It was a breezy and calm evening on the rooftop of the City Hall building in beautiful Miami Gardens. Spectators and connoisseurs alike gathered for the inaugural 2015 Miami Gardens Wine & Food Experience presented by Councilwoman Lisa Davis. The night started promptly at 6 pm with a happy hour and welcome cocktail by the South Florida Fire Fighters which featured Tito’s handmade vodka titled “Tito’s on Fire” and Cigar Lounge presented by Figaro Cigars and Signature Cigar Bar & Lounge for those who indulge. During the reception on the ones and twos was DJ Griot from 99JAMZ playing the best in R&B setting the mood for those in attendance. DJ Griot was accompanied by Jill Tracey from HOT105 who served as the illustrious host for the evening. There was something for everyone, from the sultry sounds of Harpist Mariea Antoinette, to smooth sounds of Jazz artist James Dawkins and we couldn’t forget our poetry lovers, the Viking Freedom Writers gave a special poetry performance.
At a recent meeting of the retired brothers of Sigma Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, first on the list for accommodation was Stanley Allen and his wife, Sarah, who along with wives and friends of brothers, came to the meeting. Included were: James and Barbara Anders, Earl and Alice Daniels; Stacey and Mary Jones; Garth Reeves, Barbara Johnson; and Theodore and Kitty Blue. The men gathered in the lounge and the women assembled in the auditorium. The men stayed in the lounge to graciously brought breakfast which consisted of turkey, bacon, eggs, sausage, fish, orange juice and lemonade. While the men met the ladies had a good time socializing with each. President Baljean Smith announced plans regarding , the annual Christmas Luncheon and asked Stacey to open by informing the brothers the area may be found easily, but getting there may be difficult. Stacey eliminated procedure and the brothers continued to look for holes in merging on time at the Country Club. The Hillcrest Golf & Country Club is located at 4600 Hillcrest Drive in West Hollywood. Activities will include live music, DJ, caroling singing by the Men’s Choir, gifts from the men to the ladies on Thursday, December 17, 2015, starting at 11am. Wear Christmas outfits and receive the best lunch you will find in any Country Club. For more information Call Stan Allen at 954-205-7783. Other Brothers in attendance were Willie Branton, Oscar Jessie, Astrid Mack, Anthony Simons II, Richard J. Strachan, John Williams, Henry Mingo, Richard Mitchell, Audley Salahud Din and Johnnie Stepherson.
People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality Inc. has been the driving force in teaching the youth their philosophy to success. The success of P.U.L.S.E. and members of the organization rest on five people who received awards for their contributions: Lydia Neasman for Community Leadership; Daphne Campbell for Political Empowerment; William Dozier for Outstanding Leadership; Gamrel Fleueantim for Youth Leadership; and Reverend Jeffrey Mack for Religious Leadership. According to Mr. Nathaniel Wilcox, Executive Director, the youth have grown remarkably in every task that confronted them, plus more. As a matter of fact, they have energy to burn. Furthermore, the entire group seeks a high altitude by maximizing unlimited complexity. They sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with much coordination and harmony. A special “thank you” goes out to the P.U.L.S.E. Executive Director, members of this church, the families of the Second Canaan M.B.C. and Reverend Olden Reese, Senior Pastor/Overseer, for taking and using the community for standing up and standing with the parents of this church. Please take our objective with you and may GOD bless you and keep it high.”
Congratulations go out to the Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church. Reverend David D. Brown, Pastor Elect: “The Lord is my Shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul. Both my wife and I bring Greetings in the name Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” A manifestation of the power of the Lord shall regenerate those hard working members that have shown them their continued dedication. Some of those members are Superintendent/Deacon Jerome Cooper; Deacon Dr. James Green; Deacon John Davie; Deacon Willie Mosley; Deaconess Fannie Mosley; Deacon Terry Jones; and the other members attending service two times a week. The 50-voice choir is led by Roberta Daniels, who was the only one left, along with two singers and two ladies, plus Maria Brioomfield at the Annual Sunday School Teacher on Unity Day. Those members left behind have never missed a day from church. While the members follow the agenda, I played every song in the book. I started by playing out of a second primary music book and learned to play from the musical sheets in the hymn book.
Happy birthday to Ms. Eleanor Reddish. She celebrated her big day with family at the Golden Corral restaurant in Pembroke Pines. There to wish her well were, her brother, Todd Elbert, sons Arthur “AB” Barber, Robert Reddish and his wife Vernisha, daughter Mercedes, grandchildren and a host of family and friends. There was a moving tribute to her twin sister, Eleanora R. Davis, a.k.a. Bolly, who passed away in May. Red balloons were released into the night air to symbolize how much she is missed by all.
Congratulations to Robert and Vernisha Reddish, who were married in a lavish ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Coral Gables Country Club, which was beautifully decorated with cream and gold, the colors of the wedding. The ceremony took place in a glass encased room just as the sun was setting in the west. Ushering in the bride were the mother of the groom and mother of the bride, followed by the wedding party, which included the groom’s brother Arthur “AB” Barber, the bride’s sister, Shanese and Robert Reddish (the groom’s daughter and son). Best man, Todd Elbert, stood watching while Robert was all smiles as the bride was escorted in by her brother. Vernisha wowed the guests as she made her way through the pool area, entering the room where she would take her vows to becoming Mrs. Reddish, wearing a jeweled headdress, teardrop earrings and a matching necklace to compliment her beautiful strapless gown adorned with jewels.
Tears streamed from the eyes of Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson, HHHCS member, as she reported her dire need for the organization and she screamed of wanting to move ahead, rather than going down. Her emotion touched President Edith C. Pinkney. Other officers joined in and expressed their positive opinions to accept the motion, to forget the past and to move forward with the organization raising the funds themselves and not jump the ship but believe in the man above. Therefore, the motion concluded to accept the motion unanimously and to go for broke and let the chips fall where they may. The atmosphere changed while the volunteers planned the objectives: Moving the desks in the two rooms; purchasing necessary tables and chairs; equipment from paid expense; hire The Psi Phi Band for 6 months as a slow start and to evaluate this band to determine how it fits in to what is expected.
Hats off to those who are members of Catholic churches, especially Daphne Johnson, Lona B. Mathis and thousands of you, including Robin Mathis. The Historic Hampton House Trust Inc. is moving closer to the full opening of the once bright lights, dance music, featuring the Psi Phis Memories of Jazz. The band will perform starting at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Remember, the Café will stay open until the event ends. Proposals shall be prepared at the bidder’s expense and become the Trust record and therefore a public record. The services that are submitted shall equal or exceed the specifications outlined in the guide where this statement is recorded in the REF.
Sylvia Williams-Garner celebrated her 70th birthday with a party with friends and a family reunion September 17th at Emerald Lake Estates featuring the Bahamas Junkanoo; Sept. 18th at the Pompano Beach Marriott Hotel and Sept. 19th beach day picnic - Pompano Beach Public Park. This was the most fantastic gathering I had ever attended. She chose the site and location because of the many family from Washington, DC, Maryland, New York, Orlando, West Palm Beach, FL, local family and friends and people she has grown to love in Miami, FL. according to emcee LaShon Lennon Toyer. At 4 p.m. the Psi Ohi Band started the music for the party as everyone awaited honoree presentation and her three children, Jimmie, Jr, Mitzi and Jamal Williams in the ballroom. The DJ played in the background while the tables filled up promptly with family and friends. She was escorted by her youngest grandson, Sylvester Sanders. Those coming in were Dr. and Mrs. James Bridges, Miami Northwestern Sr. High School classmates of 6t5, Real Estate Agents, Sorority Sisters, Lodge members, Alf Administrators, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church MOVERS org. and members.
We have a correction from last month’s issue of Chatter That Matters. We mentioned that Kathryne Wyche Latimore graduated from Bethune Cookman University when we should’ve said that she graduated from Florida A&M University. We apologize for this error.