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New Horizons Community Mental Health Center

New Horizons Community Mental Health Center Inc. (NHCMHC) is a 501©3 nonprofit community based organization that serves the most vulnerable neighbors and neighborhoods of Miami-Dade County. Founded on a commitment to increase the quality of life for marginalized children, youth and families, the center provides

Thousands lose homes in Louisiana flooding

BATON ROUGE, La. — Thousands of people in southern Louisiana hunkered down in shelters Monday, forced out of their homes by intense flooding that took many people by surprise. At least six people were killed. The weather had improved from the torrential downpours that began Friday but rivers and creeks in many areas were still way above flood stage, and people downstream eyed the deluge with concern.

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Two preachers, different faiths, one cause

Local Million Man March committee re-launches with leaders, activists

The Local Organizing Committee, the lifeblood and engine of what made it possible to have the 1995 Million Man March and the 20th anniversary thereof dubbed Justice Or Else! in Washington, D.C., was re-launched in South Florida. Comprising of local community leaders, grassroots activists, youth and students, religious leaders, business persons, educators, the meeting brought together all types of people willing to work together for change.

Digital after-school programs guide set by Children’s Trust

The Children’s Trust’s annual trilingual after-school programs list has debuted on its mobile app. With just a few taps, this free resource offers parents and caregivers program descriptions and fees for hundreds of after-school options for children and youth ages 6-18.

The annual ‘Things Are Cooking in Overtown’ gala is this Friday

Fundraiser to take place at Jungle Island

The annual “Things Are Cooking in Overtown” fundraising gala presented by St. John Community Development Corp. will be Friday, Aug. 19, in the Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening events include a reception, dinner, live music and a silent a

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Bishop Chauncey Brown: “Serving is the mortgage we pay for living on Earth”

Bishop Chauncey D. Brown is a native of Winter Haven. He began his postsecondary education at Polk College majoring in Criminal Justice. Afterward, he entered the Florida Theology Seminary and International Theological Seminary in Lakeland. Brown graduated from Boston University's School of Theology.

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Rare procedure at birth saves newborn’s life

Highly specialized medical team at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Holtz Children’s Hospital performs complex surgery

Nicole Hannah-Edgecomb was 24 weeks pregnant with her second child when she went to see her obstetrician for a checkup. An ultrasound had already revealed that her baby had fluid around the heart. Four weeks later, another ultrasound showed a large mass was now covering the

The benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a process that requires time, practice and patience – lots of patience.  Although breastfeeding works for most women, it may not work for everyone. The best advice is to always try and make it your own experience, that way you and your baby can decide if this is the best for both.

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Program for princesses, duchesses marks 5 years

The Florida Essence Tea Princess and Duchess Program celebrated five years of helping children in the community at the Newport Beach & Resort in Sunny Isle Beach. The program, based in Miami, consists of girls ages 4 to 16 years old and was created by Angelica Spicer, the former Miss Florida Essence 2010. It is starting its sixth year.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Samuel Atchison

Rev. Dr. Samuel Atchison was born to the late Doc Atchison and Celester Atchison on April 27, 1927 in Thorsby, Alabama. He died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 at 4 a.m. He graduated from the J. T. Brown Theological Seminary at Florida Memorial College, Miami. He received a Doctorate of Theology from the National Theological Seminary of Maryland and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Smith College in Tallahassee, Florida. Samuel’s sister, Addie Jewell, introduced him to Maurene Melton; and

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NSMC recognized by Consortium

North Shore Medical Center earns recognition for participating in the Miami-Dade Stroke Consortium (MDSC), a nonprofit organization established to improve stroke care and collect data on the estimated 4,000 strokes that occur each year in the county. The hospital was awarded for its outstanding work and dedication to improving stroke

Diabetes? Weight loss surgery helps

More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese and one out of three American children are considered to be overweight or obese. In addition, about 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. When these two conditions overlap in a person who is morbidly obese and has diabetes, weight loss surgery may be recommended to not only help lose weight but also treat Type 2 diabetes.

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Faith Calendar

St. Mary First Baptist Church of Coconut Grove invites the community to Youth Ministry Annual Back to School Jam on August 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 305-775-5750 or 305-443-8166. Norland United Methodist Preschool will provide free meals and snacks for students enrolled during the school year. Call 305-510-6173.

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Clinton ally talks to victims of gun violence

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords visits with local families

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the victim of a bullet to the head that ended her promising political career, met with families of Miami children who were less fortunate and didn’t survive their wounds. Giffords, and her husband former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, met with a handful of women and one man at Belafonte Tacolcy Center in Liberty City on Friday, Aug. 12, to discuss ideas by the Hillary Clinton campaign to rein in “senseless gun violence.” Such killings have created

DJJ Secretary Christy Daly to speak at safety reception

Youth shelter Miami Bridge wants to unite the community

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina Daly will give a presentation Aug. 22 to show how the community can work with schools, city officials and law enforcement to prevent unnecessary violence among our youth.

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The Miami Times recommends . . .

Miami Gardens’ residents will elect a mayor and heads of three council seats Aug. 30. They will also vote to accept or reject an amendment to the charter.

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Miami Gardens Election

The Miami Times recommends . . .

Oliver Gilbert III has shown solid leadership in Miami Gardens since he was elected mayor. He has dealt deftly with complex issues such as suggesting and getting voters to pass a $60 million general obligation bond as well as suing and settling a lawsuit against Miami-Dade County to gain zoning rights at Dolphins Stadium, its largest taxpayer. While crime has reduced in the city under Gilbert, it is still an issue. The city recently installed a real-crime notification system to combat criminal

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Go to jail: Feds nab Opa-locka officials

Chiverton, Harris cooperating in corruption case

Former Opa-locka City Manager David Chiverton surrendered to federal authorities on Monday for allegedly being part of a gang that attempted to extort thousands of dollars from business owners. His arrest is part of an ongoing investigation into public corruption that could impact every part of city government. His arrest followed that of another top city administrator, former assistant public works director Gregory Harris, who was arraigned on Friday on a similar charge.

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Murphy refuses to debate opponents

Alan Grayson and Pam Keith say he spends too much time fundraising

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio resigned his seat to run for president only to return for the seat after solidly losing in the Florida presidential primary. Potential candidates on the Democratic side include Congressman Patrick Murphy, Congressman Alan Grayson and newcomer Pam Keith. Grayson and Keith took part in a press conference in West Palm Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 3, outside the Palm Beach County Courthouse calling on Murphy to participate in more debates.

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Slighted firefighter sues the county

Faye Davis says lawsuit will prove department is biased against Blacks

Faye Davis has had enough. For 27 years, the firefighter has worked for the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department, climbing her way up through the ranks from firefighter to lieutenant, to her current position of captain. But when it came time to be promoted to the position of chief fire officer, Davis said that something other than her qualifications played a role in preventing her advancement.

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