Crime Watch

Teachers and kids recognized for participating in Crime Watch


Special to The Miami Herald

Last week I provided the student winners of our Poster and Essay Contest, and this week I want to recognize the Exemplary Award winners for 2013-2014.

The mission of Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County is to foster a safe school environment through student awareness and involvement. Our YCW school programs strive to reach that mission on annual basis by coordinating and implementing numerous youth crime-prevention activities/campaigns in their schools. We want to congratulate the YCW Exemplary winners, these students along with their teachers, counselors, school police officers, advisors and principals have worked together to make a difference in their schools to create a safe environment.

Youth Crime Watch School of the Year:

Elementary – Coral Reef Elementary

Middle – Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center

Senior — Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School

Youth Crime Watch Advisor of the Year:

Elementary – Lisette Malik – Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center

Middle — Dr. Tanisha Laidler – Frank C. Martin International K-8 Center

High School — Kim Ferreira – Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School

Youth Crime Watch Student of the Year:

Elementary – Rochnel Jean-Baptiste

Middle – Cristian Llamas – Bob Graham Education Center

Senior – Saniorah Edouard – Dr. Michael Drop Senior High School

Snake Bite Season is Upon Us

With summer almost here, we all need to know what to do when we see those cute snakes in our yard. Here is information that I got from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Team:

Just as South Floridians are getting ready for summer, snakebite season is upon us — and the biting has already begun. Each year from April to October, the number of reported snakebites peaks during due to warmer temperatures.

South Florida is home to 47 species of snakes, four of which are venomous. The Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth), Coral Snake, Pygmy Rattlesnake, and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake are extremely venomous. These snakes are mainly seen in rural areas during their most active hours of dawn and dusk.

While most bites are accidental, the Venom Response Team recommends the following to reduce your risk of being bitten this summer:

• Be aware that snakes tend to be more active first thing in the morning and at night in warmer weather

• Stay away from tall grass and piles of leaves when possible

• Wear closed toed shoes instead of flip-flops during peak hours

• If you are bitten, remember to stay calm and call 9-1-1 immediately

"Living with these snakes is just a part of living in South Florida," said Lt. Scott Mullin of the Venom Response Team. "Not all bites are life-threatening but it's our goal save a snakebite victim's life as well as their affected limb."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year, an estimated 7,000-8,000 people suffer venomous snake bites in the United States, an average of five result in death.

For more information or for media availability, please contact Fire Rescue’s Media and Public Relations Bureau at 786-331-5200.

In closing, I want to wish all the moms in our community a blessed day. You are the strength and backbone to many.

Carmen Caldwell is executive director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. Send feedback and news for this column to, or call her at 305-470-1670.

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