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Top from left (the founders of the gang): Jereml Chaplin (Shasta)
11/1/86, Courtney Frierson (Chicago) 3/20/90, Reginald Lewis (Smoke)
1/11/86, Antonio Williams (Tiger) 8/7/88, Bottom from left: Vincent
Byrd (PoppaV) 8/10/85, Darien Flowers (D) 3/20/90, and Sharodd
Mitchell (Ville) 1/19/89. The hand sign is also shown above. The
names, nicknames and dates of birth are Included.
The 103rd Street Certified Head Bustas (CHB) organ-
ization found themselves without a leader when the top
seven members were arrested under the state's racket-
eering act. The group of 36 members started while they
were students at Forest High School. It is estimated
that they are responsible for 204 felonies and 221 mis-
demeanors since 2004. All of their activities have been
Jacksonville See A-7
Jacksonville Police Officer
Used Own Rules on Human
When Dennis Wade, a Jacksonville
Human Rights Commissioner who
also is on the Executive Committee of
the NAACP and works at The Florida
Star was attending commencement
exercises at Edward Waters College,
he left the auditorium to move his car.
When he returned, Jacksonville Sheriff
Dennis Wade Officer Lucius Thompson refused to
allow him back into the facility, would
not let him explain that he had a seat and people waiting but
grabbed the door with one hand and pushed Mr. Wade with
the other, yelling, "You can't come in here."
When Wade saw another door open and a young woman
entering, he attempted to go in also but Officer Thompson
again stopped him, grabbed his shirt and right arm, twisting
it behind his back and out of the building as he yelled.
This caused Mr. Wade great concern as a commissioner,
NAACP member and Florida Star staffer, who is normally
well dressed. If he is treated this way, Jax See A-7
Mayor, TV Station GM
and Owner Passes
by Clara McLaughlin
Many knew Frank Melton as
mayor of Mississippi's largest city
1 who went on trial because of his
strong steps to stop the drugs and
violence in Jackson. I knew him as
a man from Houston, Texas whose
father was one of the first black
members of Houston Independent
School Board. Frank believed in
education and reaching high levels.
Mayor Frank Melton,60 I met him when my publisher had
me on a book tour and I was sent to
Channel 7 in Tyler, Texas for radio and TV interviews.
When I got off the air at the TV station, I was introduced to
the station's manager, who was Frank Melton. I was sur-
prised to see a Black station manager in Texas in the late
seventies but, there he was, and very cordial. Since he was
the first and only Black TV station manager I had met in my
many travels, when I decided I wanted to build a television
station in Longview, TX, I called Frank. Even though I was
going to be his competition, he helped me including provid-
ing guidelines in getting my CBS affiliate on the cable sys-
tem. His stations were ABC and NBC affiliates.
He eventually owned the Tyler Mayor- Continued A-7
Jacksonville on Roll to
Clear Out Racketeers
NASCAR DRIVER READY
BET has teamed up with NASCAR with the hope of attract-
ing more Blacks to the sport. An all-new reality-based
show will start in 2010. Michael Cherry, shown above, will
be one of the drivers featured in the show, "Changing
TV Falls, Kills 4-Year Old
Dymounique Wilson decided
Wednesday that she wanted to read her
favorite book after her mother dozed
off for a very short period. The book
was on top of the TV. It appears, said
S investigators, that when the 4-year-old
Dymounique reached on top of the TV it fell on her,
Wilson, 4 crushed her, thereby causing her death.
Is our Senator
Florida State Senator
Anthony "Tony" Hill
Come on Mom, It's Y
Mothers are genuine
Teaching their children
Honesty in living and
Blessed with her boys and
girls, equal in sharing.
She renders all she has
Through thick and thin
For better or worst
Even when there is no
Mothers are one of a kind _
Florida Black Media Owners Made
Progress for Minority Businesses
The Florida Association of Black Owned Media, Inc.
met with Governor Crist and CEO Torrey Alston in
Tallahassee and made a few requests. One was to
change the certification requirements on minorities to
make it comparable to that of other certified Florida
Today, the owners were notified that the new Terms of
Use for MyFloridaMarketPlace vendors has been
revised, effective April 28, .2009.
The previous included three separate agreements. The
new agreements have now been combined and are more
simple and more vendor-friendly.
Detroit's New Mayor
Citizens of Detroit, Michigan
elected a new mayor this week after
the many scandals of the former
mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick.
SWhat is surprising is that Bing won
over the interim mayor Ken Cockrel
while the city is continuing to watch
Dave Bing .
its population drop from over 2 mil-
lion in the 1950's to the present population of
Bing is a NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur.
When in discussion \\ith Pnceless
Senator Hill about the possi- t Cse IIliamn.
ability of him leaving
Jacksonville to become the Ambassador of Bermuda, he can only say, that it would be nice but he has not been
notified of the appointment yet.
Senator Hill was one of the first elected officials from Florida to support President Obama and many feel he will
get the position. Two North Florida residents have served as ambassador to the Bahamas.
Senator Hill is an outstanding representative of the people and his seat will be hard to fill if he should go to
Bermuda. According to rumors, possible candidates for his seat are State Representative Audrey Gibson, former
State Representative Terry Fields and former City Councilman Reggie Fullwood.
First African Born
Playmate of the Year
Hugh Hefner named
Playmate of the Year
at the Palms Casino
Resort. She is the
o Celebrity Apprentice
a v, star and 2001
SPlaymate of the Year,
hosted the event
along with Palms
Maloof. Along with her title, Ida received
$100,000 in prize money, a 2009 Mazda6 sports
sedan and a -very special one-of-a kind engraved
bottle of Patron Platinum.
Donnie McClurkin Speaks
By Bishop Andy C. Lewter, D.Min.
This past week, popular preacher, recording
artist and pastor, Donnie McClurkin, went on
record to declare his deep disappointment
with what he sees as pastoral abuses in the
body of Christ. His comments has raised a
legitimate question abbut abuse'and excesses
,: in the'body of Christ and has brought atten-
Pastor Donnie tion to a topic that has largely been ignored in
McClurkin the church community.
In an article appearing in Essence last month Pastor McClurkin is
quoted as saying: "As pastors, we have to link arms and have bi-par-
tisanships. The [Black] church has always been.the face of the com-
munity. Now we have to take on the responsibility of becoming true
servants to the people from all walks of life. I get so mad when I see
these pimpin' preachers driving Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, flying
around in their private jets, and making it seem like prosperity and
money is the way of God when 90 percent of their congregation is on
Section 8 or can't figure out how they are going.to keep their lights on
or feed their kids. I'm big on perception, and what would it look
like for me to live so lavishly if the people Donnie See A-7
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The National Day to Prevent Teen
by Marian Wright Edelman
President of the Children's Defense Fund
After falling for many
years, the teen pregnancy
rate is again on the rise.
According to a report
released in March by the
National Center for Health
Statistics (.pdf), the teen
birth rate increased 5 per-
cent between 2005 and
2007. And a 2007 Centers
for Disease Control Youth
Risk Behavior Survey
(.pdf) reveals that the
declines in teenage sexual
activity and increases in
teenage contraceptive use
have come to a standstill.
Other studies that have
grabbed headlines include a
recent Rand Corporation
report that showed
teenagers who watch the
most sexual content on TV
are twice as likely to get
pregnant or cause a preg-
nancy as teens who watch
less. Right now, the
National Campaign to
Prevent Teen and
reports that there are about
730,000 teen pregnancies
and more than 400,000 teen
births annually-that's the
equivalent of the popula-
tion of Oakland, California.
These statistics make
May 6 all the more impor-
tant. That's the day that
hundreds of thousands of
teenagers across the coun-
try will take part in the
eighth annual National Day
to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Coordinated by the
National Campaign and
supported by over 150
national partners, including
the Children's Defense
Fund, this special day is
meant to test what
teenagers know about teen
pregnancy and raise aware-
ness about the facts-and to
remind them that despite
what they may think, "it
can happen to them." The
National Campaign hopes
that after participating in
the day; teenagers will stop,
think and start making a
personal commitment to
According to the
National Campaign, the
teen pregnancy rate in the
United States declined 38
percent between 1990 and
2004 (the most recent data
available), and the teen
birth rate declined 32 per-
cent between 1991 and
2006. These lower rates of
teen pregnancies and births
occurred in every state and
among all racial and ethnic
groups. The National
Campaign found this was
happening both because
more teenagers were wait-
ing longer before having
sex and because more of
those who were sexually
active were consistently
Nevertheless, it's estimated
that three in ten girls in the
United States still get preg-
nant by age 20. For Black
and Latino girls, the num-
bers are even higher: They
estimate 51 percent of
Black and 53 percent of
Latino teenage girls
become pregnant at least
once before age 20.
The National Campaign
cites a long list of conse-
quences of teen pregnancy
for both teen parents and
their children. Some of
their findings include:
Pregnant teens are far less
likely than adult women to
receive timely and regular
prenatal care, and their
babies are more likely to be
born prematurely and at
low birthweight. They are
twice as likely to suffer
abuse and neglect. Fewer
than half of teen mothers
age 17 and younger ever
graduate from high school,
and fewer than 2 percent
earn a college degree by
age 30. About one-fourth of
teen mothers have a second
child within 24 months,
which makes it harder for
them to finish school, keep
a job or escape poverty.
Eight out of ten fathers
don't marry the teen mother
of their child, and daughters
of teenage mothers are
more likely to become teen
The Campaign found
that teen childbearing in the
United States costs taxpay-
ers at least $9.1 billion
annually, largely stemming
from the costs borne by the
public for the health care,
foster care and incarcera-
tion of their children.
These sobering statistics
contain important news for
parents of teens about how
they can prevent pregnan-
cies. The National
Campaign found in a recent
survey (.pdf) that nearly
half of the teenagers polled
say their parents influence
their decisions about sex
more than friends, the
media or any other source.
The same survey found 73
percent of adults and 56
percent of teenagers wished
young people were getting
more information about
abstinence and contracep-
tion rather than just one or
the other. The National
Campaign's programs and
resources are designed to
help get more information
to both teens and parents,
and the National Day to
Prevent Teen Pregnancy is
one important way to raise
encourage more conversa-
tion on the topic between
parents and children at
home. Learn more by visit-
ing the National Campaign
to Prevent Teen and
website at www.thenation-
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MAY 9, 2009
Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
GREATER MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH of
Northside will host*in concert the internationally acclaimed
African Children's Choir. We invite everyone to enjoy this
unforgettable moving experience with us Wednesday, May
13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The church is locat at 1880 West
Edgewood Ave. Dr. Landon L. Williams, Sr., Pastor. This
event is free. For more information call the church at 764-
MT. LEBANON MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
YOUTH DEPARTMENT 9313 Ridge Blvd., office
Soutel Dr., will be celebrating its Annual Youthful Praise
Celebration, Tuesday thru Sunday, May 12-17, 2009. The
celebration will begin with a 3-night revival, 7:00 p.m. each
night with the following churches: Tuesday, May 12th -
Brodus Perry, Philippi Baptist Church, 9232 Gibson Ave;
Wednesday, May 13th Glenn Foreman, Jr., Resurrection
Baptist Church Christian Center; Thursday, May 14th -
Jarod Williams, Lite Churcn J
On Friday night, join us in a
Revival. We will have danc
formances and bible trivia
Household of Faith will be
praise and worship service.
Again!" We want to see you
THE FIRST A.M.E. CHU
PRESENTS: Sunday Ma
91 Old Kings Rd., Palm Cc
Series -MICHAEL BOOK
Booker will be in concert a
Coast, FL. Michael is a higl
diversity. He has studied cla
Afro-Latin styles. Michael wa
First A.M.E. Church of Palm
to miss this one. Invite you
bors to come out and have a
241 South McDuffAve., Jack
Honors is the Pastor will be
5th Anniversary on Sunday,
1st HOMEGOING CELEBRATION for
:PASTOR, DR. LEWIS NAMON YARBER
M From Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, I, Dr.
Nancy Yarber, understands this is the first Home Going
Celebration presented this way, well...maybe that's why a
smile was on his face.:. .
"We Thank You"... For the many expressions of love
for our Late Pastor, Dr. Lewis Namon Yarber, who was born
in Florida and reared in New York, during our time of
bereavement, and his journey into eternal rest.
For the multitude of friends, known and unknown who paid Their respect: Rev.
probably was saying, "Great God Almighty. Look at the people! ""Keep on coming."
For the many special close friends (too many to try and name) like angels ho\er-
ing over us like a mother hen spreads her wings over her young until they can stand ..So
did you for us, from the time we were told the dying process had started, until that rues-
day, at my request to be along with Rev. that day. one of you were always by my side.
I shall neser forget your concern, love. kindness, patience and comfort at that time. A
Simply "Thank You" for the many ways you made our waiting easier.
For. Wednesday, 9:00 a.m., through entombment on Thursday...we will be forever
grateful to the pastors. preachers, first ladies, wives, singers, musiciaus. speakers and
the people who came and participated with us throughout the visitation and victory
services. lMy heart was filled with joy at the coming and going and the breaking of
bread together all day and night. Thank You'
For our out-of-town guests, Bishops, Pastors. Ministers, First Ladies. Wives,
soloist, good neighbors and others for their attendance and participation on Thursday.
\e appreciate you and \our services for taking time to see that our pastor was put to
Also. a special thanks to the multitude of guests, friends and other members who
stayed with us and participated from the multipurpose building through the monitor,
"God Bless You!"
To all of our students and staff of Mt. Lebanon Christian Academy "A Blaze" we
thank you for your love and support at this time...
The S. A. Hull School Family for their support through our Dear Deacon Patricia
Speights. You are the "Best."
Trinity Flowers & Events: Robin, those roses were just the \way we wanted
Mr. West. Debbie and the Mortuary Staff: You demonstrated that special care and
touch we needed. "A family love for us." The Mt. Lebanon Family appreciates you
and the way you cared for our pastor. friend, teacher and my husband's eternal Rest.
For your many donations to our Educational Program in lieu of flowers, we are
honored that you responded to our request. We are forever grateful to you.
Love Honor ~ Gratitude
The Mt. Lebanon Family &
First Lady Dr. "Nan" Wms-Yarber & Family
of the Late Rev. Lewis Namon Yarber
Where Service And Satisfaction Excel"
Over 50 years of service to Jacksonville
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"Youth Jam" to close out our
e groups, choirs, various per-
. Rev. Chavez Williams of
presiding over this hallelujah
Again we say, "Revive Us
JRCH MUSIC MINISTRY
y 24, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.,
oast, FL -2009 FAME Music
ER IN CONCERT -Michael
it First A.M.E. Church, Palm
hly acclaimed Pianist of great
assical, jazz, and many other
as appointed Music Director at
Coast in 2007. You don't want
r relatives, friends and neigh-
BAPTIST CHURCH, INC.,
sonville where Rev. Calvin O.
celebrating their Mass Choir's
May 17, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
various choirs and groups have
been invited to help us "prais
God from whom all
Blessings flow." For more
information, call the church
at (904) 389-2923.
CHURCH, 690 W. 20th St.,
Jacksonville...invites you to a
Pre-Mother's Day Concert.
Our souls will be revived
with the word in songs by the
J.W. Henry Male Chorus,
Saturday, May 9th at 5:00
p.m. Pastor James W. Henry -
CHURCH, 737 Jessie St.,
Jacksonville, with Rev. Louis
Kirkland, Pastor and mem-
bers invite you to, come and
join us as we celebrate our
62nd Annual Leona Daniels'
Day, May 17th beginning
with Morning Worship at
10:45 a.m.; Evening Woship
at 3:30 p.m. Call (904) 358-
2258 for more information.
CHURCH, 1106 Pearce St.,
and Elder Bobbie Sheffield,
Pastor, invite you to our
Annual Women Day on
Sunday, May 17th starting
with 9:30 a.m. Sunday
School and 11:00 a.m.
Morning Worship Service.
Call (904) 353-7734 for info.
GREATER NEW MT.
BAPTIST CHURCH and
Rev. Dr. Percy Jackson, Jr.,
SeniorPastor, celebrates its
64th Church Anniv. and its
1st Pastor's Anniv. Worship
celebration (every Sunday at
4 p.m.) Except 2nd Sunday
(Mother's day) & May 24th
at 6 p.m. 1953 West 9th St..
Jackson ille. (904) 374-
ALLEN. Mlamie died lMa\
ANDERSON. Lonnie T..
died April 29. 2009.
ARROVO. Efrain died
Nlay 2. 2009.
BARNES, Daniel J., died
April 30, 2009.
BEASLEY, John A., Sr.,
84, died Apirl 30, 2009.
CHANDLER, John died
May 2, 2009.
CLEMONS, Toney died
May 1, 2009.
EDWARDS, Marion died
April 29, 2009.
GLOVER, Terry died
April 30, 2009.
HILL, Marian L., died
May 4, 2009.
JOHNSON, Ms. Everlene
died April 29, 2009.
Alphonso West Mortuary, Inc.
JONES, Willie J., 85, died
April 29, 2009.
KERSEY, Ms. Darell
died May 5, 2009.
MARTIN, Edgar died
May 2, 2009.
died May 1, 2009.
PATTERSON, Ms. Oria
died May 5, 2009.
POLLEY, James died
The Church Directory
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New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ....................................9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning ,6._
Intercessory Prayer....................10:45 a.m.
Morning Worship ...................... 11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m.
Pastor, Eric Lee
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
Worship Service .................................. 10:00 a.m.
Church School ................... ..... ......... 8:30 p.m.
"Glory Hour" Bible Study ........................ .10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jirah" Bible Study ......................... 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry .......... .10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion Ministry .............................. 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday Joy Night,7:00 p.m.
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship 12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study Tuesday & Friday----- 7:00 p.m.
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PORTER, Freddie O.,
died May 3, 2009.
RICHO, Phalas S., 59,
died May 4, 2009.
ROSS, Frank A., 68, died
May 2, 2009.
SNEAD, Robert P., died
April 29, 2009.
STEPHENS, Ms. Sadie,
died May 4, 2009.
SUMLAR, Benneta W.,
died May 5, 2009.
SWINDELL, Naomi M.,
83, died May 29, 2009.
WOOTSON, LeRoy S.,
39, died April 30, 2009.
Alphonso West Mortuary, Inc.
WYNN, Eva Mae, 92, died
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"Edward Waters College 2009
Commencement" I -
On a beautiful afternoon at The John Hurst
Adams/Jimmy R. Jenkins Community Sports & Music
Center family, friends and well-wishers of the 2009 gradu-
ates joined supporters, faculty and staff of Edward Waters
College for the 2009 Commencement Ceremony last
weekend. There was much excitement not only for the one-
hundred graduates who had reached such a significant
milestone in their lives but also to have the opportunity to
see and hear the Honorable Glenda Hatchette who is bet-
ter known simply as 'Judge Hatchette'.
For only a few exciting and very meaningful minutes
Judge Hatchette spoke to the 'heart' of the occasion when
she offered 'Glenda's Rules':
Live with Purpose
Seek and Serve
Don't let haters steal your joy
Know your worth
Don't marry a 'turkey'
"Claim your date with destiny, stated Judge Hatchett!
In addition to conferring degrees on the school's one
hundred graduates, Honorary degrees were conferred on
Judge Glenda Hatchette (Doctor of Humane Letters, Dr.
Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Doctor of Humane Letters), the
Reverend Dr. Gary Lamar Williams, Sr. (Doctor of
Divinity) and Bishop John F, White (Doctor of Divinity).
Edward Waters College is a private, historically black
college and the oldest private institution of higher educa-
tion in the state of Florida, was founded in 1866 specifical-
ly to educate newly freed slaves,
Edward Waters College continues under the leadership
of President Dr. Claudette H. Williams, the 28th president
who took the helm June 2007.
Mrs. Marguerite Warren, President,
Edward Waters College's National
Alumni Association leads the induc-
tion of the 2009 graduates into the
school's Alumni Association.
Dr. Phyllis Walker Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole look on as
Dr. Claudette Williams presents the Doctor of Human
Letters to Dr. Cole.
Ms. Reba Cohen, a First Coast Pioneer Brill and
Christopher Families descendant, after receiving the
Bachelor ofArts degree in Business Administration. Ms.
Cohen is the great-great-great- granddaughter of the late
Fred Brills; great-great granddaughter of the Robert and
Mary Harris Christopher and Charlie and Luella Brill
Stewart; great granddaughter of the late Roy and Reba
Stewart Christopher; granddaughter of the late James and
Pearl Christopher Cohen; and daughter of The Wendell
Cohens and Norman Randolphs.
Bishop John E White (third from left) following being
conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree stands with Dr.
Phyllis Walker, Reverend D. Lovett Sconiers, Dr. Claudette
White and Bishop M'cKinle Ioung. Presiding Bishop
Florida and Bahamas .-1.M. E. Churches.
Dr. DorotNy Jackson young announces mte $iv,uou scnot-
arship fund contribution from the Eleventh Episcopal
District, A.M. E. Church's Missionary Society as Dr
Williams and Bishop Young look on. Earlier Bishop Young
had presented the annual $1 M scholarship contribution
from the Eleventh Episcopal District of the A.M. E.
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Rashidi (Blaxwell Smart) Harper Directs "FrankenHood!"
By Rych McCain/
t, Photos by Zubari
It is common knowl-
edge that the director is
the make or break life
blood of a film. Directing
is an art form that
requires vision, skill, per-
ception and full under-
standing of the process of
telling a story and bring-
ing it to life visually,
audibly and with concep-
tual clarity. Rashidi
Natara Harper aka
Blaxwell Smart is on top
of his game at writing,
producing and directing.
His latest offering is the
just released in stores on
DVD and available on
line at www.franken-
hood.com via Lionsgate
Films. The central prem-
ise is a big man ( Bob
Sapp) being brought
back to life by an eccen-
tric morgue worker
(Charlie. Murphy) and
two fellow morgue work-
ers (DeRay Davis and
Jasper Redd) recruiting
the monster as the third
man of their team in a 3-
on-3 basketball tourna-
ment in the hood for a
Harper's alter. ego
when he is in the direc-
tor's chair is "Blaxwell
Smart." Harper is a
native of Los Angeles
and a former child actor.
He moved to Berkeley,
California while in his
teens with his family and
knew directing was his
calling when he saw
Spike Lee's debut film
She's Gotta Have It.
Upon returning to .Los
Angeles, Harper attended
Cal State-LA where he
studied TV Broadcasting.
Then opportunities came
his way to work and
study with some of the
greats in the business
including director Hype
Williams; artistic genius
fashion photography icon
Mathew Rolston and Ice
Harper began to direct
music videos such as
Ledisi (Alright/In The
Morning); Wyclef Jean
Brian McKnight feat.
Justin Timberlake (Kind
of Girl); Snoop Dogg
(Ride On Caught Up)
and Lionel Richie
(Cinderella) to name
some. Harper is the co-
for the acclaimed TV
Show "i: Design for the
Fine Living Network.
Harper is a lively and
spirited individual who
know exactly what he
wants and how to go
about getting it! In put-
ting Frankenhood togeth-
er, what components did
Harper use to help in the
casting process? He
reflects, "Initially, the
first three people that I
wrote down were DeRay,
this new comedian
named, Jasper Redd and
Charlie Murphy. It had
to do with the fact that at
that time we were all at
the same agency. I want-
ed to do something that
brought all .of the clients
in the same agency
together. I wanted these
guys to know who I was
and that I was a film
maker looking to do great
things and that's how it
started." He did go
through the regular cast-
ing process but in the
end, Murphy, Davis and
Redd were made avail-
Harper's strong sense
of team spirit and collab-
oration with others in
terms of making projects
work is one of his advan-
tage points as evidenced
on the set. He makes no
bones about cooperation
saying, "For me, I've
always been one who
and understands the
value and power of col-
laboration. I, by no
means feel like (because
I'm a director), that I've
got all of the answers or
that no one else on the
crew from the interns to
DP has an idea better
than mind. It's like look,
we're all here; we're try-
ing to make something
great. If you've, got
something to say, go
Rashidi "Blaxwell Smart" Harper
ahead and say it at the
right moment and right
time and if it works let's
Getting back to his
alter ego Harper adds,
"Blaxwell Smart is a rep-
resentation of creative
freedom but also what it
is that I like to try to do
which is take that first
initial from Blaxwell "B"
and put it with smart and
be smart." Harper con-
cludes with a laugh,
"That's what I'm trying
to do right now with my
career, with my life and
I'm really trying to have
fun and- Blaxwell Smart
represents a whole lot of
Cast & director I-ranKennooa (L) ueKay uavis,
Angell Conwell, Rashidi Harper and Drew Sidora.
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By Rych McCain
Happy B-day wishes go
out to actress Cherrelle
Noyd who celebrates her
20th this weekend! She is
member of Rych McCain's
Natalie Cole will tour
from May through October
(2009) to support her album
"Still Unforgettable" which
won two Grammys and an
NAACP Image Award for
"Best Jazz Artist" Country
Music crooner Copper
Boone will drop his debut
full length CD album on
August 4, 2009 on Green
Rooster Records. Cooper
also has a cooking show
based on his own recipes
called "Cowboy Kitchen"
that can be viewed online at
=M471wwumii8. Two new
are available now on
are "I Am Legend"
(Greatest verses) hosted by
DJ Rapid Ric and rapper
Famous' new one "Money
Power Fame." You can
Chamillionaire's "Me &
Mayme H. Johnson,
widow of the late, famed
Harlem mob boss Ellsworth
"Bumpy" Johnson and
author of the book on her
and Bumpy's life together
titled "Harlem Godfather,"
made her transition .to our
ancestors on Friday, May 1,
2009 in Philadelphia where
she lived, of respiratory
failure. She was 94.
Actress Sharon Leal
was one of five female
celebs to pose nude for a
pictorial titled "The Naked
Truth" in the May 2009
issue of Allure Magazine
which is now on the stands.
activist and genius comic
Dick Gregory will perform
as a special guest when
Martin Lawrence presents
"The 1st Amendment
Stand-Up Comedy" that
will tape live TV shows at
the famed and historic
Lincoln Theatre in
Washington, D.C. on May
7th, 8th & 9th. Doug
Williams will host with 35
of America's hottest comics
on the card.
Films and Anvil Studios;
stars DeRay Davis, Jasper
Redd, Bobb Sapp, Charlie
Murphy, Drew Sidora, J B
Smoove, Hassan Johnson
and Angell Conwell.
This one went straight to
DVD but it is a fun filled
comedy with plenty of
laughs. It basically centers
around a big man (sapp)
being brought back to life a
la Frankenstein style by an
eccentric morgue worker
named Franklin (Murphy).
Motown (Davis) and his
side kick Darius (Redd)
recruit the monster as their
3rd man in a 3 on 3 basket-
ball tournament to win
$25,000. Seductive actress-
es Drew Sidora and Angell
Conwell keep the female
aspect of this movie sensu-
ously sizzling. I will send a
FREE DVD of
Frankenhood to the first 5
people who e-mail me at
et. The DVD will be in
stores May 5th and you can
go to www.frankenhood-
Wolverine; 20th Century
Fox Pictures; stars Hugh
Jackman, Liev Schreiber,
Danny Huston, Dominic
Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch,
Will.i.am, Lynn Collins,
Kevin Durand and Daniel
This might be the best
1X-Men movie yet. It gives a
pretty clear explanation of
how Wolverine and his
brother Sabretooth had their
beginnings. Of course the
special effects are spectacu-
lar and the action is off the
chain! Plus an 85 Million,
#1 weekend box office
opening doesn't hurt either.
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in my church are struggling?" says Pastor
McClurkin in the article."
In venting his frustration over the behav-
ior of some in the church community,
Pastor McClurkin reveals his own humili-
ty and sense of service to God and God's
people, by outlining his own relationship,
financial and otherwise, with his church
and his refusal to take revenue from a con-
gregation that he has built from the ground
"I've done great in gospel music, and only
a few of us have accomplished what I
have, and guess what? I live in the 'hood,
not some place on the outskirts of the
'hood. There ain't no gate around my
house; I have a white fence because the
people I pastor live in that community. I
have one vehicle and it's not a Mercedes,
it's a Lincoln Navigator. I don't receive a
dime-not an Abraham Lincoln copper
coin-and haven't for the last seven-and-
a-half years because I'm okay." he tells
Kenya Byrd of Essence Magazine.
Jacksonville From A-1
As such, Pastor McClurkin has become a
model and an example for others to emu-
late. His mentality and actions, that places
a greater emphasis on service than profit,
can only be admired by all of those who
love the Lord and are seeking to do his
will to the best of their ability. Pastor
McClurkin makes it clear that he has
options, but chooses to live a modest and
humble lifestyle because that what God
has called him to do.
If I wanted to buy a Phantom or Bentley
I could and not hurt my pockets, but I'm
okay with what I have. I can sing and work
and I let all that money go back into the
church so we can buy the delicatessen on
the corner, or the house next door to make
it state-of-the-art low-income housing.
We've trained our people to put their lead-
ers on pedestals, and some people want to
live vicariously through their pastor and
say, "My pastor has this and he's on televi-
sion and so on," but then what do you
have? How have you prospered and
focused on the gang as a family. They commit crime to support their families
and each other. More crime, more money. During the roundup by JSO, 21
firearms were confiscated Right now, JSO is tracking 17 gangs that includes
221 members in Duval County. However, there was a statewide investigation
done that gave them the ability to roundup this group and by filing racketeering
charges, it should be easier for law enforcement to eliminate the entire gang.
grown? So when I hear other pastors say,
"My people take care of me," I'm thinking,
But you're supposed to be taking care of
the people. I just don't get it. Pastor
McClurkin goes on to say.says McClurkin.
What is best gleaned from the wisdom
and honesty of Pastor McCLurkin is his
healthy attitude about the church and who
it belongs to. His "ecclesiology", which is
worthy of our consideration, perhaps best
represents what Christ had in mind when
he gave pastors to the body of Christ in the
I don't have a church, but I do have a
church that I pastor. I can't name some-
thing the Donnie McClurkin Temple
because the people do not belong to me
and if they did that would mean I have
slaves. I am simply a vessel to deliver
God's word. At the end of the day, it's
God's church, not mine. advises Pastor
JAX From A-1
and by a Black officer at a Black college
commencement, Jacksonville has a lot of
work to do.
Wade reported the incident to the JSO
Internal Affairs Office. No one could
understand Officer Thompson's behav-
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Mayor From A-1
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A MOTHERS's DAY GIFT WISH
By May E. Ford, Florida Star Staff Member -e
What kind of gift would a Mother really appreci-
ate? Since I am a mother; I can answer that question
for myself very easily. I want all of my children to bei"
safe and secure and I'll bet that I am not much differ-
ent than most mothers. But what does safety and secu-
rity really mean? It can mean different things to -r.1 v3
different mothers, depending upon the challenges -
or joys we face on a day to day basis. .
However, when it gets down to basic human
needs, what we really want is for our children to
have safe shelter, adequate and nutritious food.
freedom from violence, and access to all forms of
health care. We want our children to have much
more, not only to survive, but to flourish. That
would be a generous Mother's Day Gift.
Although, diamonds are stunning, shinning -
bright for all to see...look at me, look at me, oh my N
I can't believe my eyes...the beauty of this rock is
Flowers would be nice, with their beautiful ,.-
petals surrounded by leaves and the fragrance .
that expels and flows through the air...yes, flowers
would be nice...
Pots and pans to cook your meals would make
a scrumptious dish..I'll bake and broil and.
steam and boil and make water come to your
A day at the spa would be so great, imagine/
me taking the time from my busy schedule to do
something rewarding for me...oh my! V
Or, just to say "Happy Mother's Dal .
would be very touching from Love ones and
...but, only if I can get a relaxing mind, to
know that all of my children, biologicals, grand- "
children, foster children and all, will be healthy
in mind and body and all will grow up to be find
young men and women, in good health and ha e ..
the financial stability that they deserve....then all" ,
of my hard work will be so rewarding and
EVERY DAY will be Mother's Day for which it
Words from a Mother, Grandmother, Foster .
Mother, Big Momma, a MOTHER!
Note: not a rhyme, just a wish!
i .io i atJ_ ia .anrieientGreek and Romans. But tih'eobts
Sa M. :lthering'.Supday was celebat-
el cift- OR. s Alis- ti a ii"'.US. However, the' celebration bfflie
_AfeM a iiiio nd nOt'evena' htitidredyears old. Thaiks
tb i lit s Juli- WardHowe.and Anna, Javi
.oqi fMo Mthers day is celebrated across 48
c6unatfi-6_tJ Y l @ U d dil'a, hugly I.pular affair: billionsns of people
arssos.a.t.aity to hondortheir mofi&rsa thank-them for their
fort "4 eii :T coptant: spport- and well.wishe"
'TSef 6tli Da a back totie ancient annual spring festival he
a Tiaea-id-es G ed the occasion to honor Rhea. wife
SCi.h deiyedfo.fGreek mythology.'
other hat eemonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years
b'~f6drae'fi_.de onthea Ides ofpMarch by making offerings-i
ede.. s n-a included liarades; games .and masquerades;
T.e9e6 ~o eoreo foellow-ers .'oofCybele 'were .banished fifbn
zdether fys.bots. during theft estival on the fourth
S.da NirgnIry';- Mother of Christ. In England the.holiday
w dimers".It asthen called Mothering Sunday. -
,'iT e t eefntths- Day dates back to 1600s in. England. Here.-a
Moeihguon thTiohrth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day peri-
od ladgp as ia prayer service in church to honor Virgin
March TtdreboUt;gi il topay tribute to their own mothers.
Qnthe'occi ~e~nti's -and their employees staying away from their
hiqmes :-w.ere eiir gedb e.r employers to visit'their mothers and honor them.
TraditionaUlly' ie ro t them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry
called a siue1i a oseiav erinations have observed similar days.
'. Custom 6of.'lebraig Mothering Suundaydied out almost completely by the 19th cen-
tHi dweije eda tcame tob'e celebrated again after World War II, when American ser-
vicemienhbr q hithe-custotaiiadlcommercialenterprises used it as an occasion for sales.
: Histoy o'-A Mther's Day: Julia Ward-Howe, .
."Tliidea ofoliciia'celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward
Howe it 1872.: !activist, writerandpoet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War
song, "Batfl yme' n of tlie Republic". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually
pelebrated'asMoti-ers Day and should be dedicated to peace. She wrote a passionate appeal
6o womientand,urged them to -rise against war in her famous-Mothers Day Proclamation,
written hin.Bdnstohi.1870.OiShe also initiated-a Mothers' Peace Day observance on the sec-
ond.. Stindyin Jjeine'in Boston and held the meeting for a number of years. Julia tirelessly
chanpiponed'the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official hol-
iday ou the diay Her idea spread but.was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now
celebrated in May. "
History of Mother's Day: Anna Jarvis
Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis
never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt
title for the lady who' worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers.
Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day from her own mother Mrs
Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used
to express her desire that someday someone must honor all mothers, living and dead, and
pay tribute to the contributions made by them.
A loving daughter, Anna never forgot her mothers word and when her mother died in
1905, she resolved to fulfill her mothers desire of having a mothers day. Growing negligent
attitude of adult Americans towards their mothers and a desire to honor her mothers soared
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fearless approach to reality-based subjects!
My boyfriend will not tell me that he loves me. I have been with
him for three years and he always tells me that his presence
should answer the question. He has verbally said he loves me
about five times. We've had our problems with cheating and
break-ups but we're still together. I want to head in the direction
of commitment but I need to address his feelings first. How do I find out his true feel-
ings for me?
Adrienne Columbia, SC
The things your boyfriend isn't saying speak the loudest. You've allowed this behavior
in the relationship and at this point, there's a small chance he'll change. You have rights
in this relationship and deserve to know his feelings and intentions. You need to be
direct and tell him how you feel, what you want and your expectations on love and mar-
riage. Be prepared if you don't get the answers you seek and you have to decide to stay
and settle for less or move on to better things.
I gave my girlfriend an ultimatum to choose her girlfriends or me. I'm patient but
enough is enough. I've been sitting home with our kids on the weekends while she
hangs out. Her cell phone always interrupts our quality time. We can't go to a restaurant
without her pals showing up. Movies are out of the question because they get invited
also. Her friends won't come to the house because they know I'm there. How do I regain
control of my relationship?
Fed Up Boyfriend On-line Reader
Dear Fed Up:
The solution is getting your girlfriend to stay home. Encourage her to spend quality time
with you by offering new reasons to stay home. You can buy her favorite movies, cater
a nice dinner and hire a housekeeper. Since her friends won't interrupt while she's at the
house, take this time to let her know you miss her and share your concerns about her
activities. Ignore her friends, avoid negativity and focus on your relationship as you
head in a positive direction.
I have gained a lot of weight and I feel that my husband is falling out of love with me.
He's not intimate with me, we don't cuddle and he always acts as if I'm annoying him.
I am trying to diet but it is so stressful sitting by watching and feeling that I'm losing
my husband. He claims that he still loves me but his actions are extremely different
from the words he says. What can I do to recapture the fire and energy in my marriage?
Overweight Wife Toledo, OH
If you're having these feelings there's no sense denying there's some truth to what's
going on. The.best way to tell if your husband is slipping is for you to lose weight.
You need to be happy with good self-esteem. Once you get back into your zone, meas-
ure your husband's activity and behavior towards you. If things don't change, you have
a problem that goes beyond weight. Be prepared for a discussion and seek honest
answers regarding your relationship.
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I9 May&9A U "MA i't
March 21st thru April 19th
The week begins on a daring note. Maybe
you're experimenting with a spicy recipe. Or
maybe you're finally flirting with someone
you've had an eye on for a while. This kind
of boldness suits you this week. On Tuesday
and Wednesday, someone else's boldness
might get to you a bit -- perhaps a conflict
with a friend or coworker. But by week's end
it'll be clear that as long as you communicate
directly and honestly, people don't have any-
thing on you. You are charming and ration-
al. Still, the week's challenges will take their
toll on you, and you'll need rest and relax-
ation this weekend.
April 20th thru May 20th
The way to deal with Monday's power
struggle is simple: Don't be dismissive.
Give this person the attention they
deserve and they'll calm down. You're
good at dealing with people in modera-
tion. Thankfully, for the rest of the week,
you won't have to participate in any more
arbitration. Tuesday and Wednesday
should be pure fun (friends, romance,
music, beauty) and Thursday and Friday
will. be fairly ordinary days with an edge
to them (you're going to learn something
that will blow your mind). This weekend,
a piece of art is going to arouse intense
and insightful emotions.
May 21st thru June 21st
You have tons of fun communicating with
.your friends -- whether you're sitting around
talking about your big plans for world con-
quest or debating a serious social issue. But
you'll have trouble transferring that comfort-
able communication style into the work-
place (or even into your family life) on
Wednesday. Your best bet? Hang out with
your friends a lot this week. Go see a lecture
or a concert with them on Thursday or
Friday night, and spend a good amount of
time this weekend giving a great friend some
advice on a murky area of their life. People
adore your ability to be funny and serious at
the same time.
June 22nd thru July 22nd
It's okay to think big on this one. You've
been thinking about this,new couch or this
new computer or this new house for a while
now. Monday is the day to finalize the sale.
(Just make sure you can afford what you're
buying before you sign the dotted line.)
Then, for the rest of the week, take care of
smaller details..Pay attention to a distant
friend with a distant problem on Wednesday.
Call a relative on Thursday. Hear out your
neighbor's complaints on Friday. There is a
lot of emotional intensity in the air this
weekend, too. You might want to stay close
July 23rd thru Aug 22nd
You've had a run of good luck (and also
you've been working like a bee) and on
Monday a lot of your efforts are going to pay
off at once. You are going to be a star. You
will be radiant. 'Use your recent successes to
plan even bigger steps toward your dream
future on Tuesday and Wednesday. A list of
goals (both personal and financial) could be
useful. On Friday, talk about what you're
doing with someone whose opinion you
respect, and get some encouragement and (if
you need it) advice. This weekend, keep
your ear to the ground. Stay attuned to the
Aug 23rd thru Sept 22nd
You want to organize your life on Monday, but a
bunch of things are changing rapidly and any sys-
tem you develop tight now might become useless
in a couple days. Be flexible and hold off until
Wednesday. By Wednesday, you'll have a much
better sense of where you're headed, and you'll be
able to make much better plans. Of course, you
can't do any of this on your own, and on Thursday
you and a partner are going to make a meaningful
purchase. The great thing about this partner is that
you two see things differently. There's value in that.
Spend the weekend debating both sides of a press-
Sept 23rd thru Oct 22nd
It's okay to dream big, especially this week,
especially on Monday. When you talk about
your vision for the future, people are capti-
vated. And naturally they want to help. And
certainly you'd be glad to have their assis-
tance. Spend Tuesday and Wednesday lis-
tening to their ideas and enjoying each
other's company: Then, on Thursday, when
the engine of this project really kicks into
gear, everyone will be in a good place.
(You'll be extra happy due to a simultaneous
surge of passion in your love life.) Over the
weekend, try not to obsess about the busi-
Sness reality of this new project. That's not
what it's about.
SOct 23rd thru Nov 21st
You go into the week feeling confident and
unstoppable. But on Monday, a weird run-in
with the boss is going to deflate your mood.
How annoying! Maybe this isn't the week to
pour your energy into work after all. And,
anyway, your friends would love to see you.
Tuesday and Wednesday should be spent
with great pals. The key to feeling happy on
Thursday is to give in to someone else's
idea, and the key to Friday is patience. This
weekend, you'll be back on great footing
energy-wise. People will be paying you
compliments left and right.
Nov 22nd thru Dec 21st
All you wanted was one or two pieces of
chocolate. On Monday, you're going to get a
lifetime supply. That's how the day will go.
Abundance abounds. Try to let your pleasure
last as long as possible, because an encounter
with an authority figure on Tuesday or
Wednesday threatens to dampen your mood
a bit. Nevertheless, Thursday is a great day
socially (your friends are plainly hilarious)
and Friday is a great day personally (some-
one is going to tell you how much they love
spending time with you). This weekend,
there's a chance you'll be feeling moody --
and not for. any particular reason. You have
big plans on your mind.
Dec 22nd thru Jan 19th
You have the doldrums at the beginning of
the week -- work is frustrating, people are
frustrating, the scarcity of lunch options is
frustrating -- but on Tuesday it will occur to
you that you're actually getting a lot done,
and your mood will improve. Wednesday,
too, is a great day for crossing things off
your to-do list. Toward the end of the week,
you'll be in the headspace to start thinking
about new projects, and a couple people will
express interest in helping out. This week-
end, though, try your best not to think about
work. Devote your considerable brain to
thinking of fun ways to entertain yourself.
/'^ Jan 20th thru Feb 18th
On Monday you're going to make a small
compromise on something, and the other
involved parties are going to be so thrilled at
your willingness to be flexible that they
might just give you what you wanted all
along. It's amazing what you can discover
about people simply by doing what they
least expect. You'll spend a lot of time this
week judging people's motives and figuring
out how to get the most out of them. You'll
also find ways to connect with people you
literally have nothing in common with. You
are good on your feet. You are good in front
of an audience. Dazzle a crowd this week-
Feb 19th thru March 20th
You have some strong ideas about how
everything should go down, but you'd be
wise not to inflict your opinions on others.
The more reserved you are on Monday, the
better. The less critical you are on Tuesday
and Wednesday, the happier you (and every-
one else) will be. This is a new strategy for
you, this strategy of circumspection, and it
will work wonders. Problems still might
arise in a partnership on Thursday or Friday,
but they're the kind of problems that would
arise anyway. Speaking of problems, some
advice: Don't shake hands with anyone over
the weekend until you know for sure that
you can trust them.
Four Officers were on foot observ-
ing 3928 Boulevard. Three drug-
possession arrests have been
made this month on persons leav-
ing that exact location.
During a drug-possession arrest,
Officer observed the suspect and
the subject walk to the rear of the
building and knock on the door.
Afterwards, they entered the build-
ing and stayed for approximately
three minutes. After they exited the
rear, one police officer signaled to
the other officers that they were
leaving the premises.
They made contact with the suspect
and the subject at the front of the
property. As they approached them,
the suspect slipped out of his left
shoe. On the sole of the left shoe, in
plain view, was the listed baggie of
Officer took custody of the suspect
and the baggie of cocaine. He then
read the suspect his Constitutional
Rights via card. Post-Miranda,
Suspect told officer that he gave ten
dollars to the subject and she in
turn bought the cocaine while inside
the listed house.
A search warrant was obtained for
the listed residence located on
Boulevard after several attempts
were made by all Officers on scene
to get the subjects inside the resi-
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dence to come out of the house.
Once the search warrant was
obtained and signed, several more
attempts were made to get the sub-
jects to come outside the residence.
Officers on scene yelled "POLICE
SEARCH WARRANT COME OUT-
SIDE," The subjects inside refused
to cooperate and the front door was
breeched by a lieutenant several
more loud verbal attempts were
made to get the subjects to come
out of the residence with negative
results. The first and second sus-
pects finally came to the front room
of the residenceand were taken
outside and into custody.
Suspect stated he was only sleep-
ing in the residence and was not
The residence was cleared from the
outside by breaking windows into
severalbalrooms for Officer Safety;
shortly thereafter the inside of the
residence was cleared. A search of
the residence produced crack
cocaine which was found in the
kitchen drawer along with several
plastic baggies, a scale, cutting
board and a razor blade, which
were all consistent with packaging
the cocaine that was purchased
from the residence earlier in the
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Both suspects were arrested on the
listed charges and transported to
the P.T.D.F. without 'further incident.
Robber Charges At
An Officer From A
Officer was dispatched to 7606 Lem
Turner Rd. in reference to a robbery
to a business in progress.
Additional dispatch information
advised that the suspect was a
black male wearing a black shirt
.and blue jean shorts. The area
where the robbery occurred is a
known high crime area..
Officer arrived on scene and quick-
ly established a perimeter with sev-
eral other units in an attempt to con-
tain the suspect. While this was
happening, an Officer called over
the radio and stated that he had
three black males running from =the
area of the incident. While at the
intersection of Gainesville Ave. and
Oakhurst St., one of the perimeter
units stated via radio that he heard
loud noises coming from behind
one of the houses. The second offi-
cer moved to that area and waited.
to see if anyone would emerge from
the thick brush. A short time later, a
black male wearing jean shorts,
came out of the brush.
He looked at the officer and broke
into unprovoked flight. Officer gave
chase on foot and was able to catch
up to the suspect in the parking lot
of a church located at 7530
Gainesville Ave. Officer gave him
multiple, loud, verbal commands to
stop running, all of which were
ignored by the suspect.He then
caught up to the suspect and after a
brief struggle was able to take him
The suspect had multiple cuts on
his arms and face from running
through the brush. Police officer
advised the suspect that he was
under arrest. The suspect was
transported to the Robbery Office to
be interviewed. The suspect was
then transported to the PTDF with-
out incident. Case cleared by
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''-' By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor, Florida Star photos by Nancy Beecher
S,'fThe Jaguars post draft mini camp is in the book and coach Jack
S:DelRio is hoping that fresh faces and new talent will propel the club
Sp. into the preseason with a winning attitude.
"I told the team I thought we came out and got a lot accomplished
S over three days," Del Rio said. "[There was] a lot of teaching going
A lot of attention was focused on rookie tackles Eugene Monroe
and Eben Britton and veteran free-agent acquisition Tra Thomas all-
f *- important keys to fortifying the offensive line.
With new weapons for QB David Garrard, the camp also high-
Mike Bonts lighted the team's commitment to improving the receiving corps with
the signing of veteran Torry Holt, Mike Walker and rookies Mike
Thomas, Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood.
"We definitely have a playoff-caliber team here," quarterback David Garrard said.
"[But] talking about it is not going to get it done. I really feel like [Del Rio] and [gener-
al manager] Gene Smith have done a great job of bringing in talent around here to help
us get back to the playoffs."
Vince Manuwai, Greg Jones, Montell Owens, Scott Starks, Chad Nkang and James
Wyche were held out of mini-camp practices as they recover from injuries.
"Everybody wants to talk about the new guys, but I'm really pleased with guys like
[Derrick] Harvey, [Quentin] Groves, [Reggie] Nelson, [Justin] Durant and Daryl Smith
on defense, and offensively, Marcedes Lewis, David Garrard and our line being healthi-
er again," Del Rio said.
The Jaguars have waived three players and signed two rookies, both of whom were
workout players participating in last weekend's mini-camp.
Waived were offensive tackle Stefan Rodgers, cornerback Isaiah Gardner and rook-
ie quarterback Nathan Brown
Defensive tackle Nader Abdallah and defensive back Mesphin Forrester were added
to the roster.
Abdallah, 23, is a 6-4, 289-pound defense\ e lineman from (Ohio State Abdallah. \, ho
is.from Metairie, La., was named honorable mention All-Big Ten last season after mak-
ing 33 tackles, six tackles for loss and four passes broken up In his college career he
played in 35 games and finished w ith 53 tackles, two sacks. nine tackles for loss and a
Forrester, 6-2, 201. is a former defensive back at Washington. The 23-\ear-old
Forrester hails from Los Angeles. He pla ed in 40 games in college and made si\ inter-
ceptions and 180 total tackles. He added 16 passes defensed, three tackles for loss. one
forced fumble and one fumble recover\. Forrester scored on a 54-\ ard interception rerurn
as a junior in 2007.
QB EXPECTED TO COMPETE FOR BACKUP ROLE: 11l-\ear veteran QB
Todd Bouman will join the club next week. Bouman has pla ed for st\ NFL teams He
spent part of the 2007 season as a backup to Quinn Gray. \\ ho \ as play ing for an injured
JAGUARS TO OPEN PRESEASON AT 1IANMI Jackson\ille \\ll open the
2009 preseason at Miami on Monda\. Aug. 17 at 7 30 p.m. The date of the Dolphins
game had not been determined when the rest of the team\' 2009 schedule \\as announced
It is the sixth consecutive preseason the Jaguars \\ ill meet the Dolphins in the pre-
season and eighth time overall. The preseason home opener is set for Saturda\. Aug. 22
against Tampa Bay. The Jaguars travel to Philadelphia on Thursday, Aug." 2. their first
ever meeting against the Eagles in the preseason The preseason concludes on Thursday.
Sept. 3 against Washington.
Jacksonville's Muse Playing for Austrialian Club b\ BRADL
S ieelonlg .Ad\ ei er (A lstralia)
More than 900 fans showed up
to watch the minicamp practice
sessions. The Jaguars opted to
hold out six players for precau-
tionary reasons, including full-
back Greg Jones and offensive
guard Vince Manuwai.
quarterback David Garrard rushing
swers questions from the Taylor.
media following Saturday's
the left: The offense works out dur-
g last weekends Jaguars mini camp.
ville will be rely-
o. 32 to carry the
Same with the
re of Fred
Tiger Tunes Up For THE PLAYERS Championship
By Mike Bonts. Sports Editor
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. An early morning practice round for Tiger Woods set the stage for
Tuesday's practice day at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
"I just played nine holes this morning, just played the front nine. And the golf course is in
perfect shape. You couldn't ask for the golf course being in better shape than it is right now this
week so far. said Woods, who won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2001. "The greens are
runnmg perfect; there are hardly divots on the fairways. The rough was a little bit spotty here
and there, but this golf course is hard and fast."
Woods has not missed a cut 11 attempts at THE PLAYERS. but he has gone a stretch of six
consecutive appearances without a top-10 finish dating back to 2001.
"I haven't hit the ball well here. I have come into this event and for some reason haven't hit
it well. The year I did, the last year I played it. I did, but couldn't make a putt." said Woods. "
But it's been, as -- just kind of typical how this year has been: I haven't really put all the pieces
together, and you have to have that in order to win this tournament. It's very similar to a major
championship. You have to have all the pieces. You can't hit the ball well and not putt well or
\ice-versa. You have to have everything going together at the same time."
In five events in 2009. Woods has four top-10 finishes, including one victory at the Arnold
Palmer Invitational. Entering THE PLAYERS he was ranked 10th in the FedExCup standings
with 855 points. Woods assessed his play so far this year during the Tuesday press conference.
"Not too bad, after I've taken as much time as I have otf and to be able to come back and
play as well as I have in the stroke play events. You know the first event, only won one match,
but in the stroke play events I think I've done all right, all things
SGREEN considered." he said.
It's not uncommon for Australian basketball teams to
bring o\ er Anerican imports on an annual basis. It happens
with clubs in Australia's top competition, the NBL, and car-
ries on right through the ranks.
Imports have been a fixture for the Geelong Supercats
squads during its dominance of the SEABL competition.
But. Basketball Geelong has preferred to focus on de\elop-
ing the good local players in it's Big V Conference teams
and it has paid dil idends with the men's side one of the
leading division one clubs in recent seasons.
Club president Frank Nlorrissy discovered the talents of
Audrey Muse \whle on a visitt to the States to \watch his
daughter. K\ lie Morrissy. play ing with Tro Unixersity.
The forward \\as onl\ to happy to accept the in\ station
to come to Geelong and offer the \youn Lady Cats the ben-
efit of her experience and know ledge of the game to com-
plement the work being done by coach Darren Busutitl.
lMuse arrived in Australia last week and made a solid
debut for the Lady Cats in their 85-47 loss to Hume City at
Broadmeadowis on Saturday night, scoring a team-high 13
points and grabbing 12 rebounds
The 24-lear-old comes to Geelong \witlh an impressil e
high school and college basketball resume. She grew up in
Jackson\ ille. and \was a first team All-State perfornner as a
junior and senior for the Unilersitr Christian High School
team. She led the team to the last four of their five snaight
Woods was asked about his driver, which has been probably
the most significant of problems he's had this year. He switched
driver shafts a couple of times last week. but ultimately went
back to his old driver at Quail Hollow. The same thing happened
Tuesday on the driving range He hit three different length driv-
ers. before settling on his old one.
"I'm trying to get a little better flight to the golf ball," Woods
said. "My best ballsnking week so far has been Doral. I hit it
great the entre week there. didn't putt. And I didn't hit it well at
Bay Hill. but I putted. I haven't put all the pieces together yet."
Woods \wll be playing back-to-Back weeks for the first rime
"That's the unknown. I haven't had any setbacks so far. You
would think it's no big deal, but to me it is. I haven't played back-
to-back events in a long time."
THE PLAYERS NOTEBOOK: Among those following
Tiger on Tuesday were Jacksonville Jaguars Rasheen Mathis and
Scott Starks. They finished up mini camp last weekend and
decided to come out and see Woods play.
"It's amazing to see someone like him perform at. the highest
level of their game." said Mathis, who was seeing Woods play in
person for the first time. Mathis is no slouch himself. He took up
golf just four years ago. but is already a 10 handicap, playing
most of his golf at TPC Sawgrass.Last year, Sergio Garcia broke
a three- year winless drought with a playoff victory over Paul
Goydos at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Former University Christian and Troy University stand-
out Audrey Muse made a solid debut for the profession-
al Lady Cats in their 85-47 loss to Hume City at
Broadmeadows, scoring a team-high 13 points and
grabbing 12 rebounds. (Photo courtesy Troy University)
district titles and received the Offensive Player of the Year
Award in both her junior and senior seasons.
After being accepted to Troy University in Alabama,
Muse immediately became a key part of the Trojans'
women's side. After graduating, Muse spent a season as an
assistant coach with the team.
She said college basketball in America is some of the
toughest and most competitive she's played in her career.
'"The league that I played in, the Sun Belt Conference,
is ranked eighth out of 30-something leagues. So you
need to have the heart and desire to play there," Muse said.
"It's a very intense game over there. I really learned a lot
there (Troy) and I'm really appreciative of the coaching
staff for everything that I learned. I had a good career."
Another of Muse's teammates at Troy was Amy
Lewis, another country
Victoria product that was asked to try-out at a couple
of WNBA clubs after she graduated from college. Lewis
returned to Australia to play in the WNBL last season with
Townsville and is now suiting up in the SEABL women's
competition with the Ballarat Lady Miners.
Muse, who will also work as a development officer
with Basketball Geelong during her stay, hopes the stint
with the Lady Cats will allow her to follow her good
friend into the national women's competition.
"I'd love to advance and further my career," she said.
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MAY 9, 2009
PAGE B-5 THE STAR
and CNN Anchor
Soledad O'Brien Tell
FAlIU Graduates to
Act on their Dreams
While Becoming a
Nearl-, 22 000 tfanil', members
and friends iorm across the nation
arr' ed to the Multipurpose
Center Teaching G(3 mnasium dur-
ing the three se:.i,.ns of Florida
A&M N itir. ersir, s FAMLIi
spring 21110' coiimmencement
%thlch featured ftonier President
Bill Clnion. Li S. C(rncressman
Kendrick Meek and CNN
Reporter Soledad O'Brien.
As earl\ as n 311 a m a cro, d
had already formed in front ,of
F.AM i's nevi facility in an cipa-
non of the tirst session of the
spring 2i00 commencement
E'.er\ seat in the net\ facilir,
began to till as the processional
began and students from the
FAMlU College ot Artn and
Sciences. College of La". School
of Architecture and
Environmental Sciences Insrtitute
arched to their seats
The audience roared in e'.cite-
ment as the students. \\ho l.ere
ready to ianscend to graduates.
entered the biiildin. and e\en
more %%hen former United States
President Bill Clinton appeared
"nth FAMUI President lamsi H
After an introduction b',
Arinionl Ulnton told the crowd-
ed gymi that he j-as glad to be here
t,. chri'sen lthe ne t'icilitr, arnd
e',plained thle reasons ,h, lie
'.anted to be at the- FAlIU spring
FAF.Alu i,' die top producer if4
.-uricani A.mencu> j v.i il bLccalau-
ri-tIe decree- in the nationi' he
said "Thi- nakes fror one of the
mor t dr ersc prudent bodie- and
modern educational opporuni-
Clinton explained that the '. world
today i- one based on interde-
pendence Thiti interdependent
\.orld has threeC s~rniiicant i"i-Je,
that F.A\MLi graduate mniust
addre-s unequal opporLrnities to
acces- lealthcare. Instabilit,- and
.According to Cliitonl. \e must
stnirc to build a vorld i%.here our
commnin humanrin mnattet more
than pen! differences
"lThe ,orld is full of people that
can talk about a problem. but .e
ha\ e a shortage of people that can
do sionethilnr bout It, he said
"'Your generatlionr must be the
d o e r
You are the how' Leneranlon
How ate ,,ou going to make a dif-
Following his ke'.note address.
.-mnions a jarded Clinton and
Eider Ernest Ferrell. president of
the Nationial Prininte Bapusti
Co)nennton. an honorary, doctor-
Follow mn the presentationis,
Clinton explained to the audience
i h\ he \as "-o:rth\'" of -sich an
"Dr .mmions .\anted to manke
sure that I had the cultural experi-
ence necessary to receive this
h,-,irnrap, doctorate from iFAMII
Raj.iin- hii hand ajnd ,etiunrln
to the rthousand, in the audience.
Slntion said "Raj lers vill alr. a,
'rike, tTrike and .trtke agjin'
During [he iscon-d e cli'n it
cointuencerment iih the
College if Pharmac. jnd
Pharmaceurical Sciences. F.ANr\.i-
FSU ColleCe _,of Enlineerin:
School of Allied Healh Sciences.
and School of NUirrie II S
Congressman Kendrick Meek
said sndenti mu't be read. ii
lead. not onl, in the ;tatie of
Flor!da but across the U 5
"All oIf ',oh h\ie heen choieni to
lead. "' he -aid "'\\hen opportirni-
t imieeis preparation. '.,O I hli e to
be read', and ',ou lhae to b:e ill-
ing to take that on "
Meek e-.plained to ruindCnt that
the', ItnItl make the best out of a
great opportunity: that iman
before them did noit litie He
mentioned that the ClIa( of 2i.11.14
is a product of FAMUli's "ienais-
sance." and the', shouldd be proud
to haje seen. fiist-hand. the insti-
tutonl re', l alized
According to Meek ecer'one
has a stone, to tell For the F.-\hlU
graduates. the', shared srinlar
'"You ha'e been goien this
incredible chance. he said
"Renmeber to v. alk \\lth \,our
famill\ not aj'a', Yo.i'1 need
them to become the leader that
\oi kiio\ sou ;iar \When ou
lej'.e here,. .ou kill not be the fol-
lo er but the leader'
Soledad O'Brien picked up
v.here Meek left toft durtii the
third session .t commencement
The African Children's Choir performs their major musical production Journey of Hope, high-
lighting song and dance from across Africa (2008)
All Photos by: The African Children's Choir
George, South Africa: The 1st African
Children's Choir from Nkomazi, South The African Children's Choir greets HM Queen
Africa, meets Nelson Mandela and Will Elizabeth II at a concert for The Observance for
Smith at Mandela's 46664 Concert Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey
The African Children's Choir tours for the Queensland Music Festival at various cities
and towns in the province of Queensland, Australia (August 2007)
Acclaimed African Children's ChoirTM to Perform
The internationally acclaimed African Children's ChoirTM will be per-
forming free community concerts in Jacksonville in May!
The African Children's Choir entertains millions at community con-
certs and special events around the world. Their purpose: to raise
awareness of the plight of Africa's most vulnerable, but also to show
the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child.
For 25 years the African Children's Choir has shown the world that
Africa's children have unlimited potential, they just need a little assis-
As ambassadors, the children in the Choir represent millions of chil-
dren living on a continent in turmoil. "The children in the Choir repre-
I sent millions of children in Africa." says Choir Founder Ray Barnett.
"They are bright, articulate and motivated. We believe they can make
All of the Choir children have come from extreme poverty; many have
lost at least one parent. Yet in spite of their circumstances the children
Sradiate hope! They know that because of the African Children's Choir
their lives will change. The Choir is committed to helping these chil-
Sdren physically, spiritually, emotionally and academically, giving each
Child an opportunity to reach their potential.
SBarnett says, "The needs among African children are so greatI
because of war and the AIDS pandemic sweeping across the conti-
Snent, yet these children are so full of joy. They truly are hope to the
SConcerts are a high-energy mixture of traditional African songs and
Dances, well-known gospel favorites and much-loved children's songs.
Colorful African costumes, beautiful voices and infectious smiles
Charm audiences and bridge cultural gaps across nations.
Admission is free! A free-will offering is collected at each concert to
Support education, care and emergency relief for over 7,000 children
in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana and
Each year, new Choirs are formed and touring children return to their
Homelands to finish their education. The children will receive a quality
education, leadership training and spiritual ministry that builds on the
Unique international exposure received while abroad, and the children
will be supported until they have completed post-secondary school.
SFormer Choir members are now doctors, teachers, journalists, engi-
neers and so much more.
Don't miss your opportunity to see the internationally acclaimed
i African Children's Choir perform!
Sunday, May 10th 8:45am & 11:00am at Ortega United Methodist
Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd
Sunday, May 10th 6:00pm at Central Church of the Nazarene
2130 University Blvd N, Jacksonville
Wednesday, Mayl3th 7:00pm at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church,
1880 Edgewood Ave West
For more information on the African Children's Choir, visit
www.africanchildrenschoir.com, or call toll-free: 1-877-532-8651 .
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By: Julia H. Wilson
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The Jacksonville Urban Leagues hosted it's 2nd annual 3E-
Empowerment Summit focusing on Education, Economic
Empowerment, Employment and Training, proved to be a winning
combination for both vendors and participants. The summit consist-
ed of over 35 local employers, organizations, colleges and several
health and wellness awareness information booths. It was a great
networking experience that offered a variety of empowerment
workshops such as workforce development training, character
building, and financial literacy training as well as providing employ-
ment opportunities to all who attended.
Several employers spoke to participants about immediate job
openings at their company. The agencies offered various types of
free services to the community to include free HIV testing with
immediate results. The summit offered a youth watch which provid-
ed useful information to many youth and young adults.
The youth watch segment was an outstanding hit; youth from
Andrew Jackson, A. Phillip Randolph and Lake Shore Middle
School were bussed in to attend the event. Youth ranging in age
from 15 to 17 participated in the 1st annual youth symposium, they
were pro-active, attentive and shared their views and thoughts on
topics such as parenting, male responsibility, suicide, childhood
obesity, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, STD, drug/alcohol abuse
and pre-martial sex.
Participants arriving early were able to receive free breakfast and
coffee provided by McDonalds while several professional develop-
ment prizes were given away including back packs and $25 gift
cards sponsored by Winn-Dixie. Pepsi sponsored signage as
advertisement. The local news paper the Florida Star and support-
ed this major event by offering weekly radio announcements of the
up-coming event on both WCGL AM 1360 and FM Station 105.7
supported the event with weekly radio announcements. Many
employers surveyed responded favorably to the overall summit
event of services.
Tanya Downs, Linnie Finley, Katnna Hill, Clorinda Sanders, Julia Wilson,
Tamara Stephers, and Richard Danford all with The Jacksonville Urban League,
The Foundation Academy's Annual
Derek Caywood and other students of The
Foundation Academy are gearing up for their annual
Spring Musical. This year's musical is Cotton Patch
Gospel, an exuberant, often hilarious, retelling of the
Gospels of Matthew and John set in rural Georgia.
High School students at the Foundation
Academy are gearing up for their annual
Spring Musical. This year's musical is
Cotton Patch Gospel, an exuberant, often
hilarious, retelling of the Gospels of
Matthew and John set in rural Georgia. The
show features fantastic bluegrass music
and of course, southern accents.
Foundation Academy students are espe-
cially excited about the spring musical this
year, because after 15 years of borrowing
space, they finally have their very own the-
ater! The school opened its 23 acre cam-
pus this past fall, including the wonderful
Blackbox Theater. Cotton Patch Gospel is
appropriate for all ages, and is sure to be
an inspirational experience for your whole
family. seating is limited so call now to
reserve your seats! For Tickets: 904-241-
Cotton Patch Gospel runs
May 1,2,8,9 @ 8pm
May 3, 10 @ 2pm
The Foundation Academy Blackbox
Theater is located at
3675 San Pablo Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Fl 32224
Vivian Nguyen of The Foundation Academy visits
Community Connections with her Advisory class.
The Foundation Academy's advisory classes com-
plete community service hours, work on team build-
ing activities, and students meet with their advisor
concerning school work and other issues.
For more information or to register for the 2009-
2010 school year, please call 904-241-3515 or
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FAMU Spring 2009 Grads Overcome Adversity
Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law student Soeurette Michel fled her native
home of Haiti after her father's assassination.
Ruth Korie, FAMU social work master's student, moved to the United States from her home
in Nigeria but was abandoned by her husband and left to raise her five children in an unfa-
What do these women have in common? They overcame tremendous obstacles and adver-
sity to be successful. They graduated and attended the 2009 FAMU spring commencement on
Something Michel knew she was "destined" for. "I never considered my time in the U.S.
difficult because I kept my eyes on the prize," she said. "When I moved here, I knew exact-
ly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be."
After the assassination of her father in 1990, Michel, 36, was urged by her family to leave her
home of Haiti and migrate to Florida, in 2001.
Now, after eight years, Michel has earned her associate of science, bachelor of science, and
master of science degrees and obtained the juris doctorate degree on May 3, at the FAMU
spring 2009 commencement.
As a young girl in the United States, Michel learned to speak English by reading children's
books and watching American cartoons. She eventually tested well enough in her understand-
ing of the language to enroll at the community college level.
"Gosh it, has been challenging," she exclaimed. "When I finally started school it was a
nightmare. One day my mother suggested that I read children books. I believed my first
semester I almost had perfect scores in reading, writing, and speech." Michel attended Haiti
State University, and the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree legal
studies, certification of juvenile justice leadership and master's of sciences in criminal jus-
Michel, an avid server to the community, has served as Student Bar Association Community
Service Chair with the FAMU College of Law. She also founded and is the current president
of the College of Law's Caribbean Law Students Association. Michel plans on taking the bar
exam in July and will enroll as a master's of law student at St. Thomas University, Miami,
Fla., in the fall.
Like Michel. Ruth found herself in a new home and alone, but made the decision to trans-
form hope into reality.
After leading their home in Nigeria and settling in Tallahassee, Fla., Korie was promised by
her ex-husband that she would be able to start college after giving birth to five children. After
having her fifth child, her first born was in second-grade, and she still had not enrolled at a
college or university.
'"People would tell me to wake up," Korie said. "My ex-husband would say things like,
'We've been in the U.S. for 10 years and you have no education. What do you think you're
going to do without an education?' But I just tried to stay hopeful."
Korie woke up one morning, four months after the birth of her fifth child, and her ex-hus-
band was gone. He had relocated to Spain, where it was almost impossible to track his where-
"My major focus w\as my children." Korie said. "I did not \want them to miss out on school
or become psychological\ and emotionally distressed from grow ing uip without a father. So
I made sure I was there for them as much as possible."
Korie eventually attended Tallahassee Comnmunity College and was admitted to the FAMU
School of Nursing. Soon after, she decided the course load was too rigorous for her family
life. She transferred to the FAMU College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Social Work,
where she earned her bachelor's of science in social work at FAMU.
Ironically, while Korie was in her last year as a master's student, her son was in his first year
in the School of Business and Industry.
"With the help of God, I am able to say sometimes that I have amazed myself," she
exclaimed. "I wanted to make sure my children did not fall into the cracks in society. I made
a way to be successful. The most difficult aspect of my journey was the financial support, but
I made it. I did it."
Korie is now a qualified counselor and mentor for single parents and plans on one day start-
ing her own child welfare e agency.
Pamela Tolson.Pamela.Tolson@,famu.edu.(850) 412-5211
Angel Suri.Angel.Suri@famuduedu.(850) 561-2499
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commencing at JESSIE'S
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Youth Development Specialist: Duval County
The Youth Development Specialist position is responsible
for providing social services and assistance to improve
the functioning of children and their families. The special-
ist is responsible for maximizing the family well-being and
the academic functioning of children in schools by
addressing such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbe-
havior, and truancy. Applicant must possess a college
degree in Sociology or Psychology, or related fields with a
minimum of 2 yrs. experience in Social Service or a com-
bination of education and experience. Must have comput-
er skills and knowledge of various types of software.
Apps/Resumes may be mailed or faxed to NFCAA Attn:
HR Dept., P.O. Box 52025, Jacksonville, FL 32201 or fax:
(904) 398-7480. Phone:.(904) 398-7472 ext. 206.
Closing date of application is 5/6/09.
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Temporary position not to exceed 9 weeks. The On-Site
Program Assistant is responsible for the coordination of all
youth activities at assigned campus/work sites, monitoring
student work performance and monitoring student class-
room activities. Applicant must possess a high school
diploma a minimum of two years experience working with
children in recreation or supervision of children's pro-
grams. A degree in Sociology or Psychology is desired.
Must be able to communicate both orally and written to
children and adults. Apps/Resumes may be mailed to
NCFCAA Attn: HR Dept., P.O. Box 52025, Jacksonville,
FL 32201 or fax: (904) 398-7480. Phone (904) 398-7472.
Closing date of application is 05/13/2009.
Affordable Housing OPPORTUNITY
(904) 798-5358 TTY (904) 798-9474
INVITATION FOR BIDS FOR THE
ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
The Governing Board of the District requests that interested parties
respond to the solicitations) below by June 8, 2009. Further information
is available through Onvia DemandStar at www.demandstar.com [(800)
711-1712], or the District's website at http://www.sjrwmd.com/procure-
ment/index.html. Bid packages may be obtained from Onvia
DemandStar or the District by contacting Pam Paulk at (386) 329-4469
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BID NUMBER 25375
ANNUAL CIVIL WORKS NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN
The proposed work primarily involves projects including but not limit-
ed to stormwater treatment, wetland restoration, general earthwork,
dewatering, levee construction, culverts and water control structures,
erosion control facilities, cast in place and pre-cast concrete, stabilized
and/or paved roadways and ground cover. If an award is made, an
Agreement shall be executed for a term of one year, with the options to
renew for two (2) additional one-year periods with the written mutual
consent of the Successful Contractor and District, which shall occur
prior to the expiration date of each term and.be contingent upon avail-
ability of funds.
The District issued forty-five (45) work orders over the last three (3)
years to date for an estimated expenditure of $21,818,454 with an aver-
age work order issued in the amount of $484,855. The estimated budg-
et for the first term of this contract is $5,000,000 for the Southern
Region and $2,000,000 for the Northern Region.
MAY 14, 2009 at 10:00A.M.
The pre-bid conference is intended to provide Responders the
opportunity to receive clarification of any requirement of this Invitation
BID OPENING: 2:00 P.M.
JUNE 8, 2009
St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters
*4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177
(Room number available at reception desk on day of opening.)
Presentation of staff's recommendation to District's Governing
July 14, 2009
Special accommodations for disabilities may be requested through or by
calling (386) 329-4450 (TDD), at least five (5) business days before the
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