Broward state attorney to investigate corruption claims against Miami officials
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has recused herself from the probe into corruption claims against elected City of Miami officials that were made last year by ousted Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, documents obtained Tuesday by Local 10 News show.
Security expert says synagogue standoff in Texas is a reminder to be proactive
After a rabbi credited his security training for getting himself and two of his congregants out of a hostage situation safely on Saturday in Texas, some members of synagogues in South Florida were aware of security concerns in their communities.
Teenage boy remains hospitalized after sergeant shot him in Miami-Dade
Feet away from a tribute mural to Martin Luther King, Jr., crime scene tape surrounded an area behind a bus stop. A Miami-Dade sergeant shot a troubled Black teenage boy who was armed on Sunday, police said. And on Martin Luther King Day, the wounded teen remained at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
This Week in South Florida Podcast: January 16, 2022
On the latest episode of the This Week in South Florida podcast, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by newly elected Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami T. Wilard Fair, Broward Teachers' Union President Anna Fusco and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantails.
This Week in South Florida Full Episode: January 16, 2022
On the latest episode of This Week in South Florida, hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg are joined by newly elected Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami T. Wilard Fair, Broward Teachers' Union President Anna Fusco and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantails.
LGBTQ activist who took on Florida gay marriage ban found dead in landfill
Detectives are investigating the death of Jorge “George” Diaz-Johnston, who took on Florida’s anti-gay marriage ban and won<a href="https://www.local10.com/news/2014/07/25/get-to-know-the-six-plaintiffs-who-challenged-same-sex-marriage-ban-in-miami-dade-county/" target="_blank"> a landmark same-sex marriage case</a> in Miami-Dade County.
COVID-19 update: Florida reports 54,994 new cases, adds 262 new deaths to total
Florida reported 54,994 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and increased its death toll by 262 as hospitalizations continued to increase, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here are the updated statistics.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Florida reports 125,996 new cases from weekend, adds 182 new deaths to total
Florida reported 125,996 new COVID-19 cases from the weekend as hospitalizations climbed near 10,000 for the first time since mid-September, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here are the updated statistics.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Florida breaks daily case record again with 76,887 new infections; hospitalizations pass 9,000
Florida reported 76,887 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest single-day increase of the pandemic, as hospitalizations passed 9,000 for the first time since Sept. 17, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here are the updated statistics.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Testing rate hits record high as Florida reports 67,369 new cases and over 8,500 hospitalizations
Florida reported 67,369 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as the number of patients in Florida hospitals with the virus passed 8,500, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here are the updated statistics.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Florida reports 59,487 new cases; Miami-Dade has second-highest case rate in U.S.
Florida reported 59,487 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the number of patients in Florida hospitals with the virus neared 8,000, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here are the updated statistics.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Florida reports 51,644 new cases; more than one out of six hospital patients have virus
Florida reported 51,644 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, as the number of patients in Florida hospitals who are being treated for coronavirus passed 7,000. Here are the updated statistics including new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, testing positivity and vaccinations.sun-sentinel.com
Millions return to in-person classes despite huge jump in COVID cases and calls for remote learning
Districts that have opted for virtual learning this winter are firmly in the minority right now. Only about 100 of the nation's over 13,000 school districts are opting for virtual learning this winter despite surging case numbers.cbsnews.com
COVID-19 update: Florida cases continue to climb with 75,962 reported Friday; hospitalizations climb over 5,000
Florida on Friday reported 75,962 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Here are the updated statistics on COVID-19 in Florida including new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, testing positivity and vaccinations.sun-sentinel.com
COVID-19 update: Florida reports 77,848 new cases, a 66% increase from record set one day earlier
Florida on Thursday reported 77,848 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one of the largest single-day increases of any state during the pandemic, as hospitalizations nearly doubled in one week, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Here are the updated statistics on COVID-19 in Florida including new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, testing positivity and vaccinations.sun-sentinel.com
Value of Zoom meeting about 87th Ave. Bridge questioned
DTPW employee Sandra Antonio ran the meeting via Zoom, with DTPW’s Ryan Fisher fielding the questions. A number of Palmetto Bay residents attended — 70 people in all. Village Mayor Karyn Cunningham and the council members attended the meeting, with Mayor Cunningham leading off the comments, stating the village’s continuing opposition to the bridge project. Only two, from Cutler Bay residents, were in favor of the bridge. My basic traffic questions were not answered last night or in my email either.”The meeting with the DTPW and TPO is the next step in the mediation process.communitynewspapers.com
Annual Mayor’s Ball to be first hosted by Mayor Levine Cava
The 21st annual Mayor’s Ball will be hosted for the first time by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. As one of the largest and most effective human services organizations, United Way Miami actively supports more than 100 programs across 60 local agencies focused on empowering families throughout Miami-Dade’s most vulnerable communities, along with other important initiatives. Since 1998, Miami-Dade County and United Way Miami have collaborated on this event, joining forces to build a resilient and equitable community. “It is an honor to be hosting the Mayor’s Ball for the first time,” Mayor Levine Cava said. “After a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be coming together once again for the annual Mayor’s Ball,” said Joe Zubi, president and CEO of United Way Miami.communitynewspapers.com
Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin and team donate hundreds of gifts for Salvation Army
Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts Harvey Ruvin and his co-workers once again donated hundreds of holiday gifts for needy children to be delivered by the Salvation Army. Ruvin said, “ This last year, you have performed heroically, providing needy services to the public, notwithstanding the limitations imposed by the pandemic. Wishing you and your families the very best in the coming year. I am, as always, so proud to be your Clerk!”communitynewspapers.com
Animal Services waives pet adoption fees in December
With more than 500 pets ready and waiting to give you the priceless gift of unconditional love and a lifetime of companionship, Miami-Dade County Animal Services (Animal Services) has launched its “Pets are Priceless” adoption promotion in hopes of finding shelter pets a home for the holidays. Animal Services is encouraging you to visit the shelter and find your priceless pet and waiving adoption fees for dogs ages 4-months and older and cats and kittens through Dec. 31 at the Animal Services’ Pet Adoption and Protection Center, 3599 NW 79 Ave. in Doral., as well as at all offsite pet adoption events. For families spending time at home during the holidays, they will be able to bond with their new furry family member,” said Bronwyn Stanford, Animal Services director. Adoption hours at the Pet Adoption and Protection Center are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the Animal Services Department calendar for off-site adoption events and locations. For more information about programs serving Miami-Dade County’s pets and pet owners at Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department visit animals.miamidade.gov, call 311, or follow Animal Services on social media @adoptmiamipets.communitynewspapers.com
Alpha Phi Alpha Launches Community Initiative with School Garden Project in Florida City
By Jason SmithWith the rapid increase in population, health disparities, and property development in southern Miami-Dade County, the members of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. have developed a new initiative to empower South Dade residents to face these new challenges. The Alpha Leads through Education, Advocacy, Development, and Service (L.E.A.D.S.) Project was developed to address a need for South Dade residents to become more engaged on matters pertaining to education, health, housing, and public policy. The South Dade Alphas launched the environmental justice component of their initiative by creating a community garden at Avant School of Excellence, 777 West Palm Drive in Florida City on Saturday, December 11, 2021. “A direct, measurable impact of this project is to educate adolescent community members on the importance of diet and organic farming.thewestsidegazette.com
The Last Pine Standing
I like to draw 100 circles on the board that represents the original 185,000 of Pine Rockland. there are a handful of people and groups working hard to ensure that our grandchildren get to see a Pine Rockland Habitat. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden established the Connect-to-Protect Program, a Citizen Science Program, which offers free Pine Rockland plants to homeowners. A few years ago, a development project made headlines when a Pine Rockland was slated to be destroyed to build a Wal-Mart. Don’t let the last pine tree standing fall victim.communitynewspapers.com
Small Business Bootcamp winners to be showcased at Holiday Village
Bank of America, in partnership with StartUP FIU and The Underline, announced the 10 winners of the inaugural Miami Small Business Bootcamp during a recent ceremony at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Each winner also received a $2,000 stipend to supplement their small business’ operations. Prior to being selected, the winners participated in a small business bootcamp at StartUP FIU, alongside 30 other local entrepreneurs. “Congratulations to the winners of the Miami Small Business Bootcamp. Those who wish to drive can use public parking lots at Brickell City Centre and Publix Mary Brickell Village.communitynewspapers.com
South Dade Alphas, March of Dimes Host Premature Birth Awareness Workshop
By Jason SmithThe Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Miami-Dade County Chapter of the March of Dimes host a Premature Birth Awareness workshop for the students of Dorothy M. Wallace Cope Center. Tenesha Avent, March of Dimes Director of MCH Collective Impact, shared that “in Miami-Dade County, the preterm birth rate for Black women is 14.1, almost two times higher than that of white women (7.2). The Dorothy M. Wallace COPE Center was built in 1992 to serve the residents of Southwest Miami-Dade County. Darlene Sparks (Beta Tau Zeta) and Anita Moore (Mu Gamma Zeta), Presidents of local Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Chapters, talked to attendees about the importance of the workshop in reducing preterm birth outcomes in high-risk groups. In addition, they highlighted the legacy of Dorothy M. Wallace who was a local member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.thewestsidegazette.com
Miami-Dade Beacon Council celebrates best job performance in 36 years
Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the County’s official public-private economic development partnership, celebrated record-breaking achievements of the 2020-2021 fiscal year during their Annual Meeting, presented by Florida Power & Light. The virtual meeting celebrated Miami’s momentum, resilient and welcoming business environment, and commitments that will generate almost $1 billion in annual economic impact for Miami-Dade County. During the past year, The Beacon Council worked diligently to secure commitments from 32 companies looking to relocate or expand in Miami-Dade County. These new direct jobs go on to generate more than 8,500 indirect jobs, for a total of 13,527 new job commitments secured by The Beacon Council in FY2020-2021. In addition to the number of job commitments, the average annual salary of these jobs also reached a record high at more than $120,000.communitynewspapers.com
‘Somebody has to know.’ In Miami, investigators work to identify hundreds of unidentified bodies
Twenty-five years ago, a man feeding ducks with his nephew spotted a cardboard box wrapped in rope and duct tape floating down a Miami Lakes canal. Thinking it might be something valuable, they corralled the box, opened it and were immediately met with the smell of rotting flesh.news.yahoo.com
Village council votes to reject interlocal agreement on bridge
More than 30 residents spoke during public comments on the agenda item with most in opposition to the construction of the bridge and against approval of the interlocal agreement. “In many respects we have been robbed of the process and that is the only thing that is being addressed in the Interlocal,” Mayor Cunningham said during the meeting. “I’m here to speak against the interlocal agreement,” John Crawford said. Councilmember Patrick Fiore opposed the agreement and the process by which the bridge project was approved at the county level. The village council voted 4-1 to reject the interlocal agreement.communitynewspapers.com
WASD awarded a $424 million WIFIA loan to fund treatment plant upgrades
WASD is the only utility in the nation to receive four consecutive WIFIA loans since the inception of this program. “Partnering with the EPA and utilizing their WIFIA loans allows us to accelerate wastewater projects, which demonstrate that investments in infrastructure can provide economic, environmental and employment benefits for our community,” said Roy Coley, WASD director. Projects include the construction of deep injection wells, monitoring wells and other facilities that aid in higher level wastewater treatment processes. “Congratulations to our partners at Miami-Dade County on closing your fourth WIFIA loan — a first for this low-interest loan program,” said Radhika Fox, EPA assistant administrator for water. The funding of these projects through a low-interest loan rather than other funding options will save customers $88 million throughout the life of the loan, reducing future rate increases.communitynewspapers.com
School board member Dr. Marta Pérez earns the 2021 Green-Garner Award
The Council of the Great City Schools has selected Dr. Marta Pérez, a Miami-Dade School Board member, as the 2021 Green-Garner Award winner, the highest, most prestigious award in urban education in the U.S. Dr. Pérez is the first Hispanic to win as board member and first Cuban American to receive this distinction. She has served on the Miami-Dade County school board since 1998. In 2012, the Miami-Dade County school district was the winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education awarded to urban school districts that have shown the strongest improvement in closing the achievement gap. Urban school leaders applauded Dr. Pérez during the Council’s 32nd annual “Urban Educator of the Year” virtual award ceremony, where she received the prestigious Green-Garner Award by her peerscommunitynewspapers.com
HTG celebrates the grand opening of affordable apartments in W. Kendall
Housing Trust Group (HTG), one of the nation’s leading developers of affordable housing, has announced the grand opening of Max’s Landing Apartments, a 76-unit affordable apartment community located in West Kendall. The property, which broke ground in February 2020, and began leasing earlier this year already is 100 percent occupied — indicative of the level of demand for affordable housing in Miami-Dade County. “Max’s Landing is evidence of the tremendous need for more affordable housing in Miami,” said Matthew A. Rieger, president and CEO of Housing Trust Group. It consists of 56 one-bedroom, one-bath units, and 20 two-bedroom, two-bath units, ranging in size from 688 square feet to 1,108 square feet. The building and design team for Max’s Landing Apartments is Modis Architects, HSQ Engineers and Gomez Construction Company.communitynewspapers.com