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Publication Date: April 1, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Miami. Times Staff Report

Miami native Ralph Jean-Paul, a member of Florida A&M University's
famed "Marching 100" band, has been selected for a summer intern-
ship with the Fox Music Experience in Los Angeles.
The internship/immersion program works in conjunction with the
Honda Battle of the Bands to help expose student musicians at Histori-
cally Black Universities and Colleges to the broader world of music and
Launched last year, the program offers two students an opportunity
to spend a few'weeks in the, summer working on the Twentieth Century
Fox studio lot learning film and television music production first-hand.
Jean-Paul is a senior music education major and the band president.
"When I was told that I got the internship, it was almost unreal. I've
had plenty accomplishments dealing with music but nothing like this,
said Jean-Paul, who has taken part in the Collegiate All Star Bands for
Florida and the HBCU National Consortium.
FAMU band Director Julian White said the award was much de-
"He is an outstanding leader and musician," White said.

ReFuture of U.S. auto

bcettliindustry in doubt

By Sharon Silke Carty

County to Obama: Let Haitians stay

Officials say distressed
nation unable to take
in deportees
Miami Times Staff Report

The Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Commission has sent a
letter to" President Barack
Obama urging him to grant

Temporary Protected Status
to Haitian immigrants cur-
rently in the United States.
The March 17 letter calls
on the president to "act now
to grant fair and equal treat-
ment for all immigrants in
our community," according
to a county statement.
The letter is the latest ac-
tion from County Hall which

became increasingly in-
volved in- helping the island
battle several crises in 2008.
Riots broke out in Haiti last
April when the global cost
of food skyrocketed, leaving
many on the island without
basic staples. Then in the
summer, four hurricanes
struck the country, killing
hundreds, leaving thou-

sands homeless as a result
and destroying infrastruc-
ture and crops.
The Miami-Dade Commis-
sion responded to Haiti's
plight. On Aug. 4, County
Chairman Dennis Moss,
Commissioners Barbara J.
Jordan and Audrey M. Ed-
monson and Dr. Larry Capp,
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President Obama left a big
question mark over the future
of the U.S. auto industry Mon-
day when he made it clear he
is willing to offer limited aid to
General Motors and Chrysler,
but warned they must restruc-
ture much faster or end up in
bankruptcy court.
Obama blamed a "failure of
leadership, from Washington
.to Detroit" for bringing the
automakers so close to col-
lapse. But'his auto task force,
he said, had determined that
turnaround plans laid out by
GM and Chrysler had failed to
prove they can turn the auto-
makers around. And over the
weekend, the administration
signaled its willingness to have
the government intervene more
directly in their future when it


forced out GM CEO Rick Wag-
The president's plan balanc-
es two competing forces that
are swirling around Americans'
economic anxieties: growing
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Miamians salute John Hope Franklin
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John Hope Franklin visits with Dorothy Fields in the
Black Archives during his 2005 trip to Miami.

office of the
-Black Archives photo

By Sandra J. Charite

Miamians are remembering
with deep respect and fondness
the life and legacy of historian
John Hope Franklin who died
March 25 at Duke University
Hospital in Durham, N.C., at
age 94.
Dorothy Jenkins Fields,
historian and founder of The
Black Archives, History, and
Research Foundation of South
Florida, whom Franklin visited
at the Lyric Theater in Over-
town in 2005, described him
as a man who "dedicated his

life to researching, writing and
lecturing about the unequal
treatment of Black people that
occurred in the Americas and
throughout the world."
"Whenever possible he used
the direct words and senti-
ments from the people them-
selves to explain how they
were treated and how they
felt," Fields said.
"A scholar and a statesman,
he left a legacy of new knowl-
edge for current and future
generations. He will be greatly
missed," Fields said.
Timothy A. Barber is archi-
vist, curator and historian at

the Black Archives, along with
Fields, met Franklin during
his visit.
"When I met Dr. Franklin
when he came to Miami for
the Miami Dade College 2005
International Book Fair, my
experience with meeting a
man that has done so much
in the chronicling of the Afri-
can- American presence in the
United States, Barber said.
Joseph McNair, a Miami
Dade College professor, called
Franklin "a brilliant historian
who helped African-Americans
open the door to their past."
And Erica Williams Connell,

Miami director of The Eric Wil-
liams Memorial Collection,
said Franklin's contributions
to history reminded her of a
quote by her late father, Eric
Williams, who served for many
years as prime minister of
Trinidad andTobago and was
himself a distinguished histo-
The quote: "...history [is] not
a record of battles and politi-
cians, dates and events, or
even of the follies and foibles of
mankind, but rather a record
of the development of human-
ity, of life and of society, in all
their various manifestations."

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Give the president a chance

After being hammered at the polls last November,
M it is clear that the Republican Party is hoping to
J.L make a comeback by trying at every opportunity
to frustrate the programs that the very popular President
Barack Obama has been introducing to turn the country
around and restore not only America's well-being but also
our credible leadership role in global affairs. The nation's
first Black president has not offered any plan that the
Republicans in the United States Senate and the United
States House of Representatives have not flatly rejected.
This opposition, and the level of intensity with which it is
projected, is astonishing. It is not happening in a vacuum.
The political reality now is that Republican ideas failed the
nation over the past eight years and were rejected by the
American people. Voters gave President Obama a mandate
and handed the Democratic Party substantial majorities
in both the Senate and the House.'
The Republicans don't have to fall over backwards
to accommodate' the new reality but they owe it to the
country, which is hurting on many fronts, to stop being
obstructionist and to start acknowledging what the polls
continue to show -- that President Obama remains very
popular and his policies resonate with the American
That is a reality which the so-called "Conservative
Democrats" should also accept. These are 'a handful
of Senators from President Obama's own party who are
erecting roadblocks to prevent the success of his policies.
Even more than the frustrated Republicans, this small
group of Democrats can do a lot of damage by eroding
support for his legislative proposals.
What it comes down to is a battle between those who
.are trying hard to maintain a ,status quo that does not
work for Americans and a president who feels the pain
of ordinary people, who intends to make his campaign
promise of change more than a slogan and who offers
solutions that can work. While the president's original
plans have to compete with the financial and military mess
his Republican predecessor left him, it is evident he has no
intention of yielding on important aspects of his platform
that are intended to benefit all of Amrnerica.and especially
those in real need. The Republicans and the Conservative
Democrats must not be allowed to sabotage the hope that
the Obama presidency stands for. They stayed silent during
the Bush years and allowed our country to be run into the
ground. They had their turn and they failed miserably.

More than just a historian
John Hope Franklin, who died March 25 at age 94, is,
being remembered with great affection, admiration
and respect by his colleagues in the world of
historians and with good reason. Using history as his
guide, Professor Franklin showed the Black race for what
, we are: a proud people of remarkable accomplishments
who have enriched the fabric of American life, despite the
terrible hardships we have had to face. It is a story he was
well equipped to tell, rising from humble origins to become
one of the country's foremost intellectuals, while coping
with the racism of the day.
His, brush with racial discrimination began at an early
age when he, his sister and their mother, Mollie, a teacher,
were forced off a train because his mother refused to go
to the "Negro" coach. They had to walk through the woods
to their home. Young John cried but his mother consoled
him, telling him, he recalled, that none of the Whites on the
train were better than him and he should "not waste my
energy by fretting but to save it in order to prove that I was
as good as any of them."
Professor Franklin must have done a lot of energy-saving
because all around him as he grew up there were the signs
of White supremacist rule -- in the public, in the halls of
academia -- and he experienced it personally late in life
just because he was a Black man. But he kept his mother's
words in mind and, yes, he went on to prove that he was
"as good as any of them." In fact, he rose to become better
than most, using the scholarship that he developed to help
dismantle the underpinnings of legally sanctioned racism.
His landmark book, From Slavery to Freedom, published
in 1947 and still required reading in schools and colleges,
details the role of Blacks in the development of America.
Down the years, he published many more books, he broke
many color barriers and he received more than 130 honorary
degrees, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom from
President Bill Clinton. On learning of his death, Mr. Clinton
described him this way, "He graced our country with his
life, his scholarship and his citizenship."
Interviewed by The Associated Press in 2005 -- when
he was over 90 -- Professor Franklin still wanted to "be
out there on the firing line, helping, directing or doing
something to try to make this a better world, a better place
to live." .
On that score, he did not need to worry much. The world
was already a much better place because of John Hope

. I for one believe that if you give people a thorough
understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that
produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people
create a program, you get action.. "
Malcolm X

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Loury hits the mark with scathing attack on racist justice system

Glenn Loury, a professor in
the Department of Economics
at Brown University, has long
been one of the nation's most
outspoken Black intellectuals.
For many years, he was a leading
conservative voice on topics like
affirmative action and, whenever
he focuses on a policy issue affect-
ing the Black community, people
pay attention.
In his title essay in the recent
book, Race, Incarceration, and
American Values, Professor Loury
sounds the alarm on some of the
same concerns the Children's De-
fense Fund has been raising when
we talk about the pipeline to pris-
on crisis.
Professor Loury begins the book
by pointing out just how out of
proportion prison rates have be-
come in our country, citing data
like a 2005 report from the Inter-
national Centre for Prison Studies
in London that showed the Unit-
ed States had five percent of the
world's population but 25 percent
of the world's inmates.
. As he says, "Our incarceration
~ate& (714 .pedr 10,000 residents)
is almost 40 percent' greater than
those of. our nearest competitors
(the Bahamas, Belarus and Rus-
Other industrial democracies,
even.those with significant crime
problems of their own, are much
less punitive...We have a correQ-
tions sector that employs more
Americans than the combined
work forces of General Motors,
Ford, and Wal-Mart, the three
largest corporate employers in the

This dramatic increase in incar-
ceration rates wasn't in proportion
to an equally dramatic increase in
crime, as Professor Loury goes on
to explain, but was instead tied
to a shift in our nation's thinking
about the purpose of incarcer-
ation-away from rehabilitation
and towards punishment. He ar-
gues that despiteie a sharp na-
tional decline in crime, American
criminal justice has become cruel-
er and less caring than it has been
at any other time in our modern
history. Why? The question has
no simple answer, but the racial

in the way historically marginal-
ized groups are disproportionate-"
ly "bearing the brunt of order en-
forcement." As he puts it, "Crime
and punishment in America have
a color."
The current incarceration cri-
sis is creating a cycle too many
children and youths are finding
difficult to escape and that is rav-
aging Black families and commu-
nities. As an example, Professor
Loury talks about a large group of
Black men who have been devas-
tated by the rise in incarceration
rates-the nearly 60 percent of

Nearly 60 percent of Black male high school dropouts born in the late
1960s were imprisoned before they turned 40. This is the genera-
tion that should be the husbands and fathers at the centers of our
communities right now. But even after some of these men have gained release,
they and their families continue to be affected by lasting consequences.

composition of prisons is a good
place to start."
Professor Loury describes how
incarceration trends in the Unit-
ed States are connected to our
country's legacy of slavery and
segregation. He reminds his read-
ers that cultural phenomena like
lynching, Jim Crow and legal seg-
regation were, all part of a deep-
seated pattern of racial subordi-
nation in America that lasted long
after slavery ended. Scholars are
now noting that, in the post civil-
rights era, racially skewed incar-
ceration rates have become a new
way of continuing the same old
pattern. Professor Loury argues
that the United States is unique

Black male high school dropouts
born in the late 1960s who were
imprisoned before they turned 40.
,This is-the generation that should
,be the husbands and fathers at the
centers of our communities right
:now. But even after some of these
men have gained release, they.
and their families continue to be
affected by lasting consequences:
Professor Loury says, "While locked
up, these felons are stigmatized-
they are regarded as fit subjects
for shaming. Their links to 'family
are disrupted; their opportunities
for work are diminished; their vot-
ing rights may be permanently
revoked. They suffer civic excom-
munication. Our zeal for social

discipline consigns S.---- "I
these men to a permanent nether
caste... [and] we are creating a
situation in which the children of
this nether caste are likely to join a
new generation of untouchables."
Professor Loury then takes a
philosophical look at the idea of
justice to talk about whether any
of this is consistent with our soci-
ety's ideals of fairness.. Ultimately,
he reminds readers that we still
live in a country where there is an
undeniable racial gap in all kinds
of life outcomes. Poor children of
color simply aren't born with the
same chances.
He explains: "Our society-the
society we have made-creates
criminogenic conditions in our
sprawling urban ghettos and then
acts out rituals of punishment
against them as some awful form
of human sacrifice. This situation
raises a moral problem. that we
cannot avoid.
"We cannot pretend that there
are more important problems
in our, society, or that this cir-
Scumstance is the necessary, so-
lution to other, more. pressing
problems-unless we are also
prepared to say that we have
turned our backs on the ideal of
equality for all citizens and aban-
doned the principles of justice."
There is no more urgent priority
for our nation than ensuring ev-.
ery child a level playing field from
birth to successful adulthood.
Our national soul and future de-
pend on it.
Marian Wright Edelman is presi-
dent of the Children's Defense

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Twin concerns: the

future of the Lyric

and of mass transit
Allow me to tackle two issues this week.
First, Overtown and the Lyric Theater. Long be-
fore some of us were born, Overtown thrived as a
center of Black culture but that is no longer the
case. The demise of Overtown has been well documented. One of the
few remaining-structures that document the history of Black Ameri-
cans is the Lyric Theater. Dorothy Fields, in a true act of love, has
single-handedly tried to save the theater which was once the haunts
of some of the greatest Black entertainers of our time. She has ob-
tairied authority to utilize $10 million in bond funds to complete its
restoration. This money has been snarled in bureaucratic red tape.
To the credit of County Commissioner Audrey Edmonsonr and
Cynthia Curry, senior advisor to the county manager, they were able
to push the issue through on the county side. Now, it languish]es at
the city of Miami,' although it is an issue that all city commissioners
should support.
The area of Overtown has been neglected for decades and it is
time to address that issue. By simply approving the bond funding,
the city of Miami can take a step to giving an infusion of dollars to
this project. It will bring jobs in the form of construction contracts
and it will allow the Lyric to truly become the museum, theater and
testament of Black history in Miami.
The second issue is the county's mass transit system. Public
policy is normally generated from administrators in public office or
policy makers (elected officials). I have recently reviewed the Miami-
Dade Grand Jury report on the Citizens Independent Transporta-
tion Trust that could serve as blueprint for overhauling our public
transportation system.
It surprised me to find this report coming from ordinary citizens
who were empanelled to consider utilization or misappropriation of
transit surtax dollars. Katherine Fernandez Rundle is the Miami-
Dade state attorney, yet it is from her office that a diamond has
arisen. The Grand Jury's first and most obvious conclusion is that
we have a traffic congestion problem and need to improve our public
transportation system.
The conclusion is most telling: ."Although others may have over-
sold the People's Transportation.Plan and broken promises to those
who supported the ordinance, it is the responsibility of our present
elected officials to step up to the plate and communicate to the citi-
zens how they plan to deliver on those promises'.'4. .......
I marvel at New York City's transit system 'which dcar tkde you
within four blocks of your destination. This system was put into,
operation at the turn of the century and moves millions of commut-
ers everyday.
I have also watched Washington, D.C., go from a purely bus sys-
tem to an active and progressive metro transit network that showed
its utility to millions during the Jan. 20inauguration of President
Barack Obama. If New York, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago and oth-
er major metropolitan cities can create viable mass transit systems,
then Miami-Dade can do the same.
Many of us were convinced by then County Mayor Alex Penelas
of the need for a half-penny tax to improve our system. The prob-
lem is that the revenue from the tax has gone mainly to operational
costs, replacing regular funding slated for the transportation sys-
tem.. Thus, the funds needed to expand Metrorail and other critical
initiatives have been lost.
In fact, we have lost federal funding because it does not appear to
the feds that we have the funds necessary to maintain and upgrade
our current system.
Many residents in North Miami-Dade still wait for the expansion
of Metrorail, as do residents in West Kendall. Instead of fighting over
whether Metrorail goes north or west, we should be discussing how
to expand it everywhere. It should go from Florida City/Homestead
to Miami Gardens. It should go from West Kendall to downtown,
from the airport to the seaport.
The recent spike in gas prices has created a sudden awareness
in everyone that we need to conserve gasoline. Now, is the time to
improve our rail system.
Reginald J. Clyne is an attorney.

We must look inward for solutions before blaming others s

They say that Blacks are like bucket" analogy when I realize government for enacting Jim realizing that this very same
crabs in a bucket; every time one that most of the schools in our Crow laws that retarded our elite, which once pledged to
tries to rise to the top, the oth- communities are grossly under- growth and upward mobility. It lead the Black masses to an
ers will attempt to pull it down. performing. I think about it is also easy to blame the fed- altered political reality, soon
But little is said about the fact when I realize that the parks in eral government for supporting abandon the masses once they
that the bucket isn't the crab's our neighborhoods aren't offer- Israel to the tune of billions of reach their lofty status.
natural environment. Crabs live ing the same level of program- dollars a year, for giving special Fortunately, the statute of
on land or in the water. No won- ming they did when I was grow- immigration status to Cuban limitation hasn't run out on us
der they react in a chaotic man- ing up. nationals and for bailing out and we still have the power to
ner when confined in a bucket. I think about it when I get into Wall Street executives with- change our condition from a
Blacks, like crabs in a bucket, my car and go for a quick bite out giving a thought to making negative to a positive. But to
are in disarray because we are to eat, only to discover that the Black Americans whole. do so, every Black man, wom-
not in control of our destiny. only choices available in the im- But while the government, an and child has to realize we
Until we find ourselves in con- can and must do better.
trol, we shall continue to act Black politicians must have
and react in an unnatural man- Yhile the government, both federal and local, should never be absolved of its sins a greater vision of creating a
ner. V against us as a people, most of the blame for our condition should lie at the feet burgeoning Black communi-
I think of this point every time of those we see every time we look in the mirror. Together, we have the power ty. The Black elite must rein-
I ride through the various com- to change our conithon. But the problem Is we don't see ourselves as one people. Instead, we vest in the Black community
munities that are self-sustaining- think and act as a bunch of individuals.' whether they lie there or not.
communities that do not have Black churches must extend
to go outside of themselves to their services outside the scope
survive. Coral Gables, Aventura, mediate area are greasy chicken both federal and local, should of their congregations to help
Little Havana and 'Kendall are shacks and not so healthy burg- never be absolved of its sins those in the surrounding areas.
all examples of neighborhoods er joints. against us as a people, most Black parents must demand
that have everything their resi-. I also think about this analo- of the blame for our condition more of their children and do
dents need to-make it on a daily gy after I get sick from continu- should lie at the feet of those everything in their power to
basis. Quality grocery stores, ally eating such food and have we see every time we look in make their schools, parks and
healthy restaurants, sprawling to go outside my community to the mirror. Together, we have community conducive to rais-
shopping centers and service get quality health care. the power to change our con- ing a smart, safe and healthy
centers dot the landscape of Who is to blame for this hor- edition. But the problem is we offspring.
these communities to the point rible set of circumstances? don't see ourselves as one peo- And we all have the responsi-
where many of their residents It's easy to place the blame ple. Instead, we think and act ability of uplifting and respecting
take them for granted. for our second-class condition as a bunch of individuals, one another. If we don't, they
Compare some of our com- at the feet of the federal gov- Most of us want to subscribe maybe we don't deserve respect
munities with those and you ernment, which, since 1865, to W.E. B. DuBois's Talented from anyone else.
can see how wide the gulf is and still hasn't given each of us our Tenth theory, aspiring to find William "DC" Clark is a mem-
how far we've got to go. promised .40 acres and a mule. ourselves among the Black ber of the International African
I also think of the "crab in the It's easy to blame the federal elite. But we do so without Movement.

Colleges need to feel at home in the world

_As,-,our economy ,staggers,
most colleges and universities
are considering streamlining
or eliminating programs in or-
der to manage fiscal realities.
One thing that must not be
cut is the growing effort to glo-
balize campuses. This needn't
mean only study abroad, but-
also opportunities to integrate
global studies into the curric-.
ulum by placing international
content squarely into the con-
text of basic classes. How?
The authors studied in Eng-
lish classes can include writ-
ers from Africa, Latin America
and Asia. International affairs
are more balanced when we
consider them from the per-
spective of a developing coun-
More than 240,000 U.S.
students went abroad in the
2006-07 academic year. They
were mostly juniors, mostly
female and mostly white. Only

3.8%/, of those who traveled
abroad were African American.
Affordability is one of the rea-
sons that so few blacks stud-
ied abroad, even though feder-
al financial aid programs are
available to pay for the reason-
able costs of study abroad, in-
cluding travel. Less than 10%A
of the students at, my histori-

But students don't have to
travel abroad to learn about
other cultures. Local immi-
grant, communities ,can pro-
vide learning experiences
about the world outside the
USA. In Greensboro, there
are both Hmong and Mexican
immigrant communities with
rich cultures. Learning about

global studies are important for reminding us that we are but
one of the world's nations. We often portray ourselves as a
superpower, but our influence is waning.

cally black college for women
have studied abroad. Our goal
is to have half of our student
body gain some global expe-
rience by .2012, which would
still lag far behind many pri-
vate universities.

How great of an effort do you make to spend your money

with, Black businesses in our community?
MARBALYN BEACIIAM, 52 has the cheap- .. I spend a lot people but the Blacks seem to be
Behavior Analyst Technician, Liberty City est products. ". of money in- so separated. It is sad because

I make an ef-
fort to invest my I
money in Black 1. ,.
businesses. .
By supporting U
them, we can i
generate reve-
nue in our com-
munities. You
have a lot of foreigners who own
their business in our neighbor-
hoods but they don't give back to
our community. Then, you have
those who own businesses here
but they don't live in our neigh-
borhoods so they couldn't care
less what is going. Another thing:
When other races open their busi-
nesses, they employ their opn
and Blacks don't benefit, so we support each other.

Truck Driver, Liberty City

I spend my money on whoever

It doesn't mat-
ter if they are
Black, White,
Arab or what-
ever. It is not a
color thing.

Unemployed, Liberty City

I spend my
money on Black ; .
businesses. I "'
am mad that 3" .

go in our neigh-
borhood Arabs ..
stores are sta- .
tioned every-
where. I sup-
port the mom-and-pop businesses
because they are all that we have'
in our community.

Painter, Liberty City

vesting in the
Black commu-
nity. This is
our neighbor-
hood and we,
have to build
it ourselves. If
we spend the
money in the Hispanic commu-
nity, then all the money goes to
the Hispanics.

Comedian, Liberty City

By support-
ing our Black-
owned busi-
nesses in our
it is showing
others that we
can stick to-
gether so we '
can grow to-
gether. I see the Haitians and His-
panics buying products from their

we support other races that build
businesses in our communities.

Cafeteria worker, Liberty City

I have lived
here my
whole life
and my mon-
ey is always
for the Black',.-
Of course
it is impor-
tant to help
the Black
businesses so we can build the
community. We need money to
come into our neighborhoods. It
is wrong for us to have lost the
Neighbors Food Store and Deli
on Northwest 63rd Street. Some
people don't have cars so how
are they supposed to go grocery
shopping now?

the experiences of the people
in, these communities can en-
rich a curriculum and help
students feel at home in the
Global studies are important

for reminding
us that we are but one of the
world's nations. We often por-
tray ourselves as a superpow-
er, but our influence is wan-
ing. China's economic clout is
growing, India's technological
capability challenges our own,
and other countries are gain-
ing influence. Because com-
merce is global, it is important
for students to enter the work-
force with some global famil-
The economy may force us to
cut budgets, but we will have
to increase our creativity to
carve a permanent place out
for global studies in the col-
lege curriculum, whether that
means flying halfway around
the world, or looking for world
experiences close to home.
'Julianne Malveaux is the
president of Bennett College
for Women in Greensboro, N.C.

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John Hope Franklin altered America's

view of the Black experience


H I S T 0 R



By Timothy A. Barber

It is not often that people of my generation get to say
that they have been able to sit in the presence of someone
of the likes of a Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, Booker
T. Washington, Malcolm X, or Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., but I can truly say that I have. During my under
graduate and graduate studies in history at Florida
Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee,
I continuously heard my professors reference and speak
profoundly about Dr. John Hope Franklin. They always
pointed out his research, and we studied from his book
From Slavery to Freedom, a book that is used as the
core reference African American History volume at
institutions of higher learning across these United States
and beyond. My professors' respect for Franklin went as
far as one of my graduate professors first exam was on
us learning verbatim and understanding a quote made
by Franklin that started "History is a clock that people
use to tell the political and cultural time of day..."
When I returned to Miami to work at the Black.
Archives History and Research Foundation of South
Florida, Inc. with Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, never
in a day would I have thought it would lead me to
meeting in person Dr. Franklin or even sIpend a whole
weekend with him let alone Dr. Franklin riding in my
car with me around Miami. In one of Franklin's books
he wrote in his foreword about meeting W.E.B. Dubois
for the first time when he was a waiter before going to
Harvard to work on his Doctoral degree. He spoke of his
interaction action with Dubois noting that Dubois never
even looked up at him when he introduced himself. It
was not until he mentioned that he was about to attend
Harvard. in the 1930's that Dubois even obliged his
presence. No disrespect to Dubois, Franklin met him
later in life after he was an accomplished professor to
which Dubois thought he wis meeting Franklin for the
first time. Franklin stated that he never wanted to be
that disconnected from society thathe would not even
take the time to notice someone trying to, walk in the

same footprints that he was making.
So when I met Dr. Franklin when he came to Miami for
the Miami Dade College 2005 Book Fair, my experience
with meeting a man that has done so much in the
chronicling of the African 'American presence in
the United States as well as documenting the
color line, assisting on a- national level with
urban affairs, being a past president of the
Association for the Study of Afro-American
Life and History, and setting in place
the giant footsteps to which I choose to
follow, was a monumental experience
that I would have never expected. Dr.
Franklin being 92 years young at the
time never missed a beat during our
encounter, we talked about race issues
that he had experienced over the years,
I spoke with him about my professors at
Florida A&M University, some of which
he had heard of, and we discussed his
recently released autobiography, Mirror
to America. Dr. Franklin made it very W
comfortable for a up and coming historian
to sit in his shadow. Upon driving Dr.
Franklin to the airport on that November
Sunday Morning in 2005, I asked him
about his interaction with Dubois and
how that affected him in the long run. Dr.
Franklin just laughed and said "that some
people must learn to appreciate the least
in order to accommodate the many." I will
never forget meeting a man who never knew '
that he was mentoring from afar during
my studies and even today. His passing
saddens me, but I am, forever honored and
touched by his presence. Dr. John Hope
Franklin may not get the proper farewell from
mainstream media like the passing of one of
today's Hollywood celebrities, but we must ask
ourselves, would we?

Franklin leaves legacy of the history of race

By DeWayne Wickham

John Hope Franklin, who
died last week at age 94, had
already reached the, emeritus
status of his illustrious career
when our paths first crossed.
It was during an April 1999
reception at Duke University
that I met Franklin, who along
with Pulitzer Prize winning au-
thor Toni Morrison dominated
the room that night like a cou-
ple of California Redwoods in
a pygmy tree forest. It was the
eve of the new millennium, and
the school's African and Afri-
can American Studies program
had invited Black intellectuals
and journalists to talk about
race in the 21st century.
In its obituary, The New York

Times called Franklin a "prolif-
ic scholar of African-American
history." He was much more
than that. In writing, about and
teaching the history of Blacks
in this country, during a ca-
reer that spanned nearly three-
quarters of a century, Franklin
was essentially a scholar of
U.S. history.

His works chronicled the in-
tersection of Black and white
life in ways that too many
historians ignore. Any college
graduate who has not read
From Slavery to Freedom: A
History of African Americans,
which was first published in
1947 and is in its eighth edi-
tion, probably has'a gaping


hole in his understanding of
this nation.
That book ushered in the pe-
riod when historians began to
consider the study of the role of
Blacks in American life as a se-
rious historical pursuit. "It has
been necessary ... to a consid-
erable extent, to retell the story
of the evolution of the people
of the United States in' order to
place the Negro in his proper
relationship and perspective,"
Franklin wrote in the preface
to the book's first edition.
Putting the relationship be-
tween Blacks and whites into
the proper perspective was the
life's work of Franklin. He did it
not only through his outstand-
ing scholarship, but also with
his public service.

President Kennedy chose
Franklin to serve on the Board
of Foreign Scholarships, Presi-
dent Ford appointed him to the
National Council on the Hu-
manities and President Carter
placed him on the Advisory
Commission on Public Diplo-
macy. In 1997, President Clin-
ton picked Franklin to chair his
Initiative on Race, an effort to
address the racial issues that
continued to plague the nation.
Two years earlier, Clinton had
given Franklin the Presidential
Medal of Freedom, America's
highest civilian award.
But his most rewarding hon-
or might have come from his
work as an adviser to an Okla-

homa commission created to
study the causes of the 1921
Tulsa race riot. Franklin was
6 years old when his father,
Buck Franklin, moved to Tul-
sa from.Rentiesville, Okla., to
set up a law practice. Before
his dad earned enough money
to send for his family, a race
riot erupted in Tulsa on May
3-1 of that year.
By the time the violence end-
ed, nearly 40 blocks of Tulsa's
Black community and virtu-
ally all of the city's African-
American business district
were destroyed. According to
several accounts, airplanes
were used to rain bullets and
some improvised explosives
down on Tulsa's Black com-

I'll never forget the time I sat inthe presence of this intellectual giant

By Timothy A. Barber
Special to The Miami Times

It is not often that people of my generation
get to say that they have been able to sit
in the presence of someone of the likes of
Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T.
Washington, Malcolm X or Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. but I can truly say that I have.
During my undergraduate and graduate
studies in history at Florida Agricultural
and Mechanical University in Tallahassee,
I continuously heard my professors refer
to and speak profoundly about Dr. John
Hope Franklin. They always pointed out his
research, and we studied from his book From
Slavery to Freedom that is used as the core
reference African American History volume at
institutions of higher learning across these
United States and beyond.
My professors' respect for Franklin went
as far as one of my graduate professors' first
exam was on our learning verbatim and
understanding a quote made by Franklin that
started, "History is a clock that people use to
tell the political and cultural time of day..."
When I returned to Miami to work at
the Black Archives History and Research
Foundation of South Florida with Dr. Dorothy

Jenkins Fields, never would I have thought it
would lead me to meeting in person.with Dr.
Franklin or even spending a whole weekend
with him, let alone Dr. Franklin's riding in my
car with me around Miami.
In one of Franklin's books, he wrote in his
foreword about meeting W.E.B. Dubois for the
first time when he was a waiter before going
to Harvard to work on his doctoral degree. He
spoke of his interaction action with Dubois,
noting that Dubois never even looked up
at him when he introduced himself. It was
not until he mentioned that he was about
to attend Harvard in the 1930s that Dubois
even acknowledged his presence.
No disrespect to Dubois, Franklin met
him later in life after he was an accomplished
professor and Dubois thought they were
meeting Franklin for the first time. Franklin
stated that he never wanted to be that
disconnected from society that he would not
even take the time to notice someone trying
to walk in the same footprints that he wvas
So when I met Dr. Franklin when he came
to Miami for the Miami Dade College 2005
International Book Fair, my experience with
meeting a man that has done so much in the
chronicling of the African American presence

in the United States, as well as documenting
the color line, assisting on a national level
with urban affairs, being a past president of
the Association for the Study of Afro-American
Life and History and setting in place the giant
footsteps to which I choose to follow, it was
a monumental experience that I would have
never expected.
Dr. Franklin, though 92 at the time, never
missed a beat during our encounter. We talked
about race issues that he had experienced
over the years. I spoke with him about my
professors at FAMU, some of whom he had
heard of, and we discussed his recently
released autobiography, Mirror to America.
Dr. Franklin made it very comfortable for a up
and coming historian to sit in his shadow.
Upon driving Dr. Franklin to the airport
on that November Sunday morning in 2005, I
asked him about his interaction with Dubois
and how that affected him in the long run.
He just laughed and said that "some people
must learn to appreciate the least in order to
accommodate the many."
I will never forget meeting a man who never
knew that he was mentoring from afar during
my studies and even today. His passing
saddens me but I am -forever honored and
touched to have been in his presence.


9 4

'Because of the life John

Hope Franklin lived, the

public service he rendered

and the scholarship

that was the mark of his

distinguished career, we all

have a richer understanding

of who we are as Americans

and our journey as a

people. Dr. Franklin will
be deeply missed, but his

gacy is one that will surely

4"President Barack Obama


New Supreme Court justice chose law to fight for racial equality
erBlckont..cur n ,te it.

By Mohamed Hamaludin

Some of the news reports of
James Perry's elevation to the
state's high court include the
fact that he failed the Georgia
Bar exam. He did but therein
lie a tale and a clue as to who is
the only fourth Black to sit on
the Florida Supreme Court.
As Perry tells it, he never had
any intention to practice law,
much less do so in Georgia. His
first career choice when he did
formulate one -- was account-
ing but back then he had little
hope of realizing his ambition.
He explained why in a tele-
phone interview last Wednes-
Perry's rise to prominence,
like that of President Barack
Obama, is a story of determina-
tion overcoming circumstance.
He grew up in a housing proj-
ect named Craven Terrace in
New Bern, North Carolina, and
lived the life of any boy of the
"We played, we threw sticks
at the pecan tree and picked up
the pecans. We played football
in the play area. We did what
other kids do." he recalled.

Perry's family had the basics
-- food, "clothing and shelter
- but. little more but, growing
up, he did not think they were
For him, "Being. poor is a
physical state; poverty is a state
of mind."
The projects were different
then, Perry said. They were for
people in transition, not a per-
manent address. Residents had
to be good people to get a home
in the projects. There was no
gunfire because nobody had a
gun and the closest he came
to seeing a weapon was a knife
one kid had.
Not yet anchored to any spe-
cific dream, Perry had no idea
what he wanted to become. He
took all the academic courses
in high school and was the first,
boy to take typing. He worked at
different jobs, cleaned floors on
weekends, delivered prescrip-
tions on his bike for a phar-
"I -wanted to be somebody
productive, but I didn't think I
could afford college," he said.

College then cost $700 a year
this was the 1950s-60s and
Perry's family couldn't afford to
pay for him, not with his father
earning $55 a week, even as a
Then came Perry's first big
break. He was recruited by a
football coach to attend St. Au-
gustine College in-Raleigh, N.C.,
30 days before graduation. But
it came with a catch. The offer
did not include financial aid.
Perry got a National Defense
Student Loan, which he had to
repay at three percent interest,
and went to college, where he
played football a year and some
He, describes himself as "a
good student" back then, scor-

Gov. Charlie Crist, left, congratulates James Perry whom he named to the Supreme Court.
-Photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor

ing 93 to 94 of a maximum
100 (before the coming of let-
ter grades). He started to think
about a career.
"In college I wanted to be an
accountant," Perry recalled.
Those days the business
community was not receptive
to people of color from busi-
ness schools. Perry's counsel-
ors suggested he should pursue
business education so he could
teach. He did not wan t to be a
"I still wanted to, be an ac-
countant," he said.
Just about the time he was
graduating, IBM offered him
a job -. and he was also being
drafted for service in Vietnam.
His call-up was deferred until
he graduated and then, instead,
of being drafted, he volunteered
for the draft and entered Officer
Training School and on gradua-
tion there he was commissioner
as a second lieutenant, event,
ally rising to first lieutenant in
the U.S. Army.

"Then one night," he recalled,
"I was watching television and
the commentator was asking,
'Who will lead them now?' "
He was in fact watching was
news of the assassination of
Martin Luther King Jr. on April
4, 1968, in Memphis; Tenn.
As the commentator went
through the list of Black lead-
ers who were murdered.
Perry had his epiphany.
His would join the civil rights
struggle in the South. He was
no stranger to the movement,
having taken part in demon-
strations in high school and ip
college. He marched once with
Now, with his background of
leadership in the military and
having been student govern-
ment president in high school
and college, he could become
one of the new leaders. And,
with many of the current lead-
ers being mostly pastors, he

looked for another way to be-
come effective.
He chose the law.
"I didn't know any law school,
I didn't know any lawyers," he
But he had discovered his
true calling and he would not
be deterred.

Perry prepared to study law at
St. Augustine College on a "half
scholarship." Then, on a visit to
New Yqrk City, he discussed his
plan with a friend, Tom long, a
first-year law student at Colum-
bia University. After Long heard
of Perry's high scores on the
LSAT the law school admis-
sion exam -- he encouraged him
to apply instead to Columbia.
;Perry got a quick acceptance
After his first year of law
school, Perry discovered that
law is a conservative institution,
not an agent of change. But he
had already given it a year so he
decided to stick it out.
"I am glad I did," he said. "I
got to do things I couldn't have
done otherwise."
The attractiveness of law was
not the courtroom so much as it
was an opportunity to form im-
portant relationships that could
be used to advance the cause.
And- when the Columbia law
school dean, asked him wheth-
er he planned to work on Wall
Street after graduation, he did
not hesitate to answer. He want-
ed to come back to the South.

Perry' thought about going to
North Carolina and then South
Carolina but decided against ei-
ther because of a long waiting
time to take the Bar exam. After
he learned of the shorter wait-
ing time in Georgia, he settled
on the Peach State. I
His decision was reinforced
after he had a chance to meet
Maynard Jackson, then vice-
mayor of Atlanta who would

go on to become the first Black
mayor of a major Southern city.
Though he is a son of the
South, what Perry found in
Georgia surprised even him. He
was among 50 Black law stu-
dents who took the Bar exam in
the state and all of them failed.
When Perry talks about that ex-
perience, he emphasizes all and
points out they included gradu-
ates of some of the nation's top
law schools. And he points out
also that, 850 White law stu-
dents passed, including some
who "went to night school."
To Perry, those numbers did
not compute and he involved
the NAACP in a discrimination
lawsuit which he invited the 50
failed Black students to join.
Perry is still surprised that only
15 of them answered his call.
The lawsuit was dismissed but
Perry points out with pride that
the following year, when he and
others again took the exam,
13 of those who filed the law-
suit passed, along with 13 oth-
ers, followed by 24 others that

At the time, Georgia had 38
Black attorneys, of whom 32
were in Atlanta.
"We doubled the size of the
[Black] Bar in one year," Perry
says with a chuckle.
* Despite such experiences,
Perry does not see his judicial
philosophy as one of activism.
on the bench.
"My outlook on the law is that
it should be meted out justly
and fairly," he said. "We have
wonderful laws in this land. It
is in the application of the law
that there has been the prob-
The 65-year-old jurist, who,
until last Monday was a Circuit
Judge on the 18th Judicial Cir-
cuit in Seminole County, will
have a lot of opportunity to en-
sure the law is applied justly
and fairly as he sits with Chief
Justice Peggy Quince the oth-

Bess McElroy announces bid for State House District 109 seat

By Tariq Osborne

Bess McElroy, immed
past vice-chairwoman of
Miami-Dade Democratic I
and widow of the Rev. T
ford Johnson, has become
first candidate to declare
intention to run for the Di,
109 seat in the Florida H
of Representatives.
The seat is currently he]
Rep. James Bush III, D-Mi
who is running for the
gressional seat currently
by U.S. 'Rep. Kendrick M1
Meek, in turn, is seeking
U.S. senate seat from wx
Republican Mel Martinez i
The elections will be he
District 109, with more
50,000 voters, according
the 2000 census, and tak
the eastern section of IV
Dade county, excluding IV
"I think that I can prov
stronger leadership role
has been provided unde:

m McElroy said, refer-
ring to Bush.
"The district
diate needs someone not
F the as indecisive. If
Party you're in that po-
'hed- sition, and stating
e the that you're running
her for something else,
strict it shows that you're
house not sure what you
really want to do. It
ld by hinders your from


pursuing deals re-
sponsibly with the challenges
that we now face."
But McElroy said if she is
elected to the Legislature, she
would not rule out a run for
higher office, though, "I would
not go into it looking for some-
thing higher."
"We have to focus on the
present situation. Then if
something becomes available;
yes," she said.
McElroy said she would make
education a top priority.
"I am a strong advocate in re-
gards to education," she said,
"especially in regards to class-
room size and testing. I, think
that students need to be test-

ed, yes, but I have
a lot of concerns
about the FCAT;
that such great
weight is placed on
one instrument to
determine whether
kids move ahead."
She would also
focus on teachers,
who, she said, "are
very much under-
"These teachers
are in the class-

rooms with our future leaders
and I think they're greatly un-
der-rewarded for the work that
they do," she said.
McElroy also gives priority to
heath care, saying better pro-
grams are needed.
"There are just too many
people with inadequate or no
health care and that has a rip-
ple effect," she said.
McElroy, who describes her
age as "fifty-plus," is originally
from Alabama, and attended
high school in that state. "I
was a senior at 15 years old,"
she said, "And all of my col-
lege work was done here in Mi-

"I came here when I was 17,"
she said.
McElroy attended Miami
Dade College, where she ob-
tained an associate of arts in
social work, and Florida Inter-
national University, where she
earned a bachelor's in psychol-
ogy. She earned a master's in
human resources administra-
tion at St. Thomas University.
Mc Elroy, who retired as se-
nior personnel officer with the
city of Miami, served as vice
president of the Dade Demo-
cratic Party for four years and
has been involved in a slew of
civic and political organiza-
tions, i including being presi-
dent of the Miami District XI
Business & Professional Wom-
an's Club, first vice chairwom-
an of the Miami-Dade Demo-
cratic Party Executive Commit-
tee," second vice president of
the Miami-Dade Branch of the
NAACP, president of the Mi-
ami Shores Business & Profes-
sional Woman's Club, second
vice president of the -Demo-
cratic Black Caucus of Florida,
president of People United to
Lead .the Struggle for Equality

er Black on the court and the
other five justices.
Perry has traveled well and
has noted the stark contrast be-
tween life in the United States
and abroad. That experience,
he says, has made him all the
more grateful to be an Ameri-
And to be humble because

of it.
The advice he has given to his
children, now grown and suc-
cessful professionals: "Be good
people, first and foremost. You
are no better than those around
you and you are not worse than
those around you."
It is advice, he says, he would
give to all who want to hear it.



Miami-Dade County, Florida (the "County") hereby provides notice, pursuant
to section 255.20(1)(c)(9), Florida Statutes, of its intentto act as the general
contractor for construction, renovation, and replacement of Miami-Dade
Fire Rescue Department (MDFR) facilities and to solicit bids from various
subcontractors from County pre-approved qualified firms under the existing
miscellaneous construction contracts program. The facilities that MDFR
may act as general contractor, locations, and their estimated costs include
Doral North Station 69- 11151 NW 74th Street ($3.0 million), Coconut
Palm Station 70- Northeast corner of SW 248th Street and SW 114th Place
($3.0 million), Homestead Station 16- 325 NW 2nd Street ($4.0 million),
West Miami Station 40 addition- 975 SW 62nd Avenue ($1.5 million), an
addition to Cutler Ridge Station 34 for a South Division Office- 10850 SW
211th Street ($645,000), and the new fleet bays at the Medley Fleet Shop-
8141 NW 80th Street ($1.5 million). The County will consider whether it is
in the public's best interest for the County to perform the above referenced
projects using the County's own services, employees, and equipment at a
public meeting to be held at 9:30 a.m. on April 7, 2009 at the Commission
Chambers, Stephen P Clark Center, located at 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami,
Florida 33128. All interested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by theCounty with
respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the
above-referenced public meeting, a record of the proceeding may be needed
and in such an event, such person may need to ensure' that a verbatim
record of the public meeting is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation
or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County
Clerk at Miami-Dade Agenda Coordinator Office at 305-375-2035 at least
five days prior to the,date of the hearing,

DATED this 1st day of April 2009.

By Order of:


Request for Application

(RFA) 2009 Commercial

Revitalization Program
The Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development
(OCED) is announcing the availability of approximately $500,000 in
Community Development Block Grant (PDBG) funds for the 2009
Commercial Revitalization Program. The program is designed to assist
in the commercial redevelopment of properties located in Miami-Dade
County's: (1) State Enterprise Zone, (2) Federal Enterprise Community-
Empowerment Zone, (3) Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas
(NRSAs) (4) Eligible Block Groups and (5) Designated Targeted Urban
-Areas. Eligible recipients are commercial property owners and commercial
leaseholders. Awarded recipients can receive grants up to a maximum
of $100,000 per property to improve the facades and open space of
commercial facilities located in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.
This year the program will be limited to projects located within the
following jurisdictions: incorporated Miami-Dade County. the City of
North Miami and projects located within the boundaries of the CRA of
Florida City. Applicants must submit a cony of the jurisdictions proof of
funding for the same protect with the completed CRP Apolication. For
municipality matching percentage, refer to Program Guidelines.
High priority will be given to projects that positively affect the entire
neighborhood and would improve commercial activity in the area.
Applicants must meet Federal, State and local requirements. Projects
funded with County CDBG funds within the last five (5) years will not be
Application packages, program guidelines and instructions will be available
for printing only on the OCED web site:
,or may be picked up starting Monday, March 30, 2009 until Friday, April
17, 2009 (Monday through Friday) during working hours (from 8:00 am to
5:00 p.m.) at:
Office of Community and Economic Development
Community and Economic Development Division
701 N.W. 1st Court, 14th Floor
Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the following workshops to
learn about the application process and requirements:

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Overtown Transit Village Building
701 N.W. 1st Court, 1st Floor Training Room
Miami, FL 33136

Thursday, April 9, 2009 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Overtown Transit Village Building
701 N.W. 1st Court, 1st Floor Training Room
Miami, FL 33136

Completed applications must be hand delivered to the Clerk of the
Board of County Commissioners, Stephen R Clark Center, 17th Floor,
111 N.W. First Street, Miami, Florida 33128, between the hours of 8:30
a.m. 4:00 p.m. on or before Monday, April 20, 2009.
Applications must be hand delivered no later than Monday, April 20, 2009.
For additional information, please call OCED at: (786) 469-2100


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contracting and grant funding and does not discriminate against persons with
disabilities in its programs or services. For material in an alternate format, a sign
language interpreter or other accommodations, please call (786) 469-2100 at
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Police Blotter

Miami Gardens man killed in his doorway

A Miami Gardens man was
shot and killed ifi his doorway
between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m.
Richard Edwards, 56, was
shot at his home near the in-
tersection of Northwest 38th Av-
enue and 169th Terrace, accord-
ing to police.
A man knocked on the door
and began mumbling..
Edwards went to' door and
when he opened it the man out-
side opened fire, striking him in
the several places on his body.
Miami Gardens police are in-
vestigating in the shooting.
"He answered the door and
there was some type of dispute-
and he got shot," Captain Rafael
Suarez, public MGPD informa-
tion officer, said.
"We're working some leads but
at this point we don't have any
suspects," Suarez said Tuesday
Also in Miami Gardens, a man
was shot and killed outside a
convenience store in the area
of Northwest 191st Street and
37th Avenue on March 23. The
shooter fled in an unknown ve-
hicle before the arrival Miami-
Dade Fire Rescue units, who
discovered the victim had died.
That shooting caused lockdowns
at Carol City Middle School and
Barbara Hawkins Elementary

Dorothy Ware, 25, and her son
Zayvon, 8, of Miami Gardens,
died in a crash that happened

in Opa-locka around 9:30 p.m.
Monday when the Saab in which
they were driving was involved
in an accident with a Honda.
An unidentified 16-year-old
male was ejected from the Saab,
according to Miami-Dade Fire
Rescue. He was being treated
at Jackson Memorial Hospital's
Ryder Trauma Center.
Belinda Wright, 37, the driver
of the Honda, and her son, aged
around 6 or 7, were also taken
to the trauma center.
Miami-Dade Police said the
Saab was traveling north on
Northwest 27h Avenue and
when it attempted to turn left
into Northwest 147ft Street, it
was struck by the Honda which
spun off the road and struck a'
light pole. '
"There have .been conflicting
statements as to who was driv-
ing" the Saab, Detective Robert
Williams, MDPD public infor-
mation officer, said Tuesday.
"We're still in the early stages of
this investigation." ,

William Brivil was fatally shot.
on March 17 during a dispute
outside a home in the. 1100
block of NW 58th Terrace. The
suspected shooter was arrested
by police who identified him as
Randall Alexander Brown, 22.

One person was killed and two
wounded by gunfire at costume
party in Homestead. Around 1
a.m., March 21 outside a single-

Commission sends a plea

continued from 1A

director of the Office of Com-
munity Please Advocacy, flew
to Port-au-Prince to oversee
the distribution of almost 20
tons of food collected during a
two-week food drive organized
by the county. The delegation
toured -Haiti and distributed
food' at a Food For The Poor
In September, the commis-
sion organized another food
drive, this time to benefit all
Caribbean nations severely
affected by hurricanes.
Commissioner Dorrin D.
Rolle made a trip to Haiti in
February to discuss with of-
ficials how the county could
assist them in disaster prepa-
"The living conditions I wit-
nessed in Haiti can only be
described as absolute squa-
lor," Moss said in the county
statement. "There are Hai-
tians living with barely a roof
over their heads, with no elec-
tricity, no running water, and
relegated to eating mud to
survive. The County Commis-
sion cannot in good faith let
Haitian immigrants already
in our community return to

such impoverished condi-
tions. There is a definite need
to provide a temporary save
haven to Haitians and I hope
President Obama will under-
stand this need."
It was clear there was not
sufficient infrastructure and
resources in Haiti to support
large numbers of deportees
from the United States, said
the Rev. Dr. Harold Vieux,
who' chairs the Miami-Dade
County Community Relations
Federal officials have put at
more than 30,000 the num-
ber of Haitians subject to de-
portation if they do not ben-
efit from TPS.
"Haiti has been devastat-
ed and it is immoral to force
people who are already in this
community to return to those
conditions. When the Unit-
ed States granted status to
Haitian refugees in the past,
there was not a huge exodus
of people from the island.
People risk their lives when
they are left without hope.
Granting of TPS to refugees
who are currently in the Unit-
ed States would be a source of
great aide and comfort to the
people of Haiti," Vieux said in
the statement.

Warning to automakers

continued from lA,

public outrage over corporate
bailouts and fear that if the
auto industry sinks, it will take
millions of jobs-and the fragile
economy down with it.,
The White House also has
given different courses of ac-
tion for the two automakers:
It made clear it will try to save
GM (GM), but Chrysler essen-
tially is being cut loose.
Obama gave GM 60 days -
under new leadership to
determine what to do about
its massive amounts of debt,
get concessions from workers,
slash dealers and cut its roster
of auto brands. The company
also must prove it can make
money in a normal sales mar-
ket. -
Chrysler, much smaller and
considered less critical to the
U.S. economy, has just 30 days
to complete its proposed deal
with Italian carmaker Fiat, or
else,its federal funding will dry
up. The administration said it
has determined that Chrysler
can't make it as a stand-alone
"What we are asking is dif-

ficult," Obama said in his an-
nouncement of the auto, plan
Monday morning. "It will re-'
quire hard choices by compa-
nies. It will require unions and
workers who have already made
painful concessions to make
even more. It will require credi-
tors to recognize that they can-
not hold out for the prospect of
endless government bailouts.
"Only then can we ask Ameri-
can taxpayers who have already
put up so much of their hard-
earned money to once more in-
vest in a revitalized auto indus-
try," he said.
Many Americans oppose bail-
out money going to GM and
Chrysler. The government has
lent the companies a combined
$17.4 billion; they've asked for
an additional $21.6 billion.
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll
last weekend of 1,007 adults,
59% said they disapproved of
even the federal loans already
given GM and Chrysler last
year to keep them out of bank-
ruptcy court.
Asked about their approval of
five government policy actions
in response to the recession,
respondents disapproved most
of the loans to automakers.

story, yellow home in the 200
block of Northwest 13th Street, a
gunman standing in the back of
a passing pickup truck opened
fire into the crowd, killing the
host and wounding two others.
Corey McKechnie, 19, died at
the scene, according to Miami-
Dade police. His friend, Billy
Pearce, also 19, was in critical
condition after undergoing sur-
gery at Jackson Memorial Hos-
pital, friends said.
Matias Eozo-Moreno, 26, was
treated 'for a minor gunshot
wound and released.

A burglar took three handguns
and an air compressor from an
unlocked house in the 38800
block of Southwest 214th Av-
enue between 6 a.m. and 5:30
p.m. March 9. The items were
valued at $1,600.

Two tourists, both 21, from
the Czech Republic were robbed
at gunpoint March 22. One of
them was using a laptop in a car
in the area of Northeast 121st
Street and 14th Avenue just be-
fore midnight. Three men walked
up to the passenger's side of the
car and one of them pointed a

gun and demanded the com-
puter. The tourist resisted and
the man pistol whipped him.
The robbers ran away with the
laptop and the tourists started
to follow them, prompting the
robbers to fire at the car. No one
was hit.

A man shot and killed his wife
early morning March 22 be-
fore turning the gun on himself
around 9:30 on the 6700 block
of Southwest 14th Terrace, po-
lice said.
A child in the home contacted
The woman died at the scene.
The suspected shooter was in
critical condition at the Ryder
Trauma Center.

A burglar took .a computer,
Air Jordan shoes, a cell phone
charger, a duffle bag and baking
dishes from a home in the 15000
block of Southwest Lincoln
Drive between 4 p.m. March 11
and 12:15 a.m. March 12. The
.thief pulled an air-conditioner
from a window to get in. The
items were valued at $880.
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Tiger claims 66th PGA Tour victory

continued from 1A

hole, Woods slammed home a
16-foot birdie putt in fading day-
light to win the Arnold Palmer
Invitational by one shot.
The victim this time was
Sean O'Hair, who led Woods by
five' strokes entering the final
The victory, was Woods' first
since his epic triumph in the
2008 U.S. Open and came in his
third start since returning from
an eight-month layoff after re-
constructive surgery on his left
knee. His 66th win on the PGA
Tour in 239 starts came in his
final tuneup for The Masters,
where beginning April 9 he will
try to win his fifth green jacket.
"As I look back at my three
tournaments I've played this
year, I've gotten better at each
one, and that was the whole
idea was to keep progressing
to Augusta," said Woods, was
knocked out in the second
round of the Accenture Match
Play Championship and fin-
ished in a tie for ninth at the
CA-Championship at Doral in
his two starts. "I was hoping
I could get my game where I

could feel hitting shots again,
because I'd been only on the
range and putting at home.
Doral was great for that because
I got better each and every day
with my feel. This week I came
right out of the gate and I had it
just because I had basically got
it down at Doral."
Winning Bay Hill was far from
easy, however.
The recovery from five shots
down at the start of the final
round matched the world No.
l's largest comeback on the
PGA Tour. His biggest career
comeback, from an eight-shot
deficit, came in the 1998 John-
nie Walker Classic on the Euro-
pean Tour.
With a closing 3-under-par
67 vs. O'Hair's 73, Woods fin-
ished at 275 to claim his sixth
win here. He has won four Tour
events six times.
Woods, who made three bird-
ies in his first eight holes to cut
the lead to one, took his first
lead on the 16th with an up-
and-down par from 111 yards.
"This feels really good," Woods
said. "It feels good to be back in
contention, good to feel the rush
again .and deal with everything
coming down the stretch."

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Cynthia Curry, County senior advisor

Spearheads economic development and housing initiatives

By Sandra J. Charite

The death of her father when she was six
and watching her mother assume the
responsibility of raising their eight chil-
dren prepared Cynthia Williams Curry for a life
devoted to hard work and perseverance.

Her father, the Rev. Handy
G. Williams, hadc been an el-
ementary school principal
and also a Methodist minis-
ter, which gave her an early
Christian grounding.
From her mother, the late
Mrs. Nellie B. Gardner Wil-
liams, a home maker, she
and her siblings learned "to
be courageous."
The faith and courage she
learned from her parents,
helped Curry rise through
the ranks of government ad-
ministration and today she
holds a key position as se-
nior advisor/assistant coun-
ty manager focusing on Mi-
ami-Dade County's Econom-
ic Development and Housing
Curry was the point person
brought in by County Man-
ager George Burgess after
The Miami Herald. exposed
widespread problems in
Miami-'Dade's housing pro-
"Cynthia Curry's years in
both the public and private
sectors make her an invalu-
able senior advisor," Burgess
said in an interview. "She's
someone who I want to be at
the table'when decisions are
made. She's also strong and
compassionate two traits
which are necessary to suc-
ceed in public service."

County Mayor described
her as independent, asser-
tive and no-nonsense."
"She's a woman who's nev-
er afraid to tell it like it is. I

ty. That was the start of her
career in government.
The internship exposed
Curry to the operations of
a large urban government,
giving her an opportunity to
work in many departments,
such as public works, the
budget office and social ser-
vice. She served as a man-
agement trainee from 1977
to 1978 and then the county
hired her as a budget ana-.
lyst in the Office of Manage-
ment and Budget, a post she
held until 1983, when she
was promoted to budget co-
Curry was again promoted,
in 1985, to assistant direc-
tor of OMB, serving in that
capacity until 1987, and
then became executive as-,
sistant to the then deputy
county manager, the late
Dewey Knight, who, at one
point, served as acting coun-
ty manager.
Curry was later appointed
assistant county manager
serving from'1987 to 1995,
and had been widely ex-
pected to be given the top
job because of her experi-
ence and education. But
then she hit the proverbial
glass ceiling when race and
politics reared their, heads.
The County Commission se-
lected Armando Vidal, which
prompted Curry to" leave
county government at that

Curry's education includes

Cynthia Curry, an assistant county manager, meets with her
protege Phyllis Tynes-Saunders, director of the Miami-Dade
County Department of Human Services in Curry's office in
the Stephen R Clark Government Center.
-Photo courtesy of Cynthia Curry

respect that," Alvarez said in
a statement.
Born and raised in Palatka,
Curry graduated from Palat-
ka High School and came to
the Miami area to attend the
University of Miami, where
she majored in politics and
public affairs, with a minor
in communication, graduat-
ing with honors in 1977 with
a bachelor of arts degree.
"I always had an interest in
the public sector and provid-
ing services to the commu-
nity," said Curry. "It was a
natural fit."
As Curry began studying
for a master's degree in 1977,
she began looking around for
an internship and she found
one with Miami-Dade Coun-

a Bachelor of Arts and a
* Master of Arts in politics and
public affairs, which she
earned ,in 1977 and 1978,
respectively, from the Uni-
versity of Miami, a certifi-
cate in Court Management
in 1981 from the National
Judicial College at the Uni-
* versity, of Nevada at Reno
and intergovernmental chal-
lenge courses in 1983 at the
National Academy of Public
Administration in Leesburg,
Curry resigned from coun-
ty government service to be-
come senior vice president
for Business and Finance at
Florida International Uni-
versity, serving from 1995
to 1998, and then went into

business for herself, launch-
ing CWC & Associates, a
consulting firm, with her as

She returned to County
Hall in 2006 in her current
capacity after a call from
Burgess who wanted her to
"give me some help."
She accepted in order "to
assist with some challenges
that the county was facing."
The big challenge included
a housing department found
to be riddled with inefficien-
cy and incompetence to the
point where the federal gov-
ernment seized the agency
in 2007.
Curry helped steer the de-
partment through a tough
period and the county even-
tually regained management
control in 2008.
But Curry found that other
agencies needed "revamping"
and "cleaning up."
Working with Commission-
er Audrey Edmonson, Curry
is providing support to a
team of community leaders
who are hammering out rec-
ommendations for the Coun-
ty Commission on overhaul-
ing the Metro-Miami Action
Plan Trust. Leadership sup-
port from the private sec-
tor includes attorney H. T.
Smith, Range Funeral Home
Director N. Patrick Range
Sr., retired County Commis-
sioner Betty T. Ferguson and
Sharpton Bronson and Com-
pany Consulting Partner
Darryl K. Sharpton.
The Community Develop-
ment Block Grant program
operating under the Office of
Community and Economic
Development was beset by
management challenges and
required an organizational
refocus. Shalley Jones Horn
was hired as director to help
stabilize the office.
In all such efforts, Curry's
primary concern has- been to
promote diversity as Miami-
Dade County continues to
grow and expand.

"We need to figure out what
our community looks like,"
she said. "We need to start
to develop those niches and
opportunities so that every-
one in our community will be
able to have a quality of life
that is acceptable and rea-
sonable. This means a good
education, jobs at all income
levels and affordable hous-
And, despite the problems
Miami-Dade has faced, Cur-
ry is optimistic about the fu-
"The county, in comparison
to other large urban areas,
is a young county and com-
munity. When you compare
us to Philadelphia or to New
York City, those are mature
cities that have faced the test
of time. Miami-Dade County
is very young and has a vi-
brant future," she said.
It is a future Curry wants
to continue to be a part of,
in her capacity as one of the
nation's most seasoned local
government administrators.
But, right now, she does not
plan to take the next step and
enter the political arena.
"I admit that I have thought
about it but it is not some-
thing that is on my agenda
for any immediate consider-
ation," she said. "I am not a
politician but I work in a po-
litical environment.
"Right now, I like what I

." '-- ,' ....

Cynthia Williams Curry is seen at her desk in her office in the Stephen R

am doing and I just believe
that this is my niche. I like
hands-on problem-solving
and engagement. I like a di-
rect line as opposed to an
indirect line when it comes
down to communication.
This allows me to commu-
nicate directly and not so
much in directly."

Curry is a member of the
Orange Bowl Committee, Al-
pha Kappa Alpha's Gamma
Zeta Omega Chapter, the In-

ternational Women's Forum
and the executive committee
of the Miami-Dade Branch of
the NAACP. She is a member
of New Birth Baptist Church
Cathedral of Faith Interna-
tional in Opa Locka where
Bishop Victor T. Curry is the
senior pastor.
In her spare time, she vis-
its her home-place in Cen-
tral Florida, because she
loves to be around "the place
that brought so much joy
and happiness in my early
She also likes to go on

Clark Government
-Photo courtesy of Cynthia Curry

"I like to travel. I haven't
been to Africa. I have had
several opportunities but I
really have not been able to
do it. I have been to Italy,
France and Spain but I long
to go Africa in my lifetime,"
she said.
Meanwhile, she plans to
push ahead.
"In the next five years, I
don't want to consider myself
to have slowed down; I want
to be vibrant and continuing
to make a difference in this
community," she said.

The Many Faces of Cynthia Curry





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Ham and
Orange Soda Sauce
Prep and Cook: 30 minutes up to 3 hours
(Makes 12-16 servings)

1 fully cooked semi-boneless
ham nalf (6-8 Ibl
3 cups orange soda
1 (8-oz) can crushed pineapple
in juice (undrained)

1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/8 teaspoon ground

1. The ham is fully cooked and ready to serve. It is best
served cold or at room temperature to maintain its natural
juices and tenderness. Remove packaging and transfer ham
to serving planer; let stand no more than 30 minutes to
bring to room temperature.
2. If heating ham is desired, follow package instructions and
food safety guidelines. Use a meat thermometer to check
the temperature in the center of the ham (not touching
bone or fat). When the internal temperature reaches 140' F,
remove from the oven. Transfer the ham to a carving board.
Let stand 10-20 minutes before slicing. This allows the
juices to redistnbute through the ham, resulting in a firmer,
juicier, and easier to carve ham.
3. While ham stands, prepare sauce by combining remaining
Ingredients in large saute pan on medium-hign. Cook
8-10 minutes or until mixture has reduced by about
three-fourths and sauce begins to thicken. Carve ham and
serve with sauce. Promptly refrigerate unused portions.

Asparagus Amandine
Prep ard Cook: 20 ninuiies (MaKes -4 1er.irngs)

1 Ib fresh asparagus spears Innsed)

1 2 teaspoon seasoned salt

2 tablespoons butter 1,4 cup sliced almonds

1. Cut 1 inch from tough root end of asparagus spears and discard To do this quickly, group half
the spears together, align ends, and slice with sharp knife. Cut into 2-inch pieces and set aside.
2. Preheat large saute pan on medium-high 2-3 rrinules. Place butter and seasoned salt in pan:
swirl to coat. Add almonds and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring often, or until lightlV toasted and brown.
3. Add asparagus; cook 4-5 mninrues, stirring often, or until crisp-lender. (For softer asparagus,
cover dunng cook lime.) Serne.

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Prep and Cook- 35 minutes (Makes 8 servings
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8 cups water 1 (14.5-oz) can Italian-style diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter tomatoes (drained)
1 (12-oz) box pasta shells and cheese dinner 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
8-oz tomato trinity mix (fresh diced tomatoes, 3.4 cup shredded reduced-fat
onions, bell peppers) Colby-Jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 40C0F. Place water in large saucepan. Cover and bring to boil on high for pasta.
Cut butter into small pieces while placing in small bowl to soften.
2 Stir pasta shells into boiling water Boil 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato trinity;
boil 3 more minutes.
3. Drain pasta mixture, return to pan Stir in cheese sauce from packet): then stir in canned tomatoes.
Transler mixture to 2-quart baking dishn.
4. Stir panko and shredded cheese into softened butter; mix, using fingertips, until well blended and
spread evenly over pasta. Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is golden and sauce bubbles around edge
of dish. Serge.

If serving the fully cooked ham at room temperature, allow about 45 minutes to prepare your meal. Prepare the Cheesy
Tomato Shells and begin to bake. Then begin the Ham and Orange Soda Sauce recipe, following steps 1 and 3.
While the ham sauce cooks, prepare the Asparagus Amandine recipe. Toss the fresh salad blend with your favorite dressing. .\........... .
Carve the ham and serve.

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before your ham is finished heating, begin to prepare the Cheesy Tomato Shells recipe for baking. ..
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Los Angeles, Calif. One
of Gospel music's top male
vocalists, Donnie McClurkin,
returns to center stage with
new CD, We All Are One (Live
In Detroit), in stores March
31. Beginning March 9 fans
can pre-order the CD at www. Addition-
ally, the CD can be previewed
on the site beginning March
23. Recorded live in a city that
embraces him as its own, the
singer felt right at home. Mc-
Clurkin, a resident of Detroit,
MI for 12 years before return-
ing to his home state of New
York in 2001, had the wall-
to-wall crowd on their feet the
whole night.'
"Even with Detroit's transi-
tions and hard situations,
the church has always been '
a mainstay in the city," says
McClurkin. "The church has
always been that fulcrum
to balance everything
together. The may-
or's wife was at the
recording, it was a
powerful evening.
It's all a part of the
healing that goes
on in Detroit and I
just thought it was

the right place to do a record-
ing thematically built around
being there for one another."
We All Are One (Live In
Detroit) features some of Mc-
Clurkin's longtime friends
and heavy-hitters from the
gospel music world. He teams
up with Mary, Mary, CeCe,
Winans and Yolanda Adams on
"When You Love;" while it's all
signed, sealed and delivered
when McClurkin's harmonies
synch up with Detroit's first
lady of gospel, Karen Clarke
Sheard, on the single "Wait on
The Lord."
McClurkin gives way for his
outstanding background vocal-
ists to shine as well. Duawne
Starling captures your heart
on "Home. Someday" while
Sherrie McGhee, Andrea Mel-
lini and Nancy Jackson sink
their chops into "All We
m Ask." "I want this
CD to depict our
dependency upon
God as well as
our dependency
on each other
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Gender roles see a 'conflict' shift

Women in two-earner couples
are contributing more to family
income, but it's the men who
are feeling more conflicted over
the work-life balance, according
to a recent survey of 3,500
Asked how much jobs and
family life interfere with each
other, 59 percent of fathers in
dual-income families reported
conflict in 2008, while just
35 percent did in 1977. For
mothers, reported conflict
increased from 40 percent to 45
Findings from the telephone
survey for the nonprofit Families
and Work Institute suggest what
some experts say is a "tipping
point" in attitudes about gender
roles, work and family.
"It does signal more equality
of expectations,-- that men are
no longer let off the hook," says

Scott Coltrane, a sociologist at
the University of Oregon. Up
until the past decade, "men
weren't doing enough to add
stress to their lives," he says.
Since then, men have been
spending more time with
their children and more time
caretaking, which the survey
finds has elevated the inner
Annual income contributed

by women in dual-income
couples rose to 44 percent in
2008; 26 percent of such women
earned at least 10 percent more
than their partners.
About 60 percent of men and
women say they disagree with
the idea that men should earn
the money and women should
take care of the children.
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The FDA is Clearly Overwhelmed
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is
supposed to approve new medicines, monitor the
safety of those already on the market, and keep

our food safe.
But, currently the FDA
is not doing a good job. In
early 2008, a blood thinner
manufactured in China
which the FDA let into the
US was contaminated by a
mysterious ingredient and
caused 81 deaths.1 Summer
2008 brought a salmonella
outbreak, blamed first on
tomatoes and later on hot
peppers, that infected 1,442
people and resulted in at
least 286 hospitalizations in
43 states.2 Just this winter,
salmonella in peanuts killed
six people, made 486 people

ability to protect our nation's food and drug supply.
Recently, a national survey revealed that 61 percent
of U.S. adults feel the food recall process is only
fair or poor, while 73 percent of adults say they

are just as
about war

It's clear that the FDA is

already overwhelmed.

Should they be given

the authority to regulate

the $80 billion tobacco

industry, too?

sick and led to the

recall of more than 2,800 foods with peanut
It's clear that the FDA is already overwhelmed.
Should they be given the authority to regulate the
$80 billion tobacco industry, too?

Congress Wants the FDA to
Regulate Tobacco
Congress wants to add tobacco products to the
FDA's list. We think that's just wrong. The majority
of Americans are losing confidence in the FDA's


concerned about food safety as they are
on terror.4
Before the latest FDA blunders, a poll
was conducted which found that 82
percent of likely voters are concerned
that a proposal in Congress to let FDA
regulate tobacco would interfere with
the agency's core mission of regulating
the nation's food and drug supply.5
This is an issue which deserves to be
fully debated, and, that isn't

The FDA is Not the Place for it
Lorillard supports ,additional
regulation of the tobacco industry.
But, the FDA is not the place for it.
the FDA's role, when the ineffective

food and drug safety programs that are now in
place pose an immediate threat, is a health hazard
all its own.
'Harris, Gardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
YorkTimes. April 30, 2008.
'"Investigation of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for Disease Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL:
3"Is the FDA a broken agency?"The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
""Food Safety: Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
Society for Quality. March 11, 2009. URL:
5"Zogby Poll: 82% FearTobacco Regulation Mandate Puts FDA Core Mission at Risk."
Zogby International. February 26, 2008.


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Rejoice in the Lord, whoever you

are, and allow Him to lift you up

Wowl Can you believe that it
is April already? One-fourth of.
the year has already passed.
This coming Sunday is Palm
Sunday. Can you imagine the
excitement in-the city when Je-
sus rode in on the donkey? We
know that there were two kinds
of reactions to His grand entry.
Some of the people who wit-
nessed the event were perplexed,
angry and unbelieving. They had
always believed that the Jewish
Messiah would come as a con-

quering hero. They pictured him
thundering into Jerusalem on a
huge stallion wielding a sharp
sword exacting retribution and
justice on the Roman govern-
ment. They believed that the
Messiah would overthrow the
Roman government and insti-
tute his own government, with
the Jewish people ruling the
world. They refused to believe
that this plain, unremarkable
man riding on a donkey, was,
nonetheless, their savior.

But there was a group of Jews
who did believe that this Man
was truly the Messiah. They did
believe that He was the One of
whom the prophecies spoke.
They had seen and heard of the
miracles. They believed that He
had been sent by His Father,
their God, and He was their De-
liverer and King.
They followed Him down, the
streets, shouting His Name and
praising God for His Son. They
laid branches in the street for
Him to ride on and waved more
branches in honor and worship.
They even put their garments
on the donkey'for Him to sit on.
Can you imagine the noise in
the city at that time?
Jesus was not surprised at
either reaction. He knew that
there were those who did not
believe He was Who He said He
was. He knew that the Phari-
sees were angry at the show

of worship to Him. He was un-
moved when they admonished
Him to rebuke the people for
their shouts of praise to Him.
The Bible describes Jesus as a
humble Man but being humble
did not mean that He did not
know Who He was and what He
had been sent to do. He knew
that He was indeed the Messiah,
the One for Whom they had been
waiting and praying. He told 'the
unbelieving multitudes that,
even if the people decided to re-
main silent, the stones would
take up the cries of praise. He
was not being arrogant. He just
knew Who He was.
This is a perfect season to
ask yourself if you know who
you are and the One Whom you
serve. Do you know that Jesus
can identify with our pain and
our, disappointments? Do you
know that He knows how we
feel and He understands and

He cares? And do you also
know that, because He is our
Messiah, our Liberator, our
Savior and our Deliverer, He
does not expect us to succumb
to those feelings?
I have heard many say that
Jesus knows who they are and
He understands and He wants
them to come to Him just as
they are because they are not
perfect. None of us are perfect
and, yes, Jesus is not wait-
ing for us to clean ourselves
up before we make a decision
to come to Him. He does want
us just the way we are but, be-
cause of Who He is, He knows
that we do not have to stay that
Come broken, and allow Him
to make you whole and com-
plete in Him. Come carrying
your load of fear and doubt,
and allow Him to show you the
truth. Come to Him sick and

in pain, and receive His heal-
ing. Come even with feelings of
depression and hopelessness,
and allow Him to lift you, en-
courage you and feel you with
His joy and strength.
The Man on the donkey is
a humble, compassionate Man.
But He is also the King of all
Kings and mighty and power-
ful. This Easter season, allow
Him to reign in your heart. You
might have feelings of inad-
equacy, that you have nothing
of value to offer Him. But the
people who rejoiced and wor-
shiped Him on that long-ago
Palm Sunday had only palm
branches. They did not have
a fancy temple in which to re-
ceive Him. They worshipped
Him on a dusty road and used
what God honors the most:
their voices and hearts lifted in
true praise and worship.
You can do the same.

Miami Northwestern High
Class of 1959 meets at the Afri-
can Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter 10:30 a.m. the third Saturday
of the month. 305-688-2093.
The Class of 1959 will hold its
20th anniversary reunion Aug.
6-9. Bulls89reunion@hotmail.

Momentum Dance Company
will hold its sixth annual Miami
Dance Festival with performanc-
es at Colony Theater, Miami
Beach Cinematheque, the Man-
uel Artime Theater, the Byron
Carlyle Theatre and Perfqrming
Arts Network, April 1-May 10.
305-858-7002, www.momentu-

Amnesty International, the
Young Democrats of Barry Uni-
versity and Barry's Department
of History and Political Science
will host a "Yes We Can" forum
on President Barack Obama's
first 10 weeks in office, Landon
Events Room, Barry University,
Miami Shores campus, 6-8 p.m.,
Thursday, April 2. 305-899-

The City of Miami Waitlist
for the Housing Opportunities
for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
Long Term Rental Assistance
(LTRA) Program is accepting ap-
plications April 2-30.

The ninth annual Oscar
Thomas Memorial People's Art
Exhibition will,host its opening
reception at 7 p.m. Friday, April
3, Amadlozi Gallery, African Her-
itage Cultural Arts Center. 305-
904-7620 or 786-260-1246.

Miami Dade College's Cultur-

House of Bethlehem will
present Angels of Bethlehem
Praise, Worship and Dance
Celebration at 7 p.m., Friday,
April 3. 786-274-0869.

Metropolitan AME Church
will observe Communion Day at
11 a.m., Sundaiy, April 4. 305-

****** **
An House of Prayer For All
People will hold an Intercessory
Prayer Service at 10 a.m.,
Sunday, April 5. 305-474-7430.

Kelly's Chapel, UMC will
feature gospel recording artist,
Gwen Covington at the 11 a.m.
service Sunday, April 5. 305-

Rock of Ages Missionary
Baptist Church will hold a youth
revival 7:30 o'clock nightly, April

al Arts Department will present
An evening with Branford Marsa-
lis, Gusman Center for the Per-
forming Arts, 8 p.m., Saturday,
April 4. 305-237-3010.

City of Miami Parks will/host
a series of Easter events April
3-18. Lara de Souza, ldesouza@

CHARLEE Homes for Chil-
dren will hold a ribbon-cutting
ceremony, 11 a.m., Friday, April
3, for the opening of its newly re-
developed facility, 155 S. Miami
Ave. 305-779-9600.

Broward County Teen Parent
Advisory organization is hosting
its third annual "Fathers. Mat-
ter" event, Seagull Alternative
High School in Ft. Lauderdale,
9 a.m., Saturday, April 4. 754-

The Heritage Trail Advisory
Committee, the Liberty City
Trust and Martin Luther King
Economic Developiienit Corpo-
ration will host an Old Fashion
Tea at the Carrie Meek Commu-
nity Center, 10:30 a.m.-12:30, Saturday. April 4. Geri Ow-
ens, 305-751-7361; Liberty City
Trust, 305-631-2301.

The Miss Princess. Pageant
will host its Royal Princess Tea
Luncheon at the Signature
Grand in Davie to introduce the
2009 Little Miss Princess pag-
eant contestants, 2-4:30 p.m.,
Sunday, April 5. www.embrace-

The Clerk of Courts will hold
a public auction for Miami-

8-10. 305-633-6478.

The Clhurch of the Kingdom
of God will present its fourth
annual Men's Conference, "Is
There A Man in the House?",
April 17-19.786- 218-7673.

Crusade for Christ Temple
is hosting Christian film and
entertainment nights 7:30
o'clock Sundays. 305-523-5952.
The Christian teaching series is
at 11 a.m. Sunday.

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church holds
SundAy services at 11:30 a.m.
and weekly Bible classes at 7
p.m. Thursday. 305-836-6256.
A Color Rally is set for 7:30 p.m.,
Friday, March 28.

******** *
A pastors and leaders prayer
fellowship is held at the Best
Western Hotel, 7:30 p.m.

Dade County For-Hire Taxi-
cab License No. 3440, in Room
908, 11 a.m., Monday, April 6.

The Miami-Dade Community
Action Agency's Head Start/
Early Head Start Program will
hold its seventh annual Preg-
nant Women, Infants and Tod-
dlers Conference at the Double-
tree Mart Hotel, April 6-7. 786-

The City of Miami Office
of Sustainable Initiatives and
Dream in Green will be hold
its 'first "Gateway to Green,"
Jungle Island, April 7-8. Van-
essa Thomas, 305-416-1546;

******** *
Miami-Dade Cooperative Ex-
tension Division's 4-H Youth
Program is hostingits third annu-
al Kids Fishing Clinic at the City
of Miami Rowing Club, f9 a.m.-1
p.m., Saturday, April 11. 305-
592-8044, http://miami-dade.

The Haitian 'Heritage Mu-
seum will host the exhibit Haiti,
Les Visages de Joie at the MID 2
Building, Miami Design District,
through April 12." By appoint-
ment, 954-249-2115.

Robert Bailey/Glen Rice Ce-
lebrity Golf Tournament VIP
Reception, to benefit Community
Health of South Florida,7 p.m.,
Thursday, April 16, Mercedes-
Benz of Cutler Bay. Eunice
Hinqs, 305-252-4853.

The Regional Community
Collaboration on Violence/
Community Empowerment
Team will hold its Neighborhood
Resource Fair at the corner or
Northwest 62nd Street and 12th
Avenue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Satur-
day, April 18. 786-255-0545,

Monday. 786-273-0294.

New Jerusalem Prayer
Ministries International holds
a seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday on
"How to do Web Broadcasting,

Palm Sunday Liturgy and Processio
Easter Cantata
Festival choir, Guest Soloist & Organist

Holy Eucharist

Holy Eucharist -

Service of Tenebrae

Seder Supper
Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday Meditations

Easter Vigil

Festival Eucharist

The fourth annual SK Walk/
Run for Asthma will take place
at Metrozoo, 8 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-233-4594.

The Sant La Haitian Neigh-
borhood Center will host its an-
nual dinner and auction at the
Hilton hotel in downtown Miami,
5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23.
305-573-4871 or kevinb@santla.

HOPE and the Miami-Dade
Equal Opportunity Board will
hold the 16th annual Fair Hous-
ing Month Celebration on the
theme "Uniting to Create Solu-,
tions," Jungle Island, noon-2
p.m., Friday, April 24. 305-651-

The Miami-Dade State Attor-
ney's Office will hold a Sealing
and Expungement program at the
Victor Wilde Community Center
-in Hialeah, 5-7:30 p.m. Monday,
April 27. 305-547-0724.

Miami-Dade County is seek-
ing nominees 'for' 'the' 22"d
annual In the Company of Wom-
en Awards Cerrebmofy which"will
be held in March 2010. The dead-
line for nominations is 5 p.m.,
Friday, May 1. Lisa Fernandez,
305-480-1717, ext. 104.

Miami-Dade Consumer Ser-
vices Department and the
Dade County Bar Association
County Court Committee will
host a Lunch N' Learn Seminar
on Landlord/Tenant Law, North
Dade Justice Center, 11:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m., Friday, May 1. 305-

African-American Perform-
ing Arts Community Theatre
is looking for three actors for

Video, Mail, Conferences and
Chat" for your church or
ministry. 305-303-6759.

******* *
Note: Calendar items must
be submitted before 3:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m. & 10 a.m.

6 p.m.

6 p.m.

6 p.m ,

6 p.m.

5 p.m.
7 p.m.

12 p.m. 3 p.m.

6 p.m.

6 a.m. & 10 a.m.

the stage play, For Your Love...
SUCKERI The show runs May
6-31 at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center. Rehearsals are
6-9 p.m. 305-637-1895, cell 954-

Dreamfest Teen Summit
2009 will be held at .the Palmetto
Golf Course, n6on-5 p.m., May
23. 305-793-1347.

Miami Jackson High Class of
1979 will'hold its 30th annual
reunion with a week of events

highlighted by a trip to Montego
Bay, Jamaica. The festivities will
be on June 5-14. Louis Fish,
president, 954-895-5441; Carol
Jones, secretary, 786-566-3751.

The Rotary Club of Opa-
locka/Miami Gardens will pres-
ent its first Kings and Queens
Youth Chess Exhibition Fund-
raiser at the Jesus People Minis-
tries Church International in Mi-
ami Gardens, 9:30 a.m., Satur-
day, May 16. Webber J. Charles,
786-269-4337 or charli2foto@

11201 South West 160th Street
Miami, Florida 33157
Phone 305-238-5151

The Reverend Norbert M. Cooper, Rector
The Reverend Bernardo Tomas, Associate

The Reverend J. Kf'NEIr I MAJL'UR D. D., Rector
The Reverend FRED WV. FLEICHER Organist/Choirmaster
The Reverend JOHN J. JARRETT, l(I, Associate



SUNDAY, April 5th
Palm Sunday
8:00 AM The Liturgy of the Palms
with Solemn Outdoor Procession
Led by: The Progressive Marching Band
9:15 AM Solemn Eucharist
with the Reading of the Passion and Sermon:
St. Augustine's Church, New York City

April. 6th through April 8th
12 Noon The Holy Eucharist

THURSDAY, April 9th
Maundy Thursday
6:30 PM The Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar

FRIDAY, April 10th
Good Friday
12 Noon The Liturgy of the Cross
with the Reading of the Passion & Sermon
The Reverend SANTARVIS BROWN, Ph.D., Associate
Greater Bethel AME Church, Miami, Florida
featuring St. Cecilia's Choir performing
;"Inflammnatus et Accensus" from Rossini's "Stabat Mater"


SATURDAY, April 11th
Holy Saturday
3:30 PM Holy Baptism

SUNDAY, April 12th
Easter Day
5:30 AM The Great Vigil & The First Eucharist of Easter
Music: St. Cecilia's Choir
9:00 AM Procession, Solemn Eucharist and Sermon
4:00 PM Sacred Heart Easter Fashionetta
MONDAY, April 13th
4:00 PM Annual Parish Easter Egg Hunt


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Freshmen study booze more than books

Survey: More time goes to partying

By Mary Beth Marklein

Nearly half of college fresh-
men who drink alcohol spend
more time drinking each week
than they do. studying, sug-
gests a survey involving more
than 30,000 first-year stu-
dents on 76 campuses who
took an online alcohol educa-
tion course last fall.
-Students who said they had
at least one drink in the past
14 days spent an average 10.2
hours a week drinking, and
averaged about 8.4 hours a
week studying, according to
findings being presented to-
day at a conference in Seattle
for campus student affairs of-
ficials. Nearly 70% of respon-
dents (20,801 students) said
they drank. Of those, 49.4%

spent more time drinking
than studying.
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy,
executive direct or of NASPA
- Student Affairs Adminis-
trators in Higher Education,
says the findings surprised
her because most literature
describes the millennial gen-
eration as responsible, close
to parents, focused on their
careers and dedicated to ser-
"Our hope is that this new
finding will motivate (campus
and community leaders) to
join us as we redouble our ef-
forts to de-emphasize the role
of alcohol in college life," she
Her group is developing a
training program with the
study's sponsor, Outside The

Classroom, a Boston-based
company that offers alcohol-
prevention programs to col-
leges nationwide. Findings
are based on responses to the
company's online alcohol edu-
cation program, and on calcu-
lations to estimate the average
length of a drinking episode.
In most cases, all incoming
students are encouraged to
take the online course. Stu-
dents were not selected ran-
domly, but "given that we have
a good cross section of colleg-
es and given the large number
of students involved, I'm con-
fident these numbers give a
pretty accurate picture," says
lead researcher William De-
Jong, a professor at Boston
University School of Public
Precise numbers are not
available, or easy to calcu-

late. The National Survey of
Student Engagement asked a
question about studying last
spring, and found that its
18,000 respondents spent an
average of 13.2 hours "prepar-
ing for class."
But the findings presented
today are consistent with es-
timates based on an annual
spring.survey of first-year stu-
dents conducted by the Higher
Education Research Institute
at UCLA, which surveys stu-
dents at the end of their first.
year of college.
What's more important is
the big picture, says John
Pryor, managing director of
the institute.
"The main point is that.
students spend a lot of. time
drinking compared to other
things you would want them
to be doing in college."

Study: Hospice patients feel abandoned by doctors

By Rita Rubin

Doctors spend years learn-
ing how to heal, but most are
fairly ignorant about how to act
toward patients when they run
out of treatments, suggests a
study today.
Often, once doctors refer a pa-
tient to hospice care, they end
all contact, leaving patients and
their families feeling abandoned,
says lead author Anthony Back,
a professors of medicine at the
University of Washington.
"I think patients should ex-
pect more," says Back, an on-
'"I don't think it's OK for them
to talk to the doctor about hos-
pice and never hear from the
doctor again," he adds. "I think
it just makes. that whole pro-
cess harder,"'
Back and his co-authors in-
terviewed 31 doctors and 55 of
their patients, all of whom had
incurable cancer or advanced
chronic obstructive pulmonary

disease and were expected to
die within a year.
The researchers also inter-
viewed 36 family caregivers and
25 nurses. Interviews took place
at the year-long study's begin-
ning, middle and end.
Although the study wasn't
originally designed to look at
abandonment by doctors, par-
ticipants kept raising that is-
sue, the authors' write in the
Archives of Internal Medicine.
"I think it's important that
you still have that contact with
them even though there isn't
anything they can do to make
you better," one patient told the
researchers. "But they can hold
my hand, so to speak, to the
very end.".
Family caregivers usually feel
as close to the doctor as the pa-
tient does, Back notes.
One family member said that
a call from the doctor after
her loved one's death '!showed
me that he cared and that she
just wasn't ... a patient that he

Sean Morrison, a palliative
care doctor at New York's Mount
Sinai Medical Center, calls Back
a pioneer in training doctors
how to have difficult end-of-life
conversations with patients.
Although doctors might not
always realize it, Morrison says,
"they need to have closure ...
just as much as patients and
families do."
When Kathy Aho's husband,
Mitch, began receiving hospice
care last June, the couple had
Back's pager and home num-

bers. "Whatever you needed,
Tony was there," recalls Aho, a
nurse at the University of Wash-
Mitch Aho, 55, died in Octo-
ber after an eight-year battle
with islet cell cancer, and Back
called twice to see how she was
doing, says Kathy Aho, who still
gets e-mails from his staff.

She can't understand doctors
who drop dying patients. "To
abandon your patient emotion-
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songs have universal appeal

Miami Times StaffReport

Mega preacher Creflo Dollar,
who is on his Change Experi-'
ence tours around the United
States, has released a CD, Heart
of God, CHANGE, that he says
will appeal to people of all de-
nominations, races, ethnic and
cultural backgrounds.
The featured gospel recording
artists came together to combine
very different styles for a project
that "puts words to feelings that
you want to express toward God
in an extremely unique way," he
"People can expect to experi-
ence a level of authentic, heart-
felt praise and worship toward
God, which will bring them into
an experience of intimacy as
they listen to the words," Dollar
said in a statement announcing
the release of the CD on March
24 on the Arrow label headed by
Dollar's wife Taffi.
",The music will produce a
unique anointing that people
can experience, whether it's
soulful, gospel or contemporary.
And bringing all these unique
artists and sounds together will
display a perfect picture of the

Body of Christ," he said.
They include DeLeon, whom
Dollar describes as "a melodic
worshiper" whose style "leads
people into a place of seeking
more of God," and Jonathan
Phillips,. with his "flavorful
rhythm and praise" combining
Christian rock and progressive
Another featured artist is Ar-
row's newest artist, Dollar's
daughter Jordan, whom he de-
scribes as having broad appeal
to teens and young adults and
"a bridge for young people from

traditional to contemporary
worship and praise."
Pianist and songwriter Dorsey
Hammond, who is Minister of
Music at Dollar's World Chang-
ers Church International in At-
lanta, is also featured on Heart
of God. His music is "a propel-
ling force of rhythmic and har-
monic freedom that excites and
challenges listeners to come
into deep fellowship with God,"
Dollar said.
Dollar's Change Experience
tours started Feb. 6 and will
iun through Nov. 13.

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company of the BET (Black En-
tertainment Television) 'cable
The first lady invited that
group back to a White House
dinner with local high school
students as part of her celebra-
tion of March as Women's History
"You are the future leaders of
this nation and we're counting on
you," Mrs. Obama told her guests
in the East Room. *"The question
is: Are you ready?"
She told the young women they
must respect themselves and
.each other and that each of'them
is special and could learn from
the female leaders. She was joined
by her mother, Marian Robinson,
and her two daughters, Malia
and Sasha, who "never want to
do anything with me," she joked.
Her message was simple: "Go
for it. Don't hesitate. Don't act in
fear. Just go for it."
During her earlier visit to Ana-
costia, one of the city's" lowest-
performing schools, 13 students
chosen by their teachers asked
Mrs. Obama whether her life
is still normal, why daughters
didn't come, what the family does
for fun and whether she does her
own makeup and picks out what
she wears. They also asked about
her transition from high school to
college and how she got to be the
first lady.-

Her answer: Life is still normal,
despite living in the White House
with Secret Service agents. Her
daughters were at school. 1The
family does a lot of "kids stuff"
for fun. She chooses her own out-
fits and does her own makeup,
except for special events -- like
Mrs. Obama told them she al-
ways worked really hard and that
they should, too.
"I'wanted an 'A'... I wanted to
be smart, I wanted to be the per-
son who had the right answer,"
said Mrs. Obama, a lawyer and
former hospital executive in Chi-
cago. "I ran into people in my
life who told me, 'You can't do it,
you're not as smart as that per-
son.' And that never stopped me.

That always made me push hard-
er, because I was like, I'm going
to prove you wrong.' "
She encouraged the students
to pursue a college education be-
cause of the doors it will open.
There's no need for them to know
what they want to be before they
get to college, she said, empha-
sizing that the goal is simply to
get there and that it begins with
hard work.
Some of the students have al-
ready been accepted to college.
"College is being able to get
up and discipline yourself and
get help when you need it and
to work hard and not give up,"
Mrs. Obama said. "Those are
like basic concepts that carry you
through life."

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despite differing opinions, back-
grounds, ethnicities, religious
affiliations we all are one,"
says the singer.
McClurkin has already left
an indelible mark on the gospel
music industry and can truly
be considered a premier talent
in the gospel genre. His singles
"Stand" and "We Fall Down"
paved the way for visibility out-
side the church community.
Although "Stand" became an
anthem in churches first, Mc-
Clurkin's broad television ex-
posure helped to broaden his
audience even more. The soph-
omore release, Live From Lon-
don housed the second smash
hit "We Fall Down" which sky

rocketed when urban main-
stream radio stations around
the country started playing the
As if a musical career that has
spawned a string of hit releases;
numerous awards including
two Grammy Awards; 10 Stellar
and countless other accolades
is not enough, McClurkin hosts
his own syndicated radio show.
"The Donnie McClurkin Show"
airs across the -country and
the internet (www.donnieradio.
com), reaching over 5 million
listeners. McClurkin has also
managed to carve, out time to
do some missions work with
the internationally recognized
charitable organization, Feed
The Children. In between all of
that, he is also a spokesperson
for the American Diabetes Asso-

ciation (ADA) assisting them in
reaching the African American
Community. McClurkin's role
is to help educate individuals
on the importance of proper diet
and early screenings to possibly
prevent diabetes and maintain
good health. "I've always want-
ed to be involved in missions
and to play a part in helping
children around the world, and
it's my privilege to stand with
both. of these organizations and
use the platform God has given
me to help people," says Mc-
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Ekken Riley, left, and Desmin Silvera represent The Bahamas at North Shore Medical Center's From left, Lystra John, Jennifer Robinson and Angela Charles represent Trinidad and Tobago
Multicultural Fair on March 13. -Photo courtesy of North Shore Medical Center at North Shore Medical Center's Multicultural Fair on March 13. -Photo courtesy of North Shore Medical Center

North Shore celebrates cultural diversity

Miami Times Staff Report

From left, Angela

-Administrators, physicians, and employees at North
Shore Medical Center celebrated the various cultures
represented at the hospital with a Muiticultural Fair
on March 13.
"The Multicultural Fair was a beautiful event and we
are planning to make the fair an annual occurrence,"
said Manny Linares, CEO of North Shore.
"The energy and enthusiasm that went into the
preparations of the displays and native cuisine of
each culture represented was just amazing. The fair
is a great way to bring our employees together and
edueate-each other on our various-cultures." Linaies
said. '
- For the fair, employees represented countries in
Africa; as well as the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Italy,
India, Jamaica, Peru; the Philippines, Portugal, Puerto
Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the
Unites States and Venezuela'.
They provided samples of some of the most popular
cuisines and showed off costumes, headpieces, wood
carvings, pottery, currency, music, videos and posters
during the two-hour event at North Shore, 1100 NW
95 St.

Charles, Jennifer

Robinson, Kerry

Emrith and Lystra

Johnson represent

Trinidad and Tobago at

North Shore Medical

Center's Multicultural

Fair on March 13.-
Photo courtesy of North Shorr 1.ij,, ;i

Black women more likely

to die from breast cancer

Early detection is crucial to

treating the disease

By Hakan Charles-Harris
Special to The Miami' Times

Over the years in my practice,
I have seen a dramatic increase
in the number of patients with
breast cancer. In America, in gen-
eral, the breast cancer incidence
in women has increased from one
in 20 in 1960 to one in eight to-
day. Every two minutes, a woman
in the United States is diagnosed
with breast cancer.
In 2008, it is estimated, about
182,460 new cases of invasive
breast cancer were diagnosed,
along with 67,770 new cases of
carcinoma in-situ (the earliest
stage of breast cancer).
Breast cancer is the leading'
cancer among White and; Afri-
can American women but African
American women are more likely
to die from the disease.
But, despite these startling sta-
tistics, I believe that, as a team
and with better understanding
of the disease, prevention, and
methods of treatment, the high
number can be reduced. Along
with primary care physicians and
oncologists, my, surgery practice
works together with our patients
to determine the best way to care
for women who are diagnosed with
breast cancer. Here is a brief look
at the disease:
What is breast ,cancer? Cells
in the body normally divide (re-
produce) only when new cells are
needed. Sometimes, cells in a part
of the body grow and divide out of
control, which creates a mass of
tissue called a tumor. If the cells

that are 'growing out of control
are abnormal, the tumor is called
What causes breast cancer? We
do not know what causes breast
cancer, although we do know that
certain risk factors may put you
at higher risk of 'developing it.
A person's age, genetic factors,
family history, personal health
history, obesity and diet all con-
tribute to breast cancer risk.
Who gets breast cancer? There
are many factors that can in-
crease a woman's risk. These in-
clude heredity, early puberty, late
childbearing, obesity and lifestyle
factors such as heavy alcohol
consumption and smoking. But
the biggest risk factor for breast
cancer is age -- just growing older.
Even though I have seen women
in their 20s and 30s with breast
cancer, most women are diag-
nosed over the age of 50. Women
over 60 are at the highest risk.
Your doctor may ask you about
your family's history of cancer, be-
cause a woman's risk for develop-
ing breast cancer increases if her
mother, sister, daughter or two or
more other close relatives, such as
cousins, have a history of breast
cancer, especially at a young age.
But if you don't have a family his-
tory of cancer, it doesn't mean you
aren't affected. Remember that
85 percent of women who devel-
op breast cancer have no known
family history of the disease.
Some warning signs of breast
Lump or thickening in
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In America, in general,
breast cancer inci-
dence in women has
increased from one in
20 in 1960 to one in
eight today. Every two
minutes, a woman in
the United States is
diagnosed with the
disease. In 2008, it
is estimated, about
182,460 new cases of
invasive breast cancer
were diagnosed, along
with 67,770 new cases
of carcinoma in-situ
(the earliest stage xof
breast cancer). It is the
leading cancer among
White and African
American women but
African American wom-
en are more likely to
die from the disease.

Floridians urged to discuss STD

prevention with health care providers

Special to The Miami Times

In Florida, 266 sexually trans-
mitted diseases (STDs) are re-
ported every day 11 cases ev-
ery hour and one case every 5.42
minutes, according to 2008 data.
Around 66 percent (64,129) of the
cases occurred among youths aged
15 to 24.
Those diseases, if. untreated,
may cause long-term health ef-
fects, including infertility, low
birth weight, pelvic inflammatory
disease, neurological damage and
the spread of infection to others,
the Florida Department of Health
Viral STDs such as herpes sim-
plex virus, which have no cure,
cause a life-long impact on physi-
cal, psychological and emotional
health, the department said in
a statement marking the start of
STD Prevention Month, observed
in April.
The department said STD-re-
lated problems may be avoided
through education, early detection
and proper treatment.
"STDs pose substantial public
health challenges that must be met
with a comprehensive approach
that is built on education, collabo-
ration and innovation," said Karla
Schmitt, bureau chief of the STD
Prevention and Control Program.
Most are easily diagnosed and
treated but they often have no
symptoms and go undetected.
When not treated, they often result
in significant costs to the nation's
health care system. Citing statis-
tics from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the de-
partment said STDs cost the sys-
tem $15.5 billion annually
STDs include human papillo-
mavirus (HPV), chlamydia, gonor-
rhea, trichomoniasis, syphilis and

HIV. These diseases continue to
be the most commonly reported
infectious diseases in the nation.
Around 19 million new infections
occur every year in the United
States and almost half of them are
among young people aged 15 to
24. For 2008, Florida had nearly
97,000 cases of such infections.

paign suggests the 3Ts to prevent
the spread of the diseases:
Talk: Talk to your partner and
your health care provider about
risk factors, safer sex methods
and testing.
Test: Make an appointment for
STD testing.
Treat: Treat the disease and

"STDs pose substantial public health challenges that
must be met with a comprehensive approach that is built
on education, collaboration and innovation."

STD Prevention and Control Program bureau chief

Also, roughly 10,800 cases were avoid additional health problems.
recorded of mothers infected with For more information about
syphilis, gonorrhea or Chlamydia STD Awareness Month activities
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Feds give Florida health centers

$1.6 million to treat more patients

Miami Times Staff Report

Washington, DC The U.S.
Department of Health and
Human Services -announced
the release of $17.6 million
to expand services offered at
community health centers in
Florida.' .
The moneywas made available
under the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act and
comes as more Americans join
the ranks of the uninsured.
"More Americans are losing
their health insurance and
turning, to health centers for
care," said Health Resources
and Services Administrator
Mary Wakefield. "These grants

will aid centers in their efforts
to provide care to an increasing
number of patients during the
economic downturn."
The money, coming from the
Increased Demand for Services
program, will be distributed to
43 federally qualified health
center grantees in the state.
The health centers will use the
funds over the next two years
to create or retain about 255
health center jobs.
Grantees submitted plans
explaining how the IDS funds
would' be used. Strategies to
expand services may include,
but are not limited to, adding
new providers, expanding hours
of operations or expanding

Alarming AIDS data from DC offer
snapshot of growing national crisis
Washington, D.C. (BlackNews. Black Women's Health Impera-
com) A four percent of Black tive.
residents in the nation's capital The increase in the rates of
are living with HIV/AIDS, ac- heterosexual transmission and
cording to a recent report from increased infections among
the District of Columbia's HIV/ Black women is of special con-
AIDS Administration. cern to the organization. High
The statistic shines a sober- poverty rates, inadequate. ac-
ing light on the failure of the cess to preventive health care,
nation to adequately address high i incarceration rates of
an epidemic that is destroying Black men and a limited pool of
the lives of Americans at an un-. sexual partners have converged
conscionable rate, experts say. to create a complex set of so-
Around seven percent of cial relationship dynamics that
Black men and three percent of Black women must navigate,
Black women in the District are the group says.
infected with HIV, the virus that "We are watching young wom-
causes AIDS. More than half en in their prime reproductive
of all HIV infections reported. years die from a disease that is
among Black women in D.C. are largely preventable. This is un-
due to heterosexual contact. acceptable," said Hinton Hoytt.
Nationally, the Centers for Te D.C. report underscores
Disease Control arid Preven- the sense of urgency and need
tion reports 75. percent of all for innovative methods that help
infections among Black women reduce the disproportionate
are attributed to heterosexual rates of HIV, sexually transmit-
transmission. Although Black ted infections and unplanned
women represent only 12 per- pregnancies among Black
cent of the total female popula- women, couples and families,
tion, they account for 64 percent both locally and nationally, the
of women living with HIV/AIDS group says.
in the U.S. and HIV remains a The group says a compre-
leading cause of death for Black hensive strategy to address
women aged 25-34. HIV must be developed to pro-
"The new numbers from the vide all women with a full ar-
District of Coluimbia are an em- ray of options, including female
barrassing testimony to the frag- condoms recently approved
mented approach that America, by the Food and Drug Admin-
the richest country in world, istration -- and. investment in"
has taken to a public health research and development for
emergency that is ravaging the a viable microbicide or topical
lives of Black women across outr compound that prevents sexu-
country," said Eleanor-1Hinton ally transmitted infections, in-
Hpytt, president/CEO of the cluding HIV/AIDS.

Passion Week Revival at New Jerusalem

On Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m.,
New Jerusalem Primitive Bap-
tist Church Passion Week Re-
vival will commence with Elder
Kelon D. Duke, the second born
twin son of Pastor Kenneth A.
Duke, who will be coming home
another year to evangelize to -
all who will come to hear this
young, gifted and anointed man
.of God, a chosen son.
Elder Kelon D. Duke was
ordained an elder of Primi-
tive Baptist Church in Octo-
ber 2008. He is a graduate of
Morehouse College in Atlanta,
Georgia and is currently pur-
suing his Master's Degree in
Washington,, D.C.
Our Passion Week Revival will
closeout on Maundy Thursday
with the administration of the
Lord's Supper and Feet Wash-
ing rite.
On Good Friday, April 10, at
8 p.m., our Prayer Line Min-

istry will sponsor a special
prayer service with prayer war-
riors expounding on the 'Seven
Last Sayings of Christ on the
The church is located at 777
N.W. 85 Street. For additional
information call 305-693-8323
ext. 100.

services. The funds will provide
care to an additional 100,976
patients in Florida over the next
two years.
This is the second set of
health center grants provided
through the Recovery Act. On
March 2, President Barack
Obama announced grants
worth $155 million to 126 new
health centers. That money will
provide access to health center
care for 750,000 people in 39
states and two territories.


On April 11 at 12 p.m. 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. 7 p.m.
Please arrive one hour prior to your selected dining time to have your picture take _. .

Pictures will be available the day of the event. B
Come dressed in your Easter best and dine with the Easter Bunny, have your
picture taken, hunt for eggs, play games, win prizes and more ..
The cost is $23 per child, price includes:
full course meal. picture package, choice
of A, candy and cup cakejg

.. .

-A MIAMI Llr'lHI.ulK-
1750 N.W. Third Avenue, Miami, FL

St. Agnes' Episcopal Church invites you to celebrate

The Passion and Resurrection of Christ with them.

SThe Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
*" .The Community out of Doors Procession 10:00 A.M.
. Festive Eucharist with Sermon 10:45 A.M.

Holy Eucharist with Homily 6:30 A.M.

Walking The Way Of The Cross 7:15 P.M.

The Holy EucharistWith Hymns And Homily 7:15 P.M.
(Stripping Of The Altar)
Covered Dish Supper Follows The Service In Blackett Hall
Please bring prepared your favorite food stuff. We Will
Share with each other from the common table.

The Preaching Of The Words From The Cross 12 Noon-3 P.M.
(St. Monica's Chapter Dinner Sales)

The Easter Vigil With Holy Baptism 4:30 P.M.
(If you have persons to present for holy baptism
Please return the application by Sunday, April 5th)

The Sunrise Easter Eucharist with Sermon 6 A.M.
Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Festive Easter Celebration with sermon & procession 10:45 A.M.
Saint Cecelia's Chapter Easter Parade And Talent Show 4:30 P.M.
(Tickets $12.00)


The Holy Eucharist with Homily 7:30 A.M.
Sunday School/ Rector's Bible Study & Forum 9:30 A.M.
The Holy Eucharist & Youth Sunday 10:45 A.M.
3V1 Annual Youth Day Speaker
Mr. Benjamin J.S. McNamee
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TISTE, 37, died March 12. Service
was held.

neer, died March 18. Service was

nurse assistant, died March 2C
at North Shore Hospital. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

housekeeper, died March 26. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

housekeeper, died March 27 at
Kindred Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

MARIUS GUSTAVE, 63, farmer,
died March 17. Arrangements are

Royal "
tomobile set-
vice cleaner,
died March 26.
Visitation Thurs-
day 4 9 p.m.
Service 10 a.m.,
Friday, New
Way Fellowship
Praise and Wor-
ship Center.

died March 23.
Visitation Fri-
day 4 9 p.m.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday, 93rd
Street Com-
munity Baptist

ing behavior
specialist, died
March 27. Visi-
tation Friday 6 -
9 p.m., Corner-
stone Baptist
Church. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day,- First Bap-
tist Church ot Bunche Park.

Miami Beach
worker, died
March 27. Visi-
tation Friday
4 9 p.rh., Ser-
vice Saturday
11 a.m., 93rd
Street Com-
munity Baptist
Church. (new facility).

TERRENCE HOWE, 50, cable
specialist, died March 15. Service
was held.

Carey Royal Ram'n
student, died March 25 at Jack
son Memorial Hospital. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the Chapel.

restaurant manager, died February
25, at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Final rites and burial in Chicago.

ALMA JACKSON, 59, cosme
tologist, died March 26 at Florida
Medical Center. Service was held

March 27. Arangements are in

March 24 at Jackson Hospital
Service 1 p.m., Saturday in the
Nakia Ingraham
nia, died March 23. Service was

77, died March 23. Service was

March 26. Graveside service, 11

a.m., Thursday, Hollywood Memo
rial Gardens Cementary.

ALBERT JONES, 70, of Wes
Park, died March 28. Service 11
a.m., Saturday in the Chapel.

ALBERT TOBON, 56, of Davie
died March 27. Arrangements are

Poitier & Wright & Young Genesis Range
MAVIS GRIMES, 76, presser, JOANN HANSON, 50, supervi- ERICK R. GARNER, 34, barber, MOTHER GUSSIE WRIGHT,
e died March 19at sor at Jackson died March 27 .90, homemaker
Mt. Sinai Hospi- Memorial Hos- at Jackson Me- and retired cook
tal. Service was pital for 30 years morial Hospital. for Dade County "
- held. died March 30 Service 12 p.m., Public Schools
at University Saturday, Jor- died March 26
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tel clerk, died
March 25 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Friday
in the Chapel.


SR., 52, laborer,
died March 26
Sat North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday in the

TONY SANDER, 49, laborer,
died March 25
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital-.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

JOHN SWAIN, 74, tire sales/
repairmen, died
dMarch 25 at
Hialeah Hospi-
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
House of God
Miracle Temple.

48, housewife,
died March 29 at
Miami Heart In-
stitute. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day, St. Luke
Cousin Memo-
rial A.M.E.

GLEN MCINTYRE,. entrepre-
f neur, died
March 28 at Me-
morial Regional
Hospital. ,Survi-
vors include: fa-
ther, Rev. Mar-
vin McIntyre;
mother, Robbie
McIntyre; sis-
ters, Laws, Ruthie Livingston
and Rev. Pamela Brooks; broth-
. ers, Charles Livingston, Lamar
e Livingston and Marvin Mclntrye Jr.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Pilgram
Rest M.B:.C., 7510 NW 15 Ave,

FRANK ATTARDI, 87, laborer,
died March 29 at North Shore
SHospital. Arrangements are in-

DELAT RHOME, 51, record su-
pervisor, 'died
Y March 29. Ser-
S vice 1 p.m.,
Saturday, The
Church of the
- Kingdom of
a God.

EVELYN BEST, 85, homemak-
Ser, died March
26. Service 11
a.m., Saturday,
Greater Bethel
d A.M.E. Church.

s gardener, died March 29. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

died March 30.
Saturday, Israel

Service 10 a.m.,

FIELD, 82, service clerk, died
March 27. Service was held. Final
rites and burial in Brunswick, GA.

Range Homestead
77, retired, died March 25 at
Homestead Manor. Service 10
a.m., Saturday, Covenant Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

Hospital in Au-
gusta, Georgia.
Survivors in-
clude: husband,
Delvon; son, Rodrek Cunningham;
sisters, Mary Gilbert and Demita
Walker. Services was held.

truck driver died
MarchE 28 atr
Jackson Trau-
ma Center. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Sabrina;
children, Tia
Kemp, Candice,
Ebony, Warren,
Eric, Travis McMath, Rashawnna
and Akeem Edwards; mother,
Thelma Smart; siblings, Tynese
Edwards and Angela Smart; Ser-
vice Saturday, April 4th at Holy
Faith M.B Church time will be an-

56, Painter
died- March. 26
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: children,
Tiffany and
.Sean Smith;
mother, Naomi
Smith. Services 1Q a.m., Satur-
day, 93rd Street Community Bap-
tist Church.

curity guard for
Vanguard Se-
curity Company
died March 28.
Survivors in-
clude: mother,
Britte Smith;
P grandmother,
Dorothy Smith;
.fianc,d Tarika
Humrns; and a host of relatives and
friends. Services 12 noon, Satur-
day, Soul Saving Station.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
INEZ JOHNSON, 76, beautician,
died March 26

at hm.Sr HMI
at Hialeah Hos-
pital. Survivor
include: daugh-
ter, Mary L,
Parker. Service
was held.

student, died March 24 at Memo-,
rial Regional Hospital. Service
was held.

LIPS, 87, homemaker, died March
22 at Jackson Memorial South.
Service was held.

presser, died March 29 at Aventu-
ra Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Sat-
urday, New Shiloh M.B.C.

died March 23
at home. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Add-
inia Jireh Faith

March 26 at
North Shore
Hospice Cen-
ter. Service 12
noon, Saturday,
United Christian
Fellowship. .

March 29 at Mount Sinai Medical
Center. Arrangements are incom-

ZOE STATEN, 43, died at Aven-.
tura Medical Center. Service was
by becoming a member of our
CALL 305-694-621cr
CALL 305-694-621 0

dan Grove Mis- d at iiu ur -
sionary Baptist ing Home. In
Church. 2006 she was

MICHAEL LIUZZI, 56, sales-
man, died March 18 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

driver, died March 21 at home.
Service was held.

salesman, died March 14 at Kend-
all Regional Hospital. Service was
WILLIAM HIRST, 62, computer
programmer, died March 19 at
Plantation General Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

ALICE HARRIS, 84, homemak-
er, died March 20 at home. Service
was held.

gram analyst, died March 24, at
home. Service was held.

SYLVIA ARTY, 83, hotel worker,
died March 25 at Memorial Hospi-
tal. Service was held.

BALAJ AISO, 86, sports coordi-
nator, died March 13 at Memorial
Hospital. Arrangments are incom-

driver, died March 25 at Jackson
Memorial Hospital. Service was

65, mechanic, died March 27 at
Kindred South Florida. Service
was held.

penter, died March 28 at home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

homemaker, died March 29 at
Dr.'s Hospital. Arrangements are

DORIS TURNER, 70, cafeteria
work for Miami-
Dade County
Public School,
died March 27
at Hialeah Hos-
pital. Service 11
n MI Thi., eld

a.m., inurs auy,
Martin Memorial
A.M.E. Church.

March 29 at
Baptist Hospital.
are incomplete.

domestic work-
er, died March
28. Service 12
noon, Saturday,
Mt. Olive Bap-
tist Church.

NERO KEELS, JR., 52, labor-
er, died March
18 at Jackson
South Com-
munity. Service
was held.

ALPHONSE EVANS, 63, fork lift
operator, died March 30 at Jack-
son South Community Hospital.
Service 11a.m., Saturday, TBA.

March 23 at South Miami Hospital.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Goulds
Church of Christ.
MABLE NICKSON, 92, 20831
NW 9 Ct., apt #104, died March 20
at home Service was held.

27 Ave, died March 30 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

appointed by
Pastor Gaston Smith as the "Offi-
cial Mother" of The Friendship M.B.
Church where she has served for
over 60 years. Survivors include;
daughter, Margett Wright Fleming;
grandsons, Melvin Bowers, and
Minister Leotha Fleming III. Visita-
tion Friday 1-6 p.m. and Memorial
Services 6-8 p.m. at Friendship-
Missionary Baptist Church 740
N.W. 58th Street. Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at the Church.

ZULA MAE CARR, 78, domes-
tic, died March
21. Survivors
include; grand-
sons, Robert E.
Carr aka .,Co-
terie, and Jo-
seph Thomas; ,
Everine Thom-
as; two great grandsons; Kalix
Thomas, and Robert E. Carr III ;
granddaughter-in-law, Amber Hay-
ward; cousins, Viola Martin and
Alveta Deshasior; a host of other
relatives and friends. Service Sat-
urday 10 a.m., Saturday, Mt. Car-
mel M.B. Church.

75,' retired cook
for James E.
Scott Commu-
nity Associa-
tion died March
27. Survivors
include; broth-
ers, Robert
and Johnny Montgomery; sisters,
Yvonne butler, Jeanette Mont-
gomery, and Lillie J. Bell; a host
of nieces, nephews other relatives
and friends. Services,1 p.m., Sat-
urday, Mt. Carmel.M.B. Church.

domestic died March 27. Sur-
vivors include; her daughter,
Marilyn Thompson; son, Norris
Ferrell(Logoushia); grandsons, Ju-
lio Villanvea, Brandon Baker, and
Norris Ferrell Jr.; granddaughters,
Pertina Villanuevea (Julio), Veron-
ica Thompson-Oates(Cleveland);
many great-grands; a host of other
relatives and friends. Services 10
a.m., Saturday in the Chapel.

HERBERT GRANT, 88, labor
for Int'l Union of North America
died March 26. Survivors include;
51, died wife, Willie Mae Sisroe; four sons,
Herbert Washington, Arthur Floyd
Sisroe; Charlie Will Sisroe, and
Michael S. Grant; a host of other
relatives and friends. Service 2
p.m. Saturday in the Chapel.

Range Coconut Grove
homemaker, died .March 25 at
Doctor's Hospital. Service 11:30
a.m., Wednesday, St. Mary First
Baptist Church.

Happy Birthday

03/31/79 04/18/06

To some you are forgotten,
to some you are of the past.
But to us, the ones who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always last! Happy 30th
B-Day Slickl
Love always, your loving
Mom, loving daughter; Alvin-
nae, and your family.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

04/26/1913 04/01/1993

11/11/1911 04/01/2008

We miss you dearly.
The Family'

Pax Villa Broward
ROLDY LUBIN, 44, landscraper,
died March 29 at home. Arrange-
ments are incomplete.

Pax Villa
JEAN YVON NUMA, 61, mechanical
engineer, died March 23 at Memorial
Regional Hospital. Service 10 a.m., Sat-
urday, Miami Shores Christian Church.

NICKENSON DESIRE, 22, student,
died March 28 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Arrangements are incom-

painter, died March 28 at Mt. Sinai Medi-
cal Center. Service 9:30 a.m., Saturday,
Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church.

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Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

I ;:

04/02/25 07/11/08

We think of you always,
but especially on this day.
We embrace your memory as
a treasure on your eighty-
fourth birthday. Because our
God decided it was time for
you to depart, Moma you will
forever live in our hearts.
Your children, Elaine,
Theresa, Maxine and Ernest

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

11/13/82 04/04/07

It's been two years and you,
are still deeply missed by your
loving mother, family and

Death Notice

66, educator, died March 30
at Memorial Hospital West.
Survivors include: devoted wife,
Connie; daughter, Kyla Den-
nis-Wright (James); grandson,
James Wright IV; brother, Carl
(Jackie); sisters, Sophia Dennis
and Sandra Thompson, a host
of family and friends.
Viewing 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday.
Service 11 a.m., Monday, Jesus
People Ministries .Church In-
ternational, Miami, Florida. Ar-
rangements entrusted to Royal
Funeral Home.

79,. Retired LPN Nurse for VA
Administrative Hospital died
March 30. She will be greatly
missed by her family and
friends. Memorial donations
made to St. James A.M.E.
Church in lieu of flowers.
Viewing will be held Thursday
at Range Chapel. Funeral
services will be held Friday
.10 a.m., St. James A.M.E.
Church. Service entrusted to
Range Funeral Home.

Death Notice

LIAMS, 95, died March 31
at Jackson Memorial Long
Term Care Center. Survivors
include: son, Robert Brooks;
daughters, Brenda Blount
(Eddie) and Florine Johnson
Wynn; host of nieces, neph-
ews, grandchildren, great
grandchildren and other rela-
tives and friends. Viewing
Thursday, 2- 9 p.m. Funeral
Services will be held 11la.m.
Friday at Antioch of Browns-
ville, 2799 NW 46th Street.
Entombment: Southern Me-
morial Park. .Arrangements
entrusted to Gregg L Mason
Funeral Home

Honor Your

Loved One

With an

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Miami Times

STIRRUP, SR., formerly of
Miami, Fl., died March 30 in
Tampa, Fl, where he resided
with his daughter. Deacon
Stirrup was born August 5,
1927, and lived in Miami prior
to his relocation to Tampa, Fl.,
two years ago.
Deacon Stirrup was preceded
in death by his wife of over 50
years, Dr. Irene West Stirrup;
his brothers, Eddie, Archie
and William Stirrup. He leaves
to. cherish his memories his
four children, Elder Charles
Anthony, Jr. (Marcia), Olga
Stirrup Williams, Elder Geoffrey
Stirrup ( Margarette); sister,
, Gloria; brother, Harold (
Roberta); eight grandchildren,
Courtney Renae, Geoffrey,
Jr., Samuel, Sterling, Steven,
Krystal, Charles Anthony III and
Cornelius; sister in laws, Ellen
West, Johnnie Gatlin, Ann West,
Barbara West, Geneva West,
Brenda West, Clara West Nelson
and Lucille Stirrup; one brother
in law, Bishop Oscar West,
Jr.(Esther); a host of nieces,
nephews, other sorrowing
relatives and friends.
A wake will be held Friday,
April 3, 6 9 p.m., GreggL Mason
Funeral Home. Homegoing
celebration will be conducted
12:30 p.m., Saturday, New
Gamble Memorial COGIC,
Bishop Julian C. Jackson,
Pastor with Elder Geoffrey
Stirrup, the decedent's son,
eulogist. Interment will followv at
Dade Memorial Park.

DEIDRE STROUD, 48, chef,
died March 29 at Miami Heart
Survivors include: children,
Tamara and Rahman
(Sheenailla); siblings, Rodney,
Keith Ragans and Stephanie.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday,
Tree of Life. Arrangements
entrusted to Wright & Young
Funeral Home.

Death Notice

76, educator, died March 31
at University 6f Miami Hospi-
tal. Arrangements are incom-
plete. Service entrusted to
Richardson Mortuary.

Death Notice

Jessie Lightfoot, Jr., 59,
Vietnam Veteran, died March
28 in Houston, Texas. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Iu Family history is gd indicorII

Death Notice Death Notice Death Notice

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or near the breast or in the un-
derarm that persists through
the menstrual cycle.
* A mass or lump, which may
feel as small as a pea.
* A change in the size, shape or
contour of the breast.
* A blood-stained or clear fluid
discharge from the nipple.
* A change in the feel or appear-
ance of the skin on the breast
or nipple (dimpled, puckered,
scaly, or inflamed).
* Redness of the skin on the
breast or nipple.
* An area that is distinctly dif-
ferent from any other area on
either breast.
* A marble-like hardened area
under the skin.
These changes may be found
when performing monthly
breast self-exams. By perform-
ing breast self-exams, you can
become familiar with the nor-
mal monthly changes in your
What are the stages of breast
cancer? There are four stages:
from early to advanced (when
the cancer has spread to places
far away from the breast such as
bones, lungs and lymph nodes).
How is breast cancer diag-
nosed? During the regular
physical examination, the .doc-
tor will take a careful personal
and family history and perform
a breast examination and possi-
bly one or more other tests, the
most common being: mammog-
raphy, ultrasonography, and

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other more specialized tests that
are sometimes needed, such as:
PET scan and MRI.
Based on the results of these
tests, the doctor may request
a biopsy by a surgeon to get a
sample of the breast mass cells
or tissue which is sent to a lab
for testing. Today, biopsies can
be performed with minimally
invasive technology using ul-
trasound, x-ray or MRI to guide
a needle to the area for biopsy.
This can be done in the office,
the x-ray department or an out-
patient center, depending on the
After the procedure, a pathol-
ogist views the sample under a
microscope and looks for abnor-
mal cell shapes or growth pat-
terns. When cancer is present,
the pathologist can. tell what
kind of cancer it and whether- it
has spread beyond the point of
origin. Laboratory tests such as
hormone receptor tests (estro-
gen and progesterone) can de-
termine whether the hormones
help the cancer to grow. If that
is the case, the cancer is likely
to respond to hormonal treat-
ment. This therapy deprives
the cancer of the estrogen hor-
How is breast cancer treated?
If you are diagnosed with breast
cancer, you and your doctor will
develop a personalized treat-
ment plan to eradicate the can-
cer, reduce the chance of the
cancer returning in the breast,
as well as to reduce the chance
of the cancer traveling to a loca-
tion outside of the breast.

Direct Cremation With Viewing

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Commendations go out to Dr.
Enid C. Pinkney, president, and
members of the African Ameri-
can Committee of the Dade Her-
itage Trust for organizing the
11th annual Women's History
Month Luncheon held March
16 at the Legion Memorial Hall
and attended by mord than
200 people. The Voices from
the Graves of Miami City Cem-
etery program profiled Anna
Delia Gilbert Byrd, Elizabeth
Clark, Winifred Dean Curry
Ethel Lenora Hamilton Dav-
enport, Mary Moffat Niles,
Marie Merlean White and Vi-
ola Farquharson Wiley.
Profilers included Angela M.
Culmer, television commenta-
tor; Mary Simmons and Tillie
Stibbins, narrators; Penny
Lambeth playing the role of
Byrd; Mamie Horne, Clark;
Dr. Gay Outler, Curry; Shirley
Funches, Davenport; Darlene
Crum, Niles; Brenda Hadley,
White; and Bonnie Stirrup,
A special salute goes out to
Leome S. Culmer, who .has
been conducting research for
11 years to profile individuals
buried in the historic cemetery.
She is also an icon in South
Florida, especially important in
documenting the history of Mi-
amians, along with her daugh-
ter, Angela, who is assisting
Maud P. Newbold, the mis-
tress of ceremonies, called on
Laurice D. Hepburn to bring
the welcome and occasion,
Becky Roper Matkov, execu-
tive director of Dade Heritage
Trust brought greetings and
Dr. Mary Hylor, a former child
prodigy in the Billy Rolle Gin-
a gerbread Band, sang Gladys
Knight and The Pips songs.
Newbold came back with
door prizes for lucky ticket
holders, sponsored by Laurice
Hepburn, Mahogany Grille, Mi-
ami River Inn anid RJS Enter-

prises. The event 'I
received greetings
from County Com-
missioner Audrey
Edmonson and
Miami City Commissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones.
Pinkney gave special thanks
to the men from the "Tree of
Knowledge" and to commit-
tee members, including El-
saida Anders, Mona Ball,
Joyce Barry, Vincent Brown,
Joanne Byrd, Jane Caporelli,
Darlene Crum, Cath-
erine Daniel, Millie
Davis, Rosetta Dean,
Alva Freeman, Glo-
ria Green, Mary King,
Lona Mathis, Wilfred,
McKenzie, Norma
Mims, Priscilla Niel-
ly, Ruby A. Rayford,
Lavdnia F. Robinson, NEW
the Rev. Dr. Ralph
Ross, Edna Scavella,
Gia Smith, Leroy Smith,
Bobby Starke, Octeon Tullis,
Fredericka Wanza and Gwen
******** ,
Brenda Wilson, president;
and Patricia Ford, chairwom-
an, organized the Church Of
The Open Door A Circle I An-
nual Jazz Brunch held March
S21, in which Charlie "Doc"
Austin was honored, along
with PJ Bartley and Band and
Jesse Jones Jr, to the delight
of many musicians in atten-
Herbert Otey, producer
of the original James Brown.
Band, was the emcee and he
opened with Austin being Mi-
ami's ambassador to jazz in the
global world. And, of course,
the packed banquet 'hall
agreed, loud applause. Otey
then introduced PJ Bartley and
his Band. Bartley is a native
of Hollywood and a 10th grade
honor student at Dillard High
School. He got started play-
ing the clarinet in fourth grade

LclaterT at Litcs

and by the fifth grade he was a
soloist in the school jazz band.
He moved to the saxophone
in the sixth grade and
was on the show with
The O'Jays, Nancy
Wilson and India Ire.
His band members are
Kyle Poore, Russel
Hall, Anthony Burrell
and Joshua Castillo.
Jones was intro-
duced as the musician CU
who keeps jazz alive
in South Florida, along with
his brother, Melton Mustafa.
Artists he has performed with
include Donald Byrd, Blue
Mitchell, Dexter Gordon, Joe
Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewa-
ter and Ira Sullivan. His latest
CD is Soul Serenade.
Austin, aka the ed-
ucator and backbone of
jazz in Miami. taught
John McMann, Elvis
Paschal and Dave Nuby
while touring the world
playing jazz in Sweden,
Norway, South Africa,
,BOLD_ France, and Germany.
He has also worked
with Lionel Hampton,
Dizzy Gillespie, John Col-
trane, Nancy Wilson, Count
Basie, Marvin Gaye, Tony
Bennett, Cannonball Adder-
ly, Blue Mitchell, Sam Jones,
Sullivan, George Lewis, and
Monty Alexander.
Austin was on the. Ed Sulli-
van Show, was the anchor mu-
sician for the Hampton House,
conducted several Broadway
shows, including Purlie with
Sherman Helmsley, Bubblin'
Brown Sugar and Aint't Mis-
behavin'. He performed with
Fats Waller, and, of course, he
strengthened the PAVAC pro-
gram at Miami Northwestern
Jazz lovers in attendance
'.included Elsaida Anders, Er-
slyn Anders, Priscilla Beatty,
Mable Brown, Marie F. Brown,
Yvonne Campbell, Leon
Dixon, Dr. Herman Dorsett,
Helen Everett, Sandra Hud-
son, Shirley Jacobs, Sarah
Johnson, Barbara Kimes,
Ruth Long, Cleo Moore, Van-
ita Mountain, Gale B. Mun-

nings, Bonnie North, Eura
Randolph, Dr. Gwen Rob-
inson, LaChanze Thomas,
Theola Thomas, Pat
Wallace, Edith Wash-
ington, Alzeta Wilson
and Juanita Wilson.

It is that time again
for you to put on your
very best, because the
RRY members of the Miami-
Dade chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority will hold
their annual "Putting on the
Ritz" gala at 8 p.m. Saturday,
April 18, at the Hyatt
Regency hotel in down-
town Miami.
According to Maud
Newbold, a co-chair-
woman of the planning
committee, proceeds
will support DeltaCare
and the chapter's schol- HO0
arship fund, projects
and programs.
The committee also includes
Cheryl Fields and Michele
Hicks-Levy, chairwomen; Jen-
nifer Grant, co-chairwoman;
Renee Jones, Davida Match-
ett, Bobbie Mumford, Lonina
Paisley, Bobbie Phillips, Don-
na Pieze, Gerri Rocker, Eddye
Rodgers and Erma Wellons.
"Putting On The Ritz" has
been around for more than 30
years and the schools partici-
pating in dance, routines arid
the like produce talented stu-
For more information, call

President Rubye Howard at
305-995-1000 or Newbold at

The death of Clin-
ton Edward Brown, on
March 9 shocked the
community, where he
left a legacy, as told at
his services held March
20 and 21 at the Epis-
copal, Church of the
Holy Family in Miami BRO\
Tributes were given
by Herman Dorsett Jr., basile-
us, Sigma Alpha chapter, Ome-
ga Psi Phi Fraternity;
Col. Al Ferguson, rep-
resenting the FAMU Of-
ficers Association; Ho-
sea Butler,, president,
and James Fayson,
King of Clubs of Greater
Miami; Roberto Dan-
FARD iels, president, Booker
T. Washington Alumni
Association; and Cupi-
dine Dean, BTW class of '53.
Brown was praised
for his work as presi-
dent of his high school
class, recording secre-
tary with the King of
Clubs, member of the
FAMU Marching 100, a
major in the U.S. Army,
the first Black hired by
Xerox Corporation, and WILS
a magnet program ad-
.ministrator at Brad-
dock High School.
His daughters Angela
Jones and Kimberly Miller

read a letter to daddy, saying
they always loved him and will
remember him telling them
how he marched in the March-
ing 100 as they followed
him through out the
house daily. They said
they did not like football
but after years with him
they learned more about
football than about dad.
Officiating at the ser-
vices were the Very Rev.
WN Horace D. Ward, rector;
the Rev. Easton Lee,
associate priest; and the Rev.
Kenneth Sims.

Henry Williams, treasurer,
Arcola Lakes Park Singing An-
gels, celebrated the home going
for his mother, Susie Goodwin,
on March 21 at New Birth Ca-
tfedral with Bishop Victor T.
Curry officiating before a large
gathering of family, friends and
congregation members.
David Collins played the
trombone, the 93rd
Street Male Chorus
sang We Gonna Run
and the church and
Minister Barbara Lamb
gave a moving rendition
of [His Eye Is On The
Other survivors in-
ON elude Leola Williams,
Daisy D. Wardlaw, Es-
sie Mae Dailey, Verline
Young, Henry Williams, Ed-
die J. Dailey, Robert L. Young
and David A. Williams.

Kay Sullivan retires after 39 years

Miami Times Staff Report

Miami-Dade said an early
goodbye to County Clerk of
the Board Kay M. Sullivan as
she prepared to retire after a
career spanning nearly four
County officials said farewell
to Sullivan March 13 when
County Commission Chair-
man Dennis C. Moss, Com-
missioners Sally A. Heyman
and Dorrin D. Rolle, Circuit
Court Clerk Harvey Ruvin and

colleagues, family and friends
gathered at Jungle Island for a
retirement luncheon.
Ruvin appointed Sullivan
to the clerk position :in 1994,
putting her in charge of the
division's operations and ad-
ministration of the records
and information systems of
the County Commission.;
At 'the direction of the com-
mission, Sullivan supervises
the development and imple-*
mentation of the County Com-
mission Administration Direc-

tives Information Systein.
"It's really going to be strange
not having her around," Moss
said at the luncheon. "We have
all grown accustomed to her
presence, her elegance and
her professionalism. She will
certainly be many. I
wish her the absolute best."
Moss had picked Sullivan to
swear him into office during
his installation over the years.
Sullivan will attend her final
meeting of the commission on
April 7.

The Heritage Trail
Advisory Commit-
tee, along with the
Liberty City Trust,
the Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.,
Economic Devel-
opment Corpora-
tion and Miami Commissioner
Michelle Spence-Jones, will
honor Nancy Sidney Dawkins
with "An Old Fashion Tea" from
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Satur-
day, April 4, at the Carrie Meek
Community Center, 1350 NW
50th St. Mrs.' Dawkins is being
recognized for her many accom-
plishments in the Liberty City/
Model City community. If you
plan to attend, call the chair-
woman, Gerri Owens, 305-
751-7361, or the Liberty City
trust, 305-635-2301. Couldn't
happen to a better person. Con-
,******* *
Get-well wishes :go out to Sa-
die Barry, Roslyn Bethel, Bar-
bara Burrows, Samuel Cleare,
Thelma Dean, Roslyn Jen-
nings, Inez M. Johnson, Earl
Marshall, Ishmae Prescott,
Doris M. Pittman, Herbert
Rhodes Jr., Dr. Albert Rolle,
the Rev. Charles Uptgrow Sr.
and Rachel C. Williams... Glad
to hear Jean Caroll Morley is
up and about again. Hang in

**** ****
Cynthia Gordon-Williams
is enjoying her trip with her
friends in Japan. She was in
Hawaii in December... Prince
and Delores Gordon are back
from a seven-day cruise in the

Join the Parish Chapter of
Episcopal Women at the 10:45
a.m. Thursday, April 26, when
it will be time for old-time fash-
ions. Remember when every la-
dy's outfit included hat, gloves
and pearls and men wore ties
and suspenders with their
suits? Well, on Hallelujah Sun-
day, it will be back to the past.
Janet Brown is the president.

Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation

APR 19, 2 4 PM (Please arrive at 1:30 pm)
APR 5 'Take a relaxing trip on the Pelican Island Skipper
Sony Ericsson Open Men's Finals Pontoon Boat and discover South Florda's nature
Pncing Onrne
Crancon Tennis Center and history The boat will depart hom the Deenng
7300 Crandon Blvd. Estate and explore Biscayne Bay.
305-365-2300 Deering Estate at Cutler 16701 SW 72 Ave.
(305) 235-1668
Ipc I : APR 19,7 PM
$15.95 P1"""/Adult 11.95 '"""'-/Child (ages 3-12) As part of the chamber music/baroque series, the
A magical day at Miami Metrozoo with egg safaris for kids Living Artist Concert Series founding artists will
12 and under at the Picnic and Special Events fields. Face perform a new work by composer Judith Shatin..
painting, arts & crafts, bounce house, rock climbing, water Deering Estate at Cutler
tag & the Easter Bunnyl' 16701 SW 72 Ave.
Miami Metrozoo
Miami Met0ozoo (305) 235-1668
12400 SW 152 St. (305)235-1668
(305) 251-0400 APR 23 -26
APR 15 MAY 11by activity
"CELEBRATING YOUTH" ART EXHIBIT Prices vary by activity
r"CELEBRATING YOUTH" ART EXHIBIT $ By popular demand, the Hip-Hop Arts Festival
Free with regular admission: $10 adults; $5 children returns to the Caleb featuring the latest in
(ages 4-14) cutting-edge talent in hip-hop dance, theater, music
The "Celebrating Youth" art exhibit is a visual and and fashion.
literary art exhibition presented in partnership Joseph Caleb Auditorium
with students from Miami-Dade County public and 5400 NW 22 Ave.
private schools. (305) 636-2350
Deering Estate at Cutler a0 A o
Visitor Center Exhibit Hall and Auditorium
16701 SW 72 Ave.
(305) 235-1668 'a. ,

APR 18, 7 PM
$10 in advance/$15 day of show
The Voices of Heritage and Heritage Youth Choir
are delighted to present a concert showcasing the
harmonies and melodies of great composers.
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22 Ave.
(305) 638-6771 .A.


APR 25 & 26
Party for the Planet
Miami Menozoo's Earth Day celebration Party for
the Planet will be neld on Saturday & Sunday April
25th and 26th from 10 a rnm 4 pm The Tropical
Flowering Tree Society will be hosting the world's
largest flowering tree annual plant show anol sale.
There will also-be fun activities and entertainment
for the entire family as well as animal enrichment
with recycled items. Every person that hands in a
cell phone gets in for free, only during Party for
the Planet.

Sign Up Now:

APR 6-10, 9AM-5 PM

JUN 8 AUG 14, 9 AM 5 PM

Children will participate in field trips, fitness and
sports activities, arts & crafts, EcoAdventure nature
camps, performing arts camps, animal exploration,
fishing, hiking, and more. Camps for children with'
disabilities are also available. Prices vary.
To register your child, contact. the specific park
where you wish your child to attend or visit

For the full listing of events & activities go to





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Jill Scott in two roles: detective, mom

Her 'No. 1 Agency' arrives Sunday, her baby in April

By Kelley L. Carter

is in the home stretch of one
life-changing journey and just
starting out on another.
The singer, poet and actress
is expecting her first child April
25 and on Sunday makes her
debut in HBO's The No. 1 La-
dies' Detective Agency (8 p.m.
ET/PT), an adaptation of the
novels by Alexander McCall
Scott overcame, personal ob-
stacles to get the Agency job,
in which she plays Precious
Ramotswe, owner of a Botswa-
nan detective agency. After au-
ditioning for the late Anthony
Minghella, Scott nailed the part
but learned that same week
that her mother" had cervical
cancer. Her mother ultimately
got a clean bill of health, and
as Scott was ready to get on
a plane and begin shooting in
Africa, she found out that she
was seven weeks pregnant.
Now, as she and her fiance,
band member Lil' John Rob-

erts, await the birth of their
son, Scott is putting the fin-
ishing touches on their new
home in Studio City, Calif. The
performer, 36, is happy for the
miracle she thought could nev-
er happen. At age 24, Scott was
told by doctors that she would
never have children, and they
recommended a hysterectomy.
Scott says filming in Africa
was life-changing, spiritually
enlightening and therapeutic.
"I met hard-working people,
happy people. Not that they
don't have problems, but the
most you'll get out of a Bo-
tswana person is 'shame.' And
then they keep moving, Scott
says. "They have this apprecia-
tion and respect for life, wheth-
er they're driving around in a
Mercedes or whether they're
walking barefoot with a tree on
their head, pregnant. There's a
strength there that I now un-
Though Scott says she had
a few initial doubts about the
role, she now believes the role
was made for her.

y(t 1,
Ho'rosco, Tom T....-
p e Aw, ERIC

By Minerva

You can keep smiling about things but
inside you're having a hard time with this.
Times like these beg us to tell the awful
truth. What you're afraid to say will take
guts but in the end, it'll make everything
better. Lucky numbers: 10,15, 20, 29, 32

Your spirit knows what you need to do
but your ego keeps you stuck here. What-
ever you have to prove it won't serve you
to keep it up. Don't try to be what you're
not. Living a lie isn't what you came here
for. Lucky numbers: 12, 19 26, 29, 38

. You can't go after your bigger visions,
until you clear up the past. Moving on will
involve telling those you love that you've
had it with this. Don't let their needs over-
ride your desire to grow and evolve. Lucky
numbers: 15, 19, 28, 25,;40

Life gets easier when we disengage
from chaotic situations and people. Your
decision to, cut out the dead wood has
changed things completely. Where do you
want to go from here? What would you like
to.manifest? Lucky numbers: 12, 17, 22,
You're trading your freedom for security.
This cage you've created will start to feel
too small sooner than you think. Bound to
someone else's expectations, how do you
expect to find what you're looking for?
Lucky numbers: 18, 22, 26, 32, 38

Learning' to -live within certain restric-
tions has strengthened you. Those who
accuse you of being overly serious don't.

understand that sometimes our growth re-
quires us to focus and stabilize ourselves.
Lucky numbers: 15, 19, 24, 33, 36

If you're really over this, why does it
keep you awake at night? Living with old
hurts, and pretending everything's fine
and dandy is getting to be a joke; and it
isn't fooling anyone but you. Lucky num-
bers: 13, 18, 23, 32, 38

Drop your doubts and just go for this.
Everything is giving you the green light. If
it's hard for you to believe that anything
could come together this easily, the best
things in life always show up with no in-
terference. Lucky numbers: 17, 19, 20, 25,

Helping others pull themselves out of

"I think I worried in the be-
ginning that I was a little too
fair-skinned. I worried that I
wasn't going to represent the
role," she says. "I just wanted
her to be as normal to this
country and as natural as rain,
and when I got there, I kept
seeing myself over and over.

Scott says filming in
Africa was life-chang-
ing, spiritually enlight-
ening and therapeutic.
"I met hard-working
people, happy people.
Not that they don't
have problems, but
the, most you'll get
out of a Botswana

~Same complexion. came nose.

Same complexion. Same nose.
Same big old legs. I said 'OK.
I'm right in the pocket here.'
That excited me."
Ramotswe also shares the
same spiritual side that Scott
conveys via her Grammy-win-
ning music: Ramotswe isn't
a conventional detective, but
more a protector of the com-
munity she loves.
"It's not black-and-white

justice. It's heart-and-soul
justice. That's the difference
between her and a lot of the
crime shows out there. These
crimes are not huge. But they
are offensive," Scott says. "And
they're disrespectful. Some of
them, she has to go to the law.
But some of them are small,
like 'Somebody took my dog!'
Or 'I think my husband is
with another woman.' And she
pours out justice the way she
sees fit."
And as for wedding plans,
Scott says there won't be a
walk down the aisle anytime
"There are plans, but we're
taking it easy. I've heard things
on the radio I heard I got
married and that my wedding
was awesome! -. I was like,
really?" she says. "I've been
separated from my ex-hus-
band for three years, and my
divorce was final in September
2008. So I'm not rushing to
get married. BUt when I. was
asked by an incredible man to
be his wife, I said, 'Absolutely!'
But even in that, we're taking
our time."

the hole is risky business. There's always
the danger of getting dragged down along
with them. You can keep this.up only if
you know for sure that you're big enough
to handle it. Lucky numbers: 15, 23, 28,

When the truth has been hidden for this
'long, telling it is 10 times harder.Too bad
you waited. Now that you have no other-
choice, it's time to figure out what you'll
do when others go ballistic- over this.
Lucky numbers: 15, 19, 20, 27, 32

You can't force yourself to do anything
right now. Put your goals and ambitions
on the back burner. None of them are as
important as the need to slow down. Take
a break. It'll give you the strength to carry
on, Lucky numbers: 8, 15, 25, 28, 38

far do you think you can push this? Too
much denial has walled you in to the point
where you're blind to the facts. Beating
dead horses is a waste of time. Wake up!
This road you're on, goes nowhere. Lucky
numbers: 10, 12, 25, 32, 40






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Selections by Wagner, Bizet, Verdi, and Rodgers and Hammerstein
8 PM Knight Concert Hall
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Columbia Artists Management and Adrienne Arsht Center present
Vladimir Spivakov, conductor; Mayuko Kamio, violin
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin and Violin Concerto;
Stravinsky: Divertimento from The Fairy's Kiss; Prokofiev: Three Pieces
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8 PM Knight Concert Hall $15, $25, $75, $135

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Top Cuban musicians play everything from danz6n, bolero and rumba to
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the collection by Kimya Glasgow,
noting her designs flowed nicely
together and they liked the ready-
to-wear white spring dresses.
For Glasgow and most of the
designers, financing is a big
problem. "But the opportunity is
amazing and shows that St. Vin-
cent can, only do bigger and bet-
ter things," said Glasgow, who
has been designing since 2000
and in 2008 was a Caribbean
Fashion Award nominee.
Jewelry designer Bartholomew
"Tubb" Quammie hoped buyers
noticed his line of natural in-
spired jewelry.. His handcrafted
earrings and bracelets comple-

mented the ready-to-wear fash-
ion and swimsuits modeled on
the runway. Not tied to any fa-
vorite piece, Quammie said his
inspiration comes "when you
get up in the morning and see
the dark entering into light or
in the afternoon when you see
the sun start setting. That color
that can inspire a piece of jew-
Quammie hoped his pieces
would become the subject of
conversation in the U.S. "Every
woman wants to feel special and
women definitely feel -special
when someone asks about the
jewelry she's wearing," he said.

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Habitat plans home for needy family

Local volunteers

and donations are

being sought

By Tariq Osborne

Bobbie McKenney, has always
dreamed of owning a home. Her
plans were delayed by the death
of her mother in January 1999,
which resulted in her adoption of
her niece and a mentally handi-"
capped nephew. The'. children
would have gone into state cus-
tody and likely separated.
"A house is something I always
said I was going to get but it was
going to be after I raised my niece
and nephew, and they were grown
and on their own," said McKen-
ney, 40, a school security moni-
McKenney already had three
children of her own at the time,
5-year-old twin boys born prema-
turely, including two prematurely
born sons who were occasionally
hospitalized with chronic respira-
tory difficulties, and an 11-year-
old girl.
Over the past five years, the
family's home in, North Central
Dade has been falling apart, liter-
allyr. "There were plumbing, roof-
ing, and electrical problems," said
McKenney. "The landlord acted
like everything was ok."
Eventually the ceiling gave out
entirely, crumbling, and forcing
the' family to'move mid-January
,this year.
The landlord could not be
reached for comment.
The family was then divided

Bobbie McKenney, second from left, rear, will be getting a new home from Habitat for Humanity:
She is seen with members of her family. From left are Antonio Dix, Andre Jackson, Dana McKenney,
Antionette McKenney and Andrew Jackson. -- "'rn, Tmen phoh:,,' Forbes'
among three households, due to sleep with relatives, member. .
their number. McKenney is cur- McKenney, a single parent, re- "Nothing beats a failure but to
rently living in a two-bedroom sumed her quest for a home of her try," she told her niece, who dis-
apartment, where her nephew is own after moving out, researching missed the idea. NlcKenney con-
staying with her. The other chil- lending institutions, and then she tacted the homne-b1ilding organi-
dren are staying with relatives came upon a Habitat for Human- zation and she got a call back
and visit to do homework but ity flyer at the home of a family Please turn- to HOME 8D

Auto dealers being squeezed tight by credit crunch

A Black Emerprie Feature

In January, Damon Wickv.are
took six personal cars to a local'
auction site in Daphne, Ala., to
raise cash for his dealership, Bay-
view Ford Lincoln Mercury L.L.C.
W\Vickware, whose auto retail
business ranked 100th on Black
Enterprise Magazine's B.E. Auto
Dealer 100 list, with $21.2 million
in revenues, took a $4,000 loss on
each car sold. The move was war-
ranted when "you have no other
source to get capital," he says.
Similar frantic acts are being
played out among dealers across
the country as they grapple with
a two-pronged quagmire: lack
of .credit to finance vehicle floor
plans doubled by a lack of credit
to get consumers in vehicles.
African American-owned dealer-
ships such as Wickware's are not
immune to acute U.S. economic
woes blanketing the automotive

industry. In many instances, mi-
nority-owned dealers are far more
susceptible to lose money faster
because the businesses are typi-
cally first-generation operations
with smaller cash pools to ride
out economic downturns.

"It's such a capital-intensive
industry that most of our dealer-
ships have had an issue of being
under capitalized," says Damon
Lester, president of the National
Association of Minority Automo-
bile Dealers.

Many dealers have made deep
staff cuts. Some are considering
opting out of dealerships, wfiile'
others,' like Wickware, are try-
ing to shore up' capital to keep.
their businesses going until the
economy turns around. .But, with
the credit market at a standstill;
there's riot much capital. being
doled 6ut from banks to. keep
these businesses propped -up un-
til better. days.
"Not much of anything is sell-
ing," Wickware says. "We've lost
a lot of lenders. We've had .some
people come in with $2,000 or
$3,000 to put down. on a car but,
with stricter lending require-
ments, we haven't been able to
sell them anything." -
Wickware needs $1 million 'in
working capital to keep his busi-
ness afloat until 2010. He says
it's "always 'a possibility" that his
business could shutter if relief
doesn't come soon.,

Miami launches program to help low-income residents access benefits

Miami Times Staff Report

Mayor Manny Diaz and Florida
Department of Children & Fami-
lies Secretary George Sheldon are
urging Miami residents to use the
new free Direct Connect to Benefit
Bank Services to file their income
taxes -and connect with state and
federal benefits at the same time.
Miami has become the first city
in Florida to offer the Direct Con-
nect to the Department of Chil-

dren and Families' state system
to expedite the application and
qualification for benefits and de-
livery of services to those who are
eligible through the Benefit Bank.
The Benefit Bank is an Internet-
based system designed to help low
and moderate income families get
the tax credits, health care, food
and other benefits that have been
created to help them lift them-
selves out of poverty. Programs
include Food Stamps, children's

health insurance, Medicaid,. fed-
eral income tax preparation, and
free application for federal student
assistance and voter registration.
In terms of tax credits, for exam-
ple, a single parent of two earning
$15,000 a year can have access to
$4,824 in Earned Income Credit,
$453 additional Child Tax Credit,
$3,089 in Children's Health Insur-
ance, $3,469 in food Stamps, and
$200 in Los Income Home Energy,
Assistance, for a total of $12,030

of.additipnal income.
"This program gives eligible res-
idents access to 'ber.efits at a time.
when they need 'it most, which
will help them take care of their
families and becorre .self-suffi-
cient," Diaz said in a statement
announcing the initiative.
"It is often hard for people to ac-
cess these benefits and, in Florida
alone, more than $2 billion each
year does' not reach our people.
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HUD approves $731M to

help with foreclosures
Miami Times Staff Reporn

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Shaun Donovan has approved nearly $731 million
in funding for 48 states and local communities.
seeking to recover from the effects of high foreclo-
sures and declining home values.
Fundedc under HUD's Neighborhood Stabiliza-
-ton.Program, the plans will target emergency as-
sistance to particular neighborhoods by acquiring
and'redeveloping foreclosed properties that might
otherwise become sources of abandonment and
blight. "
"These funds'will be used to buy up and reha-
,b'ilitate Vacant foreclosed homes and resell those
homes withi'affordable mortgages,"" President Ba-
.rack Obama said.
The HUD. pro- gram, created under.
,the Housing and Economic
Recovery Act l l of 2008, pro-
vides nearly $4 billion to
every state 'r1 and certain
'local com, i munities
.experienc- ,h. ing particu-
larly high foreclosure
problemss .- and risk of
Property "42 abandonment.
The program permits the state
an.d local govern- ments to purchase
*foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate
or redevelop them in order to respond to rising
foreclosures and falling'home values.
Also, .the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act 'of 2009 makes available another $2 billion.
to state, local.governments, non-profit entities-or
consortium of nron-profit entities for similar anti-
blight, and stabilization efforts. HUD will issue a
funding. notice with application requirements by
May 3. Applicants will prepare an application and,
for programmatic funding, complete citizen partic-
ipation before submitting to HUD. HUD will review
Applications and make awards shortly thereafter.
State and local government can use their neigh-
borhood'stabilization grants to acquire land. and
property; to demolish or rehabilitate abandoned
properties and/or to offer down payment and clos-
a ing cost assistance to low- to moderate-income
homebuyers. The grantees can create 'land banks"
.to assemble, temporarily manage and dispose of
vacant land for the purpose of stabilizing neighbor-
hoods ayid encouraging re-use 6r redevelopment of
urban property..

,.Dades jobless rate

shows slight dip

Mitmi Times Staff Report

.Miami-Dade County's jobless rate stood at 7.5
percent in February, an increase of 0.6 percent
compared to'the previous month and a rise of 2.8
percent compared to February 2008.
Despite the hike, the county's unemployment
rate was lower than that of Florida, at 9.4 percent,
and 'the national as a whole, at 8.9 percent .'
For neighboring Broward County, the rate was
8.3 percent or an increase of 0.5 percent compared
* to January 2009 "and 4.2 percent compared to
February 2008.
The construction sector took a beating in Miami-
Dade, sinking 19.0 percent between February 2008
and February 2009.
Professional and Business Services dropped 6.0
percent, Retail Trade declined 5.1 percent and
F- finance and Insurance had a 5.5 percent loss.
or 2,700 jobs lost). '
.Overall, non-agricultural companies in Miami-
Dade County lost 39,400 jobs over the year, a drop
of 3.7 percent.
But some sub-sectors continued to see positive
,growth,. including Hospitals, Ambulatory Health
Care Services, Education, and State and Federal
The Beacon Council, in reporting the latest data,
described Miami-Dade as an important economic
engine' for the state and "we must .protect our
ability to compete as a global business center now
that business has considerably slowed down.

Don't let your hard-earned money end up in the hands of tax preparers

By Marian Wright Edelman
Nnpa Writer

Mabel Pichardo is a self-em-
ployed mother of two young
children in New York City. She
earned about $31,000 last year
making ends meet through
three different freelance jobs.
In 2008. she had her tax re-
turns prepared for free at the
nonprofit Northern Manhattan
Improvement Corporation. She
found the workers courteous
and helpful and often referred
friends and co-workers to their
site. But, this year, a personal

financial emergency caused
Mabel to go to
a commercial
tax preparer
and purchase a
loan that would,
allow her to use
some of her re-
fund money
right away.
Rapid Cen-
ter, a tax prep-
aration business in the Bronx,
charged Mabel $160 for tax
preparation plus $150 for a Re-
fund Anticipation Loan (RAL). It
would have taken Mabel about

two weeks to receive her refund
through direct deposit into her
bank account if she had filed it
online with free assistance from
the nonprofit organization. But,
because she was facing evic-
tion, she didn't think she could
wait and felt she had no choice
but to purchase the loan.
Mabel used most of her
$4,480 refund to pay past due
rent and the rest to catch up on
bills and purchase food for her
family. She certainly also could
have used the extra $310 she
was forced to spend at the com-
mercial tax preparer.

Mabel is not alone.
Some commercial tax pre-
parers take advantage of work-

parers aggressively market
these loans'as a way to get cash
fast instead of waiting for a tax

S ome commercial tax preparers take advantage of.workers by
targeting them for "rapid refunds't through RALs, short-term,
high-intereft loans that tax filers take out against their expected
tax return. .
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ers'by targeting them for "rapid
refunds" through 'RALs, short-
term, high-interest loans that
tax filers take out against their
expected tax return. Tax pre-

refund. Most of their customers
are low-income taxpayers whb'
need their refunds quickly to
pay for basic needs.
These loans are dispropor-

tionately marketed in Black and
Latiho communities and offered
in locations not typically used
for financial services, including
auto dealerships, pawn shops
and rent-to-owvn stores.
Tax preparers advertise to fil-
ers that they can use their loan
for a down payment on a car or
to purchase items in the store.
'These loans often undermine
important benefits that should
be available for hard-working
families playing by the rules but
still struggling to stay ahead.
As the 2008 tax filing dead
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More companies cut or ending 401(k) plan matches

Laura Petrecca,

The battle for a secure
retirement is about to
get even tougher. Sev-
eral new surveys of
company executives
show that they plan
to reduce or suspend
their company's retire-
ment-plan contribu-
tions this year.
Dozens of employers
in the past year have
already slashed such
The trend means one
important thing for
workers: smaller nest
eggs, unless they save
enough to make up for

the missing compa-
ny contributions and
Arrangements vary,
but employers have of-
ten watched 25 or 50
cents of every dollar
an employee puts in a
retirement account, up
to 6% of pay.
Companies of all
sizes, under finan-
cial pressure, are
"retrenching on the
401(k) front," says Ali-
cia Munnell, director of
the Center for Retire-
ment Research at Bos-
ton College.
General Motors, (GM)
Eastman Kodak, (EK)

FedEx (FDX) and Sears
Holdings (SHLD) are
among the companies
that have suspended
their 401(k) contribu-
tions, according to the
A survey released
Wednesday by re-
search and consulting
company Spectrem
Group says 29% of
employers intend to
reduce or eliminate
contributions to "de-
fined-contribution re-
tirement plans" in the
next 12 months.
While the survey
has a large +/- 8 per-
centage point margin

of error, other surveys
back up the dire fore-
A mid-February
study by employment
consulting company
Watson Wyatt World-
wide found that 12%
of 245 large companies
have already cut their
401(k)/403(b) match-
es and another 12%
plan to do so in the
next 12 months.
Most workers are
unprepared to fund
Using data from the
Federal Reserve's 2007
Survey of Consumer
Finances, which was

published before the
financial crisis, Mun-
nell pegged the medi-
an 401(k) balance for
those approaching re-
tirement at $60,000.
Given the stock
market turmoil, those
retirement funds
are likely only worth
about $40,000 now,
she says.
Most employees
seem braced for the
news. Nearly half of
workers, said in No-
vember 2008 that
they were concerned
that the sour economy
would cause their em-
ployers "to cut back

on matches to 401(k)/
403(b)/457 plans,"
according to MetLife's
seventh annual Em-
ployee Benefits Trends
Study, which was re-
leased on.Monday.
Yet, even with all of
the retirement wor-
ries, there was a silver
lining for employers,
according to MetLife.
The struggling econ-
omy has led workers
to become much more
thankful for the ben-
efits that they do have,
with 56% saying they
appreciate their work-
place benefits more
than ever before.

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Super Bowl group holding

business workshop in Miami

The South Florida
Super Bowl Host Com-
mittee will present its
second NFL 'Emerging
Business Workshop,
entitled, "Meet the
Players," at Dolphin
Stadium, from 9:30
a.m. Wednesday, April

These workshops
serve as informational
forums designed to
.- prepare small, minor-
ity and women-owned
-. business owners with
tools necessary to do
business with the Su-
per Bowl which will
- be played at Dolphin
Stadium in Miami Gar-
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with information about
funding, procurement
and the Request for
Proposals process.
More than 10 Cer-
tifying Agencies were
on hand to assist busi-
nesses with obtaining
The upcoming work-
shop will provide an
opportunity for busi-
nesses to hear direct-
ly from primary NFL
contractors, who are
key players in the pro-
curement process, as
well as other purchas-
ing entities, and par-
ticipate in business-to-
business networking.
To RSVP, call 305-
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Payday lending-drains $247 M from Calif. minorities

OAKLAND, Calif. -
wire -- Payday lenders
are nearly eight time's
more concentrated
in California's Black
and Latino neighbor-
hoods as compared
to White neighbor-
hoods, draining those
communities of $247

million in loan fees,
according to research
by the Center for Re-
sponsible Lending.
A disparity remains
even after account-
ing for factors such as.
income, poverty rates
andc education, the
study shows.
Federal legislation

could address prob-
lems with predatory
payday loans, which
trap borrowers in
long-term debt at 40.0
percent annual inter-
est rates. The CRL
says it favors a 36
percent cap on inter-
est rates,, described as
the only measure ef-

fectively stopped abu-
sive payday lending in
15 states and the Dis-
trict of Columbia.
Such a cap has been'
introduced in the U.S.
Senate and the U.S,
House and would not
prohibit California or
other states from insti-
tuting their own caps.





The Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development is announcing the availability of applications for
Documentary Surtax (Surtax) funds to be used to facilitate the construction or rehabilitation of multi-family units for low-and
moderate income family.
THIS RFA IS SOLICITING FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS, but Is Intended to provide threshold applications with Local Government
Match Contribution for developments that will be submitted to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) for 2009 Universal
Cycle and to provide "gap" financing for developments which have previously received public funding or have been awarded
tax credits. Financing will be provided as available to the following two sub-groups:
1. Local Governments Match Contribution ( Category 1)
Applicants for Local Government Match Contribution that meet threshold requirements will receive the minimum
funding. Threshold requirements Include the following:
a. Submission of all required forms and exhibits
b. Ability to Proceed as described in Section III C of the Housing Forms for Category 1
c. Demographic Commitment
2. "Gap" Financing (Category 2)
Applicants with financing requests for developments which have previously received public funding. Applicants for
"gap" funding will be subject to a Subsidy Layering Review (SLR) and a credit underwriting process. For "gap"
applicants with FHFC tax credits, the SLR will be preformed subsequent or concurrent with FHFC underwriting. In
addition to the standard credit underwriting review the analyzes development cash flow, and the subsidy layering
review is intended to be an analytical review of developer's overhead and soft costs
A separate application must be completed and submitted for each development for which funding is being requested.
Application packages, program guidelines and instructions will be available at and may be picked
up from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Friday, April 3, 2009, at:
Office of Community and Economic Development
Housing Development and Loan Administration Division
Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, 14th Floor
Miami, FL 33136
The RFA application package contains the guidelines and instructions for the preparation of the funding request. Information and
technical assistance on the preparation of the application will be provided by OCED on the following date:
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. (local time)
Overtown Transit Village North
701 NW 1st Court, 1st Floor
Miami, Florida 33136
Organizations that have questions about this application may call the Office of Community and Economic Development -Housing
Development and Loan Administration Division at (786) 469-2100.
Application submission deadline is 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2009. Applications submitted after the 4:00 p.m. deadline
will not be accepted.
Complete applications must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board, at the Clerk of Board, Stephen P Clark Center, 17th Floor, Suite
202, 111 N.W. 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from April 3, 2009, through April 23,
In the MID-YEAR RFA FY 2009, it is estimated that Miami-Dade County will allocate the following funding: SURTAX $24,500,000
All applications received and time stamped by the Clerk of the Board prior to the application submittal deadline shall be accepted
as timely submitted. The circumstances surrounding all applications received and time stamped by the Clerk of the Board after the
application submittal deadline will be evaluated by OCED in consultation with the County Attorney's Office to determine whether
the application will be accepted as timely. The responsibility for submitting an application on or before the stated time and date is
solely and strictly the responsibility of the Applicant. The County will in no way be responsible for delays caused by mail delivery
or caused by any other occurrence. All expenses involved with the preparation and submission of applications to the County, or
any work performed in connection therewith, shall be borne by the Applicant(s). Requests for additional information or inquiries
must be made in writing and received by the County's contact person for this RFA. The County will issue responses to inquiries
and any changes to this RFA in written addenda issued prior to the Application Due Date. Applicants who obtain copies of this RFA
from sources other than the County's Office of Community and Economic Development, its website at,
or the locations listed risk the possibility of not receiving addenda and are solely responsible for those risks.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunities in employment and does not discriminate against persons with
disabilities in its program or services. For material in an alternate format, a sign-language interpreter or other accommodations,
please call (786) 469-2100, at least five days in advance.

1450 N.E. 2ND AVENUE

Sealed bids for categories of items listed below will be received, at the address listed, on the designated
date. Said bids will be opened and read at the Miami-Dade County School Board Administration Building.
Bids are to be placed in the 'BID BOX' in Room 351, by 2:00 P.M., on the date designated. Bid forms on
which the bids must be submitted are available upon request from the DIVISION OF PROCUREMENT
MANAGEMENT web-site at, or Room 351, address above, telephone
(305) 995-1380. Award recommendations will be available on the Friday preceding the scheduled Board
meeting award. The results of bids awarded at the official School Board meetings will be available in the DI-
VISION OF PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT on the Monday following the meetings. The Board reserves
the right to waive informalities and to reject any and all bids.

"The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, enacts a Cone of Silence from issuance of a
solicitation to written recommendation of award. All provisions of School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-
1.212 apply."

"Any Protest of Specifications, or Protest of Award, must be filed with the Clerk of the School
Board. Failure to adhere to the filing requirements and timelines, as specified in Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.11, shall constitute a waiver of proceedings.".

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1950 N.W. 2nd Court
One bedroom, very nice. Call

1955 N.W. 2 Court
IN. One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1969 N.W. 2 Court
bedroom, one- bath,$550.
Stove refrigerator, air, free
305-642-7080, 786-236-1144

20380 N.W. 7th Avenue
Two bdrm, two bath, 305-

210 N.W. 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath $475.

2186 N.W. 38 Street
Newly renovated, one bdrm,
one bath. $800. Appliances,
free water. 305-642-7080

2295 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013.

2751 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, remote gate.
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849.

2972 N.W. 61 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $550.
Free Water. 305-642-7080

3051 N.W. 134th Street
Section 8 welcomed. Newly
remodeled, two bdrms, one
bath, central air, washer and
dryer included. New kitchen,
bath, and refrigerator. $980
monthly. 954- 557-4567

3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm $525,two bdrms,
$650. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080,

New Rental Community
1325/1415 NW 18th Drive
Pompano Beach

Beautiful One, Two, Three
and Four Bedroom Apts.
Starting at $750 monthly
Washer/Dryer Available
Fitness Center
Computer Room
Sparkling Pool and
Children's Playground

"Income restrictions apply
Rent subject to change

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A Rental Community
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Friendship Towers Apts.
1550 N.W. 36 Street
Miami, FL 33142
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225 N.E. 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137
Call: 305-573-9201
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101 N.E. 78th Street
Three bdrms, one bath,
$925, nice and clean, laun-
dry room, parking. Section
8 OK!

1150 N.W. 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

1212 N.W. 1st Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, $500.
Stove, refrigerator, air.

1215 N.W. 103rd Lane
Two bedrooms $750
Blue Lake Village
Call 305-696-7667.

1281 N.W. 61 st Street
One Month's FREE rent!
Renovated one bdrm, $525;
two bdrms, $725 appliances
included, 305-747-4552

1311 N.W. 2nd Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

13130 N.W. 30th Avenue
Newly remodeled, spacious,
one bdrm, one bath; washer
and dryer, tiled. Section 8
welcomed. $795 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567

1331 Sharizard Blvd.
One bedroom. Section 8 okl
No deposit.for Section 8!

140 N.W. 13th Street
One month to move in, two
bedrooms, one bath, $525.

14100 N.W. 6th Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $700/
month! 305-213-5013

1510 N.W. 68th Street
Efficiency $400
One bdrm, one bath $475
Two bedroom, one bath $575
Call 786-797-6417

15201 Memorial Hwy.
One bedroom, 'one bath.
$800. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

3330 N.W. 48th Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $600
mthly. 305-213-5013

50th Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars, iron
gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly!2651 N.W. 50th
Street, Call 305-638-3699.

5550 N.E. Miami Place
One bedroom. $650 monthly,
first and last. 786-277-0302

6020 N.W. 13th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.'
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 N W 50 Street or call

7619 N.E. 3rd COURT
One bedroom, one bath, tile
floor, kitchen. 786-286-2540

783 N.W. 80 Street
One bedroom, one bath.

8475 N.E. 2nd Avenue
One and two bdrm apts. Sec-
tion 8. 305-754-7776

8955 N.E. 2nd AVENUE
Two bedroom, two bathroom,
$1000 monthly, security bars,
air. Section 8 welcome.

925 N.W. 69 St
Two bedrooms. $775, first
and last. 305-546-2080

One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call

New, one, two, and four
bdrms. Section 8 Welcomed!
Call 786-355-5665.

Move in with first months rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, and three bedrooms,
air, appliances, laundry and
gate. From $400. 1601 NW
1st Court. 305-374-4412.

1863 N.W. 42nd Street
Newly remodeled, one bdrm,
one bath, air. 786-356-1457.



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A Rental Community
Pinnacle Square Apts.
8300 N.E. 1 Place
Miami, FL 33138
Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $632
For leasing information
Pinnacle View Apartment
225 N.E. 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137
Call: 305-573-9201
-Income Restrictions-

N. DADE Section 8 OK!
One and two bdrms. No De-
posit For Section 8.

Sanford Apt.
1907 N.W. 2nd Court
Nice, two bdrms, air, window
shades, appliances. Free hot
water. Tenant pays for cold
water. $470 monthly plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811.

Chair rentals starting at $100
weekly. Must be licensed.

4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down secu-
rity doors. Outside lighting.
$950 monthly, $950 Security
Deposit. Call 305-638-3699,

15600 N.W. 7 Ave
Nice extra large one bed-
room, one bath, gated com-
munity. Section 8 Welcome.

21030 N.W. 39th Avenue
Remodeled, 'four bdrm, two
bath, $1250/month, $2850
to move, Section 8 OK! 305-
761-1257 or 954-919-8977

Beautiful Biscayne Bay
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, newly renovated.
Section 8 OK. 786-291-7814

North Miami
One bedroom available. $650
monthly. 786-797-0225

1080 N.W. 100th Terrace
Three 'bedrooms, two bath,
central air. Section 8 wel-
comed. Call 786-315-8491.

1140 N.W. 114 Street
Extra large two bedrooms,
one bath, eat 'in kitchen,
washer/dryer hookup. $875
monthly. 305-541-2855

11535 S.W. 224 St
Three bedrooms, two baths,
dining and living room, cen-
tral air and heat, gated yard,
setup for washer and dryer.
Section 8 OK. 305-318-3918

140 N.W. 31st Street
New, three bdrm, two bath,
Section 8 ok! $1550/mth.
Handicap oriented. 305-807-
2191 Available now!
147 N.W. 68 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$625. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

15 Ave N.W. 55Ter
Nice, two bdrms, central air.
Section 8 and HOPA.

1597 N.W. 51 St.
Two bedrooms, one bath, to-
tally remodeled. $925 mthly.

165 N.E. 65th Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
S8 or Miami City welcomed!

1760 N.W. 50 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, totally
remodeled, central air. Sec-
tion 8 Ok. $825 monthly.

1857 N.W. 50th Street
One and two bedrooms, two
bath, $650-850/month, call

Refrigerator, stove, ceiling
fan, bath and shower.
305-816-6992, 786-262-4701

1890 N.W. 89 Terrace
One bedroom, appliances.
$640 monthly, $1350 to move
in. Call 786-587-3731

21301 N.W. 37 Ave
Two bedrooms. $895 mthly.

2355 N.W. 95th Terrace
Two bdrm, new, one bath,
newly tiled, Section 8 only!

2427 N.W. 104 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
305-751-6720, 305-331 -3899

247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
modeled, water, garbage,
parking is free. $750 monthly
plus security deposit. Section
8 Welcome. 786-216-7533.

263 N.E. 58 Ter.
Huge three bedrooms, two
baths, brand new, central
air. All bedrooms with large
walk in closets, laundry room.
$1475 monthly.
Don 305-793-0002

2745 N.W. 47th STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, central air, tiled floors,
new kitchen cabinets, fenced
yard, easy expressway. ac-
cess. Section 8 welcome.
$1150 monthly. 786-337-2658
or 786-412-2149

3030 N.W. 19th Avenue
One bedroom, Section 8 wel-
come, call 305-754-7776.

324 N.E. 56 Street
Three bedrooms, two, baths.
$925. 305-642-7080

4837 N.W. 15 Ct
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate

50 N.E. 56th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$650/month, 786-226-6900.

542 N.W. 60th Street
Three bedrooms, two bath,
central air, $1100 monthly.
First and last. 305-301-1993

6109 S.W. 63 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath. $700.

6244 N.W. 1st Court
Two bdrm, appliances, wall
air conditioning, $800 mthly

63 N.W 169th Street
Two bdrm, two bath, central
air, fully tiled, Section 8 ok!
$1000/month. 786-486-7263

7030 N.W. 15 Ave
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, washer, dryer.
$725 monthly. 786-543-0565

733 N.W.6 Street
Hallandale. Two bdrms, one
bath, appliances. $800.

7770 N.W. 9th Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, drive
in entrance, Section 8 only.

7912 N.W. 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile and carpet, fenced yard.
Section 8 Welcome. $975,
water included. Others avail-
able. 305-389-4011

8083 N.W. 12th Place
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1200 mthly, $2600 to move
in. 954-294-0514

8195 N.W. 24 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Newly 'renovated, includes
major appliances. $600 mthly,
first last and security.

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Two bedrooms, Section 8 ok!
Call 305-754-7776

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath
duplex located in Coconut
Grove. Near schools and
buses. $595 monthly, $595
security deposit, $1190 total
to move in. 305-448-4225 or
apply at
3737 Charles Terrace

SNice, one bdrm, one bath, tri-
plex apt, quiet neighborhood,
$675 mthly. Section 6 ok! NC
Realty 305-710-8915

Two bedroom, one bath.

One bdrm $500 and up
Two bdrms $750 and up
Three bdrms $1367 and up
Four bdrms $1600 monthly
Design Realty

2230 FIllmore Street

CALL 561-666-0167

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2565 N.W. 92nd Street
Large, extra clean, in nice
neighborhood, and private
parking. $700/month, $2100
move in. OR $350/bi-weekly
and $1050 to move in. Utili-
ties included. 305-696-7423

80 N.W. 53rd Street
Efficiency $700 mthly, utili-
ties included. $1000 to move
in. Woody, 305-898-2698.

8th Ave N.W. 96 Street
Water, and appliances in-
cluded. $525. 386-338-5618

13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486

1368 N,W.; 710th Street
$500 mthly, washer and
dryer, kitchen oceSS,. Cable
available, Call 305-601-

1500 N.W. 74th Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.

1542 N.W. 62nd Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632

1770 N.W. 71 St #5
Cooking, air, $400 monthly,
call 305-300-5567.

1775 N.W. ,151st Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable t.v., air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996.

1845 N.W. 50th Street
$135 weekly with air, $270 to
move in. Call 786-286-7455.

1887 N.W. 44th Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-637-9359 or 305-

19620 N.W. 31st Avenue
$120/week, $240 to move
in, air, cable. Call 305-310-

2033 N.W. 43rd Street
Room or Share apt. Nicely
.furnished 786-290-0946.

211 N.W. 12th Street
Move In Special! $100 Wkly
moves you in. Free, cable,
air. 786-286-7651

2365 N. W. 97 Street
Private entrance, $360 mthly.,
First and last to move in. 786-
515-3020 or 305-691-2703

2831 N.W. 159th Street
Clean room in quiet area.
754-214-4961, 305-628-3029

2905 N.W. 57, Street
Small, clean $285 monthly.
$670 to move in, kitchen
available. One person only.

53 Street and 14 Ave.
Own entrance, bed, own bath-
room, refrigerator, air and mi-
crowave. $600, first and $300
Security to move in, includes
water and electricity.
305-710-1343, 786-486-6613

7749 N.W. 15th Avenue
Large room with air. $380 to
$480. Call 786-357-1395.

8275 N.W. 18th Avenue
Clean rooms available. Call

9121 N.W. 25th AVENUE
With air, $340 monthly. First
and last to move in. Call 786-
515-3020 or 305-691-2703

Furnished room, air, cable,
kitchen privileges. $485
mthly, $100 Security, $585 to
move in. 305-974-5152

Furnished rooms. $350 to
move in. $110 weekly.
Call 305-335-9463.

Miami Gardens Area
One person, nice home. Call

Utilities included. $130 week-
ly. 954-305-4713

7125 N.W. 13 Avenue. $110
weekly, air, kitchen privileg-

Share house, $125 a week,
air. Call 305-254-6610.

$600 to move in, $400 a
month, with air.

Furnished room for rent in pri-
vate home, light kitchen priivi-
lege, call 305-621-1017.


yard, carport. Section 8 OK!
$1275 monthly. 305-388-

Miami Lakes Area '
Spacious two bdrm, two bath

One and two bedrooms. $580
and.up. 786-975-7376

Three bdrms, two bath
house. Water and electric-
ity included. $1295 month-

Northwest Area
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Newly remodeled. Section 8
OK. 786-357-4561

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900 N.W. 54th Street

1000 N.W 55tn terrace
Three bdrm, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 ok! Call 305-206-1172.

1131 Dunad Ave. Opa
Three bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8 welcomed!

13140 N.W. 18th Avenue
Nice like a palace Three bed-
rooms, one bath.
786-344-9560, 305-688-0600

15750 N.W. 28th Court
Four bdrm, two bath, tiled,
central air. $1600 monthly.

16125 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Three bdrm, Section 8 ok!

2485 N.W. 55th TERRACE
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, new kitchen, new
bathroom, tiled floors. $975
monthly. Section'8 welcome.

2535 N.W. 162 Ter.
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
fenced, cable wired, appli-
ances, laundry room. Section
8 OK. 305-681-2620

2725 N.W. 53 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1200. Central air,

2754 N.W. 169th Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
fenced yard, security bars,
air and appliances. $1350
monthly. Section 8 Welcome.

2761 N.W. 171 St
Four bdrs, two baths. Sect. 8.
305-620-5729, 786-210-3590

28 Ave. N.W. 204 Lane
Nice three bedrooms, two
baths, air. Section 8 and
HOPWA OK. 954-392-0070

284 N.W. 75 St
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$975. 404-861-1965

3028 N.W. 8 Road
Sunrise, Florida. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, renovated.
$975 monthly.
786-306-4839, 786-262-8312

3750 N.W. 169 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1,300, air, tile, bars, move-in
$3,250 No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson Broker 305-891-

5962 N.W. 3rd AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath-
room, large fenced yard, near
-schools and design district.
First, last and $400 security.

640 N.W. 6 Ct. Hallandale
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK!. 786-263-1590

7 N.E. 59 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$950. Free Water.

705 N.W. 133 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$1156 mthly. Section 8 OK!

7805 N.W. 2nd Court
Small two bedroom, one
bath, $600 mthly, $1200
move in. 305-479-3632

781 N.W. 77 Street
One bedroom, appliances
-included, air, utilities paid by
tenant. $550 monthly. $1375
to move in. 305-742-1050

7943 N.W. 6th AVENUE
Six bedrooms, three baths
$1600, three bedrooms, one
bath, $1300. Section 8 OK.
305-751-2137, 786-413-5966

7961 N.W. 12 Place
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1400 mthly, $3000 to move
in. 954-294-0514

935 N.W. 48 St
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Nice upgrades. $1405 mthly.
Section 8 OK.

2515 N.W. 159 Terrace. Three
bedrooms, one bath. Section
8 Welcome.
Call 305-796-5252

A very nice three bedrooms,
one bath, appliances includ-
ed. First, last and security.
Call 305-749-6810

Cozy three bedrooms, two
baths. Section 8 OK.

Three bdrms, one bath or
two bdrms, one bath. Section
8 OK. 305-621-7551

Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, fenced

10 Avenue N.W. 49 St.
No Qualifying. $115K. Owner
may hold mortgage. Two
bedrooms, one bath, Florida
room, enclosed, one bed-
room one bath.

2301 N.W. 79th Terrace
Large, renovated, four
bdrms, two bath, TV and
utilities room. $169K, or best

2889 N.W. 197 Tqrrace
Beautiful three bdrms, one
bath. $79K. 305-675-1740

Why rent? Cheaper To buy!
Three, four and five bed-
rooms. $1900-$2900 Down
and $312-$995 mthly. P&I
with new FHA financing, plus
first time buyers get $8000 in
stimulus back.
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290 N.W. 183 Street
Stop By For List.
305-655-1700 (24 Hrs)

CALL 954-602-1998

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Cheaper To Buy! Miami
Gardens Five bedrooms,
four baths, everything new.
Try $2900 down and $1199
monthly FHA.
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Handyman, carpet cleaning,
plumbing, hanging doors,
hauling debris or moving,
specializing in painting.
Plumbing, electrical, appl.,
roof, air, 786-273-1130.

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Florida has good reason to preserve FRAG student aid program

By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer

The Florida Resident
Access Grant (FRAG)
has been around for 30
years, providing $3,000
to incoming freshmen at
private nonprofit Flor-
ida colleges. The state
is looking for ways to
save money and educa-
tion spending is under
examination, including
this program.
Gov. Charlie Crist has
made an exception for
new students enrolling
at the state's histori-
cally Black schools who
would still receive the
subsidy, though it may
be reduced.
But if FRAG is elimi-
nated, many students
at Barry University and
St. Thomas University,
both with diverse stu-
dent, populations, may
not be able to pursue
an undergraduate edu-
The House is propos-
ing a 25 percent cut to
the grant while the Sen-
ate is proposing a 15

percent reduction. Leg-
islators will be working
on the budget through
the end of April.
Around 34,000 stu-
dents depend on FRAG
to round out their fi-
nancial aid package.
Half of the recipients
are minority students
from low-income fami-
lies and are the first
in their families to go
to college. Many hold
down jobs, raise fami-
lies and attend school.
These students are re-
ceiving degrees in dis-
ciplines that maintain
the state's workforce in
areas such as nursing,
teaching, engineering,
computer science and
If FRAG is eliminat-
ed, the options left for
affected students are to
compete for a spot in the
state's public schools
that have already be-
gun to admit smaller
freshman classes due
.to funding shortfalls,
or enter the workforce
without competitive
marketable skills.

Students need op-
tions and not everyone
succeeds at large public
universities so private
colleges provide this al-
ternative. With an aging
workforce and the glob-
al struggle for talent, it
is doubtful Florida, and
the U.S., as a whole,
can afford the conse-
quences of eliminating
the pathway .to estab-
lishing a sound career
foundation for citizens?
There is intense com-
petition for top talent
and employers are look-
ing for workforce readi-
ness. In the U.S., there
is a demand for science
and engineering talent.
A local university ad-.
ministrator, John Mc-
Fadden, was invited
to meet with Crist on
March 19 to discuss
higher education and.
healthcare issues. Mc-
Fadden, program ad-
ministrator for the Bar-
ry University's Master
of Science in Anesthesi-
ology program, took the
opportunity to discuss
the impact proposed

Rental housing for seniors opens in

Miami Times Staff Report -

A nearly $9. million
housing complex of-
fering low-cost rental
housing for seniors
his opened in Allapat-
tah and residents will
move in this Wednes-
Federal housing of-
ficials joined Miami

leaders on March 24
for the grand opening
of Allapattah Com-
munity Housing II at
1390 NW 24th Ave..
The city sold the site
of the complex to Al-
lapattah Community
Action at a "below-
market price."
The four-story proj-
ect, which contains

79 one-bedroom
units and has an on-
site manager, was fi-.
nanced with loan of
$8,942,100 from the
U.S. Department of
Housing & Urban De-
velopment. Amenities'
include a communi-
ty recreation service
The building is lo-

FRAG cuts would have
on higher education and
health care professions,
such as far-reaching ef-
fects on health care ac-
cess in South Florida in
the absence of a pool
of practitioners trained
and ready to serve.
McFadden is plan-
ning another trip, this
time to Washington,
on April 14-15. He is
hoping to meet with
federal-policy makers,
including U.S. Sen. Mel
Martinez, R-Fla.; and
U.S Reps. Republican
Connie Mack and Dem-
ocrats Debbie Wasser-
man-Schultz and Ari
The entire education
community, as well as
parents arid students,
can write to their state
representative or sena-
tor to ask for support
to keep FRAG. Let-
ters should reflect real
faces and testimonials
i showing how FRAG im-
proves the lives of the
underserved in Florida
and they, in turn, im-
prove the state.

cated near to the Al-
lapattah Community
Senior Center which
offers social services,
meals and activities
to the elderly in the
Allapattah Commu-
nity Housing I, which
was completed in Au-
gust 1998, has 64

Home builder launched fundraiser

continued from 5D

saying she had been
accepted into the pro-
gram 'and Habitat for
Humanity will build a
four-bedroom house
for her family.
"I told her to stop
playing," said McKen-
ney, "then I started
thanking Jesus."
Early this month,
Habitat for Humanity
hosted a gala celebra-
tion that included a si-
lent auction, with the
proceeds going to build-
ing McKenney's home,
the project dubbed the
House of Hope.
"We raised $15,000
toward the House of
Hope, which leaves an-
other $35,000 to raise,"
said Michelle Marcos,
communications direc-
tor for Habitat for Hu-
manity's Greater Miami
Affiliate. "Now we're go-
ing to rely on individual
donations to build that
particular home. We're

right now in the pro-
cess of getting a permit.
We're hoping to do it
fairly soon, because I
know Bobby McKenney
has an incredible hous-
ing need."
Some. Habitat for
Humanity houses are
built quickly, as cor-
porate sponsors tend
to make larger dona-
tions but McKenney's
will commemorate the
Habitat for Humanity's
local affiliate's 20th an-
niversary so the organi-
zation hopes to build it
entirely from individual
Marcos couldn't give a
time frame for the com-
pletioh of the House of
Hope due to the permit
processes. But she said
it should be completed
six or seven months af-.
ter permitting. -
"We're looking for this
house to be about the
individual," said Mar-
cos. "We want to be able
to say 200 or 300 or
500 people got together

Tax help available

continued from 5D

The Benefit Bank will
make if possible for
residents to access
all of these benefits
in just one step," he
The service is avail-
able at the city's 13
NET offices and is
made possible by So-
lutions for Progress.
Diaz and Sheldon
made the announce-
ment at the Little
Haiti Cultural Center
during a meeting Cit-
ies for Financial Em-
powerment, a seven-
city across the nation
working group dedi-
cated to financial em-
powerment of at-risk
residents. The cities
have made a com-
mitment to support
financial empower-
ment programming
-- reducing poverty by
addressing key under-
lying causes. Miami is

a founding member of
the organization.
"With this project,
the city of Miami will
be viewed as a trail-
blazer in helping to
reduce some of the
road blocks that
stand between the
people we serve and
the help they need,"
Sheldon said. "It. can
be daunting to be
faced with mountains
of paperwork and red
tape and the Benefit
Bank will allow us
to bring valuable as-
sistance and services
to these families with
one stop rather than
the families trying to
navigate their way
through numerous
agencies and organi-
To find the closest
NET office or for more
information on the
Benefit Bank servic-
es, call 311 or log on
to www.accessmiami-

to build this house.".
' Habitat for Humanity
is hoping volunteer la-
bor will come from local
residents, as well.
"We. have a site in
Liberty City and we'd
really like the residents
of that community to
come up with the do-
nations for the home,"
Marcos said.
That's fine with MeK-
"They asked 'me
whether I have a prob-
lem with the house
being in Liberty" City.
I'm a ,product of Lib-
erty City so of course
I don't," said McKen-
McKenney attended
Liberty City Elementa-
ry, Charles Drew Mid-
dle School and Miami
Northwestern High
According to Marcos,
a family getting a Habi-
tat for Humanity home

pays 30 percent of
their income towards
the mortgage, which is
interest-free, and gets
30 years, generally, to
pay it off.
The prospective ho-
meowner is required
to provide between
250 and 300 hours of
construction labor for,
the building of his 'or
her home and others.
Marcos said Habitat
for Humanity has al-
ready built 108 'hous-
es in Liberty City since
1991 and 87 in Over-
town. The agency ex-
pects to 100 in Liberty
City in the next two
"This is what afford-
able housing really
means," said Marcos.
"We're going to be
building very heavily
in Liberty City. We're
hoping to see a reju-
venation of that com-
munity. "



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The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, intends to select one (1) or more firm(s) for providing
services to the Board as:


The firm(s) will be contracted for a period of four (4) years, with the second, third and fourth years at the Board's
option. Work will be assigned based on the firm's workload, qualifications for the task, and performance
on previous assignments. The Board does not guarantee any minimum number of projects or any specific
dollar value. The Board reserves the right to limit the number of concurrent contracts held by a single firm.

Firms desiring to provide Building CxA Services shall submit an original, bound, qualifications proposal five
(5) bound copies and six (6) Compact Disks (CDs) containing a sample of a Final Commissioning Plan and
Commissioning Specifications. The CD shall contain a single PDF document with all required information
and data, no later than 4:00 p.m., local time, Monday April 27, 2009 to the attention of:

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS)
Department of A/E Selection, Negotiations & Design Management
Ms. Nazira Abdo-Decoster, R.A., Administrative Director
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
Miami, Florida 33132

Telephone: 305-995-4500; Facsimile: 305-995-2050

Building Commissioning Services include, but are not limited to, comprehensive building commissioning
'services on new construction, major renovation projects, and existing facilities to ensure the building
systems are designed and built to operate as efficiently as possible. This includes retro-commissioning
and re-commissioning services. Energy efficient buildings certification programs such as LEED may be

The complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ) package with all pertinent information and forms will be
available at the above address after March 25, 2009. This solicitation and RFQ can also be accessed on
the M-DCPS website at:

A MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held at the School Board Administration Building,
located at 1450 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida, in Conference Room 321 on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at
10:00 a.m. local time. Proposals submitted by firms not represented at the Pre-proposal conference will
not be considered.

Only one submittal will be accepted per proposer, either as a single prime firm or as part of a joint venture.
Proposers must have been in business for a period of no less than five (5) years. Proposers submitting 'as
a joint venture must be licensed and authorized by the Florida Department of Business and Professional
Regulation, and comply with section 489.119(2)(c) of the Florida statutes. Proof of authorization, licenses)
and an executed copy of the joint venture agreement must be submitted with the response. Percentage
participation of fees must be clearly stated for each joint venture partner.

All proposers must submit proof of currently held Professional Liability in the amount of no less than
$1,000,000, Commercial General Liability Insurance and Business Auto Insurance ($500,000 combined
single limit for both coverages), and Workers' Compensation Insurance. Successful firm(s) shall fully comply
with the State of Florida's House Bill 1877 "Jessica Lunsford Act" and all Board rules and procedures as

The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, adheres to a policy of non-discrimination in educational
programs/activities and employment and strives affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for all.

Any firm or individual whose contract has been terminated by the Board "with cause" will not be considered
under this RFQ.

Proposers must submit in the format and forms prescribed in the RFQ package in order to be considered.
M-DCPS reserves the right to request' clarification of information submitted and to request additional
information of one or more proposers.
Pursuant to School Board Rule 6Gx13- 8C-1.212, a Cone of Silence is enacted beginning with issuance of
the Legal Advertisement and ending when the Superintendent of Schools submits a written recommendation
to commission. Any violation of the cone of silence may be punishable as provided for under the referenced
School Board rule, in addition to any other penalty provided by law. All written communications must be
sent to the address above and a copy filed with the Clerk of The School Board at 1450 NE 2nd Avenue,
Room 268, Miami, Florida 33132.

Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed and in the manner specified in School Board Rule 6Gx13-
3C-1.11, and/or in accordance with Section 120.57(3), Florida Statutes or failure to post the bond or other
securities required by law within the time allowed for filing a bond shall constitute a waiver of proceedings
under Chapter 120, Florida States.

School Board rules can be accessed on the M-DCPS website at

Social Security recipients to get $250 stimulus in May

Special to The Miami Times

The federal govern-
ment will send out
$250 economic recov-
ery payments to people
who receive Social Se-
curity and Supplemen-
tal Security Income

(SSI) benefits beginning
in early May 2009 and
continuing throughout
the month, Vice Presi-
dent Joe Biden and
Social Security Com-
missioner Michael J.
Astrue announced.
No action is required

to get the payment
that will be sent sepa-
rately from the regular
monthly check.
"These are checks
that will make a big
difference in the lives
of older Americans
and people with dis-

abilities, many of
whom have been hit
especially hard by the
economic crisis that
has swept across the
country," Biden said in
a statement announc-
ing the payment.
The one-time pay-

ment to more than 50
million Americans will
total more than $13
billion, Astrue said.
The American Re-
covery and Reinvest-
ment Act of 2009 pro-
vides for the payment
of to adult Social Se-

curity beneficiaries
and to SSI recipients,
except those receiving
Medicaid in care fa-
The checks will be
sent to those who are
eligible for Social Secu-
rity or. SSI during the

months of November
2008, December 2008
or January 2009.
The legislation also
provides for a one-time
payment to Veterans
'Affairs and Railroad
Retirement Board ben-

For more informa-
tion, log on to www.
payment. For more
information on the
American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act,
log on to www.recov-

City of Miami will host 'Gateway to Green' expo April 7-8

Miami Times Staff Report

The City of Miami Of-
fice of Sustainable Ini-
tiatives and Dream in
Green will show their
commitment to green
building during its first
"Gateway to Green"
event set for April 7-8
at Jungle Island, 1111
Parrot Jungle Trail.
Hundreds of build-

ing professionals will
come together to con-
nect with sustainable
building products and
services, green indus-
try experts, and influ-
ential leaders in the
community, a City of
Miami statement said.
The event will feature
more than 50 exhibi-
tors, educational pre-
sentations and match-

making opportunities
as part of Miami's
drive to push the green
building movement.
Vendors will .show-
case energy efficient
lighting, water con-
serving plumbing fix-
tures and eco-friendly
Third party certifi-
cation organizations
will inform attendees

on the different seals
and symbols that help
the prodiActs meet rig-
orous environmental
Also, community
leaders and experts
will discuss govern-
ment programs to help
educate the public on
their ability to promote
sustainable growth in

And matchmaking
opportunities will con-
nect building profes-
sionals to facilitate fu-
ture business relation-
The Miami Office of
Sustainable Initiatives
is responsible for ad-
dressing the city's en-
vironmental programs
by coordinating with
other departments and

environmental experts
to assure that the city
is working toward be-
coming a model for en-
vironmental best prac-
Dream in Green is
a non-profit organiza-
tion working on energy
conservation and ef-
ficiency, environmen-
tal sustainability and
the use of renewable

energy through part-
nerships with schools,
governments and busi-
The cost to attend
the expo is $35.
Vendor and spon-
sorship opportunities
are also available.
For more informa-
tion on the expo, call
Vanessa Thomas at
305-416-1546, e-mail

com or log on to www. gate-
For more information
on the Office of Sus-
tainable Initiatives, log
on to www.miamigov.
For more information
on Dream in Green, log
on to www.dreamin-

Young workers should learn about Social Security and saving

Retirement is prob-
ably the last thing on
your mind if you're
a young worker. But
there are some ba-
sics you should know
about Social Security
and savings to plan for
your retirement.
Social Security is
the foundation for a
secure retirement but
was never intended to
be your only source of
income when you re-
tire. While Social Secu-

rity replaces about 40
percent of the average
worker's pre-retire-
ment earnings, most
financial advisors say
that you will need 70
percent or more of pre-
retirement savings to
live comfortably.
Even with a pension,
you will still need to
save more and start
sooner. Today's young
workers can expect to
spend 20, 30 or even
more years in retire-

ment, so saving is criti-
The' sooner you start
to save, the more time
your savings, will have
to grow. Whether
you're able to, save $5
or $500, it's in your
interest to start saving
Want to start plan-
ning your future now?
. There are some easy
ways to do so. Take
a look at your Social
Security statement

which you will receive
in the mail about two
to three months before
your birthday. Along
with this annual state-,
ment, workers aged
25 to 35 are sent an
insert that provides in-
formation about Social
Security, savings and
more items of interest
to young workers.
Want something
more interactive? Log
on to Social Security's
online Retirement Es-

timator at
security., gov/estima-
tor which allows you
to. try out. different
retirement scenarios
based on your earn-
ings record.
You may also log on.
for information on
getting credit, paying
for education, buying
a home, creating a
budget, and starting
a business, as well as
financial calculators

Urge local leaders to take action against predators

continued from 5D
line approaches and
millions of families
struggle in the econom-
ic recession, the Chil-
dren's 'Defense Fund
has released a report
".highlighting the im-
portance of tax credits
for working families
and how low-income
families -lose billions
of dollars. each year to
predatory commercial
tax preparers.
The Earned Income
Tax Credit (EITC), a
refundable federal tax
credit for low- and
modest-income work-
ers, is one of the most

effective tools for lift-'
ing families out of pov-
erty. The Center on
Budget and Policy Pri-
orities estimates that,
in 2005, the EITC lift-
ed five million low-in-
come Americans out
of poverty, including
2.6 million children.
The benefits are
far-reaching. EITC
and the Child Tax
Credit help families
make ends meet dur-'
ing tough economic
times, improve chil-
dren's well-being and
benefit our economy
.and communities. But
it's the same workers
who most need their
hard-earned income

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who are often sold the
expensive loans.
In tax year 2006,
our report found, low-
income families lost
$3.1 billion of their
EITC benefits to, high-
interest, short-term
loans, tax preparation
fees and other finan-
.cial products pushed
by commercial tax
preparers. Commu-
nity leaders need to
be aware and warn
against their use.
Filing alone can
be confusing, so the*
Children's Defense
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ganizations have en-

courage the growth
of free tax prepara-
tion sites that offer
electronic filing and
direct refund deposit,
allowing taxpayers
to get their money
in two weeks or less
without unneces-
sary fees. The money
saved helps families
pay bills, purchase
needed household
items and even save
a bit.
Are you eligible for
the EITC or the Child
Tax Credit? Log on
to the Children's De-
fense Fund's, website,
www. childrensde-, download
the report, find out if
you are eligible and
locate a free tax pre-
parer site near you.
Whether or not you
are eligible, you can
learn how to help chil-
dren escape poverty
by helping working
families keep more of
their benefits.
You also can see
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county or state has
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Miami-Dade County, Florida is announcing the availability of solicitations for
contract opportunities, which can be obtained through the Department of
Procurement Management (DPM), from our Website:
dpm. Vendors may choose to download the solicitation packagess, 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 accordance with
County Ordinance No. 98-106.

Miami-Dade County has streamlined the process for accepting bids
and proposals by requiring vendor affidavits only once at the time of
vendor registration.

Starting June 1, 2008, vendors will be able to provide required affidavits one
time, instead of each time they submit a bid or proposal. Solicitations advertised
after June 1 '8 will require that all vendors complete the new Vendor Registration
Package before they can be awarded a new County contract. Obtain the Vendor
Registration Package on-line from the DPM website.


and planning tools.
Don't forget that
Social Security cov-
erage is not just for
retirement but also
for disability and

survivor benefits in
the event that you
are unable to work
or you leave behind a
family that depends
on your income when

you die.
Read more about
retirement, disability
and survivors benefit
at www.socialsecu-


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South Florida Workforce Career Center.
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