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The original northwest Miami-Dade community newspaper for the Town of Miami Lakes & surrounding areas Vol. 43 No 4



FEBRUARY 17, 2017

Joseph Walpole named MLEC 2017 Teacher of the Year...............See Page 18

Main Street Players’ Real Women Have Curves draws rave reviews Real Women Have Curves, The Main Street Player’s first professional play, opened on February 3 to enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews. Jesse Leaf from Around Town magazine said, “Josefina Lopez has dug deep into her past and the Main Street Players has given viable life to this multi-faceted ‘immigrants in search of the

American Dream’ light drama, making it even more relevant today than when first written and performed in 1987. ‘Real Women’ is celebratory theater.” “Main Street Players has been building toward its switch from community theater to professional company for many years. Yes, some small technical glitches made opening night not quite

Winners announced in Main Street Banner Art competition

“OUR COLORFUL TOWN,” top banner art work in Middle School division created by 6th-grader Biloux Henry. (See story and more wiinning photos on Page 3.)

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flawless. But from the work of Carlo and the design team (set designer Amanda Sparhawk, lighting designer Marcelo Ferreira, costume designer Angelina Esposito and technical director Dennis Lyzniak) to the performance of a strong cast, ‘Real Women Have Curves’ makes for an engaging, impressive transition,” said Christine Dolen, longtime theater critic for The Miami Herald. There are still two weekends left to catch Real Women Have Curves. Remaining performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. through February 26. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students, seniors, and military personnel, and may be purchased at the door thirty minutes prior to showtime, or online at The Maini Street Playhouse is located at 6766 Main Street. This comedic and charming play deals with the immigration experience in East Los Angeles in 1987. It takes place in a tiny sewing factory in the sweltering summer, and centers on five Mexican American women who are just barely getting by, each haunted by their immigrant status. The youngest of the full-figured women is Ana, who has big dreams of going to college to become a writer. She writes in her journal while working at the factory, documenting the ups and downs of each character and revealing some painful truths. When the play opens, the women are working on a deadline of getting dresses ready to be sold. This puts extra pressure on Ana’s older sister, who owns the shop. This play with a big heart is based on the playwright’s personal experiences and is a microcosm of the Latina immigrant experience. It is a play that celebrates women’s bodies, their individual and collective power, and the bonding that takes place when challenged to succeed.

THE CAST for Real Women Have Curves includes Marcela Paguaga, Amber Lynn Benson, Rei Capote, Icela Maliese, and Vanessa Elise.

Dade Christian School’s 6th annual Carnival runs from Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 23-26 On February 23, Dade Christian School will kick off its 6th Annual Carnival which runs through February 26. The carnival is a family friendly event with games, rides and food. All funds raised for the event go toward the school and New Testament Baptist Church. The carnival takes place on school grounds, 6601 N.W. 167 Street. Carnival hours are Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon until midnight, and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. There is no cost for entry, however, rides require either tickets in the form of a ticket book or a 4day ride wristband which is valid for all days of the carnival and every ride. Presale prices last through February 21 and are $15 for a ticket book containing 25 tickets, and $45 for a 4-day ride wristband. Ticket prices increase when purchased at the gate. All tickets purchased online at will be

available for pickup at the carnival Will Call center. The school is raffling away two 4-day ride wristbands to those that follow @DCS_Crusaders, repost the carnival photo and tag #DCSCarnival2017. Those interested in participating can enter daily until February 21.

n Town seeks nominations for Women of Distinction awards for March 4 luncheon...............2

n News and Notes of interest from the Town of Miami Lakes. See page...................................7

n Shula’s Athletic Club hosts week-long charity drive to aid Big Brothers Big Sisters...........9

n Javier Perez inspires STU Bobcats baseball team during opening night..........................17

n Town Council votes to consult with Miami-Dade County on annexation ideas..............4

n Graham Companies hosts workshop on plans for Senior Village in Miami Lakes...........8

n Four local high school basketball teams are winners ini District finals.......................14

n Community Calendar, 11, School, sports and church news, 14-21, Classified ads.........21-23


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Town hosts Crowdfunding workshop panel on Feb. 23 Miami Lakes Economic Development Committee will host a Crowdfunding panel workshop on Thursday, February 23, in Town Hall Chambers, 6601 Main Street. Networking and registration will take place from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the workshop thereafter. Co-sponsored by the MiamiDade Beacon Council, the Small Business Administration, and MICROscholarships, Inc., the workshop will be moderated by Sheri Colas-Gervais of the Beacon Council. In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over $34 billion was raised through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding (or crowdsourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast net-

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works of people through social media and crowdfunding websites to bring investors and entrepreneurs together. The workshop will educate participants about the federal and state regulations behind the market’s functionality. In addition to crowdfunding, the panel will discuss other forms of investment such as accredited investor, and the importance of a business plan and its role in obtaining investment. Workshop panelists will include Senen Garcia of the SG Law Group; Raju Mohandas, founder of BridgePoint Financial Group; Orlando Espinosa, cofounder of MICROscholarships, Inc., and Eminio Media. Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Nicole Singletary at


Town’s Cultural Affairs Committee seeks nominations for Women of Distinction to be awarded during Women’s History luncheon March 4 Miami Lakes Cultural Affairs Committee is seeking nominations for its Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon in honor of Women’s History Month. The winners will be announced at the luncheon scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The luncheon’s keynote speaker will be Perla Tabares Hantman, longtime Miami Lakes resident and member of the Miami-Dade County School Board including nine terms as chairman. The awards categories area: • Arts – Woman who has contributed to the cultural life of the community through theatre, dance, music, art or literature. • Business – 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 made a contribution 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 – Woman who had made an outstanding contribution to the community through her work in or with local government. • Health Services – Individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the health services field. • Humanitarian – An outstanding woman who has made a contribution 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



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Graham Cos. reveals Main Street banner art winners The Graham Companies and Main Street Merchants announced the winners of “Miami Lakes Inspires Me!” Main Street Banner Art contest. With so many submissions, only 26 pieces were able to be selected to be showcased on the light poles along Main Street. The artworks were judged by over 25 individuals with a selection of the top piece based on Elementary, Middle and High school groups. The top Elementary School submission came from Bob Graham Education Center 5thgrade student Samig Sandoval whose artwork is titled “Nature’s Gym.” The top Middle School submission came from Bob Graham Education Center 6th-grade student Biloux Henry whose artwork is titled “Our Colorful Town.” The top High School submission came from Hialeah Miami Lakes 12th-grade student Franco Gomez whose artwork is titled “Growth.”

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The overall winners from grades K-5 were Samig Sandoval, Skye Lorenzo, Sofia Perez, Camila Robau, Klark Casas, DeSani Emily Costa, Jasmine Uz, and Felipe Coceres. The overall winners from grades 6-8 were Biloux Henry, Madison Londono, Rebeca Gil, Elias Velazquez, Kelly Amaro, Mariafernando Soto, Brianna Busto, Lissbet Hernandez, Melanie Montoya, Alejandro Santana, Melanie Fernadez and Mia Wolff.

The overall winners from High School were Franco Gomez, Kristen Gonzalez, Michael Chan, Amanda Badia, Madison Lunday and Gabriela Badia. The Graham Companies expressed its appreciation to Bob Graham Education Center, Miami Lakes K-8 Center, Miami Lakes Educational Center, and Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High for support the art contest with involvement from their art teachers and students.

New Miami Lakes Zip Code bill introduced in U.S. House U.S. Congressman Mario DiazBalart said he recently introduced legislation to create a unique and independent zip code for the Town of Miami Lakes. “I just introduced legislation similar to what the House passed last year that will create a unique ZIP Code for the Town of Miami Lakes,” After the bill passed, the Senate didn’t get a chance to vote on it during the congressional and senate hearing in November. Diaz-Balart had to file a similar bill to give Miami Lakes its own zip code. Diaz-Balart said in statement. “For far too long, Miami Lakes residents have dealt with the negative impact of lacking a unique ZIP Code for their town. From higher insurance rates to election confusion, there are a number of

reasons why a dedicated ZIP Code is necessary.” If Diaz-Balart’s bill passes in the House, the U.S. Senate will vote to officially give Miami Lakes its own zip code, or reject it. Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid has been spearheading the zip code initiative since he was first elected to the Town Council in 2012. “It has been a privilege to partner with Mayor Manny Cid as we continue to work towards a resolution,” Diaz-Balart said. “Even after encountering several roadblocks and denials from the United States Postal Service, he continued to find other options. I am grateful for his dedication to serving the Town of Miami Lakes, and look forward to seeing this bill through the committees of jurisdiction for a floor vote.”

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Town to consult with County on annexation ideas By The Miami Laker staff A Miami Lakes lawmaker seeking to shield the town from development in nearby unincorporated areas, is proposing to annex commercial properties to control the zoning and add revenues to the town’s tax base. The areas Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez is targeting are near Opa-locka Airport and north of the Palmetto Expressway from Ludlum Road (N.W. 67 Avenue) east to N.W. 57 Avenue. At the February 7 Town Council meeting, lawmakers approved Rodriguez’s plan to first consult with Miami-Dade County to determine if adding the commercial areas which do not include residential homes and apartments is possible. If so, town staff would study the pros and cons of annexation for the area west of the airport and adjacent to N.W. 57 Avenue between 154 and 139 streets, and the commercial property north of the Palmetto Expressway. According to the town’s charter,

residents must approve any attempt to expand the town’s peripheries through a referendum before council members can take action. “We would go to the county first and if it’s not possible, it dies right there,” Rodriguez said. “If so, we instruct town staff to conduct the research. These areas we are looking to annex are strictly commercial.” Town Manager Alex Rey said the fiscal impact for a study is “low.” Rodriguez said the annexation issue could go on the ballot in November 2018. He said Miami Lakes has an opportunity to add the commercial areas to control the zoning in contrast to having no jurisdiction over the developments west of I-75 that are impacting the town such as traffic, among other issues. In 2003, Miami Lakes rejected the idea of annexing the land, which at the time contained a huge landfill and was devoid of infrastructure. Hialeah eventually

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annexed the property. Rodriguez said the town made a mistake by not annexing the property and he doesn’t want to travel down the same path. “We missed the boat back then and I would hate to be caught in the same situation to the north and east of us,” Rodriguez said. According to Miami-Dade County Annexation and Incorporation records, no other city is seeking to annex the area, which is near the western boundary of Miami Gardens. Besides the annexation debate in 2003, a study was conducted several years ago to determine the impact if Miami Lakes was to annex Palm Springs North, an unincorporated community north of the town. Lawmakers and residents rejected the proposal since the zoning regulations and code compliance issues were a complete contrast to Miami Lakes’ standards, and that led to Councilmember Frank Mingo’s charter amendment that voters must initially give lawmakers the green light to proceed with any annexation plans. Albeit he supports annexation of the commercial areas, Mingo said he was concerned the county would offer the residential areas on Ludlum Road to the north, including The Moors. “Will the county let us annex the area without the residential is my concern,” he said. Two Miami Lakes residents sat on opposite sides of the annexation proposal. Maria Kramer, who opposed

the previous annexation proposals, sang a different tune. “I think it’s something we should consider,” she said. However, Claudia Luces said otherwise. “I’m against it,” she said. “I don’t see the need to involve ourselves in this type of process.” In other Council actions: • Lawmakers gave their initial approval for an ordinance to place a six-month moratorium on establishing marijuana dispensing organizations and medical marijuana treatment centers within the town, in order to consider and weigh the changes to the town’s land development Code needed to suitably register and accommodate these centers within town boundaries. • Council members gave their initial approval for an ordinance to place a six-month moratorium on the approval of permits to install telecommunication towers and equipment in the town’s public rights-of-way. The abeyance gives town officials a chance to weigh the changes to the land development code needed to suitably accommodate the structures within the town’s boundaries, while complying with new state and federal laws allowing cellphone towers. • Council members approved a resolution to ask Miami-Dade County to reactivate the traffic light at the intersection of N.W. 79 Avenue and Miami Lakes Drive to improve traffic on N.W. 154 Street during morning peak traffic hours and school pick up times at Bob Graham Education Center. • Council members approved a resolution to authorize the town manage to enter into a long term, three-year agreement with several community nonprofit organizations that offer programs and activities to benefit residents to use the town’s park facilities and community centers. The organizations include the

South Florida Council Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Inc., and American Legion Post #144, for use of town park facilities for meetings and events. • Lawmakers approved Councilmember Luis Collzao’s proposal to host a workshop to discuss the hiring of the next town manager. Town Manager Alex Rey is retiring next year following a 30year career in government that started at Miami-Dade County. Rey has been the town manager for Miami Lakes from 2002 to 2008 and from 2009 to present. • Lawmakers approved Nelson Rodriguez’s proposal to ask Miami-Dade County to add Miami Lakes to the name of Miami-OpaLocka Executive Airport to get potential benefits from the new developments at the airport. He initially wanted to change it to Miami Lakes-Opa Locka Executive Airport, but residents rejected the idea and any ties to Opa-locka since the tumultuous city is on the brink of insolvency and several officials were arrested on bribery and kickback charges. Town officials prefer Miami Lakes Executive Airport instead. Town officials first want to ask The Graham Companies, which created the brand, if it’s possible, and if so, take the proper steps with the county. “Miami Lakes is the only full service city neighboring the airport that offers luxury and casual hotels, restaurants and shopping,” he said. “We also have a world class golf course.” • Council members approved Collazo’s proposal to create a traffic advisory board through the town’s Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood Improvement Committee to discuss and come up with solutions for the traffic congestion.


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Senior field trip to History Miami Museum on March 4 Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee announced the next free field trip for Miami Lakes residents, 55 years an above, is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, to the History Miami Museum. History Miami Museum is a premier cultural institution committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. Being a part of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program provides opportunities to share resources in programming, collections, schol-

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Town Police offer free crime prevention analysis reports for businesses and individuals Town of Miami Lakes Police Division announced the addition of three certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioners – Sergeant Sandra Machin of the Uniform Services section, Officer Juan Rodriguez of the Neighborhood Resource Unit, and Detective Myriam Nieves of General Investigations Unit. To earn the Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner designation, a participant must successfully complete three 40-hour courses

offered through the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. Designed for crime prevention and community oriented policing officers, the designation provides officers with the skills necessary to deliver comprehensive crime prevention programs. Residents or businesses that are interested in obtaining a free crime prevention analysis of their property are encouraged to contact the Town of Miami Lakes Police Division’s office at 305-827-4020.

Town celebrates Black History Month with Fla. Memorial Chorale concert on February 25 Miami Lakes Cultural Affairs Committee will be celebrating Black History Month with the Florida Memorial Ambassador Chorale on 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at Miami Lakes United Methodist Church, 14800 Ludlam Road (N.W. 67 Avenue). Florida Memorial’s history and traditions reach back to 1879; their accomplishments have made them the only historically black university in southern Florida.

The Ambassador Chorale is led by director Melvin White who also serves as the interim chairperson for the Departments of Visual and Performing Arts, and director of Vocal Studies for the University. For more information, visit, or contact Clarisell De Cardenas at or 305-364-6100.

Movies in the Park series presents Hotel Transylvania on February 24 Miami Lakes Youth Activities Task Force invites residents and their families to Dracula’s lavish “five-stake” resort, where all his friendly monsters and their families can live it up. Join Dracula and his special monster friends in celebrating his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday. Hotel Transylvania (2012) is an animated fantasy adventure film starring comedy superstars Adam Sandler, Andy Sandberg, Kevin

James, and musical sensation Selena Gomez. The free movie watching event begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. Bring blankets and chairs for a family-friendly evening of movie watching under the stars. The next presentation in the Movies in the Park series will be The Sandlot on Friday, March 3.

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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Community members recognized by Council At the February 7 Town Council meeting, several community members were recognized for their accomplishing and community support. Boy Scout Troop 584, Cub Scout Pack 484, and Girl Scout Troop 584 arrived early for a Meet and Greet session with council members and also presented the colors for the regular meeting. The scouts were provided the opportunity to ask questions of the Council and received their “Citizenship in the Community” merit badges. Farrah Salem was recognized for being named “Rookie Teacher of the Year” at Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High. Salem is the lead magnet teacher and Department Chair for Career and Technology Education. Apart from the classroom, Salem sponsors the Women of

FARRAH SALEM (center), HML’s Rookie Teacher of the Year, joined by her family, is recognized by (from left) Councilmembers Tim Daubert, Frank Mingo, Ceasar Mestre and Luis Collazo, Mayor Manny Cid and Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez. Tomorrow and Future Business Chamber of Commerce’s Leaders of America clubs, and Leadership Miami program. participates in the Greater Miami

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 16, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, February 16, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Economic Development Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Youth Activities Task Force Meeting Wednesday, March 1, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, March 2, 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 10, 2017 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Gina Inguanzo, Town Clerk


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Graham Cos. hosts Senior Village workshop Feb. 28 In response to the growing need to properly care for the community’s senior residents, The Graham Companies has worked for several years with community and industry leaders, performed feasibility studies, and engaged design professionals to develop a plan to

access a broad spectrum of senior lifestyle needs in Miami Lakes. Modeled after a similar project working well in California, a plan has emerged that Graham representatives believe will provide a much-needed asset to the Town. The proposed plan includes an

active-senior rental community to be operated by The Graham Companies, plus an assisted living facility and skilled nursing facility operated by Miami Jewish Health, a local industry leader. The 220-unit apartment community will consist largely of one-


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bedroom units with some two-bedroom units as well. The assisted living facility will have the capacity to serve a maximum of 100 residents, and the skilled nursing facility will accommodate up to 80 patients. Miami Jewish Health will also provide a wide array of senior-living ancillary services. Further, The Graham Companies is working with the Town to provide the Miami Lakes community with a 6,000 sq. ft. recreation and activity center within the complex geared primarily to serve the Town’s senior population. At their February 8 meeting, the Town’s Elderly Affairs Committee lent their unanimous support of the

project. Chairwomen Alexandra Alonso said, “This is just what we need in Miami Lakes to serve the interests of the Town’s elderly population.” The overall project faces challenges to the plan a reality including zoning and land-use changes. One of the first steps is to bring the project to the attention of Miami Lakes residents. To that end, The Graham Companies and Miami Jewish Health will host a workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28, in the Grand Slam Ballroom at Shula’s Hotel on Main Street to review their plans with the community. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

Miami Lakes Zonta Club’s Black & White Wine Gala set for Shula’s Hotel on April 8 The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes has set the date for its annual signature fundraising gala. The club asks locals to mark their calendars for Saturday, April 8, and plan to attend an elegant evening of dining and dancing at Shula’s Hotel on Main Street. The event will also include a silent auction of items donated by local businesses and individuals available for bidding during the pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Priority reservations

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Main Street Players theatre group elect new officers, board of directors The Main Street Players, Miami Lakes’ only theatre now designated with a professional status, has made changes to their board of directors for the 2017 year. The first meeting of the year elected officers Clara Lyzniak as president and executive director, Robert Coppel as vice president

and artistic director, Dennis Lyzniak as treasurer, and Richard Cifuentes as secretary. Directors named were John Olivera, Patty Fernandez, Larry Chidsey, Charles James, Daniel Nieves, Cindy Castillo and Isaac Polanco. The Main Street Players look forward to continue bringing quality and affordable live theatre to

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Shula’s Athletic Club hosts week-long charity drive to aid Big Brothers Big Sisters The Shula’s Athletic Club, located at 15150 Bull Run Rd., is sponsoring a week-long charity drive to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Miami between February 27 and March 5. Attendance at certain fitness classes will help the charity reach their goal. The minimum goal of $1,500 will go toward supporting one match of a needy child to an adult big brother or big sister. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend one or more of the following classes and make a minimum contribution of $10 per class. Donations will also be

accepted. Class Schedule: “Pump It Up” on Monday at 6:30 p.m.; Spin & Sculpt on Tuesday at 5 p.m.; Barre Fusion on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; Zumba on Friday at 9 a.m.; Zumba on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Zumba on Sunday at 10 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by Miami Lakes members of the Miracle Society of BBBS: Louise Harms, Angie Mesa, and Ana Vigilante. Those interested in donating can email or visit


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When Mayor Manny Cid was knocking on doors and visiting neighbors during his recent campaign, he came across the home of longtime residents Joan and Ed Gansert. Invited to come in, Cid was in awe with the artwork around their home. Almost like an art museum, the Gansert’s home is filled with all types of mediums of art, predominantly created by them. One piece that stood out was the State of Florida in Stained Glass which now is currently on loan in the Mayor’s office at Town Hall. According to Ed Gansert, the stained glass map of Florida hanging in the Mayor’s office is one of two that he has made, the other hangs in his daughter Joanie Graham’s home. Hanging as an inverted L at 42 inches by 40 inches, the piece has all 67 counties and major lakes in Florida outlined with its own piece of glass, only five colors were used. The frame is made from Florida Cypress. Completed in the ‘80’s, Gansert’s template began with a map that he received at a visitor center when driving into the state. Since the map did not have all of the counties outlined, he called upon his neighbor and friend, Jan

MIAMI LAKES RESIDENT and stained glass expert Ed Gansert joins Mayor Manny Cid after Gansert’s stained glass Florida map was hung in the Mayor’s office at Town Hall. Mannion, who was a history the pieces of glass with copper foil teacher and football coach at and soldering them together along Hialeah Miami Lakes High School the length of the seams. He explains he uses this method at the time. Mannion was able to get access because he is able to get more to Congressional maps for Gansert detail in the design work. Working out of his garage in where he was then able to draw the Miami Lakes, Gansert has comexact county outlines by hand. Gansert chuckled about his map pleted many stained glass pieces research being “all before Google.” with a favorite being his most Self-taught, outside of a few challenging – a poisonous tree lessons to learn about the tools frog. Hard to believe that was needed and where to purchase the more challenging than 67 counties glass, Gansert uses the Tiffany and major lakes, all with their method which involves wrapping exact outlines.

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BGEC civics students visit state capitol and request legislative help Bob Graham Education Center students in the Civic Engagement Academy got a civics lesson earlier this month from State Senator Rene Garcia, State Representative Manny Diaz Jr., and Miami Lakes Councilmember Frank Mingo. The students were in Tallahassee and received a tour of the Florida Senate and House chambers respectfully, and learned how an idea becomes a law and how the Florida budget works every year. Hitting close to home was how the budget can impact the Town of Miami Lakes when their elected officials request state funds for Town projects. The BGEC students also presented their Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act proposal that will be worked on by Garcia and Diaz. “A good idea can take years to

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER Civic Engagement Academy students listen to State Senator Rene Garcia (left), State Representative Manny Diaz Jr. (center), and Miami Lakes Councilmember Frank Mingo (right) in the Florida House Chambers in Tallahassee.

Hotel Indigo’s Canine Cocktails February 16 Locals and their furry friends are welcome to Canine Cocktails hosted by Miami Lakes’ Hotel Indigo on Thursday, February 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Hotel Indigo is located at 7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Canine Cocktails, a dog-friendly monthly gathering, offers a venue for dog owners to enjoy drink specials and free appetizers while their pups enjoy treats. Those participating can purchase organic dog treats from the Doggie Bag Cafe.

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Four Miami Lakes area high school teams Miami Lakes Heat fast pitch are winners in District basketball finals games softball team finishes second Four local high school basket- tory over Barbara Goleman, put- 49-43 to advance to the District in finals of USSA tournament ball teams were successful in cap- ting the Bears in the Regional 14-9A semifinals. The Patriots turing their respective District championships this past week. Mater Academy boys’ basketball team captured the 16-8A District championship with a vic-

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rebounded with a rally in the second half after trailing 24-7 at halftime. American faced North Miami for the district title where the Patriots were winners in a 55-53 close game. Mater Lakes Academy’s boys’ basketball team defeated Monsignor Pace 100-95 to secure their second consecutive regional playoff berth. In a thrilling overtime contest, Mater Lakes took on Booker T. Washington in the 15-5A District championship game and emerged District champs with a 73-66 victory. It was the first district championship in the school’s young history. Mater Academy girls’ varsity basketball team won the 16-8A District Championship for the second consecutive season, beating rival Westland Hialeah, 51-26. The Bears (15-11, 8-0 in district play) and Westland Hialeah were set for the regionals, as Mater Academy plays Nova, and Westland Hialeah lost to South Broward, 63-11, in the Region 4-8A quarterfinals.

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MIAMI LAKES HEAT fast pitch softball team recently competed at Fletcher Park for a USSA Tournament. The girls went 2-1 to put them into a single elimination match against power house teams Plantataion Pressure and Sunrise Thunder. They defeated Pressure 4-1 and Thunder 9-1. The girls went into the finals versus Cooper City Cobras, losing 2-1. Pictured (back, from left) Andiana Bueno, coach Alex Castroman, Ashley Alfonso, Ashley Alonso, Janis Gomez, coach Ulysses Vasquez, Kaycee Gonzalez and Emily Torres; (front, from left) Tania Colon, Erika Castroman, Gigi Santos, and Melanie Arauz. (Not pictured: coach Avilio Alfonso.)

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Bob Graham Edu. Center’s STEM Academy competed in RoboSlam VEX IQ event The Bob Graham Education Center Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Academy competed on January 28 at the RoboSlam VEX IQ competition at the Miami Youth Fair Grounds. The teams’ ‘Savage Robots’ finished in 5th place in the team competition out of the 54 teams competing. The team was led by teacher Marilyn Dieppa. The team qualified to compete in the VEX IQ state competition

for their STEM research project which consisted of creating a robotic walking cane for the blind. All three STEM Academy Teams from Bob Graham Education Center will be competing at the state level competition scheduled for February 18. “We are so proud of this team who even received recommendations from the judges on marketing their idea,” said principal Yecenia Martinez-Lopez.

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER STEM students are pictured at the Roboslam VEX IQ Competition where they earned fifth place out of 54 competing teams and are moving on to state competition.

Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee will host an Elder Law Community Forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 25 at Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. A panel of attorneys and experts in the areas of estate planning, foreclosure, credit fraud, and personal injury will discuss these and other legal topics affecting seniors. The program will consist of two panel conversations, followed by a question and answer session. Lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Community Engagement and Outreach manager Clarisell De Cardenas at decardenasc@, or 305-3646100.

IN LATE JANUARY, Miami Lakes K-8 Center students took part in the 11th Kids Run Miami sponsored by the Miami marathon. Students who participated accumulated 25 miles during their physical education classes. They ran the last 1.2 miles of the marathon. Along with the teachers, students, and parents, there were three special participants: Principal Carlos Salcedo, who ran 13.1 miles (half-marathon), Physical Education teacher Alexis Garcia, who ran the full 26.2-mile marathon, and Lucas Martinez, who was the school’s first wheelchair participant being pushed by his former teacher, Marlene Garcia.

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Four Mater Academy student athletes sign Letters of Intent for their choices of college

FOUR MATER ACADEMY student-athletes announced their plans to play college football during National Signing Day on February 5. Defensive back Latavious Brini (pictured above with his family and coach) signed his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Georgia, while offensive lineman Brandon Dudley chose the Jacksonville University. Linebacker Jonathan Francois announced he plans to attend the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and defensive back Devonta Lopez has signed on to play for Florida Atlantic University under new head coach Lane Kiffin, who helped lead Alabama to a National Championship as the team’s offense of coordinator.

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School robotics students come in fourth at Regional Qualifying event Eighth grade students from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School captured fourth place at the Florida First Robotics Competition held at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach. The competition was the South Florida Regional Qualifying Tournament as part of the First® Lego® League program by First Inspires. “I was impressed by the students’ faith throughout the competition,” said Kristina Bacallao, the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math( coordinator at OLL who also teaches technology for grades 5-8. “We were the only Catholic school at the competition,” Bacallao said. “Right before the robot portion of the competition, the students prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance and created a cue word to use when feeling overwhelmed or were beginning to argue. The word – Pickles – and whenever anyone said it, they would all make the Sign of the Cross that helped them re-center and focus.” In preparation for the competition, the students checked that

OUR LADY OF THE LAKES robotics competition team includes (back, Sebastiaan Bak; (front, from left) Vicente Tome, Michael Gonzalez, Luis Victores, Alexa Gonzalez, Sofia Kunkel, Agatha Zapata, Isabella Cardoso and Michael Sanchez. their robot could perform a variety of tasks within a designated time frame, and created a presentation about the problems between a human and animal interaction and an innovative solution. At the competition, the team was required to have their robot complete a series of obstacles within 2.5 minutes. The team chose to focus on the decreasing honey bee population due to

human factors and how to help. They created a kit that would be sold to individuals, communities, and schools to help create gardens that increase pollination opportunities for honey bees. The OLL robotics competition team now heads to the South Florida Regional Tournament at Boynton Beach High School on February 25.

Mario Diaz-Balart staff available Feb. 22 Staff members from the Office of U.S. Congressman Mario DiazBalart will be on hand to discuss federal issues and address constituents’ concerns, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, at the Miami Lakes Branch Library, 6699 Windmill Gate Road. Following executive orders

signed by new President Donald Trump, local residents may want to know how the decrees affect them. Diaz-Balart has represented the 25th district in the Miami areas since 2003, which includes Miami Lakes, Hialeah, and much of northwestern Miami-Dade County .


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Javier Perez inspires STU Bobcats opening night By Phillip De Montmollin Special to The Miami Laker It was an unforgettable opening night that inspired, reunited old friends, and ended in an electric win by the Bobcats. Javier “Javi” Perez, the principal of South Dade High School and an assistant baseball coach for St. Thomas University from 199698, came back to St. Thomas on January 31 to help the Bobcats start their 2017 campaign and their quest for a return trip to the NAIA World Series. “It was very emotional to be back at St. Thomas where I started my coaching career,” said Perez. “It was an amazing night for me.” Perez, a close friend of St.

Thomas head baseball coach Jorge Perez, came back to STU on opening night nine months after a nearfatal accident last April where he lost both of his legs. He has been on the road to recovery ever since, a courageous journey with the goal of walking again. Opening night started with a private meeting in the Bobcats' locker room where STU president Monsignor Franklyn Casale led the group in prayer before Perez addressed the 2017 Bobcats, sharing in detail his inspirational story of courage and faith. “Talking to the team was the most impactful part of the night, even for me,” said Perez. “Baseball does build the founda-

tion. I am who I am today because of baseball. Like me, they [the current players] are going to be the fathers and the leaders in the community because of baseball and the things that they learn playing.” “My main message to the team was that life is going to throw you obstacles, or curve balls using the baseball term, and you have to bounce back, you have get up, and you have to keep trying no matter what comes at you. Some problems are bigger than others and obviously I am dealing with some serious stuff, but it's not the worst thing in the world. I am alive and the Lord gave me a second chance to be able to see my kids grow up and to do some big things in the

community for people who might need my help,” said Perez. Once at the field, many friends and former teammates were able to reunite with Perez who not only coached for the Bobcats but also played baseball for the Florida Memorial Lions, STU's opponent on opening night. The rosters for the Bobcats and Lions were introduced as both teams stood at attention along the first and third base lines setting up the main event as Perez headed toward the mound and threw the ceremonial first pitch to mark the start of the 2017 season. The two teams remained in position for the National Anthem before the season began in earnest with the Bobcats responding with a four-run first inning. STU would win the game 11-0 capped off by a two-run home run by James Spatafora as five Bobcat pitchers combined for a one-hitter. The whole night was made pos-

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Joseph Walpole named MLEC’s Teacher of the Year By Cesar Zafra Special to The Miami Laker While working to become the next Ernest Hemingway and write the next Great American novel, Joseph Walpole saw a sign – literally. He saw an advertisement on a bulletin board looking for teachers, and so he called the phone number. If you had asked him years ago, he would not have guessed that he’d land at Miami Lakes Educational Center as an English/AICE teacher. Despite this, he is officially the school’s Teacher of the Year, and proceeds as a finalist for the district award. This award recognizes his unique presence in the classroom and the impact he has made on the lives of countless students. “I did not choose teaching; teaching chose me,” said Walpole Walpole began his education career in the Virgin Islands. There, he met a ninth-grade student

The Thinker, and every year, for almost forty years, she has sent him a Christmas card with that picture. This is why he teaches – that Christmas card, and every other Christmas card he receives from his past students. Today, he receives cards from around the globe. Another element models his attitude towards a day’s lesson in his class – his daughter, “the treasure of [his] life.” He imagines her sitting in his classroom and asks himself, how do I teach her the necessary skills to live a good life? What is the best way? By thinking of her, Walpole says a teacher that is honest, full of purpose and motive, and – most of all –considerate. “Mr. Walpole teaches each student in the manner that he would teach his own daughter; with respect, with kindness, and with absolute belief in their ability to succeed,” said MLEC principal Lourdes Diaz. “I teach to the spirit. I want all my teaching practices to reinforce a sense that my students can face life’s great challenges,” said Walpole. He continued explaining that his lessons should “engrain values, the old verities that will anchor them through life, truth-seeking, responsibility, courage, compassion, and respect for oneself and for others.” With time comes progression and change. Teaching to the heart has gradually become more difficult with the integration of new

named Patti. Patti sat in a wheelchair, seldom spoke, and held a blank expression, often silent, never smiling. While she depended on others for physical help, Walpole wanted to show her the power of being mentally independent. “I helped her to challenge assumptions, to make inferences, to ask questions, to weigh evidence, to question her own biases, to observe and to puzzle over things.” Walpole continued, “She became willing to stare at an idea, to stay with a line of reasoning – to think.” With his help, Patti was able to “overcome the limitations placed on her by the rest of her body.” In fact, she became the first millionaire in the batch of students he has taught. He gifted her a small replica of Auguste Rodin’s classic statue, The Thinker. She gifted him a customized Christmas card featuring a Santa edited into the pose of

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MLEC TEACHER OF THE YEAR JOSEPH WALPOLE standards, new tests, and technolo- ion designers to fire fighters, and gy in the classroom. However, in web designers to roofers. It always the midst of the books, the phones, comes back to them. “Their success inspires me,” he the tablets, and the iPads, Walpole stays conscious of the significance said. “Their very lives.” But in a way, his ambition to of bringing it back to the real create the next Great American world and all it entails. “I try to help them decide what novel did not fall flat. Rather, the is important in life and how to effect of his work transcends into make meaning out of seemingly lessons that live far after the end of random experience,” Walpole said. the school day and break through “Their lives are the real texts of the barriers of the classroom wall. the course,” he said. “I try to make What started out as an opportunity each lesson one that is relevant to on a bulletin board, a quick airplane ride to the Virgin Islands, their world.” While he does appreciate the and an interview with nuns turned award, the true reward, he into something bigger than the believes, sprouts from the accom- road he envisioned for himself. plishments of his students. The Now, he gives a piece of himself to professions of his pupils range every student he teaches, and they, from architects to accountants, in return, grow up to “contribute bank tellers to chiropractors, fash- richly to the life of our times.”

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Pace High students win awards at Future Business Leaders competition By Rene D. Basulto Special to The Miami Laker Pace High School students won awards in 11 categories at the Future Business Leaders of America district competition ceremony held on February 2. The 22 FBLA students showcased their skills in various business and career categories including banking, finances, mobile app development, entrepreneurship, and journalism. Pace High continued its long tradition of FBLA success, which includes several state and national titles, as 18 of the 22 students won first place as part of a Pace team or individually in their categories. First place team winners were Adriana Almonte, Natalie Verdiguel, David Joseph for Business Ethics; Andrew Sanchez, Brian Gonzalez, and Armando Barbosa for Computer Video Game & Simulation Programming; Nicholas Callison, Lexie Perez, and Vanessa Valdes for Hospitality Management; Ariana Gutierrez and Isabella Gonzalez for Entrepreneurship; and Nicole Diaz, Grace Li, and Christelle Lacroix for Sports and Entertainment Management. Individual first place winners were Savion Constable for Coding and Programming, Daniella Conde for Intro to Business, Priscilla Velez for Impromptu Speaking, Deianeir Hoffenden for Help Desk, and Allison Oddman for Journalism. With their district awards, all

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His House offers matching gifts His House Children’s Home, located at 20000 N.W. 47 Ave, invites the community to participate in a gift matching opportunity to fund the foster center and its many children. The center, which currently serves over 200 children, restores the lives of those children from newborn to 17 years old by providing a safe and nurturing environment. The Batchelor Foundation of Miami has offered a $100,000 Challenge Grant to help His House expand their program and

offer their services to many more children that the center is currently forced to turn away due to limited space and limited foster homes. Beds in the center are full, but with the help of a donation that will be matched by the Batchelor Foundation, His House can continue to accept and assist children in need. The dollar-for-dollar matching will take place until February 28. To donate, visit or call 305-430-8533.

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BGEC’s Bobcat Jumpers performed at opening of BankUnited’s fitness center

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER’S Bobcat Jumpers Team had the honor of performing at the opening of Bank United’s employee fitness center on the campus of the Miami Lakes headquarters. It was a great opportunity for the team to showcase their talent at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The school thanked coach Jeffrey Tandlich for his dedication to this talented group of students.


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BGEC’s Bobcat Dancers win at American Dance Alliance

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER’S Bobcat Dance Team competed at the American Dance Alliance state competition in late January at the FIU Arena. This is the team’s second competition this season as they previously competed at the regional ADA competition. “We are so proud of this dedicated team of girls who competed against other talented groups and brought home several awards recognizing them in several categories,” said principal Yecenia Martinez-Lopez. The school thanked coach Mayri Martinez for spearheading this skilled team.

Pace High welcomes professionals and alumni for 2017 Career Day By Rene D. Basulto Special to The Miami Laker Pace High School welcomed 40 career professionals, including alumni, including recently elected Miami Lakes Mayor Manny Cid (Class of 2002), to present to its student body at its annual Career Day on February 3. Students listened to and spoke with professionals from careers ranging as wide as attorneys and FBI agents to dog care experts and fitness specialists. Of the 40 presenters, 21 were also Pace alumni returning to their alma mater and giving back to their Pace family and the current Pace student body. Both Cid and Miami Lakes Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez, a Class of 1987 Pace alumnus and firefighter, presented about their jobs as elected officials and other past careers. “It's wonderful having so many professionals from such varied careers come and share with our students,” said Celia Rouco, director of Development at Pace. “It

was particularly exciting to see so many alumni come back on campus and experience all the wonder-

ful things happening at Pace today.”

PACE HIGH SCHOOL welcomed 40 career professionals, including alumni such as recently elected Miami Lakes mayor Manny Cid (Class of 2002), to present to its student body at its annual Career Day on February 3.

St. Andrews Luthern Church hosts Yard Sale on March 4 St. Andrews Lutheran Church will have a yard sale on Saturday, March 4 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church, located at 575 W. 68

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Miami Lakes Area Houses of Worship Elevate Church 6250 Miami Lakes Dr. East Telephone: 305-823-3888 Sunday Worship.........9:30, 11 & 12:30 Friday Youth Nights.....................8 PM

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

Sunrise Presbyterian Church 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

Faith Is The Victory Fellowship

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

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

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

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

Palm Vista Community Church

M.L. United Methodist Church

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

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.)

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

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

Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Vida Nueve 5941 N.W. 176 St., Bldg. #5 Telephone: 305-244-9425

Hialeah Church of Christ Telephone 305-558-1060 (Temporary meeting location) Shula’s Hotel (Davis Cup Room) 6842 Main Street, Miami Lakes 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 Telephone 786-378-2356 Country Club Middle School 18305 N.W. 75 Place Sunday Service (Eng.)..10:30 AM

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 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

Palm Springs United Methodist Church

Second annual 5K Challenge on March 25 will benefit M-Dade Public Schools On Saturday, April 1 Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho, and the Foundation for New Education Initiatives (FNEI) are teaming up to host the second 5K Challenge from 7 a.m. to noon to benefit Miami-Dade public schools. The registration deadline is March 25. All participants running for a school team will help FNEI support their school. The race starting line will be at Museum Park and the route goes around the MacArthur Causeway onto Watson Island and return. Entry to the race is $30 per adult plus $2.64 registration fee and $10 per student plus a $1.54 registration fee. Once tickets are chosen, participants may select a school or administrative office from the drop-down menu on the registration site. Each team will require a team captain. For more information visit www.giveourstudentstheworld. org or call 305-995-7317.

Voice for Jesus

The season of lent begins on Wednesday, March 1 with Ash Wednesday. Sunrise Presbyterian Church, 18400 N.W. 68 Ave, will begin the season with a soup and bread meal at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall on Ash Wednesday. The service with the imposition of ashes will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

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The Lenten Series is titled “Galilee to Jerusalem Journey of a Pilgrim” where the service will biblically trace the footsteps of Jesus. For more information on the following services and meetings, contact the church at 305821-5841 or visit


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

Sunrise Presbyterian Church starts season of lent with Ash Wednesday service March 1


The Redeemed Christian Church of God

Cobb Miami Lakes Theatre #11 6711 Main Street 305-818-0565 Sunday service......................10:00 AM Youth service.........................10:00 AM Children services...................10:45 AM (Nursery provided)



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

Victory Parrish Worship Center 16261 N.W. 57 Avenue Telephone: 786-428-0078 Sunday service....................10:00 AM Tuesday & Thursday..............7:00 PM Friday service.......................11:00 PM

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Great custom built 5/4 2-story home in west Royal Oaks section. 1 bedroom downstairs w/private bath. New A/C units incl. a 5-ton unit. Dramatic 20’ ceilings Huge master bedroom with sitting area and balcony w/access to pool area via spiral staircase. Recently painted exterior. Accordion shutters, new front door, breakfast nook, enormous heated pool/spa. Covered patio with island bar great for entertaining.

Move in condition! 1-story house in sought after Lake Elizabeth subdivision. Upgraded kitchen with lots of extras. Wine cooler, lazy susan, pull out drawers & appliance garage. Exterior features lush landscaping including Royal and Date Palms, accordion shutters, circular driveway w/approach & keystone front porch.



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15020 Royal Palm Lane $199,900 Great starter home in the heart of Miami Lakes. Within walking distance to Main Street and across street from Cypress Village Shopping Center currently expanding and remodeling to include Starbucks. One-story villa has tankless water heater, tiled throughout. Well kept unit in a private street. Low HOA $600 per year. Great investment property as well.

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NEW LISTING Loch Lomond - Miami Lakes Remarkable 4/3 home with panoramic lake front views. Situated on a 3 home cul-de-sac, this 18,000 s.f. lot offers a very private setting. Home is over 4,000 s.f. with circular driveway & 2-car garage, plus stunning pool area overlooking the lake. $850,000.

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Loch Lomond - Miami Lakes Totally remodeled 4 bed/4 bath home with direct golf course panoramic views! Home sits on 20,000 s.f. lot with all modern baths & kitchen w/S/S appliances, quartz countertops & a spacious center island. All porcelain & hardwood floors. Circular drive large enough for 20 cars $1,285,000..

Royal Palm Estates - Miami Lakes

One-story 4/5 bed/3 bath gem in guard-gated community features remodeled kitchen w/wood cabinets, all S/S appliances & granite countertops w/cozy eatin breakfast/lunch area. Wood & onyx topped vanities, all impact windows/doors, large covered patio overlooking pool area & generous backyard. $790,000.

Country Club of Miami Renovated 4 bed/4 bath plus den home located in Golf Course community. Modern detail throughout w/granite countertops, wood cabinets and all new S/S appliances plus new marble floors. Newly redone bathrooms, all impact doors/windows. Cascade pool overlooking golf course. $680,000.

5 bed/ 3 bath home in private community with nearly 4,000 sq.ft. living area. Home sits on a cul-de-sac on oversized lot. Soaring high vaulted ceilings, gourmet style eat-in kitchen, generaous upstairs master suite, second master downstairs. Gazebo, large covered patio and pool. $665,000.

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Stunning 4 bed/ 3 bath home located in gated community. Soaring high volume ceilings, security system, and plantation shutters. Remodeled eat-in kitchen w/all S/S appliances, granite counters, wood cabinets. Large covered patio, generous pool area, built-in BBQ & wet bar. $598,500.

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4 bed/ 2.5 bath home located in exclusive gated golf course community of Loch Lomond, Ever-ending golf course views througohout, all wod/marble floors, 2-car garage, spacious gourmet-style kitchen w/Sub-Zero fridge, granite counters, wood cabinets, large covered patio and lovely pool area. $1,025,000.

Enjoy breathtaking long lake views in a unique home perfecty located in gated golf course community. Courtyardstyle home has 5 bed/ 3 baths. Oversize 15,000 s.f. lot. Top-of-line renovations. Home has all impact doors/windows, and soaring high volume ceilings throughout. $975,000.

Loch Lomond - Miami Lakes Modernly remodeled 4 bedroom/3 bath home. Equipped with top of the line finishes throughout, this home sports some of the neighborhood’s most panoramic long lake views. Home also offers an oversized pool & deck, perfect for any occasion. $1,035,000.


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