Stories written by Richard Yager

‘Pawning for gold’ raises zoning issue with CC12

Is pawning gold any worse than selling it outright? That is a question East Kendall Community Council 12 may have to decide at a Dec. 17 zoning meeting. Jorge Carvajal, owner of MG Jewelers at 11760 SW 88 St. and two other stores in West Kendall, has taken his case to the people. As the […]

Santa Claus to visit kids in Farm Share program

For the third year, children aided by the Farm Share program will have their annual visit from Santa Claus at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at the Civic Pavilion in Kendall Village Center, 8625 SW 124 Ave. The public is welcome to join the party that will feature Ferguson High School Lady Falconers singing […]

Dipping sauce wins resident $5,000 scholarship in NYCDipping sauce wins resident $5,000 scholarship in NYC

Tirza Diaz de Villegas is on her way to national fame as a creative sauce chef, credited in part to “a mixed Honduran- Cuban upbringing.” The 34-year-old Kendall mother of three said she won’t stop there. After graduation from Florida International University, she aims to visit many of the Red Robin restaurants that will begin […]

Pearl Harbor Day observance set at Military Museum, Dec. 7

Miami-Dade servicemen and women, veterans and families will join for a special observance of Pearl Harbor Day on Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-noon, at the Military Museum of South Florida. The museum building served as a headquarters building for the U.S. Navy during World War II, and has been restored partially since being moved from […]

Young players preparing for third Miami Soccer Festival

  For the third year, Kendall will play host, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, to the Miami Soccer Festival, South Florida’s only weekend competition for both boys and girls youth teams (ages 12 and under). The event annually attracts thousands to fields at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave., where the U.S. version of Soccer Five […]

Turnpike cancels express lane ramps at 104th St. overpass

Proposed exit and entry ramps on Florida’s Turnpike at the SW 104th Street overpass have been dropped from planned turnpike expansion, according to a Nov. 14 announcement by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). On the same date, FDOT published notice of a new public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 10, for the same section of […]

Kendale Lakes loop cut from Metrobus Route 88

The loop off SW 137th Avenue that has served Kendale Lakes with neighborhood bus service has been dropped from Metrobus Route 88. Early word of the cutback due to continuing “low ridership” was heard by 75 West Kendall residents during a special presentation on Nov. 12 regarding Miami-Dade transportation planning, a continuation of a pre-charrette […]

Killian HS first graduating class celebrates reunion

A two-day reunion of more than 100 classmates of Killian Senior High School’s first graduating class also celebrated a 50th anniversary of the Kendall school that began construction in October 1963. Class members toured the school and sang the “Cougar” song during an informal “pep” rally on Oct. 18 before the Killian football team defeated […]

Kendale residents continue opposition to Pinewood plan

Kendale Homeowners Association (KHA) members will oppose the expansion of Pinewoods Acres School property when it appears before the Development Impact Committee for review and the Miami-Dade County Commissioners for approval. More than 30 members of the association, meeting on Oct. 29, again voiced disapproval of a projected 2,000-student school in a planned two-story redevelopment […]

Zapata pushes W. Kendall into Miami soccer spotlight

With an eye to a potentia  soccer franchise becoming a reality, Miami-Dade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata has asked Mayor Carlos Gimenez to propose FIU’s football stadium as a temporary arena for an Major League Soccer team. His action by a formal memo on Oct. 2 is accompanied by reports that former English soccer […]

Store has 50K-plus records from yesterday and today

  Evan Chern admits he i  thinking about “what to do with all those records.” With well over 50,000 in his Yesterday and Today Record store, he is Miami’s oldest and largest dealer in 12-inch LPs, technologically replaced by compact discs in the late 1980s. “Now, a lot of CDs have become collectibles, too,” added […]

Equestrain Center project completed at Tropical Park

Equestrain Center project completed at Tropical Park

Equestrain Center project completed at Tropical ParkaA celebration officially opening the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Complex at Tropical Park on Oct. 11 marked completion of an $8.67 million project designed to bring world-class equestrian activities to Miami-Dade. “The new facilities are absolutely stunning and will mark a major step forward for the county in hosting international […]

Future focus to guide Kendall Corridor study

A plan to explore new and redevelopment potential of Kendall Drive west of SW 137th Avenue drew an unexpected near standing-room-only crowd at the West Kendall Regional Library in The Hammocks on Oct 8. The first in a series of Kendall Corridor charrette meetings saw Miami-Dade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata ask more than […]

County to salute veterans; observance set at museum

For the first time in years, Miami-Dade will conduct a downtown “Golden Veterans Parade” Friday, Nov. 8, to honor Vietnam veterans from the South Florida area. In addition, a special observance for World War II veterans and families has been planned. The Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board headed by Miami Dade District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” […]

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