Please join the Matecumbe Historical Trust for the annual Labor Day service to honor those who lost their lives on September 2, 1935.

Over 500 men, women and children perished in one day.  Each year we pay tribute to those who are no longer with us, and the families who are still here.  In addition to those who lived here, the government had sent 600 World War I veterans to the 3 camps in this area to build bridges for the new highway to replace the ferries from Matecumbe to Grassy Key. In one day, thousands of lives were changed forever.

The Russell family lost over 50 members of their family.

The service will commence at 9:00 a.m.  on Monday, September 7th at the Islamorada Hurricane Monument, mile marker 82 across from the Islamorada Fire Station.  We will have a short service, flag ceremony, taps, history and the placing of the wreath.  Please join us in memory of those who perished that tragic day.

August 26 of each year is designated in the United States as Women’s Equality Day. Instituted by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting rights in 1920. Here are some links for more information connected with this commemoration.

Votes for women were first seriously proposed in the United States in July 1848, at the Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. One woman who attended that convention was Charlotte Woodward. She was nineteen at the time. In 1920, when women finally won the vote throughout the nation, Charlotte Woodward was the only participant in the 1848 Convention who was still alive to cast her vote. Eighty-one years old, she cast her vote proudly.

Let’s celebrate Charlotte Woodward and her fellow ladies who made August 26, 1920 the first day women could exercise their power and VOTE.

Taster’s Grille and Market located at the Winn Dixie Plaza in Tavernier will offer 10% your bill (for the ladies) tonight. Great food and obviously great ideas!

New Dade Medical College Homestead Campus Now Enrolling
Miami, FL, August 24, 2009
Dade Medical College is now enrolling students from their new Homestead Campus located at 381 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL 33030. Students can now sign up for introductory classes that will begin on September 8, 2009 and choose from diploma and or Associate of Science degree programs including Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, Massage Therapy and Medical Assistant.

School CEO Ernesto Perez offers: “We are excited and honored to be part of the revitalization of the historic downtown Homestead area. Our goal is to contribute to the vision of Mayor Lynda Bell, the City Council and many citizens, which is to remake the area into a safe, family-friendly place in the spirit of Miracle Mile.”

Financial aid is available to those who qualify and there is additional aid available in the form of Federal grants and scholarships. The new campus is housed within 10,500 square feet on the ground floor, features spacious classrooms and laboratories, a lounge, a library / resource center and administrative office space and will have created approximately 20 to 30 new jobs within a year’s time.

Interested parties can call 786.454.7090 to schedule an appointment with an admissions representative. More information is available at

First State Bank Goes Mobile for Mariners
First State Bank of the Florida Keys’ Upper Keys Business Development team provided a mobile branch for Mariners Hospital’s Employee Bank Day.

As a community service, First State Bank visited the hospital to lend financial advice and present the staff with information on the many local products and services the Bank offers.

”First State Bank understands how valuable time is for businesses in our community,” said Bette Brown, First State Bank Upper Keys Regional President.  “We are always available to work on-site with local businesses at their convenience to fulfill both their companies and their employees’ banking and lending needs.”


Pictured L-R:  First State Bank Upper Keys Regional President Bette Brown, Tradewinds office Branch Manager Patti Marshall and Key Largo office Branch Manager Nola Acker visit the staff at Mariners Hospital to provide hospital staff with financial advice and information on the Bank’s local banking and lending services.



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