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Chatter: November 23-29, 2011

admin | 11/20/2011, 6:09 a.m.

When H. E. Sigismund Reeves founded The Miami Times in 1923, this visionary perceived longevity including family members at the top. It was ironic when Garth C. Reeves, Jr. became editor in 1972, followed by Garth C. Reeves, Sr. who became editor sometime later, while editorship rested with Rachel Reeves as well as publisher emeritus with her father. The vision of the founder has spiral down to Garth B. Reeves. Garth B. is the proud son of Rachel, whose prayer was answered and Garth became the needed male to perpetuate the newspaper. He attended Miami Country Day School and graduated with honors and matriculated at Oxford College of Emory University. He is ready to tackle on departments at The Miami Times. When you see him, you will see a handsome young man with a soft beard, broad shoulders and a beautiful smile. When asked does he like his job, he smiled and remarked I love it to death. He loves it because I see him during the summer months making an input in the production of the paper, that allowed the newspaper to receive four outstanding awards recently. Congratulations to him, his mother and grandfather for preparing him for his responsibility for tomorrows world. *************** The demise of Janet King Bruno on Oct. 28th, shocked the Opa-locka and Miami Gardens area. Her husband, Edwin, was right beside her during her short illness. Bruno became Miami Centrals first Black majorette and first Black sorota, an elite service club. Dr. Gloria Y. Williams said Bruno devoted her life to God. She joined the choir and became outstanding and got stronger in the Lord. Dr. Williams reiterated her legendary life during her eulogy. Those missing Janet are Edwin Sr., Mark Ashley, Edwin Bruno, Jr., Dendra, Jayden, Patricia Tookes, Lisa Chester, Shawnae, Rhoseanda and Celeste Tookes, Earl and Sue King, Latitia King-Harris, Tiffaney, Danielle, Earl III, Brandon, Crystal, Amber and Heather King, Kenneth Outler, Tim Sawyer, Terry and Henry Thompson, Charlie Lawrence, Helen Lawrence, Ruby Lawrence, Bewanda Moore, Alonzo Samuels, Charlsie C. Hardy, Dr. Sheila and Billy Long and Joyce A. Warren. *************** The movers and travelers of Mount Tabor MBC will be a part of the Mass Choir Christmas Concert, directed by Rev. Richard A. Clements, Jr. The concert will be held at St. Thomas University on Dec. 9th at 7 p.m. This years theme is Sacred Sounds of the Season and will guarantee an enjoyable evening of music for everyone. Other members of the choir include Juanita Lane, president; Lisa Jenkins, Naomi Baxter Atkins, Marguerite W. McKain and Rev. Dr. George McRae is the pastor. For more information, call 305-693-0820. *************** Dr. Larry Handfield, chairman, guided the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. through the underlying principle of Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence with two weeks of activities, recently. The Centennial Celebration included a fish fry, record expurgate workshop, speaking at select schools, walk for justice, visiting veterans at the hospital, health fair, banquet, and birthday celebration at Calder Race Course. The Achievement Banquet started with Cornelius Handfield, chaplain, giving the invocation. Dr. Astrid Mack delivered the occasion and Dr. Nelson Adams presented portrait of the founders to be kept at the fraternity house. Recognition of awards included Charles George, president, Florida Memorial University trustee board; G. Eric Knowles, a Sun Life Stadium executive; Rev. Carl Johnson, pastor, 93rd Street MBC; Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall; Kareem Coney; and Bro. Herman Dorsett, II. The banquet included Michael Whitehead and his Countdown band. Other guests included Carleen Lopez, Phyllis Woodard, Peggy Finley, Stephen R. Thompson, Aldin L. Everette, Anthony Britt, Esq., David J. Castro II, Derrick Love, James Rowan, Esq., and Oliver Gilbert, Esq., Khalid Mahmood, Timothy Belcher, Gerald Jones, Michael McLeod and Brandon Roundtree. *************** Kudos go out to Baljean Smith, president, Dorsey High Alumni for his relentless and diligent effort in keeping the association together where over 25 members showed up for the monthly meeting in November at Piccadillys in Hialeah. Smith presided of Plenary Session I that included meditation, reading of the minutes, and reports from Constance Pinkney, Betty D. Gibson and Lenard G. Carter, while Plenary Session II informed the alumni of Dr. Carlton Fisher was too sick to attend, but he sent word he will be at the next meeting on Dec. 12th. Plenary Session III included Charliss Cook, president of the Class of 1955 solicited other classes to attend their Christmas party. Others in attendance included Naomi Smith, Elexzina Williams, Betty Mackey, Nellie B. Wilder, Ernestine Kelley, Charles Adderly, Ruby Baker-Collins, Maxine Wooten, Sponty Young, Dr. Ralph Ross, Dorothy Ross-Smith, Pat Thomas, Ernest Smith, Norma Mims, Thomas Albury, John Sam, Mary Bennett, Leonard Devealix, Arnold Davis, and Gloria Green. By Dr. Richard J. Strachan