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Don't drink and drive

Mock DUI showed BTW students the dangers of underage drinking and driving by reenacting a car accident

Daniella Joseph said the image of her classmates laying unconscious from a car accident was too much for her to take. She watched friends bloodied behind the wheel of a crushed car. Others were laying on the floor, with torn clothing and shards of glass in their bodies. One classmate was pronounced dead on the scene. This wasn't real life but it sure looked like it. It was only a reenactment — an exercise coordinated by the Urban Partnership Drug Free Community Coalition, Gang Alternative and members of the City of Miami police and fire departments —to show students at Booker T. Washington High School the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.

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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. Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Alumni Picture Day will be May 23rd at 8 am. Contact 305-755-2558 to schedule your appointment times. Alpha Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Miami will host a spring luncheon on May 23, from 11a.m. - 3 p.m. at Quality Inn South. Call 305-992-3332. FAMU Alumni Gold Coast Chapter will celebrate alumni from the class of 1940

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$13.5 billion to be spent on water and sewer

The capital improvement plan is expected to be ongoing for 15 to 20 years, should provide more than 16,000 jobs

Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department Director Lester Sola has literally taken his show on the road. Sola embarked on his daunting task of explaining the complexities involved in the $13.5 billion Capital Improvement Program, which will be ongoing for the next 15 to 20 years. It is the largest Water and Sewer Department program in the history of Miami-Dade County. Experts project some 16,470 jobs will be created and an economic impact of about $25 billion.

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Saving the environment

Exchange students from Miami and Jamaica work together to restore part of their community

Last Saturday, students who participate in a program called JaMuve had a workday engaged in environmental restoration activities in the morning and a Skype chat at noon about their experiences. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum’s volunteer-based restoration project called MUVE formed a partnership with the Museum of Natural History in Kingston, Jamaica in Fall 2014. The program was branded JaMuve and is unlike any other exchange program that exists between a museum in the Caribbean and a U.S. museum.

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Cheating, ultimate betrayal

So it seems that the NFL finally nailed the New England Patriots. It was only four months ago that the Pats raised another Lombardi trophy and triumphantly gave all of the league’s other envious franchises a big middle finger. Well, this time the NFL dropped the hammer on the champs. The four-game suspension of iconic quarterback Tom Brady, the stripping of two New England draft picks and a $1 million fine by commissioner Roger Goodell finally showed the doubters that no, the Patriots do not get away with everything. Truth is you couldn’t blame anyone for raising an

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Miami-Dade seeks track stars

USATF meet will take place in June for aspiring young athletes

Kids around Miami-Dade will have an opportunity to show off their running, jumping and throwing skills during the county’s inaugural “USATF Future Stars” Track and Field Meet. The event is being presented by USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Dade Christian School, 6601 NW 167th St. in Hialeah. The youth sporting event is a new addition to the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics.

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Baltimore Raven gives back to community

Elvis Dumervil wants to contribute to Opa-Locka, city's park programs

Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil, who spent seven years with the Denver Broncos and for the past two years has been the outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, returned to his hometown in the City of Opa-locka on Thursday, May 7, to revisit his old training ground. This is a precursor to the city's big 89th birthday celebration he plans to attend on Thursday, May 14, at Sherbondy Village Park. Recently arriving from Baltimore, Maryland, Dumervil agreed that the riots in that city, resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, have had a

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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. Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Alumni Picture Day will be May 23rd at 8 am. Contact 305-755-2558 to schedule your appointment times. FAMU Alumni Gold Coast Chapter will celebrate alumni from the class of 1940 on Tues. May 26 at the Church of the Open Door. Please RSVP by May 15. Call 305-370-9026 or email snowgdraner56@yahoo.com.

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Riots and police shootings not just a national problem

While America and the rest of the world watch with shock and dismay as Black citizens are gunned down one after the other by rouge police officers, Miami-Dade County has remained almost silent. Bobby Worthy, president of Justice League United, staged a rally against police brutality May 7 in front of the Miami-Dade County Richard Gerstein Justice Building and it produced more media than participants and spectators. Michael “Black Jesus” of the Black Man’s Movement and four spectators on a blistering hot afternoon joined Worthy.

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Poverty war lost

Poor people persists in Miami-Dade while unemployment falls in the county

America has 99 problems, and poverty is one. At the National Youth Summit’s war on poverty discussion, experts rapped about poverty’s causes and solutions in a numbers battle. At the discussion’s center was President Lyndon Johnson 1964 declaration “to not only relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Many of President Johnson’s programs including food stamps, job corps, Medicaid, Medicare and Head Start existing today. 51 years later, the question is: Do we need a new war on poverty? The panelists at this summit said yes, but differed how to execute the war and what it would entail.

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My Brother’s Keeper should be Obama’s legacy

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance announced by President Barack Obama May 4 aims to give young, Black men a chance to improve their lives. An outgrowth of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched more than a year ago, the nationwide alliance is made up of business leaders, politicians, celebrities and other community leaders.

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Miami Gardens is a city of purpose

In 2003, the City of Miami Gardens was incorporated and instantly became the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Twelve years later, the city continues to stretch its imagination to attain greater achievements for our residents and our children. Project developments are imminent in relation to the city’s general obligation bond. Innovations in policing have resulted in a decrease in crime and increased community safety. Transformative measures in commercial and economic development are in motion and aggressively changing the landscape of the city, both literally and figuratively. Miami Gardens remains an environment that nurtures and cultivates the spirit of entrepreneurship. It is a landscape where the American dream of success is grafted into the fabric of who we are, where we are going, and how we will get there. In short, we are a city with purpose, steadily moving forward with outstretched arms ever-grasping at higher ideals of communal living.

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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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