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 Awarded Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

City of Homestead Annual Operating and Capital Budget

By Frank May…. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) based out of Chicago, Illinois recently awarded the City of Homestead the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2009- 2010 Annual Operating and Capital budget. This is the second, consecutive year that the City of Homestead receives this award […]

Atala Montessori School Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Education Committee Chair Councilman Elvis Maldonado,and principals of the Atala Montessori School at the school's ribbon cutting.

By Frank May…. Atala Montessori School for Creative Expression hosted its Grand Opening Celebration August 28, 2010. Located on the Art South campus in Homestead, Atala offers an arts-based Montessori curriculum. More than 240 persons attended the event. The unique curriculum of Atala Montessori has attracted numerous students, especially in light of public schools closing […]

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 […]

Chelcee Washington Crowned As Miss Black Homestead Talented Teen USA 2011

Miss Black Homestead Talented Teen USA 2011 Chelcee Washington and Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman

By Alyna Bello…. Ms. Chelcee Washington was recently crowned as Miss Black Homestead Talented Teen USA 2011 and will be representing Homestead when she competes for the state title of Miss Black Florida Talented Teen USA 2011 this September. The Miss Black U.S.A. Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc., coordinators of this event, are a community-driven […]

James Archer Smith Park’s Splash Pad Now Open to Public

James Archer Smith Park Splash Pad

By Alyna Bello…. On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, the City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreation reopened the popular splash pad amenity at James Archer Smith Park located at 300 N.W. 12th Street, Homestead, FL 33030. For the past year the water park feature has been undergoing renovations to upgrade the structure and meet new state […]

2010 City of Homestead Planning and Zoning Board

Pictured from left to right on the top row Mayor Steven C. Bateman, City Employee Fran Schwartz, City Manager Sergio Purriños, and City Attorney James White. Zoning and Planning Board members pictured from left to right Mr. Jim Sutton, Mr. Ronald Dorris, Dr. Jeffrey Raines, Mr. Edward Powell, Mr. Michael Taylor, Mr. Jim Harris, and Mr. Dan Carter.

By Alyna Bello…. The City of Homestead’s Planning and Zoning Board is an advisory committee to Mayor and Council that reviews and recommends plans and programs for the systematic growth and development of the City. It is the board members responsibility to take into consideration the health, safety, beautification, and welfare of the residents of […]

Mayor and Council help residents reduce power bill once again


By Alyna M. Bello…. South Florida is known for sunny days and its warm weather. Residents rely on their utilities to help keep them cool, especially during the hot summer months. This month when you receive your utility bill you are going to find a nice surprise. A 5% reduction in your June bill, one […]

National Kidney Foundation of Florida to offer free health screening, Aug. 28th


By Alyna M. Bello On Saturday, August 28th, the National Kidney Foundation of Florida will conduct a free health screening for people at increased risk for kidney disease at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Parish Hall, 106 SE 1st Drive, Homestead, FL 33030 from 9am to 2pm. The screening is part of the National Kidney Foundation’s […]

Homestead Energy Services executive elected Secretary-Treasurer of FMEA Board of Directors

Barbara  Quinones

By Alyna M. Bello Members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Barbara Quiñones, Homestead Energy Services Director, as secretary-treasurer of the organization’s board of directors. FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provides electricity to nearly 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers. “Board […]