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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meet Nextdoor neighbors at dinner/meetup

There's an app/website called Nextdoor, you might have seen it. It's a micro-neighborhood-type thing where people post updates on various neighborhood events like crimewatch, block parties, things for sale, recommendations for a plumber, etc. It's a great way to get to know the neighbors. There are over 85 groups in Miami alone, each Neighborhood group covers just a few blocks, so it's very compact.

To that end, the City of Miami Police Department has chosen Nextdoor as their virtual neighborhood watch tool to supplement their existing crime watch program and increase the number of neighborhoods who are actively watching out for their neighbors. The MPD is having a dinner meetup to inform neighbors about Nextdoor. it's at the Miami Police College Auditorium on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm. The auditorium is at 350 NW 2nd Avenue.

You'll meet existing Miami Nextdoor Leads, learn the latest about Nextdoor, hear from Miami PD how they will use Nextdoor, and share your ideas and feedback with the Nextdoor team. Dinner is on Nextdoor for all attendees.

Please RSVP here to attend the meetup.
Commander Manuel Morales says, "If your neighborhood is not already using Nextdoor, we are asking that you become the Founding Member for your neighborhood. The Founding Member is the first person to join Nextdoor in a neighborhood. You will help spread the word to other neighbors and help start a few conversations."
To learn more, go to www.nextdoor.com and watch the video. If you are interested in being the Founding Member of your Nextdoor neighborhood website, go to www.nextdoor.com/priority and enter your address. If you have any questions during the sign-up process, go to help.nextdoor.com.

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Coconut Grove is being wiped out

There's an interesting article in The New Tropic called "The Coconut Grove We Love Is Getting Wiped Out," by Grovite Luke Fronefield.

It's a beautiful portrayal of Coconut Grove and in the end, it's sad, as the Grove has given way to greed. I took this photo not too long ago, let's hope that the Grove stays like this for a long time to come.

From the article:

With its high ground and abundant rainfall, the Grove is a unique subtropical rain forest ecosystem, unlike the rest of Miami which is essentially reclaimed swamp. This has allowed beautiful canopies like that of Main Highway to flourish with a semblance of manicured control, though left to its own devices the entire Grove would revert to jungle. 

It’s that barely concealed wildness — jungle tucked inside the sprawling concrete metropolis of Miami — that makes the Grove like nothing else in the United States, and perhaps like nothing else in the world. It’s not sexy and it’s not slick. It’s the wild child of Miami. From a bird’s view, the Grove must look like a small patch of green surrounded for miles by strip malls and skyscrapers. Today, that patch is in danger of becoming a dot or disappearing altogether.

This is Coconut Grove and yet there are so many that are destroying it to make a buck. I find it interesting, that something I never thought of before, is that Coconut Grove is all natural. It isn't built on swampland like so much of Miami is.

You can read the whole article here.

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Grove Chamber networker at Peacock Garden Cafe

The Coconut Grove held their August Networker at Peacock Garden Cafe last week. From left: Cindy Russo, retired FIU head basketball coach, Kathy Hidy, Keller Williams; Lilia Garcia, Coconut Grove Arts Festival; Rebecca Smith, Line Studio Realty; Wendy Zane, the Mutiny Hotel.

Leslie Rowe, Coconut Grove Events; Abilio Gonzalez, Abacustel Communications; Mary Helen Campbell; Steve Weiss, Coldwell Banker.

Jodi Rambarran, Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove; Karen Davis, founder The Cruiser Club; Judge Fred Seraphin; Carol Munroe, Metro-Dade County Clerk of Courts.


Peter Laird, LGD; Karen Davis, The Cruiser Club; Wendy Zane, the Mutiny Hotel; Lilia Garcia, Coconut Grove Arts Festival.


Karen Davis, The Cruiser Club; Capt. Assad N. Masoud, Racharters.com; artist Erika King; Nick Athanassiadis, Denison Yacht Sales.


Jason R. Adams, VP Strang Architecture; Jessica Adams, Riley Smith Group; Rahul Ranadive, Ranadive Law PA; Nelly Fernandez, VP Regions Bank; Karl A. Fong Yee, Riley Smith Group;Alisha Gravesand, VP Regions Bank; Erika Villanueva, Regions Bank Coconut Grove; Luis E. Rodriquez, VP Regions Bank.


Peter Laird, LGD; Michele Segal, Sharp Dentistry; Lalo Durazo, owner Peacock Garden Cafe.


Photos by Rafael Gutierrez 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Coconut Grove community leader passes

Dr. David A. White, a life-long Coconut Grove resident, passed away last week. He was an important person in Village West. He was a teacher and school counselor and also a principal for over 35 years with Miami-Dade schools. He was a Coconut Grove activist and community leader.

Dr. White was born and died in Coconut Grove. He was 85.

"He represented a dying breed of Grove residents of which we can be proud," said Grove activist Clarice Cooper.


Here is the obit in the Miami Herald, a very nice write up.

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Schools in session; traffic nightmare is back

School's open again and traffic is worse than ever. The big traffic tie-ups are mostly caused by private schools, which always have had an air of entitlement, it seems.

Ransom middle and senior are terrible on Main Highway and Tigertail and Carrollton and the rest are just as bad. Rather than block neighborhood traffic, they should be required to give up some of their grassy areas on campus and let parents sit in the cars there for drop off and pick up.


On Friday, I headed down south for our family pizza night. I leave early usually to avoid traffic, but at one point, about 3 pm, all traffic stopped on Old Cutler Road. It literally stopped. I sat in one space, crawling maybe a car length at a time, for about 40 minutes, no exaggeration. I assumed it was guys working on the bike path through Pinecrest, which seems to be a non-stop project this year, it's been going on and on. Then I assumed that maybe it was an accident. Finally, when we made the turn where Red Road meets Old Cutler, and headed south, the traffic stoppage was apparent. It was Gulliver, the private school. Traffic was literally stopped for 40 minutes due to Gulliver.

Now Gulliver has plenty of grass inside the gates, that is where people should wait for their kids, not on Old Cutler Road, where the Coral Gables police try to direct traffic, but they favor the Gulliver parents over us peons driving on Old Cutler Road, so they are allowed to enter and leave while the rest of us wait - for 40 minutes!!!


I know I've said it before, but what happened to school buses? When we were in school we took buses, our parents didn't take us to school one by one with one child per car, tying up roadways and traffic. Gulliver Prep is the same, on SW 88 Street. They tie up traffic. But the thing with this school traffic is that the hours are staggered, so you never know when you are going to come upon a school letting out. I've almost got it down to a science at Ransom middle school on Tigertail here in the Grove, but every once in awhile I get caught up in the traffic.

It reminds me of something I saw on Twitter this weekend, with the hashtag #ThingsMyFatherSays - "When I was your age, I walked through 10 feet of shag carpet to change the channel!"

Happy school year.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Grovetoberfest tickets are on sale now

Grovetoberfest has opened ticketing and you can purchase early tickets here.

VIP Tickets $59 (from $90) These sell out every year. They only have 200 available at this price. Code: VIP59

Beer Socialite $39 (from $70) This is always the best seller. They're not doing a lot through Living Social or Groupon, so this is the easiest and best way to get them. $39, one hour early, pint glass and backpack.  It's really the best deal. Code: BS39

General Admission $30 (from $40) - You're an insider so you've never bought a G.A. ticket, but you can use this code as a make-good to a co-worker or someone you need to feel special. Hey, it's still ten bucks off. Code: GA30

One caveat, is that the right word? Grovetoberfest may not be in Coconut Grove this year. The festival, named after the Grove, by the way, may end up in Wynwood. We'll let you know when we do.

The event date is Saturday, October 15 and the craft beer fest will still have all the amazing events as it usually does.

It's the place for beer enthusiasts from all over the country.

Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories. In addition to featuring over 300 craft beers, 

Grovetoberfest will include an entertainment stage, a Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and Food Row, where restaurants will sell local fare. 
Grovetoberfest will host the fourth annual “Miami’s Best Homebrew Contest.” The winner’s beer will be available at a local restaurant/bar for the rest of the year. Contest is only open to home brewers.

Stay tuned for location.

Here's last year's event in Peacock Park.

Again, tickets are here, use the codes above for discounts.


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Local explorer is Rotary luncheon speaker

The Coconut Grove's weekly luncheon is Thursday, August 25 at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, starting at 12:15 pm.

Guest speaker is Charles Kropke, Managing Partner of Dragonfly Expeditions.   


Charles Kropke.
Photo courtesy YouTube
As Managing Partner of Dragonfly Expeditions, a 20-year-old expeditionary tour company of Florida and the Caribbean Basin, Charles has created over 150 tours pertaining to history, ecology, adventures, culture and the learning sciences.  Under his guidance over 100 tour guides strive to give passionate and informed interpretations of the geographical region in which the company operates.

An avid adventurer, Charles will share insights into the history of how the Florida Everglades have been impacted by developers as well as personal anecdotes of his experience with people, animals and the wilderness as a guide and entrepreneur. Charles fascination with South Florida began as a young child when his family moved to Fort Myers and one of his teachers challenged him to learn about the environment and how he could have a positive impact. During his career as a stock broker, he was introduced to the Everglades Restoration Movement where he became a 10-year First Lieutenant engaged in the removal of the invasive Melaleuca tree from many square miles of the Everglades. His entrepreneurial spirit took over and Charles began venturing into the startup and growth of various businesses including Dragonfly Expeditions, Margaritaville Travel Adventures, Windjammer Sailing Adventures, and Tropic Moon Media.

Charles has written several books including "South Beach: Stories of A Renaissance” and recently won an Emmy for the documentary “Unseen Everglades”.

Please RSVP to coconutgroverotaryclub@gmail.com.

The luncheon is $20 and all are welcome, not just Rotary Club members.

The Coconut Grove Sailing Club is at 2990 S. Bayshore Drive.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Cleaning dogs' unmentionables in drinking fountain

Regarding selfish dog owners. Check this out at Gothamist: 

Central Park Drinking Fountain Doubles As Dog Bidet


Photo courtesy Gothamist

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Coconut Grove slum lords to be sued by city

According to The New Times, there is more trouble on Hibiscus Street. This time in Village West. According to the article, The owners of shoddy apartment buildings in the neighborhood are being sued by the City of Miami for being slum lords — Orlando Benitez Jr., attorney Julio Marrero, his mother Rosa Marrero, and Phillip Muskat — are currently locked in a legal dispute about selling the properties. A potential buyer has offered to purchase the land, which is worth millions of dollars. If the city's argument is successful, a judge could potentially order the owners to use a portion of their profits to relocate their renters.

Story here.

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A murder caught in the act

I saw this photo on Grovite Luke Fronefield's Instagram account. He gave me permission to share it here along with his text. It's the "Father Knows Best" house that was at 3600 Hibiscus, across from Plymouth Congregational Church.


lafmang305

Children watch as another "old" beautiful home in the Grove is torn down...along with dozens of trees. The trees were cut down without permits. After all, what's $1,000 per tree fine to a developer making millions on the deal??? This lot will be subdivided and so there will be two or three homes where there was previously one. It's the same fate for two other properties up the street. As home prices in Miami and elsewhere skyrocket, Coconut Grove is experiencing unprecedented "development" at the hands of developers and real estate agents and investors and unscrupulous buyers---all of whom are attracted to the Grove because of the incredible tree canopy and natural environment, and yet seem to have no problem destroying this tranquil oasis they're seeking. McMansions and other towering nouveau riche cement blocks do not belong in the Grove. Think about what you're building, people. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE TAKING DOWN.

His Instagram account is: https://www.instagram.com/lafmang305/


Below are a couple of photos I had, after and before.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lost Trolley

I was coming home from the gym at 8:15 this morning, and as I turned into my neighborhood, I came face to face with a City of Miami trolley. Very strange to see it down our cul de sac, guess he was off course and made a wrong turn of something, but it was so nice to see a door-to-door trolley right in front of my house.

And it was a "real" trolley like this one as opposed to the "fake" mini-buses.

Speaking of trolleys, I did a well-received story in the Huffington Post last month about the New York City Transit Museum. I have it here in my Tomversation blog, too: tomversation.com/2016/08/02/a-trip-back-in-time

And I did a story on the L train in NY, too: tomversation.com/2016/05/29/celebrating-the-ghosts-of-the-l-train

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'Existing historical districts are under attack'

Got this from a reader:

As Coconut Grove is exploring how to maintain its historical identity towards the future, existing historical districts are under attack by the same modern out of scale development and a current appeal by Morningside residents will be discussed August 25 at 6:45 pm organized by Commissioner Russell to hear from residents about historical preservation. Are you available to attend? The meeting is at the Morningside Park Building. 

If you are available to go to the meeting or would like more information please contact Ms. Judy Miller at judymiller@judy-miller.com

If designated historic districts and design guidelines are not safe to preserve resident's quality of life and consistent predictable neighborhood character, that residents have voluntarily placed on themselves, then none of Miami is safe from new McMansions, bland architecture, and compound style designs. 

The proposal for a vacant lot at 545 55th Terrace is a square box with some applied architectural elements of 4 different styles as described by the architect to "be compatible with historic guidelines." 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Less than smart dog owners

I have a friend who does not like dogs, he hates seeing them in public and hates dog parks, he thinks dogs belong home and nowhere else. I disagree with that, but after what I saw at the dog park this morning, I'm thinking it might be healthier for dogs to stay home.

I've always loved dogs, except about 20 years ago, I was bitten by one, so for about three to five years after that, I avoided all dogs, but now I've turned into a sort of dog whisperer. Dogs love me. It's very odd. If there are 20 people in a room and one dog, the dog will come and stay by me. Weird, but true. Anyway, the point is, I love dogs, but not so much their owners.

I was with a friend at Kennedy Park this morning and he put his dog in the dog park. After a short while, there was a huge commotion, some big bull dog started a fight with the other dogs and bit about three of them. It was a big commotion, loud and messy. The dog's owner apologized profusely, but why would you bring your dog, that you have to know is dangerous, to a community dog park? And I'm sure this is not the only incident at the dog park, so why do dog owners bring their dogs who might be attacked unsuspectingly?

The dog owner took the dog out, but only after everyone grabbed their dogs and left and he was apologizing and making excuses. Less than smart of him.

Now this really bothered me after that. A lady whose dog was bitten in the leg, proceeded to put water on her dog's leg from the water fountain in the dog park, but she did not take the water from the top part where people drink, she was taking the water from the bottom part where the water comes out of the spout into a shared doggy dish - where all the park dogs drink from. 


She would take the water from the spout, let it pass over her filthy hand into the dog bowl and then wipe her dog's wounds, blood and all. Then she would repeat this, introducing her dog's blood and bacteria into the drinking bowl. She continued this for a bit of time. I couldn't believe the height of selfishness. Now unbeknownst to anyone else, except for she and I, her dog's blood and bacteria are infecting the dog bowl for the rest of the day and all the other unsuspecting dogs today are drinking that.

Sometimes I think some dog owners are their own pets' worst enemies. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Charles E. Byrd passes away

Charles E. Byrd passed away on August 16 from cancer. Charles was a big part of the Village West, he as chairman of the Collaborative Development Corporation.

"On behalf of all of us here at Collaborative Development Corporation and KROMA Art Space & Studios I have taken the liberty of conveying out to his family, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathy," said JS Rashid, executive director of KROMA and the Collaborative.

I always remember Charles as being a tall man, but very quiet, he got a lot done but with a quiet demeanor.

Services for Charles will be held at Westmonte Park Event Center - 624 Bills Lane Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Saturday, August 20 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Memorials and flowers may be sent to 301 Sabal Park PL, Apt 103 Longwood, FL 32779. 

An announcement is forthcoming regarding “A Celebration of Life” for Charles in Miami.

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Mangoes to Share to hold 'Fit for Food" event

Two years ago, we wrote about Mangos to Share, a community project that was new at the time, started by Grovite Anna Milaeva. The idea is to help feed the homeless with excess mangoes that people may have.

They have been quite successful in all this time and they are nice enough to credit the Grapevine for getting the word out back in 2014. Edible South Florida mentions us in an article this month, too. Thank you.

On Saturday, September 10, Mangoes to Share is having a "Fit for Food" event, a fundraising series to benefit orphanages for kids who are victims of sectarian violence.

There will be a fruit bowl punch and holistic health fair. There is boot camp and meditation, healthy snacks, holistic health activities, a kids circle and a raffle. Music will be provided by DJ Ricky.

The event is at Legion Park at Biscayne Blvd. and 66 Street, it runs from 10 am to 1 pm.

100% of collected funds will benefit 5 orphanages for internally displaced children in Northern Nigeria. 

"The goal is to achieve food security for over 120 kids, victims of sectarian violence, through funding and planting of Edible Gardens at the 5 orphanages and building of a community nursery for the cultivation and propagation of plants, ready for planting the next season," says Anna.

For Everyone (Suggested Boot Camp + Meditation donation is $20):

10 am – 11:00 am – “FRUIT PUNCH” BOOT CAMP 
by “Push by Porche," "Spartan Level Fitness" and "Lole."

11 am - 11:30 am – Meditation with singing bowls and a mini Fire Ceremony by Paul Adam and Kalki Das.

10 am – 1 pm – All the holistic health activities will be available throughout the morning.

For Kids (suggested donation for kids is $10): 

10 am – 11:30 am – kids’ hula hoop circle by Monica Vasquez

There are lots of health activities too including massages, acupuncture, mini astro readings, etc.

They will auction some hand-made bags and jewelry that was sent to them from Nigeria to help raise funds.

The leather work by Suleiman of Kano with incorporated silver work known as agades and silver from Mali. Suleiman follows his forefathers in the craft. His livelihood is threatened by travel advisories that keep tourists away from the city.

The jewelry is handmade by Tulare travelers who sell their wares on the old trade routes that are still plied by caravans of camels or trucks.

Mangoes to Share is interested in partnering up with like-minded grassroots organizations and in getting involved with causes related to hunger alleviation, education and conscious agriculture.

Check out their new website here: www.mangoestoshare.org

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Transportation office asks that you be part of traffic studies

The City of Miami's Transportation Office will soon begin performing traffic studies in eight neighborhoods within the City. In an effort to keep everyone informed, they would like to host a meeting with each neighborhood or participate in an already scheduled homeowners association meeting in the month of August. These meetings will entail discussions regarding the purpose of the traffic study, duration of the traffic study, what to expect, and answer any questions the public may have concerning the process.

The City would like to know when their next meeting is scheduled (hopefully in August for each HOA) so they may add them to their agenda.  If they are not meeting, then to request that they schedule a meeting for August to discuss this matter only. If no neighborhood association exists, then please advise what will be the best course of action to meet with the residents within a large area.

Upon completion of the respective neighborhood traffic studies, a second meeting will be held at a later time to discuss the results and any recommendations made for each neighborhood with regards to adding new traffic calming devices or traffic controls.

In the Coconut Grove area, the boundaries are: South Dixie Highway/US 1 to the north, South Bayshore Drive to the south, Alatka Street to the east, and SW 22nd Avenue to the west.

And the Roads area: SW 15 Road to the east, SW 28 Road to the west, SW 3 Avenue to the north, SW 1 Avenue to the south.

To arrange the meeting, please contact Madelin Pacheco at: mpacheco@miamigov.com

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Vizcaya bus scholarships are available

Vizcaya has announced that scholarships are available for bus transportation for Title I schools in Miami-Dade County. The bus scholarship program brings 4th through 12th grade students to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens for guided tours and programs. A limited number of scholarships are available; teachers who sign up before December 23, 2016 will receive free admission. After December 23, regular admission rates will apply.

“Vizcaya’s bus scholarship fund helps ensure that students throughout Miami-Dade County can come to the estate and engage in the dynamic learning environment found at Vizcaya,” says Wendy Wolf, Vizcaya’s Deputy Director for Learning and Visitor Experience. “Our school group tours are guided experiences around themes such as design and architecture, geography and exploration, and environmental preservation.”

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to guided tour and bus availability. Applications are available online at vizcaya.org must be received a minimum of four weeks in advance of requested date. All visits must take place by June 8, 2017.

For more information, teachers from Title I schools may email diana.pena@vizcaya.org or call 305-860-8436.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book events

Miami's own America's best selling author Brad Meltzer shares his newest book, The House of Secrets at an event at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 pm. Brad will read excerpts from the book and have a book signing afterwards.
  
Bring children's books with you to the reading and donate them for Read To Learn Books for Free. Help fill 40 bookshelves - at WIC offices (health program for women and children), juvenile justice centers and community centers, with free books for children. They'll catch you in action as you drop your books into the book bin, and they'll tag your donation to #miamireads and #miamibookfair.
  
St. Stephen's is located at 2750 McFarlane Road.

Reserve your book at big.events33@yahoo.com



The Grovey Coconut Grove/Miami Children's SCBWI Critique Group meets on Tuesday September 6, from 6-8 pm. Please bring notebook and pen with you. Also please bring copies of your work to share. This meeting is open to both children book writers and illustrators.

At this meeting they will be doing both the above, and we will also be working plot points.

Please RSVP here thebookstoreinthegrove@yahoo.com, so they can tell everyone how many copies need to print out to share.

The event is at the Bookstore in the Grove, at the Mayfair Atrium.

SCBWI's web site address http://www.scbwi.org/.

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Ran into an old 'frenemy'

A friend and I went to the S&S Diner for lunch yesterday, he likes it there and is concerned about it closing down due to gentrification, so we went for the history of it all more than the lunch. He wanted to see how he could help the owner, Simon, in any way. A City of Miami police officer walked by inside the diner and my friend said hello to him, they knew each other. My friend then turns toward me and says to the cop, "And you know Tom Falco?" And the cop mumbled something and shook my hand.

When I looked at him, I realized it was that cop that had been terrorizing the Grove for years, remember this story

Well, I told my friend that he was that cop. My friend said, "Well he was just doing his job." And I said, "Yes, but the way he went about it, he didn't belong in the Village." I went on, "I received my last speeding ticket from him!"

My friend asked, "Well, were you speeding?"

Me: "Yes, but that's besides the point. I had many altercations with him over the years. And many people took that article to court and used it to defend themselves."

I went on to tell my friend that I didn't hold a anything against the guy personally, but I was glad to see him far away from the Grove and apparently his superiors felt the need to move his beat out of the Grove. 

So anyway, we are at the diner eating and the cop is sitting across from us and he and my friend are making small talk every once in awhile. My friend tells me not to hold a grudge and I told him I am not, I said I was just embarrassed to see the cop face-to-face after the article in the Grapevine ran. But he was pleasant at the diner, very nice, seemed like a regular there, knew the staff and a few customers. He knew that Tuesday was "Turkey Day." So he was a member of that neighborhood now.

So this went on for a bit, maybe half an hour - the back and forth between my friend and I, and after the whole thing, when we are leaving, my friend leans over to me and says to me so matter-of-factly, "He's the one who gave me the jaywalking ticket that time!" I started cracking up and nearly fell on the floor.

My friend had been given a jaywalking ticket in 2009, we wrote about it here at the time, for asking this cop a question - but the ticket really was not for jaywalking. My friend had seen the copy hiding around the bend with his radar gun, as he does, and how he got me that time; and my friend asked him how much longer he would be doing that. Well, this cop didn't like the question, so since you cannot give tickets for asking questions, he gave my friend a ticket for jaywalking, because when he left his car to ask the question he apparently jaywalked.

I think my friend is the only person ever in Coconut Grove to get a jaywalking ticket and apparently he bonded with the cop over it all those years ago.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Festidan features Spam All Stars this Saturday

Festidan  at The Grove Spot in 2010.
Festidan is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, August 20 on Fuller Street. The party starts at 2 pm.  Spam All Stars will be performing along with Problem Kids and a few notable Miami DJ's.
  
In lieu of an entrance fee, monetary donations will be accepted at the annual event to help sponsor the Castaways Against Cancer. 

Money this year will go to The Castaways Against Cancer crew, a rag-tag group of kayaking enthusiasts who paddle from Coconut Grove to Key West to raise money for the American Cancer Society during their annual Relay For Life event. More information can be found at castawaysagainstcancer.com 

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