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									Website: www.miamigardensobserver.com                                                          Miami Gardens Observer | January 2007 | 01




  Dolphin Stadium            Calder Race Course              St. Thomas University        Florida Memorial University             Arch at Sunshine
                                                                                                                                 International Park




                                    NFL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL
                                  ORGANIZATIONS HOST MORE THAN 50
                                 SUPER BOWL XLI COMMUNITY OUTREACH
                                     PROGRAMS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
       Celebration
    Page 10, 11, & 12




    ICC Cricket 2007
        Page 23




                                Super Bowl XLI brings much more           and assist the community and pro-       impact of the NFL Youth Education
                                than football to South Florida area       vide lasting legacies. The week's       Town initiative. On the following pages
                                residents. Throughout the week pre-       activities will also include the        are just some of the ways the NFL and
      Heros in the              ceding the game, more than 50 char-       announcement of the annual Walter       Super Bowl XLI will benefit the host
South Florida Community         itable activities and community out-      Payton NFL Man of the Year Award        community of South Florida: CONT:
         Page 18                reach programs will enliven, enrich       and a celebration of the positive       PAGE 8, 13, 14 & 15

                                 Business...................................Page 5                     NCBW...........................................Page 3
                                 Church Directory........................Page 9                        Publisher’s Message...................Page 2
                                 Community Information...Page 16 & 19                                  Sports & Classified....................Page 23
                                 Events...........Page 8 & 20                                          Real Estate ................................Page 21




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               INFORMATON
 Publisher’s Message Mayor and City Council
                     Happy New Year,        Lauderhill started their event at the                                                Mayor
                                            Lauderhill Boys & Girl Club in the                                                   Shirley Gibson
                    I hope that every-      afternoon. Well on Sunday, January                                                   Citywide     (305) 622-8000
                    one started off the     14, I attended Unity Light of the                                                    sgibson@miamigardens-fl.gov
                    New Year with an        World for their MLK Service which
                    expectation of          started at 11:00am. The service was                                                  Councilmember
                    great things to         very uplifting; during several member                                                Aaron Campbell, Jr.
                    come this New           of the congregation read "The I Have                                                 (305) 622-8000
Year 2007.                                  a Dream Speech. Last but certainly                                                   acampbell@miamigardens-fl.gov
         My New Year started off Down       not the least I ended my MLK events
Town Miami at Bay Front Park to see         with the Miami 54th Street Parade                                                    Councilmember
the Miami Neon Orange go to the top of      put on by Dr. Marshall which includ-                                                 Barbara Watson
the Hotel Inter-Continental at midnight     ed/highlighted many of Miami Dade                                                  (305) 622-8000
and watch the wonderful fire work dis-      County City and State officials. In                The City of Miami Gardens       bwatson@miamigardens-fl.gov
play (New Years Eve). Then I went right     between all this MLK activities there     has a Mayor-Council-Manager form
into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events. I   was some Super Bowl Events with           of government. Under this form of        Councilmember
was privileged to attend three outstand-    many, many more going throughout          government, the elected City Council     Andre L.Williams
ing MLK events.           I started off     South Florida. Most of the events         sets policies for the operation of the   305) 622-8000
with Miami Gardens on Saturday,             will be in this issue and other will be   City. The City Council enacts            awilliams@miamigardens-fl.gov
January 13, 2007 at Miami Gardens           coming . Again I like to thank God        Ordinances, the laws of the City,
City Hall were they were having the         first and all our sponsors, advertiser    adopts Resolutions authorizing           Councilmember
2nd Annual MLK Oratorical Contest.          and off course our reader for support-    actions on behalf of the City, reviews   Melvin L. Bratton
Then Lauderhill had their MLK Seventh       ing the Miami Gardens Observer            plans for development, and establish-    (305) 622-8000
Annual Celebration at Diamante              your Community Newspaper.                 es the policies by which the City is     mbratton@miamigardens-fl.gov
Banquet Center with Guest Speaker                  Check out our Website at           governed.
Martin Luther King III, the Gala hosted       www.miamigardensobserver.com                                                     Councilmember
the Mayor, City Commissioners,                   E-mail: lminto8881@aol.com                    The City Council consists of    Sharon Pritchett
Community Leaders and their guest.                         God Bless.                 seven members: a Mayor and two           (305) 622-8000
                                                                                      Council members elected citywide         spritchett@miamigardens-fl.gov
           Miami Gardens Observer                                                     and four additional Council members
                                                                                      elected by individual districts. The     Vice-Mayor
      Can be picked up at these locations                                             administrative responsibility of the     Oscar Braynon, II
           All the churches listed in the Church Directory                            City rests with the City Manager, who    (305) 622-8000
                                                                                      is appointed by the City Council         obraynon@miamigardens-fl.gov
                                                                                      (upon recommendation of the Mayor).
          Most Caribbean Restaurant and Grocery Stores                                Each Councilmember is elected to a
               (From Cutler Ridge to Palm Beach)                                      four-year term.

           Tropical Oasis Restaurant, 20737 NW 2nd Ave.,
                     Miami Gardens (441 Plaza)

        CNS Insurance Group Inc., 6264 Miramar Parkway,
                       Miramar, Fl 33023

    Mortgage Resource Plus, Inc. 7547 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
                    Lauderhill, Fl 33319

     African-American Research Library and Cultural Center,
             2650 NW Sistrunk Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

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Gardens, Tenaya Tynes (Jaycees), L. M. Strouse, Julie Palm (PTA/PTSA), Norma
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                                           COMMUNITY GROUP
                          National Coalition Of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW)
                                          Greater Miami Chapter
        National & Local History                                                        Authors, Poets, & All That Jazz
         NCBW was founded in New
York City on October 24, 1970 to
                                           opportunities.
                                           To promote awareness of African
                                                                                            Presented by NCBW
address the problems and opportunities     American culture.                                   On Saturday, December 2nd,          ranked #7 on the Black Expression
facing Black women in the wake of the      To develop the potential of its mem-        2006 at Florida Memorial University,        Best Sellers list for the second time.
Civil Rights and Women's Movements.        bership for effective leadership and        Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center            Fates Redemption ( May 2005) ranked
NCBW focuses on issues of leadership       participation in civic affairs.             the National Coalition of 100 Black         # 19 for August 2005 and Little Black
development and gender equity in edu-      To take action on specific issues of        Women, Inc. (Greater Miami Chapter)         Girl Lost II (Feb. 2006) went into its
cation, health, and economic develop-      local, national and international signif-   presented "Authors, Poets, & All That       second printing after only one month. In
ment. Today, NCBW has more than            icance.                                     Jazz", South Florida. This premier lit-     February 2007, expect the third install-
7,000 members from 63 chapters rep-        To cooperate with other organizations       erary event showcased African-              ment of Little Black Girl Lost: The Saga
resenting 24 states and the District of    to achieve mutual goals.                    American authors:                           Continues. His faithful readers can also
Columbia.                                  To address issues that affect women
                                                                                       Kendra Norman-Bellamy                       expect SCARECROW: a Phoenix Perry
         The National Coalition of 100     of African descent.                                                                     novel, October 2007.
                                                                                                Award-winning novelist, born
Black Women, Inc.("Coalition") is a                                                    in West Palm Beach, Fl.She is the                    The Honeymoon is Over is
non-profit volunteer organization dedi-         2006-2008 Officers                     founder and president of KNB                another of his novels.
cated to the leadership development        President- Teresa D. Sands, Esq.            Publications,LLC, a contributing staff      Francis Ray
ofof African American women through        President Elect- Michele Y. Paramore        writer for online Christian Magazine,               Is a native Texan and lives in
programs, networking, leadership           1st Vice President- Carolyn Nelson-         Divine Eloquence Ezine, a reoccur-          Dallas. Her sixth novel INCOGNITO,
development, health awareness, politi-     Goedert                                     ring staff writer for Precious Times        was the first made-for-TV movie for
cal action, mentoring young women,         2nd Vice President-Neichole Hess,           Magazine and serves as an editorial         BET. She has written 31 novels to date.
and scholarships. The coalition seeks      Esq.                                        consultant for Booking Matters              Awards include Romantic Times Career
to empower Black women to meet their       3rd Vice President- Sheryl Watts            Magazine. She teaches a signature           Achievement, EMMA, The Golden Pen,
diverse needs.                             Treasurer- Tracy Byrd Roubides              4-part aspiring writer series, "The         and The Atlantic Choice. Her books
         The Greater Miami Chapter         Recording Secretary- Shantina               Writer's Cocoon". She was recently          include: I KNOW WHO HOLDS
was chartered in September 1992. Our       Anderson                                    awarded the Georgia Area                    TOMORROW, SOMEBOYS'S KNOCK-
membership is comprised of women                                                       Coordinator for the American                ING AT MY DOOR, SOMEONE TO
from different educational and profes-            Board Members                        Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).           LOVE ME, TROUBLE DONT'T LAST
sional backgrounds. We draw on the         Community Service- Sacha K.                 Also the founder and moderator of           ALWAYS, WHOLE LOTTA LOVE,
diversity and strength of our member-      Challenger                                  The Writer's Hut, an online critique        LOVE AT LEO’S, THE FALCON SAGA.
ship to develop effective solutions to     General- Renee T. Fletcher                  and support group "for writers only".       IN ANOTHER MAN'S BED, ANY RICH
issues of concern to our community.        Fundraising- Genevieve Raglang,                      Some of her books are: One         MAN WILL DO, DREAMING OF YOU
Our programs and initiatives include:      PhamD                                       Prayer Away, More Than Grace and            and IRRESISTIBLE YOU (March 2007)
                 Career and personal                                                   Because Of Grace                            Earl Sewell
development workshops                      NCBW Community Calendar                     ReShonda Tate Billingsley                            He has written five novels
         Financial management and
                                           "                                                    She is a general assignment        which are The Good Got to Suffer with
homebuyers workshops
                                           Financial Management & Affordable           reporter for KRIV-TV, the FOX affiliate     the Bad, Through Thick and Thin, The
         "Just Us Girls" Mentoring
                                           Housing Workshops- Saturday,                in Houston, Texas. A former Langston        Flip Side of Money, When Push Comes
Programs- designed to empower girls
                                           January 20, 2007                            University professor also has a back        To Shove and Taken For Granted. His
ages 12 to 18 with the necessary tools
                                                                                       ground in radio and newspaper. She          work has also appeared in three sepa-
to make positive life choices and maxi-
                                                  HIV/AIDS Awareness                   has written six books in the last three     rate anthologies which include,
mize their personal potential.
                                           Program- February 2007 (TBA)                years. Her latest projects include: I       Whispers Between The Sheets,
         "Teens Speak Out"
                                                                                       Know I've Been Changed, the anthol-         Sistergirls.com and Afterhours: A
         "Teens Speak Out" Youth
                                                  Teen Summit- Saturday,               ogy Have A Little Faith and the non-        Collection of Erotic Writing by Black
Summit
                                           February 17, 2007                           fiction book, Help, I've Turned into My     Men. He has also been selected by
         Conducting and supporting
                                                                                       Mother. She has six more books              Harlequin Publishing to launch Kimani
seminars and walk-a-thons to raise
                                           Living Your Dream Empowerment               coming out in the next two years,           Tru, which is Harlequin's new young
awareness on health issues such as
                                           Breakfast- Saturday, March 17, 2007         including the much-anticipated inspi-       adult imprint that will feature storylines
breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, Lupus, and
                                                                                       rational teen series, Nothing But           about African American teens. Daddy's
organ donation and tissue recovery.
                                           2nd Annual Ready-Set-Life Gala-             Drama (Nov. 2007), Blessings in             Girl, which is the first in a series of
         Providing assistance to young
                                           April 2007 (TBA)                            Disguise (Jan. 2007), and With              books for that imprint will be released in
women exiting Florida's foster care sys-
                                                                                       Friends Like These (April 2007). Her        the spring of 2007.
tem
                                           *Events listed above will be held at        upcoming adult novels include:              Michelle Stimpson
         Partnering with community
                                           the Carrie Meek Senior and Cultural         Everybody Say Amen (april2007), the                  She started writing short stories
organizations on critical issues
                                           Arts at Charles Hadley Park unless          sequel to her blockbuster sophomore         in school of her seventh grade but she
           Our Mission                     otherwise noted.                            novel, Let the Church Say Amen, and
To foster principles of equal rights and                                                                                           felt she needed something more per-
                                                                                       Can I Get Witness (Nov. 2007).              sonal so at the age of 13 she started
  This page was sponsored by:                                                          Donna Hill
                                                                                                 Began her writing career in
                                                                                                                                   writing in a journal and has been writ-
                                                                                                                                   ting ever since.
                                                                                       1987 with the short story "The Long                  Her books include: Boaz Brown
       SunTrust Mortgage                                                               Walk." Since that time she has more         and Divas of Damascus Road
                                                                                       than fifty published titles to her credit   The Poets' Corner
  Please support our sponsors.                                                         and has written numerous articles in
                                                                                       magazines and newspapers. In the
                                                                                                                                         Rebecca "Butterfly"
                                                                                                                                   Vaughns
                                                                                       fall of 1999, three of her novels,
                                                                                       Intimate Betrayel, A Private Affair and     Anomaly
                                                                                       Masquerade aired as television              Poetic Vibez
                                                                                       movies on BET. She has been fea-            Lee Lewis Hawkins
                                                                                       tured in Essence, The Daily News,           & P.O.W. (Power of Words)
                                                                                       USA Today, Today's Black Women,
                                                                                       and Black Enterprise magazine,
                                                                                                                                   NCBW thanks South Florida's top
                                                                                       among many others.
                                                                                                                                   poets and spoken word artists along
                                                                                                 Some of her books are:
                                                                                                                                   with the individuals and compaies
                                                                                       Guilty Pleasures, An Ordinary
                                                                                                                                   for their support and participation in
                                                                                       Women and Getting Hers
                                                                                                                                   "Authors. Poets, & All That Jazz"!
                                                                                       Keith Lee Johnson
                                                                                                He is the author of Sugar &           Support this Community
                                                                                       Spice and Pretense and has repeat-            Newspaper and Sponsor a
                                                                                       edly been in Booking Matters                 Page or Advertise your busi-
                                                                                       Magazine. His most successful novel
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                               COMMUNITY INFORMATION
                                                                                                       MIAMI JOB CORPS CENTER
                                                                                                       WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR
                                                                                               Willie Brown brings 18 years of Job Corps experience.


                 MIAMI GARDENS JAYCEES AND
                   HARVEST FIRE MINISTRIES
                  GIVEAWAY CHRISTMAS TOYS




                                                                                                                                Willie Brown

                                                                                              ResCare, Inc. (NASDAQ:             students and to employers interested in
                                                                                     RSCR), the nation's leading provider        partnering with the program. "It's a
                                                                                     of residential, training, therapeutic,      great honor that Miami has been target-
                                                                                     educational and support services for        ed as a backdrop for this outreach
                                                                                     people with barriers to employment          video," Mr. Brown said. "This will help
                    Andre Williams and Colie Family                                  and special needs, today announced          us in our continuing quest to be a driv-
          To help residents of Miami               "As everyone around us            that Willie Brown has taken the posi-       ing force in this area and to strengthen
Gardens celebrate Christmas, the           gears up for holiday celebrations, the    tion of Center Director at Miami Job        our relationship with the employment
Miami Gardens Jaycees and Harvest          Jaycees are encouraged to make            Corps Center, one of 20 centers man-        sector."
Fire Ministries gave away hundreds of      sure that people with limited             aged by the company.                                  Job Corps is the nation's most
toys to families from homes near the       resources still have a chance to                   "Willie knows how to weave         successful federal residential job train-
church on Christmas Eve.                   experience a wonderful holiday," said     Job Corps into the local community,"        ing program for youth ages 16 through
                                           Miami Gardens Jaycees President           said Richard Myers, vice president of       24. Each year, Job Corps provides
         Following a celebratory church    André Williams.                           operations for ResCare's Midwestern         62,000 young men and women with an
service led by Rev. Dr. Donald Clarke,                                               and Southern centers. "As a director        opportunity to gain the experience they
children chose from a wide array of                For the Miami Gardens             at other centers, he has a proven           need to begin a career and take control
toys for all age groups to help make       Jaycees, sharing Christmas joy            track record of ensuring staff, trainees    of their lives. Job Corps operates 24
their Christmas bright. The giveaway       spread to the young and old. Just         and operations are part of the sur-         hours a day, seven days a week, to
was also cosponsored by Dr.                before Christmas the group also           rounding communities."                      offer students from disruptive environ-
Emmanuel Nwadike of PAWA                   hosted a festive holiday lunch for res-            Mr. Brown officially came on       ments the stability and support needed
Architects.                                idents of Robert Sharp Towers.            board Dec. 26. His most recent post         to positively transform their lives.
                                                                                     was independent living director at          Academic and vocational training pro-
   MIAMI GARDENS JAYCEES MICRO-BUSINESS INSTITUTE                                    Turner Job Corps in Albany, Ga.,            grams offer self-paced courses that
         PREPARES STUDENTS FOR TAX CAREERS                                           where he started his career in 1988.        meet individual needs and provide the
                                                                                     Previously, he served in a variety of       skills necessary for graduates to suc-
Several Job Corps students recently        responsibility to help the young peo-     capacities at Job Corps centers             cessfully enter the workforce, continue
completed a six-week course presented      ple of Miami Gardens prepare for          around the nation, culminating in           their education or serve their country in
by The Miami Gardens Jaycees Micro-        such endeavors."                          stints as overall director at centers in    the military. Students benefit from com-
Business Institute. The tax course was                                               Arkansas, Kentucky and Alabama. He
                                           The students who completed the six-                                                   puter-managed instruction and training
taught by a well-regarded CPA who                                                    has a bachelor's degree from
                                           week tax course are Karisa Aska,                                                      in more than 100 vocational fields.
continues to work in the field, so he                                                Valdosta State University in Georgia.
                                           Shakimah Berridge, Janice Brooks,                                                               ResCare, founded in 1974 and
brought current, real world experience                                                        Mr. Brown said, "I'm proud of
                                           Renaude Casseus, Joaska Chacon,                                                       based in Louisville, Kentucky, provides
to the classroom. The graduates are                                                  having come up through the Job
                                           Sandra Gombos, Charmaine Harris,                                                      services in 36 states, Washington,
now equipped to begin tax preparation                                                Corps ranks, starting out as a resi-
                                           Cynthia McThenney and Tavia                                                           D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada.
careers throughout the city.                                                         dential advisor. I'm excited to be the
                                           Thompson.                                                                             ResCare's services include residential,
The Miami Gardens Jaycees created                                                    new director for Miami, and I want to       therapeutic, job training and education-
the Micro-Business Institute in partner-   "I am very pleased with this class of     continue to improve upon the servic-        al supports to people with developmen-
ship with Miami Job Corps in 2005.         graduates," said Vladimir Soutier,        es we provide to our students and be        tal or other disabilities; education and
Through the Institute young people         C.P.A. "They all had a natural affinity   an even greater asset to our commu-         training to young people in the Job
between the ages of 18 and 24 receive      for tax preparation and applied them-     nity."                                      Corps program; one-stop employment
instruction to prepare for entrepreneur-   selves diligently to the work at hand.             The Miami Job Corps Center         and training services for people experi-
ial careers. The tax course is the third   I predict they will all have rewarding    (http://miami.jobcorps.gov) in Carol        encing barriers to employment; and
one offered by the Institute.              careers."                                 City serves 300 students. It is ranked      supports to older people in their homes.
                                                                                     15th out of 122 centers across the
"With the growth of technology and         Media Contact:Tenaya Tynes                country according to effectiveness          More information is available at
change in the typical work day, young      786-301-1791                              and outcome measures set by the             www.rescare.com.
people are finding it more appealing to                                              U.S. Department of Labor (DOL),
pursue non-traditional careers," said      The next general meeting will be held     which administers the nationwide             This Page is Sponsored by
                                           on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. at
Miami Gardens Jaycees President
                                           1300 NW 167th Street and is open to
                                                                                     program.                                        Excel Elder Care, Inc
André Williams. "We wholeheartedly                                                            On Jan. 8, the DOL regional
support their desire to explore new        all interested persons. For more          office shot video at the center to                 Please support
pathways to success and feel it is our     information, call 305-690-9123 x111.      introduce Job Corps to prospective                  our sponsors
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                                                                    BUSINESS
                         FINANCE CORNER                                                     Life Insurance: Too much or too little?
                            Most people        State Farm. Captive agent's first love      have to be a rocket scientist to figure   So far our total is $330,000 dollars.
                         either have too       is the company, their second love is        out your basic need for life insurance    Next, there are basically two ways to
                         much life insur-      their family and then finally, it's you     although most so-called experts           cover this need, "term insurance" or
                         ance or they          the customer. Now they'll swear on a        would like you to believe otherwise.      "whole life insurance". Term insurance
                         have too little. If   stack of bibles that this isn't true, but                                             offers coverage for a certain time frame
                         we lived in a per-    use your common sense…who writes                    Basic needs                       and whole life offers coverage for the
                         fect world all        their pay checks?...Ok! Most captive                   The number one reason          rest of your life (nobody knows how
                         you'd have to do      agents are on salary and/or commis-         most people buy life insurance is, to     long this is). A $400,000 dollar term
                         is ask your near-     sion, especially managers, their job is     cover expenses. For example, if           insurance policy would cost a 40 year
                         est life insurance    to sell products and make money for         you're the bread winner in your           old female about $266.00 per year for
                         agent and he/she                                                  house, and you have minor children        15 years, if you choose a level term the
        Robert                                 the company. The only difference in a
                        would give you an      captive agent and an independent            that depend on you and your income        cost will not change for the next 15
  Henderson Jr. honest answer,                                                             to provide for their needs you need
                                               agent is, the independent agents can                                                  years; that's plenty of time for your
but unfortunately we don't, we live in a       choose to represent many different          to purchase life insurance. If you die    youngest child to reach age 21. On the
world where honesty isn't easily found.        insurance companies who offer com-          prematurely before you become             other hand if you chose the whole life
Instead we're taught that big fish eat lit-    petitive insurance products. Lets look      wealthy, your family will not only suf-   plan, your cost for the same amount of
tle fish, the strong take from the weak,       at it another way, suppose you              fer a great lost in your death, but       coverage will cost you about $1500.00
and ignorance about money and                  planned to have a party and you             they will suffer financially as well.     per year; do the math. Whole life offers
finance will surely cost you. Life insur-      hired someone to go out and buy all         The first thing that you want to look     you some sort of saving that's tied to
ance is truly one of the most powerful         of the food items that you needed. If       at is shelter. If you own a home and      the policy; whole life can be good for
financial vehicles ever invented that          you hired someone who worked at             the mortgage balance is, $150,000,        some, bad for others. Bottom line, do
truly guarantees a stated amount of            Publix supermarket, guess where all         then you know that you should begin       your homework and ask plenty of ques-
money upon death. The problem is,              of your food items will come from?          with $150,000 dollars in life insur-      tions before you sign on the dotted line.
most folks haven't been educated on            Publix! Why? Because Publix has             ance and build up from there. The
the subject and therefore, don't have a                                                    next question to ask yourself, is how              Hey!!! Great news, the website
                                               spent many dollars training that per-
clue on what amount to purchase.                                                           old is your youngest child. Why?          is ready, log onto www.newunder-
                                               son on what great food products they
                                                                                           Because if you dropped dead tomor-        groundrailroad.com we're developing
                                               offer customers. On the other hand, if
        Insurance agents                                                                   row, you need to figure out how long      some great educational stuff to teach
                                               you hired someone who was an inde-
         Most insurance agents are very                                                    it will take before your youngest child   you about money, business and
                                               pendent food shopper, and didn't
professional and are committed to serv-                                                    becomes an adult. If she's 10 years       finance. We'll also keep you informed
                                               work for any one particular food
ing the needs of their customers; how-                                                     old, you have 11 years to provide         about up-coming seminars and new
                                               store, someone who's free to shop at
ever, all agents are not alike.                                                            shelter for her rather you're dead or     books and videos all geared toward
                                               Wal-Mart, Costco, Winn Dixie etc.
Unfortunately there are a few agents                                                       alive; you don't want to give her any     financial education. Also join me this
                                               you'd not only have a larger selection
who are more interested in serving                                                         excuses for not reaching her full         Saturday for a live discussion on WTPS
                                               to choose from, but you probably will
themselves (large commissions) before                                                      potential. Next add another $100,000      (The Peoples Station) 1080am starting
                                               save a lot of money too. To make a
serving the needs of their clients.                                                        for college cost just in case they        at 7am. Next week more on money.
                                               long story short, life insurance sales
Basically there are two kinds of insur-        people can make something simple            don't get any scholarships. Add                Robert Henderson Jr.
ance agents, captive agents and inde-          very complicated. Before purchasing         another $70-80,000 for property              Certified Financial Planner
pendent agents. A captive agent is                                                         taxes and homeowners insurance; if
                                               life insurance, first find out what kind                                                    Author of The New
someone who works exclusively for a            of agent you're talking too, captive or     you live in South Florida you never
certain insurance company, example:                                                        know when another hurricane will hit.
                                                                                                                                         Underground Railroad
                                               independent. Believe me, you don't
                                                                                                                                                305-825-1444
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                                                            INFORMATION
                                               15 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2007
                                                         to not ignore a wrong that         expands the mind to new possibili-                  Attributes.....it's a work in
                            As we contem-      needs righting, a crass statement            ties.                                        progress, so I welcome your response.
                        plate the New          that needs correction, or an offense                   to invest a thoughtful minute
                        Year, it's timely to   that demands a just response. We             before I speak or act. Regret is often        Top Ten Advocacy Attributes
                        reflect on who we      can set a positive example by not            preventable. Reversing harm is one
                        are and where we       accepting negativity in others.              of life's most vexing challenges.
                        hope to go in the                                                             to honor those who coura-                   Kindness and connectivity cre-
                                                         to be a valuable teammate
                        12-months ahead.                                                    geously sacrifice for us at home and         ate access.
                                               and to trust others to do their best.
                        For many of us,                                                     abroad, care for our health, educate                  Enthusiasm and energy create
                                               Each of us should know what team
                        2006 was a year                                                     us, and perform all manner of healing        action.
                                               position we play best, and regularly
                        of tremendous                                                       and helping arts so that our quality of               Sensitivity and sensibility cre-
      Jack Levine                              practice our skills.
                        challenges,                                                         life is improved.                            ate attraction.
                                                         to listen to the voices of chil-
changes and awesome responsibilities.                                                                 to share even if I think I don't            Care and concern create
                                               dren and elders. The wisdom of inno-
As an optimist, I                                                                           have enough. Setting an example by           warmth.
                                               cence and experience is both free
believe that the year ahead will open                                                       gifting to others in need is one of the               Openness and originality create
                                               and priceless.
new doors and present valuable oppor-                                                       best lessons for children to observe.        opportunity.
                                                         to speak truth to power, but
tunities for all of us.                                                                               to protect and defend people                Fairness and frankness create
                                               to be both polite and persistent.
         New Years resolutions are                                                          who rely on me. Give special atten-          justice.
                                               There's a fine line between persist-
about making a commitment to do                                                             tion to the needs of others who may                   Love and levity create respon-
                                               ence and pestilence. Resist aggres-
something different in our lives. Please                                                    not know how find their own voice.           siveness.
                                               siveness, but advocate with asser-
join with me in contemplating these 15                                                                to preserve natural environ-                Courage and commitment cre-
                                               tion.
esolutions......you're                                                                      ments for their beauty and bounty.           ate leadership.
                                                         to accept that I don't know
welcome to adopt a few as your own.                                                         Natural settings are home to plantlife                Voice and vitality create vision.
                                               everything. There are others who
         Please offer a few of yours to                                                     and species which are too often vic-         Persuasion and persistence create
                                               know more about most things, and
me by reply e-mail.....and feel free to                                                     tims of our wants, not our needs.            power.
                                               together we can form a great brain
share this message with others.                                                                       to never give up on a person                Please keep me in mind for
                                               trust if we meet and blend expertise.
         Also presented below is a list of                                                  or a cause, despite the challenges           keynote addresses, seminar and work-
                                                         to pleasantly surprise some-
Top Ten Advocacy Attributes which I                                                         faced. Perseverance is an attitude           shop facilitation, professional develop-
                                               one every day with an unexpected
drafted for your consideration                                                              that personifies leadership, attracts        ment activities, and strategic planning
                                               kindness in word and deed. Life's
                                                                                            allies, and creates meaningful               events that focus on communications,
                                               subtle gifts of concern and cordiality
   15 NEW YEAR'S RESOLU-                                                                    change.                                      resource development, advocacy and
                                               are cherished.
                                                                                                      I'm often asked for my defini-     positioning for success.
       TIONS FOR 2007                                    to respect the diversity of
                                               faiths, feelings, and fashions.              tion of advocacy. While it can be
                                                                                            summed up as "speaking up for                        Jack Levine, Founder of
         I resolve....to appreciate my         Differences are natural and honoring
                                                                                            someone or some cause you believe            4Generations Institute, has been a
family, friends, and colleagues for who        each other's beliefs creates mutual
                                                                                            in" I think it's important to define it      professional family policy advocate
they are, what they mean to me and             admiration.
                                                                                            more broadly as a set of attributes          for 28 years. He may be reached at
others, and to gracefully overlook some                  to exercise artistic expres-
                                                                                            which, in combination, set the stage         jack.levine@comcast.net.
things they do (or don't do!). None of         sion for its intrinsic value. The vitality
us is perfect and accepting that reality       of the physical, instrumental, literary,     for effective advocacy. Here's my list
is a good thing.                               visual or vocal arts fuels the soul and      of Top Ten Advocacy




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   Opposing President Bush's Call for a War                                             free bonds used to finance housing          Congressman Bill Lehman served
                                                                                        and public works projects, and excise       before her," said Meek.
             Escalation in Iraq                                                         taxes;                                       "But in the final analysis," Meek contin-
                                                                                        "      Social Security old age and          ued, "while Appropriations is certainly an
           Washington, DC -                   mission; more innocent Iraqis will be     survivors' benefits and private retire-     important committee, I think it will be
Congressman Kendrick B. Meek issued           dragged into sectarian battles pitting    ment plans;                                 much more possible on the Ways and
the following statement in opposition to      Sunnis against Shias; and more            "      Medicare and other health care       Means Committee to move the signifi-
President Bush's speech calling for a         insurgents will flock to Iraq to commit   programs;                                   cant amounts of investment that our
war escalation in Iraq.                       terrorist acts.                           "      Social Services programs like        community and our state needs, instead
"Despite the big buildup to his speech,        "President Bush seems incapable of       Temporary Assistance for Needy              of smaller sums for more limited proj-
President Bush's only answer for Iraq is      taking good advice. The bipartisan,       Families (TANF), Supplemental               ects."
just more of the same- to send in more        highly regarded Iraq Study Group          Security Income (SSI) for the needy                   Meek's rise to the Ways and
troops.                                       strongly recommended against a            aged, blind and disabled                    Means Committee after only 4 years in
 "It is hard to see this escalation of the    troop escalation, but President Bush      "      trade, imports, tariffs and cus-     Congress is in contrast to fellow South
war as anything more than a dangerous         rejected their advice because he dis-     toms;                                       Floridian and Ways and Means
gamble with the nation's security. Our        agrees with their conclusions. That       "      tax exempt foundations and           Committee Ranking Republican E. Clay
military personnel and equipment are          is not leadership; that's stubborn-       charitable trusts;                          Shaw (R-Ft. Lauderdale). Shaw, who
already dangerously overstretched, and        ness.                                     "      adoption, foster care, child wel-    was defeated for re-election, was select-
the fact that no other nation in the world    "Last November, the American peo-         fare and child support enforcement;         ed to the Ways and Means Committee
is willing to pitch in-even the British are   ple delivered a strong message to         Meek was widely reported to be              after serving seven years in Congress.
pulling their troops out of Iraq-leaves       the Republican leadership, calling for    angling for a seat on the House                       The decision by the Democratic
the United States isolated in the world.      a change of course in Iraq. It is clear   Appropriations Committee. "I careful-       Steering and Policy Committee, which
 "More of our brave troops will die pur-      that President Bush just doesn't get      ly considered a seat on the House           decides committee assignments, must
suing a failed policy that has no clear       it.                                       Appropriations Committee, where my          still be ratified by the full House
                                                                                        mother served before me and                 Democratic Caucus.
     Supporting the Increase of the Minimum
                                                                                                Haiti Trade Preferences Pass House
   Wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over the next two years.
                                                                                                  Washington, DC - After years      hand in causing this miserable situation.
                                                                                        of promises and delay, H.R. 6406, a                   "This bill is significant because
         Washington, DC -                     about helping this nation's working
                                                                                        bill with the potential to create tens of   one tenth of Haitian GDP comes from
Congressman Kendrick B. Meek                  people.
                                                                                        thousands of new jobs in the Haitian        garment exports. The average Haitian
released the following statement sup-          "The typical American worker earn-
                                                                                        textile industry, has passed the            garment worker earns $4 a day, while
porting the increase of the minimum           ing $5.15 per hour has been forced
                                                                                        House by a vote of 212 to 184. The          77% of Haitians live on less than $2 a
wage.                                         to bear the brunt of rising costs and
                                                                                        bill now moves to the Senate for con-       day. Haitians working in the textile
                                              stagnant wages; since the last mini-
                                                                                        sideration.                                 industry possess the buying power to
In his statement in the Congressional         mum wage increase, the cost of
                                                                                                  "The Haitian Hemispheric          help stimulate the Haitian economy.
Record, Meek said:                            health insurance, gasoline, food,
                                                                                        Opportunity through Partnership             They need to return to work, and that's
 "Madam Speaker, I rise today to              electricity and education has risen,
                                                                                        Encouragement Act (HOPE) bill is not        why I've supported granting Haiti prefer-
express my strong support for H.R. 2,         yet wages have remained frozen.
                                                                                        as strong as the one I introduced, but      ential trade status for years.
which calls for an increase in the mini-      "Minimum wage today in Florida is
                                                                                        finally the Republican-controlled                     "The HOPE bill has the potential
mum wage to $7.25 per hour.                   $6.67 per hour. Yet, according to the
                                                                                        Congress has allowed a bill to help         to revive this sector of the Haitian econ-
"Thirteen million of our nation's lowest-     Department of Labor in 2005,
                                                                                        Haiti come to the House floor," said        omy by allowing apparel assembled in
aid workers have not had a pay raise          117,000 Floridians earn at or below
                                                                                        U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who has            Haiti using third-country fabrics duty-free
for nearly ten long years. It took the        the $5.15 per hour federal minimum
                                                                                        been a strong advocate for economic         access to the United States market. It is
intervention of the voters to kick out the    wage. Too many Floridians are stuck
                                                                                        aid to Haiti.                               a scaled down version of The Haiti
Republican do-nothing Congress, which         in this poverty trap.
                                                                                                  "I have met with Haitian busi-    Economy Recovery Opportunity (HERO)
loaded up past minimum wage legisla-          "I urge the Senate to move on this
                                                                                        ness leaders, and they told me that         bill, H.R. 4211, which I introduced in the
tion with special interest goodies, but       with the same speed and urgency
                                                                                        the textile industry in that nation has     House in this 109th Congress.
today we are finally getting serious          that we have here in the House.
                                                                                        greatly suffered and is close to a           "It has taken this Congress far too long
                                                                                        breaking point. The Haitian garment         to act, but perhaps, at long last, help for
 Meek Chosen as Only Floridian on Powerful                                              industry currently employs 12,000           Haiti is finally on the way.
   Congressional Tax Writing Committee                                                  people-a tiny proportion of what it                  Congressman
                                                                                        once was. In Port-au-Prince alone,           Kendrick B. Meek represents
         Joins Committee Chairman             jobs, and making the federal tax code     15 factories have closed in the last        the 17th Congressional District
Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Civil               fairer so that it helps make working      two years. By failing to act,
Rights Legend John Lewis (D-GA)on             and middle class families more
                                                                                                                                    of Florida, which includes parts
                                                                                        Congress and the Bush
Key Panel                                     secure."                                  Administration have had a direct              of Miami-Dade and Broward
Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Kendrick           Said incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi,                                                               Counties.
B. Meek was chosen to serve as the            "Kendrick Meek is a rising leader in
only Florida member of the powerful
House Ways and Means Committee,
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                                                                       EVENTS
   THE NFL EXPERIENCE BUILT
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         The NFL and Home Depot will          including rare collectibles. Call 1-888-
team up to present the most exciting          NFL-CARD for a daily appearance
continuous event surrounding Super            schedule.
Bowl XLI--The NFL Experience Built by                  Proceeds from ticket sales
the Home Depot, from January 27-28            will be donated to the NFL Youth
and February 1-4, in the parking lot          Education Town (YET) initiative.
adjacent to Dolphin Stadium. Sunday,          Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for
February 4 is open to Super Bowl XLI          children 12 and under. All games and
ticket holders only. This is the third time   activities are included with the price
the event will visit South Florida in its     of admission.
16-year history. The interactive theme                 Tickets to The NFL
park, which precedes the Super Bowl           Experience Built by the Home
each year, features more than 50 pro          Depot go on sale Dec. 13, and may
football-related games, displays and          be purchased by calling (866) TIX-
entertainment attractions.                    4NFL (849-4635), online at
         Visitors can test their running,     www.superbowl.com, at the
passing, kicking and punting skills by        Dolphin Stadium Box Office, and
participating in a variety of fun interac-    at the gate beginning January 27.
tive attractions including "Quarterback       Fans may stay in the theme park
Challenge," a passing accuracy game           as long as they like, but re-entry is
and "Fair Catch," a punt reception            not permitted.
game. Additionally, fans can partake in
state-of-the-art football video game sys-       INFORMATION PROVIDED BY
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            The Official Launch Party
   for the Urban League of Broward County's
   Young Professionals Network
  "A Party With A Purpose"                    Broward County's urban communi-
                                              ties.            YPN strives to
   Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6 -            become a prominent force in
              8:00pm                          Broward County by bringing the next
        ICON Condos Site                      generation of leaders into the Urban
      500 East Las Olas Blvd.                 League movement and by providing
          Fort Lauderdale                     community volunteer opportunities,
                                              leadership development, and eco-
         The Urban League of Broward          nomic empowerment for young pro-
County is proud to announce the estab-        fessionals.
lishment of the Young Professionals                    More than 100 young profes-
Network (YPN). YPN is comprised of            sionals throughout South Florida
men and women ages 21-40 who are              should be in attendance at this event.
pursuing careers in various professions.      Don't miss it!
YPN exists to cultivate a new genera-                  Please e-mail
tion of young professionals to take an        getypn@gmail.com for more infor-
active role in serving and empowering         mation about this event and/or
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                                            CHURCH & EVENTS
      Daily Word on Diversity
         I rejoice in the diversity of     expressing different talents and skills.
humanity that is enriching the world.      Each inhabitant of earth has great
Looking through the glass of a hospital    potential from the Christ within and is
nursery at babies who are only a few       a beautiful, unlimited, and holy being.
hours old, we understand that each one
is unique, yet each carries the divine     "Thus says the Lord God, who
spark within.                              gathers the outcasts of Israel, I will
         The Christ Presence is within     gather others to them besides
every newborn. Each has the divine         those already gathered." -Isaiah
                                                                                                                                                                   Doretha Nickson presenting gift
potential to grow into countless combi-    56:8                                       Rev. Smith receiving gift from the      Speaker Lorna Owens talked about     cards to foster kids donated by
nations of abilities, given and devel-                                                church presented by Mrs. C Steele            A Jamaican Christmas                 the church members
oped. Before us may lie a future athlete   Inspired by this message?
or scientist, teacher or physician,        The Daily Word can be purchase at
builder or playwright.                     Unity Light of the World
         The world is blessed by the       16800 NW 17th Avenue, Miami
diversity of its people-people of every    Gardens, Fl 33169
color, creed, age, and gender. Each is     Phone: 305-628-2322


                                                                                         Church member fellowship after Christmas             Body Nation Dance Theatre performing at
                                                                                                        service                                Unity Fall Concert with Dobby Dobson




                                                                                                                                                                    Hugh “Ossie Osborne from
                                                                                                                                                                     Caribbean Ocean Corp.
                                                                                                                                                 Concert MC          shipping computers, fans
                                                                                              Clive Tennors                Dobby Dobson        Prof. Pat Warren     and books for Unity in JA.




                                                                                               Member reading “ The I Have a Dream “ Speach                January Birthday Babies, Jean Chin,
                                                                                                           at Unity MLK Service                              Kimberly McNaught and N. Hope



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                                                                                             MESSAGE:                                         GRACE, EVERY MIRACLE
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                                           CHURCH DIRECTORY
 ANTIOCH Missionary Baptist                    Sundays - 8:00am, and 10:00am               Rev. Newton Fairweather                                Unity Light of The World
                                                   Wednesday at 7:15pm                700 NW 175TH Street, Miami Gardens
    Church of Carol City                           17001 NW 7th Avenue                            Fl 33169                                                 Church
         21311 NW 34th Avenue                     Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169                  Phone: 305-652-5433                                   Rev. Michael Smith, Senior Pastor
        Miami Gardens, Fl. 33056                   Phone: 305-652-6797                                                                                            Services:
          Phone: 305-624-8170                                                                                                                 Sundays - 11:00am, Tuesdays Prayer -
                                                                                       Parkway Baptist Church
                                                                                                                                                            7:00pm,
                                             Miami Gardens Church of                         18000 NW 18th Avenue
    Grace United Community                                                                  Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169                         Wednesdays Classes - 7:00pm, Thursdays
                                                     Christ                                                                                             Healing - 7:00pm
          Church Inc.                              2265 NW 183rd Street
                                                                                              Phone: 305-621-8491
                                                                                                                                                    16800 NW 17th Avenue
          901 NW 183rd Street                     Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169                                                                         Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169
        Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169                   Phone: 305-625-0688                  Pentecostal Tabernacle                                       Phone: 305-628-2322
         Phone: 305-651-1446                                                                 18415 NW 7th Avenue
                                                                                            Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169
                                             Norland United Methodist                                                                               Universal Truth Center
  Harvest Fire Worship Center                                                                Phone: 305-651-8323
         2260 NW 183rd Street                        Church                                                                                             21310 NW 37th Avenue
                                                    885 NW 195th Street                                                                                Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169
        Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169                                                       Sierra Norwood Calvary                                           Phone: 305- 624-4991
         Phone: 305-620-2986                      Miami Gardens, Fl. 33169
                                                   Phone: 305-652-5172                      Baptist Church
                                                                                              495 NW 191st Street
 Holy Family Episcopal Church                                                               Miami Gardens, Fl, 33169
            Rev. Horace Ward                  North Dade Community
                                                                                             Phone: 305-652-7336
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                                 MLK COMMUNITY EVENTS




                                                                                            Personal Reflection In Tribute to
  Dr. Marting Luther King Jr.                                                                Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
                                                                                                                                     shadow of Abraham Lincoln's statue on
                                                                                                                                     the Washington Mall, but touched the
                                                                                                                                     hearts and minds of a nation to pay
                                                                                                                                     attention and take action.
                                                                                                                                                That speech on that sweltering
                                                                                                                                     August day ignited a charge of energy
                                                                                                                                     that would not be stopped.....not by
                                                                                                                                     gushing fire hoses, snarling dogs,
                                                                                                                                     enraged threats, bombs or snipers' bul-
                                                                                                      Jack Levine                    lets. At the tender age of 35, that elo-
                                                                                                                                     quent preacher from Atlanta set in
                                                                                                   In recognition of the Martin      motion a flood of individual and collec-
                                                                                          Luther King Day celebration on             tive actions which would change how
                                                                                          Monday, Jan. 15th, I hope you will         people viewed not only our neighbors,
                                                                                          enjoy this personal reflection, and        but ourselves. The impact of that
                                                                                          might choose to share it with oth-         leader's courage was felt in that tumul-
                                                                                          ers.....                                   tuous decade of the 1960's, and for
                                                                                                   It was late August, 1963. I       generations to come.
                                                                                          was 12. I remember my father call-                    The ideals of Dr. King's mission
         In 1950's America, the equality of     publicity and break-down of business      ing me into his room. The radio was        were rooted in his Christian faith; his
man envisioned by the Declaration of            forced the white leaders of               on, and I heard cheering. It was not       operating principles and civil disobedi-
Independence was far from a reality.            Birmingham to concede to some anti-       a baseball game kind of cheer.....it       ence techniques were borrowed from
People of color - blacks, Hispanics,            segregation demands.                      seemed louder and longer. It was a         Gandhi. But no matter what our faith,
Orientals - were discriminated against in                Thrust into the national spot-   sustained roar.                            race, ethnicity, gender or age, the hero-
many ways, both overt and covert. The           light in Birmingham, where he was                  My dad, aged 72 and blind,        ic vision of Dr. King is a beacon for us
1950's were a turbulent time in America,        arrested and jailed, King organized a     pointed in the direction of the radio      all.
when racial barriers began to come down         massive march on Washington, DC,          with one hand and put his other                       In the eleven-year period
due to Supreme Court decisions, like            on August 28, 1963. On the steps of       index finger to his lips....he was         between 1957 and 1968, King traveled
Brown v. Board of Education; and due to an      the Lincoln Memorial, he evoked the       telling me to be quite....and to listen.   over six million miles and spoke over
increase in the activism of blacks, fighting    name of Lincoln in his "I Have a                   Next I heard the voice. A         twenty-five hundred times, appearing
for equal rights.                               Dream" speech, which is credited          combination of speech and singing.         wherever there was injustice to be
         Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist     with mobilizing supporters of deseg-      The cadence was like none I ever           protested, and action to be taken.
minister, was a driving force in the push for   regation and prompted the 1964 Civil      heard. The word music rose and fell,                  Martin Luther King, Jr., was the
racial equality in the 1950's and the 1960's.   Rights Act. The next year, King was       the power was like a ave....swelling       youngest man to have received the
In 1963, King and his staff focused on          awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.            and then resting, soon to rise again.      Nobel Peace Prize. Though his life was
Birmingham, Alabama. They marched and                                                              My father's blind eyes were       cut short at age 39 by an assassin's
                                                       You can go online to
protested non-violently, raising the ire of                                               shining in the window light. He was        bullet in April, 1968, his legacy lives in
                                                read Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
local officials who sicced water cannon and                                               tearful, his lips pursed, his head         anyone who chooses to question those
                                                " I Have A Dream Speech" at               gently nodding in agreement.               who would hold us captive to old ideas
police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks        www.usconstitution.net
included teenagers and children. The bad                                                  Seeing him so moved gave me the            and discriminatory policies.
                                                                                          sense that history was being made.                    Has all that Dr. King envisioned
                                                                                                   There in that sun-bathed          come to pass? Not yet. Has his legacy
                                                                                          room, I heard the sound of that            brought forth a tremendous surge of
                                                                                          voice, and felt the power of its per-      change in attitude, law, and economic
                                                                                          suasion. I never saw my father so          opportunity?
                                                                                          attentive. All of his energy focused                  Yes. But there's so much still to
                                                                                          on listening to the words. He slowly       be accomplished. Justice is not
                                                                                          nodded to their cadence.                   static...it's active, and must be actively
                                                                                                   "I have a dream that one          asserted and strictly guarded every day.
                                                                                          day my four little children will live in               I Have a Dream speech, visit
                                                                                          a nation where they will not be            http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speec
                                                                                          judged by the color of their skin, but     hes/mlkihaveadream.htm
                                                                                          by the content of their character."        Jack Levine, Founder
                                                                                                   The Rev. Martin Luther            4Generations Institute
                                                                                          King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech          850/567-5252 (mobile/voicemail)
                                                                                          commanded the attention of not only        jack.levine@comcast.net (e-mail)
                                                                                          the half-million who gathered in the       http://www.4GenerationsInstitute.org
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                                MLK COMMUNITY EVENTS
              CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS CELEBRATES
                   DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WITH “UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY”




                                                                                             Councilmember                             Councilmember
                                                       Chairwoman                            Sharon Pritchett                          Barbara Watson
                                                     Shamele Jenkins




            ELEMENTARY DIVISON                                         MIDDLE DIVISION                                        ADULT DIVISION
            First Place: Marica Daniels                          First Place: Jarron McKinney                          First Place: Lorenzo Palmer
          Second Place: Cedrell Mitchell                          Second Place: Alexis Gantt                       Second Place: Lovean Dorsey-Clarke
          Third Placea; Mikayra Johnson                           Third Place: Wayne Meikle                           Third Place: Jatisha Monique
         Fourth Place: Jovaughn Charlton                       Fourth Place: Courtney St. Macary                          Fourth Place: Ida Jone

        The City of Miami Gardens                 The competitors were youth        divisions did an excellent job.                  multicultural community event
kicked off their Dr. Martin Luther King   representing the schools in Miami                   Winning speeches will be       included live entertainment, free inter-
Jr. Celebration "Unity in the             Gardens along with an adult division      listed in the upcoming issue of the      active games and children's rides, free
Community" with their 2nd Annual MLK      for those in Miami Gardens or those       Miami Gardens Observer.                  arts and crafts, face painting, clowns
        Oratorical Contest, chaired by    attending an educational institution                On Monday, January 15,         and a number of team oriented activi-
Shamele Jenkins. The event was held       within Miami Gardens.                     2007 the City hosted its 3rd Annual      ties and sports. Food and arts & crafts
on Saturday, January 13, 2006 at                  The event was well attended       MLK Festival at Carol City Park from     vendors were on site. The activities
3:00p in the City Hall Chambers.          and the competitors in all of the         1:00pm - 6:00pm. This FREE               ended with a candlelight vigil.

                     CITY OF LAUDERHILL                                             Site).
                                                                                              The winners
        3RD ANNUAL CIVIL RIGHTS SPELLING BEE                                        were honored during
        The City of Lauderhill and The             The top winners from the         the 7th Annual MLK
MLK Taskforce presented its 3rd           spelling bee were 3rd grade partici-      Celebration in which
Annual Civil Rights Spelling Bee on       pant Crystal Codlin, from KCC             Martin Luther King III
Wednesday January 10, 2007 at             (Sadkin Center Site), 5th grade par-      was the guest speaker.
Lauderhill City Hall Commission           ticipant Ashley Murray from Boys &        Christine Thompson,
Chambers. A total of 30 children from     Girls Club, and at the end of the 4th     Youth Recreation
Lauderhill Boys & Girls Club, YMCA        grade rounds there was still 2 partici-   Programmer was the
Lauderdale Lakes/Lauderhill of            pants still standing so the judges        spelling bee coordina-
Broward County, Larkdale Elementary       declared two winners they were            tor. Closing remarks
School, and Lauderhill Kids Corner        Estillina Cinord and Jonathan             were given by Irvin A.
                                                                                                                           Christine Thompson with the
Club (KCC).                               Cunningham KCC (West Ken Lark             Kiffin, PALS Director.
                                                                                                                               Spelling Bee winners
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             BROWARD COMMUNITY EVENTS
 City of Lauderhill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      Seventh Annual Celebration January 29, 2007




                             Martin Luther King III receive an award present by          Presentation to Martin Luther King III
                                    Deputy Vice Mayor Margaret Bates                        from Comm. Ilene Lieberman




              Martin Luther King III with Mayor
                   Richard Kaplin & wife                               Martin Luther King III and                     Vice Mayor Dale Holness with family
                                                                             Allen Jackson                                        members




                                                                                                          Irin Kiffin
   Martin Luther King III with               Comm. Howard Berger            Tracy Cloyd             Director of Parks and         Martin Luther King III and Norman
 Charles Faranda City Manager                    and Guest                 HOT 105 Radio              Leisure Services             Edwards (Norman’s Photoland)




      LAUDERHILL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. TASKFORCE
                  COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2007                                                                  Lauderhill’s Community Choir


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 Two black coaches make the Super Bowl                                                               BILLY JOEL TO PERFORM
                                                                                                        NATIONAL ANTHEM
                                                                                                                               Grammy Legend Award (1991), induct-
                                                                                                                               ed into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
                                                                                                                               (1992) and the Rock & Roll Hall of
                                                                                                                               Fame (1999).
                                                                                                                                        Joel's other Super Bowl per-
                                                                                                                               formance was also in South Florida,
                                                                                                                               prior to Super Bowl XXIII in 1989.
                                                                                                                                        Super Bowl XL was watched by
                                                                                                                               more than 141 million viewers in the
                                                                                                                               U.S. last year. It is annually the
                                                                                                                               nation's highest-rated TV program and
                                                                                                                               the most-watched single-day sporting
                                                                                               Grammy-Award winning per-       event. The game will be broadcast to a
                                                                                     former BILLY JOEL will sing the           potential worldwide audience of 1 billion
                                                                                     National Anthem during the SUPER          in more than 230 countries and territo-
           Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy will make his-                                 BOWL XLI PREGAME SHOW on                  ries.
                     tory in Super Bowl XLI                                          CBS at Dolphin Stadium in South                    Joel is among many great per-
                                                                                     Florida on Sunday, February 4, the        formers who have been honored with
          It took 41 years for a black      now two of the most decent, deserv-                                                singing the Super Bowl National
                                                                                     NFL announced today. Joel
head coach to make it all the way to        ing men have pushed the NFL for-                                                   Anthem including: Diana Ross, Neil
                                                                                     becomes the first performer to sing
the Super Bowl.                             ward.                                                                              Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry
                                                                                     the National Anthem twice in the
          Lovie Smith did it Jan. 21 on a           And that is a very good thing.                                             Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie
                                                                                     Super Bowl.
snowy afternoon in Chicago. Four            "It means a lot," Dungy said after his                                             Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther
                                                                                               Joel, who has won six
hours later, his good pal and mentor        Indianapolis Colts beat New England                                                Vandross, Jewel, Cher, Faith Hill, the
                                                                                     Grammys and been nominated for 23
Tony Dungy joined him. Not one, but         38-34 in the AFC title game. "I'm very                                             Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Dixie
                                                                                     total, is one of the world's most- pop-
two black coaches meeting in the            proud of being an African-American.                                                Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles and many
                                                                                     ular recording artists. His extensive
nation's biggest sporting spectacle.        I'm very proud of Lovie."                                                          more.
                                                                                     list of accomplishments includes sell-
It's historic. And it's about time.         And Smith equally so of Dungy.                                                              Information provided by the
                                                                                     ing more than 100 million records, 33
Change has come appallingly slow. But        (Story continues on page 14)            Top 40 hits. He was awarded the           Super Bowl Host XLI Committee.




   SUPER BOWL XLI PLAYBOOK FOR                                                             CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PERFORM
         SMALL BUSINESS                                                                  IN SUPERBOWL XLI PREGAME SHOW
                                            Beach Counties during December
                                            and January.
                                                     Members of the coalition
                                            group have taken turns hosting the
                                            workshops and providing curriculum,
                                            speakers, staff and volunteers at
                                            each program.
                                                     The first three workshops
                                            focused on developing a successful       CIRQUE DU SOLEIL                Remero Britto                Louie Vega
                                            sales pitch, maximizing your busi-                                                 ganza of music, dance, gymnastics and
                                                                                               CIRQUE DU SOLEIL and
                                            nesses return from certification pro-                                              circus arts linked by a multi-colored
                                                                                     Miami-based artist ROMERO BRIT-
                                            grams, and implementing strategic                                                  football theme. The Cirque du Soleil
                                                                                     TO will team to celebrate South
                                            growth plans small businesses.                                                     performers will be a living, breathing
                                                                                     Florida and football in an unprece-
                                                     The fourth workshop, "The                                                 canvas for Britto, whose signature pop-
                                                                                     dented performance in the Super
                                            Draft," will focus on best human                                                   art has come to define the color and
                                                                                     Bowl XLI pregame show on CBS at
                                            resources practices for your busi-                                                 vibrancy of South Florida.
                                                                                     Dolphin Stadium in South Florida on
                                            ness.                                                                                       Grammy® Award Winner
                                                                                     Sunday, February 4, the NFL
                                                     The fifth workshop, "The                                                  LOUIE VEGA will supply an original
EIGHT WORKSHOPS FOR MINORITY                                                         announced.
                                            Game Plan," will inform participants                                               musical score and will perform with his
  AND WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS                                                                    The Super Bowl is annually
                                            on the right way to start a business.                                              Elements of Life Orchestra featuring
         The NFL has partnered with                                                  the nation's highest-rated TV pro-
                                                     The sixth, "The Play Maker,"                                              vocalist Anane while the Cirque du
Sprint to deliver a series of business                                               gram. More than 141 million viewers
                                            will focus on how to finance your                                                  Soleil performance comes to life.
development workshops specifically                                                   watched last year's game in the U.S.
                                            business.                                                                          The Cirque du Soleil team will include
designed to educate, engage and                                                      Super Bowl XLI will be broadcast to a
                                                      The seventh and final work-                                              Fernand Rainville, Director of Creation,
empower the owners of South Florida's                                                potential worldwide audience of 1 bil-
                                            shop of this series, "Giving Small                                                 Patricia Ruel, Creator of Costumes and
booming minority- and women-owned                                                    lion in more than 230 countries and
                                            Business that Power to Make Just                                                   Accessories, Geneviève Dorion-Coupal,
small business community.                                                            territories.
                                            About Any Place a Workplace," will                                                 Choreographer and Daniel Cola,
         These educational and net-                                                            Inspired by Brazilian street
                                            focus on the latest trends in work-                                                Acrobatic Coach.(Story cont: page 14)
working opportunities offer local busi-                                              theater, 60 professional performers
                                            force mobility, , tools to empower
ness owners free professional develop-                                               and hundreds of other participants
                                            employees -                                                                         Thank you for supporting the
ment forums and are being held                                                       will participate in the pregame show
                                            (Story continues on page 15)             which will be a high-energy extrava-         Miami Gardens Observer
throughout Dade, Broward and Palm
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                                               SUPER BOWL XLI
          PEPSI SMASH SUPER BOWL                                                      Two black coaches make the Super Bowl
              CONCERT SERIES                                                         CONTINUE FROM PAGE 13                      blessed to be in that position.
                                                                                              "We have to play someone          "I'll feel even better to be the first
                                          Dolphin Stadium in the NFL                 and, in my perfect world, I would like     black coach to hold up the world
                                          Experience Built By The Home               to see the Colts be that team," Smith      championship trophy."
                                          Depot. The concerts are open to the        said after his Chicago Bears pum-          If he doesn't, at least he'll have the
                                          public with doors opening at 7 p.m.        meled the New Orleans Saints 39-14.        consolation of knowing Dungy will.
                                          Tickets are now on sale.                   "Tony Dungy has done an awful lot          Whether he wanted to be or not,
                                                   West, Legend and Fergie will      for our game," Smith said. "He hasn't      Dungy has long been the standard
                                          open the series 8 p.m., Thursday,          had a chance to coach in the Super         bearer for minority coaches. He was
         KANYE WEST                       Feb. 1. Tony-award winning actor           Bowl. I would love to see it."             just 25 when he became the NFL's
                                          and star of ABC's "Daybreak" TAYE          Now he will.                               youngest assistant, taking a job on
                                          DIGGS will host the VH1 Pepsi              It wasn't all that long ago that the       Chuck Noll's Pittsburgh staff. Three
                                          Smash Super Bowl Bash show. The            NFL's best jobs were off-limits to         years later, he was the defensive coor-
                                          show will be taped for airing on VH1       blacks. Never mind that three-quar-        dinator and the odds-on favorite to
                                          on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10 p.m.             ters of the league's rosters were filled   advance.
                                                   The series continues 8 p.m.       with black players. Or that there were     Oh, he got plenty of interviews. But
                                          Friday, Feb. 2 with the Pepsi Smash        qualified black assistants. When the       somebody else -- somebody white --
          JOHN LEGEND                     Super Bowl Fiesta featuring three of       time came to hire a new coach, they        always got the job.
                                          the most popular Latino artists in the     were passed over, time and again.          Smith's odyssey was equally bumpy:
                                          country- Don Omar, Ivy Queen and           Meanwhile, white coaches who had           Tulsa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Tampa
KANYE WEST, JOHN LEGEND,                  Aventura. The concert, which will be       done little to distinguish themselves      Bay, St. Louis. Those were only a few
  FERGIE, DON OMAR, IVY                   hosted by Jessi Losada and Leti            in their previous jobs got additional      of the stops he made in his 20-year
  QUEEN & AVENTURA TO                     Coo, will be taped for airing on           chances. It was the old boys' network      journey to become a head coach.
        PERFORM                           TELEMUNDO on Saturday, Feb. 3 at           at its worst.                              Did both deserve shots before they
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE; VH1                4 p.m.                                     There's been some progress over the        were hired, Dungy by Tampa Bay in
AND TELEMUNDO TO AIR SPECIALS                      Tickets for both concerts are     last two decades. It's been far slower     1996 and Smith by Chicago in
         The musical and award-winning    on sale now at ww.Ticketmaster.com         than it should have been, and it took      January 2004? Certainly. But instead
talents of KANYE WEST, JOHN LEG-          or by calling (866) TIX-4NFL (849-         an active hand by former commis-           of whining about life being unfair, they
END, FERGIE, DON OMAR, IVY                4635). The price of the concert tick-      sioner Paul Tagliabue to pull it along.    have done their part to make sure
QUEEN and AVENTURA will be show-          et also includes admission to The          Art Shell and Dennis Green paved           those who come after them will have
cased in the NFL PEPSI SMASH              NFL Experience, the league's pro           the way in the modern era, and             an easier path.
SUPER BOWL CONCERT SERIES                 football interactive theme park.           Dungy took it a step further. Low key      "When you have an opportunity like
slated for Thursday, Feb. 1 and Friday,               The NFL Experience Built       and humble, he would never be the          this, of course you want to take
Feb. 2 in South Florida. Current and       By The Home Depot is open from 3          type to grandstand and bluster about       advantage of it," Bears running back
former NFL players also will be on         p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1       injustice. But he was honest about         Thomas Jones said. "Any time you're
hand.                                      and Friday, Feb. 2. Information pro-      the league's inequalities, and knew        the first person to do anything, regard-
         The series, which includes two    vided by Charesse Chester &               that his success would go a long way       less of your race or anything like that,
concerts, will take place at the Pepsi           Associates, Inc.                    in opening doors for others.               it's special."
Smash Concert Arena located next to                                                  One of those would be Smith,               Smith and Dungy know the responsi-
                                              A Public Relations Firm
                                                                                     Dungy's protege in Tampa Bay. He,          bility they carry. Unlike baseball or
                                                                                     too, led by example.                       basketball, it is still news when a team
      CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TO PERFORM                                                    When the Bears and Colts take the          hires a black coach in the NFL. Even
                                                                                     field in Miami on Feb. 4, men of color     bigger news when a black man is
    IN SUPERBOWL XLI PREGAME SHOW                                                    who dream of being in the center on        hired to run the front office.
                                                                                     the grandest stages will see that the      With every big victory, they remove
                                          Productions will serve as executive        door has been blown wide open. Men         another thorn of prejudice.
                                          producer and director, while White         of color who have been held back,          "I'm happy for both coaches," Colts
                                          Cherry Entertainment, led by Ricky         told in words or deeds that they           defensive end Dwight Freeney said. "I
                                          Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, will serve       weren't good enough, will have not         hope we get to the point we don't
                                          as executive producers. The NFL            one, but two role models as they fight     have to hear about it."
                                          has worked the past three years with       for equal footing.                         The day when a coach's skin is no
                                          both Don Mischer Productions and           "Being the first black coach to lead       longer an issue isn't here yet. But by
                                          White Cherry Entertainment on              this team, of course our players knew      making history together, Smith and
                                          Opening Kickoff and Super Bowl             about it and they wanted to help us        Dungy have brought it a little closer.
       CIRQUE DU SOLEIL                                                              make history," Smith said. "So I feel           NFL.com wire reports
                                          shows.
CONTINUE FROM PAGE 13                              David Saltz of Red Eye Flight
         Don Mischer Productions and      Productions will also serve as pro-
White Cherry Entertainment will pro-      ducer of the pre-game show. Saltz                                                                         SERVING
duce the Super Bowl XLI pregame           has worked with Cirque on their                                                                             THE
show as part of their season-long mar-    Beatles inspired LOVE production                                                                           SOUTH
quee entertainment agreement with the     and has brought them together with                                                                        FLORIDA
NFL. The two companies produced the       Britto for this original Super Bowl per-
                                                                                                                                                  COMMUNITY
NFL Opening Kickoff 2006 special from     formance. Saltz has worked with the
Pittsburgh and the Thanksgiving special   NFL on Opening Kickoff and Super                                                                           FROM
from Kansas City on NFL Network. In       Bowl Halftime the past three years.                                                                     SOUTH MIAMI
addition to the pregame show, they also   I                                                                                                           TO
will produce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI     NFORMATION PROVIDE BY THE                                                                               PALM BEACH
Halftime Show. Don Mischer                SUPER BOWL HOST COMMITTEE.
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                                           SUPER BOWL XLI EVENTS
 CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER TO CO-HOST 2007 SUPER BOWL
                GOSPEL CELEBRATION




     Cedric The Entertainer                        Yolanda Adams                                Fred Hammond                            Hezekiah Walker

    Yolanda Adams, Fred                             Melanie Few, the event's          (Packers), Michael Lehan (Dolphins),     junction with Super Bowl XXXVII week-
 Hammond, Hezekiah Walker                  founder and executive producer,            Derrick Mason (Ravens), Bryant           end. Over the course of his entertain-
                                           made the announcement.                     McKinnie (Vikings), Shawne               ment career, Bowser has held execu-
Among Gospel Icons Teaming                 Additionally, Few announced that                                                    tive positions with Fox Broadcasting
                                                                                      Merriman (Chargers), Jeffery Posey
 With NFL's Elite For All-Star             Kyle Bowser, veteran producer of tel-      (Redskins), Antwaan Randle El            Company, HBO Independent
Concert Sanctioned For Super               evision and live events will serve as      (Redskins), Will Smith (Saints),         Productions, NFL Films and
 Bowl XLI Weekend In Miami                 an Executive Producer of this year's       Donnie Spragan (Dolphins), Max           Philadelphia's MLK Arena.
                                           event. Plans for unveiling a new look      Starks (Steelers) and Troy Vincent       Few commented: "Kyle is an exception-
                                           for the concert, which maintains its       (Redskins).                              al producer and we are poised to
  Kyle Bowser Announced As                 distinguished tradition as the first and                                            seamlessly enhance the production
                                                                                                "Since the event was
  Executive Producer Of 8TH                only Gospel music event sanctioned         launched in 1999, the show has           value of the show by leveraging his tal-
     Annual Gospel Event                   for Super Bowl weekend by the              experienced steady growth year-to-       ent, drive and leadership."
                                           National Football League (NFL) were        year through the support of the NFL,     "I am honored to join Melanie and the
         Atlanta-based entertainment       also announced. Miami's James L.           the entertainment community, nation-     team in continuing the concert's legacy
                                           Knight Center will be the new home         al faith based organizations and our     as the premiere Super Bowl weekend
production company, Results, Inc. today
                                           of the show, which is scheduled for        corporate partners," said Few. "Our      attraction where the players and fans
announced the confirmation of comedi-
                                           Friday, February 2, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.      production team is excited to further    can gather for an inspirational evening
an Cedric The Entertainer as co-host of
                                           and features performances from             that growth with the high caliber        marked by the rich culture of Gospel
the 8th Annual Super Bowl Gospel
                                           Grammy award-winning artists               Gospel artists, NFL players and          Music," said Bowser.
                                           including Yolanda Adams, Fred              Cedric The Entertainer, one of the                The 8th Annual Super Bowl
                                           Hammond and Hezekiah Walker.               original kings of comedy as the driv-    Gospel Celebration is sponsored in part
                                                    Presented by Sam's Club,          ing force behind the memorable           by Greater Fort Lauderdale. Media
                                           the inspirational evening celebrates       moments being planned for this           partners include Ebony Magazine and
                                           the best of the human spirit and was       year's show."                            Sheridan Gospel Network. The Dr.
                                           ranked by USA Today in 2006 as one         8th Annual Super Bowl Gospel             Bobby Jones Gospel Complex for
                                           of the top 3 "must see" events.            Celebration - 2                          Education, Heritage and Presentation is
                                           Additional artists confirmed to date                 In his capacity as Executive   the benefiting charity. For more infor-
                                           include J Moss, Tye Tribbett and Jaci      Producer of the 8th Annual Super         mation on the 8th Annual Super Bowl
                                           Velasquez. Among the NFL players           Bowl Gospel Celebration, Bowser          Gospel Celebration visit www.super-
                                           scheduled for special guest appear-        brings expertise garnered via a          bowlgospelcelebration.com.
                                           ances are: Mike Adams (49ers),             career that has spanned two
                                           Shawn Barber (Eagles), Anquan              decades. Bowser has produced an          INFORMATION PROVIDED BY
                                           Boldin (Cardinals), Andre Davis            impressive roster of television fea-     Diane Powell-Larche'
                                           (Buffalo Bills), Derrick Dockery           tures and specials such as the
                                           (Redskins), Jamin Elliott (Falcons),
                                                                                                                               NFL Super Bowl Gospel
                                                                                      Lifetime original movie, "For One
            Melanie Few                    Demetric Evans (Redskins), Tommie          Night" and the "E! Super Bowl            Publicist
                                           Harris (Bears), William Henderson          Special," which was produced in con-     Larche' Communications
Celebration. Results, Inc. president,


   SUPER BOWL XLI PLAYBOOK FOR                                                               THE JOURNEY: A TRIBUTE TO
      SMALL BUSINESS CONT:                                                                     BLACK HISTORY MONTH
                                                                                               In honor of Black History       cation of the African drum, through the
(                                          for Small Business" is part of the         Month, which is celebrated nation-       early days of jazz, blues and Motown,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13)                    NFL's 8th Annual Small and                 wide each February, the NFL has                  The Journey will follow the
         to be more productive while out   Emerging Business Program, which           partnered with Miami-Dade Park &         rhythms of soul into the hip hop sounds
of the office, and key strategies on       was developed to promote Super             Recreation's Division of Arts and        of today. The Journey is on
managing remote employees, assets,         Bowl-related business opportunities        Culture to host "The Journey," a 90-     Wednesday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. at
and information. The event, presented      to small, minority-, and woman-            minute performance of song and           the Miami Dade County Auditorium.
by Sprint, will be hosted by City of       owned businesses.                          dance designed to celebrate the
Miami Gardens and North Dade                                                                   African-American experience         THE MIAMI GARDENS
Regional Chamber of Commerce and            THIS SMALL BUSINESS WORK-
                                            SHOP SERIES IS SPONSORED                  and its cultural traditions. The show        OBSERVER IS PROUD
held on Tuesday, January 30 from                                                      is a celebration of the art, dance and
Noon to 1:30p.m.                                    BY SPRINT,                                                                        TO SUPPORT
                                            THE SUPER BOWL & CELSIUS                  music of African-Americans through-
         The "Super Bowl XLI Playbook                                                 out history. From the tribal communi-          SUPER BOWL XLI
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
and Festivities at 54th Street
                                               The Three Kings Day
                                                     Parade
                                                                                               "The Story of Little Haiti
                                                                                               Pioneers" Book Launch



                 Miami-Dade County
Mayor Carlos Alvarez participates in the            Miami-Dade County Mayor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade and     Carlos Alvarez participates in the
                                           Three Kings Day Parade, on January                Pictured from left to right:                Pictured from left to right:
Festivities, on January 15, 2007, at NW                                             Michael Spring, Director, Miami-Dade
                                           14, 2007, in Little Havana.                                                           Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos
10th Avenue and NW 54th Street, in                                                  County Cultural Affairs Department;
                                                    The Three Kings Day Parade                                                   Alvarez presents a proclamation to
Miami.                                                                              Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos
                                           has been a traditional event for more                                                 Haitian pioneer Ginette Eugene of
         For 30 years, the Dr. Martin                                               Alvarez; David C. Brown, Author, "The
                                           than 30 years, bringing happiness                                                     Good Samaritan for a Better Life.
Luther King, Jr. Parade and Festivities                                             Story of Little Haiti - Featuring its
Committee, Inc. has coordinated the        and enjoyment to thousands of chil-                                                   Pioneers" or to obtain a copy of the
                                           dren and families. In 1999, a festival   Pioneers"; Roland Jean-Louis, Haitian
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                                                                                               book, please call (305) 416-6868.
                                           was added to the parade creating         Pioneer; and Nadia Pierre, Mayor's
Parade and Festivities, which includes                                                                                                    Good Samaritan for a Better
                                           what is now known as The Three           Aide, Miami-Dade County.
bands, floats and activities.                                                                                                    Life is a non-profit organization under
                                           Kings Parade Day and Festival. The                Miami-Dade County Mayor             the umbrella of Youth South Florida,
                                           event was created to keep the tradi-     Carlos Alvarez participates in "The          Inc., which was founded by twin sisters
    5000 Role Models                       tion alive for Hispanic children who     Story of Little Haiti - Featuring its        Gina and Ginette Eugene with a goal of
                                           live in South Florida. The Parade        Pioneers" book launch, on January 5,         maintaining contact with those in need
      of Excellence                        and Festival is Univision Radio's gift   2007, at the Stephen P. Clark Center,        from Port-au-Prince, Port-de-Paix,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.                to the South Florida community dur-      in Miami.                                    Milot, Grande Riviere du Nord, Cap
                                           ing the holiday season. It has                    Written by David C. Brown           Haitian and Peti-Goave in Haiti.
    Unity Scholarship                                                               and illustrated by Willer Fils Amie,
                                           become one of the top five Hispanic                                                            Through their efforts, Gina and
        Breakfast                          events in the country with attendance    "The Story of Little Haiti - Featuring its   Ginette have been instrumental in
                                           to the event exceeding 500,000.          Pioneers" documents the history of           changing the lives of many children
                                                                                    Little Haiti and Miami's Haitian             from their native home of Haiti, who
                                                    Certificates                    Community, and includes sketches of          lacked the quality of care they
                                                  of appreciation                   some of the founding fathers and trail-      deserved.
                                                                                    blazers in the Haitian community.             (Photos by Benjamin Thacker)
                                                                                    The event also included a display of
                                                                                    artwork by Alexandra Barbot featuring              OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
                                                                                    historical and folkloric scenes in Little          Stephen P. Clark Center
                                                                                    Haiti.                                        111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
                                                                                             For more information about                    (305) 375-5071
                                                                                    "The Story of Little Haiti - Featuring its

         Miami-Dade County Mayor
Carlos Alvarez participates in the 5000
                                                                                                  Thank you for supporting our
Role Models of Excellence Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Unity Scholarship
                                                                                                   Sponsors and Advertisers
Breakfast, on January 15, 2007, at
Parrott Jungle Island, in Miami.
         The 5000 Role Models for
Excellence Project is a dropout preven-
tion intervention program for minority
young boys "at-risk" of dropping out of
school and/or choosing a life of crime.
         The program serves 82
schools, which includes 16 elementary,
34 middle and 32 senior high Miami-
Dade County Public Schools. The
majority of students enter the program             Miami-Dade County Mayor
in middle school and continue activities   Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner
throughout their high school and post-     Jose "Pepe" Diaz present certificates
secondary education years. Primarily,      of appreciation to Raul Estrada and
the program serves children who are        Luis Quintero of the Tamiami Youth
being reared without the benefit of a      Association celebrating the league's
father or a positive male role model.      50th anniversary, on January 13,
 (Photos by Rick Garcia)                   2007, at Tamiami Park.
                                            (Photos by Rick Garcia)
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                                                            FAMILY PAGE
                                                            Parent Corner
                    A Message from            Susan J. Cole Friends of the               the legislative process. Legislators lis-               School & Community
                    your President            Science Fair Chairperson                   ten to their constituents. By exercising                    Happenings…
                                                      Bulling Prevention                 our collected PTA voice we have the                    Calendar of Events 2007
                    Dear PTA Leaders,                   Does anyone know of any          grass roots power and enthusiasm to
                                              PTA/PTSA activities related to bully-      push the Florida PTA agenda through.
                                                                                         Miami-Dade County is scheduled for                       JANUARY
         This eNewsletter is full of          ing prevention? Any successful
                                                                                         March 26th. If you have not already         23      Region I Teacher of the Year
important and informative information         efforts underway in any particular
                                                                                         done so, it's time to start budgeting       Breakfast Celebration-Rusty Pelican
for PTAs, parents, and students.              schools? Just let us know at Bullying
                                                                                         and making your plans for the               24      General Meeting #3:
Please take the time to read about the        Prevention.
                                                                                         Legislative Conference in                   Reflections Celebration at Coral Reef
Legislative Conference. If you are not        Miami Family Magazine would like to
                                                                                         Tallahassee. There will be trans-           Sr. High - 7 PM
sure if your attendance will make a dif-      hear about them. Parents and PTA's
                                                                                         portation available via buses through       26       Region III Teacher of the Year
ference, let me tell you that YES it will!    have a critical role to play in making
                                                                                         Dade County Council PTA/PTSA.               Breakfast Celebration-Location TBD
There is no better time or place to dis-      schools safe. It is our insistence on
                                                                                         The buses will depart Miami on the          27       Super Tax Day, Stephen P.
play the power of one voice for every         seeing programs and results that will
                                                                                         25th and return on the 27th. Other          Clark Gov. Center, 111 NW First Street,
child than Tallahassee during                 get the job done. Kathy and Diane,
                                                                                         details and costs will be made avail-       10:00-4:00pm
Legislative Session. I encourage you          Co-Chairs, Community Task Force
                                                                                         able soon!                                  30      District Teacher of the Year
to contact our Legislative Chair, Marilyn     for Bullying Prevention
                                                                                         Please notify Marilyn Spiegel, DCC          Event - Sheraton Mart
Spiegel with questions or concerns. Her                 -P.S. Who would like to host
email address is in the Legislative           or co-host our next meeting?               Legislative Chair if you are planning                   FEBRUARY
News section of the eNewsletter.              According to a 2002 article in the         on attending (especially if your group      19    No School - All President's Day
         We are also currently getting        American School Board Journal,             includes students).                         TBD   DCC PTA/PTSA Founders Day
ready for our General                         security measures help but do not          Click on LEGISLATIVE CONFER-                Event
Meeting/Reflections Ceremony on the           solve the problem of violence in           ENCE or REGISTRATION FORMS                                MARCH
24th at Coral Reef Sr. If you have            schools. People who are determined         for details.                                3       DCC PTA/PTSA 2nd Annual
never attended our Reflections meet-          to hurt others will find a way to get          College Fair Committee                  Walk-A-Thon - Keep the date open!
ing, you have missed one of the best          around the measures. The research              Members and M-DCPS                      16       No School - Teacher Planning
opportunities to see and experience the       has also shown that no-tolerance                     Colleagues:                       Day
wonderfully artistic talents our students     policies do not work; in fact, some of                                                 26       Florida PTA Region 7
                                                                                                 2007 College Fair being
have to offer.                                these attempts at security can lead to                                                 Legislative Week in Tallahassee, FL
                                                                                         held on Sunday, February 18. For
         Please send in your member-          more violence. According to the                                                        30       No School - Teacher Planning
                                                                                         more information contact.
ship dues and council dues and keep           Journal article, expulsion for any                                                     Day
                                                                                         Jerry Morgan
your PTA/PTSAs in good standing!              hints of violent behavior can lead to
                                                                                         Office of Intergovernmental Affairs,
Very warm regards,                            more incidents of juvenile delinquen-                                                  *Dates and times subject to change.
                                                                                         Grants, Marketing, and Community
                                              cy.
                                                                                         Services
Ivelisse Castro                                         What schools need to do is
                                                                                         305-995-2326
DCC PTA/PTSA                                  educate children about bullying and
President                                     its link to violence. Parents are also a     INFORMATION WAS PROVIDE BY DCC PTA E-NEWELETTER
                                              big part of solving the problem of
                                              school shootings. If they would pay
      PTA/PTSA                                attention and see that their teenagers
                                              are angry and alienated and help
  NEWS & INFORMATION                          them, some shootings might never
Friends of the Science Fair                   happen.
          The South Florida Regional          From the Huntsville Times, Alabama:
Science and Engineering Fair (for
grades 6 through 12) is fast approach-                Local PTA/PTSA
ing. This year, the big event will be
held at Southland Mall, beginning
                                                       Unit Super Star
January 29th. Dade County Council                      Does your PTA/PTSA have a
PTA/PTSA has established the not-for-         Health and/or Safety Chair? Has
profit group, Friends of the Science          your PTA/PTSA held a Health/Safety
Fair, which provides financial and vol-       Program or Event? If so we want to
unteer support for the fair.                  hear from you! Please e-mail us with
          Volunteers needed for January       how you benefited your students,
29-30 at Southland Mall. We need vol-         families, school, and/or community
unteers for T-shirt sales and picture         with your program/event. Please
orders, picture taking, and judging.          email us at Local PTA/PTSA Unit
Please contact Susan Cole Susan J.            Super Star or fax us at 305-259-
Cole to sign up today!                        5084.
          Our biggest fundraiser is the                If your PTA/PTSA held a suc-
sale of science fair display boards to        cessful program or special event and
the schools, which can then be fur-           you want to highlight your PTA/PTSA
nished to the students at a sizeable          on our e-Newsletter please forward
discount over the office supply store         the information and contact person to
price. All profits go directly to support     cscafidi@bellsouth.net
the science fair and the student partici-     Florida PTA 2007 Legislative
pants.                                          Conference - March 26th
          For helpful science fair informa-           Your PTA voice and presence
tion, including interesting project tips      is needed in Tallahassee. The most
and useful links, or to order display         important thing to a legislator is YOU!
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         HEROS IN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA COMMUNITY
                                             celebrates and honors Florida cities,
                                             appointed and elected officials, city             Community Honor's Doc for
                                             employees, and their citizens. It is a
                                             gathering of accomplished, wonderful
                                             people who have made extraordinary
                                                                                                 Being A Humanitarian
                                             contributions.                                                                        walk of faith and service, talks the talk
                                                       As Deputy Vice Mayor for the                                                of total health and wellness for life.
                                             City of Lauderhill, Margaret Bates is
                                             most recognized for the leading the                                                    On November 2006 an event was
                                             community and peers by example.                                                       spearheaded by Peggy Ann Carter,
                                             She has served on the City's                                                          Pastor of Faith, Prayer and Praise
                                             Commission since 1998, but made a                                                     Cathedral, in coordination with
                                             tremendous impact with Lauderhill's                                                   Mandell's wife Missy, his mother Sandi
                                             various Martin Luther King activities                                                 Linder and the Mandell staff. The love
                                             prior to this appointment. She shows                                                  of those Dr. Mandell has served both in
                                             initiative, strength, integrity, and heart                                            his Profession and outside can be
                                             with each and every assignment she                                                    summed up in many words but most
                                             contributes.                                                                          reserved them and shared them on his
 Deputy Vice Mayor Margaret                                                                                                        special night.
                                                        Bates started the Martin
            Bates                            Luther King, Jr. Taskforce of
    The City of Lauderhill                   Lauderhill and also implemented the                                                   "Patients First," a sign displayed in Dr.
                                             Annual Martin Luther King Spelling                                                    Mandell's office was what caught
         Congratulations to our Deputy
                                             Bee. She contributes to the                                                           Marjorie Anderson's eye 12 years ago
Vice Mayor Margaret Bates who was
                                             Lauderhill Women's Club and serves                                                    and has been the dessert which has
recently awarded Council Member of                                                                   Dr. Mandell
                                             as Chair of the Advisory Board for                                                    kept her coming back.
the Year in the 2006 Florida Cities of
Excellence Banquet. This 3rd Annual          the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you           I n time when the doctor-patient rela-
                                             Margaret Bates for your exhausting                                                    Dr. Mandell, a graduate of Life
Gala took place at the Hyatt Regency                                                      tionship is thought by many to be
                                             achievements and congratulations on                                                   Chiropractic in Georgia, holds many
International Airport Hotel in Orlando on                                                 devoid of good bedside manner, with
                                             this tremendous honor!                                                                degrees, including a Master of Science
November 17, 2006. This exciting affair                                                   faint grunts during an examination,
                                                                                                                                   and has dedicated his life to serving
                                                                                          and what seems like little interest or
                                                                                                                                   people beyond just his doctor- patient
                                                                                          concern beyond the office or hospital
                                                                                                                                   role as a regular on WAVS radio, pro-
                                                                                          visit, shines one, Dr. Alan Mandell,
                                                                                                                                   moting health and wellness through the
                                                                                          not only a doctor by Profession but a
                                                                                                                                   airwaves. His passion to reach people
                                                                                          humanitarian.
                                                                                                                                   inspired the creation of a brand of
                                                                                                                                   health messages via his CD's. His
                                                                                          Dr. Mandell has not only served as a
                                                                                                                                   desire is to deliver information into the
                                                                                          Chiropractor in his community for
                                                                                                                                   hands of people to motivate a body,
                                                                                          over 20 years, but the proud sponsor
                                                                                                                                   mind and spirit transformation. His lat-
                                                                                          and supporter of many, many events
                                                                                                                                   est: "Together We Can Move
                                                                                          and activities within the community,
                                                                                                                                   Mountains" is scheduled to be launched
                                                                                          such as little league baseball teams,
                                                                                                                                   over the coming weeks.
                                                                                          local church events, the Cricket
                                                                                          Society, health fairs and concerts.
                                                          HAPPY BIRTHDAY                                                           Honoring a great doctor for his out-
                                                            MRS. DARBY                                                             standing service was the theme of the
                                                                                          One of Mandell's many mottoes: "You
                                                        WISHES FROM LEONA,                                                         November even at Monument of Faith
                                                                                          Can't Live Until You Give," speaks
                                                        THE JAMAICAN FOLK                                                          Ministries, 1956 N.W. 183rd Street,
                                                                                          volumes to how he has chosen to live
                                                        REVUE AND ALL YOUR                                                         Miami Gardens, Florida. The event
                                                                                          before his peers, as well as his staff
                Norma Darby                              LOVE ONES (JAN 29)                                                        drew several hundred well wishers,
                                                                                          and patients. A man who walks the
                                                                                                                                   family and friends.
         Norma Darby is a well-known         Overseas" award, the "Culture
Folklorist and one of the leading author-
ities on Jamaican folk history, music
                                             Keeper" and "Unsung Heroes"
                                             awards from Broward County and
                                                                                                        MRS NORMA DARBY (CONT)
and dance in South Florida. She stud-        was recognized by the Pan-African                     The Jamaican Folk Revue,        Norma Darby's endeavors over the past
ied Music Education and Choral               Community, as an Honorary Griot, -           formed a committee with there only       three decades, perpetuating the aware-
Conducting at Florida International          "Keeper of the Past and Teacher of           goal being to pay tribute to this won-   ness of the Jamaican culture in Miami,
University School of music and has           the Present". She has also appeared          derful woman for her work. A function    makes her one of our unsung heroes.
been associated with several collegiate      on WPBT and WLRN where she                   was held to honor Mrs. Darby for her     The event drew many well wishers,
choral groups.                               shared history and her original folk         efforts and achievements on              family, and friends, among the atten-
         Norma has been a guest              tales and is the Director of Music at        November 2006. This committee was        dees of the event was the Jamaican
speaker and panelist on many cultural        the St. Faith's Episcopal Church.            spearheaded by Hazel G. Nicholson,       Consul General Ricardo Alicock and his
forums and has participated in numer-                 Norma Darby founded and             Hyacinth McBean and Carmen               lovely wife Susan.
ous festivals, including the Sistrunk        currently directs, the Jamaican Folk         Chang.
Historical Festival, the Dade and            Revue, (a group of singers and musi-         .                We believe that
Broward Reading Festivals, the Pan           cians, dedicated to the promotion
African Book fest and the City of Miami      and preservation of Jamaica's rich
                                                                                               IIF YOU THINK YOU KNOW AN UNSUNG HERO IN YOUR
Book Fair. She is a regular visitor to       cultural heritage). Through the                  COMMUNITY. EMAIL A PHOTO AND INFORMATION AND IT
the Dade County Schools, where she           media of song and stories, she has               MAY BE FEATURED IN THE MIAMI GARDENS OBSERVER
imparts history and Folk-tales in the tra-   been able to communicate the history                    SEND IT TO EMAIL: LMINTO8881@AOL.COM
dition of the African "Griot", sharing and   and culture of the Caribbean to the
highlighting their cultural commonali-       youth of the community, providing
ties, with her young audiences.              them not only with a point of refer-
                                                                                               Free Community Newspaper, Thanks To
         Mrs. Darby has been nominat-
ed for several awards, including the
                                             ence, but with pride in their roots and
                                             in the shared heritage of the African
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                                                         INFORMATION
           Jamaica Lost Another                                                          BROWARD CENTER PARTNERS WITH
                                                                                        LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO PRESENT
             Cultural Treasure                                                              JAMAICAN DANCE TROUPE
                                                                                                                                 itage that contributes vibrantly to the
                                                                                                                                 local economy and tourism industry.
                                                                                                                                 This partnership is an investment in our
                                                                                                                                 community's cultural landscape."
                                                                                                                                           The Broward Center's commit-
                                                                                                                                 ment to be inclusive of, and appealing
                                                             The                                                                 to the community and its diversity,
                                                         Honorable                                                               began a few years ago with the staging
                                                                                                                                 of the annual Reggae Soca Music
                                                        Charles Hyatt,                                                           Awards, which is lauded for its high
                                                            O.D.                                                                 production qualities and Hollywood-like
                                                                                                When the acclaimed National      star appeal. Given the success of the
                                                                                      Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica           Awards show, the Center furthered its
                                                                                      (NDTC) takes the stage at the              efforts to land other high-caliber pro-
                                                                                      Broward Center for the Performing          ductions.
                                                                                      Arts Amaturo Theater on February                     An internationally celebrated
                                                                                      10, it will be the first time that the     ensemble, NDTC embodies the move-
                                                                                      internationally acclaimed troupe will      ments of the African Diaspora with the
                                                                                      be performing at the prestigious           history, traditions and heritage of the
                                                                                      venue.                                     Caribbean. From elegant and regal tes-
                                                                                                Having made several appear-      timonies of the Caribbean's colonial his-
         On Monday, January 1, 2007,        remembered for his radio pro-                                                        tory, to the indigenous, soulful and ritu-
                                                                                      ances at other venues in Miami-Dade
Jamaica lost another cultural treasure      grammes - Sunday Souvenirs on                                                        alistic realities of social, political and
                                                                                      and Broward counties, this special
to our Jamaican-Caribbean family:           JBC, the Fortunes of Floralee and in                                                 spiritual commentary, NDTC deals with
                                                                                      benefit performance is the result of a
Outstanding Jamaican actor, theatrical      recent years, Its Charlie's Time.                                                    the realities of acculturation in Jamaica
                                                                                      uniquely innovative collaboration
director, emcee, comedian and broad-                 He also played his role in the                                              and globally; wherever Jamaicans and
                                                                                      between the Broward Performing Arts
caster, Charles Hyatt, 75.                  print media. In 1986 he became the                                                   other Caribbean people have settled. In
                                                                                      Center, Jamaica Awareness, Inc. and
         Mr. Hyatt died at the Palm Bay     editor of the Arts and Entertainment                                                 its colorful history, NDTC has presented
                                                                                      the Jamaican Diaspora Southern U.S.
Community Hospital in Florida Monday        section of the Jamaica Herald and in                                                 Jamaica around the world through
                                                                                      The partnership reflects a vision for
morning after a long bout of illness.       1989 he published a book with short                                                  dance. It comes to the Broward
                                                                                      community building, a commitment to
         The actor, broadcaster, author     stories on his life as a child-When me                                               Center on February 10 with a new
                                                                                      inclusion and diversity, and a desire
and comedian was a household name           was a boy.                                                                           repertoire of works by established and
                                                                                      for greater collaboration for building
and was full of love and laughter.                   Charles Hyatt was on several                                                emerging choreographers, who are also
                                                                                      cultural projects for the benefit of
         It was well known that his first   occasions recognized for his contri-                                                 responsible for the Company's new
                                                                                      Jamaican and broader communities
love was radio and he started at Radio      bution to the world of theatre and                                                   mode of operation and direction,
                                                                                      in South Florida.
Jamaica with a programme called             music and was a recipient of the                                                     embracing renewal and continuity.
                                                                                                "The Broward Center is
"Poppy Show".                               National Order of Distinction
                                                                                      delighted to enter into this collabora-
                                                     A Memorial Service was held
         Shortly after, he moved on to
                                            for the Hon. Charles Hyatt, O.D. on
                                                                                      tive partnership. Consistent with our      Tickets can be purchased
the then Jamaica Broadcasting                                                         mission, we strive to be a leader in
Corporation (JBC) and went on air with      Monday, January 8, 2006, 1:00 pm,                                                      through the Broward
                                                                                      promoting cultural events to our
the Early Morning Man show.                 in Palm Bay, Florida at the Our Lady
                                                                                      increasingly diverse community with           Center box office or
         While at JBC he created and        of Grace, 300 Malabar Road
                                            Southeast, Palm Bay, FL 32907 .
                                                                                      an emphasis on fostering a coopera-                 online at
performed the comedy radio show                                                       tive spirit and positively impacting the
"Here Comes Charlie".                                In lieu of flowers monetary
                                                                                      local economy and community," stat-
                                                                                                                                  www.browardcenter.org
                                            donations was made to the Blue
         Charlie also made his mark in
                                            Mountain Productions (PO Box
                                                                                      ed Mark Nerenhausen,                       <http://www.browardcen-
the national Pantomime, and in 1959                                                   President/CEO, Broward Center for
he received his first "Best Actor" award,   101034, Palm Bay, FL 32910-1034)                                                               ter.org/
                                                                                      the Performing Arts. "The Jamaican
having performed in 14 consecutive          towards the establishment of a schol-
                                                                                      community has a rich culture and her-         Patrons holding VIP
pantomimes.                                 arship at the Jamaica School of
                                            Drama in his name.                                                                   Brown, The Mighty Sparrow, Calypso
         The following year he left
                                                                                                                                 Rose, with MC's Mike Aitchesom and
Jamaica and headed to the UK when
                                            For more information about                                                           Cleve Osborne both from Radio WAVS
he was selected for a British Council
                                                                                                                                 1170 AM.
Bursary. He went to study at the            the scholarship, please con-
                                                                                                                                          Horace Forbes thank the fol-
Theatre Royal in Windsor, England.          tact Vauna Hyatt, President,                                                         lowing sponsors that made the concert
         Charlie, on his return to          Blue Mountain Productions                                                            a success Dr. Alan Mandell , Pepperpot
Jamaica in 1974, at the request of the
JBC and in his quest for the sun,
                                            at 321-951-9974.                                                                     Restaurant since 1977 (Donovan Lee),
                                                                                                                                 Seven Jerk Machine Restaurants (Mr. &
returned to the microphone and will be
                                                                                                                                 Mrs. Malcolm), Western Union, Antilles
                                                                                                                                 Freight Corp (Joseph Rhoden), Markon
                                                                                                 Harace Forbes
                                                The Miami Gardens                                                                Realty Management (Maria Kong), Air
                                                                                                                                 Jamaica, The Patty Place, Lenders
                                                      Observer                                Horace Forbes crooning to
                                                                                                                                 Financial Mortgage, Sara Lawrence
                                                                                      the romantic song "It 's Impossible"
                                               is a proud sponsor of                  on stage Coral Springs Center For          (Attorney), Leasea Industries Company
                                              The Jamaican Diaspora                   The Arts, Coral Spring, on November        (George Yapp), Caribbean Ocean Corp
                                                                                      2006 during "A Thanksgiving Musical        (Ossie & Dean Osborne), WAVS Radio,
                                                     information                      Extravaganza" which featured The           Aunt I's Three Restaurants, Transaction
                                               www.diaspora.org.jm                    Manhattans, Ray, Goodman and               Reality Group (Keith Vernon) and Hi-
                                                                                                                                 Class Promotions (Lady C).
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                                                            REAL ESTATE
                                              WINNING THE REAL ESTATE WAR:
                                              10 TIPS FROM HOME STAGERS
                                TO HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME FASTER FOR A PREMIUM PRICE!
                                                         You want buyers to imagine       kitchen, piled high with mail, maga-        dull and sterile," says the home stager
                                               themselves living in your home, not        zines, books and groceries. If your         Gould. "Flowers and plants are good
                                               to feel like a guest in it. So stash       furniture dates from the Mulroney era,      for that, candles help too."
                                               anything connected to your family or       consider packing it away and renting                  While there is a lot to consider
                                               personal interest. Hide your son's         a few modern, stylish pieces or bor-        when staging your home for sale, by
                                               hockey trophies, store family photos,      rowing a couple of well-chosen              applying all these tips the final results
                                               remove all traces of day-to-day life.      pieces of wall art. "Keep it clean and      can be stunning. Remember, no matter
                                               "If someone goes into the bathroom,"       simple," says Cater, "like a hotel          how beautifully decorated your home
            PATRICK BAILEY                     says home stager Gould, "and the           room or the show room for a new             may be, its true value hinges on practi-
          LIC. REAL ESTATE BROKER
                                               rim of the tub is covered with sham-       house."                                     cal considerations i.e., how much
           LIC. MORTGAGE BROKER
                                               poo bottles while people's tooth-                   9. Light me up                     space it offers, the neighborhood, how
               From the April/May 2005         brushes are lying around the sink, it's             The brighter and sunnier a         may bedrooms and bathrooms it has.
issue of Money Sense Magazine - Julie          hard for that person to imagine that       space, the easier it is to sell. Start by   Your job is to make sure that, aside
Cazzin                                         this could be his or her bathroom.         investing in a good window-cleaning         from these considerations, you home
          Now you can learn the secrets        The buyer becomes very conscious           service. Stagers say clean windows          will appeal to as may people as possi-
that home professionals use to special-        of being in someone else's environ-        let in as much as thirty percent more       ble. Make your home a clean canvas
ize in knowing what motivates potential        ment. That won't get you an offer."        light than grimy ones. Then thor-           for perspective buyers so they can
buyers. John Carter, co-founder of                       4. Keep it fresh                 oughly clean the shades on your light       paint their own masterpiece.
DEKORA, a home-staging firm, along                       Barb Schwarz, president of       fixtures, change light bulbs and add                         BIO
with other home professionals - many           Staged Homes, has been staging             floor lamps if an area seems dim.           Patrick Bailey has over a decade of
of them former decorators or real estate       homes for thirty years and she says        Dump those energy saving sixty watt         real estate and mortgage financing
agents - knows how to get top value for        a disturbing number of home sellers        bulbs and go with higher wattage            experience in not only the Lauderhill
your biggest possession. They use all          don't realize that their home…um,          lights for maximum illumination.            community, but as well as the entire
the tricks of the trade to help homeown-       smells. "There's nothing worst than        Finally, when it comes time to show         Florida Region. He is a realtor that
ers come out on top in the perpetual           stepping into a house that smells of       your home, make sure all the lights         works for you and takes the time to
battle between buyers and sellers.             smoke or pet odors," says Schwarz.         are on. "Hallways especially should         manage your biggest investment, and
"Getting a house ready to live in and          The easy solution is to keep your          be it," says home stager Hall. "When        the best part of all is that service does-
getting a house ready to sell are two          windows open for ten minutes a day.        those are dark, it gets depressing for      n't stop at closing. He is an active
totally different things," says Cater.         This strategy works better than            buyers going from room to room."            member of the Realtor Association of
"Decorating is about making a home             deodorizers, since a lot of people                10. Add a touch of humanity          Greater Ft. Lauderdale, the National
comfortable for you and your family;           have allergies to artificial room fresh-            A couple of planters on your       Association of Realtors, the Society of
staging a home is about merchandising          eners. The oldest trick of all? -          front porch, a vase of flowers on your      Commercial Realtors, and the South
properties. It involves making a house         Leave chocolate chip cookies baking        dining room table, even a simple rose       Broward Board of Realtors. He also
clean and clutter free so people can           in the oven. Yes, it's hokey, but the      in a bud vase can warm up a room.           serves our community as a Public
connect with the home. Done right, it          smell does do wonders to help buy-         This is where you can let some your         Notary, is The Grand Senior Deacon of
helps your place sell faster and for           ers bond with your home.                   creativity show through. "You want to       the Florida District Grand Lodge #1,
more money."                                   5. Declare war on grime                    get away from making rooms seem             and is a director on the Human Rights
          Home stagers perform their                     Cleanliness helps put a                                                      Board of Broward County.
magic by playing up the best features          buyer's mind at ease since it sug-
of your house and minimizing the worst;        gests that you've probably taken
hence this is what you need to do to           good care of your residence in other
your home, so that it stands out from          ways as well. So clean everything:
the rest. Whether it involves taking on        walls, door handles, light fixtures and
the challenge yourself, or hiring a            pantry cupboards. The idea in the
stager to do it for you, this is what          buyer's mind is that anything that
works!                                         looks clean, looks newer.
          John Cater along with other
home stagers has shared their 10 best          6. Hire a handyman
tips to getting top dollar for your home,                  Dripping faucets, cracked
so sit back and listen up:                     tiles, and mouldy caulking around the
          1. Make an impression                bathtub can knock thousands of dol-
          Prospective buyers make up           lars off the price of your home. "I
their minds about your house even              have a lot of clients who say, 'Well,
before they get out of the car. To             that's a little problem, the buyer can
ensure they have the right idea, clean         deal with it,' says Gould, who makes
up your yard, rake the leaves, and             a practice of walking through sellers'
shovel the snow, and sweep driveways           homes and compiling a list of what
and porches. Get out the rags and              needs to be fixed. "And I say, 'No, if
cleansers and spend thirty minutes             it's a little thing, then we should deal
scouring your front door, porch, railings      with it.'"
and steps. Then tuck away all your                         7. Color it up
recycling cans and bins at the back of                     Your single best investment
the house. Debra Gould, who owns the           may be a fresh coat of paint in key
Six Elements home-staging firm, says it        areas of your home. "Paint your
is important to avoid planting negative        front door and put some urns with
associations in buyers' minds.                 brightly colored flowers on your front
          2. Unclutter                         step or just inside the entryway,"
          Clutter eats equity, say stagers.    says Jane Hall, designer and owner
So purge your closets, empty cup-              of The Voice of Color. "Those things
boards, box up all small appliances.           make a house seem cared for, differ-
Rent a storage locker to keep what you         ent and important."
want, then toss the rest. "I'll give stor-                 8. Reduce furniture
age boxes to my clients and tell them to                   An easy way to create a
edit, edit, edit," says Theodore Babiak,       sense of space is to get rid of some
a real estate agent. "I suggest they           furniture. Moving a sofa and end
take some of their books off the               tables into storage can give a small
shelves, reduce the number of CD's or          room some much-needed breathing
DVD's, and pare everything down."              space. So too can storing the table
          3. Impersonal works                  and chairs that normally sit in your


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                                                                    SPORTS
                                                                                      In another area of Event                  nobody can afford to lapse in their
       The Countdown To The                                                                    Management, 4,500 volun-
                                                                                      teers are now in training for a number
                                                                                                                                responsibilities. A television audience
                                                                                                                                of 2.2 billion people - of varying back-
                                                                                      of roles during ICC CWC 2007. They
      Opening Ceremony OF ICC                                                         will be among the most important
                                                                                                                                grounds and speaking a diversity of
                                                                                                                                languages - will be observing how we
                                                                                      ambassadors for the Event and we          in the Caribbean respond to the many
       Cricket World Cup 2007                                                         anticipate that they will do the region
                                                                                      proud during this once-in-a-lifetime
                                                                                                                                challenges; how our visitors enjoy
                                                                                                                                themselves; what kind of legacy is left
         The Opening Ceremony of ICC        World Cup Ever has intensified even       assignment.                               after the winning boundary is struck or
Cricket World Cup 2007 is now just 44       further as we turned our calendars                 Overall, we are on track but,    the last wicket falls.
days away.                                  over to the year 2007.                    as has been repeated several times,       We have 44 days to get it right. GO TO
         The start of Warm-up matches                In Venue Development, work       there is still much to be done and        WWW.CRICKETWORLDCUP.COM
is even closer - a mere 39 days to go.      on the 12 stadium continues, with the
It has been a long and challenging jour-    temporary or overlay elements taking
ney for the Caribbean, especially for       shape on schedule.
those closely connected with the Event,               As a follow-up to last
and the reality that it is now upon us is   November's ICC Venue Tour, a small-
a moment for sobering excitement.           er group of officials will visit each
The world cannot wait for the games to      Host Venue, starting in Antigua &
begin - literally.                          Barbuda on January 29, to check on
         The top 16 teams in interna-       specific matters and finalize tourna-
tional cricket will all have arrived here   ment-related details.
by March 2, eager to vie for the sport's             Meanwhile, CWC's Event
most prestigious trophy against the         Management Department is currently
scenic backdrop of nine regional Host       working with the Local Organizing
Venues. Thousands of fans from more         Committees (LOCs) on Match Day
than a hundred countries will be flock-     Operations Integration and
ing to the Caribbean's shores to soak       Communication Exercises. Feedback
up not just the on-field drama but the      indicates that this is proving a price-
passion and fun associated with life in     less undertaking and showing just
this tropical nook. They are coming for     how ready the Host Venues are.
the cricket but they will definitely want            The timely hosting of a
to stay for the party!                      regional One-Day fixture between
         We, who call this region home,     Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana on
are beginning to envisage dreamy                     January 17, allowed staff at
images of fans jumping to their feet at     Queen's Park Oval to test their Match
Warner Park in St. Kitts & Nevis or cel-    Day operations in a 'live' setting.
ebrating another boundary at                Such simulations will continue into
Beausejour in Saint Lucia.                  February with St. Vincent & the
         Here at ICC Cricket World Cup      Grenadines LOC having the opportu-
West Indies 2007 Inc. our commitment        nity of a Match Day dry-run by host-
and resolve to deliver the Best Cricket     ing the February 17 final of the
                                            regional One-Day competition.



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