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Online donations support Give Miami Day

On Nov. 13, Dr. Enid Pinkney sent a blast e-mail. Subject line: Give Miami Day for Historic Hampton House Community Trust.

Microsoft chairman gifts FAMU $5 million

Mangum leads in land grant university's quest for dollars

Florida A & M University received the largest single donation in its 127-year history from alumnus Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson and his wife Sandi. The $5 million will provide scholarships to high performing students from low wealth families. Thompson discussed the need for diversity in the new econom

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Caleb Center closes to community

Building to undergo construction projects for next two years

The Joseph Caleb Center will officially close its doors Friday, Nov. 14 for construction projects that will begin next month. Residents in the community will have to find other county buildings to pay bills, parking tickets and certify marriages because the Caleb Center will not reopen until 2017. Two projects – one to introduce two courtrooms and the other to improve parking – may put some people in a jam, but are in line with ideas laid out by local residents in the past.

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‘Addicted’ event draws strong crowd

A VIP garden party reception and “A Conversation with Zane” drew about 400 to Miramar’s Cultural Center this past Friday. The best-selling author, whose book “Addicted” was made into a film and is now in theaters starring Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and William Levy, met with students, did a talk and Q&A, attended a V.I.P Reception and concluded the evening with a book signing.

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CAC Florida opens in Kendall

CAC-Florida Medical Centers, celebrated its 50 years in business, by opening a one-stop, multi-service location on Saturday, Nov. 1 More than 1,000 Miami-area seniors and community and business leaders attended the opening at 15516 SW 88th St., Kendall. To mark the opening of the almost 15,000-square-foot facility, CAC-Florida executives cut the ribbon at a little past 11 a.m.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Seniors Veterans Day annual picnic 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park "Colored Only". Bus leaves Sylvia's Retirement Home, LLC at 11 a.m. Call 786-423-0429. Miami Jackson’s Alumni Association will hold their Soul Bowl Pep Rally on Thu., Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Miami Jackson’s gym and their annual Soul Bowl Tailgate Party 5 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 7 at Traz Powell Stadium. Miami Northwestern’s Class of 70 will meet 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Elks Lodge in Miami. Call 305 653-5326. NSPDK/Alpha Delta Chapter will host its 10th Annual Star Educators’ Awards Luncheon at Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Hialeah Gardens at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 8. Call 305-810-9689.

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Congress District 24 Frederica S. Wilson (Dem) Congresswoman Wilson has been tireless supporters of children, starting from when she was an Elementary school teacher to now that she has the ear of high echelons of the federal government. In 1993, she started the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, a program that is in more than 110 Miami-Dade county public schools. since its inception, the program has awarded more than $5 million to minority boys. Most recently, she has championed the #Bring Back Our Girls

Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Central’s Class of 1971 will have a planning meeting for their 43rd reunion on Oct. 25 at the Helen L. Miller Center in Opa-locka. Call 305-627-3457. Those interested in going on a trip to Key West for Fantasy Fest Oct. 25. Call 305-308-4294 or email felta@bellsouth.net. The Egelloc Club, Inc. is recruiting 11th grade young men for their 2014-2015 MEN OF TOMORROW program until Oct. 31, 2014. Interested candidates should email nadinebaxter-atkins@keyes.com. Place “MOT” in the subject line.

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Former foster care kids thrive at FIU

By the time she was 18 years old, Kenya Adeola had lived in nine different foster homes and attended five high schools. At 15, Kevin Love watched as every member of his immediate family – his mother, sister and two brothers – were locked up. He, too, ended up in foster care. Both went through periods of hopelessness and despair. “I was angry, I was upset, it was a lot to handle,’’ said Kenya, now 23 and a senior at Florida International University. “I went through a stage of depression. School became my only outlet.’’

Career fair held at Miami Northwestern

Miami Northwestern Senior High School last Tuesday hosted a unique career fair where students learned about jobs and careers with the National AFL-CIO union, which sponsored the event. The fair educated students on how to negotiate a contract with an employer. The event also counseled students on how to negotiate employee benefits, wages, workplace safety, retirement options, family leave and working hours.

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