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Wishes
Jamaica A Happy 50th
Independence
August 6, 1962 - 2012

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Weekly NEWS & INFORMATION
AUGUST  2012

JAMAICA DIASPORA TO CELEBRATE NATION’S 50th ANNIVERSARY  SOUTH FLORIDA JUBILEE GALA EXPECTED TO BE GRANDEST OF ALL 

            On Saturday, August 18, 2012 the Jamaican communities in greater Miami, Atlanta, New York City and elsewhere will hold official galas to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th year as a nation.

            Expected to be the grandest of them all is the South Florida gala under the auspices of the Honorable Sandra Grant-Griffiths, Consul General of Jamaica, Southeastern USA. The Consulate General Office is based in Miami.        

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 CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS
MAYOR & COUNCIL
SWEARING IN CEREMONY
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 at 6:30pm


 


Thousands ready to Celebrate Jamaica's Independence and Olympic Gold at
Miramar Regional Park

 

South Florida's celebration of Jamaica's 50th independence anniversary will climax at the staging of the annual Jamaica Independence & Cultural Celebration (JICC), scheduled for Sunday, August 5 from noon. to 10:00 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Thousands are anticipated to attend the event which promises exciting entertainment, interactive activities and a variety of delicious Jamaican food, guaranteed to deliver amusement for the entire family.

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SUPERINTENDENT CARVALHO UNVEILS M-DCPS’ NEW BUS FLEET

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho unveiled the school district’s new bus fleet this morning at the school district’s bus depot.  

The 255 new, clean-diesel buses are high-efficiency vehicles that will reduce the school district’s carbon footprint, replace older buses and bring fuel consumption and maintenance costs down.  The air-conditioned buses feature a unique frontal framework that gives drivers better visibility.  Disc brakes and anti-lock brakes provide for added student safety.

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Keep it Safe When You Head
Back to School

As another school year begins, the American Red Cross has steps that everyone can take to make the trip back to the classroom safer.

“When kids go back to school, parents should make sure the child knows his or her home phone number and address, parents’ work contact information, how to get in touch with another trusted adult and how to dial 9-1-1,” said Dr. David Markenson, chair of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and pediatric expert.

“Parents should also teach their children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from someone they don’t know,” Markenson added.

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SIX FINALISTS VIE FOR MIAMI-DADE'S
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will host the 2013 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year luncheon to name the most outstanding teacher throughout the District on Friday, Feb. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s Legends Ballroom.  The resort is located at 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., Doral. 

The six finalists, the regions they represent and their schools are listed as follows:

  • North – Leticia Bacallao, Meadowlane Elementary
  • North Central – Alexandre Lopes, Carol City Elementary
  • South Central – Rebecca Manzanas, Dr. Manuel Barreiro Elementary
  • South – Dr. Thomas Uhle, Centennial Middle
  • ETO – Mia LaFrance, Dr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8
  • Adult/Alternative – William Derr, South Dade Adult Education Center

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VMBS Receives Independence Proclamation from the City of Miami


Mrs Sandra Grant Griffiths, Consul General of Jamaica (C) takes pleasure in presenting Proclamation to Ms. Suzette Rochester, Manager, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) - Florida Representative Office, as part of the celebration of Jamaica's 50th Independence Celebrations on behalf of the City of Miami. The special visit by the Consul General at the Representative Office came on the heels of the recently held Launch of Jamaica's 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration Activities, where VMBS was the title sponsor. The Independence Celebration is being spearheaded by the Office of the Consul General and one item of note is a Grand Gala slated in August 2012 for the Jamaican Diaspora and friends of the Diaspora. According to Rochester, the involvement of VMBS in the Independence Celebration is very timely as the Society has been assisting many Jamaican's at home and abroad in achieving their financial independence by providing saving and mortgage opportunities in Jamaica since 1878. Also sharing in the momentous occasion is Ms. Sherene Lingo, Customer Service Associate, VMBS (R).
 

 

Coffee and a Chat” Meet and Greet series with Commissioner Davis   

Friday, August 3 from
8AM-11AM. 

City of Miramar Commissioner Alexandra Davis is pleased to continue her meet and greet series known as “A Coffee and a Chat” with your Commissioner. Keeping in line with her efforts to bring City Hall to the people, she will be visiting area coffee houses from the Historic Eastern sections of Miramar to the far western regions, meeting with residents and providing them updates on the City as well as listening to and addressing their concerns.

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BRAZILIAN COMMUNITY IN BROWARD CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY
Inauguration of new Community Center and Voter Registration Drive 

Pompano Beach, FL – The Brazilian community in Broward County will celebrate their Independence Day with the inauguration of their new community space in Pompano Beach. During the event, the Brazilian Community Center and the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), together with other organizations, will launch their civic engagement program, “Florida New American Voter” promoting voter registration among Brazilians.  

This is an opportunity for Brazilians to show our will to integrate and participate in the American civic life,” says Urbano Santos, Director of the Brazilian Community Center. “Our community is growing, but we won’t grow in power until Brazilians vote and participate. At the Community Center, we want eligible Brazilian to become citizens, register to vote and run for office.” 

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City Year Miami to Celebrate
5th Annual Opening Day Ceremony

Miami, Florida (August 24, 2012) - On Friday, September 7, 2012, City Year Miami will celebrate its 5th annual Opening Day ceremony with 185 diverse and dedicated young leaders who will pledge to ‘give a year. change the world.' in Miami-Dade County schools and communities. City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that unites diverse teams of young people for a year of full-time service in the nation's highest-need schools, will serve in 15 schools this year. City Year Miami will hold its Opening Day Ceremonies at 6:00pm in Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Chapman Center, Room 3210.

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FLORIDA MEN’S MINISTRY FIGHTS ‘WAR ON BLACK BOYS’ WITH 360-DEGREE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR POTENTIAL MENTORS
- Kit serves as train-the-trainer tool for men serving
at-risk boys -

WEST PARK, Fla. – Only 41 percent of black boys graduate from high school in the United States and more than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives.* Elder Mathes Guice, director of the Men’s Ministry at South Florida’s Koinonia Worship Center and president of the Practitioners Technical Institute (PTI), considers these facts evidence of a ‘war on our boys.’  “We are seeing more young black men leave the classroom, resulting in delinquency, unemployment and imprisonment. We’re not fighting for our boys, and therefore, we’re losing them.” Most ministries targeting at-risk boys develop programming to keep kids engaged and off the streets.  

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How to prepare for
DREAMer Deferred Action

 

The Department of Homeland Security is offering provisional legal status to certain immigrant youth under a "deferred action" program. We expect DHS will start accepting applications on August 15. For complete eligibility requirements, click here.  

 

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Lauderhill Commissioner
Ken Thurston to Host the
Lease Lauderhill Bus Tour

As a long time business owner and a City Commissioner, Ken Thurston understands how commerce is a vital component to a fiscally healthy community.  To help small business owners relocate or open their doors in Lauderhill, Commissioner Thurston is leading his third Lease Lauderhill Bus Tour on Thursday, August 16th, from 1 pm – 5 pm. The bus tour will depart from City Hall (5581 W. Oakland Park Boulevard).  

The Lease Lauderhill Bus Tour will bring attendees on a tour of the City that will include visits to several successful office and retail commercial properties with vacancies. During the ride, attendees will learn about Lauderhill’s redevelopment plans and small business incentives.   

“The Bus Tour will allow those in attendance to network with other like-minded business owners as well as learn about the City, County, State, and Federal government programs that can assist with expansions and/or relocations,” states tour coordinator, Commissioner Thurston.   

To secure a seat on the tour, please call Brittany at 954-777-2040 or email bhubbard@lauderhill-fl.gov. The event is FREE and open to the public. The Lease Lauderhill Bus Tour is sponsored by CBRE, the Lauderhill Mall, the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Promenade at Inverrary, and the City of Lauderhill.
 

AUGUST  2011

 

DON'T MISS THE BACK TO SCHOOL
HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR
AUGUST 6TH AT
THE BETTY T. FERGUSON
                    RECREATIONAL COMPLEX

BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY SPONSORED BY COUNCILWOMAN LISA DAVIS AND THE LAKE LUCERNE COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

 Back to School
 (Book Bags and Supplies)
Giveaways
 

For: Lake Lucerne Residents - School age children
 (East of N.W. 27th Avenue) 

Date: Saturday, August 20th, 2011,
from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

Where: Robert Renick Educational Center
 (by the football field)

2201 NW 207 Street

Miami Gardens, FL 33056 

Refreshments/Balloons/Face-Painting/Sack Racing/Music Entertainment 

Contact Info:  Pastor Mary McCoy (305) 620 - 8658 or Jennifer (305) 318 - 6511

Sponsors:

Lake Lucerne Community Neighborhood Watch Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis, Seat 2, City of Miami Gardens Neighborhood Community Donations (needed)

 

Jamaican Diaspora Launches Celebrations for Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Independence 

(Miami, FL    August 8, 2011)—City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, and Jamaica’s Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths will host a ceremonial launch “Jamaica 50” to begin preparations for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Jamaica’s anniversary of Independence.  The event will take place on Monday, August 8th at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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(BPRW) Baptist health south florida PARTICIPATES IN THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS JOB FAIR

- Set for Tuesday, August 23 at the James L. Knight Center - 

(BLACK PR WIRE) – CORAL GABLES, FL (AUGUST  22, 2011) – Committed to ending joblessness in our communities, Baptist Health South Florida (Baptist Health), the region’s largest private, not-for-profit healthcare organization, will be a key participant at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Job Fair. The event takes place on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The host is Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), of the 17th District of Florida.

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Miss Congo Appointed
Ambassador For Peace

Join us to welcome Ms. Odiane Lokako to Miami on August 4, 2011. Ms. Lokako was crowned Miss Congo Beauty Queen in 2003 and she was first runner-up in the Miss Central Africa Beauty Pageant. Since her coronation, she has worked tirelessly as a powerful advocate for victims of HIV / AIDS, women survivors of gender based violence, and peace and security in her home country. 

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NEWLY CROWNED MISS JAMAICA UNIVERSE DEPARTS FOR BRAZIL REPRESENTING JAMAICA IN MISS UNIVERSE 2011 FINAL COMPETITION

Jamaican Counsel General and prominent Jamaicans host event for
Shakira Martin, August 22
nd

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MIRAMAR COMMISSIONER ALEXANDRA DAVIS’S LEAGUE OF CLERGY MEETING 

City of Miramar Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis has organized a League of Clergy comprised of area religious leaders from various faiths and will be holding her second meeting on Friday, August 19th 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Christway Baptist Church, 3800 S. Douglas Rd, Miramar 33025.  

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYOR CARLOS A. GIMENEZ TO HOST BUDGET TOWN HALL MEETINGS  

This week’s meetings taking place at Little Haiti Cultural Center and Aventura Government Center; Town Hall at Hialeah Senior High School rescheduled to August 23 

(MIAMI, August 1, 2011) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is hosting a series of Budget Town Hall Meetings, where residents will be able to ask Mayor Gimenez and staff about the proposed Fiscal Year 2011-2012 County budget, www.miamidade.gov/budget

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JAMAICA'S 49TH INDEPENDENCE &
CULTURAL CELEBRATION

AT MIRAMAR REGIONAL PARK

The highly anticipated staging of Jamaica's 49th Independence & Cultural Celebration (JICC) is scheduled for Sunday, August 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Exhilarating entertainment, interactive activities and a variety of delicious Jamaican food, are guaranteed to deliver enjoyment for the entire family.

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DAC Hosts Summer Arts
Touring Series!
 

South Florida – Miami Dade’s premier arts advocacy organization, Diaspora Arts Coalition is proud to announce their Annual Summer Arts Workshop Series.  The Master Arts Summer Workshop Touring Series gives youth throughout Miami Dade County the opportunity to learn the arts and the business of the arts first-hand from a professional, practicing artist who will travel to a neighborhood park or summer camp location and conduct a one hour, interactive performing arts workshop/demo.   Beginning Tuesday, July 5th and continuing thru Friday, August 5th, 2011,   Workshops will take place at various parks/summer camps throughout Miami Dade County between the hours of 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  The workshops will cover a variety of performing arts genres, including: Dance, Music, Poetry and Drama.   

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Calder Casino & Race Course Donates $25,000 to the Red Cross

 Miami, FL  – Calder Casino & Race Course showed its continued partnership and support with the American Red Cross with a $25,000 donation in support of the Red Cross AmeriCorps program, whose members respond to local disasters and teach our community to prepare for and prevent disasters.

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PRINCE ADERELE PERFORMS WITH THE POWER OF “LOVE”

International visiting artist and choreographer Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele will take the stage at 9 p.m. this Friday, August 19th at The Burgundy Room for an exciting foray into rhythmic explorations with Miami Jazz impresario Jenny Love & The Power.  Joining intense and sacred African percussion sounds with the classic jazz gymnastics of Love is sure to make for a unique experience for music enthusiasts.   

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 The City of Lauderhill 
Community Awareness Day 2011

Vice Mayor Howard Berger's Annual Community Awareness Day Resource and Health air will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 10:00am - 2:00pm at Veterans Park (7600 NW 50 St. Lauderhill.) This FREE annual event attracted over 400 attendees, in addition to the 60+ vendors/exhibitors from community organizations, volunteers, performers and staff. The City of Lauderhill and its community partners will offer a wide array of health, wellness, screenings, information, and activities.

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Miramar Hosts Hoop-It-Up
 World Championships
 

Hoop-It-Up World Championships, the popular 3-on-3 basketball tournament, will be played at the Miramar Town Center located at 2200 Civic Center Place on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.   

Team titles and cash prizes are up for grabs for all adult competitive divisions. 

Funds raised from the tournament will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

For registration information, go to HoopItUp.com or
call 866-997-PLAY (7529)
 

CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS & GREATER MIAMI GARDENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS THE 4TH ANNUAL BUSINESS EXPO

                       The City of Miami Gardens Code Compliance Division has partnered with the Greater Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce to host the 4th Annual Business Expo on Thursday, August 11, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199 Street Miami Gardens.

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District 1 interns to complete Commissioner Jordan’s Summer Youth Internship Initiative Program with ceremony at Don Shula Hotel

MIAMI, Fl – The 27 recruits that started Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan’s annual Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII) eight weeks ago will celebrate the program’s completion on Friday, August 12, 2011 at the Don Shula Hotel, 6842 Main Street, in Miami Lakes during a special luncheon. The luncheon, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., will include Commissioner Jordan, the student interns, and the business partners involved in the program.

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 LOCAL  COMMUNITY EVENT 

Back To School Green Fest:
Planting Seeds for Education
 
FREE

National PTA's Urban Family Engagement Initiative invites you to join us for our third annual Back to School Event.  

We have partnered with Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Urban Greenworks and others to bring an awesome  Back to School GreenFest: Planting Seeds for Education event to the community.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2011

Beenie Man Celebrates his "All White"

 Birthday Celebration @ MADHOUSE

Rockers Island does it again by being the first to bring back the King of Dancehall, Beenie Man, to South Florida. Friday August 19, 2011 The King of Dancehall, Beenie Man, does it big and pure for his big All White "Birthday" celebration at Madhouse Opium Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood FL.


 

BEENIE MAN ALL WHITE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Beenie Man is a man who created a mold in the dancehall business and has done his best to put and keep dancehall reggae on the map. Yes he is known to be the King of Dancehall, but his crazy outfits and dancing skills keep everyone, especially the ladies wanting more. Due to Beenie Man not having a working Visa, seeing his performance skills will not take place. However this will not stop Beenie Man from partying with his friends, family and fans. Before you know it, he will be out on the dance floor showing off his dancing skills; which makes seeing him up, close and personal an unforgettable night. This is Beenie’s first official appearance in South Florida, pop up visits from celebrity friends are well expected through out the night.

Since the announcement of Beenie returning to the U.S., it only brought excitement to the dancehall scene. This is the time for those die hard fans that have truly missed Beenie Man to come out and welcome him back to South Florida. What better way to bring back one of Dancehall top Reggae artist then by doing a pure white birthday celebration.

Ladies in WHITE are Free before 11pm

Waste No Time | Tickets Are Now Available
All AUNT I's Locations
Pre-Sold tickets $25
VIP $45

Doors open at 10pm to 6am

Weekly NEWS & INFORMATION
AUGUST  2010

MIAMI-DADE IS READY FOR ELECTION DAY
ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 24th
 

(MIAMI – August 20, 2010) – As Early Voting concludes this Sunday, August 20th, the Miami-Dade Elections Department is now ensuring polling places are ready to accommodate voters on Election Day and reminds voters to come prepared.                    

The Supervisor of Elections reminds voters that:  

  • Tuesday is Election Day
  • Unlike during Early Voting, they must go to their assigned polling place, which is listed on their Voter Information Card
  • Voters must bring a photo ID with a signature to vote
  • Polls are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • The sample ballot is available on the Department’s website by clicking “Sample Ballot”
  • Miami-Dade Elections ensures all eligible voters their right to vote. Any person who believes that he/she is eligible to vote, but who is not deemed eligible by polling place personnel, can always vote a provisional ballot, which will be considered by the Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board.

For more information, call 3-1-1 or log on to www.miamidade.gov/elections
 

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WITH
 KENDRICK MEEK ON MONDAY

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - President Bill Clinton will make appearances at three South Florida rallies on Monday to stump for Kendrick Meek's United States Senate campaign.  

PALM BEACH
August 16, 2010
RALLY FOR KENDRICK MEEK WITH PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON


Pompey Park   
1101 Northwest 2nd Street
Delray Beach, Florida 33444  

BROWARD
August 16, 2010
RALLY FOR KENDRICK MEEK WITH PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON


Signature Grand
6900 W State Road 84
Davie, FL 33317 

MIAMI-DADE
August 16, 2010
RALLY FOR KENDRICK MEEK WITH PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON

Olympia Theater At The Gusman Performing Arts Center
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131

Free Priority Tickets Available Here

http://www.kendrickmeek.com/billclinton

Or Call (877) 354-6335 For Distribution Locations

**Please Limit Personal Items. No Bags or Large Signs Permitted.
 

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

The American Diabetes Association
First Family Fun Day
,
 Saturday, August 28, 2010,
 Noon - 2pm,
at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park,
 11395 SW 79 Street, Miami, FL.


For more information, please contact
Jessica Wendorf at (305) 477-8999 x3012, or via email at jwendorf@diabetes.org

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2010
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

7th Annual Back-to-School
WELLNESS DAY
Miami Dade College
9am - 3pm

 

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT

All attendees must register in order to participate.

Weekly NEWS & INFORMATION
August  2009

Miami Landmark to be illuminated in

 Jamaican colors for Independence

 

In commemoration of Jamaica's 47th anniversary of Independence, the Bank of America tower in downtown Miami will illuminate in the colors of the Jamaican flag - black, green and gold, this Friday (Aug. 7) at dusk.

The 47-floor Miami landmark, located at International Place, will remain lit throughout the weekend until midnight on Sunday (Aug. 9) as a tribute to the Jamaican Diaspora here in South Florida in celebration of the nation's Independence.  Every night as of Friday, through Sunday, the building will illuminate in the colours of the Jamaican flag.  

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