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MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA

JUNE 15, 2018

15th Annual Miami Lakes Fourth of Councilmember Marilyn July Concert and Fireworks show Ruano re-elected for full term

Miami Lakes and its Cultural Affairs Committee will host the 15th Annual Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks Show beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The fun-filled event designed for the whole family will feature live entertainment, food trucks, and more, followed by a spectacular fireworks presentation. Sponsored by The Graham Companies, Main Street Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics, and Creative Extended Care, this year’s concert is headlined by “The Chase Band.” “The Chase Band” has impressed audiences at world class venues across Florida and

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the Southeast. Their sparkling approach to virtually every style of music is the reason they are so highly sought after. The Chase lineup fuses together superb lead vocals, harmonies and skillful musicianship to produce an act head and shoulders above the rest with a program drawn from classic pop, rock, disco, funk, swing, Motown and Hip-Hop Dance. The National Anthem will be sung by Mercedes FerreiraDias, a Miami Lakes resident and recent contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.” Don’t forget blankets, chairs and appetites for a great variety of food trucks. The Photo Booth will have free “I Heart Miami

Lakes” inflatable volleyballs, LED bracelets, and mini American flags. Admission and parking are free. Parking about Picnic Park West perimeter is limited and the Town is encouraging attendees to walk or bike to the ark. The Town will also provide free shuttle service from two locations starting at 5:30 p.m.: • Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, shuttles will run every 20 minutes continuously. • Royal Oaks Parks, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue, shuttles will run every 10 minutes continuously. Shuttle service will resume after the fireworks show with the last bus departing Picnic Park West at 11 p.m.

Sponsored by The Graham Companies, Main Street Childrenʼs Dentistry and Orthodontics, and Creative Extended Care.

Councilmember Marilyn Ruano automatically kept her seat on the Miami Lakes Town Council when no candidate challenged her by the end of last week’s qualifying period for an August special election. Ruano, who was appointed to replace former Councilmember Tony Lama who moved to Seattle, will serve her first full term in political office. Ruano created the Miami Lakes Special Needs Advisory Board and recently sponsored an ordinance which ensures that commercial buildings adhere to Miami Lakes beautification aesthetics.

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Pace Spartans baseball team wins seventh State title in championship over Bolles

PACE HIGH SCHOOLʼS baseball team celebrates their state championship win over Bolles High School of Jacksonville. It was the school’s seventh State baseball title. (See story on Page 14.)

I Council considers hiring a I News and Notes of interest I Pace High School welcomes I Christ the Saviour professional recruiter to aid in from the Town of Miami Lakes. alumni for first Annual Alumni Orthodox Cathedral conseTown Manager search............2 See pages.........................6 & 7 Prom.......................................16 crated in Miami Lakes.......20

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Professional recruiter considered for manager search PAGE 2

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By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff The new Miami Lakes council should pick the next town manager and the city may hire a professional recruiter to assist a committee tasked with recommending candidates for the job, as council members hope to get someone on board to run the day-to-day operations by January. At their June 5 regular meeting, council members learned that the Miami Lakes Town Manager Selection Committee was proposing suggestions of their own for the approach lawmakers should take while choosing the right person for the job. But they echoed Town Attorney Raul Gastesi’s sentiments that the committee members’ job is to scrutinize re-

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sumes and narrow the field of candidates to seven for council members to interview to determine the best person for the position. During its last meeting, the committee offered suggestions following the advice of two city managers as a guide for picking the town’s top administrator. But Gastesi said council members are in charge of setting the criteria of searching for the town manager. Gastesi’s advice didn’t sit well with committee members, including Maria Kramer who accused him of dampening their ideas. “The council is very open to the committee and our ideas,” she said. Gastesi said he’s merely following the rules in the town charter and the ordinance coun-

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cil members approved to set the standards in the search for a town manger. “You may not like my legal opinion but it’s the best legal advice and I’m going to continue to do that,” he said. “By following the charter and ordinance, the town is keeping the committee on point.” Gastesi broached the issue at the Town Council meeting, where lawmakers were concerned over a possible delay for the interview portion of the job search, from October to December, mounting attorney fees and no town manager on board should Alex Rey accept a job offer before his resignation takes effect in March 2019. If so, Rey, who said he’ll start looking for another job in the fall, must give the town a 60-day notice, meaning he could leave before March. Rey, who has been the town manger for 13 years, is retiring from Miami Lakes to take advantage of the government’s DROP program. Council members did agree the new council members to be elected should pick Rey’s replacement since they will serve under the new town manager. With an election in November, the Town Council will see new faces, as Tim Daubert and

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Ceasar Mestre are termed out, and Frank Mingo is vacating his seat to run for the Florida Senate. “The new council should pick the manger,” Mingo said. “I say we do it after the election.” The town may consider hiring a professional recruiter in the job search to save Miami Lakes from additional attorney fees. Gastesi said assisting the committee and the town’s Human Resources Department is time consuming and he has to

bill the town for more money. Rey suggested the recruitment idea in lieu of the town attorney. “The recruiter would guide the committee through the process,” Rey said. “The recruiter can look at the resumes and reduce it to 15 for the committee and they can reduce it to 7,” Gastesi said. With Rey’s own job search, time is of the essence for Miami Lakes to replace him since deputy town manager Andrea Agha accepted the town manager’s position at Key Biscayne.

Miami Lakes has partnered with the Florida Department of Emergency Management and Everbridge to launch its Emergency Management and mass notification system in the town. The system will enable the Town to reach its residents and visitors effectively in the case of an emergency. It will also help the Town to contact citizens, staff and emergency personnel with the right messages at the right time, integrating the communication flow during a crisis. The Town will be able to reach citizens who have opted in to use the service online via different channels they chose to be contacted like text messages, emails, app notifications, etc.

Miami Lakes will also start using the hashtag #Alert MiamiLakes to alert citizens on social media. • Create an Online Profile – Citizens can go online and create their profile and opt-in to receive alerts from the Town during emergencies like severe weather, crime, public works announcements, or other critical events at www.MiamiLakesfl.gov/AlertMiamiLakes with their preferred phone, mobile phone or email addresses. • Citizens can also download the Everbridge mobile application (optional, but recommended) on their mobile devices to start receiving geographically tagged emergency notifications in the Miami Lakes area.

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Main Street Players present Five Women Wearing The Same Dress Main Street Players (MSP) presents Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, the next show being produced at the Main Street Playhouse. The comedy was written by Alan Ball, who is best known for writing the film “American Beauty,” as well as being the creator, writer and executive producer of HBO drama series “Six Feet Under’”and “True Blood.” During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As

the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit. The show is directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo with production manager, Patty Fernandez. The cast includes Amanda-Lynn Williams as Trisha, Thiana Berrick as Georgeanne, Icela Marliese as Frances, Rei Capote as Mindy, Lorena Estevez as Meredith and Kevin Rubi as Tripp. Five Women Wearing The Same Dress runs July 20

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County cuts ribbons on two park improvements locally

through August 12, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students, seniors and military personnel. Theatre League members/Industry $20 with I.D. presented at door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.mainstreetplayers.com, or at the box office 60 minutes before show time. The playhouse is located at 6766 Main Street. For more information contact Patty MIMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSION Chairman Esteban Fernandez at 786-344-7551. Bovo Jr., the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, and local residents took park in a recent ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil playground improvements at Norman Jean Reach Park, 7895 N.W. 176 Street and Country Lake Park, 19525 N.W. 87 Avenue. Besides the new playground equipment, new trees were planted in the parks and canopies over the playgrounds to protect kids from sun burns.

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Council hears complaints about drug rehab center PAGE 4

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By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff A foreclosed home in Miami Lakes operating as a drug treatment center has heightened the concerns of residents living in the same neighborhood as drug addicts. A group of residents turned to council members for help, as they fear for their lives while recovering substance abuse patients were allegedly prowling around on their properties and searching the cars for money and expensive merchandise. The neighbors also claimed alleged drug dealers often visit the somber home at 8821 N.W. 153 Terrace, and patients can be seen smoking marijuana right in front of the homes and their backyards. “They are lurking in our back-

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yards, looking into our windows and checking our cars to see what they can grab,” Maria Beanies told council members at their June 5 regular meeting flanked by several of her neighbors. “This is not a safe community anymore.” Mayor Manny Cid said he has reached out to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who is sponsoring a bill to repeal a federal law which allows drug treatment centers in residential neighborhoods under the ADA and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA. Drug addition is considered a disability, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and drug treatment centers can be place anywhere under the Fair Housing Act.

“I spoke to Rubio on the phone in dealing with the issue because it’s terrible,” said Cid. “And he told me what we can do as a town to stop it. Somber homes are not the right place for our town.” Cid said Miami Lakes needs to strengthen the town’s code enforcement standards and the occupational licenses procedures as the first step to curtail the problem. “They are buying homes on one block for somber homes and we need to eliminate some clusters for occupational licenses use and use tougher code enforcement for those kind of issues,” he said. “It’s an issue that we have to take care of immediately.” Cid said town staff is currently studying an ordinance which Pompano Beach imposed in dealing with the same drug treatment centers in residential areas problem. Under the Fair Housing Act, drug treatment centers are allowed in residential areas but no provision exists to address the concerns Miami Lakes residents are facing with substance abuse patients wondering around the neighborhood. Cid said while Miami Lakes tackles the issue locally, he’s hoping Rubio can act fast before a terrible incident occurs

in the neighborhood. “We need legislation to stop it before it turns into an industry,” Cid said. According to Miami-Dade County records, the home belongs to Rody Blanco and Jenny Del Pino, who are renting the property to the drug treatment center. But the home has been in foreclosure for about a year. The 4,839 square foot home, with an estimated value at $832,354, has six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Miami Lakes Town Commander Major Javier Ruiz said the police were called to the drug treatment home to break up a fight among drug addicts in the neighborhood. “But there’s no spike in crime,” he said. Councilmember Ceasar Mestre, who sponsored an ordinance to prevent mill pills in Miami Lakes, said somber homes don’t belong in the town. “I would have a heart attack if they were on my block,” he said. In other Town Council news: • Lawmakers approved a resolution for the final plat for The Graham Companies on a 7.84 acre parcel zoned for special business district near Commerce Way and the intersection of N.W. 82 Avenue. Lawmakers also approved the

applicant’s site plan to allow a new four story mixed use development for 170 residential units and 17,063 square feet of commercial area at the intersection of Commerce Way and N.W. 80 Avenue. The Graham Companies made a commitment to mitigate any traffic concerns with the additional vehicles near the roads in the vicinity by funding roadway projects with the addition of paying the town’s mobility fee for new developments. The developer even delayed the project to come up with a series of options for traffic improvement projects. Cid was the only no vote on the development site plans. • Council members approved a resolution for the proposed 2018-2019 preliminary assessment rates for the four security guard and two lake maintenance special taxing districts, which will be mailed to residents as part of the TRIM notice. The final assessments will have to be approved by September 15, 2018 • Council members approved a request by the town’s Neighborhood Improvement Committee to replace 260 trees that were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The town estimated the program would cost about $200,000.


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By Kayleen Padron The Miami Laker staff Panic sets in for everybody during hurricane season in Florida and the Caribbean. Lines for gas curve around the block, causing people to get frustrated. At home goods stores, people flood in to buy a generator last minute. Once those are gone, hustlers price gauge them and sell them to desperate customers at triple the price. During the storm, the generator can get damaged from rain outside or even run out of gas. Sun Electronics has a better, more energy efficient solution. “Usually when the power goes down, it’s more than a few days or weeks. It’s hard, you can’t store food or do anything. Most people immediately think ‘oh, I’ll get a generator.’ the problem with that is they’re very loud and noisy, and they create a lot of pollution,” said IT manager David Miller. “They’re not efficient. A few solar panels, like three or four, is the equivalent of one generator.” Located at 15901 N.W. 59 Avenue in Miami Lakes Business Park East, Sun Electronics sells a variety of solar panels, energy efficient home appliances and other energy-saving accessories.

Founded in 1989, John Kimball saw the huge demands for backup power systems because of power outages in South America. Fast forward three decades, and Kimball’s company is now selling affordable solar panels nation-wide and around the globe to ensure that even during times of crisis, no one is left without power. Myths about solar energy can be easily debunked; the solar panels will only work during the day-time, leaving customers stranded at night. Solar Electronics sells battery packs as an extension to the solar panels. The battery charges itself up during the day, so that energy could also be utilized at night. Additionally, unlike generators, panels have no moving parts, so there’s no way it could stall when being used. “Generators are like a car,” explained marketing communications manager Martha Wyatt. “You turn them on one time, and if you don’t turn it on every so often, it’s useless. What you’re wasting on time, fuel, repairs or the generator itself, you could’ve had your solar panels.” Setting up solar panels is not as hard as one thinks. Actually, it’s as easy as dialing a phone number. Solar Electronic’s staff will help every step of the way

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to ensure customers can go green or off the grid without the hassle or head ache. “I think people and customers aren’t sure how they’re going to get started, and they wonder who will guide them into the right direction. That’s not a problem here,” assures Wyatt. “We have a knowledgable team who can help.” Solar panels could be used everywhere on almost everything. Not only could panels be installed in buildings or homes, customers could also enjoy going green in their RVs, boats or yachts. “It’s like a Lego set, if you need more power, you get more panels. With the generators, you’re stuck. With solar panels, once they’re built, that’s it. They’re solid unless you break SUN ELECTRONICS TEAM poses for a group photo at their the thing physically, either by warehouse in Miami Lakes Business Park East. you breaking them or something falls on them. It will not Do you have a family member or friend that needs fail, you just hook it up and it daily activities, exercises, socialization and care? works,” explained Miller. With warehouses all around the world, Sun Electronics strives to have energy efficient back-up power systems readily “Miami Lakes Only Adult Day Service” available to anyone who needs it. For more information, visit www.sunelec.com or call (786)565-9359.

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Council recognizes community members Community class teachers honored during Town’s Annual Recital at Goleman

Mayor Manny Cid and councilmembers recognized several community members for their accomplishments and community support. Councilmember Tim Daubert, on behalf of the Council, recognized Purple Heart medal recipients in the Town which has been proclaimed one of three communities in Miami-

Dade County as a Purple Heart Community. (See photo above.) May 28 was proclaimed to be Purple Heart Day in the Town and Daubert announced there will be dedicated parking at all locations in the Town for Purple Heart recipients. Officer Rose Viera, who has been serving Miami Lakes since incorporation in 2000 as a mem-

ber of the Miami-Dade Police unit in Miami Lakes, was awarded a proclamation of her hard work and dedication to the community. (See photo below.) Viera will be retiring in July after 20 years of service. June 5 was proclaimed Rose Viera Day in the Town.

Miami Lakes held the 2018 Annual Community Recital on May 18 at Barbara Goleman Senior High School where over 200 residents of all ages showcased their talents learned over the last year in one of the Town’s programs. Featuring programs included Tai-Chi, line dancing, yoga, ballet, martial arts and jazz. At this year’s event, the Town recognized four deserving instructors for their 10 years of service including Anthony Lee (martial arts), Clary Garcia Ramos (yoga), Ileana Portier (Tai Chi and martial arts), and Melissa Zunigas (ballet and jazz).

The Town also recognized resident Michael J. Perez for becoming a black-belt through the martial arts program. “The community recital was an amazing event which showcased the best of our community,” said Councilmember Luis Collazo. “The event featured the hard work put forth by our teachers and students. I was particularly honored to recognize the four instructors for their 10 years of service.” Youth recreational programming will begin again in the fall. Registration for adult yoga, line dancing, Spanish and painting will open on August 13.

COUNCILMEMBER LUIS COLLAZO honored four class instructors for 10 years of service. (Above, left) Anthony Lee (martial arts), (above, right) Clary Garcia Ramos (yoga), (below, left) Ieania Portier (Tai Chi and martial arts), and (below, right) Melissa Zunigas (ballet and jazz).

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Vendor registration is now open for the Town’s 2nd Annual Ice Cream Social celebrating National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream vendors are requested to provide ice cream and frozen treats for 100 people. This signature summer event, hosted by the Youth Activities Task Force, will also include fun entertainment for the whole family, music and more.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. To register as a vendor, visit http://bit.ly/IceCreamSocialVen dor. For marketing opportunities at the event, visit http://bit.ly/IceCreamSocialSpo nsor.


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$40K TPO grant approved Council proclaims Law Day in May for Town’s Mobility Study In a move to improve the Town’s mobility and transportation infrastructure, and address the traffic congestion issues faced by residents and visitors, the Town submitted a proposal to the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) under the SMART Moves Grant Program to assist in funding the Miami Lakes Smart Mobility and Future Technology Transportation Study. In late April, the Town’s proposal was approved, and full funding was awarded in the amount of $40,000 to complete the Study. Purpose of the study is to assist the Town to identify, plan, and establish a future network of diverse transportation technologies to build an infrastructure that is capable of supporting the community’s needs, as well as, improving safety and mobility for all users. The study will evaluate both existing and future technologies to support connected and autonomous transportation, traffic control and management, adaptive signalization, traveler data, pedestrian and bicycle safety, smart parking, energy

efficient transportation technologies, and potential funding mechanisms to sustain a costeffective future transportation network Town-wide. Proposed benefits of the study include, but are not limited to the following: • Increased efficient use of the existing roadway network, reduced traffic congestion, decreased emissions, reduced number of stops along corridors, and increased traffic flow that connects the residential and commercial properties, government public services, parks, shops, restaurants, entertainment, and places of workshop Town-wide. • Improved mobility, transportation, safety, economic growth, and smart transit for the community. • Expanded reach in creating opportunities for an Internet of Things (IoT) Town-wide network which embraces the integration of future transportation, resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy, safety, and economic benefit. For more details about the grant, contact Grants Administrator Renee N. Jean at jeanr@miamilakes-fl.gov.

IHeart Miami Lakes online store sells Town-branded merchandise to fund charity Miami Lakes announced the official launch of the I Heart Miami Lakes online store at www.CafePress.com/IHeartMia miLakes featuring Town-branded merchandise. This will help the Town establish its unique identify, develop brand equity, and create a sense of community among citizens. Even though this is an online store where Town’s branded merchandise will be sold, cafepress.com will be managing all

logistical and fulfillment of online orders. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Miami Lakes Town Foundation, a 501(c)3, that was created to develop education programs, youth projects, beautification projects, and cultural events for the benefit for the Miami Lakes community. For more details about the online store, contact Joseph Sosa, assistant to the May, at sosaj@miamilakes-fl.gov.

MAYOR MANNY CID and the Town Council recognized May 2 as Law Day and the Month of May as Law Month in Miami Lakes during the May council meeting. The Miami Lakes Bar Association (MLBA) was presented with a proclamation to honor and recognize their efforts to spread the word of law. Pictured (from left) Councilmembers Tim Daubert, Luis Collazo and Marilyn Ruano, MLBA representatives Janelys Holland, Gloria Garcia, Vanessa Abreu, Lorenzo Cobiella, Marc Ginsberg, Adry Polo and Josh Dieguez, Cid, and Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez.

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:

Education Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

Economic Development Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Veterans Committee Meeting Thursday, June 21, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Town Manager Selection Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, July 5, 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 June 8, 2018 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Gina Inguanzo, Town Clerk


Amaize Arepas opens latest location on Main St. PAGE 8

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By Kayleen Padron The Miami Laker Staff Amaize Arepas has been popping up all over South Florida and has finally made it’s way to

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the Town of Miami Lakes. With current locations in Doral and Davie, Amaize continues to expand to Aventura and Sawgrass as well. A soft open-

ing will be held the week of June 11, but the restaurant’s grand opening will be held July 21 with free meals given to the first 400 visitors from 11 a.m.

until 4 p.m. at the new location, 6700 Main Street. “We think that Miami Lakes is a great community, and we want to be part of that community. It was the right area to choose to open our third restaurant,” said president and CEO of Amaize Rene Prats. In addition to arepas, Amaize has many other healthy alternatives to choose from. While waiting in line, customers can see options and pick and choose what items they want. ‘Amaizeeeng’ bowls are fully customizable to the client’s tastes, and customers can choose what they want to be mixed in. Additionally, cachapas will also make their debut on the menu as well. Similar to an American pancake, cachapas can be topped off with fresh cheese. Amaize also has break-

fast items on the menu which will be served all day long. “Customers can expect fresh food that is sourced locally. Everything we do is eco-friendly. They can expect a brand that’ll be involved in the community. We’re serving food with friendly people,” explained Prats. “Our arepas are gluten free. We do not fry anything. Everything is oven baked, and you will never see a fryer in our restaurants.” “We make great arepas and cachapas, but we’re more than that,” concluded Prats. The Miami Lakes Amaize team includes general manager Tiffany Clarke, manager Marisela Oropeza, assistant manager Leanis Serrano and district manager Guillermo Gonzalez. For more information, call 786-508-1960.

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Miami Lakes Branch Library announced the following programs that are available for the public during June: For Children and Families: Libraries Rock! Board Game Hour – Enjoy an hour of playing classic board games while making new friends at the Library. Space is limited. Contact branch for registration. Event will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19. DJ for a Day with Girls Make Beats – Set hot cues, scratch a track, and juggle beats while learning about the technology that goes into making modern music, sound production and audio engineering. Space is limited. Contact branch to register. Best for ages 12 years and up. Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. Libraries Rock! Storytime Craft Ideas – Create children’s toys using unconventional materials. Space is limited. Call or visit the branch to register. Event will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Interactive Rock Concert – Unleash your own inner rock star! Play battle of the bandsthemed musical games and use props to really rock the library. Best for ages 5-14 years. Presented by RockStar 101 with a special visit by the library’s Technobus. Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30. For Teens:

Libraries Rock! Dungeons and Dragons and more - Play this fantasy role playing game and create your own adventure. Sign up at the front desk for a chance to run the show. For ages 12 and up at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25. Libraries Rock! Hour of Code – Broaden knowledge in computer science. Hour of Code aims to demystify coding and prove that anyone can learn the basics of this useful skill. Best for ages 8-18 years at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18. Teen Club presents Libraries Rock! Talent Showcase – Show what kind of rock star you are. Space is limited. Contact branch to register. Best for ages 12-18 years at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. For Adults: Book Discussion Group – This month’s selection is “Wright Brothers” by David McCullum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. USCIS Information Table – United States Citizenship and Immigration staff will provide information, materials, and answer general question about the citizenship process at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20. Mario Diaz-Balart Outreach Table - A member of Congressman Mario DiazBalart’s staff will be available to discuss federal issues and address any concerns a constituent may have with a federal agency, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Miami Lakes Branch Library

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p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The branch is closed on

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Code Explorers Summer Camp [$] Ages 7-13 Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (Adult Programs) Boot Camp by Fit Like Me Miami [$] 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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STU baseball team’s record season ends in loss at NAIA World Series PAGE 14

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Northwestern Ohio eliminated St. Thomas University’s baseball team from the AvistaNAIA World Series with a 13-9 victory at Harris Field in

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Lewiston, Idaho, ending the Bobcats’ season which included setting the school record for most wins in a season with 56. It was the sixth time in school

STU junior catcher Randy Olivia hits his second double of the game, drove in two RBI and scored one run. Despite his stellar performance, Northwestern Ohio eliminated the Bobcats from the Avista-NAIA World Series.

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Pace baseball team wins 7th State Championship By Raquel Edmundson Special to the Miami Laker After an early season filled with skeptics who believed it would not be possible, Monsignor Edward Pace High School’s (Pace) varsity baseball team defied the odds to become the 2018 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 5A State Champions. Last year, the team saw 14 of their seniors graduate and head off to college, while new transfers joined from various local schools. Building a good dynamic among the new team proved to be a difficult task as they faced six loses in their early season. After much hard work, team building and motivation by head coach Tom Duffin, the team began to unite both on and off the field. On April 10, the Spartans played and defeated La Salle High School, kicking off a 19 game winning streak against schools like Mater Lakes Academy, Cardinal Gibbons, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Gulliver Prep. In the Regional finals, the Spartans faced and defeated North Broward Prep, a win that propelled them into the FHSAA’s Final Four in Fort Myers, where they first beat Avon Park High School (4-3), in a nail biting State Semifinal match. This led the Spartans to the final State Championship game on June 2 against baseball powerhouse, Bolles High School of

Jacksonville, Florida. Pace was seeking revenge for the state title game loss to Bolles in 2016. It was a slow start for the Spartans who were down 4-2 throughout the first five innings. In the sixth inning, the Spartans pulled together as they had many times throughout the regular season, and found their window of opportunity. Not only were they able to tie the game (4-4), but they continued the momentum bringing in a total of eight runs within the same inning, and bringing the final score to 10-4. The team’s last title was earned in 2006, and this is the Spartans seventh State Championship in the school’s history and Duffin’s second championship as head coach at Pace. The Spartans were loaded with a talented roster for the 2018 season. Senior pitcher Yordani Carmona was named Pitcher of the Year for Class 6A-2A and The Miami Herald All-Dade First Team. Pace junior infielder Luis Tuero, Robert Moya, senior outfielder Kenny Gonzalez, and senior outfielder Michael Montes also made the All-Dade teams. Among a crowd of fans, the Spartans rushed to the pitcher’s mound in celebration as they received their individual medals and the coveted State Championship trophy which will be displayed at the school.


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demic excellence, posting the highest grade point average in the department's history (3.28) this past semester. It marks the eighth-straight semester in which FIU has posted a department GPA of 3.0-or-better. “We are very proud of our student-athletes, our coaches, and the student athlete academic support staff,” said executive director of Sports and Entertainment Peter Garcia. “Their hard work and commitment to academics continues to produce outstanding results.” Sixteen of the department's 18 teams, which is an increase from the 2016-17 academic year, reported a 3.0-or-higher. During the spring term, FIU had a total of 301 student-athletes earn a GPA of 3.0-or-better, while 103 were named to the Dean's List. There were 31 student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA, almost double the amount from 2016-17. FIU's women's tennis team (3.66) recorded the highest among the women's programs, while the men's cross country team (3.52) had the top men's grade-point average. “Congratulations to all of our FIU student-athletes on their continued success in the classroom,” said Wesley Maas, director of the Student-Athlete Academic Center (SAAC).

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By Raquel Edmundson Special to the Miami Laker Monsignor Edward Pace

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High School (Pace) welcomed back 54 years of Spartan alumni to their alma mater on

Saturday, June 2 for their firstannual Alumni Prom. A total of 200 attendees

arrived to a red carpet treatment for a Hollywood-themed evening in the school’s beautifully transformed Spartan Center. Among the glow of red and amber lights, guests were treated to a night of amazing food, cocktails and dancing. The purpose of the of the event was simple, to bring back a sense of alumni community dating back to the school’s first graduating class of 1964 through present day. Those in attendance enjoyed an evening of fun and nostalgia with their former classmates and teachers At the start of the evening, principal Ana Garcia took a few moments to welcome the crowd back to their beloved high school. Additionally, she announced that the evening also served as a celebration to the end of a fantastic day for Pace, since the school’s baseball team had been victorious in winning the State Championship only hours prior. Guests mingled and enjoyed delicious pastries courtesy of Vicky Bakery as well as Cuban

‘cafecitos’ made by Pace’s beloved Spanish teacher for over 20 years, Dr. Celita Cabrera. Festivities went into overdrive with the start of the “Hora Loca” celebration as party enthusiasts entered the space with feather headdresses and beautifully lit costumes while a bongo player filled the air with a lively rhythm, inviting the crowd on to the dance floor. As the night continued, giant LED robots holding CO2 fog machines arrived while guests posed for photographs. Herff Jones Miami sponsored a fun photo booth with props allowing guests to take home a fun photo memento of their evening back at Pace. The school hopes to establish this as an annual tradition for many years to come in an effort to unite Spartan alumni from across all of the decades. For more information about Alumni events or class reunions, contact the school’s Alumni office at alumni@pacehs.com or 305623-7223 ext. 213.

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MLK-8 Center’s Chess Club enjoys successful year The Miami Lakes K-8 Center Chess Club completed the last tournament of the school year in May after a successful season. The tournament, sponsored by the 64 Squares Foundation, had students competing from dozens of schools over six hours. All of the MLK-8 students fared well, especially Michael Montoya who won the 3rd place overall for his division. The Chess Club, consisting

of 22 students, plays after school three times a week. The Club’s sponsor, science teacher Oscar Badillo, is attempting to make chess an elective. “We do well against all schools even though, especially at the middle school division, other schools’ chess teams learn the game as a class, not a past time. I am so very proud of our students and their commitment to the mind expanding world of Chess,” Badillo said.

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The Lead2Feed program is a leadership program that nurtures a new generation of leaders working to meet a need through project management, decisionmaking and teamwork to alleviate hunger needs within the community. This year, the sixth grade Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) students at Bob Graham Education Center (BGEC) participated in the Lead2Feed program. These students started Project Sunnyside Up. For this project, they organized and conducted a collection of certain items to include in a re-usable bag. Each bag included water, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wipes, new socks, a fresh shirt, breakfast bars, cereal bars and snacks. The bags were sent to Camillus House to be used in the day program. Students also included positive handwritten messages in each bag to provide words of encouragement. From thousands of studentled projects submitted for the Lead2Feed Challenge, 50 teams were selected based on the leadership, innovation and impact students demonstrated. Project Sunnyside Up was one of those winners. The sixth grade students MIAMI LAKES K-8 CENTER Chess Club sponsor Oscar received an Honorable Mention Badillo (standing, center) is joined by club members (from left) Kevin Orozco, Justin Correa, Aidan Schwinghammer, for their project. As a reward, $1,000 will be donated to Michael Montoya and Salman Ahmed. Camillus House.

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Pace High School hosts annual Art Gallery Night By Raquel Edmundson Special to the Miami Laker Alumni, faculty, staff and students recently gathered at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (Pace) for the 2018 Annual Pace Gallery Art Show. Marcel Navarro, lead instructor for Pace’s Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, organized the show which featured art pieces from current Pace students as well as alumni. This year’s show introduced an additional element as Pace invited all local Catholic middle schools to participate in a competition portion of the event. Entries were accepted by sixth and seventh graders, and were delivered to Pace by a set deadline. Pace faculty, staff and alumni served as judges for the competition, and a silver as well as a

gold medal award were given to two students in each of the grades. Silver medal winners each received $250 to be applied toward a future Pace tuition. Gold medal winners received $500 prizes for future Pace tuition. Among the sixth grade entries, Alexandra Creed of Saint Bartholomew Catholic School received the silver medal award, while Adriana Argote of Mother of Our Redeemer received the gold medal. For seventh grade entries, Kiersten Michael of Saint Rose of Lima received the silver medal and Sarah Khoury from Saint John the Apostle won the gold medal award. It was a cheerful event where proud parents, friends and teachers shared in the talent of past, present and future Spartans.

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David A. Armstrong was named the next president for St. Thomas University, the college’s Board of Trustees announced. Armstrong will replace outgoing President Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, who’s retiring. Armstrong will officially take over the duties on August 1. Armstrong comes to STU from Thomas More College

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(TMC), a Catholic liberal arts college of the Diocese of Covington in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, where he has been president since 2013 after a decade in various leadership roles at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He has dedicated his career to making sure small, faith-based colleges not only survive but thrive in the new landscape of higher education. “I cannot think of anyone more qualified, experienced and committed than David Armstrong,” said John Dooner, chairman of STU’s Board of Trustees. “He will take Monsignor Casale’s legacy to the next level.” Casale reiterated Dooner’s sentiments about Armstrong saying, “I am confident that he will be an outstanding president at St. Thomas University.” Armstrong said it is an honor and a privilege to be STU’s next president, and looks forward to taking the helm of what is to become the leading Catholic university in the Southeast. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Armstrong holds a Juris Doctor from ClevelandMarshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Accounting from Mercyhurst University.

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Miami Dade College plans Saturday registration dates Beginning Saturday, August 4, Miami Dade College (MDC) will extend information center hours and offer on-site registration on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, until September 8. Students will be able to meet with advisors, register for classes, explore financial aid options and pay tuition. Fall semester classes will begin August 27. MDC’s eight campuses and a major outreach center offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to bachelor’s degrees, associate in arts science degrees and numerous career certificates, as well as a growing Virtual College. MDC’s expanding bachelor’s degree options include supply chain management, information systems technology, biological sciences, electronics engineering, film, television and digital production, nursing, several

HIALEAH MIAMI LAKES HIGH students Maria Parents and Ashley Fernandez finished in second place at the 2018 Fairchild Shade Our Schools Challenge. The girls competed among other students in interdisciplinary, environmental science competition which is designed to engage students of diverse interest, abilities, talents and backgrounds to explore the natural world. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering Pre-K to 12th grade students to become the next generation of scientists, researchers, educated voters, policy makers and environmentally-minded citizens.

education tracks, physician assistant studies, public safety and supervision and management. In addition to associate and baccalaureate degrees, MDC offers several College Credit Certificates to prepare students for emerging and in-demand careers, including in virtual/ augmented reality, mechatronics, digital forensics, computer crime investigations, fire fighter/emergency medical technician, television studio production, engineering technology support specialists, to name a few. MDC also has much to offer beyond academics, including its annual Miami Book Fair in November, and the Miami Film Festival in March 2019. For more information or to register, call 305-237-8888 or visit www.mdc.edu.

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Miami Lakes Area Houses of Worship Elevate Church

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

M.L. Congregational Church

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

Sunrise Presbyterian Church

18400 N.W. 68 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-5841 Worship...........................10:00 AM Servicio en Español,,,,,,,,11:30 AM

The Church of the Epiphany

15650 Miami Lakeway North Telephone: 305-558-3961 www.episcopalmiamilakes.com Sunday Eucharist............10:30 AM Children’s Sun. School...10:15 AM Adult Bible Study.............11:00 AM Misa en Español...............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.................9:00 AM English service................12:30 PM Tuesday Spanish).............7:00 PM Wednesday (English).......7:00 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 Servcios

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

Iglesia El Nuevo Comienzo

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

St. Andrews Lutheran Church

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

Voice for Jesus Church 4824 N.W. 167 Street

Telephone: 305-625-3787 Sunday service.................10:00 AM Youth.................................10:30 AM Friday Prayer Service........7:00 PM

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Hialeah Church of Christ

Shula’s Hotel (Davis Cup Room) 6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes Telephone: 305-558-1060 Sunday Bible Study.............9:30 AM Sunday Worship Service.10:30 AM Sunday Evening Service...6:00 PM Wednesday Bible Study.....7:30 PM

Fulfilled Life Church

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

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church

15801 N.W. 67 Avenue Telephone: 305-558-2302 Sunday services in English ...........9:30, 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM Sunday services in Spanish: ...........8:00 AM, 12:45 and 7:00 PM Daily services......7:00 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 Saturday (Spanish)............7:00 PM Sundays (English).....8 & 10:30 AM Sundays (Spanish) ................9 AM, 12:30 and 7:00 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 sevice.............7:00 PM

M.L. United Methodist Church

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

New Testament Baptist Church

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

Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

16601 N.W. 77 Court Telephone: 305-822-0437 (Home of the Orthodox Book Center) Saturday Vespers...............6:00 PM Sunday Matins....................8:40 AM Sunday Liturgy..................10:00 AM

Palm Springs United Methodist Church

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

(Editor’s Note: All information provided by individiual houses of worship. Confirm service times by telephone.)

Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral consecrated in M. Lakes On Sunday, May 27, Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral, located on N.W. 77 Court in Miami Lakes, was formally consecrated by His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander. This marks the completion of a building project that began in the late 1980's when the parish moved to Miami Lakes from N.W. 99 Street. The consecration service included prayers by the Archbishop and visiting clergy, followed by the blessing and anointing of the temple walls. After the Divine Liturgy, a banquet was held next door in the Stoyka Hall. Parishioners and supporters from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Texas joined the celebration. Dignitaries were also in attendance, including Administrator of the Diocese of the South, Father Gerasim Eliel, Chancellor of the Diocese of the South Father Marcus Burch, mayor of Miami Lakes Manny

Cid and Marta Diaz, from the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce. The cathedral is unique in South Florida. Hand-painted frescoes (icons) adorn the interior walls, covering the ceiling and walls entirely. The team of icon painters who completed the work was lead by Dimitri

Shkolnik. The art took 10 years to complete. The elaborate woodwork inside the temple was hand-carved, and along with the chandelier, was imported from Greece. “This place is a hidden gem, right in the middle of Miami Lakes,” said an admirer at the consecration. Founded in 1962 by the late Father George Gladky, the cathedral has continued to grow, providing a home to Orthodox Christians from Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and other nations. The cathedral has also played a role in reaching out to others interested in the teachings and religious traditions of Orthodoxy. Former rector of the cathedral, Father Philip Reese, oversaw the building project that has now reached completion. Father Joseph Lucas, who has been serving as associate priest at the cathedral since 2011, has been appointed the new rector of the cathedral.

Miami Lakes Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) is inviting residents to participate in the 2018 Home Beatification Contest. The contest will recognize residents who take special pride

in improving their homes and landscaping. The winner will be awarded with a $1,000 Home Depot gift card and a commemorative lawn sign to be placed on their front yard. The winner will be announced at the July 25

Town Council meeting. To enter your personal home or a neighbor, visit http://bit.ly/ 2018BeautificationContestFor m to complete the application. For more information, visit www.miamilakes-fl.gov/nic.

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Highly sought after 3 bedroom, 2 updated full bathrooms. 1-car garage converted to media room, can be converted back to garage. Roof replaced after Wilma. 6-year old Hurricane shutters on all doors, windows. Updated kitchen w/S/S appliances. Tiled throughout. Spacious fenced-in patio. No HOA approval, low HOA $97 month, Hurricane clean-up assessment $98 for 9 months remaining. Located in desirable and secure The Moors. Call Debbie 305-788-5008. FOR SALE!

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Gorgeous Lakefront Home For Rent! Home features new Central A/C, beautiful tiled floors, new wood floors in master bedroom. 2-car garage. Unlimited use of clubhouse facilities, Olympic pool, basketball court, tennis and racquet ball courts, aerobic classes. Family community w/24-hr. security, roving security patrol. $2,200 month, 1st, last and 1 month security deposit. Application requires 2 months pay stubs, background check, financial statement. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

Extremely well kept lakefront home. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, with 1-car garage in highly sought after Miami Lakes on Sable Drive. 1,873 sq. ft. living area built in 1969. New A/C, all appliances 1-year new. All tiled floors. Roof 14 years well kept. Great schools, low taxes. Spacious enclosed Florida room overlooking tranquil lake. Relax on a floating raft. No association fee. Great neighborhood. Call Debbie 305-788-5008. SOLD

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Stunning home in private and guarded community. Originally 4 bed/2.5 bath home redesigned with 3 large bedrooms and 3,000+ sq. ft. living area on oversize lot. All impact doors/windows, high vaulted ceilings. New gourmet kitchen. Enclosed patio/game room & pool/spa area. $647,000.

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Luxurious 7 bedroom/4.5 bath home with endless panoramic golf course views. Home sits on a double lot and features keystone accents & soaring volume ceilings. Remodeled kitchen, oversize dining room, fireplace, breakfast area. Generous pool area. Totally fenced in, full size tennis court. $998,000.

SOLD

16201 N.W. 77 Place - Royal Oaks Stunning 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home sitting on an expansive lot in highly desired community of Royal Oaks. Home offers nearly 3,000 sf plus Brazilian wood flooring, custom pool & spa area. Happy Buyer represented. $625,000.

NEW PRICE

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. Generous covered terrace. Fenced back yard. Home is currently undergoing modern renovation. $479,000.

PENDING SALE

16865 N.W. 78 Avenue - Royal Oaks

Own the most move-in ready home currently available in all of Miami Lakes. Meticulous detail, 3 bed/2 bath home w/ new kitchen, custom renovated bathrooms, all marble floors, generous living areas. New PVC fencing, spacious covered terrace and easily maintained backyard.

SOLD

7210 Gleneagle Drive - Loch Lomond

This one of a kind Miami Lakes home features unparalled lakefront views and is now the most recent sale in the Arated community of Loch Lomond. Home offers 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sports almost 3,500 sq. ft. of living area and sits on an oversized 15,000 sq. ft. lot. $860,000.

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