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Publication Date: July 12, 2006
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Services held

for Sherdavia
By Jarrell Douse

Saturday was a moody day.
The sun seemed to be in firm
indecision about whether to peak
through the maudlin sky.
Outside, gray clouds told of an
impending downpour of rain
matching the gloom that existed
inside the auditorium at the
Joseph Caleb Center.
A down pour
of rain-like
tears trickled,
drizzled and in
some cases
stormed out of
the eyes of
lamenting the
death of nine- Jenkins
year -o ld
Sherdavia Jenkins.
In a stark white casket laid an
unwilling victim of a fireworks
show three days prior to
Independence Day. Sherdavia
was fatally pierced in the neck by
a bullet intended for someone

... God has welcomed
Sherdavia into His bosom
upon completing her
mission as a "good and
faithful young steward...

else. Police suspect that a feud
between Leroy 'Yellow Man'
LaRose, 28, and Damon 'Red
Rock' Darling, 21 on July 1 killed
the little scholar.
State Rep. Dorothy Beidross-
Mindingall stood before the audi-
ence and reflected upon her own
life noting similarities she and
Sherdavia shared. They both
were "gifted" nine-year-old girls
that played with dolls in the
Liberty Square housing project.
Crying as she spoke,
Bendross-Mindingall cited one
obvious dissimilarity she
made it through life in the proj-
ects. She lived to fulfill some of
her dreams. She grew to become
a woman.
All fortunate to have known
Sherdavia concur that she was a
'special child' who was 'well-
liked.' A somber Reginald
Johnson, principal of
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14-year-old teen shot,

killer still on the loose
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... Markese was a very mannerable

young man

S He never caused any

trouble and was very respectful ...

By Nathanael Paul
Miami Times Intern

14-year-old Markese Wiggan
had recently graduated from
Lauderhill Middle school and
was on his way to Boyd
Anderson High school to join
his brother Maurice. That pro-
motion was canceled Monday,
July 3, when he was shot and
killed in front of his brother.
According to the Broward
Sheriffs office, Markese, his
brother, Maurice Saulsbury,

Jr. and another boy were con-
fronted by a person in a white
Witnesses said that Markese
may have been shot in the area
of the 1800 block of NW 38th
Ave in Lauderhill and then ran
to the spot in front of a conven-
ience store where he collapsed.
BSO deputies and Lauderhill
police officers rushed to the
scene and set up a perimeter
but the shooter had already
escaped. Paramedics attempted
to save the teen, but he died in

Markese Wiggan

the parking lot where he fell.
Markese played football for
the Lauderdale Lakes Vikings, a
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The homeless way of living

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By Terrell Clayton
Being homeless in the
United States today is
almost like being a known
rapist. People look at
the homeless with
scorn and attempt to
avoid sharing the
same space.
Over the years,
media accounts
have depicted
vicious beatings of
homeless men and
women. After being
temporarily out-
raged, people shrug
off crimes against
the homeless the
same way society
shrugs off young
Black men killing
each other every-

Two homeless citizens,
Debra Ford and Sam Hall,
agreed to discuss their situ-
ation to provide an up close
glimpse of life on the street.

Sam Hall came to Miami a
little over two years ago,
chasing a dream of becom-
ing a successful chef, but
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Should America pay

Blacks reparations?

The issue of whether America should pay repara-
tions to Blacks for its role in slavery is still being
debated. The movement has seen gains. Public
declarations that slavery was wrong and should be atoned
for have been made by major white churches. While on a
trip to Africa several years ago, former president Clinton
apologized for slavery.

Although not a direct repayment for slavery, a North
Carolina commission has urged the state's government to
repay the descendants of victims of a brutal 1898 assault
by white supremacists that left as many as 60 Blacks dead
while thousands were driven from the city.

While these actions fall far short of reparations, they are
more than what has been acknowledged in the past and
an indication that the topic has the ability to at least gar-
ner discussion.

Talks of reparations have been around since emancipa-
tion. The argument then was that newly freed slaves
deserved compensation.

The argument now is that America owes Black people
not only for the enslavement of their ancestors, but for the
lingering effects of slavery that show up in the form of
modern day societal Ills existing disproportionately in the
lives of Blacks.

Supporters of reparations say the higher incidences of
unemployment, HIV/AIDS infection, illiteracy, imprison-
ment and infant-mortality among Blacks are residual
affects of slavery. Because the country's actions have con-
tributed to these maladies, the argument goes, the coun-
try should provide financial compensation to alleviate

Opponents of reparations say Blacks should 'get over it'
- the 'it' being slavery. They argue that the United States
has repaid its debt for slavery via the establishment of
Howard University in 1867, the creation of social pro-
grams under President Johnson in the 1960's and the
existence of programs that provide services llkq affordable
housing, job training and affirmative action.

Is slavery a factor in the dismal status of Blacks in
America? Yes. Even the staunchest reparations critic
might concede that lingering affects of an institution that
existed for over 400 years continue to rear its ugly head in
the way Blacks are treated and the' way Blacks treat them-
selves. What other group has perpetuated such an obvious
sense of self-hatred?

Critics of reparations wonder what happens if money is
paid, but Black America remains the same. What happens
if Blacks continue to be over represented among society's
ills? Who gets the blame if inner city schools continue to
under perform, Black men continue to abandon their fam-
ilies and young Blacks continue to kill each other?

Critics wonder whether Blacks will ever be held account-
able for correcting the ills that plague Black America?
Supporters say America must first be held accountable for
her role in the devastation of Black America.

Does America owe Blacks? Yes. Are reparations the
answer? The jury's still out.

Blacks still lagging

behind economically

he subject of Blacks and money is one that cannot
be discussed too much. A recent study reveals that
Blacks still lag behind whites when it comes to
earnings and the gap is growing.

The recent widening of the gap is attributed to a weak U.S.
economy and a low unemployment rate. Both factors affect
most Americans; however, they have a more adverse impact
on Blacks. When America catches a cold, Blacks get the flu.

According to a study recently completed by The Economic
Policy Institute, in 2000 a Black family's median income
was 63.5 percent of the earnings of their white counter-
parts. In 2004 that figure dropped to 62 percent. That boils
down to $58,000 for a white family and $37,000 for a Black
family. That is a huge and unacceptable difference.

The earning power of Blacks is addressed in the eighth
covenant in Tavis Smiley's book, The Covenant with Black
America Accessing Good Jobs, Wealth and Economic
Prosperity. The means to achieve those goals rest not only
on politicians and community leaders but on Blacks as well.

Education plays a role in the acquisition of good jobs,
wealth and economic prosperity. The book's second
covenant addresses the ability for all children to receive a
quality public education in order to reach their full poten-

It stands to reason that as Blacks seek to close the eco-
nomic gap that exists between working Black and white
adults, the academic gap that exists between Black and
white children must also shrink.

As Floridians head to the polls in this mid-term election
year, close attention must be paid to whether a candidate's
agenda addresses these two vital covenants.

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Black community should be infuriated by Sherdavia's senseless murder

Dear Editor,

I'm writing in response to why
Sherdavia Jenkins' senseless
murder should enrage the Black
community. First of all, those
males (not men) who are illegally
living in public housing and
causing the majority of violent
crimes within Sherdavia's hous-
ing area must be addressed. Not

only by the community, but by
my sisters who provide shelter
for these males at the expense of
their children.
Secondly, my brothers and sis-
ters who are legally living in pub-
lic housing must become inter-
ested in self development. They
must believe that God has a plan
for their lives that will be born
out of their past failures. You

must, however, snap out of help-
lessness and ask for and seek
And finally, my brothers and
sisters, are you not enraged with
these so-called Negro leaders
who have no solutions for our
community? These Negro lead-
ers who only visit our communi-
ty during election time or for
photo opportunities such as this

girl's tragic-senseless death.
These negro leaders, who can't
produce affordable housing,
police protection or employment
within our community for our
people. These Negro leaders who
one month from this girl's burial,
you'll never hear from again.
Aaron Peoples

Blacks should stop blaming everyone else for their problems

Dear Editor,

The question that was asked in
the 'Street Talk' column of The
Miami Times was: "How do we
prevent Black on Black crime?"
Three people responded by
saying "we needed better jobs."
One young lady blamed it on the
school system by saying that,
"white schools were more estab-
lished and had more to. offer
than Black schools and that
there wasn't much to do appar-
ently in these less fortunate
schools. And another lady went
further to say that, "People must
believe in God's word and also
believe that God will take care of

everything." Each of these indi-
viduals raised some good points,
however, I don not believe that
these are the main causes that
would prevent Black on Black
crimes and the most recent
killings of our Black youths.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said that, "nothing in the
world is more dangerous than
sincere ignorance and conscien-
tious stupidity."
Once again Black parents it
starts in the homes. Children
aren't supposed to know all the
answers to life's ups and downs.
Children are in the process of
developing character, which is
why they change their beliefs

The government may as well

Dear Editor,

Tobacco, the most addictive
legal drug in America is readily
available and easily purchased
by almost anyone. With pro-
longed use,. this highly addictive
product can cause serious dam-

age to the human body; often
creating further financial strain
on struggling families who pur-
chase this product.
Our government has received
billions of dollars from the set-
tlement of a lawsuit against
tobacco companies, but has

and their behavior from day to
We as adults are supposed to
have formed our character
although we continue to refine it
throughout life. We can't keep
blaming other people outside of
our community for our mis-
takes. When we do that, we
demonstrate an unwillingness
to accept our own responsibili-
Black people, we are a strong
race of people. For many gener-
ations we have always learned to
make a way out of no way. Our
strength came from family
Also, having a better paying

job may ease some financial
burdens, but it won't keep our
children from hanging on the
street corners.
And just because white
schools may have more than
Black schools isn't any excuse
to not want to learn.
Improvise, create after school
activities. And last, God helps
those who help themselves. God
will not come to the aid of those
who refuse to try. We must exert
ourselves if we must succeed.
Be good to ourselves and our

Ronald Williams
Salters, SC

support the Tobacco industry
done little to educate the public, ful product. Having paid billions
especially the young, as to the in settlement fees, the tobacco
real danger from the use of this companies merely Increased the
highly addictive product. price of their product and con-
It appears that our govern- tinued business as usual.
ment actually sanctions the
tobacco industry generating vast Ronald Fisher
amounts of money from a harm- Doral

Get illegal guns off the streets to stop murders of Black youth

Dear Editor,

Our community is once
again stepping up to challenge
a crisis that affects all of us.
Recently the murder of youth
and innocent bystanders is
becoming an epidemic.
As we begin to fight back
with mega awareness, march-

es and t-shirts, many other
ideas must be encouraged. As
Black Americans, we have a
need to develop and apply
innovation in seeking solu-
tions for accomplishing our
I believe an immediate coali-
tion must be formed specifical-
ly including elected officials,

community leaders, clergy and
police chiefs.
My concept is to offer an
amnesty reward program. The
unique program would pur-
chase or accept any illegal
gun. No charges or questions
asked to any individual who
One hundred or one hun-

dred fifty dollars per illegal
gun is by no means as expen-
sive as the life of a youth or
anyone else.
A possible campaign slogan,
"sell or turn in illegal guns
and save our youth's lives."

Walter Sutton, Jr.

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Backs Must onro er y

The Miami Times, July 12-18, 2006 3A

Unlike the past column on
candidate Jim Davis, who I
reviewed from our joint experi-
ences as state legislators, I
sought more background infor-
mation from others about
Senator Rod Smith, such as
Black Senator Al Lawson of
Tallahassee, who also served
with Davis and Smith.
I also reviewed his record as
a state legislator on past issues
that primarily impacted the
Black Community. My
inquiries led to Black Boynton
Beach Commissioner Mack
McCray, who spoke of his expe-

rience in 1966 with a young
Rod Smith during the integra-
tion of his high school. That
incident, stated below, may be
as important background
knowledge as Davis' 1990 vote
against Pitts-Lee
Two areas of concern stand
out in assessing Senator
Smith's candidacy. One is the
lack of Blacks on the Host
Committee on an invitation for
a major reception for him that
was held on June 29 of last
month in downtown Miami.
I use the term "lack" because

the invitation had no known
Blacks. The point is that many
candidates only use the names
of Black supporters when they
come to "Black events."
I asked Senator Smith
directly about his Black
supporters and he
quickly named
Congressman Kendrick
Meek, Commissioner
McCray and Senators
Lawson and Frederica
Although local people
plan such fundraisers, BU
the candidate ultimately
gets the blame for screw-ups
like that June 29 "white peo-
ple's invitation." Many cam-
paigns still treat Black people
as irrelevant when it comes to
raising money. Still, those who
receive Black support must
reflect that support in down-
town as well as in Overtown.
The people who are going to
be in "the small room" with the
new Governor when he makes
important decisions are most

likely the same people who par-
ticipated in important cam-
paign financial and strategy
decisions. The community
wants "to see" a cam-
paign of real Black
involvement as well as
"to hear" one.
The other area of con-
cern with Senator
Smith is that he was
the State Attorney,
based in Gainesville,
Florida from 1992 until
2000. During that peri-
tKE od, incarceration of
Black males increased
statewide, including Smith's
Eight Circuit. However,
research of Smith's office also
shows that the number of
Black and Hispanic Assistant
State Attorneys increased dur-
ing his tenure, as did diversion
programs supported by his
Janet Reno's tenure as Dade
State Attorney increased the
perception that State
Attorneys can help as well as

prosecute by going after child
support, small consumer
frauds and other non-major
crimes against non-wealthy
families. Smith's record does
not compare to Reno's, but his
office appeared to manifest
concerns other than prosecut-
ing major criminals, such as
serial killer Danny Rollins.
Because this column is an
attempt to disclose personal
background and experiences
about the candidates, as
opposed to his position on
issues, I searched for evidence
to show his prior experiences
with the Black community.
Boynton Commissioner Mike
McCray volunteered an inci-
dent he remembered from
1966, long before thoughts of a
2006 campaign. McCray, like
many other Black high school
students had been forced to
ride a school bus past the near-
est public school, Seacrest
High School, built in 1949 for
white students.
When the decision to inte-

grate was made, many white
adults and students in the
south still resisted. Mike
McCray began school his senior
year in 1966 by boarding a
school bus with his father's
instructions to get off at the
first school, Seacrest High.
McCray told this writer that
he was "scared as hell" as he
got off the bus, which contin-
ued to take other kids to the
still all Black Carver high
school further away. McCray
said as his nervousness
increased, the white student
body president of Seacreast
High, Rod Smith, stepped over
to him and said "Welcome to
Seacrest High" as he held out
his hand to shake McCray's.
The issues that must be
posed to candidates during this
campaign must test whether
the Black community will be
treated as an after thought or
an opportunity to treat neigh-
bors as the Governor wants his
family to be treated.
Next: Republican Candidates.

Reginald Clyne, Esq.


Imagine if you will, a man
and wife who pledge eternal
love and get married. They
are hardworking, but not
rich. They have children who
are a struggle to afford on
their meager budget, but
who are raised with love and
given :everything their par-
ents' finances will permit.
They raise these children
in a public housing project,
which is supposed to be safe
and clean. They spend time
reading to their children at
night and teach them to love
learning. They have a beauti-
ful little girl who loves pretty
dresses and having her hair
combed into pigtails with rib-
They teach this child to be
wary of strangers, to love
Jesus and to work hard at
school. She is a child gifted
by God who excels at every-
thing she does at school. She
is loved by her teachers and
She is a little girl only nine
years old who gets restless
cooped up inside all day.
Her mother, who is very pro-
tective, allows her to play on
the front porch.
Some young men who did
not excel in school, or per-
haps did not care to pursue
school, live in her neighbor-
hood. These young men find
themselves without a high
school education. They did
not learn a trade. They do
not have the education or
skills to obtain a high paying
job and quite frankly they
think work is for fools.
They have watched televi-
sion and want the good
things in life women,
designer clothes and fancy
cars. They want these things
instantly. They admire bas-
ketball players and rappers
and watch "Cribs".
They grew up watching
action shows where habitu-
ally several people are

"killed" week in and week
out. They have grown up on
the streets where toughness
is an admired trait. Streets
where tough men carry guns
and semi-automatic pistols.
They believe that if some-
one disrespects you, then
you need to settle things per-
manently. These young men
engage in a wild west like
shoot-out. They fire numer-
ous rounds from their auto-
matic pistols, but as in other
aspects of their life, they are
failures. They are poor
marksmen, never having
spent the time at a range
learning to shoot.
Their numerous salvos
miss their intended targets
and instead strike a nine
year old girl playing on her
porch. She feels something
strike her, she is puzzled by
the pain, she finds it hard to
breath, she calls for her
mother and her life slowly
ebbs away as the blood
pours onto the porch.
The young men run away.
Being tough does not mean
you stand up and face the
consequences of your mis-
deeds. Instead, they are
unconcerned about the car-
nage they left behind.
In the movies, the action
heroes and villains alike are
unconcerned about the may-
hem. The young men are
keeping up with the
Terminator and Blade.
A family is devastated by
the loss of a light that
touched them all. Unable to
comprehend the loss or to
rationalize the extinguish-
ment of a beautiful angelic
light by demons with fire
A community normally
complacent is awakened by
yet another tragedy, yet
another life lost for no rea-
son. How many of our good
ones have to die in the cross
fire? Will there be no end?





Niggas and flies

"I ain't got time for haters liars, backstabbers, gossipers
and bull********." and spreaders of larceny: all
n- Auntie Pop hatin' habits also known
among niggas.
Niggas and flies have a long- Niggas, like flies, go where
standing relationship with they are not wanted. They
each other. This familiariza- busy themselves in the affairs
tion dates as far back as the of others whose sanity and
period of overt slavery on self-sanctity are kept intact
southern plantations in the by minding their own f****'
U.S. business.
Flies have been confirmed Flies and niggas seem to get
as possessors of filthy habits, joy from destroying others'
a trait also common among peace. That, pesky fly that
niggas. tries with all its might. to land
Flies are excellent cell hosts on your food is like the nigga
of disease causing organisms in your life who can't stand to
- making them very similar to see you happy.

Civilian boards are best

to keep cops in check

When residents of an
American neighborhood need
free camcorders to videotape
encounters with police, it
speaks to a troubling mistrust
in the community.
Starting this month in St.
Louis, a local chapter of the
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) will hand out up to 50
camcorders toresidents on the
north side, where three of the
busiest police districts have
drawn scrutiny. In January, the
Black community reacted in
outrage after a videotaped
arrest of a car-chase suspect
showed officers beating the
man. It seemed to confirm the

abuses that residents have
reported for years. Yet in seek-
ing redress, people understand
that the department investi-
gates itself, meaning it would
come down to the word of the
resident vs. the officer.
Last year, 482 charges were
filed by citizens against the St.
Louis Metropolitan Police
Department, ranging from
"conduct unbecoming an offi-
cer" to "physical abuse." Of
those, 310 were reviewed and
in most cases action was
taken. More than 150 officers
received written reprimands,
79 were suspended and 12
either resigned, were demoted
or were fired. In the wake of
these complaints, the ACLU's
Redditt Hudson initiated the
camera program. The former
police officer says citizens who
had complained to the depart-
ment felt "the internal response
was ineffective." After witness-
ing police abuse, he hopes the

program will empower resi-
Despite Hudson's good inten-
tions, camcorders aren't the
answer. Instead of opening
lines of better communication
between the community and
police officers, the program will
only heighten tensions.
Even so, St. Louis Police
Chief Joseph Mokwa says he's
trying to be open-minded about
the program. "It's not illegal for
citizens to record, so I have no
objections." But he says he
does worry that some officers
might believe they'll be "pur-
posely baited."
A far better approach is civil-

ian review boards, which St.
Louis has just created. A recent
Bureau of Justice Statistics
survey found that large depart-
ments with such boards had a
higher rate of complaints than
those without. But advocates of
boards say citizens prefer to
have their grievances heard by
civilians rather than by those
within the department.
The appointment process in
St. Louis should be fair and
inclusive. The seven members
must be approved by the
mayor, board of aldermen and
the police board. All parties
should strive to put political
agendas aside.
A civilian review board can
bring differences out into the
open and establish a trustwor-
thy process. Perhaps Hudson,
the officer with a foot in both
worlds, should be the first
Joyce King is a freelance
writer in Dallas.

draining you.
The Flesh Fly is unable to
see beyond the physical. Their
preoccupation with the flesh
keeps them stuck.
The Filth fly is determined
to make sordid any pleasant
thing in another's life. They
are willing carriers of gossip
and other pettiness.
The Black fly is infamously
known as the 'bloodsucking
fly,' a best friend of death.
Trying to excel in their pres-
ence is a challenge. Holding
you down is their focus.
One difference that exists
between niggas and flies is
their mobility.
It is documented that any
flying insect can journey hun-
dreds of feet or yards ... miles
in some cases away from their
breeding areas!
Niggas tend to remain in the
same area literally and figu-
ratively for most, if not all of
their lives. Their exposure to
other perspectives, other ways
of seeing things is limited.
Please note that the term
'nigga' and its relationship to
flies is not exclusive to any
one race.- They exist in all

Flies live very short lives.
Niggas may live long lives, but
like flies are full of bull****.
Niggas are not exclusive to
any particular socioeconomic
level. You have niggas with
money and niggas without
money. I am reluctant to refer
to niggas with money as pros-
perous, because prosperity
involves more than the accu-
mulation of money.
Flies are not content to be
alone. Niggas have the same
tendency. Their focus is
always outside of themselves
- never introspective, so
unable to grow.
Flies have a few different
species. As.niggas, no two are
exactly alike. Some of the
terms used to officially classi-
fy flies also apply to niggas.
The Face fly wants to
appear pleasing to your face
but wreaks havoc behind your
back. Beware of them, they
are spineless and will do
whatever it takes to survive.
The Drain fly seeks to do'
exactly that drain the life
out of you. They sense some-
thing appealing in you, but
instead of finding what's
appealing in him/herself,
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Look for a big fight between local citizens and the
Miami-Dade Commission when the millions of dollars
raised from ,the half cent sales tax get caught up in our
no-so-good local politics. The 15-member board of the
Citizens Independent Transportation Trust is ticked off
with the county commission because they lost out on a 7-
5 vote to have the power to hire their own executive direc-
tor and staff. Stay tuned.

The Reverend O'Neal Dozier, who Governor Jeb Bush
appointed to the Broward County Judicial Commission,
really blew it when he talked about the Islamic religion on
a radio talk show last week. Reverend Dozier and other
ministers have been crusading against the Islamic Center
of South Florida building a center in Pompano Beach. The
good reverend has now learned that federal law prohibits
local governments from actions that discriminate against
religious institutions and has resigned from his state

Florida A&M interim president Castell Bryant, who has
been acclaimed for the brilliant job she did in straighten-
ing out the financial turmoil last year, is now being vilified
after a recent rash of firings highlighted by the recent
decision to suspend the school's inspector general.
Bryant's critics say she has shifted from fixing FAMU's
finances to re-engineering the university, virtually unilat-
erally. Stay tuned.

**** **
The Miami-Dade School Board policy that lets principals
and assistant principals change grades is causing a lot of
talk in our community and has led to the reassignment of
the principal, of Charles Drew Middle School. Principal
Gwen Coverson says she has documented proof that she
did not change F and D grades to C's without consulting
the five complaining teachers. The school district is inves-

There's a rumor around town that Bishop Victor Curry
of the New Birth Baptist Church and Cathedral of Faith
International is buying the building that once housed
Rader Memorial Church in El Portal at 205 NE 87th
Rader Memorial Church has been a presence in El
Portal for more than 60 years, but dwindling membership
and financial problems led to the merger in May. The last
services at Rader were held May 14.

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Gun shot survivor spreads advocacy through community

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idea that night would change
his life forever.
After entering the club, one
of the men in Bozeman's
group groped a young lady
who was not interested in
returning his advances. The
girl's boyfriend was also in the
club and witnessed the inci-
dent. He and five of his friends
confronted Bozeman's party
and a brawl broke out.
Club security broke up the
fight and defused the crowd of
on-lookers. "At that point, I
thought to myself, if I could
get in the club with five bottles
of liquor, I know someone
could have gotten in with a
gun," said Bozeman.
Bozeman and his party left
the club, fearing that the inci-
dent may escalate to some-
thing more serious. As they
walked towards the door, he
noticed that the young men
with whom they'd fought were
following closely behind.
"As I got through the door,
something told me to run,"
said Bozeman. His instincts
were correct, but not quick
enough. One of the guys from
the fight reached the exit and

fired 18 shots, one of which
struck the right side of
Bozeman's skull.
The men who accompanied
Bozeman to the club left him
in the middle of the street in a
puddle of blood. He was found
on US-1 by a street sweeper
and was airlifted to the hospi-
When Bozeman graduated
from Miami Norland Senior
High in 2002, he never imag-
ined three years later that he
would have to teach himself to
walk and talk all over again.
After waking up from a five
day coma, he had to undergo
optical surgery to regain sight
in his left eye.
"I woke up to the sound of
my mother singing to me.
When I looked at myself, I was
scared and screamed. I asked
my mother if I was gonna die,
but she said "No, God is not
done with you yet," said
He remained in the hospital
for two months after the
shooting and had tubes going
in and out of his face. He par-
ticipated in speech, occupa-
tional and physical therapy
three times a week. He still
attends psychological therapy


C e S

A thief stole five credit cards, a checkbook, a bank card and a driver's license from
a woman at Aventura Mall, located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, between 8:30 and
8:45 p.m. The woman left her purse on a bench before leaving the area and forgot
the purse was there. When she returned to the bench, the purse was missing. She
found the purse inside the women's restroom, but the credit cards and other items
were missing.

Police charged a 20-year-old man with possession of marijuana, possession of
paraphernalia and driving without a valid driver's license after they pulled him over
for swerving his car. The incident happened in the area of 187th Street and NE
Biscayne Boulevard at 11:45 p.m. Police said after noticing the man driving reckless-
ly and the dark tints on his car windows, they stopped him and asked for his driver's
license, to which he replied, "I never got one, sir." Police arrested the man and then
noticed in plain-view, a clear, plastic baggie containing marijuana on the passenger-
side floorboard. Police said they also found a digital scale and 100 small, clear plas-
tic baggies used for packaging drugs.

Police charged a 48-year-old woman with theft after she reportedly stole cold cuts
at Publix, located at 1920 West Avenue, at 12 p.m. Police said store security saw the
woman hide several meats and cold cuts, valued at $151, in a bag before trying to
walk out without paying.

A thief stole a watch and $20 from a woman who was in a recovery room at Mt.
Sinai Hospital, located at 4300 Alton Road between 1:15 and 7 p.m. The woman's
husband found that the pouch containing the cash and watch, which was valued at
$800, was missing after his wife had a procedure.

Police charged a 76-year-old man with theft at CVS Pharmacy, located at 306
Lincoln Road,.at 12:45 p.m. Police said store security saw the man hide aTwix candy
bar, valued at 79 cents, inside his shorts pocket before leaving the store without pay-

Robert Leroy Bozeman Jr.

Bozeman is currently on the
waiting list to receive a cranial
plast to replace the damaged
areas of his skull. "With an
influx of shootings, especially
head and spinal injuries,
Robert has to wait about a
year," said Bozeman's mother,
Jacqueline Dawston-Blash.
Until his surgery is complet-
ed, Bozeman is limited to the
types of things he can do.
Until he passes a test that
shows he has regained his
cognitive skills, he is unable
to drive. He also has to wait
for his first airplane ride

Sherdavia's death should not be in vain

continued from 2A

rise in violence is the result of
deteriorating economic and
social conditions, the only way
to stop the rise is to improve
those economic and social con-
In June, the FBI annual
crime report revealed relatively
low crime rates almost across
the board, with higher rates in
areas with higher unemploy-
ment. This year, however, an
unexplained spike of violent
crime rose from a handful of
cities, primarily in the mid-
west, with no correlating spike
in unemployment.
While experts have yet to
agree on the cause, the early
money is on a variation of the
prevailing street level crime the-
ory that adverse economic and
social factors put pressure on
the economic fringes of society,
who resort to illegal activities to
support their families. Because
violence is a "tool of the trade"
in many illegal activities, the

rise in violence follows econom-
ic desperation and lack of social
If this theory holds true, two
conclusions are evident: first,
the surge in violent crime will
spread beyond a few cities,
because the conditions which
caused the upsurge exist else-
where. And second, the only
way to stop the explosion of vio-
lence is to address the root
causes of that explosion, specif-
ically, harsh economic and
social conditions.
Unfortunately, just because
something is obvious, does not
mean it will garner the support
of politicians. During the town
hall meeting, not one politician
offered to help improve the hor-
rid conditions in Liberty
Square, Sherdavia's neighbor-
Not one word about jobs for
those lured into crime by
unemployment; or job training
for the parents; or summer and
after school programs for
Sherdavia's friends; or cleaning
up the slum-like conditions of

the Miami-Dade County run
project; or about addressing
the conditions which drive peo-
ple to a life of street level crime.
Not one word.
Any response to the latest
spate in violence must be
directed towards addressing
the conditions which give rise
to the violent behavior in the
first place: jobs, quality afford-
able housing, summer youth
programs, continued educa-
tion, child care, etc. Instead,
elected officials, preachers and
others limited their ambitions
in uninspired appeals to the
pain of a family in mourning
and a shocked and weary com-
munity's sense of vengeance.
SSherdavia Jenkins deserves a
call for justice on her behalf.
However, there must be more
to justice than revenge, more
than throwing one man
beneath the jail. Justice must
mean improving the quality of
life for her family, friends and
neighbors. We demand social
justice for Sherdavia and for us

because of the complications
he could endure from air pres-
sure. Most importantly,
Bozeman has to wear a helmet
everyday to protect the sensi-
tive areas of his skull.
The 22-year-old has set a
goal to share his life story
with 1,983 people, symboliz-
ing the year he was born, by
the end of 2006. "God gave me
life, so it is now my purpose to
give others a wake up call,"
said Bozeman.
Gun violence has hit close to
home far too often. Two of
Bozeman's good friends suc-
cumbed to gunshot wounds
within a one year span. He
currently works as an advocate
by speaking to youth at

Y e a h
because many
women don't
have a choice
but to take
over that role.
Many of the
things men
used to do,
women are
doing now. I
think between
the years of 1979 and 1992 you
started to see these types of
things change. It is still good
brothers out there taking care
of their fanjilies, .trying to Inxge
a difference for the world."


"Yeah, here
in Miami espe-
cially. I'm from
Chicago and
when I came
to Miami it
seems as if
women are the
dominant ones
in relation-
ships and It
seems as if the governmental
system works in favor of the
women. I notice that you have
many men politicians that don't
do anything for the young or
older men. That is one of the
reasons the power and roles
have shifted and women are
taking over."


schools and churches to try to
encourage them to think first
before turning to violence.
"The proudest moment I
have is when Robert speaks. I
see the mothers look at him
and then look at their own
sons," said Dawston-Blash. He
is currently writing two books
and hopes to create a docu-
mentary about his life.
"My ultimate goal is to let the
world know what happened. I
want them to value life more
and understand what victims
have to deal with. When I hear
about these kids being shot, it
reminds me of what I went
through," said Bozeman.
As we wrapped up our inter-
view, Bozeman recited a pas-

women have
to be the
mother and
the father at
home. Men are
lacking what
their responsi-
bilities once
were in the
past. Women
are working in
garbage serv-
ices, they are bus drivers and
they are doing all the jobs that
men have traditionally done.
Women are also taking care of
the household, paying bills and
making changes in the commu-
.nity, These are all things .mjn,
used to do and now you have
women doing it so it is sort of
self explanatory."


yeah I do. I'm
from the old
school and I
believe that
men should be
the leader over
the home and
and the women
should be the
helpers. To my understanding
there are more women in the
job force than there are men. I
feel that women are forced to be
the head of the household and
do have more control over
everything. The lack of jobs
forces the men to deny their
roles. The bottom line is women
have taken over the role of con-
trolling society. "

"Yeah, because in many cases

Compiled byTerrell Clayton

sage from one of his favorite
movies, South Central, that he
hopes others will live by. "If
you hit a man in the face, in
time his wounds will heal and
later on you can apologize to
that man. If you steal his
goods, later on you can return
those goods or repay him in
equal value. But if you kill,
there is no later on. There is no
way you can repair it with that
man or make right with his
family. His life is gone forever
and he never comes back from
that. Death is final, not tem-
If you have any information
regarding this crime, please
contact Sergeant Anthony
Warren at 305-378-4392.

Voting rights is slap in the face to Blacks

continued from 2A

states. Most of these obstruc-
tionists want to lift a provision
that requires close federal over-
sight of nine states with histo-
ries of discrimination,
This is no time to let up. The
blatant voting tactics once
used against Blacks from
poll taxes to literacy tests and
intimidation have been
replaced by more subtle barri-
ers. Redistricting, abrupt


changes in the location of
polling places and manipula-
tion of new voting technologies
are a few commonly reported
complaints that tell us why the
law is still necessary today.
The law has also produced
significant results. Before it,
the number of Black women
holding U.S. elective office was
about 100, according to
research by the Joint Center
for Political and Economic
Studies. Today, they account
for more than 3,000 of the

9,100-plus Black elected offi-
cials at the local, state and
national levels.
But the work is not finished.
Reauthorization of this act
would be an apt way to cele-
brate Independence Day and
show the world that we back
up our global promotion of
democracy with integrity at
Longtime civil rights activist
Dorothy Height is chair emerita
of the National Council of Negro


"No. I don't
think women
are taking
over, but
instead com-
ing into our
own role of
holding our
ground and
women can do as much as men
can. I think it's a place for a
m'an and a woman and it's a
role for a woman and a man.
Even with leadership, a
woman's input is different
kfi o a man's because women
and men think differently, but
both sides bring a different
aspect to the world. The roles
haven't reversed. Instead
women's roles have increased."


"Yes. Most
of the time
these days
women are
the ones play-
ing the role of
mother and
father. I feel
you have
many busi-
ness owners
that are women that have
taken over positions that men
used to traditionally hold. I say
that the roles have reversed
because of the added responsi-
bility that women now have."

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Covenant conversation continues in Liberty City l |' A

By Brandyss Howard

When the Tavis Smiley-
edited book The Covenant
with Black America was pub-
lished earlier this year,
Smiley encouraged Blacks
across the country to localize
the text. To that end, the City
of Miami Retired Police
Officers Community
Benevolent Association con-
verged to address issues
affecting Blacks in Miami.
The group held its second
meeting last Saturday to con-
tinue the discussion.
Community leaders, pastors,
CEO's, program directors,
community activists and con-
cerned citizens were sum-
moned to form a task force
that addresses issues based
on the principles in the New
York Times bestselling book.
The panel debated topics
pinpointed in The Covenant
such as securing the right to
healthcare and well being,
establishing a system of pub-
lic education, assuring envi-
ronmental justice for all, cor-
recting the system of unequal

justice and fostering
accountable community-cen-
tered policing.
The group plans to form a

coalition of organizations and
individuals interested in
making a difference in the
Black community, specifical-
ly Liberty City.
A major concern is that
elderly people who are long-
term residents of Liberty City
are afraid to leave their
homes fearful of becoming
another innocent victim of
indiscriminate gunfire.
Panelist Eddie Mitchell said
"the area where Sherdavia

Jenkins was killed was one
of the worst spots in that
development. We have the
good, the bad and the ugly.

As Black people, our problem
is we need to know our com-
One of the group's main
goals is to develop and train
the next generation to play
an active role in a safer and
more educated future for
Blacks. The increasing dis-
enfranchisement of Black
people was another concern
shared by the panel.
Panelist Renita Holmes
said "we will be more effi-

cient if we partner up with
other social organizations to
increase advocacy because
networking is important."
The panel also discussed
what they call 'the triangle of
crime' where more young
people have the desire, abili-
ty and opportunity to commit
illegal acts.
In an effort to help ensure
that solutions are identified,
all participants were asked
to attend the next meeting
with 10 resolutions as well
as suggestions on how the
community can put them
into action.
One participant recom-
mended holding regular
meetings with Black legisla-
tors to address the concerns
of residents in the communi-
ty. "If a parade can be put
together in two days to cele-
brate the Miami Heat, we can
get a rally together for elect-
ed officials," said the COM-
R-POCBA Board of Directors.
The next meeting will be
held at the Youth of America
Center on Sept. 16 from 12
to 2 p.m. For more informa-
tion. call 305-756-0921.

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Over 100 people attended the Labor in Love Learning
Center 2006 Graduation Ceremony. The program under the
leadership of Claudette Armbrister, Mistress of Ceremony,
began with invocation by Reverend Larry Bursey, Associate
Minister of New Birth B.C. Cathedral of Faith. Other pro-
gram participants included Reflections by Alesia Pope, the
occasion by Alstene L McKinney, musical selection by
Tyrone Borders and the Singing Angels and a performance
by the Ne Nyame Dancers. The commencement address
was given by Dr. Marthenia "Tina" Dupree, a motivational
Representative Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Dr.
Soloman Stinson, Judge Shirolyn McWhorter, Retired
Congresswoman Carrie Meeks and Dr. Dupree presented
high school diplomas to Ernestine Edwards, Lesley
Gooden, Dorothy Jackson, Carolyn Jones, Alesia Pope,
Carolyn Taylor, Dashiba Taylor and Senella Watson.
Laurie Dowell, Cynthia Jefferson, Nathalie Johnson,
Ozie Porter and Rachael Smith were the recipients of the
Forward March Coping Skills. The other thrill of the evening
was the donation of $10,000 by Congresswoman Carrie
Meek to support Labor in Love as they continue their work.
Family and friends dined on a delicious meal prepared by
Mr. Berry and served by collegates Paulette Cazeo,
Herenta Evbuomwan, Megean Francis and Amanda Kelly
of the Zeta Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. This
beautiful event took place at the Carrie P. Meek Senior
Citizen and Cultural Center Black Box Theater.
Chairpersons were Deborah Kelly, Program Director and
Vashti Armbrister.

The Greater Miami Chapter of the Links, Incorporated cel-
ebrated the induction of Rene D. Beal, Donna L. Ginn,
Debra D. King, Sharron Melton, Bobbie J. Phillips, Toni
Randolph and Dr. Andrea Beth Trowers at the Country
Club of Coral Gables.

Clinton Green with his wife, Peggy, at his side, enjoyed a
week long birthday celebration. It began with a boiled fish
and grits breakfast, which was shared with close friends
and family. At midday, the guests were served a souse snack
and played card games and dominoes. The festivities con-
tinued the next day with a fishing outing. Granddaughter
Tiffany Sholtz cooked a delectable fish dinner. This affair
ended with a 4th of July bash and fireworks with neighbors,
friends and family.

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A life without food and shelter

continued from 1A

ended up being a lost soul in
Miami. His plans to work for a
luxurious restaurant were
derailed when his sister kicked
him out after the two had dis-
Ford found herself in an
unthinkable situation when she
lost her job and her home. The
single mother and her two boys
ended up on a street corner
with nowhere to go. The streets
have taken a serious toll on her.
"I contemplate killing myself
sometimes. Right now I feel low
because I can't get my boys
home." Ford said she is accus-
tomed to men expecting "some-
thing in return when I need
something." She said because
she has a terminal illness, she
is wary about exchanging sex
for food or money, "even if it
means not putting food in my
kids' stomach."
"I have a conscience; I know if
I sleep with someone I will be
killing them too. I just want to
get my boys home." said Ford.
Both Hall and Ford arrived at
being homeless via different
paths, however, both find them-
selves with a similar dilemma;
wondering where their next
meal will come from.
Both are reluctant to
approach people for assistance.
Hall feels people have grown
accustomed to saying "no"
without feeling bad. "People
don't like it when someone asks
them for anything.
Not all citizens in the commu-

nity feel that way about the
homeless. "We have to take care
of our homeless people. A lot of
people with money only think
about themselves. With the
type of business I have, I was
able to give jobs to homeless
people." said Joshua Green,
Co-owner of Shine On car
The pride that accompanies
most men also affects Hall. He
said he makes an effort to earn
his money instead of asking for
handouts. "Many times I try to

tell them I will work for what I
need," Hall said.
As difficult as Hall has it
fending for himself on the
streets, it's evident that the
journey and trials for a home-
less woman differ greatly. "I am
a woman and I have been bru-
tally raped before," Ford said.
Her difficulty has not damp-
ened her desire to help others.
"If I was in a different situation
I would help people out on the
streets," she cried.
Ford adds that the well-being
of her children is her greatest
concern. "I want my boys to
have a safe place to stay. I feel
like my dignity is gone. When I
ask people for money they call
me names.
"I don't know what to do. I
just want my boys to be okay,"

she said.
Assumptions about how peo-
ple become homeless may fac-
tor into the public's perspective
of people living on the streets.
Hall said there are two main
reasons that people become
homeless. "It's under unfortu-
nate situations such as paying
a mortgage then losing your
job. A landlord isn't going to
wait for you to get a job so he
can get paid," Hall said.
Substance abuse is an expen-
sive habit that also factors into

the homeless scenario. "You
also have the people [who] want
to feed their addiction. They
think of their addiction so
much that they don't care
about anything else and
becomes homeless," Hall con-
Determining the number of
people who are homeless in the
United States is difficult. Not all
homeless people seek assis-
tance from service programs
that report the number of peo-
ple they serve. An approxima-
tion from a study done by the
National Law Center on
Homelessness and Poverty
which reports that approxi-
mately 3.5 million people, 1.35
million of them children, are
likely to experience homeless-
ness in a given year.

Funeral held for Sherdavia Jenkins

continued from 1A

Lillie C. Evans Elementary
mentioned that "it was truly a
pleasure to have Sherdavia at
our school."
Evidence of Sherdavia's aca-
demic excellence was evident in
her funeral program. Copies of
her certificates were included in
the booklet that described her
short life.
The sadness regarding her
death is bipartisan. Incoming
Florida House Speaker Marco
Rubio, a Republican, ranted in
disgust about the senseless

killings that have been taking
place in predominantly Black
urban communities within
Miami-Dade County.
Rubio noted that it is highly
unlikely that any nine-year-old
child in his community would
be embalmed and reposed in a
white box as a result of a shoot-
ing. Instead, he said, most res-
idents in his community would
most likely spend the day at the
mall or on a boat or at a picnic:
enjoying life's simple pleasures.
Pastor Dennis Jackson of
New Mt. Moriah Missionary
Baptist Church spoke with
resolve that "grief Is for the liv-

ing." Sermonizing to mauve-
eyed mourners to not worry
because "she [Sherdavia] got a
free pass to glory," Jackson's
assurance that the little girl is
now in heaven.
The tone of the funeral con-
veyed a belief that God has wel-
comed Sherdavia into His
bosom upon completing her
mission as a "good and faithful"
young steward. A biblical verse
in Ephesians six seemed to
sum up the little girl's
demeanor: "children obey your
parents in the Lord for this is
right . Honor thy mother and
thy father ..."




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The merits of being a Black gentleman

My son is six years old and a
wonderful little boy. That he
grows up to be a gentleman is
very important. Hoping that he
will won't make it happen,
though. My husband and I have
to teach him what being a gentle-
man means.
I see signs that he's catching
on already. He holds the door for
me when we enter a building and
has learned to allow the ladies
on an elevator to exit first. One of
the most amusing clues is that
he asks me how I'm doing when
we speak on the telephone or

when I arrive home from work.
More often than not he remem-
bers to say 'please' and 'thank-
you,' his eye contact is improving
and his table manners are begin-
ning to make me proud. How he
acts in my presence is important
because it's a strong reflection of
how he acts in my absence. In
this country, how a Black boy
acts in public can and does
affect his future.
The Miami Times ran a story
last week about how Black men
must modify their behavior
when in the presence of whites

f lections

in order to avoid
being stereo-
typed. It's an
Unfair but neces-
sary fact of life for
Black men in this
country. Study
after study has shown that
Black men are unfairly profiled
in a variety of settings simply
because of the color of their
Black men who hold advanced
degrees, professional titles and
look the part are not immune.
Even brothers with impeccable
manners are still pulled over,
followed in stores and unfairly
Teachers are more likely to
label Black boys whose behavior

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ments made about a little Black
boy by his kindergarten teacher
have a way of following him
throughout the rest of his
Ensuring that our Black boys
have manners and behave like
gentlemen in public is no guar-
antee that they will be safe or
treated well, but it is still our
obligation to teach them. As
parents, it is our responsibility
to teach our sons how to act. It
is our responsibility to teach
them that behaving well and
using manners do not equate to
acting white. It is our responsi-
bility to tell them what is
expected and not assume that
they know.
It is also our responsibility to
talk to them about their
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Another local Black teen falls victim to violence

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youth football league. His fellow
teammates gathered Wednesday
at Vincent Torres Park before
practice to say a prayer.
The parents of Markese are
still too distraught to publicly
discuss the death of their child.
However, a friend of the family,
Sherika McDowell, told The
Miami Times, that Markese was

a very mannerable young man.
"Markese was good friends with
my two sons and their cousin.
He never caused any trouble
and was very respectful."
McDowell admits the death of
Markese has caused her to be
more cautious of her son's
whereabouts. "I normally watch
them closely, but these days
you have to watch them even
Markese is now added to the

list as another teen gone from a
senseless shooting. The most
recent was Sherdavia Jenkins,
9, who was shot July 1.
McDowell believes that it comes
down to the neighborhood
where parents raise their kids.
"I just recently moved from the
area where I was, because I felt
it wasn't safe for them. I think
parents need to pay more atten-
tion to where they raise their

In 2004, 14,121 Americans
were murdered. Blacks, repre-
senting about 12 percent of the
nation's population, were 47
percent of the nation's murder
victims. Of the 6,632 Blacks
killed, more than one in four
was 21 or younger.
Funeral services for Markese
are schedule for Saturday at 1
p.m. Anyone with information is
.asked to call crime stoppers at

that it sends. My intelligent and
well-mannered 24-year-old
nephew used to wear his hair in
dreadlocks and adorn his
mouth with removable gold
teeth. After being unemployed
for far too long, he recently cut
his hair, but still sports his grill.
We have debated his appear-
ance on more than one occa-
sion. His argument is that peo-

ple should not make assump-
tions about his character based
on his appearance. I agree with
him, but remind him that many
people, especially white employ-
ers, are not willing to learn
about his character because
they cannot get past his appear-
ance. As a Black man in
America, how he presents him-
self is a matter of survival.


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JMH celebrates 88 years of service to the community

Jackson Memorial Hospital
opened in 1918 as Miami City
Hospital and is now Miami-
Dade County's largest and
most comprehensive hospital.
In its 88 years of service to the
community, Jackson Memorial
has been both a constant and
a pioneer. Two World Wars,
hurricanes too numerous to
count, waves of immigrants
with medical needs, thousands
of victims suffering from criti-
cal injuries and epidemics
both old and new have tested
Jackson's staff, but through it
all Jackson Memorial Hospital
has prevailed.
Key moments in Jackson
Memorial Hospital's distin-
guished history include:
1918 Miami City Hospital
opens its new facility "way out

in the country" on June 25.
1921 Medical staff organiz-
es with Dr. James M. Jackson
named first president.
1924 City commissioners
change Miami City Hospital's
name to The James M.
Jackson Memorial Hospital six
days after his death.
1926 Hurricane devastates
Miami. Hundreds of injured
and dying patients fill JMH to
capacity; temporary hospital
facility opens at the McAllister
Hotel downtown.
1933 Assassination
attempt of President Franklin
Roosevelt while visiting Miami
places Jackson in the national
spotlight. The President was
rushed to JMH and later
1937 Florida's first tumor

During the anniversary celebration at the Alamo Park, centerpiece of the
medical complex, Marvin O'Quinn, President and CEO, Jackson Health
System, (left) and Larry R. Handfield, Esq., Chairman, Public Health Trust,
(right) were joined by Frederica S. Wilson, State Senator, to congratulate
employees for their hard work and accomplishments over the years.

clinic is established at JMH.
1946 Polio epidemic hits
Miami. JMH borrows five iron
lungs to go with its own three.
1949 Miami City
Commission transfers JMH to
the county. Voters approve a
bond issue of $2.5 million.
1954 JMH and the
University of Miami sign a for-
mal contract for a clinical
teaching program.
1956 First open heart sur-
gery in Florida is performed at
1965 The County
Commission and the trustees
of the University of Miami
enter into an agreement to cre-
ate a large metropolitan med-
ical center to be known as the
University of Miami/James M.
Jackson Memorial Medical

1972 Dade voters approve
the Decade of Progress bond
issue, which allocates $77.4
million for improvements at
1973 Public Health Trust
of Dade County (PHT) is creat-
ed by the county commission-
ers to oversee hospital policy.
1974 JMH forms first hos-
pital-based Rape Treatment
Center in the nation.
1977 JMH Kidney
Transplantation Center opens
and 24 transplants are per-
formed in the first year.
1986 UM/Jackson is hon-
ored as one of the top 25 med-
ical centers in the nation
according to the publication
The Best in Medicine.
Please turn to JMH 12B

Children fight obesity through entering contest

Obesity in kids has almost
doubled in the last ten years. In
an effort to raise the awareness
of this growing epidemic and
the benefits of a healthy
lifestyle among the children in
our community, Miami-Dade
County's Office of the Child
Advocate, Office of Countywide
Healthcare, Department of

Human Services, Miami-Dade
County Parks Department and
The Miami Herald are sponsor-
ing a poster contest. School-
aged children from pre-K to
High School are invited to enter
the Fun With Fitness poster
Obesity presents a wide array
of health issues for children. In
addition to increasing the risk
of obesity in adulthood, child-
hood obesity is the leading
cause of pediatric hyperten-
sion, is associated with Type II
diabetes mellitus, increases the
risk of coronary heart disease,
increases stress on the weight-
bearing joints, lowers self-
esteem and
L ...rela-

Solving the problems

of wearing dentures

Unique breakthrough gets denture-wearers smiling

In January 2005,
researchers performed laser
scans on a set of George
Washington's dentures at the
National Museum of Dentistry
and discovered that his
famous false teeth were.not
made of wood as commonly
believed. A forensic anthro-
pologist says Washington's
dentures were made from gold,
ivory, lead and animal teeth.
The dentures had springs to
help them open and bolts to
hold them together.
Today, dentures are
made of acrylic, fiberglass,
metal or a combination of l
these materials and many
people use denture adhe-
sive to keep those chop-
pers in their mouth.
For the millions who wear
dentures, adhesives help fill
the space between the den-
ture and the gums. It
makes the wearer feel more
secure, even with well-fit-
ting dentures and it per- '
mits them to easily open
their mouths wider for
more confident chewing,
rather than eating in fear of
their dentures coming loose.
Denture adhesive improves
suction and creates a sticky
contact between a denture and
the gums. It also helps keep
food from collecting under the
denture base.
Ah, but here's the rub; clean-
ing off that adhesive is a messy
job. Dentists say your den-
tures and mouth should be
cleaned of all adhesives at
least once a day and the den-
ture should be left out of a
cleaned, rinsed mouth for at
least an hour a day. Some
dentists suggest soap and
water, others say vinegar will

help. But who wants soap and
water or vinegar in their
That's why the Majestic Drug
Company, a 55-year old com-
pany based in South
Fallsburg, NY, has developed a
patent-pending product called
D.O.C. Denture Wipes.
Company spokesman Larry
Fishman says, "DOC
Denture Wipes 'are a
new, unique, mira-

cle fabric that
attracts denture adhesive like
a magnet. No scrubbing. No
brushing. No mess. Just
wipe and wear. There is noth-
ing else like it on the market."
Sixty-nine-year old Jerry
Payne of Las Vegas points
out, "Paper towels or tissues
tend to rip and shred.
Brushing is inconvenient for
me since I work in the Aladdin
casino. A washcloth or towel
has to be cleaned after you
remove the adhesive. But
these Denture Wipes don't
Please turn to DENTURES 12B

tionships with peers. Obesity is
easier to prevent than to treat.
Proper nutrition and good exer-
cise/activity habits are impor-
tant steps in controlling obesity
and maintaining a healthy
The Fun With Fitness poster
contest invites children to
design a poster that promotes
a healthy lifestyle for them-
selves through good food choic-

es and regular exercise/activi-
ty. Prizes for each school level
include autographed basket-
balls from Alonzo Mourning,
iPods, portable video players
and much more.
All contestants must submit
an original, not derivative,
piece of work. All mediums
except oil are accepted. Final
artwork size must not exceed
28" x 30." Please note that all

entries become property of The
Miami Herald.
Entries are due by 5 p.m. on
Monday, July 17. All entries
must be submitted to: Fun
With Fitness poster contest,
c/o The Miami Herald,
Attention: NIE, One Herald
Plaza, Miami, Florida 33132.
An award presentation will
be held on Friday, July 28 at
the Stephen P. Clark Center,

111 N.W. First Street, at 2:30
p.m. Participants during :jhe
awards presentation will enjoy
meeting the Miami Heat
Mascot, Burnie and Florida
Marlins Mascot, Billy the
Marlin. .,
For additional information,
please call Imran All, Children
Advocate from the Office 'ofthe
County Manager at 305-375-

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Overseer Sean D. Mears of
The Haven of Deliverance
International Ministries
announces the "Suffering In
Silence" Women's Summit,
July 26-29. For more informa-
tion, call 786-262-8241.
Holy Ghost Faith
Deliverance Ministries,
Pastor Willie D. James, will be
celebrating their first annual
Women's Conference, July 12-
14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly and
ending July 16 at 11:30 a.m.
For more information, call
New Mt. Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Albert Jones, pastor,
will be having their annual
Revival, July 17-21 at 7:30
p.m. nightly. For more infor-
mation, call 305-691-8015.

World Deliverance Church,
Dr. Norris P. Kelly, pastor,
invites you to glorify the Lord
when he preaches at God
Word God Way COGIC, July
14 at 8 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 786-258-1826.
*****One Way Tabernacle
One Way Tabernacle

Church of the Living God,
Bishop Fair, pastor, Invites you
to receive a blessing under the
preaching of Pastor D.
Johnson at God Word God
Way COGIC, July 18 at 7:30
p.m. For more information,
call 786-258-1826.
God Word God Way COGIC,
Elder Reginald Wilkerson, pas-
tor, invites you to worship the
Lord in our Feet Washing serv-
ice, July 16 at 4 p.m. For more
information, call 786-258-
Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church's Pastor's
Aid Board will celebrate their
51st Anniversary, July 14 and
16. For more information, call
The 59th Street
Pentecostal Church of God,
Bishop Robert Thornton, pas-
tor, would like to invite every-
one to their annual 100 Men
and Women in Black and
White program on July 16 at 3
p.m. For more information,
call 305-522-0157.
*******An House of Prayer For All
An House of Prayer For All


People, Apostle C. Bender,
pastor, will be having "New
Wine Spirit Intercessory
Prayer Services" on July 15 at
11 a.m. For more information
call, 305-233-5144.
Holy Ghost Assembly of
the Apostolic Faith will be
holding their annual Women's
I'ay Celebration on July 9 at 2
p.m. For more information,
call 305-836-6258.
A Mission with a New
Beginning Youth
Department will be celebrat-
ing their youth convention,
July 27-28 at 7:30 p.m.
nighty and ending on July 30
at 11:15 a.m. For more infor-
mation, call 305-694-2127.
The Unity Ushers of New
Mount Moriah Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend
Dennis Jackson II, pastor, will
be celebrating their anniversary
on July 16 at 4 p.m. For more
information, call 305-688-
3028 or 305-693-2534.
Valley Grove Missionary
Baptist Church, Reverend
Artis Perkins, pastor, invites
you to fellowship with them as
they celebrate their Men and
Women's Dual Day, July 16 at
11 a.m. For more information,

call 305-835-8316.

Learn how to share Christ
without fear through a free
training to all from Evangelist
Debbie. For more information,
call 305-898-1025.
Come help New Providence
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Vinson Davis, pas-
tor, celebrate our pastor's
fourth anniversary with week-
ly services from July 16 23,
with a Climax Service July 23
at 4 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call Mary Doster at 305-
Mt. Olive F.B.H.C will have
three powerful nights of
revival July 19-21 at 7:30
p.m. nightly.
Mt. Moriah Community
Holiness Church, Inc.,
Bishop Murray Williams, pas-
tor, will have Bishop and
Teacher Appreciation, July
15-16; their second annual
banquet July 15 at 6 p.m.
and service, July 16 at 3 p.m.
For more information, call
786-389-8684 or 305-633-

Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Carol
City, Arthur Jackson, III, pas-

tor will be having their annu-
al Youth Conference, July 11-
14 at 6 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 305-624-8170.-

Norland United Methodist
Church, Reverend Dr.
Jacques E. Pierre, is holding a
Vacation Bible School for
children ages 4-15 years from
July 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 12
p.m. For more information,
call 305-652-5172.
Titus Chapel is celebrating
their Pastor's 22nd
Anniversary from July 10-16.

Christian International
Ministries Network will be
holding a prophetic confer-
ence, July 20-22. For more
information, call Reverend
Guthrie, Sr. at 305-769-1420;
Pastor Ronae Cambridge at
954-433-9121; or Angel Hair
By God's Design at 954-962-
Pastor Barbara Boyce and
New Life Family Worship
Center invites everyone to a
prayer luncheon on July 22 at
11 a.m. at the Raintree Resort
in Pembroke Pines. For more
information, call 305-623-
****Reverend Karl A. Jackson,
Reverend Karl A. Jackson,


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The Bahamas Consulate
General invites you to celebrate
the Bahamas 33rd Anniversary
of Independence, July 21-23.
For more information, call 954-
The Miami-Dade Chamber
of Commerce would like to
invite you to our Monthly
Mingler at Ivy Aventura
Restaurant and Lounge,
Thursday, July 20 from 6-8
p.m. For more information or to
RSVP, contact Kyshana
Guzman at 305-751-8648.
The National Women's
Political Caucus of Miami-
Dade County invites everyone
to attend a coalition sponsored
Election Year "Meet The
Candidates" Luncheon on July
23 at 11:30 a.m. For more
information, call 305-860-
The Miami-Dade Chamber
of Commerce will host its
General Membership meeting
on Wednesday, July 26, from 9
a.m. to 12 p.m. at Florida
Memorial University's Smith
Conference Center. For more
information, contact 305-751-
Baptist Hospital of Miami is
celebrating their new Victor E.
Clarke Emergency Pavilion on
July 19 at 8:30 a.m.
The Liberty City CAA
Advisory Committee invites
everyone to their regular
monthly meeting on July 12 at
6:00 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-756-2830.

The Center for Family and
Child Enrichment, Inc. are
currently recruiting for Foster
parents and Adoptive parents.
For more information, call 305-
624-7450 ext. 190.
Miami-Dade Water and
Sewer Department will be
holding two meetings on July
10 at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
to exchange 200 old shower-
heads for new high-efficiency
models and educate residents
on efficient ways to use water
and save on their water bill. For
more information, call 786-
The Bards of Burbank is
hosting their annual free poetry
competition for all poets. The
deadline is July 22 with up to
50 prizes for all winners. Enter
your poem online at www.bard- or mail to
Bards of Burbank, 2219 W
Olive Ave., #100, Burbank,
California 91506. For more
information, email Dr. Cusack

The next meeting of The
Nubian Sistahood is July 15
from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at
American Legion Hall. It is for
Sistahs who are single, mar-
ried, divorced. If you have any
questions, please feel free to
contact 305-469-1157
The Critically Acclaimed
Choir of the Jamaica Nurses
Association of Florida...and
The Jamaican Folk Revue is
having a "Hallelujah...Anyhow"
Gospel Concert, July 22 at 7

p.m. at Sierra Norwood Calvary
Baptist Church. For more
information, call 305-652-
7336, 305-235-8410 or 305-
The Center for Positive
Connections cordially invites
you to an Open House, July 20
from 5:30 8 p.m. To RSVP,
contact Jim Konschnik at 305-
891-2066, ext. 18 or email at
The Institute for Authentic
Social Work is looking for vol-
unteers to train as Life Coaches
for its Sisterhood Connection
program. Contact The Institute
at 305-770-1533. Training
begins in September. One year
commitment required.
Association of Greater, Fort
Lauderdale RAGFL) will host
Career Fest 2006 on Tuesday,
July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The free event is a proactive
effort to promote and support
the growing real estate profes-
sion in South Florida. For more
information, call 954-563-
CPC is seeking one licensed
(LCSW, LMFT, LMHC) and two,
unlicensed therapists to work
with at-risk or gang involved
youth in the North and South
areas of Miami-Dade County.
Fax or email cover letter and
resume to Human Resources at
305-685-4208 or email:
employment_cpcinc@yahoo. co
Team Metro Kendall, in
partnership with South Florida
Workforce and Humana pres-
ents a unique job fair at West
Perrine Park, July 19 from 10
a.m. to.4 p.m.
Miami-Dade Community
Affordable Housing Strategies
Alliance (CAHSA) Task Force
and the Housing Policy Work
Group will have its second
meeting, July 27 from 3-5
p.m. at the Stephen P. Clark
Center. For more information,
please contact Delores Green
at 305-375-4608.
Congressman Kendrick
Meek will host a Town Hall
meeting for State Senator Rod
Smith, Democratic Candidate
for Governor, July 13 at 6:30
p.m. at Miami Job Corp of
Miami Gardens. For more
information, please contact
Tangela Sears at 786-286-
Coral Gables Chamber
Symphony and Opera pres-
ents a free "Opera Spectacular"
performance on July 22 at 7:30
p.m. at the Granada
Presbyterian Church. For more
information, call 305-444-
Miami-Dade Task Force on
Urban Economic
Revitalization Business and
Community Roundtables "Get
with the Programs" will be held
on July 13 and 18 from 7-9
p.m. For more information, call
Terra Lingua (non-profit

organization) is seeking volun-
teers to host English speaking
Foreign Exchange Students
from various countries ages 15-
18. For more information, call
Palm Hammock Orchid
Estate Inc. will be holding two
upcoming events. Peggy C. Hall
author of "In Case Of Bears"
will be signing books on July
15 at 1:30 p.m. and Steve
Burns from Cal Pump and
Brookfleld Fountains will be
answering aquatic pump and
fountain questions on July 29.
For more information, call 305-
Framingham State College
held its 2006 Commencement
on May 28. Congratulations to
Augusta E. Lacayo and Ryan T.
Newton for receiving their
Master of Education in
International Teaching.
The Barbara Seniors
Harkins Foundation will hold
its 'first annual Spotlight of
Comminunity Talent Show on
August 4 at the Caribbean
Banquet Hall. Their first orga-
nizational talent meeting will be,
held on July 22. For more
information, call 305-258-
The Trust for Public Land
and the YWCA of Greater
Miami-Dade invites the
Overtown community to vote
on two proposed playground
plans. Balloting will take place
at the YWCA from July 5-13.
For more information, call 305-
667-0409 ext. 13.
Bank of America and Life
and Learning Centers will be
holding Homebuyer Education
classes on Wednesdays from
6:30-8:30 p.m. For more infor-
mation, call 305-690-4391.
The Keeping Dreams Alive
Foundation will be having a

Sports/Academic football camp
in Overtown, July 13-14 at
Booker T. Washington Senior
High School. For more informa-
tion, call 954-258-4117.
The Judicial, Miami-Dade
County Commission District
I and III, Miami-Dade School
Board District II and State
Candidates, District 109 will
be featured at the fifth annual
Summer Luncheon on July 15
at 11:30 a.m. at Friendship
Missionary Baptist Church. For
more information, call 305-
Miami-Dade Enterprise
Community Center will be
conducting its Expanded
Emerging Business Seminars
Series. For more information,
call 305-579-2730.

Metro-Miami Action Plan
Trust Community and
Economic Development
Action Committee will have
its meeting on July 13 at 12 -at' the' Joseph Caleb'
Center Foi- more ififormation,
call 305-372-7600 ext 238.
Hollywood Parks,
Recreation and Cultural Arts
presents Progress in the Park:
A Back to School Celebration
on August 5 from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Community Center. For
more information, call 954-
The City of Hollywood is
seeking Fine Arts and Crafts for
their fourth annual
International Art and Music
Festival on October 21-22. For
more information, call 954-
A Call to Empowerment
presents A Senior Care Expo
and Forum on Strategies for
Advance Care Planning for fam-
ily caregivers, retirees and oth-
ers interested in long-term care

St. John celebrates pastor's aide anniversary

Come and help celebrate
with the St. John Baptist
church pastor's aide ministry
56th anniversary on Sunday,
July 16 starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Reverend Larrie Lovett
and his congregation of the
Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church will be the special
guests for the service.
Deaconess Ida Adkins is the
president of St. John's pastor
aide ministry.
Reverend Henry Nevin is the


Reverend Larrie Lovett

What you do for others, you can do for yourself

Would you like to start a
church where Jesus will be
your boss, you can preach
every Sunday if you want,
pray for the sick and tarry with
To help teach the 10 com-
mandments and how God
leads you, let me help you get
started. I have space available,
one night a week, seven days a
week o" ilthl All spaces
have se, id air. Call 305-
Don't forget the mourning
bench and the tarrying room.
Write me at P.O. Box 531078,

Bishop John Wilson

Miami, FL 33153.

for elderly and disabled, July 8
at 11 a.m. at the Center for
Family and Child Enrichment.
For more information, call 305-
Gospel AM 1490 WMBM is
looking for the fiercest, most
floetic Spoken Word Artists.
Romantic, social, heritage as
long as it is of or respectful to
Christian doctrine. Person
submitting must be the author
and hold the legal copyright to
the material. No more than
two minutes. Files can be
sent MP3 to my email address or
CDs may be mailed to: WMBM
Spoken Word, c/o E.
Claudette Freeman, 13242
NW 7 Avenue, North Miami, Fl

CHARLEE Homes for
Children is looking for per-
sons interested in becoming
Foster Parents. For more infor-
mation, please call Barbara
Tomas at 305-779-9758 or
visit us on the web at
Are you interested in adopt-
ing a child? CHARLEE Homes
for Children is looking for
persons interested in adopting
a child. For more information,
please call Danay Sanchez at
305-779-9609 or visit us on
the web at www.charleepro-
*******Please turn to COTY 13B
Please turn to COMMUNITY 13B

Mount Calvary hosts revival

Come one, come all and hear
the word of God and be
The revival is being held July
17 through July 21, 7 p.m. at
New Mount Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church
located at 7103 N.W. 22"d
The evangelist for the week is
Reverend Howard Rose of
Greater Fellowship Missionary
Baptist Church.
Everyone is welcome.
Reverend Albert Jones is the
pastor. Reverend Howard Rose

811 N.W. 54T" STREET


Come and experience

practical preaching
and teaching
that will equip you
for everyday living.
Service times
are as follows:
Prophet Sterling Marshall

Sunday Mornings, 11 a.m. SeP

Sunday Evenngs, 6:30 p.m.

1"& 3V Fridays, Corporate Prayer 7 p.m.

Also, you may log onto our ministry website for
more information about our exciting ministry.
Tune in every Saturday at 11:45 a.m.
on WEXY 1520am dial and hear
the Prophet speak.

Coming Soon!!!
Prophet Marshall's new book


Upcoming events:
Sunday, July 16
Family and Friends Day at 4 p.m.
Tuesday Friday, July 18 21
Holy Ghost Revival, 7:45 nightly
Special guest: Prophet Curtis Lake of
More Sure Word International Church, Jacksonville, FL

Come and experience the word of God in action.

Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

pastor of God's Way Assembly
Faith Cathedral, Inc. will cele-
brate their first Church
Anniversary with a Revival, July
13-14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly and
Anniversary Celebration Service
on July 16 at 11 a.m. For more
information, call 305-685-6855.
Lighthouse of God in Christ
Church, Overseer, Dr. Arlene
Davis, invites you to share in the
service of the Lord as they praise
and worship Christ the Lord. On
Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30
p.m. For more information, call

New Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church, Pastor
Reverend Albert Jones, will be
having annual Revival, July 17-
21 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
St. John A.M.E. Church,
South Miami, Reverend Gregory
V Gay, Sr, pastor was selected
as the South Conference Lay
Organization Pastor of the Year
on May 19 in Stewart, Florida.
Pastor Gay was lauded for his
numerous church and commu-
nity activities, especially his
commitment in areas that per-
tain to the youth and unem-
ployed of the surrounding
South Miami community.
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Please turn to CHURCH 13B

i Ti J l 12 18 2006

200% Faith educates community about HIV/AIDS

By Nathanael Paul
Miami Times Intern

On Friday June 16, 200%
Faith held a birthday bash
and discussed concerns on
HIV/AIDS and how it is effect-
ing our community. The bash
was held in memory of rap
icon Tupac Shakur. Valentina
Winkfield, the founder of
200% Faith, had her dealings
with HIV after losing her mom
four years ago to the AIDS
"The age [we] are trying to
hit are the ages between 14-
25. These kids need to be edu-
cated," said Winkfield. She
started 200% Faith because
she said too many people talk
about what needs to be
changed, but no one wants to

step up and
do it. So
took it upon
herself to be
the trailblaz-
er in her
Now one
may be won-
dering how WINKFIELD
does Tupac
tie into HIV and AIDS. "Kids
need to have someone to look
up to. He did a lot of great
things and he will always be
remembered as a great leg-
end." Winkfield says they
chose to use Tupac because
he was an activist in his own
right and if he were here
today, he would more than
likely stand up for the cause.
The program took place

Linda King shares information with attendees at the birthday bash held
for Tupac Shakur.

inside of Virrick Park's gym,
where DJ's played nothing but
Tupac records the entire
night. There were also infor-
mation tables set up from
which kids could pick up
packets about the disease and
other STD's and also get free
Linda King educational con-
sultant, life skills trainer and
motivational speaker shared
that young kids are just as
much in danger as the older
kids. "These days we are giving
condoms to kids as young as
12 years old," said King.
King told The Miami Times
that part of the reason is kids
today are growing up with no
fear. Using me as an example
King described this epidemic.
"If you did something you
know you weren't supposed to

do, you know your mom will
have that switch ready as soon
as you walk in the door. When
I see young ladies wearing
skirts that show their butts, I
wonder how their mothers
could let them walk out the
house like that, but when I see
the mothers I get my answer."
King blames bad parenting,
but said it also comes from
what they see on television.
"Sex is everywhere. They even
have cartoon sex now. It's
crazy. We need to protect our
young kids from these things."
Having organizations like
200% is a good start. They are
here to give kids direction and
give explanations about what
they are being exposed to.
People like King, and Winkfield
are doing their part, but every-
one must chip in.

Fields helps single parents in need

By Nathanael Paul
Miami Times Intern

It's funny how people say if
they were to become rich they
would give back to the com-
munity, yet when it happens
not many follow through.
Thankfully, there is always an
exception to the rule and
though Chelec Fields may not
considered monetarily rich,
she is rich with kindness and
a desire to give back.
Fields is the coordinator of
S.P.I.N. Inc. (Single Parents In
Need), a nonprofit organiza-
tion that aims to supply packs
to girls and boys for hygiene
purposes. Fields came up
with the idea of starting the
corporation about two years
ago. "I was once a bus driver
and while doing a route I
picked up a student who's
mom had recently passed
away. The boy stood waiting

Chelec Fields

for the bus with his father,
who'd become a single parent
involuntarily. [As] the boy
entered the bus with his
clothes dirty and with a bad
smell, I knew right there what
I needed to do."
Fields said she felt the move
of God in her spirit to start

trying to help single parents.
She is no stranger when it
comes to serving Christ as she
sings for Revelation S.E.E.D.
(Separate Entities Eternally
Delivered). She has come up
with packs to give to these
parents and others in need. In
these packs there is deodor-
ant, body spray, toothpaste, a
tooth brush, a comb and
brush for girls and pick and a
brush for boys.
Her goal for S.P.I.N. is to be
able to give out 1,000 packs
by summers end. Each pack
has an estimated price of $10.
For the summer Fields is
focusing on homeless shel-
ters. "I once was homeless
and I know how hard it is for
them." Besides donating
S.P.I.N. packs, she is also
writing a line of books. So far
she has published one called
Memoirs of a Broken Child.
The book tells the story of
her life in a poetic form. It

talks about her own experi-
ence being raised by a single
parent and how (due to cer-
tain situations) it opened
doors to her being molested.
In order for Fields' plan to
become a success she will
need the help of others. She is
looking for people to sponsor
a pack. By doing so, it would
help Fields accomplish her
goal. One can sponsor as
many as they'd like.
Any donation is appreciated
and those who give $20 or
more will receive one of Fields'
books. She knows firsthand
how it feels to be a single par-
ent and identifies with the
struggles they go through.
After reaching her goal this
summer with the homeless
shelters, Fields' focus will
once again be on helping kids
stay groomed.
To get more information
about S.P.I.N, call Fields at

Former NFL star rises above blindness

Reverend Raymond Eugene
Butler, former football lumi-
nary for the Seattle Seahawks,
was diagnosed in 1994 with
glaucoma. Due to this condi-
tion in which the eye's intraoc-
ular pressure (IOP) is too high,
the former NFL superstar expe-
rienced optic nerve damage
and severe vision loss.
He learned of Miami
Lighthouse for the Blind and
Visually Impaired through the
Florida Division of Blind
Services and began attending
the Lighthouse as a client in
Reverend Butler, now
Associate Pastor at First
Baptist Church of Brownsville
Florida, admitted that initially
he was hesitant to accept help
from the Lighthouse. "It gave
me back hope, direction and
purpose," said Reverend
Butler. He was especially
inspired by Virginia Jacko,

President and CEO of the
Lighthouse, who is also blind.
Butler is working to give back
to the organization that gave
him so much. Most recently he
was the Lighthouse client rep-
resentative at the ninth annual
Donor Next Door Luncheon on
May 5. The luncheon honors
community philanthropists
and the recipients of their gen-
In October he spoke at the
Lighthouse celebration of
White Cane Day. He has also
given several speeches at
luncheons for both clients and
staff. His advice to the visually
impaired is simple: "If you lose
sight, get insight. Don't become
a hermit. Reach out to avail-
able organizations like the
Reverend Butler said he still
comes to the Lighthouse as a
client every week. The
Reverend stressed the effec-

Dr. Reverend Raymond Butler and
wife Maxine Butler (Minister at First
Baptist Church of Brownsville).

tiveness of the computer train-
ing programs offered at the
Lighthouse. "I was computer
illiterate," he admitted, "now
I'm a wizard."

He's looking forward to
doing more work in the future
to encourage more people to
take advantage of the free serv-
ices offered by the Lighthouse.
Reverend Butler said he is
happy to be able to "give back
to the communities from which
I came and to the Lighthouse."
Founded in 1931 by Hellen
Keller and Dolly Gamble and
currently celebrating its 75th
anniversary, Miami Lighthouse
for the Blind and Visually
Impaired was one of the first
charitable organizations in
Miami and Florida's oldest pri-
vate social services agency for
the blind. In addition to a
broad range of adult programs
designed to help blind and
visually impaired persons to
regain independent living
skills, the Lighthouse provides
youth programs for teens and
services for vision-impaired
babies and children.

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Tom Joyner

the 'Friend

Foundation received

of Education Award'

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NEA awards Tom Joyner

WASHINGTON Radio listeners across the country know
Tom Joyner for his ability to generate belly aching laughter on
his daily morning show. Education, however, is no laughing
matter to this radio personality. For his constant commitment
and dedication to quality public schools, the National
Education Association is awarding the Tom Joyner
Foundation its 2006 Friend of Education Award.
The Friend of Education Award is
NEA's highest honor and recognizes a
person or organization whose leader-
ship, acts or support have significantly
contributed to the improvement of
American public education.
The award is presented each year dur-
ing NEA's annual Meeting and
Representative Assembly. This year, it
was held in Orlando, Fla. from June 30
through July 5. More than 9,000 dele-
gates debated and voted on critical
issues facing public education.
"Tom Joyner is dedicated to giving
back to the community and improving WEAVER
the lives of students," said Reg Weaver,
NEA president. "He strikes a balance of entertaining and edu-
cating on his morning show, but that desire to inform res-
onates beyond the airwaves. He does this
Please turn to JOYNER 12B

Black family reunions

By Renee M. Harris
Summertime usually means rainy days, kids out of
school, summer camps and Black family reunions. The
annual tradition draws family members from across the
nation to one central location for a few days of family fun,
celebration and reconnection.
Blacks are not the only people who hold family reunions;
however, the way Black people hold reunions is unique.
The event usually begins on a Friday and wraps up on
Sunday. While reunions differ slightly, Friday is typically
the family social hour or 'meet and greet' that affords fam-
ily members the chance to connect with family members
they have never met and to reconnect with those who they
may not have seen since the last reunion.
Saturday is often set aside either for the family picnic or
for family members to set out and about to see the host
city and attractions that may be available. Although the
purpose of the reunion is to spend time with extended fam-
ily, the acknowledgment that a little breathing room is nec-
essary is incorporated into the schedule.
The Hollinger family gathered in Miami Gardens for its
Please turn to REUNIONS 13B

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Blacks Must Control Their Own Destiny

12B The Miami Times, July 12-18, 2006 .._.

Reverend Douglas Cook, Sr. Deacon Sidney Parrish

Jordan Grove prepares for 50th anniversary


What a blessing to celebrate
50 years of existence, thanks
to our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. Honor to Deacon
Sidney Parrish, the sole sur-
viving male out of the
founders. We invite one and all
to be a patron in our souvenir

book. From now until July 18,
you may secure a form from us
to fill out and submit.
Plan to join us when we cele-
brate on Sunday, August 13,
dressed in gold and black.
Reverend Douglas Cook, Sr. is
the pastor.

St. John C.D.C. holds annual meeting

The St. John Community
Development Corporation will
hold it's annual Membership
Meeting and Election on
Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. in
the St. John Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall, 1328 N.W. 3rd
Nominations will be accepted
for three (3) community seats
on the Board of Directors.
Persons elected to fill the three
(3) seats will serve three (3)
year terms. A candidate for

nomination must be a member
of the Corporation, at least 18
years of age and a resident of
the CDC's target area.
Membership applications are
available at the office of the St.
John CDC, 1324 N.W. 3rd
Avenue until July 14 at 4:30
The St. John CDC was estab-
lished in 1985 to develop
housing and other economic
revitalization activities in the
Overtown community.

Denture cleaning made easy

continued from 9B

shred or rip. They clean away
the adhesive from my den-
tures and gums easily and
quickly without any mess and

then I just throw them away."
A package of D.O.C.
Dental Wipes contains 40
sheets and can be purchased
at drug stores. Now that's
truly something to smile

NEA awards Tom Joyner Foundation its highest honor

continued from 11B

not because he has to, but
because he cares. Students and
educators across the country
are the beneficiaries of his kind-
The Tom Joyner Foundation
was established in 1998 for the
purpose of helping students

continue their education at
Historically Black Colleges and
Universities across the nation.
The foundation has raised more
than $35 million to date for this
single cause.
In January 2005, NEA and
the Tom Joyner Foundation
began a partnership to help
minority teachers become fully
certified. Funded by the founda-

JMH's 88th anniversary

continued from 9B

1991 Voters approve a
half-cent sales tax to support
1992 JMH opens Ryder
Trauma Center, the largest
and most comprehensive trau-
ma center in the world.
2000 PHT establishes cor-
porate name Jackson Health
System (JHS).
2001 JHS acquires

Deering Hospital, which is
renamed Jackson South
Community Hospital. U.S.
Army elects Ryder Trauma
Center to train its medics.
2002 First heterotopic
heart transplant in Florida is
performed at JMH. Patient
among 100 people in the entire
world living with two hearts.
2006 First patient in
Florida kept alive at JMH with-

out a heart
donor heart.

while awaiting a

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tion, the program pays for
examination fees and offers spe-
cialized workshops, course-
work, materials and individual
"We started this foundation
for the sole purpose of helping
students to stay in school," said
Joyner, whose nationally syndi-
cated four-hour, drive-time
radio show is the nation's lead-
ing morning entertainment
show. "We've never lost sight of
that goal, as well as the need to
make sure that teachers have

the skills they need to prepare
our students to help them pur-
sue their dreams."
Previous Friend of Education
Award recipients include former
Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson,
Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton;
Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall; former
NAACP Executive Secretary Roy
Wilkins; U.S. Education
Secretary Richard Riley;
Senators Edward Kennedy and
Hillary Rodham Clinton; and
the late Christa McAuliffe.

God's Way Assembly's first anniversary
Reverend Karl A. Jackson, The celebration will take place
Sr., pastor of God's Way at 2170 Opa-locka Boulevard.
Assembly Faith Cathedral Inc., Special guest speakers will be
celebrates it's first church Bishop Purcell Jackson, Jr., of
anniversary on July 13,14 and Kingston, Jamaica and
16. Reverend Norman C. Jackson
Revival services will be held of Portland, Jamaica.
Thursday and Friday, July 13 Refreshments will be served
and 14 at 7:30 p.m. nightly, after service.
On Sunday, July 16 at 11 For more information, please
a.m., the anniversary celebra- give us a call at 305-685-6855
tion service will be held. or 786-287-1895.

The First Charter School in Liberty City!
The Church of the Open Door's Family Life Center
6001 N.W. 8th Avenue
is now accepting applications for grades K-5
Applications are going fast!
We are looking for teachers who want to work in an innovative and
creative environment. Recent college graduates are welcomed.
Call 786-859-9322
for more information or e-mail us @

93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93"' Street
Order of Services
7:30( a.m. Early Moming Worship
S1 a.m...Morning Worship
Evening Worship
Ist & 3rd Suday .......6 p.m.
Tuesday Bible Study ...7 p.m.

Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
www.lricnd shitlnr>m itliilr rg
fricndslipprayer@beellstm ll.ncl
740 N.W. 58th Street
Miami, FL
Order or services
SHour of Prayer.........6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Worship...7:30 a.m.
S Sunday Schlol.......... 9:30 a.m.
Monming Wors lip......... 1 a.m.
SYoutlh Ministry Sltdy.....Wed.7....7 p.m.
Prayer/Bible Stdy....Wed.......7 p.m.
Nmummday Alhar lPmyr...(M-F)
Feeding tle I lungry every
Wednesday.......I1 aI am p.m.

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

C L Order of Services:
Sundays- Church Schol............... o am
Worship Service.............. I :15 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class ............. 7 p.m.
4th Sunday Evening Worship........6 p.mi.

/Peaceful Zion Missionary,
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 68", Street, Miami, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2,3,4,5"' Sunday) ......8:00 am
Sunday School .......... 9:45 ain
Morning Service ..... I1:00 ainm
Communion Service
I(hunr. blria m I" Sunday)7:30 pm
Prayer Meeting/B:ible Study
(Wcdncsday) 7:30 pm

/Apostolic Revival Center\
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue
Order of Services
New time for T.V. Program
sa.ri ,rr-3r ire. Siredry 5i
Wed.- Inteivessary Pmryer 9 a.m.- 12 pm.
S Momning Service ..............I I a.m.
Sun.- Eve. WMh.ip ............7:30( pi..
ies. Pnyer Meeting....... 7:30 p..
RFi.- Bible Study .................7:30I pn. .

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12'" Ave.
Order of Services:
Early Worship ..............7 a.m.
Sunday School.............9 a.m.
NBC ............................10:05 a.m.
Worship .......................II a.m.
Tuesday ..............6:30
M ouinh rehearsalsa
Monday ..................6:30 p.m.

New Harvest Missionary
Baptist Church
12145 N.W. 27th Avenue

Order of Services:
4 ly Mo. ni orshipi...Im & 3.'d S
Morlnillng W shll.............. w r:3i ilmlll
TIu. lightt M ilis y .............. 6 p..
Pray erSevie...................7:31 1 p.n,.
ible Study ..... ...................... 8 p n
Chl ih Schoo ................. i

Bethel Apostolic Temple, Inc.
1855 N.W. 119th Street
Fax: 305-681-8719
Order of Services:
Sun...9:30 a.m....(Sunday School)
Walk in the Word Ministry
Worship Service.............. I I an.
iTuesday....7 p.m....Family Night
Wed.. II a.m..Intercessory Prayer
Wed. Bible Class........12 p.m.
Wed. Bible Class..............7 p.m.

Liberty City Church
-of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning ...........8 a.m.
Sunday School.............10 a.m.
Sunday Evening .............6 p.m.
Mon. Excellence ........7:30
Tue. Bible Class .........7:30 p.m
Thurs. Fellowship .. 10 a.m.1
Ist Sun. Song Practice ..6 p.m.

SNew Hope Missionary
Baptist Church
1881 N.W. 103 St.
Order of Services:
S unday Miornie WorrI ip
i30 m. & 10:i45 ajin.
C u rrh tt Shlloovi eitailonr9... in
M h d;rd ridy Iy 1 it pnw II.

Tue irayer/tii heu Stu). ts

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....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
TV Program Sunday, 8 a.m.- 8:30 an. n
Comcast Digital Cable: 8, 19, 22, 23, 30 and 37
Web page: www.p)
1n1i t is SiveyI Ministe

S Brownsville
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services
Loid Day Sundaly Sehmul .......9:45zm
Sunday Mming Worhip .I....II a.m.
Sunday Men's Bible Study ....5 p.m.
Sunday Ladies Bible Study ...5 p.m.
Sunday Evening Wonship ......6 p.m.
'Iesday Night Bible Study ....7:30pm i
'I nstla tiy Moninlg Bible Clts 11
STrainsportatiim available Cull:
S i 305.-3414501 3|5.(691.6951

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

Order of Services:
Sunday Morning Services
Sunday School............. 1la.m.
Worship ServiceS............I I a.m.
STuesday Bible Study.......8 p.m.
Thursday Prayer Service.......8 p.m

Christian Hill AME Church
Innercity Golf & Learning Center
9101 N.W. 29th Ave.
Order of Services:
Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Prayer Service
Sunday School.......................:30 a.m.
Morning Worship Service ........11 a.m.
Free Golf Every 2" & 4* Sunday ............4 p.m.
Don Shula's Golf Course

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 Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
6700 N.W. 14th Avenue
Order of Services:
Sundayr5 Worn rrb.ipt. rij IH l ln
Sulda:ly Six ll .......... 9:45 ai.l
Monday Saycr Wtai u .....7: 30 pj,.
M n ayB il r Study. .. ............... i
S;a udlay Holl-r Mision.................. i ll
Satlulay ixxl Gie aS Way.................... pn.

St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3' Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Early Sunday
Morning Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship ...I I a.m.
Natureafinr Baptist Clhurcihes
(B B.T.U.) 5 p.m.
Evening Worship ........7 p.m.
S Mecing ........(Tues.) 7 p.m.

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


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

Early Morning Worship 7:30 a.m.
Sun. Church School 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship ..... I a.m.
STuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
Iucs. befol the Ist Sun....7 p.m.
Mid-week Worship

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3"' Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060*Fax 305-255-854
Order of Services:
Sunday School ........... 9:45 a.m.
Sun. Morning Servs......l I ;..
4" Su BTUn....BTU1:30-2:30i p.m.
Tuesday.... ..ible Study
Feeding Minislrv......l.) ..
Wed. Bible Study/l;raye..6:31) p.i
Thurs. Outreach Ministiy..) 6.30 p.

S Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sunday School .............9:30 a.m.
Morning Praise/Worship .. I a.m.
Youth Choir Satunay ......II ain.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
Tuesday 7 p.m.
i 'n splt't ionl Aait!bhetfinr Sslamy
Mornialg Wov hip. Call 305-621-4513.

Ebenezer United
Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street

1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
305-759-8226 Fax: 305-759-0528
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning Services
7:45 a.m.- 11:15 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study Tuesday
10 a.m. & 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting Tues. 6 p.m.

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

Order of Services:
Mon. thru Fri. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thurs.....7 p.m.
Sunday Worship...7-11 a.m.
Sunday School.......9:30 a.m.

New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10' Avenue
Order of Services:
liarly Sunday Worship...7:30 a m.
Sunday Sch ol ............... 9:30 anm.
Suixlay MCming Worship .....11 aIn.
Sunixy Evening Service ..6 pin.

Wednesday Bible Study ...7:3) pn.
"Nol Jaust Church Bit :a MovcmIIIH"

The Soul Saving Station O0
Christ's Crusaders of Florida
1880 Washington Ave.
305-688-4543 Fax: 305-681-6004
Order of Services:
Sunday School ........... 9 a.m.
a Sunday Worship..l I a.m. & 7 p.m
Tuesday Worship.......7:45 p.m.
Noon Day Prayer.......Mon.-Fri.

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Black family reunions

continued from 11B

2006 reunion. More than 85
family members from around
the country participated in the
annual event that has taken
place on the first Saturday in
July for the past 39 years. The
family's patriarch, Evans
Hollinger, lives in Hollywood,
Florida. He has been involved
directly or indirectly in all the
family's reunions.
Hollinger said it is important
for the younger folk in families
to begin taking over the host-
ing duties. Although the site of
the gathering changes each
year, the family returns to
Blakely, Georgia every three
years to maintain the connec-
tion to the family's ancestral
Ray Hollinger, Evans' son,
served as emcee at the family's
traditional Saturday night ban-
quet. Ray reflected on times
when, as a boy, outings with
cousins and other family mem-
bers were full of innocence and
Yours truly served as host of
this year's reunion. My absence
from several reunions over the
past several years, coupled with
a healed relationship with my
late father, prompted me to re-
immerse myself into the family
tradition by hosting. Whether
reconnecting with my daddy's
cousin Marcel from
Philadelphia or marveling at the
weight my cousin Marilyn has
lost, the weekend was full of
opportunity after opportunity to

revel in the love of my family.
My older brother Dwayne had
the privilege of traveling with our
Aunt Ruth from their home state
of New Jersey. Several other
family members who'd planned
to make the trip could no longer
do so affording my brother
the blessed chance to spend
one-on-one time with a cher-
ished older member of our fam-
Spending time with older
family members is a huge part
of family reunions. One of my
favorite memories of this year's
event involved listening to
Cousin Marcel talk about grow-
ing up with my daddy.
Official statistics are difficult to
obtain, however, a reasonable
estimate would be that several
thousand family reunions occur
each year most in the sum-
As the hosts begin to plan the
event, there are several web sites
available to provide valuable
information to help the process,
Whether your reunion will take
place in Baltimore or not, the city
offers an excellent family
reunion planning kit at its web
s i t e
urs / gt_plan_reunion.html.
However you plan it, a family
reunion is about keeping family
traditions alive, maintaining old
and creating new connections.
As Black families are often
depicted in less than favorable
media images, it is imperative to
continue this valuable annual

Cooper Temple hosts conference

Cooper Temple COGIC Upper
Room Ministries, Elder Marc
Cooper, Pastor, 3800 N.W. 199
Street, invites you to be a part
of the Upper Room Conference
with Prophet Todd Hall of
Orlando, Sunday, July 23-
Friday, July 28, Sunday at 11
a.m. and 6:45 p.m. and
Monday-Friday, 7:45 p.m.
Special musical guest, Kim
Burrell will appear Friday,
July 28 at 10:45 p.m.
Workshops begin at 6:45
p.m. Days, topics and presen-

ters are as follows:
Monday "Is God a part of
your ministry?," Pastor Marc
Cooper of Miami; Tuesday -
"Evangelism," S. Benjamin
Brown of Cocoa Beach;
Wednesday "Servant
Leadership," Pastor Lee Lyons
of Bainbridge, GA and
Thursday "True Disciples in
the Kingdom," Minister Leo
Stoney of Tallahassee.
You don't want to miss this!!
For details, call 305-620-

Seymour Family Pinic at Central Park, Saturday

Come one, come all to Central
Park at 9151 N.W. 2"d Street,
Plantation, FL, 954-452-2525.
Saturday, July 22, from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Diane


Hennie at 954-985-9703 or
Joan Anderson at 954-581-
4014 for more information.
Lots of fun, food and fami-

Churc Note, -

continued from 10B

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville invites
you to its Annual Vacation
Bible School, July 10-14, from
6-9 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call 305-635-8329.
To Know Is To Understand
Ministries, Inc., Felecia M.
Wright, shepherd, is having
their fourth annual "Leopard"
Back to School Bash on
August 5 from 12-2 p.m. For
more information, call 305-


continued from 10B

Miami Northwestern
Senior High School will be a
mandatory uniform school in
All medicare recipients
should now be aware that they
may be eligible to receive a
power wheelchair, paid by
Medicare, if they suffer from
conditions such as arthritis
Gwen S. Cherry Black
Women Lawyers Association
invites the community to be a
part of it's Judicial Candidates
Breakfast Forum on August 19
at 9 a.m. at Overtown's Lyric
Center. For more information,
call 305-376-4154.
Florida Memorial
University Entrepreneurial
Institute is offering several
free services and seminars on
owning your own business.
For more information, call

751-0873 or 305-318-5019.
New Life Revival
International will host a
revival on July 7. For more
information, please call 772-
New Hope Missionary
Baptist Church of
Hollywood, Fl. invites you to
their H.O.P.E. Human
Resource Development's sev-
enth Anniversary Celebration
July 19-22. The Vision
Extreme Youth Ministries will
also host their Xtreme Fest

Antlers Temple # 39
I.B.P.O.E of W 95th will have
an Anniversary Celebration
honoring Senator Frederica
Wilson and Daughters of
Antlers Temple on July 15 at 6
p.m. For more information,
call 305-757-0367.
The Neighborhood
Partnership Program-ECHOS
at the Belafonte Tacolcy
Center provides reliable servic-
es and confidential support to
Liberty City families in need.
Call 305-751-1295 between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m. to set your
appointment today.

Class Meetings
The 35th Class' Reunion
Finale of the Miami Carol
City High School Class of
1971 will be held on Friday,
July 28 from 6 10 p.m. at
Miami Carol City High School.
To RSVP and for additional
information, contact Michael
Stokes at 305-625-9369 or
Emma Pringle at 305-620-

The 1986 Class of Miami

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


07/13/34 09/28/02

Another birthday has come; we
continue to remember and cele-
brate you.
You are forever loved and
missed, but your family is
steadily growing.
Love Laura and Family

Death Notice

STURRUP, 71, of Miami, died
July 7.
She is survived by: sons, John
and Paul; daughters, Paulette,
Delia and Casandra. Visitation
will be Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. at
Panciera Van Orsdel Funeral
Home, 100 South Douglas Road,
Pembroke Pines. Service will be
Thursday, 12 p.m. at the
Historic Mount Zion Missionary
Baptist Church, 301 SW 9th
Street, Miami. Entombment to
follow at Dade Memorial Park

July 27-30. For more informa-
tion, please call 954-902-
High to Life Ministry
(C.O.G.I.C.), Elder Derrick A.
Taylor, will hold worship serv-
ice at El Palacio Hotel every
Sunday night at 8 p.m. For
more information, please call

Send your church
announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-
5770, email to miamitedito-
rial@bellsouth or mail to
900 NW 54th Street, Miami,
33127-1818. For further
information, call 305-694-

Northwestern is having their
20th Class Reunion July 13-
16. For more information, call
305-836-0991 ext. 2281.

Miami Edison's Class of
1996 will be having a reunion
meeting on July 16. For more
information, call 305-206-
3412 or email mesh96classre-
Coral Gables Senior High
School's 1986 Class Reunion
will be August 5 at The
Sonesta Hotel and Suites in
Coconut Grove. For more
information, visit
North Miami Beach Senior
High's 20th Year Class
Reunion will be held on
August 19, 7 11:30 p.m. at
The Trump International
Sonesta Beach Resort. Visit
for more information.

Send your community
announcements by 2 p.m.
Monday. Fax to 305-757-
5770, email to miamitedito- or mail
to 900 NW 54th Street,
Miami, 33127-1818. For fur-
ther information, call 305-

In Memoriam

In loving memory,

In Memoriam

In loving memory,


07/17/63 03/23/06

Happy birthday mom and
grandma. We think of you
always, but especially today.
You will never be forgotten al-
though you are gone away. Your
memory is a keepsake with
which we never part.
God has you in his keeping; we
have you in our hearts.
We will be hosting a birthday
celebration on Sunday, July 16
at 9820 N.W 25 Avenue.
The Ivery Family

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

aka 'SPORT'

05/19/22 07/12/05

Although you are gone from
our lives, we miss and love you
in our hearts.
The Family

Public Notice
As a public service to our commu-
nity, The Miami Times prints week-
ly obituary notices submitted by
area funeral homes at no charge.
These notices include name of the
deceased, age, place of death,
employment, and date, location,
and time of services. Additional
information and photo may be
included for a nominal charge. The
deadline is Monday at 3:30 p.m.

07/15/24 04/23/99

Gone from our lives, but not
from our hearts.
You will always be remem-
bered, with love.
The Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


7/13/81 1/30/02

We miss and love you. Our
thoughts are with you each and
every day. Happy Birthday,
Love your family.

Death Notice

ESSIE GIBSON, 88, home-
maker, died July 2. Service will
be held Saturday, July 15 at 1
p.m. at Jesus Christ True
Church 5007 N.W. 20 Avenue.
Services entrusted to Grace
Funeral Home. Public viewing
Friday, July 14, 5 9 p.m.

Death Notice


HORACE R. REID, 82, died
July 5 at Parkway Hospital.
Services will be held Saturday,
10 a.m., at Apostolic Revival
Center, 6702 N.W. 15 Avenue,
Pastor G. S. Smith.
Arrangements held by Mitchell
Funeral Home 305-638-0088.


The Annual Membership Meeting
of the St. John CDC
will take place on
SUNDAY, JULY.16, 2006



1328 N.W.


2 P.M.
Only members of the St. John CDC may vote or be elected as Directors of the
Corporation.. Three (3) community seats are currently available. Anyone desirous of
serving on the Board of Directors, voting or nominating someone for a seat must
be a member of the Corporation.

Membership applications are available
at the St. John CDC office:
1324 NW Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33126
Office Hours 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Monday Friday
Deadline for applying: July 14, 2006 at 4:30 p.m.
For further information, please call 305-372-0682

Card of Thanks

On behalf of the late,


we extend our thanks to
Hall Ferguson and Hewitt
staff for everything they
helped us through and the
support behind our tears.
We're greatful to the pas-
tor; Reverend Gaston
Smith, his Deacons, prayer
worriors and the entire
church members of
Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church. The mem-
bers of The Spiritual
Guidance Temple of Truth,
Reverend Charles E. and
Sister Rachel Coleman,
Reverend Cooper and the
members of Christian
Fellowship Missionary
Baptist. Church, Reverend
Tracy McCloud of Peace
Missionary Baptist
Church, The Local Laborer
Union, The Longshoreman
Union, The Aviation
Department, Department
of Corrections, The United
Postal Services, Mr. Jorge
Arceus, Soraya and staff,
Costco's, Nat's and Lil Bo
Peep catering services and
the entire 59th Terrace
neighbors (old and new).
Family and friends who.
travled near and from afar.
We also extend a thank you
to the Miami Jewish Home
for the Aged and to the
staff at Mount Sinai
May God continue to
Bless you all.
The Family

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The Miami Times, July 12-18, 2006 13B

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died July 6 at
the Jewish
Nursing Home.
S e r v i c e
Wednesday, 11
a.m. at New
Baptist Church.


MAXIE PIERCE, 70, died July 6
at North Shore Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete.

JERRY MIMIS, died. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at Mt.
C a I v a r y
Baptist Church.

'SHORTY,' died.
S e r v i c e
Saturday, 12
p.m. at Jordan
G r o v e
Baptist Church.



aka 'MS. PEE-
WEE,' 56, Dade
County School
Board employ-
ee, died July 6
at home.
include: children
R o b b i e N 57
Byron Rolle,
Yolanda Fields and Angel Latson-
Donaldson; and siblings, Ruby
Livingston, Corine Hill, Charlie and
Jacob Irving and Robert Flynn.
Visitation Friday, July 14, 9 a.m.-6
p.m. at Wright Funeral Home and 7
p.m. 11 a.m. at 1468 NW 57
Street. Service Saturday, July 15,
10 a.m. at Jordan Grove
Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment at Southern Memorial

43, waitress,
died July 9 at
Medical Center.
include: daugh-
ter, Waletta
Hicks; sister
Pat r i c i a
Burrows; and
Cousin Edwina
Killings. Service Saturday July 15,
11 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home

died June 29.
include: daugh-
ter, Katherine
Small; grand-
Edward Small II,
Lavonne Small
and Kimberly
Marks. Services
were held Saturday, July 8 at
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Deland,

29, installer
technician at
F u r n i t u r eS.
Systems Plus,
died July 1 at
Ho s p i t al. I
include: father,
McLean; moth-
er, Joan McLean; son, Rohan
McLean, Jr.; fiancee, Debbie
DeGrasse; brothers, Sean and
Hureleyon McLean, Greg
Thompson and Alan Coke. Service
Saturday, July 15, 12 p.m. at Peace
Missionary Baptist Church. Time
will be announced. Interment at
Forest Lawn Cemetery.

died July 5 at
North Shore
Medical Center.
include: daugh-
ter, Alice Mae
Service Friday,
July 14, 1 p.m.
at Friendship
Baptist Church. Interment at
Southern Memorial Park.

RICKY A. LEWIS, 41, self
employed labor-
er, died July 9 at

Hospital .
include: par-
ents, Irene Scott
and Melvin
Lewis; step-
father, Ervin
Scott; daughter,
Rickaiya Lewis; siblings, Kenneth,
Alfred, Anthony and Yvonne Lewis;
devoted friend, Charollett Williams.
Service Saturday, July 15 at Mt.
Olive Fire Baptized Church. Time
will be announced. Interment at
Southern Memorial Park.

MARTHA HOLMES, 74, teacher,
died at Parkway
Medical Center.

Saturday at
Baptist Church.

LENA E. MONLYN, 68, environ-
mental service worker, died July 8 at
Broward General Hospital. Remains
will be shipped to Samuels Funeral
Home in Manning, South Carolina
for final rites and burial.

Saturday, 1:30
p.m. at Mt.
Cal var y
Baptist Church.

died. Service
Saturday, 3 p.m.
at Christian
Baptist Church.


72, died July 9.
Visitation Friday,
4-9 p.m. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at First
Baptist Church
of Bunche Park.

ALEIN DALEY, 63, died July 7.
Visitation Friday,
4-9 p.m. Service
Saturday, 10
a.m. at Union
G r o v e
Baptist Church.

July 9. Arrangements are incom-

July 4. Arrangements are incom-

MAJESKA HOWE, 90, died July
8. Remains will be shipped to
Clarendon, Jamaica for final rites
and burial.

July 1. Services
were held.

July 4. Visitation
Friday, 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, 11
a.m. at
Cooper' s
Temple Church
of God In Christ.

GENEVA CATO, 59,,died July 4.
Visitation Friday, 4-9 p.m. Service
Saturday, 12 p.m. at Starlight Holy
Temple Church.

died July 7. Visitation Friday, 4-9
p.m. in the chapel. Service
Saturday, 11 a.m. at Norland
United Methodist Church.


JR., 37, long-
shoreman, died
July 7. Survivors
include: three
dau g h ters,
Yasmin, Tori and
Ragin; mother,
Dorothy Ragir;
father, Moses T.
Ragin, Sr.
(Marilyn); brother, Andre Ragin
(Roeyon); two sisters, Nekesia Ragin
and Darlene Ragin; grandmother,
Ruby Lee Hoggins; and a host of
nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and
othe relatives. Service Saturday, 11
a.m. at St. Luke Baptist Church.

C.W. MORRIS, 71, roofer, died
July 8. Survivors
include: daugh-
ter, Chasity
Morris; two sis-
ters, Ola Mae
(Leroy) and
Garrison (Otis);
five brothers,
Walter Morris, Jr.
(Lorraine), Joseph Morris (Louise),
Robert Morris, Gilbert Morris (Lillian)
and Eugene Morris; two grandchil-
dren, nieces, nephews, cousins and
other relatives. Service Saturday, 10
a.m. at St. Matthews Freewill Baptist

homemaker, died July 10.
Arrangements are incomplete.

E.A. Stevens
N.W. 11th Avenue, Dania Beach,
died July 8 at Memorial Hospital
Pembroke. Service Saturday, 10
a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church,
Dania Beach.


DAISY SANDS, 84, homemaker,
died June 29 in
Albany, GA.
Services were

Transit worker,
died July 9 at
home. Service
Saturday, 12
p.m. in the

CHARLES JUSTE, 73, laborer,
died July 3 at Cedars Medical
Center. Service Saturday, 10 a.m. in
the chapel.

JOHN BURCH, 48, construction-
laborer, died. Arrangements are

Services were held.


Gregg L. Mason
WEBSTER R. PRATT, 53, trac-
tion power tech-
nician for Miami-
Dade Transit,
died June 29.
include: wife,
Diane; parents,
Reginald and
Esther Pratt;
sons, Roderick,
Webster, Jr.
Trayvon and Layvon; daughter,
Nekesha; brothers, Alonzo and
Bernard Pratt, Vaughn and Dwayne
Minnis. Service Saturday, 2 p.m. at
Bethel Apostolic Temple.

MARY LEE MACK, 82, teachers
aide, died July
3. Survivors
include: son,
Darrell (Natalie);
sisters, Freddie
Hill, Cleo Coney
and Eunice
Turner; two
Dominique and
Dono van .
Viewing Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.
Service Thursday, 11 a.m. at Mt.
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.

licensed practical nurse at Villa
Maria Nursing Home, died July 6.
Viewing Friday, 6-9 p.m. at the
church. Service Saturday, 10 a.m. at
Church of God.

ESSIE GIBSON, 88, homemaker,
died July 2. Service Saturday, 1 p.m.
at Jesus Christ True Church.

SYLVIA RIGGINS, 71, retired
school teacher,
died July 4.
include: father,
Henry Wilson,
Sr.; two daugh-
ters, Patricia R.
Jones (Terry)
and Janet R.
P r i m u s
(Clenton); son,
Edward Anthony; four sisters, Doris
Shepherd (Tolbert), Jeanette Baker
(Elliot), Lillian Stapleton (George)
and Nancy Webster (Keith); four
brothers, Glen (Mary), Charles and
Richard Wilson, Joe (Fannie) and
Curtis (Christine) Riggins; and a host
of nieces, nephews, cousins and
other relatives. Services were held.

CARLTON BETHEL, 64, porter,
died July 4.
Surviv ors
include: mother,
Juanita; aunts,
Yvonne Major
and Georgie
Mae Madison;
four sisters,
Jewel James,
Melody and
Georgie Bethel
and Frances Tyler; brother, Russell
Bethel; son, Keith; daughter, Jewel
Bethel; and a host of nieces,
nephews and other relatives. Service
Friday, 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Coconut Grove
63, homemaker
of South Miami,
died July 4 at
South Miami
Hospital .
Services were


THEODORE LANE, 75, church
bus driver, died
July 5 at North
Shore Medical
C e n t e r
include: wife,
Lane; three
Patricia Vega,
Brenda Lane
Carter and Carol Poole; sour sis-
ters, Mattie Washington, Martha
Robinson, Doris Pierce and Connie
Mae Brown; three brothers,
Nathaniel, Tony and G.C. Lane; 11
grandchildren and three great
grandchildren.Service Saturday, 10
a.m. at St. James A.M.E. Church.

S e r v ic e

in the chapel.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


7/12/52 9/01/02 Oct., 1957 Feb., 2006

We know that you are resting
in peace. Happy Birthday, your
friend, John Smith and your
children, Timothy, Anthony and

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died Thursday, July 6. Services
will be held in Louisville, AL on
Thursday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at
Life Tabernacle Church.
Arrangements by Central
Funeral Services, 70 Highway
130, Louisville, AL 36048.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


'died. Services were held.

Lithgow Bennett *
died July 4.
include: sons,
Rodney, Alex D.
and Alex A;
dau g h ters ,
Dorothy, Nicole,
Sylvia and
Angela. Viewing
Friday, 6-9 p.m.
in the chapel. Service Saturday, 11
a.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church,
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue.

Eric S. George
JOHN T. DAVIS, 81, died July 7 at
Hospital .

Saturday, 2 p.m.
in the chapel.

BERNICE SMITH, 70, Hollywood,
died July 6 at Memorial Hospital
Pembroke. Service Saturday, 11
a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church,
Hallandale Beach.

TSUMARI V. RIGAUD, 8 months,
died July 4 at Miami Childrens
Hospital. Service were held.

Martha B. Solomon
PENNY BROWN, 54, social work-
er, died July 6. Service Saturday, 11
a.m. at Rock of Ages Missionary
Baptist Church.

aka 'JIM BOB'

expresses sincere thanks for
each act of kindness during our
time of bereavement.
Your words, prayers, cards,
telegrams and flowers have been
our source of comfort.
We are also grateful to all those
who made contributions to his
daughters' college fund.
May you continually walk in
God's grace and be eternally fa-
vored with His blessings.
The Young and Harrell fami-

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teacher, died at Parkway Region-
al Center July 7. She is survived
by her children; Paulette
Thompson, Rose Lassitier,
Beverly Stafford, and Paul
Holmes, Jr. Servvices will be
held Saturday, July 15, at
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church at 11 a.m.

Your smiling face and pleasant
personality will be greatly
missed. You leave a host of rela-
tives and friends, especially one
who will never forget you in his
heart and soul, Love Ed.

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JR., United States Navy, born
May 1, 1974 in North Miami
Beach to Earl and Gwendolyn
Marks, died unexpectedly in
Hawaii after a brief illness, on
July 2, 2006. He grew up in
North Miami, attending North
Miami Senior High School,
where he excelled in academics,
sports and music. Football was
his game. He was a "Pioneer
Swamp Dawg."
Earl attended Tuskegee
University in Alabama, where he
received a Bachelor's in
Business. He then entered the
United States Navy, completing
officers training school in
Pensacola, Florida in 1996. He
climbed the ranks in the Navy in
record speed. While in the Navy,
Earl earned his Masters degree
from the Naval Post-Graduate
School in Monterey, California
and at the time of his death, he
had attained the rank of
Lieutenant Commander. He
served on the USS John F.
Kennedy, USS Abraham Lincoln
and on the USS Belhomme
Earl was an accomplished vio-
linist. He started in the second
grade and by the time he was in
junior high, he was first chair, a
position he never relinquished
through high school and private
He wrote beautiful poetry and
was proud of his ability to reach
others in any situation. He
called it his "God-given gift".
Championing the cause of the
less fortunate was high on his
list of "very important things to
always uphold, knowing that
you are only as strong as your
weakest link." He loved to dance
and made every occasion a cele-
Family and friends were always
important. He left behind his
wife and soul mate Nina; sons,
Earl III and Patrick; daughter,
Jade; parents. Earl Marks, Sr.
and Gwendolyn; sisters, Nicole,
Natasha and Eloise; grand par-
ents, Herman and Veneta
Williams; aunts, uncles, cousins
and a host of friends and co-
workers to mourn his passing.
The viewing will be on
Saturday July 15 from 4-10
p.m. at Lithgow-Bennett-
Philbrick Funeral Home, 15011
West Dixie Highway in North
Miami and services will be held
on Sunday July 16 at 10 a.m. at
Maranatha Seventh-Day
Adventist Church located at
18900 N.W. 32 Avenue in
In lieu of flowers, contributions
can be made to the Earl A.
Marks, Jr. Scholarship Fund,
North Miami Senior High
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By Isheka Harrison medium. With the completion of his lat-
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adding director and screenwriter to his
Radio. Television. Magazines. impressive list and bringing his creative
Charities. What do all of these things genius to film.
have in common? Dubbed by Parr as "The Drama of
Answer: Russ Parr. Comedy," The Last Stand is a film that
As if Parr hasn't accomplished follows the lives of "four young people
enough, the award-winning, syndicated from different walks of life struggling to
radio and TV host has conquered a new become successful comedian-actors in

Loosely-based on his own life and
experiences as a stand-up comic in Los
Angeles, Parr's directorial debut delves
into the dark side of the comedy world.
It reveals the great lengths that
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Lana Bruce Miller and
Antoinette Greene, wedding
coordinators and Richard
Baker and staff at the Omega
Activity Center transformed the
banquet room into a tropical
delight for the wedding between
Vilna Greene and Peter
Marcellin, last Saturday.
Hundreds of guests flew in from
Fredericksted and St. Croix in
the Virgin Islands to participate
in or witness one of the biggest
weddings of the year.
With the prelude
'Courante/Francisque' the par-
ents entered, beginning with
Irvine and Agatha Cristina,
stand-in parents of the bride;
followed by Francois and
Marie Marcellin, parents of the
groom. The groom, Medrick
Flavius and his best man,
Lincoln Duncan followed.
Pastor Sarah Carly then
entered. The couple's parents
lit the candles to seal their chil-
dren's marriage.
Other members of the
bridal party listened to 'Here
and Now' by Luther Vandross,
while bridesmaids and grooms-
men entered the room. They
were Marquita Greene, Juelle
Tyson, Unita Randolph,
Ernestina Ashe, Shelley
Daniels and Sheenekah
Greene; and Justin Charles,
Andy Daniels, Jamaal
Randolph, Alvin Randolph,
Irvine Marcellin and Desryl
The adult ladies wore choco-
late gowns, while the adult men
were attired in six-button white
tuxedos with an extra long
jacket. The children wore white
tuxedos and white dresses.
Other members included
Lana Bruce-Miller, matron of
honor; Riffany Thompson,
maid of honor; Melanie Noel,
Kedra Queeley and Kira Asku,
flower girls; Darryl Jean-
Baptiste, ring bearer; Jaylan
Jean-Baptiste, bible carrier;

The 35th National Assembly
of "Links" Inc., held their
assembly in Philadelphia, Pa.
Those links in attendance were:
Regina Frazier, Angela
Bellamy-President, Rosa
Harvey-Pratt, Dorothy Ellen-
Fields, Angela Culmer,
Carmen Bostick, Judy Carter,
Ann Herriot, Renay Jones,
Valda Christian, Bobbie
Phillips, Venda Rei Gibson,
Virla Barry, Davrye Gibson-
Smith, Jessie Stinson,
Lekesha Wilson, Carolyn
Mond (guest) and Bryley
Wilson (guest). Their next con-
vention (national) will be held in
Seattle, Washington in 2008.
Lorna Brown-Mathis was
elected to the office of Deputy
International Grand Princess
Commandress in Tulsa,
Oklahoma last week.
Congratulations! The Cyrene
Crusaders are an Auxiliary to
the INT Grand Commandery of
Knights Templar of Free and
Accepted Masons.
The official name of Baltimore
International Airport is
International Thurgood
Marshall Airport, which is
located in Linthicum, Maryland.

and Verlyn Marcellin, Juanita
Saldana, Antoinette Greene
and Antray Jordan, ushers.
The bride then entered on the
arm of her brother,
Lloyd Greene, while
Lohengrin's 'Wedding
March' played. She was
attired in a beaded
tiara, extended ear-
rings, a mini train with
crisscross straps in the
back of her bodice and
a spider necklace.
She and her groom PINi
participated in the min-
istry of the word by Pastor
Carty. These hands was done
by Joan Jean-Baptiste and
listened to Norma Philbert
read a love poem. The song 'I
Will Be Here,' was sang as the
officiant continued with the
vows: there was the lighting of
the unity candle and 'The
Lord's Prayer' was performed
by Trevor Philbert.
After the ceremony, the
reception and celebration
began with music by Norma
Philbert and DJ Cletus
Williams. During the recep-
tion, time was taken to
acknowledge the memory of
Hubert Rochester and Enid.
Melanie Greene, parents of
the bride, while the newlyweds
thanked everyone for a
moment they'd never forget.
They will live on the beautiful
island of St. Croix, VI and
begin a blissful life.
Kudos go out to the
Sunshine Slopers Ski Club,
the biggest Ski Club in South
Florida, where the weather is
always sunny, hot and enjoy-
able. But these people take to
the time to ski in Aspen,
Switzland, France, etc. They
also provide scholarships to
needy and worthwhile stu-.
dents pursuing a college edu-
cation with skiing as a hobby.

There is an exhibit located at
the center of the airport termi-
nal that chronicles the life and
accomplishments of Justice
Marshall through an interactive
display that features a huge
bust of Honorable Marshall and
many photos and artifacts.
Wedding greetings to the
happy anniversary couples:
,General and Mary J.
Robbins, July 2: Their 41st
James and Evangeline C.
Rambeau, July 2: Their 29th
Arthur and Garnell C.
Williams, July 4: Their 14th
Henry and Shearl D.
Agarrat, July 4: Their 7th
Thomas Leo and Charlie
Albury, Jr., July 8: Their 28th
Gloria Lovett returned home
after two weeks in Cleveland,
Ohio where she attended the
funeral of her aunt Martha
S"BowTie" I received your mes-
sage (smile).
Get well wishes to all of you
from all of us!
Mertis Seymour, Freddie
Johnson, Sue Francis,
Thomas "Nick" Marshall,
Leila O'Berry, Ann Johnson-
Dyes, Celestine Hepburn-
Browne, Theodore "Brother"

A special salute goes out to
some of the leaders such as
Stephen Thompson, presi-
dent; E. L., Martin, past pres-
ident and Samuel Jackson.
Membership has grown to
include Charles Golphin,
Beverly Darleney, Olive
Thomas, Karen Bankston,
Will Cannon, Brenda
Williams, Cathy Elias,
Sharon Heath, Tishria
Mindingall, Eunice Twiggs,
Hallema Simmons, Patrick
Dadaille, Alien Jones, Rhona
Acklin, Linda Taylor,
Christine A.
McKinney, Jane
Simms, Anita
McCruder, Howard
Dupree, Ken
Washington and Alvin
A. Williams.
Also participants are
Celara W. Johnson,
Tawanda Joseph, Dr.
'NEY Cathia Darling,
Rhonda Acklin and
Adams Catering who provides
the food at each monthly meet-
ing at the Omega Activity
Center, with Richard Baker,
Mary Simmons, president,
and the 125 members of the
Arcola Lakes Park Senior
Group enjoyed a culminating
activity last week as the group
was entertained, dined and
reminisced on the past year's
activities before breaking for
the summer.
Some of the honors went to
James Peeples, oldest father
and Dorothy Reed, oldest
mother, while happy birthday
was sang to all born in the
months of April, May and
Others in attendance includ-
ed Dorothy Huggins,
Catherine Almstead, Ruby
Robinson, Anton Bell,
Delores Francis, Florreda
Gainy, Wesley Brown, Pearl
Gradon, Leroy Wilson, O'Neal
Chaney, Cellestine Allen,
Margaret Hubbard, Sarah
Green, Henry and Mattie
Small, Hazel Pierre, Brenda
Hadley and Mae Gordon.
They were joined by Mary
McCoy, Marie Tooks, June
Miller, Roberta Smith, Anne
Williams, Allifail Jones, Jean
Perry, Grace Sanders,

Johnson, Leanora Sweeting-
Bryant, Pauline McKinney,
Emma Leland, Frances
Brown, Samuel Cleare, Gayle
Sweeting-Gee, Carolyn
Bannister-Johnson, Patricia
Allen-Ebron and Cleomie
About 335 family members of
the Alien, Carey reunion
assembled in Nassau for a blast
with their families. The head-
quarters was the Wyndham
Crystal Palace Hotel. Their fam-
ily members invaded Nassau
when they arrived there from
Key West, Miami, Daytona,
Orlando, Philadelphia and
Maryland. Faye Smith and
Carmen Turner, the city com-
missioner of Key West. The
Honorable Perry Christie,
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
and a family member was the
speaker. In 2008, the family will
hold their reunion in Orlando,
Congratulations to our
cousin's daughter Ashfey
Marian Young, daughter of
Jeffrey and Olga Young, for-
merly from Miami, who gradu-
ated from high school in San
Antonio, Texas. "The Olympic
Style Runner" has received an
athletic scholarship to the
University of Louisiana at
Now that the Heat are
National Champs, that fabulous
trophy they received is on the
ship of one of the owners of the
team, Micky Arison. The tro-
phy is on a worldwide cruise.

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After the ship visits Italy and
China and ports in South
Florida, it will be returned to
Miami and placed on public
view at the Miami Heat arena
better known as American
A grand 89th birthday cele-
bration was held on July 4
down in Richmond Heights for
Helen Ferguson-Carr at The
Church of Ascension given by
the Affirmative Aging Ministry
which displayed on the backs of
their beautiful shirts "Aging is
Stylish. Everybody is doing it!"
Mrs. Carr's children Jackie
Frazier, Brenda Durden
McGintis and Harvey Frazier
were present. Also present were
family members Florence
Hamilton and her children,
Gwen and Henry Clarke,
daughter Cathy and many
other family members and
friends. Happy belated Mrs.
A master can tell you what he
expects of you. A teacher, how-
ever, awakens your own expec-
The answer to all our problems
comes down to a single word.
That word is "education."

Murphy, Daisy A
Emmers, Elouise
Thomas, Daphane Johnson,
Vernell Williams, Grace
Pearson, Dorothy Holmes,
Odesta Jennings, Lillian
Orphee, Bennie Rolle,
Priscilla Ruthledge, Willie
Jackson, Ammie Smith and
Mamie Williams.
Before closing, Simmons
saluted Shelia and Joe Mack,
Jannie Johnson, Sam Roam,
Peaches Cooper, Dorothy
Moore, Judy Savage, Gladys
Rapley, Carolyn Frazier
Betty Spencer and Elois Cox
for their assistance during the
year. She also acknowledged
Barbara Johnson who
returned from a long illness.
The next get together is
September 12. Enjoy your
The Jazz Culture Club for
the Historic Hampton House
Community Trust Inc. met
four times during the month of
June to become organized,
elect a chairman and create a
mission for the sub-group.
Melton Mustafa was elected
chairman with votes coming
from Dr. Malcolm Black,
Eugenia Thomas, China
Vallas, Bernard Glass, Dave
Nuby, Ernest Davenport,
John McMinn, Bernard
Thomas, Reinaldo Valdes,
Elvis Paschal, Charles
Austin, Dalton W. Dikerson
Jr., Kathy Hersh, Dr. Enid
Pinkney, founder/president
and Dr. Richard J. Strachan,
The mission for the sub-
groups is to provide pertinent
information to Ed Hall, archi-
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Nathaniel Mellerson,
Constance Pinkney, Roberta
Chapman, Mae Etta Lowery,
Addie Williams, Henry
Williams, Dorothy Joseph,
Marilyn Randell, Fred Brown,
Sarah Moss, Letitia Bowden,
Beatrice Hudnell,
Johnnie Sterns, Ella
Bostic, Elizabeth
James, Kitty Tolliver
and V. Smiley.
Also present were
Dorothy Givvins,
Mary Fussell, Mamie
Ivory, Ruby
McKinney, Nettie

should be constructed during
the renovation of the Hampton
House and strategize fund-
raising for the trust to match
the dollars coming from
Miami-Dade County.

Davenport stood out
during his deliberation
on the changes. He
introduced a schemat-
ic / drawing of his
vision of the Hampton,
which was accepted by
the group, and a pro-
posal for him to pre-
pare a Power Point
rL presentation to con-
vince the Trust of his
vision. George Lane joined the
group and introduced his
vision of a permanent
logo for the group. It
was agreed upon by
the group to be intro-
duced to the Trust for
acceptance or rejec-
In addition, repre-
sentatives from the
county showed a video
of the Hampton House KI
when Muhammad Ali,
Dr. Martin L. King Jr., Althea
Gibson, James Brown, Jackie
Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr.,
etc. visited the Hampton to
make it famous among clubs
in America. Members visited
the Hampton House to get
closer to what needs to be done
to rectify its present condition.
More meetings on Thursdays
will be held at the Caleb Center
in hopes of bringing closure to
a vital project in the communi-
ty. Dr. Pinkney indicated it
shall be done. The Trust was

captivated by Davenport's
presentation; Lane's logo; and
Dr. Strachan's input by
accepting the proposal unani-
Robin Benyard, director,
JESCA Multi-Purpose Centers
for The Elderly at Mildred and
Claude Pepper Towers, is
commended for the planning of
'Older Americans Day,' which
allowed the senior citizens to
dress like 'the good ole days.'
They came ready for the pro-
gram. Especially Nathalie
Bryant, owner of Bryant
Apparel, who danced every
step from the 50's up to the
90's, along with Evalyn Ster
Fienberg who enter-
tained the huge crowd
until the program
'Benyard began the
program with a warm-
up exercise, encourag-
ing everyone to get on
their feet. She followed
with welcomes from her
[NG staff and entertainment
from Arcola Lakes Park
Singing Angels. Games like
'Simon Says,' 'Pass the Ball'
and Pillow Slip' were played by
participants from Pepper
Towers, Covenant Palms,
Overtown, Ward Towers and
Winners of the games includ-
ed Ammie Smith, Mamie
Williams, Brenda Hadley,
Mary Simmons, Carolyn
Frazier, Elizabeth James,
Dorothy Huggin, Catherine
Armstead, Henry Williams
and Mamie Home.

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and curious about his motiva-
tion, The Miami Times queried
Parr about his venture into film.
S Parr actually wrote the script
for The Last Stand over 10 years
ago. He said when he initially
tried to shop it around in
Hollywood, he was told that
"nobody wants to see a Black
SFast forward to 2005 when Parr
rediscovered the script while sort-
ing through some things, after
which he told his co-host Alfredas
to take a look at it.
In a matter of hours, she called
him and told him he needed to
tackle the project. Taking her
- advice, Parr rewrote the script
and, after searching for investors,
S tapped into his own resources to
bring the script to life.
Parr told The Times he was
-. motivated to do the film for sever-
al reasons. "I wanted to take peo-
ple on a journey and show them
S the human side of Black folks. I
wanted to let them know that we
can do more than just jokes and
make a movie that did not look
like everyone else's film."
He also said that he wanted to
S_ show the "despair, fear, insecuri-
ties, lying, stealing and cheating"
that happens behind the scenes
of Hollywood's comedy scene.
"You have no idea what's going on
in the back of the mind of that
comic that you see standing there
Smiling and telling jokes," Parr
Another reason Parr cites for
doing the movie is his desire to see

some of the great Black talent
unknown to the masses get recog-
nition. "The reality is there are
only about 10 Black actors that
are consistently working in
Hollywood. It's sad because there
are some really great [Black]
actors and there aren't that many
roles for us." Parr said that as one
who supports Black films and
filmmakers he thinks we "need to
be able to do our own thing."
Boasting an array of talent from
vets like Guy Torry and Anthony
Anderson to newcomers like Todd
Williams, Parr promises a cast
that delivers. Even with familiar
faces, Parr is confident that we've
never seen them like this before.
While all of his reasoning is
admirable, Parr's most compelling
motivation for doing this film is his
intent to deliver a message to the
many people who have dreams of
stardom. He said, "Though all
dreams do not come true, you
shouldn't give up dreaming."
When asked how he feels to
finally see his script come to life,
Parr said he feels blessed to have
the opportunity to do the things he
loves because one day they won't
be there. "I had a really great crew,
but that was my vision. It was one
of the most rewarding experiences
of my life."
The Last Stand will be screening
during The Film Life HBO
American Black Film Festival that
will be coming to Miami, July 19-
23. The advance screening will
be at The Improv on July 20 at 6
For more information about
Russ Parr and The Last Stand,


Girl, get your own!

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By Brandyss Howard

My father always told me
that no matter where you go
or with whom you go, to
make sure you keep some
money in your pocket. What
if you go out with a dude
who says, "I got you," but
then starts acting stupid on
the date? Would you have
enough money to call a cab?
Think worst case sce-
nario. People sometimes
don't show their true colors
for a long time. The guy
that you think is a 'baller'
and will take care of you
could end up being a sexu-
al predator or someone who
likes to slap his chicks
Get the green out your
eyes and see the situation
for what it really is. Many
dudes put on the front that
they have more money than
they do to Impress and sex
women. You might end up
falling for the okey-doke by
trying to befriend'what I
call a bailerr on a budget.'
Ladies, get your own.
Rent your own apartment or
buy your own home. Buy
your own car or at least be
able to pay for a bus pass.
Go through the day feeling
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like you don't have to
depend on anyone but your-
self. Everyone needs help
from time to time, but it
should be a last resort to
stick your hand out. Some
men look down on women
who can't bring anything to
the table.
Some men who appear
willing to provide financial
support may actually have
a hidden agenda. If they
bring home the bacon,
you're supposed to sit there
quietly and eat it.
Look at it this way, you
wouldn't want to be the one
busting your butt to take
care of a grown man, so
why is it any different when
the female is dependent. If
women want to be respect-
ed and treated as equals,
we have to prove that we
are able to stand on our
own two feet.
If you look in your wallet
and see that you have more
money that jingles than
money that folds, scoping
out a baller may not be the
best resort. I suspect that
dudes respect a broke,
independent chick that's
trying to get her own more
than the one who's putting
on a front by scheming to
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By Tiffany K. Bain
Special to the Times

Over the past couple of
months, the popular teen web-
site,, has been
making headline news with
teenagers and their parents
suing the website over sexual
assault, harassment and
deaths that allegedly have been
caused by Myspace.
There has even been a case
where a sixteen-year old girl
tricked her parents into getting
her a passport that she
planned to use to sneak to the
Middle East to marry a twenty-
year old man that she met on
the controversial web site. But
is Myspace really that danger-
ous or are there just too many
irresponsible people using it?
Myspace is a website that
was created for people to make
friends and communicate with
people who share the same
interests, all at no cost. Many
teens like Krystal Spears, 17,
use Myspace to talk to friends
at school, reconnect with old
classmates, display things they
like and dislike and showcase
pictures of themselves and
Many teenagers misuse the
website to display inappropri-
ate things such as sexy pic-
tures of themselves and also
posting messages and pictures
that deal with drugs and alco-
hol. Many don't know, but by
doing these things they could

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be attracting older adults such
as sexual predators.
Even though bad things can
happen on myspace, most of it
can be prevented. Aqueelah All,
14, said "if kids aren't dumb
and don't give out personal
information, then Myspace
wouldn't be dangerous."
As a frequent user of
Myspace, I have seen teens
brag about their promiscuity
and how much liquor they can
drink. If irresponsible teens
would stop posting inappropri-

ate things on the website,
maybe parents who feel that
Myspace is a dangerous place
will stop trying to get the site
shut down. More responsible
use could also stop predators
from harassing and assaulting
teenage Myspace users.
Users can prevent Myspace
from being dangerous if they
stop talking and meeting up
with strangers and with people
who they know are way too old
for them.
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Myspace strictly to have fun
and are aware of the dangers of
online predators. Seventeen-
year-old Brittany Allen was
sent an inappropriate message
from a user over the age of
eighteen. Alien said she replied
to the message and told him no
because she didn't know who
he was, then blocked him from
viewing her profile again.
Spears said Myspace "is not
bad if you're not stupid and
know how to handle situations
in a smart way. But if you are
not smart and talk to a fifty-
year-old, of course it's going to
be dangerous."
After hearing complaints
about its web site, Myspace has
taken steps to make the site
more secure. The new restric-,
tions prohibit teens 13 and
younger from setting up a
Myspace account and users
who are 14 and 15 will have
private profiles that can only be
fully viewed if they are friends
of Myspace users. Myspace
users 18 and older cannot
request to be a 14 or 15 year
olds friend unless they know
that user's last name or email
Courtney Bradley, 17, said
"the last restriction should
apply to all Myspace users..."
Gabrielle Johnson, 16, also
accepts the new restrictions
because "there are perverts out
there and the new restrictions
help protect the younger kids
from getting hurt," she said.

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Miami Edison Senior High School:

Antoinette Jamille Lester.

I was blessed with the gift of
life on October 14,1987. My
mother had a mental debate on
what my name was going to be.
Her choices were Antimese,
Angelica and Antoinette. She
eventually made her decision
and fortunately for me it is a
name that I adore because here
I am, Antoinette Jamille Lester,
living life and enjoying it. Born
the last girl of five children,
.obstacles were already set
before me. Having to compete
with my older siblings, I made a
decision to set my standards
My mother, whom I deeply
appreciate for doing so, read
books to me every night before I
went to bed until I was in the
first grade. After that, I was able
to read to her and began associ-
ating myself with various types
of words. By the time I reached

the sixth grade, I had already
won two spelling bees and was
entered into The National
Spelling Competition. At this
time I also helped my mom with
my older handicapped brother. I
consider helping my mom with
my brother a "special" job
because I am being rewarded by
the Lord each and every day.
Attending middle school was a
step that I was prepared to take.
I enthralled myself in school
work. I went to school, came
home, did my "special" job, did
my homework and went to bed.
I maintained very high grades
throughout my years at both
Allapattah and Miami Edison
Middle School.
However, when our eighth
grade graduation came along, I
wasn't even in the top twenty
percent. I complained to all the
teachers until I was given an

explanation. Mr. McAllister, my
technology teacher, told me
that there had been some mis-
take. He said that I had not
only made the top twenty per-
cent, but that I was number
one in the class. So, I graduat-
ed Valedictorian of Miami
Edison Middle School.
Currently, I am a graduate of

Miami Edison Senior High
School. I was the Operations
Commander in the Air Force
Junior Reserve Officer Training
Corps and stayed dedicated to
that program for three years
until it was stripped away from
my school. While in that pro-
gram I was given the opportu-
nity to go to Camillus House
and feed the homeless for a
Thanksgiving drive. I partici-
pated in countless parades to
show respect, dedication and
appreciation to those who have
led and inspired. I am a proud
member of The National Honor
Society and maintained a 4.2
GPA to hold the position of
I plan on applying to Harvard
College, University of Florida,
Florida International
University and Babson
University. My major is cur-
rently Business but I don't
know exactly what I aspire to
be. Who knows what the future
may hold, but I know that God
is watching over me.

How does watching TV affect a child's perception of the world?

By Jasmine Williams
Miami Times Intern

Part III of a III part series

It is official: television
numbs the brain. Research
suggests that the 'box in the
corner' detours any further
enhancement of learning and
goes into that part of the
brain where meditation and
sleep are situated.
As any sportsman knows,
many athletic skills rest large-
ly on the three key parts of
the body: their eyes, hands
and brain. If one of the parts
is. impaired, their athletic per-
formance is adversely affect-
ed. Does television viewing by
children adversely affect their
muscular control and general
level of fitness? There are sev-
eral indications that it does,
regardless of the content of
the TV Programs.
First and most obviously, a
child who spends long hours
in front of a television is not
exercising his or her body at
all. Secondly, concern has
been expressed about the

effect of low-level microwave
radiation that is emitted by
television sets. Children with
symptoms such as nervous-
ness, continuous fatigue
headaches, loss of sleep and
vomiting have been known to
improve markedly when they
abstained from viewing.
Thirdly, the small TV screen
encourages fixed staring and
minimal eye movement. Eye
movement is a physical skill,
that has to be learned and it
is vital for reading and any
physical activity involving
focusing on moving objects
and spatial judgments. It is
vital for muscular coordina-
Fourthly, bright, flickering,
rapidly-changing images on
the screen can overload a
child's vulnerable nervous
system. This sensory overload
is stressful. Energy which
could be more constructively
employed is used tb damp
down the over-stimulation.
The child assumes that
familiar, glassy-eyed, autistic
stupor. Inability to concen-
trate is also induced by the

other, contracting, after-effect
of TV signals on young nerv-
ous systems hyperactivity.
The stored up energy seeks
release in behavior that is
often aggressive and destruc-
tive, erratic and ill coordinat-
Finally, children who watch
television internalize negative
messages about diet and den-
tal care from that medium.
Any good advice is over-

whelmed by a blizzard of
advertisements trumpeting
the virtues of food and drink
with a high sugar, fat and/or
salt content.
In closing, parents should
urge that children under six
years should not watch at all,
half an hour daily is enough
for young children and three
to four hours for preteens
should be a reasonable
amount of time.

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 obliv-
ion? Well I'm here to keep you afloat. With 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.

I've been dating this guy on and off
for at least two years. Well right know
we've been doing well and everything
seemed to be all right until he asked
me if I would take a bullet for him? Me
being the person I am said no and told
him I would only take a bullet for my
mother. Well he apparently thought I
would say yes and became very upset
that I chose not to risk my life for his. I'
don't understand the why he's reacting
this way. I mean we're not even mar-
ried. How do I get him to understand
that I do care for him dearly, but I'm
not ready to take that leap for him yet?
Caught in the Crossfire,

Caught in the Crossfire,
Now I admit this is the first time I've

heard of a guy asking a girl to take a
bullet for him. It seems like he isn't
feeling very confident in the future of
your relationship. He doesn't see
where it may lead. So maybe he
wants to know how serious or how
far you will go for your relationship.
Now that you have been upfront with
him about your feelings toward his
question, it's up to him to decide if he
wants to take your relationship 'fur-
ther. You have to let him absorb this,
but at the same time stay near him so
he'll see that you'll be there for him
in other ways. (like a death in the
family, a job that didn't hire him or
any other serious issues he may come
across). Then let whatever happens
take course to see if you and he were
meant to be.

BookerT. Washington Senior High Kenia Castellion
Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High Zachary Sandoval
Miami Carol City Senior High Kristian Harris
Miami Central Senior High Bernard Evans
Miami Edison Senior High Antoinette Lester
Miami Jackson Senior High Nancy Jorge a,
Miami Norland Senior High Ashley Calloway
Miami Northwestern Senior High Marcilyn Mills
William H Turner Technical Arts Senior High Alexa Diambois

The Class of 2006 has walked down the aisle to receive their
diplomas. It was a time of joy, laughter and tears since each and
everyone will be going on their separate paths in life. So if you are
interested in saying farewell to your friends, please email me your
name, school and a short farewell note. Pictures of you and your
friends are welcome to go along with your farewell note. Email me
at or mail information to:
Jasmine Williams Teen Scene Editor
900 N.W. 54th Street Miami, Florida 33127

flame tij teen Jenialion

__ was born on October 27, 1987 and is a professional basketball player for the
NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. He attended St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. As
a senior, he averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots per game. He originally
planned to attend the University of Connecticut but decided to forgo college and make himself
eligible for the 2005 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Lakers (tenth player selected
overall). He was 17 years, eight months and two days old, making him the youngest player
ever drafted beating the previous record by the Portland Trail Blazers' selection of Jermaine
O'Neal in 1996. On November 2, 2005 during the Lakers season opener against the Denver
Nuggets, he played six minutes and became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game
at 18 years and 6 days old. During the game, he missed his two field goal attempts, but had
two rebounds and two blocked shots. In a game against the Miami Heat on January 16,
Shaquille O'Neal dunked over him, knocking the rookie to the floor. The next play, he moved
to the low post, faked right then spun left around O'Neal and dunked the ball. He celebrated
as he ran down the court and bumped into O'Neal, who retaliated by swinging an arm into his
upper chest Both players received technical fouls for the incident He also scored a career-
high 16 points in 12 minutes against the New York Knicks on January 31, making all seven of
his attempts from the field.

Last week's sensation answer: Gabrielle Anderson

So it's summer vacation time, but you still don't have a clue on what
you want to do. Well, this summer each week I'll give you ten things to
do to keep you entertained and relaxed. This week I'm going to list
some amazing places you can visit throughout your summer.

Check out the nearest waterslide
Go to a baseball game or a sport that you have never seen before
Go to an amusement park dressed in costume
Visit an auction and buy something
See an Improv Show
Go to the beach with friends
Hang out at the local roller rink
Sing at a Karaoke Party
Spend the day at a fair or street market.
Tour a TV studio or any big manufacturing company

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Flowers for every occasion

Full Name of Business
Sir Flowers Landscaping
and Florist
1092 NW 54th Street
Miami, Florida

Year Established


and Corrine

Number of full-time and
part-time employees
Three full-time employ-
ees/One part-time

We have a garden and
flower shop. We do funer-
al work, weddings, par-
ties and birthdays. In our
garden center we have a
large variety of palm trees
and different plants that
people can put in front of
their yards. We have a
hands on theme through
which a customer can
come in and I'll teach
them about landscaping.

Future Goals
I desire to give something
back to the community
by teaching young people
how to go about creating
landscaping, taking care
of flowers and doing
business. I would also
like for the store to be
better because in this
cojnmunity there are
many people that would
patronize the store. I'm
happy with our commu-
nity; I just wish we could
do better. Personally, I
think flowers are very
beautiful and they should
be used everyday instead
of just when someone is
deceased or celebrating

Why did you start this
business and how has it
I started out in my mom's
backyard growing indoor
plants for a living. We
used to grow about thirty
thousand plants at a
time. During holiday sea-
sons we used to dress the
plants and flowers up
with little bows and sell
them on the streets. I felt
that I should have had a
shop because I felt I can
do different things that I
couldn't do on the streets.
The business started in
my mom's backyard
growing just indoor

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plants and now It's a one-
stop show where you can
get indoor plants, outdoor
plants and flowers.

What were some of the
obstacles you faced and
how did you overcome
There were a lot of grow-
ing pains, especially try-
ing to have a flower busi-
ness. When the Black
people patronize [larger
shops], it takes a big toll
on the smaller business-
es. I did a lot of landscap-
ing work and I took the
money that I made with
landscaping and used it
to run the flower shop. I
never gave up.

Who does your business
best serve and why?
Mostly churches because
of the many people that
pass away. The churches
are the ones that buys the
most plants and flowers,
but overall the business
serves anyone that wants
to buy flowers.

How have your past
experiences helped meet
the needs of your
My past experiences have
been similar to those of
other businesses. By
making mistakes and
finding out what best fit
my company, I got a bet-
ter understanding of what
the customers like and

Where did you get the
name of your business
and does it have any sig-
nificant meaning?
I created the name of my
company in recognition of
what my father used to
always say. When my
father was getting ready
to chastise someone he
would always say 'sir' or
'mister.' So I decided to
name my company "Sir

The power of the Black dollar

By Terrell Clayton prosperous. Segregation 2 , created an environment
where Blacks spending money with
South Beach, Miami Beach and Downtown Miami are hot com- Blacks was not only an economic:
modity areas for clubbing. Grocers such as Winn Dixie and necessity, but a moral one.
Publix are the top shopping vendors for Blacks despite the exis- Fast forward to 2006 and the
tence of smaller community grocers. Shopping outlets such as issue of Blacks supporting Black
Sears, Macy's and other major clothing stores are destinations businesses remains a con-
of choice for Blacks whether searching for a single outfit or tentious subject because of
school shopping for children. The problem is Blacks can find the Please turn to MONEY 10D
same items throughout the Black communities.
Dating back to the early 1900's, when the infamous Black Wall
Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma existed, Blacks' commitment to
spending money with Blacks contributed to the area becoming

Daryl Sharpton reelected MDX chair

The Board of Directors of
the Miami-Dade Expressway
Authority has unanimously
reelected Darryl K. Sharpton,
CPA, as Chairman. Senior
Partner of Sharpton Brunson
& Company, P.A., Sharpton
was originally appointed to
the Board in 2001 by Gov.
Jeb Bush. This marks his
fourth term as Chairman.
"We're at a critical juncture
in MDX's evolution with the
implementation of the mas-
ter plan for Open Road
Tolling as well as the selec-
tion of a new Executive
Director on the horizon,"
said Sharpton. "We are a

world-class city needing
world-class transportation
infrastructure. I'm grateful
for the opportunity to contin-
ue to help lead this great
organization as we work
together with our strategic
partners to significantly
improve mobility and favor-
ably impact the economic
future of the constituents we
serve: the people of Miami-
Dade County."
Maritza Gutierrez, founder
of Creative Ideas Advertising,
was elected Vice-Chair and
T. Gene Prescott, principal
shareholder, the Biltmore
Hotel and affiliates, was

reelected Treasurer. Each
will serve a one-year term.
The 13 members of the
MDX Board bring a broad
cross-section of transporta-
tion, business and profes-
sional expertise. Of the mem-
bers, 12 are volunteer, non-
paid local business and civic
leaders. The 13th member is
the Florida Department of
Transportation District Six
Secretary, who serves on an
ex-officio basis. Of the 12
volunteers, five are appoint-
ed by Florida's governor and
the remaining seven are
appointed by the Miami-
Dade County Commission.

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Miami Dade Aviation Department Design Project Numbers: 747G

Bid Package # 18, A-B Infill Tenant Relocation, Aircraft Maintenance East Control Zone

SEALED BIDS for the above designated project will be received at the Managing General Contractor's offices
(Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V.), located at Corner of NW 22 Street and Perimeter Road, Bldg. 3025, Miami, Florida
33159 no later than August 4, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. local time, or as modified by addendum, at which time all Bids
will be taken to a room to be publicly opened and read aloud. Bids received after the time and date specified will
not be considered. Bidders are invited to be present.

General Project Scope of Work:

The scope of work includes providing all required general construction at Project 747G as per the information
included with the Bid Packages A-B Infill Tenant Relocation, consisting of the demolition, construction and finish
out of a ramp level terminal expansion on the north side of the existing structure at Miami International Airport,
Miami, FL, The project includes selective demolition, foundations, structural framb, walls, interior partitions and
finishes, flooring, ceilings, cabinetry, MEP, building security and fire protection systems.

Owner's Estimated Value:

Bid Package #18,

$ 1,225,000.00

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Leo A. Daly, 3390 Mary Street, Suite 216, Miami, FL 33133

Notice of availability of the Environmental Assessment
(EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact / Record of
Decision (FONSI / ROD) prepared by the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) for proposed operational

noise mitigation procedures for Miami International
Airport (MIA).

The purpose of the EA was to evaluate potential
environmental impacts associated with the proposed
aircraft flight procedure changes at MIA.

The EA and FONSI/ROD are available for public
review at the following locations:

Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Aircraft Noise & Environmental Planning Office

5600 NW 36th Street, Suite 533
Miami, Florida 33166

Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

For more information, please contact:
Norman Hegedus

Miami-Dade Aviation Department
Aircraft Noise & Environmental Planning Office
(305) 876-0464

Mr. Steve Kelley, ETSU-530
Air Traffic Division, Federal Aviation Administration

1 Aviation Plaza


159-30 Rockaway Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11434



Pre-Bid Meeting There will be a pre-bid meeting for all Bidders held on July 18, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., at
Managing General Contractor's offices located at Corner of NW 22 Street and Perimeter Road, Bldg.
3025, Miami, Florida, in Conference Room A. Attendance is not mandatory, but bidders are encouraged
to attend.
Bid Bond A 5% Bid Guaranty is required. The guaranty may be ih the form of a surety bond or a
cashier's check, bank money order, or certified check payable to Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V.
DBE Participation Bids are subject to a 21% DBE participation requirement.
Community Workforce Program: Bids are subject to a 29% Community Workforce Program
Performance and Payment Bond 100% Performance and Payment bonds are required for this work.
No bid may be withdrawn for a period of 180 days after the date of bid receipt.
No qualifications and or exceptions will be considered.
Parsons-Odebrecht. J.V. reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to waive informalities and
irregularities, or to re-advertise the work. Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V., by choosing to exercise its right of
rejection, does so without the imposition of any liability against Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V. by any and all

BID DOCUMENTS: Bid Documents will be available beginning Monday, July 10, 2006. In order to obtain Bid
Documents, Prospective bidders must contact Erick.Dickens of Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V. at 305-869-4485 for
instructions on obtaining such documents. The process of obtaining Bid Documents is outlined below:

Prospective bidders or their authorized representatives shall present identification and documentation
to Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V. that they are a licensed architect, engineer, or contractor who may
perform work on or related to these projects.
Prospective bidders or their authorized representatives shall sign a Confidentiality Affidavit, which will
be provided and notarized, certifying that the company and each employee agrees, in accordance
with Florida Statutes 119.07(3)(ee), to maintain the exempt status of the information contained in
the Bid Documents, Each bidder shall also furnish an address, telephone and fax numbers for the
purpose of contact during the bidding process.
Prospective bidders must provide payment with a cashier's check or money order only to Parsons-
Odebrecht, J.V. in the amount of $500.00 for each set of Bid Documents.
Upon satisfaction of the above, prospective Bidder will be authorized to pickup the Bid Documents
from Ridgeway's Best Digital, 1915 NW 82 Avenue, Miami, FL 33122, Phone 305-266-7024.

After the Bid, holders of Bid Documents will receive a refund of $300.00 for each complete set of Bid Documents
returned to Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V. after the Bid.

Bid Documents will also be available for inspection by interested parties bn business days during the hours of
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the locations listed below. At the time of inspection, interested parties will be required to
present current, valid identification (e.g., Driver's License, United States Passport) and sign a Confidentiality
Affidavit, which will be provided, certifying that the company and each employee agrees, in accordance with
Florida Statutes 119.07(3) (ee), to maintain the exempt status of the information contained in the Bid
Documents prior to reviewing the Bid Documents. In addition, interested parties are advised that individuals will
be monitored while reviewing these documents. Interested parties may take notes, however, no photographs
and/or copying of the documents will be allowed. Individuals viewing plans at these locations shall be required to
sign Confidentiality Affidavits as described above.

(1) Contractors Resource Center
1730 Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 201
Miami, FL 33132
(305) 577-3738

(2) Latin Builders Association
782 NW LeJeune Road
Suite 450
Miami, FL 33126
(305) 446-5989

(3) Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V. Project Office
NW 22 Street and Perimeter Road
Bldg. 3025
Miami International Airport
(305) 869-4200

All questions regarding this bid should be addressed in writing to Linda Timmer of Parsons-Odebrecht, J.V.,
305-869-4200 (phone), 305-869-5656 (fax), !indat.i! (e-mail).

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Survey: Retirement viewed differently by Blacks and whites

NEW YORK With tradi-
tional sources of retirement
funding in flux, including cor-
porate pensions and Social
Security, Black and White
Americans differ in their
expectations about retire-
ment, according to the ninth
annual Ariel/Schwab Black
Investor Survey.
While more Blacks than
Whites participate in employ-
er pension plans and large
numbers of both groups are
concerned these plans are in
jeopardy, fewer Blacks than
Whites (26% versus 30%) say

they are worried about their
The annual survey of 500
Blacks and 500 Whites earn-
ing over $50,000 also finds
Blacks plan to retire earlier
and are pursuing different
strategies than Whites for
their retirement years, such
as investing in real estate or
opening a business.
Investing in the market con-
tinues to lag among Blacks. In
fact, the percentage of higher
income Blacks with stock
investments is trending down-
ward from a high of 74% in

2002 to 64% this year. The
number of higher income
Whites with stock invest-
ments (83%) is virtually
unchanged since the first year
of the poll in 1998.

An important difference
between Black and White
retirement funding is that
Blacks are significantly more
reliant on employer pensions
than Whites.
Of those surveyed, two-
thirds of employed Blacks -

compared to about half of
employed Whites work for
organizations with a tradi-
tional pension plan. This
reflects the fact that far more
Black than White employees
surveyed (44% versus 25%)
work for government, which is
more likely to offer pension
Although, almost 90% of
both groups surveyed consid-
er themselves "very responsi-
ble" for preparing for their
own retirement, Blacks are
more likely than Whites to feel
responsibility also should be

shared by corporations (by a
38% to 25% margin) and by
the government (by a 35% to
18% margin).
Large percentages of both
Blacks and Whites (50% and
55%) believe corporate pen-
sion funds will no longer exist
in a decade, but far more
Blacks than Whites (65% ver-
sus 37%) agree that "when
corporate pensions go bank-
rupt, the government should
be responsible for paying
those people who were count-
ing on their pensions."
All else being equal, Blacks

are twice as likely as Whites
to believe government and
corporations bear significant
responsibility for ensuring
Americans achieve a comfort-
able retirement.
Ariel President Mellody
Hobson said: "All across
America corporate pension
funds are being frozen and
many government pension
systems are underfunded. It's
a national crisis that will hit
Blacks especially hard
because we've all bought into
the promise."
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The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is requesting individual
sealed bids to be submitted for construction services for the System-wide
Signing and Pavement Markings Improvements. The bidders shall be pre-
qualified by the Florida Department Transportation ("FDOT") Rule Chapter
14-22 Florida Administrative Code for Roadway Signing. For copies of the
ITB with complete information on the scope of services as well as submittal
requirements, please log onto our web site: or call
MDX Procurement Office at 305-637-3277. Please note: In order to down-
load any MDX solicitations, you must register as a vendor. The vendor reg-
istration can only be done through our website. Deadline for submitting a
Bid Package is August 8, 2006 by 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time. A Pre-bid
conference is scheduled for July 26, 2006. Attendance to the Pre-bid
conference is NOT mandatory however, everyone is encouraged to


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

RFP NO. 05-06-083



12:00 PM, MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006

(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 7/21/06)

Detailed specifications for this RFP are available upon request at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, 444 SW 2nd Avenue. Sixth Floor, Miami, FL
33130 for download from City's website at
telephone No. 305-416-1906.

NANCE NO. 12271.

AD NO. 13961

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City Manager


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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 atlall 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.


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: 7/17/06)

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

NANCE NO. 12271.

Joe Arriola
City Manager
AD NO. 14341


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: 7/26/06)

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

NANCE NO. 12271.

Joe Arriola
City Manager
AD NO. 14510

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refrigerator, washer and dryer.
Bp.: 305-566-8389

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Air Conditioning
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Christian Foundation
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The Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority (MSEA) is seeking Letters of
Interest from qualified firms to perform external auditing services.
RESPONSE DUE: July 31, 2006
No later than 11:00 a.m.
(Deadline for Reauest of additional
informationlclarification: 5:00 o.m.
July 21, 2006)
RESPONSES DUE TO: Ms. Priscilla A. Thompson
City Clerk
City of Miami
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida 33133
Detailed specifications for this bid are available upon request at the
MSEA/Bayfront Park Management Trust Offices, 301 N. Biscayne
Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33132. Telephone No. 305-358-7550.
Timothy F. Schmand
Executive Director
Miami Sports & Exhibition Authority

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BID NO. 06-0721
The City of Opa-locka will receive sealed proposals until 3:00 p.m. Local Time, July 21, 200, in the
Office of the City Clerk, 777 Sharazzad Boulevard, Opa-locka, Florida 33054, for the following:
CANAL SYSTEM (Segment 1 through 9)
Bids will be opened publicly at 3:05 p.m. on the same date in the City Commission Chambers, 777
Sharazzad Boulevard, Opa-locka, Florida. Along with the bid, each Contractor shall submit a one-page
narrative describing how he/she proposes to construct the improvements. At a minimum this narrative
should include a tentative construction schedule; a description of the number and type of equipment and
the number of work crews committed to insure substantial completion of this project.
Bid documents may be obtained on or after July 13, 2006, from the Office of the City Clerk, City of Opa-
locka. A payment of $75.00 cash or check payable to the City of Opa-locka will be required for each
complete set of the following Bidding Documents (Project Manual/Contract Specifications). This pay-
ment represents production costs and is nonrefundable.
To vendors who previously submitted or received bid packages for this project, please be advised that
a change to the project manual has been made which requires the submission of a new bid.
A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 10:00 a.m., July 19, 2006, at the Public Works
offices located at 12950 NW 42nd Avenue (LeJeune), Opa-locka, Florida.
The Bid will be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder, but the City of Opa-locka reserves the right
to reject any and all bids, to waive any information in any bid, and to increase or decrease the quanti-
ties shown in the Bid Form, if the City Manager deems it to be in the interest of the City of Opa-locka.
Any contract(s) awarded under the Invitation for Bids are expected to be funded in part by a grant fro
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Neither the United States nor any of its departments, agen-
cies or employees is or will be a party to this Invitation for Bids or any resulting contracts.
Bids, which contain irregularities of any kind, may be rejected as non-conforming.
The City of Opa-locka is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages the participation of certified
Black MBE and Women Business Enterprises and Contractors. Bidders must comply with the
President's Executive Order Number 11246 and 11375, which prohibits discrimination in employment
regarding race, creed, color, sex or national origin. (Certification or prior work under Executive Order
11246, Equal Employment Opportunity, is to be provided). Bidders must also comply with Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Anti-Kickback Act and the Contract Work Hours Standard Act.
Deborah Sheffield Irby, CMC
City Clerk/Supervisor of Elections

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how infrequent the practice
The lack of major compa-
nies within the inner city
and higher prices at Black-
owned shops were cited as
reasons for the dismal rate
of circulation of the Black
dollar within the communi-
"Circumstances are pret-
ty much what they have
always been. We still don't
own sizable loan compa-
nies, we don't own banks,
we don't own' mortgage
companies and these are
three of the principal com-
panies that will circulate
the money back into the
communities," said Athalie
Range, longtime communi-
ty activist and owner of
Range Funeral Homes.

Higher prices at local
'mom and pop' stores are
also factors in Blacks
choosing to spend their
money outside of the Black
community creating a
sort of 'catch-22' for Black
businesses. Because of low
traffic, retail operations
raise prices in order to
generate sufficient rev-
enue, however, higher
prices drive many Blacks to
larger retail outfits that
they find more affordable.
[Mr.] Greene, Owner of
Greene's Shoe Repair told
The Miami Times that if
more customers patronized
local Black businesses, the
stores would generate suffi-
cient revenue and could
lower prices. The question
then becomes how to con-
vince Blacks to spend more
money with Black busi-
nesses when their limited

funds must be stretched to
make ends meet.
Despite the ongoing chal-
lenges, Greene remains
optimistic. "I believe prayer
and a better atmosphere
will bring unity and
strength. I believe it is
going to come back. The
best is yet to come," he
Johnny Cheeley, owner of
Mob City Barbershop in
Liberty City feels that many
have the mentality that
white services are better. "If
there was a white shop next
door to me like Supercuts,
that's where people would
According to Cheeley, if
community leaders would
have been active throughout
the years then the situation
wouldn't be as dire.
"Politicians play an impor-
tant part because they talk a

good game, but no actions. If
they would have supported
areas such as Liberty City
and Overtown, we could have
had bustling communities
today," he said.
Many believe that the
Black community can
reclaim its glamorous days
where supporting Black
businesses is far more than
an afterthought.
"I really would love to see
that day come again. Like
Jesse Jackson said, we got to
work with each other," said
John Cheever, owner of an
air conditioning repair com-
pany. Cheever is of the
belief that one of the pitfalls
of integration was Blacks
increasing support of non-
Black businesses.
"When we were integrated
we lost a sense of self help.
Back in the '50s and 60's we
had that," he said.

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Fully Operational Furnished and stocked package store
- building and parking lot and liquor license

Fully Stocked Inventory
Furniture (desk, chairs, cash register)
Cooler Refrigerate (floor to ceiling)
Business Lot and adjacent Parking lot
3 PS Liquor license

Business and License for $450,000
Interested Buyers must have good credit and at least a 20% of purchase
price in cash. Contact for appointment to qualify to purchase:
305-751-8934 Gloria Rice


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-

BID NO. 05-06-083



1:00 PM, WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

(Deadline for Request for additional information/clarification: 7/21/06)

A MANDATORY pre-bid conference and site visit will be held on Monday,
July 17. 2006 at 10:00 am at Miami Riverside Center Building. 444 SW 2d
Ave.. Miami. FL 33130 (meet on the 61 floor large conference room). The
purpose of this conference is to allow potential Bidders an opportunity to
present questions to staff and obtain clarification of the requirements of the
Bid documents. It is mandatory that a representative (s) of the bidder attend
in order to qualify to bid.

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

NANCE NO. 12271.
Joe Arriola
City Manager
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To Place Your Ad

Call: 305-694-6225

Business Rentals
2955 NW 62nd Street
Store for rent, small
Call 954-450-5573
Beauty Salon
Booths for rent, located in
Miami Gardens. For more
information, call
Northwest Area
Commercialrental space
available. Call Wanda for
appointment 305-696-9747.

Unfurnished Rooms
Miami Gardens Area
One bedroom suitable for
single person.
Call 305-620-8552

Furnished Rooms
1031 NW 197th Terrace
One bedroom
Call Linton at 305-652-4763
13377 N.W. 30th Avenue
$80 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, one person.
1473 N.W. 70 Street
$350 a month, first and last
$700 move in 786-290-1955
or 786-263-2267.
1560 N.W. 70 Street
Utilities included, very clean
4744 NW 15th COURT
Clean rooms, $300 per
Call 305-479-3632
6233 N.W. 22nd Court
Clean room, quiet area, utilit-
ies included. $110 weekly,
$330 move in. 786-277-2693
7125 N.W. 13th Avenue
Big room, $85 a week with
kitchen privileges. Call 305-
836-4845 or 305-343-5217.
97 N.W. 69th Street
Utilities included, $125-$150
weekly. Please call
Kitchen and bathroom ac-
cess. $450 monthly
Call 954-454-6645
Clean room, private
entrance, outdoor patio,
cable and air, near bus line.
Call 305-688-0187
Three rooms available, one
person per room.
References required
Located near bus stop, ac-
cess to kitchen utilities.
Call 305-989-8824
1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, air, use of kitchen, plus
more. Call 305-835-2728.
| Effiiencies
2100 NW 133 Street
Private entrance and air,
Mrs. Brown 305-687-1635
2565 N.W. 92nd Street
Small but extra clean, with
air, in a nice neighborhood.
$1668 move in and $556
monthly. Call 305-696-7423.
86 Street NE 2nd Ave Area
Efficiency, References
Private entry, utilities includ-
ed, $585 monthly.
4915 N.W. 182nd Street
Call 305-308-0223
between 8 a.m. 5 p.m.
Efficiency, $495 monthly and
up. 786-319-2695


101 N.E. 78th Street
Two and three bedrooms,
one bath, $850 and $875
monthly, with parking. Sec-
tion 8 welcome!!
Call 786-326-7424

14460 N.W. 22nd Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$550 stove, refrigerator,

1490 N.W. 38 Street
One bedroom one bath stove
refrigerator and water $625
monthly $1100 moves you in.
Call David 786-258-3984

220 N.W. 16th Street
Two bedrooms, tiled, $700
move in, security,
3010 N.W. 101 Street
Huge one bedroom one bath,
attached to home, private en-
trance. Call 786-712-1724
4992 N.W. 18th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1000, $2000 to move in.
Louis at 305-632-2426

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

5629-31 Filmore Street
Large apartment one bed-
room, one bath centrail air,
tiled floors. $975 monthly.
Must see.
Call 786-256-3174

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
77 NW 77th Street
Two bedrooms, one and half
bath. $900 monthly. Section
8 OK!
Call 786-306-4505
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,
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses Efficiencies, one,
two and three bedrooms,
Many with appliances.
Same day approval.
Call for information

Downtown/Biscayne Area
One bedroom, one bath,
safe, clean, new kitchen and
tile, fresh paint, secured with
parking. $595-$650 monthly.
1315 N.E. Miami Court.

Eighth Street
One and a half months
Efficiency, one bath, $365;
One bedroom, one bath
$450, with air.
Call 786-236-1144 or

Near North Shore Hospital,
schools, and close to 7th
Ave., two bedrooms, air, ap-
pliances, wall to wall carpet,
mini blinds, credit check.
$610 monthly, $1830 to
move in. First, last and
security. Come by at 725 NW
100th Street or
Call 305-300-0983.
One bedroom apartment
$530 per month, $1590 to
move in. First, last and
security. Include central air,
new carpet and mini blinds.
Two bedrooms available,
$630 a month, $1890 to
move in.
Call 786-326-5523
Ninth Street Apartments
One and a half months
One bedroom, one bath,
$450, air.
Call 305-358-1617

Two bedrooms, $675, easy
move in, new tile,
kitchen, security bars.
1255 NW 58 Street
1256 NW 58 Terrace
Free water, gas, security
bars and iron gate doors,
$430 monthly. Two
bedrooms, $480 monthly.
Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699
1087 N.W. 52 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, du-
plex must show proof of in-
Rev. Miller 305-758-4517

11620 N.W. 17 Avenue
Three bedroom, one bath,
lakeview, must see! $1500.
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
water included. $800 month-
ly. $2,400 to move in.
Call 305-464-6215
125 N.W. 68 Terrace
Three bedroom, $1,200.
130 NE 55th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 786-663-5900.

170 NW 58th Street
Remodeled large three bed-
rooms, two bath with central
air,,new appliances and car-
pet. $1200 monthly!
Section 8 Welcome!
Call Rick 305-409-8113
1857 N.W. 50th Street
Two bedrooms, two bath, ap-
pliances, air, $850 monthly
Call 954-499-3030.

1880 NW 74th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air
water $850 monthly; $1800

move in. Call 786-457-2998

2115 N.W. 82 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, free water.
$800 monthly, $2400 to
move in No Section 8.
Call 786-728-1227]


230 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air.
Call 786-543-4579.

2395 N.W. 95 Street
Large three bedrooms, two
baths with central air. Section
8 accepted. Please call:
2466B NW 44th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$475 monthly.
Call 786-226-2072

258 NW 57th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Call Ray, 786-443-7707.
4133 NW 24 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly and one bed-
room one bath with central
air and heat. Section 8.
Call 305-687-7649.
42 N.W. 57 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances with central air, se-
curity bars and water. $900
monthly. Call Keisha:
437 NW 58th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with appliances, air, parking
and water included. $825
Call 305-815-8519
5420 NW 7 Court
Large one bedroom, one
bath includes water and
electric. $800 monthly.
NO Section 8.
5537 NW 5 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
new duplex with central air
and private driveway. $900
mthly. Deposit required. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome!
Call 305-926-9431
645 N.W. 65 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1515 monthly, $1500
deposit, Section 8 OK!
Call 561-699-9679 or

7633 N.W. 2 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air and appliances, section 8
OK. 954-499-3030

7762 NW 8th Ave.
Duplex Three bedroom, one
bath on each side. $1200 per
month for each.
Call 786-285-0648

Newly built three bedrooms
two baths and two bedroom
and one bath, in an up and
coming area. Tile throughout
and all new appliances. $20
non-refundable application
fee. Credit and background
check performed. First, last
and security to move in.
Call 305-968-2604

Two bedrooms to five bed-
rooms renting $850 to $1800
monthly, call 305-757-7067,
Design Realty and Manage-
Under New
3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath du-
plex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $550 per month, $550
security deposit, $1100 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at: 3737 Charles Ter-

Four bedrooms two baths,
central air conditioning, town-
house, $1200 a month $3600
to move in. Call 305 525
Brand new two bedrooms,
two baths, eat-in kitchen,
Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-720-8222
1864 N.W. 55 Ave Unit Y1
Three bedrooms, two baths,
newly renvovated, tiled
floors, Section 8 accepted.
$1500 a month. Rent with
option. Contact Ms. Rawls:

S.W. 220th and 89 Avenue
New, three bedroomS, two
and a half bathS, one car
garage, $1500 monthly,
lease option.
Call 954-632-2132

1410 N.W. 195th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
one car garage, central air,
$1500 monthly. NO Section 8
Call 305-267-9449.

1558 N.W. 71 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1000 monthly. First month
plus deposit to move in. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome. Call 305-
15615 NW 37 Place

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1350 per month.
Call 786-285-0648
1942 N.W. 86th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1400 monthly, first, last and
security. Section 8 welcome.
Call 305-696-8488

2300 N.W. 93 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
newly renvovated, corner lot,
Section 8 accepted. Rent
with option.
Contact Ms. Rawls

2535 NW 161 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air. Big yard. Section
8 only. Call 305-685-0574
3361 N.W. 208 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1250 monthly. Available Au-
gust 1. Call Denise 305-732-
9875 or 305-624-4395
3512 N.W. 176 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, bars, family room,
fenced, carport, no Section
8. $1500, $4500 move in,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
837 N.W. 57 Street
Three bedrooms,appliances,
$1450 monthly, first and last.
305-694-9405 or
837 N.W. 57 Street
Three bedrooms,appliances,
$1450 monthly, first and last.
305-694-9405 or

912 N.W. 46 Street
Spacious three bedrooms,
one bath, hardwood floors,
ceramic tile, central air, and
fenced backyard. $1200
monthly. 305-331-2431
97 N.W. 27 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
with all appliances, including
a free 27" flat screen
television, $1200 a month.
Call Joel
20421 N.W Second
Court.Section 8 preferred.
Large three bedrooms, two
baths in gated community,
central air and
appliances, fenced yard and
screened patio.
Call 305-984-0639
Nice house, three bedrooms,
two baths, $1200 monthly,
call: 954-864-8782.
6651 S.W. 30th Street
Newly remodeled, fenced,
two bedrooms, one bath,
washer and dryer, large
backyard, near schools, new
tile and carpet, walk-in
closet, $1000 monthly, price
Please Contact Landlord
305-300-1301 at anytime

Buy a four bedrooms, two
baths, $43,000!
For listings 800-749-8168

One bedroom, $550, call
305-685-5207 or

Beautiful cozy home for rent,
completely remodelled.
Three bedrooms one bath,
central air, good location
$1200 security deposit, first
and last required.
Call 305 785 7636.
Behind in your rent? 24 hour
notice? Behind in your
mortgage? Call Kathy:

Rent With Option
8869 S.W. 220 Street
Brand new three bedroom
two and a half bath for rent
or rent with option. $1475
monthly. Call 954-447-1414.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300 per month. Call 800-
242-0363 ext. 3644.

$ CASH $
or Vacant Lots in
24 hours!
Call Dave 305-301-2112

We will make payments!
Call Ray 786-488-8617

Get cash back refinancing.
$0 down purchasing
available, Stop evictions and
foreclosures. 24 hour notice
Mrs.Harris 786-200-5678
Little River Area
8730 N.W. 14 Ave
Three bedrooms one bath
with den. Huge lot.
Tom Coward realtor
Call.305-635-9865 or
786-253-9895 cell.


2705 N.W. 200th Terrace
Cute two bedrooms villa
across Stadium,Walmart,
School, Micky, 305 829-

I Houses I
8925 Collins Avenue
Two bedroomS, two bath,
surfside. 954-294-9610
1302 N.W. 81 Terrace
Two bedrooms, two baths,
cor-ner lot, near parks and
schools, five foot fence, two
car driveway, dog kennel.
$175,000 or best offer.
14321 NW 14 Drive
"Big" three bedrooms, three
baths. Pool, patio, two car
garage and big bedrooms".
Brown Realty Inv. Corp.
1935 N.W. 48th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
selling for $164,999, apprais-
ed at $172,000. Half of clos-
ing cost.305-962-6823.
2170 N.W. 63rd Street
"Big House" five bedrooms,
two baths. Could be a home,
rooming house or duplex.
Great condition. $275,000.
Brown Realty Inv. Corp.
5701 NW 5 Avenue
Three big bedrooms and two
bathrooms, Florida Room
and New Roof. $219,000
Brown Realty Inv. Corp

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

Florida City Beauty
416 N.W. 8 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
one garage, very clean and
spacious, tile and carpet,
Contact Kimberly:
Mahogany Real Estate
All Areas of Dade,
Hundreds to Choose,
Easy to Qualify.
FREE LIST. Call now!
Larry Albert 305-255-9040
Four bedrooms, two baths..
Must Sell! Only $43,000!
800-749-8168 xD040
Three bedrooms, two baths
Only $21,500. For listings:
800-749-8168 xD046
1031 N.W. 198 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
asking $280,000

19158 N.W. 33 Court
Fully upgraded/Beautiful
Four Bedrooms, Two Baths
Asking $325,000

17730 N.W. 33 Court
Three Bedrooms, Two Baths
Family Room, Central Air
Asking $279,000

(305) 621-5800
I Business
Beauty Salon for Sale
Prime location in North Mi-
ami. 1300 sq. ft. Large with
five booths. Call 305-409-
0542 or 954-261-3362.

Mortgages in Minutes!
First, Second &
Call Today!
Shaheed Agency Inc.
Licensed Mortgage Broker
Are you about to lose your
home to foreclosure? Let me
help you save it. We have
many programs available.
Call 786-315-0472

24 HR. Plumbing
Unclog All types of Blockage.
Check Water Heaters and
Septic tank. Free Estimates.
Call 786-597-1924 or
Bank's Lawn Service
Mowing, edging and
cleaning. Lots.
305-836-6804 or
Get a jump start on educa-
tion. Tutoring classes starts
on July 25. Call Ruth,:

Need a mortgage? Need to
refinance? No broker fee, no
loan fee! 954-989-8194
New Look Lawn Service
Specializing in landscape
and tree trimming. Call for a
free estimate 786-439-8965
in the evening call

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Washer, dryers, stoves, re-
frigerators, water heaters.
Joe 305-758-8608 or cell#

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

1991 Toyota Previa LE van,
good condition, sun roof, all
power, $1700 or best offer.

Chevy's from $500!
Police Impounds. For listings
800-749-8167 xK020
HONDA'S from $5001
Police Impounds. For listings
800-749-8167 xK023

Door- to -Door Hiring Ad
Appointment Setters. Huge
Money. Door to Door, No
Selling 786-522-3503 ext.
11, 24 hour recorded

Aviation company immedi-
ately needs an experi-
enced, quality control and
air crft record manager.
Experience in DC-8 aircraft
is a plus. Call, weekdays
from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. 305-
716-1116 or weekends and
af-ter hours.

needed for busy office.
Must have excellent verbal
skills, a friendly demeanor,
and the ability to multi-
Boring and frigid personali-
ties need not apply!
Fax resume to
ljre lianluii Times1
or email kfranklin@

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

Your Own
Mortgage Business!
Excellent income, no experi-
ence, no license needed.
Work part-time or full-time.
We will teach you!
Call J. Diaz: 786-277-9011

Research Asst
Seeking.a Research Assistant
Professor with a Ph.D. in
Biochemistry or Biology, 31 years
of experience, proficiency in wet
bench biochemistry and the ability
to apply research knowledge to the
airway epithelial biology with high
level of skill and judgment. Must be
able to work independently and
collaboratively. Location: Miami,
FL If interested, mail resume to:.
Irom Riccio, Diiector of Academic
Affairs, University of Miami, Miller
School of Medicine, 1450 NW 10th
Ave., OT807, Miami, FL 33130-1011
or omail: iriccioe@ed.miimi.edui


The Dept of Management
Science of the School of
Business Administration, is
accepting applications for their
pool of qualified lecturers for
the Fall, Spring and Summer
2007 Semesters.
Part-time lecturers are needed
by the Dept of Management
Science for undergraduate
and/or graduate instruction in
Business Calculus, Statistics
and/or Operations Research.
The minimum requirement is
a Ph.D. or enrollment in an
accredited doctoral degree
program and prior college or
university teaching experience.

Send resume to: Dept of
Management Science,
University of Miami, P.O. Box
248237, Coral Gables,
FL 33124-6544. EO/AAE,.edu/careersj

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Fax: 305-757-4764

DiVosta Homes presents

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Brand new DiVosta Homes in prime Jupiter location.

Call 561.625.6969
S a for information.

HOMES Participating brokers must
accompany on first visit.

OI Prices subject to change without notice. We are pleased to u ilize our best efforts to
achieve, maintain and enhance ethnic (iversity in our commniin t, C8, Goi712

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy, an alterna-
tive middle school, is interviewing Florida State certified or
certifiable teachers to fill positions in Math, English,
Science and Social Studies for grades 6 9. Fax resumes
to 305-688-0819 attention Frank Tarrau.


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Whether you're looking for cures, ways to inspire students, or
new methods of management, there's one thing you're bound to
find with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine --
amazing rewards.

Sr Programmer Analyst
We are seeking an experienced analyst to develop and support
research applications atthe Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer
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least 2 years experience required; any appropriate combination
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Security Business Analyst I
Duties include: Providing critical support to the Office of HIPAA
Privacy and Security and focusing on both the technical and
business component of HIPAA. The effective and efficient
monitoring, maintenance, and revision of PHI flowcharts as
well as the other Privacy Office databases and website in
accordance with policies and procedures and the HIPAA
regulation. Excellent organizational, interpersonal,
communication and English skills, verbal and written, required.
Proficiency in Microsoft Visio, Access, Project, Excel, Word,
PowerPoint and SharePaint Application, required. Master's
Degree in Business or Computer Information Systems plus 4
years relevant work experience; any appropriate combination
of relevant education, experience, and/or certifications will be
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Big Ben leaves Detroit

Ben Wallace move may have effect on Heat

By Nathanael Paul
Miami Times Intern

Four-time defensive player of the year Ben Wallace has parted ways with the Detroit Pistons.
This sounds like good news for Heat fans right, wrong. 'Big Ben' is heading to another rival
team, the Chicago Bulls. Wallace told Detroit that he accepted the offer given by the Bulls,
which will keep him there over a four year period worth $60 million.
Wallace was the Alonzo Mourning to the Detroit Pistons. With him gone they lack heart. The
problem for the Heat is that the move makes the Bulls that much better. The Bulls beat the
Heat twice in the first round of the playoffs. They are a very young and athletic team that can
hurt the Heat in many different ways.
On paper one can see the only thing the team was lacking was a big man. Their guards are
very talented with Ben Gordan, Kirk Hinrich and Chris Duhon. Even their forwards can do a
lot of damage with Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng. However, at center, Tyson Chandler was out
more than power during a hurricane with injuries and without him they had no answer for
Now Ben Wallace cannot stop Shaq by himself, but he does help. He is an excellent rebound-
er and shot blocker, in which he led the league in two seasons. I'm not trying to bring fear into
the hearts of Heat fans, but do know the Bulls will be the team to look out for next season.
Off the court Ben is a friendly individual. He enjoys hunting, fishing, swimming and play-

ing video games. On the court he is a mon-
ster. He is the type of player that could
rearrange your face if you come in the middle.
Yet every great player has their weakness. Like
Shaq 'Big Ben' is also a terrible freethrow
In fact he is the worst from the line in NBA
history with more than 1000 attempts. This
showed in the playoffs when the Heat were
able to counter the hack-a-Shaq, with a hack-
a-Ben. Some may ask why pay so much for a
player who is not that talented on offense. He
only stands at 6-9" so he is far from Shaq's
physique. The answer to that question is
because he makes a great anchor. He is a
steady sturdy force down low that swings at
anything coming his way.
Not only does he swing, but he rarely miss-
es averaging only about three fouls a game.
That is what you want in a big man, someone
who is fearless and 'Big Ben' fears no one. So
Pat Riley and the Heat better enjoy this
moment now, because next year their work is
cut out for them.

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MIami-Dade County Public Schools

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE

Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designated
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 des-
ignated. Bid forms on which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the DIVISION OF
PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT web-site at, or Room 351, address
above, telephone (305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the Friday preceding the
scheduled Board meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be
available in the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The
Board reserves the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.
"The School Board of Miami-Dade County 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."

BY: Dr. Rudolph F. Crew

Partnetrsihips far a



Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizen and Cultural Center
1320 NW 50th Street, Miami, Florida 33147
**********Monday, July 17, 2006**********

5:30 PM

The Model City Community Revitalization District Trust will hold its monthly Board Meeting
on Monday, July 17, 2006 at 5:30 pm, to discuss old and new business. The Meeting will
be held at Charles Hadley Park's Carrie R Meek Senior Citizen and Cultural Center, 1350
NW 50"h Street.

If you have any questions please contact the office at 305-635-2301.

Thank You!


Adv. No. 13778

Salary: Entry $114,396 Max $201,984 Annually
This is highly responsible executive level work in providing overall leadership, planning and directing
activities of the Community Action Agency (CAA). Responsibilities include directing a complex social
services delivery system providing a broad range of social services in geographically distributed loca-
tions throughout the County. Working closely with and serving as the secretary of the federally man-
dated and County authorized Community Action Agency Board, the incumbent will direct and coordinate
various services; represent agency interests to legislative bodies, special interest groups and the gen-
eral public; maintain liaison with other county as well as state, federal and community officials; and
ensure appropriate expenditure of funds from various sources. The position reports to the County
Manager through an Assistant County Manager.
The Community Action Agency provides comprehensive social services to assist children, adults, the
elderly, and families to attain self-sufficiency, function independently, and lead productive lives. As part
of Health and Human Services strategic area, the Community Action Agency administers the largest
Head Start and Early Head Start Program in the southeastern United States and operates major self-
sufficiency and family development initiatives to support low income persons. Other initiatives include
specialized services provided to senior citizens, energy conservation programs and home rehabilitation
services for low income homeowners. Citizen participation services are also provided enhancing com-
munity residents opportunities for greater involvement in decisions that impact their communities.
The Agency coordinates its activities with various community stakeholders including advisory councils,
other human services providers, the judicial system, and a series of human service coordinating and
funding agencies. In addition, CAA partners with state, federal and local agencies to ensure necessary
regulatory compliance with grant requirements.
Bachelor's degree. A minimum of seven to ten years of progressively responsible senior level mana-
gerial and/or administrative experience in a large-scale social/human services agency to include super-
visory arid budgetary experience; demonstrated evidence of leadership and knowledge social service
programming is required.
Resumes and other information submitted in response to this advertisement are public records pur-
suant to Chapter 119 Florida Statutes. We offer a generous senior management benefit package val-
ued at approximately $18,000 per year in addition to competitive compensation.
Candidates must submit resume package with a cover letter indicating Requisition #6790047 and title
of position to: Luis L. Gonzalez, Manager, Recruitment and Internal Placement Section, Employee
Relations Department, Personnel Services Division, 111 NW 1 Street, Suite 2020, Miami, FL
33128, or submit via e-mail as a Word document attachment to LLG( Resumes
must be received by July 21, 2006.
Hiring decisions are contingent upon the results of a physical examination, including alcohol and drug screening. Applicants
must meet residence requirement. EOE/M/F/D

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