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The original northwest Miami-Dade community newspaper for the Town of Miami Lakes & surrounding areas Vol. 42 No 9



Miami Lakes Town Council:

Mobility Fee ordinance replaces traffic concurrency By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff Miami Lakes Councilmembers gave their final approval for an ordinance to supplant the town’s ineffective traditional traffic concurrency system with a mobility fee based on the projected number of daily trips on a roadway for future building projects. At last week’s special meeting, lawmakers unanimously gave town staff the green light to implement a new traffic concurrency system which is consistent with the changes lawmakers and residents called for in the town’s new Strategic Plan. Brandon Schaad, Miami Lakes’ Planning & Zoning director, said the new ordinance is fair and a more effective system to pay for alternative modes of travel to improve movement throughout the 6.5 square-mile town, and help offset mitigation costs for the town over the next 15 years.

He said the new mobility fee could generate about $12 million by 2031. Traffic concurrency is required by the state in which roadway capacity must keep up with development of residential and commercial facilities, or building plans must wait until they do so. The town’s old system mainly addressed roadway capacity and building infrastructure to accommodate developments, and the developer would pay a lot of money for a traffic study, and for Miami Lakes to review it to make sure the homes or buildings don’t cause an adverse impact on the roads. The process was too time consuming and expensive for both parties, where the town incurred a debt in mitigation costs that depended on the roads which were impacted and how much capacity remains on them, Schaad said.

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Stage Kiss runs through May 15

MAY 6, 2016

Miami Lakes’ Manuel Sanchez named top Principal........... (See Page 8)

THE TRUTH behind the Special Election misinformation campaign Miami Lakes voters received their Special Election Mail Ballots on Thursday, April 28, and within hours, their phones were alive with automated phone calls, in English and Spanish, urging a “No” vote across the ballot for all 10 recommended Charter Amendments. On Saturday, April 30, town residents opened their mail boxes to find the cover of a cleverlyworded flyer with “scare” headlines warning of “Tax increases,” “Wasting Tax Money, “Politics As Usual,” and “Residents Losing Their Rights” if they don’t vote “No” against the Amendments. And on the inside, completely misinformed reasons why there should be a “No” vote on each item. What about the source of the automated phone calls and the “scare tactics” mailer? The effort was credited to “Concerned Voters of Miami Lakes.” Some residents took to social media to label it “Concerned Liars of Miami Lakes.” According to a Statement of Organization of Political

Committee filed with the MiamiDade Elections Department on April 13, “Concerned Voters of Miami Lakes” has a chairman and treasurer - both the same person Charles A. Safdie, a known political consultant who lives in Miami Gardens. And, there will be no treasurer’s report required until 30-days after the filing which means no one will know who is financing and/or contributing to this Political Committee until after the Special Election close of May 17. The truth about the misinformation: • In the English version of the automated calls, one of the reasons to vote “No” was members of the Charter Revision Commission were not elected by Miami Lakes residents. Truth: As required by the Charter, members of the Commission are appointed by members of the Town Council, including the Mayor, who are duly elected representatives of the residents. • In the Spanish version of the automated calls, one of the reasons

to vote “No” was that the mayoral powers are being transferred to “others not elected.” Truth: In the several proposed Amendments that replace the word “Mayor” with “Council,” this means the entire Council, which includes the Mayor, all elected by the people, would act on various appointments including Town Manager, Acting Town Manager, and Town Attorney. • On the same Amendments, the flyer purports this to be a “political coup that takes away the power of the people to democratically elect their Mayor and give him the authority to nominate candidates for these positions and be held accountable to the people.” Truth: This takes nothing away from the power of the people nor from the Mayor, who, as a member of the Council, will still recommend administration candidates, along with other members of the Council. • In the “scare tactic” flyer, there are several references to “unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.”

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Goleman wins GMAC badminton championship

BRIAN MCCORMACK and STEPHANIE DYANE are featured in the cast of Stage Kiss which runs through May 15 at the Main Street Playhouse. (Photo by Dennis Lyzniak.) (See story on Page 15.)

A Look Inside:

BARBARA GOLEMAN HIGH SCHOOL’S Badminton team wins Divisional Championship title at GMAC competition. (See story on Page 18.)

n The Miami Laker recommends YES on all Charter proposals........................................2

n Miami Lakes Chamber hosts M-D Schools’ Michelle Hicks-Levy on May 11.........9

n A Resident’s Profile: Claudia Luces, extraordinary school and civic activist...........................13

n Rafaela Cruz and Jeannette Galup named Barbara Goleman’s top teachers................22

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

n Miami Lakes-based National Auto Lenders celebrates its 20th anniversary.............................10

n William “B” Graham golf tournament raises $26,000 for S. Florida Boy Scouts..................18

n Community Calendar, 15, School, sports and church news, 18-28, Classified ads.........28-31


MAY 6, 2016


The Miami Laker recommends YES on all Charter proposals The Miami Laker and its owner recommend the following votes on the 10 proposed Town of Miami Lakes Charter amendments contained in the Special Election Mail-In Ballot: • Representation of the Town – YES, Fill in circle 100 • Amending the Citizen’s Bill of Rights to preserve our Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty and for our government to operate Ethically YES, Fill in circle 102 • Providing for a CouncilManager Form of Government Rather than a Mayor-CouncilManager Form – YES, Fill in circle 104 • Filling a Vacancy in the Mayoral Seat – YES, Fill in circle 106 • Providing for the Council, which includes the Mayor and Councilmembers, to Appoint the Town Manager – YES, Fill in circle 108

• Selection of Acting Manager by the Council, which includes the Mayor and Councilmembers YES, Fill in circle 110 • Providing for the Council, which includes the Mayor and Councilmembers, to Appoint the Town Attorney – YES, Fill in circle 112 • Providing for Four Councilmembers to Call a Special Meeting to ensure Special Call Meetings are important and necessary – YES, Fill in circle 114 • Providing for the Election of Mayoral and Council Candidates by Majority Vote to make sure every resident’s vote counts and that the Majority, not the Minority, elect our officials – YES, Fill in circle 116 • Deleting Obsolete Provision Concerning Charter Revision Commission Membership – YES, Fill in Circle 118

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THE TRUTH, not misformation (Continued from Page 1) Truth: In the event of a runoff election to elect mayoral and council candidates, yes, there would be additional cost. Runoff elections are an integral part of the democratic process and the only fair way for candidates to be elected by a majority of the voters. Historically, no taxes have ever been raised due to a runoff election. • The flyer claims deleting an obsolete provision regarding Charter Revision Commission membership is “an unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars.”

‘Spoken Word’ at runs May 20-21 at M. St. Playhouse In association with Conundrum Stages, Inc., The Main Street Players will present UNBROKEN, two evenings of spoken word poetry and performance by “Chaos Theory” at the Main Street Playhouse on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. Conundrum Stages will present the prominent poetic ensemble “Chaos Theory,” comprised of three of South Florida’s most dynamic spoken word artists including Reagan Mendoza, Flow Diva and Mori Taiye. Both shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on line for $10 at or at the door for $15.

Truth: This Amendment does not waste taxayer’s dollars. It merely eliminates the requirement for Commission representation from the Town Council’s residential districts which were eliminated in the last Charter Review. Our Council members are now elected at-large. • The flyer claims “our cherished form of government that gives us our rights should not be changed by a committee of politically motivated people.” Truth: None of the members of the Charter Revision Commission had any political motivations, save

for Councilmember Ceasar Mestre, a candidate for Mayor, who was a non-voting member appointed by the Mayor. In summary, many residents are wondering what has happened to their peaceful, tranquil town. Voting YES on the Charter Amendments, as proposed by the Charter Revision Commission, comprised solely of Miami Lakes residents, and after much deliberation, will steer our beautiful Town back to the prestigious community we are proud to live in.

More information concerning Special Charter Election items (Continued from Page 3) The ballot question concerning Representation of the Town replaces the word “Mayor” with “the Town would designate the representatives.” The ballot question concerning Amending the Citizen’s Bill of Rights would add two additional rights: 1. "Natural Resources and Scenic Beauty," which adds a policy that the Town conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty, and that this policy include limiting the amount of air and water pollution, and excessive and unnecessary noise, whenever possible.

2. "Ethics in Government," which provides that the Town's operations and government must meet the highest ethical standards and demonstrate the highest level of achievement in its adherence to ethics laws. It is vitally important that all registered voters understand the intent of the proposed amendments and cast their ballots, Yes or No, on each question. The Town's Voters Guide is available at and further information may be obtained by contacting the Town's Clerk's office at 305-364-6100.

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Miami Lakes Mail Ballots must be returned by May 17 Miami Lakes registered voters received their mail-in ballots on April 28 for the May 17 special election involving 10 proposed amendments to the Town's Charter as recommended by the recent Charter Revision Commission. It’s important to note that all ballots must be received by Miami-Dade’s Elections Department on or before May 17 to be counted. Residents also received an impartial Voter’s Guide prepared by Town staff to thoroughly explain each question and the rationale that led to the Charter Commission recommending their place on the ballot. Despite a series of automated calls and a mail flyer containing “scare” headlines attempting to convince voters to vote “no” on all 10 amendments, the owners, publisher and staff of The Miami Laker believe all the amendments should be adopted with a “yes” vote to preserve the integrity and dignity that this community was founded upon. One of the most important proposed amendments is Providing for the Election of Mayoral and Council Candidates by Majority Vote and is the ninth proposed amendment located on the second page (back) of the ballot. The Charter currently allows a candidate who receives the highest

number of votes in an election to be declared the winner. The result is that a candidate may be elected by less than 50 percent of the voters. For instance, if there are four candidates running for a position, a candidate can be elected with less than 26 percent of the votes, meaning approximately 74 percent of the voters did not vote for the candidate being elected! When the Town's Charter was originally adopted in 2000, it provided that a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the votes to be declared a winner, and that a runoff would be held if no candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes. The proposed amendment would return to the original Charter language, requiring candidates to obtain more than 50 percent of the vote to be elected. This could have a profound effect on the Town's general election in November where there are already three Mayoral candidates (Councilmembers Ceasar Mestre, Manny Cid and Wayne Slaton, and possibly Michael Pizzi, even though he has not filed paperwork with the Town), three candidates opposing the reelection of Tony Lama for Seat 3, and four candidates running for Cid's vacant Seat 5. Nelson Rodriguez is unopposed to date for his reelection to Seat 1. Former Florida Governor and retired U.S. Senator Bob Graham

sent a mailer to all residents strongly supporting this amendment based on personal experience. Graham’s mailer said: “As a lifelong resident of Miami Lakes who had the honor of serving as your state legislator, state senator, Governor and U.S. Senator, I have always been an advocate of Civic Engagement and Good Governance. “I write to you because your vote for the Town’s proposed Charter changes is very important. I plan to vote YES on all proposed Charter Review items. While all of the issues are important, I believe the most significant item is the amendment regarding Majority Vote. “This issue is personal to me. I finished second in the 1978 campaign for governor. Because Florida had a Majority Vote election, which required a majority of Florida voters support to be elected, there was a run off. I was then elected and had the honor to serve you for 8 years. “The Majority Vote amendment is by far the most important one to vote YES on because it stands for making sure your vote COUNTS. Our Mayor and Town Council should be comprised of individuals that the majority (over 50%) of the voters have chosen to represent our beautiful Town of

Miami Lakes.” Another important proposed amendment is Providing for a Council-Manager Form of Government Rather than a Mayor-Council-Manager Form which is on the front side of the ballot. When the original Charter was adopted in 2000, the form of government called for a "MayorCouncil-Manager" form of government. In reviewing different forms of government, the Charter Revision Commission learned that this form of government is not a widely-recognized term and that the form of government known as "Council-Manager" more accurately reflects the way the Town functions. The proposed amendment deletes the word "Mayor" to reflect the Town’s government is comprised of a Council (Mayor and 6 Councilmembers) that enacts legislation and sets policy, and a Manager who is responsible for the day-to-day administration and implementation of legislation and policy. The successful adoption of this Ballot Question would remedy the perception that Miami Lakes has a "Strong Mayor" form of government, which it does not. Filling a Vacancy in the Mayoral Seat is a proposed amendment that would clarify the

Town's responsibilities in the event of a vacancy in the Mayoral seat. The existing Charter language which provided for the 2013 Special Election to fill Pizzi's seat when he was removed from office by Governor Rick Scott due to criminal charges filed against him by the FBI involving a grant scam with the City of Medley and Miami Lakes, would be amended to state that the Vice-Mayor would fill the Mayor's seat if it became vacant for the duration of the ViceMayor's term. If the Vice-Mayor's term is shorter than the Mayor's term, then, when the Vice-Mayor's seat is up for election, a special election would be held to elect a Mayor to complete the remaining time of the original term of the Mayor. Other ballot questions Appointing a Town Manager, Selection of an Acting Town Manager, Appointing a Town Attorney, and Permission to Call a Special Meeting - replace the word "Mayor" in each amendment with responsibilities delegated to the Town Council which includes the mayor, thereby allowing all of our Councilmembers to participate in these important decisions for us.

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Graham Companies provides sponsorship and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity home

20 VOLUNTEERS from several Graham Companies’ divisions painted the exterior of the company’s sponsored Habitat for Humanity home on April 23.

As a sponsor of a home through Habitat for Humanity, The Graham Companies’ financial commitment provides an opportunity for the company to provide volunteers to participate in the direct construction of the house. With a commitment of over 200 hours, two teams were sent to the Habitat home on separate occasions. On March 30, 15 volunteers from The Graham Companies, Hotel Indigo and

Shula’s Golf Club installed insulation throughout the home and helped at a neighboring project by completing framing out its interior. On April 22, 20 volunteers from The Graham Companies, Shula’s Hotel, Shula’s Athletic Club and Hotel Indigo put their painting skills to work as they painted the exterior of their sponsored home.

Miami Lakes’ Great Strides Walk and previous 5K event raise $60K for Cystic Fibrosis

THE MIAMI LAKES GREAT STRIDES WALK, and the previous Running with Danny 5K at Hialeah Park, raised a total of $60,000 to benefit research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Danny’s father Mike Quesada said more than 400 participated in the Great Strides Walk at Graham Park in downtown Miami Lakes. Pictured with Danny and his family are (on the right) Vice Mayor Tim Daubert and Councilmembers Nelson Rodriguez and Ceasar Mestre.

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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Paint a Picture for Mom and Flower Show set for May 7 Miami Lakes Cultural Affairs Committee is hosting the annual “Paint a Picture for Mom” and Flower Show event just before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miami Lakes Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. This year’s event also includes a Community Bike Ride hosted by the Town’s Neighborhood Improvement Committee. Registration for the Bike Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. with bikers riding out at 9 a.m. along a path that will dis-

play some of the Town’s completed Trails and Bikeways. Adults can enjoy the Flower and Craft vendors while children of all ages have an opportunity to be creative and paint something special for their moms. Canvas, brushes and paint will be provided free of charge. For more information, contact Special Events and Committee coordinator Clarisell De Cardenas at, or 305-364-6100.

Town receives 9th Tree City USA honor and Growth Award Miami Lakes has been recognized for the past nine years as a Tree City USA Award recipient and was recently honored with a Growth Award as well. The Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA Program in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. According to the Foundation, “The residents of Miami Lakes should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority.”

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Free SAT Prep classes will be available over summer months Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board will once again offer free SAT Prep classes for students entering their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to Miami Lakes residents and is limited to 20 students and provided on a first come, first served basis. The three sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, during the following weeks: • Session I: June 13-17

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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Servicing Seniors Expo set for May 14 at Collins Center Miami Lakes Elderly Affairs Committee, in partnership with Miami-Dade Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr., will present “Servicing Our Seniors Expo” on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The following agencies will be participating in the Expo: • Alliance for the Aging – Through a network of provider agencies, the Alliance provides home and community-based services that help older adults age in place in their own communities. • Community Action and Human Services Department – Miami-Dade County’s largest provider of comprehensive social and human services offering a variety of elderly assistance programs. • Department of Children & Families – DCF Adult Protective Services will provide information on abuse, neglect and exploitation awareness for the vulnerable adult(s) population. • Department of Motor Vehicles – Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles MiniFLOW (Florida Licensing on Wheels) will be onsite to help renew, replace or obtain new Florida Driver’s Licenses. Written exams and driving text will not be offered. • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department – Will provide senior fire and life safety education as well as register participants for the Senior Smoke Alarm Installation

program. • Miami-Dade Elections Department – Will assist with voter registration, voter card replacement, name changes, political party changes, signature updates, absentee ballot requests for the November general election, restoration of civil rights information. (Note: The Elections Department will not be accepting or collecting Mail-In Ballots for the Town of Miami Lakes May 17 Special Election.) • Miami-Dade Public Library – Will provide information on how to obtain a library card and how to access its services. • SafeLink Wireless – Organization makes wireless telephone service more affordable by offering Lifeline service for qualified customers. • Miami-Dade Transit Department – The Golden Passport EASY Card allows MiamiDade residents who are 65 years old or older to ride free on the transit system. • Miami-Dade Transit Department – The Special Transportation Services (STS) is available for people with a physical, mental or intellectual disability who cannot ride Metrobus, Metrorail or Metromover. • Walgreens Pharmacy – Will be providing free flu shots. For further information, contact Clarisell De Cardenas at, or 305364-6100.

Town’s 1st Quarter Report is released, available on website Town of Miami Lakes has published its First Quarter Report from October to December 2015. The report highlights statistics from the Lakes Life Mobile app which launched last July. To date, the app has over 1,200 users. Over the first quarter, the Town received 284 requests from residents. The app allows users to submit requests such as street light outages and pot holes, track the Moover buses in real time, and access the Town’s local business directory the Miami Lakes Marketplace.

The majority of requests were related to street repairs which resulted in the repair of 56 pot and sink holes – triple the number of repairs done last year during the first quarter. “Performance measures are effective and reliable ways to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of our service delivery, as well as our responsibility to be good stewards of our residents’ tax dollars,” said Town Manager Alex Rey. The entire report can be found on the Town website by visiting

Business Workshop scheduled May 25 Miami Lakes Economic Development Committee will host a Business Workshop in conjunction with CareerSource South Florida on Wednesday, May 25, beginning with registration and networking from 8:30 to 9 p.m. and the workshop thereafter at Town Hall, 6601 Main Street. Business owners are encouraged to come and learn about flex-

ible, business-driven grants and customized training programs available through CareerSource. This workshop is part of a continuing effort aimed at educating the local business community of the many resources that are available. For more information about the Town’s Economic Development Committee, visit

Town marks Public Safety Appreciation Week In recognition of National Public Safety Appreciation Week, Miami Lakes Public Safety Committee will recognize the bravery and exception service of police officers and firefighters during May 16-21. The committee encourages all residents to join in embracing all public safety providers by participating in some or all of the following ways: • When you see safety person-

nel out and about in the community, take a moment to say hello and thank them for their service. • Take lunch or drop off baked goods at the police and fire stations. • Write letters of appreciation and drop them off at the police and fire stations. • Post a message of thanks on social media pages. Use #mlheros and #IHeartMiamiLakes. • Recognize public safety per-

sonnel at the schools and businesses. • Change personal Facebook icons to the Public Safety Appreciation icon located on the Town of Miami Lakes Facebook page. Tag posts with #IHeartMiamiLakes. • Send photos of appreciation efforts to post on the Miami Lakes social media pages. Submit pictures to

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:

Town Council Regular Meeting Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, May 5, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Elderly Affairs Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 11, 8:30 AM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Youth Activities Task Force Meeting Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Education Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, May 12, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Economic Development Committee Meeting Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Veterans Committee Meeting Thursday, May 19, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, May 19, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 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 the above events/meetings. This Notice dated April 29, 2016 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Gina Inguanzo, Town Clerk


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MLM’s Manuel Sanchez named top MD Principal

MIAMI LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL’S Dr. Manuel Sanchez, named Principal of the Year for Miami-Dade County, is congratulated by Miami-Dade Public School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman.

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Dr. Manuel Sanchez III, who serves as principal of Miami Lakes Middle School, won top honors and a cash prize as the District’s Principal of the Year. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) honored its finest principals and assistant principals at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Dade Association of School Administrators (DASA), on April 21 at Jungle Island. Sanchez has served as principal of Miami Lakes Middle since 2011. He brings more than 20 years of experience in administration and curricular expertise. He began his career as an Exceptional Student Education teacher at Miami Park Elementary in 1994, worked in special education, became a program specialist coordinating the ESE department, and earned a master’s degree in special education and Ph.D. in educational leadership. Sanchez was nominated by the feeder pattern school for Miami Lakes Middle School, which is Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School, and after rounds of eliminations through committees, the North Region four finalists were announced and presented before a district committee that decided upon Sanchez. “It is humbling to be honest,” said Sanchez. “Even though it is a principal recognition, I see this award as a validation of the school as a team and the work we’ve done together.” Despite Sanchez’ humility, teachers and students alike sing his praises. Once the word “Dr.” was

uttered at the announcement of the Principal of the Year, Sanchez wasn’t even able to hear his name stifled out by the roars and applause of his faculty and administration. Under Sanchez’s guidance, the school moved from being drastically under enrolled at 700 students to near capacity this year. The school has also welcomed the inclusion of the Legal Studies Academy and Cambridge program and a number of clubs such as robotics, FEA, and student council. This is the first year in over a decade that the school will produce a yearbook.

“I feel my job is to meet the needs of the kids,” said Sanchez. “Some kids are so far above what schools can offer that the only option is to provide them with that opportunity somehow. We had two sixth grade students that completed all the levels of mathematics within middle school curriculums, so we arranged for them to take algebra 2 and chemistry so they can continue reaching their potential.” Retention rate has reduced drastically after the implementation of tutoring, mentoring, and incentives like field trips.

Miami Lakes law firm collects Girl Scout cookies for military

KELLEY KRONENBERG, a diverse full-service business law firm, organized a firm-wide Girl Scout Cookies collection for military troops as part of its ongoing Kelley Kronenberg Cares (KKC) program. Members of the firm’s Miami Lakes office joined with the firm’s other offices to collect more than 300 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for donation.


M.L. Chamber hosts MD Schools’ Michelle Hicks-Levy as guest speaker for May 11 luncheon Michelle Hicks-Levy, executive director for the Office of Economic Opportunity with Miami-Dade Public Schools, is the guest speaker for the Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at Don Shula’s Hotel, with networking at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at noon. Hick-Levy has been employed with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for more than 12 years. She has worked in the areas of Professional Development, Capital Improvement and now with the Office of Economic Opportunity. In her current role, she is responsible for promoting the economic growth of Small, Micro and Minority Women Business Enterprises through certification, community outreach compliance monitoring and contractor prequalification. A Miami native, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. Her previous professional development includes management positions with FedEx Ground and Iron Mountain. She is proficient in organization and leadership skills which is an attribute to her current position as executive director with the Office of Economic Opportunity. A consummate organizer, Hicks-Levy is often sought out for her skills as a personal event planner and coordinator. She is committed to public service and volunteers her time and talents within the Miami-Dade community. Chamber members and their guest must reserve a table by 2 p.m. Friday, May 6. For more information, contact Marta Diaz at 305-556-2212 or email her at


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Town Council approves Mobility Fee ordinance (Continued from Page 1) Since Miami Lakes is not entitled to transportation impact fees, which belongs to the county, the town relies on PTP and gas tax money that only covered half of the mitigation costs for development projects. “The plan we are looking at, which is 40 items we are familiar with, is a $20 million cost to the town,” Town Manager Alex Rey said. “The PTP and gas tax money only covers half of the plan, and the town will have a deficit of $10 million over the $15 years. The new mobility fee replaces that amount.” Schaad indicated the old system fell way short of fixing the town’s transportation plight. “I have worked for the town for five years and the old system has done little to help our transportation problem,” Schaad said. “We are proposing to replace it with a mobility fee based on daily trips on a roadway to determine the capacity and improvements need to meet concurrency.” Rey said: “Providing roadway capacity has not worked.” In 2011, the Florida Legislature allowed municipalities to replace the traditional concurrency with more innovative solutions based on growth of population and the addition of vehicles on the roadways. Miami Lakes’ new system allows the town to apply a mobility fee for developers based on the number of daily trips on the roads and use the money to upgrade transportation and movement for pedestrians and bike riders as well. Rey said the old system only addressed the capacity of the roadways to handle cars but never considered other modes of transportation such as walking, bike riding, crosswalks and pedestrian signals. “The old system was to improve capacity,” Rey said. “The new one is a broader scheme to

move more people. We are not focusing on moving vehicles, we’re focusing on moving people.” Under the new system, Rey said Miami Lakes can impose a reasonable amount for the daily trips for residential, office, commercial and industrial developments based on a formula that includes a 10 percent of redevelopment capacity and the resulting levels of increased development by land use type and associated increases in daily trips. Rey said the town can use the mobility fee to add two lanes in

each direction along Miami Lakes Drive, the town’s most clogged up road during peak hours, by eradicating the median in the swale area to improve mobility. The town can reduce the mobility fee for developers through actions that will mitigate transportation impact, such as designs for improvements and, for commercial development, off-peak commuting times and encouragement of alternative means of transportation. Residents who have plans to renovate their homes or driveways are exempt from the mobility fee,

Rey said. For years, Miami Lakes residents have been reeling from the traffic congestion on the town’s roads during peak hours in the mornings and evenings, as motorists are stuck in gridlock for 30 minutes. For the roads that went from a “D” to an “F” for traffic, Schaad said the new mobility system gives Miami Lakes more ability to target improvements for those streets, such as more completed streets, bike lanes and more traffic turn lanes to help reduce gridlock.


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M. Lakes-based National Auto Lenders celebrates 20th anniversary By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff National Auto Lenders (NAL), headquartered in Miami Lakes, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the company that is located at 14645 N.W. 77 Avenue, Suite 203. NAL first moved to Miami Lakes 12 years ago with a 14-person staff, 10 of which are still with the company, and has grown to a staff of 100 and the largest tenant of the building they occupy leading to the eponymous naming of the building.

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$20,000. NAL’s motto reads “We help our customers with less than perfect credit drive nicer vehicles.” Though they first started exclusively within Dade County, as the business expanded, so did NAL’s network which now works with 700 dealerships all around Florida and in 16 other states. Despite their expanding network, NAL continues to call Miami Lakes home. “Miami Lakes as a business headquarters works well because it is a combination of location, infrastructure of highways, and the small town feel which is unique to South Florida,” said Ramos. “We have the capabilities of a large city, and the sophistication without the negatives of being in downtown with congested areas. Graham Properties are great landlords and we appreciate how the city is maintained.” NAL employs workers from as far north as Boca Raton and as far south as Homestead. A number of these employees began working with the company as part-timers right out of high school and have since earned their degrees and moved upward in the company to administrative positions. “Our company is like an extended family,” said Ramos. NAL has also partnered with local banks and participates in community events. The company recently raised $9,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information,visit

Miami Lakes Senior Games’ Track and Field events were held April 9 at Dade Christian On April 9, Miami Lakes’ Elderly Affairs Committee held their 10th annual Senior Games Track & Field events at Dade Christian School. The competition included a 110-meter dash, shot put, discus throw, 200-meter dash, standing broad jump, 400-meter run, soccer accuracy kick, archery and horseshoes. The Senior Games, held at various times throughout the year, now include softball, dominoes,

bunco and canasta. Duplicate Bridge will take place June 6 at Mary Collins Community Center, and the basketball free throw, three-point shooting and bean bag toss is scheduled August 27 at Shula’s Athletic Club. The games are open to participates ages 50 and up. The top three participants in each age/sex group wins pins/ribbons. All participants receive a 10th year Senior Games T-shirt. There is no entry fee to participate.

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Miami Lakes Branch Library plans events for May Miami Lakes Branch Library announced the following programs are available for the public during May: For Children and Families: Read the Book, Watch the Movie – Share in stories and enjoy the book based films. Films include “Mulan,” “Jungle Book,” and “Max.” Event is sponsored by the Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, May 14, 21 and 28. Star Wars Day Craft – May the Fourth be with you. Celebrate Star Wars Day with unique and fun craft activity at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Star Wars Day Movie Screening - Enjoy a screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with other Star Wars fans at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Paws to Read – Certified therapy dogs listen to children read aloud which can help with reading skills at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Drums of Noto Hanto: Integrated Music and Literature – An interactive performance of Japanese taiko drumming and famous Japanese legend of the people of Nabune, Japan, on the Noto Hanto coast, who, in 1576, cleverly save their village from invading samuai by frightening the enemy away with masks and fires on the beach and...drums. Presented by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board and recommended for ages 5 and up at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. For Teens: Teen Club - Teens meet to play video games, watch anime, draw

or discuss books at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Teen Club Movie Night – Teen Club presents the Bruce Lee classic “Enter the Dragon” in honor of Asian Heritage month. Presented by the Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. YOUmedia Miami On-theGo: Introduction to Filmmaking – In this 3-week workshop, teens will learn about cameras, film composition and cutting, scripting, storyboarding, sound design and audio production. Workshop is best for teens ages 13-17 who are new to filmmaking. Contract the branch for registration. Workshop scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 10, 17 and 24. For Adults: Strengthening Families and Communities – University of Miami’s Families First program offers a free 12-week group for parents of children ages 1 to 7 years of age. Parents will discuss and learn ways to help children identify and express their feelings, improve children’s behavior, and teach children to handle stress. Registration required by calling 305-243-8425 or email Sessions scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Go Club of Miami Lakes – Now everyone can embark on a journey and uncover the ancient game of strategy, attack and defense, the Game of Go. Meets from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28.

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Commissioner Esteban Bovo’s Mobile Office Community Outreach – This provides an opportunity for the community to speak with the Commissioner and/or his representative from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 9.

USCIS Information Table – United States Citizenship and Immigration Service staff will provide information, materials and answer general questions regarding the citizenship process at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

Congressman Mario DiazBalart Community Outreach – A member of his staff will be on hand to discuss federal issues or any problem a constituent may have with a federal agency at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.


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Keyes launches new look; Lakes awards announced The 90-year-old veteran South Florida Real Estate firm, The Keyes Company, announced the launch of a new, fresh look for the independently owned organization. Inspiration for the move stems from the company’s family orientation, its values of heritage, sincerity and individuality, and its mission to empower both Associates and customers through

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A Resident’s Profile:

Claudia Luces, extraordinary school, civic activist David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff The moment Claudia Luces set foot in Miami Lakes during a visit, she instantaneously knew the community was the best place for she and her family to live. “My husband brought me here and I immediately fell in love with the tree-lined streets, the parks and everyone knew each other,” she said. “It was a welcoming community and I wanted to raise my children here. I fell in love with it the minute I lied my eyes on it.” Twenty years later, Luces is not only a resident, but she has played a leading role in helping preserve the town’s quality living standards following incorporation, especially for education where she volunteers her time to make sure Miami Lakes kids’ adroitness are a token of a top-notched education, alleviate overcrowding at the schools and providing solace to kids stricken with autism. Luces served on the Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board for four years, volunteered at Bob Graham Education Center for nine years, and she has been actively involved in other town-wide issues. As residents venerate her as a community activist, Luces conceivably had the biggest task as a member of the Miami Lakes Charter Revision Commission. “Our job was to review the charter and put forth proposals to protect residents. Our intent was misrepresented regarding the true goal of the commission, and I

found that the most difficult to comprehend.” The overcrowding at Bob Graham Education Center left Luces and other “moms” scrambling for a solution to preserve the students’ quality of education. She said it was an arduous task and with the help of Miami-Dade Public Schools Chair Perla Tabares-Hantman, the School Board added a facility on the school’s property to give students enough space in the classrooms. Many residents applauded Luces for helping to foster the success of preserving the students’ environment for them to achieve their potential, as she spent countless hours sifting through reams of paperwork for research to find a resolution. “It was long hours of research and a lot of sleepless nights for us moms,” she said. “But we worked together with Perla Hantman and the School Board and they heard our concerns and were active in helping us solve the problem. It was a grassroots effort by a group of determined moms. Education is important to the kids because they are our future and it’s important to us moms to make sure they receive the best education.” But a Lennar residential development project near Miami Lakes Drive and west of Northwest 87 Avenue may jeopardize the students’ quality of education at Bob Graham Education Center, the closest K-8 Center facility in the area.

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“Where are we going to put them?” she asked. Providing an emotional lift to students with autism is also a role Luces embraces as well. She is part for Hope for Autism, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the neurodevelopment disorder and provides behavioral therapy and specialized education for children with autism and pervasive development disorders. She said she joined forces with the group’s coordinator Marianela Alvarez to cater to the needs of 60 kids with autism at Bob Graham Education Center. Though her own kids are not stricken with autism, Luces said she’s touched by the efforts and challenges parents endure in helping their kids. “Marianela Alvarez fought long and hard for kids with autism for a very long time. I don’t have any kids with autism but we know the challenges parents go through and we love to help them,” said Luces who fought back tears. “They do a great job in fund-raising and we

love their efforts on keeping an eye on the kids with parental input as well.” Luces also has taken on the role of a vocal critic of Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi since his arrest on public corruption charges in 2013. Following his acquittal and return to political office, Luces has been scolding the mayor at council meetings for his actions that led to his arrest, and his two lawsuits against Miami Lakes to reimburse his attorneys for his federal trail and reinstatement court fees. She said it’s unfortunate that the shameful behavior of some elected officials overshadows the true identity of Miami Lakes, such as the Relay for Life event, which raises money for cancer research and awareness, and the events organized by the Youth Activities Task Force that bring the community together. “It takes away the beauty of Miami Lakes,” she said. “This is a beautiful community with good people and Miami Lakes is nice

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In Memoriam:

Longtime resident, Graham veteran Jo Ann Walker By Dale Adcock Special to The Miami Laker Jo Ann Walker, originally from Indiana, Pennsylvania and a longtime resident of Miami Lakes, passed away on April 14. She was a 14-year employee of The Graham Companies where she held the position of Conference and Catering director for Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club prior to her retirement in 1998. Before that, she was a 20-year general manager of the Lakeview Inn and Country Club located in West Virginia. Jo Ann attended Indiana State University in order to become an elementary school teacher, but she soon found herself called into the restaurant and hospitality industry. It was a perfect fit for her. Throughout most of her career, she held positions of importance and

JO ANN WALKER was a well-respected and hardworking employee at several locations and resorts. She is survived by a very large family of friends

and acquaintances who will miss her tremendously. There are no scheduled ceremonies, but her biggest ceremony and legacy will be the memories left behind with all of those who knew and loved her so well. Jo Ann could be tough at times but she was generous to a fault. She would often leave home cooked meals for friends or hotel guests by leaving them on their doorsteps or delivering them upon their arrival home. She was a mentor to many friends and employees at work. It was not hard to spot her walking Mr. Christian, her beloved pet Schnauzer, throughout the Main Street area day or night. She was truly an amazing woman and the obvious “Queen” whenever she went back to the hotel or restaurant for visits. Just being with her at that time was truly a treat. The

Main Street Players’ Stage Kiss opens to rave reviews; runs to May 15 Main Street Playhouse was filled with smiles and laughter as opening weekend crowds fell in love with Stage Kiss, the second show of the 2016 season. The cleverly written romantic comedy by Sarah Ruhl illustrates how easily the lines can become blurred when onstage chemistry translates into offstage romance. When two actors who have romantic history are both cast in a show,

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love for her was attested to by those who so lovingly cared for and watched over her during her last days before her passing. She will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

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Meeting & Class Calendar The Town of Miami Lakes, homeowners associations, professional and volunteer groups have scheduled meetings and classes during May:

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Town Council Meeting May 3 Cultural Affairs Com. May 5 Elderly Affairs Com. May 11 Youth Activities T. F. May 11 Education Adv. Board May 12 Economic Devel. Com. May 17 Planning & Zoning Bd. May 17 Veterans Committee May 19 Neighborhood Improvement Committee May 19 Public Safety Committee May 24

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(The following classes are free and open to the public) Yoga (for adults) M/W 7:45 am MCCC Tai Chi M/T/W 9:00 am MCCC Computers W/T/W/Th 9:15 & 11:30 am MCCC Arts & Crafts Mon. Noon MCCC Painting 1 & 2 Fri. 9 am/12:30 pm MCCC Painting 3 Wed. 9:30 am RACC Ballet/Jazz M/T/W/Th 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts M/T/W/Th 4:30 pm MCCC Line Dancing T/Th 11:30 am MCCC Dominoes M/T/W/Th/Fri 4:30 pm RACC Table Tennis Tues./Thurs. 7:00 pm RACC Martial Arts M/T/W/Th 4:30 pm MCCC Spanish for Adults M/T/W/Th 6:00 pm MCCC

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Lake Elizabeth Loch Lomond Royal Palm Estates Lake Carol Loch Ness Silvercrest North Silvercrest South Loch Lomond East Lake Cynthia Windmill Gate Loch Andrews Loch Isle Lake Glen Ellen Lake Katharine Villas Serenity Point Royal Oaks Gramercy Park Regatta Pointe Anchorage Lake Elizabeth Lake Martha Loch Lomond West Villa Vizcaya Lake Sandra Fountain Park

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M.L. Garden Club Bunco May 4 11:15 am MCCC M.L. Chamber/Commer. May 11 11:30 am Shula’s Hotel M.L. Garden Club May 23 7:00 pm MCCC M.L. Bridge Club Mondays 11:30 am MCCC MLCA Bridge Thursdays 11:00 am MCCC M.L. Quilting Club Tuesdays 11:15 am MCCC M.L. Kiwanis 2nd/4th Thurs. 6:30 pm Pampered Chef M.L. Toastmasters 1st/3rd Tues.7:00 pm ML Educational Center M.L. Lions Club 1st/3rd Tues. 7:00 pm Denny’s Hialeah MCCC is Mary Collins Community Center, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue RACC is Robert Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue


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William ‘B’ Graham golf tourney raises $26K for S. Fla. Boy Scouts

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Barbara Goleman wins North Division GMAC title in badminton championship play For the second time in Goleman’s history, the school’s badminton team won the Divisional Championship Title at the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC). “We had a good season with a great finish,” said Coach Debbie Perez. Three-year Boys Doubles champ, senior Danny Xie and Anthony Dally went undefeated in five matches to declare victory. Also undefeated was junior Patricia Miranda in Girls Singles, which is a first in this category for Goleman. Senior Neil Maragy had a good showing in fourth place in Boys Singles. Girls Doubles seniors Gabriella Sallai and Ashley Osorio finished in second place with seniors Kirsten Cabarcas and Megan Lopez in third place. Also undefeated was Mixed Doubles with seniors Marcus Tavarez and Claudia Alonso play-

ing hard and in sync to retain their title from last year. With a strong second place win, juniors Gabriel Brok and Chelsea Henriquez look forward to next season. As most of the team has played together for the past four years, this victory is bittersweet. Despite leaving high school with a winning final season, this is indeed their last season together. The friendships and memories made over the past four years will be long cherished amongst teammates. “Having these amazing kids to mentor over the past four years has been such an honor and so rewarding. These student-athlete’s are in the top 10 percent of their class and have so many amazing opportunities waiting for them upon graduation. I will miss each and every one of them and wish them success and greatness in their futures,” said Perez.


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Nationally-ranked Arch. McCarthy ends Gator’s season in quarterfinals By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff Barbara Goleman High’s baseball team faced an uphill battle in the Region 4-6A quarterfinal game last week against defending state champion and nationally-ranked Archbishop McCarthy. But after winning the District Championship and GMAC tournament, the Gators just couldn’t keep up with the Mavericks, who left Goleman with an 11-1 defeat in a game that was called in the sixth inning. Archbishop McCarthy faced their district foe, American Heritage, in the semifinal this

week, hoping to advance to the state tournament and win their sixth state title in seven years. The Mavericks lead 5-0 in the first inning and poured it on from there until the game was stopped because of the mercy-run rule. All season long, the Gators’ bats were hot but the Mavericks’ pitching staff cooled them off. Pitcher Yordani Carmona delivered a stellar performance, retiring the first 11 Goleman batters in four innings of work. Johnny Leone and Joe Perez finished the Gators’ batters off to seal the victory. After winning the GMAC tour-

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The good times continue to roll for Monsignor Edward Pace High School’s baseball team, as the Spartans beat Key West, 2-1, to advance to the 4-5A regional semifinal to face Gulliver Prep this week. Gulliver beat Mater Lakes, 120, to advance to the semifinal match-up with Pace. In the Key West game, Spartan’s pitcher Chris Rodriguez tossed a two-hitter and fanned 15 batters in a complete game. Pace trailed by one in the fifth inning but rallied with back-toback one-out doubles by Jonathan Reyes-Diaz and Bray Diaz. Pace took the lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory. The Spartans have been on a roll as of late. Pace captured the Class 5A District championship by edging Mater Lakes Academy, 5-4, and shut out Coral Springs Christian Academy, 10-0, to cap off 17 consecutive wins to end the regular season.

Pace softball squad edges Key West in regional quarterfinals; loses semi-final game to Gulliver After capturing the District Championship, Pace High School’s softball team knew its posed a stronger challenge to Key West than any other teams in the regional playoffs. The Lady Spartans were right. Pace edged the Conchs, 5-4, in the regional quarterfinals, setting up a match-up with nationallyranked Gulliver Prep. But the game was not kind to the Lady Spartans, as Gulliver won a 16-4, six-inning, mercy-run rule game in the Region 4-5 semifinal contest.

Trailing 13-2 in the bottom of the fifth-inning, Pace scored two runs to extend the game to the sixth inning. Gulliver then scored three runs and the game was stopped. Pace took an early 2-1 lead in the first inning when Monica Marquez belted a home run that brought home two runners. Pace considers 2016 a good season, beating Mater Lakes, 6-1, to win the District title and stopping Key West from advancing to the semifinal in a potential matchup with Gulliver Prep.

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Edward Jones’ Miami Lakes office hosts financial workshop on May 13 Michelle Saracco and financial advisor Cesar Lacerda will be hosting a free financial workshop at the Edward Jones Investment Miami Lakes office, 8032 N.W. 154 Street, on Friday May 13,

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Pace High’s Flag Football team captures District title with 26-0 win over Norland Pace High School’s flag football team defeated Miami Norland, 26-0, last week to capture the District Championship. The win gave head coach John Rodriguez the 100th win in his career. The Lady Spartans clobbered Goleman High, 63-0, in the first game of the district tournament to

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Prom for Autism students set May 17 Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is hosting the 6th annual prom for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on Tuesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Miami Airport and Convention Center, 711 N.W. 72 Avenue in Miami.

Approximately 500 high school students will attend this milestone event which provides an unforgettable experience as students with ASD bond with their peers in celebrating this important rite of passage. Students will participate in the total “prom” experience by dressing in tuxedos and formal

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Knights of Columbus thank Publix and Lakes residents for fundraising support The Fr. Flynn Council #4772 of the Knights of Columbus held their annual drive to assist citizens with disabilities on the weekend of March 17-20 at the Miami Lakes Publix. KofC members passed out Tootsie Rolls and thanked contrib-

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Cruz, Galup named B. Goleman’s two top teachers By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff Rafaela Cruz and Jeannette Galup have been named Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year, respectively, at Barbara Goleman Senior High School.

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RAFAELA CRUZ Galup. the drama teacher at Barbara Goleman, completed her bachelor’s degree in Theatre at Florida International University and while in college she discovered she enjoyed directing, which is similar to teaching, she noted. Galup first came to appreciate the theatre at age 15, the same age as many of the students she leads in productions. As a former alumna of Goleman, class of 2002, Galup has come full circle, teaching where she once learned and eager to instill a passion for theatre in students. She enjoys the ability to encourage students to express themselves.

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sion and drive to work with penurious children and bring them on the same learning tier as their counterparts, Parker decided to pursue a teaching career. She initially worked with students at James H. Bright Elementary School while attending Miami-Dade College, and after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in the first-ever graduating class of Florida International University in 1974, she became a substitute teacher for six years. She finally landed a permanent teaching job at her alma mater and was thrilled to be “be back home.” “I have gone through many principals, many kids and many grades. I will miss my friends and children who still love you now but may not when they are in high school,” she quipped. “But they all stayed in contact with me.” Teaching will always be a part of Parker’s life even while she builds a bridge toward her next career. She teaches adults at her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is pursuing a career as a genealogist. “I still love to teach and working in the church,” she said. She loves to listen to the Beatles and root for the Green Bay Packers. Parker said her father lived in Wisconsin and moved to Miami before the birth of the Miami Dolphins.

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HML High School introduces new AP Capstone program By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High School has a proven track record of improvement and success over the last decade and to continue to enhance the resources available to students, the school is inaugurating the AP Capstone program for the upcoming school year. iPrep lead teacher, Jennifer Murray, noted that the success of the school is due to a changing culture of expectation for reaching potential. Last school year, HML surpassed the district averages for passing scores on the Advanced Placement exams while increasing the number of students that had access to the exams. “The whole notion of equity to access is usually that if you increase the numbers, the scores go down, but that wasn’t the case for us at all,” said Murray. “We increased access and our scores are continually going up and so with that we have been deemed a school that is worthy of the AP

Capstone program.” The program is the fourth to be added to the school’s impressive list of magnets including the iPrep Academy, Legal Studies, Digital Media and Technology, and Entrepreneurship. The school received the highest number of applicants for the upcoming school year this application cycle and a large majority are from students outside of the school’s boundaries, further diversifying the pool of students attending HML. “People are gaining our trust because they see what we’re doing, so that is augmenting the types of students we’re enrolling each year. A combination of the teachers’ commitment, the students’ hard work, and the parents that are involved, together make a community-wide effort for improvement. We keep getting better and better, not only in the classroom and magnets but also our clubs like Model UN, DECA and FBLA all having attended competitions.” Plan your RV vacation!

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Miami Lakes K-8 Center adopts and sells self-published ‘Little Snowy’ By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff Miami Lakes K-8 teacher Suzanne Choopani introduced the self-published book Little Snowy written by her niece, Behnaz Barazesh, to her classroom and like wildfire, the students and teachers alike were won over by Snowy and his adventures. Barazesh, a Ph.D. student who studies the early detection of cancer, sent Choopani a rough draft of the story along with her watercolor illustrations. Little Snowy tells the uplifting story of a snowman who celebrates life though he knows he will soon melt away. The book is embedded with lessons on the water cycle, but more importantly, it is a positive book about enjoying life for those children who endure cancer. Choopani helped edit and distribute the book to other classrooms where enough demand was made to produce them for sale at the school’s “Back to School Night” scheduled for May 25 in addition to the sales made at the Zumbathon at Shula’s Athletic Club that were donated to the March of Dimes foundation. The book is also available through Amazon. “I am so grateful to our principal Mr. Salcedo and the PTSA for making the sale of the book a reality,” said Choopani. Choopani is currently trying to have a portion of book sales go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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Miami Lakes Middle School Band celebrates banner year The Miami Lakes Middle School Warrior Band has had a banner year. At Solo and Ensemble Festival in February, the band earned 65 Superior Ratings and six Excellent Ratings. This was a new record for the group. In March, the Concert Band received a Superior rating in Concert and in Sight-reading at Hialeah Gardens High School at the FBA Music Performance Assessment Festival. On May 1, the following six students performed in the Superintendent's Honors Festival at FIU Tamiami Campus: Gabriel

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Three Pace High students are honored at 2016 ISSF Star Awards luncheon in April By Rene D. Basulto Special to The Miami Laker Pace High School seniors Samantha Bacerio, Kory Fleming and Tristan Luzod were honored with the ISSF Star Student Award by the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) at its 26th Annual “Star Award” Luncheon on April 20. The ISSF, which unites accredited nonpublic schools to collaborate, share information, and celebrate the success of its students, bestows the Star Awards to stu-

dents from over 70 South Florida high schools each year. Bacerio, Fleming, and Luzod were each chosen based on their success and contributions in academics, community service, athletics, citizenship and many other factors. The trio were supported at the event by their family, friends, and Pace administrators, including Pace principal Ana Garcia, Cap and Gown advisor Lilian Dubon, and guidance counselor Melanie Otero.

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Renovations start at Norman & Jean Reach PSN park Construction is underway at Norman and Jean Reach Park, 7901 N.W. 176 Street in Palm Springs North, to upgrade the drainage system and increase the playability of the sport fields after a torrential down pour, according to the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works. The scope of the work includes improvements in both the roadway right-of-way and the adjacent park, raising the existing drainage system to meet current standards and to mitigate the compaction of the swale by installing swale blocks and open cell pavers. The work inside the park consists of raising the park’s profile in order to provide a slope to the proposed dry retention area. The dry retention area will be constructed to hold storm water runoff and drain the water off the playing fields after a rain storm. The construction is expected to last until December, and all efforts are being made by the county to minimize the impact from the construction activities to area residents, schools, businesses and motorists. The area will be restored to its original condition immediately upon the completion of the construction activities. The restoration activities will address any areas impacted by the project, such as grassy areas, sidewalks and other items affected by the construction.

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BGEC’s Bobcat Jumpers did performance at Health Fair

THE BOBCAT JUMPERS performed at the Town of Miami Lakes Health Fair/Bike Rodeo with routines that wowed the audience. The team also recently competed in the USA Jump Rope Regional Qualifying Tournament in early April. These fourteen jumpers represented the Bobcats and all qualified for at least one event at the national tournament which will be held on June 27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL. The top five finishers in each event make it to Nationals. School staff congratulated the team for their accomplishments and thanked their dedicated coach Jeff Tandlich for his guidance.

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Spanish Lake Elementary marks National Library Week

SPANISH LAKE ELEMENTARY celebrated National Library week April 10-16. “Our media center’s goal at Spanish Lake is to promote school-wide literacy, library usage, and to enhance our students’ lives. From digital resources, engaging in technology, selection of relevant books of interests, projects, and social events — our library is full-service and always used,“ said Mercedes Sabates, SLE media specialist. Each grade level received donated books by author Judy Borger. Pictured (from left) is Mercy Sabates, Media Specialist, Carolina Torres, and Jacqueline Arias-Gonzalez, Spanish Lake principal.

St. Thomas’s Javier Rojas selected for NASA internship St. Thomas University senior Javier Rojas was recently selected to be a part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) summer internship program, the Centennial Challenges Program in Huntsville, Alabama. During the internship, which commences June 6 and ends in August, Rojas will research new technology developments in solving complex problems associated with spaceflight and living on another planet. “I’m looking forward to this amazing experience,” Rojas said. Rojas, who is majoring in mathematics and studying for minor in computer science, graduates in August and is planning on pursuing his Master’s Degree at St. Thomas University as well.


ROLANDO AND JULIA RUIZ celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 15. The Miami Lakes pair fell in love and were married in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1956. They have two daughters, Nancy and Myriam, three grandchildren, Jason, Anthony and Natalie, and two great grandchildren, Sierra and Nathaniel (pictured). Rolando was the previous owner of Miami Lakes Barber Shop for close to 50 years and has seen the town of Miami Lakes prosper. The happy couple keeps active with daily two mile walks, gardening and traveling. To honor their 60 years together, a celebratory dinner with family was held and an outing to see a Marlins game.

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MIAMI LAKES EDUCATIONAL CENTER’S Robotics team competed in Digicon16 and were named VEX champions taking home first place in the Engineering Notebook competition. The team, composed of students in the Cambridge Engineering program are (from left) Jeffrey Ho, Ali Hussein, Jonathan Tagoe, and Andres Orta. (Not pictured – Anthony Cruz.)

HML’s Jaquesta Adams receives 2016 Ron Brown $40,000 scholarship Hialeah Miami Lakes High School senior Jaquesta Adams is a 2016 Ron Brown Scholar, as she was recognized for her academic achievements and drive to succeed in Washington D.C. last month. As part of the honor, Jaquesta and other Ron Brown Scholars were awarded $40,000 ($10,000 per year in college for four years), to be used at the college or university they plan to enroll in starting this fall. The Ron Brown Scholar Fund is managed by an independent Board of Trustees, and named after the late Secretary of Commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, and focusing on encouraging civic engagement among scholars while promoting academic excellence, community and lifelong interactions. According the its website, the Ron Brown Scholar Program has a proven track record of academic success with a 99 percent graduation rate, and graduating scholars go on to outstanding careers in technology, arts, sciences, public service, law, medicine and start their own businesses.


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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.....................7 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 Special Need Service...............4:00 PM (Every fourth Sunday)

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 8201 N.W. 186 Street Telephone: 305-829-0049 Spanish service.............................9 AM English service.......................12:30 PM Tuesday (Spanish).........................7 PM Wednesday (English)....................7 PM

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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

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

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

New Testament Baptist Church The Gathering Place 6601 N.W. 167 Street Telephone: 305-558-4930 Sunday Service..........................11 AM Bible Study ............................9:45 AM Wednesday Bible Study...........7:00 PM Wednesday Youth Group.........7:00 PM

Orthodox Cathedral of Christ The Saviour 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 5700 W. 12 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-3232 Worship Service...................10:45 AM

The Redeemed Christian Church of God 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

Voice for Jesus 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)

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


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M. Lakes Congregational Women host annual Spring Tea on May 7 The Women of Miami Lakes Congregational Church, “Doers of the World,” will host their 8th annual Spring Tea at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, in the Fellowship Hall located at 6701 Miami Lakeway South. “A Rainbow Spring Tea” is this year’s theme. A variety of teas, light tasty bites and decadent desserts will be served and guests will be entertained with music, songs, a dance performance and a fashion show highlighting the colors of the rainbow. Suggested donation for tickets is $15 per person ($5 for ages 10 and under) for the popular event. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for eligible graduating Miami Lakes Congregational Church high school seniors. For more information, contact the church office at 305-8224313.

Carolyn Hurtado honored for her mentoring skills at Bob Graham Carolyn Hurtado, a 6th-grade student at Bob Graham Education Center, was recognized by the Barbara Bush Teen Trendsetters Program, which is under the umbrella of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, for her outstanding leadership in mentoring students to help enhance their reading skills. In the program, teen mentors are paired weekly with first, second and third grade students who are six months or more behind in reading, to help them catch up with their superb reading counterparts. Hurtado goes beyond her duties by organizing her lessons, creating additional lessons as well as donating her own books to students.

GUESTS at the 2014 Mami Lakes Congregational Church Women’s annual Spring Tea.



The ‘Worm Whisperer’ visits Spanish Lake Elementary Zarron Brown, “The Worm Whisperer” and a former U.S. Marine, was encouraged to visit Spanish Lake Elementary by Julieta Barreto-Tejero, Lead Garden Facilitator for the school. His visit helped the gardening students to appreciate the skill and know-how of using vermin for composting to produce soil that is nutrient-rich. Brown is developing a small farmer outreach program to those interested in farming. This is accomplished through a grant from Florida International University. Brown would like to visit other schools in order to pro-







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The residents of Anchorage at Miami Lakes HOA are holding a garage sale on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8351 N.W. 154 Street. The community is invited.

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For rent. 3/2 and 2/2 villa condo & townhouse. All tiled, washer/dryer in unit, patio w/storage rms., full kit. & appliances, 2-parking spaces in front, plenty of guest parking, 24-hr. gated security. 1st, last and 1 month security deposit. Credit report $40 single, $10 for anyone over 18 yrs. The Moors does background check. Fast approval. New roof being installed 2016, Olympic size pool, full facility clubhouse, plus kiddie pool and play area, full exercise equipment and classes. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

For rent. 1,595 sq. ft., 2-master bedrooms, one on first floor, 2-huge walk-in closets, tile & wood floors, full kitchen appliances, washer/dryer in unit, central a/c, nice fenced in grass area and tiled patio with storage room. $1,700 month, 1st, last and security deposit, $50 credit check, $100 association background check, 24-hour gated & roving security. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

Condo for sale. 3/2, 1,200 sq. ft., second floor. New kitchen and appliances, tile floors, high ceilings, almost new roof, just painted inside, front window new, full clubhouse facilities, olympic pool, basketball, racquetball and gym. Completely remodeled and walk to shopping centers, bus stops and school. Also close to I75, 826 and Dade and Broward. 24-hour gated and roving security. Low price, fax information for showing.Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

For Sale. The Moors completely remolded villa, 3/2, amazing kitchen, porcelain tile floors, the patio is being up to code, 2-parking spaces in front, plenty of guest parking, 24-hr. gated security, full clubhouse amenities, olympic size pool, exercise classes, kiddie pool and playground. A family community. New roof being replaced in 2016. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

Townhouse has a few upgrades, 3 bedrooms have wood floors, tile in 2 bathrooms. Updated patio in front and in the back. Built 1981 with 1,687 sq. ft. New A/C and compressor. Roof a few years old. Accordian shutters. Formal dining room. Washer/dryer. Parking for 3 cars. 24 hour gated security. Tenants are month to month.Call Debbie 305-7885008.

Palm Springs North 2 bd/1ba home, completely remodeled, cute baby room, tile and wood floors, remodeled kitchen, new appliances, central 5 years, LD hasA/C huge screen patio, footing for SO addition. Lot is 12,931 sq. ft. with room for a pool. Sprinkler system, rain gutters, on a cul-de-sac, plenty of parking. No assoc. fees. Built solid in 1968. Roof new after Wilma. Taxes $2,635. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

Sale or Rent. The Moors single family. Gated community, lakefront, beautiful view, 3/2, 2-car garage, nice open kitchen, wood & tile floors, 2,175 sq. ft., Plenty of parking in front, 24-hr. gated security. Washer/dryer. Also for rent, 1st, last and 1 mth. security. We do credit checks and background. No association approval. Need proof of job and income, driver license. Full clubhouse amenities. Pet Friendly. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

Cute little single family home at an affordable price. 1,328 sq. ft. Tiled floors, full kitchen, dining room. Roof only few years new. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1-car garage. Has a closet can be a 3rd bedroom. 24 hr. security. Club house, Olympic size pool and child play area. Walk to school, school bus pick up inside. Close to I-75 and Dade and Broward. Built in 1987 on an oversize lot. Taxes $1,601. Call Debbie 305-788-


Gorgeous. 2 bedrooms on 2nd floor. 2.5 bath T.H. in Bahia Vizcaya, Broward. Great community. Corner unit with lake view, private balcony and large walk-in closets. Laminated wood floors, fenced back yard. Won’t last. Pet friendly. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.

PSN lake and large salt water pool home. Jetski, waterski, or just fish and relax, perfect for BBQ and watching 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. Reduced. Call Debbie 305-788-5008.




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Coral Gables Unit 744 - Large spacious 1 bedroom plus den in much desired 55 Merrick Building. Unit has downtown and city views.

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Beautiful 2-story townhouse in the Aragon community. 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, upgrades and private backyard. Must be seen!

Centrally located Martinique community! Magnificent 2-story property features 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with many upgrades.

Simply Spectacular 2-story home in Miami Lakes. This home features 4 large bedrooms plus loft and 3 1/2 bathrooms.

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$5000 towards closing costs on full price offers! Spacious home with indoor pool in heart of Palm Springs Lakes. 3,353 sf. living space, 6,909 sf. under air. All done with permits. 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 4 BRs. downstairs incl. master w/Jacuzzi. 2nd master upstairs also w/Jacuzzi. 2 cabana baths for pool and full bar area. Room for boats, RV, 10+ cars. $460,000. A2190949.

Great opportunity to own this beautiful 1973 mobile home in Haven Lake Park, fully remodeled in 2015. 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 baths. Open floor plan, tiled throughout, W/D included. Great kitchen with S/S refrigerator, microwave and cook top stove. Great outdoor area with white picket fence, porch area has room for expansion. Shed in garden included. Owner Occupied Only. Rent of land is $665 per month. $39,900. A10004721.

Spacious 4/3 in desirable gated community of Vizcaya. Home features open floor plan, tiled floors throughout and kitchen overlooks family room. Garage has been converted under AC w/storage and can be used as a gym, entertainment kids playroom, or office. Family community has 24hr security and located near schools, shopping and major highways. $334,900. A2115777.


Charming & cozy home nestled on 1.25 acre lot in secluded area of Hialeah Garden Estates. Unique house on same street, same orientation, same exposure and 1/2 block from new $1.2 million homes’ deveopment. Prime for potential growth in value. Newer roof, remodeled bathroom, huge workshop with electricity, surveillance cameras, and generator. Seller very motivated. $824.000. A10051970.

Stunning 3/2 home in Loch Andrews neighborhood in desirable Miami Lakes. Home is move-in ready. Remodeling included Quartz countertops, S/S appliances in kitchen, modern elegance in bathrooms. This is a corner unit with a tankless water heater, A/C replaced in 2013. Great entertaining back patio. Accordion shutters for back sliding glass doors make home hurricane ready. $325,000. A10053866.

Gorgeous & Elegant custom-built home in Royal Oaks (Miami Lakes). This home features a large kitchen with pool view, great for entertaining, 2 bedrooms downstairs and 2 bedrooms, including master, upstairs. Master bedroom was recently remodeled with no expense spared. Beautiful pool area. $685,000. A10055429.

Renovated crown jewel resort home in Miami Lakes. Rare opportunity to own a combo golf course view & waterfront ski lake home. Outdoor entertaining dream w/largest seawall in Miami Lakes, exceptional for boating, jet skiing, kayaking & fishing w/15,417 sq. ft. lot. Spectacular master bdrm/bath enhanced by vaulted ceilings. This 4 bdrm/3bth pool home is loaded with luxuries - a unique culdesac turnkey private oasis. $829,000. A10063873.

Excellent family oriented Miami Lakes community with amenities for the whole family. Spacious and bright 2 bedrooms, 2 baths condo with incredible lake and golf views. Ready to move in. just bring your toothbrush. Good opportunity for investors and/or primary residents. $195,000. A10065378.

Price Reduction $$$$. Don’t miss this beautiful big town house in the heart of Miami Lakes. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, in family oriented neighborhood. Lake across the street with a nice lake view from the balcony. This home is in movein condition. A few blocks away from Main Street shopping and restaurants. $335,000. A10064152.


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