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Place of Publication: Miami, Fla.
Publication Date: April 19, 2006
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South's Largest Black Weekly Circulation

One Family Serving Since. 1923
Informing Miami-Dade
and Broward Counties

Opa-locka mayor: 'Positive things are occurring'

"... the biggest thing residents can do is

to hold elected officials accountable .. ."

By Renee M. Harris

By whatever name he is
called, Mayor Joseph Kelley
appears to be good for Opa-
locka. The gentleman known
as 'Coach Joe' to Opa-locka
youth, 'Reverend Kelley' to his
parishioners and 'Mayor

Kelley' to the citizens of Opa-
locka has made some signifi-
cant progress in the belea-
guered predominately Black
Opa-locka has been known
for generating the scandal-rid-
den or violent headlines that
sell newspapers and keep eyes
glued to the six o'clock news.

Mayor Kelley
the appeal of
those head-
lines, but is
intent on gen-
erating new
headlines that
may not gar-
KELLEY ner the kind
of publicity
the city has had in the past -
but are good for the city
The Miami Times invited

Mayor Kelley to discuss his
city's progress its past, pres-
ent and a future that may not
include him.
The city's past was began in
1926 by Glen Curtis, the same
guy responsible for the cre-
ation of Miami Springs. An all
white city, Opa-locka
remained that way until the
1970's when Albert Tresvant,
the city's first Black mayor
was elected. Shortly there-
after, the city's commission
shifted to a predominately

Black body.
The city has had its share of
negatives. Among them, a
steady increase in crime,
shady dealings and financial
mismanagement that led to a
self-declared state of emer-
gency and the highly publi-
cized murder of little Melanise
Malone inside the city's noto-
rious Triangle.
Those are the type of head-
lines Kelley would prefer to
leave in the past.
Opa-locka sees 13.6% reduc-

tion in crime!; Opa-locka
released from financial emer-
gency two years early; Opa-
locka mayor urges residents to
hold him accountable are the
headlines Kelley prefers.
Part of the city's present
includes efforts to curb the
seemingly out of control crime
rate. A major part of that effort
included hiring a new police
chief just months prior to
Melanise's murder, a painful
reminder of the crime infested
Please turn to KELLEY 8A

Bradley faces flak

for hiring error

By Jarrell Douse 1,000 employees at the
Miami Times Writer Department of
Transportation," Bradley
The director of Miami-Dade said. He said under "the
Transit, Roosevelt county's provision
Bradley, is under it is permissible to
investigation for bring someone in
alleged improper at a salary other
hiring practices. than entry level."
Allegedly, a Miami-Dade's
Broward woman, transit system is
Beatrice Fullington, one of the top 10
50, was hired as a largest public
temporary worker transportation
whose entry level systems in the
earnings exceeded country. Bradley's
the $49,000 a year BRADLEY supporters say a
salary. Fullington, system of that size
for unclear reasons, was makes it plausible that a new
brought in at the intermedi- hire with a criminal record
ate pay of $62,000. could fall through the loop-
"For the past two and a half holes of the 4,000 plus
years, we have hired over Please turn to BRADLEY 10A

Cynteria Phillips,

murdered foster child,

to be remembered
By Renee M. Harris a clean-up campaign on
rharris@) Saturday morning in an
effort to rid the alley of the
A spot that was the final overwhelming debris present
scene of unspeakable there. Miami
tragedy for a young Edison Senior
girl whose life seemed High students -
full of nothing more who are also mem-
will be removed of the bers of the Mayor's
debris that covers it, Youth Council -
but not the memory of will join the mayor,
her brutal demise, the commissioner,
Commissioner ss City of Miami
Michelle Spence- Litterb u s ters,
Jones plans to com- Miami Solid Waste,
memorate the life of PHILLIPS Public Works and
Cynteria Phillips near Parks and
the location where her Re c r e a t ion
body was found nearly Departments in
six years ago. The cleaning up the
thirteen year old girl area frequently
had run away from a used as a short cut
foster care shelter and by the area's stu-
was likely living on dents.
the streets when she To commemorate
was raped and mur- Phillip's death,
dered. No one has SPENCE JONES Spence-Jones will
been charged in her dedicate a memori-
death. al to Cynteria that will be
Spence-Jones is launching Please turn to PHILLIPS 6A

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By Jarrell Douse
Miami Times Writer

At 10:19 a.m., a pubescent
teenaged boy who looks to be
no older than 15 years of age
stands before Judge William
Johnson in courtroom 2-6 at
the Juvenile Justice
Center. No taller than
5'7" and with a face
not yet infiltrated
with the budding
hairs of a promising
moustache and
beard, he listens with
his head lowered as
Johnson asks him,
"Are you aware that JOH!
you are pleading
guilty to the charges of bat-
tery, young man? You are
not on any type of medica-
tions or illegal substances are


you? Are you of sound mind
to what you are pleading to?"
The young man nods his
head and replies, "Yes, your
honor." Standing beside the
boy an older fellow remains
silent until Johnson asks
him, "Are you this young
man's father?"
"Unfortunately," he
says. The quiet defen-
dant turns his head to
look into his father's
eyes visibly swallow-
ing what could be pain
and penitence lodged
in his throat.
At 10:24 a.m. -
SON merely five minutes
later another juve-
nile enters the courtroom
from a different entrance
escorted by a correctional
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Dwyane Wade encourages love of reading

By Jarrell Douse
Miami Times Writer

Years after Jane Austen said
of her work, "the little bit of
ivory on which I work with so
fine a brush, as to produce the
little effect, after much
labour," it seems as though
her self-assessment of her lit-
erary prose was incorrect.
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'Flash' Wade served as the fea-
tured speaker at the Wolfson
Campus of Miami Dade
College for a discussion of his
all-time favorite read, Pride
and Prejudice. The event,
sponsored by the Florida
Center for Literacy Arts and
Books & Books, delved into the
psychology of Wade's selection
of Austen's most popular 19th
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players, they think about the
fame, the cars, the houses and
the jewelry... but, I want to
show people, tell people about
what I've learned," he said
between ear piercing screams
of his admirers. Wade defies
the notion that "if you wanna
hide something from a young
man put it in a book."
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Reading can save us
People who do not read have a hard time understand-
ing why those who do are so hooked on it. On face
value, it appears pretty boring. In a fast paced socie-
ty, sitting down with a good book is a tough sell.

But sell it we must. Especially to our children.

All our arguments about the FCAT all our demands for
'downtown' or Tallahassee to fix our schools all our con-
cerns about the achievement gap that exists between our
children and others carry little weight because, by and
large, our children do not read.

It seems so simplistic, so magical. The act of reading could
very well save children from a life of poverty, from prema-
ture pregnancy, from becoming a juvenile delinquent. But it

Dwyane Wade's sister knew it. And because of that knowl-
edge and her love for her baby brother, he is one of the most
successful and respected athletes in the country. His love of
reading made his ascension in the national basketball asso-
ciation a desire fulfilled not the singular, desperate pur-
suit that so many Wade 'wannabees' make of sports.

Opa-locka Mayor Joseph Kelley knows it. He is torn about
running for re-election in a race he is sure to win because
the office takes him away from reading to his three year old

Judge William Johnson and the other juvenile court
judges might be willing to wager bets that the young men
who appear in their courts for crimes they should be too
young to commit are not readers.

Reading expands it inspires it develops. Children gain
access to worlds they have never visited through the words
on a page images created in the mind of the author and
transferred into language for the consumption of readers.
Research has shown time and again that children who read
do better in school in their ability to comprehend their
ability to express themselves their ability to grow as

We owe it to our children whether we are parents or not
to read to them and to let them see us reading. Our pub-
lic schools and community programs are full of opportuni-
ties for volunteers to share this precious gift.

Jackie Robinson Day
Major League Baseball celebrated its annual
Robinson Day April 15. This is a great tribute to
the man who broke the color barrier in 1947 and
went on to a brilliant career that landed him in baseball's
elite Hall of Fame.

Since that day 59 years ago when Robinson took the field
and led the Brooklyn Dodgers to a victory over their
crosstown rival New York Giants there have been earth-
shaking changes in organized baseball.

Dodgers General Manager Branch Ricky believed that
whoever broke baseball's long history of segregation had to
be someone who could succeed off the fields as well that
he had to be the super Black athlete an individual, which
Robinson was.

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In an era where few major league players were college
men, Robinson had been a four-sport star at UCLA: But
Rickey also knew that Robinson was a man of unique char-
acter. Years before the Civil Rights Movement, Robinson had
the courage to say "no" when ordered to the back of the bus
in the Army and was court-martialed. (The charges were
eventually dropped.)

The first Black player in the major leagues, Rickey
believed, had to be someone who could emerge in heroic
proportions, if necessary. It was, after all the age of seem-
ingly unblemished heroic figure in what was then the
national pastime.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum pre-
serves history, honors excellence and connects generations.

Can you begin to imagine the Hall of Fame without the
contributions of these Blacks being listed? Let's say it all
started because Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate 59
years ago.

Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Satchel Paige, Robert
Clemente, Monte Irvin, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bill, Judy
Johnson, Ascar Charleston, Ernie Banks, Martin Dihigo?,
Pop Lloyd, Willie Mays, Rube Foster, Bob Gibson, Juan
Marichal, Luis Aparicio, Lou Brook, Willie McCovey, Ray
Dandridge, Billy Williamson, Willie Stargell, Joe Morgan,
Rod Carew, Fergie Jenkins, Reggie Jackson, Leon Day, Bill
Foster, Willie Wells, Larry Doby, Joe Roban, Orlando
Sepede, Joe Williams, Tony Perez, Turkey Stearnes, Kirby
Puckett, Hilton Smith, Dave Winfield, Ozzie Smith, Eddie
Murray, Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Frank
Grant, Pete Kill, Biz Mackey, Jose Mendez, Alex Pompez,
Cum Possey, Louis Santop, Mule Sutters, Ben Taylor,
Cristobaz Torriente, Sal White and Jud Wilson.


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Blacks must be wary of "free forced" labor

Dear Editor, And by any other name, its still Slavery."
slavery. If you think the jails are Parchmon Farm was th
Is there any Black people crammed full of Black people largest state run prison farm
watching this Immigration now, you wait until this bill the state of Mississippi. At or
Reform bill? Apparently, they are passes. point in time, it was over 20,00
not aware that the "plan," if the This was a method employed acres. a
Immigration Bill goes through, is shortly after the Emancipation It was the Sheriff Department
to use "free" prison labor to per- and was carried on for many job to supply, not only Parchmc
form the jobs that immigrants years in the South to keep Black Farm, but many smaller farrr
are now doing. people in servitude, with "free" prison labor.
The last time I looked, "free, There's a book called A Black man could get scoope
forced" labor was called slavery. "Parchmon Farm: Worse than up for no reason at all and ge





sentenced to years of work on
one of these "farms."
We must know the past, lest
we forget it.
My guess is that if either form
of the "Immigration Reform" Bill
passes, it's going to have a huge
impact on the lives of Black peo-

Patricia Bennett

Phillip Brutus is all about dividing and conquering

Dear Editor,

I wish someone would tell me
how Representative Phillip
Brutus could insult my intelli-
gence with that flimsy remark of
his about leaving his comfort
zone in state government to
stand up for what's right and
stand for those who can't stand
up for themselves. By that last
statement, "standing up for
themselves," I presume he
means the Haitian population.
Where was he standing when
the people who live in the
Morningside neighborhood
began taking it back? Where was

he standing when they started
taking back the Upper Eastside
and decimating Little Haiti.
Where does he stand now that
the people who do not look like
him are taking back North
Miami and have elected a new
Mayor who does not look like
him either?
So now after all the improve-
ments that have been made in
District 2, improvements that
would take up almost two or
three pages if I would try to list
them all. How has Commissioner
Rolle become so complacent?
As for Hope VI, The American
Dream is to become a home

owner, not a renter for the rest of
your life. To complete this
process, of course, people will be
displaced. But those same peo-
ple will have first choice to
become a home owner after the
homes are built.
What Representative Brutus is
talking about is already being
implemented in Miami-Dade
County. Housing is a very com-
plex issue. Especially in Miami-
Dade County and the City of
Miami, where there is almost no
property left. Why do you think
people are almost coming to
blows over the Urban Boundary
Development lines?

I do not profess to know the
real reason Representative
Brutus is leaving Tallahassee.
But if it is to come back to
Miami-Dade County and begin
the divide and conquer process,
he would do well to stay right
where he is.
Oh, now we will hear he has a
right to come and run against
Commissioner Rolle. He might
have, but I have a right not to
vote for him or anyone else with
his divide and conquer mentali-
Willie Jackson

Black leaders must not sell out

Dear Editor,

I wish to add my two cents
on (Negro) Black leadership in
South Florida. Kendrick Meek
goes without saying, is young,
vibrant, focused and will
never sell out. Leader
Frederica Wilson, with her
long arm of authority and
guidance is a blessing to our

community and now for our
Dorrin Rolle served our
communities even after losing
his wife and mother of his
children. How do we show our
leader our appreciation?
Commissioner Rolle did not
play lip service, he delivered.
Commissioner Moss, he
delivered. What we fail to real-

ize is that Georgia Ayers was
not mentioned. Sure Reverend
Curry is surrounded by a sup-
porting cast and he has been
there for issues facing our
communities, but it is not the
job of a Reverend to lead its
people into the path of right-
While I sit here in jail, there
are a few things that continue

to cross my mind. You don't
see Jews or Whites in here.
What are thy doing that we
can't do?
There are leaders in our
neighborhood, like the editor
of The Miami Times. The goal
of any leader is not to sell out.

Mark Wilson
-Miami-Dade County Jail

Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

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Black to the basics:

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot
read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and
Alvin Tofler

It is said that reading is fundamental, but I question the
acceptance of this universal mantra within Black communities
across America. "In the United States alone, one in seven people
(i.e. over 40 million people) can barely read a job offer or a util-
ity bill, which arguably makes them functionally illiterate in a
developed country such as the US," according to
Pundits concur that the best way to conceal knowledge from
Black people is to put it in a book.
In 2006, it has become evident that reading is vital to one's
employment candidacy and standard of living conditions. Last
year's Hurricane Katrina victims proved on the national level the
importance of reading comprehension and how the lack of it is
to one's own devastation.

Illiteracy has long served the Black community its vast eco-
nomic disadvantages. "Literacy has been ... used as a way to
sort populations and control who has access to power. ... In the
United States following the Civil War, the ability to read and
write were used to determine whether one had the right to vote.
This effectively served to prevent former slaves from joining the
electorate and maintained the status quo," based on the web-
site's study.
Blacks have a responsibility to acquire the skill-sets needed to
make the necessary progressive steps that march us into the
educational, political, social and all-important economic arena
as well-trained, versed and studied contenders in American
We are obligated to be the impetus of our progressive aca-
demia. What context of literacy are we using to educate and
improve ourselves?
Illiteracy? The United Nations defines illiteracy as the
"inability to read and write a simple sentence in any lan-
guage." Let's not jump to conclusions and identify 'Ebonics'
as standard American English for Black people it is our
vernacular, not a diction that screams employment mar-
ketability, even in Black-owned businesses! Ebonics should
only be acceptable if we are 'bilingual.' That is able to con-
verse correctly in mainstream society and 'kick it' in the hood
if we feel like it.

In 2003, the US Department of Education in conjunction
with the National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that
fourteen percent of 'grown-ass' Americans scored "below basic
level in prose literacy." Blacks accounted for 20 percent of the
study of individuals who lack high school diplomas or GED
The need for Blacks' interest in reading is imperative to
scratch the surface of our communal literacy deficit. "In the
US today there are groups of people living in communities
that place little, if any, value on literacy. The clustering of
illiteracy in certain areas strongly suggests that there are illit-
erate communities groups of people living in environments
in which literacy plays only a marginal role..." It's no coinci-
dence that these 'illiterate' areas are also areas with high
crime and low employment.
Black people are a people of pride and this inherent pride
often provides the prejudices that we hold against ourselves.
We hate to feel chagrined; we don't like our vulnerabilities
exposed to the world for its ridicule and especially before our
own likeness. But guess what? We have already been embar-
rassed by events recorded in our history, yet our resilient
pride has guided us to the present with all of our potential.
But, what use is our potential if it's pandemically inactive?
A study of the country's most literate cities was conducted
at Central Connecticut State University in 2005. Miami didn't
make the top ten, not even the top 20. We need to get real
about literacy as it relates to Black folk in Miami.

Illiteracy fosters incompetence-embraces fear-provides the
foundation of a life of struggling and one's struggle is subjec-
tive though almost always synonymous with poverty. An
anonymous philosopher said, "We live in a sea of poverty.
Nevertheless, this sea can decrease in size. Our work is only
a drop in a bucket, but this drop is necessary."
For those of who can comprehend the written word suc-
cinctly, the slight burden for us to bear for those who can't is
to encourage reading and writing enrichment and enlighten-
ment; however, the other party must willing to accept it.

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Reginald Clyne, Esq.

Gallagher not the right choice

The Republican race for
Governor has not inspired much
media coverage. As a result, the
shenanigans of Gubernatorial
candidate Tom Gallagher have
not drawn much attention.
Tom Gallagher has been in pub-
lic office for over three decades,
which indicates some experi-
ence with government and poli-
tics. In most cases, an individ-
ual who serves in government is
not expected to turn into a mil-
lionaire; the salaries paid to gov-
ernment employees do not nor-
mally lead to the accumulations
of millions. However, if one uses
.a government/political office to
'give favors' then such an office
can lead to millions. In the
instance of Tom Gallagher, he
has had secured a friendship
with real estate developer Ed
London that has led to his accu-
mulations of millions. Gallagher
claims that these deals are legit-
imate. However, the lines
between personal business and
state work is blurred between
these two individuals.
Gallagher has participated in
several real estate deals with
London. In 'return, Gallagher
recommended that London be
given a consultant job to fix the
finances of a bankrupt
Jacksonville insurance compa-
ny. London's firm received
$342,874 in consulting fees.
While Gallagher was in the
Cabinet, he and London bought
undeveloped lots in Highland
County for $600,000. The land
purchased just happened to be
slated for purchase by the State,
because it was part of a rare
Florida ecosystem known as the
Lake Wales Ridge. The State

offered to buy the land for $3.6
million a tidy profit of $3 mil-
lion for the investors. Gallagher
claims the deal was on the up
and up, because the purchase
went through after,he departed
from the Cabinet.
Gallagher's stock trades have
also raised eyebrows. Between
2002 and 2004, Gallagher
played the stock market by
making hundreds of online
trades through Ameritrade.
This would not be per se wrong,
except Gallagher traded nearly
$2 million in trades of AES
Ocean Express, a Virginia based
energy company that was seek-
ing Gallagher's approval as a
member of the cabinet to build a
natural gas pipeline over fragile
coral reefs from the Bahamas to
Broward County. It would not
surprise you to learn that
Gallagher voted in favor of allow-
ing AES to build the pipeline.
I could continue to regale you
of tales of Gallagher's 'interest-
ing' financial ventures including
trading in insurance companies
that were doing business with
the State of Florida, while
Gallagher was the State
Insurance Commissioner.
Despite all of his misdeeds, the
Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel
and other mainstream papers
have not provided much cover-
age of Gallagher's moral lapses.
In contrast, State Senator Gary
Siplin (a well known Black attor-
ney) has received ample cover-
age. In fact, Senator Siplin has
been indicted for his peccadillos.
Why hasn't the State gone after
Gallagher? Why hasn't
Gallagher been indicted? Why
the double standard?

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The Florida Bar has launched an investigation into the conduct
of several attorneys involved in Miami's fire-fee settlement. The
testimony of former Assistant City Attorney Charles Mays will be
a few figure. Mays testified that Miami deliberately sought to
enrich seven people because it was far cheaper than paying back
all taxpayers.
Another historic white church is fleeing an area that is becom-
ing integrated. The 80-plus year old Rader Memorial United
Methodist Church at 205 N.E. 87th Street is trying to cut a deal
to leave it's facilities in El Portal to merge with Fulford United
Methodist Church at 1990 N.E. 164th Street in North Miami
Beach. Rader Memorial happens to be the only church in El Portal
and several of our older established Black churches are looking
forward to the sale of the choice property. Rader has only 130
members and Fulford about 205. Stay tuned.

Denise Perry and members of Power U Center for Social change
are making things rough for the Crosswinds condo-retail high-rise
project on that nine-acre tract in Overtown. Power U filed a feder-
al lawsuit last July in U.S. District Court in Miami against the city,
its Community Redevelopment Agency and Sawyer's Walk, the
company originally selected to redevelop the area. The group
sought to halt further action on the Crosswinds project until a new
neighborhood impact study was done.
The claim that only illegal immigrants will do some jobs is false.
It is the unfair wages they receive that keep Americans from tak-
ing these jobs. Americans deserve a living wage. As long as the
door is open to illegal immigrants, this will never happen. Why not
pass a national minimum wage that is fair and everyone will be
Congress recently raised the national debt ceiling by $781 bil-
lion to $9 trillion. It marked the fourth increase in the last five
On our current course, if you add deficits that will sky-rocket
after baby boomers retire and the long-term unfunded commit-
ments to entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social
Security, every man, woman and child is saddled with $156,000
in debt. Maybe our great, great grandchildren will be able to deal
with it.
Federal regulators gave Miami-based Ocean Bank, the state's
largest commercial bank, a "needs to improve" rating related to the
Community Reinvestment Act, one of only three banks in the
seven-state Southeastern region to receive a failing score from the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in its latest monthly report
released recently. They could have done the same for several oth-
ers since banks are required to meet the credit needs of the entire
School Superintendent Rudy Crew must be doing a good job in
improving our woeful school system. Recognizing improved test
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located in a garden next to the
high school. "We wanted to do
something special in honor of
her," Spence-Jones said.
Phillips' best friend, Keona
Wright, 18 will also be in atten-
The volunteers will pick up
debris, cut grass in city owned
areas, replace trash cans
between 50th and 64th Street
and NW fifth and sixth Avenues
and the on ramp to the express-

Phillips had been in foster care
for several years after an abusive
childhood. She was in eight dif-
ferent foster homes before land-
ing at The Miami Bridge Shelter
- which reported Cynteria miss-
ing on July 30, 2000. The girl's
nude and battered body was
found on the morning of August
15, 2000, near Edison Senior
"The students will take
responsibility for keeping the
area clean," said Spence-Jones.
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Opa-locka making new headlines

continued fron 1A

'Triangle.' Kelley said the mur-
der, while "very tragic and sad"
has resulted in the city's deter-
mination to improve its safety.
One of the safety initiatives
includes Police Chief Wright
going into the community on a
monthly basis initially spend-
ing time in the Triangle, but now
venturing out to all areas of the
city to listen to residents' con-
cerns and suggestions.
Kelley said the city has also
established "partnerships with
other agencies to get rid of the
drugs" and "formed a coalition
with pastors down in that
Triangle area." Recognizing that
crime is usually connected to
other social ills, Kelley said the
churches in the area provide
services from raising HIV/AIDS
awareness to providing a hot
meal through their feeding pro-

After years of financial mis-
management, internal squab-
bling and money-related scan-
dals, the city took the bull by the
horns by declaring itself to be in
a state of financial emergency.
The move was solidified by the
Governor's issuance of an exec-
utive order requiring Opa-locka
to enter into an Inter-local
agreement between the
Executive Office of the Governor
and the city. The five year agree-
ment was to have ended in the
year 2007; however, "we came
out of that two years ahead of
schedule," said Kelley.
Efforts to maintain the city's
financial viability include hiring
a grant writer to help identify
funding for the city and assis-
tance from allies like Miami-
Dade County Commissioner
Barbara Jordan, who repre-
sents the area. "Jordan helps us
to secure funds for rehabilita-
tion, housing..." Kelley said.
The infusion of $3 million dol-

lars for improvements in the
Triangle where the county also
owns property will help people
to...see improvements in the
neighborhood" and result in
"residents taking more pride."
Jordan is pleased with the
city's progress. "They have real-
ly turned things around," she
said. Of Kelley, she said, "I
think he has done a fantastic
Kelley is excited about the
city's future even if he is not a
part of it. He has just completed
his second year as mayor a
position he won when the for-
mer mayor was removed from
office by Gov. Jeb Bush follow-
ing her indictment on tax eva-
sion charges. Kelley's term ends
in November and he is undecid-
ed about whether to seek re-
election. The people who see the
fruits of his labor are not
pleased that he may not be
around to finish what he has

Kelley said the demands of
being an elected official impact
on the amount of time he has to
spend with his family, especial-
ly his three year old son. His
devotion to his child is evident
in the title of the last book he
read 'Shaq and the Beanstalk
and Other Very Tall Tales.'
He is pleased that the city is
"financially stable." Kelley said
"being able to pay your bills,
knowing you got money in the
bank and can provide services"
is a good position for a city to be
in. As a former Opa-locka
employee, "I know from experi-
ence what it was like to go to the
bank and not have your check
to clear."
When queried about how res-
idents could play a part in the
city's progress, Kelley's
response is not one typically
made by politicians, "the
biggest thing residents can do
is to hold elected officials

Parents, youth encounter juvenile justice system

Continued from 1A

officer wearing county 'browns'
- hands cuffed in front of him.
The facade of an attitude is
positioned in his narrowed
eyes and tucked into the cor-
ner of.his scowling lips. His
SPublic Defender and the State
'exchange interpretations of
Sthe law pertaining to his
,) charges. After the brief debate,
Johnson orders a "defense
continuance.., set for June 15,
Sat 9 a.m." The youth exits the
same door he entered.

"The court system is too
lenient on juveniles," said
Eric Days, whose son is pend-
ing trial for acharge he opts
not to disclose. "You know, I
do right by my children."
"Right" to Days means cloth-
ing and feeding his children,
making certain that they
attend school regularly and
complete their homework
,daily. " best to make
sure that they know right
from wrong," he continued.
Days contends that his
efforts to impart valuable les-
sons to his children are mini-
.mized by the system's "petty
punishments...these kids
take the system for a joke."
He shakes his bowed head
and lets out a sigh of frustrat-
ed breath as he waits in the
filled-to-capacity lobby.
The public defense. team
asks Johnson for a 30-
minute recess. After a rapid
reprimand, "you lawyers
don't communicate with your
clients enough," he concedes
to the request.

In his chambers, Johnson
addresses questions posed to
him by The Miami Times.
Regarding parents' percep-
tion that the juvenile judicial
system is too lenient on

youths, Johnson said "In
accordance with the laws in
effect... they address the
problem of juvenile miscon-
duct, but a lot of the cases
that we see should or could
be resolved without the inter-
ference of the court system."
According to Johnson, the
majority of the cases that the
courts preside over are attrib-
uted to "a lot of battery
charges...most of the juve-
niles are arrested for fighting,
especially in the public
schools...we get a lot of bat-
tery cases in here," he said.
Apparently, the public

these are the repeat offend-
ers," Johnson says; "these
are the kids who really don't
have family members to sup-
port them and encourage
them to do the right things in

Days considers himself a
devoted father. He said "a kid
will be a kid ... and I under-
stand that part of growing up,
but the discipline (spankings)
that usually works for Black
parents is used as weapon
against us in the court of law
- they leave us with our

"The court system is too lenient on juve-

niles, said Eric Days, whose son is pend-

ing trialfor a charge he opts not to disclose.

school administrators have
deemed delinquency court a
panacea for youths viewed as
too unruly for the classroom.
"The school system isn't tak-
ing responsibility for the
actions of these kids...prob-
lems that used to be dealt
with in the principal's office
now seem to be the DJJ's
[Department of Juvenile
Justice] concern," the judge
Johnson said the "minor
charges that these youths
commit should be rectified
under Dade County Public
School's jurisdiction." To give
a disruptive child an arrest
record doesn't solve the prob-
lem," he said. "Most times
when the arrests occur on
school is often a
matter of who gets hurt the
worse is made the victim."
Johnson acknowledges that
some juveniles require the
intervention of the DJJs 'cor-
rective' services. "Sadly, some
of these youths have records
seven or eight pages long -

hands tied."
Johnson said "corporal
punishment can be adminis-
tered by parents, but. it's
when physical markings
become evident that parents
run the risk of legal interfer-
ence." Most parents don't
know that even though corpo-
ral punishment is legally per-
mitted, it is not heavily rec-
Not much consolation for
Days and other parents who
feel as though they have no
recourse in rearing their mis-
guided children. Johnson
said "my hands are tied as
much as the parents' hands
are tied...these are children
and the most time that they
can serve is no longer than 21
Johnson theorizes that
there are two categories that
juveniles fall under in the
DJJ. "You have those youth
who may have gotten into
trouble and life in a cell
deters their return and then
you have those who are look-

ing for a form of home life,"
he said.
Parents like Days appear to
be committed to their chil-
dren's civil growth, however,
"some parents think that they
can just walk away from their
kids...they believe the courts
are responsible for their off-
spring...sometimes we have a
hard time getting parents to
come and pick-up their chil-
dren," Johnson admitted.

According to Johnson, a
great portion of these parents
are frustrated with their chil-
dren's seeming revolving door
into juvenile court. The
sounds of handcuffs being
readjusted on their immature
wrists are sometimes over-
whelming and discouraging,
but "as I said before, my
hands are tied...I am to ren-
der judgments by the state
statutes and laws governed
by the courts." Johnson said.
He wants parents to under-
stand that "these aren't
adults these are children
and most children don't serve
'hard' time."
Days vents for the last time
as he waits for his child's
name to be called from the
scroll of suspects, "I wish that
the system would...give these
kids...including mine, a real
sentence to keep them out of
Days seems convinced that
stronger, stiffer sentences will
prevent youth from moving in
and out of the system, accu-
mulating lengthy records.
"How long do the arrest
records have to be before they
are sent up to North
Florida?...I don't want my
child to be another Martin
Lee Anderson...God bless that
As Bailiff K.C. Baker calls
for trial number 11, another
disgruntled parent enters
through the doors of court-
room 2-6.


A 23-year-old woman was arrested for drug possession after police smelled
marijuana during a traffic stop. The police officer stopped the woman Oon
183rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard at 11 p.m. According to the police report,
the woman told police she had marijuana in her backpack. Police confiscated
three grams.

Someone stole a black bag containing a digital camera, a CD player and a
CD wallet holding several CDs from a man at the beach behind the Sheraton
Hotel between the hours of 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. The man told police he had left
the bag on a lounge chair and went for a walk on the beach.The bag and con-
tents were valued at $820.

A man beat a taxi driver after refusing to pay cab fare at around 11:45 a.m.
The driver told police he'd picked the man up from the Charter Club located at
600 NE 36th Street and dropped him off in front of 233 First Street, located on
Miami Beach, where the man got out of the taxi. The driver said when he got
out of the cab and confronted the man, the man punched him several times in
the face, knocking him to the ground, before running away.

Someone stole a cellphone, watch, digital camera, jewelry, pair of sunglass-
es and $800 from a woman at the nightclub Crobar between the hours of 3
and 4 a.m. The woman told police she had placed her purse, containing the
items, beside her. She said she later found the purse in the men's bathroom
but the items, valued at $4,100, were still missing.

Police arrested two women whom they said were trying to steal children's
clothing valued at $421 from TJ Maxx, located at 3809 NE 163rd Street, at 4
p.m. According to the police report, each woman took a purse from the display
shelves then hid children's clothing inside and when the store's security tried
to detain them, they resisted. Several store employees helped to catch them.

Police arrested an 80-year old man on a charge of stealing two packages of
razor blades and Cabot brand sharp cheese valued at $25 from a Publix store,
located at 9050 Biscayne Boulevard, between the hours of 10:40 and 11:45
a.m. The man put the razor blades and the cheese into his pants' pocket and
walked out of the store.

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The farce of
I am preoccupied with the
foster care system. I wish more
of you would join me. The dam-
age that is being done to Black
families is far greater than you
realize. In fact, our foster care
system is the only United
States institution legally dis-
mantling Black families at a
rate only second to slavery.
Did you hear me?
Black and poor families are
being ripped apart for things
that years ago we accepted
as normal. Raise your hand if
you know someone who was
whipped with an extension
cord. I do not condone this bar-
baric practice, but I do under-
stand from whence it comes.
Should parents be checked on
this harmful form of corporal
punishment? Absolutely. By
taking their children some-
times permanently? In the
majority of cases like this, the
answer is a definitive no and
more indicative of 'when you
know better, you do better.'
Many of you have been lulled
into believing that most chil-
dren in the foster care system
are there due to physical and
sexual abuse; and that any par-
ent responsible for such treat-
ment somehow got what they
deserved. The truth is that
most children are in foster care
due to neglect and all its myri-
ad interpretations.
The system has a tendency to
confuse poverty with neglect,, so
it's no coincidence that most of
the families impacted by this

foster care
system are poor. Poverty limits
a family's access to the power-
ful resources that would help
them to avoid or escape the
system's grasp like quality
legal representation.
The majority of Black families
caught up in the system cannot
afford to hire an attorney who
will seriously represent them,
not be intimidated by depend-
ency judges and do far more
than the bare minimum that
many of the court appointed
lawyers get away with.
I feel deeply for the state of
poor Black families. So many
are caught up in the foster care
system due to pathologies that
definitely need to be addressed,
but not by the removal of their
children. Far too often the sys-
tem uses what amounts to a
snapshot of a person's life to
sever ties to their children for-
How many of you have at
least one somebody in your
family who went through a
period where it was in their
children's best interest to live
with other family members?
How many of you have sedh
that same somebody get their
act together and eventually
resume the role of parent in
their children's lives? And if
they did not get their a together, at least the children
were still with family infor-
mally adopted by grandma or
auntie you know how we do.
No involvement from the sys-
tem required.

How many of
you have an
extended family
member whose
House is not as
.. tidy as you'd
like, whose
refrigerator you
avoid and whose couch you'd
rather not sit on; yet the chil-
dren who are raised there are
loved and cared for and know it
as home. What you would like
is to see somebody anybody -
do some serious cleaning. You
want to take away the filth, not
the children.
More often than you realize,
the foster care system takes
these imperfect qualities and
uses them to qualify Black fam-
ilies as hopelessly dysfunction-
al. So dysfunctional that the
only remedy is to 'save' their
children by taking them away
from their homes, their tradi-
tions and their family's special
way of celebrating their birth-
day everything that is familiar
to them. Once children are
taken away, their lives are
changed in deep, disturbing
ways experts say the grief
they feel is akin to losing a
loved one to death. For some,
years may pass before they are
reunited with their families.
Some never see their families
Far too many Black parents
have had their parental rights
terminated not because they
could not be a good enough
parent to their children but
because they did not complete
a contract. A case plan, as the
system calls it, is ,heavily
stacked against families from
the outset. These complex doc-

Race plus sex equals explosive mixture

continued from 2A

Brawley as evidence that their
accuser must be lying, too.

Not nearly as well known, but
just as instructive, is what hap-
pened in Queens at St. John's
University three years after the
Brawley story broke. In that
case, six white students five of
them members of the school's
lacrosse team were accused of
sexually assaulting a black
female student in an off-cam-
pus house.
Early in that case, one of the
defendants copped a plea and
testified against the first three
defendants to be tried. Even so,
all three were acquitted. Some
of the jurors doubted the
woman's rape charge because
she didn't report it to police
right away. Others questioned
how much of what happened
she could really remember
because she admitted accepting
an alcohol-laced drink from one
of the men. She said the drink
made her lapse in and out


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of consciousness.
Ironically, several months
later, the white student who
had coaxed the Black woman
into the house and plied her
with liquor admitted in a plea
bargain agreement he struck
with prosecutors that her story

of sexual abuse was true.
I don't know how the Durham
case will turn out, but I do
know this: Race plus sex
remains an explosive mixture
in this nation's legal system -
and in the court of public opin-

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and again by auditors as being
too overwhelming, too general
and in extreme need of some
If you're still reading, I hope
you're wondering what you can
do to help.
We can all help by embracing
the Neighborhood Partnership
Program at the Belafonte
Tacolcy Center. This jewel in
our midst is based on a nation-
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family to identify its strengths
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helps them to use those power-
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Dwyane Wade is far more than a hoops star

continued from 1A

stories of everyday folk and
exploring how the lives of dif-
ferent people sometimes have
synonymous occurrences has
become a Wade custom. "I like
to read books that are excit-
ing... books that talk about the
struggles of life ... I can relate
to those types of stories I
read about things I'm a part
of," he said.
Hardships have played a
crucial role in Wade's learning
experiences whether his
pursuit of a professional bas-
ketball career or the tough-
love lessons administered by
his older sister. "People didn't
think that I would be the one
in my family to go to the NBA
... they used to think it would
be one of my older brothers ...
I had to train hard," he said.
Wade said his sister, whom
he credits as being his role
model, made sure that he
knew the importance and
value of reading. "My sister
knew a lot about a lot... she
would make me read...her
toughness on me enabled me
to be the man that I am today,"
he said convincingly.
Just as Austen grappled with
solidifying her style amidst the
encroachment of literary com-
positions' changing styles dur-
ing her time, so did Wade grap-
ple with his interest in the

written word especially clas-
sical literature. He said that
his interest in reading was
"slow" until he switched from
one professor to another mid-
semester at Marquette
University. This switch
"sparked an interest in my love
of classical reading," he men-
It was his professor's reading
of the book to his class that
encouraged Wade's thoughts
to drift away from his personal
life and into the world within
Pride and Prejudice. "Reading
gets you away from everything
within the outside world, it
gives you a visual to the litera-
ture," he says as if reenacting
a favorite passage of the
Penguin Books classic.
Austen's themes were count-
ed as limited by her contempo-
raries and those that would
exceed her success. Despite
others' beliefs that her works
were poetically lacking, she
counts them as stories of
"human nature." Wade theo-
rized that Austen was able to
pull away from sensationalism
and the overindulgence in
romanticizing her characters
"to tell a story that didn't focus
on what was going on around
her ... she told the story in a
way that it was funny and real,
but it didn't take away from
the message and meaning of
her work."
Wade sees Austen's work as

a conglomerate of intelligence
infused with wit and an
uncanny ability to deliver the
prides and prejudices of the
man-woman relationship
dynamic through the subtlety
of her defined style and craft.
Wade has taken the initia-
tive to be an advocate of read-
ing among his teammates,
"when the team travels ... I
have placed a few books on
some of the other players'
seats to get them interested in
books," he stated.
Both Austen and Wade are
driven to understand the sim-
plicity of great travails be it
in romance or in the reality of
the ever-changing real world.
The need or ability to under-
stand life dynamics beyond
the hoopla of the dominant
society is the driving force of
their success.
The gelid, grim and gritty
life of growing up in Chicago
aided Wade in understanding
that life and love are work,
nothing is picture perfect and
fulfilling one's dream is a task
of endurance.
"In rain, sleet and snow I
practiced basketball," he said
" used to be so cold that I
used to put my hands
beneath the dryer to warm
them from the exhaust." His
devotion to basketball
notwithstanding, Wade said
"...reading is the core to
everything in life."

Bradley stays focused on transit

continued from 1A

employee operation.
"At the time of Fullington's
hiring she was given the pre-
liminary local background
check," Bradley said.
According to Bradley, when
Fullington was up for a perma-
nent position she had to go
through a national fingerprint-
ing process."
It wasn't until the results of
Fullington's fingerprints
proved negative that Bradley
became aware of her record for
theft at Memorial Regional
hospital in Broward county.
"Once I found I about her
record, I sought to remove her
from county services, he said
during an interview with The
Before the scandal involving
Fullington implicated Bradley
of illicit hiring practices, pub-
lished reports indicate that the
county government performed
basic criminal background
probes for new hires. Prior to
the termination of Fullington,
a change of hiring practices
were already in transition.
An extra level of review of
Miami-Dade's Transit system
is being conducted for a "short

period of time by the Inspector
General and, maybe the State
Attorney's office," according to
County Manager George
Transit officials claim that
the hiring of prospective
employees has nothing to do
with the investigation sur-
rounding Bradley and
Fullington-that changes were
well underway when the scan-
dal surfaced.
Despite the seeming turmoil
surrounding him, Bradley
sounds focused on running
his department. Bradley said,
"I will continue to provide
Miami-Dade transit com-
muters with the best possible
services available to them ...
right now, we're on time and
on schedule with all of our
Retired Congresswoman
Carrie Meek said, "Roosevelt
Bradley is a seasoned, experi-
enced professional ... who has
worked diligently in his capac-
ity in the transit department."
Bradley's good name seems
to validate him as one of high-
est people in the ranks of com-
munity accountability,
according to Meek.
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Grandma Patty

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The Fifth Anniversary
Service, "The gift of a second
chance, a gift of life," for Mrs.
Patty (Grandma) Wilson will
be held 11 a.m. on Sunday,
April 23 at Shekinah Glory
Delievrance Ministries,
Inc., 1051 NW 62 Street,
Bishop Cassie Sorrells-
Brown, D.Th., founder and
Senior Pastor.

Do you think Miami's foster care system is racist?

"I'm a old
guy and I
feel that the
has stayed

they do is
always felt
that the
system is designed to put and
keep you in a certain status.
With the kids, you have the
FCAT and other things like HRS
that have been put in place to
hurt Black people in some type
of way. The foster care system is
no good because they take par-
ents to jail for beating their
kids. Since you can't beat your
child, you have a lot of parents
going to jail. It's doesn't make
any sense.

most kids
[in foster
care] now-

are Black

Many times they are quickly put
off as being ignorant or a trou-
ble maker and people will
quickly send them to another
foster home or not adopt them.
My opinion is they need to find
another way to do it even if they
stress mixed homes. Every child
deserves the opportunity to live
a normal life. As long as their
Foster care workers] hearts isn't
right, then Black kids that are
unfortunate enough to be in the
system will have a hard time."

"Yes, the
foster care

itself is a
huge 'con-
They have a
going on
with all
with the way Blacks parents

show their leadership, disci-
pline and education. They have
new rules that comes to a dis-
traction when parents try to
raise their kids. As far as
racism goes, the country is still
in that situation with Blacks.
Jobs, going to jail and the Black
kids. They are making us weak
as people. You can tell the way
the system deals with a problem
in a Black family, the way they
distribute help for a Black fami-
ly land] the way they subtract
from the welfare system. In a
way it forces the family to be
separated, especially with what
they can do to the parents. It
alters what a parent can do to
discipline their child and that's
why so many are in the system
now. It's morally destructive for
the kids."

"No. First
of all, I
don't, think
the United
States has
a race prob-
lem, they
have a sin
problem. As
far as more
being in the
system than whites, I have a
mixed opinion. I don't think the
system is racist because if
Blacks do their part as parents
then they wouldn't have a prob-
lem. Blacks like to use race as
an excuse and some don't like
to help each other. Black people
should get together and help
each other out. Be a family
instead of being so separated. I
believe if you raise your child
right, you wouldn't have a prob-
lem. Your child won't call the
police on you if you discipline
them right. If you let your child
get. away with stuff and then
you try to get strict on them it is
not going to work because that
child has lost respect for you a
long time ago. Take a child that
was raised with morals and val-
ues, then they won't call the
police on their parents no mat-
ter what happened. You can't
suddenly try to raise a child
that has been running over you
all their life because you are
stopping them from doing
something they have been used
to. That is what a lot of people
fall victim to."

"Yeah, I
believe the
reason why
it is so
many Black
kids in the
system is
because of
this stupid
rule we
have about
the way you
can raise your kids. It don't
make any sense. I think the fos-
ter care [system] just overlooks
the Black kids because many
people think all the Black kids
are bad or have some type of
mental problem. Some of those
kids just need the right guid-
ance like the white kids that are
in the system. How are they
going to tell you how to raise
your child or how you are not
supposed to beat them? The
system came up with this rule
and they are taking it to the
extreme. Many white people
don't have control over their
kids and that's why they run all
over them and do crazy things.
Many white parents are on
drugs as well and you don't
nearly see as many white kids
in the system. Why? Because
the police don't harass them
like they do in our neighbor-

"Yes, the
system is
racist. They
take all the
Black kids to
the foster
care. Why do
they take the
Black kids to
the foster
c a r e
their mother or father is on
crack? They can change their life
around. You seen on the news
when the white lady was punch-
ing the hell out of her daughter.
Did they take her to jail? No. Let
that have been a Black family;
they would have taken the child.
If you are a parent that
punches] your child then the
child needs to be taken away but
if you are just beating them then
it shouldn't be a problem. The
reason you have-so-marny Black
kids in the system is because
Blacks discipline their children
and white people let their chil-
dren run over them."

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South Africa's Umoja wows students with song and dance

steps of gumboot dancing,
Umoja is a celebration of
South African song and dance.
"This was an outstanding cul-
tural opportunity not just for
our program members but the

entire school," said Velma
Lawrence, Embrace Girl
Power! Program After School
Programs & Camps
Director/Founder. "We wanted
to share this awesome experi-

ence with the entire student
body so that they all could
benefit from it." Lawrence
inherited a once in a lifetime
opportunity as the Umoja cast
contacted her searching for a

school to do a mini version of
the musical that was playing
at the Gusman theatre from
April 4-15.
Over 600 children, grades K
through 5, packed the cafete-
ria of Lenora B. Smith
Elementary in Allapattah.
Students cheered and watched
in amazement as the perform-
ers entertained them with
song, dance and a history les-
son about their country. "How
did you guys get here?; How
long did it take?; Are you guys
afraid of the animals?; and
How does Africa look?" were a
few of the questions kids
asked to the cast members.
"We have roads and express-
ways and stores and most of
the things you have right here
in Miami or in New York. We
don't live in the jungle like
what they show on TV,"
explained Nonhlanhla Ngcobo,
a cast member. "We started
around six years ago. We're
not just here to educate about
South Africa but Africa as a
whole. We want our people to
know who they are and know
where you come from because
Please turn to UMOJA 5B

R.E.A.L team attends 6th annual Edgerrin James Family and Friends Gathering

By Nathanael Paul
Special to The Times

"When I move you move,
just like that" were the words
from R.E.A.L (Reading,
Educate, Athletes 4 Life)
director Michael 'Doo' Wright.
He was addressing parents,
counselors and students
before leaving for Immokalee,
FL, to attend the Sixth annu-
al Edgerrin James Family and
Friends Gathering.
The gathering, which took
place on March 18, is just one
of the ways James gives back
to the community. The pur-
pose of taking the kids was to
provide them with a day of
fun, on which they got the
opportunity to meet Edgerrin
James, his family and other
NFL players in gator country.

Strong Character Bus Service
provided transportation for
this trip and the R.E.A.L team
gathered at Charles Hadley

Park before departing. Upon
arrival, kids enjoyed the free
food being served and took
turns jumping around in the

bounce house.
At the gathering, James,
who grew up in Immokalee,
greeted each person as if they

were family. "I do this every
year, this is where it all began
for me." James grew up in
poverty and hardship. He
comes from a large extended
family where his mom did
everything she could to make
ends meet. James always
loved the game of football. He
started off playing pick-up
games in the streets of
Immokalee and, after his
tenth birthday, joined his first
organized team.
A graduate of UM, James
has played in the NFL for
eight years. He spent his
entire career with the Colts
before recently just signing a
four-year deal with the
Arizona Cardinals. The 6 ft,
214 pound star invited many
of his NFL friends who were
also UM graduates. Among

the stars were Santana Moss,
Willis McGahee, Andre
Johnson, Clinton Portis,
Samari Rolle, Trick Daddy
and many more.
The fleet of stars put on a
show by playing a basketball
game against the Good Fellas
wherein comedian Benji
Brown announced the game.
Half time included perform-
ances from the R.E.A.L team
steppers and other dance
squads. The kids received T-
shirts, caps, football cards,
photos and autographs from
the celebrities. The "cookout,"
as Edgerrin James calls it,
featured music, dancing and
lots of food. "This is one NFL
star that is not going to forget
where he came from and we
pray for many more like him,"
said'Michael 'Doo' Wright.

Reverend Roscoe Jackson

Greater New Macedonia to hosts revival
Greater New Macedonia will be the guest revivalist.
Missionary Baptist Church The entire community is
will host their Spring Revival invited to come out and help
from Wednesday, April 19 us lift up the name of Jesus.
through Friday, April 21. The church is located at
The service is 7 p.m. nightly. 2741 NW 49th Street, Miami,
Reverend Gaston E. Smith, Florida.
senior pastor of Friendship Reverend Roscoe Jackson is
Missionary Baptist Church, the pastor.

Youth observance at St. Agnes
On Sunday, April 23, the
Historic St. Agnes Epispcopal
Church will celebrate its twen-
ty-eighth annual Youth
Sunday Observance sponsored
by the ladies of St.
Scholastica's Chapter of the
Episcopal Churchwomen dur-
ing the 10:45 a.m. service.
The youth speaker is
Brandon-Bryce Charles Arthur
Wilson who is the son of Barry
and Bryley Wilson. He is a sen-
ior at -Miami Northwestern
Senior High School. Brandon-Bryce Wilson

St. Luke celebrates 81st anniversary
We invite all friends, family Reverend Charles Denkins
and members to celebrate our and the Florida Memorial
81st anniversary, Sunday, April Choir. After the services will be
23 at 1790 NW 55th Street. a delicious dinner with all vis-
Reverend Woodrow C. itors and members.
Jenkins is the pastor. Let all roads lead you to St.
Reverend Avery Jones and Luke Missionary Baptist Church.
the Spirit of Life celebrates at Deacon Moses J. Johnson is
7:30 a.m. the chairman and Brother Roger
Service at 11 a.m. will have Howzell is the co-chairman.

St. Matthews celebrates pastor's 37th anniversary

The church will celebrate the Reverend Dr. Philip
Clarke, Jr.'s 37th anniversary Wednesday, April 19
through Sunday, April 23.
On Wednesday, Bright Star Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Glenn Miller, will be in charge; Thursday, New
Mt. Zion Freewill, Reverend William Walker, will be in
charge; Friday, Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church
will be in charge.
After the service members will present tokens of love to
the pastor.
On Sunday at 11 a.m., Reverend Warren J. Clarke, son
of the pastor, will deliver the message.
He is the pastor of My Rock, My Salvation Ministry.
Temple Missionary Baptist Church and Reverend
Glenroy Deveaux will close out at 3 p.m.

First grader Jocelyn Hernandez learns a dance from Umoja dancer
Thokozile Dunge.

South Africa's Umoja dancers at Lenora B. Smith Elementary school.

R.E.A.L Team members at the sixth annual Edgerrin James Family and Friends Gathering.

Reverend Gaston Smith

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Contact lens use at
increased risk for
vision threatening
Cornea specialists at
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
of the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine have
documented an increased inci-
dence of an aggressive form of
fungal corneal infection that
appears to be related to soft
contact lens use. Eduardo C.
Alfonso, M.D., Professor of
Ophthalmology and Edward
W. D. Norton, Chair in
Ophthalmology, confirms
treating an unusually large
number of patients with fusar-

Corneal ulcer of fungus origin associated with contact lens use.
ium keratitis, a potentially infection normally associated
sight-threatening corneal with eye trauma involving fun-

gus from plant or vegetable
matter or soil.
"This is quickly becoming a
cause for alarm. We have
mobilized cornea specialists
throughout the world to has-
ten our understanding of the
spread of this particular type
of fungus and have learned of
a sudden increase in the num-
ber of cases in the U.S.,
Singapore, Malaysia and
Australia," said Alfonso,
cornea and external disease
specialist and Medical Director
of Bascom Palmer Eye
Institute's Microbiology
This high incidence of fungal
corneal infections is unprece-
dented as most corneal infec-
tions related to contact lens
Please turn to CONTACTS 3B

Hip Hop 4 Health makes impact in the community

On Saturday, March 11,
and The Carrie Meek
Foundation celebrated the
second Hip Hop 4 Health Fair
in conjunction with WMBM's
Black Family Reunion Gospel
in the Park at Miami Gardens'
Rolling Oaks Park.
The event drew thousands of
people for live music, fun
activities, cooking and fitness
demonstrations, valuable
health information provided
by a variety of community-
based organizations and free
health screenings. There was
also a special performance by

South Florida's own Hip Hop
Kidz, a nationally renowned
youth hip hop dance group.
The first, second and third
place Hip Hop 4 Health dance
competition preliminary
round winners from Horace
Mann, Allapattah, Jose de
Diego and Miami Edison
Middle Schools were also
announced. These students
will form three-person dance
teams and compete against
eight other Miami-Dade
County middle schools at the
final Hip Hop 4 Health Fair
scheduled for Saturday, May

Hip Hop 4 Health young attendees pose with their AMERIGROUP fans.


(4-ounce) halibut fillets, skinned
cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon salt
teaspoon black pepper
large eggs
tablespoon Dijon mustard
ounces pecans
3/4 cups plain breadcrumbs
tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Combine flour, salt and pepper in mixing bowl.
3. In another bowl, whisk eggs and mustard.
4. Using the Magic Bullet, finely chop pecans in small bullet cup.
5. In third bowl, combine chopped pecans and breadcrumbs.
6. Set the 3 bowls in a row, with baking pan at end for placing fillets.
First dredge each fillet in flour, shaking excess back into bowl. Then dip
fillet in egg mixture to coat, and place in pecan mixture. Press lightly to
Please turn to RECIPE 4B


Pecan-Crusted Halibut Fillets

2B The Miami Times. April 19-25, 2006

Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

The Miami Times, April 19-25, 2006 3B

s kcalB Must Control y

What is your purpose?

I have been writing and
speaking quite a bit aboul
purpose. In this column, I
began the New Year by asking
you about your goals for this
Year. As Easier Sunday has
passed, this is still an appro-
priate and wonderful time to
review your goals and purpose
in life. This might sound a bit
perplexing to you. What do

goals and purpose have to do
with Easter you might ask. I
can easily give you an answer.
Jesus didn't just come to earth
because there was nothing
better to do. He had a purpose.
He came with a specific plan to
do a specific thing at a specific
time. He had a purpose.
So many of us wander aim-
lessly through life merely

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New Birth Optimist Club
of Greater Miami Pop
Warner is in need of a
Cheerleader Commissioner,
Football and Cheerleading
coaches for all weight class-
es. Football and
Cheerleading registration is
now open. For more informa-
tion, please call 305-685-
3700 or 305-691-3464.
The McIntyre Institute
specializing in Liturgical
Dance is having its annual
production, 'Called to Dance'
Chapter III, May 6 at 7 p.m. at
the Gusman Olympia Center.
For more information, call

The Alliance for Musical
Arts presents its first annual

Spring Fun Fest, April 22
from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. at
Amelia Earhart Park.
Coto's Pharmacy is hav-
ing a free health screening,
April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. For more information,
call 305-821-1430.

United Teachers of Dade
invites the community to its
first Education Summit,
April 22 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m.
at the Radisson Hotel Miami.
For more information, visit
Miami Vice star Philip
Michael Thomas and Sandi
Morais are currently casting
triple threats for their ninth
production of Sacha on

existing. Jesus gave all of us a
purpose too. In Matthew
28:18-20, we are commanded
to make disciples of all people.
We have been commanded to
teach the things of God and to
proclaim the gospel of salva-
tion. We are commanded to
testify of God's goodness and
His mercy. As people of God,
we have been given a purpose.
We have also been given spe-
cific purposes in our individ-
ual lives. If you don't know
yours, you need to ask God.
I was speaking the other day
to a good friend about chil-
dren. She mentioned that she
does not allow her children to
just roam about the neighbor-

Broadway. Accepting pack-
ages from April 15 to May 15.
For more information, visit
Miami Dade College will
host a College and Career
Expo on April 21 from 7:30
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the gym at
Miami Edison Senior High. For
more information, please call
Carol Nash at 305-237-3076.
Call for volunteers, com-
munity sponsors and part-
ners for Miami Cares II A
Fun Day in the Sun. One-day
event to provide essential serv-
ices to homeless individuals
on April 20, 9 a.m-3 p.m. at
Bicentennial Park. For more
information, contact Bradley
Simon, 305-575-2029.
The Sigma Alpha Chapter
of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
presents its first annual Golf

hood aimlessly. I told her that
was a good rule to have
because as someone who has
been involved with the prison
system for over fifteen years, I
know that many kids get into
trouble simply because they
have no purpose! They leave
their homes with no specific
purpose or plans for the day
except to just 'hang out with
their homies.' Since they
don't have anything to do -
the devil will usually come up
with a plan for them. And
please understand, I am not
referring to a group of juvenile
delinquents. Many of these
kids are from good, even
Godly homes.

Classic, April 21 at
Miccosukee Golf and Country

The Living Poets' Society
is sponsoring a Poetry Slam for
poets ages 8-80+, with an
array of prizes, April 30 at The
Driftwood Community Center,
from 7-9 p.m. For more infor-
mation or to register, call 954-
274-9827 or visit wewritefor-
Revelation Christian
Academy invites you to their
annual Carnival-Bazaar on
April 22 from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. at
the Rader UMC in El Portal.
Operation Turnaround is
hosting its monthly
Community Task Force on
April 20 at 9 a.m. with commu-
nity and government represen-
tatives. For more information,
please call Pastor Anthony

Do you think that satan
cares that you pray for your
kids and take them to
church? Everybody is open
target and bait for him! He
will go after the juvenile delin-
quents and he will go after the
church kids. He doesn't care
who he brings down! In our
own spiritual lives, he will do
the same if we don't have a
spiritual purpose. If you don't
have an agenda for the Lord,
the devil will pencil in his.
When certain things start
happening in my day to day
life that are contrary to the
plans that God has, I take a
moment to remind the devil
that God has made my plans

Dawkins at 305-962-3517 or
Class Meetings
Miami Northwestern's
Class of 1956, Invincibles II,
will be celebrating its 50th
class reunion. Classmates are
invited to join us June 8 19.
For more information, please
call Bettie Clay Anderson at
305-625-6744 or Elizabeth
McDugle Davis at 305-693-
Miami Jackson's Class of
1971's Reunion will be held
June 19-25. For more infor-
mation, please call Gail D
(Lemon) Roberts at 305-620-
7370 or 305-343-0839 or call
Sherry (Peters) Jones at 305-
The B.T.W class of 1961
will sell dinners May 6 from
12-3 p.m. at Our Saviour

and my intention is to follow
those plans. Please take the
time 'resurrect' your past
plans and goals and renew
the commitments that you
made with God. If you put
down your plans because
they did not seem to work,
then ask the Lord to revamp
them and to tell you what
went wrong. But remember
your purpose! Jesus came to
earth to die. He was born to
die. That was His purpose
and He never lost sight of
that. This Easter is a reminder
that Jesus had a purpose and
He fulfilled His purpose.
Easter is actually a fulfillment
of Jesus' purpose.

Lutheran Church. All pro-
ceeds go to the B.T.W schol-
arship fund. For more infor-
mation, call 305-332-3951.
The Student Service
Department at Miami
Northwestern is hosting an
Alumni Career Day, April 21
beginning at 7:15 a.m. If you
are interested in taking part
or for more information,
please call William Brown at
305-836-0991, ext. 2221.
Send your community
announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-
5770, email to miamitedi- or
mail to 900 NW 54th
Street, Miami, 33127-
1818. For further infor-
mation, call 305-694-


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Reverend Gaston Smith of
Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church will be in
revival at Greater New
Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church, 2741 NW 49th
Street, Wednesday, April 19 -
Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. night-
ly. For more information, call

New Vision for Christ
Ministries, Michael Screen,
pastor, invites you to its
Spring Concert on April 28 at
Mi1 ,i p Fr morl aInformatioin.,
please call 305-899-7224.
*******The Agnes M. Ball Women's
The Agnes M. Ball Women's

Missionary Society of Grater
Bethel AME Church is spon-
soring a women's conference,
April 26-30. For more informa-
tion, please call the church at

God Word God Way COGIC,
Elder Reginald Wilkerson, pas-
tor, invites you to praise and
worship as the blessings of the
Lord fill the service on April 23
,t Anl

a.m. For more information,
call 305-233-5144.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend Dr.
WJ. Carpenter, pastor, is cele-
brating our 18th Church
Anniversary, April 20, 21 and
24. For more information on
speakers and times, call 305-

The Young Adult Choir of
New Providence Missionary
Baptist Church is having a
musical on April 21 at 7:30 p.

An House of Prayer forAll he Holi ygelstic
People, Inc., :Apostle.-~a..i ,:, .
aIStn tener is avg
Bender, pastor, will behavinger is having
'New Wine Spirit Intercessory Revival, April 17-28 at 7:30
Prayer Services,' April 22 at 11 p.m. nightly. Come expecting

Contact lens: Increased risk for infection

continued from 2B

use had previously been bac-
terial in nature, which is sig-
nificantly less complicated to
treat than fungal infections.
Soft contact lens use has been
the only identified risk factor
in the majority of the cases
seen between January and
March 2006 at Bascom Palmer
Eye Institute's Miami facility,
where 21 cases have been
identified of which 12 are con-
tact lens users. Between 2000
and 2005, the average number
of fusarium keratitis cases
was 21 per year. Usually, less
than two percent of these
cases have been in contact
lens users. Keratitis is a term
used to define a wide variety
of infections, irritations and
inflammations of the cornea,
the transparent covering of
the front of the eye.
Keratitis is also known as a
corneal ulcer.
These findings create an
added concern for cornea
specialists. "An increased
danger exists in that eye
care specialists, who may
routinely see contact lens
wearers develop bacterial
infections, may not be aware
of this marked increase in
fungal infection and may not
take cultures. The delay in
proper treatment for fusari-
um keratitis may make it
more difficult to treat later
on," explained Alfonso.
Speculation about the
source of the infection has
baffled cornea specialists
worldwide. While most
species of fusarium are more
common in tropical and sub-
tropical areas, some inhabit
the soil in cold climates.
Bascom Palmer's ophthal-
mologists continue careful
scrutiny to find a common
Current treatment for
fusarium keralitis may
include anti-fungal medica-
tion. Some patients with this
fungal infection have experi-
enced a significant loss of
vision, resulting in the need

for a corneal transplant.
Bascom Palmer doctors
urge anyone who experiences
the following symptoms to
contact an ophthalmologist
Sudden blurred vision
Unusual redness
Pain in your eye
Excessive tearing or dis-
charge from your eye
*. Increased light sensitivity
"While we continue to
search for the source of these
increased infections, it is
imperative that soft contact
lens users are reminded of
the importance of safe han-
dling, storage and cleaning of
their lenses," added Alfonso.

SWash your hands with
soap and dry them using a
lint-free towel prior to handling
contact lenses or touching your
Wear your contact lenses
according to the schedule pre-
scribed by your doctor.

Properly clean and disinfect
your contact lenses each time
you remove them from your
Lenses must be rubbed
with the fingers and rinsed
thoroughly before soaking
overnight in a multi-purpose
S* Daily cleaning is necessary
to remove mucous, film and
eye. residue, while disinfecting
kills germs that may cause eye
Immediately after you insert
your contact lenses, clean your
contact lens case. Allow it to
dry and. keep it open until your
lenses are replaced in it. Fill
the lens case with enough solu-
tion to cover the lens.
Disposable contact lenses
must not be used beyond their
recommended disposal period.
Your contact lens solution
must be changed everyday,
even if the lenses are not used
Replace your contact lens
storage case every three

Alliance for Musical Arts


Spring Fcn Fest

A Health and Resource Fair

Saturday, April 22
Amelia Earhart Park
401 E. 65 Street

Commissioner Barbara Jordan
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and inspiring anointed change!
The Episcopal Church of
the Transfiguration is having
a concert celebrating 50 Years
of Service to God on April 23 at
4 p.m. For more information,
call 305-681-1660.
The Historic St. Agnes
Episcopal Church is celebrat-
ing its 28th annual Youth
Sunday Observance, April 23
at 10:45 a.m. with Brandon
Bryce Charles Arthur Wilson
as youth speaker.

Church, Reverend Frabklin

Clark, pastor, will have a
Prayer Breakfast and Fashion
Show on April 22 at 9 a.m. in
the 'Dawkins/Ward
Educational Building' at the
church. Families and Friends
Day will be observed on April

Gethsemane Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend
N.D. Tucker, pastor, invites you
to their choir's pre-anniversary
concert, April 22 at 6 p.m. and
the combined ushers anniver-
sary, April 23 at.4 p.m. For
more information, please call

The members of Mt. Vernon
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Wilfred A. Miller, Jr.,
pastor, invites you to join us
for our Senior Choir's 14th
Anniversary, April 23 at 3 p.m.
For more information, call
305-754-5300 or 305-336-

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announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-
5770, email to miamiteditor-
ial@bellsouth or mail to 900
NW 54th ,,c.;S et ..f igmi,
33127-1818. For further
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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

41D l e Miami Times, Apru xI-ia uvuu

Alzheimer's has become a 'silent epidemic' in Black community

By Melissa N. Brown
Special to the Times

When Joe Annie Donaldson,
my grandmother, was first diag-
nosed with Alzheimer's. it was a
little known, hard to pronounce
disease. Today, despite major
advances in the treatment of
the disease, Alzheimer's has
become a 'silent epidemic' in the
Black community. Recent stud-
ies have found that Alzheimer's
disease appears to be more
prevalent in Blacks than in
whites. Estimates range from
14 percent to 100 percent high-
Currently, there is no defini-
tive answer to why Blacks face
higher Alzheimer's risks. In all
races, age is the primary risk
factor, said Gloria Pervyera,
assistant director of the

Memory Disorders Center at the
University of Miami. Most indi-
viduals with the illness are 65
and older.
Vascular diseases may play a
particularly powerful role in the
prevalence of Alzheimer's in
Blacks. People with a history of
either high blood pressure or
high cholesterol levels have
been found twice as likely to get
the disease, according to the
Alzheimer's Association.

The primary symptoms of
Alzheimer's disease include
memory loss, disorientation,
confusion and problems with
reasoning and thinking. These
symptoms worsen as brain cells
die and the connections
between cells are lost. Because
these factors are often wrongly

associated with old age, the dis-
ease goes untreated.
"As one gets older some mem-
ory loss is expected," Pervyera
said. "But, there are certain
psycho-social aspects of
Alzheimer's which is not a part
of normal aging. For example
forgetting what happened
recently, misplacing objects and
problems with language."
Although there is no cure for
the disease, drugs may help
minimize or stabilize symptoms
- making the ability to recog-
nize signs and symptoms key.

Even after caregivers recog-
nize the signs of the disease,
barriers to proper treatment
still exist. Blacks are underrep-
resented in vital clinical trials of

potential treatments. "Many
don't want to participate.
Unfortunately there has been
horrible experiences like the
Tuskegee experiment. That
legacy is strong," Pervyera said.
But participation is crucial for
the development of new drugs
and possibly a cure.
Also tests which may
include a mental status evalua-
tion to assess sense of time and
place; ability to remember,
understand, communicate; and
ability to do simple math prob-
lems sometimes do not
account for the patient's culture
and education. "The testing is
skewed to white middle income
patients and accounts for cer-
tain education and cultural
aspects," she said. This has
resulted in substantial underre-
porting of dementia and much

National Alzheimer's study calls for community participation

Jlrgesp~t mos.t compnrehtmien su fis kid

--, 11-, .. . . % -L 9 "y %I
The National Institutes of
SHealth (NIH) is seeking men and
Women in your metro area
between the ages of 55 and 90 to
participate in the Alzheimer's
Disease Neuroimaging Initiative
(ADNI), a landmark research
study. The study is being con-
ducted locally at the Wein Center
as part of a nationwide, $60 mil-
lion effort to identify brain and
other biological changes associ-
ated with memory decline.
The five-year project was
Begun by the National Institute
on Aging (NIA) at the NIH and is
supported by more than a dozen
other federal agencies and pri-
vate-sector companies and
,: organizations, making it the
Largest public-private partner-
ship on brain research under-
way at the NIH. Investigators at
58 local sites across the United

. ... . . .....% Y,, .. ... -. ...
States and Canada are involved
in the study. The study is led by
Michael Weiner, M.D., San
Francisco Veterans Affairs
Medical Center and the
University of California, San
Francisco; Leon Thal, M.D.,
University of California at San
Diego; and Ronald Petersen,
M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN.
The goal of the initiative is to
speed up the search for treat-
ments and cures for Alzheimer's
disease by seeing whether imag-
ing of the brain, through mag-
netic resonance imaging (MRI)
or positron emission tomogra-
phy (PET) scans every 6 months
can help predict and monitor
the onset and progression of
Alzheimer's. In addition, sam-
ples of blood and, for some par-
ticipants, cerebral spinal fluid

will be collected and tested to
determine if these biomarkers
can predict and monitor the dis-
ease. It is hoped that imaging
techniques and biomarkers will
prove useful in testing the effec-
tiveness of new therapies in
slowing the progression of
Alzheimer's or preventing the
disease altogether.
Researchers are looking for
800 people who are in good gen-
eral health with no memory
problems, in good general
health but have memory prob-
lems or concerns or have a diag-
nosis of mild cognitive impair-
ment 'or early Alzheimer's dis-
A special aspect of the project
is the support of Dr. Maya
Angelou, the eminent poet,
author, educator, and historian.
Dr. Angelou, a professor at Wake
Forest University in Winston-
Salem, NC, is working with the

researchers to ask the public to
take part in the study. She will
support the national ADNI
recruitment outreach campaign,
"Imagine Stopping the
Progression. of Alzheimer's
Disease," by appearing in radio
and print public service
announcements. Dr. Angelou
has a number of dear friends
who have suffered the effects of
For more information about
the study, please contact the
NIA's Alzheimer's Disease
Education & Referral (ADEAR)
Center at 800-438-4380 or visit imagine.
Spanish-language capabilities
are available at some of the
study sites.
Alzheimer's disease affects
one in 10 Americans over the
age of 65. By the year 2050, 13
million Americans may suffer
from the disease.

higher rates of false-positive
results for Alzheimer's.
Finally, a lack of community
outreach and support has con-
tributed to the disease's status
as a "silent epidemic." Pervyera
said it is imperative for the
Black community to become
involved. "There [are] a lack of
African-American support

groups. We are trying to get the
churches involved. We definitely
need more key pastors [and]
community leaders to help be
our voices to open doors for us
to the community."
For more information about
the Memory Disorders Center at
the University of Miami and
services, call 305-243-4082.

Delicious dishes made easy

continued from 2B

coat both sides of fillet with
nuts and place fillet on baking
sheet. Repeat with remaining
fillets. (Fillets can be refrigerat-
ed up to 2 hours before
7. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in
large saute pan over medium
heat. Add as many fillets as will
comfortably fit in pan. Cook
about 3 minutes per side, or
until light brown. (Fillets can be
drained on paper towels and
refrigerated up to 6 hours
before baking.)
8. Arrange sauteed fillets on
baking sheets and bake 10 to
15 minutes, or until cooked
through. Serve with Dijon
Cream Sauce.
Helpful Hint: To make chopping
nuts easier, add a little sugar to
bullet cup. Pulse to keep from
grinding nuts too finely.

Dijon Cream Sauce
1 1/3 cups heavy whipping
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons
Dijon mustard
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Combine cream and mus-
tard in bullet cup and process
until combined.
2. Pour mixture into large

saucepan; heat on low until
3. Season sauce with salt and
pepper to taste and ladle over

Baby Greens With
Champagne Vinaigrette
2 1/4 ounces Champagne
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt, plus more to
1 1/8 cups extra-virgin olive
Freshly ground black pepper to
1 pound mixed baby greens

1. Combine vinegar, mustard,
mayonnaise, salt and olive oil
in tall bullet cup. Process until
emulsified. (Dressing can be
made 1 day in advance and
stored in refrigerator.)
2. Just before serving, place
some baby greens in individual
salad bowl and drizzle with
3. Using tongs or hands (wear
disposable plastic gloves), toss
salad until well coated. Add
more dressing to taste, being
careful not to overdress leaves.
4. Repeat with remaining baby
greens and vinaigrette.

93"' Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93'" Street
Order of Services
7:30i.n.E1-ly MNmling^ WoIip
I I ..Molllrnig Wolthilp
Evening Worship
Ist & 3rd Sunday ........6
Tuesday Bible Situdy ...7 p.m.

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
l'i t;nlsl ipprayer ,r cllsoill .ltel
740 N.W. 58th Street
Miami, FL
S Order of services

I o le 1' I'ay L. ........ 7 (0 i ll..

Mt. Calvary Mornissionary7:3 ..
Sunday SChrchl.........9:3 a.m.
monMllnn wo rip -............ I I ;alI.
S YOUll Minliflhy Sutly.....WCel......7 p.m...
N1140 Dr. Martind Ly Auther King, yr... Blvd..M-
Frctlillt I ILc Hllly vuriy
Wellncsiday........ II a Jn.-I n.

PeaMt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther Kinami, Jr. Bvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528

Order of Services:
aMon. thru rli. Noon Day Prayer
Bible SPtidy...Thurs.....7 p.m.
Sunday Worship...7-1 I a.m.
Sunday School.......9:30 ai.m

Peaceful Zion Missionar
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 688 Street, Miam5i, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2.3,4,5"' Sundliy) ...... 8:00 am
Sunday School ..........9:45 apn
IMon1ing Service ..... M 11:00 a
IConnlunlo Service
(ThuI. nlbPSn d I' y) 7:H30 pi
Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
(Wedn(;esdy) 7:30 poll

he Soul Saving Station O0
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
Order of Services:
Sunday School ...........Z9

Ttuesdaly Worshllip .......7:45 p.m.
Noon Diiy rayer.......My on.-Fri.

apostolic Revival Center Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc. Brownsville
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue 1855 NW 19th Street Church of Christ
305-836-1224 305-688-1612 4561 N.W. 33rd Court
Order of Services Fax: 305-681-8719 305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
New time ifl T.V. Program Order of Services; 305-634-6604
FOR HOPE FOR TODAY Sun...9:30 ;....(Sunday School) Order of Services
"'" I0WCSI (11 0 2 I Walk in llhe Wo( d Min0islry L Day Sundiy School .......9:45m;i
Suni n. Si d lay 5111p W,' ship Service .............. I I I.m. S Iuday Morni g W sl ip.....I) I in. .
W l.-I y,,' a.ln.-12i T csd;ay....7 i.l Fa... mlnily Niglh Sunday M n"s Bible slldy .... p.m.
.w..ed I ......s...ny .. Ii.- 2 p Tuedy 7I t .m..i F miiy NiSunday Ladies Bible Study ..5 pI.m.
Morning Si ..................II ill W d I inl.lll..lllci ry P yer Suiday Evcning Wc bip.......6 Ip.
Siue.- e. W ...........73111 m. Wed. Bible Cl;s........ 12 p.m. u lstay Nih l Bible Sludy ....7:3 ln
W dllC.l- i'll .lT Me.1illg........ 7:. IInimBS.Cpll i y Momite Bible Cli s I nt.
Fri. Bible Stludy ................. 7:3.(l 1am Wed. Bible Cliss .............. 7 ion lhalp,itl iiy n valb l bl e C II I .
305-634-4850 3(15-691-6958

Harvest Fire Worship Ctr.
2260 N.W. 183rd Street
Order of Services:

Wed.- Bible Study.......7:30 p.m.
iFriday- Youth
Firs & Fouirl111
Tues......Wonmen's/Men's Mfg.
Early Morning Prayel....6-7 a;.m.
Pniayer Sunday0........6:30 p.m.

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

Order of Services:
lSundays- c llilrch Sliol .. ............0....1 i1.1.
Wof r hip Service.................. : iSa.i.
IlTu-dbys Bible Class..............7 p II
41th Sunday Evening Wrship6......... ( p.m.

Pa igastr aro H Rbrtsg S /.

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12"' Ave.
Order of Services:
Eaiily Worship ..............7 a.m.
Sunday School...........I.. 9;.m.
NBC ............................1(:(05 a.m.
Wol.ship ....................... I I a..
Worship ......................4.. pn.
Mission and Bible Class
Tuesday ...............6:31 p.m.
Youth Mccliing/Clhoir rchcarsal
Monday .......................6:3)1 p.m.

Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Moining ...........l8 a.m.
Sunday School.............I10 a.n.
Sunday Evening .............6 p.m.
Mon. Excellence ........7:30 p.m.
Tue. Bible Class ...7:30 p.m.
Thuls. Fellowship .........10 am.
IsI Sun. Song Praictice .6 p~il.

New Harvest Missionary- New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue 1881 N.W. 103"' St.
305-681-3500 Order or Services:
S'mlay MW rnhi g Worsil,
Order of Services: 7:3011 .la. & :45; ,u. ill
I(huth SliIwIII 0sc o linlat0io ,,....9 i a.
Monihi W u- i ip........... ;.Ill, ilhl lil. N& -lll oon Day I .
nc. li- sil Miili ...............1 p.l. Mlin ay- rily ...... 12 Ip. I I 1p.n
T, nn r S u i'vl c ................7:1 11 i6.iI
llil S t y .............. ... ... ii I',l; yr l ihe Sl ldy
M W Srt ...... ..................... .. 1l' day I.................... 7:0 ).111,
Ch i ]l S Il'..........9.a",ll/

' Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Bible Study ............. 9 a.m. *** Morning Worship ............. 10 a.m.
Evening Worship .............. 6:p.m.
Wednesday....Generil Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Sunday, 8 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
Comcast Digital Cable: 8, 19,22,23,30 and 37
Web page:

f Victory on the Rock
Ministries, Inc.
16178 NW 27th Avenue
305-625-3376 / 305-333-3144

Order of Services:
Sulllldaly M orlnlill........ ... .... 1. .
W Ill ady Nit1 Bili ih ly
7 P

/Trinity Faith Tabernacle
Deliverance Center
512 S.W. 4"' Street, Homestead 33136
Order of Services:
Sulllday School ........... I0:30 a.m.
SunI. Mll'ilng S rI\ ......12 p. m
[iEv lning Wull, ip Scl...... I.
TueI lay "Youlh Niall"....X I.nI
\Wed. Ni-llt nihic SliY,...S u
"bIll',&,) Nilhhi "-(Coilon h ihlo B
Co(lll...............6- 10 1 l n l,1
0 dil% Niohl Woiship Sciv 4 p m



St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 31' Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Morning Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday iy School .......... 9:30 a.nli.
Morning Worship ...II al.m.
NI ,,ii, uitis, i u, Chu'lri's
(B B.T.U.) 5 p.m.
Evening Worship ........7 p.m.
Meetling ........(Tues.) 7 p.m.

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

Order of Services:
Hibl, Slidy wVed....................8 im.
Sminday Sc-llo... .......... 0. 1 11 il.ll.
S li. Worxhill SCo ........ 11:311 a1.lmi.
\V,'l. Nipll lillcn lu) h wl)cr
1Il-onl 7:30 to X It.
SmidaNil! Wo~ll up Sel, ice-6:30 pI1.Im.

Christian HillAME Church
Innercity Golf & Learning Center
9101 N.W. 29th Ave.
Order of Services:
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service
Sunday School........................9:3 a.m.
Morning Worship Service ........II a.m.
Fire Golf Every 2"' & 4"' Sunday ............4 p.m.
Don Shula's Golf Course
Rev.L N lsSi-

Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Moming Services
7:45 a.m.- I 1:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International

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

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.95'" Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:

Early Moming Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Church School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship .....II
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
ITue.s. befle the Ist Siun.....7 p.m.
M id-week Worship

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


New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10'" Avenue
Order of Services:
Eally Sunday Worship...7:301 al.l.
SSunday SclilXl ................9:30 a1;.l.
Sulxlby Mmiing W.sAlip .....II I ln.
Sunday Evening Scivie6 ...6 pim.
Tuilacay PuMyer Meeting ...7:30 p m.
WLdinelahy Bible Study ...7:31 p.n.
"Nol JtlI Ia Chlrchl Bu tI a Mlllnlwln"
Rev. Njimljujej 1). S^reell
I'a^^^^^^stor/Teacher ^V

St. Luke Missionary Baptist Temple Missionary
1790 N.W. 55th Street Baptist Church
305-696-7322 1723 N.W. 3"' Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060-Fax 305-255-854
Order of Services:
EII rly Moming Wtoslhip.7:30am. -- Order of Services:
Sunday School ..........9:31)a.m. Sunday ScI ...........9:45 a.m.
Monlillng W rslthip .....I I I. ill. Mollill SClV... I i.11 .
W EIDNES AY 4' Still. I... t....:3-2:3 0p.nm .
Tile'dlly... hiblc Sillily
PIr:yer M eeling ............m7: li0 I.m.ili ) i .i
Bible Sudy ................. .IWe Ili Stuly/Paye :31p
jI'IT;;u OIilreacil Minilry....,:30 I.I)

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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87'" Street

Order of Services:
Suindaly MoIllriing Sel
SuIdably S ool............. I )0 l.n
T &,lSdy P Si e j,, i'...... SIp.111,

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sun1 day School .............t9:30) a:m.
Monihlg Plu ise/Worship ..ll 1 l.lm1.
YoLuth Choi. S:iall y .i....l I a;.
'Praiyr Mceingl & ibleh Sludy

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The Miami Times. April 19-25. 2006 5B

lB acks Must Control Thei y

Women's conference at Greater Bethel AME Church

The Agnes M. Ball Women's
Missionary Society of Greater
Bethel AME Church invites
you to attend their Women's
conference entitled "Living
Well, Body, Mind and Spirit,"
which will begin on April 26-
On Wednesday, April 26,
the Reverend Anita Wilson
from New Birth Cathedral of
Faith will be the speaker;
Thursday, April 27, Reverend
Arvolean Phillips of Bethel

Pastor Mixon at

Cooper Temple

Pastor Sonia Mixon

Cooper Temple COGIC Upper
Room Ministries, 3800 N.W. 199
Street, invites you to four
dynamic services with Pastor
Sonia Mixon of Shabach
Christian Church, Orlando, FL
at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday,
7:30 p.m.
Believers come out and be
blessed by this profound woman
of God as she deliverers the
Word of God with power and
If there are any battles in your
life they will be conquered!
"For the battle is not yours, it's
the Lord's." You don't want to
miss this!
For details, call 305-620-1557.

Dual stewardship day
First Baptist Church of
Brownsville will celebrate their
first Dual Stewardship Day
this Sunday, April 23. The
7:30 a.m. speaker will be
Reverend Robert Thomas of
Saint Thomas Missionary
Baptist Church and the 11
a.m. speaker will be Sister
Doris Price of West Palm
Beach. The Dual Day will close
with a 4 p.m. program; 100
men in black and 100 women
in white with Reverend Jimmy
Bryant and Antioch of Liberty
City as our special guests.
The colors for the day are
black and white. Under the
leadership of their pastor
Reverend Kenneth McGee, his
vision is to combine the men
and women day events into
one dual day.
The 2006 chairpersons are
Deacon and Sister Jerome
Lovett, Deacon and Sister
Edward Johnson, Sister
Patricia Noel and Sister Mary
Reid have worked diligently
and untiringly to make this
day a success.
The community is invited to'
come out and share this great
day with us and we look for-
ward to all of our brothers and
sisters in Christ to join us in
our afternoon program in your
black and white.
Any questions, please call
Carolyn Steward 305-76-
4567. Thank you.

Apostolic and Friday night
the speaker will be Reverend
Stephanie Russell from Our
Father's House of Prayer. All
services begin at 7 p.m.
On Saturday morning,
there will be a workshop
beginning at 8 a.m. featuring
Reverend Beverly Coffey,
Reverend Patricia Wallace
and Reverend Michael
The conference will end on
Sunday with a 10 a.m. serv-

Reverend Albert Jones

ice featuring Reverend
Dallasteen Yates of Mt.
Hermon AME Church of Fort
This promises to be a spiri-
tual occasion.
Reverend Milton Broomfield
is the senior pastor. Sis.
Nina Parker, president of
Missionary society.
For further information,
please call Greater Bethel
AME Church, 245 N.W. 8th
Street, 305-379-8250.

Reverend Harold Marsh

New Mt. Calvary hosts pastoral anniversary

New Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend
Albert Jones, pastor, invites
you to our 19th Pastoral
Anniversary, 7:30 nightly at
7103 NW 22 Avenue.
Tuesday night, April 18,
Greater New Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Roscoe Jackson and
congregation render the serv-
On Wednesday night, April
19, Rock of Ages Missionary

Baptist Church, Reverend
Johnny White and congrega-
tion will be in charge of service.
Friday night, Mt. Everett
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Paul Kelley and
congregation will be in charge
of service.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., New
Tabernacle will close out pas-
tor's anniversary. Come out
and be blessed by these men of
God as they bring the Word of
God. Everyone is welcome.

Don't tell me what they say

They don't want us to live to-
gether. All they want us to do is
to fuss, fight and kill one anoth-
er. They say if I stand in the lot-
tery line and play I might win.
Jesus said go into my vineyard
and work. Whatever is right, I
will pay you. Titus 3:7-8.
Heaven gets happy when a per-
son gets saved. That is a
Christian assignment and you
are working to please heaven not
Jesus says to go into the high-
way and hedges and convince
people that Jesus' way is the
only way back to heaven.
Jesus did not sing on the cross.
He died there. He did not clap
his hands; there were nails in
them. Life is real. Death is also.

Bishop John Wilson
Don't forget the mourning
bench and the tarrying room.
Write to P. O. Box 531078,
Miami, FL 33153.

Reverend Daniels celebrates 23 years

Reverend Rudolph Daniels of
Macedonia Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate his 23rd
pastoral anniversary, 3515
Douglas Road, Coconut Grove
on April 17-23, nightly services,
7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19, Bishop
Willie Leonard, pastor; St.
Matthews C.M.B. Church.
Thursday, April 20, Reverend
Larry Lovett, II, pastor; Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church,
Friday, April 21, Reverend
Ranzer Thomas, pastor; New
Generation M.B. Church.
Saturday, April 22, "An
Evening with Reverend Daniels"
at Elizabeth Virrick Park, 3255
Plaza St., Coconut Grove, 6-9
Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m.,
Reverend James Jackson, III,

I *I

Reverend Rudolph Daniels
Upward Way Ministries; 11 a.m.,
Reverend Dr. Emmett C. Burns,
Rising Sun First Baptist Church
of Baltimore, MD and at 4 p.m.,
Reverend Kenton Williams, St.
James Baptist Church.

Umoja: A special show for the soul

continued from 1B

being Black folks, we come
from a proud and rich heritage
that demands respect."
Miami is the first place the
cast of Umoja has been in the
United States. They have trav-
eled all over the world. The
cast expressed the similarities
saying they felt it was a lot like
home. "Miami is cool, I love
the weather, its like our
weather. Our goal for the show
is to bring everyone together,"
said Lelebalo, one of the male
cast members.
The performers were
dressed in special threads
from head to toe, which all
had a special meaning. The
beating of the drums were
magical, the moves of the
dancers were mesmerizing
and their smiles and voices
had an everlasting effect. "Our
children and staff will never

Umoja dancer embraces Lenora
B. Smith students.

forget what they saw and
learned here today. They got a
real lesson about their true
heritage and culture.
Exposure like this is the rea-

son why this program is in
such demand. Girls and boys
line up to take part" said Orna
Campbell, Assistant Principal
of Lenora B. Smith
Seven year -old Dontae
Watts and his younger brother
were in awe of the performers
beauty and the way they
danced. In anticipation of
their upcoming spring break,
Lawrence told the kids she
wanted them to "Look up
South Africa because that is
your heritage and you need to
learn about it. People ask
questions about South Africa
like they are living in a jungle,
people need to pick up a book,
stop looking at television and
concentrate on what your her-
itage is about; not just in
February," Umoja is a great
show that teaches Blacks of
their rich heritage. It is a
grand sight to see, hear and

New Shiloh hosts church growth conference
To celebrate 68 years of existence, the New Shiloh Baptist
Church will host it's First Annual Church Growth Conference.
This year's focus is "Winning our Families and Friends.
Worshipping our Father and Working our Faith."
The conference will begin April 20-26 at 7 p.m. with guest
speaker, Bishop Oshea Granger, Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Baptist
Church in West Palm Beach.
The celebration continues on Sunday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m. with
a word from Son of the House, Reverend Keith Butler of the Mt.
Calvary Baptist Church in Miami.
We will conclude our celebration at 11 a.m. with a word from
our Senior Pastor/Teacher, Rev. Dr. D. L. Powell along with a spe-
cial musical guest, the world renowned "The Christianaires."
This is a celebration you don't want to miss. All events are free
and open to the public.
New Shiloh is located at 1350 N.W. 95 Street For more infor-
mation, please call 305-835-8280. Rev. Dr. D. L. Powell

Revival at Greater New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

You are invited to the
Greater New Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church's
Annual Revival April 19-21,
7:30 nightly at 2741 N.W. 49
The revivalist will be
Reverend Gaston Smith, pas-
tor of Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church.
Reverend Roscoe Jackson is
the pastor.

Pastor Roscoe Jackson

Reverend Gaston Smith


SAMUEL RENDER, died April 8.
Arrangements are incomplete.

JESSICA HARRIS, 56, died April
9 at home. Service. Wednesday
(today), 11 a.m. in the chapel.

DEMETRIC SWAIN, 42, died April
12 at home. Service Wednesday, 1
p.m. at Second Baptist Church.

April 11 at Baptist Hospital. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Morning Star
Missionary Baptist Church.

died April 12 at home. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant
Missionary Baptist Church.

DONALD MOSS, 67, died April 14
at South Miami Hospital. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Second Baptist

ROBERT JONES, 55, died April
13 at North Shore Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

WILLIE J. HOWARD, 58, died
April 16 at Jackson South
Community Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

ZELLA WATT, 78, died April 16 at
Aventura Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

16. Arrangements are incomplete.

ROY SMITH, JR., 65, construction contractor of Goulds, died April 11 at
Jackson Sotuh Community Hospital. Service Saturday, 1:30 p.m. at Morning
Star Missionary Baptist Church, Goulds.

Poetry Slam

Poets, ages 8-80+, will get
a chance to share their
writing gift, get published,
and at the same time, com-
pete for cash prizes at a
Poetry Slam being spon-
sored by The Living Poets'
Society, a ministry of "Let
me tell you a story . ."
Ministries, Inc., on
Wednesday, April 30 at the
Driftwood Community
Center, 3000 N. 69th
Avenue in Hollywood, from
7 to 9 p.m. Admission is
There is a small registra-
tion fee. Register by calling
954-274-9827 or by e-

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WS i J r &.rnf I kf rie. Afi, Lll! 49, D ION rBlacks M o Twvvuoi
~S SU &~ MS t.U~t =...,..o~*ara a a

SON, 86, died
April 11. A
widow married
to the late

for fifty (50)
years, a retired
employee of
Marriott InFlite
Service, a for-
mer Deaconess General Chairlady
and Mother of the Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors: two daughters, Ms. Alice
J. Bowens, Ms. Carrie St. Lot; son,
Timothy R. Jackson; son-in-law,
James F. Shannon; and a host of
nieces, nephews, 12 grandchildren,
25 great grandchildren and 19 great
great grandchildren. Homegoing
service Saturday, 10 a.m. at Mt.
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church,
1140 Martin Luther King Boulevard,
Reverend Samuel Atchison, senior
pastor/teacher. Hdr final public view-
ing will be held on Saturday morning
in the sanctuary from 9-10 a.m.

THELMA LEE, 80, clerk died April
10. Survivors:
two sons,
William James
and David
Wayne; two
Janice Jackson
and Dorothy
Moncur; two sis-
ters, five broth-
ers, ten grand-
children, numeorus great grand-
children, nieces, nephews, other
relatives and a host of friends.
Service Wednesday, 10 a.m. at Mt.
Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

KEVIN BUTLER, 48, staff mem-
ber at Illinois Wesleyan University,
died April 1 in Bloomington, Illinois.
Services were held.

Bahamas Air management, died
April 6 at Cedars Medical Center.
Memorial service Wednesday, 7:30
p.m. at The Church of 'The
Resurrection Biscayne Park.


housewife, died
April 11 at home.
S e r v i c e
Saturday, 11
a.m. at 93rd
Baptist Church.

ELISNOR JEAN, 70, laborer,
died April 4 at
Miami Heart
Saturday, 10
a.m. at Notre
Dame D Haiti.

auto body mechanic, died March 29
at Jackson Hospital. Services were

stress, died April 15. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m. at Walker Temple


ter care provider,
died April 15 at
Florida Medical
Center. Service
Saturday, 11
a.m. at Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church.

RINGER, 87, fos-

mechanic fo
died April 15 at
home. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m.
in the chapel.

54, homemaker, died April 5 at
North Shore Medical Center.
Service Saturday, 12 p.m. at Holy

penter, died April 16 at Parkway
Regional Medical-Center.

infant, died April 16. Services were


GRADIE PIERCE, 78, died April 5
at Jackson
Hospital .

Saturday, 11
a.m. in the

JOHNNIE J. JONES, 64, died
April 10 at

Hos p i t a 1.
Saturday, 11
a.m. at St. Luke
Baptist Church.

April 6 at Parkway Regional Medical
Center. Remains were shipped to
New Jersey for final rites and burial.

E.A. Stevens
LEON D. OTT, 66, 10892 Sunset
Ridge Circle, Boynton Beach, died
April 12. Services were held.

SR., 74, skycap,
died April 14 at
Mercy Hospital.
Survivors: wife,
Barbara Jean;
son, Reverend
John Wesley
Williams, Jr.;
daughters, Ava
Williams and
Dionne Lellison.
Service Saturday, 11 a.m. at St.
Paul A.M.E. Church. Viewing
Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the church.

crete finisher,
died April 13 at
Cedars Hospital.
Remains will be
shipped to
Mungo Funeral
Home in
South Carolina
for final rites and

April 16. Service
Saturday, 1 p.m.
at the Christ the
Good Shephard

ERMA L. GIVENS, 90, died April
16. Service
Saturday, 12
p.m. at St.
A g n es

ALBANY BROWN, 68, died April
11. Service were held.

caretaker, died
April 13.
Survivors: moth-
er, Sarah; father,
Ernest, Sr.; step
mother, Darlene;
four sisters,
Cycloria (Kirk),
Daphne and
Darneka; three
brothers, Ernest, Jr., Alphonso
(Samantha) and Derrol; uncle,
Eugene Hardy (Betty); and a host of
nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts,
cousins and friends. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m. at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.

LEROY BROWN, 71, laborer,
died April 7. Services were held.

retired insurance clerk, died April 11.
Services were held.

Coconut Grove
died April 16 at
Coral Gables
Ho s p i t a l.
Survivors: cam-
panion, James
E. Powell; two
sons, Marvin
and Curtis
Johnson; two
Sonja and LaTonya Johnson; five
brothers, James and Ernest
Montgomery, Carl, Norman and
Richard Cooper; four sisters,
Catherine Robinson, Shirley
Samuel, Marsha and Mildred
Cooper. Service Saturday, 11 a.m.
at Greater St. Paul A.M.E. Church.


In Memoriam

LINDA SUE MCCALL, 49, child-
care worker In loving mer
died April 15, at
North Shore
Medical Center.
friend, Robert
Stuckey; sis-
ters, Daisy
Jones, Patricia 7
Barbara McCall (Moses), Sharie
Adams, Shaqueeta Bethel; brother,
Manuel McCall, Jr. Service
Saturday, 2 p.m. at Wright Funeral
Home Chapel.

Martha B. Solomon

BOBBY DEVEAUX, 45, died April
12 at Parkway Regional Medical
Center. Service Saturday in the

CAROL, died April 17 at North Shore
Medical Center. Arrangements are

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


03-/04/48 04/05/06

would like to thank their many
friends and relatives, for the
kind expressions of sympathy
shown to them most of all they
thank you for your sincere
Mattie and the Barney Family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

I. .

aka 'CANDY'

01/28/51 04/18/05

We think of you always, it's
really hard on the holidays. You
will never be forgotten
Your loving mother, Betty Bul-
lard; daughter, sister, brothers
and family.
Miss you dearly.

Death Notice

THOMAS, JR., 67, died April
17 at Parkway Regional Medical
Remains will be shipped to
Taylor & Son Funeral Home,
Tifton, Georgia, phone 1-229-
Service Saturday, April 22 at
Rose Hill Missionary Baptist
Church in Laconte, Georgia.


On April 23, 2005, the world
lost a hero ...
Dr. Nsidibe Nelson Ikpe was a
physician, a visionary, a teacher,
a philanthropist, a father, hus-
band and a friend of many
souls. His presence will be felt
His legacy lives on through Le-
gion Park Medical Center where
he served thousands of patients
in the Greater Miami area;
Majesty Hospital in his home-
land of Nigeria, International
Hospital Relief Foundation
where he served many lives in
Africa and Central America. His
impact will be felt in Akwa Ibom
State, Nigeria, through Amakpe
Refinery that is poised to create
many skilled jobs and enhance
economic development in the
The United Nations Post-hu-
morously awarded Dr. Ikpe with
the prestigious UNESCO Award
(United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural
Organization) recognizing his
selfless contributions in the field
of medicine. A disaster relief.
Dr. Ikpe is survived by his wife,
Helen Ikpe, Nurse Educator and
his children, Edidiong Ikpe-
Ekpo, Medical Doctor, complet-
ing residency training jointly in
emergency medicine and inter-
nal medicine; Uduak Ikpe, joint-
ly pursing her doctorate in clini-
cal psychology and law; Udeme
Ikpe, sophomore student at
Loyola University.
We all miss him and his spirit
will never be put to rest and his
legacy lives forever.
We love you, Daddy
We love you, Ima
We love you, Sydney
We love you, Bro
His family, employees, friends,
and colleagues unite with one
voice to show him our love.
His Memorial service will be
held 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, May
7 at Glendale Baptist Church,
14580 S.W. 117 Ave.

Death Notice

died March 27, 2006 in Detroit,
Her brother Joseph Moss pre-
ceded her in death three years
ago in New York, NY.
Both of them were born in
Overtown. She graduated from
Booker T. Washington High
School, Class of 1949.
He was a graduate of Booker T.
Washington High School, Class
of 1951.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

It's been five years since you've
been gone.
My love for you, makes it seem
like just yesterday.
Happy Birthday, Betty
Forever yours, Cochise

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


sincerely appreciate your ex-
pressions of love shown during
our time of bereavement.
You have blessed us with your
multitude of greeting cards with
true words of comfort and en-
couragement, telephone calls,
monetary gifts, so many flowers
and plants, your deliciously pre-
pared dishes and your visits per-
sonalizing your support for our
A special thanks to the Rever-
end Canon Richard Marquess-
Barry and the entire church fami-
ly of the Historic St. Agnes
Episcopal Church, Miami Alumni
Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, the JESCA organiza-
tion, Hialeah Elementary School
staff, the Lake Worth Middle
School family of West Palm Beach,
The University of Miami TAL 655
and Rhodes House 37F, the
Finley/Miller family, our 96th
Street neighbors and many
It is our prayer that God will
bless each of you the way that
you have blessed our family.
The Kelly/Rolle family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


08/17/52 04/19/96

To some you are forgotten, to
some you are of the past.
But to us, the ones who loved
and lost you, your memories will
always last.
From your children and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


04/21/68 04/16/05

We never knew how much we
would miss you. The love you
*gave to your family keeps us
strong and bonded together.
Cheryl, your absence has
caused many hearts to ache, but
to be with Christ is what it
It has been one year, it seems
like forever, but you didn't leave
our hearts.
Your spirit is alive and present
with us always. From this time
until forever, we will always
remain together.
Happy Birthday
Sadly missed by mother, Zelma
Joseph; grandson, Errol and the
entire Joseph, Cunningham and
Simmons families.

Happy Birthday, Ma

In loving memory of,


04/21/58 07/28/05

Ma, your memories will always
live deep within our hearts.
Love, Nay. Naomi, Sheresse,
Ralph, Joy and your grands.

Death Notice

18, aka WHOOLY, died on
April 10, 2006.
Survivors are mother, Tangela
Moses Duperme; father, Ricardo
Smith Sr.; brothers, Terrance
Moses and Derrick Smith; grand-
parents, Annette Moses James,
Vernon James and David Scott.
Visitation 2-9 p.m., Friday,
April 21 at Carey Royal Ram'n
Funeral Home, 5235 N.W. 7 Ave.
Funeral 1 p.m., Saturday, April
22 at Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church, 5946 N.W. 12
Repass, 160 N.E. 50 Terr., in
Little Haiti.

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A special salute goes out to
the Church of the Incarnation,
the Historical Saint Agnes
Episcopal, Temple Baptist, St.
Peters Orthodox, St Francis
Xavier, American Catholic and
St. Mary Weslyn for carrying
out the traditional Palm
Sunday Processional with
Harcourt Clark, drum major
and Richard B.
Strachan, business
manager, leading the
traditional Progressive
Band in Liberty City
and Overtown.
More than 300 par-
ticipated in the proces-
sion at The Church of
the Incarnation includ-
ing 60 children, led by WI
Louis Powell, a "Man Of
Tomorrow," 2006. He was fol-
lowed by Andrea Walker, who
pushed a baby in the crib as
the late Alice Harrison had for
many years and Garth Reeves,
Sr., Miami Times
Publisher/Emeritus, who has
continued the tradition of
marching and singing for over
60 years. He was one of the few
singing that knew all of the
Others who participated
included Gloria Green;
Gwendolyn Davis; Alice S.
Harrel; Alma Brown; Dr.
Kathy W. Larrimore; Milton
Hall; Elvis Paschal; Francina
Robinson with her video cam-
era; Mrs. David Cobb; Ida
Turner; Bonnie N. Stirrup;


Thelma Black; and two City of
Miami police officers, Gerbier
Reynaud and Fluellod Glegan,
who escorted the procession
from beginning to end.
Others who participated in
the afternoon processionals
included Fred Brown, Lionel
Ferguson, Helen McCoy,
Clarence Clear, Jacquelyn
Livingston, Francina
Robinson, Leo Albury,
Annie Grace Sweeting,
Lona B. Mathis,
Hanson Higgs, Birdie
Anderson, Lenard
Rutledge, Ted
Alexander and Bobbie
P. Cox.
>ON In addition, Reverend
Dr. Joreatha M. Capers, pas-
tor, Ebenezer UMC, took her
Palm Sunday service to Oleta
State Park, where she and her
congregation had service and
the baptism of Curtis James
Newton, III and Kristen
Gallimore, grandchildren of
William Francis, an officer of
the church. It was successful
and there will be more to come.
****** *
Annette Brantley, presi-
dent, Gamma Delta Sigma
Chapter, Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority and membership trav-
eled to West Palm Beach to the
attend the Sixty-Sixth
Southeast Regional
Conference. It was a success
under the theme: Vision,

Commitment and Dedication
Lead to Success.
Participants from the Miami
area included Heather
Beaucannan, Pamela Davis,
Michelle Dawson, Christale
Francois, Juliette Higgs,
Betty Major, Dionne Occenad,
Ruby Rayford, Linda Tartt,
Mary Ann Thomas, Reatha
Whitehead, Katie Williams
and Marcia Wright. Lattashia
Rowe brought back the win-
ning trophy for her rendition of
What Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority Means to Me. She will
represent the Region at the
national Boule in Dallas, Texas
in July.
W. Doris Neal, Buds of
Spring coordinator; Claudia
Slater, choreographer;
Veronica Floyd; Marcia
Carter-Wright and Elizabeth
Rudolph planned a Buds'
Talent Showcase, last Saturday
at Florida Memorial University,
where 17 Buds performed to
the delight of the audience who
cheered, clapped and gave a
standing ovation in apprecia-
tion of such great talent.

Some of the participants were
Vanecia Reeves, Chanel
Halsem, Brittany Reeson
Perrimon, Chelsea A.
Jamison and Kamisha
Codkington. Neal will
announce the winners at a later
date and the Buds will continue
to rehearse at Northwestern on
Wednesdays in preparation for
their presentation, Saturday,
May 20, at the James L.
Knight Center, beginning a 5
The Singing Angels of
Arcola Lakes Park put aside
their singing for a while and
took in the play, Intimate
Apparel, last Friday, at the
GableStage (Biltmore Hotel) in

Coral Gables. The 39 support-
ers were joined by the Carver
High Class of 1963 and they
invigorated the stellar stars
with their presence. Of the six
stars, Kameishia Duncan
(Esther) is a graduate of Miami
Northwestern and credits Jose
Taboada, PAVAC director for
motivating her.
Also, Lela Elam (Mayme)
credits New World School of
Arts and her parents, John and
Hallie Elam for her success on
the stage. Dorothy Morrison
(Mrs. Dickerson) credits
James B. Randolph, former
drama teacher at North Dade
for his success on stage.
Everyone enjoyed the produc-
tion, written by playwright
Lynn Nottage, about a seam-
stress who sewed for the upper-
class as well as the bordellos.
The two factions connected
dramatically. Other characters
were Antonio Amadeo (Mr.
Marks), Sandra Ives (Mrs. Van
Buren) and Bechir Sylvain
(George Armstrong).
Some of the singing Angels
who attended include Tillie
Stibbins, president; Henry
William, treasurer who negoti-
ated for the trip; Mary
Simmons, directress; Jesse
Hayes and Mamie Horne, pho-
tographers; and Ammie Smith,
prayer. The Carverites included
Dorothea D. Brockenbrough,
Isiah Brock, Connie Cason,
Willie Wilson, Rosie M.
Marshall, Esther W. Lawson
and Ruth Ellis-Myers.

Sen. Dr. Frederica S. Wilson
and the 5000 Role Models of
Excellence Staff are preparing
for the annual Scholarship
Ceremony wherein each gradu-
ating role model will receive a
scholarship for the amount of
$1,000. Last year, the organi-

zation donated over $110,000
to 110 graduating seniors. Also,
the first annual Take a Role
Model Apprentice to Work Day is
coming up.
This year's ceremony will be
held at New Birth Cathedral,
2300 N.W. 135th Street, from
5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The
ceremony will feature The
Apprentice, Dr. Randal
Pinkett, from the Donald
Trump Show, as the keynote
speaker, musical renditions
from Reverend Abraham
Thomas and pledges
led by several Role
Models in the organiza-
tion. For more informa-
tion, call 305-995-
The Miami-Dade
Alumni Association of
Bethune-Cookman REj
College, according to
Gwen LaVant, former Ms.
Alumni, is having its traditional
Awards Ceremony, Saturday,
May 20, beginning at 12 p.m.,
at Seduction Ballroom, 2110
West 12th Ave., Hialeah, Fl.
Willie Jackson, president
and Mary Horton, former pres-
ident, reported recognizing
Reverend Dr. Alfonso Jackson,
religion; Wayne Davis and
Kenneth Dove, business;
Donna Hildreth and Dr. Astrid
K. Mack, civics; Cynthia
Clarke, Patricia Harper-
Garret and Carol W.
Whetherington, education;
and Carman Jackson and
Tommy Sumter, sports. For
more information, call 305-
The local alumni will leave
Miami for Daytona Beach to
witness the graduation at
Bethune-Cookman College and
attend the 1956 graduating
class reunion. Some them will
be Dr. Walter Oden, Fr. Nelson

Pinder and Dr. Richard
B. Strachan.
The North Dade High School
Alumni Class of 1966 will cele-
brate their 40th class reunion
aboard the Carnival Cruise
Line, Fascination, later this
summer. Classmates, teachers,
administrators, staff members
and fellow graduates are invit-
ed to begin registering by
Saturday, April 15.
The four-day cruise has
plans to travel from
Miami to Key West and
Cozumel, Mexico where
lots of fun activities are
being planned by mem-
bers of the class. Please
call Precilla Wells at
305-758-2347 or Pat
Allen at 305-948-8063.
Meanwhile, Miami
EVES Carol City Class of
1971 will attend wor-
ship services on Sunday, April
23 at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Carol City,
beginning at 9 a.m. All alumni,
family and friends are welcome
to join them. Call 305-625-
9329 for more information.
Kudos go out to Harold
Mitchell, an Omega Psi Phi
man and retired teacher from
the Dade County Public School
System. Despite his handicap,
he attends church, fraternity
meetings and other business
ventures with the assistance of
his loving wife, Mary.
Recently, Mitchell spoke at
the Crandall McLeod services
and though blind, he articulat-
ed words of encouragement to
the family and remembered an
interesting association with
McLeod. He was given a hearty
"Amen" when he finished and
hugs from his brothers and the
McLeod family.

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Despite slower-than-antici-
pated growth and lower-than-
expected profits, many corpora-
tions have generously rewarded
their leaders, while simultane-
ously reducing lower-level staff
salaries and benefits in an
attempt to control costs. This
disturbing practice only serves

to further widen the gap
between America's wealthy few
and its working class and clear-
ly demonstrates just how little
this country values its work-
At a time when most
American workers are strug-
gling to make basic ends meet

Corporate salaries are

unfair to workers

and worrying how they'll man-
age to save enough for retire-
ment, many of this country's
corporate chief executives are
stuffing their pockets with larg-
er-than-life compensation
packages that include high base
salaries, stock option and
ample pension plans. In 2004,
the average chief executive's
salary at a large company was
more than 170 times that of the
average worker's pay. Last year,
executive salaries grew 25-per-
cent, while that of the average
American worker grew only 3.1-
Even when a company strug-
gles, their CEOs are still
rewarded. For example, the
current CEO of a global manu-
facturing firm received over $11

million in compensation last
year, despite the company's
$3.4 billion revenue loss, an
11-percent drop in stock value
and a staff reduction of 17,000
workers. There are similar sto-
ries at corporations across the
country: while worker pensions
are frozen and many are asked
to do without raises, CEOs
manage to earn their multi-mil-
lion dollar bonuses. It's no sur-
prise that CEOs are cleaning
up. Consider this: corporations
often use compensation com-
mittees to set their executive
salaries. Many of these commit-
tees use outside consultants to
help guide the process. These
consultants are often already
contracted to do other work for
the company. The conflict of

interest here is obvious: the
consultant won't upset the
CEO and risk losing other con-
tracts by setting a more realis-
tic, performance based pay
Many corporate CEOs are, in
short, getting over and it is a
slap in the face of every
American worker. While it is
understood that executive
salaries would greatly exceed
that of the average worker's,
there is no logical argument to
explain why the growth rate
between the two is so dramati-
cally different. To protect its
workforce, corporate America
must ensure worker's salaries
grow at rates that keep pace
with the cost of living, while
slowing the rate of growth of

Congratulations to Miami-
Dade. Our schools have been
named as finalists for a nation-
al award. The Broad founda-
tion, which began giving the
award in 2002, cited the strong
improvement of our poor,
Black and hispanic students
on math tests. The winner will
be announced September 20,
in New York. Good luck Miami-
Dade! It is our first time being
nominated and no Florida dis-
trict has ever won.
Yerneka S. Silva and family
Frank and Antionette
Simmons of Dallas, Texas
were in Miami to spend the
Easter holiday with family and
friends. Welcome home Neka

and Toni!
Get well wishes to all of you,
from all of us! Pauline
McKinney, Louise Dean,
Celestine Hepburn-Brown,
Albert Ferguson, Mae
Hamilton-Clear, Cleomie
Allen-Smith, Frances Brown,
Hortense Edgecomb-Lucas,
Janice Sanders, Aubrey
Sims, Josephine Rolle,
Anthony Simon, Earl Woods
(Tiger Woods' father), Henry
'Sanky' Newbold, Oscar
Morley, Mervin Armbrister,
Lloyd 'Tank' Johnson,
Pearline Nairn, Ann Johnson-
Dyes, Ralph McCartney and
Brenda Eaddy.
Last Wednesday was

National Drop Everything and
Read Day. Hope you did that
for at least one hour. It is sug-
gested that families make read-
ing together on a daily basis a
family priority.
Rose Simons is in San
Antonio, Texas visiting her son
Gary Simons and his wife
Margo. Joining their mom on
the trip is Beverly S. Burns.
Joan and Al Ballard are
down from Baltimore,
Maryland visiting their families
and friends. Welcome home!
Naomi Allen-Adams and
daughter Sceiva Adams-
Holland, both current resi-
dents of Tuskegee, Alabama,
send a big hello to all of their
friends and relatives.
The following women were
honored at an awards lunch-
eon March 29 for their achieve-
ments and community involve-
ment. The following women
were honored by the Women's
History Project: Annie Ruth
Brown, Alma Hutchinson-

Adams, Elgeta Thompson-
Martin, Carol Nash, Deborah
Porter, Gwendolyn Robinson,
Brenda Snipes and Miss
Florida Memorial University,
Candice Trimm.
Congratulations ladies!
Congratulations to the 25
young men who were present-
ed by the "Egelloc" (college
spelled backwards) Civic and
Social Club's 37th annual
cotillion last Saturday. Keep up
the good work "Men of
The young lady seen on CBS
channel 4, explaining her role
as a CVS pharmacist is none
other than Donndra Kee-
Preace, daughter of Donald
and Regina Mims-Kee and
granddaughter of Barbara Kee
(the songbird) and Richard
and Norma Mims.
All sports fans are happy for
Tamara James, who became
the first University of Miami
player taken in the first round
of the WNBA draft when

Washington selected her as the
eighth pick. She will play for
the Washington Mystics. As a
four year starter, Tamara fin-
ished as U.M.'s all-time leading
scorer (2,406 points) and
earned all-american honors
every season.
Returning home for the
funeral of their uncle and
friend Clyde Rudolph
McCartney were Attorney
Effie McFadden and children
from NYC; Daniel Powell (twin
brother) of Nathaniel 'Traz'
Powell; Alvin Armstead;
Andre Armstead; Cheryl
Armstead's nephews and
nieces; Alvin Armstead and
wife, Rose, from South
Carolina; Sonya Bethel,
Melbourne, Florida; Larry
Jones, Tampa, Florida and
Fredricka McCartney,
Valdosta, Georgia.
Happy Belated Wedding
Anniversary to the following
Cameron and Effie Culmer,

April 10: Their 34th
Lemuel and Florence
Moncur, April 11: Their 51st
Mark and Yvonne Delvilla,
April 12th: Their 20th
Antoin L. and Tracy Mathis,
April 13th: Their 10th
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's
Cotillion theme this year is
"Rays of Ebony." The Cotillion
is April 15 at the James L.
Knight Center. 34 girls will be
presented. Pat Daniels is the
Elestine McKinney-Allen
are among those running for
"Ms. Alumni of Bethune
Cookman College." Good Luck
Dr. Mary Lee Hyler has
returned home to live in
Pembroke Pines after many
years in Dallas, Texas. Her sis-
ter, Thelma Dames, also
returned home from Dallas.
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CEO salaries. Corporate boards
must stop rewarding CEOs
with multi-million dollar
bonuses; it is unacceptable for
a company to lay off thousands
of workers and then turn
around and pay an executive
for 'a job well done.'
As a country, we often ask our
government to think about the
needs of the 'average American'
and rightly so. However, if
America is to truly prosper, the
corporations that feed our local
economy must also consider
and respect the well-being of
average worker.
Judge Greg Mathis is national
vice president of Rainbow PUSH
and a national board member of
the Southern Christian
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where her father was the
minister. In her early
career in amateur shows
and nightclubs, she devel-
embellished with asides and
ad libs.
Pearl Bailey sang with
bands, later on stage and in
films. The all-Black version of
Hello. Dolly! is one of her best-
known roles.

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE My Mommy can do anything!
8 YEARS OF AGE My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 YEARS OF AGE Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 YEARS OF AGE Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned
18 YEARS OF AGE That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 YEARS OF AGE Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

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How safe is Myspace?

By Tremaine Jones
Special to the Times

If you look at the newest
entertainment, among others
you can see that Myspace is
number one. Teens are spend-
ing tons of hours on this site
creating blogs, talking to people
who live in various parts of the
world and viewing files of other
Myspace peers. It has become
the most addictive internet
craze that we've seen since pos-
sibly the beginning of the inter-
net itself. However with the
recent problems of sexual pred-
ators, killers and the posting of
scenes inappropriate for people
of all ages, can we really say
that Myspace is safe?
The Myspace (
domain was created in 1998 as,
according to their logo, "a place
for friends," providing a new
way to talk to your friends. It is
a place where you create your
own page with a profile of your-
self and become part of a world
where you can share with all

your friends. Soon it became
popular and people were mak-
ing friends on different sides of
the world.
However, this has become a
potential breeding ground for
sexual predators due to the fact
that so many teens visit the
site. It's like all you have to do
is pick a victim out of the

bunch. Online predators think,
type and say things that a typi-
cal teen would say. It's hard to
tell who's who and sadly sever-
al have fallen into their hands.
It has become such a prob-
lem in recent months that sev-
eral users have caused
Myspace to be in the middle of
a major controversy because of
what they've shown on the site.
Jacob D. Robida is an 18 year-

old that committed suicide
after going to a gay night club,
attacking and injuring several
men. He had a Myspace
account which showed that he
was a believer in Neo-Nazism.
Even before Robida became an
attempted killer, his Myspace
page was really popular. This
shows that any kind of con-

tent, good or bad, could have
been shown and influence oth-
These and other factors are
why several schools in South-
Florida including Miami-Dade
county public schools have
blocked Myspace from the
school computers (making) it
nearly impossible to gain
access to the site at school.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop

them from going online at
home with parents not know-
ing about it.
On the other hand, many like
having the ability to show
unfamiliar people their person-
ality, which is often displayed
on their Myspace page.
Meeting people who have the
same interests as you or meet-
ing someone across the world
can be amazing. Yet, when it
comes to the point where
you're giving away really per-
sonal information, it is very
risky and it's putting not only
you, but the people you love, in
One in five teens are solicited
into having sex. Myspace has
begun advertising tips on how
you can protect yourself and
others. Myspace's main objec-
tive has always been to be "a
place for friends." It's the users
that determine its content.
Don't make the wrong deci-
sions that may end up getting
you hurt or into trouble.
Protect yourself!

Overcoming your trials of acne

"You're going to be late," you
hear your mom calling. It's
another school day and as you
rush to get ready you look in
the mirror and staring back at
you is this huge disgusting
bump. You think to yourself,
this cannot be happening,
especially since today is year-
book pictures. You can't believe
the odds that of all days, today
a bump would appear on your
face. You are desperate to find
out what kind of bump it is and
how you can get rid of it? Below
is a 15t f t e, ,of acne that
can be 'seen on your face
to treat them.

Appearance: A blackhead
looks like an enlarged pore with
dark stuff inside. These are
generally more annoying than
painful and they just look
Pain (Scale of 1-10): 2-4
depending on its exact location
and whether or not you pop it.

What's happening here: It's
not dirt, but it's actually sebum
(the oil produced by your seba-
ceous glands) and dead skin
that is clogging up your pores
'and hair follicles. This mixture
of oil, dead skin and bacteria is
introduced into the atmosphere
(the pore is open at the skin's
surface) where the chemical
reaction with oxygen makes it
Banishing blackheads: Keep
your pores clean with products
containing salicylic or alpha
hydroxyl acids. Don't over exfo-
,liate ',6ejrzealous scrubbing
will l -your condition and
you'lf'wrid up with a fleet of

Appearance: These little
nightmares come in the flesh-
toned or egg-white varieties.
Pain (Scale of 1-10): 4-6
What's happening here:
Your oil glands are clogging up
your pores (or hair follicles)
with sebum and dead skin

cells. Bacteria builds up and
you get a little (or maybe not-
so-little) bump. A whitehead
has the formula for a black-
head, minus the oxygen (the
clogged pore is closed at the
skin's surface).
White Out Your Whiteheads:
Use the same plan of attack for
whiteheads that you use for
your blackheads: try treatments
with alpha hydroxyl or salicylic
acids to remove dead cells and
keep pores clean.

Appearance: May he. pus-.
filled' (that slimy, *whii-yel-
low, baking soda creamy paste)
,or they may be lurking just
under the surface building up
energy to erupt.
Pain (Scale of 1-10): 8-11
What's Happening Here: A
flaming black or whitehead
undergoes a mutation and
merges with sebum and acne-
causing bacteria to take over
first the pore and tomorrow
your world. When the irritation

is just under the surface of your
skin; you'll be able to see the
whitish or yellowish toxic waste
inside. If you want to pop it, it's
.now or never. If the pore is rag-
ing deep below the surface of
your skin, the zit will be big and

Appearance: greasy looking
(your forehead, your nose and
Pain (Scale of 1-10): 0
What's happening here: The
three H's--Heredity, Hormones,
Get the RedOut You Y gro
want to experiment with prod-
ucts containing benzoyl perox-
ide. Before you go to sleep, try a
gel or pasty product with sali-
cylic acid. See a dermatologist if
you have a severe case of acne.
Clean your face at least twice a
day and after exercise. A swipe
with a medicated skin pad dur-
ing the day when you can't
wash may be just what the der-
matologist ordered.

Lack of sleep can lead to problems

By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

"Ok class who here knows the
answer to this question?" "How
about Mr. Johnson, do you
think you can solve this prob-
lem?" "Mr. Johnson, Mr.
Johnson, did you not hear me?"
Usually when a teacher calls on
a student to answer a question,
most students will be alert
enough to give an answer. But a
teen who isn't getting enough
sleep at night may not be men-
tally able to comprehend simple
information directed at them. In
fact most teens need about eight
and a half to nine hours of sleep
each night.
Until recently, teens were
often given a bad rap for staying
up late, oversleeping and falling
asleep in class. However, recent
studies show that adolescent
sleep patterns actually differ
from those of adults or kids.
These studies show that during
the teen years, the body's circa-
dian rhythm (sort of like an
internal biological clock) is
reset, telling a person to fall
asleep later and wake up later.
Unlike kids and adults, whose
bodies tell them to go to sleep
and wake up early, most
teenagers' bodies tell them go to
sleep late at night and sleep
until late in the morning. This
change in the circadian rhythm
seems to be due to the fact that
mclatonin, a hormone that reg-
ulates sleeping and waking pat-
terns, is produced later at night
for teens than it is for younger
kids and adults. This can make
it harder for teens to fall asleep
early and wake up on time in
the morning for school.
These changes in the body's
circadian rhythm coincide with
a lime when teens are now

busier than ever. For most
teens, the pressure to do well in
school is more intense than
when they were kids and it's
harder to get by without study-
ing hard. But teens also have
other demands on their time,
including everything from sports
and other extracurricular activi-
ties to fitting in a part-time job
to save money for college.
Schools that start earlier also
play a role in this sleep deficit.
Teens who fall asleep after mid-
night may still have to get up
early for school, meaning that
they may only squeeze in six or
seven hours of sleep a night. An
hour or two of missed sleep a
night may not seem like a big
deal, but it can create a notice-
able sleep deficit over time.
This sleep deficit impacts a
teens ability to pay attention in
class, to do their best in athlet-
ics and can be life threatening
for teens who drive. The
National Highway Safety Traffic
Administration estimates that
1,500 people are killed every
year in crashes caused by driv-
ers between the ages of 15 and
24 who are simply tired. Lack
of sleep has also been linked to
emotional troubles such as
feelings of sadness and depres-
sion. Sleep helps keep us phys-
ically healthy by slowing our
body's systems enough to re-
energize us after everyday
In fact there are ways to sleep
Set a regular bedtime. Going
to bed at the same time each
night signals to your body that
it's time to sleep. Waking up at
the same time every day can
also help establish sleep pat-
terns. So try to stick to your
sleep schedule even on week-
ends. Don't go to sleep more

than an hour later or wake up
more than 2 to 3 hours later
than you do during the week.
Exercise regularly. Try not
to exercise right before bed as it
can raise your body tempera-
ture and wake you up. Sleep
experts believe that exercising
five or six hours before bedtime
(in late afternoon) may actually
help a person sleep.
Avoid stimulants. Don't
drink beverages with caffeine,
such as soda and coffee, after 4
Relax your mind. Avoid vio-
lent, scary or action movies or
television shows right before
bed anything that might set
your mind and heart racing.
Reading books with involved or
active plots may also keep you
from falling or staying asleep.
Unwind by keeping the
lights low. Light signals the
brain that it's time to wake up.
Staying away from bright lights
(including computer screens),
as well as meditating or listen-
ing to soothing music, can help
your body relax.

Don't nap too much. Naps of
more than 30 minutes during
the day may keep you from
falling asleep later.
Avoid all-nighters. Don't
wait until the night before a big
test to study. Cutting back on
sleep the night before a test
may mean you perform worse
than you would if you'd studied
less but gotten more sleep.
Create the right sleeping
environment. Studies show that
people sleep best in a dark
room that are slightly on the
cool side. Close your blinds or
curtains (and make sure
they're heavy enough to block
out light) and turn down the
thermostat in your room (pile
on extra blankets or wear PJs if
you're cold). Lots of noise can
be a sleep turnoff, too.
Wake up with bright light.
Bright light in the morning sig-
nals to your body that it's time
to get going.
"It takes a person who is wide
awake to make his dream come
Roger Ward Babson


Little brown girl....
Yes I am talking to you?
What does this world hold for you?
Will you be the first woman President?
Or become another statistic?
Will you rise up strong and stand up for what you
Or will you just fall for anything?
Will you be brave and face your fears?
Or let failure whisper in your ears?
Can you be lead by the rest?
Or will you let the rest lead you?
Little brown girl....
I realize I am talking to myself too.
I am a little brown girl...
What does this world have in store for me?
Could I be the first woman president?
I could.
Will I be a statistic?
I will not.
Will I rise up and stand up for what I believe?
As long as there is breath in my body.
Will I fall for anything?
I think not, I am still standing.
Will I be brave and face my fears?
I haven't stopped yet.
Will I let failure whisper in my ears?
I cant hear anything because I am determined.
Can I lead the rest?
I am a leader.
Will I let the rest lead me?
I am not a follower.
This little brown girl isn't afraid of adversity.
I am strong willed and determined to be the best.
I can see clearly, but there are no obstacles in my
path that will hold mebck.
This litle brown girl will make it.


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

Recently my friends found out that my
mom is homosexual. At first they were
cool with it until they saw my mom kiss-
ing her lover. Now they are acting differ-
ent towards me, like whenever I come
around they give me funny looks or they
will end their conversation whenever I sit
with them in lunch. I don't understand
why they would treat me like this. How do
I let them know I'm still the same girl
they been best friends these last seven
Nothing Changed

Nothing Changed,
It seems that your friends may be
uncomfortable with the idea of same sex

relationships. They probably pretended
to be cool with it at first so they wouldn't
hurt your feelings. But after seeing your
mom and her lover kiss they could no
longer hold back their true feelings. What
you need to do is confront them about
their harsh treatment toward you. They
may not really want to hurt your feelings
but are scared of how others will react
when they find out your mother is a
homosexual. If they can't put aside their
prejudice for your sake, then you may
have to face the fact that you may lose
their friendship. It is always sad when
friends can't overcome their differences,
but eventually if you keep looking you will
find a true, understanding friend who will
be with you for a lifetime.



Ashley is a scholar at the
University of Florida, has been
inducted into the Golden Key
International Honour Society.
This global nonprofit organiza-
tion provides recognition to
college juniors and seniors
who have excelled academical-
ly and rank within the top 15
percent of their class. They
provide leadership develop-
ment opportunities, communi-
ty service, career networking
and scholarships. Ashley has
an outstanding GPA of 3.73.
was on the Dean's List and
graduated in the top ten per-
cent of her class from Michael
Krop Senior School. She is an

avid supporter of giving back
to others by volunteering as a
Hurricane Kalrina Relief
Worker and Caravan Stop
Leader (campaign to end
AIDS). She has received
numerous awards including
the University of Florida
Presidential Scholarship and
National Achievement
Scholarship Recipient 2004-
2008. She is the daughter of
Pastors Clarence and Carol
Brownlee. who are extremely
proud of her. The Miami Times
salutes her work ethic and
proudly celebrate her accom-
plishments. Congratulations

One in five teens are solicited into having sex.
Myspace has begun advertising tips on how you
can protect yourself and others.

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is a native of Burlington, North Carolina. It has been only four years since he has
arrived in Los Angeles and he has already begun taking Hollywood by storm. He has appeared
in a national Spalding basketball commercial with Boston Celtic's Paul Pierce, a national
Batman commercial and a national Toys "R" Us commercial for The Incredibles. He has also
appeared in several fashion shows in Los Angeles and you might also find him in a national
Nike Brand Jordan commercial currently running. There are a few magazine ads in which you'll
also find him including Scotts Turfbuilder lawn fertilizer, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest,
Newsweek and National Geographic. He has had guest-starring roles on CBS's Cold Case, ER,
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Madtv and a recurring role on The Shield. In 2004, he
appeared as Ray Charles, Jr. in Ray. In 2005, he landed the role of Drew Rock as a series reg-
ular in the hit television comedy Everybody Hates Chris. He is now shooting the second sea-
son of Everybody Hates Chris. He is currently promoting the release of his two new movies:
Charlotte's Web, where he plays the role of a pig named Uncle with Julia Roberts and the film
adaptation of The Celestine Prophecy.

Last week's sensation answer: Marcus Paulk

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By Renee M. Harris

Fans of the hugely popular Haitian group
Tabou Combo can celebrate the release of a
new solo project by the band's percussionist -
Yvon Andre better known as 'Kapi.' The seri-
ous facial demeanor of the Miami resident
belies his warm friendliness. What Kapi is
serious about is making good music and
good music is what you get with the Afrc
Caribbean Project.
The cd, a tribute to great Haitian musicians
was three years in the making. "I was inspired
to do this because of the Buena Vista Socia
Club Project," said the married father of two
sons. The Buena Vista project began as a doc-
umentary about Cuban musicians who were
famous in the 1940's. The documentary was

Sso successful that it led to the musi-
cians, who are now in their 80's and
90's, touring the United States playing
packed houses at famed locations like
1 Carnegie Hall.
"It was so beautiful to see these
older guys who probably never
t thought they'd be famous this
3 way," said Kapi. The beauty and
Success of that project convinced
Shim that Haitian musical legends
deserved the same honor.
The Afro Caribbean Project posthu-
I mously honors Guy Durosier and
I Dodof Legros, "famous Haitian singers
Swho were pioneers of modern Haitian
Musicc" Kapi said.
2 Rearranging their music modernly,
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Center 2166 MLK Blvd.
The Sixth Annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's

A close-up from "My Family Tree
on Front Street' painted with reg-
ular house paint by very talented
Addonis Parker. photo Altine
Art Exhibition
The 6th Annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's Art
Exhibition, unveiled new works
on April 3 by South Florida
African World artists, special
guest artists and a special

remembrance. The exhibit runs
through May 21. Gallery hours
are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m or by appointment.
For further information,
please call 305-638-6771.
April Birthday Party of
Cultural Icons
Thursday, April 20:
The 6th Annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's Art
Exhibition presents an April
Birthday Party celebrating all
April birthdays and the lives of
cultural icons (Duke Ellington,
Billie Holiday, Paul Robeson and
more) who share the birth
month of Oscar Thomas featur-
ing a special multi-media pres-
entation in the Wendell A.
Narcisse Performing Arts
Theater at the.African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center from 6 9
A birthday cake and refresh-
ments will be served. Admission
is free and open to the public.
Call 305-904-7620 or 786-260-
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 NW 22 Ave.
Music Legend Hugh Masekela
in Concert
Presented as part of Heart of

the City Series at Caleb
Friday, April 21:
Celebrated as a worldwide
superstar and music innovator,
Hugh Masekela has been top-

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ping the charts for years with
his fusion of American jazz and
African music. Miami-Dade
Parks' Division of Arts and
Culture proudly presents
Masekela as part of its Heart of
the City Cultural Arts Series
beginning at 8 p.m.
Masekela is best known to
American audiences through his
participation in Paul Simon's
Graceland tour to promote the
album of the same name and he
co-wrote the score to the musi-
cal Sarafina! Considered the

father of African jazz and South
Africa's musical ambassador to
the world, Masekela has used
his trumpet as an instrument of
resistance, a call to freedom and
a celebration of the resilience of
his people. His powerful blend of
jazz, funk and afro-beat has
mourned, the tragedy of
apartheid and rejoiced at its
Born near Johannesburg in
1939, he made a remarkable
journey from apartheid South
Africa to the music scene in New
York City, where he struck gold
with his instrumental pop hit,
Grazing in the Grass. Masekela
was more than just a musician
in South Africa; he was also one
of the leading crusaders against
apartheid. Collaborations with
South African singer Miriam
Makeba and his groundbreaking
early albums helped to bring
traditional South African music
to the mainstream jazz audience
and to shine-a spotlight on the
plight of the people of South
Masekela's latest release,
Revival, is a critically acclaimed
collection of songs that spot-
lights some of Southern Africa's
finest vocalists and instrumen-
talists and features the powerful
sounds of Kwaito, a style that
emerged following the end of
apartheid in the early 1990s as
people felt free to express their

true feelings about the quality of
their lives without fear of impris-
onment. Kwaito is slang for fero-
cious, hot-tempered or awe-
some. This music was initially
promoted by small, Independent
record labels in South Africa,
but has now taken on a more
mainstream appeal and has
become the voice of urban youth
in new South Africa.
For tickets, call 305-636-
The Taking of Miss Janie
Final Week
Through April 23:
The African American
Performing Arts Community
Theatre proudly presents its
production. Performances will
run through April 23 at the
Carrie P. Meek Senior and
Cultural Center at the Charles
Hadley Park Black Box Theatre,
1300 NW 50th Street.
Regular evening performanc-
es are 8 p.m. on Fridays and
Saturdays. Matinee
Performances are Sundays at 3
p.m. Please call 866-390-4534.
Residence: A Night of
Rhythm and Movement
A monthly dance party pres-
ents a special night of Afro-
infused music and dance. There
will be an African dance per-
formance by Afric' Agbe African
Dance Ensemble and Sasa
African Dance Theater with
drumming by Professor Slap.

There will be food and a mar-
ketplace on the premises. The
event takes place at 7th Circuit
Studio, 228 N.E. 59 St. Call

Diaspora Vibe Gaulery
3839 N Miami Ave Design Dtr
Teri Richardson: From
Brooklyn to Miami
Diaspora Vibe Gallery pres-
ents a new body of work by
Brooklyn-based artist, Teri
Richardson. Earth-toned hues
organically take form and
direction in Richard son's new
paintings. Mixing color and
light as medium, Teri
Richardson layers translucent
veils of paint on top of muslin
covered acrylic panels. The
traditional properties of light,*
texture and sensation are ani-
mated and the plastic quali-
ties of paint become fresh and
new in this current body of
The exhibiton runs through
May 27. Call 305-573-4046.



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Larry R. Handfield: From Miami's inner city to national success

Chairman of the Public Health
Trust and Jackson Memorial
Hospital Receives National
Public Health Trust
Chairman, Larry R. Handfield,
Esq., and Jackson Memorial
Hospital received national recog-
nition for opening doors for
Medical Miracles at the fourth
annual Onyx Awards held in
Orlando, Florida on March 25.
Chairman Handfield is featured
as the March/April 2006 cover
As chairman of the Public
Health Trust Board of Trustees,
which oversees Jackson Health

System, Larry R. Handfield, Esq.
and Marvin O'Quinn, presi-
dent/CEO of The Public Health
Trust/Jackson Health System,
have guided the nation's largest
health system from a deficit to a
surplus. The hospital has eight
specialty departments.
Chairman Handfield recently
approved the admission of
Marlie Casseus, a 14-year-old
Haitian girl with a life-threaten-
ing facial tumor, as well as the
admission of the Haitian Priest
Father Gerard Jean Juste.
Attorney Handfield was recog-
nized for his humble beginnings
as a product of Miami's Inner

City who rose to become a suc-
cessful trial lawyer and chair-
man of the largest health system
in the country overseeing a
budget of 1.6 billion with over
10,000 employees. His home
grown success is an inspiration
to all of us.
Additionally, Attorney
Handfield was also honored at
the unveiling of a bust that has
been placed in the lobby of the
Larry R. Handfield Music
Building at Bethune Cookman
The Public Health Trust of
Miami-Dade County, Florida,
was created in 1973 by the

Marvin O'Quinn

Board of County Commissioners
as an independent governing
body concerned with the coun-
ty's most vital integrated health-
care resource, Jackson Health
The Trust is made up of 15
volunteer citizens who set poli-
cies that assure Jackson Health
System is responsive to commu-
nity needs. The PHT Board of
Trustees provides leadership for
joint planning between Jackson
Health System, the University of
Miami Leonard M. Miller School
of Medicine, Miami-Dade
County and other private and
community organizations.

Business cu lac
Miami-Dade County's Official Economic Development Partnership

Full Name of Business
Camelot Entertainment
1865 NE 167th Street B-2
North Miami Beach, Fl
786-274-7747 Fax: 786-

Year Established
September 2004

Lehem Felican Jr.

Number of full-time or
part-time employees
7 Full-time/ 17 Part-time

We offer studio recording,
mixing and mastering,
music production, artist
development and artist pro-
motion. We also supply our
services via website.

Future Goals
Our future goals are to
establish ourselves as an
independent label with a
major deal. Our aim is to
conduct all the internal and
external affairs that major
labels do but independent-
ly. We want to put out
music that all people can
listen to.

Why did you start this
business and how has it
It was a vision. When I
started I literally knew
nothing about music except
for putting a CD in the play-
er. On my way down to
Miami from New York, I con-
tinuously kept getting flash-
es of music shows and per-
formances. In a contracting
project I built an internet
radio station familiarizing
myself with every facet of
the business. I pushed
hard, literally working
twenty hours a day,
because I felt it was God
sent. Now at this point we
can go from South Miami to
West Palm and people will
know our name, have seen
our performances or heard
a track from us.

What obstacles have you
faced and how did you

overcome them?
Many of the obstacles I
faced were dealing with
Other people's ideas of what
a record label should be
and the interworkings of the
music industry. Another
major problem I faced in the
beginning was having
artists under the label that
weren't focused on their pri-
mary objective. Camelot
records has always done
business the right way in
comparison to other compa-
nies which sometimes don't
use the most effective meth-
ods. We had to clean house
and get people who cher-
ished the same work ethic
and established the same
mind set. Ray Stewart, an
executive of Camelot, was
one of the significant assets
to the company. There were
financial problems as well
but we learned to rid of
things that didn't match our
budget criteria and figured
out how to build the compa-

How have your past expe-
riences helped meet the
need of your clients?
My background in comput-
ers has helped me grasp
the technical world of
music because you can do
a lot of music with comput-
ers. The companies I
worked for have helped me
deal with egos and help me
build relationships. The
problems I faced in the past
helped me avoid the same
mistakes that occur now.

Where did you get the
name of your company and
does it have any signifi-
cant meaning?
The idea of Camelot comes
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Action Resource Center focused on community

By Renee M: Harris

It's all in the name. The
Action Resource Center is long
on both action and resources
to help provide valuable servic-
es to Liberty City. "Action is
successful because of its focus
on service," said Andrea
McClain, who owns the busi-
ness with her husband,
Christopher. Action Resource
Center is actually several busi-
nesses including Action
Beauty Salon; Action
Uniforms; Action Computers,
Inc. and Action Car Wash.
The McClains have operated
their Action conglomerate for
the past sixteen years and are
looking to expand. Extremely

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Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and Andrea McClain.

cognizant that success is
anchored to service, the
McClains give back often.
Whether it is the $3000 worth
of free uniforms the company
provided to AFDC recipients in
2001 or the light brunch that
is served to its hair salon cus-
tomers the third Saturday of
each month, the McClains
seem intent on weaving service
to the community into their
Andrea McClain and Action
VP and master chef, Walter
Ireland visited The Miami
Times to discuss one of the
business' annual community
service events as well as their
plans to create an industry
rated restaurant in the heart of
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The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) will open the Public Housing -
SElderly Designated Rebecca Tower North waiting list on Wednesday. May 3. 2006. Applications
will be available for pick up starting the opening date of Wednesday. May 3. 2006 through the
closing date of Friday. May 5. 2006 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. in the following locations:
Miami Beach CDC Miami Beach Community Center
945 Pennsylvania Avenue 2100 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Hispanic Community Center
S 1701 Normandy Drive
Miami Beach, FL

n__ we g d Persons with disability may request an application by Telephone: 1 (800) 964-7895 or in writing via
mail, HACMB, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 or by Fax: (305) 674-8001, starting on
Monday. April 24. 2006 through Friday. April 28. 2006 from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. only. The appli-
cations requested will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular Mail.

All applications must be postmarked by Monday. May 8. 2006. Only one application will be provided
Super person. Applications must be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular or Certified mail only on or
before the postmark date to HACMB, 20Q Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Any other form of mail,
received will be voided. Any application postmarked after Monday, May 8. 2006 will not be accepted
and considered void. Applications postmarked by Monday. May 8. 2006 will be accepted through
Friday. May 19.2006.
The waiting list will be filled through a random computer selection. This lottery will be held on
Wednesday. May 23. 2006 10:00 A.M. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention
Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL. The computer will select random numbers by bedroom type for
the Section 8 New Construction Program RTN (Elderly Designated Housing Program). The fol-
lowing number of applications will be randomly selected by the computer for each bedroom
type: 0 BR (250), 1 BR (120), Accessible 1 BR (30). Once the waiting list for each bedroom type
S is filled, all additional numbers will be considered void. If more than one application is received
Super applicant for this program, all such applications will be voided.



The Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach (HACMB) will open the Public Housing -
Elderly Designated Rebecca Tower South waiting list on Wednesday. May 3. 2006. Applications
will be available for pick up starting the opening date of Wednesday. May 3. 2006 through the
closing date of Friday. May 5. 2006 from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. in the following locations:
Miami Beach CDC Miami Beach Community Center
945 Pennsylvania Avenue 2100 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Hispanic Community Center
1701 Normandy Drive
Miami Beach, FL
Persons with disability may request an application by Telephone: 1 (800) 964-7907 or in writing via
mail, HACMB, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 or by Fax: (305) 674-8001, starting on
Monday. April 24. 2006 through Friday. April 28, 2006 from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. only. The appli-
cations requested will be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular Mail.
All applications must be postmarked by Monday. May 8. 2006. Only one application will be pro-
vided per person. Applications must be mailed via U.S. Postal Service Regular or Certified mail
only on or before the postmark date to HACMB, 200 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Any other
form of mail received will be voided. Any application postmarked after Monday. May 8. 2006 will not be
accepted and considered void. Applications postmarked by Monday. May 8. 2006 will be accepted
through Friday, May 19, 2006.
The waiting list will be filled through a random computer selection. This lottery will be held on
Wednesday. May 23. 2006 10:00 A.M. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention
Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL. The computer will select random numbers for the Public Housing
Program RTS (Elderly Designated Housing Program). The following number of applications will
be randomly selected by the computer for each bedroom type: 0 BR (240), 1 BR (100, 2 BR (30),
Accessible 0 BR (15), Accessible 1 BR (15). Once the waiting list for each bedroom type is filled,
all additional numbers will be considered void. If more than one application is received per appli-
cant for this program, all such applications will be voided.



Pursuant to Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212, a Cone of Silence is enacted for this RFP beginning with
issuance of the Legal Advertisement and ending upon such time as the Superintendent of Schools
submits a written recommendation to award or approve a contract, to reject all bids or responses,
or otherwise takes action which ends the solicitation and review process. Any violation of the
Cone of Silence may be punishable as provided for under Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212, in addition
to any other penalty provided by law.

Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in Board Rule
6Gx13- 3C-1.11. or in accordance with 6 120.57(3). Fla. Stat. (2002), shall constitute a waiver of pro-
ceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes.

Sealed bids will be received by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, for the projects
listed herein, until 2:00 P.M. local time, Tuesday, the 9th day of May 2006 at 1450 N.E. Second
Avenue, Room 351, Miami, Florida, following which time and place, or as soon thereafter as the Board can
attend to same, the said bids will be publicly opened, read and tabulated in the Board Auditorium, Miami-
Dade County School Board Administration Building, by an authorized representative of the Board. Award
of the contract will be made to the lowest, pre-qualified responsible bidder for the actual amount bid con-
sidering base bid and accepted alternates (if any) as listed in the bidding documents. The Board will award
the contract based upon the result of the tabulations as covered by applicable laws and regulations.

The Pre-Bid Conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 10:00 AM at MDCPS
Div. of Roofing, 12525 NW 28 Avenue, Miami, Florida



Pre-qualified bidders may obtain one (1) or two (2) sets of bid and contract documents from the
office of MDCPS DIVISION OF ROOFING. 12525 NW 28 Avenue. Miami. FL 33167 (305) 995-4040 on
and after April 18, 2006, with deposit of $75.00 Non Refundable per set, (Cashier's Check or Money
Order, Payable to The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida).

The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

By: Rudolph F. Crew, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny ,

To Place Your Ad
Call: 305-694-6225

To Fax Your Ad
Fax: 305-757-4764

I Business Rentals
Funeral Home available for
lease call Ms. Washington at
1 Unfurnished Rooms
54th Street & 22nd Avenue
$90-100 weekly.
Call 786-287-2942
97 N.W. 69th Street
Utlities includes, $450-550
Please call 786-587-9735

Furnished Rooms
15810 N.W. 38th Place
$80 weekly, air, free utilities,
kitchen, and bath, one
305-691-3486 or 474-8188
5550 N.W. 9th Avenue
Comfortable room.
$125 weekly 305-694-9405
Clean room with central air in
quiet home with your owrn
Call 305-628-3029
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, air, use of kitchen, plus
more. Call 305-835-2728.
S Efficiencies

100 N.W. 14th Street
Fully furnished, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN),
free local and nationwide
calling, property protected by
security camera 24 hours.
$210 weekly, $690 monthly
Call 305-751-6232
1085 N.W. 62nd Street
Air, furnished, $450, to move
in $1350. Call 305-687-1218.
1756 N.W. 85th Street
Utilities included, $115 week-
ly. $725 moves you in.

1130 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Apartments for Rent, Fully
Call 305-375-0673

1231 N.W. 58th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath, $525.
Two bdrms one bath,
$695, Stove, refrigerator,
and air.

140th St. NW 27th Ave.
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 monthly. 305-696-4526
156 N.W. 62nd Street
Newly remodeled (1) two
bedrooms, one bath and (1)
one bedroom, two baths,
central air, alarm and tiled
floors. $700-800 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-757-8596
ask for Dottie
1745 N. W. 1 Place
clean apts. Near bus and jit-
ney stops, one bedrooms.,
$325 mthly., Efficiency $275
mthly. Call 305-696-2825.
3186 NW 135th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600 monthly 954-704-0094
2751 NW 46th Street
One bedroom, one bath, with
remote gate, first, last and
security, $550 monthly.
Call 954-430-0849
4107 N.W. 7th Avenue
Big one bedroom, air, appli-
ances, $450 monthly, $1200
to move in, 305-322-8966.
Walking distance from
Brownsville metrorail. Free
water, gas, security, bars,
iron gate doors, one and two
bedrooms, from $410-$485
2651 NW 50th Street.
Call 305-638-3699

5600 NW 7th Court
Large one bedroom, one
bath, all appliances included,
$555 monthly, first and
security, Section 8 welcome.
Call 786-277-0632

6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$510-520 per month, one
bedrooms, $410 per month,
security bars and iron gate
doors. Free water and gas.
Apply at: 2651 NW 50th
Street or Call 305-638-3699
One and two bedrooms.,
from $420-$495 monthly.
Free water, security bars and
iron gate doors.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street or
Call 305-638-3699

Capital Rental Agency
1497 NW 7 Street
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa Locka, Brownsville,

Apts, Duplexes, Houses
Efficiencies, One, Two
and Three bedrooms.
Many with appliances.
Same day approval.
Call for information

Eighth Street
Efficiency, one bath, $365;
One bdrm, one bath $450
Stove, refrigerator, air

Ninth Street Apartments
One bedroom, one bath,
$450, stove, refrigerator,
air, 305-358-1617.

One bedroom, $525 EZ-
Move in. Two bedrooms,
$675, new tile, appliances,
kitchen, security bars.

1255 NW 58 Street
1256 NW 58 Terrace
Free water, gas, security
bars and iron gate doors,
$410 monthly. Two
bedrooms, $450 monthly.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699


Two bedrooms, one bath, ,
tile, air, $750 monthly, First
and security. Section 8 wel-
come. Call 786-252-4953.
140 NW 71st Street
One bedroom, one bath,
fenced, air, tile, carpet, appli-
ances and parking. $750
monthly. First and last. Sec-
tion 8 welcome.
Call 305-389-4011 or
2170 NW 91 St#B
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, appliances included,
$900 a month, $2,700 to
move in. Section 8 welcome
Call 305-628-2786
2340 NW 86th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, den, yard, central air.
Section 8 only. 786-333-6838
2651 NW 79th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths
Call 954-479-6306 or
6321 NW 1st Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$900 monthly, air condi-
tioned. Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-793-8910
645 N.W. 65 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1515 monthly .$1500
deposit Section 8 OK!
Call 561-699-9679 or
673 N.E. 86th Street
Two bedrooms, two baths
with tile, air, bars, and water.
$780 monthly. $1300 to
move in.
Call 786-512-1588.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
plus utility room. $850
Call 305-790-8229
Under New
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath du-
plex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $525 per month, $525
security deposit, $1050 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at: 3737 Charles Ter-
525 NE 21st Avenue
Brand new four bedrooms,
three baths. Section 8 only

111th St N.W. 13 Ave
Four bedrooms, one bath,
$1200 a month, call 305-759-
6418. House will not pass in-
spection for Section 8.
144 N.W. 47 St MIAMI
Newly remodeled three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
washer/dryer connection.
$1250 monthly. Move in
$2,500. Section 8 welcome.
Call 954-818-9112
18400 N.E. 11th Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tiled floors, $1500
a month, first, last, $1,000
deposit. $4000 total. No
Section 8.
Call 305-625-4515.
239 NW 63rd Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1500 monthly.
Call 305-216-2765
2531 N.W. 131 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1800 monthly.
Call 954-704-0094
3030 N.W. 214 STREET
Two bedroom, one bath,
$685 monthly. Must see.Yard
and water taken care of by
owner. Call 305-628-9990.

3650 Grand Avenue
Coconut Grove, nice one
bedroom apts. Good
location. Central air, tiled
floors, security bars, near
Metrorail and Metro Bus.
$700 a month. Section 8
welcome. Call 305-926-3032
or 305-696-2825.

564 N.W. 45th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
rent to own, hardwood floors,
beautiful area, Section 8 ac-
cepted. Call 786-344-3278
795 N.W. 101 Street
Completely remodeled three
bedoroms, one bath, $1300
a month. Section 8 welcome!
Call: 786-295-3244
Nice three and four
bedrooms available. Section
8 and HOPWA program
Call 305-624-0451.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Florida room, fenced, bars,
central air. Section 8 okay!
Call 786-390-0809
Buy a five bedrooms, two
baths, $33,500!Foreclosures!
For listings 800-749-8168
Behind in your rent 24 hour
notice? Behind in your
mortgage? Call Kathy:
Three bedrooms, two
baths $1200 monthly, first,
last and security.
Call 305-688-4725

Rent With Option
Three bedrooms, two and
half bathrooms, one car ga-
rage, 2300 sq. ft. home with
pool, corner lot.
Call 954-818-9112

Now You Can Own Your
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UP TO $65,000
HUDNA Homes Available
House Of Homes Realty

Fix your credit, lates, bank-
ruptcy, repos, 786-277-5592.
Relocating to Atlanta, GA
Call Dawnel, 678-471-6527
Independent Realty Co.
283 NE 111 Street
Large one bedroom, one
each side, asking $279,000

11808 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Nice three bedrooms, one
bath, and two bedrooms, one
bath.Call 305-219-0230.
1877 NW 67th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with adjacent lot. $135K.
19 NE 70 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
asking $195,000
301 NE 165 Street
Four bedrooms, three baths
with efficiency, large corner
lot, asking $320,000

376 NE 82 Terrace
Handy Man Special
Five bedrooms, two baths,
large corner lot, sold 'AS IS,'
asking $249,000.
2134 N.W. 80th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath
with family room, central air,
Everything brand new.
Ceramic tile and carpet.
Asking $195,000.
Call Monique Morgan Realty
Closing cost assistance
2440 N.W. 44th Street
Nice two bedrooms, one
bath, gated house.
Call 305-219-0230.
3410 NW 187th Terrace
Large two bedrooms, one
bath, $199K.
Agent Leo 954-914-5149
Four bedrooms, two baths in
beautiful Arizona 25/25 sq ft.
Call Steven 602-460-4782
1597 N.W. 82nd Street
$2,000-$5,000 total needed.
Large three bedrooms, two
baths, den, large fenced lot,
only $1,050 P and I.

NORTH MIAMI. Beautiful!
Spacious three bedrooms,
two baths, patio on oversized
corner lot, Only $1,238 P and
Rosa L. Moore
Beachfront Realty

FORECLOSURES! Secretary/Assistant
Five bedrooms. Must Sell! 8 hrs $8.00 hourly, High
Only $33,500! School Diploma, Computer
800-749-8168 xD040 Knowledge, Have
HUD HOMES! transportation.
Five bedrooms, Only Call 305-693-3503
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$19.99 per day
No credit card
$ CASH $
Sell in 24 hours
Call Greg 954-445-5470

$99 We repair also. 215 NW
22 Avenue 305-644-0333.

Chevy's from $500!
Police Impounds. For listings
800-749-8167 xK020
HONDA'S from $500!
Police Impounds. For listings
800-749-8167 xK023

A local Miami foundation
seeks to fill the following in
their efforts t recruit foster
parents in North and Cent'l
Miami Dade.

Project Director: Director
outreach program, MA de-
gree demonstrated equiv.
exp. in directing programs
& managing staff. Exp.
with foster or adoptive
families, knowledge of
Dade Co. grant writing skill
high energy level.
Case Aide: High energy
professional with knowl-
edge of Miami-Dade Com-
munities, Organizations,
Civic groups, etc.
Admin Assistant: Excel-
lent organizational skills,
demonstrated typing,
book-keeping & computer
skills. Knowledge of Word
Excel, & Data-Base req.
Only serious candidates
need apply.
Resumes to:

Advertising Sales
Experienced, ambitious,
go-getters! Better than
average oral and writing
skills. Sales experience a
plus. Starting salary plus
Unlimited Sales Potentiall
Fax resume to:

Attention: Ms. Franklin

8 hrs $8.00 hourly/start
High School Diploma,
Motivated Sales a Plus,
Have transportation.
Call 305-693-3503

Booth rental available for
nail technician, braider,
hair stylist. 305-758-7166.

HIRING 606-232-7445

Experienced Part-time
Work from Home
Monday Saturday,
flexible hours, Up to $6
hourly, plus commission.
Call 305-999-0048

LABOR 786-326-0482 or

Holy Ghost spirit filled Key-
boardist wanted at True
Worship and Praise.
Contact Pastor Rowe at

Experienced Cook Needed
Will Train.
Call 305-803-9085

Route Drivers

Make Up To $10 an Hour
Plus gas mileage
For a 1/2 days work
We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
You must be available
between the hrs., of 8 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m. Must have
reliable, insured vehicle
and current Driver License.
Applications are received
Thursday and Friday
900 NW 54th Street

Experienced and dependa-
ble to teach 2 and 3 years
old in private child care
Call 305-836-1178.

23 people needed NOW.
Earn PT/FT income. Apply
online to get started:

($250) get $750 plus in less
than a year. Call Charles for
details, 786-356-5011.\life2en-
hance for free cell phone.\life2e
nhance about free electricity.

First-Aide/ CPR Nursing
Assistant, Assistance Liv-
ing Facility Training, flexi-
ble classes.

With air and kitchen. Seats
75. Call 305-687-1218
Kindergarten available,
zoned for 30 children.
Call 305-687-1218


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April 17-28, 2006
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advisor. Helps with all problems in life,
such as love,marriage, health, court
cases and business. Also restore nature.
I have blessed candles, baths and
incense oils. One free question by phone.

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Love, success, home, business, and family
Mrs. Day will reveal past, present, future
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I give never failing advice upon all matters of life,
such as love, courtship, marriage, divorce, business
transactions of all kinds. I never fail to reunite the sep-
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enemies, rivals, lovers' quarrels, evil habits, stumbling
blocks and bad luck of all kind. There is no heart so
sad so dreary that I cannot bring sunshine into it. In
fact, no matter what may be your hope, fear or ambi-
tion, I guarantee to tell it before you utter a word to
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are all effective ways for practitioners to keep
pace with industry trends."
Additional Next Generation Account materials
are available at www.nextgenerationaccoun- The website includes comprehensive
survey findings, interview excerpts from leading
accounting experts, a skills quiz and other
career resources. Requests for a free copy of the
Next Generation Accountant: A New Outlook on a
Timeless Profession white paper can be made on
the website or by call 866-328-0577.

Black farmers still fighting

to receive USDA settlement,

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claimants, according to Roth's 2004 report.
Track B was designed for those with larger,,
more detailed claims that resulted in actual
damage. There was no limit on damages that
could be awarded through this track. Of the 238
claims sent down this road, half were either con-
verted to Track A or settled before a hearing.
Eighteen Track B claims were awarded by the
monitor, with the average award being
The Black farmers feel duped by the process
for many reasons, the largest being the size of
the class itself.
A stipulation in the settlement set a deadline
for filing a claim to enter the class, a deadline
the National Black Farmers Association feels
wasn't properly advertised to potential litigants,
thereby cutting off more than 70,000 of them.
The monitor did allow more than 2,000 of
these late applicants to enter, but felt it was
properly advertised and therefore didn't allow
that as an excuse. The court upheld this deci-
Smith said he hopes the farmers, 300 from
each state, will turn out in Washington to
protest this and other inequities.
"Were going to march for justice," he said.
"Were going to stand at Fourteenth and
Independence (in front of USDA headquarters),
meet with representatives and try to get these
issues resolve[d].
USDA public spokesman Ed Loyd said the
agency is in no way shirking the responsibilities
set forth in the settlement and respects their
right to be heard.
"We have moved pretty clearly in saying this is
something important we want to live up to. If
there is an instance where there is some kind of
dispute, its something we want to know about."

Miami-Dade County Public Schools




Additional application information and qualifications for this position may
be accessed at:

Deadline to apply: April 27, 2006
Incomplete Applications will not be processed

Submit application packet to: Ms. Brenda Miles. Executive Director.
Administrative/Professional and Technical Staffing, 1500 Biscayne
Boulevard, Suite 144, Miami;,Floridd 33132 (305) 995-7457. An Equal
Opportunity Employer.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools


MDCPS U-1 Elementary
Site Preparation

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2710
Miami, FL 33130
Enoc Pallango
T: 305-374-1107
F: 305-374-1138
John Bruer 561-832-1616

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., Construction Manager, will receive
sealed bids at the above address for Phase 111 "100% CDs"(Site
Remediation): for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Project No. A-
01125, on or before 1:00 pm on Friday, April 21, 2006.

This work consists of removal of vegetation, unsuitable soil (muck) and
import, grade & compaction of clean suitable fill. Drawings and specifica-
tions are available through Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. (please call
or fax request for drawings)

There will be a pre-bid meeting at the above listed address on Wednesday,
April 12th at 1:00PM.

Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. is committed to affirmatively ensuring a
substantial increase in the awarding of construction subcontracts to con-
tractors and vendors who meet the criteria of the Miami-Dade County Public
Schools Minority/Women Business Enterprises. The M/WBE participation
goal is 18% African American and 6% Woman Owned Businesses for this


Ali-Baba Avenue and 119th Street Stations
Your ideas are needed to improve the livability of your community.
As a part of a week long design process, you are invited to
attend four community events for two neighborhood areas.


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11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami FL 33167

Routes 27 and 27 Max will take you I
to the Community Design Workshop.
Please call Miami-Dade Transit at
305-770-133ar 511
For the workshop ca8 1-877-800-7779
or e-mail:

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Miami-Dade County transit system as promised by the People's Transportation Plan,
Miamni-Oade Transit (MDT) is sponsoring Community Design Workshops for properties up to
one-hall mile around the proposed MetroRail stations at Ali-Baba Avenue and 199th Streets.
The workshop Is an opportunity to be "community designer for a day" review alternative
land use and area plans developed by professionals, and tell us about needed pedestrian
amenities and other improvements.
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General Home Repairs.
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Wall units, central air, stove,
refrigerator, washer and dryer.
Bp.: 305-566-8389

John L. Cheever
Air Conditioning
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Health and Life
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Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office
located at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the fol-



(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 4126106)

Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchaing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue, Sixth Floor, Miami, FL
33130 or download from City's website at
Telephone No. (305) 416-1906.

NANCE NO. 12271.

Joe Arriola ,
City Manager **
AD NO. 6793

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Liberty City near Action's
current site at 6050 NW 27th
The Mother's Day celebra-
tion will honor "50 mothers
who may not have relatives"
and will include music,
dance and a gourmet meal
prepared by Chef Ireland.
"The mothers are to be

selected from various
churches and senior cen-
ters," said McClain.
Ireland will bring his more
than 50 years in the busi-
ness, including stints at the
world famous Cordon Bleu -
while living and working in
Europe to the restaurant.
A culinary skills certification
program "that will teach
young people the art of serv-
ice" will be a major compo-

nent of the restaurant.
Ireland said, "financing is
in place" for the restaurant,
however, they are "actively
seeking funds." The project is
receiving guidance from
Tools for Change which
touts as its mission 'A Solid
Foundation for Successful
Minority Owned Businesses.'
For more information about
The Action Resource Center,
call 305-633-6021.

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There is a correction to the location of the computer lottery to be held April 25, 2006:

From: Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2100 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

To: Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

In the March 15-21, 2006 issue of The Miami Times, the Housing Authority of the City of Miami Beach
(HACMB) advertised the locations for picking up applications for the opening of the HACMB Section 8
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Moderate Rehabilitation and Project Based programs wait lists. The
deadline to submit applications has taken place and all those desiring to participate in the wait lists have
submitted their applications within the guidelines of the application, including the due date of April 3,
2006. The computer lottery for those that have properly applied for a position on the wait list will take
place on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at the

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Please note that the notice published in the March 15-21, 2006 issue incorrectly identified the address
of the computer lottery as 2100 Convention Center Drive. No new applications shall be distributed or
accepted during the lotteryon April 25, 2006. Applicants are not required to attend.

Notice to QuaClhed Coftals, ..
Miam~o-ade c wty is 1sliciting iteres4 otract to agro to partiip.te a n prfirs in two Miscniriineiou
CosreonS ContraIt IMCC Bid Nv,, CI0C 7WIM40 C CC70 7M for Ywiow ODeprtrints,
PRE-QUALIFICATIOIN DOXECUMNTS e on oP public: inspeeotn and tr~y be o btnedj fsrom the Ofik.e of CaM Ilprovnment,
kA fatd ll AI111W I ee 21? Flr new, FI. 3.3s,
1) Miari OiDade iCunty, Pui1tc Wk's Dprqpihnatl Contras & Spflicatain Drision
I 111NW 1 Stroot, Sk'it 110 Aarni, Ft
PRK CftegA P ew hffeone IN Rotanto JEiieria a
CSBE REQAREMENTS: CSGE S jb-cntrk tr Goal Atplied Cc~stedler rmiofina to RP 2N i00111 & 20060112 are
.rguir9~tei sai tit D MD Form 400 with bl. S4. Con.trfactze fillirt the CC SE gal a~re :ratird to be seiffid with Cad

RPQ No~: 2 00601t ROADWAY lRS~ ENT 1iW 2 STREET & NW 217-2 0AVENUE PHASE wicear~ Requirenmnts:
Gsemiera[l Eniering riactorw Miat i a 0i CownBy Building CortraibGtr Pnswin Cofairtor EST, COST $S8,497 -
RPQ N;: 200~0M t ROADWY IMPROVEMENT NW :6 STREET& W 3-27 AVENUE PHASE II LicemeR Reswi errnts:
Geeall E~~ieerling cotrac; Miaail DMids Ccjury Buildinrg CoraIacter, Paiivl Cotrast or ES t COST: $719,5J 7
SCOPE OF WORK: W:o. shall irtuda b is nist l ted b to the flk-ai Iurni-ng ell super isio~ l abar, rmalster, equipment,
toeb wdr ps3rk ng a llo is is nearly fc-rf itJNtay rp Bmer The -iwk consists af riling ndm rasiuring, rtepmwrent of
and t' s( iei wkse sadsalk *aab Fti, slawd Jlartd ra teed ae, ire sttb vwsw~s, sPwRrsi Mnsr~js and
tjirn idl-atiWk n of the7-al txp teas, otm li htrn aendsicapiing RPQ Bid DLie Itu ; May 24, 2Ma at 21;0 P,M
aIredratYor Pi.bad &'tagi90060@ 11 fn 40n L8:0uto 111 r4A 1t Seet Sutile 11510, kianr Fli
PIWUK Cnted Peson"etBhon oNo: Alicia Ae* 30S37593A
Oade County B Stditng C~otractg, Geieral Etlrkie~a'g, Pavltg Carttactor EST. COST: 5-9A,000o
Dade County Building Corttacit Gae~ral E~giwering, Paving C tractor- EST. COST: $950;00 -
SCOPE OF WORK- Wad0t shI ine4ul. Ibkt is nt inim.d to, t fIltiir: .p ritnB allb operate n*cesr-y fix' ct n ti-on
and inltaiItfn of cocnrcl sidetwik and perstthian ratrv tat l 4ide bas re prepartiki. cearin5 giut-ui fii. sdiing aind
raeirfAg of eianig l cuib anri guilte and sidcsalk 'ad. RPQ Bid Out Date: May. 17, 21016 36 2:00 P.M. IMaEidBtay Ptes-d
M4ealing: 541~20g 1 0:0C a.m. LecBtian: 111 Wi Ist StetL Sate 1510, Maw, Fili
PWRK Cotad PersoaniT whene No,: Luis Pere, I -;0?5-30
LUei se Reeilrements: ELECTRICAL C*OTRCTOICr -EST. COST: $1i8000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: Wcd: shall irkiude, bAi is not lwted t tW he fdloiig: furnishing all ssupBariskn, labor. materias, equipment,
lls arid prnii ing at operations necrsrmiy lI prvie *ahice detkCihn kopkS re tireww RPQ Bid Duep Da$t May 24, 200 at
2:0.R3 PM. NwMaliey Prokid-l etrtng r.~fiQOC- 10100 anm -Lon r-fi tI; 1t SlrmSt. Suite 510) Miami, FR)
21 Miami Dade Aiation, Mainteanare Departmera 4200 N.W. 22 Strat, Bidg. 3030, iami, RF
IMDAD Coatact PersonlTelophone No: Tom Hart ii 316a49-1628
CSBE REQUIREPNTS- CC E SbiAordractor Gol Aepitd, Contre-lors resonldii to ~RP 0512-413tS7R1 are o 'uirod
to submit- 0DOlForm 400 with I4.fL SubI-C tactsr Nflilin the CSOBE goal are rlrued to be certified with Dade Coun' t

SCOPE OF WORK: VWI uWsre% Ihrei corntrat oanrsas 1 btl d ro lrnt~ Irt fo ruhing all siupeia'pts labor rnfate is, equipmentl,
too.s and p fefornin~g tl operation necessary t. reify'el the eaostr 4th ~ ft tar & grail n d and replace wi? a yrad det buid-up
roi. pro.iJt do ncudes ght dermolon to rerin e y ba -doned ar condit~nng. suncu k c seort and varies s.yftght repair. RPQ
Bid DOuo Ca* a -y 19, ?000 at t2 0 P.M. Nin-MiMswdacry Prr--baid Ferg 4412005 @ 10 I0 a m. Localin: Bidls 3C30 2nd Floor,

3J Miami Dade County, Housing Agency, Planning & DeCveloplwnt, 140" NW 7th Street, Miami, R
SECTION 3 REQUIREMENTS: This is a Srcmon 3 covered activiiv Section 3 remuiree that iob training and ermloynmnt
oplpgrmities he directed to ow- and trve'-!w income rersois ard cwArscratti owgortwities he directed to biinress s thlt
art owned by. ( lht substantially enmpoA, low, ryevlw I oor"e ersons. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SECTION 3

MDHA Contact Pernate3nTone e Ve- nssa PaulfkQ 3Oji ~6-9M
RPQ No.: 11679 B WIrNWOOD ELDERLY-FENCING LOCATION- 300 NW 3 AVENUE License Requirements: General
Budiing & Fencing Corimtra r- EST COST; $0,000 -
SCOPE OF WORK: RFer^'ce 'eisii fe -e a;r replaceielt i4 a 6 eet ft lpeicket te'Se at Wiwod Eldetrly RPQ Bid DOu Date: May
2, 2006 at 1 :00 A.M. INtc-M .aate Pre-bid Mfheetr 4W272XS @0 ) 10:00 am Locatlion 2140 N W3 Ave, Miamil
Coose f Slegnc
MrTni-lde C-D unty'A Cone Co Sibrtz Orednsence 98 Ri (S:Kcc: 2-11 1i) tf thri CodeI apprnovd by the Board of C'Writ
ComrTssn oners as of Jul, 21 1'-x9. rd rsnrtended January 29, 2002. is adcpte her-in. These rdinace spenticay prohibit
o:anmunisawcf r read to Ihese b4 wokcltatrA witb Ccuryrti Stlff ecept by wrien means wth copy Fid wHth Clerk of the B-ord.
Certain eOTceptjons Te rr .a such as ora conmuni.rtakin du-ng pre-bd confleren-s anid corrrunc tions ithf those persons defined
i thei codroarce regardmr nattrr ol f rcce s or procedure a enady cortaean in the sctcaaci dc~umert Trhe 'Core o Sileari e
tab.s eLte upon advi-eris~nleri fcr tids and tirrnlnates w'n rE nleariandabton frcr Aard a rade by the County Department.

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Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public
Works Department, Survey and Land Records Section of the Construction
Division, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1232.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or
represented at this meeting and are invited to express their views.

Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all tes-
timony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15724) City ClerkC


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model where the
husband has a blue-
collar job and holds
only a high school
diploma and the wife
handles the home
front describes only
16 percent of working-
class families.
In the rest, both
parents have jobs and
many 'tag-team' or
work opposite time
shifts so there will
always be one adult at
home with the chil-
dren. But if one par-
ent falls sick, is for-
bidden from leaving
work or is required to
work mandatory over-
time on short notice -
or if child care
arrangements fall
through for some rea-
son a caregiver who
decides not to go into
work to look after a
child or parent is put-
ting her job on the
The 1993 Family
and Medical Leave Act
gives workers up to 12
weeks of unpaid
annual leave to care
for an immediate fam-
ily member with a
serious health condi-
tion. However, the
only eligible workers
are those who have
been with a company
that employs more
than 50 workers for
more than 12 months.
Less than half of U.S.
workers are covered
by this act.
Williams says the
workers described in
her report are not
even the worst off.
"The heart-wrenching
thing is that they are
the lucky ones," she
said. That's because
all the workers in the
arbitration cases
belonged to unions
that filed grievances
on their behalf.
According to the
Department of Labor,
87.5 percent of the
U.S. labor force was
not unionized in 2005.
These workers are not
protected under a
union contract stipu-
lating a grievance pro-
cedure for unreason-
able or unfair dis-
charge. When they are
fired or discharged,
they usually have little
legal recourse.
A comparison of
public policies for
working families
across 168 countries,
published in 2004 by
Harvard University's
Project on Global
Working Families,
finds the United
States lagging far
behind many devel-
oped and developing
countries. At least 84
countries have laws
that set the maximum
length of the working
week, a requirement
to ensure parents'
ability to provide rou-
tine care for their chil-
The United States
lacks such a law and
does not limit the
amount of mandatory

overtime an employer
can require per week.
At least 37 countries
have policies guaran-
teeing parents some
type of paid leave
specifically for when
their children are ill;
the United States does
not. Nonetheless,
Williams says there
are straightforward
steps U.S. employers
could take tomorrow
to improve working
conditions without lim-
iting productivity.
One is to make per-
sonal-leave time avail-
able in smaller incre-
ments than a day; as
brief as two hours.
This, she says, would
give caregivers enough
time to attend parent-
teacher conferences or
take a sick child to a
doctor. Another step is
to redesign mandatory
overtime systems. Most
employers assume that

all workers want over-
time to earn extra
money. The reality,
says Williams, is that
many single and tag-
teaming parents can't
afford to take on over-
time because of com-
mitments at home.
"What will happen, if
you fail to take this into
account, is absen-
teeism," she warns.
Instead, overtime
should be made as vol-
untary as possible and
employers should
negotiate ahead of time
with caregivers so they
can arrange for child
Williams stresses
that "most employers
are people of goodwill"
who want to help their
employees balance
their work and family
lives. But even if
they're not, there are
well-documented eco-
nomic reasons for

improving workplace
flexibility for their blue-
collar workers.
A 2004 study by the
Corporate Voices for
Working Families, a
nonprofit network of
companies, found that
increased workplace
flexibility improves
worker engagement
and commitment to the
company, reduces
their stress levels
which in turn reduces
turnover and absen-
teeism and improves
recruitment efforts, all
of which improve the
bottom line.
Some companies
that hire professionals
have begun to offer
individualized flexibili-
ty to their employees,
says Williams and now
it's time for employers
of blue and pink-collar
workers to do the



Trainee Rate: 12.84 Hourly
Salary Entry: $13.53 Max: $20.86 Hourly
(Requisition # 5670234)

This is a vehicle-operating position that involves transporting passengers for the Miami-Dade County
public-transit system. Employees in this position operate a thirty, forty or sixty-foot long, diesel or alter-
nate-fuel passenger buses that run along designated routes within the metropolitan area. Bus
Operators are responsible for the safety of passengers and the vehicle, as well as for completing the
assigned route according to the established time schedule. Duties involve the collection of passenger
fares, according to an established rate schedule. Work requires the use of defensive-driving skills and
the courteous application of standard operating procedures, rules, and regulations of Miami-Dade
Transit (MDT).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or GED. Must possess proof of having passed the
General Knowledge, Air-brake and Passenger Transport testing .of the CDL.

PROOF OF EDUCATION such as High school diploma or GED.
ACCEPTABLE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION such as Driver license, State Issued Identification Card,
Certificate of Naturalization, or Passport;
Veterans' Preference must submit Veterans' Preference documents at the time of application.
Preference will be given to veterans and spouses of veterans, when applicable. Those claiming this
preference must submit documentation of eligibility for preference, such as a copy of a DD Form 214
(Member-4), Certificate of Discharge, and Statement of Eligibility from the armed force(s) (Army, Navy,
Air Force, Marine Corps, and/or Coast Guard of the United States). The DD Form 214 (Member-4),
Certificate of Discharge, and Statement of Eligibility documents must include wartime dates of service
and an "honorable" discharge. In addition to the DD Form 214 (Member-4), Certificate of Discharge,
and Statement of Eligibility, those who are claiming preference as a disabled veteran must provide a
recent letter (within one year) from the Department of Veteran's Affairs or Department of Defense stat-
ing the percentage of their service-connected disability. All veterans are required to complete a
Veteran's Preference Claim Form at the time of application. Photo identification is required at the time
of application.

As a condition of continued employment, trainees must obtain a CDL/Class B with assenger Transport
Endorsement and complete all requirements of the Bus .Operator Training' Program, including atten-
dance and punctuality. The entire driving record (State and current/previous employers) of all applicants
will be reviewed. The hiring department, based on established standards, may request to remove from
the Eligible List the name of any applicant with a poor driving history. Drivers applying for these posi-
tions are required to have no more than three points on their driving record during the 36 months prior
to the time of appointment to the County service. Applicants will be subject to a screening process
including, but not limited to, structured interviews, background checks and employment verification to
include attendance and disciplinary records. Experience transporting passengers is preferred. All appli-
cants must satisfactorily complete a stringent physical examination including drug and alcohol screen-
ing, meet minimum standards for hearing and binocular, monocular and color vision. Eyeglasses are
permitted. Applicants selected for the training opportunity will be required to attend a mandatory infor-
mation session. Bus Operator Trainees new to Miami-Dade County service will receive a trainee pay
rate of $12.84 per hour during the training period. After training, Bus Operators will earn a starting pay
rate of $13.53 per hour. Current Miami-Dade County employees appointed to Bus Operator Trainee will
receive a minimum trainee pay rate of $12.84 per hour during the training period; some trainee rates
may be higher depending upon current pay rate and/or date of hire into Miami-Dade County service.
After training, normal promotion or demotion pay adjustments will apply. The MDTA classification of Bus
Operator performs safety-sensitive functions and is subject to the provisions of the Federal Transit
Administration (FTA) regulations. Must be able to work weekends, holidays and various shifts.

The written examination will evaluate the ability to follow written instructions based on Bus Operations'
rules, regulations, procedures, safe driving practices, passenger relations, report writing and basic math
computation. Seniority points will be added to the score of Miami-Dade County employees qualifying
on the competitive examination at the rate of 1/2 (.50) point per year of continuous, satisfactory, full-time
service in the County to a maximum credit of ten years of service or five points.

A Supplemental Bus Operator Informational Handout containing a list of additional requirements
for initial and continued employment will be distributed at the time of application.

Employment applications accepted at the following South Florida Workforce Career Centers
from Monday, April 17, 2006 to Monday, May 1, 2006:

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Carol City
4690 NW 183rd Street
Miami, Florida 33055

7900 NW 27th Avenue, Suite 200
Miami, Florida 33147

Miami Beach
833 6th Street, 2nd Floor
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
9555 SW 175th Terrace
Miami, Florida 33157

North Miami Beach
633 NE 167th Street, Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162

Hialeah Downtown
240 E 1st Avenue, Suite 208
Hialeah, Florida 33010

West Dade
2700 SW 97th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33165

Hialeah Gardens
2750 W 68th Street, Suite 232
Hialeah, Florida 33016

Miami Downtown
3050 Biscayne Boulevard,
Fourth Floor
Miami, Florida 33137

Little Havana
701 SW 27th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33135

140 NE 8th Street
Homestead, Florida 33030

For those who apply for the position of Miami-Dade Transit Bus Operator, South Florida
Workforce Career Centers will be offering orientation for the CDL Handbook. Orientation mate-
rial will be distributed for the Bus Operator examination at the time of application. For more
information on scheduled dates and times, please contact the location nearest you.

Employment applications also accepted at the following location from
Monday, April 17, 2006 to Monday, May 1, 2006:
Center for Employment Application
140 West Flagler Street, Suite 105
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

RESULTS AFTER JULY 7, 2006. Doors to the test facility will close promptly at the time indicated. No
one will be admitted for registration after the doors to the test facility have been closed. Photo identifi-
cation, such as a Driver license, is required to be admitted to the examination. (Various)
Hiring decisions are contingent upon results of physical examination, including background investigation and alcohol/drug
screening. Applicants must meet residence requirement. EOE/M/F/D


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT the City of Miami Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA) for the Southeast Overtown/Park West and
the Omni Districts has scheduled a Board of Commissioners Meeting to be
held on Monday, April 24, 2006, at 6:00 P.M., in the Lyric Theater, 819 NW
2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.

All interested persons are invited to attend. For copies of the agenda,
please contact the CRA Office at (305) 679-6800.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15725) Clerk of the Board



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida on April 27, 2006 at 9:00 AM at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of considering the following:

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

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15723) City Clerk

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The County Manager, Miami-Dade County (County), pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, and
Chapter 2, Sections 2-8.1 (as amended by Ordinance 05-15), and 2-10.4 of the County Code and
Administrative Order 3-39, announces that professional engineering services will be required for the
extension of the Runway (RWY) 9R/27L at the Kendall Tamiami Executive Airport (TMB) for the Miami-
Dade Aviation Department (MDAD).
The scope of services shall include, but is not limited to, performing engineering design work, work site
services (as requested by MDAD), construction administration, and inspection services. The selected
Consultant shall provide all professional services which may include, but are.not limited to, subsurface
investigation, land surveying, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and electronic consultation
for the extension of TMB Runway 9R/27L, adjacent parallel taxiway, and associated connectors. The
selected Consultant will consult, investigate, report, coordinate, prepare and furnish plans, specifica-
tions, and other contract documents, and provide construction administration services as required by
The selected Consultant may also be required to provide supplemental A/E services to coordinate with
the FAA's Airway Facilities Division operating under a separate reimbursable agreement between the
FAA and MDAD for the westward relocation of the precision approach instrument Landing System (ILS)
glide slope, localizer, and associated navigational visual aids.
The estimated construction cost is $13,485,000.00, and the non-exclusive professional services agree-
ment (PSA) will have an extension of five (5) years.
4.01 Aviation Systems Engineering Design (PRIME)
17.00 Engineering Construction Management (PRIME)
9.01 Soils, Foundations and Materials Testing Drilling, Subsurface Investigations and
Seismographic Services
10.01 Environmental Engineering Stormwater Drainage Design Engineering Services
13.00 General Electrical Engineering
15.01 Surveying and Mapping Land Surveying
15.02 Surveying and Mapping -Aerial Photogrammetry
A copy of the Notice To Professional Consultants (NTPC), forms and accompanying participation provi-
sions (as applicable) may be obtained at the Office of Capital Improvements Architectural & Engineering
Unit located at 111 NW 1St Street, 21st Floor, Miami, FL 33128. The phone number and fax respec-
tively for the unit is (305) 375-2307 and (305) 350-6265. A solicitation notification will be forwarded elec-
tronically to all consultants who are pre-qualified with Miami-Dade County and have included an e-mail
address in their vendor registration form. It will also be e-mailed to those who have vendor enrolled on-
line. Additionally, those pre-qualified firms without an e-mail address will be faxed a solicitation notifi-
cation. The NTPC and accompanying documents may be obtained on line at HYPERLINK
"", at the following link "Solicitations On-
The Consultant Coordinator for thisproject is Fernando V. Ponassi who may be contacted via e-mail at, fax: (305) 350-6265 or phone: (305) 375-5637.
One (1) Agreement 25% Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal
A pre-submittal project briefing for interested firms will be held on April 20, 2006, at 3:00 P.M. in
Conference Room 18-2, 18th Floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street,
Miami, Florida. While attendance IS NOT mandatory, interested parties ARE ENCOURAGED to
Deadline for submission of proposals is May 5, 2006 at 11:00 A.M., LOCAL TIME, all sealed
envelopes and containers must be received at Miami-Dade County, Clerk of the Board of County
Commissioners, 111 NW 1st Street, 17th Floor, Suite 202, Miami, Florida 33128-1983. BE
This solicitation is subject to Miami-Dade County's Cone of Silence pursuant to Section 2-11.1(t) of the
Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. Please review Miami-Dade County Administrative Order 3-27
for a complete and thorough description of the Cone of Silence.



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Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of bids, which can
be obtained through the Department of Procurement Management (DPM),
from our Website: www.miamidade.aov/dDm. Vendors may choose to
download the bid package(s), free of charge, from our Website under
"Solicitations Online." Internet access is available at all branches of the
Miami-Dade Public Library. It is recommended that vendors visit our
Website on a weekly basis to view newly posted solicitations, addendums,
revised bid opening dates and other information that may be subject to
Interested parties may also visit or call:
Miami-Dade County
Department of Procurement Management
Vendor Assistance Unit
111 NW 1st Street, 13th floor,
Miami, FL 33128
Phone Number: 305-375-5773
There is a nominal non-refundable fee for each bid package and an addi-
tional $5.00 handling charge for those vendors wishing to receive a paper
copy of the bid package through the United States Postal Service.
These solicitations are subject to the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with
County Ordinance No. 98-106.

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worries about infla-
tion continue to rise.
For March, overall
energy prices were up
1.8 percent with all of
the increase reflected
by the big jump in
gasoline prices. The
cost of natural gas for
home use fell by 0.5
percent while home
heating oil prices
were down 3.6 per-
cent and residential
electric power prices
dropped by 0.7 per-
cent, the biggest
decline in nearly two
years. Those declines
reflected a warmer-
than-normal winter
which kept fuel sup-
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Food costs were up
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools

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Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designat-
ed date. Said bids will be publicly opened and read in the Board auditorium, Miami-Dade County School
Board Administration Building. Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on
the date designated. Bid forms on which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from
Room 351, address above, telephone (305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the
Friday preceding the scheduled Board meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School
Board meetings will be available in the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday
following the meetings. The Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all
"The School Board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools enacts a Cone of Silence from
issuance of a solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board
Rule 6Gx13-8C-1.212 apply."
"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule
6Gx13-3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings."

Bid Number Opening Title Pre-Bid Conference
Download Date Addendums
A Pre-Bid Conference held on April 20,
103-FF04 5/9/2006 WIRELESS SERVICE AND EQUIPMENT 2006, 10:00am in the
School Board
Auditorium. 1450 NE 2nd
Ave, Miami, FL 33132

090-FF04 5/4/2006 Pay Telephones
086-FF05 5/2/2006 Graphite Furnace Only-Atomic Absortion
April 20, 2006 at 10:00
AM at the Maintenance
104-FF06 4/27/2006 Emergency Debris Removal and Tree and Operations Center,
Pruning 12525 N.W. 28th Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33167

BY: Dr. Rudolph F. Crew

PCL Construction Services, Inc. on behalf of the Owner, the Zoological
Society of Florida acting as agent for Miami Dade County, is soliciting sub-
contractor and supplier proposals for the construction of Tropical America at
the Miami MetroZoo Bid Package 2. This is the building phase of the proj-
ect which includes but is not limited sitework, landscaping, viewing and
holding buildings and pavilions, indoor and outdoor exhibits and ancillary
buildings. The scope of work generally consists of hardscape, concrete
work, masonry, structural & misc. steel, exterior woodwork, roofing, doors &
windows, finishes, interpretive exhibits, mechanical, plumbing, fire protec-
tion, life support systems and electrical. Sealed bids will be received until
11:00 AM (EST) on Friday, May 19, 2006 at PCL's office located at 6675
Westwood Blvd., Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32821. Telephone (407) 363-
0059 and fax (407) 363-0171. Bids will be received and opened publicly at
that time and location. A Pre-Bid meeting will take place at 2:00 PM (EST)
on Tuesday, May 2,.2006. Contact PCL for meeting location and to RSVP
prior to the Pre-Bid meeting. Any RFI's (Request for Information) will not be
accepted after May 9, 2006. To receive a copy of the Bid Documents con-
tact Juan Garcia with PCL at (407) 363-0059. PCL encourages participation
from CSBE firms. The Owner has established the CSBE participation at 7%.
If you have any questions please contact PCL at the above address. An
Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) will hold its monthly meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 4:00 PM. at the MDX Headquarters, 3790 N.W.
21st Street, Miami, FL 33142. Attendance by MDX Board Members or mem-
bers of the public may be in person or via conference telephone. If a per-
son decides to appeal any decision made by any board, agency or commis-
sion with respect to any matter considered at its monthly Board meeting,
he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is
made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
based. All MDX meeting locations comply with applicable requirements of
the American with Disabilities Act. Auxiliary aids or services will be provid-
ed upon request with at least five (5) days notice prior to the proceedings.
If hearing impaired, telephone the Florida Relay Service Numbers
(800)955-8771 (TDD) or (800)955-8770 (Voice), for assistance. MDX
invites all interested parties to attend. For further information, including
information on attendance by telephone, please visit
or contact:
Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
Attention: Maria Luisa Navia Lobo
3790 N.W. 21st Street
Miami, Florida 33142
(305) 637-3277

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