Stories written by Hal Feldman

12th annual Palmetto Bay celebration Picnic draws a crowd

12th annual Palmetto Bay celebration Picnic draws a crowd

On March 1, it was time once again for the Village of Palmetto Bay to roll out the BBQ and invite residents to celebrate incorporation as a Village 11 years ago. “We were so excited when we incorporated that we wanted to forever celebrate,” said Linda Robinson, the original vice mayor and an early shaper […]

South Dade Food & Rock Fest showcases local talent, supports ‘Relay’

Mickey Filipucci rips a riff with his band Head First.

Returning to their Homestead roots, show promoters Florida Rock Stars rang in 2014 with their fourth annual South Dade Food & Rock Festival. On Feb. 1, the weather cooperated at Homestead’s Harris Field Pavilion, the crowds cheered and the bands hit the stage. We South Floridians don’t know how good we have it listening to […]

10th annual CCDH Poker Tournament deals on Feb. 2

10th annual CCDH Poker Tournament deals on Feb. 2

In 2004, Palmetto Middle School student Michael Grey started a poker tournament to raise money for wheelchair repairs. When he graduated high school in 2009, Morrison brothers Brian, 15, and Jay, 13, and Jared Heller, 16, took over. This year marks the 10th year for the CCDH poker tournament, which has grown to well over […]

Heritage House has been pampering customers for 45 years

When people of South Florida think about formal boys clothing, they think Heritage House. Originally located in Suniland, they moved nine years ago to a bright storefront at 12105 S. Dixie Hwy. All told, Heritage House has been pampering its customers and winning life-long fans for more than 45 years. Heritage House is truly a […]

2013 DARE Arts & Crafts Fair and Car Show

2013 DARE Arts & Crafts Fair and Car Show

Palmetto Bay’s outreach officers were out in force Nov. 16 for the fourth annual DARE Arts & Crafts Fair and Car Show to help fund the popular anti-drug program for school-age children in Palmetto Bay through the purchase of student workbooks and diplomas. Throughout the day, a steady stream of people strolled through the 40-plus […]

Pinecrest well represented at the Citizens’ Crime Watch awards

The annual Citizens’ Crime Watch Awards ceremony took place recently at the Doubletree Airport Convention Center. Over 400 people attended. Pinecrest was well represented with six-year police officer Alexandra Martinez, 14-year veteran Sergeant Michael Gorsline and Police Chief Samuel Ceballos, Jr., Carmen Caldwell, executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, oversaw the event. […]

South Florida event venue Thalatta Estate Park reopens

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Palmetto Bay reopened Thalatta Estate Park with a Bridal Expo event. It had been closed the last three months for building renovations. Thankfully, the early rain abated allowing nearly 25 vendors to showcase their services. The Village was also able to show off their improvements of the event venue. Mayor Shelley […]

Eldridge Williams, living Tuskegee airman legend

  In the shadow of Pinecrest, lives a 95-year old military veteran who should be getting a lot more attention than he does. Lt. Col. Eldridge Williams has a compelling life story about overcoming adversity and racial discrimination in order to proudly serve our country at the highest level. Born in 1917, Williams was brought […]

Citizens Insurance to fade away

Citizens Insurance to fade away

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner attended a Palmetto Bay-hosted town hall meeting in late August to discuss the future of the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Guest speakers included state senators Dwight Bullard and Gwen Margolis and state representatives Michael Bileca and Jose Felix Diaz. They provided citizens the opportunity to hear what’s going on and voice […]

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Palmetto Bay marks Earth Week with celebrations

Each year Palmetto Bay seems to up its Earth Week celebrations a little more. This year was filled with kid and family-friendly activities throughout the Village. It all started on Sunday morning with the joint Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay Bike Ride and Rodeo. Around 100 bikes rolled from Lake-by-the-Bay to Ludovici Park to underscore […]

Bet Shira Congregation selects new rabbi

Bet Shira Congregation selects new rabbi

On Feb. 28, Pinecrest’s Bet Shira Congregation overwhelmingly elected Cantor Mark Kula as the new rabbi. During the evening Kula said, “It is estimated that 20 percent of all religious institutions in the USA will either merge or disappear in the next 10 years; Bet Shira will not be one of them.” As cantor for […]

‘Taste of Pinecrest’ marks 11 years

Easter Egg Hunt begins!

For 11 years now, the Pinecrest Business Association has organized the Taste of Pinecrest, a festival to showcase the many restaurants, businesses and services the Village has to offer. This year was different however, in that the event was held outside of Pinecrest. The 2013 Taste of Pinecrest was held at the brand new South […]

Deering Seafood Festival draws hungry crowd

Deering Seafood Festival draws hungry crowd

Each year in late March, Old Cutler Road backs up with people hungry for some of the best seafood anywhere in the country. Their destination is the Deering Seafood Festival. The 444-acre estate has hosted this event for the last nine years with crowds increasing every year as its reputation grows. “Deering is owned by […]

Mangowood garage sales result in bargains for hunters

Mangowood garage sales result in bargains for hunters

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, but none comes close to matching when Mangowood bands together for its annual neighborhood garage sales. “We had 75 participating houses last year and this year we exceeded that,” said organizer George Tabor. This tight-knit Palmetto Bay community tends to do lots of things together and for bargain hunters the […]