Ave, Miami.

WHY: The event is a fundraiser in support of the UM-CARD, a South Florida non-profit organization committed to providing free services to families of individuals with Autism and related disabilities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties.

HOW: For more information contact Natalee George at 305-284-5901

Media Contact:
Marie Guma-Diaz

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


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Seniors Halloween Party: MMM sexay! Fun to cover

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City of Miami Beach, 2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139,


Tel: 305-673-7730, Fax: 305-673-7725, E-mail:

Seniors’ Halloween Party

Miami Beach, FL - The City of Miami Beach in conjunction with the Opium Group will be hosting a “Halloween Party” for seniors on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mansion, 1235 Washington Avenue.

Seniors will enjoy an evening of food, fun and a live Latin band. Events like this are hosted throughout the year to bring seniors from various assisted living facilities together for a fun night of entertainment. This event was sponsored in part, thanks to the support and contribution of Eggwhites Catering and Café Bustelo.

Come and experience a spooktacular way to celebrate Halloween.

Look for future events and other Miami Beach Parks and Recreation programming in your Recreation Review, call our offices at 305-673-7730 or visit our website


To request this material in accessible format, sign language interpreters, information on access for persons with disabilities, and/or any accommodation to review any

document or participate in any city-sponsored proceeding, please contact 305-604-2489 (voice) or 305-673-7218 (TTY) five days in advance to initiate your request.


Jackie Gonzalez, Public Information Specialist


2100 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tel: 305-673-7000, Ext. 6291/ Fax: 786-394-5408

Monday, October 26, 2009

Totally Tuesday: Shakespeare's Hamlet at our Ring THeatre



Take pictures (no flash) and write a review of the show!!!

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