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NSMC recognized with Gold-Plus Award

North Shore Medical Center receives the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Florida Department of Health is promoting asthma management in public schools

In the 2012–2013 school year, it is estimated that about 460,000 instructional hours were lost due to asthma in Florida. May is National Asthma Awareness Month and the Florida Department of Health is partnering with the Florida Asthma Coalition and the Florida Healthy Kids Corp. to keep children in school by promoting asthma management in public schools across the state. "When students have their asthma under control they perform better academically and miss fewer days of school,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Keeping our children healthy and in school is key to ensuring a healthy future for Florida.”

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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.

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Diversity is the biggest winner

Black contestants made it to the Young Talent Big Dreams finals in record numbers. Now in its fifth year, the countywide talent competition sponsored by The Children’s Trust and Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, ended with Black winners in three categories. Jabari Capers, a junior at Miami Lakes Educational Center, won for “Individual Original Spoken Word” delivering a powerful rhythmic piece that rallied for an end to racial violence.

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Author wants to scare you

South Florida writer Jeff Carroll uses his Black characters in stories

“The hell it won't. I wish the house would start talking to me. We could have a good conversation. Flickering lights and moving furniture is only in the movies," Matthew looked at Bricks like he was talking to the old man doll. "My dude, it takes a lot to scare me. They have to give the ghost a gun and put it to my head to get me to leave." That was an excerpt from 2013 horror novel, “It Happened On Negro Mountain,” by Jeff Carroll, an author and filmmaker here in South Florida. He writes science fiction novels with Black characters to inspire and spark the imagination of his readers.

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The Social Whirl

Sharing a Mothers Day thought, “Sooner or later we all quote our mothers,” and hope that Mothers Day was one of peace, joy and gratitude in all things. The weekend was indeed one of many activities. Universal Truth Center held a concert last Saturday evening that featured talented singer Shenita Hunt performing before a large and well-entertained crowd including her parents. Members of Just Us enjoyed a wonderful meeting hosted by Shirley L. Archie at Love is Blind in Coral Gables. Ladies enjoying the wonderful afternoon of conversation and friendship were: Emma Burnside, Lavonne Moore, Cynthia Clarke, Lois Lee, Geneva Woodard, Priscilla Dobbs, Shelaine Welters, Luretha Lucky, Audrey Edmonson, Regina Frazier, Vicki Roulhac, Juanita Miller, Cecelia Hunter and Patsy Graham. Atmosphere amidst good food simply the best.

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Chatter that Matters

John Pryor, a graduate of North Dade Jr. Sr. High School, got started in 1960 becoming involve is plays under the late Jim Randolph.  He attended FAMU and involved himself with numerous plays, and many more at a theatre started by him and two others. Moreover, he accepted a position with Miami-Dade Community College teaching drama and made a very successful career. Pryor began to succeed in dramatic and stared in many plays that made Jim Randolph very proud of his accomplishments along with Betty Tucker Ferguson a fellow student. Currently, he is directing “Mahalia”, a gospel musical by Tom Stolz and starring: Deana Rahming, Johnny Sanders, Framcone Ealey-Murphy, and featuring Elijah Gee, pianist in a theater close to home this month.

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Brownsville Middle School adopted by local law firm

Attorneys help students execute a mock trial under their guidance

The Brownsville Middle School auditorium stage transformed into an American courtroom, where students could witness the case of the State of Florida v. Corey Falcons, a mock trial created by Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel (HM&B). It was American Bar Association's (ABA) Law Day on May 1 and students were exposed to real attorneys and a judge who taught them about the Magna Carta and then demonstrated how the document works through the mock trial, with students assuming various roles under their guidance. HM&B, a Black-owned law firm with 40 attorneys, went a step further than a mere day at a school. The Firm officially adopted Brownsville Middle,

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Claudia Jones Lewis to retire after 50 years

Claudia Lewis arrived to work at Silver Bluff Elementary unaware that her colleagues and students were planning a surprise for her. The second-grade teacher is set to retire after 50 years at the end of the school year. Last Friday, while she was teaching her students a math word problem, other students and faculty were waiting for her outside the courtyard. When Lewis walked out, she couldn't believe her eyes. "This was such a wonderful surprise. I didn't know," Lewis said. "This fills my heart with joy."

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Decoded Fashion merges two industries

Company combines fashion and technology to find solutions

Keeping up with the tech curve is just as important as keeping up with the fashion code. No one wants to be left behind. On Monday, May 4, eMerge Americas presented the Women, Innovation and Technology Summit, where different women discussed their business and innovation startups and gave advice to potential entrepreneurs. Fashion and technology was the topic of one speaker, Liz Bacelar, founder and CEO of Decoded Fashion. Decoded Fashion is the world’s leading event series and community-fueling innovation for fashion and retail. It is a series of events connecting decision-makers in fashion, beauty and retail by emerging and establishing technology companies. Decoded Fashion also exposes the fashion industry to new helpful technology that best fit their brand, consumers and other sectors of the fashion business. This may lead tech companies to have partnerships with top designers and fashion publications.

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Hurricane Season

FPL’s annual storm drill showed off a Command Center and a Mobile Command Center

Florida Power & Light’s Command Center and Mobile Command Center were bustling with activity on Thursday, May 7, just as if a real hurricane was in the area. FPL employees packed the centers and screens were showing how many homes didn’t have power and how many homes needed power. The Command Center’s Executive Conference Center’s roundtable had upper management people from FPL and other agencies seated around it, all talking about what the next steps should be to address the hurricane situation. But it was just a drill.

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Obama: My Brother’s Keeper a mission for the ‘rest of my life’

Advisory board appointed made up of government, CEOs and celebrities

In a personal and impassioned speech May 4 at Lehman College in New York City, President Barack Obama unveiled a new private sector-funded expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which seeks to provide incentives and opportunities for young men of color in high-risk areas to improve their lives. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which arrives on the heels of protests and violent clashes with police in Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, is a “big deal” to the president.

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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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