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The Miami Times awarded 1st place Merit Award for best layout and design

The Miami Times Newspaper brought home first place for the Robert L. Vann Merit Award for best layout/design at the 2015 National Newspapers Publishers Association Conference. The newspaper beat out dozens of other papers across the country for the title at the NNPA annual conference on June 18. Stan Caines and Mitzi Williams are the dynamic duo behind the Miami Times' design and layout team.

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Protestors stage rally at Government Center

A scant two days after Worldcenter developers held a job fair at Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown on June 7, a coalition of workers staged a protest against Worldcenter, saying that construction jobs aren’t sustainable. About 100 protestors clad in black T-shirts with white lettering that read, “Black Work Matters” and “Can We Dream Together?” gathered in front of Government Center to voice their displeasures, concerns and demands of the Miami-Dade County Commission and Worldcenter Developers.

County explores changing laws for media signs

Miami-Dade County defers sign laws changes until October, City of Miami defers for two weeks

Miami-Dade County and City of Miami have both decided to amend laws on the books that would allow large LED signs on high rises used for advertising. But the ordinance was deferred until October 20 at the Miami-Dade County Commission meeting Tuesday, July 14. Miami-Dade County Mayor has said large LED signs go against county code and are illegal.

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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile

Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM)

“Our agency’s mission is to empower Haitian women and their families socially, economically and politically and facilitate their adjustments to South Florida and the United States.” — Marleine Bastien, executive director Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (FANM) is an award-winning, 501 (c ) 3, community based organization located in Little Haiti. It has been a m

Education reformers must unite around 3 goals

It’s fair to say the ultimate goal of the education reform movement, and the education community in general, is to ensure that all students — no matter where they live or what their background is — have access to a high-quality education. This is a big and intimidating challenge, an addressing it requires across-the-board commitment to three foundational goals.

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Residents spruce up area with clean up

Commissioner Barbara Jordan supports Country Club homeowner associations’ efforts

All hands were on deck recently as Country Club of Miami residents grabbed rakes, shovels and other cleaning tools to spruce up their neighborhood. Led by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, residents tackled unwanted shrubbery along Bob-o-link Drive from Miami Gardens Drive to Royal Melbourne Drive.

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Are you safe at church?

Nationally and locally, pastors discuss how to make worship halls secure

Just two weeks after horrific events in South Carolina, a number of local churches have held events to address security issues, and try to keep such awful situations from taking place again. Dylann Roof shot nine people during a prayer service June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in South Carolina, and is still awaiting trial for what he did. What has been dubbed a massacre, the 21-year-old's actions have reverberated across the nation's churches and other meeting

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Road to the White House

Kenesha Jackson, now a college student, came to Greater Miami Service Corps with no high school diploma, pregnant, and with no direction. Now a Greater Miami Service Corps alumna member, she spoke at the White House as part of a Community Leaders Briefing. Jackson served as a national representative for The Corps Network, the national member organization for America’s Service and Conservation Corps.

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Pastor of the Week:Ronald Rasool Malik: Imam Muslim who cares about his community

MAS follows true orthodox faith

“As a youngster I felt differently when it came to accepting the facts given to me when I went to church. I just didn’t believe all they said about Christianity. I Believe in God. But I believe in just one God, Allah,” said Ronald Rasool Malik.

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Faith Calendar

New Life Ministry invites the community to The Healing and Deliverance Revival featuring Prophet Markell McKoy and The Prophetic Team, July 15-17, 7:30 p.m. 305-681-0208. Bethany SDA Church educational series for the Brownsville community, Part 2 – Parenting on Thursday, July16th at 6:30 p.m. Call 305-634-2993 or email www.bethanymiami.org.

Devon Vickers knows the power of a tiny donation

Miami native got marrow transplant from umblilical cord blood of an newborn

Each day when babies are born in Miami, the parents can make a decision about what to do with the umbilical cord. And Devon Vickers understands better than most just how important that decision can be. Parents have a critical option when a baby is born at Jackson Memorial Hospital. They can decide to donate the blood from the umbilical cord to LifeCord, the only FDA licensed, nonprofit public cord blood bank in the Southeast. It’s a process that’s free; takes only a few minutes; is painless for mom and baby; and the tiny amount of blood collected has a special lifesaving role.

Bullying: What parents need to know

In about a month, children and teens throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties will head back to the classroom. For many students, returning to school is an exciting time – a chance to get reacquainted with friends, meet new teachers, and sharpen their brains. But going to school can be a daunting and stressful experience for students who have been bullied. Bullying has been an issue for ages. But with today’s technology and resources, bullying has turned from an issue that was bad, into an issue that has gotten worse.

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Kids get free dental screening at Overtown Youth Center

Miami Takeover Experience teams up with Colgate-Palmolive for community service activities

The Miami Takeover Experience (MTO) kicked into high gear this week with two community service events during its eighth yearly visit to the area. Members of MTO come to Miami on vacation from July 9-13 and at the same time they perform community service. This year, MTO partnered with Colgate-Palmolive to provide free dental screenings to 140 ch

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Man behind the music

Ted Lucas' Slip N Slide Records created artists like Rick Ross, Trina and Trick Daddy

Ted Lucas is a name that may not click in most people’s heads.But he is behind a lot of names who do click like musical artist Rick Ross, Trina and Trick Daddy. Lucas is the CEO of Slip N Slide Records, headquartered on Miami Beach. The label has been around for more than 20 years and Lucas is currently working with new talent to try to make waves in the industry once again.

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Trayvon, a washtub and a soaring eagle

Addonis Parker's mural, 'Thunder and Enlightening,' tells the American story

An artistic depiction of the socio-economic history of life in America now adorns the wall of OneUnited Bank in a creatively poignant mural that was unveiled Saturday. The 10 feet by 55 feet mural, titled “Thunder and Enlightening,” is a collaborative effort of OneUnited Bank, 3275 N.W. 79 St., the Miami Children’s Initiative and Liberty City Renaissance.

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Taste of the Nation feeds the children

Event to feature new “Chefs on a Half Shell” after party

Now in its 27th year, the region’s culinary benefit dedicated to ending childhood hunger, will showcase more than 40 restaurants from both Dade and Broward counties, top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation South Florida, will also feature silent and live auctions, an interactive art display of local artists and a beer garden.

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African ballet star pays a visit to Miami Gardens

International ballet star Michaela DePrince started her whirlwind tour of South Florida with a book signing for adoring fans at B E Dance Studios in Miami Gardens on Monday. The book signing began the five-day series of events aimed at introducing the local performing arts community to DePrince, whose scheduled appearance on Sunday was interrupted by flight delays. Her tour culminates with a performance on Friday evening at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Complex. DePrince suffers with Vitiligo, a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. Because of the

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The Social Whirl

Summer time, a time for a slower pace and many reunions: family reunions, class reunions, relaxing, long days, vacations, Ahh..yes. James Gardiner is sending out this news about the Satellite Reunion. The Satellite Lounge on Northwest 7th Avenue was more than a lounge, it was the place, a place, where folks gathered, stopped by after work, shared news, opinions, debated. A “watering place” for the spirit and “spirits.” Gone now, but for those who remember, you’re invited to share in this reunion which will take place at The Elks Club and Center on Northwest 7th Avenue.

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Chatter that Matters

Coaxum Enterprises Inc. saluted the Hampton Historic House by donating more than $10,000. Coaxum is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Coaxum Enterprises Inc. (CEI) was founded in 2002 by Henry L. Coaxum as the management arm for his three McDonald’s franchises. CEI has grown in both scope and depth and now operates seven McDonald’s restaurants located throughout the city of New Orleans.

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Forbidden Cuba

Visitor shares her four-day forage into the island nation 90 miles from Miami

HAVANA, Cuba — As the plane circled Jose Marti Nacional Airport, more than half of the passengers broke into spontaneous applause and cheers. As it turns out, many of them were either visiting relatives or returning from Miami. Those of us who were visiting Cuba for the first time could feel the intense emotional pull but we could only imagine the depth. We too, had a returning visitor with us, Ricardo Gonzalez, who took us to his childhood home to meet his 90-year-old aunt.

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