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–There is literally a sign of life at one of Miami’s best loved sandwich joints.
-Football Sandwich Shop (8484 NE 2nd Ave, Miami) has been closed for months for an unknown reason.
-But a new sign placed on the inside of the door at the shop is raising hope that it may open again.
–The sign reads: “Closed due to construction. Will reopen soon.” It also says to send emails to an address that bounces.
–RISE NEWS first noticed the sign on April 13 and sent multiple messages to a working email for the shop over the course of a week- but no one responded.
–Yelp and Google have listed the restaurant as closed. –And there were rumors that the owner was trying to offload the property.
-Football Sandwich Shop has operated in Miami’s Little River area since 1972 and is well known for its ties to Miami Dolphins history.
-The shop is covered with drawings of former Dolphins greats and sandwiches are named after legendary players like Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka.
-There has been significant construction along NE 2nd Ave for months.
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Brandon Priest is an unassuming 23 year old. From Brunswick, GA, Priest works at a Ebay call center and is still a kid at heart who still loves to watch cartoons and does some cartoon animation as a hobby.
He’s in a local band named Midwayer too. And oh yeah, he also has a 4 year old daughter who takes up the rest of his time.
Trust me, this is important background info.
You see, Priest is a bit of a celebrity now- well at least an online celebrity. A photo of him has been circulating around the Internet close to light speed with thousands of shares on Facebook and other social media sites.
The only problem? Priest is in a Barney the Dinosaur costume and you have no that its him in there and you certainly don’t know the great life lesson that he learned by being goofy.
It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
Here’s our strangely poignant interview with Brandon Priest, the dude who dressed up as Barney and played pool at a Georgia bar.
Rise News: What is the story behind the viral photos?
Brandon Priest (Barney): Friday I had watched the Jim Carrey movie, Yes Man – the movie where he has to say yes to anything, and lately I hadn’t been getting out of the house at all. I had been just staying inside playing video games and turning down offers from hanging out with friends and the movie really reminded me how much I actually say no to things that might have ended up being fun so I basically made a post on facebook saying that I wanted to start saying yes to more crazy things and hanging out with more people that I wouldn’t normally hang out with.
Rise News: Why did you decide to dress up as Barney?
Barney: A friend of mine Mercedes actually immediately hit me up and said she had found a Barney outfit in her attic from her kids birthday party a couple years ago and asked if I would be down with wearing it around town and I just went for it haha.
I really enjoyed it. I spent the first part of the day just hugging kids and taking hundreds of pictures, riding around on the tour bike on St Simons island. I think I made a lot of people happy by just dressing up in a silly costume and that was awesome.
People kept buying me free shots and drinks when I hit up the bars and I ended up getting really drunk and some guys talked me into playing pool. I was so wasted I think I only managed to get one ball in (its also really hard to play pool when you’re in a suit that doesn’t have fingers).
Rise News: Did you post the photo on social media or how did it start to go viral?
Barney: I believe a guy named Kyle took the picture and put it on his reddit.
Rise News: What do you think about how viral it has gotten?
Barney: I had no idea I’d wake up the next morning and the picture would have 5 million views and all the facebook shares. So many sites and stuff have been hitting me up and I personally think its great. It just really went to show me how much you actually miss out on when you say no to opportunity and I think it was an amazing life lesson for myself.
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Nick Dorn, the Executive Director of Doctors Charter School in Miami Shores has announced that he will be stepping down in January after his wife accepted a new position at a Kansas City area Presbyterian Church.
Dorn made the announcement moments ago at a regularly scheduled DCS board meeting.
“Regretfully at this time, I am giving the board of directors my 60 day notice,” Dorn said. “It will be bittersweet to leave the DCS community where I was born and raised.
“I struggle with it because I’m a committed project guy. But I’m married to my wife, not married to the school.”
“On January 19th, I will be moving with my wife of one year to her city of call in Kansas City,” Dorn said.
“Thank you very much for all you’ve done for this school,” Dr. Chester Morris, a DCS board member said to Dorn. “I think there was a period of time where it was a bit contagious. But we’ve come through it and you’ve done a terrific job. I will miss you.”
Daryl Gallo asked Dorn if he would consider staying until the end of the school year but Dorn said it was wasn’t on the table.
“I struggle with it because I’m a committed project guy. But I’m married to my wife, not married to the school,” Dorn said in reference to Gallo’s question. “This was definitely a hard decision for both of us. But she is amazing. She is a wave maker. You can’t direct the wind, you can only adjust your sails.”
Dorn, 37, has been in the position for a little over a year and grew up in Miami Shores.
The “Shores” as it is called by many natives, is a small enclave of roughly 10 thousand people- a suburban respite from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Miami.
After his graduation from Miami Country Day School, Dorn left his hometown for Gainesville, FL where he said that he received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Florida. He then worked out of the state for numerous years before coming back to take a job at a school in Boca Raton in 2009.
By 2014, Dorn was actively searching for his next step.
“I was working at a school in Boca Raton and I had always had aspirations to be a principal,” Dorn said in an interview with Rise News in June.
Shortly after beginning his search, Dorn said that he saw the opening for the executive director position at DCS. It was almost too perfect. His family still lived in the Shores and his fiancé was the associate pastor of Miami Shores Presbyterian Church.
Dorn also said that he liked what DCS stood for.
“I truly believed in its mission. It talks about a rigorous academic program,” Dorn said. “If Doctors Charter School had existed when I was kid, I probably would have gone here.”
DCS opened for classes in 2005 and is considered to be one of the best charter schools in Miami-Dade County.
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If you’ve ever created a profile online, you have a digital footprint.
How does that footprint impact your current job search efforts?
It’s important to understand how powerful an online presence when searching for new positions.
Seventy-five percent of recruiters say they will research a candidate online.
Another seventy percent say they have rejected candidates based on the results of online research. Cleaning up your online reputation is a smart strategy for job hunters in the digital age.
Establish your online reputation with a LinkedIn account.
The basic account is free to setup. You can provide a digital resume by completing the available sections. Ensure your text is free of grammar and spelling errors and complete as much of the profile as you can. Uploading a professional picture makes it 14 times more likely that your profile will be found by potential employers.
Managing your personal profile is another important part of establishing a professional, digital reputation. Assess your personal social media accounts.
If you post links or images that might paint you in a less than professional manner, your social media accounts should either be deleted, set to private, or not associated with your full name.
These simple steps will go a long way in giving employers a professional overview of you and your experience.
Video resumes are a great way to separate your application from ninety percent of the available resumes in circulation.
Social media platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, or Vine can be used to host your video.
For best results, work with an editor to produce a polished final product. While a video is a great way to introduce yourself to a potential employer, a low-quality result can leave a horrible first impression.
Employers are taking advantage of the stable and affordable options in video conferencing to conduct video interviews.
These interviews can be both one or two-way interviews. In either case, prepare before the interview to ensure you have the proper connection speed and equipment to conduct a seamless conversation.
Practice with a friend to make sure you are comfortable with the format. Make sure your dress, grooming and visible surrounding are in order to project a professional appearance.
The tools available for job seekers in the digital age are powerful if used appropriately.
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