North Shore Medical Center acknowledges three exemplary employees as part of its Hospital Week celebrations (May 10-16). Adrian Wilson-Lewis, medical transcriptionist, was named the 2015 Tenet Hero; Marie Cius, a patient care technician, was recognized as the 2015 Employee of the Year; and Frankline “Frankie” Rene, RN, was chosen as the 2015 Nurse of the Year.
Police made 99 arrests this year compared to last year's 225
Urban Beach Weekend wrapped up Monday in South Florida and early reports show that the some may have stayed away. “The crowd was much smaller than in some past years but still significantly large. I spent Sunday evening on the beach. People seemed to be enjoying themselves and the police, although around and obvious in large numbers, were generally laid back and not as aggressive as in some earlier years. I heard people say that Las Vegas and Puerto Rico were competing for the crowds,” said Bradford Brown, vice president of NAACP’s Miami-Dade branch. Celebrated over the days of May 22-25, people from across the country travel here to enjoy good weather and huge parties. The weekend does not have a main sponsor, though it is usually anchored by the Best of the Best music festival and the Palm Beach Jerk Festival.
Last Tuesday, the courtyard outside Miami Gardens City Hall echoed with the banter of Black enterprise at the annual State of the City address. A host of local luminaries, business and civic leaders gathered to listen to the leader of Florida's largest predominantly Black city speak on growth and expansion. Mayor Oliver Gilbert's impassioned speech was met with applause and cheers. Absent from the crowd were the event's most important special invited guests - the news media.
In the passing of time we are poised to greet the month of June. Of course time speaks and says, “Ready or not here I come.” Our conversations continue as I’d like to take the opportunity to have a conversation about Velma Bouie Arnold who was selected as a Living Legend for Community Service and honored by the Booker T. Washington Alumni Association. It is well-deserved because Velma is truly one who gives so much service in this community, be it in her church, or in numerous organizations. She motivates and is a champion for young students. And yes, I remember her mother, the late Beulah Bouie, who kept a welcome home where anyone who visited was treated hospitably. She said “ have some” and meant it. It is a good feeling to remember some people and feel nothing but love and warmth in those memories.
Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 2500 NW 50th St., formatted a design to cooperate and involve families into their days service. Minister Curtis Powell, senior pastor, headed the vision, beginning with his family members, his wife and children. Worship in praise were Elder Nathaniel Stephens, while greetings came from Elder Stephens with hostess Kim Fleurinard and their families. The occasion included Sister Clova Jabson, musical selection by Angie Pierre and prayer by Deacon Cosmore Lawrence. Children cooperated highly with one another with special attention guided by Kenisha Gage.
The Miami Bayside Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 25 students from City of Miami high schools. The students were residents graduating from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and attending college in the fall. They were honored at a ceremony at Miami City Hall on May 14.
Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall welcomed the Tooth Fairy, Mr. Tooth and employees of MCNA Dental Insurance Company to Broadmoor Elementary School on May 14. In honor of “Get Caught Reading Month,” MCNA Dental donated 100 books to Broadmoor’s library, as well as provided students with a copy of the book, “Itty Bitty Baby Teeth,” which highlights preventative dental care. In addition to donating
The Miami-Dade County Black Affairs Advisory Board is very interested in discussing the development and implementation of a bilingual educational curriculum for all students. By way of background, on Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board sponsored a “Village Dialogue: An Invitation from the Afro-Cuban Community.” As a result of that meeting, and further discussions, it has become increasingly clear that the ability to speak more than one language — particularly fluency in Spanish and English — is an economic advantage in South Florida as a region, but particularly in Miami-Dade County, the aptly named gateway to the Americas.
Minorities missing at national parks, under-educated about U.S. sites
Dr. W.E.B. Dubois said of Grand Canyon National Park: “I took a great journey in this land to three of the ends of our world . . . in all this journey I saw but one thing that lived and will live eternal in my soul – the Grand Canyon . . . behold this purple mocking of time and space . . . listen to the accents of this gorge which mutters, ‘Before Abraham was, I am’ . . .”
Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The Richmond Heights, Sophisticated Sables Chapter of The Red Hat Society will hold their Red Hat Society 10th anniversary celebration luncheon Saturday, May 30 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Miami Elks Lodge. Call 305-519-8995.
Meeting was the latest series in Community Engagement initiative with MIA
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González welcomed the president and board of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce to Miami International Airport (MIA) this week to provide the group with an overview of the airport and discuss partnership opportunities with the chamber, which represents the interests of minority small businesses in South Florida. The meeting marked the latest installment in MIA’s Community Engagement series, an ongoing outreach effort aimed at strengthening the airport’s ties to the local community.
A report shows details about the purpose and policy of the cameras
A Video Forensics Unit will handle the assigning and maintenance of body worn cameras for the Miami-Dade Police Department, a new report about the progress of implementing body cameras for the force. The report is a result of a request by the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Dec. 2, who had given the Gimenez administration 90 days to study and then report on the benefits and concern of the body worn cameras and to develop policies for the use before issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to vendors for the cameras.
Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime offered his condolences to the community activist
The son of community activist Tangela Sears was involved in a fatal shooting Wednesday afternoon in Tallahassee. David G. Queen, 29, died after being shot during an argument with another man in the parking lot of a North Tallahassee apartment complex. The other man was taken into custody and interviewed after the shooting, but has not yet been charged as the Tallahassee Police Department continues to investigate the incident.
Athletes performed well at Conference USA Championships
Florida International University performed well at the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in El Paso, Texas on May 14-17. The four-day event saw several FIU athletes score high in different categories. On day one, Bejai Fray finished third in her flight for the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.67 seconds. She also posted a score of 1.52 meters in the high jump, placed third in the shot put (11.14 meters) and clocked in at 26.38 seconds in the 200-meter dash.
Local writer gives first-hand look at the magic, beauty of Cape Town and Johannesburg
JOHANNESBURG, Africa — Imagine the breathtaking scenic view overlooking an entire city up top one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World or the cultural vibe you experience in a country of 11 official languages. From personal stories, as told by ex-political prisoners who shared the very same prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life, to the grim everyday reminders of the devastating effect of apartheid all experienced from this same magical place. Words alone are not sufficient to begin to capture the magnitude of the experience of journeying to South Africa.
CareerSource South Florida has a program targeted to young adults who want to go to work. Called Ready to Work Employment Program, it was created to enhance work-readiness skills while participants earning an income. The program provides young adults with entry-level positions within local businesses, governmental agencies/departments and community-based organizations.
She has been managing director of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex for almost two years
Sandy Dorsainvil has served as the managing director for the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC) for the past year and a half. LHCC features and celebrates the art of the African Diaspora with a special emphasis on the Haitian art experience. Dorsainvil is the executive director of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, an institution that produces fine art exhibition for more than 20 years. Some of its noted exhibitions include, "Urban Zen," a collaboration with fashion icon Donna Karen. The complex includes a black box theatre, fine art gallery, a National Basketball Association (NBA) Learn and Play Center, the Caribbean Marketplace, and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance Archive that features original maps of Christopher
Overtown is home of the first GMCVB outpost in Black communities
There was a welcome air of ethnic inclusion at the ceremonial ribbon-cutting event Monday as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (GMCVB) unveiled a new tourist center at the Little Haiti Caribbean & Multicultural Marketplace. “This is Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage Month. That’s one of the reasons we wanted to roll this out now,” said GMCVB President Bill Talbert III.
Recently, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez delivered the welcome address to an audience of local civic and business leaders at Miami-Dade’s inaugural Age-Friendly Summit. The half-day event, held at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, attracted more than 150 attendees including mayors, city and county commissioners, and experts to explore the issues facing Miami-Dade’s fast-growing segment of people 60 years and older, a group that will soon represent 3 out of 10 South Floridians. The Age-Friendly Initiative, a collaborative program led by a number of non-profit agencies and funded in part by Grantmakers in Aging and the Pfizer Foundation, organized the event.
The city celebrated its 89th year this month
May 14, 1926 at 8 p.m., 28 registered Opa-lockans met in the firehouse to sign the charter for the Town of Opa-locka. Exactly 89-years to the date, more than 200 residents, business owners, dignitaries, neighboring community members and many with connections to, memories of or interest in Opa-locka recollected its past in the Sherbondy Village Auditorium.