Saturday, April 19, 2014

A little exploring and attention to surroundings yields an interesting find.

See what you may be missing when glued inside to your technology? A 9-year-old Michigan boy stumbled across something -- literally -- that, it turns out, is a mastodon tooth. Read: A prehistoric step: 9-year-old trods on 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth, by Lorenzo Ferrigno, CNN.  

And to think I was proud of finding a locally produced antique Coke bottle while exploring with my daughters in upstate NY a few summers ago. I think we need to look a little harder next time to see what bigger treasures we can find.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse - Photo of the day from NASA and my attempt from Palmetto Bay

Total Lunar Eclipse
Were you able to get up (or stay up) and view the recent "Blood Moon"? It was a strange event connected to so many others on social media as we compared views.  I was texting/"Facebooking" and otherwise sharing experiences and photos with friends and family in Palmetto Bay, South Miami, Kendall, Pinecrest, Cutler Bay, North Miami, Aventura and Gainesville.  It was a unique reason to gather together, especially at such odd hour.

Here is the best I could do with an iPhone:
The link at the very top of this post will take you to official NASA site. Follow it to view the Image of the Day for NASA
Here is the high quality NASA photo:

From the site (as text to the official NASA photo):
The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse on April 15, 2014. Depending on local weather conditions, the public got a spectacular view looking into the sky as the moon's appearance changed from bright orange to blood red to dark brown and perhaps gray. The eclipse is a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow. The United States will not be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019. This image was taken in San Jose, Calif. Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center/Brian Day
I hope you were able to take advantage of this event. There will be 3 more Lunar Eclipses in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates: October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Howling at the 'Blood Moon"! Coming Tues, 4/15. Ask NASA Experts About the Total Lunar Eclipse | NASA

Ask NASA Experts About the Total Lunar Eclipse | NASA
Get ready for an unusually beautiful moon to grace the night skies next week. There will be a total lunar eclipse Tuesday that will turn the moon a burnt reddish orange.

It's called a blood moon, and this one is just the first in a series of four consecutive total eclipses.

Within a year and a half, North America will be able to see a blood moon a total of four times. The moon takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth's shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.

The four blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. The eclipse will begin early on the morning of April 15 at approximately 2 a.m. EDT. (source: 'Blood moon' will be a sight to behold during total lunar eclipse, by Ben Brumfield, CNN)

Other interesting reading includes: Urban Legends - What's With the 'Blood Moon' On April 15?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Congratulations to Palmetto Bay's initial Vice Mayor! Linda M. Robinson wins two prestigious awards | Palmetto Bay

Linda M. Robinson wins two prestigious awards | Palmetto Bay

Everyone should take the time to review the Palmetto Bay News article congratulating Palmetto Bay’s first vice mayor Linda M. Robinson who was recognized with a “Women of Impact” Award as well as being honored with the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Pioneer Award.  Twelve women leaders were honored for their achievements in their respective fields.  We should be proud that our own Linda was honored as part of Miami-Dade County’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
Click the headline to read: Linda M. Robinson wins two prestigious awards, by Gary Alan Ruse, date posted: April 8, 2014.
Vice-Mayor Linda Robinson was honored twice, first, on Mar. 2 with the “Women of Impact” Award. Then, on Mar. 13 she was honored with the Mayor’s Pioneer Award during the “In the Company of Women” reception.  It was my honor to attend that function as well as having been one her sponsors, nominating her for the award.  The honors are well-deserved.

 “I truly accepted that honor on behalf of all of Palmetto Bay,” Robinson said during an interview on Mar. 23. “I was so honored and really humbled by this. It’s very exciting when you receive recognition after you’ve done something you really loved every minute doing.”
It has been my honor to have worked with Linda and her late husband, Ken Robinson both on important community issues, including the incorporation of Palmetto Bay and then serving with her on the initial Palmetto Bay Village Council. Linda was the catalyst in so many Village projects and initiatives including communications and special events.  The list is far too long to mention here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Photo (Video) of the Day - Morning Peacock wakes the neighborhood

I was hoping for something more exotic than a peacock, but there it was, on our roof this Wednesday morning. I am unaware as to what it was looking for here in Palmetto Bay. The song birds seemed to be answering it at times. It eventually flew off when another neighbor started a lawnmower.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Photo of the Day - Shopping local in Palmetto Bay - fixing the ride along the South Dade Trail

A quick pit stop on way home down from the office yesterday (Monday, 4/7/14), while riding the South Dade Trail. Feeling spoiled with the new front tire. 

Shopping local Palmetto Bay! Installed while I waited.

The thumping is now gone - a smooth bike ride for now on the bike commute. CLICK HERE to view the "before" photo from the Sunday Photo of the Day to see the condition The Cycle Mart located in Palmetto Bay corrected for me.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Item 12A - The Anti-Dog Ordinance to be withdrawn? (for tonight), but keep your eyes and ears open for its reappearance.

Thank you all for the intense public pressure so many of you have brought to bear on the current mayor over this ill-advised ordinance, presently item 12 A of the village council agenda set for tonight.  Your concerns and communications have worked today and information has been provided in a confirming e-mail that the item will be temporarily withdrawn (withdrawn from consideration on tonight's agenda).

This is a bad ordinance. It sets neighbor upon neighbor. It removes trained code enforcement officers and/or police from enforcement of our rules - which protects us.  It risks creation of more problems than it is designed to 'solve.' This is driven by divisive politics. We need leadership that works to unite, not divide the community.

This entire ordinance shows the problems when laws are created in back rooms, outside of public sunshine. It should have been brought to a Committee of the Whole Meeting to give greater notice, transparency and an initial opportunity for public input before it was rushed to a first reading. Significant staff time has been wasted on this effort to date.

This effort is now under intense public scrutiny. Let's work together to make sure all voices are heard.

Thank you all,

Eugene Flinn

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photo of the day. Riding along the South Dade Trail.

This can't be good, but at least I think I discovered the cause of my front wheel thumping. 

Taken during the early Sunday morning ride with Alexandra.  We were once again using the South Dade Trail.
Where does this trail run? The bike trail follows along the US1 Bus Lanes. An official description is as follows: The South Dade Trail runs along the South Miami-Dade Busway between Florida City and Kendall Drive/ SE 88th Street just north of the Dadeland South Metrorail station. The trail connects communities from South Miami to Homestead. At Kendall Driver, however, the trail doesn't end. You can pick up the M-Path here and continue north to downtown Miami. The corridor is 31 miles long. 

It is certainly a road less traveled and separates the bicyclists from the heavily trafficked road. 

Get out and enjoy the bike amenities. It is a healthy way to both travel to and work off your morning breakfast. It is a great route to and from sites in Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, East Kendall (especially Downtown Dadeland) and South Miami, we have taken it as far as to the University of Miami campus.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Great cause- Team participated in CABA's Third Annual Lawyers On the Run 5k

The team participated in the April 5, 2014 (third annual) CABA Lawyers On the Run 5k. This was my second time at this event.
No biking today. Today was a run to raise money through "Lawyers on the Run" which helps raise money for the CABA Pro Bono Project which is dedicated to helping individuals in need find pro bono legal services.

I am please to donate to this worthwhile cause.

CLICK HERE to view CABA's Lawyers on the Run website to view the information. You can also make a donation through this same site.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Make it a habit, not just a photo op - 15 Mayors In Miami-Dade County Bike To Work « CBS Miami

15 Mayors In Miami-Dade County Bike To Work « CBS Miami
CBS reports - today (Thursday, 4/3/14) was "ride to work day." Local mayors left their cars at home Thursday morning and rode their bikes to work  in the name of health.

A county statement says the 15 mayors are promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, while encouraging residents to bike to parks, attractions, shops and events throughout the year.

The mayors took part in the “Bike305 Bike to Work Day,” including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez who encourages South Floridians to do the same.

“If you get into biking, it’s almost an addiction eventually you miss it,” said Mayor Gimenez. “Every person that gets on a bike and doesn’t get in a car improves everybody’s way to get around.”

So how is it to ride to work on a regular basis?  I have been biking it to work fairly regularly this year.  See my initial post on this back in February.  This week has seen me ride 3 of the 4 week days to date. I am undecided as to whether I ride on Friday.  Riding does take preparation when you have to be (or at least have to try to be) presentable at the office - obviously I am not riding in a suit, so keeping clothes at the office is a must.

The route gets adjusted, based upon time available or my goal on exercise.

Proposed Palmetto Bay Ordinance May Leave Dogs With No Voice « CBS Miami

Proposed Palmetto Bay Ordinance May Leave Dogs With No Voice « CBS Miami
PALMETTO BAY (CBSMiami) – Dog owners in Palmetto Bay may need to
invest in a muzzle if a proposed upgrade to the village’s noise
ordinance is passed into law.

The Mayor of Palmetto Bay, Shelley Stanczyk, proposed that the noise ordinance be changed
to allow anyone to file a complaint with the city for a dog that barked
for 20 minutes or longer, or more than 5 times in an hour.

Click the link at top to read the entire article.