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The original northwest Miami-Dade community newspaper for the Town of Miami Lakes & surrounding areas Vol. 41 No 18



Council tentatively approves $20M budget for 2015-2016 The Miami Laker staff The Miami Lakes Town Council tentatively kept the same rate for property taxes and approved a $20 million budget for next year, but the town doesn’t have enough money to add two police officers or increase the committees’ budgets as the mayor’s lawsuits to pay off his attorneys’ fees put a strain of the spending plan. And residents may pay a slight tax hike because property values rose from the previous year. The 2.3518 tax rate for proper-

ty taxes is expected to generate about $6 million in revenue, which is $2.351 per $1,000 of assessed property value. At the town’s first budget hearing last week, Town Manager Alex Rey said the committees’ request for a $65,000 increase to their $200,150 budgets was rejected and Miami Lakes is seeking private funding and sponsors to help bankroll some of the town’s events, including the town’s 15th anniversary celebration in December.

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Nathalie Pineda wins Miami Laker’s Instagram contest.............See Page 5

Gina M. Inguanzo sworn in as new Miami Lakes Town Clerk

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GINA M. INGUANZO was sworn in as the new Miami Lakes Town Clerk just prior to the September 1 regular Council meeting by Circut Court Judge Peter R. Lopez. She was accompanied by her husband Ramiro Inguanzo and their three children, Susanna, Sophia and Christopher. Also pictured (from left) Councilmembers Tim Daubert, Tony Lama and Frank Mingo, Mayor Michael Pizzi, Town Manager Alex Rey, and Councilmembers Ceasar Mestre and Nelson Rodriguez.

St. Thomas’ volleyball team kicks off season with 7-2 winning record

ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY’S volleyball team is off to a successful start to the 2015 season with a goal of winning the Sun Conference. (See story on Page 14.)

A Look Inside:

n Miami Lakes Kiwanis Club hosts annual Square Dance benefit event on October 3............2

n Attorney Joshua J. Hertz opens new office in Miami Lakes Business Park West.....5

n Main Street Players present The Pot at Main Street Playhouse starting Sept. 25.............9

n Pace High students create “Something to Give Organization To Feed Homeless.........17

n Town Council questions claim for legal fees without backup facts and numbers........3

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

n Barbara Goleman High School alumni return to their roots as faculty members.........16

n Community Calendar, 11, School, sports and church news, 14-20, Classified ads.........21-23


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Proposed budget short on some services Miami Lakes Kiwanis Club (Continued from Page 1) “Because of the legal fees, we can’t raise their budgets at this point,” Rey said. Pizzi filed two lawsuits against Miami Lakes to force the town to pay his attorneys’ fees for his federal bribery trial and reinstatement cases. His lawyers are seeking $3.2 million but the town is hoping its insurance company, Brown and Brown, will cover most of the legal costs. Meanwhile, the town has set aside about $400,000 for the mayor’s legal fees, which kept the town from adding two police officers to Miami-Dade’s detached unit. The $7.2 million police expenses constitutes the bulk of the town’s budget, which has increased about $1 million over the past three years due to compensation and pension benefits hikes, Rey said. “It’s something not controllable by Miami-Dade, it’s set up by the Florida Retirement System,” Rey said.

Council members alluded to the significance of more police officers since the town experienced two recent shootings. To save money from the police budget to add more law enforcement, Rey said less experienced police officers can replace the veterans who earn better salaries. “We can ask for rookie cops but the veterans are better to handle incidents like the ones we had in the town,” said Councilmember Nelson Rodriguez. With a tight budget for 20152016, Miami Lakes wasn’t able to squeeze $20,000 to underwrite the senior classes at the two community centers. Pizzi, however, said MiamiDade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr. has pledged to fund the classes for half of the fiscal year. “I met with Bovo and his office has pledged to fund the classes for the next six months,” Pizzi said. The town budgeted $150,000 to operate the new dog park for fencing, pads and shelters, but the amount is not enough to operate a

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full-fledged dog-leased recreation area. “But it’s enough for the residents to use it,” Rey said. The Par 3 golf parcel, which The Graham Companies donated to the town for use only for a passive park, is not funded for next year. Rey said Miami Lakes is seeking private and state funding to clean up the area, conduct a study and create the blueprints for the passive park. He didn’t give an estimate but other cities with passive parks throughout Florida pay an average of $1.2 million a year to operate and maintain their nature parks, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Division of Parks and Recreation. Also not budgeted for next year is the town’s Black Olive Tree Removal program. “We couldn’t find the money this year,” Rey said. “But the tree trimming program is at the same level for next year and the tree planting is at a reduced level.” The town’s budget includes transportation and storm water improvements for Lake Martha, Lake Sarah and Lake Hilda and $878,500 for the town’s canal bank stabilization program. Miami Lakes’ budget also includes the salaries and benefits of 36 full-time workers, seven part-time positions, nine seasonal positions and seven part-time seasonal positions. The town’s second and final budget hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, September 28 at Miami Lakes Town Hall.

hosts Square Dance on Oct. 3 After having a very successful event last year, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Miami Lakes announced a Second Annual Square Dance to benefit project ELIMINATE on Saturday October 3, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. at the Robert Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Ave. There will be a professional square dance caller who will be teaching novices how to square dance. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event as well as various items up for auction in a silent auction. The ticket price for the event is $15.00. Ticket purchasers can make out their check to Kiwanis International Foundation, a 501c3 organization, for tax purposes which are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Kiwanis Club is presently soliciting donations from local businesses and individuals for the silent auction. Last year’s auction items ranged from gift cards to local restaurants and stores to high end golf clubs by Odyssey and much more. Kiwanis International and UNICEF joined forces on a five year project to raise $110 million dollars to eliminate maternal and neo-natal tetanus in third world countries. This project was appropriately named the ELIMINATE

project and for just $1.80, a child or mother is vaccinated against tetanus. To date over $100 million has been raised towards meeting the goal. This has been accomplished through the efforts of Kiwanis clubs worldwide and their Sponsored Leadership Clubs (SLPs) such as CKI clubs at the collegiate level, Key Clubs at the high school level, Builders Clubs at the middle school level and KKids clubs at the elementary school level and Aktion clubs (for adults with disabilities). The Kiwanis Club of Greater Miami Lakes is proud to sponsor local SLPs at Barbara Goleman Senior High, Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, American Senior High, Miami Lakes Educational Center Senior High, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Jose Marti Senior High, Mater Lakes Senior High, Builders Club of Milam K-8 Center Middle School, and the Builders Club of Hialeah Gardens Middle School. To purchase tickets for the event or make a donation for the silent auction, contact Kiwanis Club officers Allen Albrecht (305) 558-8657 or (786) 208-3177; Thomas Freiwald (305) 582 3280 or Diana Fernandez (305) 5868736.

Fat Stacks Variety Show set for Sept. 19 on Main Street The Main Street Players, 6766 Main St. Miami Lakes, present “The Fat Stacks Variety Show,” a new open mic night scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at 9 p.m. The Main Street Players' mission is to put the stage back into the hands of the community by lending the space for performers to showcase their talents throughout

the evening. Performers range from spoken word poets to musicians and beyond. Anyone with a unique talent is encouraged to participate. Walk-ins are welcome but not guaranteed a spot. To guarantee a spot, email Performers receive free entry, while general admission is $10.



judgment questioned by the person whose poor judgment caused this,” Gastesi told Pizzi, referring to his arrest for allegedly accepting bribes and kickbacks. “Had you been sitting in my seat as the attorney, which at one point you were in Medley, sitting as the attorney for this town, seen the charter and voted on it and you helped enact, the charter says what it says. Had you been the town attorney or mayor for this town, you would’ve done the same thing.” Council members said it’s not fair residents have to pay for Pizzi’s bad judgment that led to his arrest and subsequent trial. “We tell our kids they have to be responsible for their actions, but in this case, because of the bad judgment of someone, now our taxpayers are facing a real possibility of having a significant impact on their budget, which will adversely affect their services,” said Councilmember Ceasar Mestre. Councilmember Frank Mingo said residents shouldn’t have to reach inside their pockets to pay Pizzi’s court costs that the insurance company may not cover. “The goal is for the insurance company to pay for this, and since the mayor said his lawsuits are against the insurance company and not the town, what’s not covered shouldn’t be passed on to the taxpayers,” Mingo said. Councilmember Tony Lama said he and residents are equally frustrated over the mayor’s legal fees. “I am disappointed as they are because we can’t seem to get any clarity about anything when it comes to his legal matter,” Lama said. “I just want us to put this behind us one way or another because this is absolutely nonsense and childish with this back and forth.”

The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes is currently accepting vendors for its Annual Fall Flea Market scheduled for November 7. Vendors, large and small, are invited to participate in this annual event. Take advantage of this opportunity to clean out garages and closets and turn treasures, hobbies, and home business items into cash. The annual event will be held Saturday, November 7, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The flea market will be conveniently located in the parking lot on the southwest corner of Main Street and Ludlum Road (bordering New Barn Road). Vendors can reserve two parking spaces for only $35. Proceeds from the Flea Market will assist the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes in supporting the advancement of women and girls locally and globally. Those interested may reserve a

space, or find out more information, by visiting the Zonta Club of Miami Lakes website at w w w. z o n t a m i a m i l a k e s . o rg . Vendors can reserve their spaces in the flea market by conveniently paying for their spots via Pay Pal on the website. Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs, and any other needed supplies. The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes has arranged for the free pick up of any unsold and unwanted items as donations to the Lotus House charity at the end of the event. The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes Annual Flea Market is hosted by the Graham Companies. The club is a member of Zonta International, a worldwide service organization of executives in business and professionals working together to advance the status of women. The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes supports local charities in Miami-Dade County.

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Supreme Court against Scott. “They are not defending the Mandamus case but my law firm will be handling that case,” Gastesi said. Pizzi said he instructed his lawyers to resolve the legal wrangle as soon as possible and in an amicable manner without any additional court costs and aggravation. “I want to get it done now without any lawsuits and get the fees from the insurance company,” Pizzi said. He claimed his attorneys offered to settle the matter outside of court but Miami Lakes didn’t respond to their invitations to meet. “They put a moratorium on litigation and attorney fees to sit down and resolve this month after month, week after week and day after day,” Pizzi said. But Gastesi said the mayor’s attorneys never contacted him or the town about resolving the dispute instead of settling the matter in court. Pizzi and Gastesi, who was appointed by then-Mayor Wayne Slaton, are apparently embroiled in a political grudge match that stemmed from Pizzi’s nine-month fight to get his job back following his acquittal. He said Gastesi’s bad legal advice to try to keep him from returning to the dais piled on the legal fees. Pizzi said instead of fighting the reinstatement lawsuits, the town should have given him his job back after his trial. “The town attorney should pay for some of the town’s legal bills for giving bad legal advice,” Pizzi said. But Gastesi said only the governor could’ve reinstated him since he temporarily removed him from office following his arrest. “I will not sit here and have my

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By Miami Laker staff Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi and council members clashed over the attorney fees his lawyers are demanding the town pay for his criminal trial and reinstatement cases, as the hot button issue exposed some bad blood with the town attorney as well. The dispute over his court costs finally came to a head at the September 1 regular Town Council meeting, where lawmakers questioned the $3.2 million legal bill without any facts and figures on how Pizzi’s lawyers arrived at that amount. Pizzi filed two lawsuits against Miami Lakes to coerce the town to cough up the money to pay his team of attorneys, Ed Shohat, Ben Kuehne and David Reiner. The lawyers reportedly requested $750,000 for his reinstatement cases that include the Florida Supreme Court victory that forced Governor Rick Scott to lift his suspension, and $2.5 million for his federal bribery trial. Town Attorney Raul Gastesi said his requests for the numbers of hours the attorneys spent on each case and their hourly or flat rates were rejected repeatedly. “The town asked for the break down of the fees but were met with rejections,” he said. “I don’t know how and why they came up with that number.” Miami Lakes set aside $400,000 for the attorney fees but is hoping the town’s insurance company comes to the rescue. Gastesi said the Brown and Brown insurance company may cover Pizzi’s legal bills for the circuit court trial and appeals court case. “And for the time being it’s defending for the his criminal case,” Gastesi said. But the insurance company will not cover the town’s legal fees to contest Pizzi’s challenge in the


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New Town Clerk sees opportunity to help her community By David L. Snelling The Miami Laker staff As she was sworn in as the new town clerk for Miami Lakes, the ceremony was the picture of bliss for Gina M. Inguanzo, who was joined by her husband, three children, the judge who gave her the oath of office and council members, the people in her life who she loves so much because that’s what Miami Lakes is all about. She said her new position gives her an opportunity to help the community and town she has called home for the past 14 years. “For me it’s essential,� she said during an exclusive interview in the council chambers at Town Hall. “I feel that I have a vested interest in not only doing a professional job, but it’s also a bonus because I am helping my town and residents. The same community that gave me a home 14 years ago.� Born in Puerto Rico, Inguanzo replaces Marjorie Tejeda, who resigned last month. Her duties include giving

notices of all council meetings, special meetings, budget hearings and workshops to the public, keeping the minutes of all meetings, making sure the public records are preserved for years to come and serving as the supervisor for the town’s municipal elections. But Inguanzo is no stranger to Miami Lakes Town Hall; she served as the deputy town clerk for three years under Tejeda. “In all the three years here, I’m loving my job,� she said. “I have a good relationship with all of the council members, the mayor and town staff. Inguanzo said there’s no better place to live and work than Miami Lakes. “I love it here,� she said, as she looked out the window to watch the cows grazing. “It’s very peaceful to look at the green land. It’s so beautiful. It’s a small town but it is growing beautifully.� She said no matter where she goes, whether it’s Publix, church or the parks with her kids, she always sees familiar faces.

“That’s how you get to know everyone,� she said. “I love that feeling.� Inguanzo said though Miami Lakes is growing for the better, there’s always space for improvement like the traffic congestion and keeping the tree canopies. “A goal of mine is we continue to keep Miami Lakes clean and green,� she said. Inguanzo attended the University of Rochester and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and

Administration. She also earned a Juris Doctorate and her Master’s in Law from Georgetown University. Inguanzo practiced family law and employment law in Washington, D.C. before moving to Miami, where she became an immigration attorney. She said working in immigration law was rewarding but also challenging for immigrants seeking to stay in the U.S. Inguanzo said she stopped working to take care of her three children but stayed active in her

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Attorney Joshua J. Hertz opens Miami Lakes office By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff Joshua Hertz, a transplant to South Florida from South Carolina, did an unusual thing following his graduation with his J.D. degree from St. Thomas Law School. He went solo. Those who know Hertz shouldn’t be surprised at his dive into the deep end of the pool though, as he has long harbored an entrepreneurial spirit since childhood. Hertz began practicing personal injury with the sincere approach of helping out “the little guys.” He specializes in civil justice for victims of crime, cruise ship acci-

dents, catastrophic injuries, slip and fall, wrongful death, large truck accidents, and car accidents. “No case is too small, no case is too big,” said Hertz. “I know the idea of lawyers in the media, in films and television, is that it’s all about money, but for me, I’m just in it for the bottom line. I’m here to help.” Hertz’s pursuit of a law degree came naturally, as it blended his love for helping people with his desire to start something of his own. Indeed, The Law Offices of Joshua Hertz are not Hertz’s first stab at a business. His first business was a paper route as a kid,

Nathalie Pineda wins Miami Laker’s Instagram contest The Miami Laker congratulates Nathalie Pineda, former Miami Lakes Educational Center student and current University of Florida Gator, for her tweet that won The Miami Laker’s “#LivinginMiamiLakes” contest. The winning tweet reads: “#LivinginMiamiLakes not knowing whether to put Miami, Hialeah, or Miami Lakes as your address.” Vice Mayor Manny Cid tweeted “#Weareworkingonit.” Pineda won two movie tickets to Cobb theatres. For more updates on neighborhood news and opportunities to win upcoming contests, follow The Miami Laker on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

then a lawn care business as a college student, until the collision of helping others and creating a startup led him to law, and subsequently, led him to start off with a bang – his own law practice right out of college. Since opening The Law Offices of Joshua Hertz in 2001 he has been nominated for Super Lawyers for two consecutive years, was inaugurated as president of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers section in 2010, and is the current president of the Dominican American Bar Association, which he founded two years ago with a group of lawyers. He is also currently co-chair of the Solo and Small Firm for the Dade County Bar Association for the last four years, another association founded by Hertz when he saw a gap for lawyers like himself that had gone solo in their practice. He has since graduated from the Florida Bar Leadership Academy where only 40 attorneys are accepted each year from around the nation. Hertz runs his law practice from 8100 Oak Lane, Penthouse #403, in Miami Lakes Business Park West, and has partnered with his brother, another attorney, Eric K. Hertz, based out of Georgia. Together they handle cases throughout the entire southeast. Additionally, Hertz works with his legal assistant Laura Lopez, who worked as a lawyer in her home country and is a reliable source of legal knowledge for his office.


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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Town seeks nominations for Vet’s Parade Grand Marshall Miami Lakes is inviting the community to nominate a deserving individual to be the Grand Marshall of the 36th annual Veteran’s Day Parade to be held on Sunday, November 8. Nominations are due by Friday, October 6, and should be submitted via email to decardenasc@ Selection of the Grand Marshall will be determined by the Town’s Veterans Committee. Criteria for the section includes: • An individual who is in good standing in the community.

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Town’s new Dog Park needs a name Miami Lakes’ new dog park needs a name and the town is sponsoring a contest for residents to choose one for the off-leash dog recreation area, which is scheduled to open in 2016. The dog park will be located at 14048 Palmetto Frontage Road (N.W. 77 Court). The Miami Lakes Town Council approved the recreation area concept plan in 2013. For the contest, entries can be e-mailed to Jackie Calzadilla at

with “Dog Park Name Contest” as the subject line. Submissions can be also sent by mail to the Town of Miami Lakes, Attn: Name the Dog Park Contest, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014. The contest is open to all residents and the deadline is Wednesday, September 30, at 5 p.m. The dog recreation area’s name based on the winning entrant’s submission will be revealed at the groundbreaking and naming ceremony at a date to be announced,

along with a commemorative plaque, recognizing the winner for their creativity. The proposed park will feature both a passive recreational area and two separate fenced areas for smaller and larger dogs. The area also includes benches, drinking fountains for the dogs and a joint open air shelter for use by pet owners. In addition, the site incorporates a portion of the proposed 10 foot wide bike trail along the south side of Palmetto Frontage Road.

Fees set for Special Taxing Districts The Town of Miami Lakes and Palm Springs North were among many cities and unincorporated areas which were hit with a rate increase for their special taxing districts administered by MiamiDade County’s Public Works Department due to a flawed accounting system that led to a $2 million budget shortfall. During a county commission meeting and the subsequent first budget hearing, lawmakers increased the fees that would generate an additional $4.3 million in 2016, which is 35 percent more

than the $11.9 million that residents in the special taxing districts would owe without the new fees. The rate increases for Miami Lakes include three special taxing districts for guard gate services and a street lighting district for PSN. In contrast to other neighborhoods, the rate increase for Miami Lakes and PSN are modest, according to the county. For Miami Lakes Section One, the areas between Miami Lakes Drive, Montrose and Balgowan roads, Glencairn Terrace, and

N.W. 87 Avenue; the guard gate fee will increase $88.51, from $272.66 to $361.17 per property. For Royal Oaks Section One, the guard gate fee will increase $96.92, from $651.78 to $748.70; and for Royal Oaks East, the guard gate fee will increase $113.68, from $709.48 to $823.16. Mayor Carlos Gimenez apologized for the mix up and said an initial audit discovered the financial gap after the former director of the taxing-district division was removed and the agency was reorganized.

New Moover route will start on October 5 The Moover bus service offered to Miami Lakes residents will be traveling on a new route based on feedback given to the town’s Transportation Department. Beginning October 5, the new route will provide a twice daily connection to Hialeah Miami

Lakes Senior High School, both before school entry and during dismissal time. The extension to HML will provide approximately 400 students that live in Miami Lakes the opportunity to take transit to school.

Students and residents can track the Moover using the Town’ newest mobile app, “Lakes Life.” To learn more, visit For more information about the Moover, contact Hector SolimanValdez at 305-364-6100, ext. 1145.

Start Smart Sports program now open at M.L. Park West Miami Lakes’ popular Start Smart Sports Development program opened earlier this month for the first of two six-week sessions at Picnic Park West, 15151 N.W. 82 Avenue. The program helps prepare children, ages 3-5, for organized youth sports by using safe and fun equipment to teach them basic motor skills needed to compete. Classes are held for six consecutive Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Session 1 runs to October 2, and Session 2 will be held from October 14 to December 2. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Parents must attend each session with their child and are encouraged to participate as much as possible. Registration is available online at


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News and Notes from the Town of Miami Lakes Miami Lakes Rocks! music festival scheduled for Sept. 19 Miami Lakes Rocks! music festival, the free annual event that features young local musicians and vocalists, is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, at Miami Lakes Optimist Park, 6411 N.W. 162 Street. Event sponsor Miami Lakes Youth Activities Task Force announced the following lineup:

1. Quantum Waves 2. Nina Castro-Bosch 3. No Traffik 4. Beyond the Boundary 5. Long Shore Drive 6. High Tide The event is being sponsored in part by Drubi Orthodontics. For more information, contact Katya Lysak at

M-D Police set Safe Havens for Craigslist transactions Miami Lakes announced that Miami-Dade Northwest County Police Station, 5975 Miami Lakes Drive East, has been established as a Safe Haven for Craigslist sales and transactions. The Internal Services Department has identified four additional county-wide (north, south, west and central) locations for all residents who wish to complete safe internet sale transactions: • North Dade Justice Center, 15555 Biscayne Boulevard, security until 6 p.m.; • South Dade Government Center, 10710 S.W. 211 Street,

security until 6 p.m.; • West Dade Permitting and Inspection Center, 11805 S.W. 26 Street, security until 8 p.m.; and • Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1 Street, security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents may also use MiamiDade Police Department District parking lots. A list of those lots can be found at Miami Lakes officials noted that the Town’s Police Department is not open 24 hours a day, and does not have surveillance monitoring systems, so Town Hall is not an authorized Safe Haven.

Third quarter performance report now available online Starting last fiscal year, Miami Lakes began tracking and reporting performance measures as part of an ongoing effort to be more accountable and transparent to the public. The Town is continually working to improve delivery of services and how these services are measured and evaluated. The Third Quarter Performance Report, from April-June 2015, may be viewed at Highlights of the report include: • Police Targeted Crimes are down 59 crimes compared to last

fiscal year; • Number of building inspections has increased from last fiscal year by approximately 800 inspections; • Moover ridership increased by approximately 2,047 riders compared to the end of the third quarter last year; and • The Town’s new Code Awareness Initiative is designed to conceal garbage and recycling containers from the public eye in order to enhance neighborhood aesthetics. So far over 50 percent of the opened cases have complied.

Archery classes for youth and adults at M.L. Optimist Park Miami Lake has added youth and adult Archery sessions to its wide variety of community classes. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays in two 16-week sessions - Session 1 is underway and runs to December 17; Sessions 2 opens on January 6, 2016, and runs to April 28. The classes are held at Miami Lakes Optimist Park. The youth class, open to ages 7-15, runs from

4 to 5 p.m. The adult class, opens to ages 16 and above, runs from 5 to 6 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee. No experience is required but comfortable clothing and sneakers is required. Space is limited. Registration is available online at For more information, contact Kristina Labossiere at 305-698-9308, or

Town adds ‘Hook a Kid on Golf’ program starting in late October Hook a Kid on Golf promises to be a “hole-in-one” for Miami Lakes residents. The six-week program is aimed at introducing the basics of golf while teaching the etiquette of the game to children between 7-12 years of age. The program is set to start in late October at Shula’s Golf Club and requires a one-time $20 registration fee. Hook a Kid on Golf, a program introduced by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, strives to provide communities with a comprehensive youth golf program that eliminates all the obstacles that discourage youngsters from learning and continuing to play golf, while instilling in them an understanding of golf’s rules, etiquette and history. For more information, contact Recreation Programs specialist Jeremy Bajdaun at bajdaun@, or 305-6989308, or visit

Committee members graduate from Citizens Police Academy

MIAMI LAKES PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE chairman Roberto Alonso, secretary Omar Gonzalez, and members Max Freiria and Yaima Vega, graduated from the Miami-Dade Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy on September 1. Created in 1993, the 14-week program offers civilians with civic interest an exposure to the “police experience” and enables participants to better understand police training, procedures and philosophy. Each week members underwent classes covering topics such as law, firearms and use of force, stress management, domestic violence, and patrol procedures. Each participants also took part in an eight-hour riding assignment.

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

Veterans Committee Meeting Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 PM Roberto Alonso Community Center, 16500 N.W. 87 Avenue, Miami Lakes, Fla. Neighborhood Improvement Committee Meeting Thursday, September 17, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Public Safety Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Town Council 2nd Budget Hearing Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. Cultural Affairs Committee Meeting Thursday, October 1, 7:00 PM Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, Fla. In accordance with the provisions of F. S. Section 286.0105, should any person seek to appeal any decision made by the Council with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, such person will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made; which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing special accommodation to participate in the proceedings should call Town Hall at (305) 364-6100, no later than (2) days prior to the proceeding for assistance. Please be advised that two or more Councilmembers may be in attendance at the above events/meetings. This Notice dated September 11, 2015 at Miami Lakes, Fl. Gina Inguanzo, Town Clerk


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M. Lakes resident Edgar Carrero off to Harvard Life long resident Edgar Carrero has realized the honor he has always cherished - acceptance to Harvard University, where he will enter as a freshman this fall. A recent graduate of MAST Academy on Virginia Key, Carrero is a true Miami Laker having attended Bob Graham Education Center from kindergarten to 8th grade. A stellar student along the way, Carrero also player soccer, excelled in Tae Kwon Do, swam for the PSN pool team and participated in every child-oriented activity Miami Lakes offers. Even though MAST Academy

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years in the school’s JROTC program, the nation’s only Coast Guard ROTC program. In sports, Carrero was a fouryear letterman on the MAST varsity swim team and four years on the Varsity water polo team. Carrero has also made contributions to the Miami Lakes community having served as an usher at Our Lady of the Lakes Sunday masses for two years, a Youth Group Counselor at Miami Lakes United Methodist Church’s Summer Youth Program for six years, and a volunteer at many town events totaling well over 250 hours of volunteerism. The interest in government cumulated in an opportunity to serve as an intern for Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in 2013. She was so impressed by his knowledge and work ethic that she, herself, wrote a recommendation letter for him to attend Harvard.

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Spa at Shula’s sponsors LolliSpa pamper event on Sept. 24 The Spa at Shula’s, located at 15150 Bull Run Rd. in Miami Lakes, is hosting a spa pampering event on Thursday, September 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. to raise funds for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing care, comfort, play and entertainment to children in hospitals. The organization uses music and interactive play to gain children’s attention and allows hospi-

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Main St. Players present The Pot opening Sept. 25 By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff The Pot, a timely and culturally relevant play for the community and nation, centers around the idea ‘Who Am I’? On Thanksgiving, a family comes together and are forced to reconsider notions of race, immigration, hope and the melting pot. When Laura brings home her

new boyfriend, Rick, an undocumented Mexican immigrant to her parents George, a newly elected state senator, and Mary, the pot is stirred and the heat is raised. Additionally, Laura’s adoptive brother, Nathan, has never known his biological parents or his biracial roots and must come to terms with his identity while writing a college term paper.

THE POT cast includes (from top left) Pedro Sanon, Sofi Sassone, Clint Archambault, Melissa Ann Hubicsak, John Olivera, Clara Lyzniak, Dylan Nuñez and Michelle L. Antelo.

Shula’s promotions end Sept. 30 Miami Spice, the city-wide restaurant promotion that showcases the very best in Miami cuisine, and September Skin, a month long spa promotion hosted by the Spa at Shula’s, both come to a close on September 30. A participating member in the famous Miami Spice Month is local restaurant Shula’s Steakhouse, The Original located at 7601 Miami Lakes Drive. Dinner is available as part of the Miami Spice Promotion Tuesdays

through Saturdays. Reservations are recommended as seating reaches capacity on most nights. The Spa at Shula’s is currently offering a limited time special for facials and same-day massages as part of the September Skin promotion. For more information on Miami Spice at Shula’s Restaurant, visit and for more information on September Skin visit

The Pot explores what defines, unites and separates people. The Pot was written by Glenn Hutchinson, is directed by Ivan R. Lopez, and will feature the talents of Pedro Sanon, Sofi Sassone, Clint Archambault, Melissa Ann Hubicsak, John Olivera, Clara Lyzniak, Dylan Nuñez and Michelle L. Antelo. Following the show on certain Sundays is a talk-back with panelists from various legal institutions that will lead a discussion with the audience about the ramifications of immigration. On Sunday, September 27 the

panelists scheduled are Rebecca Sharpless, Esq., Clinical Director for The Immigration Clinic at The University of Miami Law School; Michelle Ortiz, Esq., Deputy Director for Americans for Immigrant Justice; and Claudio Galaz, a student activist. Scheduled for Sunday, October 4 are Carlos Martinez, MiamiDade County Public Defender; Maggie Arias, Immigration Attorney for Arias and Pereira; and Julio Calderon, student activist. The last panelist discussion on Sunday, October 11 will include Carson Osberg, Esq., Staff Attor-

ney for Americans for Immigrant Justice; Chris Brochvus, Esq., Assistant Public Defender, Padilla Unit for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office; and the The Pot playwright, Glenn Hutchinson. The Pot will run from September 25 through October 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online at or at the door at 6766 Main Street, Miami Lakes. For more information on the play call The Main Street Playhouse at 305-558-3737.


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State of the Town address to focus on accomplishments, goals The Miami Laker staff When the mayor of Miami Lakes delivers the annual State of the Town address sometime next month, the event will be bittersweet for a man who fought for nine months to get his job back following his acquittal of federal bribery charges. It’s the first speech to list the town’s accomplishments and goals for next year for Mayor Michael Pizzi since 2013, when Governor Rick Scott suspended him from political office following his arrest. He’s glad to be back, but his speech might be based on the accomplishments made by other council members during his absence from the dais at Miami Lakes Town Hall. Nevertheless, Pizzi and council members are focusing on the town’s future and resume rendering municipal services residents and business owners have embraced since incorporation. In words that should effectively serve as a speech for a brighter future, the mayor will mention the town’s accomplishments for the current fiscal year and what lies ahead for 2016. State Representatives Manny Diaz and Jose Oliva and State Senator Rene Garcia helped the town secure $1.3 million funding

for two storm water drainage and canal bank stabilization projects.. Governor Rick Scott vetoed $800,000 of the funding for the second part of Miami Lakes’ canal stabilization project of the remaining portions of the Golden/Peter Pike Canal, and drainage upgrades on the west side of town. But Scott allowed the town to keep $300,000 the lawmakers secured for drainage improvements for the Lake Sarah neighborhood. The town is currently making drainage and roadway improvements to the Lake Martha and Lake Hilda neighboroods. For next year, Miami Lakes anticipates the opening of the new youth center at Picnic Park East and the new clubhouse at Miami Lakes Optimist Park. In addition, a new dog park is set to open this year, an off-lease dog recreation area at 14048 Palmetto Frontage Road (N.W. 77 Court). For transit improvement, the town amended its Miami Lakes Moover bus route to include a twice daily connection to Hialeah Miami Lakes High School. The extension to HML will provide about 400 Miami Lakes students attending the school anopportunity to take transit to school to help reduce traffic.

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Miami Lakes Branch Library sets programs for balance of September Miami Lakes Branch Library announced the following programs are available for the public during September: For Children and Families: Reading Ready Toddler Storytime – Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers. For ages 18 months to 3 years old at 11 a.m. on Thursdays, September 17 and 24. Puerta de Oro de Colombia – Enjoy a glimpse into Colombian life with stories and folk dances by Puerto de Oro de Colombia. This group will have attendees celebrating Hispanic Heritage with the Cumbia and other styles that have evolved throughout its history. For the whole family at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 19. Batman Boot Camp – Celebrate the 2nd annual Batman Day with capoeira instructor Nicolas Moreno as he demonstrates and teaches some moves that would make Batman proud. It is Superhero training at it finest. Made possible by the Town of Miami Lakes Education Advisory Board at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. For Teens: Tween Book Club – A children’s book club for ages 8-12 that meets once a month to discuss the chosen book. This month’s title is

Town of Miami Lakes Notice of Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Miami Lakes Government Center, 6601 Main Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014, to consider the following ordinances on second reading: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA, ADOPTING THE MILLAGE RATE OF THE TOWN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2015 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2016, PURSUANT TO SECTION 200.065, FLORIDA STATUES; PROVIDING FOR DIRECTIONS TO TAX COLLECTOR; PROVIDING FOR NOTICE; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA, APPROVING AND ADOPTING THE BUDGET FOR THE TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-16; PROVIDING FOR EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS; PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS; PROVIDING FOR CARRYOVER OF FUNDS; PROVIDING FOR THE INCORPORATION OF THE ADOPTED CAPITAL BUDGET AS THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ELEMENT OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Copies of the proposed ordinances 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 proposed ordinances to the Town Clerk. 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 or meeting, the person will need a record of the proceedings and, for such purposes, 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. ADA Assistance: Anyone needing special assistance at the Town Council hearing due to a disability should contact the Town Clerk, Town of Miami Lakes, 305-364-6100, at least two days prior thereto. Gina M. Inguanzo Town Clerk

“Finding Serenity” by Angelica Banks. Meets at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. Teen Club - Teens meet to play video games, watch anime, draw or discuss books at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays,September 22 and 29. For Adults: 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, September 19 and 29.

Congressman Mario DiazBalart’s Outreach – A member of Rep. Diaz-Balart’s staff will visit the library to discuss federal issues or any problem a constituent may have with a federal agency from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23. Miami Lakes Branch Library is located at 6699 Windmill Gate Road and is open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The branch is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 305-822-6520.

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

Town of Miami Lakes

Veterans Committee Sept. 16 5:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center Neighborhood Improvement Committee Sept. 17 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Public Safety Committee Sept. 22 6:30 pm M.L. Govt. Center 2nd Budget Hearing Sept. 28 6:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center Cultural Affairs Com. October 1 7:00 pm M.L. Govt. Center (The following classes are free and open to the public) Tai Chi M/T/W/Th 9:00 am MCCC Yoga (for adults) M/W 7:30 am MCCC Yoga (for adults - Fee) T/Th 7:30 am MCCC Knitting/Crocheting Tu/Th 1:35 pm MCCC Sewing (Seniors) T/Th 2:00 pm MCCC Arts & Crafts (Seniors) Mon. Noon MCCC Computers (English) M/T/W/Th 9:15 am MCCC Computers (Spanish) M/T/W/Th 11:30 am MCCC Painting I & II Fri. 9 am/12:30 pm MCCC Painting III Wed. 9:30 am MCCC Spanish for Adults M/T/W/T 6:00 pm MCCC Dominoes M/T/W/Th/Fri 6:30 pm RACC Table Tennis Tues./Thurs. 7:00 pm RACC Ballet 1 & 2 Monday 4:30 & 5:30 pm MCCC Ballet 3 & 4 Wednesday 4:30 & 5:30 pm MCCC Jazz 1 & 2 Tuesday 4:30 pm MCCC Jazz 3 & 4 Thursday 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts (tots) Monday/Wednesday 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts (beginners) Monday/Wednesday 5:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts (intermed.) Tuesday/Thursday 4:30 pm MCCC Martial Arts (advanced) Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 pm MCCC Painting III Wednesday 9:00 am RACC Jazzercize (fee) M/Tu/W/Th 6:45 pm RACC

Homeowners Organizations

Royal Oaks Serenity Point Gramercy Park Regatta Pointe Loch Andrews Loch Isle Lake Martha Loch Lomond West Villa Vizcaya Lake Sandra The Anchorage Fountain Park Lake Elizabeth

Sept. 16 Sept. 16 Sept. 17 Sept. 17 Sept. 21 Sept. 21 Sept. 22 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Sept. 24 Sept. 28 Sept. 28

7:30 pm MLCC 7:00 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MCCC 7:00 pm MLCC 7:00 pm MLCC 7:00 pm MLCC 6:30 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MLCC 7:30 pm MLCC 7:00 pm MLCC

Miami Lakes Clubs, Professional & Volunteer Groups

M.L. Garden Club M.L. Bridge Club MLCA Bridge M.L. Quilting Club M.L. Kiwanis M.L. Toastmasters M.L. Lions Club

Sept. 28 7:00 pm MCCC Mondays 11:30 am MCCC Thursdays 11:00 am MCCC Tuesdays 11:15 am MCCC 2nd/4th Thurs. 6:30 pm Pampered Chef 1st/3rd Tues.7:00 pm ML Educational Center 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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St. Thomas alumni Al Avila named Detroit Tigers GM Al Avila, an alumnus of St. Thomas University’s sports administration program and former head baseball coach and director of athletics for the Bobcats, was named the general manager of the Detroit Tigers last month, making him the first Cuban-born to hold that position in Major League Baseball history. “I’m very excited for this opportunity, and honored and grateful to Tigers’ team owner Mike Ilitch for having the faith and trust in me to run the ball club in our continuing pursuit of a World Series championship,” Avila said in the statement. “After 24 years in professional baseball and 14 with the Detroit Tigers, I believe I’m uniquely qualified to be successful in this role in leading this organization. We’re confident we can make a strong push to win this year, and that we have the foundation in place to win next year and for years to come.” After earning his Master’s Degree in sports administration from St. Thomas, Avila served as director of athletics and head baseball coach for the Bobcats from 1988 until 1992. Under Avila’s leadership, the Bobcats won back-to-back Florida Sun Conference championships in 1991 and 1992, and they were ranked as high as No. 3 in the national NAIA Coaches Poll. In 1991, Avila was named the Florida Sun Conference Coach of the Year. Avila moved on from St. Thomas to become the assistant

AL AVILA director of Latin American Operations for the Florida Marlins in 1992, then he was elevated to director of Latin American Operations in 1994. In 1998, he was named director of scouting for the Marlins, handling the responsibilities for all of the Marlins scouting efforts on both the national and international levels. In 2001, he became vice president and assistant general manager for the Marlins and spent much of the year as interim general manager for the Marlins. Following his nine seasons with the Marlins and a short stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Avila was named vice president and assistant general manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, a position he held until his historic appointment as general manager last month.

St. Thomas’ volleyball team starts new season with 7-2 winning record With high expectations as the preseason favorites to win the Sun Conference, St. Thomas University’s volleyball team has posted a fast start out of the gates in the 2015 season with an early 7-2 record after successful runs at the Athletes Meals Classic and The Athletes Meals Invitational. After sweeping both their matches in straight sets over Keiser and Florida Memorial at the St. Thomas University’s TriMatch, the Bobcats won every contest at The Athletes Meals Classic, held August 21-22. STU defeated Dakota State in four sets (25-14, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22), then won in straight sets (25-15, 25-14,

25-15) over Webber International. That set up a dramatic match as St. Thomas came from behind to defeat Baker 3-2 (25-15, 21-25, 26-28, 27-25, 15-10) at The Athletes Meals Classic at the Fernandez Family Center. Senior defensive specialist Jordan Wiese and senior middle blocker Samantha Garza were each named to the All-Tournament team. The following weekend at The Athletes Meals Invitational, the Bobcats went 2-2 against some of the top teams in the NAIA. STU, which was among the teams receiving votes in the preseason NAIA Coaches Top-25 poll, lost to Cornerstone, another team also

Swinging Fore golf tourney set October 9 at Shula’s Club The 19th annual Swinging Fore Charity Golf Tournament, which benefits Catholic Hospice based in Miami Lakes, has been scheduled for Friday, October 9, at Shula’s Golf Club’s Senator Course. Monies raised from the tournament help Catholic Hospice provide treatment to patients who are unable to afford services. Funds also help grant patients final wishes through the organization’s Wishes Granted program, provide pet assistance through the Pet Peace of Mind program, and send grieving children to a weekendlong bereavement camp held twice each year.

A new element has been added to the tourney this year, the Robert Alt Virtual Golf Experience, a new VIP area for non-golfers who wish to spend the day networking on the course in an air conditioned tent complete with lounges, lunch, bar, domino tournament, virtual golf tournament and more. Golfers and non-golfers interested in participating in this year’s tournament activities, along with prospective sponsors, are asked to contact Community Development and Events coordinator Jossie Aguirre at or

receiving votes in the poll, to open the event. The Bobcats bounced back with a four-set win over Olivet Nazarene (26-28, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21) before falling to Missouri Baptist the third ranked team in the nation. STU then defeated MidAmerica Nazarene, another team receiving votes in the poll, in four sets (25-9, 25-22, 21-25, 27-25) in the finale of The Athletes Meals Invitational. Junior setter Dana Nowaczk and sophomore outside hitter Whitney Battoe were each named to the Invitational’s AllTournament team. As a result, STU student-athletes swept The Sun Conference's three Player of the Week Awards for the week ending August 30. Garza was named Sun Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week; senior Sydney Maynard was named Defender of the Week; and Nowaczyk was named Setter of the Week. The Bobcats returned to action against more national foes at last weekend's Mariner Invitational in Brunswick, Georgia. On Friday, the Bobcats faced Marin Methodist (Tenn.), followed by another team receiving votes in the NAIA poll in Bryan (Tenn.) STU’s next opponent was Bethel (Ind.) followed by a match vs. 20th ranked and tournament host Coastal Georgia.


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Shula’s ‘Thursday Night Voice of Love 5K scheduled for December 5 This year’s annual 5K run Voice of Love to bring more fami- involved more than 100 runners Shootouts’ set through Nov. 5 sponsored by the Voice of Love lies together and increase partici- and featured dozens of exhibitors. Shula’s Golf Course is hosting “Thursday Night Shootouts” every Thursday at 5 p.m. until November 5. The shootout takes place on Shula’s Senator Course at the golf club, located at 7601 Miami Lakes Drive and is open to anyone with an established handicap or GHIN number. The event is $15 per person and covers carts and green fees and for those interested in the weekly cash prize pot can donate $10 for a chance to win it all. There is also an option for team skins at $5. Cash prizes will be awarded weekly and the prize amount will be determined by how many teams are participating. After golfing, refreshments are available at the Hotel Indigo Bar. Each Thursday, a shotgun start kicks off the 9-hole, 2 person scramble. Participants can bring their own partner or be paired with another participant. To register, participants may contact Dave

and Training Development, Inc. will be held December 5 at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 Street in Hialeah. It also has been renamed the Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run/ Roll Family Fun Event. The move is part of an effort by

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M.L. Lions Club presents new trophy for Big T football game The Miami Lakes Lion Club has been a long-time sponsor of the Big T Trophy game, an annual award given to the winner of high school football rivals Hialeah Miami Lakes and Hialeah high schools. In the organization’s fifth decade of sponsoring the game, the Lions Club presented a new trophy to the teams on September 11 at Milander Stadium in Hialeah. The Trojans won in a shutout, 24-0. Named for the Trojans and Thoroughbreds, the Big T Trophy was first awarded in 1972 under the joint sponsorship of the Palm Springs and Miami Lakes Lion Clubs.

The trophy traveled between schools, but spends most of its time at HML, so in 1981, the trophy was retired and placed on permanent display at the school. By 1982, the Palm Springs Lions Club had disbanded and the Miami Lakes Lions Club continued the tradition on its own. After another 10-year run, the second Big T Trophy was retired to the HML trophy case in 1991. It was joined by the third Big T Trophy in 2001. In 2002, then-Miami Lakes Lions Club President Carl Franklin and charter member Charlie Pinkerton presented HML athletic director, Michael Colby, with a check for $442 to pay for a new Big T Trophy.

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Goleman High alumni return as faculty members By R.A. Romero The Miami Laker staff For Barbara Goleman Senior High School Gators, school spirit runs deep and sometimes, it’s hard to leave “the swamp.” Following high school and college graduations, a handful of Goleman alumni couldn’t resist walking down familiar corridors and returned once again, only this time, as faculty. Jose Lopez, Sara Yanes, Miguel Arguelles, Isabel Ojeda, Robert Inza, Lorena Cancela, Jeanette Galup, and Ariel Cribeiro are a mishmash of former graduating classes such as 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. For some, the decision to return to their alma mater was one planned such as Lopez, who notes that even during his time spent at Goleman as a student, he always wanted to be a part of their baseball team in some capacity. It was a feeling that stayed with him over

time as Lopez is currently the school’s baseball coach. For others, the opportunity and right timing came along to return. However, among reasons cited for why they returned to their former high school, one response stayed consistent: “it feels like home.” Since the school first opened its doors in 1995 the biggest changes came in the way of programs and curriculums such as the Capstone program and the introduction of magnet programs, the most recent being the National Security Intelligence Academy which is the only magnet of its kind in the county. The advancement in programs coupled with the alleviation of an overwhelming student population witnessed in the late 90’s have created a focused and rigorous learning environment today. The dynamics of working alongside former teachers and administration for these alumni

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proved to be seamless, or as in the case of former student and now assistant principal, Robert Inza has returned to fill the shoes of the administration. Joaquin Hernandez, Goleman’s current principal, was for many a familiar face, as he had previously held the role of assistant principal. “Mr. Hernandez was my assistant principal back in high school,” said Arguelles. “I appreciate his leadership tremendously. He has a real love for the school and an unwavering pursuit of excellence that deeply resonates with me.” For others, becoming colleagues with former teachers created a sense of respect missed in youth. “They are my role models,” said Yanes of her former teachers. “They made me the teacher and person I am today. I truly couldn’t have asked for better role models and examples of this profession.” As students that have come full circle from walking across a stage, earning their diplomas to a roar of applause to now occupying the seats that cheer on, the alumniturned-faculty at Goleman have

BARBARA GOLEMAN ALUMNI turned faculty (from left) Jose Lopez, Sara Yanes, Miguel Arguelles, Isabel Ojeda, Robert Inza, Lorena Cancela, Jeanette Galup, and Ariel Cribeiro are pictured with Chomps the school mascot. sage words for current students and future teachers alike. “It has to come from the heart,” said one; “Be very patient with young individuals and always cause an impact in their lives,” said another, and “be insatiably curious.” There is a collective passion shared among the faculty mem-

bers, one of remembrance and of future hope for the rising graduating classes. In the change that has followed since Goleman’s inception and in the consistency, one thing is certain: Goleman will always be there to welcome students home.

SHAPE campaign launches in M-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, along with School Board members and numerous officials, held a news conference on September 10 at North Beach Elementary School to launch SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America’s national “50 Million Strong By 2029” Initiative. Approximately 50 million students are currently enrolled in America's elementary and secondary schools (grades pre-K to 12). SHAPE America wants to ensure that by the time today's preschool-

ers graduate from high school in 2029, all of America's students are benefitting from the skills, knowledge, confidence, desire and opportunities to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. Due to innovative and exceptional physical education and health literacy curriculum, MiamiDade County Public Schools was selected by SHAPE America as the ideal District to showcase during the launch. The event highlighted the vast array of programs and activities available for students at all grade levels.

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Pace students create ‘Something to Give Organization to Feed Homeless’ By Rene D. Basulto Special to The Miami Laker Daniel Labrousse and Sarina Muthiah, seniors at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, and their group, Something to Give, have been feeding the homeless every month in downtown Miami and giving back to the community for the past year. “Our mission statement is ‘Supporting our community. Feeding our people’, said Labrousse. “This project is about feeding the homeless in our community and giving them a chance at a better life!� The group, which was created in the summer of 2014, relies on donations and volunteers from Pace and other high schools, along with parishioners and students from St. Rose of Lima Church and School to service as many people in need as possible. Pace High School has been a big part of the organization through its student and teacher

PACE HIGH students Nathan Bonet, AnaĂŻka Alezi, and Joseluiz Zarate distribute food as volunteers of Something to Give to the H domeless during a monthly feeding on September 5. volunteers. “We have received a lot help from Pace, especially Nelson Bonet, David Masters, Elvita Reigosa, Alina Fernandez, and the student body,â€? said Labrousse.

Pace High hosts 4th annual SpARTan Boot Camp Oct. 3 Pace High School is inviting all students in grades 5 through 8 to its 4th Annual Spartan Arts Boot Camp on October 3. Campers will enjoy an intensive exciting day with a morning and afternoon session focused on the school’s Signature Academies for art, dance, drama, and music. The sessions offered are Drawing and Sculpture for Art, Jazz and Hip Hop for Dance, Theatre and Musical Theatre for Drama, and Beginner and Advance Sessions for Music

(Band). Students can focus on one discipline throughout the day or mix and match their sessions from different academies. At the end of the day at 2:30 p.m., parents are invited to watch their children perform what they’ve learned in a special showcase. Cost is $10 with lunch included. To sign up, visit For more information, email Eduardo Flor at

Recently, Something to Give became an official ministry of St. Rose of Lima Church. The group will be having their next feeding on October 17 with a Halloween theme, followed by helping the Miami Rescue Mission with its annual Thanksgiving Banquet in November. Other volunteers at the recent feelding for the homeless included Pace alumnus Natallie Bonet, students Norma Bonet, Henry Villacorta, Cecilia Megie, Sarina Muthiah Lorrine Labrousse, Daniel Labrousse, Pace Theology teacher Nelson Bonet, Maya Lora, Jim Bustetter, AnaĂŻka Alezi, Amanda de Winter, Joseluiz Zarate, Nathan Bonet, and Simon Bustetter.

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ML Kiwanis Club charters American High’s Key Club The Kiwanis Club of Greater Miami Lakes has recently chartered the Key Club at American Senior High School. The addition of American’s Key Club brings the total of sponsored leadership programs in area high schools to a total of seven. Key Clubs are present at Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High, Miami Lakes Educational Center, Mater Lakes Academy, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Jose Marti MAST Academy, and Barbara Goleman Senior High. Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club has approximately 260,000 members in approximately 5,000 clubs and is represented in 31 countries. Formed in 1939, Florida was the first district in Key Club. A noteworthy former Key Club member is Senator Bob Graham.

This year the Lieutenant Governor elected for Division 25 A (Miami Lakes and Hialeah areas) is Sabrina Cerquera attending Miami Lakes Educational Center High School. Her division currently has 14 clubs in it and she is one of 41 Lieutenant Governors in the Florida District. Cerquera along with her counterparts statewide just returned from their own district board level training in Haines City conducted by the Florida District of Kiwanis Committee on Key Club. This is where they learned more about their position and refined many skills necessary to discharge the responsibilities of their position. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Miami Lakes, contact either Thomas Freiwald or Allen Albrecht, respectively, at thomasfreiwald@, 305-582-3280; and, 786-208-3177.

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Pace welcomes 9 new members to Sword & Shield Honors Program By Rene D. Basulto Special to The Miami Laker Seven freshmen and two sophomores were welcomed into Monsignor Edward Pace High School’s Spartan Sword and Shield Honors program at a breakfast held in the school’s Innovation Center on September 1. The breakfast was themed “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” echoing the program’s purpose of preparing its members for Ivy League and Top 10 universities. The newest additions to Pace’s elite program mingled with current members and shared their expectations for the coming year. Having begun in 2011, the Spartan Sword and Shield program prepares intellectually gifted, hardworking, and driven students for Ivy League and top 10 universities by placing them on a set four-year track consisting only of AP, honors, and dual enrollment classes. Students are selected by invitation only, based on a review of their entrance and placement exam scores, past grades, and previous honors classes. Once they are invited, they must maintain a high GPA, receive a final average of an A or B in all of their classes, and be an active part of the Pace community. Past graduates of the SSS Honors Program are currently attending universities such as Princeton, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Northwestern University.

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NINE STUDENTS were welcomed as the newest members of Monsignor Edward Pace High School’s Spartan Sword and Shield program at a special breakfast held in the school’s Innovation Center on September 1. Spartan Sword and Shield will be holding an alumni night in December so the program’s graduates can tell the current generation their success stories. For now,

M-D School Board approves three Perla Hantman proposals The Miami-Dade School Board unanimously approved three items proposed by School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman recognizing high school graduates who attained a high level of competency in a world language, endorsed October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the district, and proclaimed October 19-25, 2015 as National Teen Driver Safety Week. “The purpose of the Seal of Biliteracy is to encourage students to study languages and provide employers with a method of identifying an individual who has lan-

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guage and biliteracy skills, and promote world language instruction in public schools,” said Hantman. “Also, this month is dedicated to highlighting the importance of early detection of breast cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American women, as well as the time we encourage high school teenagers to change risky driving behaviors in hopes of saving lives across the country.” The School Board also voted to proclaim October 19-25, 2015 as National Teen Driver Safety Week.


Vice President Joe Biden visits and speaks at MDC’s North Campus

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN visited Miami Dade College North Campus in early September.

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Vice President Joe Biden was in South Florida on September 23 to speak at Miami Dade College and the Jewish Community Center in Davie. Biden spoke at the Science Center at MDC's north campus addressing the importance of helping more Americans go to college. The Vice President was last at MDC to deliver the keynote address at the 2014 commencement. Biden came to South Florida to lend a hand to Senate Democrats and the administration's education agenda as some watched for any hint that he’ll seek the presidency. He may have dropped one such hint at MDC, telling the crowd, “People who aren’t willing to risk failing never succeed.” But the remark, at least on its surface, was about the courage it takes for students to go back to school after being out for several years. At the college, he toured a biotechnology lab, where a student asked if he wanted to join in her work. “I'm going to watch,” Biden joked, looking at the press corps. “I can see the press headline: ‘Biden screws up experiment’.”

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Spanish Lake Elementary hosts annual Open House for parents and school staff The parents and staff of Spanish Lake Elementary came together to make a difference in education at the annual open house. In order to empower each student to reach his or her highest potential, enthusiastic parents were made aware of the rigorous education their child would be exposed to at Spanish Lake Elementary. Through a Curriculum Re-

source Fair in the main cafeteria and teacher presentations in the students’ rooms, parents were informed of the implementation of the Cambridge Program, the BISO program, Title I funding, and the plans for what and how the children will be learning. The open house was a dynamic opportunity for families to interact with the school.

OPEN HOUSE EVENT: Parents, students, faculty and administration came together at Spanish Lake Elementary’s open house.

GRANDPARENTS were honored just in time for “Grandparents Day” at Miami Lakes K-8 Center on September 9 and 10 where all grandparents were invited to a breakfast sponsored by the school’s PTSA. MLK-8 Center principal Rosy Calvo (center) is pictured with attending grandparents and assistant principal (left) Carlos Salcedo. POOL EQUIP.

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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Praise Band & Music.............9:40 AM Traditional Worship Service.10:00 AM Alive-Contemporary Service11:30 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

Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Vida Nueve

5700 W. 12 Avenue Telephone: 305-821-3232 Worship Service...................11:00 AM

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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

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.

MDC journalism students participate in Hispanic Journalists student project Miami Dade College students Tomas Monzon and Brayan Vazquez, who are members of the school’s newspaper, The Reporter, are on their way to Orlando to participate in the 2015 National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Student Project during the organization’s Excellence in Journalism conference. The event is scheduled from September 18 through 20. The project offers 12 students nationwide an opportunity to receive a week-long training in multimedia journalism, including reporting for the convention website, The Latino Reporter Digital, creating a digital newspaper, a television newscast and radio programs. Vazquez said he’s elated he was selected to participate in the conference to help expand his horizon in the journalism industry. “I’m honored to partake in this great opportunity to learn directly from journalists, and allowing me to work on areas still foreign to me,” he said. Vazquez, 20, has been with The Reporter for a year. He has written columns, news stories, taken photos and is currently working on the paper’s new online website scheduled to go live this fall. A 2013 graduate of Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton, he is studying computer science at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. Vazquez, who came to the United States from Mexico when he was 11-years-old, loves to engage in social issues that affect people of color such as the schoolto-prison pipeline and the implementation of private correctional facilities that house undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and

P.S. Methodist Indoor Yard Sale scheduled for Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10 Palm Springs United Methodist Church (PSUMC), located at 5700 W. 12 Avenue in Hialeah, is hosting a Fall Indoor Yard Sale on Fridays and Saturdays October 2-3 and October 9-10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of items available for sale at bargain prices. Some items to expect are fabrics, craft supplies, clothing, linens, records, videos, toys, baby items, luggage, lamps, pictures, collectables, small furniture, books and holiday decor. Lunch and snacks will be on sale. Money raised is used for church work and missions. For more information call 305-8213232, 305-821-2073 or email at

worldwide. Monzon, 21, was the valedictorian at South Miami Senior High in 2012. During his high-school career, he worked with Teenlink South Florida for a year writing movie reviews for their print and online publications. He also attended two workshops funded by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. He graduated from MDC’s Honors College in May and will be attending Florida International University this fall to study computer information systems. “Through The Reporter, I learned and practiced editing, writing, interviewing, researching while combining different sources of information; these abilities will become invaluable assets in my future career as a journalist,” added Monzon built an impressive and varied portfolio while at The Reporter. He served as the paper’s forum editor, senior news writer and produced multimedia stories. Originally from Argentina, he arrived with his family to the United States in 2001 to seek refuge from a deteriorating economy in his homeland. Monzon aspires to work as a multimedia journalist for TIME or Newsweek as well as a computer systems technician for a government agency or private business.



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3/2.5 Brand new townhome with 2car garage, gated community, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, wood laminate floors, hurricane impact windows, fitness studio, 24 hr. maintenance. From $2450 monthly. Call 305-821-1138.

TILE INSTALLATION Tile/Marble Installation. Remodel bathrooms and repairs. Free Estimates. Call 305-803-6901.

Selling or Buying? Cary Gonzalez sells Miami Lakes since 1995! These two properties are For Sale at incredible prices. Call me today!

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4/3 Loch Andrews Best view of the lake!

3/2 Loch Andrews All renovated!

Cary Gonzalez REALTOR-Associate CDPE


(305) 213-2328 carygonzalezrealtor

6850 Main Street Miami Lakes, FL 33014



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6945 Gleneagle Drive - Miami Lakes Loch Lomond Lakefront home, 5 bed., 5 baths, plus office, over 5,500 sq.ft., undergoing total renovation. New roof, impact windows, doors. Ski lake. $1,350,000.

10485 N.W. 130 Street - Hialeah Gardens Estates 4/5 home, just remodeled incl: Marble floors, wood/ granite cabinets/vanities, impact French doors. marble patio deck, circular drive. Reduced to $700,000.

(305) 336-1161

NMLS 384953 NMLS 1125655

14100 Palmetto Frontage Rd., Suite 210, Miami Lakes, FL 33016

Serving the Miami Lakes community for over 35 years as a full service Realtor! 6301 Pent Place - Miami Lakes

14601 Lake Candlewood Court - Miami Lakes 5 bed., 2 1/2 bath home on double lot, outdoor kitchen with commercial oven, hurricane shutters, impact windows. whole house generator with 1K Gal. propane tank, 2 Tiki Huts, 2 new A/C systems. Reduced to 495,000.

16240 West Troon Circle - M. Lakes Loch Lomond Totally remodeled 5/3 home including new roof, new kitchen and bathrooms, wood and granite cabinets, built-in wall oven/micro oven, S/S appliances, high end plumbing fixtures. Just Reduced to $790,000.

16500 N.W. 83 Court - Royal Oaks in Miami Lakes

8450 N.W. 138 Terrace - Miami Lakes

For Rent. This minimum 2-year lease 4 bedroom, 3 bath pool home has wood and granite cabinets, tiled floors, all impact windows and doors, circular drive, alarm system, S/S appliances, large covered patio, newly painted inside and out. Rent firm at $3,400.

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom and a half townhouse is located in the lovely neighborhood of Villa Vizcaya. The two-story home is surrounded by great schools, major highways and supermarkets. Currently listed FOR RENT at $2,000 per month.

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Featured properties in Miami Lakes

Listed and Sold by Vera in 20 days! $395,000 Great home in heart of Miami Lakes. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, oversize lot, pool, tile floors, 2-car garage. Best price for Miami Lakes.

Vera Cox


Closing Agent/Attorney


New Listing For Sale! 15485 Miami Lakeway North #108. Totally updated 2 bedroom/1 bath, granite countertops and more. Located in Celebration Point. Asking $150,000.

8002 N.W. 164 Terrace, Royal Oaks. A rare find! One-story, 4 bedrooms/4.5 baths, updated kitchen, large bedrooms, beautiful pool area perfect for entertaining. Asking $695,000.


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New Listing Rental. 8555 Ardoch Road, Miami Lakes. Fantastic 2/2 plus loft, 1-car garage. Enjoy the wonderful long lake view. Updated kitchen and baths, excellent condition. Asking $2490/month.

Investment Property: 12 units for sale in South Miami. Asking $1,225,000. Call today for your confidential evaluation if you are thinking of Selling!

Liza E. Mendez,

Loch Lomond

16000 Aberdeen Way Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Gramercy Park

16029 N.W. 82 Place Miami Lakes, FL 33016


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15145 N.W. 90 Court REDUCED $339,000

8830 N.W. 191 Street

Immaculate property well maintained by its original owner. 3 bedroom, 2 bath one-story gem with a one-car garage. Roof is only 5 years old and recently pressure washed and sealed. Freshly painted exterior. Brand new driveway (2014). Gas stove and water heater. Motivated seller.

14524 N.W. 87 Place $345,000

Builder’shome with a lot of extras. Oversized lot with north/south exposure, back covered porch, light concrete on the second floor. Amazing view of the lake. Property has 15 SEER energy efficient A/C, approx. 6 years old. One bedroom used as laundry room, however water hookup available in garage. Gas stove, dryer and water heater.

Great property in sought after Serenity Point in west Miami Lakes. Originally a 4/2, currently being used as a 3/2 with 2 master bedrooms and sitting area. Can easily be converted back to 4/2 if needed. Property is in great shape. Covered patio, plenty of room for a pool. Storage shed and hurricane shutters.




1401 S.W. 134 Way, #203C $79,000 Great condo in Century Village (55 and over community). 1 bedroom, 1.5 baths on the second floor overlooking main lake in the Village and within walking distance to Clubhouse. Tankless water heater, newer A/C, flat top range. Amenities include state of the art Clubhouse, transportation, billards, and shows.

14550 Glencairn Road $579,000 Turn key one-story property in sought after tree lined community of Lake Elizabeth. Remodeled kitchen with thick granite and 42-inch cabinets. Cabana bath with travertine marble floors. Accordion shutters on the outside along with Plantation shutters on the inside. Roof only 5 years old. 15KW gas automatic generator. Lots of attic space, Vaulted ceilings, 6” crown molding & French doors just to name a few extras.

Beautiful one-story corner townhouse in Lake Sandra. 2 bedrooms/2 baths completely updated. Hardwood floors, new kitchen and bathrooms. A/C is only 2 years old. Two master bedrooms, accordion shutters and lots of extras. Covered patio with brand new awning with direct view of the lake.


Reduced $415,000

RE/MAX Unique Realty & RE/MAX Realty 1

Celebrating 20 Years of Serving You Congratulations! Broker-Owner Eddie Rodriguez of RE/MAX Unique Realty is celebrating 20 years in business. RE/MAX Unique Realty has gained an exceptional name, and is officially the oldest standing, International-Real Estate Franchise in Miami Lakes!

Miami Lakes Realty & Welcome Center • In The Lobby of Don Shula’s Hotel

6850 Main Street Miami Lakes, FL 33014 • (305) 822-9800

Ready to let a RE/MAX agent lead you for all your real estate needs! We have two offices to better serve you. Eddie Rodriguez, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Unique Realty Lake Katherine Shopping Center 6167 Miami Lakes Dr. East, Miami Lakes, FL 33014


8297 Balgowan Road $305,000

RE/MAX Realty 1 Design District 4100 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 310 Miami, FL 33137



Featured Properties FOR SALE LOCH LOMOND 4 bedrooms + office, marble floors, Impact windows. FOR SALE: ROYAL OAKS 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, lake and pool. $800,000.

Offices in Hialeah for rent and warehouses for sale! • Founding Member of The Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. • 2015 Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce president. • Miami Lakes resident over 41 years.

305-821-0203 Magaly Rubio, CIPS, CRS, GRI Broker/Associate/e-PRO

Brand New Luxury Rentals in Miami Lakes • 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Apartments from $1,490 • 2 and 3 Bedroom Townhomes from $2,115 • Granite countertops, laminate wood flooring, stainless appliances, huge closets, washer/dryer • Townhomes w/attached garages, 24 hr. maintenance • Gated entry, on-site fitness studio, pool, half basketball court, bark park and 1.5 acre lake • Schools: Bob Graham Education Center (K-8), and Barbara Goleman Senior High School

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