Stories written by Alyna M. Bello

Homestead Electric Services Announcing Winners of Poster Competition at Public Power Week Picnic

Public Power Week in Homestead

By Alyna M. Bello…. Public Power Week run from October 3-9. With the onset of Public Power Week next week Homestead Electric Services (HES) joined more than 2,000 public power utilities from across the nation to explain the importance of public power and its contributions to local citizens. Public Power Week, now in its 24th […]

Redland Tropical Gardens Sends “Seeds To Feed Haiti”

From left to right Florida City Mayor Otis Wallace, Seeds to Feed Haiti Founder Margie Buster, and Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman gather together for the first shipment of vegetable seeds to Haiti.

By Alyna M. Bello…. This organization plants seeds of hope from farmer to farmer. On Thursday, September 23, 2010, Redland Tropical Gardens, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with Helena Chemical Company, Haiti Shipping Cargo Services, Alpha Foliage, Inc., Dade County Farm Bureau, Paul & Associates Law Farm, Citrix, South Florida Audubon, Village Planet/One Village Planet, […]

City recognizes Children’s Gallery

Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman and Executive Director Natalie Prieto

By Alyna M. Bello…. Held every October and coordinated by the Americans for the Arts the National Arts and Humanities Month is the largest annual celebration of the arts and culture in the nation. Communities across the United States have joined together to recognize the importance of the arts and humanities in our daily lives. […]

Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman Partnering with Local Military Veterans for Wreaths Across America

Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, and U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club President Bill Hildebrand have come together for sponsors or donations for the Wreaths Across America program.

By Alyna M. Bello…. City of Homestead’s Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman and the U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club of Homestead are partnering with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that remembers and honors American servicemen and women for their significant contributions in fighting and preserving our Nation’s freedoms. This organization, which began in 2006, follows the […]

MAST @ Homestead Begins Application Process for Next School Year

MAST Academy in Homestead

By Alyna M. Bello…. Application deadline is January 15, 2011 for all magnet program. MAST @ Homestead has begun the application process for the 2011-2012 school year. Starting October 1, 2010 to January 15, 2011 applications will be accepted for incoming 9th and 10th graders. Interested parents and students can apply online at under […]

Homestead Energy Services Offering A Free Home Energy Survey To Eligible Homeowners

Homestead Energy Services

By Alyna M. Bello…. Homestead Energy Services is offering a limited number of Free Home Energy Surveys to eligible customers. This pilot program is being funded by the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block grant, which assists eligible entities in implementing energy efficiency and conservation strategies. The surveyor will come out to your home and suggest ways […]

Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

Homestead Police Department’s K-9 Lt. Tommy Pritchett, City of Miami Detective and Homestead resident Saens Dorcely , and City of Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman and Council recognize Det. Dorcely for his brave actions in helping a neighbor in need.

By Alyna M. Bello…. At the last City Council meeting, Mayor Steven C. Bateman recognized an outstanding resident for his brave actions in coming to the aid of a neighbor in need. City of Miami Detective Saens Dorcely was presented with a proclamation for his role in helping his neighbor after a violent burglary that […]

City of Homestead Comes Together For Annual National Night Out

Pictured from left to right South Dade Weed & Seed, Inc. Executive Director Robin Wright, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, Homestead Resident Phyllis Horn, Homestead Police Captain Angela Washington, and Homestead Police Officers from the Community Policing, K-9, and Motorcycle Units.

By Alyna Bello…. On Tuesday, August 03, 2010, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, the Homestead Police Department, and the South Dade Weed and Seed organization along with local residents joined communities from around the nation to participate in the “27th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) campaign. NNO is a unique crime/drug prevention event that brings together […]

City partners with Miami-Dade’s smoke detector program

Homestead Residents Eligible for Free Smoke Detectors and Installation

By Alyna Bello…. City of Homestead Mayor and Council and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) department have joined forces to distribute and install free smoke detectors throughout the community. Through a MDFR grant, Homestead residents are eligible to participate in the smoke detector installation program and receive a ten-year lithium battery and smoke detector. Fire […]

City of Hire Head Hunter for City Manager Search

Vice Mayor Judy Waldma

By Alyna Bello…. The City of Homestead will hire a head hunter to select their next City Manager after the resignation of former City Manager Sergio Purrinos. Julio Brea is Acting City Manager until a permanent City Manager is hired. Vice Mayor Judy Waldman, Management Review Committee Chairperson, is coordinating the effort to recruit and […]

City of Homestead officials help local organizations prepare students in need for the upcoming school year

Pictured on the left are Start Off Smart (SOS) and Weed and Seed employees and volunteers with Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado at the Phichol Williams Center Backpack Giveaway. Pictured on the right are Councilman Maldonado and Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman with volunteers and the students who received backpacks for the new school year at the Redland Housing Center.

By Alyna Bello…. Homestead City leaders came together to show their support and help local organizations in their efforts to get underprivileged students ready for the new school year. On Friday, August 6, 2010, City of Homestead Councilman and Education Chair Elvis Maldonado joined forces with the Start Off Smart and Weed and Seed organizations […]

Annual ‘Fiesta de Quinceañera’ Young ladies from migrant families celebrated a traditional Fifteen’s Party

City of Homestead Vice-Mayor and the six Quinceñeras at the annual "Fiesta de Quincenera"

By Alyna Bello…. City of Homestead Vice-Mayor and the six Quinceñeras at the annual “Fiesta de Quincenera” On Saturday, August 7, several, major organizations , including the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida, Ford Motor Company Fund, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Migrant Education Program, and the Mexican American Council came together to sponsor the 2nd […]

City of Homestead hires new CRA Director

New CRA Director Jordan Leonard

By Alyna Bello…. After months of interviewing qualified applicants, the City of Homestead has selected Mr. Jordan W. Leonard as Director of its Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The CRA is responsible for the revitalization of the Community Redevelopment Area, a specific area within Homestead city limits. This department implements strategies and programs to promote community […]

CRA gives qualified residents opportunities for home makeover

Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman, Homestead resident Johnnie Ruth Brown, CRA Director Jordan W.

By Alyna Bello…. City of Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman, Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, and City Council leaders along with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) staff presented nine families close to $100,000 in grant money to improve their homes. The goals of these programs are to improve the quality of life for homeowners and residents, bring properties […]

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