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Mayor Gibson

proud of Miami Gardens' progress

City hosts 'Jazz

in the Gardens'
By Renee M. Harris
Shortly after its 2003
incorporation, Miami
Gardens' naysayers
launched a futile attempt
to have the predominately
Black city dissolved. Fast
forward to 2006 and'even
some of the naysayers
admit that the city. they
thought should fold is now
The woman behind the
city's rapid progress is
Shirley Gibson. While
some critics are still con-
cerned about some aspects
of the city's leadership, the

Shirley Gibson, Mayor of Miami Gardens

overall consensus seems
to be favorable and steadi-
ly improving.
To those naysayers,
Gibson says "too bad you
had little faith in your
community." Gibson said
some of the city's former
critics have been won over,
however, and have
approached her to say as
In addition to satisfying
its residents, the city is
looking to welcome others
from surrounding munici-
palities to its environs. To
that end, the city is host-
ing its first 'Jazz in the
Gardens' concert at
Dolphins stadium on
March 25.
Smooth jazz lovers from
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South's Largest Black Weekly Circulation

One Family Serving Since 1923
SInforming Miami-Dade
and Broward Counties

Blacks talk

about Black


in Miami

By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Wrtiter
Black leaders and the citizens of
Black Miami have one thing in com-
mon both are concerned about
the state of Black leadership in
Miami. As a part of The Miami Times
ongoing series on Black leadership,
the newspaper interviewed some of
the area's leaders to
find out- their opin-
ions on local Black
Some of the leaders
interviewed said it is
difficult to list
Miami's Black lead-
TONDREAU "If you think about
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Northwestern alumni demand removal of school's principals

By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Writer
Members of the Miami
Northwestern Senior High
School Alumni Association
demanded the immediate
removal of co-principals
Paulette Covin-Fredrik and
Guillermo Munoz at a highly
emotional school board meet-

ing. The group called the co-
principal leadership model an
"experiment" being conducted
at the students expense. They
are concerned for the future of
the low-performing school and
say principals Fredrik and
Munoz lack the leadership
experience to help the school
"You have given us an inferi-

or management team,"
Larry Williams, president
of the high school's alum-
ni association,.
said to the school
board. "We are
demanding immediate
removal of [the co-prin-
cipall management.
Nothing else will be
accepted." -

In response, Crew
" said the two principals
were put in place after a
conversation with for-
mer principal Alvin
Brennan, who.
resigned after start-
ing the school year
with the school, and
not as an experi-
ment. "He indicat-

ed to me it [being
Northwestern's principal] was
too difficult for one person. It
[the campus] is absolutely hell
on wheels to manage not
because of the children, but
because the campus is very
odd," Crew said.
What it comes down to is
ensuring there are enough
"hands on deck" to effectively

service a multifaceted campus,
said Joseph Garcia, chief com-
munication officer for the
school district. Northwestern
has a performing arts and a
medical magnet program; a
mixture of both high and low
performing students; and a
large campus with high enroll-
ment. "Dual principalship
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Say it loud, I'm Black

and I'm proud!

Have observed that Black people in America are the
greatest proponents of white supremacy while at the
same time perpetuating the myth of Black inferiority.
Whatever happened to Black pride?
Of course, this doesn't apply to every Black person, but
suffice it to say there is irrefutable evidence that these atti-
tudes are prevalent among Blacks.
Some Blacks, for example, find the term "Black" itself
offensive. To each his or her own, but I think who we are
defines us much better than what we call ourselves.
The preferred term of reference today appears to be
"African American." Many of our young people don't know
that the Reverend Jesse Jackson who popularized the mod-
ern use of the term, didn't create it. At one point in this
nation's history Blacks referred to themselves as Africans.
But T. Thomas Fortune (1856-1926), a Marianna native
who became one of history's most powerful and influential
Black journalists, coined the term "Afro-American" to indi-
cate that not only were the Blacks who helped build this
nation African, but they were also American.
Knowing that, I had no problem using "African American"
until a Black female in one of my journalism classes at
Florida A&M University told me the term offended her.
"I'm neither African nor American. I'm Jamaican," she
said. That sparked one of those great spontaneous educa-
tion moments all teachers treasure.
A Black classmate reminded the Jamaican that
Jamaicans were from Africa, but the Jamaican student
countered that following the American logic she would be
African Jamaican.
She then said something that drew the first of my only two
ventures into the discussion. "I'm Black, but Jamaican,"
she said, "living proof that while all African Americans are
Black, not all Blacks are African American."
"Are all African Americans really Black?" I asked. "What if
P.W. Botha (white president of South Africa at the time)
became a naturalized U.S. citizen?" I asked. "Wouldn't he be
an African American?"
No one questioned the logic, but the idea of a white
African American just didn't sit well. Some of the students
said Botha was European, but they couldn't reconcile call-
ing him European African or Dutch African without includ-
ing the African reference if he became an American.
After a lengthy debate, the class reached somewhat of a
consensus that a person's geographical point of origin was
the key. One said that was why it was important for blacks
to be called African American, so "we can maintain our
ancestral ties with the Mother Country."
That's when I broke my silence for the second time, ask-
ing, "If life began in Africa as many Black Americans are
taught, doesn't that make Africa everybody's Mother
After a period of silence, one student, presumably speak-
ing for the class, said they were confused and asked me to
clarify the matter. "I'm as confused as you are," I recall say-
ing. "I think you're going to have to decide who you are
instead of looking to someone else's label to do so."
But following class that day I became convinced that I was
not going to stop using the term Black when referring to my
people, because I remember when being Black also meant
being proud.
Whatever happened to that Black pride? Why is it that in
the 21st century in the wake of the graphic portrait
Hurricane Katrina painted on the world's television screens,
we still penalize ourselves for being Black?
Why do we still promote white supremacy by believing the
white man's ice is colder, the white man's sugar is sweeter
the white man's education is smarter?
Why do we promote Black inferiority by refusing, in gen-
eral, to patronize Black businesses? How can we think so
little of ourselves that we publicly demean our beautiful
Black women by making songs calling them b--s and h-
s, then celebrating before the world as the demeaning Gold
Digger is the featured song on the Grammy Awards?
What have we told the world we think of ourselves as
Black men and women when we celebrate because It's Hard
Out Here for A Pimp received an Academy Award for
"Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original
We have turned self-deprecation, selfishness and filthy,
profane, vulgar and obscene references to Black women into
a megamillion-dollar industry.
And, unfortunately, this has led to a self-destructive cul-
ture too many of our children idolize and try to join.
Whatever happened to Black pride? I remember when
Black was beautiful.
If it's hard out here for a pimp, what's wrong with getting
an education and getting a real job? Perhaps we should
revisit a simple-but-powerful song written by James Brown
way back in the day.
Perhaps we should bring his Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm
Proud) back as an anthem:
Now we demand a chance to do things for ourself.
We're tired of beatin' our head against the wall, and workin'
for someone else. We're people, we're just like the birds and
the bees.
We'd rather die on our feet, than be livin' on our knees.
Say it loud, I'm Black and I'm proud.
Whatever happened to Black pride?


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Do unto others
It is said that the caged bird won't sing because it has
nothing to sing about. Much could be said for the dis-
abled and elderly folk living in assisted facility centers
without the liberty and pride of being as independent as
Recently, I was visiting with someone at one of these facil-
ities and was appalled to witness basic freedoms that you
and I take for granted routinely being withheld from seniors
seemingly imprisoned behind wrought iron gates. Mothers,
fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents being held
hostage to an activities room wherein none seemed appar-
ent, save a re-run of Sanford and Son, and a few Xeroxed
pictures that had been colored (presumably by the elderly
and disabled) barely covering a fraction of the wall.
Perhaps, these reasons help explain why none of the res-
idents seemed to give a damn about much of anything. But
then, who really gives a damn about these people who
through birth or circumstances of living, are now physical-
ly disabled. Who is looking out for the people living in what
should be their 'golden oldies,' the ones who require addi-
tional attention because time has aged their bones and
sometimes their minds?

Well, I know from personal experience why one should
give a damn, why I give a damn and have the chutzpah to
add my two-cents in addressing this topic. My grandmoth-
er is among the hostages imprisoned in one of these facili-
ties although family members are more than willing to
bring her into their homes and provide the care for her that
she has given to so many of them.
The family members who are ready, willing and able to
care for Granny can't do so because one selfish, myopic
and incredibly greedy relative refuses to share her. This rel-
ative has even taken steps to legally preclude her siblings
-from rescuing Granny from what we see as a living hell.

Ever been to one these centers? Let me tell you about
what I witnessed on a recent trip to visit Granny. I saw
what children would consider a spectacle and what most
adults would consider to be a goddamn shame. Senior cit-
izens with dementia and some with Alzheimer's sitting at a
table hungry, asleep or drooling in of all places, the activ-
ities room. One might assume that activities of some sort -
cards, dominoes, shuffle board, something would be
going on in the activities room, but that is not the case. The
seniors are there for hours at a time doing absolutely noth-
ing. Not even eating!
My heart ached when I saw the napkins and utensils -
but no food in sight. Seated next to one of the residents, it
pained me even more when I heard her stomach begin to
grouse. There's an activity for the activities room.
Sickening, huh? But, it's real.

An incident that got me to wondering whether the laws
that exist to protect our seniors have any teeth in them
involves the case of a Miramar resident Dwight Bernard,
35. Bernard is the former janitor at Bay Pointe Terrace
adult assisted living facility in Hollywood who was discov-
ered sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman.
Bernard was permitted to work around these individuals
often declared incapacitated by the state despite being
on probation for having consensual sex with a 14 year-old
girl back in January 2005.
Guess, what? My grandmother was a resident at Bay
Pointe Terrace while Bernard was employed at the assisted
facility living center. Bernard's brazen assault makes me
wonder why my grandmother would answer her door with
the facade of physical strength in her voice whenever fam-
ily members went to visit her. Our knocks on her closed
door would be routinely answered with an angry, "Who is
it?" It also raises questions as to why she often barricaded
herself in her room with a chair pushed beneath her bed-
room's door knob.
I wonder if this relative of mine and others of the same
disposition ever cared to think about the dangers of
strangers caring for their "loved ones."
Perhaps it is naive of me to believe that the children of
these disabled and old folk would enjoy the task of taking
care of those who have taken care of them, now that their
former caregivers are in their golden years. I would consid-
er it an honor to help take care of Granny. Others do not,
apparently, see it that way.

It is difficult for me to understand why people are satis-
fied with doing only what is required to care for the elderly
and disabled, when in fact, the elderly have most often
given breast to, and or have wiped the infant behinds of
these inconsiderate adults. As I continue to pray for
Granny and pen this ode to her, I also pray that my relative
will eventually see the error of her ways.
Decisions motivated by ego and trickery have a way of
reappearing in the decision-maker's world as fearful eyes
and guilt-stained faces. I have lived long enough to know
that what goes around comes around is more than a cliche.
What's worse than being thrust into one of these homes
is being placed into one of them by someone of believed
"trust." This mistrust is blasphemous. This type of conduct
in Douse's parliament of opinion is nothing short of repre-
hensible; punishable by an incessant gnawing at the cul-
prit's conscience and replete with shame. You know who
you are and you know what you've done but, are you aware
of who has been hurt most greatly?
The rule of compensation is the equivalent to one's big
Please turn to DOUSE 4A

February 22, 2006: The
Miami Times published a front-
page photograph of the swollen
body of 14-year-old Martin Lee
Anderson in his casket.
September 15, 1955: Jet
magazine published a feature
photograph of the swollen, dis-
figured body of 14-year-old
Emmett Louis Till in his cas-
Martin Lee Anderson was
brutally beaten by five white
men. Emmett Louis Till was
brutally beaten by two white
men. The case of Martin Lee
Anderson is being investigated
and its outcome is yet to be
determined. Florida's Black
state legislators are demanding
that those who caused
Anderson's death must be
prosecuted. What happened to
Emmett Louis Till is a part of
our history that shows why the
Black Caucus' insistence is
important to justice prevailing,
so that no other. Black boys are
brutally treated as inhuman
because some white person
deems it necessary to prove
their physical or entitlement
superiority. Lest we forget, this

is the story of Emmett Louis
Emmett Louis Till was born
in Chicago to Louis
and Mamie Till on
July 25, 1941. His
parents separated
the next year and
Louis was drafted
into the army to
serve in World War
II. Louise died in
Europe in 1945 and
among the few pos-
sessions received by
Mamie was a signet
ring inscribed with
his initials, "LT."
This ring was the
method by which BC
Emmett's decom-
posed body was identified. His
mother gave it to him on the
day before he was to leave for
Money, Mississippi to visit
their family.
On August 21, 1955, Emmett
arrived in Mississippi to stay
with his great uncle Moses
Wright, who was later smug-
gled out of Mississippi to
Chicago after the trial. Three
days after he arrived for his

Reginald Clyne, Esq.

Reginald Clyne, Esq.

Buying an election

Katherine Harris, a republi-
can candidate for the U.S.
Senate seat currently held by
Bill Nelson, has pledged ten
million'dollars of her inheri-
tance to fund her campaign. It
must be nice to have ten million
dollars. If I had it, I probably
would not spend it on a cam-
paign. However, Harris, who is
way behind in the polls and has
not been able to effectively
raise money the old-fashioned
way, is in effect using her per-
sonal resources to buy her way
into the campaign fight.
Everyone has a right to spend
their own money in any manner
that they see fit. However, it
bugs me at a visceral level that
a candidate feels that they can
just buy their way into office,
because dear departed dad left
them an inheritance of several
million dollars ($59 million).
The old joke is that the U.S.
Senate is the millionaire club. If
Harris wins then that old joke is
probably true. If Harris wins,
then it means that our election
system is not based on the can-
didate with the best ideas, the
candidate who worked the
hardest to reach the voters, the
candidate who served his/her
country and community best,
but simply the candidate whose
Daddy gave them the .most
money. I think that is the thing
that bugs me the most.
If Harris had earned her
money, because she worked
hard and was smart, then her
spending her money to win an
election would sit better with
me. But when you use Daddy's
money that you got because
you just happened to be born
with a platinum spoon in your
mouth, well, that just seems
like a rich kid throwing Daddy's
money around to get something
that they could not earn the old
fashioned way.
Ultimately, it comes down to
a critical question of our
democracy. Should our sena-
tors simply be the richest peo-
ple running for office or should
we have something more -

integrity, honesty and a caring
spirit? There is no doubt that
with $10 million, Harris can
run all sorts of attack ads to try
to make Senator Nelson look
bad. Her faltering campaign
might gain life, because many
uninformed voters, who hear a
10 second attack ad, might not
take time to review the record
and learn the truth.
It would be a major setback
for our democracy if the little
rich kid won. Katherine Harris'
claim to fame was her job as a
Disney character and her effort
to insure that George W. Bush
won the election by not count-
ing several votes that would
have swung the State of
Florida to Al Gore. This made
her a darling of the
I hope the voters of Florida
see through this charade.
Harris, other than putting on
her make-up well and helping
steal an election has done
nothing of substance to help
Florida or the nation. If any-
thing, she has indirectly con-
tributed to our national deficit
and the war in Iraq.
In contrast, Senator Nelson,
is not a little rich kid, but a
decent Christian man, who has
worked hard to win his re-elec-
tion the old fashioned way -
by taking care of his con-
stituents and then raising
money the old fashioned way,
by asking each voter to give
him a little of their hard
earned money to send him
back to Washington.
I hope that our Senate is not
a "little rich kid club" and that
the $10 and $20 contributions
of hard-working middle class
people will be enough to propel
Senator Bill Nelson back to the
senate. God help us if the
Republicans get Senator
Nelson's seat and hold every
state-wide elected office in
Florida. We need somebody to
counter their dominance if
only to insure that a few
decent judges get on the feder-
al bench.

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

Emmett Louis Till and

Martin Lee Anderson:

Times have changed?

visit, Emmett went into a store
that was owned by a white cou-
ple, Roy and Carolyn Bryant,
whose clientele was primarily
Black sharecroppers. Emmett
went into the store to buy bub-
ble gum and it is alleged that
he whistled at Carolyn Bryant.
On August 28th at about
2:30 a.m., Roy Bryant and
another adult, his half brother,
J. W. Milam, came to Moses
Wright's home and kidnapped
Emmett Till. They later
described in detail how they
beat him, shot him in the head,
fastened a large metal gin cot-
ton fan to his neck with barbed
wire and threw his body in the
n e a r b y
Tallahatchie River.
The disfigured,
bloated unhuman-
looking body was
pulled from the
River three days
later. Moses Wright
identified the body
only because of the
signet "LT" ring.
This detailed
description is made
because there was
no videotape of
Emmett's beating.
]RKE When someone
attempts to sanitize
Martin's beating, it is hoped
that Emmett will come to mind.
Emmett's picture was distrib-
uted worldwide, partially
because his mother, Mamie,
did not allow any cosmetic
reconfigure of his face and
mandated an open casket view-
ing and funeral. The impact
was what Mamie intended
when she said, "I want them to
see what they did to my boy,"

President Donna Shalala and the University of Miami
made a smart move last week by agreeing to give all of it's
hourly workers pay raises of at least 25 percent and
affordable healthcare coverage. That is a .significant pay'
increase and benefits package., Let's hope more major cor-
porations- do as well. --- -i --

Thousands of Broward lawyers belonging to minority bar
associations have been sent a letter saying: "Instances of
insensitivity and intolerance have not been properly
addressed in this circuit." Representatives of the Black,
Cuban, Hispanic, Haitian, Caribbean, Asian-Pacific and
women's bar associations met with Broward Chief Judge
Dale Ross last week to air their concerns. Stay tuned.

The government is getting ready to shaft one of the week-
end groups in our community. Advocacy groups believe
that starting April 1, it will be tougher for elderly and dis-
abled Americans enrolled in Medicare to obtain their pre-

The Florida Black lawmakers are serious about not allow-
ing the infamous boot camp death of Martin Lee Anderson
to drag on and on. They have demanded sanctions and
arrests and plan a statewide rally in Panama City next

The Bush administration was grossly embarrassed as
domestic-policy advisor, Claude Allen yammered for years
about self-reliance, hard work and the fear of God. Yet this
former Jesse Helms aide is also a gay-baiter who got
caught allegedly conducting a long-running rip-off scheme
despite the fact that he didn't really need the extra money.

The price of gasoline is putting a hurt on the poor and the
near-poor people in the country. Local prices topped $2.59
for regular this week and experts say the increase is due to
market forces, new government regulations and lingering
concerns from last year's post-Hurricane Katrina and Rita

Congresspersons Maxine Waters of California and Mark
Foley flew to the troubled Caribbean nation early Monday
to reaffirm the United States' commitment to Haiti and
Preval, as he attempts to bring economic and political sta-
bility to the country. They talked about everything except
the more thorny topics, such as the possible return of
Preval's one-time ally, ousted Haitian President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide or the release of Aristide's imprisoned
supporters arrested after his 2004 ouster.

Local educators are seeking a viable candidate to run for
the School Board to replace retiring three-term member
Solomon Stinson.

Many people feel it's about time the immigration author-
ities stop letting off those local smugglers who have been
making a fortune bringing in illegal immigrants. A Miami
judge slapped two Cuban immigrants with maximum 10-
year prison terms after their smuggling journey led to the
death of a young boy on the boat.

Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam
were arrested on August 29th
,for kidnapping. Their trial
began on September 19th with
12 all-white male jurors. White
females and Black persons
were banned from jury duty.
On September 23rd both were
-acquitted of murdering Emmett
Till after the jury deliberated
for only 67 minutes. One juror
told a reporter that they would
not have taken so long if they
had not stopped "to drink pop."
Bryant and Milam posed for
photographers, lit up cigars
and kissed their wives in cele-
One hundred days later,
Rosa Parks refused to give up
her seat on a Montgomery city
bus and the civil rights move-
ment was energized.
On January 24, 1956 Look
magazine published Bryant
and Milam's detailed story of
how they killed Emmett Till;
they had been paid $4,000.
The story was titled The
Shocking Story of Approved
Killing in Mississippi. Milam
died of cancer in 1980 and
Bryant by the same disease in
Mamie Till Mobley died of
heart failure at age 81 in
Why this story? Because a
seven-year-old Black boy in
Waycross, Georgia saw the Jet
picture and 51 years later can-
not forget it, nor is it conceiv-
able that anyone should for-
Sget. The Miami Times picture
of Martin Lee Anderson should
be juxtaposition in the history
mind-eye of every African her-
itage Floridian until justice is

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How do you feel about the separation of African-Americans

and Haitian-Americans in Miami-Dade County?

Ewon Ballard

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about it like
that. I look
at the
Haitians as
one of us. I
if someone

got beef with the Cubans. With
me personally, I like white, Black
and spanish people. I really don't
see what people have a problem
with because everyone looks

Shervona Scott

"Some --
lSo m o e
Black peo-
ple feel like
shouldn't be
here and s d
s 0 In eC
Haitians feel
like Blacks
shouldn't be
Personally I love everyone. I
believe everyone should come
together as one like Black people
should. Black people tend to
bring other Black people down. It
shouldn't matter what nationali-
ty we are but what should mat-
ter is that we're all Black people
and we should stick together. I
believe the people that have
something negative to say about
one another don't have anything
to do. They need to find a real

Roberta Graham

"I don't feel it's no separation
between us but the Haitians feel


they are dif-
ferent from
us. When '
we have
issues or
[are] trying "
to get some ...
changes in _;._
the commnlu-
nity they
are not
there to help us. When they have
a problem, we are there to fight
with them. I don't know if any-
thing can be changed. It's up to

Tonya Burns

"Black people have problems
I'm light
you're dark
s k i n ed it
Some peo-
ple think
that if your
skin color is
then your
culture is different. Everyone
feels a need to distinguish them-
selves. I really don't understand
some Haitians because they
come from a worse predicament
than we are in and many of them
act as if they are superior. I'm
not saying it's all Haitians but
some feel that Blacks don't try
hard enough. I really don't know
a solution to this problem."

Reverend Ethel Carr, Ph.D

"Everyone is trying to serve
God in their own language. You
can't start separating one cul-
ture from another culture when
God made us all. We shall live

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FEMA seeks return of millions in payouts

Thousands of people who
received money from the federal
government after Hurricanes
Katrina, Rita and Wilma are
being asked to give it back.
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency started
sending letters last week asking
people to return money they

received in error. About 1.7 mil-
lion households received FEMA
assistance after the storms.
About 2% to 3%, or 34,000 to
51,000 families, will reimburse
the agency, said Donna
Dannels, acting deputy director
of FEMA's recovery division.
Letter recipients can appeal if

they believe they were entitled
to the finds. FEMA encourages
them to make payments while
the matter is resolved or to set
up a payment plan, Dannels
said. If the amount isn't paid in
full within 30 days, 2% interest
per year will be added from the
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There are a number of disaster programs for which you

in u l t: i c u -- . ." : i -
tural. None
of us is no
better than
the other;
never have
been and 4
never will
be. Our
problem is i
greed .
Everyone wants a quick fix.
When we figure out that no one
is better than the other, then
we can start living in a multi-
cultural environment. Most of
us don't even know who we are
mixed with, so how can we
afford to criticize someone else
when we don't know who we
are ourselves. When nobody
else is looking at you, who are
you? We are the ones that
cause the problem with how we
look at each other. We will
never have enough answers
because there are too many

James Stephens
"I feel it's
wrong and
we are all
one. If we
are all Black
then it does-
n't make
any sense.
T h e
stick togeth-
er within---
their community. You have one
group that thinks they are bet-
ter than the other and vice
versa. We have to get together
and unite as people. We don't
need a Haitian festival or a
Hispanic festival, but we need a
culture day. We need to put all
cultures together and cele-

The programs include: temporary

housing assistance, replacement grants for serious

disaster related needs and home repair not covered by

private insurance, or other assistance programs including

low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small

Business Administration. You do not need to complete a

loan application with the SBA to be considered for

FEMA's temporary housing assistance or funds

for certain other disaster related needs you may have.

Call FEMA to register or go online
1-800-621-FEMA (6:00 a.m. Midnight daily EST)
TTY 1-800-462-7585
Multilingual operators are available

Disaster recovery assistance is. available without regard to race, colol; sex,
religion, national origin, age, disability. or economic status.
If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call
IFEIA at 800-621-3362 or contact your ,State OQ7ce of Equal .R(ghts.

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payback-one's just reward, be
it beneficial or detrimental.
And, the sanctions are parceled
according to actions. Woeful
recompense for you, my dear
relative, Bernard and other
abusers and misusers of Power
of Attorney and guardianship

Michael Suib, a poet and
author of Confessions of a Key
West Cabby, wrote recently,
"old people are
times, badly. Inconveniences in
our daily lives, they consume
our valuable time, inflict their

needs upon us. Emotionally
yanked by the arm or chided for
their lack of grace. Child abuse
in reverse. We avoid their eyes
as fearful mirrors that we
refuse to face, refuse to look at,
perhaps for fear of seeing the
unthinkable, seeing ourselves."
In short steps, yes, Granny's
strides are slow, and that is
only because she is old. Yet, her
mind retains its acumen.
Maybe these old folk like
caged birds do have some-
thing to sing about but, per-
haps it's deemed a waste of
time singing only of their misty
When the inevitable occurs,
when you become too old or too
feeble to adequately do for

yourself, what tune will you
and those who profess to love
you be inclined to sing?

Come and Go ...

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Miami Gardens enjoying positi

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arround town will be welcomed
to the city for a day of jazz and
R & B by local favorites Nicole
Henry, Tomey Sellers, Ike and
Val and Nestor Torres. The
musical line-up rivals that of
other jazz concerts from around
the country, including national
acts Russ Freeman and The
Rippingtons, Chieli Minucci,
Nelson Rangell, Steve Cole,
Jose Negroni, Jeff Kashiwa and
Marion Meadows. Gibson
wants the jazz concert to
become the city's premier
annual cultural event.
Concert goers will be wel-
comed by prominently featured
greetings signs erected at key
entrance points to the city.
Other visually apparent
improvements include the
expansion of northwest 183

Street also known as Miami
Gardens Drive, an aggressive
anti-litter campaign and the
development of new restau-
rants and businesses.
When asked what she is most
proud of, Gibson said the 'Keep
Miami Gardens Beautiful' ini-
tiative. The campaign helps to
ensure that residents and busi-
nesses play active roles in keep-
ing the city looking good. For
those residents who have not
quite gotten with the beautifica-
tion program, the city imple-
mented its anti-litter program,
complete with a hotline for
reporting litterbugs.
Miami Gardens' national
image is positive, according to
Roosevelt Dorn, mayor of
Inglewood, California and pres-
ident of the National Council of
Black Mayors. "Mayor Gibson is
a fantastic person... highly
intelligent," Gibson serves as

the parliamentarian for the
NCBM and "is very involved in
the organization...and repre-
sents the city of [Miami
Gardens] very well," said Dorn.
Miami Gardens resident and
Miami-Dade firefighter Ray
Williams said he "was not a fan"
of Miami Gardens, however, he
does see some improvements.
Williams, 45, was pleasantly
surprised that his property
taxes only rose by $30, but
attributes the slight increase to
"my homestead exemption, not
the city." He is pleased with the
new 183 Street and some of the
code enforcement...but was not
pleased at all with the mulching
[that went on in his neighbor-
hoodl, "sometimes until 11
o'clock at night."
Miami Gardens resident
Albert Gooch said of Gibson, "I
think she's doing a good job."
Of the two Super Wal-Marts

ive image

being built within the city,
Gooch said the stores will "con-
tribute to the neighborhood" by
providing jobs. On the same
subject, Williams believes the
presence of two of the low-price
retailer within the city will be
bad news for Miami Gardens'
mom and pop stores and will
"bring the area down."
Gibson is a proud grand-
mother who is trying to create
balance in her busy life. She
"likes to be outdoors in her but-
terfly garden," meditates often
and goes to church every
Sunday. The last book she read
was Black Redneck, White
Liberal and the Anita Baker
Christmas CD her daughter
gave her is so good, she's still
listening to it.
For more information on 'Jazz
in the Gardens,' visit the city's
web site at www.miamigardens-

Northwestern alumni voice their concerns at school board meeting

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further lessens the adminis-
trative load," he said.
The superintendent tried to
assure the group that the co-
principals were doing their
"very best" and said he would
review the effectiveness of co-
principalship at Northwestern.
"You might not like them, but
the fact is they've tried and
they're doing their very best. If
the model doesn't work that's
my fault," Crew said.

Other concerns brought to
the school board's attention
include unsanitary conditions
in the restrooms and cafeteria,

lack of textbooks for students,
discipline problems and the
absence of student/teacher
morale. One alumni alleged
that school district mandated
biweekly FCAT testing prepa-
ration had not been conduct-
Garcia said the biweekly
testing preparation has not
been timely because of last
year's hurricanes.
Nevertheless, it should be tak-
ing place. "This is something
that concerns us and we are
looking into it," he said.
Alumni also said conditions
at the school are unsanitary.
These allegations concerned
Crew and the district's senior
staff members. Garcia said
Crew will visit the school, but

will do so unannounced.
Several alumni said stu-
dents still do not have tQxt-
books. Students had their core
curriculum books at the
beginning of the school year,
Garcia said. Two elective
classes welding and business
- are currently missing books.
To ensure this does not hap-
pen again the school has
already begun to order next
year's books. "The superin-
tendent has zero tolerance for
textbook problems," Garcia
said. "Because of the co-prin-
cipalship, the school has
enough hands on deck to
place orders now for next
year,"Garcia said.
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The time is now to prepare for hurricane season

By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Wriiter
As the 2006 hurricane sea-
son approaches, experts say
now is the time to prepare.
This season is predicted to be
another busy hurricane sea-
son. Despite the number of
predicted hurricanes,
Floridians should make it a
habit to prepare early. It only
takes one hurricane to cause
devastation and havoc, said
Frank Lepore, spokesman for
National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's
National Hurricane Center.
"For example, 1992 was a
below average hurricane sea-
son. But, the first one out the
gate was Andrew. That one
event was, at the time, the
most costly natural disaster in
U.S. history."
There are small things peo-
ple can do now to prepare. For
instance, citizens can build an
ample supply of food and sup-

plies by June 1- the start of
hurricane season if they
buy canned-goods and sup-
plies now while grocery shop-
ping. "Save an extra $3
towards a hurricane fund.
Every time you get the oppor-
tunity to go grocery shopping,
get one can or one flashlight
each week," said Erika Mayor,
spokeswoman for the Red
Cross of Greater Miami and
the Keys.

Find out if your home is in
an evacuation area and the
location of the closest shelter.
If your roof is still damaged
from last year's hurricane sea-
son, find out if heavy rain will
cause your roof to cave in.
Plan for pets and elderly rela-
tives by knowing the guide-
lines of your nearest hurricane
shelter. "Many shelters do not
allow pets, but the county does
have a pet shelter," she said.

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If you have elderly relatives
that require special care it is
important to apply now for the

county's Emergency
Evacuation Assistance
Program. Those who pre-regis-
ter have priority. Benefits of
the program include access to
Special Needs Evacuation
Centers, where trained county

employees and healthcare
staff provide minimal health
assistance not available at
general population evacua-
tion centers. Those interest-

ed in receiving an application
can call 3-1-1 or visit the
county's Emergency
Management Web site,

It is imperative to make
family and friends aware of
your hurricane evacuation
plans a lesson learned
after Katrina. In the wake of
Katrina, the American Red
Cross received more than
300,000 phone calls most
coming from people looking
for missing loved ones. The
organization's Family Links
Web site is an important tool
in reconnecting loved ones
after a disaster. To add your-
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Register now for summer program

Registration is now available
for the Summer Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten program offered
by the Early Learning Coalition
of Miami-Dade/Monroe.
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
is a state-funded program to
prepare 4-year-olds through-
out the state for kinder-
The summer program gives
children a jump start by
preparing them for school

and developing the skills they
need to become good readers
and students.
The summer program is free
and open for students that
have not participated in the
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
Children who participate in
the program learn the funda-
mentals of letter sounds,
numbers, shapes and colors.
They also learn important

social and emotional skills.
The program consists of 300
hours of instructional time.
Additional child-care hours
that exceed the 300 hours
would be paid by the parent.
Classes will begin as early as
May 1 and will end before the
beginning of the 2006 school
Actual start and finish dates
depend on child-care providers.
To assist parents in thd regis-

tration process, new registra-
tion locations, some with
expanded Saturday hours, will
be available.
Children who are 4 by Sept.
1, 2005, are eligible to receive
free education from a partici-
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To locate a registration site
and for a list of appropriate
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Crime Scene

A woman is recovering after a Miami-Dade police officer, driving a
marked police truck, crashed into her vehicle around 9 p.m. last week. The
officer was traveling eastbound on Bird Road when he struck the woman,
who was making a left turn. The impact propelled both vehicles to crash
into two additional cars in the intersection. It also forced another vehicle
to crash into a fifth vehicle. The woman was airlifted to Jackson Memorial
Hospital and her condition is stable. The police officer suffered minor
A Miami police officer was arrested for allegedly buying and selling a
small amount of steroids and Cialis, the erectile dysfunctioning drug. The
officer turned himself into the police department Internal Affairs division.
He was charged with unlawful use of a communications device and posses-
sion with the intent to sell 400 milligrams of liquid testosterone and three
pills of Cialis. He could face as much as 30 years behind bars. He posted a
$10,000 bond and was out of jail before 2:30 p.m.
A 51 year-old man was charged with stealing parts from a damaged 2002
Toyota Corolla left in a parking lot, located at 34 NE 168th Street. According
to the police report, a witness called police when he spotted the man with
a wrench under the hood of the car. Police say they found four wrenches
hidden in the area near the car. The car had been stationary since an acci-
dent in January.
A woman called police after spotting a group of teenagers riding two golf
carts in the parking lot of an apartment complex, located at NE 23rd Avenue
and 173rd Street. The golf carts, valued at $3,000, were recovered and
returned to Greynolds Park Golf Course. One golf cart was left crashed into
a fence, causing an estimated $100 in damage. The Other cart was found
near the parking lot with a broken steering column. The batteries in both
carts were dead.
A vandal broke into a home, located on 157th street and 14th avenue,
around 3:30 p.m.The break-in caused nearly $4,000 in damageto the home.
The vandal broke in through a backdoor and cut curtains, broke a bathroom
sink and smashed three windows and a sliding closet door mirror. The van-
dal also removed a FPL meter. The homeowner suspects a former tenant.

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U.N. approves new council on human rights

The General Assembly voted
overwhelmingly to replace the
U.N.'s discredited human rights
body with a new Human Rights
Council, ignoring U.S. objec-
tions that not enough was done
to prevent abusive countries
from becoming members.
Ambassadors from most of
the 191 U.N. member states
burst into sustained applause
when General Assembly
President Jan Eliasson,
announced the results of the
vote: 170 in favor, four against,
and three abstentions. But
U.S. Ambassador John Bolton
refused to join in the applause.
A year ago, Secretary-
General Kofi Annan proposed
replacing the widely criticized

and highly politicized U.N.
Human Rights Commission,
which has allowed some of the
worst-offending countries to
use their membership to pro-
tect one another from condem-
The Human Rights Council,
approved recently, is a
watered-down version of
Annan's vision. But the secre-
tary-general still called it "his-
toric," and human rights
groups welcomed its creation.
"This gives the United
Nations the chance a much-
needed chance to make a
new beginning in its work for
human rights around the
world," Annan said in a state-

Parks department needs summer workers

The Miami Parks and
Recreation Department is now
hiring summer workers who
enjoy being outdoors.
Lifeguards, recreational aides
and certified drivers are needed
by April 21.
Pay ranges from $7.38 to
Lifeguards must be ready to
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Recreation aides are expected
to participate in sports, lead
activities and accompany chil-
dren on field trips to local
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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
The Miami Times and WMBM have been media
partners for the past two years.

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Rev. Dr. Samuel and Mrs. Maurene Atchison

The Atchison's celebrate

their 58 wedding anniversary

Reverend Dr. Samuel Atchison and Mrs. Maurene Atchison
graciously celebrated their blessed 58th Wedding Anniversary on
March 6. Their children and the church family were ecstatic
about their humble years together.
Reverend and Mrs. Atchison would like to thank everyone for
the flowers, cards and gifts that so many gave them as they cel-
ebrated this special day in their lives together. Reverend and
Mrs. Atchison have been Pastor and First Lady of the Mount
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for the past 42 years.
They are the proud parents of nine children, 17 grandchildren,
and 20 great-grandchildren. We wish them many more years of
love, happiness and much peace and we pray for their life, health
and strength. They strongly believe that if the Lord had not been
on their side ...

Bishop Jones 17th annual anniversary

We at Faith Evangelistic
Praise and Worship
International Center, 7770
N.W. 23rd Avenue, welcome
you to celebrate our interna-
+i l pi~l r) 1 An ( 'q

ional BlShiiop D. N. onesU
17th Annual Anniversary
Appreciation on March 20-24
at 7:30 p.m.. and Sunday,
March 26 at 3 p.m.
God has promoted her into
another dimension., Bishop Daisy N. Jones

Bethel Apostolic celebrates anniversary

You're invited to join Bethel
Apostolic Temple as they cele-
brate 50 years of Ministry,
Wednesday, March 29
Sunday, April 2. Services are as
follows: Wednesday, March 29,
7 'p.m., Guest Speaker:
Bishop-Elect, Reverend
Randall Holts of Miami. Guest
Psalmist: Lexi.
Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Reverend Rudy
Rasmus of Houston, TX. Guest
Psalmist: Lucinda Moore.
Friday, March 31, 7 p.m.,
Guest Speaker: Reverend Dr.
Rita Twiggs of Dallas TX (The
Potters House Bishop T.D.
Jakes Ministries). Psalmist:
Johnny Sanders. Saturday,
April 1, 6:45 p.m. (Embassy
Suites Miami Airport Hotel -
Grand Ballroom) Humanitarian
Awards Banquet Honorees:
Congresswoman (ret.) Carrie P.
Meek and Reverend Dr. George
E. McRae. Guest Psalmist:
Luther Barnes. Donation:

Carol Nash
$40.00 (space is limited).
Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. Guest
Speaker: Pastor Jermone Glenn
of Grand Rapids, MI; 4 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Bishop William
Abney of Grand Rapids, MI.
Guest Psalmist: Francine
For more information, call the
church at 305-688-1612.

Pastor's anniversary at First Thessalonians

First Thessalonians
Missionary Baptist Church
family gives honor to their pas-
tor,- Reverend Quintin C.
Pinkston on three years of
At the 11 a.m. service the
word will be brought by
Minister Mitchell Stevens of
Second Baptist Church.
The anniversary will come to
a close at 3:30 p.m. with
Reverend Edward Mitchell and
the Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church.
Come and be blessed. Reverend Quintin C. Pinston

Pastor's 39"' anniversary
celebration at New Hope

You are invited to worship
with the New Hope
Missionary Baptist Church,
21801 SW 118th Court,
while they celebrate their
39th anniversary.
For more information, call
Reverend Dr. L.B. Johnson
is the pastor. Reverend Dr. L.B. Johnson


Spotlight on . Cassalee Eccles

The following is a community focus project of
The Miami Times. The Times recognizes the
challenges caseworkers employed in Miami's
child welfare and foster care system face as
they work to ensure the well-being of our com-
munity's children and families. In an effort to
spotlight some of these unsung heroes, The
Times willfeature submissions from the organ-
izations' management about exemplary case-
workers from Our Kids and their affiliate agen-

Cassalee Eccles is an extremely hardwork-
ing individual. She is employed with Neighbor
to Family, a North Region Our Kids Full
Case Management Agency (FCMA).
A Case Manager since August 2005, Eccles
graduated from Florida International
University with a Bachelors degree. She has
been in the child safety business since
December 2001, starting as a Protective
Investigator with the Department of Children
and Families (DCF).
Eccles has received numerous awards as

Cassalee Eccles

employee of the month while with DCF, served
as a DCF liaison with the City of Miami Police
Department and acted as a supervisor in the
absence of her unit supervisor.
Please turn to ECCLES 17B

Richard Proctor is living the good life

By Renee M. Harris

In an era when Black men
are under assault from the
media, police, society's 'isms'
and themselves, 'one Miami
man has not allowed any of it
to deter him. Richard Proctor
is a community activist, men-
tor, devoted son, father and
uncle. His roles in the commu-
nity are undoubtedly impor-
tant, however, Proctor's role as
father-figure to his 11-year old
nieceand caretaker to his 75-
year old father take center
stage. Everything else is sec-

Richard Proctor

Life for this 42 year-old man
with piercing brown eyes and a
ready smile has not always
been so fulfilling. He's had his
share of problems, but has
extracted all the wisdom and
life lessons that mistakes
afford us and left the rest

behind. His present and future
are the benefactors of his
Proctor's niece Shauntrell
represents his future. The
girl's mother died when she
was five years old. Proctor res-
cued her from foster care three
years ago, where she landed
after her father Proctor's
brother was unable to care
for her. Believing strongly that
a little girl needed a woman in
her life, Proctor maintained
contact with his niece, but did
not pursue custody. After
placement with his sisters did
not pan out, he informed the
Please turn to PROCTOR 10B

Pastor Daisy Williams

Pastor's 20"' anniversary
celebration at Emmanuel

Pastor Daisy Williams of
Spirit of Lord Ministries will
be preaching the 20th pas-
tor's anniversary Thursday,
March 23, 7:30 p.m. at
Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church.
Come and be blessed as this
woman of God delivers the

Touch of God Ministry
presents Azusa revisited

Touch of God Ministry, Pastor
Bernice Spann presents Azusa
Revisited. It will be a night of
Holy Ghost filled preaching,
healing, deliverance, salvation
and restoration.
Come and be apart of this all
night, move of God with signs
and wonders on March 31
starting at 7 p.m. until.
The service will be hosted by
Apostle Sherron Parrish of the
Fountain of Life Cultural
Center, 16728 N.E. 6 Avenue
(next to Bally's Fitness Center
across from Krispy Creme

orformation call: 305-836-0942 or visit our e


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Proctor cherishes family life and caring for loved ones

continued from 9B

Department of Children and
Families that his niece was
welcome in his home.
The two-month process
included appearances in
dependency court, caseworkers
visiting his home to interview
Proctor and his former wife (the
two are now separated) and the
ultimate decision that he met
the state's criteria to provide a
safe, nurturing and permanent
home for Shauntrell. Proctor
said that his life is awesome.

"It's kind of special, you got to
be blessed to do this," he said.
Proctor is enjoying teaching
his niece "how to be a woman."
The lessons include how to
cook a real meal and to hand
wash her unmentionables
between trips to the
Laundromat. Proctor, father of
an adult daughter, is encour-
aging Shauntrell's spiritual
development by praying with
her and reading the Daily Word
each morning. Proctor is
adamant that college is a part
of Shauntrell's future. He
knows that education is key to

a successful future.
Proctor's father is a huge
part of his and Shauntrell's
life. "My daddy and I were
always close," he said. Proctor
recalls how as a youngster, he
would often sneak into the
back seat of his father's car
when he heard him leaving the
house. His daddy would always
"discover" him hiding and
"scold" him.
When his parents divorced,
the then seven-year old Proctor
remained with his father while
his six siblings went to live
with their mother. His father

suffered a stroke over 13 years
ago and "could do nothing for
himself." Proctor said, "the doc-
tors wanted to put him in a
nursing home, but my daddy
told me he didn't want to go."
His allegiance to the man who
was "mama and daddy to me"
prompted Proctor to "quit my
job and restructure my whole
life to take care of my daddy,"
he said. The senior Proctor is
able to eat and talk, however,
needs his son to clean him,
change his clothes and pre-
pare his food. "We go to
church together and some-

times roll out listening to
oldie goldies," Proctor said of
their drives together.
Proctor is pleased with
Shauntrell's connection to her
grandfather. The two look at
movies and play cards togeth-
er. "My daddy helps her with
her homework," Proctor said
with a smile. "I tell her to cher-
ish these moments."
In addition to being a true
family man, Proctor is also
very present in the communi-
ty. He has been a member of
community-focused groups
for many years and has been

instrumental in the creation of
children's programs at several
inner city parks. Proctor is
also actively planning for his
25-year class reunion a
unique venture between three
inner city schools Miami
Jackson, Miami Central and
Miami Northwestern's classes
of 1981. Proctor is a proud
graduate of Miami Jackson.
The former car wash owner
recognizes the goodness in his
life and that he has been
instrumental in attracting it.
"I'm really proud of myself,"
he said.

Do you have a thorn in the flesh?

I read a very interesting arti-
cle about the thorn that Paul
speaks of in 2 Corinthians 12.
The author felt that the 'thorn'
that Paul was speaking of was
not a thing, but a person. He
believed that the thorn was a
messenger of satan in the flesh
who had been sent by the
enemy to rebuff him and make
his life miserable. This author
felt that Paul was referring to
an actual person who opposed
Paul and the Gospel message.
He believed that this person

stirred up trouble between the
Jews and instilled doubt and
unbelief in those to whom Paul
tried to minister.
I have heard it said many
times and read countless arti-
cles that the thorn could be a
variety of physical infirmities
including an eye problem,
migraines, malaria or a speech
impediment. Some have said
that the infirmity was an emo-
tional one and Paul most likely
suffered from depression or
.hysteria. The author said that

he did not believe that the
thorn was an illness. He said
that if the thorn was an illness,
then Jesus who took stripes for
sicknesses and diseases would
have surely healed Paul. But
the same could be said for any
type of problem Jesus has
authority over them all!
But I think that what type of
'thorn' Paul wrote of is not
nearly as important as what he
states in verses 7 and 10 and
what the response from the
Lord is that is given in verse 9.
Paul said that this 'thorn' was
given to keep him from becom-
ing conceited or prideful. Paul
was an extraordinary man. He
portrayed such great faith in
God and such love for His peo-
ple. Paul had many miraculous
encounters and conversations

with Him. It is easy to become
puffed up when you see how
God is using you so mightily. It
is easy to become full of pride
when you can spit out prophe-
cies and words of wisdom and
knowledge right and left.
Even today, the praises and
accolades of man can uplift a
Godly man or woman's spirit
to the point that you might for-
get where these gifts of wis-
dom, knowledge and teaching
came from. It is easy to forget
that your beautiful voice is a
talent given to you by a gener-
ous God. Paul knew this and
understood that he had to stay
focused and grounded. Pride
and a puffed up attitude does
not please God. If we were
honest, we would admit that
many times it is the afflictions,

infirmities and mean people
that keep us on our knees!
Unfortunately too many
Christians would spend too lit-
tle time in prayer if they were
not praying for God to remove
a 'thorn' from them!
The Lord's response in verse
9 says it all His grace is suf-
ficient for us in all things. No
matter who attacks us, or
what disease ravages our
body, or how crazy the spouse,
kids and boss might act His
grace is sufficient. I am not
saying in the least that God
makes bad things happen to
us so that we can be close to
Him. I am saying that He can
use these episodes to comfort
us and to give us strength.
Paul's answer in verse 10 is
one that we should always

keep in mind. Through what-
ever difficulties, persecutions
and hardships we encounter,
our weaknesses are strength-
ened in Christ. He is our all
And dear readers, please
also do not overlook a very
important fact revealed in
verse 9 God did answer
Paul, but His answer was 'no.'
God does love us and listens to
our prayers, but an all know-
ing, all wise God will do what
He knows to be best, and like
any good parent, He will not
always go along with what we
want when He knows that it is
not the best thing for us. No
good parent gives in to his or
her child's every request and
demand. Daddy does know


The Pichol E. Williams
Community Center is looking
for storytellers between 3 and 6
p.m., Monday thru Friday. For
more information, contact
McKenzie Moore at 305-242-

Neighbor to Family is seek-
ing professional foster parents.
For more information, please
call 786-433-4731.

The City of Opa-locka pres-
ents a town hall meeting with
FPL, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. For
more information, please call
Miami Gardens will cele-
brate the first annual Jazz in
the Gardens music concert,
March 25 from 2-10 p.m. at
Dolphins Stadium. For more
information, please call 305-

Join the Gwen S. Cherry
Black Women Lawyers
Association for Women:
Builders of Communities and
Dreams on March 28 from 6 -
8 p.m. at Mellon Financial
Center. For more information,
please call Erica Scott at 305-
372-1800 or email escott@ktt-

Miami Edison's Class of
1996 is having a 10 year class
reunion meeting on March 23,
7 p.m. at the schools. For more
information, please call 305-

Knights of Columbus pres-
ent their first annual Father's
Day Dance, June 17 at 7 p.m.
For more information, please
call Ramiro Molina at 305-254-
8449 or Ricardo Rego at 305-
Greater Miami Service
Corps celebrates its 15th
Anniversary on March 23 at
Northern Trust Bank. For more
information, please call 305-
Amigos Strengthens
Families and Communities is
looking for volunteers. For more
information, please call
Jeannette Lazo at 305-279-
Miami Dade College will host
a panel discussion on the peo-
ple and cultures from Cuba,
Haiti, Latin America and the
Carribean, March 23 from 7-9
p.m. For more information,
please call 305-373-0011.
FAU presents MBASport 2006
Information Sessions, March 25
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more
information, please call Kiley
Lapointe at 954-762-5035.
Florida Memorial University
will be hosting two days of
Capoeira Angola, March 23-24.
For more information, please
call Dr. Keshia Abraham at 305-

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

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-
Dade County PTA/PTSA will
hold a walk-a-thon, March 25
at 8 a.m. For more informa-
tion, please call 305-995-1102.
******* *
FAMU is having a day at the
Capitol on March 23 from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.

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 attending 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 concerns our 35th year
reunion. For more information,

call Valerie Person-Baker any-
time at 305-474-7082 or 305-

The Student Service
Department at Miami
Northwestern is hosting an
Alumni Career Day, April 21
beginning at 7:15 a.m. If you
are interested in taking part or
for more information, please
call William Brown at 305-836-
0991, ext. 2221.
THE B.T.W Class of 1961
will sell dinners April 1 from
12-3 p.m. at Our Saviour
Lutheran Church. All proceeds
go to the B.T.W scholarship
fund. For more information,
please call 305-332-3951.
Please turn to COMMUNITY 17B

How can I meet the bridegroom?

Matthew 5:1, How can I meet
the bridegroom with no Jesus?
It is impossible. Ten virgins:
five were wise and five were
The foolish said give us oil.
The wise said no, go and buy
oil. Having everything else and
no Jesus, you have no oil.
When you get tired of sin
seek Jesus, not only at a
church, but where ever you go,
you can seek Jesus.
He loves you and will help
you with any problem. Others
will talk about you and your
problem, but Jesus will fix it, if
you ask Him. : .: ,
Don't forget the mourning

Bishop John Wilson

benich and the tarrying room.
Write to P. O. Box 531078,
Miami, FL 33153.



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.

Kingdom Seekers
Transportation is sponsoring a
trip to Juanita Bynum's
Threshing Floor Revival in
Atlanta, Georgia, April 5-8. For
more information, call
Bernadette Jones at 305-828-
Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend Dr.
WJ. Carpenter, pastor, is cele-
brating Carpenter's 18th
Pastoral Anniversary, March
20-25 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. For
more information, call 305-
******* *
The Holy Ghost Church of
God, Bishop D.D. Arline, pas-
tor, will be celebrating our pas-
tor's 49th Pastoral Anniversary,
March 12, 17 and 19-26. For
more information, call 305-836-
St. John Missionary Baptist
Church, Howard, Fl., will be cel-
ebrating its annual church
anniversary and auxiliaries
anniversaries, March 19 26.
Sunday afternoon service at 4

p.m. and nightly at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please
call Reverend Leroy J. Harris at
The True Vine Church fami-
ly, Reverend Charles
Weatherspoon, pastor, invites
you to our Building Fund
Observation Program, March
24 at 7:30 p.m. For more infor-
mation, please call 305-836-
God Word God Way COGIC,
Elder Reginald Wilkerson, pas-
tor, invites you to come be a part
of anointed teaching of God's
Word in Bible Study, March 22
at 8 p.m. For more information,
please call 786-258-1826.
The Youth and Young Adult
Women's (YAYAW) Ministry of
Faith Tabernacle Deliverance
Temple, Miami Shores, invites
you to an afternoon of praise,
worship and empowerment as
they celebrate their third
anniversary, April 2 at 4 p.m.
For more information, please
call 305-758-8819.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend Dr.
W.J. Carpenter, pastor, is cele-
brating our Pastor and First
Lady's 18th Pastoral
Anniversary on March 26. For
more information, please call

God's Resurrection
Ministry, Gus Rahmlngs, pas-
tor, invites you to worship serv-
ice with Elder R. Wilkerson,
March 26 at 4 p.m. Come and
receive your blessing.
First Thessalonians
Missionary Baptist Church
invites family and friends to
their pastor, Reverend Quintin
C. Pinkston's, Third Pastoral
Anniversary, March 26 at 3:30
p.m. For more information,
please call 786-333-3505.

Open Air Outreach
Evangelism Ministry is hav-
ing a free mini seminar on How
to Share Christ. For more
information, please call
Evangelist Debbie at 305-898-

St. James AME Church,
Reverend Benny L. Johnson,
pastor, is sponsoring Living
Well: Using Your Body as a
Tool for Worship, March 25
beginning at 7 a.m. For more
information, please call 305-
Faith Christian Evangelical
Church, Winston and Cislin
Williams, pastors, is having its
20th Church Celebration,
March 26 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information, please
call 305-251-6828 or 305-246-
Please turn to CHURCH 17B

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


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

M-F at 2:00pm

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


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l3lacks Must Control Their Own Destiny The Miami Times, March 22-28, 2006 1 lB

Great Public Schools for Every Child

NEA's Books Across America
Giving the gift of reading

Bring back 1




It was the biggest natural disaster in American
history. Katrina and her sisters showed no
mercy. So much was just swept away. Cities
-and towns, homes and businesses, lives and

Katrina even seemed bent on destroying ideas
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public schools and libraries, drowning
millions of pages of science, history, art, and
literature in soggy rubble and thick mud.

I went to see what was left of the Gulf Coast's
public schools. As a teacher, it broke my
heart. As president of the National Education
Association, I saw the long, hard road ahead.

to Gulf Coast Children

The past and the present as written may have
been destroyed in these storms, but not the
future. Last year, NEA contributed one million
dollars to help Gulf Coast public school
students and teachers begin rebuilding their

And this year, 2.8 million NEA members will
not forget our continuing commitment to
people who live along the Gulf Coast. That's
why NEA has launched Books Across
America, a national campaign to restock
public school library shelves and classrooms
with the millions of books they need
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Along with NEA's partners, First Book, The
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it we don't have a lot," said civil
rights attorney Gregory
Community activist Lucie
Tondreau agreed. "It's difficult
to come up with names since
Malcolm X and Dr. Martin
Luther King. Nowadays, unfor-
tunately, its about oneself.
The community would be bet-
ter if we had more [leaders]
who cared."
Community activist Tangela
Sears took it one step further.
"I don't feel we have leadership
here in this county," she said.
"We have a popularity contest
in this county."
Despite how difficult it may
be to list Miami's Black lead-
ers, one name was consistent-
ly mentioned by both readers
and leaders Bishop Victor
T. Curry.

"Bishop Curry is the only
person who car galvanize the
community. He is the voice of
the community because of his
radio show," said Samms, who
attends Curry's church.
Samms is not alone. "The
power of Curry's radio station
sets him apart because he's
able to convey the message
through radio," Sen. Frederica
Wilson said.
Among the leaders named by
Samms, Wilson and Tondreau
were Larry Handfield, chair-
man of the Public Health
Trust; Commissioner Dorrin
Rolle; retired commissioner
Barbara Carey-Shuler; Father
Jean Juste; the Reverend
Richard Dunn; Father Richard
Barry and the Reverend
Gaston Smith.
Sears said the concept of a
Black leader is outdated. "The
concept of a single leader
speaking for Dade County's

diverse group of Blacks is a
back in the day concept and is
no longer effective in modern
day Black America. She
named the citizens of Miami-
Dade as leaders. "We give
elected officials titles, but the
people have real power. We
just don't use it."
When asked about the
alleged division between
Blacks and Haitian Americans
and their leaders, Tondreau
said there is little, if any, dif-
ference. "We have to see who
is saying it and their goal.
They say it just to divide," she
said. "The struggle is the
same. People are different
regardless [of] where you
come from, especially in the
Black community. Some prob-
lems for the immigrant com-
munity are greater. When you
look at the big picture, the
issues are the same,"
Tondreau continued.

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Black women should get educated about heart disease

By Melissa N. Brown
Miami Times Writer
Debra Recupero, 46, was the
picture of perfect health or so
she thought. Recupero exer-
cised at least three times a
week and watched what she
ate because she knew heart
disease was in her family's
medical history. So when the
seemingly healthy mother of
four suffered a heart attack in
September 2005, she was
Recupero, who did not have
high cholesterol or high blood
pressure, suffered a heart

attack due to heredity. "I did
everything that I thought was
right, but I still had a heart
attack because it was heredi-
tary," Recupcro said. "You need
to be educated. You need to
ask questions and find out all
you can about heart disease."
According to an American
Heart Association survey, fewer
than half of Black women con-
sider themselves well informed
about heart disease. Being well
informed is crucial for Black
women. The prevalence of
heart disease in Black women
is 44.7 percent, compared to
32.4 percent in white women.

Debra Recupero

"1 could have prevented it
had I known to ask my doctor
about the stress test," she
said. A stress test is a method
used to determine if arteries
are clear of blockage. This test
could have prevented
Recupero's heart attack, which
was caused by two blocked
There are some simple
things Black women can do to
prevent heart disease. "You
have to see your doctor regu-
larly, know your family history
and taking aspirin, studies
have shown, reduces your
chances of having a heart

attack," said Dr. Dean Heller,
Recupero's cardiologist. "Most
important is lowering choles-
terol, taking aspirin, diet and
Despite her already healthy
diet, Recupero has further
restricted her diet and is doing
very well now. "I am more cau-
tious now of what I eat. I have
cut back on fast food. Once in
a while I like to have a
Margarita, but I can't do that
For more information about
Black women and heart dis-
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One of the grand highlights
of Black History Month was
the recognition of the Alpha
Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
upon its 100th anniversary
At the Lyric Theatre, the
local Alpha Chapter Beta
Beta Lambda, Inc. was pre-
sented a beautifully framed
picture from the Black History
calendar. It depicted the char-
ter members of the chapter as
well as a brief history of the
general fraternity.
Pictured from left to right
are: Brother David Young,
Chapter President Ola Aluko,
Dr. Dorothy Fields, State
Representative Wilbert
Holloway, and Brothers Edwin
Derneritte and Franklin Clark.

The presentation was spon-
sored by the South Florida
Chapter of Bell South Network
of Afro-American

'Telecommunication of
Professionals (BNAT) and the
Black Archives of South
Florida. Inc.

Reading the signs of diabetes

is another thing you can do for her.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. And
while 20.8 million Americans have this disease, nearly one-third of them
don't even know it yet. So if you or any family member show any of the
warning signs, call 1-800-984-3434 to register for a free diabetes screening.

Warning Signs of Diabetes

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* [.Unltsial thirst
* Ix'ttcrnc' hun g1er
* i.nusiall ; weigllt loss

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* Irritability
* Frequeni infections
* Blurred vision

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Thank you New Birth Baptist Church

To the New Birth Baptist
Church members, visitors and
friends and the Pastor Victor T.
I would like to thank every-
one that showed compassion
for the article in The Miami
Herald about the 'Money for
feeding disabled kids is cut,'
dated March 12.

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I thank Pastor Curry and his
guest speakers for all their
support through the WMBM
radio station.
1 pray that God's richest
blessings keep each of you in
good health is my prayer.

Laura Martinez
Adopted parent

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Carol City Optimist return to the park

Yes, "We're Back in Orange
and Black.." Carol City
Optimist invites you to par-
ticipate in our annual
Community Clean-up and
Fun Day, Saturday, April 1,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Risco Park,
19100 N.W. 39 Avenue.
Come out and be apart of
this community service event
along with our local church,
Cooper Temple COGIC Upper
Room Ministries, Elder Marc
Cooper, pastor, as this com-
munity celebrates our new
leagues, new looks and new

attitudes with food and fun
in support of the return of
the Carol City Optimist foot-
ball and cheerleading teams.
We will begin early regis-
tration for the month of
April for $65 (payment in
full at time of registration,
only). Come out and support
your community and the
new Carol City Optimist
Football and Cheerleading
For more information, call
786-346-5338 or 954-394-

The reunion 2006 at the Caribbean Banquet Hall

Honey From Heaven
Productions, The
Spiritualaires of Miami, fea-
turing 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, 15946 N.W.
12 Avenue, 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 informa-
tion call 786-217-5871.

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Missionary Baptist Church 1855 N.W. 9th Seet 6702 N.W. 15th Avenue Church of Christ Innercity Golf & Learning Center
2330 N.W. 93"1 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 lime l rT.V. Plriralim 305-634-6604
Order of Services Si ... 9:30 ...i...(Sunday School) FOR HOPE FlOR TODAY Order of Services Order of Services:
7:30 1a.m. Lirly Mominill W1lip Walk il the Wrd MinWisly l ll L ay Sndy S l Tuesly :30 p.m. PrayerServic
I I a. t...Mli il l Worship WIIrship) Service..............I I I l.lll. .: m i Sul l Mi nil a hi.. ... I .l. Sunday's
kis nFa ily Nightulldk Mell's Bible Study .....5I ..
Evening Worship uesdlay..7 pi.m.....amnlh Nilghl \vi. hll l less ly Li rl 1n. 12 p SuIt[ly Ladies Bible S y ....5 1p.m. Sunday School....................... 9:30 a.m.
Is & d S lnda .6 .i. Wed..I I a. Intellrccssory Prayer Mlning Slic ............ .... S llls y lvcE ing Worshi p ....... p1.11. Morning Worship Seirvice ........I a.m.
Ts i l SlWed. Bible Class 12 p.ll S .- E OSip ...... 7:3 p.m. Tuesday Night Bible Sludly ....7301m
Wed.l s.- P laye Meetin. 7:30 p.i T il.ay Moming Bible Chss I F R e Golf Every 2- & 4 Sunday ........... 4 p.m.
wcbsi c: cmlb \Vd. Bible C ass.............7 p.11 Fi. Iibl u Suly ................ i:3 111insprtti on Iavaillble l CIn: Don Shulas Golf Course
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Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
w iw.Iici pnlbnlI a 01
Iriciidsiippr.lycri bcllsoiillll i
740 N.W. 58th Street
Miami, FL
^O Order of srviles
Ih lotir if P'iilycl ...1 6:30 a.m1 :
IHarly Molirning Woship....7:30. a.m
Sundaily Sclo il .......... ): 30 :1.111.
WVltnlillg Wnrlhlip ..........:.I I i. .
Youth Minisrly Sludy.....Wd..... 7 p.
Praycr/Bible Slly.....Wed......7 p).I.
Ndindliiya AIh I 'iyern..(M-)
:ccnillg 1c I IcIlully .vii.
W fllcs'day..... .I I[ Ip..

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

Order of Services:
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thu-s.....7 ip.m.
Sunday Worship...7-1 I a.m.
Sunday School9......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
(" Sunday) ......8:00 ;i
Su nday School ..........9:45 am
Morning Service ..... 11:00(1 amln
Colllmulnionll Service
(HIu1;. [hCt forC I' Sullday)7:30 pm
PI'rayer Meetilng/Blible Study
(Wedncesday) 7:30 pin

The Soul Saving Station O
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
S Order of Services:

SuinidIiy School ...........9) .lil.
LICTuesday Worship........7:45 p.m.
Noon Day Prayer.......Mon.-Fri.

Harvest Fire Worship Ctr.
2260 N.W. 183rd Street
Order of Services:
Sundayi.. ......7 im...........l0 a.m.
Wed.- Bible Sly.......7:30 p.m.
I'liday- YohIh
Firsl & I:Fo11rth
Tues......Women 's/Mcn's MI .
Iarly Morning Praclr.'..6-7 a.m.
'PrayerCI Sunday....6:30 p.nm.

' New Day "N" Christ
Deliverance Ministries
3055 N.W. 7611 Street, 33147
Message Ctr.: 305-836-7815

Order of Services:
SulI lys- ('hI uch Sch ol .. ..Ii 0
\Wol hip Service, .... I: 15 i1.1i
'rTucl a)s lihi Cl lass............... 7 p ml.
41h 1sunlldy venll, VWoshiI .6.p.1),

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St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3"' Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Liarly SUInday)
Sui305day School .........9:30 i.33

Morning Wor ship ...II a.m.
Naime for liauiv C/wrdwes
(1 I 5.T.U., 5p.m.
evening Worship ........7 p.m.
M ectinilg ........ (Tu s.) 7 pl.mll .

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

rd-'tier of Scrvices

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12"' Ave.
Order of Services:
Early Wor~ship ..............7 a,.m.
Sudil ay Sch( (l ............. 9 al.
N 13 C ........................ 10:05 a.111m .
Worshpi .......... ...... 11 .m.
Worship ) .....................4 p.m.
Mission and Bible Cliiss
't 1mCIramL m /i rlersl
M old iiy .......................63 p. I.

New Harvest Missionary'\
Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue

Order ofl' Services:
I erly Moi ning wV i p 111:3) si

i e Sillily............... S
m ellii1 Sunpl1.. ......( il '"

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:

Sunday S hool.............10 ;a .I
Sunday Evening ............. 6 p.m.
Mon. Excellentce ........7:30 p.m.
Tue. Bible Class .........7:30 pn.m

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Thus. Fellowship .........10 am.
1st Sun. Song Practice ..6 p.m.

New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church
1881 N.W. 1031 St.
Order or Services:
sundy Morning WDsyllhi,
7:301 1.m. 04 1. 1

Prayeltll ibl sw ldy y .................. 7:30 1 ,

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Bible Study ............. 9 a.nm. : Morning W orship ............. 10 a.m.
Evening Worship .............. 6:p.m.
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Sunday, 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Comcast Digital Cable: 8,19, 22,23.30 and 37
Web page: www.)
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Trinity Faith Tabernacle'
Deliverance Center
512 S.W. 4' Street. Homestead 33136
Order of Servic;s:
S nllld School 10:q) n .
M i "N mlllql I) "lCI ".s 1 l

cd. Ni-.tlit hll Stud '-v 8 ,.< n
IThul >mda Nihl -h U -o\i ,,, II ible
(oilye 1......... 10 pIlmi.
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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87"' Street

Order of Services:
Sliiildl Morlillng Services
S utlhl& S cll"I ............1. I ll .
W or s hi pl i S lic ............ I I a.m .
h'liersda;y Itihle SluCly o.....S .m.
il'l rMa la Pl'a er Se'Vice .... p.111

Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Molrning Services
7:45 a.m.- I1:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.

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'" Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:

Early Moming Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Church School 9:30 aI.m.
Morning Worship .....II am.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
'iles. befotl the Ist Sun.....7 p.m.
Mid-week Worship

St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street

Order of Services:
Ea rly Morning Worship.7:30a.m.n
Sunday School .......... 9:3()i0.m.
IMorning Worship .....11 a.m.
IPrayer Meetilln ............7:30 p.m.
Bible Study ..................8 p.m.

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


Order of Services:
Bible Sild W cd................S p.11.
S ulllda) SchUI l ........... I( I .111
S lII W\ori li S cl.Se -....... I 1:30 aml11.
Wed. Nighl Intrlcessoty Pra.yer
Irin 7:30 to 8 p.. i
Sundllilly WVorlipi Siervice..1:301 p.m.

I (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10'" Avenue
Order of Services:
SEarly Sunday Worshipl..7:30 a.m.
Sunday SchlxI .................9:30) anl.
Stmlly Moming Wrlship.....N I ;m.
Skinday Evening Senice ...6 p.m.
Illesday Pryer Meeting ...7:30 p.nm.
Wxlnesday Bible Study ...7:30 pnm.
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Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3' Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060*Fax 305-255-854

Order of Services:
Sullnday Schlul ...........9:45 a.m.
Stn. M llinlg st r ..... I I a.m.l
4" Sln. I..Tu. ..1 :301-2:3( p.m.
l'icdBl; by......lIihlc Sluly
Fcctdiiig Minisiry. ....Il am.
Wed. IBibh Sludy/l'raycr.i6:30
Thurls. (Outrech Miniilry....(6:30 p.n11

Zion Hope'
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
S SunaLhV Sclh0 l ............ 9:30 ;a.m.
iMolrini l Ii aisc/W o lhii -l 1 I a.m1.
Y tciil Choiir salulhiy ...... I I ami.i
Praici Mcciin &p B.iibIC Slld)
Tuesday) 7 1p.m.
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In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,



11/13/75 03/24/04

Two years have gone by,
Since you took place on high.
In God's hand both our hearts
he keeps,
For my pain is so now deep.
I miss you so much, it's hard to
Remembrance of your smile is
etched in my heart and shall al-
ways there remain.
Though right now it's not the
Just wanted you to know,
My dear son, I Love You So!
Your mom, Darlene; brothers,
sister, daughter, aunts, uncles,
cousins, nephews and nieces.

Don't trust

food labels

continued from 15B

soy sauce has large amounts of
salt. Light means, by defini-
tion, 30 percent less than the
standard product. If the stan-
dard product is extremely high
in sodium, such as soy sauce,
the light version will still con-
tain a large amount of salt.
What's a shopper to believe?
Read the Nutrition Facts label
and ingredient lists. This
information, not the banners
on the front of the package,
will help you make nutritious

12/05/1987 03/21/03

Our lives has not been the
same since you left us.
We miss you and love you just
the same.
Your entire family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory, of

aka 'LIL JIT'
03/20/88 04/29/05

You are not forgotten loved one,
nor will you ever be.
As long as life and memory
last; we will remember thee.
We miss you now, our hearts
are sore; and as time goes by,
we'll miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle
No one can ever fill your spe-
cial place here in our hearts.
From your loving family.

Spotlight on...Cassalee Eccles

continued from 9B

absence of her unit supervisor.
Eccles recognizes the need
for accurate documentation,
and carefully implements this
in her day-today input on the
agency's computerized system.
This worker effectively sets and
achieves goals that are compat-
ible with individual, unit level
and that of the agency.
As an employee of Neighbor
to Family, Eccles has received
accolades from attorneys,
clients, and the Guardian Ad
Litem. Though uncommon, it
was no surprise when Eccles
received commendations from
three dependency judges just
weeks apart for doing great job
in the delivery of services to her
clients. Since joining Neighbor


to Family as a Case Manager,
Eccles has seen all children
assigned under her case load
every month; a feat that main-
tains' her membership in the
agency's 100 percent monthly
visitation club.
Eccles is a joy to work with,
she responds quickly to new
instructions, situations, meth-
ods and procedures. She is
quick to create rapport, learn
from setbacks, promotes har-
mony and teamwork, and
instill energy and enthusiasm
in the daily delivery of services
to the children and families
that we serve.
Cassalee is an asset to
Neighbor to Family, Our Kids
Inc, and the Department of
Children and Families. She is
well deserving of this recogni-

Churc Nots

continued from 10B

The Social Ministry of
New Providence Missionary
Baptist Church will be
sponsoring a trip to the Holy
Land Experience in Orlando,
Florida, April 22 and 29. For


continued from 10B

Northwestern Invincibles,
Class of 1956 is having its
50th Reunion, June 8 19. The
next planning meeting will be
on March 25. For more infor-
mation, call Bette Clay
Anderson at 305-625-6744 or
Elizabeth Davis at 305-693-
The 1981 Classes of Miami
Jackson, Miami Central and

more information, please call
305-830-2063 or 305-333-
Hosanna Praise
Evangelical Dance and
Drama, Inc. invites you to a
Dance-Plosion 2006, March
31 April 1. For more infor-

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 Mcentralhighll(


05/03/63 02/10/06

wishes to extend sincere
thanks and appreciation to fam-
ily and friends for your prayers
and acts of kindness shown dur-
ing our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Fr. Leroy
Lloyd, the Miami International
Service Center, and the B.T.W.
Class of 1959.
May God bless each of you.
Charlotte Campbell Reid and
In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


07/05/18 03/24/05

It has been one year since you
been gone. We love and miss
you, from Linda, Gail, Jenitha
and grandson, Errol.

Death Notice

ETHA M. BEALS, 73, died
March 21 at Florida Medical
Survivors: grandchildren,
Shelton Beals, Tijuania Beals,
Shavonna Beals, Teneshia Beals.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at
Poitier Funeral Home. Interment
Dade Memorial Park.

mation, contact Minister
Noel Williams at 305-625-

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

North Dade Jr. High
Reunion's planning committee
is forming. Attendees of North
Dade between 1972-75 are
meeting 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 miamiteditor- or mail to
900 NW 54th Street, Miami,
33127-1818. For further
information, call 305-694-

11/25/20 03/22/05

Yesterday, today and forever is
were my love for you will be. I'm
so thankful to God for you and
for what we had.
Eternally in Heaven were we
shall meet again.
Missing you, your family:
Patricia, Laverne, Larry, Cliff,
Cory, Karon and Eric.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of my won-
derful mother,


03/28/19 08/19/99

"MOTHER DEAR," "Earth has
no sorrow, that heaven cannot
Missing you more and more,
Shirley, Wendell, Harry, Charles
P. Williams and the family.

Happy Birthday


03/22/73 04/06/04

I miss you so much my heart
hurts. The mother of your
daughter miss you too. Daddy's
little angel and your family.
We miss and love you. From
your loving mother and family.

JIMMIE CURL, 65, died March
17. Service Thursday, 6 p.m. in the

March 14. Service Saturday, 10 a.m.
at 93rd Street Community Baptist

72, died March 8. Service Saturday,
1 p.m. in the chapel.

Deadline for obituaries

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Call 305-694-6210

07/24/56 03/06/06

expresses heartfelt thanks and
appreciation to our many won-
derful friends, neighbors and
colleagues, for your love and
support during this time of
Your prayers, calls, cards,
flowers, visits, and other acts of
kindness helped make our grief
easier to bear.
Special thanks to Dwight Jack-
son and his excellent staff at Ri-
chardson Mortuary, Reverend
Richard P. Dunn, II, Marvin
Smith, Willie Copeland, Alvin
Roberts, Jessie Polite, employ-
ees and customers of J.C. Coin
Laundry, UM/JMC Pathology
Department and all others too
numerous to mention.
Thank you all and God bless
each and every one of you.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


10/03/32 03/21/05

It has been one year since God
has called you home. I will never
forget you and the love you have
shared with me throughout my
life. I love you and miss you very
Love always, your daughter,

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to thank their
many friends and relatives for
their well felt cards and flow-
ers during our bereavement.
Hunter and Stephens


11/05/11 03/25/02

Memories are treasures that
the heart will always endure.
Love the family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


sincerely appreciates your ex-
pressions of love, shown during
our time of bereavement.
Your prayers, calls, visits,
cards, gifts, and other"acts ot
kindness were immensely
Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Jor-
eatha M. Capers and the
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church family and Pastor Carol
Nash, the Bethel Apostolic
Temple Choir and church fami-
We thank God for you and pray
He blesses you for all the love
you have shown toward us.
The Family

Davis and Brice
LOUIS, 1 month, Ft. Lauderdale,
died March 13. Graveside services
were held.

Hallandale, died March 16. Service
Saturday, 10 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant
AME Church.

Hollywood, died March 17. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem
Baptist Church.

INGRID KIM, 56, died March 17
at home. Arrangements are incom-

March 20 at Gramercy Park Nursing
Center. Arrangements are incom-

Hall-Ferguson-Hewint Mortuary

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with integrity and compassion




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"1993 Mortician of the Year"

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"2003 Mortician of the Year"

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March 14, 2006
at Northshore
Hospital .
Survivo rs
include: daugh-
ter, Norrecia
Norris; brother,
Lucious Taylor
and grandson,
J a h i e m
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at
Peaceful Zion Missionary Baptist
Church. Interment at Forest Lawn.

died March 16,
at Jackson
Hospital .
include: mother,
Margaret; father
Albert; siblings,
Mar q u i t a
Christopher and
Henry Moore
Parker. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m. at Good News Little
River Baptist Church.

53, died March
14, in St. Louis,,
include: mother,
Anna Jackson-
Singleton; sis-
ters, Nora
Denson and
Loretta Jackson;
brother, Norman
Brown; Shekena Yearby, Crystal
Jackson, Stanley Jackson, Jr., and
Christopher Jackson; uncle,
Reverend Charles Jackson; aunt,
Cardiel Jackson. Services will be
held Saturday.

24, died March
15, at Aventura
Hospital .
include: mother,
Everlena Brown;
father, James
Thomas Barner,
Sr.; sister,
Larissa Morales.
Saturday, 10 a.m. at Holy Ghost
Assemble of Apostle Faith. Interment
at Southern Memorial Park.

died March 15,
2006 at Parkway
Ho s p i t a I
Survivors include
daughters: Erma,
Angela and
Pamela; sons,
Geor ge e
Alexander and
Derrick; brother,
Harold; sisters, Alrilda and Vera.
Services were held.

died March 11.
include mother,
Shavanni Scott;
father, Uganda
Cleare; grand-
mother, Aileen
Cleare and
Valarie Wright;
great grand-
mother, Arnette
Brown; siblings, Kevin, Keisha,
Sharlene, Robert, DeAngela,
Keondra and Justin. Services
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Christ
Community Church.

died March 16, at
Pa Imet t o'
General .
include: daugh-
ter, Kewanera
Glass; father,
Joe T. Scott;
brothers Joe,
Jeffery, Mike and
Audie; sisters,
Niecy, Candy, Peaches, Sand, Red,
Debra, Jeraldine and Brenda; aunts,
Mozell Randall, Mary Jackson, Lillie
Mae Rumph and Mae Jackson;
uncles, Eddie Jackson, Joe L.
Jackson and Benjamin Jackson.
Service Saturday, 1 p.m. at Peaceful
Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment at Dade Memorial Park.

Delores Mills
NATASHA EASTER, 29, died at
5300 Filmore Street. Services were

Memorial Regional
Services were held.

died at


March 14.
Saturday, 3 p.m.
in the chapel.

March 14. Remains will be shipped to
Lorain, Ohio for final rites and burial.

March 16. Remains will be shipped
to Montego Bay, Jamaica for final
rites and burial.

Miami Dade
County Public
School adminis-
trator, died
March 15.
Survivors: wife,
Sheila K. Rolle;
daughters, Erika
C. Rolle and
Joyce A. Kelly;
son, Samuel E.
Rolle, III; two grandchildren; two
brothers, John A. Rolle,
Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle; sis-
ter, Sandra R. Hall; uncle, Rudolph
Rolle; two aunts, Carolyn R. Ware,
Fredriker R. Rhodriguez; and a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins and
other relatives. Litany 8 p.m. at St.
Agnes Episcopal Church. Service
Saturday, 10 a.m. at the church.

Range Coconut Grove

25, inventory
clerk for Winn
D i x i e
died March 18 at
Hospital I
Survivors: father,
James Powell;
mother, Eula
Mae Johnson;
two brothers, Marvin and Curtis
Johnson; sisters, Sonjia and
LaTonya Johnson; nieces, nephews
and a host of uncles, aunts and
cousins. Service Saturday, 11 a.m.
at Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church.

Deadline for obituaries

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

ESE,' 47, died
March 18.
S e r v i c e
Saturday, 11
a.m. Triangle
Hope Ministries.

March 13. Service Sunday, 9 a.m. at
Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist

March 16. Services were held.

MATTIE R. DIXON, 80, house-
wife, died March
15. Survivors:
husband, Fred
Dixon; son,
Frederick Dixon;
Williams; and a
host nieces,
nephews and
other relatives.
Service Saturday, 2 p.m. at St.
James AME Church.

BERTHA LOFTON, 83, retired
homemaker, died March 20.
Survivors: daughter,. Vivian D.
Lofton; three granddaughters,
Sharon Robinson, Yvonne and
Felicia; two grandsons, Phillip
Thomas and Leroy, Jr.; and a host of
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Service Saturday, 2 p.m. in the
Range Chapel.

Martha B. Solomon
struction labor-
er, died March
16. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m.
at St. Mary's

BOBBIE WATKINS, 58, day care
attendant, died
March 18i

Saturday, 9 a.m.
at Friendship
Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson *

domestic work-
er, died March
15. Remains will
be shipped to
Bahamas for
final rites and

FPL messanger,
died March 18 at
Me m o r i a I
Ho s p i t a I .

Wednesday, 1
p.m. at New Mt.
Zion Missionary
Baptist Church.

Metro Dade County retired firefight-
er, died March 15 at The Cleveland
Clinic. Survivors: wife, Inez; daugh-
ters, Darien and Jamika; son, Kyle.
Service Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at The
Church of the Incarnation.

laborer construc-
tion, died March
13. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m.
at Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.
Services entrust-
ed by Mitchell
Funeral Home.

counselor for
Model City, died
March 1.
are incomplete.

ROME MILLER, 83, self-
employed pool
died March 16.
Viewing for the
f a m i I y
Wednesday, 3-4
p.m. and for the
public 4-6 p.m.

Thursday, 1 i :
p.m. at Second
Baptist Church.

TELL B. LEWIS, 87, laborer con-
struction, died March 20 at Unity
Health Care Center. Arrangements
are incomplete.

died March 5 at
Cedars Medical
Center .
Services were

Gregg L. Mason
March 14.
Survivors. her
son, Hosea
Smith, Sr:;
Hosea Smith,
Jr.; nieces,
Elaine Smith
and Queen
Redding; and a
host of other
family members and friends.
Visitation Friday, 2-9 p.m. Service
Saturday, 12 p.m. at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church, 5946
NW 12th Avenue. Interment at
Dade Memorial Park.

70, passed away. Arrangements

MILTON BELL, 75, died March
15. Services Saturday at Mt. Tabor
Missionary Baptist in Marianna.

Adrienne Richardson, 59, died
March 16. Service Saturday, 10
a.m. at Hope Nazareene Church,
8288 Biscayne Blvd.

March 13 in New York.
Arrangements are incomplete.

WILLIAM G. CEAS, 72, died.
Remains shipped to Chicago, IL for
final rites and burial.

Death Notice

Death Notice

MCPHEE, 70, died March 19,
2006. He worked for 15 years as
a barber at Sunset Barber Shop
then for 24 years for the Florida
State Department of Labor. He
was a member of AFSCME and
the Miami Alumni Chapter of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Services will be held at St.
Agnes' Episcopal Church. The
litany will be on Thursday,
March 23, p.m. Funeral
Services will be on Friday,
March 24, 11 a.m. Services
entrusted to Gregg L. Mason
Funeral Home; 10936 NE 6th
Avenue, 305-757-9000.
He is survived by his wife:
Gloria Blatch McPhee; children,
Gizelle V. McPhee and Gaile
McPhee Holland (Edwin); sib-
lings, Wilfred, Jr. (Anna),
Bertrum, Sr., Generva M. Lowe,
Caroline M. Reed, Allan (Carol),
Altamease M. Brown (Otis);
three grandchildren; and a host
of other family members and

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

died March 15, 2006. Services
Saturday, March 25, 2006, 10
a.m. at First Baptist Church of
Bunche Park. Arrangements en-
trusted to Mitchell Funeral

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


March 19 at
Medical Center.
Saturday, 11
a.m. at Mt.
Baptist Church.
Viewing Friday,
3-9 p.m. The wake will be held at
2120 NW 49th Street.

Carey Royal *
50, died March
16 at Memorial
o s p i t a I .

Saturday, 12
p.m. at Jordan
G ro ve
Baptist Church.

CHRIS WATERS, 56, Pembroke
Pines, died March 18 at Cleveland
Clinic Hospital. Arrangements are

ARTHUR BANKS, 42, died
March 20 at home. Arrangements,
are incomplete.

E.A. Stevens
DUKES, 65, 1711 NW 51st Avenue,
Lauderhill, died March 14 at
Broward General Hospital. Services
were held.

10/22/19 03/22/87

But thanks be to God, which
giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:57
The Family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express our profound
gratitude to the staff of Grace
Funeral Home, the staff of
Charlow Funeral Home, Plant
City, FL, the class of Booker T.
Washington 1961, FAMU
Alumni Association, U.S. Army
Honor Guard and friends.
Thank you for your many
cards, Ilowers, prayers, visits
and support shown during this
very difficult time.
May God bless and keep each
of you.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


expresses their appreciation
for enhancing the Celestial
graduation of Dr. Irene West
You sre so special and have
been a blessing to us! Elegant
floral arrangements, delectable
dishes, correspondence and
greeting cards with words of
comfort and encouragemenrt,
telephone calls with voices of
cheer and solace, monetary
gifts, the gift of being present
and numerous other demon-
strations of support personal-
ized the love of God.
Be assured our prayers will
encircle heaven with rings of
gratitude for God blessing our
life with your exhibition of
We will seek opportunitirs to
reciprocate the kindness and to
touch your life with goodness.
Living to live again, Deacon
Charles A. Stirrup, Sr., Minister
Charles Stirrup, Jr. and Mrs.
Marcia Stirrup, Elder Geoffrey
Stirrup and Mrs. Margarette
Stirrup, Oscar Lee Stirrup,
Gregory and Olga Stirrup
Williams, along with the entire
family of Dr. Irene West Stirrup.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


wishes to thank you for your
support and kind expressions of
sympathy during this difficult
Special thanks to our family,
friends, neighbors, Pastor
Franklin Clark, officers and
members of Mt. Olivette
Missionary Baptist Church, Fr.
Richard L. M. Barry and mem-
bers of the Historic St. Agnes
Episcopal church, and Dwight
Jackson and the staff of
the Richardson Mortuary.
May God continue to bless
each of you is our sincere
Mrs. Ivadell J. Bodie and family.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


03/23/55 02/18/06

In tears we say you sinking
And watched you fade away
Our hearts are broken
We wanted you to stay
But when we saw you sleeping
So peacefully, free from pain
with a smile on your face
How could we wish you back to
Love your wife, Nikki; daugh-
ter, Kay; Tyrone, Sigure,
Signisha, Quenisha, Quevaris
and family.


08/24/58 03/27/05

Its been one year passed since
God has called you home.
We love you dearly, miss you
very much and will always cher-
ish the memories you left
The McNeal family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


acknowledge and express with
deepest gratitude, our thanks
for the many deeds and acts of
sympathy extended to us dur-
ing the illness and death of my
beloved husband, Leroy.
Your many prayers and
expressions of love have made
our grief much easier to bear.
Thank you and may God con-
tinue to bless you.
The Grant Family.

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Monday, 3:30 p.m.

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Andrea J. Pelt, president,
Marsha James, coordinator
and the membership of The
Miami Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc. and Zeta Tau Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Inc., Florida Memorial
University, presented
Jabberwock 2006 under the
theme: A Tribute to New
Orleans 'All That Jazz,' on
Sunday, March 5 at the
Lou Rawls Performing
Arts Center located at
Florida Memorial
University. They also
saluted Dr. Onetha J.
Gillard (education),
Kerline Lazarre (com-
munity service) and
State Representative
Yollie Roberson. PE
James and her com-
mittee displayed some of
Miami-Dade County's most tal-
ented students who were intro-
duced by Patricia Warren,
Mistress of Ceremony. They
included: Lamont Snyder,
band director at Hallandale
High, who brought his drum-
line group; Kenan
Washington, Norland
Middle, who did a
monologue "What
Would I Do If I Could
Feel;" Alecsys
Proctor-Turner and
Brittanie Lee repre-
senting Jack and Jill
from South Miami and
Fort Lauderdale, HAR
respectively; Kayla
Harrell, S. Miami Elementary;
LaJoyce Denson, Dr. Michael
Krop; Tatyana Denson,
Lawton Chiles Middle; and
Florene Nichols' Inner City
Touring Dance Troup.
Warren continued with
Gilliard for having served 36-
years as a dynamic profession-

al educator who began as a
teacher and moved to assistant
principal, Director of
Exceptional Student
Education, assistant superin-
tendent and is currently princi-
pal of Miami Edison Middle,
where she has increased atten-
dance and academic achieve-
ment, including on the FCAT.
Lazarre was recognized for
her enviable record as a prod-
uct of Miami Edison
Middle and Senior and
head of her graduating
class. She also founded
The Young Urban
C h i ld r e n' s
Organization (Y.U.C.O.)
in 1999, an organiza-
tion that primarily
gives back to the com-
ELT munity and remains
active in the lives of
Last but not least was
Roberson, RN., ESQ., a Florida
House Representative and the
first Haitian American woman
to be elected to the Florida
Legislature. She currently
serves on the Local
Council, the
S etc. She was
also recognized
for her work in
the areas of
juve ni e
RRIS and family law. LAZ1
Some of the
other people in attendance
included Nellie B. Wilder,
Pamela Anderson, Dorothy
Baker, Dr. Mildred Berry,
Annie Ruth Brown, Nettie
Dove, Tabitha English, Arcie
Ewell, Helen Gay, Dorothy
Graham, Inell Hunter,
Laquinda Johnson, Evelyn


Lawrence, Johnnie Lowery,
Alstne L. McKinney, Judge
Shirlyon McWhorter,
Margaree Raiford, Rubye
Rankin, Patsy Sales, Pat
Tellis, Amy Taylor, Veronica
Wade, Paula Young, Carol
Weatherington and special
recognition to Eloys George,
Jr., Director of
Hialeah-Miami Lakes
Jazz Band.
As a result of a suc-
cessful 'week of
prayer,' where he bap-
tized over 12 new
members, Pastor
Carlton Byrd, a former LO
youth deacon of
Bethany SDA Church, joined
his parents: Pastor W.C. and
Carol Byrd, last Saturday, for
the Three Piano Concert fea-
turing Jemuel Anderson,
Wayne Bucknor and Kevin
Long at Florida Memorial
University's Lou Rawls
Performing Art Center. The
concert was a fund-raising
event for Miami Union
Academy. It was pro-
moted and produced by
Regina Harris, princi-
pal; Shelley Garner,
assistant and Renee'
Hodge, vice principal.
Sandra Fletcher had
the honor of being mis-
tress of ceremonies fol-
lowing the welcome by ROBt
Pastor Byrd; the occa-
sion by Garner and the intro-
duction of the emcee by
Hodge. She began poet-
ically by using
Shakespeare's words
along with music. There
was a full-course ele-
gant meal from hors
d'oeuvres to dessert. It
was followed by concert
openers: Luis Ruiz, a
REE ten-year old fourth-
grader from Greater Miami
Academy who played two con-
certos with the skill of Isaac
Stern and Cuzy Zalazar, a
lyric soprano who sang
Hallelujah and We Shall Behold
Then Fletcher acquainted
the filled auditorium with the
artists by providing their biog-

raphies. She indicated that
Anderson is inspirational,
uplifting, powerful, glorious
and anointed. I-e was born in
England and got his interest in
piano from his brother,
Hopeland. Fletcher rose
through the ranks of music
and in April of 1995, received
his bachelor's degrees
in mathematics and
computer science. His
musical career resulted
in an album, Songs of
Praise and he has trav-
eled to Madrid, Paris,
Canada, Trinidad and
Tabago. He has also
opened for Maya
)NG Angelou and Daryl
Fletcher spoke about how
Buckner was born in Queens,
New York and grew up in
Orlando where he began study-
ing the piano at age 6. As a
result, he ended up as assis-
tant professor of music at
Oakwood College and received
a master's and a doctorate
from Alabama A & M while
organizing the Bucknor
School of Music and
taking care of his wife,
Carmen, and their
children: Nina, Wayne
and Cameryn.
Long is a Miamian
and the is grandson of
SHerbert and Vivian
Long. He attended
ERSON Miami Union and
became minister of
music at Bethany after learn-
ing from Mabel Glover and the
late Samuel Adolphus. His
musical career began after
playing I'll Walk With God,
which was dedicated to his
It also included many, many
concerts at the church and
other places. He holds a bach-
elor's degree from FIU, taught
music at GMA and was an
accompanist for the Oakwook
College Aeolians. His wife,
Laurel, directs the Human
Resource Services at the
University of Alabama and he
is working towards his mas-
ter's in piano pedagogy at
Belmont University in
Nashville, Tennessee.
When the three of them sat

down in front of three Yahama
baby grand pianos, the audi-
ence experienced the return of
the music by Ludwig
Beethoven, Fredric Chopin
and Serge Rachmonioff to the
21st century. They were virtu-
osos with every song played
and there were moments when
they inflicted massive injury on
the keyboards. They touched
everyone with the 88-keys
through fingering, slapping
and creating waves that
included a mixture of classical
music, hymns and gospel.
Others in attendance includ-
ed Erycina R. Webb, Erica
Major, Dr. Lorraine F.
Strachan, Dr. Darrlyn and
Angela Chotes, Jean Weaver,
Jimmie and Vivian Brown,
Naomi Hunt, Jean Glover,
Ernest and Patricia
Staley, Nicolle Brise',
Ronald Brise' Howard
and Elizabeth,
Maurice and Cookie
Long, Sr. and Maurice
Long, Jr.
Speaking of Dr.
Lorraine F. Strachan, GILL
she was honored by Dr.
Albert E. Smith, president, Dr.
Barbara J. Edwards, vice pres-
ident and the culture art divi-
sion of Florida Memorial
University, last week, at the
Lou Rawls Center For The
Performing Arts for her past
history as Humanities
Department Head back in the
70's, along with Dr. Robert
'Bob' Ingram. Their names
were engraved on a glass dis-
play designed by Sculptor Carl
Latimore and placed in front
of the entrance.
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, presi-
dent, African-American
Committee of Dade Heritage
Trust, also presented a bou-
quet of flowers to her along
with Marva Lightbourne and
Helen B. Williams, a former
student from North Dade Sr.
Patricia Warren, director of
the center, and Corky Dozier,
executive director of Greater
Miami Host Committee, pre-
sented a 'Showcase' featuring
Joshua C. Lewis, Kadijah


Rolle, Brian Pratt, Ereatha
McCullough, FMU Steel Band,
Men of Character from FMU,
Dexter Angry and
Northwestern Sr. High's musi-
cal group.
Some of Dr. Strachan's
other supporters included
Pastor W.C. Byrd; Elder David
and Massie Pennington; Jean
Weaver; Carla and Anthony
Robinson; Harry Long, who
represented his parents
Herbert and Vivian Long of
Madison, Alabama; Richard
and Shironda Strachan;
Sabrina Veal; Jean Glover and
Lori Capehart.

A special salute goes out to
Gladys Bracy Smith, a top
lady of distinction, who
carried out one of the
missions of TLOD last
week by visiting the
Zeta Community
Center's after school
tutorial program, where
they held the 5th
Annual Reading
Festival. The children
ARD listened attentively as
stories were read. It
was followed by a repase.
After the reading session,
each student was given school
supplies and a book of their
choice from Mary Simpkins,
president, Loretta Pieze, Mary
Fussell and Estella Cox.
Smith is also a members of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Attention all B-CC alumni!
According to Joseph Johnson,
chair, Fred Beneby, co-chair,
Marva J. Hopkins, Artis
'Jack' Hall, Tanya Matthews
and Ronald Mayhew, Lloyd
'Tank' Johnson will be hon-
ored at the Orange County
Convention Center during the
Annual Florida Classic as
being an 'Icon' from the college.
The committee is asking
everyone who knows 'Tank' to
pray for a speedy recovery so
he can be present on November
17 for the extravaganza week-
end. For more information,
please call 386-788-4881, 404-
246-5654.or 954-792-6218.

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NASA is gearing up for its
next space mission in May.
One of the seven astronauts is
Black. Her name is Stephanie
D. Wilson.
Happy Belated Anniversary
to Dorian and Shronda
Postell on their 13th wedding
Going over to Winter Haven
to attend the funeral services
for former Miamian Ida
Knowles-Goodrum, Dorsey

High School, class of 1945,
are Francina Robinson,
Lenora Braynon Smith and
Charlene Knowles (Ida's
niece). She was a former bas-
ketball star and majorette.
Get well wishes to all of you
from all of us! William
Cooper, Rudolph
McCartney, Mae H. Clear,
Cleomie Allen Smith,
Samuel 'Bow Tie' Ferguson,
Pearline Nairn, Oscar

Morley, Rudie Marks, Kim
Lynch, Catherine N.
Armbrister, George McPhee,
Frances Brown, Lloyd 'Tank'
Johnson, Janice Sanders,
Louise Dean, Princess
Roberts-Lamb, Dionne
Comery, James Betterson
and Henry 'Sanky' Newbold.

Richard Jonathan Brooks,
grandson of Leome S.
Culmer and nephew of
Attorney Angela Culmer and
James Culmer, spent his
spring break away from
Alcorn State University in
Alcorn, Mississippi to visit
with his grandmother and the
Former Miami-Dade County

judge, Eric Hendon, son of
the late Reverend James
Hendon and Esther Hendon,
has returned to the bench
after being reappointed last
week by Governor Jeb Bush.
Congratulations Judge
Hendon. Dunbar School is
proud of you!
The Reverend Shedrick E.
Gilbert, Deacon at Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church, was
honored March 12 by his
church, many family mem-
bers and friends. He was the
faithful treasurer and clerk
for over 40 years.
Congratulations Reverend
Gilbert for a job well done. We
thank you for your hard work
and service to our beloved 'St.
Agnes,' Fr. Richard L.M.

Barry, Rector.
During Black History
Month, The Sixteenth Street
Baptist Church in
Birmingham, where four little
Black girls were killed in a Ku
Klux Klan bombing in 1963,
was made a national historic
landmark. If you stand at the
corner of the church, you will
see four statues of the little
girls at the park across the
street. If you ever visit the city
of Birmingham, be sure to go
downtown and see the beauti-
ful edifice and park.
A site has been chosen for
the National Museum of
African-American History and
Culture. According to the
Smithsonian, the museum
will be built on a site near the

Washington Monument. It is
hoped that it will be complet-
ed in less.than a decade. The
price is $400 million and will
feature exclusively African-
American life, art, history and
Erna Ali-Banks was hon-
ored by councilwoman Mamie
Bridgeport's Committee. She
received the Achievement
Award named in honor of the
late Coretta Scott King. This
award was given for her com-
munity service in the Newark,
New Jersey area.
Congratulations Homegirl!

Look sharp, feel sharp,
be sharp.
Our greatest weakness
lies in giving up.

IASK launches self-titled website

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discussions via our popular
Weekly Message of
Encouragement from a Sister,
written by different members
from across the country. "Our
goal is simple," says Nelson,
"sharing our life stories, strug-
gles, joys, losses and ambi-
tions with other women of faith
in order to lift one another up
rather than tear each other
down, which is so vital to our

overall well-being as women."
"The media and community
have been rightly focused for
the last two decades on Black
males and their issues, howev-
er, it is time that we began to
protect and respect American's
dying crown jewel the
women who have always been
the backbone of this great
nation and of our communities
- the Black woman," says
Founded in 2003, IASK
began as a small social group

in the Washington, D.C. area,
growing to over 250 profes-
sional women nationally fur-
thering its mission of love and
restoration. The I Am My
Sister's Keeper name has been
trademarked in order to
advance the Sister's Keeper
Promise brand on a national
level and bring awareness to
the issues plaguing women of
For more information, please
contact Tara Setmayer or visit

Countdown to Lockdown is number one show

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viewers nationally (1.7 rating;
1.4 million households), easily
becoming the most-watched
series debut in BET's 25-year
history. The new show also
zoomed to the rank of #1
Original Series on Cable among
Black households so far in
2006. A six-episode docu-
drama produced in collabora-
tion with Edmonds
Entertainment and Queen Bee
Entertainment, Countdown to
Lockdown televises on
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"When we showed the first
episode of Lil' Kim to test audi-

ences, we got the highest
scores in the history of the
company. So when it became
the biggest series debut in the
history of the network, I wasn't
surprised," said Reginald
Hudlin, BET President of
"As powerful as the first
episode is, the series finale is
even better. I'm pleased and
relieved that my first new
series on BET has become a
'must see' for so many people.
I'm grateful to Edmonds
Entertainment for delivering
another great show for the
network and to the entire
team at BET for fantastic
work in every department."

Lil' Kim is one of the most
celebrated rappers in the
business, as well as one of the
most intriguing and glam-
orous stars in entertainment.
BET's cameras were allowed
full access to Lil' Kim, her
entourage and family before
she headed off to a maximum-
security prison in
Pennsylvania on a conviction
for false testimony to a feder-
al grand jury about a
shootout involving members
of her posse outside a New
York City radio station. Lil'
Kim was sentenced to one
year and a day for protecting
friends involved in the 2001

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Hot young Black filmmaker debuts latest film in Miami

By Isheka Harrison

Recently, as a part of the Miami
International Film Festival, South
Florida was treated to the world
premiere of.PREMIUM, an original
film that was written, directed
and produced by Pete Chatmon.
Twenty-eight year old Chatmon
is a graduate of New York
University's prestigious Tisch
School of the Arts and is a native
of South Orange, N.J. Through
his independent company,
Double 7 Film, he is dedicated to
breaking down the preconceived
notions of what constitutes the
make-up of a Black film.
In his fourth film, PREMIUM,
Chatmon achieves his company's
vision of portraying "real stuff for
real people." In this dramatic
.comedy, Cool, a struggling actor,
is tired of stereotypical Black
roles. One day, while working at a
gas station, he encounters his ex-
fiance, whom he has not seen in
three years. Learning of her
impending marriage. Cool begins
a self-examination of his 'life, love
and career.'
When asked whether the inspi-
ration for the script came from
real life experience, Chatmon told
The Miami Times, "Every film I
create comes from a 'what-if.'
PREMIUM stemmed from an ex-
girlfriend I had getting married
and I Wondered what if I wanted
to stop it. The things Cool goes
through as an actor are the things
I go through as a filmmaker. The
roles Cool doesn't want to take
are the roles that I don't want to
As a testament of his judgment
when it comes to writing positive
roles, PREMIUM boasts an all star
cast. Dorian Missick, Zoe
Saldana, Eva Pigford and Hill
Harper were all happy to use their
talent to bring Chatmon's engag-
ing plot to life.
Zoe Saldana, who plays Charlie,
SCool's ex-fiance, told The Miami
Times that she really connected
with the script. "Working with
Pete was great because there's
something about working with
new, fresh artists. I connected
with the script a lot because all of
the characters frustrated me.
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lot of them just accepted them
and that made the characters
tangible. Very few films dig into
the transition we make from
young adulthood to mature
adults. After a certain age your
priorities change and I was able to
connect with that," Saldana said
Saldana is not the only one
who praises Chatmon's tech-
nique. PREMIUM was the only
film from the United States to
be nominated in the Dramatic
Features World Cinema com-
petition. Chatmon is happy
that his company's vision of
breaking down race barriers is
gaining recognition.
Chatmon feels through own-
ing his company he can both
stay true to showing the
diverse side of.the Black experi-
ence that doesn't make it to the
big screen and be successful.
He is very passionate about
maintaining his integrity and
standing firm on what he
He uses this analogy to
describe what happens when
one loses the ability to have
sole creative control: "It's like
80 people trying to make fried
rice. It just won't work. Back
up from the pot." When devel-
oping his films, Chatmon says,
"It's just gotta be my way."
Chatmon had this to say about
those films that follow the cur-
rent trend and products of
Hollywood committees: "You
can't do anything by a commit-
tee. They have a formula. While
you can paint by numbers that
way, you can only do that for so
long and I think its run its
course. They've reached a
plateau because they've stopped
evolving. People are waiting for
something new like PREMIUM
but don't know it"
It seems to be Chatmon's way
and not the committee's that is
offering viewers what they're
looking for. This is evident in the
premiere being sold out and
everyone wanting to congratulate
him at the after party.
So if you're looking for films
that offer fresh, insightful and
realistic plots that are genuinely
entertaining, be sure to check
out Pete Chatmon and Double 7
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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

It's hard out

here for Three

6 Mafia
By Natalie Finn

Three 6 Mafia, you just won an
Oscar, where are you going now?
How about, um, Pittsburgh.
The rap group is heading to the
Steel City after being slapped
with a lawsuit from a fan who
claims he was beaten up at an
Aug. 26, 2003 concert during a
performance of the song Let's
Start a Riot.
Ramone Williams, who was 19
at the time of the alleged attack,
is suing Three 6 Mafia's individ-
ual members Jordan 'Juicy J'
Houston, Paul 'DJ Paul'
Beauregard and Cedric Coleman
- the group as a whole and the
concert venue. Williams says
that members of the audience
took the song too seriously, and
by the time it ended, he had
been thrown to the ground, hit
with a chair and stomped on
and kicked in the face, leaving
him with a fractured jaw.
Two other rappers, Robert
'Koopsta Knicca' Cooper and
Darnell 'Crunchy Black'
Carlton, are also named in the
complaint. They were the ones
who actually performed Let's
Start a Riot that night.
The lawsuit, filed in July,
states that both Three 6 Mafia
and the Rock Jungle Night Club
in Pittsburgh (which is no
longer in business) neglected to
warn concertgoers about the
possibility of violence that
evening or to protect them when
fists and feet allegedly
started flying.
In a twist of hindsight,
Williams is also claiming that
the club should not have per-
mitted him an underage cus-
tomer to go in at all.
James E. Pasquale, Williams'
attorney, was quoted in the
Friday edition of the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette that Three 6 Mafia
have been ordered to give depo-
sitions and that he expects the
defendants to appear in
Pittsburgh by the end of April.
The Memphis-based rappers
are being represented by
Pittsburgh attorney John E.
Hall, who told reporters that the
group denies all of Williams'

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Predatory lending workshop March 29

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SMiami-Dode County's Official Economic Development Partnership

Full Name of Business
2202 NW Ali Baba
Miami, Florida 33054

Year Established
October 2005

Anthony Holmes

Number of full-time and
part-time employees
One full-time employee

Our services are hair-
cuts for men and
women. The products we
sell are designer oils,
cologne and eyeglasses.

Future goals
Some of the future goals
I have are to help out the
community. I really don't
have any personal goals
towards the business. I
have been coaching foot-
ball for Opa-locka for
quite some time. I want
to establish a program
where kids can learn
how to fill out applica-
tions and be ready for
the work force.

Why did you start this
business and how has it
I always had a goal to
open my own business.
As I got older, I took a
liking to cutting hair. I
opened up a barbershop
because of the cama-
raderie that only a bar-
bershop provides.
Everyone is equal in a
barbershop. Everyone
from professionals to
regular customers from
the street come in here
and everyone has a story
to tell. I have learned a
lot over the years that
has made me a better
person. When I first
opened up this business,
we were hit by the hurri-
cane (Wilma) and every-
one stayed away for a
while. Now everyone is
coming around to get
their hair cut, even the
old customers from the
previous owner.

What were some of the
obstacles you faced
and how did you over-
come them?
When I came here from
another shop, many of
the barber's clients said
they were scared to
come into the area of
Opa-locka. I grew up in
this area and I consid-
ered it a historical place,
so I really didn't under-
stand what to do. As
time passed, people
have noticed that this

Anthony Holmes

area is a good area and I
learned that there are
many nice, generous
people in this area. I
have had beautiful rela-
tionship with my clients
since I've been over

Who does your business
best serve and why?
Basically, we are right
here in the Black com-
munity so I have to say
seventy to eighty per-
cent of our customers
are Black. We have some
hispanics who come in
and women also come
by to get a tape and
their eyebrows cut. We
have many hair styles
and trends within this

How have your experi-
ences helped meet the
needs of your clients?
My experiences have
taught me to have
patience and be humble.
I've always learned to
treat people the way I
want to be treated. I
have to say my wife is
my backbone because
she keeps me from giv-
ing up. I have learned to
always have faith in
what I do. I feel I can
help the clients out
because I know what it
feels like to go through
difficult times. I owe
that strength to my wife
and the Lord.

Where did you get the
name of your company
and does it have any
significant meaning?
When I first came to the
shop, I met with the
owner and he explained
to me that he had the
business since 1951.
The owner was a very
nice gentlemen who was
planning on turning the
business over to some-
one. The original name I
picked for the business
was Just-In-Time,
named after my son
Justin. I made a promise
to the owner that I
wouldn't change the
name of the business so
I decided to keep both

Every year homeowners and
prospective homebuyers fall
victim to predatory lenders.
The elderly, minority and low-
income families are most likely
to be caught in the web of
deceptive negotiations, 'bait
and switch' tactics and lasting
financial difficulties.
Abusive lending practices
have become a prevailing prob-
lem in many communities,
threatening to strip financial
security from borrowers who
are trying to enjoy the benefits
of economic prosperity. How
do you avoid falling victim to
predatory lending and the
ensuing financial problems?
Learn how to identify the signs
of a predatory loan.
"The best defense against
predatory lending is educa-
tion," said Miami-Dade County

Commissioner Audrey M.
Edmonson, who is launching a
year-long awareness campaign
on the issue in conjunction
with the Anti-Predatory

Lending Workgroup. "We are
designating March 29 Anti-
Predatory Lending Awareness
Day to bring attention to this

very important issue. We want
to enable the community to
identify loan fraud or a dishon-
est lender before they risk. los-
ing their homes or their life

Activities for Commissioner
Edmondson's Anti-Predatory
Lending Awareness Day

include a march at 10 a.m.,
from Olinda Elementary, 5536
NW 21 Ave, to the African
Heritage Cultural Center, 6161
NW 22 Ave, where the Anti-
Predatory Lending Workgroup
will be holding panel discus-
sions and education sessions.
"It is imperative that resi-
dents know what a predatory
loan is, how to recognize the
signs of a predatory loan or
lender and to be aware of the
various forms that those loans
take," said Commissioner
Edmonson. "The testimonials
and presentations which will
be given at this awareness
event will equip everyone. with
that information. If you are
elderly, belong to a minority
group, are from a low to mid-
dle-income household or are
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Hill to unleash entrepreneurial spirit

National Investment Bank president will

deliver keynote address at power lunch

With some 200 delegates
already registered and the
promise of a powerful keynote
delivery from National
Investment Bank of Jamaica
President, Aubyn Hill, the
Jamaica USA Chamber of
Commerce is poised for a
successful celebration at its
first Recognition and
Installation Power Lunch on
March 24.
Under the theme
"Unleashing Our
Entrepreneurial Spirit," gov-
ernment, corporate, and com-
munity leaders, small busi-

Aubyn Hill

ness and career professionals
will be treated to highlights of
the Jamaican culture through
music, food, love of country
expressions and the recogni-
tion of the powerful contribu-
tions that Jamaican immi-
grants are making within the
Diaspora and in the general
U.S. marketplace.
"We are a fun-loving people,
but this event will also show-
case that we know how to
make money while having
fun," said chamber president,
Marie Gill. "As a chamber, we
have been deliberate in our
efforts to promote trade with-
in the Jamaican Diaspora and
to dramatically improve inter-
national trade activities."

With South Florida exports
to Jamaica ($500 million)
almost five times the value of
reciprocal exports from
Jamaica (just over $100 mil-
lion), the Jamaica USA
Chamber has embarked on a
mission to not only improve
trade between Jamaica and
the U.S., but to encourage
investment in Jamaica as
well. The Chamber is also
focused on helping immigrants
within the Diaspora assimilate
in the U.S. society.
"It is important and rather
urgent that we focus and act
on the various challenges with
which our immigrant popula-
tion is faced at this time.
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Meek announces funds for affordable housing

Broward and Dade residents receive

federal funds for affordable housing

Congressman Kendrick B.
Meek announced the release of
over $70 million in federal
funds to help low-income indi-
viduals and families buy
homes. The money is avail-

able through the Single Family
Mortgage Revenue program
(bond program), which pro-
vides 30-year, fixed-rate mort-
gages at competitive rates. In
addition to the funding, Meek

County Families of ior 2 FamilBe.s of 3 or more
Broward $60,600 $69,690
Miami-MDade $55,900 $64,285

Kendrick B. Meek

announced waivers of certain
requirements for the program
in Broward, Miami-Dade and
the 11 other counties affected
by Hurricane Wilma.
"Housing costs in Broward
and Dade Counties have gone
through the roof and
Hurricane Wilma only made
matters worse," Meek said.
"The GO Zone and Katrina
Emergency Relief Acts go a
long way toward offering new
hope to thousands of
Floridians struggling .to recov-
er from last year's historic
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FEW donates 6,000 scholarships to BCC

By Purvette A. Bryant

When Helen Kane participat-
ed in WENDI at Brevard
Community College years ago
she was seeking a new career
that would educate and equip
Kane to support her family.
For nearly 30 years,
WENDI, part of the BCC
Career and Family Success
Center, has helped thousands
of women who need financial
assistance to re-enter the
workforce, earn college
degrees, build their confi-
dence and become self-suffi-
cient. The word WENDI,
which stands for "When
Entering New Directions," has
expanded its mission to
include men, many who take
computer classes to improve
their skills.
A $6,000 2006 WENDI
scholarship was recently
awarded to the BCC center
from the Federally Employed

Women (FEW) Space Coast
chapter at NASA's Kennedy
Space Center to help individ-
uals like Kane, who is now a
public affairs assistant KSC.
Because WENDI is effective
throughout Brevard County
the women's organization
voted to donate its entire
scholarship educational fund
for the year, said Kane, who
chairs the FEW scholarship
The flexible WENDI courses,
part of the BCC college-wide
Institute for Business
Training and Community
Education, include job reen-
try, transition and life skills
courses such as Marketing
Yourself for the Workplace,
Changing Directions, Self-
Esteem, Dealing with Anxiety
and Career Analysis.
"Those are basic things
that women who have been
out of the workforce or who
never had any college experi-

Helen Kane

ence could benefit from,"
Kane said during an award
press conference at KSC. "The
WENDI program is for under-
privileged men and women -

single, married, parent and
other. Parents affect the
future of the children.
"You can have a house that's
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Concurrently, it must be
understood that a dispro-
portionate number of immi-
grants from the Caribbean
provide the fuel that keeps
South Florida's economy -
and many other local U.S.
economies running in high
gear. Jamaicans are in the
top three on the list of South
Florida's most populous

English-speaking immi-
grants," Gill said.
In keeping with the theme:
"Unleashing our
Entrepreneurial Spirit," the
Power Lunch program will
provide highlights on the
current development boom
in Jamaica, with directions
on how local Jamaican
entrepreneurs and their
business partners can take
advantage of opportunities
as .investors, developers,

Workshop March 29

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planning to buy a new house, you need to
attend this event."
"The panel discussion is one of several work-
shops held for victims of predatory lenders,
sponsored by our group," said Don Horn, chair-
man of the Anti-Predatory Lending Workgroup.
"The group has developed legal and education-
al campaigns designed to educate consumers
and provide legal redress to victims. We also
educate people on the many national and local
lending institutions which have developed loan
products that will refinance victims out of
predatory loans."
For more information about this event, call
Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson's District
Office at 305-636-2331.

Sponsored by

Commissioner Audrey Ea

And the An ti-Predatoy Lendir

contractors, buyers and
suppliers of goods and serv-
ices and as consultants.
Fifteen Jamaican entre-
preneurs, community lead-
ers and public officials will
be honored for their positive
contributions to the
Jamaican Diaspora. The
Power Lunch will take place
at the Sheraton Hotel at
Highway 1-95 and Griffin
Road in Dania, from 12 3
p.m. on Friday, March

24th. Tickets are $55 per
person, which includes a
six-month trial membership
in the Chamber. Proceeds
will benefit the Chamber's
Small Business Disaster
Assistance and Student
Scholarship Funds.. For
information on the Power
Lunch and the Jamaica USA
Chamber, call 1-800-730-
5581 or visit



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Sealed proposals will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her
office located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for
the following:
(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 3/27/06)
Detailed specifications for this RFP are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Sixth Floor, Miami, FL
33130 or download from City's website at
Telephone No. (305) 416-1906.
NANCE NO. 12271.
Joe Arriola /^ ,
City Manager ,
AD NO. 10292

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the
(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 3/29/06)
Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Sixth Floor, Miami, FL
33130 or download from City's website at
Telephone No. (305) 416-1906.
NANCE NO. 12271.
Joe Arriola /',l, '
City Manager ,
AD NO. 14320

PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT the City of Miami Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the Southeast Overtown/Park West and
the Omni Districts has scheduled a Board of Directors Meeting to be held
on Monday, March 27, 2006, at 5:00 P.M., in the City Commission
Chambers at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.
All interested persons are invited to attend. For copies of the agenda,
please contact the CRA Office at (305) 679-6800.
Priscilla A. Thompson
(#15711) Clerk of the Board


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been devastated by
divorce or death. The
seed planted in that
household can nour-
ish that family. And
that parent then
becomes a role-model
to that child and col-
lege is on the horizon
for everybody. I just
love it!" <
Kieta Osteen-
Cochrane, executive
director for the BCC
institute, accepted the
$6,000 check from
Sandra Eliason, presi-
dent of the local FEW
chapter, in the NASA
press room near the
Vehicle Assembly
Osteen-Cochrane, a
WENDI participant
and former coordina-
tor, said WENDI has
helped families
through the years,
particularly women
with children.
"It makes such a dif-
ference," Osteen-
Cochrane said. "It
brings people to a
point where they can
become productive.
Education is the
great leveler. It makes
everyone successful."
Eliason commended
the WENDI program
for its impact on the
Brevard County com-
munity for nearly 30
years. There are
approximately 100
FEW chapters in the
United States and
overseas with a mis-
sion of advancing
women in federal gov-
Eliason, now a man-
agement support
assistant in the
Launch and Landing
Division of the Space
Shuttle Processing
directorate, also cred-
its WENDI classes for
helping her build self-
confidence, earn a
degree and obtain a
substantial job.
"Each course gave
me confidence,"
Eliason said. "I look
back now and I know
that each class gave
me more than just
confidence. The

WENDI program gave
me steps, a path, a
foundation, a way to
achieve. I needed the
aggression to become
successful both per-
sonally and profes-
sionally. I'm only one
WENDI success
story," Elaison con-
"The Federally
Employed Women, it
is our wish and our
hope that WENDI
would enable many
men and women to
enter new directions."
The women's organ-
ization learned about
WENDI's scholarship
fund when Cindy
Earp, former WENDI
coordinator, pitched
the program's educa-
tional courses to the
federal women last
year, said Connie
Dobrin, a spokes-
woman for FEW.
The award was
announced in
January. In addition
to the scholarship,
FEW is also interest-
ed in working with
the BCC success cen-
ter to become men-
tors, she said.
The center offers
WENDI job reentry
and transition cours-
es plus career, edu-
cation, enrichment,
family dynamics,
Travel Learn interna-

tional trips, Elderly job search strategies; enting after divorce;
Learning and senior career discovery and self esteem;

citizen classes.
Specialty areas
within the center
include the following:

testing; life skills
training; basic com-
puter classes; finan-
cial planning; par-

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
and County taxes, property and jobs tax credits, sales tax refunds and more. For more information on locating or
expanding your company in our urban communities, contact us at 305-579-1342 or go to

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The Miami-Dade Aviation Department invites all interested parties to attend the ndustry
Review Meeting for the Non-Exclusive Wireless High Fidelity (WI-FI) System Provider RFP.
This meeting is intended to solicit interest from the Industry and to provide an opportunity
for all interested parties to offer comments on the scope of services.
Miami-Dade County through the Miami-Dade Aviation Department intends to enter into an
agreement with an Operator to specifically supply, install, operate and maintain intemet/ISP
connectivity to Miami International Airport users via MIA's wireless network infrastructure to
be installed and. maintained by MDAD. The Operator will provide the connectivity to
accommodate laptops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and other wireless devices on
the Airport premises, using state of the art wireless networking technology. The Operator
shall also be capable of serving customers utilizing wireless devices with both existing IEEE
802.11 standards and emerging wireless technologies.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Miami International Airport Hotel, 7th Floor,
Conference Rooms C & D
Miami International Airport
10:00 A.M. 12:00 Noon
To assist in our planning, please advise by Monday, March 27, 2006 confirming the number
of representatives who will attend the meeting by contacting Sherri Ransom Johnson at
305-869-3883 or e-mail to
This notice is not a request for proposals or bids and does not bind the County to pursue
this solicitation. The County reserves the right to re-issue this or any other notice.


Final Notice of Floodplain Analysis for Elizabeth
Virrick I, II Redevelopment as Part of the Sites
Located in the 100-year Floodplain

The subject final notification is to give notice that Miami-Dade Housing
Agency (MDHA) has conducted an evaluation required by Executive Order
11988, Floodplain Management, pertaining to the disposition/demolition
and redevelopment application under review by Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) for Elizabeth Virrick I, II, FL 5-024 and FL
5-029 developments.
An initial floodplain notice was published in the Miami Herald, Miami
Times, and the Diario Las Americas on February 22, 2006 in accordance
with Section 2(a)(4) of the Floodplain Management Guidelines and
Executive Order 11988. As required by the procedures, MDHA must
advise the public of its intentions to redevelop the property with both ACC
housing and mix-finance housing units.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment shows that a small portion of the
properties being redeveloped, approximately less than one-quarter acre,
are located on the 100-year floodplain. Any comments made by interested
agencies, groups or individuals must be part of the flood analysis
performed to assess the impact to the environment, if any, that the planned
development activities may have on the floodplain. The flood analysis is
required before the HUD can finalize the Environmental Assessment (EA)
required by the Federal regulations under 24 CFR Part 50. This requires
that MDHA perform an analysis of the impact that the planned
redevelopment may have on the floodplain. The flood analysis shows that
the planned redevelopment will have no significant impact on the
environment. The reconstructed buildings will incorporate updated
floodplain management techniques that will control runoff and -water
absorption. A copy of the Flood Analysis is available for review at MDHA,
1401 NW 7 Street, Bldg C, Miami, FL, 33125.



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/dDm. 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

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.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Inspector General (Contract)
Salary $106,396 -165,903

The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, (MDCPS), the fourth
largest school district in the nation is accepting applications for Inspector
General. The Inspector General will initiate and complete internal and exter-
nal investigations designed to detect, deter, prevent and eradicate fraud,
waste, financial mismanagement, fiscal misconduct and other abuses.

Qualifications include:

A strong investigative background with an emphasis in both conducting and
managing complex investigations involving allegations of fraud, theft,
deception, and conspiracy, as well as experience in public administration.
Bachelor's Degree with a major in Accounting or Business, and five years
of auditing experience; or
Master's Degree in Accounting, Business, or Public Administration; and at
least four years auditing experience.
Experience as a Federal, State, or Municipal Law Enforcement Officer pre-

Additional information regarding this position may be accessed at

Please send a detailed resume, a letter of application, copy of diploma or
official transcript and two letters of recommendation, no later than 4:00
p.m., April 10, 2006, to:

Mrs. Mariaelena Vidal
Human Resources Officer
1500 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 241
Miami FL 33132
No phone inquiries please

MDCPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Miami-Dade received funds for housing

continued from 5D

storm season."
Meek noted that bond pro-
gram mortgages, provided
through Florida Housing and
local housing finance authori-
ties such as the Miami-Dade
Housing Finance Authority,
have traditionally been avail-
able only to first-time home-
buyers. However, because of
hurricanes Wilma and
Katrina, Congress passed
the Gulf Opportunity (GO)
Zone Act last December,
which treats 13 Florida
counties as targeted areas,
waiving the first-time home-
buyer requirement and
increasing the income and
purchase price limits in
those counties through

December 31, 2010.
Consumers do not have to
have been directly impacted
by Hurricane Wilma in order
to qualify for mortgage funds
under the bond program.
The income limits have
been increased from 115 per-
cent of the area median
income to 140 percent of the
area median income.
Purchase price limits have
also been increased from 90
percent of the average pur-
chase price in the area to 110
percent of the average pur-
chase price in the area.
"I am pleased to announce
these crucial dollars that will
positively affect many
Broward and Dade resi-
dents," Meek continued. "I
hope that many in our com-
munity will take advantage of

this important opportunity."
Congress also passed the
Katrina Emergency Tax
Relief Act, which designated
Florida as a disaster area,
allowing bond program dol-
lars to be used statewide to
purchase homes as replace-
ments for those rendered
uninhabitable by Hurricane
For more information on
the GO Zone Act and Florida
Housing's bond program,
which is making an initial
$77 million available
statewide, visit www.florida- Miami-Dade
County residents can also
contact the Miami-Dade
Housing Finance Authority
for information on the local
bond program by calling the
3-1-1 call center.

Black Wealth launches new network

continued from 6D

on March 11 at 1 p.m.
and featured Choice
Hotels' Vice President
of Emerging Markets,
Brian Parker the
youngest, the first
and the only Black
Vice President at
Choice Hotels
The first full inter-
view is now available
online at www.doini- More
programs will be
added each week and

future guests include
David Steward,
Chairman of
Worldwide Technology
- America's biggest
Black-owned busi-
ness and Steven
Rogers, distinguished
Professor of Finance
at the Kellogg School
of Management.
As for the stellar
array of guests Doin'
It has been able to
attract, Foster has
this to say, "We're
getting the best tal-
ent already, because
the need for this

show is so obvi-
ous.. .hopefully, we'll
be talking about the

television version of
this program six
months from now."

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


Call 561.625.6969
for information.
Participating brokers must
accompany on first visit.

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The County Manager, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, and
Chapter 2, Sections 2-8.1 (as amended by Ordinance 05-15), and 2-10.4 of the Miami-Dade County
Code and Administrative Order 3-39, that professional architectural and engineering (A/E) services will
be required for an Owner's Representative for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Fire).

Scope of services will include but not be limited to, review and evaluation of submittals from the
Architect of Record for the facility in the design phases, permitting process, construction administration,
and through the certification process of the facility from the State of Florida Fire Marshall's Office. In
addition, the following services will be required:

To maintain on-site representation during the performance of construction activities
To review and analyze construction cost estimates
To provide monitoring of the facility's overall construction schedule and identify (if any) potential vari-
ances between scheduled and probable milestones / completion dates and to provide any corrective
action recommendations.
To make independent assessments of any of the Architect of Record recommendations for the rejection
or replacement of all non-conforming work
To attend scheduled testing and inspections of work as needed
To review any claims for compensation for extra work claimed to have been performed and for exten-
sions to the project's overall construction schedule
Review of drawings and specifications throughout all phases of the project and notification of any dis-
crepancy between the construction work and the design documents
Attend all project meetings
Evaluate and monitor all change orders
To monitor the final close-out of the project and assist Fire during the substantial completion, punch list
development and final acceptance phases of the project and through the certification process of the
facility from the State of Florida Fire Marshall's Office
Threshold inspection services

The Owner's Representative will not be held responsible for construction means, methods, techniques,
sequences or procedures or for safety precautions and programs in connection with the design or con-
struction firm's work, sub-consultants, sub-contractors or any of their agents or employees.

One (1) qualified consultant will be retained under a non-exclusive Professional Services Agreement
(PSA) with an effective term of three years or completion of the facility, whichever occurs first.


The prime consultant must demonstrate experience in the below listed areas.

The prime consultant must demonstrate project management experience of a completed fire training
facility or an educational facility with a minimum of (insert number) square feet within the past ten (10)
years from the date of this solicitation.

The above expertise must be met by a qualified individual(s) of the prime consultant's and/or subcon-
sultant's firm. The experience must be demonstrated by direct or substantial involvement of the individ-
ual(s) in a supervisory capacity at the project manager level or above in these projects. The determi-
nation of the individual's qualifications and compliance with the above experience and qualifications
shall be at the sole discretion of the County.
The Competitive Selection Committee will not evaluate proposals from firms that they determined failed
to meet the above experience and qualifications.


14.00 Architecture (PRIME)


General Structural Engineering
General Mechanical Engineering
Architectural Construction Management


General Electrical Engineering
General Civil Engineering
Engineering Construction Management

OCI PROJECT NO. E05-WASD-12 GOB 17-70229, 71791, 71792,
71165, 71799, AND 71800
OCI PROJECT NO. E05-WASD-13 GOB 17-70267

The County Manager, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, and
Chapter 2, Sections 2-8.1 (as amended by Ordinance 05-15), and 2-10.4 of the Miami-Dade County
Code and Administrative Order 3-39, announces that professional architectural and engineering (A/E)
services for water and sewer improvements will be required for the Miami-Dade County Water and
Sewer Department (WASD).
Proposers are advised that the two projects listed below are being solicited simultaneously, under this

OCI Project No. E05-WASD-12 GOB 17-70229, 71791, 71792, 71165, 71799, AND 71800 Perrine
-Cutler Ridge Water and Sewer Improvements
OCI Project No. E05-WASD-13 GOB 17-70267 N.W. 37TH Avenue Water and Sewer Improvements

Note that a firm must submit only one (1) proposal under this solicitation; said proposal will be consid-
ered for both projects listed above. As a result, the two highest ranked firms will be selected to receive
a contract under each of the respective projects.

The evaluation/selection process provided in Division 3.0 of the NTPC will be conducted for both proj-
ects in accordance with the following:

The highest ranked proposer will be recommended to the County Manager for negotiations of OCI
Project No. E05-WASD-12 GOB 17-70229, 71791, 71792, 71165, 71799, AND 71800 and the second
highest ranked proposer will be recommended to the County Manager for negotiations of OCI Project
No. E05-WASD-13 GOB 17-70267. Furthermore, be advised that a firm electing to submit as a prime
may not participate, as a sub-consultant, on any other team for this solicitation.

OCI Project No. E05-WASD-12 GOB 17-70229. 71791. 71792. 71165. 71799. AND 71800:
The approximate project area is bounded on the north by SW 168th Street, on the south by SW 184th
Street, on the east by SW 97th Avenue and US-1 Northbound, and on the west by the US-1
Southbound, SW 96th Court and Cleveland Avenue. The project will require design and construction
phase services for water mains, gravity sewers, pump stations and force mains. Some of the existing
private and/or public lift stations may be decommissioned. The water improvements will include the
replacement of undersized water mains and the installation of new water mains in order to provide
and/or improve water service and fire flow protection to the area. One firm will be retained under a non-
exclusive Professional Services Agreement for a seven (7) year effective term with a maximum com-
pensation limit not to exceed $1,600,000. The County reserves the right to re-use the work products of
the retained consultant and to retain other consultants to provide the same or similar services at its sole

OCI Project No. E05-WASD-13 GOB 17-70267:
The project is located between N.W. 32nd 37th Avenue and N.W. 36th Street and N.W. 87th Street.
Portions of this commercial area are presently in the City of Hialeah water and sewer service areas and
outside of the City limits and require upgrades. The consultant will provide planning, design and con-
struction phase services for water mains, gravity sewers, pump stations and force mains for the project.
The consultant will assist WASD in planning and developing the best plan for providing water mains,
gravity sewer mains, force mains and pump stations to provide sufficient.water and sanitary sewer facil-
ities to encourage revitalization of the area. One firm will be retained under a non-exclusive
Professional Services Agreement for a seven (7) year effective term with a maximum compensation limit
not to exceed $1,500,000. The County reserves the right to re-use the work products of the retained
consultant and to retain other consultants to provide the same or similar services at its sole discretion.




Soils, Foundations and Materials Testing Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Services
General Structural Engineering 12.00 General Mechanical Engineering
Architecture 13.00 General Electrical Engineering'
15.01 Surveying and Mapping Land Surveying

A copy of the Notice To Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation provi-
sions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural & Engineering
Unit located at 111 NW 1St Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number and fax respec-
tively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification will be forwarded elec-
tronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County and have included an e-mail
address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed to those who have vendor enrolled on-
line. Additionally, those pre-qualified firms without an e-mail address will be faxed a solicitation notifi-
cation. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be obtained on line at, at the following link "Solicitations On-Line."

The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Amado Gonzalez who may be contacted via e-mail at gon-, fax: (305) 350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-1428.


One (1) Agreement 20% Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Goal

A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on March 28, 2006, at 3:00 P.M. in
Conference Room 18-2, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE ENCOURAGED to

Deadline for submission of proposals is April 7, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., LOCAL TIME, all sealed
envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983. BE

This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27
for a complete and thorough description of the Cone of Silence.

A copy of the Notice To Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation provi-
sions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural & Engineering
Unit located at 111 NW 1St Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number and fax respec-
tively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification will be forwarded elec-
tronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County and have included an e-mail
address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed to those who have vendor enrolled on-
line. Additionally, those pre-qualified firms without an e-mail address will be faxed a solicitation notifi-
cation. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be obtained on line at, at the following link "Solicitations On-Line."

The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Amado Gonzalez who may be contacted via e-mail at gon-, fax: (305) 350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-1428.


Two (2) Agreements 30% Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Measures (EACH)

A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on March 23, 2006, at 3:00 P.M. in
Conference Room 18-2, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE ENCOURAGED to

Deadline for submission of proposals is April 5, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., LOCAL TIME, all sealed
envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983. BE

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Furnished Rooms
1988 NW 58 Street
air. Call Mary 305-634-6026.
2731 NW 204th Terrace
$160 to move in, $80 weekly,
with air. Call 305-310-5272.
Clean room with central air in
quiet home with your own
entrance. Call 305-628-3029
OUTREACH -Beds available.
3 meals FREE if qualify.

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.
$210 weekly, $690 monthly
Call 305-751-6232
1209 N.W. 3rd Avenue
Completely renovated. $420
monthly. $840 move in.
Tenant pays utilities.
Call 305-321-4350
Quiet, church next door, no
utlities. Call 305-687-1218
1525 N.W. 1st Place
One bedroom,. one bath,
$500 monthly. Newly
renovated. All appliances
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1550 N W. 1 Court
Efficiency, one bath, $370.
Two bedrooms one bath,
$575, stove, refrigerator,
air, free water

1811 Ali-Baba Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$550 monthly.
Call 954-704-0094
Walking distance from
Brownsville metrorail. Free
water, gas, security, bars,
iron gate doors, one and two
bedrooms, from $410-$485
2651 NW 50th Street.
Call 305-638-3699
5505 N.W. 32nd Avenue #3
Available April 1st, two bed-
rooms, one bath, $700
monthly, first, last and depos-
it.. Call, 310-623-2477.
5927 N.W. 5th Avenue
(Behind Edison High)
One bedroom, one bath, all
new appliances. $575
monthly. $1150 moves you
in. Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-458-3977
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
77 NW 77th Street
Two bedrooms, one and half
bath. $900 monthly. Section
8 OK! Call 786-306-4505
786 N.W. 75 Street (front)
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air and tile. Section 8
welcome. Call 786-728-1851

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
Capital Rental Agency
1497 NW 7 Street
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
One bdrm, one bath $450
Stove, refrigerator, air

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
TDD 1-800-955-8770

Ninth Street Apartments
One bedroom, one bath,
$450.00, stove, refrigera-
tor, air


Three bedrooms, two baths
with central air, appliances
and free 27 inch flat screen
TV. $950 monthly!
Section 8 Welcomel
Call Joel at 786-355-7578


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

1172 NW 64th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with tile and central air.
Section 8 welcome!
Call 305-624-7664
15907 N.W. 45 Avenue
Large three bedrooms, one
bath, air and heat, washer
and dryer. Newly renovated,
won't last. First, last and se-
curity. Section 8 welcome.
Asking $1400 monthly.
Call 305-793-8910
1722 N.E. 148th Street
One bedroom, one bath. Call
J at 305-940-1474
1810 N.W. 50th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
carpet, central air, $925 a
month, $1850 to move in.
" 305-751-6720 /786-317-4610
224 NW 63rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Newly remodeled, new appli-
ances. Section 8 Okay. $875
monthly. Call 786-797-7878.
2440 NW 82nd Street
Newly renovated, two bed-
room, one bath, security
bars. Section 8.
Call 305-651-1078
or 786-290-0768
2741 N.W. 47th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, everything new.
$1,195 monthly.
NDI Realtors
3051 NW 134th Street
Newly remodeled two large
bedrooms, one bath, washer,
dryer, cable, air, tile, security
bars and large walk-in closet.
$910 monthly.
Call 305-687-5678
90 Street and 27Avenue
Unfurnished two bedroom
duplex with air and utilities.
For two people only.
Call 305-693-9486.
One bedroom, one bath. Call
Jerry 786-877-4766.
Two bedrooms, one bath
First last, security. Section 8
welcome. Call 305-244-6845
Under New
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-
1446 N.W. 39 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air,
$750 mthly, $1500 move in.
NDI Realtors, 305-655-1700.

12105 NE 6 Ave #402
Two bedroom, two bath, two
balconies, $1200 monthly.
Section 8 welcome. Applian-
ces and central air included.
Call 305-479-4042
479 N.W. 19th Street
Four bedrooms, one and half
bath. Townhouse. Section 8
O.K.$1300, 305-815-2445.
Four bedrooms only
One bedroom, one bath,
central air, seller pays
closing cost.
Call 786-426-2577

112th Street NW 15th Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. Will not pass
inspection for Section 8
Call 305-759-6418
12920 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, ceiling fans,
velour blinds, remodeled
kitchen and bathroom,
washer and dryer, stove,
refrigerator, master bedroom
television, security bars,
spacious yard, asking $950.
First, last and security.
Call 786-285-9363
or 305-685-9581
1505 NW 58 Terrace, Unit B
One bedroom guest house,
available now. Section 8,
$600 monthly, first, last and
deposit. Call, 310-623-2477.
1545 N.W. 115 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 welcome, contact
Serena Davis 305-978-9472.

19120 N.W. 22nd Place
Spacious three bedrooms,
two baths, central air, appli-
ances, washer dryer hookup,
one car garage. $1400
monthly, first, last and securi-
ty. Total $3800 down.
No section 8.
Call 305-625-4515

19432 NW 23rd Court
Three bedrooms, two baths
Call 305-318-2718

2360 N.W. 140 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,
washer and dryer, dishwash-
er, central air, tile and carpet.
Section 8 welcome. First,
last and sec. $1200 monthly.
Call Curry 786-718-6413 or
Mrs. Curry 786-290-9132.

2531 N.W. 131 Street
Four bedrooms, two bath,
$1800 monthly. First and se-
curity. Call 954-704-0094.
3015 N.W. 82nd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Newly renovated,appliances,
laundry room, large fenced
yard. MUST SEE! Section 8
,only. $1150 monthly and
$1500 security.
Call 305-336-7431
3032 N.W. 59th Street
Nice three bedrooms, one
bath, fenced, tiled, applian-
ces, air, near schools.
Call Mary 305-493-2070
4412 N.W. 3 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile thourghout, Central air.
Section 8 welcome. $1350
monthly. Call 305-726-1151.
5511 N.W. 12th Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, appliances, laun-
dry room, large fenced yard.
MUST SEE! Section 8 only.
$1150 monthly and $1500
security. Call 305-336-7431.

Nice three and four
bedrooms available. Section
8 and HOPWA program
Call 305-624-0451.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 monthly.
4915 N.W. 182nd Street
Call 305-981-8441 or
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Four bedrooms, two bath.
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So0ndos/ ho eS
Four bedrooms, two baths,
townhouse, central air, owner
will help with closing costs,
priced $195,000.
Call 786-586-4992
1446 N.W. 39 Street
One bedroom, one
paint, new roof. $189,900.
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700.

1730 NW 52nd Street
Two units One bedroom,
one bath, great income
property, $127,000.' ];;
Call Joe 786-271-9828

1141 N.W. 57th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$165,000, contact Mike at
1475 NW 83 Street
Not Just Another Realty has
remodeled two bedrooms,
one bath and new appliances
for $150's. 954-430-9112
15411 Railroad Drive
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, and more. Try
$189K. (NW 154 St. and 18
Avenue). NDI Realtors 305-
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

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Only $33,500
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Five bedrooms, Only
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Ranch style, three
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screened pool plus
spa. Huge lot. Mint condition.
Priced $479,000.

Buy real estate and land for
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starting salary $7 and up.
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HANDYMAN needed.
vehicle and trade required.
Call Mr. Stewart.

Miami Hair and Nail
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Commercial company has
experienced sprinkler
technicians and lawn
maintence techs.
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Qualified Childcare assist-
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Route Drivers

Make Up To $10 an Hour
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For a 1/2 days work

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail

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

Infants and PreSchool
40 Hrs., required, CDA
perferred. N.E. Miami Pre-
School.Call 305-948-9235

Exp. Telemarketers for
newspaper sales. Great
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starter, to make cold
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mission. Weekly quota
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Be on this call at 8 p.m.,
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With air and kitchen. Seats
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Rosenstiel School of Marine
& Atmospheric Science
Responsibilities include
socioeconomic assessment of
the use of climate information
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SE US using qualitative and
quantitative methods. PhD, one
year of relevant work experience
and fluency in English and
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contact information of four
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cal day care teaching, administrative and management experiences in var-
ious areas.

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and you don't no what it is? The miracle worker.
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a problem in your life?
Hear Eberhard Lasch, CS, give
God-related answers to these
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1:30 p.m. Englsh 3 p.m. Spanish
1836 Biscayne Blvd.

movie, Dechennen and heGala event with Bill
Cosby, B.B. King, Najee, and Johnny Gill this
Saturday, March 25 at the mansion, starting
12 p.m. until 9 p.m. Free food, drinks, jet skis and
live entertainment. Some f the judges will be
Barrett Lorada (Stevie Wonders manager), Nelda,
movie producer,:
J-Shin, Fashion Magazine & Envy Magazine.
For directions call 786-344-0499
or 954-873-3215
15020 South River Drive
(same as NW 13 Avenue)


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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destir

Do Black women really know the desires of Black men?

continued from 1C

say that if a man doesn't find a
woman physicallly appealing
first, he isn't going to be inter-
ested enough to spend time dis-
covering her inner qualities.
"Black men constantly tell me
they want it all beauty and
brains and they're not going to
sacrifice one for the other," says
Dr. Julia Hare. In his article,
Beauty and the Beast: The Role
of Physical Attraction in the
Black Community, Dr. Robert
Staples summed up the beauty
factor this way: "While Black
women need a combination of
beauty and brains to attract a
high-status husband, it is still
their looks that are the decisive
factor (emphasis supplied)."
2. Women who revel in their
feminity: "It makes a man feel
totally masculine. That's just
the yin and the yang of it," says
Brian, a 30-year-old engineer,
referring to women who, as he
puts it, "get into being a
woman." "I've heard many men
say they like femininity, they
really do," says Dr. Alice
Edwards. "It allows them to
demonstrate their masculinity."
Inflammatory as it may be,
experts report Black men fre-
quently complain that Black
women don't relish their femi-
ninity as much as they'd like.
As Dr. David Burgest and Dr.
Joanna Bower observe in their
article, Erroneous Assumptions

Black Men Male About Black
Women, "for many Black men
this issue is real, for they feel
that the Black woman is not
feminine enough."
Experts caution that by "fem-
inine," Black men don't mean
women who act fragile, weak
and helpless every time they're
around a man. "The women
Black men say they find so
appealing are those who cele-
brate the differences in the
sexes; women who aren't
embarrassed or defiant about
being women but instead
delight in it," explains Dr. Julia
Hare. "How a woman does this
can mean anything from wear-
ing perfume and silk camisoles
to making it clear they enjoy
having their luggage carried
and their car doors opened."
3. Women who make men feel
needed: In American society
men are socialized to be the
providers and protectors of
women. And, even in so-called
liberated days, "by and large
those old-fashioned feelings
have not gone away," says Dr.
Harry Edwards. Ralph was one
of numerous men interviewed
who acknowledged the enor-
mous effect these feelings have
on Black male/female relation-
ships. "Most women I date
make more money than I do
and generally have more power
socially and economically," he
explains. "That can be impossi-
ble to take if she doesn't make
me feel needed in other ways. I

have the sense, that if a woman
doesn't need me, then I'm
somehow not a man. On the
other hand, a woman who
makes me feel she depends on
me, even if she doesn't, is the
ultimate turn-on. It validates
my manhood."
4. Women who enjoy sex: Men
and experts agree: men take
enormous pleasure in turning a
woman on. For them, great sex
includes watching her enjoy
sex. "It shows him that she
wants him and, more impor-
tantly, he is able to satisfy her,"
explains Marlene Menifee.
Numerous men'agree. "Getting
her excited is what gets us
excited," says Robert, a 29-
year-old advertising executive,
who spoke for every man sur-
veyed. Conversely, he points
out that "nothing is a bigger
turn-off than a woman who just
lies there or acts like she isn't
enjoying what you're doing."
Ego is a significant part of this,
say experts. Since many men
measure their sexual worth by
their ability to please a woman,
for both physical and psycho-
logical reasons, it's easy to see
why men find a woman's
responsiveness inordinately
arousing. Mike, a 29-year-old
construction worker, spoke for
the majority of men interviewed
when he said: "Nothing turns a
man off quicker than a woman
who has the attitude, 'I'm only
doing this for you.' All men
want to believe they're the best

lover a woman's ever had, so
the more she lets me know I
turn her on, the more I get
turned on."

1. Aggressiveness: "The
aggressive woman robs a man
of his masculine role to chase
and conquer," explains thera-
pist Marlene Menifee. Barbara
Miles agrees. "I find men want
to be the aggressor and are
turned off when women usurp
their role. At the same time,
they want women to send out
subtle messages of interest,
but they want to approach
2. Status seekers: "The No.
one complaint I hear from
Black men is that Black
women are too materialistic,"
says Dr. Julia Hare. "Single
Black men frequently com-
plain that the minute they
meet a woman, she wants to
know where they work, how
many degrees they have and
how much money they make.
Nothing nothing turns a
Black man off quicker than a
woman on the prowl for a doc-
tor, lawyer or Indian chief."
Beyond the impudence of it,
no one wants to feel their
worth is being measured by
the size of their checkbook. "I
hate to say it, but I have heard
from some men that [what
matters is] what kind of car
they drive or what job they

have," says Morehouse
Medical School's Dr. Angela
Walker Franklin. Several men
interviewed reported they
actually lied about their occu-
pations to see if a woman was
interested in them or their
resume. "I'm a doctor," says
Ed, a 40-year-old dermatolo-
gist, "but I've said I'm every-
thing from a plumber to a bus
driver to see where a woman is
coming from."
3. Women who smother
them: "Men need their space.
They can't tolerate feeling as if
they're losing their autonomy
or their identity," says Dr.
Alice Edwards, whose observa-
tion was echoed by numerous
men. "I had this problem with
my ex-wife," says Jim, a 31-
year-old computer operator.
"She wanted to spend 24-
hours a day together. It ended
up poisoning the marriage
because I started to feel like I
was being swallowed up." Dr.
Nathan Hare says, "Men need
a sense of independence. By
respecting that need, a lot of
relationships could be saved."
4. Women who' flaunt their
educational or financial supe-
riority: "Men have been social-
ize to believe the man is sup-
posed to be the breadwinner
and we carry that psychologi-
cal baggage with us," says Dr.
Franklin. "I think thal as
times change, men are realiz-
ing that women will, in a lot of
cases, earn more money than

they do; but to have someone
throw it in their face is going
to make them feel inferior -
as if they're not a man."
Calvin, a 28-year-old attorney,
says. "The minute it happens
- and it happens more than
you think I'm gone."

1. They will lie to avoid an
argument or spare your feel-
ings: Every man interviewed
said he distinguished between
'white lies' and harmful ones. "If
my girlfriend asks me if she's
put on a few pounds, no matter
what I really think I always
answer no just to keep the
peace," says Bruce, a 26-year-
old marketing specialist. "A lot
of this has to do with men being
uncomfortable with confronta-
tion," says Dr. Franklin. "They
try to avoid arguments, espe-
cially if all it takes to do so is
what they consider a harmless
little white lie."
Clearly, many of the above
comments will be unpopular at
best, disdained at worst. But
their fairness, say experts, is
not the issue. "Agreement and
acceptance of any of these
notions isn't the point," says Dr.
Julia Hare. "The point is that
both men and women can use
these reflections to sort out and
communicate to their partner
what they want, crave and need
to sustain a healthy and happy

Black women making big impact through online radio programs

continued from 1C

innoVa ive website with positive
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Connie Williams-Hunt is a
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She is the proud owner of her
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and you should be on the look-
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Kim Milton is the host of
Everyday Finances with Everyday
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Mrs. Milton, a.k.a. Kimsuccess is
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African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center 2166 MLK Blvd.
Final Call for Artists and
Oscar Thomas Collectors
Artists wishing to submit works
for the Sixth Annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's Art
Exhibition, April 3 May 21, at the
Amadlozi Gallery, the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
2166 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard (corner of NW 62 St.
and NW 22 Avenue), in the Liberty
City section of Miami, are remind-
ed that all works, completed entry
forms and brief biographical state-
ments must be submitted by
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at 5 p.m.
for Jury Selection.
Artists may enter up to three
new works, with the understand-
ing that, due to limited space, all
works by selected artists may not
be included, although every effort
will be made to maximize the qual-
ity and diversity of the show,
which has been increasingly popu-
lar and successful. Jury selection
is final and artists will be notified
before the Opening on April 3 of
any works that are not included.
The emphasis of this exhibition,
carrying on an inspired tradition
that was started by the late Oscar
Thomas, and appropriate to its
Spring dates, is unveiling new and
recent, works, not previously
shown in South Florida, by African
World artists. This has added
much to the excitement and popu-
larity of the event, which, over the
years, has drawn more people than
any other show at the Gallery.
Submitted works will be judged on
this basis, as well as on quality
and originality. All works must be
original (no products from com-
mercial molds, etc.), in good condi-
tion and framed-and-wired or suit-
ably ready to be installed.
Collectors and owners of works
by the late Oscar Thomas are par-
ticularly welcome to loan paintings
for this annual tribute to his mem-
ory and inspiring legacy. The
Annual Exhibition Includes a spe-
cial section for the display of his
own original works, and this too,
has been a verypopular highlight

of the show. These works must
also be delivered to the Gallery by
March 28.
For entry forms or further infor-
mation, please call 786-260-1246
or 305-904-7620.
Calabash Visual Arts Festival
The Calabash Visual Arts
Festival is designed primarily to
showcase and support visual
artists, as well as focus on the var-
ious modes, methods, techniques,
and forms of visual expressions.
Several stations within the Center
will serve as exhibit halls to focus
on unique art expressions, modes
and methodologies.
Additionally, a number of events
have been designed to make this a
fulfilling and meaningful experi-
ence. These events include lec-
ture-demonstrations by noted
visual artists, panel discussions
that support art professions, work-
shops demonstrating various tech-
niques, a graffiti arts contest, a
banner and poster contest, a
juried student art exhibit, an art
auction, live entertainment and
numerous opportunities to see
various artists at work. A number
of activities are designed for the
youthful and emerging young
The Calabash Visual Arts
Festival will be hosted by the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center in partnership with the
Kuumba Arts Collective on May 13
at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. If you are
interested in this project, call 305-
.Jazz & Poetry by
Candle Light Series
Saturday, March 25:
Registration sign up for the spo-
ken word and poetry dual contest
at the African Heritage Culture
Arts Center, 6161 N.W. 22nd Ave.,
from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cash
prize awarded. Applicants must be
18 years and older. Call 786-222-
Andrea's Workshop
Sunday, March 26:
The intricate rhythms of African
dance forms have been woven into
the body of Andrea R. Thompson.
She has studied North African,

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Rebecca Simmons is an author,
a motivational speaker, and the
pastor of New Creation Christian
Ministries. She has written two
novels Nobody's Business and
Daddy Love, a soon to be released
motivational book; a healing book
for women The Cry of a
Woman's Heart, Healing the Pain
of the Past. Traveling the Road to
Victorious Living; and a:children's
book with her daughter Kayla's
Day. Rebecca owns two compa-
nies: Diligence Publishing
Company (http://www.DPC- and New Life
S p e a k e r s
(http: / /
t). She is the host of Power in the
Word on NBBTA Radio at
( and on
NCCM Radio

SAfro-Brazilian and Afro-Cuban
dance forms. She is amember of
Sarava Afro-Brazilian Samba
Dance Company and Ashe
Moyubba Afro-Cuban Folkloric
Ensemble. She has traveled to
Ghana, Brazil and Japan fulfilling
the roles of teacher, student,
observer and patron.
The workshop will be held at FIU
North Campus at 3:30 p.m.
Admisssion charged. Call 954-
Sankofa Dance Theater
Baltimore-based Sankofa Dance
Theater provides traditional dance,
music and folklore to communities
throughout the U.S. and abroad.
The company's performances are
especially lauded for the exuberant
dancers and drummers and they
have received enormous acclaim
from the Baltimore/Washington
metropolitan area as well as audi-
ences nationwide and in West
Drum Workshop Sunday, April
2 from 3 4:15 p.m. FIU-North.
Admission charged.
Dance Workshop Sunday, April
2 from 4:15 5:30 p.m. at
FIU-North. Admission charged.
Call 954-687-6510.
Miami-Dade Public
Library presents
Bayunga Kialeuka through
March 30 at North Dade Regional,
2455 N.W. 183 St.
Diaspora Vibe Gallery 3839 N
Miami Ave Design Dtr
Teri Richardson:
From Brooklyn to Miami
Diaspora Art Gallery presents a
new body of work by Broooklyn
based artist Teri Richardson.
Earth-toned hues organically take
form and direction in Richardson's
new paintings. Mixing color and
light as medium, Richardson lay-
ers translucent veils of paint on
top of muslin covered acrylic pan-
els. The traditional properties of
light, texture and sensation are
animated and the plastic qualities
of paint becomes fresh and new in
this current body of work.
The exhibition opens April 6-
May 27. Opening reception will be
held Thursday, April 6 from 6-10
p.m. Artist Talk will be held with
the artist Saturday, April 8, from
2-4 p.m. The Diaspora Vibe Gallery
is located at 3938 N Miami Ave.
Call 305-573-4046.

(http: / /
Rebecca has a great man by her
side. He will stop in from time to
time to co-host this show where
the "Power in the Word" of God is
expressed through interviews, tes-
timonies, sermons, inspirational
speeches, music and reflections.
Tune in to Power in the Word on
NBBTA Radio weekly and NCCM
Radio daily to get power in the
word for your everyday life!
Ora Stearns Smith is the end-
time visionary author of Divinely
Framed, I am that I AM says I am,
a marketplace minister and the
founder of Ora International
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bold prophetic voice empowering
women to know who they are and
why they are and rise out of the
ashes of their yester-years, their
pain, rejection, hemorrhaging and
shame and step into their divine
purpose, and absolutely
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Smith is the radio host of Divinely
Framed on NBBTA Radio
(http: / /
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are creatively and lovingly
designed with God's Woman in
mind. She qoutes: "Yes,
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in 'the finest hour, in the great-
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you have come a long way and if
you but believe, you can go
beyond your borders of success,
breakthroughs, safety and secu-
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S.W. 27th to 37th AVENUES

The County Manager, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, and
Chapter 2, Sections 2-8.1 (as amended by Ordinance 05-15), and 2-10.4 of the Miami-Dade County
Code and Administrative Order 3-39, announces that professional architectural and engineering (A/E)
services will be required for the replacements of undersized water mains, for the Miami-Dade County
Water and Sewer Department (WASD).
Proposers are advised that the two projects listed below are being solicited simultaneously, under this
1. E05-WASD-15, GOB: City of Miami Undersized Water Main Replacement between Bird Avenue to
Poinciana and S.W. 27th to 37th Avenues
2. E05-WASD-16, GOB: City of Miami Water Main Replacement between S.W. 18th to 25th Avenues
and S.W. 22nd to 27th Streets

Note that a firm must submit only one (1) proposal under this solicitation; said proposal will be consid-
ered for both projects listed above. As a result, the two highest ranked firms will be selected to receive
a contract under each of the respective projects.
The evaluation/selection process provided in Division 3.0 of the NTPC will be conducted for both proj-
ects in accordance with the following:
The highest ranked proposer will be recommended to the County Manager for negotiations of the proj-
ect of their preference. As a result, the second highest ranked firm will be recommended to the County
Manager for negotiations of the remaining project. Furthermore, be advised that a firm electing to sub-
mit as a prime may not participate, as a sub-consultant, on any other team for this solicitation.
The scope of service consists, but is not limited to the provision of design and construction phase serv-
ices. The project areas are primarily residential and are served by undersized and aged water mains.
The proposed water main upgrades will provide improved water service and fire flow protection to the
following areas:
E05-WASD-15, GOB: City of Miami Undersized Water Main Replacement between Bird Avenue to
Poinciana and S.W. 27th to 37th Avenues
E05-WASD-16, GOB: City of Miami Water Main Replacement between S.W. 18th to 25th Avenues and
S.W. 22nd to 27th Streets

Note that the construction cost for both projects is $3,000,000, respectively. Moreover, the
Agreement for each project will remain in full force and effect for five (5) years.

6.01 Water and Sanitary Sewer Systems Water Distribution and Sanitary Sewage
Collection and Transmission Systems (PRIME)
17.00 Engineering Construction Management (PRIME)
9.02 Soils, Foundations and Materials Testing Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Services
15.01 Surveying and Mapping Land Surveying 16.00 General Civil Engineering
A copy of the Notice to Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation provi-
sions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural & Engineering
Unit located at 111 NW 1St Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number and fax respec-
tively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification will be forwarded elec-
tronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County and have included an e-mail
address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed to those who have vendor enrolled on-
line. Additionally, those pre-qualified firms without an e-mail address will be faxed a solicitation notifi-
cation. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be obtained on line at, at the following link "Solicitations On-Line."
The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Amelia M. Cordova-Jimenez who may be contacted via e-
mail at, fax: (305) 350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-2036.

Two (2) Agreements Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Set-Aside
A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on March 21, 2006, at 3:00 P.M. in
Conference Room 18-3, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE ENCOURAGED to
Deadline for submission of proposals is April 7, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., LOCAL TIME, all sealed
envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983. BE
This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27
for a complete and thorough description of the Cone of Silence.

OCI PROJECT NO. A05-PARK-07 GOB 101, 110, 108, 109 -
70045, 70125, 70123, 70124
The County Manager, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, and
Chapter 2, Sections 2-8.1 (as amended by Ordinance 05-15), and 2-10.4 of the County Code and
Administrative Order 3-39, announces that professional architectural and engineering (A/E) services will
be required for Aquatic Facilities Development and Renovation for the MDPR.
The scope of services include design and construction administration services for Aquatic Facilities at
the following parks: South Dade Park, located at 16350 SW 280th Street, Miami, FL 33031; Sergeant
Joe Delancy Park, located at 14450 Boggs Drive, Miami, FL 33176; Naranja Park, located at 14150 SW
254th Street, Miami, FL 33032; and Goulds Park, located at 21805 SW 114th Avenue, Miami, FL 33170.
The work to be performed by the selected consultants will include, but may not be limited to, design
services, permitting, bidding construction oversight, close-out, and one-year warranty on construction
phases for the development of new aquatic facilities, existing pool renovations and/or expansions, relat-
ed building and site improvements, landscaping and irrigation.

Two (2) qualified consultants will be retained under non-exclusive Professional Services Agreements
with a maximum compensation of Seven Hundred and Fifty-two thousand dollars ($752,000.00) each,
for a nine (9) year effective term or until their maximum compensation limits are reached. Work author-
ized by the Owner or reasonably associated with the continuation of a project which has commenced
prior to the expiration of the Agreement shall extend until completion of the Warranty phase.
The estimated construction cost is as follows:
* South Dade Park: $3,500,000.00, which includes construction of a competitive swimming facility and
recreational aquatic facilities.
* Sergeant Joe Delancy Park: $1,750,000.00, which includes pool renovation and expansion, and irri-
* Naranja Park: $1,400,000.00, which includes pool renovation and expansion, building renovation, site
improvements, and irrigation.
* Goulds Park: $870,000.00, which includes pool renovation and expansion, pool building renovation,
site improvements, and irrigation.
The selection of the two (2) qualified consultants will be as follows:
The two highest ranked firms will be selected and recommended to the County Manager for negotia-
tions. The contracts will be awarded based upon the final ranking of the firms. The projects will be
assigned for the above four (4) listed parks locations, as funding for those projects become available.
It is anticipated that the first assignment will be for the renovation and expansion of Sergeant Joseph
Delancy Park, and that the remaining work assignments will be issued starting in the third quarter of
2007. The County will proffer the assignment of projects to the Consultants on a rotational basis in the
order of the final ranking. Consultants, in their order of final ranking, will have the ability to accept or
decline the assignment of the project. Upon accepting a project assignment, the firm that accepted the
initial assignment would be ineligible for another assignment unless the other firm due a project assign-
ment in the final ranking order rejects the proffer of the next assignment(s).
The prime and/or sub-consultants selected must demonstrate experience in the below listed areas.
Information regarding the experience and qualifications must be included in Sections F andlor
G of OCI Form 1, as indicated in Section 2.1(2).
1) Designed at least three (3) competition type swimming pools in the last five (5) years from
the submittal date of this solicitation. And,
2) Designed at least three (3) leisure recreational aquatic facilities in the last five (5) years
from the submittal date of this solicitation.
The above expertise must be met by a qualified individual(s) of the prime consultant's and/or subcon-
sultant's firm. The experience must be demonstrated by direct or substantial involvement of the individ-
ual(s) in a supervisory capacity at the project manager level or above in these projects. The determi-
nation of the individual's qualifications and compliance with the above experience and qualifications
shall be at the sole discretion of the County:
The Competitive Selection Committee will not evaluate proposals from firms that they determined failed
to meet the above experience and qualifications.

14.00 Architecture (PRIME)
18.00 Architectural Construction Management (PRIME)


Environmental Engineering Stormwater Drainage Design Engineering Services
General Structural Engineering 12.00 General Mechanical Engineering
General Electrical Engineering 15.01 Surveying and Mapping Land Surveying
General Civil Engineering 20.00 Landscape Architecture

A copy of the Notice To Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation provi-
sions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural & Engineering
Unit located at 111 NW 1St Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number and fax respec-
tively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification will be forwarded elec-
tronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County and have included an e-mail
address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed to those who have vendor enrolled on-
line, Additionally, those pre-qualified firms without an e-mail address will be faxed a solicitation notifi-
cation. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be obtained on line at, at the following link "Solicitations On-Line."
The Consultant Coordinator for this project is Fernando V. Ponassi, who may be contacted via e-mail
at, fax: (305) 375-1083 or phone: (305) 375-2272.
Two (2) Agreements 15% Community Business Enterprise (CBE) Goal
A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on March 27, 2006, at 10:00 A.M. in
Conference Room 18-2, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE ENCOURAGED to attend.
Deadline for submission of proposals is April 7, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., LOCAL TIME, all sealed
envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983. BE
This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
*Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27
for a complete and thorough description of the Cone of Silence.

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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 7360-0/08 for various Departments throughout Miami-Dade
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.
1) Miami Dade County, Public Works Department Contracts & Specification Division -
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 1510 Miami, Fl
PWRK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Luis Perez @ 305/375-2930
RPQ No.: 20050349 COUNTRY WALK SW 147 Terrace from SW 145 Place to SW 144 Avenue -License Requirements: Miami
Dade County Building Contractor, General Engineering, Paving Contractor EST. COST: $405,457 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall include, but is not limited to, the following: performing all operation necessary for roadway
improvements extension of SW 143rd Terrrace, a two-lane urban roadway, from SW 145 Place to SW 144 Avenue. RPQ Bid Due
Date: April 17, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. (Non-Mandatory Pre-bid Meeting: 3/29/2006 @ 10:00 a.m. Location: 111 NW 1st Street, Suite
1510, Miami, Fl)
(2) Miami Dade County, Park & Recreation Department, 11395 SW 79 Street, Miami, FI
PARK Contact Person/Telephone No.: Vivian Forhat-Diaz @ 305-596-5648 ext. 234
RPQ No.: 5106001-00-001 MATHESON WETLANDS MITIGATION LOCATION: 11191 Snapper Creek Road License
Requirements: General Building, Land Clearing & Grubbing Contractor- EST. COST: $850,000 SCOPE OF WORK: Work shall
include, but is not limited to, the following: Selective clearing and grubbing, build a dirt access road, build a temporary spoil disposal
road, and replace four culvert crossing. This project is located in a designated Historical Preservation area, and involves the planning
of mangroves under Archeological supervisor. RPQ Bid Due Date: April 19, 2006 at 1:00 P.M.
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.

Request for Proposals
The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) is soliciting com-
petitive responses from qualified organizations with the expertise and
demonstrated capacity to effectively and efficiently manage the delivery of
youth services which include summer and year round activities.
The Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be available to the public beginning
at 10:00 a.m., March 24, 2006, at 7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW 19th
Street), 5th floor reception desk or it can be downloaded from the website
( after 12:00 noon on the same day.
An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., March 30, 2006, at
7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW 19th Street), 5th floor, Conference Room
3, Miami, Florida 33126.
Offerors are advised to consult the SFW website (www.southfloridawork- for more details on the process.
Proposals must be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m.. April 14. 2006.
Proposals not reaching SFW by the aforementioned time and date will not
be accepted.
Procedural questions may be directed to ern Kistner (305~ 594-761'5'x269.

Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the fol-
(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 4/3/06)
Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Sixth Floor, Miami, FL
33130 or download from City's website at
Telephone No. (305) 416-1906.
NANCE NO. 12271.
Joe Arriola
City Manager
AD NO. 14507


Request for Proposals No. 0706
Staff Support Services to the Miami-Dade
HIVIAIDS Partnership and
Quality Management Services for the Ryan
White Title I Program
Miami-Dade County is soliciting proposal packages to disburse funds allocated to this metropolitan area via the Ryan White
Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (C.A.R.E.) Act of 1990, Title I HIV Emergency Relief Program, as amended.
Experienced public or private (not-for-profit and for-profit) health planning agencies, consulting firms, consultants, and other
service providers who are experienced in health care and/or HIVIAIDS related issues are needed to provide professional staff
support services to the Miami-Dade HIVIAIDS Partnership to include: 1) assessment of HIV/AIDS service needs in the
community; 2) preparation of a comprehensive plan for the delivery of health and support services for persons living with
HIV/AIDS disease; 3) grant writing; 4) staff support functions to facilitate the work of the Partnership on a daily basis; 5)
outreach and public relations activities to recruit new Partnership members and promote the work of the Partnership; 6) on-
going training of Partnership members; and 7) development and maintenance of the Partnership's website. In addition, the
County is soliciting proposals for the development, implementation, and documentation of a comprehensive training program
for Ryan White Title I direct service providers (i.e., funded case managers, medical staff, etc.) to enhance the quality of
services provided to clients and the effectiveness of service delivery.
Proposals are also solicited for professional quality management services for the Ryan White Title I Program to include: 1) the
development of a Quality Management (QM) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) plan consistent with the
requirements of the Ryan White Title I C.A.R.E. Act and involving the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, the Miami-Dade
Office of Strategic Business Management, funded service providers, consumers of Title I services, and other stakeholders, as
appropriate; 2) the development of outcome measures for health and social support services funded under Title I and
corresponding QM and CQI technical assistance activities targeted to funded providers and the Partnership, as needed; 3)
evaluation activities to determine the quality aid impact of Ryan White Title I services on the health status of persons living
with HIV/AIDS; and 4) the review of client records, including but not limited to medical charts, with the objective to document
compliance with standards of care and Public Health Services guidelines and to ascertain the need for system and site-specific
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals [NO. 0706], which will be available after 1:00 P.M., Friday,
March 24, 2006, by calling or visiting the Miami-Dade County Office of Strategic Business Management, Ryan White Title I
Program, 111 NW 1st Street, 22nd Floor, Miami, Florida 33128, (305) 375-4742. The deadline for submission of proposals
is 2:00 P.M. (E.S.T.), Friday, April 14, 2006 at the Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners,
111 N.W. 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983.
A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 1:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) on Friday, March 31, 2006 in the offices of Williams, Stern, and
Associates, Inc., at 3050 Biscayne Boulevard, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Miami, Florida 33137. Attendance at the Pre-
Proposal Conference is strongly recommended. In order to maintain a fair and impartial competitive process, the County can
only answer questions at the Pre-Proposal Conference and must avoid private communication with prospective proposers
during the proposal preparation and evaluation period. This RFP is subject to the Cone of Silence Ordinance 02-3.
Miami-Dade County is not liable for any cost incurred by the proposer in responding to this RFP, and it reserves the right to
modify or amend the proposal deadline schedule if it is deemed necessary and in the best interest of Miami-Dade County. The
County also reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals, to waive any minor technicalities or irregularities, and
to award the contracts in the best interest of Miami-Dade County.
The contact person for this RFP, Ms. Theresa Fiaro, Project Director, Ryan White Title I Program, may be contacted
at (305) 375-4742.
Miami-Dade County is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, or disability.
The Departments of Procurement Management and Business Development are pleased to announce the Miami-Dade County
Vendor Information Center (VIC) located at 111 NW 1st Street, 13th Floor, Miami, Florida 33128. The VIC will provide
information and assistance in doing business with Miami-Dade County, vendor registration and certification, and current
contracting opportunities countywide.

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When food becomes your enemy

By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

What happens when one of
your pairs of jeans become too
tight or when you notice that
your stomach hangs out more
than usual? What about the
first time you don't like what
you see in the mirror? Do you
begin to change your eating
habits, diet and exercise or do
you find an alternative route
that may cause you health
consequences in the future?
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia
nervosa and binge eating are
common eating disorders,
which millions of people are
affected by daily. In today's
world where the beautiful and
slim are treated like royalty, it
is no mystery why today's
teens suffer from a eating dis-
order. According to US esti-
mates from The National
Institute of Mental Health,
between five percent and ten
percent of girls and women (i.e.
5-10 million. people) and one
million boys and men are deal-
ing with a fatal eating disorder.

However most teens
may be dealing with
a disorder that
they are ~ _
of or
know they
Do you
find your self
avoiding food and
meals, picking out a
few foods and eating
them in small
amounts or weighing i
your food and count-
ing the calories of
everything you eat?
You might be suffer-
ing from anorexia nervosa.
Do you find yourself eating
an excessive amount of food in
a single episode and almost
immediately making yourself
vomit or use laxatives or
diuretics (water pills) to get rid
of the food in your body? You
might be suffering from bulim-
ia nervosa.
Do you find yourself compul-

der may be putting their lives
in serious jeopardy. A person
with anorexia can do damage
to the heart, liver and kidneys
by not eating enough. Their
body slows everything down as
if it were starving, causing a
drop in blood pressure, pulse
and breathing rate. Anorexia
can cause a person's hair to
fall out, fingernails to break off
and a soft hair called lanugo to
grow all over the skin. In severe
cases, eating disorders can
lead to severe malnutrition and
even death.
Bulimia can damage a per-
son's stomach and kidneys as
a result of constant vomiting
and cause a person's teeth to
decay because of the acids that
come up into the mouth while
vomiting. The person may also
develop "chipmunk cheeks,"
which occur when the salivary
glands permanently expand
from throwing up so often. Like

sively overeating or eating might be suffering from binge
alone and very quickly, eating.
regardless of whether you Unfortunately those who are
feel hungry or full? You suffering from a eating disor-

Can cell phones be dangerous to your health?

By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

In today's media-driven soci-
ety, it's shouldn't be surpris-
ing that everytime you turn
around you hear a child ask-
ing for a cell phone. They
believe cell phones will make
them look cooler and give
them a sense of maturity.
Unfortunately most teens do
not know that their phones
may carry side effects that are
not shown on the labels. In
fact teens may be risking their
health just to have a fifteen
minute conversation with a
Did you know that cell
phones emit potential radia-
tion hazards? The smaller the
phone, the more power that
must be transmitted. The
more power transmitted, the
more radiation exposure. As
the market demands smaller
and smaller cell phones, the
manufacturers must increase
the output power of the radia-
tion at the antenna. This
means that the smaller cell
phones are more of a threat to
our health today than the
large antenna phones of the
Depending on how close the
cell phone antenna is to your
head, between 20% and 60%
of the radiation emitted by
your cell phone is transferred

In recent studies it is proven
that using cell phones can
lead to problems such as:

* Headaches
* Sleep disruption
* Neuroepithelial (tissue in
the brain) tumors
* Alzheimer's Disease
* Parkinson's Disease
* Altered memory function,
concentration and spatial
* Certain forms of cancer

into your head. The radiation
actually penetrates the area
around your head and is
absorbed, with some radiation
reaching from an inch to an
inch and a half into your
Some cell phone guides may
state in fine print, "Do not

',eryday we read in newspapers and mag-
4azines or hear on television and radio sto-
'ries about Beyonce's relationship with
Jay-Z; Bow Wow's secret relationship with Ciara;
Jessica Simpson's divorce from Nick Lachey and
many more false accusations about well-known
celebrities. They live, sleep, eat and breathe this
hectic lifestyle, but almost all of them would proba-
bly say that this is the life they were given and
wouldn't trade it for anything else.
They love the excitement that comes from hear-
ing screaming fans; the thrill of running and hiding

hold or let the antenna come
into contact with your body
during a call." Yet isn't this
impossible 'to do? How can
you avoid letting the cell
phone come into contact with
Currently cell phones are
being questioned regarding

the possibility of cancer. In
studies by the Food and Drug
Administration in collabora-
tion with the Cellular
Telecommunications Industry
Association, 209 brain tumor
cases indicated that when
brain tumors did exist, they
were more likely to be on the
side of the head where the
mobile phone was used.
Even the industry itself
admits that available science
does not allow them to con-
clude that cell phone radiation
is absolutely safe. So why do
we constantly put ourselves so
close to danger? When is it
time to worry about the
longevity of our lives? How
can we save ourselves without
losing our communications on
cell phones? There are ways to
keep in touch with friends and
family, by simply limiting the
time of cell phone usage.
It is guessed that headsets
will limit the distance from the
transmitting cell phone and
the head. Recent investiga-
tions tell us that headsets
may actually intensify your
exposure to harmful electric
and magnetic fields (EMFs)
emitted by your cell phone. So
the safest advice is to limit all
conversations to the minimum
of five to ten minutes. When it
comes to our health no con-
versation is worth our pre-
cious lives.

from crazy paparazzi and the joy of signing millions in this fame driven society?
of autographs for supporting fans. This outrageous If you are an amazing teen and you want the
life is not dealt out to many and some may say that world to know it. Please send a letter describing
it's dealt out unfairly. What makes celebrities a big- what makes you so amazing and include your name
ger person than a person that is not famous? and phone number so we can contact you and put
What about the shining stars we have sitting right your profile on the Teen Scene Page. All letters
next to us on the bus, standing behind us in the gro- should be addressed to:
cery lines or even working alongside us. We never
notice how talented they are because they are so Jasmine Williams
unknown to us. How is it that they Teen Scene Editor
have an amazing gift but no one else in the world 900 N.W. 54th Street
knows about it? What can they do to become known Miami, Florida 33127

Are you sinking deeper into an ocean
full of turmoil? Are you swimming toward
an unknown location? Are
you fishing for answers
with unknown solutions?
Are you floating towards
oblivion? Well I'm here to
keep you afloat. With my
honest and trustworthy
advice you'll be able to get a grasp on any
troubling situation sailing towards you.
So e-mail me
with any unanswered questions, pressing
concerns and important information you
wish to share with me.

My mom still treats me like a little kid.

girls with anorexia, girls with
bulimia may stop getting their
periods. And, most dangerous
of all, the constant purging can
lead to a loss of the mineral
potassium, which can con-
tribute to heart problems and
even death.
Binge eaters are at a higher
risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Over-eating slows the body 's
metabolism down and does not
allow it to digest properly.
So what do you do? The most
critical thing about treating
eating disorders is to recognize
and address the problem as
soon as possible like all bad
habits, unhealthy eating pat-
terns become harder to break
the longer a person takes part
in them. Teens in return have
to love the body they were
blessed with. They can do this
by first loving themselves from
the inside out, which may be
the first step to a cure.

She doesn't let me hang out with my
friends and won't let me buy a cell phone
or even apply for an after school job. How
do I get her to understand I'm not the lit-
tle girl I used to be?
Grown Enough
Grown Enough,
When your mom looks at you she
probably stills sees her little girl. Maybe
you should start taking on more respon-
sibility around the house, start being
more independent in public and start
taking initiative in school. Inform your
mom that just because you're growing
up, it doesn't mean that she is losing
you. Make compromises to put aside a
day that's just for you and her to share
with each other. Most importantly do not
fault her because she is not ready to let

Do you ever wonder if your voice is being heard or are tired of being looked over
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 these subjects


Have you ever wished to have your writing published or get
your very own byline. Well here is your chance to have your very
own news articles published in The Miami Times. Please email
me your writings at jazz4advice@( or address them to
me at:
Jasmine Williams Teen Scene Editor
900 N.W. 54th Street Miami, Florida 33127


is a talented fourteen year old who is about to take
Hollywood by storm. She has worked alongside some big names like DMX,
Gabrielle Union, Jet Li and Queen Latifah. She starred in Cradle to the Grave,
Beauty Shop and The Cat and the Hat. She is currently working on making
her name more well-known. She hopes to get more acting gigs and in the
meantime she is readjusting to her normal routine.

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