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Chatter That Matters: September 12, 2012

caines | 9/13/2012, 5:30 a.m.

With political banners flying, jazz music emanating from Darryl Baker and the Miami Norland musicians, Tamara G from WEDR moderated the swearing-in ceremony for three newly-elected officials in Miami Gardens. G began the program by introducing Dr. Henry Lewis, president, Florida Memorial University, who welcomed everyone, followed by Rev. John White II, Emanuel Temple, whose prayer revitalized the audience. The Miami Gardens color guards entered in step and joined the Boy Scouts delivering the pledge, followed by Sarah Gracel singing the national anthem. Next up was the FMU Choir thrilling the huge crowd with its rendition of Lift Evry Voice and Sing to a standing ovation. Judge Reginald Coriew was given the honor of swearing in Lillie Queen Odom to the elected seat 1 as Councilwoman; Commissioner Betty T. Ferguson swore in David Williams to his Councilman Seat; and Mayor Shirley Gibson relinquished her seat and swore in Oliver G. Gilbert as the new mayor of Miami Gardens. The crowd stood to its feet and applauded including: Kirklyn Gilbert, mother, Lisa Foot, Carletha Robinson, Keriene Gilbert, Melvin Robinson, Donna Wilson, Karan Laing, Jade Gilbert, Stacie Handfield and 50 Omega Psi Phi current and retired brothers. Mayor Gilbert response indicated how his mother encouraged him to apply for the seat and his mother stayed with him all the way. He then switched his his focus to Miami Gardens recent increase in crime. Im going to hire more police officers now, create more jobs now and reduce the housing problems now. The audience roared its approval. Commissioner Ferguson succinctly stated: Ninety percent of the people graduated from North Dade Jr./Sr. High School. This historical moment shall never be forgotten. Others in attendance included: Chatter That Matters fans, such as Marie Jerkins, Beverly Hudell, Dewey Knight II, Dante Starks, Torin Cox, Baljean Smith (photographer), Dr. Chico Arenas, Johnny Davis, Luella Grayson, Adrian Foster, Dexter Foster, Jean Brown and daughter. The 13th Annual Things are Cooking in Overtown Fundraising Gala left an impact on the supporters of St. John CDCs projects with Dr. Nelson L. Adams, III, M.D. , chairman of the board. Credit goes out to: Ola O. Aluko, MBA, AAIA, president/CEO; Bishop James Adams, Sr., pastor; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte, chairman, fundraising; and committee members Lawrence Brown, Hurlette Brown, Franklin Clark, Martha Day, Rachel Freeman, Lorraine Gary, Doris Isaac, Grace Humphrey, Susan Kelly, Beverly Smith and Joshua Young. The elegant evening also included recognition of selected honorees, such as Rodney Baltimore, executive producer and co-host of the Tom Joyner Show; Hurlette Brown, who joined the St. John CDC in 1999; Donna Diston, who was educated in Kingston, Jamaica and holds the position of vice president for Wells Fargo Bank: Gregory D. Gay, who received his BA from Tuskegee University and is a visionary for the improvement of economically depressed areas; and Doris Isaac, Teacher of the Year in 1992, plus much more. The food was superb and served buffet style, while line dancing took over the dance floor. Leading the dance line were Henry and Millicent Mickens, Dana Moss and A. Richardson.