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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 […]

Chorus leaves the classroom to perform in the community

Chorus leaves the classroom to perform in the community

For the students in the chorus at Dr. E. L. Whigham Elementary School in Cutler Bay, singing isn’t just a classroom exercise — it’s a way to get involved in the community at an early age. The 54-member chorus is comprised of students in grades 2-5. Students who participate must audition for membership and they […]

Fiore and DuBois conduct village holiday food drive

Fiore and DuBois conduct village holiday food drive

Palmetto Bay District 1 Councilmember Patrick Fiore conducted his third annual food drive on Nov. 23 with the help of Vice Mayor John DuBois, Christ Fellowship Church and Publix Supermarket. “The turkeys were donated by the Publix on US1 and 148th Street,” said Councilmember Fiore. “I’d like to thank Troy Fuerbach, the general manager of […]

Horace Feliu slates book signing at Books & Books

Horace Feliu slates book signing at Books & Books

    Horace G. Feliu, a former City of South Miami mayor and businessman turned author, will have a book signing and talk at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. His thriller novel, The Nativity Conspiracy, is the subject of his talk. The controversial work of fiction mixes […]

MacDougall touches on town’s accomplishments in past year

Some 100 Cutler Bay residents attended Mayor Edward P. MacDougall’s State of the Town Address on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor penthouse of the Town Center Building. Mayor MacDougall welcomed everyone and in an unscripted address touched on the accomplishments of the past year for what he called the newest incorporated municipality within […]

Snow will fall on this year’s ‘Holiday by the Bay’ event

Snow will fall on this year’s ‘Holiday by the Bay’ event

Palmetto Bay’s signature festive holiday event will have some noteworthy changes this year. The fourth annual Holiday by the Bay presented by South Motors BMW takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m., at Ludovici Park, 17641 Old Cutler Rd. “This year there are free pictures with Santa,” said Mary S. Fernandez, […]

Town of Cutler Bay plants its 2000th Live Oak tree

Town of Cutler Bay plants its 2000th Live Oak tree

  As part of the town’s ongoing effort to beautify the community and add to Cutler Bay’s “green” initiative, its Public Works Department on Nov. 15 planted the 2000th Live Oak tree in front of property owned by pioneering original Cutler Bay owners, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ketchum. Since Cutler Bay’s incorporation in 2005 a […]

MacDougall touches on town’s accomplishments in past year

MacDougall touches on town’s accomplishments in past year

  Some 100 Cutler Bay residents attended Mayor Edward P. MacDougall’s State of the Town Address on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor penthouse of the Town Center Building. Mayor MacDougall welcomed everyone and in an unscripted address touched on the accomplishments of the past year for what he called the newest incorporated municipality […]

Original council recognizes departing village attorney

On the evening of Monday, Nov. 4, immediately prior to the start of her final council meeting as Palmetto Bay’s village attorney, Eve Boutsis was surprised by the original council members who informally gathered to present her with an “unofficial” proclamation in recognition of her longtime service to Palmetto Bay. Attending were former mayor Eugene […]

Whigham Elementary wraps up Hispanic Heritage Month

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  Students and teachers of Dr. L. Whigham Elementary School in Cutler Bay concluded Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with a special celebration involving a variety of performing arts and activities. According to teacher Luis Saenz, chair of the school’s Hispanic Heritage Committee, students from the kindergarten level up to fifth graders took […]

Mayor hints at new direction in coming year

Mayor Shelley Stanczyk gives the state of the Village Address.
(Photo by All Star Event Photography.)

11th annual State of the Village Address on Wednesday, Oct. 23, had as its theme “Charting a New Course,” which seemed to hint at a new direction now that previous issues such as the Palmer Trinity School expansion have been resolved. The evening began with a reception in the promenade in front of Village Hall […]

Mayor hints at new direction in coming year

Mayor hints at new direction in coming year

  The 11th annual State of the Village Address on Wednesday, Oct. 23, had as its theme “Charting a New Course,” which seemed to hint at a new direction now that previous issues such as the Palmer Trinity School expansion have been resolved. The evening began with a reception in the promenade in front of […]

Horace G. Feliu to have book signing at Books & Books

Pictured is Horace G. Feliu with his book.

Horace G. Feliu, a former City of South Miami mayor and businessman turned author, will have a book signing and talk at the Books & Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, December 1 at 4:00 p.m. His thriller novel, “The Nativity Conspiracy,” is the subject of his talk. The controversial work of fiction mixes Biblical […]

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