Chatter That Matters

Dr. Richard Strachan | 12/25/2013, 9 a.m.

Dr. Enid Pinkney sat down with Charlayne Tompkins, executive secretary, and discussed projects such as the Annual Tennis Tournament, raising of funds through a grant, and the Annual Messiah concert, which took place Sun. Dec.15, at Bethany SDA Church. The program included “Undivided” an a cappella group consisting of Ruben Aponte, Melvinsky Ramirez, Israel Sierra, Braulio Rivera, Joshua Ortiz that had the audience screaming for more. Soloists behind the orchestra and choir were Shanna-Lee Fletcher, Carl F. DuPont, and Christine Johnson, leading soprano. Distinguished guests were Marva Lightbourne, Lois Oliver, Fifia Jenkins, John Williams, Dr. Edwin Demerritte, Dr. Astrid Mack, Claudia Slater, Diane Rolle, Nancy Dawkins, Dr. Edward J. Robinson, Dr. Charlie Albury and guest, “Slim Jackson, David Pennington, Luella Grayson and Fred and Juanita Morley. Next year, the Messiah concert will be held at the Church of the Incarnation. Sponsors for the Hampton House Messiah include Dorothy Johnson, Isabella Rosete, Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte, Dr. Larry Capp, Juanita Johnson, Rev. Jesse Martin, Ruby T. Rayford, Cecila Stewart, Elder Barry Bonner, Sr., Klautrell Long, Church of the Incarnation, Landmark Company, Dr. Gershwin Blyden, Chancel Choir of Open Door, Dr. Larry Handfield, King of Clubs of Miami, Jessie Trice, Health Center, Carols’s Flowers, Henry Coaxum, Commissioner Dana Moss, Mary Young, Clinton J. Pitts, Esq., Bishop Noward Dean, and Rev. Darryl K. Baxter, The Family Foundation, inc. Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, Lamar Johnson, Jimmy Harrell and yours truly who provided music for the intermission. Florida High School Athletic Association recently crowned its State champions in football. The champions included Coach Ronald Smith’s Miami Central 6A and 3rd in the State; South Dade Class 8A by winning over Apopka. Their coach, Nate Hudson, was bathed in Gatorade; Plantation’s American Heritage Class 5A also won its first state title in a 66-8 rout over Cove Springs. Booker T. Washington captured its first State championship in Class 2A with coach Tim “Ice” Harris winning 40-21 over Jacksonville Bolles who beat them last year. This year it is the National Championship for BTW, a school that is not the biggest, but the best. Coach Harris spoke for all coaches in Dade County when he emphasized training the young men to become the best. Miami athletes have made an impact in South Florida and have worked together as a team to minimize issues with local police.