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Volume 85 Number 30 MIAMI, FLORIDA, APRIL 16-22, 2008

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wns 2008 AP of the year

By Sandra J. Charite
schalrite @miiamitinesonline.conm

In 2007, Hilca Thomas was
overjoyed when she was chosen
as 2007 State of Florida Middle
School Assistant Principal of the
Year. Thomas, the curriculum
assistant principal at Howard
A. Doolin Middle School, was
recently surprised again after
being named the 2008 National
Assistant Principal of the
Year. With her leadership and
strong enthusiasm for learning,
Thomas was selected from three
national finalists as Assistant
Principal for 2008.
"I have been here for eight
years. I was not expecting it.
I am grateful for this award. I
hope to become a principal and
any school would be fine with
me," says Thomas.

2008 Assistant Principal of the Year
On Saturdays, Thomas invites
students and their parents to
Please turn to HILCA 6A

No verdict for the

'Liberty City Six'

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By bidra J. Charite
scharite @miianitimesonline.comi

In June 2006, seven young
men from Liberty City were
seized and charged in a federal
indictment for conspiring with
al-Qaida to war against the
United States by committing
acts of violence including plans
to blow up Chicago's Sears
Narseal Batiste, 34; Patrick
Abraham, 28; Rothschild
Augustin, 24; Burson Augustin,

23; Naudimar Herrera, 24; and
Stanley Grant Phanor, 32, were
taken into custody and accused
of forming a home-based terror
cell that tried to receive funding
and assistance from al-Qaida
to complete violent attacks in
United States. The indictment
also claims that the men had
plans to destroy a federal
building in Miami linking them
which linked them to al-Qaida
terrorist network.
Federal jurors have been
Please turn to VERDICT 6A

Burson Augustin

Helen Williams: The face of a new mayor

Sandra J. Charite

Although the election for mayor of
Miami-Dade is a few months away, the
anticipation for change lingers in the
minds of residents in our community.
Helen B. Williams is one of those
residents seeking change, which is one
of the reasons that she is running for
Mayor of Miami-Dade County. It was
intriguing for me to sit down and talk to
Williams when she visited our Liberty
City office.
Williams is the mother of Eugene Jr.,
the mother-in-law of Jewel, and the
grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.
She is a woman who believes in the
democratic principles of this country

and the community.
Williams grew up in Overtown but
at the age of 12, she and her family
moved to Opa locka. Her father was a
Navy veteran of World War II. Williams
attended North Dade Junior and Senior
High School. During her youth she was
mentored by Dr. Alice Dean Harrison,
who was her tenth grade teacher and
encouraged her to go to college. Williams
went on to pursue her Bachelor of Arts
in English at Florida A&M University
then received her Master of Arts in
American Studies.
Williams was sent by the Miami-Dade
School Board to Harvard University
where she then considered running
for mayor. She participated in a civic
Please turn to WILLIAMS 6A

William B. Sawyer dies at 89

William Benjamin Sawyer
Jr., one of the premier
entrepreneurs in Miami, died
Saturday after a long illness.
He was 89.
The oldest son of pioneer
doctor and community leader
Dr. William B. Sawyer Sr.
and Alberta Sawyer, Bill, as
he wanted to be called, made
a name for himself in Miami-
Born August 11, 1918 in
Palm Beach County he spent
his entire life working in his
father's real estate and hotel
business here.
He began his education at
Mrs. Carrie B. Anderson's
Nursery School in Overtown
and graduated from Booker
T. Washington High school in
After earning a B.S. degree

in Chemistry at Fisk University
in Nashville, Tennessee he
enrolled at Meharry Medical
School there. Threatened with
blindness from an eye illness,

his instructors suggested he
leave in order to save the little
sight he had left. Complete loss
of sight occurred in 1956, the
year his daughter was born.
After leaving Meharry he
matriculated at Northwestern
University in Evanston, Illinois,
and pursued a business career.
later he returned home to help
his parents in the hotel and
real estate business.
Despite his handicap Bill
became a popular and skilled
manager of the 40-room Mary
Elizabeth Hotel on Northwest
2nd Avenue and 7th Street.
The hotel was upgraded and
became the largest Black hotel
in the South with many firsts
such as the first elevator and
rooms with private baths to
the first sprinkling system
Please turn to SAWYER 6A

Edison is
gradually geting"
back to normal.
Classes have
resumed and
seniors prepare
for prom and
their upcoming

More Edison students charges are dropped

By Sandra J. Charite

Charges have been dropped against 21 of the
27 students arrested from the February 29th
lunch fight at Miami Edison Senior High .
The state attorney's office made the decision
not to prosecute these kids after talking to
witnesses and reviewing the arrest affidavits.

"We have looked at the cases individually to
see if any crime was committed," says Terry
Chavez, Media Relations spokesperson from
the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
S"We were able to provide witnesses and
the state attorney's office did an extensive
investigation," says Beatrice Cazeau, a
spokesperson from the Haitian Lawyers
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day at BlackRock
The Royal Palm opened in 2002 adorned with the lofty
language of a great social experiment. Terms like black
dreams, black pride, black hope, black determination echoed
off the hotel's soaring Art Deco walls.

The sentiment was so persistent, so sincerely voiced, it
was almost as if someone thought it might even be true.

The key phrase in 2002, the one that resonated across
South Florida, was "black-owned." A black-owned Miami
Beach convention hotel had been the jewel in the 1993
agreement that brought an end to a three-year black tourist

Last week, another term was associated with the ownership
of the Royal Palm BlackRock Inc.

The New York investment firm went to court last week trying
to wrest control of the struggling Miami Beach hotel. The
lawsuit concerned a $25 million debt and a failed attempt to
market the Royal Palm as a condo-hotel.

All that stuff about Black enterprise? Long forgotten.

Back in 1990, one of those only-in-South Florida cultural
collisions had roiled race relations. Nelson Mandela, on
an official visit, had been snubbed by the local political
leadership, bothered by the South African president's
coziness with Fidel Castro.

Blacks wanted an apology. None came. The boycott was
called, churning up lots of unkind national media attention.
Black conventions canceled. Damage to the local tourist
industry was estimated at $20 million before a settlement
was reached three years later.

The key to the deal: The city of Miami Beach would
subsidize a black-owned convention hotel. The city would
loan the project $10 million in return for a promise of
minority ownership and strict minority hiring levels. At least
25 percent of the hotel management had to be minority
- minority meaning blacks, long shut out of the tourist

Nationally syndicated radio host Tony Brown said the Miami
Beach deal "would become what Montgomery, Ala., became
when Rosa Parks started the civil rights movement."

But black developer R. Donohue Peebles was not Rosa
Parks. Miami Beach was not Montgomery. By 2004, the
Royal Palm was not even a black-owned hotel.

Peebles flipped the property. Sold 87.5 percent to a couple of
white guys who figured they could make a killing converting
the 417-room Royal Palm into a condo hotel. Those hard-
fought agreements to insure minority ownership? The
requirement to insure minorities in the hotel management?
All that went away when the dealmakers paid off the $10
million loan from the city.

The Royal Palm, for all its financial troubles, still looked
sparkling Monday with its grand juts and curves and giant
portholes and two swimming pools at the foot of the dunes
with so many happily oiled tourists on lounge chairs.

But nothing about the place memorized its idealistic origins.
I only saw a couple of black employees a desk clerk and
a maid. Only two black hotel patrons were poolside. I saw
none passing through the lobby.

Apparently, the only real accomplishment of the three-
year boycott was to make a rich black developer richer still.
Peebles has claimed he cleared about $65 million when he
sold the great black hope on Miami Beach.

Now some judge in New York must sort out just who owns
the debt-plagued Royal Palm. BlackRock, unless it can collect
its $25 million note, wants to take control of the hotel.

Aspirations have fallen hard at the Royal Palm: from black-
owned to BlackRock.
-Fred Grimm is a columnist with the Miami Herald


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BAAB board says they are on top of their job

Dear Editor:

Regarding the incidents at
Miami Edison Senior High
School, the Miami-Dade
Black Affairs Advisory Board
(BAAB), which reports to the
Miami Dade Board of County
Commissioners, has worked
with the Miami Dade Schools
Police and other community
based organizations over
the years to bring attention
to the status of youth in our
Briefly, members of the
BAAB met with Chief Darling
and Assistant Chief Charles
Martin over a period to time in
an effort to implement several
programs including the

Truancy Hotline, which would
allow residents or citizens
to call a centralized number
305-371-SKIP to report
truant students. Additionally,
as part of a collaborative
effort, the Schools Police
Department initiated a Civil
Citation Program, which gives
officers the option of writing
students a citation as opposed
to taking them directly to
the Juvenile Assessment
Center, thereby allowing
students to avoid the criminal
justice system, a move we
wholeheartedly supported. We
have also proposed Diversion
Centers instead of Outdoor
The BAAB has held several

'Respect Life! Village Dialogues'
most notably two 'Generation
Rap' sessions in both the
north and south ends of the
county in which students had
an opportunity to voice their
opinions and give adults their
view of the state of their lives.
We further introduced our
'Anti-Violence Ambassador'
and gunshot survivor Robert
Boseman, Jr., who gives a
firsthand testimony on being
a victim of gun violence.
We realize that what
happened at Miami Edison
is unfortunate and should
be dealt with in a fair and
unbiased manner for all
involved parties. We also
believe that every child at ever

school deserves to be educated
in an arena free of violence and
that it is the responsibility of
each child to take advantage
of all educational services
available to them. We further
realize that our youth deserve
the opportunity to receive a
decent education and that
if we fail them; we plan the
failure of our children, our
city and nation.
We invite feedback by asking
that concerned citizens call
our office at 305-375-4606
to provide information and
support in this "Village" effort.

D. J. Fabien, Chair
Miami-Dade County
Black Affairs Advisory Board

Miami is monopolized and overpopulated with Hispanics

Dear Editor:

Florida and it's INS Policy of
Wet Foot Dry Foot has financially
bankrupted the city of its' social
services in Miami. The streets
are always overcrowded with
cars, trucks, and other vehicles
doing business to accommodate
it's overcrowded Population, the
stores, medical facilities, and
the housing is overcrowded as
well but not with many of those
who really need some place to
live. The Black Communities
have been disappearing at a

rate impossible to measure.
Why are the newest built
housing full of Hispanics and
few others? How is that not
considered discrimination
which is obviously visible to
There are presently two and a
half times more Hispanics living
in the city of Miami currently
than any other culture, and
it is due to the Wet Foot Dry
Foot INS Policies. Is anyone
paying attention to what is
really going on. Our Local city,
county and state Governments

are monopolizing control by
Hispanics and they seem to
be supporting their own while
in office. Most of the African
American Commissioners have
been scrutinized so thoroughly
to the point that they have
either resigned or they have
been forced to resigned to be
replaced by other Hispanics.
What really happened to
Commissioner Art Teele and his
breif case of secret information
that has not been discussed
since his death? Why was he
taking it to the Miami Herald's

reporter to report it in the
papers? Was it incriminating of
others in public office that would
have destroyed many who still
sit in Public Office today? Who
knows these answers and why
hasn't the real truth come out
in a fair investigation?
The city of Miami is in serious
trouble and if it is not addressed
immediately all Miamians will
be facing more social delemmas
to have to solve.

Phillip L. Wright Sr.

Val Screen's VKBPT connection is purely professional

Dear Editor:

It was with some surprise
that we learned from The
Miami Times 'Spreading
larceny' section of March 26
that Ms. Valria Screen has
entered the political race
for the Miami-Dade County

Commission seat presently
held by Commissioner Audrey
M. Edmonson. In that news
item Ms. Screen was identified
with the Virginia Key Beach
Park Trust (VKBPT), which
she serves well as our very
able and supportive Director of
Development (fundraising).

Under the circumstances, it
becomes incumbent upon us
to clarify, for the public record,
that Ms. Screen's decision
to run for office is a personal
one, and does not in any way
represent a policy decision
by the Trust or any of its
members. As a public entity of

the City of Miami which serves
all citizens, the VKBPT cannot
and does not officially promote,
endorse, criticize or oppose any
candidate(s) for political office,
but can only wish well to all.

Gene S. Tinnie

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produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a program,you get action .." Malolm






Haters did not hurt the

hip-hop mayor, he did
Pride goethe.. before a fall. of personal responsibility and the
Proverbs 16:18 consequences that accompany it.
I wonder if any of the 60 Detroit Those pastors supporting Mayor
pastors supporting embattled Kilpatrick claim to support the
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are person and not the mistakes
reminding him of this Biblical he made. That's a good thing,
principle? As the drama unfolds considering that the litany of
in Detroit, it makes me wonder mistakes King Kwame has made
about public integrity. Are our as both a public servant and a
leaders so drunk with power that father and husband is quite long
honesty, character and respect beginning with perjury and
for their offices and the people obstruction of justice and ending
they represent now secondary with adultery.
nuisances? Although one pastor claimed
From Marion Barry to Eliot the Mayor seemed "contrite"
Spitzer and Richard Nixon to Mark when they prayed for him in the
Foley, character and integrity or moments before his arraignment,
the lack thereof know no party the smirk in his mug shot tells
affiliation or skin color, me something different. It looks
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, like humility needs to be added to

We all make mistakes, but part of learning from those mis-
takes is accepting responsibility for them. This often re-
quires payinga heavy price.

"King Kwame" or the "Hip-Hop
Mayor" to some, is yet another
example of a politician drowning
in his own narcissistic sense of
infallibility. The opportunity to
earn the public trust is a privilege,
and politicians often forget who
they are working for.
Anyone aware of Mayor
Kirkpatrick's tenure shouldn't
be surprised. Arrogance and a
sense of entitlement are a recipe
for disaster, especially when the
resources of an entire city are at
one's disposal and "yes men" who
occupy high-ranking city positions
act as enablers.
Mayor Kilpatrick's supporters
claim he's done wonders for the
city's economic development-
helping rebuild the downtown and
creating jobs. To summarize a
point famously made by comedian
Chris Rock, I'm not going to praise
him for something he is supposed
to do. Are we supposed to
excuse away despicable, and now
apparently illegal, antics because
he's done what is expected of him?
In that vein, should drug
dealers not be arrested as long
as they build playgrounds, hand
out turkeys and donate money
to the local community center?
This warped sense of self allows
a corrupted sense of right and
wrong to perpetuate the dismissal

those prayers, between forgiveness
and repentance.
Race-baiting and defiant and
blaming everyone from the "haters"
to the media for his troubles -
Mayor Kilpatrick's behavior is
not that of a contrite man whose
self-inflicted downfall brings a
cloud of shame and humiliation
not only to himself and his family
but also the people of Detroit.
"Haters" didn't write over 14,000
text messages, including sexually
explicit missives, to his city-
employed paramour. Nor did
"haters" decide to inappropriately
fire Officer Gary Brown because
he was investigating suspected
misconduct on behalf of the
Mayor's personal security team
and an alleged (but never proven)
stripper party at the city-financed
Manoogian Mansion residence.
And "haters" didn't make anyone
allegedly lie under oath to hide
I'm sick and tired of people saying
the very serious felony charges are
the product of an overambitious
prosecutor's witch-hunt over a
sexual affair. Let's not forget
that Mayor Kilpatrick not only
took an oath to uphold his office
with honor, but another to honor
his marriage. He has apparently
failed miserably at both and has
only himself to blame.

Racial bias is what some people want us to see ... has published an
op-ed by our David Almasi on the
Vogue magazine-LeBron James-
Gisele Bundchen mini-scandal
(covered on this blog previously
Racial Bias is What Some People
Want Us to See... No Matter What
Comedian Chris Rock used
to play a recurring character on
"Saturday Night Live" named
Nat X. During the humorous,
nonsensical rants of this Black
Nationalist talk show host, Nat X
would sometimes be chased by his
studio's "white-man cam." When
it caught him, bars would appear
on the screen and Nat X would yell
"That's what you wanna see!"
April's cover of Vogue magazine,
featuring an Annie Leibovitz
photo of basketball phenomenon
LeBron James and supermodel
Gisele Bundchen promoting its
"shape issue," is drawing fire for
what magazine critic Samir Husni
calls an image that "screams King
Leibovitz's photo featured James,
dressed to play and bouncing
a basketball, looking like he is
yelling while clutching a smiling
Riindchen around the waist.

Adding to Husni's criticism,
University of Maryland assistant
professor Damion Thomas told
the Associated Press that the
Leibowitz photo "reinforce[s] the
criminalization of Black men."
This criticism turns a high-
end fashion magazine with a

"There are people who are, and
probably forever will be, racially
hypersensitive for either personal
or professional reasons. Nothing
that reasonable people say or do
will convince them otherwise.
I believe critics are using this
canard of racial stereotyping

physical prowess, which is what Vogue was celebrating by featur-
ing him on the cover with one of the world's top supermodels

circulation of around a million into
an international news story and
a potential flashpoint for racial
The controversy over the photo
is the creation of conspiracy
theorists willing to find a racial
angle in just about anything.
The alleged victim James'
response was one of indifference.
He told the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
"who cares what anyone says?"
and that he was "just showing a
little emotion."
Darryn "Dutch" Martin, a Black
conservative with Project 21 (full
disclosure: a group with which
I work. said in a Dress release:

as a smokescreen to hide their
true disdain for any images of
interracial closeness or intimacy
between Black men and white
Hours after Project 21's press
release hit the Internet, I received
an e-mail from liberal blogger
Rogers Cadenhead suggesting
I visit his blog. A fellow liberal
blogger had already gone to
the trouble of tracking down a
World War I-era army recruiting
poster that closely resembles the
Vogue photo. On his "Watching
the Watchers" blog, Cadenhead
reproduced the magazine cover
and the poster and opined:

"Leibovitz, who has a istor
referencing iconic images in her
photographs, appropriated the
composition from a famous poster
that's believed to be an inspiration
for the film King Kong... I wonder
if James, presented with the two
images, would be as generous."
Leibovitz has not yet said
this is what she did it is only
speculation. And the poster was
comparing Germans to apes (and
not necessarily King Kong).
Vogue's cover didn't personally
make me draw a comparison
between LeBron James and King
Kong until I read Husni and
Thomas's criticism. Nor was I
aware of the recruiting poster
until Cadenhead contacted me.
Despite now being exposed to it,
I don't think of James as an ape
not do I hold him in the same
contempt as I do Kaiser Wilhelm II
and the German empire of nearly
a century ago.
To be honest, the first thing I
thought about when I saw the
photo was how it resembled the
way James looks on the bottle
of Powerade that is sitting in my
refrigerator. James is an endorser
of the sports drink.

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Word around town is that Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez
has worn out his welcome with the people of this community
and are welcoming the candidacy of someone to take his
place. Some people feel that Rep. Marco Rubio is going to be
the opposition, but several others may be testing the waters
because many feel that the mayor has misused the powers
handed to him when they voted to change to a strong major
form of government. The big issue of course will center around
that $3 billion 'global agreement' funded with Community
Redevelopment Agency money. Stay tuned.

It could take Florida another century to right the wrongs
visited upon its Black residents, but at least they are moving
ahead slowly. Last week the state gave $1.25 million to Alan
Grotzer who was wrongly incarcerated for almost 25 years.
Believe it or not, but five of the 40 Senate members opposed
the vote.

There's a red, hot battle going on between Joe Garcia and
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart for the 25th District in Congress.
Mario is upset because Joe invited New York Democrat Rep.
Charles Rangel to an April 21 fundraiser because Rangel is
against the trade embargo on Cuba. Garcia reminded everyone
that his Republican rival is accepting campaign contributions
from companies with ties to the Cuban government.
It's income tax time again and Uncle Sam needs his money
to help pay that monstrous bill we have built up in Iraq. Some
celebrities who were told to pay up are Dionne Warwick $3.4
million, comedian Sinbad $2.1 million, O.J. Simpson $1,5
million, and boxer Floyd Mayweather who has paid down his
$3.1 million to $13,594.

Miami-Dade School Board members are finally getting the
message that some changes must be made in the controversial
FCAT. Teachers and students are frustrated to the point of
illness. Broward County schools officials already have launched
a pilot program to address the impact of FCAT preparation in
classrooms. Administrators there say they are also hoping to
reduced the frenzy surrounding the high-stakes tests.

Maybe Pope Benedict XVI can give us a little advice on this
matter during his current visit to our country. Divorce and
out-of-wedlock childbearing costs U.S. taxpayers more than
$112 billion a year, according to a study commissioned by
four groups advocating more government action to bolster





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Student, Liberty City

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In certain "
parts of this
country, his
dream remains
alive till this day
but not in my
we go, we
should be treated equally but
unfortunately that's not the
case. If Barack Obama becomes
President, then he will be living
King's dream.
Culinary, Cook, Liberty City
As of right
now, I have
not seen the
promise land.
I think that
we are moving

Cook, North Miami
We are living
in greed
People just
don't want to
help people like
they used to.
Everybody is
concerned with
and their needs so basically we
are not living Dr. King's dream.
The body is absent from what
King strived for which was unity
and nonviolence.
Student, Liberty City
I live in a
where Black
people are
not preaching
a b o u t
We are
killing each other instead of

being unified together so sadly I
don't feel that his dream is alive
Liberty City
We are
as a country.
Dr. King's
dream applies
to everyone so
in my eyes it is
still alive.
Chef Miami
No, Black
people are
divided among
each other.
There is no
sense of unity.
King was a man
who strongly
on nonviolence but yet we are
killing each other. Everybody is
concerned about themselves.

Open enrollment for choice program
By Sandra J. Charite public school. Transportation will be receiving the packets will be provided for students at school and no applications
selected to a school within their will be sent home to parents.
It's that time of the year geographic zone that is more Applicationscanbedownloaded
again. Open enrollment for than two miles from their place online at http://nclbchoice.
choice program will be from of residence. and returned
April 14 to May 2. Parents are given a chance to your child's school, or you
In January 8, 2002, President to choose two schools in order can return the application to
Bush signed the No Child Left of preference. Your two choices the student's current resident
Behind (NCLB) Act, which are not guaranteed but if school, or you may mail it to
requires that "all children have either of these -preferences is Specialized Programs 1500
a fair, equal, and significant unavailable, your child will be Biscayne Blvd, Suite 336,
opportunity to obtain a high- assigned an alternate school Miami, FL 33132. Applications
quality education and reach, choice placement. If the school will be available in English,
at a minimum, proficiency that your child is placed in is a Creole, and Spanish.
on challenging state academic Magnet Program, this does not Second enrollment begins
achievementstandardsandstate necessarilymean thatyourchild after AYP comes out during the
academic assessments". NCLB is in the Magnet Program. summer but second enrollment
is a law that tries to completely Most importantly, parents does not allow the parents to
close the achievement gap must research their school or enroll for the choice program.
between the underprivileged schools ofinterest. "I encourage "This is a good program
and minority students and parents to look at the receiving because now parents know
their peers and encourage list. A lot of parents look at the that their kids are not forced to
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Williams throws her hat in the ring for mayor of Miami-Dade

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reading and writing institute
program where she was able
to teach students how politics
effects them as an individual.
At the end of the program, she
received her Civic Institute
Certificate and realized how
significant it was for the
community to uphold democratic
Williams has had experiences
with various cultures throughout
Miami-Dade. Teaching at many
educational institutions she
feels that her 'culture eyes' are
widened within the community.
She was named Teacher of the
Year at Shenandoah Elementary
School on Coral Way and has
taught many Haitian students
at Robert E. Lee Junior High
School as well as Jewish kids
at Miami Beach Senior High. At
Baltimore Community College,
she was also able to teach
Iranian children.
She has had many experiences
in the community. Williams has
served as chairman of the Board

of Directors for the Rilya Wilson
Project, Inc which advocated for
children rights. She is a member
of the Sickle Cell Foundation,
Miami chapter. Williams is
also the first Language Arts
coordinator, providing services
to language arts teachers in the
Miami-Dade School system.
"I want to be able to make a
difference in our community.
One of the most important things
for me is restoring transparency
in Miami-Dade. If we have
transparency then money will
not be missing without a trace,"
says Williams. She continues,
"I want to see the English
language come back as the
main language in South Florida
along with fair employment
practices. Ethnicity should
not be significant in employing
anyone. All citizens should be
able to seek affordable housing
regardless of the location, skin
color, or income. The decision to
build a Marlins stadium without
residents having a voice in the
matter we need an oversight
committee ," says Williams
Williams also wants to enforce

ordinances for cleanliness in
our neighborhoods, making sure
residents keep their yards clean,
residents stop playing loud
music that disturbs the peace,
and residents leaving five or
more cars parked cars in their
yards. She also wants the 'mom

and pop stores' to be able to
supply more healthy food items
in their stores. "These kids are
the main consumers who are
consuming all that sugar and
high calorie foods which is one
of the reasons that many of our
kids are obese," says Williams.
She wants to re-enforce the law
which prohibits anyone under
the age of 21 from purchasing
alcohol in our neighborhoods.
Williams wants to be an example
to the youth in the community.

"Not that their aren't any right
now, I want to demonstrate to
the community that you can
have honest politicians," says
With the increase of youth
violence on our streets, Williams
strongly favors enforcing a

curfew for youth. The curfew
would come into effect at
midnight for minors under 18
and it would continue for a year
to see if youth crime decreases.
Those minors who have a job
that requires them to be out after
midnight would receive a card
from their employer indicating
that they are currently employed.
Williams wants to visit the
alternative schools and maybe
some prisons to have a talk with
young men who have behavior

problems. "I want to ask them
what are some signs that we
are missing and what could we
have done to help them not head
down that road of violence," says
"After care programs must
be filled and mentored by
qualified and individuals with
clean records," says Williams.
We will need individuals who
will make sure that the kids
are constantly attending the
programs provided. Those who
are old enough to stay at home
will be monitored and visited on
a consistent basis.
In our communities, we need
parents to come together to create
a co-op program. The co-op
program would be a reinforcement
of the 'village raising a child'
concept. While one parent is at
work, another parent who is not
at work can monitor her children
and vice versa. We have broken
the ties of being neighbors but we
must come together to establish
love and respect for one another.
"Helen is a great leader. She
is truly a brilliant woman. She
has a heart for people which is

one of the things that makes hi
an amazing person. As mayo
she will definitely bring nei
ideas that will help improve ti
community," says Julia Clarl
widow of Priest Elisha Clarke J
from the Episcopal Church of th
"The mayor's office needs
new person without any baggage
whose purpose is to do a job an
do it well. I think I have a chance
of winning because I represent td
average person in Miami-Dade.
believe in a honest day's work.
have a strong faith in God and
want the mayor's office to shoi
respect for people regardless
race or color. I will work everydO
to make sure it happens. If I ax
selected as mayor, I will have a|
open door policy.
We need people who are n
afraid to step out and take a ris
in politics and when they do ste'
out that they step lawfully," say
If you would like to know mor
about Helen B. Williams, yo
reach herat 786-587-9904 oryo
can email her at Helenformayor(

Hilca wins 2008 Assistant Principal of the year

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school, where they construct
and launch model rockets.
She has invited a NASA
astronaut to the school as
an incentive for the students.
She has taken students on
field trips to the Kennedy
Space Center. Her passion for

science and engineering has
earned her great recognition
from her peers.
"With her win, the school
has received positive
recognition. She is well
deserving of this award. She
has very high aspirations
and everyone here is very
proud of her," says Principal
Eduardo Tillet.
"I amhappyforher and I truly

appreciate good leadership. I
think that who you have as a
leader really does affect you.
The administrators at this
school really put these kids
first so they are more than
just administrators they are
educators. Winning this
award has not changed her at
all because she continues to
shine with meekness," James
Piug, the drama teacher.

Thomas will receive a
$5,000 award to be spent
on improving learning at
her school. She will also
be honored at a black-tie
dinner during a two-day
appreciation program on
April 18-19, in Washington,
DC, where all state honorees
will partake in a professional
development and networking
activities with their peers.

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Pioneer entrepreneur William Sawyer dies at 89

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and a community room for
religious and social activities.
The first Black Night Club
and Lounge with a 5 a.m.
closing license also served a
good purpose. When the clubs
closed on Miami Beach, activity
would be in full swing at the

Mary Elizabeth.
Bill was not only a
businessman, but an ardent
community leader. he
maintained participation as
an Honorary Member of the
Miami Overtown Advisory
Board, member of Greater
Bethel A.M.E. Church, Miami
Cultural Arts Society, Natives of
Dade County Historical Society,

Booker T. Washington Alumni
Association, National Historical
Preservation Society, The Urban
league, Downtown Development
Authority of Miami, Overtown
Optimists Club, Lifetime member
of the the General Alumni
Association of Fisk University,
Miami-Fisk Club and Friends of
Folklore Club.
Bill is survived by his wife,

Bernice Cartwright; daughter,
Bernice A. Sawyer-Watson; son-
in-law, Joseph Levi Watson;
grandchildren, Joseph L.
Watson, Jr., Jasmine Euleta
Bernice Watson and Jordan
William Sawyer-Watson.
Services will be held Saturday,
April 26 at Greater Bethel A.M.E.
church with Range Funeral
Home in charge.

Charges are dropped for Miami Edison senior high students

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Association who represented
some of the students.
City of Miami Police and
Miami-Dade police were called
to Edison by Miami-Dade
School Board Police when a
fight broke out after students
objected to the arrest of a fellow
student. The student was
being arrested for assaulting
the assistant principal. Other
students felt that too much
physical force was used to
apprehend the student. A total
of 27 students were arrested,
possibly facing charges of
battery on a police officers,
resisting arrest, and disorderly
conduct. Parents stormed the
school, asking questions and
demanding answers . how

could this happen in their
child's school?
Days after the incident,
students staged a protest for
the release of the arrested
students. Protestors carried
signs calling for change.
Students demanded the firing
and the arrest of Assistant
Principal Javier Perez. With
the FCAT soon approaching,
local leaders commended the
kids for standing up for their
rights but advised them to
focus on school and to move
"The kids are happy especially
the adult students that were
charged. Right now, they need
to focus on school but they
will have to get their records
expunged," says Cazeau.
Edison is gradually geting
back to normal. Classes have

J.U.G.S. honor community leaders

J.U.G.S. International,
Miami Chapter will celebrate
their annual Diamond
and Orchid Luncheon on
The organization will honor
Reverend Henry Green,
Pastor Mount Hermon A.M.E.
Church of Miami Gardens,
the Honorable Shirley Gibson,
Mayor of Miami Gardens, and
Jacquelle E. Sconiers, Miami-
Dade County's Teacher of
the Year 2008. The affair
will begin at 11 a.m. at the

Marriott Hotel and Resort.
Adding to the afternoon
festivities will be door prizes,
a raffle and entertainment
by students from Florida
Memorial University.
Proceeds from the luncheon
will be used for scholarships
and to benefit families and
youths of our communities in
keeping with J.U.G.S. motto:
Improving the Lives of Our
Children Today.
For more information call

resumed and seniors prepare
for prom and their upcoming

Six students are waiting
to here if their cases will be

No verdict raises odds of second mistrial

continued from 1A

unable to reach a verdict for
the six defendants. On Friday,
in a short memo, given to U.S.
District Judge Joan Leonard,
jurors said that they were
unable to reach a verdict on all
four counts for the defendants.
However, the judge ordered the
jurors to continue deliberating.
Last month, the judge denied the
defense motion for a mistrial.
The first trial ended in a
mistrial in December 2007.
Jurors could not come to a
unanimous decision for the
'iberty City Seven.' Lyglenson
Lemorin, 33, a permanent legal
U.S. resident, was acquitted of
conspiracy to provide material
support to Al Qaida and
conspiracy to levy war against
the United States in December
2007. Unfortunately, he is
awaiting a possible deportation
back to Haiti.
"I must say with regards to
the actual charges that have
been placed against them, give

a false perception of the truth
which I am sure is the reason
the first trial jury was unabll
to reach a verdict," says Dennii
V. Thompson a Liberty Cit
The jurors returned to cour
on Monday, if the jurors art
unable to reach a decision thi
judge must tell the jurors, it ii
their duty to reach a verdict i
at all possible. Many fear th<
second trial would end like th<
first, in a hung jury. If convicted
of all counts, the men face up t(
70 years in prison.
Due to the gag order
prosecutors and defens(
attorneys are prohibited front
commenting publicly.
This two-year old case has
caused an uproar within the
community. Concerned citizens
question why these young
men are being prosecuted
as terrorists. Many-residents
have viewed these young men
as hard-working construction
workers who were falsely
accused and are being set-up
by the government.

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"This is awoman who wants change. She grew up in Miami
and has seen the good and bad of these streets. Helen is
filled with integrity and she opens her heart to help those that
are in need."
.Sylvia Sands
Long-time friend and classmate



As a part of Miami-Dade County's continuing commitment to public
participation in local government, the Park and Recreation Department
invites area residents to attend a public meeting for:

29901 South Dixie Highway
Homestead, FL 33033
The meeting will address the new programming plan for Seminole Wayside
Park. As part of the meeting, County staff will answer questions about
planning, development and operations. Residents are encouraged to
attend and comment on the plan. The meeting will take place at:

South Dade Park Recreation Center
28151 SW 164th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33033
April 24, 2008
7:00PM 9:00PM

For further information, requests for foreign language interpreters, or
questions prior to the meeting please contact:
Andy McCall, Park Planner
Miami-Dade Park & Recreation Department
Planning & Research Division

Call 305-755-7848 (V/TDD) for materials in accessible format, information
on access for Persons with Disabilities or sign language interpreters (five
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IOC strips medals from Jones' teammates

Marion Jones gave up her
Olympic medals. Her relay
teammates aren't quite as
Jones' former relay teammates
paid for her doping offenses
Thursday, losing their medals
from the 2000 Sydney Olympics
as the International Olympic
Committee stripped them from
athletes who won gold with
Jones in the 1,600-meter relay
and bronze in the 400 relay.
"The decision was based on
the fact that they were part
of a team, that Marion Jones
was disqualified from the
Sydney Games due to her own
admission that she was doping
during those games," said IOC
spokeswoman Giselle Davies,
who announced the decision.
"She was part of a team and
she competed with them in the
Jones' teammates on the
1,600 squad were Jearl-Miles
Clark, Monique Hennagan,
LaTasha Colander-Richardson
and Andrea Anderson. The
400-relay squad also had
Chryste Gaines, Torri Edwards,
Nanceen Perry and Passion
The runners have previously
refused to give up their medals,
saying it would be wrong
to punish them for Jones'
violations. They have hired
a U.S. lawyer to defend their
case, which could wind up
in the Swiss-based Court of
Arbitration for Sport.
The IOC ruling follows the
admission by Jones last year
that she was doping at the time
of the Sydney Games.
She returned her five medals
last year and the IOC formally
stripped her of the results in
December. Jones won gold in
the 100 meters, 200 and 1,600
relay, and bronze in the long
jump and 400 relay.
"The (IOC) decision
illustrates just how far-reaching
the consequences of doping can
be," USOC chief executive officer
Jim Scherr said in a statement.
"When an athlete makes the
choice to cheat, others end
up paying the price, including
teammates, competitors and
"We respect the decision of

From left to right, Jearl Miles-Clark, Monique Hennagan, La
Tasha Colander-Richardson and Marion Jones display their

gold medals after winning the
Summer Games.
the IOC executive board, as well
as the right for the athletes who
are impacted by this decision
to file an appeal with the Court
of Arbitration of Sport, should
they so choose."
The IOC put off any decision
Thursday on reallocating
the medals, pending more

4X400 meter relay at the 2000
information from the ongoing
BALCO steroid investigation in
the United States.
A reshuffling of the medals
could affect more than three
dozen other athletes. The IOC
wants to know whether any
other Sydney athletes are
implicated in the BALCO files.





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The Governing Board of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Miami
Urbanized Area will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 2:00 p.m.
in the County Commission.Chambers, Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW First Street,
Miami, Florida, for the purposes of approving:
1. FY 2009-2013 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The TIP details in a single document all transportation improvements in the
metropolitan area scheduled for the next five years. Funding for the transportation
improvements include federal, state and local transportation funding sources. A total
of over 8.1 billion dollars in transportation funding is proposed in the TIP for the
upcoming five year cycle.
2. FY 2009/10 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Miami-Dade
The UPWP provides a bi-annual planning work program that identifies the
transportation planning budget and activities to be undertaken in the metropolitan
area of Miami-Dade County. The total funding for transportation planning efforts in
this two-year document is $14M and will commence concurrently with the State's
fiscal year on July 1, 2008, The Miami-Dade UPWP is compiled by the Miami-Dade
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further information, please contact the MPO Secretariat, Stephen P. Clark Center,
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Catholic schools closing in urban areas

By Greg Toppo

For years, parents at St.
Joseph School, a tiny Catholic
school in Petersburg, Va.,
have fretted over just about
everything: The 133-year-old
school is losing students and
faces a debt of $500,000 plus
another $500,000 in repairs.
Among its needs: new windows,
a paint job and a roof.
Then, a week ago, the
Richmond Diocese told St.
Joseph boosters to raise the $1
million by April 21 or the school
will close for good. Now a small
group of parents is beating the
bushes for donors, everyone
from local business owners to
Oprah Winfrey.
"It's a small, very nurturing
school," says Ella Dickinson,
whose older son attends
kindergarten. "There is very
much a sense of family."
St. Joseph finds itself in a
plight shared by hundreds
of schools. As Pope Benedict
XVI prepares to visit the
USA, a report released by a
Washington education think
tank finds that more than 1,300

Catholic schools, most of them
in big cities, have closed since
The report, by the Thomas B.
Fordham Institute, estimates

to find other public, private or
parochial schools. Fordham
reports that the closings have
cost taxpayers more than
$20 billion as public schools
absorbed many students.
"This has been a slow-
moving disaster for going on

More than 1,300 Catholic schools, most of them in big cities, have
closed since 1990.

that 300,000 students twice
as many as were displaced by
Hurricane Katrina have had

40 years," says Fordham vice
president Mike Petrilli. He says
the schools have long faced

Catholic school enrollment dwindling

GOP rules chairman may block new state song

for a new state song is about
ready to hit a major legislative
roadblock Senate Rules
Chairman Jim King.
Florida, Where the Sawgrass
Meets the Sky, penned by
Broward music teacher Jan
Hinton, has passed two key
Senate committees. But it
may not get past King, whose
committee controls which bills
make it to the full Serate for
a vote.
King wants to keep the
current state song, Stephen
Foster's Old Folks At Home,
also known as Swanee River,
but change the lyrics.
"There's a tremendous
amount of support for keeping

By Kathleen Fackelmann

Anti-psychotic drugs
frequently used in nursing
homes to treat aggression
in Alzheimer's patients don't
provide any benefit and seem
to lead to a marked decline in
verbal ability, a report says.
The study, published in the
April issue of the journal Public
Library of Science Medicine,
adds to a long line of evidence
suggesting such drugs aren't
safe in elderly patients and
don't work very well when used
The Food and Drug
Administration warned doctors
in 2005 that some anti-psychotic
drugs could increase the risk
of death when given to older
patients in nursing homes.
Yet the drugs are widely
prescribed. An estimated 30%
to 60% of nursing home patients
in the USA are given the drugs,
and many of the patients have
Alzheimer's,.a progressive brain
disease that sometimes leads to
aggressive behavior, says Ralph
Nixon, a spokesman for the
Alzheimer's Association.

Swanee River the state song,"
said King, R-Jacksonville.
"And the zeal for keeping it
intensifies the further north of
Interstate 4 you go."
Foster wrote the tune in
1851, evoking images of a
pre-Civil War Florida where
slaves worked the large cotton
plantations, although he had
never visited the state and
even misspelled the name of
the North Florida river, which
is the Suwanee.
The ballad was adopted by
the Legislature as the official
state song in 1935, but the
lyrics contain terms such as
"darkeys" and are written in an
exaggerated dialect that recalls
"de banjo strumming" and

Doctors often prescribe these
drugs because they act as
sedatives for difficult patients,
says researcher Robin Jacoby,
a geriatric psychiatrist at
the University of Oxford in
Often an underlying medical
problem, such as an untreated
urinary tract infection, causes
an Alzheimer's patient to behave

glorifies life on the plantation.
King said "there is a
politically correct version that
has acceptable words" and
those are the lyrics he wants
to codify in state law.
The push for a new state
song began last year after
Gov. Charlie Crist shunned
the tradition of having Old
Folks At Home played at his
inauguration. The Florida
Music Educators' Association
launched a contest that drew
243 entries and more than
8,000 votes from around the
The winner was Hinton,
of Pompano Beach, a music
teacher at Pinecrest School.
The legislation proposing a

chlorpromazine, haloperidol,
trifluoperazin or risperidone
for at least three months.
The researchers took half the
patients off the medication
and gave them placebo pills.
The other half kept taking the
After six months, the
researchers found that patients
who kept taking the anti-

Often an underlying medical problem, such as an untreated
urinary tract infection, causes an Alzheimer's patient to
behave aggressively, Jacoby says.

aggressively, Jacoby says.
But overburdened doctors will
prescribe a drug rather than
take the time to figure out what's
causing the patient's distress,
he says. "These patients are
drugged up to the eyeballs,"
Jacoby says.
Jacoby and his colleagues
studied 165 people with severe
Alzheimer's living in nursing
homes in four cities in Great
Britain, where the drugs also are
heavily used. The patients had
been taking an anti-psychotic
drug such as thioridazine,

psychotic drugs showed a
significant deterioration in
their ability to speak fluently.
Alzheimer's ultimately destroys
the brain's language centers,
but the study suggests the drugs
might speed up that process
and leave patients increasingly
isolated, Nixon says.
The FDA approved the
anti-psychotic drugs for the
treatment of schizophrenia,
not Alzheimer's, says P. Murali
Doraiswamy, chief of biological
psychiatry at Duke University
Medical Center.

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swap was filed by Sen. Tony en elr mothers were asKeC auouut their slieping i iauLs-. v ien
Hill, D-Jacksonville, and Rep. the children were ages 1 and 2, the mothers were asked about
Ed Homan, R- Tampa. their sleep and television watching.
"We'd not be the first state to "One of the things we thought was that if children are
change a song," Homan said. sleeping less they might be watching more TV,andaybe that
"We're not the same state we would explain the relationship between sleep and obesity,"~says
were. [Swanee River] wasn't lead author Elsie Taveras, a Harvard pediatrician who runs:
written for our state." the childhood obesity prevention clinic at Children's Hospital
Homan has had a hard time Boston. "But that wasn't the case."
getting his bill heard in a The children slept an average of 12.3 hours a day at age 6
House committee but voiced months, 12.8 hours aday at 1 year and 12 hours a day at age
hope it will make it onto the 2. Some who slept more than 12 hours also watched more than
agenda this week. Hill's version two hours of TV a day, while some briefer sleepers didn't.
of the bill passed the Senate Why less sleep in infancy and toddlerhod linked to a
Transportation and Economic reater chance of becoming overweightisn't clear, says
Development Appropriations author Matthew Gillman,also a Harvard pediatrician.ilm
Committee on Tuesday and sayssomeshort-termexperiments in adults suggest that
heads to King's committee "people whose sleep is curtailed do have hormone changes that
next. tend to increase appetite."

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changing demographics as
Catholics moved to suburbs
and higher-paid lay teachers
and administrators replaced
Overall, Catholic school
enrollment now stands at about
2.3 million, down from the
peak of 5.2 million in the early
Karen Ristau, president of the
National Catholic Education
Association, says church
leaders didn't respond quickly
enough to the urban exodus
of Catholics to suburbs and
exurbs. "We didn't build schools
fast enough." Where churches
did build schools, "those schools
have waiting lists."
But even with mounting costs
and changing demographics,
Petrilli notes, closure in inner
cities isn't a given. In places
such as Wichita, church leaders
have urged parishioners to
dig deeply into their pockets.
Students now attend the 39
diocese schools tuition-free.
"The trick is building stronger
parishes," says Bob Voboril,
superintendent of the Wichita
Diocese. "The difference is that
all the people in the parish are
asked to be involved ... not just
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2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday Morning Services
7:45 am. 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.

Logos Baptist Church
16305 NW 48th Ave.

Order of Services
Sun ay
Morning Worshi at 8 & 1 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
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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.

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

Order of Services:
Early Morning Worship.7:30a.m.
Sunday School..........9:30a.m.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Prayer Meeting ............7:30 p.m.
Bible Study ..................8 p.m.

aith Evangelistic Praise &\
Worship Center, Int.
7770 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-691-3865 Fax: 305-624-9065
Order of Services
Sunday School....9..............9:30 a.m.
SSun. Morning Worship........... 11 am.
Tues. Prayer.................... 6 p.m.
School of Wisdom............6:30 p.m.
Healing &DeliveanceSev...7:30p.m.
WedJSat. Manna (prayer)......... am.
Friday Youth Night................7 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.
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Sunday School.......9:30 a.m.

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SSt. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
Order of Services:
Sunday 7:30 and 11 a.w.
Worship Service
Tuesday.........7 p.m. Bible Study
8 p.m....... Prayer Meeting
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12 p.m.......Day Prayer

S First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-635-8053 Fax: 305-635-0026
Order of Services:
Sunday...............7:30 &11 a.m.
Sunday School...............10 a.m.
Thursday..........7 p.m. Bible Study,
k Prayer Meeting. B.T.U.
Baptism Thurs. before
First Sun..7 p.m.
Communion First Sun .......
7:T0 A, I1 a.m.

Mt Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services
Sun ay
Cllurh Sch.1ool ...1.......9:3
Vorship Service ..............I 11m,
Bible SIudy 7: p.n.
Pniyer Meceting 7 p.m.
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Peaceful Zion Missionary
Baptist Church
2400 N.W. 68'" Street, Miami, FL 33147
(305) 836-1495
Order of Services:
Early Morning Services
(2,3,4,51 Sunday) ......8:00 am
Sunday School ..........9:45 am
Morning Service .....11:00 am
Communion Service
n ThuIs. before I" Sunday) 7:30 pm
SPrayer Meeting/Bible Study
(Wednesday)7:30 pma

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3" Avenue
Church 305-573-3714
Fax 305-573-4060,Fax 305-255-8549
Order of Services:
Sunday Schoolr...........L9:45 a.m.
Sun. Morning Scri vs.....I I i.m.
4", Sun....BTU....1:30-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday.....:Bible Study
Feeding Ministry......10 a.m.
Wed. Bible Sludy/Prayer..6:30 p,.m
Thurs. Outreach Minisuy....6:30 p.m
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Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church
www. friendrsiipnlomiKria.or
740 N.W. 58th Street
Miami, FL
Order of service
Hour of Prayer.........6:30 a.m.
Early Morning Worship....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School..........9:30 a.m.
Moming Worship............ I a.m.
Youth Minnstry Study...Wcd.....7 p.m.
Prayer/Bible Study....Wed......7 p.m.
Noonday Allar Prayer...(M-F)
Feeding tile Hungry every
Wednesday...... 11 a.m.-I p.m.

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

Order of Services:
Sundays- Church School...............10 a.m.
W41 orship Service ..............1:15 a.m.
Tuesdays Bible Classp.............. 7 p.m.
,h Sunday e\'clillg Wors hip........6 0).11.

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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street
305-637-4404 Fax: 305-637-4474
Order of Services:
Sunday School .............9:45 am.
Worship........l11 am.
Bible Study, Thursday ...7:30 pmn.
Youth Ministry Mon-Wed
6 pnmi

Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services
Lord Day Sunday School .......9:45m
Sunday Morning Worship.....11 a.m
Sunday Men's Bible Study...5 p.m.
7 id Suniday LUdie.s Bible Study ....5 p.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ..6 p.m.
-11csday Night Bible Study ...7:30pn
l'nuidaiy Motming Bible Class I1 I.m.
SThrlsportatflon available Call:
35-.634-4850 -305-691-6958

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12* Ave.
Order of Services:
Early Worship ..............7 am.
Sunday School............. 9 a.m.
NBC ............................ 10:05 a.m .
W orship ....................... m .
Worship .......... ........... 4 p.m.
Mission and Bible Class
Tuesday ...............6:30 p.m.
Youth Meeting/Choir rehearsal
M onday .......................6:30 p.m.

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

Order of Services:
Early Moming s & 3rd Sun.
iolni ng Worship.................... 10:30 -.
Pr ryer S ivce ............. :3...... 0 p.m.
,ib le St dy ..........i -.................. p I
Chl l l Sch'0 ol..................9 A Im

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....Gencral Bible Study ..... 7:30 p.m.
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Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87"' Street
Order of Services:
S.tuItIly Morlnitng Sel'viCes
Sunday School...i........10 a.nE ,
W d sl ip Scr\vice................ l. 111.
SRTuesdally Bible Study.......8
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Word of Truth
1755 N.W. 78"' Street
Fax: 305-694-9105

Order of Services:
Bible Study Wed ................ m P.1...
Sunlldany School................ 10 anl.
Sun, Worshi p Srv........ 11:301 an.
Wed. Night Intercessory Prayer
romn 7:30 teo p.n.
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 101 Avenue
Order of Services:
SEarly Sunday Worship...7:30 a.m.
Sunday School ................9:30 am.
Sunday Morning WVxrip_. 11 am
Sunday Evening Service ...6 p.m.
Tuesday PrayerMeeting ...7:30 pm.
Wednesday Bible Study ...7:30 pm.
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Mt. Hermon A.ME. Church
17800 NW 25th Ave.
305-621-5067 Fax: 305-623-3104
Order of Services:
Sunday Worship Services:
7 a.m. & 10 a.m.
Church School: 8: 30 a.m.
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study
Bible Institute, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-week Worship 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Early Monming Worship 7:30 am.
Sun. Church School 9:30 a.m.
Zi Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
Toes, befo the 1st Sun.....7 pm.
Mid-week Worship

St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.W. 3" Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821
Order of Services:
Early Sunday
SMorning Worship .....7:30 a.m.
Sunday School ..........9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship ...11 a.m.
Nature for Baptist Churthes
S(Bi B.T.u.)y5 p.m.
Evening Worship ........ p.m.

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Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sunday School .............9:30 a.m.
iMorning Praise/Worship ..1 I a.m.
First ntKThitinl Sunday
evening worship at 6 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
Tuesday 7 p.m.
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APRIL 16-22, 2008

Local authors tell story

of Christian drama

Draw Me Near, written and
directed by Andre Sartin
and Claudette Cannon,
left audiences captivated
after two live power packed
Both performances were
held at Jesus People Ministries
Church International, 4055
NW 183rd Street, Miami
Gardens, where Bishop
Isaiah S. Williams is senior
pastor and founder.
Set in three acts, the play is
an adventure of two people,
Joseph ofArimathea, a secret
disciple of Jesus, and Mary
Magdalene and their quest
to save the Messiah; only to
find themselves drawn to the
cross as they discover God's
plan to redeem man. Draw
Me Near dramatizes the Last
Supper, Jesus' agonizing
prayer in the Garden of
Gethsemane, his betrayal
by Judas, Pilate releasing

Barabbas instead of Jesus to
satisfy the people, and Jesus'
eventual crucifixion.
The production team
took great care to depict
Christ's suffering, death and
resurrection. The audience
shuddered and winced as
the Roman soldiers brutally
flogged Jesus with the cat-o'-
nine-tails shredding his skin
to pieces. The tone was one of
reverence and adoration for
Jesus whose single-minded
mission was to carry out his
Father's will; not his own.
Anyone who may have

Barrabas or Jesus Enrico Knowles, Tory Blair and Chris-
topher Walton.

taken Christ's suffering for
granted walked away from
this performance with a new

appreciation for the sacrifice
that was made for the
redemption of mankind.

Pastor's appreciation at

Greater Harvest International

Pastor Gerald T. Ealey, and
Greater Harvest International
Ministries, Inc., invites you
to our Pastor's Appreciation
Service on Thursday, April 17
at 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker
will be Bishop Sheena Gooden,
Pastor of New Life Holy Ghost
Deliverance. Our banquet will
be held on Friday, April 18,
with guest speaker Pastor
Raymond Baker of El Bethel.
Our climax service is on
Sunday, April 20, 11 a.m. at
18900 N.W. 32 Ave. Miami PASTOR GERALD T EALEY
Gardens, Fl.

Rev. Daniels celebrates silver anniversary
Reverend Rudolph Daniels
of Macedonia M.B. Church
will celebrates his 25 Pastoral
Anniversary, 3515 Douglas
Road, Coconut Grove on April
21-27, 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Monday, April 21, Dr. W.R.
Roundtree, New Mt. Pleasant
Institutional Baptist Church
Tuesday, April 22, Dr.
Joseph Turner, Mt. Moriah
April 23, Dr. Carl Johnson,
93rd. St. Community Baptist
Thursday, April 24, Rev.
Larry Lovett, Antioch M.B.C.
of Brownsville. REV. RUDOLPH DANIELS
Friday, April 25, Rev. a.m. Rev. James Jackson III,
Douglas Cook, Jordan Grove, Upward Way Ministries. 11
M.B.Church. a.m. Rev.
Saturday, April 26, Pastor's Robert Smith, Macedonia
banquet. BPO, South Miami, Assistant Pastor. 4 p.m. Rev.
7 p.m. Ranzer Thomas and New
Sunday, April 27, 7:30 Generation Baptist Church.

Pastor's third anniversary at Peace Missionary

Minister Roscoe Jones

Ordination held

at Westview

Baptist Church

Pastor, officers, and
members of Westview Baptist
Church, 13301 N.W. 24Avenue,
request the honor of your
presence at the Ordination
Celebration of Minister
Roscoe Edward Jones, into
the Gospel Ministry.
Minister Jones has received
his Bachelor of Ministry
Degree and his Masters Degree
in Christian Education.
The ordination will be held
on on Sunday, April 20 at 3
p.m. in the afternoon.
Dr. Barry R. Young, is the
senior pastor.

APRIL 24-25, 2008

Worship Services

begin at 6:30p.m.

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Insured people pay more as price of drugs rises and economy slides

A patient's share of bill could climb to 70%

By Julie Appleby

People with health
insurance are having
more trouble paying for
prescription drugs as
higher out-of-pocket costs
for medications and a
slowing economy strain
family budgets, according
to surveys and health care
The Virginia-based National
Patient Advocate Foundation,
which helps people struggling
to pay medical bills, found
that 31% of the 44,729 people
it aided last year cited drug
co-payments the patient's
portion of the drug's cost
- as their top medical-debt

A Mission With a New
Beginning along with our
pastor, Bishop Eugene Joyner
invites you to our Sunday
morning services at 11:30 a.m.

God Word God Way Church
of God in Christ invites
you to our Bible study on
Wednesday, April 16 at 8
p.m. For information call

Emanuel Temple COGIC
will have a Three Night Revival,
April 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.
nightly in Dana Beach, FL.
Speaker Missionary Jandra
Dounveor of the H.J. Echols
First Born Church of the Living
God, Waycross, Georgia. Host
Pastor, Elder Amos Walker

Elder Willie Di james, pastor
and the Outreach Ministry of

"Incomes aren't going up,
but co-payments are," says
Gary Claxton of the Kaiser
Family Foundation, which
studies health policy.
In some cases, the patient's
share of drug costs is no
longer a flat dollar amount,
but a proportion that can
range from 20% to 70%.
"Some families that have to
deal with chronic or critical
illness are not in a position
to maintain that," says Nancy
Davenport-Ennis, who heads
the patient foundation.
Among evidence of
increasing problems:
13% of insured Americans
report paying for drugs is
a serious problem, says a
recent poll by USA TODAY,

Holy Ghost Faith Deliverance
Ministries, invites all to Three
Special Nights of Street Services
on April 16-18, from 6-8 p.m.
There will be free food and
clothing given away. For more
information call 786-337-5939
or 305-687-6190.

New Corinth celebrates their
pastors 36th anniversary. You
are invited to celebrate with
us, and show you love. Climax,
April 27, 4 p.m. Come and be
blessed with the word.

An House of Prayer for All
People, Inc. will be having
Intercessory Prayer Services,
Sunday, April 20 at 10 a.m.
Call 305-474-7430 for more

God Word God Way COGIC
invites you to hear Pastor/

the Kaiser Family Foundation
and Harvard School of Public
Health. That's up from 9% in
a foundation survey in 2000.
The latest poll of 1,695 adults
had a margin of error of +/-3
percentage points.
The 31% reporting drug

payments as their top
medical-debt problem to the
patient foundation rose from
26% of people in 2006 and
17% in 2005.
Co-payments have risen
most sharply for costly types

Prophetess Yvonne Robinson
on Sunday, April 20 at 4
p.m. For information call

Holy Temple Missionary
Baptist Church invites you to
attend "Sistas Emphasis-Going
Above and Beyond", April 15-18.
Don't miss this week of worship
experiences as we hear what
God is saying in this day and
time. You are always welcome at
Holy Temple.

Revival held over a third
week, Host Pastor Dr, Katrine
Forbes. Revivalist Apostle Billy
Wonders from Chicago. Come
see the mighty move of God.
April 15, 16, 17, and 18 at 8

Greater Holy Cross
Missionary Baptist Church
Spring Gospel Musical on
Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
For more information call

of drugs, Kaiser surveys of
employers show.
Patient payments for generic
drugs rose 38% from 2000 to
2007, and some brand-name
drugs rose 48%, the Kaiser
data show. Inflation rose 21%
during those years.

In the Kaiser survey of 68
million workers with job-
based prescription-drug
benefits, about 7% had
coverage requiring special
payments for a few costly
types of drugs, including

Pastor Barbara Boyce and
New Life Family Worship
Center invites everyone to a
spectacular event "The Seven
Churches of Asia." Please
come and hear Gods anointed.
Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
Please call 305-623-0054 for

some treatments for cancer
and multiple sclerosis. For
* those drugs, the average
2007 cost was $71 per
prescription, up 20% from
Prescription drugs account
for about 10% of all health
care spending in the USA.
Spending on drugs rises
faster than inflation most
years, so insurers and
employers have tried to slow
spending increases, in part
by encouraging use of lower-
cost generic drugs.
"It's a balance of making
sure people have access to
the newest developments
while ... trying to encourage
cost-containment," says
Karen Ignagni, president of
America's Health Insurance
Plans, the industry's lobbying

Debra Minkkinen, 47, of
Coon Rapids, Minn., says her
family refinanced the house,
added credit card debt and
finally asked for help from the
patient foundation after her
son had surgery for a brain
tumor. The chemotherapy
and radiation treatments
affected his body's production
of growth hormone.
Though her insurance set
most drug co-payments at
a flat $25 per prescription,
it had a special category for
high-tech drugs, such as
growth hormone. For it, the
family had to pay 20% of the
cost, about $512 a month.
"That was a huge amount
for us," she says. "You don't
realize without reading the
fine print (of your policy)
what kind of costs you face
when you really need it."

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With an In Memoriam

The Miami Times

Patient payments for generic drugs rose

38% from 2000 to 2007, and some brand-

name drugs rose 48%, the Kaiser data show.

Inflation rose 21I% during those years.

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13B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 16-22, 2008

Carey Royal Ram'n ROBERT LEE GREEN, 64, died
DENESTRA FORD 'DEE-DEE' Apr. 14 at North
CLARK, 27, Shore Medical
died Apr. 10 at Center. Service
Kindred Hos- Sat. Apr. 19 in
pital of Holly- the chapel.
wood. Service
11 a.m. Sat. at
New Hope Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church. BOBBIE ROBINSON. 103. died

TROY NELSON, 62, died Apr 12
at South Miami Hospital. Srvice
Sat. in Crestview, Florida.

GAY of Nassau, Bahamas, died
Apr. 1 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Service Sat. in Nassau by
Commonwealth Funeral Home.

Apr. 14 at home. Cremation ser-
vice will be held in Brooklyn, New

LINDA FAULKNOR, 46, died Apr.
7 at Homestead
Hospital. Ser-
vice was held.

79, died April 9
in Albany, Geor-
gia. Service 11
a.m. Fri. at New
Jerusalem Pen-
tecostal Mini-
stires, Albany,

ALTAMESE DAVIS, 85, died Apr.
12 at Homestead Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m. Sat at Martin Memo-
rial A.M.E.

Rock of Ages2
DAVON SMITH, 16, student, died
Apr. 5 at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital. Service 11 a.m. Sat.

died at VA Hos-
pital. Service 10
a.m. Fri. Apr. 18
at Love fellow-
ship Ministries
2515 N.W. 163

70, social work-
er died Apr. 10
at Northshore
Hospital. Ser-
vice 1 p.m. Sat.
Apr. 19 at Holy

Apr. 10 at Hia-
leah Hospital.
Srvice 1 p.m.
Sat. Apr. 19 at
Mt. Olive Mis-
sionary Baptist
Church. South
Miami. Viewing
Friday 4:30 p.m.
to 6:45 p.m. at the church.

Apr. 14 Service
2 p.m. Sat. Apr.
19 at Jordan
Grove Baptist

12. Service 11 a.m. Sat. Apr. 19 at
St. John. Viewing Fri. 5 to 7 p.m. at
the church.

died march
30 at North
shore hospital.
services were

Apr. 3 at


RUBY JEAN WARE, 53, died Apr.
1 at Aventura
Medical Cener.
Service was

died apr. 4. Ser-
vice was held.

ROSE LEE KEITT, 77, died Apr.
5 at Plantation
Nursing Home.
Service was

Apr. 6 at home.
Service was

died Apr. 13 at
home. service 1
p.m. Sat. Apr. 19
in the chapel.

died Apr. 11.
Service will be
held Sat. Apr.
19 time to be

MATIE WARE, 90, died April. 5
at Villa Maria
Nursing Home.
Service was

LINDA VALDEZ, 53, case worker,
died Apr. 11 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital Service 11 a.m. Sat.
Aor. 19 at Liberty City Church of

13 at Hialeah Hospital. Service
Apr. 26.

GERALD T. HOKE, 75, died Apr
12. Service incomplete.

St. Fort's
MADLENE JOSEPH, 68, died Apr.
9. Service 10 a.m. Sat. Apr. 19 at
Church of God.

CLELIE LOUIS, 40, died Apr. 7 in
Ft. Myers. Service incomplete.

died Apr. 10. Service will be held
in Haiti.

died Apr. 9. Service 10 a.m. Thur.
Apr. 17 at Notre Dame D' Haiti
Catholic Church.

Pax Villa A
75, died Apr. 12. Service 12 p.m.
at St. James Catholic Church.

Range .
Pastor of First
Church of God
In Christ died
April 11, He
is survived by:
wife, Karla;
daughter, Karla
"Yvette" Cohen;
four sons, Ulysee Saffo, Steve
Cohen (Elka), Phillip Jackson and
Joel Corrinard; three grandchil-
dren; Tynisha, Steve Jr. and Pris-
cilla; three brothers, Amaziah V.
Cohen of Atlanta Georgia, Frank
Cohen, and Bishop Jacob Cohen
(Josie); sister, Mamie Cohen; fa-
ther and mother-in-law, Jinester
and Gloreatha Jackson. A host of
brother and sister-in-laws, nieces,
nephews, and friends; the South
Miami Church families, and First
Deliverance Church Families.
Viewing Friday 5 p.m. at First De-
liverance Church of God In Christ;
Memorial services will follow 7-9
p.m. Funeral services will be held
Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cooper's
Temple Church of God In Christ.

custodian, died
April 13. He is
survived by:
mother, Ethel
Williams; broth-
ers, Frederick
and Richard
Williams; four
sisters, Linda S. Wilson, Sharron
G. Williams, Ethel Anderson and
Ella Williams; two aunts, Cora Wil-
liams, and Julia Guyton; a host of
other relatives and friends. Funer-
al services will be held 1 p.m. Sat-
urday at St. James AME Church.

Sr., 48, appren-
tice plumber
died April 11.
He is survived
by: son, Ter-
rence Jr.; two
brothers, Char-
lie and James
Wallace Miller;
sister, Alesia Miller; aunt, Mary
Simmons; uncle, James Simmons;
a special friend, Barbara Jean
Cobb; a host of other relatives and
friends. Funeral arrangements are

Retired Bus Driver for Dade Coun-
ty Transit System died April 9. Fu-
neral services will be held 11 a.m.
Wednesday April 16 in the chapel.

struction- self employed died April
7. Viewing was held Saturday at
Range Chapel.

nurse died April 13. Final rites
and burial in Quincy, Florida.

VIRGIE GALLON, 100, home-
maker died April 12. Final rites and
burial in Monticello, Florida.

Nakia Ingraham
Service 12 noon Sat. at Interna-
tional Faith & Christian Fellow-

died Mar. 15. Survivors include:
children, Virginia Jordan, Charlie
Mae Myles, Alice Mae Reeves and
Irvin Williams. Service was held.

Hadley's }
19, died Mar.
30 Service was


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Hall Ferguson Hewitt
74, retired ab-
stract cler, died
April 10 at North
Shore Hospi-
tal. One son
preceded her
in death, SFC
Randy G. Stur-
rup (Regina).
Survivors include: daughter, Dr.
Gwen Sturrup Coverson (Arthur
Jr.); Kim Sturrup Smith; SFC (Re-
tired) Gail sturrup, Hinesville, Ga;
son, Wilford G. Sturrup (Rubye);
son-in-law, Samuel L. Jackson;
sister, Elouise Holmes; aunts, dor-
othy culpepper and Clementine
Pettigrew; 10 grandchildren and
10 great grandchildren. Service 11
a.m. Sat. at Friendship Missionary
Baptist Church.

55, retired DJJ
supervisor, died
Apr. 13 at Jack-
son Memorial
North. Service
2 p.m. Sat. Apr.
19 at Our Fa-
ther's House of
Prayer Ministries
Church 13230 N.W. 7 Avenue.

waste collector
operator II, died
Apr. 13 at Uni-
versity of Miami.
Service 12 noon
at Jordan Grove
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

ALVIN ROSE, 92, died Apr. 12. Ar-
rangements are

JAMES JOHNSON, 59, business
died Apr. 1 at
Aventura. Ser-
vice was held.

teacher, died
Apr. 7 at Uni-
versity of Miami
Hospital. Service
was held.

BETTY WALLACE, domestic en-
gineer, died Apr. 9 at North Shore
Hospital. Service 12 noon Wed.
Apr. 16 in the chapel.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

02/22/43 04/18/07

It's has been a year since
God called you home. Our
memories of you still lives
We are so grateful for the
time that God had loaned
you to us.
We love and miss you so
Your loving wife, Emma
J. Pryor; children, Dina,
Ben Jr., Renee, Janet and
Charles; all the grand-
children, your brothers,
Eddie, Lonnie, Marshall
Jr., Lenton; sister, Pollie
Barthell, Frances Johnson,
Ida Pryor, Willie Maude
Williams and all your family
and friends.

In loving memory of,

08/29/1920 04/14/2005

Three years has past since
you've been gone, Daddy,
days does not end without
reflections of your 'Smiley'
face as we cherish the legacy
you've left.
Love, The Fullington

Death Notice

Nellie Mae Walker, 84,
housewife, died April 13 at
Unity. Survivors include:
sons, Otis Walker Jr. (Pat)
and Renalders Walker (Lor-
raine); and daughters, Pa-
tricia Pratt and Alma "Jo"
Robinson. Service Saturday,
1 p.m. at Westview Baptist

Range Coconut Grove
BENJAMIN W. SMITH Sr., retired
school teacher,
74, died Apr.
4. Survivors
include: wife,
Ethel J. Smith;
son, Benjamin
Jr; daughters,
Erika Smith
and Nancy Pla;
granddaughter, Maria; and a host
of other relatives and friends. Me-
morial Service Friday 5-8 p.m. at
St. Mary First Baptist Church, 136
Frow Ave (Coral Gables). Funeral
10 a.m. Sat. at Greater St. Paul
A.M.E. Church, Coconut Grove.
For more information contact Erika
Smith at 305-987-1140.

retired assis-
tant principal,
76 died apr. 9 at
Jackson South
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Oliver (Al-
freda); daugh-
ters, Patricia
Johnson and Barbara Freeman
(George); sister, Francina Williams
(Charles); brother, Daniel Little-
field (Gesna); eight grandchildren,
two great grandchildren and a host
of other relatives and friends. Ser-
vice 1 p.m. Wednesday at Martin
Memorial AME Church.

Range Homestead
Toll Plaza clerk, 55, died Apr. 8
at Homestead Hospital. service 2
p.m. Sat. at Mt. Calvary commu-
nity Church.

Royal_ .
WILLIE EDWARDS, 69, died Apr.
10. Serice Wed. 10 a.m. in the

THALIA STUBBS, 81, died Apr. 6.
Final rites and burial will be Sat. in
Turks and Caicos Islands.

SHONY MCINTOSH, 27, died Apr.
6. Final rites and brial in Grand

Apr/12. Arrangements are pend-

In loving memory of,

ABRAHAM 'Donnie'
05/30/56 04/20/07

A year has past since God
called you home. Miss you
so very much, Abraham, it
doesn't seem real.
God has you in His keeping;
we have you in our hearts.
Love always, your wife,
Gloria and family.

Death Notice

died Apr.6 at Mount Sinai
Medical Center. Service was
held Sat. Apr. 12 at Mount
Calvary Baptist Church.

Death Notice

63, retired Jackson Memorial
Hospital employee, died Apr.
11 at home. Survivors in-
clude: mother, Mary Nixson;
daughter, Thesea Lynette In-
gram; son-in-law Richard D.
Ingram; grandsons, D'Quan
V. Williams and Richard D.
Ingram Jr; brother, Johnny
Nixson; sisters, Bobbie Jean
Thomas and Tangela Wil-
liams and a host of nieces
and nephews. Meet and greet
with the family, April 19,
6-8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral
Home, 8080 N.W. 22 Ave, Mi-
ami, Fl. Grave side service,
10 a.m. Apr. 20 at Forest
Lawn Cemetery, 499 N.W. 27
Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Death Notice

-I *
Hollywood, FL died April 9,
Viewing at Sure Founda-
tion Church of God, 5540
SW 20 St, Hollywood Friday,
April 18 from 6-9 p.m.
Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday,
April 19 at Ebenezer Baptist
church, 816 NW 1 Ave., Hal-
Services entrusted to Davis
Brice Funeral Home.

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148 THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 16-22, 2008

Elder Isaac Stafford Cohen dies

Elder Isaac Stafford Cohen
was the son of the late Bishop
Amaziah Melvin and Mamie
He was born into the Church
of God In Christ on March
4, 1930 of which he served
faithfully in all his life. He grew
up in the Miami Over Town area.
He graduated High School from
Booker T. Washington High
School. He went on to attend
Florida A&M University for 3
1/2 years. Later he attended
Florida International University
(FIU) where he earned a
Bachelor of Arts in
Philosophy / Religious
A special call was
placed on Elder
Cohen's life. In April
of 1952 He answered.
the call by holding a
Street Service in the
Hialeah area. From ISAAC
that service on July
18, 1952 Elder Atkins organized
the street membership into
a Mission and later named it
Hialeah Temple which we now
know as Atkins Memorial.
In 1955 Elder Cohen would go
on to become the founder and
only pastor of First Deliverance
Church of God In Christ.
He began a Radio Ministry
about 1977, Thru his Radio
Ministry, he preached the
"Church of Christ Written in
Heaven', into the Church of God
in Christ, now know as "New
Jerusalem" Elder AC Day of
Perrine is The Pastor.
For 27 Years Elder Cohen gave
of himself to the community
thru the operation of First
Deliverance Day Care. There
was such love and attention
given to the children; they
would follow him and Sister
Daniels to First Deliverance
on Sundays. Several of them
eventually convinced their

parents to come to church.
Elder Cohen was appointed
to pastor a second church in
Gifford, FL.
He served there well over
20 years. While there he built
three other churches.
After leaving the Gifford area
he was appointed to the South
Miami Church of which along
with First Deliverance he was
still the Pastor of upon his
In 1973 He was appointed
Sunday School Superintendent
of the Eastern Florida
Jurisdiction a position
he also was in upon
his passing.
SBecause of this
great man of God and
the foundation he laid,
many were raised up
from the local to the
international. Elder
Cohen was a man
COHEN that taught and lived
In the early morning hours
of April 11, 2008 Elder Isaac
Stafford Cohen left this earth
and went on to Glory to take
his rest.
He leaves to celebrate his life
a Loving Wife, Karla, a beautiful
daughter Karla "Yvette" He
loved them both dearly. Four
sons: Ulysee Saffo, Steve Cohen
(Elka), Phillip Jackson and Joel
Tynisha, Steve Jr. & Priscilla.
Three caring brothers: Amaziah
V. Cohen of Atlanta Georgia,
Frank Cohen Bishop Jacob
Cohen (Josie). One loving Sister:
Mamie Cohen. A loving father
and mother in Law Jinester
and Gloreatha Jackson. A host
of loving brother and sister in
laws, nieces, nephews, friends,
The South Miami Church
and First Deliverance Church
Elder Cohen touched the lives
of so many people.



Rev. Albert Jones celebrates 21st

anniversary at New Mt. Calvary

New Mount Calvary
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Albert Jones,
pastor, invites you to our
21st Pastoral Anniversary
on Wednesday night,
April 16 at Rock of Ages
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Johnny White and
congregation will be in charge
of the service.
Thursday night April
17, Greater New Macedonia
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Sherman Mungin
and congregation will be in

Cooper Temple annual
Women's Day Sunday
Pastor Juandolyn Stokes of
deeper Life in Christ Ministries,
Inc., Atlanta, GA, will be the
guest speaker for Cooper Temple
Church of Christ Upper Room
Ministries annual women's day
service, Sunday, April 20 at
11 a.m., Elder Marc Cooper, is
Pastor. Come out and be blessed
as we drive and go forward and
accelerate in 2008. Cooper
Temple is located at 3800 N.W.
199 Street, Miami. For details
call 305-620-1557, visit www.

charge of the service. Friday
night, April 17, Mount Everett
Missionary Baptist Church,
Reverend Paul Kelley and
congregation will be in charge
of the service. All services
starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, April 20 at 3
p.m. New Christ Tabernacle,
Reverend Harold Marsh and
congregation will close out
the pastor's anniversary.
Come out and be blessed
as these men of God bring
the word of God. Everyone is

"If the lions do not

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will get all the credit."

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' 1993 Mortician of the Year"

Tony E. Ferguson
"2003 Mortician of the Year"

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In loving memory of the late,

In Memoriam
In loving memory of the late,

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Celebrating 40 Years in Ministry

April 21-27, 2008

12/30/1953 04/11/2005 'HONEY BEE'
08/21/1945 04/14/2007

And God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes and
there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any
more pain; for the former
things are passed away.
The Fortson family

It's been a year since you've
been gone, you left us with no
choice but to carry on with
our health and strength from
the creator above though
Mom, we just want you to
know we truly miss you.
Marvelous Outstanding
Love always, Khrist,
Bernard, Herbert and

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would like to thank everyone
near and far who made our
mother transition easier for us
to bear.
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Georgia Sue Cotton was
escorted into Bethany SDA
Church, last Saturday, by her
son, James, as Elder W.C. Byrd,
pastor, Carol, first lady, Dr.
Sharon Lewis, leader, Barbara
Glenn, Pat Smith, Launita
Gaiter, Paula Farrington,
and Elder Geneva Lewis,
ambassador to Adventism, and
other officers and members
of the church took the time to
celebrate her 100th birthday.
Dr. Lewis described her
as a centenarian,
centenary or some one
into the centennial
period. In one word,
Cotton broke a record
by living for 100-years
with a keen mind, being
self-reliant, healthy,
and an ambassador
for the church for over R
75-years, according to
Nicky Freeman who paid
tribute to her for educating her
with the Adventist faith, as she
stared at her with joy in her
Dr. Lewis and Elder Byrd
alluded to her being born,
April 5, 1908, when Theodore
Roosevelt was president; a
loaf of bread was 5-cents; a
Mercedes Benz was $500.; a
house could be purchased for
$4,500; and the average rich
person was on a $915. annual
budget, her favorite song was
Old Rugged Cross.
During the celebration,
Drs. Byrd and Lewis invited
family members to the dais and
joining them were Wilhelmina
Victor, daughter, Thomas
Hargrett, Dallas, TX (who flew
in on time for the celebration),
followed by the grandchildren

Olga Nottage Young, wife
of Jeffery Young former
Miamis now living in San
Antonio, Texas in now the
executive director of the
SLEW Wellness center an
organization she founded to
help low-income, uninsured
and under insured women
who have cancer.
SLEW, which stands
for Support Lending for
Emotional Well Being is the
treatment facility in San
Antonio. Congratulations
Cousin! Did you know that
Abyssinian Baptist Church
in New York City is one of
our nation's oldest Black

Tyron Wright,
William Cotton,
Julius Cotton,
Wilhelmina a
Carter, Herbert
Victor, Georgia L.
Byrd, Bernadette
Hargrett, Thomas
and Octavious Hargrett, and
Felecia Hurst.
Also, Lawrence Hargrett,
Jr., LaTava Gibbs, William
Hargrett, Terika Lucas, and
Elder Ruben Cox who stated
switching from a Baptist
minister to an Adventist
minister because of
Sister Cotton and her
teaching him. Elder
Cox was one of the
many people to pay
tribute to the honoree
with appreciation,
EED gifts, money, and
proclamations from
The City of Miami,
County of Dade, City of Miami
Gardens, City of Opa locka, and
Bethany SDA Church, while
music was provided by Parrish
From an apparent out
pouring of love for Sis. Cotton,
she touched many lives during
her living for a century. And,
of course, will continue to touch
many more .with her brilliant
mind and tenacity to endure.
According to her son, Thomas,
he described her as a giver and
he will be the first in line when
she starts giving the monies
received for her 100th.

Speaking of birthday
celebrations, the family of
Hosea Butler, Jr., The King of
Clubs, and friends joined him,
last Saturday, at Pullman Hall'

Churches? Adam
Clayton Powell
who was once
the pastor of this
historic church
after his father
Adam, Sr. died.
Congratulations to
Ralston Rolle, former
president of St. Agness
Episcopal Church Ushers
Guild, who retired from his
duties after 44 faithful years
of service. Willie Neal is
now president of the group.
Congratulations to two fine
faithful gentlemen.
Friends were sadden to
learn of the demise of Mae

" Dr .R -ar

First Church of North Miami,
MCC as he celebrated his 80th
birthday with pride and dignity
for his family, his college, North
Carolina A&T, and the King of
Clubs as president.
Butler requested everyone to
wear a white shirt or a white
blouse and any color trousers or
skirts. A few people did
not have a white shirt or
blouse and showed up
in green, brown, or blue
suits, while the Psi Phi
Band provided the live
Kudos to the planners
of the activity, Lavern M
Bethel, Nelson and Fifia
Jenkins, Catherine
Carter, and Angie, daughter
and mistress of ceremony, who
was instrumental in bringing
dignitariesfromNCA&T, because
Hosea is a staunch alumni and
a strong supporter of the college
with years of experience as an
alumni president. Though
described as a dictator, Dr.
Mark Seoul, Dr. Kennedy and
others from the college refuted
the claim and placed him in a
charismatic mode with a strong
determination to get the job
His family members
thanked him for his being a
strong disciplinarian, especially
his daughters who indicated
his being too strict and the
grandchildren considered him
being gregarious and loving.
Some of them in attendance
included his wife, Dollie,
Beth, daughter, Hosea III,
son Dejon, grandson, Taylor,
granddaughter, Daryn,
grandson, Howard Johnson,
wife and daughter, Nashville
Tenn, Thelma Johnson,
Seattle, WA., and Maria Butler.
The highlight of the moment
came when tributes were given
by select people and on-the-

Hamilton-Clear. Mae lived
to be 96 years old.
Edward Waters college
in Jacksonville has its first
female president in the
143 years history of the
college. She is Dr. Claudette
H. Williams. During the
inauguration festivities,
Michael Ward, president of
CSX Transportation, donated
$1 million to the college for
repairs and renovation.
Oop's sorry I am late
announcing your wedding
anniversary: Do hope it was
very enjoyable. Arnold and
Tereatha Brown, March
14th; 62 years, Carmeron
'Effie' Culmer, April 10th:
Their 36th, Lemuel A. and
'Florence S. Moncur, April
11th: Their 53rd, Mark
'Yvonne McK' Delvilla, April

Robert Sims, Dr. Astrid Mack,
Clinton and Mrs. Brown, Dr.
Brad and Mabel Brown,
Carolyn White, James
and Alva Maull, Drs.
Jack and Gloria Tucker,
Denise Johnson,
Bernard Butler, Joelyn,
NYC, Arnet Butler,
90-year old
brother, while HAN
the honoree
expounded his
articulate wisdom after
a sumptious meal and
everyone left happy and
According to W.
Doris Neal, chairperson, and
Maud Skinner, co-chair, the
Sadie E. and Albert B. Smith
Conference Center at Florida
Memorial University was
the setting as Gamma Delta
Sigma and Eta Kappa Sigma
Chapters of Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority, Inc., joined sisters
chapters internationally and
simultaneously on March 8,
to conduct their yearly youth-
student based symposium, "It's
in the Bag."
This program was
designed foryoungpeople
in the risky business
of getting caught up
in peer pressuring
situations such as
fighting, gangs, truancy,
stealing, vandalism, GIB
bullying, drugs, class
skipping, shoplifting, as
well as appropriate attire.
This year's guest panelist
included Miami Gardens Mayor
Shirley Gibson, Attorney
Victoria Beatty, Rosetta Rolle
Hylton, Sheila Mitchell-Smith,
Jermaine Brogdon, president,
Miami-Dade Chapter of the
National Pan-Hellenic Council,
Mary Ann Thomas-McCloud,
and others.

12th: Their 22nd
Get well wishes and prayers
to all of you! Gloria Johnson,
Evelyn Heild, Georgiana
Johnson-Bethel, Gloria
Wright, Cliffonia Ross,
Lillian S. Richardson,
Wellington Gibson, Linda
Lewis, Deloris Gordon,
Frances Brown, Leila
O'Berry, Herbert J. Rhodes,
Jr., Lemuel A. Moncur,
Carlton Fisher and Bernice
Something worth
pondering, high school
graduates in our state. There
are 5,000 nursing vacancies.
At present, Florida ranks 37th
among states in registered
nurses. The National Center
for Health care Workforce
calculates that Florida will
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This year's symposium
was a huge success due to
the attendance and
participation of many
youth attendees along
with their parents. The
sorority is grateful for the
community's support in
our efforts to enrich the
lives of our youth in the

While the two big screens
inside of New Birth Baptist
Church Cathedral of Faith
International displayed "Our
Pledge of Love & Togetherness
-Gloria Webb and Jonathan
Brook's" wedding took place,
while Chris Hayden and Dale
Raines provided the pre-nuptial
music including a musical
tribute to the late Cleve and
Mary Francis Webb and Joe
and Doris Brooks. Songs were
It is Well With My Soul, Ribbon
In The Sky and Here and Now.
The processional began
with Mother Eva Smith, and
godmother taking her seat,
followed by Joanne Thornton,
Deborah Mack, Theresa
Brooks and Zenaida
Cook, grooms sisters
and He Proposed to Me
by Safiyah, Salymah,
cousins of the bride and
Karimah Bembry.
With purple gowns
worn by the bridesmaids
cSON and white tuxedos by
the men with purple
assessories they entered
with Kamilah Bembry and
Jaylon Webb, Carolyn Webb
and Keith Allison, Sr., and
Jeneice Williams and Richard
Williams; Nikeya Coley, flower
girl, Lorenzo Sanchez, ringer
bearer and Cleve Webb, Jr.
brother of the bride who escorted
his sister down the aisle., Maria
Montoya, maid of honor and
Oliver Brooks, bestman.

full time registered nurses
by 2020.
Congrats to Agnes Rolle-
Morton, a Denta Sorro for 50
years who cross the burning
sands at FAMU in 1958.
Booker T. Washington Sr,
High School Class of '48' is
gearing up to celebrate the
60th anniversary of having
graduated from 'Not the
Largest But the Best.' Archie
McKay is president, Mary
Louise Walton, treasurer
and Ellen Rolle secretary.
Nicole Richie, is a first-
time mother. She named
tagged her baby Harlow
Winter Kate Madden. Nicole
is the daughter of Lionel
Dwight Lauderdale, of

She was gorgeous in a
flowing gown with a train with
matching jewelry and diamond
accentuating from the top of
her hear to the skirt of her
gown. The couple participated
in exchanging of the vows,
rings, holy communion/prayer,
The Lord's Prayer by Latalis
Smith. The newly weds left the
church in a limo and celebrated
with Stacey Overtown, Amber
Sanchez, Shakeita Thornton,
Chandrell Pierre, and Alicia
Ritchey-Brown, mistress of
Instant Attraction provide the
entertainment and the party
lasted until the break of dawn.
The wedded couple thanked
everyone before their honeymoon
to Hawaii.

The Tri-County Alumni of
West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale
and Miami are still reflecting
over Dr. Trudie Kibbie Reed's
visit as guest speaker and how
much she enjoyed the alumni
in attendance. Coakley was
taken aback when pride for
BC-U included raising money
for the field house. Coakley
received $ in pledges and
actual promises from his friends
who will be working with him to
reach that goal.
Some of those who made
pledges included Maralice
McCray, Lawal McCray, III,
Cassandra McCray, Hattie
C. McCray, Amber Jackson,
Karen McCray, Earl and Mabel
Daniels, Rep. James and
Bernadette Bush, Ric Powell,
Shawn Skinner, MurielSkinner,
Skylan Skinner, Eugenia Byrd,
Mickey dillard, Josephine
Dillard, Artis "Jack". Hall,
Jacqueline Hall, Jimmie Lee
Dixon, Rose Ballou, Laurice
Hepburn, John Williams,
William and Cynthia Clarke,
III, and Elizabeth Munnings.

'Channel 10' will soon sing
his swan song and ride off
into the sunset. Miami will
miss you greatly, but we
want you to know Dwight
we enjoyed you as our news
commentator for many years
as one of the Best!
Join the Daughters of King,
Leome S. Culmer, president
who will be traveling to
Memphis, Tenn. to visit
the Loraine Motel (where
Dr. King died) and other
historical sights Memorial
Day weekend leaving
Thursday night by bus and
returning Monday night. May
22, 23, 24 and 25. Florence
Moncur, Elizabeth Blue
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Al Roker to host

'Celebrity Family Feud'
TODAY's very own Al Roker will be hosting the new prime-
time game show starring famous families.
NBC asked its network executives who should host the new
prime-time "Celebrity Family Feud." And the survey says Al
The announcement that the beloved TODAY Show
weatherman Roker would host the series, whose first episode
will air on July 1 on NBC, was made Monday morning on
"Family Feud" debuted in 1976 on ABC with the suave
Richard Dawson as host. It has been on and off the air several
times since, and has been hosted by Louie Anderson, Ray
Combs, Richard Karn and the host of the present syndicated
series, John O'Hurley, best known from "Seinfeld" and "Dancing
With the Stars."

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It isn't your job to make others feel
better about this. If they didn't take ev-
erything personally they'd know it was
never your intention to hurt anyone.
Keep doing what's right for you. They'll
figure this out sooner or later. Lucky
numbers 5, 40, 32, 44, 5.

Biting off more than you can chew
gets you nowhere. In over accomplish-
ing you are missing the point. Do only
what matters to you and eliminate the
things that you keep adding on with the
misguided sense that more is better.
Lucky numbers 7, 6, 18, 42, 1.

Whoever isn't happy with your choices
will do whatever they can to get in your
way.They can't see that what's good for
you will be good for them. Don't let their
refusal to agree with you as a sign that
it's time to give this up. Lucky numbers
7, 19, 32, 33, 5.

There is so much to make you feel
as if you need to do something about
it. At this point it's all out of your hands.
Lay low and wait for others to make the
first move. That way you'll be certain

that they actually want this. Lucky num-
bers 5, 39, 21, 33, 45.

Whoever you have done so much for
isn't the type to return the favor. Your re-
ward will come from some other source,
and not necessarily right away. Keep the
faith and don't be upset by people who
just don't know how to say thank you.
Lucky numbers 4, 39, 2, 10, 33.

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This work you've undertaken is impor-
tant. You won't get anywhere with it if
you don't remain centered. Go ahead and
throw your self into this, but remember:
none of it will matter if you forget that
your strength comes from within. Lucky
numbers 2, 19, 44, 3, 10.

Upping the ante has forced you to
work harder. If you're worried about los-
ing your freedom, discipline is the price
of freedom my dear. Whatever you have
to give up will be worth it. You'll be freer
than ever before soon enough. Lucky
numbers 8, 6, 20, 13, 42.

Whoever said you'd be nowhere with-
out them is eating their words as we

speak. Things took off like a rocket! Life
is beautiful when it works.This will keep
working as long as you stay in touch
with how much you love it. Lucky num-
bers 50, 4, 16, 1, 17.

All of a sudden who ever you, were
trying to shake off has distanced them
selves. Now that they could care less
you seem to care more. Questioning
your choices, you're wondering if you
were hasty when you told them to get
lost. Lucky numbers 3, 20, 11, 34, 53.

Things tend to get gnarly when there's
money involved. Guard your interests. If
others are hassling you about your piece
of the pie remember that their interpre-
tation of fair weighs too much in their
favor to be considered such. Lucky num-
bers 7, 2, 18, 11, 6.

You've got it made on so many levels,
but it could all go up in smoke any time.
Keep milking this situation for whatever
its worth, but remember; it's a tempo-
rary thing. Something tells me you won't
be here too much longer Lucky numbers
3, 20, 11, 5, 50.

Asking for what you want is totally
OK. After putting your life on the back
burner just to please other people, you
should have figured this out. If others
aren't receptive to your needs, it's a
sure sign that it's time to move on.

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Concert series honors the Origins Of Jazz

The Adrienne Arsht Center for
the Performing Arts of Miami-
Dade County announced today
the launch of Jazz Roots, a
comprehensive concert series
produced by the Center with
award-winning record/television
producer/entrepreneur Larry
Rosen, to premiere during the
2008-2009 season.
The six-part monthly jazz
series traces the history of jazz
- and its varied styles through
the path of the drum from West
Africa to the Americas, a journey
that shaped the musical DNA for
much of today's popular music.
Beginning with the first concert
on November 7, and continuing
with a unique lineup each month
through April 2009, stars, legends
and pioneers of the jazz world,
including Ramsey Lewis, Paquito
D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Chick
Corea, John McLaughlin, Patti
Austin, Ivan Lins, Eliane Elias,
Dave Valentin, The Count Basie
Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Albita
and more, will converge in Miami
at the Adrienne Arsht Center's
John S. and James L. Knight
Concert Hall.
Jazz Roots also features an in-
depth educational partnership
with Miami-Dade County Public
Schools as well as a series of
ancillary events including Q&A
sessions, master classes, and
workshops to further enrich the
Jazz Roots experience.
"We are proud to produce for
the South Florida community
one of the best jazz series in the
The Jazz Roots series will bring
people to the Center to experience
great artists in Miami's new
acoustically superb concert hall
and reach into the school system
with a curricula that will foster
understanding of jazz music and
our own cultural similarities,"
said Lawrence Wilker, interim

president and CEO of the
Adrienne Arsht Center. "Jazz
Roots is part of the Center's
commitment to reaching out to
all segments of the community."
"The original vision for JAZZ
ROOTS was formulated with
my friend and arts patron Carl
Randolph; however, the opening


of a world-class concert hall
in which to showcase jazz's
greatest talents was the essential
step that brought this vision to
fruition," said Larry Rosen. "We
have created a committee of
local musicians, educators, and
entertainment professionals,
including long-time industry
executive Carl Griffin and the
Center's Larry Wilker, to help
create a rich program that will
go beyond Miami and make a
unique statement about our
musical heritage."

The 2008-2009 lineup for Jazz
Roots is as follows:

November 7
Jzz Roots launches with
Grammy-winning pianist/
composer and radio/TV


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teenager is accusing 50 Cent of
being more than "Just a Lil Bit"
A New York mom and her
14-year-old son have sued
Fiddy, Tony Yayo, Violator
Management and the Universal
Music Group-owned Interscope,
G-Unit and Shady Records for
allegedly promoting the type of
behavior that resulted in the
young man being assaulted on
a Manhattan sidewalk.
Per court documents filed
Wednesday, James Rosemond
claims he was jumped by
G-unit rapper Yayo and three
other men in March 2007
because he was Wearing a
Czar Entertainment T-shirt-
Czar being the management
company that represents The
Game, one of 50 Cent's sworn
The teen is the son of The
Game's manager, Jimmy
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gangsta for civil court
And although Fiddy, whose
real name is Curtis Jackson,
wasn't at the scene, Rosemond
and mother Cynthia Reed
contend that the "gangsta
lifestyle" he promotes through
his music and public image led
to the assault.
The attack on the younger
Rosemond was intended to
"promote and maintain Yayo
and 50 Cent's 'gangsta' image,'"
which has been "promoted,
marketed and advertised"
by their record labels, the
complaint states.
Yayo, who was born Marvin
Bernard, admitted that he
threatened the boy and was
sentenced in February to 10
days of community service after
pleading guilty to harassment
in connection with the incident.
His employee, Lowell Fletcher,
pleaded guilty to endangering
the welfare of a child and was
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is joined on stage by the Cuban-
born Grammy Award-winning
jazz great Paquito D'Rivera,
and the world's premier
contemporary jazz all-star group
Fourplay, featuring Bob James,
Larry Carlton, Nathan East and
Harvey Mason. Legend of Jazz
is an AARP 50th Anniversary

December 12

In honor of the musical
movement that became known as
bossa nova when it emerged from
Brazil on to the international
scene made famous by Antonio
Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa and
Jodo Gilberto, this performance
stars three of bossa nova's
major creators and interpreters:
guitarist/producer Oscar Castro-
Neves, Grammy Award-winning
singer/songwriter Ivan Lins and
multi-award-winning singer/
pianist Eliane Elias.

Subscription tickets for
Jazz Roots A Larry Rosen
Jazz Series go on sale to Arsht
Center Members on Wednesday,
April 2. Tickets for the general
public go on sale Tuesday, April
8. Subscription prices range
from $150-$750, include all
six performances, and can be
purchased through the Adrienne
Arsht Center box office at (305)
949-6722 or online at www.
Single tickets will go on sale
in the fall.

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urban community, said Alex
Keith, general manager P&G
Deodorants. "We're confident
the partnership will make
a positive impact and bring
opportunities to undiscovered
urban creativity and vision."
"This partnership marks
an industry first. This is a
breakthrough model that will
set the stage for innovative
collaborations at Island Def
Jam Music Group," said Jeff

Straughn, vice president of
strategic marketing for Island
Def Jam Music Group. "This
is a non-traditional approach
that blends our most valuable-
assets: the artist and their
music, with the power of brand
TAG Record's first artist will
be officially announced in
May. The artist will be given
a unique opportunity to merge
their music with personal
brand marketing.
In addition to an album
release, the TAG Brand will

showcase TAG Record's artist
and Jermaine Dupri across
various TAG brand advertising
and marketing initiatives
throughout 2008.
The TAG and Island Def Jam
Music Group partnership was
forged and managed by New
York based ACME Brand
Content Company, TAG's
branded entertainment agency
of record.
For more information on TAG
Records and the announcement
of its first artist, visit www.

Who Cares

What Black People Think


If you think nobody gives a damn what Black people think, think again.Some
people care a lot. Especially when they need something from you.
Take corporations.They want you to buy their products. And banks care
whether you're going to give them your money. Politicians.They care what you
think when they're looking for your vote.And TV and radio stations hope you
will pay attention to their shows.
The point is, all these people want something from you. And when people
want something from you,you have got power over them.We should learn to
use that power wisely to make the changes we need to make.
Give your money, your votes and your loyalty to people who deserve it.
People who are going to give you something in return. People who are doing
the most for the Black community.
Who cares what Black people think? A lot of people do.
The Miami Times is about the business of communication. Communicating to
you the power you have and letting you know how you can use it. For instance,
right now there are 32 million Black people in this country and last year we
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prey to identity

By Kevin McCoy
David iHodge got a shock
when he filed his federal tax
returns last year. An identity
thief had beaten him to it.
"I was stunned," says Hodge,
a 33-year-old Mount Vernon,
N.Y., home-improvement
contractor, recalling the
moment his accountant told
him the IRS had rejected his
return because someone had
already filed using his name
and Social Security number.
"How could somebody do
Hodge contacted the IRS.
He says the tax agency told
him to produce copies of his
Social Security card and birth
certificate within 30 days,
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David Hodge of Mount Vernon, N.Y., had a tough time fixing the mess after someone filed a
tax return using his name and Social Security number.
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Two CD's you must have

Hot off the presses (or is it the
laser?) in March 2008, are two
CD's that YOU should have.
One is titled, "Bring Black
Back," and the other is titled,
"Three Credits Shy." We are
always looking for positive,
educational, enlightening,
inspiring, and entertaining
music and spoken word. Well,
here they are. These two CD's
provide all of that and more.
If you have never done
anything I have asked you to
do in my 13 years of writing
this column, please, I say

again, "please"
purchase these
two CD's.
The Bring
Black Back CD
was written and '
performed by the MAAT Youth
Group at the SBA Academy in Ft.
Wayne, Indiana. It was inspired
by the Harlem Renaissance and
the initial meeting in December
2006 of what is now called the
Nationalist Black Leadership
Coalition (NBLC), which
convened under the mantra,
"Bring Back Black."

Brother Kweku Akan attended
the meeting and immediately
thereafter he, his staff, and the
young people went to work on
the CD concept.
Folks, we constantly talk
about the negative things we
hear and see in the music of
some of. today's young artists.
We rail against their lyrics and
their exploitation of women. We
are embarrassed by the way
some of them dress and their
seemingly endless propagation
of the thug life and the bling-
bling mindset.
The Bring Black Back CD
and the MAAT Youth Group
are completely positive,
educational, and inspiring to
both the young and the older
crowds. The young people rap
about our historical icons like
Zora Neale Hurston, Marcus
Garvey, and Langston Hughes,

all set to some of the "tightest"
beats you will ever hear.
One of my favorite is their
innovative piece on Reparations.
During their release event on
February 29th, they performed

each song and added their own
choreographed routines, lead by
a young brother, Adrian Curry,
who just happens to have a
4.3 GPA and will be attending
Morehouse next year. Another
young sister, Chloe Johnson, in
her first year at Florida A&M,
who also played a major role in
the recording, came back home

to Ft. Wayne to participate in
the release.
In addition to these
outstanding students, there
are several others from age 13
to 19, who dedicated their time

and their creative talents to
produce the Bring Black Back
You need to have this CD.
The proceeds will go to help
the SBA Academy in its efforts
to educate more young people
about their history and their
culture. The funds also help
with travel expenses for the


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students to visit Africa and
various Caribbean islands as
they have done in the past.
These are the kinds of young
people we say we want to have
in our communities. Show them
you appreciate their efforts.
Support them. Buy their CDI
Go to
and make your purchase. Buy
several and give them to friends
and family.
The other CD, "Three Credits
Shy," is a sobering disclosure
of a case that haunts me and
should touch the consciences
of all people. It's the William
Mayo story. Mayo has' been
incarcerated for 16 years for
a crime he did not commit.
Having received injustice after
injustice from Georgia's judicial
system, he languishes in a cell
waiting for US to do something
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William's destiny suffered a detour that has now
taken 16 years to travel, but he is still determined to
come put of that prison one day and get that degree
he cherished so much.


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timate for Seminole Middle School Total Program Management Classroom
Addition until 5:00 PM on April 24, 2008. The work includes various trades
for CSI Divisions 2, 10, and 16. James A. Cummings, Inc. Is actively seek-
ing Broward County School Board certified minority subcontractors and sup-
pliers. Sealed bids will be accepted at James A.Cummings, Inc. main office @
3575 NW 53 Street; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Bid documents will be avail-
able through Cummings, Dodge and Reed Construction. For more information
please call Patrick Holland @ James A. Cummings, Inc. (954) 733-4211 or Fax:
(954) 485-9686.


Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of bids, which can be
obtained through the Department of Procurement Management (DPM), from
our Website: Vendors may choose to download
the bid package(s), free of charge, from our Website under "Solicitations
Online". Internet access is available at all branches of the Miami-Dade Public
Library. It is recommended that vendors visit our Website on a daily basis to
view newly posted solicitations, addendums, revised bid opening dates and
other information that may be subject to change.
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 additional
$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 accordancewith
County Ordinance No. 98-106.

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understand the consequences of not paying your property taxes. o r Oic wat to e;-::: ::io
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and interest will be applied to your tax bill.
Property taxes became delinquent on April 1st
If your taxes remain unpaid on June 1st, your taxes will be sold at auction as a tax certificate and a
lien will be recorded on your property.
When a certificate is sold on your property, the buyer of the certificate pays the taxes you owe and
earns interest, which you will have to pay in addition to.the taxes you owe.
If your taxes remain unpaid for a period of two years after a certificate has been issued on your
property, you could lose your property,
Please remember, if you are the current property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your property taxes are paid.
To avoid additional charges and interest, and the potential risk oflosing your property, the Miami-Dade County Tax Collector's
Office wants to remind you that your payment must be;in our office by May 31, 2008 Mailed payments must be by cashier's
check or money order.
You may also pay in person at one of the following locations:

Miami-Dade Flagler Building
140 West Flagler Street Room 101
Miami, Florida 33130

South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211th Street Room 104
Miami, Florida 33189

For your convenience both our offices will be open Saturday, May 31st, 2008 from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
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Call 305-751-6232
2571 E. Superior Street
Efficiency $800 moves you
$287 bi-weekly.
Call 786-389-1686
350 NW 45 Street
Furnished efficiency. Utilities
included. $525 monthly. First
and last.786-493-0686
Furnished efficiency,utilites,
cable $450 monthly. First
and last. Call 305-751-7536
Private entrance, bath, air
and cable. 305-758-6013.


101 N.E. 78th STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$975. Balcony, laundry room,
and parking. Section 8 wel-
Call 786-326-7424
1229 N.W. 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$575 Stove, refrigerator, air.
305-642-7080 or 786-236-
1251 N.W. 59 Street
Beautiful, ;bright and :spa-
cious, updated two bed-
rooms, one bath, parking and
water included. $750-$850
per month.: Sec. 8 okay.
Please call at 305-674-7999.
1277 N.W. 58th Street#2
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances included. Section
8 welcome. 305-238-6876
1281 N.W. 61 Street
Renovated one and two bed-
rooms. $525 and. $725
monthly Appliances included.
Call 305-747-4552
140 N.W. 13th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$575. Call 786-236-1144 or
14100 N.W. 6th Court
Huge one bedroom, one
bath, with central air, in quiet
area, $725 monthly!
Raciel Cruz: 305-213-5013
1459 N.W. 60th Street

One bedroom, one bath,
brand new appliances, tiled
floors. $600; $1200 moves
you in. Call 305-458-3977.
1500 N.W. 65th Street
One bedroom, air, $560.
monthly utilities not included.
Gated property.
Call 786-514-4746.


1745 N. W. 1 Place
Clean apts. Near bus and jit-
ney stops, one bedrooms,
$400 monthly.$1200 move
in. Efficiency $350 monthly
$1050 to move in.
Call 305-696-2825.
Ashmore Properties
510 N.W. 54 Street

19031 N.W. 43rd Avenue #B
One bedroom, one bath, ap-
pliances included, lights and
water. Section 8 Welcome.
Call 305-238-6876
200 N.W 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
210 N.W. 17 STREET
One bedroom $475. Stove,
refrigerator air. 305-642-7080
249 N.E. 77th Street
One bedroom, one bath, tile
floors, just renovated fenced
yard, parking, $800 monthly
plus security. Section 8
welcome.Call 786-216-7533.
2515 NW 52nd Street #3
One bedroom, tiled floors,
air, no appliances. $550
$1100 to move in.
2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate
$600 monthly.
3151 NW 53rd Street
Two bedrooms. $800
monthly, first, last and
security Call 305-751-6232
3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
Totally remodeled, one bed-
room, one bath in nice quiet
area. All appliances included.
$625 monthly. MUST SEE!
Call Mr. Cruz 305-213-5013
421 NW 59 Terr.
One bedroom $575
Stove, refrigerator, air.
305-642-7080 or 786-359-7054
4425-4427 N.W. 23 Coourt
Two bedrooms, one bath
$825. Four bedrooms, two
baths $1200. 305-642-7080.
Walking distance from
Brownsville metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors, one and two bed-
rooms, from $490-$580
2651 NW 50th Street
Call 305-638-3699
5200 N.W. 26 Avenue
Three or two bedrooms from
$700. Section 8 welccme.No
Security Deposit
Call 305-634-3545
5509 NW Miami Court
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$650 monthly. 305-751-6232
580 N.E. 127 St #20
Two bedrooms, two baths,
gated parking. Section 8
Preferred. $1050 monthly,
$1050 to move in.
6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-530 per month, one
bedrooms, $485 per month,
window bars and iron gate
doors. Free water and gas.
Apply at: 2651 NW 50th
Street or Call 305-638-3699
6300 NW 15 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$700 monthly 305-785-8489.
One bedroom, one bath.
Renovated, new appliances
and parking. Section 8
HOPWA OK. $810 monthly.
Drive by, then call 9 am to 6
p.m. Call Dick 305-754-7900
One bedroom, one bath. To-
tally renovated, new applian-
ces and parking. Section
8/HOPWA OK. $795 monthly.
Drive by, then call
305-754-7900 ask for Dick
7527 NW 22 Ave Upstairs
Spacious, two bedrooms,
One and two bedrooms.,
from $495-$585 monthly.
Free water, window bars and
iron gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50th Street or
Call 305-638-3699

Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, and three bedrooms, air,
ceiling fan, appliances, laun-
dry and gate. 1601 N. W. 1st.
Court. 305-374-4412.
1497 NW 7 Street
Overtown, Liberty City, Opa
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duplexes, houses, efficiences.
One, two and three bedrooms.
Many with appliances.
Same Day Approval.
Call for information.

One bedroom, one bath
Two bedroom, one bath

Free water, air
Leonard 786-236-1144


Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community, on bus lines.
$1080 to move in.
Call 305-638-3699
1257 N.W. 61 Street.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Completely renovated, water
included. Low rent.
Section 8 Welcome
Move in special.
One, two and four bedrooms
available with air. Section 8
415-439 N.W. 9 Street
'One bedroom, one bath,
$525 with air. Move in
special $950.00. Three
bedrooms, two baths
$875. Move in special $1500
with a half month free.
Please call for appointment
North Miami and S.Beach
Studios, one, two, three and
four bedrooms. 786-316-
8373 or 786-234-6382 or
From $300, section 8 OK.
Overtown Area
One bedroom, one bath.
Section 8 ok. 786-262-4536
1907 NW 2nd Court
Nice two bedrooms,, air con-
dition, window shades, appli-
ances, free hot water. Tenant
pays for cold water, $450
monthly, plus $200 deposit.
Call: 305-665-4938
Cell: 305-498-8811

10070 N.W. 12 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1050 monthly. Section 8.
10273 N.W. 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
laundry, fenced yard. $1200
monthly. 305-696-8338.
1262 NW 58th STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath
Call 786-277-0302
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly, washer and
dryer provided. Section 8
Call 786-252-4953
1848 NW 42 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Appliances, water included,
central air. Section 8
welcome. Call 786-290-6750.
2043 N W 41st STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, across from
metrorail shutters and alarm
system. $950 monthly, $2700
to move in. 786-274-3948.

2226 N.W. 82nd Street
One bedroom, one bath,
central air. $750 monthly. NO
'Section 8.
Call 305 685-9909.

2253 NW 94 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
spacious family and dining-
room, tiled/new carpet, pri-
vate entry, secured and cov-
ered parking. Section 8 Wel-
come $950 monthly, first and
last. Call 954-802-2423.

2375 N.W. 97th Street #A
One bedroom, $625 a
month, first and last $1250 to
move in. Call 305-691-2703.

3051 N.W. 134th Street
Newly remodeled two large
bedrooms, one bath, wash-
er, dryer, cable, central air,
tile, security bars and large
walk-in closet. $1050
monthly. Call 954-557-4567
3190 N.W. 135th Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
modeled. Section 8
Call Marie 786-367-3820
458 N.W. 82 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one and a
half bath, free light and
water, parking inside for one
car. $950 monthly, three
months advance pay. 305-
Call or come by.
4643 NW 16th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$675. Call 305-759-2280 or
638 NW 65 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, security bars,
appliances, central air, fans,
kitchen hood includes water.
$950 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. Call John
305-389-4011 or 305-632-3387
685 Curtis Drive, Opa-locka
Two bedrooms, one bath,
refrigerator and stove,washer,
central air Section 8, HOPWA
and New Horizon
7633 N.W. 2 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1075 monthly. Section 8
OK. Call 305-332-5008.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
first last, security. Section 8
preferred. Call 786-374-9278

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath du-
plex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $595 per month, $595
security deposit, $1190 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at: 3737 Charles Ter-
Like new three bedroom,
Section8 welcome. Call 786-
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly. HOPWA/Sec-
tion 8 okay. 305-632-9092
Newly renovated, two bed-
rooms, two baths, 24 hour
security, two parking spaces.
$1600 monthly, first and

Two bedrooms, two baths.
$1080 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-254-6610

301 NW 177th STREET
UNIT 232
Oversized one bedroom, one
bath tiled floors, central
air/heat $825 monthly
Call 305-652-9343.
3058 N.W. 203 LANE
Three bedrooms, corner,
fenced.HOPWA and Section
8 ok. Call 305-624-0451.
850 N.E. 207th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths
in Condo of Monterey, $1300
per month, 305-299-3816.


1045 NW 47th STREET
Five bedrooms, two baths
$1750 monthly. New Home
No Deposit.786-325-7383

1101 N.W. 49th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,,
air, 305-758-1492.
1301 N.W. 40th Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1000 mthly, 305-653-0886.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
1345 NE 128 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
One car garage, big yard.
$1200 monthly. NO Section8
Call 305-267-9449
151 STREET NW 18th
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Central air. $1350 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.
1785 N.W. 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly. Large yard.
No Section 8.
Call 305-267-9449.
19236 N.W. 33rd Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$2,300 monthly, move in
$3,190, call 305-244-3160.
2311 N.W. 152 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. 786-715-4968
3280 N.W. 169th Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths in
Miami Gardens, $2,000 per
month, 305-299-3816.
3290 N.W. 48th Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
large den and back yard.
Section 8 only. $1400 month-
ly. Call 786-859-1970.
3411 N.W. 169 Terrace
Three bedrooms, bath and a
half, central air, heat, washer,
dryer. $1500 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome.
837 N.W. 57 Street
One, two and three bed-
rooms. Section 8 Welcome.
305-696-0817 or 305-299-6487
Four bedroom two bath,
$1600 monthly, $3200 to
move in. No Section 8. Con-
tact Joseph 305-632-2426.

781 NW 77th Street (rear)
One bedroom, appliances in-
cluded, air, utilities paid by
tenant. $550 monthly. $1375
to move in. 305-742-1050
Two, three, and four bed-
rooms with air. $700 to
Call 305-642-7080.
Two bedrooms, appliances
air, fenced yard, $1050
monthly plus security.
Section. 8 welcome.
Call 954-961-353530.
Two, three and four bed-
rooms. Section 8 Welcome.
Call Sean 305-205-7738


211 Briarwood Cir,
Three bedroooms, two baths,
$210,000 call 305-978-1324.

20111 W 14 Court
Beautiful three bedrooms,
two baths. First time Home
Buyer. Call, 305-244-6620.
For Sale by Owner
Three bedrooms, one bath in
Opa Locka, $197,000.
Duplex in North Miami, four
bedrooms, two baths and 1
bedroom, one bath,
15820 N.W. 18th Avenue
Excellent location four bed-
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Call 754-214-3277
TIME SHARE $45,000
In Orlando, four bedrooms,
four baths, vacation house
call 305-978-1324.

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Senator Mel Martinez
(R-FL) tis week joined
with Senator Bob Casey
(D-PA) in introducing
legislation to reform the
appraisal process for
home purchases and
deter appraisal fraud
schemes. The Fair
Value and Independent
Appraisal Act is a move
by Senator Martinez
to continue his work
towards reforming and
strengthening oversight
of the mortgage system.
"There are some truly
bad actors out there
posing as legitimate
appraisers. The ripple
effect has worsened
the mortgage crisis,"
said Senator Martinez,
former Secretary of
the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban
Development. "There
continue to be too many
unchecked components
in the appraisal process.
This will protect both
consumers and lenders
by improving oversight
and putting more
checks in place."
In cases of appraisal
fraud, an appraiser
and a mortgage broker
work together to sell
homes at higher prices
than they are worth.
An appraiser inflates
the value of a property,
which increase the
size of the mortgage.
While the unsuspecting
homebuyer is stuck
with an over-valued
home and expensive
mortgage, the scammers
make out with more
money from an inflated

broker fee. These
homeowners often end
up in .foreclosure and
the lender is left with a
worthless home.
"A disturbing
byproduct of the
increased rates
of foreclosures
is unscrupulous
individuals trying to
profit from other people's
losses," said Senator
Casey. "Stopping these
flipping schemes will
help give confidence
to those buying homes
that appraisals on their
new homes are accurate
and won't come back to
haunt them later."
This legislation will:
Require a physical
property visit and a
second independent
appraisal for any high-
interest, high-risk
mortgage offered for a
property sold at a higher
price within 180 days of
its last purchase; ensure
appraiser independence
parties from improperly
influencing a property
appraisal; ensure that
appraisers are qualified
and follow certain
minimum standards;
require a mortgage
originator to make
available to the credit
applicant all appraisal
valuation reports no
later than three days
prior to the transaction
closing date; and set
increased civil penalties
for violating these
provisions $10,000 for
the first violation and
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"or else I would probably
have more problems
with that number."
Unable to comply by
the deadline, Hodge
says, he left "message
after message after
message" with the IRS
seeking an extension,
"But nobody called
me back, ever." He
didn't know whether
the problem had
been resolved until
this spring, when his
accountant, Catherine
Censullo, filed his
2007 tax return
electronically without
"I'm getting a refund,
too, which is great
after everything that
happened," he says.
Even as the Tuesday
federal tax deadline
looms, Hodge's
experience is becoming
more common. Federal
Trade Commission
complaints involving
tax returns linked
to identity theft rose
to 20,782 in 2007,
up 158% since 2003.
Similar complaints
to the IRS Taxpayer
Advocate jumped to
3,327 in federal fiscal
year 2007, up 644% in
three years.
Nina Olson, head
of the IRS Taxpayer
Advocate office,
reported to Congress
early this year that
identity theft has
emerged as one of the
top problems facing

taxpayers. Olson said
in an interview she
believes the statistics
only hint at the size of
the problem.
"If you want
quantification, we
don't know," Olson
says. "The IRS has no
idea how many cases
of identity theft exist."
Senate Finance
Committee Chairman
Max Baucus, D-Mont.,
criticized the tax
agency's efforts to
combat the problem
during a Thursday
hearing. Saying,
"Victims of identity
theft deserve better,"
he directed the
IRS to produce a
comprehensive action
plan within 90 days.
IRS Commissioner
Douglas Shulman,
conceding the agency's
response to the problem
"is not where it needs
to be," promised to
"It's time to end the
nightmare for honest
American taxpayers
who fall victim to
identity theft," said
That nightmare is
spreading, according to
USA TODAY interviews
with more than a
dozen accountants
and other tax experts
Often, the goal is to
collect an undeserved
tax refund. File with
one stolen identity,
claim multiple
dependents and apply
for the federal Earned

Income Tax Credit,
and an identity thief
can snag a tax refund
worth thousands of
dollars, or more. Diana
Aliffi, a Riverhead, N.Y.,
accountant, allegedly
stole former clients'
personal information
in a scam that could

have netted her up
to $19 million in tax
refunds, according to
an indictmentunsealed
Wednesday in Suffolk
County Court.
"People create a
phony business,
phony children, phony
working hours and
other details to get a
very nice refund," says
Eduardo Leiseca, an
enrolled agent in Miami
who says a client who
ran an import-export
business fell victim to
just such a scheme.
Alternately, taking
another's identity can
help thieves hide a
criminal conviction,
status or other problem
that could block them

from getting ajob. Their
employers file W-2
wage-reporting forms
With the IRS, which
attributes the income
to the true owner of
the Social Security
number. Victims don't
discover the problem
until the IRS contacts

them with questions
about under-reported
Either way, the
thieves' victims
confront weeks or
months of bureaucratic
wrangling to verify
their identity at best,
or suffer longer-term
financial damage at
A New York State
Police trooper whose
identity was stolen
last year waited
from February until
September to get his
anticipated tax refund
as the IRS sorted out
the problem, says
Dianne Corsbie, the
enrolled agent who
prepared and filed his
tax return.

"He was counting
on that refund to pay
his real estate tax
bill. He didn't have
the money to pay on
time . and he had
to pay penalties and
interest, so of course it
was a hardship," says
Corsbie, a tax preparer

at Boncor & Associates
in White Plains, N.Y.
Victims forced to wait
for refunds
A worker at the
Hiram Walker distillery
in Fort Smith, Ark., got
his federal tax refund
as expected last year.
But six months later, he
received an IRS letter
questioning whether he
had under-reported his
income, says Charles
Homolka, the enrolled
agent in Muldrow,
Okla., who prepared
his tax return.
"Someone using
his name and Social
Security number
worked at an aircraft
factory in California.
The IRS thought my
client was hiding the

income," Homolka
says. "It made me
laugh, because the
commute would have
been murder."
But it was no laughing
matter for the distillery
employee, because the
problem took at least
three months to resolve
with the IRS, Homolka
Some cases take
far longer. From 2002
through 2005, multiple
identity thieves used
the name and Social
Security number of
a Mexican-American
factory worker to get
jobs in Kansas, Texas
and New Jersey,
says Bob Smith, the
enrolled agent in
Albert Lea, Minn.,
who prepared the
worker's tax returns.
Olson says Taxpayer
Advocate staffers have
helped many victims
whose identities were
similarly appropriated.
"One year, he
supposedly had over
$240,000 in income"
from all the different
jobs, Smith says. "He
said, 'I'll pay the tax
if I can have all that
income.' "
Each time, the IRS
held up the worker's
tax refund while
investigating whether
he had under-reported
his income, Smith says.
Each time, it took about
six months to prove his
client hadn't worked
elsewhere and to get
the refund released, he

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William's destiny
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has now taken 16 years
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put of that prison one
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He is still determined to
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challenging environment full of opportunity.
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305-375-JOBS (5627)
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EOE/M/F/D/eterans' Preference

"James A. Cummings, Inc., Total Program Manager, will be accepting SEALED
SUBCONTRACTOR BIDS for the Partial Guaranteed Maximum Price Estimate
for Harbordale Elementary School Total Program Management Classroom Ad-
dition until 5:00 PM on April 17, 2008. The work includes all work required for
the Demolition of the Existing Cafeteria Building. James A. Cummings, Inc. is
actively seeking Broward County School Board certified minority subcontrac-
tors and suppliers. Sealed bids will be accepted at James A. Cummings, Inc.
main office @ 3575 NW 53rd Street; Fort Lauderdale. FL 33309. Bid docu-
ments will be available through Cummings Dodge and Reed Construction. For
more information please call Patrick Holland @ James A. Cummings, Inc. (954)
733-4211 or Fax: (954) 485-9658.



The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is requesting individual sealed
bids for State Road 874/ Killian Parkway Interchange Improvements. The
Work consists of, but is not limited to, providing all labor, maintenance of traffic
schemes, materials, equipment and incidentals necessary for the widening,
resurfacing, and reconstruction of State Road 874 from north of Southwest
117th Avenue to south of Kendall Drive and the roadway and bridge improve-
ments to the Killian Parkway Interchange (the 'Project") The Bidder (Prime
Contractor) or its Subcontractor, shall be pre-qualified by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation ('FDOT") under Rule Chapter 14-22, Florida Adminis-
trative Code for Flexible Paving (Prime Contractor), and Intermediate Bridge
(Prime Contractor and/or Subcontractor). Both the Prime Contractor and any
Subcontractors shall be in compliance with all pre-qualification requirements
of FDOT. In addition, the Prime Contractor and any Subcontractors must be
authorized to do business in the State of Florida at the time of Bid Package
submittal. MDX notifies all Bidders and individuals that it requires and encour-
ages small, minority and women owned businesses to have flail opportunity to
submit a response to any solicitation document issued by MDX. 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 download any
MDX solicitations, you must register as a vendor. The vendor registration can
only be done through MDX's website. Deadline for submitting a Bid Pack-
age is June 10, 2008 by 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time. A Mandatory Pre-Bid:
Conference is scheduled for May 6, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. Attendance to the
Pre-Bid Conference is mandatory and failure by a Bidder to attend and/
or be represented at the Pre-Bid Conference shall result in its Bid being
deemed non-responsive.





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'Exclusive loopholes' compound financial crisis

Less than one year after
Florida was lauded by
the Harvard University
Kennedy School of
Government for its top
national position in
improving the delivery
and integrity of food
stamp services, state
budget cuts may force
its return to the bottom
of the heap.
"According to recent
reports, Florida is
now among the top
states with the growing
number of residents in
dire need of food stamp
assistance," said state
Senator Nan Rich
(D-Weston). "The cuts
we're facing not only
drastically impede our
ability to deliver that
help, but failure to meet
the federal controls
on maintaining the
integrity of the program
will likely result in
federal sanctions
costing the state even
In a press conference
last week, the Weston
Democrat joined
Senate Democratic
Leader Steven Geller
(D-Cooper City) in
outlining the impending
cuts to health and
human services as
a result of Florida's
budget shortfall. The
veteran lawmakers
also questioned the
Legislative Leadership's
reluctance to close
certain loopholes used
almost exclusively by
wealthy corporations
and high-end
commercial developers.
"These cuts will cut
a wide and devastating
swath across our
state," said Rich, a
leading advocate for
children and families
in most need of help.
"To continue to protect
these tax avoidance
tactics will come at the
expense of hundreds
of thousands of
children, the disabled,
the elderly and the
catastrophically ill. It's
not only heartbreaking,
it's unconscionable."
"It's a parade of
horrors," echoed Geller.
"People will not only
needlessly suffer, they
will die."
According to the
lawmakers, some of the
most egregious cuts
Floridians are facing
Needy: A critical
program that covers
Floridians who suffer

from catastrophic
illness such as organ
transplant patients,
and either have no
health insurance, or
have exhausted their
benefits. More than
16,000 individuals
currently in this
program are expected
to be ousted.
Children: Thousands
of children living in
troubled households
under scrutiny for
possible child abuse

will no longer have
the safety of protective
investigators on which
to rely. Budget cuts are
targeting 71 positions
dedicated to probing
allegations of child
abuse. The cuts are also
expected to overwhelm
remaining investigators
already swamped with
high caseloads.
Senior Citizens
and the Disabled: More
than 24,000 elderly and
disabled Floridians are
facing the loss of health
care and prescription
drug coverage due to
cuts targeting MEDS
AD, or Medicaid Aged
and Disabled Program,
which typicallyprovides
Medicaid coverage to
the very poorest of
residents in this state.
"We're losing the
safety net our state
worked so hard to
create," said Rich.

"These children, these
seniors, and these
disabled are suffering
through no fault of
their own, and can't
afford the protections
they so desperately
need. Pulling the plug
on these programs is
tantamount to pulling
the plug on their lives."
The Democrats again
urged the legislative
leadership to re-
examine a number
of tax loopholes that
could, if not spare the

cuts, at least blunt
their severity.
"Under the Bush
administration, there
was a massive tax shift
in this state," said
Geller. "The burden was
almost entirely dumped
onto home owners and

small business owners,
giving the largest non-
Florida corporations
and the mega-wealthy a
free ride when it comes
to paying for the same
government services,
like the courts or the
police, the rest of us
pay for.
"We're not here to
support raising taxes
on Floridians already
paying them. We're
here to say it's time
to close the loopholes
and level the playing

The worst of the
budget cuts facing the
state could be spared
and across-the-board
tax hikes could be
avoided by closing at
least three major tax


The North Miami Community Redevelopment
Agency (NMCRA) has prepared its 2006-07 An-
nual Activity Report and has subsequently filed a
copy of the report with the City Clerk of the City
of North Miami. It is available as of March 31,
2008 for public inspection during normal busi-
ness hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at the Of-
fice of the City Clerk (located at 776 NE 125th
Street), at the Office of the North Miami Commu-
nity Redevelopment Agency (located at 615 NE
124th Street), or online at www.NorthMiamiCRA.


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

IFB NO. 75141


1:00 P.M., MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008

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


Pedro G. Hernandez
City Manager

AD NO. 002404 L_

S Real estate
transfer tax: a
tax paid by most
Floridians when
real estate is sold.
Through complicated
(and so far, legal)
maneuvers, very
wealthy developers
have evaded that tax
by in one commonly
used tactic placing
real estate into a trust,
transferring the trust
into a corporation, and
then selling the stock
in the corporation.
For example, one
company's reported
2005 sale of six
apartment complexes
recorded the $300
million deal at only
$60, and so avoided
a $2.1 million tax bill.
Legislation sponsored
by Sen. Geller would
close all of the tactics
used under this
loophole. Estimates
vary, but closing this
escape hatch could
net anywhere from
$50P million to $200
million annually.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miami Commis-
sion has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the City of Miami City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client
session will be conducted under the parameters of F.S. 286.011(8) [2007].
The person chairing the City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the
commencement of an attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purpos-
es of discussing the pending litigation case of JERRY FRANK TOWNSEND,
et al. v. City of Miami, et al., Case No. 03-21072-Civ-Joradn, pending in the
United States District Court, to which the City is presently a party. This pri-
vate meeting will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as
the Commissioners' schedules permit) and conclude approximately one hour
later. The session will be attended by the members of the City Commission :
Chairman Joe Sanchez, Angel Gonzalez, Marc Sarnoff, Tomas Regalado, and
Michelle Spence-Jones; the City Manager, Pedro G. Hernandez; the City At-
torney, Julie O. Bru; Assistant City Attorney, Warren Bittner; and Assistant City
Attorney Maria J. Chiaro. A certified court reporter will be present to ensure
that the session is fully transcribed and the transcript will be made public upon
the conclusion of the above-cited, ongoing litigation. At the conclusion of the
attorney-client session, the regular Commission meeting will be reopened and
the person chairing the Commission meeting will announce the termination of
the attorney-client session.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk


The Democratic lawmakers reaffirmed their support for
a video lottery terminal measure sponsored by Republican
Senator Dennis Jones which could net an estimated $300
million to $500 million annually. They urged fellow
legislators to do the same.

3rd Floor Cosmetic Improvement Project

Bids are hereby solicited and will be received on behalf of the Jackson Health System-Public Health Trust
of Miami-Dade County in the Procurement Management Department, 1611 NW 12th Avenue, Holtz Cen-
ter, Room B-066, Miami, FL 33136 on the date indicated below. The ITB solicitation document can be
obtained at the same location at this time. There will be a $50.00 non-refundable charge for the plans
and specs. Payment may be made by company check, money order, cashier's check or cash (receipt
provided). Checks and other such instruments of funds shall be made out to the Jackson Health Systems
- Public Health Trust. This ITB includes both a "Community Small Business Enterprise CSBE" Selection
Factor and an incentive for "Small Business Enterprise" subcontracting. This competitive ITB process is
governed at this time by the "Cone of Silence" in accordance with County Ordinance No. 98-106. Only the
Procurement Department Representative shown below may be contacted regarding this ITB.

Procurement Department Representative:
Contact Name: Reynaldo Palma, Senior Procurement Contracting Officer
Contact Number: 305-585-6919
E Mail: reynaldo.palma(aihsmiami.orq


Non Mandatory Pre-Bid Conference Friday, April 18, 2008 ,9 AM Local Time,
Date, Time and Location: Jackson North Medical Center
Second Floor Classroom
160 NW 107th Street
North Miami, Florida 33169

Bid Due Date & Time and Location Tuesday, April 29, 2008 by 2:00 PM. (local time) at
Procurement Management Department
Jackson Memorial Hospital
East Tower, Room B-066
Miami, Florida 33136

The work basically consists of the following:

Cosmetic improvements (paint and wall coverings) for patient rooms and adjoining hallway on
the third floor of the Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 107th Street, North Miami, Florida

The successful bidder will furnish all supervision, labor, supplies and equipment necessary to accom-
plish the work. All work shall be performed pursuant to the "Scope of Work" and Specifications stipulated
by the Trust.

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