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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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Miami Gardens Council honors Girl Scouts

Troop 347 presented with a proclamation

Miami Gardens public officials honored the Girl Scouts Troop 347 at the July 8 city council meeting. Amari Thompson, a junior to be at William Turner Technical School and recently the winner of the Girl Scouts Gold Award, was presented with a proclamation by Councilwoman Lillie Q. Odom. Amari was awarded the honor in March for her work in organizing a seven-month drive that produced 20 pallets of clothing, medical and school supplies and sporting goods, including soccer balls, basketballs and footballs.

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Lifestyle Happenings

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. The Miami Jackson Class of 1970 is having an All White Dance on Friday, July 17 at FCAA. Call 305-546-3770 or 305-733-4674. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting for their 50th Year Reunion, on Friday, July 17 at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hollywood Blvd., 6p. m.  Call 305-620-4827.

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Conference to draw hundreds of minority hotel owners

NABHOOD hosts its 19th annual hotel summit and trade show July 15-17

The 19th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show begins July 15-17 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami. The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine and Horizons International Group will host the conference themed “Moving Forward With Our Partners.”

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Making a difference

5000 Role Models hold training session for optimist football coaches

Dozens of volunteer optimist football coaches listened to inspiring words from veteran coaches of the community at an induction ceremony for the 5000 Role Models of Excellence on Saturday, July 11. High school football coaches from Booker T. Washington, Miami Central and Miami Carol City high schools spoke to a room full of coaches at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. The men focused on their roles as coaches and the impact they have on the lives of youth who participate in optimist football in Miami Gardens.

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Flat out of heels owner wins $25K grand prize

Young Miami entrepreneur wins $25K grand prize

Miami-based entrepreneur Dawn Dickson just got 25,000 reasons to keep pursuing her dream. The Flat Out of Heels startup-business owner won the $25,000 cash prize at the PowerMoves.Nola pitch competition at its annual conference in New Orleans on July 3.

First Black female police officer in the county dies at 88

Thelma Gaitor Harris was a law enforcement pioneer in Miami-Dade

Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was widely recognized as a pioneer and trailblazer during a 25-year career in law enforcement. Harris made history in 1962 as the first Black female police officer in the Miami-Dade County Police Department. She died July 4 at age 88. A 1944 graduate of Dorsey High School, Harris enrolled in Florida A&M University, where she met Walter Freeman, a seaman. They later married and had one child, Brenda Freeman.

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First Black female police officer in county dies at 88

Thelma Gaitor Harris was a law enforcement pioneer in Miami-Dade

Thelma Gaitor Freeman Harris was widely recognized as a pioneer and trailblazer during a 25-year career in law enforcement. Harris made history in 1962 as the first Black female police officer in the Miami-Dade County Police Department. She died July 4 at age 88. A 1944 graduate of Dorsey High School, Harris enrolled in Florida A&M University, where she met Walter Freeman, a seaman. They later married and had one child, Brenda Freeman.

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Francena Bruton Thomas, a community activist, dies

Miami native Francena Bruton Thomas, an educator, former The Miami Times columnist, and community activist, died Saturday, July 11 at University of Miami Hospital. Her younger sister, Charlotte Bruton Griggs says, “We grew up in the James E. Scott projects, which is now known as Liberty Square. It was during a time when everyone knew each other and our parents, Andrew and Lou Ella Bruton taught us to have pride and dignity in everything that we did. We all looked forward to going to college and pursuing a career.”

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Are Riley and Gilbert the same?

This has been one interesting NBA offseason so far. The dust has not even settled on the Golden State Warriors’ parade after celebrating their championship glory. Every team in the league is looking to overhaul and dissect their organizations from top to bottom. It was during one of these many conversations involving the Miami Heat that I discovered a disturbing reality among some Heat and non-Heat fans. The Heat failed to make the playoffs after four consecutive trips to the finals. The primary reason, obviously, is they had just lost the game's best player, LeBron James. Understandable, right? Maybe, maybe not.

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FIU basketball girls help feed the hungry

The women's basketball team at Florida International University recently spent a weekend volunteering with Feeding South Florida, sorting and packing food for the hungry. The FIU team broke a record, producing 61,042 pounds of food in an hour and a half which is equivalent to about 50,000 meals.

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Elected officials raise money for Virrick Park

Swim relay race collects $5,000 for summer youth program

Three elected officials and a celebrated filmmaker took part in a swim relay race at Elizabeth Virrick Park in Coconut Grove, July 3, to raise money for a summer youth program. Miami-Dade County Commissioner (District 7) Xavier Suarez, his son, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez (District 3) and City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff (District 2) were joined by Billy Corben, who directed the “Cocaine Cowboys" documentary.

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Alonzo Mourning's Courtside apartments break ground

Courtside Apartments for low-income residents in Overtown backed by Alonzo Mourning and partners

More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking of Phase I of Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown, a $22.8 million 84-unit affordable housing development by AM Affordable Housing (Alonzo Mourning) and Housing Trust Group of Miami. Mourning spoke specifically about the tremendous need for affordable housing in Overtown.

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City and county in long-standing dispute over safety of Liberty Square residents

Miami-Dade Police Maj. Hector Llevat considers the patrolling of Liberty Square the duties of the city of Miami Police department. “The day-to-day patrolling of the area is for Miami police, is how I understand it,” said Llevat. What Llevat said is true in a sense, but according to Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle, it is not clear-cut as to which department is responsible for safety of residents in Liberty Square. She cites a dispute over whether the state, county or city has primary responsibility for the health and safety of “residents of public and private minimum housing complexes,” in a June 22 memo to Public Housing and Community Development Director Michael Liu.

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Police convictions difficult to come by

A partnership between the local NAACP and Miami-Dade State Attorney highlights a lack of police prosecution

Attendees to a NAACP Justice For All Forum at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Gardens last week heard how difficult it is to prosecute a police officer by law enforcement officials. “We see the need for healing in our community. There has not been a prosecution of a police since 1989 - city of Miami police officer William Lozano. Why is that?" said Ruben Carter, a member of Antioch and chairman of the local NAACP Criminal Justice

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Pot ordinance allows $100 fine

Officers will have the choice to arrest or write a ticket for 20 grams of marijuana

In a 10-3 vote Miami-Dade has adopted an ordinance that gives police officers the choice to fine someone who possesses 20 grams of marijuana or less $100 and a civil citation or make an arrest for possession.

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