Shoot for the moon, and if you miss…

How’s that again…? In an e-Currents Update sent out by Village Hall last Thursday, Earth Week Supporters & Sponsors (including Community Newspapers) were thanked for taking part in the schedule of events. It was a great week, with significant support from local government, schools, organizations and businesses in the community. But village staffers must have been a little tuckered out from handling all those thousands of ladybugs, as they inadvertently referred to the Southern Cross Astronomical Society as the Southern Cross Astrological Society (Hey, baby, what’s your sign?). Ah well… By the way, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society was originally founded in 1922 as the Southern Cross Observatory, and is one of the oldest amateur astronomical societies in the Western Hemisphere. You can join the Southern Cross Astros, 8-10 p.m. every Saturday evening all year at the free popular, outdoor SCAS Observatory in Palmetto Bay’s own Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, SW 176th Street / SW 79th Ave., 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road. “Under the darkest skies nearest to downtown, you might see a satellite, a sudden brilliant meteor or the International Space Station in addition to the seasonal planets, the magical Moon and dazzling constellations,” says SCAS outreach director Barb Yager. “Enjoy the beauty overhead in SCAS state-of-the-art hi-tech equipment, including the largest telescope in Miami-Dade County for public use.”

Katie Edwards, the Executive Director of the Dade County Farm Bureau, will be the keynote speaker at the next meeting of the Cutler Bay Business Association on Thursday May 13. The meeting will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay.

“I’m going to give an overview of different business opportunities in agriculture, and emerging trends,” Edwards told one of our staff. “It’s coming on the heels of the county’s passage of three ordinances that pertain to expanding opportunities for agribusiness. The topic is not just for farmers, but also for people who want to get into the culinary side or the marketing side.”

For more information about the meeting call Cyndi Rogg at 305-609-1096 or send her an email at Sencyn1@bellsouth.net .

A unique showcase of environmentally- oriented exhibits demonstrated the exceptional creativity and academic talent of students at the Terra Environmental Research Institute, the new ‘Green’ High School off SW 84th Street. We won’t even try to recall our own “projects’ in ninth grade after witnessing a working robot and medical tests by Terra’s students, accomplished under the capable guidance of its teaching faculty and the inspirational leadership of Carrie Montano, a gal whose charismatic appeal and love of teaching restores faith in what teaching is all about. Everyone connected to the Terra dedication program deserves a big A-plus in our book!

Coming up! Modification of an application to build an eight-story tower proposed by J. Milton Dadeland LLC, east of SW 77th Avenue and south of Kendall Drive in the cluster of mid-rises that have sprung up in the past decade in Dadeland South. The revisions include a redesign of the previously-approved application to eliminate a tennis court. The matter comes up before East Kendall’s Zoning Board at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, during a public hearing at the Kendall Village Center, 8625 SW 124 Avenue, ironically in West Kendall for multiple reasons that the EK Board continues to lack suitable space for its monthly zoning hearings, several of which attract overflow crowds.

Now hear this… from Ashley Sugarman we hear that the Shops at Sunset Place is inviting all companies and organizations with knowledge of hurricanes and relevant safety products to participate in its Hurricane Preparedness & Safety Expo on Saturday, May 22, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free-to-thepublic to inform about hurricane hazards and action to take before, during and after a storm, in addition to other safety measures for families.

To participate in The Shops at Sunset Place’s Hurricane Preparedness & Safety Expo, or to receive more information about the event, please contact Claudia Marquez at 305-663-0482 or via email at cmarquez@simon.com .

Look to the stars for guidance…? Well, maybe not

Mark this on your calendar… There’s a Town Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m. Where? Why, at the South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211th Street, Room 203. Why not go and keep your elected leaders company for a few hours. They get lonely… This is a good idea, but be advised… “In an effort to reach out to our residents and business owners, the Town of Cutler Bay is developing an email notification system that will be in place in the near future,” Residents are told that if they would like to receive notification and information on Town meetings and events via email they can download the opt-in registration form from the Town website and either deliver the completed form to the office during regular business hours or fax it in. There is a disclaimer on the form stating that under Florida law, email addresses are a matter of public record and are accessible to anyone requesting them. Don’t think it can happen? An attorney, his agenda unknown, already asked for and got Palmetto Bay’s email list of residents who subscribed to their newsletter.

How’s that again…? In an e-Currents Update sent out by Palmetto Bay Village Hall last Thursday, Earth Week Supporters & Sponsors (including Community Newspapers) were thanked for taking part in the schedule of events. It was a great week, with significant support from local government, schools, organizations and businesses in the community. But village staffers must have been a little tuckered out from handling all those thousands of ladybugs, as they inadvertently referred to the Southern Cross Astronomical Society as the Southern Cross Astrological Society (Hey, baby, what’s your sign?). Ah well… By the way, the Southern Cross Astronomical Society was originally founded in 1922 as the Southern Cross Observatory, and is one of the oldest amateur astronomical societies in the Western Hemisphere. You can join the Southern Cross Astros, 8-10 p.m. every Saturday evening all year at the free popular, outdoor SCAS Observatory in Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, just a bit north of Cutler Bay at SW 176th Street / SW 79th Ave., 1/2 mile west of Old Cutler Road. “Under the darkest skies nearest to downtown, you might see a satellite, a sudden brilliant meteor or the International Space Station in addition to the seasonal planets, the magical Moon and dazzling constellations,” says SCAS outreach director Barb Yager. “Enjoy the beauty overhead in SCAS stateof- the-art hi-tech equipment, including the largest telescope in Miami-Dade County for public use.”

A unique showcase of environmentallyoriented exhibits demonstrated the exceptional creativity and academic talent of students at the Terra Environmental Research Institute, the new ‘Green’ High School off SW 84th Street. We won’t even try to recall our own “projects’ in ninth grade after witnessing a working robot and medical tests by Terra’s students, accomplished under the capable guidance of its teaching faculty and the inspirational leadership of Carrie Montano, a gal whose charismatic appeal and love of teaching restores faith in what teaching is all about. Everyone connected to the Terra dedication program deserves a big A-plus in our book!

Coming up! Modification of an application to build an eight-story tower proposed by J. Milton Dadeland LLC, east of SW 77th Avenue and south of Kendall Drive in the cluster of mid-rises that have sprung up in the past decade in Dadeland South. The revisions include a redesign of the previously-approved application to eliminate a tennis court. The matter comes up before East Kendall’s Zoning Board at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, during a public hearing at the Kendall Village Center, 8625 SW 124 Avenue, ironically in West Kendall for multiple reasons that the EK Board continues to lack suitable space for its monthly zoning hearings, several of which attract overflow crowds.

Now hear this… from Ashley Sugarman we hear that the Shops at Sunset Place is inviting all companies and organizations with knowledge of hurricanes and relevant safety products to participate in its Hurricane Preparedness & Safety Expo on Saturday, May 22, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free-to-thepublic to inform about hurricane hazards and action to take before, during and after a storm, in addition to other safety measures for families.

To participate in The Shops at Sunset Place’s Hurricane Preparedness & Safety Expo, or to receive more information about the event, please contact Claudia Marquez at 305-663-0482 or via email at cmarquez@simon.com .

Thought for the Day:
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
— Confucius

Gary Alan Ruse and Richard Yager 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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