The Street Furniture NMB Gallery proudly presents…

The First Annual Street Furniture Fall Runway Exhibit, featuring…

The Phyllis Smith Couture Collection!

This stunning tee shirt from the SmithWear Collection is what will be seen on all the most fashionable NMBers this fall!  Be the first on your block to own what is sure to become a family heirloom.  So versatile, this piece can be worn from the board room to the ball room without even changing accessories!

 

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A Conflict of Interest

 

Okay, so check this out.  It’s a sorta slow news day, so I wanted to run something by you that’s been on my mind lately.  Let’s talk about what constitutes a Conflict of Interest.  Several cities have enacted their own laws to deal with conflicts of interest.  For example, I found this article called The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (http://www.ehow.com/about_6368113_municipal-conflict-interest-act.html), which discusses one enacted in Ontario, Canada in 1972, the purpose of which “is to ensure municipal council, committee and board members, as well as school officials, acting on behalf of the public, don’t personally profit from a decision they played a role in making.”

Oh, boy!  I’m thinking we could round up quite a few politicians and send ’em to the hoosegow for violating this Act, eh?  But, since a real conflict of interest is difficult, but not impossible, to prove, none of our present or former North Miami Beach elected officials have been found guilty of this crime.  Yet.  The wheels of justice move at glacial speed, but rest assured that your Gruesome Twosome and the Hindrances are still on the case. Continue reading

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SCAM ALERT!

SCAM ALERT

There appears to be a resurgence of telephone scams that involve persons being called on the phone and advised either a relative of theirs, usually a grandson or granddaughter, is in jail and needs to be bonded out or calls are being received by individuals claiming to have kidnapped one of your relatives and are demanding ransom money.

The relative needing to be bonded out of jail scam has been around for a few years. It usually targets the elderly and tells them their grandson or granddaughter is in trouble and in jail and needs money to bond out. The person calling identifies themselves as bail bondsman. The caller tries to get to you wire them money usually through western union.

We are seeing a resurgence of these types of calls. Continue reading

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OMIGOD! NOT PHYLLIS AGAIN! OY VEY!

As if the City of North Miami Beach didn’t have enough problems to deal with, councilwoman Phyllis Smith is going full steam ahead with her insistence on sitting her tuchus right next to the Mayor on the dais.  She has spent an inordinate amount of time (and our money) directing the City Attorney to draft not one, not two, but THREE different ordinances in a ridiculous effort to get her way.  If we thought former mayor Myron Rosner was a childish idiot, Phyllis has surely outdone him this time.

The City has just posted its agenda for the meeting next Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (http://webcasts.citynmb.tv/council2011/AG071911.pdf), and in addition to all the REAL BUSINESS the City Council, Manager and Attorney have to conduct, we also have the dubious privilege of having to sit through Phyllis’ whiny bloviating about why she wants to sit at the grown up table.  If we’re really lucky, she’ll throw a Myron-like tantrum! Continue reading

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“To Protect and Serve”

When our kids were young, my husband tried his best to convince at least one of them to follow in his footsteps and become a firefighter.  Although he never said it, I’m sure he was disappointed that none of them were ever interested.  Years later when most of them were already young adults, we were out to dinner with the family.  My husband’s oldest daughter was telling us about her job search, and my husband suggested again that she apply at her local fire department.  She looked at him point blank and said, “Dad, I’m not interested in helping other people.  I’m much too selfish.”

Well, at least that was honest!  My husband was taken aback, but I knew exactly what she meant.  It takes a special type of person to make a career out of serving others.  Personally, I know I’m not one of them, either.  Yes, I know that being a secretary/bookkeeper is service position, but let’s face it.  I’m not saving lives here or risking my own life and limb for those in need.  And, no, paper cuts don’t count. Continue reading

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The Grand Bloviator of NMB

At the end of every North Miami Beach Council meeting, there is a section entitled “City Council Committee Reports,” which is familiarly referred to as the “Good ‘n’ Plenty.”  In case you’re interested, the entire July 5, 2011 Council meeting can be viewed on the city’s website here: 

http://view.liveindexer.com/ViewIndexSessionSLMQ.aspx?ecm=634456159977625220&indexSessionSKU=AKRFaGn3e2YrrSNydVwVkQ%3D%3D&siteSKU=CKmX7odf7amZ3bVY5oAA%2bw%3d%3d

I decided to watch it again to see how long each of the Council members spoke when wrapping up the meeting.

First up, Vice Mayor Philippe Derose spoke for just under three minutes.

Councilwoman Marlen Martell spoke for a grand total of 30 seconds.

Councilwoman Beth Spiegel spoke for just under two minutes.

Councilwoman Barbara Kramer spoke for slightly over 3 minutes.

Then came the Grand Bloviater, Phyllis Smith, who blathered on for SIX AND A HALF FREAKING MINUTES! Continue reading

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Too Bad Phyllis Didn’t STFU!

I’m so glad I decided to not attend last night’s Pre-Council Meeting of the North Miami Beach City Council, which began at 5:30 and ended at 7:20 p.m., just in time for the Council to have it’s Actual Council Meeting.  If I had been sitting in the audience instead of watching the live stream on the City’s website, by the second hour I would have been pulling my hair out in utter frustration.  By the third hour, Phyllis Smith would have had a sock in her mouth.

Just once I’d like to hear Phyllis saying something that is directly related the issue at hand instead of responding with non sequiturs that go absolutely nowhere.  I can’t even begin to repeat all the stupid things she said at both meetings, but suffice it to say, she didn’t miss a single opportunity to make a fool of herself.  It’s a damn shame that Phyllis can’t watch the meeting from the standpoint of the viewers while she’s bloviating because judging by the looks on the faces of her colleagues, they’re all just as sick of her endless self-promotion as the residents are.  The only person on that council who can still stand her is her fawning puppy dog, Frantz Pierre, and he wasn’t present last night. Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

As we approach our country’s birthday on the fourth of July, please keep in mind that our independence was won by fighting for the right to be free.  Thanks to our men and women in uniform we have Freedom from tyranny and suppression.  Freedom from taxation without representation.  Freedom to practice our respective religions in peace.  Freedom to speak our minds and follow our dreams.

The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by Congress on July 4, 1776, is a statement of principles through which the Constitution of the United States is interpreted.  The most famous sentence of the Declaration states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Continue reading

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Leading by example

The recall of former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the election of Carlos Gimenez to replace him is proof (in my opinion) that the citizens are mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore.  People are just plain fed up with having their hard earned tax dollars spent on government waste and excess.  Mr. Alvarez’ fourteen percent property tax hike followed by the generous raises he gave to his cronies was more than the residents could take, especially in an economy when so many are literally losing their homes.  Imagine scraping every penny together to keep your mortgage payments barely up to date, and then losing everything because you can’t pay the property tax increase.  That’s just plain wrong.  How Mr. Alvarez didn’t see this coming is a real mystery.

In an article published in CBSMiami.com yesterday (http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/06/29/mayor-elect-gimenez-lets-get-to-work/), it was reported that Mr. Gimenez announced, “I’m going to cut the salary and benefits of the mayor by 50 percent,” Gimenez said. “I’m not going to have a car allowance. I’m not going to have two SUV’s. I’m not going to have people driving me around.”

Talk about leading by example!  I don’t know about you guys, but that impressed the hell out of me.  And I do not impress easily. Continue reading

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Guest Columnist “Patrick Henry”

Here is a column submitted by a Guest Columnist by the name of “Patrick Henry.”
So the hotly fought elections are over. Thank G-d! You would think that some people would just sit back now and let city government function. That just doesn’t seem to be the case. While civic involvement and the invitation to be heard by your city leaders gives residents the opportunity to have a voice, some seem to just take it too far. Just watch a few of the city’s council meetings and you’ll see the same half dozen or so residents get up and try to run the city. Some, we are convinced, need a hobby. They appear to love to hear themselves talk…and talk…and talk. They’ve become redundant, boring, predictable and sometimes even resort to personal attacks.
One resident gets up there at practically each meeting, rambles for his 3 minutes and just leaves people scratching their heads. Continue reading
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