Christine DiMattei http://blog.wlrn.org en The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-roundup-taking-affordable-out-affordable-care-act-0 <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:59:42 +0000 Christine DiMattei & Sammy Mack 36141 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Florida Roundup: Taking The "Affordable" Out Of The Affordable Care Act? Miami Choreographer Channels Her Inner Showgirl, Teams Up With NY's Ballet Hispanico http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-choreographer-channels-her-inner-showgirl-teams-nys-ballet-hispanico <p><em>Originally published June 6, 2014.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’re cat’s-eye glasses, the kind that made Rocky’s girlfriend Adrian look like such a plain Jane in the first “Rocky” movie. But when Rosie Herrera wears them, she’s probably one of the few people who can make them look cool.</span></p><p>“I’ve had the same glasses since I was in the third grade,” says Herrera, with a chuckle. “I think I can pull them off because I really like them,” she says.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 16:30:17 +0000 Christine DiMattei 33527 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Choreographer Channels Her Inner Showgirl, Teams Up With NY's Ballet Hispanico Can Beckham Bend It At A Boat Slip? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-beckham-bend-it-boat-slip <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On The Florida Roundup: Former soccer star David Beckham's team presents a new plan for a stadium and park at a boat slip by the American Airlines Arena after their vision for a facility at Miami's Port faced fierce opposition.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez got into office by touting his opposition to Marlins Park. But this week he was all over in the news for deals with sports teams, including the Miami Heat and Dolphins. What’s changed?</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei & Elaine Chen 32831 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can Beckham Bend It At A Boat Slip? The "Eyes" Have It In Florida Grand Opera's "Thais" http://blog.wlrn.org/post/eyes-have-it-florida-grand-operas-thais <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The names&nbsp;</span>Barbe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>Doucet<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;might not be as widely known as Wagner, Puccini or Verdi -- but their influence is felt in opera houses worldwide.</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 07:57:53 +0000 Christine DiMattei 31663 at http://blog.wlrn.org The "Eyes" Have It In Florida Grand Opera's "Thais" Palm Beach School Board Kills Parental Dress Code Idea http://blog.wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-school-board-kills-parental-dress-code-idea <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>UPDATE, April 24, 2014: </strong>At a Palm Beach County school board meeting Wednesday, April 23, members refused to even entertain the proposal of implementing a parental dress code. </span></em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea of dress codes for parents who come to events was proposed by board member Karen Brill, following the subject coming up in Broward County schools.</span></em></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:20:49 +0000 Christine DiMattei 30586 at http://blog.wlrn.org Palm Beach School Board Kills Parental Dress Code Idea Nationwide Ukulele Craze Takes South Florida By Strum http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nationwide-ukulele-craze-takes-south-florida-strum <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jam session at the Penny Lane Music Emporium in Fort Lauderdale is probably one of the few musical gatherings in South Florida where senior citizens and teenagers play out of the same songbook.</span></p><p>About 20 people of all ages stand or sit in a circle, strumming ukuleles. Each of them has one eye on the sheet music, the other on their host, Ty Olopai.</p><p>"Beginners, when they pick it up, learn music in a minute,” says Olopai.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:52:08 +0000 Christine DiMattei 29896 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nationwide Ukulele Craze Takes South Florida By Strum Nilo Cruz Returns To Holocaust's 'Voyage Of The Damned' In New Play http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nilo-cruz-returns-holocausts-voyage-damned-new-play <p></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The fate of a German ocean liner in 1939 is one of the darkest moments in both American and Cuban history. The M.S. St. Louis was bound for Havana, carrying nearly a thousand Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">After Cuba and the U.S. both turned the ship away and it returned to Europe -- most of those passengers perished in the Holocaust.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:05:36 +0000 Christine DiMattei 29490 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nilo Cruz Returns To Holocaust's 'Voyage Of The Damned' In New Play FIU 'Complaints Choir' Shows The World Its Whine List http://blog.wlrn.org/post/fiu-complaints-choir-shows-world-its-whine-list <div style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"></div><p><em>"We will run out of resources!<br />Miami drivers all stink!"</em></p><p>The young men and women are standing in a practice room in Florida International University’s School of Music, singing a whole string of gripes and lamentations.</p><p>A litany of complaints, as it were.</p><p><em>"People don't know to turn right on red!</em><br /><em style="line-height: 1.5;">They never use their turn signals either</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">!"</em></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:35:23 +0000 Christine DiMattei 29434 at http://blog.wlrn.org FIU 'Complaints Choir' Shows The World Its Whine List Realtors Fear Negative Impacts of Miami-Orlando Train http://blog.wlrn.org/post/realtors-fear-negative-impacts-miami-orlando-train <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A passenger rail connecting South Florida and Orlando is on track to start running next year.</span></p><p>But not everyone is jumping for joy.</p><p>A group of real estate experts serving parts of northern Palm Beach and Martin Counties says it has serious concerns about All Aboard Florida.</p><p>The $1.5-billion railway project would add 32 passenger trains to the 14 freight trains already running on the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks. Stations would be located in the downtowns of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:50:55 +0000 Christine DiMattei 29355 at http://blog.wlrn.org Realtors Fear Negative Impacts of Miami-Orlando Train Florida Grand Opera Courts Hipsters In South Beach Bar http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-grand-opera-courts-hipsters-south-beach-bar <p></p><p>Leave your tuxedo, evening gown and lorgnette at home and come as you are.</p><p>That’s the message from Florida Grand Opera, the Sunshine State’s oldest arts organization.</p><p>“It really is an entertainment for all people, not just folks dripping in diamonds,” says Florida Grand Opera director Susan Danis.&nbsp;</p><p>This is Danis’ first full season as the opera company’s <st1:stockticker w:st="on">CEO</st1:stockticker>. And she’s working hard to disabuse people of the notion that opera is all about zaftig women with braided hair and horn helmets caterwauling onstage.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 11:14:05 +0000 Christine DiMattei 28461 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Grand Opera Courts Hipsters In South Beach Bar From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-beach-sochi-curling-new-golf <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Wednesday night, 35-year-old Amy </span>Tejirian<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;takes the long drive from her home in South Beach to the </span>Saveology<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Iceplex<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Coral Springs.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:06:56 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27821 at http://blog.wlrn.org From South Beach To Sochi, Curling Is The New Golf Palm Beach County's Flash-Flood Victims Get Financial Help http://blog.wlrn.org/post/palm-beach-countys-flash-flood-victims-get-financial-help <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Help is on the way for people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the freak flash floods that hit parts of Palm Beach County in January.</span></p><p>The U.S. Small Business Administration has set up a disaster recovery center in Delray Beach where flood victims can apply for low-interest loans.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:12:01 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27475 at http://blog.wlrn.org Palm Beach County's Flash-Flood Victims Get Financial Help Exhibit Gets On The Factory Floor With Warhol's 'Baby Jane' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/exhibit-gets-factory-floor-warhols-baby-jane <p>What ever happened to Baby Jane?</p><p>Not Bette Davis' Baby Jane, that horrifying child star turned cosmetically challenged psychopath, but the young model known throughout the 1960s as 'Baby Jane' Holzer. &nbsp;The Palm Beach native -- and her role as artist Andy Warhol's friend, confidante and collaborator -- is the focus of an exhibit now showing at the <a href="http://www.norton.org/" target="_blank">Norton Museum of Art</a> in West Palm Beach.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 03:29:37 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27356 at http://blog.wlrn.org Exhibit Gets On The Factory Floor With Warhol's 'Baby Jane' Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca http://blog.wlrn.org/post/free-lolita-feds-seek-public-comment-miamis-captive-orca <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, animal-rights activists have been trying to win freedom for the captive </span>orca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> known to Miami </span>Seaquarium<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> audiences as “Lolita.” &nbsp;A recent announcement by federal officials could be the first step.</span></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:26:22 +0000 Christine DiMattei 27062 at http://blog.wlrn.org Free Lolita? Feds Seek Public Comment On Miami's Captive Orca Citizens Rolls Out Property-Insurance Clearinghouse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/citizens-rolls-out-property-insurance-clearinghouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A program aimed at shrinking billions of dollars in liability from Florida’s state-run insurance company launches Monday, Jan. 27.</span></p><p>Citizens Property Insurance is widely known as Florida’s insurance company of last resort. &nbsp;In actuality, it's become a major player in the insurance marketplace.&nbsp; State lawmakers felt that Citizens’ $500 billion of risk was too much for Floridians to shoulder. &nbsp;So they've been trying to shift policyholders from Citizens into the private market.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Christine DiMattei 26939 at http://blog.wlrn.org Citizens Rolls Out Property-Insurance Clearinghouse