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The Children’s Trust: Provider Profile

“We strive to build character that lasts in every youth that walks through our doors.” — Mirva Cadet, program director. Gang Alternative’s mission is to engage boys and girls and their families in the Greater Miami area in positive alternatives to youth violence and delinquency. The organization offers a holistic approach to children’s academic, physical, social and spiritual development. Their programs aim to assist youths and their family by providing community support in a faith-based atmosphere where family, education and pro-social behaviors are promoted. Gang Alternative occupies a unique service niche in Miami’s inner city as a faith-based prevention provider.

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Mayor Regalado in Liberty City

On Monday, May 4, Mayor Tomas Regalado walked the area around Liberty Square for more than fours hours to get first-hand insight regarding the needs of the residents and business people in the area. Regalado spoke to random residents and was able to handle several concerns presented to him.

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More water and sewer issues at meeting

Residents worry about who gets contracts to do work in their neighborhood at Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s town hall

Water and sewer issues topped the complaints at Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s District I Town Hall Meeting at Joella C. Good Elementary School last week. The meeting was the first in a series of three such events to be held at public schools in Jordan’s District I. The other meetings will be May 26, at Carol City High School and June 16, at Norland High School.

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Street renamed after Sonny’s Restaurant founder

Morrine L. Ware was a fixture in Hallandale’s diverse community

It seemed only fitting that a street located right next to Sonny’s Restaurant would be renamed with the name of a woman who gave so much to the northwest community of Hallandale Beach over the past 50 years. On Monday, May 11, relatives and friends of the late Morrine L. Ware took part in a street dedication renaming Northwest Eighth Street to Morrine L. Ware Street. Sonny’s Restaurant is run by Ware’s children, Harriet Neloms and Willie James Ware Jr. The renaming is a result of the work that the family had undertaken with Hallandale city officials. Hallandale Mayor Joy Cooper and city commissioners unanimously approved to rename the street at a city commission meeting on Jan. 28.

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Temple Sinai hosts Interfaith Service and Shabbat repast

Pastor Richard Dunn, II Baptist speaker, uniting two different faiths

When we entered the large, beautiful, grounds of Temple Sinai in North Miami Beach last Friday evening, May 8, we quickly noticed the warm, comforting, atmosphere that prevailed. Alan Litwak, who just returned from spending four days in Israel on a unification mission, is the senior rabbi of the magnificent synagogue. About 25 members of Faith Community Baptist Church and I came to an Interfaith Service and Shabbat where Pastor Richard Dunn was the invited speaker. Pastor Dunn's wife Daphne Dunn also was present.

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Eleanor Mallard will be 100 years old May 29

On May 29, 1915, Eleanor Johnson Mallard, the only girl with nine brothers, was born in Coconut Grove to Lillian and William Johnson. Eleanor is of Bahamian descent. She attended the Dade County Training School. As an adult, she worked as a maid, cleaning homes on Miami Beach and Coral Gables.

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A place for growth

Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist is growing through intentional outreach

When one hears about Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist or any Christian church that fellowships on Saturdays, one of the first question that comes to mind is, “Why do they worship on Saturdays?” That question not only came to the mind of this reporter several years ago, it was refreshed on May 3 when my godmother, Estella C. Delaughter’s funeral was held at Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

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Boys and Girls Choir has something to sing about in South Dade

Thomas W. Demeritte has returned with ADMIT program for children to take up where he left off

Producer and Recorder Thomas W. Demerritte has returned to South Florida to take up where he left off three years ago --teaching young boys and girls that there is more to the music industry than rapping and writing songs that most of them would not want their mother to hear them perform. Last month a group of 26 enthusiastic, energetic young boys and girls entered the ADMIT (Alternative Directions Music Industry Training) Studio in South Miami at 19801 SW 106 Ave., Suite 230, to record their first CD. That group is the South Florida Boys and Girls Choir. In tow were three parents: Carl and Marissa Lindsey and Helena Sumpter; musician, Prince A. Day; Counselor

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NSMC recognized with Gold-Plus Award

North Shore Medical Center receives the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Florida Department of Health is promoting asthma management in public schools

In the 2012–2013 school year, it is estimated that about 460,000 instructional hours were lost due to asthma in Florida. May is National Asthma Awareness Month and the Florida Department of Health is partnering with the Florida Asthma Coalition and the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. to keep children in school by promoting asthma management in public schools across the state. "When students have their asthma under control they perform better academically and miss fewer days of school,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Keeping our children healthy and in school is key to ensuring a healthy future for Florida.”

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018.

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Diversity is the biggest winner

Black contestants made it to the Young Talent Big Dreams finals in record numbers. Now in its fifth year, the countywide talent competition sponsored by The Children’s Trust and Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, ended with Black winners in three categories. Jabari Capers, a junior at Miami Lakes Educational Center, won for “Individual Original Spoken Word” delivering a powerful rhythmic piece that rallied for an end to racial violence.

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Author wants to scare you

South Florida writer Jeff Carroll uses his Black characters in stories

“The hell it won't. I wish the house would start talking to me. We could have a good conversation. Flickering lights and moving furniture is only in the movies," Matthew looked at Bricks like he was talking to the old man doll. "My dude, it takes a lot to scare me. They have to give the ghost a gun and put it to my head to get me to leave." That was an excerpt from 2013 horror novel, “It Happened On Negro Mountain,” by Jeff Carroll, an author and filmmaker here in South Florida. He writes science fiction novels with Black characters to inspire and spark the imagination of his readers.

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The Social Whirl

Sharing a Mothers Day thought, “Sooner or later we all quote our mothers,” and hope that Mothers Day was one of peace, joy and gratitude in all things. The weekend was indeed one of many activities. Universal Truth Center held a concert last Saturday evening that featured talented singer Shenita Hunt performing before a large and well-entertained crowd including her parents. Members of Just Us enjoyed a wonderful meeting hosted by Shirley L. Archie at Love is Blind in Coral Gables. Ladies enjoying the wonderful afternoon of conversation and friendship were: Emma Burnside, Lavonne Moore, Cynthia Clarke, Lois Lee, Geneva Woodard, Priscilla Dobbs, Shelaine Welters, Luretha Lucky, Audrey Edmonson, Regina Frazier, Vicki Roulhac, Juanita Miller, Cecelia Hunter and Patsy Graham. Atmosphere amidst good food simply the best.

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Chatter that Matters

John Pryor, a graduate of North Dade Jr. Sr. High School, got started in 1960 becoming involve is plays under the late Jim Randolph.  He attended FAMU and involved himself with numerous plays, and many more at a theatre started by him and two others. Moreover, he accepted a position with Miami-Dade Community College teaching drama and made a very successful career. Pryor began to succeed in dramatic and stared in many plays that made Jim Randolph very proud of his accomplishments along with Betty Tucker Ferguson a fellow student. Currently, he is directing “Mahalia”, a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and starring: Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders, Framcone Ealey-Murphy, and featuring Elijah Gee, pianist in a theater close to home this month.

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Brownsville Middle School adopted by local law firm

Attorneys help students execute a mock trial under their guidance

The Brownsville Middle School auditorium stage transformed into an American courtroom, where students could witness the case of the State of Florida v. Corey Falcons, a mock trial created by Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel (HM&B). It was American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Day on May 1 and students were exposed to real attorneys and a judge who taught them about the Magna Carta and then demonstrated how the document works through the mock trial, with students assuming various roles under their guidance. HM&B, a Black-owned law firm with 40 attorneys, went a step further than a mere day at a school. The Firm officially adopted Brownsville Middle,

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Claudia Jones Lewis to retire after 50 years

Claudia Lewis arrived to work at Silver Bluff Elementary unaware that her colleagues and students were planning a surprise for her. The second-grade teacher is set to retire after 50 years at the end of the school year. Last Friday, while she was teaching her students a math word problem, other students and faculty were waiting for her outside the courtyard. When Lewis walked out, she couldn't believe her eyes. "This was such a wonderful surprise. I didn't know," Lewis said. "This fills my heart with joy."

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Decoded Fashion merges two industries

Company combines fashion and technology to find solutions

Keeping up with the tech curve is just as important as keeping up with the fashion code. No one wants to be left behind. On Monday, May 4, eMerge Americas presented the Women, Innovation and Technology Summit, where different women discussed their business and innovation startups and gave advice to potential entrepreneurs. Fashion and technology was the topic of one speaker, Liz Bacelar, founder and CEO of Decoded Fashion. Decoded Fashion is the world’s leading event series and community-fueling innovation for fashion and retail. It is a series of events connecting decision-makers in fashion, beauty and retail by emerging and establishing technology companies. Decoded Fashion also exposes the fashion industry to new helpful technology that best fit their brand, consumers and other sectors of the fashion business. This may lead tech companies to have partnerships with top designers and fashion publications.

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Hurricane Season

FPL’s annual storm drill showed off a Command Center and a Mobile Command Center

Florida Power & Light’s Command Center and Mobile Command Center were bustling with activity on Thursday, May 7, just as if a real hurricane was in the area. FPL employees packed the centers and screens were showing how many homes didn’t have power and how many homes needed power. The Command Center’s Executive Conference Center’s roundtable had upper management people from FPL and other agencies seated around it, all talking about what the next steps should be to address the hurricane situation. But it was just a drill.

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Obama: My Brother’s Keeper a mission for the ‘rest of my life’

Advisory board appointed made up of government, CEOs and celebrities

In a personal and impassioned speech May 4 at Lehman College in New York City, President Barack Obama unveiled a new private sector-funded expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which seeks to provide incentives and opportunities for young men of color in high-risk areas to improve their lives. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which arrives on the heels of protests and violent clashes with police in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, is a “big deal” to the president.

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