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Overtown

City cancels $90 million Lyric Promenade


Residents of poverty-stricken
Overtown have once more
been given the short end of the
stick by the City of Miami. So,
what else is new?
The $90 million Lyric
Promenade, a mixed-use
development in Miami, now
neglected and forgotten?
Overtown neighborhood is
once more the victim of prom-
ises not kept. What many
thought might be the turning
point in restoring the area to
its once vibrant business and
cultured center of the 1950s,


ends up as just another dream
deferred.
The bubble burst this week
when the developers behind
the Lyric Promenade told city
leaders the project could not
be done.
More than 18 months ago
Lyric Promenade developers
promised the city they would
build 160 condos starting at
$225,000, 150 affordable
rental units, and a 149-room
Hilton Gardens Inn. The city
would have received $3.5 mil-
lion for selling the land.


gets
But 18 months ago, Miami
was one of the hottest condo
markets in the country.
Today, the Lyric Promenade
developers see Miami as a sat-
urated, slumping market and
backed away from what most
people thought was a good
deal.
The land framed by N.W. 8th'
and 9th Streets and N.W. 1st
and 2nd Avenues is owned by
Miami's Community
Redevelopment Agency. City
commissioners, who act as the
board of the CRA, voted to
seek new proposals from any
Please turn to OVERTOWN 7A


shafted,


again


Local ministers say, support the homeless i


By Brandyss Howard
bhoward@miamitimesonline.com


The lot on N.W. 62nd Street and
17th Avenue has been occupied
by Liberty City's homeless for
approximately two months. Local
clergy and community activists
held a press conference on
Thursday to seek community sup-
port and demand that the govern-
ment refrain from raiding the
Umoja Village Shantytown.
This effort began on Oct. 23 and
within one month, the lot had
reached its capacity of 40 resi-
dents. Since the operation exists
solely on donations, the
Shantytown currently doesn't
have the funding to support any-
more bodies and has turned peo-
ple away. "This is a result of local
government not doing their job.
They are stealing money and have
a bad public housing policy. The
government is not building nice
homes that people can afford,"
said Max Rameau, spokesperson
Please turn to HOMELESS 4A


REP. KENDRICK MEEK

Meek joins

powerful

committee
Rep. Kendrick Meek was
appointed last week to the
powerful House Ways and
Means Committee, which
writes all tax laws for the
nation. Under the
Constitution, all tax writing
bills must originate in the
House of Representatives. The
committee has broad jurisdic-
tion over other federal govern-
ment areas.
Meek is the panel's only
Please turn to MEEK 7A


Sears interim

head of JMH

North
Veteran hospital administra-
tor Sandy Sears has moved up
the ladder and is now running
the Jackson Health System's
latest acquisition.
Parkway Regional Medical
Center is officially no more. The
North Miami
Beach's hos-
pital's name
b e c a m e
Jackson
North Medical
Center at
12:01 a.m.
Sunday.
SEARS The change
came with the completion of the
$35 million sale of the 382-bed
facility by Tenet Healthcare to
the Jackson Health System.
Tenet, the troubled national
hospital chain, said it has now
sold six of the 13 hospitals it
plans to unload in order to pay
off a $900 million settlement it
reached with the federal gov-
ernment to resolve accusations
of Medicare fraud.
Sandy Sears, Jackson's vice
president for community
health, will serve as interim
chief administrative officer.
When contacted by The Miami
Times, Sears said the focus will
be on Jackson and the oppor-
tunity to provide convenience
and high quality service to the
residents of north Miami-Dade.


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Miami Times robbed and vandalized


84 years of community news
did not stop burglary
Located in the heart of the Black com-
munity for over 84 years, always a badge
of pride for the owners and staff at The
Miami Times did not stop hoodlums and
thieves from breaking into and burglar-
izing the Times building, at 900 NW 54
Street. The burglary occurred between
the hours of 10 a.m. Saturday and 7
a.m. Monday morning.


Upon arrival early this past Monday
morning, staff members were shocked to
find the building ramshacked and van-
dalized. Stolen items included large
screen monitors and computers used for
writing and producing stories. The com-
puter items included 30 and 24 inch
color monitors and several Macintosh
computers. The offices of the Publisher
and Publisher Emeritus as well as the
editorial staff was forcefully entered and
also vandalized. Stolen items included
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2A The Miami Times. December 20-26, 2006 Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny


Spence-Jones needs to be

sensitive to people not

the Mayor
F or the lone Black commissioner, Michelle Spence-
Jones, to cast the deciding vote to keep people from
exercising their right to free speech and to assemble
together is a tragedy. The recent 3-2 vote on first reading by
the City Commission to enact an "emergency ordinance"
that could lead to a forceful removal of the people occupy-
ing the Shantytown land on 17th Avenue and Martin Luther
King, Jr. Boulevard is a disgrace. How can they vote to facil-
itate the removal of people who are there to protest the lack
of government action to provide housing for those who can-
not afford the $350,000 costs of projects like the
Crosswinds development in Overfown, for which they voted?
Continuing new revelations of money intended for the
poor being given by governments to make the greedy richer
should inspire local officials to help the poor, not move them
around. A local developer used government money to pay off
the second mortgage on his home while building absolutely
nothing with the $3.2 million granted to the agency that
was to build housing for the poor should have spurred City
Commissioners to help those without a first mortgage or a
first home.
The right of the Shantytown residents to freely assemble
and to speak, by their actions and words, their dissatisfac-
tion with their government action is older than America.
Exercise of those rights helped bring an end to legalized seg-
regation for Black Americans. Commissioners Sarnoff and
Regalado are to be commended for voting to protect the
rights of the mostly Black population of Shantytown
The response of the Mayor and the majority of the city
commission by the passage of an ordinance aimed at
removing the Shantytown residents is a disgrace and is
on the wrong side of history. Reverend Ralph Ross of
Overtown's Historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church stated it best,
"Give them housing or leave the people alone."


What we should be mad about

Amidst our anger and shock over Richards' race-bait-

ing, here's what we should get mad about.
If we've learned anything from the Michael Richards affair,
it's that some Black folks will use any opportunity to play
the Katrina card.
Richards is the notably unfunny comedian who had to
resort to using the N-word and dredging up lynching when
a couple of Black folks heckled him. in a Los Angeles night-
club. Richards has since been all apologies, telling the good
reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson that he's no
racist and how sorry he is.
(If he's really sincere, Richards should do his
"nigger/lynching" rant in front of an audience comprised of
a few Bloods, a few Crips -and a mess of ticked-off Black
Muslims. Then he can issue his apology from his bed on the
intensive care unit.)
Of course, Newsweek magazine weighed in on the matter.
Noted Newsweek writer Ellis Cose did a piece, as did a
younger Black staffer named Raina Kelley. It was Kelley who
played the Katrina card- as in Hurricane Katrina.
Kelley started out comparing Richards' bigoted comments
to those that Mel Gibson made about Jews and the one
soon-to-be former Sen. George Allen of Virginia made about
an Indian American. Kelley added in that ad used against
Harold Ford Jr. in Tennessee during the election for good
measure.
For Kelley, you see, all the bigotry comes from folks who
are either known conservatives or Republicans. If she want-
ed an example of anti-Semitism, she could have cited the
remarks that soon-to-be former Rep. Cynthia McKinney's
father made after she lost in 2002. McKinney's dad blamed
her defeat on Jews. He even spelled out "J-E-W-S" for those
who may not have been clear.
But clearly Kelley believes that only certain people have
cornered the market on bigotry and race-baiting. That's her
perogative, as is her comment that "if we're going to talk
about race, let's talk about the victims of Hurricane Katrina
or poverty."
Much as I'm uncomfortable with the notion that only
Black folks are poor, let's talk about those things a second,
shall we?
Author Juan Williams quoted several people about race
and Katrina in his book Enough. One was Sen. Barack
Obama: "The incompetence (by the federal government in
helping Katrina's victims) was colorblind."
But Kelley may have had a valid point when she wrote, "if
we want to condemn Michael Richards, why not have a go
at his opener: 'Fifty years ago they'd have you upside down
with a (expletive) fork up you're a--.' Let's be shocked that
he referred to a time when Black people were hanged from
trees or burned for crimes outside of the due process of the
law and sometimes for reasons so slight that there might as
well have been none."
Well, she would have a valid point, except that. people
wereshocked. That's what made Richards' comments news.
Here's what doesn't shock us, but should.
"In the year 2005, more Black folks were killed by other
Black folks than have ever been lynched in this country."
That's a statement USA Today columnist DeWayne
Wickham made to one of his classes at North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical University recently.
From 1882 to 1968, according to the Archives at Tuskegee
Institute, 3,446 Blacks were lynched. In 2005 -- the same
year Hurricane Katrina hit -- 7,125 Blacks were murdered,
according to FBI statistics.
3,000 Blacks were murdered by other Blacks in a catego-
ry in which there was one murder victim and one offender.
Many others probably died like Bryan Jones, Said Sawab
and Nicole Edmonds of Baltimore.


Jones, Sawab and Edmonds were killed in Baltimore this
year. Two people have been charged with killing Jones,
three with killing Sawab and two with killing Edmonds.
All those accused in those killings are Black juveniles.
The number of Blacks who committed murder in 2005 is
well over 6,000. Do the math: add the 3,000 Blacks killed
by one Black person to the number killed by two or more
Black persons, and you have a figure that dwarfs the 3,446
Blacks lynched since 1882.
Why aren't we as mad about that as we are.about Michael
Richards?

Gregory Kane, BlackAmericaWeb.com


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No 'hope' for HOPE VI


Dear Editor,

The HOPE VI project at Scott
Carver Homes is now a proven
failure and the current MDHA
administration is responsible.
Now six years after the approval of
the original application and the
promises of improved lives for the
residents, less than 12 homes are
completed, services and jobs have
not been provided, money has
been squandered and the people
are literally lost.
The destruction of Scott -Carver
homes 5 years ago displaced 850
families from adequate affordable
housing. When people were
kicked out of their homes they
were promised a chance to return
and services that would help them
in their transitions.
We are in the middle of a severe
housing crisis that was recently
nationally recognized in TIME
magazine. Instead of building
more affordable rentals MDHA is


content to rebuild only 411
homes on 50+ acres where 850
once stood (only 160 rentals).
MDHA should adjust the plan,
increase density and truly serve
the needs of the community by
building back at least 850 afford-
able rentals in Liberty City. But
MDHA currently refuses to
change the plans. This overall loss
of affordable housing in an
already impoverished Black com-
munity is criminal.
The HOPE VI office, the very
office that was charged with carry-
ing out the programs that were to
"uplift" the community with a
budget of $5 million was recently
exposed as incompetent, ineffi-
cient and corrupt. In a recent
report the Inspector General
found that $.85 on ever $1 was
spent on salaries and administra-
tive costs. The current MDHA
administration needs to recoup
their losses and provide the serv-
ices and jobs promised. And yet


they have made no move to do so.
Now, seven years later and two
years behind the original comple-
tion date for new housing ex-Scott
residents find themselves in a
worse case scenario. They are not
in the promised new homes and
countless have been wrongly
kicked out of Section 8 housing
and left without homes.
Miami Workers Center, LIFFT
and Florida Legal Services have
started looking for ex-Scott
Residents. In our initial attempts
to locate people we found the
contact information provided by
Miami-Dade Housing agency was
wrong. Over and over we reached
disconnected numbers. MDHA
has forced them into worse situ-
ations. And yet MDHA claims
that those we cant find, don't
want to be found.
MDHA must solve this problem
immediately. We have called
upon MDHA to immediately
implement an all out campaign


including a media blitz to locate
those lost by the mismanage-
ment of the project. People need
homes for the holidays. But
MDHA has not taken on this
comprehensive campaign and
continues to ignore the plight of
the people it is supposed to serve.
HOPE VI could be
turned around. The current
MDHA administration would
need to make a commitment to
find all of the lost residents,
immediately house those who
need it, provide services and
build back 850 affordable rentals
for people to move into as soon as
possible. Without this course of
action HOPE VI will continue to
be failure, a package of lies forced
on the people of Liberty City by a
corrupt administration.

Tony Romano
Miami


Inmates are still human beings


Dear Editor,

My fiance is in Federal Prison
and the changes they are making
are a health hazard. He has been
at FCI Miami and experiencing
chest pain for over a year. The
medical [personnel] there are not
responding to the complaints.
When I called the regional office
to get assistance they advised me
that he would have to follow pro-
tocol. What do we do when proto-
col has been followed and they
are not doing what they are sup-


posed to be doing?
The inmates are paying twice
as much for extra food than we
pay on the streets & they are only
allowed to have a certain number
of foods. If they are paying for
these foods I feel they should be
able to keep as many as they
want in their lockers. They are
taking fruits and vegetables from
the inmates; they are taking their
personal clippers & advising
them to go to the shop where
there are not sanitized clippers.
Inside there are more men with


HIV/AIDS than we really know.
Why should they be forced to
share clippers with others when
they have the option to buy their
own person clippers? They are
locking them in solitary if they
speak about this on the phone
with family and friends.
Yes these are inmates but they
are still human being. Should
they be treated differently
because they are incarcerated? I
don't think that is fair. When
we take these children to visit
with their fathers, uncles, broth-


ers, or cousins we should see
the men that we had on the
streets not animals. Should we
no speak out for our family
because they are locked up in
prison? The government takes
the time to make sure we are
safe from terrorist, but at the
same time they are making our
family members that are in their
custody live like animals. Why is
this happening?

Roseita Smith
Opa Locka


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OPINION


The Miami Times, December 20-26, 2006 3A


Reginald Clyne, Esq.


Senator Nelson scores with a double


I grew up listening to stories
of the Negro Baseball League
and the number of great play-
ers, who shined in that League.
In particular, I revered a great
pitcher, Robert "Satchel" Paige.
In 1933, he pitched 62 consec-
utive scoreless innings, a feat
that has never been matched
by any other pitcher in the his-
tory of baseball. Sometimes, I
shake my head when sports
announcers go crazy over a
pitcher who pitches 1 shut-out
game. I wonder what an
announcer would make out of
a pitcher who could pitch
almost an entire season with-
out letting in one score. In his
career, Satchel Paige threw an
estimated 300 career shut-
outs. Finally, in 1971, he
became the first Negro League
Player inducted in the Major
League Baseball Hall of Fame.
Senator Nelson recently passed
a resolution awarding this
great athlete a posthumous
Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Senator Nelson also in this ses-
sion obtained critical funding
for economic development for
the island of Haiti. It appears
that our Senator is working
hard to serve all of his con-
stituents.

RACIAL HYSTERIA
As a lawyer, I tend to not
believe media reporters provid-
ed by one side in a litigation
matter. Ellis Rubin, the
renowned, defense attorney,
explained that he used the
press to get his side of the story.,
out to help influence the jury.
It appears that the use of the
press has backfired on


Durham District Attorney Mike
Nifong. Recent testimony in
the prosecution of the Duke
lacrosse players has revealed
that DNA samples taken from
the alleged victim do not match
any of the 46 Lacrosse players,
particularly the three accused
of the rape. The prosecutor
withheld this information to
"protect the privacy of the play-
ers," while he purloined them
in the press. Brian Meehan,
the director of the private lab
that did the testing, further
testified that the samples
revealed the DNA from several
unknown males, and that his
own DNA had tainted the
results. The alleged victim is a
28-year-old, unwed mother of
two, who attends North
Carolina Central University.
The revelations came hours
after news outlets reported that
the alleged victim, a stripper,
was pregnant.
It appears that the victim
conceived two weeks after the
allege gang rape,, and that the
father was clearly not one of the
accused lacrosse players. The
alleged rape of the Black
women by white Duke lacrosse
players made national news
and led to racial hysteria over
the attack of a "Black women."
It appears now that racial hys-
teria was unwarranted and that
the prosecutors rush to indict
on flimsy evidence has unnec-
essarily damaged the reputa-
tion of 46 players and led to the
departure of their coach. This
story. should serve as a caution
to everyone that we need to wait
for the total story to unfold
before reaching judgment.


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Eminent domain train is

leaving the station


Sitting in traffic is a daily
frustration all over Miami-Dade
County. No matter what the
time of day, there are simply
too many vehicles traveling in
too few lanes to make steady
progress. Roadway improve-
ment projects cannot be fin-
ished fast enough to cut com-
muting times in a meaningful
way, so County officials plan to
spend millions of dollars to
extend the Metrorail system.
The basic idea is to coax us
out of our cars and provide a
public transportation alterna-
tive to reduce traffic conges-
tion. This idea makes good
sense to residents fed up with
gridlock but the price tag for
progress may include costs to
condemn your property. How
does the proposed Metrorail
extension along NW 27th
Avenue affect homeownership
in the Black community? It's
time to break the code...
The proposed extension of
the Metrorail along NW 27th
Avenue is called the North
Corridor. It is a community
asset promised to serve the
working class and middle
income neighborhoods located
between the Northside
Shopping Center and Dolphin
Stadium. Engineers have com-
pleted the preliminary design
phase of the 9.5. mile elevated
track and it is expected to
criss-cross both the east and
west sides of NW 27th Avenue.
The County needs more open
land than is currently available
to build massive support
columns, complete with seven
station platforms and parking
lots by the year 2012. The
County will use its power called
"eminent domain" to take
enough land on either side of
NW 27th Avenue to make the
North Corridor a reality.
Owners of property from NW
87th Street to Countyline Road
within two miles of NW 27th
Avenue should pay close atten-
tion.
Article I Section 1.01 (C) of
the County's Home Rule


Charter grants the Board of
County Commissioners the
"power of eminent domain and
the right to condemn property
for public purposes." The
Commission must "make fair
and just compensation for any
properties acquired in exercise
of its powers, duties or func-
tions." This local power to con-
demn property for public pur-
poses is similar to the federal
constitutional requirement
that no "private property be
taken for public use without
just compensation."
Property owners in the affect-
ed area should expect repre-
sentatives of the County's
Transit Agency to contact you
to talk about arranging the sale
of your property. They are
required to do so by law once
the Commission has held a
public hearing and declared
building the North Corridor to
be a public purpose.
Others who do not represent
the County may contact you as
well and try to convince you to
sell to them instead because
your land may be attractive for
development. You could find
yourself in the middle of a bid-
ding war but the County will
have the authority, patience
and resources to make you a
credible offer in writing.
Talk to your neighbors, get
organized and get good legal
advice. If you do not negotiate
a satisfactory selling price with
the County, or do not want to
sell your property to anyone,
you can go to trial and argue to
receive fair and just compensa-
tion or defend your property
outright. Fair and just com-
pensation for your property
may not include enough money
for moving expenses or you
may decide that the ability to
pass wealth from one genera-
tion to the next is more impor-
tant to your family than mov-
ing aside for Metrorail.
These are important issues to
think about, even while you're
sitting in traffic.


Racial iowamc ,t1lll plagom cam


A group of former public housing tenants who were displaced
by Miami-Dade's housing agency in hopes of relocating to
promised new housing that was never built has come up with
a brilliant idea. They want the county to place the controversial
statue of teacups called 'Space Station,' on which they mis-
spent $287,000, on the vacant property at NW 62nd Street and
17th Avenue in Liberty City, where homeless tenants have set
up a tent city. They feel it will serve as a gruesome reminder of
the massive housing fraud perpetrated on the county's poor
people by a crooked group of developers and public officials.
Stay tuned.

Movie star George Clooney, who has actively taken up the
cause of the victims of genocide being practiced on the people
of Darfur in Africa, gives us the most important message for
this Christmas Season handed down from his parents- Look
out for people who aren't able to look out for themselves. If we
share that spirit, our communities would be a lot different from
what they are. Think about it.

Miami residents are praising their commissioners for unani-
mously ruling against Police Chief John Timoney, who want-
ed the Civilian Investigative Panel placed on the city's 24 hour
notification list for police shootings. Are City Attorney Jorge
Fernandez and police department leaders afraid of the undoc-
tored truth? Stay tuned.

The real big money in our Miami-Dade Housing Agency scan-
dal that has prominent local leaders cringing has largely been
credited to local Cuban political bigwigs but government cen-
ter wags are saying that the hammer will soon fall on two
prominent members in Liberty City- Otis Pitts and Alben
Duffle. Stay tuned for County Auditor Cathy Jackson's long
awaited report on the MDHA report numbers.

Public housing residents are not happy with County
Commissioner Barbara Jordan's decision to scale back her
proposal to mandate that developers set aside a portion of their
projects at below market rates. They feel making the program
voluntary means poor people won't have a chance.

A lot of Miamians are enraged at Commissioner Michelle
Spence-Jones for casting the deciding vote to close Umojo
Village tent city in the heart of the city's Black American com-
munity. Commissioners Marc Sarnoff and Tomas Regalado
cast the two "no" votes knowing that the commission action
violated freedom of speech and assembly. Maybe Spence-
Jones will see the light before the final vote in January.

Miami-Dade College's President will earn $500,000 this year,
thanks to his board, which gave him a $65,000 .bonus last
week, to go with his $893,000 retirement check and a Porsche
sports car. Talk about sweet deals,

Local taxpayers are eagerly awaiting a report from Miami-
Dade Auditor Cathy Jackson on how some of the $8 million of
government money was wasted on the Hometown Station,
headed by Raul Masvidal and Otis Pitts. Nothing was built
and County Manager Burgess decided to cancel the project.
Under an agreement last summer, Hometown was to repay the
county $5 million but has paid nothing.

A statement given to CBS Channel 4 last week is now show-
ing what local residents have been saying all along- that the
Liberty City Seven are in no way a terrorist group intent on
bombing the Sears Tower in Chicago. It seems that the FBI was
taken for a bundle of cash by two Arab con-men for infiltrating
the group's storefront in Liberty City to uncover terrorist activ-
ities. A local group is pressing for the release of the seven men,
but that would embarrass the FBI too much. Stay tuned.

Talk about embarrassing situations. The son of Miami Police


Chief John Timoney was sentenced last week in Albany, N.Y.
to 18 months in federal prison for trying to buy 400 pounds of
marijuana from an undercover agent in 2005.

The Miami-Dade School Board approved another nine char-
ter schools last week despite the fact that only eight of the 17
approved last year opened. The charter schools are usually set
up for Cuban and Haitian student struggling with our lan-
guage, but many feel the better schools are to perpetuate seg-
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People have said that the Lyric project to put a hotel in
Overtown, which'was championed by City leaders, was doomed
to fail from the start. The recent announcement that the proj-
ect is being discontinued, after millions was made by down-
town developers, is not being well received.

People are talking about how the whites and Cubans are
being awarded $97 and $300 million in reparations for harm
done to their ancestors over 40 years ago and for harm they did
not personally experience. Still, people ridicule the concept of
Black reparations for slavery and legalized segregation.

Folks noted that even though Colorado congressman Tom
Tancredo was castigated for calling Miami a "Third World
country," his scheduled speech at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia
Key was cancelled because of safety fears for the restaurant, its
guests, employees and the United States Congressman. Is the
Community Relations Board going to respond?

Rumor has it that the effective Upward Bound program has
been cancelled at Florida Memorial University. Say it ain't sol

The Florida International professor and his wife who were
indicated for spying for the Cuban government have copped a
plea on lesser charges with the prosecutors. Now veteran FIU
academic Carlos Alvarez, held in federal custody for almost a
year, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to be an unregis-
tered agent for the communist government of Cuban leader
Fidel Castro. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore will decide
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for the Center for Pan-American
Development.
Shantytown supporters say
local governments, especially
those from the City of Miami,
have been speculating about
the raids for several weeks.
According to Rameau, the
action was initially protected by
the 1996 Pottinger court settle-
ment, which prohibits the City
of Miami from arresting those
occupying the lot as long as
they are engaging in 'life-sus-
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with something he hasn't felt in
a long time; a sense of unity and
security. "This has been one of
the most helpful situations. I've
been, here since day one and I
support it," said Baker.
Some organizers speculate that
the government may be taking
efforts to dismantle the
Shantytown because it is receiv-
ing national attention. According
to Rameau, the Umoja Village is
the only readily known urban
shantytown in the United States.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, head of
the RainbowPush coalition,
when asked about the Umoja
Village, replied: "Poor people are


Reverend Dunn, pastor of
Cathedral of Hope Church, said
this was a sad day for the City
of Miami, the District and
Liberty City. "How is it that
Mayor Diaz, who has never been
on this site to witness the living
conditions of this Shantytown,
can sit in his leather chair in an
air-conditioned office and make
decisions that affect poor and
homeless people? Diaz, you're
treading in dangerous waters!
You need to read your Bible."
said Dunn. We commend
Commissioners Tomas
Regalado and Marc Sarnoff for
caring for the people first by vot-


dents in. the surrounding areas
of the Shantytown asking for
her help as many fear this cre-
ates a safety issue. "I have to
serve and address the concerns
of all people in my District,
whether they are homeless,
working class, or poor," said
Spence-Jones.
When asked as to when the
City plans to raid the
Shantytown, Spence-Jones
responded, "I haven't had a dis-
cussion about a raid with any-
one in the City. I have been clear
in expressing to the City
Manager and police to leave
those people alone because they
are not bothering anyone. My


vote was for the individuals who
orchestrated this effort to obtain
a permit, not to have them raid-
ed." She also stated that repre-
sentatives from her staff had
been sent to the Umoja Village
on many occasions to offer assis-
tance and resources. "This is
turning into a political issue, but
I'm more about the people. After
the press conference, I decided
to go out there and talk to Max
personally to see what they need.
Max has always had an open-
door policy in my office. I'm
about offering solutions," said
Spence-Jones.
The Commissioner stated that
the City is in the process of


obtaining money to relocate the
Shantytown residents into tem-
porary shelters and city owned
vacant buildings. She told The
Miami Times that she met with
Reverend Dunn the following
night to address his concerns
and assure him that the City has
not discussed taking any further
action. In response to allegations
that her decision was influenced
by Diaz, Spence-Jones replied: "I
am my own woman. Being a
Black woman in this position
ain't easy. Neglect was in the dis-
trict before I was even born. But
my job is to make changes and
empower my residents whether
Manny and I agree or not."


Clergymen tell The City of Miami to keep their hands off the Shantytown


bathing, eating and sleeping.
"Even though we are doing the
government's job by feeding and
housing the poor, they have
been by to try to disrupt us and
called the police on us. We are
providing a needed service, so
we do not want Manny Diaz
raiding these peoples' homes
before the holidays when he is
not providing any alternative for
them" said Rameau.
Just hours before the press
conference, The City of Miami
passed an emergency ordinance
proposal on the first reading,
and scheduled a public hearing
in January on the ordinance.
The proposal redefines the
meaning of "exempt public
land," and may affect the pro-
tections of the Pottinger case.
"Many City officials think this
Shantytown makes Miami look
bad. All this shows is that we
have a serious housing situa-
tion," said Shantytown resident
Bernie Williams. Jonathan
Baker, who also resides at the
Umoja Village, said the
Shantytown has provided him


being gentrified out. The Liberty
City Shantytown is appropriate
and should be made a nation-
wide effort. We deserve a better
government and I will support
their efforts."'
Local clergymen, including
Victor Curry, John Cox, Richard
Dunn and Ralph Ross, have
been very involved and morally
supportive in this effort by,
donating food, money and time.
Reverend Ross, pastor of
Overtown's Historic Mt. Zion
Baptist Church, said it's a
shame that as one of the fastest
growing cities in the country,
Miami has an abundance of
people living in very poor condi-
tions. "There's a thing we call
human decency. This
Shantytown isn't decent,. but
it's all they have," said Ross. He
also stated that the Umoja
Village is a sore eye to him
because it's a reminder that the
elected officials are. not doing
what they can to help the hous-
ing crisis. "Give them housing
or leave the people alone!" con-
cluded Ross.


ing against this raid" said
Dunn. The Reverend also stated
that since the Mayor and
Commissioner were unwilling to
visit the site, he would stay the
night at the Shantytown to fully
offer his support. "The
Commission will be an embar-
rassment to the nation and the
world. This will show people
that what the Congressman
said about Miami being a Third-
World country is true," conclud-
ed Dunn.
Spence-Jones told The Miami
Times that her "yea" vote wasn't
about a raid and was an item of
the City Manager. "My vote was
to require that people who
chose to protest or set up shop
on any vacant/abandoned
property owned by the City
obtain a permit," said Spence-
Jones. She stated that the vote
was made so that if any damage
was done to the land, including
fires, that the responsibility
would not fall on the City. She
told The Miami Times that a
stack of petitions had been for-
warded to her office from resi-


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residents of unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the cities of Aventura, Cutler Bay, Doral, Miami Lakes, Miami
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Monday, December 25, 2006. Monday customers may place their waste at the curbside on Thursday,
December, 28, 2006 (regular garbage collection day).
Because of the heavy volume of waste anticipated to be placed at the curbside after the Christmas Holiday,
garbage service may be later in the day than many customers are accustomed on Tuesday December 26,
2006 through Friday December 29, 2006, or the garbage may be collected the following day.
If Tuesday collections are not completed, we will continue collection on Wednesday, December 27, 2006.
If Thursday collections are not completed, we will continue collection on Friday, December 29, 2006.
If Friday collections are not completed, we will continue collection on Saturday, December 30, 2006.
In addition, there will be no curbside recycling collection on Monday, December 25, 2006, for residents of unincorporat-
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The changing vision of North Miami's City Manager


In an exclusive interview with The Miami Times, The
City of North Miami's city manager, Clarence
Patterson, explains the vision for the future of North
Miami and the plans how the city will achieve its goals
for the fifth largest city of Miami-Dade county.


By Kaila Heard

Cleanliness, good educational
system, park system and public
transportation system are some
of the major things that attract
people to cities, explained
Clarence Patterson, City
Manager of North Miami.
One of the major changes will
come from the Biscayne
Landing project. In a private
government partnership, a
developer will build 6,000 con-
dos and townhouses. Prices
will run from $350,000 to
$400,000, said Patterson, and it
will be a self-sustaining com-
munity with its own town cen-
ter.
About 75 percent of
Biscayne's Landing tax revenue
will go toward the TIFF money,
explained Patterson, to build
6,000 additional units through-


out the rest of city. TIFF is a
process that allows increased
property taxes due to improve-
ments to the community to be
used only in that community.
In order for the new high rise
condos to be built, the city's
comprehensive building plan
must be revised. Originally, the
plan only allowed up to four-
story buildings in the business
district and two stories in resi-
dential areas. According to
Patterson, revisions are already
underway and should be com-
pleted by next March or April.
"Once the revisions are done,
then we'll probably see build-
ings as high as 10 to 15 stories,"
said Patterson, who also stated
that building more structures
with ,height allows for more
open space within the city.
"We've also commissioned a
study for green space in our


parks," said Patterson, "that's
going to tell us where we need
more green space and park
facilities for our citizens."
Taking into consideration the
city of North Miami's Haitian
population, the park
system will build
more soccer fields
rather than just the
traditional football or
baseball fields.
Within the
Biscayne Landing
project contract,
there is a small busi-
ness component to
hire and train local
e t r e preneurs. PATTJ
There's no quota,
said Patterson, but the suggest-
ed amount will be 22 percent.
Anytime you want to attract
good businesses, there must be
a good school system, said
Patterson. To that effect, the
City has begun constructing
some of the first schools built
in nearly 40 years. The David
Lawrence Elementary school
has already been built, but also
in the works are a new high
school with a capacity for 3500
students and a 1600 student


body capacity charter school.
In addition to the changing
city landscape, people can
expect a more focused and bet-
ter equipped clean up efforts.
From a "beefed up" code
enforcement depart-
ment, to an upgraded
waste collection sys-
tem, Patterson aims
to have the city of
North Miami become
one of the cleanest in
the Miami-Dade
county.
"[We] just want to
create a new identity
[for the city]," said
,RSON Pamela Solomon, the
public information
officer for the City of North
Miami. Not content to only
change the city of North Miami,
the city has plans to 'rebrand'
North Miami.
"You got Miami Beach, you
got North Miami, you got Miami
Shores; everything got Miami
on it," said Patterson, "so peo-
ple...kind of get lost. We're look-
ing at branding the city...so
that when you come to North
Miami, you know that you're in
North Miami," said Patterson.


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business and electronic equip-
ment.
The thieves appeared to have
broken a window and entered
when the alarm malfunc-
tioned. Operations Department


Supervisor Karen Franklin
said the alarm has been
repaired and upgraded to
include hidden video capability
to stop future crooks from
being successful. Further, she
stated that banking proce-
dures had been changed so
that no cash would be in the


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closed. Police burglary detec-
tive Yves Fortune and the
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Dear Children, I

It has come to my attention that
of you are upset that folks are taking My
name out of the season. Maybe you've
forgotten that I wasn't actually born
during this time of the year and that it
was some of your predecessors who
decided to celebrate My birthday on
whet was actually a time of pagan
festivaL Although I do appreciate being
remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this ele-
bration can probably be most easily
understood by those of you who have
been blessed with children of your own.
I don't care what you call the day. If you
want to celebrate My birth just, get
along and love one another. Now, having
said that let Me go on.
If it bothers you that the town in
which you live doesn't allow a scene
depicting My birth, then just get rid of a
uple of Santas and snowmen and put
L-a small Nativity scene on your own
rit lawn. If all My followers did that
here wouldn't be any need for such a
scene on the town square because there
would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that peo-
ple are calling the tree a holiday tree,
instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who
made all trees. You can & may remem-
ber Me anytime you see any tree.
Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actu-
ally spoke of that one in a teaching
explaining who I am in relation to you &
what each of our tasks were. If you have
forgot that one, look up John 15: 1 -8.
If you want to give Me a present in
remembrance of My birth here is my
wish list. Choose something from it:
1. Instead of writing protest letters
ejecting to the way My birthday is
ing celebrated, write letters of love
d hope to soldiers away from home.
ey are terribly afraid and lonely this
e of year. I know, they tell Me all the
me.
2. Visit someone in a nursing home.
~You don't have to know them personally.
st need to know that someone
ares about them.
3. Instead of writing George complain-
ing about the wording 'on the cards his
staff sent out this year, why don't you
write and tell him that you'll be praying
for him and his family this year.Then
follow up. It will be nice hearing from
you againn'
4. Instead of giving your children a lot
can't afford and they don't
spend time with them. Tell them
ry of My birth, and why I came to
th you down here. Hold them in
arms and remind them that I lovl

5. Pick someone that has hurt you I
the past and forgive him or her.
6. Did you know that someone in your
will attempt to take their own life
.,season because they feel so alone
hopeless? Since you don't know
that person is, try giving everyone.
you meet a warm smile it could m.
the difference. Also, you might consf
supporting the local Hot-Line: theyW
with people like that every day.
7. Instead of nit picking about
the retailer in your town calls the holi-
day, be patient with the people who
work there. Give them a warm smile and
a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed
to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that
doesn't keep you from wishing them
one. Then stop shopping there on
Sunday. If the store didn't make so
much money on that day they'd close
and let their employees spend the day '
home with their families.
8. If you really want to make a differ-
ence, support a missionary, especi&ly
one who takes My love & Good News to
those who have never heard My name.
You may already know someone like
that.
9. Here's a good one. There are indi-
viduals & whole families in your town
yho not only will have no "Christmas"
e, but neither will they have any pres-
s to give or receive. If you don't know
Iem (and I suspect you don't) buy some
food & a few gifts & give them to the
Marines, the Salvation Army or some
other charity which believes in Me &
they will make the delivery for you.
10. Finally if you want to make a
statement about your belief in and loyal-
ty to Me, then behave like a Christian.
Don't do things in secret that you
wouldn't do in My presence. Let people
knob by your actions that you are one of
mine.
P.S Don't forget; I am God and can
take care of Myself. Just love Me & do
what I have told you to go. I'll take care
of all the rest. Check out the list above
&get to work; time is short. I'll help you,
ut the ball is now in your court. And do
ave a most blessed Christmas with all
nose whom you love and remen er. I
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By Brandyss Howard
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Black pharmacies are histor-
ical staples in the Miami-Dade
community. However, in recent
years, there presence has gone
from pivotal to almost nonex-
istent. Harlem Drugs, Ebony
Drugs, Richmond Heights
Drugs and People Drugs were
more than just a place to pick
up your medication; they were
an institution where people
knew each other both by face
and name. The Miami Times
visited Live and Let Live Drugs,
once a historically Black phar-
macy, to discuss with the store
manager its significance in the
Black community, but it is
now managed and operated by
Hispanic-Americans.
These pioneering institutions
are either no longer available
to the Black community or are
slowly losing their demograph-
ic base.
Unissta McLevan, a 50 year
resident of Liberty City, told
The Miami Times that many
years ago, Black drug stores
were vital to the health and
well-being of the community.
"Many of our children don't
understand the limitations we
had back then. We weren't
able to just walk into CVS or
Walgreens. We had to provide
our own drug stores so we
could take care of our own,"
said McLevan. She also stated
that the decline of Black phar-
macies will eventually wash
away a part of the history in
Miami's Black community. "As
these drugs stores close, the
people who frequented them
and operated them will be long
gone. My great-great grand-
children will probably never
know where Economy Drugs
or Harlem Drugs was unless it
is written about in history
books," said McLevan.
Laquinta Hyppolite, co-
owner and pharmacy manager
of Royalty Drug and
Pharmaceutical Care told The
Miami Times that her husband
and she started the company
six years ago to provide a
friendly and helpful environ-
ment for their patrons. They
first started on NW 54th street
and 10th Avenue, but were
forced to move when the own-
ers sold the building. She
agreed that Black pharmacies
were very important in the
community several years ago
because Blacks in Miami were
more unified and more prone
to be serviced by their own.
"Even during a time when
integration was in, we still
chose to support our own. The
pharmacist knew who you
were and probably everyone in
your entire family," said
Hyppolite.
She said she saw an
increase in business when she
relocated to NW 173rd Street



Rising leader

in the House

MEEK
continued from 1A

member from Florida. Before
the past elections, Florida's E.
Clay Shaw was slated to be
committee chair if the
Republicans had maintained
their majority. New York
Congressman Charles Rangel
will become chair in January.
"This is the most powerful
committee in Congress." Said
Meek, "and I intend to do every-
thing I can to direct this power
to help with our pressing issues
in Dade and Broward counties.
House Speaker-designate
Nancy Pelosi said Meek was a
"rising leader" in the House.


Another 'O-town'

letdown

OVERTOWN
continued from 1A

developers interested in the
land.
Former banker John Hall, one
of the project's principals,
blamed the local real estate
slowdown and the Lyric
Promenade's lack of a water-
front address, making the proj-


who filled their prescriptions
wherever they are recommend-
ed by the company or physi-
cian. "These patients basically
become brainwashed," said
Hyppolite. "Our community is
truly missing out on great
services by not doing business
with Black pharmacies. We get
to have a personal relationship
with doctors and patients."
Hyppolite has worked for
many of the franchise phar-
macies and stated that she
feels they only care about
numbers, not people. "These
places aren't designed to
become familiar with their
patients or provide complete
answers to their health ques-
tions. They provide a conven-
ience to where you can order
your prescription online and
pick it up through a drive
through window. Mow per-


A thing of the past


Black drug stores are a part of our glorious past


and 17th Avenue because
more Blacks were "willing to
support Black businesses."
She believed the decline in
business for Black. pharmacies
was because many poor
Blacks began feeling that as
consumers at these business-
es, they were only putting
money back into the pockets
of rich Blacks. "Truth be told,
I'm probably the least paid
pharmacist in the state, but
I'm happy," said Hyppolite.
Hyppolite said the decline
also came from the decrease in
patients that once personally
called in their prescriptions
due to restrictions on insur-
ance policies, which left them
feeling as though they have no
other choices. She stated that
within the past couple of
years, there was an :over-
whelming amount of patients


ect no longer viable.
Should other developers
express interest in the land, ciy
leaders will likely choose a new
proposal early next year.


sonal is that?" said
Hyppolite.
When asked why Blacks
should return to the Black
pharmacies, Hyppolite
replied: "Black pharmacists
go the extra mile. You get the
opportunity to ask personal
questions and get treated as
though you're our only
patient." She encouraged
patients to restore faith in
Black drug stores and give
independent pharmacists a
try. "Change is good. I under-
stand it may not be for every-
one, but you'll get service
from independents that you
won't get from the larger cor-
porations. My patients are
appreciated because I truly
enjoy helping my people,"
said Hyppolite.
Next Week: Part II: The his-
tory of Black pharmacies.


This Week December 20-27


December 20
1870: HBCUs Allen University, Benedict
College and LeMoyne-Owen College
established
1875: Carter G. Woodson, the father of
Black History, was born
1911: Josh Gibson, the greatest home
run hitter in the major or Negro leagues
was born in Buena Vista, Georgia
1956: The Black citizens of Montgomery
voted unanimously to end its 385 day vic-
torious bus boycott at the urging of its
leader, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr;
The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled segre-
gation on city buses was illegal.

December 21
1959: Berry Gordy, Jr. established his
company, Motown Records in Detroit,
Mich.

December 22
1943: W.EB. Du Bois became the first
Black person elected to the National
Institute of Arts and Letters

December 23
1867: Madame C.J. :Walker, born Sarah
Breedlove, was born. She became
America's first Black millionaire by invent-
ing hair care products.
1908: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was
born. He became the first powerful con-
gressional committee chair and was an
effective civil rights leader and pastor.
1919: Alice H. Parker patented the gas.
heating furnace.

December 24


1881: Tennessee started the modern
segregation movement with Jim Crowl
railroad cars and was followed by Florida I
in 1887.
1992: Michael "Mike" Espy, became the
first Black and only Black person to be
appointed (by President Clinton) to be the
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

December 25
Birth of Jbsus the Christ is celebrated

December 26
1848: William and Ellen Craft escaped
slavery in Georgia by the subterfuge that
Mrs. Craft was a slave holder and her hus-
band was her servant. Their escape was
one of the most daring for they were con-
stantly in the presence of white southern-
ers.
1908: Jack Johnson became the first
Black boxing heavyweight champion of the
world when he defeated Tommy Burns in
Sydney Australia.

December 27
1892: The first Black intercollegiate
football game was played between
Livingston and Biddle College (now
Johnson C. Smith).
1939: John Amos, actor, the father in
the television program, "Good Times,"
was born.
1941: Dr. Charles R. Drew, pioneer of
blood plasma research, established a
blood bank in New York City.
1956: Segregation on buses is declared
illegal in Tallahassee, Florida by federal
judge Dozier Devane.


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Self Determination
A commitment to building
a meaningful life.


Collective Work.
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Relates to the common good
of family and community.


Cooperative
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A belief that wealth and
resources should be shared.


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Purpose
A day for reviewing the
purpose for living.


Creativity
Relates to building and
developing creative potential.


Faith
Belief in the ability to control
one's own destiny.


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Passport required for
travel to Bahamas
after January 8
Beginning Jan. 8, all U.S. cit-
izens traveling to The Islands of
the Bahamas will be required to
have a valid U.S. passport.
Upon entry to The Islands of the
Bahamas, U.S. citizens will also
be required to fill out an
embarkation / disembarkation
form. They will need to keep one
copy of the form for the dura-
tion of their stay.
As travelers begin planning
for holidays such as the Martin
Luther King Day weekend or
Black History Month, it is a
good idea to prepare ahead of
time so that they may have an
enjoyable experience.
Approximately 72 percent of
U.S. citizens currently lack a
valid U.S. passport. A signifi-
cant number of Blacks con-
tribute to that high percentage.
This is due to the fact that
many are used to traveling
without a passport. Therefore,
it is important for the Black
community to be informed and
-well prepared for the upcoming
requirement.
The following are some travel
tips to keep in mind before
arriving to The Islands of the
Bahamas.
How to obtain a U.S. pass-
port:
Apply in person or online at
travel.state.gov (the application
may be downloaded)
A valid I.D. is required
A certified birth certificate is
required
There are over 7,000 loca-
tions where you can apply
including post offices, court-
houses and libraries
The fee is $97 for adults and
$82 for children
The process takes approxi
mately six weeks
Expedited services are an
extra $60 and take two
weeks
A color passport photograph
is required at the time of
application.


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To Bring Yoi
The BLACK Community Interests
The owners of the stores listed below are making space
available for the South's largest Black weekly circulation.
You no longer have to share your copy. When you pick up
IThe i/iamdi I-mes, don't forget to buy something, too. Please
patronize the following stores and shops.

South Dade
Allen's Market, 212 W. Mowry Dr. Homestead
M&M Market, 11607 S.W. 216th Street
Nat's Grocery, 17600 Homestead Avenue

West Dade
City Kids Clothes, Mall of Americas

Miami Gardens
Billy's Food Market, 4078 N.W. 167 Street
Opa-locka
Freedom Market, 14495 N.W. 22 Avenue

North Miami
Safa Market, 15400 N.W. 7 Avenue
La Prima Market, 9930 N.W. 7 Avenue

Central Miami
Phillip's Market, 9100 N.W. 17 Avenue

Miami
S&G Supermarket, 5100 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Price Choice, 2173 N.W. 62 Street
Nini's Market, 1297 N.W. 54 Street
Noor Market, 4701 N.W. 17 Avenue
Joysi Food Market 4002 N.W. 17th Avenue

North Miami Beach
NMB Food Market, 473 N.E. 167 Street

Downtown Miami
Robert's Drug, 111 NW 1st Street

Broward
John's Market, 229 N. Dixie Hwy
PS House of Meat, 4050 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd.



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Jesus came
One of my very favorite
Christmas songs is called
When He Came. While I was
listening to it this week, I paid
close attention to the words of
the song. The words declare
that He came to give us liber-
ty and that He came to make
the blind to see. He came to
die so that we may live. As I
listened to these words, I felt a
stirring in my spirit for excel-


lence. Yes, dear readers,
excellence! In John 10:10, the
scriptures tell us that Jesus
doesn't just want us to live -
but He wants us to live abun-
dantly. He doesn't want us to
simply exist, wandering from
situation to situation, from lie
to lie and from one bad rela-
tionship to another bad rela-
tionship.
There should even be some


benefit in unpleasant or nega-
tive situations, even if it is a
lesson well learned, or one to
be used to issue a warning to
the next unsuspecting soul.
Nothing in our lives should be
a waste or rubbish. God can
use any situation that we may
find ourselves to turn it
around for us so that we may
glorify Him in all things. He
did not come and die and be
raised again for us to be hope-
less, barren and destructive or
depressed. When we are over-
come with those feelings, and
they seem to have a choke
hold in our lives and in our
spirits, we can rest assured
that those feelings are not
from the God of life, but from


the father of lies, the wreaker
of havoc and devastation.
Jesus has declared to us,
and promised us in scripture
after scripture that He came
with power and He gave US
power. He gave us power over
our sins, over our situations
and circumstances, over our
afflictions and diseases, over
our minds and thoughts. We
do not, I repeat emphatically,
we do not, have to be subject-
ed to the brutal rape of our joy
and hope. This is the
Christmas season and as I
wrote to you last week, our
feelings about this holiday are
dependent on our own per-
spective and our attitude.
Is this holiday a time of run-


ning to and fro to purchase
that perfect gift for family and
friends? Is it about what you
will prepare for yet another
holiday party? Is it about the
decision to go with an artificial
tree this year instead of the
traditional real one? Is it
about finding room in your
budget to squeeze out one
more present because you for-
got to include great-aunt
Emma on your gift list? All of
these things may very well be a
part of the holiday season, but
they should not be ALL there
is to your holiday season, or
even the most important part
of your holiday season.
I challenge you to take the
time during this beautiful and


sacred time of the year to not
only thank God for the birth of
His Son, Jesus the Messiah,
but to declare birth to those
dreams that just didn't seem
to make it out of the planning
stages. Declare a birth to new,
healthy relationships that
have God's stamp of approval.
Seek God's advice about that
man or woman even before
you talk to your best buddies.
Declare birth to a new season
in your life filled with all of the
hopes and promises from our
God, who is not a liar or thief
or controller or manipulator or
abuser.
Merry Christmas dear read-
ers and enjoy the worship of
the holiday!


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House of God Church
Brownsville, 3151 N.W. 44th
Street, will host Toys for the
Kids of Brownsville on Friday,
Dec. 22, from 3 p.m. 6 p.m.
Children must be accompanied
by a parent or guardian.

New Covenant Presbyterian
Church, 4300 N.W. 12th Ave.,
invites you to their annual
Christmas Breakfast and pro-
gram on Dec. 24. Breakfast is
at 8 a.m. followed by the
Christmas program at 9:30
a.m. in which "The Nativity"


will be presented. Morning
Worship service will follow at 11
a.m. For more information call
305-987-1066.

Pastor Barbara Boyce and
New Life Family Worship
Center invites you to an
anointed "Watch Night Service"
on Dec. 31, beginning at 9 p.m.
For more information please
call 305-623-0054.

St. James Baptist Church
of Coconut Grove, Inc., 3500
Charles Ave., invites you to


worship during their 90th
church anniversary beginning
on Jan. 17-19, 2007 at 7:30
p.m., and culminating on
Sunday, Jan. 21, during the
7:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
services. For more information,
contact Sister Ada McKinsey,
church secretary, at 305-433-
4440.

The McIntyre Institute,
specializing in liturgical dance,
is now accepting applications
for their spring term, beginning
Jan. 27, 2007. Students from
age six to mature adults will be
trained by professionals and
certified instructors in the
areas of liturgical and praise


dance, Biblical application,
choreography and much more.
For more information, please
call 305-628-8920 or visit the
Web site at www.mcintyreinsti-
tute.com.

St. James A.M.E. Church,
invites you to their annual
Christmas Concert on Sunday,
Dec. 24 at 11 a.m.

United Christian Praise and
Worship Center, 7626 N.W.
7th Ave., invites you to the
ordination service for Minister
Robert L. Tice on Sunday, Dec.
24, at 4.p.m.

Gamble Memorial Church of


God and Christ invites you to
the Mission Department annu-
al mission program on
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at
7:30 p.m. For more information
call 305-691-3050.

Addina Jireh Faith Ministry
invites you to hear prophet
Leroy Keels preach an anointed
word from God on Friday, Dec.
29, at 7:30 p.m. For more infor-
mation call 305-691-3050.

The Southern Florida
Jurisdictional Mission
Department invites you to
their Mission Bazaar at God
Word God Way Church of God
in Christ on Saturday, Jan. 13,


at 9 a.m. For more information
call 305-691-3050.

God Word God Way Church
of God in Christ invites you to
worship and celebrate the birth
of Jesus the Christ on Sunday,
Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
For more information call 305-
691-3050.

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


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Important!! There will be
no curbside garbage, trash
and recycling collectin on
Monday, Dec. 25!!! Monday
customers may place their
waste at the curbside on
Thursday, Dec. 28. Garbage
service may be later in the
day on Tuesday, Dec. 26
thru Friday, Dec. 29. If
Tuesday collections are not
completed, service will contin-
ue on Wednesday, Dec. 27. if
Thursday collections are not
completed, service will contin-
ue on Friday, Dec. 29. If
Friday collections are not
completed, service will contin-
ue on Saturday, Dec. 30. For
more information on the holi-
day schedule, .call 305-594-
1500,-or visit the web site at
www.maimlidade.gov/dswm.


Miami-Dade Area Health
Education Center (AHEC)
partners with other agencies
of the Consortium for a
Healthier Miami-Dade to con-
duct the Super Bowl XLI
Kickoff to Better Health
Campaign. You are invited to
learn how to reduce risks for
heart disease, diabetes and
obesity. Enrollment and pre-
screening will be held at
Mount Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church, 1701 N.W.
66th Street, Dec. 18-22, from
5 p.m. 8 p.m. and Dec. 23,
from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. To
schedule enrollment and pre-
screening, call 305-674-3020,
ext. 3253. Weekly classes will
begin Jan., 8, Monday thru
Friday, at 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

SCI Medical Supply and


Model City NET invite you to
Charles Hadley Park, 1350
N.W. 50th Street, for the their
first Pre-Christmas Family
and Friends Event on
Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11
a.m. 3 p.m. There will be live
entertainment, rides and free
food for kids.

Join your friends from the
Miami Heat: Burnie-The
Miami Heat Mascot, The
Miami Heat Dancers, The
Miami Heat Extreme Team
and Wali Jones our
Community Affairs Laison for
an afternoon of fun and
games, on Monday, Jan. 15,
in The Miami Times parking
lot, 5400 N.W. 54th Street,
from 2:30 p.m. 4 p.m.

Phillips Market, 9100 N.W.
17th Ave., will be hosting a
fun field day for the whole
family! There will be music,
hot dogs, cotton candy, pop-


corn and drinks. Santa will
be there taking photos with
the kids. Festivities will take
place on Dec. 22, from 3 p.m.
- 7 p.m.

The Haitian American
Grassroots Coalition joins
Immigration Advocates, fami-
lies, members and communi-
ty leaders in a Prayer Vigil for
TPS, on Dec. 22, at 4 p.m., at
the INS Building, 7880
Biscayne Boulevard. Please
bring an unwrapped toy. For
more information, please call
Marleine Bastien, 305-756-
8050; Steve Forester, 786-
877-6999; or Jean Robert
Lafortune, 305-785-4248.

The Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association will
have a holiday dance and
Football Championship


Season Celebration on
Saturday, Dec. 30 at the
Hialeah Race Track-
Flamingo Room. Meet and
greet the 2006 football team
and coaching staff. Reception
begins at 6 p.m., the program
follows at 7 p.m. For more
information, please call 305-
751-0177.

Miami/Miami-Dade Weed
and Seed, Inc. presents
Community Care and Shares
on Friday, Dec. 22, at Liberty
Square Community Center,
6304 N.W. 14th Ave., from 12
p.m. 4 p.m. There will be
food, gifts and a special raffle
for bicycles. For more infor-
mation, call 305-751-1295
ext. 137 or 305-751-4866.

Class Meetings
The Miami Carol


City/North Dade High Class
of 1968 continue to meet the
third Saturday of every
month at Denny's, 199th
Street and 22nd Ave. In
preparation for the 40 year
reunion, the meeting for Dec.
16 has been canceled. The
next meeting is Jan. 20,
2007. The Christmas party
scheduled for Dec. 23 is at
the same time and place as
last year. For more informa-
tion, contact Fred Kemp,
305-770-1947.

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


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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES


Sunday, December 24th
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
9:00 AM Advent Festival of Lessons and Music
Featuring St. Cecilia's Choir in concert

CHRISTMASTIDE 2006
(The Feast of Title)
Sunday, December 24th
CHRISTMAS EVE
10:30 PM Carols for Congregational Singing
11:00 PM The Great Procession and
Solemn Eucharist of the Nativity
Music: St. Cecilia's Choir

Thursday, December 28th
HOLY INNOCENTS
9:00 AM The Holy Eucharist
The Holy Innocents Story told by the Rector

Sunday, December 31st 2006
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
9:00 AM Procession, Solemn Sung Eucharist & Sermon
10:45 AM Sunday School Annual Christmas Pageant

Sunday, January 7th
THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
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Sylvia's Retirement Home gives Christmas luncheon


By Brandyss Howard
bhoward@miamitimesonline.com

The residents of Sylvia's
Retirement Home, Inc. held
their annual Christmas
Luncheon this past Saturday
at NW 94th Street and 18th
Avenue. This effort was
designed to spread holiday
cheer to senior and disabled
residents in Miami. Rainy and
slippery weather didn't stop
approximately 40 seniors from


coming out and celebrating the
holiday season with old-school
music, soul food and friendly
faces.
Sylvia Williams, luncheon
organizer and manager of
Sylvia's Retirement Home, told
The Miami Times that she truly
felt blessed to spread the holi-
day cheer with the seniors who
look forward to the event all
year long. "We had a great
turn-out despite the rain. It's
truly a blessing to have such a


Sylvia's Retirement Home luncheon.


good amount of seniors come
out to celebrate the holidays
with us. Our seniors are num-


ber one and they are what I do
b st," said Williams.
Sylvia's Retirement- Home


opened in 1985 to provide a
warm and inviting atmosphere
through senior assisted living.


Williams said there is no better
feeling than working with
those who have done and seen
so much in their lifetime. "We
are celebrating our 21st
anniversary. I truly enjoy the
relationships I've gained
throughout my years. We have
several residents who are over
80 years old that have become
my dear friends," said
Williams.
One of these friends, Naomi
Rolle told The Miami Times
that she truly thanked God
and Williams for helping her
see another month. "The Lord
has been good to me. He has
blessed me to be able to come
to this event and spend time
with someone as caring as
Sylvia. She is truly my friend
and my sister in Christ," said
Rolle.
The seniors were overwhelm-
ingly gracious and fun-loving.
They individually spent time
with Williams to thank her and
verbalize their appreciation for
opening up her home to them.
Williams' husband, Ted
Gardner, said he truly admires
Please turn to LUNCHEON 14B


100 Black Men sponsors Christmas spree


The 100 Black Men of South
Florida sponsored a Christmas
Shopping Spree for 250 teens
and tots last Saturday. The
kids were given gift cards to
shop at a major retail store.
"This year we were able to add
50 kids. It is a tremendous
time for us to show the true
meaning of Christmas, and it
teaches our young men a les-
son in giving," said Bobby Hall,
president of the 100 Black
Men of South Florida, referring
to the 'Young Leaders' enrolled
in the organization's mentor-
ing program, the Leadership
T'caaemy.
"This is fun," said Jawan
Johnson, 9, a student of
Orchard Villa Elementary


School. "I am buying some-
thing for my sister. She
moved away and I miss her."
This event was meaningful for
the kids and the adults. "For
us, it is the true meaning of
Christmas. As adults, we
understand the benefit of this
-event for the kids and we enjoy
seeing their reactions," said
Suzanne Floyd, a teacher at
Toussaint L'ouverture
Elementary in Little Haiti. "It
also gives our children a
chance to shop without having
to worry about price."
The children were members
of the following organizations:
Belafonte Tacolcy Center, Inc.,
Faithful Few Benevolent Club,
Please turn to CHRISTMAS 14B


Ellis Adger, vice president of operations of the 100 Black Men of South
Florida, helps Jawan Johnson, 9, and Kassan Myers, 11 shop for gifts.


Author's Dream Com ng Aive



Reverend Thomas' Skeeter developed for schools


Part one of a two part series

At the urging of District 1
School Board Member
Reverend Dr. Robert B. Ingram,
Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, has developed a cur-
riculum for Reverend Abraham
J. Thomas' fictional novel,
Skeeter. The book and curricu-
lum are scheduled to be used
by middle school TRUST
Counselors in the spring.
Skeeter, the story of a boy fac-
ing challenges, was written in
2000 and first printed in 2001.
Skeeter is a good book, with
a lot of wholesome messages,
not only for students, for
teachers and administrators
as well. Abraham is a power-
fully prolific writer, with his
finger on the pulse of what's
happening in our society,"
Ingram states. "What makes
this so special is that our
young people respond to the
book."
A convicted murderer wrote
to Thomas telling him that he


wishes he could have read
Skeeter when he was coming
along in school, before he
began to get into serious trou-
ble. Thomas watched a middle
school girl come to the realiza-
tion that it does not matter
what other kids say about her
after she read a passage from


Sk eetere.
What she
read con-
firmed what
she had been
told by the
school coun-
selor. A
young man
who is now
working and
making his
INGRAM way brought
Thomas to
tears; telling him that he
changed his life after reading
Skeeter and hearing what
Thomas had to say while visit-
ing the juvenile justice center.
He responded telling the young
man that he deserved all of the
credit because he was the one
getting it done.
Thomas envisions Skeeter
eventually being utilized in
schools and juvenile justice
programs all over the country
at the classroom level. "That's
where it needs to be!" However,
he doesn't believe that he'll be


around to see that happen.
Thomas understands that life
is, at times, difficult and very
often children have a rough go
of it. Even so, to him, that's no
excuse for a child to tune-out
reality. Regardless of what is
happening young people have
to be compelled to make get-
ting educated their priority.
They must be encouraged to
become good citizens and they,
most definitely, must be chal-
lenged to stay away from the
criminal justice system, he
asserts.
County Commissioners
Jordan, Rolle and Edmonson
have provided a limited num-
ber of copies of Skeeter for
schools in their districts, with
Commissioner Moss on line to
do the same. Thomas has also
approached outgoing County
Commission Chair Joe
Martinez regarding a blanket
purchase that will provide
10,000 copies of the book for
schools and the juvenile jus-
tice system.


Avoid the Blue Christmas and New Years


If the month of December
causes you to feel both dread
and loathing in anticipation
of having to fake holiday
cheer, don't despair. You may
be one of many Americans
that suffer from the "Holiday
Blues." Although the holiday
season can be a joyful time,
consisting of parties, gather-
ings of friends and families
and religious observances, it
can also be very stressful and
lead to sad moods. It is
important to distinguish holi-
day blues from Seasonal


Affective Disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
(SAD) is a seasonal change in
mood and behavior. It is more
common in women of child-
bearing age, who live in the
Northern United States and
lower provinces in Canada.
Significant changes in natu-
ral light alter the bodies' nor-
mal diurnal rhythms.
Symptoms of SAD include
lethargy, depression, disrupt-
ed sleep and eating patterns.
SAD can be effectively treated
with light therapy, antide-


pressant medication as well
as melatonin.
Feeling blue during holiday
times can be characterized by
sadness, isolation and
intense feelings of loneliness.
Past losses or transitions in
your life may seem magnified
and feel overwhelming.
Normal life demands and
pressures may also feel like a
major burden. A 2004
Internet survey, dealing with
Holiday Winter Depression
and Stress, reported that 94
percent of its respondents


suffered from some form of
holiday depression. Only 18
percent reported that they
sought professional help or
medication for their feelings.
The good news about feeling
blue during the holidays is
that it is usually time-limited
and should resolve post-holi-
day. No worries, there is
hope. Here are ten tips that
you can use to prepare for
and beat the holiday blues:
1. Try not to over indulge in
alcohol. The holidays can be
Please turn to BLUES 14B


Community


Christmas


celebration

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church and Mt. Sinai
Missionary Baptist Church
will host a Commuhity
Christmas Celebration. The
celebration will take place on


Reverend Johnny Barber

Christmas day at 8 a.m. and
will be hosted at Friendship.
It is going to be a great cele-
bration with prayer, praise
and preaching. The two


Reverend Gaston Smith
churches are combining their
music ministries to form one
great choir that will surely
bless all who come to the cele-
bration.
Because this is the time of
year when everyone focuses
on giving gifts, holiday parties
and other festivities this cele-
bration is an ideal way to put
the focus back on Christ.
Jesus is truly the reason for
the season and the reason
why we celebrate.
Everyone is invited to come
and share with these two
great churches as we continue
to keep Christ in Christmas.
To God Be The Glory!


ALS launches new


program to help kids


The ALS Association
Florida Chapter has
expanded its services to
reach out to children
whose lives are touched
by ALS, also know as Lou
Gehrig's disease. When an
individual is stricken with
a terminal illness, they do
not suffer alone the
entire family suffers,
especially the children
who often take on the role
of 'little care givers.'
A son, daughter, niece,
nephew, sister or brother
will also experience all the
unanswered questions
and fears that a diagnosis
of Lou Gehrig's disease
brings. For this reason,
The ALS Association
Florida Chapter has
launched the Kids Kare
Program.
Through the Kids Kare
Program, the Florida
Chapter will provide much
needed education, sup-
port and peer interaction
to those children who
have loved ones living


with ALS. Services will
include Care Packages
with age specific books,
journals, writing tools,
toys and Pen Pal service to
connect children with
someone else who can
relate to what they are
exeperiencing.
The program, developed
by Chapter Respite
Coordinator, Patti Allman,
is offered to children from
the ages of 5 17.
Families can participate in
the program by contacting
Patti at 888-257-1717.
Every 90 minutes some-
one is diagnosed with ALS.
It is a disease with no cure
that robs its sufferers of
the ability to walk, use
their hands, speak and
eventually breathe. The
ALS Association Florida
Chapter is dedicated to
finding a cure for ALS
while empowering the lives
of those living with ALS
through Care, Advocacy,
Research, Education and
Support.


Sylvia Williams hosts annual holiday luncheon.








Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny


Christmas luncheon at Sylvia's Retirement Home A k


LUNCHEON
continued from 13B

his wife for her unselfish effort
and time she puts into the resi-
dents of the home. "My wife is a
beautiful woman and I support
her in everything she does," said
Gardner. He said he respects his
wife for doing this out of the
kindness of her heart, noting
she puts forth her best effort
whether she gets paid for it


or not.
Williams also recruits other
family members to assist her.
Reinaldo Smith, Williams'
cousin, told The Miami Times
that there are no words to
describe the feeling the family
gets from helping the elderly res-
idents in the community. "The
best love and help given is when
it truly comes from the heart. In
a big world, it's easy to get lost;
Sylvia understands that it's the


small things that make a big dif-
ference," said Smith.
Sylvia's Retirement Home
hosts several other events
throughout the year such as
Thanksgiving picnics and
Grandparents Day. Gardner told
The Miami Times that seniors
from all over the country come
to the facility to receive the love
and attention they may have
been lacking or never received.
"Some people come to us


because they have no other
place to go and it's our pleasure
to serve them," said Gardner.
The luncheon ended with danc-
ing, pastries and gift exchanges
with many seniors mentioning
how much they looked forward
to coming back next year.
"Grace be to God and our sen-
iors. We are truly honored to be
with people who we love and
those who love us," Williams
concluded.


How to avoid the common 'holiday blues'


BLUES
continued from 13B

festive, and encourage an
atmosphere of excessive eating
and drinking of alcoholic bever-
ages. Alcohol is a central nerv-
ous system depressant.
Drinking too much can
enhance feelings of sadness as
well as interrupt sleep patterns.
2. Exercise regularly. By main-
taining a regular physical fit-
ness routine, you can improve
feelings of well-being, sleep bet-
ter and relieve stress.
Exercising for a minimum of
thirty minutes a day, four to five
days a week can help ward off
feeling blue.
3. Identify your sources of sup-
port. If you realize that the hol-
iday time may be tough for you,
anticipate and identify people or
groups that you can talk to.
4. Practice daily gratitude.


Research shows that when we
practice daily gratitude, we have
an improved sense of well-being
and our own human strength.
Gratitude is a big part of health,
wholeness and well-being..
When we are thankful, we com-
pare ourselves less to others,
are more goal-directed and able
to be happier. Consciously,
count your blessings.
5. Help others. The holiday
time can serve as an incredible
opportunity to perform public
good by assisting others who
may not be as fortunate.
Volunteering in soup kitchens,
helping the elderly or making a
donation can help you get out of
a funk. Remember, it is the sea-
son of giving.
6. Know your coping strate-
gies. If you have never thought
about how you cope with adver-
sity or sadness, figure it out.
Utilize healthy coping strategies


like talking to others, reframing
issues and meditation to help
you get through the holidays.
7. Avoid the impulse to over-
shop. Don't feel pressured to
mindlessly spend your money.
Stay organized; make lists and a
holiday budget before spending.
If you were depressed during
the holiday, imagine how you
will feel when big bills come
rolling in!
8. Establish your own holiday
traditions. Create a ritual that
allows you to relax, reflect and
renew your spirit. Think of the
upcoming New Year and past
events of the previous year.
Write down a few experiences
that had meaning for you and
your goals for future happi-
ness.
9. Get sleep. Fatigue often
contributes to feelings of stress
and depression. The holiday
time period can be extremely


hectic and pressure filled. Try
to get seven to nine hours of
sleep a night; it will improve
your focus, mood and overall
functioning.
10. Learn to say 'no' and not
over-extend. Doing so may
lessen feelings of stress and
anxiety. Protect your down
time, and In doing so, create
more free time for yourself.
For many Americans, the
holidays, while gratifying, can
also bring up feelings of
depression, stress and anxiety.
Most symptoms of sadness are
time limited and do not require
any psychological intervention
or treatment. However, if your
holiday blues continue past the
holidays and are accompanied
by a consistent change in over-
all functioning, a weight loss or
gain and insomnia or over-
sleeping, contact your health
care provider.


250 teens receive Christmas


gifts from 100 Black Men, Inc.


CHRISTMAS
continued from 13B


Liberty City Church of Christ,
Overtown Family Enrichment
Center, Allapattah
Neighborhood Center, Antioch
Baptist Church, Project STOPP,
Opa-locka Crime Prevention,
Van E. Blanton Elementary
S School, The National
Association to the Bahamas,


Sant La Neighborhood Center,
The Fountain of Pembroke
Pines, Mt. Moriah Baptist, St.
Paul Missionary Baptist
Church, Martin Memorial A.M.
E. Church, Richmond-Perrine
Optimist, Second Baptist
Church, Continental Societies
and Sweet Home Missionary
Baptist Church. This year's
shopping spree was the 16th
for the organization.


Cm ietory. KiiIiss





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/ 93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93, Street
305-836-0942
I "_____________ flrl.r o.erviies


/Apostolic Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
305-836-1224
Order of Services
New time for T.V. Program
FOR HOPE FOR TODAY
UHNCAnLL Cii.37 C it 2.
Suna 9 a.n.-3 p.m. Sunday 5 p.m.
Wed.t-Interiessory Prayer 9 a.m.- 12p.m.
Moving Servie............ II an,.
Sun.- Eve. Warship ........... 7:30 pan.
Tues.- Pryer Meeting .7:311 pa.
Fri. Bible Study ................. 7:301 p. .



/ First Thessalonians
Missionary Baptist Church
5150 N.W. 2nd Ave.
786-333-3505
Order of Services:




Bible Study
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday



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

SOrder of Services:
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thurs.....7 p.m.
Sunday W orship...7-11 a.....
Sunday School.......9:30 a.m..




New Vision For Christ
Ministries
13650 N.E. 10"' Avenue
305-899-7224
Order of Services:
Early Sunday Worship...7:30 ou.n.
Sunday School ................9:30 a.m.
SunldaytMorning Worship..,.II un.
Sunday Evening Service ...6 pjn.
ITuesday Prayer Meeting ...7:3.) p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study ..7:3N p.m.
..Not Just a Church But it Movement"



Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3' Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060'Fax 305-255-8544
Order of Services:


4" Sut...13TU L 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday.IBible Studyi
Wed. Bible Sludy/Prayer.6:301 pi.m
Tlhurs. O(utreaclh Ministry....6:3( p.ml


Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc.
1855 N.W. 119th Street
305-688-1612
Fax: 305-681-8719
Order of Services;
Sun...9:30 a.m....(Sunday School)
Walk in the Word Ministry
Worship Service..............II a.m.
Tuesday.... p.m....Family Night
Wed.. I Ia.m..Intercessory Prayer
Wed. Bible Class.......12 p.m.
Wed. Bible Class ..............7 p.m.



/ Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
www.tricendshippibenii iaore
friendshinpprayer@hellsuiil.nct
740 N.W. 58th Street
Miami, FL
305-759-8875
SS Order services
Hour of Prayer.........6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Worship....7:30 ant.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30 am.
Morning Worship ............ I a.m.
Yottih Ministry Study.Wed.7 p.m.
Prayer/Bible Study....Wd...,7 p.m.
Noonday Alhar Pniyer...(M-F)
Feeding the Hungry every
Wednesday........ll .iam.-I p.m.



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

Order of Services:
Sundays- Church School ...............10 a.m,
Worship Service .............. 11:15 anm,
ITuesdays Bible Class-...........7 pal.
4th Sunday Evening Worship........ 6 p.nm.



Peaceful Zion Missionary,
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 68 Street, Miami, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2,3,4,5 Sunday) ......8:0011 am
Sunday School ..........9:45 am
Morning Service ..... 11:001 am
Communion Service
(Thurs. belbom P Sunday) 7:30 pm
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
(Wednesday) 7:301 pm


The Soul Saving Station O0
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
www.ssschristscrusadersfla.org
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
Order of Services:
Sunday School ........... 91a.1 .
||| Sunday Worship.. II a.m. & 7 p.m
Tuesday Worship.......7:45 p.m.


Brownsville
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
305-634-6604
Order of Services
Lrustrd Day Suinday Shtl .......9:45t
Suindity Morning Worship ..... I I.n..
Sunday Men'Is Bibie Study ...5 pi.m.
Sunday Ladies Bible Study ...5 p.m.
SuLnday Evening Worship ......6 p.m.
'lTesdity Night Bible Study ...7:30prt
tun Ltly Mnming Itihle Class I1 tnr.
1runsp>rtullton avullubte Cull:
I)h5-|34-85(). 3z15-691-6958


Jordan Grove Missionary-
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12"t Ave.
305-751-9323
Order of Services:
Early Worship ..............7 a.m.
Sunday School............. 9 a.m.
NBC ......................... 10:05 a.m.
W worship .......................II a.m .
W orship .........................4 p.m .
Mission ndl iilL Class
Tuesday ..............6:30 p.m.
m lYouth Meetlinl/Choir rehearsal
M onday ....................... 6:30 p.m .
iitla lifml 1n il


/Christian Hill AME Church\
Innercity Golf & Learning Center
9101 N.W. 29th Ave.
LM09@BellSouth.Net/
www.lmgolf.com
Order of Services:
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service
Sunday's
Sunday School.................... 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship Service ........11 a.m.
Free Golf Every 2.' & 4' Sunday ............4 p.m.
Don Shula's Golf Course


/ Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
305-836-4555
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning ...........8 a.m.
Sunday School.............10 a.m.
Sunday Evening ............. 6 p.m.
Mon. Excellence. 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Bible Class 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Fellowship 10 a.m.


/"New Harvest Missionary /' New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue 1881 N.W. 103" St.
305-696-7745
305-681-3500 Order of Services:
Order of Services: 7:30 Mir.in r & 10:45 ailt
Early Mo ing wlorshlip...I & 3rd Stun ChtuIcih Sch6t o rieniti....... aii
M rnl in g W o rs h ip ... ......... 10 :30 DZ iy I'i a y
P 'i ley S r ly ..... .............. 7 :30 p mal, S md
CI i rc0 S h 1 .. ............. m.
(!hklt'te ]. S Itis Oti M a ti.......... 5IAI Iu s li ..........73(pl


n


Pembroke Park Church of Ch
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962
Order of Services
Sunday
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 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.pembrokeparkcoc.org


,Trinity Faith Tabernacled
Deliverance Center
512 S.W. 4'" Street, Homestead 33136
305-246-2265
Order of Services:
SUt1iday School ........... 10:30 am.
Stilun. Moringi SeVS... 2 pp.m.
Es'cniigt Worship Srv..... 6 p.ii.
TiI-silay "Yiuthl Night.8 p.mn
Wd. "Nioonl Day Prayer. 12 p.m
Wed Night Iitle Study.)S) pm.
(o UiNge ri r t p.m
ilit N phtt Vmihip Servs...S pi


irist

-3396


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


Order of Services:
SuIIlda.iy Nrntring Services
Sunday Sciio l ............ I t.t.
Vtirship Service ... ........ I a.
TusiiLlay HBible Studly.. p.m.
Thui stl.y I'rrici Sets ice ..... p.ni


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


Faith Evangelistic Praise &
Worship Center, Int.
7770 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-691-3865 Fax: 305-624-9065
Order of Services
S nrunday Schi l..................9:3 1t.11i .
unit. Momiing Worship.......... II a.m.
Ties. Prayer.................... 6 pin.
Schoxlol Wisdiom............6:30 p.im.
Healing & Delivenun.eScv...7:30 )pn.
WedWSat. Manna (pmyer).......5 an.
9 Friday Youth Night................. 7 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.


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


Missionary Baptist Church 1350 N.W.95'1 Street
6700 N.W. 14th Avenue 305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
305-691-1811 Church Schedule:
Order of Services:


Sunday scuh tI........... 9:45 a.1,
M o qaly Bible Study ............................... 8 n
S inM ay H-Iol Mission u..y.................. 10 ",




St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 31 Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Early Sunday
e Morning Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30 a.m.
r Morning Worship ...11 a.m.
Nature/ for Baptist Ciiirches
W(B B.T.U.) 5 p.m.
I Evening Worship ......7 pp.m.
SMeeting ........(Tues.) 7 p.m.



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

Order of Services:
Bible Study Wed ................ 8 p.. .
Sr disil cho l ................ ti ii.
Sun. Worship Serv. ....... 11:30 a.m.
Wed. Night interce story Pra),r
f'on 7:311 ito p8.m
Stindaly Worship Service.6:30 p.mti .


Early Moming Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Church School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
i1 T1s., before the Ist Sui.....7 p.m.
Mid-week Worship


St. Luke Missionary Baptist
1790 N.W. 55th Street
305-696-7322

Order of Services:
LEarly Morning Woriship.7:30a.m.
Sunday School .......... 9:30a.m.
Morning Worship .....tI a.m.
WENFSnIAY
Prayer M ecling .............7:30 p.m .




Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sunday School ............9:30 a.m.
Morning Piris/Worship -11 ia.m.
II <>Youth C h -lir- S ai l.tay ......II ..1 .
I erayr Mectini & Iiblle Study
Tuesday 7 p..

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Thursday,
a.m. in
chapel.


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Royal
45, died DEAN GREEN,
December 14. r-
Arrangements 1
are incomplete.


LEVAN GATERS, JR., 13, died
December 14.
Public visitation
Friday, 5-8 p.m.
at North Dade
Middle School,
1840 N.W.
157th Street,
City of Miami
Service
Saturday, 11
a.m. at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist
Church.

LILLIAN CHRISTIAN, 85, died
December 14. Service Friday, 11
a.m. in the chapel.

FRANCES HOLLMAN, 92, died
December 14. Visitation Friday, 6
p.m. in the chapel.

DAVID SHEFFIELD, 79, died
December 14. Arrangements are
incomplete.


CORINE B. JACKSON, 69,
employee with
Miami Dade
County Seaport
Department, died
December 16 at
A ventura
Hospital.
Survivors include:
daughter, Cinetta
C. Jackson;
brothers, Otis,
Joe, Lloyd and Floyd Bryant.
Service Saturday, 10 a.m. at the
Faith Community Baptist Church.
Interment at Dade Memorial Park.

ALFONSO MERRITT, 47, died
December 13.
Survivors
include: mother,
Thelma; broth-
ers, Tony
(Daphine) ,
Johnny and
Albert; sisters,
Patricia Morris
(Swaby) and
Beth Gray.
Service Friday, 11 a.m. in the chapel.
Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

E.A. Stevens
CATHERINE JAMES, 75,
Lakeland, died December 16 in
Lakeland. Service Saturday, 11 a.m.
at Ebenezer Baptist Church,
Hallandale.

St. Fort's
TYRONE ANTAWNA COLLINS,
25, Tampa, died December 16.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at Jesus
People Ministries.

Ra
ETHEL MAE SMITH, 87, domes-
tic, died
December 14.
Surviv orss
include: son,
Eddie C. Smith,
Sr.; grandson,
Eric C. Smith, Jr.;
sister-in-l aw,
Corrine Davis;
five nieces; six
nephews; and a
host of relatives. Service Friday, 11
a.m. in the chapel.

VERA VERONICA DONALDSON,
88, beautician, died December 13.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at Palm
Beach Baptist Church, West Palm
Beach.


Hall Fergu
ETHEL DENNIS, 92, homemaker,
died December
1 3
Arrangements
are incomplete.






MICHAEL WELLS, 46, construc-
tion laborer, died
December 12 at
Jackson
H o sp ita l.'

Saturday, 11
a.m. at Drake


include: mother,
Leola; siblings,
Sandra Mikell, Diane Owens,
Gregory Wells and Karen Franklin.


21, died


DOROTHY JOHNSON, 74, died
December 17.
Service
Thursday, 11
a.m. at First
Baptist Church
of Bunche Park.




HURACE GARCIA, 79, died
December 15. Arrangements are
incomplete.

ELTON C. SMITH, 44, died
December 17. Service Saturday, 1
p.m. in the chapel.

WILFRED SCOTT, 69, died
December 9. Service Wednesday,
11 a.m. in the chapel.


JOHNNIE LEE GUIONS, 93, died
December 14 in
Phoenix,
Arizona. Mrs.
Guions was a
longtime mem-
ber of Greater
New Bethel AME
Church where
she sang in the
choir. Survivors
include: brother,
George Wilder (Betty); and other
family members. Friends may visit
at the Gregg L. Mason Funeral
Home Thursday, 2-9 p.m.
Entombment will follow Friday at
Dade Memorial Park.

MOSES McKNIGHT, 89, died
December 17 at his home. Service
Thursday, 10 a.m. at the Church of
the Visitation. Interment at Our Lady
of Mercy Cemetery.

YETA JEAN, died December 17.
Arrangements 'are incomplete.
Interment at Southern Memorial
Park.

Davis and Brice
MASTER COREY DEVON
BRADY, III, 1 month, Hollywood,
died December 5. Services were
held.

HARRY DONALD, JR., 64,
Dania Beach, 'died December 13.
Services were held.

WILLIAM RAHMING, 74, Dania
Beach, died December 16. Service
Saturday, 10 a.m. at New Mt. Bethel
Baptist Church.


nge
ISAAC DANIEL JOSEPH, 69,
entrepreneur,
died December-
14. Remains will
be shipped to
Char lotte
*Amalie, St.
Thomas Virgin
Islands for final
rites and burial.


BRANDON JARRETT BAKER
POLITE, 21, painter for Jasper
Enterprises, Inc., died December 9.
Services were held.

ELLIS BENNETT, 66, supervisor
for Jean Nacole, Inc., died December
17. Service Friday, 2 p.m. in the
chapel.


ison Hewitt
LUELLA LUMPKIN, chef, died
December 15.
Surviv orss
include: son,
La wrence
(Larry) Cochran;
six grandchil-
dren, six great
grands; three
great great
grands; and sis-
ter, Allie
Williams. Service Wednesday
(today), 11 a.m. at New Bethany
Missionary Baptist Church.

IDA ANDERSON, 88, homemak-
er, died
December 18.
Survivors
include: son,
Eddie; 10 grand-
children; 19
great grands;
five great great
grands; and a
host of nieces,
nephews, rela-
tives and friends. Service Saturday,
2:30 p.m. in the chapel.


Wright
TAYVIN HATCHER, 24, auto
detailer, died

Survivors
include: par-
ents, Mary
John; sister,
Sierra. Service
Friday, 1 p.m. at
St. Vincent De
Paul Catholic
Church.

ELLEN WELCH, 82, beautician.
died December
15 at Good
Samaritan
H osp ital...
Surviv orss
include: chil-
dren, Denise
and David;
grandchildren,
T e k i a
Khrystyna,
Daniel and Khryshopher. Service
Thursday, December 21, 11 a.m. at
Wright Funeral Home Chapel.

LEE JORDAN, 89, builder, died
December 15 at
Fran co 's
Nursing Home.
Surviv ors
include: chil-
dren, Ethel
Ford, Phyllis
Slowe and
M at t i e
Multimore; sib-
lings, Addy
Walton, George and Johnny Jordan.
Services Saturday, December 23,
10 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home
Chapel.

Manker
ANNIE MAE SINGLETON, 71,
died December
18 at Miami
Heart Institute.
Service
Saturday, 1
p.m.




DAVID BARNUM, 86, died
December 17 at
parkway
Regional
Medical Center.
Service
Saturday, 1
p.m. at St. Luke
Missionary
Baptist Church.


MARY TYSON-PRYCE, 56, died
December 13 at
her residence.
Service Friday,
11 a.m. at Mt.
Olive Fire
Baptize
Church.


Poitier
GLENICE JAMES, 39, outreach
specialist for

Homeless
Department.
Service
Saturday, 3
p.m. at Mt.
Ol ivette
Missionary
Baptist Church.

RUBYE THEODRA MONCUR,
76, nurse a
Fairhaven
Nursing Home,
died December
16 at home.
Service
Saturday, 1
p.m. at True
Believers In
Christ.

MONICA CHATFIELD, 40,
homemaker, died December 15 at
Parkway Regional Medical Center.
Service Saturday, 3:30 p.m. at Mt.
Tabor Missionary Baptist Church.

WILLIE JAMES PATE, JR., 78,
laborer for the City of Miami Beach,
died December 13 at North Shore
Medical Center. Service Saturday,
4 p.m. in the chapel..

FANNIE MAE LEE, 84, laborer,
died December 13 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.


Grace
BABY TY'QWAN TYRESE
MITCHELL, died December 4 at
Jackson Hospital. Service Saturday,
11 a.m. in the chapel.


JOHN U. PEARCE, 85, retired
truck driver for Associated Grocers,
died December 14. Service
Wednesday (today), 11 a.m. at St.
James AME Church.

ILLINOIS ELASRA SIMONS
BURGESS, retired custodian for
Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, died
December 14 at Sinai Plaza.
Services were held.


In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


ALLAN S. WILLIAMS


07/21/61 12/22/04

Although the calendars
reminds us that you've been
gone for two years, in our hearts
remains a void as we continue to
wipe away the tears. We are
reminded that the best and most
beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched,
they must be felt in the heart, so
to live in the hearts of those that
you left behind is never dying,
although you left our sides you
will never leave our hearts.
We love and miss youl
Mom, Dad, Reggie (Altee), Bev-
erly, Bryan and Brenton.
There'll be no crowning until
we get there.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
g * *'b *-l-"*l*,^ .'K Y ~ --


RUSSELL WHITE


12/23/40 12/01/06

Happy birthday

We would have rather had you
here with us. But God had other
plans.
Your wife and family.


Death Notice

FANNIE MAE LEE, 80,
died December 15. at
Seminole.
Service Saturday, at First
Deliverance Christ Church of
God, 6229 NW 11th Avenue.
Elder Isaac S. Cohen is the
pastor.

Jay's
BETTY LOU MILLER, 56,
Goulds, died December 10 at
Homestead Hospital. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at St, Peters
Missionary Baptist Church.

SARAH MAE BAILEY, 72,
Goulds, died December 13 at
Kindred Hospital, South Florida.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at
Morning Star Missionary Baptist
Church.

DANNY KAY GIRTMAN, 50, died
December 16 at Lenoia Hospital in
North Carolina. Service Thursday, 1
p.m. in the chapel.

TEMORAH KUSTER, 36,
Hallandale, died December 18 at
home. Arrangements are incom-
plete.

Van Orsdel
RONNIE NANTON, 49, died
December 11.
Services were
held.


Death Notice


JOHNNY DANIEL BUDY,
JR., died December 18 at
Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include parents;
Johnny Sr. and Corene Budy
and a host of relatives and sor-
rowing friends. Funeral Service
at Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church on Saturday,
December 23 at 12 p.m.


Death Notice


JESSE MAE SEWELL
KING, 80, devoted wife to
Harden King Sr., (deceased),
loving mother to Helen,
Winston (deceased) Harden
Jr., Tommy, Dennis, Leathe,
Lloyd, Carolyn, Brenda,
Kathy, Kenneth, Deborah
and Canolia. She also leaves
behind sisters, brothers,
grand and great grandchil-
dren, brothers and sisters-
in-law and a host of
family and friends.
Funeral service Saturday De-
cember 23 in Greenville, Missis-
sippi. Redmon Funeral Home
officiating.


Death Notice


CARLIE L. CHAPPELL, 74,
died December 16 at North
Shore Hospital.
Survivors include: husband,
Leo Chappell, three daughters;
Gloria Elamin, Gail and
Jacqueline Chappell, two sis-
ters; Alice Pearl Jones and
Evelyn Edwards.
Viewing at Grace Funeral
Home, 770 N W 119 Street on
Thursday, December 21, 4-7
p.m. Service, Friday, December
22, 11 a.m., at Greater New
Bethel, 17025 N.W. 22nd
Avenue, Miami, Florida.



Deadline for obituaries

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Call 305-694-6210


Atlantic Records

founder Ahmet

Ertegun, 83, dies

Ahmet Ertegun, who
helped define American
music as the founder of
Atlantic Records, a label
that popularized the
R&B of Ray Charles, the
classic soul of Aretha
Franklin and the British
rock of the Rolling
Stones, died Thursday at
83, his spokesman said.
Ertegun remained con-
nected to the music
scene until his last days
- it was at an Oct. 29
concert by the Rolling
Stones at the Beacon


Ahmet Ertegun


Theatre in New York
where Ertegun fell, suf-
fered a head injury and
was hospitalized. He
later slipped into a
coma.
"He was in a coma and
[died] today with his
family at his bedside,"
said Dr. Howard A.
Riina, Ertegun's neuro-
surgeon at New York
Presbyterian Hospital-
Weill Cornell Medical
Center.
Ertegun will be buried
in a private ceremony in
his native Turkey, said
Bob Kaus, a spokegthan
for Ertegun and Atlantic
Records. A memorial
service will be conducted
in New York after the
New Year.
Ertegun, a Turkish
ambassador's son, start-
ed collecting records for
fun, but would later
become one of the music
industry's most powerful
figures with Atlantic,
which he founded in
1947. The label first
made its name with
rhythm and blues by
Charles and Big Joe
Turner, but later diversi-
fied, making Franklin
the Queen of Soul as
well as carrying the ban-
ner of British rock (with
the Rolling Stones,
Cream, Led Zeppelin)
and American pop (with
Sonny and Cher, and
Crosby, Stills, Nash &
Young).
Today, the company,
part of Warner Music
Group, is the home to
singers Kid Rock, James
Blunt, and Missy Elliott.



Public Notice

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


Gregg L. Mason


Deadline for obituaries
are Monday, 3:30 p.m.


Deadline for obituaries

Monday, 3:30 p.m.

Call 305-694-6210


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MRS. PAULINE CARR
09/01/16 11/03/03

Merry Christmas, Mom
Love, Michelle and family.


ROWENA 'MAMA ROWE'
RICHARDSON
12/18/18 12/15/05

Happy birthday.
The family


/ ~


MILLIE H. CAMPBELL
12/21/23-8/19/00

Happy Birthday, Mother
Your Children.


S Happy Birthday


AUDREY 'COOKIE'
McCOLLUM
12/19/54 04/13/05

To our loving mother, your pre-
cious memories live within our
hearts and minds. Today is your
day. We miss and love you dear-
ly. This love helps us carry on
and just knowing you are with us
each and everyday.
Your loving children, Willimena,
Demetris, Octavia, Fredricka,
Walter, Michelle and Wayne; 11
grandchildren, sisters, brothers,
in-laws, nieces, nephews, family
and friends.


Happy 47th anniversary

JAMES AND EVA BLASH
on December.
From your children


SHARON KITCHEN


Merry Christmas
We love you and miss you.
The family


RANDY BURGESS
In memory of a great man


Merry Christmas.
From your family.


WILLIE BILL STIRRUP
10/13/25 12/26/05

We will always love you.
Your loving wife, Lucille and family.


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Angela Robinson Bellamy,
president, and members of The
Links, Inc. Greater Miami are
commended for orchestrating a
holiday concert, last Sunday, at
The Historic St. Agnes'
Episcopal Church before a
"standing room only" crowd.
The concert was collaborated
with Coral Gables
Congregational Church's
Community Arts Program, fea-
turing The Young Musicians'
Orchestra, Chung Park, direc-
tor; Young Musicians' Jazz
Mentors, Chuck Bergeron,
director; Miami Pan Symphony
Steel Orchestra, Leon 'Foster'
Thomas, director; and featured
soloist Robert Heath, organist,
Craig Morris, trumpet, and an
unnamed tenor saxophone
player who received several
standing ovations.
All lovers of classical music
were in their seats long before
Fr. Canon Richard M. Barry,
rector, opened the concert,
while 25 members of the string
orchestra sat in place awaiting
the arrival of the organist.
When he did arive, the trained
audience gave him a profes-
sional ovation as he bowed to
the crowd and commenced to
attack Prelude and Fugue In C
Major, Concerto in Bb for organ;
and Suite in D for trumpet,
organ and orchestra, followed
by the string orchestra.
After the impact the musi-
cians made on the audience,
their awe continued when the
Jazz Band related to Christmas
music, such as Silver Bells, The
Christmas Song and Go Tell It
On The Mountain, featuring the
saxophone player.
Then Thomas raised his
baton for the Steel Pan Band to
crank up the music as this
graduate of Florida Memorial
University demonstrated the


reason why the band has
played at the World Steel Band
Music Festival in Trindad and
many other functions in
and around Dade
County.
Some of the special
guests included Senator
Fredericka S. Wilson
and 200 Role Models of
Excellence that exited
from 10 buses in time to
be seated, along with
mentors, such as Alix
Desulme, James Bush
III, Alden Barnett III, DEMI
Dale Sims, Dr. Richard
J. Strachan, James
Farrington, Darryl Collins,
Tommie Wright, and Walter
Williams. The schools repre-
sented included N. Miami
Beach, BTW, William Chapman
Elementary, Golden Glades,
Parkway, Linda Lentin and
Cooperative Charter School, Dr.
John Johnson, principal.
Others included Mary
Fussell, Patricia Rutledge,
Vasthi Armbrister, Claudia
Armbrister, Barbara Demps,
Janet Brown, Fred Frown,
Bernard Thomas, Leo Thomas
Albury, Anthony Armbrister,
Bonia Goodman, Margaret
Marks, Dr. Enid and Frank
Pinkney, Horace McGraw,
Lona and Robin Mathis,
Elston and Lillian Davis.


A divine blessing goes out to
Bishop Dr. Norward F. Dean,
pastor, Evangelist Lorina B.
Nottage, coordinator, Minister
Anna I. Dean, chairperson,
and other distinguished mem-
bers for honoring Dr. Enid C.
Pinkney and Hazlyn Simons
in a special Thanksgiving
Awards Banquet 2006 at the
Don Shula's Hotel Ballroom.
The Church of God of


Prophecy Miami No.
proud of other members
joined in for a successful I
quet. They include Dr. Ed
T. Demeritte, Dr. Raym
Angry, Rosemary Brayr
Marilyn Bryant, Wilbur Ca
Bishop Herman E. Dean, R
0. Dean, John and Nor
Keer, Orlando Notti
Melonie Samuda, Na
Stora, Ethel E. and Cli
Williams Jr., Preston E. P
Jr. and a host of supporter!
Moreover, the
honorees have L
members, suppor
and dependable
sons for more thai
years and the corn
tee felt the honor
overdo. Pinkney's
ency began with
parents, the
Bishop and
Lenora Curtis wl
FERITTE famous motto
"Tell it like it is."
also made an impact during
career as a SGA presiden
Booker T. Washington, gra
ating from Talledega Univer
and founding the Hamp
House Historical Proj
African American Committe
Dade Heritage and The
United Black Church
organization, plus
much more. Simons
received several hon-
ors, as well as being
"Mother-of-the-Year
2001" of the church.
Under the theme,
'Thy Work Shall Be
Rewardedl' Dr.
Demeritee was given
the honor to emcee the
program. He began by
thanking Aretha Caley
Company for the entertain
prelude and brought
Preston Pratt Jr, who pres
ed the honoree with a spc
trumpet call.
After the entrance of Pink
and Simons, others on the
gram entertained; Elf
Evans who read the procla
tions for the honorees f
Mayor Manual Diaz, Citb
Miami, and tributes f
Eugenia Thomasly
Moithous Maitland for


I is same.
that Special kudos also go out to
Dan- Demeritte for accumulating
win over 29 full-page ads and being
ond the backbone of the committees
ien, for a successful banquet. Some
ley, of his supporters
uby included Bright Style,
teen Inc., 54th Street
age, Medical Plaza, Alyce S.
ncy Harrell, A. Richardson
fton Funeral Home, Range
ratt Funeral Home, St.
s. John Village Homes,
two Kovack Securities, Inc.,
ieen Bell's Catering and
ters Restaurant, Dr. Nelson
per- Adams, Dr. Richard J.
i 15 Strachan and NOT
mit- Cooperative Charter
was School, Wright Funeral Home
leg- and Natika P. Bethel, consult-
her ant.
late Also, Mr. & Mrs. John F.
Sis. Demeritte, Decarlo A. Carr
hose and family, Laurence R.
was Brown, CPA. Minnie Mickens-
She Jones, Deacon Franklin Clark,
her Louis Watson and the Pratt
t at Family.
idu-
sity, ******
)ton Congratulations go out to
ect, David Smith, Marcia Wallace
e and Jill Bethel for presenting
the Third Annual
HIV/AIDS Benefit
Concert, last
Saturday, at Ebenezer
United Methodist
Church before a
capacity-filled edfice.
Furthermore, Dr.
Pamela Hall was elo-
quent as mistress of
ceremony and
Dessalines Ford,
PINKNEY piano/keyboard;
Donny Fabian, key-
and board and Richard B.
ning Strachan, percussion that
on backed the community choirs.
ent- The audience came to be
ecial filled with gospel songs and
information about HIV/AIDS.
ney They were not misled or disap-
pro- pointed. Smith, Wallace and
Line Bethel quinched their thirst
ma- with Shake The Foundation,
rom Father Can You Hear Me, You
y of Are God Alone, Yes, They've
rom Got The Word, For Every
and Mountain and the closer, What
the A Wonderful Child, featuring


Valarie Thomas.
Others on the program
included M.A.S.K. (dance
group), J.B.'s Dance
Ensemble, both from Ebenezer
and Robert Allen and his pup-
pet show dealing with
HIV/AIDS, along with
Karen Y. Ford, soloist,
and special remarks
from Reverend Hall
and Dr. Joreatha
Capers, pastor.


The headlines of
Antwain Easterling's
AGE^ arrest permeated the
'AGE community and juxta-
position of the Monday
quarterbacks to analyze the
next step and predict the out-
come. Further, it was a sce-
nario for a movie when
Easterling was given his jer-
sey hours before the
game began and Dr.
Dwight Bernard, prin-
cipal, met with the
"powers that be" and
they agreed to allow
him to play the night
before. It was a logical
decision from the
standpoint of the
school, momentarily.
When Easterling DE1
made his appearance
during warm-ups, the Monday
morning quarterbacks debated
'in the stands from "#3 being
him or someone else wearing
#3" to "we need him to win
tonight" to "you must be blind.
.that is him." Yes it was him;
the supporters settled back for
an interesting game.
It started off with Lake
Brantley winning the toss and
electing to kick. It was an
'onside' kick which caught
Northwestern by surprise,
especially when they recovered
the ball and, subsequently,
scored first. As you are well
aware, Northwestern won the
game in big fashion and all of
Liberty City fee's proud of their
victory and future in football.
However, on the other side of
the coin, Miami Northwestern
Bulls consist of family mem-
bers, according to Caleb
Crosby Jr.


/.1


Rodney Harris, assistant
coach, who has a son,
Quarterback Jacory Harris
(#12) who needled three touch-
down passes totaling 308
yards; Sean Spence, MLB
(#31), is the son of Sam
Spence, JV's head coach;
Coach Tommy Streeter's son
is Tommy Streeter Jr. who
caught a 48-yard pass for a
TD; Greg 'Kilron' Killings',
Athletic Director, son is
Terrell Killings (#77), OT-DT;
Dr. Steve Gallon III, former
principal, is proud of his son,
Steve Gallon IV (#18), DB.
Some of the former alumni
at the game included Tommy
Streeter, Cebrena Poitier,
Tammye Holden, Brett
Perriman, Tolbert Bain,
John Askew, Tammie
Rosers, mother of Reggie
Sandilands, grandson of
Samm Barbara
Rosers, Billy Rolle,
former coach,
Reverend Richard
Dunn and Carnell
White, who had four
boys to play for the
Bulls; plus 30,000
roaring fans. Sit back
Bulls there is much
more to come. We are
AN proud of you keeping
our tradition of win-
ning alive.

******
Congratulations to Reverend
Phillip R. Johns Jr. for celebrat-
ing his second annual
Appreciation Dinner, last
Saturday, at St. Paul A.M.E.
Banquet Room. Members of
Salter Chapel A.M.E.C. filled the
room for the celebration and
brought dynamic Liturgical
Angels dancers to perform pro-
fessionally. They included Taj
Black, Takya Black, Kristin,
Dean, Brianna Wells, Bethany
Williams and Shenika Dunn.
Others on the program were
Reverend Maurice Williams,
Kanika Frazier, Lional Mincey,
Ta'kya Black, Odean Plummer
and Reverend Epifanio
Montalva, while Reverend
Phillips responded with thanks
and words of wisdom to move
the church to another level.


Harold and Maliney Clarke
and their sons, are very elated
to have their daughter and sis-
ter Kendra Clarke down from
her adopted home Silver'
Springs, MD for the holidays.
Welcome home Kendral
On last Monday at the
Justice Building our 'Delta
Dears' of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority enjoyed a Christmas
luncheon with our Soror Judge
Shirlyon McWhorter and her
staff. This was the third lunch-
eon given to us by Soror Judge
Shirlyon. Among those present
and enjoying the delicious food
and fellowship Were: Nancy
Dawkins, president; Dorothy
Graham, Martha Day, Gwen
Clarke, Helen Gay, Gussie
Ervin, Josephine Hall, Andrea
Pelt, Cecelia Dunn, Helen
Davis, Ida Cash, Rubye
Rankin, Bernice Smith, Alma


Brown, Jesslyn Brown,
Johnnie Lowery, Clarinda
Anyamele, Cliffonia Ross and
Soror Dorothy Bendross-
Mendingall (State
Representative) who made a
presentation to Judge Shirlyon
McWhorter.
Ornan and Rosa Pratt were
in Nassau, Bahamas last week
to bury his father Reverend Dr.
Ornan Pratt who was funeral-
ized last Sunday. Sympathy.
Glenn Ferguson and his
daughter Denise are down
from East Stroudsburg, PN, to
spend Christmas with his dad
and her granddad Samuel
'Bow Tie' Ferguson.
Congratulations to coach
Roland Smith and the
Northwestern Bulls. You made
yourselves proud gentlemen,
your school and all of our com-
munity are happy and proud of


you! Hats and caps off to the
Bulls!
The following old timers send
a big hello to friends and class-
mates: Dr. Roland Burroughs,
George Wilkerson, Marian
Ross, Irna Ali, Floyd Lewis,
Grace Heastie-Patterson,
Billy Bouie, Elva Heastie-
Gamble, Fr. Nelson Pinder,
Joan P. Ballard, Betty
Conners-Patton.
Wedding anniversary greet-
ings to the following love birds
of the week: John F.
(Kimberly) Jackson Jr.,
December 10, their 12th;
Prince G. (Wallis) Gordon Sr.,
December 13, their 35th; Cecil
C. (Clothilda Gibson), Brown,
December 15, their 6th;
Hartford E. (Carolyn)
Howell Sr., December 15, their
33rd; Milton and (Josephine
Matthews) Hall (high school
sweethearts), December 22nd;
50 years.
Bethune-Cookman College
alumni were saddened once
again to hear of the demise of
Stafford Ferguson, a native of
Riviera Beach. Stafford expired
last Tuesday. Sympathy to his
family from all 'Wildcats.'


Miamians were saddened to
hear of the demise of Janie
Clark-Florence. Janie, class of
'50 B.T.W., was loved by many
and will be missed by her .many
friends. Sympathy to her fami-
ly, especially her 96-year-old
mother Mrs. Sally Clark.
Congratulations to Rodney
Ward of Channel 2 who
received a promotion on his
job. He is now senior vice pres-
ident of the nightly business
report enterprises. Mr. Ward
will serve as executive editor of
the program responsible for all
editorial content. He has been
the managing editor for the
program since 1996.
President Bush will present
the Presidential Medal of
Freedom, the nation's highest
civilian award; to the following
honorees: Norman C. Francis,
president of Xavier University
of Louisiana; B.B. King, singer
and guitarist; John 'Buck'
O'neil (died this year), the for-
mer professional baseball play-
er in the Negro League and co-
founder of the Negro Baseball
Museum.
Get well wishes to all of you
from all of us, happy and


healthy holidays!
Genevia Love, Mertis
Seymour, Pearline Nairn,
Kevin Meares, Frances
Brown, Celestine Hepburn-
Brown, Zeola Cohen-Jones,
Ralph McCartney, Janie C.
Florence, Rodney Hepburn,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
David A. Wilson, James
Stanley Holland, Lillian
Richardson and Joyce
Gibson-Johnson.
SCongratulations to Randy
Shannon, UM assistant coach
for the past six years, who is
now head coach of the
University of Miami Hurricanes
and the first Black to hold this
position. Mr. Shannon is a
product of Dade County
Schools and a former hurri-
cane.
Seasons Greetings from me to
all of youl
T'was the night before
Christmas and all through our
city, no noses were frozen, no
snow fluffered down. No chil-
dren in flannels were tucked
into bed, they all wore shorty
pajamas instead.
To find wreaths of holly was
not very hard, for holly wreaths


grew in every backyard.
In front of houses were dad-
dies and moms, adorning the
crotons and coconut palms.
The slumbering kiddies were
dreaming with glee, that they
would find water skies under
the tree.
They all knew that Santa was
well on his way, in a little dune
buggy instead of a sleigh.
He whizzed up the highway
and zoomed down the roads, in
a snappy little four speed, ped-
dling his load.
As he jumped from the car,
he gave a deep chuckle, he was
dressed in bermudas with an
ivy league buckle.
There weren't any chimneys,
but that caused no gloom, for
Santa came in through the
Florida room.
He stopped at each house,
stayed only a minute, as he
emptied his bag of the toys that
were in it. Before he departed
he treated himself to a glass of
orange juice left on the shelf.
Then he jumped in the car, put
it in gear and drove over
bridges singing with cheer. And
I heard him exclaim, "Merry
Christmas Everyone!"


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Investing in education not

incarceration


Last year, more than 7 million
American people that's about
one in every 32 adults were
behind bars or on probation or
parole. The United States has,
for years, imprisoned more peo-
ple than any other country in
the world. Yet, we don't have the
highest literacy rate. And our
economy continues to take a hit
as jobs are outsourced to for-
eign countries with a cheaper


an better educated workforce.
Inner-city schools fail half of
their students and jobs are
removed from communities,
replaced with guns and drugs,
resulting in incarceration, if
you're lucky, death if you're not.
Nonetheless, many U.S. states
have cut their education budg-
ets to compensate for rapid
growth in prison populations
and prison construction. The


misguided priorities that inform
such decisions have only served
to further marginalize already
oppressed populations. It's time
that this country shifts its focus
away from imprisonment and
commits its resources to educa-
tion and empowerment.
In the past 20 years, more
than a thousand new prisons
and jails have been built in the
U.S. Yet, our prisons are more
overcrowded now than ever.
According to the United State
Justice Department, the total
number of inmates increased
35 percent from 1995 to 2005.
The nation's 'war on drugs' and
the stiff sentencing laws that
grew out of that war are largely
to blame. Nonviolent possession
offenses, a crime that, in anoth-
er country, would more than
likely not result in a prison sen-
tence, make up a large percent-


age of the prison population.
The numbers of individuals
sentenced for drug crimes
increased nearly 65 percent
between 1996 and 2003,
accounting for the largest
increase in inmates in the fed-
eral system. Black an Hispanic
men only make up 10 percent of
this country's population, yet
they make up 60 percent of
nation' prison population. Men
aren't the only casualties here.
Black women are three times
more likely than whites to end
up in prison and women of color
are increasingly being sen-
tenced to long prison terms for
nonviolent drug offenses.
If federal and local govern-
ments were to adequately fund
the nation's public schools,
ensuring all students had
access to high-quality teachers,
tutoring and after-school pro-


grams, we could stem the
growth of the nation's prison
population. With support, many
could be steered away from
drugs and the street life and
pushed towards college or voca-
tional school.
Instead, the country has
poured its money into a crimi-
nal injustice system that,
instead of creating special pro-
grams designed to rehabilitate
th low-level offender, corals
these lost souls into the
nation's prisons. Upon release,
having no education and no
skills, many return to the
lifestyles that landed them in
prison. It's a dangerous cycle
and only prison architects and
big business benefits.
In 1977, I was incarcerated
for seven months. I was told
that it cost taxpayers $30,000
to incarcerate me. A year later,


I enrolled at Eastern Michigan
University under an affirmative
action program. Because I was
poor, I had to use loans and tax-
payer supported government
grants to pay for my education.
The cost of my four year educa-
tion was $24,000, less than the
cos of my short jail sentence. No
longer a burden to taxpayers, I
am a significant taxpayer, help-
ing, through my tax contribu-
tions, to pave the way for others
who've yet to get an opportunity
to make a wa for themselves.
The tax dollars used to support
my education were a worthy
investment, one that benefits all
of society. America should take
note and act accordingly
Judge Greg Mathis is national
vice president of Rainbow PUSH
and a national board member of
th Southern Christian
Leadership Conference.


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Two-time Carbonell Award
Nominee actor, Meshaun Arnold
takes time to-speak with The
Miami Times. The Miami Carol
City graduate recently starred
in The Playground's theatre The
Beast, a post apocolyptic
'Romeo and Juliet' that tragical-
ly proves that prejudices exist
even when humanity is on the
edge of extinction.


CHOOSING TO BECOME A
PROFESSIONAL ACTOR
Why acting? I should say why
me? Acting and performance
chose me I didn't choose it. It's
something that got a hold of
me.
I'm a perfectionist when it
comes to this. I don't take get-
ting on the stage lightly. I think
a lot of people get into theatre
just to be seen. To me it was
more than that. I needed to
learn and understand and
respect what it meant to be on
stage. There's a whole spiritual
side to [being an actor] that you
can't take lightly.
The true essence of acting: to
have a script and what is the
playwright trying to say? Its
like writers of the Bible, what is
He trying to say? And then the
preacher gets the Bible reads it
and then he prays, 'Lord give
me the strength and the knowl-
edge to get this message
across.' And he does.


The same thing-with acting.
In the beginning that's what
theatre was about, it was about
telling stories about God, you're
praising God in the theatre.

HIS BEEF WITH
CHITLIN' CIRCUIT PLAYS
What does what [they're] try-
ing to do have to do with our
condition? Has our condition
changed? Are we still trying to
kill each other? Is our family
still broken?
So, [they're] not doing us a
service. It's 2006, we've spent
enough time giggling, showing
teeth and shucking and jiving
and being coons and Negros.
What [they're] doing is continu-
ing to help keep the foot on our
neck. I don't want to single out
them, but it upsets me.
Art is a very, very powerful
tool whether these young peo-
ple want to admit it or not.
And that message that their
seeing they're taking it and
they're internalizing it. They
take that message and they
give it to our children. They
may laugh at it, but they're
going to think there's nothing
they can do. And there is no
change in the community.

ART CHANGING SOCIETY
I know that I have to create
opportunities for myself, but
[the type of material available]
is changing a little bit because
the M Ensemble theatre and
because of people like Keith C.


Wade, who wrote Hustle. A
piece that dealt with the real
issues. The whole play was set
on a basketball court and
these young guys just waste
their time. Afraid to deal with
the world. My character Greg
had a woman he was dating at
the work place and got her
pregnant. He wasn't sure if he
loved her, or if he wanted to be
a father.
[In the end], you're, there to
tell the truth. Our people are
looking for something differ-
ent. They want to see some-
thing that will help lift them
up. That's why they pack
churches. They want a solu-
tion. Now, I'm not saying that
I have a solution, but maybe I
can help create something in
their brains with my shows.
That will make [them] think
outside of the box, that will
make them think, 'oh, yeah, I
can do this.'
You hold up the reflective
mirror and you cause change
in society. And it does cause
change. The people see it and
they'll talk about it amongst
their friends. And if that fami-
ly changes, then the whole
society will change.

ON A BLACK MAN
PLAYING THE BEAST
The director didn't want me
to play the Beast. The director
thought it wouldn't be [politi-
cally correct]. And a few peo-
ple did mind, 'why the Black
man gotta play the Beast?'


Because, yes, in 2006 we are
still being looked at as the
Beast, okay?
But let's show them that the
Beast isn't what they perceive
him to be. The Beast in this
play is the hero, he's the most
intelligent one in the entire
play, he's the most civilized.
So for me, for someone to have
sat through this two and a
half hour play and all they can
say is 'why the black man
played the Beast?'
Something's wrong there. All
you're seeing yourself in the
negative light and you're not
seeing the positive.
The path that was chosen
for me was to be person that
was part of all cultures. Being
in this art form, you must
understand that first and fore-
most you are a human being.
That's the only way you will
progress in this art form.


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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny


Making an oral presentation


Visual aids are supplements, not Don't.read.your presentation-

replacements for what you say Talk to your audience.


Throughout your years in
highschool you will have to
make numerous presentations
in front of groups of people.
With each new presentation
comes a sense of dread. What if
you forget the topic? What if
you are boring? What if the
audience laughs at you?
However, with the right oral
presentation skills, you can
have the audience eager to hear
more.
Listed below are some things
you can do to make an effective
oral presentation.
Be prepared- Research your
subject to ensure that you are
knowledgeable. Practice your
presentation until you feel com-
fortable. Make sure you can
present your information with-
in whatever time limits you will
have. Anticipate questions you
may be asked and prepare
answers to these.
Know your audience- Tailor
your presentation to your audi-
ence's level of knowledge about
the subject of your presenta-


tion, what they need to know
and their interests.
Be positive- Make it clear
that you are knowledgeable and
enthusiastic about your sub-
ject.
Don't read your presenta-
tion- Talk to your audience.
Use your notes as prompts as
needed.
Provide examples- Try to
make your presentation as con-
crete and "down to earth" as
possible. Add appropriate anec-
dotes and humor to drive home
a point.
Use visual aids-
Supplement what you say with
visual aids such as handouts,
charts, transparencies and
slides. Make sure that everyone
can easily see the visual aids.
Don't use visual aids that are
so complex that the audience
will spend its time trying to
read them instead of listening
to you. Visual aids are supple-
ments to what you say, not
replacements for what you say.
Maintain eye contact- Shift


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___ was born October 6, 1992 and is a native Californian, raised in Los
Angeles County. She is the second of three children. Her commercial credits include
Disney and The Gap appearing in several print ads for both. She has been blessed
to have recurring roles in Judging Amy, Boston Public, That's So Raven, Hidden Hills
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Everybody Loves Raymond and One on One. Years ago, you might have caught her
in the movie of the week, Santa and Pete, or in 2005 in 50 Cents' feature film, Get
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your eye contact around the
room so that everyone feels that
you are talking to them.
Actively involve your audi-
ence- People can only listen so
long withoutt their attention
wandering. Making your pres-
entation interesting will help
you to capture and keep your
audience's attention for a
while, but you must do more.
Build in some simple and quick
activities for your audience so


that they are actively involved
in your presentation. Ask ques-
tions that you are confident
your audience will be able to
answer.
Use your voice effectively-
Vary the tone of your voice and
be careful not to talk too quick-
ly.
End on a high note- Leave
your audience feeling upbeat
about what they have just
heard.


Listen to a Life Contest connects generations
What can you learn when dent, etc.).
you listen to someone from a The contest runs to March
different generation? You can 31, 2007. No purchase nec-
become more aware of their essary. Void where prohibit-
own dreams and goals when ed. One entry per team.
you hear their real-life sto- Entries must be 300 words
ries. The Listen to a Life or less, be a true story about
Essay Contest is an oppor- an older person's life and
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Thoughtful gifts to give to your parents


Are you running out of
ideas on what to get your
parents? Do you want to
surprise them, but don't
have a clue on what to give
them? Well with Christmas


love.
1. Make your own home-
made Tree Ornaments
2. Pick out a Sweater they
will enjoy in this cold weath-
er


right around the corner time 3. Present them with their
maybe running out. favorite Cologne or Perfume
With this list you will not 4. Learn to knit a scarf
only get gift ideas, but cheap 5. Decorate your own pic-
ones too. Each week I will ture frames
list some great ideas to for 6. Purchase a personalized
you put under the tree that calendar with your picture
your parents would surely on it.


Are you sinking deeper into an ocean rull ot turmoil? Are you
swimming toward an unknown location? Are you fishing for
answers with unknown solutions? Are you floating towards obliv-
ion? Well I'm here to keep you afloat. With my honest and trust-
worthy advice you'll be able to get a grasp on any troubling situa-
tion sailing towards you. So e-mail me atjazz4advice@yahoo.com
with any unanswered questions, pressing concerns and important
information you wish to share with me.


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 at
jazz4advice@yahoo.com with any unan-
swered questions, pressing concerns
and important information you wish to
share with me.

Dear Jazz,
Lately I been feeling to much pres-
sure from my job. At first I thought I
could handle working and attending
school, but now I feel like it's too much.
I really think it would be better for me to
let go of my job. However what if this is
the wrong decision. I mean the job will
help me further my career and I might
not get this opportunity again. What
choice should I make?


Job or No Job


Dear Job or No Job
Many will argue that education comes
first because without one you will never
make it in life. While on the other hand,
many will say you have a great job so
you should just stick it out until you
graduate. Either way they do not have
the final say on what you should do in
your life. In the end you will have to
weigh all your options and see what
choice is right for you. You have to
choose what is more important to you
now at this moment in your life. If you
feel that this job is keeping you unfo-
cused in school then maybe you need to
take a break from it. If you feel that you
can do both but need more free time so
you won't feel' stressed out, then try
talking to your boss about less hours. It
may seem by closing the door on this
opportunity you are losing but remem-
ber their will be more opportunities in
your lifetime and all you have to do is
invite them in.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK


The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we
must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and
danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
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Addonis Parker: "A lot of people don't believe that I paint
because of my size. I'm a big guy who doesn't fit the descrip-
tion of a typical artist."


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Art is Forever Studio
62nd Street and Seventh
Avenue
Miami, FL
786-294-4174
Owner
Addonis Parker
Why did you open an art
studio?
I'm an artist and when I
was teaching, I had a place
where I could paint. I would
stay at school and paint
until 11 at night, until the
alarms came on. But I
always wanted a place to
have to paint where I
wouldn't be put out.
What other products and
services do you offer?
I install and paint signs
and logos for companies. I
am an art instructor for Arts
for Learning and DEFYIT, so
I give art classes here every
Saturday from 10-3 p.m.
And I am a muralist. In
fact, I'm going to restore the
painted mural of Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. on the MLK
Center's building. I have
pieces $5,000 and up, but I
do have economic pieces that
everybody can afford. We
even offer special deals for
the holiday season, so you
can give portraits for gifts.
Now, I can use every kind
of medium. I can carve,
mold, etc. But painting is
the quickest way to create
with my time constraints. I
use nothing but regular,
house paint. The kind you
would use to paint your
bathroom. It dries fast, it's
cheap and it lasts longer
than oil or acrylic paint. I
discovered the usefulness
of paint when I ran out of
my regular paint during a
job. But I had to be done
within the hour. So I
repainted it and it dried in
about 24 minutes and
looked great.
But that's typical of being
an artist. You have to be
able to think on your feet
and meet deadlines. And
always be prepared for
error.


How does the art studio
best serve the community
and why?
It's a source of inspira-
tion. Art is therapeutic for
people. It takes your mind
off the negative and focuses
on the positive. There is a
lot of raw talent in Miami,
and we kind of prove that
Miami has another face.
So, people can see how I
came from poverty and
what I'm doing now. Art will
take you places and doing
things you never dreamed.
What are some of the
obstacles you faced and
how did you overcome
them?
My nature. I was always
trying to help people,
always saying yes to people.
I had to learn to say 'no.'
But my number one
obstacle was image. With
my being 6'6," over 250 lbs.,
dark and wearing my hat
back, some people assumed
that either I was a basket-
ball player or that I was
going to rob them. So, I had
to oversell myself. Not just
with words, but with my
actions, too. I was always
dependable and reliable.
In the end, you can't wait
for someone to tell you,
'you're doing a great job.'
You have to be self-motivat-
ed. Sometimes you have to
look in the mirror and tell
yourself what a great job
you're doing.
What are your plans for
the future?
My ultimate goal is to
build a kind of talent
research and development
center, to find artists prof-
itable work, so they can
make a living through art.
Regardless, artists are
forced to wear a lot of hats.
You have to know your craft,
know how to be an account-
ant, know how to be a sales-
person, etc. When you're an
artist, your production level
is attached to your comfort
level. If you're always wor-
ried about bills, you can't
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MIAMF

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR
BUSINESS
Occupational License Tax
Name Change
Due to a change in state law, effective January 1, 2007
the name -of ,the Occupational License Tax will be
changed to Local Business Tax.
The Local Business Tax Receipt replaces the
Occupational License as evidence that a person or entity
engaging in business in Miami-Dade County has
complied with the provisions of the Local Business Tax
required per state and local law.
Current County occupational licenses will remain valid
until September 30, 2007. Beginning January 1, 2007,
businesses will be issued a Local Business Tax Receipt,
instead of an Occupational License.
lan Yorty
Miami-Dade County Tax Collector


MIAMI-DADE


Sealed bids for furnishing all labor, materials and
equipment for the following project will be received
in the Office of the Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, Room 17-202, Stephen P. Clark
Center, 111 N.W. 1st. Street, Miami, up to 2:00,
p.m., Local Time, Monday January 15. 2007
where they will be publicly opened and read aloud
for projects that do not have an established
Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE)
contract measure. When applicable, only the
names of the bids submitted will be publicly
opened and read aloud for those projects contain-
ing contract measures. Bid prices will be
opened and read aloud forty-eight hours later
based on the Department of Business
Developments (DBD) preliminary responsiveness
review.

PROJECT NAME: NW 112 AVE FROM 41st ST
TO 42nd LN AND NW 114th AVE FROM NW 41st
ST TO NW 42nd TERR.

PROJECT NUMBERS: 20060280

LOCATION: PTP Roadway Improvements to
NW 112 Avenue, from N.W. 41 Street to N.W. 42
Lane; and N.W. 114 Avenue, from N.W. 41 Street
to N.W. 42 Terrace

DESCRIPTION: This project consist of road-
way widening from three (3) lanes to five (5)
lanes on N.W. 112 avenue, from N.W. 41 Street
to N.W. 42 Lane; and N.W. 114 Avenue, from
N.W. >. 41 Street to N.W. 42 Terrace.
Improvements include new sidewalks, curb and
gutters, a continuous storm drainage system,
pavement markings and signage.

A Pre-Bid Conference to answer any questions
regarding this project will be held on
Wednesday December 27. 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in
the 14th floor Front Conference Room, of the
Stephen P. Clark Center located at 111 N.W. 1st
Street.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CERTIFICATE OF COM-
PETENCY IS REQUIRED IN ONE OF THE FOL-
LOWING CATEGORIES: General Building,
General Engineering, Paving Engineering or other
categories as applicable to Chapter 10 of the Code
of Miami-Dade County.

Specifications and Contract Documents are open
to public inspection and may be obtained from the
Contracts and Specifications Section, Public
Works Department, Telephone No. (305) 375-2930
at Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Suite 1510, Miami, Florida 33128-1970 upon a
non-refundable deposit of $ 50.00 in check or
money order payable to the Board of County
' Commis sioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida for
each set of documents.

COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
(CSBE)

In accordance with Dade County Ordinance
No.'s 97-52 and 97-158; A.O.3-22, a 18% CSBE
SUBCONTRACTOR GOAL has been estab-
lished for this project. Compliance with these
Ordinances is required for all contractors sub-
mitting a bid for this project. See Appendix
"A" of the CSBE Participation Provisions,
which are bound herein and are made part of
the Specifications and Contract Documents.

In order to allow time for the CSBE
Subcontractor participation presentation and
the review of said presentation, no Contractor
may withdraw his bid for a period of up to one
hundred twenty (180) calendar days after the
bid opening. Disregard anything to the con-
trary within these Contract Documents.

Bidders must submit a completed Schedule of
Intent Affidavit form (FORM DBD 400) to the
person or office to whom the bid was submitted
on the bid submittal due date. Defective
Schedule of Intent (SOI) Affidavits that are
incomplete or inaccurate upon notification by
the Department of Business Development
(DBD), bidders may correct defects that exist
on the SOI Affidavits within forty-eight (48)
hours after bid submission. Failure to submit
the required SOI Affidavit or commitment letter
at the time of bid submission shall render the
bid non-responsive. Examples of defects
include, but are not limited to improperly exe-
outed letters, the listing of an unidentifiable
CSBE and percentage miscalculations that are
not mere clerical errors apparent on the face of
the SOI Affidavit. Bidders who fail to submit
the SOI Affidavit shall be considered non-
responsive.

Please note that the Contractor must submit
two separately labeled and sealed envelopes
with the completed bid package. The first
envelope (Envelope "A") will contain the
Schedule Of Intent (SOI) Affidavit and the sec-
ond envelope (Envelope "B") will contain the
bid price. Both envelopes are due at the time


ADVERTISEMENT
FOR BIDS
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA


and bid date specified in the advertisement.
Envelope "A" will be opened on the bid submit-
tal due date and reviewed by the Department of
Business Development (DBD). If the SOI
Affidavit contains correctible defects (See
attached CSBE Participation Provisions), the
bidder will be notified by DBD and afforded
forty-eight hours to rectify any correctible defi-
ciencies. Forty-eight hours later, DBD will
notify Public Works of those approved bidders
whose SOI's Affidavits are responsive. Those
deemed responsive will have Envelope "B"
opened and prices read aloud.

Community Workforce Program (CWP) (Not
Applicable)

In accordance with Miami-Dade County Ordinance
No. 03-01, put into force by Resolution No. R-77-
03, the Community Workforce Program has been
established for this project. Compliance with this
Ordinance is required for all contractors submitting
a bid for this project. See Appendix "D" within
these contract documents for information and
requirements regarding this program.

Bid Bond Requirements

Each bid must be accompanied by a certified
check or accept able bid bond in the amount of
five percent (5%) of the proposed bid amount
as guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the
Contract, will within ten (10) consecutive work days
after being notified of the availability of the pre-
scribed contract forms, enter into a written contract
with the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-
Dade County, Florida in accor dance with the
accepted bid, and give a Contractor's Performance
and Payment bond satis factory to the Board of
County Commission ers, Miami-Dade County,
Florida, equal to one hundred (100%) percent of
the contract award amount.

Performance Bond Requirements

Simultaneously with the return of the executed
Contract Documents, the Contractor will be
required to submit a Contractor's Performance
and Payment Bond, either Cash or Surety, sat-
isfactory to the Board of Commissioners,
Miami-Dade County Florida, equal to One
Hundred (100%) percent of the awarded
amount, as security for the faithful perform-
ance of the terms and conditions stated herein,
including but not limited to, any extended main-
tenance obligations.

ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS and/or ADMIN-
ISTRATIVE ORDERS

To request a copy of any ordinance, resolution
and/or administrative order cited in this bid
solicitation, the bidder must contact the Clerk
of the Board at 305-375-5126.

CONE OF SILENCE: Pursuant to Section 2-
11.1(t) of the County Code and Administrative
Order 3-27 ("Cone of Silence Provisions"), as
amended, a "Cone of Silence" is imposed upon
RFPs, RFQs, or bids after advertisement and ter-
minates at the time the County Manager issues a
written recommendation to the Board of County
Commissioners. The Cone of Silence prohibits
communication regarding RFPs, RFQs, or bids
between:

A) potential vendors, service providers, bidders,
lobbyists or consultants and the County's profes-
sional staff including, but not limited to, the County
Manager and the Countyf. '.'ger's staff; B) a
potential vendor, service p'r8 ier, bidder, lobbyist,
or consultant and' the Mayor, County
Commissioners or their respective staffs; C) the
Mayor, County Commissioners or their respective,
staffs and any member of theCounty's profession-
al staff including, but not limited to, the County
Manager and the County Manager's staff; D) a
potential vendor, service provider, bidder, lobbyist,
or consultant and any member of the selection
committee therefore; E) the Mayor, County
Commissioners or their respective staffs and mem-
ber of the selection committee therefore; F) any
member of the County's professional staff and any
member of the selection committee therefore,
Section 2.11.1(t) of the County Code and
Administrative Order 3-27, as amended, permits
oral communications regarding a particular RFP,
RFQ or bid for solicitation of goods or services
between any person and the procurement officer
responsible for administering the procurement
process for such RFP, RFQ, or bid, provided that
the communication is limited strictly to matters of
process or procedure already contained in the cor-
responding solicitation document.

The Cone of Silence Provisions do not apply to
oral communications at pre-bid conferences,
oral presentations before selection commit-
tees, contract negotiations during any duly
noticed public meetings, public presentations
made to the Board of County Commissioners
during any duly noticed public meeting, or


communications in writing at any time unless
specifically prohibited by the applicable RFP,
RFQ, or bid document. Bidders must file a
copy of any written communications with the
Clerk of the Board, which shall be made avail-
able to any person upon request.

Written communications may be submitted via
e-mail to the Clerk of the Board at CLERK-
BCC@MIAMIDADE.GOV. The County shall
respond in writing and file a copy with the Clerk
of the Board, which shall be made available to
any person upon request.


In addition to any other penalties provided by law,
violation of the Cone of Silence Provisions by any
proposer and bidder shall render any RFP award,
RFQ award, or bid award voidable. Any person
having personal knowledge of a violation of the
Cone of Silence provisions shall report such viola-
tion to the State Attorney and/ or may file a com-
plaint with the Ethics Commission. Bidders should
reference the actual Cone of Silence Provisions for
further clarification.

All Bidders will be notified in writing when the
County Manager makes an award recommenda-
tion to the Board of County Commissioners.
Ordinance No. 90-143, The Responsible Wages
and Benefits Ordi nance, Ordinance No. 91-142,
Family Leave Ordinance, Ordi nance No. 92-15,
Drug-Free Workplace Ordinance, Ordinance No.
93-129, Contractor Debarment Ordinance,
Ordinances Nos. 94-166 and 96-26 Local Prefer
ence Ordinances, Ordinances Nos. 97-35 and 97-
104 Fair Subcontract ing Practices, Resolution No.
R-702-98 (Repeals and supersedes Resolutions
Nos. R-1206-97 and R-366-97) Welfare to Work
Initiative arid Ordinance No. 98-30,; Cou hty
Contractors Employment and Procure- rent
Practices are referenced' for- this, contract docu-
ment.

NOTE: Ordinance 97-104 requires a bid or pro-
posal for a County or Public Health Trust con-
tract involving the expenditure of $100,000.00
or more to include a listing of subcontractors
and suppliers who will be used on the contract.
Failure to include the required listing shall ren-
der the bid or proposal non-responsive.

The required listing must be submitted even
though the bidder or proposer will not utilize
subcontractors or suppliers on the contract.
In the latter case, the listing must expressly
state no subcontractors or suppliers will be
used on the contract.

Timely submission of a properly completed and
signed "Subcontractor/Supplier Listing, SUB
Form 100" (a copy of which is included in the
specifications) constitutes compliance with the
listing requirements of the Ordinance. In
order to be deemed properly completed the
word "NONE" must be entered under the
appropriate heading of SUB Form 100 if no sub-
contractors or suppliers will be used on the
contract.

The County shall have the right but not the obli-
gation to retain the services of an Independent
Private-Sector Inspector General (IPSIG). The
requirements are set forth in the Instructions to
Prospective Contractor, Appendix "A",
Paragraph 22. Also, the Contract is subject to
review and audit by the Office of the Miami-
Dade County Inspector General and further
information is specified in the Instructions to
Prospective Contractor, Appendix "A",
Paragraph 21.

All bids must be submitted in sealed envelopes
bearing on the outside the name of the Bidder, his
address, the number of the project for which the bid
is submitted, and the date of opening.

The County reserves the right to waive any infor-
mality in, or to reject any or all bids. Bids from any
person, firm or corpo ration in default upon any
agreement with the County will be rejected.

Vendor applications and solicitation packages for
Invitations to Bid (ITB), Request for Proposals
(RFP) and Architectural and Engineering (A&E)
projects can be obtained on the 13th floor of the
Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, in
the Vendor Assistance Unit. The VIC will provide
information and assistance in doing business with
Miami-Dade County, vendor registration and certi-
fication, and current contracting opportunities
countywide. Vendor Assistance staff can be
reached by phone at 305-375-5773 or on the web
at www.miamidade.gov/dpm/vendor-
enrollment.asp.


GEORGE M. BURGESS, COUNTY MANAGER
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

HARVEY RUVIN, CLERK
KAY SULLIVAN, DEPUTY CLERK


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Local artist shares his passion with the community


ART
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create your best
work.
And I'll be starting
adult art classes soon.
But right now I have
an open door policy.
Anybody can come
into the studio, but
you must bring some-
thing to the art. If
you're just coming to
take, then you are not
welcome. Anyone's


welcome who has an
appreciation and
understanding of art
and are willing to
work. But I don't have
any set hours, so it
would be nice if you
called me first.
Art is Forever open
door policy allows vet-
eran and amateur
artists to collaborate.
Here is a sample of the
artists that were
found in the studio,
Thursday evening.


Tianna Cohen-Paul
- painter
I saw Addonis'
paintings and it was
like you could see the
positivity exude. I
gravitated toward his
work. I just got the
feeling from him that
he just wanted to cra-
dle anyone who was
interested in it. It was
extremely purging to
talk to someone that
positive, sincere and
lacking ulterior


motives. It opened my
eyes to the whole
cliche, 'don't judge a
book by its cover.'
Angelo, medium -
carpet sculptor/artist
Addonis saw my
work at the cultural
arts center and was
amazed by what he
saw. So, he invited me
to his studio. Right
away I felt like I was at
home. Now I'm the
thing that wouldn't
leave. I watch Addonis


and try to pick up his
technique.
Duane Andrews -
painter
I paint here but I
also clean, straighten
up the studio to help
out. Born and raised
in Liberty City I


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always wanted a
place to paint.
Sometimes I just walk
outside to take it all
in. I've always want-
ed to do this. It's
beautiful.
Joany Cabrera -
air brush artist


Turner Tech didn't
offer regular art
classes, so I learned
how to air brush.
Then I met Addonis
and came here. It's
the type of place only
an artist would
dream about. Now,


I'm still experiment-
ing and learning.
Addonis is teaching
me different tech-
niques and how to
work with paints. I'm
going to teach him
how to air brush t-
shirts.


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Custom-made cabinets for kitchens
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305-685-3565


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General Home Repairs.
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1. The County seeks to enter into non-exclusive contracts for Asbestos Hazardous Material Removal
services. Each of the selected firms will be awarded a contract for a maximum shared amount of
$15,000,000 for five (5) years with up to one additional year to complete work initiated during the term
of the contract. In no event will the County expend more than a combined total of $15,000,000 for the
term of the contract among the selected firms. At any given time, the selected firms may be required
to provide services for more than one project, and/or for more than one airport. By soliciting Bids, the
County does not guarantee that any approved firm will be awarded any work. All work under these
contracts will be awarded through an internal bidding process

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all the requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA). For sign language, interpreter services, material in accessible format, other spe-
cial accommodations, or airport-related ADA concerns, please contact the MDAD Office of ADA
Coordination at (305) 876-0856.

2. SCOPE OF SERVICES: Asbestos/Hazardous Material Removal and Quick Response work may
be done at any of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's Airports.

The work may include mold abatements; contaminated soil removal, transportation and disposal; dem-
olition and reconstruction as needed; underground storage tank removal; PCB transformer removal;
lead paint removal; all petroleum hazardous material handling; and removal or abatement of anything
that is or maybe considered an environmental hazard, remediation, code violation work, and/or any
environmental work assigned by the Department.

The Miami-Dade Aviation Department wishes to award non-exclusive Contracts to qualified Contractors
to perform Asbestos/Hazardous Material Removal Contract work. They will be selected on the basis
of qualifications and experience. Once they are approved by the Board of County Commissioners,
they will be authorized to bid for Asbestos/Hazardous Material Removal work and associated demoli-
tion and construction at the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's Airports.

By soliciting this Invitation to Bids, the County does not guarantee that any approved respondents will
be awarded any work under this non-exclusive contract. All work under this Non-exclusive contract will
be awarded through competitive bidding procedures as set forth in Sub-Article 2.9 of the General
Conditions.

3. Bids for the Miami-Dade County Invitation to Bid (ITB) No. MDAD-03-06, entitled "Asbestos
Hazardous Material Removal" for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, will be received by the/Board
of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Office of the Clerk of the Board, Stephen P.
Clark Center, 111 N.W. 1st Street, 17th floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128 until 2:00 P.M., January
11, 2007 or as modified by addendum. The County will receive Bids from qualified, interested parties
based upon the terms, covenants and provisions'of the Advertisement and the ITB. The Department
reserves the right to postpone or cancel the Bid opening at any time prior to the scheduled opening of
the Bids. Respondents are invited to be present. Bids received after the time and date specified are
late and may not be considered or received by the Clerk's office, and if sent by mail, will be returned
unopened.

4. ITB documents may be obtained at MDAD's Contracts Administration Division, 4200 N.W. 36th
Street, Building 5A, Suite 400, Miami, Florida, telephone (305) 876-8065, on or after Wednesday,
December 6, 2006 by payment of Fifty dollars ($50.00) (non-refundable) check only, made payable to
the Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD). The package may also be requested in writing, along
with the $50.00 payment, to MDAD Contracts Administration Division, P.O. Box 025504, Miami, FL
33102-5504. Each respondent shall furnish an address, telephone and fax number for the purpose of
contact during the process.

5. A Project Briefing will not be held for this project. However, prospective bidders are encouraged to
submit requests for interpretation or correction in writing. Every request for interpretation or correction
shall be addressed to the Contracting Officer identified below, and must be received at least eight (8)
calendar days prior to the opening of Bids in order to be given consideration.

6. Contract Measure is a "CSBE No Measure", and therefore, not subject to the CSBE provisions.
However, the Community Workforce program may be applicable.

7. This project is subject to the Miami-Dade County Responsible Wages Ordinance.

8. Each Bid must be accompanied by a Bid Bond or guaranty prepared on the form attached to the ITB,
duly executed by the Bidder as Principal and having a Surety thereon meeting the requirements set
forth in the Bid Documents. Failure to include the Bid Bond shall render the Bid non-responsive. The
amount of the bid bond or guaranty is $25,000.00. Bid Bonds will not be returned to any Bidder.

9. 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.

The Contracting Officer for this RFQ is:
Name: Lenora Allen-Johnson
Title: Aviation Senior Procurement Contract Officer
Agency: MDAD Contracts Administration Division
Physical Address: 4200 NW 36th St. Bldg. 5A, 4th Floor, Miami, FL 33122
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 025504, Miami, FL 33102-5504
E-mail Address: lallen-johnson@miami-airport.com
Telephone No.: (305) 876-8065
Facsimile No.: (305) 876-8068


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
HARVEY RUVIN, CLERK


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ADVERTISEMENT
FOR INVITATION TO BIDDERS
FOR ASBESTOS HAZARDOUS
MATERIAL REMOVAL
FOR THE MIAMI DADE AVIATION DEPARTMENT
ITB No. MDAD-03-06


Request for Proposals

The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) is soliciting compet-
itive proposals from qualified organizations (1) with the expertise and
demonstrated ability to effectively and efficiently manage and operate the
delivery of Refugee Employment and Training services or (2) have the
expertise and demonstrated capacity to coordinate and manage Youth Crime
Prevention activities and comprehensive youth services for youth who are
involved in or at risk of committing juvenile crimes.

The Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be available to the public commenc-
ing at 10:00 A.M., December 19, 2006, at 7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW
19th Street), 5th floor reception desk or the RFP may be downloaded from
the SFWIB website (www.southfloridaworkforce.com) after 12:00 noon on
the same day.

An Offerors' Conference is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., January 4, 2007 at
7300 Corporate Center Drive (NW 19th Street), 5th Floor, Conference Room
3, Miami, Florida 33126.

Offerors are hereby advised to consult the SFWIB website (www.southflori-
daworkforce.com) for more details on the competitive process.

Proposals must be received by the SFWIB at the aforesaid location not
later than 4:00 P.M.. January 18, 2007. Proposals not received by the
SFWIB by 4:00 P.M., January 18, 2007, shall not be accepted and shall not
be considered.


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QUALIFICATIONS


Opa-locka Community Development Corp. is soliciting Statements of
Qualifications from Construction Co. The purpose of this request is to pro-
vide Construction Management Services.

OLCDC will accept packages through 01/12/07 12:00pm. To request a
copy of the RFQ package please contact Marcia Grant (305) 687-3545
extension 228.



The Department of Off-Street Parking of the City of Miami d/b/a Miami
Parking Authority ("MPA") is seeking Submissions ("Submissions or
Responses") detailing qualifications to provide auditing services.

Interested firms/individuals ("Respondent(s) or Consultant(s)") may pick-up
a copy of the Request for Qualifications ("RFQ") to be issued on December
20, 2006 at 190 N.E. 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33132. The RFQ contains
detailed and specific information about the scope of services, Submission
requirements and selection procedures.

One (1) original, five (5) copies, and one copy on CD-ROM in PDF Format
of the completed and executed Submission must be delivered to the admin-
istrative office of Miami' Parking Authority, 190 N.E. 3rd Street, Miami,
Florida 33132 no later than January 18, 2007 by 2:00 p.m. Submissions
received past such deadline and/or submitted to any other location or office
shall be deemed not responsive and summarily rejected. The Executive
Director and/or the Board reserves the right to accept any Submission
deemed to be in the best interest of Miami Parking Authority, to waive any
technicalities or irregularities in any Submission and/or to reject any and/or
all Submissions and to re-advertise for new Submissions.


This RFQ may be subject to the City's "Cone of Silence" in accordance
with Section 18-74 of the City's Ordinance No. 12271. Any request for
additional information or clarification must be received in writing no later
than 5:00 p.m., December 29, 2006. Respondents may fax or mail their
requests to the attention of Claudia Saintanne, Procurement Manager, 190
N.E. 3rd Street, Miami, Florida 33132. The facsimile number is (305) 371-
9451; email is: csaintanne@miamiparking.com. All responses to ques-
tions/clarifications will be sent to all prospective bidders in the form of an
addendum.

A Pre-RFQ Submission Conference is scheduled for December 28, 2006
at 2:00 PM (local time) at the following address: Miami Parking Authority,
190 NE Third Street, Miami, FL 33132.

This RFQ is also available on our website: www.miamiparking.com.


Make a good investment, buy


ROBERT
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FP&L's stock was trading
around $37 per share, and as
of last Friday it was trading
around $54 a share. I'm not
telling y'all to buy the stock
right now, heck, I'm just proving
to you how the company's stock
has returned more than 40 per-
cent in less than one year to
folks who invested and bought
the stock. In other words, if you
had invested $3700 back in May
of this year, today you'd have
around $5400. And trust me, we
look at FP&L as a conservative
company, kind of boring actual-


ly, but as you can see, nothings
boring about a 40 percent
increase in your money in less
than a year; sure beats a
Certificate of Deposit (CD) huh?!
Another example is JC Penny's
(my wife's favorite bargain
store), its share holders have
gotten over 50 percent return on
their money within the last year.
How many of you shopped and
spent your money at JCPenny's
this year? Why not own a part of
the company and become a
shareowner? These are just a
few companies, there are many
good and profitable companies
to invest in and become part
owners of; especially companies


*hares

that have good products that
you buy and use regularly.

BECOME AN OWNER
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
If you can't build and sell cars
better than Toyota, buy into the
company and let them make
money for you; become a share-
owner! If you like Wal-Mart or
Home Depot or any company
that you feel has a good thing
going on, don't hate, join in with
them and become a share
owner. I truly believe if more
Black folks start buying shares
of major companies and build-
ing wealth, the world would
view us much differently.


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


Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designat-
ed date. Said bids will be publicly opened and read in the Board auditorium, Miami-Dade County School
Board Administration Building. Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the
date designated. Bid forms on which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the
DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT web-site at http://procurement.dadeschools.net, or
Room 351, address above, telephone (305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the
Friday preceding the scheduled Board meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School
Board meetings will be available in the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday
following the meetings. The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

"The School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools enacts a Cone of Silence from
issuance of a solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board
Rule 6Gx13-8C-1.212 apply."

"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule
6Gx13-3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings."


Bid Number Opening Title Pre-Bid Conference
Download Date Addendums

062-FF06 1/16/2007 Full Service Maintenance Agreement
for Modular Buildings Air Conditioning


004-GG02 1/16/2007 Custodial Cleaning Supplies


026-GG07 1/16/2007 Miscellaneous Trucks and Walk-In Step
Vans


THE SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Dr. Rudolph F. Crew
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13377 N.W. 30th Avenue
$80 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186/305-691-3486
1721 N.W. 41st Street
One room furnished with air,
and appliances, $125 each
week, $500 to move in.
Call 786-487-2222
1845 NW 50th Street
$135 weekly, with air, $270
to move in.
Call 786-317-2104
or 786-286-7455
2900 N.W. 157th Street
Room for rent, $100 per
week, $200 down. 305-681-
4181.
Inquire at
15710 N.W. 44th Court
Quiet people only. No noise!
$115, $130, $150 per week.
Private entrance, utilities in-
cluded. Stop by from 8 a.m.-
7 p.m. for information.
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Clean room, private
entrance, outdoor patio,
cable and air.
Call 305-688-0187
NORTH MIAMI AREA
Nice room, private entrance,
305-769-4985 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
ROOMING HOUSE
FOR RENT
8013 N.W. 10th Court
Central air, new bathrooms
and kitchen, security gates
S"$125 to $150 per week.
Call Mac at 954-744-9988
ROOMS FOR RENT
128 N.E. 82 Terrace
Rooms for rent in private
home, $500 monthly plus
$300 security Working indi-
vidual or elderly preferred.
References 786-355-5948.
SUMMER PALACE
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, air, use of kitchen, plus
more. Call 305-835-2728.
SUMMER PALACE
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, air, use of kitchen, plus
more. Call 305-835-2728.


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
1541 N.W. 54th Street #B
Huge efficiency with air, utilit-
ies included, $550 monthly.
First, last and $200 security.
Call 305-332-2117
2110 Rutland Street
Cozy large efficiency, central
air private entrance, $575
monthly. 305-298-1772
-. 2971 N.W. 174th Street
Quiet neighborhood, includes
electricity and water, $575
monthly. First, last and
security required.
Call 305-474-4536 or
786-999-3306
4245 N.W. 24 AVE Apt #C
Free cable, air, water' and
lights. $150 weekly. $600 to
move in. Working individual
or elderly preferred.
Call 786-357-3958
7625 NW 14th Court
Detached Efficiency Unit
$700 per month
Call 305-244-6429



14100 N.W. 6th Court
Huge one bedroom, one
bath, with central air, in quiet
area, $725 monthly!
Raciel Cruz: 305-213-5013
150 N.W. 82nd Terrace
'One bedroom, one bath with
air, clean, $650 monthly.
First, last and security.
Call 305-244-4939
1525 N.W. 1st Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$550 monthly. Newly
renovated, all appliances
included. Free twenty-seven
inch flat screen TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1540 NW 1st Court
Efficiency $375
One bedroom $475
Stove, refrigerator and air
305-642-7080

1958 N W 4 COURT APT314
Three bedroom, one and half
bath, upstairs $1300 monthly
$800 Deposit. 305-978-3823
Section 8 Welcome!

2407 N.W. 135 ST
$200 OFF!
Large one bedroom, $695.
Newly renovated with cen-
tral air.
Call 305-769-0146

2750 N.W. 43rd Terrace
Newly renovated one bed-
room, one bath with air, free
water, $515 a month, $773
moves you in.
Leonard 786-236-1144
MIAMI AREA
5200 N.W. 26th Avenue
Two bedrooms, $700. Sec-


-.4ion 8 Welcome. Ask for spe-
cial! Call 305-634-3545


50TH STREET HEIGHTS
Walking distance from
Brownsville metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors, one and two bed-
rooms, from $445-$520
monthly!
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$510-520 per month, one
bedrooms, $445 per month,
window bars and iron gate
doors. Free water and gas.
Apply at: 2651 NW 50th
Street or Call 305-638-3699
ALBERTA HEIGHTS APTS
One and two bedrooms.,
from $455-$530 monthly.
Free water, window bars and
iron gate doors.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street or
Call 305-638-3699

ARENA GARDEN
1601 NW 1st Court
FREE WATER AND BASIC
CABLE. Remodeled effcien-
cy, two, three bedrooms, air,
ceiling fan, appliances, laun-
dry and gate. 305-374-4412
Downtown/Biscayne Area
One bedroom, one bath,
safe, clean, new kitchen,
new tile, fresh paint, secured
with parking, $625-$675
monthly.
1315 N.E. Miami Court
786-351-4516
Eighth Street Apartments
MOVE IN SPECIAL one
and a half months, one
bedroom, one bath, air
conditioning $450.
786-236-1144 or
786-298-0125.


Los Suenos Apartments
NOW LEASING
Introducing a new
affordable
rental community in the
Downtown area. Be the
first to occupy these brand
new apartments. One, two
and three bedroom units
from $568* a month.
(305) 573-9696
*Prices are subject to
change without notice.
*Income restrictions apply.

Ninth Street Apartments
One bedroom, one bath.
$450, air conditioning.
305-358-1617
NORTH DADE/NW AREA
One bedroom, $525 easy
move in. Two bedrooms,
$675, three bedrooms $825
new tile, appliances, kitchen,
security bars. 305-219-4503
RENTER'S PARADISE
ORCHARD VILLA APTS.,
1255 NW 58 Street
1256 NW 58 Terrace
Free water, gas, window bars
and iron gate doors, $445
monthly. Two bedrooms,
$510 monthly. Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699
OVERTOWN AREA
One and two bedroom apart-
ments, $500 ahd :$600
monthly.
Please call 305-216-5390

Overtown, Liberty City
Opa-locka, Brownsville
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses, Efficiencies. One
two and three bedrooms
Many with appliances
Same day approval
Call for information
305-642-7080
Capital Rental
Agency, Inc.

WILDROSE
Large, two and three bed-
rooms available. All applian-
ces with central air. Section 8
Welcome! Call 305-688-2749
WYNWOOD AREA
2158 2162 NW 5 Avenue,
nice one bedroom one bath
$550 monthly. Call today for
our special "move in offer"
305-986-8362.



1156-58 NW 64 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
first last, security. Section 8
and HOPWA preferred.
Call 305-244-6845
15723 NW 39 Place
Section 8 Ready
Clean and lovely two and
three bedrooms, tile, applian-
ces, bars, central, air, $950-
$1300 monthly. Other Ioca-
tions available
Call now 305-621-6128
1724 N W 75th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
newly renovated, tiled.
Available January 1. Section
8 Wel-come. $1262 monthly.
Call 786-597-4121

2020 NW 93rd Terrace
Two bedrooms, two baths,


central air, appliances, secur-
ity bars. Landlord pays water.
Tenant pays all other utilities
and yard maintenance. Back-
ground check required, $985
monthly, first and last plus
$985 security. $2955 moves
you in.
Call John 305-620-
5604 or 786-402-7925.


226 N.W. 63rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Newly remodeled, new appli-
ances. Section 8 Ok!
Call 786-797-7878
3621 N. W. 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 786-258-1843

4643 NW 16th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$675. Call 305-759-2280.
5641 NE Miami Court
Fabulous, clean and spa-
cious. Call 786-357-5523
6811 N.W. 2nd Court
Large two bedrooms, two
baths, with eat-in kitchen,
stove, air, refrigerator, $795 a
month. Molly 305-541-2855
771 NW 52nd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 a monthly. Section 8
Welcome! Call 954-704-0094
8001 NW 11th Court
One bedroom, one bath
$500 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.
786-374-5541
881 N W 107 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$14000 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 786-374-5541
BROWNSVILLE AREA
3376 N W 49 Street, three
bedrooms two baths $1300
and three bedrooms one
bath $1240 monthly. First
and Security. Section 8
Welcome
786-274-3738
NORTH MIAMI AREA
16142 N.E. 18th Place
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $950 monthly,
Call 786-985-1624
Under New
Management
KINGSWAY APTS
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath du-
plex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $580 per month, $580
security deposit, $1160 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
aoolv at: 3737 Charles Ter-


CAROL CITY AREA
Three bedrooms two baths,
townhome. Holiday move-in
special, $1000 monthly,
$1900 to move in.
Call 786-326-8280


1460 N.W. 175th Street
Three bedrooms, two bath,
$1600 monthly plus security.
Call 954-704-0094
1570 N.W. 70th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath
Call 786-380-3796
18715 NW 45th Avenue
SECTION 8 OK
Three bedrooms, one bath
with tile floors, central air, in
quiet area. $1326 monthly.
Call Joe 954-849-6793
2000 NW 97 Street
Two bedroom, one bath with
all appliances,' air units,
washer and dryer and securi-
ty bars. $950 monthly.
Call 786-426-6263
20102 N.W. 28th Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
WalMart two minutes away,
$1250. Section 8 welcome.
Go by and look before you
call 305-761-2427.
2015 N.W. 123rd Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new kitchen, tile floors,
ceiling fans, $1650 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.
305-624-4888
2400 N.W. 24th Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, stove and refrigerator,
$1300 per month. Section 8
approved. Call 786-253-7218
2707 N.W. 50th Street
Five bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8 only. Call Lorenzo
786-356-0486 or
Gigi 786-356-0487
2825 N.W. 163rd Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile, bars, $1500, move in
with $4,500. NO Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
305-891-6776
3810 NW 173rd Terrace
Three bedrooms, carport,
tile, air, $1300, $3900 to
move in. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson
305-891-6776
BROWNSVILLE AREA
5501 N W 24 Court, three
bedrooms two baths, central
air. $1550 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 305-244-4996 or
786-261-9195, Yvette.

FOR RENT
17th Ave. and N.W. 71st St.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, $1800 to
move in. Call 718-473-2273
MIAMI AREA
1830 N W 50th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances, security bars, cen-
tral air, $1000 monthly,
$2000 moves you in. Section
8 Welcome!
Call 305-215-8125
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
Four bedrooms two baths.
$1600 first last and security
needed, Section 8 Welcome.
Please call 786-975-6800


OPA LOCKA AREA
2121 York Street
Two bedrooms one bath,
laundry area, fenced yard.
$1000 monthly.
Call 954-801-3508


FORECLOSURES
Keep your home!
305-623-7046
LEASE TO OWN or RENT
FOREVER. Don't rent. Why
rent? Rent to own, $5000
down $1500, a month. 305-
623-7046
SECTION 8 HOMES and
APARTMENTS 50 STATES.
HOME and APARTMENT
FINDER. 305-623-7046
WE BUY UGLY HOMES 50
STATES. 305-623-7046.
We Trade and Exchange
Properties.
50 States! 305-623-7046


112 Marion aireet-iviramar
Three bedrooms, one bath,
pool, quiet area. Try $1900
down and $1600 monthly
(good credit needed). $279K.
NDI Realtors
305-655-1700
1139 NW 76 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, remodeled, all
appliances. 786-512-1588
2031 N W 92 STREET
Two houses one price. Front
is two bedroom, rear house
is one bedroom. Carport and
more. Try $1900 down and
$1349 monthly (new mort-
gage). $269K, NDI Realtors
305-655-1700
203rd Street & 36th Avenue
Four bedroms, two baths,
central air, garage, carport,
hugh patio, sauna, hot tub,
and In Law Quarters. $1900
down and $1640 monthly
(good credit needed). $289K.
NDI Realtors
305-655-1700
2118 N.W 86 STREET
Three bedrooms one bath,
iron fence, air contioned.
LARGE Rear building could
be apartment. Try $1900
down and $1349 monthly.
$269K.
NDI Realtors
305-655-1700 ,
2705 N.W. 200th Terrace
Two bedrooms, near
stadium, new flooring. Move
for Super Bowl.
Call Miki 305 829-0073 or
786-281-2601
4720 NW 31st Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
9,760 sq. ft. lot, master bed-
room has full bath, $265K.
Seller contribution.
Call 305-905-7279
4910 NW 170 Street
Four bedrooms, two bath,
central air, new windows,
new paint, new kitchen. Try
$1900 down, $1700 monthly
(good credit needed). $299K.
NDI Realtors
305-655-1700
7770 Meridian St.-Miramar
Three bedrooms, one bath,
new windows and carpets.
New paint and kitchen. Try
$1900 down and $1349
monthly (new mortgage).
$269K.
NDI Realtors
305-655-1700
790 N.W. 64th Street
Totally remodeled three bed-
rooms, two baths. Brand new
central air, kitchen with all
appliances, baths tile and
carpeting, $199,000. Seller
will pay $10,000 towards
buyer's closing costs.
Owner/Agent 305-491-7522

DADE COUNTY HOMES
Call 786-506-0155 to get
your name on my home
buyers Hot Community
Program List. The Rush is
on, get pre-approved now.
Ask for Dorothy Bradley,
Kingstar Realty Inc.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
2595 NW 164th Street
Very large three bedrooms,
two baths, central air. Asking
$220,000. Seller will help
with closing cost, $500 down.
Call 305-761-5418
INCOME POTENTIAL
Six bedrooms, five bath-
rooms, three separate kitch-
ens, over 2500 sq. ft.,
$320,000. Call 305-467-6095
between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
MIAMI GARDENS
15820 N W 18 Avenue, Ex-
cellent location four bed-
rooms one bath. $185 000.
Seller will assist in finance.
Call 305-467-2408
NORTHSIDE AREA
Nice clean three bedroom,
one bath near Northside.
8425 N W 29 Court. If inter-
ested call 305-965-6204 to
see.



Accounting/Bookkeeping and
Payroll Services
305-298-1772


Gene and Sons, Inc.
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14140 NW 22nd Avenue
305-685-3565
Need Cash For The Holi-
days? Very Quick Closing!
305-298-1772
Stop Renting, Own Your
Own Homel
Bad credit welcome,
Zero down.
Call: Terry
786-267-7129/cell phone.
1-877-865-0183



FIRST TIME CAR BUYER
We love people with bad
credit. Everyone drives home
with a new car. $500 down,
$200 a month. Trade in car
and we pay off loan. Any car
you want. No questions
asked. Dealerships say no, I
say approved. 305-720-7006
24/7



REPAIRS
Carpentry, shutters, painting,
tiling and plastering. Also ad-
ditions. Call 954-980-4231 or
305-892-0315



BOOKKEEPER/
SECRETARY
Experience with Excel,
Word, Quickbooks A Plus.
305-751-4551

HELP WANTED
Qualified personal to work
in 24hr child care facility.
Must be a people person,
able to lift, bend and work
well with children. Back-
ground check necessary.
Drug free environment. FT
and PT positions available.
Please contact: Monifa
Ambersile at Dreams
Come True Academy, Inc.,
18311 NW 30th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33056. Call toll
free at 1-877-730-3282.

In need of a job?
Catering company looking
for a driver with a valid
driver's license, cold and
hot prep cook.
Call 786-413-0995
3856 N.W. 125th Street
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Pre-School Teachers and
Center Director
Paid vacation and
holidays.
Call 786-587-9735

RECEPTIONIST
needed for busy office.
Must have excellent
verbal skills, a friendly
demeanor, and the ability
to MULTI-TASK. Boring
and frigid personalities
need not apply!
Fax resume to
The Miami Times
305-694-6215
or email mwilliams@
miamitimesonline.com


Route Drivers

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

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
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Local Black assistant attorney


appointed new claims judge


By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com
Former City of Miami Assistant
Attorney Geraldine B. Hogan for-
mally takes office of Judge of
Compensation Claims for the Fort
Lauderdale office, Monday.
Governor Jeb Bush appointed
Hogan Judge on November 15.
Hogan, who joined the Office of
the City Attorney in 2003 was
proud of her appointment. South
Florida has a large number of
African-Americans, said Hogan, and
the bench should reflect the diversi-
ty of its community.
Quickly compensating an injured
worker, regardless of fault, provides
the basis for worker's compensation
law. However, when neither the
employer nor employee can agree
upon mutually satisfying terms of
an agreement, a compensation
claims judge may be used to decide
the amount of money and other
terms to adequately provide for the
worker.
The 51-year-old daughter of edu-
cators originally worked as a
Alachua County School Board
teacher for 11 years after receiving
her Master of Education degree.
She then returned to the University


Geraldine B. Hogan
of Florida to receive her law degree.
I was looking for a career that would
provide me with several options,
explained Hogan.
While practicing law in the public
sector, Hogan discovered her pas-
sion for worker's compensation liti-
gation. She practiced in the private
sector litigating worker's compensa-
tion claims for six years before
returning to work for the City. My
focus now is to be the very best
worker's compensation judge, said
Hogan.


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