Stories written by Gary Alan Ruse

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 […]

Town’s Halloween event has ‘spooktacular’ turnout

Town’s Halloween event has ‘spooktacular’ turnout

  The Town of Cutler Bay’s annual Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 26, drew a large crowd with residents participating in the haunted house, costume contest, and “Track or Treat” candy giveaway. “Close to a thousand people attended,” said Parks and Recreation director Alan Ricke. “We were very happy with the turnout. By our count, […]

Village teamwork results in website to find lost pets

  Residents of Palmett  Bay and village officials recently worked together to create a new website designed to meet the needs of pet owners concerned about lost and found pets. The problem and path to a solution were described by village resident James Woodard.   “Ever since the invention of the telephone pole, the only […]

Friends of Nature Music Festival set Nov. 9-10

Friends of Nature Music Festival set Nov. 9-10

“FonFest,” the Friends of Nature Music Festival, takes place Nov. 9-10 at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park. An ambitious and innovative event, done on a grand scale, the environmentally conscious festival is billed as more than just a music festival, with hundreds of musicians, artists, filmmakers, inventors, comedians, and philosophers from all over the […]

The Coral Gables Fire Department team

Annual ‘Rib Ticklers Ball’ barbecue draws a crowd

The Town of Cutler Bay’s second annual “Rib Ticklers Ball” barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 19, was a success, according to Parks and Recreation director Alan Ricke. “Everybody had a good time,” Ricke said. “The weather held out. We did have a little bit of rain in the morning but it didn’t keep anybody from coming […]

St. Thomas Lutheran Church Fall Fair scheduled Nov. 16

St. Thomas Lutheran Church Fall Fair scheduled Nov. 16

This year’s Fall Fair at St. Thomas Lutheran Church takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers a fun day of fellowship, food and shopping. Located at 17700 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay (directly across from the village library), the church’s annual event features local craft vendors, homemade […]

WCS students ‘shadow’ Cutler Bay town manager

WCS students ‘shadow’ Cutler Bay town manager

As part of a special course at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay, students Kristen Lazarus and Tim Irvin “shadowed” the Cutler Bay town manager for half a day to gain a better understanding of what the job entails. After an hour-long briefing on how local government operates, the students then went to work on […]

Young village tennis players honored for competition win

Tennis Kids Award-featured

Members of the Coral Reef Sharks, a team of 10-and-under tennis players who have trained at the Coral Reef Park Tennis Center, were presented with Certificates of Achievement by Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk and the other council members on Oct. 7 during the regular council meeting at Village Hall. Young players Franz Bagayas, Leonardo […]

‘Monsters in the Park’ event is village’s treat for Halloween

This year, for the first time, the Village of Palmetto Bay is offering something special for Halloween that families may enjoy. “Monsters in the Park” is set for Oct. 31, 6 p.m., at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 St. The event, which is open free to the public, combines a safe and fun alternative […]

Annual State of the Village Address scheduled Oct. 23

Palmetto Bay’s 11th annual State of the V i l l a g e Address will be presented by Mayor Shelley Stanczyk on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The theme is “Charting a new course.” As it was last year, the address will take place in the Council Chambers at Palmetto Bay Municipal Center (Village Hall), 9705 […]

Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival returning on Nov. 2

Palmetto Bay Food , Rock Festival, returning on Nov. 2,

The second annual Palmetto Bay Food and Rock Festival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd. Last year’s event drew a large crowd and organizers say they are putting everything they can into this year’s concert to make it even better. “It’s been a fun ride […]

‘Monsters in the Park’ event is village’s treat for Halloween

‘Monsters in the Park’ event is village’s treat for Halloween

This year, for the first time, the Village of Palmetto Bay is offering something special for Halloween that families may enjoy. “Monsters in the Park” is set for Oct. 31, 6 p.m., at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 St. The event, which is open free to the public, combines a safe and fun alternative […]

Roadway improvements project temporarily closes Caribbean Blvd.

Roadway improvements project temporarily closes Caribbean Blvd.

A major road improvement project for the Town of Cutler Bay is resulting in the temporary closure of Caribbean Boulevard from Coral Sea Road to SW 87th Avenue (1.76 miles). The closure began on Monday, Oct. 14, and is expected to be in place until Jan. 30, 2014, with the overall completion of the project […]