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Congresswoman Wilson kicks off her re-election

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson kicked off her re-election campaign for the 2016 election with a standing-room only celebration at Miami’s Parrot Jungle on Friday, Nov. 20.  Friend, college classmate and congressional colleague Rep. John Lewis, Georgia-District 5, a lauded Civil Rights Movement leader who is famously portrayed in the hit movie “Selma,” joined her.  Wilson’s long-time supporters, community leaders, friends and family members attended the event. Wilson, wearing her trademark turquoise campaign colors, addressed the crowd of supporters by thanking them for their continued support and reiterated her commitment to improving her district. “It’s an honor to serve District 24 in Congress and I am hoping my constituents will allow me the privilege to continue fighting for more jobs, improving education, making affordable healthcare more accessible and protecting Medicaid and Medicare,” she said. District 2

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Tips to avoid holiday challenges and addiction

Deborah King, daughter of boxing legend Don King, offers tips to avoid relapse during yearly festivities

Deborah King, daughter of boxing promoter legend Don King, has kicked-off her campaign to share her story and encourage others who are struggling with drug addiction. She recently spoke to a crowd of over 100,00 people at the inaugural “Unite to Face Addiction Rally” on the National Mall in Washington, DC. King battled her addiction publicly, during her DUI arrest in 2006, which also resulted in a drug possession charge. In September 2014, King earned a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from South University and is now a certified Intervention and Recovery Life Coach. Drug addiction plagues more than 85 million people.

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Feeding the community

State Rep. Barbara Watson and Farm Share help those in need before the holidays

State Rep. Barbara Watson along with state Rep. Joseph Allen and Farm Share distributed food and grocery items to more than 500 families at Allen Park/DeLeonardis Youth Center. The City of North Miami Beach and the Department of Children and Families joined the leaders.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. Free Karate Classes at Range Park on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Call 305-757-7961. The Miami Carol City Class of 1969 meets every second Saturday at Piccadilly’s restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 786-419-3166. AmeriCorps provides math and reading tutoring for Miami-Dade County Public Schools at Gwen Cherry Park. Call 305-694-4889 ext. 224.

Women business owners recognized by Black men

Honorees reached annual revenues of at least $2 million for product-based businesses , or $1 million for service-based businesses

100 Black Men of South Florida Inc., in partnership with the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), selected 24 leaders as the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Award recipients. The women will be honored at the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Awards cocktail reception on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at the Law Offices of Bilzin Sumberg.

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News Briefs

North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph’s Welcome Reception for the National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) National Conference will take place from 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Kovens Center at Florida University Biscayne Bay Campus. The event will include power networking with professionals, special guests and community leaders, music, food by Chef Ivan, cocktails and fun. RSVP for the event is required for non-conference attendees. For more information, visit www.nahpconference.org.

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Carvalho sworn in to National Assessment Governing Board

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho was sworn in to serve a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. The ceremony took place Oct. 29 at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Schools celebrate bond project ribbon-cutting

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board members, staff and community leaders recently gathered at two elementary schools for a bond project ribbon-cutting event resulting from the voter approval of the $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond. School Board members Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway joined the ribbon-cutting festivities at Van E. Blanton Elementary School and Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary School.

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The Children’s Trust Provider Profile: Touching Miami with Love

“Our focus remains on the most vulnerable of our community, the children and youth. Our support for children and youth naturally extends to the parents and caregivers, as well as we support young people to be successful, contributing adults.” — Angel Pittman, assistant director. Touching Miami with Love has been inspiring, educating and empowering children, youth and adults in the community for 20 years. The agency does this through engaging year-round programs for elementary through high school students and adults in the underserved communities of Overtown and West Homestead. WHERE: Touching Miami with Love has one center at 711 NW Sixth Ave. in Overtown and another center at 1350 SW Fourth St. in Homestead.

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News Brief

North-Dade Driver’s License Reinstatement Day State Reps. Cynthia A. Stafford and Kionne L. McGhee are sponsoring the North-Dade Driver’s License Reinstatement Day from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building, 1351 NW 12th St. Individuals with the following driver’s license suspensions are eligible to have their Florida Driver’s License reinstated by the Clerk of Courts and the Dept. of Motor Vehicles and have their fees reduced by the Court: no drivers license; driving with a suspended license; collections; failure to appear; and outstanding traffic tickets. Participants are responsible for paying the Driver’s License Reinstatement fee before a driver’s license can be reinstated by the Clerk of Courts and DMV. DMV will be onsite to issue driver’s licenses. Proof of identification is required for issuance of license. There is limited availability. Participants must pre-register by 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Call 305-953-3086.

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