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June 2013

HistoryMiami Exhibit - OPA-LOCKA: MIRAGE CITY

June 28, 2013 - September 08, 2013

Courtesy of University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections Division, Bernhardt Muller Collection.
Opa-locka: Mirage City explores one of South Florida’s most unique architectural communities. Based on stories and names of characters from the Arabian Tales, Opa-locka presents itself as both eccentric dream; an exotic Middle-eastern urban oasis in a subtropical paradise, and tourist’s kitsch; an architectural conceit more akin to a Hollywood film set. Founded in the 1920s in an undeveloped area of northwest Miami-Dade, the city is a highly romanticized interpretation of an exotic cultural milieu popularized by Hollywood films and archeological discoveries of its time. The exhibition presents original drawings and architectural models that reintroduce the original fabled vision, aiming to rouse interest in the city’s iconic structural design and encourage efforts to preserve its endangered architectural heritage.

Curated by Jose R. Vazquez, Associate Professor of Architecture at Miami Dade College. Presented in conjunction with the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College and the University of Miami Libraries, Special Collections. 


Exhibition Opening, 6/27

Join HistoryMiami for the opening of Opa-locka: Mirage City, June 27 at 6pm. The reception is free to the public. RSVP to 305-375-5356 or [email protected].


ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IN OPA LOCKA, FL Retro Ladies' T-shirt / Florida City Pride Tee

(Reprint) 1971 Yearbook: Miami Carol City High School, Opa Locka, Florida

2013 NBA Champions… Your Miami Heat!

It was a war but the Miami HEAT were victorious and are NBA Champions once again. The final score does not reflect the hard fought, seesaw battle in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Miami HEAT really had to earn the NBA Champs title this year after hard fought battles in the playoffs with the Indiana Pacers and finally the San Antonio Spurs.

Congratulations to the Miami HEAT and everyone who is apart of the Miami HEAT family! Now let's get ready for another victory parade in Downtown Miami!


Residents may continue to access human and social services in a new location.

(MIAMI, June 13, 2013) – To continue serving the residents of Liberty City and the surrounding areas the Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) Liberty City Community Service Center has been temporarily relocated. The center is now located at 2500 NW 62nd Street, Miami, Florida 33147. The new telephone number for the center is (305) 349-9982. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM.

Residents may continue to access human and social services programs at the new location. These services include: employment assistance, free computer training classes, housing assistance, utility assistance, youth and family development programs, and other valuable services.

For more information about Community Service Centers and the programs available, please call (786) 469-4600 or visit us on the web at
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please contact the department at (786) 469-4682.


(MIAMI, June 12, 2013) – Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrorail and Metromover service will experience intermittent delays between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Today, June 12, 2013 to accommodate security measures for President Barack Obama’s visit to Miami. Metrobus service in and near downtown Miami will also be impacted.

Miami-Dade Transit is asking passengers who have specific scheduling requirements or are planning to use the Orange Line to travel to Miami International Airport to give themselves ample time to arrive at their destination.

Metrorail and Metromover service will be intermittent between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. with interruptions of between 25 to 30 minutes throughout this time frame.

To be notified of transit service disruptions, transit riders can register to receive Rider Alerts by visiting: . In the event of a service disruption or delay, transit users will receive a message with details on the device of their choice.

For more information, transit riders can call 305-891-3131, weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. TTY users can call 305-499-8971.

Transit information is also available at:, or on MDT’s mobile website:

George Zimmerman Trial Begins

FILE PHOTO: Protester at NAACP Justice for Trayvon Martin March and Rally in Sanford, Florida. March 31, 2012.

Today, the eyes of the world are on the small Florida town of Sanford where jury selection began in the trial of George Zimmerman accused of second-degree murder of Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin.

Volunteer neighborhood watchman Zimmerman said he was defending himself when Trayvon was fatally wounded on February 26, 2012. Forty-four days later, after much outrage in the form of protest marches, rallies, and other acts of civil disobedience, throughout the country, George Zimmerman was arrested for Trayvon Martin's death. The lack of forthright action on the part of law enforcement in Sanford had become an embarrassment for the state of Florida and United States of America as a whole.

Trayvon, visiting Sanford with his dad after being suspended from school in Miami, was returning from a nearby convenience store after purchasing an Arizona ice tea and a bag of Skittles when he was spotted by Zimmerman.

Against the advice of law enforcement, George Zimmerman continued to follow Trayvon Martin and at some point exited the vehicle he was driving. Words were exchanged between Trayvon and Zimmerman. A struggle ensued, and Trayvon was fatally wounded.

Several days would pass before Tracy Martin would know what happened to his son Trayvon. The Sanford Police Department did not think enough of that young man to put forth maximum effort to notify the next of kin. They also ordered a drug and alcohol test for Trayvon but not for his killer. No, George Zimmerman was allowed to return home that evening.

While people of all ages and ethnicities donned hoodies in tribute to Trayvon Martin and demanding justice, George Zimmerman's supporters quietly, and some not so quietly, contributed $400,000 to his legal defense.

After many television appearances, interviews, and community rallies, the day has come for the George Zimmerman trial to begin at the Seminole County Courthouse.

Stay tuned, as this phase of the trial is projected to last a week or two as six jurors and four alternates are selected. The trial is projected to last for months. In the coming weeks we plan to live blog and tweet our visit to Sanford during this historic trial.


Photo: Vanessa W. Byers


MIAMI, FL — Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will host a Congressional update tonight at 7:00p.m., at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church located at 2330 NW 93rd Street, Miami, Florida 33147. Congresswoman Wilson will be joined by a group of panelists to discuss sequestration, immigration, jobs, several other pressing issues in Congress, and their impact on South Florida.

The Congresswoman will be joined by Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor, The Grio.Com, political columnist and contributor, MSNBC; Andy Madtes, president, South Florida AFL-CIO; Jose Gabilondo, associate professor, College of Law Florida International University; and Fred Frost, the director of governmental affairs, South Florida Jobs with Justice.

“I want to ensure that South Floridians fully understand these issues, their impact on our community and the challenges we face. Harmful federal budget cuts- known as sequestration - have resulted in the loss of jobs and threaten thousands more. Economic growth has been stymied, and vital services many people depend on especially children, seniors and the poor, have been cut. Our economy and more families will suffer if Congress does not act now to end sequestration and pass a balanced budget, reform immigration and create jobs.”

WHO: Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson

WHAT: Congressional Update Sequestration, Immigration, Jobs and More

WHEN: Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:00p.m.

WHERE: 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, 2330 NW 93rd Street, Miami, Florida 33147

The Miami Heat dominated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2

After losing the first game at home, the Miami Heat soundly defeated the San Antonio Spurs 103-84 tonight in the American Airlines Arena. The series is tied 1-1.

The next three games will be in San Antonio. Can the Miami Heat win three games in a row in enemy territory and win the NBA Championship?

Oh, yeah, today is UD's birthday. What a way to celebrate! Happy Birthday, Udonis!

Next games (ABC):
Tues. 6/11 9p
Thu. 6/13 9p
Sun. 6/16 8p *Father's Day*

Photo: NBA Game Time App

Career Opportunities

Lead Teacher, Center for Excellence

The Center for Excellence Demonstration School in Early Education has an opening for a lead teacher to be responsible for planning/coordinating the implementation of the center's education program for children ages zero to three or three to five years of age. Master's degree. Bilingual preferred. Salary range is $37K-45K. Please email resumes to [email protected].

Volunteer and AmeriCorps Manager
Switchboard Miami seeks a volunteers and AmeriCorps manager to supervise volunteers and AmeriCorps members and provide direction, coordination, and consultation for all volunteer and service functions within the organization to help strengthen programs and to involve a community of supporters.  Bachelor\'s degree and min. 1 year volunteer management exp. For more information, contact Carolyn Broughton at (305) 358-1640 or email [email protected].

Helpline Counselor (Part-time)
Switchboard Miami seeks a HELPline Counselor to provide telephone information, referrals, crisis counseling as well as suicide intervention to callers upon completion of a thorough assessment and identification of most presenting needs. Bachelor's degree in Social Work or Human Service field, and demonstrated social services experience is required. Contact Carolyn Broughton at (305) 358-1640 or email[email protected].

Teachers, Teacher Assistant and Administrator (part-time)
Cherry Blossom Learning Center seeks teachers, a teacher assistant and a part-time administrator for the center. Please forward your resume to Kathy Nieto either by e-mail to [email protected] or fax to (305) 860-3304. Also visit,

Community Health of South Florida needs a clerk for its Healthy Steps Program. Candidates should have a high School graduate or GED Equivalent with experience working in an office setting with computers. Knowledge of Excel preferred.Please visit the CHI website at to apply. Contact number (786) 293-5509.

Assistant Project Coordinator- Intake/Bonding
The Service Network for Children of Inmates seeks a field outreach position designed to identify, engage and link children and families with incarcerated parent and potentially beneficial and available supportive social, therapeutic and educational services. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) required. Data entry willingness and experience also required. Contact phone: (305) 788-3154. Please send Resume to[email protected].

Maternity Care Advisor
The Healthy Start Coalition has an immediate full-time position for amaternity care advisor with its MomCare Program. The advisor will facilitate access to prenatal care for pregnant women on Medicaid. A B.s. degree in social services, minimum 2-4 years experience, local travel, reliable transportation, excellent phone and communication skills required. Bilingual CRE/SPA preferred. Computer literacy a must. Competitive salary. Contact number: (305) 541-0210 or email[email protected]. Visit the Coalition's website at for application instructions.

Community Liaison
The Healthy Start Coalition seeks a community liaison. This full-time position will be responsible for provider and community outreach to ensure universal Healthy Start screening of pregnant women and infants. A B.S. degree in Social Services, minimum 2-4 years experience, local travel and excellent communication skills are a must. Bilingual CRE/SPA preferred.  Computer literacy is a must. Competitive salary. For details, contact Natalia Coletti at (305) 541-0210 or email[email protected]. To apply, visit .

Regional Director Needed for After-school Alliance Board
The Florida After-School Alliance seeks a Region 5 (Broward, Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties) director to join its state-wide Board. Candidates must live in the area they represent. Each board member serves a two-year term on a voluntary basis for this important leadership position. All FASA members interested in being considered, should complete the Board Candidate Application form downloaded from .

Psychological Testing Supervisor, Grant Clinical Supervisor, Developmental Specialist, Targeted Case Managers
The Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH) has openings in the following areas: psychological testing supervisor, grant clinical supervisor, developmental specialist and targeted case managers.Visit for a summary of qualifications and application instructions. ICFH is an EOE and Drug Free Work Place. Background screening required. Contact Sylvia Sanders at (305) 685-4231. Email resumes to [email protected].


Source:   The Children's Trust

State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle: 14 Year-Old Tremaine McMillian should not be charged with Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct! Sign the Petition!

Walking One Stop will visit West Perrine on Monday, June 10th

The Walking One Stop is the signature initiative of the Miami-Dade Anti-Gang Strategy and involves elected officials, faith leaders, social and economic service providers along with criminal justice personnel and concerned community activists bringing social and economic service referrals door-to-door in neighborhoods that have experienced recent, severe, or persistent incidents of violence – putting you face to face with residents who are traumatized. 

On Monday, June 10th  at 9:30 a.m., gather for a short briefing at the Village of Palmetto Bay Police Headquarters located at 9705 E. Hibiscus St., Palmetto Bay, FL 33157, then, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, the Walking One Stop will be dispatched to a nearby location to be announced. 

Please RSVP to [email protected] and include your name, affiliation, and contact information. 





Position Summary

Department: Miami Dade Aviation


Close Date: 06/17/2013

Location: Northwest/Miami International Airport

Entry Rate: $40,711.06 Yearly

Maximum Rate: $72,185.62 Yearly

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Recruitment Status: Open to the Public

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Business
Administration, Aviation Business Administration, or related field.

Applicants qualifying for employment with the Miami-Dade
Aviation Department will be subject to extensive security screening, including
but not limited to fingerprint checks, employment verification and such other
procedures as may be mandated by federal law.

The security clearance required by federal law is a
continuing condition of employment.

NATURE OF WORK: This is specialized property management work
for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Employees in this class are responsible
for performing a variety of property management duties in the leasing,
inspection and maintenance of airport facilities and properties.
Responsibilities include inspection of airport properties, assisting in the
administration of airport leases, contracts and permits, preparing less complex
leases and amendments, attending airport planning and construction meetings,
preparing recommendations for new airport facilities and reviewing construction
plans. Duties require the application of real estate knowledge in the
interpretation of airport contracts and leases. Supervision is received from an
administrative superior who reviews work for conformity to departmental
procedures and achievement of desired goals and objectives.

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS: Inspects airport properties including
office buildings, fueling facilities, commissaries, warehouses, terminals,
hangers, and aircraft ramp areas; recommends repairs or removal of unsafe or
economically unsound structures. Assists in administration of airport leases,
contracts, and permits by inspecting, evaluating and monitoring leased airport
property for compliance with terms and conditions contained in the agreements.
Prepares less complex leases and amendments concerning property and facilities
at general aviation airports. Conducts or attends various meetings concerning
planning, construction, and implementation of a wide range of projects
including airport roads and buildings. Assists in preparing recommendations for
new facilities at Miami International Airport and the general aviation
airports, including additions or modification to warehousing and other
buildings, aircraft washing racks, pavement stripping, taxiways, fueling
facilities, aircraft, and auto parking. Reviews a variety of construction plans
submitted by airport tenants for airport staff review and recommends approval
and coordinates efforts to assure compliance. Performs related work as

KNOWLEDGES, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS: Considerable knowledge of
real estate practices, terminology, contracts and lease agreements.
Considerable knowledge of the design, construction and operation of airport
roads, utilities, aircraft runways, taxiways, aircraft ramps, and other
aviation facilities. Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws
pertaining to lease agreements and airport property management. Knowledge of
real property management, contract management, and commercial and industrial
property leasing. Knowledge of public relations principles and techniques.
Ability to inspect a variety of airport properties and detect unsafe or unsound
conditions. Ability to monitor the use of airport properties to assure
compliance with the provisions of lease agreements. Ability to prepare leases,
agreements, and amendments for airport properties and facilities. Ability to
assist in the review of proposed new airport facilities. Ability to communicate
clearly, concisely, verbally, and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain
effective working relationships with superiors and airport tenants or their