5 Candidates qualify for April 9 special election

Government By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, February 16, 2024

Five candidates have qualified to run in the April 9 special election to fill a seat on the Miami Lakes town council. Seat 6 became vacant when Vice Mayor Carlos Alvarez resigned in November, citing personal reasons. The candidates who completed their paperwork on Feb. 14 are: Hector Abad, a social worker in Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Esther Colon, a former manager of the town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; former Vice Mayor Nelson...

Parking on swale along NW 170th St. draws scrutiny from councilman, residents and police

Featured By Linda Trischitta, Editor Friday, February 16, 2024

      The quarter-mile walking trail along Northwest 170th Street is bordered by a canal on the south side and what has become an illegal parking lot on the swale on the north side.       A resident’s complaint to the SeeClickFix app prompted the town on Feb. 1 to post No Parking signs along the swale.            Miami-Dade Police officers warned drivers -- who have been...

Council candidates Steven Herzberg, Mario O. Pinera, Jr. launch campaigns

Community By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, February 16, 2024

    Two candidates for the Miami Lakes Town Council have launched their campaigns.      Business owner Mario O. Pinera Jr. is running for Seat 1, currently held by Vice Mayor Tony Fernandez and attorney Steven Herzberg is running for Seat 5, held by Councilman Luis Collazo. Realtor Juan Carlos Fernandez is seeking Seat 3, held by Councilwoman Marilyn Ruano. Fernandez has not held his launch party...

Officials discuss blight at town entrance

Community By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Friday, February 16, 2024

Stakeholders met in December at the Palmetto Expressway overpass and Northwest 67th Avenue to discuss improvements for the area beneath the expressway.  Miami Lakes Councilman Ray Garcia led the effort with leaders from the Florida Department of Transportation and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sen. Rene Garcia, who represents District 13 which includes Miami Lakes. Councilman Garcia said he has received complaints about dirty conditions...

Hialeah Gardens High student Does the Right Thing!

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Thursday, February 15, 2024

     Do the Right Thing of Miami, Inc., honored students who go above and beyond at school and in their communities during its monthly ceremony on Jan. 24.       The organization said Abigail Batic, a senior at Hialeah Gardens High School, wants to become a veterinarian.  Abigail, 17, fosters animals and is credited with creating her school’s safe club, where students work with...
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