Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Volunteering in Miramar, Florida

Don't worry. I didn't forget about you all. I've been busy. My next post will be about volunteering in our community. How about you give me some ideas. Where do you volunteer? What moves your heart? Let me know. How do you help our community?

Monday, August 22, 2011

NBC Miami and Telemundo

I took this picture from the adjoining parking lot as theirs has a gate
Who of you hasn't seen the NBC/Telemundo signs from I-75 just north of Miramar Parkway? No one, that's what I thought. Personally I think it's pretty cool to have the two TV stations in town. But they obviously weren't always there and digging around a little, I found some really interesting things about the stations.

WTVJ NBC 6 Miami was the first Florida TV station and only the 16th in the country, going on air in 1949. WSCV Telemundo 51 went on air in 1968, and they share the studio and office space in Miramar.

I found some fun facts on Wikipedia, many of which I didn't verify, so don't cite this in your academic research. LOL.

  • When Jackie Gleason moved his show to Miami Beach in 1964, WTVJ was the producing station. 

  • After WTVJ founder Mitchell Wolfson died in 1983, the station was taken over by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) for $1 billion, the largest corporate buyout ever at the time.

  • WTVJ covered the Hurricane Andrew disaster non-stop in 1992, winning Emmys with Meteorologist Bryan Norcross at the helm.

  • In 2008, the station was sold then the sale was challenged then eventually canceled. was launched in 2009.

  • WSCV Telemundo 51 also has a wiki page that has some interesting information about the history of the station and it's programming, some awards it's won as well as some firsts in Spanish broadcasting.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Strayer University Miramar Florida

I was over buying mulch at Home Depot in The Fountains of Miramar this morning. Not exactly sure when, but fairly recently, a local branch of Strayer University was built right next door. This is very conveniently located off I-75 and Miramar Parkway. I gather from their website that they are creating programs for working professionals that would like to further their education.

Here is the address and contact information.

Strayer University

15620 SW 29th Street
Miramar, FL 33027
Phone 954.378.2400
Fax 305.207.3042

There is also another building right next to Strayer University going up as we speak. I'm not sure what the business moving in will be, but it is certainly an active construction site. Anyone know what's to come of this building?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Photo Enforced Intersections: An Editorial

The Man watching you at Sheridan and Flamingo, but only Northbound
OK. Yes, I know. Everything here is an editorial, and yeah, I am the writer and editor. But I try to spray a few facts here and there with my opinions. What do you think? Have I succeeded?

In this probably-too-long post, I'm going to try to make a case against the cameras that have been set up to enforce traffic signals all across South Florida and probably many other suburban and metropolitan areas in the US. If you disagree, please let me know why. If you agree, also make your opinion known as I'd love to be sure the City of Miramar knows what its residents think.

Now, since I do quite a bit of driving and shopping and dining and a lot of other things, and since I have written a weekly check to our neighbor to the north for three years of childcare, the City of Pembroke Pines, I will use it as Exhibit A as a city that uses Photo Enforcement, but I am against it in all cities. I do not intend to make this political or even try to understand the financial impact that this system has on the city. I only want to make it known that I DO NOT WANT TO SEE PHOTO ENFORCED INTERSECTIONS IN MIRAMAR! PERIOD!

I do not have any tickets from these photo monsters, so that is not my motivation here. I have heard stories from some communities that the tickets are outrageously expensive, but I'm not here to fight against that either. Did Pembroke Pines decide to outsource some of its law enforcement to computers? Perhaps, but I don't think so. Maybe they saw it as an easy way to make some money in an economy that is struggling while pinning the rationale on safer roads. I don't know, but again, I'm all ears (and beer belly).

Obviously I don't care about the why or who or any of that. I just don't want Miramar to make the same mistakes as Pembroke Pines. I personally plan to try to avoid Pembroke Pines and its businesses as much as possible starting in three weeks, as soon a my child finishes at a city-run school/summer camp that I absolutely love. He will begin real school at that point in Miramar. I hope businesses in Pembroke Pines will hear from me and you and tell their city to take down the cameras.

Why do I hate these cameras so much? I think they are completely unfair and are a severe violation of my privacy. There I said it. Yes, I know that driving is a privilege and not a right, and I respect the fact that Pembroke Pines has the authority to put up these instruments. Let me sum it up for you in one sentence: I hate driving where I think I might get in trouble when I didn't really do anything wrong.

First, the unfairness. OK, a sign is posted, sometimes a football field before and across 4 lanes of traffic, telling you the intersection is photo-enforced. Big deal! But even within certain intersections, the rules are not applied evenly. Southbound vehicles have no Eye-in-the-Sky watching them while North and East bound drivers do? Yep! The turning lanes seem to be off-limits though I'm not sure of that. But here's the real rub. Before these cameras were installed, only police officers had the ability to make sound judgements on whether a person deserved a ticket for running the red light, based on all facts and circumstances.

I don't run red lights and I don't get mad when I see the South Florida jerks that do run them get tickets and big fines. However, there is a ton of gray area, and that gray really is gray, not black and white like the photos used to send you a ticket and fine.

Most of the lights that are photo-enforced are busy intersections. These intersections also mostly have sensors that change lights/timing depending on how much traffic is going through them. For example, if no more cars are turning, a yellow then red light comes sooner and the other direction gets the right of way. It seems to me that time of day, traffic, hospital traffic, ambulances, congestion, the grandpa that still has a license, and out-of-staters in front of you all have an effect on your driving. Rightfully so! You need to be safe and make split-second judgements based on millions of things going on around you. That's where human enforcement succeeds.

I've also noticed that many lights have shorter yellows during off hours. While speed limits remain the same, it doesn't really matter how many cars are around you. That's basic mathematics, and I'd be willing to give a lesson. I'd also welcome data to prove me wrong on how many violations occur based on time of day and volume of traffic, and that is what I will ask for if I ever get a ticket like this. 

Next, as far as privacy goes, I don't need the City of Pembroke Pines taking pictures of my car as I drive through its city limits.  I really don't appreciate being followed by The Giant Pembroke Pines in the Sky or that they know every time I'm in town. When we start dating, maybe, but not until then.

Look. I got a ticket for speeding a few years back. 60 in a 45. But I got to make my case to the ticketing officer and a judge and there was no unfair out-of-context photo that put a scarlet letter on my chest. Guilty or not, I had a fair hearing.

I believe the best people to enforce traffic laws are law enforcement. I even think the City of Pembroke Pines police cars say "Professional Law Enforcement" on them. I hope this is at best a bad attempt to have safer roads, but even if it's a disguised city money maker, I think the practice needs to stop.

And MIRAMAR, DON'T EVEN GO THERE. Raise everyone's taxes $50 per year first and use that for some real traffic safety, if you must.

Of course I have been known to be wrong, opinions and facts, so feel free to weigh in.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Every time I pass Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts on Miramar Parkway, I think about taking some classes there. Not an easy thing to do for me at this point in my life, but it's always been a dream of mine to have some formal training. And as much as I love Food Network and Iron Chef, it isn't quite enough.

So I decided to do some digging for you, and hopefully you'll cook me a nice meal one day after your graduation.

First, let me give you an address and a few phone numbers. You can trust me they keep saying "in Miami" because they want the name recognition of a big city, but they should totally be embracing the awesomeness of Miramar, Florida! Here is a map but it's just east of Red Road on Miramar Parkway, visible from the road.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami
3221 Enterprise Way
Miramar, FL 33025

Class Information: (888) 569-3222
En Espanol: (888) 914-1222
All Other Inquiries: (954) 628-4400

I picked some other info out for you. Like Success Stories from the College. The College offers Culinary Arts programs as well as those that revolve around Baking/Pastry skills and Restaurant Management. And of course, the tuition, where they stress that 80% receive financial assistance.

Now that you're interested and considering this school, let me show you an awesome video of one of the instructors carving up a watermelon into a swan (be happy to hear Miramar's Mayor Lori Moseley do a 30 second intro). And he has ALL of his fingers. Very entertaining!

Please let me know if you are a student or a graduate or have other info. I am happy to share it and would love to hear about you.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Independence Day Fireworks 2011: Miramar, Florida

Update 7/2/12: If you're looking for info on 2012, I posted this short summary

The City of Miramar will hold its Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 4, 2011 at Miramar Regional Park, located at 16801 Miramar Parkway. How do I know? Yeah, I couldn't find it on the City's Calendar of Events either (though maybe you can now).

So let me introduce you to a newsletter that came with my water bill called Miramar City Beat. I had never heard of it, but it looks like an interesting resource, and as you can see, the online version pretty much summarizes the 4th of July event.

Basically all you need to bring are your friends and family, some blankets and chairs, some smiles, and personally I'd recommend some insect repellent. This is a FREE event which will start at 7 pm and includes rides for children, a live band, and vendors with refreshments. And of course, the finale of the night, the fireworks display, will begin at 9 pm. Last year, the fireworks started promptly at 9 pm, and if you've ever been to a large planned event at Miramar Regional Park, you will know that getting in can take a little waiting in line in your car. What I'm saying is to get there with some time to comfortably spare.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Somerset Academy Central Miramar

Every day I see visitors to this site that are trying to find information about the new charter school in Miramar: Somerset Academy Central Miramar. To be honest, I didn't know much about it until recently, and still certainly don't know everything. So if you have something to add, please comment below.

What I do have, however, is a letter from Principal Shannine Sadesky to parents of Somerset Academy Miramar about this new Pre-K through 12th grade school, opening for the 2011-2012 school year. It is in this letter that Principal Sadesky lets everyone know about some of the personnel decisions they have made, the vision for the schools, and the goals to make the Somerset schools a united family. She will be Principal for both campuses.

I have uploaded the letter for you to read below if you'd like. You can see who the leadership for each school will be, the locations, the contact information, etc. The new school's website is still in its early stages, but I'm sure much more informative content is on its way. If you happen to have any photos, I'd be interested in publishing them. Let me know.

Somerset Academy Central Miramar
9300 Pembroke Rd.
Miramar, FL 33025
Phone: 954 431~6776
Fax: 305.829.4477

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Miramar Park of Commerce

The Miramar Park of Commerce is located just east of Red Road on both sides of Miramar Parkway. Let me tell you, this place is huge and you can easily get lost. Just look at the size of it on this city map, it's #9.  They have some of the tenants listed there as well, though I'm not sure that it's up to date. There are definitely hundreds of businesses in this complex. GE Healthcare, ADT Security, FedEx, Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and even the Miramar Police Department are a few off the top of my head. I took a handful of photos, but this is but a small representation of what you will find. The property appears to be well-maintained and you can't beat the convenience of its location, right off of the Florida Turnpike. There is even still a field that is open for development should that be an attractive option.

Surprisingly, I could not find a website for this place. However, what I did for you was take the photos below, the first being a contact phone number if you are interested in more information or leasing space. I also found three contact names and an address from a business journal article published two years ago. I guess they could still be valid, but not sure. The phone number hasn't changed though, so that's probably the way to start:

From "For more information, contact David Bateman, Maridee Bell or Andy Ansin at 10212 USA Today Way, Miramar, FL 33025, 954-450-7900."

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Miramar, Florida Police Department

I was passing by the Miramar Police Department yesterday and decided to snap a picture for you. As you can see, there was a Miramar Fire-Rescue vehicle parked right in front. It was there on an actual emergency call--there were at least 15 people scrambling behind it. Not wanting to get in the way, I settled for the photo above. Nice to see Emergency and Law Enforcement working together, which is critical in any city!

The police department is located on Miramar Parkway, just a short distance east of Red Road in the Miramar Park of Commerce. You'll see it on the north side of the road. If you click the link above, you can see another photo without all the vehicles in the way. Of course, they don't have any problems clearing traffic away when they want to take their own picture.

Miramar Police Department
3064 North Commerce Parkway
Miramar, FL 33025


To report a non-emergency: (954) 765-4321


MIRAMAR HELPLINE: (954) 602-HELP (4357)

While you're on their website, check out their Core Values, Mission Statement, and see how they plan to attain their primary goal: "to continue making The City of Miramar a safer place for [their] residents." There is a wealth of other information there about the other programs the Miramar Police are involved in.

In my seven years living here, I have nothing but nice things to say about the officers. They came when I called after the my neighbor's Pit Bull broke out of it's pen, they have been very approachable in every location I've seen them, and I have no driving violations. Seriously, SLOW DOWN! The speed limit on Miramar Parkway is 45 at most. You should smile when you see one of these guys making sure our roads are safe.

Next time you see an officer around town, thank them for the difficult job they do and for helping to make Miramar a great place to live!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Miramar Optimist Baseball: Fall 2011

My older post about Little League Baseball in Miramar still has lots of valuable information and links and photos in it, but it is also getting a lot cluttered. So very simply, here are the dates to mark down that are important for registering, tryouts and practices. That information is also published on the website, and there are links at the top of that page to forms you will need to fill out and instructions you will need to read. Good luck and see you in August!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Miramar East Aquatic Complex and Regional Park Aquatic Complex Swim Class Schedule: May Through October 2011

Same picture I used before, different schedule.
Same picture. Different Schedule. When I noticed the swimming class schedule I posted back in February was out of date, I immediately got out of my comfortable chair and hurried over to the park for a new one. And there must have been some huge event, because the line to just enter the park was out on Miramar Parkway. Oh, the things I do for you!

Anyway, here is the swimming schedule, weekday and weekend, for both the East Miramar Aquatic Complex located at 6920 SW 35th Street, Miramar, FL 33023 (954-894-3133) and the Regional Park Aquatic Complex located at 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027 (954-641-0150).

Here is the Weekday Schedule (May 9, 2011 - October 21, 2011)

Here is the Weekend Schedule (May 13, 2011 - October 23, 2011)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

USPS United States Post Office: Miramar, Florida

I was checking out the Post Office website, and it appears that there is only one Post Office in Miramar. There are others close in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, but just the one in Miramar. Here is a way to get driving directions from Mapquest (since the USPS directions didn't seem to work), but for a landmark, use the Chevron Station just east of I-75 and off of Miramar Parkway (go North on SW 148th Ave).

14900 SW 30TH ST

MIRAMAR, FL 33027-9997
(800) ASK-USPS

(800) 275-8777

(954) 704-8993

Fax: (954) 450-6785

And though I haven't been there in quite a while, I know this post office well. When my community in Vizcaya was still being built with many homes still under construction, the Post Office would not deliver mail there. That meant a trip to this post office on at least a weekly basis. In addition, this post office has Passport Application Services from 9-12 and 1-3 on Monday through Friday (Important Update 9/2013: I'm fairly certain this service is no longer available at this post office. Go to the City Clerk's Office instead if you must appear in person).

Update above makes this part no longer valid --> The website says that an appointment is required so be sure to call ahead. I'm not sure it was like that in the past, as I have first hand experience when we applied for a passport for my youngest son. But I will tell you this. Pay attention to what they require you to bring and be on time (or even early), because it was really disorganized and a mess when I was there. That was a few years ago, but it wouldn't surprise me if nothing has changed. Oh, and smiling helps in those situations. Be ready.

USPS Superman Stamp Collectibles

Guide to Stamp Collecting (Collector's Series)Antique & Collectible References)

Scotch Packaging Tape, 2 Inches x 800 Inches, 6 Rolls (142-6)Packing Tape)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Boy Scouts of America: Miramar, Florida

I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout. My dad is an Eagle Scout. I think the Boy Scouts is a terrific organization to teach young boys to become great men. There are a few levels in the Boy Scout organization including Cub Scouts for the younger boys and Boy Scouts for the older boys. The South Florida Council for the Boy Scouts of America will be a great resource for you if you or your son is interested in getting involve with scouting. The National Council is also a place to learn more about the history and programs offered.

Personally, I had a little difficulty finding how to find information on local troops and how to get involved on a local level from the national site. I sill don't know how I eventually got to an area that let me search by location and zip code.

Here is what I found for Miramar, Florida. Two Cub Scout Packs on opposite ends of Miramar and two Boy Scout Troops that appear to be nearby in western Miramar. I encourage you to use the information below as a starting point to see how you and your sons can get involved in this great organization. Please report any valuable information to me here as it will help your fellow residents as well.

And soon, a post about another great organization. The Girl Scouts!

Miramar Cub Scouts

Pack 0441 Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami

Contact: Ellen Lowe for more information...
16450 Miramar Parkway
Unit located in west Miramar. We recruit from the following Elementary schools, Dolphin Bay, Silver Lakes, Sunset Lakes, and Silver Shores.

Pack 0427 Friends of Pack 427

Contact: Randall DeWitt for more information...
3632 SW 166th Ave

Miramar Boy Scouts

Troop 0441 Chief Petty Officers Association of Miami

Contact: 084 - South Florida Council for more information...
15255 NW 82nd Ave
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Not sure why this address or contact number are given as the website shows this troop to be at Dolphin Bay Elementary, same as the Cub Scout pack above with the same number.

Troop 0054 Edison Park PTA

Contact: 084 - South Florida Council for more information...
15255 NW 82nd Ave
Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Same thing with this troop--in Miramar, but the same Miami Lakes contact information. If you find something out, let me know.

And don't forget to volunteer if you can! Very rewarding. I wish I had the time.

Always memorable, here are some of the words the Boy Scouts live by:

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout is:

and Reverent.

Boy Scout Motto

Be Prepared!

Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer Boy Scout Pocket Knife (Red)

Coleman Aluminum Mess KitCampfire Cookware)

Estwing E24A Sportsman's Hatchet Metal Handle

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Comcast Hiring for New Spanish-Language Call Center in Miramar

One of my coworkers, who happens to live in South Carolina, passed me a note earlier today that said she heard Comcast was hiring in Miramar. She told me because she knows I live here in this awesome city! After looking around for almost no time, I found out that what Comcast is planning to do is hire approximately 300 bilingual Spanish speakers to staff a new call center they are opening on their current Miramar campus. No address was given, but I believe this location to be correct. If you are unfamiliar with the area, look for the Walgreens on Miramar Parkway just east of I-75 and that is your turn north.

According to that Sun Sentinel article above, they are searching for bilingual candidates with sales experience. I even did a sample search for you to show you some examples of what they are recruiting for. Now I don't speak Spanish, which is pure idiocy according to my Colombian wife of 15 years. By now I should be fluent. (If only I knew Sofia Vergara was going to be a spokesperson.) But for many residents of Miramar and nearby cities, this could be an awesome opportunity to showcase those skills. You all know how prevalent Spanish-language television programming is here, bilingual or not! And it's awesome that our city attracted a great business like Comcast which is creating more jobs here. 

Here is the address for Comcast, though I suggest you don't just show up and rather follow their application instructions. And, if you work there or if you get a job there, I'd LOVE to hear about the whole experience!

2501 SW 145th Ave
Miramar, FL 33027
(800) 266-2278 

Update 7/19/2011: A friend of mine was invited to their office by someone who works there. I saw the invitation and the address said 2601 SW 145th Ave., Ste #100, Miramar, FL 33027. So maybe both addresses house their offices? Maybe this is a new one for the new call center? Not sure, but again, I wouldn't just show up.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Milano Distinctive Apartments and Treo Apartments: Miramar, Florida

First, let me say that I am not sure if these two communities are linked in any way other than being immediately next to one another, on Miramar Parkway between Flamingo Road and Red Road. Both communities are new within the past few years. Milano Distinctive Apartments was built first and caught my eye last August when I was driving by. At the same time, construction was happening for what has become Treo Apartments. All of the photos below (except for the artist's rendition of Treo) are from then. I actually forgot I had taken these until I passed the new community a few days ago. Both communities look beautiful from the outside. Take a look if you're in the market!

Milano Distinctive Apartments

Milano at Miramar
3040 SW 119 Avenue
Miramar, FL 33025

Treo Apartments

Treo Apartments
11900 SW 31 Court
Miramar, FL 33025
OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

This is an artist's rendition from the Treo website

Here are some of my pictures from last August of Treo being built.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Calvary Fellowship Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt 2011

 Update 4/5/2012: If you're looking for info about the 2012 services, I posted it here.

You guys lucked out! I was just about to totally and publicly trash my Home Owners Association Board of Directors, Community Security Company and Community Property Managers. However, if you'd like to see that in the coming weeks, please take a moment to subscribe over in the right column. It will happen! I already published the non-Christian version somewhere else (email me using the contact page above if you're interested!) And don't worry, I won't spam you--that's run by Big Brother Google, like everything else.

Anyway, want to know why I opted for today's post instead of the negative one? Because Calvary Fellowship let me know this afternoon on Twitter that they had posted information on their Easter Celebration and what is billed as "Miramar's Largest Easter Egg Hunt." Also, they gave me some advice on that other situation. "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18.

Here was the post from last year that let me know you are all interested this year. This year they will be offering three services on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm at Everglades High School in Miramar, Florida. The address is 17100 SW 48th Court, Miramar, FL 33027. Click this link for a map and directions, but should you forget, this is south of Miramar Parkway. You should totally be going for the Resurrection Message, but you can have fun at the Egg Hunt too, which apparently will be held in conjunction with each service, giving away an iPod Touch at each hunt. Wow!

What I love about this church, at least as an observer, is that they have their services in a high school, they are techie capable, they have kid facilities to teach the youngsters about Jesus, they don't, um, screw around with expecting you to wear your suit and tie, and they seem to be your everyday people that love God while getting rid of the stuffy stereotype. Check out some of their other programs too while you're visiting their website.

Have fun. Learn about Jesus. Maybe I'll meet you there.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Code Red List Callout to Miramar Residents

The City of Miramar, Florida sent out a press release yesterday about their Emergency Communication system. You can read it below and on the City's Website, at the Press Release section. Basically, if there were ever an emergency or disastrous event that affected the entire City, this would be one way they would try to let residents know what is going on and how to respond. This test of the system, to take place Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10am, will be used not only to make sure everything is working correctly, but also to encourage people to register their numbers and are able to receive such a call in the future.

As indicated in the press release, this particular call will direct residents to the Miramar Emergency Management Website to register their names, phone numbers and emails. Click on the Code Red link which will take you to the page to enter your information. Do it today! Don't wait for next Monday's call! And if you don't have internet access, you can also call  954-602-4842 Monday through Thursday from 7am to 6pm.

I hope everyone will participate and cooperate in the program. And if you read this after the actual call next Monday, then NOW is the time to go register and pass this information along to friends, neighbors, family and other residents. Thanks.

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Date: March 22, 2011
Contact: Romeo B. Lavarias, PIO

Code Red List Callout to Miramar Residents

The City of Miramar Office of Emergency Management will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10am to call the entire City.

The calls will be in the morning and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give the City of Miramar personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster.

The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the City of Miramar web site to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.

Joe Cabrera, the City of Miramar Emergency Management Director, suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit the City website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.” In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.

Joe Cabrera urges citizens to log onto the City of Miramar Emergency Management website at and follow the CodeRED link in the middle of the page. Those without Internet access may call 954-602-4842 Monday through Thursday from 7am to 6pm. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.

For more information, please contact Miguel Hidalgo at 954-602-4883.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Miramar Theatre Nights

I found the following press release, published a few months ago by Stacey Schrager & Associates, and did a little more digging to find out about Miramar Theatre Nights. Sounds like a really good idea, right? I mean, I lived in the New York City suburbs for almost ten years before moving to South Florida, and dinner plus a Broadway show happened on numerous occasions. Why couldn't it work in Miramar?

"Miramar Theater Nights--Dinner and a Show The Miramar Cultural Center has partnered with four local restaurants to create Miramar Theater Nights, where theater patrons can receive pre- and post- show special offers just by bringing in their ticket stubs. The participating restaurants are East Emerald Chinese & Japanese Cuisine, Elle’s Global Food & Drink, La Famiglia Italian Restaurant, and Smitty’s Grille, all located within two miles of the Cultural Center and two in walking distance. The goals are two-fold with this program: Patrons will receive wonderful meals and deals by visiting these restaurants and visibility and economic growth gained for the restaurants via audiences who attend performances at the Cultural Center. The success of these establishments is the success of Miramar!"

When you visit the Cultural Center website, you will see what shows are taking place right now. For example, Disney's Aladdin and Madama Butterfly caught my attention just now. I'm wishing much success to this program as it's really good for the community and is mutually beneficial for both the restaurants and cultural center.

Here is the general contact information for the Cultural Center:

Miramar Cultural Center
2400 Civic Center Place
Miramar, FL 33025
(954) 602-4500

If you would like to contact them by email or need to speak with someone directly about becoming a member, fundraising, event services or something else, there are several contacts with names and email addresses at your fingertips.

Finally, the four restaurants named above with their Miramar Theatre Nights' promotions:

Elle's RestaurantStop in before the show and receive one free cocktail or glass of wine with your dinner. Limit one offer per person, and must be accompanied by a dinner purchase. After the show, receive 1/2 price on any bar bite (appetizer). Limit one offer per couple. Excludes stone crab.
Must present Theater ticket for either offer.
Elle's Global Food & Drink
12312 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar, FL 33025
954-437-0071 •

La Famiglia Italian RestaurantA precious slice of old world Italian culinary genius in the middle of South Florida. A family-run restaurant wher pizzas are fresh before your eyes with the finest ingredients, and pastas and authentic Italian dinners are cooked to perfection and sing with flavor.

Receive a 15% discount off total bill.
Must present Theater ticket.

La Famiglia Italian Restaurant
11655 Red Road, Miramar, FL 33025
954-862-7499 • Directions

Smitty's GrilleTraditional Barbecue with something for everyone.

With two entrees, receive a complimentary appetizer or with one entree, receive a complimetary glass of wine or draft.
Must present Theater ticket.

Smitty's Grille
12328 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar, FL 33025
954-432-6422 • Directions

East EmeraldThe ultimate Asian dining experience.

Complimentary soup or salad with entree.
Must present Theater ticket.

East Emerald Chinese & Japanese Cuisine
11608 City Hall Promenade, Miramar, FL 33025
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Social Media -- City of Miramar, Florida

I guess that I probably should have found that the City of Miramar is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by now, but nope, I just found out this morning, by chance. As is often the case, the City has a long disclaimer about the information not necessarily being timely and other liability type stuff, so you should take a moment to read that and always double-check their information (and the info you find here too, duh). My disclaimer is that I am not affiliated with the City of Miramar in any way other than being a resident since 2004 and that I love my community and where I live. Take what you find here as hopefully helpful info, mostly facts, but certainly with some opinion and personality peppered in. Thanks for reading. Oh, and feel free to comment on any post or drop me an email with any input you have. Can't wait to hear from you!

Twitter: Since their Social Page link to Twitter above just takes you to Twitter's home page, I found their actual Twitter page for you. It doesn't appear that they use this medium to interact with their followers or individuals directly, but they do have regular updates and links that offer interesting facts about programs, activities and events in Miramar. I'm going to click on a bunch of those links in a bit so I can read more. There are some good topics that I want to know more about.

Facebook: Personally, I have a bit of an allergic reaction to Facebook, so I am not really involved with the site at all. That has nothing to do with the City's involvement, just personal taste. Since I know a lot of you are big Facebookers and/or are addicted, here is the City's Facebook page. They seem to do updates more than daily, so this could be a great resource for you!

YouTube: Now this channel is absolutely awesome! It appears that the City is nearing 100 videos covering many different things about Miramar, from the Community Garden to the ParaOlympics at the Ansin Sports Complex. These aren't the normal terrible YouTube videos that everyone has seen. These are professionally done videos and are very interesting and diverse. Go spend a few minutes there! For real.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Memorial Hospital Miramar

Miramar, Florida is home to Memorial Hospital Miramar, one of several hospitals in Memorial Healthcare System. The hospital is located on 172nd Avenue with Pembroke Road and is a beautiful building surrounded by luxurious landscaping and property. It opened just about six years ago back in March, 2005.

Memorial Hospital Miramar has earned many awards including the 2009 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Award and the 2010 Premier Award for Quality given to only 21 hospitals while being measured against almost 4000 others nationally. Now I see why they use the "Is Your Doctor a Memorial Doctor?" tag line in much of their information. It's also conveniently close to Miramar Regional Park and the Silver Lakes Baseball Fields frequented by my children--who knows when there will be a broken bone!

The hospital can be contacted at the following address or online:

Memorial Hospital Miramar
1901 Southwest 172 Avenue
Miramar, Florida 33029
(954) 538-5000