playing with the PROS

The Rainones of Parkland take to the ice in South Florida By Michelle F. Solomon Rich Rainone recalls about five years ago when he was packing up to move his family to South Florida from Rhode Island. “I had hockey equipment, and I threw it in the dumpster because I never thought I’d use it.”

Learning curve

Coral Springs 8-year-old doesn’t let dyslexia hold back his talent for art By Michelle F. Solomon When Logan Priest was 6 years old, his mother, Lisa, became concerned about his learning abilities. “No matter how hard he tried to sound out words, he could not read,” she says. There was one area, however, where Logan did

Fostering a Dream

Tammy King-Foster’s Olympic dream will soon become a reality. It is a dream she’s had since the age of 14 when she was a student at Palmer Trinity School. The now 40-year-old, who is back at Palmer Trinity as the head of track and field, proves that dreams do not have a shelf life.  In

The Ethical Hacker

Echemendia was born in Cuba and moved to Miami when he was 9 years old. At the age of 14, he began playing with and taking apart ham radios, and a curiosity for electronics was born. Shortly thereafter, the teen learned he could “access all kinds of interesting stuff” with just a computer and a

The Next Hilfiger

For Jaimie Hilfiger, South Florida radiates a glow that lines up perfectly with her theory of fashion and beauty. “Being in a beautiful place, in a nice climate, is good for your soul,” she says, “and that’s projected in the way that you look.” If the Hilfiger name sounds familiar, it is. Jaimie is the

Fashion Direction: Up with Ken Downing

“I don’t want you to look dead.I want you propped up.” Ken Downing directs, as four models contort and drape themselves around him on a rug. Just minutes before, Downing, the senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, declared that he and the models should lie down in the middle of the downtown

Dudes & Food Delivering Success

Jayson Koss leans forward to pet his dog, Uzi, in the middle of a conference room that looks more like a break room with canned sodas, a Ping-Pong table and two large flat-screen televisions mounted on the wall with attached gaming system. Koss’ partner, Mike Silverman, leans back casually in a chair with a mural

A Salute to SFC Mullings

What happens when you serve in the military, holding positions that include combat jobs, administration, drill sergeant and recruiter? You form a squad of your own at home. That’s what SFC Christopher Mullings did. He and his wife, Donna, have seven children whose ages range from 17 to 32. His oldest son, Christopher Jr., who

Jill Naidus: Live to Give

  From her breast cancer awareness license plate to her collection of over 30 race medals and plaques, it’s safe to say that Jill Naidus is a philanthropic Parkland “it” mom. “My name is Charity. I do charity work,” says Jill Naidus, without hesitation, as we sit around her kitchen table.   Known as the