Coconut Grove http://blog.wlrn.org en Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site http://blog.wlrn.org/post/old-west-grove-ace-theater-named-historic-site <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, the ACE Theater on Grand Avenue has stood as a historic monument for blacks in Coconut Grove. During a time of segregation in the </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and '</span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the theater provided blacks with a place to gather, watch popular movies and cartoons and offered employment opportunities.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:34:32 +0000 Selima Hussain 35388 at http://blog.wlrn.org Old West Grove ACE Theater Named Historic Site New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-west-grove-development-offers-affordable-housing-elderly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Surrounded by a backhoe and excavators, more than 250 people celebrated the groundbreaking of a new housing development project in Miami’s West Grove neighborhood Monday morning.</span></p><p>Gibson Plaza is designed to be a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development offering affordable housing to the elderly. This development is the first project of its kind in over 50 years.</p><p>The project is a product of a public-private partnership between Miami-Dade County, two development groups, a private foundation, and Miami-Dade College.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:39:15 +0000 Wilson Sayre 31490 at http://blog.wlrn.org New West Grove Development Offers Affordable Housing To Elderly What Everyone Is Reading March 30- April 5 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-everyone-reading-march-30-april-5 <p>Our most read stories this week include sea-level rise, anti-road rage landscaping and a city trolley system being eyed by the Federal Transit Authority (see those below). Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:03:32 +0000 Diego Saldaña-Rojas 30408 at http://blog.wlrn.org What Everyone Is Reading March 30- April 5 You're Invited To Brainstorm The Future Of The Coconut Grove Playhouse http://blog.wlrn.org/post/youre-invited-brainstorm-future-coconut-grove-playhouse <p></p><p>Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/01/4032899/ideas-wanted-for-coconut-grove.html" target="_blank">wrote for the Miami Herald</a> that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:34:08 +0000 Arianna Prothero 30178 at http://blog.wlrn.org You're Invited To Brainstorm The Future Of The Coconut Grove Playhouse Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sprung-coconut-grove-craft-beer-festival <div></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">03/06/14 - 1:30 - Syndicated food columnist </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/lgassenheimer">Linda Gassenheimer</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Special wine correspondent </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/FredTaskerMiami">Fred Tasker</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">interview Buns and Buns Chef </span>Reuven<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Sugarman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Tony </span>Albelo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;organizer of&nbsp;</span>Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;It's all about beer-friendly food and craft beer but how do we&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pairing food with beer? &nbsp;Find out on <strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/linda-gassenheimer">Topical Currents</a></strong> and Food and Dining Thursday at 1:30pm.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:57:46 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Linda Gassenheimer & Paul Leary 28812 at http://blog.wlrn.org Sprung Coconut Grove Craft Beer Festival What West Grove Residents Are Saying About The Trolley Garage http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-west-grove-residents-are-saying-about-trolley-garage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Coral Gables has a short-term solution to the battle over a trolley garage it has built in West&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coconut Grove. The solution is to move the garage to Coral Gables, the community the trolleys serve. The only problem is that the new facility won't be ready for another two to three years.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Residents in the West Grove aren't too pleased with the solution.&nbsp;</p><p>Williams Armbrister is a community activist fighting against the garage since the project was first announced.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:39:36 +0000 Lisann Ramos 28795 at http://blog.wlrn.org What West Grove Residents Are Saying About The Trolley Garage Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/can-curtain-rise-again-coconut-grove-playhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You didn’t even have to live in South Florida to know about the Coconut Grove Playhouse.</span></p><p>It began life as a movie theater – the Player’s State Theater.</p><p>And when it opened its doors on Jan. 3, 1927, it was part of the Paramount chain.</p><p>Designed by architect Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott, it came back in a time when theaters were meant to be as grand as the productions they would show.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:53:27 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 27553 at http://blog.wlrn.org Can The Curtain Rise Again At Coconut Grove Playhouse? Common Core Town Halls Bring Out 'Obama-Ed' Critics http://blog.wlrn.org/post/common-core-town-halls-bring-out-obama-ed-critics <p></p><p>In public forums on Common Core this week, the education standards were labeled things like “Obama-Ed” and “Communist Core.”&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ll dissect the biggest misconceptions and look at why the standards are prompting such vitriol.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Sunrise police bring an end to their strategy of luring cocaine dealers to the city and then busting them after a <em>Sun-Sentinel</em> newspaper investigation. But there have been only a few reprimands from city leaders.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 22311 at http://blog.wlrn.org Common Core Town Halls Bring Out 'Obama-Ed' Critics Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series http://blog.wlrn.org/post/coconut-grove-black-heritage-music-series <div><em><strong>Due to the live press conference at 1pm&nbsp;this segment did not air live on South Florida Arts Beat. &nbsp;Hear it now:</strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Coconut Grove Cultural Arts Program presents: &nbsp;“A Labor of Love Concert” – WHOLESOME, FAMILY-­FRIENDLY RHYTHM &amp; BLUES, AND SOUL MUSIC sung by Soul Man Bobby Stringer, with The Special Touch Band; along with friends, The Ladies of Soul performing a Motown Review, and Mr. Jazz Pizzazz – Mel Dancy performing on the baby grand piano. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., “with the support of the Miami-­Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-­Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”</div><div> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Ed Bell 19902 at http://blog.wlrn.org Coconut Grove Black Heritage Music Series Coconut Grove Playhouse Revitalization Effort Clears State Hurdle http://blog.wlrn.org/post/coconut-grove-playhouse-revitalization-effort-clears-state-hurdle <p></p><p>One of Miami's leading theaters was shuttered in 2006, but an effort to revive the Coconut Grove Playhouse has now cleared an important hurdle with the state.</p><p>On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet approved a plan from Miami-Dade County and Florida International University to rebuild and reopen the historic Miami theater pending resolution of some outstanding financial debts and claims on the property.</p><p>The county's Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring addressed the Cabinet during a meeting at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:41:04 +0000 Arianna Prothero 19338 at http://blog.wlrn.org Coconut Grove Playhouse Revitalization Effort Clears State Hurdle Miami Proves To Be "The Place" For Family Of Contractors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miami-proves-be-place-family-contractors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1955, a 21-year-old Swiss woman, </span>Margrith<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Lübke<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, traveled to North America to satisfy a childhood fantasy of living and working in New York City.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She loved the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">glamor</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and enjoyed every moment.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a few months in the Big Apple, however, a fateful turn of events led her to Nassau. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:31:00 +0000 Caroline Allen 16935 at http://blog.wlrn.org Miami Proves To Be "The Place" For Family Of Contractors Blog Roundup: Politics, Politics, and Classical Music Politics http://blog.wlrn.org/post/blog-roundup-politics-politics-and-classical-music-politics <p><em><strong>The Blog Roundup&nbsp;is a weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:</strong></em></p><p><strong><a href="http://shark-tank.net/2013/06/11/rubio-introduces-immigration-reform-amendment-mandating-english-proficiency/" style="line-height: 1.5; ">Rubio's Immigration Reform Amendment&nbsp;Flops</a></strong></p><p>Sen. Marco Rubio's amendment &nbsp;to the immigration reform bill, which mandates English proficiency for those seeking citizenship, is getting attacked from all sides, even his conservative base.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:47:49 +0000 Isabel Echarte 15693 at http://blog.wlrn.org Blog Roundup: Politics, Politics, and Classical Music Politics Close Call At Hairy Intersection Shows Need For Bicycle Education http://blog.wlrn.org/post/close-call-hairy-intersection-shows-need-bicycle-education <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One particular evening will always stick with me. I was commuting home from work and at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Southwest </span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Avenue, which is a pretty intense during evening rush hour.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Ryan Shedd 12136 at http://blog.wlrn.org Close Call At Hairy Intersection Shows Need For Bicycle Education Why A Venerable Coconut Grove Healthcare Center Is Losing Federal Funding http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-venerable-coconut-grove-healthcare-center-losing-federal-funding <p>The well-regarded Helen Bentley Family Health Center, a fixture in Coconut Grove, will be <a href="http://www.hbfhc.org/docs/Notice%20to%20HBB%20Patients.pdf">losing almost to $2 million in federal funding next year</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>The Miami Herald says the funding represents approximately 17 percent of the center’s operating budget.&nbsp; The center&nbsp;will continue to provide services but laid off several support staff due to the reduction. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 6644 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why A Venerable Coconut Grove Healthcare Center Is Losing Federal Funding Coconut Grove Playhouse Set For State Takeover http://blog.wlrn.org/post/coconut-grove-playhouse-set-state-takeover <p></p><p>The nonprofit board of the Coconut Grove Playhouse has decided not to try to block the state from coming in and taking back the historic 1926 theater.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>That means the state could be in charge of the facility by next week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The theater has been closed for six years because of financial problems and there are still unresolved claims against it.</p><p></p><p>However, Miami-Dade County has set aside $20 million designated for the theater and there is a strong possibility the Playhouse could be deeded to the county by the state.</p><p></p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:20:56 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 2197 at http://blog.wlrn.org Coconut Grove Playhouse Set For State Takeover