Chatter That Matters

10/17/2013, 9 a.m.

In mid-July, Carolyn Frazier, Minnie Cox Moore, Marilyn D. Randall and Juanita Matthews took a 12-night Scandinavia and Russian cruise along the Baltic Sea. The group flew from Atlanta to Amsterdam, where they boarded the Celebrity


Dr. Richard Strachan

Constellation. First port of call was Berlin where we toured Rostock, St. Mary’s Church and the Rostock Brewery. We took motor coach rides and witnessed the scenic landscape, Renaissance castles and museums.

However, the highlight of the trip was St. Petersburg, Russia which is world renowned as the major center for the arts and ballet. We experienced a performance of “Swan Lake” which was magnificent. We also did a walking guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and did some great shopping, while enjoying visiting the Aurora Battle Ship and Canal Cruise through Copenhagen Harbor. Next, it was on to Sweden where we visited the homes of former kings and queens. It was an awesome 14-day trip.

Annie Hicks Ross, founder of 15-neighborhood citizen crime watches, held her September meeting last Wednesday at Henry Reeves Elementary with County Commissioner Jean Monestime as their special guest. Some of the members in attendance were Sandra Nelzenna, Wendy Sturrip, Jannie Johnson, Maria C. Esquivel, Muniq Ingram, Richard J. Strachan, Joeann Brantley, Walter Crawford, Ginette Jackson, Stephen Miller, Larry Adams, Johnny Bruton, EdieMaye Menso, Melodie Burke, Judith Grey, Alfred Thomas and Samuel Wims.

Pamela Jones, 5000 Role Models of Excellence, announced the several tie tying ceremonies that are now being held throughout the County at Miami Carol City, Miami Jackson, Miami Northwestern, South Dade, Southridge and Coral Reef.

Dozier Lightfoot Grad Events recently presented Rochelle Lightfoot debuting her 2nd CD, “Jazzy Classics” at Studio 504. It was an evening of wonderful sights and sounds.

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, the executive director of The Historic Hampton House Community Trust, a nonprofit historic preservation organization that was founded in 2002 to preserve and promote Miami’s only Black motel, says there is still much work to be done. She says efforts continue to restore the HHHM to its former glory as the “Jewel of the South.” The organization also works to give respect and dignity to those buried at the Lemon City Cemetery.

They also sponsor a concert of Handel’s Messiah during the Christmas season. This year the concert will be on Sunday, Dec. 15th. Dr. Nelson Hall will serve as the conductor.