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Beginning Monday, December 27, 2010 through January 7, 2011, residents who receive curbside waste collection service from the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) are encouraged to recycle their natural Christmas trees by taking them to one of the County’s 13 Neighborhood Trash and Recycling Centers (TRCs) or two Home Chemical Collection Centers.  
All trees brought in for recycling must be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments and tree stands.  The trees will be converted into mulch, available free to residents on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in mid-January, 2011.

Rebekah Diaz, a graduating senior, has achieved a myriad of accomplishments during her 11 years in the Miami-Dade 4-H Youth program.  Most recently, she was elected State Vice President for 2010-2011 and was one of only four 4-H members statewide to be chosen to attend the 4-H National Conference in Washington, D.C.  The Miami-Dade 4-H program is proud of Rebekah and encourages others to follow in her footsteps to develop the skills they will need to become the leaders of tomorrow.
One of Rebekah’s first experiences with the 4-H club was a public speaking competition where she was presenting her topic on key lime pie.  Her nerves got the best of her and she wound up crying.  Now, that same nervous girl has blossomed into a confident public speaker, receiving perfect scores at district events and winning two first-place trophies at state competitions.  Joining 4-H has afforded Rebekah many opportunities to learn life skills and get involved in the community. 

The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division is cautioning residents about an invasive species in the area that is threatening a wide variety of landscape plants.  It is called the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly, and it was first discovered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry inspectors last year.  Experts say the pest will likely spread to other South Florida counties, but they urge people not to panic because this whitefly is different than the ficus whitefly that devastated so much of the County’s ficus hedges and ficus trees during the past several years.

We are nearing the end of sea turtle nesting season in the continental United States, and every year folks ask the same question: “How’d we do?” Every year, the answers are mixed -- but given the once-perilous status of some turtle species and the low survival rate for hatchlings, these annual results are crucial for the turtles' overall survival.