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MISS BLACK FLORIDA USA

Miss Black Florida recently visited the
Perpetua Javette Phillips has an abun- ofice of The Miami Times and will be fea-
dance of zest to share with the world tured in a profile in early January. She
and thrives to share it with whomever expressed her great gratitude for the scholar-
ship she received from the Kazah Temple of.
she encounters so that her legacy shall the local Eastern Stars organization and her
be forever more in the hearts and biggest cheerleader, her niede Naomi Wilson.
minds of all rGod's creatures Perpetua Javette Phillips was born to
minds of al God's creatures James and Bernadette Phillips on June 20,
1981 in Miami, Florida. From the age of 3,
Special to The Times 'Peppie' knew her life would be centered


One of northwest Miami-Dade's treasures
is also one of its secrets. The young Black
woman who will represent Florida in the
Miss Black America contest to be held in the
motherland in June of 2007 is an Opa-locka
resident. The treasure is Miss Black Florida,
Perpetua Phillips.


around choreographing dances for herself
and others. Peppie's dream of owning a
world renowned dance studio began over
twenty years ago. At the age of 3, She started
her dance career with the Edwin Holland
School of Dance Studio (1984-1999), and by
16 became one of his teachers until she
Please turn to VISIT 4A


Cuban and Black leadership sworn in on Thursday


Barbara Jordan to become
county's second in command
Special to The Times

Commissioner Barbara Jordan was
inducted as vice-chair of the Board of
Miami-Dade County Commissioners;
and Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro,
District 5, was also sworn in as the
next chairman of the Board on
Thursday in the commission chambers
of the Stephen P. Clark Center.
Commissioner Jordan took office in
2004 after a 30-year career in Miami-
Dade County government. She was,
while she served in the position, one of
only three Black women to ever serve
as assistant county manager in Miami-
Dade. Her District 1 constituency cov-
ers the cities of Opa-locka, Miami


New homeowners

get keys to their

home in HOPE VI

Commissioner Rolle holds dedication
ceremony for new HOPE VI homeowners
By Brandyss Howard
bhoward@miamitimesonline.com

Former residents and families of the James E. Scott
housing projects celebrated the coming of a new year
with a dedication ceremony to receive keys to their
new homes through the HOPE VI project.
Commissioner Dorrin D. Rolle and representatives
from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and the
Miami-Dade Housing Agency opened the doors for 15
Please turn to HOPE VI 4A


Vice-chair Jordan being sworn in by her brother FI. City mayor Otis Wallace.
Gardens, portions of North Miami Bunche Park, Carol City and Norland
Beach and North Miami, as well as the communities.


Commissioner Barreiro, a former
state representative, was first elected to
the County Commission in 1998 and
re-elected in 2004. His district covers
portions of Miami and Miami Beach,
and includes Downtown Miami, South
Beach and Little Havana. Since taking
his seat on the commission,
Commissioner Barreiro has served on
several committees, most recently lead-
ing the Ad Hoc Committee assembled
to oversee the redirection of Miami-
Dade affordable housing efforts.
Both Barreiro and Jordan will serve
one, two-year term. Among his other
duties as chairman, Commissioner
Barreiro will appoint the members,
chairperson and vice-chairperson of all
standing committees and will direct
meetings of the full board.
Brandyss Howard contributed to this
story.


The Owens family says they're truly blessed to have their new home


Wade's 40 highlight

holiday win for Heat
The anticipated "D-Wade vs.
Kobe" duel never materialized
Monday as Dwyane Wade shot
down Kobe Bryant Monday to
lead the Miami Heat to their
third consecutive Christmas
Day victory against the Los
Angeles Lakers.
"Makes it great, man, makes
it great," Wade, who finished
with 40 points and 11 assists,
said of winning. "To be playing
on Christmas is great. ... And
we can go home and continue
enjoying Christmas Day,
knowing that you played an
Please turn to HEAT 4A


Local NAACP

chapter holds

annual meeting

By Brandyss Howard
bhoward@miamitimesonline.com

The local chapter of the
NAACP held its annual meet-
ing recently at the Caleb
Center to reflect on projects
and events that have taken
place over the past year. First
vice president, Dr. Shirley B.
Johnson served as master of
ceremonies, as the current
president, Juvais Harrington,
was unavailable. "I have
stepped into the position to
bring the branch
through the rest of
J the year," said
Johnson.
__^ Each committee
chair was respon-
sible for presenting a brief
synopsis of the projects and
processes that have taken
place throughout the year.
Meeting participants were able
to challenge the findings and
make recommendations to the
committees to review before
the new officers take their
three-year positions in
January 2007.
Youth Council advisor
Ebony Jackson reported that
from the time they attended
Please turn to MEETING 4A


Many former Scott Carver residents say they are worse off than before


Ex-Residents of Scott Carver feel denied of 'Homes for the Holidays'


By Brandyss Howard
bhoward@miamitimesonline.com

Homeless former residents of
the Scott Carver Projects con-
tinued to protest their plight,
including a rally at the Miami-
Dade Housing Authority to


demand 'Homes for the
Holidays' and to present con-
cerns to newly-appointed
Housing Director Kris Warren.
Joseph Phelan of The Miami
Workers Center (MWC) told
The Miami Times that when
MDHA staff told the residents


that Warren was out of the
office, the group began chanti-
ng "No Justice, No Peace" and
"What Do We Want? Housing!"
Rally participants and repre-
sentatives from both the MWC
and Low Income Families
Fighting Together (LIFFT) stat-


ed that attempts have been
made to provide solutions to
the housing crisis and that a
listing of residents who are in
immediate need of a home was
sent to the agency. Phelan
stated that meetings have
already been conducted with
Senior Advisor Cynthia Curry,
and that MDHA has been non-


responsive to their requests.
Tony Romano, executive direc-
tor of MWC, said residents and
the Emergency Housing coali-
tion have grown tired of wait-
ing for the Housing Agency to
comply with their demands.
"No more meetings. It s time
for immediate action from
MDHA to put these people in


homes," said Romano.
The rally was a conclusion of
the three-day email campaign
that began last week in which
75 people, both city and
nationwide, sent e-mails to
Warren, Curry, County
Manager George Burgess and
County commissioners
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MMAP favors

nails over medicine

T he Metro-Miami Action Plan, one of the county's agen-
cies with the mission to revitalize the Black business
community was wrong to deny financial assistance to
one of the dwindling Black owned pharmacies, while giving
$75,000 to a politically connected day spa. Both businesses
were recently highlighted in The Miami Times and both are
worthy Black businesses. However, the need for Black resi-
dents to have access to medications and items in a Black ori-
ented pharmacy should have trumped money to a spa-cafe-
gallery business.
The treatment of the Yellow Moon Salon and Day Spa,
owned by the family of City Commissioner Michelle Spence-
Jones, was different from the reception given to the Royalty
Pharmacy that had to move from Liberty City to Miami
Gardens. Royalty's request for 'loans or grants,' to provide
jobs and to assist their move, was met with a gesture to come
back for a $20,000 loan when they get money from other
sources.
For anyone connected to the episode to state that the dis-
parate treatment involved no political favoritism does not
pass the 'smell test.' It reeks of politics over people needs.
MMAP Trust CEO Milton Vickers professed that it has limit-
ed resources and is not able to help everyone. If that is the
case, financial assistance to a Black pharmacy to employ
people and provide services to Black people should easily
have outranked serving the spa's clientele of tourists, neigh-
bors, local trendsetters and art connoisseurs.


The hardest working man in

show business, dances off

the stage

James Brown-the Godfather of soul, leader of the
Famous Flames, author of "good gawd, I wanna kiss
myself' and the "hardest working man in show busi-
ness" died on Christmas morning at age 73 in Atlanta.
Brown, whose singing, dancing and showmanship, had
many imitators and progeny, including Michael Jackson,
Prince, Mick Jagger and many others. None, however, gener-
ated the excitement of James Brown. In the past two decades,
his work was also copied and imitated by rap and hip-hop
artists
James Brown's career covered over 50 years of travel and
shows, beginning with the "chitlin circuit" in small southern
towns, like Waycross, Georgia, in the 1950's, to international
venues and the royal courts of foreign nations. A broad white
audience 'discovered' him when he was the star performer on
an integrated movie geared toward teenage audiences. The
1964 TAMI Show introduced Brown to white teens that had
come to see white British artists, including the Rollin Stones,
and refined Motown artists like the Supremes.
Brown's dancing and showmanship became the 'must see
performance' when he came near any town or city and by
audiences, that did not segregate themselves out of seeing
James Brown. His dancing and singing was accompanied by
highly synchronized horns, drumbeats and his screams and
shouts of "good gawd."
Unforgettable was his signature act during a song he wrote
titled 'Please, please, please.' After his splits, one legged
dances and turns during fast beat songs, Brown would sing
the slow 'Please' lyrics, begging his woman not to go, and
appearing fully exhausted, he would drop to his knees; but
when aided by a valet who draped a cape over him and
appeared to help him off the stage, Brown would flipped off
the cape and run back to the microphone to beg some more.
He then ended his show with the triple fast-timed 'Night
Train," with dancing that inspired Michael Jackson among
others.
Brown, however, provided an example to young artists that
their art also had a business side that could control their
future. He was a successful businessman who operated a
multimedia conglomerate that included radio and TV sta-
tions. He managed and directed other performers, many of
whom were a part of his traveling troupe.
Many Black baby boomers remember Brown's epic 'Say it
loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud,' as one of the anthems of the
civil rights and Black pride movements of the 1960's.
Despite domestic and tax problems in his later life, Brown
continued to perform as a popular showman. Brown's death
of heart failure on Christmas Day was an indication of his
life. Reverend Jesse Jackson, a friend of many years, said,
"He was dramatic to the end-dying on Christmas Day. He'll be
all over the news all over the world today. He would have it
no other way."

So, one last time, remember and smile about the music of the past 50 years
of James Brown, 'the hardest working man in show business:'


1956: Please, Please, Please
1959: Try Me
1960: Think
1961: Bewildered
1961: I Don't Mind
1962: Lost Someone
1962: Night Train
1963: Prisoner of Love
1965: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
1965: I Got You (I Feel Good)
1966: Ain'tThat a Groove
1966: Don't Be A Drop-Out
1966: It's a Man's Man's Man's World
1967: Cold Sweat
1967: Let Yourself Go
1968: I Can't Stand Myself
1968: I GotThe Feelin
1968: Licking Stick Licking Stick
1968: Say it Loud -
I'm Black and I'm Proud
1968: There Was A Time
1969: Give It Up Or Turn It A Loose
1969: I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me
Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get
It Myself)
1969: Mother Popcorn (You GotTo Have A
Mother For Me)
1970: Get Up
(I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine
1970: Super Bad"
1971: Hot Pants (She Got To Use What
She Got To Get What She Wants)
1971: Make It Funky


1971: Soul Power
1972: Get On The Good Foot
1974: MyThang
1974: Papa Don't Take No Mess
1974: The Payback
1976: Get Up Offa That Thing
1985: Living in America


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Is anyone without sin
IS anyone without sin?


Dear Editor,

I read an article in your
newspaper (Dec. 13 edition)
entitled Disappointed with
Northwestern. It should have
been more appropriately enti-
tled "Dis-sing Northwestern."
In response to some of our
latest critics about the deci-
sion of our principal Mr.
Bernard and our head coach,
Mr. Smith, at 'The West' to
allow Antwain Easterling to
play in the State
Championship game last week;
I say there was a Parable in the
Bible about a 'certain' woman
who was caught in the very act
of adultery. All of the religious
town folk and critics (mainly
men) called for her to be
stoned to death.
Question one: why didn't
they call for the man she was


caught with to be stoned to
death as well?
When they tried to persuade
Jesus to condemn this woman
(as so many of our present-day
critics and religious town folk
are doing by condemning
Antwain Easterling), Jesus
never spoke a mumbling a
word. He simply stooped down
and wrote this in the sand:
"He who amongst us is with-
out sin, let him cast the first
stone."
Question two: remembering
that you can sin by word,
thought, or actual deed, who
amongst us (present day
crowd of critics) is without
sin?
I applaud Antwain for hav-
ing the courage to admit that
he did what he was accused of
doing, and not trying to lie
about his involvement. And


what he did was simply a
young man making a very poor
decision. What he did was
something we did, thought
about doing, or heard of some-
one else doing- when we were
growing up. (We used to call
them 'trains'):
Antwain, unfortunately, will
have to pay for what he did -
in some form or fashion but
not letting him play in proba-
bly the most important game
- at the most critical point -
of his young life could have
had a tremendous emotional,
as well as devastating psycho-
logical, effect for the rest of his
life.
We simply have too many of
our young, Black boys in pris-
ons, the graveyard and on
parole as it is. In this society
that 'eats up' our young Black
men like 'paper shredders' in


Corporate America, we can't
afford to loose any more.
So I say to our modern-day
'stone throwers' who have
never done, or thought about
doing, something 'repugnant,'
don't criticize. Instead, pray
foE Antwain and the many
other Antwains this society
produces; and hopefully we as
a people will be able to trans-
form some of our 'borderline'
boys into productive men of
society.
P.S. Props to Principal
Bernard and Coach Smith for
standing up and standing by
one of our young Black men.
Hopefully, the future will
reveal that you made the right
decision.

John L. Cheever
Miami Northwestern Class of
1963


How can we identify undercover police officers?


Dear Editor,

Our undercover police offi-
cers are difficult to identify
because of their plain cars and
their plain clothes. Due to the
most recent rash of police
shootings some citizens may
not be so eager to stop for an
undercover police officer
because they can't be sure who
is trying to stop them. Some
police supply stores may be
selling to some of the general
public, and that presents a
problem of identifying the
police. In knowing this, how


can the average citizen identify
an undercover police officer
when approached to abide by
the law? There should be a
legal process of identifying who
should be able to purchase
police supplies by picture ID
and some legal affiliation and
or association with Law
Enforcement in order to buy
these supplies.
An example is when you are
driving on a highway and not
near any people or buildings;
you may be taking a chance if
you stop, by not knowing who
is trying to stop you. The same


type of red lights that have been
purchased by some average cit-
izens, are used by police to
warn drivers to stop their cars
and have sometimes been used
by criminals in the past. There
also may not be anything else
that seems significant to identi-
fy if you are being approached
by legitimate police officers, or
criminals. How and why would
you think it is o.k. to stop?
Let's try to make a significant
effort and difference to change
these rules, policies or laws and
clarify this problem. Why are
civilians dying at the hands of


the police who are here to pro-
tect us? It's obviously some-
thing wrong here. We also need
a National Civilian/Police
Review Board to research how
and why this is happening, and
how to facilitate the review
process ASAP before another
civilian is killed. I am appealing
to all citizens, local. State and
Federal Law Makers for your
help with this horrific dilemma.

Concerned
Disabled Senior Citizen
Phillip Leno Wright Sr.
Miami


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Is economic development of

Black neighborhoods dead?


It appears sometimes that
economic development of Black
neighborhoods occurs only
after a riot, when everyone
seems to come to the realization
that unemployment, drugs,
crime and despair can lead to
an explosion, when Black peo-
ple see one too many instances
of perceived injustice.
Tools for Change, an agency
that was started after the
McDuffie riots was facing clo-
sure, because of the lack of
funding. During its tenure,
Tools for Change created over
500 new businesses and led to
the creation of an estimated
10,000 jobs in the inner city.
Mayor Penelas' Urban Task
Force is also threatened with
closure. This agency was to
coordinate and focus develop-
ment in the poorest of the poor
areas in our community to
combat the unemployment rate
of Black neighborhoods, which
is two times higher than the
average unemployment rate for
the rest of the County.
Two factors seem to be caus-
ing the demise of many needed
social service agencies.
President Bush does not
seemed the least bit concerned
about the ballooning budget
deficit, except in the instance of
social services. He cut funding
for 'fioiHing and economic
'diievelopmient, which led' local
governments to cut funding to
non-profits. The.second factor
is that local governments have
taken few steps to fill the gap.
While the loss of federal fund-
ing. is significant, most local
governments had a boon as real
estate prices drove up their tax
revenues. Very little of this real
estate boon dollars was used to
develop poor urban areas,
except to put up condos that
displaced poor families (gentri-
fication). Mayor Alvarez has
not developed one new initiative
to help the development of
inner cities. What is worse is
that economic development
programs that were started by
Mayor Alvarez's predecessors
are withering on the vine.
The Miami Herald recently
ran an uplifting story about
new housing for the poor. The
housing was not built by a gov-
ernment agency, but rather by
Habitat for Humanity. It is
non-profit agencies like Habitat
for Humanity, which are deliv-
ering needed services, when
government seems unable to
cut through red tape and inef-
ficiency to deliver needed items


like low income housing.
I realize this editorial is
depressing, because the poor
are getting poorer and nobody
seems to care. On a brighter
note, Leroy Jones, executive
director of Neighbors and
Neighbors Association (NANA)
has approached the Tools for
Change Board of Directors with
a merger proposal. Both
organizations work with small
minority owned businesses
providing technical assistance.
NANA's focus is to help "Mom
& Pop" businesses obtain need-
ed grants, licenses, certifica-
tions and provide assistance
with zoning and code enforce-
ment issues. Tools for Change
provides technical assistance
in the form of legal advice,
accounting advice, formation of
corporations, development of
business plans and micro-
loans.
Leroy Jones, a dynamic exec-
utive director, approached
Tools for Change, because he
felt the mission of Tools For
Change was still necessary and
.wanted to insure the continued
existence of the venerable
social service agency. During
its operations, Tools for
Change has created over 500
new corporate business enti-
ties, created over 10,000 jobs
and' ip`bvde i'tedihrlidal assis-
tance to thousands of busi-
nesses. I believe the proposed
merger will be in the best inter-
ests of both organizations as it
will insure that a strong agency
maintains the mission of pro-
viding assistance to minority
owned businesses in Liberty
City, Overtown, Opa-locka,
Brownsville, Gould and other
historically underserved areas
of our County. It is hoped that
Miami-Dade County still recog-
nize the critical need of provid-
ing jobs in our inner cities, and
that it will not take another riot
for our leadership to recognize
the importance of business/job
creation.
Our Black Commissioners
should use their collective
strength to insure that agen-
cies like NANA, and Tools For
Change receive the critical
funding needed to maintain
their missions. The Parrot
Jungles of Miami-Dade
County, which are owned by
rich individuals, should not be
given the lion share of funding
at the expense of the numerous
social services providing hous-
ing, food, medicine and jobs to
the poor.


OPINION
The Miami Times, December 27, 2006 January 2, 2007, 2006 3A


Take control of your credit


We all know the slogans of the
major credit card companies
and how effective they are at
persuading us to shop and
travel. American Express ads
say don't leave home without it.
Visa is everywhere you want to
be. Having a MasterCard
account is priceless.
Gold, blue, platinum and
black are the colors of money
these days because the global
economy moves too fast to wait
for the green. The world of
commerce operates on an
honor system where the privi-
lege to buy now and pay later is
granted by lenders and sellers
to consumers who are consid-
ered creditworthy.
When you complete a credit
application, do you know how
retail stores decide whether to
issue you a credit card? Do you
know how auto dealers decide
whether to approve your lease?
Do you know how banks decide
whether to refinance your mort-
gage? It's time to break the
code...
Everyone who has ever had a
regular monthly bill to pay for
an account opened in their
name probably has a credit
report. Your credit report is a
financial report card compiled
by the nationwide consumer
reporting agencies Equifax,
Experian, and TransUnion. It
includes information about
how you pay your bills.
Every month each of your
creditors report to these agen-
cies whether your payment was
received on time or whether it
was more than 30, 60, or 90
days past due. Your creditors
continue to report your pay-
ment status for as long as the
accounts are open and they
report the reason(s) why your
accounts may have been
closed.
Over time, your payment
practices will reveal a pattern of
timely satisfaction of your obli-
gations or not. Your very first
creditor will have to evaluate
your salary and other indica-
tors of ability to pay, without
the benefit of reviewing your
repayment pattern. You will
need to rely on your level of
education, stable work experi-
ence and positive character ref-
erences to help you get that
first installment loan or starter
card.
However, your payment pat-


tern, or credit history, will be
used by every other potential
creditor to judge whether you
are a good bet to repay new and
bigger loans. If your credit his-
tory demonstrates a list of
accounts reported in good
standing because they are paid
on time, the potential creditor
will approve your application
for a credit limit increase, a new
credit card, loan or other finan-
cial help. New credit will be
hard to come by when your
payment pattern shows that
you have been delinquent.
Your credit history is often a
component of employment
background checks and can be
used as reason to withhold job
offers, especially those jobs
which involve handling cash
and the accounts of others.
Your credit history also
includes information from pub-
lic records, like whether you
have been arrested, sued, or
filed for bankruptcy. All of this
information is yours and you
are entitled to see it so that you
can request correction or dele-
tion of inaccurate or incomplete
data.
The federal Fair Credit
Reporting Act (FCRA) is a con-
sumer protection law that takes
much of the mystery out of
understanding how lenders and
sellers judge whether you are
creditworthy ..The, FCRA
requires that you receive a free
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tors use to make their approval
or denial decisions, guaranteed,
upon request, once every twelve
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. I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understand-
ing of what confronts theIm and the basic causes that produce it, they'll create
their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.. "
Malcolm X


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People are wondering about the final fate of the City of
Miami's Black Police Museum in Overtown. It seems that
some low level bureaucrats are talking about making it a
training station and some other facility that will decrease the
focus on the need-to-be-told history of Black police officers in
Miami.

Despite a law that prohibits distribution in the United States
of propaganda channels, Miami's powerful Cuban-American
congressional representatives caused the taxpayers to fund
TV and Radio Marti $375,500 for six months to air select pro-
grams on South Florida broadcast stations by using loopholes
in the law. Most people feel those who stayed in Cuba can care
less, plus Castro's station on the same frequency is so pow-
erful it can block out any unwanted stations. Stay tuned.

Lawmakers had better be careful when they make charges
against an Emmy-awarded documentarian. Dollan Cannell,
the director of a documentary on Fidel Castro says he's
awaiting an apology from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who had
accused him of distorting her comments in Cannel's docu-
mentary. The uncut version of his video shows Ros-Lehtinen
twice welcoming an attempt on Castro's life.

Those former college students pleaded guilty last Wednesday
to federal arson charges for burning nine churches in a series
of blazes that alarmed rural congregations across Alabama in
February. The three face minimum seven year sentences.

A lot of people think our school teachers need to do a much
better job in warning our promising kids about their foolish
infatuation with illegal drug use. It sickens us to read items
like this: "Receiver Antonio Bryant (Miami Northwestern
High) was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's
substance-abuse policy, dealing a blow to the 49ers' faint
playoff hopes

Some real estate people in the know are discussing how
developers make a full return on their money after 40' percent
of their' development is sold, but continue to seek top dollars
rather than helping to provide for affordable housing. Can
some spell GREED?

Folks are noticing how the prosecutorial discretion of South
Florida State Attorneys seems to favor quick prosecution
when it comes to Black elected officials. Some feel that if the
antics of the Cooper City mayor and commissioners in drink-
ing and dining together before commission happened in Opa-
locka, arrests and press conferences would have occurred
before sundown after CBS's expose.

People are wondering if the old leadership of the NAACP is
going to, follow, ne president Bishop Victor Curry or act as
some old church trustees that follow the pastor only if he
agrees with them, since they have been there longer. Stay
tuned.

Florida's university presidents are some of the highest paid
in the country according to the Chronicle of Higher Education,
with University of Florida's Bernard Machen's compensation
package worth $730,676. The lowest paid is Florida A & M
interim president Castell Bryant. Surprised?

Public Health Trust president Marvin 0' Quinn deserves a
lot of credit for reversing the Trust's $85.1 million 2004 deficit
into a $27.9 million surplus- even after paying the accounting
firm of Delliott $60 million for its services. $12 million of that
amount went for 'billing and collection' efforts that resulted in
approximately $171 million in cash received by the Trust.
That's a' seven percent collection fee. Nice work if you can get
it.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez must have gotten the
message not to mess with veteran Commissioner Natacha
Seijas, after the recent vote in Hialeah and Miami Lakes. The
feisty commissioner's political machine overpowered a group
of citizen activists and the commissioner easily retained her
seat after Tuesday's count of recall votes. Seijas won by
almost a two-to-one margin. The still-popular four term com-
missioner won 65 percent of the vote. Eleven percent of the
district's 76,000 registered voters cast ballots.

A lot of people did not go along with incoming House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she passed over veteran member
Alcee Hastings to head the House Intelligence Committee.
Many knowledgeable observers in Washington feel the
appointment of Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas to head this
committee was a poor choice.


Many people 'might quietly agree with outgoing
H* Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, but will not say it in
public, in what was likely her final legislative act of announc-
ing a bill to impeach President George Bush. The legislation
has no chance of passing, but serves as a symbolic parting
"Copyrighted M material shot not only at Bush but also at Democratic leaders.

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Preval's prostate cancer. Preval recently revealed that blood
tests in Havana showed possible signs of cancer but said the
Available from Commercial News Providers results were inconclusive. He planned to return to Cuba after
Christmas for more tests.


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the Youth Convention in
Washington this past summer,
where they won the award for
Best Youth Council. the organi-
zation has worked hard to build
a council with consistent mem-
bers who will be active and
eager to participate and adopt
the mission of the NAACP. "I am
proud to report that the Youth
Council has 30-35 active mem-
bers who attend monthly meet-
ings and activities that support
our mission," said Jackson.
Other successful activities
throughout the year included
the Back to School Drive, Voter
Registration Drive, SAT College
Preparation Day, Poll Watching
and a trip to Mims, Fla. to
honor civil rights activists Harry
T. and Harriette Moore. In the
near future, the Youth Council
plans to participate in Jubilee
Day, financial seminars, the
national convention, and the
Cancer for Live Event. "Please
continue to support our youth


council because they truly are
our future," concluded Jackson
Brad Brown, chairperson of
the Political Action Committee
reported that the chapter was
very involved in both local and
national politics during 2006.
The committee worked with the
National Legal Team Coalition
to look into the possibility of a
voting rights suit based on the
2004 election and actions taken
since then.
"The legislative issues were
carefully followed with the
NAACP Washington Office; a
high point was the renewal of
the Voting Rights Act. NAACP
members in Miami were effec-
tive lobbyists," said Brown.
Special interest activism also
included seeking justice in the
Martin Lee Anderson case,
racial slurs used by Rep. Arza,
police shootings in South Dade
involving Miami-Dade officers,
requests to the State Attorney
General to investigate electron-
ic voting machines, and racial
slurs used by the town manag-
er of Golden Beach. The


Political Action Committee also
worked with the Health
Committee on getting the word
out on Medicare Part B, as well
as producing public announce-
ments for Hot 105, 1080 AM
and WMBM radio stations.
Brown stated that since many
of these political issues are still
ongoing, the committee will
continue its efforts in the
upcoming year.
The Education Committee,
headed by Dannie McMillion,
addressed many issues that
were of significant interest to
the chapter. The committee has
been actively involved in school
board meetings, a forum on
Memorial Day violence on
South Beach, the National
Black Child Development
Institute and an educational
forum through a partnership
with the Black Affairs Advisory
Board at a Saturday Town Hall
meeting. The committee's goals
for 2007 include conducting
two educational forums (one
each at North and South areas),
a partnership with businesses,


community organization
and/or churches for the Back-
to-School/ Stay-in-School cam-
paign; providing periodic
updates on education bills dur-
ing the 2007 Legislative session
in Tallahassee and a partner-
ship with the Youth Council on
the National Day of Education.
She stated that one of the
biggest challenges the commit-
tee faced this year is the ability
to get parents and families
more actively involved in their
child's education. Parents have
the power to make changes, but
are not taking advantage of
their rights. We have a very
important citywide science test
that is coming up next year and
if you have children, I urge you
to get involved and talk to their
teachers." said McMillion.
The next executive committee
meeting will be held on Jan. 8,
with the next branch meeting
tentatively scheduled for Jan.
29. The installation ceremony
for new officers will be held on
Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the New
Birth Baptist Church.


Homeless former residents of Scott Carver Projects hold protest


RESIDENTS
continued from 1A

demanding immediate housing
for these residents and the
replacement of 850 affordable
rentals in the Scott area. An e-
Smail was also sent to Warren to
notify her that residents would
be making their presence
known in her office before the


end of the week.
While the protest was being
conducted, local police arrived
on the scene and negotiated a
sit down meeting between the
MDHA staff and coalition repre-
sentatives. "After 15 minutes
the representatives returned
and explained that Ms. Warren
was at a meeting downtown
and would not be able to meet


with them to address their con-
cerns. The group left with cries
of 'we'll be back,' said Phelan.
He also stated that many of the
600 families that MDHA has
admitted to "losing" are worse
off than before since the homes
recently finished by Habitat for
Humanity comes with an 80
percent loss of affordable
rentals for the community.


"These people need housing,
they are sleeping on the street,
doubled up with family; all
while these politicians and
developers make their pockets
fat," said Ms. Yvonne Stratford
of LIFFT and an ex-resident of
Scott. "It is a shame. These peo-
ple were told their lives would
get better. Now they are worse
off than before."


Former Scott-Carver residents receive keys to their new homes


HOPE VI
continued from 1A

families to fulfill their dreams of
homeownership. "Although we
have some ways to go, I am
delighted that we have finally
reached this important mile-
stone in getting Scott Carver res-
idents back to this community. I
made a promise to deliver homes
in a safe, well-appointed neigh-
borhood; I'm working hard to
deliver on that promise," said
Rolle.
These homes are equipped
with FPL energy-efficient
BuildSmart features which
reduce the cost of utility bills.
Jeff Bartel, a representative from
FPL, stated that the company
was pleased to help residents
save hundreds of dollars and
provide a service that will allow
them to concentrate more on
putting love into their new home;
not the expenses. 'We're not
building houses, we're building
homes. The place you call home
is determined by how much love
you put into it and I want to say
thank you to the residents for
claiming this location as your
community," said Bartel.
Rolle stated: "In my opinion,


this is bigger than Hurricane
Wilma and King Kong. In July,
this was nothing but dirt and we
were truly blessed by the efforts
of Habitat for Humanity," as he
welcomed these first-time home-
owners into their newly-devel-
oped community. These resi-
dents, include: the Brave;


Miami Times that she was very
excited about receiving her new
home after 10 years of waiting. "I
prayed and worked hard.
Through the love and support of
God, my family, and Habitat for
Humanity, by dream has truly
come true," said Owens. Her
family member stated that


Commissioner Rolle says welcome home to 15 new home-
owners.


Holmes; Jones; Moss; Norton;
Owens; Payne; Polius;
Roach/Knaggs; E. Smith; S.
Smith; Wells and Williams fami-
lies. Lawanda Owens, told The


Owens is a single mother or
three children, one of whom is
attending St. Thomas college,
and she is a living example for
other women who are looking to


advance into their own home. "I
just thank God for his blessings
and look forward to having a
barbecue with all my family in
my new home," concluded
Owens.
Eddie Dean of Dean
Development Corporation
employed 22 workers over the
summer to expedite the con-
struction process. He told The
Miami Times that his company
looks forward to future projects
with Miami-Dade County and
the HOPE VI project. 'We stated
in July that these homes would
be completed before Christmas.
We are happy to have made- good
on our promise and deliver these
families the American dream.
This is a sign of great things to
come." said Dean.
Commissioner Rolle told The
Miami Times that Habitat for
Humanity has also agreed to
build12 more homes in the
development within a 12 day
timeframe. He also stated that
between January and February
of next year, 26 families will be
moving back home. 'We have
today significant progress in
building attainable and afford-
able housing. Today is truly a
great day," said Rolle.


Queen fights poverty in Africa and here in Miami-Dade


VISIT
i continued from 1A

graduated from Florida
International University, where
she received her B.A. in Dance
Professional Studies. There she
received several scholarships
and fellowships to travel and
continue her pursuit in dance
studies. She has also taught
and choreographed for the
Florida Dance Master's Miss
Dance Competition, NAACP's
ACT-SO Dance Competition,
Sigma Gamma RhoOs Rose
Cotillion and the Performing
and Visual Arts Center of
Miami Northwestern Senior
High.
Peppie's dance career has
afforded her the opportunity
to study and perform under
several prestigious dance
instructors and companies:
Alvin Alley American Dance
Theatre (NY, NY), Dance
Theatre of Harlem (NY, NY),
The International Association
of Blacks in Dance (La, CA)
and many more. Her perform-
ances include the Chocolate
Nutcracker, Dance Theatre of
Harlem's Firebird, SuperBowl
XXXIV, the American Dance
Festival, and the American
College Dance Festival


PERPETUA PHILLIPS
Association and many other
organizations and companies.
Perpetua's life has been
immersed in performing,
teaching, choreographing and
learning new techniques in
order to perfect her talent and
creativity, however not at the
expense of community
involvement. She has spent


countless hours working with
her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc., where she
served as secretary for both Xi
Gamma and Pi Pi chapters
and implemented Zeta's annu-
al 'Blue and White Christmas'
and 'Pi Pi's Phamily, Phriends,
and Phun Picnic', programs
that were geared towards
mentoring and exposing youth
to higher education, the col-
lege experience and Greek life.
Additionally, Perpetua has
participated in Project Refuel:
Dance for Food, a program
designed to eliminate poverty,
homelessness and unemploy-
ment in the Miami-Dade com-
munity, as well as raise funds
to build water pumps in
Malawi, Africa in hopes of dis-
banding the spread of malaria
through contaminated water
use. She mentors with both
the Holy Redeemer Catholic
Church Youth Group and the
Holy Redeemer Catholic
Liturgical dancers, has volun-
teered with Girl Power of
Miami, and Artspring in the
Florida City women's prison
facilities.
Perpetua's passion for dance
persuaded her decision to dis-
play her talents in pageants
around the U.S. Her drive for


becoming Miss Kazah 1999,
Miss Desert of Florida 1999,
and Miss Black Florida United
States 2004 was to encourage
the personal economic growth
of today's Black women ages 7
to 70. Her most recent endeav-
or as Miss Black Florida USA
2006 has inspired her to form
the Talented, Intelligent,
Articulate, Responsible and
Assured (T.I.A.R.A.) Society.
This program encourages girls
of every generation to take
care of and love themselves, to
actively and aggressively par-
ticipate in their success and
financial future and to lead,
care for and love others with-
out the compromise of them-
selves nor the demise of oth-
ers.
Peppie's hobbies are travel-
ing, listening to music, read-
ing, colleting dolls, bowling,
and working with youth. She
believes a sense of self worth
is manifested in the activities
done outside of one's busy day
to day schedules. Perpetua
Javette Phillips has an abun-
dance of zest to share with the
world and thrives to share it
with whomever she encoun-
ters so that her legacy shall be
forever more in the hearts and
minds of all God's creatures.


Martin Luther King's son to lead local parade


The grand marshal for
Miami-Dade County's
30th Martin Luther King
Jr. Parade will be the
civil rights leader's son,
Martin Luther King Ill.
The eight-mile parade
is scheduled for 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Jan. 15. It will


travel along Northwest
54th Street, beginning
at 10th Avenue in
Liberty City, and culmi-
nating in a festival at
Martin Luther King Jr.
Park at 6101 NW 32nd
Ct.
The festival will fea-


ture international per-
formers in all genres of
music sponsored by
HOT 105, WEDR 99
Jams and WMBM-AM.
There also will be a chil-
dren's cultural area,
food booths and a ven-
dor marketplace. The


parade will be televised
live on PBS/WRLN-TV.
A 5K run/walk will be
held that morning. The
$15 entry fee will benefit
the MLK Jr. Center for
Non-Violent Social
Change and the Miami-
Dade Youth Explorers.


KING


Happy Kwanzaa to all
PTl iesday was the beginning of Kwanzaa, the weeklong
African-American and pan-African holiday that runs
.. through Jan. 1. It is a time to celebrate family, communi-
ty and culture with family gatherings and intorspection. The
Kwanzaa holiday in the USA was created in 1966 but has its ori-
gins in the ancient first-harvest celebrations of Africa. Its name is
derived from Swahili for "first fruits."

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center has prepared a beauti-
ful Kwanzaa celebration that this community will certainly find
interesting and informative at the Caleb Center, 5400 NW 22nd
Avenue.
Now through January 15
Annual Kwanzaa Exhibition Kuumba Artists Collective and
the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center presents the first of an
annual tradition featuring South Florida's African world artists.
6161 NW 22 Ave. MLK Blvd. & 22 Ave. Call 305-638-6771.

Thursday, December 28, 7-9 p.m.
Ashella & Feast African rendition of Cinderella. Experience tra-
ditional African dance, music, food,, wedding and community
feast. A free, fun and educational experience for the entire family.
Group RSVP call Outreach Services at 954-357-7348. Broward
County Main Library.

Friday, December 29 Noon 9 p.m. Caleb Cehter
Kwanzaa Marketplace Vendors representing the African
Diaspora will have their goods on display for purchase including
jewelry,'clothing, perfume and fragrance oils, arts & crafts, books
and much more.

2-3 p.m.
Kwanzaa Workshop/Playhouse The Story of Kwanzaa
Workshop Award-winning and nationally acclaimed storyteller
Griot Madafo will explore the history of Kwanzaa through the Story
of Kwanzaa, highlighting the seven principles and why they were
selected and how Kwanzaa is celebrated throughout the country.
Kwanzaa Puppet Show presented by the Miami Rescue
Mission.

7 p.m.
Lighting of the Kinara/Nguzo Saba Altine & Drums-N-Unity
During this ceremony, a candle is lit in honor of each daily princi-
ple: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima
(Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative
Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).

7:30 p.m.
Thel 7th Annual Spirit of Kwanzaa Celebration Miami-Dade
Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni
Association presents their Annual Spirit of Kwanzaa celebration
featuring an array of cultural performances, music, and fun for
the entire family including Ashella.

Saturday, December 30, Noon 9 p.m
Kwanzaa Marketplace Vendors representing the African
Diaspora will have their goods on display for purchase including
jewelry, clothing, perfume and fragrance oils, arts & crafts, books
and much more.

1 p.m.
Opening Ceremony
2- 3 p.m.
Kwanzaa Workshop/Playhouse The Story of Kwanzaa
Workshop Award-winning and nationally acclaimed storyteller
Griot Madafo will explore the history of Kwanzaa through the Story
of Kwanzaa, highlighting the seven principles* and why they were
selected and how Kwanzaa is celebrated throughout the country.
3 p.m.
Kwanzaa Prince & Princess Pageant Rising Son, Inc. The
goal of the pageant is to increase awareness of Kwanzaa to adults
and youth. Encouraging the principle of creativity, Kuumba, the
pageant serves to raise self-awareness and confidence in children,
ages 6 to 13, by providing an opportunity for them to showcase
their talents and perform. Out of all the contestants, one female
and one male will receive the title of Kwanzaa Princess and Prince,
as well as awards and other prizes.

6 p.m.
Drumming Circle Africa Melody, under the direction of Master
Drummer Seidu Ba, will offer a drumming circle as part of the
Kwanzaa celebration. All drummers are welcomed.

7 p.m.
Lighting of the Kinara/Nguzo Saba Altine & Drums-N-Unity
During this ceremony, a candle is lit in honor of each daily princi-
ple: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima
(Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative
Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).

7:30 p.m.
"Restoring Our Greatness" Diaspora Arts Coalition presents a
kaleidoscope of the performing arts featuring Drums-N-Unity;
Djembes & Jazz; Lip, Tongue and Ear Productions; Spoken
Word Artist Rebecca "Butterfly" Vaughn; International Gospel
Recording Artist Johnny Sanders, Steel Pan Virtuoso Othello and
many others.





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continued from 1A

unbelievable game, knowing
that your team played well and
that you got a win."
Bryant, who entered the
game sixth in the NBA scoring
(27.8 points), scored 16
against Miami.
The past two Christmas Day


showdowns were promoted in
part as 'Shaq vs. Kobe"
matchups between the former
teammates. But Shaquille
O'Neal, who has missed 21
games after knee surgery, had
some pregame advice for
Wade. "I told him just go out
and play your game and mix it
up," O'Neal said. "And he did
that.


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Braynon fills

Reverend

Sims' vacancy

Dr. Larry Capp, executive
director of Miami-Dade
County's Office of
Community Relations, has
appointed Oscar J. Braynon
to the position of community
.relations sp-ecial projects
,cootdinator. Aiseasoned pub-h
liY" servant, Braynboi :-iost
recently served- as 'chief of
staff to Miami-Dade County
District 3 Commissioner
Audrey M. Edmonson.
A 10-year veteran of
Miami-Dade, Braynon also
served in the Office of
Commission Chair Dr.
Barbara M. Carey-Shuler in
various capacities including
director of constituent serv-
ices, director of governmen-
tal affairs and transportation
analyst.
Braynon's appointment
fills a much needed vacancy
resulting from the medical
retirement of longtime com-
munity activist, Reverend
Willie Sims.
A former Navy pilot with


the rank of captain, he has
served on active and reserve
duty, which included two
reserve tours as a command-
ing officer. Braynon is a
third-generation graduate of
Tuskegee (AL) University and
currently serves on the Board
of the Haitian Heritage
Museum.
"Oscar will provide the
Community Relations Board
and the Office of Community
Relations with a new political
and community-based per-
spective which will enhance
our delivery of services to our
diverse boards and most of
all, to the residents of Miami-


SIMS
Dade County," Dr. Capp told
The Miami Times.
The OCR and the CRB pro-
vide rapid intervention and
fair mediation when faced
with issues that could cause
community tension. Through
special teams, such as the
nationally-recognized
Goodwill Ambassadors, the
streetwise Community
Response Team, and its five
Boards, the OCR helps resi-
dents coexist while making
Miami-Dade County one of
the nation's most dynamical-
ly and culturally diverse met-
ropolitan areas where diver-
sity is valued and celebrated.


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Miamian receives key to Christmas home


Just in time for the holiday
season, Urgent, Inc. announced
the completion of one of their
affordable homes and present-
ed the key to new homeowner
Rosetta Brown during a recent
ceremony and celebration at
1531 NW 44th Street.
Urgent, Inc. is a non-profit
community-based development
organization with a mission to
empower and revitalize urban
communities. The organization
i,was formed in part to address
the need for affordable housing
in urban communities. The
lack of affordable housing has
never been as paramount as it


is today, especially in light of
the saturation of high-end con-
dominiums that have changed
the landscape of Miami-Dade
County.
"I never thought I would be
able to own a home on a secu-
rity guard's salary, the house
even came with a refrigerator,
stove, dishwasher, washer and
dryer," stated Rosetta Browl,
the proud new homeowner.
Urgent Inc. is committed to pro-
viding resources togbuild homes
to help ease the housing crisis.
"The working class is being
squeezed out of the housing
market and many are leaving


South Florida in search of real-
izing their dream to own their
home. We are working diligent-
ly to provide quality single fam-
ily homes at affordable prices,"
said Vice President Saliha
Nelson.
South Florida is known for its
diversity and as the home of the
rich and famous. However, the
availability of affordable hous-
ing will be a relevant factor in
maintaining the diversity bal-
a.ce ,.that nqu t puth

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duplicate its project;, in other
communities.


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Do you feel the 19-year-old Northv
having sex with a 14-year-old sh(
Northwestern's championship game?


JEANNIE LEWIS
Yes, it was O
fair that he
was allowed
to play. There
are two sides
to every story.
The mother
came forward
with her O
story, but the
daughter did-
n't come forward with her
story. Besides, he wasn't the
only one involved, so why only
punish him?

RUPERT HENRY
He should
have been
allowed to
play. Doesn't
the law say
that you are
innocent until
proven guilty?
Guilty or
innocent, .-
you're supposed to be tried
first and then convicted.

ANNIE GUMREN
I feel that sports have under-
mined the judicial and educa-
tional system. Is there a rule
that automatically suspends
you if you are arrested? If he
was arrested and he should
have been suspended, then no
he should not have been able


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to play.
I'm an
alumnae, I'm
for winning
100 percent,
but if there's
a ruling and if
it was violated
then he
shouldn't
have been
able to play. We don't want
anything to come back and
take our championship. The
rest of the team doesn't
deserve that.

TERRELL MATTHEWS
No, he shouldn't have been
allowed to play. We have got
to set examples. We live in a
society where there are no
morals. It's more than just a
football game.
I understand
why people
would say
that he
shou ld 've
been allowed
to play, but
we have to go
deeper.
Morally, lawfully it was
wrong.
If it was my own son, then I
would have to sit him out of
the game. It would serve as a
message, because the simple
fact is, it was wrong.


all senior charged with
en allowed to play in

MORRIS MAYS
Yes, he should've played
because he hasn't been con-
victed. Don't kick him out of
school until he's been convict-
ed. He's just a kid. You don't
blame the kid. People make
accusations all the time that
aren't true.
Right now, it's his word
against hers
until they do
DNA testing.
Girls are in
the school
chasing him
for the popu-
larity of it.
We're all
promiscuous
it's human
nature.
It's unfortunate that the
young lady got caught up. But
did he rape her? Did the girl
invite him in? His name might
get off the hook, but his name
will forever be muddied.








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AMWANB church members
and Bishop Eurgene Joyner,
pastor, is sponsoring a Watch
Night Service at 8745 NW
22nd Avenue. Service will
begin Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. until
New Year's 2007.

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

Reverend Kenton Williams
of St. James Baptist Church
of Coconut Grove invites
you to worship for their 90th
church anniversary Jan. 17-
19, 7:30 p.m. The celebration
culminates Sunday, Jan. 21,
with services at 7:30 a.m., 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. For more
information, please contact
Sister Ada McKinsey at 305-
443-4440.

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Methodist Episocpal
Church invites the communi-
ty ,to celebrate the holidays
with them at the following
services: Dec. 31 7:30 a.m.,
11 a.m and 10 p.m. and on
Jan. 1 at 11 a.m.

Reverend Karl A. Jackson,
pastor, and God's Way
Assembly Faith Cathedral,
Inc. invites everyone to their
All Night Prayer and Worship
Service on Friday, Dec. 29
from 11 p.m. until sunrise,
when breakfast will be served
and their New Year's Eve/
Night Watch Service on
Sunday, Dec. 31, at 10 p.m.
For more information, please
call 305-685-6855.

Gamble Memorial Church
of God In Christ, Bishop
Julian C. Jackson, pastor,
invites you to their New
Year's Revival Jan. 1-5, 7:30
p.m. For more information,
please call 305-757-6620.
*******


Comnt Calnda


Miami Dade County Public
Schools is hosting a job fair
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 to
kick off Community
Construction Jobs Now at
Miami Central High School.
Classes and more information
will be available for the foll-
wing fields: electrical plumb-
ing, HVAC, capentry, build-
ing/construction, diesel
mechanics, masonry and
welding. For more informa-
tion, please call 305-558-
8000.

Miami Dade Transit holi-
day service schedule: New
Year's Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31 -
the Metrorail and Metromover
will operate 24 hours.
Metrorail trains will arrive
every 15 minutes until 2 a.m.
and every 30 minutes from 2
- 5:30 a.m. New Year's Day,
Monday Jan. 1 the
Metrorail, Metrobus and
Metromover will operate regu-
lar service. For more informa-


tion, please call contact 305-
770-3131 or 305-891-3131
for residents south of SW
216th Street.

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 Liason for
an afternoon of fun and
games on Jan. 15 in the park-
ing lot of The Miami Times
2:30 4 p.m.

The Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association will
have a holiday dance and
football championship sea-
son 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,


Gamble Memorial Church
of God In Christ invites you
to the Mission Department's
annual mission program on
Saturday, Jan. 13, at 7:30
p.m. For more information,
please 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 information,
please call 305-691-3050.

The Southern Florida
Jurisdictional Mission
Department invites you to
their Mission Bazaar at God
Way Church of God in Christ
on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 9
a.m. For more information,
please call, 305-691-3050.

Send your church
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.


please call 305-751-0177.

Class Meetings
The Miami Carol
City/North Dade High
School Class of 1967 is
calling all graduates to the
next meeting, Saturday Jan.
6 at 7 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call Marveen
Hollinger Seldon at 305-693-
9844.

The Miami Carol City/
North Dade High School of
1968 continues to meet the
third Saturday of every
month at Denny's on 199th
St. and 27th NW Avenue. In
preparation of our 40th
reunion the next meeting is
Jan. 20. For more informa-
tion, please call Fred Kemp
at 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 informa-


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Sister To Sister
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located at 1864 N.W. 175th Street


Congratulations to Mr. and Miss

St. Agnes Episcopal Church


The Rector's Chapter of the Episcopal Churchwomen of
Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church wishes the reigning Mr. and
Miss St. Agnes a happy holiday season!
These young adults are truly an inspiration to the ministry of
the church.



Attention all 'Northwestern Bulls'


2006 F.H.S.A.A. Class 6A-
State Football Championship
Team celebration Saturday,
Dec. 30, 6 p.m. until, at Hia-
leah Race Track, Flamingo
Room.
Call Sally Brashaw Williams
at 305-751-0177.
Donation is $25.00 (food and
dance) per person.
Our Alma Mater:
Northwestern High, We pledge
our loyalty. Thy halls of "learn-
ing" filled with dig-


nity. Thy (Almighty God's) guid-
ing hands has shaped our des-
tiny. Where er' we roam we'll
call this home; Northwestern
our own.
In loving memory of our own
Claudette Deveaux, Dec.
22, 2006 Class of 1963 and
all deceased Bulls; We know you
all are in Heaven, wearing those
royal blue and gold robes, look-
ing down and smiling on us.
John L. Cheaver (Class of
1963)


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( S93d Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
305-836-0942
' ____________ Order of Services


/Apostolic Revival Center.
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
305-836-1224
Order of Services
New time in r T.V. Program
FOR HOPE FOR TODAY
SIIsnn "1. inn i 1 .snnny -spC i
Wed.n- Interessoiy Ptnye9 aim.- 12 pm m
Moniing Service..... a n...I ..
Sun. Eve. Wnrhip ........... 7:30 p.m.
Tues.- Prayer Meeting. 7:31 p .m.
Fri. Bible Sludy ............... 7:30 p.im .


Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc.
1855 N.W. 119th Street
305-688-1612
Fax: 305-681-8719
Order oft Servicesi
Sun...9:30 a.mn....(Sunday School)
Walk in the Word Ministry
Worship Service.............. I a.m.
Tuesday....7 p.m....Family Night
Wed..l I a.m..lntercessory Prayer
Wed. Bible Class........12 p.m.
Wed. Bible Class..............7 p.m.
Rev. Cit rol Nash '^^^^TAI
Senior^^^^^^^^^^^


Brownsville
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
305-634-6604
Order of Services
Lrd Day Sunday School. 9:45am
S niiday MonWing Worship .....Ii 11 m.
Sunday Men's Bible Study .,5 pm.m
S iunday Ladies Bible Study ....5 pn.
Sunday Evenint Woship .......6 p.m.
loot sday.Nighl Bible Study ....7:30pln
blersday Morning Bible Class II an.
inspiration aivailulble Call:
305.-634-4850- 305-691-6958


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.
MIorning Worship Service ........11 a.m.
Free Golf Every 2"' & 4" Sunday ..........4 p.m.
Don Shula's Golf Course
\ ^^fn^^fH^H/


Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
305-635-7413
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning Services
7:45 a.m. I1:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.

\rjrei MI/Cpes


aith Evangelistic Praise &
Worship Center, Int.
7770 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-691-3865 Fax: 305-624-9065
Order of Services
Sunday Schooil...................9:30) .11.
Sun. Moiming Woiship...........11 Ia.m.
F- ,fes. Pmayer.....................6 pn.m.
School of Wisdom............6:30 p.mn.
Healing & Delivcnmc Sear...7:30pm.
WedSat. Munna (pnycr)........5 an.m.
\s!M WIW.7l


First Thessalonians Friendship Missionary
Missionary Baptist Church Baptist Church
5150 N.W. 2"'n Ave. irnishipp n e
740 N.W. 58th Street
786-333-3505 Miami, FL
305-759-8875
Order of Services: 305-759-8875
Hour of Prayer.........6;30 a.m.
Su ay School Ely Morning Worship ...7:30 n.m.
9:30 a.n Sundatiy Schtool.......9:30 ia.m.
Sunday Morning Service morlln ini t liy piny 1 Ii.U.
1 I .m1 Prayer/Iible Study....Wed..7 p.m.
Bible Study Noonitday Allr Prayer..(M-F)
at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Wednesdnt y.l......I I a.m-r pn.


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


Order of Services:
Men. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thurs.....7 p.m.
Sunday Worship...7-1 1 a.m.
Sunday School.......9:30 a.m.


New Vision For Christ
Ministries
13650 N.E. 10'" Avenue
305-899-7224
Order of Services:
iarly Sunday Worship..7:30 amti.
Sunday School ................ 9:30 a.m.
Sunda y Morming WaOIlhip ..,.I WIn.

Wednesday Bible Sltudy ...7:3) p.m.
"No .hist a Chutrth Bitll a Muv eIl



Temple Missionary -\
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3"' Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060*Fax 305-255-8549
Order of Services:


T' lsday. Bibl' Study
Wedn Iible Stludy/lPrayeir..6:130 In
H- I' i ll'S .( i cl i C h Ministly....6:30 p.liii


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



W Mrhip S ervice..............s1:15 a.m.
Tuesdays Bible Class .............. 7 p.m .
4th Sunday Evening Worship.........6 p.m.



/Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 68" Street, Miami, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2,3,4,5"' Sunday) ...... 8:00 am
Sunday School .......... 9:45 am
Morning Service .....11:00 am
(Thus. before I I tSday) 7:30 pm
I P 'Prayer Mceting/Blihile Study
(Wednesday) 7:30 pmi



The Soul Saving Station O0
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
www.ssschliristscrusadersfla.org
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
iS Jk Order of Services:
lSundllly School ...........9 11 .1. .
Sunday Worship.. I I a~m. & 7 p.mn
I Tuesday WO[ship.......7:45 pm.m


/Jordan Grove Missionary-
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 121' Ave.
S 305-751-9323


SNew Harvest Missionary
Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue
305-681-3500

Order of Services:
Early Morning Worshp..Ist & 31d s;dS
SPrayer Service........ 7. .:30
] It ISt la, h niy n............... n .
\i e S chool-y......................... n .


Pembroke Park
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue
(Office) 954-962-9327


Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
305-836-4555
Order of Services:
Sunday Moming ...........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.
IThurs. Fellowship .I0 a-.m.
1st Sun. Song Prctic ..6 p.m.1


New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church
1881 N.W. 103, St.
305-696-7745
Order of Services:

7:30 l ) a l1:45 a n.,
]lr'h scl ov/Orintaali ..
Noon Day rayer


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t SaIleneI). lnlts


Church of Christ
* Hollywood, FL 33023
* (Fax) 954-962-3396
Fr


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.penimbrokeparkcoc.org


Trinity Faith Tabernacle,
Deliverance Center
512 S.W. 4"' Street, Homestead 33136
305-246-2265
Order of' Services:
sunday School' I ......... 10:30 a.1) .
Sun. Morning Serv. .12 p.m.
vening Worhip I eih ....ed i.ii
TuI yiii "Youth Nwiht m p.ml.
Wed. "'Noon Iay Prayer" 12 p.
W, ld Nigh, i[ ble St i l ... p.m.I
I tv i lc L'c ......... in 1i pll p m
.I rinl-y Night "Cnis ,int S .ni pBinn


Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87'h Street
305-836-9081
S Order of Services:

S tlnda) Slnl ig a.im m
Worship Service...... .. l
"iul sday I Sibl Stutd .. 8 p 1n1


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


New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
6700 N.W. 14th Avenue
305-691-1811
mOrder of Services:
Sulta) 8 \Vodrhs. t and an
SniIday S hn l .......i 5 i a .l
Sllway Payer Wurm ( P h1 7:.0 ,
inud Iill f M .issit.o ... 8' 7 fl '..
it~llt~ay B ihl Sltltly. ..... ........... ....... p l.
Stae liale Sin ia m it,
sRev.ennisNai i ine 1 w o 1


St. John Baptist Church \
.1328 N.W. 3'" Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Farly Sunday
M Morning Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School .......... 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship ...11 a..nt
(i 13. T u :, 5 p.n.
Evening Worship .......7 p.m.
Meetinno.... (Tuaes.) 7 p.m.


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

Order of Services:
B ible sltu l W el ................ 8 p.m .
Stim Woship Sev 11:30 a.m.
Wed. NiNghi liicerssony 'Prayern
1' in 7:30 ti I p.m .
Stll nii N\sVii, Sel nicei t. 311 p.ti .


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


-New Shiloh M.B. Church\
1350 N.W.95'h Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:
SEarly Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Church School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
STues. before tihe Isl Sun.....7 p.m.
I Mid-week Worship


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

Order of Services:
Slrly Morning Worship.7:30a.m.
Sunday Schxe l ..9:30a.m.
Morning Worship ..Ia.m.
Prayer Meeting ............ 7:30 p.m.
l e Study ................8 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.
Moming Praise/Worship ..I I a.m.
Youtlh Choir Saltulay ......11 a.m.
SIPrayer Meeting & Bible Stuidy

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International


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Wright
LEVELL DRUMMER, 69, roofer,
died December
20 at North
Shore Medical
Center r.
Surviv orss
include: wife
Frankie. Service
Saturday,
December 30, 2
p.m. at Wright
Funeral Home
Chapel.

MCKENLEY BARJON aka
'Mickey,' 16
student at
Miami Carol
City Senior High
School, died
December 20.
Survivors
include: par-
ents, Fritz
Barjon and
Marie Mareau;
siblings, Daniel, Billy Joel, Martine,
Mirlande and Ashley. Service
Saturday, December 30, 11 a.m. at
North Miami Avenue Church of God.

JOHN HENRY LEE, 58, custodi-
an, died
December 22 at
home. Survivors
include: sisters,
Mary Bateman
and Lorraine
Wells. Visitation
Friday,
December 29,
4-7 p.m. at St.
James Baptist
Church. Service Saturday,
December 30, 11 a.m. at St. James
Baptist Church.

RAMDAYE BUCHOON, 61,
seamstress, died December 12.
Services were held.


Manker
OSCAR J. TRAVER, SR., 83,
Opa-locka, died
December 19 in
his residence.
Service
Wednesday
(today), 11 a.m.
at Greater New
BethelI
Missionary
Baptist Church.

JAMES LEWIS SWEET, 47, died
December 24. Arrangements are
incomplete.

CLARENA HOLDER, SR., 63,
died December 17. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Brownsville
Church of Christ.

Range
CLAUDETTE S. DEVEAUX, 62,
homemaker,
died December
22. Survivors
include: hus-
band, Leonard
Deveaux; father,
Mack Smith, Sr.;
six brohers,
Myrtis Smith
(Maple), Clifford
Otis, Mack
Smith, Jr., Tommie Lee Otis
(Jacquelyn), Robert Earl Otis and
Curtis James Otis; three sisters,
Sophronia Gedeon, Patricia Smith-
Brown and Betty Smith; mother-in-
law, Evangelist Tereseta Deveaux;
and many nieces, nephews, sisters-
in-law, brothers-in-law and other rela-
tives. Service Friday, 11 a.m. at
Ridgeway Church of God of
Prophecy.

Nakia Ingraham
AUREA FLORES, 58, died
December 17. Services were held.


Hall Ferguson Hewitt
MATTHEW KING, 24, construc- WILLIE DANIELS, 41,
tion, died Dade Aviation,
December 18 at died December
J ac k s o n 21. Service
Hospital Friday, 10 a.m.
S e r v i c e inthechapel.
Thursday, 2 p.m.
in the chapel.


SVCKI WALKER, 49, housekeep-
r, a died
December 18 at

H o S ervice
Saturday, 11
a.m. in the
chapel.



MARION SHELL, 82, security
gurad, died December 22 at Mt.
Sinai Nursing Home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

ALICEe SMITH, 81, housekeeper,
died December 18 at Grand Courts
Lakes Nursing Home. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Mt. Tabor
Missionary Baptist Church.


ADEL SIMMONS, 80 died
December 22 'at Ceders Medical
Center. Service Friday, 10 a.m. at
, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

ELOYSE OUTEN, 93, died
December 22 at Hampton Nursing
Home. Service Saturday, Jaunary 6
at Incarnation.

HARRIET THURSTON, 83,
housekeeper, died December 18 at
Jackson Hospital. Service Friday, 11
a.m. at National Church of God.

ANNA HALL, 65, registered
nurse, died December 24. Service
Saturday, 10 a.m. at Church of God
Miracle Temple.

LILLIAN BRAGG, 91, house-
keeper, died December 25. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m. at New Mt. Zion
Missionary Baptist Church.


Poitier


JENNIE F. REAVES, 84, church
mother, retired
school teacher
of 35 years and
wife of the late
State Rep.
Je ffersonn
Reaves, Sr.,
died December
22. Survivors
include: 6hil-
dren, Bobbie
(Alonzo) Mumford and former State
Rep. Darryl F. Reaves; sisters,
Johanna F. Jackson, Bessie F.
Garrett (Willie C., Sr.) and Jennean
F. Britt; brothers, Elder Land C.
Franklin; grandchildren, Jodi (Craig,
Sr.) Porter, Bonnie (Darnell)
Watson, Alonza B. Mumford, II, Tarik
Reaves and Cara Reaves; great
grandchildren, Brittany, Craig
Michael, Justin and Jefferson Porter,
Tarik and T'Aaron Reaves an Taylor
Watson; and a host of other loving
relatives and friends. On Thursday,
December 28 at 6 p.m. Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority "Ivy Beyond the Wall'
ceremony and at 7 p.m. tribute
memorial service will be held at
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
of Brownsville, 2799 NW 46th
Street.

Davis and Brice
ROSIE FAULK, 74, died
December 21 in Fort Lauderdale.
Service Saturday, 1 p.m. at Dukes
Temple Church of God in Christ.

ERNEST REYNOLDS, 69, died
December 25 in Hollywood. Service
Sunday, 1 p.m. in Donalsonville,
Gerogia.


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


TORRANCE
STEPHENS, 28,
laborer, died
December 20.
Service 1 p.m. at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.


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JAMES STANLEY HOLLAND,
50, meteorologist
supervisor, died
December 21 at
Kindred Hospital.
Survivors include:
mother, Mae
Frances Holland;
brothers, Robert
Councle and
Edwin Smith
Holland (Gaite);
host of other family members and
friends. Service Thursday, 11 a.m.,
First Bunch of Bunch Park.

MAC GREGORY, 80, teacher,
died on December 20. Services
were held.

FRANK G. CIBULA, SR., 90,
general manager of Country Club,
died on December 20. Services
were held.

Rc
MURIEL KING, 80, died
December 21 at
Cleveand Clinic.

Saturday, 11
a.m. at MGC
Worship Center.
In lieu of flowers
and donations
should be made
to MGC Worship
Center, 10900
NW 19th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167
scholarship fund.

JOHN GREEN, 67, died
December 18. Service Saturday, 1
p.m. at Freewill Baptist Church.


Range
Coconut Grove
BRENDA L. MCKINNEY, 58,
homemaker,
died December
25 at Coral
Gables Hospita.
Service
Saturday, 2:30
p.m. at
Macedonia
C.O.G.I.C,
Richmond
Heights.

RITA BELL JOHNSON, 90, home-
maker, died December 22 at North
Shore Medical Center. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at St. Mary First
Missionary Baptist Church.

Range
Homestead
JERMAINE ANTRONE PRESS-
LEY, 25, Homestead, died December
23. Service Friday, 10 a.m. ay
Covenant Missionary Baptist Church.

E.A. Stevens
HARCORD DEAN, 80, New York
and a former resident of Hallandale
Beach, died December 15 in New
York. Services were held.

KIMBERLY ILCEUS, 40, 2638
N.W. 18th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale,
died December 18 at Broward
General Medical Center. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. in the chapel.

In Memoriam


.. Mason
JOHNNIE (SWEETIE) LEE
GUION, 93, a
long-time former




Guion was also a
long-time mem-
ber of Greater
New Bethel AME
in Overtown, where she sang in the
choir and Past President of the
Stewardess board. She served faith-
fully at House of Albert Funeral Home
until she retired. Survivors include:by
her brother, George Wilder; and other
family members. Private entomb-
ment Wednesday, December 27 at
Dade Memorial Park.

YETA JEAN, 81, salesperson,
died on December 17. Services
were held.
iyal
ROSANNA McCORMICK, died
December 21. Service Saturday, 10
a.m. at Greater New Bethel Baptist
Church.
CHELSEA COLEMAN, 8, died
December 23. Service Saturday, 11
a.m. at Jesus People Minister
Church.
IRIS BROWN, 75, died December
23. Arrangements are incomplete.

ASELINE HINDEN, 99, died
December 25. Arrangements are
incomplete.

GEORGE GRAHAM, 69, died
December 20. Service Friday, 11
a.m. at the House of God
Fellowship Center.

Carey Royal Ram'n
SYLVESTER HOLMES, 20,
Miramar, died December 13 at
Jackson Hospital. Service Saturday,
3 p.m. at Calvary Holiness Church.

HAWA KAMARA, 31, died
December 21 at Parkway Regional
Medical Center. Graveside service
Thursday, 3:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn
Central Cemetery.

Emmanuel
JEFFERY BILES,. 43, died
December 24 at Lake Butler.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at Mt.
Olive Missionary Baptist Church,
South Miami.


Grace
LESLIE MILLER, 9, student, died
December 23 at
Jo Di Maggio
Hospital.
Survivors
include: mother,
Tangela; father,
Wesley; sisters
Tandra and
Amanda Miller
grandparents,
Erline and Althea
Miller.


Death Notice


SYLVESTER G. HOLMES,
aka "Randy", 20, died on
December 13, 2006.
The viewing will be held at
Carey, Royal, Ram'n Funeral
Home on Friday, December 29
at 6 p.m., 5235 N.W. 7th
Avenue.
The homegoing services will be
held at Calvary Holiness
Church, 21455 N.W. 32 Avenue
at 1 p.m.




Death Notice


JOYCE PRESTON, Atlanta,
GA died December 21.
She is survived by: husband,
Roy; daughters, Denise and
Mary ,Caherine; son, Kimoni;
mother, Catherine Copeland;
sister, Bertha Miller; brother,
Harry Copeland.
Memorial service will be held
Thursday, December 28 at Anti-
och Baptist Church of Browns-
ville.



In Memoriam


In loving memory of,


JUDY STEEN DAVIS,
December 25 at
Jackson
Hospital. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. in the
chapel.


In loving memory of,


ALONZO


MONICA CHATFIELD, 40, home-
maker, died December 15 at
Parkway Regional Medical Center.
Services were held.

LAVERNE DENSON, 45, sales
representative, died December 17
at Parkway Regional Medical
Center. Services were held.

WILLIE JAMES PATE, JR., 78,
laborer for the City of Miami Beach,
died December 13 at North Shore
Medical Center. Services were held.

GLENICE JAMES, 39, outreach
specialist for the Miami Homeless
Department, died December 12 at
Cedars Medical Center. Services
were held.

Jay's
ELDER JAMES TAYLOR, 81,
Perrine, died December 22 at St.
Annes Nursing Home. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at the House of
God Church in Perrine.

CLEO WARREN, 85, died
December 23 at Homestead
Hospital. Service Saturday, 11 a.m.
at Bethel Full Gospel Church.

LEOBIE BARNES-BARKLEY,
56, died December 21 at Jackson
South Community Hospital. Service
Thursday, 1 p.m. in the chapel.


JEANNETTE SILER

10/20/46 12/26/04


Mommy,
There's not a day that goes by
that I don't think of you. We con-
tinue to cherish all of your mem-
ories.
We truly love and miss you.
Marlene, Shurman and the
boys; Jakki and the girls; mom
and dad.


Public Notice

As a public service to our commu-
nity, The Miami Times prints week-
ly 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.


WALTER LEO SMITH, JR. aka
'SLOBO/BO,
56, retired long-
shoreman, died
December 21 at
home. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at First
Baptist of
Bunche Park.



In Memoriam


In loving memory of,


JEFFERY A. (JB) BROWN

09/01/58 12/29/04

It's been two years since you
left us. We miss you very much,
gone but not forgotten.
Mother Louise, brothers: Willie
B., twins Garret, Gary and
Gillespie Brown and family.


NICOLE MEDWYNTER-
MANUEL

08/28/1973 12/27/2005

It seems like yesterday but in
reality it's been a year and for
every moment of that time you
have been in our thoughts. We
will always love you.
Mom, Dad, family and dear
friends. Rest in peace.


Death Notice


KERLANE ALTIDUK, 28,
died December 21.
Kerlane was called to rest from
her earthly duties by our Father.
She leaves behind her mother,
Exilia; dad, Joseph; sisters, Ker-
ly, Latisha and Alisha; brothers,
Alex and Jean; and a host of
family and friends.
The viewing will be held Friday,
December 29, 5-9 p.m. at St.
Fort's Funeral Home, 16480
N.E. 19th Avenue.
The funeral will be held Satur-
day, December 30, 10 a.m. at
Eglise Baptiste Haitienne
Emmanuel, 7321 N.E. 2nd
Avenue.



Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


FLORA BELL THOMAS.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card
or a floral piece. If so we saw
them there perhaps you spoke
the kindest words as any friend
could say. Thanks for calls, vis-
its, food and support during our
time of loss of our mother Flora
Thomas. Thanks to Royal
Funeral Service and staff, New
Bethel Baptist Church,
Reverend Anthony Brown.
The Thomas family prayerfully
thank you.




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community, The Miami
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charge. These notices
include name of the
deceased, age, place of
death, employment, and
date, location, family
phone number and time of
services. Additional infor-
mation and photo may be
included for a nominal
charge. The deadline is
Monday at 3:30 p.m.


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Jennie F. Reaves dies, wife of State Representative


Never stopped teaching


Mrs. Jennie Victoria
Franklin Reaves, 84, church
mother, retired school
teacher of 35 years, and wife
of the late State Rep.
Jefferson Reaves Sr., died of
lymphoma at home with her
son, former State Rep. Darryl
F. Reaves, December 22.
On December 28, a 6 p.m.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
'Ivy Beyond the Wall' ceremo-
ny and a 7 p.m. tribute and
memorial service will be held
at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of
Brownsville, 2799 NW 46
Street. At the Thursday
evening memorial, the family
will receive friends and
guests, and anyone desiring
to speak or sing may do so.
Services for Mrs. Reaves
will be held at 11 a.m. on
Friday, December 29 at her
beloved Antioch Baptist
Church of Brownsville.
The teaching career of
Jennie Reaves, began in
Hawthorne, FL in 1945. She
helped fulfill the lives of
thousands of children in the
knowledge and caring they
gained under her instruction
and love. After attaining her
Bachelor of Science degree in
Elementary Education from
Florida Normal College at St.
Augustine, she taught in the
public schools of Marianna-
Jackson County. There, she
coached championship bas-
ketball teams on the cold clay
courts of north Florida.
As a child growing up in
rural Alachua County, she
walked five miles to school,
missing many days because
of the need to work in the


fields. Her mother died when
she was only seven years old.
But her determined Christian
father and mother's prayers
kept his children together,
rearing five of the siblings to
graduate from college. Her


appreciation for her stern
discipline.
In 1981, Mrs. Reaves
retired from the Miami-Dade
County Public School sys-
tem, perfectly timed for her
next journey. For in 1982,
her late husband Jefferson
Reaves Sr. was elected to the
Florida House of
Representatives, and she
constantly accompanied him
until his untimely death in
1991.
Even though officially


hats.
She was founding president
of Gamma Phi Delta Sorority-
Epsilon Chapter; president of
the Florida State Retired
Teachers Association of
Miami; past president of the
National Alumni Association
of Florida Memorial College
(University) and the 100
Women Plus for FMC; mem-
ber of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority-Gamma Zeta Omega
Chapter; and treasurer of
Brownsville Neighborhood


She helped fulfill the lives of thousands of children
in the knowledge and caring they gained under her
instruction and love.


Jennie Victoria Franklin Reaves
father had always instilled
greatness in his children.
She and her family moved
to Miami in 1957, where she
immediately began her local
teaching career at George W.
Carver Elementary School.
As a teacher, she also posi-
tively impacted students at
Frances S. Tucker,
Earlington Heights and
Melrose elementary schools.
She was Teacher of the Year
at Earlington Heights, the
1978-79 school year. Mrs.
Reaves always felt special
when her students remem-
bered her out in the commu-
nity. During her time, teach-
ers could 'paddle' and her
students often shared their


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retired for 25 years, her love
of teaching and genuine pas-
sion for children continued
through her walk with God.
She was a lover of the Bible,
having again studied and
read the entire King James
Version, and recently com-
pleted reading the New
International Version and
The Clear Word version.
Her latter years, she truly
enjoyed her grand children
and great-grandchildren,
along with her many associa-
tions of which she had been
active for decades. She was a
member of Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of
Brownsville where she served
as church mother; on the
Women's Senior Mission;
scholarship chairperson; and
past assistant Sunday School
superintendent, Vacation
Bible School director and
Sunday School teacher where
she led by example. She was
a model Christian, affection-
ately known for her beautiful


Civic Association founded by
her late husband.
Jennie Reaves' rich legacy
and Christian love lives in
her surviving children Bobbie
(Alonzo) Mumford and former
State Rep. Darryl F. Reaves
(her son Jefferson Reaves Jr.
preceded her in death);
grandchildren Jodi (Craig Sr.)
Porter, Boniaie (Darrnell)
Watson, Alonza B. Mumford
II, Tarik Reaves and Cara
Reaves; great grandchildren
Brittany, Craig Michael,
Justin and Jefferson Porter;
Tarik and T'Aaron Reaves;
and Taylor Watson; sisters
Johanna F. Jackson, Bessie
F. (Willie C. Sr.) Garrett, and
Jennean F. Britt; brother
Elder Lang C. Franklin;
nephews locally Willie C.
(Billy) Garrett Jr. and Henry
Britt. Poitier Funeral Home is
handling the arrangements.
For further information,
call Bobbie Mumford at home
305-757-2461 or cell 305-
318-4568.


Emancipation Proclamation celebration


Reverend Dr. Robert Ingramin
and the Mt. Zion A.M.E.
family invite you to its
Emancipation Proclamation
Celebration, at 15250 N.W.
22nd Avenue, Miami


Gardens, January 1, 11 a.m.
Reverend Abraham
Thomas, of St. James A.M.E.
Church is the guest preach-
er.
African attire appropriate.


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Death Notice


DOLETHA FOSTER, 93,
died December 19 at Aventura
Hospital. She is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law,
Gilbert and Joy Roberson, six
grandchildren; Steven (Lolitha)
Roberson, Dexter (April)
Roberson, Kevin Roberson,
Lacey Spivey, Geoffrey Roberson
and Kenny Roberson, a host of
great grandchildren, three great
great grandchildren, nieces,
nephews and many sorrowing
friends. Funeral arrangements
are being handled by Restview
Memorial Mortuary. For further
information call, 954-360-6314.


Deadline for obituaries
Monday, 3:30 p.m.
Call 305-694-6210


Death Notice


DEACON GEORGE
CANTON GRAHAM, died
December 20 at North Shore
Medical Center.
Viewing will be held Thursday,
December 28, 6 9 p.m. at Royal
Funeral Home, 17475 NW 27th
Avenue. Memorial service
Friday, December 29 at the
House of God Miracle Revival
Fellowship Church, 4111 NW
17th Avenue.
At the request of Elder
Graham, he desired much to
build a church for God's
Kingdom.
Therefore, it is requested by
the family that all acts of kind-
ness be done in monetary form
to help with the 'building fund'
the church.
All funds should be sent to
True Life International Healing
Ministries, 8307 NW 22nd
Avenue, Miami, FL 33147.


Logos hosts Watch Night service


The Reverend Keith S. Butler
and the Logos Baptist Church
family invite you and your
family to spend New Year's Eve
with us. Watch Night worship
service begins at 10 p.m. on
Sunday, December 31.
Additional opportunities for
worship include Thursday
Bible Study from 7 p.m. to 8
p.m.; Saturday Sabbath
School from 10 a.m. to 11
a.m.; Saturday Worship
Service from 11 a.m. to 12:30
p.m.; Sunday Worship Service
from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
All services are held at 2775
N.W. 183rd Street in Miami
Gardens.
For more information, please


Reverend Keith S. Butler


call 305-652-0387.


Wedding announcement


Mr. and Mrs. Meredith Nesbitt
announces the engagement of
their son, Tevin M. Nesbitt, to
Alisha Nicole Morton, daughter
of Apostle Gary and Pastor
Phyllis Morton of Huntsville,
Alabama.
Mr. Nesbitt is a 1996 gradu-
ate of Miami Carol City High
School. He attended the
University of Florida majoring
in chemical engineering. He is
employed by Bell South
Telecommunications as a serv-
ices technician in Orlando.
Miss Morton is a 1997 gradu-
ate of J.O. Johnson High
School and received her mas-
ters degree in occupational
therapy from Tem-
ple University in 2006. She is
employed by Orlando Regional
Medical Center as a occupa-


Tevin Nesbitt and
Alisha Morton
tional therapist.
The wedding will be February
3, at the Roundhouse and
Depot Museum in Huntsville,
Alabama.


Sgt. Seymour is home visiting



Sgt. Daniel A. Seymour, III,
son of Lenora Gardner and
Daniel A. Seymour, II and the
grandson of Ruth Gardner is
home with his wife and son
visiting, family and friends.
Sgt. Seymour returned from
his third deplognnt from Iraq
in January 2006.
During the year of 2000, Sgt.
Seymour provided fuel support
to the Secretary of State
Madeline Albright.

Sgt. Daniel A. Seymour, Ill


Jordan Grove upcoming services

Join the Jordan Grove
Church family for these
upcoming services, Friday,
Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
Pastor Cook will bring the
sermon at the Seaboard
Baptist Association's Ministers
and Deacons Union hosted by
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church.
At 9 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 31,
New Years Eve services will
begin in our sanctuary,
Reverend Douglas Cook, Sr.,
Pastor.
Reverend Douglas Cook


(In the Fifty-Seventh Year of the Establishment of the Parish)
The Reverend J. KENNETH MAJOR, D.D., Rector
The Reverend FRED W, FLEISCHER, Organist/Choirmaster

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

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
9:00 AM Solemn Sung Eucharist and Baptism


(Please mark your calendar for these special events during Christmastide.)
For information call (305) 633-2446
or visit our website at www.incarnationmiami.org


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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny


Angels of Heaven was the
title of the wedding between
Michelle L. Johnson and Dr.
Solomon O.Oyetunji, last
Saturday, at Mount Calvary
MBC with Reverend Keith
Butler, officiant, and a host of
Angels and Guardian Angles
that made up the wedding
party.
The processional was led by
Guardian Angels Stanley
Smith, uncle of the bride;
Andrea Johnson, sister of the
bride; Ernestine Smith,
grandmother of the bride;
Alphonso Johnson, grandfa-
ther of the bride; Maria
Ibironke Oyetunji, mother of
the groom; and Lucille
Johnson, mother of the bride,
to the song You Are My Solid
Ground.
I Wanna Be Loved cued the
entrance of the extensive wed-
ding party, including brides-
maids and groomsmen:
Tameka Johnson and Michael
Mornay, Latisha Robertson
and Wade Saget, Taibelia
Minor and Corey Johnson,
Cby' Nita Everson and Mark
Dozier, Michelle McKnight
and Timothy Everson,
Valencia Hightower and
Joseph Nameaka.
Followed by Antoine Pollard,
matron of honor, and Fatal
Adedeji, best man; Yolanda
Forman, maid of honor, and
Samuel Akinrosolu, best man;
and Tabetbet Dudley, maid of
honor, and Olusola Adabiri,
best man.
Also, Simone Jones, jr.
bridesmaid, and Jeramiah


Oyetunji, jr. groomsman;
Makayla McCrimmon and
Talea Brown, flower angels;
Eric Paul, bellman, Derrick
Paul ring bearer; Trellony
Myers and Reginald Everson,
Angelic Harmonizers; Angels of
Distinction Yolanda Jones,
Pamela West-Howard, Katrina
West, De's Andre Jones,
James Oyetunji, and Robert
Stepbens; and Guardian
Angels of the bride, Sylvia
Johnson and Carolyn Smith;
Guardian Angel of the groom,
Abdul Olarwale; and Gregory
Smith, escort.
From This Day, I Need An
Angel and Seems Like Forever,
sung by Reginald Everson,
were the songs wedding plan-
ner, Eby' Everson, interjected,
as well as the preparation for
the 'jumping of the broom.'
Alexander Smith had the
honor of escorting the bride
down the aisle. Adorned with a
tiara, diamond chocker, ear-
rings and gown accentuated
with diamonds on the bodice
and the mini-train skirt, the
audience rose when she aligned
their pew.
Upon arriving to the altar, the
bride and groom participated in
the Angelic Ceremony with The
Lord's Prayer, sung by Everson
and One Moment In Time sung
by Rellony Myers. The 'jump-
ing of the broom' and reces-
sional followed.
The newlyweds, in their
stretch limousine, were fol-
lowed by two other limos to
Violine' Banquet Hall for the
celebration and reception;


which included the Inspiration
Dance Ministry of Antioch
MBC, a solo from Trellony and
the first dance to I Found My
Everything. Dr. Oyetunji gave
closing remarks before leaving
for their honeymoon in Africa.


Kudos go out to Greg L.
Mason Funeral Home for the
elaborate Christmas party he
held at the palatial home of
Judy Scavella for family,
friends, and staff, last Sunday.
Instant Attraction band provid-
ed the music and entertain-
ment, which featured Dr.
Edward G. Robinson and T.
Hall, soloist.
In addition, Happy Birthday
was sung to those born in
December, such as Georgia
Clay, Oquel Welch, Sheila
Delancy, Sara Kinsler, Connie
Beeks and others who received
a b-day cake and special gift.
This was also the guests' cue
for dinner; Willard Delancy
provided the blessings and Ms.
Brown dished up her famous
meals, including bar-b-que
ribs.
Some of those who enjoyed
the food and dancing included
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Mathew,
LaMar Jackson, Brenda
Lovett, Randy Storey, Janice
Ricketts, Marvin Williams,
Trineca Mason, DePhillip
Major, Valerie Mason,
Monique Delancy and
Dartene Humes.
Also, Denia Young, Sabrina
Tarver, Lionel Monton, Raciel
Garcia, Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Williams, Cornelius McCray,
Martin Borough, Jason
Willingham, Liz Logan, Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Grant, Ron
Hammock, Mr. and Mrs.
Freddie Graham, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Mason, George Scott,
Cynthia Williams, Madeliene
Haddock, Charlie Mae
Culpepper, Brenda Rescay,
Tony Bennett, Craig Clay,


Larry Lewis, Christine
Alexander and Gigi Watson.
Let's not forget Sarista
Marcelin, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Whitehead, Efrem Gilliam,
Calvin Williams, Angela
Harris and Earl Tarreri. The
meat of the evening came when
the Greg Mason staff
exchanged gifts and the Electric
Slide occupied the guests until
closing.


Speaking of
Christmas parties,
Mary Simmons and
her senior group had
their party, last
Tuesday, at Arcola
Lakes Park. Each
member wore red or red
and white and entered
a well-decorated room
with streamers and
other holiday season
ornaments. PIN
The program began
with 'praise and wor-
ship' with Ammie Smith and
Ruby Allen, followed by Mamie
Williams singing His Eye Is On
The Sparrow and Mamie
Horne's jokes livened up the
crowd.
A fashion show and dance
contest followed; while the food
was prepared for buffet serving.
Door prizes were given out to
lucky winners: Dorothy
Gibbons, Dorothy Brown,
Bobbie Cox, Mamie Williams
and Ammie Williams; while
songstress, Marian Rolle
Morrison stole the show when
she awed the audience with her
songs of 'yesterdays.'


Ward Tower was honored
with the Third Annual
Christmas Luncheon spon-
sored by Dr. Astrid Mack,
president, Marvin Wiley, chair,
Dr. Richard J. Strachan,
musician, and members of.the
King Club of Greater Miami,


last Tuesday. More than 100
people showed up to enjoy
Christmas music, lunch pro-
vided by Ms. Brown and cama-
raderie from the senior citizens
living in the tower.
They appreciated the repase',
as well as the abundance of
food consumed. They sang
carols and danced to the music
until all the food was gone.
Many, many thanks came from
them and Wiley promised a
Fourth Annual next year. Plus,
congratulations go out
to assistants Robert
"Tommie" Tavel,
president, Reverend
Samuel Mosley, Nicky
Reynold, Willie
Govmard, Bertha
Ford, Ula Bar, Willie
Wimberley and 0 Holy
Night soloist James
Walker.
The Ward Tower resi-
KNEY. dence was also enter-
tained by Cooperative
Charter School
Chorus, last Friday, where
they presented a Holiday
Season program.
Furthermore, the K-3rd grade
students awed a standing-
room crowd from the beginning
when 2nd and 3rd graders
Anthony Dixon and Shayla
Asgie-KoKou opened the pro-
gram together and introduced
the school's creed and the
principal creed.
The other part of the program
included carols arranged espe-
cially for the kids; skits includ-
ing Rudolph The Red Nose
Reindeer and Christmas from
Africa, and the appearance of
Santa Clause. Further,
Senoras Rebecca and Kenya
welcomed the students to Ward
Tower and rewarded them with
lunch, ice cream and cake,
while JESCA provided trans-
portation initiated by Jackson.
It was also a field trip to cele-
brate the school's honor stu-
dents: Anthony Boartwright


Jr., Jaylin Martis, Di Quaon
Rolling, and Shayla Asqie-
Kokou.
The school will be adding 4th
grade beginning in January, so
please enroll your child.
Students prepare for the MLK
Parade with a King and Queen
for each grade level. For more
information, call 305-693-
2541 and ask for Ms. Rowe.


Dr. Enid C. Pinkney,
founder, and members of the
Hampton House Jazz Culture
continue to meet each
Thursday for its new project:
The Alex Penelas Jr. Tribute,
set for Saturday, April 21,
2007, at the Caleb Auditorium.
During the last meeting,
Dena Pinkney accepted the
nomination for chairperson,
after Melton Mustafa resigned
the position. His resignation
was a blow to the committee,
and several member nominees
emerged, until Dena was elect-
ed unamiously.
She hit the road running and
continued with the agenda of
preparing for the tribute.
Pinkney reported a meeting
with the Penelas family and
they will select one family
member to represent them at
future meetings. George Lane
reported that he will meet with
Betty Wright after Dr.
Pinkney suggested he take
over. N. Dickerson will tie up
the loose ends, such as the
auditorium, food for the recep-
tion and an emcee for the occa-
sion.
Other members putting forth
great efforts are Charles
Austin, China Valles, Marva
Lightbourne, Robert "Bobby"
Chinn, Ken Knight and Dr. R
J. Strachan. So, all musicians
are asked to attend a very
important meeting, Thursday,
Dec. 28, at 4 p.m. in the Caleb
library or call 305-638-5800
for more information.


Elsada "Elsie" Douglas was
honored by her beloved Temple
Baptist Church upon her
retirement as the church
pianist after playing for over 24
years. "Elsie," as she is affec-
tionately called, started her
career playing for choirs at
Saint Matthew Baptist Church.
Reverend Glenroy Deveaux is
her pastor. Congratulations
Elsiel
Congratulations to Beverly
Annette Beauford who
received a Master of Science
degree in guidance counseling
from the Union Institute and
University.
Happy wedding anniversary
to our love birds of the week:


James M. (Chiquita C.)
Gibson III, Dec. 18', their 2nd;
Harrison (Vera M.) McMath,
Dec. 19, their 33rd; Wendell
Henry (Gail M.) Stirrup, Dec.
20, their 37th; Esmond
(Barbara) Joseph, Dec. 21,
their 24th; Fletcher C. (Ida)
Young, Dec. 22, their 20th.
Get well wishes to all of you
from all of us! Pearline Nairn,
Cynthia Lightbourn-Brown,
Mertis Seymour, Frances
Brown and Zeola Cohen-
Jones.
A former Miamian, now living
in Tallahassee with his family,
sends a big hello to classmates
(class of '48) and friends. The
B.T.W. gang misses you.


Isa Bell Dawkins celebrated
her 70th birthday, on South
Beach at Smith and Wollensky
Restaurant, with family and
friends on Dec. 10. The elegant
affair was one her family and
friends will long remember. In
attendance were: Hubby,
Ernest Dawkins; in-laws,
Johnand Pauline Glover,
Harry and Carmen-Dawkins,
Rose Dawkins, George and
Beatrice Davis, Odessa and
Carliss Cook, Theodora and
Lorenzo Sims, Norma Mims
and Sara Johnson; and broth-
er.
Gregory and LaTaryn Gay,
baptized their daughter
Braynon Gay on Dec. 17, at
Saint Paul AME Church. The
baptismal was followed by a
luncheon at Perricones in
Brickell.
The 'Busy Bees' of Alpha
Gamma Chapter of Eta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. have been buzzing
around during this holiday sea-
son: their 39th annual


Candlelight Vesper Service was
held Dec.10 at St. Luke
Missionary Baptist Church.
Decked out in their red attire
were members: Lucinda
Campbell, Roslyn Jackson,
Helen Gay, Carolyn Nelson,
Shirley Day-Worthy, Barbara
Killen, Alicia Lancaster,
Rosetta Nelson, Doris Lynch,
Sharon Pritchet, Betty
Murray, Collette McCurdy-
Jackson, LaEatrice
McMurray, Dannie McMillon,
Co-Chair Dorothy Thompson,
Janet Symonette, Betty
Timmons, Rosa Thorton, Shi-
Mei Everette, Velma Hepburn,
Althea Sample, Linette Truss,
Julia Tynes, Mary Walton,
Sylvia Wilson-Garner,
Michelle Wyatt-Sweeting and
Joann Truss, chapter presi-
dent. Shads (husbands of the
members) present: Theodis
Worthy and Ted Garner.
A Gala Affair for Lucinda
Campbell, an educator who
retired after 35 years with the


Dade County School System.
Mrs. Campbell retired in
October.
Hearty congratulations to
Rep. Kendrick Meek who was
tapped the only Floridian mem'-
ber for the House Ways and
Means Committee, the tax-writ-
ing panel with broad jurisdic-
tion over the federal govern-
ment. We are all very proud of
you. Meek said he "intends to
do everything he can to direct
this power to help Dade and
Broward counties. Bravo
Kendrick!
Tiger Woods will donate his
$1.35 million prize to his Tiger
Woods Learning Center that
opened last February.
Dorothy Hepburn-Ambrister
celebrated her 80th birthday
with family and friends at
Christ Fellowship Church in
Perrine, family included:
Shirley Bradley and Dr. Velma
Hepburn, daughters; Nelson,
Nannette and Donnelle
Bradley, grandchildren; and


deaf/hearing impaired friends
from the community.
Recipe for a Happy New Year:
Take twelve months. Clean
them thoroughly of all bitter-
ness, hate and jealousy. Then
arrange each month in 28, 30
or 31 different parts; but don't
make up the whole batch at
once. Prepare it one day at a
time out of these ingredients:
Mix well into each day one
part each of faith, courage,
,work, hope. faithfulness, gen-
erosity and kindness. Blend
this mixture with a pint of
prayer. Season the whole with a
dash of good spirits, a sprinkle
of fun, a pinch of play and a
cup full of good humor.
Pour this batter into a vessel
of love and cook thoroughly
over radiant joy. When done,
serve the day with a smile in
the name of your Savior, who
fills the New Year with love and
joy.
A very Happy New Year to all
of my readers.


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Corporate success must be

shared with workers


For four straight years,
American corporations have
grown their profits at impres-
sive rates. American workers
should have something to cele-
brate, right?
Wrong. At a time when most
of this country's workers are
struggling to make basic ends
meet, wondering how they'll


manage to save enough for a
comfortable retirement, many
of the country's leading corpo-
rations are implementing cost-
saving measures that only
serve to make the rich filthy
rich. It's time for that to
change.
For nearly 10 years,
American workers have


become more efficient and
effective. The companies they
work for have benefited
tremendously, but the labor
force hasn't been so lucky.
Though corporate. CEOs are
stuffing their wallets with larg-
er than life bonuses one
head of a large global invest-
ment banking firm is eligible
for an $87 million bonus this
year worker's salaries have
failed to keep pace with infla-
tion, healthcare benefits have
been reduced and corporate-
sponsored pension plans have
been reduced or terminated
altogether. While simultane-
ously denying their laborers a
salary increase and needed
benefits, corporate CEOs see
no harm in boosting their per-
sonal bottom lines. Last year,


executive salaries grew 25 per-
cent. According to the
Economic Policy Institute, the
average American CEO earns
more in a half day of work than
a minimum wage worker will
take home all year. To add
insult to injury, many workers
have to deal with the reality of
global outsourcing. Already,
the U.S. has lost thousands of
customer service, data entry
and engineering jobs to larger
and cheaper labor markets in
India. Economists say
accounting and other "white-
collar" jobs are soon to follow.
The picture for the American
worker isn't completely bleak.
According to the U.S.
Department of Labor, the aver-
age hourly wage rose more
than 4 percent; that's the


biggest gain since the decade
started. But that's not enough.
To protect its workforce, corpo-
rate America must ensure
worker's salaries grow at rates
that keep pace with the cost of
living. Corporations must also
re-invest in employer-spon-
sored benefits such as
healthcare and pensions. It is
these types of incentives that
keep employees motivated,
loyal and over the long term,
strengthen the company. Large
corporations must also set
realistic, performance based
pay models for their chief exec-
utives. It is unacceptable for a
company to lay off thousands
of workers and then turn
around and pay an executive a
multi-million dollar bonus for
"a job well done." If a company


doesn't turn a profit, a CEO
shouldn't profit either.
America prides itself on being
the land of opportunity. That
opportunity should extend
past the boardrooms and exec-
utive offices and reach into the
factories, the cubicles and the
warehouses. We often look to
the government, and rightly so,
to address the needs of the
American workforce. But our
nation's corporations have a
part to play as well. If this
country is to fulfill her prom-
ise, the businesses that feed
our economy must share their
wealth with its labor force.
Judge Greg Mathis is national
vice president of RainbowPUSH
and a national board member of
the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference.


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Expanding the Action empire


Action Uniforms/
Action Computers/
Action Salon/ Action
Car Wash
6050 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, Florida
305-633-6021

Owner
Andrea Lawanda
McClain

What services and
products do you offer?
We have Action
Uniforms that was estab-
lished in 1988. We have
major contracts with the
school system and local
businesses; we're a
minority Dade business
partner. There, in addi-
tion to selling plain uni-
forms, we embroider
silkscreen and even
design logos fbr compa-
nies. Our full service
salon and full service car
wash were established in
2002. In 2003 we began
Action Computers, which
provides tax services for
the tax season, builds-
to-order customized
computers, as well as fix
your computers. Finally
in 2005 we started a
nonprofit, Action
Crusaders. Our nonprof-
it organization mentors
to teenaged girls, feeds
the homeless, and hon-
ors 50 mothers each
year.

Why did you start your
first business, Action
Uniforms?
I've wanted to own a
business since I was 15-
years-old when I use to
sell candies and cookies
to make extra change.
That's how it really start-
ed.
When I was a school
bus driver I felt that the
school bus driver needed
to be in a corporate uni-
form. I was dressing very
well in a uniform and I
felt that as people were
asking me 'where did you
get your uniform' and
'how did you dress so
nice?' So, I felt that I
would go ahead and start
an industry with that. I
started selling out of the
back of my car every day.
I was one of the first
people in the uniform
industry. I was doing
uniforms for school bus
drivers and then public
school uniforms came
out. I was one of the first
female minority uniform
business owners, and
that was one of the
advantages that I had.

Why did you start your
other businesses?
We came up with three
names Miracle, Action
and Star Uniform. So we
solicited the three names
to the state of Florida
and the one that came
back was Action. So we
knew that we had to do
something behind the
name because the word
action means that you're
doing something in the
community. So, we
decided to go out and
adopt all these other
businesses and that
really showed the com-
munity that we had a lot
of action.
When we saw there was
a convenience for people,
that's a need. We meet
the needs of people. If it's
going to be salon, then
Action Salon, if it's going


Christopher and
Andrea Lawanda McClain
to be a car wash, Action
Car Wash; if it's going to
be computers, then
Action Computers. So
people who come in and
can get their uniform
and while they wait they
can get their hair done,
get their car washed,
have their computer
fixed or learn about our
non-profit's services.
Internationally, nation-
ally, and locally, it serves
everyone. I'm proud that
so many different
nationalities and denom-
inations come into this
establishment.

What obstacles did you
face and how did you
overcome them?
There were a lot of obsta-
cles, because it was hard
doing all of these busi-
nesses. And just learning
that people will some-
times let you down.
There were some people
who did support and
they helped get me where
I am, but some of the
major people who you
would think would like to
see you succeed, weren't
there. But my faith in
God kept me going.

What were some of
your past experiences
that helped you meet
the needs of your
clients?
I've had to learn to sac-
rifice since I was 15, and
I knew I wanted to be an
entrepreneur. I knew
that I needed to save and
position myself to be able
to one day expand myself
to this level.
And once I established
my business I had to
sacrifice so many needs
in order to try to get the
customer exactly what
they needed. If it was
just an order that I just
had to buy because they
needed it and they didn't
want to put the money
up first, I would have to
sacrifice some of my per-
sonal money or borrow
from people I didn't want
to borrow from.

Why will your business
stand the test of time?
It's lasted 20 years
almost. What you work
you put in, that's what
you get out. Nothing God
would give to you for this
long would He take back.

What are your future
goals?
Right now I see myself
as a retiree in the next
five years. Basically, liv-
ing off the inheritance
that I've built; the five
businesses that we've
built. And just let my
siblings carry on and will
hopefully be an example,
for other people in the
community, that it can
be done.


By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com

"I started selling [uniforms]
out of the back of my car,"
explained Andrea McClain,
who established Action
Uniforms in 1988.
Now the once mobile based
uniform business plans to
expand their current building,
located on 6050 NW 27th
Avenue, from 1,500 square
feet to 5,000. The future
Action Resource Center will
have a culinary training/certi-
fication program, a school, a
restaraunt, a doctor's family
practice, a pharmacy and an


affordable housing unit.
The current building houses
Action Uniforms, Computers,
Beauty Salon, and Car Wash.
I love this location, said
Richard Proctor, owner of
Action's Proctor Car Wash. I'm
a people person so, the build-
ing's location in a commercial
area is perfect.
The planned construction
will cost between $200,000-
300,000. "We're applying for a
$20,000 business grant, but
the rest of the cost will be paid
from our own pockets and our
fundraising efforts," said
McClain.
The construction is planned
Please turn to ACTION 9A


Andrea and Christoper McClain stand in front of the site of the future
Action Resource Center.


Teachers oppose $19.6M bonus plan


75% of teachers not eligible

Miami-Dade teachers whose students post the largest
gains on Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test will be
eligible for bonuses of up to 5 percent of their salary under a
controversial plan sent to the state last week.
"Eighty percent of the STAR award will be based on
improved student achievement," the proposal says.
Knowledge of standards and their teaching
methods' effectiveness also will be
weighed.
But with the payment of bonuses
hinging on approval from the teach-
ers union, it's unclear if the pro-
gram will ever get off the ground.
United Teachers of Dade, like
many unions across the state,
has opposed the program
because many top teachers .are not
eligible for a bonus.
"Seventy-five percent of teachers
are not eligible," said UTD President
Karen Aronowitz.
Legislators created the $147 million Special
Teachers Are Rewarded, or STAR, program last spring to
provide bonuses to the top 25 percent of elementary, middle


school and high school teachers in each district.
Under the law, bonuses will be based on
instructional performance and student
achievement on various standardized tests,
including the FCAT.
BASIS OF GUIDELINES'
"We selected assessments based on the [Florida
Department of Education's] guidelines
and requirements," said Ava
Bryne, deputy superintendent for
professional development.
Miami-Dade stands to get
$19.6 million for teacher
bonuses, but the plan first
must be approved by the
school board, state educa-
tion officials and the
teachers union.
Under Miami-
Dade's plan, all
Teachers would be
evaluated to
determine who
qualifies for a bonus.
FCAT scores would be
Please turn to TEACHERS 6A


Fair to serve as Florida's Education chairman


"I am pleased and proud to
not only have the opportunity
to serve but also to lead this
distinguished committed
group whose mission is to do
what is in the best educational
interest of Florida's children.
My selection as chairman is a
testament to the fact that it
does not matter who you are,
what you look like or where
you come from you can be a
part of something great and be
tapped for extraordinary
things."
"Being involved in Florida's


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State Board of Education since
its inception, has truly been
an honor and a privilege. And
to ascend this level of leader-
ship is very humbling. I pledge
that the quality of leadership,
provided by my fellow board
member, Phil Handy, will con-
tinue." Florida Sate Board of
Education is a seven-member
constitutional board, appoint-
ed by the Governor and con-
firmed by the Senate, which
appoints the Commissioner of
Education and provides policy
direction on behalf of Florida's


T. Willard Fair


PreK-20 Education System on
behalf of the Florida
Legislature and Governor's
Office.
In addition, the Board of
Education is responsible for
the adoption of the K-20 edu-
cation budget. The
Educational Budget for 2005-
06 is $20,094,965,930 and the
State Board of Education
Budget has 2,637 employees.
It serves 67 school districts
and 28 community colleges
with a combined student
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TEACHERS
continued from 5A

used to assess all teachers on everything from
math to art. Guidance counselors, school psy-
chologists and social workers also might get
bonuses. But Aronowitz said the criteria puts
some teachers, like those who teach disabled
students, at a disadvantage.
The school district and the union are sup-
posed to begin negotiations on the plan next
month.
"The people of Miami-Dade should be out-
raged," she said. "The state delights in saying
they fund education adequately when it isn't.
They have to consider adequacy of salary before
they start considering bonuses."
Broward County sent its plan to the state ear-
lier this month after declaring an impasse with
the union there. School Board members have
yet to approve the plan.

BONUS CHALLENGED
The Florida Education Association, the
statewide teachers union, has filed an adminis-
trative challenge to STAR, although a few FEA
locals have approved district plans. UTD has
not ruled out legal action.
To date, the state board has approved only
four district STAR plans, three of them earlier
this month. School districts must submit their
plans to the state by Dec. 31.



Attention Construction
Contractors Architectural and
Engineering Consultants Potential
Vendors Other Professional
Service Consultants
Learn how to do business with Miami-Dade County.
Visit http:llbusiness.miamidade.gov for information on:
Vendor Registration and Enrollment
Solicitations Online Pre-qualification Certification
A list of all contracting opportunities
Internet access is available at Miami-Dade Libraries.
Or, call the 3-1-1 Answer Center.
Architectural and engineering as well as construction project
announcements are published in the Daily Business Review.
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MIAMI E


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, Wednesday, January 24. 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) pre-
liminary responsiveness review.

PROJECT NAME:; People's Transportation Plan
(PTP) Roadway Improvements to S.W. 160th
Street from S.W. 147th Avenue to S.W. 137th
Avenue

PROJECT NUMBER: 20060228

LOCATION: S.W. 160th Street from S.W. 147th
Avenue to S.W. 137th Avenue


ADVERTISEM
FOR BIDS
MIAMI-DADE COUNT

ond envelope (Envelope "B") will contain the
bid price. Both envelopes are due at the time
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 noti-
fy 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.


DESCRIPTION: The scope of work shall con-
sist of roadway improvements along S.W. 160th Bid Bond Requirements
Street, from S.W. 147th Avenue to S.W 137th
Avenue. Specifically, widening S.W. 160 Street Each bid must be accompanied by a certified
from two (2) to three (3) lanes, from S.W. 147th check or acceptable bid bond in the amount of
Avenue to S.^W, 137th Avenue. Improvements five percent (5%) of the proposed bid amount as
include adding""bicycle lanes, a center/left turn guarantee that the Bidder, if awarded the Contract,
lane and a raised landscaped median from S.W. will within ten (10) consecutive work days after
144th Court to S.W. 142nd Avenue, replacement being notified of the availability of the prescribed
of bridge over Canal C-1W, including new pave- contract forms, enter into a written contract with the
ment, sidewalk, curb and gutter, a continuous Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade
storm drainage system, roadway lighting, sig- County, Florida in accordance with the accepted
*i"zation, pavement markings andsigrig.i ~ld, and give a Contractor's Performance and
,: ` ;I:`e1yment bond satisfactory -to.theBoard.f, Gounty,
iPre-Bid Conf4e ice to answer any questionslCommissioriers, Miami-Dade County, Florida,
rarding this prTjet' will be held n Tuesday, equal to one hundred (100%) percent of the con-
January 10. 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the 15th floor tract award amount.
Rear Conference .Room, of the Stephen P. Clark
Center located at 111 N.W. 1st Street. Performance Bond Requirements


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY CONTRACTOR'S CERTI-
FICATION 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
Commissioners 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 20% 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 (120) 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 (SOl) Affidavits that are
incomplete or inaccurate upon notification by
the Department of Business Development
(DQBD, 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-
cuted 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-


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 County Manager's staff; B) a
potential vendor, service provider, 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 the County'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


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made to the Board of County Commissioners,
during any duly noticed public meetingiior2
communications in writing at any time hles,
specifically prohibited by the applicableRFP,'
RFQ, or bid document. Bidders mustfrile:,;
copy of any written communications with Ithe
Clerk of the Board, which shall be madedavail-,;_
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.

;.Ordipance No. 90-143, The Responsible Wages-.i
and Benefits Ordinance, Ordinance No. 91-142,
Family Leave. Ordinance, Ordinance 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 Subcontracting Practices, Resolution No.
R-702-98 (Repeals and supersedes' Resolutions,-,
.r.NQs..Ro,1206-97! andc,R,366-97) .WelfareJ dtWior
Initiative, and Ordinance, No. 98-30, (County
Contractors Employment and Procurement
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 subcontractors
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 corporation 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 infor-
mation and assistance in doing business with
Miami-Dade County, vendor registration and certifi-
cation, and current contracting opportunities coun-
tywide. 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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1. SCOPE OF SERVICES

A INTRODUCTION/BACKGROUND

Miami-Dade County, hereinafter referred to as the "County", as
represented by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department ("MDAD"),
requires the services of an experienced and qualified insurance
consultant, to provide a review and report on the MDAD insur-
ance program for the County's Airport System, in accordance
with Section 706 of the Trust Agreement between Miami-Dade
County and JPMorgan Chase Bank (the "Trustee") and
Wachovia Bank National Association, (the "Co-Trustee"), under
which airport properties are financed. Pursuant to Section 706,
MDAD covenants that it will maintain a practical insurance pro-
gram, with reasonable terms, conditions, provisions, and costs.
The Director, with the recommendation of an independent risk
management consultant, shall approve the program and file with
the Trustee and Co-Trustee a complete report of the status of
the MDAD insurance program.

The Successful Respondent shall perform an analysis of the
MDAD insurance program and shall present to the Miami-Dade
Aviation Department a written report of comments and recom-
mendations.


Institute of America (must provide a copy of the designation
which shall be attached to Appendix B. Minimum
Qualification Requirements Affidavit of the Qualification
Statement submittal documents) at the time of Qualifications
Statement submission that will perform the scope of services
and said person must appear on the table of organization.

3. Sealed Qualification Statements for the Miami-Dade County
Request for Qualifications RFQ-MDAD-06-04, entitled INSUR-
ANCE CONSULTING REVIEW FOR THE MIAMI-DADE AVIA-
TION DEPARTMENT," will be received by the Board of County
Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Florida, at the 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., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2007, or as modified by
addendum. The County will receive sealed Qualification
Statements from qualified, interested parties based upon the
terms, covenants and provisions of the Advertisement and'the:"
RFQ. The Department reserves the right to postpone or cancel
the Qualification Statements opening at any time prior to the
scheduled due date of the Qualification Statements.
Respondents are invited; to be present. Qualification
Statements received after the time and date specified may not
be considered, and may be returned unopened.


DAD curfentlyhas th following insurance programs in ,place:, ,4. tdpooies of this solicitation package can be obtaie
Limt through the MDAD, Contracts Administration Division, 4200d
ype of insurance Liiit,,:... NW 36th Street, Buildin 5'A,4th'FloorMiamhi, FL 33122 on or
Airport Liability $500M after FRIDAY, DECEMBER, 22, 2006. The RFQ documents
Airport Contractor's Liability $150M may also be requested in writing to the Department to the atten-
General Liability tion of the Contracting Officer, Maryse Georges, Miami Dade
Excess Automobile Liability Aviation Department, Contracts Administration Division P.O.
A & E Professional Liability $40M Box 025504, Miami, FL 33102-5504 or by Facsimile to (305)
Art Insurance Various 876-8068. Each respondent shall furnish an address, tele-
Property Insurance Various phone and fax number and e-mail address for the purpose of
Workers' Compensation Self-insured contact during the RFQ process.


The above listed coverages may be subject to change without
notice to the Respondent. '

B. REQUIREMENTS AND SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED

TASKS: The Successful Respondent shall:

a. Conduct interviews of MDAD and General Services
Administration ("GSA") staff to gather related data pertaining to
the review of MDAD's insurance policies and program.

b. Review all risk financing programs as identified by MDAD to
determine appropriateness and adequacy, evaluate the cost-
effectiveness of the overall program including self-insurance,
and provide recommendations.

c. Review and make recommendations of the method(s) used
by MDAD to establish appropriate insurable values for property,
electronic data processing equipment and media, and business
interruption/extra expense insurance coverage. The Successful
Respondent will make note of the insurance policy requirements
for reporting accurate replacement cost values and any poten-
tial penalties of under-reporting insurable values.

d. Evaluate other risk transference methods, such as indemni-
fication/hold harmless clauses and insurance requirements in
contracts. The Successful Respondent will make appropriate
recommendations on compliance and monitoring.

e. Review risk management policy and procedures manual, as
well as safety/loss prevention manuals, and other written mate-
rials used in the administration of the risk management function.
The Successful Respondent will provide recommendations and
comments for potential improvements.

f. Provide input on the progress made in the implementation
of risk management program suggestions made during the pre-
vious audit periods.

g. Provide MDAD a draft diagnostic report that provides recom-
mendations and conclusions, as well as progress of MDAD's
Risk Management and Insurance Program. After review and
discussion of the draft report with MDAD and GSA staff, the
Respondent will make any necessary changes to the report and
produce ten (10) original sets of the final report to MDAD Risk
Management by no later than March 25th or the first business
day thereafter of each fiscal year.

h. Other risk management insurance related issues as direct-
ed by MDAD.

2. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Respondents shall provide documentation that demonstrates
their ability to satisfy the minimum qualification requirement list-
ed below. Respondents who do not meet the minimum qualifi-
cation requirement or who fail to provide supporting documen-
tation may not be considered for award.

The Respondent must have a person on staff with an Associate
in Risk Management designation issued by the Insurance


5. A project briefing has been scheduled for 3:00 p.m., FRI-
DAY, JANUARY 5, 2007, at the Miami-Dade Aviation
Department, 4200 N.W. 36th Street, Building 5A, Conference
Room "F" on the 4th Floor, Miami, FL. Attendance is recom-
mended but not mandatory. The purpose of this project brief-
ing is to review the Scope of Services and response require-
ments, and to afford Respondents an opportunity to seek clari-
fication prior to the Qualification Statements Due Date. The
Respondents are encouraged to submit any questions they
may have, in writing, to the Contracting Officer delineated in the
RFQ in advance of the project briefing.

6. All Qualification Statements must be submitted as set forth
in the RFQ.

7. The Department reserves the right to reject any or all
Qualification Statements to waive informalities and irregulari-
ties, or to re-advertise for Qualification Statements. The
Department, by choosing to exercise its right of rejection, does
so without the imposition of any liability against the Department
by any and all Respondents.

8. Any changes to this RFQ will be by written addendum.

9. Contract measures established for this project is: SBE
Selection Factor.

10. Cone of Silence": Pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
Code of Miami-Dade County (the "Code") and Administrative
Order No. 3-27 (the "Cone of Silence Provisions"), a "Cone of
Silence" is imposed upon Request for Qualifications ("RFQs"),
Request for Proposals ("RFPs"), or Invitations to Bid ("ITBs")
after advertisement and terminates at the time the County
Manager issues a written recommendation to the Board of
County Commissioners.

For more information please refer to the "Cone of Silence
Provisions" 2-11.1(t) of the Code of Miami-Dade) County (the
"Code") and Administrative Order No. 3-27.

The Contracting Officer for this RFQ is:


Name and Title:


Name of Agency:

Physical Address:

Mailing Address:

E-mail Address:
Telephone No.:
Facsimile No.:


Maryse Georges
Aviation Procurement Contract
Officer
MDAD-Contracts Administration
Division
4200 NW 36th St. Bldg. 5A, 4th
Floor, Miami, FL 33122
P.O. Box 025504, Miami, FL
33102-5504
mgeorges@miami-airport.com
(305) 876-7939
(305) 876-8068


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA
HARVEY RUVIN, CLERK

BY:
DEPUTY CLERK


ADVERTISEMENT FOR
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR
INSURANCE CONSULTING REVIEW
FOR THE MIAMI DADE AVIATION DEPARTMENT
RFQ-MDAD-06-04


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

Interested parties may also visit or call:

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

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

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


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SS-13A STRUCTURE, BROWARD County, Florida
The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids
through the Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Rd, West Palm
SBeach, FL 33406, for S-13A Structure, Broward County, FL on
*- Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely sub-
mitted bids will be opened and publicly read. Project is a new construction
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the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program for FY 2006 2007 to be
distributed to qualified small businesses located in Miami-Dade County All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB).
District 3 area only. Maximum amount per business is $10,000. Home Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by down-
Based, start up, 2006 recipients and businesses never selected for funding loading it for free at www.sfwmd.aov, purchasing a set for $98.00 at the
may apply. Businesses awarded funding in the years 1999 through 2005 above address, by calling (561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID
are not eligible to apply. HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening.
Information on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our
S-" 'web site www.sfwmd.gov.
District 3
- 6Applications Available: at District Office
5400 NW 22 Ave Suite 704

S- All applications must be hand delivered and
returned by 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 31,2007,
S 9 at either location. For more information, contact
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Audrey M. Edmonson
Miami Dade County NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Commissioner
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Here s another tip for those with kids. FIVE (5) FOOT WIDE STIP BY APPRqXIMATELY TWO HUN-
Contribute to your child's 529 college savings DRED FIFTY-THREE (253) FOOT LONG, PERPETUAL, NOHUN-
plan. A number of states allow parents to write DRED FIFTY-THREE (253) FOOT LONG, PERPETUAL, NOROPERTY
off contributions up to a certain dollar amount. CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT ON CITY-OWNED PROPERTY
New York State, for example, allows amount. CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA LOCATED AT 6421 NE 2ND AVENUE, MIAMI, FLORIDA AND A
New York State, for example, allows each parent NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FIVE (5) FOOT WIDE STRIP BY APPROXIMATELY FOUR HUN-
to deduct $5,000 from state income taxes. To DRED FIFTY-ONE (451) FOOT LONG, PERPETUAL, NON-
see if your state offers this deduction, log onto DRED FIFTY-ONE (451) FOOT LONG, PERPETUAL, NOW
Savee inforCollege. corn. A public hearing will be held by the Commission of the City of Miami, EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT ONW CITY-OWNED PROPERTY
5 ,GorGreen Florida, on January 11, 2007, commencing at 9:00 a.m., in the City LOCATED AT 630i Q5 N.E2NDAVENUE,,MIAM v FLORIDA, FOR
Looking for a home improve nt project to Commission Chambers located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive.,. THE CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION AND, MAINTENANCE OF
tackle over the holidays? By making your resi- Miami, Florida for the purpose of hearing objections from any interested ELECTRIC FACILITIES, WITH THE RIGHT TO RECONSTRUCT,
dence more energy efficient you could qualify parties affected by the proposed Amendment to Chapter 54 of the code of IMPROVE, CHANGE AND REMOVE ALL OR ANY OF THE
for a tax credit worth up to $500 to help defray the City of Miami, Florida, as amended, entitled, "Streets and Sidewalks" to FACILITIES WITHIN THE EASEMENTS.
the cost, says Jackson Hewitt's Steber. update the restoration requirements and the cost for restoration for excava-
Consumers who purchase (and install) ener- tions within the public streets and sidewalks. All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
gy-efficient items for the home can receive a tax such proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any deci-
credit on this and next year's taxes. Qualifying All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may com- sion of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this
items include everything from insulation and ment on the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any deci- hearing, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
exterior windows to hot water boilers and oil sion of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this is made, including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may
furnaces. The new law even allows a credit for meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings be based (F.S. 286.0105).
those environmentally-minded folks who want is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may
to add solar panels (worth up to $2,000) or a be based (F.S. 286.0105). In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
fuel-cell power plant (worth up to $500) to their needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
homes. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con- (2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
Expanding an em pire later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding. Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
_____________ u (#16179) City ClerK
Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
ACTION (#16178) City Clerk
continued from 5D

to begin by August or September of 2007. But
in light of Miami's housing shortage, Action's
first affordable housing property is already
under consruction and scheduled to be com-
pleted within 30 days.
I'm not here to expand for me, said McClain,
but for the desperate needs of the community. CITY OF MIAMI FLORIDA


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Shane Tedder
T: 561-832-1616
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Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.,
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bids at the above address for Site Preparation
Documents: for the Miami-Dade County
Public Schools Project No. A-01032, on or
before 2:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2007.
This work consists of removal of unsuitable
soil and import, grade & compaction of clean
suitable fill, demolition, underground, utilities,
paving, concrete flat work, and landscaping &
irrigation. Drawings and specifications will be
available through Suffolk Construction
Company, Inc. on or about January 17, 2007.
(please call or fax request for drawings)
There will be a pre-bid meeting at the site on
Friday, January 26thth at 9:30 AM.
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is commit-
ted to affirmatively ensuring a substantial
increase in the awarding of construction sub-
contracts to contractors and vendors who
meet the criteria of the Miami-Dade County
Public Schools Minority/Women Business
Enterprises. The M/WBE participation goal is
18% African American and 6% Woman
Owned Businesses for this project.


CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida on January 11, 2007 at 9:00 AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the follow-
ing:
A RESOLUTION OF THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION, APPROV-
ING THE SALE OF THE CITY-OWNED PROPERTY LOCATED AT
46 WEST FLAGLER STREET, MIAMI, FLORIDA ("PROPERTY"),
TO FIRST 35, INC., A FLORIDA CORPORATION ("PURCHAS-
ER"); ESTABLISHING ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED THOU-
SAND DOLLARS ($1,400,000) AS THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID TO
THE CITY OF*MIAMI BY THE AFOREMENTIONED; FURTHER
AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO EXECUTE A PUR-
CHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT AND TO EXECUTE SUCH
OTHER DOCUMENTS AS MAY BE NECESSARY TO CONSUM-
MATE SUCH TRANSACTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE AGREEMENT, WHICH
TERMS MAY BE AMENDED BY THE CITY MANAGER AS MAY BE
NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MEET THE BEST INTERESTS OF
THE CITY.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
such proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any deci-
sion of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may
be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.
Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#16176) City Clerk


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on January 11, 2007
to consider the execution of Amendment Number Five (5) to the existing
Bus Bench Design, Installation and Maintenance Agreement, as previously
amended, (collectively the "Original Agreement") between the City of Miami
and FUEL Miami LLC, and FUEL Outdoors Holdings LLC; and to consider
the City Manager's recommendations and findings that Florida Statute
Section 337.408 does not require a competitive bid, that pursuant to City
Code Section 18-85(a) competitive negotiation methods are not practicable
or advantageous to the City, and that instead of utilizing a new competitive
bid, the new bus shelter provisions should be added to the existing Original
Agreement.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-85 (a) of the City
Code, of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended, and requires a 4/5ths affir-
mative vote of the Miami City Commission after a duly advertised public
hearing. The recommendations and findings to be considered in this mat-
ter are set forth in the proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which
are deemed to be incorporated by reference herein and are available as
public records from the City of Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in
conjunction with the regularly scheduled City Commission meeting of
January 11, 2007, commencing at 9:00 a.m. in the City Commission
Chambers located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning
such proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any deci-
sion of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, that person shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may
be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may con-
tact the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5360 (Voice) no later than two
(2) business days prior to the proceeding or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no
later than three (3) business days prior to the proceeding.
Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#16180) City Clerk










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Business Rentals
Miramar Area
6651 S.W. 30th Street
Newly remodeled, fenced,
three bedrooms, two bath,
large backyard, near
schools, new tile and carpet,
$1300 monthly. Please call
305 300-1301 anytime.

STORE FRONT FOR RENT
6905 NW 15th Avenue
$950.00 Negotiable
Call 786-263-1590

Unfurnished Rooms

LARGE ROOM
$450 all utilities included.
Call 786-768-3863

L Fished Rooms

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
5629-31 Filmore Street
HOLLYWOOD
One large efficiency for rent.
$700 monthly, $500 security,
utilities included.
Call 786-256-3174
MIAMI GARDENS AREA
$650 all utilities included, ba-
sic cable, private entrance.
Call 305-305-0351



1031 NW 197th Terrace
One bedroom
Call Linton at 305-652-4763
1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated BIG one and two
bedrooms. $500 and. $700
monthly Appliances included.
Chrystopher 786-333-2457
150 N.E. 82nd Terrace
One bedroom, one bath with
air, clean, $650 monthly.
First, last and security.
Call 305-244-4939
1540 NW 1st Court
Efficiency $375
One bedroom $475
Stove, refrigerator and air
305-642-7080

172 NW 12th Street
One bedroom, one bath
Section 8 okay!
Call 786-263-1590

1958 N W 4 COURT APT314
Three bedroom, one and half
bath, upstairs $1200 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
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

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
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rental community in the
Downtown area. Be tl I
first to occupy these Ld:and
new apartments. One, two
and three bedroom units


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(305) 573-9696
*Prices are subject to
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*Income restrictions apply.


MIAMI AREA
5200 N.W. 26th Avenue
Two bedrooms, $700. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. Ask for spe-
cial! Call 305-634-3545
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
NORTH MIAMI AREA
One and two bedroom for
rent. Section 8 accepted.
954-922-0303
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, 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.

Duplex

1100 NW 100 TERRACE
Spacious two bedroom, one
bath with central ait and ap-
pliances.Corner Lot $1025
monthly 305-804-6960
125 N.W. 68th Terrace
Three bedroom and efficienty
786-709-5915
1824 NW 43rd Street
Two bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome
Call 305-621-9947
2798 NW 88th Street
One and Two bedrooms
available, with one bathroom.
Nice area ready to move in.
Fresh paint, tile, washer and
dryer,central air and water.
786-251-3625/305-652-7075
5520 S.W. 32nd Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1950 to move in, $975
monthly. 786-256-3174
6811 N.W. 2nd Court
Large two bedrooms, two
baths, with eat-in kitchen,
stove, air, refrigerator, $795 a
month. Molly 305-541-2855
8001 NW 11th Court
One bedroom, one bath
$500
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
786-374-5541
8195 N.W. 24th Avenue
Two bedrooms, major appli-
ances, $650 monthly, $1950
to move in.
Call 305-299-3450
881 NW 107 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$14000 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 786-374-5541
SECTION 8 OKAY
7005 NW 4 Court. Two bed-
rooms, one bath.
Call 786-263-1590
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
apply at: 3737 Charles Ter-
race.



1940 NW 4th COURT
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Only
Call 786-263-1590



1321 NW 82 STREET
Four bedroom, one bath
Section 8 Only
Call 786-263-1590
13235 Alexandria Drive
Three bedroom, one bath.
Central-air, washer/dryer, tile,
verticals, carport. Section 8.
only. Call 305-303-2644.

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
2462 N.W. 170th Street
A house four bedrooms, two


baths with large fenced yard,
tiled floors and central air for
$1750 monthly. CallThe Real
The Real Estate Experts
305-652-9343


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
321 N.W. 51st Street
Four bedrooms, two baths
with den, tiled floors and cen-
tral air for $1750 monthly.
Please call:
305-652-9343
The Real Estate Experts
3810 NW 173rd Terrace
Three bedrooms, carport,
tile, air, $1300, $3900 to
move in. No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson
305-891-6776
595 N W 88 STREET
Three bedrooms two bath.
Section 8 Only
Call 786-263-1590
653 NW 46th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with den, tiled floors and
central air for $1250 monthly.
Call The Real Estate Experts
305-652-9343
6830 NW 14th Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, tiled. Section 8
welcome. Call 754-423-3909
CAROL CITY
3521 NW 171st Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 okay. Drive by then
call 954-517-1282.
CAROL CITY AREA
4761 N.W. 170th Street
Four bedrooms, one and a
half baths, large living room.
Contact 305-333-0514
For appointment
CAROL CITY AREA
Three bedrooms, Section 8
preferred 305-754-6564 or
786-308-5625.
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
NEW HOMES
Three bedrooms, two baths,
four bedrooms, two baths
from $195K. Closing help up
to $10,000. Rentals and
lease options available. Sec-
tion 8 welcome. Homes from
Port St. Lucie. Payoff mort-
gage and debt in 7-12 years.
Investors Excellent return.
Buy, Sell, Refinance and
Equity Loans. Stop Foreclo-
sures. Any home any condi-
tion. Call 954-678-7543
24/7
NORTH MIAMI
863 N.W. 139th Street
Three bedrooms, one and a
half baths, air condition,
range stove and carpet
$1200 monthly, $3600 to
move in. Tenant will apply for
its water and light.
Call Mike 786-488-3350


1139 NW 76 STREET
Three bedrooms, two baths,
big yard, remodeled, all
appliances.
786-512-1588
2236 N.W. 59th Street
Being totally remodeled. Big
lot, brand new kitchen, bath,
central air, electric, plumbing,
tile and carpet, 179,900. Sell-
er will pay $10,000 towards
closing costs.
Owner/Agent 305-491-7522
3610 N.W. 212th Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
garage. Built in 2004. Rent
with option to buy. Selling
price $279,000.
786-399-8557 or
954-549-5148
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 AND BROWARD
NEW YEAR NEW HOME!I
Income Tax Time
First Time Home Buyers.
Section 8 Home Buyers
VA Home Buyers
Bank Home Buyers
Programs,
Owners Financing
Pro-grams
Handyman Buyers
Programs
Investors End Buyers
Programs
Must be pre-qualified to re-
ceive the list.
Zero Percent Down, 3 Per-
cent Down, 5 Percent
Down and Low Credit
Scores.
Health and Wealth To All!
Dorothy Bradley
786-506-0155
Real Estate Professional
King Star Realty


INCOME POTENTIAL
Six bedroom five bathroom
for sale. large family poten-
tial. Three separate kitchens.
Over 2500 square feet.
$320,000 Call 305-467-6095
between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.



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Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
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305-685-3565



HELP WANTED
Breezey Acres Retirement
Home is hiring individuals
in the following positions:
CNA/HHA and part-time
house keeper. For inter-
view call 305-624-4901

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..


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@
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CITY OF MIAMI
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

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

IFB NO.: 6093 POLICE TRANSPORTERS (SEGWAYS)

OPENING DATE: 1:00 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2007

(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 1/09/07)

Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Sixth Floor, Miami,
FL 33130 or download from City's website at www.ci.miami.fl.us/procure-
ment. Telephone No. 305-416-1906.

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

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