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Ready, set? Let's just go on Memorial Day weekend

Here's a look-ahead to hot tickets for Memorial Day weekend and beyond

Memorial Day weekend is around the corner and the masses always flock to South Florida. Booking hotel rooms, hitting the gym and stashing some cash will prepare you for all the fun South Florida has to offer. With prices of everything going up May 22-25, here's an early look of what's going on. Bring the energy and the fun; leave the bad attitudes and drama and dive into the South Florida entertainment scene.

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Meeting the community concerns at Liberty Square

In Miami, the Scott-Carver public housing project was no worse than other poor neighborhoods, says Yvonne Stratford, a former resi- dent and activist with the Miami Workers Center. “We had lots of generations there—grandparents and great-grandparents. We had a big yard, people sat on their porches, barbecued... That housing stood for 54 years and would’ve lasted another 54. The buildings were made of concrete. People used to run to the projects in a hur- ricane because they were safer.”

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Worldcenter deal falls short, according to university study

An FIU researcher finds flaws in the $1.7 billion project

A study published by Florida International University's Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy says the Miami Worldcenter Economic Incentive Agreement falls short in comparison to four other community benefit agreements in New York, Connecticut and California. Alayne Unterberger, associate director for FIU's Research Institute and author of the study, came to the following conclusions: The Worldcenter agreement fails to narrow the defined area for local hiring for construction jobs in a way that will ensure that residents closest and most affecte

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FMU graduates prepare for the future

Homeland Security secretary delivered commencement speech

More than 300 college students graduated from Florida Memorial University on Saturday, where Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, was the commencement speaker. Hundreds of families filled the Clock Tower Promenade on the school's campus to watch their loved ones receive their bachelor's and master's degrees. The ceremony included a processional and recessional along the promenade accompanied by drummers. A segment of the promenade was lined by international flags, representing some of the nations of the graduates.

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Sewer, parking and contamination hot complaint topics at town hall

Commissioner Jean Monestime held a meeting for residents in District 2

Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime told residents about a summer jobs program, water and sewer projects and allowed a hospital administrator to talk about its expansion plans at a District 2 town hall meeting at the Arcola Lakes Park Senior Center last week. The town hall meeting was organized to allow top level county staffers to make presentations before District 2 residents, while those in attendance vented with questions and complaints.

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1945 protest to be remembered at Haulover Beach this Saturday

Bold wade-in led to establishment of popular ‘colored beach’ on Virginia Key

As part of this year’s ongoing observance of the landmark 70th anniversary of the official opening of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park — at one time Miami’s only “Colored Beach” — an informal remembrance of the courageous protest which started it all will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the southern end of Haulover Beach, located on Collins Avenue (Route A1A), just north of Bal Harbour, at Haulover Cut.  It was on May 9, 1945, at this site which was then called Baker’s Haulover that a group of courageous Blacks engaged in a bold act of civil

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Parents engaging parents

Organizations help facilitators spark community involvement in Liberty City

Trenika Raiford never imagined herself as a group facilitator, but motivated to help her Liberty City community she decided to step up. Raiford, a single mother with three children who has lived all her life in the neighborhood, got a dose of training from Catalyst Miami – enough to provide her with basic skills and the spark of confidence to say: “Yes, I can.” She teamed with co-facilitator David Pickney, a father of four who was also born and raised in Liberty City, to facilitate a parents’ group that met over eight consecutive weeks at Shining Light Childcare Development Center at 8220 NW 13th Ct.

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The Lord is our protector, shelter and shepherd

Our God has promised, throughout his word, he will protect us. Psalm 91 reminds us that we who are faithfully committed to God are blessed to dwell, that is, to live, in a wonderful place of eternal security and protection. In that shelter we shall find peace in the shadow of the omnipotent God, the creator of the universe, as he works on our behalf. The real essence of this verse is found in the personal note from God in verses 14-16. What awesome promises for those who “dwell in the secret place of the most high!” You “shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. New Day N Christ Deliverance Ministry invites the community to free Mind, Body and Soul Enhancements self-improvement class and Zumba Fitness. Call 305-691-0018. Florida Independent Restoration Ministries (FIRM) offers help with family problems, drugs and alcohol. Call 800-208-2924 ext. 102 or prayer line, ext 104.

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Lyric Live: Theron wins for the second month in a row during First Friday's Amateur Night

The lobby of the Historic Lyric Theater is a not-so-subtle reminder of what used to be an Overtown entertainment venue and what might be in the not-too-distant future. Pictures of Black entertainment icons of years past adorn the walls, greeting visitors and patrons. And so it begins with "Lyric Live" on First Fridays.

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Entertainers Blazing in the Sun

SunFest 2015 started Wednesday night, April 29, in West Palm Beach at the downtown waterfront with great music and capacity crowds. Lenny

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“Welcome to My Breakdown”

Memoir tells stories of grief and depression

You’re tired of having red eyes. You’re tired of crying, too; tired of an empty soul, runny nose and dry mouth. But you know there are more tears inside you, and they need to come out. Whoever said that big girls don’t cry needs to know that that’s not true: as in the new book “Welcome to My Breakdown” by Benilde Little, sometimes crying is only the beginning.

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Annual “Dine and Dash” fundraiser aids Virginia Key Beach

Fundraisers planned monthly for the park’s 70th anniversary this year

Last weekend, the Virginia Key Beach Trust held its annual retro-themed fundraising event called the Dine and Dash, at which guests enjoyed a blend of dining, drinks, art, culture and history for a great cause. This year, to commemorate the park’s 70th Birthday, the Virginia Key Beach Trust is hosting an event every month, with the biggest occurring at the park on Aug. 1st for its 70th Birthday Party. Michelle Swaby of PGPP Promotions and the consultant for special events to the trust give insight to the planning: “The big event will spotlight fashion, culture and music from each era of the park -- from the 40s to present time. Historic photos and

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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. Sisters Empowerment Circle invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday,Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. 525 N.W. 62nd St. Call 305-757-7961.

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The Social Whirl

An inspiring quote I share for mothers everywhere: “Here’s to GREAT women. May we know them, May we be them, May we raise them.” And here’s to Mrs. Gloria Louise Green who was honored by her parish family as its most honored woman at the Church of the Incarnation on April 26. Mrs. Green has been a faithful, dutiful member of the parish since its origin in 1949 and is a 1947 graduate of Dorsey High School and a 1951 graduate of Bethune Cookman College (nee University)

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Chatter that Matters

Today we prepare. Tomorrow we achieve. Congratulations to the Social Club, Miami Executive Board. They include Mary A. Thomas, president; Nadine V. Baxter-Atkins, vice president; Sonya W. Gardner, recording; Veraq D. Purcell, treasurer; S.L. Ingraham, W. Doris Neal, Eileen M.Robinson, Cora Johnson and Veronica Rahming, past president.

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FAMU grads receive grant from Microsoft

‘Strong Finish’ award given to 17, 2015 deserving graduating seniors

Some people might say Jacky Sam Succes, 22, was destined for success with what he calls “an awesome last name.” Still, it is his hard work that was recognized on May 2 when he and 16 other graduating seniors at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) received the Strong Finish Award, thanks to a $5 million grant from Microsoft chair John W. Thompson and his wife, Sandi. The Strong Finish award pays off a portion of a student’s college debt and recipients receive a $1,000 check upon graduating to use for graduate school, housing or anything else of their choosing.

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Elementary school unveils edible garden

Miami-Dade School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) participated in the Edible Gardens Unveiling Ceremony held on Wednesday, April 29 at Kelsey L. Pharr Elementary School. The Education Fund's edible gardens will provide learning opportunities and enough fresh produce to serve in the school’s cafeteria and share with students' families through

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Kinnard to head GMCVB multicultural department

Tourism veteran selected from among over 40 applicants

The fledgling Multicultural Tourism department of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) will be led by Nashville's Connie Kinnard, President and CEO William D. Talbert III announced last week. Kinnard's title is vice president of Multicultural Tourism and she starts June 1.

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Haitians rally for better wages

Marleine Bastien stands among a crowd of 80 with a loudspeaker in one hand and an American flag in the other. “30-40 years ago, this is where we settled down. Right here in Little Haiti. Now that developers cannot build west, Little Haiti is too good for us,” Bastien said into the loudspeaker. “There is a big push to get us out.” The crowd claps and one gentleman beats a drum slung over one shoulder. “Will we be moved?” Bastien asks.

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