The end of summer has us looking back, and ahead to fall

Southland Mall’s fifth annual ‘Kids Week’ event on Saturday, July 26th, was a ‘rousing success’ according to Maggie Anzardo, the mall’s Marketing Director. “Kids Week has become a tradition and a signature event for the mall,” Maggie tells us. “Many of the standard sponsors returned, like Miami Children’s Museum, Zoo Miami, the Miami HEAT, The Marlins, and Superstar Productions. New partners like Raquel Torrent’s Art & Juice and Miami Samba were added to the lineup. Hundreds turned out to enjoy the daily activities of both educational and entertainment- based events for the entire family, all free.” Sara Haber from Miami Beach won a $500 mall gift card in the Facebook mall gift card contest. Southland Mall is located at 20505 South Dixie Highway. For info visit

Correction: In our last column in the item about Roger Coriat, who is running unopposed for Council Member Seat 3 and therefore considered ‘elected,’ mention was made of him being a ‘former’ teacher at John A Ferguson Senior High School when in fact he is still currently teaching at that fine school and just began his ninth year there. He also is an Adjunct Instructor at Miami-Dade College’s Kendall Campus. The ‘former’ teacher should only have applied to Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. Just to set the record straight!

From Peggy Bell we received this ‘Open letter to Cutler Bay residents’ on August 20. It states:
“As a candidate for Mayor of Cutler Bay in the November 4th election, I have been asked to attend debates. Most recently I participated in a debate sponsored by the Economic Development Council of South Miami-Dade (EDC). The EDC Executive Director Mick Jones, told me they chose the League of Women Voters to moderate, as that organization provided an unbiased debate, with a format that was acceptable to all candidates. I am happy to debate my opponent at any professionally moderated event. The CCCB has advertised a debate for Mayor of Cutler Bay on September 2. Their format consists of my asking questions of my opponent to determine his ability to serve as mayor. I have objected to this format, as it is not up to me to make that determination, rather it is up to the voters of Cutler Bay. They should be asking the questions. This format will not be informative to the residents, instead it will be adversarial and negative. I have not, nor do I wish to participate in a negative campaign. I want to discuss issues, address the residents’ concerns, and lay out my vision for the future of Cutler Bay, so the residents may cast an informed vote. To do less would be a disservice to the good citizens of Cutler Bay.”

Speaking of elections, congratulations to Daniella Levine Cava, the newly elected District 8 County Commissioner.

Thought of the Day:
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
— Steve Jobs

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
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