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Obama faces conflicting goals in racism conference

By DeWayne Wickham

When it comes to the Durban Review
Conference on racism, it seems that
the Obama administration is reluctant
to accept "yes" for an answer.
In February, the White House threat-
ened to pull out of the United Nations-
sponsored meeting aimed at combating
racism after failing to get changes to a
draft declaration. That document, a
State Department official said, was "un-
salvageable" because it unfairly singled
out Israel for criticism and sought to
limit criticism of religion.
"We have repeatedly shared with a
wide range of countries our hopes for

a document that might yet emerge that
treats the issues of racism and discrim-
ination, which we care deeply about,
in a serious and constructive manner
and doesn't get sidetracked with hos-
tile criticism of any individual country
or conflict," Susan Rice, the U.S. envoy
to the U.N., told me last week.

This position pleased Jewish activists
who pushed Obamia to boycott the April
conference in Geneva. Complaining
that the document was anti-Semitic,
the Bush administration walked out of
the 2001 racism conference. But many
Black activists have said that Obama

was allowing this issue to scuttle U.S.
participation in a meeting that could
have far reaching impact for Blacks.
The two groups had appeared headed
towards an ugly clash. But a day after I
talked with Rice, organizers of the con-
ference announced changes to the draft
document that appeared to satisfy U.S.
concerns. All references to Israel and
"defamation of religion" were eliminat-
ed. Even so, the Obama administration
has been slow to react.
"This is shocking that the language
has been changed to reflect the U.S.
concern and yet the decision not to
attend hasn't changed," said Nicole
Lee, executive director of TransAfrica

Forum,a Washington-based group that
promotes the interests of p-_.ple of Af-
rican descent.

Pointing to the historical sig-nificance
of Obama's election as the first Black
president, Lee said: "We reaJl,, are in-a
unique position to show leadership" on
racism worldwide, "but we car t lead if
we don't show up."
Now there's a new sticking point. The
amended document endorses the 2001
racism conference report, though none
of the language critical of Israel is in-
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Compact collapsed, jobs
Miami Times Staff Report

The Florida Marlins baseball team will
get home and a new name, thanks to a
9-4 vote Monday by the Miami-Dade
County Commission and an earlier 3-2
vote by the Miami City Commission -
a deal that would not have happened
without the support of Miami Commis-
sioner Michelle Spence-Jones.
The team will get a 37,000-seat re-,
tractable roof stadium on the site of the

for Blacks not guaranteed
former Orange Bowl in Little Havana,
with a total price tag of more than $600
million and will now be called the Miami
The four Black county commissioners
Audrey Edmonson, Barbara, Jordan,
Dennis Moss and Dorrin Rolle --voted for
the stadium, along with Commissioners
Bruno Barreiro,, Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Na-
tacha Seijas, Rebeca Sosa and Javier
Voting against the stadium were Car-

los Giminez, Sally Heyman, Joe Martinez
and Katy Sorenson.

A special County Commission meeting
on the stadium on Monday went on for
nine hours, punctuated by vocal sup".
porters and opponents, including two V
members of the Miami Workers Centdf.-:
who were arrested: Yvonne Stafford and
Tony Romano.
Moss, the commission chairman, is-
sued a statement Monday night, saying,
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FMU salutes three

stalwarts during

130th birthday

By Sandra J. Charite

Florida Memorial University marked its 130th year
Thursday with a salute to three stalwart supporters and
a pledge that South Florida's only predominantly Black
institution of higher learning will continue to educate
leaders of tomorrow.
"We are the same Florida Memorial University that
has produced thousands of graduates that have gone
on to change the world: school teachers, preachers,
doctors, engineers, lawyers and so on," President Karl

County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Miami
Times Publisher Emeritus Garth C. Reeves were
honored during the Florida Memorial University's
130th annual Founders' Day Convocation on
Saturday at FMU's main campus in Miami Gardens.
-Photo by Florida Memorial University
S. Wright said in opening remarks for the annual
Founders' Day Convocation on Thursday at the Susie C.
Holley Religious Center on the Miami Gardens campus.
Wright presented the Nathan W. Collier Meritorious
Service Award to Miami Times Publisher-Emeritus
Garth C. Reeves and the Sarah A. Blocker Meritorious
Service Award to County Commissioner Barbara
Reeves paid tribute to the late U.S. District Judge
Wilkie D. Ferguson, under whose chairmanship great
progress was made at the university. He said the late
Rev. Edward T. Graham was instrumental in bringing
the school to Miami-Dade.
Jordan said former President Albert Smith and others
inspired her to become involved with the university.
"It is my objective to do everything possible to further
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Participants get ready for the Sickle Cell 5K WalkIRun at Dolphin Stadiumd
on Saturday. -Aj..-ri, ITiM p 1.'oJ -r.: For :

Hundreds turn out for

Sickle Cell Walk/Run

Some 2,000 Dade residents

are battling the disease
By Sandra J. Charite

Justin Bishop calls himself a survi-
The 26-year-old junior at Florida Me-
morial University was diagnosed with
the sickle cell disease at age 2, the only
member of his family who tested posi-
Bishop remembers once being hospi-
talized for three to four weeks.
"I have been keeping the disease un-

der control by staying healthy, taking
my medicine, and exercising," he said.
Kay-Diene Robinson, 19, is also living
with sickle cell. She was never able to
take part in school sports.
"I couldn't go as fast as the other kids
and I was always tired. It was so hard,"
she said. "Living .with sickle cell has
been a challenge for me."
Sickle cell is an inherited, chronic
disorder that causes the red blood cells
to assume an unusual, inflexible, sickle
shape. This sicklingg" occurs because
of a transformation in the hemoglobin
The disease usually appears in the
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Student gets

$80,000 FAMU


Award went to Krystan McAulay of NMB High

By Mohamed Hamaludin

When Krystan McAulay was an infant, her mother,
a single parent, got her grandmother to help raise
Some 18 years ago, that grandmother, Mavis
Atteloney, 79, and her husband, Lloyd, 84, moved to


-Photo by FAMU

what is now Miami Gardens from New York. She had
one purpose in life then: to rear a child who would
live up to her full potential.
That dream took a big leap forward earlier this
month when Krystan, 17, and a senior at North
Miami Beach High, received a scholarship to attend
Florida A&M University.
The value?
Counting tuition, room, board, books, incidental
expenses, internships and a laptop computer:
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Marlins now face sincerity test

me most irksome aspect of the Florida Marlins stadium
deal, besides the questionable use of tax dollars to build
a home for a professional sports team, is the manner in
which the Black community was used to pump up an apparent
jobs balloon obviously to win support for the project.
Outside of the formal negotiations which took place over the
past few weeks, a glimmer of hope began to surface that Blacks
would be guaranteed some of the jobs during construction of
the stadium and in its operation. This hope was embodied in
a document with the grandiose name of Community Compact
Agreement and it bore the signatures of the president of the
Miami-Dade branch of -the NAACP, Bishop Victor T. Curry,
the president of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Mr.
William "Bill" Diggs, and the president of the Florida Marlins,
Mr. David Samson.
Signed by the three men on March 13, the "compact"
committed the Marlins to "use every reasonable effort to invest
at least 15 percent of the private funding for the design and
*construction of the project" and to "use reasonable diligent
efforts to have a racially diverse mix of vendors and contractors
providing goods and services to the Marlins and to spend
at least 15 percent of their aggregate ongoing operational
expenditures for goods and services provided by outside
vendors with African American-owned businesses."
Now, that's talking. Unless there is a specific commitment in
these circumstances, you can bet Blacks. will be standing at
the back of the line. But it seemed too good to be true and
it was.
Within days, the Marlins backed away from the agreement
after it was made clear that County Attorney Roger Cuevas
considered it in violation of federal law because of its race-
based provision and would not sign off on it. Why was his
assent needed? Because, even though the compact referred
specifically to the private financing which the Marlins are
putting up, overall this is a government project as it should
be, with Miami and Miami-Dade contributing some $475
million of the cost.
The framers of the compact insisted they-ran it past several
attorneys and it stood up to the "quotas" test. But it is evident
now. that they did not run it past the attorney who mattered
the most: Mr. Cuevas. And it is a stretch to believe, anyhow,
that Mr. Samson and other Marlins officials, who had been
negotiating with the county, and the city for a decade, would
not have gleaned during their meetings that the project was not
private and that a race-based set-aside was impermissible.
Was the compact set up to fail? It seems very likely, given
such a glaring oversight both on the part of the Marlins and
the NAACP and the chamber. But that is now in the past.
What is current is that the Marlins will have their stadium.
Will Blacks have access to jobs and business, as the compact
It really'does not require a document such as the compact for
jobs and business to be offered to Blacks, once the willingness
is there. The NAACP and the Miami-Dade Chamber no longer
have the compact to hold the Marlins to. But they do have
the spirit of the document to hold up as a symbol by which to
judge the sincerity of the Marlins organization to do right by
the Black community.
In that regard, the NAACP and the Miami-Dade Chamber -
and other organizations must hold the Marlins accountable
when it comes to hiring people and businesses.
The onus weighs even more heavily on Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, County Chairman Dennis Moss arid
County Commissioners Audrey Edmonson, Barbara Jordan
and Dorrin Rolle, without whose support there would be no
Marlins stadium. In voting for the stadium, they have thrown
the weight of their communities behind the project. In all
things political, there must be a substantial quip pro quo. The
people who put them in office can just easily vote them out
if there is even a hint that the community's interests were
betrayed in 'this major test of constituency loyalty.

At the service of the people
| ere .are many very many -- high points in the history
of Blacks in the United States. One of them is not so well
known to the general public. It was on March 16, 1827, that
John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish began publishing the first
Black newspaper, Freedom's Journal, in New York City, specifically
taking aim at slavery. More recently, every year publishers of Black
newspapers around the country more than 200 of them, includ-
ing The Miami Times, grouped in the National Newspaper Publisher
Association -- celebrate the occasion with Black Press Week. This
year was no exception and it was made all the more significant with
the ascent, to the presidency of the first Black, President Barack
Obama. Some 50 Black publishers went to the White House to for-
mally present to the Obama family the NNPA Newsmaker of the Year
award. But we who labor in the Black Press remain only too cogni-
zant of the fact that President Obama's election victory is not the
end of the struggle for equality. It will be a great day in the morning
if that development marked the turning point in race relations. But
we doubt it. There will always be racists, however they are cloaked,
whether in sheets or suits, who will never accept colored folk as
their equals, with an equal claim to an American birthright.
We pledge to remain vigilant, therefore, just as Mr. Russwurm and
Mr. Corriish did way back when, against overt and covert, institu-
tional and individual racism.
But the Black Press is more than a watchdog of our people's inter-
est. We are, also, storytellers who relate the small and large stories
of our communities from week to week. We tell of glad things, we tell
of sad things, we tell all of it. You know what we do, why we do it and
who were are when you pick up a copy of a Black newspaper.
And we know we cannot do it all by ourselves.
At a time when the metropolitan press is suffering sometimes fa-
tal financial blows and the careers of many mainstream journalists
are in doubt, the people of the Black Press continue to remain grate-
ful that we have our community's support. We know what it means
for you to find the two quarters to pay for our newspaper. We see it
as a trust that you have in us that we shall make it a worthwhile
purchase. It is a trust we hold dearly.

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The county attorney was

wrong to scuttle the Marlins'

Community Compact

As many of you know, I was not initially a '
proponent of the plan to build a Marlins stadium.
But I am now an unequivocal supporter of the
Why the change?
Two people in the upper echelons of the Marlins organization
changed my mind. The first is the president, David Samson, who
quietly agreed to a deal with Bill Diggs, president/CEO of Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce, to provide an opportunity to Black
businesses to obtain some of the contracts that would ensue from
the building of the stadium solely from the private funds that the
Marlins would be contributing.
I became involved in the project when the Miami-Dade Branch of
the NAACP became a participant in the deal which was formalized
by a legally binding contract. The historic Community Compact
provided for an aspirational diversity goal for Black businesses,
giving felons a second chance, providing baseball opportunities
for all of Miami's disadvantaged youth, providing for educational
opportunities and internships, and encouraging the Marlins to
continue to promote diversity in their organization.
I use the word "continue" for a reason. The Marlins already have
a diverse management team, with two Black men in the upper
echelons of their organization. One I have come to know very well,
Derek Jackson, the vice president and general counsel, is a brother
from Maryland who graduated from Duke University and Harvard
Law School. Before anyone pushed or forced the Marlins to promote
diversity, the organization had already done it. When I learned this
my heart leaped. ,Finally, a corporation that was doing the right
thing, just because.
There is an old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished." After
the historic Community Compact was signed, County Attorney
Robert Cuevas struck. He deemed the Compact illegal and would
not let the deal go forward. Rather than let racism and political

he Marlins already have a diverse management team, with two

Black men in the upper echelons of their organization. One I
have come to know very well, Derek Jackson, the vice president
and general counsel, is a brother from Maryland who graduated from
Duke University and Harvard Law School.

machinations derail the deal, the NAACP, the Miami-Dade Chamber
and the Marlins agreed to rescind it because of the threats of the
county attorney.
I am counsel to the Miami-Dade NAACP and as the lawyer who
drafted the Compact with Jackson and attorney Ronda Vangates, I
know it was in keeping with current law. The St. Petersburg NAACP
entered into a similar agreement in 2008, the Indiana Stadium and
Orlando project have goals set by the participating government
entities. Our county attorney, based on a 1961 case that found
it illegal to deny service to a Black person in a restaurant that
was in public facility, has determined that a diversity, supplier
program aimed at redressing past discrimination and providing,
opportunities to minorities and women, is illegal when it applies
to the Marlins. He admitted that the $1 billion airport terminal
project with American Airlines had a diversity program. I know
the Bayside project had diversity program; I was at Greenberg
Traurig when the program was developed. In fact, more than
500 corporate counsel for major corporations in America signed a
diversity pledge.
Most striking was the fact that the Super Bowl has an Emerging
Business Program that provides opportunities to local, minority
and women-owned businesses. I guess that .should be the next
target of the county attorney. Perhaps the county should give
up the $350 million infusion of Super Bowl money because the
program is "illegal."
In the meeting he admitted that he did not require other
companies to divulge their diversity programs nor did he check
on the other companies. In keeping with his misunderstanding of
the law, we should perhaps tell Wal-Mart, American Airlines, Shell,
Exxon and other large corporations that they cannot conduct
business in Miami-Dade County because our county attorney
will not allow companies with diversity programs to operate in
this county. In keeping with that 1961 case, every airline with
a diversity program should not be in a public facility: Miami
International Airport. Ooops, that would mean that every major
U.S. carrier would not be able to fly into MIA.
The problem with ignorance is that it is. sometimes coupled
with power. The county attorney threatened not to provide legal
sufficiency to the Marlins stadium deals that have been eight years
in the making if they have an aspirational goal of 15 percent of
their own money going to Black businesses. This would mean that
the deal would not be on the agenda.
Mayor Carlos Alvarez, County Chairman Dennis Moss and
County Manager George Burgess all agreed that the diversity
program was a good idea and were supportive of the Community
Compact. The county attorney blocked them all. He was gleefully
joined by Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, who proudly announced
the Compact was illegal. Does this Hispanic mayoral aspirant
realize that diversity goals would include Hispanic and women-
owned businesses?
If the Marlins met their diversity goal, then 15 percent, of the
$120 million they are infusing into the project would go to Black
businesses. This would be an enormous three percent of all the
dollars spent on the entire stadium deal. I guess 20 percent
of this community does not deserve a mere three percent of a
public-private partnership. I guess the tens of millions of dollars
that Black tourists bring to this town in bed tax money cannot
be spent to support local Black businesses. In this town, some
people believe that Black people do not deserve a crumb that hits
the floor.
Richard J. Clyne is a Miami-Dade attorney.. ,

. I for one believe that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts them 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

Those who are making a difference deserve to be saluted

All too often, we spend way Ferguson and ran with it. Gib- as a, one-person Kwanzaa com- of Neighbors and Neighbors
too much time highlighting the son, along with a small group mittee, the curator who keeps Association (NANA), to Max
gloom and doom in our per- of believers, pushed forward, the works of Oscar Thomas alive Rameau of Free The Land, ar-
sonal and collective lives and, I despite tremendous odds, to in- and community liaison to the chitects Harland Woodward and
must say, I'm just as guilty as corporate the city of Miami Gar- African Heritage Cultural Arts Nathaniel Styles, Kioni Nesbitt
the next person. dens, a predominantly Black Center. She and her sons have and the ladies of Concerned Af-
If the old adage "As a man town that very few said could formed an African drumming rican Women and Sister Mar-
thinketh, so is he" holds true, survive. Now it is one of the fast- group called Drums of Unity. leine Bastien and Brother Lava-
then we must be some miser- est growing cities in Florida. She also runs a printing busi- rice Gaudin, both tremendous
able individuals. We continually A heartfelt salute goes out ness and is an organizer of the forces in the Haitian commu-
point out what's wrong with this to Miami Heat legend Alonzo Salute to the Ancestors held at nity. Also, many thanks to Rod-
person or that person, when, in Mourning and his wife Tracy. Virginia Key Beach every year. ney Baltimore, Cheryl Mizell
reality, we all fall short in God's Mourning could have done And, speaking of Virginia Key and Traci Cloyd, radio person-
eyes. In my own case, as an alities who keep this commu-
advocate trying to stamp out f the old adage 'As a man thinketh, so is he' holds true, then we nity informed.
corruption, especially as it re- U Thanks to all the Black fathers
lates to the Black community, it must be some miserable individuals. We continually point out who defy the "missing in action"
sometimes appears. as if there's what's wrong with this person or that person, when, in reality, we myth and fill the local parks
nothing positive going on in our all fall short in God's eyes. every week as they continue to
community. However, there are give support to their sons in the
many points of light right in the Optimist leagues around town.
heart of Black Miami. Here are what other multi-million-dollar Beach, a salute should go out to Thanks to all the parents who
a few of them: athletes and entertainers have Brother Dinizulu Gene Tinnie take the time to go to their local
A salute goes out to former done and turned his back on and his wife Wallis. They have schools-to check on their chil-
Miami-Dade County Commis- those who are less fortunate both been beacons of light, with dren's progress, instead of curs-
sioner Betty Ferguson, who and live his life far from all of Gene painter, sculptor and ing out the teacher. And thanks
fought a good fight, whether as this madness. Instead, he has historian -- being the driving to all the Elders, who have made
an instructor at Miami Dade embraced the youth of Black force behind the restoration of tremendous sacrifices to get us
College's North Campus, where Miami, especially those in Over- the beach and Wallis a stalwart to this place and time.
she advanced the rights of stu- town, and has put his money, in the field of education. Do you know someone who
dents of color, or as an advocate where his mouth' is. Much re- Thanks to Black profes- has done something positive in
for homeowner rights during spect, Zo. sional organizations, such as your life and/or the communi-
her weekend meetings of the A tremendous salute goes the American Airlines African- ty? If so, show them some love
Unrepresented People's Positive to Sister. Altine Baki, who, for American Research Group, who and let them "smell their roses"
Action Council (UP-PAC). years, has served as a voice for actively look for ways to give before they depart this earth.
A salute goes out also to May- Black Consciousness in South back to the Black community. William "DC" Clark is a mem-
or Shirley Gibson of Miami Gar- Florida. Despite several hard- Special salutes should go out ber of the International African
dens. who took the mantle from ships, she continues to endure also to people like Leroy Jones Movement.

First Lady Michelle Obama

People can't stop talking
about Michelle Obama's arms.
Sure they look good, but more
important, they speak to the
first lady's fitness. Obama has
added healthy living to her East
Wing agenda, and women Af-
rican Americans in particular
- would be wise to emulate her
healthy lifestyle. Studies show
about 38% of African-American
women are obese, compared
with about 23% of white wom-
en. Being overweight can lead
to the development of type 2
diabetes, high blood pressure,
heart disease and certain forms
of cancer.
Obama stays fit by employing
a three-pronged approach that
may sound familiar to some but,
tragically, is foreign to many Af-

rican Americans, particularly
those living in urban areas:
Diet. It starts with the way she,
eats. During the campaign; sft
spoke of her efforts to balance
junk food with nutritious op-
tions. Now in the White House,
she praises the head chefs
french fries. (Guilty pleasures
are fine in moderation.) But
she's also recruited Sam Kass,
the family's Chicago chef who
specializes in health-conscious
menus.' In recent weeks, she
has also promoted community
gardens, praised unprocessed
foods and served organic wine
in the White House.
Sleep. During the campaign,
when asked what she did at
home, Obama spoke of relax-
ing with girlfriends, 90-minute

a healthy role
workouts and sleep. Busy wom-
en should make a point of .get-
ting enough rest. A Duke Uni-
versity Medical Center study
found that poor sleep mea-
sured by the total amount of
sleep, the degree of awakening
during the night, and most im-
portant, how long it takes to get
to sleep does more harm to
cardiovascular health in women
than in men.
Exercise. A National Health
and Nutrition Examination
Survey shows that about two-
thirds of U.S. adults are either
overweight or obese. The chief
causes .are overconsumption of
high-calorie food and a seden-
tary lifestyle. During the cam-
paign, Barack Obama often
bragged about his. wife rising


about 5 a.m. to
hit the treadmill'. Exercise also
keeps, muscles strong, which
can help maintain mobility as a
person ages. We see evidence of
this in the first lady's 71-year-
old mother, Marian Shields
Robinson, who ran sprints in
the Illinois senior games when
she was in her 60s. What the
Obama women's lifestyles seem
to suggest is that we should
strive to be healthy, but the oc-
casional indulgence is also OK.
As Robinson said in a Boston
Globe interview, "If you're going
to have fried chicken," she said,
"have fried chicken." Just not
every day.
Yolanda Young is the founder
of www.onbeingablacklawyer.

With the state of the economy today, what would be at the top of your

agenda if you were president of the United States?

Furniture Installer, Liberty City

I see what's
going on with

that I would '.. .
have erased as
president. We
are working
hard and look
at what is happening to our
money. Most importantly, we
have to do something about the
job situation. They want to build
a stadium in which the jobs will
not target Blacks because it will
be in a Hispanic neighborhood.
You have one commissioner who
is trying to make sure that her
community benefits but most of
the commissioners in the city
and county are Hispanics. They
are the majority who will have
the deciding vote.

Laborer, Liberty

what [Presi-
dent Barack]
now: getting
the economy
out. Hopefully,
bring more re- -

sources and jobs in the urban
community. Education is a pri-
ority to me because this genera-
tion needs to receive the knowl-
edge so that, someday they
can run this country. Parents
need to take care of their kids
but they have to work so that
they can provide the necessary

Pharmacist, Miami

I think that
there needs to
be other pro-
grams that will
allow people
without col- o
lege diplomas Ie
and college de-
grees to get a
job. There are
programs like that but I don't
think that people are aware of
it or don't take advantage of it.
Education is the key today and
we need to invest it.

Disabled, Liberty City

Eighty to 95 percent of our
people are locked up today so if
I was the president right now,
I would create a rehabilitation
program for those who are soon
to be released back into society.

A lot of ex-of- *
fenders do not
know what to
do when they I
get out of pris-
on so this is
why crime is
so prevalent. m

Rap artist, Miami

Basically, I would be doing
what President Barack Obama
is doing now,
which is try to
fix the econo-
my to make it
better for low-
income Ameri- it
cans. Another .
thing, for me,
is filter reli-
gion. Religion
is sort of a barrier for most peo-
ple and some are forced into it.
In other words, I would make
it possible for someone to be
raised in a Christian or Bud-
dhist home and not have to fol-
low the Christian or Buddhist
doctrine. There are certain sto-
ries in the Bible that are not
clear or explained but people
don't question it out of fear for
God. This is a problem that so-
ciety has created.

Cashier, Liberty City

care, jobs
and rebuild-
ing our edu-
cation sys-
tem would
be my top
priorities as
president. A .
lot of people
have insur-
ance but the insurance does
not cover what the people need,
for example, women receiving
assistance from the govern-
ment, like Medicaid. If they
need something seriously and
they have an HMO, the HMO
can turn them down and the
doctor will not do anything but
write a prescription and send
them on their way. Secondly,
jobs are more important. You
have a lot of families out here
that are not receiving anything
from the government and they
are struggling. People have lost
their homes. To me, it is not
just in the, urban areas but ev-
erywhere. We just don't see it.
People who are not on Medic-
aid or receiving food stamps are
getting hit the hardest because
everything is going up.

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Name change required as part of deal

continued from 1A

"I know we can bring progress
to our county with a world-class
stadium... In the long run peo-
ple are going to be proud of the
decision made here tonight."
Rolle gave a comment to The
Miami Times Tuesday morning:
"To me, it was more about base-
ball. I wanted to keep baseball
in South Florida." He said the
project would yield jobs for the
Black community.
There were no immediate.
comments from Edmonson and
The stadium financing pack-
age, according to a breakdown
in The Miami herald, looks like,
this: The county will provide
"$297 million from tourist taxes,
$50 million from a bond and
$12 million worth of road and
utilities repairs. The city will
provide $94 million for parking
facilities, $13 million towards
construction of the stadium
and $12 million in other works.
The Marlins will provide $155
million in private funding.

The stadium price tag is $515
million, with another $90 mil-
lion going towards parking fa-
cilities and infrastructure cost.
the financing package looks
like this: The Marlins will pro-
vide $155 million plus the cost
of the parking facilities and in-
frastructure work. The city will,
contribute $13 million, which
includes the site. The county will
give $297 million from, tourist
taxes, $50 million from a bond
referendum and $12 million in.
road and utility repairs.

Much of the criticism has cen-
tered on a supposition that the
county and city contributions,
totaling just under $480 mil-
lion, could have been used for
other, more needed projects.
While a lot of verbal fireworks
marked the county debate, cap-
ping more than 10 years of ef-
forts by the Marlins organiza-
tion to find a home in Miami-
Dade, a decisive vote was al-
ready cast on Friday when the
City Commission voted on the
agreement that required both
governments' approval.
A city meeting on Feb. 13
deadlocked, with Spence-Jones
absent on maternity leave. Vot-
ing fof the stadium were Miami
Commissioners Angel Gonza-
lez and Joe Sanchez. Voting
against it were Tomas Regalado
and Marc Sarnoff.

Between,then and last week,
she was engaged in ongoing
discussions with Marlins offi-
cials to secure greater benefits
for the city from the stadium
She also persuaded her com-
mission colleagues to authorize
bonding of up to $500 million to
pay for projects in an expanded
Overtown/park West Commu-
nity Redevelopment district.
Spence-Jones issued a state-
ment Friday, following her affir-
mative vote, saying she wanted
to ensure that the promises and
commitments made to Over-
town/lPark West by the city and
the county were met and to en-
sure that businesses and resi-
dents in her District 5 would
benefit during construction and
afterwards. .

"I am extremely happy with
the outcome of today's meet-
ing," Spence Jones said. "Three
weeks ago, I would have not
supported the baseball stadium
because it did not benefit the
residents of my district and the
city of Miami. Today I can truly
say that, based on the Mar-
lins' stepping up to the plate
and amending the agreement,
the building of the baseball sta-
dium would truly benefit the

Spence-Jones said the Mar-
lins agreed to amendment the
agreement by including at least
50 percent of jobs for county
residents, union participation
that includes apprenticeship
programs and training, support
for .small businesses and con-
tractors and for city parks and
youth programs.
Perhaps of greater significance
to the community, the Marlins,
the NAACP and the Miami-Dade
Chamber of 'Commerce on Fri-
day, March 13, signed a "Com-
munity Compact" binding the
Marlins to. provide Blacks with
at least 15 percent of the pri-
vate funding the team will pay
towards the stadium construc-
tion and also 15 percent of op-
erational expenditures.
That agreement was signedby
Miami-Dade NAACP President
Bishop Victor T. Curry, Miami-
Dade Chamber president/CEO
William "Bill" Diggs and Marlins
President David '
Almost immediately, the com-
pact ran into difficulties when
County Attorney Roger Cuevas
said it was illegal. By Tuesday,

March 17, the agreement was
scuttled because Cuevas was
refusing to sign off on it. Curry,
Diggs and Samson maintained
that the compact was legal.

In a joint statement issued by
the Marlins organization, Curry
said the compact had been care-
fully constructed "so as not to
violate any existing law."
Curry hit out at Cuevas: "Any
time one of our corporate citizens
attempts to provide opportuni-
ties for all races in this county,
I believe the County Attorney's
Office should embrace the con-
cept and not obstruct it."
Curry said "several attorneys"
researched the compact and
"they reached a different conclu-
sion" from that of Cuevas.
Diggs said he was disappoint-
ed with Cuevas' ruling, adding,
" The work that we put into cre-
ating this historic Community
Compact Agreement in a spirit
of collaboration and constructive
interaction was meant to further
unite out entire community be-
hind this important economic
development project."
Samson took the position that
the agreement was a private
matter and did not violate fed-
eral law banning race-based set-
asides. He said the agreement.
was scrapped "at the urging" of
"The result of this action does
not change our commitment to
work with the NAACP, the Mi-
ami-Dade Chamber and other
community organizations to en-
,sure that the ballpark project
provides a benefit to all mem-
bers of our community," Sam-'
son said.

Student plans to become an ethnobotanist

continued from 1A

Neither Krystan riot Atteloney
knew the worth of the award until
The Miami Times contacted them
"Wowl" Krystan exclaimed.
"This is what I needed. I live with
my grandparents and they don't
work. I didn't want to incur a lot
of loan debt so I am really excited
about this opportunity. It is a
Her grandmother was equally
"I am very grateful and I give
God thanks. She lived up to my
expectations," Atteloney, said.
FAMU President James H. Am-
mons handed the first Life-Gets-
Better scholarship to Krystan -
the school's top award -- during a
stop in Fort Lauderdale on his an-
nual Up Close and Personal tour
around the state.
The money will make it easier
for Krystan as she pursues her
dream of becoming at ethnobota-
nist, described in Wikipedia as
someone s who studies the rela-
tionships between cultures and
plants, specifically the use of
plants in a wide range of applica-
I Krystan's interest is in the me-
dicinal use of plants, a field she
chose after she researched sub-
jects of interest and settled on
botany, grounded in a desire to
help people.
Her interest in the environment
started early and in eighth grade,
at Norland Middle School she
started a recycling program after

Krystan McAulay, right, looks on as her grandmother Mavis
Atteloney and Florida A&M University President James H.
Ammons are all smiles following the award of an $80,000
scholarship to Krystan by the FAMU chief. -Photo courtesyofFAMU

seeing the large volume. of paper
being discarded.
Growing up with her grandpar-
ents in Miami Gardens, Krystan
expected to attend Miami, Nor-
land High but she was attracted
to North .Miami Beach High's
Biomedical and Environmental
Advanced Magnet and gained ad-
mission into that program.
In 10th grade, she took Advanced
Placement marine science, fol-
lowed by AP environmental sci-
ence and now biology, the field
she will initially pursue at FAMU.
Krystan's meeting with Ammons

was no accident. She is a Nationalr
Achievement Scholar semi-final-
ist and her name had been sent
to several colleges, many of whom
wanted to recruit her. The FAMU
award made up her mind for her.
Grandma 'Mavis, who came to
the U.S. from Jamaica in 1974,
accompanied her to the FAMU
reception to meet Am'mons on
March 13 at the Renaissance
Fort Lauderdale Hotel. She knew
her granddaughter was getting a
scholarship but not how much. ,
"She was very proud of me,"
Krystan said. "Since I was in

FAMU president hands out scholarships

By Mohamed Hamaludin

During his stop in Fort Lau-
derdale on his Up Close and
Personal Tour, Florida A&M
University President James
H. Ammons handed out
scholarships worth a total of
$182,000, including $80,000
to Krystan McAulay.
Other local students who
got scholarships included
Rashad Hanna ,.
Of Hialeah-Miami Lakes
High, who got $16, 000, and
Javaris Fulton of Michael M.
Krop High, $8,000.
Yasmine Bisomber and
Diandrea Walters of Mira-
mar High got $16,000 and
$8,000, respectively.
Other Broward County stu-
dents who received scholar-

ships were Heather M. Mc-
Callum, Shanique Powell
and Kandice N. Rollins, all of
Brovard Community College,
who got $10,000 each, and
Shekinah Bell of Blanch Ely
High, Donealergh Skinner'
Hill of Fort Lauderdale High,
Peter Jean of Plantation High
and Earl L. Washington of Dil-
lard High, with $8,000 each.
Ammons' tour also took
him to Gainesville and Palm
In total, he handed out
32 scholarships on the spot
worth $554,000.
"We wanted the community

to know that' we value aca-
demic excellence and we are
willing to reward it," Ammons
said in a statement announc-
ing the awards.
"We wanted those students
who worked hard and excelled
to. understand that FAMU
has the programs and sup-
port systems in place to give
them the competitive edge,"
he said. "Whatever their fu-
ture plans are, we told them,
you can get there from here.
Florida A&M University is the
institution that will help you
to discover what you can be-

grade school, she said she would
stick with me and ensure I got a
Her mother, Shirnette Attelo-
,. ney.- 40, a pediatric nurses -also
welcomed,the news of the schol-
"I feel wonderful about it," she
said. "It is. more than I expected
her to receive."
: Shirnette Atteloney said her en-
tire family helped raise Krystan,
adding, "I was always there for
Krystan,. who is doing a high
school internship at Aventura
Hospital, attends Sierra Norwood
Calvary Baptist Church, the Rev.
Dr. Richard Legister, pastor. She
has been active in youth affairs
and has belonged to the Trinity
Dancers and the Alpha and Ome-
ga Dancers. The church has been
very much in her life.
And, said Grandma Mavis, God
is very much in hers.
"God has done good work for
her. She is persistent, quiet, obe-
dient. She is everything I expected
her to be," said Atteloney. "Things
*could be so much different but
by the grace of'God she has come
through. I hope He will be with
her through college and beyond."

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The Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization
(MPO) for the Miami Urbanized Area will hold a public hearing on
Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. in the County Commission
Chambers, Stephen R Clark Center, 111 NW First Street, Miami,
Florida. The Governing Board will consider an amendment
to the FY 2009 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
to include projects that may be eligible for the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) Section 5309 Fixed Guideway Modernization
funding pursuant to the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of

To obtain information on public hearing documents, please
contact the MPO Secretariat, Stephen P Clark Center, 111 NW
First Street, Suite 910, Miami, Florida 33128, phone: (305)
375-4507; e-mail: ; website: www.

It is the policy of Miami Dade County to comply with'all of
the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The
facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive
listening devices, or materials in accessible format, please call
305-375-4507 at least five business days in advance.


Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by Miami-Dade Transit
(MDT) in the Training Room at 701 N.W. First Court, first floor, Miami, FL from
approximately 4:00 p.m, to 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2009, to review the
final draft of the proposed Paratransit Brokerage Services Contract developed
for the Special Transportation Services (STS) Paratransit Program. This public
hearing is held in compliance with Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 27,
37, and 38: Transportation for Individuals, with Disabilities.
In accordance with the CFR requirement for a public hearing, MDT is requesting
participation' and input in the final draft of the proposed Paratransit Brokerage
Services Contract. A draft document In accessible format describing the
recommendation for the changes to be incorporated in the proposed Paratransit
Brokerage Services Contract Is available for public review and comments, and
may be obtained by contacting Ms. Floderia Parms-Smith, Paratransit Service
Operations, at 786-469-5023, (TTY/TDD) 305-263-5475, or by mail at 701 NW
First Court, 11th floor, Miami, FL 33136.
The draft documents will be available for public inspection at 701 NW First
Court, 11th floor, Office of Paratransit, weekdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., from March 26 through April 1, 2009. At this hearing, MDT will afford an
opportunity for interested persons or agencies to be heard with respect to the
social, economic, and environmental aspects of this contract, Interested persons
may submit orally or in writing evidence and recommendations with respect to
said contract.
A person.who decidesto-appeal any decision made by any board, agency, or
commission wiit respect [u any matter considered at this meeting or hearing,
will need a record, of all proceedings. Such person may need to insure that a
verbatim record of ihe proceedings is made, including testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based.
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and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or services.
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Event seeks to raise community.

...awareness of the deadly disease.. .
awareness of the deadly disease

continued from 1A

early childhood and affects
more than 70,000 people na-
tionwide, according to United,
States Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention in At-
lanta. In Miami-Dade County,
more than 2,000 residents are
living with the disease.
Research shows that Blacks,
Arabs, Greeks, Italians and
Latin Americans are more
prone to having the disease
and should be tested at birth.
Such statistics drew a large
crowd at the Dolphin Stadium
in Miami Gardens on Saturday
morning despite heavy rains,
including Bishop and Robin-
son, for the 30th annual Sickle
Cell 5K Walk and Run spon-
sored by the Sickle Cell Dis-
ease Association of America's
Miami-Dade Chapter.
The city of Miami Gardens
and the 100 Black Men of
South Florida partnered with
the chapter to host the event,
with former Florida Marlins
player Andre Dawson as grand
"The purpose of the event is
to increase awareness of sickle
cell in our communities and
raise funds for research and

support of the families. We are
providing health screenings
and we are encouraging more
people to get tested," said Dr.
Astrid Mack, chapter president
of the Miami bade County
Chapter of Sickle Cell Disease
Association of America.
Some people came out to
support relatives or and friends
who have been affected by the
disease. They included Pat
Moore, who joined the event
on behalf of her dear friend,
-Tomas Brokins, who has been
in and out of the hospital bat-
tling sickle cell.
"I think that people are.
aware of it but we should do
more to help," Moore, 50, said-
after completing the 5K walk.
Pastor Lydia Goodin came
to give support to all, the par-
ticipants. Her daughter, Lat-
shia Rose Goodin, 30, died of
sickle cell on Jan.. 31. She had
been diagnosed at age 2 and
through the years the disease
weakened her body..
"The one thing that she want-
ed to do is play," said Goodin,
a host of WMBM-AM 1490's af-
ternoon show.
Hilary Marshall has not been
affected by the disease. She
and many others turned out to
raise money for the sickle cell

University pledges to continue to

turn out leaders of tomorrow

continued from 1A
the education of our young peo-
ple," said Jordan.
The late Rev. Dr. A.B. Cole-
man Jr., a.former chairman of
the FMU Board of Trustees, was
given the Humanitarian Award,
presented to his family.
"This is quite an experience
because my father loved this uni-
vrersity," said his son Andrew.
Smith, whom Wright suc-
ceeded ab president, described
Coleman as, "a man's man."
"No matter the situation was,
he was ready to take responsi-
bility," ,said Smith. "I am proud
to have known and worked with
him. I give credit to him for the
leadership that took place on
this campus."
Xavier Brice, president of the
Student .Government Associa-
tion, who spoke to the gather-
ing, had a message for fellow
"Certainly; we must continue
to be reminded'that we sit on
the shoulders of those men and
women with the understanding
that it is our obligation to con-
tinue the legacy in whatever
capacity remains. The skies
are rich because of the sacri-

fice made by our founding fa-
Florida Memorial traces, its
origins to the 1941 mergers of
the Florida Baptist Institute,
which began in 1879 in Live
Oak, and Florida Baptist Acad-
emy started in 1892, said Xavi-
er Brice, president of Student
Government Association. The
school relocated to what is now
Miami Gardens in 1968, with
an enrollment now of about
Lezli Baskervil1e, president '
CEO of the National Associa-
tion for Equal Opportunity in
Higher Education, the sched-
uled guest speaker Thursday
was absent due to a family.
emergency. The Rey. Wayne B.
Lomax, pastor of the Fountain
of Pembroke Pines, gave the
keynote address instead.
Lomax said FMU's growth
also depends on the students
and their willingness to learn
and he cited the example of a
FMU student, the first Black
and the youngest person to fly
solo around the world.
"We are proud' of Barrington
Irving," said Lomax. "The day
of begging students to learn is
coming toa close. The world is
looking for the best."



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organization and she was the
first female to reach the finish
"This is a worthy cause. I
think that people know about
the disease but they need to
pay attention," Marshall said.
Marshall was the overall fe-
male winner, completing the
walk in 25:16.7 minutes, fol-
lowed by Kollisa Capo, 26:58.2,
and Diana Caro, 26:59.1.
Christopher Arias was the
overall male winner, coming in
at 19:39.3 minutes, followed
by Jasper Bell, 19:46.6, and
Drew Dorenvues, 21:19.8.
The Miami Alumnae chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
was the group raising the most
inoney, $2,800, followed by
Parkview Elementary School,
with $800.
Overall, the association col-
lected $21,000 by Tuesday to-
wards its goal of $25,000, ac-
cording to Mack.
A health fair preceded the
walk, with attendees getting
information and free health
screenings. The gospel group
KING. gave a special perfor-

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Study looks at poor among gays, lesbians

By Andrea Stone

Lesbian couples are more
likely to be poor than married
heterosexuals, and children
of same-sex parents are twice
as likely to live in poverty as
those of traditional married
couples, a new report shows.
UCLA's Williams Institute,
which studies gay issues, says
its report out today is the first
to analyze poverty among gay
and lesbian couples.
The report is an analysis of
the most recent data on same-
sex unmarried partners from
the 2000 Census and two
smaller surveys that include
questions on sexual oriehta-

tion. Together, it argues, they
debunk "a popular stereotype
(that) paints lesbians and gay
men as an affluent elite."
Unlike the upper-middle-
class gay characters on TV's
The L Word and Will and
Grace, "There are clearly many
poor lesbian, gay and bisexu-
al people," says co-author Lee
Badgett, an economist at the
University of Massachusetts
"That alone is an important
finding," Badgett says.
The data she used include
the 2002 federal National
Survey of Family Growth and
the .2003 and 2005 California
Health Interview surveys.

The data were adjusted to
account for differences in
race, education and geogra-
phy but do not reflect the im-
pact of the current recession,
Badgett says.
Even though single moth-
ers are most likely to be poor,
Badgett says, the study did
not focus on single lesbians
and gay men because most
population surveys don't ask
about sexual orientation un-
less respondents volunteer
that they are living with a
same-sex partner.
The report comes as the Cal-
ifornia Supreme Court weighs
the legality of the state's ban
on gay marriage and a bill

to outlaw job discrimination
based on sexual orientation
awaits action in Congress.
Badgett says same-sex part-
ners are more likely to be poor
because they lack such safety
nets as a spouse's health in-
surance coverage and Social
Security survivor benefits.
Robert Rector, a poverty
scholar at the conservative
Heritage Foundation, calls the
study "garbage."
He says it is flawed because
by studying only couples, it
overlooks a larger group in
poverty, single mothers.
"When you look at it, this is
.. a very small group," says

Rotary club hosting chess expo, raising scholarship dollars

Miami Times Staff Report

The Rotary Club of Opa-
locka/Miami Gardens and Je-
sus People Ministries Church
International are sponsoring a
Kings and Queens chess exhi-
bition to promote the benefits of
scholastic chess.
More than a dozen schools
will be invited to take part in the
exhibition which is being coor-

dinated by Webber J. Charles,
the Rotary club's education
chairman and head coach of
the nationally recognized Raid-
er Rooks chess team of Edison
Park Elementary School.
"I am a fervent advocate of
scholastic chess, championing
the academic and social bene-
fits of this ancient board game"
said Charles, who promotes
organized chess activities co-

ordinated within the mid- and
Southern regions of the county
and especially in Northwest Mi-
The exhibition will be held
May 16 at Jesus People Minis-
tries, 4055 NW 183rd St.
As- part of its activities, the
Rotary Club is also hoping to
raise $10,000 towards schol-
arships for high school seniors
going to college and is looking

for sponsors. ",'
"We all know our public edu-
catiop system can benefit great-
ly from those organizations
willing to contribute additional
funding for our motivated stu-
dents," Charles said.
Those who are interested in,
becoming sponsors or want
more information may call 786-
269-4337 or e-mail Opalock-

Rally at Northwestern stiffens opposition to education budget cuts

By Tariq Osborne

Dannie McMillon is dissatis-
fied with the turnout at the Get
Informed, Get Involved Rally to.
Tally Miami Town Hall meeting
Monday evening at Miami North-
western High School
"There were not enough peo-
ple here," McMillon said. "And,
those who were here, it was like
preaching to the choir. The ques-
tion is how we let the rest of the
people know we're in a crisis."
The meeting held in the North-
western auditorium, brought
out about 100 people and was
one of three taking place simul-.
taneously around the county to
fo-llow up on a March 18 "Rally
to Tall."
At the rally, several, thousand
parents, students and school
officials jammed the,, Capitol

to protest slashed education
spending as part of Florida's
budget downsizing.
Dr. Essie S. Pace, North Cen-
tral regional director for Miami-
Dade County Public Schools

drivers or custodians or lunch
room attendants," Pace said,
"but we' really cannot afford any
more cuts."
School Superintendent Alber-
to M. Carvalho made a surprise

'"This is the line we draw in the sand," he said. Not
a single dollar more will be cut from our kids' future."
-Alberto M. Carvalho
Miami-Dade School Superintendent

outlined the situation to the
gathering at Northwestern:
"Over the past three years, $356
million has been cut from the
The cuts resulted in 440 posi-
tions at central administration
being eliminated, with the re-L
maining positions taking a pay,
reduction of two percent.
"We didn't want to lay off bus

appearance at the meeting and
briefly addressed the parents
and school administrators.
"This is the line we draw in
the sand," he said. Not a.single
dollar more will be cut from our
kids' future."
Carvalho said discussions in'
Tallahassee center on whether
the state should even accept
stimulus funds, since the money

is coming with a proviso that the
state must maintain educational
spending of at least 2006 levels.
"If we fail," said Carvalho, "we'll
be dooming our kids to a quality
of life, down the road, inferior to
the one we enjoy now."
McMillon said anyone con-
cerned about school funding
must make his or her local leg-
islator aware of it. To this end,
voting district information was
distributed at the meeting.. Be-
yond that, she urged parents to
get involved' more directly with
the schools.
"The first thing parents should
- do," she said, "is talk to their
school principal and ask about
the budget. Ask what is going to
happen with the budget cuts at
that particular school and what
they can do to help."
The, second step, she said, is
to join the PTA/PTSA.

Treatment of indigenous people also deserves scrutiny

continued from 1A

"We welcome the real progress
made in the revised text and ap-
preciate the efforts of the U.N.
leadership and many delegates to
negotiate a much improved draft.
We are reviewing the revised text
'carefully and considering our
next step," Rice said in a state-
ment the White House gave me
Ironically, the administration's
intransigence allows other coun-
tries, which don't want any focus
on racism within their borders, to
hide behind US. objections.
The 27 Europeanr Union mem-


bers have joi.nedthe U.S. in threat-
ening to boycott the meeting. This
year is the 125th anniversary of
the Berlin Conference, when Eu-
ropean nations divided up Africa
like stolen money among thieves.
The ripple :effects of that action
deserve special scrutiny. So does
the treatment of indigenous peo-
ple in places such as Canada and
Australia. But that's" not likely to
happen if the U.S., which once
practiced one of the most virulent
forms of apartheid and now has
elected a Black president, shuns
the conference.
Obama is right to demand fair
treatment of Israel. Its dispute
with Palestinians is political, not

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Forum message to youths:

Time to put down your guns

By Margarita Sweeting
Special to The Afanii Times

The Violence Intervention
Project, an initiative of the
Miami-Dade County Juvenile
Services Department (JSD,.
has this message for youth
during a forum on Saturday:
Put down your guns and stop
the violence
Teenagers, members of com-
munity groups and govern-
ment agencies came out to a
community forum at the Jo-
seph Caleb Center, 5400 NW
22nd Ave., co-sponsored by
the JSD and the Live and Let
Live Youth Movement, to boost
the VIP's mission: stemming
an epidemic of youth violence
through prevention, interven-
tion and advocacy.
"We're trying to give these
teens a sense of empowerment,
let them know they can make
changes in their community,"
said Jeannette Garcia, JSD
Special Projects coordinator.
County Commissioner Au-
drey Edmonson told the youth
that they have more power to
bring about change than they
think they do.
"It is you, not us, who can
make the difference." Edmon-
son said. "You know how your
friends think and feel. We're
here to assist you to choose a

better way, to change the way
you value life."
Forum coordinators planned
a form in the form of a ques-
tion-and-answer session and it
turned into a sounding board
on issues that needed to be ad-
dressed if change was going to
"We need more youth and
parents, but especially more
parents. The parents need to be
out here backing up these kids.
Where are the parents?" said
Karen Dixon, whose grandson,
Derrick Gloster, 18, was shot
and killed on Jan. 23.
The VIP will host seven more
forums in coming months. The
next will be on April 4 in Per-
rine, followed by sessions in
Miami Gardens. Opa-locka, Mi-
ami Beach, West Miami-Dade
and Homestead. before return-
ing to the Liberty City area.
While VIP's work is being
lauded, some feel one key to
reducing the incidents of teen
violence is mentoring and role
Ronald Davis. 17, a panel
member at Saturday's "A Road-
block to Violence Youth Forum."
attributed his determination to
succeed to the fact that he has
a father at home who sets an
example for him.
For information on the VIP
programs, call 305-755-6163.


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A mathematician who responded

to the call to serve God

By Sandra J. Charite

It is a Wednesday afternoon.
In her house overlooking the
lake and a stiff breeze blowing,
it should be a day of rest for the
Rev. Dr. Joreatha M. Capers. Af-
ter all, it is her day off.
But it is still a day of work, sort
of. Handwritten notes are scat-
tered over the dining room- table
as Capers drafts a sermon.
Capers, 64, is a senior pastor
of Ebenezer United Methodist
Church, 2001 NW 351h St. in Al-
lapattah, a ministry she calls a
second career.
Though she struggled with
the decision initially, it has been
more than 20 years since she an-
swered the call to minister and
turned away from her passion,
mathematics, and her first career
as a teacher..
After graduating in .1962 from
Middleton High School in Tampa,
her hometown, Capers studied
for a bachelor's in math at Talla-
dega College in Alabama, gradu-
ating in 1966. She got a master's
in mathematics education at the
University of South Florida in
She became a math teacher in
a career that took her from teach-
ing in New York to being a math-
ematician at the Picatinny Arse-
nal in New Jersey, to teaching
at Spelman College in Atlanta,
and back to Florida, ~ her'- she
taught in the Hillsborough Coun-
ty Schools, at Brovkard Commu-
nity College and the University of
South Florida.
Capers later returned to USF
for a doctorate in math education,
in 1990.
"Living in New York was quite
an experience. I learned a lot
about Black History. A lot of peo-

pie that I work with came from
all across the nation and talked
about international issues. Ev-
erything was buzzing for excite-
ment. I learned so much about
me. My social consciousness was
gained," said Capers.
But Capers had more on her
mind than just numbers. She
obtained a master of divinity in,
pastoral care and counseling at
Gammon Theological Seminary in
Atlanta in 1990 the same year
she got her mathematics educa-
tion doctorate.
Capers said she received her
calling in the ministry while in
her late 30s and struggled with
it for some years. She was in her
early 40s when she decided the
Church was where she beloriged.
"Initially, what began to happen
to me is I began to have a thirst
for the Word," Capers said. "I felt
compelled to study God's word. I
went to church but I was not se-
rious. Then I developed a thirst
for being in worship. I would
drive around and try to find a re-
vival or just anywhere I could be
in church just to worship. Any-
where where people were talking
about the Lord, I wanted to be.
I had very few gospel albums at
-the time."
With her mind made up, Ca-
pers met with the elders in her
church, Saint Paul United Meth-
odist Church in Deerfield Beach,
in 1984 to discuss her decision
to enter the ministry but did not
rranediatel follow- up on her call.
It was not until 1991 that she
took to the pulpit, becoming as
senior pastor at Tyer Temple Unit-
ed Methodist Church in Tampa,
where she served until 1994, and
then at Stewart Memorial United
Methodist Church in Daytona
Beach, 1994-1996.
She took a break from the min-
istry to become assistant general

Pastor Joreatha M.. Capers preaches to the congregation of
Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Allapattah the first Sunday
in 2005. -Photo courtesy of Joreatha M. Capers

Ebenezer United Methodist Church member Trunell Hills and
Pastor Joreatha M. Capers participate in Bible Study.

secretary of the Black College
Fund and Ethnic Concerns for
the General Board of Higher Edu-
cation and Ministry in Nashville,
Her next move was to the Miami
area in 2005. Although she was
raised Baptist, she became senior
pastor at Ebenezer United Meth-
odist, a congregation of more than
200, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Jim-
my Brown: Pastors are appointed
When Capers is not in the pul-
pit, she enjoys watching Tyler
Perry movies. She says they bring
comedy, impart wisdom, give a
spiritual connection and tackle
real-life situations.
She also loves listening to mu-
sic, especially songs of worship.
Capers, who is divorced, is the

-Photo courtesy of Joreatha M. Capers
eldest of six children of Wallace
and Mildred Siplin of Tampa and
is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha
The role bf the church, she says,
is crucial in maintaining stability
in the lives of people, especially in
these times when many are feel-
ing the effects of the economic re-
cession. '
There is also a role for the
church in bringing about change,
she says.
"It is important for the church
to be the example and a catalyst
for change. I think that for too
long many of our churches have
seen themselves -- or we have
seen ourselves -- as not neces-
sarily as agents for change," she
said. "I think that we have drifted

Pastor Joreatha M. Capers of Ebenezer United Methodist
Church in Allapattah and church member Willie Mae Gibson
celebrate her first Pastor's Appreciation Day in 2006.
-Photo courtesy of Joreatha M. Capers

Teacher raises classroom standards

By Sandra J. Charite

Patricia Fairclough wakes up at the crack of dawn,
five days a week.
While most people are still in bed or getting the
kids ready for school, Fairclough, 29, has already ar -
rived to Air Base Elementary School in Homestead
and sits in her classroom preparing her day's lesson
plan for her second-grade students.
To Fairclough, educating students has become a
natural part of her everyday day and something she
loves to do.
Her dedication to education landed her in the hot
seat last month as she was named the Francisco R.
Walker Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year at the Doral
Golf Resort & Spa.
"I was numb. I was surrounded by people and they
were screaming. To have been selected, I didn't not to
how to react. For me, I was just so happy," she said.
In addition to that, she received a 2009 red Toyota
Corolla LE courtesy of Toyota of South Florida.
She was later named one of three state winners of
Governor Charlie Crist's Black History Month Excel-
lence in Education Award Contest.
Fairclough recalls growing up in Homestead in the
Homestead Gardens, a housing project which she
called the "ghetto".
"I had to share a three-bedroom apartment with
my mom and five brothers," she said.
. There were times when she had to go to sleep hun-
gry with no feed to eat.
In her early teens, she was introduced to the pro-
gram, Planned Parenthood, where she was offered an
after-school job as a peer educator later became a
Clinician assistant.
Fairclough looked at the opportunity as more than
just a job but a way to get off the streets or being
at home in what she calls "unsafe" housing project.
Drugs, gangs and drive-by shootings were all too
Fairclough credits for her mother's, Barbara, en-
durance and perseverance to give her children the
"She had to work tirelessly to make ends meet. She
made many sacrifices for me and my brothers given
the fact that she had to raise all of us by herself. We
all know the hardships that arise as a result of be-
ing a single parent raising 6 six children alone," she
Although the family and other residents in the
complex complained to the Miami-Dade Housing

and Urban Development (HUD), nothing was done to
rectify the problem with the drive-by shootings and
The shooting of her brother at the Homestead Gar-
dens in 1995 was the families final cry.
The family sued HUD and was $40,000.
"To them, $40,000 was a million dollars," she said
and felt it was her ticket out of the ghetto.
Fairclough spent her freshmen and sophomore
years of high school at South Dade Senior High but
later then transferred to Homestead Senior High for
eleventh and twelve grade.
She was accepted to Florida Agricultural and Me-
chanical University but although she would be re-
ceiving financial aid from Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror-
ity and Rhea-Wilson from Alpha Delta Kappa, the trip
to Tallahassee seemed impossible having little to no
The help of an angel, Debbie Bussel, helped Fair-
clough push towards her dreams.
Bussel gave her check for $500.00 to cover expens-
es that included traveling, transportation, food, and
Fairclough is thankful, believing that, "My chal-
lenges were turned into opportunity which gave me a
chance to be my best."
Fairclough earned a degree in Elementary Educa-
tion at FAMU in 2001.
Following her internship at Air Base, Fairclough
was offered a permanent position as a teacher.
She was named "Rookie Teacher of the Year" in
Fairclough continued her education at Nova
Southeastern University and received her Master of
Science Degree in Reading K-12 in December 2006
then earned her a Specialist Degree in Educational
Leadership, in November 2008. Today, Fairclough is
also a National Board Certified Teacher with a spe-
cialty in Early Childhood.
Fairclough mentors at-risk teens and shares her
Throughout her success, Fairclough never forgot
her past. In fact, she was a little embarrassed and
ashamed of her experiences.
"I didn't want anyone to offer me any sympathy."
Those experiences have formed her into the un-
yielding, heartened educator thqt she is today.
"When I gave my acceptance speech at Teacher
of the Year luncheon. I told everyone my story and
the room filled with silence as they were stunned by
my perseverance," said Fairclough. "I am a very in-
troverted person. Up until I won, no one knew my

Patricia Fairclough, a second grade teacher at
Air Base Elementary School in Homestead, who
was named Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year,
gives her acceptance speech after receiving a
new car on March 5. -Photo courtesy of Patricia Fairclough

struggles. A lot of people look at me and they don't
know that some nights I would go to sleep hungry
with no meal or in my senior year of college, I was
Recently completed a Saturday tutorial program
which began in December, during the Winter Break,
at Corporate Academy South in Homestead. A school
who has received a F on the 2008 School Perfor-
mance Grades and could face possible closure, if
they don't improve.
"It was a task. You have kids who could not read
on a second and third grade level," said Fairclough.
"I gave those kids a speech. I told them to look be-

yond their circumstances."
Fairclough worries about the future of education
in our schools.
"Our kids are not able to compete in the global
area. Education reform needs to go back to the draw-
ing board and allow teachers to bring their creativity
back into the classroom. The community needs to
make an investment in the lives of the children. Our
kids are being outpaced by many of the impoverished
countries," she said.
But the budget woes that Miami-Dade Schools is
facing, that has led many teachers jobs are in jeop-
ardy, Fairclough doesn't feel affected or afraid that
her job will be stripped.
She credits the support of the parents and the
community for the continual effort to invest into the
lives of the students.
"You have parents who when you ask them for one
thing, they double your hands," she said.
These days in her spare time, Fairclough has been
planning her summer wedding to Homestead Coun-
cilman Melvin McCormick, who she has shared a re-
lationship with 13 years.
"He has been with me through the journey," said
McCormick defines his future bride-to-be as an ex-
traordinary role model in and out of the classroom.
"She is truly a child advocate and the consummate
professional. Her success is due largely in part to her
unwavering faith, hard work and dedication. I hope
that many can take from her life experiences and use
it as a vehicle to press their way on in life despite any
obstacles that may come their way. I have been so
fortunate to witness first hand her metamorphis into
a powerful, talented, and passionate educator in our
community," said McCormick.
Since her victory, Fairclough has taken center
stage in the public eye.
"I have been approached by several individuals to
run for office. Right now, teaching is my passion. I
can't see myself doing anything else."
Fairclough is scheduled to be the keynote speaker
at the Planned Parenthood Convention at Jungle Is-
land on April 17.
"Because I have obscurity, I didn't have much and
it helped me to appreciate the small things in life. I
know where I came from. I use my life experiences to
teach my students about the reality of what is going
on.," said Fairclough.
The award is dedicated to Francisco R. Walker, an
Edison Middle teacher who was stabbed by a teenag-
er who was trespassing on school grounds in 1982.

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Family festival planned for Saturday in North Miami

Miami Times Staff Report

North Miami is gearing up for
its annual Families Against Crime
Together Festival that brings
families together each spring to
help make the city a safer place

to live, work and play.
This is the seventh year the
North Miami Police Department
is hosting the festival with the
aim of uniting the community
against crime and juvenile vio-

The free FACT Fest will take
place from 10 am. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 28, at Griffing
Park, 12220 Griffing Blvd., lo-
cated at Northeast 123rd Street
and West Dixie Highway.
It is being made possible by a

grant from The Children's Trust
has annual sponsorship by
Johnson & Wales University.
The event will showcase agen-
cies that provide support ser-
vices for. families and provide a
chance for residents to meet law

enforcement officers.
Children and teens and their
parents will be able to get hands-
on training with the 911 system
and learn about drug awareness
and prevention and get crime
prevention tips for homes and

Special guests will include DJ
Irie of the Miami Heat and Mike
Sherman of UPN33's On the Mike
show. Miami Dolphins players
and cheerleaders will be on hand
for an autograph session.


partnership gives

boost to the

local economy

Collective Banking Group brings loans to members

By Aiyana Baida
U/Miami News Service

The banking industry took the
spotlight at a recent faith-based
gathering ,where_ the focus was
not so much on what banks are
doing wrong in their lending
practices in the Black commu-
nity but on how they can better'
work with churches to promote
business and home ownership
in the inner city.
"It's hell to live in the land
,of opportunity but not make
enough to make ends meet,"
said the Rev. John F. White II.
senior pastor of Mount Hermoni
AME Church in Miami Gar-
dens, who gave the .keynote ad-
dress at the annual meeting of
the Collective Banking Group
on March 6.
The'group is part of a nation-
al effort to foster partnerships
with banks to assist churches
and their members in getting
funding to start businesses that

will generate jobs within their
communities. The organization,
which has 70 local chapters,
acts as the bridge connecting
local banks to their churches
and their members.
The Miami branch was start-
ed in 2005.
"Our main initiative is to bring
our money to the whole commu-
nity," said the Rev. Joaquin Wil-
lis. The goal, he said, is to help
correct discriminatory lend-
ing practices of the past when
banks would not finance small
businesses in many low-income
Although the CBG doesn't of-
fer the loans, it assists its mem-
bers in the process by provid-
ing counseling and information
on getting loans through their
partnered banks at better inter-
est rates.
. The banks and churches sign
covenants setting goals for each
year, said the Rev. Paul Wiggins,
CBG executive director and di-

Those at a meeting of the faith-based Collective Banking Group on March 6 at Mt. Hermon AME Church included,from left,
the Rev. Joaquin Willis, the Rev. Oscar Chestnut, Obdulio Piedra and Shontel Holts. -Miami Times Photo/JamesForbes

rector of operations at Mount
Hermon AME Church in Miami
In the 2007-2008 covenant
year, participating. churches
and their members received
more than $20 million in bank
loans, including $17 million for
church construction, $950.000
for small business loans,
$410,000 for consumer lending
and $2.2 million for nonprofits
affiliated with the CBG.
At the March 6 meeting, held
at the .New Hope Missionary

Baptist Church, 1881 NW 103rd
St., the CBG said it would con-
tinue its efforts to get financial
assistance from banks for the
70 churches associated .with
the group.
"We have invested a lot in our
banks. Now our banks have to
invest in us," said the Rev. Eric
Jones, pastor of Koinonia Wor-
ship Center in Hollywood.
The church-bank partner-
ships will continue even in face
of the economic challenges
many banks are now facing, said

Tenaya Tynes, administrative
officer at .the CBG.. The goals
for the 2009-2010 partnership
will continue to stress consum-
er education, community devel-
opment, .consumer and church
lending partnerships, she said.
The group is firming up its part-
nerships w-ith the banks ,lu,t.
has not yet set a dollar amount
for lending goals.
The CBG has worked with
local banks such as Bank of
Anrerica, CitiBank, Great Flor-
ida Bank and Wachovia to offer

special discounts, breaks and
lower. interest rates for church-
es and their members.
Citibank has helped several
members at the Church of the
Open Door United Church of
Christ in Liberty City with mort-
gages and credit lines, said Bar-
,bara Romani, Citibank's Com-
munaty Relations director.
--\Ve have had the opportu-
nity to help people. We really
believe and work hard to make
communities better because we
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There is great need for us to help military families -

By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer

With well-known personalities
like Michelle Obama and Ellen
DeGeneres bringing'the dilemma
of military families to the fore-
front, our nation will see to it
sooner than later that the families'
of soldiers receive the assistance
and treatment they deserve.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
which can be seen locally on
WTVJ6, is spreading the wealth
by giving away thousands of dol-
lars when the Gold Digger ma-
chine, loaded down with Ellen's
Big Stimulus Package, drives
up to an unsuspecting home of
a military family. Most recently,
Shalea Diles, who lives on the
army base in Ft. Irwin, Calif., was
surprised at her home.
Fans ,get to keep all the money
they're able to dig up and stuff

inside their shirts but usually El-
len's generous -heart takes over
and she allows them to keep all
the money that came in the Gold
Digger machine.
In Obama's speech in Fayette-
ville, N.C., outside of Fort Bragg,.
the First Lady pleaded with Amer-
icans to support military families
in their respective communities.
"I encourage everyone out
there, within the sound of my
voice, to reach out on your own
-- through schools, PTA, little
leagues, churches, workplaces
-- and find out if there's a soldier
or a soldier's family right there in
the community who needs a little
extra support. They're there," she
said in her speech. "Something
as simple as offering help with
car pool duty can make the world
of difference to a parent who's
trying to hold the family together
during a very stressful time."

The Office of the First Lady
carries significant influence and
Mrs. Obama's activism on behalf
of military families goes beyond
making speeches. Her outreach
to soldiers and their spouses
began before the election, when
she and her family assembled
care packages for troops serving
in Iraq and Afghanistan during
the Democratic National Conven-
tion's Delegate Service Day.
Despite the "Support Our
Troop" buttons' and yellow rib-
bons on cars, veterans and their
families, all the way back to the
Revolutionary War, have found it
difficult to receive medical treat-
ment and to get their cash ben-
efits or pensions. Many of us are
surprised when we learn how our
heroes and their families are left
abandoned by the country for
which they so, proudly put their
lives on the line.

David Whitfield, founder of
Integral Leadership and an ad-
junct professor at Gonzaga Uni-
versity, wrote to the Olympian's
Diversity Panel: "According to
the Defense Department, our
country has more than 700,000
military spouses across all ser-
vices and 93 percent are wom-
en, with almost half married
to enlisted men who make less
than $20,000 a year. Often, food
stamps are the order of the day,
for, without food stamps, many
military families would not sur-
vive. And, many veterans, if
asked, would go right back and
perform again."
So many times the excuse is
used that we can't change the
whole world or what can one
person do to impact such a
large-scale problem. The answer
is simple: Do as the First Lady
is encouraging us to do: Start

A Navy sailor holds his child for the first time

in your own backyard, which is
your community. Cultivate and
nurture those struggling in that,
little garden that has been given
to you and trust that each life

-Photo by Jane Campbell
that you touch will pay it for-
ward. As a reminder: From a sol-
dier's vantage point, freedom is
not free; they sometimes pay the
price with their lives.


11B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 25-31, 2009

For dying, faith can be

By Liz Szabo

Strong religious faith can
comfort people who are dying of
cancer, allowing patients to find
meaning in their suffering and
easing their passage out of life,
experts say.
But faith can be a "double-
edged sword," says nurse Carol
Taylor, director of the Center for
Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown
University. Some terminally ill
patients latch on to stories of
biblical miracles, hoping against
hope to. be cured, instead of us-
ing their little remaining time to
make peace with God and loved
Yet even Taylor, who has coun-
seled many dying patients, says
she was surprised by the find-
ings of a study in today's Jour-

nal of the American Medical As-
sociation, which examined the
choices of dying cancer patients
who rely strongly on their reli-
gious faith to cope with their ill-
These patients were three
times more likely than others to
receive intensive, invasive-medi-
cal procedures such as being
hooked up to a ventilator or get-
ting cardiopulmonary resuscita-
tion when their hearts stop -
even in their last week of life, the
study shows.
The new study shows' that
those who used "positive" reli-
gious coping such as those
"seeking God's love and care," as
opposed to people tormented by
the belief that God was punish-
ing or abandoning them were
more likely to want doctors to

do everything possible to keep
them alive. They also made few-
er preparations for death, such
as filling out "do not resuscitate"
orders, writing living wills or giv-
ing someone power of attorney,
according to the study of 345 pa-
tients. The patients lived a, me-
dian of about four months after
entering the study. .
Interestingly, those tormented
by spiritual questions were not
more -likely to get aggressive
care, the study shows.
Although researchers consid-
ered other factors that could
have affected patients' treatment
choices, such as race, income or
psychological distress, religion
remained the most important
The religious people in the
study may have believed that

G 'double-edged

God could work through aggres- patients who die in these circum-
sive medical procedures, says stances often suffer more grief,
study author Holly Prigerson, as well, according tt background
associate professor of psychiatry information in the study.
at Harvard Medical School. "Needlessly prolonging dying
"We suspect they are waiting for isn't a positive thing," Taylor
a miracle," Prigerson says. "They says. "I would think someone
are more likely to think that life with a mature religious faith
is sacred and that their job is to would be more at peace, more
prove their faith to God by stay- able to accept death. Certainly,
ing alive as long as possible, so you wouldn't be afraid to die."
miracles can be performed." A growing number of studies
Yet aggressive procedures may show that doctors, nurses and
intensify the physical suffering chaplains could do much more
of people whose bodies are shut- to ease the spiritual suffering of
ting down, says Taylor, who was terminal cancer patients.
not involved in the new study. A 2007 study in the Journal of
Patients who are hooked up to Clinical Oncology by Tracy Bal-
ventilator machines aren't able boni, a co-author of the new pa-
to talk, which can prevent them per, found that more than 70%
from having meaningful conver- of patients felt their spiritual
stations with the people they're needs weren't met by hospital
leaving behind. The caregivers of chaplains or others in the health


care system.
Only about one-third of ad-
vanced cancer patients are told
how long they can expect to live,
an omission that can lead to
needless physical and spiritual
suffering, according to an Octo-
ber JAMA study. More than 20%
of advanced cancer patients in
the Medicare program start a
new chemotherapy regimen -
which can cause intense nausea,
vomiting and weakness within
two weeks of death.
Many researchers are study-
ing what causes some patients
to get aggressive care in their fi-
nal days.
Minorities, for example, are
much more likely to get intensive
care as they're dying, according
to a study published last week in
Archives of Internal Medicine.

Churches and members get funding help

continued from 10B

are there," said Romani, who
is also chairperson of the
South Florida Local Initia-
tives Support Corporation's
local advisory committee and
supports financial literacy
programs with the CBG.
In 2007-08, some 25 finan-
cial education classes and
two empowerment conferenc-
es were also funded through
the CBG partnership.
Willis, .CBG president and
pastor of the Church of the
Open Door, is credited for

bringing the CBG program
to South Florida. Willis, who
came to Miami in 2002, had
worked with the. CBG in
Maryland, where the national
organization formed in 1993.
Pastors in Miami-Dade heard
of Willis's background and
they soon began laying the
groundwork for a local chap-
ter, the fifth in the nation.
Each participating church
offers educational brochures
on CBG's partnerships with
banks. Businesses or church
-member in search of a bank
loan meet with the church's
CBG liaison who refers the

The Collective Banking Group
connects local churches, their
members and local business-
es with local banks to receive
loans for new facilities, home
mortgages and small business
operations. Around 70 church-
es currently are affiliated with
CBG. To find out more infor-
mation about the CBG and if
your church participates in the
program, call 786-301-1791 or

potential borrower to one of
the participating banks. Some
receive help in the applica-
tion process and documenta-
tion and even assistance in
finances or legal advice. ,
Funding for churches and
their members provided by
partnered banks increases
consumer and small business
loans, which brings new jobs
to inner-city neighborhoods
where 'it is hard for busi-.
nesses to get financed, Willis
"We have been very success-
ful and we hope to continue
to grow," he said.

SThe Episcopal Church of
The Transfiguration
15260 NW 191" Avenue
I 1305-681-1660
Church Schedule:
it.c to 1 Suday Services
.re 7-30 and 9:30 am.
.- .- 'Healing Service
Second Wednesday 7 p.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street
305-634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355
Order of Services
Chureh'Sunday School....; 8:30 a.m.
J |Sunday 'Wohip Service .... 10 Oa.m
Mid-Week Service .... Wednesday's
-Hou- of Power. Nooni Day Prayer

9 Evening Worship ... 7 pm

/FFriendship Missionary -\
Baptist Church

740 N.W. 58il Street
Miami, Fl
Hour of Prayer.........6:30 am.
SEadly Moning Worsip....7:30 a.m.
.. Sunday Sohool........9'30 a.nm.
Mo igWorshi............ 11 a.m
...n' Prayar. BeSniudy...Wed..,,.7p.m.
lw Feeding the Hungry every
Wednesday.....1 a.m.-l pa.m

It. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
.jlHh Order of'Services
Sun ay
Church School ........... 1,30 3-11
Worship Servicv ...... 11 a.m.
Bil Study/Prayer Night ?: p.m.
Prayer Meeting 7 p.m,
"There is a place for you"

f Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order ofServnices:
Sunday Momrning Services

10a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.

/ff Cornerstone Bible 1
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
Order of Services:
Sunday School...9:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship... 11I a.m
First Sunday Evening Worship
Mid Week Service .. 7 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal Thursday
7:30 p.m.
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/Apostolic Revival Center\
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
Order of Services
New time for T.V. Program

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HI F. iyriNe -30p.m.

First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-63S-805 Fax: 305-635. -0026
Order of Services:
Sunday ........... 7:30 & 11 a.m.
I SundaySchool ..............10 a.m ,
Thursday..........7 p.m. Bible Study,
1 Baplism Thurs. before
Communion -First Sun.....t

New Harvest Missionary
Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue
Order ol Sen r ces-

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K Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
. I.AIn Womiip at 8 & 11 a.m.
s.-ijImy School at 9:45 a.m.
L-.ible Study 7 p.m.
!C So '.

K" Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 871 Street

Order of Serbices:

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

/ Brownsville \e
Church of Christ
4561 N.W 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International

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

Pembroke Park Church of Christ "
3707 SW. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL.33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services .
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 10 a.m. I *
Evening Worship.............. 6:p.m.
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. -9a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8,19,21,22,23,30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22
Web page: Eminail:

i/ Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W 3rd Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060SFax 305-255-8549
Order of Services:
Sunday S school ........... 9:43 a.m.
H^ Sun. Morning ServsI.., I a.m.
41 Stn...BTLU... 1:30-2:30 p.m.
'T'uesday....,.Bible Study
Feeding Ministry. l oam
Wed. Bible StudyiPrayer:.6:30 p.m
Thurs. Outreach Ministr.. .6:30 p.m.
......I ..... .....

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

Order of Services:
Sunday ( a rch School. ............... 0 a m.
Worship Service.............11:15 a.m.
Tusdalys Bible Cilasm ......... ..? p.m.
4th Sunday Evening Worship 6 6im.

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705

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/St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3, Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821

Order of Services:
I. I, mrWorship ..7:30 a.m.
r WdiJ\ schooll ..........930 a.m.
I [. 'I.rling Worship ...11 a.m. I
P. I ,-..iad Bible Study
.iM meeting ........ (Tues.) 7 p.m.

r Zion Hope "
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
-i Sunday School .............9:30 a.m.
S Morming TaiscWorship ..I a.mi
Hat and Thirde Sundayw
evening worship at 6pnm.
S Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
Tuesday 7 p.m.
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93r Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street
Order of Services
730 a.m. Bady Moaming Wrlsip
11 a.m .Morning Worship
Evening Worship
1st & 3rd Suday ........6 p m
'uesday Bible Siudy ..,7 pn

Mt. Hermon A.ME. Church-
17800 NW 25th Ave.
305-621-5067#Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services:
.. Sunday Worship Services
7 anm; & 10 a.m.
Church School: & 30 a.m.
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
Bible institute, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-week Wotship 7:30 p.m.

/Jordan Grove Missionary\,
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 121'Ave.
Order of Services:
S A Early Worship ..............7 am.
SSunday School............. 9 a.m.
hM ANBC ............................10:05 a.m.
N .O IWor Wsahip ......................11 aJm.
SWorship .......................... 4p.m.
SMssion and Bible Class
I I Tuesday .............. 6:30p~m.
-M onday .......................630 pam.,

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
305-637-4404 Fax: 305-637-4474
Order of Services:
SudaySchool d ............. 9:45a.m I

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

-B Order of Services:
Early Moming Worslhip.7:30a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30a.m.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
IPrayr Meeting ............7:30 p.m.
Bible Study..................8 p.m.

New Shiloh M.B. Church\
1350 N.W.95'" Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:
.i' 1 LE.luy Mi n3 \\i orh p7:30a.m.
3 In (annl h ichol 9:30a.m.
Ilonl n g I amlinp .11 a.m.
1 li iue J R ll'Clisq 7 p.m.
Ti Tuc I- cl-r rht I, 1 1un.....7 p.m.
,B hIJ -d co; 11 ihip

Liberty CityChurch
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services
S Sunday Morning ...........8 a &m.
Sunday School .........m...i0 a.m
Smnd,, Evening .............6 p.m.
Ric. P i.cass ....... P e pemg
T h F lowship.B ....... .. P ae .
Ist Sun Song Practice ..6 p.m.

SSt. Mark Missionary C s
Baptist Church
1470 N 87th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday 7:30 and I1 a.m.
Worshi) Service
9.30 a.mj.......... Sunday School
Tuesday....... pm. Bible Stud

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10l Avenue
Order of Services:
.,ri, :.L )rship.7:30 am.

4 I-3 te.-7:309pm.
4,, s.rly 730 pn.

8610/8620 N.W 7th Ave.
Miami, FL. 33147

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Obesity can trim 10 years off life

Study: BMI predictor of early death

By Nanci Hellmich

Weighing too much may take
as much as a decade off your life,
according a new analysis of stud-
ies that involved 900,000 people.
Adults who are obese about
40 or more pounds over a healthy
weight may be cutting about
three years off their lives, mostly
from heart disease and stroke.
Those who are extremely obese,
about 100 or more pounds over a
healthy weight, could be short-
ening their lives by as many as
10 years, the study found. Being
extremely obese is similar to the
effect of lifelong smoking, says
Richard Peto, one of the lead
researchers and a professor of
medical statistics at Oxford Uni-
versity in England.
Study co-author Gary Whit-
lock, an epidemiologist at Ox-.
ford, says, "Obesity causes heart
disease and stroke by pushing
up blood pressure, mucking up
blood cholesterol and triggering
Overall, about 66% of adults in
the USA are either overweight or
" obese. About one-third of people
in the USA are obese, meaning
they have a body mass index of
30 or greater. BMI is a measure
based on height and weight.
The researchers and .their col-
leagues' examined the findings
of 57 studies involving about

900,000 adults who were fol-
lowed for 10 to 15 years. Most
of the people lived in the USA or
Western Europe. The scientists
analyzed 70,000 deaths.
Among the findings reported
online today and in an upcom-
ing edition of The Lancet:
Above a healthy weight, ev-
ery 5-point increase in BMI in-
creases the risk of early death by
about 30%.
People who are overweight
but not obese, with a BMI be-
tween 25 'and 29.9, could be
shortening their life span by a
People with the lowest risk of
dying early are in the high end of'
the healthy weight range with a
BMI of about 22.5 to 25.
This is a "valuable study that
provides a much clearer picture
of the risk associated with vari-
ous levels .of being overweight
or obese," says' Michael Thun,
emeritus vice president of epide-
miological research at the Amer-
ican Cancer Society.
"What is particularly worri-
some in the United States is that
more than a third of people now
qualify as obese, and a subset.
of people are becoming progres-
sively more obese. Once you gain
weight, it's hard to lose it and
easy to gain more.' So the goal to
stop your weight gain now."
Both obesity and smoking are


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Those who are extremely obese,about 100 or more pounds over
a healthy weight, could be shortening their lives by as many as 10
years, the study found.

dangerous to your health, Thun
"There has been an artificial
horse race between obesity and
smoking over which is worse.

This is fundamentally silly. I:,
"If you' continue to smoke, it
takes an average of 10 years off
your life. Being very obese has
about the same effect.'

Studies cast doubt on leading prostate cancer test

By Liz Szabo

Prostate cancer screening'
saves few, if any, lives but may
harm countless men by leading
them to undergo therapies that
can cause impotence, inconti-
nence and even death, two large
studies reported Wednesday. :
Some doctors say they're.
disappointed that experts are
offering men relatively little
guidance about whether to be
screened and shifting the deci-
sion onto men who may have
trouble making sense of such
complicated research.
After nearly' a decade of
study, U.S. scientists leading a
trial of 77,000 men found that
there were .slightly more deaths

among men who were random-
ly assigned to annual screening
.for PSA (prostate-specific anti-
gen) as there were in the com-
parison group. But because
prostate tumors usually grow
so slowly, doctors say, there
haven't been enough deaths yet
to know whether that small in-
crease is a real problem or the
result of chance.,
Europeans leading a trial of
182,000 men found modestly
mdor -:'positive results: Screen-
ing 'reduced the risk of death
by. 20%. Those findings were
statistically very close to be-
ing a result of chance, says the
American Cancer Society's Otis
Brawley: "If -screening is ben-
eficial, it is beneficial in a very

small way."
Proponents of screening say
the tests, which have been
widely used for 20 years, can
find prostate cancers years
before they cause symptoms,
when they're highly curable.
Critics, however, note that
many prostate tumors don't
need to be cured. That's be-
cause about half grow so slow-
ly -that they never cause any
harm, says Dartmouth Medi-
cal School's H. Gilbert Welch,
who worked on the U.S. study.
About 1 in 1,000 men who have
prostate cancer surgery die in
the hospital, he says. And he
cites research that shows half
of those who have surgery are
left with impaired sexual func-

tion, and about a third have
impaired urinary function.
Because doctors can't al-
ways tell which tumors are
deadly and which are "tooth-
less lions," they treat almost
every one aggressively, says
Gerald Andriole of Washington
University School of Medicine,
lead author of the U.S. paper.
Andriolesays doctors now may
be "less knee-jerk" about per-
forming biopsies on men with
suspicious PSA scores and less
quick to recommend aggressive
For now, doctors can advise
men over 75 that it's probably
safe to skip the'PSA, Andriole
says. Younger men should con-
sult their doctors.

Nominations sought for Willis Murray cancer award

Miami Times Staff Report

The 'American Cancer Soci-
ety Relay For Life of Northwest
Dade is inviting nominations for
the 2009 "Willis Murray Spirit
of Hope" Award that honors a
person or organization that has
made significant contributions
to fighting cancer in Miami-Dade
"This award honors the legacy
of Willis Murray, who was a war-
rior in this community in the
fight against cancer." said Pas-
tor G. Vincent Lewis, who chairs
the relay committee.,
"We want to recognize some-
one who has demonstrated a
commitment to winning this
battle by serving this commu-
nity," Lewis said.
Murray, who died in Janu-
ary, is credited with establish-
ing the Relay For Life of North-

nization, send a one-page typed
explanation describing the ef-
forts of the nominee and include
the name of a contact person
and telephone number by e-mail
to chafessechesterpr@'
'The deadline i 5' p.m. April
Relay for Life is the American
Cancer Society's signature event
designed to recognize those who
have been touched by cancer,
bring, cancer awareness and
education to the community
and raise funds for the ACS pro-
grams of research, education,
advocacy and service.
During the relay, participants
volunteer to walk laps at the
designated venue for the more
than 12 hours of the event, with
supporters donating money. to
the ACS on their behalf.
The Northwest Dade compo-
nent began in 2002.


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west Dade. He lobbied the local
chapter of the ACS to create the
Patient Navigator Program, a
service that links medically un-
der served cancer patients with
community resources.
The award will be presented

the first day of the two-day rally
slated to be held at the Miami
Job Corps Center, 3050 NW
183rd St., Miami Gardens, from
'6 p.m. April 24 to 8 a.m. April
To nominate a person or orga-

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2007 storR brings

record 4.31 M babies

40% of births among unmarried adult women

By Sharon Jayson

The USA's banner year for babies in 2007 set a
record of 4.31 million and was driven in large part
by growing numbers of unmarried adult women giving
birth, new government data show.
Childbearing by unmarried women reached "historic
levels," the report says, to an estimated 1.7 million, or
40% of all births. There were increases in the birth rate
and the proportion of births as well as an increase in
the number. Teen moms accounted for 23%. The report,
based on prehminary data, was released Wednesday by
the National Center for Health Statistics.
Since 2002, all measures ofchildbearing by unmarried
women have been "climbing steeply," says Stephanie
Ventura, a demographer who worked on the government
report, which is based on birth certificates.
The report found 60% of women 20-24 who had
babies in 2007 were unmarried, up from 51.6% in 2002.
Among ages 25-29, 32.2% of births were to unmarried
women, vs. 25% in 2002. For ages 15-19, almost 86'c.
were unmarried, compared with 80% in '02.
The teen birth rate was up 1% in 2007, to 42.5 births
per 1,000 women ages 15-19. The previous year it
increased 3%. from 40.5 in 2005 to 41.9 in 2006. The
overall U.S. fertility rate was the highest it has been
since 1990..The rate for ages 15-44 rose by 1%, to 69.5
births per,1.;QOO,.women... -.
The numbers don't necessarily suggest a boom "that
would have mirrored the 1950s," says Hans-Peter
Kohler of the University of Pennsylvania's Population
Studies Center.
Ventura says birth numbers are higher because the
population is larger: in the 1950s, individual women
had more children.
Also, the 2007 data were from before the current
economic crisis, which might discourage some from
having babies now. Demographers say 2009 data will be
the first to reflect the effect of the economy on births.
"I would really expect to see a little bit of a decline,'
says Carl Haub, senior demographer at the non-profit
Population Reference Bureau, based in Washington,
Evidence from the Depression and past recessions
has shown that numbers of births fall in hard economic
But University of Chicago economist and sociologist
Gary Becker says that may not hold true anymore, with
greater numbers of women in the labor force. Women
laid off from their jobs might see unemployment as
the time to have a child, he says: "Births might go up
during recession."

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Agency runs the Jackson Health System the South Florida Smart Growth telemetry.

Miami Times Staff Report
The board of directors of the
Public Health Trust, the agency
that governs the Jackson Health
System, has a new chairman'.
Trust members picked busi-
nessman John Copeland III as
their new head when they held
their monthly meeting on Feb.
The other officers include vet-
eran Registered Nurse Georgena
D. Ford, who will ,serve as' sec-
Angel Medina Jr. was chosen
vice chairman and Marcos Lap-
ciuc, treasurer.
The new officers all current
members of the Trust attended
their first meeting in their new
capacities on Monday. ,

According to background in-
formation supplied by JHS,
Copeland has more than 20
years of experience as an inves-
tor, a manager and a consultant.
He is managing director of the
Copeland Companies, a diversi-
fied group of family-owned busi-
nesses based in Miami that has
been in existence since 1966.
Prior to taking over the fam-
ily's business, Copeland spent
a decade with McKinsey &
Company, a global strategy
consultancy, where he focused
on private equity, turnaround,
corporate finance, and opera-
tions performance improvement
engagements across a range of
industries including healthcare,
banking, telecommunications,
real estate and retail.

Prior to that, he served as ex-
ecutive director of Miami Part-
ners for Progress, an economic
improvement initiative launched
by private sector leaders in
Greater. Miami. He had other

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PHT secretary
professional experiences, in-
clude real estate financial ser-
vices with the Bank of Boston
and business development with
Knight-Ridder, former owner of
The Miami Herald.

Land Trust and Cool Kids Learn,
has served as a board advisor
for the Greater Miami YMCA
and has been a member of com-
mittees on the Greater Miami
Chamber of Commerce.
A graduate of Harvard Uni-
versity and Stanford University,
Copeland is a member of the Na-
tional Black MBA Association.
Ford has more than 40 years of
professional healthcare experi-
ence in the clinical and adminis-
trative sides of the industry. She
served as director of critical care
services at North Shore Medical
Center, where her responsibili-
ties included fiscal and admin-
istrative management. She was
also in charge of overseeing the
clinical operations at the medi-
cal center for the emergency
department, the intensive care

uunng a 16-year tenure at
North Shore, Ford held several
supervisory positions, includ-
ing nursing coordinator, serving
as executive director of North
Dade Clinics and as administra-
tive director of Bayshore Home
For the past two years, Ford
has been active in the Kairos
Prison Ministry, working with
women incarcerated at the
Homestead Correctional Insti-
tution. She is also an assistant
Bible teacher at her church and
is an active member of AARP lo-
cally and nationally.
Ford received a nursing degree
from the Harlem Hospital School
of Nursing in New York City. She
also has a bachelor's in health
care administration from Florida
International University.

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Special to The Miami 7imes

Child poisonings :comprise a
large percentage of the 191,494
poison-related emergency calls
in the state but another group of
Floridians are paying the ultimate
price for their poison mistakes:
"People are quick to recognize
the dangers to children but adults
are less likely to realize the risk
they face themselves," said Dr.

Richard Wiseman, Director of the
Florida Poison Information Center
in Miami.
Floridians between 25 "and 65
are most likely to die from acciden-
tal poisonings and more adults are
dying from poison-related, deaths
now than ever. "
Since 1997, Florida adult deaths
related to poisoning have increased
16 percent each year a 328 per-
, cent increase for the 10-year peri-
od 1997-2007. An increase in use

of( prescription pain killers, seda-
tives, psycho-therapeutic drugs
and other narcotics may have con-
tributed to this increase in acci-
dental overdoses.
"Poison prevention is a seri-
ous issue for all Floridians," said
Dr. Joseph Chiaro, deputy secre-
tary for the Florida Department of
Health's Children's Medical Ser-
vices. "Adults should take their
own medication responsibly and,
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Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1959 meets at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center 10:30 a.m. the
third Saturday of the month.
305-688-2093. Miami North-
western High Class of 1959
will hold its 20th anniversary
reunion Aug. 6-9. Bulls89re-

The Women's Business
Council will host a networking
luncheon featuring a personal
branding workshop at the
Florida International Univer-
sity's Kovens Conference Cen-
ter, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednes-
day, March 25.

St. Thomas University will
host "Evening with the Arts,"
including the opening of NAE-
MI (National Art Exhibit by the
Mentally Ill) dedication of the
sculpture The Price of Freedom
donated by sculptor John An-
g6e and a live art performance
by Floyd, 5-8 p.m., March 26.
305- 474-2465.

Spase Designz Inc. will hold
"Smart is the New Gangsta III,"
a non-violence forum, at Miami
Northwestern High auditori-
um, 9 a.m., Friday, March 27.
"305.986-3926, www.Live305.

Voices United will present
an original musical production,
Lost & Found, in the Ashe Au-
ditorium at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, 7:30 p.m., Friday, March
27, and Saturday, March 28.
305-726-4822, Katie@voice-

Miami Lakes Girl Scouts are
hosting a yard. sale at the Mi-
ami Lakes Methodist Church,
6 a.m. 2 p.m.,; Saturday,
March 28. Susy Larsh, 305-

Women in Transition of
South Florida will hold their
third annual Spring Tea Party
at the Legion Park at 3 p.m.,
March 28. 786-355-5985.

Florida Memorial'Universi-
ty will hold a presentation for
all Black doctorates (Ph.D and
Ed. D) at the William Lehman
Auditorium, 10:30 a.m., Satur-
day. March 28. RSVP by Thurs-
day, March 26, 786-231-9820
or blackdoctorates33142@ya-

A Greek vs. High School
Step Show will be held at the
African-American Research
Library in Fort Lauderdale,
presented by the AIDS Aware-
ness Poets, 2-4 p.m., Satur-
day, March 28. 754-246-6907,

The Miami Gardens Office
of the City Clerk will hold a
Passport Fair in the City Coun-
cil Chambers,. 8 a.r*.-noon,
Saturday, March 28. 305-622-
8000 ext. 2228.

The Becoming A Man.Proj-
ect will host a forum for young
men to receive infoi-mation
on dealing with confronting
controversial issues affecting
them on a daily basis, Joseph
Caleb Center, 10 a.m., Satur-
day, March 28. Natasha Nich-
olson, 305-333-8301, bam-

Miami Gardens will hold its
fourth annual Jazz in the Gar-
dens concert Saturday, March
28, and Sunday, March 29, D61-
phin Stadium. 305-576-3790.

Zeta Community Center
will hold its 14t" annual meet-
ing/dinner 5 p.m., Thursday,,
April 2. 305-836-7060.

Momentum Dance Com-
pany will hold its sixth annual
Miami Dance Festival with per-
, formances at Colony Theater,
Miami Beach Cinematheque,
the Manuel Artime Theater,
the Byron Carlyle Theatre and
Performing Arts Netw9rk, April
1-May 10., 305-858-700'2,

The City of Miami Waitlist
for the Housing Opportuni-
ties for Persons with AIDS
(HOPWA) Long Term Rental
Assistance (LTRA) Program is
accepting applications April

The Broward County Teen
Parent Advisory is hosting its
third annual Fathers Matter
event at the Seagull Alterna-
tive High School in Ft. Lauder,-
dale, 9 a.m., Saturday, April 4.

The Miss Princess Pageant
will host its Royal Princess Tea

Luncheon at the Signature
Grand in Davie to introduce
the 2009 Little Miss Princess
pageant contestants, 2-4:30
p.m., Sunday, April 5. www.
embracegirlpower. org

The Clerk of Courts will hold
a public auction for Miami-
Dade County For-Hire Taxicab
'License, No. 3440, in Room
908, 11 a.m., Monday, April 6.

The Miami-Dade Commu-
nity Action Agency's Head
Start/Early Head Start Pro-
gram will hold its seventh an-
nual Pregnant Women, Infants
and Toddlers Conference at the
Doubletree Mart Hotel, April 6-
7. 786-469-4600

The City of Miami Office of
Sustainable Initiatives and
Dream in Green will be hold
its first "Gateway to Green"
at Jungle Island, April 7-8.
Vanessa Thomas at 305-416-
1546, email: vthomas@miam-

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The Haitian Heritage Muse-
um will host the exhibit Haiti,
Les Visages de Joie at the MID
2 Building in the Miami Design
District through April 12. By
Appointment, 954-249-2115.

The fourth annual 5K Walk/
Run for Asthma will take place
at Metrozoo, 8 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-233-4594.

The Sant La Haitian Neigh-
borhood Center will host its
annual dinner and auction at
the Hilton hotel in downtown
Miami, 5:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 23. 305-573-4871, kev-

HOPE and the Miami-Dade
Equal Opportunity Board will
hold its 16"h annual Fair Hous-
ing Month Celebration on the
theme "Uniting to Create Solu7,
tions" at Jungle Island, noon-
2 p.m., Friday, April 24. 305-

Dreamfest Teen Summit
2009 will be held at the Pal-
metto Golf Course, noon- 5
p.m., May 23. 305-793-1347.

Miami Jackson High Class
of 1979 will hold its 301h an-
nual reunion with a week of
events highlighted by a trip to,
Montego Bay, Jamaica. The
festivities will be on June 5-14.
Louis Fish, president, 954-
895-5441; Carol Jones, secre-
tary, 786-566-3751.

Don't forsake having a

Godly woman in your life

This is the last in my series
on women in honor for Women's
History Month. I have written of
several women in the Bible who
set examples for women in their
day and even to us thousands of
years later.
As I have mentioned several
times during this month, not
only does the Bible contain sto-
ries of many Godly women but
also there are many Godly wom-
.en whom you must know and
are probably close to you whose
lives and works are pleasing to
I have been so blessed over
the years to have many wonder-
ful women of faith have a place
in my life and spiritual growth.
Some of these women were only
around long enough to encour-
age me or teach me during the
brief time of our acquaintance.
Some have been a part of my life
for years and have supported me
and loved me and challenged me
to be the best that God wants
me to be.
I have also encouraged you not
to lock God in a box and expect
Him to bless only you or have
others around in the way that
you expect them to be. As a good
friend once told me, "Pat, if God
could cause a donkey to speak

and warn a man of God (Num-
bers 22:22-31), then He can cer-
tainly use anyone to speak to
you words of encouragement or
I have had my eyes opened
through words spoken to me
by friends as well as foe. I know
prayer warriors who intercede.
for me on a regular ,basis who
are housewives, attorneys, doc-
tors, teachers, ministers -- and
inmates. God has placed Godly
women in my life from every
area and walk of life. I have not
turned away any form of bless-
ing that the Lord has given me.
Even when I could not see the
purpose of the relationship, I did
not discount anything from the
How many women and men
have missed the opportunity of
having Godly women in their
lives because these women did
not always say what they want-
ed to hear? How many of these
women did not agree with your
plans or rebuked your words or
actions and you allowed a spirit
of offense to not listen to them
or accept their discipline, coun-
sel and advice?
How many of these women still
continue to pray for you and lift
up your name constantly to the

Lord, in spite of your rejection or
even disrespect towards them?
The prophet and judge Sam-
uel was conceived only because
of the constant prayers and peti-
tions of a barren mother who be-
lieved God could give her a son.
God has used wealthy wom-
en, women of nobility, prosti-
tutes and widows to raise Godly
preachers and ministers and to
spread the Good News that Je-
sus is Lord. They have sacrificed
and lain on their faces for their
children and husbands. They
have enlisted the aid of their
friends and other women of faith
to come into agreement with
them that their seed will. know
the goodness of the Lord while
they yet live.
In a couple of months, Moth-
er's Day will be upon us. Start
thinking now of a special gift or
acknowledgment that you can
give to that special woman in
your life. It might be a moth-
er, grandmother, aunt, wife
or friend. That special woman
might not even be a relative or
someone whom you are close to
but you can see that she is close
to God.
I also want to take the time
to mention those women who
are not where God wants them
to be. Perhaps the women in
your life are not Godly, pray-
ing women. Don't despair. Keep
praying. Keep believing God to
change their.lives. Keep praying
and speaking God's perfect will
for their lives.
It isn't over for anyone as long
as they draw breath; they still
have an opportunity to change
their lives and accept Jesus as
their Savior!

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Crusade for Christ Temple is
hosting Christian film and en-
tertainment nights, 7:30 o'clock
Sunday. 305-523-5952. The
Christian teaching series is at
11 a.m. Sunday.

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church holds Sun-
day services at 11:30 a.m. and
weekly Bible classes at 7 p.m.
Thursday. 305-836-6256. A
Color Rally is set for 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 28.

A pastors and leaders prayer
fellowship is held at the Best
Western Hotel, 7:30 p.m. Mon-
days. 786-273-0294.

New Jerusalem Prayer Min-
istries International holds a
seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday on
"How to do Web Broadcasting,
Video Mail, Conferences and
Chat" for your church or minis-
try. 305-303-6759.

Second Chance Evangelistic
& Deliverance Ministries will
hold a Youth Explosion at 7 :30
-p.m., March 25. Pastor Deloris
Johnson. 786-355-4388.

New Life Missionary Baptist
Association will hold a Minis-
ters and Deacons Unions meet-
ing, at True Faith M.B. Church,
6:30 p.m., March 25-27, and 9
a.m., March 28. 305-638-8337.

New Life Family Worship
Center will be in revival at 7
p.m. March 26 and 27. 305-

St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Church will hold its choir re-
union extravaganza 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 27. 305-696-

Love Tabernacle of God
PAWCC will be having their
third annual Ush6r/ Nurse Pro-
gram at 7:30 p.m. on Friday,
March 27. 786-406-5729.

Love Tabernacle of God
PAWCC will be hold its third
annual Usher/ Nurse Program
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27.

Faith Alive Fellowship will
hold Circle of Hope commu-
nity workshops at the El Pala-
cio Sports Hotel at Calder Race

Course and the North Miami
Beach Library, 10 a.m., Satur-
day, March 28. 786-251-7016
or administration@faithalivevic-

A House of Prayer for all
People will hold a Commu-
nity Outreach Service, 6 p.m.,
March 28. 305-474-7430.

The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1965 will attend wor-
ship service at Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church,
11 a.m., March 29. Margurite
Bivins-Mosley, 305-635-8671.

Mission Ministry Memorial
Temple will hold its "One Hun-
dred Men in Black, One Hun-
dred Women in White" program
4 p.m., March 29. 305-624-

Christ's Kingdom Life Cen-
ter International is asking for
donations of diapers (sizes 5
and 6) and baby wipes and fem-
inine products for the Women's
Shelter. Also, the 40th church
anniversary will be at 5 p.m.,
Sunday, March 29. 954-651-

Community calendar events
and church notes must be sub-
mitted before 3:30 p.m. on Mon-

Joint Lenten Service
V at St. Agnes'

On Sunday March 29, Saint
Agnes' Episcopal Church will
host the final service in the
40th anniversary series of Joint
Lenten services at 5 p.m. The
preacher of Service V is the Rev-
erend Father Denrick E. Rolle,
Rector, All Saints' Anglican Par-
ish, Andros, Bahamas.
A cordial invitation is extend-
ed to you to join us for worship
and fellowship.


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MARIUS GUSTAVE, 63, farmer,
died March 17. Arrangements are

TISTE, 37, died March 12 in Haiti.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday, St.
James Catholic Church.

MARIE PREAL, died March 20
at North Shore Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

BETTY MARTIN, 55, restau-
rant owner, died
March 13. Visi-
tationfi 4 p.m. -
9 p.m., Friday.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday Cor-
nerstone Chris-
tian Center, 450
S. State Road
7, Hollywood, Florida 33023.

MERIL BEECHER, 81, seam-
stress, died March 17. Final rites
and burial, Saturday in Hanover,

EVELYN NEWTON, nurse aide,
died March 13. Service was held.
Final rites and burial, Jamaica.

tary, died March 20. Visitation 4
p.m. 9 p.m., Friday. Service 10
a.m.,.Saturday, Metropolitan Bap-
tist Church.

INEZ MC RAE, housewife, died
March 21 in St. Pierce. Visitation 4'
p.m. 9 p.m., Wednesday. Service
11 a.m., Thursday in the chapel.:

ALICE HENRY, 87, housewife,
died Marchl 19. Visitation 4 p.m.
- 9 p.m., Friday. Service 11 a.m:,
Saturday, Holy Family Episcopal

Hadley -
,LILLIAN NOTION, 86, cook,
died March 13
at North Shore
Hospital. Ser-
viCe, 12:30 p.m,
SSaturday in the

MABLE NICKSON, 92, home-
maker, died at
home March 20.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Ap-
ostolic Revival

87, carpenter, died March 8 at Wa-
tercrest Nursing Home. Service
was held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
March 19 at North Shore Medical
Center. Service 11 a.m., Saturdaye
in the Chapel.;

March 21 at Memorial Pembroke
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Satur-
day, St. Peters Missionary Baptist
Church, Tamarac.

died March 10 at home. Service
was held.

March 12 at Jackson North Hospi-
tal. Service was held.

March 14 at North Shore Hospital.
Service was held.

Paradise "
J'SIAH BROWN, 14 months,
died March 19. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Morning Star Baptist


23 at South Miami Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

ZULA MAE CARR, 78, home-
maker, died March 21. Service
11a.m, Saturday, at Mt. Carmel
Missionary Baptist Church.

Poitier .
JR., 67, Pastor
of The New Mt.
Pleasant Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church, died
March 22 at VA
Hospital. Visi-
tation and Me- -
morial 5 p.m.
- 9 p.m., Friday. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt. Carmel Missionary.
Baptist Church.

THELMA STUART, 72, nurse,
died March 16
at Aventura
Medical Cen-
ter. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
St. Luke Cous-
in Memorial

MARILYN DAVIS, 43, nursery,
died March 15
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday in the

housewife, died
March 23 at
Select Special-
ity Hospital. Ar-
rangements are
incomplete. -

borer, died March 13 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

WILLIE SCOTT, 78, custodian,
died March 19 at North Shore
Medical Center. Arrangements are

MAVIS GRIMES, Arrangements
are incomplete.

AMANDA LANUZA, 28, sales
person, died March 23 at Miami'
Heart Institute. Service 1 p.m.,'
Saturday, Mt. Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church..

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
died March 19,
at Jackson Me-
morial. Service
11 a.m., Friday,
Mt. Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist

76, Truck Driv-'
er died March
21, at Claridge
House. Sur-
vivors: Wife,
Lenora; Sons,
James, Jr.,
(Kathy), Eu-
gene, Michael,
and GAry: Daughters, Diane
Mashack (Ronald) and Gloria
Bonds (Eugene): Niece, Betty
Blue. Service 11 a.m., Friday, Lo-
gos Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingraham
RENEE SMITH, 56, died March
11 at Memorial Hospital. Services
were held.

wood, died March 19. Services 2
p.m., Saturday, Friendship Baptist

March 13 at Memorial Hospital.
Services 11 a.m., Saturday, in the

MARIA PLAZA, 67, died March
21 at Memorial Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

March 22 at Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

March 22, at Memorial Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete.

March 20. No Services will be

Wright & Young
74, cardiology
coordinator died
March 19 at
home. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Elzora
Taylor, Glorida
Taylor, Rose
(Richard) Sher-
rod and Linda Taylor; son, Samuel
Taylor; step children, Marguerite
and Stanley; siblings, Nathaniel,
Louis Cherry, Othenia (Nate) John-
son, Ola Mae (George) Wilson.
Services 2 p.m., Saturday, New
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.

March 22 at
home. Survi-
vors include:
wife, Nelly Col-
lins; sister,
Hazel Gabriel
(Robert); niece,
Paulette Ga-
briel; nephew,
Robert Gabriel,Jr.; step son, Leon
Collins and host of relatives and
friends. Visitation 4 p.m. 7:30
p.m., Friday. Service 2 p.m., Satur-
day, Peaceful Zion Baptist Church,
Rev. C.P Preston, Pastor..

School Boy," 60,
landscaper died
March .23 at
home. Survivors
include: siblings '>
Joseph, William
Cross, Clifford '
(Margaret) and
Barbara (Ber-
nard) Stapleton. Services Satur-
day, New Birth Cathedral of Faith.

child care work- .
er died March
18 at home.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
Idella (Delory)
Carter, Doris
ThompSon, Por-
tia Hollerman,
Doris Thompson, Marvin Beasley
(Norma Jean). Services 11 a.m.,
Friday, Antioch M.B. Church of
Carol City.

aleah Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday, in the

died March 15 at Memorial Re-
gional. Services were held.

VIS, 19, laborer died March 7.
Survivors include: son, Larry Jr.;
fiance, Whitney Clark; parents,
Pricilla Lovett and Larry Davis.
Services were held.
MARY L. DIXON, 76, domes-
tic, died March
22. Graveside
Service 10
a.m., Saturday,
Southern Me-
morial Park.


50, I.L.A., died :
March 17. Ser-
vice 11:30 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt.
Calvary Mis-
sionary Baptist

JANNIE BARNES, 80, retired
nurse, died
March 14. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Sat-
urday, Browns-
ville Church of

died March 15 at University of Mi-
ami Hospital. Services were held.

55, died March 23 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Gregg L. Mason
55, traffic super-
visor for Auto-
matic Data Pro-
cessing Center,
died at Kindred
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Linda;
sons, Corey and Keon; daughter,
Tameeka; brother, Donald; sisters,
Deborah Taylor (Kevin), Cheryl and
Marsha; grandchildren, Racayra,
Robert Wright Jr., Romare Wright;
and a host. of other family mem-
bers and friends. Visitation 2 p.m.-
6 p.m., Friday in the chapel. View-
ing 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday
at the church. Rosary, 10:30a.m.,
Saturday. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day, St. Interment: Southern Me-
morial Park.

driver for Flori-
da East Coast,
died March 20
at home. Sur-
vivors include:
devoted com-
panion, Thelma
Axson; son,
Glenn; daughters, Marilyn and An-
drea M. Hemmen; loving friend,
Reatha Whitehead; niece, An-
nette Brantley; nephews, Ronald,
James, 'and Ralph Whitehead;
cousins, Lois Collins and Willie
Mae Deloach; and a host of other
family members and friends. Visi-
tation 2p.m. until 9p.m., Friday.
Service 11a.m., Saturday, Mt. Zion
MBC. Interment: Forest Lawn Me-
morial Gardens.

79, Priest for
died March 21
at Northshore
Hospital. Visita-
tion 6 p.m.-10
p.m., Thursday,
St. James Catholic Church, 1.3155
NW 7 Avenue. Service 10a.m.,
Friday, St. Mary's Cathedral, 7525
NW 2nd Avenue. Interment: Our
Lady of Mercy.

ministration for Cordis/Johnson &
Johnson Chef, died March 22 at
Kindred Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

PHILIPS LINDOR, 71, orderly,
died March 13 at Northshore Hos-
pital. Service 2 p.m., Saturday in
the chapel.
: Genesis
LOUIS SIEGEL, 73, chauffer,
died March 17 at home. Services

culturalist, died-March 17, at home.
Services were held.

LENA SONG, 94, book keeper,
died March 14 at home. Services
were held.

fant twins, died March 14at North
West Medical Center. Private ser-
vice March 28.

died March 17 at Memorial Re-
gional Hospltal. Services were

CHERIE SUVALL, 48, editor,
died March 13 at home. Services
were held.

ist, died March 15, at home. Ser-.
vices were held.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,,

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

Happy Birthday

DERRICK ROBERTS 03/30/79 09114/08
03/23/85 11/04/02

We will always celebrate
your birthday as if you were
still here.
We miss you dearly and love
you always.
Happy Birthday!
Your family

In Memoriam
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05/19/33 03/28/07

It's been two years, our
hearts are still heavy and you
are truly missed.
Your loving wife, Albertha,
children, grandchildren, fam-
ily and friends

In Memoriam
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12/25/22 03/30/08

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Since God called you home,
our lives have not been the
Our hearts have been bro-
ken into a million pieces. Yet
our love for you will be ever-
lasting, with. God's help we
will learn how to cope with
our lost. We miss you very
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sion is an independent risk fac-
tor for heart disease on top
of the classic risks of high blood
pressure; diabetes, high choles-
terol and smoking. The predom-
inantly White Nurses' Health
Study may. underestimate it,
Williams said.
"'If anything, the impact in Af-
rican-American women is prob-

ably greater," he said, adding
that it's time for the next step: a
study testing whether properly
treating depression lowers the
Why fight depression have
that effect? The study found
.that the more severe the wom-
en's reported depression symp-
toms, the more likely she was
to have traditional heart risk
factors. Also, stresses such as
depression have been linked to
physical effects such as a high-

er resting heart rate.
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ward reason: Depression can
make people do a worse job tak-
ing cgre of themselves. Indeed,
the American Heart Association
last year recommended that ev-
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disease be regularly screened
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1948, died there March 10. She
was 90.
Funeral service was held
March 13 at St. Ignatius Loyola

Catholic Church in Denver.
Smith was the daughter
of pioneer Miami midwife
Florence Cooper. Miami
relatives include cousins Garth
Reeves and Frances Chambers,
niece Gloria Dunn and nephew
Ebenezer Edwards.

like to thank all of our friends
and relatives for their acts of
kindness gifts, flowers and cards
during our time of sorrow. Spe-
Scial thanks to Rev. Thomas C.
Shepherd, The Norland Post Of-
fice, 'JT', 'Pistol Pete', 'Pee Wee'
and Henry.
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Survivors include: children,
Diamond Cooney and Clive III;
mother, Marilyn Lightbourn;
father, Clive Sr.; siblings, Mo-
nique, Tiffany, Shanice, Icob;
grandparents, Rachel Garcia
and Walter Lightbourn. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday,, Trinity
Church. Arrangements entrust-
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Nine years have passed. We
thought of you with love to-
day, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yester-
day and days before that, too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name,
all we have now are our mem-
ories and your picture in a.
frame. Your memory are our
keepsake with which we will
never part.
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ing and we have you in our
hearts. A million times we
cried, 'if love alone could have
saved you, you would not
have died.'
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in death we love you still, in
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one can ever fill. It broke our
hearts to lose you, but you
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us went with you the day God
took you home.
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children and, great grandchil-

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gone. We miss you much!
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in law; Renae, loving grand-
children; Charnice, Ricky,
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By Aiyana Baida
U/Miami News Service
Many people wish they can
leave a legacy that will endure
long after they are gone.
just got her wish.
The popular state senator
from South Miami-Dade will be
remembered by a campaign to
beautify .the community with
gardens bearing her name.
The "Larcenia Bullard Garden
and Beautification Campaign"
was unveiled during a gala
hosted Feb. 28 at the Miami Jai
Alai to recognize the District 39
lawmaker for her community
"She has been an advocate
for her community from the
very beginning," said Cecilia
Holloman, chief executive

of Urban Empowerment
Corporation and chief
consultant for the Legacy
Communities Initiative, a
program that Bullard is pushing
in the senate. Her bill "provides
expertise and resources to
gentrifying communities of color
to help them retain their culture
and rebuild their communities,"
Holloman said.
The Garden and Beautification
Campaign encourages residents
in Bullard's senate district to
plant not only flower gardens
but also vegetable and fruit
gardens, Holloman said.
"I was almost knocked off my
feet," Bullard said when she
heard the announcement. "I
always wanted to leave a legacy
that would live on after my time
in office and this did it."

The Helen B. Bentley Family
Health Center in Coconut Grove
will focus on the health aspects
of community gardening, said
Joyce Price, the center's director
of community involvement and
field events.
"We are trying to get a healthy
lifestyle in the community,"
Price said. "We need to make
sure that people keep up with
eating more vegetables and
fruit to prevent the diseases
we go through -- for example,
diabetes, hypertension and
* cancer. The recommendations
are that we eat more fruits and
vegetables to help negate these
In June, Bullard will visit with
and acknowledge residents who
are participatingin the gardening
initiative. So far, Key West and

eight Miami-Dade communities,
along with the Sistrunk area of
Fort Lauderdale, will participate

in the gardening effort that
will involve residents, families,
community organizations and
businesses, Holloman said.
Bullard, 61, served for eight
years in the Florida House of
Representatives, was elected
to the Florida Senate in 2002
and re-elected in 2004 and
2008, representing the largest
district in the state, with more
than 500,000 residents in six
counties .including Hendry,
Monroe and parts of Broward,
Collier, Miami-Dade and Palm
The Urban Empowerment
Corporation, which formed in
1980, provides economic and
community building services
to empower low-income
communities, particularly
families and businesses,

Holloman said.
The group picked Bullard
for 'recognition at its first
recognition dinner because of
her service to the community,
Holloman said.
"We know that she is our
senior African American
legislator in our state,"
Holloman said. "She has given
17 years of service but never
has had a recognition dinner.
We wanted to present her with
something that acknowledges
her commitment."
"They actually rolled out a red
carpet for me," said Bullard,
who received the applause
of about 165 attendees. She
also got a letter of recognition
from President Barack Obama
acknowledging her commitment
to improving her community.

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After 30-years of teaching
in the school system, Mary L.
Dunn, president, Egelloc Civic
and Social Club, made use of
the "Drop Program" and joined
the ranks of the retirees, cel-
ebrated March 7 at El Palacio
Sports Hotel restaurant near
the Calder Race Track in Miami
Gardens. The party was orga-
nized by Calvindo D. Hicks,
her husband Clarence, their
children, grandchildren, col-
leagues and members of sup-
porting organizations.
Gabriel Day provided mu-
sic as the gathering waited for
the retiree and her husband to
enter and take their seats. The
Miami Jackson High Drill Team
and Color Guards presented
the American flag and Wanda
Jones sang Lift Ev'ry Voice And
T. Eilene Martin-Major then
introduced her MASK group
and the young people gave an
electrifying interpretation pf
Yes, a popular song for liturgi-
cal dance to standing ovation.
Then Santo, Terryl and Glen
Dunn made a presentation to
the honoree, their mother.
Other members of the fam-
ily involved in the program in-
cluded Calinda Hicks, San-
toya Christian, Santrice and
Clarence Dunn, children and

their children, re-
spectively. .Alisha
Dunn read a proc-
lamation from the
city of Miami Gar-
dens and Christian and Sant-
rice sang Marvin Sapp's Never
Would've Made It.
Clinton Paris then took
over as emcee and introduced
the Rev. Ralph Rogers, who
gave an opening prayer; MASK
performed again; Valaire Drake
spoke on "God's woman" and
words of encouragements came
from Clinie Lily and Dr. Edith
Hall. Ray Cooper sang His Eye
Is On The Sparrow.
Tributes -came from Ei-
leen Major, president-elect of
Egelloc; Nikki Young, presi-
dent, Iota Phi Lambda; Regina
Bruton, president, Phi Delta
Kappa, Alpha Delta Chapter;
and Thomasina Mitchell, pres-
ident, Jack and Jill of America.
Then Tianca McBayne per-
formed a liturgical dance.
Dunn thanked everyone for
making her retirement a mem-
orable occasion and Deacon
Sydney White and the Rev. Dr.
Freeman Wyche gave the bene-

******** ,
Speaking of Mary L. Dunn,
she is in the midst of The Egelloc

Civic Club and the "Men Of To-
morrow" presentation of 11"-
grade young men at 8:30 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19
at the James L. Knight Center.
According to Dunn and
Eilene Martin-Major, director,
the young men have completed
several projects, such as an es-
say contest, a talent showcase,
and a Black History Project and
attended an etiquette luncheon
held March 15 in Miami Gar-
Winners of the essay com-
petition, on the topic, "Why I
Want To Becpme a Man of To-
morrow," had a chance to read
their entries in front of their
parents, peers and club .mem-
bers. Chad A. Lewis won first
place, Marquez Davis was sec-
ond and Jeremy Dixon came
in third. The competition was
sponsored by Vera Purcell,
chairwoman, and Laurice
Hepburn, assistant.
The talent showcase was
held Feb. 26 at the Joseph
Caleb Center. The winners
were Donavan Care, drums,
Drum Stamina, 1st place; Jor-
dan Powell, alto saxophone,
Hoist's Warm Up and Over The
Rainbow, 2nd place; Marquez
Davis, song,. I Need You Now,
3rd place. Honorable mention
went to Jeremy Dixon, poem,
A Man of Tomorrow; Lar-
ren Mellerson, drums, Make
It Groovy For Me; and Alan
Young, drums/vocal, Girl From
More than 15 parents at-
tended the Etiquette Lun-

cheon, along with their sons
and their female guests.
Bertha Milton and W. Doris
Neal represented the organiza-
tion and Christopher Scarlett,
president, moderated the pro-
gram. Dunn brought greetings
and Jonathan Ragoo, MOT
chaplain, blessed the food and
sang Mama to the delight of his
mother and others mothers.
Others on the program in-
cluded Marquese Davis, Jer-
emy Dixon and Chad Lewis
reading their winning essays,
followed by a buffet lunch of
Chinese food.
The committee was thanked
by Martin-Major. Members
included Milton, Hepburn,
Barbara Golphin, Cora John-
son, Mary G. Salary, Shirley
Jones, Bernice Carey, and
Parents and sons in atten-
dance included Octavia Gris-
som, Henry Crespp Jr., Aliza
Williams and Jamal Williams,
Jnangta Walker and Kenneth,
Patricia Davis and Marques,
Janice Dixon and Jeremy,
Tangella Thea and Larren,
Susan Smith and Marc, John
and Shery Ragoo and Johna-
than, Lucinda Johnson and
Norris Jr., Alan Young Sr.
and Alan Jr., Brenda Lowe
and Devante.
Also, Andrea t. Scott Don-
ling and Johnny L. Mobley II.,
Margaret Murray and Nathan,
Cathy Lewis and Chad Avery,
and Anthony and Traci Scar-
lett and Christopher Scarlett
and Gerald Coney Jr.

Ella Elam, manager of the
Palm Towers on 95" Street
near North Shore Hospital.
for celebrated Black History
Month on Feb. 27 with some
special guests: The Sing An-
gels of Arcola Park, Tillie Stib-
bins, president, and Mary
Simmons, director. They per-
formed a skit, From Africa
To America Through Music,
written and produced by yours
Elam asked Margaret
Saunders, a Palm Towers resi-
dent, to give the occasion and
Gertrude Cooper, 92, to give
the keynote address. Cooper
reflected on her life, telling
the audience her faith in Je-
sus and attendance at church
each week made her a strong
The program included his-
torical facts surrounding the
father of Black History Month,
Dr. Carter G. Woodson; the fa-
ther of the Civil Rights Move-
ment, Dr. Martin L. King Jr.; the
mother of the movement, Rosa
Parks; and the youth who par-
ticipated on "Bloody Sunday"
in the walk from Montgomery
to Selma, Cheyene Webb.
Other facts dealt with in-
ventions by slaves and the ori-
gins of Black music beginning
with singing and cohesiveness
among the slaves. The script
ended with a chronology of
the life of'Barack Obama from
his birth to becoming the first
Black president, while in the

Kajoyrie "Bubbles" Purcell-Ma-
this, 8, a second-grader at Coral
Reef Montessori Academy. runs
track for Goulds Park and she re-
cently ran the 200 and 400-meter
races, placing second in both heats
and third overall in time in both.
Bubbles is a member of Sweethome,
Missionary Baptist Church and is a
straight-A student. She also plays
basketball and softball and is in
her school's chess club. She is the
daughter of Day Purcell and Oscar
Mathis and granddaughter of Vera

Nancy Dawkins will b*******
Nancy Dawkins will be honored

by The Heritage Trail
Advisory Committee
on April 4. in collabo-
ration with the Dr.
Martin Luther King,
Jr., Economic Devel-
opment Corporation
and Miami City Commissioner Mi-,
chelle Spence-Jones for dedication
to our city.

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Mary G. Bivens returned home
after visiting. her ailing brother and
sister-in-law John and Carol Good-
man in La Vegas. Mary spent four
months with them, being the good
nurse she is for most friends and

family members.

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Get-well wishes go out to Vashti
Armbrister, Carmetta Brown-
Russell, Samuel Cleare,
Mary E. Dorsaint, Sue -
Francis, Prince Gordon,
Inez M. Johnson, Mildred
Marquis, Earl Marshall,
Fredericka Maura-Bru-
ton, Lois Nairn, Doretha
Payne, Cynthia Peacock,
Doris M. Pittman, Ismae,
Prescott, Herbert Rho- Kaj
des Jr., Bernice Shorter- Purcel
Meares, The Rev. Charles
Uptgrow Sr. and Rachel
Culmer Williams.

******** *
The African American Commit-
tee of the Dade Heritage Trust, at
its 11th annual Women's History

Luncheon, honored six women who
are buried in the Miami City Cem-
etery. They are Anna Delia Byrd,
Elizabeth Wood Clark, Ethel
Hamilton Davenport, Mary Mof-
fat Niles, Mary White and
Viola Farquaharson Wi-
ley. Dr. Mary Hylor was
the featured soloist. Enid
Pinkney is chairwoman of
j the committee.

The Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority's Debutante Co-
oyrie million will be held at 6
1-Mathis p.m. April 5 at the James
L. Knight Center in down-
town Miami. The theme is
"Ascending Young Sisters." Regina
M.Giles is the president. ... In other
sorority news,' Delht's regional r o'dn
vention will be held in Huntsville,
Ala., June 24-27.

Helen Cooper-Smith, sister of
the late Kathleen Cooper-Edwards
and Marie and Bert Cooper, died in
her adopted city of Denver, Colo., on
March 10. ... Clinton Brown of the
Brown clan of Northwest 14b Ter-
race and Elsada "Elsie" Douglas of
Northwest Third Avenue, two BTW
stalwarts, have died.
*** *****
You can join the Memorial Day
weekend group as they travel to
Tuskegee and Montgomery, Ala., May
21-25. To reserve space, contact
Florence Moncur, Elizabeth Blue,
Louise Cromartie or Leome Culmer.

******** *
Gepsie Metellus, an activist in the
Haitian American community, vwas
among 11 women honored March
19 by the American Red Cross of
Greater Miami & The Keys. The Red

Cross picked the women for its Sara
Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards,
presented during a ceremony, which
took place at the Ritz-Carlton Coco-
nut Grove, saluted the women. Me-
tellus got the Mercedes-Benz of Coral
Gables/Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay
Community Service Award.

Bits and Pieces: Master carvers
in a remote village of China's Shijia-
huang area called the "Oriental Stone
Carving Town" have stopped carving
statues of Buddha out of marble from
local mines, and have begun carving
busts of President Barack Obama.
The 12-by-8 inch busts are being
shipped to the United States and
sold for $180 each. ... If you haven't
read Ebony magazine's featured in-
terview First Lady Michelle Obama
had with Oprah Winfrey, read it.
,You'll enjoy it.

her every dream was born
her soul, a bud,--that never

Gloria Douglas Johnson:
known writers of the Harl
American Jewish writer Ger-
trude Stein (1874-19461 is rec-
ognized as one of the principal
catalysts in the development of
modernism in art and litera-
Modern art, with its tenden-
cy toward abstraction, is often
characterized as art in which
the spirit of experimentalism
cast to the winds the traditions
of the past. Modernist artists
experimented with "seeing" with
all manner of materials and re-
defined the functions of art.
Modernist writers like James
Joyce wrote about preserving
the autonomy and integrity of
the individual while being buf-
feted by all manner of forces --
historical, social, economic and
the like.
Stein wrote like Pablo Picasso
painted, breaking up and reas-
sembling subjects abstractly
and depicting them from a
multiplicity of viewpoints. She
called these pieces word por-
traits. More importantly, she.
with her brother Leo and, later.
with Alice B. Toklas, created
a space where the most bril-
liant artists and writers of Eu-
rope and America, including
Paul Cezanne, Henri Manguin,
Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne,
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri
Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-
Lautrec, Juan Gris, Andre De-
rain Guillaume Apollinaire, and
James Joyce. would congregate
and interact with one another
in a private art gallery/salon on
Saturday evenings at 27 Rue de
Fleurus, Paris, amid the paint-
ings of Cezanne, Delacroix.
Matisse and Picasso.
Black America had its own
Gertrude Stein. Twenty years
later, on the other side of the


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background My Country 'Tis of
Thee was sung by Lonnie Mc-
Cartney and the choir.

Pauline Thompson, presi-
dent, the Rev. Dr. Joreatha
M. Capers, senior pastor, and
members of the Patriot Usher
Board celebrated their 31 t
anniversary on March 15 at
Ebenezer United Methodist
Church's chapel, with the Rev.
Dr. Wayne G. Finn giving the
sermon and the mass choir
providing the music.
Elizabeth Bradley said
the opening prayer; Agnes
Boykins read the scripture;
Margaret Saunders gave the
welcome and occasion; Willie
Mae Pinder and Heddie Ver-
een said the memorial service.
Thompson introduced Ja-
net Davidson, vice president;
Cleomie McKenzie, secretary;
Agnes Boykins, chief; Betty
Bullard, assistant; Jean Al-
bury-Perry, chaplain; Leroy
Wilson, captain; and William
0. Francis, assistant.
She also recognized other
members, such as Andrew
Black, Calvin Black, Dorothy
Brown, Helen Brown, Emily
G. Clark, Angela Davis, Ja-
net Davidson, Judy Latham,
Louis Mack, Denise Marsh, Al-
tamese Rolle, Merlene Trout-
man, Elbert Vereen, Terry
Wilcox. and Frances Wilson,
as well as visiting members of
United Methodist Church con-
gregations and the Exodus
Training Group.



Jazz Series taking place at the Caleb Center

Miami Times Staff Report

The Sunshine Jazz Organi-
zation of South Florida (SJO)
and Miami-Dade Parks have
teamed up to present Magic
City Jazz at the Caleb, a se-
ries of classic and contem-
porary jazz music performed
from 4 to 7 p.m. certain Sun-
days throughout the year at
the Joseph Caleb Auditorium,
5400 N.W. 54th St.
The series began on Feb. 15
with a newcomer to the jazz
scene, vocalist Teresa Bridges
and the fusion band Burning
"It was a great beginning
and a great audience," said
Kai Green, Caleb auditorium

manager and co-partner of the
series. "The community wel-
comed SJO with open arms
and we look forward to their
continued support of this re-
markable series."
On March 15, the series
featured the soulful-styling of
Yvonne Brown, known for her
passion-filled, smooth perfor-
Brown has been mesmer-
izing audiences from coast to
coast with her brand of sul-
try music for nearly 30 years,
specializing in Jazz, Motown,
Soul and Funk and making
every song she sings her own.
Hailing from Atlanta and
raised in Montclair, N.J.,
Brown came' to South Florida

to study at the Miami Uni-
versity of Fine Arts & Design.
Upon graduation, she decided
to inake Florida her home.
She has performed extensively
throughout the United States,
Canada and the Caribbean.
Dolph Castellanos accom-
panied her on keyboard, An-
drew Atkinson on drums,
Jesse Jones on saxophone
and her husband and busi-
ness partner Charlie Brown
on bass.
"The Sunshine Jazz Orga-
nization of South Florida is
always excited about oppor-
tunities to partner with great
community organizations like
Miami-Dade Parks and the
Caleb Auditorium to feature

this awesome music," said
Keith Valles, SJO president.
"The Magic City Jazz Series
will showcase some of the
best and brightest, jazz and
soul music masters of South
Florida. We look forward to
having the community come
out and experience these ex-
citing evenings of music."
' The series will continue April
19, May 24, June 21 and July
19 and feature artists such
as Joe Donato, Jessie Jones,
Bobby Stringer, and the Dave
Nuby Band.
For tickets or more informa-
tion, call the Sunshine Jazz.
Organization at 305-693-2594
or the Diaspora Arts Coalition
at 305-303-6649.

Bethune-Cookman will host annual Spring Concert on April 5

Bethune-Cookman Univer-
sity will hold its annual Spring
Concert featuring the school's
Concert Chorale and Sym-.
phonic Band.
The concert, slated for the
Mary McLeod Bethune Per-
forming Arts Center in Dayto-
na Beach, is being sponsored
by the university's Board of
Counselors as a thank-you to
the community for its ongoing!
support and it is free and open
to the public.
"Our founder, Dr. Mary
McLeod Bethune, strongly be-
lieved in -the power of the arts
to enrich people's lives and
bring them together. In fact,

she implored her students to
'be an artist in all that you do.'
This annual performance sus-
tains that legacy," said B-CU
President Trudie Kibbe Reed.
The Concert Chorale, which
is the school's principal vocal
performance ensemble, show-
cases more than 80 student
singers, along with instrumen-
tal accompanists and 13 danc-
The chorale's performance,
designed to provide the audi-
ence with the full range of its
styles, will includes operatic
selections from Rossini's The
Barber of Seville, contempo-
rary songs ranging from Earth,

Wind & Fire's Get Away to Sea-
sons of Love from the Broad-
way musical Rent, patriotic
songs' such as Battle 1Hymn
of the Republic and spiritual,
gospel and liturgical interpre-
The Symphonic Band is a
50-plus piece wind ensem-
ble featuring piccolo, flutes,
oboes, clarinets, bassoons,
oboes, trumpets, trombones,
French. horns and tubas, as
well as piano and percussion
elements. ..
Its performance will feature
music from various styles and
periods, including Gavorkna
Fanfare, a fanfare for a full

wind band, rather than the
traditional brass and percus-
sion instrumentation; Panis
Angelicus, a 19th century com-
position adapted for the modern
wind ensemble; Philip Starke's
Sunrise at Angels Gate, a musi-
cal depiction of the sights and
sounds of dawn at the Grand
Canyon, which was first per-
formed by the U.S. Army Field
Band in 2001; and a medley of
Duke Ellington selections.,
The concert is scheduled for
4 p.m. Sunday, April 5, at the
Mary McLeod Bethune Perform-
ing Arts Center, 698 W. Interna-
tional Speedway Blvd., Daytona

Programs tell children that they too can be scientists

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going to get a much needed life crisis affects the
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news of corporate bailouts fill- focused on the cri
ing the airwaves, many have cial, housing and
wondered when the little man tries we haven't
would get his share. small businesses
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on a monthly bdsis how many industries.
loans they made to small busi- President Obama
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Many thought the American
public had been scammed.
Billion dollar corporations
flocked to Washington,. with
their' hands out, begging the
government to help, them get
their businesses on track.
Once they got the help they
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why science is cool, all with
killer beats, of course.
"Now is the time for educat-
ed people to open our mouths
and speak," he said. "This is
the time to build, not destroy."
At first, Grand Hank Pro-
ductions Incorporated was a
side, business: Ragsdale took
his experiments, motivational
speeches and raps to class-
rooms' all over the East Coast.
Eventually, though, he 'left
Johnson & Johnson to devote
himself full-time to the busi-'
ness of being Grand Hank.
Now, his Mount Airy, head-
quarters feature a full studio
for science shows. The busi-
ness has morphed into a "mul-
timedia education company"
that produces DVD series,
conducts teacher-trairing ses-
sions and will soon sell science
kits for the consumer market.
He visits at least 50 schools a
. Ragsdale employs' more than
a dozen people and headed to
New Orleans to address the
National Science Teachers As-
sociation. He produces two TV
shows weekly: The Science of
Philadelphia,. aimed at middle
school students, and The Sci-

Getting real about what you want and
overriding your codependency trips will
require you to forget about what people
think. Go about your business and keep
your plans to yourself until it's time to act
on them. Lucky numbers 3, 9, 15, 21, 24

Waiting for word to come down from
above has you wondering where things
will go. Whoever's in charge would be
nuts to discharge you. Big lessons in self
worth are afoot. Don't worry. You'll come
out of this fine! Lucky numbers 2, 10, 12,

You may be content but the bigger part
of you is bored to death. Ditch your fears
and every other excuse. Get off the couch
and follow your bliss. It's time to connect
with your purpose and dream up a new
life. Lucky numbers 8, 12, 24, 29, 32

Dropping this.bomb will blow a lot of
people's minds but you have no choice.
A good explosion may be what it takes
to heal things. In the aftermath you may
find out that true love has the capacity
to survive anything. Lucky numbers 7, 9,

ence Lab of Grand Hank, for
high schoolers. Both air on
PSTV, the Philadelphia School
District's public-access chan-
nel; the latter also 'goes out to
stations in New Jersey, Dela-
ware, and Maryland.
He works with 20 school dis-
tricts in Pennsylvania and New
Jersey, including Philadelphia
and Camden; an average ap-
pearance and., professional-
development package costs be-
tween $1,500 and $2,500.
But really, he said, it's still
about the chance to reach the
young men and women who
think science is boring and be-
yond them,
"They're reacting with shock
and awe," Ragsdale said. "The
level of experiments that we
do is designed, to stun and
The other day, Ragsdale and
'DJ Marty Geez -- in real life,
Ragsdale's. nephew Martino
Fleming -- stood at lab tables
in front of fluorescent back-
.drops and filmed a show about
radial chromatography that
used science to determine the
colors that make up a single
felt-tip pen.
Throughout the half-hour
experiment, Ragsdale- prom-
ised he would defend the
"World Heavyweight Cham-

14, 19, 25

You feel way too responsible for things
that were never your fault. If others are
coming unglued don't try to hold them
together. This is their Karma. You can be
there for them but you can't carry their
burden. Lucky numbers 7, 12, 24, 30, 38

Last minute reservations are your
intuition telling you this isn't what you
need. The bigger part of you thinks it
is. Caught in the middle, it might be a
good idea to wait and see what before
you dive into this. Lucky numbers 9, 12,

Be clear about the fact that others
won't change. If you don't wake up soon
you'll get stuck here. You may not want
to give up on this but if you keep letting
them run your life it will only bring you
down. Lucky numbers 12, 18, 21, 32, 40

You have just opened your eyes to the
fact that you've been used. Instead of
dwelling on the unfairness of it all, ask
yourself who used who? Everything's a

.pionship of Science" -- and
continue to hold the heavy,
blinged-out championship
belt he had made -- by solving
his problem.
When he found a single felt-
tip pen contained purple, blue
and yellow colors, he began
"I'm excited! I love what I do
right here! You try it and see if
you can do radial chromatog-
raphy, too," he said.
Hook, from the Carver com-
mittee, is director of high
school instructional programs
for the Philadelphia School
District and has been working
closely with Ragsdale for 10
years. She joins him on The
Science of Philadelphia.
"A lot, of times, kids think
science is magic. We stress
that it's not a trick, that they
can learn the theory behind
it," she said.
Hook likes that students can
turn on his show and see an
African American role model,
too. Although his expectations
for students are' high, they
gravitate toward him because
he speaks their language, she
"Hank," she said with de-,
liberate understatement, "is
not shy. When he's interacting
with the kids, it's hyped.'"

2-way trail; what, of value, did you get
out of this? Lucky numbers 11, 18, 25,
32, 39

Putting up with someone else's dra-
ma is wearing thin. Rescuing them was
entertaining for a while, but you're so
bored,,you'd just as soon fly away and
find out what lies beyond this role you've
been playing. Lucky numbers 10, 15, 24,
29, 31

You don't know if you can keep push-
ing this rock up a hill. Sometimes start-
ing over is the right thing. If that scares
you, never fear. Moving on will be easy
once you see that persistence just won't
work here. Lucky numbers 10, 18, 25,

Some days you're all on fire and on
others you could care less. When you're
blowing hot and cold there's nothing
wrong; you're up and down because you
have a choice to make and as yet, it's
not time to make it. Lucky numbers 12,
18, 24, 35, 45

It may be time to let everyone know
how you're feeling. Trust that they love you
enough to hear it. Heart to heart talks will
teach you more about love than a dozen
roses ever could; let down your hair. Lucky
numbers 11, 18, 25, 32; 40


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Musical Aris Association or Miami and Adrienne Arsht Center present
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Miami-Dade Parks going green with its 2009 summer camp

Miami Times Staff Report

Miami-Dade Parks said it will
continue its focus on teaching
children how to be fit and
healthy during its 2009 Fit to
Play summer camp program but
is adding a new component to
teach children about the health
benefits of going green.
The slogan is: "Fit to Play,
Green it Up."
The children will be taught
the basics of recycling, water
conservation and other eco-
friendly behavior.
Miami-Dade Parks will also
offer specialty camps, including
a performing arts camp at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center in Liberty City, camps
for- children with disabilities,

EcoAdventures nature camps
an.d camps catering to sports
such as such as golf, tennis,
cheerleadirig, football, sailing,
basketball, soccer and mountain
Camps will also be based at
The Deering Estate at Cutler
and Miami MetroZoo.
Learn-to-Swim programs will
be available at all county parks
with pools, taught by American
Red Cross-certified water-safety
General and specialty camps
willoffer field trips to sites such
as the Joseph Caleb Auditorium
for theatre and film programs,
MetroZoo, Crandon Park
Visitors and Nature Center,
Deering Estate, and Pelican

Campers will be able to enjoy
an end-of-summer carnival with
rides and games scheduled for
July 21-24 at Tropical Park. ,
The camps will be open from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with
7:30 a.m. early drop-off and 6
p.m. late pick-up.
County parks sites for general
camps, Fit to Play, Green it Up,
include Arcola Park,
4680 NW 87th. St., 305-835-
7987; Arcola Lakes Park, 1301
NW 83rd St., 305-836-5095;
Gwen Cherry Park, YET Center,
7090 NW 22nd Ave., 305-694-
4889; Jefferson Reaves, Sr.
Park, 3090 NW 50th St., 305-
635-2081; Little River Park,
10525 NW 24th Ave., 305-
694-5121; Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., Park, 6100 NW 32nd

Ct., 305-633-2044; Marva Y.
Bannerman Park, 4830 NW
24th Ave., 305-633-4064;
Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st St.,
305-633-4066; North Glade
Park, 17355 NW 52nd Ave.,
305-621-2461; West Little River
Park, 2326 NW 84th St., 305-
694-5096; Goulds Park, 11350
SW 216 St., 305-255-2399; Sgt.
Joseph Delancy Park, 14450
Boggs Dr., 305-235-4503; West
Perrine Park, 17121 SW 104th
Ave., 305-235-2053..
Arcola Park is also a site for
cheerleading/dance camps for
children aged 6-14.
A mountain bike camp for
ages 7-17 will be held at Amelia
Earhart Park, 11900 NW 42nd
Ave., 305-681-2341.
Cultural arts camps will be

Auditions open for million-dollar TV talent show

By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer

Do you have talent worth $1
Beginning this summer, NBC
will present a weekly variety
format type talent program.
Under the spotlight will be
hopeful stars of the -future
competing to be chosen as the
winner. Judges want to see a

range of talents; an unusual
talent or gift could make you a
This is Season 4 and America's
Got Talent is traveling to major
cities looking for the nation's
next greatest acts. Auditions
have already been held in New
York, Boston, Chicago, and
Washington, D.C.
Last year's winner of the
$1,000,000 grand -prize was

an insurance -salesman/opera
singer from Missouri.'
If you have a unique gift that
judges might take notice of
arid you don't mind possibly
waiting in a very long line -
five to seven hours -- then this
talent search competition is
'.for you. If you cannot attend
the audition you may submit
a video of your performance.
Video submissions are due by

May 5. Go to the website www. for details
on submitting videos by mail or
for uploading your material.
For local Miami residents this
is your shot at fame. Auditions
will be held this Saturday, and
Sunday March '28-29, .at the
Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE
Second Ave,
Auditions are open to all ages
and all talents.

Edison Middle to hold preliminary Hip Hop 4 Health competition

Miami Times Staff Report

Miami Edison Middle School,
6101 NW Second Ave., will
hold its preliminary dance
competition in the 2009 Hip
Hop 4 Health program
Starting at 3 p.m. \this
Retired Congresswoman
Carrie P. Meek will be on hand as
an honorary judge to show her
support for what has become
the signature health initiative of
her Carrie Meek Foundation.
Hip Hop 4 Health incorporates
a semester-long dance,
competition held at 20 Miami-
Dade -middle schools and
culminates in a health fair
extravaganza and_ dancp finale

scheduled this year. for 2 to 7
p.m. May 2 at Jungle Island.
Last year's finale attracted
more than 3,000 people and
* featured health information and
resources from more than 35
organizations and free health
screenings and immunizations.
Using a genre of music and
dance that is widely popular
with youth, Hip Hop 4 Health
encourages physical activity,
cardiovascularhealth and overall
positive healthy behaviors.
Preliminary dance
competitions began in January
and will run through April.
First, second and third-place
winners are named from among
dozen of contestants at" each
participating school and_ are

presented with prizes.
The finalists form three-
person dance teams at their
schools in order to compete for

the chance to be named the
Grand Prize Winning Team of the
2009 Hip Hop 4 Health Dance
Competition Finale. The 2008
winner came from Brownsville
This year's participating
middle schools include the
defending champions and
Edison, as well as Carol City,
Centennial, Coral Way, Howard
Doolin, Glades, Horace Mann,
Lawton Chiles, Leisure City,
M.A. Milam, Madison, Norland,
North Miami, Palm Springs,
Parkway, Riviera,
Thomas Jefferson, West Miami
and Westview.
For more information, log on
to www.carriemeekfoundation.

held at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center for ages
6-16, with a grand recital
scheduled for the Joseph
Caleb Auditorium to showcase
students' accomplishments.
Amelia Earhart Park will
also be the venue for an
EcoAdventures Nature Camp

and for a Junior Sailing
Summer Program.
Learn-to-Swim program sites
include Arcola, Goulds, Little
River and Naranja, 14150 SW
264th St., 305-258-4534.
For a full listing of camps,
call 305-755-7800 or log on to

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New county law protects foreclosure buyers
Miami Times Staff Report

Effective April 1, buyers of
foreclosed residential properties
in unincorporated Miami-Dade
County will be informed of the
conditions of the property with
a required report detailing its
deficiencies of the property.
The requirement is contained
in an ordinance the County
Commission adopted on Dec. 2.
.Under the ordinance, the holder
of the title for a residential property
acquired through foreclosure or a
judgment must obtain a Certificate
of Use from the Department of
Planning and Zoning prior to
offering the property for sale or
The aim is to document and
disclose to the public and potential
buyers the extent to which the
foreclosed property -- single family
home, condominium, townhouse
or duplex complies with building
and zoning codes and a good faith
estimate of the cost to fix any
The disclosure of findings
Please turn to BUYER 10D

Finance chief rejects using credit scores to set auto insurance

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
has come out against the use of
credit scoring when determining
the rates and availability of auto
insurance for Floridians. .
Sink set out her position March
16 at a press conference where
she was joined by Sean Shaw,
Florida's Insurance Consumer Ad-

"Right now, people whose credit
is reduced or who have been hit
hard financially could see their
auto insurance rates jacked up or,-
find they are not even able to get
coverage -- and that's just wrong,",:
said Sink. "Because of the chal-
lenging times everyday Floridians

are facing, I am opposed to the
use of credit scoring when deter-
mining the availability and cost of
auto insurance. We should not be
kicking Floridians when they are
down," she said..
According to a statement from
Sink's office announcing her po-
sition, consumer credit scores

are used by many auto insurance
companies for underwriting pur-
poses, including setting rates and
determining coverage eligibility.
She has not been convinced by
explanations from auto insurance
companies about why they need
to use credit scores, especially in
these challenging economic times.

FedEx to cut 1,000

jobs nationwide

FedEx Corp. announced it would cut 1.000
jobs worldwide as a result of cost-cutting
measures to deal with the tough economy.
In its third-quarter earnings release,
announced March 19, Memphis, Tenn.-based
FedEx (NYSE: FDX) said it would also reduce
network capacity at both FedEx Express and
FedEx Freight divisions and enact a 'further
reduction of personnel and work hours." The
company did not identify' a specific number of
cuts, if any, would come from Georgia.
Other cost-cutting programs include additional
reductions in other spending categories,
streamlining of information technology systems
and expansion of previously announced pay
actions to include non-U.S. employees in some
"Our financial performance was sharply lower
during the quarter due to the global recession."
said Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corp. chairman,
president and CEO. "While we are gaining market
share in all of our transportation segments, the
downturn in our industry and the severity and
expected duration of the recession require that
we take additional actions."
The cost-reduction actions are expected to
result in fourth-quarter charges ofapproximately
$100 million and to reduce expenses by
approximately $1 billion.
"Our goal when we implemented compensation
reductions in January for U.S. salaried
personnel was to both protect our business and
minimize the loss of jobs," said Smith. "With
industrial production and global trade trends
worsening since last quarter, we are applying
these additional measures to continue to secure
as many of our jobs as possible during this
downturn. We remain focused on providing
outstanding service, and will ensure that our
actions do not impede our industry-leadinmg
customer experience."
in its third quarter, FedEx reported net income
of $97 million, down 750c from $393 for the
same quarter last year. Sales came in at $182
million, down 72 percent from the comparable
period in 2007.
Although specific job cuts and a time frame
have not been announced.

AutoNation covers car

payments for job loss
With layoffs dominating headhnes and the
unemployment rate sitting at a 26-year high,
AutoNation (AN) announced a plan to provide
some leeway for recently-laid off car buyers.
The largest U.S. vehicle dealership announced
today on FOX Business Network it plans to cover
six months of car payments for recently laid-off
"It provides... protection in case of job loss -- in
the first year of ownership we will provide them
up to six months' payment, said Mike Maroone
to FBN's Liz Claman. "Up to $500 a month, so if
you lose your job. you've got the security' you can
keep your automobile or keep your truck. And
continue on with your life."
The plan will first roll out in 33 dealerships
in Florida and then move to stores nationwide.
Maroone said he expects the plan to be nationwide
in less than 60 days. I
"We think it attacks a key area, and that's
consumer confidence." He also said the plan
addresses the availability of credit and slowing
sales that have been plaguing the crumbling
The plan covers monthly car payments of up to
$500 for six months. To qualify for the program,
consumers must have already paid three months
of payments. If six months passes and the
consumer can still not afford to pay for the vehicle
he or she could return the car to the lender. The
program expires after 12 months.
Earlier this year, Hyundai unveiled the
"Assurance" campaign to help boost sagging
sales. The plan allows consumers who finance or
lease new Hyundais this year to return the vehicle
if they're unexpectedly laid off within a year of
JetBlue (JBLU) also recently rolled out a program
that gives full refunds to eligible customers who
lose their jobs after purchasing tickets.

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Will $25M community center stem youth violence?

New facility takes spotlight as city copes with shootings

By Sandra J. Charite

Miami Gardens is pinning
its hopes that a $25 million
commWnity center now un-
-der construction will make
a dent on the incidence of
youth violence in the city.
The center, which is be-
ing built on Northwest
199t Street between 30th
and 32nd avenues, is ex-
pected to be completed in
fall 2010.
The amenities will in-
clude a running track, a
swimming pool, a field for
football and soccer, a the-
ater and an exercise room
and it will be monitored
to ensure participants are
Work began on the center
in 2008 but it received at-
tention recently when May-
or Shirley Gibson and city
police officials held a press.
conference to announce
the arrest of two teenage
males in connection with a
shooting that resulted from
an argument at a party.

"There is no place for
young people to go," Gib-
son said at the March 13
press conference.
The March 7 shooting
stemmed from a fight that
broke out at D-Shays Ban-
quet .Hall at a party that
violated city codes, Police
Chief Matthew Boyd said,
and was shut down by the
According to police, sev-
eral persons involved in the
fight left the party and pro-
ceeded to travel eastbound
on 183rd Street in a white
cargo van.
As the vehicle was stopped
at a traffic light at the inter-
section of Northwest 183rd
Drive and 22nd Avenue,
someone, opened fire from a
red Toyota Camry, wound-
ing five of the seven people
in the minivan.
The victims were taken
to nearby hospitals, where
they were treated and re-
leased. The incident could
have been "deadly," Boyd
Police arrested Kristo-

pher Joseph, 17, on March
11 and booked him into
the Juvenile Assessment
Center on five counts of at-
tempted murder. Joseph,
who will be 18 on Friday,
will be tried as
an adult, Boyd
Police also ar-
rested Joseph
K. Simmons,
also 17, in con-
nection with the
shooting and he
too will be tried
as an adult be-
cause of a prior
arrest on eight GIB
counts of rob-
bery with a firearm, Boyd
A third suspect was still
on the loose, Boyd said.
Gibson said she was out-
raged that the suspects
were under the age of 18
but, put it in a larger con-
text than just a Miami Gar-
dens incident.
""What's going on in Mi-
ami Gardens is systematic
of what is going on overall


in society. You hear about
these things everywhere,"
Gibson said. "The city of
Miami Gardens has felt the
impact of violent crimes and
particular, violent crimes
committed by juvenile of-
Gibson called
on parents to
continuee to take
active approach
in their chil-
dren's lives."
The mayor said,
. police informed
_'"' her that since
'i.' January 2008,
624 youths aged
16 tol8 had been
ON arrested in the
city. Several of
them were held
in connection with violent
felonies such as attempted
murder, aggravated assault
and robbery, the mayor
Yet, City Manager Danny
Crew said that crime overall
had decreased by 20 per-
Official displeasure cen-
tered on the fact that D-
Shays was venue for an un-

authorized party, with Boyd
saying the "banquet hall
is only supposed to host
meetings but there is to be
no form of entertainment."
Gibson said that the hall
had been cited in the past.
"The city of Miami Gar-
dens has and will continue
to take an aggressive stand
in violation of our codes
and zoning ordinance," she
Boyd said police were
launching an investigation
of venues around the city to
ensure they are complying
with city codes. Those in
violation will be cited, said
Since then, the Miami
Gardens police joined with
their code enforcement
and The Bashment Center,
18400 NW Second Ave; D-
Shays, 17880 NW Second
Ave; and Champion Ban-
quet Hall, 20702- NW Sec-
ond Ave. have been closed
"A lot of these businesses
closed down because they
realized that they could not
operate as banquet halls,"
said Boyd.

Cellphone users cut back on contracts during recession

on average. Monthly
prepaid plans start at
about $10 a month.
Only about 17% of
U.S. cellphone con-

surfers'-'currently use
prepaid, but the fig-
ure is "creeping up" by
a percentage point or'
two a quarter, thanks
to the recession, says
Roger Entner, head of

telecom research for
Outside the USA,
prepaid is far more
popular, representing

30% to 80% of users.
Prepaid products
are a lot less profit-
able than contract-
based services, Ent-
ner notes. That's why
big carriers tend to

not push prepaid too
hard, he says. "They
barely break even on
prepaid" products.
Contract services can
have profit margins of
The U.S. trend to-
ward prepaid has been
picking up steam for
a while, but the New
Millennium study is
among the first to at-
tempt to quantify it.
Potentially chilling
for U.S. cellphone car-
riers: 19% of consum-
ers who don't have a
cellphone report that
they,,, have discontin-
ued wireless service
in the past six months
because of job loss or
other financial con-
cerns, the study says.
"The change in
thinking and purchas-
es is clearly already

taking place, and has
been for months,"
says Graham 'Hueber,
a senior researcher
at the Opinion Re-
search Center, which
surveyed 2,005 con-
sumers on behalf of

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Report says FIU medical school will have
major economic impact on the state

Special to The Miami Times

*The new College of
Medicine at Florida In-
ternational University
will generate 66,000
jobs and have an an-
nual economic impact
of more than $8.9 bil-
lion within 16 years,
according -to estimates
cited in an FIU sta-
teThe College of Medi-
cine, a center piece of
a new Academic Health
MME"M- .. ;.

IRC. Results have Sciences Center at FIU,
margin of error of 2 promises to transform
centage points. healthcare and the lo-
)ther findings: cal economy, accord-
Nearly one in five ing to an economic im-1
isumers who have pact study conducted
paid plans say they by Tripp Umbach, the
re switched from a statement said.
tract in the past The college will ac-
months because of cept its first class this
ession-related con- August but it already
ns. ', ,. has an annual:' eco-
mn-iong "those 'who nomic impact of more
likely to cut back than $1'- 'irillion in
wireless, 44% are South Florida and has
34; 54% are in already created about
iseholds with in- 200 jobs, mostly high-
nes of $35,000 a paying professional po-
r or less; 55% are sitions.
ican American. "This medical school.
is the kind of long-
term, sustainable eco-
nomic engine South
SFlorida needs. at a time
when jobs are disap-
pearing daily," said FIU
l o President Modesto A.
-- Maidique.
"- With the coming of
the college, Miami is
now among a handful
of cities with more than
one medical school, the
other being the Univer-
sity of Miami School of
The Academic Health
Sciences Center, of
which the college is
'a part, will house a
branch of the Florida
Department of Health,
an ambulatory, care
center, the College of
Nursing and Health
Sciences and other
health-related pro-
The FIU statement
said the college will
make increasingly
larger i economic con-
tributions by contrib-
uting to healthcare

cost savings through
community health im-
provement initiatives
, increasing local and
state tax revenues and
generating growth in
the biomedical indus-
"Academic health
sciences centers are
powerful economic
forces everywhere.
However, we find that
the FIU College of Med-
icine is unique in that

it is more focused on
healthcare cost savings
than any other school
in the country," said
Paul Umbach, founder
and president of Tripp
Umbach. "The eco-
nomic contributions of
this enterprise will be
far-reaching, and will
include savings to tax-
payers and employers
in the' form of reduced
hethficare- premiumis."
Initiatives cited in
the statement include
is an innovative pro-
gram that we believe
one day will be adopt-
ed throughout Florida
and the nation," said
College of Medicine
Founding Dean John
Rock. "We are revolu-
tionizing medicine and
in the process creating
a significant economic
As an example, FIU
says educating women
about the benefits of
folic acid could result
in the prevention, of
spina bifida cases: One
fewer case of spina bi-
fida represents savings
of more than $1 million
in lifelong healthcare
spending. If Neighbor-
hoodHelp is replicated
throughout the state,
it could reduce health-
care costs by two per-
cent,.or $1.86 billion in
annual savings for the
The College of Medi-
cine will be located .in
the northeast corner of
FIU's University Park
Campus in west Mi-

plans to save

By Leslie Cauley

More than 60 million
consumers are poised
to dump their cell-
phone contracts and
pare back on "extras,"
such as textirig and
mobile Web access, a
new survey shows.
The study. released
by New Millennium-
Research Council,
finds that two, out of
five Americans with'
cellphone contracts,
or 39%,' are' likely to
cut back on wireless
service if the recession
deepens over the next
six.months. .,
About 19 million
consumers rep-'
resenting one in five

cellphone users who
have extra features -
have actually cut back
of have considered do-
ing so in the past six
"The true era of cell-
phone penny-pinching
is here," says scholar
Allen Hepner at the
Washington, D.C.-
based think tank. The
group accepts fund-
ing from a variety of
sources, including
To save money,
many consumers may
wind up switching to
prepaid plans, which
tend to be cheaper, he
says. Cellphone users
with contracts spend
about $60 a month,

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101 N.E. 78th Street
Three bdrms, one bath, $925,
nice and clean, laundry room,
parking. Section 8 OK!

1118 N.W. 1st Court
Move In Special. One bdrm,
one bath, $525. Stove, refrig-
erator, air. 305-642-7080

1130 N.W. 80 St
One bdrm, living, dining. $375
mthly. 305-720-8222

1150 N.W. 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1212 N.W. 1st Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $500.
Stove; refrigerator, air.

1215 N.W. 103rd Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667.

12400 N.E. 12th Court
Newly renovated, one be-
doom, one bath. Laundry
room. Section 8 ok! $675
mthly. No security!
305-498-2266, 954-549-0239

13130 N.W. 30th Avenue
Newly remodeled, spacious,
one bdrm, one bath, washer,
and dryer, tiled. Section 8 wel-
comed. $795 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567

1.326 N.W. 1st Place
Very clean, one bedroom,
one bath, $425/month,

1331 Sharizard Blvd.
One bedroom. Section 8 ok!
No deposit for Section 8!

140 N.W. 13th Street
One month to move in, two
bedrooms, one bath, $525.

14100 N.W. 6th Court
.Huge one bdrm, one bath,,
. with air, in quiet area, $700/
month! 305-213-5013

15201 Memorial Hwy.
One bedroom, one .bath.
$800. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

1530 N.W 84th Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
8 ok! 786-715-1991.

18550 N.W. 38th Court
Very beautiful spacious stu-
dio, brand new refrigerator
and stove, utilities and cable
included. Private entrance.
Section 8 Ok.

1950 N.W. 2nd Court
One bedroom, very nice. Call

1955 N.W. 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. ,305-642-7080

1969 N.W. 2 Court
Move In 'Special. One bed-
room, one bath,$550. Stove,
refrigerator, air. Free water.

200 N.W. 13th Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

20380 N.W. 7th Avenue
Twa bdrm, two bath, 305-

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath $475.

2121 NwE. 167 STREET
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Appliances, free water.

2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013.

245 N.W. 48 Street
Two bdrm. apartment, -air.
$700 month, 305-754-3847

3051 N.W. 134th Street'
Section 8 welcomed. Newly
remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, central air, washer and
dryer included. New kitchen,
bath, and refrigerator. $980
monthly. 954- 557-4567

3186 N.W. 135th Street
One bdm, one bath, $650
monthly, call 954-704-0094.

3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013

361 N.W. 7th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$650/month, $200 deposit.

4651 N.W. 32nd Avenue
Cozy, one bdrm, $470 mthly.
305-469-9698 after 4 p.m.

50th Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly!2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699.

5755 N.W. 7th Avenue
Large one bedroom, parking.
$625 monthly. $1000 to move
in. Call 954-394-7562.

6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One bed-
room, $485 monthly, window
bars and iron gate doors. Free
water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N W 50 Street or call

783 N.W. 80 Street
One bedroom, one bath.

8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776

8955 N.E. 2nd AVENUE
Two bedroom, two bathroom,
$1000 monthly, security bars,
air. Section 8 welcome.

925 N.W. 69 St
Two bedrooms. Section 8OK.
$775, first and last.,
305-546-2080, 786-346-0656

One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free wa-
ter, window bars and iron gate
doors. Apply at:
2651' NW 50 Street or call

New, one, two, and four
bdrms. Section 8 Welcomed!
Call 786-355-5665.

Move in with first months rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, and three bedrooms, air,
appliances, laundry and gate.
From $400. 1601 NW 1st
Court. 305-374-4412.'

Overtown, Liberty City, Opa
Locka, Brownsville Apart-
ments, Duplexes, Houses.
One two and three bed- '
rooms. Same day approval.
For information/Specials

3669 Thomas AVenue
One bdrm $525, stove, refrig-
erator, air, 305-642-7080.

New Rental Community
1325/1415 NW 18th Drive
Pompano Beach ,

Beautiful One, Two, Three
and Four Bedroom Apts.
Starting at $750 monthly
Washer/Dryer Available
Fitness Center
Computer Room
Sparkling Pool and
Children's Playground

*Income restrictions apply
Rent subject to change

Rent Special!!! All ap-
plications accepted. easy
qualify. One bedrm, one
bath $495 ($795). Two
bdrm, one bath $ 595
($895). FREE WATER!
Leonard 786-236-1144

MIAMI Now Pre Leasing

A Rental Community
For Seniors 55 Plus
Friendship Towers Apts.
1550 N.W. 36 Street
Miami, FL 33142

Affordable one, and two
bedrooms. Starting at $633
For leasing information
Pinnacle View.Apartment
225 N.E. 28 Street
Miami, FL 33137

Call: 305-573-9201

-Income Restriction Apply

-Prices Subject to Change

Spacious, one, two bdrm.

Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines. Call

MIAMI Now Pre Leasing
A Rental Community
Pinnacle Square Apts.
8300 N.E. 1 Place
Miami, FL 33138
Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $632
For leasing information
Pinnacle View Apartment
225 N.E. 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137
Call: 305-573-9201
-Income Restrictions-

13170 Aswan Road
2125 NW-36th Street
750 NW 56th Street
15600 NW 7th Avenue
Nice Efficiencies, One and
two bdrms,
Tile floors, Gated Parking,
Water & Gas Included,
Section 8 OK, $500-$825
m th ly. .. .. 1 "

N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.

N.W. 2 Ave. and 63 St.
Clean, secure,, area, one
bdrm, one bath, $650 mthly.

NO DEPOSIT with Section 8.
Two and one bedroom Apts.

One bdrm, waterfront, $675.
Three bdrm, $1175. 786-
316-8373, 305-456-6883,

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice, two bdrms, air, window
shades, appliances. Free hot
water. Tenant pays for cold
water. $470 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811.

1257 N.W. 61 street'
Renovated, two bdrm, two
bath, water included, section
8 only, $900/month. Move in
with only $5001 -
13190. Aswan Road -
Renovated, one Bed, one
bath, 800 monthly, 'move in
with only $500 78.6-229-6561

.4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down secu-
rity doors. Outside lighting.
$950 monthly, $950 Security
Deposit. Call 305-638-3699.

15978 N.W. 27th Avenue
Great for early morning and
afternoon church services.
Monday thru Friday, can be
used for dance rehearsal, ka-
rate, and afternoon classes.
For more info, contact Rev.
William Clark 305-788-6269
or Dea. Paul Spencer

21030 N.W. 39th Avenue
Remodeled, four bdrm, two
bath, $1250/month, $2850 to
move, Section 8 okl



Bautiful Biscayne Bay
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, newly renovated.
Section 8 OK. 786-291-7814

Two bdrms, two bath, first
floor corner unit, very nice,
$1000/month. First and last
needed to move in. Monte
Rey Condos. Contact Mrs.
Payne 305-625-3957.,

1001 N.W. 84th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, all ap-
pliances, air. 305-305-4665

1100 N. W. 100 Terrace
Two bdrms., one bath, air,
$1075 monthly. 305-804-6960

1140 N.W. 114 Street
Extra large two bedrooms,
one bath, eat in kitchen,
washer/dryer hookup. $875
monthly. 305-541-2855

145 N.W. 68 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$625. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

15 Ave N.W. 55 Ter
Nice, two bdrms, central air.
Section 8 and HOPA. 954-
392-0070, 786-285-1197

165 N.E. 65th Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
8 or Miami City welcomed!

1720 N.E. 148th Street
Two bdrm, one bath, air,
washer and dryer. $900. 786-

1815 N.W. 41 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. First, last and
$500 security to move in.
Section 8 welcome.

2427 N.W. 104 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-751-6720, 305-331-3899

247 N. E. 77 Street ,
One bedroom, one bath, re-
modeled, water, garbage,
parking is free. ,$750 monthly
Plus security deposit. Section
8 Welcome. 786-216-7533.

2480 N.W. 61st Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$950/month, call Bryant at

263 N.E. 58 Ter.
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths, brand new, central
air. All bedrooms with large
walk in closets, laundry room.
$1475 monthly.
Don 305-793-0002

2745 N.W. 47th STREET
,Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, central air, tiled floors,
new kitchen cabinets, fenced
. yard, easy expressway ac-
cess. Section 8 welcome.
$1150 monthly. 786-337-2058
or 786-412-2149

2840 N.W. 135th Street
Remodeled large one bdrm,
one bath, air, yard, all utilities
included. $600 mthly. First
and last to move in. Section
8 Welcome. 786-853-8313

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.

324 N.E. 56 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths..
$925. 305-642-7080

/3621 N.W. 23rd Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$950/month, Section 8 wel-
comed! 786-258-1843

3623 N.W. 194th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two bath,
$1400/month, Section 8 wel-
comed! 305-761-5256

4837 N.W. 15 Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

5419 N.W. 1 Court
One bdrm, air, security bars,
fenced. Section 8 Ok. $700.
305-215-0508, 786-319-6337

542 N.W. 60th Street
Three bedrooms, two bath,
central air, $1100/month.
First, last, and $300 sec. dep.

5420 N.W. 7th Court
SOne bdrm, one bath, $800/
month, water and electric
included. Call 305-267-9449

5528 N.W. 4th Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, new appliances, free
water. Section 8 ok!

574 N.E. 65 Street

Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1000 mthly, $600 Se-
curity Deposit. 786-488-2264

6033 N.E. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. $595.
Free Water. 305-642-7080

6109 S.W. 63 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $700.


63 N.W 169th Street BROWNSVILLE AREA 7805 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bdrm, two bath, central Very clean rooms, Must be Small two bedroom, one
air, fully tiled, Section 8 ok! employed! Call 786-357- bath, $600/month, $1200/
$1000/month. 786-486-7283 4002. move in. 305-479-3632

730 N. W. 143 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. Call 786-

7770 N.W. 9th Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, drive
in entrance, Section 8 only.

779 N.W. 78th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$680/month, central air, ap-
pliances and water included.

7912 N.W. 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile and carpet, fenced yard.
Section 8 Welcome. $975,
water included. Others avail-
able. 305-389-4011

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms, Section 8 ok!
Call 305-754-7776

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath
duplex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $595 monthly, $595
security deposit, $1190 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at
3737 Charles Terrace

Located Near 90th Street
and 27nd Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
light, water, and air included.
Call 305-693-9486.

Nice, one bdrm, one bath, tri-
plex apt, quiet neighborhood,
$695/mth. Section 8 okI NC
RLTY 305-710-8915.
226 N.W. 63rd Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
central air, Section 8 ok!

18102 N.W. 8th Avenue
Efficiency for rent.
305-655-1047, 786-260-2275

338 N.E. 82nd Terrace
Nice, $525 mthly utilities in-
cluded. References required.
Drive-by. 305-754-5728

80 N.W. 53rd Street.
Efficiency $700 mthily,' utili-
ties included. $1000 to move
in. Woody, 305-898-2698.

8th Ave N.W. 96 Street
Water, and appliances includ-
ed. $525. 386-338-5618

720 N.W. 75 Street. Best
Rooms in Town, $224 bi-wkly,
plus security $150. Efficiency,
jacuzzi, $700 plus $300 secu-
rity. Near bus line, grocery
store across the street.

Close to public transporta-
tion, $475 monthly, 305-770-

Furp. Eating kitchen, central
air, cable, parking, utilities
included. 305-761-9721

-" av~itabla C'al1$5-69I .

1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1775 N.W. 151st Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable t.v., air and
heat. Two locations.'
Call 954-678-8996

1877 N.W. 59th Street
Clean room, air, tile, half
bath. $400 mthly.

1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-637-9359 or 305-

19620 N.W. 31st Avenue
$120/week, $240 to move in,
air, cable. Call 305-310-5272.

2033 N.W. 43rd Street
Room or Share apt. Nicely
furnished 786-290-0946.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly. 786-277-3434,

5500 N.W. 5th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486

6849 N.W. 15th Avenue
Nice room, utilities included.
Move in immediately. $110
weekly, $220 moves you
in.Call 786-277-2693.

8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call


Furnished rooms for rent.
305-528-3716, 305-625-3081

N.W. Area. $125 weekly.

Furnished rooms. $350 to
move in. $110 weekly.
Call 305-335-9463.

'Air, cable, and kitchen
privileges. 305-962-8157

Nicely furnished room with
private entrance. Call 9 a.m.
to 10 p.m. 786-312-5781

One room, central air and
appliances, $125 weekly,

Nice room with privileges like
home, responsible person
preferred. Call 305-696-2451.

Bed, bath and meal, $15
nightly. 786-306-4186

12325 N.W. 21st Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
also efficiency.
Call 954-607-9137

13140 N.W. 18th Avenue
Nice like a palace! Three bed-
rooms, one bath.
786-344-9560, 305-688-0600

1712 N.W. 66 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 954-914-9166

17401 N.W. 37th Court.
Three bdrm, two bath, $1100/
month. Call 305-267-9449

1758 N.E. 174 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950. 305-642-7080

1784 N.W. 46th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
washer and dryer. $1050/
month. First, last, and secu,
rity. 305-244-6952 4O

.. 1785 N.W. 43rd Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. 305-267-9449

2330 N.W. 97th St. Rear
One bdrm, private area,
$860/month, $500 security.

2357 N.W. 81 Street
Two bedrooms. Lights and
water included, $825. Large
fenced yard. 3.05-300-0544

2441 N.W. 154 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tile. $1500 mthly.

2485 N.W. 55th TERRACE
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, new kitchen, new.
bathroom, tiled floors. $975
monthly: Section 8 welcome.

2555 N.W. 158th St.
Newly renovated three bdrm,
one bath, air, near buses,
shops, and schools. $1400
mthly. Section 8 okay!

2725 N.W. 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200. Central air,

28 Ave. N.W. 204 Lane
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths, air. Section 8 and
HOPWA OK. 954-392-0070

284 N.W. 75 St
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$975. 404-861-1965

3045 N.W. 68th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Ok. 954-704-0094

3824 N.W. 213th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$950 monthly. 305-267-9449

565 N.E. 131 Street
North Miami. One bedroom,
house in rear, tile floors, nice
and clean. $750 mthly. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. 786-326-

5962 N.W. 3rd AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, large fenced yard, near
schools and design district.
First, last and $400 security.

640 N.W. 6 Ct. Hallandale
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK!. 786-263-1590

7 N.E. 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950. Free Water.

705 N.W. 133 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1156 mthly Section 8 OK!

8025 N.W. 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. 305-642-7080

Three bedrooms, two baths,
near schools. $1400/month,
first, last and security.

Five bedrooms, two bath,
Section 8 welcomed!

Beautiful custom three bdrms,
one bath, family room, appli-
ances, air, heat, washer, dry-
er, shutters, covered driveway
and more. $1400 mthly,"first,
last and security.

Charming two bedrooms, one
bath, large bonus room, pool
centrally located. $1200
monthly. Call 305-319-9830

Three bdrms, one bath or two
bdrms, one bath. Section'8
OK. 305-621-7551

Nice three bedrooms. $1100
monthly. Section 8 OK.

Northwest Area
Two, three, four and five bed-
rooms. Section 8 OK.

Three bdrm, one bath, air,
Section 8 welcomed!

Three bedrooms, two baths,
carport, fenced. near schools.
Section 8. 305-829-362

2441 N.W. 182 TERR
Three bedrooms, two
baths, near schools.

Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200 mthly.
1-800-242-0363 ext. 3644

$400 monthly, $750 moves
you in, includes, water, air,
electricity. 305-303-6757

1001 N.W. 95th Street
30 seat restaurant for sale.
Turn key operation, com-
pletely furnished. Owner mo-
tivated. $299K. NDI Realtors

5419 N.W. 1 Court
One bdrm, one bath on each .
side. $185,000.
305-215-0508, 786-319-6337

2455 N.W. 87th Street
Handyman Special! Three
bdrm, one bath. Needs some
renovations. $89K. NDI Real-
tors 305-655-1700.

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Air-conditioning, big screen
and plasma TV's, and resi-
dential electronic wiring. We
come to you! Call HVAC
Solutions 786-346-8225.

Plumbing, electrical, appl.,
roof, air, 786-273-1130..

Washer, dryers, stoves,
refrigerators, water heaters.
Joel. Cell 305-244-8948 or

Need a. hardworking, live-in
caregiver for 97 yr. indepen-
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current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
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St. John Institutional
Missionary Baptist
in Overtown

Currently searching for a
Senior Pastor

To Apply

Qualified applicants must
submit the following:

A current resume

Verification of educational
background (may include
an unofficial transcript,
copy of degree or other

Verification of religious
seminary training

Copy of ministerial license,
ordination and training

DVD, CD, or cassette
recording of a previous
sermon at least
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Additional documenta-
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finalists, but will not be
accepted at this time.

Application packets and
supporting data will not
be returned and must be
postmarked no later than
May 3, 2009. Submit
completed application
package to:
Attention: Pastoral Search
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Miami, Florida 33101

Part-time positions avail-
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and Friday.
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Millionaires' audit chances fell 36% last year

By Sandra Block

IRS audits of tax-
payers with income
of $1 million or more
declined by more than
a third last year, de-
spite the agency's
claims that it stepped
up scrutiny of wealthy
taxpayers, a new study
Audits of wealthy
taxpayers dropped
at least 36% in fis-
cal 2008 from 2007,
according to a report
released today by the
Transactional Records
Access Clearinghouse.,
TRAC is a research
group affiliated with
Syracuse University.
The drop in audits
affected returns filed
by taxpayers who
earned income at the
'height of the real es-

tate boom, before :the
economy turned sour,
the report said.
In December, the IRS
acknowledged that au-
dits of wealthy taxpay-
ers fell in 2008 but said
the decline was' much
lower. In fiscal 2008,
the IRS said, wealthy
taxpayers had a 5.6%
chance of being au-
dited, down from 6.8%
a year' earlier. The IRS
attributed the 19% de-
cline to a drop in en-
forcement staff from
the year before. Also,
the IRS said, it had to
divert staff to handle
billions of dollars in
stimulus checks..
TRAC said recently
published IRS data
suggest that wealthy
taxpayers had just- a
4.4% chance, of being
audited in fiscal 2008.

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Allied Aviation Fueling of Miami, Inc.
Miami International Airport Fuel Facility
Petroleum Contact Water (PCW) Disposal

Allied Aviation is requesting bids for disposal of petroleum contact water (PCW
from Allied's Fuel Facilities at MIA. Contractor shall be responsible for the haul-
ing, transport, carriage, and disposal of the PCW and retention of records per-
taining to such PCW, in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations
of any federal., state or local government authority having jurisdiction over the

Quoted disposal price per gallon shall be good for a contract term of one (1)
year with a 2-year option to renew. Submittals should also include proof of all,
required'licenses or permits to perform this service within Miami-Dade County.
A copy of the terms of the contract can be obtained by contacting:
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Only submittals received on or before 12 Noon on April 10, 2009 will he consid-
ered. Allied Aviation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all submittals
in pan or whole.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT at the January 29, 2009 Miami City
Commission meeting, the City Commission, per Resolution 09-0050, changed
the City Commission meeting date' originally scheduled for April 9, 2009.

The City Commission meeting originally scheduled for April 9, 2009 will
now take place on April 2, 2009. The meeting will commence at 9:00 a.m.
in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, which' is located at 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida.

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



As required by Section 255.20, Florida Statutes, and in accordance with
Section 18-85 (a) of the City Code of the City of Miami, the City Commission
of the City of Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, will conduct a public hearing
in the Commission Chambers of Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, Florida, on Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 9 a.m., to consider whether it is
practical or advantageous and in the public's best interest to waive competitive
sealed bids in connection with the construction of additional restroom capacity,
generator, site lighting and a fire alarm 'system and the installation of other
life safety equipment required by the City of Miami Building.Department
for the renovation of the Bayfront Park Amphitheater (the "Amphitheater
Improvements") located at 301 North Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida
33132 and authorize the award of the Amphitheater,lmprovements to HITT
Contracting, Inc., an appropriately licensed contractor uniquely qualified to
undertake the Amphitheater Improvements because HITT Contracting, Inc.
is currently under contract at an adjacent area of Bayfront Park to perform
work affiliated with the Amphitheater at Bayfront Park per F.S. 255.20. The
Amphitheater Improvements are estimated to cost $500,000 to be funded by
The Bayfront Park Management Trust. The Amphitheater Improvements are
located at the Amphitheater at Bayfront Park.
The City Manager will present written findings to the City Commission which
shall contain reasons supporting the conclusion that competitive sealed bidding
is not practicable or advantageous to the City, which findings must be ratified
and the contract award approved by an affirmative vote of four-fifths 4/51h of the
City Commission.

All interested parties may appear and be heard at the time and place

Persons who decide to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with
respect to any matter considered at its meeting or hearing, will need a record
of the proceedings. Such persons may need to ensure that a verbatim record
of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is based.

The City of Miami provides equal access and equal opportunity and does not
discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs or services. For material
in alternate format, a sign language interpreter or other accommodation, please
call (305) 250-5360.
Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


YIniD CO! II 1 B1I 1


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



Detailed specifications for this bid are available at the City of Miami, Purchas-
ing Department, website at Telephone No.

Deadline for Request forClarification: Wednesday. April 1 2009 AT 5:00 P.M.


Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager

AD NO. 11902


A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on April 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:


All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning these
items. Should any person' desire to appeal any decision 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 any appeal may be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact
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 fo the proceeding.

Priscilla Thompson, CMC
City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the Commission of the City of Miami, Florida, on
April 2, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:


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

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact
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.

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City Clerk

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Home sales up 5.1% in U.S.

Sales of existing
homes jumped 15.6
percent in the North-
east last month, ac-
cording to a new report
from the National As-
sociation of Realtors.
On a national level,
existing home sales
were up 5.1 percent in
February, the report
But sales in the
Northeast are still soft
-- more than 15 per-
cent lower than Febru-

ary 2008.
More than 40 percent
of sales in February
across the nation were
of foreclosed proper-
ties, or properties in
default that were be-
ing sold for less than
the mortgage balance.
Most of the sales na-
tionally were concen-
trated, at the bottom
of the price ladder. Be-
cause more expensive
homes aren't selling as
well, the sales records

continue to show drop-
ping median prices.
The median price
in the Northeast was
$251,200 down 4.8
percent from a year
Across the country,
sales in the Midwest
were up 1 percent
in February, still 14
percent lower than
last year. The medi-
an price in the Mid-,
west was $131,000,
which is 7.8 percent

lower than February
In the South, exist-
ing home sales were
up 6.1 percent last
month, but remain
11.2 percent behind
February 2008. The
median price in the
South was $146,700,
still 7.8 percent lower
than the same period
last year.
And in the West,
there was a 2.6 per-
cent increase in ex-

isting-home sales last
month, which remain
30 percent higher
than a year ago. The
median price in the
West of $204,600 is
still more than 30
percent lower than
February 2008.
According to Na-
tional Association of
Realtors chief econo-
mist Lawrence Yun,
half of all homes sold
last month went to
first-time buyers.

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Memphis businessman named the top performer

among 17,000 John Hancock representatives

Miami Times staff Report

Laurence V. Plummer
Sr., founder and CEO of
Plummer Financial Ser-
vices in Memphis, has

the award is designated
for the individual who!
is the top producer in
the world for new sales
The award also re-

ning awards but work-
ing for his clients and
doing what is right and
maintaining his good
.Building relation-
ships with his clients
and 'keeping them fo-
cused on their long-
term financial goals
can be attributed to
the overwhelming suc-
cess of his company, he
said. .
That company, Plum-

mer Financial Services,
has more than 5,000
clients, including pro-
fessional athletes, cor-
porate executives, doc-
tors, lawyers, pastors,
and recording artists.
In 1998, the
Connecticut native was
inducted into Life Mem-
bership in the John
Hancock Financial
Network President's
Cabinet, which re-
quires top performance

for 10 years. He is the
only Black to earn that
distinction with John
In 1999, he was in-
ducted into the Chair-
man's Council, an
honor that goes to the
top performers in the
Only nine. people
qualified for the Coun-
cil in that year, with
Plummer the only
Black among them.

flects the company's
belief that sales excel-
lence is a reflection
of the level of profes-
sionalism, respect, in-
tegrity, and real value
delivered to clients -ev-
eryday,: the statement
"I have won every-
thing I could win with
John Hancock," Plum-
mer said of his 20 years
with the company. "I
have achieved every
major award the com-
pany offers. Winning
this award is like win-
ning the Grammy."
But Plummer said in
the statement that his
main focus is not win-

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ida, on April 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM at Miami.City Hall, 3500 Pan-American Drive,
Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the following:


All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning such
proposed acquisition. Should any person desire to appeal any decision 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.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact
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
City Clerk

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A public hearing will be held by the Commission of the City of Miami, Florida, on
April 2, 2009 at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida for the purpose of hearing objections from
any interested parties affected by the proposed Amendment to Section 54-190
of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended, entitled "Nonstandard
Street Widths" by reducing the zoned street width of North Miami Avenue
between North 1111 Terrace and North 14th Street from ninety-five (95) feet to
seventy (70) feet.

All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
reduction in zoned right-of-way width. Should any person desire to appeal any
decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, that person shall ensure that a verbatim records of the proceedings
is made including all testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact 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
City Clerk



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Landscaping Maintenance Attendant

The Liberty City Trust is seeking a. Landscaping
Maintenance Attendant to perform general land-
scaping and cleaning duties for four (4) parking lots
in the City of Miami such as mowing the lawn, trim-
ming, edging, weeding, removal of debris.

The person selected must (1) live in the commu-
nity, and (2) have vehicle and lawn maintenance
equipment and have a minimum of 6 months ex-

Please fax your resume to Iris Hudson at (305)


The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will
hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, March 31, 2009
at 4:00 PM. at the William M. Lehman MDX Build-
ing, 3790 N.W. 21st Street, Miami, FL 33142. At-
tendance by MDX Board Members or members of
the public may be in person or via tele-conference
(Land line connections only, no cellular phones). If
a person decides to appeal any decision made by
any board, agency or commission with respect to
any matter considered at its monthly Board meet-
ing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including the
testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
based. All MDX meeting locations comply with ap-
plicable requirements of the American with Disabil-
ities Act. Auxiliary aids or services will be provided
upon request with at least five (5) days notice prior
to the proceedings. If hearing impaired, telephone
* the Florida Relay Service Numbers (800)955-8771
(TDD) or (800)955-8770 (Voice), for assistance.
MDX invites all interested parties to attend. For
further information, including information on atten-
dance by telephone, please visit www.mdx-way.
com or contact:

Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Attention: Maria Luisa Navia Lobo
3790 N.W. 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
(305) 637-3277

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than 90 percent of
that amount going to
businesses owned and
controlled by others,
it is no surprise that
turning a significant
portion of that money
inward to Black busi-
nesses is frightening to
the establishment.
Because Black peo-
ple have been looked
upon and, in many
cases, conducted our-
selves as mere con-
sumers, rather than
producers, any effort
put forth since 1964
(Integration) has been
But whose fault is
that? If we would take
more control of our
dollars, by making
them have some sense,
it would not matter'
who said what about
our efforts to leverage
our collective income
into real wealth in our

As I noted in my in-
terview with Mr. Ted
Gregory, writer for the
Chicago .Tribune, re-
garding the Ebony Ex-
periment, this is not
the first effort of. its
kind but it is unique
in its experimental as-
It could also. be
unique in its sacrificial
aspects, in that the
Anderson family has
to drive long distances
to make many of their
purchases from Black
businesses. Prior to
integration, we did ex-
actly what we are try-
ing to get back to to-
day. There were Black
cooperative buying
programs, Buy Black
Campaigns, Double-
Duty Dollar campaigns
and other initiatives
that brought Black
consumers and busi-
ness owners together
in support of one an-

Sessions planned

continued from 5D

report must be
completed by an
engineer licensed and
registered in Florida
and submitted to
the Zoning Permits/
Inspections Section of
the department.
Planning and
Zoning staff will
review the report and
determine whether it
is acceptable. If it is
accepted, the report
will have to be recorded
with the Clerk of the

Courts and returned to
the department before
a Certificate of Use can
be issued.
Three informational
sessions on the issue
were slated; the two
remaining ones will
be held 10 to 11:30
a.m. March 30 and
April 20 at the Miami-
Dade Permitting and
Inspection Center,
11805 SW 26th St.
For more
information, call Ralph
or log on to www.


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

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

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



By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools


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