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Monday 02/19/2018
On a Path to Making a Difference

   Editor’s Note: The Rotary Club of Homestead established an Interact Club at MAST Academy a few years ago. Interact is the youngest branch of Rotary designed to help guide high school age students preparing for a future that includes giving back to their communities. Rotaract is geared for college age students as they too prepare to learn what Service Above Self truly means. Miami Dade College professor Kevin Moore has chosen to spearhead this latest effort.

Posted: February 19, 2018
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Sunday 02/18/2018
Continued Discussion on Transportation

An opening statement was delivered by Charles Scurr, “We’ve all been talking about transportation for years, for decades. We are poised to move forward but we need that momentum, we need that sustained political leadership, we need that community involvement to keep it going."

Posted: February 18, 2018
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Citrus Numbers Down Amid Hopes for Federal Aid

Projections for Florida’s orange crop fell slightly in the latest monthly forecast, as the storm-battered agriculture industry appears closer to getting federal relief that officials say is needed to keep parts of the industry afloat.

Posted: February 18, 2018
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Friday 02/16/2018
House Readies ‘Across the Board’ Tax Package

Farmers, nursing homes and property owners impacted by Hurricane Irma could receive tax relief.

Posted: February 16, 2018
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Miami-Dade Bars Animal Abusers from Adopting at County Shelter

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners has passed an ordinance to prevent people found guilty of animal abuse from adopting pets from the County's Pet Adoption and Protection Center and from the County's shelter partners.

Posted: February 16, 2018
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Farm Share - Free Food Distribution - Saturday, February 17

Updated: February 16, 2018 - 1:49 pm
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A Moving Tribute to a Fallen Soldier

72 years after his death, Johnnie Little, a Homestead boy killed in battle during World War II, is at last recognized with a gravestone.

Posted: February 16, 2018
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Friday 02/09/2018
Pikarsky Honored

Dade County Farm Bureau holds annual luncheon celebrating Women in Agriculture

Posted: February 09, 2018
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Thursday 02/08/2018
“Sighting” New Possibilities

   Medical and bio-engineering technologies have made great improvements for individuals who have sustained or are born with certain physical disabilities.

Updated: February 12, 2018 - 8:10 pm
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Farm Bureau Heads to Tallahassee

TALLY-HO! On January 30 and 31, I was happy to team up with Farm Bureau’s Jorge Abreu, Marisol Diaz and Tom Rieder for a jaunt to the Capital Building to make sure the concerns of the local farming industry get heard by key members of Congress as several important funding bills seek a vote of approval.

Posted: February 08, 2018
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Friday 02/02/2018
House Eyes Tax Help for Agriculture Industry

Florida’s Hurricane Irma-battered agriculture industry, growing anxious as it awaits federal disaster relief, could land some help from the state House as part of a tax-cut package.

Posted: February 02, 2018
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Candidates Debate at Local Political Forum

Several hundred people filed through a police security check on Sunday, January 28, to attend a congressional debate and candidate forum at the Seminole Theatre.

Posted: February 02, 2018
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Movie in the Park

Free, fun, family event sponsored by Calvary Church.

Posted: February 02, 2018
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Friday 01/26/2018
Florida City Continues With Leadership

   The City Hall was filled with well-wishers as City Clerk Jennifer A. Evelyn read Resolution 18-09 certifying the January 23, 2018 election results that returned Mayor Otis Wallace and Commissioners Roy Shiver and Eugene Berry to office. The resolution was approved and received enthusiastic applause. The Honorable Judge Diana Gonzalez-Whtye of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida congratulated the three men. She swore in the mayor, then the two commissioners. With the highest number of votes, Shiver also assumes the dual role of Vice-Mayor for two years.

Posted: January 26, 2018
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Friday 01/19/2018
New Addition to the Florida City Business Community

   Increasing a business is always a sign of success. Managing the increase is a different aspect, however, and owners can suddenly discover there are myriad factors to consider and more importantly to

Updated: January 19, 2018 - 10:07 am
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Homestead Rises Up

   In an annual tradition, the Homestead and Florida City Communities united to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community activists, students, dignitaries, and many other community members gathered for an elegant breakfast celebration at the Phichol Williams Community Center.

Posted: January 19, 2018
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Thursday 01/18/2018
A Day at the Museum

Meda and I spent the afternoon of January 13 – her birthday – as volunteers at the Florida Pioneer Museum. We had the joy of introducing two new volunteers to the Museum.

Posted: January 18, 2018
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Monday 01/15/2018
Warm and Healthy-But You Still Have Time for Sweets

With the chill still in our air and everyone on busy schedules, we all want foods that are comforting, warm, but still healthy for the New Year. Using the freshest farm ingredients provides the opportunity to serve healthy soups and salads with just a little sweet for the chocolate lover.

Updated: January 15, 2018 - 11:51 am
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New Year Brings New Hope on DACA Solution

Op-Ed from Congressman Carlos Curbelo

Last year ended on a bittersweet note for Congress. I was proud of the historic reforms to our tax code that are now law and will give hard-working Americans across the country the opportunity to keep more of their paychecks.

However, I was extremely disappointed with Leaders of both parties, in both Chambers, and their lack of courage in putting forth a solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals population.

These young immigrants, known as Dreamers, arrived in our country at no fault of their own – brought by their parents who either illegally crossed one of our borders or overstayed their visas. For most of these young people, the United States is the only country they have ever called home.

They attended and graduated from school with our own children and today are seeking to serve in our military, pursue a college degree, or contribute to our economy by working. Many have no memories of their countries of origin. They speak English, work hard, pay their taxes, and are positively contributing to our nation.

In November of last year, I made a commitment to make these hard-working young people – and all those who care for them – a priority and pledged to withhold my support for government spending for the first time without action on a permanent solution. While I have always supported government spending votes in the past, the lack of political will from Leaders of both parties forced myself and others, like Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, to say, "Enough is enough. Let's get this done."

Unfortunately, not enough Members from either party had the courage to take the same stand, and so after a holiday season filled with continued uncertainty and anxiety for immigrant families across the country, we have regrettably entered the new year with a challenge to pass a solution to the same problem.

As the President's imposed March deadline quickly approaches, it is enormously frustrating that politics-as-usual leaves so many with so much uncertainty.

It is critical that Republicans and Democrats work together and in good faith to find a compromise on immigration policy in these first few weeks of the year. Congress first began working on legislation for the benefit of young immigrants who were brought to our country as children some 17 years ago.

All attempts have failed, but this time failure is not an option because this time, failure means hundreds of thousands of talented young people, who are by most measures Americans, are in very real danger of losing the only home they've ever known.

I've introduced the bipartisan Recognizing America's Children (RAC) Act to provide a permanent solution for DACA recipients. I have offered my support for any proposal that provides the DACA population a permanent solution, and I have worked to develop compromise legislation and build consensus with colleagues from both parties in the House of Representatives where I serve, and in the Senate.

I'm more hopeful than ever that a solution is imminent, but we can't lose sight of the goal. We have a responsibility to pass legislation that can secure the future for these young immigrants and, at the same time, make our country safer and more prosperous by securing our borders and reforming our immigration laws.

Americans have been expecting results from Congress on immigration policy for years. Enough is enough. The time for action is now.  

Updated: January 15, 2018 - 12:48 pm
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Friday 01/12/2018
Putting a Roof Over their Heads

   Almost everyone in the Florida Keys has awful memories about Hurricane Irma.  For Alnier and Oladis Mendez and their three children of Marathon, the storm destroyed much of their mobile home.  Thanks to the Rotary Club of Homestead success at raising funds with the Seminole Theatre at the recent John Popper Concert, money was available to help.

Posted: January 12, 2018
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