Stories written by Richard Yager

Superintendent: Schools due $150 million in upgrades Building

Superintendent: Schools due $150 million in upgrades Building

For the fifth year since taking leadership of Miami-Dade’s public schools, superintendent Alberto Carvalho returned to update the district’s progress while speaking to a Kendall audience that warmly supported his efforts. “I feel like I’m returning to see old friends whenever I visit Kendall,” Carvalho said during greetings exchanged both before and after an hour-long […]

Hammocks builder seeking change to county’s CDMP

The last major step in approving a 53- acre tract of undeveloped land for new housing in The Hammocks is scheduled to go before the Miami-Dade County Commission on Jan. 23. A public hearing at 9:30 a.m. in the commission chambers of the Stephen Clark Government Center, 111 NW First St., will take place on […]

Schools superintendent to speak during KFHA meeting on Jan. 27

Schools superintendent to speak during KFHA meeting on Jan. 27

Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho will provide an update on progress of area school improvements at a Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations meeting on Monday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., at Kendall Village Center civic pavilion, 8625 SW 124 Ave. Recently nominated for U.S. School Superintendent of the Year, Carvalho is expected to draw a standing […]

Community council turns down pawn application by 4-0 vote

By a unanimous 4-0 vote, the East Kendall Community Council on Jan. 7 denied a variance to allow Jorge Carvajal to loan money on gold or jewelry at his MG Jewelers of Miami store at 11760 N. Kendall Dr. The decision on the controversial case came after an hour-long public hearing that saw overwhelming resident […]

$2.5M soil cleanup slated for Hammocks Community Park

Testing that showed traces of arsenic at H a m m o c k s Community Park will lead to a $2.5 million Miami-Dade County project to remove contaminated soil in 2014. The project is due to begin in April at the heavily used West Kendall recreational area at 9885 Hammocks Blvd. Built in 1986, […]

Fly-by-Wire to begin 2014 events at ‘Wings’ Museum

Fly-by-Wire to begin 2014 events at ‘Wings’ Museum

South Florida’s only museum dedicated to preserving the area’s aviation history begins 2014 with “Fly-by-Wire,” an event expected to draw many more spectators than participants on Jan. 25. “Our objective this year is more involvement with the community to focus on the importance aviation has played in our past and how it will continue in […]

Commissioner proposes putting soccer stadium at site near MIA

Finding the right stadium location for a new MLS soccer team in Miami got a new proposal from a second Kendall area commissioner during the holidays. Miami-Dade District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez proposed building a stadium near public transportation on 8.5 acres of county-owned property adjacent to Miami International Airport’s Intermodal Center. Suarez wrote […]

Commissioner proposes putting soccer stadium at site near MIA

Finding the right stadium location for a new MLS soccer team in Miami got a new proposal from a second Kendall area commissioner during the holidays. Miami-Dade District 7 Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez proposed building a stadium near public transportation on 8.5 acres of county-owned property adjacent to Miami International Airport’s Intermodal Center. Suarez wrote […]

$133M turnpike expansion in Kendall area set for fall

Plans for new express lanes on Florida’s Turnpike are designed to eliminate signals and median openings to improve traffic flows at Bird Road and S.W 117th Avenue, according to Sonyha Rodriguez-Miller, agency spokesperson. Barring any further changes in plans, the six-mile Kendall area expansion is anticipated to get underway in the fall at a total […]

Parks lead in $105 million of unfunded WK projects

It will be no surprise to county officials, but West Kendall residents may react differently to learn that projects totaling over $105 million are identified as “without available public funding” to pay for area infrastructure improvements. “The list pinpoints where we are, and where we need to go,” said Miami-Dade District 11 Commissioner Juan C. […]

Two mayors oppose widening turnpike in South Miami-Dade

Mayors of the two cities most concerned with expansion of Florida’s Turnpike over an 11-mile stretch in South Miami-Dade County jointly turned thumbs down on widening planned during a public hearing in Homestead on Dec. 11. Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall and Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter both expressed opposition to expanding portions of the highway […]

Two mayors oppose widening turnpike in South Miami-Dade

Two mayors oppose widening turnpike in South Miami-Dade

Mayors of the two cities most concerned with expansion of Florida’s Turnpike over an 11-mile stretch in South Miami-Dade County jointly turned thumbs down on widening planned during a public hearing in Homestead on Dec. 11. Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall and Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter both expressed opposition to expanding portions of the highway […]

Santa Claus arrives for holidays at The Palms

Santa Claus arrives for holidays at The Palms

Christmas arrived in Kendall amidst bright sunshine under waving fronds that began The Palms first holiday season since completing its “new look.” St. Nick and Mrs. Claus arrived Dec. 7 with a police escort in an open Mercedes Benz convertible that matched the contemporary style of the plaza that is completing a three-year redevelopment begun […]

Park exhibit opens honoring columnist Larry Thompson

As a crowd of more than 50 laughed at stories about Larry Thompson’s exploits, a permanent historical exhibit of the former Miami Herald humor columnist was dedicated on Dec. 2 at the Miami-Dade County park that has borne the Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park and Campground name since 1977. Carl Thompson, son of the […]

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