Stories written by Gary Alan Ruse

‘Big Toys’ attract kids of all ages to city’s annual event

‘Big Toys’ attract kids of all ages to city’s annual event

The City of Coral Gables conducted its second annual Big Toy Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 11, and a large crowd of area adults and youngsters turned out for a chance to play with some of the city’s “big toys,” described by the city as “like a petting zoo for cars, trucks, and super-sized and specialized […]

Completion of Old Cutler Road project cheers business owners

Completion of Old Cutler Road project cheers business owners

The road improvement project undertaken by Miami-Dade County, begun in the summer of 2012 along parts of Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay, is finally complete with only a few landscaping touches remaining. Business owners in the affected area who had seen their customers stay away due to reduced access and traffic problems caused by […]

Final selections made for Village Education Advisory Committee

Final selections made for Village Education Advisory Committee

The final two members to the Education Advisory Committee were appointed at the Jan. 6 Palmetto Bay Village Council meeting, bringing the total number to five. Diane Quick and Leanne Tellam joined Dr. Sue Buslinger- Clifford, Pam Tabor and Karyn Cunningham on the panel The advisory committee serves the village by reviewing and supporting the […]

Town completes report on senior citizen needs

Aware of the impact that aging “babyboomers” will have on the community, the Town of Cutler Bay has posted on its website a “Senior Citizen Surveys and Needs Assessment Report” which has been an ongoing project. The report also was presented during a recent town council meeting. Because Cutler Bay has been designated a “Communities […]

Former patient brings holiday cheer to Baptist Hospital staff

Former patient brings holiday cheer to Baptist Hospital staff

Palmetto Bay resident Leia Schwartz, 17, is an outstanding student and athlete who is known for her health-related community service projects and her remarkable singing talent. Schwartz, who has a history of asthma, has made a few serious hospital visits, giving her an appreciation for the staff of Baptist Hospital and patients like her. On […]

Town council members discuss goals for 2014

With 2014 just beginning, bringing new possibilities and opportunities as well as ongoing issues of concern, the members of the Cutler Bay Town Council were contacted and each asked what his or her primary goal was in the year ahead. All five responded and expressed what they most want to focus on in 2014. Mayor […]

Village council to consider naming street to honor George Johnson

The Palmetto Bay Village Council voted 5-0 at its Dec. 9 meeting to place on the agenda of the January meeting a resolution put forth by Councilmember Patrick Fiore to posthumously honor resident George F. Johnson by co-designating a village roadway with his name. A section of SW 144th Terrace between 68th Court and 68th […]

Village council to consider naming street to honor George Johnson

Village council to consider naming street to honor George Johnson

The Palmetto Bay Village Council voted 5-0 at its Dec. 9 meeting to place on the agenda of the January meeting a resolution put forth by Councilmember Patrick Fiore to posthumously honor resident George F. Johnson by co-designating a village roadway with his name. A section of SW 144th Terrace between 68th Court and 68th […]

Town compltes taffic cirle ahead of schedule

Traffic Circle -After

A traffic circle project by the Town of Cutler Bay’s Public Works Department that was expected to be completed in late December was finished ahead of schedule and was fully open by the first of the month. Located at the intersection of SW 216th Street and 97th Avenue, the traffic “calming” circle is expected to […]

Possible new fire station discused at meeting

A town hall meeting at Village Hall on Dec. 11 was the latest stage in an ongoing effort to bring a new fire station to the northeast side of Palmetto Bay. Roughly 40 people attended the meeting that ran from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The site in question is part of the USDA Agricultural Research […]

Young resident continues tradition to honor his dad

Young resident continues tradition to honor his dad

Holiday light displays are an opportunity for many people to light up their homes and yards to express the joy of the season, but for Cutler Bay resident Hoffman Cruz it also is an expression of love for his late father. Cruz calls the display his “Winter Wonderland,” and decorating the family home has been […]

Travis Kendall: Village’s new P&Z administrator

Travis Kendall is pictured at Village Hall.

Travis Kendall, who joined the staff at Palmetto Bay Village Hall as the new Planning & Zoning administrator on Sept. 23, has been getting acquainted with both the job and the community. Kendall said he is looking forward to the work ahead. “There are a lot of exciting projects going on right now,” he said. […]

Travis Kendall: Village’s new P&Z administrator

Travis Kendall: Village’s new P&Z administrator

Travis Kendall, who joined the staff at Palmetto Bay Village Hall as the new Planning & Zoning administrator on Sept. 23, has been getting acquainted with both the job and the community. Kendall said he is looking forward to the work ahead. “There are a lot of exciting projects going on right now,” he said. […]

Christmas tree lot returns to church with less space

Christmas tree lot returns to church with less space

The Christmas tree lot that has been a tradition at the Cutler Ridge United Methodist Church in Cutler Bay for 23 years has returned, although construction on Old Cutler Road and a loss of church property to the county has resulted in less space for it. Tom McClary, a member of the church familiar with […]

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