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The original northwest Miami-Dade community newspaper for the Town of Miami Lakes & surrounding areas Vol. 40 No 3

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MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

Rosa Nell Hammer continues Real Estate career as she nears 95...........(Page 3)

Student art works to be displayed on Main Street banners through April

JULIAN HERNANDEZ, a 5th grader at Miami Lakes K-8 Center, was the overall winner in the elementary grades division with his banner art titled “Growing With You.”

Bobcat cheerleaders win first place in S. Fla. cheer contest

The Graham Companies announced the winners of the “What I Love About Miami Lakes” Main Street Banner Art contest. From over 90 submissions, 26 pieces of art were selected to be showcased along Main Street. The artwork submissions were judged by 14 individuals with a selection of the top piece of work based on elementary, middle and high school levels. The selected top Elementary School submission was by Julian Hernandez, a 5th-grader at Miami Lakes K-8 Center, with his artwork titled “Growing With You.” The selected top Middle School submission was by Dayanis Oliva, an 8th-grader at Bob Graham Education Center, with her artwork titled “Miami Lakes, The Best in Entertainment.” The selected top High School submission was by Karla Gonzalez, a 10th-grader from Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, with her artwork titled “Why I Love Miami Lakes.”

DAYANIS OLIVA, an 8th-grader at Bob Graham Education Center, was the overall winner in the middle school grades division with her banner art titled “Miami Lakes, The Best in Entertainment.”

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Com. Bovo holds Town Hall event in Miami Lakes on February 26

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER’S Bobcat Cheerleaders started their cheer year with a bang winning first place in the South Florida Regional Cheer Competition. Under the direction of coach Alexandra Rosa, this group of young ladies were able to overcome all of the adversities they were faced with this year and demonstrated their willingness to fight against all odds to rise to the top yet once again. “Coaching this team has been such a humbling experience for me. I am proud of their fighting spirit,” said Rosa. Pictured (top, from left) Allison Montalvo, Brenda Paez, Victoria Martin, Emily Rodriguez, Alexia Casalins, Bethanie Brown; (middle, from left) Sofia Velazquez, Rochelle Castello, Arielle Couso, Gabriella Garrastacho, Hadli Santa Maria; (bottom, from left) Kelly Cerchiai, co-captain Estefani Gonazlez, Jennifer Perez, Nicole Velazquez and captain Amanda Interian.

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Town of Miami Lakes will host Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. (District 13) for a Town Hall meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, in the Council chambers of the Government Center, 6601 Main Street. Bovo is traveling throughout the District to listen and discuss residents’ concerns and ideas. On Wednesday, March 26, he will visit with Palm Springs North residents from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at Norman and Jean Reach Park, 7901 N.W. 176 Street. For more information, call Bovo’s office at 305-820-8424.

KARLA GONZALEZ, a 10th-grader at Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, was the overall winner in the high school grades division with her banner art titled “Why I Love Miami Lakes.”

n Miami Lakes Bar Association installs officers; Lorenzo Cobiella elected president........3

n Valentine’s fundraising event for Animal Services at Amelia Earhart on February 8..............4

n News and Notes of interest from the Town of Miami Lakes. See Pages.......................6 and 7

n 6th annual Taste of Miami Lakes scheduled for Main Street on February 22.........................3

n Theatere review of Next Fall which opens on Main Street on February 7................................4

n Miami Lakes Educational Center hosts State School Board meeting.................17

n American High School hosts kick off for “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida”..........20 n Community Calendar, 13, School, sports and church news, 16-23; Classified ads.........24-27


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Student art banner winners announced (Continued from Page 1) When given the opportunity to participate in a banner contest specifically created for Miami Lakes’ resident youth, Bob Graham Education Center’s (BGEC) art students jumped at the chance and began sketching. The topic for the design, “What I love about Miami Lakes” made it a personal project the students took to heart, and it is no surprise that the outcome of their designs were successful and that the BGEC students represented the largest number of entries from any school. When asked what inspired her

and made this project so special, the overall 8th grade winner Dayanis Oliva said, “Miami Lakes is my home. It’s where I grew up. I love this place and can’t imagine living anywhere else!” Overall winners from grades 1-5 included: Christopher Inguanzo, grade 1, BGEC, “I Love Miami Lakes;” Kelly Yuen, grade 2, BGEC, “My Beautiful Miami Lakes;” Daniel Castillo, grade 4, BGEC, “Miami Lakes Parks;” Alexandra Batista, grade 4, BGEC, “Beautiful Town;” Melanie Montoya, grade 4, BGEC, “Let’s Dance;”

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Jasmin Garcia, grade 4, BGEC, “Miami Lakes Golf;” Mary Ross Soto, grade 5, BGEC, “Unnamed;” Cristina Torras, grade 5, BGEC, “Good Time in Miami Lakes;” Sophia Ramos, grade 5, BGEC, “Cobb Theater 17-Main Street;” Madison Londono, grade 5, BGEC, “Softball Cows;” Jimena Gonzalez, grade 5, BGEC, “The School that Changed Me;” Amanda Bencomo, grade 5, BGEC, “Now Presenting...Miami Lakes;” and Christina Gonzalez, grade 5, BGEC, “Miami Lakes Friendly Town.” Overall winners from grades 6-8 included: Casandra Casadevale, grade 6, MLK-8 Center, “City of the Cows;” Alexandra Perez-Crossland, grade 7, BGEC, “Beautiful Miami Lakes;” Kenneth Bui, grade 8, BGEC, “Peaceful Park;” Joshua Bacallao, grade 8, BGEC, “I Love Miami Lakes;” and Natalie Reyes, grade 8, BGEC, “The Best About Miami Lakes.” Overall winners from grades 9-12 included: Luis Castro, grade 9, HML Senior, “Moo-Vie Theater;” Yailin Cubas, grade 10, HML Senior, “Miami Lakes; Eliany Gil, grade 11, HML Senior, “Unnamed;” Heidy Gonzalez, grade 12, HML Senior, “Bell;” and Amber Arias, grade 12, Barbara Goleman Senior, “Serenity.” Original pieces of artwork will

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER students who participated in the "Why I Love Miami Lakes Banner Competition" are pictured with their art teachers. From left (front row) Cristina Torras, Christopher Inguanzo, Mary Rose Soto, Melanie Montoya, Daniel Castillo, and Kelly Yuen; (center row) Madison Londono, Alexandra Batista, Sophia Ramos, Christina I. Gonzalez, Amanda Bencomo, and Jimena Gonzalez; (back row) art teachers Adis Hernandez and Elena Pita, Natalie Reyes, Dayanis Oliva, Joshua Bacallao, Alexandra PerezCrossland, Kenneth Bui, and art teacher Kenia Rarick. be displayed in the windows of Limelight located at 6709 Main Street, and the light pole banners showcasing the artwork of 26 overall winners will be on display

through April. The Graham Companies encourages the community to visit Main Street to see the works of art by many talented students.

Neighborhood Improvement Committee hosts Clean Up Day Miami Lakes Neighborhood Improvement Committee, under the chairmanship of Joshua Dieguez, will be launching a new Town Cleanup Program. The first event will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 15. Volunteers are being asked to

meet at the parking lot of Barbara Goleman Senior High School, 14100 N.W. 89 Avenue. For more information, contact Gina Inguanzo at 305-364-6100, ext. 1138, or by email at inguanzog@miamilakes-fl.gov.

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Miami Lakes Bar Association installs officers; Lorenzo Cobiella elected president The Miami Lakes Bar Association swore in its new officers and board of directors at the Don Shula Hotel on Thursday, January 30. Attorney and former Miami Lakes Town Council candidate, Lorenzo Cobiella, was elected president. “I am honored that my peers elected me president and entrusted me to lead the Miami Lakes Bar for this coming year,” said Cobiella. “During my tenure, I will focus on three main objectives – providing educational opportunities for our members, promoting our members, and outreaching to our community.” The Miami Lakes Bar Association was founded in 2005. Since its inception, it has been committed to providing its members and the legal community with meaningful networking and educational opportunities. Now, in its seventh year, the MBLA continues

LORENZO COBIELLA to grow and meet regularly. Also sworn in were presidentelect Magaly Carballo, vice president Haydee Sera, secretary Barbara Amara, treasurer Genny Castellano, and board members Glorida Garcia, Damaris Pereira, Carlos Enriquez, Phillip Rarick, Amali Padron-Fragetta, Irama Camji, and Cassandra Jelenic.

6th annual Taste of Miami Lakes scheduled for Main St. on Saturday, February 22 The Main Street Merchants present the 6th annual Taste of Miami Lakes Festival, scheduled for Saturday, February 22, along Main Street. The annual outdoor family festival will kick off at 11 a.m. The event will feature a kids zone with face painting, a bounce house, snacks, center stage with all day entertainment, giveaways and raffles, and 60-70 vendors featuring great food and arts and crafts. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Jose’s Hands,

an organization to encourage firstyear medical school students to a lifelong involvement in medical mission work in international or underserved settings. Visit www.JosesHands.org for more info. Vendors must complete an application to be part of the event by Saturday, February 8. Sponsorship packages also available. For more information, contact Chanel Prada at 786-499-9247 or visit chanel@chanelprada.com.

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Rosa Nell Hammer continues her Real Estate career as she nears 95 Rosa Nell Hammer will turn 95 this year on October 2. To celebrate, she’d like nothing better than to sell another home. Hammer has already sold thousands of single-family homes and condominiums in the Miami Lakes and Hialeah neighborhoods since launching her real estate career 47 years ago. “I love getting up in the morning and going to work,” said Hammer, a broker-associate with The Keyes Company’s Miami Lakes office. “You never know what the day will bring. There are always challenges and you have to work hard to succeed, but there’s always someone out there who needs your help.” Born in Mississippi in 1919, Hammer moved to Akron, Ohio, in the early years of World War II, working as a real-life “Rosie the Riveter” in a Goodyear aircraft factory. Along the way, she married Harvey Hammer, a Buffalo, New York native, who was in the Army Air Force. They spent several years in Japan, where he was stationed, then moved to the Florida Panhandle, and back to Japan where her husband served in the Korean War. In 1955, the Hammers moved to Miami where Rosa Nell devoted her time to raising four children, Glenda, Brent, Brian and Candace. “Now, I have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who live all over the U.S.,” she said. As a stay-at-home mom for

more than a decade, she lived in Hialeah where one of her neighbors was Ted Pappas, founder and president of The Keyes Company. “We were all here in the early 1960s when the Graham family starting developing Miami Lakes.” In 1967, Hammer decided to go to work for The Keyes Company. “I had sold my own home in Panama City back in 1951,” she said. “Our family had moved many times and I knew I could use that experience to help buyers and sellers.” In the 1970s, Hammer decided to join the Graham family, and sold new homes for Miami Lakes Development for the next 20 years. In 1997, Hammer returned to The Keyes Company when it opened a sales office in Miami Lakes. “I like working for a family-owned brokerage, and I’ve known the owners for many, many years,” she said.

ROSA NELL HAMMER Over a decade ago, Hammer teamed up with Keyes associate Allan Pelaez, a native of Costa Rica, who came to South Florida when he was 10. “We work together every day, sometimes seven days a week.” Hammer and Pelaez are among the top real estate associates in the Miami Lakes market and still going strong.


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Commissioner Bovo holds Theatre Review: Valentine’s fundraising event Next Fall opens on Main St. Feb. 7 for Animal Services at Amelia By Roselind Romero ing forbidden romance and the Fernandez, is a longtime friend of The Miami Laker staff ever looming possibility of that Luke's and despite sharing many Next Fall, the first production coming to light much to foundational beliefs, they differ on Earhart Park on February 8 of 2014 by the Main Street Players romance the delight of some and disdain of the lifestyles they choose to lead Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. (District 13) made a pledge to the community to raise private funds for the county’s Animal Services Trust Fund. On Saturday, February 8, Bovo’s office is hosting a fundraiser, spay, neuter and adoption event at Amelia Earhart Park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is located at 401 E. 65 Street in Hialeah. “In keeping with my promise, I am asking community residents to make a financial contribution to the Animal Services Trust Fund. These funds will be used to enhance the county’s delivery of spay and neuter services, support low cost adoptions, and prevent the needless killing of sheltered animals.” Bovo added: “Last year, I

opposed a property tax increase because I believed that the solution to our revenue shortfall could be, in part, mitigated through private fundraising. Residents may make their donation by visiting the February 8 event in person, or online at district13@miamidade. gov. Over 100 pets from MiamiDade Animal Services, the Humane Society of Greater Miami, and the Cat Network will be available for adoption at the event. Attendees can enjoy music, food, hayrides, pony rides, a animal petting zoo at the Bill Graham Farm Village, and more. Free parking will be available at the east entrance to the park. Free Sunpass transponders will be available and vaccines, microchips and tags may be purchased at a minimal cost.

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which premiers on Friday, February 7, follows the religious squabbles, family secrets and heartaches endured by loved ones over the course of five years, and though some characters are certain they will have "next fall" to make their peace, they make the very human mistake in believing they have more time. The play, which begins and ends in a hospital waiting room, cuts scenes between the present and the past highlighting a grow-

Women’s Breast Health Initiative sets open house and ribbon cutting The Women’s Breast Health Initiative, Florida Affiliate, has scheduled an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at its new location, 14125 N.W. 80th Avenue, Suite 306, in Miami Lakes. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 10, and will mark the dedication of the organization’s new office and commemorate the kickoff of its 2014 outreach efforts to save lives. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit info@flbreasthealth.com, or call 305-825-4081.

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others. Daniel Gomez plays Luke, a young man hiding his sexuality from his zealous father, and justifying his actions with prayerful remorse. Luke is waiting to stop leading a double life when his younger brother is free from their father's hold. Luke's partner, Adam, played by Larry Chidsey, isn't fond of Luke's self-imposed righteousness and though it doesn't keep them apart, the fissures of their relationship multiply as the years pass. Holly, played by Liz Dikinson, is the fearless friend that harmonizes questioning and assuaging. She provides the calm between the storm, not through neutrality but in sympathy for everyone she meets. Butch, played by Harry Marsh was once married to wild child Arlene, played by Rachel Stone, and the dynamics of their divorcee relationship, and the many married years that came before it, have left their mark on Luke. They both struggle to grasp what defines weakness and strength. Arlene, curiously, never shares a scene with her son, a decision later shed light on. Brandon, played by Michael

which creates rifts. It's no surprise the characters find themselves in a hospital, as each is indeed waiting. The tragic final scene is held by a thread from hopelessness, saved by a handful of words that make "next fall" a possibility, if not by whom it was expected. Next Fall welcomes back many Main Street Playhouse veterans including Chidsey, Dikinson, Fernandez, Stone, and Marsh. The play is directed by the Main Street Playhouse's Artistic Director Robert Coppel. He has directed several Playhouse performances and has acting credits with New Theatre, The Actor's Playhouse, and The Ann White Theater. Next Fall contains strong language and content that may not be suitable for children. Following the premier at the Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main Street, on February 7, performances run through March 2 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (62+) and $18 for students with valid ID, and are available on the website www.mainstreetplayers.com and at the door.

Movies at the Park on Feb. 7 Town of Miami Lakes is showing “Monsters University” on Friday, February 7, at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, as part of the Movies in the Park series sponsored by Miami-Dade Commissioner Estaban Bovo Jr. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Picnic Park west is located at 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The event is a kid friendly activity for the whole family and attendees are

encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Pizza, popcorn and soda will be available to purchase. For future events and information, visit the town’s website at w w w. m i a m i l a k e s - f l . g o v . Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Special Events and Committees coordinator Clarisell De Cardenas for details at decardenasc@miamilakesfl.gov.


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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Naming ceremony for Roberto Alonso Community Center

ROBERTO ALONSO addresses the audience at the official groundbreaking of Royal Oaks Park construction.

Com. Bovo, Beacon Council host Small Business forum On Tuesday, February 25, the Town of Miami Lakes will host the Beacon Council and MiamiDade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. for a small business workshop. The free event, open to new and existing businesses, will be held at Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, from 7:45 to 10 a.m. Aimed at promoting economic development, the workshop will feature such topics as Building a Business Plan, Accessing Financial Resources, and Business Marketing and Networking.

“This is an incredibly valuable opportunity for local business owners and starting entrepreneurs to receive practical information from experts,” said Councilmember Ceasar Mestre, who also serves as chair of the town’s Economic Development Committee. While the event is free, space is limited and participants are requested to RSVP to the town’s Economic Development coordinator, Nicole Singletary, via email at SingletaryN@miamilakes-fl.gov, or by calling 305-512-7132.

Over 200 elected officials, friends and family gathered on Saturday, January 25, to formally unveil the designation of the Roberto Alonso Community Center at Royal Oaks Park in Miami Lakes. “It was great to see the community come together to celebrate the legacy of Vice Mayor Robert Alonso,” said Mayor Wayne Slaton. “I had the privilege of working alongside this great community leader and I am proud that his legacy will continue to live on in Royal Oaks, a place he loved and called home for many years.” Alonso, a leader of the Royal Oaks community for several decades, eventually represented Royal Oaks in the movement to incorporate the Town of Miami Lakes. Elected to the founding council in 2001, he served eight years including as the town’s first Vice Mayor. Alonso was a man of “action,” focusing on enhancing townwide public safety. He was a strong advocate of neighborhood community policing, and was instrumental in the development of infrastructure on the west side of town, and lobbying for the Fire Rescue Station, which is now under construction. He was an ardent advocate for the planning and development of Royal Oaks Park and his memory will be forever honored with the designation of the parks community center as the “Robert Alonso Community Center.”

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TOWN OFFICIALS at the unveiling of the designation of the Roberto Alonso Community Center were (from left) Councilmembers Tony Lama, Ceasar Mestre and Nelson Rodriguez, Mayor Wayne Slaton, Roberto Alonso Jr., Vice Mayor Manny Cid, Councilmembers Frank Mingo and Tim Daubert.

Viet Nam veterans read and sign book telling their story of war The Main Street Playhouse opened its doors on Saturday, January 25, where Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton welcomed the Viet Nam veterans of VFW Post 8195 of West Park, Florida, on the publication of their book “The Viet Nam War, Black Bullets, Flashbacks and Untold Truths.” The veterans, who co-authored the book and published it back in 2013, did a reading followed by signing copies. A portion of the proceeds from the book goes to their “Stone of Hope” program that provides services, assistance

and support for Viet Nam veterans and other veterans with PTSD and other needs, concerns and problems. “It was an honor to be among such great heroes and have the opportunity to hear their stories of valor and sacrifice,” said Slaton. “This book is truly a firsthand personal diary of periods in their lives they spent as soldiers in the call of duty for their country that should be shared with our next generation. I know it was hard for them to tell these stories, but we are better for knowing them.”

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning and Zoning Board, as Local Planning Agency for the Town of Miami Lakes, will hold a public hearings on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as the same may be heard, at Miami Lakes Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014, to consider the following item: LOCAL PLANNING AGENCY MEETING: The Planning and Zoning Board, acting as the Local Planning Agency (LPA) for the Town of Miami Lakes, will conduct a Public Hearing to consider the following Ordinance: A. AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL REPORT (EAR) BASED AMENDMENTS, INCLUDING VARIOUS UPDATES TO THE GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES OF THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; AUTHORIZING TRANSMITTAL TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND REQUIRED REVIEW AGENCIES FOR REVIEW; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Copies of all proposed amendments, staff analysis and related materials are available for public inspection at Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Florida 33014. Interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing or provide written comments on the agenda item to the Town Clerk. Affected parties may appear at the public hearing, speak and submit evidence regarding an agenda item(s). The public hearing shall be conducted in English. Should the public or applicant require special assistance at the public hearing due to a disability, contact the Town Clerk, Town of Miami Lakes (305) 3646100 at least two days prior thereto. Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statues, if a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Town Council, with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, the person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purpose, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; such record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Marjorie Tejeda-Castillo, Town Clerk

VIET NAM VETERANS joined Mayor Wayne Slaton at the Main Street Playhouse in late January to read and review The Viet Nam War, Black Bullets, Flashbacks and Untold Truths.

M. Lakes seniors invited for Valentine’s social on Feb. 8 Miami Lakes senior citizens are invited to “Celebrate the Fifties” at the Valentine’s Day Senior Sock Hop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, at the Roberto Alonso Community Center at Royal Oaks Park, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue. The free event will feature lunch, door prizes, raffles and lively entertainment. Ladies are encouraged to bring out their poo-

dle skirts or Pink Lady jackets and gentlemen may don their blue jeans and dust off their leather jackets. Reservations are required to attend by contacting Special Events and Committee coordinator Clarisell De Cardenas at 305364-6100. Transportation for residents is available by calling at least 48 hours in advance.


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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Madden’s Hammock artifacts Natural gas feasibility survey to be launched up from a Town Lakes. having a natural gas generator.” display opens at Town Hall HallIn a follow meeting called by Surveys will be mailed to Residents who wish to have a On January 22, the Town of Miami Lakes celebrated the unveiling of Madden’s Hammock artifacts that were recently returned from the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History at the request of Vice Mayor Manny Cid. Miami-Dade historian Robert Carr, one of the original archeologists involved in the Hammock excavation, provided a fascinating presentation about the historical background of Madden’s Hammock and explained the archeological significance of the artifacts that were excavated from the site. “Madden’s Hammock is a historical gem within the Town of Miami Lakes,” said Mayor Wayne Slaton. “We are truly fortunate to have the opportunity to showcase artifacts from the site and share our town’s heritage with our youth. I encourage all residents to visit Town Hall and see these artifacts on display.” Miami Lakes middle and senior high schools were invited to honor students who excel in the subject of history during the artifacts’ unveiling event. Students who were recognized included: Miami Lakes K-8 Center – Cassandra Casadevalle, Daniel

Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez in November, Florida City Gas, the local natural gas utility provider, will be conducting a feasibility study to address the possibility of extending the natural gas lines to the west side of Miami

homes that currently do not have access to natural gas lines. “The goal is to save residents money,” said Rodriguez. “Making our homes more energy efficient, and lowering our utility bills, not to mention the convenience of

copy of the survey are asked to contact Amy Hugunin at 305-3646100, ext. 1164, or via email at huguniana@miamilakes-fl.gov. For more information on natural gas or the survey, contact Florida City Gas at 888-248-9427.

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: ARCHEOLOGIST ROBERT CARR explains importance of Madden’s Hammock excavation during preview of the artifacts display. James, Megan Rodriguez, Marc Rodriguez, Sofia Weintraub and Alexis Weintraub; Miami Lakes Middle School – Rey Fundora, Cristian Ochoa, Vanessa Pearson and Melanie Quintero; Bob Graham Education Center – Christina De Solo, Gabriela Flores, Grace Li, and Lauren Toledo; Barbara Goleman Senior High – Nathali Arenas, Gabriella Sallai and Danny Xie.

Veteran’s Committee Meeting Monday, February 3, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Monday, February 3, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Youth Activities Task Force Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Town Council Regular Meeting Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Elderly Affairs Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 12, 8:30 AM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla.

MIAMI LAKES AREA history students participated in the preview of the Madden’s Hammock artifacts display at Town Hall.

Town residents invited to sign up for CERT training scheduled for April Miami Lakes residents are invited to register for the upcoming CERT training to be held April 10, 12 and 13. Classes will be held on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a disaster simulation exercise on the final day of class. To become certified, participants must attend all days. CERT training is designed to provide basic training in disaster preparedness. The CERT basic training course includes search and rescue techniques, understanding the role of CERTs and their role in an immediate disaster response, basic fire suppression strategies and fire safety measures, and management of resources in medical response operations. “The training is a great way to

prepare our residents in case we suffer a serious storm or disaster,” said Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez. “As a firefighter, I have responded to multiple storms throughout our state. CERT teams can play a key role in helping First Responders.” The CERT basic training will take place at Government Center, 6601 Main Street. The course is sponsored by Miami-Dade County Emergency Management, the Town of Miami Lakes, and its Public Safety Committee. Register online at http://www.is - c o n s u l t l i n g . c o m / C E R TTraining/. Limited spaces are available. For more information, contact Town Hall at 305-3646100 or visit the town’s website at www.miamilakes-fl.gov.

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Education Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, February 20, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Monday, February 24, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Economic Development Committee Tuesday, February 25, 5:30 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 Committee meetings. This Notice dated January 31, 2014 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Majorie Tejeda-Castillo, Town Clerk


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Auditions scheduled for Miami Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club Secrets of the La Croix elects new officers for 2014 year Auditions for the premier of Secrets of the La Croix are set for February 10, 11, and 12 at the Main Street Playhouse located at 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes, from 7 to 10 p.m. This is the second production of 2014 opening on April 25 and running through to May 18. It is directed by the playwright David Michael Sirois. Character breakdowns: Roger La Croix, 45 - Head of the household. Postal worker who at the moment is more dedicated to getting his TV working than paying attention to his daughter. Claire La Croix, 70 - Roger's mother. It would take everything to get her to move from her spot in the living room. Her one job seems to be making sure everyone else is doing theirs. Teresa La Croix, 42 - Roger's

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Miami Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club announced its officers for 2014. Pictured (from left) president Dave Oliver, past president John Williams, first vice president Pat Blomberg, second vice president Carol Seiderman, secretary Linda Tino, treasurer Diane Ricke, and director Joe Phillips. The club meets Mondays at 11:45 a.m. for a friendly game of duplicate bridge at Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue, in Miami Lakes. The fee to play is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Refreshments are served. For more information, contact Carol Seiderman at 954-629-7886.

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Our Lady of the Lakes Spring Town named Tree City USA for 7th year Miami Lakes continues to be Foundation, in cooperation with the place they live or conduct busiFestival scheduled March 13-16 recognized for its beautiful tree the National Association of ness. Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church and School will be hosting its Annual Spring Festival on the school grounds at N.W. 67 Avenue and Miami Lakeway North on the weekend of March 13 through 16. This is the church's 40th year hosting the event and boasts the best foods, rides and entertainment. Admission for the festival is free, though tickets or bracelets are available for purchase to enjoy rides. Ride bracelets will be available for purchase beginning March 3 in the church gift shop and school office. Festival hours are Thursday,

March 13 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, March 14 from 5 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16 from noon to 9 p.m. Sponsorships for small businesses and opportunities for performances on the main stage are available. For more information on sponsoring the festival, contact the development office at 305558-2202 or email falcon@ollnet.com. For more information on performing email laura.armas@ live.com. For additional information on the festival visit www.ollnet.com.

canopy and was once again awarded the Tree City USA Certification and Growth Award designation for this past year. This is the 7th consecutive year the town has received the designation and the fifth consecutive year it has received the Growth Award. The honors are awarded to cities for their excellence in urban forestry management. The Tree City USA designation is provided by The Arbor Day

Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, to recognize environmental improvement and encourage higher levels of tree care throughout America. The Tree City USA Growth Award is given to communities that go beyond the standards of Tree City USA that demonstrate improvement and growth of local tree care. Being a Tree City USA helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for

The town is continuing its tree management efforts this year through the utilization of the ITree Streets program that will assist in quantifying the economic and environmental benefits the tree canopy provides. In addition, the town is developing a Tree Management Plan which will establish an organized, proactive tree maintenance program to ensure Miami Lakes continues “Growing Beautifully.”

Ram challenge aids Goleman Miami Lakes Automall presented Barbara Goleman High School with a check for $2,680 on behalf of the school’s fundraising efforts during the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser sponsored by Chrysler. Barbara Goleman was awarded monetarily based on the 134 testdrives they got in late October. High school’s such as Goleman select a day or a school event, and through the Ram Gridiron Challenge Fundraiser, a local par-

ticipating Ram dealer, such as Miami Lakes Automall, will provide Ram’s for test driving. “Miami Lakes Automall supports educational enrichment and would be pleased to support high schools that want to participate in the Ram Gridiron Challenge for 2014,” said Miami Lakes Automall general manager Fred Senra. Town and Country, through Chrysler also presents “Drive for the Kids,” a similar program available for elementary schools.

FRED SENRA, general manager of Miami Lakes Automall (second from left), presents a $2,680 check to Barbara Goleman officials (from left) assistant principal Leonard Torres, head football coach Ariel Cribeiro, program coordinator Daniel Sanguily, and athletic director Jay Flinchum.

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Review of Council actions taken at Jan.14 meeting At the January 14 Miami Lakes regular Town Council meeting, lawmakers took the following actions: • On second reading, councilmembers approved an ordinance to correct a situation where a zoning requirement to screen rooftop air conditioning equipment on townhouse properties inadvertently requires installation of a new roof or substantial roof alterations. Also on second reading, lawmakers approved a measure that would allow the Town Council to review zoning appeals but only by a super majority vote instead of applicants taking their cases to court after their plans were rejected by the town’s zoning and plan-

ning board. • Councilmembers on first reading approved an ordinance to impose a per-space fee for landowners and business owners to enhance on-street parking spaces in exchange for including additional parking spaces in its required parking zone in the Downtown area. • Lawmakers approved a contract with Southern Strategy Group for state lobbying services in an amount not to exceed $50,000. The award amount consists of SSG’s proposed amount of $42,000 per year, for a total of $126,000 for the initial three year term, plus $8,000 per year for additional services that may be required during the contract term.

• Councilmembers retroactively authorized the use of a contract contingency allowance account for the N.W. 154 Street Roadway and Drainage Improvements contract awarded to Acosta Tractors, Inc. The contingency amount was not to exceed $308,367.96. The contingency accounted for two factors – the potential to encounter muck during the construction work and the inclusion of the design and construction of irrigation and landscaping, which was not included within the project’s original scope. This will increase Acosta’s contract value from $1,027,893.20 to a maximum value of $1,333,261.16. • Lawmakers approved a resolution to place a charter amend-

M.L. Toastmasters hold Open House Feb. 18 Miami Lakes Toastmasters has invited area residents to attend an Open House to meet members, learn more about Toastmasters International, and explore how Toastmasters can improve the communication skills for today’s professionals. The Open House is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday,

February 18, at Miami Lakes Educational Center, 5780 N.W. 158 Street. Members and guests will enjoy a special Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, table topics (impromptu speeches) and evaluations. “Table Topics” is one of my favorite parts of the meeting,” said Lillian

Miami Lakes Lions Club celebrates 50th anniversary The Miami Lakes Lions Club is inviting current and former members and the general public to join in the club’s 50th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for Saturday, February 22, at the Miami Springs Country Club, 650 Curtiss Parkway, in Miami Springs. Tickets are $45 per person with a cash bar from 6 to 7 p.m. and dinner to follow. The evening will

include a DJ for entertainment and door prizes. The club requests a RSVP by February 10 with checks payable to Miami Lakes Lions Club and mailed to Lion Richard Graham, 5400 N.W. 199 Terrace, Miami Gardens, FL 33055. For more information, contact Graham by email at graham6635@bellsouth. net.

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ment on the November 4, 2014 ballot to determine if residents should decide in a referendum to increase the size of the town through annexation. • Councilmembers adopted the townwide Beautification Master Plan with concepts for the gateways, Intersections, and roadway locations based on resident feedback surveys and professional recommendations from the Town’s architectural firm and staff. • Lawmakers approved Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez’s proposal to rename N.W. 87 Avenue to Royal Lakes Boulevard to bring both the Royal Oaks, Royal Gardens and West Lakes neighborhood together now that the N.W. 87 Avenue expansion project is nearly completed. • Councilmembers approved Councilmember Caesar Mestre’s recommendation for town staff to investigate the previously discussed License Plate Recognition Software and its fiscal impact. He said the system has become

an effective public safety tool in neighboring municipalities, including help to locate any vehicles involved in crimes. Mestre said the License Recognition Software system is not a red light camera. • Councilmembers approved Vice Mayor Manny Cid’s request for town staff to study several alternatives for Miami Lakes to have its own zip code. By having its own zip code with the USPS, residents’ car insurance rates could be reduced. The Town of Miami Lakes has three different zip codes but they are part of the Hialeah Post Office. But Cid said Miami Lakes could contract with a private Delivery Service approved by the USPS, in which postage revenue would be split between USPS and the Town so the Town could set up and pay for its own mail distribution system. Such an agreement would create an independent Miami Lakes zip code.

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low center of gravity makes them less likely to tip over. You can do the following as an alternative to having your child ride in the cart: • Have older children walk and make sure they stay with you. • Place your child in a stroller, wagon, or front pack instead of a shopping cart. • Get another adult to come with you to help watch your children while you shop. One adult can get the groceries while the other one is constantly supervising the children. Following these simple tips will make your next outing a safer one and your hardest decision will be choosing the quickest checkout lane.

Miami Lakes Public Library schedules February events for young kids, teens and adults Miami Lakes Branch Library has the following programs available for the public during February: For Children: Family Game Day! – Come to the library and enjoy time with your family playing board games. For all ages. Meets at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 15. Paws 2 Read – Certified therapy dogs listen as children read aloud and practice their reading skills. For all ages at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 8. Reading Ready Toddler Storytime: Black History Month – Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their care givers. Meets at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 6. Reading Ready Toddler Storytime – Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their care givers. Meets at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, February 13, 20 and 27. For Teens: Teen Club: Valentine – Teens create a Valentine gift. Meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11. Tween Book Club – This is a tween book club for ages 8-12. Members meet once a month to discuss the chosen book of the month. Registration required. Meets at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22. Teen Club: Games and More – Teens meet to play video games, watch anime, draw or discuss books. For ages 12-19 years. Meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 25. Teen Open Mic! Calling all Lyricists, Poets, Performers and Storytellers! Sing, read, do some stand up, play an instrument, or just come for the show. Attendees

may perform original or material celebrating Black History Month and African American Culture. All genres are welcome! All performing participants between the ages of 12-19 will receive 2 hours of community service time. See staff for details. Meets at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. For Adults: Commissioner Esteban Bovo’s Mobile Office Community Outreach – Mobile Office Outreach provides an opportunity for the community to speak with the commissioner and/or the commissioner’s representative at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10. Navigating the Affordable Care Act – Have questions about the new Affordable Care Act? Meet with a representative from SRA International and get your questions answered on the new law, the Health Marketplace and learn what it means for you. Meets at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, February 11, 18 and 25. Book Discussion Group – Monthly meetings to discuss books of interest. Contact the branch to find out the title of the book. Meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18. Congressman Mario DiazBalart Community Outreach – A member of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart’s staff will visit the library to discuss federal issues or any problem a constituent may have with a federal agency. Meets at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26. Miami Lakes Branch Library is located at 6699 Windmill Gate Road. For operating hours, registration and more information, call 305-822-6520.

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Meeting & Class Calendar The Town of Miami Lakes, M. L. Civic Association, homeowners associations, professional and volunteer groups have scheduled meetings and classes during February:

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Youth Activities Task Force February 5 Cultural Affairs Com. February 6 Town Council Regular Meeting February 11 Elderly Affairs Com. February 12 Planning & Zoning Board Meeting February 18 Education Advisory Bd. February 20 Public Safety Committee February 24 Economic Development Committee February 25

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(Following classes are free for Miami Lakes residents) Yoga Mon./Wed. 7:30 am MCCC Yoga (Fee Course) Tues./Thurs. 7:30 am MCCC Line Dancing Tues./Thurs. 11:30 am MCCC Tai Chi M/Tu/W/Th 9:00 am MCCC Painting I Fridays 9:00 am MCCC Painting II Fridays 12:30 pm MCCC Quilting Tuesdays 11:15 am MCCC Arts & Crafts Mondays Noon MCCC Knitting/Crocheting Tues./Thurs. 1:35 pm MCCC Senior Computer (Span.) Mon./Wed. 9:15 am RACC Senior Computer (Eng.) Tues./Thurs. 9:15 am RACC Ballet 1 Mondays 4:30 pm RACC Ballet 2 Mondays 5:30 pm RACC Ballet 3 Wednesdays 4:30 pm RACC Ballet 4 Wednesdays 5:30 pm RACC Martial Arts (tots) Mon./Wed. 4:30 pm RACC Martial Arts (beginners) Mon./Wed. 5:30 pm RACC Martial Arts (intermed.) Tues./Thurs. 4:30 & 5:30 pm RACC Jazz 1 Tuesdays 4:30 pm RACC Jazz 2 Tuesdays 5:30 pm RACC Jazz 3 Thursdays 4:30 pm RACC Jazz 4 Thursdays 5:30 pm RACC Table Tennis Tues./Thurs. 12 noon RACC Sewing Tues./Thurs. 2:00 pm RACC Spanish (for adults) M/Tu/W/Th 6:00 pm RACC

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Pace’s Kayvon Webster plays in Super Bowl XLVIII By David Snelling The Miami Laker staff What a way for Kayvon Webster to cap off his NFL rookie season! The Denver Broncos cornerback played in Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey at Met Life Stadium. After a regular season in which he replaced injured Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey in the starting line-up for 14 games, Webster, a former Monsignor Edward Pace High School standout, returned to play in the playoffs following hand surgery. Webster was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, 90th overAFTER SCHOOL Instructional Sports Training - For Kinder - 8th Grades - 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - *Pick up from Local Schools - Includes Snacks - Indoor & Outdoor Facilities - Basic/Intermediate/Advanced Technical Skill Enhancement - Sports Evaluation and Improvement Plans from Our Coach, After Every Program Period - Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Dance, Tennis and Cheerleading As Low As $8 per day

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all, from the University of South Florida. The highlight of his rookie season came in week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys, as Webster recorded his first career forced fumble, when he forced Dez Bryant to cough up the ball, as the Broncos won a wild game, 51-48. In Denver’s following game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Webster intercepted quarterback Chad Henne for his first career interception. Webster replaced Bailey, who was injured early in the season, in the starting lineup, but he hurt his right thumb in the upset loss to the San Diego Chargers during week 13. He had surgery with just two games left in the regular season and returned for the Broncos’ first playoff game against the Chargers. All in all, Webster recorded 41 tackles (37 solo), one interception and one forced fumble. “Kayvon has got a lot of swagger," Broncos safety Rahim Moore told The Rocky Mountain News. “He’s so confident; he’s not a rookie to me. I saw that when he first came into training camp, he’s an unbelievable player." What the Broncos saw in Webster as he closed out his career at South Florida was a cover corner who also led his team in 82 tackles as a senior. And while

scouts often lament how much game video they have to wade through to see any cornerbacks in press coverage in college football, where most coordinators prefer to back off in coverage, Webster liked to play it close. “I think maybe it helped me, that people saw I could match up,’’ Webster told NFL.com “I want to be able to do whatever they ask me to do.’’ Webster said his more veteran teammates in the defensive backs’ meeting room are constantly dropping “pop quizzes’’ on him, asking him his assignments in specific situations, simply to see if he is indeed following along. For his part, Bailey has seen plenty of rookies come and go through the years in his decorated career and he has consistently said it takes two things for a rookie cornerback to advance very far past the rookie part. That it takes the confidence in yourself to bounce back from the inevitable tough plays. "You're matched against some of the best athletes in the world, they're going to score a touchdown sometimes no matter what you do,” Bailey said. “It’s all about remembering they brought you here for a reason, so you have talent. But talent is just the start. You have to keep fighting on every play, give up a touchdown, get

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back and play the next play like you didn’t.” At Pace High School, Webster excelled in football and track. In track, he was part of the 2009 4x100-meter relay team that holds the current state high school record in that event. Webster attended the University of South Florida, where he played for the Bulls football team from 2009 to 2012. He was a secondteam All-Big East Conference selection in 2011. He graduated from South Florida with a bachelor's degree in health science in December 2012.

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Local high school athletes named to All-Dade squads A group of local high school student-athletes made The Miami Herald’s All-Dade teams in football and bowling. For 5A-Independent football, Dade Christian senior offensive lineman Jonathan Perez made the All-Dade first team, and did Pace’s junior linebacker Sage Lewis, who recorded a season high 120 tackles. Second team offense includes Pace quarterback Kelly Benson, Pace’s offensive lineman and Pace’s athlete Leondre Hughes, and second team defense includes Dade Christian linebacker Victor Young. Third team offense includes Dade Christian running back Isaac Pryce, Dade Christian’s Mariel Steadman, Dade Christian’s offensive lineman Blake Janvion and Pace’s kicker Emilo Morales. Third team offense includes Pace defensive back Albert Smalls, and honorable mention includes Pace players Patrick

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M. Lakes Educational Center hosts State School Board By Karina Padron and Alejandro Mendoza Special to The Miami Laker On January 21, the atmosphere buzzed as local and state educators poured into Miami Lakes Educational Center's auditorium. The Florida Board of Education convened to discuss the renaming and revamping of the Common Core, hosted by board members Gary Chartrand, John R. Padget, Ada G. Armas and the newest board member, Rebecca Fishman Lipsey. Also sitting in on the board was Pam Stewart, the Florida Commissioner of Education. On the agenda was a report on the Florida Standards. “It is true to say that these are Florida Standards and not just the Common Core,” said Stewart, commenting on the 60 new standards and 30 clarifications that were added to the traditional Common Core; it was renamed the Florida Standards after these changes were made. The most pertinent changes are the addition of Calculus, an emphasis on print and cursive writing, and a focus on financial literacy to the curriculum. “Calculus is already in the sys-

tem, we’re simply revamping the standards set by the course,” said Stewart. Opponents of the Florida standards say that the renaming of the Common Core is nothing more than political rebranding to try to spin the curriculum in their favor. Florida will also be transitioning from the FCAT to a new standardized test to fit the new curriculum. The test is set to be revealed in full at the next school board meeting, February 18, in Orlando. Miami-Dade, the most effective and academically advanced county in the state, has taken issue with continuation of school grading while the test transitions. While Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is in favor of the Common Core, saying that it will “significantly elevate the quality of what students learn,” he is not in favor of continuing to assign grades during this transition. But the Commissioner of Education is not budging. “It’s my responsibility to be focused on the students in Florida, and the school grading system will in fact motivate adults to meet the needs of students. So to suspend that would not be best for our stu-

State School Board names Alberto M. Carvalho as ‘Superintendent of the Year’ The Florida State Board of Education honored Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho as “Superintendent of the Year” during a meeting at Miami Lakes Educational Center on January 21. Carvalho was recognized for remarkable gains in student achievement. Miami-Dade placed among the highest-achieving school districts nationally in 4th and 8th grade reading and mathematics on the National Assessment for Educational Progress. Graduation rates increased to 77.2 percent, surpassing the state in both rate-of-growth and total graduation rate. The District was placed on the 4th Annual Advanced Placement District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work, while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. “We are proud of Superintendent Carvalho for all that he has done for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, from leading a successful campaign for a $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond, to improving schools, to his incredible work in education and business management," said Miami-Dade School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. “Under his leadership, Miami-

Dade Public Schools finally won the coveted Broad Prize for Education in 2012, and has been named the 2013 College Board's Advanced Placement District of the Year.”

MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER hosted Florida's Board of Education Meeting on January 21. The Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, was present as were other school officials including Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and School Board Chair, Perla Tabares Hantman. we’re prepared at all.” dents in Florida,” Stewart said. Tigerino works with the stuMiami Lakes Educational Center, one of the higher achieving dents and teachers at MLEC to schools in Miami-Dade County is prepare them for their high school also having concerns with the and secondary school careers. As counselor, she has spoken, individgrading system. “It’s a different way of learning, ually with almost every student the teachers aren’t used to it, and and teacher in the school. She, neither are the kids. We should along with others in the school, absolutely suspend school grading feel that instead of just setting a until we know how the students standard, the Florida Standards can handle the new curriculum,” should work to measure improvesaid Gladys Duran, MLEC’s ment. “We have great teachers and Guidance Counselor. The teachers at the school are very capable students, but those taking the same issue with the will not be the ones who suffer,” Florida Standards that Carvalho is. Tigerino added. “With the impleIs it ethical to grade schools based mentation of this new curriculum, on a curriculum that they have not we should be concerned about our low-achieving students.” been prepared for? Stewart does not feel that the “The Common Core is providing for higher order thinking, Florida Standards will further which our current students are not polarize the education gap in the used to doing,” Ana Tigerino, a state, but Tigerino’s concern is a counselor at the high school said. wide-spread one. Higher achiev“The students will have to go from ing students will probably be aided getting spoon-fed and regurgitat- by the Common Core, but students ing information, to having to ana- who are nowhere near the level lyze and think in ways they’ve expected of them risk falling to the never seen before. I don’t think wayside.

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Monsignor Pace High schedules annual SpARTan Boot Camp Feb. 8

PACE ACADEMY STUDENTS prepare for the annual Boot Camp scheduled on campus for February 8.

Back by popular demand, the Monsignor Edward Pace High School’s SpARTan Boot Camp, an intensive and exciting day of art, dance, drama and music, is taking place Saturday, February 8, in the Spartan Center, located on campus at 15600 N.W. 32 Avenue in Miami Gardens. Any student in grades 5 through 8 with a passion for the arts may participate. The boot camp will be hosted

M-Dade Public Schools honored as College Board’s AP District of Year Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) was named the College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year for being the nation's number one leader, among large school districts, in expanding access to Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses and improving AP Exam performance. M-DCPS offers students a combination of 32 AP courses among 51 high schools to prepare them for postsecondary education and maximize their academic talents and interests. School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, along with Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, students and teachers, celebrated these achievements during an award ceremony on Wednesday, January 22.

by Pace High’s Fine Arts department and includes several workshops and live performances from the art, music, dance, and theatre strands of Pace’s Signature Academies Program. Participants will be exposed to first-hand knowledge and expert advice as workshops will be led by teachers who have studied that particular area of the arts. In addition, current Pace students will be

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OLOL’s Gold basketball team starts season with perfect record The Primary Gold basketball team (grades 3 and 4) from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School defeated St. Patrick’s Catholic School 31-5 on January 14, followed by a victory over Immaculate Conception with a 355 win on January 16. “In the first two games, the Cheetah’s Gold team demonstrated stellar teamwork and outstand-

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Dade Christian School hosts visit by students from Shanghai, China Dade Christian School recently hosted a contingent of 15 Chinese students visiting from Shanghai, China, all of whom were participating in a campus tour that was geared at continuing a new program that was launched for the 2013/2014 school year. The program also partners DCS with a variety of schools and agencies in Korea, China, and the Philippines, and is focused as part of the global initiative adopted by

Matthew Pettit, the newly appointed pastor of New Testament Baptist Church. “Our goal is to broaden the impact of New Testament and Dade Christian across the globe by giving students an opportunity to experience excellence in private Christian education in a warm and friendly environment,� Pettit said. “Our expectations for our students are high,� said high school principal Matthew Annett. “Our

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American High hosts kick off for ‘Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida’ American Senior High School hosted a pep rally to kick off "Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!" on Monday, January 14. Joined by Miami-Dade County Public School Board Chair Perla

Tabares Hantman, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, senior state Cabinet members, and Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, the state’s Department of Education opened the week long festivities at

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Lawton Chiles Middle School now offers M-Dade’s first accelerated science program Lawton Chiles Middle School, with the assistance of the MiamiDade Public Schools (M-DCPS) North Regional Office, began offering the only accelerated science program the county that assists fifth grade students in receiving a middle school science credit. The participants consist of 15 students from Palm Spring North Elementary and 15 students from Spanish Lakes Elementary. Lawton Chiles worked very closely with these two elementary schools to select fifth grade stu-

dents who were not only high achievers and responsible, but who were also able to cope with the additional coursework. These students travel to Lawton Chiles Middle School on Wednesdays and use one of the computer labs to access the course using the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) platform. Preparing elementary students for middle school, course acceleration, and the digital environment are top priorities for Lawton Chiles Middle School.

FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS from Palm Springs North and Spanish Lakes Elementary visit the computer lab at Lawton Chiles Middle School for the opportunity to receive a middle school science credit before completing elementary school.

Education Fund hosts grant award meeting in M. Lakes The Education Fund, in conjunction with Miami-Dade Public Schools, will host an open house and teacher grant award reception on February 11 at 6713 Main

Street in Miami Lakes. The open house is scheduled from 5 to 6:15 p.m., followed by the teacher grant and award reception from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Continuing with “For Excellence in Miami-Dade Public Schools,” teachers will be awarded cash grants to help them develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals should be unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum. Many past grants have included interdisciplinary, active-learning lessons. Others have reinforced learning through simulations or applied school work to real-life situations. Teacher Mini-Grants range from $300 to $1,000. In the past 23 years, more than 1,150 projects have been funded. The Education Fund's first program awarded mini-grants to classroom teachers. Today, the organization operates up to a dozen initiatives at any given time, ranging from small grants programs to large-scale school improvement initiatives, all aimed at increasing student achievement. Together, the programs benefit all of the 390 schools, about 22,000 teachers and 340,000 students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.


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Pace Future Business Leaders chapter members win medals in district FBLA competitions By Brielle Perez Special to The Miami Laker The Future Business Leaders of America organization is the largest career-oriented student organization in the world. It prepares its members for careers in dozens of business subjects, such as Entrepreneurship, Banking and Financial Systems, and EBusiness by challenging them to compete against one another in these areas through administered tests as well as presentations. The FBLA chapter at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, under the guidance of their dedicated advisor, Hedda Falcon, was very successful as they recently competed at the district level in a variety of business subjects. Students received their testing and presentation results at the awards ceremony that the club attended on January 15, earning medals that qualify 18 members for the state-wide competition coming in March. Pace's FBLA members continue to work diligently on sharpening their business skills and knowledge so they can do well at the national competition this summer.

The members who qualified for the Florida State Leadership Conference in their respective competitions included Nick Fernandez, Brielle Perez, and Steve Yildirim for first place in Banking and Financial Systems; Carolina del Rio in first place for Business Communication; Kenan Yildirim for first place in Computer Problem Solving; Anna Mendez in second place for Business Law; and Nicholas Marcelin for first place in Computer Gaming and Simulation. Additionally, Daniel Gonzalez and Matthew Arrojas came in second place for Global Business; Francine Crespi and Amanda Vega took first place for Hospitality Management; Angelica Toledo came in fourth place and Marlon Garcia in third place for Healthcare Administration; Anna Rossi came in third place for Introduction to Business Communications; Lexie Perez captured first place for Introduction to Business; Juana Diaz came in second place for Word Processing; Katherine Gomez won second place for Website Design; and Melissa Rey won first place in Public Speaking.

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Pace cheerleaders win first place in Florida Cheer/Dance competition Monsignor Edward Pace High School's Spartan Varsity cheerleading team has come a long way. The girls will be competing in State Regionals and State Finals in Orlando, Florida, after winning first place and the Spirit Award at the Florida Cheer and Dance competition. The Pace cheerleaders are working hard practicing daily, cheering at every pep rally and football and basketball games, all while maintaining no less than a B average with 90 percent of the team on the honor roll. Coached by Spartan alumni Lanita Zeigler, class of 1982, Melissa Pimentel-Reyes, class of 2004, Brandy Acevedo, class of 2010, and Chelsea Zeigler, class of 2011, the Spartan cheerleaders will continue to have a successful season. This season has proven to be one of their best thus far, winning second place at their first competition, and the top honors at the Florida Cheer and Dance competition.

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Immaculate cheer squad faces first competition Mother of Our Redeemer’s annual festival now to Feb. 9

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHOLIC SCHOOL’S cheerleading squad will be participating in their first competition of the year on February 22 at Monsignor Edward Pace High School against other Catholic schools in the All Catholic Conference.

Mother of our Redeemer (MOR) Catholic Church and School are celebrating their annual festival this weekend. The festival runs Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 9. Festival hours for Thursday and Friday are from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. This is the church's primary fundraiser which helps MOR service the Catholic community across Northwest Miami-Dade County. Pastor Fr. Jimmy Acevedo said, “We hope everyone will come to enjoy the carnival and the delicious food, lots of food! We have the largest offerings of foods from all over Latin America and the Carribean.” Ana Casariego, school principal, together with the teaching staff and parents will run the

school booth which will offer barbecue ribs and french fries. “It will be exciting to meet and serve the people of our church, school and neighboring communities,” said Casariego. MOR church has been serving the community for 25 years and expanded nine years ago by opening its school to serve families with elementary and middle school children from Pre-K to 8th grade with an enriched catholic education. The school, known as a "Small School with a Big Heart" is now accepting new student applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The church and school are located at 8445 N.W. 186 Street. To contact the church, call 305829-6141. To contact the school, call 305-829-3988.

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THE BANDSTAND OF MIAMI LAKES’ vocal group visited Heartland Health Care Center in early December to perform Christmas carols for the elderly. Pictured with group director Jeannine Fuentes are (front, from left) Catalina Ferreira-Dias, Paris Interian, Isabella Enriquez, Hailey Avila, Nina CastroBosch, Jennifer Benitez, Amanda Alpizar, Jasmine Benitez, and Justine Padron; (back, from left) Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, Nathalie Galan, Marian Fernandez, Destini Torres, Michael Oilveros, Kayla Gonzalez, Valentina Rocha and Diana Cifuentes.


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M. Dade College continues free VITA tax prep services Miami Dade College is continuing its 20-year tradition of offering free tax preparation services to low-income individuals, the elderly and non-English speaking residents. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistant Program (VITA) is administered and staffed by faculty and MDC business students who volunteer their time to help the public in preparing their tax forms. Students are trained beforehand and must pass an IRS exam of basic rules, regulations and tax preparation skills before they assist taxpayers. Individuals interested in having their taxes prepared through the VITA program must being the following documents to the center with them: A social security card and social security cards of any dependents to be claimed; Picture I.D.; W-2 earnings statement; 1099 MISC (for self-employed

individuals only); 1099 INT (interest income); and any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed (receipts, etc.) Two Miami Dade College campus offer the VITA services in northwest Miami-Dade. Hialeah Campus VITA, located at 1776 West 49 Street, Room 324 in Building 1800, open to April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Only 25 clients will be served each evening and must be signed in prior to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Geoffrey Danzig at 305-237-8620. North Campus VITA/Single Stop, located at 11380 N.W. 27 Avenue, Business Resource Center, Building 1, Room 1164. Walk-ins accepted on Tuesdays to April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins accepted Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., now to April 15. For more information, contact Julio Borges at 305-237-1199.

BGEC staff, students, families participate in Autism WalkAbout

BOB GRAHAM EDUCATION CENTER (BGEC) staff, students, and families walked together along with over 20,000 members of the South Florida community on Saturday, January 25, to help raise autism awareness and enjoy a fun-filled day at the Dan Marino Foundation sponsored event, WalkAbout Autism 2014. BGEC's team "Team Help" raised over $1,000 for the cause and 25 percent of the funds will return to the Special Education department (SPED) at the school. The SPED department will use those funds for resources in the classroom.

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‘Frozen’ was theme for this year’s New Testament father/son campout The theme for this year’s 3rd annual New Testament Baptist Church’s Father Son campout was “Frozen.” Not to be confused with the Disney movie, 130 fathers and sons gathered for the annual Everglades getaway and the lowest temperatures ever recorded about 90 minutes northwest of Miami Lakes at 31 degrees. The oldest father and son tandem was Cliff Konchak (reserving to remain ageless) who attended with his sons Craig (42) and Brett

(31). The event was held on January 18-19 on private property that is surrounded by a million acres of the Big Cypress National Preserve, and was hosted by “Alligator” Ron Bergeron. “Alligator Ron” as he is affectionately known, is a commissioner who was reappointed to a fiveyear term on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission in March 2013. His goal in providing access to this beautiful acreage is to

ensure that the next generation will fall in love with the Everglades and have a desire to protect it. Event coordinator Craig Konchak said, “There is something special about gathering together a group of fathers and sons and giving them an opportunity, in an amazing setting like this, to restate their commitment to one another.”

DADE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL’S 3rd annual Father/Son Campout brought over 130 fathers and sons to the Everglades where they enjoyed a weekend of numerous outdoor activities and fellowship.


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Monsignor Pace poets, singers and thespians host Open Mic Night Monsignor Edward Pace High School's poets, singers, and thespians came together on the evening of January 15 to take part in Pace’s annual Open Mic Night. Katherine Palacio and the Literary Guild club coordinated the event with senior Nina Pulley taking the lead in organizing the evening. Students with various interests and talents, from various

electives and clubs such as theatre and writing, wrote original poems, creative pieces, monologues and songs to perform. The school’s new administration building was transformed into a cozy coffee house complete with lights, snacks, and sweets. Friends and family watched as the creative bunch grabbed the mic and performed for the intimate gathering.

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Great opportunity to own this one story, corner townhouse in gated community. This 2/2 has two master bedrooms, covered patio overlooking Lake Sandra. Huge master bathroom with roman tub and separate shower. This corner unit will go fast. A1883136

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Carol’s Special. Very spacious corner villa, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, huge master bedroom, formal large family and living room. Larger than tax roll. Garage converted. Roof replaced 2002, tiles replaced 2013. 24-hour security, close to I75 and 826 and shopping center. HOA $69 month includes painting and lawn. Priced right, straight sale, conventional or cash only. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

D SOL Key West-style home. PSN lakefront, A Tropical Paradise! Reduced! You will water ski and jet ski in 3 lakes. 4 not want to leave this beautiful home with lush plants and flowers that surround the bedroom, 2 bath, 2,112 sq. ft. living gated-childproof pool. Sea wall holds the area. Private beach. Keep your RV or ski boat and lift, and the jet ski lift. Four boat at the dock. Ski boat included. bedrooms, 3 upstairs, with loft, three Association fee $120. Call to see. Call bathrooms. New hurricane approved roof, impact windows and French doors. Debbie 305-788-5008. Serious buyers with proof of funds. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

PSN lake and large salt water pool home. Jetski, waterski, or just fish and relax, perfect for BBQ and watcing the games. 4 bedrooms/2 baths, updated bathroom.Tax roll is wrong, lot is 9,885 sq. ft. overlooking wide lake. Real wood cabinets and granite counter and new top of line appliances. Stove is gas and owned, waterheater and dryer are gas and leased. A large storage room can be 5th bedroom with walk-in closet. Roof and central A/C replaced new after Wilma. All tile floors. EZ to show. Reduced. Very motivated.Call Debbie 305788-5008.


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