Stories written by Robert Hamilton

Discussion Meet winner named at Florida Farm Bureau meeting


Kelvin Moreno of Miami-Dade County was named the 2012 Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet winner at Florida Farm Bureau’s 71st Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Jeffery Hamrick of Madison County, Nick Larsen of Western Palm Beach County and Kelly Mosley of Clay County were the runners-up for this prestigious award. The Discussion Meet […]

Ransom Everglades students are top debate team in U.S.


Ransom Everglades speech and debate students Megan Mers and Jacob Stern are ranked the No. 1 high school debate team in the country after two huge victories this past month. They competed as a team in the Public Forum Debate division of two national tournaments addressing the issue of whether or not Congress should renew […]

Author bases her latest novel on life aboard dad’s sailboat


Former Coconut Grove resident and novelist Ann Lee Miller has incorporated her eye-rolling adolescent years living aboard a sailboat at Dinner Key Marina into her second novel, The Art of My Life, which launched Sept. 25. As an 11-year-old, Miller’s moving aboard the Annie Lee warranted little more than a yawn. “My dad, a dead […]

Luncheon event to benefit therapeutic riding center

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities, will host the First Annual Shoe Fairies Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 4, noon-3 p.m., at 8500 SW 182 St. in Palmetto Bay. Participants can register online at The Shoe Fairies Luncheon, co-chaired by Linda Peterson […]

Palmetto Bay Garden Club begins new season, installs new officers


The Palmetto Bay Garden Club began its fourth season in September. The meeting featured speaker Dr. Alan Meerow from the USDA facility at Chapman Field who brought everyone up to date on the activities and research conducted at the facility and spoke on the care and breeding of Amaryllis. The mission of the Palmetto Bay […]

Coral Gables Bike Day back Sunday, Oct. 28


Presented by Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, Gables Bike Day is back for its second consecutive year to celebrate healthy activities and green means of transportation within the limits of the City Beautiful. Downtown Coral Gables will welcome the community with music, food, bike tours, safe cycling and much more. Gables Bike Day will […]

Center for Independent Living now seeking volunteer tutors

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida is seeking volunteer tutors for its tutoring program. The program provides supports to young adults with disabilities who are enrolled in Special Diploma programs or GED programs in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The volunteer must have a college degree and be able to pass a teacher background […]

Town recognizes local businesses committed to hiring older workers


The Town of Cutler Bay during its council meeting on Sept. 19, led by Councilmember Sue Loyzelle and the Cutler Bay “Communities for a Lifetime” (CFAL) Committee recognized local businesses that have made a commitment to employing older workers. National Employ Older Workers Week (observed Sept. 24-28) is a celebration recognizing the importance of the […]

Residents have opportunity to get free financial advice

We’ve all heard that there’s no free lunch, but in these challenging economic times, Miami-area residents will be able to get free financial planning advice and guidance from professional financial planners at Miami Financial Planning Day. The event will take place on Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., and Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Miami Dade […]

Miami Children’s Chorus looks to ambitious 2012-13 season

It’s time to get Miami buzzing about the Miami Children’s Chorus and the talent of its 180 members. MCC’s credits are extensive, having performed at the Super Bowl, Carnegie Hall, with pop stars and the Florida Grand Opera, in Europe, South America and South Africa, but MCC has never taken on such an ambitious season […]

American Girl announces October opening of new store in The Falls


Girls in the Miami area will soon have a new reason — and place —to celebrate as American Girl unveils its new retail experience at The Falls on Oct. 6. The new 16,000-square-foot retail site, located on the east side of the mall near Bloomingdale’s, features a fun, casual environment where girls and their family […]

UM students volunteer with Mayan village in Guatemala

For one week, 13 students from the University of Miami (UM) immersed themselves in a once-in-a-lifetime volunteer experience. Volunteering in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, with the San Lucas Mission, members of University of Miami International Outreach (UMIO) worked on various service projects benefiting the Guatemalan community. UMIO is a service group dedicated to serving the […]

Make a profound effect on lives of 25 students in just 7 hours

Here is your chance to make a profound effect on the lives of 25 students in just seven hours. Learning for Success Inc. is signing up new volunteers to join its Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program. KAPOW exposes students to career opportunities and helps them connect what they are learning to their […]

Area students selected to receive Burger King Scholars Program Award


Keynote speaker Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez addressed local South Florida Burger King Scholars Program Award recipients in Miami-Dade County on June 25 at Burger King headquarters. The following area students are recipients of the Burger King Scholars Program Award (name, city, high school, college, major): Michelle Saballos, Coral Gables, School for Advanced Studies, Florida International […]