Stories written by Richard Yager

Hospital begins series of Military Family Dinners

West Kendall families of the U.S. military are becoming acquainted, exchanging recollections and ideas to support service personnel, thanks to a new community program hosted by West Kendall Baptist Hospital. The “Military Family Appreciation Dinners” take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Bamboo Café of the […]

CAC gets impromptu updates when speaker doesn’t show

CAC gets impromptu updates when speaker doesn’t show

What happens at a community meeting when the speaker fails to show? “You improvise,” chuckled chair James Blough, now in his third year arranging programs for Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Like his counterpart, Barry White who chairs the Kendall District CAC, both often call upon police officers, attending county officials or […]

Memorabilia, historic clips cover doctor’s office walls

Memorabilia, historic clips cover doctor’s office walls

Doctors’ office walls most often display multiple diplomas, side-by-side with foreboding charts of the human anatomy. Not so for Dr. Joaquin Fernandez, 46, a Miami podiatrist and surgeon whose inherent love of history transcends what patients may expect of idle conversations that occur during treatments. “Life is where it takes you,” he laughs when asked […]

Kendall Hosts Two Miami-Dade Leaders, Incorporation Study Begins – in 24 Hours!

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  It wasn’t planned that way. But all within a 24 hours, Apr. 23-24, Kendall will: • Organize its first incorporation study in 10 years; • Get an update on Miami-Dade schools from Schools Supt. Albert Carvalho; • Hear a Kendall progress report from Mayor Carlos Gimenez.   6 p.m., Apr. 23: WK MAC Study […]

West Kendall MAC to begin incorporation study Apr. 23

A study to determine the potential of incorporating a section of West Kendall will begin with a newly appointed Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC) meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kendale Lakes Branch Library, 15205 SW 88th St. The initial session for seven resident members appointed by District 10 Commissioner Juan […]

Pumpkin digs new facilities at W.Kendall Dog Park

Pumpkin digs new facilities at W.Kendall Dog Park

Pumpkin and a pair of his busy paws just couldn’t wait. As Miami-Dade Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, county officials and photographers gathered, the eager 4-year-old golden retriever dragged owner, Parks construction manager Jay Forni, to a makeshift sand pile, readied to mark a parking lot expansion at the West Kendall Dog Park during an Apr. […]

Miami-Dade Transit finalizing new Park and Ride lot plans

A Park and Ride lot under FPL transmission lines along SW 127th Avenue to serve Kendall Drive bus routes is due for development before the end of the year. The “project is moving forward” with a signed agreement between Miami- Dade Transit and Florida Power & Light Company being prepared for county commission approval in […]

Solar lighting projects expanded at Westbrook, Ruben Dario parks

Solar lighting projects expanded at Westbrook, Ruben Dario parks

Solar lighting is coming to Kendall parks, wherever affordable and practical. Solar walkway lights will be installed at Westbrook Park later this summer while Ruben Dario Park will get new lighting for its entrance road, both the latest expansions of LED systems in southwest Miami-Dade County parks. In an area surrounded by single-family homes, east […]

Stray dogs and cats find loving homes at WK event

Stray dogs and cats find loving homes at WK event

For more than four hours on Sunday, Mar. 23, dozens of West Kendall residents got acquainted with a few of Miami-Dade County Animal Services’ homeless dogs and cats at The Crossings Shopping Center. By the time the event was over many were taken into new homes as family pets. Volunteers joined employees to offer 50 […]

104th Street intersection remake nears completion

A six-month project to improve traffic capacity on SW 104th Street at the SW 122nd Avenue intersection was being completed in late March. It is immediately west of the turnpike overpass where controversy arose in West Kendall last fall. Coincidentally, the Miami-Dade County Public Works project already had begun redeveloping the crossing while Devon Aire […]

Miami Improv club opens at Kendall Village Center

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The long-standing Miami Improv comedy club has relocated to Kendall. It opened with former Y100 radio personality Michael Yo in twin performances on Mar. 22 at Homefield Sports Bar & Grille in the Kendall Village Center shopping complex. Less than six months after closing its doors in Coconut Grove, Miami Improv announced on Mar. 18 […]

FPL volunteers ‘pitch in’ to dress up Kendall club

FPL volunteers ‘pitch in’ to dress up Kendall club

“It looks beautiful,” declared Allison Dye, program director of the Kendall Boys and Girls Club the Monday after more than 100 Florida Power and Light employees completed a one-day paint-and-landscaping project on Friday, Mar. 7. Family and friends of the power company joined the green tee-shirted crew to help spruce up both the exterior and […]

Recruiter says county needs guardian ad litem volunteers

Recruiter says county needs guardian ad litem volunteers

Noting that 6,000 children and teens up to age 18 live in Miami-Dade County foster homes, Pierre urged an audience of more than 30 to become an appointee of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court program to give abused and homeless children “a second voice” in managing personal affairs. Pierre is one of three recruiting specialists […]

Single-color wall painting debuts along Coral Way

Single-color wall painting debuts along Coral Way

A conglomeration of multi-colored walls along Coral Way now has a new look. Between SW 122nd and 147th avenues, county work crews went to work in February applying a common beige color that erased both mold and eye-sore graffiti from aging wall areas said to be “the worst found in West Kendall” after inspection tours […]