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Baron C. Mashack: Positively impacts lives in this sinful world

Pastor of the week

The Reverend Baron C. Mashack is known for his passionate worship, no-nonsense approach to teaching and preaching the word of God and for his cutting-edge approach and strong desire to impact the culture for Christ. He is a native New Yorker, who grew up in the Congregational Church of God in Manhattan, N.Y. under the leadership of Dr. William Aaron and later, Dr. Levorne Aaron. He attended St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y., where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

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Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant donates his lifesaving kidney to his teenage son

Elijah “E.J.” Samaroo was just 11 years old when he began his all-to-frequent trips to the hospital. His eight-year odyssey of suffering began when doctors at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center diagnosed him with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs. Elijah suffered complications from the disease, which led to him needing open-heart surgery. On what should have been Elijah’s first day of high school, he began chemotherapy treatment to suppress the lupus.

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Miracles made at the Miami Transplant Institute

The Miami Transplant Institute, a joint program between the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, is the only center in Florida that performs every type of transplant. The experienced team of doctors , surgeons, nurses, therapists and counselors at the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI), offer excellent care, state-of-the-art treatments, the latest immunosuppressive therapies, and all of the resources of South Florida’s largest academic medical center.

Roxcy O'Neal Bolton Rape Treatment Center at JMH offers help to victims of sexual assault

Millions of women and men are the victims of sexual violence each year – an act that is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. Yet according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, it is the most under-reported violent crime in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics indicate that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime in the United States. The first experience with most victims of sexual violence occurs before the age of 25.

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What is your obesity costing you?

Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, who specializes in treating patients with obesity and associated chronic disease. “Physically, emotionally, mentally and even spiritually, being obese is an ever-present condition to the experience my clients face every day,” says Kadile, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine and author of “Stop Dying Fat”

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B-CU Symphonic Band in concert

First Black university to perform at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Bethune-Cookman University will host its annual Spring Concert at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. The Spring Concert is headlined by the Symphonic Band under the direction of Donovan Wells, music instructor and director of college bands. The Symphonic Band is a 50-plus member wind ensemble featuring piccolo, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, trombones, French horns and tubas. There are 62 student musicians in the band. The students will perform contemporary, traditional, classical and jazz music, as well as a medley of songs by Frank Sinatra.

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Walter Scott needed Feiden Santana, not activists


We all need to take a page from the book of Feiden Santana. The Dominican immigrant's self-less and courageous act of recording Walter Scott's demise is what our current society needs more of, not pundits or organized protest marches. Unlike the self-serving activists of today, the freedom fighters of old were motivated by the urgent need for justice much like Santana. On his way to work, the 23-year old barber saw a human tragedy and dug deep to give a human response. "I thought about his position, their situation ... If I were to have a family member that would happen [to], I would like to know the truth," Santana told NBC News.

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The Social Whirl

Congratulations to Da’Mario Jackson Smith, a senior at Monsignor Pace High School and Youth Sunday speaker on April 12 at The Historic St. Agnes’ Episcopal Church. Familiar scripture used to deliver a thoughtful and provoking message. “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Family and friends are rightfully proud, especially parents Rev. Woodrow and Danita Jackson Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Mario Smith. It is a wonderful thing to witness the growth and nurturing of our Black boys and young men who continue to grow in wisdom, respect for others and self-respect. He is among the “Sugars” in my life.

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Chatter that Matters

It has been authorized by founder Dr. Enid C. Pinkney that the Historical Hampton House Trust declared the opening on Friday, April 10, at 2525 NW 27th Ave. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson The Honorable Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson. Reports were given by Dorothy Johnson; Dr. Pinkney; Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte: Hugo Velasquez, up-dating Project Status: Status of Operations/Program: Luncheon Report: and Construction Completion. Everyone waited until the auditing committee was voted upon: Ron Frazier, Ron Butler, Dr. Larry Capp, and Plans for Grand Opening to include Parking, Translation, Planning, Lease and guidance for the lease before the building is turned over to HHHCT, INC.

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Commissioner Edmonson reads to children for Library Week

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson celebrates National Library Week, which runs through April 18, by reading to children at the Lemon City Library, located at 430 NE 61st St. in

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Liberty City students perform on live TV

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall of District 2 was proud to support dance and music students at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center in Liberty City, as they appeared on an NBC 6 telecast on April 6. Reporter Ari Odzer featured Charles R. Drew K-Center during the local television station’s Brag About

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FAMU Board gets new appointees

Chair, vice chair and new trustee positions announced

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Board of Trustees has selected trustee Rufus Montgomery as its chair. Montgomery is president and CEO of The Cascon Group and a partner with CurtMont Global. He has held several executive positions, most recently as managing director of government affairs at Hall Booth Smith P.C. and prior to that he served as vice president at Cornerstone Communications Group. Montgomery has also held executive positions in higher education, including service as interim

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Knight Foundation names Bahia Ramos arts program director

Bahia Ramos, a veteran grant maker and nonprofit leader, will become the arts program director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she will shape the organization’s efforts to engage communities through the arts.

Mourning tackles low income housing

Phase I financing closes on 84-unit housing development

AM Affordable Housing (AM) and Housing Trust Group (HTG) has closed on financing for Courtside Family Apartments, a new 84-unit affordable housing development in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood. Courtside is the first of a three-phased master-planned community.

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Northwestern Alumni Association will be meeting Saturday April 18, at 10am at Miami Northwestern. The meeting is open to all alumni classes. For more information call 305-755-2558. 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.

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Athletes inducted into UM Sports Hall of Fame

The late Sean Taylor among those honored on April 9.

Olympic Champion Lauryn Williams, Super Bowl Champion Jonathan Vilma and Kym Hope, head women’s basketball coach at Johnson & Wales University, all joined a long and distinguished list of University of Miami athletic greats who were inducted into Sports Hall of Fame on April 9. Former Washington Redskin Sean Taylor, who died in 2007 after being shot by an intruder in his home, was also posthumously inducted. His father, Pedro “Pete” Taylor, was on hand to receive the honor.

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NFL draft picks have promise

The NFL draft is coming up fast and once again the prized pick is expected to be a franchise changing quarterback. This year two names stand out at the top of the heap and the truth is they may be exact opposites of each other. Famous Jameis Winston from Florida State is that flashy superstar, who loves the cameras and he loves him some him. Kind of like Deion Sanders playing quarterback with lots of drama and controversy following him everywhere. Do your homework GM's. The other kid, Marcus Mariota, is Mr Nice Guy. You would not mind if he dates your sister so mild and well mannered. Despite the fact that he has big time game, he is just an “aw shucks” type of guy off the field.

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Dade County Links showcase FlipSide

On Saturday, April 11, members of the Dade County (FL) Chapter, The Links, Inc. hosted FlipSide Miami — an evening of spectacular national and local entertainment featuring a diverse group of talented artists hailing from a cross-section of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Monestime’s mother dies

Angelina Monestime, the mother of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, died Tuesday, April 13 in the hospital. Her health had been deteriorating for several months.  She was born on Jan. 15, 1931 and is survived by her 10 children, including Jean Monestime. Her husband and lifetime companion died February 2012.

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Senior housing developments lead rebirth in West Grove

New developments signal growth but will residents be left behind?

There was a hint of pomp and circumstance at the Stirrup Plaza II groundbreaking ceremony in Coconut Grove. Stirrup Plaza II is the second phase of a project undertaken by Related Urban. It began with the renovation of the 68-unit Stirrup Plaza next to where the five-story, 68-unit Stirrup Plaza II will be built at 3160 Mundy St.

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