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Hialeah Hospital is now sporting a brand new operating room. Yesterday’s Miami Herald reported the hospital has completed a $12 million makeover of its operating room. The new facility, unveiled yesterday, features nine operating suites, 12 new recovery rooms, and a new family waiting area and consultation room.
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A 378-bed acute care Tenet hospital, Hialeah has served central to north Miami-Dade since 1951 and features an award-winning Weight Loss Surgery Program which is rate Five Stars and Number-One in Florida by HealthGrades®.

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Today’s a day of remembrance, a day to say thank you to all those brave men and women that have served, those that are currently serving and those that will serve.
Hialeah has a rich military history with countless vets having passed through and attended training at Hialeah Park before heading off to fight in World War II. Many of those vets came back, having fallen in love with the weather and possibilities and helped build our city to what it is today.
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Hialeah Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. Triangle Park, Palm Avenue and Okeechobee Road. The event will include the presentation of colors and wreaths by J.R.O.T.C’s from various Hialeah high schools and members of the Hialeah Veteran’s Affairs Board.

Waiting at the light on 16 Avenue and 49 Street proved quite productive when a glance to the left pleasantly showed off a “Starbucks coming soon” sign! That’s right folks Hialeah’s getting its third Starbucks.
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The new location on the corner of 16th Avenue and 49 Street is located next to the Verizon Wireless store and in the same plaza as Publix Sabor. Can’t wait this should relieve some of the foot traffic from the drive-thru one down the street.
No details on the opening date yet but we’ll keep you posted.

The final qualifying matches for the 2009 El Nuevo Herald Copa Latina are taking place this weekend at Amelia Earhart soccer complex — the largest soccer facility for Miami-Dade County. It features four lighted soccer fields, a 590-space lighted parking lot and a 6,072-square-ibot field center with a concession, restrooms and office space.

The qualifier, offers South Florida adult players and teams a chance to win their way into the amateur event, Copa Latina which takes place in February at Ted Hendricks Stadium.

The quarter and semi-finals will be played Saturday, Nov. 8 with the finals on Sunday Nov. 9.
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Many of us know Milander as a park, where we might catch a baseball or football game, where we learned to swim or went to a dance, but today we thought we’d put a face to the name. Milander Park was named after long time Hialeah Mayor Henry Milander, seen below being read to by Immaculate Conception School children — a long-standing parochial school in Hialeah.

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photo-ebovoWith the win of the State House District 110 seat, Hialeah Council President Esteban ”Steve” Bovo leaves a ten year legacy and an open seat on the council.

At the last City Council meeting, Bovo was bid a fond farewell, and presented with a city proclamation and many well wishes — the city was obviously confident of his win. His departure however, poses the task of filling his council seat, which is not up for another year.

City Attorney William Grodnick proposed two options — either appoint someone or call for a special election. It appears we’ll be going with an appointment, based on council concerns about the cost associated with running a special election. A replacement must be named no more than 30 days after the Nov. 4 election, meaning the Nov. 25 council meeting should be a good one — mark your calenders. Also up in the air is who will succeed Bovo as council president.

Bovo will continue to serve the city of Hialeah as his district office covers portions of Hialeah and Miami Lakes.

vote-graphic1Voting’s come along way in la ciudad que progresa. When the city was incorporated in 1925 there was one precint and 532 registered voters. Now 83 years later there are nearly 80,000 voters and countless precincts.
Our voting experience went smoothly first thing this morning (literally), by 6:30 a.m. voters were lining up at Milander Auditorium, the sleepy crowd nonetheless was cheerful and in good humor.
After a charming chat with a couple who could remember the day when Hialeah didn’t go further than West 4th Ave (57 Ave) we cast our votes and wished for the best. As we were leaving we couldn’t help but note campaigners sharing cafecito and the granizado cart pulling up – ah, elections Hialeah style.