Wednesday, November 23, 2011


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 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.

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

Thanksgiving is the busiest traveling season of the year.  Please be aware and be safe. 

On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment - halftime.
– (author unknown)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2011 Old Cutler Church Christmas Concert

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church (OCPC) presents its 2011 Old Cutler Church Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 3rd, at 7:30 PM,.

Enjoy an evening filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas during their annual concert performed by an array of musicians and vocalists from their choir, orchestra, worship band and children’s choir.
CLICK HERE for more information.

This is always a very popular event that is not to be missed. Attendees should plan to arrrive early to guarantee a seat.

This is a great Christmas event where you can enjoy outstanding performances with your neighbors, friends and family.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday event time - places to take the family (or just yourself) and take in performances to enhance the Holiday Spirit.

There are some outstanding opportunities to view your local Southwood Middle school students in Holiday performances.

Don’t miss the opportunity to share the Miami Youth Ballet's Nutcracker which will, for the very first time, be performed at our very own South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on December 2nd and 3rd.   The majority of the cast is comprised of youth all from our area.  The Miami Youth Ballet is in conjunction with Palmetto Bay's Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. 

Madeline's Christmas kicks off at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables on November 29 and runs through special Holiday Performances every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and on December 23 & 24 at 7 p.m.   The cast will also appear at the Coral Gables Holiday Spectacular December 2 at 6:00 p.m. (full event is from 5-10:00 p.m.) at Merrick Park in Coral Gables.  The cast featuring the Southwood students performs December 3rd, 17th and 23rd.

These events make for a lovely family time with your kids: A formal event and get into the Holiday Spirit where you can see the shows and take the family out for ice cream afterwards on decorated Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, or at local businesses in Cutler Bay!

Click "Read more" below for more information.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sick joke? Neo-Nazi propaganda found in Mangowood

Outrageous.  Palmetto Bay resident/Channel 4 reporter/personality Gary Nelson, reports that residents in the Mangowood neighborhood of Palmetto Bay woke up Wednesday to find flyers in their driveways featuring a swastika, men in Nazi uniforms, and websites promoting a neo-Nazi group.

Click the headline to read/view the entire online CBS Miami story, Neo-Nazi Paraphernalia Litter Palmetto Bay Neighborhood, posted Nov 18, 2011.

This is not what our Palmetto Bay community is about.   

Thanksgiving events in our communities start Friday, November 18

The Village of Pinecrest's Thanksgiving events

Flashlight tour and family film
Free family concert
Fantastic Brunch
Click "Read more" below for all the details.  Great family events for all to enjoy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Help send holiday stockings to members of our military serving overseas.

The Village of Pinecrest seeks your help in making the holidays a little brighter for the members of our military overseas  NOTE: You need to move quickly as the deadline is Sunday, November 20th.

Help Send Holiday Stockings to Servicemen Overseas. CLICK HERE to view the specific list of items sought and full details of the Pinecrest request posted on the official village website.

Sailors and Marines, including a Pinecrest resident, will be at sea over the holidays onboard the U.S.S. Mesa Verde. Families of these servicemen would like to prepare 400 stockings to ship to the crew in time for the holidays. 

Items may be dropped–off at the Pinecrest Community Center, 5855 Southwest 111 Street, Pinecrest, Florida.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Palmetto Bay sees an uptick in property crimes

See Channel four online for Gary Nelson's, (a Palmetto Bay resident), 11/14/2011, report that Palmetto Bay has seen 165 burglaries so far this year, an increase of 40 percent over last year.

“We are experiencing an uptick in burglaries, as are most communities,” said Village spokesman Bill Kress.  “While we have had more than 160 so far this year, when you compare it to some comparably-sized towns, they may have that many in a month.

CLICK HERE to view the online report - Palmetto Bay Sees An Uptick In Residential Burglaries

As reported: The burglars typically ring the doorbell, knock on the front door, and if no one answers go around back and break in.

Palmetto Bay is increasing neighborhood patrols and conducting community awareness programs, urging residents to stay alert to what’s going on their block. 

Started under the original village council, the Village Policing unit remains committed to neighborhood policing programs and I continue to ask that you and your neighbors participate in a neighborhood crime watch. 

CLICK HERE to view the relevant police page with information on how to join a neighborhood Crime Watch group -- or to start one -- in your neighborhood.  You can e-mail Officer Pete Judge with the Village of Palmetto Bay Policing Unit or by calling 305-259-1270 (M-F, 9-5). You may also contact the Crime Watch organization directly.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Highlight on upcoming business new to Palmetto Bay

Fuddruckers to open in Palmetto Bay next year, 2012 

What is happening at the old Sweden House/gym location, vacant for many years? The sign has been posted on the site for months. It was temporarily being reconstructed for a new Navarro's Pharmacy, but as the new sign says and now the press releases confirms, it will be one of the newest locations for a Fuddruckers. 

A new Fuddruckers restaurant will open in 2012 on South Dixie Highway and SW 148th Street in Palmetto Bay.  Read the article in West Kendall Today online: New Fuddruckers restaurants coming to West Kendall and Palmetto Bay

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Friday, November 11 - VETERANS DAY

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all US Military veterans for their service to our country. This Friday, everyone should take a moment to honor those who have preserved our freedom and protected all of our rights, including the right to vote. Veterans Day is a holiday honoring living military veterans.  It is a Federal and State holiday observed by all states.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919.  Other countries today also still recognize November 11th as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in honor of the Armistice treaty which ended WWI. The U.S Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, making this holiday Veterans Day as we know it today. 

Military dot com list ways that you can celebrate and educate your children about Veterans Day:

History dot com offers a wealth of information about Veteran’s Day:

Thank you to every man and women who has served our county as a member of our armed forces

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church Arts & Crafts Festival, this Saturday, Nov. 12

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church will be hosting the“First Annual Arts & Crafts Festival” on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 14401 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay.

This Arts & Crafts Festival will include more than 40 artists and crafters who will be exhibiting and selling their art treasures.  CLICK HERE to view the Community Newspapers article or for additional information on the show, either call Andrea Rogers at 305-332-8834, or send email her at

Saturday, November 5, 2011

What are your plans for 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) on Nov. 8?

A really big space rock, a/k/a asteroid will pass between the moon and our Earth on November 8th.

The Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 201,700 miles (325,000 kilometers) of Earth at 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) on Nov. 8.  Personally, I am still trying to figure out if we will be able to see this object streak across the sky on this date.  Can any of our friends at our local Miami/Palmetto Bay Southern Cross Astronomical Society assist me in finding out?

Comments posted on NASA’s Near Earth Object Program website:

Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass within 0.85 lunar distances from the Earth on November 8, 2011. The upcoming close approach by this relatively large 400 meter-sized, C-type asteroid presents an excellent opportunity for synergistic ground-based observations including optical, near infrared and radar data. The attached animated illustration shows the Earth and moon flyby geometry for November 8th and 9th when the object will reach a visual brightness of 11th magnitude and should be easily visible to observers in the northern and southern hemispheres. The closest approach to Earth and the Moon will be respectively 0.00217 AU and 0.00160 AU on 2011 November 8 at 23:28 and November 9 at 07:13 UT.

For those of us who are not scientists, the explanation is that the asteroid will come within 202,000 miles of Earth, which is closer than the moon.  The average distance between Earth and the moon is 240,000 miles (386,242 km). This November 8 event will mark the closest visit by a space rock this size in more than three decades.  Reports are that  asteroid 2005 YU55  poses no change of hitting Earth, at least for this century. It comes closest, within about 167,000 miles, in 2094

Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 is carbon-colored and dark, the asteroid measures some 1,300 feet wide. An object this size could really ruin our day if it ever hits the earth.