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Motorcycle Mother of
3 Dies. Arrest Made
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died from accident
33, hit and run driver
On Wednesday, April 13,
motor cycle rider, Yvonne
Roberts, 28, and the mother of
three who was a student at
Florida State College in
Jacksonville was on Lem
Turner near Trout River when a
car pulled out in front of her
causing Roberts to crash into
the side of the car.
Blankenship left the scene
without stopping. Roberts was
wearing a helmet but suffered
serious injuries and died about
a week later. Blankenship was
arrested at her apartment on the
day of the accident.
Roberts services will be held
Saturday, 11 a.m., SMC
Church of the Master.
Pastor Drowns in Lake
The Rev. William Jones,
72, pastor of a Hilliard
church fell off a boat
Tuesday morning while he
Sand his wife were fishing at
Family members say the
couple fished almost week-
ly at the creek from their
boat and can't understand
Pastor William Jones what happened. He was
not wearing a life jacket.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office dive team searched
for and found Jones after about 25 minutes.
A neighbor called for help after hearing Mrs. Jones
screaming for help and stating that her husband could
not swim. However, many say the water is murky and
difficult to swim in. The Jones' were about to celebrate
50 years of marriage. He had been preaching for about
Duval County School Board
Votes for Outside
Management for Raines,
Ribault, Jackson and North
The Duval County School Board voted 4 to 3 to turn
over the four intervene schools to an Educational
Management Organization. The four schools are
Raines, Ribault, Jackson and North Shore K-8 all pre-
dominantly minority attended institutions and are cur-
rently under-performing. The board members said they
would not vote to close the schools but would leave
that up to the state.
The Board will now contract with the newly formed
Duval Partners for Excellent Education.
Florida Governor Proposes
Cutting Funds to Two Black
Gov. Rick Scott proposed budget is cutting funds to
Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, and
Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens.
Florida has fully funded these two HBCU's. Florida
has two others, FAMU and Edward Waters.
HBCU's lead the nation in accepting first generation
college students. FAMU students, Jamal Rose and
Lucas Melton are leading the fight against this action.
Nearly 3,000 in City for
Most Worshipful Grand Master Anthony
T. Stafford, Sr., Florida, Belize, Central
America & St. John, U.S. Virgin Island,lnc
Growing Gas Prices
President to Begin
The Most Worshipful Grand Master Anthony T. Stafford, Sr., at 48, is
the youngest Grand Master elected to serve in this position. He was elect-
ed at the age of 47. In the past, those in this position have been over 50.
But the younger age did not spark any fear in this Grand Master as he
served possibly the largest attendance during this 141st Communication in
Jacksonville from April 15 to April 18, 2011.
Grand Master Stafford laid out his plans for the organization to continue
to grow and serve. He stated that he will continue to build relationships
and work to upgrade and build for the future.
His first effort will go towards activating all 138 Lodges.
The historical 104 year old building on Broad Street will complete its
renovation and office space will be made available for rent. It sits across
" from the Duval County Court House, which is scheduled to be completed
soon. Such renovations will bring income to the organization and allow
g them to increase their presence among our youth; feed the hungry and offer
4 more scholarships for those who are motivated through them, to continue
Grand Master Stafford said he plans to spend his five-year term in a very
c constructive manner as the organization increase their efforts to work with
the young men from 9 to 18. His plan list is long but achievable.
President Obama said Thursday that the Justice
Department will attempt to find out if there are cases of
fraud or manipulation in oil markets which is causing
the increase in gasoline to $4.00 per gallon.
The president said, "We are going to make sure no one
is taking advantage of the American people for their
own short-term gain."
President Obama said that this increase in the price of
gas is causing a hardship on Americans at a time when
things are already tough.
Attorney General Holder said he will press ahead with
the investigation, but did not cite any current evidence
of intentional manipulation of oil and gas prices or
President Obama said he is committed to making sure
there is no fraud or any form of cheating.
Diddy Dirty Money
Coming to Jacksonville
The group Diddy
Dirty Money will be
in Jacksonville on
their eleventh stop,
S "Coming Home
Only days away
from their April 28th
performance at Plush,
G' Abrams with The
Florida Star newspa-
per set time aside to speak with Dawn and Kalenna,
minus the hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs. The
story will appear next week. Catch it!
Mrs. Clark Needs Help
with Fire Damage
In December, 2010, Ms.
Ethel Clark's home was
badly burned. She did not
have insurance on the
house and is unable to have
the house repaired. Prior to
the house fire, Ms. Clark,
who has helped so many
Ms. Ethel Clark, 87 people in the city, spent
time in the hospital. Now
she needs help as the judge gave her until May 1, 2010
to at least get started on getting the repairs done.
Ms. Clark is seeking financial help or physical help so
that she will get off the 'homeless' list. You may call
her at (904) 353-4472. Please help her.
with Fraud Scheme
Jacksonville realtor, Mark
Gruszecki, 42, and Kessler
Holzendorf, 42, have been
indicted on 15 counts of mail
Fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud
and one count of conspiracy to
commit mail and wire fraud.
Kessler Holzendorf, 42 According to reports, the two
conspired together to defraud
lenders and received kickbacks out of the purchase of
15 residential properties.
Kessler is the son of Betty and King Holzendorf, a
very influential family in Jacksonville.
Haiti President-Elect Coming
to America for 3-day Tour
Michael Martelly arrived in
America for a 3-day tour in
v/ Washington, D.C. where he
will meet with Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, Robert
Zoellick of the World Bank
and others in charge of the case
of Haiti. Mr. Martelly will take office May 14.
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Responding to the business leaders, calling for an independent board with power to hire and fire principals,
teachers and school personnel (TU letters from readers).
Teachers are not the problem at the Intervene Schools!
Instead the leaders should be asked where the outcry is for the depressed/ dysfunctional communities that the
Intervene Schools are located. With your silence on those conditions for years you did in fact sanctioned the sta-
How does one expect those failing students to excel with the pernicious atrocious effects of policy, practices,
preachers, politicians and most parents that they have to endure?
Many factions are culpable for the conditions thrust on these children. The business leaders basically have had
a zero sum total effect in uplifting the distressed communities, or the students that they purport to enrich their
lives with a good education.
One of the business leaders that signed the letter his success is not a result of his genius, but by political con-
nections with tax payer's money, 5 ml from the JEDC (for me that smacks on corruption). While others saw tax
money diverted from poor black communities to be used for gentrification.
Jacksonville have demonstrated that a vibrant economic high tide dose not raise all boats. It is treachery to claim
it is in the interest of the students, motivated by self-serving motives.
With the travesty that took place in the last gubernatorial election the aim of the business leaders are acting in
a surreptitious move as a precursor for the governor to run roughshod and bust unions and bring a peonage serv-
ice workers force to Florida. The Governor wants to take collective bargaining out of the state constitution!
Business leaders (signatories to the letter) your request is merely a sham and bamboozle! Be prudent people
from around the world are not taking well to dictators.
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Jacksonville, Florida 32208
May 17, 2011
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SchoolsToday in the U. S. A.
Schools in the United States are more segregated today than they have been in
more than over four decades. Millions of non-white students are locked into
"dropout factory" high schools, where large percentages do not graduate, and few
are well prepared for college or a future.
Schools in low-income communities remain highly unequal in terms of funding,
qualified teachers, curriculum and infrastructure. While many cities came under
desegregation court orders during the civil rights era, most suburbs, because they
had few minority students at that time, did not.
When minority families began to move to the suburbs in large numbers, there was
no plan in place to attain or maintain desegregation, appropriately train teachers and
staff, or recruit non-white teachers to help deal with new groups of students. Over
eighty-five percent of the nation's teachers are white, and little progress is being
made toward diversifying the nation's teaching force.
I am not sure why a lawsuit similar to the 1954 Brown case has not occurred
against state's and local school districts as it relates to modern day segregation. For
much of the ninety years preceding the Brown case, race relation in the U.S. had
been dominated by racial segregation.
This policy had been endorsed in 1896 by the United States Supreme Court case
of Plessy v. Ferguson, which held that as long as the separate facilities for the sepa-
rate races were equal, segregation did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment ("no
State shall... deny to any person... the equal protection of the laws.").
The plaintiffs in Brown asserted that this system of racial separation, while mas-
querading as providing separate but equal treatment of both white and black
Americans, instead perpetuated inferior accommodations, services, and treatment
for black Americans. Racial segregation in education varied widely from the 17
states that required racial segregation to the 16 that prohibited it.
I maintain that if we are to continue along a path of deepening separation and
entrenched inequality it will only diminish our common potential, and continue to
build/fill prisons and add to greater tax burdens.
"At no Time do we condone wrongness on either side of the wall".
Richard P Burton, Sr., Director
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We provide events speakers and organize and facilitate criminal/juvenile justice
APRIL 23, 2011
Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
Central Metropolitan Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church
Plans Unity Day
(Pit tlred: Row 1) Jacquelyn Johnson, Gladys Brown, Doris
Pitts, Etta R. Sanders, Shirlhy Smith, Rev. & Mrs. Clarance
Heath, Shaliel Pitts, Sallie Moore, Peter Knox. (Row 2):
Marion Sheffield, Yvonne Williams, Annette Dues, Ann
Sneed, Deloris Payne, Pearl West, Mamie Burke, Peggy
Jackson, Sharon Coon, Kendra H. Johnson, Chel/ty B.
Washington, and Debra Di/ Aeu enrn Photo by: Allen Moore
"Central on the Pearl Glorifying God in the Spirit of
Unity" Romans 15:5-6 is the theme for this year's
Unity worship service. Officers and members under
the leadership of Sister Shirley Smith are making plans
for Unity Day, May 22, 2011, 10:45 am. Join Pastor
Clarence Kelby Heath and Central CME Church;
located at 4611 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL.
Fasten together with us in ministering love in action in
Spring Revival will set in motion Thursday, April
21, and Friday, April 22, at 7:00 pm. Thursday night
guest speaker is Rev. Kenneth Thomas, Mobile, Ala.
Friday night guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Vanessee Bums,
Orlando, FL. On Tuesdays, at 6:30 pm, Prayer
Meeting and Bible Study, Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
Bible Study, Wednesdays, at 2:00 pm-3:00 pm the
Feeding Ministry, Wednesdays, at 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
Temple Maintenance (Fitness Ministry). These min-
istries are open to the Jacksonville community. For
more information call the administrative office at 904
354-7426 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm Monday -Friday.
Sunday Music May 2011
Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville
free and open to the public
Sunday, May 1, 10:45 am
Flat Mountain Ramblers vocals,
flute, mandolin, guitar
Celtic & Beyond
Sunday, May 8, 10:45 am
In Celebration of Mother's Day
Kimberly Beasley, soprano; Jeanne Huebner, piano
Sunday, May 15, 10:45 am
Jason Anderson Sean Tarleton, jazz duo
Back by popular demand!
Sunday, May 22, 10:45 am
Hector Gonzalez, countertenor
Sunday, May 29, 10:45 am
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The Church FELLOWSHIP WORSHIP MIN-
ISTRIES and Bishop Bruce V. Allen at 8808 Lem
Turner Rd. invite everyone to a Resurrection
Celebration for the Jacksonville Community on April
23, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Come, enjoy an event that
has something for the whole family. There will be chil-
dren learning activities based on the Resurrection of
Christ, live DJ, music, dance, face painting, Easter egg
hunt, treats, talent showcase, plus, free haircuts for chil-
dren from 6 to 17 years of age, and more! You don't
want to miss this celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ.
See you there!
Mae Cummings, 84, died
April 12, 2011.
BELL, Susan Katherine,
68, died April 6, 2011.
CALHOUN, Mary C.,
88, died April 13, 2011.
CIUFO, Michael, 91,
died April 16, 2011.
CONNELL, Hershell E.,
70, died April 14, 2011.
COON, Ermel Imogene,
72, died April 17, 2011.
87, died April 14, 2011.
Elizabeth, died April 6,
Charity, 89, died April 16,
ERNST, Thomas E., Jr.,
41, died April 15, 2011.
EVANS, Jay, 56, died
April 16, 2011.
Jackson, 57, died April 3,
"Lonnie," died April 15,
FINLEY, Lois Ann, died
April 12, 2011.
Elizabeth John, 89, died
April 16, 2011.
GORSKI, Esther, 100,
died April 17, 2011.
HAWKINS, Chris, 64,
died April 16, 2011.
HEARON, Edna Ruth,
75, died April 8, 2011.
Dorothy Wright, 82, died
April 17, 2011.
JACKSON, Roy Marvin,
Sr., 66, died April 17,
JAROSZ, Clarice, 87,
died April 18, 2011.
JONES, Walter Lee, Sr.,
88, died April 13, 2011.
LAWSON, Felicia died
April 10, 2011.
LOWELL, Beverly, died
April 16, 2011.
A., 55, died April 15,
Kirkland, 89, died April
NEILL, John L., Jr., died
April 14, 2011.
RAYMOND, Mary, died
April 12, 2011.
RESPESS, Eugene, April
RHODES, Andrew, died
April 13, 2011.
April 12, 2011.
Marie, 65, died April 15,
SKIPPER, Mary, died
April 17, 2011.
SMITH, Phyllis Ann,
died April 16, 2011.
SMITH, Reed Juston, 62,
died April 14, 2011.
STEWARD, Ethel, April
STOOPS, Gertrude C.,
90, died April 16, 2011.
TUCKER, Corris, 85,
died April 15, 2011.
WALKER, Martha, 93,
died April 14, 2011.
Dezmond, III, 68, died
April 15, 2011.
WEST, Madeline, 87,
died April 16, 2011.
WILLIAMS, Ida Lee,
died April 16, 2011.
died April 11,2011.
H., died April 13, 2011.
HALL, Thomas, died
April 17, 2011.
PERKINS, Pamela M.,
56, died April 17, 2011.
RAY, Willa Jean, 81,
died April 11, 2011.
RHODES, Fred L., 64,
died April 14, 2011.
Adley, 60, died April 10,
RUSSELL, Martha, died
April 15, 2011.
SNYDER, Kathryn L.,
33, died April 14, 2011.
90, died April 14, 2011.
WHITTEN, Diana, 55,
died April 17, 2011.
SThe Church Directory
"Come and Worship With Us"
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School ..................................9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning $';.
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.
Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor-
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus ,.
(904) 764-5727 Church w
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service .............. ................. 10:00 a.m .
Church School .................................... 8:30 p.m.
"Glory Hour" Bible Study .............. ........... 10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study .......................... 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry .......... 10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion M ministry ........................... 6:30 p.m .
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr.
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.
Pa ries ChapelA.M.E. Church
22il Ih11 lI'n Street, P.O. Bo'\ "'_5 Buiintin,\ ickI 2Ii
.... (912 1 (261-9559
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623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206
Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m.
Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.
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"There's Always Something
Happening On The First Coast"
WINNER DR ALVIN G.
Dr. Alvin G. White was honored
recently by AdvancED with the L e a d e r
s h i p A w a r d for his unparalleled leader-
ship in promoting and advancing excellence
Sin education policy at the state, regional,
and/or national levels. Dr. White received
the award during the evening Recognition
Dinner and Awards Gala held during the
2011 AdvancED International Summit in
Dr. White's established career began when he was a science and physical
education teacher and then a coach. Later he served as a principal, an Area
Superintendent, and an Assistant Superintendent. He also served as Chief
Operating Officer for the Duval County School District where he displayed a
unique leadership style that gained him the respect and admiration of many. He
retired after serving 35 years in the Duval County School District.
During Dr. White's time at Duval County School District, he was instru-
mental in unifying two schools systems during the desegregation of schools in the
seventies. He was at the forefront of developing education policy geared toward
inclusion and a unitary school system. Throughout his esteemed career he champi-
oned policy that provided an equitable system of education for all children and
Prior to Dr. White's retirement from the Duval County School District, he
served as an adjunct professor at Jacksonville University, Florida A & M
University, and Nova Southeastern University. He also has worked as Dean of
Education for Jacksonville University where he taught Educational Leadership
courses. Dr. White has continued to work in higher learning as well as serve the
Duval County School System after retirement.
He also has consistently volunteered his time with the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS
CASI) and AdvancED. He has been a strong advocate for accreditation and has
served on over 100 school and District Quality Assurance Review (QAR) teams
both in Florida and states around the country.
The L e a d e r s h i p Aw a r d is recognized widely as one ofAdvancED's
most prestigious awards for recognizing achievements in education. Dr. White has
shown success: Demonstrating dedication to the education community by initiating
and/or supporting public policy that has significantly and positively impacted the
education profession; being a courageous change agent who has effectively utilized
his/her position to advance educational excellence.; demonstrating a record of sig-
nificant and distinguished contribution to developing education policy that supports
or furthers AdvancED's mission of preparing every student for success; and serv-
ing as a positive role model for future policy-makers.
Congratulations to Dr. White for his recognition and continued dedication
and commitment to educational excellence!
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The 85th Birthday Surprise
Celebration for Former State
Willye F. Dennis
SThe family of
". Willye F. Dennis
brought Mrs. Dennis
home from Ft.
Lauderdale to join other family members,
Friends and well-wishers to celebrate her 85th
AL Birthday! The Surprise Celebration was held at
the Nary L. Singleton Center in Jacksonville's Springfield area.
The Sunday afternoon party hosted by Mrs. Dennis' younger son Byron
Dennis and his lovely wife Mrs. Lucretia Dennis brought together Mrs.
Dennis'family, local friends including philanthorpist Hugh Jones, Mayoral
Candidate Alvin Brown, Kenneth Reddick, Matt Thompson, Lloyd Pearson, Sollie
Mitchell, her Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sisters and coutless others.
A Proclamation from U.S. Congresswoman Corinne Brown was read and
presented by Staffers Carolyn Chatman and Ken Johnson. Mayoral Candidate Alvin
Brown made a presentation also.
Mrs. Dennis' legacy is well established in Jacksonville, the state of Florida
and the United States. Mrs. Dennis worked as a Chief of Children's Library Services,
where she created innovative approaches to get children interested in reading. Her
tenure as president of the local NAACP chapter and the local chapter of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority was nationally noteworthy. As a businesswoman she owned a chil-
dren's learning center. Whatever and wherever Mrs. Dennis was involved her hard
work and commitment was constant.
What a fitting celebration for a leader of the citizenry!!
celeratd teir 50t
The wil cont[nuecelebrat-lI[
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API 3 201.TH.SAR.A..A.
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taken responsibility for the cleanup. Our commitment to the Gulf remains unchanged, as does our responsibility
to keep you informed.
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R. W. RussellA. Earl, Sr., Hon. Past Grand Master of Florida or HPGM, MWUGL, Florida; Hon. Jacques Jubernot, Chancellor, Grand Lodge of France or GC., GL of France; Hon.
Carl Culmer, M.W. Grand Master of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas or MWGM, PHGL, Bahamas; Hon. ilthalniel Durant, M. W. Grand Master of South Carolina or MWGM,
PHGL, South Carolina; Hon. Wilbert Curtis, M.W. Grand Master of Texas or MWGM, PHGL, Texas (also, President of the Conference of Prince Hall Grand Masters, world-wide);
Hon. Anthony T Stafford, M. W Grand Master of Florida or MWGM, MWUGL, Florida; Dr. Henry Simmons, M. W. Past Grand Master of Florida or MWPGM, MWUGL, Florida;
Rev. Dr. Michael R. Moore, MW. Past Grand Master of Florida or MWPGM, MWUGL, Florida; Dr. Ralph A. Slaughter, M.W. Grand Master of Louisiana or MWGM, PHGL of
Louisiana (immediate Past President of Southern University, in Louisiana); R.W. Bruce James, Deputy Grand Master of Georgia or RWDGM, PHGL of Georgia; and Hon. Jerome
Rapely, Past Grand Master of Florida or PGM, MWUGL, Florida
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The 141st Annual Grand Lodge
Communication of the Most Worshipful Union
Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Florida,
Belize, Central America and St. John, U. S. Virgin
Islands, Incorporated, Prince Hall Affiliated, was
held in Jacksonville, April 15-18, 2011. The events
took place at the Historic Masonic Temple on
Broad Street and at the Wyndham Hotel, led by
The Most Worshipful Grand Master Anthony
On Saturday morning with Deputy Grand
Master Walter Gulley, Jr. presiding, devotion was
held, reports were made and the organization heard
a dynamic message from Florida State Senator
Tony Hill about the urgent need to get with the
young Black men of America as role models and
mentors. Also present and providing messages of
welcome were representatives from the Office of
the Mayor, District Commissioner, Sheriffs Office
and owner of The Florida Star.
Dr. Osifeld Anderson, Territorial Grand Master
provided an extremely inspirational message.
The Grand Lodge presented a $6,000 scholar-
ship to a senior student through Charles Maxwell,
Chairman of Educational Committee, followed by
remarks by Sister Patricia Stafford, Grand
Worthy Matron who pointed out that Grand
Master Stafford was not her husband, followed
by final remarks by Anthony T. Stafford, Sr.,
Most Worshipful Grand Master. Those in atten-
dance of the packed session, left highly moti-
vated to continue the service to the communi-
ties with special emphasis on our male youth.
SClara McLaughlin, owner/publisher/editor of The Florida
Star and The Georgia Star
Patricia A, Stafford Grand Worthy Matron
Patricia A, Stafford Grand Worthy Matron
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Those who have been called from labor to reward:
Grand Lodge 42
Order of Eastern Stars 18
Holy Royal Arch Masons 7
Heroines of Jericho 22
Royal and Select Masters 2
Circle of Perfection None
Knights Templar Masons 4
Heroine Temple Crusaders 2
Scottish Rite Masons 10
Order of the Golden Circles 1
Nobles of the Mystic Shrine 9
Daughters of Isis 5
Knights of Pythagoras 1
The service was held at the Second Missionary
Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Odell Smith, Jr., Pastor. The
speaker for the Memorial Service Reverend Michael
Mitchell, Pastor, St. Stephens AME Church; Anthony T.
Stafford, 33 degree KYCH, Most Worshipful Grand
Master; and Sister Patricia Stafford, Grand Worthy
Matron, Jerusalem Grand Chapter O.E.S. (Order of
Honorable Anthony T Stafford, Sr. 330 Most Worshipful
Grand Master of Florida and Patricia A. Stafford Grand
Worthy Matron of Melbourne, Florida.
District 22 (Chari-e White, CiJi ferry, Mndray Peters,
Tiffany Bullard, Dottie Keene, Vivian James PWM, Jackie
Mitchell WM, Rita Davis, Lenora Porter WM, Chrystalia
Blyden, Lesia McKennzie WM, Willie Mae Neson PWM,
Ebony Frazier, Chantell Morrison, Madelyn Wilson, Tonia
Stile, KahdiJah Gordin, and Brenda Tucker.
Yvonne Minus Grand Conductress, Tina Marie Second
Nolden Campbell Grand Secretary, Joyce
Trobridge Grand Treasurer, Patricia A, Stafford
Grand Worthy Matron, Dr. Tracy A. Thomas
Grand Associate Matron, Lillian Carter Grand
Associate Conductress, and Rev. Dr. Elvin J.
Parker, Grand Worthy Patron
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S TALLAHASSEE, Today, Florida A&M University (FAMU) signed an agreement with
the Prince Hall Shriners Foundation (PHSF) to host the 3rd Annual Diabetes Classic.
The Classic is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, which will feature a weekend of
r: activities including a golf tournament, parade, health screenings and seminars and the
football game between FAMU and Delaware State University.
"Florida A&M University is pleased to partner with the Prince Hall Shriners
Foundation for the third Annual Diabetes Classic," said James H. Ammons, presi-
dent of FAMU. "I am confident that this will be a successful partnership as we sup-
port a great cause."
The Classic is designed to bring awareness to the community about diabetes and
Raise funds for not only diabetes but for FAMU's athletics department.
S"Diabetes is very personal to me," said Oliver Washington Jr., president of the Prince
Dr. James Ammons, President, FAMU Noble Oliver Washington, Jr., President, PHSF Hall Shriners Foundation and chairman of the Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Football
Classic. "I have dedicated my life completely to diabetes. Every Monday, Wednesday
and Friday at 4 a.m. I wake up and take my wife to the clinic. My wife is not obese nor does the history of diabetes run in her family. We hear that individuals get diabetes
because of family history, but that is not true. We have to have a new conversation about people of color and diabetes. If we don't do anything about it, by 2025 the total
number of people with diabetes will make up the population of 17 states in the U.S."
The thought of falling behind 2-0 at With one of the most difficult sched-
home in an NBA playoff series must dules in the NFL for the 2011 season;
have been dreadful for the Orlando the Jacksonville Jaguars will play
Magic. But after losing game 1 against three nationally televised prime-time
wel the high-flying Atlanta Hawks 103-93, games this season. Two of the three
Sthe possibility of going to the ATL on games will be in the friendly confines
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the Magic's championship hopes. Ravens on October 24th and the other
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7 series tied at one a piece. Howard left The Jags finished at .500 last season with a record of 8-8. This year they look to
it all on the court after a 48 minute, 33 improve on that mark, but it won't be easy. Opponents this year were a combined
point, and 19 rebound performance in 133-123 in the 2010 season.
route to a 88-82 Magic victory. "I just
didn't want to give them a chance to
win." Howard said afterwards. "I trust THE
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the Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat defense, led by LeBron James, who finished the
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APRIL 23, 2011
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On March 27, teams from four Sam's CLub locations in our area
gathered together at Edward Waters College for the second time to see
which club can outplay the rest. The winner was to leave with bragging
rights for 2011.
But, great basketball games was not the only thing that this event
had lined up. The event began with a battle of the bands featuring drum-
lines from First Coast, Raines, Ribault, and Andrew Jackson High
Schools. Pepsi also sponsored a slam dunk contest for all attendees, with
prizes being awarded to the winner.
With food from Jerome Brown Barbecue, family friendly games,
and special celebrity visits including members of the Roar and
Jacksonville Giants, the event was fun for all.
All proceeds benefited Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
Jaycen Lanier, Courtney Lanier, and Congresswoman Corrine Brown
William M Raines High School D Death Crew Carl Green, Joshua Bowes, Quent
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University is proud to partner with
Cintas in launching the e-
Photo caption: President Ammons (at the
podium) announced the launch of FAMU's Rattler.com," said FAMU President
new online store during a press conference. James H. Ammons. "e-Rattler.com
FAMU students participated by modeling will allow our campus community
some of the specially designed apparel, and alumni from all over the world
as well as our friends and support-
ers to purchase FAMU attire with the click of a mouse on their computers.
This is a great opportunity for FAMU and our supporters."
FAMU receives 17.5 percent from Cintas for all online sales. Proceeds
from the online sales will be used to support the university.
"Cintas is very excited that we have collaborated with FAMU to further
expand our relationship through the exclusive launch of e-Rattler.com," said J.
Phillip Holloman, president and COO, Cintas Corporation. "We want e-
Rattler.com to be a buyer-friendly experience that showcases Rattler pride -
today, tomorrow and forever."
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America.
Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform pro-
grams, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products,
first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document manage-
ment services to approximately 800,000 businesses.
Following the press conference, a fashion show, "Collegiate Couture:
FAMU Swag with an Ivy League Tag," was held to showcase the various
apparel. Some of FAMU's student modeling troupes modeled the apparel.
As part of the promotional celebration, individuals were provided with
scratch off tickets that provided special discounts on their first purchase.
Several restaurants in the Tallahassee community participated in the kick off
of e-Rattler.com by distributing tickets to their patrons. The participating
restaurants included Zaxby's on Apalachee Parkway and West Tennessee
Street; Lindy's Fried Chicken on South Monroe Street; Wendy's on S. Monroe
Street; Burger King on South Monroe Street and Kentucky Fried Chicken on
Paul Russell Road.
For more information, call (850) 599-3413 or visit e-Rattler.com.
Honorable Anthony T. Stafford, Sr 33, Most Worshipful
Grand Master of Florida, presenting the $6,000 Scholarship
Award to Akacia S. McBride from James S. Richards High
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