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Teen collects shoes for poor in Dominican Republic

BY RODOLFO R. ROMANrroman@MiamiHerald.comA Bal Harbour teenager who led a shoe drive for needy children in the Dominican Republic over-achieved his goal: With the help of family members and local leaders, Bennett Blachar collected thousands of pairs of shoes. ”We collected much more than I ever hoped for,” said Bennett, 17. “This could not have happened without everyone’s help.” Bennett, ... Read More »

Proposed El Portal charter school meets opposition

EL PORTALProposed El Portal charter school meets oppositionBY RODOLFO R. ROMANSpecial to The Miami HeraldEl Portal residents who turned out at a recent zoning meeting were outraged by plans to turn the former Rader Memorial United Methodist Church building into a charter school. A development group is interested in purchasing the church building at 205 NE 87th St. and expanding ... Read More »

Bal Harbour Council meetings won’t be on television

BAL HARBOURBal Harbour Council meetings won’t be on televisionBY RODOLFO R. ROMANSpecial to The Miami HeraldBal Harbour residents won’t be seeing Council meetings on television anytime soon. Village officials had been looking into a plan to broadcast public meetings on Channel 77, which currently only airs announcements about Bal Harbour events. But at a meeting last month, Council members shelved ... Read More »

Bal Harbour officer accused of molesting child

Posted on Thursday, 05.28.09 Recommend (0)share email print comment Bal Harbour officer accused of molesting childBY RODOLFO R. ROMAN AND ROBERT SAMUELSrsamuels@MiamiHerald.com A Bal Harbour police officer was arrested Thursday and accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl, police said. Rene Guillen, a five-year-veteran who works with the city’s motorcycle unit and who has a clean police record, was charged with ... Read More »

El Portal residents take a stroll in honor of Armed Forces Day

EL PORTAL Special to The Miami HeraldEl Portal neighbors celebrated Armed Forces Day by lacing up their walking shoes and taking a jaunt around the village. ”No matter how we feel about the war, we should honor our soldiers,” said Councilwoman Claudia V. Cubillos, who chairs the public affairs committee. The one-mile walk, which took place Saturday, was the first ... Read More »