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Parks, marinas, golf courses open: What you need to know

Miami-Dade County has opened parks, marinas and golf courses. You’re probably already imagining yourself getting out there in the fresh air or roaming around with the kids.  But be forewarned: There will be rules to follow. It will not be business as usual.  For example, if you choose to venture out to use any of …

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Walmart’s ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’: Give help or get help

The outpouring of initiatives to help those in need has been extraordinary. Here’s one of the latest efforts: Walmart has partnered with the social networking service Nextdoor to operate the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program, which coordinates with member cities to help vulnerable members of the community get groceries and needed supplies. To keep up with …

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Restaurants selling their ingredients to the public

Faced with a large supply of pantry items and shuttered doors, restaurants have transformed themselves into grocery stores. They’re the ideal go-to when your grocery store or bulk supplier is running low on items. You can find everyday items such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, pasta, soups, sauces, cheese and produce. Many are even selling …

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Virtual family series: Enjoy crafts, fitness, music & more!

Finding fun, virtual entertainment for the entire family can be difficult, so the Little Lighthouse Foundation is helping by offering the Do Good, Feel Good Live Series. As with most virtual programming, this one is through the Instagram page.  The online segments, hosted by the foundation’s executive director, Jonathan Babicka, are Monday through Thursday at …

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Haven’t gotten your stimulus check? Try this new tracker

OK, South Florida, perhaps you’re starting to hear that people are getting their stimulus checks. Perhaps you’re wondering when you will get your check. Well, there’s a new IRS tool called “Get My Payment” to track the stimulus checks. It was created to “provide people with the status of their payment, including the date their payment …

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Special store hours for seniors, first access for first-responders

In an effort to help senior citizens during these times of social distancing, several stores are reserving their first few operating hours for people age 60 and older. Many stores are also allowing non-seniors during these hours if they are shopping for an elderly relative or friend. To keep up with latest news, sign up …

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Beware the latest scam: Fake stimulus-check calls and emails

In times of trouble, scammers often try to exploit the situation with everything from cheap and shoddy merchandise to fake charitable causes. Now the Internal Revenue Service and police are signaling an alert on stimulus check scams. There have been reports of fake IRS calls and emails seeking bank account and other private information in order …

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South Florida farms sell produce to public

In South Florida and other parts of the Sunshine State, farms are selling produce to the public. The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association offers a list of participating farms. But before shopping, the site suggests verifying supply availability, preferably on the Facebook page of the farm you are interested in, or phoning. Get more details online. …

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Free homework help & tutoring for kids

Soooo, how’s that home-schooling going? If your child is struggling with an assignment – or you’re struggling to remember enough to be of assistance – let Miami-Dade County’s Public Library System help you out. Its free Virtual Homework Help & Tutoring Program provides 30-minute online sessions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. But you must make …

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Help to file for unemployment on the site (& paper forms if you’re having trouble online)

Have you been trying to get through the unemployment assistance website, only for it to crash? Are you frustrated beyond belief? Well, we are here to tell you that there is an alternative around it: Say hello to the paper application now available. Just download and fill out the form, then mail it to the Florida …

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Animal rescue organizations in South Florida offer opportunities for free Pet Food

Wonderful animal rescue organizations and their partners in South Florida are offering opportunities to receive free pet food. Some are intended for eligible applicants. Please return to this article. We’re adding other information.  The Pet Project organization in Wilton Manors offers free food by appointment to eligible residents based on income of less than $1,500 …

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