Hialeah

If I Were Mayor
11:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Mayor Carlos Hernandez: Hialeah Gets A Bum Rap

Carlos Hernández is mayor of Hialeah, one of the few towns with a "strong mayor" system.

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves. We spoke with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández, who was re-elected last fall.

Here are excerpts from our conversation with him:

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The Florida Roundup
12:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

What The Departure Of Education Chief Tony Bennett Means For Florida Schools

Tony Bennett served less than 8 months as Florida's Education Commissioner before a scandal involving the grading of an Indiana charter school let him to resign.
Credit Florida Department of Education

On The Florida Roundup: Our state's leadership goes through more upheaval, this time with the resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett. He will be the fifth education head (including interims) to depart in the 31 months since Governor Rick Scott took office.

Why has there been so much turnover? What impact does the latest change have on students and teachers? 

Plus: the Hialeah shooting drew national attention again to gun deaths in our state.  We look at what factors - or at least correlations - can be gleaned about violence and gun ownership. 

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Community Contributor
2:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Believed To Be The Nation’s Oldest Cop, 86-Year-Old’s Fists Remain ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’

Hialeah Police Lt. Leo Thalassites holds a plaque outside Hialeah City Hall after he was named the oldest active police officer in the country.
Credit Theo Karantsalis

Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.

He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since.  And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.

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Under the Sun
3:51 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

What’s Up With South Florida?: Inglish Gratis

In our regular What’s Up With South Florida? feature, you decide what we investigate.  You voted overwhelmingly for an explanation of the “Inglish Gratis” sign outside of Hialeah High.  This photo had been circulating virally through email.  It was brought to our attention by  photographer Tomas Loewy.  In Episode 3 of Under the Sun, Kenny Malone set out to solve the mystery of this misspelling. (-T.S.)

Funding for this episode provided by a grant from The Florida Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hialeah
2:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Group Building 'Noah's Ark' Outside Hialeah

Computer rendering of the completed Hidden Ark project
http://www.hiddenark.com/

Four animal-loving Christians have begun a campaign to raise funds in order to construct a replica of Noah's Ark on the outskirts of Hialeah in order to "preserve helpless animals as God taught us."

A trailer for Hidden Ark (see below), as the project is called, promises almost exact dimensions of the biblical ark. Animals and all.

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Aired 2/24/13 on WLRN Channel 17
12:03 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Hialeah Speedway: No Guts, No Glory


Sunday 8pm on WLRN Channel 17

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Under the Sun
5:54 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Interview: Radioboxer

Radioboxer
She's Blank Photography

Under the Sun likes to feature some of the local talent that provide the soundtracks to our stories of life in South Florida.  We worked with Radioboxer to use their songs, “Cat’s Meow,” and “While You Wait,” in an Under the Sun piece, “Loyalty Oath.” We also got to chat with Jota Dazza on everything from the band’s inception to how Miami influences thei

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Under the Sun
4:10 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Childhood Memories And A Hialeah Landmark

A young Michael Alen posing for the camera.
Manuel Alen Jr.

Producer and Miami Herald multimedia journalist Michael Alen has long been fascinated with a strange building in the middle of Hialeah. Alen remembers seeing the building as a toddler on his drives home from Kendall with his parents. He remembers being awestruck, each and every time, by its rounded shape and how it contrasted with the sharp edges of its neighboring structures.

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This Miami Life
1:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Salsa Lessons

Salsa trumpeter and music teacher, Mario Ortiz, demonstrates salsa steps to his class at Hialeah Gardens Middle School.
Laura Isensee

Music teacher Mario Ortiz has been teaching classic salsa tunes to elementary and middle school students for 14 years.  Outside the classroom, Mario plays trumpet in a salsa group. He learned music from his father, who was also named Mario Ortiz.

The elder Ortiz was a well known salsa bandleader (for the Mario Ortiz All Star Band)  in Puerto Rico in the 1960s.  He died in 1999.

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Under the Sun
1:18 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

American Fare At “La Vaquita”

Store manager Yoselin at the Palmetto Bay Farm Store.
Julia Longoria

Farm Stores have been a staple of South Florida since the 1950s, when the chain opened its first drive-through store in South Beach. Generations have taken advantage of its convenience, picking up necessities such as milk and eggs and treats such as ice cream. Today, there are 100 stores across South Florida.
 

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Under the Sun
1:08 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Cuban Nostalgia For 3 Cents A Cup

Healingdream / Freedigitalphotos.net

For many Cubans living in South Florida, the pre-Castro years in Cuba represent a golden era. Nostalgia for friends, family and yesteryear traditions can be felt at Cuban coffee counters across South Florida. One local business owner decided to take this yearning for tradition one step further by selling coffee for 3 cents, the price it was sold for in pre-Castro Cuba.
 

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Lip Service
1:02 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

True South Florida Story: Drama

Esther Martinez shares her story with the audience.
David Samayoa

Lip Service co-producer Esther Martinez read her story Drama at a live event she helped produce with Under the Sun at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. The sold-out event featured true stories about life in South Florida. The full show will air on WLRN June 4-5.

By Esther Martinez

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