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Weekly NEWS & INFORMATION
July  2012

Commissioner Jean Monestime Stands Up For Taxicab Drivers Miami-Dade Commissioners adopt new rules that protect cab drivers


Commissioner Jean Monestime (left) addresses taxicab drivers at a recent
Board of County Commissioners’ meeting regarding the taxicab ordinance he sponsored.

Miami, FL – Agreeing that taxicab drivers in Miami-Dade County should be treated fairly, Miami-Dade County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 approved a law making it illegal for cab companies to force drivers to sign unfair lease agreements as a precondition to driving a taxi. 

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MIRAMAR FOURTH OF JULY CITY SERVICES 

City of Miramar governmental offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 

Miramar Regional Park, the Aquatic Center, and Aquatic Complex will be open normal operating hours and the park’s regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be waived.  Miramar Multi Service Complex, Miramar Youth Enrichment Center, Sunset Lakes Community Center, Fairway Park Community Center, and Ansin Sports Complex will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.  Neighborhood parks will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the parks will not be staffed and buildings will be closed.  

Solid waste services will have no interruption of service and will continue as scheduled.

 Community bus service will not be operating that day, but will resume normal services on Thursday, July 5.

 For more information, please 954-602-HELP (4357).
 

SUMMIT OF SPEED, THOROUGHBRED RACING’S
FASTEST DAY,
RETURNS TO CALDER CASINO &
 RACE COURSE, JULY 7
 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (June 30, 2012) – Calder Casino & Race Course will present the 13th annual Summit of Speed program on Saturday July 7, a high-octane afternoon that will feature some of the fastest thoroughbreds in the land competing in six stakes worth $1.3 million in purses, including the centerpiece event of the Calder Meet, the Grade 1 $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, and the Grade 2 $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Win and You’re In Race.

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Head Start / Early Head Start Program is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program year
 

MIAMI, FL (July 2, 2012) – Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s (CAHSD) Head Start/Early Head Start Program is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 program year.  Applications are being accepted to provide services to expectant mothers and children ages two months to three years old in the Early Head Start Program and three years old (by September 1, 2012) to five (5) years old (after September 1, 2012).  Applications are being accepted on July 2 and 3, 2012 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00P.M. at the following locations:

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PORTMIAMI TUNNEL BREAK-OUT

(MIAMI, July 30, 2012) – The PortMiami tunnel boring machine, aka “Harriet,” is expected to break-thru PortMiami’s Dodge Island on Tuesday, July 31st at 10:00 a.m.  This milestone marks the half-way point in the tunnel boring process—the first of two tunnel tubes to be completed. 

After arriving at the Port, Harriet will be turned around for the trip back to Watson Island that will create the second tunnel chamber. 

Please join officials from Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, Miami Access Tunnel, Bouygues Civil Works Florida along with the hundreds of workers on the tunnel project, to watch this historical event. 

The PortMiami Tunnel project is a public-private partnership between Miami Access Tunnel, FDOT, Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.  Construction began May 2010, and the project is expected to be completed in May 2014.
 

Commissioner Jordan to Help Companies Boost Bottom Line with Small Business Strategies Mini-Conference   

Miami, FL – Standing on a promise to help small companies succeed, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan will continue her series of workshops designed to enhance and empower small-to-midsized businesses. On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., entrepreneurs will take part in the Small Business Strategies Conference at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42 Avenue, in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

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RIBBON CUTTING FOR MIAMI GARDENS BRIDGE GRAND OPENING

Join Mayor Shirley Gibson and fellow Council members, at the ribbon cutting ceremony as they open the new bridge located at NW 42nd Avenue and NW 179th Street on Monday, July 30th at 9am. Originally built in 1957, the bridge was not designed with pedestrian and bicycle access, nor did it meet today’s code with the American Disability Act (ADA). Also of concern was the existing profile of the old bridge. With a huge hump in the street, it blocked visibility from the roadway, creating a crossing pedestrian hazard; one which has now been corrected. In close proximity to Carol City Elementary School, the new bridge creates a safe and accessible crossing for students, parents, and residents.

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 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa to host free
“Back to School Vaccination Drive”
 

(MIAMI, July 30, 2012)  – Commissioner Rebeca Sosa is partnering with the Miami-Dade County Health Department to offer a free “Back to School Vaccination Drive” for children ages 2 months old to 18 years old. The immunizations will be administered on Thursday, August 16, 2012, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Miami Springs Recreation Center located at 1401 Westward Drive. 

Parents and legal guardians must bring their child’s immunization records and arrive to the event no later than 1 p.m. to ensure their child receives his or her vaccines. Parents must be present when vaccinations are administered. Children entering Miami-Dade County Schools for the first time must have their physical School Entry Health Exam done by a physician before getting their vaccines. Additional information on school health requirements can be found on Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ website at www.dadeschools.net.  

For more information on this event, please call Commissioner Rebeca Sosa's district office at 305-267-6377.
 

July  2011

July is Smart Irrigation Month

(MIAMI, July 5, 2011) -- More water is used in July than any other month in most areas of the United States, and much of that water goes toward keeping lawns and landscaping green. For this reason, the Irrigation Association has named July “Smart Irrigation Month.” This July, take a few minutes to identify ways that you and your community can become more water efficient and still maintain beautiful yards and landscaping.

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THE TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION SELECTS FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY AS THE JULY 2011 HBCU OF THE MONTH

MIAMI GARDENS, FL [JULY, 2011] – Florida Memorial University (FMU), South Florida’s only historically black college or university (HBCU), received national recognition when the Tom Joyner Foundation (TJF) selected it as the July 2011 HBCU of the Month.  Aimed specifically at helping HBCUs, the TJF provides financial support for students to complete their college education. Through July 31, FMU will collect funding from across the United States supporting scholarships for high-achieving students at the school. 

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Monday, July 4th:
America’s Birthday Bash
Bayfront Park,
Downtown Miami 

(Miami, FL   June 23, 2011)--Celebrate the birth of our great nation with one of the largest fireworks displays in South Florida!  This spectacular display can be seen from anywhere in the park.  Enjoy food and beverages, and a free Kids' Zone with inflatable slides, a "kiddie carousel," hoops, face painting and more.  Bring the whole family!

FREE ADMISSION
The Park is Open All Day
Free Kids' Zone: 3:00pm-7:00pm
Fireworks: 9:00pm
NO BOTTLES, CANS, COOLERS, OR
PERSONAL FIREWORKS ALLOWED

 For more information: Carol Cutt, (305) 358-7550, or
email ccutt@miamigov.com

 FRIDAY, JULY 1ST, 2011

First Fridays of Florida in Pembroke Pines Hosts the Flashback Night Concert Press Conference & Welcome Party Featuring Shabba Ranks & Tiger.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 2011 - This year, First Fridays of Florida will host the Flashback Night Press Conference & Welcome Party, featuring Shabba Ranks & Tiger, on Friday July 1st at The Grand Palms Resort & Hotel. Between 8pm & 10pm an overview of the Flashback Night Concert will be presented by spokesperson C-Roy the Entertainer followed by a short video, after which Grammy Award Winning Artist Shabba Ranks & Reggae Super Star Tiger will be available for interviews, autographs and photo opportunities.

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JAMAICA'S 49TH INDEPENDENCE
 &

CULTURAL CELEBRATION

AT MIRAMAR REGIONAL PARK
SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH, 2011

The highly anticipated staging of Jamaica's 49th Independence & Cultural Celebration (JICC) is scheduled for Sunday, August 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Exhilarating entertainment, interactive activities and a variety of delicious Jamaican food, are guaranteed to deliver enjoyment for the entire family.

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CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS COUNCILWOMAN LISA C. DAVIS INVITES YOU TO ADOPT-A-TREE

 

JOIN COUNCILWOMAN FELICIA ROBINSON
 FOR "MEET ME MONDAYS"
STARTING JULY 11, 2011 AT 7:00PM CITY HALL

 

Celebrate Leadership with Gwen Whiting on July 7!

 

 

Vice Mayor Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson
The City of Opa-locka Mayor and Commission 

1ST Annual Tree Planting Ceremony
SATURDAY – JULY 16, 2011 * 8:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
GLADYS COACHMAN COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL GARDEN

(Burlington Canal across from Nathan B. Young Elementary School)
        PLEASE come out and join us!


 

 

7:00 pm, Friday, July 29, 2011...

 

"The Games We Play"  

An Evening of Dance

 

7:00 pm, Friday, July 29, 2011...

 

Admission: free

 

Little Haiti Cultural Center

 

212 NE 59th Terrace Miami, Fl 33137

 

Featuring choreography that explores new territory between traditional and contemporary dance styles from West African, Afro-Caribbean, Flamenco, Tap, Contemporary/Modern and Ballet. 

Weekly NEWS & INFORMATION
July  2010

Strategic Planning Workshop

Saturday, July 24, 2010

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center - Music Building

6161 N.W. 22nd Avenue, Miami 33142

9:30 a.m.

About the Workshop

T

he biggest financial industry shake-up since the Great Depression has worsened an already tough situation for many non-profit organizations, for-profit entities and individuals. All in South Florida are still feeling the pinch of the flagging economy that continues to strain their capacities.

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INTERNATIONAL TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN
MIRAMAR THIS WEEKEND

500 ATHLETES, 32 NATIONS
 COME CHEER FOR YOUR COUNTRY!
 


MIRAMAR, FL – Nearly 500 athletes from 32 member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, otherwise called NACAC, will compete in the Under 23 Track and Field Championships at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida, on July 9 – 11, 2010.

See www.miramarsports.com for more details.

COME OUT AND SUPPORT YOUR COUNTRY!

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Fireworks safety tips

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department wants to remind the public there are certain precautions that should be taken when handling fireworks this July 4th holiday.  Parents are also reminded to ensure the safety of their children by closely supervising personal fireworks use, and by purchasing only legal fireworks from approved vendors during this holiday season.  It's important for parents to be present when fireworks are ignited, and to ensure that the materials are lit in an open area away from homes, vehicles and any combustibles. Young children should not be allowed to handle fireworks.  Parents should teach children to be prepared, safe and responsible.

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