Happy New Year! 2021 is behind us and 2022 got off to a fun start with New Year’s parties, Bowl related festivities and travel for many. You can be sure the close of 2021 was a good one for Bama and Georgia football fans as they earned the right to compete again; but, this time it is not for the SEC Title but for the National Championship. While Michigan lost to Georgia in the Orange Bowl play-off game, their band stole the show with its performance enjoyed by the sell-out crowd.
It is wonderful to see how everyone is negotiating this Covid upswing and this writer was happy to be able to participate in a New Year’s Eve party at the beautiful Pinecrest home of Carmen and Eddie Montoya and the rest of the Redlich family. Once all of them tested negative for Covid, Carmen put together a great last minute party with lots of outdoor games, food and karaoke. Hopefully, by next month things will be safe for family events such as these and, of course, our upcoming festivals.
Many Pinecrest area residents who are members of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables enjoyed New Year’s Day at the club’s 50th Annual Moose Milk Party. This year’s affair was held at the spacious Coral Gables home of John and Debbie Swain whose waterfront setting was perfect for this outdoor event. Lots of club members and spouses and friends were among the guests enjoying the late morning and early afternoon affair including Past Presidents Yolanda Woodbridge, Frank Sexton, Greg Martini, Don Slesnick, Debbie Swain, Walter Alvarez, David Mitchell, and Sally Baumgartner, who coordinated the event, as well as President-Elect Ana Fournaris. For those not in the “Know,” Moose Milk is made from vanilla ice cream and gin. Not my cup of tea but they did make virgin Moose Milk as well. By the way, this Rotary Club now meets on Zoom the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and in person on Thursdays, at noon, on the 2nd and 4th week of the month at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables with a Zoom option for those who cannot be there.
Coming up soon are some great festival events, including one that has had to be postponed. The 48th Annual Lebanese Festival, at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, a fun-filled event featuring Lebanon’s culture and heritage with food, music and dancing, has been postponed due to COVID concerns. For information, contact Father Manuel Rahmed at 305-856-7449.
Coming up next month will be the Coconut Grove Art Festival, South Miami Rotary’s Art Festival as well the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Chili Cook Off. More on that, assuming COVID doesn’t derail anything, in upcoming issues.
The women of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, many of whom are also residents of the greater Pinecrest area, have already filled their calendar up with some great events.
They kicked off the year with their monthly Gringo Bingo on January 11 at Clutch Burger.
Last year, proceeds in the amount of more than $20,000 were directed to a variety of different charities. Coming up in a few weeks is the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Annual Children Festival on Saturday, February 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is one that parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents will want share with their little ones. The Festival is a FREE event and will be held CGWC’s clubhouse at 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., in Coral Gables. Enjoy food, educational activities, police dog demonstrations, fire department obstacle course, hands on art projects and more. This is a great family outing that all are sure to enjoy.
Finally, join me on Gloria’s Gab LIVE show Mondays, at 10 a.m., where you will be introduced to people making a positive impact on our community. Some of my recent guests on the weekly show included Jr. Orange Bowl’s International Golf Championship Chair, JR Steinbauer that may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsa4halKEiA or
The Jr. Orange Bowl International Golf Championship held the first week of January was yet another festival event making the start of 2022 one to remember. Amid all the COVID news, thank heavens for our festival organizations and service clubs that manage to pull off great events despite the many disruptions with which they are challenged.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! So happy the entire Redlich family tested negative and were able to meet up New Year’s Eve in Pinecrest.
Until next time, keep making each day count, share an act of kindness every day and stay safe.
Grimes Auctioning Off Her Met Gala Accessories to Support BIPOC Families in Ukraine
Couture for a cause.
Grimes is doing her part to support the Black, Indigenous and people of color of Ukraine by auctioning off some of her most memorable fashion accessories.
“I’m auctioning stuff from my Met gala look last year to raise money to help get BIPOC families out of Ukraine since they’re having trouble exiting at the border,” she shared in an Instagram post on May 16, adding that the auction on display at Los Angeles’ HVW8 Gallery includes “the works of 50 distinguished artists who aim to support Emergency Response & BIPOC families in and out of Ukraine.”
Explaining that each piece in the auction “offers a unique interpretation of the theme ‘resistance,'” Grimes donated a whimsical pair of earcuffs, designed by Romantic Elf Jewelry, and a chrome CHRISHABANA x Dune Harkonnen face mask.
The experimental musician wore the pieces to the 2021 Met Gala back in September, along with a sheer Iris Van Herpen gown, for the event’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” theme. Her look — which was inspired by the 1984 cult classic “Dune” (and subsequent 2021 remake) based on Frank Herbert’s novel — also included a replica Medieval sword repurposed from a Colt AR-15A3.
The weapon, however, is not up for auction, as it’s “a permanent piece” of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.
See some of the top looks from the 2021 Met Gala.
All proceeds from the auction will go to non-profit organizations Diaspora Relief and Razom for Ukraine, which will use the funds to provide food, shelter, and evacuation support to those in need, the “Genesis” singer explained. Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy and will start closing on May 26.
Grimes, 34 — who shares two children with ex Elon Musk — is just one of many celebs who has made efforts to help Ukraine amid Russia’s recent invasion. In March, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared a video on Instagram to announce that they had achieved their goal of raising $30 million to help the European country.
“Over 65,000 of you donated,” shared Kunis, who moved from Ukraine to the United States in 1991. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support. While this is far from [solving] the problem, our collective effort will provide a softer landing for so many people as they forge ahead into their future of uncertainty.”
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have reached their donation goal of $30 million for Ukraine amid the Russia invasion. The couple took to Instagram on Thursday to share the exciting news.
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15 electric buses OK’d for South Dade Transitway
Written by Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow on May 17, 2022
Miami-Dade keeps expanding its electric bus fleet, with a new buy of 15 buses to roll down the South Dade Transitway starting in August 2023.
Commissioners on Tuesday OK’d a grant pact with the Florida Department of Transportation to get the 60-foot electric buses for a $17.47 million total cost, of which the state is to pay $8.7 million and the county the remainder from half-penny transit surtax funds. Kionne McGhee cast the only ‘no’ vote.
The South Dade Transitway Corridor is one of the six rapid transit corridors of the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan. The 19.8-mile route runs from Dadeland South Metrorail station along US 1 to SW 344th Street.
The bus buy is part of an active solicitation of 100 60-foot electric buses, a memo from Chief Operations Officer Jimmy Morales details. “These are articulated buses with more passenger capacity,” said Luis Espinoza, transportation department spokesperson.
The Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization Governing Board OK’d an amendment to the Transportation Improvement Program last week to include new federal funding to buy ten battery-powered electric buses.
The county has been shifting toward electric power since 2019, when commissioners agreed to buy 33 battery-electric buses and install depot chargers from Proterra. In 2021 the county bought 42 more buses, bringing total electric-powered transit buses to 75.
The shipment of 33 electric buses will begin to arrive in July, followed by another 42 from October through January 2023, Mr. Espinoza said. “Upon the full delivery of the 75 vehicles, DTPW will run one of the largest fleets of 40-foot battery-powered electric buses in the United States.”
The department is now testing for service its first-ever all-electric bus, Mr. Espinoza added.
Proterra battery-electric buses feature zero tailpipe emissions, saving about 230,000 pounds of greenhouse gases a year when replacing a diesel bus, a county press note says.
Rickenbacker Causeway bike safety fast-tracked
Written by Gabriela Henriquez Stoikow on May 17, 2022
Miami-Dade commissioners seek immediate action to protect cyclists just days after a Jeep SUV fatally injured two bicyclists on the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Commissioners Tuesday brainstormed actions and agreed to discuss cyclists’ safety in a Transportation Mobility Committee meeting June 7. Raquel Regalado and Eileen Higgins said they would craft a proposal and Ms. Higgins asked Mayor Daniella Levine Cava for immediate actions beforehand.
Commissioners proposed immediately erecting barricades in high-incident areas and having tough conversations about funding needed improvements. For the long term, they said, the county should target federal and private funds and begin teaching people of all ages to respect cyclists.
“I am directing our department immediately to take urgent measures; I have in my authority up to $250,000 that we will be using for short-term bicyclist safety enhancement measures on the Rickenbacker, exactly at the places that are most vulnerable,” the mayor said.
Key Biscayne Mayor Michael Davey said the county’s public works department is working with the village’s staff to develop a conceptual plan for the causeway.
“While we appreciate the discussions that are taking place concerning the short-term ways to improve safety along the causeway, we believe that it is critical to work together toward a long-term solution for the Rickenbacker,” he said.
Commissioner Regalado advocated barricades to protect cyclists in high-incident areas. “I don’t know what else is it going to take for us to take some immediate steps, so I would like the administration to respond to that,” she said.
Chairman Jose “Pepe” Díaz said enhancing the cyclist’s security is going to take time to study before the county starts spending money on solutions.
“The issue of protected bike lanes in this county it’s embarrassing how behind we are. I don’t know if we’re one decade, two decades or an entire century behind the rest of this country,” said Ms. Higgins.
She criticized that the county’s Vision Zero plan, whose aim is to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2030, “I think is an absolute joke.”
“I just think the cycling [tragedy] on the Rickenbacker Causeway is similar to gun violence in my neighborhood and around North Miami and Liberty City,” Commissioner Jean Monestime said. “We just don’t want to do what we’re supposed to do about these things. It costs a lot of money to solve these issues [and] it requires very tough decisions.”
Kionne McGhee argued for the temporary barricades to protect cyclists. “The temporary barricades, the partnership with someone on the outside, a private company or private donor, I think that needs to be done now.”
Vice Chairman Oliver Gilbert agreed. “If we can do things like barricades now, to make specific areas safer, which we know are high-incident areas, I think that we should do it because I would much rather explain why we moved quickly to do something than explain to someone that we move slowly and did nothing and someone else died,” he said.
Sen. Javier Souto advocated educating people of all ages to respect cyclists. “Bikers need to be respected, and that starts home and starts with the school,” he said.
At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved a report by the mayor in which the Department of Transportation and Public Works identifies steps needed to replace the causeway’s Bear Cut Bridge, another needed infrastructure project without funds allocated yet for design or construction.
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