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Free Miami-Dade hurricane app provides up-to-the-minute info, tips

Worried about the next named storm? Not sure what it will mean to South Florida?  Miami-Dade County offers the free ReadyMDC mobile app, which allows you to get the most up-to-the-minute information to deal with a hurricane before, during and after.    To keep up with latest news, sign up for the daily Miami on the …

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Veggies & herbs you can grow inside in summer

If you’re interested in picking up a fresh, at-home activity, producing edible indoor plants such as radishes, turnips and arugula right inside your South Florida home is fun, relatively easy and relatively inexpensive. For wisdom on the topic, we solicited tips from a South Florida urban horticulture program specialist affiliated with the University of Florida …

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Hurricane preparedness: How to build an emergency kit

The aftermath of a hurricane can be devastating and leave you and loved ones without basic necessities. Here’s a  helpful guide to creating an essential and basic emergency supply kit. To keep up with latest news, sign up for the daily Miami on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. It’s …

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Hurricane season: How to prepare (without spending too much)

South Floridians have learned the hard way to take hurricanes seriously. When we get complacent, another storm comes and reminds us of the importance of hurricane preparation and supplies. You should take preparing for a hurricane seriously — but you shouldn’t buy a lot of things you’re never going to use. Miami-Dade County has an online hurricane guide that …

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Free trees available in Miami: Here’s what to do

Who wants a free tree? Just head to the site of the Community Canopy program, which is designed to help people plant trees on their property for maximum energy savings as part of Arbor Day Foundation efforts. The program partners with cities, states, energy companies, corporations and nonprofit organizations to distribute trees throughout the country. …

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How (and where) to recycle your Christmas tree in Miami

Ready to take down your beautiful Christmas tree? Don’t fret: If you don’t know what to do with the once-festive fir, now that the holiday is over, we’ve got some answers for you. Miami-Dade County’s Department of Solid Waste Management offers some pretty specific options, so please read the instructions carefully.  To keep up with …

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Got mosquitoes? Here’s how to get help

Yes, mosquitoes are a way of life in Miami. But did you know you can request help if you’re experiencing significant mosquito problems? Miami-Dade County’s 311Direct service allows you to submit a service request for an inspection. This applies to residential and commercial properties. To keep up with latest news, sign up for the daily Miami on …

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North Miami residents can get financial assistance

With state and federal financial assistance hard to come by during these difficult times, the City of North Miami has implemented several plans to help its residents and business owners. Along with its Community Redevelopment Agency, the city has several programs in place. To keep up with latest news, sign up for the daily Miami on …

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Support local: Try new online market for food, clothes and more

Now more than ever, it is a good time to support small businesses – and you can do that with the newly launched online Vecinos Market. (“Vecinos” means neighbors.) The site gives Miami residents access to online shopping with delivery of goods from a variety of local businesses, many of which are very familiar. New …

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Free internet service for low-income households

In an effort to make people’s lives easier in this current climate, Comcast is increasing speeds in its Internet Essentials program – and making the service free for new, low-income customers for two months.  The idea is to help people stay connected to families, workplaces and more.  In a letter, Comcast President of Consumer Services …

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Low-cost Internet service for families now applies to seniors and college students, too

Comcast is expanding its low-cost Internet program, which currently serves low-income families and those in public housing, to low-income senior citizens and community college students. It’s called the Internet Essentials program and it provides basic Internet service for $9.95 a month. As part of the seniors pilot program, seniors can access affordable Internet service, get a free …

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