Focus On South Florida
Is it ever too late to reinvent yourself. Darlene Quinn is a former school teacher and charm coach, who became a corporate executive and then in her 70s, when most people have retired, transformed herself into an award-winning novelist. Darlene shares her insight and explains how anyone can transform their lives.
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of the nation’s 24 million veterans. During the holiday season, they deliver holiday greetings—cards and personal messages from tens of thousands of Americans. We talk about how you can get involved by giving something that means something to these unsung heroes.
Many people with disabilities in Miami-Dade County depend on Special Transportation Services as a lifeline to independence and health care. Chilling complaints into the county-subsidized service spur a CBS4 investigation.
So what does the Marlins organization do for South Florida in the off-season? The Marlins Foundation is particularly active during the holidays, the centerpiece of its efforts is the big turkey giveaway in Little Havana that will feed more than a thousand families. We take a closer look at that and other “give back” events.
We preview an upcoming fashion show and fundraiser for Becca’s Closet. Rebeccca Kirtman was just 16 when she died in an automobile accident. Before she died, Becca was the driving force behind a dress drive to provide prom dresses to high school girls who could not afford them. Becca’s Closet, which has now expanded to offer additional opportunities to young people, keeps her dream and her spirit alive.
Earlier this year, Miami-Dade engineers sounded the alarm over some local bridges that are actually crumbling into the ocean. Now, documents uncovered by CBS4 reveals another set of bridges that are supposedly next to crumble and the tab to fix them is much bigger. We air David Sutta’s eye-opening investigation and talk to an expert about a possible solution.
It’s among the most anticipated annual events in Key West. The Key West Film Festival returns on November 13th and there is a slew of Florida-based films in its lineup of more than three dozen movies. We preview the festival.
Florida’s Guardian ad Litem program advocates for the best interest of children alleged to have been abused, abandoned or neglected who are involved in court proceedings. The program in Broward County, and its nonprofit affiliate “Voices for Children” has publicly launched a campaign called “Help Close the Gap” because it needs volunteers. We focus on the work the Guardian ad Litem program does and how you can help the children who need it most.
Final preparations are underway in South Florida for a long overdue tribute to Vietnam veterans who never received a proper homecoming. The Miami-Dade County golden veterans parade coincides with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. We focus on what’s being planned and how the community can be a part of it.
A staggering nearly one million people in South Florida struggle to put food on the table. Feeding South Florida is the largest hunger-relief organization in the state, but recent cutbacks on Capitol Hill are going to make it harder for the nonprofit to achieve its mission. We focus on the impact of that on South Florida, as well as possible solutions.