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A village holiday tradition yields charitable results

The Annual Holiday Boat Parade & Canned Food Drive took place on December 15, its third year now, and donated a lot of food to the Village’s Holiday Food Drive. Kudos to the Palmetto Bay Canal Association and all the caring folks who gave canned goods and other foodstuffs for the cause.

The boat parade started in Coral Reef Park at 5:30 p.m. and traveled south on the C100 canal through Palmetto Bay, passing Bill Sadowski Park, and ending in the southwest part of the village.

The canned food was collected for “Feeding South Florida” (formerly known as the Daily Bread Food Bank), and participants in the boat parade were able to pick up canned food collected by residents who then handed it off from the canal banks to the boaters. The Palmetto Bay Canal Association is made up of Palmetto Bay and Pinecrest residents who are both users and stewards of the local canal system, and is made up of pleasure boaters, fishermen, skiers and even folks in canoes and kayaks.

The canned goods collected were presented to the village at the zoning hearing on Dec. 17. What a great way to have a fun holiday event that also contributes to a worthwhile project! There are photos of it all on the village website and on their Facebook page, so check it out.

In case you didn’t know it… Every Monday the village’s Weekly Crime Report is posted online on the official village website at www.palmettobayfl.gov. The one for the week of Dec 10, 2012 to Dec 16, 2012 was the latest one posted as of the deadline for this issue, and there wasn’t a lot there for a good sized community. There were seven burglaries or thefts and a stolen license plate decal listed. In one case the police observed the burglars in action, caught and arrested them and returned the stolen property to the owner. Good show, members of the Village Policing Unit!

And by the way, if you’d like to get involved in the village’s Crime Watch program and help keep criminal activity to a minimum you should contact Officer Judge of the village police or call 305- 278-4018 to join a neighborhood Crime Watch. The program “organizes neighborhoods of single-family homes, apartment complexes, and gated communities to learn about crime prevention, homeland security, and disaster preparedness.”

Since our deadline for this issue fell a day or so before December 21 we can’t comment on that whole “Mayan Doomsday” thing, at least from a results standpoint, but if you’re reading this during Christmas week when the papers come out, then obviously we’re all still here. And although not many folks took it seriously anyway, it should be pointed out that the Mayans never did actually predict the end of the world on that date. Their long-view millennial calendar just happened to cycle on that date and a number of enterprising folks (some of them likely the same ones who wrote books about the projected calamities of the “Y2K” effect on computers, which also turned out to be nonsense) decided to make money by exploiting people’s fears. Anything to make a buck, and not even an honest one at that.

Best holiday wishes from all of us here at Miami’s Community Newspapers, and may the coming year be a better one for everyone!

Thought of the Day:

The highest result of education is tolerance.

— Helen Keller

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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