Forget politics, vote for your favorite local business!

Folks, if you have a favorite place to eat, shop or do recreational things in your area, Channel 10 TV is giving you a chance to cast your votes in their “Top Ten” survey now under way. If you go to you may cast up to one vote in each business category during each day of the open voting period. The voting ends on March 10th.

What’s currently in the running? Places like Harvey’s Smokehouse BBQ and the Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay, local hobby stores like Hollywood Station, and various martial arts schools. In the Palmetto Bay area the Red Robin Gourmet Hamburger chain is getting votes, as is the Antique Mall, Y’all store and other places. And if you don’t see your favorite place in the list, you can nominate it. So go to Channel 10’s webpage and check out the categories and let your opinion be heard.

TGIF? We hear from Maggie Anzardo that something new is coming to Southland Mall that should give you another reason to look forward to the end of the week. “Festive Fridays” will take place every Friday, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with entertaining cultural performances and activities organized by local schools and organizations. To kick off this new weekly event series, the Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts will present special student performances inside Southland Mall’s Center Court with the official launch of “Festive Fridays” on February 8th. There will be a live performance by their magnet program’s orchestra and jazz band followed by a group of “Spoken Word” performers. Mall patrons will have the opportunity to learn about the multidisciplined visual and performing arts program offered at the Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts while enjoying a preview of their most prominent student performers.

“We hope this will promote an appreciation for culture and arts within our community while promoting some of our best local talent,” said Maggie Anzardo, Marketing Director for Southland Mall. ”Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy these free events every Friday and start off their weekend with a pop of culture.”

“Festive Fridays” are free events that will be open to the public. Southland Mall is located at S. Dixie Highway and S.W. 205th Street.

Batter up? Carolina Perrina tells us that the Marlins Foundation is requesting proposals for the 2013 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund. To be considered as a 2013 Marlins Charity Partner, organizations must provide direct and unique programming for youth through educational, arts and baseball related programming, more specifically by providing unique experiences for kids in schools, parks and on the water.

“During the Inaugural Year at Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation invested over $1.2 MM in philanthropy in South Florida. In addition, over 6,000 hours of volunteer service was done through Marlins Ayudan. To continue our commitment to corporate and social responsibility, and in recognition of the vital role non-profits play in South Florida, the Marlins Foundation will select four 2013 Charity Partners to empower with a $25,000 donation and season long benefits.” said Miami Marlins President, David Samson. “Additional benefits include volunteers from Marlins Ayudan, recognition throughout the season at Marlins Park, exposure with media partners and player involvement.”

Pre Proposals are due (online) by Friday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. Notification and invitation to full proposal: Thursday, February 21. Full Proposal due (by invitation only): Friday, March 15 by 5:00 p.m. The 2013 Charity Partners will be announced on opening night at Marlins Park on Monday, April 8th. For information on how to apply, please visit <>.

Thought of the Day:

Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else. — William Rotsler

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column. Got any tips? Contact me at 305-669- 7355, ext. 249, or send emails to <

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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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