Stories written by Michael Miller Executive Editor

Feels like summer, but spring events are here first


Feeling crafty? We hear from Diana Orme of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Palmetto Bay that the ladies of the church will be hosting their annual Spring Fair on Saturday April 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s definitely a special event for the church and the community. The proceeds will benefit organizations such […]

It’s time for the voters to decide


The Three Stooges form of government in South Miami has been the butt of jokes in Miami-Dade for nearly four years. Who would have thought that cities such as Sweetwater, Doral and Hialeah are now considered normal by comparison? No longer funny is the circus-type atmosphere, the lack of decorum and the many bad decisions […]

The top guy at the YMCA moves on


After 12 years as the president and CEO of the YMCA Alfred Sanchez has called it a day and resigned. One of the most recent notable events that occurred during his tenure was the April 2013 opening of the South Dade YMCA Center, located across from the Falls Shopping Center. It is beautiful, well equipped […]

Election Day, Feb. 15, 2014


Well folks, as the election is just 10 or so weeks away, the candidates are out and about trying to gain ground and figure out a way to get your vote. It’s an interesting process, incumbents touting all their accomplishments, even if there are a scant few and the newbies espousing such rhetoric, that one […]

Valerie wants to be your mayor


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 there is early voting, as well as absentee ballots. Yeah, think it will be an interesting couple […]

It’s just another day in Mudsville

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 […]

Anatomy of a City in Turmoil

City of South Miami

The firing of South Miami’s Chief of Police Orlando Martinez de Castro on Wednesday, August 14, did not come as a surprise to those who have been paying attention to a City besieged in lawsuits and turmoil. The resolution sponsored by Mayor Stoddard at a special meeting declaring the City’s five-year contract with Chief Martinez […]

It is the City of Unpleasant Living

Tell me it ain’t so! The rumor floatin’ around town is that our esteemed mayor is shopping for a new city manager and is reaching out to former Cutler Bay city manager Steve Alexander. Should this unconfirmed rumor be true, Steve and any other applicant ought to wake up and smell the sewer—whoops!  Sorry.  Smell […]

Vote ‘YES’ on Charter Amendment 4

Voters vitally involved in local incorporations should carefully review Charter Amendment 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot. As one of 7, Amendment 4 directly affects proincorporation folks in Kendall. The Herald has editorialized that you vote “No” on Amendment 4 which reads in Part 1: “Shall the Charter be amended to require the County Commission […]

When the going gets hot, the hot keeps going…


Embarrassing moments! It was an important meeting at Cutler Ridge Middle School on the morning of Tuesday Oct. 9th, with school officials, Town of Cutler Bay officials, parents and Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman, Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board all there for a presentation on “Schools of the 21st Century.” A great topic, […]

State of the Village goes ‘state of the art’ this year

There are a number of changes this time for the Annual State-of-the-Village address on October 17. The first big change is that it will take place at Village Hall instead of the usual spot, the Palm Room of Palmetto Bay Village Center as it has in years past. The other big change is that since […]

Around Town


Ran into two very happy ladies the other day at Deli Lane. These two South Miami Hospital staffers, Cristi Stiltner-Angulo and Aleida Hernandez, were singing the praises of working at THE #1 hospital in South Florida and of Lincoln Mendez, the hospital’s CEO. It’s quite the honor for the hospital’s staff and patients, as well […]

Who’s on First?’ I don’t know… but I tried to find out

Some newsroom projects never see the light of day. That was the fate of our ambitious Abbot & Costello assignment to determine how many folks (and who) might be affected in County Commission voting Nov. 6, due to the ten-year legislated boundary changes for newly-documented population figures and subsequent equalization of 13 county districts “by […]

Blooming Gardens owner in Nov. ‘Walk for the Cure’

Barbara Wilson, who is owner of the excellent florist shop, Blooming Gardens, 20462 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay, held a special fundraising event on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in preparation for participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day ‘Walk for the Cure’ event to fight breast cancer, a horrible disease that has afflicted her sister. […]

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