Stories written by Richard Yager

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

Rob Schneider

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 […]

Local high school student publishes her first novel

Local high school student publishes her first novel

Gabriella Francis has experienced the thrill few writers enjoy in a lifetime. For admiring friends on Feb. 23 at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 2055 Coral Way, Francis happily signed copies of her newly published book, Crestfallen, a fantasy-styled tale of a curious girl named Destiny. According to the copy on the book cover, Destiny […]

Early a.m. soccer lights opposed by zoning staff

A county planning staff review has advised against extending hours until 2 a.m. for a West Kendall soccer facility south of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport due to a potential impact on a new housing development. An application adding three hours to a nightly 11 p.m. zoning restriction comes before the West Kendall Community Council for public […]

Volcano a ‘smash hit’ at festival for disabled

Roxy Theater's Charles Sothers and Ivan Lopez demonstrate a volcano explosion

A “volcano eruption” delighted dozens of youngsters and adults with disabilities during a “Family Festival of Arts and Games”at Indian Hammocks Park on Feb. 8. Charles Sothers and Ivan Lopez of Kendall’s Roxy Theater Group added special emphasis to a scale model volcanic eruption after the pair told of the unfortunate fate of Pompeii and […]

Sold-out ‘Tin Goose’ flights aid local ‘Young Eagles’

Sold-out ‘Tin Goose’ flights aid local ‘Young Eagles’

“Sell-out” crowds boarded a 1929 Ford “Tin Goose” passenger plane to enjoy nostalgic fly-overs of Miami-Dade County from Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, Feb. 13-16. The roar of the Eastern Aircraft trimotor engines on daily flights was a noisy benefit for the airport’s “Young Eagles,” whose members, ages 8-17, take free flights in vintage aircraft restored by […]

State Sen. Flores tells KFHA she shares Kendall’s concerns

State Sen. Flores tells KFHA she shares Kendall’s concerns

Updating her legislative agenda, State Sen. Anitere Flores offered Kendall residents an “open door to my office” during the 2014 session of the Florida Legislature that opens in Tallahassee on Mar. 4. Her invitation came during a friendly visit with District 37 constituents at a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) meeting at the Civic […]

United HomeCare breaks ground on senior complex

Architectural Rendering of “The Residences” assisted living facility in West Kendall

County and state officials put a stamp of approval on United HomeCare’s “The Residences” during a Jan. 24 ceremonial groundbreaking for West Kendall’s new senior complex. Even as the four-story structure was christened officially by attending VIPs, construction crews raised cinderblocks above a first floor level at the SW 158th Avenue site. Only a few […]

$10,000-plus in stolen packages recovered by special police unit

Packaged deliveries totaling over $10,000 were recovered by a special unit of Miami-Dade Police Hammocks District in December. A pre-holiday surveillance step-up saw five police officers nab a two-man robbery crew soon after Dec. 2, according to Maj. Arnold Palmer, district commander. Much of the stolen property was recovered. “There were an abundance of thefts […]

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