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Lt. Col. Trahon T. Mashack, an example for others to emulate

Local boy wanted to be Navy Seal, now covers 832nd Transportation Battalion

When Trahon T. Mashack, who was born and raised in Miami, was about 8 or 9 years old, the Youth Department at the Northside Church of God in Miami at 2590 NW 103rd St., was having a program. The church was founded under the leadership of his grandfather, the late Lonnie M. Mashack. Each student was asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. Trahon said he wanted to be a Navy Seal and all of the students laughed. None of them knew a Navy seal and it seemed, according to the witnesses, there was no way one of them were going to reach that position.

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‘I Almost Forgot About You’ is an inspiring story

A woman revisits old loves, searches for greater meaning of life in novel

In every love life, there’s always The One That Got Away. He got away because you were both too young, too scared, too broke, or too different. Things were said that couldn’t be unsaid, done that shouldn’t have been done. It just didn’t work out then, but now…?  In the new novel, “I Almost Forgot About You” by Terry McMillan, he’ll never get away twice.

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Ike Lewis Jr. calls all souls from all over

Change Your Clothing Ministry Int’l uses technology to draw souls to Christ

Ike Lewis Jr., a native of Miami, grew up in the Allapattah area. He attended Allapattah Elementary and Junior High Schools and graduated from Miami Jackson Senior High School. His relationship with the Lord was developed 37 years ago at the House of God Church of the Living God on 69th Street and 13th Avenue. Elder Levi Wilson was the Pastor.

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Faith Calendar

Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. in partnership with the Florida Summer Food Program, will be offering free meals for children from infancy to 18 during the summer. Call 305-693-1301. The Historic Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is holding Vacation Bible School from 5-8 p.m. June 20-24. Call 305-379-4147. St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church in Coconut Grove will host an Alcohol Literacy Challenge Training Workshop on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 305-790-58936.

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A big laptop giveaway in Miami Gardens

Mayor Oliver Gilbert awards students computers for seventh year in a row

For the seventh year in a row, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III has helped college-bound students from Miami Norland, Miami Northwestern and Carol City high schools by awarding them state-of-the-art HP laptops during the end-of-year award ceremonies. On Wednesday, May 25, students from Miami Carol City Senior High received their computers.

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North Shore Medical Center recognize standout employees

North Shore Medical Center pays tribute to two extraordinary employees during its annual Nurses Week and Hospital Week celebration. Brendy Leo, phlebotomy supervisor, was honored as Employee of the Year and Alexandra Sosa, RN, was named Nurse of the Year.

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School board recognizes Turner Tech Arts students

As proposed by School Board Vice Chair Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, the Miami-Dade School Board recognized six 12th-grade students from William H. Turner Technical Arts High School for their extraordinary scholastic achievements. Under the leadership of Principal Lavette Hunter, Turner Tech students have flourished academically. This year, the school's graduating seniors earned the most college scholarships in the institution's 24-year history.

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North Shore employees honored nationally as 'Tenet Heroes'

Five North Shore Medical Center employees received recognition as “Tenet Heroes” for going above and beyond in their roles. Carol Lawrence, director of Rehabilitative Services, and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory team, consisting of Arturo Perez, CVT, Kimberly Perkins, RN, Abel Alonso, CVT, and Jose Jiron, RN, were nominated by their colleagues and then chosen by a national selection panel.

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MEYGA Learning Center celebrates first-ever graduates

The Liberty City private school launched in 2015, led by Samantha Quarterman

MEYGA Learning Center in Liberty City celebrated its first-ever graduating classes for Pre-K through seventh-grade students at the Liberty Square Community Center on May 27.

Tenet Health hosts drive through June 10

Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive to benefit local food banks

Tenet’s Miami-Dade & Broward hospitals – Coral Gables Hospital, Florida Medical Center, Hialeah Hospital, North Shore Medical Center and Palmetto General Hospital – are leading a community effort to provide area children struggling with hunger with a healthy breakfast during the summer. The Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive, which will benefit several local food banks throughout South Florida, will kick off Friday, June 3 and runs through Friday, June 10.

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Minority Business Hall of Fame inducts new members

Five people and an institution admitted during the 12th annual ceremony 

Six inductees, five individuals and one institution, were added to the Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum (MBHF&M) during its 12th annual induction ceremony. The ceremony, presented in partnership with the Foster Consulting and Business Development Center of the University of Washington, took place Tuesday, May 10. Joseph Frederick Canady, outgoing chairman of the MBHF&M, noted that more than 60 individuals and institutions "whose influence has paved the way for minority businesses" have been inducted since the event's inception in 2005.

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Rapper Drake does a remix; Maxwell’s silky vocal returns

Artists release tracks in Black Music Month

June has been proclaimed “African American Music Month” by President Barack Obama. First declared “Black Music Month” by President Jimmy Carter June 7, 1979, President Obama urges we “raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged, or performed by African Americans.” This week we bring to you new music by different artists whose work showcases the many facets of Black music — from an artist with an uptempo dance track, to a collaboration that is sure to be a certified club “banger” with a sick, trap beat. Trap music, a sub-genre of hip hop, showcases lyrics and music by artists who understand a hustler’s lifestyle. This list also includes two vocalists who have managed to bring the sound of old and fuse it with the production of new that promises to be soul-stirring.

Opa-locka and state may sign oversight agreement Wednesday

“We’ll dance to their step,” mayor says

Gov. Rick Scott finally declared a financial emergency in the city of Opa-locka. Now city leaders await word from Tallahassee as to when the actual financial and expert assistance will come. Acting City Manager Yvette Harrell said late Tuesday that she and Malinda Miguel, the state chief inspector general, are hashing out details of a five-year agreement that could be signed at Wednesday evening’s commission meeting.

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Delegates prepare for coming presidential convention trip

Activists file complaint saying Democrats changed the rules

As the presidential primary season wraps up, rank and file party members are preparing for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28. And South Floridians are preparing for the trip, ready to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. But some party members grumble that the Florida Democratic Party changed long-standing procedures that gave some of the delegate positions to activists and elected officials preferred by the two political campaigns. They say the changes limited their chances to elect regular people who would have represented their neighborhoods.

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Gucci Mane released from prison, drops new single

So much has happened this week in the world of entertainment from Atlanta Housewives’ star Kenya Moore relationship breakup to rumors of a possible new relationship with R&B legend Toni Braxton and the controversial Cash Money mogul Birdman. #Putsomerespeckonmyname. Fascination with the lives of rich and famous is nothing new but thanks to social media and TMZ, access has never been greater. So here is the run down on some of the stories that stood out the most to us.

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Make yourself a Bloody Mary

When visiting Brampton, Ontario, Canada to celebrate and support the Miami Heat vs The Toronto Raptors, some friends and I tried the Sabroso Bloody Mary using Bar Starz App on iTunes. This App will help you mix many drinks and train you how to pour.

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Little Haiti gets its official designation

Miami Commission sets boundaries, ignores preservationists, investors

Haitian-American leaders, activists and regular people packed Miami City Hall Thursday and successfully made their case for giving a formal designation to their neighborhood. Little Haiti is now the first area of Miami whose boundaries are officially drawn. For 16 years, dating back to discussions with the late Miami Commissioner Arthur E. Teele Jr., activists sought the designation in recognition of the area of the city where many refugees lived after arriving from their island nation. They also sought to stave off what they saw as encroachment from developers.

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Opa-locka to vote on new apartments

Mood in city remains somber in wake of Commissioner Pinder’s death

At their first meeting since the death of colleague Terence Pinder, Opa-locka city commissioners will vote Wednesday on a request to construct 104 rental apartments. If approved, the project would be the first new construction of market-rate units in the besieged city in 25 years. City officials point to this request as a sign that businesses are still interested in the area even amid the financial and public corruption scandals that have gripped Opa-locka for more than six months. If the proposal is approved at the meeting, construction could begin later this year.

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Overtown hotel project moves one step closer

CRA gets higher wage, some vendor concessions from MDM development

The massive hotel, convention center and expo center slated for the Overtown and Park West sections of Miami, is back on the table about two months after a Miami redevelopment agency board told developers to go back and bring a better plan. And this time, city officials say, the new deal would give Overtown residents guarantees for higher wages and vendor opportunities and training. The Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency on May 23 agreed to a proposal with MDM Development Group to grant tax rebates to help construct a Marriott Marquis convention and expo center. Developers and local tourism officials say the project will make Overtown the epicenter for large-scale conventions.

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Pinder’s death another tragedy for Opa-locka

Opa-locka Commissioner Terence Pinder died last week after his city-owned SUV crashed into a tree at Opa-locka Airport. The news of the early morning crash rippled through the city that is already hurting from news of FBI investigations into corruption and an unresolvable financial crisis by the city. Pinder’s untimely death has added a layer of chaos to an already turbulent situation. Indeed it is tragic since with him are explanations to malfeasance that will never be told. However, city leaders must not slow down in clearing the financial hurdles over which they need to climb.

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