MIAMI DADE COUNTY
Florida shill candidate scheme: Dark money divided among 5 beneficiaries
Dark money sent to a Central Florida printer was divided up amongst five beneficiaries, according to new court documents released by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in its ongoing investigation into the shill candidate scheme.
Carver Elementary parents honored for fight against WAWA gas station
Carver Elementary School were honored by the Miami Dade County PTA for their galvanizing, against-the-odds campaign to stop a WAWA gas station from being built just 300 feet from classrooms. During a recent gala ceremony attended by school’s superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Little Carver also took home a “standard of excellence” award while Principal Patricia Fairclough was a finalist the Miami Dade PTA’s highest honor for administrators. Two other Coral Gables-area PTAs — from Ponce de Leon Middle and Coral Gables High School — also were recognized. “Advocacy is a daily commitment that happens one conversation at a time,” said Carver PTA president Estelle Lockhart. Thank you to the Miami Dade Council County PTA for recognizing our advocacy efforts regarding commercial developments around schools.communitynewspapers.com
G.W. Carver Elementary School Honored by PTA for Fight Against WAWA Gas Station
Carver Elementary School were honored by the Miami Dade County PTA for their galvanizing, against-the-odds campaign to stop a WAWA gas station from being built just 300 feet from classrooms. Two other Coral Gables-area PTAs — from Ponce de Leon Middle and Coral Gables High School — were also recognized. “Advocacy is a daily commitment that happens one conversation at a time,” said Carver PTA president Estelle Lockhart. Thank you to the Miami Dade Council County PTA for recognizing our advocacy efforts regarding commercial developments around schools. WAWA and the developer similarly ignored parents and hired a lobbyist, who did not register with Coral Gables, to move forward with plans to bulldoze two decades-old Oak trees to make way for the gas station.communitynewspapers.com
Miami nonprofit Circus school offers Free Family Circus Day at Virginia Key Park featuring Cirque du Soleil Artists, Aerial Shows and More
If you enjoy eye catching aerial shows, gigantic stilt walkers and jugglers, Cirque du Soleil acrobats, and pretty much all things circus-related, you won’t want to miss Circus Day At The Park on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. In addition to activities, the public will also get to learn some circus art during a special circus workshop. A special guest speaker will share perspectives on the importance of physical activity programs like circus arts for children with autism, ADHD, dyslexia and different learning or physical abilities. “We have received a grant from Miami Dade to host a Family Circus Day and we are truly excited as this is the first time that there is a free, scalable, and inclusive Family Circus Arts Community Event in Miami,” said Les Ailes du Désir Founder Claudine Choquette. What: Circus Day At The ParkWhere: Historic Virginia Key Beach ParkWhen: Saturday, May 15th, 2021 10am-2pmTickets: Available on Eventbrite.communitynewspapers.com
The Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Pompano Beach, Florida announces the appointment of Rev. Branden Jones as the new pastor
Jones and his family are currently residents of Miami Dade County. Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and, in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy, a formal Installation Ceremony will be held at a later date. You may join the virtual Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m., and Sunday School and Worship services beginning at 10 a.m., by logging on to: ZOOM – Meeting ID = 2824090699 – Passcode = 415581.thewestsidegazette.com
SW Miami-Dade morning crash injures 1 adult, 4 juveniles after driver crashes into palm tree
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A one-car crash in Southwest Miami Dade sent 5 people to the hospital early Saturday morning. Miami-Dade Police said they responded to a vehicle crash in the area of SW 128th Street and 137th Avenue. When Local 10 arrived at the scene, a 4-door Infiniti was wrecked and mangled after crashing into a palm tree. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported the injured to Kendall Regional Medical Center and Jackson South Medical Center. Stay tuned to Local 10 and Local 10.com for updates.
Election Day process unusually smooth as voters headed to the polls across Miami Dade County
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Election Day was unusually smooth as voters headed to the polls across Miami Dade County, likely due to what’s been a record breaking turnout. More than a million Miami-Dade voters had already cast their ballot via mail-in ballot or early voting when the poll in Hialeah opened, according to the deputy supervisor at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department. Meet Miami-Dade County voter Diane Johnson - spotted her dancing out of North Dade Regional Library. In 2016, voters in Miami-Dade County overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. This time in early voting, Democrats in Miami-Dade lead by a little more than 100,000 votes, but more than 277,000 Independents voted early.
Big upset as former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez unseats incumbent for Congressional seat
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Former Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is on his way to Washington. Gimenez won election to U.S. House in Florida’s 26th Congressional District, beating incumbent Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. “We have a beautiful Congressional District 26, which also covers Monroe County,” he said. I look forward to a final result when the votes have been counted and everyone’s voice has been heard.”Florida’s 26th Congressional District runs from Kendall to Key West. See below for live results as the ballots are counted on Election Night, Nov. 3:The public battle between the two was partisan and contentious.
Shooting leaves 9-year-old critical and 2 teens seriously injured, police say
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. – A shooting in the Goulds neighborhood has left two teens and a young boy injured. Miami-Dade Police responded Sunday afternoon to the courtyard of a residential community regarding several people shot near Southwest 216th Street and Southwest 113th Avenue, just north of Goulds Park. When police arrived around 3 p.m., they said they discovered three male shooting victims — a 9, 14 and 17-year-old. Detectives did say that the key to solving the case will come from neighbors and other people who were in the area when the shooting happened. “At this point in time, we don’t have a lot of information, so we’re going to require the community’s assistance in providing additional information,” Welch said.
Track when your mail-in ballot arrives and when it’s been counted
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – You’ve sent in your mail-in ballot, so now what? If you still are concerned about mail-in, you can also take your ballot to any early election site in your county. Check The Status Of Your Mail-in BallotAny voter who has requested a vote-by-mail ballot can track online the status of his or her ballot through a link within the Division of Elections' Voter Information Lookup. >In Miami-Dade County, click here. FOR THE COMPLETE LIST, CLICK HEREThe deadline has passed to request a mail-in ballot.
Bay Harbor Islands home goes up in flames, elderly couple escapes
BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – An elderly couple was able to escape a massive fire inside their Bay Harbor Islands home. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene just after 8 a.m. Friday to find the first floor engulfed in flames and thick smoke billowing out of the home. Investigators said the couple who lived inside had escaped and were sitting outside of the home waiting for crews to arrive. Neighbor Gerardo Feterman said he saw flames coming through the roof and through the windows of the second floor. “They were really, really massive.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded quickly to get the fire under control, but those who witnessed it said it was a scary scene.
Election deadlines: Early voting continues through Nov. 1 in South Florida
MIAMI – South Floridians have turned out in record numbers for early voting; many have already made their choices via mail-in ballots. If you still haven’t voted, there is another week left of early voting in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties, through Nov. 1. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 24. You can also drop off your ballot at any Early Voting location from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. via secure drop box. >Find an early voting election location in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Former US Senator Bill Nelson Endorses Daniella Levine Cava
The Daniella Levine Cava for Miami-Dade Mayor campaign is proud to announce a major endorsement from former United States Senator Bill Nelson. Former Senator Bill Nelson shared, “Daniella is a strong advocate for protecting our environment and water resources, and she knows how serious the threat of sea level rise and climate change is to South Florida. She’s spent years fighting to fix the widening prosperity gap in Miami Dade, and she’s championed policies to ensure equal pay for women in Miami Dade County government. It will take so many different folks collaborating together to bring us back from this crisis, and I know Daniella is the one to lead Miami Dade County in these challenging times.”Daniella Levine Cava shared, “In such a pivotal time, it is experience and bipartisan resolve that are most needed to lead. I am proud to have such strong support from Senator Bill Nelson, a trusted statesman who led our state for many years.communitynewspapers.com
Tropical storms cause flooding, other damage in area
MIAMI, Fla. – Before it was Tropical Storm Sally, Tropical Depression 19 made landfall near Black Point Marina in south Miami-Dade on Saturday, bringing heavy rains and causing gusts of more than 40 miles an hour. The storm snapped tree limbs and scattered debris across roads in Cutler Bay. Along South Beach, a driver parked where he thought his car would be safe but he told Local 10 that there was a whoosh of wind and then a crack. TD19 eventually strengthening into Tropical Storm Sally, but before it made its way into the gulf, it dumped several inches of rain over South Florida. Local 10 Weather Authority’s Luke Dorris said Sunday’s weather will be stormy with more heavy rain, but storm activity will be scattered.
Coronavirus: Could you get a ticket for not wearing a mask?
MIAMI, Fla. Could you be stopped and get a ticket for not wearing a mask or keeping your social distance in areas where coronavirus mandates are in place? Currently it is a criminal offense, which makes it more of an effort to enforce. It isnt difficult to find countless numbers of people out and about around Miami-Dade and Broward counties, for that matter, not keeping within the restrictions. As a criminal offense, it has made it a bit unwieldy to arrest people for the infractions. Dr. Tanira Ferreira, a critical care medical specialist with UHealth, addressed the issue during the Zoom meeting Thursday.
Number of local hospital beds already dwindling from new surge of COVID-19 patients
For the third consecutive day, Broward County set a single day record with 1,664 new cases, continuing a surge in numbers. While most hospitals are not at capacity, places like Jackson Memorial Hospital, are slowing down elective procedures to focus on urgent surgeries and to help keep the dwindling bed spaces open. A woman told Local 10 that she learned about that first hand when she called Memorial Hospital Pembroke on Sunday morning about getting her husband to the hospital. Currently, Florida makes up 20 percent of all coronavirus cases in the United States. [RELATED: Check local updates with a city-by-city numbers list of coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.]
Miami Inmate Who Sued Over Jail Conditions Now Has COVID-19
Swain, who was being held at the Metro West Detention Center, was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital on May 10 because he couldn't breathe. As part of the court case against MDCR, Swain provided a statement about what it's been like to contract COVID-19 while incarcerated. Before his death, Hobbs was being held in a cell at Metro West for inmates with COVID-19. As of May 4, over 300 inmates in Miami Dade County jails had tested positive for coronavirus, with 163 inmates of those cases at Metro West. Among the accounts Ragsdale provided is a letter by Ofelito Lora, who is in custody at Metro West.miaminewtimes.com
30th annual Asian Culture Festival set at Fruit & Spice Park, Mar. 7-8
The Thai-American Association of South Florida together with Miami Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board and the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Department will offer a day trip to the continent of Asia via the 30th annual Asian Culture Festival on Mar. The community is invited to visit Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave. in the Redland, for what promises to be even bigger and better than last year. For the past 30 years, weve come together to celebrate and share our Asian culture and traditions with the South Florida community, said Tai Vaz, executive producer, Asian Culture Festival. Were proud to once again be a part of the 30th annual Asian Culture Festival, said Consul General Kenji Hirata. The Asian Culture Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, Mar.communitynewspapers.com