A look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 25, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

With a nearly 15 million state grant in the pipeline, Lauderdale Lakes’ city manager Kelvin L. Baker hosted the year’s first town hall meeting to present the city’s new CARE initiative. Projects include a CRA program to revamp empty property along Oakland park blvd., façade improvements across the city, and re-enforced embankments along canals. These projects, says Baker, seek to increase revenue and beatify the city.

Caribbean charity Food for The Poor, headquatered in Coconut Creek, has helped to free 256 inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes across the Caribbean for the Easter holiday. The charity paid outstanding fines for nonviolent offenders in Haiti, Jamaica and Guyana. Most freed by the program were held due to their inability to pay the required fine.

Visitors from New York and across the Caribbean gathered this past weekend for South Florida’s Holi celebration, the Hindu Spring festival of Colors, at the Brian Piccolo Park in Hollywood. This year’s event included special performances from the popular Baithak Gana Warriors from Suriname and as well as tradition Indian dance troupes from across South Florida.

In sports, South Florida-based rising sprinting star Khalifa St. Fort copped the gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago in the U-20 100 meters race this past weekend at the 45th CARIFTA games, held at the National Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada. Against a strong head wind, St. Forte still manage to run a competitive time of 11.40 seconds.

What’s trending:

Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that Khalid el-Bakraoui, one of the bombers from last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, was not a Bahamian national. Initial reports claimed that el-Bakraoui had dual Bahamian and Belgian citizenship.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Scattered Thunderstorm in Broward County with a high of 89 and a low of 70. For Miami-Dade, scattered thunderstorms with a high of 87 and a low of 70.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.

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