A look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 22, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

The historic black, Bahamian-American St. James Baptist Church of Coconut Grove has announced plans to celebrate the church’s 100th anniversary in January 2016. The church, originally founded in 1916 by Bahamian settlers, will launch the month-long celebrations with an anniversary service on Jan. 8, starting 7:30 pm.

Hundreds of people received much-needed food for the holidays in Lauderdale Lakes today, at the city’s  end-of-year food distribution at Vincent Torre Park. Participants received pantry items and fresh fruits and vegetables donated by Feed South Florida organization. This marks the first time the city has held a food distribution event near Christmas.

To encourage community unity and healing, the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center will celebrate Kwanzaa this weekend, on Saturday, December 26, from 10 am to 5 p.m. The event will include empowering workshops and panel discussions, including yoga, healthy eating, and mental health.

After a tense and competitive tournament, team CASA U20 finally emerged victorious this weekend, defeating the Jamaica U2 team 3 to 2 at the Caribbean America Soccer Association’s 2015 Youth Soccer Classic. The tournament included 11 teams from across South Florida as well as Barbados and Jamaica.

What’s trending:

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica reports that 2015 saw a record number of applicants for U.S. visas at 159,000 – the most in 20 years. The report, however, noted that 35 percent of visa applicants in 2015 were turned down

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 82 and a low of 74. For Miami-Dade, thunderstorm with a high of 82 and a low of 74.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. 

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