This past Monday was a most bittersweet day as family, friends and our community came together to pay tribute to the short, but inspired life of a little girl who taught each and everyone one of us a very important lesson - how to live!   Little Bella Rodriguez-Torres left us way too soon, but before she did, she defied all odds by fighting valiantly for six years against her dreaded Cancer with every ounce of her being. But along the way, she inspired millions here at home and across the world with the message that anything can be overcome if you simply have faith in yourself, and the goodness of others.
Standing before a packed audience, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan accepted an award from the Board of Trustees of Florida Memorial University (FMU). Jordan, who videotaped her contributions to the historically black university, was recently honored with the Community Leadership Award at the Bonaventure Hotel in Weston, Florida. “Florida Memorial University is one of the hidden jewels in District 1,” said Commissioner Jordan. “They are responsible for building the foundation upon which many of our residents have built their careers.”
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) released the following statement today on the government shutdown: “Of all the votes Congress must take, the vote to keep the government open should be the easiest.  Yet Republicans refuse to agree to even the most fiscally-conservative budget in years unless it’s accompanied by extreme and unrelated measures that will sabotage the nation’s healthcare. “Hundreds of thousands of workers were told not to come to work today.  Many live paycheck-to-paycheck and do not know when they’ll be able to pay their bills again.  But this isn’t only about them: It’s about the millions of American families that are already suffering from cuts to education, public safety, hospitals, and veterans services under the Sequester and will now suffer under this unnecessary and avoidable crisis.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and the Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Foundation will welcome a low-income family to their new home at 810 NW 115 Street on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. The new three-bedroom, two-bath home stands on a once derelict abandoned lot that was donated to the Foundation by Miami-Dade County. The Foundation provided the construction financing and administration and homebuyer counseling.