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Amendments on solar panels, Dolphins Stadium on ballot

Miami Gardens residents have some key choices to decide on Aug. 30

Florida primary voters will decide whether to expand solar energy in Florida, while Miami Gardens residents will decide if they will split control of zoning and building decisions of the properties near Dolphins Stadium. Those two issues will be on the Aug. 30 ballot. The solar energy issue would amend the state constitution if passed, while the stadium question would require a change in the Miami Gardens charter if residents respond favorably.

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Attendees treated to art show and musical

On Friday evening, hundreds of proud parents and community residents packed Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights to see the SBC Community Development Corporation Youth Zone’s community production of the celebrated South African musical “Sarafina!”

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For the first time since he was appointed  in 2001 by former Gov. Jeb Bush, County Court Judge Fred Seraphin has drawn a challenger. Seraphin is the first and only Haitian-American judge in Miami-Dade. His bout with the justice system when he was arrested for a crime he did not commit helped

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Bari Musawwir, Monster Jam are coming to Sunrise

Its only Black driver talks about transition from R/C cars to Zombie

Monster Jam is coming to South Florida and for everyone who loves to watch the massive trucks fly through the air, Christmas has come early. Fans all over the world have been entertained for decades by drivers who love motorsport and now fans have another reason to cheer. His name is Bari Musawwir.

Mayor Regalado's budget includes raises, more police

Commissioners still must approve plan next month

City of Miami employees finally will get pay increases, and residents will see improvements at parks, better roads and greater police presence if the City Commission approves a new budget, proposed by Mayor Tomás Regalado. The proposed 2016-2017 operating budget is valued at $979 million. The bulk of those funds would go to the general fund to the tune of $670 million. The lion’s share from that fund — about three-quarters — would pay for salaries.

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Bookmania! promotes youth literacy

Event hosted by Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Summer Youth Internship Initiative

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr. co-sponsored Bookmania! to promote youth literacy on July 30 at the City of Miami Gardens Botanical Garden.

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Scratch a lie, find a thief

When Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan appeared in front of the City of Opa-Locka Commission on July 13, she presented the city with a check for $2,000 for the P-SWAP swimming program that was introduced to the city by Bridget McKinney. Each year, the commissioner gives funding to the city but this year it was given to the city on behalf of the P-SWAP program. The free

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Fried chicken, fixings and politicking

Vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, stopped at Betty's Soul Food in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 2, to eat some soul food and meet

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Fundraising at all-time high at FAMU institution

University generated nearly $6.5 million during the 2015-16 year

Florida A&M University’s revitalized and strategic focus on increasing alumni engagement, external outreach, and creating new partnerships is paying great dividends.

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A recipe for success in educating STEM leaders

Science and theory can help you in both academically and professionally

Several years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a local science conference. Because it was free, I took my upper level chemistry class. There were only three so there was not an issue of space, reservations, or anything.

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STEM career panel inspires local Black female students

Black Girls CODE event exposes girls to programs that lead to careers in technology and engineering

Close to 100 female students, ages 7-17, and their parents, attended a recent Black Girls CODE Women of Color STEM Career Panel in Miami

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Mission continues to feed the homeless

Miami Rescue Mission Center For Homeless Men, Women and Children Minister Anthony Durden, president of S.H.E.A.R. INC. (Sharing Hope Empowerment And Reaction) spearheaded a "Youth Giving Back Feeding The Homeless" event July 31 at the Miami Rescue Mission. Minister Durden will be collaborating with local youth organizations throughout South Florida to get involved in serving their community in a positive and uplifting way. This

Ola Lee Mobley: Coconut Grove matriarch turns 105

She credits her longevity to love of God, grace and many prayers

Ola Lee was born to David and Sally Mobley on July 26,1911 in Statesboro, Ga. She was the second of 10 siblings and the only living survivor of them all. On Tuesday, July 26, Ola Lee Mobley-Edwards turned 105 years old. According to John Daniel Edwards, she often says,” I’m an old woman now, and I can’t do what I used to do.” But she would always include in that statement, “I thank God for being here.” The family believes Ola Lee Mobley-Edwards’ longevity is because of her steadfast love of God, his grace, her prayers and belief in treating people as she wants to be treated.

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Jackson Soul Food expands

local eatery now has a second restaurant in Opa-locka

Serving soul food in the Overtown community is much a part of the Jackson family history as baking mom's apple pie.

Readers respond to the ghost of Samuel series

We invited readers to share their thoughts, which are below. Reginald C. Munnings said: No, it was not the ghost of Samuel. The first is the verse immediately prior, which informs the reader that when King Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by urim, or by the prophets. - 1 Samuel 28:6 God was refusing to communicate with Saul threw any means incl

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Miami MBDA Business Center to help minority businesses

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council operates site

The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) is the new operator of the U.S. Department of Commerce Miami Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, serving southern Florida.

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Pastor Jackson: “Young people learn from what they see” than what they hear"

He is the senior pastor at Miami's Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

A native of Coconut Grove, Alphonso J. Jackson Jr. was born to Reverend and Mrs. Alphonso Jackson Sr. His parents trained him as directed biblically in Prov. 22:6: “Train up a child while he is young and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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Overtown prepares for the fight against Zika

Businesses to give out mosquito repellants to their customers

The Zika virus has not been discovered in Overtown. We repeat, the Zika virus has not been discovered in Overtown. But with the eyes of the nation firmly transfixed on Miami's Wynwood area, and with the Wynwood area “only a hop, skip and a jump from Overtown," as Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson puts it, local officials thought it prudent to formulate a plan to protect and educate the residents of Overtown about the virus.

Pamela Ivery survives ‘worst headache of her life’

Palmetto General Hospital’s medical team beats life-threatening stroke

For more than 30 years, Pamela “Pam” Ivery has served as a faithful employee at North Shore Medical Center, sister hospital of Palmetto General Hospital. As a member of the dietary department, she has become a familiar face throughout the hospital. Her co-workers and visitors are frequently greeted by her inviting smile and charismatic personality. However, one day, while setting up lunch in the hospital’s administrative boardroom, Ivery did not feel like her usual self. She grabbed her head in agony as she began experiencing the worst headache of her life.

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New Real-Time Crime Center in Miami Gardens Police Department

First of its kind in Florida, the latest technology tracks gunshots, scans license plates and monitors traffic

Hey Miami Gardens residents, the Real-Time Crime Center is watching. First of its kind in Florida, the center can map high-crime areas, monitor major traffic stops and intersections, and register gun activity with thermal scans — all in real time. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at City Hall on Monday, Aug. 8. A video wall displays live maps of Miami Gardens’ high-crime areas with multiple layers; a gunfire detection map determines exact locations; and local

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