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Friday 01/19/2018
A Salute to a Unique and Productive Life

It’s always a pleasure to share the achievements of an interesting person’s life when you are able to hear it first-hand.

Posted: January 19, 2018
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Community Efforts Brighten Neighborhood

On a cool sunny Martin Luther King Day, a hundred volunteers swarmed Homestead’s Southwest neighborhood on Third Avenue.

Posted: January 19, 2018
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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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Homestead Men Caught Burglarizing Tavernier Condo

MCSO

Posted: January 18, 2018
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Monday 01/15/2018
The Seminole Theater is Swinging

Do you want to learn how to sway with the music? How to pick up your feet to the beat? All these things can be accomplished at the Seminole Theatre in Homestead.

Updated: January 15, 2018 - 11:56 am
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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
Councilwoman Fairclough and Education Committee Present Mini Grants to Homestead Educators

Homestead educators gathered for the second annual presentation of educator mini grants by the City of Homestead’s Education Committee and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, Education Committee liaison.

Updated: January 12, 2018 - 10:48 am
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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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MAC Strong at 50

The South Dade community joined with military members from the Homestead Air Reserve Base to  celebrate half a century of working together in support of each other as members of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce’s MAC (Military Affairs Committee).

Posted: January 12, 2018
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Thursday 01/11/2018
Florida City Teens Arrested for Gang Murder at Homestead Park

  A 17-year-old boy was shot and killed near a playground at a popular Homestead park Sunday evening.

Posted: January 11, 2018
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Celebrate at the MLK Parade in Florida City

   Remember this date, Saturday, January 13th.  That the date for this year’s South Dade Martin Luther King Parade takes to the streets of Florida City on  Saturday, January 13th, not Monday.  The reason is to avoid conflicting with the large celebration taking place in Miami on the actual day of the holiday.

Posted: January 11, 2018
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Friday 01/05/2018
Who Will Be The Next Miss Homestead

   The reigning Miss Homestead, Amanda Shoopman, can hardly believe it’s almost time for the pageant as the months have slipped by in a flurry of activities and events. The pageant will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Seminole Theatre, 18 N. Krome Ave, Homestead and applications are open until January 15, 2018.

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Honoring the Legacy

Homestead Community to Celebrate Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Breakfast

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Homestead to Launch New Website

   The City of Homestead will launch a new website Monday, January 8, 2018, at www.cityofhomestead.com

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Caravan of Canoes Cares for the Keys

   With the winds of Hurricane Irma gone, residents of the Middle Keys feel they have been forgotten with little or no help from the government of Monroe County.    

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Homestead Helping to 'Keep the World on Time'

   Though it is called the Kendall facility, the new Fed Ex Ground Service location is definitely in Homestead at 13200 SW 272 street just outside the Homestead Air Force Base.  This massive building of 235,000 square feet was constructed for and leased by Fed Ex who opened that operation in October 2017.  Presently it employs 180 personnel including a mix of full and part-time staff.  Additional workers will be added as necessary to support anticipated demand for services in the area.

   According to Allie Addoms of Fed Ex Ground Public Relations, “The site was chosen because of its easy access to major highways, plus proximity to customers distribution centers and a strong local community workforce for recruiting employees.”

   The new facility is part of a nationwide network expansion to boost package volume capacity and further enhance the speed of service.  Since

Posted: January 05, 2018
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Thursday 01/04/2018
WE MOVED

Please make note of our new address

Posted: January 04, 2018
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106 Years Young

  Congratulations to Miss Ruby Mae Williams-Grant, a resident of Homestead Manor on the celebration of her 106th birthday.  She shared the day with friends and family, cake, balloons, warm hugs and great love and respect.

Posted: January 04, 2018
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