Stories written by Richard Yager

Turnpike express lanes will bar northbound 117th Ave. drivers

A newly proposed expansion to Florida’s Turnpike in Kendall would include express lanes from Bird Road (SW 40th Street) to Killian Parkway (SW 104th Street) over an approximate 6.5-mile distance with a newly configured and relocated interchange at SW 40th Street. Motorists who regularly exit the turnpike to turn north on SW 117th Avenue may […]

Pearl Harbor Day tribute offers first look inside Military Museum

Pearl Harbor Day tribute offers first look inside Military Museum

Miami-Dade’s living veterans, family members and county officials paid tribute to those who served their country in World War II during a ceremony on Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7) at the unfinished Military Museum near Zoo Miami. It was the first program held within the wooden structure that once served as Naval Headquarters for the […]

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 […]

First trip to Cuba proves eye-opening experience

First trip to Cuba proves eye-opening experience

A grandson of Kendall’s Diane Lawrence should be thrilled with a toy wooden 1957 Chevy convertible, handcrafted in Cuba. The miniature reproduction of an American vintage car cherished by restorers and vintage auto collectors alike is a souvenir of her first and only trip to the Caribbean nation. “When we first lived here, it seems […]

‘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 […]