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Written by on April 25, 2002

NEXT STARWOOD MIRACLE: Urban Investments Advisors, the investment manager of the Starwood Urban Group, announced closing on a $50 million construction loan arranged by Mellon United National Bank with Commercebank as a participant for 55 Miracle Mile and One Aragon, a 309,000-square-foot mixed-use project in downtown Coral Gables. The development – which will include shops, restaurants and class A office space as well as 184 luxury rental apartments – is slated for completion in fall 2003. Hollywood-based John Moriarty & Associates of Florida has been retained as the project’s general contractor.

ECUADORIAN ECONOMY: The Ecuadorian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Miami is holding a presentation, "Ecuadorian Dollarization & the Real Economy," from 6:30-9 p.m. today (4/25) on the 15th floor, Union Planters Bank Building, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Carlos Julio Emanuel, Ecuador’s minister of finance, is guest speaker. Cost is $40; $30 for members. Details: (305) 539-0010.

HEALTH GUIDE: The State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has published a brochure, "Health Insurance Guide for Families & Individuals," as an reference for consumers. Copies can be downloaded on the Internet or call. The agency has also reprinted three other brochures, said publicists Adrienne Henderson. They are "Choosing an Assisted Living Facility," "A Patient’s Guide to a Hospital Stay" and "Long-Term Care." Details: (800) 419-3456 or floridahealthstat.com.

EXTRA PROLOGUE: The Prologue Society has extended its season to include a presentation by Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, at noon May 7 in Northern Trust Bank, 700 Brickell Ave. The program had to be rescheduled after bad weather closed the airport last November. In her book Ms. McWhorter, who grew up in Selma, reports on the history and personalities behind the watershed events of 1963. The book was reviewed in Miami Today’s Nov. 1 issue. Cost is $40 for members. Details: (305) 789-1344

MUSICAL NOTE: Florida Memorial College’s steel band – under the direction of Dawn Batson, a native of Trinidad – is presenting a spring concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Gilbert Auditorium, 15800 NW 42nd Ave. Publicists said the band traveled to the 2000 World Steel Band Festival in Trinidad, considered the mecca of steel band competitions, and placed first in the ensemble category after playing Dr. Batson’s original composition, Black Holes Do Exist. "We would like the community to come out and support our music program and students at this concert, Dr. Batson said. "I’m sure it’s something they will enjoy." Cost is $5. Details: (954) 392-7292 or fmc.edu.

SENIOR FAIR: Representatives for more than 50 organizations providing services to senior citizens are expected to participate in the 7th annual Senior Citizens Fair from 3-6 p.m. May 1 in the Country Club of Coral Gables, 997 N Greenway Drive. Sponsors include the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Senior Citizens Advisory Board. Details: (305) 460-5608.

EURO DAY: The Miami European Union Center at the University of Miami and Florida International University is presenting a Euro Day concert at 7:30 p.m. May 9 in the First Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 356 Coral Way, Coral Gables. Organizers said the ceremony marks the 52nd anniversary of the founding of the European Union following World War II. Under director Isaac Chueke music is to include the Beethoven "European Anthem" or Ode to Joy from the finale of the Ninth Symphony. Members of Miami’s consular corps are expected to participate. Cost is $5. Details: (305) 364-0099.

SPEAKING OF INCAS: Coral Gables author Aida Marcuse will talk about the Inca civilization and read from and sign copies of her book Lo Que Cuentan Los Incas, or What the Incas Say – at 4 p.m. May 18 in Borders Bookstore, Dolphin Mall, 1401 NW 12th St. Born in Uruguay, she has published more than 30 books for both adults and children in the US and translated more than 200 English-language books to Spanish, ranging from stories by Dr. Seuss to works of Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer.

INFORMATION SECURITY: The South Florida Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association will hold its 2002 Information Security Conference & Exhibition May 14 in the Fort Lauderdale Marina Marriott. The event, open to the public, promotes discussion among information technology professionals about computer and network security-related issues. Cost is $75; $50 for members. RSVP by April 26. Details: Rob Carey, (954) 224-0550.

NEW IVAX BRAND: Miami-based IVAX Corp., which closed an exclusive US agreement with 3M, says its US proprietary pharmaceuticals subsidiary, IVAX Laboratories, will immediately begin selling QVAR, a currently marketed branded asthma product. It "will be marketed and sold by our rapidly expanding US proprietary products sales team," said Neil Flanzraich, president of IVAX Corp. In 2001, worldwide sales of the company’s respiratory products grew to $232 million from $174 million in 2000.

CHARTER MEETINGS: Representatives for the new downtown Miami charter school, 305 NW Third Ave., are holding the second in a series of four parent information nights at 6 p.m. today (4/25) in Bay Parc Plaza, 1756 N Bayshore Drive. Sessions are also scheduled at noon Friday and at 6 p.m. April 30 in the First Union Financial Center. Details: (866) 543-7872 or downtowncharter.org

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