Baptist Children’s Hospital offering corrective facial surgeries for free

A child’s smile is one of the greatest joys of life. Unfortunately, some children in the United States are born with a facial deformity. For the 13th year, Baptist Children’s Hospital will donate its facilities and charitable funds to perform corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children. These operations […]

Hospital first in nation to use world’s smallest surgery stapler

Hospital first in nation to use world’s smallest surgery stapler

West Kendall Baptist Hospital is the first hospital in the nation to use the world’s smallest stapler instrument to close incisions in the gastrointestinal region of the body. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, MD, on Mar. 3 completed the first surgical procedure in the United States using the cutting and stapling device developed by Cardica called the MicroCutter […]

Subaru Outback earns top safety rating with new technology

Subaru Outback earns top safety rating with new technology

The 2014 Subaru Outback is an excellent vehicle for a young couple with a growing family. It’s a two-row crossover vehicle (or station wagon) with a roomy mid-size interior, crisp handling and off-road capable with 8.7 inches of ground clearance. It also is easy to maneuver and offers some pretty amazing safety technology. In fact, […]

Second Annual West Kendall Earth Day Festival and Easter Celebration!


  presented by Local Biz Marketing Group and the Gold Coast Railroad Museum West Kendall will celebrate their Second Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday April 20th, 11am to 4pm, at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 Street, Miami. This FREE family-friendly event will have live music and entertainment, children’s bounce house & […]

Redland Blues and BBQ Festival at Fruit and Spice Park, Apr. 5-6

Miami-Dade Parks and Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Lynda Bell present the fourth annual Redland Blues and Barbecue Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 5 and 6, at the Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in Homestead. Join in lakeside for some incredible barbecue food along with blues and country music. A multitude […]

Criminal ring busted by Hammocks District Unit

A South Miami Heights narcotics, prostitution and dog fighting ring was broken up by a Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District Crime Suppression Team when a Special Response Unit on Jan. 21 took 10 individuals into custody, also seizing firearms, cocaine, methyl one, marijuana and 20 abused dogs, later given to a Broward County humane facility. For […]

Officer’s keen sense of smell leads to $13K marijuana bust

A keen sense of smell drew Miami-Dade Police Kendall District Officer AntonioLlaneras (center) to check out an erratic female driver after stopping her in the Dadeland area on Dec. 19, 2013. Detecting a strong marijuana odor, he found a black duffle bag in the car’s trunk that held five and one-half pounds of marijuana with […]

New VeePop augmented reality app makes T-shirts come alive

New VeePop augmented reality app makes T-shirts come alive

Kendall-based technology leader RealityBoost ( has launched VeePop, a mobile app that makes tee shirts “come alive” with videos through the “magic” of augmented reality (AR). This marks the first time that AR, previously the domain of major “brands,” has been made affordable for the masses. The company, which specializes in the development of mobile […]

Riviera Prep shows its love for special needs students

The students at Riviera Preparatory School held a special Valentine’s Day party for the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Prep Campus. Riviera Prep infuses Service Learning into its rigorous and diverse curriculum; this event was designated as a school wide day of service. More than 100 of Riviera’s middle […]

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 […]

Earls Kitchen + Bar celebrates grand opening in Dadeland Mall

Pictured (l-r) are vice president of operations for Earls Kitchen + Bar, Mark Hladik; regional vice president-Southeast Region, Dadeland Mall, Maria Prado; executive chef Luke Verkulyen, Earls Kitchen + Bar founder and chair, Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller. (Photo credit: Manny Hernandez)

Earls Kitchen + Bar celebrated its grand opening in South Florida’s iconic Dadeland Mall on Thursday, Mar. 13, with an invitation-only party for close to 500 local luminaries, elected officials, community leaders and socialites. The festivities began with a ribboncutting ceremony and proclamation presentation from the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office. On hand to commemorate the […]

BunnyPalooza back at Seaquariumfor Easter weekend filled with fun

Easter weekend in Miami gets underway with BunnyPalooza 2014 at Miami Seaquarium, which hops onto the scene from Friday, Apr. 18, to Easter Sunday, Apr. 20, with the largest parade in the event’s nearly 15- year history. Guests will enjoy continuous Easter egg hunts throughout the day, and five acres of adrenaline pumping fun with […]

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