Stories written by Rosie Tobalina

Coral Gables Television (CGTV) now available for U-verse users

Coral Gables Television (CGTV) now available for U-verse users

Coral Gables City Commission meetings are now being televised on AT&T U-verse through its Channel 99 for public, educational and government (PEG) programming. Coral Gables Television (CGTV) also continues to transmit its signal within the city through Comcast’s Channel 77, live stream online at and on demand at “CGTV is a great source of […]

Local host families needed for international students

Local host families needed for international students

Open Hearts Learning Abroad (OHLA), an international educational organization that specializes in offering language programs in Florida, is looking for host families in Coral Gables that will welcome students from abroad in their homes. In collaboration with the Miami- Dade County Public Schools District, OHLA provides the placements of foreign students in Miami for either […]

Coral Gables ranked among 10 Friendliest Small Cities

Feel like you live in an international city, but still have all the amenities and comfort of a small and pleasant community? Well, you are not alone. According to a recent research done by Movoto, a real estate site, Coral Gables has been ranked 10th in its list of America’s Friendliest Small Cities. The national […]

Gables looking for volunteers to serve on Green Task Force

The City of Coral Gables is working on a Sustainability Master Plan that will help create a roadmap for environmental and sustainable best practices citywide. Working closely to advise Coral Gables officials on environmental issues that support a sustainable community is the mission of the city’s Green Task Force. The city has received several nominations […]

Coral Gables artist designs 2014 Carnaval Miami poster

Humberto Benitez is pictured with his poster.

Coral Gables artist, resident and gallery owner Humberto Benitez has been commissioned by the Kiwanis of Little Havana to create this year’s poster for Carnaval Miami. His HBenitez Fine Art Gallery is located at 305 Alcazar Ave. Carnaval Miami’s Calle Ocho Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 9, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Born […]

Free tickets for seniors to see Spamalot at Actors’ Playhouse

Starting on Saturday, Feb. 22, seniors living in Coral Gables can reserve free tickets, on a first-come, first-served basis, for the musical comedy sensation Spamalot, based on the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The free admission is for the Mar. 12, 2 p.m., matinee performance at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile. […]

Local historic preservation non-profit reveals new look

Historic preservation efforts in Coral Gables have a brand new look, thanks to a recently launched marketing campaign from the 23-year-old Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG). The association is non-profit corporation founded in 1991 that is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and use of historic properties in Coral Gables. The new marketing campaign, […]

Students get up-close look at moon rocks at St. Thomas Parish School

St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School recently got a special delivery straight from the moon. On loan from NASA for several weeks, lunar rocks and soil samples were delivered in a heavy-duty protective case to Barbara Gosney, STEM teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School. The STEM program — a nation-wide movement in education to increase […]

Local businesses honored for outstanding holiday displays

Local businesses honored for outstanding holiday displays

Tree Cottage, Image Weddings & Events, and Dominique Boutique attracted top votes during this year’s Holiday Storefront Competition sponsored by the Downtown Coral Gables BID, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, City of Coral Gables and the Florida Retail Federation. The Rose Tree Cottage, a gift shop on Miracle Mile for 19 years, had its holiday […]

Passport Office at City Hall now opening on Saturdays

Due to popular demand, the Passport Acceptance Facility located at City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, now is open on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., in addition to its regular Monday-Friday hours of 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. No appointments are necessary to process or renew a passport. This full service facility also offers […]

Coral Gables Farmers Market open Saturdays until Mar. 29

Besides being the best veggie market in town, there are many other reasons why everyone loves and waits for the return of the seasonal Coral Gables Farmers Market. Every Saturday through Mar. 29, the outdoor Farmers Market opens from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. The […]

Free admission for youth for the musical The Wizard of Oz

Starting on Saturday, Jan. 25, youth living in Coral Gables, accompanied by one parent, can reserve complimentary children’s theater tickets for the funny and clever musical The Wizard of Oz. The free admission is for the Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. matinee performance at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile. The free ticket offer is […]

Free jazz concerts resume at Coral Gables Museum Plaza

Free jazz concerts resume at Coral Gables Museum Plaza

Take your lunch on the road, or buy a lunchbox on-site, and enjoy a series of free jazz concerts offered at the Coral Gables Museum Plaza. Jazz in the Gables showcases a different talented jazz performer or ensemble every Wednesday until Mar. 26 at 12:15 p.m. Coming up on Wednesday, Jan. 22, is jazz guitarist […]

Holiday Courtesy Notices offer 1-hour extension on expired parking meters

Now through Dec. 26, if you lose track of time while shopping or dining in Downtown Coral Gables and forget to put more money in the parking meters, don’t worry about getting a parking ticket. Parking attendants will place on your windshield a Holiday Courtesy Notice, giving you a one-hour extension from the expiration time […]