Time for a hot MOCA break!

Hot MocaIt seems that the ICA gals are still having trouble finding a director for their spin-off museum.

The Art Newspaper reported in February that “in less than five months after announcing [her] appointment,” the former  trustees of North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art lost its interim director of their new venture.  After her brief directorship of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Suzanne Weaver resigned from her position.

TAN published another column today, Miami’s art museums are becoming rudderless ships, with the subtitled blurb, “Nearly half the city’s institutions are without leaders as powerful patrons, unruly trustees, funding issues and rivalries between ethnic groups Continue reading

Birds of a feather?

Birds of a featherThe City of Miami Gardens just can’t get a break.

First, Police Chief Stephen Johnson got himself arrested in a prostitution sting on Friday night.  He was promptly fired.

Yesterday, Channel 10 reported that Assistant Chief Antonio Brooklen, who was appointed as Interim Chief, was accused of sexual harassment in 2012.

If that weren’t scandalous enough, Miami Gardens City Manager Cameron Benson, the man who appointed Brooklen, Continue reading

Stephen Johnson’s “Very Bad Decision”

STRESSLess than forty eight hours ago, Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen E. Johnson was at the top of his game.  He had a great job, a beautiful wife, a family, and a brand new $548,000.00 home in Davie.

After leaving his position as the scandal-plagued City Manager for North Miami, Stephen Johnson finally got the chance to reinvent himself and get back into police work.

When the Miami Gardens Police Department had a vacancy for the top job after Chief Matthew Boyd retired, Johnson applied and got the position.  “He was hired last April as the Miami Gardens Police Chief at a time when city leaders wanted to improve the department’s image amid complaints against the department of racial profiling,” according to a report by the Sun-Sentinel.

Johnson got out of North Miami as fast as he could.  Continue reading

Breaking News: Miami Gardens Police Chief Stephen Johnson Arrested!

Photo: Local10.com

Photo: NBCMiami.com

A breaking news message from my NBC 6 app flashed on my phone shortly before 10:00 PM, announcing, Miami Gardens PD Chief Busted for Soliciting Prostitute.

In an updated story posted just a few minutes ago, the news that former North Miami City Manager (and Chief of Police before that gig) Stephen Johnson was arrested at a Dania Beach motel.

Johnson was fired immediately.  The article reported that, “A news release from the department said Assistant Chief Antonio Brooklen will serve as interim chief.” Continue reading

Tag, you’re it!

Tag, you're itIs North Miami the new Sweetwater?  I’m beginning to wonder.

As Miami Herald reporter David Ovalle posted in Sweetwater cop charged for using stolen plates to avoid tolls, one more cop has been added to Sweetwater’s growing list of Cops Gone Wild.

This time, Sweetwater Detective Octavio Oliu is facing felony charges for using a stolen license place of an impounded vehicle and placing it on his own car “to shirk hundreds of highways tolls for months.”

He had also been previously suspended Continue reading

Psst, Aleem. Here ya go!

WTFButtonYou can thank me now, Aleem.  I just made your job a whole lot easier.

The Miami Herald reported this morning in North Bay Village police chief Robert Daniels fired, that Village Manager Frank Rollason ditched the Police Chief because he wasn’t doing his job.

Rollason told the Herald, “I have been observing the police department for the year and a half that I have been here Continue reading

A matter of public record

Public RecordSo check this out.

On February 19, 2015 at 11:19 AM, I sent an email to the Clerk of the City of Lauderhill asking for a copy of the personnel file of former Police Officer Jodlyn Antoine.  At 12:42 PM, I received a return email from Bernadette Pelliccia, the Records Coordinator in the Clerk’s Office, acknowledging my request and asking me if I knew approximately when he worked there.  I explained that it was sometime before 2001.  She called me a short time later to find out exactly what information I needed.  At 2:51 PM, she wrote back to let me know that Antoine’s personnel file was off-site but that she will get it as quickly as possible.  She also advised that she would be on the lookout for “disciplinary actions or reprimands,” per our conversation, and that she would also contact the Police Department to check for any Internal Affairs investigations.

Imagine my surprise that the Clerk responded so quickly!  I was beyond impressed by her willingness  Continue reading

NMB: 2015 Heart Health Walk and Health Fair


In an effort to raise awareness of heart disease in women
, the City of North Miami Beach Commission on the Status of Women, Councilwoman Beth E. Spiegel, liaison, will host the City’s second annual Heart Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Gwen Margolis Amphitheater, 16501 NE 16th Avenue.  Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. for walk registration, with the Heart Walk and Health Fair commencing at 9:00 a.m.  Festivities will continue in the amphitheater until 1:00 p.m. The event will include music and entertainment, raffles and prizes, and much more!
The Health Fair component of the event is being coordinated through the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.  Vendors interested in being part of this great event should contact the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce at 305-944-8500.
Event sponsorship opportunities are available, click here for more info!

Registration forms are available through the link below.  

2015 Heart Health Walk Registration Form 

Please return completed registration forms to the Parks and R.E.C. Department located at 17051 NE 19th Avenue, or register in-person at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. For further information call (305) 948-2957.

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