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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 Senator Gwen Margolis, Florida State ...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 the events that commemorated the...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.

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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 Commissioner Lynda Bell, Vice-Chai...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 seen all over Harris Field enj...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 Senior High Buccaneers in a tr...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 Avenue, continued North on Krome un...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 Senior High Buccaneers in a tradi...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 the essay, photography and art p...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 and their families, who enjoyed ...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 schools with the City of Homestead or students who reside in the City of Homestead. The contests begin with the start of the school year on Monday August 20, 2012 and end three weeks later on Monday September 10, 2012. 1st Place winners will be announced the week of September 17, 2012 and prizes will be given on September 22, 2012 at The Centennial Children's Day event at Harris Field. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winning entries will be selected by a committee of community leaders who specialize in the arts. All winners will be awarded a $100.00, $75.00, or $50.00 cash prize. In addition, selected entries will be announced at the October Homestead City Council meeting and displayed in the Homestead City Council chamber. Only one submission is permitted per individual per contest. All contest entries become the property of the City of Homestead.

Essay contest entries can either be emailed to ycknowles@aol.com or submitted to the Homestead Main Street offices on 41 N. Krome Avenue, to the attention of: Director Yvonne Knowles. Photo and art contest entries must be hand delivered to Yvonne Knowles a the address indicated above.

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Essay ContestEntitled “My Homestead History”
Students in three categories - Elementary School Grades 3-5, Middle School and Senior High School levels are asked to capture family memories of life in Homestead and in 500 words or less write about them or interview grandparents or older City residents about important times in their childhoods and compare those memories to events in the student’s life. For example, contestants may discover that “The First Day of School” brings a much different idea of education from their grandparents than their own experience. Other topics could include a new home, a favorite birthday, or a town event like a parade or other City celebration that the whole family enjoyed or you general views of the city.The idea is to capture a bit of town history and compare it to present day Homestead. Students would have the chance to preserve significant occasions and capture their personal history to share with the future. Winning essays would be used to promote the City event. Contest designs also will be preserved in Homestead’s Old Town Hall archives.
***********************************************************************************************Photo Contest
Entitled “My View of Homestead” Students in two categories - Middle School and Senior High School levels are asked to photograph places in Homestead that are meaningful in their lives. Then add a caption to the photo entry to explain the significance of the photo. The finished project can be in any photographic media, done as a collage or single shot, a digital or film entry. Winning designs will be used to promote the City’s centennial event. Contest designs also will be preserved in Homestead’s Old Town Hall archives.
****************************************************************************************************Art Poster Contest
Entitled “City of Homestead’s 100 Year Birthday Party”, Students in three categories - Elementary School, Middle School and Senior High School levels are asked to design a colorful art project representing images of Homestead to announce the City’s 100th Birthday on February 2, 2013. .
Poster or image must adhere to the following dimensions: 8X10, 8X12, or 12X15 in size. Winning designs would be used to promote the City event. Contest designs will be preserved in Homestead’s Old Town Hall archives.Read on...


City of Homestead News

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential Utility Phone Scam (English & Spanish)

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 or business and asks customers to make a utility payment in cash or by a p...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Second Annual Back to School Shoe Giveaway

Dozens of local children will step into the first day of school with confidence thanks to Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s “Best Foot Forward” event. This is the second year she has organized this shopping spree for some lucky local kids to spend up to...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2015

Homestead’s Free Trolley to Offer Extended Hours

Starting August 17, 2015, Homestead’s free trolley will offer extended weekday hours. It will operate from 6AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, providing an additional two hours of early morning service. The hours have been extended in an effort to offer r...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

FREE Spay & Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic at JD Redd Park August 8th

The FREE Spay and Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic will be at JD Redd Park on August 8th. Please RSVP at 305-224-4433 to be put on the list for your dog to be spayed/neutered.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

HPS Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead Statewide Energy 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.

Elections took place at the agency’s annual meeting held in Naples, FL on Frida...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

South Florida National Parks Camera Club Featured as Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artists in the Spotlight

South Florida boasts some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the country. It is these beautiful landscapes that inspired the birth of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club.

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, a member of the club and avid natur...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Appointed to Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee

Florida’s economy is diverse—with tourism, agriculture, fishing, and even scientific research playing important roles for our state. So, it’s no surprise that different cities have different economic concerns. Councilman Elvis Maldonado will be represen...Read on...

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

The Progress Continues: City of Homestead Celebrates Losner Park Expansion with Demolition Kick Off

The City of Homestead celebrated yet another step towards revitalizing Downtown Homestead with a Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for the expansion of Losner Park. Located in the heart of Downtown, the expanded park will breathe new life into the area, creat...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

City of Homestead to Host Demolition Kick Off for Losner Park Expansion

WHAT: Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for Losner Park Expansion
WHEN: 10:00AM, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 WHERE: Behind Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead, FL 33030

The City of Homestead is celebrating the continuing progress of its bold Downtown re...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

The Homestead Police Department Goes Beyond Their Call of Duty to Make Homestead a Safer Community

The Homestead Police Department strives to go above and beyond for the residents of Homestead. While deployed for six months abroad, Colonel Thomas D. Davis of the Homestead Air Reserve Base, his wife Jesika, and daughter Samantha witnessed this very trai...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the Importance of City Infrastructure

“The city of Homestead is embarking on an effort to transform its historic downtown into a revitalized tourist destination and is using the power of infrastructure to lead the way.” —Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the importance of infrastructure projects to a City's well-being.

He recently published an article on the subject in The Municipal--the premiere magazine for America's municipalities. His article appears on pages 78, 79, and 80Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Keep Calm and Pick Your Path at the City of Homestead Career, College, and Technical School Fair

Councilman Jimmie Williams, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and the Southwest Advisory Committee are hosting a career, college, and technical school fair at the Phichol Williams Community Center Saturday, September 19, 2015 10AM - 1PM. The first 100 st...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Committee

Each year, Military Appreciation Day attracts thousands of families for a day of fun and celebration of freedom and service. In order to bring an event of this magnitude to fruition, organizations from all over the Homestead community came together. For months prior to the event, representatives from the Homestead Air Reserve Base, South Dade Chamber of Commerce, Homestead Main Street, and Military Affairs Committee among others met to plan the successful event now in its fourth year. To honor their exceptional dedication, Vice Mayor Shelley presented the committee members with commemorative plaques at the June 2015 Special Council Presentations.

“This year’s event was the best yet—it was wonderful to see so many of our military and civilian families come together,” said Vice Mayor Shelley, who has spearheaded the event since its inception in 2011. “The military is an integral part of our community and to honor them for all they do is a privilege. I want to thank the committee for working together to make such a special event for all our military men and women and for the City of Homestead.”

It was the relentless dedication of these individuals that made the event a memorable one. The event hosted thousands of attendees and plenty of fun for everyone. This year's event included an epic obstacle course designed to showcase the strength of our military, a flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcon Jets, military displays, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Additionally, the event featured an exhibit of student art and essays on what freedom or honoring service means to them.

Those recognized were: Yvonne Knowles, Steve Alexander, Rosa Brito, Ron Mongole, Dale Machesic, Carlos Batista, Chris Huss, Anthony Gorman, Timothy F. Norton, Lt. Col David Lionberger, Brigadier General Kurt Soontag, Deputy Director William “Bill” Avery, Mr. Scott Gentle, Lt. Col Kim McDonald, LCDR Jason Ingram, Major David G. Martinez, CW 5 Brian F. Masterson, Colonel Elwin A. Rozyskie Jr.

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Posted on: July 8, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

Homestead’s Police Explorers are a group of young men and women committed to becoming the next generation of law enforcement. During the June 2015 Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter honored the group for their fierce commitment and exemplary...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

Homestead Hosts Annual Race to the 4th Independence Day Bash

Back for its 6th year, the Race to the 4th proved yet again to be the crowning event of the summer. With over 20,000 people in attendance, the Homestead-Miami Speedway was a sea of reds, whites, and blues as people from all over South Florida came to sho...Read on...

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

Councilman Jon Burgess Honored with 2015 Home Rule Hero Award

The Florida League of Cities has recognized Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess with a 2015 Home Rule Hero Award.

This prestigious award was presented to Councilman Burgess for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help prot...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

The Race to the 4th is On! Homestead Hosts Annual Independence Day Bash

The Race to the 4th is on! Back for its 6th year, this Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be one of the crowning events of the summer. On Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 6PM to 10PM, A sea of people, awash in reds, whites, and blues,...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Homestead Police Department Promotes Two Reserve Sergeants, Welcomes One New Officer to the Force

A relentless dedication to serving the community is a quality which the Homestead Police Department holds in high regards. While reviewing the job performances and records of Reserve Officers Ron Charlot, Will Worrall, and Francisco Mello it was evident ...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Community Center Artists Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

The beauty of becoming an artist lies in the fact that it is never too late to become one. Finding your niche in the art world is similar to finding a sense of belonging, a sense of home. This was the theme for Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2015

Thousands Gather to Honor Freedom, Service, and the Military at Military Appreciation Day

Thousands of patriots flooded the streets of Downtown Homestead for the fourth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day. Attendees at the May 30th event enjoyed dozens of military vehicles and displays, an epic obstacle course competition, a dramatic flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcons, and plenty of fun for the whole family with live music and food trucks.

The real draw for this year's event was the epic obstacle course designed to showcase the strength of our military. Twelve teams battled it out for the grand prize of $1200, sponsored by Value Place Lodging, and the honor of displaying the Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) Trophy, sponsored by South Dade News Leader. The grueling course, designed and sponsored by BattleFrog, tested strength and endurance. Competitors pulled a Hummer, scaled walls, crawled through obstacles, and fearlessly finished with 100 pushups as the crowd cheered.

Dozens of food trucks and vendors were situated along the picturesque streets of Downtown Homestead, boats, aircrafts, weaponry, and other interactive displays were available to the public. Those in attendance enjoyed a variety of live music and performances, a K-9 demonstration by the Homestead Police Department, and a children’s area with games and activities. An exhibit of student art and essays on what freedom or honoring service means to them was also on display. The winners of the contest, hosted by the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, were announced to thunderous applause during a moving ceremony.

“The day brought together civilian families, service men and women from all branches of our military, and patriots of all ages,” said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, who has been spearheading Military Appreciation Day since its inception four years ago. “It was wonderful to see so many military and civilian families come together in Losner Park for a day that was truly spectacular.”

Military Appreciation Day was the culmination of Military Appreciation month, in which all Homestead residents were encourage to honor our military. In honor of this, the north side of the Seminole Theatre was adorned with a 40 foot long American Flag for the entire month. Krome Avenue was also be decorated with flags and yellow ribbons to honor our service men and women and remind residents and visitors of their commitment to defending American freedom.

The event was a community effort organized by the City of Homestead along with the Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Military Affairs Committee, the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, and Homestead Main Street. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/military

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Homestead’s National Parks Trolley Closes Record-Breaking Season

The Homestead National Parks Trolley's second season has come to a close, boasting record-breaking ridership and expanded service. Over 7,000 people came from all over Florida, America, and the world to enjoy the free transportation, free parking, free guided tour, and waived entrance fees that are part of this exciting and successful public service. The innovative project, a partnership between the City of Homestead and Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, is the only public transportation available to these South Florida National Parks. The service will return in November 2015.

The Trolley, an effort spearheaded by Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, offers free weekend service from Downtown Homestead to Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, and Homestead Bayfront Park from November through April. Recently expanded to include more tour times and a longer season, the Trolley provides visitors with an educational guided tour. They learn about the history and ecosystems of our national parks and how these relate to the history of Homestead and Miami-Dade County.

The City of Homestead, recently designated as the “Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks," created this pioneer program as part of an effort to attract tourism to Downtown Homestead. With the popularity of the unique service growing, the City of Homestead and the National Park Service have been exploring a complementary water trolley service in Biscayne National Park. This would offer a free or low-cost option for residents and visitors to explore the natural wonder of Biscayne Bay.

“The Trolley’s second season was absolutely a success. With more residents and visitors coming out to enjoy the parks, more tours, and a special Holiday Trolley, we couldn’t have asked for more in the second year of the program,” said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. “I hope that next year, we’ll have even more people getting out in nature to explore these natural treasures.”

From November through April, the Homestead National Parks Trolley departs every Saturday and Sunday from picturesque Historic Downtown Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy local area restaurants, take in Homestead’s beautiful historic architecture, or visit the free Old Town Hall Museum before or after their visit to the parks. The Homestead National Parks Trolley can be picked up at Losner Park in Historic Downtown Homestead at 104 N. Krome Avenue. The trolley connects to bus routes from Miami-Dade County public transportation. There is also plenty of free parking adjacent to the trolley stop.

The Homestead National Parks Trolley is the result of efforts lead by Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, in collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Park Service and the City of Homestead. NPCA is America’s voice for national parks and works to protect and enhance America’s National Park System for current and future generation.

For more information on the Homestead National Parks Trolley schedule and routes as well as ranger-guided walks at the National Parks and other activities, please visit: www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway

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Posted on: May 27, 2015

Military Appreciation Day 3PM-8PM at Losner Park

The fourth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day promises to be better than ever with dozens of military vehicles and weaponry not often accessible to the public, an epic obstacle course competition, ceremonies to honor our service men and women, and plenty of fun for the whole family with live music and food trucks. The free event will take place on Saturday, May 30 from 3 pm to 8 pm at Losner Park in Downtown Homestead (104 North Krome Avenue).

Dozens of food trucks and vendors will be situated along the picturesque streets of Downtown Homestead where a variety of military vehicles including boats, aircrafts, weaponry, and other interactive displays will be available to the public. Attendees will also enjoy a variety of live music and performances, a dramatic flyover by a team of F-16 Fighting Falcons during the opening ceremonies, a K-9 demonstration by the Homestead Police Department, and a children’s area with games and activities. An exhibit of student art and essays on what freedom or honoring service means to them will also be on display. The day will bring together civilian families, service men and women from all branches of our military, and patriots of all ages to Losner Park in a day that promises to be spectacular.

The real draw for this year's event is an obstacle course designed to showcase the strength of our military. Watch, as teams battle it out for a grand prize of $1200! The course, designed and sponsored by BattleFrog, will consist of five obstacles that test strength and endurance. First, each team will pull a Hummer over 50 feet. Then, scale an eight foot wall and immediately complete a jerry can carry over a balance beam followed by a window jump. The course must then be completed in reverse order. You might think it’s over...but the team will complete 100 pushups as the crowd cheers! After the competition, spectators who think they have what it takes will be able to give the course a try.

At the event, the Military Affairs Committee will be offering a $10 food voucher to active Military, reserve and veterans with a valid Military ID. The vouchers can be redeemed at the festival’s food trucks and various restaurants and retailers in the area.

The event is a community effort organized by the City of Homestead along with the Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Military Affairs Committee, the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, and Homestead Main Street. For more information, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/military

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Posted on: May 13, 2015

Restoring Our History, Building Our Future: Seminole Theatre Renovations Kick Off

Renovations for the Seminole Theatre started with a bang…literally! A confetti canon and banner reveal kicked off the renovations to the Historic Seminole Theatre on Monday, May 11, 2015. The renovation of the Seminole Theatre as a multi-purpose cultural ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Councilman Williams Honors Homestead Sanitation Department

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Those somebodies are often the Homestead Public Services (HPS) Sanitation Department—who were honored for their dedication and hard work by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III during the April 2015 Special Coun...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Mayor Porter, Councilwoman Fairclough, and the Education Committee to Honor Champions for Education

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win...Join Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and Homestead's Education Committee as they honor outstanding local educators and other champions for education on Thursday, May 21st at 6 PM. This event is FREE & open to the public, but an RSVP is required. See flyer for more details and contact information.

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Posted on: May 7, 2015

Two New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Diversity is an important tool to maintain an open and inviting environment, and to make sure every citizen is treated fairly. This was the theme of the introduction of two new reserve officers to the Homestead Police Department, during the Special Counci...Read on...

Posted on: May 7, 2015

The City of Homestead is Now Accepting Applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program

The City of Homestead is now accepting applications for the Housing Rehabilitation Grant Program. The program is intended to assist single family home owners with minor repairs to their residences. For more information, please contact the Community Rede...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Residents with Kindness Awards

A simple act of kindness can make a lasting impact in someone’s life. That is why, during the April 2015 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Cindy Sincore-Porter, Amber Woods, Larry Roth, Bonnie Ki...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Proclaims Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month in the City of Homestead. Councilwoman Judy Waldman took the opportunity during April’s Special Presentation Ceremony to talk about her collaborative efforts with Homestead Hospital and M.U.J.E.R. (Me...Read on...

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Academic Signing Day for Homestead Students

Signing Day, a ceremony where high school seniors sign a letter of intent to indicate the student-athlete’s commitment to a university, is usually held in a school’s auditorium in front of peers and teachers.

But in Homestead, during the Special Prese...Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Principal of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the April 2015 City Council meeting to honor two Homestead leaders in education: Mr. Guillermo Muñoz, Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2015 Principal of the Year, and Dr. Omar Monteagu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Honors Dennis Berry for Contribution to South Dade Senior High School Athletics

Dennis Berry of Berry’s Paint, Hardware, and Flooring, Inc. brought new meaning to the phrase, “Most Valuable Player,” through his generous actions when the South Dade Senior High School Athletic Department suffered theft and vandalism of equipment and fa...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2015

DEADLINE: Apply for the Mayor's Youth Council Achievement Community Scholarship by May 13th!

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and the Mayor's Youth Council are collecting coins for college. Drop your pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters (even dollars are welcome) into the jar and watch the coins add up to provide scholarship funds for a local graduating senior. Support Homestead's youth and donate to the success of our college-bound students. Maybe someone you know will win a scholarship! Visit www.cityofhomestead.com/mycscholarship for more information.

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Posted on: April 17, 2015

Homestead Wins Annual Drinking Water Taste Test Competition!

A team of celebrity judges awarded Homestead the honor of Best Tasting Drinking Water 2015 in a blind taste test during the annual Florida Section American Water Works Association Region VII competition. Each year, six utilities including Miami-Dade Wate...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Over 800 South Dade Families Receive Easter Food Donations

Over 800 South Dade families enjoyed the comforts of food and family on Easter Sunday thanks to the second annual Easter Basket Food Distribution. The event, held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Harris Field, was made possible by the efforts of Councilman Ji...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Sandra Brock and South Dade Middle School Steppers

The act of giving back to the community can take many forms. This is why Councilman Jimmie Williams III presented Sandra Brock and the South Dade Middle School Steppers with a special Certificate of Appreciation. Not just for their outstanding dance performance during last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner, but for their service and invaluable volunteer work the next day, at the Turkey Giveaway.

Ms. Brock is the advisor for the South Dade Middle School Steppers, a leader in her community, and a generous and outstanding volunteer. Ms. Brock is always trying to lead by example, and teach her dance troupe the importance of giving back.

Councilman Williams recognized Ms. Brock and the South Dade Middle Girls Steppers for their dedication to the Homestead community through community service. “Every year she helps us encourage the Steppers to give back to the community, whether through volunteer service or dance. I would like to present them with this certificate, to let her ladies know how much we appreciate your hard work, your enthusiasm and your positive energy."

Councilman Williams then closed the presentation by reading an inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Winn Dixie for Turkey Giveaway

Hundreds of Southwest Homestead residents enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving last year. Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee, both a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Turkey Giveaway were offered to the commu...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

“Buy a Tree. Change a Life” Program Funds Mayor’s Youth Council Educational Trip

Pastor Travis Johnson from Life Pointe Church presented the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) with a giant check for $1,500 to help facilitate their March 23rd Educational Trip to New York, courtesy of the “Buy a Tree. Change a Life” program. Councilwoman Patri...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women of the Year

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time for Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to honor the Women of the Year for 2015, proud members of the Homestead Women’s Club. Councilwoman Fairclough expressed the importance of acknowledging the valuable comm...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2015

Vice-Mayor Shelley Bids Farewell to Biscayne National Park's Christiana Admiral

Biscayne National Park Ranger Christiana Admiral is saying goodbye to her seven year career in Homestead to continue her path at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Utah. Ms. Admiral, an instrumental part in bringing the Homestead National Parks Trol...Read on...

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Posted on: March 31, 2015

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Two Time SoBeWFF Winner Chefs on the Run

Local eatery, Chefs on the Run, won the Miami New Times Sunday Best Bites on the Beach award for the second year in a row. Just like last year, they were the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This ye...Read on...

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Posted on: March 27, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Proclaims Bike305 Month in Homestead

The City of Homestead has joined Miami-Dade County and its municipalities in celebrating March as Bike305 month. All through the month, residents are encouraged to try cycling to work, school and other destinations, and various events are organized to pro...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

Sometimes art is more than just a pretty picture, or a sculpture, or a song. It’s also about making a positive change in the community. That’s the reason Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is featuring Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega in his Artist in the Spotl...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Homestead Celebrates Temporary Police Station Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

In a heartwarming ceremony, the Homestead community gathered to celebrate the opening of Homestead Police Department’s Temporary Police Station. On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 over one hundred police officers, community members, City staff, dignitaries, an...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Only One Month Left of the Free Guided Trolley Tour to the National Parks

Free transportation, free parking, a guided tour, and waived entrance fees are all part of this exciting and successful new public service. This innovative project, a partnership between the City of Homestead and Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, is...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Hosting Easter Basket Food Distribution

This Saturday, March 28, 2015, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be hosting an Easter Basket Food Distribution event. Join them at Harris Field Pavilion from 10AM - 1PM. This is a first come, first serve event....Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

Mayor Porter Welcomes Reverend Chauncey Brown as Police Chaplain

During a Special Presentation in the March 2015 Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter took the opportunity to welcome and recognize Reverend Chauncey Brown, the new Police Chaplain.

Mayor Porter spoke fondly of Reverend Brown. “Before taking over as Chapl...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

6th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival Better Than Ever!

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival came back strong for the sixth year running with over 200 bicycle and nature enthusiasts gathering for the ride on the morning of Sunday, March 22, 2015. This year, cyclists enjoyed the option of a fun 11-mi...Read on...

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Posted on: March 12, 2015

The Homestead Police Department is Moving to a Temporary Police Station

The City of Homestead’s Police Department is moving to a Temporary Police Station located at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601 SE 28th Ave. Homestead, FL 33035 on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. This new location is just 10 minutes away from the old locati...Read on...

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Posted on: March 19, 2015

Homestead Police Department Celebrates Temporary Police Station Opening with Ribbon Cutting

The Homestead Police Department invites the Homestead community to celebrate the opening of their Temporary Police Station with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 25th at 3:00 PM. The facility is located at the Homestead Sports Complex at 1601...Read on...

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Posted on: March 17, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Invites Homestead Youth to Local Job Fair

Come out and apply for a few local jobs available for Homestead residents!

Gain an understanding about various careers, the workplace, and appropriate employment skills- while being linked to employers for great work experience and career advice.

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Rookie Teacher of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the February City Council meeting to honor Desiree Chase, a teacher at Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST Academy), for winning the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year award. There are about 20,000 teachers in the county, so it's a very competitive and selective process. The finalists are first selected by school and then by area. In order to be eligible to win, candidates must be within their first five years of teaching.

Coming from a family of educators, Ms. Chase believes that every lesson in a school year should be connected to one another. This allows for the students to develop critical studying skills needed for a successful college career. A graduate from the University of Florida, Ms. Chase is a member of the Education Committee, a proud Homestead resident and has been an example of academic excellence at MAST. One of her biggest achievements is developing one of the first high school level physical therapy program in Miami-Dade County. Ms. Chase acts as a professional development liaison and has partnered with Florida International University to bring guest speakers to her teaching curriculum. Councilwoman Fairclough expressed her deep admiration for Ms. Chase as a leader in Homestead, praising her skills as an outstanding teacher and her love for community involvement.

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, a past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award, alongside Councilman Elvis Maldonado and members of the Education Committee presented Ms. Chase with a Certificate of Appreciation, a Spa Package Certificate, and a Gift Card to Portofino Coal Fired Pizza. The Councilwoman’s remarks emphasized the critical importance of teachers in society. “It’s very important that all our community stakeholders take part in recognizing our teachers for the magic that happens in their classrooms every day. We are lucky to have you as a resident of Homestead and member of the education committee. Congratulations!”

Ms. Chase took the opportunity to thank the City of Homestead and closed the presentation on a personal note: “Something we say in my family about education, is that we do this for outcome, not income.” She said with pride, “Days like this, surrounded by such wonderful leaders of our community and receiving such an honor, makes it so much more worth it.”

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Homestead’s American Youth Soccer Organization Wins First & Second Place!

Homestead soccer fans were in high spirits as the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) U10 Girls team came home with the gold and won first place in the 2015 All Stars Team Tournament. The U10 Boys team also excelled in the Tournament, achieving second place. To honor the hard work of the coaches and players, Councilman Jon Burgess presented them with certificates of recognition.

In the midst of honoring these local athletes, Councilman Burgess pointed out that “youth sports are not just about physical development, but also about the development of sportsmanship- helping to shape our youth into better citizens.”

The AYSO is the oldest national youth soccer program in the United States. It started from humble beginnings with only nine teams and a handful of soccer enthusiasts in 1964. AYSO has grown to a non-profit organization that provides youth soccer programs for participants all over the United States and internationally in the Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Consisting of over 50,000 teams and 500,000 players nationwide, AYSO is one of the leading youth soccer organizations in the world.

As Councilman Burgess presented plaques to the AYSO U10 girl’s Head Coach Soila Gallegos and Assistant Coach Javier Gallegos, he pointed out that the their team won 8 to 7 in an exciting penalty shoot- out. It is a one on one battle, where a single member of each team takes turns attempting shots from the penalty mark, defended only by the opposing team's goalkeeper, with the team scoring the most goals being declared the winner.

There to receive the honors for the boy’s team were Head Coach Samuel de la Rosa and Assistant Coach Noe Jimenez, accompanied by their players. An especially moving moment was when Councilman Burgess presented the certificate to his son, a proud member of the boys’ team.

From the U-10 Girls Division the following players were honored: Nora Aguilar, Dayanara Espinoza, Leanna Gallegos, Janeisy Gamino, Riley McIntosh, Kennedi McPhee, Layla Reyna, Naleigha Rios, Emily Saucedo and Jiselle Torres.

From the U10 Boys Division, the following players were honored: Jon Burgess, Anthony Burgos, Adrian Burgos (a.k.a “the twins”), David De la Rosa, Nyrobie Habben, Noe Jimenez, William Kinnebrew, Christian Melguizo and Jason Zapata.

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors First Graders at First United Methodist Christian School

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough took some time during February’s Council Meeting presentations to express her love and support of small businesses. But she meant that in a very literal way: the small business owners from the first grade class at First United Methodist Christian School, during their “Roxaboxen” event.

Most children love to play house. But, few of them get the chance to create their very own town—complete with a tiny fire department and colorful shops. These first graders had the chance to do just that by taking over the First United Methodist Christian School courtyard for their annual Roxaboxen event. Each year, students create their own city inspired by the book, “Roxaboxen.” Councilwoman Fairclough had the honor of cutting the ribbon to their town, cleverly named the Town of Roxaboxen.

“This type of initiative is what I consider empowering and positioning,” said Councilwoman Fairclough, “Empowering our young ones to be future leaders and positioning them to pick up the torch, to carry and lead our communities when we can no longer do so.”

Roxaboxen, the book written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, celebrates the imagination of children who, no matter the time or place, can create whole worlds out of what they find around them—in this case, rocks and boxes. The main character, Marian, and her friends find a special place in the desert where they play the games that will prepare them for their grown-up lives.

Councilwoman Fairclough, Chair of the Education Committee and an educator herself, applauded the school’s commitment to fostering imagination and creativity amongst their students. She also had a chance to explore the intricate world created by the children—visiting their small businesses like Robert is Here and Kasey’s Toys for Girls and Boys; as well as their Town officials, like the Sheriff and the Mayor of Roxaboxen!

The small businesses, and their owners, that comprise the Town of Roxaboxen are: Sofia Arenas - US Recruitment Office, Kimber Aviles- Kimber's Barnyard, Kadence Caraisco-Kadence's Beautiful Flower Shop, Ashley Castillo- Ashley's Latte, Jack Collins- Jack's School of Basketball, Gianna DeBaise- Gianna's Salon & Spa, Dustin Gerry - Mayor of Roxaboxen, Hudson Gilbert- Hudson's Grocery, Aiden Gonzalez- Aiden's Fire Station, Sophia Iparraguirre - Sophia's Sweet Ice Cream, Genesis Jenkins- Genesis' Sparkle Twinkle Store, Grace Largent - Gracie's Airlines, Rhianna Leon- Graybar Jail, Damian Mancha- Damian's Bank of Money, Jackson Moehling- Robert Is Here, Landyn Munz - Redland Construction Company, Ronny Nguyen - Ronny's Public Library, Nicolas Nuñez – Hospital, Zavier Regalado-Little White Church of Roxaboxen, Ella-Marie Robles-Ella's Candyland, Kasey Sapp-Kasey's Toys for Girls & Boys, Gavin Smith-Gavin's Garage, Sophia Steen- Teeny Tiny Pets , Cody Thermes- Cheese Please Pizza Palace, Amari Wilson- Amari's Amazing Bakery and Gavin Yuhr- Bait & Crate.

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Next Week: FREE Bike Festival!

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival is back and better than ever! With two routes to choose from, you can enjoy a fun 11-mile loop to Biscayne National Park or tackle the challenging 42-mile ride to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. So,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter named Honorary Chair of Homestead Relay for Life

During February’s Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter was named this year’s Homestead Relay for Life Honorary Chair. As a proven leader and proactive member of the Homestead Community, and now Chair of this annual event, Mayor Porter will serv...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Homestead Police Officers Named Officers of the Month for Second Time

During a Special Council Presentation, surrounded by their peers and colleagues, City of Homestead Police Officers Jesus Gonzalez and Howard Diener were the recipients of the Officer of the Month Award, for November and December 2014, respectively. Both o...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

West Homestead K-8 Center Improvements Kick Off

The Homestead Community gathered to kick off improvements to the West Homestead K-8 Center thanks to the passage of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bond Referendum and funds from the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Principal Tammy S. Edouard welcomed attendees to her school and thanked Homestead for its commitment to education. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, pledged his continued support for schools throughout the County and applauded the City of Homestead for its efforts to improve area education.

"As an educator, I know that modern, clean, and safe environments are an important component to successful teaching and learning," said Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, chair of Homestead’s Education Committee. “This investment in education reaffirms the city's commitment to building education by helping to build better facilities and futures for our students."

In 2012, Miami-Dade County Public Schools asked county voters to invest in their schools by approving the issuance of a $1.2 billion bond for renovating facilities, updating technology, building school replacements, expanding student capacity, and enhancing facility safety. The community let their voices be heard, and nearly 70% of those voting supported the measure. The City of Homestead CRA built on this momentum by allocating $775,000 towards the West Homestead K-8 Center Project.

The School is within the CRA area, but this is a unique move, as CRA funds have not historically been used for education. Other improvements in the area include nearby Blakey Park, which was renovated in March of 2014. For years, the park held nothing but a running track. Today, residents can enjoy two brand new playgrounds, two picnic pavilions, and a variety of fitness stations around the running track.

“With projects like this we’re changing the perception of Homestead in general and the Southwest community in particular,” said Mayor Jeff Porter. “This is a place where our kids will get a quality education and be able to excel anywhere. I want to thank you all for your commitment to building a brighter future for Homestead.”

The West Homestead K-8 Center renovation project will include select building demolition, new construction of additional general purpose and science classrooms to achieve the school’s full conversion to a K-8 center, accommodating approximately 270 middle school students. The project also includes art and dining patios, P.E. spaces, playgrounds, remodeling of the existing remaining buildings to include HVAC system improvements, classroom remodeling, covered walkways, and parking and site improvements.

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Hundreds Gather for the Premiere of Building Homestead, Mayor Jeff Porter’s State of the City

Nearly five hundred Homestead residents, City Council members, community leaders and distinguished dignitaries gathered in the heart of Downtown Homestead for the premiere of Building Homestead—Mayor Jeff Porter’s 2015 State of the City. Attendees, dres...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Proclaims Homestead Job Corps Day

During the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored Homestead Job Corps Center by presenting a proclamation by Mayor Jeff Porter that declared April 3, 2015 as Homestead Job Corps Center Day. For almost 20 years, Homestea...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess Installed as President of Miami-Dade County League of Cities

The first ever Homestead elected official to lead the Miami-Dade County League of Cities was installed this past Saturday, February 7, 2015. Councilman Jon Burgess’ swearing in ceremony took place during the League’s annual elegant gala at Jungle Island i...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

First Annual Homestead Eco-Fair Attracts Hundreds

Losner Park played host to hundreds of Homestead residents as they connected with environmental organizations, enjoyed organic food, learned about South Florida ecosystems, and encountered live animals during the first annual Homestead Eco-Fair on Saturda...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Everglades Amateur Radio Club with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Everglades Amateur Radio Club by proclaiming the week of June 23-29, 2015 to be Amateur Radio Week in Homestead. Everglades Amateur Radio Club is not only a hobby for radio enthusiasts, but also collaborates with local emergency...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes South Dade Senior High Baseball Head Coach Fred Burnside

During a special presentation at the January 21 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized South Dade Senior High Baseball Coach Fred Burnside for being recently named the American Baseball Coaches Association 2014 Diamond National Coach o...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

National Parks and Homestead-Miami Speedway Partner for New Program

Thousands of NASCAR fans were able to discover the distinctive, natural beauties that surround Homestead as they attended last year’s racing season, thanks to the joint efforts of the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Homestead National Parks Trolley. The...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Samantha Eden Oakey, featured artist in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

During a Special Council Presentation in January 2015, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artist to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the Vice Mayor, seeks to identify, nurture and empower local artists by giving them the opportunity to present their work to the general public. This time around, the featured artist is Homestead resident Samantha Eden Oakey, an ambitious, multi-talented young artist who is proud to hold her own exhibit. She works in several mediums, including drawing, painting and sculpting.

“I’m so grateful to Vice Mayor Shelley for choosing me to be featured in his Artist in the Spotlight program,” said Oakey, “especially since it’s my first solo show!”

Although originally from Altamonte Springs, Ms. Oakey moved to Homestead when she was four years old, considering herself a native. She graduated from Design and Architecture Senior High in 2013, and is completing her Associates of Art in Art Education with plans to go on to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.

Oakey titled her exhibition “Second Home.” Not owning a home since she was nine years old, brought on by uncontrollable events, Oakey knows what it's like to live as a nomad. She has grown accustomed to living out of boxes and bags, never having enough privacy or space to make art, and moving from friends' houses to houses. She is too familiar with taking city buses and the train to get where she needs to go. As she has taken on more responsibilities, she has felt the constriction of inconvenience on her psyche and her artwork. She seeks to explore in her work the concepts of privacy, compactness, containment, time and space, nomadic living, the stationary and the mobile, control, and ultimately when and where she can finally settle down and make her own home.

Vice Mayor Shelley spoke fondly of this young artist: “She held an opening night here at the Community Center on January 2. I have heard a lot of buzz about her exhibit! Her love of the arts has her involved in volunteering and interning to continue learning and sharing her passion with others.”

Oakey volunteers at KIX in West Homestead teaching art to middle schoolers, writes freelance music reviews of South Florida acts, interns with The Artisan Lounge in Miami for a year, and is currently assisting Soir Zine based in Brickell.

The Artist in the Spotlight program, created in 2010 by Vice Mayor Shelley, seeks to identify local artists and provide them an opportunity to exhibit their work to the local community. Ms. Oakey’s work will be on display through the end of February at the William F. Dickinson Community Center at 1601 N. Krome Avenue and the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL.

To learn more about Samantha Eden Oakey’s work, visit her website: www.cargocollective.com/seoakey or email her at seoakey@gmail.com

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Posted on: January 30, 2015

Watch Building Homestead--Mayor Jeff Porter's 2015 State of the City

Cast: Mayor Jeff Porter; Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley; Councilman Jon Burgess; Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough; Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado; Councilwoman Judy Waldman; Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III; Master Sergeant Francisco Navarro: 482d Fighter...Watch Now...

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Posted on: January 28, 2015

Three New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Three new reserve officers were introduced to the Homestead Police Department and sworn in during a Special Council Presentation on January 2015.

“The swearing in of these officers here today is indicative of the pride that we take down here in Homeste...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2015

TOMORROW Homestead State of the City

Losner Park will transform into a state-of-the-art outdoor theater for the premiere of Building Homestead—an innovative and modern video approach to delivering the State of the City.

The Homestead community, council members, and assorted dignitaries ...Read on...

Posted on: January 27, 2015

Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight – Looking for Local Artists

Homestead City Vice Mayor 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 2010 by Vice Mayor Shelley to hi...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Homestead Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Breakfast Celebration

Hundreds of community members, activists, educators, and dignitaries from the Homestead and Florida City communities gathered for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impressive legacy. On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Phichol Williams Community Center bustled with activity as attendees mingled, ate, and viewed artistic and historic displays thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams and the Southwest Advisory Committee along with members of the Community Relations Board.

Councilman Williams and Florida City Commissioner Avis Brown served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at this traditional event in which neighboring cities come together to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor Jeff Porter offered opening remarks on the enduring spirit of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Deric C. Feacher, City Manager of Winter Haven, Florida was the Keynote Speaker—presenting a theme that would color the entire event—we have come a long way, but there is still much work to be done.

“It is an incredible privilege to be such an integral part of honoring Dr. King’s legacy,” said Councilman Jimmie Williams, “especially in a community that is so committed to equality. I hope that everyone has taken the chance to remember the struggles of the past and look forward to a brighter future together.”

The program also included several special honors for community leaders. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough was honored for her commitment to education, Commander Robert Jensen and his wife Mrs. Meda Jensen were honored for their community work, and We Care of South Dade was honored for their outstanding work as a non-profit and community-based organization. The Homestead Job Corps received an additional special recognition for their work with underserved youth.

In addition, guests at the breakfast, sponsored by The Palace Group, had the distinct pleasure of catching a sneak peek of the Broadway Musical, "I Have a Dream," performed by Theatre South. The moving scene was a reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Letter, featuring the dynamic and multi-ethnic cast ranging from ages 7 to 74. The Brown Family also led the crowd in an uplifting version of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The morning was finally rounded out by the Mayor of Florida City, Otis Wallace, who offered hopeful and humorous closing remarks.

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Councilman Williams Hosts Special Toy Giveaway

Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams and a last minute surge of donations, some lucky Homestead families in need had a Merry Christmas. The selected families gathered in the Councilman’s office for a cozy, intimate evening on December 24, ...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Hosts Holiday Luncheon for Local Seniors

Councilman Elvis Maldonado helped the residents of Cherry Village Apartments, a senior living community, celebrate the season with a festive holiday luncheon. The event, which took place December 16, 2014, offered a bountiful spread along with plenty of ...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Helps Provide Happy Holiday for Needy Children

More than 300 local children had a happy holiday, thanks in part to the efforts of Councilman Elvis Maldonado. The 2014 Annual Migrant Children's Toy Run took place on Sunday December 14, 2014 at The Everglades Village in Florida City, FL and provided toys, shoes, book-bags, and pizza to South Florida children in need.

The heartwarming event was organized by Jenny Love Music, Ed Carrera, and Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association in partnership with Councilman Maldonado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose Pepe Diaz.

Teri Weinstein, Chair of the Homestead/Florida City Community Relations Board, represented Councilman Maldonado and brought greetings and well wishes on his behalf. “It’s not every day that we get to give back to our communities,” said Councilman Maldonado. “I am grateful for the opportunity to provide those less fortunate with the means to have a happy holiday and hope that others do the same throughout this season of giving and through the coming year.”

Councilman Maldonado graciously provided pizza for 325 kids, while an amazing group of South Florida bikers (including the Chrome Knights M.A., Cartel Baggers and the Christian Motorcycle Association among many others) helped provide toys and smiles to all of the children at the Redlands Christian Migrant Association Center.

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

International Chili Cook-Off A Hit in Homestead

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Harris Field played host to some of the most adventurous chili chefs in all of South Dade during this year’s International Chili Cook-Off School Competition and Community Carnival. In just its second year, the City of Homest...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2014

"If I Were Elected Mayor.." Essay Contest-Deadline January 16, 2015

The Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .”

A required subject taught in all Florida public middle schools, civics education is vital to encouraging meani...Read on...

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Posted on: December 15, 2014

Homestead Celebrates the Everglades with Launch of New Quarter

As the Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, The City of Homestead was honored to once again partner with Everglades National Park to collaborate on an historic event. On the morning of December 4, residents and visitors turned out in droves...Read on...

Posted on: December 11, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Public Services with Proclamation

During a Special Council Presentation in November 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess took to the council chamber floor to honor Homestead Public Services Electric Utilities Director, Barbara Quiñones and her staff for their exemplary work providing the citize...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2014

Homestead Detective Honored With Officer of the Month & Life Saving Awards

For his actions performed on the evening of October 5, 2014 that led to the resuscitation of a drowned, 2-year old boy, Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales received a Life Saving Award as well as the honor of being named Officer of the Month for t...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential Utility Phone Scam (English & Spanish)

Homestead Public Services Warns of Potential 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 or busi...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Local Retired Art Teacher participates in Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight

The latest artist chosen to exhibit art work in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley’s ongoing Artist in the Spotlight Program introduced herself during November’s Special Council Presentation.

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Posted on: December 3, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley Assist With Dr. Linda Fagan’s Food Drive

Every year Dr. Linda Fagan of Country Medical Center coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive to ensure non-profit organizations in the community who provide assistance to others in need receive some help of their own in accomplishing their missions. On the Tuesday before this most recent Thanksgiving, Dr. Fagan and a slew of volunteers worked to assemble Thanksgiving baskets consisting of fresh vegetables such as beans and squash, stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce and of course turkeys. Each year Dr. Fagan's goal is to increase by at least five (5) the number of Thanksgiving baskets she provides to the community.

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Dr. Fagan cannot accomplish her Thanksgiving Drive alone, it takes help from local businesses and residents looking to give back and pay it forward. Every year, Dr. Fagan works with the Winn Dixie on Campbell Drive to order everything from turkeys to cranberry sauce, Torbert Farms donates boxes of the freshest produce from the field and Case Brothers Farms supplies the wood crates in which the dinner baskets are packed into. This year the Michael Lamb family contributed to the grocery purchase and Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley not only covered the cost of the 100+ turkeys, but also joined Dr. Fagan and her team in organizing and assembling the Thanksgiving baskets.

The volunteers who participated in this year’s event were Dr. Linda Fagan, Eddie and Jessie McMullen, Lynne Jones, Danielle Lamb, Anthony and Wanda Simmons, Bonnie King-Moran, Jacki Pilkington, Anthony Oliver, Elijah Bemley, Joe White, Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley. "I want to personally thank Dr. Fagan and her team for their efforts to feed those who are in need of help on Thanksgiving and also for their commitment to giving back and making our community better," said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. "Its people like Dr. Fagan that make me proud to call Homestead my homeRead on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council Needs Your Support!

The Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council needs the support of our community. In order to fund the flights for their annual educational experience in New York City, they have pledged to sell 100 trees by December 14th through the Buy A Tree. Change A Life. c...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Show of Support for Pet’s Trust Miami at To Save Lives Event

Mayor Jeff Porter presented a copy of a resolution supporting Pet’s Trust Miami to Pet’s Trust Miami President Michael Rosenberg, and Co-Founder Rita Schwartz, during their To Save Lives event on November 21, 2014. The resolution, passed and adopted by H...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Helps Launch the Homestead Hospital Rape Treatment Center

Through the steady efforts of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Homestead Hospital has a Rape Treatment Center servicing South Dade, the only one south of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Homestead Hospital’s Rape Treatment Center is complete with SANE (Sexual Assa...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Farmworker Pioneers

Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized honorees at the Annual Farmworker Week Celebration, hosted by the Farmworker Career Development Program of Miami-Dade County. This year’s celebration took place November 20, 2014 at the South Dade Skills Center and...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 by proclaiming November 7, 2014 to be Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91114 Day. MSST 91114 is an active duty United States Coast Guard unit established in 2004 to guard our nat...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Leads Service to Commemorate Veterans

A day prior to Veterans Day, on November 10, 2014, many gathered on the hallowed ground of the Palms Woodlawn Cemetery to attend a special service and to pay their respects to the many veterans of war interred there.

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Holiday Community Party Thursday, December 11

Complimentary tickets will become available on Monday, December 1 for Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Homestead Holiday Community Party. The event will take place at the Villages of Homestead Clubhouse on Thursday, December 11 from 6:30pm-9pm. A delightful evening under the stars awaits as you enjoy delicious fare and live music poolside. And don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive. Please see flyer for details. Save the date!

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Posted on: November 24, 2014

Construction Alert: Widening SW 328 St. (Lucy St.)

In order to improve traffic flow, Lucy Street (SW 328th street) will be under going an expansion to 4 lanes between now and the beginning of next year. As such, the sewage system between Krome Ave. and SE 6th Ave on Lucy Street will have to be improved be...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday, November 25

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday at the Phichol Williams Community Center! See the flyer for more details!

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Posted on: November 21, 2014

Everglades National Park Quarter Launch & Coin Exchange

Come out to Harris Field Pavilion (corner of US1 & Campbell Dr.) on Thursday, December 4 @ 10am to commemorate the release of the 2014 Everglades National Park Quarter. Please see flyer for further details.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III & The Southwest Advisory Committe Thanksgiving Feast

In the spirit of giving, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III & the Southwest Advisory Committee would like to invite Homestead residents to a Thanksgiving feast. Please see flyer for details.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

A Day of Giving & Serving- A Thanksgiving Feast w/ Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough & The Big Cheese Restaurant want to invite you to a Thanksgiving celebration with all the trimmings! Live Music & complimentary food and drink. Please see flyer for details and for volunteer opportunities.

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Annual Toy Drive

This year, make it a special Christmas for one of our own here in Homestead. The children of the Homestead Soup Kitchen will be receiving gifts donated by members of the Homestead community. For more details and where to drop off gifts, please see attache...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2014

City of Homestead, National Parks Continue Partnership with Re-Launch of National Parks Trolley

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WHAT: National Parks Trolley Service

WHEN: November 22, 2014—April 26, 2015

WHERE: Losner Park 104 N. Krome Ave. Homestead, FL 33030

Homestead’s award-winning National Parks Trolley Service will return from November 22, 2014 through April 26...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Couple with Kindness Award

During the October 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Charles and Emilia Gugliuzza for their years of involvement in charity-based initiatives throughout the Homestead community.

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Annual Rock-N-Ribs Fest Raises 18K for Children’s Charities

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough deferred some time to Larry Roth, board member for ThisIsForTheKids, the non-profit organization that produces the Rock-N-Ribs Fest annualy to help raise money for select children’s oriented charities, so he could report...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Special National Parks Trolley Service for NASCAR fans November 13-16, 2014

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WHAT: Special National Parks Trolley Service, Educational Display from National Parks
WHEN: November 13-16, 2014WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard Homestead, Florida 33035-1501
While drivers are prepping to race f...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

National Parks Trolley Project Team Receive Prestigious Marketing Awards

The Homestead National Parks Trolley project, a joint venture to increase visitorship to area National Parks and Historic Downtown Homestead, received the highest honors for marketing excellence at a recent Special Council Presentation in October 2014. ...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

Alpha Delta Kappa Honored for Promoting Educational Excellence

Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment during a Special Council Presentation in October 2014 to recognize the exceptional efforts of Alpha Delta Kappa among women educators around the world. On this day, the Florida Chapter was honored, specifically the member...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

R.L. Chaplin Photography Acknowledged by Vice Mayor Shelley

During a Special Council Presentation in October 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized the contributions to Homestead made by a fellow friend and colleague Robert Chaplin. Mr. Chaplin is a well-known photographer in the area who manages his own ph...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Pays Tribute to Former Councilwoman Eliza Perry

The October 2014 Special Council Presentation was an occasion to reflect and remember as Councilwoman Judy Waldman paid a tribute to the life and times of former Homestead Councilwoman and community leader, Eliza Perry.

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Eliza D. Perry passed awa...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

As a commemorative gesture by Councilman Elvis Maldonado during Hispanic Heritage Month, two presentations were made by Hispanic students and faculty from Mia...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Members of Homestead Police Department

In the wake of his very successful event intended to heighten safety awareness and educate the public on safety techniques, Councilman Elvis Maldonado praised the efforts of select Homestead Police Officers during a Special Council Presentation for thei...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

City of Homestead and Historic Preservation Board Honored

During the recent 3rd Annual Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board Awards presented in Pinecrest Gardens, the City of Homestead Historic Preservation Board and the City’s Public Information Office were recognized with the Excellence in Preservat...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

City of Homestead Recognizes Lowe’s Community Giving

Lowe’s, the retail home improvement giant, was acknowledged for their long-standing record of giving back to the communities in which they do business by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough during the Special Council Presentation on October 2014. For over 60 years, Lowes has been there to assist schools and community organizations during times of financial hardship by donating manpower and much needed supplies. Lowe's has demonstrated a commitment towards supporting projects that have the greatest impact on communities and align with their core business of home improvement.

Pastor Brock Shiffer, pastor at Speedway Community Church of Homestead and long-time partner with Lowes and their philanthropic efforts, had this say. “The bible teaches us that it is better to give than receive and the people at Lowes put that belief to work. Thanks to them, we were able to fix a leaky roof that has been a five year ordeal for the 250 parishioners of a local church recently. I’m also happy to report that Lowes has adopted Campbell Elementary School and the project is running smoothly to this point.”

Also on hand and duly honored were Amy Zewinsky, Tori Tonton and Campbell Elementary Principal Thelma Fornell.

Added Councilwoman Fairclough, “I have a deep respect for companies such as Lowes that make it their responsibility to give back to their own communities. Their motto ‘Never Stop Improving’ isn’t just lip-service but it's a rallying cry and a mindset for their customers and employees saying that they’re committed to never stop improving their business, customer experience and communities."

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Posted on: October 30, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman to Lead Special Veterans Day Service

On Monday, November 10, a day prior Veterans Day, Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be presiding over a very special service to commemorate the past, present and future military men and woman and their selfless contributions towards the safety and liberty o...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2014

FREE WORKSHOP FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2014

Do you want to buy a home? Are you confused as to where to begin?
THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 @ the William F. Dickinson Community Center from 10am-6pm, come and join the FREE 8hr. workshop for first time home buyers. This essential workshop is brought to ...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Organizes Successful Safety Themed Event

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, partnered with the Homestead Police Department and a wide array of local businesses and organizations to host the Celebrating Safe Communities event at The Charter School at Waterstone.

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Over one hundred residents attend...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Haitian Community Meeting With the City of Homestead

TOMORROW, OCT 28, Homestead's Haitian Community is invited to a special meeting at the William F. Dickinson Community Center @ 5:30pm. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough will be on hand to answer questions and to address concerns. This is also a great opportunity to learn about city services and to acquaint yourself with your city officials. Please refer to flyer for details.

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Posted on: October 27, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Appointed to Florida League of Cities Finance Committee

The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments whose goals are to serve the needs of Florida's cities and promote local self-government, has recently appointed City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III to the Finance, Taxation and Personnel Policy Committee for 2014-2015. In this position, Councilman Williams will be responsible for working with other members of the Committee on finance and tax policy issues facing Florida cities, which will come before the Legislature during the 2015 Session.

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Each year, the Florida League of Cities recruits volunteers to serve on the League’s Legislative policy committees. These volunteer appointments are a one year commitment and involve developing the League’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Policy committee members also help League staff understand the real world implications of proposed legislation and are asked to serve as advocates for home rule throughout the legislative process.

Preserving Home Rule, educating citizens and legislators alike on this valuable right and maintaining a focus on those issues that directly affect self-governance, service delivery and the quality of life of each municipality are essential goals of the Florida League of Cities. Councilman Williams’ will be presiding over a multitude of issues that include general finance & tax issues, home rule revenues, infrastructure funding, pension issues and tax and budget reform.
“It’s an honor to count myself among the esteemed elected officials who will help make sure the financial interests of our municipalities are represented,” said Councilman Williams upon being informed of his new appointment. “I am proud to represent the City of Homestead as one of the 400 cities, towns and villages that are members of the League throughout the Sunshine State. I am looking forward to sharing the advantages of cooperative action and the exchange of ideas and experiences with my colleagues.” Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Four New Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Detective Antonio Aquino, Director of Internal Affairs for the Homestead Police Department, introduced the most recent crop of law enforcement officers to join our city’s force during a Special Council Presentation on September 2014.

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“The sweari...Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter & School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman Visit Local Schools

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami-Dade County School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Larry Feldman toured several schools in the Homestead area to learn more about the course these institutions are charting for the future of their students. Among the schools vis...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Homestead Public Services Wins FMEA Community Service Award

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored the community service efforts of Homestead Public Services by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2014 Community Service Award.

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Honored during the public power lunc...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Spooky Saturday, October 25, 2014!

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Hey Guys & Ghouls, the witching hour is fast approaching when all of Homestead turns out for Spooky Saturday! On October 25, from 6:30-9:30pm at Harris Field (Corner of US1 & Campbell St.) come on out and have a frightfully good time exploring the haunted house, food trucks, rides and music! This event is FREE to the public. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation @Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Bill Passes in State Senate to Honor Florida Pioneer

Thanks to the efforts of Jackie Crucet, The Mahogany Youth, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley and Senator Dwight Bullard, an unsung Florida pioneer’s legacy, Sir Lancelot Jones, was officially honored during a Special Council Presentation on September 22, 2014. ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Issues Proclamation Honoring 482nd Fighter Wing

On October 3, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed that day in perpetuity as “482nd Fighter Wing Day” during a Military Affairs Committee meet and greet that took place at the Community Activity Center located within the Homestead Air Re...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Homestead Parks & Recreation Department Wins National Award

The official guide to Homestead’s parks and recreational programming was awarded the highest prize in the nationally renowned 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) Savvy Awards Competition under the Graphic Design Publications category. The booklet, a digital version of which can be found on the city’s web site, serves as a comprehensive guide to all of the city’s green spaces intended for use by residents and visitors alike.

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The guide captured, in vibrant pictures, the color and the essence of the city’s parks and those that enjoy them. The portable booklet is packed with easy to navigate, useful information and, as such, thousands in the community have picked one up during one of the many city sponsored events throughout the year. The project was done in partnership with the Public Information Office and the Parks and Recreation Department, with photography by Patricia Laylle and design by Multimedia Marketing Associates, Inc.
“Format, photography, icons and snappy copy transforms a static brochure into an activated, enticing tool for residents. Looks fun! Makes me want to check it out. Mission accomplished,” commented one of the judges about the entry.Councilwoman Judy Waldman added, “As chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, I take special pride in working hand-in-hand with city staff to get the message out that our parks are second to none and offer so many benefits that promote a healthy, active lifestyle and that can really bond a community together. I am very proud of this award and of our beautiful parksRead on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Palm Glades Academy Participates in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Art Program

During a Special Council Presentation in September 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artists to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the vice mayor, seeks to i...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

City of Homestead Police Officer Recipient of Second Officer of the Month Award

For the second time since initially receiving the award in April of 2014, City of Homestead Police Officer Mario Arzuaga once again found himself on the floor of the council chamber during a Special Council Presentation surrounded by his peers and colleag...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

City of Homestead Receives Special Designation from Weather Service

NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration), the federal scientific agency that monitors and reports on the conditions of the world’s oceans and the atmosphere, has recently designated the City of Homestead as a “Weather-Ready Nation” Ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, the city has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.

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Visit the Hurricane & Emergency Management section of the City of Homestead website for great tips on how to prevent or mitigate the effects of a disastrous storm:

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To learn more about NOAA’s brand new initiative visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/#Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

Homestead National Park Trolley Project Wins Prestigious National Awards

The City of Homestead was a big winner recently with an impressive showing at the prestigious National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Competition 2014. The multi-pronged marketing effort put forth by the City to promote the Homestead National Park Trolley project garnered a lot of hardware including three first place Savvy Awards in Community Visioning, Most Innovative Program and Graphic Design Art, as well as a third place Award of Excellence in Marketing Tools. The annual contest receives hundreds of entries from municipal governments from all over the country.

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The Homestead National Parks Trolley project, spearheaded by Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley, is a joint venture between the City of Homestead, the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) that facilitates visitorship to area national parks by offering a free ranger-guided trolley tour to and from the city’s historic downtown district.

The program, which is back this year from November 22 to the end of April, is a highly successful and innovative collaboration that provides the only public transportation to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. This free weekend service offers a popular and educational program while promoting eco-tourism and Homestead’s historic downtown.

The dynamic multi-media, bi-lingual campaign that was selected for the awards was instrumental for informing residents and visitors about this groundbreaking service. Ridership amounted to over 5,000 residents and tourists who enjoyed the picturesque streets of the nationally historic designated area, dined at the restaurants and shopped at the area’s stores, an economic impact that would not have been possible without this innovative program that attracted new audiences.
The aggressive public relations campaign combined with community outreach, social media and advertising resulted in dozens of newspapers, magazines and blog stories that brought attention to Homestead as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The Homestead National Parks Trolley image included a new recognizable logo with colors that resonated with the National Parks’ Arrowhead and the City of Homestead logo. Posters, banners, flyers and brochures in both English and Spanish were designed on earthy tones with an adventurous feel and were distributed throughout hotels, community hubs, businesses and tourism information centers. The slogan “1 City. 2 National Parks. Tons of Fun!” adorned the informational materials which also offered ideas of what to experience in the parks as well as in Homestead.

The marketing campaign was managed and originated by the City’s Public Information Officer Begoñe Cazalis with the help of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks staff and creative agency Multi Media Marketing Associates, Inc. The project was a team effort that also included help from a group of committed partnering organizations such as the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and the Center for Urban Transportation Research from University of South Florida.

The 3CMA judges said about the program: “This is a fantastic program that exemplifies the use of partnerships, creative ‘out-of-the-box’ visioning and the ability to successfully meet goals and objectives through a communications outreach and marketing plan. Great project and great work that shows economic development and Great initiative to bring tourists to the historic downtownRead on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Councilman Williams Appointed to Oversee Elected Officials Pension Plan

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III has been appointed by Mayor Jeff Porter to be one of the chairpersons to sit on the board of the New Elected and Senior Management Pension Plans. Councilman Williams will be responsible for overseeing a fund valued in ex...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Partners with FP&L for Student Program

On a Saturday morning this past August, local school children and their parents anxiously awaited outside the doors of the Nike Outlet Store in Homestead as part of an event organized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and sponsored by Florida Power & Light.

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The event was called “Put Your Best Foot Forward,” a shopping spree for some lucky local kids to spend up to fifty dollars on brand new shoes to kick-off the new school year with. Florida Power & Light generously donated to help the students be ready for the new school year.
“I would like to thank FP&L for partnering with me to brighten the lives of these young people and instill them with the pride that will hopefully carry over to their school work for years to come,” said Councilwoman Fairclough. “Sometimes, it is difficult to understand everything a child needs to be able to go to school. Parents have to buy so many text books and school supplies that I am glad we can create programs like this to offer a little help to our local families.”

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Leads 4th Annual Back to School Drive

This year’s Miami-Dade County League of Cities back to school donation event took place in Homestead’s Laura C. Saunders Elementary. Dozens of local underprivileged students received book bags, lunchboxes and other assorted school supplies that were colle...Read on...

Posted on: September 8, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget

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Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Local Residents for Athletic Achievements

Three Homestead residents were honored, during the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, for their remarkable athletic achievements representing their city and country at the 2014 Europa Games held in Orlando, Florida. The games are an Olympic-like spre...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Non-Profit Organizations

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized the accomplishments of three non-profit organizations based in the Homestead area during a Special Council Presentation in July 2014. The three were selected to receive grants as winners of the Million Dollar Li...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Recognizes National Migrant Teacher of the Year

During the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough saluted the efforts of a fellow educator by recognizing the achievements of National Migrant Teacher of the Year, Raquel Bueno.

“I would like to recognize an educator ...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Burgess Introduces Homestead Police K9 New Members

Councilman Jon Burgess welcomed some rather intriguing guests to the council chambers during the August Special Council Presentation, when the current members of the Homestead Police K9 Unit and their new four-legged counterparts paid a visit to discuss t...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess and the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program

During the August 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilman Jon Burgess recognized The Homestead Police Department’s Traffic U...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

HOMESTEAD MAYOR AND COUNCIL BREAK GROUND ON NEW CITY HALL

Business owners, residents and community leaders gathered Thursday, August 21 to witness the City of Homestead Mayor and Council officially break ground on Homestead’s new City Hall. Over a hundred were in attendance to celebrate the first of many sweepin...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Homestead Police Officer Decorated for Distinguished Military Service

During a Special Council Presentation in August 2014, Homestead Police Officer Victor Lugo was roundly praised and commended by his peers and superiors for his sterling career as a member of the U.S. military.

Officer Lugo’s 23 year commitment to the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Officer Jesus Gonzalez Awarded Officer of the Month for June 2014

City of Homestead police officer Jesus Gonzalez was recognized for his exceptional public service during the month of June at the Special Council Presentation in August 2014.

During the month long span, Officer Gonzalez responded to 184 service calls a...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 the latest victim of gun violenc...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 Prayer Vigil that will take plac...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 programs offered by MDI Sports...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. The training will take place on ...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 6pm-10pm, the Championship Taste,...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 Executive Committee.

Election...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 anxious time as parents can somet...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 descended upon the speedway grounds ...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 invited members of our nation’s ...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 spaces and water clean and safe f...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 true team fashion, the Buccanee...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 sensation.

“As the Honorary Chair of the 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead, it gives me great honor to recognize the hard working 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead Committee,” said Councilman Maldonado at the Special Council Presentation in June.

“Every year is a special year for the Relay and this year’s committee did an amazing job and raised over $56,000. They brought the City and community together, giving of their time and energy to put together a well-attended and amazing event. Therefore, tonight I would like to present Event Chair Teri Weinstein and the rest of the 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead Committee of Desiree Chase, Michael Hitt, Nancy Bourke, Jennifer Lora, Bonnie King-Moran, Katelyn Bourke, and Sherri Lambert with certificates of appreciation.”

Also honored on this evening were the sponsors that provided invaluable support with the donation of time and resources for this noble cause. Noteworthy among those sponsors was Stephen Degrave, owner of Flagler's Martini Bar. He hosted the Relay for Life of Homestead Wrap-Up Party and provided all the guests with complimentary food, drinks and a beautiful venue. Also honored was Doug Hitchcock, Radio Personality/DJ from Thunder Country 100.3 who allowed Event Chair, Teri Weinstein to have free airtime every Friday over the course of several weeks to promote the Relay.

Last, but certainly not least, were the contributions of Assistant to Mayor and Council Heather Palmateer and Eddie Sanchez whose diligence ensured a successful Relay for 2014.
Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Today, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place across twenty countries. Events are held in local communities, campus universities and in virtual worlds. As the American Cancer Society's most successful fundraiser and the organization's signature event, the mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.

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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.

During a special presenta...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 Arzuaga made 18 arrests, issued ...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 Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, the ...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 Department of Transportation (FDOT) wil...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.

The Homestead Education Com...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 the duties demonstrated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the CBP serves as a frontline defender of our boarders that protects against terrorist threats and other egregious violations that can have a detrimental effect on our national security and our economy. With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is tasked with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.
“Vigilance, service to country and integrity are the hall marks of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said Mayor Porter. “The City of Homestead salutes you on this and every day for your discipline, courage, heroism and dedication to our nation.”

Afterwards, the mayor officially proclaimed the 6th day of June 2014 as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Day. The physical proclamation was then awarded to Deputy Director William Avery of the Miami Air and Marine Branch.

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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 life by performing CPR.

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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 touring the halls of municipal ...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 applicants over the past year. Twelv...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 Council) Migrant Student Scholar...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 Florida named the organization the Co...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 over $56,000 for the American C...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 athletics in our community. This eve...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 the Spotlight program.

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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 Homestead Police Explorers for their i...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 Charter School Associates, Melissa...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 during a Special Council Presen...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 3-1 victory over Valrico Bloomin...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 and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Miami-Dade County Extension, where she proceeded to recount the high-water marks of this important organization over the past century.

The University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, which is celebrating its centennial, is the liaison between agricultural research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and our local community. The clients that the partnership serves include growers (agriculture & horticulture), the landscaping industry, homeowners, families and the marine industry. Throughout the year, their outreach efforts are focused through workshops, seminars, video conferencing, newsletters and field demonstrations to name just a few of the ways they connect with their colleagues and the community at large.

“For 100 years, the original mission of Extension, ‘taking the university to the people’ and ‘helping people to help themselves’ has remained constant,” said Ms. Olczyk. “Extension not only works with farmers, but also with more urban and diversified audiences using modern technologies. I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that we depend on that donate their time extending their educational outreach to their respective communities.”

“The history of the Miami-Dade County Extension is linked to the agricultural history of Homestead. This organization is fueled by a dedicated and experienced group of professionals and employees who collaborate, plan and develop successful educational programs which help the most populous and demographically diversified county in Florida,” said Vice Mayor Shelley. “We wish them another hundred years of continued success.”

It was then proclaimed, May 8, 2014, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Centennial in Homestead, Florida.

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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 the United States, the fair housing policies date largely from the 1960s. Originally, the terms “fair housing” and “open housing” came from a political movement of the time to outlaw discrimination in the rental or purchase of homes and a broad range of other housing-related transactions, such as advertising, mortgage lending, homeowner's insurance and zoning. The primary purpose of the Fair Housing Law of 1968 is to protect the buyer/renter of a dwelling from seller/landlord discrimination.

Mayor Porter addressed the chamber with a proclamation which read: “Whereas Aprill 11, 2014 marks the 46th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title 8 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended which enumerates a national policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, family status and handicap and encourages fair housing opportunities for all citizens and whereas the Fair Housing Law is consistent with the principles of equality and justice for all and whereas the City of Homestead, the United States Dept. of Housing & Urban Development and the housing industry are working together to help others realize the dream of affordable housing for all residents and whereas the City of Homestead is committed to highlight the Fair Housing Law by addressing discrimination in our community and to support programs that will educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities and to plan partnerships, efforts and other organizations to help assure every American of their right to fair housing.”

Mayor Porter then closed the presentation by officially proclaiming the month of April, Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead and presenting the proclamation to City of Homestesd Director of Finance Carlos Perez.

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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 for the 32nd annual Law Enforceme...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 hurricane disaster. National Hurrica...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 Prayer. The Nation’s theme for ...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 South Dade High School Wrestling T...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 turbine deck.

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Located on Biscayne Bay, 24 miles south of Miami and just east of the Homestead area, the FPL power plant is comprised of two main power units that generate about 1,400 million watts of electricity or roughly enough power to supply the annual needs of more than 45,000 homes.

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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 and has been a distinguished memb...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 of February 2014. Major Scott ...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 Justice, Education and Reform).
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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 cultural backgrounds and age groups,...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 an impressive convoy of people ...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 most recent accomplishment.

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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 rise today to recognize, simply p...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, Intergovernmental Representat...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 of Prayer. Community leaders and...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 expectations. A portion of the interior of the lobby at the William F. Dickinson Community Center was converted into a holding cell by the city’s own Quick Response Team and, over the course of the day, reserve officers from the city police force would bring in “scofflaws” including various residents as well as Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Maytan and Councilwoman Judy Waldman herself. Upon receiving bail from these and other “perpetrators,” they would be set free. Of course, the bail, in this case, amounted to a donation to benefit the Homestead Relay for Life.

Relay for Life, a yearly relay race organized by the American Cancer Society, is a widespread, global effort that involves some 20 countries and millions of participants that seek to raise money for cancer research. The event also raises awareness and honors those who have battled against this dreaded disease.

As a breast cancer survivor herself, this is an issue that really hits home with Councilwoman Waldman. “I know what it’s like to live with this disease, the terrible uncertainty that it brings, but I also know what it feels like to beat it. Anything that I can do to bring us closer to a world where cancer is curable and to empower those afflicted to summon the courage to fight this thing, then I will do it. I am so touched by the outpouring of goodwill and the tireless efforts of our city employees, police officers and other volunteers for getting this event off the ground and for making it such a giant success!”

A highly coordinated effort, the “Jail & Bail” event ended up raising in excess of 10 thousand dollars for this important cause. Among those that gave of themselves to ensure this event’s success were the entire City of Homestead Police Department Command Staff of Chief Al Rolle, Major Scott Kennedy, Capt. Marie Kent, Capt. Mallie Graham, Capt. Angela Washington and Capt. Tony Sincore. Reserve officers John Pepper, Natalie Viton, Ryan Khawly and Francisco Melo also contributed. Local vendors Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Sonic and Pollo Tropical donated food along with volunteers who provided baked goods. Of note, much of the logistics and planning for the event was administered by Utilities employee Michael Hitt and Community Center staff member Jacki Pilkington, both of whom have lost loved ones to cancer but whose dedication to the cause can help make the future bright for those struggling with the disease.

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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 years, FMEA has recognized the ef...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 1500-mile walk from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness for sexually abused children when the Mayor caught up with her just outside Naranja, FL.

Mayor Porter had this to say. “If you ever want to know what fearless conviction looks like, just look into the eyes of Lauren Book. Her ability to thrive in the face of what she had to go through and to capture the attention of an entire nation on a subject so critical in determining the future health of so many children is nothing short of amazing. I commend her and Lauren’s kids for all they do.”

Lauren's organization educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through an in school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. The organization also provides more than 4.5 million educational and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.

Lauren Book, herself a survivor of a six-year string of abuse at the hands of her nanny, embarked on her annual “Walk in My Shoes” long-distance walk on Wednesday, March 16 which will culminate in a rally on the capitol steps in Tallahassee. Book’s walk takes place in March and April, National Child Abuse Awareness and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, over a period of 42 days in honor of the 42 million survivors of child sex abuse in the U.S. and serves to raise awareness about child sexual abuse prevention, empower survivors and advocate for change in Florida law to relating to sexually violent predators and child protection.

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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 Community Center (951 SW 4th Street, H...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.

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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 this year’s South Beach Food and...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 Stephen Shelley, Councilwoman P...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 am and it stretches some 10.25...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 grocery chain, was also a major ...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 double as a holding cell and for...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 Middle School (6-8 grade) and Sen...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 Homestead, alongside its new gatewa...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 SW 4th Street) will be hostin...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 committee.

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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 demonstration teams travel the Un...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 Initiative, which was founded by Mrs. S...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.

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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 Williams Community Center (951 SW 4th Street...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 wholesale power supplier to municip...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 offers residents low cost spay and...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 food sources.

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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 Football Team became the southe...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. Perpetrators of this particular scam are ...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 results.

The Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation recently voted unanimously to adopt the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway as a priority in their agenda. The project was introduced by City of Homestead Lobbyist Robert Levy, who was in attendance at the January Homestead meeting and who has been long involved in supporting Councilwoman Waldman’s vision for the Greenway. This Legislative Delegation is a pivotal voting bloc that influences the creation, direction and enforcement of public policy.

“This is a project that would benefit all of Miami-Dade County by offering an alternative to our visitors who are interested in enjoying our wonderful natural resources,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “The trail is the only one in the country that connects two national parks, and with the increased interest from our residents and tourists to exercise while enjoying nature, the Greenway Trail will act as a huge economic engine for the greater South Dade area.”

The Homestead Biscayne-Everglades Greenway meeting was also attended by representatives from the offices of Congressman Joe Garcia, State Representative Holly Raschein, State Representative Kionne McGhee, Homestead Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall and representatives from Rails to Trail Conservancy, the Everglades Bicycle Club, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, South Florida Water Management District, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, and City of Homestead staff. The group vowed to support the project and proposed funding ideas as well as grassroots efforts to make this a priority in the state and federal levels.

The project started regaining traction last December, when the Greenway received 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 plants landscaping, even gravel and rest stations. The Greenway Trail, the only bicycle and walking path that connects two national parks, is the vision of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who for 12 years has tirelessly worked towards funding, promotion and utilization of this 42-mile multi-purpose park and trail system that links the natural, cultural and historical resources of South Florida.

This park-to-park Greenway loop provides a scenic, non-motorized tour route, for walking, jogging, bicycling, skating, competitive events, and passive activities such as bird watching or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the environment. The Master Plan of the project, which was spearheaded by Councilwoman Waldman in 2007, includes trail-heads that would be strategically placed to service patrons, along with pavilion comfort stations and/or rest-stops, removal of invasive plant species, and landscaping native plants and trees that foster native wildlife. The completed path would enhance the quality of life for local residents while offering a unique and attractive alternative for national and international visitors.

The Greenway has served as the trail for multiple City of Homestead Everglades and Biscayne Greenway Bicycle Festivals organized by Councilwoman Waldman. Over the past four years, the bike festival was a two-day ride that showcased Homestead as a town which encourages and supports bicycle riding for the whole family and highlights the Greenway Bike Trail as well as Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The festival was sponsored by the City of Homestead and facilitated by Homestead Main Street and supported by the Dr. Paul Dudley White National Bicycling Foundation, established in 1962. Homestead was one of the premier communities to spark interest in bicycling safety and bikeways nationwide at the time. In 1961, the City of Homestead was officially named the 'City of Bicycles' the first city to receive this title. A year later, in 1962, Homestead established the nation's first bikeway. The Biscayne-Everglades Bicycle Greenway will be a befitting tribute in recognition of these historic contributions by Homestead and its partnership with these two South Florida National Parks. With the focus on promoting the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, this year the City will host a free Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival on April 26th.

The City of Homestead, which was recently designated as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, has historically been a partner of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Councilwoman Waldman’s concept to connect these two national parks was a long and arduous journey, which in 2003, resulted in the 42-mile Greenway. Growing up in Homestead, Councilwoman Waldman often visited the parks and wondered how they could be connected to highlight the beauty of what this community has to offer. She passionately advocated for this project from its inception. This project is ranked one of three in importance in the State, and one of eighteen in Washington. Dade County has embraced the Greenway as well, making it the number one focus over the next fifty years.

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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 dog spay and neuter events.
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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 selected to participate. Your feedbac...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 the Y strengthen the Homestead c...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.

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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 January 22nd City Council meeti...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 January City Council meeting.

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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. The program, which was created ...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 National Poetry Month, and the City 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 taking pictures at a ribbon cutt...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 created in 2010 by Vice Mayor S...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 distinguished line-up of organizations and ...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 School who maintained a GPA of ...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 swearing in ceremony, Det. Aquino...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 Thanksgiving food drive and distrib...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., travels north on Krome Ave. and turns east on Campbell Drive towards US-1 to end at North Flagler Ave. A Pep Rally following the parade will be held at 1:30 pm at Harris Field Park Football Stadium.

The City of Homestead invites the community to a historic parade and pep rally in celebration of South Dade Senior High first State Football Championship win. The entire State Champion Buccaneers football team will be accompanied by the school’s marching band, cheerleaders, floats distributing candy and many others representing city government, local businesses and community groups as they make their way down Krome Avenue through Historic Downtown Homestead.

Beginning at 11:30 am, the parade route will commence on the corner of South Flagler Street and Krome Avenue, travel north on Krome Avenue and turn east on Campbell Drive towards US-1 ending at North Flagler Avenue. The event culminates at Harris Field Football Stadium with a celebratory pep rally set to start at 1:30 pm. This family fun community event will celebrate the Bucs 41-28 historic victory over Apopka Senior High School in the 8A State Championship game. The win is the first state football championship in the school’s 60 year history.

Join the fun along Krome Avenue Saturday, January 11 at 11:30 am. Bring the whole family wearing the South Dade Senior High school colors royal blue and white and witness the celebration of this historic win for the entire South Dade community!

For more information on how to participate or sponsor the parade please contact (305) 224-4447

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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 also lent the opportunity to int...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 rousing success.

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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 has been organized annually ...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 pies, donated by Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens. With the help of Parks & Recreation, QRT, and Jacki Pilkington, using donated bags from Wal-Mart and Walgreens, they assembled Thanksgiving packages and personally distributed the items to underpriviledged families at the William Dickinson Community Center on the afternoon of November 26, 2013.

The recipients were extremely grateful and included seniors from the Center, members from Life-Pointe Church, and families experiencing hardship who are serviced by Chapman Partnership.

“Hunger is advertised and well-known in other countries,” said Councilwoman Waldman, “but we don’t realize the hunger that exists in our very own community. The Mayor and I united our supplies in order to provide a complete meal. It warms my heart to hold events such as these; giving back just makes everything I do more relevant.”

Although Mayor Porter was not able to attend the distribution day, he was heavily involved in the preparation and organization of this Thanksgiving drive.

“Our City is filled with good, caring people who want to make a difference and better the life of their neighbors and fellow residents,” said Mayor Porter. “I give thanks for these folks as I give to those that are in need through even the smallest gesture. It is evident, my constituents are models of this desire as well. Each member of Council held some type of food drive during the holidays.”

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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 Memorandum of Understanding makin...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 grocery chain, was also a majo...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 for top honors and the chance t...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 part of this exciting new public ...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 Audubon Board planned this social al fresco event for the community that will be a lasting memory for all who attended. The Palace Gardens made every effort to impress with butler passed hors d'oeuvres and libations and a dinner service that was second to none. The villages were dressed in their holiday best. Palm trees decked in lights, a swimming pool surrounded with poinsettias, inflatable holiday figures and garlands were all on display.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently renovated clubhouse was in order and Homestead’s newest Executive, Mayor Jeff Porter was introduced along with the City of Homestead Council. Dignitaries, including three-term Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, and many others from various federal, state and county governments along with representatives from sister cities Florida City, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay were also in attendance. The evening also featured a parade of gifts that were donated for Councilwoman Waldman’s toy drive by some 300 hundred guests to benefit the children of the Homestead Soup Kitchen.

“I never tire of marveling on how the citizens of this great city are always so willing to give of themselves,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “It’s that neighborly spirit and sense of charity that makes the residents of Homestead so special and not just during the holidays but all year around.”

A special thanks goes out to Celebrity Rehab and Medical Center for offering free poolside chair massages to the guests. That was a nice touch to the end of a workday!

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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 underprivileged families thanks to a Than...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 from bio waste material that, ot...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, which took place in the newly ren...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, is Dinner with Santa. For a $7 c...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 dedication to the Homestead community and long history in the city.

“This is in recognition of your commitment to making a difference in our community. You believed in Homestead and your business continues to make a difference in our city” said Councilman Williams about Spitzer Chrysler Dodge, the main sponsor for this year’s Homestead Rodeo. “Thank you for your continued support, care and commitment to impact positively the lives of our residents.”

During the financial meltdown of 2008, when the future of the country’s automobile industry was in crisis, the Homestead dealership suffered the blow of having its doors closed. Mr. Rowe petitioned the Homestead City Council at the time to draft a resolution to persuade Chrysler to save the dealership. The resolution passed and Spitzer Chrysler Dodge was back in business. In recounting the story, Councilman Williams proclaimed, “All of you have done a Herculean job over the years to turn that dealership around. The City of Homestead salutes you!”

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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, which took place in the newly ren...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 acknowledgement was presented to J...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 Youth Council. The Youth Counci...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 1996, the Chapman Partnership has ...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 Homestead-Miami Speedway and South Dad...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.

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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 proclamation to Start Off Smart, In...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 project, which was developed by the City’s Public Information Office with the help of a number of volunteers, was also recognized at the October City Council meeting by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, who wanted to bring attention to its national recognition.

“It is important to bring attention to the various properties we have in Homestead that are on the local and national historic registry. We are proud of the terrific team who put this great idea together and especially of all the volunteers who donated their time and photos to make this project a reality,” said Councilman Shelley, Liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Board. “The free Then and Now booklet is available to all our residents and visitors who are continuously picking up copies at the Historic Town Hall Museum and learning about our past and the historic architecture of our buildings. We are truly proud of this national recognition.”

The “Homestead Then & Now” booklet contains an easy-to-follow map of a historic tour that can be taken for the most part walking or by hopping on the free Homestead Trolley. The guide contains former and current photographs of each property, and they are each accompanied by a description of the architectural style and colorful stories of the historically-designated building and its proprietors.

The booklet was made possible thanks to the collaboration of various Homestead residents and organizations. Councilman Shelley recognized the following contributors: Begoñe Cazalis, City of Homestead Public Information Officer, who initiated and managed the project; Kim Foster, graphic designer; Yvonne Knowles, Chairwoman of the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and Executive Director of Homestead Main Street, who compiled the information, drafted the text of the guide and tracked down the historic photos; Robert Chaplin, from R.L. Chaplin Photography, who donated the current photographs of the historic buildings; Local historians Bob Jensen, George Grunwell and Larry Wiggins, who collaborated in providing and fact checking historic information; and Ruth Campbell from The Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, as well as the Florida City Pioneer Museum, and the Gentner, Bow, McMichaels and Chipley families who donated the historic photography from their collections.

The Savvy Awards competition from 3CMA recognizes outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing. For more information on the award and 3CMA, visit them at their website: http://www.3cma.org/index.aspx?NID=59.

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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 officers, and led the swearing-in ...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 Quarter Award. During the Octobe...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 Fraternity, Inc Day. The fraternit...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 will serve to immortalize the jour...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, which is paid by the brave me...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 students in business practices. During The October City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough introduced the first class of the YEA! Program and congratulated the students for their initiative and interests in learning how to create and operate their own business.

“Today they are young entrepreneurs, but tomorrow they are future business leaders stimulating the economy here in the City of Homestead,” said Councilwoman Fairclough during the presentation. “I commend the Chamber for bringing this program to our city and cultivating the talent of our business savvy students.”

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of launching a real business over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims at teaching students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job.

Congratulations to the following students of the 2013-2014 YEA! school year class:
Aramis Pagan Keys Gate Charter School, Armani Pagan Keys Gate Charter School, Au'Leecia Nicole Larry Keys Gate Charter School, Charisse B Mellison Robert Morgan High School, Christopher Eduardo Jimenez Keys Gate Charter High, Cristian Bailey Keys Gate Charter School, Dave Francois Keys Gate Charter High School, Dean Smith Keys Gate Charter School, Erika Smith Keys Gate Charter High School, Gabriela Auguste Keys Gate Charter School, John H. Bowles Home School, Larissa Monjaraz Keys Gate Charter School, Matthew Tyler Strange Keys Gate Charter High School, Oluwatobi Onayemi Keys Gate Charter School, Richard J Gibson Keys Gate Charter School, Sean D. Grey Mast Medical Academy, Tykevia J. Nelson Keys Gate Charter School.

For more information on YEA! visit the following website: http://www.chamberinaction.com/pages/YoungEntrepreneursAcademy/

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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 customers to make a utility payment ...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 took place in the newly renovate...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 Committee, honored Ms. LaGuardia’s 30 ...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 organization of the event, hono...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 won the Best Speaker at the Divis...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, who recently attended service...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 Security, for her excellent inves...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 book, entitled, Homestead, Florida. . . . From Railroad Boom to Sonic Boom, co-authored by Seth H. Bramson and Bob Jensen.

In addition to meeting the authors of the Homestead story, attendees were able to get to know many other local authors who offered their books for sale at the various colorful tents located in Losner Park. The Book Fair also had a continuous schedule of Authors’ Talks inside the Old Town Hall Museum. Authors who spoke at the Meet the Authors Forum included: Seth Bramson, Bob Jensen, writers of Homestead, Florida. . . . From Railroad Boom to Sonic Boom; Laura Ogden, writer of Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades; Charlie Hudson, local author of many books including Deadly Doubloons; Larry Perez, author of Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion; Angela M. Thomas, writer of Never Give Up, and known South Florida naturalist and author Roger Hammer, who presented his latest book Florida Icons: 50 Classics Views of the Sunshine State. Additionally, the local Lamplighter's Writing Group conducted various Writer's Workshops throughout the event.

The Homestead Kiwanis conducted their successful Children's Book Give-Away, and hundreds of children went home with new books. A variety of Food Trucks lined up along Krome Avenue, and the exciting Mojo Scoundrels played lively music from Losner Park stage.

The event was a successful afternoon dedicated to our history, our culture and literature!

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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. Councilwoman Judy Waldman lea...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 proclamation joining the nation...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 local artists by organizing ex...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 the organization of the event, ...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 residents who performed an act of kindn...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 schools is something long-time educator Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick knows too well. At the September Special Presentation section of the Homestead City Council meetin...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 trucks to satisfy moviegoer’s app...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 p.m. and includes all needed su...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 Mexican-American and Central American ...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 restaurant and is the Southernmost...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 plants landscaping, even gravel and rest stations. The Greenway Trail, the only bicycle and walking path that connects two national parks, is the vision of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who for 12 years has tirelessly worked towards funding, promotion and utilization of this 42-mile multi-purpose park and trail system that links the natural, cultural and historical resources of South Florida.

This park-to-park Greenway loop provides a scenic, non-motorized tour route, for walking, jogging, bicycling, skating, competitive events, and passive activities such as bird watching or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the environment. The Master Plan of the project, which was spearheaded by Councilwoman Waldman in 2007, includes trail-heads that would be strategically placed to service patrons, along with pavilion comfort stations and/or rest-stops, removal of invasive plant species, and landscaping native plants and trees that foster native wildlife. The completed path would enhance the quality of life for local residents while offering a unique and attractive alternative for national and international visitors.

“We are one of the only cities in America located between two national parks, and we have an amazing opportunity to connect these two parks through a greenway trail making this a national tourism destination,” said Councilwoman Judy Waldman during the check presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting. “I thank the National Parks Conservation Association for providing the funds to create an example of what the entire Greenway will be. The Greenway Trail will act as a huge economic engine for the greater South Dade area. Bicyclists and other recreation enthusiasts will come from far and wide to enjoy the trail and our two national parks.”

The Greenway has served as the trail for multiple City of Homestead Everglades and Biscayne Greenway Bicycle Festivals organized by Councilwoman Waldman. The Bike Festival is a unique two-day event that showcases Homestead as a town which encourages and supports bicycle riding for the whole family and highlights the Greenway Bike Trail as well as Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The festival is sponsored by the City of Homestead and facilitated by Homestead Main Street and is supported by the Dr. Paul Dudley White National Bicycling Foundation, established in 1962. Homestead was one of the premier communities to spark interest in bicycling safety and bikeways nationwide at the time. In 1961, the City of Homestead was officially named the 'City of Bicycles' the first city to receive this title. A year later, in 1962, Homestead established the nation's first bikeway. The Biscayne-Everglades Bicycle Greenway will be a befitting tribute in recognition of these historic contributions by Homestead and its partnership with these two South Florida National Parks.

The City of Homestead, which was recently designated as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, has historically been a partner of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Councilwoman Waldman’s concept to connect these two national parks was a long and arduous journey, which in 2003 resulted the 42-mile Greenway. Growing up in Homestead, Councilwoman Waldman often visited the parks and wondered how they could be connected to highlight the beauty of what this community has to offer. She passionately advocated for this project from its inception. This project is ranked one of three in importance in the State, and one of eighteen in Washington. Dade County has embraced the Greenway as well, making it the number one focus over the next fifty years.

Councilwoman Waldman and the City of Homestead continue to work with the National Park Service, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida and Federal Government to secure funding to construct the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway project. A safer alternative to sharing the road with cars, the Greenway Trail will run mainly along levees and other green space through the historic cities of Homestead and Florida City, with endpoints at the visitor centers at Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The project has been in the works for more than a decade and includes parcels of land owned by the City of Homestead and other parcels owned by outside entities, such as the South Florida Water Management District, for which Homestead has obtained agreements for access.

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, who connected the NPCA with Councilwoman Waldman’s project, invited Representative Jacqueline Crucet to a special presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting to present the City of Homestead with the check in support of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail project. The pilot project that will be funded by this grant will focus on a highly visible section of the route and will improve the trail with even gravel, removal of invasive plants, landscaping with native plants, and signage. Future projects will include the creation of rest areas with shaded structures and water stations. The improvement to the trail with landscaping and signage will serve to define the Greenway Trail as a continuous green corridor linking two national parks.

“NPCA is delighted to support this homegrown effort that will not only link two national parks but also provides locals and visitors an opportunity to navigate a portion of south Florida by walking or biking in nature and away from traffic and congestion,” said NPCA representative Jacqueline Crucet. “This Greenway Trail provides not only an alternative route to the parks, it changes the journey from cars and asphalt to a natural tranquil setting. NPCA hopes the City will be able to leverage this initial investment in the Greenway Trail to bring other organizations and companies to match this support so that bit by bit, we will see the 42-mile greenway trail loop complete.”

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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 serves graduating students from t...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 Miami-Dade County League of Cities wa...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 were distributed to local underp...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 Youth Council took it upon themselv...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 residents reached out to me as...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 their home and lives for variou...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 people of homestead about life wit...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 dedication to continuing their ...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 raised $95,000 to feed about 500 ...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 gently-used and new clothing for men, women, and children in need, located inside the South Dade Skills Center, 28300 SW 152 Avenue, as well as the William F. Brantley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13.

On June 25th, 2013, Amber Woods, Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s intern, and her father, Allen Woods, donated over $3,000 worth of clothing in memory of Sally Woods. Sally, a longtime friend of Councilwoman Waldman, was killed in a car accident due to a distracted driver in October of 2011.

“My mom wouldn’t want these clothes to just gather dust, and they’re nice clothes; some still with the tags. When I heard about Judy’s Closet, I knew it was the perfect place for her clothes,” said Amber. “She was always volunteering and trying to help better our community, and Judy’s Closet does just that, offering clothes for interviews, graduations and proms; not to mention, it is run by her friends.”

People come to Judy’s Closet from all over the community to find clothing for all kinds of occasions – a job interview, graduation, or a beautiful gown for prom. Primarily, graduating students from the South Dade Skills Center, access Judy’s Closet as they are preparing for their careers. Judy’s Closet was there for Ms. Christina Marie Campos who sent a letter for her gratitude:

My name is Christina Marie Campos. This letter that I am writing is to explain how humble and thankful I am for Judy's Closet. Judy's Closet allowed me the opportunity to use their clothing for a job interview. I recently completed the Administrative Office Assistant classes at the South Dade Educational Center. Education that I received was paid for by the Farm Workers Jobs and Education program. Through the Farm Workers program, they assisted me with obtaining a job as a part- time -secretary. However, their work does not stop there. They assisted me once again by providing me clothing from Judy's Closet for an interview. I am forever thankful for the partnership that the Farm Workers program has with Judy's Closet.

“I started Judy’s Closet for people just like Ms. Campos, who are looking to better their lives and their families or who might just need a helping hand to get through a difficult period,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “Amber and Allen donated so many beautiful clothes which will help create an important and special moment in someone’s life. The Woods are so generous to share so much!”

If you are in need of clothes or wish to make a donation, please contact Councilwoman Waldman’s office at (305) 224-4454 to schedule an appointment.

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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 update a business webpage for free...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 of Councilman Maldonado's alma maters: Campbell Drive K-8 Center and Campbell Drive Middle School.

During his visit to Campbell Drive K-8 Center, Councilman Maldonado passed out pencils to students, visited numerous classrooms and shared his thoughts and vision for the new year with Miami-Dade County Public Schools South Region Director Dr. Alex Martinez and Principal Thelma Fornell.

While at Campbell Drive Middle School, Councilman Maldonado addressed the 8th graders at their orientation. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity to receive a good education and stressed the importance of studying hard, staying focused, being respectful of themselves and others, and thanking their teachers. After the 8th Grade Orientation, Councilman Maldonado, along with Saif Ishoof, Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Miami, visited several classrooms and spoke with the students and teachers.

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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 important event and for offering Home...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 Day that took place Saturday May...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 10 partly sponsored by The City...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 dollars prior to the event along ...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 Complex.

“Hurricane Andrew was ...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 special presentations.

“On beha...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 family goes back many years, as I li...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 elected officials marched together against crime in City of Homestead neighborhoods.

“As a community we need to come together hand in hand against violence, drugs, and other crimes and send a message that we will not tolerate it in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Bateman. “I would like to thank the Community Policing & Crime Watch committee for putting this important event together along with Greater New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. The solidarity shown by our residents, community leaders, and elected officials, will go a long way in promoting safety and unity in our community.”

Dozens of local residents marched on the “Unity In Our Community” rally held on Saturday, July 20th along with various community leaders including Florida Senator Dwight Bullard, Florida State Representative Kionne L. McGhee, Mayor Steven Bateman Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, South Miami Dade District Director of the Office of Congressman Joe Garcia Mr. Kevin Chambliss, Greater New Mt. Zion Pastor Reverend Samuel E. Sullivan and Brother Winston Ellington who helped organize the event, and the members of the Community Policing & Crime Watch Committee. The group first gathered at the Greater New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church where they began marching and praying through the streets in a expression of unity against crime, and ended the march at Phichol Williams Community Center.

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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 be on display at ArtSouth and t...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 Primary National Championship.

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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 payment in cash or by a card they are...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 Gardens, Homestead Police Departmen...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, Mrs. Moran, was recognized by C...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 Commerce South Dade Young Entreprene...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 members participate in regular...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! Councilman Jimmie Williams III and...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 Avenue between US1 and Palm Dri...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.

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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 Missionary Baptist Church Day in h...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 performance levels at her school.

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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 efforts to appeal for peace and a c...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 a “Water Update.” When residen...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 event that allowed us to raise...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 east side of Farm Life Road an...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 rides, food and drinks, and an Ind...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 businesses are very important to ...Read on...

Posted on: July 3, 2013

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

Homestead City Vice-Mayor 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 2010 by Vice-Mayor Shelley to hi...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 Hospitals in the April/May 2013 issue ...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 participation in this year’s Kids 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 Councilman Stephen R. Shelley during a ...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 honored for their commitment in t...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 success through their hard work and...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 elected officials from the municipa...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 Senator Gwen Margolis, Florida State ...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 Waldman, held an appreciation awa...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 program.

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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 honoring Veterans and active Mili...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 Methodist Christian School Month ...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 Breakfast. Councilman Maldonado...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 successful event attracted thous...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 surprised by one of the kindergart...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2013

City of Homestead Summer Camp Registration Opens

City of Homestead Summer Camp 2013

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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 Drive K-8 student Ryan Taute, as ...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, which was founded by former Mia...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 outstanding and dedicated serv...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 Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a...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 by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclo...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 students were honored with a medal ...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 Company and Community Bank of Flor...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 Law Enforcement Officers memoria...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 their lives to make sure child...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 in the South Dade community.

The South Dade Care Awards honors those who make a difference in the South Dade community. This year was no different as Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, along with Teri Weinstein Trivizas, Community Liaison Representative for Dr. Larry Feldman, School Board Member, District 9, and Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and pleasure of presenting Mrs.Valtena Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and former South Region Superintendent with the Education Impact Award.

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, alongside Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and privilege of presenting the Outstanding South Dade Supporter Award to Jacqui Colyer who received the award on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust has demonstrated support for organizations that serve the area through investing its dollars and resources and supporting policy changes to improve the health and lifestyle of residents in the area.

The Children’s Trust emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide the programs and services needed by children and families and to effect community-wide change. Since their inception, The Children's Trust has encouraged creative approaches to coordinating, integrating and funding services across and within the areas of health, safety, development and promoted increased parental and community involvement on behalf of all our children, while stressing accountability and results.

For more information on the Children’s Trust, visit http://www.thechildrenstrust.org

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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 Commission is a non-profit org...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 C. Bateman proclaimed April 27t...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.

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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 recognized the efforts of Florida’s m...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 show their appreciation for their ...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 Meeting, naming April 2013 as Fa...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 to recipient Yolanda Mack at the “Day of the Young Child,” Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Homestead Campus.

The Day of the Young Child event invited families to enjoy a host of interactive, early-childhood educational activities with a focus on the mental, physical, and emotional development of children from birth to eight years of age. More 50 groups participated in this year’s event including the Miami Museum of Science, the Miami Children’s Museum, Zoo Miami, The Children’s Movement of Florida, and Everglades National Park.

“It was an honor to participate in this year’s Day of the Young Child event,” said Councilman Maldonado. “Children are our future and it is important to create programs and events that focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize all the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Miami Dade College’s Early Childhood Education Program does an excellent job of preparing and equipping teachers with all the experience they need and they also did an excellent job with this very successful event.”

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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 Homestead Solid Waste employee during a...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 Homestead City Council meeting.
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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 meeting.

“As the winners of...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 the power restoration operatio...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 Filippucci presented Mayor Steven C. Bateman with funds raised at the event to be used towards the Homestead Autism Resource Center.

“There are no options for after school activities for children with autism,” said Mayor Steven Bateman, whose son Austin is diagnosed with autism. “This is why we are working towards creating an Autism Resource Center in Homestead, which would offer after school programs to teach life skills to our children with autism.”

The Vice-President of Resource Development of the Special Olympics in Miami-Dade County Cheryl A. Lawko was also present during the meeting when Florida Rock Stars presented the donation. Special Olympics is one of the organizations that could potentially partner in the future with the Homestead Autism Resource Center to create after school programs involving sports. This Friday, at 8:30 am is the Homestead Law Enforcement Torch Run of the Special Olympics starting at 891 N Homestead Blvd Homestead, FL 33030

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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 Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid,...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 with a proclamation, in which Ma...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 goal of the Academic Quiz show, a ...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 in Wellington, Florida on Janua...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 March 20th Homestead City Counci...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 Appreciation Day Event on Saturday, M...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 Dade Days – a celebration of Mia...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 Services sent a five-man crew to help with the power restoration effort. These five Homestead Energy Services employees were recognized by Councilman Stephen Shelley on behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman at the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting for their heroic efforts to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy on Arlington Street in Westbury, New York.

“Here in Homestead we have experience in dealing with hurricanes and storms and it makes me very proud that our staff is using that knowledge to help those in need,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “We know very well what it is to be without power for long periods of time, as well as to be left without a home after a hurricane. I am glad we were able to use our resources to help after Sandy, just like many helped us after Hurricane Andrew.”

After receiving many emails documenting the efforts of this five-man crew, one email in particular stood out to Councilwoman Waldman who decided to recognize Homestead Energy Services linemen William Miner, Wil Worrall, Bret West, Marco Quijano, and Jonathan Ingram for their help restoring power in the area. A resident from Arlington Street in Westbury, New York sent the following email to the City of Homestead.

“On behalf of a few hundred neighbors along Arlington St. here in Westbury Long Island, we want to extend our thanks to your small crew of four linemen from Homestead Energy Services of Homestead FL (Wil indicated that John had to return to Florida urgently). They were actually stopped on their way to another assignment by another resident of the block, but after seeing our situation, assured us they wouldn't leave until we were restored. They proceeded to fix our issue within 3 hours, with help from some tree trimmers from Indiana. Much of our Westbury/New Cassel area had been restored late Monday November 5th , but continuing issues on this block knocked out our little area of about 100 customers early Tuesday again, and many here felt, after calling LIPA multiple times per day, that we were falling through the cracks and may not be addressed for several more days. Thus many people on this block felt a sense of desperation. Wil, Brett, Marco and Bill have become the heroes of Arlington St. We want to highly commend their efficient work and their friendly, patient attitudes with us.”

Councilwoman Waldman also helped the victims of Hurricane Sandy by conducting the “Homestead Gives Back Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive” in which she was able to fill a large truck with hundreds of much needed donations for the residents of Rockaway, New York. Councilwoman Waldman was able to secure vast donations of food, blankets and other needed items with the help of residents and sponsors such as the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Farm Share, Congressman Joe Garcia, Jose Camarillo, from Sky Net, and northAmerican Van Lines and Homestead Transfer and Storage, Co., which donated the truck and driver that delivered the donations.

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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 Outhouse race.

“This year’s ch...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 the category for utilities with 6...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 of Excellence Award.

“It is ...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 and volunteers for their invalu...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 Homestead as “The Gateway to the Evergl...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 Florida a child is left without a lov...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 a certificate of appreciation ...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 positive way. The annual event, hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women annually honors women who have exemplified Professional Development, Community Responsibility, Leadership and Vision, Contribution to Women's Progress, and Promotion of Pluralism in the community.

Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who was honored in 2005 with the Pioneer Women Award of In The Company of Woman for her service and dedication to her community, attended this year’s events where past and present winners were recognized as part of the jubilee celebration.

“I commend all the women that were honored this year and in the past for their dedication and exemplary service in our community,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “In the Company of Women is an inspiring program that honors those of us who have excelled in professionalism and service and is a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month.”

In the Company of Women was created in 1989 as a way to unite the diverse population of Miami-Dade County by recognizing outstanding women who have impacted our community in a positive way. Winners are from many professions including government and politics, law, health, education, the arts, sports, business, journalism and the social sciences. This popular and prestigious event serves as part of Women's History Month, observed annually in March. The event has received recognition from the National Association of Counties and the Southern Region of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In the Company of Women is part of the programming presented by Miami-Dade Parks' Women's Park. Officially dedicated in 1992, The Women's Park honors all women in Miami-Dade County in recognition of their diverse contributions to improving our community's quality of life.

City of Homestead Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who has been a member of the Homestead City Council since November of 2001, has made various contributions to her community. Among her contributions is the creation and adoption of the first Parks Master’s Plan in the City of Homestead, which included improvements to all of the community parks. Councilwoman Waldman envisioned and brought forward the development of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, a multipurpose park and trail system that connects Biscayne National Park to Everglades National Park.

Councilwoman Waldman has also been an avid fundraiser for the American Cancer Society since 1986 and has served as chair and lead organizer of the Homestead Relay for Life. She and her husband, Dr. Mervin Waldman, also founded the Little Angels Foundation in 1999, a non-profit organization that supports children with developmental, learning, and emotional problems. She is also a charter member of the Homestead Hospital Pineapple Gala Committee, which helps raise funds for the pediatric ward. She has also conducted various relief drives, most recently one to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Councilwoman Waldman is not only dedicated to help her community but to acknowledge those who serve as well. She founded the Kindness Awards during Hurricane Andrew’s 10th Anniversary as a way to recognize individuals who perform acts of kindness in times of need.

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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 and invite their friends and f...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 everything in the tragedy.

For...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 located in the Southwest area of...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 Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough McCormick...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 victims of violence in our City. If...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 Care Packages is a program fou...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 ArtSouth’s Sanctuary/Theater and w...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 Homestead / Florida City Relay For Life...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 officials to develop their skill...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 the events that commemorated the...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 number of sponsors and contributor...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.

“The Centennial Committee and Co...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. Shelley in an effort to beauti...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 will be arts and crafts, and gift certificates will be given out. Hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments will also be available.

Special guests include City of Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Police Benevolent Association (PBA), East Homestead CCD, Fire Rescue Officers from Dade Corrections along with the K9 Units, Homestead Police Department's Crime Watch Committee, Homestead Area Schools Principals, Social Workers, and Mental Health Specialists.

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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 seen all over Harris Field enj...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 students’ knowledge of various subje...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 Commissioner Lynda Bell, Vice-Chai...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, at 5 pm at The William F. “Bill...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 renowned local photographer Robert C...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 City Hall on 790 N. Homestead Bl...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 tradition for Councilwoman Wald...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 restoration.

The conference, ...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 participate in the internationally know...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 special presentation at the Jan...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 & Bicycle Giveaway was made possible with the help of various local businesses and organizations that donated the necessary resources to make this important program a success.

At a special presentation during the January 2013 City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick recognized all the local businesses, non-profits, and individuals who supported her Books and Bicycles Giveaway program.
“This program offers our children the gift of education as well as the gift of recreation,” said Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick. “Our community once again came together to make sure many children in need can have the opportunity to read and live a healthy life. From my heart to your hands I want to thank you. Your generosity made Christmas possible for these children and that is the greatest gift of all.”

Auto Infinity Insurance was instrumental in placing the gift of literacy into the hands of our children, said Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, who read a proclamation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman declaring January 16, 2013 as Auto Infinity Insurance Day. The Insurance company donated hundreds of books in both Spanish and English to Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick’s program through its Read Conmigo campaign. The Auto Infinity Insurance parent-focused bilingual literacy campaign encourages Hispanic parents to read to their children at home through the distribution of free English-Spanish children’s books.

At the special presentation Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick also awarded certificates of recognition to all the local businesses, non-profits and individuals who contributed to the 2012 Books and Bicycles event. Among those recognized were Saundra Lange, Senior VP of 1st National Bank of South Florida, Rick del Vecchio from Armstrong Ford, Willie Carpenter from Community Bank of South Florida, Mike Kiley, VP of FP&L Turkey Point Plat, Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital, Feliz Martinez from Lennar, Tony Garcia from The Keyes Company, Adam Rosenblum from The Palace Gardens, Larry Roth from This is For The Kids, Inc. Feliz Martinez, from Lennar, the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department, and Homestead resident Bonnie King Moran. .

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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 Councilwoman Waldman organized.
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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, 2012. The event offers underprivil...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.

A special thanks to the busi...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 City of Homestead also celebrat...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 Waldman’s annual Christmas Toy Drive f...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 Miami Recruiting Battalion.

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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 Florida Power & Light/ Turkey Point Power Plant for volunteering to build the Homestead Centennial parade float, a replica of Homestead’s old Flagler Railway station.

“We are so grateful for FP&L’s support of the Homestead Centennial,” said Centennial Steering Committee Chairwoman Yvonne Knowles, who presented the plaques. “Not only are they one of the main sponsors of the Homestead Centennial, but their generous efforts made a reality our dream to create a Centennial float to commemorate the 100 years of the City of Homestead.”

Chairwoman Yvonne Knowles and other members of the Centennial Steering Committee met with Bob Bertelson, Land Utilization Supervisor at FPL/ Turkey Point, and his team, just four weeks before the Centennial float was scheduled to run its first course at the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade. With dedication and hard work put into effect, without delay, the reproduction of the railway station was completed on time for their debut.

“After meeting with Chairwoman Knowles and the Centennial Steering Committee, my team and I, immediately, went to work on something that would grow and we could take pride in,” said Bob Bertelson. “Now, we have this awesome Centennial float.”

The volunteering recognition awards were presented to Senior Vice-President of Turkey Point, Michael Kiley, Bob Bertelson, Land Utilization Supervisor at FPL/ Turkey Point, and a team of 14, who volunteered their time toward constructing a replica of Henry Flagler’s old Homestead Flagler Railway station into a Centennial float. The float was first present at the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade, and can next be seen at the Homestead Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Saturday, January 19th at noon, and the Homestead Rodeo Parade, Saturday, January 25th at 11 am in Downtown Homestead. The float will also be on display at the main Homestead Centennial event Saturday, February 2nd at Harris Field.

“This was not created for the recognition, but for our commitment to the community,” said Michael Kiley. “This is just one additional project that we are giving back to the City of Homestead.”

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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 Steven C. Bateman, the council memb...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 Steven C. Bateman during the Decem...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 in which Mayor Steven C. Batema...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 donating a wreath for Wreaths Acro...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 Homestead’s Centennial.

To achieve th...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 was to bring together a commun...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 chosen from hundreds of entries for their consideration and dedication to rescuing and fostering canines in need. The Family of the Year contest celebrates families across the country that are giving back and paying it forward within their communities.

On behalf of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, the Board of County Commissioners, and the residents of Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Lynda Bell presented Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess with a plaque honoring the Burgess family for their contributions to the community and for winning the Family of the Year award. The Burgess family works closely with a local non-profit organization called This is the Dog!, which is devoted to finding homes for abandoned and stray animals. This is the Dog! is co-headed by Vice-Mayor Burgess’ wife Charelle Burgess, a pet adoption and rescue activist.

“I felt that it was my personal responsibility to come and bring recognition to you, Vice-Mayor Burgess,” said by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bell at the November Homestead City Council meeting where she presented the plaque. “I am very proud of you and your family.”

Vice Mayor Burgess thanked Commissioner Bell for recognizing his family for the work they do with the animals. “Rescuing and helping these animals is very important to us because we firmly believe that the education of humane care of animals and spay/neuter programs are the answer and the hope in stopping pet overpopulation and animal abuse,” said Vice-Mayor Burgess.

Vice-Mayor Burgess took the opportunity to thank all of the voters of Miami-Dade County in this past election for voting yes on ballot #240, resulting in the passing of the Pets’ Trust initiative. Pets' Trust Miami, a ballot item that was co-sponsored by Commissioner Lynda Bell, is a citizens' initiative to improve animal welfare, increase adoptions and decrease overpopulation by providing free and low-cost spay/neuter, low-cost veterinary care and educational programs.

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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 services from the Homestead Soup K...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 Faiclough-Mccormick and KW Property Managem...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. Councilwoman Judy Waldman, wh...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 and Health Science Magnet Academ...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 the City of Homestead Council Cha...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 Storage and the Homestead-Miami S...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 Avenue, continued North on Krome un...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 Senior High Buccaneers in a tr...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 Tuesday, October 30th. Homestead...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 of a historic tour that can be taken for the most part walking or by hopping on the free Homestead Trolley. The guide contains old and current photographs of each property and they are each accompanied by a description of the architecture style and colorful stories of the historically-designated building and its proprietors.

The “Homestead Then & Now” booklet was designed as a self-guided tour to help visitors and residents learn more about how the City of Homestead developed. Starting in 1903 with the early railroad days that opened South Florida to commerce and to homesteading, the past unfolds on the walking tour by taking visitors through the heart of the early pioneer’s town in the Historic Downtown Homestead District and unto additional designated historic structures outside of the historic district. All properties identified in the map have been designated Historic by the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and as such are protected for future generations. The guide also includes beautiful Homestead postcards from decades past and a timeline of the most important events in the City’s history.

The publication can be found for free at various designations such as the Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Ave. Homestead, the Pioneer Museum, 826 N. Krome Avenue, Florida City, opening its doors again on November 3rd, City Hall, 790 N. Homestead Blvd., as well as in some of the designated historic buildings that are open to the public such as the Hotel Redland and Art South. You can also view a digital copy of the booklet in the City’s website at www.cityofhomestead.com/HistoricTour

The booklet was made possible thanks to the collaboration of various Homestead residents and organizations. Yvonne Knowles, chairwoman of the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and Executive Director of Homestead Main Street, compiled the information, drafted the text of the guide and tracked down the historic photos. Robert Chaplin, from R.L. Chaplin Photography, donated the current photographs of the historic buildings. Local historians Bob Jensen, George Grunwell and Larry Wiggins collaborated in providing and fact checking historic information. The Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, Florida City Pioneer Museum, and the Gentner, Bow, McMichaels and Chipley families donated the historic photography from their collections.

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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 Police Chief Alexander E. Rolle, Jr. and midnight shift supervisors I am honored to nominate Officer Pete Perez for Officer of the Month for August 2012 for the second time this year,” said Captain Marie Kent Operations Divisions Commander.

Mayor Steven C. Bateman also awarded a recognition to Officer Perez on behalf of the City Council for his courageous efforts, heroism and dedication to his community and profession. “He is one of the finest officers on the force and it is my honor to award him for his exemplary service,” said Mayor Steven C. Bateman

During the presentation, Captain Kent read the letter that was submitted by Lieutenant Tony Sincore for the nomination of Officer Pete Perez.

“On behalf of the Midnight Shift supervisors, I am honored to nominate Officer Pete Perez for
Officer of the Month (August, 2012) for a second time this year!Officer Perez was hired by the City of Homestead Police Department on October 16th, 2005.
Officer Perez is assigned to Uniform Patrol, currently working Midnight Shift.

In August, 2012 Officer Perez made twenty-two (22) arrests (10 felonies /12 misdemeanors);categorized as: 6 narcotics arrests (4-felonies/2 misdemeanors), 4 arrests for robbery (felonies),
4 warrant arrests (i-felony / 3- misdemeanors), 4 arrests for providing false information to alaw enforcement officer (misdemeanors), 2 traffic arrests (misdemeanors), 1 child neglect
(felony) and 1 domestic battery (misdemeanor). In addition, Officer Perez issued 15 trafficcitations, and made 26 citizen contacts (F.I. cards) seeking out other potential subjects
throughout the City during his shifts. Further, Officer Perez was the primary unit dispatched tocalls for service and self-initiated extra security watches in neighborhoods and businesses
totaling 223 primary calls for service.Expanding on Officer Perez' four arrests for robbery on August 8th, 2012, Officer Perez was
conducting an ex-watch on the Busway between 5W 4 Street and SW 8 Street when OfficerPerez noticed four males walking northbound. One of the males threw down a pair of gloves as
Officer Perez approached them. As back up units arrived, Officer Perez interviewed the malesseparately which led to the males admitting they were in Homestead looking to rob people.
Further interviewing led to three of the males admitting they burglarized a school in FloridaCity, stealing two computers from the school. Remembering a theft of computers from Ace
Academy (a special needs school) in Florida City, Officer Perez diligently sought out and gainedcooperation from the offenders to take him on location in Florida City to recover the
computers; both computers were recovered in excellent condition. The computers werereturned to Ace Academy just prior to the start of the school year! ('The two computers were
valued at over $16,000.00 dollars). Subsequently, Florida City Detective Bureau was able toclear six arrests for burglary that occurred at Ace Academy from Officer Perez' subjects.
Florida City Police Detective Joey Shiver advised he has worked with Officer Perez in the pastand is impressed with Officer Perez' investigative skills and how he particularly handled this
case. According to Detective Shiver, there were no subjects or leads to follow up on in regardsto the stolen computers. Detective Shiver pointed out, "Both of our communities benefited
today because of the dedication Officer Perez has for law enforcement".Officer Perez is consistently a top worker, a leader, setting a standard for others to follow.
Officer Perez' work ethic is second to none, with a resolve for a healthier community.It is with great pleasure that Officer Pete Perez is nominated for Augusts' Officer of the Month,
2012. Congratulations for a job well done!”

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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 by Nov. 8 at fdotmaimidade.com/work-program. Monroe County's hearing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Marathon Government Center EOC Room on 2798 Overseas Highway Marathon 33050 RSVP by Nov. 22 at fdotmonroe.com/work-program.

If you can't attend the public hearings will also be available online at the same dates and times listed above. Log on at fdotmiamidade.com/work-program or fdotmonroe.com/work-program. For more information, please send an e-mail to wpcomments@fdot.state.fl.us

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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 helped us honor kindness and service...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 during the October City Council m...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 competed against 320 contestants f...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 the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® ...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 the essay, photography and art p...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 meeting to welcome Superintend...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 Homestead’s electrical operati...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 Power Week is a chance for Hom...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 Council meeting, for successf...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 and their families, who enjoyed ...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 during a Special Call meeting on Mon...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, spends her time training locally 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.

Brito has extensive experience in t...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 has made a strong commitment t...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 Pastor Brock Shiffer Day.

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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 help strangers overcome this di...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 provide feedback. To create a smoother transition, a link to access the old website will be on the left side of the homepage for a limited time.

The new site not only presents a complete new design that highlights the spirit of our community, but also offers residents, visitors and businesses new intuitive tools that will help them accomplish their tasks faster.

The new City of Homestead website offers a task-centric design, which allows customers to achieve their mission with the least amount of clicks. Whether it is finding information about building permits or inspections, learning when the next public meeting is taking place, or reporting a street light outage, Homestead residents will immediately notice a more participatory web service, as well as a faster, easier way to complete their internet tasks in this beautifully designed interface.

All of the information in the old city website has been re-organized and re-classified in a more intuitive manner. The new website also provides multiple points of access to information that is most often used such as online bill payments, city jobs, community information, departments, news, calendars and public meetings.

Among the new tools and features the new City of Homestead website offers are:

-A Mobile Site: The new City of Homestead website can now be access through smart phones and other mobile devices

-Notify me: A tool that allows users to easily subscribe to email notifications for one or many categories, including: new city job postings, news, emergency alerts, events, public meetings, bid postings and more.

-Citizen Request Tracker: Found under the Report a Concern link on the homepage, users can now report code violations, light pole outages, street pot holes or storm drainage issues by filling out a simple form that will be received by the appropriate staff that can add comments and close the request when the problem has been fixed.

-A dynamic home page with constantly updated news and calendar items

-Emergency homepage alerts

-Printer friendly pages

-Links to city social media account

-Americans with Disabilities Act ADA compliant

The city’s website is an important entryway to the Homestead community and a significant asset for economic development. The goal in developing a new website is to improve customer service and government transparency, as well as make it easy for users to navigate, find information and, accomplish a task.

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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 prevention event that brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials to focus on crime in order to send a message to criminals that the community is proactive and will not tolerate crime in their neighborhood.

The event began at the Phicol Williams Community Center, where a backpack were donated to students for the new school year and numerous organizations such as, We Care, Galata, Inc. and en Familia, Inc., distributed literature and information about their services to the community. The group then took to the streets to walk around the Southwest neighborhood to show their support for peace.
The event was organized by South Dade Weed and Seed, a Homestead Police Department initiative. Some of the major contributors event were the City of Homestead, Homestead Police Department, Southwest Advisory Committee, Mayor's Policing & Crime Watch Committee, the Children's Trust, and Humana.

Throughout the years, NNO events have proved to be an effective, inexpensive, memorable and enjoyable program to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs. The City of Homestead and the Homestead Police Department are committed to providing a safe environment that is free of crime, violence, and drug use in order for law-abiding citizens to live, work, and raise their families in comfort and peace.

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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 canines in need. As first-prize winners, the Burgess family will receive $20,000 in college savings bonds and be featured on the cover of Scholastic Parent & Child’s June/July 2012 issue, released on Monday, May 21. The Family of the Year contest celebrates families across the country who are giving back and paying it forward within their communities.
The inspiring efforts of Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and his family to give back to their community and, more specifically, the canine community made them the perfect choice to be named this year’s Family of the Year, said a press release distributed by the magazine. Leading the pack is mom Charelle Burgess, a pet adoption and rescue activist who co-heads This is the Dog!, a local nonprofit organization devoted to finding homes for abandoned and stray animals. Since she joined the organization twelve years ago, more than 2,000 animals have been placed in safe homes throughout Miami-Dade County. To date, the Burgesses have fostered approximately 25 dogs and have three dogs of their own. Charelle logs 40+ hours a week volunteering and organizing monthly fundraisers, including local stand outs like “Yappy Hour,” the “Strut Your Mutt” dog parade and an annual “Grrrrage” Sale. Dad Jon, City of Homestead Vice-Mayor and a private boat captain—socializes the aggressive strays on pack hikes with a designated trainer. And even the youngest of the pack, six-year-old J.R., is making his mark. On his 4th birthday, J.R. asked his party guests to bring donations instead of gifts; $100 went directly to the mutts. With pet overpopulation at an all-time high in their South Florida zip code, the Burgesses stress the critical importance of spaying and neutering and actively promote adoption from shelters rather than high-end breeders.

“We are thrilled to recognize the Burgess family as our 2012 Family of the Year,” says Nick Friedman, editor-in-chief, Scholastic Parent & Child. “They’re active role models for their community when it comes to good pet ownership while also working to find solutions to improve the quality of lives for the thousands of homeless, sheltered, and endangered animals. They give a voice to those who have none and for that we honor them.”

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess’ wife Charelle Burgess says “We’re helping animals who are truly innocent bystanders. They didn’t ask to be abandoned. Our mission is to connect a dog that needs to be loved with a family that wants to love a dog. That’s what’s so special for me.”

Scholastic Parent & Child is one of today’s leading parenting magazines, reaching more than 7.5 million parents. Parent & Child was created for families with children ages birth to 12, and one hundred percent of the editorial content is dedicated to informing parents on topics that serve the entire family, including child development, well being, health, activities, travel, fashion, and food. To visit the magazine’s online site, log on to www.scholastic.com/parents.

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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 for this position because of his...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 representatives from Homestead S...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 members of the City Council duri...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 Customer Service employee and this ye...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 help strangers overcome this di...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 2010-2011, currently holds the t...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 Mayor Steven C. Bateman and th...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 for her dedication and commitme...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 always been a tremendous help and l...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 Trinity Faith Tabernacle Deliveran...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 founded by former Miami Dade-County C...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 those officials with less than on...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, appointed Councilman Shelley f...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 painted eight years ago, was c...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 by former Miami Dade-County Com...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 contributors such as the Council, to provi...Read on...


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Councilman Maldonado Appointed to Florida League of Cities Legislative Committee

Florida’s economy is diverse—with tourism, agriculture, fishing, and even scientific research playing important roles for our state. So, it’s no surprise that different cities have different economic concerns. Councilman Elvis Maldonado will be represen...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Honors Dennis Berry for Contribution to South Dade Senior High School Athletics

Dennis Berry of Berry’s Paint, Hardware, and Flooring, Inc. brought new meaning to the phrase, “Most Valuable Player,” through his generous actions when the South Dade Senior High School Athletic Department suffered theft and vandalism of equipment and fa...Read on...

Posted on: March 31, 2015

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Honors Two Time SoBeWFF Winner Chefs on the Run

Local eatery, Chefs on the Run, won the Miami New Times Sunday Best Bites on the Beach award for the second year in a row. Just like last year, they were the only restaurant from Homestead to participate in the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. This ye...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Proclaims Homestead Job Corps Day

During the January Homestead City Council meeting, Councilman Elvis Maldonado honored Homestead Job Corps Center by presenting a proclamation by Mayor Jeff Porter that declared April 3, 2015 as Homestead Job Corps Center Day. For almost 20 years, Homestea...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Hosts Holiday Luncheon for Local Seniors

Councilman Elvis Maldonado helped the residents of Cherry Village Apartments, a senior living community, celebrate the season with a festive holiday luncheon. The event, which took place December 16, 2014, offered a bountiful spread along with plenty of ...Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2015

Councilman Maldonado Helps Provide Happy Holiday for Needy Children

More than 300 local children had a happy holiday, thanks in part to the efforts of Councilman Elvis Maldonado. The 2014 Annual Migrant Children's Toy Run took place on Sunday December 14, 2014 at The Everglades Village in Florida City, FL and provided toys, shoes, book-bags, and pizza to South Florida children in need.

The heartwarming event was organized by Jenny Love Music, Ed Carrera, and Chrome Knights Motorcycle Association in partnership with Councilman Maldonado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose Pepe Diaz.

Teri Weinstein, Chair of the Homestead/Florida City Community Relations Board, represented Councilman Maldonado and brought greetings and well wishes on his behalf. “It’s not every day that we get to give back to our communities,” said Councilman Maldonado. “I am grateful for the opportunity to provide those less fortunate with the means to have a happy holiday and hope that others do the same throughout this season of giving and through the coming year.”

Councilman Maldonado graciously provided pizza for 325 kids, while an amazing group of South Florida bikers (including the Chrome Knights M.A., Cartel Baggers and the Christian Motorcycle Association among many others) helped provide toys and smiles to all of the children at the Redlands Christian Migrant Association Center.

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Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilman Maldonado Honors Farmworker Pioneers

Councilman Elvis Maldonado recognized honorees at the Annual Farmworker Week Celebration, hosted by the Farmworker Career Development Program of Miami-Dade County. This year’s celebration took place November 20, 2014 at the South Dade Skills Center and h...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Special Council Presentation

As a commemorative gesture by Councilman Elvis Maldonado during Hispanic Heritage Month, two presentations were made by Hispanic students and faculty from Mia...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Recognizes Members of Homestead Police Department

In the wake of his very successful event intended to heighten safety awareness and educate the public on safety techniques, Councilman Elvis Maldonado praised the efforts of select Homestead Police Officers during a Special Council Presentation for th...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Councilman Elvis Maldonado Organizes Successful Safety Themed Event

Councilman Elvis Maldonado, partnered with the Homestead Police Department and a wide array of local businesses and organizations to host the Celebrating Safe Communities event at The Charter School at Waterstone.

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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 programs offered by MDI Sports...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. The training will take place on ...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 sensation.

“As the Honorary Chair of the 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead, it gives me great honor to recognize the hard working 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead Committee,” said Councilman Maldonado at the Special Council Presentation in June.

“Every year is a special year for the Relay and this year’s committee did an amazing job and raised over $56,000. They brought the City and community together, giving of their time and energy to put together a well-attended and amazing event. Therefore, tonight I would like to present Event Chair Teri Weinstein and the rest of the 2014 Relay for Life of Homestead Committee of Desiree Chase, Michael Hitt, Nancy Bourke, Jennifer Lora, Bonnie King-Moran, Katelyn Bourke, and Sherri Lambert with certificates of appreciation.”

Also honored on this evening were the sponsors that provided invaluable support with the donation of time and resources for this noble cause. Noteworthy among those sponsors was Stephen Degrave, owner of Flagler's Martini Bar. He hosted the Relay for Life of Homestead Wrap-Up Party and provided all the guests with complimentary food, drinks and a beautiful venue. Also honored was Doug Hitchcock, Radio Personality/DJ from Thunder Country 100.3 who allowed Event Chair, Teri Weinstein to have free airtime every Friday over the course of several weeks to promote the Relay.

Last, but certainly not least, were the contributions of Assistant to Mayor and Council Heather Palmateer and Eddie Sanchez whose diligence ensured a successful Relay for 2014.
Relay for Life is a community-based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Today, more than 5,000 Relay for Life events take place across twenty countries. Events are held in local communities, campus universities and in virtual worlds. As the American Cancer Society's most successful fundraiser and the organization's signature event, the mission of Relay For Life is to raise funds to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers.

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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 over $56,000 for the American C...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 Charter School Associates, Melissa...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 this year’s South Beach Food and...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 committee.

The Homestead Educatio...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 food sources.

As an esteemed g...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 given free internet service for a full year. The program was sponsored by Comcast in collaboration with ASPIRA of Florida a non-profit organization that empowers Hispanic youth through leadership development programs.

Councilman Maldonado, a former outreach counselor with ASPIRA South Charter School as well as Liaison of the Homestead Education Committee and owner of The Laptop Zone, a local full-service computer technology company, had some inspiring words for the leaders of tomorrow. “Today you are receiving much more than an internet connection,” said Councilman Maldonado, during the event, which emphasized the critical importance of internet access across all social strata in an ever-growing digital age. “You are receiving the opportunity to be connected to a source of knowledge that keeps on growing every day. We cannot afford to have students who are not connected in this technological era. I commend Comcast and ASPIRA for their valuable contributions for this cause"

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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 underprivileged families thanks to a Than...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 relating to emergency response and com...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 Quarter Award. During the Octobe...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 Committee, honored Ms. LaGuardia’s 30 ...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, who recently attended service...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. Councilwoman Judy Waldman lea...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 trucks to satisfy moviegoer’s app...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 restaurant and is the Southernmost...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 Mexican-American and Central American ...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 Miami-Dade County League of Cities wa...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 residents reached out to me as...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 raised $95,000 to feed about 500 ...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 of Councilman Maldonado's alma maters: Campbell Drive K-8 Center and Campbell Drive Middle School.

During his visit to Campbell Drive K-8 Center, Councilman Maldonado passed out pencils to students, visited numerous classrooms and shared his thoughts and vision for the new year with Miami-Dade County Public Schools South Region Director Dr. Alex Martinez and Principal Thelma Fornell.

While at Campbell Drive Middle School, Councilman Maldonado addressed the 8th graders at their orientation. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity to receive a good education and stressed the importance of studying hard, staying focused, being respectful of themselves and others, and thanking their teachers. After the 8th Grade Orientation, Councilman Maldonado, along with Saif Ishoof, Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Miami, visited several classrooms and spoke with the students and teachers.

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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 important event and for offering Home...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 10 partly sponsored by The City...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 dollars prior to the event along ...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 special presentations.

“On beha...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, Mrs. Moran, was recognized by C...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 Festival was a successful event and ...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 participation in this year’s Kids 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 honored for their commitment in t...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 program.

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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 Methodist Christian School Month ...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 Breakfast. Councilman Maldonado...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 surprised by one of the kindergart...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 outstanding and dedicated serv...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 Drive K-8 student Ryan Taute, as ...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 their lives to make sure child...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 in the South Dade community.

The South Dade Care Awards honors those who make a difference in the South Dade community. This year was no different as Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, along with Teri Weinstein Trivizas, Community Liaison Representative for Dr. Larry Feldman, School Board Member, District 9, and Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and pleasure of presenting Mrs.Valtena Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and former South Region Superintendent with the Education Impact Award.

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, alongside Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and privilege of presenting the Outstanding South Dade Supporter Award to Jacqui Colyer who received the award on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust has demonstrated support for organizations that serve the area through investing its dollars and resources and supporting policy changes to improve the health and lifestyle of residents in the area.

The Children’s Trust emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide the programs and services needed by children and families and to effect community-wide change. Since their inception, The Children's Trust has encouraged creative approaches to coordinating, integrating and funding services across and within the areas of health, safety, development and promoted increased parental and community involvement on behalf of all our children, while stressing accountability and results.

For more information on the Children’s Trust, visit http://www.thechildrenstrust.org

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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 C. Bateman proclaimed April 27t...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.

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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 show their appreciation for their ...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 to recipient Yolanda Mack at the “Day of the Young Child,” Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Homestead Campus.

The Day of the Young Child event invited families to enjoy a host of interactive, early-childhood educational activities with a focus on the mental, physical, and emotional development of children from birth to eight years of age. More 50 groups participated in this year’s event including the Miami Museum of Science, the Miami Children’s Museum, Zoo Miami, The Children’s Movement of Florida, and Everglades National Park.

“It was an honor to participate in this year’s Day of the Young Child event,” said Councilman Maldonado. “Children are our future and it is important to create programs and events that focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize all the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Miami Dade College’s Early Childhood Education Program does an excellent job of preparing and equipping teachers with all the experience they need and they also did an excellent job with this very successful event.”

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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 meeting.

“As the winners of...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 goal of the Academic Quiz show, a ...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 of Excellence Award.

“It is ...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 a certificate of appreciation ...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 Homestead / Florida City Relay For Life...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 students’ knowledge of various subje...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, at 5 pm at The William F. “Bill...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 City Hall on 790 N. Homestead Bl...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 was to bring together a commun...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 and Health Science Magnet Academ...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 meeting to welcome Superintend...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, spends her time training locally at...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 representatives from Homestead S...Read on...


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Posted on: June 25, 2015

Keep Calm and Pick Your Path at the City of Homestead Career, College, and Technical School Fair

Councilman Jimmie Williams, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and the Southwest Advisory Committee are hosting a career, college, and technical school fair at the Phichol Williams Community Center Saturday, September 19, 2015 10AM - 1PM. The first 100 st...Read on...

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Councilman Williams Honors Homestead Sanitation Department

It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Those somebodies are often the Homestead Public Services (HPS) Sanitation Department—who were honored for their dedication and hard work by Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III during the April 2015 Special Coun...Read on...

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Posted on: April 7, 2015

Over 800 South Dade Families Receive Easter Food Donations

Over 800 South Dade families enjoyed the comforts of food and family on Easter Sunday thanks to the second annual Easter Basket Food Distribution. The event, held Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Harris Field, was made possible by the efforts of Councilman Ji...Read on...

Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Sandra Brock and South Dade Middle School Steppers

The act of giving back to the community can take many forms. This is why Councilman Jimmie Williams III presented Sandra Brock and the South Dade Middle School Steppers with a special Certificate of Appreciation. Not just for their outstanding dance performance during last year’s Thanksgiving Dinner, but for their service and invaluable volunteer work the next day, at the Turkey Giveaway.

Ms. Brock is the advisor for the South Dade Middle School Steppers, a leader in her community, and a generous and outstanding volunteer. Ms. Brock is always trying to lead by example, and teach her dance troupe the importance of giving back.

Councilman Williams recognized Ms. Brock and the South Dade Middle Girls Steppers for their dedication to the Homestead community through community service. “Every year she helps us encourage the Steppers to give back to the community, whether through volunteer service or dance. I would like to present them with this certificate, to let her ladies know how much we appreciate your hard work, your enthusiasm and your positive energy."

Councilman Williams then closed the presentation by reading an inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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Posted on: April 3, 2015

Councilman Williams Recognized Winn Dixie for Turkey Giveaway

Hundreds of Southwest Homestead residents enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving last year. Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams III and the Southwest Advisory Committee, both a Thanksgiving Dinner and a Turkey Giveaway were offered to the commu...Read on...

Posted on: March 26, 2015

THIS SATURDAY: Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Hosting Easter Basket Food Distribution

This Saturday, March 28, 2015, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III and the Southwest Advisory Committee will be hosting an Easter Basket Food Distribution event. Join them at Harris Field Pavilion from 10AM - 1PM. This is a first come, first serve event....Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Homestead Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Annual Breakfast Celebration

Hundreds of community members, activists, educators, and dignitaries from the Homestead and Florida City communities gathered for a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impressive legacy. On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Phichol Williams Community Center bustled with activity as attendees mingled, ate, and viewed artistic and historic displays thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams and the Southwest Advisory Committee along with members of the Community Relations Board.

Councilman Williams and Florida City Commissioner Avis Brown served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies at this traditional event in which neighboring cities come together to honor the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor Jeff Porter offered opening remarks on the enduring spirit of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mr. Deric C. Feacher, City Manager of Winter Haven, Florida was the Keynote Speaker—presenting a theme that would color the entire event—we have come a long way, but there is still much work to be done.

“It is an incredible privilege to be such an integral part of honoring Dr. King’s legacy,” said Councilman Jimmie Williams, “especially in a community that is so committed to equality. I hope that everyone has taken the chance to remember the struggles of the past and look forward to a brighter future together.”

The program also included several special honors for community leaders. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough was honored for her commitment to education, Commander Robert Jensen and his wife Mrs. Meda Jensen were honored for their community work, and We Care of South Dade was honored for their outstanding work as a non-profit and community-based organization. The Homestead Job Corps received an additional special recognition for their work with underserved youth.

In addition, guests at the breakfast, sponsored by The Palace Group, had the distinct pleasure of catching a sneak peek of the Broadway Musical, "I Have a Dream," performed by Theatre South. The moving scene was a reimagining of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birmingham Letter, featuring the dynamic and multi-ethnic cast ranging from ages 7 to 74. The Brown Family also led the crowd in an uplifting version of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The morning was finally rounded out by the Mayor of Florida City, Otis Wallace, who offered hopeful and humorous closing remarks.

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Posted on: January 20, 2015

Councilman Williams Hosts Special Toy Giveaway

Thanks to the efforts of Councilman Jimmie Williams and a last minute surge of donations, some lucky Homestead families in need had a Merry Christmas. The selected families gathered in the Councilman’s office for a cozy, intimate evening on December 24, ...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday, November 25

Councilman Williams is hosting a Turkey Giveaway this Tuesday at the Phichol Williams Community Center! See the flyer for more details!

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Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams III & The Southwest Advisory Committe Thanksgiving Feast

In the spirit of giving, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III & the Southwest Advisory Committee would like to invite Homestead residents to a Thanksgiving feast. Please see flyer for details.

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Posted on: October 27, 2014

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III Appointed to Florida League of Cities Finance Committee

The Florida League of Cities, the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments whose goals are to serve the needs of Florida's cities and promote local self-government, has recently appointed City of Homestead Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III to the Finance, Taxation and Personnel Policy Committee for 2014-2015. In this position, Councilman Williams will be responsible for working with other members of the Committee on finance and tax policy issues facing Florida cities, which will come before the Legislature during the 2015 Session.

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Each year, the Florida League of Cities recruits volunteers to serve on the League’s Legislative policy committees. These volunteer appointments are a one year commitment and involve developing the League’s priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Policy committee members also help League staff understand the real world implications of proposed legislation and are asked to serve as advocates for home rule throughout the legislative process.

Preserving Home Rule, educating citizens and legislators alike on this valuable right and maintaining a focus on those issues that directly affect self-governance, service delivery and the quality of life of each municipality are essential goals of the Florida League of Cities. Councilman Williams’ will be presiding over a multitude of issues that include general finance & tax issues, home rule revenues, infrastructure funding, pension issues and tax and budget reform.
“It’s an honor to count myself among the esteemed elected officials who will help make sure the financial interests of our municipalities are represented,” said Councilman Williams upon being informed of his new appointment. “I am proud to represent the City of Homestead as one of the 400 cities, towns and villages that are members of the League throughout the Sunshine State. I am looking forward to sharing the advantages of cooperative action and the exchange of ideas and experiences with my colleagues.” Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Councilman Williams Appointed to Oversee Elected Officials Pension Plan

Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III has been appointed by Mayor Jeff Porter to be one of the chairpersons to sit on the board of the New Elected and Senior Management Pension Plans. Councilman Williams will be responsible for overseeing a fund valued in ex...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 the latest victim of gun violenc...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 Prayer Vigil that will take plac...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 Community Center (951 SW 4th Street, H...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 SW 4th Street) will be hosting ...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 School who maintained a GPA of ...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, which took place in the newly ren...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 dedication to the Homestead community and long history in the city.

“This is in recognition of your commitment to making a difference in our community. You believed in Homestead and your business continues to make a difference in our city” said Councilman Williams about Spitzer Chrysler Dodge, the main sponsor for this year’s Homestead Rodeo. “Thank you for your continued support, care and commitment to impact positively the lives of our residents.”

During the financial meltdown of 2008, when the future of the country’s automobile industry was in crisis, the Homestead dealership suffered the blow of having its doors closed. Mr. Rowe petitioned the Homestead City Council at the time to draft a resolution to persuade Chrysler to save the dealership. The resolution passed and Spitzer Chrysler Dodge was back in business. In recounting the story, Councilman Williams proclaimed, “All of you have done a Herculean job over the years to turn that dealership around. The City of Homestead salutes you!”

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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 took place in the newly renovate...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 people of homestead about life wit...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! Councilman Jimmie Williams III and...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 businesses are very important to ...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 success through their hard work and...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 Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a...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 Meeting, naming April 2013 as Fa...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 Homestead Solid Waste employee during a...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 Council meeting, for successfu...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 and drug prevention event that brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials to focus on crime in order to send a message to criminals that the community is proactive and will not tolerate crime in their neighborhood.

The event began at the Phicol Williams Community Center, where a backpack were donated to students for the new school year and numerous organizations such as, We Care, Galata, Inc. and en Familia, Inc., distributed literature and information about their services to the community. The group then took to the streets to walk around the Southwest neighborhood to show their support for peace.
The event was organized by South Dade Weed and Seed, a Homestead Police Department initiative. Some of the major contributors event were the City of Homestead, Homestead Police Department, Southwest Advisory Committee, Mayor's Policing & Crime Watch Committee, the Children's Trust, and Humana.

Throughout the years, NNO events have proved to be an effective, inexpensive, memorable and enjoyable program to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs. The City of Homestead and the Homestead Police Department are committed to providing a safe environment that is free of crime, violence, and drug use in order for law-abiding citizens to live, work, and raise their families in comfort and peace.

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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 for this position because of his...Read on...


Councilman Jon Burgess

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Posted on: June 24, 2015

Councilman Jon Burgess Honored with 2015 Home Rule Hero Award

The Florida League of Cities has recognized Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess with a 2015 Home Rule Hero Award.

This prestigious award was presented to Councilman Burgess for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help prot...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Homestead’s American Youth Soccer Organization Wins First & Second Place!

Homestead soccer fans were in high spirits as the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) U10 Girls team came home with the gold and won first place in the 2015 All Stars Team Tournament. The U10 Boys team also excelled in the Tournament, achieving second place. To honor the hard work of the coaches and players, Councilman Jon Burgess presented them with certificates of recognition.

In the midst of honoring these local athletes, Councilman Burgess pointed out that “youth sports are not just about physical development, but also about the development of sportsmanship- helping to shape our youth into better citizens.”

The AYSO is the oldest national youth soccer program in the United States. It started from humble beginnings with only nine teams and a handful of soccer enthusiasts in 1964. AYSO has grown to a non-profit organization that provides youth soccer programs for participants all over the United States and internationally in the Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago. Consisting of over 50,000 teams and 500,000 players nationwide, AYSO is one of the leading youth soccer organizations in the world.

As Councilman Burgess presented plaques to the AYSO U10 girl’s Head Coach Soila Gallegos and Assistant Coach Javier Gallegos, he pointed out that the their team won 8 to 7 in an exciting penalty shoot- out. It is a one on one battle, where a single member of each team takes turns attempting shots from the penalty mark, defended only by the opposing team's goalkeeper, with the team scoring the most goals being declared the winner.

There to receive the honors for the boy’s team were Head Coach Samuel de la Rosa and Assistant Coach Noe Jimenez, accompanied by their players. An especially moving moment was when Councilman Burgess presented the certificate to his son, a proud member of the boys’ team.

From the U-10 Girls Division the following players were honored: Nora Aguilar, Dayanara Espinoza, Leanna Gallegos, Janeisy Gamino, Riley McIntosh, Kennedi McPhee, Layla Reyna, Naleigha Rios, Emily Saucedo and Jiselle Torres.

From the U10 Boys Division, the following players were honored: Jon Burgess, Anthony Burgos, Adrian Burgos (a.k.a “the twins”), David De la Rosa, Nyrobie Habben, Noe Jimenez, William Kinnebrew, Christian Melguizo and Jason Zapata.

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Posted on: February 11, 2015

Homestead Councilman Jon Burgess Installed as President of Miami-Dade County League of Cities

The first ever Homestead elected official to lead the Miami-Dade County League of Cities was installed this past Saturday, February 7, 2015. Councilman Jon Burgess’ swearing in ceremony took place during the League’s annual elegant gala at Jungle Island i...Read on...

Posted on: December 11, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Homestead Public Services with Proclamation

During a Special Council Presentation in November 2014, Councilman Jon Burgess took to the council chamber floor to honor Homestead Public Services Electric Utilities Director, Barbara Quiñones and her staff for their exemplary work providing the citizens...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

Councilman Burgess Talks NASCAR in Homestead

Ever wonder how Homestead deals with the NASCAR weekend? Check out Part 1 of Councilman Burgess's interview as he talks about his position as liaison between the City of Homestead and the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Posted on: September 9, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Leads 4th Annual Back to School Drive

This year’s Miami-Dade County League of Cities back to school donation event took place in Homestead’s Laura C. Saunders Elementary. Dozens of local underprivileged students received book bags, lunchboxes and other assorted school supplies that were colle...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Jon Burgess Honors Local Residents for Athletic Achievements

Three Homestead residents were honored, during the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, for their remarkable athletic achievements representing their city and country at the 2014 Europa Games held in Orlando, Florida. The games are an Olympic-like spre...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilman Burgess Introduces Homestead Police K9 New Members

Councilman Jon Burgess welcomed some rather intriguing guests to the council chambers during the August Special Council Presentation, when the current members of the Homestead Police K9 Unit and their new four-legged counterparts paid a visit to discuss t...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess

Homestead Police Department Traffic Unit Recognized by Councilman Burgess and the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison Program

During the August 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilman Jon Burgess recognized The Homestead Police Department’s Traffic U...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 Homestead Police Explorers for their i...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 had the pleasure to serve with M...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 Thanksgiving food drive and distrib...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 1996, the Chapman Partnership has ...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 officers, and led the swearing-in ...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 Fraternity, Inc Day. The fraternit...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 Security, for her excellent inves...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 proclamation joining the nation...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 were distributed to local underp...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 their home and lives for variou...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 Commission is a non-profit org...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 C. Bateman proclaimed April 27t...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 Outhouse race.

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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 chosen from hundreds of entries for their consideration and dedication to rescuing and fostering canines in need. The Family of the Year contest celebrates families across the country that are giving back and paying it forward within their communities.

On behalf of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, the Board of County Commissioners, and the residents of Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Lynda Bell presented Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess with a plaque honoring the Burgess family for their contributions to the community and for winning the Family of the Year award. The Burgess family works closely with a local non-profit organization called This is the Dog!, which is devoted to finding homes for abandoned and stray animals. This is the Dog! is co-headed by Vice-Mayor Burgess’ wife Charelle Burgess, a pet adoption and rescue activist.

“I felt that it was my personal responsibility to come and bring recognition to you, Vice-Mayor Burgess,” said by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bell at the November Homestead City Council meeting where she presented the plaque. “I am very proud of you and your family.”

Vice Mayor Burgess thanked Commissioner Bell for recognizing his family for the work they do with the animals. “Rescuing and helping these animals is very important to us because we firmly believe that the education of humane care of animals and spay/neuter programs are the answer and the hope in stopping pet overpopulation and animal abuse,” said Vice-Mayor Burgess.

Vice-Mayor Burgess took the opportunity to thank all of the voters of Miami-Dade County in this past election for voting yes on ballot #240, resulting in the passing of the Pets’ Trust initiative. Pets' Trust Miami, a ballot item that was co-sponsored by Commissioner Lynda Bell, is a citizens' initiative to improve animal welfare, increase adoptions and decrease overpopulation by providing free and low-cost spay/neuter, low-cost veterinary care and educational programs.

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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 during the October City Council m...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 Rights Act of 1958. The law enunci...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 canines in need. As first-prize winners, the Burgess family will receive $20,000 in college savings bonds and be featured on the cover of Scholastic Parent & Child’s June/July 2012 issue, released on Monday, May 21. The Family of the Year contest celebrates families across the country who are giving back and paying it forward within their communities.
The inspiring efforts of Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess and his family to give back to their community and, more specifically, the canine community made them the perfect choice to be named this year’s Family of the Year, said a press release distributed by the magazine. Leading the pack is mom Charelle Burgess, a pet adoption and rescue activist who co-heads This is the Dog!, a local nonprofit organization devoted to finding homes for abandoned and stray animals. Since she joined the organization twelve years ago, more than 2,000 animals have been placed in safe homes throughout Miami-Dade County. To date, the Burgesses have fostered approximately 25 dogs and have three dogs of their own. Charelle logs 40+ hours a week volunteering and organizing monthly fundraisers, including local stand outs like “Yappy Hour,” the “Strut Your Mutt” dog parade and an annual “Grrrrage” Sale. Dad Jon, City of Homestead Vice-Mayor and a private boat captain—socializes the aggressive strays on pack hikes with a designated trainer. And even the youngest of the pack, six-year-old J.R., is making his mark. On his 4th birthday, J.R. asked his party guests to bring donations instead of gifts; $100 went directly to the mutts. With pet overpopulation at an all-time high in their South Florida zip code, the Burgesses stress the critical importance of spaying and neutering and actively promote adoption from shelters rather than high-end breeders.

“We are thrilled to recognize the Burgess family as our 2012 Family of the Year,” says Nick Friedman, editor-in-chief, Scholastic Parent & Child. “They’re active role models for their community when it comes to good pet ownership while also working to find solutions to improve the quality of lives for the thousands of homeless, sheltered, and endangered animals. They give a voice to those who have none and for that we honor them.”

Vice-Mayor Jon Burgess’ wife Charelle Burgess says “We’re helping animals who are truly innocent bystanders. They didn’t ask to be abandoned. Our mission is to connect a dog that needs to be loved with a family that wants to love a dog. That’s what’s so special for me.”

Scholastic Parent & Child is one of today’s leading parenting magazines, reaching more than 7.5 million parents. Parent & Child was created for families with children ages birth to 12, and one hundred percent of the editorial content is dedicated to informing parents on topics that serve the entire family, including child development, well being, health, activities, travel, fashion, and food. To visit the magazine’s online site, log on to www.scholastic.com/parents.

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Councilwoman Judy Waldman

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Joins Inside Homestead for Exclusive Interview

Learn more about Councilwoman Waldman's commitment to improving the Homestead community as she discusses her work with victims of Domestic Violence, opening the Homestead Hospital Rape Treatment Center, and progress on the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway.

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Posted on: July 6, 2015

Homestead Hosts Annual Race to the 4th Independence Day Bash

Back for its 6th year, the Race to the 4th proved yet again to be the crowning event of the summer. With over 20,000 people in attendance, the Homestead-Miami Speedway was a sea of reds, whites, and blues as people from all over South Florida came to sho...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2015

The Race to the 4th is On! Homestead Hosts Annual Independence Day Bash

The Race to the 4th is on! Back for its 6th year, this Independence Day bash at the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be one of the crowning events of the summer. On Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 6PM to 10PM, A sea of people, awash in reds, whites, and blues,...Read on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Residents with Kindness Awards

A simple act of kindness can make a lasting impact in someone’s life. That is why, during the April 2015 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Cindy Sincore-Porter, Amber Woods, Larry Roth, Bonnie Ki...Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Proclaims Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month in the City of Homestead. Councilwoman Judy Waldman took the opportunity during April’s Special Presentation Ceremony to talk about her collaborative efforts with Homestead Hospital and M.U.J.E.R. (Me...Read on...

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Posted on: March 24, 2015

6th Annual Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival Better Than Ever!

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival came back strong for the sixth year running with over 200 bicycle and nature enthusiasts gathering for the ride on the morning of Sunday, March 22, 2015. This year, cyclists enjoyed the option of a fun 11-mi...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Outdoor Fun & Fitness for the Whole Family at the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival

The Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Bike Festival is back and better than ever! With two routes to choose from, you can enjoy a fun 11-mile loop to Biscayne National Park or tackle the challenging 42-mile ride to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. So,...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Recognizes South Dade Senior High Baseball Head Coach Fred Burnside

During a special presentation at the January 21 City Council meeting, Councilwoman Judy Waldman recognized South Dade Senior High Baseball Coach Fred Burnside for being recently named the American Baseball Coaches Association 2014 Diamond National Coach o...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Leads Service to Commemorate Veterans

A day prior to Veterans Day, on November 10, 2014, many gathered on the hallowed ground of the Palms Woodlawn Cemetery to attend a special service and to pay their respects to the many veterans of war interred there.

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This yearly tradition, institu...Read on...

Posted on: November 25, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Helps Launch the Homestead Hospital Rape Treatment Center

Through the steady efforts of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, Homestead Hospital has a Rape Treatment Center servicing South Dade, the only one south of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Homestead Hospital’s Rape Treatment Center is complete with SANE (Sexual Assaul...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman's Annual Toy Drive

This year, make it a special Christmas for one of our own here in Homestead. The children of the Homestead Soup Kitchen will be receiving gifts donated by members of the Homestead community. For more details and where to drop off gifts, please see attache...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Honors Local Couple with Kindness Award

During the October 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Judy Waldman bestowed a special Kindness Award to Charles and Emilia Gugliuzza for their years of involvement in charity-based initiatives throughout the Homestead community.

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Posted on: November 4, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman Pays Tribute to Former Councilwoman Eliza Perry

The October 2014 Special Council Presentation was an occasion to reflect and remember as Councilwoman Judy Waldman paid a tribute to the life and times of former Homestead Councilwoman and community leader, Eliza Perry.

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Posted on: October 30, 2014

Councilwoman Judy Waldman to Lead Special Veterans Day Service

On Monday, November 10, a day prior Veterans Day, Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be presiding over a very special service to commemorate the past, present and future military men and woman and their selfless contributions towards the safety and liberty o...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Spooky Saturday, October 25, 2014!

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Hey Guys & Ghouls, the witching hour is fast approaching when all of Homestead turns out for Spooky Saturday! On October 25, from 6:30-9:30pm at Harris Field (Corner of US1 & Campbell St.) come on out and have a frightfully good time exploring the haunted house, food trucks, rides and music! This event is FREE to the public. For more information, please call Parks & Recreation @Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Homestead Parks & Recreation Department Wins National Award

The official guide to Homestead’s parks and recreational programming was awarded the highest prize in the nationally renowned 3CMA (City-County Communications & Marketing Association) Savvy Awards Competition under the Graphic Design Publications category. The booklet, a digital version of which can be found on the city’s web site, serves as a comprehensive guide to all of the city’s green spaces intended for use by residents and visitors alike.

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The guide captured, in vibrant pictures, the color and the essence of the city’s parks and those that enjoy them. The portable booklet is packed with easy to navigate, useful information and, as such, thousands in the community have picked one up during one of the many city sponsored events throughout the year. The project was done in partnership with the Public Information Office and the Parks and Recreation Department, with photography by Patricia Laylle and design by Multimedia Marketing Associates, Inc.
“Format, photography, icons and snappy copy transforms a static brochure into an activated, enticing tool for residents. Looks fun! Makes me want to check it out. Mission accomplished,” commented one of the judges about the entry.Councilwoman Judy Waldman added, “As chair of the Parks and Recreation Committee, I take special pride in working hand-in-hand with city staff to get the message out that our parks are second to none and offer so many benefits that promote a healthy, active lifestyle and that can really bond a community together. I am very proud of this award and of our beautiful parksRead 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 programs offered by MDI Sports...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 6pm-10pm, the Championship Taste,...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 anxious time as parents can somet...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 descended upon the speedway grounds ...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 invited members of our nation’s ...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 spaces and water clean and safe f...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 Justice, Education and Reform).
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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 cultural backgrounds and age groups,...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 an impressive convoy of people ...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 expectations. A portion of the interior of the lobby at the William F. Dickinson Community Center was converted into a holding cell by the city’s own Quick Response Team and, over the course of the day, reserve officers from the city police force would bring in “scofflaws” including various residents as well as Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Maytan and Councilwoman Judy Waldman herself. Upon receiving bail from these and other “perpetrators,” they would be set free. Of course, the bail, in this case, amounted to a donation to benefit the Homestead Relay for Life.

Relay for Life, a yearly relay race organized by the American Cancer Society, is a widespread, global effort that involves some 20 countries and millions of participants that seek to raise money for cancer research. The event also raises awareness and honors those who have battled against this dreaded disease.

As a breast cancer survivor herself, this is an issue that really hits home with Councilwoman Waldman. “I know what it’s like to live with this disease, the terrible uncertainty that it brings, but I also know what it feels like to beat it. Anything that I can do to bring us closer to a world where cancer is curable and to empower those afflicted to summon the courage to fight this thing, then I will do it. I am so touched by the outpouring of goodwill and the tireless efforts of our city employees, police officers and other volunteers for getting this event off the ground and for making it such a giant success!”

A highly coordinated effort, the “Jail & Bail” event ended up raising in excess of 10 thousand dollars for this important cause. Among those that gave of themselves to ensure this event’s success were the entire City of Homestead Police Department Command Staff of Chief Al Rolle, Major Scott Kennedy, Capt. Marie Kent, Capt. Mallie Graham, Capt. Angela Washington and Capt. Tony Sincore. Reserve officers John Pepper, Natalie Viton, Ryan Khawly and Francisco Melo also contributed. Local vendors Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Sonic and Pollo Tropical donated food along with volunteers who provided baked goods. Of note, much of the logistics and planning for the event was administered by Utilities employee Michael Hitt and Community Center staff member Jacki Pilkington, both of whom have lost loved ones to cancer but whose dedication to the cause can help make the future bright for those struggling with the disease.

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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 double as a holding cell and for...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.

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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 results.

The Miami-Dade County Legislative Delegation recently voted unanimously to adopt the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway as a priority in their agenda. The project was introduced by City of Homestead Lobbyist Robert Levy, who was in attendance at the January Homestead meeting and who has been long involved in supporting Councilwoman Waldman’s vision for the Greenway. This Legislative Delegation is a pivotal voting bloc that influences the creation, direction and enforcement of public policy.

“This is a project that would benefit all of Miami-Dade County by offering an alternative to our visitors who are interested in enjoying our wonderful natural resources,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “The trail is the only one in the country that connects two national parks, and with the increased interest from our residents and tourists to exercise while enjoying nature, the Greenway Trail will act as a huge economic engine for the greater South Dade area.”

The Homestead Biscayne-Everglades Greenway meeting was also attended by representatives from the offices of Congressman Joe Garcia, State Representative Holly Raschein, State Representative Kionne McGhee, Homestead Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley, Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall and representatives from Rails to Trail Conservancy, the Everglades Bicycle Club, Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, South Florida Water Management District, Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation, and City of Homestead staff. The group vowed to support the project and proposed funding ideas as well as grassroots efforts to make this a priority in the state and federal levels.

The project started regaining traction last December, when the Greenway received 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 plants landscaping, even gravel and rest stations. The Greenway Trail, the only bicycle and walking path that connects two national parks, is the vision of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who for 12 years has tirelessly worked towards funding, promotion and utilization of this 42-mile multi-purpose park and trail system that links the natural, cultural and historical resources of South Florida.

This park-to-park Greenway loop provides a scenic, non-motorized tour route, for walking, jogging, bicycling, skating, competitive events, and passive activities such as bird watching or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the environment. The Master Plan of the project, which was spearheaded by Councilwoman Waldman in 2007, includes trail-heads that would be strategically placed to service patrons, along with pavilion comfort stations and/or rest-stops, removal of invasive plant species, and landscaping native plants and trees that foster native wildlife. The completed path would enhance the quality of life for local residents while offering a unique and attractive alternative for national and international visitors.

The Greenway has served as the trail for multiple City of Homestead Everglades and Biscayne Greenway Bicycle Festivals organized by Councilwoman Waldman. Over the past four years, the bike festival was a two-day ride that showcased Homestead as a town which encourages and supports bicycle riding for the whole family and highlights the Greenway Bike Trail as well as Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The festival was sponsored by the City of Homestead and facilitated by Homestead Main Street and supported by the Dr. Paul Dudley White National Bicycling Foundation, established in 1962. Homestead was one of the premier communities to spark interest in bicycling safety and bikeways nationwide at the time. In 1961, the City of Homestead was officially named the 'City of Bicycles' the first city to receive this title. A year later, in 1962, Homestead established the nation's first bikeway. The Biscayne-Everglades Bicycle Greenway will be a befitting tribute in recognition of these historic contributions by Homestead and its partnership with these two South Florida National Parks. With the focus on promoting the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, this year the City will host a free Biscayne-Everglades Bike Festival on April 26th.

The City of Homestead, which was recently designated as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, has historically been a partner of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Councilwoman Waldman’s concept to connect these two national parks was a long and arduous journey, which in 2003, resulted in the 42-mile Greenway. Growing up in Homestead, Councilwoman Waldman often visited the parks and wondered how they could be connected to highlight the beauty of what this community has to offer. She passionately advocated for this project from its inception. This project is ranked one of three in importance in the State, and one of eighteen in Washington. Dade County has embraced the Greenway as well, making it the number one focus over the next fifty years.

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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 also lent the opportunity to int...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 has been organized annually by...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 pies, donated by Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens. With the help of Parks & Recreation, QRT, and Jacki Pilkington, using donated bags from Wal-Mart and Walgreens, they assembled Thanksgiving packages and personally distributed the items to underpriviledged families at the William Dickinson Community Center on the afternoon of November 26, 2013.

The recipients were extremely grateful and included seniors from the Center, members from Life-Pointe Church, and families experiencing hardship who are serviced by Chapman Partnership.

“Hunger is advertised and well-known in other countries,” said Councilwoman Waldman, “but we don’t realize the hunger that exists in our very own community. The Mayor and I united our supplies in order to provide a complete meal. It warms my heart to hold events such as these; giving back just makes everything I do more relevant.”

Although Mayor Porter was not able to attend the distribution day, he was heavily involved in the preparation and organization of this Thanksgiving drive.

“Our City is filled with good, caring people who want to make a difference and better the life of their neighbors and fellow residents,” said Mayor Porter. “I give thanks for these folks as I give to those that are in need through even the smallest gesture. It is evident, my constituents are models of this desire as well. Each member of Council held some type of food drive during the holidays.”

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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 Audubon Board planned this social al fresco event for the community that will be a lasting memory for all who attended. The Palace Gardens made every effort to impress with butler passed hors d'oeuvres and libations and a dinner service that was second to none. The villages were dressed in their holiday best. Palm trees decked in lights, a swimming pool surrounded with poinsettias, inflatable holiday figures and garlands were all on display.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently renovated clubhouse was in order and Homestead’s newest Executive, Mayor Jeff Porter was introduced along with the City of Homestead Council. Dignitaries, including three-term Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez, and many others from various federal, state and county governments along with representatives from sister cities Florida City, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay were also in attendance. The evening also featured a parade of gifts that were donated for Councilwoman Waldman’s toy drive by some 300 hundred guests to benefit the children of the Homestead Soup Kitchen.

“I never tire of marveling on how the citizens of this great city are always so willing to give of themselves,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “It’s that neighborly spirit and sense of charity that makes the residents of Homestead so special and not just during the holidays but all year around.”

A special thanks goes out to Celebrity Rehab and Medical Center for offering free poolside chair massages to the guests. That was a nice touch to the end of a workday!

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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 proclamation to Start Off Smart, In...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, which is paid by the brave me...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 organization of the event, hono...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. Councilwoman Judy Waldman lea...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 the organization of the event, ...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 forgotten in the busy shuffle of daily life. However, every year Councilwoman Judy Waldman makes it her mission to recognize and honor those Homestead residents who performed an act of k...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 plants landscaping, even gravel and rest stations. The Greenway Trail, the only bicycle and walking path that connects two national parks, is the vision of Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who for 12 years has tirelessly worked towards funding, promotion and utilization of this 42-mile multi-purpose park and trail system that links the natural, cultural and historical resources of South Florida.

This park-to-park Greenway loop provides a scenic, non-motorized tour route, for walking, jogging, bicycling, skating, competitive events, and passive activities such as bird watching or simply enjoying the natural beauty of the environment. The Master Plan of the project, which was spearheaded by Councilwoman Waldman in 2007, includes trail-heads that would be strategically placed to service patrons, along with pavilion comfort stations and/or rest-stops, removal of invasive plant species, and landscaping native plants and trees that foster native wildlife. The completed path would enhance the quality of life for local residents while offering a unique and attractive alternative for national and international visitors.

“We are one of the only cities in America located between two national parks, and we have an amazing opportunity to connect these two parks through a greenway trail making this a national tourism destination,” said Councilwoman Judy Waldman during the check presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting. “I thank the National Parks Conservation Association for providing the funds to create an example of what the entire Greenway will be. The Greenway Trail will act as a huge economic engine for the greater South Dade area. Bicyclists and other recreation enthusiasts will come from far and wide to enjoy the trail and our two national parks.”

The Greenway has served as the trail for multiple City of Homestead Everglades and Biscayne Greenway Bicycle Festivals organized by Councilwoman Waldman. The Bike Festival is a unique two-day event that showcases Homestead as a town which encourages and supports bicycle riding for the whole family and highlights the Greenway Bike Trail as well as Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The festival is sponsored by the City of Homestead and facilitated by Homestead Main Street and is supported by the Dr. Paul Dudley White National Bicycling Foundation, established in 1962. Homestead was one of the premier communities to spark interest in bicycling safety and bikeways nationwide at the time. In 1961, the City of Homestead was officially named the 'City of Bicycles' the first city to receive this title. A year later, in 1962, Homestead established the nation's first bikeway. The Biscayne-Everglades Bicycle Greenway will be a befitting tribute in recognition of these historic contributions by Homestead and its partnership with these two South Florida National Parks.

The City of Homestead, which was recently designated as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, has historically been a partner of the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. Councilwoman Waldman’s concept to connect these two national parks was a long and arduous journey, which in 2003 resulted the 42-mile Greenway. Growing up in Homestead, Councilwoman Waldman often visited the parks and wondered how they could be connected to highlight the beauty of what this community has to offer. She passionately advocated for this project from its inception. This project is ranked one of three in importance in the State, and one of eighteen in Washington. Dade County has embraced the Greenway as well, making it the number one focus over the next fifty years.

Councilwoman Waldman and the City of Homestead continue to work with the National Park Service, Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida and Federal Government to secure funding to construct the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway project. A safer alternative to sharing the road with cars, the Greenway Trail will run mainly along levees and other green space through the historic cities of Homestead and Florida City, with endpoints at the visitor centers at Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The project has been in the works for more than a decade and includes parcels of land owned by the City of Homestead and other parcels owned by outside entities, such as the South Florida Water Management District, for which Homestead has obtained agreements for access.

Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, who connected the NPCA with Councilwoman Waldman’s project, invited Representative Jacqueline Crucet to a special presentation at the August Homestead City Council meeting to present the City of Homestead with the check in support of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail project. The pilot project that will be funded by this grant will focus on a highly visible section of the route and will improve the trail with even gravel, removal of invasive plants, landscaping with native plants, and signage. Future projects will include the creation of rest areas with shaded structures and water stations. The improvement to the trail with landscaping and signage will serve to define the Greenway Trail as a continuous green corridor linking two national parks.

“NPCA is delighted to support this homegrown effort that will not only link two national parks but also provides locals and visitors an opportunity to navigate a portion of south Florida by walking or biking in nature and away from traffic and congestion,” said NPCA representative Jacqueline Crucet. “This Greenway Trail provides not only an alternative route to the parks, it changes the journey from cars and asphalt to a natural tranquil setting. NPCA hopes the City will be able to leverage this initial investment in the Greenway Trail to bring other organizations and companies to match this support so that bit by bit, we will see the 42-mile greenway trail loop complete.”

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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 serves graduating students from t...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 gently-used and new clothing for men, women, and children in need, located inside the South Dade Skills Center, 28300 SW 152 Avenue, as well as the William F. Brantley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 13.

On June 25th, 2013, Amber Woods, Councilwoman Judy Waldman’s intern, and her father, Allen Woods, donated over $3,000 worth of clothing in memory of Sally Woods. Sally, a longtime friend of Councilwoman Waldman, was killed in a car accident due to a distracted driver in October of 2011.

“My mom wouldn’t want these clothes to just gather dust, and they’re nice clothes; some still with the tags. When I heard about Judy’s Closet, I knew it was the perfect place for her clothes,” said Amber. “She was always volunteering and trying to help better our community, and Judy’s Closet does just that, offering clothes for interviews, graduations and proms; not to mention, it is run by her friends.”

People come to Judy’s Closet from all over the community to find clothing for all kinds of occasions – a job interview, graduation, or a beautiful gown for prom. Primarily, graduating students from the South Dade Skills Center, access Judy’s Closet as they are preparing for their careers. Judy’s Closet was there for Ms. Christina Marie Campos who sent a letter for her gratitude:

My name is Christina Marie Campos. This letter that I am writing is to explain how humble and thankful I am for Judy's Closet. Judy's Closet allowed me the opportunity to use their clothing for a job interview. I recently completed the Administrative Office Assistant classes at the South Dade Educational Center. Education that I received was paid for by the Farm Workers Jobs and Education program. Through the Farm Workers program, they assisted me with obtaining a job as a part- time -secretary. However, their work does not stop there. They assisted me once again by providing me clothing from Judy's Closet for an interview. I am forever thankful for the partnership that the Farm Workers program has with Judy's Closet.

“I started Judy’s Closet for people just like Ms. Campos, who are looking to better their lives and their families or who might just need a helping hand to get through a difficult period,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “Amber and Allen donated so many beautiful clothes which will help create an important and special moment in someone’s life. The Woods are so generous to share so much!”

If you are in need of clothes or wish to make a donation, please contact Councilwoman Waldman’s office at (305) 224-4454 to schedule an appointment.

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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 Complex.

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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 family goes back many years, as I li...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 Gardens, Homestead Police Departmen...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 Florida’s new “Tenis Para Todos” initi...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.

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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 east side of Farm Life Road an...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 Hospitals in the April/May 2013 issue ...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 elected officials from the municipa...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 Waldman, held an appreciation awa...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 the power restoration operatio...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 with a proclamation, in which Ma...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 in Wellington, Florida on Janua...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 Dade Days – a celebration of Mia...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 Services sent a five-man crew to help with the power restoration effort. These five Homestead Energy Services employees were recognized by Councilman Stephen Shelley on behalf of Councilwoman Judy Waldman at the March 20th Homestead City Council meeting for their heroic efforts to help restore power after Hurricane Sandy on Arlington Street in Westbury, New York.

“Here in Homestead we have experience in dealing with hurricanes and storms and it makes me very proud that our staff is using that knowledge to help those in need,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “We know very well what it is to be without power for long periods of time, as well as to be left without a home after a hurricane. I am glad we were able to use our resources to help after Sandy, just like many helped us after Hurricane Andrew.”

After receiving many emails documenting the efforts of this five-man crew, one email in particular stood out to Councilwoman Waldman who decided to recognize Homestead Energy Services linemen William Miner, Wil Worrall, Bret West, Marco Quijano, and Jonathan Ingram for their help restoring power in the area. A resident from Arlington Street in Westbury, New York sent the following email to the City of Homestead.

“On behalf of a few hundred neighbors along Arlington St. here in Westbury Long Island, we want to extend our thanks to your small crew of four linemen from Homestead Energy Services of Homestead FL (Wil indicated that John had to return to Florida urgently). They were actually stopped on their way to another assignment by another resident of the block, but after seeing our situation, assured us they wouldn't leave until we were restored. They proceeded to fix our issue within 3 hours, with help from some tree trimmers from Indiana. Much of our Westbury/New Cassel area had been restored late Monday November 5th , but continuing issues on this block knocked out our little area of about 100 customers early Tuesday again, and many here felt, after calling LIPA multiple times per day, that we were falling through the cracks and may not be addressed for several more days. Thus many people on this block felt a sense of desperation. Wil, Brett, Marco and Bill have become the heroes of Arlington St. We want to highly commend their efficient work and their friendly, patient attitudes with us.”

Councilwoman Waldman also helped the victims of Hurricane Sandy by conducting the “Homestead Gives Back Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive” in which she was able to fill a large truck with hundreds of much needed donations for the residents of Rockaway, New York. Councilwoman Waldman was able to secure vast donations of food, blankets and other needed items with the help of residents and sponsors such as the Homestead-Miami Speedway, Farm Share, Congressman Joe Garcia, Jose Camarillo, from Sky Net, and northAmerican Van Lines and Homestead Transfer and Storage, Co., which donated the truck and driver that delivered the donations.

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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.

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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 positive way. The annual event, hosted by Miami-Dade Parks, The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and the Miami-Dade Commission for Women annually honors women who have exemplified Professional Development, Community Responsibility, Leadership and Vision, Contribution to Women's Progress, and Promotion of Pluralism in the community.

Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who was honored in 2005 with the Pioneer Women Award of In The Company of Woman for her service and dedication to her community, attended this year’s events where past and present winners were recognized as part of the jubilee celebration.

“I commend all the women that were honored this year and in the past for their dedication and exemplary service in our community,” said Councilwoman Waldman. “In the Company of Women is an inspiring program that honors those of us who have excelled in professionalism and service and is a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month.”

In the Company of Women was created in 1989 as a way to unite the diverse population of Miami-Dade County by recognizing outstanding women who have impacted our community in a positive way. Winners are from many professions including government and politics, law, health, education, the arts, sports, business, journalism and the social sciences. This popular and prestigious event serves as part of Women's History Month, observed annually in March. The event has received recognition from the National Association of Counties and the Southern Region of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In the Company of Women is part of the programming presented by Miami-Dade Parks' Women's Park. Officially dedicated in 1992, The Women's Park honors all women in Miami-Dade County in recognition of their diverse contributions to improving our community's quality of life.

City of Homestead Councilwoman Judy Waldman, who has been a member of the Homestead City Council since November of 2001, has made various contributions to her community. Among her contributions is the creation and adoption of the first Parks Master’s Plan in the City of Homestead, which included improvements to all of the community parks. Councilwoman Waldman envisioned and brought forward the development of the Biscayne-Everglades Greenway, a multipurpose park and trail system that connects Biscayne National Park to Everglades National Park.

Councilwoman Waldman has also been an avid fundraiser for the American Cancer Society since 1986 and has served as chair and lead organizer of the Homestead Relay for Life. She and her husband, Dr. Mervin Waldman, also founded the Little Angels Foundation in 1999, a non-profit organization that supports children with developmental, learning, and emotional problems. She is also a charter member of the Homestead Hospital Pineapple Gala Committee, which helps raise funds for the pediatric ward. She has also conducted various relief drives, most recently one to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Councilwoman Waldman is not only dedicated to help her community but to acknowledge those who serve as well. She founded the Kindness Awards during Hurricane Andrew’s 10th Anniversary as a way to recognize individuals who perform acts of kindness in times of need.

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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 and invite their friends and f...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 everything in the tragedy.

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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 victims of violence in our City. If...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 special presentation at the Jan...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 tradition for Councilwoman Wald...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 Councilwoman Waldman organized.
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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.

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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 Waldman’s annual Christmas Toy Drive f...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 donating a wreath for Wreaths Acro...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 Hurricane Sandy. Councilwoman Ju...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 services from the Homestead Soup K...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 Storage and the Homestead-Miami S...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, which is paid by the brave men...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 helped us honor kindness and service...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.

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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 help strangers overcome this di...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 always been a tremendous help and l...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 every week. Mrs. Smith, a former...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 event,” said Councilwoman Wald...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 help strangers overcome this di...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 members of the City Council duri...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 Customer Service employee and this ye...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.

Councilwoman Waldman explained t...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 2010-2011, currently holds the t...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 for her dedication and commitme...Read on...


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Posted on: August 19, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Second Annual Back to School Shoe Giveaway

Dozens of local children will step into the first day of school with confidence thanks to Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough’s “Best Foot Forward” event. This is the second year she has organized this shopping spree for some lucky local kids to spend up to...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2015

Keep Calm and Pick Your Path at the City of Homestead Career, College, and Technical School Fair

Councilman Jimmie Williams, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and the Southwest Advisory Committee are hosting a career, college, and technical school fair at the Phichol Williams Community Center Saturday, September 19, 2015 10AM - 1PM. The first 100 st...Read on...

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Posted on: June 23, 2015

Heat Up Your Summer Reading with Councilwoman Fairclough’s Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge!

Get ready to read this summer for the chance to win a week's worth of FREE uniforms and supplies for back to school. The contest is open until August 15, 2015 to K-12 students living in the City of Homestead.

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Posted on: May 8, 2015

Mayor Porter, Councilwoman Fairclough, and the Education Committee to Honor Champions for Education

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win...Join Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and Homestead's Education Committee as they honor outstanding local educators and other champions for education on Thursday, May 21st at 6 PM. This event is FREE & open to the public, but an RSVP is required. See flyer for more details and contact information.

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Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Hosts Academic Signing Day for Homestead Students

Signing Day, a ceremony where high school seniors sign a letter of intent to indicate the student-athlete’s commitment to a university, is usually held in a school’s auditorium in front of peers and teachers.

But in Homestead, during the Special Prese...Read on...

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Principal of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the April 2015 City Council meeting to honor two Homestead leaders in education: Mr. Guillermo Muñoz, Miami-Dade County Public Schools 2015 Principal of the Year, and Dr. Omar Monteagu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2015

“Buy a Tree. Change a Life” Program Funds Mayor’s Youth Council Educational Trip

Pastor Travis Johnson from Life Pointe Church presented the Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) with a giant check for $1,500 to help facilitate their March 23rd Educational Trip to New York, courtesy of the “Buy a Tree. Change a Life” program. Councilwoman Patri...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Women of the Year

March is Women’s History Month, the perfect time for Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough to honor the Women of the Year for 2015, proud members of the Homestead Women’s Club. Councilwoman Fairclough expressed the importance of acknowledging the valuable comm...Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Invites Homestead Youth to Local Job Fair

Come out and apply for a few local jobs available for Homestead residents!

Gain an understanding about various careers, the workplace, and appropriate employment skills- while being linked to employers for great work experience and career advice.

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Posted on: March 13, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough & the Mayor's Youth Council Launch Scholarship Fundraiser

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and the Mayor's Youth Council are collecting coins for college. Drop your pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters (even dollars are welcome) into the jar and watch the coins add up to provide scholarship funds for a local graduating senior. Support Homestead's youth and donate to the success of our college-bound students. Maybe someone you know will win a scholarship! Visit www.cityofhomestead.com/mycscholarship for more information.

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Rookie Teacher of the Year

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough approached the podium on the night of the February City Council meeting to honor Desiree Chase, a teacher at Medical Academy for Science and Technology (MAST Academy), for winning the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Rookie Teacher of the Year award. There are about 20,000 teachers in the county, so it's a very competitive and selective process. The finalists are first selected by school and then by area. In order to be eligible to win, candidates must be within their first five years of teaching.

Coming from a family of educators, Ms. Chase believes that every lesson in a school year should be connected to one another. This allows for the students to develop critical studying skills needed for a successful college career. A graduate from the University of Florida, Ms. Chase is a member of the Education Committee, a proud Homestead resident and has been an example of academic excellence at MAST. One of her biggest achievements is developing one of the first high school level physical therapy program in Miami-Dade County. Ms. Chase acts as a professional development liaison and has partnered with Florida International University to bring guest speakers to her teaching curriculum. Councilwoman Fairclough expressed her deep admiration for Ms. Chase as a leader in Homestead, praising her skills as an outstanding teacher and her love for community involvement.

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, a past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award, alongside Councilman Elvis Maldonado and members of the Education Committee presented Ms. Chase with a Certificate of Appreciation, a Spa Package Certificate, and a Gift Card to Portofino Coal Fired Pizza. The Councilwoman’s remarks emphasized the critical importance of teachers in society. “It’s very important that all our community stakeholders take part in recognizing our teachers for the magic that happens in their classrooms every day. We are lucky to have you as a resident of Homestead and member of the education committee. Congratulations!”

Ms. Chase took the opportunity to thank the City of Homestead and closed the presentation on a personal note: “Something we say in my family about education, is that we do this for outcome, not income.” She said with pride, “Days like this, surrounded by such wonderful leaders of our community and receiving such an honor, makes it so much more worth it.”

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Posted on: February 26, 2015

Councilwoman Fairclough Honors First Graders at First United Methodist Christian School

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough took some time during February’s Council Meeting presentations to express her love and support of small businesses. But she meant that in a very literal way: the small business owners from the first grade class at First United Methodist Christian School, during their “Roxaboxen” event.

Most children love to play house. But, few of them get the chance to create their very own town—complete with a tiny fire department and colorful shops. These first graders had the chance to do just that by taking over the First United Methodist Christian School courtyard for their annual Roxaboxen event. Each year, students create their own city inspired by the book, “Roxaboxen.” Councilwoman Fairclough had the honor of cutting the ribbon to their town, cleverly named the Town of Roxaboxen.

“This type of initiative is what I consider empowering and positioning,” said Councilwoman Fairclough, “Empowering our young ones to be future leaders and positioning them to pick up the torch, to carry and lead our communities when we can no longer do so.”

Roxaboxen, the book written by Alice McLerran and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, celebrates the imagination of children who, no matter the time or place, can create whole worlds out of what they find around them—in this case, rocks and boxes. The main character, Marian, and her friends find a special place in the desert where they play the games that will prepare them for their grown-up lives.

Councilwoman Fairclough, Chair of the Education Committee and an educator herself, applauded the school’s commitment to fostering imagination and creativity amongst their students. She also had a chance to explore the intricate world created by the children—visiting their small businesses like Robert is Here and Kasey’s Toys for Girls and Boys; as well as their Town officials, like the Sheriff and the Mayor of Roxaboxen!

The small businesses, and their owners, that comprise the Town of Roxaboxen are: Sofia Arenas - US Recruitment Office, Kimber Aviles- Kimber's Barnyard, Kadence Caraisco-Kadence's Beautiful Flower Shop, Ashley Castillo- Ashley's Latte, Jack Collins- Jack's School of Basketball, Gianna DeBaise- Gianna's Salon & Spa, Dustin Gerry - Mayor of Roxaboxen, Hudson Gilbert- Hudson's Grocery, Aiden Gonzalez- Aiden's Fire Station, Sophia Iparraguirre - Sophia's Sweet Ice Cream, Genesis Jenkins- Genesis' Sparkle Twinkle Store, Grace Largent - Gracie's Airlines, Rhianna Leon- Graybar Jail, Damian Mancha- Damian's Bank of Money, Jackson Moehling- Robert Is Here, Landyn Munz - Redland Construction Company, Ronny Nguyen - Ronny's Public Library, Nicolas Nuñez – Hospital, Zavier Regalado-Little White Church of Roxaboxen, Ella-Marie Robles-Ella's Candyland, Kasey Sapp-Kasey's Toys for Girls & Boys, Gavin Smith-Gavin's Garage, Sophia Steen- Teeny Tiny Pets , Cody Thermes- Cheese Please Pizza Palace, Amari Wilson- Amari's Amazing Bakery and Gavin Yuhr- Bait & Crate.

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

West Homestead K-8 Center Improvements Kick Off

The Homestead Community gathered to kick off improvements to the West Homestead K-8 Center thanks to the passage of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bond Referendum and funds from the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Principal Tammy S. Edouard welcomed attendees to her school and thanked Homestead for its commitment to education. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, pledged his continued support for schools throughout the County and applauded the City of Homestead for its efforts to improve area education.

"As an educator, I know that modern, clean, and safe environments are an important component to successful teaching and learning," said Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, chair of Homestead’s Education Committee. “This investment in education reaffirms the city's commitment to building education by helping to build better facilities and futures for our students."

In 2012, Miami-Dade County Public Schools asked county voters to invest in their schools by approving the issuance of a $1.2 billion bond for renovating facilities, updating technology, building school replacements, expanding student capacity, and enhancing facility safety. The community let their voices be heard, and nearly 70% of those voting supported the measure. The City of Homestead CRA built on this momentum by allocating $775,000 towards the West Homestead K-8 Center Project.

The School is within the CRA area, but this is a unique move, as CRA funds have not historically been used for education. Other improvements in the area include nearby Blakey Park, which was renovated in March of 2014. For years, the park held nothing but a running track. Today, residents can enjoy two brand new playgrounds, two picnic pavilions, and a variety of fitness stations around the running track.

“With projects like this we’re changing the perception of Homestead in general and the Southwest community in particular,” said Mayor Jeff Porter. “This is a place where our kids will get a quality education and be able to excel anywhere. I want to thank you all for your commitment to building a brighter future for Homestead.”

The West Homestead K-8 Center renovation project will include select building demolition, new construction of additional general purpose and science classrooms to achieve the school’s full conversion to a K-8 center, accommodating approximately 270 middle school students. The project also includes art and dining patios, P.E. spaces, playgrounds, remodeling of the existing remaining buildings to include HVAC system improvements, classroom remodeling, covered walkways, and parking and site improvements.

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Posted on: December 22, 2014

International Chili Cook-Off A Hit in Homestead

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, Harris Field played host to some of the most adventurous chili chefs in all of South Dade during this year’s International Chili Cook-Off School Competition and Community Carnival. In just its second year, the City of Homest...Read on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council Needs Your Support!

The Homestead Mayor’s Youth Council needs the support of our community. In order to fund the flights for their annual educational experience in New York City, they have pledged to sell 100 trees by December 14th through the Buy A Tree. Change A Life. c...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

A Day of Giving & Serving- A Thanksgiving Feast w/ Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough & The Big Cheese Restaurant want to invite you to a Thanksgiving celebration with all the trimmings! Live Music & complimentary food and drink. Please see flyer for details and for volunteer opportunities.

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Posted on: November 14, 2014

Annual Rock-N-Ribs Fest Raises 18K for Children’s Charities

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough deferred some time to Larry Roth, board member for ThisIsForTheKids, the non-profit organization that produces the Rock-N-Ribs Fest annualy to help raise money for select children’s oriented charities, so he could report t...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

City of Homestead Recognizes Lowe’s Community Giving

Lowe’s, the retail home improvement giant, was acknowledged for their long-standing record of giving back to the communities in which they do business by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough during the Special Council Presentation on October 2014. For over 60 years, Lowes has been there to assist schools and community organizations during times of financial hardship by donating manpower and much needed supplies. Lowe's has demonstrated a commitment towards supporting projects that have the greatest impact on communities and align with their core business of home improvement.

Pastor Brock Shiffer, pastor at Speedway Community Church of Homestead and long-time partner with Lowes and their philanthropic efforts, had this say. “The bible teaches us that it is better to give than receive and the people at Lowes put that belief to work. Thanks to them, we were able to fix a leaky roof that has been a five year ordeal for the 250 parishioners of a local church recently. I’m also happy to report that Lowes has adopted Campbell Elementary School and the project is running smoothly to this point.”

Also on hand and duly honored were Amy Zewinsky, Tori Tonton and Campbell Elementary Principal Thelma Fornell.

Added Councilwoman Fairclough, “I have a deep respect for companies such as Lowes that make it their responsibility to give back to their own communities. Their motto ‘Never Stop Improving’ isn’t just lip-service but it's a rallying cry and a mindset for their customers and employees saying that they’re committed to never stop improving their business, customer experience and communities."

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Posted on: October 27, 2014

Haitian Community Meeting With the City of Homestead

TOMORROW, OCT 28, Homestead's Haitian Community is invited to a special meeting at the William F. Dickinson Community Center @ 5:30pm. Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough will be on hand to answer questions and to address concerns. This is also a great opportunity to learn about city services and to acquaint yourself with your city officials. Please refer to flyer for details.

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Posted on: September 10, 2014

Councilwoman Fairclough Partners with FP&L for Student Program

On a Saturday morning this past August, local school children and their parents anxiously awaited outside the doors of the Nike Outlet Store in Homestead as part of an event organized by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough and sponsored by Florida Power & Light.

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The event was called “Put Your Best Foot Forward,” a shopping spree for some lucky local kids to spend up to fifty dollars on brand new shoes to kick-off the new school year with. Florida Power & Light generously donated to help the students be ready for the new school year.
“I would like to thank FP&L for partnering with me to brighten the lives of these young people and instill them with the pride that will hopefully carry over to their school work for years to come,” said Councilwoman Fairclough. “Sometimes, it is difficult to understand everything a child needs to be able to go to school. Parents have to buy so many text books and school supplies that I am glad we can create programs like this to offer a little help to our local families.”

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Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Honors Local Non-Profit Organizations

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough recognized the accomplishments of three non-profit organizations based in the Homestead area during a Special Council Presentation in July 2014. The three were selected to receive grants as winners of the Million Dollar Li...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough Recognizes National Migrant Teacher of the Year

During the July 2014 Special Council Presentation, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough saluted the efforts of a fellow educator by recognizing the achievements of National Migrant Teacher of the Year, Raquel Bueno.

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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.

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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 athletics in our community. This eve...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 during a Special Council Presen...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 Prayer. The Nation’s theme for ...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 and has been a distinguished memb...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 most recent accomplishment.

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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 rise today to recognize, simply p...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 of Prayer. Community leaders and...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.

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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 grocery chain, was also a major ...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.

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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.

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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 January City Council meeting.

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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 distinguished line-up of organizations and ...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 rousing success.

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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 grocery chain, was also a major ...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 for top honors and the chance t...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 Youth Council. The Youth Council ...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 Homestead-Miami Speedway and South Dad...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 will serve to immortalize the jour...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 students in business practices. During The October City Council meeting, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough introduced the first class of the YEA! Program and congratulated the students for their initiative and interests in learning how to create and operate their own business.

“Today they are young entrepreneurs, but tomorrow they are future business leaders stimulating the economy here in the City of Homestead,” said Councilwoman Fairclough during the presentation. “I commend the Chamber for bringing this program to our city and cultivating the talent of our business savvy students.”

YEA! is a groundbreaking program that takes students between the ages of 12 and 18 through the process of launching a real business over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried on after their graduation from the program. YEA! aims at teaching students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job.

Congratulations to the following students of the 2013-2014 YEA! school year class:
Aramis Pagan Keys Gate Charter School, Armani Pagan Keys Gate Charter School, Au'Leecia Nicole Larry Keys Gate Charter School, Charisse B Mellison Robert Morgan High School, Christopher Eduardo Jimenez Keys Gate Charter High, Cristian Bailey Keys Gate Charter School, Dave Francois Keys Gate Charter High School, Dean Smith Keys Gate Charter School, Erika Smith Keys Gate Charter High School, Gabriela Auguste Keys Gate Charter School, John H. Bowles Home School, Larissa Monjaraz Keys Gate Charter School, Matthew Tyler Strange Keys Gate Charter High School, Oluwatobi Onayemi Keys Gate Charter School, Richard J Gibson Keys Gate Charter School, Sean D. Grey Mast Medical Academy, Tykevia J. Nelson Keys Gate Charter School.

For more information on YEA! visit the following website: http://www.chamberinaction.com/pages/YoungEntrepreneursAcademy/

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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 won the Best Speaker at the Divis...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 schools is something long-time educator Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick knows too well. At the September Special Presentation section of the Homestead City Council meetin...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 Youth Council took it upon themselv...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 dedication to continuing their ...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 Commerce South Dade Young Entreprene...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 performance levels at her school.

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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 efforts to appeal for peace and a c...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, which was founded by former Mia...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 by Councilwoman Patricia Fairclo...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 Company and Community Bank of Flor...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 students were honored with a medal ...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 in the South Dade community.

The South Dade Care Awards honors those who make a difference in the South Dade community. This year was no different as Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, liaison to the Homestead Education Committee, along with Teri Weinstein Trivizas, Community Liaison Representative for Dr. Larry Feldman, School Board Member, District 9, and Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and pleasure of presenting Mrs.Valtena Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and former South Region Superintendent with the Education Impact Award.

Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, alongside Kametra Driver, Executive Director of WeCare of South Dade, had the honor and privilege of presenting the Outstanding South Dade Supporter Award to Jacqui Colyer who received the award on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust has demonstrated support for organizations that serve the area through investing its dollars and resources and supporting policy changes to improve the health and lifestyle of residents in the area.

The Children’s Trust emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide the programs and services needed by children and families and to effect community-wide change. Since their inception, The Children's Trust has encouraged creative approaches to coordinating, integrating and funding services across and within the areas of health, safety, development and promoted increased parental and community involvement on behalf of all our children, while stressing accountability and results.

For more information on the Children’s Trust, visit http://www.thechildrenstrust.org

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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 Comunidad de Madrid in Madrid,...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 Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough McCormick...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 Care Packages is a program fou...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 the events that commemorated the...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 will be arts and crafts, and gift certificates will be given out. Hot dogs, ice cream and refreshments will also be available.

Special guests include City of Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Police Benevolent Association (PBA), East Homestead CCD, Fire Rescue Officers from Dade Corrections along with the K9 Units, Homestead Police Department's Crime Watch Committee, Homestead Area Schools Principals, Social Workers, and Mental Health Specialists.

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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 participate in the internationally know...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 & Bicycle Giveaway was made possible with the help of various local businesses and organizations that donated the necessary resources to make this important program a success.

At a special presentation during the January 2013 City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick recognized all the local businesses, non-profits, and individuals who supported her Books and Bicycles Giveaway program.
“This program offers our children the gift of education as well as the gift of recreation,” said Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick. “Our community once again came together to make sure many children in need can have the opportunity to read and live a healthy life. From my heart to your hands I want to thank you. Your generosity made Christmas possible for these children and that is the greatest gift of all.”

Auto Infinity Insurance was instrumental in placing the gift of literacy into the hands of our children, said Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough-McCormick, who read a proclamation by Mayor Steven C. Bateman declaring January 16, 2013 as Auto Infinity Insurance Day. The Insurance company donated hundreds of books in both Spanish and English to Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick’s program through its Read Conmigo campaign. The Auto Infinity Insurance parent-focused bilingual literacy campaign encourages Hispanic parents to read to their children at home through the distribution of free English-Spanish children’s books.

At the special presentation Councilwoman Fairclough-McCormick also awarded certificates of recognition to all the local businesses, non-profits and individuals who contributed to the 2012 Books and Bicycles event. Among those recognized were Saundra Lange, Senior VP of 1st National Bank of South Florida, Rick del Vecchio from Armstrong Ford, Willie Carpenter from Community Bank of South Florida, Mike Kiley, VP of FP&L Turkey Point Plat, Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital, Feliz Martinez from Lennar, Tony Garcia from The Keyes Company, Adam Rosenblum from The Palace Gardens, Larry Roth from This is For The Kids, Inc. Feliz Martinez, from Lennar, the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department, and Homestead resident Bonnie King Moran. .

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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 City of Homestead also celebrat...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 Florida Power & Light/ Turkey Point Power Plant for volunteering to build the Homestead Centennial parade float, a replica of Homestead’s old Flagler Railway station.

“We are so grateful for FP&L’s support of the Homestead Centennial,” said Centennial Steering Committee Chairwoman Yvonne Knowles, who presented the plaques. “Not only are they one of the main sponsors of the Homestead Centennial, but their generous efforts made a reality our dream to create a Centennial float to commemorate the 100 years of the City of Homestead.”

Chairwoman Yvonne Knowles and other members of the Centennial Steering Committee met with Bob Bertelson, Land Utilization Supervisor at FPL/ Turkey Point, and his team, just four weeks before the Centennial float was scheduled to run its first course at the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade. With dedication and hard work put into effect, without delay, the reproduction of the railway station was completed on time for their debut.

“After meeting with Chairwoman Knowles and the Centennial Steering Committee, my team and I, immediately, went to work on something that would grow and we could take pride in,” said Bob Bertelson. “Now, we have this awesome Centennial float.”

The volunteering recognition awards were presented to Senior Vice-President of Turkey Point, Michael Kiley, Bob Bertelson, Land Utilization Supervisor at FPL/ Turkey Point, and a team of 14, who volunteered their time toward constructing a replica of Henry Flagler’s old Homestead Flagler Railway station into a Centennial float. The float was first present at the Homestead Veteran’s Day Parade, and can next be seen at the Homestead Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Saturday, January 19th at noon, and the Homestead Rodeo Parade, Saturday, January 25th at 11 am in Downtown Homestead. The float will also be on display at the main Homestead Centennial event Saturday, February 2nd at Harris Field.

“This was not created for the recognition, but for our commitment to the community,” said Michael Kiley. “This is just one additional project that we are giving back to the City of Homestead.”

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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 Faiclough-Mccormick and KW Property Managem...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 Homestead’s Centennial.

To achieve th...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 the essay, photography and art p...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. Children will enjoy a free ev...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 schools that were awarded recognit...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 those officials with less than on...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 organization that teaches physical fit...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 and drug prevention event that brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials to focus on crime in order to send a message to criminals that the community is proactive and will not tolerate crime in their neighborhood.

The event began at the Phicol Williams Community Center, where a backpack were donated to students for the new school year and numerous organizations such as, We Care, Galata, Inc. and en Familia, Inc., distributed literature and information about their services to the community. The group then took to the streets to walk around the Southwest neighborhood to show their support for peace.
The event was organized by South Dade Weed and Seed, a Homestead Police Department initiative. Some of the major contributors event were the City of Homestead, Homestead Police Department, Southwest Advisory Committee, Mayor's Policing & Crime Watch Committee, the Children's Trust, and Humana.

Throughout the years, NNO events have proved to be an effective, inexpensive, memorable and enjoyable program to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs. The City of Homestead and the Homestead Police Department are committed to providing a safe environment that is free of crime, violence, and drug use in order for law-abiding citizens to live, work, and raise their families in comfort and peace.

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

HPS Director of Electric Utilities Barbara Quiñones to Help Lead Statewide Energy 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.

Elections took place at the agency’s annual meeting held in Naples, FL on Frida...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 Executive Committee.

Election...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 years, FMEA has recognized the ef...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 wholesale power supplier to municip...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 members participate in regular...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 recognized the efforts of Florida’s m...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 the category for utilities with 6...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 Tuesday, October 30th. Homestead...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 Homestead’s electrical operati...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 Quiñones, Homestead Energy Services Di...Read on...


Mayor Jeff Porter

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

FREE Spay & Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic at JD Redd Park August 8th

The FREE Spay and Neuter Mobile Animal Clinic will be at JD Redd Park on August 8th. Please RSVP at 305-224-4433 to be put on the list for your dog to be spayed/neutered.

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Posted on: July 14, 2015

The Progress Continues: City of Homestead Celebrates Losner Park Expansion with Demolition Kick Off

The City of Homestead celebrated yet another step towards revitalizing Downtown Homestead with a Demolition Kick Off Ceremony for the expansion of Losner Park. Located in the heart of Downtown, the expanded park will breathe new life into the area, creat...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Honors the Next Generation of Law Enforcement

Homestead’s Police Explorers are a group of young men and women committed to becoming the next generation of law enforcement. During the June 2015 Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter honored the group for their fierce commitment and exemplary...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2015

Homestead Police Department Promotes Two Reserve Sergeants, Welcomes One New Officer to the Force

A relentless dedication to serving the community is a quality which the Homestead Police Department holds in high regards. While reviewing the job performances and records of Reserve Officers Ron Charlot, Will Worrall, and Francisco Mello it was evident ...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Mayor Porter, Councilwoman Fairclough, and the Education Committee to Honor Champions for Education

What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win...Join Mayor Jeff Porter, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, and Homestead's Education Committee as they honor outstanding local educators and other champions for education on Thursday, May 21st at 6 PM. This event is FREE & open to the public, but an RSVP is required. See flyer for more details and contact information.

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Posted on: May 7, 2015

Two New Reserve Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Diversity is an important tool to maintain an open and inviting environment, and to make sure every citizen is treated fairly. This was the theme of the introduction of two new reserve officers to the Homestead Police Department, during the Special Counci...Read on...

Posted on: March 27, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter Proclaims Bike305 Month in Homestead

The City of Homestead has joined Miami-Dade County and its municipalities in celebrating March as Bike305 month. All through the month, residents are encouraged to try cycling to work, school and other destinations, and various events are organized to pro...Read on...

Posted on: March 24, 2015

Mayor Porter Welcomes Reverend Chauncey Brown as Police Chaplain

During a Special Presentation in the March 2015 Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Porter took the opportunity to welcome and recognize Reverend Chauncey Brown, the new Police Chaplain.

Mayor Porter spoke fondly of Reverend Brown. “Before taking over as Chapl...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2015

Mayor Jeff Porter named Honorary Chair of Homestead Relay for Life

During February’s Special Council Presentation, Mayor Jeff Porter was named this year’s Homestead Relay for Life Honorary Chair. As a proven leader and proactive member of the Homestead Community, and now Chair of this annual event, Mayor Porter will serv...Read on...

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Posted on: February 25, 2015

Homestead Police Officers Named Officers of the Month for Second Time

During a Special Council Presentation, surrounded by their peers and colleagues, City of Homestead Police Officers Jesus Gonzalez and Howard Diener were the recipients of the Officer of the Month Award, for November and December 2014, respectively. Both o...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

West Homestead K-8 Center Improvements Kick Off

The Homestead Community gathered to kick off improvements to the West Homestead K-8 Center thanks to the passage of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bond Referendum and funds from the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).

Principal Tammy S. Edouard welcomed attendees to her school and thanked Homestead for its commitment to education. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, pledged his continued support for schools throughout the County and applauded the City of Homestead for its efforts to improve area education.

"As an educator, I know that modern, clean, and safe environments are an important component to successful teaching and learning," said Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough, chair of Homestead’s Education Committee. “This investment in education reaffirms the city's commitment to building education by helping to build better facilities and futures for our students."

In 2012, Miami-Dade County Public Schools asked county voters to invest in their schools by approving the issuance of a $1.2 billion bond for renovating facilities, updating technology, building school replacements, expanding student capacity, and enhancing facility safety. The community let their voices be heard, and nearly 70% of those voting supported the measure. The City of Homestead CRA built on this momentum by allocating $775,000 towards the West Homestead K-8 Center Project.

The School is within the CRA area, but this is a unique move, as CRA funds have not historically been used for education. Other improvements in the area include nearby Blakey Park, which was renovated in March of 2014. For years, the park held nothing but a running track. Today, residents can enjoy two brand new playgrounds, two picnic pavilions, and a variety of fitness stations around the running track.

“With projects like this we’re changing the perception of Homestead in general and the Southwest community in particular,” said Mayor Jeff Porter. “This is a place where our kids will get a quality education and be able to excel anywhere. I want to thank you all for your commitment to building a brighter future for Homestead.”

The West Homestead K-8 Center renovation project will include select building demolition, new construction of additional general purpose and science classrooms to achieve the school’s full conversion to a K-8 center, accommodating approximately 270 middle school students. The project also includes art and dining patios, P.E. spaces, playgrounds, remodeling of the existing remaining buildings to include HVAC system improvements, classroom remodeling, covered walkways, and parking and site improvements.

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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Hundreds Gather for the Premiere of Building Homestead, Mayor Jeff Porter’s State of the City

Nearly five hundred Homestead residents, City Council members, community leaders and distinguished dignitaries gathered in the heart of Downtown Homestead for the premiere of Building Homestead—Mayor Jeff Porter’s 2015 State of the City. Attendees, dres...Read on...

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Posted on: February 10, 2015

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Everglades Amateur Radio Club with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Everglades Amateur Radio Club by proclaiming the week of June 23-29, 2015 to be Amateur Radio Week in Homestead. Everglades Amateur Radio Club is not only a hobby for radio enthusiasts, but also collaborates with local emergency...Read on...

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Posted on: January 30, 2015

Watch Building Homestead--Mayor Jeff Porter's 2015 State of the City

Cast: Mayor Jeff Porter; Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley; Councilman Jon Burgess; Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough; Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado; Councilwoman Judy Waldman; Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III; Master Sergeant Francisco Navarro: 482d Fighter...Watch Now...

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Posted on: December 8, 2014

Homestead Detective Honored With Officer of the Month & Life Saving Awards

For his actions performed on the evening of October 5, 2014 that led to the resuscitation of a drowned, 2-year old boy, Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales received a Life Saving Award as well as the honor of being named Officer of the Month for t...Read on...

Posted on: December 3, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley Assist With Dr. Linda Fagan’s Food Drive

Every year Dr. Linda Fagan of Country Medical Center coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive to ensure non-profit organizations in the community who provide assistance to others in need receive some help of their own in accomplishing their missions. On the Tuesday before this most recent Thanksgiving, Dr. Fagan and a slew of volunteers worked to assemble Thanksgiving baskets consisting of fresh vegetables such as beans and squash, stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce and of course turkeys. Each year Dr. Fagan's goal is to increase by at least five (5) the number of Thanksgiving baskets she provides to the community.

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Dr. Fagan cannot accomplish her Thanksgiving Drive alone, it takes help from local businesses and residents looking to give back and pay it forward. Every year, Dr. Fagan works with the Winn Dixie on Campbell Drive to order everything from turkeys to cranberry sauce, Torbert Farms donates boxes of the freshest produce from the field and Case Brothers Farms supplies the wood crates in which the dinner baskets are packed into. This year the Michael Lamb family contributed to the grocery purchase and Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley not only covered the cost of the 100+ turkeys, but also joined Dr. Fagan and her team in organizing and assembling the Thanksgiving baskets.

The volunteers who participated in this year’s event were Dr. Linda Fagan, Eddie and Jessie McMullen, Lynne Jones, Danielle Lamb, Anthony and Wanda Simmons, Bonnie King-Moran, Jacki Pilkington, Anthony Oliver, Elijah Bemley, Joe White, Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley. "I want to personally thank Dr. Fagan and her team for their efforts to feed those who are in need of help on Thanksgiving and also for their commitment to giving back and making our community better," said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. "Its people like Dr. Fagan that make me proud to call Homestead my homeRead on...

Posted on: December 2, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Presents Show of Support for Pet’s Trust Miami at To Save Lives Event

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Mayor Jeff Porter presented a copy of a resolution supporting Pet’s Trust Miami to Pet’s Trust Miami President Michael Rosenberg, and Co-Founder Rita Schwartz, during their To Save Lives event on November 21, 2014. The resolution, passed and adopte...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Honors Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 with Special Proclamation

Mayor Jeff Porter honored Maritime Safety and Security Team 91114 by proclaiming November 7, 2014 to be Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91114 Day. MSST 91114 is an active duty United States Coast Guard unit established in 2004 to guard our natio...Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

Alpha Delta Kappa Honored for Promoting Educational Excellence

Mayor Jeff Porter took a moment during a Special Council Presentation in October 2014 to recognize the exceptional efforts of Alpha Delta Kappa among women educators around the world. On this day, the Florida Chapter was honored, specifically the members ...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

Four New Officers Join the Ranks of the Homestead Police Department

Detective Antonio Aquino, Director of Internal Affairs for the Homestead Police Department, introduced the most recent crop of law enforcement officers to join our city’s force during a Special Council Presentation on September 2014.

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Posted on: October 15, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter & School Board Vice Chair Dr. Larry Feldman Visit Local Schools

Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter and Miami-Dade County School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Larry Feldman toured several schools in the Homestead area to learn more about the course these institutions are charting for the future of their students. Among the schools vis...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter Issues Proclamation Honoring 482nd Fighter Wing

On October 3, 2014, City of Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter proclaimed that day in perpetuity as “482nd Fighter Wing Day” during a Military Affairs Committee meet and greet that took place at the Community Activity Center located within the Homestead Air Rese...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

City of Homestead Police Officer Recipient of Second Officer of the Month Award

For the second time since initially receiving the award in April of 2014, City of Homestead Police Officer Mario Arzuaga once again found himself on the floor of the council chamber during a Special Council Presentation surrounded by his peers and colleag...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Homestead Police Officer Decorated for Distinguished Military Service

During a Special Council Presentation in August 2014, Homestead Police Officer Victor Lugo was roundly praised and commended by his peers and superiors for his sterling career as a member of the U.S. military.

Officer Lugo’s 23 year commitment to the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2014

Officer Jesus Gonzalez Awarded Officer of the Month for June 2014

City of Homestead police officer Jesus Gonzalez was recognized for his exceptional public service during the month of June at the Special Council Presentation in August 2014.

During the month long span, Officer Gonzalez responded to 184 service calls a...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 spaces and water clean and safe f...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 true team fashion, the Buccanee...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 Arzuaga made 18 arrests, issued ...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 the duties demonstrated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the CBP serves as a frontline defender of our boarders that protects against terrorist threats and other egregious violations that can have a detrimental effect on our national security and our economy. With more than 60,000 employees, CBP is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is tasked with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

The men and women of CBP are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs.
“Vigilance, service to country and integrity are the hall marks of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” said Mayor Porter. “The City of Homestead salutes you on this and every day for your discipline, courage, heroism and dedication to our nation.”

Afterwards, the mayor officially proclaimed the 6th day of June 2014 as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Day. The physical proclamation was then awarded to Deputy Director William Avery of the Miami Air and Marine Branch.

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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 life by performing CPR.

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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.

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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 applicants over the past year. Twelve ...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 Council) Migrant Student Scholarsh...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 3-1 victory over Valrico Bloomin...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 the United States, the fair housing policies date largely from the 1960s. Originally, the terms “fair housing” and “open housing” came from a political movement of the time to outlaw discrimination in the rental or purchase of homes and a broad range of other housing-related transactions, such as advertising, mortgage lending, homeowner's insurance and zoning. The primary purpose of the Fair Housing Law of 1968 is to protect the buyer/renter of a dwelling from seller/landlord discrimination.

Mayor Porter addressed the chamber with a proclamation which read: “Whereas Aprill 11, 2014 marks the 46th anniversary of the passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Law, Title 8 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended which enumerates a national policy of fair housing without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, family status and handicap and encourages fair housing opportunities for all citizens and whereas the Fair Housing Law is consistent with the principles of equality and justice for all and whereas the City of Homestead, the United States Dept. of Housing & Urban Development and the housing industry are working together to help others realize the dream of affordable housing for all residents and whereas the City of Homestead is committed to highlight the Fair Housing Law by addressing discrimination in our community and to support programs that will educate the public about the right to equal housing opportunities and to plan partnerships, efforts and other organizations to help assure every American of their right to fair housing.”

Mayor Porter then closed the presentation by officially proclaiming the month of April, Fair Housing Month in the City of Homestead and presenting the proclamation to City of Homestesd Director of Finance Carlos Perez.

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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 for the 32nd annual Law Enforceme...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 Prayer. The Nation’s theme for ...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 South Dade High School Wrestling T...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 turbine deck.

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Located on Biscayne Bay, 24 miles south of Miami and just east of the Homestead area, the FPL power plant is comprised of two main power units that generate about 1,400 million watts of electricity or roughly enough power to supply the annual needs of more than 45,000 homes.

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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 of February 2014. Major Scott ...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 of Prayer. Community leaders and...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 1500-mile walk from Key West to Tallahassee to raise awareness for sexually abused children when the Mayor caught up with her just outside Naranja, FL.

Mayor Porter had this to say. “If you ever want to know what fearless conviction looks like, just look into the eyes of Lauren Book. Her ability to thrive in the face of what she had to go through and to capture the attention of an entire nation on a subject so critical in determining the future health of so many children is nothing short of amazing. I commend her and Lauren’s kids for all they do.”

Lauren's organization educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through an in school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. The organization also provides more than 4.5 million educational and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.

Lauren Book, herself a survivor of a six-year string of abuse at the hands of her nanny, embarked on her annual “Walk in My Shoes” long-distance walk on Wednesday, March 16 which will culminate in a rally on the capitol steps in Tallahassee. Book’s walk takes place in March and April, National Child Abuse Awareness and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, over a period of 42 days in honor of the 42 million survivors of child sex abuse in the U.S. and serves to raise awareness about child sexual abuse prevention, empower survivors and advocate for change in Florida law to relating to sexually violent predators and child protection.

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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 Stephen Shelley, Councilwoman P...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 offers residents low cost spay and...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 Football Team became the southe...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 dog spay and neuter events.
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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 taking pictures at a ribbon cutt...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 pies, donated by Signature HealthCARE of Brookwood Gardens. With the help of Parks & Recreation, QRT, and Jacki Pilkington, using donated bags from Wal-Mart and Walgreens, they assembled Thanksgiving packages and personally distributed the items to underpriviledged families at the William Dickinson Community Center on the afternoon of November 26, 2013.

The recipients were extremely grateful and included seniors from the Center, members from Life-Pointe Church, and families experiencing hardship who are serviced by Chapman Partnership.

“Hunger is advertised and well-known in other countries,” said Councilwoman Waldman, “but we don’t realize the hunger that exists in our very own community. The Mayor and I united our supplies in order to provide a complete meal. It warms my heart to hold events such as these; giving back just makes everything I do more relevant.”

Although Mayor Porter was not able to attend the distribution day, he was heavily involved in the preparation and organization of this Thanksgiving drive.

“Our City is filled with good, caring people who want to make a difference and better the life of their neighbors and fellow residents,” said Mayor Porter. “I give thanks for these folks as I give to those that are in need through even the smallest gesture. It is evident, my constituents are models of this desire as well. Each member of Council held some type of food drive during the holidays.”

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Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley

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Posted on: July 29, 2015

Inside Homestead Interview with Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley

Join us as Vice-Mayor Shelley talks about the progress in Downtown Homestead, the National Parks Trolley, and how to catch a python!

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Posted on: July 22, 2015

South Florida National Parks Camera Club Featured as Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artists in the Spotlight

South Florida boasts some of the most stunning natural landscapes in the country. It is these beautiful landscapes that inspired the birth of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club.

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, a member of the club and avid natur...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the Importance of City Infrastructure

“The city of Homestead is embarking on an effort to transform its historic downtown into a revitalized tourist destination and is using the power of infrastructure to lead the way.” —Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley on the importance of infrastructure projects to a City's well-being.

He recently published an article on the subject in The Municipal--the premiere magazine for America's municipalities. His article appears on pages 78, 79, and 80Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

Vice Mayor Shelley Recognizes Military Appreciation Day Committee

Each year, Military Appreciation Day attracts thousands of families for a day of fun and celebration of freedom and service. In order to bring an event of this magnitude to fruition, organizations from all over the Homestead community came together. For months prior to the event, representatives from the Homestead Air Reserve Base, South Dade Chamber of Commerce, Homestead Main Street, and Military Affairs Committee among others met to plan the successful event now in its fourth year. To honor their exceptional dedication, Vice Mayor Shelley presented the committee members with commemorative plaques at the June 2015 Special Council Presentations.

“This year’s event was the best yet—it was wonderful to see so many of our military and civilian families come together,” said Vice Mayor Shelley, who has spearheaded the event since its inception in 2011. “The military is an integral part of our community and to honor them for all they do is a privilege. I want to thank the committee for working together to make such a special event for all our military men and women and for the City of Homestead.”

It was the relentless dedication of these individuals that made the event a memorable one. The event hosted thousands of attendees and plenty of fun for everyone. This year's event included an epic obstacle course designed to showcase the strength of our military, a flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcon Jets, military displays, food trucks, and kids’ activities. Additionally, the event featured an exhibit of student art and essays on what freedom or honoring service means to them.

Those recognized were: Yvonne Knowles, Steve Alexander, Rosa Brito, Ron Mongole, Dale Machesic, Carlos Batista, Chris Huss, Anthony Gorman, Timothy F. Norton, Lt. Col David Lionberger, Brigadier General Kurt Soontag, Deputy Director William “Bill” Avery, Mr. Scott Gentle, Lt. Col Kim McDonald, LCDR Jason Ingram, Major David G. Martinez, CW 5 Brian F. Masterson, Colonel Elwin A. Rozyskie Jr.

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Posted on: June 11, 2015

Community Center Artists Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

The beauty of becoming an artist lies in the fact that it is never too late to become one. Finding your niche in the art world is similar to finding a sense of belonging, a sense of home. This was the theme for Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2015

Thousands Gather to Honor Freedom, Service, and the Military at Military Appreciation Day

Thousands of patriots flooded the streets of Downtown Homestead for the fourth annual Homestead Military Appreciation Day. Attendees at the May 30th event enjoyed dozens of military vehicles and displays, an epic obstacle course competition, a dramatic flyover of F-16 Fighting Falcons, and plenty of fun for the whole family with live music and food trucks.

The real draw for this year's event was the epic obstacle course designed to showcase the strength of our military. Twelve teams battled it out for the grand prize of $1200, sponsored by Value Place Lodging, and the honor of displaying the Homestead Air Reserve Base (HARB) Trophy, sponsored by South Dade News Leader. The grueling course, designed and sponsored by BattleFrog, tested strength and endurance. Competitors pulled a Hummer, scaled walls, crawled through obstacles, and fearlessly finished with 100 pushups as the crowd cheered.

Dozens of food trucks and vendors were situated along the picturesque streets of Downtown Homestead, boats, aircrafts, weaponry, and other interactive displays were available to the public. Those in attendance enjoyed a variety of live music and performances, a K-9 demonstration by the Homestead Police Department, and a children’s area with games and activities. An exhibit of student art and essays on what freedom or honoring service means to them was also on display. The winners of the contest, hosted by the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, were announced to thunderous applause during a moving ceremony.

“The day brought together civilian families, service men and women from all branches of our military, and patriots of all ages,” said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, who has been spearheading Military Appreciation Day since its inception four years ago. “It was wonderful to see so many military and civilian families come together in Losner Park for a day that was truly spectacular.”

Military Appreciation Day was the culmination of Military Appreciation month, in which all Homestead residents were encourage to honor our military. In honor of this, the north side of the Seminole Theatre was adorned with a 40 foot long American Flag for the entire month. Krome Avenue was also be decorated with flags and yellow ribbons to honor our service men and women and remind residents and visitors of their commitment to defending American freedom.

The event was a community effort organized by the City of Homestead along with the Homestead Reserve Air Base, the Military Affairs Committee, the South Dade Chamber of Commerce, and Homestead Main Street. For more information on this year’s event, visit www.cityofhomestead.com/military

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Posted on: May 28, 2015

Homestead’s National Parks Trolley Closes Record-Breaking Season

The Homestead National Parks Trolley's second season has come to a close, boasting record-breaking ridership and expanded service. Over 7,000 people came from all over Florida, America, and the world to enjoy the free transportation, free parking, free guided tour, and waived entrance fees that are part of this exciting and successful public service. The innovative project, a partnership between the City of Homestead and Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, is the only public transportation available to these South Florida National Parks. The service will return in November 2015.

The Trolley, an effort spearheaded by Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, offers free weekend service from Downtown Homestead to Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, and Homestead Bayfront Park from November through April. Recently expanded to include more tour times and a longer season, the Trolley provides visitors with an educational guided tour. They learn about the history and ecosystems of our national parks and how these relate to the history of Homestead and Miami-Dade County.

The City of Homestead, recently designated as the “Gateway to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks," created this pioneer program as part of an effort to attract tourism to Downtown Homestead. With the popularity of the unique service growing, the City of Homestead and the National Park Service have been exploring a complementary water trolley service in Biscayne National Park. This would offer a free or low-cost option for residents and visitors to explore the natural wonder of Biscayne Bay.

“The Trolley’s second season was absolutely a success. With more residents and visitors coming out to enjoy the parks, more tours, and a special Holiday Trolley, we couldn’t have asked for more in the second year of the program,” said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. “I hope that next year, we’ll have even more people getting out in nature to explore these natural treasures.”

From November through April, the Homestead National Parks Trolley departs every Saturday and Sunday from picturesque Historic Downtown Homestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy local area restaurants, take in Homestead’s beautiful historic architecture, or visit the free Old Town Hall Museum before or after their visit to the parks. The Homestead National Parks Trolley can be picked up at Losner Park in Historic Downtown Homestead at 104 N. Krome Avenue. The trolley connects to bus routes from Miami-Dade County public transportation. There is also plenty of free parking adjacent to the trolley stop.

The Homestead National Parks Trolley is the result of efforts lead by Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, in collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Park Service and the City of Homestead. NPCA is America’s voice for national parks and works to protect and enhance America’s National Park System for current and future generation.

For more information on the Homestead National Parks Trolley schedule and routes as well as ranger-guided walks at the National Parks and other activities, please visit: www.cityofhomestead.com/gateway

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Posted on: April 1, 2015

Vice-Mayor Shelley Bids Farewell to Biscayne National Park's Christiana Admiral

Biscayne National Park Ranger Christiana Admiral is saying goodbye to her seven year career in Homestead to continue her path at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in Utah. Ms. Admiral, an instrumental part in bringing the Homestead National Parks Trol...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega Featured in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

Sometimes art is more than just a pretty picture, or a sculpture, or a song. It’s also about making a positive change in the community. That’s the reason Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley is featuring Suzanne Moe and Marcela Noriega in his Artist in the Spotl...Read on...

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Posted on: March 26, 2015

Only One Month Left of the Free Guided Trolley Tour to the National Parks

Free transportation, free parking, a guided tour, and waived entrance fees are all part of this exciting and successful new public service. This innovative project, a partnership between the City of Homestead and Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, is...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

First Annual Homestead Eco-Fair Attracts Hundreds

Losner Park played host to hundreds of Homestead residents as they connected with environmental organizations, enjoyed organic food, learned about South Florida ecosystems, and encountered live animals during the first annual Homestead Eco-Fair on Saturda...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

National Parks and Homestead-Miami Speedway Partner for New Program

Thousands of NASCAR fans were able to discover the distinctive, natural beauties that surround Homestead as they attended last year’s racing season, thanks to the joint efforts of the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Homestead National Parks Trolley. The...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Samantha Eden Oakey, featured artist in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight Program

During a Special Council Presentation in January 2015, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artist to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the Vice Mayor, seeks to identify, nurture and empower local artists by giving them the opportunity to present their work to the general public. This time around, the featured artist is Homestead resident Samantha Eden Oakey, an ambitious, multi-talented young artist who is proud to hold her own exhibit. She works in several mediums, including drawing, painting and sculpting.

“I’m so grateful to Vice Mayor Shelley for choosing me to be featured in his Artist in the Spotlight program,” said Oakey, “especially since it’s my first solo show!”

Although originally from Altamonte Springs, Ms. Oakey moved to Homestead when she was four years old, considering herself a native. She graduated from Design and Architecture Senior High in 2013, and is completing her Associates of Art in Art Education with plans to go on to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.

Oakey titled her exhibition “Second Home.” Not owning a home since she was nine years old, brought on by uncontrollable events, Oakey knows what it's like to live as a nomad. She has grown accustomed to living out of boxes and bags, never having enough privacy or space to make art, and moving from friends' houses to houses. She is too familiar with taking city buses and the train to get where she needs to go. As she has taken on more responsibilities, she has felt the constriction of inconvenience on her psyche and her artwork. She seeks to explore in her work the concepts of privacy, compactness, containment, time and space, nomadic living, the stationary and the mobile, control, and ultimately when and where she can finally settle down and make her own home.

Vice Mayor Shelley spoke fondly of this young artist: “She held an opening night here at the Community Center on January 2. I have heard a lot of buzz about her exhibit! Her love of the arts has her involved in volunteering and interning to continue learning and sharing her passion with others.”

Oakey volunteers at KIX in West Homestead teaching art to middle schoolers, writes freelance music reviews of South Florida acts, interns with The Artisan Lounge in Miami for a year, and is currently assisting Soir Zine based in Brickell.
The Artist in the Spotlight program, created in 2010 by Vice Mayor Shelley, seeks to identify local artists and provide them an opportunity to exhibit their work to the local community. Ms. Oakey’s work will be on display through the end of February at the William F. Dickinson Community Center at 1601 N. Krome Avenue and the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL.

To learn more about Samantha Eden Oakey’s work, visit her website: www.cargocollective.com/seoakey or email her at seoakey@gmail.com

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Posted on: January 27, 2015

Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight – Looking for Local Artists

Homestead City Vice Mayor 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 2010 by Vice Mayor Shelley to hi...Read on...

Posted on: December 5, 2014

Local Retired Art Teacher participates in Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley’s Artist in the Spotlight

The latest artist chosen to exhibit art work in the halls of the William F. Dickinson Community Center as part of Vice-Mayor Stephen Shelley’s ongoing Artist in the Spotlight Program introduced herself during November’s Special Council Presentation.

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Posted on: December 3, 2014

Mayor Jeff Porter, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley Assist With Dr. Linda Fagan’s Food Drive

Every year Dr. Linda Fagan of Country Medical Center coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food drive to ensure non-profit organizations in the community who provide assistance to others in need receive some help of their own in accomplishing their missions. On the Tuesday before this most recent Thanksgiving, Dr. Fagan and a slew of volunteers worked to assemble Thanksgiving baskets consisting of fresh vegetables such as beans and squash, stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce and of course turkeys. Each year Dr. Fagan's goal is to increase by at least five (5) the number of Thanksgiving baskets she provides to the community.

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Dr. Fagan cannot accomplish her Thanksgiving Drive alone, it takes help from local businesses and residents looking to give back and pay it forward. Every year, Dr. Fagan works with the Winn Dixie on Campbell Drive to order everything from turkeys to cranberry sauce, Torbert Farms donates boxes of the freshest produce from the field and Case Brothers Farms supplies the wood crates in which the dinner baskets are packed into. This year the Michael Lamb family contributed to the grocery purchase and Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley not only covered the cost of the 100+ turkeys, but also joined Dr. Fagan and her team in organizing and assembling the Thanksgiving baskets.

The volunteers who participated in this year’s event were Dr. Linda Fagan, Eddie and Jessie McMullen, Lynne Jones, Danielle Lamb, Anthony and Wanda Simmons, Bonnie King-Moran, Jacki Pilkington, Anthony Oliver, Elijah Bemley, Joe White, Mayor Jeff Porter and Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley. "I want to personally thank Dr. Fagan and her team for their efforts to feed those who are in need of help on Thanksgiving and also for their commitment to giving back and making our community better," said Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley. "Its people like Dr. Fagan that make me proud to call Homestead my homeRead on...

Posted on: November 6, 2014

National Parks Trolley Project Team Receive Prestigious Marketing Awards

The Homestead National Parks Trolley project, a joint venture to increase visitorship to area National Parks and Historic Downtown Homestead, received the highest honors for marketing excellence at a recent Special Council Presentation in October 2014. T...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Special National Parks Trolley Service for NASCAR fans November 13-16, 2014

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WHAT: Special National Parks Trolley Service, Educational Display from National Parks
WHEN: November 13-16, 2014WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway One Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard Homestead, Florida 33035-1501
While drivers are prepping to race f...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2014

R.L. Chaplin Photography Acknowledged by Vice Mayor Shelley

During a Special Council Presentation in October 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley recognized the contributions to Homestead made by a fellow friend and colleague Robert Chaplin. Mr. Chaplin is a well-known photographer in the area who manages his own phot...Read on...

Posted on: October 13, 2014

Bill Passes in State Senate to Honor Florida Pioneer

Thanks to the efforts of Jackie Crucet, The Mahogany Youth, Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley and Senator Dwight Bullard, an unsung Florida pioneer’s legacy, Sir Lancelot Jones, was officially honored during a Special Council Presentation on September 22, 2014. ...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2014

Palm Glades Academy Participates in Vice Mayor Shelley’s Art Program

During a Special Council Presentation in September 2014, Vice Mayor Stephen R. Shelley introduced the latest artists to be selected to participate in his Artist in the Spotlight program. The program, which was created in 2010 by the vice mayor, seeks to i...Read on...

Posted on: September 29, 2014

Homestead National Park Trolley Project Wins Prestigious National Awards

The City of Homestead was a big winner recently with an impressive showing at the prestigious National City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Competition 2014. The multi-pronged marketing effort put forth by the City to promote the Homestead National Park Trolley project garnered a lot of hardware including three first place Savvy Awards in Community Visioning, Most Innovative Program and Graphic Design Art, as well as a third place Award of Excellence in Marketing Tools. The annual contest receives hundreds of entries from municipal governments from all over the country.

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The Homestead National Parks Trolley project, spearheaded by Vice-Mayor Stephen R. Shelley, is a joint venture between the City of Homestead, the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) that facilitates visitorship to area national parks by offering a free ranger-guided trolley tour to and from the city’s historic downtown district.

The program, which is back this year from November 22 to the end of April, is a highly successful and innovative collaboration that provides the only public transportation to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. This free weekend service offers a popular and educational program while promoting eco-tourism and Homestead’s historic downtown.

The dynamic multi-media, bi-lingual campaign that was selected for the awards was instrumental for informing residents and visitors about this groundbreaking service. Ridership amounted to over 5,000 residents and tourists who enjoyed the picturesque streets of the nationally historic designated area, dined at the restaurants and shopped at the area’s stores, an economic impact that would not have been possible without this innovative program that attracted new audiences.
The aggressive public relations campaign combined with community outreach, social media and advertising resulted in dozens of newspapers, magazines and blog stories that brought attention to Homestead as the Gateway to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The Homestead National Parks Trolley image included a new recognizable logo with colors that resonated with the National Parks’ Arrowhead and the City of Homestead logo. Posters, banners, flyers and brochures in both English and Spanish were designed on earthy tones with an adventurous feel and were distributed throughout hotels, community hubs, businesses and tourism information centers. The slogan “1 City. 2 National Parks. Tons of Fun!” adorned the informational materials which also offered ideas of what to experience in the parks as well as in Homestead.

The marketing campaign was managed and originated by the City’s Public Information Officer Begoñe Cazalis with the help of Everglades and Biscayne National Parks staff and creative agency Multi Media Marketing Associates, Inc. The project was a team effort that also included help from a group of committed partnering organizations such as the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and the Center for Urban Transportation Research from University of South Florida.

The 3CMA judges said about the program: “This is a fantastic program that exemplifies the use of partnerships, creative ‘out-of-the-box’ visioning and the ability to successfully meet goals and objectives through a communications outreach and marketing plan. Great project and great work that shows economic development and Great initiative to bring tourists to the historic downtownRead 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.

During a special presenta...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 Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley, the ...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 Florida named the organization the Co...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 the Spotlight program.

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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 and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Miami-Dade County Extension, where she proceeded to recount the high-water marks of this important organization over the past century.

The University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, which is celebrating its centennial, is the liaison between agricultural research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and our local community. The clients that the partnership serves include growers (agriculture & horticulture), the landscaping industry, homeowners, families and the marine industry. Throughout the year, their outreach efforts are focused through workshops, seminars, video conferencing, newsletters and field demonstrations to name just a few of the ways they connect with their colleagues and the community at large.

“For 100 years, the original mission of Extension, ‘taking the university to the people’ and ‘helping people to help themselves’ has remained constant,” said Ms. Olczyk. “Extension not only works with farmers, but also with more urban and diversified audiences using modern technologies. I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that we depend on that donate their time extending their educational outreach to their respective communities.”

“The history of the Miami-Dade County Extension is linked to the agricultural history of Homestead. This organization is fueled by a dedicated and experienced group of professionals and employees who collaborate, plan and develop successful educational programs which help the most populous and demographically diversified county in Florida,” said Vice Mayor Shelley. “We wish them another hundred years of continued success.”

It was then proclaimed, May 8, 2014, UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension Centennial in Homestead, Florida.

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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, Intergovernmental Representat...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 Homestead, alongside its new gatewa...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 demonstration teams travel the Un...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 the Y strengthen the Homestead c...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 January 22nd City Council meeti...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. The program, which was created ...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 National Poetry Month, and the City of...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 created in 2010 by Vice Mayor S...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 acknowledgement was presented to J...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 project, which was developed by the City’s Public Information Office with the help of a number of volunteers, was also recognized at the October City Council meeting by Councilman Stephen R. Shelley, who wanted to bring attention to its national recognition.

“It is important to bring attention to the various properties we have in Homestead that are on the local and national historic registry. We are proud of the terrific team who put this great idea together and especially of all the volunteers who donated their time and photos to make this project a reality,” said Councilman Shelley, Liaison to the City’s Historic Preservation Board. “The free Then and Now booklet is available to all our residents and visitors who are continuously picking up copies at the Historic Town Hall Museum and learning about our past and the historic architecture of our buildings. We are truly proud of this national recognition.”

The “Homestead Then & Now” booklet contains an easy-to-follow map of a historic tour that can be taken for the most part walking or by hopping on the free Homestead Trolley. The guide contains former and current photographs of each property, and they are each accompanied by a description of the architectural style and colorful stories of the historically-designated building and its proprietors.

The booklet was made possible thanks to the collaboration of various Homestead residents and organizations. Councilman Shelley recognized the following contributors: Begoñe Cazalis, City of Homestead Public Information Officer, who initiated and managed the project; Kim Foster, graphic designer; Yvonne Knowles, Chairwoman of the Homestead Historic Preservation Board and Executive Director of Homestead Main Street, who compiled the information, drafted the text of the guide and tracked down the historic photos; Robert Chaplin, from R.L. Chaplin Photography, who donated the current photographs of the historic buildings; Local historians Bob Jensen, George Grunwell and Larry Wiggins, who collaborated in providing and fact checking historic information; and Ruth Campbell from The Homestead Historic Town Hall Museum, as well as the Florida City Pioneer Museum, and the Gentner, Bow, McMichaels and Chipley families who donated the historic photography from their collections.

The Savvy Awards competition from 3CMA recognizes outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The Savvies salute skilled and effective city, county, agency or district professionals who have creatively planned and carried out successful innovations in communications and marketing. For more information on the award and 3CMA, visit them at their website: http://www.3cma.org/index.aspx?NID=59.

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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 local artists by organizing ex...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 Day that took place Saturday May...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 be on display at ArtSouth and t...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 2010 by Councilman Shelley to hi...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 Councilman Stephen R. Shelley during a ...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 honoring Veterans and active Mili...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 successful event attracted thous...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 Homestead City Council meeting.
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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 March 20th Homestead City Counci...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 Homestead as “The Gateway to the Evergl...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 ArtSouth’s Sanctuary/Theater and w...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 officials to develop their skill...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 number of sponsors and contributor...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. Shelley in an effort to beauti...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 restoration.

The conference, ...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, 2012. The event offers underprivil...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 in which Mayor Steven C. Batema...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 the City of Homestead Council Cha...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.

Brito has extensive experience in t...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 Pastor Brock Shiffer Day.

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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, appointed Councilman Shelley f...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 founded by former Miami Dade-County C...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 Trinity Faith Tabernacle Deliveran...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 Public Works Week in the City of Ho...Read on...