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Michael co owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at

New fire rescue station is the topic of meeting

The village is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. about the proposed Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Station No. 62, to be located at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Station, adjacent to the main building at 13621 Old Cutler Road. “This site will not require relocation of any planting areas or require […]

And the winner is… The Polar Express ((for Movie Night)

Well folks, Parks & Recreation Director Alan Ricke tells us that the voting is closed regarding the selection of the Town’s next Movie Night, and the film chosen by the Cutler Bay residents who cast votes is The Polar Express, which sounds like a great choice for a family Christmas movie to us. It received […]

Valerie wants to be your mayor

It looks like Vice Mayor Valerie Newman is running for Mayor of the city of Pleasant Living. Yup, Valerie, who is a real public servant, announced her intentions of securing the top spot of the city and is off to the races (so to speak). Election Day happens to be Feb.11, 2104 and of course […]

Palmetto Bay events for residents to take note this month

  DARE we remind you…? Don’t miss the 4th Annual DARE Arts & Crafts Fair and Car Show, November 16th at Coral Reef Park. It’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with more than 40 vendors selling everything from jewelry to clothing to food, and the event supports the Drug Assistance Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.) in […]

Josh Leibman runs in different kind of race

Josh Leibman runs in different kind of race

Josh Leibman, who is the vice mayor of South Miami just finished the New York City Marathon, which by the way for the uninitiated, is 26.2 miles. Josh who is hardly new to the sport of running has completed 97 marathons. Yup, nearly 100 of them. It’s hard to imagine that given his body type […]

Can’t we all just get along? Maybe… maybe not

The Village of Ethics Complaints? Palmetto Bay watchdog blog South Dade Matters recently exposed some insider information and is seeking info on whether the rumor is true, that Mayor Stanczyk filed an ethics complaint against Village Attorney Eve Boutsis and Council Members Tim Schaffer, John DuBois and Patrick Fiore.Our separate insider sources allege that a […]

Lots of good things happenning around the city

Lots of good things happenning around the city

The first thing is that the city of Doral has now taken over as the most dysfunctional city in Miami-Dade County usurping South Miami. At a recent Doral commission meeting city Manager Joe Carollo went on a three hour rant about Mayor Luigi Boria, who had tried to oust Carollo, but failed, thereby opening the […]

New programs, new friends at the Friendship Circle

New programs, new friends at the Friendship Circle

My friends at the Friendship Circle of Miami hosted a Welcome Back Bash and Family Fun Day on Oct. 6 to kick off their 2013-14 programs. The annual event brought together volunteers, families and friends to learn about the Friendship Circle’s new and returning programs. Kids enjoyed arts & crafts and games, and there was […]

The changing face of Halloween in South Florida

Ghosts and witches and superheroes, oh my! We all know that times have changed, but one of the odd shifts in traditional Americana is Trick or Treating. Years ago (better make that decades!) kids dressed up in their costumes and went out with Mom and Dad to walk around the neighborhood and get candy, caramel […]

Dick Ward pushes back about recent column

In the October 1- 14 South Miami News, you took the mayor to task as if he were responsible for all of the city’s problems. I don’t agree with the way the police chief was fired. However, I do remember that you were very critical of this same police chief during his first term back […]

What’s on track in Palmetto Bay this October?

Mark these on your calendar… the next Regular Council Meeting is on October 7 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, which is located at 9705 E. Hibiscus Street. You can attend in person, or watch it on cable or streaming video on the village website. The next Zoning Hearing is on October 21. The next […]

Take the credit,you have earned it

The mayor recently took credit for the 200 person peace march which took place in the ah ah ah Black part of town. It’s sorta of like, the guy that throws a banana peel on the ground, then waits a few minutes till there are lots of people around and then picks up that same […]

Movie night, a job fair, home safety for elders and more

There’s a lot going on for Cutler Bay residents as we wrap up the month of September and approach the fall season, so you might want to check these out and mark your calendars. Fall Movie Night in the Park takes place on Friday, September 27, at 7 p.m., at Cutler Ridge Park/Elementary School Field, […]

It’s just another day in mudsville

Over yonder in a little, flyspeck town known as Mudville, the nice folks all pretty much got on well and fine…or so they thought. You see, there was this smiley, friendly, little ol’ lady, and Sue Belle was her name. She had a certain way about her and befriended just about everyone, including the local […]