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Vol. 44, No 4



FEBRUARY 16, 2018

Review of Clark Gable Slept Here at the Main Street Playhouse on Page 3

BGEC’s Civic Engagement students Miami Lakes first annual win first place in state ‘We the People’ Food and Wine Festival

scheduled for Sat., March 3

The Town of Miami Lakes’ first annual Food and Wine Festival has enjoyed overwhelming acceptance by residents and sponsors for the event scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at Miami Lakes Optimist Park and Marina. The festival will showcase something for every gourmand. Attendees can sip and savor for a great cause as all proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorships and donations will go to the Miami Lakes Town Foundation, Inc. which was established for charitable and educational purposes in the Town. AFTER WINNING first place in Miami-Dade’s “We the People” competition, the Bob Graham The Foundation was created, Education Center’s Civic Engagement Academy captured first place in “We the People” state in part, to encourage continuing (See full story on Page 2.) education of community memcompetition for the fourth straight year. bers and foster such programs as the Imagination Library. It also helps to conduct and develop youth projects, beautification projects and cultural events. Local business Miami Lakes Auto Mall has supported the event by becoming the main title sponsor while Specialized Investigations and Smack Tactical are also contributing with sponsorships. Mayor Manny Cid said, “Our first Food and Wine Festival will put the Miami Lakes food scene on the map. Miami Lakes is developing into a foodie destination and the festival is the culmination of those efforts. “What better way to bring our community closer together than sharing food and wine with your neighbors. The Festival is yet another step in continuing to grow our town beautifully,” he added. Renowned restaurants and chefs from Miami Lakes and surrounding areas will be participating with their best presentations of food, wine and specialty beer. Gourmet food tastings will feature contributions by Ana(See complete details of Movies at the Park series on Page 6.)

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capri, Ben & Jerrys, CanCun, Dr. Limon, El Novillo, Gauchos Gourmet Market, Italy Today, Mayor’s Cafe, Miller’s Ale House, NQC, Pampered Chef, Vicky Bakery, and more. Inspiration for the Festival came from local Realtor Lynn Matos, former longtime chair of the Youth Activities Task Force and current chair of the Town’s Public Safety Committee. The project will be supported by the Town’s Economic Development and Cultural Affairs committees. “I was very inspired to see the community spirit during Hurricane Irma and the way our community came together beautifully,” Matos said. Two levels of tickets for the event include VIP at $75 and General Admission at $30. The popular VIP tickets were sold out earlier this month. Event organizers are expecting nearly 1,000 visitors and hope to make this an annual event. For sponsorships, donations and ticket information, contact Charisma Glassman at, or Matos at

I Miami Lakes Optimist Club I News and Notes of interest I 14 Pace High seniors accept- I Hialeah Miami Lakes awards 32nd annual Roland from the Town of Miami Lakes. ed to attend Florida State Senior High names two outGomez Scholarships.............3 See pages.........................6 & 7 University in the Fall.............13 standing teachers...............18 I “The Geezers” play in annu- I Zonta Club of Miami Lakes I Mater Lakes Academy’s I Community Calendar, 11, al Senior Games softball match awards Amelia Earhart grant to FBLA members place high in School, sports and church news, at Optimist Park.....................5 a FIU Aeronautics student........9 District competition.............16 13-20, Classified ads...21-23

Full Miami Lakes Council attends annual Dade Days in Tallahassee PAGE 2

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The entire Miami Lakes Town Council participated in MiamiDade Days in Tallahassee, which is part of the 60-day Legislative Session, where council members got the opportunity to request funding for capital improvement projects. Mayor Manny Cid said the state granted the town $500,000 to complete the West Lakes stormwater drainage projects, and another $500,000 for the Royal Oaks community project. The town is also seeking ad-


ditional funding for other projects. On the ongoing blasting issue, town officials indicated the study, which is being conducted by the Fire Marshall’s Office, should be completed by the summer and hope it can zero in on a solution to mitigate the rock mining industry’s explosions that allegedly have caused property damages in Miami Lakes, Palm Springs North and Miramar. Last year, the state legislature

allocated about $300,000 to analyze the effects of blasting. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, whose office controls blasting regulations through the Fire Marshall’s Office, paid a visit to Miami Lakes last year to analyze residents’ damages, including cracks in their driveways and swimming pools. “We will continue to work with the CFO and our state legislators to properly mitigate the issue,” Cid said.

FLORIDA CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Jimmy Patronis (center) and his staff (far right) welcomed the Miami Lakes Town Council during Miami-Dade Days in Tallahassee. Pictured (from left) Councilmembers Luis Collazo, Nelson Rodriguez, Tim Daubert, Vice Mayor Frank Mingo, Mayor Manny Cid, assistant Town Manager Andrea Agha, and Councilmembers Marilyn Ruano and Ceasar Mestre.

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BGEC’s Civic Engagement Academy wins first place in state ‘We the People’

Bob Graham Education Center’s (BGEC) Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) won first place in Miami-Dade County Public School’s “We the People” District Competition on January 11. The team continued to the State’s “We the People” Competition in Orlando on February 2 where they won first place for the fourth consecutive year. CEA teachers Jackeline Hernandez and John Brady worked relentlessly with their students to learn about the intricacies of the U.S. Constitution. In doing so, they practiced perfecting their arguments and were kept up-to-date on current issues. “We the People” is an instructional program that enhances students understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. Students discover the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. They demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues. The module promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper ele-

mentary and secondary students. The program also receives active support from the Center for Civic Education, state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business and community organizations across the nation. CEA students and teachers are humbled by the constant outpouring of support from administrators, parents and the Miami Lakes Community. Their achievements are proof that there is no substitute for hard work and dedication. The BGEC family celebrates them for continuing the legacy of Senator Bob Graham and upholding a level of excellence that the Civic Engagement Academy has exemplified since its first graduating class in 2014. Students who participated and pictured on Page 1 include: (Left to right) (front row) Yaniet Quiñones, Alexander Servilla and Abel Hernandez; (middle row) teacher Jackeline Hernandez, teacher Ora Harris, Lauren Fernandez, Paula Jimenez, Chloe Luna, Jasmin Garcia, Melissa Vargas, Aaliyah Baez, Michelle Solis, Natalie HidalgoGato and teacher John Brady; (back row) Brianna Moronta, Flavia Nuñez, Bryanna Velez, Gabriella Regalado, Saydi Sigler, Isabella Regalado, Mariann Gonzalez, Melanie Montoya and Grace Valdeon.

Miami Lakes Optimist Club Theatre Review: awards 32nd annual Roland Clark Gable Slept Here a laugh fest Gomez Scholarships By Kayleen Padron THE MIAMI LAKER

The Miami Lakes Optimist Club recently announced the two winners for the 32nd annual Roland Gomez Scholarship award during a ceremony at Miami Lakes Middle School. For the girls, Erika Castroman, who plays softball and attends American High School, won the top prize, $1,000 for college expenses and a gold medal. Emilyrose Morejon, a student at Mater Academy who plays basketball was the runner-up with a silver medal, and Alyssa Crespo, softball, finished in third place with the Bronze. Crespo is a student at Immaculate Conception School in Hialeah. For boys, Eric Marrero, a student at Columbus High School who plays basketball, also took home the top prize, a check for $1,000 for college, and a gold medal dangling from his neck.

Alberto Ruiz Jr., a student at Columbus High School who plays basketball, was runner-up and Preston Lao, a student who plays baseball at Youth Co-Op Preparatory Charter School in Hialeah, finished in third place. To be a candidate for the Roland Gomez Scholarship award, the student-athletes must participate in the Optimist program for at least a year, and be interviewed by a selection committee after reviewing their report cards and academic studies. “We are proud of the nominees for their hard work in the classrooms and on the playing fields,” said Miami Lakes Optimist Club basketball Commissioner Jim Hamilton. “We encourage them to maintain high marks in school for the scholarship and we recognize their accomplishments.”

MIAMI LAKES OPTIMIST CLUBʼS Jim Hamilton presents 32nd annual Roland Gomez Scholarships to Eric Marrero (left) and Erika Castroman (right).

The Miami Laker staff Clark Gable Slept Here is a non-stop, drama-packed laugh fest. Meant for a mature audience, this play will have you laughing in moments you probably shouldn’t. As a tribute to the seemingly perfectness of Hollywood’s super stars, this play addresses issues like drugs, affairs and everything else that makes Hollywood …. Well, Hollywood. In the penthouse suite at the Chateau Marmount on the night of The Golden Globes, a famous action star’s hotel room contains a cheeky mistake. It’s up to the celebrity’s manager and the hotel staff to fix the situation so that no one ever finds out. What follows is a series of twists and turns that leaves audiences at the edge of their seat. The play’s talent could not be bound to the three walls of the stage. Performances by the actors and actresses made you feel as if you were part of the dilemma with them. Jarrod “Hilly” Hillard is played by Clint Archambault. The scotch drinking, pill popping agent of action-hero Patrick Zane paces along the stage, upset that he has to pick up the mess that his client left behind. Archambault’s rendering was a spot-on representation of the typical heartless Hollywood agent that would do anything to make his stars look good.

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THE CAST features (from left) Marcela Paguago, Sandi Stock, Chris D’Angelo and Clint Archambault. Photo by Dennis Lyzniak By the same token, Sandi in Spanish and the next she’s Stock’s interpretation was just cooly striding around the room as ruthless. Strutting along the without a care in the world. stage with a broken leg and all, Roderick Randle plays TraStock as Morgan Wright, vis, who is in the center of the Hilly’s right-hand woman, was whole conflict. Literally. intimidating and fearless. Randle’s character is perhaps Hotel staff played by Chris the most perplexed and chaotic D’Angelo and Marcela Paguaga character of all. His performwas also phenomenal. The side- ance brings the whole play to splitting duo’s edgy and antsy life. One could even say he resrendition was a great juxtaposi- urrected the character flawlessly. tion to the cunning performance The play will run from now of Stock and Archambault. until February 25, with perD’Angelo’s execution as hotel formances Fridays and manager Gage Holland was an Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays exact depiction of what a nor- at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for mal person looks like when tan- adults, and $25 for students, gled in the web of scandal in seniors, and military personnel. Hollywood. Theatre League members $20 Paguaga’s character, the hotel with I.D. at the door only. maid Estella, is a mix of every Tickets may be purchased in other character put into one. In advance at www.mainstreetone moment, she is jumping on, or at the box office the bed, screaming profanities 60 minutes prior to showtime.

Council rejects moving elections back to October PAGE 4

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By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff Seeking his colleagues’ support for a charter amendment to change Miami Lakes’ municipal election back to the original month of October, Councilmember Tim Daubert’s proposal was quickly shot down. In fact, Daubert was the only lawmaker who voted yes for his idea to ask residents whether they wanted the election month switched when they flock to the polls in November. At the February 6 Town Council meeting, Mayor Manny Cid, Vice Mayor Frank Mingo and Councilmembers Ceasar Mestre, Luis Collazo and Marilyn Ruano voted against his proposal, indicating November draws a bigger voter turnout and costs the town less money.


Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez was absent. According to Miami-Dade Elections Department, a standalone election would cost the town about $40,000 and the November election is estimated at $15,000. Following incorporation in 2000, the original town charter called for Miami Lakes’ elections to be held in October, but the charter was amended in 2010, when about 80 percent of residents voted for the November change. Daubert said an October election would reflect Miami Lakes’ small-town character, doing away with a long ballot, which he says causes a lot of confusion among residents, and longer waiting lines in November.

“If you ask residents, they would rather pay an extra dollar for an October election instead of standing in long lines,” Daubert said. “I really think we are a small town and we should go back to October. Let’s allow residents the privilege of answering that question.” Cid said he understands Daubert’s intentions but wants to keep the town’s elections in November for a better voter turnout. “I want more people to vote, more people to take part in our democracy,” Cid said. “ Ruano echoed similar sentiments. “The more people who vote, the better for Miami Lakes,” she said. “More people voting catches on like a fever.” Meastre, who was on the ballot in October and November

elections, said “14,000 votes is better than 3,000 votes. “The more people who vote the better it is,” he said. “I like to leave it the way it is.” In other Council actions: • Council members gave their final approval for an ordinance which amends the Government Property Zoning section of the town’s land development code, to remedy specified deficiencies and to provide for communication facilities. Town staff recently explored an amendment to the town code that would provide for a procedure to authorize the location of communication facilities on town owned property. Site planning on governmentally controlled properties is provided by the GP, Government Property District, regula-


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tions which provide for the required review procedures. However, close examination of the town’s code discovered three deficiencies that needed to be addressed. The first relates to an automatic rezoning provision which automatically changes the zoning of land upon the purchase or sale of a governmental entity. The second deficiency that the provisions do not provide for is a minor administrative site plan adjustment procedure as would be afforded to a privately held piece of land. Third, the permitted uses needs to be expanded to include communication facilities and other necessary uses that serve the Town’s residents. • Council members gave their final approval for an ordinance in responding to new state law which now allows communications equipment within the town’s rights-of-way. In light of the newly enacted bill, the Town Council extended the moratorium an additional six months to thoroughly review the amended statutes, evaluate their implication, and prepare an ordinance that ensures the town’s local codes comport with state law. • Council members gave their final approval for an ordinance to amend the town’s current budget for additional funding for a generator and enclosure at Miami Lakes Town Hall ($147,085); the Lake Sarah Roadway and Drainage improvement ($67,000); planning and zoning cost recovery ($127,835); and N.W. 82 Avenue and Oak Lane Reconfiguration ($22,108). • Lawmakers, on first reading, approved an ordinance to amend the conditional use provisions for the sunsetting of such approvals when the uses cease operations. • Council members, on first reading, approved an ordinance to allow a developer, Alari Holding, to rezone property from general use and interim district to low density residential/office. The property, located at the south end of N.W. 77th Avenue and east of the Palmetto Expressway, is an undeveloped lot consisting of three parcels, much of which is encumbered by easements owned by FPL. • Lawmakers approved several resolutions relating to the town’s recent take over of the county’s special taxing districts for lake maintenance and security guard gates for Loch Lomond, Lake Patricia, Lakes Hilda, and two areas in Royal Oaks. Residents overwhelmingly approved Miami Lakes taking control over the districts during a mail-in ballot special election.

‘The Geezers’ play in Senior Games softball match THE MIAMI LAKER

Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee’s 12th annual Senior Games continued on January 31 with the annual Softball Contest at Miami Lakes Optimist Park. The event featured the “Homesters” and “Visitors” teams, all players commonly known as “The Geezers” who play twice every week at the park. Pilots coming in for a landing at Opa Locka Airport probably were surprised to see “giant lemon drops” at Optimist Park. In reality, it was the Geezer’s new bright yellow 2018 Senior Games shirts. The event attracted 30 players with 28 being drafted to the two starting lineups: Visitors – Angel Hernandez, Felix Chinea, Jose Caballero, Juan Iglesias, Bob Jones, Carlos (CarGo) Gonzalez, Fred (F Rod) Rodriguez, Jose Rivera, Hugo Blandon, 82-year-old Peter Fishel, Oscar Sauri, Bruce Davidson, Andres Clavijo and Frank Weber (plus Mary and Sherry, the brides.) Homesters – Alfredo (A Rod)

Rodriguez, Jesus Aviles, Ernie Garcia, David Leon, Luis Santi, Iggy Escandon, Pastor Luis Acosta, John McMahon, Julio Pumariega, Lee Collins, 83year-old Victor Fernandez, 81year-old Alberto Sordo-Ramos, 91-year-old Juan Campiz, and Terry (TKO) Kushi (plus mascots Rocky and Loli). Ernesto Lima was catcher for both teams and Dave Oliver was the official score keeper. Luisito Calderin, who is on injured reserve, was the official photographer and Nathalie Garcia represented the Town of Miami Lakes. For the Homesters, who won the game, 12-7. Escandon led the way with a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, while Aviles, Acosta, McMahon and Collins each went 2 for 2. As a team, the Homesters rapped out 18 hits in 41 plate appearances for a respectable .439 average. For the Visitors, Hernandez and Chinea led the way, each going 3 for 4. Caballero, Fred Rodriguez, and Blandon each had 2 hits in 3 at bats. As a team, the Visitors banged out 17

hits in 44 trips for a healthy .386 average. For his perfect day at the plate, including a mammoth homer, Escandon was named

local cancer research. “Last year’s event could not have been such a huge success without our presenting sponsors, AutoNation and The Graham Companies,” Alonso said. “Also all of the volunteers made it a success, giving of their personal time from planning, entertainment, security,

the game’s MVP. The Visitors were presented with pins and Red ribbons for second place. The winning Homesters squad was awarded


pins and Blue ribbons with loud applause from their fans, and dogs.

MIAMI LAKES SOFTBALL PLAYERS, The Geezers, who participated in the annual Senior Games softball contest included (kneeling, from left) Jesus Aviles, Terry Kushi, David Leon, Iggy Escandon, Hugo Blandon, Luis Santi, John McMahon, Felix Chinea and Oscar Sauri; (standing, from left) Bob Jones, Luis Acosta, Alberto Sordo-Ramos, Juan Campiz, Victor Fernandez, Bruce Davidson, Carlos Gonzalez, Julio Pumariega, Peter Fishel, Ernie Garcia, Dave Oliver, Jose Caballero, Lee Collins, Angel Hernandez, Andres Clavijo, Frank Weber, Jose Rivera, Juan Iglesias, Luisito Calderin, and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Popular ‘Cars for Cure’ classic car show set on Main St. April 8

Mark your calendar now because on Sunday, April 8, a host of beautiful classic cars, great food and entertainment will once again take over Main Street in Miami Lakes. The 4th annual Miami Lakes Cars for Cure, which raises money to fight cancer and awareness of the deadly disease, is bigger and better than previous years, according to the event’s organizer, Roberto Alonso Jr. The event was so great last year that the hours have been extended from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Last year, everyone enjoyed the cars and entertainment and we wanted them to enjoy them longer,” Alonso said. The event, sponsored by AutoNation, will feature an appearance by Miami car designer Alex Vega of the The Auto Firm Show, and he may bring one of his cars. Vega designed cars for Marc Anthony and Mr. 305 Pitbull. “I am excited that he is part of the event,” Alonso said. In addition to the popular classic cocktails truck, Milos’ Craft Beer has been added to the event, crafting out its special beer garden for participants. Alonso said about 5,000 people were on hand last year and helped raise a record $23,853, and all of the proceeds went to the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center for

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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Town Council recognizes community members PAGE 6

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NEW CITY OF MIAMI Police Chief Jorge R. Colina (third from right), and new Executive Officer Sergio Diez (fourth from right), both Miami Lakes residents, were recognized for their recent assignments (from left) Miami Lakes Major Javier Ruiz, Councilmembers Luis Collazo, Tim Daubert, Vice Mayor Frank Mingo, Councilmember Ceasar Mestre, Mayor Manny Cid and Councilmember Marilyn Ruano.

MIAMI LAKES TOWN COUNCIL flashes the famous “U” hand signal was University of Miami’s director of Player Personnel Joel Rodriguez (second from right) was recognized at the recent Council meeting. (Pictured, from left) Councilmembers Luis Collazo and Tim Daubert, Vice Mayor Frank Mingo, Councilmembers Ceasar Mestre and Marilyn Ruano, and Mayor Manny Cid.

After Frances Suarez was elected the new mayor for the City of Miami, he shared his vision to convert the city of about 300,000 residents into the Global Capital of the world. The top priority to accomplishing his goal is public safety, and the mayor appointed Miami Lakes resident Jorge Colina as the city’s new police chief to make sure Miami is the safest place in the country. At the February 6 Miami Lakes Town Council meeting, Mayor Manny Cid recognized Colina not only as a Miami Lakes resident but the man in charge of a huge task to help Suarez turn Miami into a Global city. “It starts with public safety to be able to build on that,” Cid said. “The mayor found a good police chief to lead Miami in its new phase.” Cid said he is optimistic that Colina will get the job done which is a reflection on Miami Lakes. “If the city is successful, Miami Lakes is successful,” Cid said. Colina said he’s up to the challenge and will continue to help keep Miami Lakes as a safe

city as well. “I’ve worked for the city of Miami for 28 years and I love it and it means the world to me,” Colina said. “But I live in Miami Lakes. This is my town. We will make the city of Miami a safe city as well as Miami Lakes.” Colina is a 20-year resident of Miami Lakes and is married with two children. Also recognized was Miami Police Sergeant Sergio Diaz who is now the new Executive Officer for the Miami Police. He was promoted to the position on January 20 where he serves as the assistant to Chief Colina. Diez is an 18-year resident of Miami Lakes, also married with two children. Another honoree at the Council meeting was Joel Rodriguez who was recognized for his extraordinary accomplishments as the director of Player Personnel for the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. Rodriguez is also known as the keeper of “The Turnover Chain” which every UM defensive player strives to wear around their neck.

Miami Lakes’ Youth Activities Task Force and sponsor Bella Mar Real Estate Group invite residents and families to enjoy the next presentation in the Movies at the Park series, “Trolls,” featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and the voice talents of Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, James Corden, and many more. The Movies at the Park showing is free and is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. Don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs and grab a bite to eat at

the food trucks. The next presentation in the Movies at the Park series will be Disney’s Pixar Animation Studios animated hit “Cars 3” featuring an all-star cast including Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy. “Cars 3” will be presented at Picnic Park West at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2. On Friday, March 9, Movies at the Park will feature “Despicable Me 3.” For more information about the Youth Activities Task Force and its events, visit www.

Movies at the Park presents Trolls on Friday, February 23

News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes THE MIAMI LAKER

Nominations close Feb. 20 for Women of Distinction Awards; luncheon keynote speaker will be Mary Collins Miami Lakes’ Cultural Affairs Committee has issued its last call for nominations to be submitted for its Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon in honor of Women’s History Month which is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Roberto Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue. The luncheon guest speaker will be Mary Collins, a former Miami Lakes council member and Miami-Dade County commissioner. The Nomination Applications may be found at, and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, to Community and Leisure Services manager Kristina Labossiere via email at Women who either live or work in the Town of Miami Lakes may be nominated in the following categories: Arts: A women who has contributed to the cultural life of the community through theatre, dance, music, art or literature. Business: A professional woman in a position as owner, CEO or high-level manager of a

business or industry. Community and Civic Affairs: A leader, supervisor, administrator, manager or member who has contributed to the community. Education: A woman educator, administrator, or director of a public or private institution of learning who has been outstanding in the field. Government: A woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her work in or with local government. Health Service: An individual who had made an outstanding contribution in the health services field. Humanitarian: An outstanding woman who has contributed to the community. This individual may, or may not be, affiliated with a commercial, professional or non-profit agency or group. Volunteer: A woman who has made an outstanding contribution in serving the needs of others. For lunch reservations, contact Nathalie Garcia via email at or call 305-364-6100.

Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee’s 2018 Senior Games events continue on Saturday, February 24, with the 12th annual Track and Field contests from 9 to 11 a.m. at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, 14100 N.W. 89 Avenue. Co-sponsored by The Graham Companies, the track and field contests will include a 100Meter Dash, Shot Put, Discus throw, Archery, Horseshoes, Standing Broad Jump, 400Meter Run, Soccer Accuracy Kick, and a 800-Meter Race.

Entry for all the contests is free. Participants will receive a t-shirt and ribbons and pins will be awarded to winners in each age division for the male and female groups. Future Senior Games include a Canasta Tournament on March 16, a Duplicate Bridge Tournament on April 16, and a Basketball Shooting competition on August 25. For more information, visit, or contact Town Liaison Nathalie Garcia at 305-364-6100.

Miami Lakes Youth Center will be hosting several fun and exciting programs for middle and high school students at “The Spot” from 6 to 8 p.m. during February at 6075 Miami Lakes Drive. Friday, February 16 - Open Hang Night. The Youth Center is equipped with a billiard table, table tennis, indoor basketball shootout game, Xbox One and

more. Bring friends and “hang out” for a night of fun and games. Wednesday, February 21 – Potluck Night. Bring a favorite dish and enjoy a fun night with a blend of favorite foods and an unforgettable Potluck evening. For more information about the Youth Center programs, visit, or call 305-819-7768.

Senior Games continue with Track & Field events Feb. 24

‘Spot’ February teen events

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Education Advisory Board opens applications for Miami Lakes’ Future Leaders Scholarships Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board (EAB) announced it is accepting applications for the 2018 Miami Lakes Future Leaders Scholarship presented by The Graham Companies. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who are residents of the Town of Miami Lakes. All applications must be received at Town Hall by Friday, March 23, and will be forwarded to the EAB for selection of the recipients. Winners

will be announced at the May 1 Town Council meeting. Interested seniors must submit a typed essay (750 words maximum) explaining in his/her own words how they aspire to make the world a better place. The student must demonstrate academic achievement and community service commitment, as well as identify future goals. The winners will have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to their school and community.

A cover sheet must accompany the essay, along with an official sealed high school transcript, and three letters of recommendation from non-relatives, one of which must be from a teacher or school official. The scholarship application may be found at For more information, contact Town Liaison Nathalie Garcia at

TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES NOTICE IS HEREWITH GIVEN that meetings of the Town Council of the Town of Miami Lakes, Florida, and its committees, have been scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

Veterans Committee Meeting Thursday, February 15, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, February 15, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

Economic Development Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 20, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, March 1, 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 accommodation to participate in the proceedings 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 February 9, 2018 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Gina Inguanzo, Town Clerk


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Zonta Club awards Earhart grant to FIU’s Gabriela Gutierrez-Duran

Zonta Club of Miami Lakes (Zonta) held its January 2018 general meeting on Saturday, January 27 at South of the Border in Miami Lakes. Traditionally the club honors the aviator Amelia Earhart, an early Zontian, at this meeting. A highlight of this annual event is awarding the club’s Amelia Earhart Scholarship to an outstanding local young woman pursuing a degree in the aerospace field. This year’s winner of the $500 scholarship is Gabriela Gutierrez-Duran, a student at Florida International University (FIU). In addition to dean’s list

honors, Gutierrez-Duran is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The Aerospace Engineering Club, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), and is a NACME Scholar. She adds to her long list of accomplishments participation in SAE Aero Design Competition 2018 and the Advanced Class Aircraft Winglet Design program. The Zonta Amelia Earhart Scholarship program enables young women to move beyond any constraint to study and

New Testament Baptist, Dade Christian School Carnival runs Feb. 22-25

New Testament Baptist Church is holding its annual fundraiser carnival February 2225. Admission is free, but wristbands for amusement rides come at an additional cost. The fair will run on Thursday, February 22, from 5-10 p.m.; Friday, February 23, from 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, February 24, from noon to midnight, and Sunday, February 25, from 1-10 p.m. It will take place at the Dade Christian Campus at 6601 N.W. 167 Street. In its four-day run, thousands

of guests are expected to attend the carnival. School faculty, students and church members volunteer all weekend long to support the congregation. “We have the carnival every year to reach out to the community in unique ways,” said Pastor Reyner Cruz. Since 2013, the carnival has played a vital role in raising money for the school, church and its ministries. For more information about the event visit


advance towards a college level degree. Amelia Earhart Scholarship Alumnae have gone on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, professors and university chancellors. Many have also become members of Zonta International to support Zonta’s efforts to provide educational opportunities for women and girls around the globe. The Miami Lakes Club is a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and professionals working together to advance the status of women. The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes supports local charities in Miami-Dade County and Zonta International. For more information on the Amelia Earhart Scholarship program or the club in general, visit the website or contact Maria Crowley, Zonta president at 786-402-4757 or For information about The Miami Lakes Zonta Club visit

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GABRIELA GUTIERREZ--DURAN, the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes scholarship winner, is presented her check by Zonta president Maria Crowley, and club scholarship committee chair, Marie Korenstein.

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Miami Lakes Branch Library announced the following programs that are available for the public during the rest of February: For Children and FamiliesEnjoy hands-on lessons infused with experiments to spark interest in STEM. Each new lesson builds upon the previous lesson. For ages 8-18 years old. Space is limited so contact branch to register. Meets at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 24. Homeschool Science Class – Children learn how to create different science projects. Space is limited. Contact branch to register. Scheduled at noon on Wednesday, February 21. MORE THAN 70 Miami Lakes Branch Library patrons were in iLUMA (inter-generational attendance for the recent Science in the City program where literacy using music and art) is youngsters learned about organ dissection from members of an arts integration program that the Manifezt Foundation. combines music, literature,

world culture and art with reading comprehension, memory and listening skills. Program is open to children from VPK to 5th grade and seniors looking to improve their memory skills. Presented by the South Florida Chamber Ensemble at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21. Library Lego Club – Imagination is key as participants build and create with LEGO. All ages are welcome at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 17. Movies and Stories for Kids Favorite movies for family and friends. Call the branch for movie listings. Event presented by Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 14 and 21. Talking is Teaching. Talk, Read, Sing for Toddlers en

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dos idiomas – Bilingual stories, songs and activities for toddlers. Best for ages 18 months to 3 years old. Space is limited. Scheduled at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, February 15 and 22. Afro Soca Dance – Celebrate Black History Month with the rhythm of the Caribbean. Certified Zumba instructor Wynter’s Jewell will teach the grooviest Afro Soca dance moves, as seen at Carnival. Event designed for entire family and presented by Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 24. For Teens: Teen Club – Play video games, watch anime, draw, play Dungeons & Dragons, or discuss books, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27. For Adults: Meditation Classes – Join in for meditation derived from Raja Yoga, a discipline that helps develop inner calm, clear thinking and personal well being. Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Fridays, February 16 and 23. Book Discussion Group – This month’s title is “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20. Miami Lakes Branch Library is located at 6699 Windmill Gate Road and is open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The branch is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 305-822-6520.

‘B’ Graham Boy Scouts golf tourney set for April 30

The South Florida Council Boy Scouts of America will host its annual William “B” Graham Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, April 30, at Shula’s Golf Club, 7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with a Shotgun start at 8 a.m. Sponsored by The Graham Companies, the tournament is one of the longest standing fundraisers for the Boy Scouts with a 44-year history. Participants will get to enjoy a variety of challenges on the course including Hole in One contests, Longest Drive, Beat the Broadcaster, Straightest Drive, and Closest to the Pin. Prizes for top teams and individuals with be presented during a luncheon following the tournament. All proceeds from the tournament will continue to fund the Boy Scouts mission of leadership and character development. For more information on sponsorships or to register to play, contact Robert Johnson at 305364-0020, ext. 223.

BGEC Civic students seek to aid Homeless Trust THE MIAMI LAKER

The Civic Engagement Academy students at Bob Graham Education Center are tackling a project in an effort to end homelessness in the Greater Miami area. The students presented their project during the February 6 Miami Lakes Town Council meeting, where they asked the town to place four parking meters artistically designed by Romero Brito at the town’s parks and recreation centers to educate residents about helping homeless people get back on their feet. The four meters, which would be installed and maintained by Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, will be placed at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, Miami Lakes Optimist Park, Miami Lakes

Miami Lakes is 3rd Safest City in Miami-Dade Co.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has designated the Town of Miami Lakes the No. 3 Safest City in Miami-Dade County. Mayor Manny Cid made the announcement adding the Town was listed No. 12 Safest in South Florida, and No. 26 Safest in the State of Florida out of 400 cities in the Safest Cities in Florida list for 2018. “Our goal is to be in the Top 10 next year as we begin to take even stronger measures to deter crime, thanks to our Police Department and law enforcement officials,” he said.

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Youth Center and Royal Oaks Park. The students said Miami Lakes is joining Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Bal Harbour and Aventura in raising funds and awareness for home-

less issues. They indicated the meter program raises an estimated $10,000 per year but the amount is not enough to end homelessness. “As future leaders of America, we feel that we have an opportunity to bring these issues to light, create awareness and help with solutions,” the students said. The students said they visited the most popular places in Miami Lakes and decided on the four locations for the meters. They said Royal Oaks park, which is often filled with passionate soccer and football fans, is a good location because of the high traffic every afternoon in the park. Miami Lakes Optimist Park, centrally located in Miami Lakes, and home to many baseball games, is also a good location as well as Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, which is home to a popular children’s playground and the Farmers HOMELESS TRUST meters Market. designed by Romero Brito The Youth Center, which is would be placed at four sites called the Spot, is a place where

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Meetings Calendar

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

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Veterans Com. Meeting Feb. 15 6:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Neighborhood Improvement Com. Meeting Feb. 15 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Economic Dev. Com. Feb. 20 5:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Planning & Zoning Board Feb. 20 6:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Public Safety Committee Meeting Feb. 27 6:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Cultural Affairs Com. March 1 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Homeowners Organizations Regatta Pointe February 15 7:00 pm MCCC Gramercy Park February 15 7:00 pm MCCC Loch Andrews February 19 7:00 pm MLOP Loch Isle February 19 7:00 pm MLOP Lake Glenn Ellen February 20 7:30 pm MCCC Serenity Point February 21 7:00 pm MCCC Royal Oaks February 21 7:30 pm MCCC Anchorage February 22 7:00 pm MCCC Lake Sandra February 22 7:30 pm MCCC Lake Elizabeth February 26 7:00 pm MCCC Fountain Park February 26 7:30 pm MCCC Lake Martha February 27 6:30 pm MCCC Loch Lomond West February 27 7:30 pm MCCC Villa Vizcaya February 28 7:30 pm MCCC Miami Lakes Clubs, Professional & Volunteer Groups M.L. Garden Club Mon. Feb. 26 7:00 pm MCCC 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

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teens hangout and interact with counselors, the students said. Council members praised the students for their efforts to end homelessness and embraced their locations to place the


meters. “I support the initiative and will be moving the item forward on their behalf to fully implement it in the town,” said Mayor Manny Cid.

Classes and Recreation Calendar

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(Adult Programs) Boot Camp by Fit Like Me Miami [$] T/Th 18+ Boot Camp by Fit Like Me Miami [$] S 18+ Open Play Dominoes Mon. to Fri. 18+ Line Dancing 18+ Tues./Thurs. 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

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Mater’s girls’ basketball team wins District title Mater Academy girls’ basketball team last week won the 168A District Championship with a 60-6 crushing defeat over Mourning. The championship victory came after the Lions clobbered Ronald Reagan, 6613, in the semifinal. The Lady Lions advanced to regional competition this week. Monsignor Edward Pace girls’ basketball team (14-5) clobbered iMater Charter, 64-9, in a Class 5A playoff match-up and advanced to the next round of the postseason. For boys’ basketball, Mater Lakes Academy (17-7) defeated

14 Pace High seniors accepted to Florida State University in the Fall THE MIAMI LAKER

Mourning to grab the No. 1 seed in the district tournament which is scheduled for this week. Pace is seeded No. 2, followed by Miami Edison at No. 3 and iMater is the No. 4 seed. In high school soccer playoffs: American High boys’ soccer team (4-9-1) lost to Plantation, 2-1, in a regional playoff game, ending the Patriots’ season. Mater Academy girls’ soccer team lost to Ransom Everglades, 2-0, in a District semifinal game. The Lions upset Chaminade Madonna, 5-1, in the District quarterfinal.

MATER ACADEMYʼS girls’ basketball team were winners of 16-8! District championship.

By Raquel Edmundson Special to The Miami Laker Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Pace) announced that 14 Class of 2018 seniors recently received their letters of acceptance from Florida State University (FSU). The students accepted were Eudens Antoines, Tajmara Antoines, Kai Cooper, Tivvon Cruickshank, Luis del Rio, Rose Delva, Aleisha Fleurantin, Sharon Flores, Emily Llerena, Alexander Pereda, Mikeiveka Sanon, Sebastian Santelices, Mya Sheril and Nickolas Valdes. After four years of challenging curriculum and extracurricular involvement, these 14 Spartans have met and exceeded the standards needed for acceptance into FSU. “These students have embodied what Florida State, as well as many other universities look for,” said Pace college advisor Melanie Otero. “They have worked hard, and have been dedicated since their freshman year. They have excelled within the classroom and they have also succeeded within their community.”

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FOURTEN STUDENTS from Msgr. Edward Pace High School were accepted into Florida State University. Front row (left to right): Sharon Flores, Mikeiveka Sanon, Rose Delva, Emily Llerena, Aleisha Fleurantin Back row (left to right): Tivvon Cruickshank, Sebastian Santelices , Nickolas Valdes, Tajmara Antoines, Alexander Pereda, Kai Cooper, Eudens Antoines, Luis del Rio, Mya Sherill This is the first group of students accepted to FSU for the upcoming school year, but Pace does expect to have another announcement following the university’s second application

deadline. As in years prior, Pace will once again be offering students with the opportunity to visit FSU and other state universities this Fall during Pace’s college tours.

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On March 8, ASL Panthers, a student organization created at Florida International University (FIU), will be hosting an American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry Event at the Modesto Maidique Campus at 11200 S.W. 8 Street. This inclusive and equal communication access event involves volunteers from the deaf community performing poetry and acting in complete silence using ASL. Sharon Zajac, the president and founder of ASL Panthers, was born and raised in Miami Lakes. Zajac credits her passion for ASL to her experiences at Miami Lakes Educational Center (MLEC). She now wishes to make a difference at FIU. “The deaf community at FIU is incredibly small. With this



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Pace star student-athlete Grace Li off to Loyola U. By Raquel Edmundson Special to The Miami Laker At Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Pace), the name Grace Li is synonymous with trail blazer. That is because the well-rounded Pace senior and Miami Lakes resident has worked tirelessly throughout her life to achieve both athletic and academic success. As a freshman in 2014, Li became a member of the girls Pace soccer team and led with 48 saves helping them reach the district playoffs. She continued to share her talents during hersophomore year playing all positions and became an active member of the Boca Raton’s Boca United FC team. Li continues to be a member of Boca’s club team and is currently their senior captain. Some of her other athletic achievements include being part of the 2013 and 2014 Olympic Development Program pool and a 2015 Disney Showcase Finalist. As if her athletic abilities were not enough, Li’s academics speak for themselves. She currently holds a 5.5 GPA and has held her position on the Principal’s Honor Roll since freshman year. She achieved a perfect math SAT score of 800, is the Senior Class president, an AP scholar, president of the Future Business Leaders of America Club, a National Honor Society member and also a member of the English, Math and Science National Honor Societies. Li follows a proud Spartan

legacy as her father Phillip Li is a class of 1982 alumnus, an engineer by trade and has been a member of Pace’s faculty for more than a decade. Li’s aunt Maria is a 1981 alumna and brother Braden graduated from Pace in 2012, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing his PHD at North Carolina State in Raleigh. Last week Pace’s administration building was decked out in green and black, Loyola University Maryland’s school colors. Surrounded by family members, friends and fellow Spartans, Li signed her athletic contract to play for the university’s women’s soccer team. In addition, she also received Loyola’s Presidential Merit Scholarship which is granted to incoming freshman students based on superior academic ability and achievement. Li plans to continue to balance her academics and athletics in Loyola as she hopes to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During the signing ceremony, Pace’s Dean of faculty Lilian Dubon commended Li for not only being a “stellar athlete”, but also for being in the one percent of her class and offered a prayer that through her continued “force, dedication and passion for success” she will be driven to continue “breaking barriers” in all of her future endeavors. Li is set to begin at Loyola University Maryland in the Fall.

FLANKED by her family and friends, Monsignor Edward Pace High student-athlete Grace Li signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Loyola University Maryland last week during National Signing Day.

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By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff After earning her Master’s Degree in reading education from Nova Southeastern University, Tiffany Gomez never thought she’d be teaching her worst subject in school: Math. “I didn’t like math but because of it, I can relate to my students and understand their struggles,” she said. “Through reading and writing, you can express your feelings but math is concrete, you may not get it now but you will later.” Making the transition from teaching reading and English to math and science has earned Gomez Palm Springs North Elementary’s Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018. Her fourth-grade students were elated although they didn’t know about the honor until two weeks after she was named the school’s top teacher. “I didn’t tell my students because I don’t like to gloat,” she said. “They found out weeks later when the saw my name on the marquee. They said ‘Hey, why didn’t you say anything?’ But they were excited for me.” Gomez, 35, was honored after her colleagues recognized her for her hard work in the classroom. “I am so honored,” she said. “I felt it was so nice what my colleagues did for me.” Gomez, who earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and ESOL from Florida International University, has been teaching at Palm Springs North Elementary for 12 years. The Broward County resident taught reading for four years and made the switch at the bequest of the school’s principal who was seeking strong leadership for struggling classes. “They do really well, they are very motivated to learn,” said Gomez, who also teaches ESOL and classes that focus on gifted students. “The clincher is helping the students learn, helping them through the trenches, and when that light bulb goes off that they finally got it really motivates me. I love to see that gleam in their in the eyes.” Teaching math and science was the defining moment of her teacher career and she never looked back at reading and English. “I went through so many different changes, taught so many grades and subjects for reading education and now I’m teaching math and science,” she said. “I don’t want to go back to teaching English and reading because I love teaching math and science.”

TIFFANY GOMEZ Gomez added: “It’s funny with the old cliche that teachers with a Master’s degree in reading can’t teach math but I accomplished that task. It has been a blessing in disguise.” Gomez said she knew teach-


ing was in her blood when she was a teenager. She said her American High School honors teacher, Mrs. Simpson, was venerated as an educator and trailblazer and Gomez wanted to follow in her footsteps. “I wanted to be an English teacher and write books, but I had such a great teacher that I just wanted to have the same impact on my students,” she said. When Gomez was a little girl, she wanted to become a nun but she changed her mind when teaching piqued her interest. “As I got older, I decided not to be a nun,” she quipped. “Teaching got the best of me.” Had she chose a different career path, Gomez said she would be either a nurse or lawyer. “Those two were in my interests,” she said. “But I’m glad I chose teaching.”

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Our Lady of the Lakes’ Spelling Bee champions

OUR LADY OF THE LAKES CATHOLIC SCHOOL has crowned its Spelling Bee champions for 2018. Jaela Mansell (left) won the title for the elementary school and Rafael de la Cova (right) is the Spelling Bee champ for the middle school. The two Cheetahs will compete in The Miami Herald Scripps Spelling Bee competition at Jungle Island in March.


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Mater Lakes Academy’s (MLA) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at their district competition on Friday, January 26. MLA’s FBLA chapter had 42 members place in their respective categories. “The students spent several weeks preparing for the district competition,” said Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA sponsor. “It is gratifying to see their hard work pay off as they competed, and it shows in their results.” This is the largest group of students that MLA has had place for state with finals beating last year’s total of 26 students. Over 50 students competed and 25 of them were competing for the first time. Five of the 42 students that placed in the state competition MATER LAKES ACADEMYʼS FBLA students pose for a for this year are competing at group picture with their District competition awards in hand. the state level for the second time. One of the students that falls in to that category, Anny Licor, not only competed in the state level last year, but she has also competed at the national level. FBLA members will compete at the State Conference in Orlando the weekend of March Established in 1973 SUSANA PRIETO, Director


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BGEC’s Ileana Negron retires after 12 years

Bob Graham Educational Center’s (BGEC) Ileana Negron will be retiring. Negron is a cafeteria service worker in the middle school who has dedicated over 12 years of service to the students at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Her warm smile and the love she exhibits to the children will be dearly missed. However the BGEC family wishes her the very best on her new endeavors. Pictured (from left) assistant principal James Jackimczuk, cafeteria manager Danays Milanes-Rodriguez, cafeteria worker and retiree Ileana Negron, principal Yecenia Martinez and assistant principal Elizabeth Hernandez.

Vets hold Flag Retirement event on March 12

Miami Lakes Veteran’s Committee will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, at the Roberto Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue. Residents are encouraged to bring flags that are in poor condition to Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12, so they can be properly retired.

Bob Graham Edu. Center celebrates Literacy Week Bob Graham Educational Center (BGEC) celebrated National Literacy Week January 22-26. Students at BGEC participated in many activities to celebrate the joys of reading during this time. Although BGEC has had similar book parades in the past, this is the school’s first time commemorating this educational holiday. Literacy Week is celebrated throughout the district and is sponsored by Just Read, Florida! and the Florida Department of Education. Myralene Binns is the 1st grade chairperson at BGEC and she is personally responsible for spearheading the event. She is also in charge of all the celebrations that happen during this week. The event was first initiated 10 years ago, and has been a successful way to get South Florida students hooked on reading. BGEC’s news broadcast run by 8th graders, WGBC, read quotes from literary idols in their morning announcements during the week. Some of the famous writers included Mark Twain, Federick Douglass and Vera Nazarian.

Younger BGEC students also participated, with Pre-K classes participating in a district-wide reading of Big Al by Andrew Clements. The book was chosen by Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Early Childhood Office. The book is about a large fish (Big Al) searching the sea for a friend, but can’t find any because other fish are intimidated and afraid of his size. First graders stole the spotlight in their literacy parade on January 26. Many 1st and 2nd grade classes participated by strutting in the school’s courtyard, holding their favorite book, and donning an outfit or costume inspired by their favorite character. Media Specialist John Hunt emphasizes the important role that Literacy Week brings to not only students, but the community as a whole. “Helping someone to read and write effectively, a quality that so many of us take for granted, improves the future of everyone in society,” Hunt said. “Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and the community’s well-being.”

Spanish Lake’s Brianna Espinal honored at Animals Gallery Night THE MIAMI LAKER

Spanish Lake Elementary (SLE) 5th grader, Brianna Espinal, a student in Joan Sharperson and Leslie Caraballo's class, received an Honorable Mention in the elementary division at the Art for Animals Gallery Night. The evening was sponsored by The Miami-Dade Animal Services Pet Adoption and Protection Center. The organization is dedicated to placing dogs and cats in a loving home while also promoting pet ownership. Espinal's art piece depicted a little Yorkie protecting its owner, a young girl, from a big grizzly bear demonstrating a pet's loyalty and trust to a responsible, loving owner. Cudos also go to seven students who made the Superintendent's Honors Festival Percussion Ensemble. SLE had more students chosen to participate than any other school. Students included Brianna Guerrero, Emma Niedzwiecki, Angelize Rodriguez, Abraham Alonso, Marisa Vogel, Vincent Vogel, and Alexa Suarez. SLE also acknowledged music teachers Jackson Bunn, Diana Garcia, and Elizabeth Vasquez for the instruction and support given to these students.

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SPANISH LAKE ELEMENTARY student Brianna Espinal is congratulated on receiving an Honorable Mention for her art work during the Animals Gallery Night. Pictured (from left) teacher Leslie Caraballo, teacher Joan Sharperson, Brianna Espinal and principal Jacqueline Arias-Gonzalez

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By Kayleen Padron The Miami Laker staff Raul Hernandez has been named Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School’s (HML) Teacher of the Year. Hernandez teaches chemistry for all grade levels in Advanced Placement (AP) and honors, and he also teaches AP biology. “It truly is an honor to be named teacher of the year. I work with some amazing teachers and to be recognized by my peers is truly amazing,� Hernandez said. Hernandez graduated from South Miami Senior High School back in 1984, and he received his degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at Florida International University. Although he never planned on being a teacher, when he made the career change, he knew he made the right decision. “Once I started teaching, I realized how much I truly loved it. I have been a teacher for the last 15 years and I do not regret my decision for one moment,� expressed Hernandez. “I feel I am truly blessed with an amazing group of students, fellow teachers and administrators.� Hernandez emphasizes how important it is to establish a connection between teacher and student. He believes that creating this relationship is vital. He’s also a strong believer in preparing his pupils for the future. “I respect them all (students) regardless of their background,� Hernandez explained. “You also


need to show consistency. If I let them know what I expect from them and make sure we complete this on a daily basis, they know what to do without having to be constantly reminded.� Hernandez also sponsors the Science National Honor Society at HML. As part of the club, students are encouraged to participate in different competitions. These tournaments include the Fairchild Botanical Garden High School Challenge, Million Orchid Project, Growing Beyond Earth Project and many more. Hernandez’s students have consecutively won the silver prize for the Fairchild Botanical Garden Challenge for the last four years. Additionally, with the Growing Beyond Earth Project, students work and collect data to see if plants could flourish in the International Space Station. The data is submitted to Fairchild, which then sends it over to NASA. Hernandez’s colleague, Johnny Garcia won Rookie Teacher of the Year. Garcia teaches iPrep English to freshmen and sophomores. Garcia actually had his beginnings in HML. In fact, Garcia graduated top three in his class and made it to HML’s Hall of Fame. He earned a full ride scholarship to the University of Florida, and even had the opportunity to travel the world. Garcia first began teaching in South Korea in 2012. He taught elementary students in Japan,

and began teaching high school in Washington D.C. He eventually made his way back to Miami Lakes to teach at his alma mater. This is his first year teaching at HML. “Winning HML's Rookie Teacher of the Year award has been an absolute honor,� described Garcia. Garcia, like many freshmen in college, never knew what he wanted to do specifically. But after inspiration from his teachers at HML, and his teaching experience in Gainesville, a lightbulb went off. The rest was history. “I never truly knew what I wanted to do when I was younger, but teaching was always a consideration,� Garcia explained. “Even though I didn't specifically know the path I wanted to take, my teachers always pushed me to do better. Eventually, I had the opportunity to tutor migrant families in Gainesville. From there, I fell in love with teaching.� Garcia explains that his method of teaching involves connecting the adult world with their own feelings. Rather than saying “the real world,� Garcia validates student’s feelings, and gets them ready for life outside of high school. “It's important to understand that their feelings and their situations are very real. I believe it's important to try to view the lessons from their point of view,� Garcia said.



BGEC staff attends Teacher of the Year District dinner

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER (BGEC) staff and administration had the honor of celebrating both their Teacher of the Year and their Rookie Teacher of the Year at the district dinner held on January 25. The BGEC family was very well represented by Teacher of the Year Lusila Garcia (front, right) and Rookie Teacher of the Year Tabitha Stanley-Williams (front, left). They were joined by (back, from left) assistant principal Annete Riveron, principal Yecenia Martinez, and assistant principal Elizabeth Hernandez.

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Miami Lakes Educational Center’s (MLEC) Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence (SHAPE) club is a group of students who do their best to empower their community. Since its incorporation in South Florida schools in 2002, the club’s mission is to empower high school students to achieve personal and professional success by providing philanthropic, leadership, career and civic opportunities. The SHAPE program works in tandem with the Mark J. Gordon Foundation. In their own schools, SHAPE recruits are in charge of completing a philanthropic mission for the year. While teaming up with other school clubs that have the same mission in mind, classmates work together to help their surrounding community. The Mark Gordon Foundation awards the club with a $500 grant so that students are able to achieve their goals for the year. SHAPE club members have researched six organizations and are in the process of soliciting grants from them. About 115 students participate in the club, which is divided into four

committees: Fundraising, community service, non-profit research and grant reception. This year, SHAPE focused on bringing attention to human trafficking. Students created visual display boards with information about their movement and the conflict at hand. They settled in the school’s courtyard, and were available for any questions their peers may have on the subject. On January 25, the SHAPE club attended a field trip to participate in Florida National University’s Human Trafficking Walk. As part of their efforts, students walked one mile to get the word out. In addition to their march, guest speakers were invited including Homeland Security officers and survivors of human trafficking. Along with human trafficking, SHAPE also focuses on the homeless problem in South Florida. They even held a living art exhibit to showcase the hopelessness and loneliness the displaced feel. Students collected cereal boxes to symbolically represent the homeless community’s desire to find food and shelter. The SHAPE organization at

Specialty Smiles schedules Open House on February 19

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MLEC has accomplished three community service projects, raised a total of $3,000, solicited four local in-house grants and were awarded over $1,500, and club members have volunteered for a total of 3,000 hours. Barbara Brooks, mathematics teacher and SHAPE club sponsor said, “I'm really proud of this club and our activities.” To read more about the SHAPE MIAMI-DADE POLICE helicopter makes a landing at Miami club and their initiatives, visit Lakes Educational Center to talk to students about human trafficking.

Miami Lakes K-8 Center groups entertain at Miami Heat halftime

MIAMI LAKES K-8 CENTERʼS dance groups, the Salsa Squad and Dazzlers, and the school’s cheerleading team last week performed during halftime of the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets nationally televised game at American Airlines Arena. Heat fans usually grab a bite to eat and go for drinks during halftime but they stayed glued to their seats to watch the young dance groups’ performances on center court on the team’s logo. Teachers and parents were so proud of their kids and recorded and snapped pictures of their performmill Gate Shopping Center, has ances that would last them a lifetime. invited doctors, team members, family and friends to enjoy refreshments and snacks. For more information, call 6381 Miami Lakeway North, Miami Lakes 33014 305-822-6784 or visit braces@ (Preschool Thru 6th Grade)

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Miami Lakes Area Houses of Worship

6250 Miami Lakes Dr. East Sunday Worship..............9, 11 & 1 PM Youth: Fridays..............................7 PM

Fulfilled Life Church Telephone 786-378-2356 Country Club Middle School 18305 N.W. 75 Place Sunday Service (Eng.)..10:30 AM

Sunrise Presbyterian Church

Telephone: 954-435-1313 Sunday Service.....................10:30 AM (Cobb Theaters – 6711 Main Street) Theatre 17

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M.L. Congregational Church

6701 Miami Lakeway South Telephone: 305-822-4313 Adult Sunday School...................9 AM Children’s Sunday School.....10:30 AM Worship.................................10:30 AM

18400 N.W. 68 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-5841 Worship.................................10:00 AM (Children’s Church) Servicio en Espanol...............11:30 AM

The Church of the Epiphany

15650 Miami Lakeway North Telephone: 305-558-3961 Sunday Eucharist...................10:30 AM Children’s Sunday School.....10:15 AM Adult Bible Study.......................11 AM Misa en Espanol......................9:00 AM Escuela Dominical................12:15 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

8201 N.W. 186 Street Telephone: 305-829-0049 Spanish service.............................9 AM English service.......................12:30 PM Tuesday (Spanish).........................7 PM Wednesday (English)....................7 PM

Palm Vista Community Church

Meeting at Miami Lakes Middle School Auditorium 6425 Miami Lakeway North Telephone: 305-822-6999 Worship Service....................10:30 AM

Temple Tifereth Jacob 5901 N.W. 151 Street Telephone: 305-557-2651 Call for Service Schedule

Iglesia Biblica Cristiana Español Servicios

Telephone: 305-557-1959 Sunday service........................4:00 PM Wednesday Youth....................7:30 PM 6250 Miami Lakes Drive East

Iglesia El Nuevo Comienzo

6701 Miami Lakeway South Services in Spanish Sunday service.......................12:30 PM Thursday service.....................8:00 PM

Faith Is The Victory Fellowship

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church

15801 N.W. 67 Avenue Telephone: 305-558-2202 Sunday services in English 9:30, 11 AM and 5:30 PM Sunday services in Spanish 8 AM, 12:45 PM and 7 PM Saturday services 8:30 AM, 5 PM Daily services 7 and 8:30 AM Confessions: Saturdays 3:30 PM

Mother of Our Redeemer Catholic Church

8445 N.W. 186 Street Telephone: 305-829-6141 Daily services (Spanish) 8:30 AM Saturday (English) 5:30 PM Saturdays (Spanish) 7 PM Sundays (English) 8 & 10:30 AM Sundays (Spanish) 9 AM, 12:30 PM, 7 PM

North Palm Baptist Church

7801 N.W. 178 Street Telephone: 305-558-2032 Sunday Bible Study.................9:15 AM Sunday Worship....................10:30 AM Wednesday Service..................7:00 PM

M.L. United Methodist Church

14800 N.W. 67 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-7274 Traditional Worship Service.10:00 AM Contemporary Service..........11:30 AM (Child care and children’s/youth Sunday School during both services.)

New Testament Baptist Church The Gathering Place

6601 N.W. 167 Street Telephone: 305-558-4930 Sunday Service..........................11 AM Bible Study ............................9:45 AM Wednesday Bible Study...........7:00 PM Wednesday Youth Group.........7:00 PM

Orthodox Cathedral of Christ The Saviour

575 W. 68 Street Telephone: 305-821-3622 Sunday service (English)........9:00 AM Sunday service (Spanish).....10:30 AM Bible School...............................11 AM

16601 N.W. 77 Court Telephone: 305-822-0437 Home of The Orthodox Book Center Sat. Vespers.................................6 PM Sun. Matins............................8:40 AM Sun. Liturgy...............................10 AM Sunday School & Inquirer Classes

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5700 W. 12 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-3232 Worship Service...................10:45 AM

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Cobb Miami Lakes Theatre #11 Telephone 305-558-1060 6711 Main Street (Temporary meeting location) 305-818-0565 Shula’s Hotel (Davis Cup Room) Sunday service......................10:00 AM 6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes Sunday Bible Study.................9:30 AM Youth service.........................10:00 AM Sunday Worship Service.......10:30 AM Children services...................10:45 AM (Nursery provided) Sunday Evening Service..........6:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study...........7:30 PM (Editor’s Note: All information provided by individual houses of worship. Confirm service times by telephone.

Orlando Paz will be a graduate of the Class of 2018. He will be attending Hamilton College in upstate New York thanks to earning a POSSE Scholarship. He’s been a Miami Lakes resident all his life and had attended Bob Graham K-8 Center and will now be graduating from Barbara Goleman Senior High School (BGHS). Paz is currently the Student Government Association’s (SGA) president, National Honor Society vice-president and a member of Senior Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, BETA, Key Club and the Alzheimer’s Awareness Club. He currently has a weighted GPA of 4.3 and will be a graduate of the Capstone ORLANDO PAZ VALERIA DONOSO Program. He’s achieved 700 hours of community service which will be on-going to graduation. Paz is elated to be given the opportunity through the POSSE Scholarship program; he’s very optimistic of the future and all St. Andrews Lutheran Church School in Hialeah. will have a yard sale on Funds raised will provide con- he’s accomplished thus far. He Saturday, March 3 from 7 a.m. tinuing support for the church’s states that in his wildest dreams until 2 p.m. The event will take food bank and other ministry he could’ve never imagined this honor and seeing where his life place at 575 W. 68 Street across activities. is going. from Twin Lakes Elementary In his freshman year, he was simply a regular student taking regular courses and has grown to be a graduate of the Capstone Program with passing scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams and earning a passing score on his research paper about “academic dishonesty” from College Board. PERSONAL CLASSIFIED RATES: Paz stated this is a life-chang$5.00 per line, 3 line minimum ($15.00) ing oportunity that will lead him Bold headlines and boxes count as two lines. on an incredible journey. Personal classifieds must be paid in advance. Valeria Donoso will be gradNo phone orders, please! uating along with fellow classmate Paz in June. She will be attending Davidson College in Name Phone North Carolina starting in the fall of 2018 thanks to earning a Street POSSE Scholarship. She’s been a Miami Lakes resident all her City Zip Code life, and she also attended Bob Graham K-8 Center. She is currently the SGA treaissue(s) Please run my ad for surer, the Mu-Alpha-Theta (Math Honor Society) president, Payment enclosed (Amount) $ BETA vice-president, a member of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Category: Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Art Club, Latin Dance Club and Total characters in one line total 24. Letters, all spaces, and was a two-year member of the punctuations (periods, commas, etc.) count as one character. BGHS’S Jewels Dance Team PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY where she was part of the competition dance routines from the time she was a freshman. She currently has a weighted 4.9 GPA and approximately 850 hours of community service hours that will continue to be on-going until she graduates. “This will be an amazing opportunity to attend a prestiMAIL TO THE MIAMI LAKER gious school with a group of 15450 NEW BARN ROAD, SUITE 103 individuals with a common mindset as a simple Miami girl MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA 33014 like me,” said Donoso.

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7793 N.W. 169 Terrace - $655,000

Amazing 5/4 plus loft home in Royal Oaks w/salt water pool. Borders on canal w/lots of privacy. Tiki hut, brick pavers, 3-car garage. Full bedroom & bath on first floor. Two masters upstairs. Lots of storage. Custom front door. Two A/C units.


6690 Park Street - $320,000

Spacious home in good neighborhood. 4/2 with huge back yard w/room for pool. Remodeled kitche, spacious family room w/bay window, wood beams, French doors. Enormous master suite with walkin closet. Near hospital, Turnpike, Publix.

14523 N.W. 87 Place - $425,000

Gorgeous home, originally a 4/2, now used as a 3/2 with an open den. Can be converted back to bedroom. 24-inch travertine floors in living areas, laminate flooring in bedrooms. Remodeled kitchen and bathroom. Heated pool w/new pump, cascading waterfall, high efficiency washer/dryer. New A/C. Natural stone driveway.

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8421 Dundee Terrace - $549,000

Spanish-style waterfront property with panoramic view of Lake Glenn Ellen, great backyard with plenty of room for a pool. Split floor plan, S/S appliances incl. gas stove. New compressor, gas water heater. Jack/Jill bathroom, cabana bath. Hurricane proof front door.


FOR RENT – 16200 Aberdeen Way – Reduced to $3,900

Great house in one of Miami Lakes’ most sought after neighborhoods (Loch Lomond). One-story home with two-car garage and swimming pool. Recessed lighting, large kitchen with granite countertop and S/S appliances. Lots of closet space. Tree-lined community with guard gate and 24-hr. security within walking distance to downtown Miami Lakes.

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8836 N.W. 151 Terr. - West Lake Gardens

Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath home has new gourmet kitchen w/all S/S appliances, cozy breakfast area. Plenty of living rooms, accordion shutters and walk-in closets in all bedrooms. Recently paved driveway. 2 master suites w/master baths. Generous covered terrace. Fenced back yard. $499,900.

15941 Dornoch Round - Loch Lomond 4 bed/3 1/2 bath home with panoramic lakefront views. Sitting on nearly 18,000 sf lot, home situated on a 3 home cul-de-sac offering a very private setting. Home has circular driveway & 2-car garage. Stunning pool area with great lakefront views. New Price $790,000.

0 N.W. 168 Terrace - Royal Oaks Empty Waterfront Vacant Home Site For Sale! Extremely rare to find - this perfectly located lot is one of the last remaining lakefront lots available. Site is located in private, guard-gated community in the heart of Miami Lakes. $395,000.


14402 N.W. 87 Court - Serenity Point

Stunning one-story 4 bed/2 bath home in Miami Lakes. Home has generous layout w/plenty of living area. Oversized driveway, great natural lighting & security cameras throughout. Massive wrap around & fenced-in backyard (big enough for a pool). Spacious side gate entry & shed. $395,000.


7960 NW 167 Terrace - Royal Oaks

Lakefront 4 bedroom/3 bathroom (plus den) home with modern remodeling throughout. Top-of-the-line kitchen with all S/S appliances. Great natural lighting. Private covered terrace in master overlooking unique courtyard pool area, covered patio and lakefront views. $629,000.


8340 NW 154 Terrace - Royal Palm Estates

5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home located in highly desired & guarded community. Oversized corner lot. Double volumn ceilngs at entry, vaulted ceilings throughout. 3,604 s.f. home with all custom finishes. Large covered terrace overlooks generous backyard & pool. $719,000.

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8353 N.W. 143 Terrace - The Anchorage

Enjoy this spacious 3/2.5 townhome for Rent! Located in guard-gate community in Miami Lakes. Newly painted with new flooring, eat-in kitchen with all S/S appliances. Oversize walk-in closets, all renovated bathrooms. Fenced-in backyard/ patio area. Amenities incl. pool. $2,150 Per Month.

6820 N. Augusta Dr.-Country Club of Miami

Luxurious 7 bed/4.5 bath home with panoramic golf course views. Sitting on a double lot, home has keystone accents, high volume ceilings, remodeled kitchen, oversize dining room, fireplace, breakfast area. Generous pool area and full size tennis court. $998,000.


16960 NW 86 Court - Royal Oaks

Fully remodeled 5/4 custom-built home with over 4,838 s.f. Open kitchen with modern finishes, quartz counters, gas range stove, all new S/S appliances. Soaring high volume ceilings. Generous master with sitting area. Expansive pool and cabana bar. $799,000.


7802 N.W. 164 Street - Royal Oaks Rare opportunity to live in desirable gated community for a fraction of the cost. 4/3 + den, 2-story home has all custom finishes. Oversized lot, 2-car garage, circular driveway, generous gated backyard with space to entertain. Large covered terrace overlooking pool area. $3,900 Per Month.

16752 NW 77 Place - Royal Oaks

Private, elegant 5/5 custom-built, gated home. All renovated kitchen & baths. Marble floors, high volume ceilings, plantation shutters. Smart Home capacities incl. iPhone controlled surround sound and more. Oversize driveway, 3car garage, patio & terrace overlook generous pool area and gazebo. $1,087,500.


15634 N.W. 81 Court - Silver Crest South

Top of the line home sitting on oversized 14,000+ sq.ft. lot. Totally remodeled featuring all impact doors/windows, wood & granite cabinets, built-in entertainment center, new pool tile line finishes & 1-year old pool heater. Old Chicago brick pavers, freshly painted inside & out. $779,000.

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