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Grails in Wynwood Brings the Term Sneaker Head to a Whole New Level



Artists sure know how to pull out all the stops for Art Basel, even taking their art to the street. Sorry, we mean your feet. One spot in Wynwood takes the term “sneaker head” to a whole new level, combining art and footwear.

These sneakers aren’t made for walkin’. They’re art!

Grails in Wynwood kicked off Art Basel with something that’s the perfect size.

Eddie Fuentes, Grails Restaurant & Bar: “Grails is the first sneaker-themed restaurant in the world. We cater to everything that is part of the sneaker world, and this week we’re trying to highlight and bring awareness to a whole bunch of great causes, as well as celebrate the local talent and all the artists here in Miami.”

Check out this one-of-a-kind sneaker wall created by the artists Grails brought together.

Each kick has a unique design and will be sold at auction. The proceeds go to SIDES, a local charity helping kids with cancer.

Tiago Magro: “The sneaker wall is basically an expression of how much the artists love the culture and how we can contribute to the culture, and applying our talent to the sneakers that not only can be as a display as an art, but also help us understand how much we can contribute to the fashion world.”

If you aren’t able to cop a pair, don’t worry. You can still sip from your size.

Yep, that’s a sneaker you can drink out of and enjoy art at the same time.

This art is about paying it forward.

Local artist and veteran Jose Belen created live paintings in honor of local veterans.

Jose Belen: “There’s multiple stages that I go through — from torching, painting — ultimately taking a step back and saying, ‘You know what? It’s ready to go home.’ It’s a way for them to live on. It’s a way for the warriors to live on through each piece.”

Tito Puente Jr., son of legendary mambo composer Tito Puente, was there, too. He received a piece in honor of his late father, who served in World War II.

Tito Puente Jr: “I think the artwork today was very memorable, simply because we’re bringing awareness to all the veterans that were here. The beautiful wall that they presented is something real special. It does bring light to the community, too.”

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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