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Friday 01/19/2018
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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Monday 01/15/2018
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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Countdown to the Best of 2017

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine-Cava highlights the best achievements in South Dade for 2017.

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
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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Thursday 01/04/2018

Please make note of our new address

Posted: January 04, 2018
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Sunday 12/31/2017
Au Pairs Bring a New Opportunity for Child Care

  In a home in Oakland Park, two-year-old Miles runs around the playroom while his 11-month-old sister, Violet crawls from toy to toy.  The children’s parents are at work yet the children are in their own home and there is someone special who is minding the children.  Someone who gives hugs and sees to the children’s every need just like their parents would if present.

Posted: December 31, 2017
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We're Moving

Visit us at our new address:

Updated: December 31, 2017 - 2:25 pm
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Saturday 12/23/2017
Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Visit to Your National Parks

The City of Homestead is giving families the greatest gift of all this Holiday Season—a chance to spend quality time together in the great outdoors.  The Homestead National Parks Trolley runs a special Holiday Service every day December 26th through 31st in addition to running every weekend through April 29th.  Trolley riders get free transportation, free parking, free guided tours, and free admission to Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and Homestead Bayfront Park when boarding the Trolley in Historic Downtown Homestead. 

Updated: December 23, 2017 - 5:13 pm
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Early Christmas' in South Dade

Christmas celebrations in early South Dade centered on the churches, schools and often the Rotary Club of Homestead, which served children and the less fortunate in our

Posted: December 23, 2017
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Friday 12/08/2017
Commissioners Direct Mayor to Study Emergency Management Too

Levine Cava says mobile communications and backup powered traffic signals will make Miami-Dade more resilient to the next big storm

Posted: December 08, 2017
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Planning the Future of South Dade

Making Progress at 3rd Economic Development Summit

Updated: December 11, 2017 - 6:19 pm
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Friday 12/01/2017
Rep. McGhee Joins with Pastors in Response to Change in TPS Deadline

State Representative Kionne McGhee joins South East Dade Ministerial Alliance in showing support for the Haitian Community as they deal with new Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Deadline. 

Posted: December 01, 2017
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Thursday 11/23/2017
Season of Giving Begins at Thanksgiving

We all feel a little nip in the air as the Holiday Season approaches. Though many are generous throughout the year, giving seems to rise a notch as Thanksgiving get closer. It’s impossible to list and write about all the fine organizations and individuals who make a difference each year so I selected several that I personally know about.

Posted: November 23, 2017
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Friday 11/03/2017
Local Nursery Awarded Marijuana License

Production will bring jobs to the area, and may enable easier access to treatment.

Posted: November 03, 2017
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Saturday 10/28/2017
Local Schools Receive Schools of Hope Grants

  Five Miami-Dade County Public Schools are among the 11 that received the 2017-18 Schools of Hope (Traditional Public Schools) grants. Only four districts received funds from the total state-wide allocation of $18,142,000.

Posted: October 28, 2017
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Homestead

A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opened Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Homestead to help Florida storm survivors.

Posted: October 28, 2017
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Sunday 10/22/2017
Counties Work Together for Post-Irma Relief

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava helps connect contractors to rebuilding efforts, sponsors multiple storm relief events.

Posted: October 22, 2017
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Friday 10/20/2017
Farmers May Get Loans to Help with Irma Damage

Florida farmers in 44 counties may be eligible for federal loans to help cover damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.

Posted: October 20, 2017
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