Pizzi settlement is done, Miami Lakes town attorney tells council

Featured By Linda Trischitta, Editor Thursday, June 13, 2024

Miami Lakes will pay former Mayor Michael Pizzi $1.625 million for legal fees for his defense in a federal criminal case, a decision that ends a decade of courtroom battles and payments to lawyers. After a jury found in 2014 that Pizzi was not...

Pets of Miami Lakes

Community By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, June 5, 2024

     Oreo is an English Spot Rabbit who belongs to Isabella Encalada, 8.  The rabbit lives with her grandparents Florita Hidalgo-Gato and Erik Hidalgo-Gato in Miami Lakes. Florita Hidalgo-Gato gave Oreo to Isabella as a gift last fall after she made the honor roll at school.       Isabella lives with her mother Aylen Hidalgo-Gato in Palm Springs North.      Isabella named her rabbit...

WWII U.S. Army corporal who was missing in action is laid to rest in Miami Lakes

Community By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, June 5, 2024

     U.S. Army Cpl. Frank V. Benak is finally at rest.      Decades after being killed in action during World War II, he was interred April 12 at Vista Memorial Gardens in Miami Lakes.      Benak, from Scottville, Mich., enlisted to fight the Japanese during World War II. He was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1942, outside of a village in Papua, New Guinea.      The 24-year-old...

Kids Paint a Picture for Mom at annual event

Featured By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    About 60 children attended the Cultural Affairs Committee’s Paint a Picture for Mom annual event held at the Miami Lakes Farmer’s Market on May 11, said Elsa Reus, the Committee’s chair for the project.       The young artists sat beneath a marquee to work on their canvases. Shown in the first photo are students from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School’s National Honor...

Goleman inducts National Honor Society members

Education By Linda Trischitta, Editor Wednesday, June 5, 2024

     Barbara Goleman Senior High School held its National Honor Society induction ceremony at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on April 3. There are nearly 300 students in the school’s chapter.      The NHS officers for the 2023 - 2024 school year gathered on a stage, from left, David Anderson; Valeria Franco; Rosalie Ortega; Gabriel Diaz; Sofia Crissien; Elizabeth Franklin; Klaudya...

Yenisey Cabrera -- Educator and a Realtor with The Keyes Company -- writes a children’s book

Education By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Wednesday, June 5, 2024

     After spending time with her young niece and nephew, Yenisey Cabrera came up with the premise of her first children’s book, “Snooky’s First Day in a New School.”       The softcover book follows a little brown, black and tan dog named Snooky as he begins classes at a new school.      Snooky must cope with experiences that many kids -- or in this story,...
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