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Vol. 44, No 23



Miami Lakes councilmembers take oath during swearing-in By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff Three new Miami Lakes town council members and an incumbent lawmaker were sworn into political office to commence serving their new terms, and they each promised to keep the city on track like their predecessors. Councilmember Marilyn Ruano, who was appointed to the council two years ago, and Councilmembers Josh Dieguez, Jeffrey Rodriguez and Carlos A. Alvarez took their oath of office while flanked by their family

members and supporters during an emotional ceremony last week at Miami Lakes Town Hall. Ruano and Diéguez ran opposed while Rodriguez and Alvarez defeated Xiomara Pazos and Esther Colon, respectively, during last month’s midterm elections. The new council members join Ruano, Mayor Manny Cid, new Vice Mayor Nelson Rodriguez and Councilmember Luis Collazo, whose first biggest task is picking a new (Please see Page 2)

Eagle Scout project leads to Optimist Park spruce up

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Miami Lakes Town Center lights up during Festival of Lights event

The Main Street Merchants and The Graham Companies welcomed the South Florida community at the 34th Annual Main Street Festival of Lights on Saturday, November 24. The holiday festivity was held along two blocks in Miami Lakes Town Center to celebrate the beginning of the 2018 holiday season as Main Street turned on its holiday lights and guests enjoyed a series of holiday-themed performances. The event featured a live DJ, photo stations, performances by students from local schools, characters, and lots of complimentary surprises for children, courtesy of presenting sponsors The Graham Companies and Main Street Merchants, along with supporting sponsor Publix Super Markets. Santa stopped by to help light up Main Street at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage, and then welcomed young visitors to the Santa House where photos were available the little ones and their families.

SANTA CLAUS is joined by his three helpers, Jack and Oliva Hamilton, along with Jessica Perales, as they prepare to lower the switch and turn on all the holiday lights in Town Center.

MIAMI LAKES BOY SCOUTS Luca Romagnoli and Ricardo Santana from Troop 529 recently completed one of their Eagle Scout projects, giving a touch up to Miami Lakes Optimist Park. Romanoli refurbished the batting cages and Santana painted the basketball courts at the town’s oldest and decrepit recreation park. “MLOP has needed some TLC for sometime now and these two young men stepped up to help our town,” said Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid. The scouts are pictured with Cid, Optimist Club board member Jim Hamilton and Miami Lakes Parks and Athletics manager MAIN STREETʼS annual Festival of Lights event attracted hundreds of families and children to enjoy the lighting ceremony, visits with Santa, and other activities. Jeremy Bajdaun.

A Look Inside:

I News and Notes of interest I Perla Tabares Hantman is I Annual Veterans Day Parade I Mater Lakes Academy’s from the Town of Miami Lakes. reelected to 11th term as chair of draws hundreds of patriotic swim and dive team compete See pages.......................6 & 7 Miami-Dade School Board.....8 fans. See photos on Page.......13 at state finals.......................19

I Attorney Phil Rarick wil be I Two Miami Lakes veterans I Mario Perez is named new I Community Calendar, 15, guest speaker at M.L. Chamber will be honored with inclusion head football coach at School, sports and church news, December 12 luncheon..........8 in Veterans History Project.....11 Monsignor Pace High..........18 18-27, Classified ads...28-31

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(Continued from Page 1) town manager to run the day-today operations. Rodriguez and Alvarez were part of Cid’s slate of candidates, as he campaigned for them during early voting and on election day. Cid appointed Ruano to fill the seat former Councilmember Tony Lama vacated when he accepted a job offer on the West Coast. Rodriguez takes over for Tim Daubert, who was term-limited and Alvarez takes over for Ceasar Mestre, who’s term also ended this year. Dieguez replaces Frank Mingo, who vacated his seat to run for state representative. The new council members gave their word of honor to resume the tasks their predecessors commenced to enhance the quality of life for residents including traffic, blasting, public safety and parks and recreation. Rodriguez, an attorney, paid homage to Daubert, Mingo, Mestre and Lama for playing a pivotal role in the town. “We should be greatful for their time and dedication to our community,” he said. Rodriguez also thanked his family and residents for electing him to Miami Lakes’ town council. “I thank residents who supported me and believed in me throughout my campaign,” he said. “I could not have done it without you.” Planning to take on his new

responsibilities, Rodriguez reflected on his college days as an athlete to search for inspiration. “My college baseball coach’s motto was: Learn from yesterday, live for today and prepare for tomorrow,” Rodriguez said. “That motto stuck with me and I encourage my teammates to join me and abiding by that motto as we go forward.” Rodriguez added: “Miami Lakes, it is not perfect and there are many improvements that need to me made. As a councilmember, I make you the promise we will restlessly chase perfection and in that process we will catch excellence.” Ruano, an accountant, said running unopposed was a privilege and an incredible honor for residents who believe in her. “I take my inspiration from elected officials who served in the past,” she said. “That’s where I draw my inspiration and what inspired me to run.” Ruano thanked Cid for appointing her to the council and encouraging her to run. “It’s a great part of my journey,” she said. “I will always have residents’ best interest before my own.” Dieguez, an attorney, said he has some big shoes to fill by replacing Mingo, who he said is like a family member and mentor. “Frank, I hope you are watching and I hope I make your proud,” he said. Dieguez thanked his family and supporters for encouraging him to seek political office.

“At the end of the day, without their support, I would not be able to do this,” he said. Dieguez said he’s ready to tackle the issues to make Miami Lakes a better place to live. “I hold the most important position in the system of government in the United States,” he said. “The issues of traffic, development and code compliance all fall on our shoulders.” Alvarez, the principal of a charter school, said he plans to live by his school’s motto: Honor, Respect and Loyalty, while serving Miami Lakes. “I am excited and any one who knows Carlos Alvarez knows I welcome and embrace challenges,” he said. “I love to solve problems. We will look at the issues of blasting, traffic and improving public safety.” Election of vice mayor Nelson Rodriguez was elected the new vice mayor by a 5-2 margin after the mayor expressed his reason for picking the Coral Gables firefighter and encouraged his colleagues to follow his lead. Cid said Rodriguez previously served as vice mayor but only for a brief period when council members picked Mingo since he was leaving to run for higher office. “He was part of the council that went through a lot and his family had to go through as well,” he said. “He showed leadership during those times and it’s well worth it and a great example for the rest of the council.”





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Preview of Dec. 4 regular Miami Lakes Town Council meeting PAGE 4


The December 4 regular Miami Lakes Town Council meeting was the first for newcomers, Councilmembers Josh Dieguez, Jefferey Rodriguez and Carlos O. Alvarez, as they tackled a host of issues on the agenda. (The meeting was held after this issue went to press.) • Council members were expected to authorize the town manager to execute a change order to contract with H and R Paving for the Miami Lakeway South resurfacing project in the amount not to exceed $57,000. • Council members were expected to authorize the town manager to execute a contract with eSCRIBE Software for agenda management software in an amount not to exceed $166,000 for the first three years. The proposal includes $150,250 and a contingency amount of $15,750 for additional services if needed. • Council members were expected to authorize the town manager to piggyback off three contracts between national purchasing cooperatives and CDW Government, specifically contracts with the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance and another contract with Sourcewell for purchase of information technology equipment and peripherals pursuant to budgeted funds, notwith-

standing the $25,00 limitation according to the town’s ordinance. • Council members were expected to discuss Councilmember Josh Dieguez’s proposal to extend the town manager selection process since the process is taking too long that some candidates have withdrawn their candidacy. Dieguez’s proposal includes hiring a recruiter to conduct a search for new candidates within five days of approving the proposed resolution; close the search process within 30 days of the 5-day recruiter hiring period during which the recruiter will locate three candidates; and a town manager selection committee must meet within 15 days of the close of the search period to review the recruiter’s findings and determine if they would like to add any of the new candidates to their recommended list. Dieguez is hoping the council will select a new town manger by February. However, Vice Mayor Nelson Rodriguez is proposing to select a new town manager as soon as possible. • Councilmember Carlos O. Alvarez is proposing to conduct a speed study on Balgowan Road, starting from the guard gate and stretching to Ardoch Road to determine the best traf-

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fic calming device in the area. • Council members were expected to discuss Councilmember Jeffrey Rodriguez’s proposal to instruct the town manger to ban or restrict the use of glyphosate-based herbicides in public parks, lakes and other town property. Rodriguez is also proposing a measure to reduce the speed limit on Miami Lakeway North and Miami Lakeway South from 35 MPH to 30. • Nelson Rodriguez is proposing to change the council meeting date back to the original second Tuesday of each month. • Town Manager Alex Rey recommended the January regular council meeting be moved from Tuesday, January 1, to January 22, since the original date falls on New Year’s Day and Town Hall will be closed. • Dieguez is requesting the town to place at least one police officer at the Movies at the Park event since it draws a massive crowd. The proposal is part of former Council member Ceaser Mestre’s Public Safety Act to protect residents from any danger during a large event. • Town Attorney Raul Gastesi is requesting $500,000 for former Mayor Michael Pizzi’s appeal case following a lower court’s decision that dismissed his lawsuit. Pizzi is suing the town for about $3 million in court costs from his criminal trial.

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Best of Miami Lakes award winners announced during annual Festival of Lights

Miami Lakes Economic Development Committee (EAC) Pre-registration is recom- announced the winners of the mended by visiting 2nd annual “Best of Miami Lakes” 2018 awards. December2018BikeRide. The winners were recognized For more information, visit on Small Business Saturday, November 24, during the annual Festival of Lights event on Main Street. The winners include: Food: Best Coffee Spot: Vicky Bakery Best Lunch Spot: Beverly Hills Cafe Best Dinner Restaurant: Dr. Limon Shopping Goods:

Best Retailer: Blacc Boutique Beauty: Best Hair/Nail Salon, Barber Shop, Spa, etc.: The Spa at Shula’s Health: Best Doctor, Dentist, Therapist, etc.: Specialty Smiles Professional Services: Best accounting firm, law office, consultant, etc.: The Firm Law Group. While Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the EAC encourages residents to spport small business owners and the community year-round.


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MIAMI LAKES Councilmembers and members of the Economic Development Committee recognized the winners of the 2018 Best of Miami Lakes awards during the annual Festival of Lights on Main Street.

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DECEMBER 7, 2018


Cultural Affairs Committee Town’s Toy Drive runs to December 14 presents a Disco Concert at The Town of Miami Lakes is the holiday season by dropping throughout the United States hosting a Toy Drive to benefit off toy donations at Town Hall, experience the joy of Christmas, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 6601 Main Street, through and to play an active role in the 7 p.m. on December 9 Toys for Tots campaign. Friday, December 14. development of the nation’s It’s time to play some “funky” music. Miami Lakes Cultural Affairs Committee will present a Disco Concert featuring the disco cover band, The Playlist, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The Playlist was founded by lead vocalist Mireya ValdesMedina and husband Tony Medina (guitar/lead vocals). It also features drummer Monchy Coruguedo, and bassist/vocalist Michael Mut, who currently plays in a separate music project along with Tony Medina. Other musicians include Rene Martinez and Rey Diaz (percus-

The mission of Toys for Tots most valuable resources – its sion), Lizzie Valdes and Alex Residents are encouraged to brighten a child’s spirits during is to help less fortunate children children. Diaz (vocals), keyboardist Betzy Consuegra, Robert Smiley (sax/flute), and Rich Dixon (trumpet). The event will feature a special appearance by Harry Wayne Casey (”KC”) from KC and the NOTICE IS HEREWITH GIVEN that meetings of the Sunshine Band. Mayor Manny Town Council of the Town of Miami Lakes, Florida, and Cid and councilmembers will be its committees, have been scheduled for the following presenting a proclamation to dates, times and locations. Casey. Food trucks and other refreshYouth Activities Task Force Meeting ments will be available for conWednesday, December 5, 7:00 PM cert-goers. Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. For more information, contact Committees and Special Events Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting coordinator William Sanchez at Thursday, December 6, 7:00 PM

Looking for the ideal gift for a loved one? Give the gift of Miami Lakes Food & Wine Festival tickets. There are still a few tickets left for the March 2, 2019 event at Miami Lakes Optimist Park. The classy event is sponsored by Miami Lakes AutoMall, Palmetto General Hospital and The Graham Companies. All proceeds will benefit the Miami Lakes Town Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Fine food, wine and specialty beer will be provided by local restaurants and establishments. Guests will sample culinary delights and a selection of fine wines. The restaurants participating include:

Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Shula’s Steak 2, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Ben & Jerry’s, Boss Burger & Brew, Café 4 U, Cancun Grill Dr. Limon, Chef Andrew Platt Catering, El Novillo Restaurant, Frosty’s Lab Nitrogen Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream, Gaucho’s Gourmet Market, and Gerardo’s Marketplace. Others include Kindred Kitchen, LA Sweetz, Mayor’s Cafe, NQC Craft Beer & Grub, Miller’s Ale House, Salsa Fiesta, Sushi Bombs, Trattoria Pampered Chef, Vicky Bakery and more restaurants to come. For information on ticket purchases, visit www.MLFood

Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee will host a Holiday Social for Miami Lakes seniors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, at the Roberto Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for children 12 years and under that

will be donated to the Town’s Toy Drive benefiting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The event is free, but seating is limited and is provided on a first come, first served basis. Visit for tickets.

Miami Lakes and area businesses are encouraged to get involved in the community by sponsoring an event. The Town of Miami Lakes, through its committees, organizes over 10 events each year, and offers several sponsorship

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Special Needs Advisory Board Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Elderly Affairs Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 12, 8:30 AM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Education Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, December 13, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Economic Development Committee Meeting Tuesday, December 18, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Planning and Zoning Board Meeting Wednesday, December 19, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Veterans Committee Meeting Thursday, December 20, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, December 20, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

In accordance with the provisions of F.S. Section 286.0105, should any person seek to appeal any decision made by the Council with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accomodation to particpate in the proceeds should call Town Hall at (305) 364-6100, no later than (2) days prior to the proceeding for assistance. Please be advised that two or more Councilmembers may be in attendance at the above events/meetings. This Notice dated November 30, 2018 at Miami Lakes, Fla. Gina IInguanzo, Town Clerk

Miami Lakes Chamber will host attorney Phil Rarick as speaker PAGE 8


Longtime Miami Lakes attorney Phil Rarick will be the guest speaker for the December 12 Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting at Shula’s Hotel on Main Street. Rarick’s topic is one of special importance for all small business owners: “Asset Protection in a Hostile Legal Environment.” “Small business owners must try to grow their business in a legal environment where a single lawsuit can severely damage or destroy a small business,” Rarick says. “These owners need to take maximum advantage of Florida laws and sometimes, laws in other states, to protect their business, and protect themselves from personal liability. This means preparing a strong asset protection strategy now – before a legal threat arises,” he adds. Rarick says the statistics are alarming. More than 60 percent of doctors over the age of 55 have been sued at least once, according to a new survey by the American Medical Association. “Regardless of how good a doctor you are, ultimately, you need to play for such a lawsuit,” he says. Rarick has been practicing as an estate planning attorney in Miami Lakes for over 25 years and is the founder of the law


firm Rarick and Beskin. He is an advocate for helping small business owners grow. He formerly served as counsel with the National Association of Attorneys General. He is a frequent speaker on estate and asset protection planning. His writings include “Florida Asset Protection: 7 Key Strategies for the Small Business Owners.”

Perla Tabares Hantman reelected to 11th term as chair of M-D School Board

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Miami Lakes resident Perla Tabares Hantman has been reelected as chair of the MiamiDade County School Board for the 2018-2019 school year. It’s the 11th time she was elected to lead the nation’s fourth largest school district. Hantman, who represents District 4 which includes Miami Lakes and Hialeah, was originally elected to the School Board in 1996. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve as Chair, and has previously served from 1999-2001, then each consecutive year from 2010-2015 and again in 2017. “I consider this to be a great honor and accept the responsibility with gratitude and enthusiasm,” said Hantman. “As a Board, with the assistance of the Superintendent, his staff, our teachers and support personnel, we have the responsibility to improve the education of our students. History has shown that when we work together and unite our efforts, the District and our students have achieved great success.” Dr. Martin Karp was re-elected as Vice Chair. Karp, who represents District 3, was first elected to the School Board in 2004. This is his fourth time as Vice Chair. He served last year and previously in 2006 and 2012.



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The Town of Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee completed its 2018 series of Lunch Bunch and Bingo events in late September with over 90 senior citizens participating and enjoying healthy food and fun with friends at the Mary Collins Community Center. William Sanchez, Committees and Special Events coordinator for the town, announced a special award was presented to

Elderly Affairs Committee chair Dorothy Wix for her outstanding work and leadership. Plus, all of the volunteers who continue to give their time unselfishly for the Town of Miami Lakes were also recognized and thanked. The committee expressed special gratitude to the Lunch Bunch and Bingo event sponsor Chen Medical Center for its continued support.

MIAMI LAKES LUNCH BUNCH AND BINGO volunteers were recognized during the series final event in late September. Pictured (from left) Committees and Special Events coordinator William Sanchez, Sarah Suarez, Mody DeLuca, Omaida Bomboust, Maria Perdomo, Zenaida Fiallo, Angela Flanigan, Vicenta Sinha, Dorothy Wix, Pedro Fiallo and Marie Deming.

Main Street Players present Te Juro Juana, Que Tengo Ganas through December 16

DOROTHY WIX, chair of the Elderly Affairs Committee, received special recognition for her leadership and outstanding work during the final Lunch Bunch and Bingo event in September. Pictured (from left) committee member Pedro Fiallo, Councilmember Luis Collazo, Wix, and committee member George Deming.

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The Main Street Playhouse located at 6766 Main Street, opened Te Juro Juana, Que Tengo Ganas to enthusiastic audiences. Emilio Carballido, a contemporary Mexican playwright and novelist, has set the story in a town where the pompous head of a private school is trying to straighten out the life of his daughter. Although the production is performed entirely in Spanish, an English language synopsis in the program allows non-Spanish CAST of Te Juro Juana, Que Tengo Ganas pictured (from speakers to understand the plot. left) Vanessa Tamayo, Carlos Rapolla, Johana Castano and The show is directed by Photo credit Dennis J. Lyzniak. Alejandro Milián, and the proLuis Acosta. duction manager is Isaac Polanco. The cast includes. Juana is portrayed by Silvia de Esteban, Diogenes is portrayed by Carlos Rapolla, Inés is portrayed by Vanessa Tamayo, Serafina is portrayed by Margie Marchant, Evangelina is portrayed by Johana Castaño, Librado is portrayed by Luis Acosta, and Estanfor is portrayed by Felipe Mora. Remaining performances are from now through December 16, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students, seniors and military personnel. Theatre League and Industry tickets are $20 with I.D. at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting, or at the door an hour before showtime.

Local actor Armando Bernal nominated for an Emmy for his role in PBS’s Kid Stew Local Miami Lakes actor Armando Bernal IV has been nominated for a Suncoast


Regional Emmy award for his talent as performer and narrator. Bernal is best known for his role in PBS’s new show “Kid Stew.” The show is hosted by preteens, and was created to engage older children in creative expression through reading, music or art. Bernal is a life-long Miami Lakes resident, and is a Miami Lakes K-8 Center alum. Since he was 5-years-old, Bernal has pursued his passion in acting, and it now seems all his hard work has paid off with the nomination of this prestigious award. He strives to finish middle school with a 4.0 grade point average, but the young star plans on making it big in Hollywood, and hopes to earn a role in a full length feature film. “I’ve learned a lot from every job I’ve ever done,” explained Bernal. “Every job is different and brings different experiences. I love meeting new people.” To see Bernal in future projects, visit him on Instagram @armando_bernal_iv_official.

Two Miami Lakes veterans will be honored in Veterans History Project THE MIAMI LAKER

DECEMBER 7, 2018


CONGRESSMAN Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) honored six local veterans for their service in the United States Armed Forces. The Congressional Veteran Commendation is a nominationsbased program designed to recognize the veterans of Florida’s 25th Congressional District. The honorees, including two from Miami Lakes, will be interviewed and their wartime recollections will be added to the Veterans History Project, sponsored by the Library of Congress. Pictured on the left is Sergeant Fernando (Fred) Carlos Senra of the U.S. Army, and on the right is Staff Sergeant Richard Lee Wester of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force. Other veterans included S/S Teela Lynn Brewer of Doral, S/S Erica Lauren Florio of Naples, S/S Guetavo Adolpho Tovar of Doral, and Captain John R. Fulmer III of Naples.

Miami Lakes Branch Library sets December events PAGE 12


MONTAGE of scenes from a recent Science in the City experiment hosted by FIU undergraduates and medical students at the Miami Lakes Branch Library.

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SOUTHEAST COMPUTER SOLUTIONS is ringing in the holiday season with their annual Christmas decoration extravaganza. The tradition has been a staple at the company located at 15165 N.W. 77 Avenue in Miami Lakes for many years. This year, celebrations started early, with a holiday party kicking off the season November 15.

Miami Lakes Branch Library announced the following programs that are available for the public during December: For Children and Families: Movies and Stories for Kids – Watch favorite movies with family and friends. Movies being shown this month are “Paddington 2,” “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas,” and “Arthur Christmas.” Events made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays,December5,12and19. Talking is Teaching. Talk, Read, Sing for Toddlers – Stories, songs and activities for toddlers. Best for ages 18 months to 3 years old at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, December 6, 13 and 20. Paws to Read – This reading program aims to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of therapy dogs who serve as literacy mentors. Bring a book of your own choosing or choose one from the library’s collection at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 8. Intro to Creative Coding with Code/Art Miami – Girls will learn a few simple codes that they can use to create a picture of themselves. Through their workshops, Code/Art teaches girls how to write computer programs that generate art to fulfill their mission to increase the number of girls studying computer science. Best for children in grades 6-8. Space is limited to contact the branch to register. Meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. Science in the City – Enjoy hands-on lessons infused with experiments to spark interest in STEM. Each new lesson builds upon the previous. Space is limited so contact branch to register. Best for ages 8-12 years at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December

15. Holiday Movie Marathon – Join the branch for a marathon of classic holiday movies and shows. Contact the branch for movie titles. Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board. All ages are welcome at 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, December 24. For Teens: Teen Club – Play videogames, watch anime, draw, participate in STEAM activities and move. Contact the branch for details. Event scheduled at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11. Miss Latina’s Sewing Extravaganza – Get crafty with Miss Latina during this special sewing workshop. Pick up basic sewing skills and complete a project to take home and show off to friends. Best of ages 12 and up. Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 15. For Adults: Purls of Wisdom – Learn basic knitting and stitching. Materials will be provided. Best for ages 18 and up at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, December 11 and 18. Strum the Lute: Tai Chi for Beginners – Practice this ancient tradition and learn gentle movements to increase strength, flexibility and balance. Class is led by library staff. Best for ages 18 and up at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, December 12, 19 and 26. Meditation – Join in mediation derived from Raja Yoga, a discipline that helps develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well-being. Meets at 11 a.m. on Fridays, December 7, 14, 21 and 28. Book Discussion Group – This month’s selection is “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shatluck at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18.

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Annual Veterans Day Parade draws patriotic fans THE MIAMI LAKER

Hundreds of families and children lined the sidewalks of Ludlam Road in the heart of Miami Lakes to observe the Town of Miami Lakes annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11. More than 3,000 participated in the parade itself including Town Councilmembers and their families, active duty and retired military service members, veterans’ groups, local high school and middle school marching bands and cheerleaders, ROTC units, various Scout troops, vintage military equipment, and more. Miami Lakes resident and former Army Sgt. Fred Senra was the Grand Marshall.

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Ballet Etudes presents The Nutcracker on Dec. 15-16 PAGE 14


Start holiday celebrations by enjoying a spectacular live performance of The Nutcracker. Ballet Etudes of South Florida, located in the Miami Lakes area, will present its 44th annual full-length production of this Christmas classic which is the longest running production in South Florida. Performances will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, at the nearby Miramar Cultural Center. The Nutcracker is a wonderful treat for families and people of all ages and will feature not only students of Ballet Etudes School, but also soloists from

Ballet Etudes Company and international guest artists such as Marena Perez and Luis Victor Santana from Mauro Ballet in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The production is under the direction of Artistic Director Susana Prieto Elden, Ballet Mistress Dagmar Moradillos, and Production Coordinator Peter La Fox. Tickets are $30, $40, $50 and $60 and can be purchased through Miramar Cultural Center, For more information about Ballet Etudes, visit or @balletudesfla on Instagram.

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Com. Barbara Jordan honors Miami-Opalocka Executive Airport

At last month’s Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, Commissioner Barbara Jordan presented a proclamation to Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport for being named the state of Florida’s General Aviation Airport of the Year for 2018 by FDOT. Among the airport’s successes, the air field facility’s annual flight operations grew 1.5 percent to 136,556 in 2017 for a daily average of 374. “We’ve watched the airport transform from being barren to now receiving over $500 million in public and private investments,” Jordan said. Miami-Opa Locka Executive was also recognized for outstanding achievements in airport safety, aesthetics, overall management and social impacts. “This airport has become the example for how we’re going to develop all general aviation airports and the surrounding areas,” said Miami-Dade Aviation director Lester Sola. Recent public and private investments at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport include the $150 million Carrie Meek International Business Park, which is home to the new Amazon Fulfillment Center, and $90 million for the Bombardier Maintenance Facility, which broke ground on October 3.

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On December 7, DJs Giving Back and local South Florida band, Mantrap, have united alongside the Miami Lakes Ale house to bring the first-ever Toys for Tots Christmas party. In addition to helping those

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Meetings Calendar

The Town of Miami Lakes, homeowners associations, professional and volunteer groups have scheduled meetings during December:

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Youth Activities Task Force Meeting Dec. 5 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Cultural Affairs Com. Dec. 6 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Elderly Affairs Com. Dec. 12 8:30 am M.L. Govt. Center Special Needs Advisory Board Meeting Dec. 12 6:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Education Adv. Board Dec. 13 6:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Economic Devel. Com. Dec. 18 5:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Public Safety Committee Dec. 18 6:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Dec. 19 6:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Veterans Committee Dec. 20 6:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Neigh. Improv. Com. Dec. 20 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center

Homeowners Organizations Silvercrest South Dec. 4 7:00 pm MCCC Loch Lomond Dec. 5 6:30 pm MLOP Royal Palm Estates Dec. 6 7:00 pm MCCC Loch Nss Dec. 10 7:30 pm MCCC Loch Lomond East Dec. 12 7:00 pm MLOP Lake Cynthia Dec. 12 7:30 pm MCCC Windmill Gate Dec. 13 7:00 pm MLOP Lake Carol Dec. 13 7:30 pm MCCC Loch Andrews Dec. 17 7:00 pm MLOP Loch Isle Dec. 17 7:00 pm MLOP Lake Elizabeth Dec. 17 7:00 pm MCCC Lake Glen Ellen Dec. 18 7:30 pm MCCC Serenity Point Dec. 19 7:00 pm MCCC Royal Oaks Dec. 19 7:30 pm MCCC Gramercy Park Dec. 20 7:00 pm MCCC Regatta Pointe Dec. 20 7:00 pm MCCC Villa Vizcaya Dec. 26 7:30 pm MCCC Lake Sandra Dec. 27 7:00 pm MCCC Anchorage Dec. 27 7:30 pm MCCC Fountain Park Dec. 31 7:30 pm MCCC Miami Lakes Clubs, Professional & Volunteer Groups M.L. Bridge Club Mondays 11:30 am MCCC MLCA Bridge Club Thursdays 11:00 am MCCC M.L. Quilting Club Tuesdays 11:15 am MCCC M.L. Kiwanis 2nd/4th Thurs 6:30 pm Pamper.Chef M.L. Toastmasters 1st/3rd Tues. ML Educ. Center M.L. Lions Club 1st/3rd Tues, 7:00 pm Bev. Hills.

MCCC: Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Ave. RACC: Robert Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Ave. MLOP is Miami Lakes Optimist Park, 6411 N.W. 162 Street MLYC is Miami Lakes Youth Center, 6075 Miami Lakes Drive E. MLPW is Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue

less fortunate by donating toys, there will be live music from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. with DJ Eddy Ortega. The event, located at 15251 N.W. 67 Avenue, will be fun for the whole family.

Classes and Recreation Calendar

The Town of Miami Lakes has scheduled the following classes and recreation activities during December:

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Archery Juniors [$] Ages 11-17 Mondays 4:30 pm MLOP Ballet 1 Ages 5-7 Mondays 4:30 pm MCCC Ballet 2 Ages 7-9 Mondays 5:30 pm MCCC Ballet 3 Ages 9-11 Wednesdays 4:30 pm MCCC Ballet 4 Ages 11-16 Wednesdays 5:30 pm MCCC Bricks4Kidz [$] Ages 5-12 Thursdays 6:15 pm MLYC Just Run Ages 5-14 Tues./Thurs. 4:30 pm MLPW Code Explorers [$] PK Coding Ages 4-5 Wednesdays 4:00 pm MLYC Code Explorers [$] Engineering Toy Making Ages 6-13 Wednesdays 6:00 on MLYC Code Explorers [$] Game Design Ages 6-13 Tuesdays 6:00 pm MLYC Code Explorers [$] Coding for Homeschoolers Ages 5-10 Tuesdays 10:00 am MLOP Guitar [$] Ages 7-12 Tuesdays 6:00 pm MLOP

Jazz 1 Ages 5-7 Tuesdays 4:30 pm MCCC Jazz 2 Ages 7-9 Tuesdays 5:30 pm MCCC Jazz 3 Ages 9-11 Thursdays 4:30 pm MCCC Jazz 4 Ages 11-16 Thursdays 5:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts Tots Ages 6-8 Mon./Wed. 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts Beginners Ages 7-9 Mon.Wed. 5:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts Intermediate Ages 8-10 Tues./Thurs. 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts Advanced Ages 11-16 Tues./Thurs. 5:30 pm MCCC Open Hang Nights (Themed Nights) Ages 11-17 Select Wed./Fri. 6:00 pm MLYC YMCA After School Care [$[ Ages 6-8th Grade 2:00 to 6:00 pm MLOP YMCA After School Care [$] Ages K-5th Grade 2:00 to 6:00 pm RACC

(Adult Programs) Open Play Dominoes Mon. to Fri. 18+ Painting 1 18+ Fridays Painting 2 18+ Fridays Painting 3 18+ Wednesdays Spanish Advanced Conversational 18+ Mon./Wed. Spanish Intermediate 18+ Tues./Thurs. Yoga 1 18+ Mon./Wed. Yoga 2 [$] 18+ Tues./Thurs. Yoga in the Park 18+ Saturdays

6:30 pm RACC 9:30 am MCCC 12:30 pm MCCC 10:00 am RACC 6:00 pm MCCC 6:00 pm MCCC 7:45 am MCCC 7:45 am MCCC 9:00 am MLPW

(55+ Senior Programs) Computers (English) T/Th (Ages 55+) 9 & 11:15 am MCCC Computers (Spanish) M/W (Ages 55+) 9 & 11:00 am MCCC Knitting/Crocheting T/Th (Ages 55+) 1:00 pm MCCC Sewing T/Th (Ages 55+) 1:30 pm MCCC Tai Chi Mon.-Th. (Ages 55+) 9:00 am MCCC MCCC: Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Ave. RACC: Robert Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Ave. MLOP is Miami Lakes Optimist Park, 6411 N.W. 162 Street MLYC is Miami Lakes Youth Center, 6075 Miami Lakes Drive E. MLPW is Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue Shula’s GC is Shula’s Golf Club, 7601 Miami Lakes Drive




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Mario Perez named new Pace football coach PAGE 18


Monsignor Edward Pace High School has a new head football coach. Mario Perez, who was an assistant at Plantation American Heritage, takes over for Joe Zaccheo, who also resigned as the school’s athletic director. Long time head baseball coach Tom Duffin fills the role of overseeing the work of coaches and related staff involved in athletic programs. Perez has a household name in South Florida football, leading one of the most powerful offenses at American Heritage since 2010. Under head coach and former Miami Dolphins cornerback

Patrick Surtain, Perez helped lead the Patriots to four state championships including backto-back titles and an undefeated season. American Heritage finished this season 10-2 and won the district title before losing to Cardinal Gibbons, 35-7, in the regional playoffs. According to MaxPreps, in 2018, Perez’s offense averaged 124.5 passing yards, 155.3 rushing yards per game and scored 30 touchdowns, ranking the Patriots among the best offenses in Florida. Quarterback Erick Rhodes threw for 1,214 yards for 74137 with six touchdown passes.

His running backs, Terrick Jones and Larry Williams, rushed for 769 yards and 569 yards, respectively, scoring a combined 15 touchdowns for the season. Perez will try to turnaround a Spartans team, which struggled this season but made the playoffs, losing to Gulliver Prep, 27-14, in the opening round of the postseason. “For the last 11 years I have been a part of the American Heritage family and was truly blessed to have coached there,” Perez said. “It will always be a special place to me. However, I have been presented with what I believe is an opportunity at

MARIO PEREZ addresses members of Pace High School’s football team after he was named the new head coach to replace Joe Zaccheo who retired.

Monsignor Pace that I just could not refuse.” Loaded with a talented roster in 2017 and 2018, Perez said his offensive philosophy is a runfirst attack whether “we will line up in 21 or 23, or a zone scheme.” “Our quarterbacks have progressions they have to take and we will take advantage of what has been given to use by the defense.”

Duffin told reporters he’s excited over Perez joining the Spartans. “We’re very excited to welcome Coach Perez to the Monsignor Pace high school athletic family,” said Duffin, who led a selection committee which chose Perez for the job. “We are excited as well to keep the strong football tradition here at Pace alive.”

St. Thomas University baseball players Orlando Rodriguez and Jackie Urbaez were recently named to the NAIA Preseason All-American team. Rodriguez, the senior ace of the Bobcat's pitching staff, is coming off a stellar junior season. In 2018, Rodriguez finished the season with a 14-1 record, a 2.75 ERA and led STU with 125 strikeouts in 98.1 innings pitched. Rodriguez's 14 wins placed him second in the NAIA in the category as he was named as a First-team AllAmerican following the St. Thomas’ NAIA World Series run. Urbaez is the second member of the St. Thomas University Baseball program to be named as a preseason NAIA AllAmerican. Urbaez paced the NAIA-leading Bobcat offense, ranking nationally in several categories – first in runs scored (87), eighth in hits (96), tenth in RBI (74) and eleventh in doubles (23).

Urbaez finished his junior season batting 390, mashing nine home runs and swiping nine bases, while being named a Second-team NAIA AllAmerican, as St. Thomas advanced to their sixth NAIA World Series appearance in program history. Rodriguez and Urbaez are part of a veteran-core of Bobcat Baseball players as the team looks to improve upon a recordbreaking season in 2018, which featured the most wins in program history (56), the regular Sun Conference Championship, NAIA Opening Round Championship and a NAIA World Series berth. St. Thomas University was ranked sixth in the NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll on November 6. STU is one of four Sun Conference teams ranked in the initial poll, as Southeastern opened as No.1, Webber International No. 18 and Keiser No. 24.

St. Thomas University baseball players named to NAIA All-American Preseason Team



Florida International Univ. racks up Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors Florida International University’s swimming and diving team keeps racking up conference awards. Last month, the Panthers claimed both the Conference USA Swimming and Diving awards, as freshman Maha Gouda was named Diver of The Week, while sophomore Stephanie Hussey earned Swimmer of the Week honors. For Gouda, it marks the third time she has earned the honor and it comes after her record breaking performance in a dual meet with Nova and Indian River, where she posted a score of 347.63 from the 3-meter. In addition to a first-place finish from the 1-meter (310.20), Gouda's achievements rank as top marks in the C-USA this season. Nominated twice for the award, Hussey picks up her first recognition of the year. The sophomore has been a dominate force for the Panthers since the 2018-19 season. She has already notched nine first-place finishes. She opened the meet with a firstplace finish in the 200 medley relay (1:45.58) and later dominated the 200 fly (2:04.28) and 400 IM (4:26.99). Her time for the 200 fly (2:04.28)is a season best for the veteran who also currently holds the second-best top time in the conference for the 400 IM (4:26.99). After a slow start to the season, the Panthers made strides at Indian River. Of the 16 events FIU participated in, 12 ended with first-place finishes, besting Nova (161-101) and Indian River (192-106).

MDC volleyball team loses during national finals

Miami Dade College women’s volleyball team’s quest for a third straight national championship has come to an end. The Lady Sharks (32-2) fell to the Golden Eagles of the College of Southern Idaho in three sets of the 2018 NJCAA Volleyball Championship match in Hutchinson, Kansas. The Golden Eagles repaid the Sharks after last year's championship match. Coach Kiko Origenes firstseeded Lady Sharks advanced to the final day of the 16-team tournament with a 3-2 win against No. 5-seeded Iowa Western Community College, along with wins against 9th seeded Trinity Valley and the opening match against Monroe College.



Mater Lakes Academy’s swim and dive team compete at state THE MIAMI LAKER

Mater Lakes Academy’s swimming and diving team competed in the state championships, as seven swimmers and divers earned medals at the tournament. The boys’ team finished 4th overall in the state, while the girls finished 17th overall at the state competition. The boys’ 200 yard medley relay team finished in second place at the event. The state championship results included: Boys 200 yard medley relay2nd (silver medal); Girls 200 yard IM- Gabriela Fernandez 16th in the state; Boys 200 yard IM- Michael Fernandez 9th and Brandon Moran 15th; Boys 100 yard freestyleDaniel Quijada 9th in the state; Girls 500 yard freestyleMichelle Fernandez (8th grader) 5th in the state; Boys 500 yard freestyleMichael Fernandez 7th and Agustin Rodriguez (8th grader) 12th; Boys 200 yard freestyle relay7th in the state; Girls 100 yard breaststrokeMichelle Fernandez (8th grader) 4th and Gabriela Fernandez 8th; and Boys 100 yard breaststrokeBrandon Moran 3rd and Juan Pablo Pineda 5th in the state.

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STU cross country teams compete at Halloway Park PAGE 20


St. Thomas University men's and women's cross country teams competed in the Sun Conference Championship in Halloway Park. The conditions for the conference championship race were tough for the runners, as the park is one of the most difficult tracks in the state of Florida and can increase times by as much as forty-seconds. The weather was also non-conducive for running with temperatures in the fifties. None of these factors phased the Bobcats as both teams performed exceptionally well, placing second in both to finish as the runner-ups in the Sun Conference. The convincing victory for STU, puts them in a position to compete in the NAIA National Championship race in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The men's cross country team placed in second-place, with three runner's placing in the top20, with the top-five STU runners finishing third, sixth, 20th, 21st and 32nd of the Sun Conference Championship race. Leading the way for the men's team was George Kimutai, placing third in the 8K race. The freshman finished just twenty-

eight seconds behind the race winner from SCAD-Savannah. Diego Lopez finished the race in sixth place, while Benjamin Guerrero placed 20th and coming in just one-second behind Guerrero was Jose Panalver to finish at No. 21. The women's cross country team also placed second, behind SCAD-Savannah to finish as the Sun Conference runner-up. All-Sun Conference FirstTeam runner's Sarah Bomkamp and Susana Gutierrez led the way for St. Thomas, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Sun Conference Champion of Character honoree, Andrea Peterson finished in 10th place, as STU had three-runners place in the top-10. Lesly Marcin finished at No. 12, and Sofia Young finished at No. 14 to round out the top five- ST. THOMAS women’s cross country team placed second in Sun Conference meet. runners for STU. STU women's runners pulled off an upset over 24th ranked Southeastern University, finishing the Conference Championship race with 47-points. The Bobcats finished just four-points behind the Conference Champion, SCADSavannah Bees, who are ranked Miami Dade College women’s tenth in the NAIA. basketball team added four key players to its roster for the 20182019 season, as the Lady Sharks are ready to compete for another junior college championship. The Lady Sharks signed sophomore transfer from Stetson 305-817-4015 University, Michelle Pruitt. As a freshman at Stetson, she was named four-time ASUN Freshman of the week, led the conference in field goal percentage (.544), was ranked 11th in scoring and 6th in rebounding. Pruitt averaged 7.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game. Toi Smith, a 6-0 power forST. THOMAS men’s cross country team placed second in ward from St. Petersburg, FL Sun Conference Championship meet. (Lakewood High School), joins the Lady Sharks as well for the upcoming season. Get CONTROL Of Smith averaged 18.6 points per game and 15 rebounds per game. She was named PCAC Your first Team 3 times, PCAC second Team Freshman Year, and Our advertising professionals she also helped lead Lakewood can help your business grow. to the 2018 State Championship Final Four. Combo guard Daliyah Brown of Proviso East High School out 305-817-4015 of Chicago, Illinois will be bringing her talents to Miami, while averaging 19.2 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game in her senior year at Proviso. Beverly Crawford Ins. Agcy. Inc. She was also named 2018 Beverly Cohen Crawford, Agent team MVP and voted in the top 8100 N.W. 155 Street, Suite 202 100 players in Chicago. Guard Monique PruittMiami Lakes, FL 33016 Henderson will be swimming Bus: 305-827-5838 with the Lady Sharks for the Fax: 305-827-2401 upcoming season, bringing State Farm, Bloomington, IL speed, athleticisim, and pressure defense to the backcourt. 1211999

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FIU volleyball team places four on All-Sun Conference teams

Four women’s volleyball team members from St. Thomas University were named to the 2018 All-Sun Conference teams, three of whom were named as first-team members. Conference officials announced the teams during the Sun Conference banquet which honored players for their stellar performances this season. St. Thomas was one of four Sun Conference programs (Webber International, Southeastern and Coastal Georgia) to place three members on the first-team. Krista Kolbinskie, Arianna Bolinger, Nathaly Alvarez and Courtney White all took home hardware for their performances for the season. Kolbinskie, Bolnger and Alvarez were all named to the First-Team All-Sun Conference, while White was named to the Sun Conference Second-Team for the second time in her STU career. Bolinger was also named as the Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, following a dynamic freshman campaign. The freshman finished second on the Bobcats in kills (244), third in digs (204) and second in service aces (30). Kolbinskie led STU in several categories in her lone season as a Bobcat, leading the team in kills (277), digs (324) and service aces (38). Kolbinskie ranked fourth in the Sun Conference in hitting percentage (0.236), second in kills-per-set (3.5), ninth in kills, seventh in service aces and tenth in digs. Alvarez led St. Thomas in





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FIU’s Kaydeen Jack named to USA All-Freshman Team After an impressive 2018 season, Florida International University soccer student Kaydeen Jack was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, the league office announced last month. Jack earned three goals and three assists in 2018, finishing the season with nine points. The Trinidad and Tobago native ranked first on the team with her

three assists, while her three goals ranked third behind Ashley Adams (5) and fellow freshmen Rayquel Berry (4). The honor for Jack marks the second-straight year under head coach Sharolta Nonen that the Panthers have had a player named to the C-USA AllFreshman Team, with Adams earning the distinction last season.

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HML’s National Honor Society holds team building On November 16, members of the Hialeah Miami Lakes (HML) National Honor Society (NHS) participated in a team building field trip to the Ropes TRAC Course at Florida International University’s (FIU) Biscayne campus. The event was funded through a Miami Lakes Town Foundation mini-grant, which provides funds for local groups to support youth programs, beautification projects, and cultural events. The mini-grants awarded this year were provided using funds from the first Miami Lakes Food and Wine Festival held last spring. FIU’s TRAC is an experien-

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M.L. Educational Center students participate in FIU’s Journalism Day PAGE 24


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Our Lady of the Lakes holds annual Thanksgiving Drive

OUR LADY OF THE LAKES Catholic School and Church held its annual Thanksgiving Drive in November and was able to provide a Thanksgiving meal to 512 needy families. The endeavor impacted thousands of lives in the community. Drive organizers expressed special appreciation to all of the Parishioners and parents that contributed items for the baskets and for the students and parents that helped pack the meal baskets. The drive was a huge success due to the generous support of Our Lady of the Lakes community.

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By Daniel Gonzalez III Special to The Miami Laker On Saturday, October 27, The Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) held its 46th annual South Florida Journalism Day convention at Florida International University (FIU). Schools from across the district came together to learn, collaborate and compete in all things media; from layout and design, to news stories, broadcasting and film. Miami Lakes Educational Center’s (MLEC) journalism students were in attendance, along with student journalists from all over South Florida. The event opened on a somber note. Rebecca Schneid, Zakari Kostzer and Alexa Zarem, three student journalists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, shared their stories. They recalled how they lived through last school year’s tragic shooting and how they worked to cover the event as journalists. They described how they went about designing their newspaper, conducting interviews and creating a documentary to cover the loss of their friends and classmates in the most tasteful and respectful way without encroaching too far. “There’s a balance between wanting to get a story done, and invading people’s privacy,” says Shneid. “You want to get the story done, but you want to get the story right.” After the introductory speakers, each journalist moved to the different workshops sprawled across the campus. Teresa Frontelo, the digital director from WLRN discussed interviewing and asking tough questions. Jeff Kleinman, day editor at The Miami Herald held a workshop on the differences between feature and news stories. At the end of the event, all the schools met back in the assembly room and waited anxiously for the announcement of the winners of all the competitions. With every award given, a roar of cheers erupted. Once again, MLEC performed well. The Harbinger’s editor-inchief Sabine Joseph won the statewide award, All Florida, in the creative writing competition and won second place for the on-the-spot-creative writing competition held earlier that morning. Michelle Mairena, a sophomore staffer, won an award for on-the-spot news writing. MLEC’s yearbook staff also racked up awards, earning themselves a Statewide Honorable mention for its theme package, promotions and layouts.

Spanish Lake Elementary celebrates the holiday season with various events As the holidays approach, Spanish Lake Elementary School (SLE) remembers those less fortunate in the community with baskets filled with fixings for meals, essential items and a gift card for a turkey. Within the school setting, the children perform in song, dance and storytelling followed by classroom Thanksgiving feasts. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving after school, the staff gathered together for their annual Thanksgiving feast to give thanks for each other, and for the many blessings they’ve received. The last week of November, the students and teachers celebrated career dress-up day, and a career day sponsored by the guidance department. Parents and community volunteers came to SLE to discuss their chosen career with the students. Additionally, the SLE chorus showcased once again at the November 30 Miami Heat game. December marks the beginning of the annual SLE toy

drive. Students and staff are grateful to create a smile on someone’s face. Reading Under the Stars is an honored SLE tradition committed to literacy, and is celebrated the first Wednesday evening in December. Families and friends come together for reading, learning, stargazing and enrichment. The campus is decorated with beautiful lights, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus make a guest appearance. Special presentations by the chorus, band, cheerleaders, dance team, booths and food trucks are enjoyed by all. Being a diverse community, SLE loves celebrating all students during the winter holiday show, Let the Good Times Roll. The show features individual student talents, the SLE Ruby dancers, cheer squad, chorus and The Bucket Rhythm Band. The spectacular holiday show is held on December 18, 19 and 20. For additional information, call the school office at (305)816-0300.

SPECIAL VISITORS during Spanish Lake Elementary’s Reading Under the Stars were Mrs. Claus, the Lawton Chiles eagle mascot and Santa Claus.

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By Raquel Edmundson Special to The Miami Laker The Monsignor Pace High School (Pace) community held their annual Tons of Love food drive throughout the month of November where students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni and friends were invited to participate. The food drive was initially established by former Pace faculty member, sister Carol Jean Willie in the 1980’s and is now organized by Pace’s Mission Club. For over 30 years, the month-long event has motivated students by turning charity into a friendly competition. Each food item is assigned a set number of points, and the grade level with the most points at the end of the competition wins the coveted Tons of Love trophy. On November 16, the last day

of school before the Thanksgiving break, Pace celebrated its annual Thanksgiving and Tons of Love Mass. Following the mass, the student body as well as various clubs were recognized for their service. Mission Club moderators Dr. David Masters and Nelson Bonet announced that a ton and half of food was collected this year, enough to provide Thanks-giving meals to over 500 needy families. The class of 2019 won the Tons of Love trophy, and now hold the title of being the only class in the school’s history to cling on to this award for four consecutive years. All of the food collected will be delivered to local parishes, ministries, pantries and food banks throughout the South Florida area.

By Devin Dubon and Gabriella Licona Special to The Miami Laker To entertain, to nourish, to pamper. Indulge Magazine fits its name. The Miami Herald’s luxury lifestyle magazine explores the culture, beauty, fashion and food in Miami. Evan Benn, the editor-in-chief, discussed the magazine, journalism and life in Miami. “Miami is a rich, diverse place,” said Benn, who first lived and worked in Miami during his junior year of journalism school at Northwestern University, when he interned at The Miami Herald. “Everything that happens nationally has a Miami connection.” Which is why everything at Indulge has a “focus on Miami.” Unlike similar publications, Benn strives to keep the content “really local,” focusing not only on celebrities and celebrity chefs, but also on less well known Miamians that are doing great creative work. Even writers and photographers are all local, ensuring that the voices telling these stories truly understand them. “You have to know your audience,” he said. That means understanding the content, but also understanding the culture and feel of a place. Which is why Benn has worked to make MEMBERS of Pace’s class of 2019, as well as faculty and the magazine more diverse and administration, pose with the Tons of Love trophy. inclusive. “It’s something that I am very proud of.” The pages in Indulge are col-

Jose Marti MAST 6-12 opens student applications The application process for acceptance into Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy, a full magnet program with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is now open. Students from fifth to tenth grade interested in applying can visit up until the deadline of January 15, 2019. Students at MAST Academy focus on extensive learning in the areas of life science, natural science and computer science. Every student has the opportunity to work on their own gen-

uine research projects and operate real science labs on a daily basis. Interested parents can also plan on visiting the school located at 5701 West 24 Avenue for the annual ‘Show Case’ scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 6. The show case will provide future students and parents with the opportunity to learn about the offered programs and meet all the teachers and staff. For more information, or to schedule a personal tour of the campus, call 305-557-5931.

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That’s what he did when he moved to St. Louis and covered the beer scene, something he knew little about. It’s also how he has approached every new story and adventure. When he returned to Miami, he revamped The Miami Herald food section, moving from a weekly column to a full section filled with stories, reviews, recipes and photos. He also started telling stories in new ways, incorporating multimedia platforms and social media. “Journalism changes over time…now we go out with iPhones and start blogging, tweeting, taking video on the spot,” he said. That approach to telling stories and reaching audiences in new ways is what led him to Indulge. There, he created the magazine’s website, launched a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page and got each account verified. Benn is always looking for ways to expand readership, and to reach his audience where they are. “The goal is to build readers for life,” and to do that, publications need to grow and evolve with their readers. But that should not be scary to the newest generation of journalists. On the contrary. This, Benn said, means there are even more opportunities. “There will always be stories to tell, and we will always need people to tell those stories.”

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It isn't every day that a celebrity replies to a Tweet, but when actor, director, writer and producer Vincent D'Onofrio does, he means business. Late last September, Colleen Mahoney, theatre teacher and drama club advisor at Hialeah Miami Lakes High School (HML), Tweeted at D'Onofrio, asking him for some advice to share with her budding thespians at the inaugural meeting of the HML Drama Club. Less than ten minutes later, D'Onofrio, an HML alumnus, Tweeted in response, "How about I FaceTime all of you?" D'Onofrio made good on that offer, FaceTiming with the students November 1, speaking about his experiences and answering their questions. He offered advice to the students about the acting field, stressing that they finish school first. “That's the route I would advise,” he counseled Anna Parets, Drama Club president, who asked D'Onofrio about breaking into the field. “Get your education. Take acting classes as well and start auditioning.” D'Onofrio, who called himself ‘too shy’ to be involved in theatre at school, told the club members they were already far past where he himself had been at that point in life. He noted that he found his love for acting later, and his career began in earnest with an off-Broadway play in 1984. His breakout role as Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket, directed by Stanley Kubrick, cemented his love for

the craft and his career in the field. “But I never stopped working in restaurants and other jobs,” D'Onofrio commented. “I was (overseas) for a year filming Full Metal Jacket, but as soon as I came back, I went right back to work in the restaurant. That's how it is for us in the beginning.” Industry advice from the titan, who has over 100 credits on International Movie Data Base (IMDB), instructed on how to understand a character by “Knowing where the character was, is and will be,” and to “avoid the instinct of looking for your role when first reading a script.” He noted, “You should know the story as a whole first.” D'Onofrio also discussed his role in a new series he’s currently filming for. The character he plays is a mob boss, a role, he says, he doesn’t particularly like. He notes that this creates a totally different dynamic for him as an actor. “I really don't like this character. Among other things, he’s a complete racist,” said D'Onofrio. “I grew up a stone's throw from this school, just a few houses down the block. I went to school right here, where you go to school. Hialeah is a melting pot. Playing a racist is not something that sits well with me.” However, taking the tough roles, or the roles that ‘scare’ him, is how D'Onofrio challenges himself to keep growing in his field.

For the tenth consecutive year, Miami-Dade College (MDC) has been named among the nation’s Great Colleges to Work For, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, a major higher education publication. In addition, MDC again made the honor roll for being recognized in multiple categories. “We are honored to once again receive this recognition. It truly speaks to the faculty and

staff at MDC, who are second to none, who truly make this a great place to work and create an exceptional learning environment for all our students,” said MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. “I look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence.” MDC was recognized in the following categories – collaborative governance; confidence in senior leadership; diversity; professional/career develop-


“If someone offers me a role, and my first thought is ‘no, I can't do that,’ then my next thought is ‘yes, I'll do it’.” He encouraged the club members to do the same, to keep taking on challenges and to use them to grow. D'Onofrio offered to help the students with that growth process by making the FaceTime meetings a regular event. He confirmed that proposition with a Tweet later that day. “FaceTimed my high school today and spoke with drama students. They asked the right questions. I think we will make it a regular thing.”

Education Fund of Miami Lakes competes in Aetna Voice of Health campaign The Education Fund of Miami Lakes announced that it is a finalist in Aetna’s Voices of Health video campaign, competing for a top prize of $20,000. The Education Fund’s current initiatives bring innovative methods to local schools, inform the community about public education and encourage private sector investment in public education. The Education Fund’s investments to improve public education have totaled to more than $52 million. The Education Fund’s goal is to ensure all students succeed. For more information, visit The Aetna’s Voices of Health video campaign requires a oneminute video from The Education Fund, and other competing organizations describing how the prize money would help them further their mission. Groups will be reaching out for

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votes in a number of different ways, including sharing their videos through social media and other communication channels. Online voting for Aetna’s Voices of Health video campaign closed on November 9 for 63 nominated non-profit organizations across six states that are working to improve health and well-being in their communities. Aetna will award $20,000 to the groups that receive the most online votes and $10,000 to the second-place finishers. In total, 14 winners will win over $210,000 worth in grants. “We’re excited to have been selected to compete for the Voices of Health competition. The prize money will help us add another food forest in a local public elementary school, and put 1,000 more students on the road to good health and good grades,” said Education Fund president Linda Lecht.

ment programs; respect and appreciation; supervisor/department chair relationship; and teaching environment (faculty only). “The Great Colleges to Work For distinction is well-known by academic jobseekers as a sign that an institution’s employees are valued and given opportunities for growth even when they face financial constraints,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle. “Any college or university that’s on the list is showing that they emphasize one of their most valuable assets: their faculty and staff.” MDC joins other top institu- THE EDUCATION FUND participated in Coral Park tions in receiving this distinc- Elementary School’s Food Forest Build. tion including the University of Photo credit to The Education Fund. Notre Dame, Quinnipiac University and the University of Southern California, among The latest others.

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HML teacher and UTD steward Daniel Francia

Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School (HML) social science teacher Daniel Michael Francia passed away at his home on November 8 due to complications from diabetes. Formally of Massena, New York, the Miramar resident was 57 when he passed. Francia was born on July 26, 1961, to Irene Trombley Francia and Michael J. Francia Jr. He attended Massena Central High School. After graduating in 1979, Francia attended St. Lawrence University, where he earned a bachelors degree in history, a minor in philosophy and his New York state teaching certification. Francia graduated from

St. Lawrence in 1983, and did his graduate work at Fordham and at St. John’s University in New York City. During his college days, Francia worked at Alcoa in Massena, representing the fourth generation of his family to work there. Francia began teaching in 1984 in Robstown, Texas, where he worked in private schools until he moved to the Miami-Dade public school system in August 1989. While he was teaching in Robstown, he met and married Carol Beaudette on December 8, 1987. They were married for over 30 years. Francia, an educator for more than 30 years, was a firm

November 8 was Homeless Awareness Day in Miami-Dade County, a day designated to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness in the community and provide information on ways people can help. The students in the Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) at Bob Graham Education Center (BGEC) organized a number of activities to commemorate the day in Miami Lakes. They partnered with the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust to hold a rally on campus for the entire student body to bring awareness to the issue. Ron Book, chairman of the Homeless Trust, attended the rally and spoke to the students about various issues impacting the community and how students can help. Additionally, the students used the opportunity to showcase a video they have been working on to promote the various Feed the Homeless Meters that are located through-

out the town of Miami Lakes. Earlier this year, these students lobbied the Town Council to place these meters in all of the town’s major parks. The students also met with representatives from The Graham Companies who gave the students permission to place a meter on Main Street in the fountain area near the movie theater. This meter program is a project of the Homeless Trust to collect money to help with programs throughout the county. Every penny collected from these meters goes directly to support and assist with food, shelter and more. The video the students worked on will be used on websites and social media to help promote the Feed the Meter program in Miami Lakes. The students encourage all residents who visit the parks and Main Street to feed these meters with spare change.

believer in unions. He came from a family that was able to provide higher education for him, because of hard fought union benefits. For years, he served the United Teachers of Dade County (UTD) as a designated shop steward. He fought hard for union benefits, and also volunteered as an Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (EESAC) member for his school for many years. Francia was also a fourth degree Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus and served as the financial secretary. He was loved and respected by his HML students and staff.


Bob Graham Education Ctr. Giving Gators join with local businesses Homelessness Awareness and town for successful Thanksgiving drive Day recognized by CEA

PICTURED (from left) Past president of the Bobcat Law Society Ramiro Inguanzo, Civic Engagement Academy students and BGEC and CEA teacher Jackie Hernandez surrounding a Feed the Homeless Meter located on the school’s campus.

NONPROFIT GIVING GATORS in coordination with the Town of Miami Lakes, local businesses and sponsors, conducted another successful Thanksgiving drive. “Being able to serve our community by giving back is the most satisfying feeling of all,” said Daylin Garcia. This year the organization delivered over 80 Thanksgiving meals to deserving families from six local Miami-Dade County Public schools. Giving Gators expressed special thanks to Nu World Title, LLC; Specialty Smiles; PRMG Doral; Mathnasium; Layer 8 Solutions; and all of the volunteers who helped make the event possible.

Mater Lakes hosts first ever Job Fair on December 13

Mater lakes Academy will be holding a job fair at 17300 N.W. 87 Avenue on Thursday, December 13. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served for potential employees. This is the first job fair the campus has hosted, and various job positions are available including teaching, interventionist, substitutes and para professionals. College students who are currently pursuing a degree in education or related fields are encouraged to attend as well as any individuals who have a current teaching certificate. Attendees are required to bring copies of their resume.

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Single family home in desirable neighborborhood. h ood. 3 bedrooms, bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, bathrooms, full full updated updated kitchen with extra pantry, family room and a living room, formal dining room. Aluminum num hurricane h urricane panels, panels, new new gas gas water water heater, heater, new ne w rroof oo f a after fter W Wilma, ilma, 3 tton on A/ A/C, /C, se security curity b bars ars iin na allll windows and doors, ADT alarm, washer and a dryer, electric stove, 2-car garage. Very well w ke pt. kept. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

FOR SALE. Waterfront corner townhouse. se. Roof 2 1/2 years new, pressure cleaned and a house painted in September. Built 1984, 1,687 687 square feet. Camera and ADT alarm and a surround Bose system stays. Accordion ion shutter, central A/C 3 years new. Bathrooms oms updated, 3 large bedrooms, tile floors, carpet et in bedrooms, Enjoy Clubhouse, Olympic-size size pool, racquet ball, tennis courts. HOA $194 $1 194 month. No HOA approval. Need police ice background check, proof of funds.

Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

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15131 Menteith Place, Miami Lakes

Prime location at Lake Glenn Ellen. One of the best corner lots in subdivision. Oversized master with his/hers walk-in closet and den/office, plus 3 split bedroom, 3 bathrooms, enclosed wraparound Florida Room, family room, ample living room, dining room, large updated kitchen w/grantie countertops, upgraded appliances, impact windows, newer central A/C, 2-car garage, inground pool, all-around pavers deck. $544,900. A10548733.

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2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo/co-op villa townhouse with 765 square feet of living area. $374,500. A10374884.

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A beautiful remodeled unit in the heart of Miami Lakes. 2 bed/2 bath plus loft. New kitchen, flooring, S/S appliances. Washer/dryer in unit. Amenities incl. beautiful pool, lake, 24/7 security and more. Buyer must have 650+ credit score, per HOA. $225,000. A10551005.

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Beautiful spacious custom built 1-story home located on over a 1/4 acre corner lot on the east golf course. Master suite w/separate tub/spa & shower. 4th full bathroom for guests. Huge modern kitchen w/granite counter, family entertainment room, sunken living room. Enclosed outside patio. Built-iins and wet bars stay.New roof 2015. 24/7 roving security, 3 security cameras. Washer/dryer do not stay. $549,000. A10562640.


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7413 Loch Ness Dr., Miami Lakes

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7480 Miami Lakes Dr., M. Lakes

Priced to sell, reduced $8,000. Great corner unit on top floor overlooking lagoon. Located near shopping centers, restaurants, movie theatres, A+ schools. Complex has common laundry facilities, elevators, child play area, tennis court, nice pool, ample pool deck for sunning, exercise room. Being sold “As-Is.” $209,900. A10558106.

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17501 N.W. 82 Ct., P.S.North

Great 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home in Palm Springs North featuring spacious floor plan with beautiful entry opening onto large family room, perfect for entertaining. New hurricane shutters. Large master bathroom. New roof 2016, and central A/C (2015). Tile floors throughout. Large backyard. Nearby to major roads, highways, schools, parks and shopping centers. $425,000. A10574476.

7931 West 29 Lane - Hialeah

Excellent, spacious and bright 2 bedroom and 2 bath, 2nd floor corner condo in excellent community of El Prado XIII. Unit has 1st floor entry leading to stairs for 2nd floor living. Washer/dryer located inside the unit. 2 assigned parking spaces + guest. Special financing available to all buyers. $202,000. A10567271.

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Home is a great property with limitless potential. One of West Espanade’s most popular floor plans. A little TLC will make this home a dream. 3 bedrooms + loft. Great area schools, close to everything. Home has beautiful tranquil view of the lake. Lots of space for boat or RV parking. Great home for entertaining. $400,000. A10550186.

15545 Miami Lakeway N. - M. Lakes

Bottom floor, clean corner unit located short walking distance to pool/clubhouse in popular Celebration Point community w/nice amenities, close to major roads & shopping. Unit as newer central A/C, newer appliances, tile floors, living/dining room, eat-in kitchen area could also be used as a small office. $190,000. A10569771.




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