Miracle League and Blue & White Baseball Games

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The Miracle League Facebook post summed it up best when they wrote: Thank you to Palmetto High School baseball teams, Head Coach Danny Smith, MPMS Booster Club, Booster Chair Scott Sarason, Booster Buffy Heldt, and the Village of Palmetto Bay for a wonderful day of Miracle League ball at Coral Reef Park - Home of the Panthers!

Cameron Honey gets a hit as Billy the Marlin cheers him on in the Miracle League game.

Cameron Honey gets a hit as Billy the Marlin cheers him on in the Miracle League game.

On the morning of January 30, before the annual Palmetto High School’s annual Blue & White Game, the Miracle League fielded their stars in a feel-good baseball game that brought smiles to participants, hosts and fans. The Miracle League is a volunteer group with the mission to construct a customized baseball field that accommodates wheelchairs, walkers and people with special needs.

After that game, it was time for the Palmetto freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams to scrimmage as a way to welcome the Spring baseball season.

Palmetto Bay councilwoman Karyn Cunningham hands our awards to deserving players after the Miracle League baseball game.

Palmetto Bay councilwoman Karyn Cunningham hands our awards to deserving players after the Miracle League baseball game.

The day was special for many reasons, including the unveiling of the brand new scoreboard. It was the Parks Department of Palmetto Bay that also scrambled to make the field beautiful and playable after a few days of tremendous rain.

By mid afternoon, it was clear that this day of baseball had brought out a lot of heart in our kids and our community.

Three Palms at East Ridge

If you haven’t been to East Ridge recently, you don’t know East Ridge. For more than 50 years, East Ridge at Cutler Bay, has served as Miami-Dade County’s only life care community. Now, the brand new $70 million Three Palms at East Ridge health center takes the community to new heights in assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing and rehabilitation accommodations. Three Palms replaces the previous on-site skilled nursing facility, bringing a state-of-the-art health center to East Ridge residents and beyond.

 “While located inside East Ridge’s 76-acre campus, the Three Palms world-class facility and services are open to the anyone,” emphasized Rick Drew, Sales Director for East Ridge, “We are great at rehabilitation and are partnered with many medical providers in South Florida.”

While Three Palms is already operational, there will be opening celebrations on Feb. 17 (primarily for East Ridge residents), Feb. 19 (for area politicians, dignitaries and the press), Feb. 23 (for physicians, caregivers and those people in the medical community) and on February 24 for prospective clients and customers. “On March 5th we will invite the public to come and see the entire operation, so they know what an amazing resource they have right in their own back yard,” explained Drew.

The community features 90 private assisted living apartments including studio suites and one- and two-bedroom residences in Palm Court; Palm Lane’s 31 private suites for memory care and Palm Terrace for the skilled nursing center with 74 private rooms. Each area is already about half full.

“Unfortunately for the public, residents love the privacy and charm of East Ridge so much, they sometime think it best kept a secret,” said Drew. “But we’ve worked hard to now share it with the world while still keeping it the special place that residents depend upon.”

Additionally, Three Palms accommodates home health services and medical offices, the community’s new dining room and bistro for independent living residents and laundry facilities. The facility is also LEEDs Certified and incorporates many sustainable, green features.

“The ‘secret sauce’ of Three Palms at East Ridge is that the residents helped dream and define the services and care that they would want should, and if, they needed skilled nursing help, assisted living and memory care,” explained Drew.

The Key West-inspired architectural design keeps with the previous additions to the East Ridge community, which include the fitness wellness center, lifestyle activity buildings and renovated residential villas.

“We focus on eight components of wellness: social, vocational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and environmental and health services,” said Drew. “The East Ridge philosophy recognizes the need for a change in the philosophy of care and one that will serve the growing needs for elder care. We are excited for the opportunities Three Palms at East Ridge will bring us to deliver on our philosophy.”

East Ridge is located at 19301 SW 87 Ave. and offers a continuum of care including independent living. For information, call 305-256-3564 for a personal tour or visit www.EastRidgeatCutlerBay.com.

Palmetto Bay's 1st Drive-In Movie

On Saturday, January 30th, the 1950's returned to Palmetto Bay in the form of a drive-in movie theater.

The weather was perfect as dozens of cars, golf carts and pedestrians settled in to see Grease (the sing-along) version in the Village Hall parking lot.

Before the movie began, Tandem Theater Project got everyone in the mood by singing a bunch of the movie's songs live.

The weather was perfect as the temporary silver screen showed us images of a bygone era.

If you're interested in seeing more (with the top down), check out the video story!