Town names road for centenarian

Community By Alexandra Herrera, Reporter Thursday, February 29, 2024

      Rosa Nell Hammer, 104, braved the wind off Graham Dairy Lake to see town officials dedicate her new street sign on Montrose Road. 

     She thanked them as well as neighbors and friends of many decades during the ceremony on Feb. 12. 

     “Today is so special in our community,” Mayor Manny Cid said. “We’re honoring the jewel of our town.” 

      Councilmen Ray Garcia and Josh Dieguez also attended.

     The idea for the sign was brought to the town council by Hammer’s friend and her boss Alex Ruiz, district sales manager broker-associate for The Keyes Company. 

     Also at the unveiling was Hammer’s granddaughter, U.S. Air Force Maj. Patricia Hammer. 

     “She’s done a lot for the town, and she’s been on all these committees,” Hammer said.

     A world traveler, Hammer and her late husband Harvey Hammer raised their children in Miami Lakes.

     Hammer is a longtime member of the Miami Lakes Garden Club and has volunteered with several groups in town.

     She stopped selling real estate when she turned 100. A former competitive orchid grower, there is a yellow Cattleya named for her.  

     Montrose Road/Rosa Nell Hammer Way borders Veterans Park. That’s where the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee and Elderly Affairs Committee planted a live oak tree to recognize her work as a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ aircraft factory worker during World War II.