Family of burned girl recalls fearing worst

Family of burned girl recalls fearing worst

MThe scene in Sweetwater where the burnt corpse of Romina Fernandez, 17, was found.iami Herald | News 

Andrea Perez began to worry when night fell on Oct. 10 and there was no sign of her teenage daughter, Romina. Her worry turned to fear when she got a text message from Romina’s cellphone – “Hi mom, I’m OK. I’m moving to New York with a friend. Don’t worry.”

The words catch in her throat as she struggles to explain it – the message just wasn’t from her daughter. “Something about that message just wasn’t right,” Perez said, holding her phone tightly with both hands.

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New Miami Beach iPhone app costs more to taxpayers, but officials say it’s worth it

New Miami Beach iPhone app costs more to taxpayers, but officials say it’s worth it

Miami Herald | News 

The cost of Miami Beach’s latest mobile app may raise eyebrows, but city leaders say the service is worth the one-time $123,000 price tag.

Though a previous app cost only $6,500 per year, the “City of Miami Beach e-Gov” product was custom-designed for the city, includes new features and eliminates reoccurring costs associated with the old one. A similar app in North Miami Beach costs that city $7,000 annually.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1974725.html

Breaking news story: Want to report a problem to Miami Beach City Hall? There’s an app for that

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In Miami Beach, a smartphone app will put city government in the hands of the people.

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Parents, educators support Treasure Island Elementary, despite its D grade

Parents, educators support Treasure Island Elementary, despite its D grade

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Parents and educators from Treasure Island Elementary School asked North Bay Village officials to keep funding the school’s International Baccalaureate program despite a drop in the school’s rating from C to D.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1976448.html

Firm withdraws bid on Homestead bowling alley property

Firm withdraws bid on Homestead bowling alley property

Miami Herald | News 

A closed bowling alley will remain in the city’s hands, at least for now, after the investment firm that had proposed to buy the property dropped its offer.

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Stories of cat turn into book for first-time author Viola Smallwood of Kendall

Stories of cat turn into book for first-time author Viola Smallwood of Kendall

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Viola Smallwood, 85, hadn’t written much since her school days, but the escapades of her spunky cat Missy were a story to tell.

Now the story of her cat is tucked inside the pages of a children’s book, The Saga of Missy the Cat, making Smallwood, a retired Jackson Memorial nurse, a first-time author.

“I never had any intentions of writing a book,” Smallwood said. “I am an old lady. I just wanted to see if I could actually do it.”

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Strip club developer offers to lend land for temporary dog park in North Bay Village

North Bay Village considers dog park beside Treasure Island Elementary

Miami Herald | News 

Many evenings, a group of North Bay Village residents and their pets can be found gathered on the school yard behind Treasure Island Elementary School.

Maxine Tayar said she and other dog owners have been using it as an unofficial dog park, but are now pushing for a village-sanctioned park where dogs can run off-leash.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1974964.html

Follow up: Strip club developer offers to lend land for temporary dog park in North Bay Village

Miami Herald | News 

North Bay Village officials have told residents they are exploring options for a dog park, but the village’s dog owners aren’t waiting.

With their dogs, a group of residents gathered Sunday in a grassy area off the Kennedy Causeway, where they hope to set down a park for their pets to run off-leash. The patch is being lent to residents by Scott Greenwald, the developer who owns the property. He said he plans to develop it but that in the meantime – a few months, maybe a year – residents can use it as a dog park.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1980437.html

 

Ben Carson visits Miami church; remains elusive about presidential bid

Ben Carson visits Miami church; remains elusive about presidential bid

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Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, bestselling author and potential 2016 presidential contender hinted at a bid and talked about the events in Ferguson, MO during a stop at Bethany Seventh-day Adventist Church in Miami Saturday.

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Homestead council: City has too many schools

Homestead council: City has too many schools

Miami Herald | News 

The Homestead City Council recently approved plans for a new K-3 charter school in the city. But if council members get their way, it’ll be the last one for a while.

Council members joked last month on the dais about how many charter schools the city had within its borders – Vice Mayor Stephen Shelley posted a trivia question on his Facebook page testing friends and followers on the exact number.

The number is 14.

“They are proliferating everywhere,” Shelley said.

“At some point in time, I’m going to have a charter school on every block,” said Councilman Jimmy Williams.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/homestead/article1989378.html

The battle over same-sex marriage has come to the peaceful village of Miami Shores

The battle over same-sex marriage has come to the peaceful village of Miami Shores

Miami Herald | News 

In a city with a large percentage of same-sex households and an openly gay vice mayor, a symbolic resolution supporting same-sex marriage seemed like “something kind of simple” to Miami Shores Councilwoman Ivonne Ledesma.

“But what I found was that that wasn’t the case,” she said.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-shores/article1990719.html

Owner: Banner-plane pilot avoided sunbathers in Miami Beach ocean crash

Owner: Banner-plane pilot avoided sunbathers in Miami Beach ocean crash

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When a banner plane lost power over Miami Beach, the pilot steered clear of the sand and ditched in the water, the company’s owner said Sunday.

At 500 feet in the air, the plane’s engine stopped, giving the pilot just a few seconds to decide on a course of action.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1990603.html

Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman heads to trial in corruption case

Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman heads to trial in corruption case

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One year after his arrest plunged Homestead into turmoil – and capped a string of headlines about South Florida politicians getting busted for corruption – former Mayor Steven Bateman heads to trial Monday insisting he did nothing wrong.

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North Bay Village rejects tax cut

North Bay Village rejects tax cut

Miami Herald | News 

All but one North Bay Village commissioner voted to tentatively approve the budget for the next fiscal year as proposed by the village manager, which would have the village operating on a budget of roughly $6 million.

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Service to honor motorists killed on Krome Avenue

Service to honor motorists killed on Krome Avenue

Miami Herald | News 

It’s a 37-mile stretch on the western edge of Miami-Dade County, where one lane going in each direction leaves little room for error. It’s lined with narrow shoulders, and in some patches, there is little to no lighting.

But Dolores Barreto’s son, Cory, had to take Krome Avenue. He was helping a friend install a water line to prep his property for agriculture, and Krome was the way to access the west-edge property.

As he was heading home in the passenger seat of a friend’s car, the vehicle collided head-on with a truck going in the opposite direction. He and the driver were killed.

“He hadn’t even gotten his driver’s license,” Barreto said.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article2154251.html

Miami man charged with killing, burning co-worker

Miami man charged with killing, burning co-worker

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A man accussed of killing a co-worker and burning her body in a field just north of Doral was arrested by Miami-Dade police Saturday.

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Retired Miami cop facing child porn, molestation charges

Retired Miami cop facing child porn, molestation charges

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A retired Miami police officer who nicknamed himself “Batman” and downloaded hundreds of child-porn videos is now accused of video-recording himself molesting a young girl, authorities say.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article2180798.html

Tensions over street conditions boil over after cafe crash

Tensions over street conditions boil over after cafe crash

Miami Herald | News 

When a 71-year-old driver lost control of his Toyota Camry last weekend and plowed into a Miami sidewalk cafe, he not only injured 10, he also inflamed long-simmering frustrations from area residents who for years have said the gravelly stretch of Northeast Second Avenue outside Lemoni Café is an accident waiting to happen.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/midtown/article2679517.html

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North Bay Village residents to choose mayor, one council member

North Bay Village residents to choose mayor, one council member

Miami Herald | News 

North Bay Village voters must fill two of the five seats on the Village Commission this fall.

Two years ago, commission races were uncontested, but this time, the mayor and commissioner-at-large are busy touting their accomplishments as both face challengers highly critical of the state of the village’s affairs. On the radar: the city’s crumbling water infrastructure, residents’ access to Biscayne Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, street cleanliness, the state of the village’s parks and the need to attract new businesses.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article2705249.html

Homestead approves budget, tax rate

Homestead approves budget, tax rate

Miami Herald | News 

The Homestead City Council gave the final thumbs up to the city’s budget and property tax rate days ahead of the start of the new budget year.

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Farm Bill provides $4.8 million for Florida crops

Farm Bill provides $4.8 million for Florida crops

Miami Herald | News 

The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture made a stop in South Miami-Dade Thursday to announce $4.8million in federal funds to benefit Florida’s specialty crops.

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Which way to Bermuda? Coast Guard rescues disoriented man in hydro-bubble

‘I want my bubble back,’ says man rescued by Coast Guard

Miami Herald | News 

Reza Baluchi wants his bubble back.

The seagoing cylinder, encased in a metal fame, allowed him to run on water, like a hamster in a wheel.

Baluchi, 42, is an endurance athlete with a dream of spreading peace – and the bubble was his latest attempt at doing that.

But right now, he said Sunday, “My bubble is in the middle of the ocean.”

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Surfside residents incensed over sand

Surfside residents incensed over sand

Miami Herald | News 

Some Surfside residents aren’t happy with tons of new sand – enough to fill six Olympic-size pools – recently dumped on their beach.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article2556911.html

Follow up: Surfside residents incensed over sand

Miami Herald | News 

Surfside Town Manager Michael Crotty has resigned, as town staff, experts and residents continue to clash over the toxicity of sand on a section of the town’s beach.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1974457.html

High school student’s electrocution at Miami park shakes friends, family

High school student’s electrocution at Miami park shakes friends, family

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Romelio and Mercedes Meneses went to a Wells Fargo bank branch Tuesday morning to set up a memorial fund for their son. The couple doesn’t have much money and can’t afford to pay for his funeral.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article3422905.html

Miami Beach considers whether to take Arthur Godfrey’s name off road

Miami Beach considers whether to take Arthur Godfrey’s name off road

Arthur Godfrey at Kenilworth HotelMiami Herald | News 

He captivated the country with his voice, ukulele and red hair. In the 1950s and 60s, Arthur Godfrey exhorted the nation over the airwaves to come to Miami Beach and, in thanks, the city co-named 41st Street as Arthur Godfrey Road.

More than half a century later, the Miami Beach Commission is entertaining a proposal to remove his name from the street. The commissioner calling for the change says he is not relevant anymore; others allege he was anti-Semitic and his name should not grace one of the defining thoroughfares of the city.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article1977826.html

Follow up: Godfrey name closer to disappearing from Miami Beach street

Miami Herald | News 

Arthur Godfrey Road is one step closer to vanishing from Miami Beach – 60 years after the broadcaster put the city on the map.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article3501994.html

Attack ads prompt lawsuit in North Bay Village race

Attack ads prompt lawsuit in North Bay Village race

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In North Bay Village, there’s a scuffle at the election finish line.

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