Ghosts and goblins, road construction and more

Traffic woes… Most of you know by now of the FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) construction work that is going on along US1 in Palmetto Bay from SW 136th Street to SW 168th Street, involving drainage work, replacing sidewalks, curbs, gutters and whatnot. Some lanes will be closed, some will be open, and although some of the work is scheduled to take place at night when fewer drivers are on the road, some will be done during the day, so take that into consideration during your daily commutes. And as drivers abandon US1 to avoid the construction congestion, look for the alternative roads such as Old Cutler and 87th Avenue to get more traffic. And drivers—stay calm and watch out for the kids walking to schools. Some of this will be completed in a few weeks, but the project overall is expected to last until April of 2013. Oh, and the IBus is presently “non-operational” too.

Trick or Treat for Children… Hey, if you get the kids dressed up a little early on Halloween you might want to make a stop at the Eureka East Shopping Center on SW 184th Street in the 9800 block. Candy will be given out for children in costumes from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the various shops there on Wednesday, October 31st. Eureka East Shopping Center, is on the dividing line between Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay. The event is FREE. Call 305-251-1520 for more info.

Birthday salutes in the Village. There were a couple of birthdays that happened just before press time that should be mentioned. Alexandra Flinn, that notable author of Young Adult novels such as “Beastly” and “Cloaked” (and the wife of that guy named Gene who was the village’s first mayor) celebrated her birthday on Oct. 23rd. Coincidentally, Wanner Fonseca, the village cashier who started working there in April of last year after being in Parks & Recreation also celebrated his birthday on Oct. 23rd. He turned 28. Belated birthday greetings and many happy returns to both.

Dog Lovers may enjoy checking out a new website if they’d like to throw a party for their favorite pets (and maybe a few doggy friends). It’s Shannon Gault tells us that you can find everything you need to party with your best friend. “Delicious pupcakes and dog cakes and special treats all made to your dog’s liking, that taste and smell just as good as yours,” says Shannon. They also have party dresses for the girl doggies, aloha shirts for the boys, bandannas, dog themed party decorations and more.

If you’re signed up for the village email newsletter, you may be hearing from someone you don’t know, according to an advisory from village staff. “This special edition e-Currents is to advise you that an individual by the name of David M. Singer has requested the list of all e-mail subscribers to our Village newsletter. Under the laws of the State of Florida, disclosure of public records is the norm unless there is a specific exemption. In the case of an email list that is accessible to the city, the email list is a public record and subject to release. Additionally, while we believe your privacy should be respected, Mr. Singer may use the list without your approval. We realize you may experience some inconvenience as a result of the release of your e-mail address; however, the Village must follow the Florida Sunshine Laws.”

David M. Singer is Chief Executive Officer/CFO of Berkowitz Development Group, Inc., 2665 South Bayshore Dr., Suite 1200, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. His phone is 305-854-2800 and his e-mail address is

Thought for the Day: Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

— Eric Hoffer

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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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

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