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North Miami Beach Enters Farmers Market Game With Monthly Event

What’s New With This Story: 

-North Miami Beach Farmers And Artisanal Market debuted to a solid showing the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

-The Market will run monthly starting in January. 

-NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell has worked on delivering a Farmers Market to the city for years. 

-Martell teamed up with Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz to get the project off the ground this year. 


The North Miami Beach Farmers And Artisanal Market opened on November 19.

The market is North Miami Beach’s first entry into the farmers market game and will become a monthly event starting in January.

The market was created after NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell approached Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz.

NMB Commissioner Marlen Martell (L) and Wynwood Farmers Market CEO Melissa Frantz (R) were the driving forces behind the market.

Martell had long dreamed of bringing a market to NMB and was impressed by what Frantz had accomplished in Wynwood.

“I went to the one she runs in Wynwood, and it was fabulous,” Martell said in an interview.

Frantz worked with the city to develop the market and was given a big boost by local attorney Victor Dante when he offered to let his parking lot be used for the event.

Over 20 vendors had booths at the event and hundreds of local residents attended.

“I think the vendors are happy,” Frantz said of the first event. “Generally everyone made some sales and they want it to be successful.”

“This could become a really great market. The community really wants it,” Frantz said. “We could easily double what we had today. It brings community together.

Allison Academy provided the musical entertainment at the event.

The next NMB Farmers Market will be on January 20, 2018. The venue will be announced.

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Broward School Board Candidate Posts Video Of Moldy Classrooms And Wet Floors At Hallandale Beach Elementary School

What’s New With This Story: 

-Broward County School Board candidate Elijah Manley posted a video to his campaign Facebook page which purports to show mold and severe water damage inside multiple Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach classrooms. 

-Manley claims that the video was taken by a Gulfstream Academy teacher on November 21, 2017. 

-The teacher did not want to be publicly identified for fear of retaliation. 

-Broward County Public Schools have been in the headlines in recent months due to allegations of widespread mold problems at various county schools. 


 

Elijah Manley, an 18 year old candidate for Broward County School Board made waves on social media today after he published a video that he said was taken by a teacher at Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach.

The video shows a woman going from room to room narrating issues she finds along the way.

Some of the things seen in the video?

A broken window, wet floors, wet electrical boxes and water stains on roof tiles.

The woman in the video also says that she smells mold and thinks that mold in growing under the wet floors.

Manley said that the video was taken on November 21 by a teacher at the school. He then said that the teacher posted the video to a group chat that Manley is part of, on Sunday.

Manley then posted the video to Facebook.

He said that he spoke to the teacher who recorded the video today but said that she did not want to go publicly on the record.

Manley, who is running for an at-large seat on the School Board said he posted the video because he wanted to draw attention to the problem.

“A lot of the other candidates aren’t talking about it at all,” Manley said. “Now, they can’t deny it.”

Broward County schools have been the subject of recent international headlines after allegations of widespread mold issues caused hundreds to get sick.

In a statement, Broward County Schools said that the video shows a part of the school that is not used to educate children and that it is several weeks old.

Here is the full statement:

“Broward County Public Schools takes all matters concerning the upkeep, maintenance and repair of school facilities seriously, and is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff. Per the District’s Facilities & Construction Management Department, the video does not reflect repair and restoration work that has already been completed – with many of the images taken prior to the now completed work. Furthermore, the video includes images from some areas that are currently unoccupied (not being used by students or staff) due to ongoing repair work. The building has also undergone roof restoration work within the last 60 days. Additional interior and exterior restoration and repair work is ongoing and scheduled for completion by the end of the upcoming winter break. Once again, the District is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and staff.”

RISE NEWS has reached out to a spokesperson for the Broward County Teacher’s Association but we could not get an official statement before the time of publication. The principal of Gulfstream Academy could not be reached before publication time.

We will update this story as it develops.

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Did This Miami Entrepreneur Just Create The Next Tofu?

What’s New With This Story: 

-Miami entrepreneur Taylor Cohen invented a new food product that is spreading fast throughout the Magic City.

-The product is a lentil based alternative to tofu called Adashah.

-Cohen and her brother Brandon started a business around the product in 2015. They now make over 600 pounds of it a week and distribute to over 15 South Florida restaurants.

-della test kitchen in Wynwood swears by the product, and it is a huge hit with customers.


Taylor Cohen was just your typical food justice warrior and outdoor educator a few years back.

Yeah, exactly.

Nothing typical about her.

Now Cohen, a native of Surfside, has taken her passion for making change to the business world.

Along with her brother Brandon, Taylor is poised to change the way South Florida looks at meat alternatives.

Her product is called Adashah and it is a unique lentil based food that is most similar to tofu.

She invented the product in the years following her diagnosis of Colitis.

Taylor Cohen is the creator of Adashah.

Doctors gave her a strict nutritional regime but few of those foods spoke to her.

“I started eating more of a plant-based diet and eliminating animal proteins from my diet,” Cohen told RISE NEWS. “I was focusing on the vegan meat alternatives that are on the market right now. But what I saw was that pretty much everything either had soy or gluten or I read the ingredients and they were full of chemicals that I didn’t understand.”

Cohen said that she wanted to create something similar to tofu in how it picks up flavors, but also something that would taste great on its own.

She seems to have made just that.

In just over two years, Cohen has scaled up to servicing over 15 restaurants from Boca Raton to Doral.

She said that she creates over 600 pounds of the stuff each week.

The product is a trade secret but Cohen said that it is 100 percent organic and preservative free.

Luis Garcia, the manager of della test kitchen in Wynwood loves Adashah.

He told RISE NEWS that his customers can’t get enough of the stuff and that he likes it much more than tofu.

To learn more about how to get Adashah, visit their website: https://adashah.com

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South Florida Is About To Get Medieval AF

IF YOU GO: 

Camelot Days Renaissance Festival

Dates: November 18th and 19th from 10 AM- 5:30 PM.

Location: T.Y. Park, 3300 N Park Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021

Cost: $15 per adult, $3 for kids between 6 and 12, free for kids under 6. 


Camelot Days is back to Hollywood’s T.Y. Park this weekend for two days worth of medieval revelry and family fun.

RISE NEWS visited the festival to find out what gets the scores of performers to party like it’s 1299:

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Hallandale Beach Mayor Appears To Be “On Something” During Commission Meeting, According To Commissioner

Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper slurred her words and rambled on for long stretches of time in an incoherent fashion during last night’s commission meeting.

Commissioner Michele Lazarow eventually called Cooper out for her actions.

“You’re an embarrassment mayor,” Lazarow said. “You don’t know where to put a period.”

Lazarow later told a Local 10 reporter that she thought Cooper was “on something” and that she may inform Gov Rick Scott of the incident.

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Under Florida law, the governor has the power to suspend local government officials.

Cooper told Local 10 that she wasn’t on drugs or intoxicated. She claims that her actions were due to her feeling sick after a trip to Mexico.

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Chaminade-Madonna Finally Starts Construction On Lights For Football Field

Chaminade-Madonna has been one of the more consistently dominant football programs in recent South Florida history.

Last year, they were the state runner-up in Division 3A and are currently on track to compete for a state championship again this year.

The program has won multiple state championships in its past.

But the lack of lights at its home field, a unique curiosity among South Florida’s powerhouse programs, has held it back.

Chaminade is having to play a home playoff game at a nearby school this week because of the lack of lights.

After having announced that the school would be putting lights in last year, construction has finally begun.

The school announced today on its Facebook page that ground was officially broken on November 14th.

No expected completion date was announced.

Photo: Chaminade-Madonna

Chaminade-Madonna is a small Catholic high school with around 600 students.

It is located in the heart of Hollywood and is surrounded by private homes.

Some of these homeowners have opposed lighting for the football field for years due to the expected disruption it would cause.

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North Miami Residents Fume Over Trash Pickup Company’s “Garbage Job”

What’s New With This Story: 

-Large numbers of North Miami residents are sick of Waste Pro, the private company that has served as the city’s garbage collector for over six years.

-Some residents are willing to pay more in taxes in order for the trash pickup to go back to city management. Trash pickup services were privatized in 2011.

-North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin organized an event in early September for residents to vent their frustrations with the company. The regional VP for Waste Pro, Russell Mackie showed up to the event as well.

-Mackie said that Waste Pro has contracts with 21 South Florida municipalities and that the company has never lost a contract due to poor service. Instead he blames the problems on a poorly designed contract that North Miami has been slow to amend.

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In North Miami, residents say that the garbage trucks are still rolling on the streets as late at 10:30 PM some nights.

Trash pickup can be spotty according to others and a lack of quality service has put a bad taste in the mouths of many.

The situation has become so bad that there are residents willing to do something truly drastic- pay more in taxes to fix the problem.

Judy Brown, the president of the Sunkist Grove Homeowners Association said that she would be willing to do just that.

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She has lived in North Miami for 38 years and has seen the quality of trash pickup over the decades first hand.

“As soon as it became privatized, I noticed a difference and I started getting complaints,” Brown said. “Because, I’m the homeowner president, they would call me and complain about the trash not being collected.”

Brown said that the real problems started around 2013 when the bulk pickup stopped getting picked up.

She said things were better when the city was in charge of trash pickup.

“They took pride in what they were doing,” Brown said of the city workers who used to operate the service.

She said they would be done by 7 AM. With Waste Pro, she’s heard of trucks still picking up trash at 10:30 PM.

Michael McDearmaid has lived in NoMi for 50 years.

“When it was a city service, there was much more service,” McDearmaid said. “A lot of that had to do with the fact that they were employees of the city. A lot of them lived in the city.”

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He said that the workers would look out for residents, even calling the police if they felt that certain things were amiss.

“Ultimately in a city of this size, service is everything,” McDearmaid said.

He said that if Waste Pro came up with the best offer, then they should be given another chance and that privatization efforts around the country have been a “mixed bag”.

According to city manager Larry Spring, it would cost roughly $20 to $25 million to restart a city trash program.

City Councilman Scott Galvin said that he doesn’t think its likely for the city to do trash service in house again but he might be willing to support such an effort.

So why are things not working out with Waste Pro?

It all comes down to the contract that was signed in 2011.

“What they need to understand is it’s not an unhappiness with Waste Pro,” Russell Mackie the Regional Vice President for Waste Pro Florida said. “Waste Pro sort of by default gets blamed for that. But there’s a deficiency in the contract.”

Under the original contract, Waste Pro was only supposed to collect bulk pick up once per month.

But after residents complained, the company agreed to do it once per week according to Mackie.

But Mackie said that the company wasn’t paid extra for the additional service.

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In addition to that, the amount of trash picked up at the curb has increased 30% and the landfill has raised its prices 15%.

The contract officially ended in May but service was continued under an overtime provision until August.

Waste Pro continues to service North Miami basically without a contract in a bonus time arrangement.

An opening biding process for a new contract will be sent out to all interested companies.

Waste Pro intends to apply again.

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INSIDE: The Shocking Conditions That Condemned The Miami Shores Motel

What’s New With This Story: 

-The Motel Shores at Biscayne was condemned a few weeks after a man was injured by a ceiling that collapsed on him while he slept in his room.

-The motel also had other issues, illustrated by photos taken inside of it by Miami Shores Building inspectors.

-The two buildings that make up the motel won’t be allowed to open until it meets a large number of requirements.

-Miami Shores Village had been looking into conditions at the motel since at least early 2016.

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The Motel Shores at Biscayne (10500 Biscayne Blvd) has long been considered a blight in Miami Shores by many locals.

A man was shot dead at the motel in 2016.

And a brutal rape that allegedly took place in the motel’s laundry room featured prominently in a 2014 Local 10 report about how the Miami Shores Police had failed to report certain crimes in official crime records.

So when the motel was shuttered by the Miami Shores Building Department in September, few were sad to see it go.

But after a public records request, we can see what the conditions of the motel were like when it was closed.

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The property failed an inspection on September 15, 2017 and was deemed unsafe.

Miami Shores’ Building Director Ismael Naranjo said in an email to a North Miami Beach architect named George S Tseng that the case into the motel’s condition had been open since early 2016.

“… the property owners had ample time to correct the deficiencies and illegalities,” Naranjo said in the email.

The two buildings that make up the motel won’t be allowed to reopen until the property owner hires a Florida licensed architect or engineer who can produce a set of plans showing how they intend to get the motel back up to code.

The buildings will also have to have an asbestos survey and mold assessment conducted.

The last straw seems to have come on August 27 when a large chunk of ceiling collapsed on a sleeping man in room 43 of the motel.

A Miami Shores Police photo from inside room 43 of the motel after the ceiling fell on a 53 year old man as he slept.

He called the police and was transported to Jackson North Hospital after suffering chest pain and a minor laceration to his leg.

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The victim, Alphonso William Wallace, 53, listed the room as his address in the police report.

PHOTOS FROM INSIDE THE CONDEMNED MOTEL: (Some are graphic in nature) 

Taken by Miami Shores Village Building Department.

Taken by Miami Shores Village Building Department.

Taken by Miami Shores Village Building Department.

Taken by Miami Shores Village Building Department.

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This Barry University Professor And His Martial Artist Friend Want You To Die

Death is not a calming thought for most people.

But these guys aren’t most people.

They want you to die. But only after you listen to their podcast.

Brian Lemmerman and Cory Hardaker are interesting figures in the growing South Florida Mindfulness firmament.

Both are young and deeply believe in the power of living in the moment.

Hardaker is a meditation teacher at Innergy Meditation in Miami Beach and a skilled martial artist.

He also teaches self defense to adults and anti-bullying prevention to children.

Lemmerman is a professor of Mindfulness at Barry University in Miami Shores who previously ran an advertising agency.

Together they make up Mindfulness of Doom, a recently launched weekly podcast about “life, peaceful living, and existential dread.”

The episodes are funny and light in tone but they tackle some pretty meaty topics.

Along the way, the hosts remind their listeners that we are all going to die at some point, so we might as well be happy with the time we have.

We recently interviewed sent Lemmerman some questions via email (because we are busy and are GOING TO DIE!). Here’s what he had to say:

RISE NEWS: Tell us about your background and how you got involved in Mindfulness.

Brian Lemmerman: I was born in Miami and grew up in Broward County. I studied Architecture at the University of Miami and graduated at the height of the last recession when there were no jobs available in my field. In response, I started an advertising agency with some friends and taught myself web design and marketing to support myself. It was a fun occupation, but learned it wasn’t my passion. I sold my shares in 2012 and got back into the world of architecture and urban planning for 2 years until one evening in May 2015, I was struck by a vehicle and sustained a brain injury that put me out of designing for almost a year. In the meantime, I continued my 5-year mindfulness practice, and I found daily meditation to be the most effective tool on my healing journey. I decided to teach mindfulness to help others who have their own healing including removing internal barriers that keep us from pursuing our passions. For a while I did some marketing consulting while getting my teaching career started, and as of August, I made the big leap to mindfulness full-time. We’re now working on a business to teach mindfulness and meditation online at a deeper level than our podcast offers. I’m also currently teaching as a Mindfulness Professor at Barry University.

Cory Hardaker (L) and Brian Lemmerman (R) are the hosts of Mindfulness of Doom.

RISE NEWS: How do you explain mindfulness to someone who has never been exposed to the concept before?

I describe mindfulness as an art of paying attention on purpose and without judgement. Many people have this idea that mindfulness and meditation are interchangeable terms, and that meditation should somehow be relaxing and peaceful. In practice, one is mindful as long as they are aware that they are paying attention. And for a first-timer, staying aware and consistently paying attention are difficult tasks. The process is anything but relaxing and peaceful. The mind spouts off all sorts of distracting thoughts and daydreams that pull at our attention every moment. Meditation is one expression of mindfulness, and there are endless meditations one can add to their practice. One of the most common and basic meditations is a breath meditation where one sits cross-legged on the floor and simply watches their breath for a period of time. From the outside, it looks peaceful. Almost certainly however; the practitioner’s mind will be thinking hundreds of noisy thoughts during the session. The point of the meditation is not to stop the thinking. It’s to stay focused on the breath despite the thinking. The mind is designed to think. Why stop it? The heart is designed to beat. It too can be distracting in silence. But why stop the heart? This kind of practice strengthens the mind’s focus and attention, just like weight-lifting strengthens our muscles. Inner peace and unexplainable feelings of joy happen to be fortunate by-products of the work-out.

RISE NEWS: Where did the idea for the podcast come from?

For us, the podcast is a passion project that allows us to share our knowledge and experience with a larger audience. Cory and I began meeting over the summer to concept a larger business idea, of which Mindfulness of Doom is one component. Ultimately, we’re committed to creating a global university or retreat center that serves to educate people in real life skills such as mindfulness, interpersonal communication, physical well-being, financial literacy, and many of the other important skills our mandatory childhood education system doesn’t teach. This school will be made available online first, and the podcast is our first step.

As our first foray into podcasting, we’ve gotten some feedback on roughness in terms of sound quality and editing. We’re improving with quantum leaps each week.

RISE NEWS: Miami is a stressed out place. How do you think mindfulness could help make things better?

I hear people say Miami is a stressed-out place. I hear them say things like “people here are rude and impatient” or “Miami is a shallow party city”. That may be true for some people. One important distinction I learned while practicing mindfulness is that my attention creates my reality. If I choose to focus on my automatic judgements of other people and believe the automatic generalizations my mind invents about places, then some of these phrases might become true for me. Instead, I’ve learned to manage my attention and remain aware of what I choose to believe. As a result, I tend to be surrounded by people who do the same and live in a different story about their surroundings. Miami is a story, and we get to tell it. I choose that Miami is a peaceful and community-oriented place. I live as though this is true, and it becomes real for me. If I’m the minority in this mindset, some might say I’m crazy. If enough of us make the choice to believe and live differently, the collective story about Miami will eventually shift. To change the world, we must first start within.

RISE NEWS: What are you ambitious for the podcast? Where do you see it going? 

We recently launched our Patreon Page and are actively seeking regular monthly contributors to help support us in our transition as entrepreneurs sharing mindfulness in this unique way. We plan to continue producing the show weekly, and as our listening community funds us, we will hire staff, seek high-profile guests, and continue to improve production quality. Cory and I have a book idea, and dreams of traveling to do live events. As we grow, we plan to connect with masters and practitioners all over the world who are making a difference one mindful breath at a time.

Fans can become funders for as little as $1/month. Every contribution helps! http://patreon.com/mindfulnessofdoom/

RISE NEWS:  The name, Mindfulness of Doom is obviously pretty unique. But how do you keep the podcast from becoming dark and depressing though? 

Given its name, we acknowledge that Mindfulness of Doom can be an odd first choice for someone getting into mindfulness, but we’ve learned from experience that putting mindfulness in the context of our own mortality creates a sense of urgency to live the most fulfilling lives we can right now while we’re still on earth. The name has a dark yet geeky sound to it, and on first impression, listeners find the podcast light-hearted and humorous. We joke about the end of the world in every episode, but the Doom we’re talking about isn’t apocalyptic. We’re simply acknowledging that this life of ours has an end-point sometime in the future. Getting past the fear of our inevitable demise and honoring our mortality brings a sense of inner contentment and clarity on who we are and what we must do next.

You can subscribe to the Mindfulness of Doom podcast on iTunes, iHeartRadio, TuneIn or Stitcher.

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Personal Drama Splits North Miami Night Market Into Two Different Organizations

What’s New With This Story: 

-The NoMi Night Market has split into two separate market operations after the co-founders split after a personal squabble.

-The newly named Urban Habitat Night Market [led by Howard Tonkin] will continue to take place Friday nights at a property located near the intersection of NE 123rd St and NE 13th Ave

-The NoMi Night Market [led by Laura Hill] vows to relaunch in the future, but is currently looking to secure a permanent space.

-Hill and Tonkin had worked together to bring North Miami’s first night market into being and it opened to a nice amount of support from the community on Nov. 3.

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Personal differences have split a promising North Miami happening into two, only a few days after it officially started.

The NoMi Night Market is now the Urban Habitat Night Market or just a night market that happens at Urban Habitat, depending on who you ask.

And the NoMi Night Market is not dead, just looking to continue on at a different venue, depending on who you ask.

So yeah.

RISE NEWS attended the first weekly NoMi Night Market when it debuted on Nov. 3.

There were around 10 vendors and a smattering of local residents who popped in to sample various organic and sustainable products.

We even did a video on the opening:

But in the days following that opening, the co-founders split into two competing organizations.

As a result, North Miami may end up with two separate night markets.

What caused the split is based on who you believe.

Laura Hill and Howard Tonkin were the co-founders.

Hill is a North Miami activist and organizer, and Tonkin runs Urban Habitat, a sustainable landscaping business.

They both agree that they worked together to launch a night market at Tonkin’s new Urban Habitat property in North Miami.

But that’s about all they seem to agree on.

The biggest sticking point?

Just who came up with the idea in the first place.

Tonkin told RISE NEWS that the night market has been a dream of his for years, dating back to his time in Australia when he would visit the Mindil Beach night market.

He said that he’s wanted to bring the concept to Miami for years and that it is part of his overall long-term strategy for Urban Habitat.

“It’s my dream to bring people into my market,” Tonkin said. “It’s exciting to bring people into the market at night. That’s when the plants come alive.”

But Hill said that she came up with the idea.

“I’ve been around [Tonkin] for four years and I haven’t really heard him talk about the night market,” Hill said. “NoMi Night Market was the market we were bringing to that space. I brought the market together. Everything.”

What actually tore them apart is unclear as they each have wildly different versions.

“His vision and his methods made it clear to me that we had to rethink the market,” Hill said of Tonkin. “I’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of hours putting the thing together. He’s very upset with me because I decided to part ways. Our philosophies of running a business are just different.”

Tonkin said that he felt that Hill was trying to “sabotage my business and take the idea and run with it on [her] own.”

No matter what caused the split, it could actually end up benefiting North Miami in the long run.

Now, the city and surrounding communities will have two night markets to choose from.

The Urban Habitat Night Market will take place every Friday near the intersection of NE 123rd St and NE 13th Ave.

The NoMi Night Market is looking to secure a space but plans to open in the near future.

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