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Archive for November, 2015

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Coco Walk

November 30th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Coco Walk Christmas


Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:30 PM

On Saturday, December 5, from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, don’t miss Coco Walk’s festive Christmas Tree Lighting celebration. Invite the children in your family because this fun holiday event includes a bounce house, popcorn and snow cones, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa Claus, and live performances by the Miami Conservatory of Music, Arts & Mind Academy, and the Coconut Grove Ballet studio.

Want to hear the best part? The event is free! The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District and CocoWalk are sponsoring the celebration. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be delivered on December 15 to the children at St. Alban’s Child Enrollment Center.

When: Saturday, December 5, 2015

Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Tree Lighting Ceremony starts at 6:30 PM

Where: 3015 Grande Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133.

The Coconut Grove BID is a Board of the City of Miami dedicated to protecting and enhancing the vitality of Coconut Grove’s commercial core.


Happy Thanksgiving To You and Your Family

November 26th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~Melody Beattie

Solar Panels Increase Property Value

November 19th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley

Solar Energy

Homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems.

A study released and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homes with host-owned solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems are sold at a premium compared to homes without PV systems. The lead author of the study is Sandra K. Adomatis of the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers. The project engaged a team of seven appraisers across six states—Florida being one of them—to determine the value added to homes with host-owned PV systems. Read the rest of this entry »


November 10th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


Miami-Dade’s eighth-grade students ranked No. 1 in the nation in Reading

Miami-Dade County Public Schools students continue to turn in remarkable achievement, as revealed by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results.  More than 6,300 students in 143 Miami-Dade County schools participated in this year’s grades 4 and 8 NAEP administration. The NAEP is considered the “Nation’s Report Card”.   In all tested areas, our public schools bucked national and state trends, outperforming other large American cities. Miami-Dade Hispanic students continue to outpace their counterparts nationwide in both Reading and Mathematics, with significantly higher mean scale scores than national public school sample, large city schools, and Florida.

This is great news for our students, our teachers, and the economic positioning of our community.



Coral Gables Residents Can Buy Children at Play Signs

November 6th, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


C.A.P.A. signs can be purchased at the Youth Center for only $6.50.

Coral Gables residents may purchase two “Children At Play” signs by visiting the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center at 405 University Drive, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon. The cost of the signs is $6.50/per sign.

Each City-issued sign is numbered for verification purposes.Communities across the nation have grappled with traffic and speed issues along neighborhood streets in an effort to preserve and enhance quality of life and also protect those “littlest citizens” that are busy at play in their front yards. Children awareness (C.A.P.A.) is a program offered by the City of Coral Gables to allow parents and/or caregivers the ability to purchase and place authorized City-issued signs in the swale area of their property while children are actively playing in the front yard.

Miami Vice Theme for This Year’s Party on the Plaza

November 3rd, 2015 Written By Carol Pawley


5th Annual Party on the Plaza is this Friday!

This coming Friday, November 6, 2015, The Coral Gables Museum’s Young Associates present the 5th Annual Party on the Plaza. This year’s theme is Miami Vice, so if you loved the 80’s don’t miss it.

Party on the Plaza will feature fast cars, fast boats, a casino, 80’s cover band, DJs, street art, a champagne bar as well as an open Bacardi bar. You will be able to sample delicious food from Books and Books, BrickTop and El Novillo restaurants, Green Gables Cafe, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Mesa Mar Seafood Table, and Swine Southern Table and Bar.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets are $125. All proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Museum.

The Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture and provides programming that includes exhibitions, lectures, tours, publications and special events like this one.  You can support the museum by becoming a member.  Individual membership is $50; educators, students and seniors pay $30.

What: Party on the Plaza

When: Friday, November 6, at 7:00 PM

Where: Coral Gables Museum Plaza at  285 Aragon Avenue

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