Officer Julian Perez honored

Officer Julian Perez honored

Pictured is Pinecrest Officer Julian Perez holding the 2013 Law Enforcement Officer Foundation Uniform Service Award he was given recently, accompanied by Police Chief Samuel Ceballos (right) and Deputy Chief Peter Skumanich. Perez was given the LEO Award for preventing a military veteran from committing suicide with a handgun. Officer Perez also was awarded the […]

Fashion in Gardens raises money for 5 Village public schools

Fashion in the Gardens took place on Feb. 28 for the second consecutive year in the picturesque Pinecrest Gardens. Teachers, principals and students posed and twirled wearing the latest fashions, artists donated Teacher’s Pet sculptures for auction and locals enjoyed a one-ofa- kind event to raise money for Pinecrest’s five public schools. “Fashion in the […]

Read at Beech Mountain, NC

Read at Beech Mountain, NC

Here’s a group of Pinecrest residents enjoying a spring vacation at Beech Mountain, NC. They are (l-r) Olivia and Danielle Collins and Andrea and Nicholas Misiunas. Of course they remembered to take along a copy of their favorite hometown newspaper and snapped this picture for us. Thanks for thinking of us, girls

Don’t stay quiet on funding our libraries

It’s time for the usual rule of thumb when it comes to libraries – “Quiet, please!” – to be thrown out the window. It’s time to be loud and clear about the needs of our community libraries, which are in grave danger of being under funded into obsolescence. The Coalition to Save Our Libraries: Because […]

This Dog’s for You – Ralphie

This Dog’s for You - Ralphie

Say hello to Ralphie, an adult hound. This beautiful dog was found running along the side of a road in the Redlands. He is a sweet, kind, friendly and adventurous guy. He enjoys meeting new people and also does well with other dogs. A large, securely fenced-in yard with lots of space would be great […]

Elements Massage brings ‘personalized’ approach to Pinecrest

Jutta Campiani-Kopp, owner of the new Elements Massage in Pinecrest, is on a mission to help area residents experience the healing benefits of massage therapy services tailored to meet their unique needs. Campiani-Kopp opened the new Elements Massage studio, at 9523 S. Dixie Hwy., earlier this month. She says Elements is the only massage franchise […]

A quick 911 call means rapid treatment, reversal of stroke paralysis

There were no signs it was going to be a fateful day when 78-year-old Graciella Perdomo woke up in her North Miami home. But within minutes, she became confused and weak on her right side. Noticing the warning signs, her son suspected that she might be having a stroke and immediately called 911. His quick […]

Shrek to play at Palmetto HS

Shrek, Fiona and Donkey

Pictured is the cast from the Palmetto Senior High School production of Shrek the Musical. The cast members are (l-r) Brooke Sterling, who plays Fiona, Teddy Deam, as the Donkey and Austin Diaz in the role of Shrek. Shrek the Musical, with music by Jeanine Tesori and the book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, is […]

Prepare early for a meaningful Passover

Passover is coming! There is much to do to make the holiday more meaningful and complete. Passover is the most ancient of all rituals. It has been passed down in an unbroken chain of tradition for more than 3,300 years. We celebrate Passover because it commemorates the birth of our nation – when we fled […]

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 […]

The uncomfortable relationship between cyclists and red lights

It’s a done deal, the Village is moving forward with plans to install redlight cameras at Pinecrest intersections to catch scofflaws who supposedly endanger lives and property by ignoring traffic signals. Look, I’m not going to debate the pros and cons of this contentious issue. It’s going to happen whether residents like it or not. […]

UM Sports Hall of Fame to induct 8 Hurricanes legends

UM Sports Hall of Fame to induct 8 Hurricanes legends

The 46th annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 10 at Jungle Island on the MacArthur Causeway. The Class of 2014 is highlighted by James Jones of the Miami Heat, Andre Johnson, currently with the Houston Texans, former NFL star Clinton Portis and former Miami Dolphin Lamar Thomas. […]

SMDCAC — A miracle on 211th Street

All the odds seemed to be against what ultimately happened and success was teetering like Philippe Petit tiptoeing on the high wire as mother and daughter next to me disturbed Jon Batiste’s percussive piano rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. They were diving into their bags of potato chips like chubby kids doing cannonballs at […]

The importance of early education

By MINDY MAIZEL MINDY MAIZELI recently received a letter from Governor Rick Scott. As an early childhood educator for more than 25 years, this was the first time that a politician wrote to thank me, and I’m sure many others for a job well done. We have the privilege as educators, of working to make […]