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Photo Gallery: Communities in Bloom launches first project | May 9, 2015

Communities in Bloom, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving the lives of the most needy of South Florida organization, launched its first project in Casa Valentina Saturday May 9, 2015. The organization is directed by Sophia Arana and Evely Forte, both high school students from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Their goal is to have local nurseries donate plants to help beautify the patios and gardens of foster care homes, orphanages and homeless shelters. CIB will build butterfly gardens, meditation gardens and nurseries. Costa Farms, along with other local nurseries and Forte Farms, have joined the effort by donating plants. "We know the value of green spaces add to the community and are happy to contribute to the effort," said Joche Smith, CEO of Costa Farms.

Friends and Neighbors: Music lifts young talent and disadvantaged

It’s all about music. Scholarship winners of the Miami Music Teachers Association performed recently at an annual event that celebrates the beauty of piano and voice. The association has been active in our community since 1934 with the mission to promote music education and open doors for talented young students.

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Vice mayor appoints planning board member despite community opposition

Armed with a petition signed by more than 400 people, Pastor Rodney James addressed the South Miami commission Wednesday in attempt to block Vice Mayor Walter Harris’ reappointment of Antoinette Fischer to the planning board. Still, the commission passed the resolution with a 3-2 vote, acknowledging Harris’ appointment of Fischer to serve on the planning board as a representative of group seat IV for a two-year term.