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Miami Worldcenter wins again

County commission approves Community Development District amidst opposition

Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 12-0 to approve a Community Development District for the Miami Worldcenter. The proposal of the Miami Worldcenter CDD brought dozens of concerns citizens and community members who wanted their voices heard on the matter – people who stood on both sides of the debate. Commissioners moved forward with the CDD, despite the opposition.

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Roll out the red carpet for Liberty City

There is no shortage of attention being paid to Liberty City and the housing project Liberty Square, also known as the Pork ’n Beans. In February, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Liberty Square Rising, a $74 million rehab plan to raze and rebuild the run-down housing stock built in 1937. Then comes city of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado who wants to expand the redevelopment area to Northwest 15th to 17th avenues and 62nd to 71st streets. T. Willard Fair of the Urban League of Greater Miami, too, has a plan beyond

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Worldcenter angst shows community insecurity

Worldcenter developers are getting mixed messages from the community. The $2 billion, colossal development slated for the former Miami Arena site has been given the green light on zoning and other issues to move the project forward by city of Miami and Miami-Dade County almost all times it appears before them. On July 7, more than 500 people attended a job fair for Worldcenter’s project, which

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Young Black brothers should fight the system

I was reading a letter written by Robert Malone Jr. in your June 10-16 issue (“This Black community’s dirty little secret is revealed”), and he talks about Black on Black crimes not getting protested. He needs to stand up and tell the young Black brothers about the government schemes and how they are holding our people down with this Section 8 and welfare.

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Gov. Rick Scott signs bill for disabled

The bill allows disabled to have up to $100,000 in a trust fund, without losing state and federal benefits

Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited the Marian Center in Miami Gardens on Monday for his ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 642, the Florida Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The bill establishes trust funds for people with disabilities and their families to use to deposit funds to pay for housing, education and transportation. Managed by the Florida Prepaid College Board, the bill expands the amount of money people with disabilities can have, without the risk of losing their state and federal benefits, like Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Monies can be deposited up to $100,000 tax free.

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A former mayor talks civics with city residents

Miami Gardens first mayor, Shirley Gibson, is concerned with community engagement

Former Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson gets civic-oriented questions by residents no matter where she is in the city. “People were stopping me at the bank, the store, the barbershop and even the restroom,” said Gibson laughing. “I found myself repeating the same things.” When a fellow church member, Carolyn Johnson, continued to ask her questions about local government procedures and shared concerns that she and her neighbors had about city services, Gibson suggested Johnson host a get-together with her neighbors and she’d answer them all there.

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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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