Posts Tagged ‘Miami’

Wanted: tanning butler to rubs guests

April 22, 2008

Armando King, 21, auditions for, left to right, Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Payer, Meredith Mulligan and Chris Lopez to be the tanning butler at the Ritz-Carlton's DiLido Beach Club. PATRICK FARELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF From the Miami Herald, Posted on Mon, Apr. 21, 2008 BY NICHOLAS SPANGLER Photo by PATRICK FARELL / MIAMI HERALD STAFF click to read more.     Armando King, 21, auditions for Vivica A. Fox, Michelle Payer, Meredith Mulligan and Chris Lopez to be the tanning butler at the Ritz Carlton’s DiLido Beach Club.     A couple of waiters and a model or two turned out Sunday afternoon for a South Beach tanning butler casting call.     The last one, Malcolm, was a part-time male model who’d held the position for a year, about as long as each of the previous three tanning butlers, who were, coincidentally, also part-time male models.     And now, with summer approaching and the guests needing him most — for sunblock on hard-to-reach spots, sun protection factor explanations or just a gentle Evian spritz to the face — Malcolm was gone, not buttling elsewhere, but painting houses in Maui.     A hiring panel was quickly convened, consisting of the pool manager, along with assorted public relations types and celebrity guest Vivica A. Fox. Candidates were invited to apply in person at the hotel Sunday afternoon, with only the first 250 to be considered. —You know, this story just says it all. 

Home school rise in Florida; yea, that explains it

April 19, 2008

From the Miami Herald posted on Sat, Apr. 19, 2008 BY KATHLEEN McGRORY and MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF click to read more.
Once illegal in the state, home schooling has entered the educational mainstream, with several thousand South Florida children getting lessons at home.     Ginny Pared teaches her 7-year-old son Jason about currency.Nine-year-old Tyler Jones has an easy commute to school.     He rolls out of bed, dresses, bounces down the stairs of his family’s Coral Springs home, and slides into a seat at the kitchen table.     Today’s lesson: possessive nouns.     Tyler’s mother, Carrie Jones, lugs an oversize whiteboard into the kitchen, props it on an easel, and leads her son through a dozen exercises in his grammar workbook.     ”Piece of cake, mom,” Tyler says afterward. “What’s next?”     Tyler is one of several thousand South Florida children for whom home doubles as school. Statewide, more than 55,000 students are home-schooled — a remarkable number, experts say, considering that the practice was illegal in Florida a little more than two decades ago.     What was once seen as an alternative for parents seeking a faith-based education is increasingly becoming a choice of mainstream parents.     Over the past decade, the trend has given rise to a multimillion-dollar industry. Co-ops and support groups abound. Online, virtual support groups and lesson plans are just a click away.    ‘There’s this notion among some parents that the public schools are failing, and that they can provide a better education to their kids,” said Eugene F. Provenzo Jr., an education professor at the University of Miami. “They believe they’re presenting their kids with a less technocratic culture, and one that’s more desirable.”     The U.S. Department of Education estimates that there are 1.1 million home-schoolers nationwide — a little more than 2 percent of the school-age population.