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 Thanks to the support and commitment of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, and under the direction of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department in partnership with the Cat Network, will offer FREE spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats on Sunday, April 15, 2012, beginning at 8:00am, at Commissioner Sosa’s District Office, 1000 SW 57th Avenue, in Miami. In order to participate, an appointment MUST be made by calling 3-1-1. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Many of these are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering,” said Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.“The solution to the current overpopulation crisis is to spay and neuter pets. By doing so, pets will live longer and healthier lives,” said Alex Muñoz, Director of Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 3-1-1. This service is available to all Miami-Dade County residents.
(L-R) Michael Wohl, Pinnacle Housing partner; Vice Chairwoman Edmonson; Russell Benford, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor; Mitchell M. Friedman, with scissors, Pinnacle Housing partner; former City of Miami Commissioner Joe Sánchez; City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones; City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado; Lauren Levant from Pinnacle Housing and Natacha Munilla, member of the FHFC board. The newest affordable housing project to be completed in District 3, the Vista Mar Apartments, was inaugurated on March 30, 2012 by Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and members of Pinnacle Housing Group, developers of the 110-unit building located at 3606 N.W. 5th Ave. in Wynwood. Built with financing from Miami-Dade County, City National Bank of Florida, the City of Miami and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), the Vista Mar Apartments’ distinctive façade adds an artistic touch to the Miami skyline and its affordability makes possible for residents of modest means to live in a fun, environmentally-friendly, centrally-located home. "There is an overwhelming need for this type of development to happen throughout District 3, a need which government cannot fill on its own," Vice Chairwoman Edmonson said. "We need private developers such as Pinnacle Housing to serve as financial partners in our challenge to provide affordable and quality units for working families. Vista Mar is in the heart of a blossoming artistic community in Wynwood. The Wynwood artists have brought much appreciated economic development to a neighborhood whose warehouses were long-shuttered and in disuse. We must thank them for making Wynwood alive again and encourage more private developers to become partners in our efforts to provide affordable housing."  
 Warm and sunny days are here and Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is celebrating with his annual District 12 Spring Festival! Residents are invited to enjoy free food and fun at the event on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at North Trail Park, 780 NW 127 Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families can enjoy free food, games, bounce houses, live entertainment, and lots of surprises, including special guests. There will be plenty of activities for kids. Kids are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets for an egg hunt starting at 12:30 p.m. There will also be fun activities like face painting and more.
Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson cut the ribbon on the newly-renovated St. John Apartments at 1300 N.W. 2nd Avenue in Overtown on April 5, 2012. The affordable rental apartment building is the St. John Community Development Corp.'s (SJCDC) first project completed through the Miami-Dade Neighborhood Stabilization Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Additional funds were supplied by the HOME and Surtax programs by Miami-Dade County. Joining Vice Chairwoman Edmonson were State Representative Cynthia Stafford, Bishop James Adams of St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, SJCDC Chairman of the Board, Dr. Nelson L. Adams III, SJCDC President and CEO Ola Aluko, and other SJCDC board members.
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