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Memorial for the first Black Kennel owner in Miami-Dade

Family and friends this weekend will celebrate the life of Benjamin F. Gardner, the first Black kennel owner in Miami-Dade who died Dec. 7. He was 69. A memorial service will be held for Gardner at 11 a.m. on Saturday, ...

Students see 'Selma' film in Aventura

The Casting Couch Productions LLC exposed the youth of Miami-Dade County to acts of social justice by offering them a viewing of the film, “Selma.” Last Saturday, more than 50 youth were treated to a film that many critics are ...

Good parents are key to peace and happy children

I have recently come to the realization that good parenting is the most important job of every human being. Children live what they learn and experience, especially from their parents and other care-givers in the early years of their lives. ...

M-DCPS Magnet schools application deadline Jan. 15  

To have your child considered for a Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Magnet Programs you need to complete and submit an application by Jan. 15. Here are the 12 most important things you need to know about the application process: ...

Charity for change

Angela M. Thomas and her husband Frederick Thomas encourage change for the better. They do this through the community organization Rise Up 4 Change and its offshoot, Giving from My Heart Inc. The Thomases will introduce the organization to the ...

Visions are clear or distorted

Before my sight became blurred and I was forced to wear glasses or contact lenses to read anything closer than arm’s length, “seeing” was taken for granted. Just as we take breathing for granted, I took seeing for granted until ...

God has plans for you in 2015

God has a plan for our lives. Those who do not take the time to invest in his “soul bank” will not be able to reap the many rewards, bonuses, and accolades he has stored up for redemption. In Jeremiah ...

Pastor of the Week

Apostle designate, Dr. Iris J. Troy, has been saved for more than 30 years. She is a woman who is “thankful” and relishes in the fact that she is “called by God from nursing sick bodies, to ministering to sin-sick ...

Faith Calendar

A New Year’s Day Prayer Service will be held at 12 p.m. with Guest Speaker Apostle Thelma Knowles and hosted by Evangelist Velma Arnold and Elder Mae Whatley. All are welcome. Call 305-6254291 or 786-318-9535. The Unspoken Dance, an Inspirational ...

Lifestyle Happenings

Big Orange "Ball Drop" and Fireworks, today, 8 p.m. at Bayfront Park. Countdown one minute to midnight and fireworks at midnight. Free. www.bayfrontparkmiami.com. Miami Beach Ocean Drive New Year's Eve Celebration and fireworks, 9 p.m.-2 a.m at Lummus Park. Fireworks ...

Jesus knows all pretenders

In the early 1960s, there was a hit song called, “The Great Pretender.” The song, in essence, was about a man who was in love with a young lady. She did not reciprocate that love, so he pretended, when he ...

Christmas in the streets

Hundreds poured into the streets of Liberty City recently to celebrate the season with a holiday parade with community leaders and organizations. The event was held along Northwest 15th Avenue between 63rd and 68th Streets.

“Parent Choice” in education can help many families today

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That ...

Natural Bridge teacher becomes author of book

Robbin Times-Dudley recently fulfilled her long-time goal of becoming a children’s book author. “Jasper, the Fetching Cat,” her first book written under the pen name Candace Lynn, was featured during the recent 2014 Miami Book Fair. Jasper has the “purrfect” ...

Veteran recovers from PTSD, graduates from FIU

U.S. Army veteran and Miami native Rodney Demerritte earned a national defense service medal and an army service ribbon. He was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety. In the years that followed he found himself without ...