Happy Saturday, neighbors! Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in town today.
First, today’s weather:
Breezy in the morning. High: 59 Low: 41.
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Here are the top stories today in Miami:
1. A South Florida pharmacy executive has pleaded guilty to his role in an $88 million scheme to defraud military health care programs, the Department of Justice said in a news release. According to authorities, 58-year-old Matthew Smith admitted his role in fraudulently billing Tricare and CHAMPVA for expensive, medically unnecessary compound drugs from a Broward pharmacy. (Miami Patch)
2. A Miami Beach police officer is recovering after being injured on the job by another police officer. While an officer was taking a suspect into custody, another officer responding to the scene accidentally struck the officer and suspect with a vehicle. Both were taken to an area hospital and then released. (CBS Miami)
3. “Desserts After Dark” is happening in Miami, today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Miami’s River Landing, is a spin off of “Dessert Wars” and it features boozy desserts, craft brews and dessert flavored liquors. This event is specifically for adults ages 21 and over. (WSVN)
4. The Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works department is actively recruiting bus operators and currently 33 trainees are expected to graduate and become part of the drivers’ fleet by February. Those interested in driving buses for the county can visit their website for more information on pay and benefits. (Miami Today)
5. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has acquired a collection of never-before-seen photos of an internment camp and imprisoned Jews in central France, which had been unknowingly stored in a Miami home for more than 30 years. Miami resident Silvia Espinosa-Schrock came across a box with the photosthat she had not thought about for three decades during a cleaning spell. (Miami’s Community News)
Today in Miami:
- Bill Baggs Weekly Beach Cleanup At Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. (9:00 AM)
- Broward Center’s Arts and Crafts with Young At Art. (11:00 AM)
- Saturday Movie Matinee At Lemon City Branch Library. (3:00 PM)
- Cooking with Beer Class (Adult BYOB / 21+) At Taste Buds Kitchen. (5:00 PM)
- Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami / An Evening in White At 8:00 PM) . (
From my notebook:
- A man died after he tried to cross the railroad tracks in Hollywood and was struck by a Brightline train on Thursday evening. (CBS Miami)
- Mary Martinez from Pinecrest Elementary School is a Rookie Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teachers of the Year finalist for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools South Region. Her classroom is a place “where students feel like they belong and can let their uniqueness shine.” (Facebook)
- The Homeless Trust Miami has activated their Cold Weather Emergency Plan. As a result, shelters will open for the homeless population. If you require assistance with homeless sheltering, contact the Homeless Trust Helpline at 1 (877) 994-4357 or (305) 375-2273. (Twitter)
- Miami-Dade Public Library System is celebrating the Library’s 50th anniversary with New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry. Join them online on Thursday, February 3rd at 6 p.m. as Dave Barry discusses his books “Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog” and “Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland” and answers your questions. (Facebook)
- A 12-acre property in Dania Beach has one home, but a developer wants to rezone it for 72 townhouses. (Subscription: South Florida Business Journal)
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— Carlos Hernandez
About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.