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Dr. Richard Strachan | 3/6/2014, 9 a.m.
On February 20, The Miami Police Department presented its annual “Employee of the Year” award to Kathleen Day Thurston. The ...

On February 20, The Miami Police Department presented its annual “Employee of the Year” award to Kathleen Day Thurston. The Award was presented to her by Assistant Chief Rodolfo L. Lanes, her former supervisor.

She was selected for this award for all her outstanding service, hard work and dedication at the Miami Police


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Training Center. She currently is the Assistant to the Training Director and the Certification Specialist. She retired on Feb. 28 after an illustrious 31 years of service. When Assistant Chief L. Lanes spoke of Kathy’s dedication and that of Officer of the Year Felix Delgado, who also will be retiring next month, the Miami Police College auditorium audience gave them both a standing ovation. There to witness the presentation was her proud mother, Martha Day, daughter Ashante, auntie Nancy Dawkins, Miami Dade Public School Police Chief Ian Moffett (another former supervisor) and her co-workers and friends. Kathy will also be celebrating her retirement on March 8th at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Dania Beach.

The King of Clubs of greater Miami is leaning toward Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte to provide the Dr. Tee S. Greer Annual Scholarship Banquet, along with Franklin Clarke, Nelson Jenkins, Dr. Astrid Mack and two outstanding speakers: Dr. Walter T. Richardson and Dr. Willie J. Wright. Both speakers come with much weight in education and community activities. Dr. Wright’s record shows him being President of Florida Memorial University and National Alumni President of Bethune-Cookman University, while Dr. Richardson brought a new beginning to Sweet Home Baptist Church. He’s also a columnist on the Miami Herald speaking about “prostate cancer.”

Dr. Richardson will speak at Miami Central, Friday, March 7, in the auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. And, of course, Dr. Wright will speak at BTW, Thu., March 27, at 9 a.m. on a topic high school seniors will enjoy hearing

Miami-Dade County Commissioner for District 2, Jean Monestime, provided the district with a half-day festival featuring Little Willie, DJ., Girl Power, Arcola Lakes Elementary Dancers, Arcola Lakes Singing Angels, Kiana Rouchon, Miss Black Florida U.S. Ambassador, will make attempt to switch to Bethune-Cookman University this coming summer., along with 15-caterers selling from conch fritters to fried chicken and more.

Special salute goes out to Melodie Burke, a product of The Heat organization and Girl Power who planned the entire show, especially The Miami Gardens dancers that stole the show with their routines choreographed by Linda Hollaway. The Singing African Attire stood out with each one wearing a special style as proud and dignified as they are in uniform.

Jacque Coalyer, Director, The Children’s Trust, Charles M. Auslander, President/CEO and Susan collaborated to provide the Trust with a Black Heritage Month Program that included travels to and fro and many telephone calls that was needed to bring closure to the program.

The agenda included Melvin White and the Florida Memorial University Ambassador Chorale with Dr. Hall, keyboard, and songs like “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with a touch of jazz and Dr. Richard J. Strachan and the Psi Phi Band performing a 20-minute Black History Skit with a touch of spirituals, gospels, Motown and a wrap accepted by the students wanted to purchase a copy. The program closed out with an-all-you-can-eat buffet.