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"If you build it, they will come."
If you ask them, they will answer. And answer you
did. On March 8, The Miami Times asked readers to
talk to us about Black leadership. Your responses
are as diverse as you are.
Many of our readers took issue with the quality of
representation from the current "Black
Leadership." Many readers believe that Bishop
Victor T. Curry has demonstrated by his actions
that he is an effective Black leader. Senator
Frederica Wilson's advocacy for children and City
Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones' door to door
campaign have apparently made an impact on their
constituents, as several readers identified them as
effective Black leaders.
Readers do not believe that the current genera-
tion of leadership is helping to groom younger gen-


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erations for leadership. As Miami Times
reader Mandy C. Hall said: ". .. Enough is
not being done to set the examples that our
younger generations need to see. Martin
and Malcolm taught by example. They
walked the walk and talked the talk. I
think that too many of our so called lead-
ers are in the pockets of those very people
that are hurting us. How can they bite the
hands that are feeding them?"
On the question of entertainers and ath-
letes as leaders, readers are split. Some
feel that the visibility afforded by their
celebrity status obligates entertainers and
athletes to act as leaders. Others feel that
many high profile artists make "a mockery
,of our race" with tkeir .preoccupation with
material possession.
Readers were alsb split on who is more
Please turn to LEADERS 4A


Scandal questions lawmakers' integrity


Questions no longer linger about whether
district teachers knew the program they
were using for recertification was bogus


By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Writer
Sen. Larcenia Bullard and
her husband Rep. Ed Bullard,
both retired teachers who say
they unwittingly participated
in a teacher-license scandal,
introduced legislation last
week aimed at protecting
teachers who unknowingly
obtained their teacher license
fraudulently.
The legislation stems from
last year's transcript buying
scandal ran by former


Palmetto Senior High School
teacher William McCoggle.
McCoggle claimed to offer con-
tinuing-education classes
through a company named
Moving Through Education
and Training (MOTET).
The first phase of the Miami-
Dade school district's investi-
gation focused on 106 teach-
ers who bought transcripts
through MOTET from Eastern
Oklahoma State College. As
many as sixteen of the 106
teachers have been recom-
mended for termination, an


action scheduled to
occur at the
Wednesday, March
15 school board
meeting. The second
phase of the investi-
gation will focus on
an additional 299
school district
employees who
received credit from
three other institu-
tions.
Sen. Bullard said
there is nothing in
current law to pro-
tect those who
unknowingly partici-
pated in the scam.
Currently, the state
can suspend or
revoke a teacher's


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year term as Chairman on
March 1.
"It is both an honor and a


scholarships to a
number of African
American young
people and provides
fellowship opportu-
nities to future lead-
Sers," Meek said in
an interview with
The Miami Times.
"The internship
EK opportunities pro-
vided by the CBCF
afford Black youth
the opportunity to work in
the State Department, NASA
and the White House, among
others," Meek said.
"So many of the CBCF's
programs are critical to our


"The organization provides scholarships to a
number of African American young people and
provides fellowship opportunities to future lead-
ers," Meek said in an interview with The Miami
Times.


privilege to serve as
Chairman of the CBCF,"
Meek said. "I look forward to
working closely with the
CBCF Board and Executive
Committee, other friends and
stakeholders to build upon
and expand the incredible
work being done through this
organization."
"The organization provides


communities," Meek said.
"Every dollar we can raise is
another dollar we can commit
towards a college education
for a young student, combat-
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impacting our communities
or helping our constituents
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School district's certification

office needs to do its job

M ore often than not, if something appears too good

to be true, it usually is. That seems to be the case
with the recertification scandal embroiling hun-
dreds of Miami-Dade county public school teachers. These
college educated professionals who met the initial certifica-
tion requirements in order to become teachers should have
known better. Their cries of foul ring hollow.

Even two of our State politicians who are former school
teachers say they were duped by William McCoggle, the for-
mer Palmetto Senior High school teacher turned scam
artist. Sen. Larcenia Bullard and her husband, Rep. Ed
Bullard have sponsored legislation to add the word' know-
ingly' to the current law to protect teachers who unknow-
ingly participate in scandals.

Sounds like a waste of taxpayers money.

Here's a thought. How about the school district's certifica-
tion office doing its job?

How about the school district making it simple for every-
one by compiling a list of approved, accredited programs
about which someone in the district can actually attest? If
a program is not on the list, teachers are not allowed to use
it. How about any program offering to provide recertification
courses being required to submit the curriculum in advance
of being approved? How about random audits of the pro-
grams?

How about the teachers who know good and damn well
that they cheated voluntarily relinquishing their positions?
They could save us taxpayers the expense associated with
the district's investigation and themselves the embarass-
ment of being fired.




Secret deals hide

accountability
The inevitable coming shakeup at the City Hall is a
prime example why Miami residents must insist
upon open government with nothing kept under
wraps through secrecy.

Keeping the city's politics secretive can involve muzzling
critics, covering up corruption and incompetence or simply
mindless bureaucracy. Phone numbers, policy papers, con-
tracting details, historical documents, whistleblower allega-
tions they're all disappearing from public view. By one
estimate, government papers are being classified at the rate
of 125 a minute.

To those in power, keeping facts hidden makes life easier;
the probability of oversight drops. But those who believe the
sunshine of disclosure makes democracy stronger are
denied the tools of accountability.


Gordon Parks was an

American Legend

T he life of artist and author Gordon Parks is truly a
legend. He is no doubt a source of inspiration for
young Americans to follow.

Parks, who died last Tuesday at 93, showed an almost
unimaginable drive to succeed, overcoming the dire poverty of
his childhood with breathtaking defiance.

Growing up in rural Kansas and the streets of St. Paul,
Minn., he had every reason to join the ranks of the disenfran-
chised or turn to crime. He was so adrift that he sometimes
slept on city buses and considered himself fortunate to get a
job as a teenager playing piano in a brothel.

But over the course of an extraordinary lifetime, Parks
would become many things: musician, composer, singer,
photographer, moviemaker, choreographer, magazine editor,
entrepreneur, civil rights pioneer and author. His pictures in
particular would shape modern history forcing millions of
Americans to confront racial injustice.

Parks was the first Black photographer on the staff of Life
magazine, once the premier institution of photojournalism.
And, in 1969, he became Hollywood's first Black feature film
director.

Perhaps Parks was a one-in-a-million talent, a man who
never finished high school but who could teach himself to be
anything.

Parks was something more: an example, one whose life
makes the obstacles that many of us complain about seem
trivial.


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Jeb Bush: Do as I say, not as I do


Dear Editor,

Monday was the first day of the
Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test, the dreaded
FCAT. To be in the schoolhouse
was to realize just how much Jeb
Bush has transformed our pub-
lic schools. They're really just
testing sweatshops now. The
children trapped insidelabor to
no useful end like guinea pigs on
a treadmill. How did it come to
this?
Maybe the life of Gov. Bush
provides some insight. Of
course, Jeb Bush was born into
one of the most powerful and
privileged families in America. As
a child, he wanted for nothing
and enjoyed summers in
Kennebunkport. Educationally
speaking, he received prestigious
private schooling, the Greenwich
pedigree.
Bush spent much of his senior
year in high school in Mexico on
a work-study program. In
Mexico he met his future wife
Columba and began mastering
the Spanish language, a skill
that has helped make him a very
effective businessman and politi-
cian.
Eventually Jeb, Columba and
their three children settled in
Miami. They sent the children to
the exclusive Gulliver Prep
Academy. Gulliver Prep and
Ransom-Everglades are the two
most exclusive private schools in
Miami-Dade County. The stu-
dent-to-teacher ratio is ideal and


the kids sit in small classes and
look forward to learning experi-
ences like field trips to
Switzerland.
The parents and their children
can choose from classes like
"Magic Realism" where they read
the works of Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, Salmon Rushdie and
Toni Morrison or "The Chains
That Bind Us" based on works of


Tolstoy, Kafka and Camus. The
chains that bind their public
school counterparts, like FCAT
testing, never intrude on their
world.
Jeb Bush ran for governor for
the first time in 1994. He came
very close but Lawton Chiles
beat him by less than two per-
centage points. The fact that
Bush got only four percent of the
Black vote was probably the dif-
ference. Jeb realized that when
asked during the campaign what
a Bush Administration would do
for Black Floridians it was
unwise to have answered,
"Probably nothing."
So in his second run for
Florida's top job, Jeb set out to
repair his relationship with the
Black community. He got togeth-
er with T. Willard Fair and estab-


lished the first charter school in
Florida in 1996. They set their
school up in Liberty City and
called it Liberty Charter School.

In a paper co-authored by
Bush and Fair called A New
Lease On Learning: Florida's
First Charter School they prom-
ised the school "will be different
from other public schools in


many ways. For one, the total
student body and class sizes will
be small to maintain a human,
loving environment. In addition,
it will focus much more on char-
acter and discipline then (sic)
most public schools. Our chil-
dren will know the difference
between right and wrong. The
curriculum will reflect this with
games, exercises and discus-
sions about virtues such as hon-
esty and integrity."
Sincere or not, the Liberty
Charter School proved to be an
effective campaign device. In the
1998 election Jeb Bush got 17
percent of the Black vote and
swamped Buddy McKay to
become the governor of Florida.
Shortly after taking office, Bush
severed his ties with Liberty and
appointed T. Willard Fair to the


Florida Department of-
Education.
Since he became the Governor
of all of Florida's parents and.
their children, his attitude.
toward public education has
been puzzling. It's as if he does
not feel like the education he
received was any good. It's like
he feels his children were short-
changed because they were not
tested incessantly. It's as if he
really did not believe that it was
important to keep classes small
at Liberty Charter "to maintain a
human, loving environment."
Seems like Jeb Bush has waged
a relentless war on public school
children.
My son is one of the Florida
10th graders taking the FCAT
this week at Barbara Goleman
High School. It's near to Miami
Carol City High, where I have
taught now for 23 years. I'm sure
Patrick did his best. But I
paused to wonder what he and
the children I teach have done to
suffer the wrath of this powerful
man. I can't think of any real dif-
ference except the Bush family is
very rich and these kids' families
are not.
There's a lot of us who work for
a living though, so I'm going to
talk to other parents and teach-
ers about electing a new gover-
nor in November who will break
completely with the policies of
Jeb Bush.

Paul Moore
Miami


Black leadership really does start with self


Dear Editor,

With a hot cup of tea in hand,
I sat down this past Thursday to
my copy of The Miami Times
and began to flip through the
pages. Immediately, a letter
written by my friend G. A. Keita
Kwame struck me. On the next
page, there was the Sayin'
Somethin' column entitled
"Black Leadership Starts with
Self' by Jarrell Douse.
The subject of both writings
was Black Leaders and they
prompted me to revisit Proverbs
12:24, "Work hard and become a
leader; be lazy and become a
slave."
Kwame's letter delved into
issues of politics, who deserves
to be a leader and where that
leadership should take the
Black community, pointing out
the poor state of "The Black
Condition" in and around
Miami. It expressed a point of
view that I have long taken issue
with.
Mr. Kwame and I have known


each other for a number of years
and I have long respected and
admired him. That has not
changed. I write this in no
attempt to diminish the value of
his opinion. My opinion is more
in keeping with that of Jarrell
Douse when he said, "Black
Leadership starts with self."


A few years ago, I was working
as a uniformed police officer in
my old Overtown neighborhood
and I noticed that one of the
more drug-infested corners had
also become an eyesore with
trash and garbage constantly
strewn about. On one of my
days off, I borrowed a truck,
purchased gloves, nailed-sticks
and garbage bags and headed to
that corner. Using the tools in


my bag of tricks, I gave the local
drug dealers a new set of
responsibilities that included
cleaning up the corner and
keeping it that way.
This in no way stopped or
slowed the game of cat and
mouse that we played daily in
my attempts to rid the City of


Miami of illegal narcotics. I also
kept up my personal crusade to
convince these misguided
youngsters to turn their lives
around. Some did and it was not
long before they understood the
true value of keeping the corner
clean on many levels that I do
not have time to go into now.
The power of my badge
undoubtedly worked in my favor
as it relates to the power to con-


vince this group, and I know
that it can't work for everyone,
but what it speaks to is under-
standing one's own abilities and
using them to make a difference.
This is just one of many such
examples, but it illustrates the
fact that Black leadership is not
about sitting comfortably on a
sofa, remote in hand and com-
plaining about the lack of Black
leaders. Each of us has abilities
and a responsibility to self,
family and community. More
importantly, we can all work to
improve the conditions of each.
So all those in search of a
leader need only peer in a mir-
ror.
We are all capable of leading,
and in some way, we all do.
What we really need to search
for is positive direction so that
we know where to go when our
time to lead comes. As Jarrell
so eloquently put it, "Black
leadership starts with self."

Delrisi L. Moss
Miami


Ray of hope shines through Katrina tragedy


Dear Editor,

As a New Orleans evacuee, I
wanted to share with readers a
good story coming out of
Hurricane Katrina.
I graduated from Southern
University at New Orleans last
May with a degree in business.
When I graduated, I didn't know
whether I wanted to go back to
school or start a business to


make some money. In fact, I
took the entire summer to think
about my future until
Katrina came along and wiped
out my apartment home.
I lost just about everything I
owned, and was forced to return
to my hometown of Houma, La.,
which is about a 45-minute
drive southwest of New Orleans.
After being back home for a
couple of months, my father


told me I needed to start making
money for myself. He also gave
me a great business idea:
sweeping parking lots. I was
aware of only one lot-sweeping
company in Houma, so the idea
seemed worthwhile.
A few weeks later, my father
helped me buy a sweeper truck
and I started my own company,
JB Sweeping Service. Since
then, I've received my first con-


tract with the local Wal-Mart.
Word soon began spreading
around Houma about my com-
pany and other businesses
began calling me to clean their
lots. Hopefully, my story will
bring some comfort to those
still struggling in a post-Katrina
world.

Jerome Boykin Jr.,
Houma, La.


Joe Arriola, your apology is not accepted


Dear Editor,

I find Arriola's apology totally
unaceptable and insincere.
Just about everyone in the city
of Miami, except his bosses,
Mayor Manny Diaz and
Commissioners Winton,
Spence-Jones, Gonzalez and
Sanchez know that Arriola
knew exactly what he was
doing.
He knew exactly what he was


doing when he hid information
that he was requred by law to
submit. He knew what he was
doing when he cheated 80,000
residents out of the fire-tax fee
class action suit. He knew what
he was doing when he told the
residents that it was our prob-
lem when he and
Commissioner Winton slid the
unethical raise in for Mayor
Diaz.
No wonder these guys are


There is no leaders
Dear Editor,

In Miami, we have no true leaders for
the Black community. The Miami Times


cutting business deals together.
Joe Arriola would do himself,
his family, his bosses and the
residents of the City of Miami a
favor by resigning immediately.
His bosses want to tell him but
they are afraid, so I am going to
help them out.
Arriola is a liability and they
cannot continue to protect him.
As a matter of fact, he is even
making it increasingly difficult
for State Attorney Kathy


is the only leadership to me.
Overtown, Little Haiti and Liberty City
are swampy ghettos that the city of
Miami wants to get rid of. With our fail-


Fernandez Rundle.
It looks like Arriola's arro-
gance has finally caught up
with him. He should take his
one dollar salary and his own
millions and give them to some-
one else because we do not
want it in the City of Miami.
May God help Arriola to hum-
ble himself.

Richard P. Dunn, II
Liberty City


ing public schools. There is no leader-
ship.


Terrance Sturrup


Sincere or not, the Liberty Charter School proved to be an effective
campaign device. In the 1998 election Jeb Bush got 17 percent of the
Black vote and swamped Buddy McKay to become the governor of
Florida.


Black leadership is not about sitting comfortably on a sofa, remote in
hand and complaining about the lack of Black leaders. Each of us has
abilities and a responsibility to self, family and community.


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OPINION


Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny


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Black is Black is Black


Last week in The Times, I. was disturbed to read that the
Slate Johnnie Cochran's law firm was under major recon-
struction a reconstructioning that has resulted in long
time lawyers, clerks and secretaries being terminated,
while White people take up the reigns left by Cochran's 43
year-old legacy within the Black community of Los Angeles,
California.

GREED IS A BITCH
Also in last week's Times, Reginald Clyne wrote in his
SPoint of Order column, "I have tried to ignore it. In fact, I
Shave tried not to see it, but reality is reality." The reality he
speaks of is the increasing polarization between African
SAmericans and Haitian Americans in Miami-Dade county's
Dramatic politics.
STo help all of Black Miami to understand that it has not
i always been this 'we' vs 'them' mentality between African
and Haitian Americans, it is important to site the relation-
ship first established between the two communities in
SMiami-Dade County.
In 2001, a Florida International University study was
Conducted by Alex and Carol Dutton Stepick, at the
Immigration and Ethnicity Institute, along with Philip
Krestedmas at Ryerson University, a history of the relation-
i ship between these two Black groups of people started off
:i according to these researchers as, "amiable."

HAITIAN OUTREACH THROUGH THE CHURCHES
In the 70s, the research documented the accounts of
African American churches as being the first to help the
Haitian refugees adjust to their new lives in South Florida
along with the aide of other humanitarian organizations
such as the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, and
v. the Urban League which according to the FIU study
'joined in the fight for Haitian immigrants' rights at'the
helm of the many voyages taken across the unpredictble
I waters of the Atlantic ocean in hopes of calling this con-
Screte and exotic metropolis which is South Florida -
3 home.
1, The atrocity taking place at the Cochran firm is what
happens when we cannot get our stuff together. When we
Share so hell bent on getting our own that we fail to recognize
that Black issues are Black issues regardless of whether
we live in Liberty City or Little Haiti.

o COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA
.1 Between the lines, the overarching theme of Black pro-
r gression, the Covenant with Black America continues to go
Unacknowledged because of the "we" against "them" fool-
ishness.
It's a shame that we lose sight of our long term goals and
r objectives of being contenders in the game that is America
, because of trivial and tribal pursuits. Reality check: We are
all Black.
;The bottomline or the picture drawn in between the par-
; allels is about constructing solidarity of Black representa-
tion first, in our world, then, before the rest of the world's
view.
Sadly, this will never get done as long as Black people,
regardless of ethnicity can't band together for the greater
good for all of us wherever we live in the United States, with
unbending negotiations with rulers of hegemonic society -
we ate more foolish than what the rest of the world sees us
as.

DON'T BELIEVE ME?
The stereotypes often associated with Blacks are viewed
with a further vision than that of a White person's eyes -
beyond the perception of the dominant minority among
South Florida's "movers" and "shakers" in law, economics
and politics. But, also by other groups of people who seek'
to hush decades of Black folks whining to get their cares
and concerns heard and addressed. Getting upset?
Splendid!
While perusing the internet, I came across a website of
peculiar interest, AAMovement .com (Asian American
Movement Ezine: Progressive Radical Revolutionary Asian
American Perspectives). The prevailing message was that
"Black people and Black politics are viewed on the "Left" as
Sthe face of "racial ignorance."
By the author's judgment, "That is, Black people are
depicted as the ones who need to be willing to reach out,
Swho need to learn more about other people, who need to be
the "bigger person" and stop "hogging" the spotlight," based
on the majority opinion of these Asian immigrants.

GOOD ADVICE
Sounds like good advice for all the Blacks in Miami. So,
SBlack people, Black America, Black world and the politi-
7 cans and aspiring politicians in Miami-Dade what are we
gonna do?
I have a suggestion. Let's work on policy superiority and
together promote issues that improve the quality of all our
Black lives.
So Black people, those of you who got off the slave ship
in Haiti and those who got off here, What's up? "Sak Pase'?"


Every time you drive on NW
7th Avenue, the main north-
south artery in the Miami-
Dade's Black community, you
are experiencing an opportu-
nity to remember the first
Black woman elected to serve
in Florida's state government.
Gwendolyn Sawyer Cherry
was a teacher, author, attor-
ney. State Representative and
statewide leader, who was
tragically killed in an automo-
bile accident on February 7,
1979, while in Tallahassee for
legislative meetings. Her lega-
cy of accomplishments and
dedication to our community
are only part of the reasons
she deserves such recogni-
tion.
The 1992 legislature desig-
nated Northwest 7th Avenue,
from NW 36th Street north to
Northwest 135th Street as
Gwen Cherry Boulevard. As
the sponsor of that amend-
ment to a transportation bill, I
originally designated NW 36th
Street to the Golden Glades to
honor my mentor and shero.
At the request of two legisla-
tive colleagues, Senator Carrie


Meek and Representative
Elaine Bloom, I
added to the
amendment by the
naming Northwest
58th Street to NW
62nd Street after
the community
activist Essie De
Silva and Northwest
7th Avenue from
Northwest 135th
Street to the Golden
Glades entrance
after Representative
Elaine. Both are
now deceased.
My amendment BE
and the bill were
passed without opposition.
The Florida Department of
Transportation was directed to
place signage that clearly
noted the designations. Except
for the erroneous designation
for Representative Gordon,
this signage has not been
made. A copy of this article,
my amendment and the bill
will be sent to FDOT to request
correction of this lack of recog-
nition.
Who were these women who


Reginald Clyne, Esq.


Weird immigration policies


I am trying to understand
our immigration laws. Our
borders extend 12 miles into
the ocean surrounding our
shores. This means that if you
enter within 12 miles of our
shores that you are officially
on U.S. territory. If you are a
Cuban immigrant and reach
land, then you are permitted
to immigrate into this country.
However, if you reach a bridge
that use to connect to islands
in the Keys, then this does not
count as land and you are
deported to Cuba. If it
appears that your vessel will
be able to bring you to land,
and you run into the Coast
Guard, then you will be water
hosed, rammed and otherwise
blocked from reaching land.
While this law is somewhat
idiotic, it is the best law going
for immigrants. Mexican,
Haitian, Jamaican, Nicaragua,
and all other immigrant
groups are deemed illegal if
they do not arrive in this
country with all the proper
immigration documents
regardless if their feet are dry.
Cubans are given this special
preference, because they are
fleeing communism. Chinese
and Russians, who also live in
a communist countries do not-
receive any special status.
Nicaraguans and Hondurans
who suffered from the eco-
nomic devastation of hurri-
canes and landslides were
afforded temporary status.
This permitted them to live
and work in this country due
to the economic devastation
occurring in their country.
Haitians, who have been
undergoing a severe economic,
political and social upheaval
for decades are not afforded
this status, nor are Sudanese,
Ethiopians, Rwandans and
other groups who are also suf-
fering from severe economic
crisis in their home countries.
Unbeknownst to most people
is that certain groups are
given preference when seeking
to immigrate to this country.
For instance, Western
Europeans (Irish, English,
French) are preferred immi-
grants because they are from


"friendly countries" have a
much easier time immigrating
to this country than say any
group from Africa. A Black
Jamaica nurse with British
citizenship can easily migrate
to the U.S., while a Black
Jamaica nurse with a
Jamaican passport might have
to wait years.
The situation for "illegal
immigrants" is getting worst.
Congress is tightening up its
laws, and seeking to deport
more people. Many states are
passing laws that prohibit "ille-
gal immigrants" from seeking
social services, health care,
and even public education. In
Post 911 America, the justifi-
cations for mistreating immi-
grants is now a national secu-
rity matter. It does not matter
if these immigrants are from
countries / cultures / religions
that have nothing to do with
the attack by Moslem Arab ter-
rorist. As for Moslem Arabs, it
is not a good time for you
unless you are personal friend
of the Bush family. In that
case, you can buy a company
and take over the management
of every major port in this
country.
The sad truth is that this
country has habitually mis-
treated new immigrants,
because of our anti-foreign
phobias. Chinese, Jewish,
West Indian, African, Irish,
and Polish immigrants were all
treated as unwanted flotsam,
except by the groups that
wanted to exploit them for
cheap labor. What is most
troubling is that we continue
to find lame justifications for
continuing our discriminatory
practices. It is ironic that a
country made up of immi-
grants is constantly finding
ways to bar and mistreat the
next wave of new immigrants.
Ultimately, someone should
remember that we stole this
land from the Native
Americans. I am waiting for
the Native Americans to
reclaim this country based on
religious and cultural rights
similar to the claims made by
the Israelis to the Palestinians.
What would happen then?


Community issues from a Pol-Leg view
By Jimmie C. Burke


7th Avenue is

Gwen Cherry Boulevard


deserved such recognition?
Each is a part of Black history,
although Gwen Cherry is the
most accomplished and noted.
Gwen Sawyer Cherry was born
(1923) and reared in Miami by
accomplished parents; her
father was Miami's first Black
Doctor, William A. Sawyer.
Despite segregation and overt
racism, Gwen became a
teacher, author, law professor
and in 1970 was elected to the
Florida Legislature as the first
Black woman
elected to the
largest constitu-
tional body in the
state. She was
only the second
Black elected to
the legislature
s i n c e
Reconstruction
(1865-1876).
Educator Joe
Lang Kershaw had
been elected to the
House in 1968.
Gwen was known
URKE for mentoring sev-
eral men and
women, including allowing
them to work and travel
directly with her as she
engaged in her legislative and
leadership activities. One of
those impressionable young
people was a 28-year-old
attorney from Waycross,
Georgia. The only elected
Black 'leader' who supported
my initial 1978 legislative
campaign was Gwen Cherry,
who had allowed me to travel
with her, including my first


Miami Sunset High business and technology teacher
Donna Reddick is in the hot seat for condemning homosex-
uality as part of a school broadcast project. The statements
were considered provocative to some at the school that is
described as being "comfortable with its many openly gay
students." The school board's district policy on religious
expression says "students may also speak to, and attempt
to persuade, their peers about religious topics just as..they
do with regard to political topics." School officials, however,
should intercede to stop student speech that constitutes
harassment aimed at a student or a group of students. Stay
tuned


Those 30 Miami-Dade teachers who face being fired by the
school board in that teacher license scandal have found at
least two supporters. State Sen. Larcenia Bullard and her
husband, Rep. Ed Bullard, filed legislation that requires the
state to prove teachers know they're participating in fraud-
ulent activity.
The two lawmakers say hundreds of teachers like them
were unwittingly scammed by former Palmetto Senior High
teacher William McCoggle, who provided ersatz continu-
ing-education credits for teachers.


Don't expect Miami-Dade people to buy that plan the State
House and Senate leaders are pushing to ask voters
statewide to stop the potential expansion of slot machines
in Miami-Dade county next year. Senate President Tom Lee
asked a colleague to file a bill to put a constitutional amend-
ment on the November ballot repealing the provision that
allows Miami-Dade to hold a second referendum on putting
slot machines in the county's horse track, dog track and jai
alai fronton. We don't think we want the Legislature to take
away our power to vote. Stay tuned.

******
Dependency court judge Geri Cohen has a reputation for
humiliating Black parents and demeaning the caseworkers
who appear in her courtroom. There are also concerns that
she and some of the other dependency judges circumvent
the law when they remove Black children from their homes.
When the question of placing children with relatives is
raised, Judge Cohen is said to refuse to allow Black chil-
dren to live with relatives who are over the age of 57.
Someone should tell the good judge that most Black folk age
well and that Black children belong with family, not
strangers. Stay tuned.



The true measure of

a great newspaper

lies in its courage, its

professional responsibilities

and its dedication to

the community it serves


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'.I$easures


trip to Key West in 1976, to
inform the major community
group about legislative
issues. Representative
Cherry also allowed us to
review and discuss legisla-
tive proposals and issues
with her, as well as to
become familiar enough with
the legislative process that I
was hired as a Legislative
Aide in 1978 by the late
Senator John Hill of Miami
Lakes, when he was elected
to replace Senator Bob
Graham, who had been elect-
ed Governor that same year.
I have always felt that
Gwen initially brought the
idea of hiring me to John's
consideration, since there
were no Black Senators and
no other Black Senate Aide
in 1978. Gwen never
claimed credit, but that was
the type of person she was.
Too many, but not all, pres-
ent office holders appear
afraid to help elevate compe-
tent and non-related young
people in the political
process. Representative
Gwen Sawyer Cherry not
only helped those who came
to her but also sought out
people to mentor.
Gwendolyn Cherry was not
only the first Black female to
pass the Florida Bar, but she
was also the state's first
Black law professor, at
Florida A&M. School of Law.
Gwen's recognition and des-
ignation were well earned
and should be quickly recti-
fied.


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Lawmakers, teachers allegedly duped in scam


SCANDAL
continued from 1A

"According to McCoggle's state-
ment to the authorities he said
no work was done, no papers
submitted."
The school district is current-
ly using the knowledge stan-
dard. said Garcia. The district
is clearing a number of teach-
ers whose names were submit-
ted without their knowledge,
their signatures apparently
forged by McCoggle.
Sen. Bullard did not enroll in
McCoggle's program but sub-
mitted a five-page life experi-
ence paper through her hus-
band, whom she said encour-
aged her to maintain her
license by participating in
McCoggle's program.
She said she did not find it
suspicious that classroom
experience was not a part of
writing the paper. "It has been
done for years. At Nova
University years ago, they were
taking a life experience paper
for a master's. There are other
colleges that do it. It is very
common. That's why I didn't


think anything of it," Sen.
Bullard said.
Florida law requires public
school teachers take the equiv-
alent of six education credits
every five years to maintain
their licenses. To earn the six
education credits necessary to
keep her teaching license, Sen.
Bullard said she was told all
she had to do was write a five-
page life experience paper. "He
[her husband] encouraged me
to write the paper," she said.
"He took it to a reputable
school, Palmetto Senior High
School. It didn't look illegal to
him."
Florida law allows public
school teachers five years to
take the equivalent of six edu-
cation credits, however, Bullard
said, "I don't see why teachers
should have to bare the burden
to sit down on a Saturday in a
classroom if there's an easier
way."
She also acknowledged that
teachers have numerous oppor-
tunities to fulfill the certifica-
tion requirements. "I was tak-
ing teacher education work-
shops to keep current. There


are inservice workshops all year
long on teacher work clays and
during the summer."
A teacher has five years to
earn the six credit hours neces-
sary to renew their license and
can do so three ways. A teacher
can pursue six credit hours via
an accredited college or univer-
sity. Or a teacher can seek
renewal through the school dis-
trict for free by accruing a total
of 120 points. Teachers accu-
mulate points by participating
in teacher inservice days,
attending professional develop-
ment classes and other work-
shops. They can also do a com-
bination of both by earning
three college credit hours and
accruing 60 points through the
school system.
The six credit requirement
should not be viewed as a for-
mality, Garcia said. "It is essen-
tial so teachers can improve
their practices."
Dot Campbell, a former sixth
grade reading teacher with thir-
teen years' experience said of
the teachers caught in the
scandal, "they knew what they
were doing." Campbell said the


practice of using bogus pro-
grams for recertification "has
been going on for years." She
also believes that district
administrators may have bene-
fitted from the program and
gotten away with it. "S*** trick-
les from the top," she said.
Mark Wilder, a social studies
teacher at Horace Mann
Middle School, participates in
the school district's program
because it is free. "I didn't see
the need to pay when there
was something free that met
my needs."
Wilder said he had heard of
the McCoggle program before it
was found to be a scam and
understands some teachers
could have been mislead. I
think that they could have
signed up not knowing it was
phony. By no means, they
should not be fired."
Bullard disputes claims that
she and her husband filed the
legislation to cover their
tracks.
"As a retired teacher, I am
not affected by this legislation,
" Sen. Bullard said. "But, I felt
appalled for those affected."


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On March 9, around 9 a.m., federal agents raided a Miami Beach
apartment and declared they had uncovered a lab for making ecsta-
sy. DEA agents arrested a 32-year-old man, charging him with man-
ufacturing the illegal party drug. Miami remains a primary hub for
trafficking the illicit drug, whose side effects include confusion,
depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, drug craving and paranoia. The
bust was the first time authorities had uncovered an alleged drug
lab for producing ecstasy in South Florida.



On March 8, a man had been arrested on charges of murder in the
death of a 17-year-old high school student. The student was killed
when her car was hit by fleeing burglars, authorities said. The vic-
tim was killed last week when the car she was driving was struck
by a Lincoln Navigator driven by three men fleeing an attempted
break in. The men were spotted breaking into a home and were
chased by a neighbor. The men sped away blowing through a stop
sign hitting the victim's car as she was nearing school. One suspect-
ed burglar was detained but two others escaped on foot and remain
at large.



On March 1, around 3:45 p.m. a thief stole AA batteries valued at
$102 from the Family Dollar, located at 9045 Biscayne Blvd. Police
were told the thief paid for two small items, then walked over to the
batteries and stuffed them into his bag. The thief ran out of the
store and into a waiting car. Witnesses gave police the make, model
and the license plate number to the car.



On February 29, around 12:30 a.m. police were called to break up
a fist-fight between neighbors at a house, located at 137th Street
NW 3rd Avenue. According to the police report, one man claimed the
other threw rocks at his head to start the fight. The other neighbor
told police the guy came up to where he was sitting outside and
began cursing at him. Charges were not yet filed.


On February 29, between the hours of 1:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., a
thief tried to steal a 2004 GMC Yukon from a home located at 99th
Street and NE 10th Avenue. The thief broke the driver's side door
lock and removed the cover and parts from the steering column but
was unable to steal the car. The thief left with a bucket and hand- ;
held tools that were stored in the cargo area of the car. The stolen
items were valued at $250.
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1. Who do you think is the most effective Black leader
in Miami-Dade county today?

2. Is the leadership of the Black community representing
your needs?

3 Is the current generation of leadership helping to groom
younger generations for leadership?

4. Should entertainers and athletes be expected to assume
a leadership role?

5. Are elected officials more effective than the independent
leadership?

6. Who do you think is the most effective Black community
activist?


Black Miami is talking


LEADERS
continued from 1A

effective, elected officials or
community activists. Some
readers feel that "elected offi-
cials say what we want to
hear to get in office and after
that you don't hear from
them any more." While oth-
ers believe that the power of
the office helps politicians to
get the job done. Many read-


ers feel that independence
has its virtues, as community
activists with no ties to spe-
cial interest groups can more
authentically represent the
people.
Let's keep the dialogue
going. Because of the over-
whelming response, we are
extending the publication
date for the results of our
Black Leadership survey to
early April.


No bail for jailed Miramar teen


A Miramar teenager
facing life in prison .for
allegedly shooting a
classmate must stay in
jail until her trial begins
in June.
Camille Burke, 17, will
remain in the Joseph V. -B
BU
Conte Facility, an adult
jail, in Pompano Beach,
according to Broward Circuit
Judge John J. Murphy's ruling.
She is charged with first-degree
attempted murder.
On Monday, prosecutor
Maria Schneider introduced
into evidence a note Burke
allegedly wrote about 18-year-


'RI


old Kaliesha Cheatham
f sometime before Burke
boarded a school bus on
Nov. 15 and, police say,
shot Cheatham in the
shoulder. The girl sur-
vived but still has trouble
KE moving her arm.
In the note, Burke
called Cheatham a dis-
paraging name, writing that
she "had 2 do what she had 2
do."
The day before the shooting.
the girls got into a fist fight on
their school bus. Cheatham's
parents wanted Burke to
remain in jail, Schneider said.


Gordon Parks a Black American hero dies at 93


PARKS
continued from 1A
film for a major studio in 1969.
The Learning Tree, a drama,
was based on his 1963 autobi-
ographical novel about growing
up in Kansas in the 1920s. He
also wrote the script and the
score.
In a considerable departure,
Parks' next movie was Shaft.


The 1971 hit starring Richard
Roundtree as hip detective
John Shaft is considered a
classic of the blaxploitation
genre. And it of course fea-
tured the catchy theme song
by Isaac Hayes, which won an
Academy Award. He made
several more films, including
Shaft sequel Shaft's Big Score.
In 1998, the Parks photo-
graphic retrospective Half


Past Autumn was mounted
and toured the country for
years. In 2000, it attracted
"flocks" of visitors to the
California African American
Museum in Los Angeles, says
executive director Charmaine
Jefferson. A former New York
City cultural affairs commis-
sioner and head of the Dance
Theatre of Harlem, she says
she spent a memorable


evening with Parks listening:'
to music he composed for a')
ballet.
She says he will go down as("
"one of the great phbtogra-'-
phers of our time" but also"','
will be remembered for his;
music, his writing, his films,
even his costumes. "He was sd"
multitalented," she says. "He1
.could do it all. And we were so I
proud of him." "I


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CURRY'S COMMENTARY

COMING IN APRIL


The Miami Times is pleased to announce the
addition of Curry's Commentary, a new column
to be written by Bishop Victor T. Curry, senior
pastor of the New Birth Baptist Cathedral of
Faith International Church.
As a respected member of the clergy and
advocate for the rights of Blacks in South


Florida, Curry has been able to galvanize the
community around key quality of life issues
affecting Black Miami.
Nationally recognized, Curry's church was the
site of Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union
- Strengthening the Black Family symposium
in 2004.


In addition to his leadership role at New
Birth, Curry is the general manager of the
Black-owned Christian radio station, WMBM
1490 AM. Curry's Commentary will debut in
April.
The Miami Times and WMBM have been media
partners for the past two years.


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Carver YMCA 'Culture Through Play' summer day camp program

The Carver YMCA's Summer and just the plain basis of doing
Program has been in progress for things graciously are put into
the past two weeks. Mr. Raymon practice. Personal pride in clean-
Thornton, who is the Director of liness and just plain sell-impor- %
the Carver YMCA and his staff tant is also stressed.
have worked diligently in organ- Mr. William Pierce and Mr.
izing this summer's program. Tyrone Walton are the
They have endeavored in asking Instructors of instrumental
this program the finest in the music. They are teaching the
community and Dade County. children the basic and advanced .
There are approximately 275 techniques of wind and percus-
children attending Carver's Day sion classes for those who appre-
Camp Program and they are con- ciate drums and fluteophones
stantly receiving more. and for those who like wind
Mr. Thornton and his staff instruments. They venture into


have designed a well-rounded
culture and activity program for
children from the ages of five to
sixteen. The program consists of
Children's Theater, Children's
Choir, Charm, Ballet, Creative,
Modern and Primitive Dances,
Instrumental Music, Judo,
Fencing and Karate, Arts and
Crafts, Ceramics, Photography,
Swimming, Movies, Educational
Field Trips, Recreational Field
Trips, Community Specialists,
Team and Group Games,
Individual and duel games and
Quiet games.
Mr. Henry Jefferson, who is
the Drama' Instructor, is involv-
irig the children in play produc-
tion and speech choir. He is
attempting to develop together-
ness among the students, pride,
loyalty and truth along with free
expression and movements.
Mr. Willie Williams, assisted by
Miss Joyce Champion, is the
Children's Choir Instructor. They
have been exposing the children
to various types of group singing
and music. They have also
exposed them to the classical
composers.
Their main emphasis is put on
our racial contribution to music,
such as; Negro spirituals, Negro
composers and the Negro in jazz
and popular music.
Mrs. Louise Riley, who is the
instructor in charm is involving
the children in things that young
ladies need in the growing-up
process of becoming young
ladies. Poise and posture, social
grace, etiquette, good grooming


the various fields of music with
emphasis on the Negroes contri-
bution to the field of music. Jazz,
soul, calypso, Afro-Cuban, folk
cultural and even some concert
work on percussions.
Mr. Billy Hall, assisted by Mr.
Wilbur Coleman and Miss Fay
Siler, is the instructor of judo,
fencing and karate. They are
teaching the children the finer
arts that normally are reserved
for upper middle class, especial-
ly fencing. Emphasis is placed
on individual and duel participa-
tion emphasizing hand to hand
combat.
Mr. Walter Mitchell, assisted
by Mr. Vincent Smith, is the Arts
and Crafts instructor. They are
engaged in a flexible type pro-
gram that will provide for and
meet the needs of the children in
their classes. The main objective
is to have the children develop
the ability to set a goal within
reach and continually strive
toward it.
In order to promote, arouse
and encourage a sense of cre-
ativity within the child, the fol-
lowing types of activities are
being provided: Drawing and
painting, ceramics, screening,
mosaics, wood cuts and leather
crafts.
Mr. Tex Ferguson is the
insturctor of photography. In
photography, the children are
exposed to and work with the
process of producing a print
from the composition to the
dying of prints.
Through exposure and practi-


cal experience, Mr. Ferguson
hopes the children will develop
an appreciation for photography
and become aware of the oppor-
tunities available in the world of
work and leisure time activities.
Mr. Ferguson hopes that each
child will be able to develop a
wide range of interest.'
Mr. Vernon Jackson, who is in
charge of swimming at Manor
Park Pool, is not a part of the
Carver Staff, but he has volun-
teered his services for the past
three years with the Carver
YMCA swimming program. He
believes that the "Learn to Swim"
program conducted by the
Carver YMCA in conjunction


with the City of Miami, is one of
the most important parts of the
"Culture Through Play" summer
day camp program carried on by
the Carver YMCA. Mr. Jackson
states, "The most rewarding
experience for him is to teach a
child to swim who has never had
swimming before."
Miss Shelia Rush, Miss
Jacquetta Bland, Mr. Clarence
Myers, Miss Valerie Parrish and
Mr. Lonnie Filer are responsible
for the intra and extra activity
program. They provide super-
vised team and group games,
individual and duel games and
quiet games for all ages. Movies
are shown daily, which are


supervised by this group.
Miss Jessie Alexander, secre-
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invites the public to the Ordination Service of 24
brothers to the office of Deacon on Wednesday,
March 22, at 7 p.m. The Examining Council will meet at 5:30
p.m. and is chaired by Reverend Arthur Jackson, III, Pastor of
Antioch MB. Church, Carol City and President of the Southern
Division Mnisters' and Deacons' Union of the Florida East Coast
Baptist Asiociation. Reverend Alphonso Jackson, Sr., Pastor of
the Second Baptist Church of Richmond Heights, and President
of the Miristers and Deacons Union of the Seaboard Association
along with congregation will render the service.


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Black Archives schedule activities at Lyric Theater


On Friday, March 10 at 2
p.m. New Florida Secretary
of State Sue M. Cobb and
Judee Pettijohn, Deputy
Secretary of State for Cultural
and Historical Programs, will
be at the Lyric for a short
tour.
Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m.
to 12 ,p,m., -, Commissioner
Michelle Spence Jones, and
Commissioner Johnny Winton
will hold a Sunshine Meeting
at the Lyric.
Wednesday, March 22, 6 to
8 p.m. Community Dialogue
for In Motion: The African
American Migration


Experience hosted by The City
of Miami Community
Relations Board and Miami-
Dade Community Relations
Board. Dr. Fields will be a
member of the panel. The
Community Dialogue will use
the exhibit as a starting point
for ., engaging our various
Black communities,. .....
Saturday March 25, 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Discover Miami fea-
tures free, simultaneous
music and arts festivals in sev-
eral Miami neighborhoods. The
Lyric will host the African-
American Caribbean Festival;
others will be Little Havana,


Little Haiti, Downtown Flagler
Street, Downtown Cultural
Center and Temple Israel.
Shuttle buses run between
each site. The Lyric will fea-
ture food and craft vendors,
tours of the neighborhood (we
need volunteers!), the In
Motion exhibit, performances
on the Lyric Plaza and per-
qfrmances in the theater.
Performances will range from
gospel, jazz and classical to
dance and spoken word.
Monday, March 27, 6 p.m.
(tentative) Community
Redevelopment Agency month-
ly meeting at the Lyric.


Meek elected to CBCF leadership post


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Although a national post,
Meek sees his new position as
a positive for Black Miami.
"This is good for our local com-
munity," he said. Meek plans
to continue forging connections
between the CBCF and the
philanthropic community as
well as with Fortune 500 com-
panies.
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Congressional district, which
includes portions of northern
Miami-Dade and southern
Broward counties. Meek
serves on the House Armed
Services Committee as well as
the Committee on Homeland


Security, where he serves as
Ranking Member on the
Subcommittee on Management,
Integration and Oversight.
The CBCF was established in
1976 as a non-partisan, non-
profit, public policy research
and education institute.


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MIAMFI

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
U.S. HUD NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY
FOR HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Miami-Dade County, through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
and the Miami-Dade Housing Agency, is requesting applications from
homeless providers and other qualified entities interested in participating
in a consolidated application for funding from the United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development (U.S. HUD) through its
Super Notice of Funding Availability for homeless assistance programs:
the Supportive Housing Program and the Shelter Plus Care Program.
U.S. HUD homeless project renewals with funding expiring in 2007 must
be a part of this competitive process. All parties interested in participat-
ing in the consolidated application process may pick up a copy of the
local/federal application package beginning March 22nd, 2006 at:
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust
111 N.W. 1st Street, 27th Floor, Suite 310
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-1490
Contact Person: David Raymond
Pre-Application Workshops will be held on March 31st, 2006, beginning
at 1:00 p.m. at Community Partnership for Homeless, 1550 North Miami
Avenue, Miami, Florida. Attendance at the Pre-Application Workshops is
strongly recommended. In order to maintain a fair and impartial compet-
itive process, the County can only answer questions at the Pre-
Application Workshops and must avoid private communications with
prospective applicants during the application preparation and evaluation
process. The deadline for submission of applications is April 18th,
2006 at 4:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost incurred by the applicant in
responding to the Request for Applications, and we reserve the right to
modify or amend the application deadline schedule if it is deemed nec-
essary or in the interest of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County also
reserves the right to accept or reject any and all applications, to waive
technicalities or irregularities, and to accept applications that are in the
best interest of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade County provides equal
access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not
discriminate on the basis of handicap. THIS RFA IS SUBJECT TO THE
CONE OF SILENCE, COUNTY ORDINANCE 98-106


Town Hall Meeting


Miami-Dade County Commissioner



Dorrin D. Rolle of District 2


Invites you to attend a Town Hall Meeting
Hosted by the Department of Business Development


"Contracting Opportunities for Small

Businesses in Construction"


Thursday, March 16, 7 p.m. 9 p.m.


At


William Turner Technical School

10151 NW 19th Avenue, Room 93, Miami


Habitat for Humanity and Miami-Dade Housing Agency (MDH/A
HOPE VI Program are utilizing a good faith effort to solicit and work
with local and/or small businesses in the areas of landscaping,
mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall,
masonry, and roofing trades.

We invite you to join us for this important meeting. If you plan to
attend, please call and reserve your seat by calling
305-375-3186 or 305-375-3175


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Police seek two in drive-by shooting


A 19-year-old Miami man
died in a drive-by shooting
last week at a Miami Subs
restaurant in Hollywood,
police said.
Terry James Madison was
struck by at least one bullet in
the upper torso and died on
the scene at 2747 Hollywood
Blvd., police said.
The incident happened
shortly before 11 p.m.
Madison was a passenger in
Sthe front seat of a white 2005


Pontiac Grand Prix, police
said. Three other people were
also in the car. All had come
from Miami to visit the girl-
friend of one of the car's occu-
pants, police said.
The men were in the drive-
through lane of the restaurant
when a four-door, white vehi-
cle with dark-tinted windows
and two men inside entered
the parking lot.
The second car approached
the Grand Prix and someone


inside opened fire with several
rounds of bullets, police said.
One of the bullets struck
Madison, according to police.
The other occupants of the
Grand Prix told police the
incident was unprovoked, and
that they had no idea who
fired the shots.
Anyone with information
about the drive-by shooting is
asked to call the Hollywood
Police Department at 954-
967-4357.


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The Beacon Council Assists Local Businesses


The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's
official economic development partnership, works
to create jobs in our community. The organiza-
tion does so by assisting companies with their
relocation and expansion needs. Companies
recently assisted by The Beacon Council include:
- American Medical Engineering
- Cigarette Racing Team
- Leasa Industries
- Mr. Miami Bottles
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With the support of your Miami-Dade County
elected .leaders, these companies are retaining
more than 100 existing jobs and creating, more
than 130 new jobs. As a result, more than $6 mil-
lion will be invested into our urban communities.
The Beacon Council also assists companies
in. targeted industries such as aviation and bio-
science.
Recently, The Beacon Council helped companies
such as:
SAvborne Heavy Maintenance
- Miami Executive Aviation
- Mason Vitamins
- Miami Tech Line Maintenance
The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County
assisted them with relocation and expansion in
urban areas and in the Enterprise Zone. These
companies are working to create approximately
500 new jobs and invest more than $16 million in
our community.
The Beacon Council stands committed to
helping in the retention and creation of jobs, and
assisting businesses expand and relocate to
Miami-Dade County's urban areas. They do this
by promoting the many advantages of doing busi-
ness here, which includes various business
incentive programs, a favorable tax structure,
and much more.


The Beacon Council also provides a number
of free and confidential services to companies
interested in relocating or expanding in Miami-
Dade. These services include:
- Market Research and Demographics
Information
- Business Costs Information
- Site Selection Assistance
- Permitting Facilitation
- Access to Labor Training
- Access to Financial and Incentive,
Programs
For more information on these business incen-
tives, please visit The Beacon Council's website
at:
www.beaconcouncil.com
or call 305-579-1342


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MIAMI|10DE

TOWN HALL MEETING
As a part of. Miami-Dade County's continuing commitment to public
participation in local government, the Honorable Dorrin D. Rolle, County
Commissioner and the Park and Recreation Department invite area
residents to attend a Town Hall meeting for:
Arcola Lakes Park
1301 NW 83 Street
Miami, FL 33147
The Town Hall meeting will provide the Parks Department the opportunity to
present the General Plan for Arcola Lakes Park; a conceptual rendering of
a Senior Citizen Center included within the General Plan and to answer
questions about the future development of the park.
Residents are encouraged to attend and comment.
The meeting will take place at:
William H Turner
Technical Arts High School
10151 NW 19th Avenue
Miami, FL
Monday, March 20, 2006
7:00 9:00PM
For further information or questions prior to the meeting please contact:
Eric Hansen, Planning Section Supervisor
Miami-Dade County Park & Recreation Department
Planning & Research Division
305-755-5460
Call 305-755-7848 (VITDD) for materials in accessible format, information
on access for Persons with Disabilities or sign language interpreters (five
days in advance).
Community council members may be present.


Future Star Productions presents...
"When The Shoe's On The Other Foot." This exciting
new stage production will hold AUDITIONS on Saturday,
March 25, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Audition Location: African Heritage Cultural Art Center
6161 NW 22 Avenue
Miami, FL 33147

For any additional information or questions, please
contact us at (954) 854-8295.


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Man arrested in teens traffic death


Rolando Kramer has been
arrested on charges of murder in
the death of a 17-year-old high
school student who was killed
when her car was hit by fleeing
burglars, authorities said.
Miami-Dade detectives also
announced they are seeking a
second man, Rigler Becarra, 31,
in connection with the death of
Phylicia Bernard.
Phylicia, a senior at
Southridge High, was killed last
week when the car she was driv-
ing was struck by a Lincoln
Navigator driven by two men


fleeing an attempted break-in,
police said.
Police say Kramer, 28, was a
passenger in the Navigator. He
is charged with murder and
attempted burglary.
The events leading to
Bernard's death began when
three men were spotted break-
ing into a home in Southwest
Miami-Dade and were chased
by a neighbor. The men sped
away, blowing through a stop
sign and hitting Phylicia's car as
she was nearing school, police
said.


Program makes prescription drugs affordable a


By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Writer
Since its launch in April
2005, the Partnership for
Prescription Assistance has
helped over 107,000 Floridians
pay for their prescription med-
icine. Last week, the program's
aptly titled bus the 'Help is
Here Express' stopped at the
West Perrine Community
Health Center to raise aware-
ness about prescription assis-
tance programs.
The Partnership for
Prescription Assistance is a
growing national program
which helps a diverse range of
people from working people
to people without jobs receive
free or heavily discounted pre-
scription drugs. The program
consists of a database of over
475 private and public patient
assistance programs accessi-
ble via the Web site


www.pparx.org or the toll-free
number 1-888-4PPA-NOW.
Wanda Moebius, spokes-
woman for the Pharmaceutical
Research and Manufacturers
of America, said it is crucial
for Blacks to find out what
prescription assistance pro-
grams they qualify for.
"Diabetes [and] hypertension
both affect the Black commu-
nity disproportionately,"
Moebius said. "All of these
conditions are treated by med-
ication. It is important to take
the medication as prescribed."
She said many cut their med-
ication in half or do not take
their medication because of
the high cost of prescription
drugs. This can prove deadly.
"If you go through this pro-
gram you may not have to do
that."
Finding out if one qualifies is
relatively easy and takes
about 10 minutes. Perrine res-


ident William Weaver heard
the bus was coming and came
with his prescriptions in hand.
Once inside the bus, he used a
computer to access the pro-
gram's Web site. Others on the
bus used telephones to call
the program's toll-free num-
ber.
Weaver listed his prescrip-
tions and answered several
qualifying questions. Soon
thereafter, he was notified of
the programs he qualified for.
He said using the Web site
"wasn't difficult," though he
did have some trouble enter-
ing his prescriptions. His next
step is to fill out the applica-
tions and mail them.
The amount of time it takes
to receive a prescription dis-
count card varies depending
on the program. "Some people
get it immediately," Moebius
said. "Others are asked for
further verification of income


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or prescription. The faster the
patient submits the forms, the
faster they start the process."
Weaver said he will definitely
fill out and mail his applica-
tions. "I live on a fixed income,
so there's a strong economic
incentive for me to follow up."
he said.
For more information, visit
the Partnership for
Prescription Assistance Web
site at www.pparx.org or.call
1-888-4PPA-NOW.


The public is envited on a.
journey as the Florida Mem
University community honor
groundbreaking pioneers ar
achievements at the 127th
Founders' Day Convocatior
March 24, at 10:30 a.m. ir
Chester Robinson Athletic C
(15800 NW 42nd Avenue).
The keynote speaker for
is Dr. Calvert H. Smith, Pro
Emeritus at the University c
and brother of Dr. Albert E
President of Florida Memor
University. Awards will also
ed to several individuals wh
significant contributions to i
University, including the fol
Susie White, a 90-year-old
the institution; Cyrus 'Russ'
Senior Vice- President of Pi
for Blue Cross Blue Shield
and Paul Joseph, one of the
most faithful scholarship co
In addition to honoring th
of the institution, President
Smith and First Lady Sadie
will receive special recogniti
thirteen years of dedication
Memorial. "The Founders'
Convocation is a free event
comes the attendance of the
to commemorate the univer
heritage and pays homage 1
ry-making accomplishments
Marty Pinkston, Director of
Memorial's Office of Gover
Public Affairs.
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Day Convocation on camp


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Dinner and Dancing for

Florida Memorial University


Annual Founders' Day Convocation
Precedes Retirement Gala Honoring
President Albert E. Smith, Ph.D.
and First Lady Sadie B. Smith


historical Design Center of the Americas
iorial (DCOTA) will serve as the elaborate set-
>rs its ting for the Retiremerit Gala honoring
nd historic Dr. and Mrs. Smith's remarkable char-
Annual acter, exemplary leadership and
i on Friday, immense service to Florida Memorial
i the A. University. This black-tie event will
Center begin with a reception on Friday, March
24 at 7 p.m. followed by a dinner pro-
this occasion gram and dancing at 8 p.m. During the
)fessor evening, governmental officials such as
)f Cincinnati state Senator Frederica Wilson, retired
Smith, Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek and
ial Miami-Dade County Commissioner
be present- Barbara Jordan are scheduled to issue
o have made congratulatory tributes to the retiring
the President and his wife during the pro-
lowing: Mrs. gram. Representatives of the Florida
graduate of Memorial Alumni Association, the
Jollivette, University family, and the family of the
ublic Affairs distinguished Honorees are also sched-
of Florida; uled program participants. During the
e university's reception, guests are welcome to mix
ntributors. and. mingle to the musical melodies of
ie founders Florida Memorial musicians Dr. Al
Albert E. Pinkston on keyboards and Ms. Nicole
B. Smith Yarling on violin. After dinner, guests
ion for their are invited to 'dance the night away' to
to Florida the harmonious jazz tunes of the
Day renowned Houston Person Trio and the
that wel- soulful grooves of the Intellectual
e community Sounds D.J.s as they spin hits for those
rsity's rich wishing to celebrate the evening on the
to our histo- dance floor.
;," said Dr. The cost of the gala benefit is
Florida $100.00 per person. All proceeds from
nmental and the Retirement Gala will benefit the
S Albert E. and Sadie B. Smith Endowed
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I thought the columns on
"Love is an action word" would
just be two parts, but I remem-
bered a story that I heard a
couple of years ago that I hope
would show you how important
it is to treat others as we would
want to be treated. As a
Chaplain at a male juvenile
youthful offender prison, I
looked for ways to turn the


The National Coalition of
100 Black Women, Inc.,
Greater Miami Chapter pres-
ents its Ready-Set-Life Gala and
Silent Auction at Double Tree
Ocean Point Resort on April 1 at
6:30 p.m. For more information,
call 305-788-1543 or email
NCEW100Miami(u0aol.com.

Neighbor to Family is seeking
professional foster parents. For
more information, please call
786-433-4731.
*******
The City of Miami Civilian
Investigative Panel (CIP) will
have its monthly meeting, March
21 at 5 p.m. in Miami City Hall's
Commission Chambers.
*******
The Haitian American
Historical Society is having its
annual fundraising project,
March 18 at 6:30 p.m. For more
information, call 305-249-6966
or 786-621-0035.
*******
The Miami Children's Chorus
presents Rejoice in the Spirit on
April 2 at 5 p.m. at the Lincoln
Center. Admission is free.

Greater Miami Service Corps
celebrates its 15th Anniversary
on March 23 at Northern Trust
Bank. For more information,
please call 305-638-4672.
*******
DHS-The Dade-Miami
Criminal Justice Council is
holding its third annual Youth
Gang Summit on March 31 from
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the
Marjorie & William McDonald
Center.
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boys' attention from fighting
and vulgarity to different atti-
tudes and actions. One of the
Staff told me about a man who
worked extensively with youth
to try to change their lives from
crime and despair to productiv-
ity and hope. I was anxious to
present one of his videos to the
boys. This man was a former
'gang banger,' addict and just


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There are scholarships avail-
able for tourism and travel stu-
dents that are residents of Miami
Beach or graduates of Miami
Beach Senior High School. The
deadline to apply is April 14. For
more information, call Maria
Ruiz at 305-674-7491.

Commissioner Barbara
Jordan will host the grand open-
ing of her new district office on
March 17 from 10 a.m. to 12
p.m. For more information, call
305-474-3011.

The Brothers of the Beta
Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity will meet
on March 18 at 7 p.m.
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The Phichol E. Williams
Community Center is looking
for storytellers to read to children
between the hours of 3 p.m. and
6 p.m. For more information, call
McKenzie Moore at 305-242-
4305.

Florida Family Action will
host a Florida Marriage
Amendment Grassroots Meeting
on March 18 at 5:30 p.m. For
more information or to RSVP,
call 407-251-5130.
*******
The Harris Chapel Life
Enrichment Center will host
The Motown Gala and Auction
on March 18 at 6 p.m. For more
information, call Lisa Thomas at
954-731-0520.
*******
The Miami-Dade Public
Library System cordially invites
the community to participate in
its commemoration of Women's


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Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Carol City, Reverend
Arthur Jackson, III, pastor,
invites you to its annual
Women's Conference, March 20
22, at 7 p.m. nightly. For more
information, call 305-624-8170.
*******
Reverend Edward Grace and
the New Mt. Zion Missionary
Baptist Church family invites
you to a Holy Ghost, Spirit-filled
revival, beginning March 15-17
and March 19 at 3 p.m.
*******
Join Mt. Pleasant Missionary
Baptist Church for the Dade
United Baptist Association's
21st session, March 14-18 to
convene at Greater Holy Cross
Baptist Church.
*******
The Holy Ghost Assembly of
The Apostolic Faith, Bishop
Jack Johnson, pastor, invites
you to its Pastor's Appreciation
Service on March 18 at 8 p.m.

Faith Christian Center is
having a Mini-Bazaar on March
18 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For
more information, call Carolyn
Pates or Pat Leslie at.786-493-


The reunion 2006

Honey From Heaven
Productions, The Spiritualaires
of Miami, featuring Min. Roger
Mister presents The Reunion
2006 on March 25 at the
Caribbean Banquet Hall (for-
merly Covenant Baptist
Church) 255 NE 2nd Drive,
Homestead at 7:30 p.m.
On March 26 The Reunion
will be held at Jordan Grove
Baptist Church, 5946 N.W. 12
Ave., Miami at 3 p.m.
Guest artists are Earth
Angels, A new Creation,
Miami's Blessed, Morning Star
Male Chorus, Deacon Grice
and the Related Voice and
Kimberly Dagrin.
For tickets and information
call 786-217-5871.


9523.

Greater Sweetfield
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend J.L. Sanders, pastor,
invites everyone to come and
share in their Men and Women
in Worship celebration on March
19 at 4 p.m. For more informa-
tion, please call 305-448-1308.

The Deacon Board of Liberty
Christian Disciples of Christ
Church, Reverend W.C. Ivery, Jr.,
pastor, invites you to celebrate
their annual Deacon Board
Program on March 19 at 11 a.m.

Ephesians Missionary
Baptist Church is having a
musical and fish fry sponsored
by Reverend Robert Wright of
the Wright Singers on March 17
at 7:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-691-3730.
*******
Believers Life Ministries,
Reverend Dr. M. Sims-Llghtborn,
pastor, invites you to our Spring
Revival, March 15-17,. at 7:30
p.m. For more information, call
305-751-8267.


Treat others as you

want to be treated


_~~~~


all around thug. I knew many
of the boys would identify with
him because too many of them
were involved in gang activity
and crime yes, even in
prison.
This man shared a story a
true story about a group of
boys who decided to just go joy
riding one afternoon. They had
no plans for anything; they
thought they would just see
what developed. Suffice it to
say that they had no intentions
of taking a trip to their local
library, or to read to the elderly,
or to clean up their community
park. You might chuckle at
this, but actually, these are the
kinds of activities that do help
kids to stay out of trouble. But,
I digress.

History Month (March). For more
information on event listings and
times, call 305-375-BOOK or
visit www.mdpls.org.

The Florida Chapter of the
Townsend Harris Alumni
Association will host its free
annual Spring Breakfast on
March 23 at 9:30 a.m. at Temple
Shaarei Shalom. For more infor-
mation, please contact Mort
Greene at 954-720-5001 or
Larry Treff at 561-731-5199.
*******
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority,
Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter, is
hosting its 69th Southern
Regional Conference, March 17-
19 at the New Radisson Hotel.
For more information, please call
Winifred Beecham at 305-696-
3684.

Class Meetings
Miami Northwestern Senior
High Community School is
holding its first Family Get
Acquainted and Recruitment
Night for parents and guardians
of 8th and 9th grade students
that will be or already are attend-
ing Miami Northwestern. It will
be March 28 at 6 p.m. in the
Theater of Performing Arts
(TOPA). For more information,
call Ms. Johnnie Mae Perry
Batist at 305-625-5399 or the
school itself at 305-836-0991.
*******
Attention all graduates of
Miami Jackson Sr. High, Class
of 1971. This urgent matter con-
cerns our 35th year reunion. For
more information, call Valerie
Person-Baker anytime at 305-
474-7082 or 305-219-5711.
********
Northwestern Invincibles,
Class of 1956 is having its 50th
Reunion, June 8 19. The next

The Holy Ghost Church of
God, Bishop D.D. Arline, pastor,
will be celebrating our pastor's
49th Pastoral Anniversary,
March 12, 17 and 19-26. For
more information, call 305-836-
6635.

Community Missionary
Baptist Church, Apostle Leslie
Brown, III, pastor, will' be cele-
brating its 37th Church
Anniversary, March 17-19. For
more information, please call
954-963-1355.
*******
St. John Missionary
Baptist Church, Howard, Fl.,
will be celebrating its annual
Church Anniversary and
Auxiliaries Anniversaries,
March 19 26. Sunday after-
noon service at 4 p.m. and
nightly at 7:30 p.m. For more
information, please call
Reverend Leroy J. Harris at
305-254-1971.

Send your church
announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-
5770, email to miamitedito-
rial@bellsouth or mail to
900 NW 54th Street, Miami,
33127-1818. For further
information, call 305-694-
6216.


During their drive, the boys
saw a teenage girl walking
alone. She looked as though
she was on her way home from
school. They drove slowly next
to her and offered her a ride.
She refused and kept walking.
After several minutes of trying
to persuade her to come with
them, they finally took matters
into their own hands and two of
the three boys jumped out of
the car and forced her inside.
They placed a paper bag over
her head and proceeded to take
turns raping her repeatedly.
After some time, they saw
another friend walking down
the street and invited him to
ride with them. The boy got into
the car and he was encouraged
to indulge himself in their sex-

planning meeting will be on
March 25. For more information,
call Bette Clay Anderson at 305-
625-6744 or Elizabeth Davis at
305-693-2854.

The Booker T. Washington
Class of 1955 will meet on
March 18 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter
Cathedral Church.
*******
The 1981 Classes of Miami
Jackson, Miami Central and
Miami Northwestern are com-
ing together as one to triple their
fun for their 25th High School
Reunion, June 4 11. For more
information, please call 305-769-
2459.
********
The next meeting of Miami
Central Senior High Alumni
Association will be held on
March 22 at 7 p.m. in the
school's auditorium. For more
information, please call Renae at
954-503-0000 ext 67365 or
email McentralhighlI)aol.com.
*******
North Dade Jr. High
Reunion's planning committee
is forming. Attendees of North
Dade between 1972-75 are meet-
ing monthly to finalize the
reunion activities. For more
information, call 786-236-1480
or 786-423-1096.

Send your community
announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-5770,
email to miamiteditorial@bell
south.net or mail to 900 NW
54th Street, Miami, 33127-
1818. For further informa-
tion, call 305-694-6216.


Revival with Apostle
Prophetess Demonia of
Orlando, at Tabernacle of
Deliverance, 1945 NW 75th
Street on March 16-17 at 7:15
p.m.
Come experience a time of re-
freshing in the presence of the
Lord.
This apostolic, prophetic
anointing will enrich your life
and help you fulfill your des-
tiny.
For more information, call
305-836-4423.


ual attack of this young girl.
The boy initially refused, but
his friends continued to press
him until finally he agreed.
After completing his rape of this
poor girl, the paper bag that the
boys had placed over her head
fell away. Imagine this boy's
surprise when he saw that the
girl that they had raped was his
own sister!
At that point, 'my' boys at the
juvenile facility groaned loudly!
How could he do that to his
own sister?! Even though he
didn't know that this was his
sister, he should have felt
nasty! These were just a few of
their comments. But this sad,
but true story struck and hit a
chord even with some of these
hard, angry and violent young


Bishop John Wilson
Don't forget the mourning
bench and the tarrying room.
Write to P.O. Box 531078,
Miami, FL 33153.


Prophetess Demonia


305.769.1100 Dade 954.522.1102 Broward 800.721.WMBM Toll Free
For song, prayer, birthday requests 305.953.WMBM, 954.525.1490

888.599.WMBM, wmbm@wmbm.com


* Gospel Classic Hour, M-F, 6:00am
* Tuesday Talk with President/GM Bishop Victor T.
Curry. Tues 9:30am
* Spirit & Soul featuring:
Compassion
Business In The Black
Business Showcase
Victorious Life Management
Sister To Sister
** Brother To Brother
M-F at 2:00pm


* Noon Day Prayer, M-F, 12:00pm
* Business Spotlight, M-F, 1:15pm and 1:45pm; So
10:15am
* Ministry Spotlight, So, 8:15am
* Livin' Right Teen Show, Sa, 11:00am
* Back to the Bible, Alternating M, 9:00am
* Let's Talk Money, Alternating W, 9:00 am
@ Gospel News Now, M-F 3:00pm
* Talking Sports, So 5:00pm
n Queen James Gospel Hour, So, 6:00pm
* Quartet Corner, Sun, 7:30am
a Bobby Jones Gospel Countdown, Sun, 10:00pm


men. You might not think
much of mistreating a young
girl, even forcing her to have
sex. But would you want some-
one to abuse, molest or rape
your sister?
The idea of treating your
neighbors as you would want to
be treated is not a new one. In
Leviticus 19:18, God com-
manded the Israelites to be
kind to strangers. This theme is
repeated many times through-
out the Word of God. It is not a
suggestion, but a command-
ment. The next time that you
are considering harming, steal-
ing from, deceiving or attacking
any one in any way think
about this story and ask your-
self "is this the way that I
would want to be treated?"


Nothing in and nothing out


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Whatever happened to the
Jesus lovers who were created
in the image of God. Shouldn't
we do things in that image.
Genesis 1-31 tells us that
God created the earth, and
today the earth stills belongs
to God and the fullness there-
of. That's why the scriptures
say those that are led by the
spirit of God, they are the sons
of God.
When you work for God, He
pays according to the works
you do. His checks never
bounce. I am a witness. I am
one of His stewards. The bank
of Heaven is still open on holi-
days, after the storms, but you
have to put something in to get
something out.


The Miami Times, March 15-21, 2006 11B


Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny








ShLa I ILL Ii. ram L t mes, ari FLz e f-v


What is the African American Foundation? Apostolic Revival Center family


I am Linda Simmons.
president /founder of the
African-American Foundation of
Greater Miami, Inc. I am gradu-
ate of the University of South
Florida and have lived in Miami
for 36 years. Our goal is to
build, strengthen and unify
African people from North Dade
to Florida City.
Our vision is to establish the
African-American Museum of
History. There is a need to edu-
cate our community about the
accomplishments and inven-
tions of Black people in this
country. We would need the help
of the community, churches and
businesses. It can be a legacy to


Linda Simmons


our children and future geneta-
tions of Miami.


Our economic development is
that we need Black businesses
in our community to provide
jobs. We must do it for the
future of our children and
grandchildren. We want to pro-
mote teamwork in the African
Village between the adults and
youth. We need to be business
oriented to increase the prosper-
ity of each person in the African
village.
In the area of
education/scholarships, we
would like to provide scholar-
ships to Blacks that will stay in
Miami and help our community
in the areas of business, educa-
tion and the legal field.


Anniversaries celebrated at St. John


St. John Missionary Baptist
church, Howard, Florida, 8819
SW 126 Terr (near The Falls).
will be celebrating their
Annual Church Anniversary
and Auxiliaries Anniversaries.
This joyous occasion will begin
Sunday, March 19 through
Sunday, March 26.
Sunday afternoon services
will begin at 4 p.m. and night-
ly at 7:30. Each Sunday after-


noon and night they will be
celebrating a different auxil-
iary anniversary with a diffei--
ent speaker.
They are extending a special
invitation to all of their former
members to come out and help
them celebrate this joyous
occasion.
For more information,please
call 305-254-1971, Reverend
Leroy J. Harris.


Black officers club offers scholarships


Black high school students
residing in Miami-Dade and
Broward Counties, who are in
good academic standing that
will be participating in the com-
mencement ceremony for the
"Class of 2006," are eligible to
apply for (1) $1,000
Educational Assistance Award
from the Progressive Officers
Club, Inc., an African-American
organization that's comprised
of police and correctional offi-
cers in Miami-Dade County.
The Progressive Officers


Club, Inc. is a non-profit organ-
ization. The award is for high
school seniors, who have been
accepted to an institution of
higher learning as a full time
student for the upcoming fall
semester (2006).
A completed application must
be submitted and postmarked
no later than Monday, May 1.
For more information or an
application, please contact
Lieutenant Delma Noel-Pratt at
786-346-3161 by Friday, April
7.


celebrates 36th cl

The Apostolic Revival Center
family invites you to praise
God with us during our 36th
church anniversary. The
theme will be, 'Look up, your
redemption drawth nigh.' Luke
21:28.
Services will begin March 21
through March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
nightly.
We are praising God for a
special outpouring of the Holy
Ghost upon this ministry. God
has blessed Dr. Smith in his
evangelistic endeavors to
establish a fellowship of over
175 churches on four conti-
nents. They include: North
and South America, the
Caribbean Islands, England
and East and Central Africa.
On Saturday, March 25,
there will be a fellowship din-


church anniversary

7r l l.i


Dr. and Sister G.S. Smith


ner at the Airport Marriott.
For reservations call 305-
355-7555 or 954-322-9423.


Reverend Joseph L. Kelley


Unity Fellowship

2006 at Holy Temple


Special services on Sunday,
March 19 at 4 p.m. with Dr.
Robert Ingram and Mt. Zion
AME Church as our special
guest.


Caribbean Catholics of North America (CCNA) is an organization that emerged in response, to.the statement of the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity pub-
lished in 2002.
We believe there is strength in numbers, therefore in an effort to reach every Caribbean person living in South Florida:
You are invited to an information meeting and day of recollection
Saturday, March 18
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Venue: Archdiocese of Miami Pastoral Center
9401 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami Shores, Florida
Location: Colman Carroll meeting room, Atrium, Cafeteria
*Lunch will be served*
$5 Registration fee


S93" Street Community B ethel Apostolic Temple, Inc. Apostolic Revival Center\ Brownsville Christian Hill AME Church
Missionary Baptist Church 1855 NW. 119th Street 6702 N.W. 15th Avenue Church of Christ Innercity Golf & Learning Center
2330 N.W. 93"' Street 305-688-1612 305-836-1224 4561 N.W. 33rd Court 9101 N.W. 29th Ave.
305-836-0942 Fax: 305-681-8719 Order of Services 305-634-4850/Fax & Messages LM09@BellSouth.Net/
Order of Services: New time florT.V. Program 305-634-6604 www.lmgolf.com
Order of Services S ui...9:30 a.....(Sunday School) _FOR HOPE FOR TO)AY Order of Services Order of Services:
7:3110 a.m. Early Monling WoIship Walk in h(le Word Ministry lihi 0 Sliy Li.t Day Sunday SchIl .......I:45anm Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service
II .m...Morming Worship Worship Service .............. I I a.l. S 0 -1 p II Sl II S ndly MeIning l Wi i l y ....l .. Sunday's
Evening Worship liuied ly....7 .n.... nily Night Wed.- lh.iin:eiy I l eylr .in I- 12 in Sunday Ladies Bible Study ..5 p.m. Sunday School.......................9:30 a.m.
Isi & 3rd sUnd iy .m.Wed.. II a.m..ilercessory Prayer Mo in .S..ic ................. I I Suniday Evenitng Woship .......6 pim. Morning Worship Service ........ II a. m.
Tuesday Bihle Sltudy ...7 p.. Wed. Bible Class........12 p.. Ee. Wosii ........... 7 Ni Bibl ...Free Golf Every 2 & 4" Sunday ...........4 p.m.
w bsi: .rWed. Bible Class..............7 ).i. Tis. i;lyl, Me tingl.......... 7:301 p. m. 1iLu n raiy Mlin Bible Clii : ]oI .l4 u
wi.h.sil i. rghi- B ible Study ................ 7:301 pL Trilslrl ioll availl)le Call: Don Slhulhs Golf Course
M54,4-48514 *.50, -695i


Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
305-635-7413
Order of Services:
Sunday Moming Services
7:45 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.
Sunday Schoozi 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.


Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
liicnldslipprliycr(i'h kllsiiulh.ncl
740 N.W. 58th Streel
Miami. FL
305-759-8875
S Order of services
Em ly Wll in,' g i-;;l i... ...7:30 (:
SuIludy Scltl .i........9:30 aI.n
SMorl inii Wo hip............ I II .n
Yo lt MillNni.ry I Udy.....Wed...7
Iliye llible Sludy.....W ed...... 7
N lmntdiay Ahir llyci. r.(M-IF)
Ieding [lilie I ingly every
w Ieiidnesdaly....:. I I I..- p.


( Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528

Order of Services:
Mon. thru 'ri. Noon Day Prayer-
BibCle Study...Tl urs.....7 p.m.
Sunday Worshil,...7-11 a.m.
Sunday School....... 9:30 a.m.




Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 68" Street, Miami, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2,3.4.5" Sunday) ...... 8:00 am
Sunday School ..........9:45 aim
Mornillng Service ..... I 1:00in m
O 1llln1l1ni ll Service
(Trhurs. bclr I" Sunday) 7:30 pm i
IPrayer Meetinl/Bible Study
n (Wedtlncslday) 7:30 pin



The Soul Saving Station O
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
www.ssschristscruisadersi'la.org
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
Order of Services:
Sullday Sc ool ...........) i.lll.
Stuinday Worishi,..I I l.m. & 7 p.m1
I'tueshlay Worshij.......7:45 7pim.
Noon Day Prtyer.......Moni.-Fri,


Harvest Fire Worship Ctr.
2260 N.W. 183rd Street
305-620-2986
Order of Services:
Sunday .......7 .i ............ 10 a.m.
S. Wed.- Bible Study.....7:30 p.m.
riday- Youtlt
lil d First & Foturlh
Ip.i. Tues......Women 's/Men's MIg.
m"'. Early Morning Praye.....6-7 a.m.
Prayer Sunday.......6:30 p.m.


S New Day "N" Christ
Deliverance Ministries
3055 N.W. 76"' Street, 33147
Message Ctr.: 305-836-7815

Order of Services:
SuL.ihlys- Chur ch School............ 10 a.l.m
WorshiIp Service.. ............I I:151 itl
Tlius days Ifible Cla .s............. 7 .m .
4lh Sundaly veninlg W\Y hip 6......... ..




St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3"' Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Er lly Sundaiy
SMoining Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School .......... 9:30 a.l.
Morning Worship ... 11 a.m.
Nlturefin Hatist (il'ches
(B 13 T.U.) 5 p.m.
Evening Worship ........7 p.m.
Mecting ........C(lues.) 7 p.nm.


/ Victory on the Rock
Ministries, Inc.
16178 NW 27th Avenue
305-625-3376 / 305-333-3144


Order of Services:
S ulllily tM llliln ..............) 1 .111.
Ti lluay Niti I lible Sltudy
7 p. ii


Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
305-836-4555
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning ...........8 a.m.
Sunday School.............10 a.m.
Sunday Eenini g .............e6 p.m.
Mon. Excellence ........7:30 p.m.
Tue. Bible Class .........7:30 p).m.
Il Ist Sunr. Song Ploacice ... pn.1.


New Harvest Missionary New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue 1881 N.W. 103' St.
305-696-7745
305-681-3500 Order of Services:

Order of' Services: 7:30a 1
&3.lSarly Morlinl w uh i0pI & 3r sun (flu h Ijlm lyl. SCI'J ............ .... 10:.........7: i1,1.
h, 6 h ilkly 12 p.m. S o nII
ile Sl iy......... ......... :30..... n P ay r' ib, Sl ly
ti h ch S h ................ ..... u iiday .................... 7:ti ll p.mn.
C ito.0 ii Sclh I .................i.. th 1)


Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Sunday
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. Morning Worship ............. 10) .m.1
Evening Worship ......;....... 6:p1.m.
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Sunday, 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Comcast Digital Cable: 8,19, 22, 23, 31) ad 37
Web pilge: www.)pcmbrokcparkcoc.org
Dr. rentss C SpveyMinitei


Trinity Faith Tabernacle
Deliverance Center
512 S.W. 4"' Street, Homestead 33136
305-246-2265
Order of Services:
Sut llll ay Scllll. .......... 1 1:3 i i.l.
S II. Molnin i SC l ......l12 pm.ll
I-li116 Wiliy W ilrnllip SU 6r.....6 p.I.
T iit. Noutlhlil h Nigll" ....N p1nl.
Wed. "MNo ll r)ay lloviel ...12 p.m
Wed. Nilit [lilMl Studly.:.8 pil..
Tllnr day Ni'lt "(ovihigtllion Ilibc


Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87'' Street
305-836-9081

Order of Services:
S Iuda Molnlillu Sertices,
S 11d; 1y S school ............ II 1 11.
Wou llip Service............II i .m.
u l iesd; Ii Sl 'l l ........ I. I
'IThur a ,v Prasel SQ1iC .......X Ice


New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International


2300 NW 135th Street
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m., 11
a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.


New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95'1 Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:

BIarly Moming Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Clituich Schitl 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship .....II a.m.
luesdaty Bible Class 7 p.m.11
Tues. belbi the Ist Sun.....7 7p.m.
Mid-week Worlship


1 (800) 254-NBBC
305-685-3700
Fax: 305-685-0705
www.newbirthbaptistmiami.org


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New Vision For Christ
Ministries
13650 N.E. 10'" Avenue
305-899-7224
Order of Services:
I.arly Suinday Wolhip...7:311 ia.m.
Sutlday Scuxl ................):30( an.
Suxlaiy Moning Wisihip.....II I an.
Sulnlay Evening Service ...6 p.ln.
'llies.ldy Pryer Mccling ...7:3)0 ip.m.
Wednesday Bible Sludy ...7:34) p.m.
"Not I Jusa ; Chllnuch BI I Mvmul ICel"i
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St. Luke Missionary Baptist Temple Missionary
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1723 N.W. 3'" Avenue
305-696-7322 Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060-Fax 305-255-854
Order of Services:
Early Moming Worship.7:30a.m... .. Order of Servies
Sunday Scl ..........9:30a.m. StiInday Schiool...4.......):45 i l.
Mornilng Wolship ....I l.. Sllu Morning Se rv, I I
0 Su Il .... : -2: 30 p.m.
.Iesdiy...... Biihblc Studly
'ayel Meing ............e7:3( pll. I:cctlilngl Millisiy.....l ia.i,
Bible Study .................. p. .h,. SiSlrc h Miy/ irye- :30 p
LIn.. (tusl. t ili ulsh M i ih... ip:30 III


Word of Truth
1755 N.W. 78'" Street
305-691-4081
Fax: 305-694-9105

Order of Services:

Sull. w lllhip Sel\......... 1:3(0 a.lil.
Wed. Ni l ItIlnee ss'ry Prayel '
i 1o;111 7:30 Io 8 [ :.11.


Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
S Sunday Schlil ............. :3( a.,.
Monling1 Pnlis/cAorsl ip ..II I a.m.
Yo-III h Cliir S;auilay ......II i.111.
Prayer Mccling & Bible Study
lTuesdnay 7 p.lm.
II,,ott ion ii i lalhri i .17uhn"


Noble Lady Zethel

220 celebrates

32nd anniversary

The members of Noble
Lady Zethel 220 order of
Eastern Star, of
International F & A.M.
Masons Inc., will cele-
brate their 32nd
anniversary Sunday,
March 19 at
New Providence Baptist
Church located at 760
N.W. 53 Street, 4 p.m.
We invite all Masons
and Stars and all former
members of
International and visit-
ing friends.
May God bless each of
you. Come and let us
praise the Lord together.
Sister Zethel Surrency,
Worthy Matron.


Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12'' Ave.
305-751-9323
Order of Services:
Liiily Woiship .............7 a.m.
Sutllday School............. 9 a.m.
N BC ............................1():05 a.m .
Worship ............. .... II a.m.
Worship ........................4 p.m.
Mission and Bible (CHass-
uesdatiy ...... .........6:3) p.
Youlh Meeliiiih/Choir -clheairsail
M oIilday .......................60:30 p.m.


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Should gay foster
VIVIAN BROWN


"Yeah, if they
are good par-
ents. I don't
see why not?
You can't look
in the future
and see what's
going to hap-
pen with the
c h i 1 d .


Sometimes those gay couples
are better to the children than
the straight ones. I believe some
people are born like that. I don't
think that you can actually
teach someone to be gay."

OPHLIA BROWN
"No, because
influence on
little kids. I
wouldn't want
my child
around a gay
woman, then
they might
turn out like
that. That's just like a rapist
adopting a child, then the child
will grow up and want to rape
people. Kids learn from their
surroundings."

SABRINA HARRELL
"No, because
they will grow
up and be the
same thing. If
a child sees
.another
woman or
man come into
the house,
they can't call
them momma or daddy. Instead
they will have to label them as
aunty or uncle. After they grow
up, they are going to know that
they are not their aunty and
will be confused. One thing I
can say is I believe with those
kind of parents it will have a
positive role with the school
work."


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"I can't judge
anyone but my
opinion is no!
Me personally,
I wouldn't
want my child
to be raised by
or around gay
parents. From


my personal
experience, I have gay friends
that have gay parents and yes
they turned out to be like that.
It's not up to me though. I just
don't know."
JERALD COOPER SR.
"No, I don't
believe so. I'm
a Christian
man and we
don't believe in
that type of
relationship.
All 'children A
need the bene-
fit of a man
and woman in the household. A
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to be a man and a man can't
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DAOUI) ISREAL PAFARI
"No, gay ....
people are an
abomination
unto the Lord.
There is noth-
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homosexuali-
ty. God made
Adam and
Eve, not Adam
and Steve. It is a reason why
God made man and woman.
That will be putting a child in
an unnatural environment.
Everything was made in pairs
with male and female. You
never see two male horses or
any other animals together. If
two men or two women want to
be together, then they have to
deal with the Lord; but to put
an innocent child in that envi-
ronment and make it seem as if
it is okay is plain wrong."

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to adopt children?
in the house. The bottom line is
we learn by what we see. If a
child sees two men or two
women be together then they
are going to think it's okay
when it's not."
DEE EVERETT
"Yes I do,
because if a
straight family
could do it
then anyone
can. Why
shouldn' t
they? It does-
n't make sense
because I was
raised by just my mother. My
momma played the role as
mother and father. Some people
just want two figures around to
raise the child. If you're raised
by a gay family doesn't mean
you have to be like that. You
have to be smart enough par-
ents to teach your child to
make up their own minds. I
believe there is a positive effect
because the parents can easily
teach them how to have confi-
dence instead of being insecure
about themselves."

EDWARD SMITH
"Sure why
not. As long as
the child is
being taken
care of and
being taught
properly then I
don't have a
problem with
that. It shouldn't be a problem
with how the world is today.
This is 2006. Many homeless
children don't even have par-
ents. Time has changed. It all
depends on how the child is
being raised by their parents
that has a negative or positive
effect. Just because you are gay
doesn't mean you have to raise
your child to be gay. I think
that if you are going to raise a
child like that, then you
shouldn't be sexually or emo-
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In Memoriam


In loving memory of.


In Memoriam


In loving memory of,


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


Death Notice


In Memoriam


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Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


ALVA LEE HANDFORD

03/21/25 02/08/97

The love you gave to your fam-
ily keeps us strong and bonded
together.
We miss you so very much,
Mother. We love you and "Happy
Birthday."

Death Notice


MICHELLE BROWN, 36, a
bus attendant, died March 12,
2006.
She is survived by her hus-
band, Dearren Brown Jr; chil-
dren, Deron Childress, Darius
and Darrell Brown; mother,
Lillian Childress; brother, Nate
Bostic; aunt, Tina and Willie
Moore.
Services will be Saturday,
March 18 at Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church at 10
a.m. Arrangements entrusted to
Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt Mortuary.


Death Notice


ANDREW LEE MOORE,
57, the son of the late Lucille
Moore and the late Robert
Donaldson departed this life on
Sunday, March 12, 2006 at
10:37 a.m. at North Shore
Hospital.
He is survived by six children,
Andrea, Michelle, Sharia, Timo-
thy, Andrew and Andrea; two
sisters, Barbara Moore and
Betty Donaldson; one brother,
Otto Moore; 12 grandchildren,
one great grandson, nieces,
nephews, and a host of other
relatives and friends.


FELISHIA THOMPSON PINK ALLEN REDDICK
aka 'LISA'


08/26/68 03/14/04

We never knew how much we
would miss your tender touch,
not just your touch of skin, but
your touch of love within.
Lisa, your absence has caused
many hearts to ache, but to be
with Christ is what it takes.
Ebony, Cedric, Cedricka,
McKenzie and Thompson fami-
lies.

Memorial Services


LUCY MAE DOVE MAT-
THEWS, passed away on
February 5, 2006 at home in
Miami. She was the third child
and first daughter of six sib-
lings, born July 12, 1923 in
Fernadina Beach, Florida to the
late Joshua K. Dove, Sr., and the
late Emma King Dove. She grad-
uated from Peck High school in
1943, and furthered her educa-
tional goals, by graduating from
Tennessee State University,
obtaining her Master's from
Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University in
Tallahassee, with various stud-
ies at major universities.
In 1945, she was united in holy
matrimony to Leroy Matthews,
who preceded her in death.
Lucy was a kind, happy and
compassionate person, that
leaves cherished and loving
memories to daughter, Cheryl F.
El-Amin; step-daughter, Carolyn
Felder; grandchildren,
Amatullah El-Amin, Jeremiah
Matthews, Henry and Gabriel
Kinchens; step-grandchildren,
Byron (Nicole) Felder; siblings,
Horace (Gussie) Dove. Hettie
Campbell, Virginia Grant, and
Grace Coles; step-siblings,
Judson (Ornetta) Haynes and
Vera (Eugene) Bell; brother-
in-law, Reginald (Virginia)
Staley; sister-in-law, Dr. Nettie
Dove; and an aunt, Dr. Pearlie
Dove; a host of nieces, nephews,
relatives and sorrowing friends.
A memorial service will be held
on Sunday, March 19, 3:30 p.m:
at Barrett-Fryer Funeral Home,
14545 Carver Drive, in
Richmond Heights. Interment
was in Fernadina Beach,
Florida at Bosque Bellow
Cemetery.


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host pastor's 3rd appreciation


Abundant Life Worship Center
will celebrate their pastor's third
appreciation on Sunday, March
19, at 4 p.m., Kazah Temple 500
Fisherman Street, Opa-locka,
FL.
Guest speaker will be Bishop
Willie Jones, God's Calling Gos-
pel Holiness Church.
You are invited to come out to
celebrate and honor an anointed
woman of God. A passionate,
Christian woman who thirsts for
God. He is the driving force of
her existence and the meaning
behind her life.
Come and be blessed by all you
see and hear.
For more information, please
contact Sister Mae Taylor, 786-


03/15/1905 03/01/91

To daddy on your 100th birth-
day. You were our back bone.
The wind beneath our wings.
Nothing is the same since you
been gone.
We love and miss you. See you
in the rapture.
Your children,
Georgia, Less, Walter, Ulyssee,
Booker T., Felman, Shirley,
Thelma, Margaret; (deceased)
William and Lillie .


Jay's
LUIS PEREZ, 53, died February
28 at Baptist Hospital. Services
were held.

BOBBY ADLEY, 62, died March
2 at Parkway Regional Medical
Center. Services were held..

JAMES MAJOR, 73, Goulds,
died March 2 at home. Services
were held.

KEVIN B. MALONE, 49, died
March 2 at Jackson Hospital.
Memorial services were held..

LEE BRADSHAW, SR., 84,
Florida City, died March 4. Services
were held.


Rev. Carol Nash
Senior Pastor/Teacher


SAMMY GEORGE (WIL-
MORE) DAVIS, JR., 1927 -
2006. He was a native of Key
West and a longtime resident of
Miami, passed away February
16th in Georgia.Services were
held on February 21 at White
Columnns Chapel Mableton in
Mableton, Georgia. He was
buried at Sunrise Memorial
Gardens in Douglasville,
Georgia. He is survived by his
wife, Eulayer, three children, 10
grandchildren, four sisters of
Nassau, two brothers of Nassau
and Miami and other relatives in
Nassau and Harbour Is-
land. He is also survived by rela-
tives in the Miami area: The
Cleare, Wilmore, Higgs and
Davis families.




Barrett-Fryar
NAOMI CULMER, 82, Coconut
Grove, died March 11 at her resi-
dence. Service Thursday, 11 a.m. at
Christ Episcopal Church.

BERTHA MAE KILLENS, 82,
Richmond Heights, died March 9 at
her residence, Service Saturday at
Morningstar Missionary Baptist
Church.

ELEAZOR JONES, 75, died
March 9 at Baptist Hospital. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Morningstar
Missionary Baptist Church.


AGILEE WILLIAMS


08/14/1915 03/15/05

One year has passed, mom, I
still think of you. I truly missed
you and you will never be forgot-
ten.
From your daughter, Barbara
Ann Williams.


PAUL LINDSEY, JR.


03/11/40 07/18/05

Happy birthday to a loving fa-
ther and grandfather.


Richardson


MASTER JONATHAN BENT, 3,
died March 3.
Services were
held.







LAWRENCE ROLLE, 49, died
March 6. Services were held.


GEORGE JOHNSON,
Arrangements
are incomplete. I


died.


HERSHEL NEALY, died March 9.
Service Friday, 1 p.m. in the chapel.


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BENJAMIN FAIRELL, II, 55, died
February 26 at
Cedars Hospital.
Survivors:

Tawanna, Katina
and Lawshawn;
son, Benjamin.
.Services were
held Saturday.


RENFORD STANLEY
GODFREY, 38,
died March 8 at
Mt. Sinai Medical

Survivors: father,
Cardinal
Godfrey; mother,
Ramona
Godfrey; sisters,
Delta and Nancy
(Tim); brothers,
Julio and Hurbert. Service Saturday,
10 a.m. at New Birth Cathedral of
Faith. Interment at Southern
Memorial Park.

HOWARD BAIN, 82, died March 9
at Aventura
Hospital .
Survivors: wife,
Theddie
Johnson-Bain.
Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at Peaceful
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.
Interment at
Dade Memorial Park.

STANLEY JEWON JACKSON,
48 baker, died March 14, in St.
Louis, Missouri. Survivors: mother,
Anna Jackson-Singleton; sisters,
Nora Denson and Lorretta Jackson;
brother, Norman Brown; children,
Shekena Yearby, Crystal, Stanley Jr.
and Christopher; uncle, Reverend
Charles; aunt, Cardiel. Service will
be held at Grace and Truth
Ministries. Time and place to be
announced.


EUGENE MCGHEE, 82, died
March 11 at

Survivors:
daughters,
Maxine and Nell
McGhee; ex-
wife, Edna
McGhee. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at Peace
Missionary
Baptist Church. Interment at Dade
Memorial Park.

HENRY COLLIER, 93, died
March 9 at
home. Survivors:
daughter, Gloria
Jean (James);
sister, Eva;
brother, Jack
(Laverne).
S e r v i c e
Thursday, 2 p.m.
at Wright Funeral
Chapel.
Interment at Dade Memorial Park.

SABRENA S. YOUNG, 40,
cashier, died
March 14, at
home. Survivors:
children,
L y d a r i us
Singletary and
La'Tierra McCoy;
mother, Kattie
Singletary; broth-
er, Christopher.
Services
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at New
Providence Missionary Baptist
Church. Interment Southern
Memorial Park.


JOSEPH WALKER, JR., 83, died
March 10, at North Broward Medical
Center. Survivors: wife, Ollie Bell;
children, Cleamond Lee, Extra and
Mattie Mae, sister, Wylene Floyd.
Services Saturday, 2 p.m. at Wright
Funeral Chapel.


Royal


ANNA R. ALLEN, 87, died March
13 at home.

Saturday, 2 p.m.
at Greater New
Bethel Baptist

NW 22nd
Avenue..
Survivors:


Vera (William) Heath; sons, Samuel
(Martha) Allen and Daniel (Loretta,
deceased) Allen; eight grandchil-
dren; seven great grandchildren;
and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.

JOHN JAMES, 87, died March
13. Arrangements are incomplete.

IVY BLOUNT, 58, died March 8.
Service Saturday, 1 p.m. at Miami
Life International Church.

Gregg L. Mason
JANIE MARSHALL HARMON,
61, died March
10. Survivors:
sons, Sterling
and Kenneth
Marshall; and a
host of other


Visitation
family members


Friday, 2-9 p.m.
Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at New Shiloh
Missionary Baptist Church, 1350
NW 95th Street. Interment at
Southern Memorial Park.,

FRANCES SAUNDERS, 84, died
March 12.
Survivors: hus-
band, George
Saunders; her
children, Wayne,
Michael and
dregory Clark,
Geor ge
Saunders, Ill,
Deborah Smith
and Adrianne
Riles; and a host of other family
members and friends.
Arrangements are incomplete.


Public Notice

As a public service to our
community, The Miami Times
prints weekly obituary notices
submitted by area funeral h-
omes at no charge. These
notices include name of the
deceased, age, place of death,
employment, and date, loca-
tion, and time of services.
Additional information and
photo may be included for a
nominal charge. The deadline
is Monday at 3:30 p.m.


IVA DELL HANKS,
March 11.
Service
Saturday, 12
p.m. at Church
of God by Faith.






DEACON JIM CRAWF
retired security
officer at Miami-
Dade College,
died March 11.
S e r v c e
Saturday, 11
a.m. at First
Baptist Churcch
of Bunche Park.


Carey Roy;
Ram'n


MARGARET
died March 11 at
home. Service
Saturday, 11
a.m. at New
Mount Moriah
Baptist Church.


WILLIA




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BERNARD COTTON, 34, died
March 12 at home. Service Friday, 8
a.m. at Haulover Beach.

REESE QUENTON, 59, South
Miami, died March 12 at South
Miami Hospital. Arrangements are
incomplete.


Manker
HELENA E. JACKSON, 84, died
March 8 at
Treasure Isle
Care Center.
Survivors: son,
Larry (Carletha)
Jackson of
Ocala, FL;
grandsons,
Kevin, Terrell,
Andre (Katrenia)
and Larry, II; sis-
ter, Agnes Tye, Akron, Ohio. Viewing
Friday, 3-9 p.m. Service Saturday,
11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment at
Dade Memorial North.

EARL LEE SANGSTER, 66, died
March 5 at Cedars Medical Center.
Service Saturday, 3 p.m. in the
chapel.

LANIER D. MANCE, 59, died
March 8 at his residence. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at New
Providence M.B. Church.



Deadline for obituaries

Monday, 3:30 p.m.


WILLIE MAE COWAN, 85, died
March 13 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
Survivors: %
daughter,
Beulah; three
grandchildren;
five great grand-
children; four
great-great-
grandchildren.
Service Saturday, 1 p.m. t
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church.

ELDER JOHN B. DICKEY, for-
mer founder and
pastor of The
First Born
Church of the
Living God in
Overtown, that
later moved to
Miami Central,
97, died March
10. Survivors:
wife, Altamese
Barber Dickey; several nieces
including, Vernita Williams Esquire;
several nephews including Michael
Flemings; sister-in-law, Retha
Barber Nero of Tallahassee; broth-
er-in-law, James Barber; a dear
family friend, Mary Ann Koelmel;
other relatives, church family and
friends. Service Friday, 1 p.m. at
United Christian Fellowship
Community Ministries.

DOROTHY POUNCEY, 67, LPN,
died March 8 at
Parkwa cy
Regional
Medical Center.
Service
Saturday, 12
p.m. at Mt.
Carmel
Missionary
Baptist Church.


Grace


MICHAEL BUTLER, 61, social
worker/educa-
tor, died March
72, died 8. Public view-
ing Wednesday
(today), 4-8 p.m.
and Thursday, 9
a.m.-12 p.m. in
the chapel at
Grace Funeral
Home. Final
rites entrusted
to Charlow Funeral Home, 1010
Laura Street, Plant City, Florida.

ORD, 77, RUDEAN RIDLEY, 71, died
March 8 at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

PAX Villa
MARC LAMY, 45, died February
13. Services were held.

PAULO NATIVIDADE, 68, died
March 6. Services were held.

LEONIA DEISR, 79, died March
al 4. Service Saturday, 2:30 p.m. at
Notre Dame D'Haiti Catholic
Church.
,MS, 66,
DEGUERRE JEAN, 72, died
March 6. Service Saturday, 10 a.m.
at St. James Catholic Church.


RUTH NEAL SMITH, 85, fur fin-
isher, died
March 11 at
home
Survivors:
Theodore and
Martha Russell,
Keith and
Angela Hylor,
Orangen and
Denise Dean
and Rawn and
Prancetta Washington. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at A.M. Cohen
Temple COGIC.

ROSA BEATRICE DeSHAZIOR
aka 'TINY,' 62,
school crossing
guard, died
March 12 at
h o m e
Survivors: sis-
ters, Karen, Irby,
Urerial, Yafeal,
Juwan and
Sean; brother-
like, Cartez
'Boa' DeShazior (Dale), Theresa
and Latonya. Service Saturday, 10
a.m. in the chapel.

DUROSIER MELBOURN NOE,
67, died March 8
at Parkway
Regional
Medical Center.
Service Sunday,
12 p.m. at
Bethany SDA
Church.



ISIAH KINSEY, 66, died March
11 at Kendall Hospital. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Trinity CME
Church.

Poitier
ROBERT WATSON, 81, self-
employed labor-
er, died March
12 at Franco
Nursing Home.
S e r v i c e
Saturday at
House of God
Miracle Temple.



JIMMIE HARRIS, 88, porter, died
March 9 at
Regent Park
Nursing Home.
Remains will be
shipped to Hall's
Funeral Home
in Fitzgerald,
GA for final rites
and burial.

CLARA DENISE BRANDON, 42,
nurse aid, died
March 11 at
Parkway
Regional
Medical Center.
S e r v i c e
Saturday, 1 p.m.
in the chapel.



TYRONE HAMILTON, 52, coun-
selor, died March 1. Arrangements
are incomplete.


Range


WILLIE MAE MANN, 48, retired
medical secre-
tary, died March
8. Survvors: her
husband, Barry
A. Mann; mother,
Willie B.
Hammonds; two
daughters, April
and Catherine
Mann; son,
Nakia; three sis-
ters, Linda Meadows, Thelma
Buckle (Keith) and Tonya Royal; two
uncles, Willie Bee Cooper (Irin) and
Raymond Royal (Gloria); aunts,
Rosetta Wallace and Lessie Royal;
great aunt, Emma Nelson; cousin,
Nell Towns (J.C.); and a host of
nieces, nephews and other rela-
tives. Service Thursday, 12 p.m. at
Miami Seventh Day Baptist Church.


.ROBERT N. DEMPS, III, 39, jour-
neyman for
Administration
Associates, died
March 13.
Survivors: his
wife, Ada
Demps; two
sons, Robert, IV
and Shawn
Demps; three
daughters,
Terasha, Candy and Valent; mother
and father, Mae and Robert
Demps; brother, Darrell; sister,
Roshell; and a host of other rela-
tives. Service Saturday, 2 p.m. at
Cohen Temple Church of God In
Christ.


Range Coconut Grove


MILDRED LOIS LEONARD, 73,
Coconut Grove,
died March 11.
Survivors: three
daughters,
Charlotte Smith,
Marion and
Minerva
Leonard; three
sons, Leon,
Eugene and
David Leonard;
two brothers, Jimmy and Roy
Smith; three sisters, Bishop Alice
Williams, Lille Bell Matthews and
Frankie L. Smith. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's
First Missionary Baptist Church.


SHIRLEY L. WILLIAMS, 53, died
March 12. Service Saturday, 2:30
p.m. at St. James Baptist Church.

WILMER GENE CARTER, 65,
Coconut Grove, died March 4.
Services were held.

TERRELL RANDALL VARNES,
57, Coconut Grove, died March 1.
Services were held.

ROSEMARY ELLIOTT, 47,
Coconut Grove, died February 28.
Services were held.

PAULINE CRUM, died March 13.
Arrangements are incomplete.


Death Notice


RETIRED LIEUTENANT
LANIER D. MANCE, died
March 8, 2006. He was a loyal
and committed member of socie-
ty.
His tireless and impeccable
service of 20 years at Hallandale
Beach Police Department in-
spired many along the way. Mr.
Mance excelled from officer to
lieutenant during his tenure at
HB P.D. He retired in 1993. He
further committed to six more
years of service with the Village
of Key Biscayne.
He was highly respected by his
co-workers and successors He
reciprocated the same comrade-
ship and respect to his Chief in
Command and to the
Brotherhood of Law
Enforcement. He was coura-
geous, caring, and committed to
his duties and responsibilities
as an officer of the law.
Now that God has called him
home, I pray that my husband
has a seat in the Kingdom at
God's right hand. But most of all
'Baby,' I pray that you rest in
heavenly peace.
With everlasting love, your
wife, Pamela Davis.
Viewing Friday, 3-9 p.m. at
Manker Funeral Home.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at
St. Matthews Church, 6101 NW
24th Avenue.
Interment at Southern
Memorial Park.




In Memoriam


In loving memory of,
*1


LEE ROANCE POLLOCK, SR.
aka 'ROANCE'

11/08/52 03/15/05

It has been one year since God
has called you home to your re-
ward. We love you dearly and
miss you very much. We cher-
ished the memories you have left
behind.
Your loving wife JoAnn,
children Gregory, Lee, Dewwon-
na, Lashawnda, Diondra and
grandchildren.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

SABIN RENARD LEWIS

03/18/61 07/17/05

Daddy, not a day goes by
that we don't think about you.
The Holidays were hard, but
your birthday will be the most
difficult to face.
We keep a picture. of you
around our necks just so we
won't miss a day of seeing you.
Daddy, we miss those days
when you use to pick us up
from school, the times you'd
take us to the mall, and espe-
cially the days we'd spend time
together at the beach.
We know Heaven is full of joy,


Happy 18th Birthday

In loving memory of,


DESMOND FINCHER


12/29/05 03/13/88

We love and miss you so much!
Mom, Tanya, Michael Jr.,
Maurice, Brittany, Jamesha and
James Jr.
D-Dependable
E- Enjoyment
S-Special
M-Mature
O-Outstanding
N-Noble
D-Dilligent


In Memoriam


MICHAEL CLARK


I can't believe it's been a year,
just as yesterday it felt like we
were together, we know God
does not make mistakes. We love
and will miss you.
Love always, Mom and Grand-
mother.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


MARLENE CHEREE
CARTER


wishes to express our sincere
thanks to Good News Church,
Catholic Hospice, Hampton
Court Nursing Home and
friends.
Well wishes for your love
prayers, cards, visits, flowers
and support during our recent
period of bereavement,


because now you have peace
and have made it home in
Heaven and had to leave my
brother and me.
Daddy, you are deeply
missed, but will never be for-
gotten.
Forever in our hearts, your
sons, the Lewis brothers,
Sherric and Shemar.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt


Death Notice

PAULINE CRUM, 96. died March 13. Survivors: nephew, Manzell
M. Shannon; a dear friend and guardian, Margare' h. Serice
Friday, 11 a.m. in the chapel. Range Funeral Home is conducting the
service.


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right spiritual. Tall and beauti-
ful, Henry personifies an ele-
gance that is warm and
approachable. She is a triple
threat singer, actress and
model. Of the three vocations,


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impact on her fans as well
herself.
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since she was a little girl watch
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architecture while a student at
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Willing ever to shield my
Honored name?
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only with Mother,
Who cares for me with patient
tenderness;
She from every human
pain would rather
Save me, and drink the
dregs of bitterness.
If on life's way I happen to flounder,
My true thoughts should be of
Mother dear,
She is the rock that ne'er
rifts asunder,
The cry of her child,


be it far or near.
This is love wonderful
beyond compare;
It is God's choicest gift to mortal man;
You, who know Mother,
in this thought must share,
For, she, of all, is Angel of your Clan.
My Mother is Black, loveliest of all;
Yes, she is as pure as
the new made morn;
Her song of glee is a
clear rythmic call
To these arms of love to
which I was born.
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sweet Mother,
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happen to roam;
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2C The Miami Times, March 15-21, 2006


The Egelloc Civic and Social
Club with Cora S. Johnson,
president; Mary Ann Thomas
McCloud, director and
Marietta Bullard, chair, pre-
sented the Men of Tomorrow
Expo, last week, to a filled
auditorium at the Joseph
Caleb Center. Bullard was
mistress of ceremony, who
began by calling upon
Johnson to bring the welcome,
followed by McCloud and the
introduction of the adjudica-
tors like Paulette
Bartlett, Alma Brown,
Norman Cox, Kraig
Lynch and the leg-
endary Charles
Mobley.
Some of the partic-
ipants included
Anthony Gilbert; Jon
Ingraham, president;
Ali Cannon; Shannon
Williams; Justin O' BUL
Farrell; Garland Williamson;
Louis Powell; Spenser
Everett; Jonathan Martin;
Cecil Duffie; Justin Elliott
and Cameron Thomas.
When it was all over, the
judges deliberated and then
Bullard announced the win-
ners. First place went to Cecil
Duffie, N. Miami Sr., who
recited Dr. Martin L. King,
Jr.'s, I've Been To The
Mountain Top, followed by two
second place winners: Justin
O' Farrell, New World School
of The Arts, who performed a
modern dance and Cameron
Thomas, M.A.S.K., who per-
formed a hip-hop dance to the
delight of the audience.
Third place went to
Spenser Everett,
Northwestern, who performed
a liturgical dance; Shannon
Williams, Norland, who per-
formed a monologue entitled:
Guess Who's Coming To


Dinner; and Garland
Williamson, Northwestern,
who performed a terrific guitar
selection, Breezing.
McCloud announced that
all winners will perform at the
presentation on Saturday,
April 1, at the James L.
Knight Center. The next
activity for members, parents,
guests and young men is the
Etiquette Luncheon on
Sunday, March 19 at Florida
Memorial University, begin-
ning at 3 p.m.
Rehearsals will be each
Thursday until April 1.
Other members of
the committee include
Kamellah Brown-
Brown, Bertha Milton,
Vera Percell, Wilma
M. Rogers and
Stephenia Purcell-
Willis.


LARD


Kudos go out to the
University of Miami Black
Alumni Society (BAS), Melissa
Rolle-Scott, president, for
recognizing Benny O' Berry as
the first Black to graduate
from the university in August
of 1962. Berry made his first
attempt back in 1951 and
never gave up until he was
admitted. He, subsequently,
received a Bachelor's of
Education at the age of 46.
Not only was Berry the first
Black to graduate from the
University of Miami, he was
also the first Black to receive a
Pilot's license in Florida, the
first Black to be able to own a
driver's license business in
Miami-Dade County and com-
mitted some other firsts that
are to numerous to mention.
More than 500 people from
his family, church, AARP,
neighborhood and Omega Psi


Phi Fraternity showed up at
Parrot Jungle to support
Berry, including Terri Ann
Bennett, president of UM's
United Black Students. She
had the honor of interviewing
the honoree and meeting such
a great man. Congrats Bro.!
******
Steven Thompson, presi-
dent of the Sunshine Slopers,
announced that while the U.S.
Olympic team may have Shani
Davis, the Sunshine Slopers
boast Juan Mosley, who won
two gold medals at the Annual
Meeting Challenge Cup at the
Mini-Summit held in Banff,
Canada, February 11-18.
Mosley won the gold in
advanced male skiing and
advanced male snow board-
ing.
Mosley joined the
Sunshine Slopers in
1997 and began snow-
boarding three and a
half years ago. "I
watched a lot of DVDs
and videos of skiers
and snowboarders to
hone my technique,"
he remarked. "I can't
get out to the moun- FRA
tains like some of the
skiers who live in Northern cli-
mates, but, I visualized and
practiced until I got it right,"
he continued.
Mosley also gave credit to
Ken Washington, who intro-
duced him to the club and
Thompson, who encouraged
him to let it all out. He's happy
to be away from his Florida
Power and Light job to pursue
another dream.
Thompson announced the
club's celebration of its 15th
anniversary with 220 mem-
bers. They meet every third
Sunday at the Omega Activity
Center to get ready for several
trips and activities. They
include the Eastern Region
Winterfest, March 30; The
Spring Break Trip in
Smugglers Notch, Vermont,
April 2; Keystone, Colorado,
April 10-14 and a retreat in
Marco Island, August 18-20.
For more information, call
305-620-5533 and ask for
Baker.


Two of the many giants in
Miami that demised recently
were Alice Dean Harrison and
Harold Leonard Francis.
Hundreds of people filled The
Church of the Incarnation and
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church, respectively, to pay
their last respects to two out-
standing people.
Harrison was a socialite in
South Florida and inherited
her traits from her parents,
Albert and Blanche Dean. Her
legacy began with graduating
from Booker T. Washington
High, Dillard University and
New York University; teaching
at Dorsey High; counseling at
North Dade Sr.; directing at the
North Central Office; being
principal at Van E. Blanton
and sharing her expertise with
the MRS club, AKA
Sorority, Inc., The
Links, CARATS, and
MARCAPC (M. Athalie
Range Culture and
Performing Club).
Kudos go out to the
those who eulogized
her including Reverend
Canons Nelson
ICIS Pinder, Richard L.
Marquess-Barry, J.
Kenneth Major and Barbara
Baptiste-Williams.
Alice loved parades and
funerals when Elliot J.
Scavella was alive. At the Palm
Sunday parade she used to
push her daughter, Adrian, in
the carriage as well as her
grandson when he was young.
Due to her love of parades, the
Progressive Band played at her
funeral while many marched in
front her her casket. They
included: her daughter,
Adrian; Sen. Frederica S.
Wilson; Lucille Robinson;
Lucille Glass; Helen B.
Williams; Garth Reeves;
Willis Murray and Dr. Richard
J. Strachan.
Some of her former students
from North Dade Sr. High were
present including Dr. Walter T.
Richardson; Edwin Bethune;
David and Mrs. Williams;
Anthony Simons; Tereta
Rigby; Jimmy and Barbara
Anders; James B. and Eura
Randolph; Deborah S. Irby;


Blacks
Norman J. Dwight-Jackson
and Martha Reese.
Alice has gone on to join
other faculty members such as
Charles D. Wyche, Dr.
Kenneth Walker, Thomas
'Sport' Anderson, Juanita
Hanberry, Samuel Forde,
Henry Mizel, Carolyn Young,
Charles Jones, Betty S.
Smiley, Thomasena W.
Lindsey, Marian Pinder Allen,
Everlyn Moss, Dorothy Davis,
William Meares, Clifford
Matthews, Daniel Francis,
Odess Curry and Dr. Tee S.
Greer.
Francis' family held a similar
service for the one-time funeral
attendant for his father's busi-
ness (Harold Francis Funeral
Home) back in the days. The
Progressive Band's sound
impacted the commu-
nity and brought in the
processional, which
was followed by
Bernard Poitier, a
white hearse and sev-
eral white limousines.
Awaiting their arrival
was Reverend Dr.
Joretha Capers; Dr.
Phillip Clarke, pastor, HAMI
St. Matthews MBC;
Minister Pamela Hall; Dr. Carl
Johnson, pastor, 93rd Street
MBC; and a mass choir that
sang all of Harold's favorite
songs with Donald Hylor, Jr.,
James Moss, saxophonist and
Lawrence Ford, who sang Joy
and lifted the spirits of the
mourning family.
Capers eulogized Francis
under the theme, Grace and
Mercy, which began outlining
his life with him graduating
from Booker T. Washington
High School; marrying Delores
Brown and fathering Lolita,
Harriet and Angels. Then he
met and married Adrianna
Kelly. He worshipped at
Ebenezer UMC and became a
devoted member of the United
Methodist's Men's Ministry. He
was well-liked by the members.
The band took them out New
Orleans style. Jean Perry,
Joann Brookins, Dr.
Geraldine Gilyard, William
and Walter Clark, Samuel
'Chase' Williams, Victor
Curry and T. Eilene Martin-


Must Control Their Own Destiny


Major danced until the band-
moved out of reach. 150 family :,
members and friends assem-j
bled at two homes for ain
evening of camaraderie and
reflections. ,
i'N
******
Dr. Enid Pinkney, president
of the African American
Committee of Dade Heritage
Trust and membership, has
finalized plans to honor Anna
Syrelda Kitchell Thompson,
Gladys W. Dean, Winifred D..
Curry, Jeanette W. Davis,
Isabella Lightbourn, Emily,
Strachan Farrington.,:
Theodora Stibbins, Florence,,4
G. Moncur and Georgiana!
Stephens on Monday, March
20 at Legion Memorial Park,:_
64447 N.E. 7th Ave. It will.;:
begin at high noon. The
public is invited. For
more information, call
305-635-5130.
Miamian Ryan Young
has moved to Atlanta,
where he is now a;
reporter on Channel 2,
WSB, an ABC station
after only six years in
'LTON television. The FSU
graduate is the son of
Nancy and Paul Young.

******
Longtime Miamian Ida.,
Knowles Goodrum was buried.
on March 11 in Winter Haven. .
The retired teacher was the
wife of the late FAMU football
star Demosthenes Goodrum
and mother of former,
Minnesota Vikings player
Charles Goodrum.
******
Congratulations to Publix
Supermarkets for being the,
first to install generators in
most of its major South Florida,
Stores to take care of those.
hurricanes when our power is
off.

******
St. Agnes Church is sponsor-
ing its 10th annual Scenic bus,:,
tour, May 26 29 visitingi.i
Charleston, South Carolina.4,
For more information, call.
Elizabeth Blue at 305-638.,,!
1875.


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Reports circulating in uptown nightlife circles are that the big name on a recent-
ly opened night spot and his partners have split and both are look-
ing for new associates...
A good time was had by all as popular attorney Thornton A.
Meacham began celebration of his 88th birthday at Showman's cafe,
375 West 125th Street, on Wednesday, March 8th .. .
That was Martin Luther King III and Reverend Andrew Young
who were joined by Sanford Weill and Paul Miller to support attor-
ney Clarence Jones as he was honored by the American Jewish i
Congress for his work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.... ALLEN
As officials held yet another ceremony last week on the site of the ,
KING African Burial Ground on Duane and Elk Streets in Manhattan, Gale Norton, US,,,
Secretary of the Interior, announced that an $8 million memorial and visitors cen-,,
ter is scheduled to be completed this fall. President Bush has proclaimed part of the site as a:{
national monument, the oldest and largest African Burial ground in North America, according to,,
the National Park Service.


Nicole Henry to perform at And the Women Gather;


HENRY
continued from 1C


hThe Philadelphia native has
been embraced by Miami, but
the magic city cannot keep her
to itself. Henry has devoted
local, national and internation-
al followers. She has wowed
audiences in Japan, was
named 2004's "Best New
Artist" by HMV/Japan Jazz
Awards and performs regularly
around the country at jazz fes-
tivals.
Henry is currently working
on her third CD. Her debut
* release,The Nearness of You,
was number two ranked
second only to Norah Jones, on
HMV's Jazz Vocal Sales Charts
in Japan, and remained in the
Top 10 for over three months.
I am fortunate to experience
Henry's gift often, as she per-
forms several times each year
at my church Unity on the
Bay. While some R & B and
jazz singers get their beginning
in church and then sever ties
to pursue secular music,
Henry's musical talent cannot
be confined to any one venue.
Henry considers it a huge
blessing to be able to perform
* in church. She says, "To have
* an opportunity to sing in a
church, especially Unity on the
Bay, is such a real honor, a
real responsibility." Her per-
formances are soulful expres-
sions that she pours her total


self into.
Keenly aware of the magni-
tude of sharing her voice with
others in a church setting,
Henry sometimes becomes
emotional during her perform-
ances. "I thank God for trust-
ing me to convey His message,"
she said during a telephone
interview with The Miami
Times.
The "almost 32"- year old
prefers jazz a genre she dis-
covered in 2002 because it
is "a lot more expressive...and
deeper" than popular music.
Henry's voice is undoubtedly
a part of her appeal, however,
her interpretation of whatever
she sings has a way of captur-
ing her audience. "I'm really
asking everyone to come along
with me on the musical jour-
ney," she explained.
Henry is a busy woman. In
addition to her regular appear-
ances at local jazz clubs, con-
certs and other events, Henry
has a very full acting schedule
that includes too many nation-
al commercials to list. She also
has hosting duties for the
musical segment on the WLRN
television show 'Art Street'
where she introduces viewers
to local musicians. The show
airs on Monday and Saturday
nights at 7:30 p.m.
Recognized as a sure-bet,
Henry wowed an early morn-
ing crowd last month when
she sang the national anthem


acapella at a Miami Beach :
fund-raising breakfast that .
featured Senator Hillary
Rodham Clinton. She is also,,.
set to appear at two prominent,,
local events this month. Ini,
addition to performing at the,4,b
city of Miami Gardens' first :
'Jazz in the Gardens' concert,,:-,
on March 25, Henry will be,,,
the featured performer at this;,,i
year's And The Women Gather
- a literary jazz brunch held
annually at the Biltmore Hotel.
The annual premiere event
for women features five
diverse female authors to feed
intellects, a brunch to feed the
bellies and Henry's music to
soothe souls. Henry per-
formed at the event in 2004
and is thrilled to make a :':
repeat appearance because ;
"Lorna Owens has really dedi-
cated her life to helping '
women."
A portion of the proceeds
will go to Women Behind Bars,
a program Owens created for
incarcerated women to help
them reclaim their power; and
Metamorphosis a day spa
SOwens plans to open at the
end of the year. Owens
intends Metamorphosis to be
a sanctuary for women to be
run by the WBB graduates.
.For more information on And the
Women Gather, call 305-573-8423.
For more information on Nicole
Henry, visit her web site at
www.nicolehenry.com.


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Elaine Manuel Symonette
was installed as president of
AARP chapter #4686 on
February 14. Congratulations!
Soror Shirley Franklin,
Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, will
chair the first annual meeting of
women mayors in her city this
June. During the global leader-
ship initiative, U.S. women
mayors hope to lead the discus-
sion on increasing educational,
political and economic access


for women everywhere.
Tiger Woods attended the
opening of the new $25 million
Tiger Woods Learning Center
in Anaheim, California, aimed
at helping children find their
way. Children who apply by
writing letters go to the center
after school for interactive pro-
grams in science, math and
technology.
Get well wishes to all of you
from all of us!


Celestine Hepburn-Brown,
Pearline Nairn, Kim Lynch,
Rudolph McCartney, Mae
Hamilton-Clear, Louise Dean,
Evangeline Gibson, Rudie
Marks, Cleomie Allen-Smith,
Frances Brown, Janice
Sanders, Mervin Armbrister,
Joyce G. Johnson, George V.
McPhee, Samuel 'BowTie'
Ferguson, Henry Sanky
Newbold, Doris Pittman,
Andrew 'Bo' Robinson, Lloyd
'Tank' Johnson, Catherine
Mapp, Princess Roberts-Lamb,
Inez McKinney Johnson and
Fred Adderley.-
Reverend Laish Boyd of
Nassau is now Bishop of the
Bahamas. His family in our city
includes: the Minnis, Braynon
and Johnson families.


Congratulations Sir!
March is National Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month. The
American Cancer Society rec-
ommends that if you are 50 or
older, it's lime to get tested for
colon cancer. Why? Because
testing saves lives.
Happy Wedding Anniversary
greetings to the following cou-
ples:
Prince G and Claudia
Gordon, Jr., March 5th: Their
5th
Horace and Bertha Johnson,
March 6th: Their 41st
The Reeves and Sweeting
families were very happy to see
their family from Nassau last
week. Father James
(Bernadette Hall) Moultry,
Priest of our family and former


parish Saint Matthews
Episcopal Church in Nassau,
was the guest speaker for the
First Lenten Service held at
Christ Church on March 5.
Old time Miamians were sad-
dened to hear of the passing of
Ida Knowles in Winter Haven.
Ida was the sister of Gilbert
Knowles, Walter Knowles and
Beatrice Knowles of Railroad
Shop (NW 12th Avenue and 46
Street). He was also a great bas-
ketball player for Dorsey High
School.
Congratulations to Priscilla
Thompson who was reappoint-
ed as clerk for the City of Miami.
Wanda Horton now answers
to the name of Mrs. Nathaniel
Walker. Congratulations!
Happy "Sisterhood" Month to


all Deltas!
The King of Clubs of Greater
Miami is 75 years young. Last
November Miami's oldest civic
organization observed their
75th anniversary. The club was
founded in 1930. This group of
men offers scholarships to
needy students and organizes
community projects including
holiday food baskets. $1000
scholarships were awarded to
Cheri McIntosh, Imani
Greene, Joseph Dubery and
Widnett Yassor. Astrid Mack
is President-Emeritus.
Ninety-nine percent of failures
come from people who have the
habit of making excuses.
The answer to all our problems
comes down to a single word.
That word is "Education."


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Full Name of Business
Range Funeral Home
5727 NW 7th Avenue
(305)691-4343

Year Established
February 1, 1953

Owners
M. Athalie Range, N.
Patrick Range

Number of full-time/
part-time employees
12 full-time employees

Products/Services
Our service to the commu-
nity is helping families get
proper first class funeral
services.

Future Goals
The future goal of the busi-
ness is to continue to ren-
der services to the commu-
nity as we have done over
the past 53 years. We natu-
rally would not survive
without the support of the
Black community. We just
want to keep up with the
current times and that's
what I think is important.
You always want to render
first class professional
services so that people are
satisfied with what you do.

Why did you start this
business and how
has it grown?
My husband and I started
this business in the year of
1953, when there were not
many Black owned funeral
homes. In those times,
everything was still segre-
gated so Black families did-
n't want to take their
deceased family members
somewhere they didn't
belong. There was not only
a need for the funeral serv-
ices, there was a demand.
The backbone of the busi-
ness now is my son. The
population and the amount
of Black funeral homes
since 1953 has grown sig-
nificantly, but the success
and clientele of this busi-
ness has grown substan-
tially.

What were some of
the obstacles you
faced and how did you
overcome them?
It was very difficult to have
a first class funeral home.
Back in the days you didn't
get financed because of the
segregated treatment that
Blacks received. A person
couldn't walk in a bank
and get fifty or sixty thou-
sand dollars. Consequently
you opened on a shoe
string. My husband got a
hearse from Georgia and
that was the only vehicle
we had. Our family actual-
ly loaned us the first two
thousand dollars and


M. Athalie Range


that's how we were able to
get started. This business
now serves numerous com-
munities including areas
such as Coconut Grove
and counties in the north
and south.

Who does your busi-
ness best serve
and why?
It's quite evident that our
business best serves the
Black community. The
business serves Blacks the
most simply because we
are accustomed to being
serviced by a Black funeral
home. Families that we
serviced back when we first
opened continue to return
to us for services.
Grandchildren from these
families are still coming
back. Sometimes third,
fourth and even fifth gener-
ations come for their loved
ones.

How have your
experiences helped
meet the needs
of your clients?
It's a certain segment of the
community that's going to
always need your help. My
past experiences have
shown me to serve people
to the best of your abilities.
I've learned that you got to
give a little to take a little.
Sometimes the insurance
companies don't help the
families out as much as
they need, so you have to
help who you can. We are
not only serving those who
have died but we are sup-
plying a service to the fam-
ily of the loved ones.

Where did you get the
name of your company
and does it have any
significant meaning?
The name of the business
is naturally our family
name. What is more impor-
tant is our family motto.
Our motto is: "A living serv-
ice to the living," and that
means you're serving fami-
lies to make sure they are
comfortable and being con-
soled so they can appreci-
ate your services. Our
motto has never changed.


By Melissa N. Brown
Miamit Times Writer

Captain Winston Scott grew
up believing that the sky was
the limit literally.
However, as a young Black
boy growing up in segregated
Coconut Grove, making that
belief a reality was not feasi-
ble. Now, the little boy who
watched space launches on
TV is one of 10 Black NASA
astronauts. Scott has also
parlayed his childhood fasci-
nation with space travel into
his current position as the
executive director of the
Florida Space Authority.


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The Miami-native returned
home to talk to Miami Dade
College students about
another seemingly out of
reach topic outer space
business. Scott's visit to the
college was a part of Miami
Dade College's first Business
Day Symposium.
Things people use everyday
such as satellite TV and cell
phone technology both come
from space technology, Scott
said. "The business of space
is about bringing it home to
everyday people to make life
better. We benefit from space
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NHS celebrates groundbreaking


Neighborhood Housing
Services recently broke ground
for four lots in West Little
River, unincorporated Dade
County. Reverend Phillip
Johns, Chief of Staff for
District 2 Commissioner
Dorrin Rolle; Wayne Carter,
Director of Constituent
Services for Miami-Dade
Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Juan
Garcia, Assistant Director of
the Miami-Dade Housing
Agency; Willy Borroto, Project
Architect; Jorge Lazarraga,
Project Contractor; NHS Board
Members Patricia Algaze and
Owen Blandford and other
area housing officials partici-
pated in the joyous occasion.
The event earmarked the
coming together of the
County's Infill Housing
Program, Neighborhood
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NHS
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Housing Services' commitment
to developing affordable hous-
ing and homebuyers who per-
severed in the arduous
process of acquiring a home.
Smiling broadly as their
shovels burrowed into the
ground, homebuyers Emilean
Harrell, Shawntia Kirkland and
their relatives were watching
the beginning stages of a beau-
tiful new home. Within months
they will be able to boast about
the words "my home." Harrell
said: "I am ready to stop throw-
ing my money away."
NHS Executive Director and
President Arden Shank and
Director of Homeownership
Training Marc Williams
presided over the celebration
that visibly demonstrated what
can happen when public and
private housing officials unite
in the common cause of build-
ing affordable housing.
"We take our hats off to Arden
Shank. NHS is making sure the
reality of homeownership
becomes available to all peo-
ple," Reverend Johns stated.
Wayne Carter echoed a simi-
lar sentiment, stating: "Mayor
Alvarez is a strong supporter of
affordable housing. I commend
Arden Shank and his team for


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L to R: Reverend Phillip Johns, Chief of Staff for District 2 Commissioner, Dorrin Rolle; Homebuyer Emilean
Harrell and her daughter, Monica; Mrs. Kirkland, mother of honebuyer Shawntia Kirkland; Shawntia Kirkland,
homebuyer; Wayne Carter, Director of Constituent Services for Mayor Carlos Alvarez; Juan Garcia, Assistant
Director of Miami-Dade Housing; and Arden Shank, Executive Director and President of Neighborhood Housing
Services.


making this project a reality."
Neighborhood Housing
Services (NHS) is a nonprofit
"ohe-stop shop" that turns
housing dreams into a reality
by providing affordable hous-
ing services and neighborhood
revitalization services


throughout Miami-Dade
County. A certified
Ne i g h b o rWo r k s
Homeownership Center, NHS
offers services in English and
Spanish. Creole presentations
and services are also available
through our partnership with


Little Haiti Housing
Association. Distinctive in
its lending services, NHS offers
a comprehensive set of train-
ing and lending options for
first-time homeowners. Go to
www.mdnhs.org for more
information.


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ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
MDCPS Prototype Elementary
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2710
Miami, FL 33130
Enoc Pallango
T: 305-374-1107
F: 305-374-1138
Shane Tedder, John Bruer 561-832-1616
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., Construction Manager, will
receive sealed bids at the above address for Phase III "100%
CDs"(Site Remediation): for the Miami-Dade County. Public
Schools Project No. A-01125, on or before 2:00 pm on
Thursday, March 16th, 2006.
This work consists of removal of contaminated soil and import,
grade & compaction of clean suitable fill. Drawings and specifica-
tions are available through Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
(please call or fax request for drawings)
There will be a pre-bid meeting at the above listed address on
Friday the 10th at 1:00PM.
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is committed to affirmatively
ensuring a substantial increase in the awarding of construction
subcontracts to contractors and vendors who meet the criteria of
the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Minority/Women Business
Enterprises. The M/WBE participation goal is 18% African
American and 6% Woman Owned Businesses for this project.


ANTI-P REMATORY LENDING

AWARENESS DAY a MARCH


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call 305-694-6225


Fane's A/C &
Appliance Repair
Wall units, central air, stove,
refrigerator, washer and dryer.
305-754-5060
Bp.: 305-566-8389



Daryl's Banquet Hall
All occasions, weddings, parties, etc.
1290 Ali Baba (West of 27th Ave.)
Limo Rentals
305-622-3361
305-796-9558



Smart Fashion Salon
Booths for rent. Special
discount for the first six
months. 5603 NW 7th Avenue
Ask for Lucy
305-757-9710



Range Funeral Home
The Directors are: M. Athalie Range
and N. Patrick Range
5727 N.W. 17th Avenue
305-691-4343


Gene and Sons, Inc.
Custom-made cabinets for kitchens
and bathrooms at affordable prices.
14140 NW 22nd Avenue
305-685-3565


General Home Repair
Air condition, plumbing, electrical,
roofing, appliances, washer, dryer,
stove. Call Benny
305-685-1898
786-273-1130


Southeastern Roofing
& Painting
General Home Repairs. Repair
and Roofs. Financing.
Call 305-694-9405


C. Brian Hart Ins.
Auto Flood Windstorm General
Liability Home Worker's
Compensation
7954 NW 22nd Avenue
305-836-5206


RUSSELL with the
MUSCLES
24 hours Moving/Deliveries
Low Rates Senior Citizens and
Disability Discounts
305-625-3461 or
305-651-5544



Foreclosure Experts
Refinance Pay Off Bills
Save Your Home Get Cash Out
Call Steven
305-636-0990



Coops' Kitchen
Specialized in Bar-B-Oue Ribs
and Chicken
7910 NW 22 Avene
786-229-7031
Thursday-Saturday


Wedding Video
Productions
Corporate videos, Music videos,
high definition/film
786-258-3732


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JMH administrator, McSwain named to consortium's board


By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Writer

Gloria McSwain, director of
Patient Care Services for
Emergency Services at
Jackson Memorial Hospital,
has been named director of
the Board of Directors for the
Nursing Shortage Consortium
of South Florida. The organi-
zation's primary goal is to
raise awareness of South
Florida's critical nursing
shortage.
As a director of Patient Care
Services for Emergency
Services at Jackson, McSwain


is responsible for the emer-
gency care provided to the
hospital's patients. She
earned an Associates of
Science degree in nursing
from Miami-Dade Community
College in May 1974. She
holds a bachelor's in nursing
from Florida International
University and a master's
degree in health management
from St. Thomas University.
McSwain is also a certified
nurse administrator advance
and is a registered profession-
al nurse.
As a member of the Board of
Directors for the Nursing


Gloria McSwain


Shortage Consortium of South
Florida, McSwain, a native of
Brownsville, will help encour-
age young people to choose
nursing as a career similar to
how her middle school science
teacher Andrew Sims influ-
enced her.
"We see influencing minori-
ties to go into nursing as a
major priority," she said. "The
shortage of nurses has dra-
matically affected health care
for Blacks. Nurses do a lot of
the preventive care and edu-
cation. A shortage of nurses
is a shortage of education for
Blacks in terms of preventa-


Live care and treatment."
Florida is facing a grave
shortage of nurses. By 2020,
the Health Resources and
Services Administration
(HRSA), an arm of the U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services; expects
Florida's vacancy rate to rise
to 33 percent, or more than
61,000 nurse vacancies.
Through a variety of pro-
grams such as A Day in the
Life of the Nurse, the organi-
zation educates young people
about the nursing industry.
"We try to expose them to var-
ious types of nursing,"


McSwain said. "They can
work in administration, edu-
cation, insurance companies,
a doctor's office or the school
system."
The board's short-term
goals include job shadowing
opportunities for students
and studying whether hous-
ing costs in the tri-county
area are discouraging nurses
to relocate to the area.
For more information about
the Nursing Shortage
Consortium of South Florida
or the shortage of nurses in
South Florida, visit
www.nursingshortage.org.


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CITY OF MIAMI
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at his office located at City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 for the following:

PROJECT NAME: "LITTLE HAITI PLANTING GRANT CONTRACT, B-30260"

BID NO. 05-06-048

This project consists of planting 35 gumbo limbo trees, 20 buttonwood, and 20 silver buttonwood trees
based on a reforestation grant approved by City Commission under Resolution 05-0403 adopted June
23, 2005. The work consists of furnishing all labor, materials and equipment including complete surface
restoration to accomplish the planting of the trees along the Little Haiti neighborhood area. The project
is located in the area bounded by N.W. 84 Street to N.W. 36 Street and from N.W. 6 Avenue to N.E. 4
Avenue. The contract term is for seventy-five (75) working days. This project is subject to the Davis
Bacon federal wage rates.

A Performance Bond is required for this project.

THE PROSPECTIVE BIDDER MUST HAVE A CURRENT CERTIFIED CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE
FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSE BOARD FOR THE CLASS
OF WORK TO BE PERFORMED. OR THE APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY OR
THE STATE'S CONTRACTORS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AS ISSUED BY MIAMI-DADE
COUNTY CODE, WHICH AUTHORIZES THE BIDDER TO PERFORM THE PROPOSED WORK. THE
SELECTED CONTRACTOR SHALL HOLD A MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MUNICIPAL OCCUPATIONAL


LICENSE ISSUED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY IN THE APPROPRIATE TRADE.


Receiving Date & Time: April 4, 2006 at 10:00 AM


Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request, after March 13, 2006, at the City of
Miami, Department of Public Works, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Eight Floor, Miami, FL 33130 Telephone No
(305) 416-1200.

THIS BID SOLICITATION IS SUBJECT TO THE "CONE OF SILENCE" IN ACCORDANCE WITH
SECTION 18-74 OF THE CITY OF MIAMI ORDINANCE NO. 12271.


Ad No. 07803


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City Manager


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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF MIAMI BEACH
NOTICE OF OPENING AND CLOSING OF ITS WAITING LIST
COMPUTER LOTTERY FOR
PUBLIC HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER (HCV). MODERATE
REHABILITATION AND PROJECT BASED PROGRAMS

The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) will open the Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher, Moderate Rehabilitation and Project Based Programs waiting lists on
Wednesday. March 29. 2006. Applications will be available for pick up starting the opening date
of Wednesday. March 29. 2006 through the closing date of Friday. March 31, 2006 from 9:00 A.M.
until 3:00 P.M. in the following locations:


Miami Beach CDC
945 Pennsylvania Avenue
Miami Beach, FL


Miami Beach Community Center
2100 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL


Miami Beach Hispanic Community Center
1701 Normandy Drive
Miami Beach, FL

Persons with disability may request an application by Telephone: 1 (800) 964-8013 or in writing via
mail, HACMB, Attn: Section 8 Applications, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 or by Fax:
(305) 674-8001, starting on Monday. March 20. 2006 through Friday. March 24. 2006 from 8:30 A.M.
to 5:00 P.M. only. The applications requested will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular Mail.

All applications must be postmarked by Monday. April 3. 2006. Only one application will be provided
per person. Applications must be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular or Certified mail only on or
before the postmark date to HACMB, Attn: Section 8 Applications, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL
33139. Any application postmarked after Monday, April 3, 2006 will not be accepted and considered
void. Applications postmarked by Monday. April 3, 2006 will be accepted through Friday. April 14,
2006.

The waiting list will be filled through a random computer selection. This lottery will be held on Tuesday.
April 25 2006 10:00 A.M. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2100 Convention Center Drive,
Miami Beach, FL. The computer will select 2000 random numbers for the Section 8 HCV
Program. For the Project Based and Moderate Rehabilitation Programs, the applicants will be
selected from the 2000 applicants selected for the HCV program which have shown interest by
choosing the corresponding box. Once the 2000 numbers re selected, all additional numbers will
be considered void. If more than one application is received per applicant for this program, all
such applications will be voided.


MIAM3UODE

Notice to Qualified Contractors
Miami-Dade County is soliciting interested contractors to agree to participate and perform in two (2) Miscellaneous
Construction Contract (MCC) Bid No. CICC 7040-0107 & CICC 7360-0108 for various Departments throughout Miami-Dade
County.
PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS are open to public inspection and may be obtained from the Office of Capital Improvement,
located at 111 NW 1 Street, 21st Floor, Miami, Fl. 33128.
AVAILABLE CICC 7360-0108 REQUEST FOR PRICE QUOTATIONS (RPQ)
1) Miami Dade County, Public Works Department Contracts & Specification Division 111 NW 1 Street, Suite 1510 Miami, FI
PWRK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Jean Bernard Philippeaux @ 305-375-2930
RPQ No.: 20060026 PTP FLASHING SCHOOL SIGNALS CONTRACT LOCATION: Various Locations -License Requirements:
Electrical Contractor EST. COST: $1,000,000-
RPQ No.: 20060027 PTP FLASHING SCHOOL SIGNALS CONTRACT 1 LOCATION: Various Locations -License
Requirements: Electrical Contractor EST. COST: $1,000,000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: furnishing all supervision, labor, materials, equipment,
tools and performing all operations necessary to install school speed zone overhead flashing lights and mid block traffic signals
consisting of mast arm combinations with signal heads, regulatory signs. RPQ Bid Due Date: April 26, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. (Non-
Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: 4/11/2006 @ 11:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
RPQ No.: 20060047 TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATION LOCATION: SW 157 Ave & SW 96 Street License Requirements:
Electric Contractor- EST. COST: $100,000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: furnishing all supervision, labor, materials, equipment,
tools and performing all operations necessary for the complete traffic signal installation. RPQ Bid Due Date: April 19, 2006 at 2:00
P.M. (Non-Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: 4/4/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
PWRK Contact PersonlTelephone No.: Luis Perez a 305-375-2930
RPQ No.: 20060085 TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLATION LOCATION: NW 112 Ave. & NW 41 Ave. & NW 97 Ave. & NW 58 Street
- License Requirements: Electric Contractor- EST. COST: $155,000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: furnishing all supervision, labor, materials, equipment,
tools and performing all operations necessary for the complete traffic signal installation. RPQ Bid Due Date: April 12, 2006 at 2:00
PM. (Non-Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: 3/30/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111.NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
PWRK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Alicia Arce @ 305-375-2930
RPQ No.: 20060049 GOB SIDEWALK CONTRACT LOCATIONS: Various Location within District 10 -License Requirements:
Miami Dade County Building Contractor, General Engineering, Paving Contractor EST. COST: $950,000
RPQ No.: 20060050 GOB SIDEWALK CONTRACT LOCATIONS: Various Location within District 10 -License Requirements:
Miami Dade County Building Contractor, General Engineering, Paving Contractor EST. COST: $950,000
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: performing all operation necessary for the construction
and installation of concrete sidewalks and pedestrian ramps that includes base preparation for sidewalk (grading, compaction of
limerock and sand, and removal of tree roots and debris). RPQ Bid Due Date: April 10, 2006 at 2:00 PM. (Non-Mandatory Pre-
bid Meeting: 3/27/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
PWRK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Saifuddin Siddiqui (@ 305-375-2930
RPQ No.: 20060049 GOB SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECT LOCATIONS: Various Location within District 10 -License
Requirements: Miami Dade County Building Contractor, General Engineering, Paving Contractor- EST. COST: $424,000
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: performing all operation necessary for the construction
and installation of concrete sidewalks and pedestrian ramps that includes base preparation for sidewalk (grading, compaction of
limerock and sand, and removal of tree roots and debris). RPQ Bid Due Date: April 12, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. (Non-Mandatory Pre-
bid Meeting: 3/28/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
PWRK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Mohammed Taha @ 305-375-2930
RPQ No.: 20060105 ROADWAY LIGHTING CONSTRUCTION LOCATION: SW 137 Ave. (West Side) from SW 8 Street to SW
26 Street License Requirements: Electric Contractor- EST. COST: $950,000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: furnishing all supervision, labor, materials, equipment, tools
and performing all operations necessary for the installation of the new lighting system, including installation of light poles complete with
conductors in conduit, pull boxes, load center and removal of any existing system. RPQ Bid Due Date: May 3, 2006 at 2:00 P.M.
(Non-Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: 4/12/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1510, Miami, Fl)
Cone of Silence
Miami-Dade County's "Cone of Silence" Ordinance 98-106 (Section 2-11.1(t) of the Code) approved by the Board of County
Commissioners as of July 21, 1998, and amended January 29, 2002, is adopted herein. This ordinance specifically prohibits
communication in regard to these bid solicitation with County Staff except by written means with copy filed with Clerk of the Board.
Certain exceptions are made such as oral communication during pre-bid conferences and communications with those persons defined
in the ordinance regarding matters of process or procedure already contained in the solicitation document. The "Cone of Silence" takes
effect upon advertisement for bids and terminates when recommendation for Award is made by the County Department.


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NOTICE TO BIDDERS
THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE
MIAMI, FLORIDA 33132


Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designat-
ed date. Said bids will be publicly opened and read in the Board auditorium, Miami-Dade County School
Board Administration Building. Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the
date designated. Bid forms on which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the
DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT web-site at http://procurement.dadeschools.net, or
Room 351, address above, telephone (305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the
Friday preceding the scheduled Bqard meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School
Board meetings will be available in the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday
following the meetings. The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.
"The School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools enacts a Cone of Silence from
issuance of a solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board
Rule 6Gx13-8C-1.212 apply."
"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule
6Gx13-3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings."

Bid Number Opening Title Pre-Bid Conference
Download Date Addendums
008-FF06 3/28/2006 HVAC: Repair, Replacement, Supply and -
or Installation
080-FF10 3/28/2006 Psychiatric Consultation Services for up
to 27 Programs with Self-Contained Classes
for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Students
079-FF10 3/28/2006 Counseling Services in 29 Programs with
Self-Contained Classes for Emotionally
Handicapped Students
078-FF10 3/28/2006 Cost Recovery Medicaid Fee for Services
040-FF10 3/23/2006 Program Evaluation Consultant Services


THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Dr. Rudolph F. Crew
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS


Miami-Dade County Public Schools


With cooperation from State of Florida and Miami-Dade County, Enterprise Zones have been created in
economically distressed areas to generate new business growth, expansion and job opportunities. Businesses
that operate and hire employees residing in the zone can enjoy significant tax benefits, including reduced State
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CITY OF MIAMI

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing will be held by the Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on March 23, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida for the purpose of
hearing objections from any interested parties affected by the proposed
Amendment to Chapter 55 of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as
amended, entitled "Subdivision Regulations" to establish a procedure to
allow the issuance of building permits upon the approval of a tentative plat.
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
this matter. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made includ-
ing all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding
Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15704) City Clerk


CITY OF MIAMI

PUBLIC NOTICE
Sealed Responses will be received by the City of Miami, City Clerk's office located at City Hall, First
Floor, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Fla. 33133 until Monday, April 3, 2006 at 2 PM for the follow-
ing:
RFQ No. 05-06-005

HEALTH BENEFIT CONSULTING SERVICES
AND
ACTUARIAL SERVICES

Deadline for Request of
Additional Information: Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 5:00 PM
RFQ documents may be obtained via the internet using the City's website at www.ci.miami.fl.us/pro-
curement. If you do not have internet access, you may obtain the documents upon request, during reg-
ular business hours, at the City of Miami Purchasing Department, 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 6th Floor,
Miami, Florida 33130 or call (305) 416-1906.
Any Proposal received after the above stated date and time, or delivered to a different address/ depart-
ment/ division, will not be considered and will be returned to the Proposer unopened.
The City of Miami reserves the right to waive any informalities or minor irregularities; reject any and all
Proposals which are incomplete, conditional, obscure, or which contain additions not allowed for; accept
or reject any proposal in whole or in part with or without cause; and accept the Proposal(s) which best
serves the City.
Joe Arriola
Office of the City Manager


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To Place Your Ad

Call: 305-694-6225


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Fax: 305-757-4764


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Unfurnished Rooms
NORTH MIAMI BEACH
Large rooms. Close to 163rd
Mall. Private house and pri-
vate entrance.
Call 305-354-9088.
Furnished Rooms
1798 N.W. 92nd Street
Fully furnished. Private en-
trance and full bathroom.
Utilities included in rent.
Drive by to see.
19401 NW 23 Court
Private entrance $550
monthly. Utiilities included.
305-318-1607
8150 NW 24th Avenue
Room with air and cooking
$85 weekly, $340 monthly
plus deposit. 305-696-5545.
CAROL CITY AREA
Private room with kitchen
privileges, $400 a month.
Call 786-356-6030
DADE AREA
OUTREACH -Beds available.
3 meals FREE if qualify.
786-488-5213
NORTH DADE AREA
Furnished room in Chrisitan
home. Call Na 305-343-3209
or 305-693-3957
NORTH MIAMI AREA
Nice room, private entrance,
with phone line.
305-687-0475
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
OPA-LOCKA AREA
Cooking privileges! Room is
furnished! Call 305-681-8326

Efficiencies
100 N.W. 14th Street
Fully furnished, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN),
free local and nationwide
calling, property protected by
security camera 24 hours.
$225 weekly, $690 monthly
Call 305-751-6232

1756 N.W. 85th Street
Utilities included, $115 week-
ly. $725 moves you in.
786-389-1686
2230 Fillmore Street
Hollywood Area
Call 305-948-6219 or
954-927-4955
NORTHWEST AREA
Furnished. Efficiency
Christian home,.
Call 305-691-0754 or
305-710-0615
NORTHWEST AREA
Quiet, church next door, no
utlities. Call 305-687-1218

Apartments
1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated BIG one
bedroom
Only $500Monthly
Appliances included.
Two bedrooms $650
Call Nathan 786-333-2596
14100 N.W. 6th Court
Huge, one bedroom, one
bath, with central air, in quiet
area. $650 monthly!
Raciel Cruz 305-213-5013
1550 N W. 1 Court
Efficiency, one bath, $370.
Two bedrooms one bath,
$575, stove, refrigerator,
air, free water
305-642-7080

3301 N.W. 51st Street
One bedroom, one bath with
utilities included and air.
$780 moves you in.
Call:786-389-1686
3330 NW 48th Terrace
Totally remodeled. One bed-
room, one bath in nice quiet
area all appliances included.
MUST SEE! Call Mr. Cruz
305-213-5013/305-553-3883
50TH STREET HEIGHTS
Walking distance from
Brownsville metrorail. Free
water, gas, security, bars,
iron gate doors, one and two
bedrooms, from $410-$485
monthly!
2651 NW 50th Street.
Call 305-638-3699
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$510-520 per month, one
bedrooms, $410 per month,
security bars and iron gate
doors. Free water and gas.
Apply at: 2651 NW 50th
Street or Call 305-638-3699
783 NW 80th Street
One bedroom, one bath
Call 786-295-9961
9200 N.W. 25th Avenue
Furnished one bedroom, util-
ities included with air, $700 a
month, call 305-691-2703 or
305-303-9912.
ALBERTA HEIGHTS APTS
One and two bedrooms.,
from $420-$495 monthly.
Free water, security bars and
iron gate doors.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street or
Call 305-638-3699
ATTN: SECTION 8
TENANTS
Beautiful four and two bed-
rooms Call Ted 954-274-


6944 or 305-586-8423
Ninth Street Apartments
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bedroom, one bath,
$450.00, stove, refrigera-
tor, air. 305-358-1617


Capital Rental Agency
1497 NW 7 Street
305-642-7080
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa Locka, Brownsville,
Apts, Duplexes, Houses
Efficiencies, One, Two
and Three bedrooms.
Many with appliances.
Same day approval. Call,
for information.


Eighth Street
Apartments
MOVE IN SPECIAL
One bdrm, one bath $450
Stove, refrigerator, air
786-236-1144/
786-298-0125

KENDALL
Gated community, spacious
One, two and three bed-
rooms. HC and Non HC ac-
cessible apartments., con-
venient location with pool,
resident activities. NO PETS!
Water and sewer included.
Equal Housing Opportunity.
Lakeside Towers
305-383-2042
TDD 1-800-955-8770
NMB AREA
Beautiful one bedroom, one
bath. Call 305-895-8200

NORTHWEST AREA
Apartment, 1.5 bedrooms,
$630 a month, $900
deposit, to move in $1,530
pay own utilties.

Efficiency, own entrance
and bath, $600 deposit,
$425 a month, need
$1,025 to move in.

Room, own entrance/bath,
$300 deposit,. $425 a
month, no cooking.

Call 305-688-8572

ORCHARD VILLA APTS.
1255 NW 58 Street
1256 NW 58 Terrace
Free water, gas, security
bars and iron gate doors,
$410 monthly. Two
bedrooms, $450 monthly.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699

ORCHARD VILLA APTS.
1255 NW 58 Street
1256 NW 58 Terrace
Free water, gas, security
bars and iron gate doors,
$410 monthly. Two
bedrooms, $450 monthly.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699

S Duplex
1184 N.W. 30th Street
One bedroom.
Call 305-754-7776.
1446 N.W. 39 Street
One bedroom, one bath. air
conditioned, $750 monthly.
$1500 move in. NDI Realtors
305-655-1700.
1810 N.W. 50th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
carpet, central air, $925 a
month, $1850 to move in.
Call for appt.305-751-6720
1884 NW 73rd Street
Central air and tile $900 a
month.Section 8 only
Call 786-443-0140
2741 N.W. 47th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, everything new.
$1,195. NDI Realtors 305-
655-1700.
6720 NW 4th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath, all
new, central air. Section 8
only.
Call 305-720-7072
8118 NW 12 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths.
$1400 monthly.
Call 305-218-1227
MIAMI AREA
Two bedrooms, one bath,
clean, fenced, in area of
$850 monthly, asking for first,
last and $200 security.
Call 786-312-9597.

Two bedrooms, one bath
First last, security. Section 8
welcome. Call 305-244-6845
Under New
Management
KINGSWAY APTS
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath du-
plex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $525 per month, $525
security deposit, $1050 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at: 3737 Charles Ter-
race.

SCondosTownhouses
191st Street NW 35th Ave
Four bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. Call 305-754-7776.
2871 NW 196th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths
$1100. Call 305-829-8100

Houses


1525 NE 158th Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
one car garage, central air,
all applances. Section 8
Welcome 305-693-1017 or
305-298-0388


1720 N.W. 84th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 only, 305-836-4027
4412 N.W. 3 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile thourghout, Central air.
Section 8 welcome. $1350
monthly. Call 305-726-1151.
MIAMI AREA
1590 N.W. 55th Street
Section 8 welcome. $1250
monthly. Four bedrooms, one
bath, call today!
954-882-6231
NEVER RENT AGAIN!
Buy a four bedrooms, two
baths, Foreclosure. $50,000!
For listings 800-749-8168
xD041
NORWOOD
Section 8 Welcome!
Six bedrooms, three baths,
new central air, and applian-
ces family, dinning and laun-
dry room. Big yard. Call 305-
992-6496 or 305-654-7262
POMPANO AREA
Four bedrooms, one bath
move in condition, new appli-
cances and air condition,
$1400 per month. Section 8
welcome. Call 954-205-4487
Rent With Option
AVENTURA AREA
Four bedrooms, two bath.
two car garage.
Call 786-357-8303



LOTS FOR SALE
Starting at $7,000. Contact
Chris: 305-219-0260.



Condos/Townhouses
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Four bedrooms, two baths,
townhouse, central air, owner
will help with closing costs,
priced $195,000.
Call 786-586-4992

Duplex
1446 N.W. 39 Street
One bedroom, one bath.new
paint, new roof. $189,900.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700.
1730 NW 52nd Street
One bedroom, one bath,
great income property. Call
Joe 786-271-9828
7520 NW 8 Avenue
775 NW 55 Terrace
Two Duplexes for sale! For
more info call 305-694-0988

I Houses I
1233 N.W. 51st Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath, ex-
cellent condition, new drive-
way, fully renovated, $155K
negotiable.
Call Rickey 786-718-0162
1361 N.W. 68th Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
single family, no money
down! $20,000 below the
market. call today!
954-882-6231
1501 N.W. 42nd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Fla. room. For more info call
305-694-0988
15411 Railroad Drive
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, and more. Try
$189K. (NW 154 St. and 18
Avenue). NDI Realtors 305-
655-1700.
300 N.W. 47th Street
New custom built, eight bed-
rooms, four baths, large out-
door patio with kitchen. Only
$550,000, 305-635-9865 or
786-489-3199. Thomas Cow-
ard, realtor.
3279 N.W. 51st Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, new exterior paint
(you pick color), super large
yard. Try $2900 down and
$799 monthly (new adjusta-
ble rate). (DO NOT KNOCK
ON DOOR). NDI Realtors
305-655-1700.

3521 N.W. 208th Street
Large two bedrooms, one
bathroom plus den and laun-
dry room. Newly renovated in
and out.
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday- Sunday 11 5
954-650-7738
FORECLOSURES
Five bedrooms, Must Sell!
Only $33,500
800-749-8168 xD040
FREE
LIST/FORECLOSURE
Below market values.
Hundreds to choose.
Low down payments.
Easy to qualify. Call now!
La i y Albert 305-255-9040
222 7 N.W. 171 Terrace
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths, new roof, priced
$275,000

2453 N.W. 175 Street
Beautiful four bedrooms, two
baths, priced $279,000

3510 N.W. 200 Terrace
Nice three bedrooms, one
bath, priced $212,000


Call:
Ron D'Oyley
Global National Realty Corp.
305-793-6316
954-964-0050


HUD HOMES
Five bedrooms, Only
$33,500. For listings
800-749-8168xD046
INVESTORS/CENTRAL, FL
New homes $150,000 and
up. Call 305-651-5172



MONEY NEEDED?
1st, 2nd, Refinance,
Business Loans, all types.
Fast closings. Can we help
you? Call
786-208-5952

THE MORTGAGE MECCA
Whether you are thinking of
Buying, Selling or Refinanc-
ing. Any Property! Any
Condition! Any where in
Florida!
Mortgage Mecca Company
6214 N.W. 18th Avenue
Office: 786-318-1705
Cell: 786-489-3199



Jet Stream Pressure
Cleaning of South Florida
For free estimates. Please
call Mr. Davis 305-546-9087.
Licensed and Insured

STOP!!!!
Behind in your rent 24 hour
notice? Behind in your
mortgage? Call Kathy:
786-326-7916



Chevy's from $500
$500 Police Impounds
For listings 800-749-8167
xK020
HONDA ACCORD 1991
$750/OBO Runs Great!
MUST SELL! For listings
800-749-8167xK035

HONDA'S from $500!
Police Impounds. For listings
800-749-8167xK023




Busy Richmond Heights
barber/beauty shop
looking licensed barber
and manicurist. Call Renee
at 305-283-0443.

CONTRACT NEED
WORK
Remodeling .houses, ceil-
ing, doors, floors, plaster
work, in or out side of the
house. Call 305-681-4181
or 305-606-8294

DAYCARE TEACHER
40 hour childcare class.
Must have high school di-
polma/ GED.305-754-7979

Daycare Teacher
If interested please fax re-
sume to : 305-944-0590.

GOSPEL SINGERS/
MUSCIANS NEEDED

New International Gospel
Choir, ages 30 and up,
able to travel on
weekends.
Sincere Christians call
305-332-9812 or
305-525-8145


Love Thy Kids Academy
Childcare worker needed
with a CDA and two years
or more experience. Day
and night shifts available.
Minimum starting salary $7
and up.
Call 305-624-7711

MOORER TOWING INC.
Now accepting
applications
for Tow Truck Drivers. Ex-
perienced or we will train.
Class B license required.

6023 N.W. 6th Court
305-757-2722


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Need various shifts charter
bus driver. Contact Emma
305-879-1238.

RENT A CHEF
Experienced Cook Needed
Will Train.
Call 305-803-9085

Route Drivers
Make Up To $10 an Hour
Plus gas mileage
For a 1/2 days work
We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets. WEDNESDAY ONLY
You must be available
between the hrs:, of 8 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle
and current Driver License.
Applications are received
Thursday and Friday
900 NW 54th Street

PART TIME JOBS

Available after school at
Ben Franklin Community
School, 13100 N.W. 12
Avenue. Must be a high
school graduate. Call 305-
688-8471 after 3pm.


DiVosta Homes presents

Mallory Creek at Abacoa.
Brand new DiVosta Homes in prime Jupiter location.


Call 561.625.6969
STfA for information.

H O M ES Participating brokers must
accompany on first visit,
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BUENA VISTA APARTMENTS
A SUBSIDIZED HOUSING
FOR THE ELDERLY

Application now are being accepted
for the very low income elderly, 62
years and over, or handicapped, on a
"first come, first serve" basis, to be
placed on the waiting list. Applicants
must appear in person, between the
hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, at
3500 N.W. 18 Avenue, Miami, Fl.
33142

CNC Management, Inc.
305-642-3634/TDD 305-643-2079
EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY


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www.careers.med.miami.edu


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Be on this call at 8 p.m.,
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$54 Renewal $44.
Placement assistance.
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money. Aggressive, self starter, to
make cold calls. $8 hourly plus com-
mission. Weekly quota required. Short
spelling and math quizzes. Three shifts
available on Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Monday.
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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Urban Resource Group, an award winning national planning
and landscape planning and landscape architecture firm
and division of Kimley-Horn and Associates, seeks a
talented graphic designer for a newly created role in our
Miami Beach office. Requires two plus years design
experience with planning and landscape architectural
renderings, cross sections and perspective drawings, strong
skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Sketch Up
and a basic familiarity with AutoCAD files. Will update
master plans, prepare presentations, create signage and
organize image library. Outstanding benefits include bonus,
profit sharing, health and 401(k). For immediate
consideration, apply on-line at www.kimley-horn.com,
"Careers" using reference FL60315MGD. EOE, M/FN/H.


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CITY OF NORTH MIAMI BEACH
PUBLIC NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006

Council Conference Meeting: 4"' Floor Conference Room, (TBA)
Regular City Council Meeting: 2nd Floor Council Chambers, 6:30 PM
Location: 17011 N.E. 19 Avenue, North Miami Beach

All interested parties are invited to attend this meeting.

Solomon Odenz, City Clerk Howard B. Lenard, City Attorney

Notice: 1) Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Council with respect to any matter to be considered at this meeting, that
person shall insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made
including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based
(F/S 286.0105); 2) In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990, persons needing special accommodation to participate in this pro-
ceeding should contact the Office of the City Clerk no later than four (4)
days prior to the proceedings. Telephone (305) 787-6001 for assistance; if
hearing impaired, telephone our TDD line at (305) 948-2909 for assistance.


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Allianz to host business building workshop


NEW YORK A recent
business building workshop
and gala, hosted by Allianz
Life Insurance Company of
New York and the National
African-American Insurance
Association (NAAIA), drew
more than 100 insurance
agents, corporate executives
and other supporters from
across the country to New
York's Hilton Times Square to
learn about Allianz Life of
NY's products and services
and share strategies that will
help agents educate the
Black community on invest-
ing, retirement and living
comfortably.
In 2005, Allianz Life of NY,
along with Allianz Life
Insurance Company of North
America, formally announced
its support of NAAIA, a
nationwide nonprofit organi-
zation that assists Black
insurance professionals with
career development and
advancement strategies. The
collaboration will familiarize
NAAIA and its member agents
with Allianz Life of NY and
Allianz Life Insurance
Company of North America


Pictured here left to right are Charmaine Davis, vice-chair of NAAIA's national board; Chris Geist, region-
al sales vice president South region, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; Omar Rogers,
internal sales manager, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; Kimberly Byer, NAAIA national
board member and interim president of NAAIA of New York Tri-State chapter; and Walter Lancaster, direc-
tor-multicultural markets, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America sales and national sales
manager for fixed/EIA, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America.


annuity and long term care
insurance products, and will
provide relevant financial


Mortgage rates up

RATES
continued from 7D

percent the week of Sept. 21, 2001.
Rates on five-year hybrid adjustable rate
mortgages rose to 6.03 percent this week, up
from 5.97 percent last week. It was the first time
this mortgage has been above 6 percent since
Freddie Mac began tracking it at the beginning
of last year.



NYSE goes public

NYSE
continued from 8D

At Archipelago's Tuesday close of $64.25,
the deal valued each seat at approximately
$5.5 million. One third of the seat holders'
stock can be sold in a secondary offering that
Thain said could occur within six weeks. The
other two thirds are "locked up," or unavail-
able for trading, for another one .to two years.
Archipelago shareholders, who saw the
value of their stock jump from $16.90 before
the announcement last year, traded their Arca
shares for NYSE Group stock on a one-for-one
basis.
Now that the exchange is public, Thain
hopes to expand trading in corporate bonds
and equity options, and has repeatedly said
the NYSE will look at acquiring other
exchanges or markets, both in the United
States and abroad.



Black inmates = money

PRISONS
continued from 8D

Department of Urban Health Administration.
He is the Associate Director of the National
Center for Public Productivity, Rutgers
University-Newark; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of
Public Management and Social Policy; and Case
Study Editor, Public Productivity and
Management Review. Dr. Price has co-
authored two book chapters on Mississippi
politics, co-authored one book chapter on pri-
vatization, and contributed three entries to the
Malcolm X Encyclopedia.
For more information about Dr. Price please
visit www.byron-price.com.

STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS TO COMPILE AND COMPARE
SCIENTIFIC DATA AND SOCIAL PERCEPTIONS ON REEF
CONDITIONS AND USE

Sealed proposals will be received by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection, Procurement
Section, Mail Station #93, 3800 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Carr Building, Room 235, Tallahassee, Florida
32399-3000, until 2:30 P.M. EST on March 29, 2006 to
Compile and Compare Scientific Data and Social
Perceptions on Reef Conditions and Use.

Organizations interested in participating in this
procurement opportunity may view and download the
subject solicitation from the Florida Department of
Management Services Vendor Bid System. To view the
solicitation, go to wwV.myflorida.com and click on
BUSINESS. Click on "Doing Business with the State".
Under the "Everything for Vendors and Customers"
heading, click on "Vendor Bid System". Click on "Search
Advertisements". Under the "Agency" search field, select
the "Department of Environmental Protection" and click on
"Initiate Search". Select 2006056C. This will bring up the
advertisement detail. Scroll to the bottom of the page and
click on "Click here to view more related documents".

Organizations must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view
and print the solicitation documents. Adobe Acrobat
Reader maybe obtained, free of charge, at the following
website:
lttp://iwww adobe.comrnproductsiacrobat/readstep.htmil.

Minority Business Enterprises are encouraged to
participate in this procurement opportunity.


service education to the Black
community. The New York
workshop is the first in a


series of events and activities
scheduled to take place in
key cities throughout 2006.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on March, 23, 2006
to consider the award of a contract, in the amount of $21,380, to Citizens
for a Better South Florida, a Florida not-for-profit corporation (CFABSF), for
the provision of environmental clean-up, education, native plant reforesta-
tion and other activities associated with the maintenance of Virginia Key
Park as a result of a Community Stewardship matching grant from the state
Department of Environmental Protection administered by NOAA federal
funds and to consider the City Manager's recommendation and finding that
competitive negotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous
regarding this issue. Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to Ed
Blanco, Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 416-1253.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86(a)(3)(c) (servic-
es related to educational services and activities provided by non-profit
organizations within city parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida as
amended. The recommendation and finding to be considered in this matter
is set forth in the proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are
deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and are available as public
records from the City of Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunc-
tion with the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting of March 23,
2006, at 9:00 a.m., at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami,
Florida. All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may
comment on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any
decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any
appeal may be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15707) City Clerk



CITY OF MIAMI
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133 for the
following:

PROJECT NAME: "TRAFFIC CIRCLES MAINTENANCE PROJECT,
B-30370"

BID NO. 05-06-049

This project consists of complete landscaping services for the existing 32
traffic circles, including the adjacent swale areas. The work consists of
mowing, weed trimming, litter pick up, mulching, planting shrubs (3 gal.) and
palms (25 gal.), herbicide and insect spraying, erecting the existing traffic
signs, placing new reflective pavement markers (rpm), replacing existing
traffic signs, if missing, and also furnishing all labor, material and equioment
including complete surface restoration to accomplish the planting of the
trees, installation of top soil (50/50 mix), mulching the area, etc. in order to
maintain an aesthetically pleasing intersections. In addition, this project will
include the maintenance of 27 street barricades.

A Performance Bond is required for this project.

THE PROSPECTIVE BIDDER MUST HAVE A CURRENT CERTIFIED
CONTRACTOR'S LICENSE FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA CON-
STRUCTION INDUSTRY LICENSE BOARD FOR THE CLASS OF WORK
TO BE PERFORMED. OR THE APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATE OF COM-
PETENCY OR THE STATE'S CONTRACTORS CERTIFICATE OF REG-
ISTRATION AS ISSUED BY MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CODE. WHICH
AUTHORIZES THE BIDDER TO PERFORM THE PROPOSED WORK.
THE SELECTED CONTRACTOR SHALL HOLD A MIAMI-DADE COUN-
TY MUNICIPAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSE ISSUED BY MIAMI-DADE
COUNTY IN THE APPROPRIATE TRADE.

Receiving Date & Time: April 4, 2006 at 11:00 AM

Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request, after March
13, 2006, at the City of Miami, Department of Public Works, 444 S.W. 2nd
Avenue, Eight Floor, Miami, FL 33130 Telephone No (305) 416-1200.

THIS BID SOLICITATION IS SUBJECT TO THE "CONE OF SILENCE" IN
ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 18-74 OF THE CITY OF MIAM ORDI-
NANCE NO. 12271 -

Joe Arriola ,
City Manager ,"
Ad No. 07804
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CITY OF MIAMI

SUNSHINE MEETING NOTICE

PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting between Chairman Angel
Gonzalez, Commissioner Joe Sanchez, and all interested Commissioners,
will take place on Monday, March 20, 2006, at 11:30 a.m., in the City
Commission Chambers at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, to discuss actions that the City of Miami, in combination with
Public Service agencies will take to ensure that the cuts being proposed in
the upcoming federal budget year for the Community Development Block
Grant Program do not take place.

Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15710) City Clerk


CITY OF MIAMI


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
regarding
RATIFICATION OF EMERGENCY FINDINGS
FOR WAIVER OF BIDS TO CONTINUE THE
BICENTENNIAL PARK SHORELINE STABILIZA-
TION PROJECT NO. B-30293


City Hall 3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on March 23, 2006
beginning at 9:00 a.m. to consider whether it is in the public's best interest
that the City Commission ratify, approve and confirm the Emergency
Findings of the City Manager justifying the waiver of competitive bids to
increase an existing construction contract to continue the Bicentennial Park
Shoreline Stabilization Project No. B- 30293. The contract was originally
awarded to Shoreline Foundation, Inc. in the amount of $6,957,195.10 and
was previously amended in the amount of $3,372,617 for Phase II of the
Project. The amount of the increase for Phase Ill of the Project is
$5,330,462.

The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled
City Commission meeting of March 23, 2006 at:

MIAMI CITY HALL
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida

All interested persons may appear at the meeting and may be heard with
respect to the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any
decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter to be considered
at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any
appeal may be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15708) City Clerk


CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

ANY PERSON WHO RECEIVES COMPENSATION, REMUNERATION OR
EXPENSES FOR CONDUCTING LOBBYING ACTIVITIES IS REQUIRED
TO REGISTER AS A LOBBYIST WITH THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO
ENGAGING IN LOBBYING ACTIVITIES BEFORE CITY STAFF, BOARDS
AND COMMITTEES OR THE CITY COMMISSION. A COPY OF THE
APPLICABLE ORDINANCE IS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CITY
CLERK (MIAMI CITY HALL), LOCATED AT 3500 PAN AMERICAN DRIVE,
MIAMI, FLORIDA, 33133.

AT THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF
MIAMI, FLORIDA, TO BE HELD ON MARCH 23, 2006, AT 9:00A.M., IN ITS
CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL, 3500 PAN AMERICAN DRIVE, THE MIAMI
CITY COMMISSION WILL CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ITEM RELATED
TO THE REGULAR AGENDA:

A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION, WITH ATTACH-
MENTS, RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. R-05-0493 WHICH ACCEPT-
ED THE PLAT ENTITLED BAYONNE BAYSIDE SUBDIVISION, A PRO-
POSED SUBDIVISION IN THE CITY OF MIAMI, AND FURTHER DIRECT-
ING THE CITY MANAGER TO RELEASE THE LETTER OF CREDIT, IN
THE AMOUNT OF $91,594.00, POSTED FOR THE SUBDIVISION
IMPROVEMENTS AT BAYONNE BAYSIDE SUBDIVISION.

Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public
Works Department, Survey and Land Records Section of the Construction
Division, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1232.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or
represented at this meeting and are invited to express their views.

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all tes-
timony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) ro later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15706) City Clerk


h 15 21 2006








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Leslie Estates community restore vandalized wall

On February.1 1. residents of
the Leslie Estates community :
came together to restore the
heavily vandalized wall on NW
199th Street and 29th Court.
The beautification effort was
initiated by Councilman
Melvin L. Bratton. With the
help of the City's Keep Miami
Gardens Beau tiful program, -
concerned residents mobilized
their neighbors and raised the
necessary funds to purchase
supplies. The City of Miami
Gardens' Public Works
Department provided the
masonry expertise to fix the
gaping hole. At the end of the
project the residents thanked
the City for making their com- a
munity a safer and a more
attractive place to live. Councilman Melvin L. Bratton (in Black Shirt) with community volunteers.



South Florida kicks off best workplaces for commuters


The first-ever list of
South Florida Best
Workplaces for
Commuters SM will
be released in June,
spotlighting organiza-
tions in Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm
Beach counties that
offer their employees
commuter benefits
such as a transit
pass, carpool pro-
grams, vanpool sub-
sidies and bike com-
muter facilities.
Businesses located
anywhere within the
tri-county area that
seek national recog-
nition from the
United States
Environmental


Members of Gamma Alpha
Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda
Sorority, Inc. will host their
69th Regional Conference,
March 17-19, at the Radisson
on Biscayne Blvd. The theme
is "Iota Empowered Business
and Professional Women
Making a Notable Difference."
The local chapter follows
national programming by pro-
viding community service each
year to enhance and salute
both youth and adults. In
November select teachers are
recognized as unsung heroes
at their "Apple for the Teacher"


SCOTT
continued from 5D

technology everyday
and take it for grant-
ed," he continued.
As executive director
of the Florida Space
Authority, Scott is
responsible for the
statewide development
of space-related
industrial, economic
and educational initia-
tives. He also advises
the Governor and Lt.
Governor on all civil,
commercial and mili-
tary space matters.
His experience as a
former astronaut and
at the Florida Space
Authority makes Scott
the perfect person to
address space busi-
ness, said Craig
Wilson, director of
MDC's School of
Business. "He under-
stands business and
he understands space.
The more I thought
about it, he is the ideal
speaker," Wilson said.
The business of
space is in its infancy
and is already boom-
ing. Businesses such
as space tourism and
space hotels do not
exist yet, but have the
potential to generate
astronomical returns
during the next
decade, according to
Business 2.0
Magazine. Prize money
is now being offered
for everything from
building a machine to
extract oxygen from
lunar soil ($250,000)
to building an aircraft
capable of delivering
tourists to orbit by
2010 ($50 million).


Protection Agency for,
their commuter
employee benefits
can access applica-
tions by visiting the
South Florida
Commuter Services
website at
www. 1800234ride.co
m or calling 1-800-
234-RIDE (7433).
Miami -Dade
Commissioner Carlos
A. Gimenez, a strong
advocate for innova-
tive solutions to the
county's traffic and
transportation con-
cerns, is serving as
spokesperson for
South Florida Best
Workplaces for
Commuters. "The


business community
has a vital stake and
significant role to
play in easing traffic
congestion and
improving our
region's quality of
life," Gimenez said.
"Recognizing the
efforts of organiza-
tions that are taking
the lead in addressing
this issue serves as
an inspiring example
of what's possible for
our entire communi-
ty."
Established by the
U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
(EPA) and the U.S.
Department of
Transportation (DOT),


luncheon. In February, a
Black History luncheon is held
where the 6th grade boys and
girls, who are called Gems and
Gents (FILs) are featured and
in April, which is business
month for Iota Phi Lambda,
recognition is given to the
Business Man and Woman of
the Year and Business firm of
the Year. In May the Gems and
Gents are introduced at a
cotillion after a year of enrich-
ing activities.
On March 18, the Region
Education Luncheon will be
held at the Radisson, 12 2:30


Scott said it's not too
late for the Black com-
munity to profit from
the millions and even
billions to be made in
space. But, for this to
happen, parents,
schools and churches
must accept the chal-
lenge.
"It starts in the
home and in schools.
The community needs
to understand how
important and lucra-
tive science and tech-
nology are," Scott
said. "The community
needs to step up and
encourage careers in
aviation, science and
medicine. When I was


growing up, we were
never encouraged.
Nowadays there is no
excuse. Blacks really
need to embrace it
the same way we
embrace the enter-


Best Workplaces for
Commuters is a
national, public-pri-
vate sector, voluntary
program recognizing
employers whose
commuter benefits
achieve the National
Standard of
Excellence. These
benefits help employ-
ers address limited or
expensive parking,
reduce traffic conges-
tion, improve employ-
ee recruiting and
retention and mini-
mize the environmen-
tal impacts associat-
ed with drive-alone
commuting. The
South Florida-area
initiative is a partner-


p.m. (Concerto Ballroom C).
The National President, Mrs.
Charlotte M. Maull of
Chesapeake, VA will be the
speaker.
Your presence will be greatly
appreciated.
Betty Hicks serves as the
local president of Gamma
Alpha Chapter, Kathy
Chapman of Durham, NC is
the Regional Director and Dr.
Ivis M. Richardson, Past
Regional Director.
Winifred Beacham is the
Regional Conference
Chairperson.


tainment industry."
For more informa-
tion about the busi-
ness of space, visit
Business 2.0
Magazine online at
www.business2.com.


ship between South
Florida Commuter
Services and the
Greater Miami
Chamber of
Commerce.


BUILDING
B ETT E R
COMMUNITIES
www.miamidade.gov/build

SOLICITATION FOR INTEREST
Miami-Dade County is soliciting responses from eligible entities to assist in determining the interest in applying
for funds from the County's Economic Development Fund (EDF). The Economic Development Fund is a
component of the fifteen- year Building Better Communities Bond Program (GOB) and is available for the
purpose of providing infrastructure improvements to spur economic development and attract new businesses to
the community. The EDF includes $75 million that is available countywide and $15 million that is specifically
focused on the county's designated Targeted Urban Areas (TUAs). This solicitation is intended to provide the
County with a list of applicants that have eligible projects and are interested in accessing the EDF. However, the
County in its sole discretion may recommend funding one or more projects at anytime. Funding allocations for
eligible projects will be reviewed and recommended to the County Manager by an EDF Project Review
Committee. Those recommendations will be reviewed by the Citizens Advisory Committee, GOB Sub-
committee and a final determination will be made by the Board of County Commissioners.
The following requirements must be met to be considered an eligible applicant:
I) Active and duly registered Florida not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) Corporation.
2) Active and duly registered Florida for-profit corporation or recognized business entity.
3) Municipal entity or agency based in Miami-Dade County
S4) Owner or lessee of residential or commercial property located within Miami-Dade County on which the
Designated Projects will be situated.
5) Financially stable including financial commitments to complete the Designated Project

Eligible uses of the EDF include but are not limited to: infrastructure funding for road construction, water and
sewer lines, fencing, sidewalks, entryways, lighting, and handicap accessibility; acquisition of land or buildings; and
new construction of buildings; renovation of buildings. Ineligible uses of the EDF include but are not limited to:
working capital; furniture and fixtures; office equipment; and other non-capital related expenses.
Interested'parties can obtain the Letter of Interest information from the website www.miamidade.gov/build or
by calling 305-375-1900. Respondents to the solicitation are asked to provide the information being requested
to the attention of:
Roger Hernstadt, Director, Office of Capital Improvements, Suite 2130 MIA
Stephen P. Clark Center, I I I N.W. I Street, Miami. FL 33128.
Deadline for submission of responses is 4:00 P.M Tuesday, March 21,2006. nttw w y,



MIAM5ADE

INVITATION TO BID
PROJECT NO: 05C006
NAME: Central Transfer Station Replacement
of Compactors


1. SCOPE OF THE PROJECT
The work on this contract shall be performed at the site of the
Central Transfer Station located at 1150 NW 20 St., Miami, Florida.
The work shall consist of removal and disposal of existing waste
compactor systems and supplying and installing new waste
compactor systems as specified in the construction plans and
technical specifications included with these bid documents, All
construction coordination shall follow the procedures specified in
the technical specifications.
In general, four existing waste compactor systems will be removed
and the area modified to accept newly manufactured systems. The
work shall include all structural works, cutting and welding work,
electrical and hydraulic installations, start-up and testing so as to
deliver 4 fully independent operational waste compactor systems.
The work shall be phased so that no more than two (2) waste
compactor systems are out of service at any given time. The first
two waste compactors supplied under this contract shall be
accepted and placed in service prior to beginning work on the next
set of waste compactors.
The contractor shall be responsible for integrating his work with
the layout and operation of the waste compactor systems. All
work performed by the contractor shall be completed in
accordance with the drawings and specifications. The time for the
project shall be as specified in Section 01014-1 Part 1.02 of the
technical Specifications.
Sealed bids for furnishing all labor, material and equipment for the
following project will be received in the Office of the Clerk of the
Board of county Commissioners at the following location:
Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
Stephen P. Clark Government Center, 17th Floor
111 N.W. First Street
Miami, Florida 33128
Bids will be accepted until 2:00 p.m., local time on Thursday
April 27, 2006.
This project is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and
Ordinance 90-143, Responsible Wages, as set forth in the
Instructions to Bidders. This Contract also contains a CSBE goal of
10% and a Community Work Force Goal of 19%


A Pre-Bid Conference and Project site inspection will be held on
Wednesday April 5, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. local time, at the Central
Transfer Station, Department of Solid Waste Management, Miami,
Florida. While attendance is not compulsory, it is strongly
recommended that all bidders attend to assure full understanding
of the Project requirements,
The Contract Documents are open to public inspection and
become available on March 22, 2006.
Copies may be obtained from the Business Management & Public
Affairs Division, Department of Solid Waste Management, 2525 N.
W. 62nd Street, 5th Floor, Miami, Florida, 33147, (Tel: [305] 514-
6600 or FAX: [305] 514-6882, upon non-refundable payment of
$50.00. Check or money order should be made payable to the
Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management.
No interpretation of the meaning of the Plans, Specifications, or
other Contract Documents will be made to any Bidder orally.
Every request for such interpretation shall be submitted in writing,
addressed to the Business Management and Public Affairs
Division, Department of Solid Waste Management, 2525 N.W.
62nd Street, 5th Floor, Miami, Florida, 33147, and to be given
consideration, must be received at least ten (10) days prior to the
date fixed for the opening of bids.
All bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes bearing on the
outside the name of the Bidder, his or her address, the number
of the Project for which the bid is submitted, and the date of the
Bid Opening.
Each bid must be accompanied by a certified check, cashier's
check, or acceptable Bid Bond in the amount of five percent (5%)
of the total bid as a guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the
contract, will enter into a written contract with the Board of County
Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, in accordance
with the accepted bid, and deliver a Contract Bond equal to one
hundred percent (100%) of the accepted bid.
The County reserves the right to waive any informalities in, or to
reject, any or all bids. Bids from any person, firm or corporation
that has ever been in default on any agreement with the County
may be rejected.
The estimated.cost of construction for this project is $2,020.871.60
(Base Bid).


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LEGAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF BIDS
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
MIAMI, FLORIDA

Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of bids, which can
be obtained through the Department of Procurement Management (DPM),
from our Website: www.miamidade.aov/dom. Vendors may choose to
download the bid package(s), free of charge, from our Website under
"Solicitations Online." Internet access is available at all branches of the
Miami-Dade Public Library. It is recommended that vendors visit our
Website on a weekly basis to view newly posted solicitations, addendums,
revised bid opening dates and other information that may be subject to
change.

Interested parties may also visit or call:
Miami-Dade County
Department of Procurement Management
Vendor Assistance Unit
111 NW 1st Street, 13th floor,
Miami, FL 33128
Phone Number: 305-375-5773

There is a nominal non-refundable fee for each bid package and an addi-
tional $5.00 handling charge for those vendors wishing to receive a paper
copy of the bid package through the United States Postal Service.

These solicitations are subject to the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with
County Ordinance No. 98-106.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing will be held by the Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on March 23, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of
hearing objections from any interested parties affected by the Renaming of
Southeast 2 Avenue to Brickell Avenue from Southeast 2 Street to the Miami
River.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
this matter. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that per-
son shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, includ-
ing all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15705) City Clerk


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Driving + Drinking = Death for teenagers


By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern


Today wherever you go all
you hear teens conversing
about is getting a driver's
license. In a century where so
many people are focused on
cars, it's no surprise that teens
can't wait until they reach the
age of 16 to receive their dri-
ver's licenses. However, is it
really a good idea for teens to
be driving so early on in life.
Many teens may not be mature
enough to handle the responsi-
bility of driving safely.
Here's a scenario: Johnny left
the party drunk and exhausted
and then hopped into his car to
go home. Now the wise decision
would have been to call his par-
ents, a taxi, hop on a bus or


wait on one of his non-drinking
friends to leave the party. But
Johnny didn't and he was killed
in a car accident that was his
fault.
Most teens think driving will
make them more popular. They
will find themselves with more
friends pressuring them for
rides. They will hang out more
and find themselves at more
parties where everyone will be
drinking and having a 'good
time.'
They will drink one beer to
look cool, then they will drink
another and another until they
are wasted. Eventually the
party will end and they will
decide to hop into their cars
even though they barely can
see. Sadly they will find them-
selves in a unfortunate predica-


ment. No teen should drive
while drinking under the influ-
ence of alcohol for any circum-
stances.
A study that followed over
6,500 individuals found that,
by the age of 23, those who
were drinkers by seventh grade
were: more likely than non-
drinkers to have missed work
for no good reason; more likely
to be substance-users; more
likely to engage in criminal and
violent behavior; and between
1.7 and 2.3 times more likely to
be weekly or binge drinkers,
exhibit signs of alcohol depend-
ence and experience multiple
alcohol problems.
The earlier a teen starts
drinking the sooner they will
find themselves addicted to
alcohol. They will see no prob-


lem with drinking while eating, Drive, You Serve the Time.
watching TV, partying and driv- Not only has drinking and
ing. This is a reason why adver- driving become a serious crime,
tisements read, You Drink, You it's a growing trend; which is


why now is the time for teens to
take action to ensure their
futures. We always hear about
teens being killed in automobile
accidents due to being under
the influence of alcohol or being
hit by a drunk driver. That
why's it's so vital that teens
understand the serious damage
that will be done by getting into
a car while drinking or after
drinking.
Teens can also help convince
others why drinking while driv-
ing is a don't on our society's
list of things that we should or
shouldn't do, even if it means
talking to one person at a time.
So the next time you see some-
one drinking say to them "I
hope you aren't driving." When
they ask why, tell them the
story of poor Johnny.


Teens live in a world of violence a


By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

When does it become morally
right to attack another person
or to physically harm them
with intentions of causing them
grief? When does it become jus-
tified to beat, stab, shoot or kill
a human being? The very sim-
ple answer is never. No one
should have the right to take
the law into their own hands.
One act of passion may be the
biggest mistake of one's life.
Not only has adult violence
escalated in the 21st century
but teen violence is following
closely behind. Teens today are
so accustomed to solving their
problems with their fists
instead of their minds.
It is believed that violence is a
learned behavior. Children
learn violent behaviors from
their family and peers, as well
as observe it in their neighbor-
hoods and the community at
large. These behaviors are
reinforced by what youth see
on television, on the Internet,
in video games, movies, music
videos and what they hear in
their music.
Therefore, it shouldn't be
unbelievable when teens follow
this pattern. No matter what
the argument, situation or
problem is, teens figure that
violence is a reasonable solu-
tion. But do teens really under-
stand all the consequences
they can face due to their vio-


lent escapades. For example, in
recent news Camille Burke, a
17 year old Miramar teenager,
is facing life in prison for
allegedly shooting 18-year-old
Kaliesha Cheatham in the
shoulder on a school bus last
November. She is charged as an
adult with first-degree attempt-


ed murder.
Many teens may not fully
grasp why violence is unac-
ceptable in today's society.
Many may argue that Burke
had the right to shoot
Cheatham after she supposed-
ly lost their fist fight. Yet is it
really fair to insinuate that
when situations don't go your
way you should use a violence
on another person. No matter
what teens think, violence only
leads to more violence.


Maybe teens don't realize
how to handle certain situa-
tions without using violence.
Below is a series of scenarios.
After reading them, ask your-
self what you would do?
Tanya has been dating
Martin for the last two years.
During the last few months,


Martin has become increasing-
ly possessive of Tanya. He calls
her multiple times a day and
insists on knowing where she
goes and which friends she
goes out with. Last week they
got into a heated argument and
Martin slapped Tanya. Tanya
is a victim of dating violence.
Malcolm has just entered
seventh grade in a new junior
high school. He becomes
friends with Leon whom he
finds out carries a gun.


Malcolm is afraid to tell anyone
about the gun because he
knows Leon can get angry eas-
ily. Malcolm may be involved in
an act of school violence.
Fourteen- year-old Megan
has grown up seeing her dad
hit her mother, often for what
seems to be no reason. Her
father has become increasingly
angry with Megan, often shout-
ing at her and threatening to
beat her. Megan is experienc-
ing family violence.
Sixteen-year-old Samuel
has just had his uncle from
Georgia move into his house.
His uncle has taken Samuel
out to eat and to basketball
games multiple times and
Samuel has enjoyed spending
time with him. Recently, his
uncle started to become
increasingly physical with
Samuel, often touching him in
places and ways that make
him feel uncomfortable.
Samuel is experiencing a form
of sexual violence.
Last month, Joseph ended
his relationship with Marissa.
They had been dating for over
three years. Marissa first felt
extremely hurt, then extremely
sad. She no longer wants to see
her friends and isolates herself
from her family. She hasn't
been eating or sleeping well
and the pain she feels inside
seems like it will never go
away. Marissa has the poten-
tial of .inflicting violence on
herself.


When your parents are divorcing


By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

When Janet and James met
in high school, they knew they
were soulmates. So when they
got married after completing
college and had two children, it
was no surprise. Everybody
thought they had the perfect life
and were happy with each
other. Unfortunately, they had
everyone fooled and they unex-
pectedly announced they were
getting a divorce. Of course
everyone was sympathetic, but
it also left an unanswered ques-
tion. How would this affect their
children?
Everyday hundreds of couples
call it quits. There are many
reasons why people divorce.
They may include serious prob-
lems like alcoholism or abuse,
but often couples divorce
because they can no longer live
together in harmony. One per-
son may have changed in some
ways and the other could not
adapt. Some couples may have
simply drifted apart over time.
Others find that they no longer
love each other as they


once did.
There are various of reasons
given to family members and
friends. Yet what will happen to
the children? How will they be
able to adapt to the separation?
In this ever-changing society it
should be no surprise when a
couple splits. But some chil-


dren may not be able to handle
the fact that their parents are
no longer together. They will
find themselves confused and
seeking answers or in denial
and not accepting the situation.
It is accredited that parents
are there to love, support and
protect us. So a child may feel
the parents are letting them
down. "I blamed my dad


because I feel he ruined their
marriage," said Anna Salcedo.
She says that crying, express-
ing her emotions to her dad and
talking to a close friend helped
her better deal with the situa-
tion.
It is also believed that some
people are not destined to stay


with each other for an eternity.
Therefore, some children will be
more understanding and will-
ing to accept the divorce. "I felt
sad because I was very close to
my father," said Brittany
Vanlowe. She says that even
though they [her parents] are
separated she's still close to her
dad and she did not once blame
herself.


It's common for teens to
think that their parents'
divorce is somehow their fault,
but nothing could be further
from the truth. Some teens
may wonder if they could have
helped to prevent the split.
Others may wish they had pre-
vented arguments by cooperat-
ing more within the family. But
separation and divorce are a
result of a couple's problems
with each other, not with their
kids. The decisions adults
make about divorce are their
own.
If your parents are divorcing,
you may experience a variety of
feelings and your emotions may
change frequently, too. You
may feel angry, upset or sad.
You might feel protective of one
parent or blame one for the sit-
uation. You may feel aban-
doned, afraid, worried or guilty.
You may also feel relieved.
These feelings are normal and
talking about them with a trust-
ed friend or adult can help. You
can also visit http://www.teen-
sadvisor.com /divorce/teen-
guide.html for more help on
dealing with this issue.


AIDS
www.teenaids.org
Alcohol
www.thecoolspot.gov
Pregnancy
www.troubledteen.com
Child Abuse
www.childabuse.org
Suicide
www.aap.org
Drugs
www.theantidrugs.com


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unknown solutions? Are O
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www.rainn.org
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www.overeatersanonymous.org


getting a divorce. They want me to
choose who I want to live with. I feel if
I choose one the other will feel reject-
ed. How do I choose between the two
people who mean the most to me?
Torn in'Two
Torn in Two,
Even though divorce is a common
solution when a married couple is
unhappy. It not only effects them but
their children also. You may feel by
choosing one it might make the other
feel you love them less, when in reality
you only want to make them happy. SoI
right now what you need to do is step.
back from the situation. Block out both
their voices and listen to what your.
heart is telling you to do. When it
comes down to it the decision is yours
and it should be what you hope will"
make the pain of your parents separa-
tion much easier.


THE Qi


BY: LO R N A ARCHER

You're the one I told everything to
The one I put my heart, my soul, my trust into.
The one that I could always call no matter the time.
The one I called mine.
You were there through my ups and downs
No matter what it was, you were around.
But now I don't even know where you are.
Whether you're near or if you're far.
You don't call, you don't write
It's like you've disappeared out of sinht.
Or is it that you stopped loving me?
Stopped caring, stopped believing in me?
At first everything looked good
And if it was that easy to find you, I would.
But I know how it is, it's over right?
It's as simple to tell as black and white.
You could have at least told me this in the beginning
And not wait for me to find out in the end.
Because now I see you as a coward and a lie
Who wouldn't even care if I cried.
So now you're the one that broke my heart.
The One that tore us apart.


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because you're still a child? Do you ever feel that adults don't have all the answers. Well
it's time to let your opinion be known. Just email me what you think about this subject at
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in the All-Star game of any professional sport. He became the youngest professional athlete ever at
age 14 when he signed with Major League Soccer on November 18, 2003. He was selected by DC
United as the first overall pick of the 2004 Super Draft on January 16. In February 2003, he received
his US citizenship. He played with the US Squad in the U-17 World Championships. In November 2003,
he signed a 6 year contract to play for the MLS team, DC United. He currently plays the forward posi-
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