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Dr. Richard Strachan | 10/31/2013, 9 a.m.
Dr. Gloria Tuckfield thanks you for your invaluable support in promoting the access of eligible students to the Jacki Tuckfield ...

Dr. Gloria Tuckfield thanks you for your invaluable support in promoting the access of eligible students to the Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Scholarship Fund’s (JTMGBSF) tuition dollars. For the 2013 Spring/Summer terms, JTMGBSF awarded $30,000 in $1,200 tuition aid to 25 recipients from eight Florida universities. The fund also granted 384 tuition scholarships totaling $412,000 to South Florida residents acquiring advanced business degrees from 12 Florida universities: Barry University, FAMU, FAU, FCU, FMU, FIU, FSA, Nova Southeastern, St. Thomas Univ., UCF, UF and UM.

Tuckfield announced that $52,000 in $2,000 tuition scholarships is being offered for the 2014 Spring/Summer terms. Applications must be received by Mon., Nov. 18. Encourage qualified applicants to apply for these tuition dollars. These scholarships are open to Black U.S. citizens who are residents of South Florida and are enrolled in any graduate business degree program at a Florida University. Applicants must have earned 12 or more semester credit hours with a minimum 3.4 CBOP in their graduate business degree program. A minimum of three graduate business credits must be earned in the 2013-14 academic year. Applicants must plan to pursue professional careers in south Florida. JTMGBSF is a long-term strategy to improve the diversity of career professionals employed in the executive, administrative and managerial levels of the southern work force. Call 305-371-2711.

Kudos to Barbara Wright, who celebrated 80 years of living, Sun., Sept. 22, at Violines Banquet Hall in Hialeah. She was simply gorgeous, dressed in purple and silver from head to toe. Tears flowed as her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends expressed their love and gratitude to her through words, song, dance, poems and 80 long stemmed roses. She left with a big smile on her face and told everyone she is getting ready for 81.

Congratulations to Annie Hicks Ross for her annual “Crime Night” extravaganza for her 15 neighborhood watchers that help reduce crime in District 2 areas. Honorees included: Miami Dade Police Director J.D. Patterson, Chief Delma Pratt, Major Stephanie Daniels, Robert and Martha Carley, members for 20 years.

“I want you crime watchers to spread the news, because too many purses are being snatched, so stop putting them in your front seat; put them in the trunk of your automobile,” Ross said. Entertainment also came from Sharron Henley, Urban League, The Explorers of Northside; Paul Gayle, sang “America the Beautiful” while Commissioner Jean Monestine presented a bowl of fruit for Ross’ birthday and a plaque for outstanding service. Ross thanked Officer Dana Carter, Officer Latony Graham, Latavia Reed-Jenkins, Ruby Allen, Roy Brown and staff, Monique Burke, Lemar Johnson, J. Harrell, T. Willard Fair, Valarie Anderson and Mr. Yap.