By Santiago Archieri
When it comes to Miami, youth basketball and travel programs are not what the city is known for. Now, the Miami Lightning are trying to keep the ball rolling on changing this, one tournament at a time.
The Miami Lightning 7th grade team is coming off an impressive weekend in which they went 4-0 in two days to cap off a championship run.
The USSSA BBA Halloween Jam kicked off on Saturday, October 17, where the Miami Lightning started the action with two games. The Lightning blew out the Miami Warriors 65-32 to get the weekend off on a good note, and carried the momentum versus The BAR, whom they beat 45-40 in a tightly contested and defensive matchup.
The pace picked up on Sunday as every game proved to be a new challenge for the Lightning. The first game was against the BDB Eagles, where the Lightning narrowly escaped with a 59-53 win. The victory secured a spot in the championship game for the Lightning, where they would face the PBG Starzz. The Starzz gave the Lightning a lot of defensive problems, but the Lightning offense stayed strong and they were able to win 69-63 to take it all
The championship was not the only silverware the Miami Lightning would take home. Julian Garcia took home tournament MVP after averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. The towering presence in the post, Craig Starks, made All-Tournament first team after averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Coach Luis Morin’s team also had some impressive performances out on the court. Point guard Jabral Ray averaged 10 points, 4 assists and 2 steals a game.
The Miami Lightning will host a tournament at Miami Beach Sr. High School on November 1, which will feature 4th, 5th, and 6th grade divisions.
The team will also be competing on November 14 and 15 in the USSSA King Of Hoops II, where they will take 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teams to compete.
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–Roy Hardemon, a member of the Florida House of Representatives admitted that he personally put up campaign yard signs on public school property.
-Hardemon said he did it for his “boss”, State Senator Daphne Campbell.
-Two Campbell re-election campaign signs were spotted on a fence on WJ Bryan Elementary School in North Miami by a RISE NEWS reporter.
-Miami-Dade Public Schools have regulations against political candidates putting campaign materials on school grounds.
-Hardemon and Campbell are two of the most controversial politicians in Florida politics.
-Hardemon is one of 120 Florida State Representatives, while Campbell is one of 40 State Senators.
The 2018 primary election is still over eight months away, but that hasn’t stopped two local politicians from trying to use public school property to win votes for one of their campaigns.
State Representative Roy Hardemon, a Miami Democrat, personally put up two large yard signs for State Senator Daphne Campbell’s re-election campaign on the gate of WJ Bryan Elementary School in North Miami.
A RISE NEWS reporter spotted the two signs on opposite ends of the school’s property off busy 125th St.
He then called Campbell’s Senate office to get an explantation for why they were placed there.
Moments later the reporter received a phone call from an unidentified man who said that he put the signs up on Campbell’s behalf.
“It ain’t nothing wrong with [a sign] saying Happy Holidays,” the man said. “I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with that.”
When asked the made identified himself as “Roy… Representative Roy Hardemon.”
The phone number from which he called the reporter from matched the phone number that Hardemon listed with the Florida Candidate Tracking System.
“You called my boss and she chewed me out,” Hardemon said of Campbell. “I put the signs up for her. She blasted me out.”
Hardemon, who represents House District 108, hasn’t publicly disclosed payments from Campbell if he is indeed employed by her.
In fact, he hasn’t publicly disclosed any form of income on his Financial Interest Disclosure filings with the Florida Commission on Ethics.
Hardemon also doesn’t have a profession listed on his State Legislature Bio on the Florida House of Representatives website.
When pressed on his relationship with Campbell, a Democrat who represents District 38, Hardemon backtracked.
“She’s not my boss, she’s my friend,” Hardemon said.
Campbell was not able to be reached by the time of publication.
Hardemon said that parents of the school should be happy to support Campbell because of what he said was her leadership on their behalf.
“Somebody’s doing there best and people are complaining about signs,” Hardemon said. “I’ve had it up to here with these petty complaints.”
He also said that he thought the signs were allowed to be on the school’s fence.
“The fence is a public right of way,” Hardemon said of the fence, which is clearly on school property. “You know how it’s called, it’s an unwritten rule.”
Except that is not an unwritten rule, the rule is actually written down.
According to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools policy on advertisements on school grounds, political campaign materials are not allowed.
“Advertisements containing a campaign or other political message supporting or opposing a political candidate for public office, a political platform, or a political issue, are prohibited,” the school board passed law reads.
Since Miami-Dade public schools were out for the winter break, spokespeople for the School Board were unable to be reached.
Calls to Bryan Elementary were also not answered due to the break.
Both Campbell and Hardemon represent Bryan Elementary in Tallahassee and both are up for re-election to their offices in August.
Campbell tried to use her connection to an FPL lobbyist to turn on electricity at her house after Hurricane Irma and Hardemon has been arrested 19 times over his life, including for punching a woman in the face in 2014.
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Longstanding South Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen just got a big surprise as an opponent in the upcoming race for the District 27 seat. And his name is Scott Fuhrman.
According to Roll Call, Fuhrman is a third generation South Floridian who runs a bottling plant that employs 75 people.
He apparently intends to put in at least $250,000 of his own money into the campaign in an effort to dislodge the popular Ros-Lehtinen.
Ros-Lehtinen is a moderate Republican who has refused to publicly endorse Donald Trump. She also has a transgender son and is a strong supporter of LGBT rights.
Fuhrman is a Democrat and announced his candidacy in an online video.
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Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happenings and events in Miami. Please check ahead to confirm times, prices and other details.
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Sunday November 8th– MIAbites and The Liquid Projects will be presenting Taco & Tequila Showdown at the Vagabond Restaurantfrom 6- 9 pm A benefit for non-profit Urban Oasis Project and Verde Garden and Farm, the event features 12 top chefs and bartenders creating and competing for Best Taco and Best Tequila cocktail. You get to VOTE for Peoples Choice along with a panel of judges led by Evan Benn, Gabe Orta, Adri Garcia and Nidal Barake @YoCulinario. AdvanceTickets $65 /At door $70 and available on Eventbrite link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061
Thursday November 5th– The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual BURGERLISCIOUS festival at Ponce Circle/Harnett Park from 6-11 pm.! Bonafide burger aficionados will be able to sink their teeth into gourmet burgers made by 20 of Coral Gables’ premier restaurants.Treat your taste buds to juicy burgers, cold beers by Samuel Adams, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Tickets are $60 or $125 VIP. Tickets on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgerliscious-2015-tickets-18137693329?aff=erelemremcat Ponce Circle/Harnett Park 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL
Friday November 6th- TALDE MIAMI BEACH , the Asian-American neighborhood restaurant & bar is set to open inside Thompson Miami Beach hotel on Friday, November 6. TALDE Miami Beach, a Mid-Beach neighborhood restaurant and bar features a creative menu of Asian-American cuisine. This third outpost of the award-winning Brooklyn and Jersey City eateries by Chef/Restaurateur and Top Chef alum Dale Talde and partners David Massoni and John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group. TALDE Miami Beach will be open for dinner at 6pm nightly, with late-night hours on the weekends. TALDE in The Thompson Hotel 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.
Wednesday November 11th– Mignonette hosts an evening of good food and hip-hop with Uncle Luke on November 11th. Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke) of 2 Live Crew fame, University of Miami infamy and one-time Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, is hosting a dinner party with Mignonette’s Chef/Owner Danny Serfer. Serfer and his crew are cooking up a five-course meal of down home favorites and Miami classics priced at $90 per person (inclusive of gratuity, excludes beverage purchases). The menu, created by Serfer with input from Campbell features homemade conch fritters, olive oil poached halibut and a ‘tootsie roll’ for dessert. Each ticket entitles guests to a signed copy of Campbell’s new book, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City (Amistad). Welcome cocktail and passed snacks will begin at 7:30pm; dinner starts promptly at 8pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.mignonetteXuncleluke.brownpapertickets.com. Mignonette 210 NE 18th Street. 305 374 4635
Wednesday November 11th– To celebrate Frank Sinatra’s well-documented infatuation with The Fontainebleau, StripSteak by Michael Mina will host an intimate dinner with Chef Michael Mina on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. hosted by Jack Daniel’s which will feature a five-course menu highlighting some of Ol Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes. Each course will be paired with a specialty Jack Daniel’s cocktail presented by Whiskey Brand Champion, Michael J. Ring. Ring is a Certified Spirits Specialist, a member of the United States Bartenders Guild, Sommeliers Guild, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Dinner is priced at $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. StripSteak in The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 877 326 7412.
Friday November 13th– Bulla Gastrobar and soon-to-be-opened Pisco Y Nazca are raising awareness and funds for Global Water Brigades, an international, non-profit organization constructing clean water systems in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana. The restaurants will be showing their support by serving bites at the 5th Annual Water Party MIA being held at The Four Seasons in Brickell on Friday, November 13 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise $12,500 to benefit the community of El Hatillo, Nicaragua which is home to 67 families in need of clean water supply. Tickets are $35 in advance $40 at door and available at: www.empowered.org/Water-Party-MIA-2015
Saturday November 14th– –Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) presents the 8th Annual Taste of Design to be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the historic Moore Building located at 4040 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami. This year’s theme, “Art Starts Here” promises to underscore the dedication of Dr. Mancuso during her 17 years as principal of the 25 year-old school. A VIP reception will take place at the Palm Court with bites provided by Ella Café from James Beard Award winning chef Michael Schwartz who has supported the event for the past six years. Guests will also sample specialties from award-winning chefs Dewy Losasso from the RedLander and Chef Kris Wessel along with a smorgasbord of top Miami restaurants Buena Vista Deli, Divieto, Panther Coffee, CrepeMaker, Delectable by Design, Enchanting Creations, Soyka, Lisboa Grill, and Pieducks. Tickets are available for a donation of $100, with VIP tickets priced at $150 and for further information or to purchase tickets online and more information, please go to www.dashptsa.com. The VIP reception starts at 5:45pm and leads into the main event that starts at 7:00pm in the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave.
Saturday November 14th– Bradley Kilgore, chef-owner of acclaimed Wynwood restaurant Alter, will serve as consultant and training chef for the Vibe 305 food truck through the truck’s tenure at The Wynwood Yard. The truck will join Arabian Knife, Della Test Kitchen and Myumi at The Wynwood Yard (70 NW 29th St.), a culinary incubator and events space opening on Nov. 14, 2015. The almost two-year old Vibe 305 food truck is operated by young men from Empowered Youth, a non-profit aimed at providing inner city young men with training, mentorship and job opportunities. With Kilgore’s help, they are launching an exciting refreshed menu. Vibe 305 will serve lunch and dinner seven times a week. The new menu will focus on twists on Americana-influenced cuisine. The Wynwood Yard. 70 NW 29th Street.
Sunday November 15th– Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood. Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more. Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home
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Continuing the Sinatra theme, thru December 6th, StripSteak by Michael Mina will offer a prix-fixe “Brunch with Frank” for $68, excluding tax and gratuity, every Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3 PM. Brunch will kick off with Frank’s preferred morning-after reviver, the Ramos Gin Fizz. Guests will have first course options of the wild mushroom crepè accompanied by sauce Mornay and fresh herbs or the savory Monte Cristo with mortadella, manchego and strawberry jam. Second course offerings include a choice of wood roasted prime rib with fresh horseradish or thebutter poached lobster with hollandaise and asparagus. Delicious artisanal pastries & sweets will also be offered. StripSteak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877 326 7412.
Pincho Factory is celebrating five successful years with a 5 Years, 5 Days, 5 Chefs promotion. To commemorate the milestone for the Miami-born fast casual brand, what better way then killer burgers and free beers? For the promotion, Pincho Factory co-owners Nedal Ahmad, Otto Othman and Nizar Ahmad are drafting some of Miami’s hottest chefs and culinary personalities to create five unique burgers, with a different chef’s creation highlighted at both Pincho locations, one a day for five days Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13, 2015. The official anniversary of Pincho Factory’s opening is Friday, November 6. On that day, at both locations, all patrons can enjoy a complimentary beer with any food purchase (one beer per customer per order). Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th Street in Miami and 30 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables.
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