Cutler Bay honored two of its residents during the Mar. 18 town council meeting, presenting proclamations to Rosi Alvarez, Education Advisory Committee chair, and saxophonist Ethan Ford.
Alvarez was recognized because she “tirelessly lent her time and talents to the Town of Cutler Bay in countless ways including chairperson to Town of Cutler Bay Education Advisory Committee, Municipal Advisory Committee, Cutler Bay Clerk/Communications Committee, WiFi Committee, Founder of Cutler Bay Steering Committee, and Representative to Let’s Incorporate Now.”
Alvarez became a court-appointed Special Advocate with the Guardian ad Litem Program, 11th District Court, with the State of Florida in 2000. She continues to represent the best interests of foster children in the State of Florida, and was honored with the Administrative Judge Division Outstanding Guardian ad Litem Award.
She has supported organizations such as Miami Coalition, Drug-Free Youth in Town, Boy Scouts of America, Boys Club of America and the Jackson South Hospital Community Advisory Council. Alvarez served Boy Scouts of America organization as chair, troop and den leader, establishing Gulliver Schools Inaugural Chapter.
Ethan Ford, son of Melisa and Bruce Ford of Cutler Bay, was recognized “for his musical talent as a high caliber tenor saxophonist attending Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts under band director Arthur Scavella” and since “music stimulates the brain, and teaching through cultural arts promotes critical and creative thinking as well as motivates and increases aptitude for learning.”
Ford has participated in marching band, jazz band wind ensemble, concert band and all-state band, and achieved first chair in all-state band. In November 2014, Ford was selected to perform with Florida Music Educators Association All-State Middle School Band and has been recognized as the No. 1 tenor saxophonist in the state of Florida.