A sign of the times, and stormy weather brewing!

Ready, aim, fire…station! Resident David Zisman and others attracted some attention with a banner sign raised to boast about the proposed new fire station’s location. Some of the area neighbors were reportedly less than thrilled, but there’s some past history involved, too, so it’s not too surprising. A nearby fire station will certainly reduce response time in emergencies, and that’s something most residents should be able to agree on.

Are you ready? A Hurricane Preparedness Presentation that is co-hosted by Councilmember Karyn Cunningham, Mayor Eugene Flinn and the Village Public Works Department will take place on June 15 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 9705 E. Hibiscus St., Palmetto Bay. Robert Molleda, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, will address seasonal predictions, a summary of NWS information, and services during the event, along with general awareness tips. RSVP now on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1085092258172276/, or call 305-259-1234.

And by the way, while we’re on the topic of hurricanes, do you know where to go if you need to evacuate? The village has put information on the hurricane evacuation centers on its website. Go to www.palmettobay-fl.gov/content/disaster-preparedness#EvacuationCenters.

Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor John DuBois, who has been on the board of directors of Camillus House for more than a decade helping the homeless and who is a significant supporter of the U.S. Military and veterans, hosted a community fundraising barbeque at his home on Sunday, May 31 in support of decorated Marine Corps veteran Stanley Kowlessar Jr., who was released on bond March 31in his criminal case. “I have been long time close friends with the Kowlessars (Stanley, his wife and his son, Stanley Jr.) and I know them well. After listening to all the testimony at the hearing, I was convinced that Stanley Jr. was innocent. I am proud to have been appointed custodian of Stanley Jr. and I look forward to seeing him exonerated from these false accusations” said DuBois.

The annual Memorial Day Celebration at the American Legion Marlin Moore Post 133 took place on May 25, honoring fallen members of the armed forces. There was a flag-retiring ceremony and a presentation of colors by John Ferguson Senior High ROTC, and Palmetto Bay Councilwoman Karyn Cunningham, Pinecrest Councilman Doug Kraft and more than 100 residents were there for the special moment.

And parents, don’t forget that the Summer Camp at Coral Reef Park programs are already underway. One is Camp Palmetto Bay, which has a range of activities, events and field trips, taking place at Coral Reef park, the school next door, and other locations. The other is Tennis Camp, conducted by top-flight staff at the recently renovated tennis courts there at the park. Both camps began on June 8, but you may still be able to sign up. Call Village Hall for more info at 305-259-1234, or visit the village website at www.palmettobay-fl.gov/ and click on Parks & Recreation in the menu on the left side of the screen. There’s also a promotional video on the village’s Facebook page.

Speaking of summer camp…there’s the choral camp hosted by The Children’s Voice Chorus at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. in Palmetto Bay, which runs from June 15 through July 3. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, but extended hours are available (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). For information call 786-216-7003 or email them at info@childrensvoicechorus.org.

Thought of the Day:

We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
— Lyndon B. Johnson

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669- 7355, ext. 249, or send emails to Michael@communitynewspapers.com.


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Michael Miller
Michael co-owns Community Newspapers with his brother Grant and serves as Executive Editor of the group of newspapers. He enjoys writing about local politics and area businesses. Michael can be reached at michael@communitynewspapers.com

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