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What does Miami distillery make when bars are closed? (Hint: Don’t drink it.)

Toast Distillers’ signature product was premium vodka. But when unemployment increased and medical supplies became scarce nationwide, Toast switched formulas to solve both problems.

The company hired 15 new employees as it shifted production from spirits to hand sanitizer, said founder and CEO Dieuveny “DJ” Jean Louis. The “EZ Hand Sanitizer” is created in a partnership with the Cosmetic Corporation of America, Inc. and Veritas Farms, Inc.., which sells its products in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.

“When the whole pandemic happened, we saw a window of opportunity,” he said.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic Toast distillers began using their alcohol distilling facility to produce hand sanitizer. It is mostly for sale but they have donated as well.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic Toast distillers began using their alcohol distilling facility to produce hand sanitizer. It is mostly for sale but they have donated as well.

Toast Distillers now employs about 30 people. Louis said he has not had to apply for any government aid because of a public demand for the new product. Toast Distillers came together

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This Miami startup offers ‘family on demand’ to seniors. The pandemic has boosted need

Salome Cuence-Alfonso knew she needed a job. But little did she know that the connections she’d make at this one would make her new job so rewarding that it didn’t even feel like work.

In May, the 18-year-old started working for Papa, a Miami startup founded in 2016 that provides assistance and socialization to seniors through a phone application, website or 800 number.

Seniors were already a marginalized group before the COVID-19 outbreak, but the pandemic shutdown fueled further isolation. That’s where Cuence-Alfonso and the rest of the Papa staff come in.

The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.

Papa pal cleaning a client’s home. The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.
Papa pal cleaning a client’s home. The company previously offered in-person companionship, assistance and transportation; during the past few months, the service has gone virtual.

Papa founder and CEO Andrew Parker described Papa as a “family- on-demand” service. He

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Miami officials have a few models for reopening schools. It’s up to parents to decide.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ plans keep shifting as coronavirus cases continue to spike exponentially.

The school district was due to announce its plan to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday but postponed to squeeze in one more meeting with its work group of medical professionals and community members. The full plan will be presented at a special School Board meeting Wednesday, July 1.

“After the last Zoom call, as a parent, grandparent, I was extremely nervous and upset,” said Eileen Segal of the Family & Community Involvement Advisory Committee on Wednesday. “After listening today I feel a lot calmer.”

On Friday, the 23-member work group met virtually again to go over a revised draft plan. Seven models of how instruction would take place were whittled to four: A daily attendance at the schoolhouse model with reduced class sizes and social distancing; two hybrid models of in-person and

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