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Mayor receives award for villae’s parks programs

Mayor receives award for villae’s parks programs

Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk received the prestigious William Lyman Phillips Award on Apr. 4 from the Miami- Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in a ceremony conducted at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden during the Great Park Summit-2014. The award is presented “for excellence in park, recreation and conservation open space planning and […]

Village to celebrate this year’s ‘Earth Week’ on Apr. 21 to 26

Village to celebrate this year’s ‘Earth Week’ on Apr. 21 to 26

Once again Palmetto Bay is celebrating not just Earth Day, but Earth Week, with a range of events taking place from Apr. 21 to 26. Village officials will be visiting all local area elementary schools Apr. 21 through 23 to release thousands of ladybugs in the school gardens. Ladybug releases are always a big hit […]

Town’s ‘Senior Games’ prove that love of sports is ageless

Town’s ‘Senior Games’ prove that love of sports is ageless

The Town of Cutler Bay’s first annual “Senior Games” scored a hit with residents, ages 50 to 79. The series of events took place Mar. 17- 22 in various town parks and other locations around the area. Tennis and Pickleball competitions were conducted at Saga Bay Park. Table tennis, basketball shooting, swimming, bag toss and […]

Town Hall meeting helps residents to find money

Town Hall meeting helps residents to find money

An unusual Town Hall Meeting hosted by Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle on Thursday, Mar. 27, helped Cutler Bay residents find money they didn’t know they had coming to them. Loyzelle said that a total of 24 residents, business owners and volunteers attended the Town Hall Unclaimed Properties Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. The workshop presenter […]

Linda M. Robinson wins two prestigious awards

Linda M. Robinson wins two prestigious awards

Palmetto Bay’s former vice mayor Linda M. Robinson celebrated Women’s History Month by receiving two significant awards in the month of March. First, on Mar. 2 she was recognized with a “Women of Impact” Award. Then, on Mar. 13 she was honored with the Mayor’s Pioneer Award during the “In the Company of Women” reception. […]

‘Downtown Experience’ attracts many residents, business people

‘Downtown Experience’ attracts many residents, business people

Palmetto Bay’s “Downtown Experience,” an event hosted by the village and the Downtown Redevelopment Task Force (DRTF) on Friday, Mar. 14, drew a crowd of residents and business people, most of whom were “new faces” who normally don’t attend regular monthly meetings. Featuring a brief panel discussion, food provided by 18 restaurants, live music, prizes […]

Natural Healing Center begins anew after fire

Natural Healing Center begins anew after fire

When the Natural Healing and Massage Center in Cutler Bay moved to a new location in the same shopping center near the end of 2013, with a fresh look and new décor, the business’s future seemed bright. Then two months after reopening, the facility suffered an electrical fire causing smoke damage so severe that it […]

Contemporary art brightens lawn of the Biltmore Hotel

Contemporary art brightens lawn of the Biltmore Hotel

Brightly colored plastic sculptures of boxer dogs, incongruously wearing human shoes and backpack water bottles, have added a contemporary splash of color to the classic architecture of the landmark Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Other creatures done in the same style decorate the hotel property as well, and are part of an unusual exhibit that […]

Peter Rodriguez’s Eagle Scout project aids troops overseas

Peter Rodriguez’s Eagle Scout project aids troops overseas

When Cutler Bay resident Peter Rodriguez, 14, of Boy Scout Troop 314 chose something to do for his Eagle Scout Project, rather than perform something local he wanted to boost the morale of American military members overseas. Rodriguez, a student at Coral Reef High, decided to do that by purchasing 900 small flags and recruiting […]

Palmetto Bay’s Leia Schwartz wins Musical Genius’ top prize

Palmetto Bay’s Leia Schwartz wins Musical Genius’ top prize

Village resident Leia Schwartz emerged as the top winner of the locally produced reality show, Musical Genius. The show, which began airing in January after several months of development, concluded with the episode broadcast on Mar. 2. Of the five participating young musical artists, who performed throughout the run of the show, Schwartz placed first […]

Southwood Dance Team cited at council meeting

Southwood Dance Team cited at council meeting

Nineteen members of the Southwood Superstars Dance Team for 2013-14 who recently won a top national award were honored by Palmetto Bay’s mayor and council at their Mar. 3 meeting. During the American Dance Association competition in January, Southwood’s team was awarded the highest distinction for their jazz technique, choreography and musical theater production at […]

Town hall meeting to help find ‘unclaimed properties’

Town hall meeting to help find ‘unclaimed properties’

An unusual town hall meeting hosted by Seat 2 Councilmember Sue Ellen Loyzelle on Thursday, Mar. 27, will help hundreds of Cutler Bay residents find “hidden treasure.” Loyzelle, working in conjunction with state officials, has identified more than 400 citizens and businesses who have money owed to them of which they are unaware. More than […]

Council selects Lehtinen as new village attorney

Council selects Lehtinen as new village attorney

Dexter Wayne Lehtinen was chosen to be the new Palmetto Bay village attorney by unanimous vote of the village council at its Mar. 3 meeting. The resolution authorized the village manager to negotiate a contract that will come back to the council for approval at the Apr. 7 meeting. Lehtinen, 67, was selected over five […]

Cutler Bay town employees join in Relay for Life team

Cutler Bay town employees join in Relay for Life team

Members of the Town of Cutler Bay’s staff participated in the World’s Fair 2014 – Relay for Life of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay to help raise money for the fight against cancer. The event took place on Saturday, Mar. 1, on the field of Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest. The town’s entry was […]

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