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.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article3376877.html

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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.

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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.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/homestead/article1977083.html

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

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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

Miami Herald | News 

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

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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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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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Church reports theft of $20,000 in sound equipment

Church reports theft of $20,000 in sound equipment

Miami Herald | News 

Last Sunday, City Church in Homestead opened their worship service to the tune of Cream’s Sunshine of Your Love. The church had acquired a new, state-of-the-art soundboard, and it was the first time they’d used it to its full potential. “My sound guy was so happy,” said Pastor Chris Coppolo.

This Sunday, music won’t be pouring from the speakers of the church, after $20,000 worth of sound equipment was stolen from its temple.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2951331.html

 

Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market

Miami Herald | News 

Far from the splashing waves and beach sand, South Dade is a different kind of paradise.

Here, uppity cocktails turn into fresh-fruit smoothies. Flip-flops are tossed for sneakers, and no one is picking up seashells – surrounded by fields, it’s all about tropical plants and local produce.

Thousands of visitors flock to South Dade for this experience every year, and for those who host them, it’s all about redefining what it means to vacation in Miami through the area’s diverse agriculture.

Read more: Agritourism in the southern part of the county is picking up a slice of Miami’s tourism market _ The Miami Herald

At nursing home, a quinceñera celebrates a few decades late

At nursing home, a quinceñera celebrates a few decades late

Miami Herald | News 

Nilda Lopez beamed when she stepped into the reception hall for her quince – the traditional Hispanic coming-of-age party for 15-year-olds – 75 years overdue.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/13/4114794/at-nursing-home-a-quincenera-celebrates.html