Stories written by Alyna M. Bello

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 […]

Kids in Parks and Recreation summer camp program invited to attend elite basketball clinic

City of Homestead’s Parks and Recreation Resource and Events Coordinator Eric Weiss and Recreational Leader Tommy Deloach  are pictured with the lucky campers who were able to attend NBA superstars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade’s Summer Groove Basketball Clinic.

By Alyna Bello Kids from around South Florida, including children from the City of Homestead’s Summer Camp, were invited to basketball all-stars Alonzo Mourning and Dwayne Wade’s 14th annual Summer Groove Youth Basketball Clinic on Friday, July 16. Forty lucky Homestead campers were chosen to participate in this exclusive event for free. City of Homestead’s […]

City recognizes agency that helps those with substance abuse and mental illness

(left to right) Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle, Councilman Stephen Shelley, City of Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman, New Hope C.O.R.P.S. Executive Director Stephen Alvarez, Patrick P. Lee Foundation Founder Patrick P. Lee, and Patrick P. Lee Foundation Member of the Board of Directors Cynthia R. Lee.

By Alyna M. Bello City of Homestead Mayor Steven C. Bateman, Councilman Stephen Shelley, and Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle wanted to recognize and commend the exemplary work that the members of the New Hope Counseling Outpatient Residential Prevention Services (C.O.R.P.S.) do day in and day out. This extraordinary community organization, the only one of […]

Community honors Ruth L. Campbell Former Homestead Councilwoman turns 90

Mayor Steven Bateman, Ruth L. Campbell and Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman

By Alyna M. Bello On Friday, June 25th, approximately 100 guests gathered for the 90th birthday celebration of Ruth L. Campbell at the William F. “Bill” Dickinson Community Center. Family, friends, community leaders, and City of Homestead employees hosted a pot luck luncheon to honor Ms. Campbell on such an extraordinary milestone. As part of […]

City of Homestead Hosts Groundbreaking of Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park

Pictured from left to right: Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, Councilman Elvis R. Maldonado, Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman, Hallie Hanner (Sister of Mayor Warren), Neal Warren (Brother of Mayor Warren), Edith Baguidy (Sister of Mayor Warren), Former Homestead Mayor Roscoe Warren, Romanita Ford (Friend of Mayor Warren), Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, Homestead Police Captain Mallie Graham, and Homestead City Manager Sergio Purriños.

By Alyna M. Bello On an overcast and drizzling Friday morning, July 16, 2010, Mayor Steven Bateman, Vice-Mayor Judy Waldman, Councilman Elvis Maldonado, Councilman Jimmie L. Williams, III, City Manager Sergio Purrinos, City Department Heads, and special guest former Homestead Mayor Roscoe Warren participated in the groundbreaking of the future site of the Mayor Roscoe […]

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