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Chatter That Matters: September 6, 2012

caines | 9/9/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Joan Williams, a recovering addict, confessed she has been clean for eight years and was tired of going to jail. The third time she went she spent five years in a special cell where the longtime prisoners began to program her into the 66 verses in the Bible, especially, Suffer the little children to come unto me and I will give them rest. Upon her last release, she joined Solid Rock Outreach Ministry, then began to teach children in the Pork and Beans Project where she lives. Some of her young students are: Keman Mathis, Rudnira Brown, Stephenie, Uniquey, Raloyah, Eijah and Jeremiah. Now, Williams, needs help to carry her ministry to the highest level including: back packs, pants, sneakers and school supplies. Call her at 786-394-3991. Two outstanding citizens of Carvers Ranches are making an impact in the literature fields: Justice Cynthia Strachan Saunders wrote and produced Their Story is Our Story about the growth and development of the City of Hallandale; Rev. Dr. Anthony has written a biblical book called Last Journey. Both authors are now collaborating to market their investments at the Cultural Arts Center and the church. The play and books should be hot items. Congratulations go out to Dr. Sharon Lewis for giving Miami-Dade County and Broward County 35 years of public education as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal. Her legacy began at Miami Union Academy where she became a leader and chairman of all organizations at Bethany Seventh-Day Church. Distinguished guests at her retirement celebration included: Pastor Barry K. and Mrs. Bonner, Pastor Dr. William and Mrs. Byrd, Deacon Maurice and Mrs. Long and family, The Lewis family, Pennington family, Jean Brown, Jean Weaver, Jean and Mary Farrington, Paula and James Farrington, Barbara Brooks, Y. Farrington, Keith Russell, Cameron Russell, Angela, Darrlyn, Angelica and Daralynn Choates, Latisha Lewis, Isabel Castillo, Carol Cash, Linda Carty, Sandy, Sylvia, Marco Miranda and Vena Symonette. She also received proclamations from the mayor of North Miami and the Department of Health. Christopher Albury, director, PMB and Mrs. Albury, president, Motorcycle Unit 215, took the time to celebrate Chris Jr. receiving his certificate for completing Police Academy Training as an open door opportunity to become a sheriff. Celebrating with him were parents and friends: Dr. Donovan Wells, director of BC-U marching band, James Poitier, assistant, Anthony Simons, FAMU band director, Dr. Hiram Powell, vice president and Alpha Phi Alpha brothers. All members of Sylvia's Retirement Home for seniors and disabled are getting ready for the Grandparents Luncheon, Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at noon at Holy Family Episcopal Center, 18501 NW 7th Avenue. Admission is free; be prepared to dance to grown folks music and line dancing. By Dr. Richard Strachan