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Miami Times political forum today, Aug. 10

Second forum scheduled for Aug. 18

More than 30 candidates for political office will appear at the first Miami Times Political Forum, 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 10. The Miami Times invited candidates seeking a cross-section of offices to appear before voters at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr. This forum will give South Floridians an opportunity to hear from candidates

Franklin Clark, BTW alum and deacon, dies

Deacon Franklin Clark lived his life by this quote “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” He died Tuesday, July 26 at Jackson North Hospital. Almost immediately the word had spread among family, friends, church members, and the Greek community. He was the youngest of four children born to native Miamian Fannett Smith, and Adam Clark, a native Bahamian immigrant, in Overtown on May 5, 1937.

Watch out for the sun’s rays

Too much exposure can lead to skin cancer; follow these tips to stay safe

Before you head outside on your next summer adventure, don’t forget to protect yourself and your kids against the sun’s harsh, damaging rays. The sun is responsible for 80 percent of premature skin aging and is a known cause of skin cancer—90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure. And no one wants a bad sunburn! Below, UnderCover WaterWear CEO and founder Rachel Tabbouche (http://www.undercoverwaterwear.com) shares her top sun safety tips.

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Liberty City residents benefit from community health fair

UnitedHealthcare and Jessie Trice gave access to annual checkups, screenings at the free event

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Florida and the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Inc. hosted a local health fair on July 23, providing medical and dental screenings for residents in the Liberty City community. Florida State Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford, D-Miami, attended the event, joining the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan team members and Jessie Trice Community Health Center medical staff to promote community health.

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Oversight board tells city leaders the end may be near

The financial fortunes of the city of Opa-locka have gone from abysmal to dire, and a member of the state emergency board told commissioners and residents that the end may be near. “We are at ground zero,” state Inspector General Melinda Miguel said to city leaders and residents on Thursday at the latest meeting of the emergency financial oversight board. “The city has a financial hole and its up to us to figure out how deep that hole is.”

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Making the grade for the District 1 school board seat

Candidates are vocal about student achievement, pay rates for teachers

As educators and students prepare to head back to the classroom, a trio of men are making the case as to why they should represent the schools in northern Miami-Dade County. School Board Member Wilbert “Tee” Holloway and veteran educators Steve Gallon III and James Bush III all say they’re best qualified for the District 1 seat. From there, the opinions on the needs for the district divert dramatically. Holloway, a former state representative who has held the school board seat since 2007, said the district’s critical concern is the nationwide teacher shortage and low salaries locally. He said the pay issue prevents Miami-Dade from attracting classroom personnel.

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Miami Gardens holds first Imfest

The international Music Festival featured acts from Haiti, Africa and Trinidad

Recently, Miami Gardens held a day full of activities that showcased the city’s melting pot of different cultures. “There is a conglomerate of Black people here in Miami Gardens. Even though we are 90 percent Black, we are still considered an international city with people from Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas living here

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Neglected Brownsville residents demand change

Lincoln Gardens public housing site subject of meeting

Brownsville residents had what is being called a first meeting with county officials last Thursday about the redevelopment of Lincoln Gardens’ public housing site. The meeting at Marva Bannerman Park comes after the July 6 County Commission meeting where Audrey Edmonson cautioned about moving forward with the Liberty Square Rising project without the input of Brownsville residents.

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Hardemon wants District 5 to become ‘one’ community

State of the District address focuses on Miami River developments and combating violence

The neighborhoods of Little Haiti, Overtown, Liberty City, Wynwood and others of District 5 are “one” and can accomplish anything when working together, said its commissioner, Keon Hardemon, when he delivered his State of the District address Tuesday, July 25. “It must not be lost on us that we as District 5 are one and the differences among us should never divide us,” said Hardemon. While Hardemon raised the issue of unity, he focused on the public and private investments soon to come that will transform how others perceive District 5. He spoke with optimism about the new developments along the Miami River and the revitalization of the Little River Business District. At the same time he addressed the random acts of violence within communities and pledged to fight slum housing.

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Tregaye Fraser wins ‘Food Network Star’

One-on-one with the winner of Season 12

There's no doubt that all three of the top “Food Network Star” finalists brought their everything to the months-long competition, but ultimately Tregaye Fraser, a chef and a mom of two, earned the coveted title of Food Network Star in an emotional (and appropriately on-fleek) reveal.

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Shooting sparks needed dialogue in North Miami

Goals are healing and police policy reforms, city leaders say

North Miami Police officers will undergo autism awareness training and get body cams and dash cams, city officials announced last week as they try to develop new policies in wake of the shooting of Charles Kinsey, an unarmed Black man. The changes were announced during the inaugural session of a new Community Council task force convened by the city manager to get citizen’s input on police policies and practices.

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‘Nobody’ examines race and class issues in America

Author details tragic events from Ferguson to Flint

You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and in the new book “Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill, you’ll see how we’ve come to this

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Watch out, Zika mosquitoes are here

Last Friday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed that Wynwood had a case of Zika that was not contracted through travel. Since then Miami-Dade County has sprung into action, spraying for the mosquitoes that carry the virus and handing out mosquito-repellant wipes. The Miami-Dade Mosquito Control team has started canvassing door-to-door and gathering samples for testing.

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Watson hopes to retain her District 107 seat

Representative running against political newcomer

State Rep. Barbara Watson has been in this position before, in a primary race to defend the legislative seat she’s held since 2011. This election cycle is no different. This time Watson faces political newcomer Mary Estime-Irvin to represent District 107 in the state House of Representatives. In their printed literature, the two women tout similar themes where they would focus for the district: housing, services for senior citizens, better access to transportation, education and public safety. Their websites proclaim their desires for improved economic development.

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Northeast Second Avenue gets facelift

Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Mayor Carlos Gimenez joined Dr. Anna E. Ward, chairwoman, of Citizens Independent Transportation Trust (far left) and members of the Miami-Dade County Department of Transit and Public Works in breaking ground at the intersection of Northeast Second Avenue and Northeast 77th Street for road improvements stretching from Northeast 69th Street to Northeast 84th Street.

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Local teen makes film on gun violence

Documentary to be released Aug. 7 on YouTube

Aaron Johnson is doing his part in trying to save the lives of youth. With all the senseless gun violence that has taken place, Aaron, 15, felt compelled to create a youth and gun violence documentary. His mission is to bridge communities together to come up with an effective solution to end these killings.

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Opa-locka manager Chiverton submits resignation

Yvette Harrell named as replacement

David Chiverton, the embattled Opa-locka city manager who is under federal investigation, abruptly submitted a resignation to city commissioners on July 27. Commissioners voted on Tuesday during a special meeting to officially name attorney Yvette Harrell as his replacement. The vote to elevate Harrell, who has served as acting manager since June, sparked heavy debate. Some residents were not happy with the idea of bringing in a new manager.

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DanceAfrica Miami is back

Show returns this weekend for the first time since 1997

DanceAfrica is heading down from New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. to debut in South Florida next Saturday, Aug. 6, thanks in part to a grant awarded to Delou Africa by the Knight Foundation. DanceAfrica was last hosted in Miami in 1997 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

Back-to-school sales tax holiday approaching

Tax-free shopping on clothing, select supplies Friday to Sunday, Aug. 5-7

Florida shoppers have a smaller window this year to save money on their back-to-school shopping. The annual tax-free holiday has been reduced from 10 days to three, running from Aug. 5-7. Legislators scaled back this year’s tax holiday under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

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Folklife Fridays’ 100th celebration at Lyric Theater

Overtown residents invited to attend free event on Aug. 5

New Washington Heights CDC and The Black Archives present First Friday’s Summer Time Edition, celebrating the 100th Folklife Friday’s Festival.

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