For Immediate Release
May 22, 2017
Contact: Nicole Singletary
Miami Lakes, FL - At the May Council Meeting, several community members were recognized for their accomplishments and community support:
Councilman Nelson Rodriguez honorably recognized the following public safety heroes in our community: Alex Acosta, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue; John Kenyan, Hialeah Fire Rescue; Sergeant Oscar Pla, Miami Dade Police Department; Officer Kenny Torres, Town of Miami Lakes Police Department; Officer Carlos Ortiz, Town of Miami Lakes Police Department; and Miami Lakes Fire Station 1 and 64. On April 26th, a severe car crash at NW 67 Avenue and Miami Lakes Drive transpired. The selfless and heroic actions of these individuals, some off-duty, at the crash scene were truly worthy of recognition as they provided the first assistance to all involved and their actions paved the way for the integrity of the crash scene, landing zone, and expeditious flow of traffic.
Bob Graham Educational Center’s Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Academy, “Savage Robots” Teams, were highly applauded competing in the RoboSlam VEX IQ competition at the Miami Youth Fair Grounds on January 28th. At the RoboSLAM VEX IQ competition, the teams finished in 5th place in the team competition out of the 54 teams competing. The team was led by teacher Marilyn Dieppa. The team qualified and competed in the VEX IQ state competition for their STEM research project which consisted of creating a robotic walking cane for the blind. All three STEM Academy Teams from Bob Graham Education Center will be competed at the state level competition this past February. The STEM students demonstrated the robotic walking cane for the blind for the Mayor, Council and other attendees.
The Mayor distinguished several other Bob Graham Educational Center STEM students for representing the school with excellence at the South Florida Science and Engineering Fair which was held in early February. The students in the 2017 Middle School Bridge Competition earned first, second and third place out of all who competed in that category. First place went to Armani Estrada, second place to Ashley Pineda and third place to Cecilia Valle.
Mayor Cid declared a proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week and is annually honored the week of May 7th to 13th. The Public Service Recognition Week proclamation was bestowed to the Town of Miami Lakes personnel for their outstanding service to community.
Additionally, Mayor Cid declared a proclamation to honor May’s Stroke Awareness Month. The proclamation was bestowed to Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s Medical Students Working to Improve Society & Health (MedSWISH) organization. MedSWISH is a medical student-run community service organization that provides health screenings and education to members of the local community. Along with faculty, MedSWISH, in partnership with our Public Safety Committee, will be offering once a month stoke prevention education, as well as free glucose, blood pressure, and BMI screenings, at our Town’s Farmers Market. Co-faculty advisor Dr. Maryse Pedoussaut, along with medical students Matthew Cannavo, Greisy Martinez Harvell, Ana Graneiro, and Lena Carleton, were present to accept the Town’s acknowledgment