Mater Lakes Academy hosts WNBA star's camp

Sports By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, December 1, 2021

     WNBA All Star Erica Wheeler and her Wheeler Kid Foundation held its 4th Annual Basketball Camp at Mater Lakes Academy’s new gym in Hialeah.      More than 180 girls participated in the camp on Oct. 16, when the kids received athletic shoes, a bag and shirts courtesy of sponsor Adidas, the school said.     Wheeler, originally from the Liberty City section of Miami who is a guard for the...

Tabares Hantman reelected chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board

Education By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, December 1, 2021

     Perla Tabares Hantman of Miami Lakes was re-elected for an unprecedented 14th time as chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board.       Tabares Hantman represents District 4. She was originally elected to the school board in 1996 and is the first Hispanic woman to serve as chair.      Her previous years of service leading the board are from 1999 - 2001, and then each...

Tito Puente, Jr. surprises HML Senior High School students with a master class in mambo

Education By Linda Trischitta, Editor Thursday, November 18, 2021

     As part of their Hispanic Heritage Month studies of the history of Latin music, students in chorus and piano teacher Shenita Hunt’s class at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School enjoyed performances by singer Melina Almodovar and musician Tito Puente, Jr. on Oct. 25.      Puente, Jr. is a son of the late Tito Puente, aka the “King of the Timbales,” who contributed to the development of...

Scouts team up to retire flags in Miami Lakes ceremony

Education By Linda Trischitta, Editor Friday, November 5, 2021

Boy Scout Troop 566 and Sea Scout Ship 144 retired more than 60 American flags and a state of Florida flag in a ceremony held Oct. 12 in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall, at 6601 Main St. Earlier this year, Troop 566 created a drop box in the government center for residents to deposit old, torn or discolored flags. The banners were burned as part of a respectful ritual, when the scouts also saluted the flags.  Shown above are, from left:...

Dade Christian student competes in USA Junior Olympics

Sports By David L. Snelling, Reporter Friday, November 5, 2021

     Dade Christian student Jason Smith, 12, competed in the throwing events at the 2021 USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships this past summer at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Jason was 42nd in the shot put among 58 finishers in the age 11-12 group and 47th out of 61 finishers in the javelin. Jason, shown above with his parents Shenika Smith and Jason Smith Sr., had personal-best throws...
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