COMMISSION POSTPONEMENT: The Miami-Dade County Commission meeting was among the many meetings postponed after news of Tuesday's disasters reached Miami. After getting a quorum, Chair Gwen Margolis postponed the meeting until 1 p.m. today (9/13).
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COUNTY AGENDA: Among topics expected to be addressed when commissioners reconvene are establishing an independent aviation authority to oversee Miami International and four smaller general aviation airports in the county. Proponents of the authority say it would reduce bureaucracy and allow the county's airport system to function more like a business. Commissioners are also to consider prohibiting and setting fines for using hand-held phones while operating a motor vehicle and accepting a proposed $334 million development budget for the performing arts center.
RAIL BOARD MEET: The Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority scheduled its next regular meeting at 10 a.m. Friday in its administration building, 800 NW 33rd St., Pompano Beach. Details: (954) 788-7915.
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TECH TABLE: Miami Today and the Keller Graduate School of Management are co-sponsoring a roundtable discussion on technology and education at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21 in the First Union Financial Center, 200 S Biscayne Blvd. Scheduled panelists are Timothy H. Ricordati, vice president for adult & distance learning with DeVry Inc. and dean of the Keller Graduate School of Management; M. Lewis Temaries, vice president and chief information officer for information technology and dean of the UM College of Engineering; Andrea Monroe, assistant director and reference librarian at Barry University, and Jesus Fernandez, director of the business school and computer information systems at M-DCC. Reservations are required. Details: (305) 358-2663.
PR SALUTE: The Miami chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is presenting its Royal Palm award to Merrett R. Stierheim at its Everett Clay endowment luncheon from 12:15-2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. Mr. Stierheim is former county manager for Miami-Dade and was head of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau before that. Cost is $55; $45 and $40 in advance. Details: (305) 461-3300.
UNITED PACE: United Way of Miami-Dade announced 11 employee groups raised $1,948,108 through Pacesetter campaigns "to set the tone for spirited giving throughout the community," said campaign managers Luis Fernadez-Rocha and Linda Williamson. Participating entities were George Weston Bakeries Inc., union locals within the cities of Miami and Miami Beach, Miami Children's Hospital, LNR Property, Lennar Corp., Greenberg Traurig, Family Central Inc., Knight Ridder, M-DCC and Visa International.
BARRY GRANT: The US Department of Housing & Urban Development gave $927,954 to Barry University toward construction of a component in the college's planned $12 million, 78,000-square-foot student complex - a 6,400-square-foot Intercultural Community Center. The center, publicists said, would be a hub for community outreach and workforce & small business development. The complex is part of a $17 million project at Barry that includes a 173-bed dormitory and 750-space parking lot.
TRIVIAL UM: The University of Miami announced it has established a 75th anniversary trivia website "to provide an interesting and fun snapshot of the university's history," said Eugene Provenzo Jr., professor of UM's school of education and site designer. He said the site posses a trivial question daily and can be used to research answers to questions such as when the school first took on its Hurricanes nickname. Details: miami.edu/75.
BAR SPEAKERS: The Florida Bar announced expansion of its speakers bureau to more than 400 attorneys in 19 specialties. New topics on which speakers are now available include child custody, commercial and condominium law, consumer rights, death & dying rights, workplace diversity, domestic violence and many others. No fees are involved. Details: Gail Grimes, (800) 342-8060, ext. 5767.
CHAMBER WEB: The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is holding a "Website Briefing Breakfast" from 7:30-9 a.m. Sept. 19 at iNNERHOST, 2300 NW 89th Place. Topics include how the site can benefit a business and web solutions. Cost is $10; the session is limited to 125 participants. Details: (305) 379-6253.
MEXICAN CENTER: The Consulate General of Mexico is moving in November to a larger building at 5975 Sunset Drive, South Miami, where it will open a Mexican Cultural Center. Jaime Marquez, center director, said his government sent him to Miami to strengthen Mexico's art and cultural presence here. "We want to continue promoting what people know about Mexico but at the same time be able to introduce them to Mexican painters, writers and dances."
PREVIOUS ATTEMPT: The consulate tried to open a cultural center before but because of a lack of space, it only lasted a few months, said Mr. Marquez, former director of the National Center of the Arts in Mexico. The new consulate will have 13,377 square feet.
CANDIDATES FORUM: Miami mayoral and commission candidates have been invited to a forum at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1770 Brickell Ave. The Miami Roads Neighborhood Civic Association, the Brickell Homeowners Association and the Brickell Area Association are co-sponsors. "We do not endorse anyone," said Joe Wilkins, secretary and treasurer of the Roads association. Miami Commissioner Johnny Winton is expected to talk about proposed changes to the Miami city charter. Residents will have a chance to ask questions and comment on issues, said Tory Jacobs, president of the Brickell Homeowners Association.
KOREAN SHOW: Korea Trade Center Miami is holding a trade show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Inter-Continental Miami Airport West, 2505 NW 87th Ave. Construction materials, telecommunication devices, plastic optical lens and multi-purpose adhesive tapes are among products to be showcased. Details: (305) 374-4648.
MEXICO SHOW: The US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce postponed its second annual ExpoMex-Florida exposition scheduled for today (9/13) because of the terrorist attacks. Elba Hentschel, chamber executive director, said the event would be rescheduled in October. Details: (305) 379-6090.