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The News Leader sat down with Farm Share CEO Stephen Shelley this week to get an update on how the pandemic is effecting their efforts to provide food to a growing number of Florida residents.

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Early Sunday morning at approximately 2:30 AM, Homestead Police were involved in a confrontation, outside the entrance to the Homestead City Hall, with an armed suspect that resulted in his death. A source told the News Leader that the suspect shot at officers who then returned fire.

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The holidays bring with them a multitude of emotions.  Adding the anxiety brought by the ravages of the pandemic, and all of us can use some help with our mental health.

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On Christmas Eve Eve, many children and teens in the Northwest section of Homestead got early Christmas presents. An annual toy drive, held at the Biltmore Hotel to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, found itself with extra toys this year.

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Our communities are always known for extra sharing during the holidays and the need has been especially great in the year of severe COVID-19 impacts. Dozens of churches, civic groups, individuals, municipal, and non-profits organizations have put together distributions of toys as well as foo…

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Six members of Homestead City Council explored development options on two vacant parcels on the northwest corner of Farm Life School Road and North Canal Drive at its meeting on Wednesday December 16.

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Moving up through a company to take on higher responsibilities is often a goal. With years in different organizations in the health care field and seven years in The Palace Group, Giulia Covella was looking forward to taking her position as the new General Manager for The Palace Gardens of H…

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The COVID-19 Food Assistance Program for City of Homestead residents has now reopened.  The program, funded through Community Development Block Grant funds, is designed to assist residents who have suffered a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic by alleviating the burden of grocer…

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Mother Nature does not always cooperate, even when good deeds are involved. The partly sunny forecast for Saturday, December 12, 2020 was off by a few hours as rain came instead that morning.

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Homestead Hospital, for the second consecutive term, has achieved Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

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Each day for farmworkers is physically tiring, especially when the South Florida sun beats down. Many immigrant parents teach their children the value of such work from an early age while hoping their future will be away from the fields and packing houses.

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Hemp is blazing among Florida’s agriculture inventory in the seven months since it was first allowed to be legally grown in the Sunshine State, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried told business leaders Tuesday.

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Wednesday, Dec. 9th, detectives from the Homestead Police Department completed their investigation and arrested Darling Noa, 43, of Homestead. Noa was charged with: Lewd & Lascivious Conduct, Transmission of Harmful Material to a Juvenile, and Aggravated Stalking.

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Twenty years ago when Linda Fagan wanted to reach out to some of her patients she knew were unable to afford a special holiday meal, she didn’t realize her requests for help to do so would be met with such support.

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With fifteen years at the helm of Miami-Dade College, Homestead Campus, and forty-two years in the field of higher education, Dr. Jeanne Jacobs retired as President, November 30, 2020. Although a round of ceremonies honoring her service and accomplishments was not practical in this time of C…

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A wave of violent crime in South Miami Dade has police officials concerned. According to CrimeMapping.com accessed from the Miami-Dade County official website there have been five Homicide incidents (1 with 2 victims) in the area south of Pinecrest since November 6th when 18-year old Tre R. …

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Doug Ingram, a fifth generation of family growers, passed peacefully on November 13th.  He leaves a legacy of love, family, community, and the land.

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Most readers don’t have memories of the “Sunday Drive” tradition. Yes, to those accustomed to non-stop electronic entertainment, there was a time of piling into the car on Sunday afternoons to go for a drive. It was just taking a drive for about an hour with possibly a stop for an ice cream …

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*On Sunday, November 22, there were two additional shooting scenes in South Dade, with five people being shot and injured.  Updates to follow.  Police are not yet releasing whether any of the shootings are related.

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Small business’ throughout the country have had to navigate a strange new normal since the Covid-19 pandemic began nine months ago. Miami-Dade has been especially hit hard with the highest infection and hospitalization rates in Florida.

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Marlene Porter Berger, a champion of the Homestead community, and the mother of Jeff Porter who served as Mayor of Homestead, passed away on Friday, November 13th after a short illness.

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Over the last two weeks Lloyd Brown founder and head of Wildlife Rescue of Dade County has begun to receive birds, mostly migratory hawks, that are suffering from symptoms of poisoning.

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Hundreds turned out to Homestead’s Veteran’s Day Parade on Wednesday to honor those who serve and protect our nation.

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Barney Rutzke, Vice Presdient of the Dade County Farm Bureau and the Chairman of the Farm Bureau’s Environmental Policy Concerns Committee, is hoping to receive support from not only Dade County farmers, but all citizens who support the agriculture community. In essence, showing your support…

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Superheroes, witches, and assorted other costumed characters may not have been how the Seminole Theatre initially planned their first public event of reopening, but it was a lively and fun one. “The Halloween Bash – Toy Story of Terror and Haunted House”, Friday, October 30, 2020 entertained…

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COL David M. Castaneda took command of the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) on 2 August 2020. He sat down to talk with the News Leader on Monday 2 November.

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This past Sunday, hours after we gained an extra hour due to the Daylight Savings Time change, the grassroots group Faith in Florida held a final voting push to entice those who hadn’t voted yet to do so.

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Anyone who turned onto Campbell Drive near Homestead Hospital Saturday October 31, 2020, around 6:00 p.m. was undoubtedly startled at the long line of cars. In keeping with so many events this year, the hospital staff came up with the idea of a “Halloween Drive-Boo.” Six of the hospital depa…

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Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School for Advanced Studies (SAS) will host free online information/applications sessions Saturday, Nov. 7 for the 2021-22 school year.