Sunday, August 4, 2013
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FLORIDA

CFFK offers free webinar

The Florida Philanthropic Network and the National Center for Family Philanthropy will present a free online seminar Thursday for donors and members of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK).

"Families and Community Foundations Working Together," will be webcast from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 8.

It covers how family and private foundations can work with community foundations to make grant dollars go further and make more of a long-term impact.

CFFK is offering the online session through its partnership with the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Go to http://www.fpnetwork.org/ncfpaug2013.php for registration information. For more information, email cffk@cffk.org.

FLORIDA KEYS

Free plant clinics in Aug.

Monroe County master gardeners can help those having difficulty with plants, trees, or shrubs, and trying to identify what insect is attacking them.

The following free plant clinics are offered this month through the county Extension Service:

Key West: 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 and 19, Monroe County Extension Office, Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St., second floor, Suite 2-260.

Key Largo: 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 and 21, Extension Office, Murray E. Nelson Government & Cultural Center, 102050 Overseas Highway, second floor, Suite 244.

For more information, call 305-292-4501, or go online to http://monroe.ifas.ufl.edu.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

New US visa plan for Cubans

The State Department announced a new plan July 31 on issuing visas to Cubans who want to visit the United States, according to a press release from the agency.

It's meant to alleviate the workload of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, and make it easier to apply for and issue a non-immigrant visitor visa, the release says. Cubans wanting to visit the U.S. would be able to apply for a multiple-entry visa, valid for 60 months, for a one-time fee. For example, the agency says, a Cuban grandmother wanting to come visit her newborn grandchild in the United States would be able to do so without having to undergo the visa process multiple times.

"This move will lessen the financial burden on Cubans who wish to visit their loved ones and will speed up processing times at the U.S. Interests Section so that families don't have to wait months, or years, for a single visa to be approved."