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Opa-locka Airport project earns national honors

One of several new developments at Opa-locka Executive Airport (OPF) has earned national recognition for outstanding construction. Local construction management firm Lemartec was named to Varco Pruden Buildings’ 2014 Hall of Fame in the transportation category for designing and building the new aircraft hangar at OPF for Miami Executive Aviation.

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Canes off to a slow start

It is definitely too early in the college football season to rule out the Miami hurricanes after a season opening loss on the road at Louisville. Canes fans were outraged about numerous things in the 31-13 loss and many voiced their displeasure with head coach Al Golden and his staff after what appeared to be conservative play calling obviously designed to protect true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya was not awful, however, he was never allowed to

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Opa-locka student excels at Osceola High School

Kimani “Kiki” Francois is at the top of her game and climbing

Kimani “Kiki” Francois is one extraordinary high school student. Not only is Kimani a high-stellar student at Osceola High school, she excels in extra-curriculum activities also. She was elected Basketball Scholar of the Year for 2012 and 2013; Insurance Of America Scholar for Osceola 2013 and featured in ES3 Magazine; National Honor Society, and featured in the Peabody Hotel Newsletter (Scholar Honors).

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Faith Calendar

Women in Transition of South Florida’s basic computer skills course begins Tuesday, September 2 for Women ages 18-55. and Wednesday, September 3rd for women ages 55 and up.  Call 786-477-8548. New Changing Life Deliverance Church invites you to join Bishop Bobby Wellons during his annual appreciation from Sept. 2 – 5, at 8 p.m. nightly. Call 305 493-2686 or 786 316-8889.

There is a right time for everything

Wisdom properly guides one to apply information to help a person solved a problem or get out of a situation. Getting old does not always provide an individual wisdom. I am sure you know some seniors who have lacked wisdom when they were in certain situations.

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Egellocs gear up for 2014-2015 Men of Tomorrow program

Long before there was President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” or the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program in Miami-Dade public schools, there was the ‘Men of Tomorrow’ program in Miami for Black males conceived by The Egelloc Civic and Social Club of Miami.

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Black couple flies into the catering business

Home cook turns her passion into a paycheck

After just a year and a half after its inception, Granny B’z has made a big mark into the catering world in Miami. With a growing social media presence, owner Ray Jackson and his wife, Laquencia Lawson are well on their way to reaching their wildest dreams.

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Miami Dade College: Top degree producer

Miami Dade College (MDC) confers the most associate degrees according to Community College Week’s Top 100. This past spring, MDC graduated nearly 15,000 students, most of whom were awarded associate degrees, many of which feed into the College’s baccalaureate degree pathways, which include nursing, elementary education and biological sciences, among others for in demand fields.

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A woman of God who loves God’s people

Pastor Dr. Willie Di James is the daughter of Mother Evang. Rachel Ross and Brother Willie Daniel James Boston, MA. She is also a loving and devoted mother of Brother Elijah L. James and grandmother of two lovely grandsons, Elijah Jr. and Jakorie James.

Get rid of your excess baggage

When an individual decides to change from worldly living to one with biblical principles, he or she become as what Christians describes as a “new creature,” who has received a brand new life. This new life includes different attitudes, desires, ambitions and needs. The transformation may be insidious but there have been cases where all of these characteristics manifest immediately. Some Christians even claim they have experienced a change in appearance after their conversion.

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N.D.R.C. Inc. 8th annual scholarship banquet

The North Dade Reunion Committee, Inc. held their 8th annual scholarship banquet on Sunday, August 10, awarding monetary gifts to 11 graduating high school students heading to college. This year’s recipients are:

Choir Director 2 hits all the right notes

You just can’t do it. Call it cold feet, bad timing, or whatever – but you just can’t do it. Your feet are dug in. It ain’t happenin’. At least, not now. But, as in the new novel “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” by Carl Weber, you’re allowed to change your mind… Aaron Mackie was about to marry the woman of his dreams.

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Fifth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival in Little Haiti

The thumping sounds of traditional African drums will celebrate ethnic pride and culture during the fifth annual African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival from Sept. 5-7 in Little Haiti. Sponsored by Delou, Africa, Inc. the festival will include myriad music, dance and drum traditions of Africa under the event’s theme, Bridging Cultural Gaps. Adults and children of various cultures will be immersed in workshops and classes that aim to promote diversity and harmony. Organizers said the festival will also showcase the creativity and the cultural resilience of the rich traditions of Africa.

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Chatter That Matters

The Cheeks family reunion orchestrated by Cotious and Connie Arnold, along with the host committee was held in Tampa July 17-20 with the theme “A Gathering of Generations: Remembering Our Past, Living Today, and Embracing Our Future.” Attendees enjoyed excursions, and sightseeing stops. Activities included a welcome and family fun night at the Double Tree Hotel, an evening at Rusty Pelican, family worship service and of course, lots of shopping. As always, the family reunion was a great time to create memories and have fun doing it.

Most new teachers sent to struggling Black schools

Report calls for distribution changes

Miami-Dade County Public schools has done a poor job of distributing veteran teachers equally among its districts, according to a report released last Wednesday by a research organization called the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCQT). The report, titled “Unequal Access, Unequal Results” detailed the findings of a study requested by the local Urban League chapter. The findings were dismal for areas stricken with poverty and heavily populated by Blacks. NCQT reported that 70 percent of the 60 county schools to earn a D or F letter grade for the 2012 academic year were located in Opa-locka, Miami Gardens,

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Lifestyle Happenings

The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a planning meeting, 45 Year Reunion, on Saturday August 30, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hialeah, 10 a.m. Call 305-620-4827.   Miami Northwestern Class of 1965, invites classes 63-1967 to join them in worship at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church’s new location August 31 at 10:45 a.m. Call 305-635-8671.

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The Sports Brothers

Bigger than wins and losses

America fell in love with a group of young African-American men who dazzled the nation and the world in the just concluded Little League World Series. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars are still the darlings of Chicago, even after a disappointing loss to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game. The Jackie Robinson West team put up an inspiring effort, including a late rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was not to be. The magic of Cinderella's glass

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Booker T. Washington Senior High introduces Education Effect

Students present STEM projects to White House advisor

Black students remain an underrepresented group in the astronomy profession. In an effort to increase interest among youth, Booker T. Washington Senior High’s 25-year-old planetarium received a major makeover thanks to the launch of the Education Effect, a university community school partnership between Florida International University (FIU) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Mini police station heading to Liberty Square

Police, leaders seek to deter crime in complex

City, county and congressional leaders are working together to end the rash of fatal gun violence in one Miami’s most notorious Black neighborhoods. During a scheduled meeting last Wednesday an unprecedented solution was approved. The answer: A police mini-station in Liberty Square housing complex most widely known as the ‘Pork and Beans projects’.

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