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
954.447.7776 •

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