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Chatter That Matters: August 28, 2013

Dr. Richard Strachan | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.

Robin Benyard, activity coordinator, Charles Hadley Park, organized a field trip for taking one of her groups to see “ The Butler,” last weekend, at the theatre in Hialeah with a special showing especially for them. They witnessed how Blacks were treated in the early fifties as servants in the White House. Included in the group were: Henry Williams, Isabella Rivers, Lillian Wimberly, Carol Thomas, Gardenir Wiley, Bennie Rolle, Betty Cheater, Ruth Parker, Vera Knowles, Charles Lambert, Jannie Carr, Georgia Alexis, Joann Myers, Margaret Clemmons, Mary Simmons and W. Doris Neal. Proudly wearing their Charles Hadley Park t-shirts they left wanting to see the #1 movie again.

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Dr. Richard Strachan

Congratulations to the Brown sisters— Gwendolyn B. Russell and Marshona Austin for holding a social “back-to-school” mixer to collect school supplies for Dade and Broward County students. The event was held at the Martini Bar at Gulf Stream Park for adults only, according to Lori M. Strachan, Galaxy Note II. The package consisted of backpacks, notebooks, pencils and crayons, while T. Eilene Robinson, Minister Gregory  Robinson and Tia Major issued a package to each returning student to Drew Elementary, Drew Elementary, Drew Middle and Brownsville Middle. Some of those that received a package: Adrianna Bryant, Andrea Chipman, Andrecis Chipman, Yoshia Chipman, Tynesha Owens-Burse, Alton Jones, Marquan Robinson, Emmanuel Jones, Kahlil Milbury, Lisa Walton, Kahlil and Jazmine.

The 14th Annual fundraising gala “Things Are Cooking in Overtown” was held last Friday, at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom. Dr. Nelson L. Adams is chairman/CEO of the St. John’s CDC which sponsors this event which honored the following members of the Overtown community: Shirlene Jackson, owner of Jackson’s Soul Food Restaurant, for Outstanding Development; Rev. Johnny Barber, pastor, Mt. Sinai; Booker T. Washington High School football team for winning the FHSSA 2012 championship; and Susan Kelly Dragone, the Employee Recognition Award for 2013.

Receiving the Affordable Housing Development award were: Miami Dade Neighborhood Stabilization Program Consortium; Carr-four Supportive Housing; Haitian-American CDC; Opa-Locka CDC; and St. John CDC along with the Urban League of Greater Miami. The beginning of school is the beginning of the Spring Angels to return to Arcola Lakes Park and resume rehearsals on Tuesdays. According to President Gloria Pacley, “we have so much music to learn and we must begin after Labor Day. So, pass the word and everyone plan to return for the singing Be ready!”