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technology2Each year companies rally behind innovation and each year Deloitte ranks the 500 fastest-growing technology companies, it includes all areas of technology — from Internet to life sciences, from computers to semiconductors — and covers both public and private companies. At 458 Hialeah-based Simclar, Inc. has a solid standing in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 program and we must say it’s exciting to see one of our own among the list.

While Simclar, Inc. has offices world-wide their U.S. headquarters are located in Hialeah. The 29,000 sq. ft. facility is dedicated to cable assembly, molded cable manufacture and high-level electronics assembly — it houses 140 employees serving the needs of a wide-range of customers in consumer, automotive and general electronics sectors.

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What are they thinking…
As we all know long-time Hialeah City Council member Esteban “Steve” Bovo was just elected to the Florida House, leaving a vacancy on the City Council. That vacancy was to be filled by appointment, it is after all just a one year term and the appoint would save the city some cash in running an election; however it seems we had forgotten what happens when the council is left to determine these matters.

Tuesday evening they went ahead and appointed a 21-year old St. Thomas University student to fill the seat. Now I’m sure Katherine Cue, who formerly served as Mayor Julio Robaina’s staff member, is a sharp young woman with excellent potential, but as a citizen you have and ask yourself who else could have been considered? Can the council possibly tell that there were no other qualified candidates?

Lets just clarify, Hialeah is the fifth largest city in the state, its ripe with professionals — attorneys, accountants, social workers, teachers even those who have previously served or have a long standing history of activism in the community. Miss Cue should have been left to further mature in her current staff member role, or even as a council assistant. Yes, the youth should to be represented, but youth is wise enough to know to that experience counts for something.

Her appointment won’t be official until Next Tuesday’s (Nov. 25) meeting. This is one of those moments when we need to call all the council members and express our dismay.

graphi9Considering this is the racing weekend in South Florida its only fitting that we stumbled across this story about the Marion Edwards Memorial — and with it a piece of Hialeah racing history. The race, now taking place at New Smyrna Speedway, was first held at Hialeah Speedway on October 1969 and continued each year through 2004. Sadly, the speedway closed in 2005 and its location now is home to big box retailers and smaller shops. The only sign the location was ever home to a speedway is now a mural inside Applebee’s.
But the memories are alive and well, and will be on display, albeit rather far away. This Saturday all drivers are welcome to bring their memories of Hialeah and share them with their fellow drivers and the fans during the The Marion Edwards Memorial which was brought back when a group decided to reunite Hialeah drivers.
Its a shame the reunion won’t take place in Hialeah on a weekend when racing is already in the air.

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®.

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.