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Posted on: June 26, 2013

City of Homestead Centennial Recognized by State Senators and State Representatives

Mayor Steven C. Bateman and the City of Homestead Council were presented with four proclamations recognizing the city’s historic Centennial year. The proclamations were from Florida Senator Dwight M. Bullard, Florida... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Centennial Steering Committee Recognized by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick

At the February 20th Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick presented members of the Centennial Steering Committee with certificates of recognition for their dedication to organizing all... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2013

Miami-Dade County School Board Recognizes Homestead in its Centennial

At the February 13, 2013 Miami-Dade County School Board meeting, School Board member Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman and the Miami-Dade School Board recognized the City of Homestead in view of the City’s Centennial Celebration... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Honors City of Homestead for Centennial Anniversary

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners honored the City of Homestead for its Centennial with a proclamation naming February 5th as the City of Homestead Centennial Anniversary Day. The Proclamation was presented by... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Thousands Enjoy City of Homestead Centennial Celebration

People came from all over South Florida to Harris Field on Saturday, February 2nd to celebrate the 100th birthday of the City of Homestead. The successful event attracted over 5,000 people; throughout the day crowds could be... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2012

Holiday at Losner Park

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Posted on: November 21, 2012

Homestead Centennial Celebration at Homestead Senior High vs. South Dade Senior High Game

The 30 year historic rivalry was displayed this past Friday, November 9th at 7:30 pm at Harris Field, 1034 Northeast 8th Street Homestead, FL 33030, when the Homestead Senior High Broncos played long time opponent South Dade... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2012

Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade

Hundreds of people attended the 2012 Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade sponsored by the VFW 4127. The parade took place Saturday, November 10th at 12:00 noon in Downtown Homestead and its route started on Flagler and Krome... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2012

Homestead Centennial Celebration at Traditional Homestead Senior High vs South Dade Senior High Game

A 30 year historic rivalry will be on display this Friday, November 9th at 7:30 pm at Harris Field,
1034 Northeast 8th Street Homestead, FL 33030, when the Homestead Senior High Broncos play long time opponent South Dade... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2012

Winners of Centennial Student Contest Honored by Council

Winners of the Homestead Centennial student contest were recognized at the October Homestead City Council meeting. Hundreds of students from elementary, middle and high schools in and around Homestead submitted entries for... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Centennial Children’s Day Draws Big Crowds

Children from all over Homestead gathered at Harris Field Pavilion on Saturday, September 22 to celebrate Homestead’s history at the Homestead Centennial Children’s Day. The successful event attracted hundreds of children... Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2012

Homestead Centennial Student Contests

The City of Homestead Centennial Steering Committee is sponsoring three student contests as part of the planning for the City’s 100th Birthday on February 2, 2013.

The contests are open to current students enrolled in... Read on...


City of Homestead News

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Posted on: August 15, 2014

The City of Homestead is Holding a Job Fair!

The City of Homestead is holding a job fair for construction vendors and potential construction workers for the new city hall and temporary police facility. Local vendors and individuals interested in construction labor will... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2014

New City Hall Groundbreaking, Thursday Aug. 21, 2014 @ 10:00 am

This groundbreaking is a significant step toward the City’s commitment to revitalize the Downtown Homestead area. The impressive plans for the contemporary City Hall on Washington Avenue ensures the new home for City... Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Leads Vigil Against Violence

On the evening of August 12, 2014, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III residents and other community leaders congregated on the grounds of Blakey Park to observe the untimely passing of Darrin Booker, a young boy who became... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Holds Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil

In the wake of another senseless killing in Miami-Dade County over the weekend, Councilman Jimmie Williams is calling out to the Homestead/Florida City community to show unity in the face of violence at a Stop the Violence... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

MDI Sports of Homestead Honored at Special Council Meeting

On behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado stepped to the podium during July’s Special Council Presentation to honor the demonstration of excellence of area youth athletes involved with the basketball... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Invites you to Attend Miami-Dade County Ethics Training Aug. 8

If you currently serve as a member of a committee or advisory board in the City of Homestead or would be interested in becoming one, Councilman Elvis Maldonado would like to invite you to Miami-Dade County Ethics training.... Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Chefs Table of the Championship Taste Event August 21

As a member of The Pineapple Ladies of Homestead Hospital Foundation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman would like to reach out to her hometown constituency to share in a truly special evening. On Thursday, November 13, 2014 from... Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2014

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead State Agency

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was as re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project... Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Get Involved This Year With Judy Waldman's School Supplies Drive

The lazy days of summer will soon be coming to an end for Miami-Dade County school students and then it’s time to get back into gear again. Unfortunately, for financially challenged families in our community, it can be an... Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

City of Homestead “Race to the 4th” Event is one to Remember

In just its fifth year, the 2014 edition of the “Race to the 4th” Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, proved to be one of the crowning events of the summer thus far. An estimated 20,000 festivalgoers... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Military Veterans with Kindness Award

Amidst the pageantry and patriotic revelry found at the 5th Annual “Race to the 4th” event, a yearly celebration held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Event Chair, Councilwoman Judy Waldman, took the time to recognize some... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Homestead Community Center Volunteers Honored

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide. They make a difference in day-to-day life by delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Salutes State Champion South Dade High School Baseball Team

During a Special Council Presentation in June, student athletics in the City of Homestead once again took center stage as the South Dade High School Buccaneers Baseball Team was honored for their state title victory.

In... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Relay for Life Sponsors and Committee Members

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honorary Event Chair for this year’s Homestead Relay for Life, extended his thanks to the Homestead Relay for Life Committee who worked “behind the scenes” to make this year’s event such a... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Planning Committee & Sponsors

The third annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day, a yearly event that unites military families with their civilian counterparts and celebrates their service to our country, delivered on its promise to exceed expectations... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Officer Mario Arzuaga Receives Officer of the Month Award for April 2014

April Officer of the Month honoree Officer Mario Arzuaga had an exceptional month of law enforcement and was recognized for his efforts during the June 2014 Special Council Presentation.

In the month of April, Officer... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Success of National Parks Trolley Project Recognized by Parks’ Leadership

Deputy Superintendent of Everglades National Park, Justin Unger and Biscayne National Park Superintendant Brian Carlstrom stood before Council during the June City Council meeting to commend and recognize the leadership of... Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Krome Avenue Truck Bypass Project June 26, 2014

WHO: The City of Homestead

WHAT: A special town hall meeting

WHERE: William F. Dickinson Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL

WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6pm-8pm

WHY: The Florida... Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to Lead Homestead Education Committee

With a long career in local education, first as a teacher and currently as Assistant Principal at Pine Lake Elementary, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough has been recently appointed to lead the Homestead Education Committee.... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter attended the MAC (Military Affairs Committee) Meet and Greet Event wherein he delivered a proclamation in honor of the exceptional performance and the fervent execution of... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Officer Elvis Ackerman Receives Officer of the Month and Life Saving Awards

During a Special Council Presentation on May 21, 2014, Homestead Police Captain Marie Kent acknowledged the valiant efforts and courage demonstrated by fellow police officer Elvis Ackerman who recently saved a resident’s... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Porter Hosts Area Kids for a Lesson in Leadership

Homestead’s City Hall was buzzing with activity on May 8 when 60 children from Avocado Elementary School arrived for a tour hosted by Mayor Jeff Porter along with the Office of Florida Senator Dwight Bullard.

Along with... Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Four New Officers Sworn in to Homestead Police Department

During a Special Council Presentation in May, City of Homestead Detective Antonio Aquino welcomed in the latest crop of newly minted officers to join the police force. Said the detective, “There were over one-hundred... Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Lends a Hand to Mexican-American Council Fundraiser

On May 23, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter alongside members of his council, Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez participated in the MAC (Mexican-American... Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

Homestead Main Street Named Community of the Month by the State

During a Special Council Presentation in May, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized Homestead Main Street, Inc. for their contributions to Downtown Homestead community life and their recent honor in which the State of... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Achievements of Homestead Relay for Life 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado addressed the chamber during May’s Special Council Presentation to acknowledge the outstanding fundraising efforts conducted by those involved in this year’s Homestead Relay for Life, which raised... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Local Cheerleading Squads Recognized for Achievements

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the notable achievements of two cheerleading squads that represent Homestead area schools. Said the councilwoman,” This has been a banner year for the youth that compete in... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Homestead Community Center Artists Display Their Work

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley took time during May’s Special Council Presentations to recognize the talent of the artists currently on display in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of his Artist in... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Police Explorers for Performance in Competition

During the Special Council Presentation of May 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess stood before the chamber to recognize the accomplishments of the city’s aspiring law enforcement professionals by congratulating the City of... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Introduces Charter School Associates Executive Internship Program

During the May City of Homestead Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado introduced representatives from Charter School Associates to present to the community their new Executive Internship Program. Area Director for... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Speedway Community Church for Volunteering Efforts

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the selfless, charitable efforts of the Speedway Community Church in helping enrich and revitalize Campbell Drive K-8 School. The Councilwoman introduced the church’s leadership... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

South Dade Buccaneers Baseball Team Wins State Title

In a bid to become the first athletic program in Miami-Dade County to ever win state titles in three different sports in the same school year, the South Dade Senior High Buccaneers baseball team scored the hat trick with a... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Celebrates 100 Years

During a Special Council Presentation on April 23, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley handed over the proceedings to Ms. Teresa Olczyk, County Extension Director & Extension Agent IV at University of Florida/Institute of Food... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Mayor Porter Brings Awareness to Fair Housing

During a Special Council Presentation in April 2014, Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment to recognize the landmark federal Fair Housing Law and proclaimed the month of April, Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead.

In... Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Homestead Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

Law enforcement personnel, including members of the Homestead Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Corrections, joined approximately 30 Special Olympics athletes in Homestead on Friday, April 25... Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is Coming

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Host National Day of Prayer

On May 1, 2014, the City of Homestead’s William F. Dickinson Community Center was the site of a large, inclusive gathering of religious leaders, city staff and members of the community as they celebrated the National Day of... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors South Dade High State Champion Wrestling Team

2014 has been a banner year thus far for South Dade Senior High School athletics and they were once again front and center at the April Special Council Presentation where Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed February 15, 2014 as... Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Tours Turkey Point Facility

Mayor Jeff Porter recently toured the FPL (Florida Power & Light) facility at Turkey Point. The mayor, accompanied by site VP Mike Kiley, toured the control room of the power plant as well as the security station and the... Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor’s Youth Council Member Nominated for Silver Knight Award

The City of Homestead and the Offices of Mayor and Council are proud to recognize Daimiris Garcia for her Silver Knight Award nomination for the 2014 school year. Daimiris, 17, is a senior at South Dade Senior High School... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Officer Anthony Green with Officer of the Month Award

During a Special Council Presentation that took place on April 23, Officer Anthony Green of the Homestead Police Department earned the Officer of the Month award for his exemplary service in the line of duty during the month... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Proclaims Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For the first time ever, sexual assault victims will not have to travel north to seek treatment thanks to the collaborative efforts of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Homestead Hospital and M.U.J.E.R. (Men and Women United in... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Pageant Beauties

Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered three very special young ladies to honor them for their superlative contributions to their communities and recent wins in local Beauty Pageants. Although originating from a variety of... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival Better Than Ever in 2014

Saturday, April 26, marked the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. Riders of all skill levels and festival-goers from all over South Florida made this year’s installment one of the best yet. This ride was... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead U16 Soccer Team

The City of Homestead is keeping pace with the nation’s ever-expanding soccer craze. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized one of Homestead’s finest soccer teams during the April Special Council Presentation for their... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Local Leaders for Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough gathered some of the City of Homestead’s own luminaries to pay them homage for their leadership and
distinguished service to the community.

“I... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

City of Homestead Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley took to the podium during April’s Special Council Presentations to proclaim, on behalf of Mayor Jeff Porter, the month of April as Water Conservation Month in the City of Homestead. Armando Vilaboy... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

National Day of Prayer Hosted by Mayor Porter and Councilwoman Fairclough

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 10-11:30am, Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and members of the Homestead community, will convene with local pastors and religious leaders in observance of the National Day... Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Relay for Life Benefit a Rousing Success

With massive support from City of Homestead residents, staff and the Homestead Police Department, the Homestead Relay for Life “Jail & Bail” event, organized by Councilwoman Judy Waldman on April 9, exceeded even the highest... Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Homestead Energy Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

(Homestead, Fla.) – Homestead Energy Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 26... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Supports Lauren’s Kids

On the afternoon of March 19, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter lent his support to the courageous undertaking of Lauren Book and the efforts of her organization, Lauren’s Kids. Miss Book was in the early stages of a... Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Easter Food Basket Giveaway April 19

Councilman Jimmie Williams, the Southwest Advisory Committee and Farm Share will be conducting a food basket giveaway for the Easter holiday on Saturday, April 19. The giveaway will take place at the Phichol Williams... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women’s Club of Homestead

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough rounded out the evening of Special Council Presentations on March 19 by acknowledging the long-standing Women’s Club of Homestead.

“In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, March is also a time... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Acknowledges Celebrated Homestead Restaurant

During a Special Council Presentation on March 19, 2014, Councilman Elvis Maldonado took time to recognize the notable accomplishments of local eatery, Chefs on the Run, the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

March 7 Proclaimed Golden Knights Day in Homestead

On Friday, March 7, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, along with members of the Homestead City council, officially proclaimed the day in honor of the U.S. Army parachute team known as the Golden Knights. Vice-Mayor... Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

City of Homestead Sponsors 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival April 26

On Saturday, April 26, multitudes of bicycle and outdoors enthusiasts will be congregating at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to take part in the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. The ride kicks off at 9:30... Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors SOS, Joshua’s Heart Foundation

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic... Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Event to Benefit Homestead Relay for Life April 9

Don’t be surprised if one of Homestead’s finest drops in on you and takes you into custody when you least expect it. On Wednesday, April 9, from 10am-2pm, the William F. Dickinson Community Center (1601 N. Krome Ave.) will... Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

Military Appreciation Day Student Contest

Students are invited to participate in an Art and Essay Student Contest organized and sponsored by the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, which offers cash prizes to the winners. The Essay Contest invites... Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

March is the Last Month to Enjoy Nature-Inspired Poetry Banners in Losner Park

MARCH IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for residents and visitors to enjoy the colorful poetry banners that have been hanging in Losner Park since January. The month of April was designated National Poetry Month, and the City of... Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

FREE CPR Training at Phichol Williams Community Center April 12, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, in collaboration with Pulse America, would like to invite you to participate in an opportunity that could help save lives. On Saturday, April 12, the Phichol Williams Community Center... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Education Committee Members

After four years of dedicated work and accomplishments in Homestead education, Councilman Elvis Maldonado finished his term as Liaison to the Education Committee by honoring the devoted and hard working members of the... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley Honors U.S. Army Parachute Team

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley got a head start on the city’s forthcoming Military Appreciation Day on May 17 by honoring the men of the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team, otherwise known as the Golden Knights. The two Golden Knight... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Graduates from University of Miami's Good Government Initiative

Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and District 8 Representative Katy Sorenson honored Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough for graduating from the Good Government Initiative Program.

The Good Government... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Councilman Jon Burgess as League of Cities Vice President

During a special presentation at February’s council meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess was honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for his recent appointment to Vice President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

“I’ve... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Workshop for Vendors That Would Like to do Business With Miami-Dade County Public Schools

ATTENTION LOCAL VENDORS. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Office of Economic Opportunity is presenting a workshop entitled, "How To Do Business With Miami-Dade County Public Schools" taking place at the Phichol... Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Homestead Director of Electric Utilities Elected Vice Chairman of Statewide Agency

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 – Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was elected Jan. 23, 2014, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a... Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter’s Monthly Spay & Neuter Event a Huge Success

On Saturday, February 15, the first of a monthly series of spay and neuter events took place at JD Redd Park. Dog owners from all over the City of Homestead descended upon the park to take advantage of a new program that... Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The City of Homestead Proclaims Mary Lamberts’ Day

At the Ninth Annual Women in Agriculture Luncheon, Homestead Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored a very special woman who has made it her life’s work to inform and educate public institutions on how to protect our precious... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Awards South Dade High School Key to the City

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the 50-yard line of Harris Field, Mayor Jeff Porter officially proclaimed December 14, 2013, “South Dade Senior High School Championship Day.” On that day, the South Dade Senior High School... Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

WARNING Electric Utility Scam ALERT

Homestead Public Service customers are reporting calls from unscrupulous solicitors posing as the city’s utilities department. This year they are specially targeting business owners and Spanish-speaking customers.... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Focus Back on Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

Last month, Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered dozens of community leaders to discuss the future of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway project. The meeting to advocate for the re-ignition of the trail is already producing... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Brings Mobile Animal Clinic to Homestead

On Saturday, February 15, from 8am-5pm, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Jeff Porter in partnership with Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the City of Homestead’s JD Redd Park, will be hosting the first in a monthly series of... Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

Please fill out Emergency Preparedness Survey

The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management is conducting a study to better understand the preparedness needs of its residents. To do so, a survey has been distributed throughout the county, and you have been... Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Vice-Mayor Shelley Awarded YMCA Award for Healthy Living

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley was awarded the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Impact Award for Healthy Living at its recent 2013 Annual “Lasting Impact” meeting. The honor was given to Vice-Mayor Shelley for his support in helping... Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Invites Local Students to Participate in “Mayor for a Day" Essay Contest

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .” The contest is offered to all seventh-grade students in Florida public schools.... Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The City Unveils Plaques That Tell the Stories of Historic Homestead

Historic Downtown Homestead will now have its historic structures adorned with educational plaques that will allow visitors to identify and learn about the importance of these buildings. During a special presentation at the... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors local MD-CPS Teachers of the Year

The Homestead Community Center was filled with the best and brightest local educators, all recipients of the prestigious Miami Dade County Public School Teacher and Rookie Teacher of the Year award, on the night of the... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Vice Mayor Shelley Introduces New Artist in the Spotlight Recipient

During a special Council Presentation on January 22, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley took to the podium to recognize local artist Roxanna Gottschalk-Garcia, the latest participant of his Artist in the Spotlight program.... Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Everglades Poetry Exhibit at Losner Park

Of the many rich and varied forms of the written word, the poem, with its ability to take many shapes and to plumb the depths of human emotion, remains one of the most powerful. The month of April has been designated... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Mayor Porter Honors Community Volunteer Bonnie King-Moran

If you have ever attended a city sponsored event, then you have likely been in the presence of Mrs. Bonnie King-Moran. Whether she is dressed up as Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting ceremony at Losner Park or lending a hand... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight: A New Gallery and Looking for Local Artists

City of Homestead Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program for 2014. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough’s Toy & Bike Drive Brings Cheer to Area Children

On December 19, 2013, the Phichol Williams Community Center hosted Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s Christmas Toy and Bike Drive. For the second consecutive year, Councilwoman Fairclough enlisted the help of a... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, Bike Giveaway Brightens Christmas for Homestead Families

The bike drive was held on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 from 11AM-1PM at Phichol Williams Community Center in the Southwest area of Homestead. Students from West Homestead Elementary School and Laura C. Saunders Elementary... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Five New Officers Added to the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

During a special council presentation on December 18, Internal Affairs Detective Antonio Aquino took to the podium to herald in the latest crop of officers to join the Homestead Police Department. Prior to the traditional... Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2014

Councilman Burgess Honors Volunteers for November Food Drive

During a special presentation at the December City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess awarded a number of certificates of appreciation to various community organizations who participated in a Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

This Saturday! South Dade Buccaneers Football State Championship Parade

WHAT: Parade & Pep Rally to celebrate first State Championship of South Dade Senior High Buccaneers Football Team

WHEN: Saturday, January 11 at 11:30 am.

WHERE: Parade route starts on Krome Ave. and S. Flagler St.,... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Waldman Commends Celebrity Rehab Medical Center

On December 12 of this year, Councilwoman Judy Waldman along with the Villages of Homestead hosted a stunning holiday party under the stars that was very well attended by residents and government figures alike. The evening... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead Rock n Rib Fest


During the December 2013 Council Meeting, Councilwoman Fairclough commended all the groups that made the “Rock-N-Ribs” Fest, a yearly event that raises money for non-profit organizations that cater to children, such a... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Annual Toy Drive Once Again a Success!

Councilwoman Judy Waldman and the Homestead community made Christmas special for needy Homestead families this December when once again she successfully hosted the Annual Toy Drive! The Homestead Soup Kitchen Christmas... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman hold Community Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman combined their resources to provide 80 Homestead families with a turkey dinner, complete with fresh locally grown vegetables which were donated by F&T Farms, Inc., and pumpkin... Read on...

Posted on: December 24, 2013

Homestead National Park Trolley Made Official at Historic Signing Ceremony

Wednesday night at the Homestead City Council Meeting, Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball and Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom joined Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter in signing a historic... Read on...

Posted on: December 23, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Leads a Collective Effort to Feed the Needy

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough Leads Mayor’s Youth Council to Successful Chili Cook-Off Event

On the afternoon of December 14, 2013, the citizens of Homestead congregated upon Harris Field to celebrate all things chili at the Chili Cook-Off and Community Carnival. The event, which saw several local schools competing... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2013

Free Homestead National Parks Trolley to Launch at January 4th Celebration

Join us January 4th 11am to 1pm to celebrate the launch of the first ever public transportation to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks! Free transportation, free parking, a guided tour, and waived entrance fees are all... Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Hosts Community Holiday Event at the Villages of Homestead

On December 12, 2013, from 6-9 pm, the Audubon Village clubhouse was the place to be for a night of mingling with friends, relaxing holiday music, and amazing food!

Councilwoman Waldman and Mr. Jim Sutton from the... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Leads Effort to Distribute Turkeys in Thanksgiving

November 23 may just be another date on the calendar for most, but 15 Homestead families are not likely to forget it. On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, a group of volunteers delivered turkey baskets to various... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Homestead Opens First of its Kind Recycling Operation

The City of Homestead will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars with an innovative recycling facility that reduces waste and generates profit. The cutting-edge operation produces a high-demand organic fertilizer... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Councilman Williams Recognizes Health Fair Sponsors

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September Southwest Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair,... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Parks and Recreation Staff Donates Tickets to Foster Homes for Dinner with Santa

The City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department is really getting into spreading cheer this holiday season throughout every nook and cranny of our city.

Their most recent event slated for this Friday, December 13,... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Local Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Recognized by Councilman Williams

General Manager Kip Rowe and F&I Manager Edgar Rogers of Spitzer Chrysler Dodge were honored at the Homestead City Council Special Presentation Ceremony in late November by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III for their... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Parks and Recreation’s Halloween Event a Hair-Raising Success

The annual Halloween Event organized by The City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department was a runaway hit with more than 1500 in attendance this year! The yearly event has been steadily growing and is fast becoming a... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Councilman Williams Recognizes Health Fair Sponsors

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September Southwest Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair,... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Homestead Employee Exhibits Artwork Through Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in Spotlight Program

Now in its third successful year of recognizing exceptional, homegrown talent, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight program continues to make strides. During a Council Meeting on November 20, a special... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Volunteers of Breast Cancer Fundraising

During the November City Council Presentation Ceremony, Councilwoman Judy Waldman offered her gratitude to all the volunteers that assisted in making October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month a success in the City of... Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2013

New Mayor’s Youth Council Members Sworn-in

During a special presentation at the November 20 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough had the distinction of welcoming the newest members the civic group she has been leading for over a year: the Mayor’s... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Councilman Burgess Recognizes Chapman Partnership and Encourages Residents to Help Others

During a Special Presentation at the November City Council Meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess acknowledged the Chapman Partnership for their 17 years of devoted service to the homeless population of Miami-Dade County. Since... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes South Dade News Leader for Inspiring Students

During a Special Presentation at the November City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized members of the South Dade News Leader and the Homestead Police Department for their participation in the... Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds A Commemorative Service To Honor Veterans

In honor of our U.S. Veterans, many joined Councilwoman Judy Waldman on Sunday, November 10, to ensure each and every Veteran resting in Palms Woodlawn Cemetery (27100 Old Dixie Highway) had a flag on their gravesite.... Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Presents Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

An estimated one third of all women in the United States have suffered from domestic violence at one point or another in their lives. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented a... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Shelley Recognizes Then & Now Team for Winning Prestigious 3CMA Award

The Homestead Then & Now publication, a self-guided tour booklet of historic buildings in Homestead, was recently awarded the Silver Savvy Awards by the National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). The... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Homestead Police Department Swears-in New Officers and Honors Retiring Ones

During a special rpesentation at the October 16 City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented, along with the Homestead Police Department, a special honor to a retiring police officer, recognized newly-promtoted... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Teachers and Students of the Quarter

Committed to publicly recognizing those who achieve excellence in education in our local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee created the Homestead Teacher and Student of the... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Iota Pi Lambda Day in Homestead Proclaimed by Vice-Mayor Burgess

In recognition of their charitable contributions and innumerable service to various local organizations and families in need, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess, declared October 16, 2013 as Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Homestead Centennial Book Authors Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The Centennial year of the City of Homestead has been marked with festivals, celebrations and works of art that commemorate the history of the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County. One of the most important works that... Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Veterans Day Commemorative Services and Invites Residents to Support

Councilwoman Judy Waldman invites Homestead residents to participate in 2013 Veterans Day activities. Being the daughter of a United States disabled veteran, Councilwoman Waldman knows our freedom and safety come at a price... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

First Homestead Young Entrepreneur Academy Class Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

To foster the growth of future generations of entrepreneurs in Homestead, the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce recently established the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Program, which educates and trains... Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2013

State of the City Address Cancelled

The State of the City address that was scheduled for today, Friday, October 18, 2013, has been cancelled.

Posted on: October 11, 2013

WARNING: Electric Utility Phone Scam

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residential and commercial customers about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services. A supposed utilities representative calls a home or business and asks... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Successful Health Fair held by Councilman Williams and Southwest Advisory Committee

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September 28th Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair, which... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Committee Member for Lifetime of Service in Education

Homestead Education Committee member and longtime Miami-Dade Public Schools employee Susan Simon LaGuardia is celebrating her recent retirement. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Council Liaison to the Homestead Education... Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2013

Homestead-Miami Speedway Recognized by Councilwoman Waldman for Race to the 4th Success

The City of Homestead’s annual Race to the 4th celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway continues to grow every Fourth of July. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who leads the... Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Local Toastmaster Member Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The act of speaking in public is not what most people look forward to; much less enter a competition to prove their oration skills. So when Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough heard that Mike Babst of Homestead’s Toastmaster... Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Pastor Elder Brown

Even though Elder Chauncey D. Brown, Pastor of Greater Williams Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, has only been in Homestead a little over a year, he has already touched many lives in the community. Councilman Elvis Maldonado... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Homestead Police Department Employee Recognized by Homeland Security and Vice-Mayor Burgess

Homestead Police Department Administrative Assistant for the General Investigative Division Dania Garcia was recognized by Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and ICE, the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Hundreds Attend the Homestead Centennial Book Fair

Hundreds of people attended the first Homestead Book Fair this Saturday October 5th at Losner Park in the Historic Downtown District. The free event marked the launching of the recent publication of the history of Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Council members collaborate in donation of laptop to local child

Councilman Maldonado donated a brand new laptop to 13-year old Homestead resident John Stepp, who unfortunately will have to spend a lot of time in the hospital during this school year while he is getting treated for a tumor... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Vice-Mayor Burgess Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer

Unfortunately, every year, pediatric cancers affect tens of thousands of children with thousands sadly dying from the disease. In an effort to bring awareness to this disheartening issue, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented a... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Everglades National Park Artist in Residence Program Comes to Homestead

A number of works of art inspired by the Everglades will be on display at the Homestead Old Town Hall Museum and ArtSouth through Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program. The program, which highlights... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Supporters of Race to the 4th

This year’s annual City of Homestead Fourth of July celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was the biggest and best one yet. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who spearheaded... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors 2013 Kindness Award Winners

Acts of selflessness and kindness often go unrecognized and are forgotten in the busy shuffle of daily life. However, every year Councilwoman Judy Waldman makes it her mission to recognize and honor those Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick joins all Homestead area PTAs and recognizes their role

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Knowing the important role parent teacher associations (PTA) play in... Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2013

Homestead Elections Early Voting Sept. 26 - 28

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Posted on: September 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Fun at Movie in the Park

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead Main Street fun last Saturday at the Movie in Losner Park event. The evening in the park took place on September 14th and featured Oz the Great and Powerful along with food... Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2013

Scrapbooking is Not a Crime....Domestic Violence is, Sat. Oct. 5

Please join Start Off Smart, Inc. or SOS in scrapping out domestic violence with their event Scraping Is Not A Crime…..Domestic Violence is! This all day event is taking place on Saturday, October 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00... Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Mexican-American Council in Homestead’s Festival Independencia

Hundreds of people attended the Mexican-American Council Festival of the Mexican and Central American Independence on Saturday, September 15 at Harris Field Park. Councilman Elvis Maldonado proudly joined Homestead’s... Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Attends Dairy Queen Homestead Grand Opening

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead community in welcoming one more new business to our city. The new Dairy Queen Homestead, located at 3330 NE 8th St, is Miami-Dade County’s first Grill and Chill Dairy Queen... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

National Parks Conservation Association Awards Funding for Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail is receiving a $15,000 grant from the National Parks Conservation Association to create a pilot portion of the path that would demonstrate how the entire trail could look with native... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Judy’s Closet Volunteers and Supporters

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s program, Judy’s Closet, has helped hundreds of people in our community who needed, but could not afford, essential clothing for a job interview, graduation or prom. The program, which primarily... Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Appointed to Miami-Dade County League of Cities’ Budget Committee

The Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced recently that City of Homestead Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado has been appointed to serve in the Miami-Dade County League of Cities (MDCLC) County Budget Committee. The... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Jon Burgess Recognizes Start Off Smart for School Supply and Backpack Distribution Event

During a special presentation at the August City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess recognized SOS, Start Off Smart, for this year’s successful back-to-school donation event in which 846 backpacks with school supplies... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Presents Mayor’s Youth Council Relay for Life Contribution

The Mayor’s Youth Council did their part to collaborate in this year’s Homestead Relay for Life! The team presented a donation of $500 to the organization during the August City Council meeting.

“The members of our... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Honors First Group of Council Interns

During a Special Presentation at the August Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored the first group of students who participated in his newly created City Council Internship Program.

“Various... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess Honors Our Kids Foundation and Foster Parents who Care for Children

During a special presentation at the August City of Homestead Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess honored the foster care non-profit organization Our Kids of Miami-Dade as well as two local parents who have made room in... Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee Hold Community Health Fair

On the 28th of September 2013 at Blakey Park, Councilman Jimmie L Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be working together to host a free Health Fair. This Health Fair will inform and educate the local... Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2013

Homestead will Offer Free Trolley Transportation to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

The lack of public transportation to Biscayne and Everglades National Parks will soon be a thing of the past thanks to the City of Homestead and its elected leadership. The City of Homestead, recently designated as the... Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge winners

The Winners of the Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge were recognized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick during a special presentation of the August City of Homestead Council Meeting for their creative entries and... Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes “Speed to Feed” for Successful Fundraiser Event

During a Special Presentation at the August City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized the organizers and sponsors of the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association “Speed to Feed” event, which... Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2013

Donation to Judy’s Closet - In Sally Woods’ Memory

What would you say if someone handed you a brand new suit for that job interview; or a beautiful prom gown or graduation dress? Enter Judy’s Closet. Judy’s Closet, founded by Councilwoman Judy Waldman, is a collection of... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

City of Homestead Launches Shop Homestead Online Directory to Promote Local Businesses

The City of Homestead is launching Shop Homestead, an online platform to help promote local businesses through a free online directory. The new internet local business directory allows Homestead businesses to create and... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Visits Local Schools during First Day of Classes

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, visited several local schools to wish students, parents, teachers and administrators a successful new school year. The schools visited included two... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Thanks Sponsors for Hosting Family Health Fair for City of Homestead

On Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado attended the Family Health Fair at Harris Field Pavilion to thank sponsors, including the Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee, for organizing this... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognizes City Employees for Making Military Appreciation Day a Success

A group of City of Homestead employees was recognized by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley for the support and outstanding professional contribution to the success of the City of Homestead’s second annual Military Appreciation... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree

Fresh Start Family Services, Inc. invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee to participate in their 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree at Ebenezer Worship Center on Saturday, August... Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in “Speed to Feed”

This past Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on the “Speed to Feed” event held at Campbell Drive K-8 Center. The event organized by the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association who raised $95,000... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents City Beautification Award to the Villages of Homestead

The Villages of Homestead received a City Beautification Award from Councilwoman Judy Waldman for their assiduous efforts in restoring the waterfall garden located at the entrance to the Villages of Homestead Residential... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognizes Michael’s Arts and Crafts Employees

Michaels Arts and Crafts employees received a special recognition from Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado for their outstanding service, creativity and devotion designing the awards and certificates for the Mayor and Council... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents Certificate of Professionalism to Jenn Helms-Shelley

In recognition of her leadership and service to South Florida’s agricultural industry, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Mrs. Jenn Helms-Shelley with a Certificate of Professionalism.

“My relationship to the Helms... Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2013

Local Leaders and Residents March Against Crime

Mayor Steven C. Bateman’s Community Policing & Crime Watch Committee along with Greater New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church organized a successful “Unity In Our Community” event where Homestead residents, community leaders and... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight - Featuring Teresa Slomko

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley introduced Teresa Slomko as the new participant of his program “Artist in the Spotlight” during a special presentation of the July Homestead City Council meeting. Mrs. Slomko’s photography will... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilman Jimmie Williams Recognizes PAL of Homestead and AAU National Primary Championship Winners

In a commitment to bring to light positive individuals within the City of Homestead and the Southwest community, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III recognized the Police Athletic League (PAL) and local winners of the AAU... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

WARNING: Electric Utility Phone Scam

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a scam that has been reported by Homestead Public Services customers. A supposed utilities representative calls a home and asks customers to make a utility... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Brings Together Groups to Solve Traffic Issues in Front of School

Councilwoman Judy Waldman initiated efforts to gather representatives from the Villages of Homestead, Audubon Board, Gateway Environmental K-8, Miami-Dade County School Board, Regional Superintendant’s Office, Brookwood... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Volunteer Bonnie King Moran Presented with 2013 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

Most residents have seen Bonnie King Moran one time or another either dressed up as historical Homestead character or photographing a community event. She is a true Homestead volunteer! During the July City Council meeting,... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Encourages students to apply for Young Entrepreneur Academy

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, who is partnering with the Homestead and Florida City Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging students in grades 6-12 to apply for the Greater Homestead / Florida City Chamber of... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Homestead Public Service Energy Director Barbara Quiñones Elected President FMEA Board of Directors

Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Barbara Quiñones, director of electric utilities for Homestead Public Service Energy, as president of the organization’s board of directors.

“Board... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Councilman Williams & Southwest Advisory Committee join South Dade Weed & Seed for Bookbag Giveaway

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6PM to 8PM at Phichol Williams Community Center: 951 SW 4th Street. Homestead, FL 33030.

Join us for our Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway! Come enjoy free food and fun for the family!... Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2013

City of Homestead Council members celebrate Life of Ralph Sanchez at street Co-Designation Ceremony

On Friday, July 12, Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners hosted a street co-designation ceremony in honor of Homestead-Miami Speedway founder Mr. Ralph Sanchez naming a portion of SW 137... Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Speaks at Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado addressed the Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival audience on Saturday, June 19 at Losner Park in the Homestead Historic Downtown District.

Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto... Read on...

Posted on: July 19, 2013

Mayor and Council Present Proclamation to St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and Councilman Stephen R. Shelley presented a proclamation naming June 27th as St. Peter... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Awarded Education Performance Bonus

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, assistant principal at Pine Lake Elementary School, was awarded a high performance bonus by the Miami-Dade County Public School Board based upon her role in raising student... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Homestead and Florida City Encouraged to “Keep Calm” as Zimmerman Trial Verdict is Delivered

Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick summoned a meeting of Homestead and Florida City community leaders, safety officers and members of the Homestead and Florida City Community Relations Board to discuss... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

"Water Update" Scam Alert

The City of Homestead would like to alert its residents about a new scam that has been taking place in South Florida. Homestead residents have reported receiving in the mail a postcard that requests them to call a number for... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Organized Successful Fundraiser for SOS

Over a hundred and fifty people attended Homestead-Miami Speedway Champions Club on Saturday, April 20 and rocked around the clock, dining and dancing, at the 2013 Sock Hop Fundraiser for Start off Smart.

“This was a fun... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Meets with Young Residents to Discuss Street Repairs

On June 20, Councilwoman Judy Waldman met with two courageous young men to discuss sidewalk changes for Farm Life Road and SE 12 Avenue. Joseph Wilky, 14, and Xavier Barreto, 14, explained that they felt a sidewalk along the... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Thousands Celebrate Independence Day at City of Homestead’s Race to the Fourth

Thousands of people attended the Race to the 4th event this past Thursday, July 4th, 2013, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event featured family entertainment, a salute to our hometown heroes, live music, children’s... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southeast Towing

In Acknowledgment of small businesses and their importance to the community Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III recognized Southeast Towing at a special presentation of the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting.

“Small... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight-Looking for Local Artist

Homestead City Councilman Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was created in... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Homestead Hospital Baptist Health South Florida

Homestead Hospital Baptist Health was recognized and honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman during a special presentation of the June 19th, 2013, Homestead City Council meeting after being named one of America’s Safest... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Police Department

During a special presentation at the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado awarded certificates of recognitions to a number of Homestead Police Department officers for their support and... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley recognizes Military Appreciation Day Team of Volunteers and Sponsors

The second annual Military Appreciation Day Event on May 25th was a successful event thanks to the hard work, commitment and support of a team of volunteers, City of Homestead staff and sponsors, who were honored by... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman R. Maldonado Recognizes Relay for Life Homestead/Florida City 2013 Team

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Honorary Chairman for the Relay for Life 2013 of Homestead and Florida City, recognized the team of volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life a success. Among those individuals who were... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southwest Clean-Up Volunteers and Sponsors

During a special presentation at the June 19th Homestead City Council meeting Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III awarded certificates of appreciation to volunteers and sponsors who made the Southwest Clean-Up Day a huge... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presented with 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at the June 19th City Council meeting with the 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award for her continued dedication to the community. The award, which was presented to her by various... Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2013

City of Homestead Centennial Recognized by State Senators and State Representatives

Mayor Steven C. Bateman and the City of Homestead Council were presented with four proclamations recognizing the city’s historic Centennial year. The proclamations were from Florida Senator Dwight M. Bullard, Florida... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2013

William Dickinson Community Center Appreciation Luncheon June 12, 2013

The William F. Dickinson Community Center is a wonderful place for families, senior citizens and children, and on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, the City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreation Department, led by Councilwoman Judy... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Recognized by KAPOW

The organization Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) recently awarded Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead a plaque during their Recognition Dinner and Awards ceremony for their continued support to the... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Winners of Military Appreciation Day Art and Essay Student Contest Announced

For this year’s Military Appreciation Day, The Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Homestead called on students from all over South Florida to participate in an art and essay student contest... Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Presents Proclamation to First United Methodist Christian School

Committed to supporting education in the City of Homestead, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado presented Principal Dr. Mercy Nyman with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven C. Bateman proclaims May as 60 years of First United... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognized at Campbell Drive K-8 Volunteer Breakfast

Honored for his dedication and commitment to the students, and teachers at Campbell Drive K-8, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado received a Certificate of Appreciation on Friday, May 24th during the school’s annual Volunteer’s... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Thousands Honor Military Men and Women during Military Appreciation Day in Homestead

People from all over South Florida came to Historic Downtown Homestead and Losner Park on Saturday, May 25th to pay tribute to our Military Men and Women during the second annual Military Appreciation Day in Homestead. The... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in Career Day at Keys Gate Charter School

This past Career Day, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado visited Keys Gate Charter School where he spoke to various classes about his job as a Councilmember in the City of Homestead. During his visit, Councilman Maldonado was... Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes Teacher and Student of the First Quarter

Dedicated to highlighting academic excellence in City of Homestead schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee recognized Homestead Senior High teacher Kathy L. Horton and Campbell... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Selected to Participate in Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2013.

The Good Government Initiative,... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Honors Community Leader Cipriano Garza

During a Special presentation at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized and honored retiring Miami-Dade County Public Schools Director of Migrant Education Cipriano Garza, for his... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilman Jimmie Williams and the Southwest Advisory Committee Hold Southwest Cleanup Day, June 1st

Over one hundred and twenty volunteers have signed up for a day of cleaning the main steers, sidewalks, medians, schools and parks of Southwest area of Homestead. The Southwest Advisory Committee Clean-up Day will be held on... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes South Dade Senior High TV Production Class

The first class to participate in the TV Production program between the City of Homestead Public Information Office and South Dade Senior High TV Production class was recognized at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Homestead College-Bound Seniors

Over forty seniors from various Homestead high schools were recognized at a special graduation-like presentation organized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick at the May City Council meeting. The college-bound... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Community Partners for Supporting Homestead Students

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized two local companies at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting for their support to education and students in Homestead. The two companies, Valley Crest Landscaping... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Fallen Homestead Police Officer Added to National Memorial Wall

Homestead Police Department officers were among the thousands of police officers, survivors and supporters who paid tribute to fallen officers this past Monday, during the 25th annual Candlelight Vigil held at the National... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in the Unveiling of Snoezelen Room at Patches

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the unveiling of the new Snoezelen Room at the PATCHES PPEC Nursing Center.

“PATCHES PPEC is an organization founded by three amazing women who gave... Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2013

Homestead Council Members Present Community Awards at South Dade Care Event

The Second Annual South Dade Care Awards on March 22, 2013 featured Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado as they presented honorary awards to exceptional organizations and individuals... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Vice-Mayor Burgess to Represent Miami-Dade County League of Cities in Miami Dade Sports Commission

Last week, the Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced that City of Homestead Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess has been appointed to represent the Miami-Dade County League of Cities in the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. The Sports... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess and Councilman Maldonado Honor Jody Johnson for his Contribution to Agriculture

During the 35th Annual Barbeque and “Fun” Raiser for the Dade County Farm Bureau, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado presented Homestead resident Jody Johnson with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Live Univision Broadcast from City of Homestead Losner Park

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado was recognized by the cast of Univision 23 News at a live newscast held at Losner Park on Friday, April 26 during the Main Street and This is the Dog, Fabulous Food and Fashionable Fido’s event... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Homestead Energy Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

Homestead Energy Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 25 years, FMEA has... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2013

Waterstone Holds Resident Appreciation Day with Homestead Councilmembers

Hundreds of Waterstone residents attended the Resident Appreciation Day at the Waterstone Grand Clubhouse on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

“Events like this one are a wonderful way for the Waterstone Master Association to... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Presents Proclamation Naming April as Fair Housing Month

In honor of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented Finance Director Carlos M. Perez with a proclamation during a special presentation of the April 17 City Council... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in Miami-Dade College Day of the Young Child Event

Miami Dade College's (MDC) Homestead Campus School of Education invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison the Homestead Education Committee, to participate in the presentation of the of the Beverly Tate Scholarship... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Solid Waste Department

In honor of the dedication and hard work daily performed by The City of Homestead Solid Waste department, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented certificates of appreciation and a restaurant gift card to every... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight – Featuring Caryl Alarcon

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley announced the new location for his new program, Artist in the Spotlight, while presenting local artist Caryl Alarcon’s exhibit “Hojas y Petalos” during a special presentation of the April 17... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes the Winners of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show Pilot

Four students from The Charter School at Waterstone, who were the winners of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show pilot, were recognized by Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado during a special presentation of the April 17 City Council... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Homestead Energy Service Lineman with Kindness Award

Last October in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of people were left without power in New York and New Jersey. In an effort to help those in need, Homestead Energy Services sent a five-man crew to collaborate with... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes Homestead Community Center Volunteer Lillian Levine

During a special presentation of the April 17, City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized Lillian Levine for her 20 years of service at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center. ... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2013

Florida Rock Stars Presents Donation for Autism Resource Center

This past February, Florida Rock Stars held its third annual South Dade Food & Rock Festival in order to raise awareness and funding for autistic children in Homestead. Event organizers Richard DiBenedetto and Mickey... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Participates in Homestead Library Art of Storytelling Festival

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the Art of Storytelling Family Festival at the Homestead Library! The mini-festival explored the art of storytelling through a partnership with the Bibliotecas de la... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Awards Proclamation to Gunther Karger

April is Holocaust Remembrance Month, and in memory of those who suffered, fought, and died during this terrible time in history, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Homestead resident and Holocaust survivor Gunther Karger... Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes Student Participation in Academic Quiz Show Pilot

During the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the Homestead Education Committee recognized the students who participated in the pilot of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show.

The... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Congratulates Winners of the AYSO Section 14 State Games Tournament

Councilwoman Judy Waldman congratulated the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Homestead Boys and Girls in the U-19 Boys, U-10 Boys, and U-10 Girls Division for winning the 2013 AYSO Section 14 State Games Tournament... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Proclamation by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley

The City of Homestead has adopted a proclamation, along with dozens of cities across the state of Florida, declaring April 17th as Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Day.

During a special presentation of the... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Military Appreciation Essay and Art Student Contest Offer Cash Prizes

The Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Military Appreciation Art and Essay Contest on the meaning of freedom and honoring our Military. The art work and essays will be exhibited at the Military... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman will Receive 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award

This year, Homestead’s City Councilwoman Judy Waldman has been chosen to receive the 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award. John F. Cosgrove was the former Representative and Mayor of Cutler Bay as well as the Founder of... Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes Homestead Energy Services Linemen as Heroes of Arlington Street

Thousands of people were left without power in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area last October. Since resources were not sufficient to help every customer at the same time, Homestead Energy... Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2013

Vice Mayor Jon Burgess Recognizes Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook–Off Event

During a special presentation of the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess recognized the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce for their work on the 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off and... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2013

Homestead Energy Services Honored with National Award for Outstanding Safety Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2013 - Homestead Energy Services has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2012. The utility earned the first place award in... Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2013

Mast@Homestead Recognized by Councilman Elvis Maldonado for 2013 Merit School of Excellence Award

Committed to bringing attention to educational excellence in the Homestead Community, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee recognized Mast@Homestead for receiving the 2013 Merit School... Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2013

Centennial Steering Committee Recognizes Sponsors and Volunteers of the February 2nd Centennial

At a special presentation during the March 20th Homestead City Council Meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess on behalf of Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Liaison to the Centennial Steering Committee recognized sponsors... Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2013

Homestead Named Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Park

The City of Homestead has historically been a partner of the two national parks that surround its City limits. This partnership has now been made official with a newly approved resolution that recognizes the City of... Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2013

Join Councilwoman Judy Waldman for Happy Hour at White Lion Cafe and support SOS

Join Councilwoman Judy Waldman and SOS for a Happy Hour at the White Lion Café, 146 NW 77 St., Friday April 12 from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets for this year’s SOS fundraiser will be raffled and for sale.

Every day in South... Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Participates as Judge at Air Base Elementary Theodore Gibson Oratorical

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, was invited to participate as a judge at the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition at Air Base Elementary School on March 6, 2013, and was awarded... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honored at In The Company of Women Event as a Past Winner of Pioneer Award

Miami-Dade County celebrated the Silver Jubilee of In the Company of Women this past Thursday, March 7 at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne by honoring all the women who have been recognized for impacting the community in a... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Supports Earth Hour 2013 by Inviting Homestead to Turn off the Lights

Councilwoman Judy Waldman is encouraging residents and businesses of the City of Homestead to support the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2013 on March 23 at 8:30 pm.

“I am asking everyone to come together as a community... Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Recognized Recently Deceased Friend Bennie Butler for her Kindness

Homestead resident Bennie Butler lived a life of serving others and spreading kindness in her community. Her last act of kindness went a long way, all the way to New York, to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy who lost... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Grand Re-Opening of Renovated Blakey Park Saturday, March 16

On Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 am, the Homestead community is invited to participate in the Grand Re-Opening of Blakey Park. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place and refreshments will be served.

The park, which is... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Hosts Gun Safety Awareness Workshop

Dozens of children and families attended a standing-room-only educational workshop on gun safety, peer pressure and bullying held at the Oasis Club House on Saturday, February 23rd. The event, which was hosted by... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

Champions for SOS Hold 50s Sock Hop Fundraising

Councilwoman Judy Waldman would like to share this information with the Community and request your assistance in the form of sponsorship and/or donated items for the silent auction. This is an important fundraiser for... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick and Miss Florida Teen Select School for Crystal Care Packages

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick and National American Miss Florida Teen Crystal Raquel Ruiz partnered to select Homestead’s Redondo Elementary as this year’s recipient of the Crystal Care Packages.

The Crystal... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

ArtSouth's Valentine's Day Concert

Over 300 children enrolled in Head Start programs in the Homestead/Florida City community attended a free concert presented by UM Frost School of Music, Tuneful Tales and Miami Piano Circle. The concert took place at the... Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Named Honorary Chair for Homestead Relay for Life 2013

At a special presentation of the February Homestead City Council meeting, Relay For Life Representative Yvette Ortiz presented Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado with a plaque naming him this year’s Honorary Chair of the... Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognized for Participating in Good Government Initiative Program

Last year, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley was elected to join the Good Government Initiative class of 2012. The program, which was founded by former Miami Dade-County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, provides a venue for elected... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Centennial Steering Committee Recognized by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick

At the February 20th Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick presented members of the Centennial Steering Committee with certificates of recognition for their dedication to organizing all... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognizes Sponsors of Centennial Fireworks Display

The Homestead Centennial Festival and Concert that took place on Saturday, February 2nd culminated with a grand pyrotechnic show that illuminated the Homestead sky. The long firework display was made possible thanks to a... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2013

Miami-Dade County School Board Recognizes Homestead in its Centennial

At the February 13, 2013 Miami-Dade County School Board meeting, School Board member Dr. Lawrence S. Feldman and the Miami-Dade School Board recognized the City of Homestead in view of the City’s Centennial Celebration... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2013

Volunteers Gathered Saturday for a Clean-up of the Northwest of Homestead

Over one hundred volunteers gathered this past Saturday, February 9th in the Northwest area of the City of Homestead for the first Northwest Homestead Clean-Up Day. The successful event was organized by Councilman Stephen R.... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Gun Safety and Awareness Meeting

The Oasis Clubhouse, Christina Morales-Paz and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick cordially invite you to a gun safety and awareness meeting.

Topics will include peer pressure, bullying, and gun violence. There... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Thousands Enjoy City of Homestead Centennial Celebration

People came from all over South Florida to Harris Field on Saturday, February 2nd to celebrate the 100th birthday of the City of Homestead. The successful event attracted over 5,000 people; throughout the day crowds could be... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Homestead Education Committee Launches Academic Quiz Show for Schools

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado along with the Homestead Education Committee and La Ley Sports are working on producing an academic game show for Homestead students to compete in a battle of the minds that will challenge... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Honors City of Homestead for Centennial Anniversary

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners honored the City of Homestead for its Centennial with a proclamation naming February 5th as the City of Homestead Centennial Anniversary Day. The Proclamation was presented by... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Relay For Life of Homestead & Florida City Name Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado 2013 Honorary Chair

The American Cancer Society proudly announced their selection of Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado as honorary chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Homestead and Florida City. On the February 20 Homestead City Council meeting,... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley presents Robert Chaplin Historic Building Exhibit

In the spirit of the historic City of Homestead Centennial Celebration, Councilman Stephen Shelley’s Art in the Council Chamber Program recently presented the “Historic Homestead 2012: Photos for the Future” exhibit by... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Supports Villa Preparatory Academy Fundraising

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado liaison to the Homestead Education Committee is supporting a raffle for the students of Villa Preparatory Academy to go on a trip to Disney World.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 at... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes those who Contributed to her Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive

Councilwoman Judy Waldman made it a special Christmas for many Homestead families last December when once again she distributed hundreds of toys to children in need. The Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive has become an annual... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Supports Everglades Restoration at Everglades Coalition Conference

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, a member of the Board of Directors of the Everglades Association, attended this year’s Everglades Coalition Conference, the largest annual forum for debate about Everglades’ conservation and... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Local Restaurant Chefs On The Run

During a special presentation at the January 2013 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized local business Chefs on the Run for being the first Homestead restaurant to be invited to... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Volunteers and Supporters Honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman

Councilwoman Judy Waldman helped bring relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, New York after organizing a successful Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive with the help of local volunteers and their donations.

During a... Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough McCormick Recognizes Books & Bicycles Supporters

Last December, for the second year in a row, Councilwoman Patricia-Fairclough-McCormick awarded books and bicycles to dozens of Homestead children whose families are currently going through economic hardship. The 2012 Books... Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Video Conference with Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall

“The people of Rockaway, Queens will never forget Homestead, Florida,” said Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall to Councilwoman Judy Waldman during a conference call regarding the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive that... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Participates in Youth Fishing Foundation Christmas Fishing Tournament

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Fishing Foundation, participated in this year’s Christmas Fishing Tournament held at Bayfront Park on Biscayne Bay National Park, December 8,... Read on...

Posted on: December 31, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Annual Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen

On December 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., hundreds of children enjoyed a special holiday treat on Christmas Eve when Councilwoman Judy Waldman distributed over 800 toys at the Homestead Soup Kitchen located at 105 SW 3rd Avenue. ... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

South Dade and Homestead Senior High School Football Players & Coaches Honored by Homestead Centenni

South Dade and Homestead Senior High coaches, players, and staff were recognized during a special presentation at the December City Council meeting for their participation during a traditional 30 year rivalry game where the... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams promotes Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive

During a special presentation at the December City Council meeting, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and Juanita Smith, Homestead soup Kitchen’s head volunteer, encouraged the community to support Councilwoman Judy... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

United States Army Recruiting Command recognizes Homestead Police Department

During a special presentation at the December City Council meeting, Lt. Colonel Frank Melgarejo Commanding Officer of the United States Army Recruiting Command recognized Homestead Police officers for their support to the... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

FP&L/ Turkey Point Recognized for Building Centennial Parade Float

During a special presentation by Centennial Committee Liaison Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick at the December City Council meeting, the Homestead Centennial Steering Committee presented a recognition award to... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

Detective Manny Figueroa Recognized by Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle

Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle recognized Manny Figueroa on his promotion as a detective for his consistent and dedicated work at a special presentation during the December City council meeting.

“On behalf of Mayor... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

Homestead Police Explorers Honored for their Service

The Fraternal Order of Police, William F. Brantley Lodge #13 recognized the Homestead Police Explorers with a monetary donation for their service and commitment to the City of Homestead at a special presentation by Mayor... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Awards Proclamation to the Chapman Partnership

At the November City Council meeting Councilman Stephen R. Shelley honored Chapman Partnership for the organization’s dedication to social services and helping homeless families and individuals. A proclamation was presented... Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Partners with Local Military Veterans for Wreaths Across America

During a special presentation of the November City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman and the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club encouraged the community to remember and honor our fallen veterans by sponsoring or... Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Holds Annual Christmas Books & Bicycles Giveaway

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick is organizing her annual Books and Bicycles Christmas Giveaway. This year’s goal is to donate 100 bicycles and 100 books to children throughout Homestead in celebration of... Read on...

Posted on: December 6, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Holds Community Education Leaders Luncheon

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Liason for the Homestead Education Committee, held the second annual Luncheon for Community Education Leaders on Thursday, November 15th at the Homestead Community Center. The purpose of the event... Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess recognized by Commissioner Lynda Bell

Earlier this year, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and his family were winners of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine third annual Family of the Year contest and featured on the cover of the June/July 2012 issue. The Burgesses were... Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Holds Annual Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen

With the holidays approaching Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be holding her annual Christmas Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen during the months of November and December to benefit the children of families who receive... Read on...

Posted on: November 30, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Organizes "Thanksgiving in Oasis”

Residents of Homestead’s Oasis Community celebrated Thanksgiving together at a potcluck dinner while they watched a play by their children and participated in a turkey giveaway sponsored by Councilwoman Patricia... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman's Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Truck Departs to the Northeast

A large truck filled with hundreds of much needed donations departed Tuesday, November 27 from Homestead City Hall at 790 N. Homestead Boulevard towards Rockaway, New Jersey, one of the areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy... Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Senior High Practical Nursing/Health Science Magnet

Committed to bringing attention to the successful magnet programs offered at local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Chair of the Homestead Education Committee recognized Homestead Senior High School Practical Nursing... Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Angeline Marie Martinez Exhibit presented by Councilman Stephen Shelley

Art in the Chamber, a program created by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley to help local artist gain exposure, is showcasing an exhibit by local artist Angeline Marie. The exhibit is called the Absence of Green and will be at... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Organizes “Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive"

Councilwoman Judy Waldman is organizing a drive to collect donations for the Northeast area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The City of Homestead has partnered with northAmerican Van Lines, Homestead Transfer and... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2012

Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade

Hundreds of people attended the 2012 Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade sponsored by the VFW 4127. The parade took place Saturday, November 10th at 12:00 noon in Downtown Homestead and its route started on Flagler and Krome... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2012

Homestead Centennial Celebration at Homestead Senior High vs. South Dade Senior High Game

The 30 year historic rivalry was displayed this past Friday, November 9th at 7:30 pm at Harris Field, 1034 Northeast 8th Street Homestead, FL 33030, when the Homestead Senior High Broncos played long time opponent South Dade... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Sends Crew to Help with Power Restoration in New York

Homestead Energy Service sent a crew of linemen to Long Island, New York to assist with post Hurricane Sandy power restoration. The five linemen along with 2 bucket trucks and a large pick-up truck departed for New York on... Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2012

Tour Historic Homestead with New Self-Guided Tour

A new publication by the City of Homestead invites residents and visitors to take a self-guided tour through all of Homestead’s historic properties and areas. The “Homestead Then & Now” booklet contains an easy to follow map... Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2012

Homestead Police & City Council Honor Officer of the Month Pete Perez

Homestead Police Department along with the City Council where pleased to recognize Officer Pete Perez as the recipient of the Officer of the Month Award for the month of August. “On behalf of the command staff, Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 2012

Learn about Florida Department of Transportation's District Six five-year transportation plan.

Come learn about the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Six five-year plan. Miami-Dade County's hearing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at FDOT District Six Auditorium on 1000 NW 111 Ave. Miami 33172. RSVP... Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Awards Recognition to Kindness Awards Supporters

At a special presentation during the October City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized all the community partners and sponsors that made this year’s Kindness Awards possible.

“Our community partners... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess Presents Proclimation naming October 7th through 13th Public Power Week

“I am proud to recognize Homestead Energy Services, which has been providing thousands of citizens and businesses in the City of Homestead with power for over 90 years,” said Vice-Mayor Burgess at the special presentation... Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2012

Homestead Wins Big in Florida Special Olympics State Aquatic Championship

Nine gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal were brought back to Homestead from the Florida Special Olympics State Aquatic Championship. A team of six students from Homestead Senior High made the City proud as they... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents Proclamation naming Oct. 23rd Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Homestead Hospital Baptist Health with a proclamation that declared October 23rd as Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Councilwoman Waldman honored Homestead Hospital for raising money for... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2012

Winners of Centennial Student Contest Honored by Council

Winners of the Homestead Centennial student contest were recognized at the October Homestead City Council meeting. Hundreds of students from elementary, middle and high schools in and around Homestead submitted entries for... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2012

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado meets with New Superintendent South Region Schools

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado met with recently appointed Superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public School’s South Region Alex Martinez. Councilman Maldonado, who is the Chair of the Homestead Education Committee, held the... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Opens New State-of-the-Art Electrical Control Center

Homestead Energy Services held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Electrical Control Center. The event, which took place on Tuesday October 2nd, inaugurated the new facility that serves as the brains of... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 7-13

Homestead Energy Services is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 7-13, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans.

“Public... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams Presents Distinguished Budget Award to Finance Department

In honor of an exemplary job done by the finance department, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented Finance Director Carlos Perez and his staff with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award at the August Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

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Posted on: September 28, 2012

Centennial Children’s Day Draws Big Crowds

Children from all over Homestead gathered at Harris Field Pavilion on Saturday, September 22 to celebrate Homestead’s history at the Homestead Centennial Children’s Day. The successful event attracted hundreds of children... Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2012

City Council Votes to Move City Hall Employees to Temporary Location & Build a New City Hall

After receiving reports of radon, mold and asbestos contamination in Homestead’s City Hall, the Homestead City Council approved the relocation of city staff from City Hall to a temporary location. The decision was made... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Young Actress and Singer Katia Nicole

In support of Homestead’s young talent, Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized thirteen-year-old Homestead resident Katia Nicole. The young singer and actress, who attends Southwood Magnet School for the Performing Arts,... Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Councilman Shelley Introduces New Executive Director of Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce

During a special presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley introduced and welcomed new Executive Director of the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce Rosa Brito. ... Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2012

Homestead Named StormReady Community

The National Weather Service recognized the City of Homestead, as a StormReady community. The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. The City of Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognizes Local Schools

In an effort to encourage and support academic achievement in Homestead, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized five local schools during a special presentation at the August City Council meeting. All five... Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley Awards Proclamation to Homestead Pastor Brock Shiffer

In recognizing those who have affected this community for the better, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley presented Pastor Brock Shiffer with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven C. Bateman proclaims Thursday, August 22nd 2012 as... Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams holds a Roundtable with Southwest Pastors

In an effort to update community leaders on recent progress made through programs and services in the Southwest area, as well as learn about the latest needs and concerns in the neighborhood, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams,... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary Commemoration & Kindness Awards

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to... Read on...

Posted on: August 22, 2011

Welcome to Homestead's New Website!

The City of Homestead is pleased to announce the soft launching of its brand new website at www.cityofhomestead.com . During this phase, users will have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the new format as well as... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Southwest Community Gathers for National Night Out to Promote Peace

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the 2012 National Night Out event. National Night Out, also known as NNO, is a crime and drug... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess’ Family Wins Family of the Year 2012

Scholastic Parent & Child magazine announced the winners of its third annual Family of the Year contest. The Burgesses were chosen from hundreds of entries for their compassion and commitment to rescuing and fostering... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams Appointed to Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team

City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie Williams has been appointed to serve as a member of the Florida League of Cities Florida Action Strike Team, also known as FAST. The Florida League of Cities selected Councilman Williams... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado Awards Laptops for Schools

For the second year on a row, the Homestead Education Committee awarded laptops to various public schools in the City. At the January Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Chair of the Education Committee, presented... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Director of Public Works Julio A. Brea Recognized

City of Homestead Public Works Director Julio A. Brea, who received the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers Luis P. Saenz Engineer of the Year Award, was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman and... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

City of Homestead Relay for Life 2012 Team Recognized

The City of Homestead Relay for Life Team was recognized at the July 18 City Council meeting during a special presentation made by Michael Hitt, City of Homestead Relay for Life team captain. Hitt, a City of Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2012

City Council to Recognize Acts of Kindness

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Recognizes the Outstanding Miss Miami Teen

Homestead teen Crystal Ruiz was recognized at the January City Council meeting by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for her community service and dedication to helping young students.

The former Miss Homestead Outstanding Teen... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

City of Homestead Centennial Kick-off Celebration Weekend

Did you know that Homestead, the second oldest city in Dade-County, is celebrating its Centennial on February 2nd, 2013? To kick off the next six months of events that will lead up to the big birthday in February, Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Winner of Positive Living Award

At the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman awarded recognition to Homestead resident Clara Waterman Powell, who was recently named the winner of the Annual Positive Living Award... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honored by Homestead Main Street

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at a reception at Homestead Main Street, located on the second floor of the Homestead old Town Hall Museum, for her years of service and dedication to the organization.

“Judy has... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Presents Historic Site Designation

Councilman Stephen Shelley, who is the City Council’s Liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, and Mrs. Yvonne Knowles, Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Board and Director of Homestead Main Street, presented to... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Shelley Elected to Participate in Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen Shelley has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2012.

The Good Government Initiative, which was... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Graduates from Institute for Elected Municipal Officials

City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recently graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). IEMO was established 20 years ago as a way to educate newly-elected officials and... Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2012

Councilman Shelley Appointed to Everglades Association Board

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen R. Shelley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Everglades Association. This nonprofit organization, which has supported South Florida national parks for over 50 years,... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Air Force F-4 Jet is removed to become new and improved

The City of Homestead in coordination with the Homestead Air Base Reserve 482nd Fighter Wing Squadron removed the F-4 Jet that sits on US1 and 310 Street for painting and renovation.

The Homestead landmark, which was last... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2011

Councilman Shelley Appointed to Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen Shelley has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2012.
The Good Government Initiative, which was founded... Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2012

City Council Donates to Homestead Senior High “Off to College" Program

Mayor Steven C. Bateman and members of the City of Homestead City Council contributed a $600 donation to Homestead Senior High School’s “Off to College” program. The program works with business partners and other... Read on...


Councilman Elvis Maldonado

58 Stories
Posted on: August 7, 2014

MDI Sports of Homestead Honored at Special Council Meeting

On behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado stepped to the podium during July’s Special Council Presentation to honor the demonstration of excellence of area youth athletes involved with the basketball... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Invites you to Attend Miami-Dade County Ethics Training Aug. 8

If you currently serve as a member of a committee or advisory board in the City of Homestead or would be interested in becoming one, Councilman Elvis Maldonado would like to invite you to Miami-Dade County Ethics training.... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Relay for Life Sponsors and Committee Members

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honorary Event Chair for this year’s Homestead Relay for Life, extended his thanks to the Homestead Relay for Life Committee who worked “behind the scenes” to make this year’s event such a... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Achievements of Homestead Relay for Life 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado addressed the chamber during May’s Special Council Presentation to acknowledge the outstanding fundraising efforts conducted by those involved in this year’s Homestead Relay for Life, which raised... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Introduces Charter School Associates Executive Internship Program

During the May City of Homestead Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado introduced representatives from Charter School Associates to present to the community their new Executive Internship Program. Area Director for... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Acknowledges Celebrated Homestead Restaurant

During a Special Council Presentation on March 19, 2014, Councilman Elvis Maldonado took time to recognize the notable accomplishments of local eatery, Chefs on the Run, the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Education Committee Members

After four years of dedicated work and accomplishments in Homestead education, Councilman Elvis Maldonado finished his term as Liaison to the Education Committee by honoring the devoted and hard working members of the... Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

The City of Homestead Proclaims Mary Lamberts’ Day

At the Ninth Annual Women in Agriculture Luncheon, Homestead Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored a very special woman who has made it her life’s work to inform and educate public institutions on how to protect our precious... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Participates in Program That Offers Free Internet to Students

Councilman Elvis Maldonado was among the distinguished Latino community leaders chosen to speak at the Hispanic Heritage Festival & Comcast Internet Essentials Program Kick-Off in which 250 deserving South Dade students were... Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Leads Effort to Distribute Turkeys in Thanksgiving

November 23 may just be another date on the calendar for most, but 15 Homestead families are not likely to forget it. On this Saturday before Thanksgiving, a group of volunteers delivered turkey baskets to various... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins Latino Leaders for Emergency Response and Management

Orlando, FL – Councilman Maldonado joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and more than 45 Latino public officials from across the country to discuss issues... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Teachers and Students of the Quarter

Committed to publicly recognizing those who achieve excellence in education in our local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee created the Homestead Teacher and Student of the... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Committee Member for Lifetime of Service in Education

Homestead Education Committee member and longtime Miami-Dade Public Schools employee Susan Simon LaGuardia is celebrating her recent retirement. Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Council Liaison to the Homestead Education... Read on...

Posted on: October 9, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Recognizes Pastor Elder Brown

Even though Elder Chauncey D. Brown, Pastor of Greater Williams Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, has only been in Homestead a little over a year, he has already touched many lives in the community. Councilman Elvis Maldonado... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Council members collaborate in donation of laptop to local child

Councilman Maldonado donated a brand new laptop to 13-year old Homestead resident John Stepp, who unfortunately will have to spend a lot of time in the hospital during this school year while he is getting treated for a tumor... Read on...

Posted on: September 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Fun at Movie in the Park

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead Main Street fun last Saturday at the Movie in Losner Park event. The evening in the park took place on September 14th and featured Oz the Great and Powerful along with food... Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Attends Dairy Queen Homestead Grand Opening

Councilman Elvis Maldonado joined the Homestead community in welcoming one more new business to our city. The new Dairy Queen Homestead, located at 3330 NE 8th St, is Miami-Dade County’s first Grill and Chill Dairy Queen... Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Joins the Mexican-American Council in Homestead’s Festival Independencia

Hundreds of people attended the Mexican-American Council Festival of the Mexican and Central American Independence on Saturday, September 15 at Harris Field Park. Councilman Elvis Maldonado proudly joined Homestead’s... Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Appointed to Miami-Dade County League of Cities’ Budget Committee

The Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced recently that City of Homestead Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado has been appointed to serve in the Miami-Dade County League of Cities (MDCLC) County Budget Committee. The... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilman Maldonado Honors First Group of Council Interns

During a Special Presentation at the August Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored the first group of students who participated in his newly created City Council Internship Program.

“Various... Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes “Speed to Feed” for Successful Fundraiser Event

During a Special Presentation at the August City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized the organizers and sponsors of the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association “Speed to Feed” event, which... Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Visits Local Schools during First Day of Classes

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, visited several local schools to wish students, parents, teachers and administrators a successful new school year. The schools visited included two... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Thanks Sponsors for Hosting Family Health Fair for City of Homestead

On Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado attended the Family Health Fair at Harris Field Pavilion to thank sponsors, including the Mayor’s Community Policing and Crime Watch Committee, for organizing this... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree

Fresh Start Family Services, Inc. invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee to participate in their 4th Annual Back to School Jamboree at Ebenezer Worship Center on Saturday, August... Read on...

Posted on: August 15, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in “Speed to Feed”

This past Saturday, August 10, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on the “Speed to Feed” event held at Campbell Drive K-8 Center. The event organized by the Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association who raised $95,000... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognizes Michael’s Arts and Crafts Employees

Michaels Arts and Crafts employees received a special recognition from Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado for their outstanding service, creativity and devotion designing the awards and certificates for the Mayor and Council... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

Volunteer Bonnie King Moran Presented with 2013 Citizen Excellence in Community Involvement Award

Most residents have seen Bonnie King Moran one time or another either dressed up as historical Homestead character or photographing a community event. She is a true Homestead volunteer! During the July City Council meeting,... Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Speaks at Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado addressed the Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto Festival audience on Saturday, June 19 at Losner Park in the Homestead Historic Downtown District.

Viva Homestead Main Street Al Gusto... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Police Department

During a special presentation at the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado awarded certificates of recognitions to a number of Homestead Police Department officers for their support and... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman R. Maldonado Recognizes Relay for Life Homestead/Florida City 2013 Team

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Honorary Chairman for the Relay for Life 2013 of Homestead and Florida City, recognized the team of volunteers who made this year’s Relay for Life a success. Among those individuals who were... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Recognized by KAPOW

The organization Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) recently awarded Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead a plaque during their Recognition Dinner and Awards ceremony for their continued support to the... Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Presents Proclamation to First United Methodist Christian School

Committed to supporting education in the City of Homestead, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado presented Principal Dr. Mercy Nyman with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven C. Bateman proclaims May as 60 years of First United... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognized at Campbell Drive K-8 Volunteer Breakfast

Honored for his dedication and commitment to the students, and teachers at Campbell Drive K-8, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado received a Certificate of Appreciation on Friday, May 24th during the school’s annual Volunteer’s... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in Career Day at Keys Gate Charter School

This past Career Day, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado visited Keys Gate Charter School where he spoke to various classes about his job as a Councilmember in the City of Homestead. During his visit, Councilman Maldonado was... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Honors Community Leader Cipriano Garza

During a Special presentation at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado recognized and honored retiring Miami-Dade County Public Schools Director of Migrant Education Cipriano Garza, for his... Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes Teacher and Student of the First Quarter

Dedicated to highlighting academic excellence in City of Homestead schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the City of Homestead Education Committee recognized Homestead Senior High teacher Kathy L. Horton and Campbell... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in the Unveiling of Snoezelen Room at Patches

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado participated on Friday, April 26, 2013 at the unveiling of the new Snoezelen Room at the PATCHES PPEC Nursing Center.

“PATCHES PPEC is an organization founded by three amazing women who gave... Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2013

Homestead Council Members Present Community Awards at South Dade Care Event

The Second Annual South Dade Care Awards on March 22, 2013 featured Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado as they presented honorary awards to exceptional organizations and individuals... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess and Councilman Maldonado Honor Jody Johnson for his Contribution to Agriculture

During the 35th Annual Barbeque and “Fun” Raiser for the Dade County Farm Bureau, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado presented Homestead resident Jody Johnson with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Live Univision Broadcast from City of Homestead Losner Park

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado was recognized by the cast of Univision 23 News at a live newscast held at Losner Park on Friday, April 26 during the Main Street and This is the Dog, Fabulous Food and Fashionable Fido’s event... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2013

Waterstone Holds Resident Appreciation Day with Homestead Councilmembers

Hundreds of Waterstone residents attended the Resident Appreciation Day at the Waterstone Grand Clubhouse on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

“Events like this one are a wonderful way for the Waterstone Master Association to... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Participates in Miami-Dade College Day of the Young Child Event

Miami Dade College's (MDC) Homestead Campus School of Education invited Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison the Homestead Education Committee, to participate in the presentation of the of the Beverly Tate Scholarship... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes the Winners of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show Pilot

Four students from The Charter School at Waterstone, who were the winners of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show pilot, were recognized by Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado during a special presentation of the April 17 City Council... Read on...

Posted on: April 12, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Recognizes Student Participation in Academic Quiz Show Pilot

During the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado and the Homestead Education Committee recognized the students who participated in the pilot of the Homestead Academic Quiz Show.

The... Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2013

Mast@Homestead Recognized by Councilman Elvis Maldonado for 2013 Merit School of Excellence Award

Committed to bringing attention to educational excellence in the Homestead Community, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Liaison to the Homestead Education Committee recognized Mast@Homestead for receiving the 2013 Merit School... Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Participates as Judge at Air Base Elementary Theodore Gibson Oratorical

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, was invited to participate as a judge at the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition at Air Base Elementary School on March 6, 2013, and was awarded... Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2013

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Named Honorary Chair for Homestead Relay for Life 2013

At a special presentation of the February Homestead City Council meeting, Relay For Life Representative Yvette Ortiz presented Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado with a plaque naming him this year’s Honorary Chair of the... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2013

Homestead Education Committee Launches Academic Quiz Show for Schools

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado along with the Homestead Education Committee and La Ley Sports are working on producing an academic game show for Homestead students to compete in a battle of the minds that will challenge... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Relay For Life of Homestead & Florida City Name Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado 2013 Honorary Chair

The American Cancer Society proudly announced their selection of Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado as honorary chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Homestead and Florida City. On the February 20 Homestead City Council meeting,... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2013

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Supports Villa Preparatory Academy Fundraising

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado liaison to the Homestead Education Committee is supporting a raffle for the students of Villa Preparatory Academy to go on a trip to Disney World.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 at... Read on...

Posted on: December 6, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Holds Community Education Leaders Luncheon

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Liason for the Homestead Education Committee, held the second annual Luncheon for Community Education Leaders on Thursday, November 15th at the Homestead Community Center. The purpose of the event... Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Homestead Senior High Practical Nursing/Health Science Magnet

Committed to bringing attention to the successful magnet programs offered at local schools, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado Chair of the Homestead Education Committee recognized Homestead Senior High School Practical Nursing... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2012

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado meets with New Superintendent South Region Schools

Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado met with recently appointed Superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public School’s South Region Alex Martinez. Councilman Maldonado, who is the Chair of the Homestead Education Committee, held the... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2012

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Young Actress and Singer Katia Nicole

In support of Homestead’s young talent, Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized thirteen-year-old Homestead resident Katia Nicole. The young singer and actress, who attends Southwood Magnet School for the Performing Arts,... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado Awards Laptops for Schools

For the second year on a row, the Homestead Education Committee awarded laptops to various public schools in the City. At the January Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Chair of the Education Committee, presented... Read on...


Councilman Jimmie Williams, III

19 Stories
Posted on: August 18, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Leads Vigil Against Violence

On the evening of August 12, 2014, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III residents and other community leaders congregated on the grounds of Blakey Park to observe the untimely passing of Darrin Booker, a young boy who became... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Holds Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil

In the wake of another senseless killing in Miami-Dade County over the weekend, Councilman Jimmie Williams is calling out to the Homestead/Florida City community to show unity in the face of violence at a Stop the Violence... Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2014

Councilman Jimmie Williams Easter Food Basket Giveaway April 19

Councilman Jimmie Williams, the Southwest Advisory Committee and Farm Share will be conducting a food basket giveaway for the Easter holiday on Saturday, April 19. The giveaway will take place at the Phichol Williams... Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

FREE CPR Training at Phichol Williams Community Center April 12, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, in collaboration with Pulse America, would like to invite you to participate in an opportunity that could help save lives. On Saturday, April 12, the Phichol Williams Community Center (951... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, Bike Giveaway Brightens Christmas for Homestead Families

The bike drive was held on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 from 11AM-1PM at Phichol Williams Community Center in the Southwest area of Homestead. Students from West Homestead Elementary School and Laura C. Saunders Elementary... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Councilman Williams Recognizes Health Fair Sponsors

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September Southwest Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair,... Read on...

Posted on: December 13, 2013

Local Spitzer Chrysler Dodge Recognized by Councilman Williams

General Manager Kip Rowe and F&I Manager Edgar Rogers of Spitzer Chrysler Dodge were honored at the Homestead City Council Special Presentation Ceremony in late November by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III for their... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Successful Health Fair held by Councilman Williams and Southwest Advisory Committee

Hundreds of Homestead residents were able to receive free health screenings during the September 28th Health Fair organized by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee. The Health Fair, which... Read on...

Posted on: September 6, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee Hold Community Health Fair

On the 28th of September 2013 at Blakey Park, Councilman Jimmie L Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be working together to host a free Health Fair. This Health Fair will inform and educate the local... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Councilman Williams & Southwest Advisory Committee join South Dade Weed & Seed for Bookbag Giveaway

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6PM to 8PM at Phichol Williams Community Center: 951 SW 4th Street. Homestead, FL 33030.

Join us for our Annual Back to School Backpack Giveaway! Come enjoy free food and fun for the family!... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southeast Towing

In Acknowledgment of small businesses and their importance to the community Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III recognized Southeast Towing at a special presentation of the June 19 Homestead City Council meeting.

“Small... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Southwest Clean-Up Volunteers and Sponsors

During a special presentation at the June 19th Homestead City Council meeting Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III awarded certificates of appreciation to volunteers and sponsors who made the Southwest Clean-Up Day a huge... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilman Jimmie Williams and the Southwest Advisory Committee Hold Southwest Cleanup Day, June 1st

Over one hundred and twenty volunteers have signed up for a day of cleaning the main steers, sidewalks, medians, schools and parks of Southwest area of Homestead. The Southwest Advisory Committee Clean-up Day will be held on... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Presents Proclamation Naming April as Fair Housing Month

In honor of the Fair Housing Act and National Fair Housing Month, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented Finance Director Carlos M. Perez with a proclamation during a special presentation of the April 17 City Council... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2013

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Recognizes Solid Waste Department

In honor of the dedication and hard work daily performed by The City of Homestead Solid Waste department, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III presented certificates of appreciation and a restaurant gift card to every... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams Presents Distinguished Budget Award to Finance Department

In honor of an exemplary job done by the finance department, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III presented Finance Director Carlos Perez and his staff with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award at the August Homestead City... Read on...

Posted on: August 31, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams holds a Roundtable of the Southwest Pastors

In an effort to update community leaders on recent progress made through programs and services in the Southwest area, as well as learn about the latest needs and concerns in the neighborhood, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams,... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Southwest Community Gathers for National Night Out to Promote Peace

August 7, 2012, Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the 2012 National Night Out event. National Night Out, also known as NNO, is a crime... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams Appointed to Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team

City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie Williams has been appointed to serve as a member of the Florida League of Cities Florida Action Strike Team, also known as FAST. The Florida League of Cities selected Councilman Williams... Read on...


Councilman Jon Burgess

17 Stories
Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Police Explorers for Performance in Competition

During the Special Council Presentation of May 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess stood before the chamber to recognize the accomplishments of the city’s aspiring law enforcement professionals by congratulating the City of... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Councilman Jon Burgess as League of Cities Vice President

During a special presentation at February’s council meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess was honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for his recent appointment to Vice President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

“I’ve... Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2014

Councilman Burgess Honors Volunteers for November Food Drive

During a special presentation at the December City of Homestead Council Meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess awarded a number of certificates of appreciation to various community organizations who participated in a Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Councilman Burgess Recognizes Chapman Partnership and Encourages Residents to Help Others

During a Special Presentation at the November City Council Meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess acknowledged the Chapman Partnership for their 17 years of devoted service to the homeless population of Miami-Dade County. Since... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Homestead Police Department Swears-in New Officers and Honors Retiring Ones

During a special rpesentation at the October 16 City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented, along with the Homestead Police Department, a special honor to a retiring police officer, recognized newly-promtoted... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Iota Pi Lambda Day in Homestead Proclaimed by Vice-Mayor Burgess

In recognition of their charitable contributions and innumerable service to various local organizations and families in need, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess, declared October 16, 2013 as Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Homestead Police Department Employee Recognized by Homeland Security and Vice-Mayor Burgess

Homestead Police Department Administrative Assistant for the General Investigative Division Dania Garcia was recognized by Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and ICE, the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Vice-Mayor Burgess Bring Awareness to Childhood Cancer

Unfortunately, every year, pediatric cancers affect tens of thousands of children with thousands sadly dying from the disease. In an effort to bring awareness to this disheartening issue, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented a... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Jon Burgess Recognizes Start Off Smart for School Supply and Backpack Distribution Event

During a special presentation at the August City Council meeting, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess recognized SOS, Start Off Smart, for this year’s successful back-to-school donation event in which 846 backpacks with school supplies... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess Honors Our Kids Foundation and Foster Parents who Care for Children

During a special presentation at the August City of Homestead Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess honored the foster care non-profit organization Our Kids of Miami-Dade as well as two local parents who have made room in... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Vice-Mayor Burgess to Represent Miami-Dade County League of Cities in Miami Dade Sports Commission

Last week, the Miami-Dade County League of Cities announced that City of Homestead Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess has been appointed to represent the Miami-Dade County League of Cities in the Miami-Dade Sports Commission. The Sports... Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2013

Vice Mayor Burgess and Councilman Maldonado Honor Jody Johnson for his Contribution to Agriculture

During the 35th Annual Barbeque and “Fun” Raiser for the Dade County Farm Bureau, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado presented Homestead resident Jody Johnson with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven... Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2013

Vice Mayor Jon Burgess Recognizes Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook–Off Event

During a special presentation of the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting, Vice Mayor Jon Burgess recognized the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce for their work on the 19th Annual Chili Cook-Off and... Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess recognized by Commissioner Lynda Bell

Earlier this year, Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and his family were winners of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine third annual Family of the Year contest and featured on the cover of the June/July 2012 issue. The Burgesses were... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess Presents Proclimation naming October 7th through 13th Public Power Week

“I am proud to recognize Homestead Energy Services, which has been providing thousands of citizens and businesses in the City of Homestead with power for over 90 years,” said Vice-Mayor Burgess at the special presentation... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess Presents Fair Housing Month Proclamation to Finance Director

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess presented Homestead Finance Director Carlos Perez a proclamation at the April Council meeting in occasion of the 44th Anniversary of the Passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title VII of the Civil... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess’ Family Wins Family of the Year 2012

Scholastic Parent & Child magazine announced the winners of its third annual Family of the Year contest. The Burgesses were chosen from hundreds of entries for their compassion and commitment to rescuing and fostering... Read on...


Councilwoman Judy Waldman

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Posted on: August 7, 2014

MDI Sports of Homestead Honored at Special Council Meeting

On behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado stepped to the podium during July’s Special Council Presentation to honor the demonstration of excellence of area youth athletes involved with the basketball... Read on...

Posted on: August 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Chefs Table of the Championship Taste Event August 21

As a member of The Pineapple Ladies of Homestead Hospital Foundation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman would like to reach out to her hometown constituency to share in a truly special evening. On Thursday, November 13, 2014 from... Read on...

Posted on: July 18, 2014

Get Involved This Year With Judy Waldman's School Supplies Drive

The lazy days of summer will soon be coming to an end for Miami-Dade County school students and then it’s time to get back into gear again. Unfortunately, for financially challenged families in our community, it can be an... Read on...

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Posted on: July 9, 2014

City of Homestead “Race to the 4th” Event is one to Remember

In just its fifth year, the 2014 edition of the “Race to the 4th” Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, proved to be one of the crowning events of the summer thus far. An estimated 20,000 festivalgoers... Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Military Veterans with Kindness Award

Amidst the pageantry and patriotic revelry found at the 5th Annual “Race to the 4th” event, a yearly celebration held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Event Chair, Councilwoman Judy Waldman, took the time to recognize some... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Homestead Community Center Volunteers Honored

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide. They make a difference in day-to-day life by delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Proclaims Sexual Assault Awareness Month

For the first time ever, sexual assault victims will not have to travel north to seek treatment thanks to the collaborative efforts of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Homestead Hospital and M.U.J.E.R. (Men and Women United in... Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Pageant Beauties

Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered three very special young ladies to honor them for their superlative contributions to their communities and recent wins in local Beauty Pageants. Although originating from a variety of... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival Better Than Ever in 2014

Saturday, April 26, marked the 5th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival. Riders of all skill levels and festival-goers from all over South Florida made this year’s installment one of the best yet. This ride was... Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Relay for Life Benefit a Rousing Success

With massive support from City of Homestead residents, staff and the Homestead Police Department, the Homestead Relay for Life “Jail & Bail” event, organized by Councilwoman Judy Waldman on April 9, exceeded even the highest... Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Event to Benefit Homestead Relay for Life April 9

Don’t be surprised if one of Homestead’s finest drops in on you and takes you into custody when you least expect it. On Wednesday, April 9, from 10am-2pm, the William F. Dickinson Community Center (1601 N. Krome Ave.) will... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Councilman Jon Burgess as League of Cities Vice President

During a special presentation at February’s council meeting, Councilman Jon Burgess was honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for his recent appointment to Vice President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

“I’ve... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Focus Back on Biscayne-Everglades Greenway

Last month, Councilwoman Judy Waldman gathered dozens of community leaders to discuss the future of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway project. The meeting to advocate for the re-ignition of the trail is already producing... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Waldman Commends Celebrity Rehab Medical Center

On December 12 of this year, Councilwoman Judy Waldman along with the Villages of Homestead hosted a stunning holiday party under the stars that was very well attended by residents and government figures alike. The evening... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Annual Toy Drive Once Again a Success!

Councilwoman Judy Waldman and the Homestead community made Christmas special for needy Homestead families this December when once again she successfully hosted the Annual Toy Drive! The Homestead Soup Kitchen Christmas event... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman hold Community Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman combined their resources to provide 80 Homestead families with a turkey dinner, complete with fresh locally grown vegetables which were donated by F&T Farms, Inc., and pumpkin... Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Hosts Community Holiday Event at the Villages of Homestead

On December 12, 2013, from 6-9 pm, the Audubon Village clubhouse was the place to be for a night of mingling with friends, relaxing holiday music, and amazing food!

Councilwoman Waldman and Mr. Jim Sutton from the... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Volunteers of Breast Cancer Fundraising

During the November City Council Presentation Ceremony, Councilwoman Judy Waldman offered her gratitude to all the volunteers that assisted in making October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month a success in the City of... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Parks and Recreation’s Halloween Event a Hair-Raising Success

The annual Halloween Event organized by The City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department was a runaway hit with more than 1500 in attendance this year! The yearly event has been steadily growing and is fast becoming a... Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Presents Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

An estimated one third of all women in the United States have suffered from domestic violence at one point or another in their lives. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented a... Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Veterans Day Commemorative Services and Invites Residents to Support

Councilwoman Judy Waldman invites Homestead residents to participate in 2013 Veterans Day activities. Being the daughter of a United States disabled veteran, Councilwoman Waldman knows our freedom and safety come at a price... Read on...

Posted on: October 14, 2013

Homestead-Miami Speedway Recognized by Councilwoman Waldman for Race to the 4th Success

The City of Homestead’s annual Race to the 4th celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway continues to grow every Fourth of July. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who leads the... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Council members collaborate in donation of laptop to local child

Councilman Maldonado donated a brand new laptop to 13-year old Homestead resident John Stepp, who unfortunately will have to spend a lot of time in the hospital during this school year while he is getting treated for a tumor... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Supporters of Race to the 4th

This year’s annual City of Homestead Fourth of July celebration at the Homestead-Miami Speedway was the biggest and best one yet. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Department, who spearheaded... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors 2013 Kindness Award Winners

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Acts of selflessness and kindness often go unrecognized and are... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

National Parks Conservation Association Awards Funding for the City of Homestead Biscayne-Everglades

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail is receiving a $15,000 grant from the National Parks Conservation Association to create a pilot portion of the path that would demonstrate how the entire trail could look with native... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Judy’s Closet Volunteers and Supporters

Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s program, Judy’s Closet, has helped hundreds of people in our community who needed, but could not afford, essential clothing for a job interview, graduation or prom. The program, which primarily... Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2013

Donation to Judy’s Closet - In Sally Woods’ Memory

What would you say if someone handed you a brand new suit for that job interview; or a beautiful prom gown or graduation dress? Enter Judy’s Closet. Judy’s Closet, founded by Councilwoman Judy Waldman, is a collection of... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents City Beautification Award to the Villages of Homestead

The Villages of Homestead received a City Beautification Award from Councilwoman Judy Waldman for their assiduous efforts in restoring the waterfall garden located at the entrance to the Villages of Homestead Residential... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents Certificate of Professionalism to Jenn Helms-Shelley

In recognition of her leadership and service to South Florida’s agricultural industry, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Mrs. Jenn Helms-Shelley with a Certificate of Professionalism.

“My relationship to the Helms... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Brings Together Groups to Solve Traffic Issues in Front of School

Councilwoman Judy Waldman initiated efforts to gather representatives from the Villages of Homestead, Audubon Board, Gateway Environmental K-8, Miami-Dade County School Board, Regional Superintendant’s Office, Brookwood... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2013

USTA Florida, City of Homestead and FOMT Bring Tenis Para Todos to JD Redd Park

USTA Florida has teamed up with the City of Homestead and Friends of Miami Tennis to bring an array of new tennis programs to JD Redd Park. The park is one of seven facilities across the state to participate in USTA... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Organized Successful Fundraiser for SOS

Over a hundred and fifty people attended Homestead-Miami Speedway Champions Club on Saturday, April 20 and rocked around the clock, dining and dancing, at the 2013 Sock Hop Fundraiser for Start off Smart.

“This was a fun... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Meets with Young Residents to Discuss Street Repairs

On June 20, Councilwoman Judy Waldman met with two courageous young men to discuss sidewalk changes for Farm Life Road and SE 12 Avenue. Joseph Wilky, 14, and Xavier Barreto, 14, explained that they felt a sidewalk along the... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Homestead Hospital Baptist Health South Florida

Homestead Hospital Baptist Health was recognized and honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman during a special presentation of the June 19th, 2013, Homestead City Council meeting after being named one of America’s Safest... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presented with 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at the June 19th City Council meeting with the 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award for her continued dedication to the community. The award, which was presented to her by various... Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2013

William Dickinson Community Center Appreciation Luncheon June 12, 2013

The William F. Dickinson Community Center is a wonderful place for families, senior citizens and children, and on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, the City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreation Department, led by Councilwoman Judy... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Homestead Energy Service Lineman with Kindness Award

Last October in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of people were left without power in New York and New Jersey. In an effort to help those in need, Homestead Energy Services sent a five-man crew to collaborate with... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes Homestead Community Center Volunteer Lillian Levine

During a special presentation of the April 17, City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized Lillian Levine for her 20 years of service at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center. ... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Awards Proclamation to Gunther Karger

April is Holocaust Remembrance Month, and in memory of those who suffered, fought, and died during this terrible time in history, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Homestead resident and Holocaust survivor Gunther Karger... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Congratulates Winners of the AYSO Section 14 State Games Tournament

Councilwoman Judy Waldman congratulated the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Homestead Boys and Girls in the U-19 Boys, U-10 Boys, and U-10 Girls Division for winning the 2013 AYSO Section 14 State Games Tournament... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman will Receive 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award

This year, Homestead’s City Councilwoman Judy Waldman has been chosen to receive the 2013 John F. Cosgrove “Founders” Award. John F. Cosgrove was the former Representative and Mayor of Cutler Bay as well as the Founder of... Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes Homestead Energy Services Linemen as Heroes of Arlington Street

Thousands of people were left without power in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area last October. Since resources were not sufficient to help every customer at the same time, Homestead Energy... Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2013

Join Councilwoman Judy Waldman for Happy Hour at White Lion Cafe and support SOS

Join Councilwoman Judy Waldman and SOS for a Happy Hour at the White Lion Café, 146 NW 77 St., Friday April 12 from 5 – 7 pm. Tickets for this year’s SOS fundraiser will be raffled and for sale.

Every day in South... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honored at In The Company of Women Event as a Past Winner of Pioneer Award

Miami-Dade County celebrated the Silver Jubilee of In the Company of Women this past Thursday, March 7 at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne by honoring all the women who have been recognized for impacting the community in a... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Supports Earth Hour 2013 by Inviting Homestead to Turn off the Lights

Councilwoman Judy Waldman is encouraging residents and businesses of the City of Homestead to support the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2013 on March 23 at 8:30 pm.

“I am asking everyone to come together as a community... Read on...

Posted on: March 15, 2013

Councilwoman Waldman Recognized Recently Deceased Friend Bennie Butler for her Kindness

Homestead resident Bennie Butler lived a life of serving others and spreading kindness in her community. Her last act of kindness went a long way, all the way to New York, to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy who lost... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

Champions for SOS Hold 50s Sock Hop Fundraising

Councilwoman Judy Waldman would like to share this information with the Community and request your assistance in the form of sponsorship and/or donated items for the silent auction. This is an important fundraiser for... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Volunteers and Supporters Honored by Councilwoman Judy Waldman

Councilwoman Judy Waldman helped bring relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Rockaway, New York after organizing a successful Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive with the help of local volunteers and their donations.

During a... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes those who Contributed to her Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive

Councilwoman Judy Waldman made it a special Christmas for many Homestead families last December when once again she distributed hundreds of toys to children in need. The Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive has become an annual... Read on...

Posted on: January 4, 2013

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Video Conference with Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall

“The people of Rockaway, Queens will never forget Homestead, Florida,” said Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall to Councilwoman Judy Waldman during a conference call regarding the Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive that... Read on...

Posted on: December 31, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Annual Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen

On December 24, 2012, at 11 a.m., hundreds of children enjoyed a special holiday treat on Christmas Eve when Councilwoman Judy Waldman distributed over 800 toys at the Homestead Soup Kitchen located at 105 SW 3rd Avenue. ... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

Councilman Jimmie Williams promotes Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s Homestead Soup Kitchen Toy Drive

During a special presentation at the December City Council meeting, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and Juanita Smith, Homestead soup Kitchen’s head volunteer, encouraged the community to support Councilwoman Judy... Read on...

Posted on: November 28, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Partners with Local Military Veterans for Wreaths Across America

During a special presentation of the November City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman and the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club encouraged the community to remember and honor our fallen veterans by sponsoring or... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Truck Departs to the Northeast

A large truck filled with hundreds of much needed donations will depart Tuesday, November 27 at 3:00 pm from Homestead City Hall at 790 N. Homestead Boulevard towards Rockaway, New Jersey, one of the areas most affected by... Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Holds Annual Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen

With the holidays approaching Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be holding her annual Christmas Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen during the months of November and December to benefit the children of families who receive... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Organizes “Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive"

Councilwoman Judy Waldman is organizing a drive to collect donations for the Northeast area that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The City of Homestead has partnered with northAmerican Van Lines, Homestead Transfer and... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Holds Veteran’s Day Commemorative Services

Councilwoman Judy Waldman invites Homestead residents to participate in this year’s Veteran’s Day activities. Being the daughter of a United States Veteran, Councilwoman Waldman knows our freedom and safety come at a price,... Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Awards Recognition to Kindness Awards Supporters

At a special presentation during the October City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized all the community partners and sponsors that made this year’s Kindness Awards possible.

“Our community partners... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Presents Proclamation naming Oct. 23rd Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented Homestead Hospital Baptist Health with a proclamation that declared October 23rd as Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Councilwoman Waldman honored Homestead Hospital for raising money for... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Hurricane Andrew 20th Anniversary Commemoration & Kindness Awards

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honored by Homestead Main Street

Councilwoman Judy Waldman was honored at a reception at Homestead Main Street, located on the second floor of the Homestead old Town Hall Museum, for her years of service and dedication to the organization.

“Judy has... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Homestead Soup Kitchen

Councilwoman Judy Waldman honored long time Homestead Soup Kitchen volunteer Juanita Smith at the March 21st City Council meeting for her dedication and service to the organization that feeds hundreds of Homestead families... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Rodeo Association

Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized members of the Rodeo Association at the February 22 City council Meeting for their commitment to the Rodeo event and the City of Homestead.
“People come from all over to see this annual... Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2012

City Council to Recognize Acts of Kindness

Twenty years ago, the City of Homestead experienced devastation as Hurricane Andrew swept through hundreds of homes and businesses. Out of that tragedy, the kindness that people showed towards one another and willingness to... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Director of Public Works Julio A. Brea Recognized

City of Homestead Public Works Director Julio A. Brea, who received the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers Luis P. Saenz Engineer of the Year Award, was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman and... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

City of Homestead Relay for Life 2012 Team Recognized

The City of Homestead Relay for Life Team was recognized at the July 18 City Council meeting during a special presentation made by Michael Hitt, City of Homestead Relay for Life team captain. Hitt, a City of Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Honors Customer Service Task Force

At the May City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman presented the Customer Service Task Force with an honorary award for their work and accomplishments in the two years the task force served under her leadership... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Waldman Recognizes the Outstanding Miss Miami Teen

Homestead teen Crystal Ruiz was recognized at the January City Council meeting by Councilwoman Judy Waldman for her community service and dedication to helping young students.

The former Miss Homestead Outstanding Teen... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Winner of Positive Living Award

At the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman awarded recognition to Homestead resident Clara Waterman Powell, who was recently named the winner of the Annual Positive Living Award... Read on...


Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick

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Posted on: June 19, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to Lead Homestead Education Committee

With a long career in local education, first as a teacher and currently as Assistant Principal at Pine Lake Elementary, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough has been recently appointed to lead the Homestead Education Committee.... Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2014

Local Cheerleading Squads Recognized for Achievements

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the notable achievements of two cheerleading squads that represent Homestead area schools. Said the councilwoman,” This has been a banner year for the youth that compete in... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Speedway Community Church for Volunteering Efforts

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough acknowledged the selfless, charitable efforts of the Speedway Community Church in helping enrich and revitalize Campbell Drive K-8 School. The Councilwoman introduced the church’s leadership... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Host National Day of Prayer

On May 1, 2014, the City of Homestead’s William F. Dickinson Community Center was the site of a large, inclusive gathering of religious leaders, city staff and members of the community as they celebrated the National Day of... Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor’s Youth Council Member Nominated for Silver Knight Award

The City of Homestead and the Offices of Mayor and Council are proud to recognize Daimiris Garcia for her Silver Knight Award nomination for the 2014 school year. Daimiris, 17, is a senior at South Dade Senior High School... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead U16 Soccer Team

The City of Homestead is keeping pace with the nation’s ever-expanding soccer craze. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized one of Homestead’s finest soccer teams during the April Special Council Presentation for their... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors Local Leaders for Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough gathered some of the City of Homestead’s own luminaries to pay them homage for their leadership and
distinguished service to the community.

“I... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

National Day of Prayer Hosted by Mayor Porter and Councilwoman Fairclough

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 10-11:30am, Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and members of the Homestead community, will convene with local pastors and religious leaders in observance of the National Day... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women’s Club of Homestead

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough rounded out the evening of Special Council Presentations on March 19 by acknowledging the long-standing Women’s Club of Homestead.

“In addition to St. Patrick’s Day, March is also a time... Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors SOS, Joshua’s Heart Foundation

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Graduates from University of Miami's Good Government Initiative

Former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and District 8 Representative Katy Sorenson honored Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough for graduating from the Good Government Initiative Program.

The Good Government... Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Invites Local Students to Participate in “Mayor for a Day" Essay Contest

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .” The contest is offered to all seventh-grade students in Florida public schools.... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors local MD-CPS Teachers of the Year

The Homestead Community Center was filled with the best and brightest local educators, all recipients of the prestigious Miami Dade County Public School Teacher and Rookie Teacher of the Year award, on the night of the... Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough’s Toy & Bike Drive Brings Cheer to Area Children

On December 19, 2013, the Phichol Williams Community Center hosted Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s Christmas Toy and Bike Drive. For the second consecutive year, Councilwoman Fairclough enlisted the help of a... Read on...

Posted on: January 3, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes Homestead Rock n Rib Fest


During the December 2013 Council Meeting, Councilwoman Fairclough commended all the groups that made the “Rock-N-Ribs” Fest, a yearly event that raises money for non-profit organizations that cater to children, such a... Read on...

Posted on: December 23, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Leads a Collective Effort to Feed the Needy

For the second year running, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough in partnership with Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Start Off Smart distributed much needed groceries to Homestead’s working poor. Whole Foods, the iconic organic... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough Leads Mayor’s Youth Council to Successful Chili Cook-Off Event

On the afternoon of December 14, 2013, the citizens of Homestead congregated upon Harris Field to celebrate all things chili at the Chili Cook-Off and Community Carnival. The event, which saw several local schools competing... Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2013

New Mayor’s Youth Council Members Sworn-in

During a special presentation at the November 20 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough had the distinction of welcoming the newest members the civic group she has been leading for over a year: the Mayor’s... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough Recognizes South Dade News Leader for Inspiring Students

During a Special Presentation at the November City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized members of the South Dade News Leader and the Homestead Police Department for their participation in the... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

Homestead Centennial Book Authors Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The Centennial year of the City of Homestead has been marked with festivals, celebrations and works of art that commemorate the history of the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County. One of the most important works that... Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2013

First Homestead Young Entrepreneur Academy Class Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

To foster the growth of future generations of entrepreneurs in Homestead, the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce recently established the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Program, which educates and trains... Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2013

Local Toastmaster Member Honored by Councilwoman Fairclough

The act of speaking in public is not what most people look forward to; much less enter a competition to prove their oration skills. So when Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough heard that Mike Babst of Homestead’s Toastmaster... Read on...

Posted on: October 2, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick joins all Homestead area PTAs and recognizes their role

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Knowing the important role parent teacher associations (PTA) play in... Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Presents

The Mayor’s Youth Council did their part to collaborate in this year’s Homestead Relay for Life! The team presented a donation of $500 to the organization during the August City Council meeting.

“The members of our... Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge winners

The Winners of the Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge were recognized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick during a special presentation of the August City of Homestead Council Meeting for their creative entries and... Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Encourages students to apply for Young Entrepreneur Academy

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, who is partnering with the Homestead and Florida City Chamber of Commerce, is encouraging students in grades 6-12 to apply for the Greater Homestead / Florida City Chamber of... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Awarded Education Performance Bonus

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, assistant principal at Pine Lake Elementary School, was awarded a high performance bonus by the Miami-Dade County Public School Board based upon her role in raising student... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Homestead and Florida City Encouraged to “Keep Calm” as Zimmerman Trial Verdict is Delivered

Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick summoned a meeting of Homestead and Florida City community leaders, safety officers and members of the Homestead and Florida City Community Relations Board to discuss... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Selected to Participate in Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2013.

The Good Government Initiative,... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes South Dade Senior High TV Production Class

The first class to participate in the TV Production program between the City of Homestead Public Information Office and South Dade Senior High TV Production class was recognized at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Community Partners for Supporting Homestead Students

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized two local companies at the May 15 Homestead City Council meeting for their support to education and students in Homestead. The two companies, Valley Crest Landscaping... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Homestead College-Bound Seniors

Over forty seniors from various Homestead high schools were recognized at a special graduation-like presentation organized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick at the May City Council meeting. The college-bound... Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2013

Homestead Council Members Present Community Awards at South Dade Care Event

The Second Annual South Dade Care Awards on March 22, 2013 featured Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick and Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado as they presented honorary awards to exceptional organizations and individuals... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Participates in Homestead Library Art of Storytelling Festival

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the Art of Storytelling Family Festival at the Homestead Library! The mini-festival explored the art of storytelling through a partnership with the Bibliotecas de la... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Hosts Gun Safety Awareness Workshop

Dozens of children and families attended a standing-room-only educational workshop on gun safety, peer pressure and bullying held at the Oasis Club House on Saturday, February 23rd. The event, which was hosted by... Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2013

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick and Miss Florida Teen Select School for Crystal Care Packages

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick and National American Miss Florida Teen Crystal Raquel Ruiz partnered to select Homestead’s Redondo Elementary as this year’s recipient of the Crystal Care Packages.

The Crystal... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Centennial Steering Committee Recognized by Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick

At the February 20th Homestead City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick presented members of the Centennial Steering Committee with certificates of recognition for their dedication to organizing all... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2013

Gun Safety and Awareness Meeting

The Oasis Clubhouse, Christina Morales-Paz and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick cordially invite you to a gun safety and awareness meeting.

Topics will include peer pressure, bullying, and gun violence. There... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Recognizes Local Restaurant Chefs On The Run

During a special presentation at the January 2013 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized local business Chefs on the Run for being the first Homestead restaurant to be invited to... Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2013

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough McCormick Recognizes Books & Bicycles Supporters

Last December, for the second year in a row, Councilwoman Patricia-Fairclough-McCormick awarded books and bicycles to dozens of Homestead children whose families are currently going through economic hardship. The 2012 Books... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

South Dade and Homestead Senior High School Football Players & Coaches Honored by Homestead Centenni

South Dade and Homestead Senior High coaches, players, and staff were recognized during a special presentation at the December City Council meeting for their participation during a traditional 30 year rivalry game where the... Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2012

FP&L/ Turkey Point Recognized for building of Centennial Parade Float

During a special presentation by Centennial Committee Liaison Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick at the December City Council meeting, the Homestead Centennial Steering Committee presented a recognition award to... Read on...

Posted on: November 30, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Organizes "Thanksgiving in Oasis”

Residents of Homestead’s Oasis Community celebrated Thanksgiving together at a potcluck dinner while they watched a play by their children and participated in a turkey giveaway sponsored by Councilwoman Patricia... Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick Holds Annual Christmas Books & Bicycles Giveaway

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick is organizing her annual Books and Bicycles Christmas Giveaway. This year’s goal is to donate 100 bicycles and 100 books to children throughout Homestead in celebration of... Read on...

Posted on: October 24, 2012

Winners of Centennial Student Contest Honored by Council

Winners of the Homestead Centennial student contest were recognized at the October Homestead City Council meeting. Hundreds of students from elementary, middle and high schools in and around Homestead submitted entries for... Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2012

City of Homestead Celebrates Centennial with Children Festival Saturday, September 22

A new generation of Homestead residents will also celebrate the Homestead Centennial! The grand Homestead Centennial Children’s Day will take place on Saturday, September 22 at Harris Field, 1034 NE 8 St., from 10 am to 2 pm... Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2012

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognizes Local Schools

In an effort to encourage and support academic achievement in Homestead, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recognized five local schools during a special presentation at the August City Council meeting. All five... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilwoman Graduates from Institute for Elected Municipal Officials

City of Homestead Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick recently graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO). IEMO was established 20 years ago as a way to educate newly-elected officials and... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick Introduces Flight of Hope Organization at City Council Meeting

In honor of African American History Month, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick introduced an African-inspired dance at the February 22 Council Meeting. The piece was performed by Flight of Hope, a Homestead... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Southwest Community Gathers for National Night Out to Promote Peace

August 7, 2012, Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III, and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick participated in the 2012 National Night Out event. National Night Out, also known as NNO, is a crime... Read on...


Electric Utility

10 Stories
Posted on: July 21, 2014

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead State Agency

Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was as re-elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors and All-Requirements Project... Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2014

Homestead Energy Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

(Homestead, Fla.) – Homestead Energy Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 26... Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2014

Homestead Director of Electric Utilities Elected Vice Chairman of Statewide Agency

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 – Homestead Public Services Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones was elected Jan. 23, 2014, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a... Read on...

Posted on: August 5, 2013

Homestead Public Service Energy Director Barbara Quiñones Elected President FMEA Board of Directors

Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Barbara Quiñones, director of electric utilities for Homestead Public Service Energy, as president of the organization’s board of directors.

“Board... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2013

Homestead Energy Services Receives Award for Utility Safety Achievement

Homestead Energy Services has received a Safety Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its continued commitment to safe work practices during the past year.

For the past 25 years, FMEA has... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2013

Homestead Energy Services Honored with National Award for Outstanding Safety Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2013 - Homestead Energy Services has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2012. The utility earned the first place award in... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Sends Crew to Help with Power Restoration in New York

Homestead Energy Service sent a crew of linemen to Long Island, New York to assist with post Hurricane Sandy power restoration. The five linemen along with 2 bucket trucks and a large pick-up truck departed for New York on... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Opens New State-of-the-Art Electrical Control Center

Homestead Energy Services held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new state-of-the-art Electrical Control Center. The event, which took place on Tuesday October 2nd, inaugurated the new facility that serves as the brains of... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2012

Homestead Energy Services Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 7-13

“Public Power Week is a chance for Homestead Energy Services to articulate why public power works in Homestead. We are absolutely dedicated to providing top-notch service and the lowest rates possible,” said Barbara... Read on...


Mayor Jeff Porter

23 Stories
Posted on: July 2, 2014

Homestead Community Center Volunteers Honored

Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities worldwide. They make a difference in day-to-day life by delivering critical services, keeping our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Salutes State Champion South Dade High School Baseball Team

During a Special Council Presentation in June, student athletics in the City of Homestead once again took center stage as the South Dade High School Buccaneers Baseball Team was honored for their state title victory.

In... Read on...

Posted on: June 30, 2014

Officer Mario Arzuaga Receives Officer of the Month Award for April 2014

April Officer of the Month honoree Officer Mario Arzuaga had an exceptional month of law enforcement and was recognized for his efforts during the June 2014 Special Council Presentation.

In the month of April, Officer... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors U.S. Customs and Border Protection

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter attended the MAC (Military Affairs Committee) Meet and Greet Event wherein he delivered a proclamation in honor of the exceptional performance and the fervent execution of... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Officer Elvis Ackerman Receives Officer of the Month and Life Saving Awards

During a Special Council Presentation on May 21, 2014, Homestead Police Captain Marie Kent acknowledged the valiant efforts and courage demonstrated by fellow police officer Elvis Ackerman who recently saved a resident’s... Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2014

Mayor Porter Hosts Area Kids for a Lesson in Leadership

Homestead’s City Hall was buzzing with activity on May 8 when 60 children from Avocado Elementary School arrived for a tour hosted by Mayor Jeff Porter along with the Office of Florida Senator Dwight Bullard.

Along with... Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Four New Officers Sworn in to Homestead Police Department

During a Special Council Presentation in May, City of Homestead Detective Antonio Aquino welcomed in the latest crop of newly minted officers to join the police force. Said the detective, “There were over one-hundred... Read on...

Posted on: June 16, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Lends a Hand to Mexican-American Council Fundraiser

On May 23, 2014, Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter alongside members of his council, Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley, Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez participated in the MAC (Mexican-American... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

South Dade Buccaneers Baseball Team Wins State Title

In a bid to become the first athletic program in Miami-Dade County to ever win state titles in three different sports in the same school year, the South Dade Senior High Buccaneers baseball team scored the hat trick with a... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

Mayor Porter Brings Awareness to Fair Housing

During a Special Council Presentation in April 2014, Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment to recognize the landmark federal Fair Housing Law and proclaimed the month of April, Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead.

In... Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2014

Homestead Law Enforcement Torch Run Celebrates 32nd Anniversary

Law enforcement personnel, including members of the Homestead Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department and Dade County Corrections, joined approximately 30 Special Olympics athletes in Homestead on Friday, April 25... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Host National Day of Prayer

On May 1, 2014, the City of Homestead’s William F. Dickinson Community Center was the site of a large, inclusive gathering of religious leaders, city staff and members of the community as they celebrated the National Day of... Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors South Dade High State Champion Wrestling Team

2014 has been a banner year thus far for South Dade Senior High School athletics and they were once again front and center at the April Special Council Presentation where Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed February 15, 2014 as... Read on...

Posted on: May 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Tours Turkey Point Facility

Mayor Jeff Porter recently toured the FPL (Florida Power & Light) facility at Turkey Point. The mayor, accompanied by site VP Mike Kiley, toured the control room of the power plant as well as the security station and the... Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Officer Anthony Green with Officer of the Month Award

During a Special Council Presentation that took place on April 23, Officer Anthony Green of the Homestead Police Department earned the Officer of the Month award for his exemplary service in the line of duty during the month... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2014

National Day of Prayer Hosted by Mayor Porter and Councilwoman Fairclough

On Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 10-11:30am, Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and members of the Homestead community, will convene with local pastors and religious leaders in observance of the National Day... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Supports Lauren’s Kids

On the afternoon of March 19, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter lent his support to the courageous undertaking of Lauren Book and the efforts of her organization, Lauren’s Kids. Miss Book was in the early stages of a... Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2014

March 7 Proclaimed Golden Knights Day in Homestead

On Friday, March 7, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, along with members of the Homestead City council, officially proclaimed the day in honor of the U.S. Army parachute team known as the Golden Knights. Vice-Mayor... Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter’s Monthly Spay & Neuter Event a Huge Success

On Saturday, February 15, the first of a monthly series of spay and neuter events took place at JD Redd Park. Dog owners from all over the City of Homestead descended upon the park to take advantage of a new program that... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Awards South Dade High School Key to the City

On Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the 50-yard line of Harris Field, Mayor Jeff Porter officially proclaimed December 14, 2013, “South Dade Senior High School Championship Day.” On that day, the South Dade Senior High School... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Brings Mobile Animal Clinic to Homestead

On Saturday, February 15, from 8am-5pm, thanks to the efforts of Mayor Jeff Porter in partnership with Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the City of Homestead’s JD Redd Park, will be hosting the first in a monthly series of... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Mayor Porter Honors Community Volunteer Bonnie King-Moran

If you have ever attended a city sponsored event, then you have likely been in the presence of Mrs. Bonnie King-Moran. Whether she is dressed up as Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting ceremony at Losner Park or lending a hand... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman hold Community Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilwoman Judy Waldman combined their resources to provide 80 Homestead families with a turkey dinner, complete with fresh locally grown vegetables which were donated by F&T Farms, Inc., and pumpkin... Read on...


Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley

40 Stories
Posted on: June 30, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Planning Committee & Sponsors

The third annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day, a yearly event that unites military families with their civilian counterparts and celebrates their service to our country, delivered on its promise to exceed expectations... Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Success of National Parks Trolley Project Recognized by Parks’ Leadership

Deputy Superintendent of Everglades National Park, Justin Unger and Biscayne National Park Superintendant Brian Carlstrom stood before Council during the June City Council meeting to commend and recognize the leadership of... Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2014

Homestead Main Street Named Community of the Month by the State

During a Special Council Presentation in May, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized Homestead Main Street, Inc. for their contributions to Downtown Homestead community life and their recent honor in which the State of... Read on...

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Homestead Community Center Artists Display Their Work

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley took time during May’s Special Council Presentations to recognize the talent of the artists currently on display in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of his Artist in... Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2014

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Celebrates 100 Years

During a Special Council Presentation on April 23, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley handed over the proceedings to Ms. Teresa Olczyk, County Extension Director & Extension Agent IV at University of Florida/Institute of Food... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

City of Homestead Proclaims April as Water Conservation Month

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley took to the podium during April’s Special Council Presentations to proclaim, on behalf of Mayor Jeff Porter, the month of April as Water Conservation Month in the City of Homestead. Armando Vilaboy... Read on...

Posted on: March 10, 2014

March is the Last Month to Enjoy Nature-Inspired Poetry Banners in Losner Park

MARCH IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY for residents and visitors to enjoy the colorful poetry banners that have been hanging in Losner Park since January. The month of April was designated National Poetry Month, and the City of... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley Honors U.S. Army Parachute Team

Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley got a head start on the city’s forthcoming Military Appreciation Day on May 17 by honoring the men of the U.S. Army’s Parachute Team, otherwise known as the Golden Knights. The two Golden Knight... Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2014

Vice-Mayor Shelley Awarded YMCA Award for Healthy Living

Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley was awarded the YMCA of Greater Miami’s Impact Award for Healthy Living at its recent 2013 Annual “Lasting Impact” meeting. The honor was given to Vice-Mayor Shelley for his support in helping... Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2014

The City Unveils Plaques That Tell the Stories of Historic Homestead

Historic Downtown Homestead will now have its historic structures adorned with educational plaques that will allow visitors to identify and learn about the importance of these buildings. During a special presentation at the... Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2014

Vice Mayor Shelley Introduces New Artist in the Spotlight Recipient

During a special Council Presentation on January 22, 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley took to the podium to recognize local artist Roxanna Gottschalk-Garcia, the latest participant of his Artist in the Spotlight program.... Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2014

Everglades Poetry Exhibit at Losner Park

Of the many rich and varied forms of the written word, the poem, with its ability to take many shapes and to plumb the depths of human emotion, remains one of the most powerful. The month of April has been designated... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight: A New Gallery and Looking for Local Artists

City of Homestead Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program for 2014. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was... Read on...

Posted on: December 4, 2013

Homestead Employee Exhibits Artwork Through Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in Spotlight Program

Now in its third successful year of recognizing exceptional, homegrown talent, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight program continues to make strides. During a Council Meeting on November 20, a special... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Shelley Recognizes Then & Now Team for Winning Prestigious 3CMA Award

The Homestead Then & Now publication, a self-guided tour booklet of historic buildings in Homestead, was recently awarded the Silver Savvy Awards by the National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). The... Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2013

Everglades National Park Artist in Residence Program Comes to Homestead

A number of works of art inspired by the Everglades will be on display at the Homestead Old Town Hall Museum and ArtSouth through Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program. The program, which highlights... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognizes City Employees for Making Military Appreciation Day a Success

A group of City of Homestead employees was recognized by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley for the support and outstanding professional contribution to the success of the City of Homestead’s second annual Military Appreciation... Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight - Featuring Teresa Slomko

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley introduced Teresa Slomko as the new participant of his program “Artist in the Spotlight” during a special presentation of the July Homestead City Council meeting. Mrs. Slomko’s photography will... Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley's Artist in the Spotlight-Looking for Local Artist

Homestead City Councilman Stephen R. Shelley is looking for local artists to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The Artist in the Spotlight program (formerly known as “Art in the Chambers”) was created in... Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley recognizes Military Appreciation Day Team of Volunteers and Sponsors

The second annual Military Appreciation Day Event on May 25th was a successful event thanks to the hard work, commitment and support of a team of volunteers, City of Homestead staff and sponsors, who were honored by... Read on...

Posted on: May 31, 2013

Winners of Military Appreciation Day Art and Essay Student Contest Announced

For this year’s Military Appreciation Day, The Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Homestead called on students from all over South Florida to participate in an art and essay student contest... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Thousands Honor Military Men and Women during Military Appreciation Day in Homestead

People from all over South Florida came to Historic Downtown Homestead and Losner Park on Saturday, May 25th to pay tribute to our Military Men and Women during the second annual Military Appreciation Day in Homestead. The... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2013

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight – Featuring Caryl Alarcon

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley announced the new location for his new program, Artist in the Spotlight, while presenting local artist Caryl Alarcon’s exhibit “Hojas y Petalos” during a special presentation of the April 17... Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2013

Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Proclamation by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley

The City of Homestead has adopted a proclamation, along with dozens of cities across the state of Florida, declaring April 17th as Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Day.

During a special presentation of the... Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2013

Homestead Named Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Park

The City of Homestead has historically been a partner of the two national parks that surround its City limits. This partnership has now been made official with a newly approved resolution that recognizes the City of... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2013

ArtSouth's Valentine's Day Concert

Over 300 children enrolled in Head Start programs in the Homestead/Florida City community attended a free concert presented by UM Frost School of Music, Tuneful Tales and Miami Piano Circle. The concert took place at the... Read on...

Posted on: March 1, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognized for Participating in Good Government Initiative Program

Last year, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley was elected to join the Good Government Initiative class of 2012. The program, which was founded by former Miami Dade-County Commissioner Katy Sorenson, provides a venue for elected... Read on...

Posted on: February 28, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Recognizes Sponsors of Centennial Fireworks Display

The Homestead Centennial Festival and Concert that took place on Saturday, February 2nd culminated with a grand pyrotechnic show that illuminated the Homestead sky. The long firework display was made possible thanks to a... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2013

Volunteers Gathered Saturday for a Clean-up of the Northwest of Homestead

Over one hundred volunteers gathered this past Saturday, February 9th in the Northwest area of the City of Homestead for the first Northwest Homestead Clean-Up Day. The successful event was organized by Councilman Stephen R.... Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Councilman Stephen Shelley Supports Everglades Restoration at Everglades Coalition Conference

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, a member of the Board of Directors of the Everglades Association, attended this year’s Everglades Coalition Conference, the largest annual forum for debate about Everglades’ conservation and... Read on...

Posted on: December 21, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Participates in Youth Fishing Foundation Christmas Fishing Tournament

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, a member of the Board of Directors of the Youth Fishing Foundation, participated in this year’s Christmas Fishing Tournament held at Bayfront Park on Biscayne Bay National Park, December 8,... Read on...

Posted on: December 10, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Awards Proclamation to the Chapman Partnership

At the November City Council meeting Councilman Stephen R. Shelley honored Chapman Partnership for the organization’s dedication to social services and helping homeless families and individuals. A proclamation was presented... Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2012

Angeline Marie Martinez Exhibit presented by Councilman Stephen Shelley

Art in the Chamber, a program created by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley to help local artist gain exposure, is showcasing an exhibit by local artist Angeline Marie. The exhibit is called the Absence of Green and will be at... Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Councilman Shelley Introduces New Executive Director of Homestead/Florida city Chamber of Commerce

During a special presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley introduced and welcomed new Executive Director of the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce Rosa Brito. ... Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2012

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley Awards Proclamation to Pastor Brock Shiffer

In recognizing those who have affected this community for the better, Councilman Stephen R. Shelley presented Pastor Brock Shiffer with a proclamation, in which Mayor Steven C. Bateman proclaims Thursday, August 22nd 2012 as... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Shelley Appointed to Everglades Association Board

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen R. Shelley was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Everglades Association. This nonprofit organization, which has supported South Florida national parks for over 50 years,... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Shelley Elected to Participate in Good Government Initiative

City of Homestead Councilman Stephen Shelley has been selected to be one of the few elected officials who will participate in the Good Government Initiative Class of 2012.

The Good Government Initiative, which was... Read on...

Posted on: August 16, 2012

Councilman Stephen Shelley Presents Historic Site Designation

Councilman Stephen Shelley, who is the City Council’s Liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, and Mrs. Yvonne Knowles, Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Board and Director of Homestead Main Street, presented to... Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2012

National Public Works Week Proclaimed in Homestead

At the May 16 City Council meeting, Councilman Stephen Shelley presented to Director of Public Works Julio A. Brea a proclamation created by Mayor Steven C. Bateman declaring the week of May 20th to May 26th as National... Read on...