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TELEFONICA SIGNS: Telefonica DataCorp. announced
it has signed a lease with Lightspeed Infrastructure for 173,000 square feet in
the Lightspeed Miami Center, also known as the Beacon Tradeport. Telefonica executives
say they will use to space to set up the company's first data center in the US
to house equipment for e-commerce and Internet websites in Spanish and Portuguese.
Financial details of the lease were not released. LightSpeed Center, said Eduardo
Gomez-Leal with Telefonica, "is the only location in the southern US that
fits our demanding criteria in terms of connectivity and Category 5 hurricane
ASPEDIENT EXPANSION: Miami-based e-business firm Aspedient
Technologies announced acquisition of SignOn Consulting Inc. with SignOn President
Steve Heistand remaining as co-CEO for Aspedient with Anthony X. Silva, former
president of Corporate Systems Group, also recently acquired by Aspedient. In
the deal, SignOn gets 4.5 million shares of Aspedient stock. Aspedient now plans
to relocate all of its employees in the county to one central location, publicists
BARRY CAMPAIGN: Barry University this week announced
it has completed its capital campaign, raising $120 million $20 million
more than President Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin set as the fundraising goal in 1990.
The funds raised, say university publicists, have helped finance construction
of five new buildings in a period where enrollment at the school climbed from
5,900 to 8,400.
HEALTHY FORUM: A forum, "The Next Generation
of Health-Care Marketing," is being presented by the South Florida chapter
of the American Marketing Association from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today (3/29) in Conference
Center rooms B & C, Mercy Hospital, 3663 S Miami Ave. Orlando Alvarez, chief marketing
& development officer with Mercy Health Systems, is to speak. Cost is $35; $25
for members. Details by fax: (817) 548-9262.
REAL MEET: A conference on "Latin America-Caribbean
Real Estate & Lending Transactions" will be held today (3/29) and Friday
in the J.W. Marriott, 1111 Brickell Ave. Organizers say topics include resort
transactions, the registry system, title insurance coverage and mortgage securitization.
Cost is $395. Details: (407) 481-8181.
REGIONAL ART: The second annual "Celebration
of Art & Culture" is scheduled at 7 tonight (3/29) in the Country Club Ballroom,
Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The exhibit of fine art from
the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago was organized by Stella Holmes
of Arts Maga Inc. and artist Tina Spiro with support of the diplomatic missions
of the nations whose works are showcased. Details: (305) 372-1411.
SHUTTLE WATCH: The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning
Organization this week deferred consideration of a $50,000 study for the expansion
of the electric shuttle system in Miami Beach. A transportation council for the
transportation-governing body is recommending approval of the study, with the
county paying 80% of the bill. The research is to calculate the number of new
mini-bases needed in Miami Beach as well as operating and maintenance costs and
is to identify long-term financing sources for the expansion.
ALL DISTRICTS: Telemundo television host Rev. Alberto
Cuti arrived March 22 at the county commission meeting to give the invocation.
Accompanied by Benito Mongiotti, commission aide to Pedro Reboredo, Rev. Cuti
was introduced as a representative of District 6. "God," the celebrity
priest demurred as he began his blessing, "is in all the districts."
PARROT TALK: In the spirit of the recent groundbreaking
on Watson Island, Cory Gittner will read from a new book, Parrot Jungle & Gardens
at 8 p.m. April 4 in Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Promoters say
Mr. Gittner will be available to sign copies. His newly published work, reviewed
on page 26 in the Jan. 18 issue of Miami Today, tells the story of the Miami attraction
and the Scherr family, which founded Parrot Jungle in 1936.
DROUGHT ALERTS: Miami-Dade County is placing a daily
update on the South Florida water shortage on its website along with a list of
restrictions and penalties for not following them. The site links to the
South Florida Water Management District website, which has extensive information
on water conservation and how the South Florida water system works. Details: co.miami-dade.fl.us/water.
RIVER MUSIC: Local musicians Iko Iko, Shufly and Luis
Bofill have been named to the card planned by the Miami River Committee to mark
Miami River Day 2001 from noon-9 p.m. April 7 in Lummus Park, 250 N River Drive.
Organizers say event features will include a chance to meet committee members,
network with others involved in river-related issues and shop at a marine expo.
Historical re-enactments, river boat tours and children's activities are planned.
Details: (305) 770-2623.
MOON DANCE: "Moon Dance: A Gala for Children"
to benefit His House Children's Home will honor Harriet Irsay April 6 in the Surf
Club, 9011 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, dancing
and music by the Frank Hubbell Orchestra are planned. Details: (305) 864-1142.
ART DECO WORK: A free workshop, "All About Art
Deco" the first of two sessions required for tour guide accreditation
by the Miami Design Preservation League is being held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
April 7 in the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Details:
QUILT SHOW: Quiltfest 2001, billed as the largest
annual quilt show and sale in the county, will be held April 20 & 21 in the War
Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Drive, Coral Gables. More than 400 quilts
will be featured along with appraisals, an auction, sales, demonstrations, classes
and vendors. Cost is $6. Details: (305) 251-2648.
BIG ORANJE: The Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce
of Florida and the Netherlands Associations of South Florida are holding the "Second
Oranje Open" April 20 in the Miami Springs Golf & Country Club, Miami Springs.
Registration and practice starts at 11 a.m. Cost is $90. Details: (305) 537-4088.
Banca Sella will open its doors for business on April 9. The Italian-based bank
has secured office space at 801 Brickell Ave. The firm plans a roll-out ceremony
for customers and patrons later in the year.