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,Tariq Osborne A dispute over
,,,.,' tobornetiainim, how to treat Cuba,
.and the Castro
officialss have promised that the community brothers who have
will be involved in the multi-million-dollar run it for 50 years
renovation of the former Hampton House motel has spilled into the
in Brow imsville. open as President
The'easurance came from a senior counr- Obama prepares
/ officia1and the head of the restoration project to meet with Latin
during a ceremony on Thursday when the American leaders at
architectural plans for the historic building were the Summit of the
unveiled. Americas. BARBARA LEE
A ''.i .l!, .The community will absolutely be invoked Cuba will not
nd 'the mayor is committed to seeing that be at the summit,
happen," Cynthia Curry, a senior and assistant which starts Friday
in Tiia n o
county manager told the gathering to scattered in Trinidad and To-
.applause. bago. It likely will
app._.ause.--be a topic of discus-
"Enid Pinknev. CEO of the Historic Hampton
Plese turn to RESTORATION 4A sion, though, given turn to RESTORATION 4A -the White House
says it is consider-
-" .rtist'S ing softening U.S.
artist's policy toward the
rendering communist dicta- BOBBY RUSH
f:what the torship.
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Members of the
,ampton Congressional Human Rights Caucus
",House would have begurn pressing Obama to maintain
.I.-k lik ae sanctions against the Cuban regime un-
k like after, til it eases oppression and moves toward
.renovations democracy.
re completed. And they have been assailing colleagues
who called on Obama to roll back sanc-
tions after spending 4 day with the Cas-
tros in Havana.
T- ',, ". ... Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., chairwoman
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Budget crisis opens series of candidate forums in North Miami

By Sandra Charite
The city's budget and pro-
posals for a new water treat-
ment plant took center stage
when six candidates for mayor
of North Miami answered ques-
tions at their first forum on
Monday night at City Hall.
The candidates 'responded
to .three questions submit-
ted by the Sans Souci & Key-
stone Homeowners Association
which sponsored the meeting,

including whether, in the cur-
rent tough economic climate,
they would cut the budgets
of the police department, the
code enforcement department
or the parks and recreation de-
partment, which together ac-
count for $52.6 million of the
city's 2009 budget of $322.7
"I am not cutting the police
department or code enforce-
.ment," said businessman
Gustavo Cuervo-Rubio III. "I
am not going to cut here and

there but I am going to find new
and creative ways to increase
the budget and the money that
the city needs to take care of
its citizens."
Frank Wolland, current city
clerk, former mayor and coun-
cil member, proposed that
"wasteful spending" be reduced
instead and also that the may-
or and council members take a
salary cut.
Cuervo-Rubio said that could
mean a return to the days of a
part-time mayor who "will not

be accountable... someone who
comes in one-time a week."
Responding to a question on
the future of proposals for a
new water treatment plant, in-
surance agent Sidney Charles
said the city should proceed
with the project, but for a
cheaper facility.
"We need a less expensive
water plant than the $120 mil-
lion proposed," said Charles.
Attorney Andre Pierre dis-
"We don't need to build a new

water plant," said Pierre.
Less than two months ago,
the City Council voted to post-
pone rebuilding a new water
Pierre, a father of two, ruled
out cutting funding for the
police, code enforcement and
parks'and recreation.
Councilman Jacques Des-
pinosse and community activ-
ist Beverly Hilton rounded out
the panel of candidates at the
forum moderated by Michael
Williams of CBS4 News. They

are seeking to replace Kevin
Burns, who is serving his sec-
ond consecutive two-year term
and cannot seek re-election.
Districts 2 and 3 council
seats and the post of city clerk,
which Wolland is vacating, are
also up for election.
For District 2, attorney Mi-
chael R. Blynn is seeking re-
election to the seat he has
held since 2001. He is being
challenged by Miami-Dade
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Hire our people for

Hampton House work

It was good to hear pledges that when the general
contract is awarded for the renovation of the former
Hampton House motel in Brownsville, community
residents will be given jobs. The assurance came on Thursday
at the unveiling of the drawings for the building which will
eventually house a community center and a museum and be
a venue for jazz artists to showcase themselves.

That is as it should be.

The restoration project is a welcome development and a
tribute to the hard work of Ms. Enid Pinkney, CEO of the
Historic Hampton House Community Trust. But any project
such as this must also provide tangible economic benefit for
the people wherever that is possible.

Miami-Dade County holds the purse strings for the nearly
$5 million project because most of the financing is coming
from the 2004 General Obligation Bond. The county must
ensure that community residents are given priority when it
comes time to put people to work.

No place for Confederate flag
W hen members of Camp 471 of the Sons of
Confederate Veterans crawled out from whatever
space they occupy in Fort Lauderdale and showed
up in Homestead's 47t annual Veterans Day Parade last
November displaying the Confederate Battle' Flag, some
residents were rightly offended.

Whenever this flag is unfurled, it opens old wounds among
many who see it as a hateful reminder 'of a time when some
Americans went to war to defend the institution of slavery.
It is not a symbol of pride, as bearers of the flag often argue;
it is divisive in the worst way.

Ms. Rosemary Fuller, chairwoman of the Florida City/
Homestead Human Relations Board, and the NAACP are
right in pursuing the matter with the Chamber of Commerce,
which sponsors the parade, and the city of Homestead,
which:robwvides some inr-kind services. for.,parades-hosted in
the municipality.

What is astonishing, though,, is an apparent reluctance of
elected and business leaders to come out and flatly denounce
the display of the flag as something which is not in keeping
with good relations among all residents. So far, it appears
city leaders are willing merely to withhold the $2,000 or so
worth of services provided for the parade, without making
any comment on whether it is appropriate for the flag to be
unfurled in Homestead.

The matter is likely to come before the City Council's next
meeting on Monday and it is to be hoped the silence will be
broken then and the city will send a clear message that the
flag and its bearers are not welcome.

An enlightened Cuba strategy
N nothing gives more cover to tyrants than to provide
them with an excuse for justifying their tyranny.
That has been the result of our strategy towards
Cuba for half a century. The regime in Havana imposed
harsh measures against its own people on grounds that they
are necessary to resist the implacable hostility of the giant
North American neighbor. The main victims of the apparatus
of oppression that the regime built have, of course, been the
Cuban people.

What would happen, then, if suddenly this giant North
American neighbor is no longer as hostile? How does the
regime continue to justify the dictatorship?
It looks like that theory is going to be tested, and quickly.

A series of steps announced by the White House on Monday
easing restrictions on family visit and sending money to
Cuba, along with telecommunication and television access,
should serve to indicate that America now draws a sharp
distinction between the oppressor and the oppressed.

The steps are certain to foster greater people-to-people
contact and serve not just a humanitarian purpose but also
give the Cuban people more frequent close encounters with
the product of American democracy, as symbolized by their
relatives who visit. They will see not only that America is not
their enemy but also that their lives, too, can be better off
under democratic rule.

This enlightened, measured new strategy is in keeping
with what Candidate Obama pledged while he campaigned
in Miami for the presidency, that his foreign policy approach
would ratchet down confrontation in favor of a search for
workable solutions to troublesome relations around the

The larger economic sanctions remain intact, so far, but,
in the interim, there must be a lot of Cubans who are'happy
even with the initial steps that this new president has

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Obama administration should be engaged in global talks on racism

History is important. To
understand the present, we
must understand our past.
A number of U.N. resolutions,
conventions and declarations
show how the world has strug-
gled with issues of racism and
discrimination over the years.
We have seen the 1948 Uni-
versal Declaration of Human
Rights and the adoption of
the First Decade to Combat
Racism and Racial Discrimi-
nation in 1973. but neither
seemed to address the under-
lying causes of discrimination.
As we approach the Dturban
Review Conference which will
take place in Geneva, Switzer-
land, on April 20-24, the dis-
cussion seems to focus only in
terms of the 2001 World Con-
ference against Racism.
What we fail to properly ar-
ticulate is that both confer-
ences evolved from historical
movements that have worked
to combat global racial dis-
crimination and ethnic vio-
lence against the most mar-
ginalized people around the
BDuring ,the. 1978 .and 1983-.
World ',Gonferences' to Combat
Racism, and Racial Discrimi-
nation, in Geneva, we saw
how unjust discrimination be-
gan to take the center stage
on the international arena as
the wotld addressed apartheid
South Africa. Even though
powerful countries such as the
United 'States and the United

Kingdom were sympathetic to
the apartheid regime at the
time, the international forum
served as an important cata-
lyst- to galvanize world opin-
ion to support the people of
South Africa'in their struggle
against racial segregation.
"For me, personally, the most
vivid memories of that complex
and difficult conference were
of the ordinary people, many
of whom had never traveled
before, who had come from
all corners, of the globe to tell
their own stories," observed

tant catalyst to increase the
visibility of, and support for,
their civil rights movements.
* Durban ignited the acknowl-
edgement in Latin America
of the racial disparities ex-
isting in many countries.
In Brazil, affirmative action
programs saw movement
which did not exist before.
The forum was important to Af-
rican Americans as it brought
theissue of slavery reparations
onto the international stage.
Mary Robinson notes:
"Amongst the most striking as-

elected. Sadly, as
the Durban Review Conference
prepares to begin, the Obama
administration has chosen
not to be engaged in the pro-
' cess, that has been years in
the making. Language that the
Obama administration called
"severely flawed" was removed
from the draft outcome docu-
ment and yet still they will not
participate in this vital confer-
The administration's ac-
tions are reminiscent of past
U.S. administrations' non-
engagement with the interna-
tional community. The Reagan
administration pulled out of
UNESCO and then Secretary
of State Colin Powell walked
out in Durban in 2001. Our
actions in the past have em--
boldened nations who do not
want to deal with the legacy
of discrimination in their own
countries to also pull out of
the Durban Review Conference
and our absence from this vi-
tal discussion sends a clear
signal to countries that taking
?action to, combat the legacy of
racism is not important. ,
The world is watching ,and it-
,,does not like~what it sees. His-
tory is important and the U.S.
will help write the next chapter
in this historical battle against
global. racism and discrimina-
tion. I can only wonder what
will that chapter say.
Nicole C. Lee is executive di-
rector of TransAfrica Forum.

former UN'High Commissioner
for Human Rights Mary Robin-
son on the 2001 Durban con-
That conference expanded
on the previous gatherings,
amplified its mission inthe of-
ficial title: ,"World Conference,
against Racism, Racial Dis-
crimination, Xenophobia and
Related Intolerance. "
Afro-descendant and indig-
enous organizations .in' Latin
America consistently point to
the conference and its out-
come document as an iimpor-

pects of the consensus which
emerged out of Durban was
the identification of a nuin-
ber of specific victim groups,
and agreement on measures
for ..redressing, the .injus-
tices they continue to face."
Fast forward to 2009, where,
we see the U.S. inaugurate its
first Black president, Barack
H. Obama. A powerful mes-
sage is sent worldwide. As a
presidential candidate, Obama
pledged that the U.S. would be
more engaged with the inter-
national community if he was

Take care of the needs of local residents before others

. Dear Editor:

The Miami-Dade County Commission
sent. a letter to President Barack Obama
,urging him to grant Temporary Protected
Status to Haitian immigrants currently in
the U.S. The letter says for Obama to "act
now and grant fair treatment for all im-
migrants in our community" but the letter
is leaving out a whole lot of other immi-
grants in' our community. Why is that?
We have people here in Miami who are
Germans, Russians, Hispanics (from
many countries), Indians and other
Asians, French, Canadians, Arabs, Ital-
ians and others. Will this Temporary Pro-
tected Status be for them also? Or is this.
a way to grant special status to the Hai-
tians like the Cubans have right now?
I do not believe in the "set foot dry foot"
law because it makes no sense. What

country can I go to and tell them I am
going to stay since my foot is on their
soil .and tell them I want cash and food
stamps and free medical care? None.
What we need in this country is one im-
migration policy for all.
The commissioners seem to be trying to
be the new United Nations, yet are con-
cerned 'only with the Haitians. Let the
U.N. deal with countries that need help
around the world. The commissioners of
Miami-Dade County were not elected to
set immigration policy; they were elected
to take care'of Miami-Dade County poli-
cies. Do you know that we are in a reces-
sion and I have not heard anything the
Black commissioners are doing to help
our communities. They sent 20 tons of
food to Haiti but, like the lady said at my
job, that sure could have helped a whole
lot of people in Overtown. But when have

they ever had a food drive for our com-
Summer is coming up and I know for a
fact that last summer these kids had lim-
ited food items because they did not get
free lunch school's out and many were
walking around hungry. But who cares
* about that?
We need a food drive in Miami every
weekend. No, our hunger is not like that
in Haiti; we do not eat mud pies but we do
go to bed hungry.
We need to take care of the people in
Miami now because, you know, if Tempo-
rary Protected Status is granted, the flood
gates will be open for more to come. Let
all come and have such status or none
at all.

North Miami

Black contractors need help to compete for work

Dear Editor:'

Thanks to the NAACP and the Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce for their
partnership which developed the compact
that bound the Florida Marlins baseball
organization to provide Blacks 15 percent
of the jobs paid for with private funding for
the construction of the new stadium and
15 percent of the operational business.
The Miami-Dade County attorney said the
agreement was illegal because the courts.

have banned race-based set-asides. The
battle was lost but the struggle to help
Black contractors must continue.
Black contractors are unable to bid on
large city, county and state contracts
due to bonding, insurance, finance and li-
cense requirements. Now the NAACP and
the Miami-Dade Chamber must develop
a plan to create an association or group
partnership between contractors and a
bank that will provide them with the abil-
ity to compete. The association would be

able to cover contractors with regards to
requirements that have to be met.
There is also a role for community lead-
ers, businessmen and church leaders to
help in this regard.
The aim should be to help Black con-
tractors compete for government con-
tracts and promote economic develop-
ment for all communities.


Our actions in the past have emboldened nations who do not
want to deal with the legacy of discrimination in their own
countries to also pull out of the Durban Review Conference
and our absence from this vital discussion sends a clear signal to coun-
tries that taking action to combat the legacy of racism is not important.

[Tje *Uliami Euimc

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....0.- .. ON!

It is the children who

hold the key to ending

America's race divide

An e-mail joke is making the rounds. It is ti-
tied "Black is In." It starts with the most power-
ful politician in the world being Black (Barack
Obama), the greatest golfer of all time being
Black (Tiger Woods), the top female tennis player being Black (Ser-
ena Williams), the most powerful media mogul being Black (Oprah
Winfrey), the highest paid actor in Hollywood being Black (Will
Smith. And then the e-mail has a picture of a whitened Michael
Jackson and states too bad he does not get it.
While the e-mail is funny, it struck me as having a serious tone.
Despite all the racial barriers, Black people have risen to the top.
My friend queried, "Does this mean the end of racism?" I know the
answer. Having just come from around Lake Okeechobee, I am
.sure that racism is alive and well in this country. Having Barack
Obama in. the White House for 70 days has not ended irrational
hatred. However, I do feel that the impregnable barriers, the glass
ceilings, in every arena have been broken.
What does this mean for future generations? I do not think any-
body can state that their race ,is the reason for their failure. Race
may be a barrier but it is no longer an insurmountable mountain.
If you have the will, many have proven, you can succeed.

Having Barack Obama in the White House for 70 days

has not ended irrational hatred. However, I do feel that

the impregnable barriers, the glass ceilings, in every

arena have been broken.

What does this mean for Black self-hatred, that desire or be-
lief that white is better, that lighter is better? Jamaica and the
Dominican Republic are famous for selling whitening creams that
allegedly make darker skinned individuals lighter. This cream is
still selling like hot cakes. Blond wigs are still prevalent, as are
straightened hair. Maybe this is fashion -- or is it a secret desire
to be White?
Good Morning America ran a special on the attitude of children
and compared today's kids with kids interviewed 10 years ago.
Thankfully, race was not such a big factor in their lives. Black chil-
dren and White children were mingling more. Black children did
not think that being White was better and they were happy with
their black skins and proud of Barack Obama. Perhaps, the next
generation will not have to wear such a heavy burden.
After 144 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, has
America finally begun to see the end of the racial divide? Or is
this just a happy phase that will disappear when White backlash
knocks out Barack Obama, Will Smith and Oprah Winfrey? 'Only
time will tell.
Reginald J. Clyne is an attorney.


'IFJ jfliami ime

U.S. prison system is failing to address the needs of womer

When the subject of the crimi-
nal justice system and its impact
on the African American com-
munity is discussed, the empha-
sis is usually placed on males.
This is understandable if we
focus exclusively on numbers.
Black males are victimized, ar-
rested and incarcerated in much
greater numbers than Black fe-
males. For example, in 2007,
Black males were incarcerated
at a! rate of 3,138 per 100,000
Black males in the population;
Black females were incarcerated
at a rate of 150 per 100,000.
The number of females ar-
rested and incarcerated has
been steadily increasing but
the criminal justice system has
been slow to make the accom-
modations necessary to address
their needs. The physical facili-
ties and institutional policies are
often designed to address a male
When' I worked for the New
York Police Department, I head-
ed a group that looked at the in-
tegration of female police officers
into the department. We found
that the precincts were built
with no female showers, locker
spaces and bathrooms; there
was no pregnancy policy; and no
accommodations were made for
officers with children. Similarly,
female prison facilities tend to be
designed by males for a smaller
female population. Maximum se-

curity inmates are housed with
nonviolent offenders; and in the
older jails female detainees are
confined to spaces that were not
designed to accommodate the
special needs of females.
The unique social needs of fe-
male inmates often are not ad-
dressed in prison policies and
programs. The cost of incarcer-
ating a female tends to be higher
because convicted females are

President Barack Obama's
agenda calls for support for ex-
offenders, eliminating sentenc-
ing disparities between crack
and powder-based cocaine
and expanding the use of drug
courts. If implemented, these
programs will help improve the
plight of males and females who
are caught up in the criminal
justice system.
In addition, the agenda also

to address a male population.

more likely to have dependent
children and female inmates
are more likely to need mental
health services. It has been es-
timated that over 60 percent of
incarcerated Black females have
dependent children. Many of
.these 'children have to receive
governmental assistance after
the mother is imprisoned.
Many Black female inmates
were victims of abuse as chil-
dren and/or as adults..The his-
tory of abuse contributes to the
need 'for mental health services,
which may not be available at
the facility where they are incar-

calls for measures to reduce do-
mestic violence and strengthen
domestic violence legislation.
A number of highly publi-
cized cases of Black female do-
mestic abuse draw attention to
the need for these measures.
There is, however, a need for ad-
ditional policies and programs
to target specific conditions and
circumstances that directly af-
fect females, especially Black
females. The president's agenda
calls for job training and sub-
stance abuse and mental health
counseling for ex-offenders.
Similar programs are needed as
crime prevention tools and for

n inmates

females in prison.
Job training at female, prisons
tends to prepare women for "fe-
male" jobs such as cosmetology
and culinary arts, which is heed-
ed, but there is also a need for
training that will prepare them
for the new technology-driven
jobs. Mental health counseling
can help them prepare psycho-
logically for what they will face
in the job market after they are
One of the biggest needs re-
lates to keeping mothers con-
nected to their children. Studies
have shown that the disconnec-
tion to a mother can lead to psy-
chological scars to a child. The
female prison in many states
is located in rural areas, creat-
ing challenges for family visits,
especially for poor families and
young children.
Most Black female inmates are
from urban areas and most are
poor or in the lower income cat-
egory. Creating more communi-
ty-based corrections programs
can help incarcerated mothers
remain connected to their chil-
dren and can create more job
opportunities for those inmates
who qualify for work outside the
prison facility.
Elsie Scott, Ph.D., is the presi-
dent/CEO of the Congressional
Black Caucus Foundation and
a contributor to Black Women's

Conservative Black group challenges liberal NUL report


Washington, DC This year's
.edition 'of the liberal National
Urban League's annual State
of Black America report fails to
effectively challenge the Obama
Administration, is unnecessari-
ly dreary and makes recommen-
dations' that would be harmful,
say members of the conserva-
tive Project 21 black leadership
"It is long past time that groups
such the National Urban League
should be given a pass as they
blame poor personal decisions,
lack of personal preparation and
the realities of life on a phantom
bogeyman of conspiratorial dic-
tates designed to impede black
progress," said Project 21 Chair-'
man Mychal Massie. "If they
are going to point fingers, they
should not exclude pointing fin-
gers at themselves. They can-
not claim 100 years of making a
difference in the lives of blacks
while simultaneously claiming
that blacks aren't succeeding as
quickly as every other group of
This year's National Urban

League report, like past reports,
dwells on negatives. National
Urban League President and
CEO Marc H. Morial, for' in-
stance, says, "The election of the
first black president does not.
mean we can all now close up
shop and go home." This echoes
Morial's predecessor, John E.
Jacobs, who wrote in the 1993
edition that black Americans
were faced with "bleak despair ,
countered by fresh hope" upon
the change of presidential ad-
Among essays by entrepre-
neur and publisher Earl Graves,
Jr. and scandal-plagued U.S.
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the
report makes specific recom-
mendations on policies pertain-
ing to education, health care,
homeownership and employ-
ment, among others. Some of
these recommendations, as cat-
egorized. in the National Urban
League report's executive sum-
mary, are constructively chal-
lenged by Project 21 members.
In the area of health care, the
National Urban League recom-
mends government-run univer-
sal coverage. As Project 21's

A local pastor recently suggested that the way to reduce youth

violence is for young people to get married early. Do you agree?

Retired, Liberty City

If they are
compatible and
what it takes to
keep a marriage
going, then it A
will work. As
far as the vio-
lence, I feel that
people have made up their minds
what they want to do and direc-
tion they want to take.

County Employee, Liberty City

A lot of young .
people are not
ready for mar-
a lot of young
people in the
streets rob-
bing and steal-
ing and I don't
think that marriage will stop

them. It starts with the parents.
I have three sons and I am hard
on them. My oldest is 13 and he
likes to hang out with his friends
so I have to put my foot down on
them. To get married young and
then end up a year, or two in di-
vorce it's not worth it.,

Student, Allapattah

That is like a
cause and ef-
fect. A lot of
young people
are not ready
for that com-
mitment. Mar-
riage cannot
reduce crimes.
You have a generation that is go-
ing around doing what they want
to do. I really don't know what
needs to be done in order to re-
duce crimes. As an adult, you
have a lot of responsibilities so
young people might find it hard to
handle the pressure.

Laborer, Overtown

If they get
married} early,
then they will
assume the re-
sponsibility that
life has to offer.
Marriage might
be one way to
reduce crime because the kids will
have less time to be in the street
but they will be attending to the
duties of the households.

Student, Liberty City

Young people
have time to
settle down.
Whether they
are married or
not, they are
still going to
be committing
crimes. Mar-
riage is something that should

not be forced and it will not re-
duce crimes. Black young dudes
are going to do what they want to
do, regardless. When they can't
feed their family or are unem-
ployed, then they are going to do
what they know.

County Employee, Kendall

It could_
work, if you
bring in
There is no
need to get
married, if
they don't ,
what mar-
riage is all
about. Young people are not ma-
ture enough to get married at an
early age because some of them
might be worried about who's
cheating or makes more money
than the other.

Massie points out, thisTHE NATIONALCENTER
sort of health care. has NATIONAL CENTER
failed abroad and would
fail in America as well. FOR PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH
"Do we need the peo-
ple who run the DMV in away for the universit'st elite
charge of the emergency room? hospital to county hospitals
That's what you get with gov- and clinics. This shocking plan
ernment-run health care," said is now being reconsidered after
Massie. "Creating a new health the Chicago Tribune reported
care bureaucracy would stifle that Dontae Adams, a 12-year-
innovation and limit choice." old dog bite victim, was given
"If you want an example of only a shot and some painkill-
what may happen, look no fur- ers at the university hospital.
other than the 'Urban Health He was told to seek follow-up
Initiative' created by now-First treatment the next week at a
Lady Michelle Obama and county hospital. His mother
Obama political guru David immediately took him to ant
Alexrod at the University of other hospital on a bus for re-
Chicago," noted Massie. "Their constructive facial surgery that
plan seeks to divert residents same day."

Funeral homes are becoming very competitive here of late
and we guess the reason is the cost of a burial has skyrock-
eted to an average of $7,323. Maybe that is the reason half of
all burials last year in Florida were by cremation.
Maybe the State, Attorney's Office is right but last week's
announcement that police officers involved in six fatal shoot-
ings over the past three years were all justified in using their
weapons caused concern to many. Stay tuned.
Word around town is all is not well in the inner circles of
the Miami-Dade NAACP on how to deal with the controver-
sial $639 million Marlins Baseball Stadium we are putting
up most of the dollars for. Many people in the community
would like to know what kind of deal the Marlins cut with the

People are wondering why Miami-Dade County is taking so
long to fire the Wackenhut Corp. that auditors say have been
stealing the Metrorail system blind for the past 20 years. Stay

Everybody would like to know the reason the Miami-Dade
Housing Director abruptly resigned his post after only three
months on the job.

Congressman Kendrick Meek is gathering petitions for his
U.S. Senate candidacy in 2010 for the seat of retiring Repub-
lican senator, Mel Martinez. Meek drew surprised stares from
his heavily Democratic district when he criticized President
Barack Obama's plan to let Cuban Americans send unlimited
cash to needy relatives in Cuba. Meek will be among six mem-
bers of congress traveling with Obama on Air Force One on
Friday to the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and says he
will talk to the president about the unlimited remittances.

Florida International University must be real serious about
going big-time with their basketball program. The FIU ath-
letic department will make a major move if they land Hall of
Famer Isiah Thomas as coach.

It's taken a long time but Broward County has been exposed
as a massive drug dealing operation with storefront "pain
clinics'" run by licensed doctors. How many professional doc-
tors have you seen with a long line waiting outside the office?
Broward County has 89 of them operating in the open.' Stay

The number of females arrested and incarcerated has been
steadily increasing but the criminal justice system has been
slow to make the accommodations necessary to address their
needs. The physical facilities and institutional policies are often designed

I 1


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Building set for completion

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House Community Trust, which
is spearheading the project, said
her organization will ensure the
community is involved.
"I didn't come here from some-
place else," Pinkney said. "I was
born here and this community is
in my heart. So, yes, we will see
to it that the people in this com-
munity get jobs," she said.
The statements were in re-
sponse to concerns some activists
were raising that the community
would be excluded from the work
after a $617,000 contract for the
stabilization of the structure was
awarded in February to Kendall.-
Based OAC Action Construction
Corporation, which submitted
the lowest bid.
Renita Holmes, a local sub-
contractor who had considered
picketing the unveiling of the
plans, was pleased with the an-
"This is a proud and an historic
moment," Holmes told The Miami.
Times. "To have a working hand
in rebuilding it it's just great."
Holmes said she will continue
to monitor the project as it pro-
"You're supposed to utilize lo-
cal people, 30 percent of every
dollar," she said, referring to .the
Housing and Urban Development
Act of 1968 that suggests-but
does not mandate-that 30 per-
cent of permanent, full-time jobs
go to local residents in low-income
neighborhoods when projects are
built in those neighborhoods.
With a potential controversy
likely defused, the roughly 150
attendees, mostly in formal wear,
were able to relax and enjoy the

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County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson addresses gather-
ing at Hampton House site on Thursday.

festivities that began at' 11 a.m.
with the Hampton House Band,
a 10-man group comprising
mainly brass, playing jazz in the'

.'Amidst a group of men don-
'hing purple jackets and
hats that bore the Greek letters
Omega Psi Phi, was A.L. Simms,
who recalled going the Hampton

1 in 2012

House in the early 1960s.
"We went to see it just come
alive, especially on the week-
ends; and to just listen to some
jazz," Simms said.
Attorney Robert McKinney re-
membered the motel' had a bar
and lounge on the side, adding,
"I came as a teenager-when I
shouldn't have been here."
Speakers at the ceremony, in-
cluding County Commissioner
Audrey Edmonson, a firm b er
of the project, praised Pinkney s
determination to see the project
completed. Curry called her a
"driving force" and the project's
architect, Gurrie Matute, de-
scribed her as "very passionate,
it,rubs off on you."
Pinkney refused to take the
credit, instead thanking a long
list of committee members and
associates for their contribu-
"This is the day that the Lord
has made," she said.
"We also want to thank all of
those who were on the board and
got off of it because you thought
it wasn't going anywhere," she
The trust secured $4.7 million
from the Miami-Dade County
General Obligation Bond in 2004
and $350,000 from the state
more than a year ago but work
could not begin until the county
signed off on the project, which
it did in February. h
Curry spoke on the impor-
tance of restoring the Hampton
"Its significance in the Black
Community is monumental,"
she told The Miami Times. -It's
important for us to have a bridge
from the past. This reminds us
of where we came from."

Cuba's President Raul Castro

(R) talks to members of the

U.S. congress during a meet-

ing in Havana April 6,2009. A

U.S. congressional delegation

met on Monday with Castro

inlhis t talk with U.S-'of-

ficials since taking office last

year a sign that U.S.-Cuban

relations may be thawing.

Travel, money restrictions lifted for relatives

continued from 1A

of. the Congressional Black
Caucus, said the trip she took
Tuesday with six caucus mem-
bers was part of Obama's effort
to reach out to foes. She did not
apologize for her complimenta-
ry remarks'about Fidel Castro,
who until he fell ill in 2006 had
controlled Cuba since 1959.
"He's a very smart man, very
congenial," Lee said.
' Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., an-
other attendee, said speaking

with Castro "was almost like companies to establish fiber-
listening to an old friend." optic and satellite links to
Jaime Suchlicki, director of Cuba as well as letting them
the Institute for Cuban and license roaming agreements
Cuban-American Studies at for cellphones on the island.
the University of Miami, said '.Radio and TV satellite compa-
he was shocked to hear the irues can also provide. services
lawmakers describe a dictator directly to Cuban citizens.
in such terms. Americans will now be able to
The Obama administra- serid Cubans cellphones, com-
tion removed Monday many puters;, software and satellite
of the embargo constraints on receivers, the White House re-
American companies concern- ported. Last year, the Bush ad-
ing communication services ministration authorized Cuban-
to Cuba or within the island. Americans to send cell phones
The new policy allows U.S. to family members, but the

Obama announcement doesn't
restrict the gifts to relatives.
Under the new provisions,
Americans will also be able to
pay Cubans' telecommunica-
tions' charges if service is pro-
vided by U.S. or third-country
The 'White House said the
idea was to remove any U.S.
limits to free expression on the
island. 'There are steps that...
that the Cuban government can
and must take," said presiden-
tial spokesman Robert Gibbs at
an afternoon press conference.

City will chose mayor, two council members, city clerk

continued from lA l ia I,-. -, .

retention officer Michael P.
Killiany, teacher Claudio
and Bonnie
For Dis-o "
trict 3,r '
which Des-
pinosse has
held since
2001, the
are Michelle WOLLAND
Garcia, an
technology manager at Roy-
al Caribbean International;
Immigrations and Customs
Enforcement detention offi-

North Miami mayoral candidates take part in a forum hosted by the Sans Souci and Keystone Homeowners
Association on Monday night at City Hall. -MiamiTimes photo/Sandra Charite

cer and small business own-
er Jean Rodrigue Marcellus;
and Miami-Dade County
public school treasurer and
pastor Luna Marchand.
Real-estate broker Carol
Besade-Preger and market-


ing.firm and public relations
firm owner Alix'Desulme are
vying for city clerk.
The University of Miami
graduate journalism program
will sponsor a candidates fo-,
rum at 7 p.m. Monday, April

20, in the City Hall Council
Chambers, 776 NE 125th St.
The election take place on
Tuesday, May 12, with early
voting on May 7-9 at the North
Miami Public Library, 835 NE
132nd St.

CALL 305-757-7093



President Obama and the first lady leave St. John's Church after an
Easter service. -By Kevin Lamarque

Obamas attend services

at St. John's Episcopal

Every president since 1816 has joined

worship service at Episcopal landmark

By Jill Lawrence

Obama picked the self-described
"Church of the Presidents," a
history-drenched Episcopal
church across from the White
House, for his first venture to
services since he was inaugu-
rated Jan. 20.
The Obamas' Easter visit to
St. John's Church doesn't mean
they have found a permanent
place of worship in the capital.
"The fist family has not made
a decision yet on which church
they will formally join in Wash-
ington," spokesman' Joshua
Dubois said Sunday.
The Obamas have not be-
longed to a church since about
a year ago, when they left Trin-
ity United Church of Christ in
Chicago. The'. departure fol-
lowed their break with Jer-
emiah Wright, longtime pas-
tor of the black, socially active
church. His controversial state-
ments about AIDS, the 9/11 at-
tacks and Obama himself had
threatened to derail Obama's
St. John's has been part of
the U.S. political establishment
from ,its fistt., service i- i1816.
Since there, 'the church's ",eb-
site says, "every person who
has held the office of president
of the United States has at-
tended a regular or occasional
service at St. John's."
Pew 54 is the. President's
Pew, reserved for :chief execu-
tives. The 1,000-pound bell in
the church steeple was cast in
1822 by Paul Revere's son, Jo-
For Obama, "it's a very safe
and traditional choice. It makes
perfect sense on Easter Sunday
for him to follow in the steps of
his predecessors," said Mark
Rozell, a George Mason Univer-
sity political scientist who stud-



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ies presidents and religion.
Two days before Obama was
sworn in, he attended a service
at the Nineteenth St. Baptist
Church, founded in 1839 as the
first black church in Washing-
ton. Last week, Obama hosted
a Passover Seder at the White
"This is exactly what a presi-
dent should be doing: show-
casing a broad, open, interde-
nominational approach. He is
ultimately president of all the
people," Rozell said.
Shortly before he left Trin-
ity, Obamta said his attendance
there had become a spectacle,
and "I certainly don't want to
provide a distraction for those
who are worshiping at Trinity."
Last year, he skipped Christ-
mas services while visiting
friends and family in Hawaii.
Spokesman Ben LaBolt said
Obama didn't want to "disrupt
a church community on Christ-
mas with the burdens that
come with a presidential visit."
Sunday at St. John's, the
Obama family took Commu1-
nion and heard a sermon about
the challenges of faith.
"I can't explain Easter to you
it just can' done,.",e.XQc r
.Luis Le h safd. s.---.-
"Do not be .alarmed if you
don'thave 100% faith," he said.
"Do not be alarmed if you don't
understand everything. It takes
time to be a believer."
Obama's name came up once,
during a prayer led by Robert
Black: "Guide and bless us in
our work and play and shape
the patterns of our political and
economic life; we pray' for Ba-
rack, our president, the leaders
of Congress and the Supreme
Court and all who are in author-
ity; for Afghanistan, Iraq;- Su-
clan and the Middle East, that
all people may be filled through
the bounty of your creation."


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Girls get to shine at Princess Tea Party
-Miami Times photo/Asi Niamaya

Dahlia Miles, Camelia Miles, Rena Ingraham, Ashyra Martin, Jaida B. Burgess, Ayanna Lewis, Erica
Murphy, Garnese Eccleston and Deja Deleveaux at Embrace's Princess Tea Party held April 5 at the
Signature Grand in Davie.

From left, Kaiya Magloire, Ashyra Martin, Ericka Murphy, Talya Hammond and Asia McMillon at Em-
brace's Princess Tea Party held April 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie.

From left, Inayla Tavernier, Ta'Keria Tanner and Arianna Saffold at Embrace's Princess Tea Party held
April 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie.

Ariyanna Saffold at Embrace's Princess Tea Party held April 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie.

Jeanette Dawson, Jendayi Clarke and Cuzaria Adside at Embrace's Princess Tea Party held April 5 at the
Signature Grand in Davie.

Erica Rivera, Miss Miami Tropics USA 2010, and Sydney Mortimer and Jasmine Johnson, Junior
Sydney Mortimer and Jasmine Johnson, Junior
Little Miss Princess Pageant Contestant Ja'Niya Miss Black South Florida, 2008-2009 at Embrace's
Whittington at Embrace's Princess Tea Party Princess Tea Party held April 5 at the Signature
held April 5 at the Signature Grand in Davie. G in D .
Grand in Davie.

Miami Times Staff Report

Barack and Michelle
Obama had their audience
with the queen of England
when the president and the
first lady visited Europe re-
A few days later, more than
30 girls also had their royal
moment, with a twist.
In one magical day, the
Signature Grand in Davie
was transformed into a royal
court, where the girls, sur-
rounded by more than a
dozen young beauty queens,
put on the proper airs for the
Embrace Girls Foundation's
Little Miss Brincess Tea Par-
More than 200 people at-
tended the April 5 party, a.
high point for the girls who
are all contestants in the

Little Miss Princess Pageant
slated for May.
The girls have been tak-
ing part in several weeks of
preparation for the big mo-
"My daughter' has grown
so much during her par-
ticipation in this pageant. It
has been more than a pag-
eant experience for her,"
said Glennethia Tanner,
whose daughter, Ta'Keria, 5,
is competing in the Princess
Daisy category.
'"The workshops and field
trips and words of encour-
agement she's received over
the past few weeks have
completely changed my
daughter completely, 360
degrees," Tanner said.
The Little Miss Princess
Pageant was started as the
not-for-profit foundation's

main fundraising event. The
girls sold advertising space
for the souvenir booklet and
guests paid $40 each for the
party that included a three-
course meal. Proceeds will go
to financing the foundation's
programs. Velma Lawrence,
founder and executive direc-
tor, said the take from the
party could reach $30,000.
Tea parties are the foun-
dation's signature event,
an opportunity for the girls
to show off their social,. eti-
quette and communication
skills, she said.
"But this by far was the
most formal one of all," said
Lawrence, who started Em-
brace in 2001, with an em-
phasis on providing mentor-
ing relationships, life skills
and character building train-
ing, as well as academic tu-

touring for elementary to early
middle school age girls.
"I thought it would be a
great opportunity for the
parents or caregivers to ex-
press their pride and dreams
for their little girls," said
"Girls need to hear from
those they love empowering
words of pride and love. I
was especially moved to see
so many fathers and grand-
fathers speak," she said.
The speakers. included
Richard Murphy, whose
granddaughter, Erica, 8, is
competing in the Princess
Lily category.
"I entered my grand-daugh-
ter because I thought she
had what it takes to win but
quickly learned that this or-
ganization, and this pageant,
is far, far more than that,"
Murphy said.
Muriel Standford's grand-

daughter, Ayan-
na Janay Lewis, 9, who has
also entered the Princess
Lily category, was shy and
reserved and spent so much
time on the pageant that
Standford began to worry.
"But, now, she has truly
blossomed and become more
outgoing and self-assured,"
Standford said.
The Little Miss Princess
Pageant will take place at
2 p.m. Saturday, May 23,
at The Julius Littman Per-
forming Arts Theater, 17011
NE 19th Ave., North Miami
Contestants for the Prin-
cess Daisy category for ages
4-6 are Cuzaria Adside,
Jendayi Clarke, Taniya Du-
hart, Steniya Evans, Tatiana
Johnson, Natalia McKen-
zie, Venice Roberts, Amora
Robinson, Ariyanna Saffold,
Ta'Keria Tanner, Inaya Tav-

and Tynetta Willis.
Contestants in the Princess
Lilly category for ages 7-9
are Jaida Burgess, Shana-
ya Davis, Deja Deleveaux,
Garnese Eccleston, Talya
Hammond, .Rena Ingraham,
Gabrielle Johnson, Ayanna
Lewis, Kaiya Magloire.
Also, Ashyra Martin, Asia
McMillon, Camelia Miles,
Dahlia Miles, Erica Murphy,
Lakeecia Russell, Kyara
Sealy, Jada Stephenson and
Brodia Williams.
The contestants in the
Princess Sunflower category
for ages 10-12
are Alexis Alexander, Do-
minique Guitierrez, Sydney
Mortimer, Janelle 'Murray,
Tenesha Nezier, Gabrielle
Robinson, Diamond Watts
and JaNiya Whittington.
For more information
about Embrace call 305-
270-4099 or log on to www.
embracegirlpower. org.

Pnat wa4'a




New effort to warn of HIV risk in U.S. /

By Betsy Mckay

Federal health officials are
launching a national campaign
to slow the spread of HIV do-
mestically, as they seek to place
new emphasis on an epidemic
that continues to rage at home
as well as overseas.
The campaign is driven in part
by revised statistics released by
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention several months
ago that showed the annual
rate of HIV infection in the U.S.
to be far higher than previously
Federal officials are also con-
cerned that while the spread of
AIDS in Africa and other devel-
oping parts of the world tends
to be at the forefront of peoples'
minds, many Americans are un-
aware of the toll AIDS takes in
the U.S. and the risks they face
of infection.
Among the messages health
officials want to impart is that
every 9/V2 minutes one person in
the U.S. becomes infected with
,Roughly 56,000 people be-
come infected with HIV ev-
ery year in the U.S.,, according
to the revised CDC statistics,
compared with a previous an-
nual estimate of 40,000 new
cases a year. About 1.1 million
people are infected and 21% of
them are unaware of their infec-
tion, the CDC estimates. About
14,000 people die of AIDS annu-
ally in the U.S., according to the
"There is a serious health
threat to our nation -- and that
threat, is complacency," said
Kevin Fenton, HIV/AIDS chief
at the CDC, the federal agency
running the five-year, $45 mil-
lion' campaign. "We need to cre-
ate. a basic core awareness and
a national dialogue." .
Act Against AIDS is the fed-
eral government's first national
campaign since. 1995, though
federal funds regularly flow to
state and-local campaigns that
warn people of the risks of HIV
infection and promote HIV test-
ing. Video, audio, print and on-
line' advertising will largely tar-
get groups at highest risk, start-
'ing with African-Americans, as
well as Latino populations, the
CDC said.
While Blacks make up 12% of
the U.S. population, they repre-
sent nearly half of new HIV in-
fections and AIDS deaths every
year. One in every 16 African-
American men and one in every
30 African-American women
will become infected with HIV in
the course of their lifetime, Dr.
Fenton said. Yet many of those
at the highest risk of HIV infec-
tion don't realize the level of risk
they face or believe that HIV
is no longer a serious health
threat, he said.
The campaign will rely on
some frank talk on how to pre-
vent HIV. A Web site launched
Tuesday urges people to abstain
from sex but to use condoms ev-
ery time they have sex. The Web
site also offers visitors informa-
tion on where to 'get tested for

HIV infection.
The Obama administration
has pledged greater support for
domestic HIV prevention, but
funding for the campaign will
come from the CDC's existing
budget. The agency received
about $750 million for domestic
HIV prevention efforts in fiscal
2009, roughly the same as in
fiscal 2008. It will fund the first
year of the campaign out of this
$750 million. Only 4% of federal
funding for HIV/AIDS is cur-
rently devoted to domestic pre-
vention, according to a Kaiser
Family Foundation analysis.
The CDC said it is enlisting the
help of the Kaiser Family Foun-
dation to persuade major media

and entertainment outlets to
carry the messages. The agency
also formed a partnership with
several African-American or-
ganizations, hoping civil-rights
and other groups will help it get
its message out.
The AIDS Healthcare Founda-
tion, an HIV/AIDS health-care
provider, said the government
should spend $200 million to
test 10 million people for HIV
infection over the next three
years. "A $45 million commru-
nications plan, no matter how
well intended, will do little to
help identify" approximately
300,000 people in the U.S. who
don't know they are infected and
could be unknowingly spreading





The Miami-Dade County Office of Community and Economic Development
(OCED) invites low- and moderate-income persons who are interested
in purchasing a foreclosed home to apply for a mortgage loan subsidy
through the County's Homebuyer Assistance Program (HAP) of the
Neighborhood Stabilization Program,(NSP).
A qualified homebuyer selected through the program for a loan is entitled to
receive a mortgage subsidy in the maximum amount of $70,000, towards
the purchase of any single family affordable housing unit, townhouse or
condominium in Miami-Dade County's priority areas (maps of these areas
can be found on our website listed below), with a maximum sales price
of $205,000. The housing unit may be newly constructed or a completed
rehabilitated unit. The unit must be foreclosed and vacant. A lottery will
be held with the qualified applicants to determine the recipients of the
loan certificates. Those that are not selected for a spot loan will remain
in the pool. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent legal residents
whose income may not exceed 120% of the Area Medium Income for their
family size, as determined by US HUD. A qualified applicant must be pre-
approved by a first mortgage lender and must have supporting evidence
that they have completed a homebuyer counseling class within one year
of the date of the lottery. Applicants who are selected for an award must
be prepared to close on the purchase of their home within 120 days of
receipt of the award.

The following agencies are funded by Miami-Dade
homebuyer counseling: ,
- 1. Miami-Dade Neighborhood Housing Services
(305) 751-5511
2. Opa-Locka CDC (305) 687-3545
3. Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc.
(305) 245-7738
4. Miami Beach CDC (305) 538-0090

County to provide

Applications are available on-line at: beginning
on April 13 2009.
Applications may picked up at'the following locations:
Board of County Commissioners District Offices
Miami-Dade County Public Libraries (305) 375-2665
Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency
(Central Office and Application and Leasing Center Only)
(305) 644-5100
Community Action Agency Service Centers (786) 469-4600

Completed applications must be submitted by mail to:
Office of Community and Economic Development
701 N.W. 1st Court, 14th FL
Miami FL 33136
Applications will be accepted until May 22, 2009. The lottery will be
held on May 29, 2009 at the Stephen R Clark Center, 1 ,11 NW 1st Street,
Miami, FL 33128, in the Board Chambers at 10:00am. Those applications
not received by May 22, 2009 will not be eligible for the lottery.

eF your Property Taxes Paid?i

Your property is one of your most valuable assets and the Miami-Dade County Tax Collector's Office wants to help you under-
stand the consequences of not paying your property taxes.
Please realize the failure to pay your property taxes will result in a lien being placed'on your property and additional charges
and interest will be applied to your tax bill.
Property taxes became delinquent on April 1st.
If your taxes remain unpaid on June 1st, your taxes will be sold at auction as a tax certificate and a lien will be
assessed on your property. '
When a certificate is sold on your property, the buyer of the certificate pays the taxes you owe and eams interest, which
you will have to pay in addition to the taxes you owe.
If your taxes remain unpaid for a period of two years after a certificate has been issued on your property, you could lose
your property.
Please remember, if you are the current property owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your property taxes are paid.
To avoid additional charges and interest, and the potential risk of losing your property, the Miami-Dade County Tax Collector's
Office wants to remind you that your payment must be in our office by May 31, 2009. Postmarks will not be honored for delin-
quent taxes. Taxes must be paid by cashier's check, money order or certified funds.
You may also pay in person at one of the following locations:
Downtown Miami South Dade Government Center
140 West Flagler Street Room 101 or 10710 SW 211th Street Room 104
Miami, Florida 33130 Miami, Florida 33189
For your convenience, our Downtown and South Dade offices will open on Saturday, May 30th, 2009 and
Sunday, May 31st, 2009 from 9 am to 2 pm. E-checking is also available at through
May 31st, 2009 or for additional information, please pall 305-270-4916.

Larry Bryant, wearing a
white top, and the Rev. Keith
Holder stop traffic in an
AIDS protest in Washington
in March. A study shows that
about 3% of the residents
in the nation's capital are
infected with HIV or AIDS.


Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and subsequent regulations issued by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Miami-Dade County is required to submit a Substantial
Amendment to the 2008 Action Plan (Plan) to demonstrate how allocated funding would be used based on the
Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated $1.5 billion for assistance to state and
local governments for communities to provide financial assistance and. services to either prevent individuals and
families from becoming homeless or help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and
stabilized. State and local governments may use the funds to provide short and medium term rental assistance not
to exceed 18 months and housing relocation and stabilization services, as well as data collection and administrative
costs. Miami-Dade County has been allocated $7,468,222. The document is required by HUD to use these funds
and represents the culmination of a coordinated planning process with involvement of county departments, local
governments, entitlement cities, and the residents of Miami-Dade County to complete this Plan.
The Plan consists of:
Citizens Participation and Public Comment
Distribution and Administration of the Funds
Collaboration between other'Recovery Act grantees serving similar populations
Estimated Budget Summary
The Plan includes Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program funds. The primary objective of this HUD
Program is to provide homelessness prevention assistance to households who would otherwise become homeless-
many due to the economic crisis- and to rapidly re-house persons who are homeless as defined by section 103 of
the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. HUD expects that these resources will be targeted and prioritized to
serve households that are most in need of this temporary assistance. HUD also requires that households served
must be at or below 50% of Area Median Income. The Plan will be available at the Miami Dade County Homeless
Trust located at 111 NW 1st Street, 27th floor, Miami, Florida, 33128, and the Office of Community and Economic
Development (OCED) located at 701 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136, on April 23, 2009 for a 12-day comment

The Plan will also be available on the Homeless Trust and OCED's web site at the following address on April 23, 2009: and The County encourages residents of
Miami-Dade County to express their comments regarding the proposed Plan by writing to David Raymond, Executive
Director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust at 111 NW 1 st Street, 27th floor, Miami, Florida 33128. Written
comments on the Plan must be received by and will be accepted until 9:30 am on May 5, 2009.

Miami-Dade County is holding two community meetings to obtain comments on the Proposed Substantial
Amendments to the 2008 Action Plan

April 28, 2009
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Room 110

April 29, 2009
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street, Room 203

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners will consider the Plan at a meeting scheduled for 9:30 am on
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the Commission Chambers located on the 2nd revel of the Stephen P Clark, 111 N.W. First
Street, Miami, Florida. The public is invited to attend. The Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled
to approve the Plan on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 which will be a public hearing.

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-Tanguage interpreter
or other accommodations, please call 305-375-1490 at least five days in advance

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'Roots' author Haley rooted in Scotland, too

His nephew tracks other side of

family by using DNA testing

By Rita Rubin
When Alex Haley's your uncle,
people assume you know ev-
erything there is to know about
your roots. But Roots, the Pulit-
zer Prize-winning book whose ve-
racity has been challenged over
the years, deals mainly with Alex
Haley's mother's family.
Thanks to technology that be-
came available after the author's
death in 1992, nephew Chris
Haley recently uncovered a new
branch of his family tree-that ex-
tends not from Africa but. from
Scotland, through Alex Haley's
father's family. And it appears to
confirm part of the Haley family
history recounted in the novel
Chris Haley, 46, the son of
Alex Haley's brother, Julius, di-
rects research for the study of
the legacy of slavery for the state
of Maryland. "When I was very
young, my grandmother gave
me a -copy of A Pictorial History
of the Negro in America," says
Haley, a native of Washington,
D.C., who's also an actor, sing-
er, writer and radio show host.
"That cemented in me a passion
for black history."
Sometimes, that history is
personal. Haley has tracked
down several generations of his
mother's family through paper
records. So he was game when
his friend Megan Smolenyak,
chief family historian at Ances-, suggested he see where
DNA genealogy might lead hini.

In 2007, Haley swabbed cells
from inside his cheek and sent
them off to see whether DNA on
his Y chromosome, which, like
last names, is passed from fa-
ther to son, matched any of the
more than 50,000 people in the DNA database. A
different) test checks mitochon-

drial DNA, which is passed from
mother to son or daughter.
Almost at once,
found a perfect match. Unfortu-
nately, that person was anony-
mous and has not.responded to
an e-mail Haley sent through An- In February, though,
Haley learned that all but one of
46 markers, or locations, on his
Y chromosome matched that of
a 78-year-old man in Scotland
named Thomas Baff, who took
the DNA test to help his daugh-
ter, a genealogy newbie.
"We really thought it would just
give us an indication of where
the Baffs came from," says June
Baff Black, 49, an environmental
health officer for her local gov-
ernment in Wales.
This is where the story gets
even more interesting. Although
Queen is a novel, it is populat-
ed by Alex Haley's relatives. He
writes about his paternal grand-
mother, Queen Jackson, and his
paternal grandfather, Alec Ha-
Following the custom among
slaves, "Alec had taken the name
Haley from his true Massa, al-
though his real father's name
was Baugh. William Baugh was
an overseer on the Haley planta-
tion in Marion County, Alabama,
who had sometimes taken his
pleasure with a slave woman,
half black, half Cherokee, called
Now, Chris Haley had always
!pronounced Baugh "baw," like
Washington Redskins Hall of
Famer Sammy Baugh. But his
newfound cousin noted that Baff
is a variation of Baugh, which
rhymes with "laugh." Black says
some records list her great-
great-great-great-grandfather as.
George Baugh.
"They're definitely related, be-
cause they have the same ge-
netic signature and the Baff
name," Smolenyak says of Haley

Because their DNA matches on all but one of 46 markers,
there's a 50-50 chance that Chris Haley and June Baff-Black,
above, had a common ancestor only six generations ago, which
would make them sixth cousins, says Megan Smolenyak, chief
family historian at Typically, a generation is
thought to be 25 years, she says.

and Baff. "My best guess is that
they're probably on the order of
seventh, eighth or ninth cous-
So far, the paper trail to their'
common ancestor has run into
dead ends, Smolenyak says.
But she's going to keep digging.
"Sometimes DNA is really good
at saying, 'Yeah, you're barking
up the right tree,' she says.

The science is new, and some
of these firms marketing DNA
tests have fairly small databas-
es, says Sandra Lee, a senior
research scholar at the Stanford
Center for Biomedical Ethics.
"These companies are giving
only a partial look at your gene-
alogy," Lee says. So, she says,
genealogists considering pay-
ing $199's fee
for a 45-marker Y-chromosome
test or more for testing should
know they might not find a close

"If you get interested in gene-
alogy and you're willing to throw
a little money away and accept
that you're probably not going to
get powerful results, go for it,"
says Hank Greely, a Stanford
law professor who specializes in
the implications of new biomedi-
cal technologies.
No mEtter that their common
ancestor might never be identi-
fied, Haley and Black say; they
feel like cousins. They hit it off
via e-mail, discovering a mutual
love of theater, music and per-
In late February, Haley and a
cousin on his father's side, Lynn
Holt, met Black, her husband
and two children in London. An- had flown him over so
he and Black could appear at a
huge genealogy'conference. Says
Haley with a smile: "The one day
we were all there together, four
white people and two black peo-
ple, we were really a family."


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2009 Knight Arts Challenge:

3D Miami/Frederic Snitzer Actors' Playhouse Productions Alliance for Musical Arts, Theater and Tutoring Amy Rosenberg

Available Space BankAtlantic Foundation BELIART/Bernice Steinbaum Broward County.Film Society Christy Gast

Chopin Foundation City of Miami Mayor's Office of Film & Cultural Affairs Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation COOPER

Eli Weberman Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Florida Grand Opera Friends of the Bass Museum Girls' Club

Goldman Properties Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation Jerome Soimaud

Kathleen Hudspeth Locust Projects Mario Ernesto Sanchez/Tealro Avante Miamli-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Miami-Dade Public Schools Miami-Dade Parks Miami City Ballet Miami International Film Festival

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Inc. The Nature Conservancy New World Symphony

The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts Performing Arts Center Trust Plum TV Sculplure Key West

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Small Business


Commission District
Outreach Events
Miami-Dade County Department of Small Business Development (SBD)
will host Outreach Meetings in various Miami-Dade County Commission
Districts. If you are interested in your company becoming a certified Small
Business, please attend one of the meetings listed below.
At each district meeting, you will have the opportunity to begin the
certification process on the spot (with applicable documents), obtain
general business information and learn about upcoming opportunities with
the Marlin's Baseball Stadium and other county projects.
Below is a list of the scheduled dates and locations for each District Meeting.
All meetings will be held from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.
April 20, 2009
Commissioner Sorenson, District &
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street, Miami, FL 33189
April 22, 2009
Commissioner Moss, District 9
Phicol E. Williams Center
951 SW 4 Street, Homestead, FL 33030
April 28, 2009
Commissioner Diaz, District 12
Jorge Mas Canosa Center
205 SW 1,14 Avenue, Sweetwater, FL 33174
April 29, 2009
Commissioner Heyman, District 4
McDonald Center
.17051 NE 19 Avenue, North Miami Beach FL
Firms eligible for certification must meet the following industry specific
three-year average annual gross revenue thresholds:
Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE) $10 million for general
building, $6 million for heavy construction and $5 million for specialty trade;
Community Business Enterprise (CBE) $4.5 million for architectural,
$6 million for' engineering, surveying and mapping, and landscape
Small Business Enterprise (SBE) $5 million for goods and services.
Copies of the following documentation is required for on-site eligibility
Most recent 3 years corporate tax returns
local business tax receipt (formerly occupational license)
municipal and/or state license (as applicable)
proof of ownership of company
picture identification
warranty deed or lease agreement
For additional information, please contact Lawanda Wright-Robinson at
305-375-3186 or email at and visit our website


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optimistic attitude live longer

By Malika Wright -it MIR
Special to The Miami Times

Laugh more, live longer.
That cliche is probably viewed with skepticism by some. But
researchers have found there is some truth to it.
A study of more than 100,000 women over age 50 that began
in 1994 found that optimistic women were 14 percent more
likely to be alive than their pessimistic peers, according to a
report on the Time magazine website.
The study found that optimism -- defined by Dictionary.comrn
as a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side
of events or conditions and expect the most favorable outcome
-- is related to good health.
Pessimism, which is the tendency to see, anticipate or em-
phasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions
and problems, usually results in bad health.
Leola M. Johnson, 94, is living proof that optimism works:
Having an optimistic attitude, praying and attending church
Please turn to ATTITUDE 14B

LEOLA JOHNSON Living a positive life

Greater St. Paul pastor

Greater St. Paul youth minister

Coconut Grove church

has tradition of service

Youth ministry plans
programs to mark 113
years of Greater St. Paul
Miami Times Staff Report
Clergy, officers, stewards,
trustees and members of the
congregation of Greater St. Paul
AME Church led by the Rev.
Jessie Harvin Jr., will celebrate
the church's 113m anniversary.
The theme is "113 Years:
Faith.. Inspiration. Determina-
tion." '
As part of the observance, the
youth ministry of the Coconut
Grove church, under the lead-

ership of Rev. Natalie Piner, is
planning to "recognize the faith
of dur founding members, cele-
brate the inspiration of the cur-
rent members and arinounce
their determination to keep the
legacy and tradition of the AME
Church and Greater St. Paul
The youth will host a block
party from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fri-
day, April 17, at the corner of
Thomas Avenue and Douglas
Road. Activities will include live
performances by local artists
from Spirit Network Production,
Soul Movement Crew, Write Side
Poets and DJB Dance Theater.
Please turn to CHURCH 14B

Wright: Still Obama supporter
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)'- Pres- versity of Memphis titled "The
ident Barack Obama's former 'Obama Phenomenon: Race and
pastor said that he's still a sup- Political Discourse in the United
porter of the president, though States Today."
he doesn't expect Obama cut his ties
them to have much to his former pastor
personal contact any- during the presiden-
time soon. tial campaign after
Jeremiah Wright, 'video clips of Wright
whose incendiary were posted on the
comments and ser- Internetshowinghim
mons caused Obama delivering a sermon
to break off their re- in which he seemed
lationship during the to blame the U.S. for
presidential cam- the Sept. 11 terror-
paign, spoke April 3 ist attacks. A clip of
at the University of JEREMIAH WRIGHT Wright thundering

Asked if he was still
an Obama supporter
said yes.
"I was supporting h
y'all couldn't even pr
his name," he said.
Wright was in Mempl
academic conference a

"God damn Ameri-
ca" dominated cable
r, Wright news programs for weeks.
Wright said he understands
.im when that Obama no longer wants to
renounce be seen with him.
"I knew that was coming," he
his for an said. '
t the Uni- Please turn to WRIGHT 14B

A Chief Charles Stewart, left, Awo Juan Jose Cardenas, center, and keynote speaker, Chief
Kayode Ifaniyi, of Oshogbo, Nigeria, in conversation at "The Evolution of Orisha Worship in the
Diaspora" event at Miami Dade College's North Campus on Feb.21. -MiamiTimesphoto/AsiNiamaya

Visitors examine artifacts at the Orisha conference 0

Miami seen as good venue to start dialogue on Orisha practice

By Asi Niamaya
Special to The Miami Times
An amazing array of representatives, practitio-
ners and followers of West African Orishas gath-
ered at the North Campus of Miami Dade College
recently for a conference, titled, "The Evolution of
Orisha Worship in the Diaspora."
It was a timely discussion, given that the growth
of Orisha worship beyond its origins in West Af-
rica is almost as interesting as the tenets of the
religion itself. Some estimates put the number of
Orisha worshipers in the United States alone at
three million.
But the word "religion" is used loosely because,

for true practitioners, Orisha worship is more
than religion; it is a way of life. Some authorities point to Afro-Spanish communities that settled
As with any faith, the answer to the question, around St. Augustine in the 16th century, and later, the migration of
"What is this way of life?", is not simple and an .
understanding of it requires submersion into the fugitive slaves from South Carolina and Georgia into Florida and into
Orisha system, along with initiations and life-time parts of the Caribbean, as well as other diffusions from West Africa,
learning and commitment.
With no disrespect to the complexity of the as important developments in the establishment and spread of mod-
faith, Orisha worship, in a word, is called Ifa. ern Orisha worship in this hemisphere.
And Ifa, according to Jaap Verdujin (2008) "is an
ancient, level-headed religion and a way of life
that has been particularly well preserved in thof life comparable with the archetypes of Jung's psy- cultural landscape. But it would be hard to find
that has been particularly well preserved in t chology.". any aspect of the region more unique than its rep-
West African Yoruba culture. Ifa recognizes com-
plex combinations of spiritual and metaphysical South Florida is perhaps unique in the combi- utation as the nexus of North America and South
fres mor oi l (probably less) i nation of cuisines, the just-so night life and the America and the Caribbean Islands, making for a
forces called Orishas, more or less (probably less) confluence of peoples that shape and reshape the Please turn to ORISHA 10B



It is not enough to forgive;

you also have to forget

Have you ever heard some-
one say, "I can forgive them,
but I can't forget?" This usually
means that the offended person
has decided to reconcile with the
offender, or restart communica-
tion, but has not forgotten the
wrong done and will not allow
the offender to forget either.
As Christians, this cannot
be our mantra. In fact, we are
encouraged no, actually com-

manded -- to do both.
In the Book of Philippians,
chapter three, verses 12-15,
Paul tells his readers to press
on. Paul used the games that
the Romans were so fond
make comparisons between
their athletic feats and our
spiritual walk. He talked of
running a race to win. If you
watched the runners during the
Olympic Games, or even swim-

mers or other athletes racing,
you would know that they did
not look back to see who or
what was behind them. They
kept their focus on what was
ahead; they kept their eyes on
the prize.
If you are looking back con-
stantly, you cannot see what is
ahead of you. If someone has
wronged you, surely you need
to gain whatever knowledge you
can from that encounter. Per-
haps you need to change your
contact or relationship with
.that person.
After years of talking with and
ministering to abused women,
I know that many times their
abusers beg them to return to
them. The abusers attempt to
make the women feel guilty if
they are reluctant to continue
or resume a relationship with

I once heard a pastor give a
talk on forgiveness. He said that
forgiveness does not necessarily
mean reconciliation. It is possi-
ble to forgive someone without
wanting to continue a relation-
ship with them.
There are people in my life
from whom I am estranged for
various reasons. I still love each
one of them and pray for them.
I would be available to help
them if they need me. However,
I choose not to reconcile or re-
sume a relationship with them.
I am not angry, or offended or
hurt. It is just that the seasons
for those relationships have
ended and I choose not to begin
them again.
Many are under the impres-
sion that if you do not want to
continue a relationship,. then

you must still be angry or have
not forgiven or forgotten the in-
cident. This does not have to be
true. Using myself as an exam-
ple, I have forgiven those who
have wronged me and do not
replay the incidents over and
over in my mind. If they feel that
they have done no wrong, and it
is not necessary to apologize or
make things right, then that is
between them and God. I have
made my peace with Him and
will not place myself in a posi-
tion not to be forgiven by Him
because I have not forgiven.
Paul encourages us to put the
past behind us. He encourages
us to press on to the prize. For
Believers, that prize is a won-
derful, everlasting relationship
with our Lord. Is unforgiveness,
bitterness or an attitude of of-
.fense worth this not becoming

a reality?
Try running, or even walking,
one day and ao this little test:
Time yourself while walking
or running and keep looking
ahead of you. Then time your-
self walking or running with
your attention split between
what is ahead and what is be-
hind you. As a matter of fact,
perhaps you shouldn't try this
test; it could be dangerous. It
really isn't wise not to watch
where ,you are going. And it
isn't wise to do so in the spiri-
tual, as well.
Remember that God sees and
knows everything. He knows
who hurt you, so allow Him to
apply whatever discipline or
vengeance He feels is neces-
sary. Let your Daddy handle
that person. Forgive and forget,
just as Christ did for you.

The Florida Institute of Cer.
tified Public Accountants will
host the 20th annual 1040K Run
6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 15.
Maureen Berkowitz, 305-960-

Citizens for Better Govern-
ment, a political action commit-
tee, will hold its first candidates
forum at the North Miami High
School auditorium 6:30-9 p.m.
Wednesday, -April 15. 786-473-
5889. The Voter's Council of
North Miami Beach will hold a
candidates forum at the Melissa
"Missy" Williams/Washington
Park Community Center, 1 p.m.,
Saturday, April- 18. 305-787-
******** *
Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Part-
nership Housing Committee
will meet at the Edison Neigh-
borhood Center 2-4 p.m. Thurs-
day, April 16. The committee is
accepting applications for new
members. http://www.aidsnet.
org/main/home/ committeeap-

The Gator Club of Miami
will host a business networking
event at the Bahia at The Four
Seasons Hotel on Briokel'L Av-
enue, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April
16. Pamela Cortes, (305-866-
5047, pamelaa'miamigators.

Robert Bailey/Glen Rice Ce-
lebrity Golf Tournament VIP
Reception, to benefit Commu-
nity Health of South Florida, 7
p.m., Thursday, April 16, Mer-
cedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, Eu-
nice Hines, 305-252-4853.

Florida International Uni-
versity will host a fundraising
reception and silent auction at
the Wolfe University Center, Bis-
cayne Bay campus, and 6 p.m.
Friday, April 17. Janice Givens,
Dorret Sawyers or Sonya Robin-
son, 305-919-5817.

The' Florida Bar Young Law-
yers Division Board of Gover-
nors will host its first "Bridging
The Gap" Minority Pre-Law Con-
ference at the Florida Interna-
tional University College of Law,
Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall, 8 a.m.-
3:15 p.m., Saturday, April 18.
Felicia Jordan, 954-260-9664,

Celebrate National Library

Holy Ghost Faith Deliver-
ance Ministry will hold its
Spring revival, 7:30 p.m. night-
ly, April 15-17. Missionary Bry-
ant, 786-263-3519.

The Church 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.

St. Mark Missionary Baptist
Church will celebrate its eighth
pastoral anniversary April 17-
26. 305-409-4215 or 786-271-

Greater St. Paul A.M.E.
Church will celebrate its 113th
anniversary with a youth minis-
try block party and worship ser-
vice, Friday, April 17-Sunday,
April 19. 305-448-2742.

Week by visiting your library to
check out books, magazines and
DVDs or to use a computer, free
of charge, to learn new skills,
find jobs and conduct research.

Barbara Hawkins Foundation
is sponsoring its third annual
South Dade Youth Arts Expo at
"the Phicol Williams Community
Center in Homestead, 10 a.m.,
Saturday, April 18. 305-258-

The Office of the Miami Gar-
dens City Clerk will accept and
process passport applications
at City Hall, 8 a.m.-noon, Sat-
urday, April 18. Ronetta Taylor,
305-622-8000 ext. 2228

Miami-Dade County Depart-
ment of Environmental Re-
sources Management will hold
its 27th annual celebration of the
Baynanza at the Historic Virgin-
ia Key Beach Park, 9 a.m. Satur-
day, April 18. 305-372-6770.
The Miami-Dade Alumni
Chapter of Albany State Univer-
sity will host its seventh annual
Sch'6olaihip Breakfast at the
Emr)nt Suites Hotel-Miami
International Airport, 9 a.m.,
Saturday, April 18. Ranson Hill,

The NAACP Miami-Dade
Branch education committee
invites middle and high school
students, parents, .educators
and residents to an education
forum .at New Birth Enterprise,
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, April 18.

Nikki Floyd and the Red
Velvet Jazz & Blues En-
semble will headline the
Deltas Diamonds & Dancing Put-
tingontheRitzAnnual Scholarship"
Dinner-Dance Benefit at the
Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel Ball-
room, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-343-3332.
Florida Medicaid Choice
Counseling Program and the
Broward County Health Depart-
ment will host a Health and
Wellness Fair for the family at
the Lauderhill Mall in Lauderhill
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April
18. 305-576-3790.

City of Miami Parks will host
a series of Easter events until

Second Chance Evangelistic
and Deliverance Ministries
will be in revival 7:30 p.m..
Saturday, April 18. 786-355-

Greater Harvest Ministries
International will celebrate its
bishop's birthday, 7 p.m., Sat-
urday, April 18. 954-607-0833

A Prayer Breakfast on the
topic "Practical Solutions Over-
coming Today's Economic and
Social Crisis" will be. held at
4450 NW 17hk Ave., 10 a.m.,
Saturday, April 18. 305-638-
4675. *
******** *
Revelation Christian Acad-
emy will present its annual
Praise Extravaganza, 4 p.m.,
Sunday, April 19. 305-758-

5656 or 305-691-4572.

Embassy Church will cel-
ebrate its church anniversary
7 o'clock nightly, April 19-22.

Peace Missionary Baptist
Church is celebrating its fourth
anniversary through April 26,
305-681-4681, 786-768-3043.

House of Bethlehem will
hold the Fruit of the Spirit re-
vival, 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April
26. 786-274-0889.

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning will hold Easter Sun-
day service at 11:30 a.m. 305-

Crusade for Christ Temple is
hosting Christian film and en-
tertainment nights 7:30 o'clock
Sunday. 305-523-5952. The
Christian teaching series is at
11 a.m. Sunday.
Note: Calendar items must
be submitted before 3:30 p.m.
on Monday.

Hilton hotel in downtown Mi-
ami, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April
23. 305-573-4871 or kevinb@ .
Housing Opportunities Proj-
ect for Excellence (HOPE) will
hold its 161 annual Fair Housing
Luncheon on the-theme "Uniting
to Create Solutions" at Jungle
Island, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday,
April 24. 305-651-4673.

Embassy Creek Elementary
School students in Cooper City
will participate in the second an-
nual Vocabulary Parade at 8:30
a.m., Friday, April 24. 754-323-

The Progressive Officers
Club is offering scholarships to
2009 high school graduates of
Miami-Dade and Broward coun-
ties. Applications requested via
mail (letter or postcard) only, by
Friday, April 24,.to: Progressive
Officers Club, P.O. Box 680398,
Miami, FL 33168, Attention: Ed-
ucation Assistance Award Pro-
******** *
Broward County Public
Schools will hold its first Asth-
ma Parent Workshop at the Sig-
nature Grand, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, April 25. 754-321-

The Miami-Dade County
State Attorney's Office, in
conjunction with the Belafonte
TACOLCY Center and Embrace
Girls Foundation, will hold a
Community Empowerment Sem-
inar at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center, 10:00 a.m.-
1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25.
Melba Pearson, 305-636-2240.

The Booker T. Washington
Alumni Association is spon-
soring .its fifth annual Living
Legends Awards Ceremony at
the Doral Golf Resort, Saturday,
April 25. Kathryn Hepburn,
786-443-8221, or Willie Warren,

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

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

The Scott Lake Optimist Club
is taking early registration for

the upcoming football/cheer-
leading season, at Scott Park,
6-7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and
Friday, until April 30. The club
is also looking for female cheer
coaches. 305-474-0030.

The City of Miami Commu-
nity Relations Board is ac9ept-
ing applications from residents
interested in serving on the
board. Deadline is Thursday,
April 30. Ada Rojas, 305-416-

Cynthia Bell Productions
will host a book release and
signing, 516 North State Road
7,.7-9 p.m., April 30. 954-540-

Kristi House will host its third
annual "Breaking the Silence"
luncheon at the Grove Isle Ho-
tel in Coconut Grove, noon-1:30
p.m., April 30. Bianca Fernan-
dez, 305-547-680, bfernandfez@

Miami-Dade County is seek-
ing nominees for the 22nd an-
nual In the Company of Women
Awards Ceremony 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.

April 18. Lara de Souza, Ides-

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,
******* **
The fourth annual 5K Walk/
Run for Asthma will take place
at Metrozoo, 8 a.m., Saturday,
April 18. 305-233-4594.

Write Side Poets will host the
"Louder than Life" high school
Poetry Slam Finals at the Afri-
.can-American Research Library
and Cultural Center in Fort
Lauderdale, 6:30 p.m., Satur-
day, April 18. Ray Dominguez,
954-628-2243, rdominguez@

The Agency for Health Care
Administration and Florida
Medicaid Choice Counseling will
present a Health & Wellness Fair
at the Lauderhill Mall, US 441/
SR7 and 441, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Saturday, April 18. 305-576-

The Sunshine Jazz Organi-
zation of South Florida and
Miami-DadeParks will present
jazz master. Joe Donato at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 4-7
p.m., Sunday, April 19. 305-

Miami-Dade Parks & Recre-
ation and Earth Learning will
present the annual Earthfest
2009 at Crandon Park, 10 a.m.,
Sunday, April 19. 305-361-6767
ext. 112.

Miami-Dade County Public
Schools will observe HIV/AIDS
Awareness Week April 20-24,
2009. 305-995-7273.

The African Heritage Forum
on the topic "Understanding the
Legacy" will take place at Bro-
ward College North, OMNI Cen-
ter, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednes-
day, April 22. 754-321-2300.

The Miami-Dade County
Commission for Women will
meet at the North Miami Beach
McDonald Center, 6:30-8:30
p.m., Wednesday, April 22. 305-
375-4967, Morilla@miamidade.

The Sant La Haitian Neigh-
borhood Center will host its an-
nual dinner and auction at the

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growing, vibrant and varied com-
munity of Orisha worshipers.
Thus, in the estimation of Jo-
seph McNair, an MDC professor
who was facilitator of the confer-
ence, and Chief Charles Stewart,
an off-campus facilitator, meet-
ings such as this one are timely.
Some authorities point to Af-
ro-Spanish communities that
settled around St. Augustine
in the 16th century, and later,
the migration of fugitive slaves
from South Carolina and Geor-
gia into Florida and into parts of
the Caribbean, as well as other
diffusions from West Africa, as
important developments in the
establishment and spread of
modern- Orisha worship in this
hemisphere. Such that with the
branching of the religion among

Caroline Adekiya of Juliola African Marketplace shows wares to Rosario Saint Geraud, center,
and Alexandra Cisneros at "The Evolution of Orisha Worship in the Diaspora" event at Miami
Dade College's North Campus on Feb. 21. -Miami Times photo/AsiNiamaya

the gathering and urged partici-
pants to seek only the truth.
Abimbola was scheduled to
give the keynote address but at
the last moment was unable to
In the grand tradition of Ifa
and Babalawos, Iyaniyi recited
and spoke from Odus -- oral
scripture -- and brought a mes-
sage of unity and healing.

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dissimilar peoples, and into dis-
similar environments, various
views and practices have arisen
within the faith.
And whereas variety has
served the religion well up till.
now, allowing a wide number
of practitioners access to the
ancient way of life and thought
that the religion provides, some
adherents believe that the time
has come to develop uniformity.
According to McNair, many re-
gional leaders, as well as leaders
within the World Ifa Congress
-- the recognized directorate of
global Orisha worshipers -- are
today compelled to "generate an
on-going dialogue among prac-
titioners so as to establish stan-
dards of practice."
And what better place to
carry out this mission than in
South Florida with its dynamic,
multi-racial community of Ifa

For the Feb. 21 conference,
Ile Orunmila Ogunda-Bede, the
Diaspora Arts Coalition and the
United Faculty of Miami Dade
College presented a forum of
eminent scholars, authors and
practitioners to discuss "The
Evolution of Orisha Worship in
the Diaspora."
Featured presenters were
Chief Kayode Ifaniyi, the Agbog-
on of Awo Abaye of Osogbo, who
represented Dr. Wande Abim-
bolo, the Awise Awo Abaye and
world spokesman for Ifa and
the Yoruba Religion; Oba-Oriate
Miguel "Willie" Ramos, Chief Ad-
edoja Aluko, the Babalodu Awo
Agbaye and Omo Oya Dr. Su-
zanne Herderson.
The forum was presided over
by the Yeye Osun of Lagos, Chief
Mrs. Ifafunke Motunrayo Olag-
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Apostolic Res ival Center\
6702 N.W. 15th Avenu
Order of Services
New time for T.V. Program

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Baptist Church
7-l.' \NiV "h 'c
Nfixmt, FL
i 305-759-8875
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St. John Baptist Church
1328 NW. 3, Avenue
305-372-3877 305-371-3821

Order of Services:
Far, Sunday
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New Harvest Missionary
Baptist Church
12145 N.\V ,27th Avenue

t Ebenezer United

Methodist Church
2001 N.W. 35th Street
Order oflSenices:
Sullady MNorning Services
7.45dam II.l5a.m.
Sunday Schol 9 45 a.m
R Bible ludy TuIesday)
l0a m.& 7pm
ayu Pr tIccing Tues i- 6 p m.

Temple Missionary -
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3" Avenue
Church 305.Sm 3-3714
Fax 305-573-40606Fax 305-255-8545
Order of Services:
Sunday School...........9:45 a.m.
4"'ur ,bTL' n .<, 2 20pot.
Feeding Ministry.....o a.m,
dr.d [ ,t.le 'nh,o 'iPin1 i r 310 p ID
Tis n pa -ur. aa |1 6 3'p

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W, 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023
(Office) 954-962-9327 (Fax) 954-962-3396
Order of Services
Bible Study .. ......... 9 a.m. ***Morning Worship ...... IIm .1 m
Evening Worship .............. 6:p.m..
Wednesday....General Bible Study ..... 7:30 p m
TV Program Tuesday, 8:30.m. -.9 a.m.
Comcast Channels: 8,19,21,22,23, 30 & 37/Local Channels: 21 & 22
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Brownsville;/ ,
Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court
305-634-4850/Fax & Messages
Order of Services

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

Order of Services:
S Ea My Morning Wotip.730a.m
l Mnday rSchool 930amn
Mo-ing.WorsNip .....11a.
Prayer Meeting ............7 30 pm.
Bible Study ..............8. p.m.

The Episcopal Church ofr
The Transfiguration
15260 NW 1911 Avenue
S Church Schedule:
.Smday Services
7:30 a.. and9:30 a.m.
H-ealinm SCO kc
SeOlcond \\' plitk ;i. 7 .m.

Bible Teaching Seminar
8olo,8620) N.W 17thAve.
Miami, FL. 33147

And now abide
faith, hope, love...
I Cor. 13:13

New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral
of Faith International

2300 NW 135th Street
Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 t.m.. 11
a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a'.m.

/Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 NW. 46th Street
305-634-6721 Fax: 305-635-8355
Order of Services
ChurchSunday School ..... 8:0 In
jjjM, I StdAty Woship Srvic.... IOam

Hour of Power-Noon Day Ptayer
12 pm.I, p.A

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

Order of Services:
Mon. thru 1Bi. Noon Day Prayer
Bible Study...Thus.....7 p.m.
Sunday Worship...7-11 a.m.
Im Sunday School.......9:30 a.m.

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


/fLogos Baptist Church
S16305 NW 48th Ave.


Order of Services
,l.. Tiit Worship aL 8 & 11 a.m.
,ia LIy School at 9:45 a.m..
Bible Study 7
No Service

/Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
Order of Services

Church school ..........: a.m.
Worthip Service ..............11 a.m
1ible'it S dIPraycr Nightl 7; p
Prayer Meeting 7 p.m.
"There is a place for you"
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/Mt. Hermon A.ME.Cliurch -Liberty City Church
178(00 NW 25th .\e. of Christ
wwanathrmonworatip eterorg 1263 N.W. 67th Street
305-621.5067 Fax: 305-623-3104 30-,36 45
Order of Services: Order of Services
Sunday Worship Smrvices: Order ofServices:
7a.m. & Sund. 11 L a .
ChurchSclool: R 30am. Sunda) Fscmn, tp.m.
Wdnda.y Lo : t,Welen e 7 l30p.m.
Pastor's Noon Day Bible Study Tuc p.hle '(li i;... 7 1)p.m.
['illE lshtirul t.I I ",i "'' Thir. I' l [ lklH'iip 1) 1a.m.
Mid-week lorshi.." p' m. Ist Sun sung Prantuce 6p.m.

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 NAV. l7th Ave.
305-696-4341 Fax: 305-696-2301
Order of Services:
Sunday School........... 9:30 am.
Moing Praise/Wobisp..n an.
li i aiidllhni Sun Iay
eveningg wosipat6Ip.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Stuldy
II -; ^ TTuesday 7 p.m.

/ First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue
305-635-8053 Fax: 305-635-0026
Order of Services:
Sunday ................730 & 11a.m.
Sunday School............... 10 am.
l Thuds day,.....,.7pni Bible Study.
saptiml. Thus. bef.or
First Sun .7 p.anm.
Communion First Sun.......
7:30 & 11 am.

f Cornerstone Bible
Fellowship Church
2390 NW 87 Street
Order of Services:

Sunday W worship ... a.m.
First Sunday Evening Worship
Mid Week Service .. 7 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal Thursday

93" Street Community \
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 931d Street
Order of Ser ices
711 ain.M Morning Worship
Evening Worship
I Mr &3rd SmAday ........ 6 I. IL
Tuesday Bible Study .7m
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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 101Avenue
Order of Services:
tal,,, .I,,r,; \ n'. ,p..7:30a.m.

L, rh&-T .i 7.0e : p m .,

Word of Faith
Christian Center
2370 N.W. 87* Street

Order ol 'rrs ices.
:,,Jc .h ,r itc n .s.Ls

T'Llt-dJ) nL ,Pr l S J K p.m.
rhlr, Prjifm So, ict iap.,m

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

SOrder of Services:
Suadays- (Quch acLi .10 am.
Worse ip Service ............. 11:15am.
Tuesd s Biblc Am ........... 7 p m.
4th Sunday Elvening Worship...6 p.m.

New Shiloh M.B. Church
1350 N.W.951 Street
305-835-8280 Fax# 305-696-6220
Church Schedule:
.. "Early Morrng Aship 7:30 a.r
S'- l Sun, Church School 930 a.m.
Morning Worship .....11 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Class 7 p.m.
Tues.bote the lst Sun.....7p.m.
KMid-week Worship

fJordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
504-6 N W. 12 Ave.
Order or Sernices:
E kl Vloi hip 7am.

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(NewsUSAI Many of us know that
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treatment' According to the National
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"Sixty-five to 70 percent of advanced
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nutrition are alarming: Malnourished

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and even a 5 percent reduction in
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L'infortunately, only 30 percent of
cancer patients learn about the role

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By Shirley Brown
Special to The Miami Times

The current economic slump
is hitting most of us pretty hard.
For some Florida women, it has
meant putting healthcare on hold
as a result of job cuts and loss of
health benefits. But, with heart
disease, stroke and other cardio-
vascular diseases still the No. 1
killer of women in our state, we
must step up efforts to educate
all women, and particularly Black
and Latino women in Miami-Dade
County, and to offer assistance to
control risk factors such as high
blood pressure, high cholesterol
and obesity.
My mom and grand-mother died
from heart disease and my sister
died of a stroke in 2008. I real-
ize I am at risk for these diseases
and, therefore, as a Congregatipn-

al health educator, I'm on a mis-
sion for health, 'offering preventive
health education, and cardiovas-
cular risk screenings to congrega-
tions and underserved communi-
ties ,with uninsured and underin-
sured populations.
Further, I am a strong supporter
of the HEART for Women Act, fed-
eral legislation aimed at reducing
death rates from cardiovascular
diseases in women by making
sure these silent killers are more
widely recognized and more effec-
tively treated. The bill would also
expand the WISEWOMAN program
which provides access to screening
and lifestyle counseling for low-
income, underinsured and unin-
sured women.
As the strain of the. economy
continues to impact the health of
Florida women, I am prayerfully
urging lawmakers, U.S. Senators

Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez, as
well as the representatives from
South Florida, Kendrick Meek, Al-
cee Hastings, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen,
Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, Lin-
coln Diaz-Balart and Mario Diaz-
Balart, to cosponsor the HEART
for Women Act.
Case in point, February was
Heart Month and we arranged for
a cardiologist to speak at St. John
Neumann on Feb. 17. Two women
who attended this Heart Healthy
workshop suffered heart attacks,
one on Feb.18 (one day later) and
the other on Feb. 26. Because of
the education they received just
days before, they were able to rec-
ognize the warning signs, call 911
and receive effective treatment at a
nearby hospital.
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senior community health chaplain
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Alzheimer's patients make more mistakes

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who otherwise may function
well for several years.
"That's a real cost to the
individual and family and
society," says Jeffrey Dawson
of the University-of Iowa. "You
have to have some sort of trade-
off between the individual's
independence along with the
safety of the driver and with
other people on the road.". '
Typically, specialists say,
patients gradually scale back
their driving, avoiding busy
freeways or night trips or left-
turn intersections. Alzheimer's
Association adviser Sue Pinder,
58, recently gave up big-city
driving even though it meant
fewer visits 'to a daughter in
Shortly after Pinder's
diagnosis in 2004, she signed a
form designating her husband
to decide when she'll quit driving
altogether. He gave her a GPS
system for her last birthday.
It helped Pinder navigate
unfamiliar streets when, to
be near another daughter, the
couple recently moved, to West
Monroe, La., .from a ,nearby
"That's helped a. lot where

I don't have to worry, I can
concentrate on my driving and
not the directions," Pinder
says. .
Workingonways to help similar
patients, Dawson's team in Iowa
developed an intricate behind-
the-wheel exam: A 35-mile drive
through rural, residential and
urban streets in a tricked-out
Ford Taurus able to record just
about every action the driver
takes, much like an airplane
"black box" does. Lipstick-size
video cameras were positioned
to show oncoming traffic, too.
Researchers recruited
40 people with early-stage
Alzheimer's who -still had their
driver's licenses to take the road
test, and compared how 115
older drivers without dementia
handled the same trip.
The results, reported in the
journal Neurology, are striking.
On average, the Alzheimer's
drivers committed 42 safety
mistakes, compared with 33 for
the other drivers.
Lane violations, such as
swerving or hugging the center
line as another car approaches,
were the biggest problem for
the Alzheimdr's drivers. They
performed 50 percent worse.
Overall errors rose with
increasing age whether or not

St. Luke celebrates
St. Luke Missionary Baptist
Church invites you to attend
their 84th church anniversary.
celebration on the weekend of
Friday, April 17 through Sunday,
April 19. All events will be held at
the church, located at 1790 N.W.
55 Street, Miami.'-
Friday will open the occasion
with a pre-anniversary service at
7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker
will be the Honorable Reverend
Charles Dinkins of Hosana Bap-
tist Community Church, Miami,
and his congregation will be our
honored guests. The anniver-
sary celebration will continue orn
Sunday, April 19 with a service PV. WA/O

the driver had Alzheimer's, an
extra 2 1/2 mistakes for every
five years of age.
But some Alzheimer's
patients drove just as well as
their healthier counterparts,
stresses Dawson, a biostatistics
professor. Here's the key:
Researchers also checked
whether any of a battery of
neuropsychological tests given
beforehand accurately predicted
who would drive worse and
some did.
Flunking simple memory
tests didn't make a difference.
Standard neurologic tests of
multitasking abilities did, ones
that assess if people's cognitive,
visual and motor skills work
together in a way to make quick
decisions. Examples include
showing patients geometric
figures for a few seconds and
having them draw the shape
from memory, or drawing paths
between a sequence of numbers
and letters.
Alzheimer's patients who
scored average or better on
those types of written tests were
likewise no worse behind, the
.wheel than other older'drivers
- but those who scored, worse
than average tended to commit
about 50 percent more errors
on the road, Dawson says.

84th church anniversary
S-- at 7:30 a.m., led by the Honor-
able Reverend Dwayne Fudge of
St. Mary's Missionary Baptist
Church,'Miami. The culmination
of the festivities will take place at
the 11 a.m., service at which the
keynote speaker will be the Hon-
orable Brian Campbell of Jerusa-
lem Missionary Baptist Church,
Jacksonville, Florida. Special
musical guest will be Florida Me-
4morial University Gospel Choir.
We look forward to worshipping
with you on this auspicious) occa-
Ssion and sharing an inspirational
good time as God blesses us with
another year. Reverend Woodrow
IDROW C. JENKINS JR C. Jenkins, Jr., Pastor.

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continued from 11B

becoming-obese," she said.
Also, Burger noted that
exercise is not a priority in
many American Indian fami-
lies struggling to make ends
meet, with parents feeling
stressed just to provide basic

The Wades' 10th
wedding anniversary

Rev. Daniels celebrates 26 years

Macedonia Missionary Bap-
tist Church, 3515 Coconut
Grove, honors their Pastor,
Rev. Rudolph Daniels for 26
years of service.
April 20-24 7:30 nightly
The service are as follows;
April 20 Rev. Eric Rea-
don, New Beinning Baptist
April 21 Rev. Dr. Jo-
seph Turner, Mt. Moriah
MB Church.
April 22 Rev. Kenneth Mc-

Gee, First Baptist Church of
April 23 Rev. Larrie Lovett,
Antioch MB Church Browns-
April 24 Rev. Douglas Cook,
Jordan Grov"e MB Church.
April 26 Close Out Services
7:30 a.m., Rev. James Jack-
son III, Upward Ministries, 11
a.m., Rev. Robert C. Smith,
Macedonia MB Church, 4
p.m. Rev. Ranzer Thomas, New
Generation Baptist Church.

Youth observance at St. Agnes'
The Historic St. Agnes' Epis-
copal Church will host its 31st
Annual Youth Observance
sponsored by the lades of St.
Scholastica's Chapter of the
.Episcopal Church Women orn.
Sunday, April 19 at the 10:45
a.m. service.
The youth speaker is Mr. Ben-
jamin John Salathial McNamee
whos is a senior at Booker T.
Washington Senior High School. j
He is the son of Dr. Sharrie
Dean McNamee and Andrew
McNamee, grandson of Mrs. Cu-
pidine Davis Dean and nephew Benjamin John
o f Ms. Jacquelyn L. Dean. Salathial McNamee


a A LI_

Iirr eaC)y h

Deacon Charles
and Karen Wade

On Friday April 17, Deacon
Charles and Karen Wade will
celebrate their 10th wedding
anniversary. To God Be The

To address the problem, her
clinic has created activities
for young Indian children, in-
cluding summer camps and
a winter break "outdoor day";
that had kids braving 8-degree
temperatures to play games
including "snowsnake." That's
a traditional American Indian

contest in which players throw
long, carved wooden "snakes"
along a snow or ice trail to see
whose lands the farthest.
The hope is that giving kids
used to modern sedentary
ways a taste of a more active
traditional American Indian
lifestyle will help them adopt
healthier habits, she said.

Pastors 22nd anniversary at New Mt. Calvary

New Mt. Calvary MB Church,
Rev. Albert Jones Pastor, invites
you to our 22 Pastoral Anniver-
sary on Wednesday night April 15
at Rock of Ages MB Church, Rev.
Johnny White and congregation
will be in charge of the service.
Thursday night April 16, Great-
er New Macedonia MB Church,
Rev. Sherman Mungins. and con-
gregation will be in charge of the
service. Friday night, April 17,
Mt. Everett MB Church, Rev. Paul
Kelley and congregation will be in
charge of the service. All services
start at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday April 19, 3 p.m.,
New Christ Tabernacle, Rev. Har-
old Marsh and congregation will
close out the Pastor's Anniver-

Recognize God's
Are we believers in God's Divine
When a person performs good
deeds commanded by God, his
soul reaps the benefit and is
spiritually elevated. It should be
an obligation to determine what
must be done in your life for the

Come out and be blessed as
these men of God bring the word
of God. Everyone is welcomed.

glory of God our Creator.. In ref-
erence to that which the human
mind can grasp, but beyond that,
there are myriads of wisdom
stored up, so let us toil over His
divine word.
From The Desk of W. R. Wil-

A New Direction
You are invited to the retire-
ment ,celebration for Joyce L.
Stockdale after 38 years of ser-
vice as an educator in Detroit,
Mi., Broward County and Mi-,'
ami-Dade County schools on
Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., at
the El Palacio Hotel Ballroom,
21485 N.W. 27 Avenue. Tick-
ets are $45, which includes a
buffet dinner, live music, enter-
tainment, guest artists, groups
and guest speaker, Rev.. Dr.
Harmon Stockdale of Roches-
ter, N.Y.
Send checks and money or-
ders to Harvest Time Fellow-
ship, P.O. Box 1882, Opa Locka,
Fl. 33055 by Friday, April 24.

For additional information,
call 786-256-2822 or 305-332-

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G. O



MARIE AULIBERT, 70, retail
sales clerk, died
April 8 at Me-
morial Hospital
Pembroke. Ser-
vice 10 a.m.,
Saturday, First
tional Christian

infant, died April 3 at Plantation
Nursing Home. Private service.

property manager, died Apiil 7 at
Memorial Hospital Pembroke. Ser-
vice was held.

DEZ, 53, laborer, died April 7 at
Baptist Hospital. Private service.

'ERIC KENNAN, 45, painter, died
April 6 at home. Private service.

HILDA JEAN PARK, 77, regis-
tered nurse, died April 8 at Kindred
Hospital. Private service.

LINDA INGOLE, 59, customer
service, died April 7 at home. Ser-
vice was held.

maker, died April 9, at Baptist Hos-
pital. Private service.

TREVA BRUSH, 49, accoun-
tant, died April 11 at South Miami
Hospital. Private service.

JOHN HOFFMAN, 75, security
guard, died April 11 at University
Hospital. Private service..

maker, died April 11 at Hospice of
Palm Beach. Final rites and burial,

ervation agent, died April 12 at
home. Private service.

Minister, died
April 8. Survi-
-.. vors include:
life-time o.. om-
panion, John-L.
Cheever; sons,
Derrick and
John 1II; daugh-
ter, Tonya; several grandchildren
and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation 6 to 9 p.m., Friday at the
church. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day, Greater New Bethel A. M./.E

TALETIA HOSANG, 49, recep-
tionist, died April
1. Visitation 4 to
9 p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Trinity
Church. -

HILDA SMITH, 86, clothes de--
'signer, died April
8. Survivors in-
clude: eight chil-
dren; seventeen
grand children:
t wentyt-twot
dren, and a host. A
of other rela-
tives and friends. Visitation,4 to 9
p.m., Friday. Rosary 7 p.m., Friday.
Service 1 p.m., Saturday,Visitation
Catholic Church.

laundry techni-
cian, died April
11. Arrange-
ments are in-

SHARPE, 91, librarian, died April
13 in Atlanta, GA. Arrangements
are incomplete.

shoe factory supervisor, died April
2. Visitation 4 to 9 p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday, Holy
Family Episcopal Church.

ESTELLA HINES, 71, hotel
housekeeping supervisor, died
April 4. Visitation 4 to 9 p.m., Fri-
day. Service 11 a.m., Friday, Holy
Family Epsicopal Church.

tired teacher,
died April 7.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday, St.u
Agnes Epsico-
pal Church.

member of the
Historic Over-
town Pioneering
Family, retired
teacher, died
April 10. Ser-
vice 11 a.m..,,
Saturday, Mt.
Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

72, carpen-
ter, died April
17. Service 12
noon, Saturday,
Fellowship New
Testment, Da-

EDMOND LUBIN, 79, mainte-
nance ,supervi-
sor, died. Ser-
vice 12 noon,
Saturday, Holy
Family Catholic

JOE r GRAHAM, 69, died April
12. Arrange-
ments are in-

CARLTON DEAN, 671 boat cap-
tain, formerly of
Bimini, Baha-
mas died April
7. Service was

DELORES BAILEY, 36, manag-
er, died April 6 Service was held.

ING- PIEZE, 76, educator, died
March 31. Service was
Mankerr TA
POOLE, 51,
Manker Fu-
neral Home
Employee, died
April 10 at Jack-
son Memorial H i
Hospital. Sur-
vivors include:
Mother, Jessie
Lee Poole. Visitation 2 to 9 p.m.,
Friday in the Chapel. Service 11
a.m., Saturday, St. Luke Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

March 28 at Mount Sinai Medical
Center. Service 12 noon, Haitian
Catholic Center. TBA ._
Pax Villa "
OTELSON PIERRE, 79, laborer,
died March 27 in Cap-Haitien, Hai-
ti. Service was held.

DEVINS SOILNE, 70, main-
tenance worker, died March 30G

Service 10 a.m., Saturday, Notre
Dame D'Haiti Catholic Church.


Fort Lauderdale.

PHILOME VERNE, 74, construc-
tion worker, died April 8 at North
Broward Medical Center. Service
Saturday, St. Joseph Catholic
Church, Pompano Beach.

EDDIE GRIFFIN, .59, died April
9 at Hialeah,,Hospital. Service 1
p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt JAY'S Wright & Young
press room su- maker, died home maker,
pervisor, Miami April 10 at Jack- died April 7 at
Herald, died son South Corn- Franco Nursing ,.
April 7. Service munity Hospital. Home. Services
11 a.m., Satur- Service 11 a.m., were held.
day, Peaceful Wednesday in

ANTHONY E. HENRY, 51, con-
struction la-
borer, died April
9. Survivors
include; wife,
Lynette; daugh-
ter, Latavia
Walkine; sons,
Anthony Jr.,
Antwan and An-
tonion Williams; five grand children
and a host of relatives and friends.
Service 1 p.m, Thursday, Spirit of
Christ Church.

maker, diedApril
11 at Northshore
Hospital. Sur-.
vivors include:
son, Oswald
Sands (Corne-
lia); grandson,
Kenneth Sands;
Shawn Andre Sands; great-grand-
daughter, Lashonda Sands-Crane
(Patrick), great- great grandsons;
Raymond and Jesse Crain; sister,
Edwina Burroughs; a host of other
cousins, relatives, and friends.
Services 10 a.m., Thursday in the

87, retired long-
shoreman, died
April 10. Sur-
vivors include:
wife, Ruth; sons,
Dwight, Andrew
(Evelyn), Kelsey
(Paulette), and
Kevin (Carolyn);
sister, Lauraette Tynes; a host of
other relatives and friends. Ser-
vices 1 p.m., Saturday, Ebenezer
United Methodist Church.

68, retired postal worker, United
States Postal
Services died
April 8. Survi-
vors, include:
daughter, Sha-
ron Anita Robin-
son; son, Phillip
Lamar Thomas
Goddaughter, Felisha Hall; a host
of nieces, nephews other relatives
and friends. Service 1p.m., Thurs-
day, Peaceful Zion M.B. Church.

died. April 10. Survivors include:
sister, Tometro; brothers, Clar-
ence (Amelia), and Patrick; aunt,
Athenia Mumford; a host of other
relatives and friends. Rosary ser-
vices 8 p.m., Friday, St. Phillip Neri
Catholic Church. Services 11 a.m.,
Saturday at the Church.

Nakia Ingraham /
April 10, Final rites and burial,
Kingston, Jamaica.

CALVIN DIXON, 56, car sales-
man, died April 9. Service, Satur-
day in the chapel.

April 12. Arrangements are incom-

April 13. Arrangements are incom-

15, student, died April 12. Service
11 a.m., Saturday, Kingdom Cov-
enant Ministries, Perrine.

Range Coconut Grove
technician, died April 9 at Baptist
Hospital. Service Friday, Sweet
Home Missionary Baptist Church.

retired social worker, died April11
at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

KATIE MAE REID, 56, retailer,
died April 7 at
Jackson South

Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mount
Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist

HELEN RIDDLE, 70, died April
9. Service 2
p.m., Saturday,
Home Sweet
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

student, died
April 10 at
Hospital. Ser-
vice Saturday,
Second Baptist

old, died April 9
at Jackson Me-
morial Hospital.
Service was

April 8 at North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
1 p.m., Satur-
day, Mt. Calvary
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

56, laborer,
died April 3 at
Jackson North
Medical Center.
Service 3 p.m.,
Saturday in the

MARY E. NELSON, 76, home
care aid, died
April 9, North
Shore Medical
Center. Service
12 noon, Mt.
Carmel Mis-
sionary Baptist

died April 6 at
Baptist Hospi-
tal. Service 4:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

BERNICE HOOD, 82, home-
maker, died
Makh 30 at
home. Services
were held.

MARY L. NELSON, 49, house-
wife, died April 9 at North Shore
Medical Center. Service ,11 a.m.,
Saturday, Mt. Tabor Missionary
Baptist Church.

DAWN LEE, 34, Arrangements
are incomplete.

April 10 at South Miami Hospital.
Survivors include: daughters, Jef-
frey Ferguson and Diane Florence;
son, John; sister, Mattie McQueen;
brother, Joe McMurtry. Viewing 4
to 8 p.m., Friday. Service 10:30
p.m., Friday, Jordan Grove Bap-
tist Church. Services entrusted
to Alfonso M. Richardson Funeral
Home, 3790 N.W. 167 Street.

driver, died April
10 at home.
Survivors in- .
clude: children
Demeritt, Wil-
liam Jr., and .
Calissa; moth-
er, Essie Mae;
siblings, Mary
Smith, Horace and Beatrice McK-
inney. Services 11 a.m., Saturday,
Friendship M.B Church.

old, died April
9. Survivors
include: par-
ents, Vinnie,
and Syreatha.
Services 1 p.m.,
Friday Jordan
Grove at 1 pm.

assistant cook,,
died April 4 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Survivors
include: son,
Darren, mother,
Sylvia Williams;
siblings, Kelvin, .
Eric, Raymond
and Byrtis McK-
enzie. Services 11 a.m., Saturday,
in the chapel.

fork lift operator,
died April 6 at
home. Survivors
include: com-
panion, Mildred
Douglas; son,
Michael John-
son. Services 1
p.m., Saturday,
Friendship M p.,,Church.

SHARON B. HARRY, 42, child
care worker,
died April 11 at
Jackson North
Hospital. Ser-
vices 1 p.m.,
Saturday, in the

April 11 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

died April 5 at home. Services
were held. Final rites and burial
Union Point, Georgia.
engineer, PRC,
died March 30.
-Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday, The
Church of the

April 9 in Talla-
hassee. Service
11 a.m., Sat-
. urday. Second
Baptist, Rich-
mond Heights.

self employed
laborer, died
April 9 at Jack-
son Memorial

vice 2 p.m., Sat-
urday, Antioch
of Brownsville.

MARIE T. DUMAY, 74, self em-
ployed dressmaker, died April 11
at Jackson North. Arrangements
are incomplete.

Norwegian Crusie Line. Service
was held.

EDGAR GIBBS, 61, lull opera-
tor, Lennar Homes, died April 2.
Service 10 a.m., Friday, Assembly
of the First Born, Ft. Lauderdale.

Reginald 'Al'. Moore Jr
04/10/82 06/12/03

It has been six years since
your passing. We love and
miss you.
Reginald Sr, Tangela, Brit-
tany, Bianca, grandmas Ru-
bie and Shirley

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

Benjamin Frank Kirkland
12/05/62 04/13/08

The 13th of April is a day we
shall never forget.
Ben, the Lord called you
home to a better place one,
year ago.
There are no more worries,
pain or suffering.
We love you and always
The Kirkland and Kent fam-

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

04/14/57 02/30/05

I am a follower of Jesus. I
wasn't always but I discov-
ered He gave up His life so r
could be right with God.
My new life in Jesus is so
awesome I want to share it
with everyone.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

04/12/96 04/04/08

Happy 13th Birthday! We
think of you always but es-
pecially today, you will never
be forgotten, although you
are gone away. Your memory
is a keepsake with which we
never part. God has you in his
keeping, we have you in our
Forever loved, forever
missed, Mommy, Chelsey,
Daddy and family

13B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 15-21, 2009


14B THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL 15-21, 2009.

Worship service

slated for

continued from 8B

A worship service is slated for
10 a.m. Sunday, April 19, at the
church, 3680 Thomas Ave.
The youth ministry's mission is
to "minister to the spiritual, emo-
tional, intellectual, social, physi-
cal, and environmental needs
of all youth and children, re-
gardless of nationality, creed or
gender, by spreading the liber-
ating gospel through words and
deeds," according to a statement
from Piner..
Black pioneers of Coconut
Grove established Greater St
Paul to pursue the dream of the
founders of the African Methodist
Episcopal church: to freely uplift
the building of God's Kingdom
through worship and praise.
According to the statement,
the late Rev. Jeremiah H. Butler
and about. 12 members of St. Ag-
ned Episcopal Church withdrew
from that, congregation because

April 19
of cultural differences in the
worship experience. Butler orga-
nized Greater St. Paul on April
27, 1896, on then Evangelist
Street, now known as Charles
Avenue, and it becarte known as
"the church up on the hill."
Piner said records dated Nov.
21st, 1896, showed the names
of .Butler and J.P. Brookins and
Walter Burrows were on the ab-.
stract. In 1897, Murray Burrows,
J.W. Gibson, William Counts
Blackshear, James W. Williams,
and Theodore McCloud were
added as trustees.
Butler served as pastor for
some years, as did .the Rev.
McBride. J.W. Malachi served
as the church clerk and William
W. Gibson was a member of the
Mozart Choir. Albert Gibson, the
oldest member of the church at
the time, lived to age 108.
The community is invited to
the block party and the worship
service. For more information,
call 305-448-2742.

Faith in God helps with positive spirit

continued from 8B

have helped her throughout
her life, she said.
"I .have been happily mar-
ried, had children, grandchil-
dren and great-grandchiidren
and I'm doing well," Johnson
. said. "You have to have a posi-
tive attitude because it will be
better for you."
Though .Johnson has had
her share of illnesses, it was
through having an optimistic
attitude that she has man-
aged to live to her age, she be-
Levita Jones, 47, a minister
at Bethel Full Gospel Baptist
Church, agrees with Johnson
and the study results.
Jones spends time with se-
nior citizens at her church's
nursing home ministry where
she has been a member for
about six years.
"People who sing along and
are happy tend to live longer,"
Jones said. "One woman
lived to be,100 -- and she had
a positive spirit. The people
who sit around and mope de-
teriorate faster."
One resident of the home

looked forward to her fam-
ily coming to visit. For some,
faith in God helps them to be
positive, Jones said.
Some, however, refuse to
participate in activities and
are usually sullen because
their families never come to'
"Some people give up very
soon," Jones said.
The Time report said pes-
simistic Black women in the
study were 33 percent more
likely to have died after eight
years than optimistic Black.
women, compared with 13
percent of White pessimists.
Hector Figueroa, a chaplain
at Jackson Memorial Hospi-
tal, said a- positive attitude
can help a person live longer,
especially when hospitalized.
Religion, he said, can some-
times serve the same pur-
pose, if put in the right per-
Some people, he said, may
"lock themselves into reli-
gion and not hear what the
doctors are saying and just
'believe there is going to be a
"Unless there is a miracle,
you will die," Figueroa said.

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,

JEAN E. PIEZE, would like to
gratefully acknowledge the out-
pouring of condolences, cards and
deeds of kindness extended to us
during our time .of sorrow and
profound loss. We would like take
special note at this time of the help
and support extended by Ebenezer
United Methodist Church, Rich-
ardson Mortuary, Booker T. Wash-
ington High School Class of 1952,
the neighbors of 59th Street and a
host of former students and loving
friends. In addition, the children
would like -to' gratefully acknowl-
edge the continued concern and
support, throughout'the years, of
Loretta M. Pieze, the widow of our
late father, Joseph C.- Pieze and
children, Kelvin and Nicole.
. May God bless each of you for all
that you have done yn our behalf.

In Memoriam
In loving memory of,

Card of Thanks
The family of the late,

retired Miami-Dade County
School teacher and longtime
resident of Miami, diod, March
26 at the University of Miami
Hospital. Service was held April
4 and interment at Dade Memo-
rial Park.
Evelyn was married to the
late Edwin Best of Aiken, South
Carolina. She was a faith-
ful member of Greater Bethel
AME Church. Evelyn attended
Douglas Elementary School
and later graduated Valedicto-
rian of Booker T. Washington
High School Class of 1943. She
was a graduate of Florida A &
M College and a member of Sig-
ma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.,
Gamma Delta Sigma Chapter.
Evelyn is survived by: sister-
in-law, Lillie Mae Ray of Miami,
Florida and loving family mem-
bers in Miami, Daytona Beach,
Jacksonville, Florida, Valdosta,
Georgia and Omaha, Nebraska.
She will be missed by everyone
who knew her.

Death Notice

SHARPE, 91, former
Miamian died in Atlanta, Ga.,
on Monday. Viewing 9:30
to 10:30 a.m., Saturday at
Royal Funeral Home, followed
by service 11 a.m., in the

10/01/71 04/14/07 WILLIAMS

April 14th shattered our
hearts and spirits forever.
Missing you is an understate-
Mother Chocolate, sister
Lucky, brother Jo'Ron, sons
Trennode and Tahj.

Happy Birthday
In loving memory of,

I Even though it has been only
four months, it seems like an
You have been sadly missed.
Love always, wife, Jackie, chil-
dren, Shatawn, Flai, Terrence
and Aubrey and other relatives

Wishes to express their ap-
preciation and thanks 'to the
JMHLTC staff, Rev. Lovett,
the Deaconess and Missionary
Board of Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church, The Pastor's
Aid Board of New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist Church and
the Gregg L. Mason Funeral
May God Bless you all.
The Blount, Brooks and Wynn

VIVIAN LANE, 56, dietitian
aide, died April 10 at home.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in
the chapel. Services entrusted
to Mitchell Funeral Home.

08/21/45 04/14/07

Ma we miss U... and we're
doing good.
We would like to be with U if
only we could.
We miss U.
Love, your beloved family.

Biased coverage

continued from 8B

Wright told an audience ,of
about 800 that he was sin-
gled out by a biased news me-
dia trying to discredit Obama
by linking him to a "looney
"It shows just how much
that was a part of the cover-
age being racially motivated,"
Wright said. "Fox, News spent
$4,000 buying 20 years worth
of tapes of my sermons trying
to see what they could find to
back up what they already had
their minds made up about
concerning me."
Wright focused most of his
address on his view of the Black
Church's history in "Black lib-
eration theology" and opposi-
tion to racial discrimination.
He said he decided in the ear-
ly 1970s that his church. Trin-
ity United Church of Christ in
Chicago, was -not going to be 'a
"White church in Black face."
"Are we going to serve a God
who created us to be Black
people, created us as African
Americans made in the image
of God, or are we going to keep
on trying to be something other
than what God made us to be?"
he said. ,
Obama, was a member of
Trinity for 20 years. Wright
helped the future president em-
brace Christianity, performed
Obama's marriage and baptized
his two daughters.
Wright, now retired, noted
that the church's motto was
"unashamedly Black and un-
apologetically Christian."
"That is the church, inci-
dentally, into which Obama
walked," Wright said, adding
that he understands that his
preaching style upsets some
"But what I do has nothing
to do with Obama," he said.

Overtown pastor Marvelle Screen Cheever dies

By Sandra J. Charite

Marvelle Screen Cheever wore
many hats as mother, wife,
grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin,
pastor and friend to many during
her 61 years of life.
Cheever died at Aventura Hos-
pital on April 8 after a long bat-
tle with cancer.
"What she enjoyed most in life'
was God, church, family and
true friends," 'said her husband,
John L. Cheever Sr.
A woman 6f God,' Cheever ac-
cepted Jesus jnto her life in
1976 and answered her call to
ministry in 1979.
Cheever worked as an adver-
tising sales representative for
BellSouth in 1979 but she pur-
sued her call to the ministry. She
Was ordained on Nov. 16, 1980,
under the leadership of Dr. Ed-
win L. Kelly, at Evangelism for
Christ Church in Miami.
A product of Miami-Dade public
schools, Cheever took courses at
Miami Dade College and earned
a bachelor's in Professional Stud-
ies and a master's in Human Re-
sources Development and Admin-
istration, both from Barry Univer-
She later returned to school to
obtain a master's in Pastoral Min-
istries at St. Thomas University.
Cheever became an associate
minister at the Historic Greater

Bethel AME Church in 1993, un-
der the Rev. John. F. White Sr.
The National Association of Negro
Business and Professional Women
presented her with the "Woman in
the Spirit" award in 2003 and she
was honored as Woman of the Year
by Greater Bethel in 2005.
Nathaniel J. Wilcox, executive
director of People United' to Lead
the Struggle for Equality (PULSE),
who knew Cheever for almost 12
years, described her as person
who loved to serve others.
"She was a special, outstand-
ing Christian woman," said for-
mer Miamfi-Dade County Com-
missioner Barbara Carey-Shuler.
"I really feel the loss of her. I have
faith in God that He knows what's
best. She was my prayer partner,
the one that I would call to pray
for me in the most difficult times
in my life. She will be missed.
It breaks my heart that she has
transitioned on."
Cheever was the eldest of 11
children of the late Marvin and
Marjorie Screen. She is sur-
vived also by her children Der-
rick, Tonya, and John II, her six
The funeral will be held at the
Greater Bethel, 245 NW Eighth
St., at 11 a.m. on' Saturday, April
18, and interment will take place
at Dade Memorial Cemetery in
Royal Funeral Home- is in charge
of the arrangements.

Direct Cremation With Viewing

The Miami Times

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From left are Kemoria Gardner, Nevonya Thomas and Jazmine Lee.

David Morris, tenor drummer..

Daniel Taylor, standing, drum coach, is a graduate of

Miami Northwestern High.

Drum line program among finalists for Knight grant

Alliance for Musical Arts makes the

first cut among 1,500 applicants

Miami Times Staff Report

The Alliance for Musical Arts
in Opa-locka has been named a
finalist for a John S. and James
L. Knight Foundation grant.
The group was named, among
45 finalists from among 1,500
applicants who submitted pro-
posals for matching grants to-
taling $4 million.
The Alliance made the cut in

the Music category.based on a
preliminary proposal which its
founder, JoAnn Harris Ingram
sent to the foundation. ,
Her proposal is to expand her
group's three-year-old Musi-
cal Arts, Theater & Tutoring
(MATT) Drum Line to include
50 children.
Harris Ingram's group has
been winning praise for inform-
ing the public and businesses

about the importance of music
and arts in the lives of chil-
"As I look back at the improve-
ment irg behavior and motiva-
tion of the kids involved, I know
this is not only the right thing
to do but something that has
been lacking in our community
for some time" she said about
her programs.
"Music and the arts are much
more than fun and play; they
are part of the development of-
the total child, using both sides
of the brain."
Harris Ingram started the Alli-

ance, which is located at 13400
Alexandria Dr., as a non-profit
organization on May 17, 1993.
She said she'has deliberately
kept it small in order to have a
greater impact on the children,
who all live in Opa-locka and
Miami Gardens.
The -MATT Drum Line pro-
gram started' in 2006 with
the discovery of Daniel Tay-
lor, a recent graduate of Mi-
ami Northwestern High, and
LaSherrie Codner, who will
graduate this year from Mi-
ami Norlahd High. The pair
was instrumental in laying the

groundwork for the drum line,
Harris Ingram said.
The thought of having a
youth community drum line
for the Opa-locka/Miami Gar-
dens area took root.
The Alliance and the other
finalists for Knight grants now
have to submit complete pro-
posals to the foundation, in-
cluding budgets.
Overall, the Arts Challenge
grant requires that a project
be about art, take place in or
benefit South Florida and find
matching funds.
"When I look at all the other,

larger, organizations, it seems
a little daunting but that has
never stopped us before," Har-
ris Ingram said.
Meanwhile, she is making
an appeal for musical instru-
ments on loan or donated to
her organization.
"And we could sure use a
van," she said.
For more information on the
Drum Line and the Alliance's
Summer Theater Arts Train-
ing (STAT) summer camp or to
donate instruments of a van,
call 305-688-0200 or e-mail al-

Fashion is focus of college student heading to Howard

Special to The Miami Times

Ricardo Gidarisingh still re-
calls the excitement of being
present at the historic inaugura-
tion of President Barack Obama
on Jan. 20
Gidarisingh, 19, was among
a group of Miami Dade College
Honors College students picked
to attend the Washington Cen-
ter's Leadership Forum and the
presidential in; ugu ra i
While in the capital, he visited
the admissions office to check
the, status of his application
and he learned he had been ac-

cepted to the historically Black
He calls that part of the trip
"icing on the cake."
"I want to be part of a legacy of
other successful African Ameri-
cans," Gidarisingh says.
On May 2, the business major
will join more than 9,000 stu-
dents set to earn MDC degrees
at six commencement ceremo-
nies. They include the college's
first 40 Bachelor of Science in
Nursing graduates.
MDC graduates more minori-
ties than any other U.S. college
or university, including the most

Hispanics and the most Blacks,
who now include Gidarisingh.
The nation's capital is a long
way from Carol City, where Ja-
maican native who was raised
by his grandmother, Millicent
Neelly. She made sure her
grandson put education before
"I was not allowed to have a
TV in my room," he recalls. "My
books were my TV."
Gidarisingh discovered a pas-
sion for the fashion industry
during his sophomore year at
William H. Turner Technical
Arts High School when he began

sketching figures and clothing
for fun.
At MDC, he majored in busi-
ness and joined the Phi Theta
Kappa honor society and the in-
ternational modeling club at the
Wolfson Campus.
Ricardo represents the type
of student MDC prides itself on
serving," said Virginia Fuillerat,
Wolfson Campus Honors College
director. "He is academically
prepared and has been involved
in enrichment activities, such as
the Washington Center Seminar.
Attending a historically Black
university will also be an em-

powering experience for him."
Gidarisingh plans to study
marketing at Howard and pur-
sue a career in fashion.
Inspired by the success of
Sean John Combs' clothing and
fragrance lines, Gidarisingh
says his dream is to have his
. own design empire.
"In fashion, the smart ap-
proach is to study business and
marketing," he says. "I want to
have my own label and be its
creative director."
This feature was provided by
the Miami Dade College media
relations department.

Heading to Howard



A special salute goes out to
the Miami Progressive Band
which started in 1925 as the
Saint Agnes Episcopal Cornet
Band and is still showcasing
the talents of members during
processions at The Church
of The Incarnation, St. Agnes
Episcopal, Temple Baptist,
St.Peters Orthodox, Ebenezer
UMC, St. Francis Catholic and
St. Mary's with palms waving
high and long.
Members have included
Arnold Albury, Andre Brown,
Donnie Brown, Paul Brown,
Cyril Bullard, Harcourt Clark,
Vernon (Kegman) Clark,
Michael Clear, Bertram
Colebrook, Norman
Cox Sr., Norman Cox
Jr., Douglas Dozier,
Charles Floyd, Willie
Granger, Jessie Hill,
Darryl Kernel, George
Lane, Chris Morley,
Fred Morley, Jareda
Strapp and yours
truly. FIE
On Palm Sunday
the band made it first stop
at Incarnation in Liberty
City, where parishioners in
the processional included Dr.
Dorothy J. Fields, Gloria
Green, Milton Hall, Laurestine
Hamm, Carmen Jackson,
Alyce Harrel, Martha and

rl all','&I

By rRihar Sraha

Lucille Robinson,
Rolle, Daphine
Summers and
Helen B. Williams. Those
bringing up the rear included
the Rev. Dr. J. Kenneth
Major, Donald Butler, Hollot
Ferguson, Dr. Whittington B.
Johnson, Louis Powell and
Marcia Saunders.
The second stop was St.
Agnes in Overtown, with Fr.
Richard M. Barry, along with
members from Temple Baptist,
St. Francis Catholic, St. Peter's
African Orthodox, as well as the
Most Rev. George W. Sands,
the Rev. Father James
McPhee, Sis. Gloria
Angelica, Eugene
Strachan, Deacons
Derrell Cuthebertson
and Donnie Brown, Leo
Albury and family, Fred
Brown, Elston and
Lillian Davis, Lona B.
ELDS Mathis, Robin Mathis,
Lucille Robinson and
Cyril Thomas.
After leaving Overtowh, the
band gathered in the parking
lot of Ebenezer, where T. Eilene
Martin-Major organized the line
of march for the procession to
move around Allapattah. For
this year. Maurice Robinson

* i

Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to Cameron
and Effie Culmer. April 19.
their 37". and to Lemuel A.
and Florence S. Moncur.
April 11, their 54".

Happy birthday greetings to
Olive Este, who celebrated
her 105t birthday on March
29. She has seen it all, and
more. Mrs. Este was born in
1904 ,to Edwin Robbins and
Victoria Joseph in Antigua,
West Indies.:.. And to the Rev.
Santarvis N. Brown, who is on
the ministerial, staff of Greater
Bethel AME Church. He is
the son of Sandra James and
grandson of Gloria James.

Get-well wishes are for
Juanita Allen-Lane, The

Without Paul Lawrence Dun-
bar, there is a good chance
that there might not have been
a Harlem Renaissance, a New
Negro movement, at least not
in the way we remember it.
Dunbar was a visionary, a
poet with a clear, distinctive
and specific vision of the fu-
ture, particularly with regard
to a Black aesthetic. He was a
shot across the bow. It is now
conceded among critics and
scholars alike that he was a
truly gifted poet, writing in two
distinct voices: the romantic
lyrical voice of 19th century
classical English poetry and
what has been described as
the evocative dialect of the
turn-of-the-century Black
Dunbar was a foreshadowing
of Langston Hughes, Sterling
Brown and Helene Johnson.
He celebrated the collective
soul of American Black Folk
that he found in their ver-
nacular speech and used that
speech to convey an authen-
tic ethos through the device
of poetic diction. He wrote not
only poetry which gained him
national eminence, the first
African American to achieve
this, but also short stories,
novels, librettos, plays, songs
and essays. Had he lived, he
might have been Black Ameri-
ca's pre-eminent writer at the
age of about 42 when the Har-
lem Renaissance burst into

Rev. Marvelle
C h e e v e r,
Rachel Culmer-
Williams, Arthur
"Pop" Eve,
Karen Hepburn-
Marshall, Rodney
Hepburn, Anna
Johnson, Earl

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Delores J. McCartney, Doris
McKinney-Pittman, Cecil
Stanley Newbold III, Ismay
Prescott, Herbert Rhodes,
Dr. Albert Rolle and Barbara

Friends arid former co-/
workers were saddened
to hear of the death of
William Earl Dennis,
former assistant principal at
Dunbar Elementary. Funeral
services were held on April 6.

bloom. Instead,
he was cut down tragically at
33 by tuberculosis and alco-
Although popular with Black
and White readers of his day,
many of Dunbar's support-
ers, particularly William Dean
Howells, the novelist, critic
and editor of Harper's Weekly,
touted only his dialect poet-
ry and not his incomparable
treatment of English roman-
tic lyric.
It has long been suspected
that Howells's patronage of
Dunbar's dialect poetry de-
rived from motivations akin
to-the racially derisive themes
of the minstrel show and
music that used obvious ra-
cial epithets, caricatures and
stereotypes to make fun of,
and demean, Black people. It
is believed that Howells may
have thought. Dunbar's dia-
lect poetry reinforced those
stereotypes, etc. Dunbar, it is
believed, recognized this and
died a bitter man.
For those readers who wish to
hear this poem and other po-
ems featured in this column
read aloud, go to
and type in jmcnair999 in the
search window. Feel free to
comment. Also you may email
me at

for paul lawrence dunbar

u loved language & loved to

was mounted on a donkey, aka Senior Sassy Diva,
emulating Jesus, and rode celebrated her 70th birthday
through the onlookers to take March 22. with a party hosted
his place behind the band. by her children at The La Vie
Those in the processional Rose Ballroom in Miramar, with
included Jill Bethel, Betty Georgina Ford as moderator.
Bullard, Minister JoAnn As the guests waited for her
Brookins, the Rev. Dr. Joretha arrival, the honoree stepped
Capers, Carolyn Colebrook, out of a white stretched limo,
William Francis, Minister wearing a long, one shoulder
Pamela Hall, Alice Hannah, golden brown- satin tie dyed
Minister David Larmond, gown, accentuated in silver,
Minister Eddie Mercado, made by her son, Reginald,
Harold Pollock, David Smith, and guttero silver and gold
Minister David Staples and shoes made by Michelle.
John Thomas and a host of Anthony Simon recorded the
children who watched the grand entrance on his video
donkey to the end. camera.
She was 'escorted to her
******** special table by
Kudos go out to Gia Bryant, Sonia
Trinity Church of Bryant and Arthurine
Miami Gardens for their Symonette.
production, Jesus Of k-. DJ music filled the
Nazareth, staged April ballroom as guests
4 at the church with 16 fraternized and
scenes and 105 players, sampled the hors
produced and directed .. \ d'oeuvres. Then, a
by Pastors Marcus ROLLE fanfare sounded, the
and Lisette Gonzalez, curtains opened and a
with Pastors Rich and spotlight shone on the
Robyn Wilkerson as executive honoree sitting on her throne
producers. while Reginald read a tribute
A donkey, a sheep, a horse, a to his mother before escorting
cow, a lamb and other animals her around the ballroom floor.
were used in the scenes to AfterSymonettecompletedher
create a background similar to stroll, Rodney Smith, nephew,
that of biblical days. sang Wind Beneath My Wing,
Soloists included David followed by a slide presentation
Robertson, Becki Thomas, on her life and lighting of a
Monique Valez and Dawn candle dedicated to her father,
Chere Wilkerson. Booker T. Manuel, mother,
Ada Manuel, and husband
..***.. Alfred Symonette. Saxophonist
Elaine Manuel Symonette. Michael Emmanuel then took

Sympathy to his devoted wife
Connie and daughter Kyla
and their family.

Edward and Kinya Smith,
of North Carolina. returned
to Miami recently for Kinva's
baby shower given for her
by grandparents Roy and
Georgia Carey and friends,
including Brenda Smith.
The affair was held at Christ
Church Parish Hall and
was well attended. This
will be the grandparents'
first grandchild... Demetra
Dean-Washington and
hubby' Cyrus Washington,
of Onley, Md., were in Miami
last week. to spend a weekly
and Easter with her mom
Inez McKinney Dean-
Johnson and the McKinney

On March 28, Lakevia
Walls received notification
that she had been nominated
for membership in the
National Society of High

prettily use it.
made it graciously grow & ex-
expand, mimetically mark &
stretch the relations of things.
poetic soul, wingbruised &, bo-
malindy sang yr figures black
& bucolic or
lyrically romantic with fresh
new meaning.
u not only found the real melo-
jus music in
the euphony but made it rant
or sweetly ring
from kitchen to the big woods,
salon to concert
hall &from one elevated plane
of consciousness
to another, how sad that even
admiring ears heard
u with selective audition;
heaped u with damning
acclaim. how sad again their
stereotyping eyes
saw minstrelry before pro-
found poetic diction
& myopically missed a real
lyrical dancer.
perhaps they right righteously
sensed the
throbbing threat in yr proud
swarthy verses
standing tall among the fleecy
clouds in fame's
sky. how sad the more when
tubercular cough
&. alcohol fast forwarded yr end
of days at
thirty-three. would that u lived
to see all of yr
work extolled, signified upon,
raised above a
dead racist textual to a living
black aesthetic.
would that u could turn in yr
grave & hide
yr posthumous smile.
,f, Joseph McNair

School Scholars. Lakevia has
maintained a high academic
record since she began
school. She is the daughter of
Janet Lowe, granddaughter
of Phillis Ingram and great-
granddaughter of Erma






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to the stage and serenac
cousin with Order My
one of his favorites th
performed as a stud
Bethune-Cookman Univ
The honoree made a
appearance in a stunni
blue, and silver cocktail
Guests included
Kendrick B. Meek,
County Commissioners
Audrey Edmonson
and Dorrin D. Rolle,
Maryu McCier, former
Miami Police Chief
Clarence Dickson and
wife, Terry Wright, E.
A. Stevens, Herman an
Williams, adopted gra
Patrick St. Louis, as
coach at the University o
Florida. The commiss
read proclamations.
Recognition was given
to classmates from
Booker T. Washington
High, and especially to
Henry Cunningham,
Clement Minnis,
Walter Perkins,
Charles Singletary
and Ronald Whitehead
for' their role in the
Mary Dunn, pre
T. Eilene Martin-
director, and the memb
of the Egelloc Civic and
Club and "Men Of Tom
are getting ready to p
30 11"' graders to soc

ded his Sunday, April 19, at the James
Steps, L. Knight Center, marking the
hat he end of their preparation that
ent at began in October, 2008.
ersity. The program will begin
second at 5 p.m. and will include
ng sky a display of the group's
Black History Project,
-performances by the
Talent Hunt winners,
including Donavan
Care, Marquez Davis,
/ Jeremy Dixon, Larren
Mellerson, Jordan
Powell and Alan
The African
d Mary American Committee of Dade
andson Heritage Trust met at the
-sistant home of committee founder
f South Dr. Enid C. Pinkney on April
sioners 6 to finalize plans for an essay
contest, talent presentation,
procession led by the
Miami Progressive
Band and unveiling of a
tombstone for Samuel
Johnson on Sunday,
April 26, starting
with a march from
'i St. Agnes Episcopal
Church at 3 .p.m.
PINKNEY Those at the meeting
included Dorothy
Graham, Gloria Green, Laurice
Hepburn, Maude Newbold and
;sident, Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan.

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Something has shifted in you. If you can ride
this energy you'll get stronger and more
centered thanever. Issues with females
are tense. Keep your distance and eventu-
alJy they will blow over without a fuss. Luck
numbers 7, 12, 15, 25, 38

A deep desire to help people is behind ev-
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or disappointed. There's a vicious circle
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to lose the need to play the savior. Luck
numbers 9, 18, 25, 35, 48

Old patterns run you from within. What you
respond to automatically has nothing to do
with you. Those issues have to be faced be-
fore you can get your current affairs to set-
tle into something you can deal with. Luck
numbers 10, 18, 24, 27, 42

Most of your problems would disappear if
you weren't so hung up on staying put. A
move may seem out of the question but it
could be just what's needed because your
current situation has outlived its purpose.

Luck numbers 10, 18, 22, 32, 42

You're good at nailing down the truth but
your diplomacy skills are lacking. No one
will get the message if everything you say
upsets them. Ease up. Kindness and under-
standing are needed here. Luck numbers
12, 15, i18, 35, 42

You needn't worry about how this will
go. It's the first step toward your wildest
dreams. At times like this, it's best not to
think too much. Just keep showing up and
let your inner self handle the rest of it.
Luck numbers 9, 24, 30, 38, 45

What you've got is a reflection of your be-
liefs about how life has to go. Growth stops
when we resign ourselves to one way of
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numbers 12, 26, 32, 40, 45
So much is up for you. Remind yourself that
you're good enough to have whatever it is.
Powerful rejection trips will interfere with

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bers 8, 15, 32, 35, 42

Too much change may be upsetting but
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So much is bringing you back to your child-
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present. All of that information will help
you understand why, this isn't working.
Luck numbers 18, 26, 38, 42, 48

Blessings in disguise have totally changed
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cus your mind on what matters to you. Luck
numbers 9, 12, 19, 27, 41

People are coming around to your way of
thinking. By now they see that it's pointless
to pretend. You can rearrange this or you
can let it go but you can't keep it the way'
it is. Thank God both of you agree on that.
Luck numbers 10, 15, 21, 31, 38

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Music industry group honoring Wyclef Jean

ASCAP giving the artist Creative Voice Award

Miami Times Staff report
The American Society of Conm-
posers, Authors and Publishers
- ASCAP -- will honor singers
Wyclef Jean and Santigold at its
261h Annual Pop Music Awards.
Wyclef will receive ASCAP's
Creative Voice Award and San-
tigold the Vanguard Award.
Both are special awards in ad-
dition to previously announced
ASCAP Founders Award going
to Ann & Nancy Wilson of the
group Heart.
The songwriters and publish-

ers of ASCAP's most performed
pop songs of 2008 will also be
honored at the invitation-only
event set for April 22 in Los An-,
Wyclef and the Heart duo will
perform at the awards ceremo-
ny. The award he is receiving
is given to an ASCAP member
or group "whose significant ca-
reer achievements are equally
informed by their creative spirit
and by.their contributions to the
role that a creator can play in
their community."
Previous winners were Metal-

lica in 2004 and Green Day in
*"Wyclef is one of this genera-
tion's most musically innova-
tive and passionate artists," said
ASCAP President and Chairman
Marilyn Bergman.
"He is not only a hero to mil-
lions of music fans around the
world but [also] to the millions of
people he helps through his Y6le
Haiti Foundation. The ASCAP
Creative Voice Award is an honor
he richly deserves."
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ning writer, musician and pro-
ducer who effortlessly crosses

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graphic boundaries with his mu-
sic. "
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the top 10 with albums and sin-
gles on countless times for his
collaborative and solo works over
the past two decades.
While Jean performed with the.
Fugees, The Score became the
top-selling hip-hop album of all
time. He wrote and produced
Carlos Santana's Supernatural,
winning the Grammy for Album
of the Year, and collaborated with
Shakira on Hips Don't Lie, earn-
ing him.the number one.Top 40
airplay record of all time.

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Film Life's American Black
Film Festival, which was held
in Miami Beach for five years,
will return for its 2009 edition
slated for June 24-29.
"It was one of our most
successful and well attended
events," said William D. Talbert
III, president/CEO of the
Greater Miami Convention and
Visitors Bureau.
"We are delighted ABFF is
returning to Miami. We look
forward to continuing our
partnership with Film Life, and
* :the film and entertainment
community at large." Talbert
HBO is the festival's founding

and premier sponsor.
"We began 13 years ago
as an annual film retreat to
showcase and celebrate the
best and brightest filmmakers
of color. We are returning to
that model and will restore the
tropical intimacy the ABFF has
always been knoin for," said
Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life
and founder of the festival.
This year, the festival will
open with a star studded
Hollywood premiere and close
with the ABFF, Independent
Film Awards.
"Our mission, is to cultivate
the careers of the most
talented emerging filmmakers,
and facilitate the distribution
of their commercially viable

work," said Melanie Sharee,
festival director. "We have
revised our programming goals
anri selection criteria to reflect
our focus on quality over
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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 wasicontaminated by :a
rrimysterious ingredient and
caused 81 deaths.' 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

It's clear that the FDA

already overwhelmed

Should they be given

the authority to regular

the $80 billion tobac i

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

abilify 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 concerned about food safety as they are
about war on terror.4

Before the latest FDA blunders, a poll
- was conducted which found that 82
is 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
lte fully debated, and right now, 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.
hiding 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.
'Hariisiardner. "Heparin Contamination May Have. Been Deliberate, F.D.A. Says." New
YorkTi rs. April 30, 2008.
t"Inre~tigotndo of Outbreak of Infections Caused by Salmonella Saintpaul." Center
for, l- eas Control and Prevention. August 28, 2008. URL:
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"lti'iFbA -a broken agency?" The Associated Press. March 3, 2009.
4"Food :Sfefty; Majority of Americans Feel Industry Doesn't Do Enough." American
I S1 t'" fr Quality. March 11; 2009. URL:
rel a b209/20090311-food-safety.html '
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the way to help the unemployed

City of Miami Gardens taking

applications for passports
iilMiami rimes Staff Report
Employees of the Miami Gardens city clerk's office will be
,:on hand at city hall from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18,
to accept and process passport applications.
If you are not able to make that date, the office is open 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays to take applications,
preferably by appointments but walk-ins will be welcome.
The conditions include:
Those applying for a passport must do so in person, be
U.S. citizens by birth or naturalization and show proof by
original birth certificates or naturalization certificates,
provide two color passport photos for each applicant, show
valid government-issued photo identification such as Florida
.driver's license.
Each applicant over age 14 must pay $75 by personal
check or money order made out to The "U.S. Department
6f State." For children under 16, the cost is $60. Cash and
credit cards are not accept.
Applicants should get their passports within eight weeks.
The Miami Gardens City Hall is located at 1515 NW 167th
.'St., Suite 200. For more information, call City Clerk Ronerta
Taylor at 305-622-8000 ext. 2228
For more information on passports, call the National
Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-277.8.

By Andrea Stone

For millions of jobless people
dependent on unemployment
benefits, the wait for help may
be getting shorter.
After computer system crash-
es and overwhelmed phone
lines at state unemployment
offices inundated with record
claims, federal funds are start-
ing to ease the jam, says Rich-
ard Hobbie of the National As-
sociation of State Workforce

Agencies. The $500 million from
the economic stimulus package
President Obama signed Feb.
17 began flowing into state cof-
fers in mid-March.
possible in 2010
The aid is separate from the
package's $7 billion for en-
hanced employment benefits,
which some Republican gover-
nors, including those of South
Carolina, Louisiana, Texas,
Alaska and Mississippi, have

rejected because they say it
would lead to higher business
taxes when the federal funds
end. The administrative funds
are meant to improve claims
processing and help the jobless
find work.
Now it s a matter of getting
the money and spending it on
the right things," Hobbie says.
He predicts those filing for un-
employment benefits "will see
more reliable and faster service
and more help at finding a new

The unemployment rate hit
8.51'. in March. the highest in
a quarter-century. Of the 13.2
million people out of work, 5.5
million are receiving state job-
less benefits and another 1.5
million are getting extended
benefits from the federal gov-
ernment, Hobbie- says. In the
week ending March 28, 669,000
people filed new claims.
Doug Bonestroo, 48, was
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Developer showcases energy efficient modular home

By Sylvia Mitchell
Miami Times Writer

A new idea in affordable hous-
ing has come to Miami-Dade: en-
ergy-efficient, hurricane-ready,
concrete homes delivered nearly
completely built.
Neighborhood Housing Ser-
vices of South Florida and its
partner Adanac Development &
Construction Services on April 7
used a crane to install one of the
houses at 324 NW 108th St.
The model house was built
by Royal Concrete Concepts of
West Palm Beach the compa-
ny's first single-family home in
Miami-Dade, and it was brought
by truck nearly 95 percent com-
plete, with interior finishes, light
fixtures and cabinets already in
The structure comprised
three modules weighing 80,000
pounds each and was installed
in hours using a 200-ton crane.
The company makes the floor,
walls and roof out of concrete
and reinforced steel at its plant
in Okeechobee using a pat-
ented building method. When
complete the home has 1,176
square feet and includes three
bedrooms, two baths, a great
room, kitchen with dining bar,
breakfast room, laundry room

Workers install the county's first energy-efficient and
modular house. *
and porch. It has been tested building affordable housing for
to withstand up to Category 5 Miami-Dade workers and low-
or 150 miles per hour winds, income residents since 1990.
the manufacturer says. "With the financial struggles
It sells for about $225,000. we all face, building green al-
Adanac founder David Hard- lows our buyers to save money
er has been developing and on energy usage every day,"

hurricane-ready .concrete
-Photo by Melissa Mboonves
said Harder. *"These savings
enhance the families' ability to
stretch a dollar, in addition to
living in a healihiet environ-
NHS has helped hundreds of
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Lottery sales in FIprida are down 5% for the past
year. Photo- USA TOuAV/iiee M;tcnll

.Reflecting bad times, some

Sotteries hit losing streak
-By Andrea Stone
"-. State lotteries are down on their luclk as players cut back
on games of cbpnce.
From California, where sales for the past year are down
5%, to Florida, where sales slipped 7%, fewer people are
S-'gambling on scratch-off tickets and numbers games.
"The economy probably has affected lottery sales the way
Wit's affected all discretionary spending,' says David Gale
'*'of the- North American Association of State and Provincial
." .'Lotteries.
About half of Americans buy lottery tickets, according
to a 2008 -Gallup Poll. Profits from the $60 billion spent
:.provided nearly-$18 billion for education, transit and other
S state services. As tax revenue declines, those proceeds are
Some lotteries are flush. In Minnesota, sales for the last
',quarter were up 6% from 2008. That may be because casino
revenues have fallen, says William Eadington, director of the
Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming
.,-at the University of Nevada-Reno. "People are substituting
cheaper gambling," he says.
Many states see declines:
".Indiana's Hoosier Lottery quarterly sales are down 10%
from last year. Those still playing are spending less, says
Kathryn Bensbom, executive director of the State Lottery
:kCommission of Indiana. "We are fun and entertainment" -
expendable, she says.
*California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso says gasoline
prices have hurt. People who switched to mass transit to
,'save money are not driving into gas stations where they
used. to buy lottery tickets, he says.
*Iowa lottery sales in the past nine months are down
4% from 2008. Job losses and floods brought "a double
whammy," spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says.
S'Kansas sales in late March were down 4% from the same
week a year ago, in part because about 50 convenience
stores and other vendors went out of business.
Lottery spokeswoman Sally Lunsford says Kansas and
other states have been hurt by a dearth of huge jackpots.
Many players don't buy tickets until prizes reach $200
-'.million, she says.

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Tampa Bay has the youngest NFL head coach : lo=

By Jarrett Bell

Mike Tomlin mixed
with the reporters at
Raheem Morris' table
during a breakfast for
NFC head coaches at
the recent league meet-
ings, and in a bit of role
reversal the Pittsburgh
Steelers coach quickly
demonstrated a knack
for asking a pertinent
"What makes you
think you're ready for
such a job?" Tomlin
asked Morris, 32, who
replaced Jon Gruden
as the Tampa Bay Buc-
caneers coach in Janu-
It wasn't too long ago
when Tomlin, hired at
34 as Bill Cowher's re-
placement, faced the
same query. But after
becoming the youngest
coach to win a Super
Bowl, the question no
longer applies.
Not so for Morris,
whose baby face is ac-
cented by an infectious
"Hey," Morris insists,
"I've been ready for this
all my life."

There is no shortage
of confidence. When
he interviewed for the
Denver Broncos' job
that eventually went to
another 32-year-old,
Josh McDaniels, Mor-
ris left feeling that he'd
land a head coaching
job in short time.
He was right. Two
weeks later, Morris'
promotion in Tampa
from defensive backs
coach further symbol-
ized the NFL's trend to-
ward young, unproven
coaches who face bap-
tism by fire. The aver-
age age of the 11 new
coaches this season
(including two who
stayed on after finish-
ing last season as in-
terim coaches) is 43.2
years. But even more
significant in a league
that used to recycle
coaches as if promot-
ing a green initiative,
nine of the hires are
first-time head coach-
So the question isn't
just about age.
"We all think we're
ready before we are,"
says new St. Louis

Rams coach Steve
Spagnuolo, 49, the
former New York Gi-
ants defensive coor-
dinator. "I'm not sure
anybody's 100% ready
until you get in the
middle of it and do it.
It's like the first time
you're trying to ride
that bike ... You take
the training wheels off
and go."
Experience seemed
so overrated in last
year's hiring cycle,
when all four new
coaches were in the
position for the first
time. Three made the
playoffs, and maiy
within the league be-
lieve such success fu-
eled the pattern of the
latest cycle.
Tomlin's best / ad-
vice for new coaches:
Trust your instincts.
"This is not a job
that has a thianual,"
he says.
Rookie coaches
have picked up on
that notion. Even
coaches who seem-
ingly took measured,
methodical advances
up the ladder can be

"I've been ready for this all my life," Tampa Bay Bucs coach Raheem
Morris, 32, says of the pressures of the NFL. -Photo US Presswire
taken .aback by new the Tennessee Ti-. worse. Ask McDan-

demands. New De-
troit Lions coach Jim.
Schwartz, 42, is sur-
prised his time has
been "hijacked."
In addition to the
typical football work,
Schwartz has met
with suite holders,
former players, chari-
ties and fans.
In his old job as

tans' defensive chief,
Schwartz estimates he
spent maybe 10 min-
utes per day on the
phone. "Now it seems
like I'm on the phone
10 hours a day," he
says. "I'd hate to see
my cellphone bill, be-
cause I guarantee you
it's not pretty."
It could be much

iels,' whose since-
traded quarterback,
Jay Cutler, wouldn't
even return his phone
calls after his name
popped up in trade
McDaniels' stock
rose as New England
Patriots' offensive co-
ordinator last season,
given his role

Johnson hair care company back in Black hands

Husband-wife team

buys revered firm

Miami Times Staff Report

Procter & Gamble
Company has sold
its Johnson Products
Company unit, one of
the world's most recog-
nized market leaders in
Black hair care prod-
ucts, to RCJP Acquisi-
tion,, a newly forced.,
independent company
comprising Los Ange-
les-based private equity
firms Rustic Canyon/
Fontis Partners and St..
Cloud Capital,
along with a Black
management team of
industry veterans.
Terms of the transac-
tion were not disclosed.
The new manage-
ment team will be led
by two industry veter-

ans with strong ties to
*the business, a hus-
band-and-wife team
comprising Eric Brown
and Renee
Cottrell-Brown. They
have extensive experi-
ence in the ethnic hair
care area, having both
held senior executive
positions with the Pro-
Line International sub-
sidipry of Alberto-Cul-
ver Company.
Brown will serve as
chief executive officer
with Cottrell-Brown as
executive vice presi-
Founded in 1954 by
George Ellis Johnson,
Sr., Johnson Products,
formerly headquar-.
tered in Chicago, has
been a mainstay brand

for more than a half-
century in the Black
community. In 1971,
the company became
the first minority-run
enterprise to be listed'
on the New York Stock
Today, Johnson Prod-
ucts offers more than
30 hair care products

Chief Executive Officer
WN Executive Vice President
and is headquartered
in Los Angeles, with of-
fices in Dallas.
. "The acquisition of
Johnson Products rep-
resents the renewal of a
family of products that
revolutionized the eth-
nic hair care industry
starting in the 1950s,
and a next stage of

growth for a legend-
ary company -that has
been an iconic figure
and model of success
for African Americans,"
Brown said. "The new
Johnson Products
Company will provide
us with a platform to
bring product innova-
tions and promotions to
a unique multi-cultural
consumer group and
reintroduce the brands
to a new generation. We
have an outstanding,
motivated team, and we
are -extremely -excited
and optimistic about
the future of this new
, venture."
Johnson Products
has annualized sales of
more than $23 million.
Its products are sold
throughout the Unit-
ed States and share a
global market that the
company estimates at
about $1.8 billion.
"It makes me ex-

tremely happy to know
that the brands of
Johnson Products will
be owned by people who
understand the African
American consumer
market and care about
the brands," said com-
pany founder Johnson,
82, whose firm became
part Procter & Gamble
in 2003 with its acqui-
sition of Wella AG.
"Eric Brown and Re-
nee Cottrell-Brown
will be successful in
re-energizing the com-
pany, and I wish them
the-very best in their
endeavors," Johnson
Comer J. Cottrell,
founder of Pro-Line In-
ternational, welcomed
the ownership change.
"The acquisition will
perpetuate the legacy
of minority ownership
and contributions to
the industry," Cottrell

Online summer camp seeks to prepare entering law students

Miami Times Staff Report

The JD Project has
announced its Sum-
mer Boot Camp online
distance learning pro-
gram to prepare mi-
nority law students en-
tering law school in a
move to reverse what it
says' is a decline in the
number of Black and
Latino lawyers.
While people of color
comprise more than 30
percent of the nation,
they are less than 15
percent of the legal pro-
fession and even fewer
work in large firms and
corporation, the orga-
nization said.
Fewer Black and
Latino students were
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school now than in the
last 20 years.
"The lack of equi-
table representation of
minorities in the legal
profession is a seri-
ous problem not only
for minority commu-
nities but also for so-
ciety as a whole," the
JD Project said in a
"The rule of law is
based on voluntary
respect and adher-
ence to. the legal sys-
tem, For groups to
respect the system, it
is essential that they
feel the .system will
fairly protect their in-
terest. The lack of mi-
nority attorneys and'
judges is a significant
factor in the disillu-

sionment that many
minorities feel with
the legal system," the
statement said.
The "boot camp" is
intended to assure ,
that minority stu- ,
dents entering law
school do well, espe-
cially in the first year
so they can maximize
their career options
and be prepared to
give back to their
The online camp
teaches students
to study effectively
for law school, in-
troduces them to
the writing, think-
ing and test-taking
skills needed to excel
on law school exams
and builds a network

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of academic support
that crosses school
Participants will
work on. the study
skills, strategies and
techniques they will
need to achieve their
goals as law students

and they will learn
how to study to learn
read, write and think
like a lawyer, the
statement said.
The 150-hour pro-
gram costs $750 and
admission is. on a
rolling basis until all

slots are filled.
For more informa-
tion, email Vernellia
Randall, founder of
the JD Project, vrran-
dall@thej project.
org, or Tshaka Ran-
dall, tshaka.randall@

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among those who applied for benefits this
week. The Eden Prairie, Minn., regional sales di-
rector for a technology company was laid off in
February. He tried to log on to the Minnesota Un-
employment Insurance Program website on Mon-
day after his severance pay ran out. He couldn't
get in; the computers had crashed for the second
time in a month. He was able to file his claim af-
ter the system comeback three hours later.
Kirsten Morell, a spokeswoman for Minnesota's
unemployment office, says the outages were "gar-
den variety" glitches unrelated to high volume.
Still, she says, "There's no doubt we're busy."
Minnesota plans to use its stimulus money to
enhance its website.
Other states planning improvements:
Michigan, which has the nation's highest un-
employment rate, 12%, plans to add nearly 300
employees by the end of April, says spokesman
Norm Isotalo. It has opened a fourth call center
in Lansing and a seventh "problem resolution" of-
fice in Detroit for those ,who have contested un-
employment claims.
i California,whpse three-decades-old computer
system overloaded in January when it processed
525,000 new claims, will buy hundreds of new
computers and printers.
Florida will cope with a record call volume by
adding hundreds of phone lines arid adding 400
employees to its staff of about 650. It will replace
its 37-year-old mainframe computer.

Home built of concrete

continued from 7D

families get their first homes. Each buyer goes
through hours of counseling, credit analysis and
county-approved first-time homebuyers' classes
before qualifying for a mortgage. The buyer also
receives "green" training and orientation to un-
derstand the energy-efficient and healthy living
aspects of their homes.
Royal says it builds its homes using sustainable
construction materials and methods and overall
the homeowner should save up to 30 percent on
energy costs. The "green" features include a so-
lar water heater, white metal roof, Energy Star
lighting and low-flow water fixtures. When a hur-
ricane threatens the house is ready no shutters
needed, the manufacturer says.
"This home is built of rock solid concrete -- the
floors, walls and even the roof," said Wally Sanger
Royal's owner and president. "Our homes are
safer and stronger than traditional construction.
And they have received the 'Fortified for Safer
Living' certification that is only given to homes
that go through rigorous testing for their ability
to withstand fire, flood and windstorm damage."

Rozalyn Hester Paschal M.D.P.A., F.A.A.P
Established Since 1953 One of the oldest pediatric Practices
in Dade County Over 50 years of Child Care
7900 NW 27 Ave Ste 50 660 N. State Rd 7, Ste 3A
Miami FL. 33147 Phone 305-758-0591 Plantation FL 33317 Phone 954-880-8399
Formerly, Parkway Medical Plaza
16800 NW 2 Ave. Ste 203
N. Miami Beach FL 33169 305-652-6095

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on April 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM in the City Commission Chambers at City
Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving the
requirements of obtaining sealed competitive bids and authorizing the negotiation
and execution of a Professional Services Agreement with the University of Miami
Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (UMGCRME), a Florida non-
profit educational entity, located at The Clinical Research Building, 1120 N.W.
14th Street, 1st Floor, Miami, Florida, 33136, to continue without interruption of
delivery of the Emergency Response to Terrorism (ERT) training, effective until
the end of the UASI 2009 Grant (subject to budgetary approval), or until all
deliverables are met, with the option to extend for two (2) additional one-year
periods, for a cost not to exceed $220,000. Funding is available from the UASI
Grant Program.

Inquiries from otherpotential sources of such a product who feel that they might
be able to satisfy the City's requirement for this item may contact Assistant
Chief Reginald K. Duren, City of Miami, Department of Fire-Rescue, (305)416-

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
City Clerk

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

1192 N.W. 65 Street
Large two bdrms. $700
mthly. Section 8 OK. 305-

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.

1229 N.W. 1st Court
Move In Special. One bdrm,
one bath. $575. Stove,
refrigerator, air. 305-642-

1281 N.W. 61st 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
aqd dryer, tiled. Section 8
welcomed. $795 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567

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

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

1558 N.W. 1 Avenue
Two'bdrms, one bath. $650.
Appliances. 305-642-7080

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

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

2239 N.W. 87 Street
Spacious, clean one
bedroom, one bath. $590
monthly. New appliances,
air and hot water included.

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

270 NE 191 STREET
UNIT 108
One bedroom, on the lake.
One month free. $650 month-
ly. Call 305-974-7321

2945 N.W. 46th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$650. Call 786-412-9343.

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

3301 N.W. 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$350 bi-weekly, $800 moves
you in. Appliances and utili-
ties included. 786-389-1686

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.

5500 N.W. 4th Avenue
One bedroom, one bath in
rear. $550 utilities included.
Call 305-986-6609

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

731 N.W. 56th Street
One bdrm, one bath, call

745 N.W. 58 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air unit,
appliances, water and gas.
$750 mthly. One bdrm, $575
mthly. Section 8 Ok! 305-401-
4674, Monday through Friday
9 to 5.

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

One and two bedroorhm, 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
Ist Court. 305-374-4412.

Overtown, Liberty City, Opa
Locka, Brown$ville Apadrt-
ments, Duplexes, Houses.
One two and three bed-
rooms. Same day approval.'
For information/Specials

Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
One bedroom and efficiency
for rent. Call 305-970-5574

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

Rent Special!l All appli.
cations accepted. Easy
Qualify. One bdrm, one bath
$495,%(745). Twp bdrm, ,
one bath $695 ($895)..

Beautiful one bedroom, $540
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines. Call

One bedroom, one bath,
$450, 305-717-6084.

MIAMI -Now Pre Leasing
A Rental Community

Pinnacle Place Apartments
5600 N.E. 4Ave
Miami, FL 33137

Affordable, one, two, three
bedrooms. Starting at $633.
For leasing information visit:

Pinnacle View Apartmrnt
225 N.E. 23 Street
Miami, FL 33137

Call: 305-573-9201

-Income Restrictions-

Prices Subject to Change


'MIAMI Now Pre Leasing
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.

NO DEPOSIT with Section 8.
Two and one bedroom Apts.

One bdrm, one bath, $495.
Section 8 OKI 305-717-6084

Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $850 monthly.
Section 8 welcome.

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.

13215 NE 6 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air and heat, appliances
and water included. Section 8
welcome! $700 monthly.

6113 S.W. 69th Street
Three bedrooms, one and half
bath, one block from Metro-
,rail,$1,200 monthly, Section
8 welcome: 786-556-9425 or

17934 NW 40th COURT
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly. Section 8 ok.
All Points Realty

One bedroom, one bath like
new. $785 a month, 9614
N.W. 5th Ave. Unit 3. Call

One bdrm, one and half bath,
Section 8 ok! 786-277-3688

1187 N.W. 63 St. #2
Two bdrms, one bath, $900
mthly, $1800 to move in.

14 Ave. and 37 St.
Three bdrms, air. Section 8
OK. $1100 mthly. :

147 N.W. 68 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$625. Stove, refrigerator, air,
free water. 305-642-7080

1540 N.W. 49 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850. More Specials.
Frank Cooper
Real Estate
226 N.W. 63rd Street
Two bedroom, one bathi t
central air, Section 8 ok!

.15803 N.W. 38 Place .
tLovely twO bedrooms, '
central air, iull1 tiled, bars,
alarms, Section 8 ready. ,
$950 monthly. Other loco-
tions. '

1597 N.W. 51 St.
Two .bedrooms, one bath, to-
tally remodeled. $900 mthly.

1602 N.W. 85 St.
Two bdrms. First, last plus
770-826-0680, 786-487-6383

1815 N.W. 41 STREET
Two bedrooms,, one bath.
$850 monthly. $2100 to move
in. Section 8 welcome.

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

2056 Washington Avenue
Two bdrms, Opa-Locka,
$850 monthly. 786-290-7333.

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

2335 NW 95th Street
Two bdrm, one bath, $800
monthly, $1575 to move in.

2401 N.W. 95 Street Two
bdrms, one bath, washer,
dryer, central air, Section 8
OK. $1,175 mthly.
Matthew 954-818-9112

247 N. E. 77 Street
One bedroom, one bath, re-
frigerator, stove, micro wave,
water, garbage, parking. $750
monthly plus security. Section
8 ok. 786-216-7533.

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

The perfect 10. Two bed-
rooms, one bath, appliances,
tiled throughout.

4643 NW 16 AVENUE
One bedroom. $650 monthly.
Vouchers accepted.

4691 NW 18th Avenue
Two bdrm, one bath. $800.
mthly, $1575 to move-in.

5010 N.W. 1 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath,
air, near school and bus line,
fenced. 305-634-3473

542 N.W. 60th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, $1100 monthly.

574 N.E. 65 Street
Three bedrooms, two
baths.$1000 mthly, $600 Se-
curity Deposit. 786-488-2264

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

6920 N.W. 4 Ave
Five bedrooms, two baths.
Brand new. $1980 mthly,
plus $2600 security deposit.
Section 8 OKI 954-624-5906

6998 N.W. 5 Place
One bdrm, one bath. $650
mthly. 786-399-8557

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

812 N.W. 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths.
Brand new. $1702 monthly
plus $2200 security deposit.
Section 8 OK!. 305-467-3344

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

Hialeah Heights
Three bdrms, two bath,
$1,500 monthly, $1,200 de-
posit, Section 8 OK. 561-703-

2538 N.W. 104th Terrace
Nice area. Water included.
$600 monthly. 786-290-7333

86 Street NE 2 Ave Area
Efficiency. Call 305-754-7776

Furnished efficiency, 786-
287-0864 or 786-337-5853.

13387 N.W. 30th Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.

1500 N.W. 183rd Street
$135 wkly, $285 to move in.

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

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.

19620 N.W. 31st Avenue
$120 wkly, $240 to move in,
air, cable. Call 305-310-5272

2760 N.W. 60 Street
Large room. $500 mthly.

2900 NW 157th Street
Room for rent, $250 down,
$125 weekly. 305-681-4181,

3185 N.W. 75th Street
Roommate needed. Access
to entire house. Near Tri-Rail.
$100 weekly. 305-439-2906

4220 N.W. 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.

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

Private entrance with bath
and air. Call 305-343-2732

Room in nice home for rent.

$125 weekly, $15, additional
person, air. 305-254-6610

TV, utilities included, $600
mthly. 305-687-1110

$600 to move in, $75 weekly,
with air. 786-337-0864


One room, central air and
appliances. $125 weekly.

Nice room with privileges like
home, responsible person
preferred. Call 305-696-

1021 N.E. 166 St
Fully remodeled, three bed-
rooms, two baths plus den,
central air. $1450 monthly.
first and last.
1131 NW 38 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Welcome.

13140 N.W. 18th Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath.
786-344-9560, 305-688-0600

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
40 N.W. 166 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
one month security.

14082 N.E. 2nd Avenue
40 N.W. 166 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
new townhouse located in
nice area, Section 8 ok! Only
one month security.

1518 N.W. 99th STREET
Five bedrooms, two bath,
Section 8 welcomed!

15765 N.W. 37th Cdurt
Four bedroom, two baths,
family room, $1650monthly,
Section 8 welcomed!
All Points Realty
Patrick 305-542-5184
17220 N.W. 45th COURT
Three Bedrooms, two
baths, family room, near
schools. 305-510-2841,

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

1784 N.W. 46th Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
washer and dryer. $950
monthly. First and security.

1850 N.W. 55 Street
Three bdrm, two bath, den,
Section 8 OK. 786-344-4407

1901 Rutland Street
1480 N.W. 154 St. Complete-
ly renovated two bedrooms
and four bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. 305-965-0671

1901 Rutland Street
1480 N.W. 154 St. Complete-
ly renovated two bedrooms
and four bedrooms. Section 8
Welcome. 305-965-0671

2297 Rutland Street
Newly remodeled, two bed-
rooms, one bath with bonus
area. Section 8 OK.

2361 N.W. 153rd Street
Two bdSm, one bath,
$1000 monthly.

2425 N.W. 162 St
Remodeled two bedrooms
$1100 mthly. 305-801-1165

2511 N.W. 55 St.
Three bdrms, one bath, air.
Section 8 OK. 305-624-3806

262 N.W. 51st Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1200 mthly. 305-205-1665.

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

3401 N.W. 170 St.
Three bdrms, one half bath,

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

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

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

7620 N.W. 2nd Court
Three bdrm, two baths,
fenced $1230 mthly, Section
8. Call 305-283-4855

8225 N.W. 12 Place
Two bedrooms one and a
half bath, fenced, appliances,
washer and dryer. Close to
school, park. Section 8 OK.
$1250 mthly. 954-638-8842


Share two bedroom house
with roommate. $670 each
monthly. Water, lights, wash-
er. Call L.J. 786-457-9086.

Two, three, four bdrms. From
$900 monthly.

Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1075 mthly. 786-277-7028.

N.W. 133 St. and 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776

North Dade Area
Two, three and four bedroom
houses for rent. Call for List
and Prices. NDI
Realtors 305-655-1700

Lots of four bdrms, two bath
houses. Water and electricity
included. $1295 monthly.

Quiet Street, four bdrms, two
baths, central air. Section 8
OK. Morris 305-525-3540

'Section 8 Houses
Air, Tile, Renovated.

One bdrm, living room, bath,
kitchen, own entrance. Rent
negotiable. 786-285-0142

1830 N.W. 194 St.
Four bedrooms, three baths.
Two story. 4000 Square Feet.
NDI Realtors

House for SALE
1015 N.W. 42 Street
3 bdrms, 1 bath, $139K
$8,900 down, $977 monthly.
Owner Finance, no closing
Molly 305-541-2855

Own your own home.
FHANA. 1-866-446-8104

Any Condition-Any Area!

N.W. 14 Court. Four bed-
rooms, three baths, two mas-
ters, central air, large den.
Try $2900 down and $1295
monthly, FHA. -
NDI Realtors 305-655-1700

Plumbing, electrical, roof,
washer, dryer. 786-273-1130

Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices. 14140
N.W. 22nd Avenue.
Call 305-685-3565.

Carpentry, shutters, painting,
tiling, plastering and addi-
tions. Call 954-980-4231 or

Plumbing and Carpentry. 305-
401-9165, 786-423-7233

Skilled for Sunday after-
noon service. 786-255-8022

Make Up to $10 an Hour

We are seeking drivers to
deliver newspaper to retail
outlets in South Dade, Bro-
ward and Miami Dade.
Wednesday Only

You must be available be-
tween the hours of 6 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Must have reli-
able, insured vehicle and
current Driver License.
Apply in person at:
The Miami Times
900 N.W. 54th Street

LOVE! MONEY! Court cases
Spiritual. 305-879-3234




this opt-in alternative would begin to give consumers
a true choice about when and how they are assessed
charges and fees for short-term credit.
. The other, opt-out, alternative would do little to
change current practices which amount to a system
of abusive short-term loans that strip nearly $17.5
billion from consumers annually.

County housing

director resigns

By Sandra J. Charite

Jose Cintron, Miami-Dade County's housing
director since January, resigned suddenly
Sunday, saying he wanted to spend time with his
A national search will be conducted by Cynthia
Curry, senior advisor/assistant county manager,
and a committee to find a successor to Cintron.
Curry will serve as acting director while the
search takes place.
"My experience with Jose was very good. He
has a deep knowledge of public housing," Curry
said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "He is at
the point in his life where his family is first and
foremost. He wants to spend more time with
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development took control of the housing agency
in 2007, after a series of stories in The Miami
Herald reported on widespread mismanagement
and developers lining their pockets with money
given to them to build affordable housing.
The County regained control of MDHA earlier
this year after meeting demands set by the federal
Cintron's last day at work will be May 15.

Exorbitant bank fees

stun consumers trigger

congressional response

By Nisa Islam Muhammad
The Final Call

-WASHINGTON (NNPA) -- Carolyn Williams 'was
unsure about the exact amount in her bank account
when she went shopping. She wasn't really worried
because she knew her debit card would only cover
costs for the amount of money she had in the bank.
Williams learned an expensive lesson when she
checked her account and discovered that not only
was she charged for more than she had but each
purchase over the amount of money she had also
cost her $35 in bank fees.
"I spent $50 more than I had in my account on
three purchases and I was charged $35 each time.
So a $50 overdraft cost me $105. I couldn't believe it.
Why didn't they just decline the charge?" she said.
"This is a problem. I didn't ask them to advance
me the $50 but they did and it cost me a whopping
$105. I didn't have the $50 and now/ I'm overdrawn
This practice of advancing loans to bank customers
is under review by- the Federal Reserve Board.
It is considering implementing a new rule that
would require financial institutions to get explicit
permission before enrolling their account holders
in an overdraft system that automatically approves
debit card and ATM transactions and assesses an
average $34 fee if there is a negative balance in the
In a recent study by the Center for Responsible
Lending, U.S. consumers overwhelmingly said they
want to be asked their preference before a bank or
credit union enrolls them in a program to cover debit
card purchases when they do not have the funds.

consumers should be able to decide whether

banks should cover shortfalls in the first
place. Otherwise, they're making high-
priced loans that consumers haven't asked for and in
many cases don't even want.' -- Leslie Parrish, senior
researcher at the Center for Responsible Lending.

Financial institutions typically enroll their
customers in a system that covers debit card
overdrafts and then assesses them an average $34
fee for each transaction, often on the purchase of an
item that costs less than the fee itself.
The vast majority, 83 percent, of these consumers
also wanted their bank to ask permission before
enrolling them in such an overdraft program, rather
than just doing so automatically.
Almost half of all overdrafts-46 percent-are
triggered by debit cards at the ATM or the point of
sale. These overdrafts could be easily prevented
with a warning or denial. Most debit point-of-sale
overdrafts are small, averaging less than half this $34
fee, meaning that these overdraft loans cost nearly $2
for every dollar advanced to cover the shortfall.
"Consumers should be able to decide whether
banks should cover shortfalls in the first place,"
said Leslie Parrish, .senior researcher at the Center
for Responsible Lending. "Otherwise, they're making
high-priced loans that consumers haven't asked for
and in many cases don't even want."
The Federal Reserve Board set a March 30 deadline
for comments on two alternative proposals aimed at
giving consumers better protection against abuses in
unauthorized overdraft fees.
The Center for Responsible Lending believes the
better of the two alternatives would require banks to
obtain permission from customers before charging
them overdraft fees on ATM and certain debit card
Though broader protections would still be needed,


D 01 THE MIAMI TIMES, APRIL15-21, 2009

Government workers' benefits rise in slump

By Dennis Cauchon

The pay gap between
government workers
and lower-compensat-
ed private employees is
growing as public em-
ployees enjoy sizable
benefit growth even in
a distressed economy,
federal figures show.
Public employees
earned benefits worth
an average of $13.38
an hour in December
2008, the latest avail-

able data, the Bureau
of Labor Statistics
. (BLS) says. Private-sec-
tor workers got $7.98
an hour.
Overall, total com-
pensation for state
and local workers was
$39.25 an hour -
$11.90 more than in
private business. In
2007, the gap in wag-
es and benefits was
The gap has been
expanding because of

the increasing value of ing share of that, now

public employee ben-
efits. Last year, gov-
ernment benefits rose
three times more than
those in the private
sector: up 69 cents an
hour for civil servants,
23 cents for private
Labor costs account
for about half of state
and local spending,
according to BLS and
Census data. Ben-
efits consume a grow-

Illinois state Sen.
Chris Lauzen, a Re-
publican, says govern-
ment benefits are un-
sustainable and unfair
to taxpayers who earn
less than civil servants.
"People will become an-
grier and angrier when
they learn the differ-
ence between their pay
and benefits and what
we give to public em-
ployees," he says.

Jennifer Porcari of
the American Fed-
eration of Teachers, a
union representing 1.4
million educators and
state employees, says
BLS figures that show
government employees
earn higher wages are
misleading because
jobs aren't compara-
ble. Government jobs,
such as teaching, of-
ten require more edu-
Some states are ask-

ing unions for help
with budget problems.
New Mexico employees
will pay an extra 1.5%
of salary toward pen-
sions for two years,
cutting the state's
share. Ohio's unions
will take unpaid fur-
lough days to save the
state $440 million over
two years. In the third
year, workers will get
most of the money
The wage gap be-

tween government
and private workers
has stayed roughly
the same since 2002.
Benefits are a different
.For every $1 -an-hour
pay increase, public
employees have gotten
$1.17 in new benefits.
Private workers have
gotten just 58 cents
in benefits for every
$1 raise. The differ-
ence: Companies have
ended most traditional

pension plans and in-
creased workers' share
of health care costs.
Government paid an
average of $8,800 an-
nually toward employ-
ee medical insurance.
Private companies paid
A full-time govern-
ment worker receives
benefits worth an av-
erage of $27,830 per
year. A private work-
er's benefits are worth

Boone designs one-stop ad marketing agency

By Suzanne Vranica

WPP is folding Enfa-
tico, the agency it built
as a one-stop shop for
all of Dell's advertising
and marketing busi-
ness, into its Young &
Rubicam Brands, ad
firm, according to peo-
ple familiar with the
The move is a retreat
from one of the most
ambitious projects on
Madison Avenue -- an
effort to eliminate turf
wars by housing many
different marketing
disciplines within a
single firm. The struc-

ture was one of WPP's
key selling points when
it landed Dell's adver-
tising and marketing
business in December
Enfatico will contin-
ue to exist, but it will
operate as a division of
Y&R, and Y&R Adver-
tising also will work on
the Dell account, the
people familiar with
the matter say.
Torrence Boone, En-
fatico's CEO, will re-
,port to Y&R Brands
Chief Executive Peter
Stringham, according
to a person familiar
with the matter. Mr.

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Torrence Boone, newly named CEO of WPP's
Project Da Vinci, the agency being built with Dell
as its first client. -Photo/ Business Wire
Boone had previously tive. A spokeswoman
reported to Martin Sor- for Young & Rubicam
tell, WPP's chief execu- Brands and a spokes-

man for WPP both de-
clined to comment.
SA Dell spokesman
wouldn't comment on
Enfatico's realignment
but did say. Dell was
seeking to tap addi-
tional WPP resources.
WPP beat out rivals
for Dell's business af-
ter agreeing to build a
new global agency from
scratch that would
serve the company's
needs. The Round
Rock, Texas, computer
maker was seeking a
way to foster 'collabora-'
tion among the people
who create ads for TV
and print and the other

Millions of Florida families to benefit from tax credit

Miami Times Staff Report

President Barack
Obama in Febru-
ary signed one of his
signature issues into
law: the Making Work
Pay tax credit. As a
result, families across
the country areseeing
more money in their
And the adminis-
tration has released a
state-by-state analy-
sis to show the im-
pact the tax credit.

In Florida, it means
7.1. million working
families will get $3.5
billion to help them
weather the current
economic storm, ac-
cording to a state-
ment from the White
Nationally, the cred-
it provides more than
110 million working
families -- about 95
percent with the tax
relief, totaling nearly
$60 billion.
IRS guidance asks

that employers must
have instituted the
lower withholding
for their employees by
April 1.
For 2009 and 2010,
the program' provides
a refundable tax
credit of 6.2 percent
of earned income up
to $400 for working
individuals and $800
for married taxpay-
Families should
see at least a $65 per
month increase in

their take home pay.
The credit will
phase out for tax-
payers with adjusted
gross income of more
than $150,000 for
married couples filing
jointly and $75,000
for other workers and
is fully phased out for
taxpayers with modi-
fied adjusted gross
income of more than
$190,000 for married
workers and $95,000
for other workers.
In late February, the

president announced
the IRS would issue a
new set of withhold-
ing tables structured
to get the tax credit to
workers in cash over
the course of the year.
By reducing required
withholding amounts,
workers' take home
pay is increased im-
The typical Ameri-
can family will have
about $800 extra
cash over the next year
in their paychecks.

Links ring NASDAQ closing bell to mark milestone

Miami Times Staff Report

At 4 p.m. Thursday,
members of The Links
Inc. rang the NASDAQ
Stock Market closing
bell to mark the 60th
anniversary of the
organization's Greater
New York Chapter.
With 'the greatly
expanded interest.
. in the economy and
'financial news, the
ringing of the NASDAQ
closing bell is, seen by
millions of people.
"We thank the
NASDAQ for providing
us the honor of closing
the market today," said
Dr. Gwendolyn Lee,
National President of
The Links, Inc. "This

eyent presents a
fabulous opportunity
for us to generate
awareness about our
programs and the
impact that we have
here in New York, as
well as nationally and
The bell ringing
ceremony is reserved
for important
milestones and other
celebratory occasions.
* "The Greater New
York Chapter was one
of the earliest chapters
of The Links Inc. and,
as such, we have' a
long, rich history,"
'said Chapter President
Minta Spain.
"Our programs
and those of our

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experts who do things
such as research con-
sumer behavior and
design Web promo-
Enfatico brought ad-

vertising, direct mar-
keting, public rela-
tions, media planning
and other duties under
one roof, replacing the
800 or so ad and mar-

keting firms Dell had
used. Today, Enfatico
has 13 offices in cit-
ies including New York
and London. It employs
about 800 people.






The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) is soliciting Invitations to Bid from qualified
General Contractors to provide Facility Construction Services and Miscellaneous Improvements
to its Headquarters, Toll Facilities and various roadway locations. Work will include electrical
and HVAC installationss, structural improvements, repairs and upgrades, as well as demolition
and miscellaneous roadway improvements. In accordance with its Small Business Participation
Policy (available on MDX's Website), MDX is requiring a fifteen (15%) percent small
business participation be met by utilization of firms certified pursuant to Miami-Dade County's
small business programs (specifically, CBE, CSBE, SBE or ME). A MANDATORY Pre-Bid
conference is scheduled for April 21,2009 at 11:00 A.M., Eastern Time. Note: Any prospective
Bidder not in attendance at the Pre-Bid conference shall be prohibited from submitting a Bid.

MDX notifies all Bidders and individuals that it encourages small, minority and women-owned
businesses full opportunity to submit a response to any solicitation document issued by MDX.
For a copy of the ITB with information on the Scope of Services, Pre-qualification and submittal
requirements, please logon to MDX's Website: to download the documents
under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Login", or call MDX's Procurement Department at
305-637-3277 (ext. 1119) for assistance. Note: In order to download any MDX solicitation, you
must first be registered as a Vendor with MDX. This can only be facilitated through MDX's
Website: under "Doing Business with MDX: Vendor Registration".

The deadline for submitting an Invitation to Bid in response to this solicitation is May 19,2009
by 2:00 P.M., Eastern Time.




MDX WORK PROGRAM NO.: 87412.050, 87801.050 & 92405.050


The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority is seeking Professional Services
from a Consultant that has the necessary qualifications and experience to
provide construction engineering and inspection services and contract
administration for the Design-Build Project of MDX Work Program
Numbers 92405.030, 87412.030, 87801.030 for the design and construction
of Open Road Tolling (ORT) infrastructure modifications, including
gantries, shelters,'signage and pavement, required to convert State Road 924
(Gratigny Parkway),'State Road 874 (Don Shula Expressway) and State
Road 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway) to Open Road.Tolling facilities as
well as toll plaza removal, roadway construction, milling and resurfacing and
miscellaneous upgrades on SR 924. MDX notifies all Proposers and
individuals that it requires and encourages small, minority and women-
owned businesses to have full opportunity to submit a response to any
Solicitation Document issued by MDX. In accordance with its Small
Business Participation Policy, available on MDX's website, MDX requires
satisfaction of seventy percent (70%) small business participation
requirement in this procurement. For copies of the RFQ with complete
information on pre-qualification requirements, the scope of services as well
as submittal requirements, please. log onto our web site at www.mdx- or call MDX Procurement Office at 305-637-3277. Please note: In
order to download any MDX solicitations, you must register as a Vendor.
The Vendor Registration can only be done through MDX's website. The
deadline for submitting a Proposal is May 18, 2009 by 2:00 P.M., Eastern
Time. A Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for
April 21, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at the MDX Headquarters Building.
Attendance at this Conference is Mandatory. Note: Proposers arriving
fifteen minutes after the scheduled start time will not be permitted to
as attendees of the Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference. Failure
by a Proposer to attend, as indicated by the Mandatory Pre-Proposal
Conference Sign-In Sheet, shall result in its Proposal being deemed non-


For the low income elderly over 62 years of age. The selection of applicants
for this project will be through a lottery system.

* Open Application Period; From May 4 to May 15, 2009
* Place to pick-up and drop-off application: La Palma Apts. 1040 SW 1st
Street, Miami. Interested applicant must appear in person.
Time to pick-up and drop-off completed applications; Monday thru Friday
between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM
Applications for admission will not be accepted after 3:30 PM on Friday
May 15 2009
The lottery process will be supervised by an independent party.
The drawing of applicants will be conducted on May 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM
at 1040 SW 1 Street, Miami, Florida.
All media and the public at large is invited to witness the drawing.
The process of adjudication of apartments will be as follows:

1. 350 applicants will be drawn on the date selected and placed, in an
ascending order, on a waiting list
2. The first 90 eligible applicants on the waiting list will be granted an
3. The balance of the 350 applicants will remain on the waiting list for
future occupancy as apartments become available.
4. Applications not selected in the drawing of 350 will be discarded.
5. Once the waiting list is below 50 applicants, the application process
will be re-opened and adverti:;ed.

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Blacks are a largely untapped.

financial market, report says

(NNPA) -- Financial
services providers that
do not attempt to reach
Blacks are missing out
on a treasure trove in
their midst, says a re-
cent Marketing Daily
Marketing Daily re-
ports statistics show-
ing that more than two
million Black house-
holds have incomes
of at least $75,000'
and the aggregate in-
come of the most af-
fluent Blacks is $116
billion. Additionally,
the collective purchas-
ing power of Blacks
from all income. levels
is projected to reach
$981 billion by 2010.
At the same time,
much of the financial
services industry has
not tapped into this
Packaged Facts, a
marketing research
firm, documents these
disparities in a report,
Credit, Debit and Pre-
paid Card Users: Un-
dervalued and Over-

looked." The report
said Blacks hold fewer
credit cards and use
them less often than
other ethnic groups,
leaving a vacuum to
be filled.
The report also said
other financial ser-
vices, such as life in-
surance and student,
loan programs, are
more frequently. used
by Blacks. One insur-
ance firm, -New York
Life, has a corporate'
African American
Market Unit and has
just launched a new,
online career and re-
source website, www.
There are many
possible venues for
credit card companies
to reach this demo-
'graphic./ Since credit
card companies often
market themselves
on college campuses.
during fall orien-
tation, historically
Black colleges and
universities would be
a prime location to

Miami Gardens offers amnesty

for code enforcement fines

Miami Times Staff Report

Miami Gardens is
offering homeowners
whose property has
been hit with liens for
code violation a 90-
day amnesty to pay
the fines.
During the amnesty,
which ends on June
30, property own-
ers with outstand-
ing code enforcement
liens may become
eligible to pay five
percent of the accu-
mulated fines if they
bring their property
into compliance.
To benefit from the
program, property
owners must also
submit an applica-
tion, along with a non-
refundable fee of $75,
submit documents
and an affidavit of
compliance issued by
Code Enforcement,
and pay the reduced
lien amount.
The. lien reduction
applies only to accu-
mulated fines; costs
incurred by the city
in connection with
the violation must
be paid in full, such
as the cost to secure
a property or to cut
overgrown grass.
A statement from
City Hall said the
aim is "to stimulate a
community-wide ef-
fort to improve prop-
erty conditions."
"The significant
lien reduction being
offered is intended to
incentivize property
owners to take ad-
vantage quickly," the

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A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami,
Florida, on April 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM at City Hall, Jocated at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of granting the following:


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

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

statement said.
For more informa- Priscilla Thompsc
tion or to obtain an City Clerk
application, call Mary ,
Soler, 305-622-8020
ext. 2327 or log on to '_".-" -
www.miamigardens- (#003241)

Scope includes:

The School Board of Broward County, Florida Mirror Lake Elementary

New Food Service Multipurpose Building, Remodeling & Site Improvements

Construct a new one story cafeteria/kitchen/multipurpose building, remodel ex-
isting into music lab and classrooms; demolish building #2 and #3, provide fire
protection for main building #1 and replace fire alarm for entire campus; pro-
vide emergency generator; upgrade/expand chiller plant; provide new bicycle
storage compound; provide new water main crossing adjacent roadway, con-
struct new play courts, propane gas storage, provide new lift station, service.
yard and additional parking.
Scopes include selective site demo, earthwork, utilities, paving, fence, side-
walks, site concrete, landscaping & irrigation, masonry, structural steel, misc.
metals, rough & finish carpentry, roofing, overhead coiling doors, doors, frames
& hardware, glass, drywall, paint, stucco, VCT-flooring, ceramic and quarry
tile, acoustical ceiling, specialties, canopy systems, projection screens, folding
panel partitions, signage, equipment, cold storage rooms, food service equip-
ment, plumbing, HVAC and electrical.

Plans are available for qualified subcontractors.
MBE/WBE Participation Goals apply. Level II Security Clearance required per
the Jessica Lunsford Act.

Drawings will be available upon written request to:
Moss & Associates
Construction Managers
Attn. Chris Holzworth
2101 N. Andrews Ave. Suite 300
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Phone: 954.524.5678
.Fax: 954.712.5999

Bids are due no later than 12/10/08 2:00 p.m. Faxed copies are accept-

The Construction Manager reserves the right to waive irregularities and to re-
ject any or all proposals for any reason. The Construction Manager will evalu-
ate all proposals and will award the Contract in accordance with the projects
best interest.

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SCOPE OF WORK: Shell construction, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Stucco,
,Drywall Installation and finish/texture, New Septic Tank systems (10 to 25

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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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By: Mr. Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Schools



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For computer access visit any Miami-Dade County Library or
South Florida Workforce Career Center.
For locations call 311.

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. is requesting Sealed bids for con-
sideration to provide services detailed in the "Scope of Work" given below.
Bids shall be received by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc., 3800
NW 22 Avenue, Miami, Florida 33142 until 12:00 Noon on April 17, 2009. The
proposals shall be clearly marked as per each Service. Project locations are
to be determined at a later date. Bids shall-be sealed. Late bids shall not be
accepted or considered.

These Projects, in part, may be federally assisted and may be funded, in part
by a Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program. Bidders must comply
with Presidential Executive Order 11246 clause, as amended; the Copeland
(Anti-Kickback) Act; the contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all
other applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training,
employment and contracting opportunities be directed to low and very-low in-
come persons or business owners who live in the project's area.

Full General Liability and Workman's Compensation insurance is required for
all trades. Worker's Compensation exemptions will not be accepted. No bond-
ing is required.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an EOE .(Equal Opportunity Employ-
er) and invites bids from small businesses, minority business enterprises or
woman-owned businesses.

Selection will be made based on the contractor's qualifications, experience in
Miami-Dade County, professional references, and the ability to meet owner's
schedule and budget.

Bidders must obtain a pre-bid package either by contacting the Contracts Ad-
ministrator by email at or at Habitat for Humanity
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