Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wonder of Christmas light display and events at Christ the King Lutheran Church - Fri 12/19 - Mon 12/22

The fifth annual Wonder of Christmas light display and events at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Pinecrest will be held Friday, December 19 through Monday, December 22.

Each night the gorgeous campus along Snapper Creek is aglow with lights, with special events at 7pm:

Friday-live bluegrass music and decorate a gingerbread house;

Saturday-blessing of the pets (holiday attire encouraged for pets, too!) and children’s crafts;

Sunday-dramatic presentation complete with magical, miraculous special visitors; and

Monday-an old-fashioned carol sing.

Details can be found on the website at www.ctkmiami.org or by calling 305-665-5063.  The church is located at 11295 SW 57 Avenue in Pinecrest.

Christmas Eve Candlelight worship on December 24 is at 6pm (family), 8pm and 10pm.  It “snows” after each service!

Friday, December 12, 2014

A specific blanket request from Animal Services - Pet Blanket Drive - Miami-Dade County

Animal Services - Pet Blanket Drive - Miami-Dade County

Do you have a extra blanket? Miami-Dade County Animal Services can put it to good use. 

View the page: 'Tis the season when Miami-Dade gets those occasional chilly days.Let's make sure that shelter pets are as warm and cozy as we are at home by donating new or gently used clean blankets for them to keep snug during those sudden cold spells.

Animal Services' blanket drive has donation bins set up at its shelter, the Stephen P. Clark Center lobby and many County library branches. Be a blanket-caped hero and donate a blanket today. Thank mew!

The Animal Service page advises that Donation bins will also be available at the following library locations (partial list posted below).
Here are a few close to us in Pinecrest/Palmetto Bay/Cutler Bay:

- CORAL REEF BRANCH - 9211 CORAL REEF DR., 305-233-8324
- KENDALL BRANCH - 9101 SW 97 AVE., 305-279-0520
- PINECREST BRANCH - 5835 SW 111 ST., 305-668-4571
- SOUTH DADE REGIONAL - 10750 SW 211 ST.,  305-233-8140

For more information, contact www.miamidade.gov/animals or call 3-1-1. To find a branch library near you, visit www.mdpls.org and click ‘Find a Library.’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Photo of the Day - Thalatta / C100 - a drone's eye view!

A friend forwarded me two photos of the C100 / Thalatta Estate Park taken from his drone .  Outstanding photos. Photo credit: Photos courtesy of “ESwakon@Photos-by-Drone.com

Monday, December 8, 2014

Feeding South Florida - Holiday Food Drive opportunities within Palmetto Bay

Help fill the box - this one located at village hall.
The Village of Palmetto Bay is working with the members of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association in encouraging all to join together to support the Annual Holiday Food Drive. Working in conjunction with Feeding South Florida.

Please join in as together we can make a difference and assist with hunger relief efforts in our State.

CLICK HERE to view the official guidelines, include was can or cannot be accepted. A list of the top ten items needed is also included.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Community Chanukah Celebration - Coral Reef Park - Sun, Dec. 21, 2-4

Chanukah will be celebrated at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 Street, on Sunday, December 21, 2-4 p.m. This free event, centered at the Gazebo/Bandshell off 77th Avenue, is being hosted by Chabad of Palmetto Bay. Please join with Rabbi Zalman Gansburg for the Grand Lighting of a chocolate coin menorah at 3 p.m. The entire community is encouraged to attend this event, which includes activities for all ages:
   Bounce house
   Kids  arts and crafts
   Music and raffles
   Traditional holiday delicacies
   Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins)

For information, visit Chabad of Palmetto Bay or call 786-208-9222.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

And so it begins. And I will continue to work to earn your support. Thank you Judge Bertila Soto

There are just so many people to thank. I pledge to work hard for Palmetto Bay. 

It was my honor to have been sworn in by the Honorable Bertila Soto, Chief Judge Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. I am posting information on her as our outstanding judges are not often enough recognized for their service to our community. Thank you Chief Judge Soto! CLICK HERE to view some past news about Miami-Dade County's Chief Judge.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Swearing in tonight - 7 PM - A new era begins

I look forward to once again taking the helm as Mayor of Palmetto Bay - with your help. 

The swearing in ceremony will be held tonight, Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm, at the Village Hall Chambers, 9705 E. Hibiscus Street.

Just for fun, here is a family photo from my first swearing in, November of 2002.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wabasso Tackle set to close on Dec 31, 2014. Closing to allow for widening of 510.

Time is coming to a close for the Wabasso Tackle Shop.  See my Sunday, October 21, 2012, post:
The Wabasso Tackle Shop – a temporary reprieve for a local landmark. Reopening under a former owner, but slated to be taken down for future development.

Future development arrives in 2015.  The tackle shop will forever close on December 31, 2014.

Katherine and Meredith out front of the soon to close Wabasso Tackle shop. Taken 11/30/14

Hello Boys I'm Back - Video of the day - just for fun

I am just having a little fun on this Sunday morning.  I don't know what it means.  

Have a great Sunday.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The fifth Annual Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Sat, Dec 20, 2013

Palmetto Bay’s own festive boat parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 20.  CLICK HERE to view the Facebook event page.  Once again, an annual "thank you!" to Rainer & Noel Schael, as well as all the members and participants of the Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parade for organizing this event.  Spectators can enjoy the parade from Coral Reef Park, Bill Sadowski Park, or anywhere along the canal parade route. Gather your family and friends in the beautiful Palmetto Bay outdoors while celebrating the spirit of the holidays.

If you wish to enter your boat into the parade, or for additional information, please FB Message or email Rainer Schael at rainer@rs-env.com

I have posted photos from the 2013 event on the South Dade Updates Blog (CLICK HERE).

This is a wonderful community event that brings participants, friends and neighbors together in the holiday spirit, collecting canned food for a good cause, and is supported both by members of the residential community as well as a local business.

The Palmetto Bay Canal Association is made up of Palmetto Bay (and Pinecrest) residents that are both users and stewards of our local canal system. The group includes pleasure boaters, fishermen, skiers, canoers and kayakers.

Click the label “Boat Parade” label on the South Dade Updates blog to view posts and photos from prior Palmetto Bay Canal Association Holiday Boat Parades.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - 2014.

There is much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Alexandra, Katherine, Meredith and I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays. 

Like millions of others across this great country, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, honoring a tradition older than the nation itself. The Continental Congress proclaimed that the "inhabitants of these states" observe a day of Thanksgiving back in 1782.  Ever since then we set this day aside to give thanks for all our blessings, and this year we have many things for which to be thankful.
Please also take the time to remember and help the less fortunate.  Many families and children are doing with less, Take the time to become involved in a local charity, with time, if not a donation. There are many ongoing charities that are looking for donations and volunteers. The Palmetto Bay Canal Association will be collecting canned foods during its 5th Annual boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 20. 
Thanksgiving is the busiest traveling season of the year.  Please be aware and be safe.
One of my personal favorite quotes about a holiday:
On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.
– (author unknown)

THANK YOU PALMETTO BAY! 2014 run off election results

I will have more to say in the near future, but for now I simply want to express my deep and sincere appreciation to my fellow Palmetto Bay residents.

Miami Herald coverage:
Palmetto Bay’s Flinn wins back his mayoral seat in runoff

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/palmetto-bay/article4151752.html#storylink=cpy

Palmetto Bay’s founding mayor, Eugene Flinn, has reclaimed his old seat, handily beating incumbent Shelley Stanczyk — his successor — in Tuesday’s runoff election.

And in the race for District 3, which represents the southern part of the village, political newcomer Larissa Siegel Lara beat veteran village activist Henry Clifford by a small margin.

“It's a very emotional night for me,’’ said Flinn, 52. “I'm just so pleased; I just want to look forward at this point.’’

Flinn, who was mayor from 2002 to 2010, took in 2,883 votes to Stanczyk’s 1,498. Siegel Lara garnered 2,278 votes to Clifford’s 2,035.

From the start, Stanczyk, 65, who has been on the dais since 2006 and mayor since 2010, faced a tough bid for reelection. She faced three challengers in the general election, two of whom, including Flinn, made a divided and bickering council during her tenure top campaign issues. Among the most divisive issues: the village’s protracted, expensive and unsuccessful fight against the expansion of Palmer Trinity, a private school in a residential neighborhood.

Outgoing council member Patrick Fiore and retired business executive Peter England, the other mayoral candidates, endorsed Flinn when they failed to make it to the runoff.

As is typical in runoffs, the turnout was low. Of 16,478 registered electors, only 4,415 voted. About half of the votes came in absentee.

Read more
here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/palmetto-bay/article4151752.html#storylink=cpy