Sources have provided an update that
our Palmetto Bay police are fully empowered to continue the Pumpkin Patrol tradition
and continue with the great job they do at making our Halloween evenings safe!This is great news for so many of us who want
to continue the public tradition of an active Trick or Treat event throughout
the village. The question is which
members of the council will be riding along with the police as if they planned
to hold this event all along.
The Monsters at the Park event is a welcomed
return to tradition as there was no Halloween movie in 2012. “Monster’s University”
joins past Halloween movie night traditions like “Igor” held in the Halloween
spirit at the Halloween Movie Night back on Friday, Oct. 30, in 2009.That movie was sponsored by Gus Machado Ford,
whose donations to the event included providing residents with microwave popcorn to bring to the park.
I like to see the family themed
events continue in Palmetto Bay. Other past Halloween themed movie events
included “Monster House” in 2010. The tradition really got its start in 2006
with the 1984 classic “Ghostbusters.”Both Ghostbusters and “Night at the Museum” (I believe our second movie
night) with both attracting overflow crowds of well over 500 (some counts had
the “Night at the Museum” crowd over 700, a record still unmatched) with residents
filling the larger green space located between the tennis courts and Coral Reef
Drive.The movie nights are presently held
in a cozier venue, located at the large gazebo on the 77th Avenue
side of Coral Reef Park.
I am posting some photos that demonstrate that the level of preparation that some of our neighbors have put into for Halloween, which has become a great tradition in Palmetto Bay (and yes, my Cutler Bay friends, in Cutler Bay as well). I offer a sampling of some house decs which beg the questions: "Do you think these will be places to go on Halloween night? and "Do these homes (as all do) deserve the additional police protection of the "Pumpkin Patrol"? (Click "Read more" to view the photos.)
I spoke with several of my neighbors while they were setting up their
Halloween decorations over the weekend.The predominate activities for this last weekend were the UM home game
against Wake Forest (I don’t know what make us sweat more, the heat at the game
or the last minute comeback), as well as the two big TV games: FSU Saturday
evening and the Dolphin game on Sunday. Many people were at their children’s
soccer practices and games or birthday parties.
Which bring me to my point. One of my neighbors suggested, and it does
strike me as odd that the village would try to “replace” ‘Pumpkin Patrol with activities
based at a single Palmetto Bay park, adding there is no way the village could
hold an event for the entire village and guests who come into the village for a
typical Halloween.One neighbor suggested
that the movie night would be better set not on a school night; stating it
should have been held on the prior Friday or Saturday evening.Another neighbor commented that it would be
ill-advised to not have ‘Pumpkin Patrol’, the enhanced police, as there will be
many kids going door to door seeking candy, regardless of whether there is a
movie at the park. Yes, Palmetto Bay has traditionally enjoyed Halloween. OCPC has its traditional Fall Festival alternative to Trick or Treating.
The debate continued. A friend came up to Alexandra and I at breakfast Sunday morning asking point
blank if this is a plan by the current mayor and council to corral the kids and
get these little monsters off the streets, so they are not making noise and
bothering people by ringing door bells and soliciting handouts from hapless
homeowners who may not appreciate the interruption of the quiet enjoyment of their
homes! (Ah, sarcasm, or so I suspect.However,
when I did repeat this theory back to one neighbor, I was met with a “hmmm, let
me think about that” rather than a dismissive laugh).
My goal as the first mayor of Palmetto Bay was not to replace or
redirect activities, but to try to nurture and support the existing culture
while trying to enhance our quality of life. Many people in our community have
developed significant traditional activities. Many play golf or tennis, and/or
support our kids as they engage in scouting, dance, drama, academic or sports
activities. That is why we fought hard
and built library building to attract the County; an amphitheater, added
walking paths and gazebos to parks and even more parks including a dog
park. Why? Because we did a master plan and
that is what people wanted.
So then who wants to ‘replace’ the traditional Halloween in Palmetto
Bay?It does strike me as unfair and
unwise to stop the added police patrols on a very busy and traditional
fun-filled evening – Halloween.Trick or
treating was an event that I enjoyed as a child, was disappointed to see it
nearly die in the late 80s and 90s and was pleased to see it regain resurgence
in Palmetto Bay. My mother still sees less than a handful of kids at Halloween,
if any at all.That is sad. We have
parties here and travel in groups in Palmetto Bay.I would like to see this family-friendly
event recognized and nurtured here her in Palmetto Bay.
Happy Halloween to my friends, neighbors and fellow residents – and yes
there will be candy for the trick or treaters on our street. And, by the way, both our dogs, Ginger and
Timmy will be in costume.I look forward
to another once a year night of fun.
I raise the concern again this year because it is stated by a village official that there will be a "replacement" (as opposed to "additional thereto") to the Pumpkin Patrol. And although I welcome the ‘Monster in the Park’ event, it should be viewed as an
additional event, not one that replaces neighborhood traditions.See: ‘Monsters in the Park’ event is village’s treat for Halloween. We cannot cancel the annual added police protection. Halloween in the neighborhoods will happen and we need to maintain safe streets for both the participants and homeowners. Palmetto Bay residents have our long standing tradition of individual and neighborhood/block party celebrations going on Halloween night (a school night, Thursday, this year) as well as the parties held weekends that pre-and post-date October 31.
I am perplexed.Mary S. Fernandez, the village’s special
events supervisor, is mentioned as promoting this "Monsters in the Park" event as “a safe and fun alternative to traditional
trick-or-treating with a movie showing.” This same article clearly advises us, the members of the public, that this event is in fact "... a replacement for the 'Pumpkin Patrol' done in previous years because it was difficult to get to all areas of the village in a timely fashion." (emphasis added). But what if some unintended "monsters" decide to make an unwelcome appearance in our quiet little community,i.e. Halloween evening vandalism or other nasty tricks?
And just who had difficulty getting to all areas of the village in a timely fashion?Certainly not the police.I guess it is too hard for the current elected officials to
support the traditional events and reach out to everyone, so are they instead
bringing the photo op to the village officials and partners, who are scheduled
per Ms. Fernandez to be distributing candies and stickers for all
trick-or-treaters at the park.
The Pumpkin Patrol is not a
photo op, but it apparently has been viewed by the current administration solely
as one.The Pumpkin Patrol was an initiative
I first supported with our Village Policing Unit which has a simple idea: Palmetto
Bay would have 3 times the normal police on duty to participate; cruising the
neighborhoods, making frequent stops along the way to hand out candy and safety
glow sticks for our youngsters.The Pumpkin Patrol has
certainly assisted in fewer tricks and more treats in Palmetto Bay. POLICE HALLOWEEN PATROL – THE EVER-PRESENT “PUMPKIN PATROL”
I say be safe and have fun
this Halloween. There is room both for the police to perform their
Pumpkin Patrol and have an outstanding Halloween Village event at the park. But there should
be no room, nor tolerance, for sacrificing safety for those who choose to
continue to participate in Halloween in their traditional manner.I trust that Our Village
Police Commander, Major Greg Truitt will not let our Palmetto Bay residents and
neighborhoods go it on their own this year without the added police.Major
Truitt: There is still time to schedule and assign a 2013 Pumpkin Patrol.After all, it should be about safety, not photo ops.
University accepts the findings and the additional penalties as detailed in the
Committee on Infractions report and will not appeal. The University is grateful
to the Committee for a fair and thorough hearing.
a proud member of the NCAA, the University of Miami remains committed to its
fellow institutions and to the core principles that we—the members of the
association—have always believed in.
report also includes detailed statements from the Chair of the Board of
Trustees Leonard Abess, President Donna E. Shalala, and Director of Athletics
Blake James.Go follow the link above to
review the statements
Here are the sanctions are reported in the Miami Herald:
·Loss of nine scholarships for the football team over a three-year
probationary period (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17)
·NO postseason ban.
·UM basketball will lose three scholarships, one
each for the next three years.
There were several former coaches and employees who were individually subject
to the NCAA proceeding.Here is how they
·Former UM and current University of Missouri
basketball coach Frank Haith was suspended for the first five games of the
2013-14 season. He also must attend an NCAA Regional Rules seminar at the end
of the 2013-14 academic year.
·Former UM football assistants Clint Hurtt and
Aubrey Hill and former basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez each received a
two-year show cause order in effect from Tuesday through Oct. 21, 2015 –
meaning each is effectively banned from coaching in college for two years.
Hurtt, a current assistant at Louisville, was also penalized by his university,
the NCAA said. Hill is the current head coach at Miami Carol City High.
·Miami Herald reported that it is unclear whether
former UM basketball assistant Jake Morton received any penalties
What now? UM has 15 days to submit in writing if it intends to appeal any or all
of the sanctions and/or the findings of violations, according to NCAA bylaws. The
Herald reports that a source said UM will not appeal the penalties.
And – Nevin Shapiro, remains in jail, serving a 20-year prison sentence
for a $930 million Ponzi scheme where he can no longer slime anyone. In
reviewing the Miami Herald reports, it appears that at least part of Felon
Shapiro’s ill-motives against UM may have been personal anger because “once the
players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used
friend.”Could felon Shapiro been angry
that these players failed to invest in his scheme?
that we only need to shelter in place or at worst, be able to run faster than
you, for about 5 -6 hours.
if a zombie virus ever did begin turning humans into flesh-craving animated
corpses, Mother Nature would quickly quell the invasion, the article allows
naturalist David Mizejewski to make the point that in the wild, flesh is
considered a delicacy, and, to many a hungry creature, zombies would be walking
buffets rather than menaces.
I'm glad to receive the reassurances. Read the
entire article, if you have the stomach for it.
No one is
against power lines; it is all about when we finally get the power lines where they
belong: underground. When if not now? How long do we wait? Hurricane Andrew was
1992 and there has not been much, if in fact any, progress on undergrounding
the power lines. And nothing will happen until
enough people get involved and are willing to stand up politically and
financially to work for positive change.
why does Palmetto Bay continue to have their collective heads in the sand on
this one? A two minute courtesy speech, reading off talking points given you
moments earlier by others is insufficient.Teammates
need to be on the same page and push together. Palmetto Bay remains stuck in
neutral on this effort. There is occasional lip service, but no action.
Gables has been a very active in the effort.The Palmetto Bay mayor and council need to see the significance of this
issue.Read the Howard Cohen report in
the Miami Herald: Coral Gables mayor, attorney talk with state pols about FPL lines.Coral
Gables Mayor Jim Cason and City Attorney Craig Leen traveled to Tallahassee
earlier this month to meet members of Gov. Rick Scott’s cabinet who will vote
on Florida Power & Light’s plan to run two towering power-line corridors
through Miami-Dade County.
I will venture over shortly to see what all the advance excitement was about. Trader Joe's formally opened today, Friday, October 18, in Pinecrest. This is the view from Datran II. I will be walking over from my office.
I hope to resolve my current personal lap top issues with the upgrade to Window 8.1, which, as reported, is a free update for current owners of Windows 8. It's available starting at 7 a.m. Thursday in New York.
We are told to “simply go to the Windows Store app to find it. It may take a few hours for updates to reach everyone.” Now I have to figure out the “Windows Store app” and learn why I may have to wait “hours” for it to reach me. "App Store" = a new road block to simply going to a "website" and clicking on "downloads."
Computers with Windows 8.1 already installed will go on sale Friday local time. That's also when people will be able to buy stand-alone copies of Windows 8.1.
To be balanced, I loved Windows 95, so I know I am not resistant to change. We never upgraded to Windows ME or 98. My daughter had a Windows 7 OS and I did like that version. Our family suffered absolutely none of the rumored problems of Windows Vista. Windows 8 nearly made me chuck our PCs and move into Apple for home computing.
This will be my first experience upgrading an OS. I am sure that my family is much like most non-computer geek households that only upgrade their OS through the purchase of new computer hardware. Few are the good news stories from those who upgrade their operating systems on older equipment.
Upgrade here we come, feel free to send any helpful advice on the change.
The Palmer Trinty School Board of Trustees invites everyone to a community breakfast to discuss their future plans.
Don't leave the discussion for others. It is time for you to get involved and be part of the solution. Forget the second hand information and political posturing (we have enough of that in Washington). Your attendance may make a difference. Pictured below is an advertisement posted in the current Palmetto Bay News - Page 7, October 15-28, 2013, edition (CLICK HERE to view, go to bottom of page 7).
The breakfast will be held this Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, in the Palmer Trinity School Gymnasium. Call (305) 969-4297 for official information.
An interesting bike run on Sunday, Oct 13, 2013. Alex and I took the route less traveled and stopped by to say hello to one of the resident crocodiles. It appeared to be asleep, but then again, how many meals thought the same thing?
The diversity of area wildlife so accessible to our hometown is one of the perks of living here in Palmetto Bay, South Miami-Dade.
New neighbors in our near future? August 10,
2013: FPL's Cutler plant demolished. It was one heck of a morning wake up call.
So when will us regular Palmetto Bay residents be brought up to date on the FPL
plans for this location?
homes to go into this site.FPL is
investigating selling off much of the property to be platted into homes, but retaining
part of the property for the FPL power substation.
suggestion is for the village to negotiate in good faith with FPL and work to
obtain two things; land for the fire station as well as land for public green
space. What about the existing picnic/party pavilion and BOAT RAMP! Exciting opportunities abound.
Maybe it is time for a scaled public master plan process for this area.
suggest that Palmetto Bay’s leadership notify neighbors and bring them in early
to work out in advance any issues on fire station or park rather than creating
last-minute controversy.Be inclusive; don’t
play this too close to the vest – let potential neighbors in on the plans
earlier and work to gain support rather than subject them to surprise.
Bay now has jurisdiction over the FPL site. Original County-imposed
restrictions mandated into Palmetto Bay's Charter divested jurisdiction over the site so long as it was used as a
power plant. It is no longer a power generating plant and, therefore, the
restrictions no longer apply.This is a
good opportunity for this current Palmetto Bay council.
worth watching:CLICK HERE to watch the channel
10 video of the final downfall of the Cutler Power plant located off Ludlum
Rad, between 136 and 152 Streets.The
plant was first operational in 1949, but has been obsolete for years.It is a landmark that won't be missed.
The Deering Estate at Cutler is part of the Biscayne Bay IBA – Important Bird Area - recognized as a globally important habitat for the conservation of bird populations Are you anxious to cross the thick-billed vireo, mangrove cuckoo, or white-crowned pigeon off your life list? These are just 3 of the more than 170 species that can be found at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Enjoy a Bird Walk tomorrow, Saturday, October 12th from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. Bird Walks are offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month and are free with regular Estate admission. Bird Walk: 2nd Saturday of the month. CLICK HERE for full and official details 7:30 am - 10:30 am $15 per person – see note above regarding the info that Bird Walks are offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month and are free with regular Estate admission.
I’m a card carrying member of the Deering Estate (family membership), are you?
to correct me, but I calculate that it has been 781 days from August 16,
2011, the date I have that the Charles Robinson Article was published on Yahoo
Sports until today, Saturday, October 5, 2013.Yes, I mean it, UM Held Hostage.2 years, 1 month, 19 days. This is a long
time to be punished by a holding a big black cloud over one’s head, especially where UM has applied
probably the harshest self-imposed penalties while we all wait for a NCAA to
complete its so-called investigation and impose its ruling.
way, the NCAA has investigated and absolved itself for its own wrong doing,
using an “outside” counsel. What happened since then?
dates: UM did not receive the NCAA's Notice of Allegations from the NCAA until
February 19, 2013.The hearing was held
beginning June 13, 2013.What’s that
been?115 days or 3 months, 23 day. What
are the tribunal members doing?To each
of them I ask: What do you call an order that is released from a tribunal more
than 115 days after hearings? Answer: “Stale”I can think of many courts and administrative agencies that would
reverse an order delayed so long and possible rebuke the Judge for the delay in
student athletes properly concentrate on school and athletics while they wait
for a decision that decides how much they pay for the sins of others long since
the week: An end to the Federal shutdown to be replaced by an NCAA
NCAA Member schools need to start
acting like participating members a/k/a directors over the NCAA, rather than
subjects to a monarch and demand better from the NCAA. Any one of them could be
Photo evidence taken from Datran of impact on area businesses working to dry out and open for business.
Did you get your text alert about the urban flood advisory?I did.Many did, make sure you have signed up.A flash flood warning was issued overnight until 4:30 a.m. for
areas.The flood advisory was scheduled
to remain in effect for portions of Miami-Dade until 11:15 a.m. Thursday, including
Kendall and South Miami.