North Miami cop trial
Jonathan Aledda, the fired North Miami Police officer who shot an unarmed Black man is facing a jury again for his second trial. Aledda was caught on video, in 2016, shooting a behavioral specialist in the leg as he laid on the ground with his hands up. Charles Kinsey, the victim, was occupied by his autistic patient, who was holding a toy. Aledda said he mistook the toy for a gun, according to reports. Aledda is facing two manslaughter charges and two culpable negligence charges. His first trial in March ended with a hung jury. If convicted, Aledda is looking at serving up to 60 years in prison. Aledda rejected in the case on Monday, June 3.
Dwyane Wade selected as 2018-19 Magic Johnson Award Winner
The Pro Basketball Writers Association selected Dwyane Wade as the 2018-2019 Magic Johnson Award Winner on Monday.
The Magic Johnson Award is presented annually to a player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity with the media and the public. This is Wade’s first Magic Johnson Award, and joins Shane Battier, as the second Miami Heat player to receive the distinction. Wade was selected out of five finalists for the honor, including Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Vucevic and Draymond Green, who is currently playing in the NBA finals.
Wade's father, Dwyane Wade Sr., will host his annual Father's Day Weekend Bash from June 13 to June 15. The three-day even will kick off with a celebrity charity basketball game, a basketball camp and family picnic. For more information, visit propopusa.com
County Commission approves density in the urban core
The Miami-Dade County Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to revise height standards in the North Central Urban Area District, where the Northside Metrorail Station and the Northwest Seventh Avenue urban corridor are located. The ordinance, introduced by Commissioner Jean Monestime, will introduce mixed-used development along the county's major transit corridors.
“Increasing density in the urban core is the answer to the County’s affordable housing crisis, and housing is directly linked to jobs,” Commissioner Monestime said. “The County’s goal should be to ensure there is housing closer to where the jobs are. It’s just common sense.”
People Matter Fest
The annual, free People Matter Fest is set to stage this Saturday, June 15 at Gwen Cherry Park in Liberty City from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. The festival will feature outdoor fun for all members of the family, an art area, sport-related activities and performances from some of Miami's best hip-hop and R&B artists. The festival is sponsored by radio personality Papa Keith and 103.5 The Beat radio station in conjunction with Miami-Dade County and other organizations.
Organizers of the festival ask for a 24-hour cease gun-fire from Friday June 14, starting at 7 pm.m until the end of the festival at 7 p.m. the following day. Professional athletes, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem and former Miami Dolphin Bryant McKinnie, will host basketball- and football-related activities respectably.
Rappers Trina, Ball Greezy, Ice Billion Berg are among several of the musical acts slated to hit the stage. A "resource village" area will be providing information about different community services and resources available to residents.
Miami Gardens state of the city address
Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III will deliver his State of the City Address on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Hall Courtyard. Miami Gardens incorporated in 2003 and has become the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. With over 113,000 residents, it is the largest predominantly Black municipality in Florida, and boasts thousands of American, Caribbean and Hispanic residents.
The city has experienced steady economic growth and development. Miami Gardens is home to Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins football team and the Orange Bowl. Miami Gardens hosted this year's Miami Open and will be the host of next year's Super Bowl LIV.
CareerSource TechHire summer bootcamps
CareerSource South Florida will offer TechHire summer boot camps for young adults ages 15-24. The six-week long program runs from June 10 to July 19 and is offered at different locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
Participants will learn web applications, networking, cybersecurity, CompTIA A+, gaming and web development. Participants will receive an industry recognized credential upon completion of the boot camp. More than 3,200 new tech jobs are projected to be created throughout Miami-Dade County by the year 2024, according to CareerSource South Florida.
For more information visit www.careersourcesfl.com.
Healthy over hungry cereal drive
North Shore Medical Center is leading a community effort to provide area children and adults struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer through its Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive. Proceeds will benefit Jessie Trice Community Health Center. The drive kicked off Friday, June 7 and runs through Friday, June 14.
“At North Shore Medical Center, we understand the health issues children face from hunger and poor nutrition,” said Mark Racicot, chief executive officer of North Shore Medical Center. “We recognize the importance of beginning each day with a nutritious breakfast and, through this drive, we hope to help the many in our community struggling with food insecurity. We invite you to help kids be Healthy Over Hungry this summer.”
Whole-grain cereal, when part of a healthy, balanced breakfast including dairy, fruit and lean protein, is a popular food item that experts say can easily address the hunger gap during the summer months when children are not in school.
Donations of healthy cereal will be collected through June 14 at North Shore Medical Center, located at 1100 NW 95th St., Miami, FL 33150.