Read the last installment of Talking Trash below.

TALKING TRASH By the Rubble Rousers



 IT’S NOT hunky mark wahlberg in an m. night shyamalan disaster movie. This Happening is good news. And, folks, we’re being serious here.

The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove  has state they are "uniting residents, local business leaders, organizations, educational and faith institutions across the state to stand for our communities and environment against Plastic.”  Working tirelessly, the 128-year-old Woman’s Club has partnered with the Coconut Grove Village Council to start the ball rolling on banning plastic bags in Coconut Grove. Many municipalities within Miami Dade, Bal Harbor, Bay Harbor Islands, Surfside, Key Biscayne, City of Miami Beach, and Coral Gables have successfully implemented city-wide bans on the sale and distribution of various single-use plastics.”   

“We can no longer recycle our way out of this problem...Despite efforts to expand recycling programs. Less than 5%of single-use plastic bags are currently being recycled. The rest of these bags end up in our landfills or as litter, clogging storm-drain systems, and making their way to our waterways and oceans....It is estimated that 60-80% of all marine debris, and 90% of floating debris is plastic. 

As a result, it poses a persistent threat to wildlife, killing millions of marine animals like sea turtles and sea birds every year.”

Egads! Those statistics are mind boggling. Because of our lackadaisical habits, we’re killing birds and turtles and dolphins. OH MY.  We have to admit: the 60’s generation, which spawned disposable, is now reaping the results of our cleverness. Our children and grandchildren are paying for the convenience in our lives.  The world is suffering from the manufactured products which do not degrade. 



What can you do to help?   


  • Join the Florida Plastic-Free Coalition. Stay informed and involved. Sign up by email: Billie Jean Baldwinn, the Conservation Committee Chair of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is the person leading this charge.

  • Reduce the amount of plastic you use by carrying your own reusable items such as water bottle, cups, shopping bags, and straws. Consider green products, such as biodegradable or compostable. One source is 

  • Ask your favorite restaurants to switch to cardboard carryout containers, paper bags and paper straws. And none of that Styrofoam crapola.

  • · Remind smokers that cigarette butts are the #1 most littered item in the world and harm wildlife. The filters are Not Biodegradable.

  • · Think and act responsibly. Everything you throw away has a permanent existence and a consequence.  

  • · Check out to see the extent of the problem for our oceans and what one concerned organization is doing to help. 

Note: A recent article in March 5, 2019 edition of The Atlantic (can be found on-line) What Happens Now That China Won’t Take U.S. Recycling? discusses the future of waste in our country. It’s a scary read. Also, check out The New Yorker’s A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Feb 4, 2019; a valiant effort by some young entrepreneurs. CBS News, April 1, 2019 on-line: Why recycling efforts are getting trashed: “This is a total no-no” is another expose on recycling.

And so, it’s happy trails for The Rubble Rousers: Bobbi, Janet, Johnnie, Lois, and skeeter. We wish to Thank our enthralled reading public for your attention to “Talking Trash.” Let’s make Grove isle a positive example for responsible recycling.  


New Expanded Xfinity Benefits

  More Service and SPEED for Less $
If you were unable to attend an on-site meeting, check out the notice of explanation which came from Grove.Isle.News or simply call Comcast to get included in the new package. 

Our links will take you to the new FSR website

The FSR website now also has the new Rules and Regulations and the associated forms.    So even if you can't find the email just sent, you can download a copy at any time.

We want to remind you that the new, prettier version of the First Service Residential Portal is LIVE ! If you didn’t get the email notice via Grove.Isle.News ask your building’s manager for a copy.

From this point forward, to access your billing information and the Association’s documents (e.g. detailed committee reports), you will need to register on the new portal at This must be done even if you were already registered on the old FSR website. Click on ’Resident Access’ in the top-right corner. Please note that in order to sign up, you must have a current email address and mobile number registered with the Management Office.  

The FirstService Residential ‘Connect Resident Portal’ has a lot to offer most impressively an updated and responsive design which seamlessly supports desktop, tablet and mobile displays so you can access the site anytime and from any device.

It has a public landing page to showcase our community to prospective buyers, realtors and others. Have a great picture of the isle? Send it to your building manager for the site.

It offers a self-service platform you can use to edit your contact information, make payments, check balances, download forms and documents, view your permanent guest list, and more. The old website will shortly be discontinued so if you use these features, please register now.

The most exciting portion of this portal is still to come. It will soon provide the ability to notify you about package deliveries via your email.  It’s a great way to know if you should stop at security on your way home.  Once this feature is operational, you’ll get a notice from Grove.Isle.News 

If you are having difficulty registering, please contact your building’s Management Office. 

Building 1 : 305-858-1207

Building 2 : 305-858-4186

Building 3 : 305-856-4386


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