Stories written by Fred Maas

Remembering those left behind

Remembering those left behind

The loss of a loved one, family member or friend is always difficult. When tragic circumstances are added to the equation, the loss seems so much greater. And it seems to hurt forever. One of the reasons may be the emptiness felt by “those who were left behind.” They are the ones, family and friends, […]

School Resource Officer Patty Gonzalez named‘Officer of the Year’

School Resource Officer Patty Gonzalez named‘Officer of the Year’

The end of the calendar year is marked for the annual awards program for the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department. For 15 years, since its inception, several special recognition awards have been given and a few more have been added along the way. This year, the very special and significant Officer of the Year Award […]

Homelessness and Trespassing, Pubiic or Private Property…

Part Two of a Series from Sunny Isles Beach Police Department Staff In Part One of a series dealing with Homelessness and its related issues, we covered some general perceptions and misconceptions about the topic. The feedback from a variety of concerned readers and residents was tremendous. It only bore proof that the issue has […]

College Scholarship Program for SIB HS Seniors available December 2

The scholarship committee for Sunny Isles Beach College Tuition assistance has made applications available earlier than previous years. The purpose is to allow qualifying high school seniors even more time to prepare for their community service hours or work on the required documents over the Holiday Season break from school. The scholarship application will be […]

If you fly the U.S. flag, do it with pride, reverence and respect!

  More than occasionally, I get phone calls or complaints inregards to persons flying the United Stated flag on their condo building, home or business and it is in terrible shape; often torn or frayed or tattered, which lacks the respect and regard we should ALL have. In some cases it is purely unintentional or […]

Field trip to local police station still put smiles on faces of Sunny Isles Beach Kids

Field trip to local police station still put smiles on faces of Sunny Isles Beach Kids

One of the most pleasant chores of my day in the office is to experience the gleeful laughter and enthusiastic questions of “the little ones” who come to visit the police department for a field trip. For the past almost 15 years, this has been a regular practice for children of all ages and from […]

Police Captain receives higher education degree

Police Captain receives higher education degree

Sunny Isles Beach Police Captain Dwight Snyder recently was awarded his Master’s Degree from Bethel University after a tedious one and half years of coursework. Captain Snyder received his M.S. in Criminal Justice and did it the hard way – while maintaining his full time job and responsibilities within the Police Department. Snyder heads up […]

A city that never forgets its heroes

A city that never forgets its heroes

It has been a long, long time since the town marshal for this area was killed in the line of duty. But each year during the month of May, the Police Memorial designated to honor and remember fallen heroes is conducted from our nation’s capital to our little city here in Sunny Isles Beach. Ralph […]

SIB Officer Maya honored as officer of the Quarter by Kiwanis Club

SIB Officer Maya honored as officer of the Quarter by Kiwanis Club

On March 13, 2013, Officer Jose Maya of the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department, was honored as the Officer of the Quarter by the local Kiwanis Club.Officer Maya is a veteran officer for the department who is credited with saving the lives of (2) two people on Christmas morning of 2012. Officer Maya, thru his […]

SIB School Liaison Officer Paty Gonzalez wins prestigious award

SIB School Liaison Officer Paty Gonzalez wins prestigious award

On March 22, 2013, Officer Patty Gonzalez was presented the prestigious William “Bill” Parrillo Award by the Parrillo family, for her dedicated service and commitment to the students at Norman S. Edelcup SIB K-8 School. Officer Gonzalez is completing her 3rd year as School Liaison Officer, representing the union between the SIB Police Department and […]

Police Annual Awards presented for 2012

Police Annual Awards presented for 2012

The 2012 Police Awards for the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department were distributed at the end of January of this year. These very distinct and honorable selections pinpoint officers and civilians who meet the specific criteria for that specific award. To be honored amongst your colleagues and peers is a very special feeling for the […]

Scholarship Opportunities for College-bound Seniors from Sunny Isles Beach

Scholarship Opportunities for College-bound Seniors

In today’s world, getting into certain colleges, even at the state level has become a most difficult challenge. Finding the means to pay for college tuition, room and board, is an even GREATER challenge. Add in a SAGGING ECONOMY, reduced pay and benefits for the parents who are helping to bear the financial burden for […]