Wainwright, Arenado lead Cardinals to 10-0 romp over Royals
Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-hit ball, Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot and finished with five RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Kansas City Royals 10-0 on Wednesday to take their four-game season series. Wainwright (3-3) allowed just a one-out single to Michael Taylor in the third against the weak-hitting Royals, whose only other baserunners against the 40-year-old right-hander came on a fielder's choice, an error and a walk. Tyler O'Neill hit a two-run homer for St. Louis and finished with three RBIs, one of them coming against struggling Royals starter Kris Bubic (0-3), who retired just one batter before he was pulled after 24 pitches.news.yahoo.com
Masks mandated in Miami-Dade facilities, urged in large crowds and enclosed spaces
Miami-Dade County is requiring masks to be worn by employees and visitors inside all county facilities — vaccinated or not — and residents are strongly recommended to wear masks in large crowds or enclosed spaces, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced.
Six months before Hialeah mayor election, there’s already bad blood and big money
The race to replace term-limited Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez is still almost half a year away, but donations are already pouring in for the two frontrunners: former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban “Steve” Bovo and former Hialeah Councilwoman Isis Garcia-Martinez.news.yahoo.com
Opening of temporary COVID-19 vaccination site in Hialeah delayed due to supply shortage, mayor says
HIALEAH, Fla. – City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez announced Monday that the opening of the city’s temporary COVID-19 vaccination site at Babcock Park would be delayed due to a shortage of vaccines in the state. On our end, everything is ready to give attention to the community in our temporary site as soon as possible.”Gov. The delay will not affect the city’s permanent vaccination site at Bucky Dent Park. AdA total of 400 vaccines will be available at the permanent site on a daily basis. Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis and only first-time shots will be given at the site.
East L.A. Gang Member Who Led Firebombing of African-American Residences Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison
Carlos Hernandez, 36, aka “Rider” or “Creeper,” was sentenced by The Honorable U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder. Hernandez and his co-defendants targeted each of the residences because African-Americans lived there. All of the defendants who participated in the firebombing were charged in 2016 and have pleaded guilty to federal hate crime and related offenses. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack E. Jenkins, Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section and Justice Department Special Litigation Counsel Julia Gegenheimer of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section. If you believe you have been a victim of a civil rights violation please visit: https://civilrights.justice.gov/ to file a report.justice.gov
Millions more in Florida now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida is relaxing age restrictions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, with residents ages 50 and up now eligible to receive the vaccine. Changing the cutoff age allows millions more to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals do not need to live in Miami-Dade to receive the vaccine there, but they must be a resident of Florida. “You will need your CDC vaccination card and an ID for the second dose,” said Mike Jachels with FEMA. https://t.co/z5RvHqEGJ8 — Christina Vazquez (@CBoomerVazquez) March 22, 2021Related links:Who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Florida?
Feud between Florida governor and Hialeah mayor rolls on
“Governor, [it’s] the mayor of Hialeah. I’d like to speak,” Hernandez shouted out before stepping to the same podium to speak to reporters. “I was not invited to this, just like I was not invited not to a previous meeting,” Hernandez said. What started this apparent cold war between a Republican mayor and a Republican governor in this Republican-centric city? The mayor critiques, the governor goes about business without him, and neither — by all accounts — has made a first move to break the cycle.
Navarro, CVS y Mas pharmacies to begin vaccinating seniors in Miami-Dade
Ron DeSantis held a news conference Tuesday morning at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Hialeah, at which time he announced that all 31 Navarro and 35 CVS Y Mas stores in Miami-Dade County will soon begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors 65 and older. The governor said 15 traditional CVS stores across Florida would also begin administering the vaccine to seniors, including one in Miami-Dade County, two in Broward and one in Palm Beach County. AdThe pharmacies have received their first shipments of the vaccine and expect to begin administering them on Thursday. The governor, however, praised the state’s handling of vaccine distribution for seniors, highlighting that more than 2 million seniors have been vaccinated across the state, including 42% of seniors in Miami-Dade County. He said the state is close to vaccinating 50% of seniors across Florida, and said that 45% or 46% of seniors have been vaccinated so far in the state.
Cuban Americans move to try to influence Biden’s new U.S.-Cuba policy
MIAMI – Amid the anticipation of President Joe Biden’s new Cuba policy, a group that represents South Florida’s community of Cuban exiles met on Wednesday to discuss a proposal at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora in Miami’s Coral Way. “We need and we want, we demand a free Cuba,” Gimenez said. The group is asking Biden’s administration to avoid mirroring former President Barack Obama’s policies and to keep Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. Andres Fanjul and Eduardo G. Mestre, of Evercore, are among the members of the Cuba Study Group’s board. Related link: Cuba Study Group’s vision for U.S.-Cuba relations in the Biden era (32 pages)FACEBOOK LIVE (English and Spanish used interchangeably)
Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites aim to help Blacks, Hispanics in South Florida
HIALEAH, Fla. – The atmosphere was jovial at a clubhouse for seniors in Hialeah where dozens waited for their turn to receive their first dose. “You have got to remember these people have been confined for a year,” he said, adding the city needs more vaccines. Hialeah, a city where the majority of the population is foreign-born, received about 1,000 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Aldo Calvo, the medical director of ambulatory services at Broward Health, said efforts like these are important. Broward Health is also working with community partners to kick-off pop-up vaccination sites in underserved communities in Broward County.
Coronavirus crisis: Thousands receive aid during events in Hialeah, Overtown
Hialeah and Miami’s Overtown neighborhood are among the most-hard-hit areas during the coronavirus pandemic’s economic crisis. In Hialeah, the drivers who spent Thursday night at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino were the first to receive a $250 gift card from the city during a drive-thru event on Friday. Cars line up for grocery gift cards in HialeahThe city distributed 5,000 cards redeemable at Sedano’s or Fresco y Más grocery stores in South Florida, according to Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. In Overtown, the neighborhood’s favorite Santa Claus’ assistant, Miami Heat legend Alonzo Mourning, was also working on Friday. Mourning was part of a team that contributed to a drive-thru event outside of the Theodore R. and Thelma A. Gibson Charter School, 1698 NW 4th Ave.Related stories
Hialeah gives out $250 grocery gift cards to help families in need
HIALEAH, Fla. – Rows and rows of cars were lined up early Friday morning for the distribution of 5,000 grocery gift cards worth $250 apiece to Hialeah residents struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The distribution began at 8 a.m. at Hialeah Park Racing and Casino (100 E 32nd Street) and is only for Hialeah residents. It is continuing into the afternoon with gift cards still available for people who are eligible. The gift cards are redeemable at Fresco Y Mas or Sedano’s Supermarket. “No secret this has been a very difficult year for our communities,” Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said.
Levine Cava launches #WeCanWeWill campaign against coronavirus
Levine Cava, who has been serving as mayor for about three weeks, hosted a virtual news conference to launch Miami-Dade County’s “#WeCanWeWill” educational campaign in English, Spanish and Creole. Levine Cava said Miami-Dade County will continue to enforce the use of face masks by issuing civil citations. Ron DeSantis isn’t allowing officials to use fines to enforce the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prevention guidelines. Former Miami-Dade Mayor, now Congressman-elect, Carlos Gimenez, also had a marketing campaign to address the coronavirus pandemic. You Keep Me Safe.”Here is the list of the official partners of the #WeCanWeWill campaign:
Food giveaways during holiday season even more crucial due to difficulties and hardships during 2020
MIAMI – With Thanksgiving around the corner, South Florida is doing what South Florida always does and helping to feed those in need. 77-year-old Pablo Loffredo was one of many people lined up in Hialeah Monday morning for their turkey giveaway; some by car, some on foot. “I live over there in that building and it’s been very difficult.”MORE: Where are giveaways for turkeys, Thanksgiving food? The difficultly has been felt across the board, and local elected officials have been active in trying to help struggling families. Music was going and bells were ringing as the former NBA superstar and his wife Tracy, along with several volunteers, handed out holiday meals to grateful families.
Coronavirus in Florida: Mayors of 6 cities band together, attempting to obtain leadership and guidance from absent Gov. Ron DeSantis
MIAMI – The mayors of six cities are urging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to take aggressive action to stop the sudden spread of COVID-19. “The governor needs to implement a statewide mask mandate,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “The positions that the governor has taken thus far have made our jobs really difficult,” added St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. Now these mayors are banding together, asking DeSantis to act.
Man with Cuban Revolution hallucinations threatens Sen. Marco Rubio, police say
HIALEAH, Fla. – Detectives found out that a man who had allegedly been threatening Sen. Marco Rubio, Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez, and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez was in dire need of mental health services. The man “advised of soldiers from Fidel Castro’s Revolt [who] were after him, and spoke of hallucinations of the Cuban Revolution,” Quintana said. He had been detained for a mental health evaluation before because he has a history of threatening politicians, Quintana said. A Miami resident who knows the man and was concerned contacted the Miami Police Department, Vega said. Miami detectives shared the information with the Hialeah Police Department, Quintana said.
Miami-Dade approves more coronavirus relief money for cities. They say its not enough.
HIALEAH, Fla. Against a backdrop of cities threatening to sue the county over CARES Act funding, Miami-Dade commissioners passed a motion Tuesday for a new allocation for the countys 34 municipalities. Let me repeat that: $100 million in CARES Act funds, said Commissioner Dennis Moss, who brought the motion. The cities maintain they have localized needs that CARES Act dollars help fund; that the money should have been distributed from the county to the municipalities based on population. A hundred million dollars? Carlos Hernandez said, shaking his head at the total decided upon Tuesday. They also decided to consider the countys unincorporated municipal service area a municipality for the purposes of allocating and distributing CARES Act funding and/or that from the proposed HEROES Act.
Surveillance video released of Hialeah shooting that left 2 girls injured
HIALEAH, Fla. The Hialeah Police Department released surveillance video Thursday that shows a security guard employed by Rey Chavez Distributor firing his gun at a car that an accused shoplifter had fled to. Steadman Amaya, 39, is accused of stealing lobster tails from a supermarket in Hialeah. (Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation)Police said Amayas ex-girlfriend, Angela Pupo, 32, and her two daughters were in the car. The only positive thing is the kids, from what I hear, are going to be OK, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said. Angela Pupo, 32, and Leonardo Morales, 50, face charges after 2 girls were injured during a shooting in Hialeah.
Convicted felon wanted for role in Hialeah shooting with 2 girls injured
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. Detectives are searching for a 39-year-old convicted felon who is accused of prompting a shooting that left two girls injured on Tuesday in Hialeah. The only positive thing is the kids, from what I hear, are going to be OK, said Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. Pupo told police officers Amaya was supposed to steal crab legs and she was supposed to make $30 out of the sale, police said. Officers arrested Pupo and Morales. Morales is facing two counts of attempted manslaughter with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting a deadly missile.
Miami-Dade leaders to hold coronavirus news conferences
MIAMI Two news conferences have been scheduled so far for Thursday, at which time leaders in Miami-Dade County will speak about the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The first news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. and will be held by City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez outside City Hall. The first and second offenses are a $100 fine, the third is $500 and any additional offenses come with an arrest/notice to appear. The tiered system builds on what had previously been a $50 fine for not wearing a mask in the city. A second news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. will be held by Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez and local medical experts at Hialeah City Hall.
Hialeah has Floridas second-most COVID-19 cases; mayor says hes gotten no help from DeSantis
HIALEAH, Fla. Hialeah was called out during Gov. Ron DeSantis news briefing Tuesday as a Florida city that has seen high positivity for coronavirus. Hialeahs mayor wishes the governor instead reached out to help. Because he hasnt done much for the city of Hialeah, to be honest with you, Mayor Carlos Hernandez told Local 10 News by phone Wednesday. On Tuesday, DeSantis said, We still have high positivity in Hialeah Hialeah has been high positive for, probably, two months now.The governor touted Floridas COVID-19 testing efforts and results on the same day the state confirmed a one-day high of nearly 2,800 new positive cases.
Miami Comedians Mine for Humor Under Quarantine
Since the pandemic, this has become a home base for Garavito's "Miami Comedy" podcast, which livestreams daily at 3 and 10:30 p.m. on Instagram. "One of the funnest, most dynamic things about a live comedy show is that you're surrounded by people. And that energy of being around people that want to enjoy a live comedy show is what makes it more exciting." That interactivity, so crucial to live comedy shows, is what Garatvito seeks to re-create online. "One of the funnest, most dynamic things about a live comedy show is that you're surrounded by people."miaminewtimes.com
Critics Question Authenticity of Emails Praising Hialeah Mayor
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez has come under fire for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. But the emails praising the mayor were submitted to the city clerk's office without addresses. A search of Nexis, a public-records database used by journalists and researchers, yielded hundreds of Pedro Sanchezes with Miami-Dade addresses and dozens with current or former Hialeah addresses. Ramon Castellanos, a records custodian, said the department couldn't locate any registered voters with the email addresses provided. Mayor Hernandez laughed off the criticism that the emails were fake or authored by him or one of his supporters.miaminewtimes.com
Hialeah Orders People to Stop Hanging Out at the Ventanita
Today Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez signed an emergency order restricting how walk-up service windows also known as ventanitas are allowed to operate during the pandemic. From now on, ventanitas may be used only for customers to place, pay for, and pick up orders. Per the emergency order, "Once the customer places an order at a walk-up service window, the customer shall wait for delivery of the order inside a parked vehicle. Mayor Carlos Hernandez has signed an emergency order restricting walk-up service windows or ventanitas at all food service establishments in the City of Hialeah. pic.twitter.com/HmUCDvZYVY City of Hialeah (@cityofhialeah) April 9, 2020The order doesn't apply to establishments with municipally approved drive-up or drive-thru facilities.miaminewtimes.com
Hundreds of Hialeah Residents Crowd Unemployment Help Center
This week, the City of Hialeah announced it would open four sites to hand out unemployment forms and provide help to people who couldn't apply for benefits through Florida's broken unemployment website or hotline. Though most residents were wearing masks, the site's organizers apparently were not enforcing social distancing measures:#HIALEAH: @cityofhialeah decided to hand out #unemployment forms today at 11am. City Council President Paul Hernandez (no relation to Mayor Hernandez) says he shares the concerns about the library site. Though he believes it's important to help people navigate the unemployment system, he says those efforts need to be more organized. That site was set up as a drive-thru, and residents were able to pick up unemployment forms from their cars.miaminewtimes.com
As Coronavirus Spreads in Hialeah, Residents Beg Mayor for Stronger Action
Hialeah sits close to the top of the list of South Florida cities with the highest number of coronavirus cases. While COVID-19 cases have stacked up in the city the sixth-largest municipality in Florida and second-largest in Miami-Dade by population some residents have been wondering where Mayor Carlos Hernandez has been. Yet some Hialeah residents worry the city is behind the curve and have asked for more serious measures, such as an order for people to stay home for two weeks. Monica Perez, a Hialeah city council member, tells New Times the 11 p.m. curfew doesn't make much sense because residents are generally home at that hour. My office wrote two letters; one to Governor and one to Hialeah mayor.miaminewtimes.com
Larkin Community Hospital announces COVID-19 testing site
HIALEAH, Fla. – Officials from the City of Hialeah and Larkin Community Hospital held a joint news conference Friday morning on the spread of COVID-19, at which time they announced that the hospital would be another South Florida testing site for patients who need to be tested for the coronavirus. "We will have the first place in the City of Hialeah for people to get checked up for the coronavirus,” Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez said. The new site launches Friday. Friday’s testing will prioritize first responders and healthcare workers. “Basically, we’re gonna start with 500 tests in a 24-hour period of time, and then we’re going to ramp up from that for the next two weeks to go to 2,000 tests,” Hospital Chairman of the Board Jack Michel said.
Effort to Recall Hialeah Mayor About Halfway to Goal, Organizers Say
"We don't have a second to waste," says Fernando Godo, one of the Hialeah residents leading the campaign to recall Mayor Carlos Hernandez. The organizers say they're about halfway to their initial goal of obtaining roughly 5,200 signatures. The recall petition accuses Hernandez of various instances of malfeasance, including shaking down businesses and charging for fraudulent temporary business permits. Yesterday, several Hialeah residents stopped at Macaya's tent near the Farm Store on West 12th Avenue and 72nd Street to sign the petition. Godo, who has made TV and radio appearances to tell Hialeah residents about the recall effort, says there are still a lot of people who don't know about it.miaminewtimes.com
Club women meet in Orlando for GFWC FL Fall Board
The Generation Federation of Womens Club Floridas Fall Board planning conference attracted numerous attendees from District 11 clubs led by district director Elizabeth Kourtesis Fisher. Among the many clubs attending in the immediate ares were women from Coral Gables Womans Club, Cocoplum Womans Club, Coconut Grove Womans Club and Miami Womans Club, to mention a few. As fall is upon us, the GFWC Coral Gables Womans Clubs held a membership kickoff on Sept. 18, after having to postpone the meeting scheduled for Sept. 4 because of Hurricane Dorian. This event helps support the clubs childrens dental clinic that provides more than $247,000 in free dental services for children of the working poor. On a sad note, condolences to the family, countless friends and fellow Gator fans on the loss of Coral Gables attorney and former Pinecrest Vice Mayor Jeff Cutler.communitynewspapers.com