Stories written by Richard Yager

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 […]

Seventh Day Adventists to get additional building

Seventh Day Adventists to get additional building

Development is cleared to begin on a new two-story building on SW 117th Avenue in Kendall to serve the rapidly increasing membership of congregations within the Seventh Day Adventist Inter- American Division (IAD). A unanimous affirming vote by Community Council 12 during a county zoning hearing on Jan. 7 provided initial approval to add a […]

State Sen. Flores to address issues during KFHA meeting

State Sen. Flores to address issues during KFHA meeting

State Sen. Anitere Flores, whose District 38 includes West Kendall, will brief residents on major issues likely to receive attention during the upcoming legislative session during a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations meeting on Feb. 20. Open to the public, the event begins at 7 p.m. at Kendall Village Center Civic Pavilion, 8625 SW 124 […]

Female aviator Frances Sargent honored in ceremony at airport

Family and friends of South Florida’s aviation history memorialized the late female aviator Frances Roher Sargent during a special service on Feb. 8 hosted by Wings Over Miami at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who had honored Sargent and other famed World War II women pilots at the Kendall aviation museum in 2009, […]

Enthusiastic crowd welcomes David Beckham to Kendall park

Soccer fans turned out by the hundreds to greet David Beckham at Kendall Soccer Park on Feb. 5. It also was a chance to celebrate the day the former international star forward announced Miami will get a Major League Soccer franchise. A hectic scene greeted Beckham who arrived at 4 p.m. in a caravan of […]

Continental Park receives $298,212 in improvements

One of Kendall’s oldest and most active neighborhood parks now has a new look. Among those improvements in the park are: nine new street paver parking spaces and newly stamped pedestrian crosswalk along SW 82nd Avenue to the Tennis Center and a repaved and restriped parking lot. New drainage has been installed to diminish puddles, […]

Kendall corridor charrette set Mar. 1 at Varela High

Input from West Kendall residents designed to improve both new and redevelopment potential of a mile-wide corridor along N. Kendall Drive west of SW 137th Avenue has been scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 1, beginning at 10 a.m., at Felix Varela Senior High School. The charrette-styled workshop, open to the public, is planned for a four-hour […]

Continental Park receives $298,212 inn improvements

Continental Park receiee $298,212 inn improvemennts

One of Kendall’s oldest and most active neighborhood parks now has a new look. Among those improvements in the park are: nine new street paver parking spaces and newly stamped pedestrian crosswalk along SW 82nd Avenue to the Tennis Center and a repaved and restriped parking lot. New drainage has been installed to diminish puddles, […]

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