Stories written by Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Theater, golf and Casino Night take center stage

Actors’ Playhouse brought another great production to the Miracle Theatre with the opening of Peter Quilter’s hit Broadway play End of the Rainbow on Friday, Jan. 17. As always, Actors’ board chair Dr. Lawrence E. Stein with executive producing director Barbara S. Stein and artistic director David Arisco welcomed guests to a stellar evening with […]

31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival, Feb. 22-23

31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival, Feb. 22-23

The 31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival just three weeks away. The weekend of Feb. 22-23, Sunset Drive (SW 72nd Street) from US 1 to Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) adjacent to The Shops at Sunset Place will be packed with great arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more. Admission is free admission and […]

David Arisco touches lives of many through the arts

David Arisco touches lives of many through the arts

David Arisco is among the most talented and creative people in the theater arena with a background that lends itself perfectly to his role as Artistic Director of Actors’ Playhouse for the past 25 years, 18 of which were right here in Coral Gables at the Miracle Theatre. David hales from the beautiful little town […]

Local historic preservationists celebrate ‘Tea @ the Biltmore’

Local historic preservationists celebrate ‘Tea @ the Biltmore’

Beginning the new year, board members and friends of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG) enjoyed afternoon tea on Jan. 6 in The Biltmore Hotel’s grand lobby. This first event of 2014, “Tea @ the Biltmore,” also included a tour of The Biltmore, a legendary landmark and historical gem. Still adorned for the […]

Miami Christian host Band and Choir Concerts

Miami Christian host Band and Choir Concerts

The performing arts are alive and well at Miami Christian School whose choir and band provided friends and family with two concerts during December to celebrate the Christmas season. Under the direction of Derek Shute, the concert and jazz bands as well as a guitar ensemble entertained a packed house with a diverse program celebrating […]

New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables has a unique way of ushering in the New Year with the club’s annual New Year’s Day Moose Milk Party. More than 60 people gathered at the Gables home of the Chris Tysons bringing all sorts of great potluck dishes. While this writer opted out on the Moose Milk […]

Food & Fun at Farmer’s Market

Mrs. Cisneros just made a hearty and healthy breakfast for her family. She prepared farm-fresh scrambled eggs with tasty mozzarella cheese sandwiched between freshly-baked baked organic whole grain bread, topped off with a big bowl of mouth-watering juicy red strawberries all delicious, local goods found at the Doral Farmers Market, held every Sunday in the […]

Band, Choir Concerts Celebrate MCS Season

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The performing arts are alive and well at Miami Christian School whose choir and band provided friends and family with two concerts during December to celebrate the Christmas season. Under the direction of Derek Shute, the concert and jazz bands as well as a guitar ensemble entertained a packed house with a diverse celebrating the […]

Food & Fun at Farmer’s Market

Food & Fun at Farmer’s Market

Mrs. Cisneros just made a hearty and healthy breakfast for her family. She prepared farm-fresh scrambled eggs with tasty mozzarella cheese sandwiched between freshly-baked organic whole grain bread, topped off with a big bowl of mouth-watering juicy red strawberries, — all delicious, local goods found at the Doral Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday in the […]

Russo Tires Opens New Facility in Doral

Russo Tires opened its beautiful new facility in Doral in grand style with a party for clients, friends, family and neighbors Jan. 4. An all-important blessing of the business was given by Fr. Israel Mago, Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and words of congratulations provided by Doral Mayor Luigi Boria. With live entertainment, […]

South Miami High School shines in JOBC Basketball Tournament

South Miami High School shines in JOBC Basketball Tournament

South Miami High School was one of a select list of teams competing this year in the Jr. Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament that has gained international attention as teams travel from around the nation and world to South Florida to participate. South Miami, that came in third place, opened the tournament against the team from […]

King Mango Strut promises another hilarious afternoon

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The 32nd annual King Mango Strut parade on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m., promises a perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of 2013. Crazy, hilarious and super creative people find satire in every sector and put it on display during this outrageously funny parade. If you have never attended this parade before, you […]

Shell Lumber & Hardware Under New Ownership

Shell Lumber & Hardware is under new ownership after 32 years. While the previous owner, Paul Naron, has retired, he will maintain a minor interest in the company and serve as a consultant. The new owner is local to Miami and has other businesses in the area. President and Chief Operating Officer since November 2012, […]

Bill Kerdyk Jr. carries on family tradition of community service

Bill Kerdyk Jr. carries on family tradition of community service

William Kerdyk Jr. is the first Gables Great of 2014 and one individual long overdue for the recognition. In an effort to stay away from politics, Bill Kerdyk has not received this long-deserved honor; so, as we begin a new year, it is time to correct that. While Kerdyk’s public service as commissioner and vice […]