• Farewell to GablesHomePage.com

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 admin No comments

    GablesHomePage.com logoAfter four years of presenting local information to Coral Gables, the GablesHomePage.com website will suspend operations on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

    Initially funded by a matching grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Coral Gables Community Foundation, GablesHomePage.com was one of the initial 23 community news grants awarded in the country.  Covering local events, celebrations and elections, the site prided itself on quality, unbiased content in a civil interactive setting.

    “The Coral Gables Community Foundation is proud to have had the opportunity to work with the Knight Foundation, and our partners, the University of Miami and The Miami Herald,” said Chairman CARLOS F. GARCIA.  “As we wind down project implementation and focus on funds in our community, we will continue to work to achieve our mission of enhancing the lives of the people of Coral Gables. The amount of funds we manage has already increased this year and is a priority of the board of directors. These funds are the vehicle to make an even greater impact on our community.”

    “While community support and accolades for the site were strong, advertising sales and funding remained a constant challenge,” said Executive Director ANDRIA HANLEY. “Meeting so many community-minded people who wanted to share news about their organizations was the best part of our daily updates and putting our weekly newsletter together. If only we could continue this service without the costs involved in producing a professionally made website and newsletter.”

    The announcement of the website’s fate, published Monday, May 6, disappointed many in the community.

    “What a pity for one very good and fine publication to be scrubbed,” said PAT CLARKE, longtime member and past president of the Coral Gables Music Club who often submitted news and photos from her organization’s events.

    “That’s very sad news for myself, Actors’ Playhouse, and the entire city of Coral Gables,” said BROOKE NOBLE, public relations manager for Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. “GHP has been a vital part of our community and we thank you and your team for all that you have done.”

    ROBERT ROSENBERG, director of the Coral Gables Art Cinema, voiced similar sentiment: “That’s a real loss for our community.”

    Among the website’s cadre of community writers was longtime Coral Gables resident PATRICK ALEXANDER, who teaches wine-appreciation courses at Books & Books with occasional presentations at the Coral Gables Museum. “Over the past few years, GablesHomePage has become such an important, integral and informative part of Gables life. You will be greatly missed,” he said.

    Many thanks to everyone who advertised with GablesHomePage.  Special thanks to GHP’s very first advertiser MAURICIO BARBA!

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