The town will tackle street flooding with new project

We hear from Cutler Bay’s Public Works Director, Alfredo Quintero, that the town is starting work on a new street drainage improvement project that should have quite an impact on flooding after heavy rainfall. The work will be in the area along SW 212 Street between SW 87Avenue and SW 85 Avenue, in front of Cutler Bay Senior High School, where students and homeowners have experienced problems with standing water when it rains. There’ll be some new technology approaches to dealing with the water, and it sounds encouraging. More information on that will be available soon, and you’ll read it in the Cutler Bay News.

By the book… no, make that buy the book! Cutler Bay’s own Vice Mayor, Ernie Sochin, in addition to his other duties has become an author. His new book, “When I Was Your Age,” aimed at young people ages six to 18, takes a look back 70 to 80 years ago at how things were. Ernie tells us that after speaking to lots of students in area schools, he realized that most had no idea at all of what it was like growing up back then. It covers the WWII era as well, and although the book is geared for youngsters it’s likely that “old timers” will enjoy the nostalgic look back as well. Appropriately, “When I Was Your Age” is an eBook, and it’s available on the largest online book dealer in the world, Amazon, at this address:

Here’s one for the kids, and mom and dad, too! Maggie Anzardo, the Marketing Director of Southland Mall, tells us that it’s time for the 6th Annual Kids Week. It began on Monday, July 20th on Center Court with an interactive program by Miami Children’s Museum based on their original show ‘The Lost Pirates of Watson Island.’ Other highlights include a sing along with ‘Dora la Exploradora’ on Wednesday, July 22nd at 4 p.m., a wing eating contest courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings on Thursday, July 23rd from 5-7 p.m. Then there’s the grand finale on Saturday, July 25th from 1- 3 p.m., sponsored by ZOO Miami and Superstar Productions. “Southland Mall is giving away a $500 mall gift card,” said Maggie Anzardo. “To enter simply ‘Like’ us on Facebook at southlandmallmiami and click on the gift card tile. The winner will be announced during the ‘Kids Week’ grand finale on Saturday, July 25th and must be present to win.” Southland Mall is located on South Dixie Highway at SW 205th Street.

Delicious! The old Bay Meat and Deli has relaunched with a new owner, Meyling Hernandez, and is now called Cutler Bay Meat and Deli. Hernandez is a resident of Cutler Bay and is married to a 25 year resident of Cutler Bay who has been a law enforcement officer for the past 21 years. Located at 20230 Old Cutler Road the business specializes in premium cuts of beef, such as Porterhouse, T-Bones, Shortribs, Whole Shortloins, Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Wagyu Beef and NY Strips. Also baby back ribs, boneless pork chops, spare ribs, boneless pork butts, and just about any cut you desire could be ordered. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the phone is 305-234-1819. You can check out their menu at

Thought of the Day:
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
— James A. Baldwin

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
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