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Northwestern principal nominated for award

Miami Northwestern principal Wallace Aristide is a candidate for the prestigious Leonard Miller Principal Award for turning around the Liberty City high school that was for years on the brink of being closed by the state because of its poor academic performance. The achievements impressed the Council for Educational Change, a Broward organization that honors school administrators for improving academics in schools in Florida. Aristide is among three candidates who will be honored Thursday with a $5,000 award as Gold Medallion winners at a luncheon at the University of Miami's Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables, where the Leonard Miller Principal Award will be announced.

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Old hotel gets another chance

Deemed a “visible eyesore,” the old hotel building on the corner of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 81st Street is expected to receive a major facelift that may attract future business to the corridor. Now that the county has determined improvements to Northwest Seventh Avenue an economic priority, officials are lauding the expected success of the hotel project as a gateway to increased business for the community. The hotel, purchased last May by developer MNK Hospitality LLC for $4.3 million, is expected to bring in dollars with a new name: City Inn.

I’ve Been Thinking What About You?

I’m really not sure what it means when I hear the phrase making reference to “losing your mind or lost your mind” but that may be the case with me at this very moment. Here it is, 3 o’ clock in the morning and all I want to do is sleep but my mind is thinking instead, so I ask you “have I lost my mind?” Well regardless of the answer, I can’t stop thinking about last week’s elections. One of the first things to stand is the “no” votes on the Medical Marijuana amendment. That is no big deal because people that smoke weed won’t miss a beat. In fact, it’s harder to buy sweet watermelon then it is to buy a couple ounces of marijuana.

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Change is coming to Liberty Square

New HUD director, community leaders renew calls to fight against crime

Michael Liu has set his sights on Liberty Square Housing Project as a place to sweep out criminals. It's a daunting task for Liu, who aims to pull off a plan to transform the public housing project that has been beset with crime for decades. He promised action last Thursday at a town hall meeting where he vowed to enforce standards with a firm but fair hand and help residents whose lives have been shattered because of gun violence. Liu was appointed to the job in August by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. He replaces former HUD Director Gregg Fortner, who steered the agency toward credibility after his predecessor, Rene Rodriguez, left the agency amid a scandal involving $40 million in housing grants to developers.

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Liberty Square needs change now

There was a time when the Liberty Square housing project was the ideal community for aspiring Black professionals seeking to become part of America’s middle class. Prominent Blacks such as the late Miami Commissioner and Funeral Home owner Athalie Range once called Liberty Square home. Last Thursday, residents of this 77-year-old complex were promised a return to the old days at a town hall meeting. Miami-Dade’s new Housing and Urban Development Director Michael Liu’s vow to sweep out

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North Shore celebrates Food Day

Committed to offering healthy eating options

North Shore Medical Center is dedicated to eliminating the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture and build a healthy, sustainable food supply. In honor of Food Day on Oct. 24, alongside Health Care Without Harm and more than 300 other hospitals across the country, North Shore served meals featuring meat or poultry raised without non-therapeutic antibiotics.

NSMC honored with Quality Achievement Award for stroke care

North Shore Medical Center earns the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

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Rodney King then and now

Play seeks to introduce audience to Black man beaten by LAPD

It was evening on March 3, 1991. Construction worker Rodney King stopped to have a few drinks. Later, when driving home, a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car makes an attempt to pull him over. King sped away. Reports show that King said he panicked because he was driving inebriated while on parole. When he finally stopped his vehicle, officers nearly beat King to death with batons.

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Caleb Center closes to community

Building to undergo construction projects for next two years

The Joseph Caleb Center will officially close its doors Friday, Nov. 14 for construction projects that will begin next month. Residents in the community will have to find other county buildings to pay bills, parking tickets and certify marriages because the Caleb Center will not reopen until 2017. Two projects – one to introduce two courtrooms and the other to improve parking – may put some people in a jam, but are in line with ideas laid out by local residents in the past.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw brings depth to ‘Beyond The Lights’

Honored this past October with the “Emerging Icon” award from Elle Magazine at the celebration for their 21st annual “Women in Hollywood” issue, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an actress on the rise.

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Chatter That Matters

Men of Tomorrow candidates were honored by the ladies of Egelloc Civic and Social club incorporated. The Egelloc Civic and Social Club is proud to be an organization that sponsors an activity that identifies 11th grade young men in the Dade and Broward communities who are destined to become successful leaders for a generation to come. This year’s theme is “Today We Prepare . . . Tomorrow We Achieve.”

South Florida gears up for BBQ Fest

Hundreds are expected to wet their appetites at this year's Barbeque Fest in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, where the charity event seeks to raise awareness for breast cancer

Take 6 to join star-studded tribute to Ray Charles

Ray Charles, One of the America's great blues legend will be honored with a tribute at The Adrienne Arsht Center

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Calls for new downtown school smacks of de jure segregation

The undertone concerning talks for a new school for downtown is essentially racist and separatist. That Miami-Dade school board member Raquel Regalado didn’t recommend the many public schools — including Booker T. Washington Senior High School — to her constituents when they approached her about a school to serve their needs was dereliction of duty. If the affluent foreigners living in her district want special programs for their children then they should send them to private school.

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Seventh Avenue: The county is watching you

When the county calls a predominantly Black area a “regional priority,” it gets in the paper. But our readers have to know how to read between the lines. Miami-Dade County is paying attention to Seventh Avenue and so should you. Instead of overlooking the area and its large Black population or disregarding it because of its crime rate, the county is lauding Seventh Avenue as a “strategic location.” Of course, Seventh Avenue is optimally located. It’s near Interstate 95 and within reasonable reach

North Miami approves $20 million land sale

City to sell 50 acres of Biscayne Landing to Oleta Partners in a deal that could bring additional millions

After hours of debate and legal talks, the North Miami City Council unanimously approved a multi-million dollar deal to sell part of Biscayne Landing to Oleta Partners at a marathon commission meeting last Tuesday evening. As part of the deal, North Miami will sell 50 acres of undeveloped land in Biscayne Landing for $20 million. Located at Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 151st Street, the property is a former landfill located in a community of high-rise condominiums overlooking the intercoastal waterway. The site is near Florida International University’s (FIU) north campus. The city has 100 acres of land remaining that could be sold or used for more development projects.

How to pick the best school for your child

Parents truly do know best. When it comes to a child’s needs, goals and their learning style – a parent is the one who knows exactly what it takes for their child to be successful. That’s why school choice matters – parents are empowered to choose the best school for their son or daughter. While educational choice is expanding across the country and everyday there are even more opportunities out there for a child to attend a high-quality school, it still can be a intimidating task for a parent to find the perfect school for their child to attend. While quality, through examining test scores and Department of Education reports on a particular school, and reputation can be easy to determine in your community, there are many aspects to a school environment can maximize your child’s potential for success.

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Children in need of families get photo shoot

Miami Heart Gallery adds new pictures of foster kids

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in downtown Miami hosted The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery photoshoot on Tuesday, Nov. 4, where children in need of forever families took center stage. The Heart Gallery is a web-based exhibit featuring children who are available for adoption from Miami-Dade’s foster care system, the majority of whom are Black. A team of photographers volunteered to shoot more than 20 portraits in and around the performing arts complex. Backstage dressing rooms at the Knight Concert Hall hummed with volunteer makeup artists and hairstylists from Beauty Schools of America who made children look their best for the camera; and production crews

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I’ve Been Thinking. What About You?

Well once again, I’m just sitting here thinking. As you may imagine, thoughts of our most recent election are crowding my mind. The first thought I would like to share with you, is Early Voting, if at all possible, is the way to go. It only takes about five to 10 minutes – that alone is worth the price of admission. Although I have mixed emotions about the voting process, my passion level for voting remains very high.

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New Haitian visa program invites uncertainty, scam artists

Expected to reunite separated families

A new program flaunts promise to the large population of Haitians living in South Florida, but leaves many with pressing concerns, some with bad intentions and others with hope. Maggy hasn’t seen her daughter for seven years – years she’s spent trying to bring her ailing daughter into the country. She didn't want to provide her last name for fear of endangering or delaying her daughter's entrance into the U.S. For Maggy, her daughter's photo is the only thing that keeps her memory. “I have not been to Haiti since 2007 so I don’t remember any special moment; but when she was born, it was the happiest day of my life,” Maggy said. “Sometimes when I think about her, I look at her picture and I cry.”

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