APRIL/MAY 2014 Featured Articles

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SOMIMag April/May 2014

by SOMI Magazine Publisher | 4.4.2014
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INTERMODAL STUDY

The City is engaging the public to include ideas from the community in the SMITP.  One of the innovative ideas undertaken for this project was a public meeting on bikes.  The public bicycling tour was held on Saturday, March 8 so that members of the public could show the study team areas and streets of [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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IT’S SUNDAY IN SOMI

BRUNCH WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS Brunching has become as much of a social part of the weekend as it is a meal. South Miami is booming with brunch options from all areas of the world. Passing by our streets you could sample Peruvian, French, Cuban, Spanish, Mexican or your well-known all-American brunch. It’s a way [...]

by Michelle Marie Arean | 4.4.2014
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FROM ONE TO ONE HUNDRED MARATHONS

LESSONS IN LOVE, ENDURANCE AND PATIENCE For most people who set a personal goal of running a marathon, achieving it once is enough. After all, the punishment to the body is such that most rational human beings don’t relish the pain, misery, nausea and psychological stress that pounding pavement for 26.2 miles can bring. Now [...]

by Margaret Sotham | 4.4.2014
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LEARNING AND GIVING, THE EXCELLENCE OF FAIRCHILD

OBSERVING SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS FAIRCHILD TROPICAL BOTANIC GARDEN LAST INSTALLMENT OF A SIX-PART SERIES The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was dedicated on Wednesday, March 23, 1938, in the name of botanist and plant explorer David Grandison Fairchild (1869 – 1954). Seventy-five years later, this beloved South Florida venue continues to evolve and prosper for the public benefit. [...]

by Donna Shelley | 4.4.2014
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LET’S TALK ABOUT MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL USE

THE GOOD GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE held a public forum on Tuesday, February 25 at the University of Miami to discuss “Marijuana Legalization: Reefer Madness or Good Public Policy.”  Led by former County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, founder, president and CEO THE GOOD GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE, educates elected officials at the state and local level and engages the community in [...]

by Michelle Marie Arean | 4.4.2014
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EDUCATORS SPEAK

At the February General Membership Breakfast, Chamber South members and guests got to hear from two top regional educational leaders.  Speaking to the audience were: Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools and Dr. George L. Hanbury II, President/CEO of Nova Southeastern University. Speaking to Chamber South is an annual priority of Superintendent Carvalho [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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BLACK HISTORY FESTIVITIES

On Saturday, February 8th, the concluding event of the Black history special events presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Organizing Committee was a parade through the community and finishing up with food and fun-filled activities staged at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center. Elected officials, community organizations and student groups joined a junkanoo band, high school [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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WEARING OF THE GREEN

On Monday, March 17, the town turned green as revelers took to the area’s pubs and taverns for a reason to celebrate.  Inside and outside The Irish Times was packed, with a block party on Sunset Drive featuring two bands, lots of Guinness, Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef.  

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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GOOD FOOD & BEVERAGE AND SMOKE

Deep-fried donuts, chocolate fountains, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a 100 year-aged rum were among the 70 vendors which transformed Pinecrest Gardens into a foodie affair on the weekend of March 8 – 9 for the Miami Fine Beverage, Chocolate & Food Show.  More than 11,000 visitors attended the event. A premium added feature [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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CHAMBER EXPO

Presented by the Chamber South Small Business Committee in partnership with the Datran Center, the 15th annual Business EXPO held on February 20th was a great success.  Serving the communities of South Miami, Pinecrest, East Kendall, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, participating businesses got to showcase their products and services in the atrium of the [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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SPRING INTO COLOR

SPRING 2014 COLOR TRENDS It seems like just yesterday we were packed in our coats, donning scarves and boots; and can you believe we’re back to ideal beach weather?! Luckily, we are blessed to live in a pretty temperate city, excluding those couple of chilly weeks we get during the winter months. When it comes [...]

by Giancarlo | 4.4.2014
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FILTERED VS UNFILTERED*

I am often asked about the differences between filtered and unfiltered wines, and which are better to drink. Although the debate over filtered versus unfiltered remains unresolved with little scientific research, there are questions to consider before making an informed decision, such as: 1) What is filtration?, 2) How does the process affect wine?, and [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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EXERCISE AND KIDS

I’m sure that many of us have heard the notion that children should not engage in  “heavy” resistance training. I am also sure that many of us remember the somewhat odd and disturbing documentary of the heavy weight lifting child dubbed “Little Hercules” who – at an unreasonably young age was  extremely muscular. Now, I [...]

by Gabriel Lamas | 4.4.2014
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ARTS IN SOMI – ROB ZIEBRO WRITER AND POET

Art as a discipline extends to many pursuits, among them are music, dance, drama, creative writing, painting and sculpture. SoMi Magazine continues its focus on those who share their artistic talents with the community.  In our continuing series about those involved in the creative arts, we spend some time with Miami writer and poet, Rob [...]

by Donna Shelley | 4.4.2014
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ROB ZIEBRO’S – POEMS

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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WHAT’S NEW

STRESS REDUCTION On February 3rd of this year, after practicing yoga for some ten years and with her diploma of training, Alexandra Urvina received a “birthday gift from the universe” with the opening of her Just OM Yoga studio in South Miami. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Alexandra moved to Miami in 2010 with her husband [...]

by somimag | 4.4.2014
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