Several Miami police officers will be honored, and one will be named “Police Officer of The Year,” at a special luncheon organized and hosted by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club.
Each quarter, members of the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis recognize an “Officer of The Quarter” at one of the club’s regular Wednesday luncheons. The “Police Officer of The Year” is selected from the quarterly winners and named at the annual gala.
This year is different.
“Because the focus at the gala is primarily on our Michael Shores Citizen of the Year honoree, we felt a separate lunch for these heroic first responders was a more fitting way of honoring our Police Officer of The Year,” said Miami attorney and recently elected Club President Carmen Calzon in a release. “Especially in today’s politically charged climate, we felt it was important to recognize these fine law enforcement officers.”
The quarterly winners were nominated by their commanding officers.
▪ Lt. Lazaro Alfonso is with the Public Information Office/Community Relations Section and as Secret Santa, delivered gift cards to families in Overtown. When Alfonso recognized a slow-moving vehicle and its driver from a “BOLO or Be On the Lookout” about a male linked to several armed robberies the suspect was apprehended by the robbery unit and charged.
▪ Detectives Felix Del Rosario and Quinn John work tirelessly as a team to solve high profile cases, including several armed robberies. Their work eventually led to a link in an attempted-murder case.
▪ Officer Sherrill Miller apprehended several criminals to earn her the third Officer of the Quarter award. In July alone, Miller captured alleged burglars, thieves, armed robbers and carjackers, and a homicide suspect.
▪ Officer Richard Rios is the 2017 fourth-quarter winner. Well-respected in his patrol area, Rios risked his life to climb a crane in downtown Miami to convince a mentally disturbed man to surrender. The man had chained himself to the crane.
The event will be noon Wednesday at Casa Juancho Restaurant, 2436 SW Eighth St. Tickets are still available for $30. To attend you can call or text the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis at 305-814-2225 for tickets or more information.
Since 1950, members of the all-volunteer Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club have worked to improve the lives of children in Overtown, Allapattah and Midtown Miami through service projects. Programs include a reading course to help second graders pass the End of Year Exam; funding of summer swim classes; lessons in etiquette, civics, and life skills; Thanksgiving meal giveaways to inner city families; and field trips to Everglades National Park and South Florida museums.
And for the past six years the club has awarded college scholarships throughout Miami-Dade County including full, four-year college scholarships to deserving Booker T. Washington seniors.
Legal Clinic for Creatives
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Miami will hold a clinic for those in the creative world from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE First Ave. Tickets are just $10 and include a one-to-one 30-minute consultation with a legal expert in your creative field.
Dade Legal Aid is co-hosting this event for musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers, composers, playwrights, inventors, creative entrepreneurs, graphic designers, photographers, choreographers and digital designers, as well as representatives from arts organizations.
For decades, Dade Legal Aid has assisted artists and other creatives through collaboration with the Arts & Business Council of Miami. Over a dozen attorneys will be at the clinic. Come out for the advice, networking and light bites. More at https://www.artsbizmiami.org/event/legal-clinic-for-creatives.
‘Love is Not Abuse’ teen summit
Experts in suicide and depression, bullying and cyber-bullying, teen dating, and self-esteem will lead interactive breakout sessions at this free summit to raise awareness on the indicators of domestic violence among teens.
This first “Love is Not Abuse” Teen Summit, hosted by Pain 2 Purpose, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Goulds Multi-Purpose Center, 11350 SW 216th St., Miami. Registration at the event begins at 9 a.m., but parents and teens can also register early online. Everyone who attends will be provided with a free lunch.
“I wanted to incorporate topics other than domestic violence,” Pain 2 Purpose founder Shanda Roberts said in an email. “As a survivor of domestic violence, my abuse began as a teenager and I personally dealt with these very same issues — suicide, depression, bullying and self-esteem.”
In addition to the sessions and discussions, there will be guest speakers, spoken word and performing artists. Pain 2 Purpose was established in December 2015 “as a vehicle through which victims of domestic violence could access resources to motivate and encourage them to escape abusive relationships.”
To register for the teen summit and see future events, visit www.pain2purpose76.org.
$66K in storm relief donated
Members of the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay gathered at a meeting just after the recent hurricanes and collected over $66,000 to help those suffering without basic necessities in our community, the Florida Keys, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
“The club members saw and heard about the needs of those devastated by the recent hurricanes and ‘passed the hat.’ And even though most of our members had their own properties damaged by the hurricane, they still gave to help others,” club President Neal Pocquette said in an email.
“We provide funding and perform many services in the community and around the world, but this is a very special one that we are very pleased to provide assistance as it addresses an immediate need that we personally understand,” he said.
In addition to its community and global assistance, the Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/Palmetto Bay has provided over $250K in college scholarships for local students, and sponsors, funds and provides tutoring for youth at an “After School Program” at West Perrine Park.
“Many of us were also here for Hurricane Andrew and we know personally the difficultly of the recovery efforts,” club Treasurer Susan Ludovici said.
“I’m proud of my fellow club members and our efforts to help those in need. It’s the Rotary way,” President-Elect Todd Lary said.
For more and to join, contact Pocquette at 786-877-0317 or visit http://pcrpbrotary.com/.
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