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United Teachers of Dade to host second annual education gala

The United Teachers of Dade will host its second annual Education Gala and Masquerade Ball at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Jungle Island, 1111 Jungle Island Trail. The gala will honor community leaders dedicated to improving local public schools.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Dade County Alumna Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites the community to a Masqured Soiree on February 7 at 9 p.m. at Briza on the Bay. Call 305-343-3332. BTW and Northwestern Classes of 1963 will have an oldie - goldie Valentine’s dance on February 14 at 8 p.m. at The Historical Elks Center. Call 305-613-5373 or 305-634-5657.

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Happy 101st Birthday, Dorothy Edwards

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Dorothy Edwards began her birthday celebration with the Dorsey High School Alumni at noon at her Brownsville home. Present to celebrate with her on this blessed and joyous occasion were: Thomas Albury, Gloria Green, Alstene McKinney, Baljean Smith,

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Faith Calendar

Sistah to Sistah Connection, Inc. Outreach Women’s Ministry invites evangelists, ministers and teachers to register for our Ministerial Training Academy. Call 786-246-7578. Golden Bells cordially invite the community to a musical program on Jan. 24 at New Beginning Baptist Church. Call 786-251-2878. Faith Fulfilling Ministries invite the community to an Inaugural Service at 4 p.m. on January 25 at Miramar High. Call 305-621-2397. JAVA- Jesus Approved Vibin’ Atmosphere will host a Christian poetry and musical event on Saturday, February 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.. Call 305-978-3748 or email |javacafe3

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association will meet Thursday, January 15 at 6 p.m. in the BTW school cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Clark Atlanta University’s South Florida Alumni Chapter will meet on Saturday, January 17 at 3 p.m. at Piccadilly Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Call 305 527-2325. State Representative Cynthia Stafford and Commissioner Keon Hardemon will partner with Farm Share for a M.L. King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hadley Park.

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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 at midnight. Free. www.miamiandbeaches.com. New Year's Eve Street Festival, today, 4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Southwest Second Street and Southwest Fifth Avenue. Free activities for kids and dults. Entry is free. 954-828-5363. New Year's Eve Party, today, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Features laser light show. Free. 954-454-7000. Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page.

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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 Dance Company geared to the youth and young adults of the community, will launch an extravaganza on Saturday, January 3 at the New 79th Street Word Church International. Call 786-307-9191 St. Mary First Missionary Baptist Church will host the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. worship service at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 18. Call 305-443-8166.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Miami Northwestern Class of 1995 is celebrating its 20th year reunion July 24 - July 26, 2015.  Call (786) 873-6353, (786) 356-9263 or visit the class Facebook page. Inner City Children’s Touring Dance will have free Introductory Classical Ballet Workshops for girls ages 6-8 and 9-12.  Monday and Wednesday evenings. Call 305-758-1577 or visit www.childrendance.net. The women’s friends group of Miami invites ladies 45 and over with an interest in laughter, learning, developing new friendships, social networking, traveling, and sharing life’s experiences in a comfortable atmosphere. Call 786-759-2597. There is an essay contest for full-time college students with a grand prize of $200. Call 954-699-8444 or email troylfields@bellsouth.net.

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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.

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No place to call home

It is most disappointing that in our community, residents are still faced with housing discrimination. With the Housing Opportunity for Project Excellence Inc. (HOPE) on the case, some of these rental complexes are exposed.

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Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Gala

40th Anniversary

The M-DCC held its 40th anniversary gala at Jungle Island Dec. 6. The organization raised about $260,000 from the event. Garth Reeves,

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Hundreds celebrate the season with Holiday Jubilee

The sounds of the season permeated Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater last Saturday, where hundreds were entertained and uplifted by some of Miami’s Black church choirs during The Miami Times’ Holiday Jubilee.

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Faith Calendar

Raina L. Kemp Ministries, Inc. presents a two day revival with Dr. Darrell Scott on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12. 8 p.m. for both nights True Faith would like to invite the community for Sunday Worship Service starting at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School followed by Morning Worship. Call 786-262-6841.

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Opa-locka is home to ‘In Plain Sight’

Art and Opa-locka aren’t words that you may normally expect to go together in the same sentence — until now. Opa-locka’s entrée into the eclectic world of art launches with the “In Plain Sight” exhibition showing now until Dec. 14 at the Art and Recreation Center (The ARC), a new, bright art and recreation space in downtown Opa-locka. The ARC, located at 675 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, itself has transformed into art with its top-to-bottom mural inspired by its residents and the city’s Moorish architecture.

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Faith Calendar

New Christ Tabernacle MBC invites you to their musical 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Call 305-621-8126. Immanuel Temple AME Church will have their Love Out Loud and World AIDS Day Awareness Worship Service 10 a.m. Dec. 7 at Florida Memorial University’s Chapel. Call 305-454-0540.

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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‘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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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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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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The Miami Times Recommends

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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New officers of Caribbean Bar Association installed

The 18th Annual Scholarship Banquet of the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA) was held at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 4. Founded in 1994 and based in Miami, The CBA is a voluntary bar organization that has grown from about 25 lawyers at its inception, to more than 200 attorneys from the Caribbean-American community in South and Central Florida.

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. True Divine Worship Ministries will have its 2014 women’s conference Oct. 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 305-790-3407. The Bible Baptist Healthcare Ministry is hosting a free program on breast health and breast cancer awareness Tue. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-7644. 93rd CDC is hosting author of “12 Steps to Bridge the Gap”, Sindy Eugene, at their Youth and Parent Empowerment Meeting on October 17 at 7 p.m. Call 305-836-0942 or email 93cdc@bellsouth.net.

First female president of FMU celebrated

It was a week of celebrations at Florida Memorial University where the Historically Black school held numerous events that culminated with the Presidential Inaugural Gala, a lavish affair that honored the University’s first female president, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis.

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Charlie Crist courts Caribbean leaders

As the gubernatorial election approaches less than 30 days from now, former Governor Charlie Crist turned his attention to the growing Caribbean immigrant community in South Florida.  On Sunday, Oct. 5, Crist filled his day with a multitude of events, engaging voters directly. Crist visited more than five churches with predominant congregations of Caribbean descent. Accompanying him were Rep. Hazelle Rogers and New York Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. 

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Faith Calendar

The Golden Bells cordially invites the community to a musical program 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Freewill Christian Center Church in Miami Gardens. Call 786-251-2878. Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church will have a weeklong dedication service Oct. 13-17 at 7 p.m. nightly. There will be a culminating activity Sun. Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Call 305-756-2583.

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Lifestyle Happenings

Florene Nichols Inner City Dance Company will hold three free introductory classical ballet technique workshops for Girls Ages 6-14 at Hadley Park. Classes will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m. October 1. Pre-registration required. Call 305-758-1577. childrendance@yahoo.com.

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Miami Worldcenter gets the go-ahead from commissioners

The Miami City Commission’s unanimously voted in favor of zoning changes and a development agreement for Miami Worldcenter that will allow it to proceed with the $1.5 billion project. Commission Chairman Wifredo “Willy” Gort was absent.

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Commissioner Jordan holds certification workshops

Presidents and CEOs of small corporations ventured to Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s Small Business Certification Workshop recently in hopes of qualifying to receive hefty County contracts. The informative event, held at Florida Memorial University, was developed to attract companies that would not otherwise qualify to bid on contracts for vital county projects.

Breaking the silence about AIDS

Florida has been heavily impacted by the prevalence of the disease

Do you have HIV/AIDS and need help? Are you afraid to ask for help? Are you unsure of where to get help? The Florida Department of Health, Section of HIV/AIDS is here to help you improve the quality of your life. The state of Florida offers a variety of confidential HIV/AIDS services. New treatments, medications and support mean longer, healthier lives for people with HIV. The more you know about this chronic illness, the more you’ll be able to work

FIU doctor calls for more help in fighting Ebola

FIU professor Dr. Aileen Marty has returned to Miami after 31 days in Nigeria, serving with the World Health Organization’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s infectious diseases specialist called for sustained international attention on the Ebola outbreak and urged U.S. and European authorities to step up screening of travelers from countries where Ebola is present.

Judge Ok’s EEOC’s investigation of KB Staffing Inc. services

A federal court has ordered KB Staffing Inc., a staffing firm servicing Central Florida, to comply with an administrative subpoena issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The subpoena, issued in December 2013, seeks information pertaining to a charge filed with the agency alleging that KB Staffing discriminated against current and prospective job applicants and employees because of improper health questionnaires.

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Lifestyle Happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188. The BTW class of 1955 will meet on 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at St. Peters African Orthodox Cathedral. Call 305-637-6677.

Hialeah names first Black female police sargeant

The City of Hialeah promoted its first Black female sergeant in the department’s 89-year history. At a ceremony last month, Karen Smith-Bonilla, 40, received the promotion after serving the department for 15 years. Smith-Bonilla is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Charles R. Drew Middle School and Comstock Elementary in Allapattah. She joined the Hialeah police department as an intern in 1999. Since then, Smith-Bonilla has worked her way up to patrol officer then detective.

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FMU holds 2014 Fall Convocation

The Honorable James E.C. Perry, Chief Justice of the State of Florida Supreme Court receives the President’s award from Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis. Justice Perry was the speaker at the Florida Memorial University 2014 Fall Convocation Ceremony.

Dade County budget all set for final vote

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposed $6.3 billion budget proposal is set for a final vote on Thursday at 5 p.m. at county hall. A marathon meeting is expected as commissioners decide on key cuts to programs to make up for several budget shortfalls in various county departments, including transit operations, which was left with a $7.6 million deficit after commissioners voted against a fare hike in Metrorail and Metrobus services.

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Crist meets with angry Black pastors

Holds meeting to heal relations regarding lawsuit that affects Black choice schools at churches

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist scrambled to repair relations with the Black electorate last weekend after the former governor refused to denounce a lawsuit that affects the future of thousands of Black children in Florida. Crist held an emergency closed-door meeting with dozens of Black pastors at New Birth Baptist Church last Friday after a lawsuit was filed by the Florida Education Association and several teachers’ unions. The organizations seek to dismantle school choice programs at Black churches across the state. Choice schools are supported by school vouchers as part of a growing Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, which matches corporations dollar for dollar in tax credits to underwrite private education.

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Lifestyle Happenings

lifestyle happenings

BTW Alumni Association Inc. will meet 6 p.m. Thu. Sept. 18 at the BTW High School Cafeteria. Call 305-213-0188. Booker T. Washington’s Class of 1965 Inc. will meet 3:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20 at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Call 305-213-0188.

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‘You don’t have to be a snowman,’ to be challenged

‘Frozen’ Opa-locka City Manager nominates other city officials for ice bucket challenge

No one could accuse Opa-locka City Manager Kelvin L. Baker, Sr. of having a cold heart, for he immediately answered the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by taking “the plunge” on Friday, August 29, in the parking lot of City Hall, 3400 NW 135th Street, while the

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Faith Calendar

National Church of God Miami will have its men’s fall revival Sept. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Call 786-545-6717. St. Peter’s African Orthodox Cathedral invites you to attend their youth inter-faith program 4 p.m. Sun. Sept. 14. Call 305-633-1831. 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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Black trailblazers honored with Pioneers Award

The late Judge Henderson was among several trailblazers who were honored with a Pioneer Award and a historic marker at the base of PortMiami last Friday. Community leaders shared fond memories of those who paved the way for the city’s successful seaport. Henderson founded the International Longshoremen’s Association #1416 after he encouraged a group of Black men to invest $1.75 each to apply for a charter in the organization. The investment was considered a high amount that represented five hours of work for hard-working Black laborers. Back then, county dock workers, many of whom were Black and Bahamian, were among the lowest paid longshoremen in the country. They received 35 cents an hour and nothing for overtime.

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State Supreme Court Judge to speak at FMU Fall Convocation

Florida Memorial University President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis will be joined by members of The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students to welcome Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry who will serve as the university’s Fall convocation guest speaker.

MDC to host Registration Rally

To celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Miami Dade College (MDC) will join several key local and national partners to host a major rally to encourage voter registration and participation Tues., Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its downtown Wolfson Campus. A noon program will feature college officials, student government representatives, partners, elected officials and celebrities.

A Black history museum in Miami?

Commissioner Moss proposes county funding similar to Perez Art Museum and Frost Science Museum

Proposed funding for a Black Museum downtown has put the Miami-Dade County commission in the middle of a longstanding racial divides between the Black and Cuban communities in South Florida.

lifestyle happenings

Booker T. Washington Class of 1962 will meet 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6 at the African Heritage Cultural Center. Call 305-691-1333. The American Heart Association will host CPR Day 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6. The Miami Jackson Class of 1969 will have a Planning Meeting, 45th Year Reunion, on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Piccadilly Restaurant, Hialeah, 10:00 a.m. Call 305-620-4827.

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Faith Calendar

Women in Transition of South Florida’s basic computer skills course begins Tuesday, September 2 for Women ages 18-55. and Wednesday, September 3rd for women ages 55 and up.  Call 786-477-8548. New Changing Life Deliverance Church invites you to join Bishop Bobby Wellons during his annual appreciation from Sept. 2 – 5, at 8 p.m. nightly. Call 305 493-2686 or 786 316-8889.

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