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Miami Gardens

KaBOOM! Names Miami Gardens Among 151 "Playful City USA" Communities WASHINGTON, D.C. – With only 1-in-5 children in the U.S. currently living within walking distance of a park or playground, 151 cities and towns, including Miami Gardens, earned recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as 2011 Playful City USA communities for their efforts to increase play opportunities for children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is important to healthy brain development and allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generations in part because only 20-percent live within walking distance of a park or playground. This Play Deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically as well as mentally and socially because children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. A key platform in combating the Play Deficit is Playful City USA, a national program advocating for local policies that increase play opportunities for children. KaBOOM!, created Playful City USA in 2007 to help local governments address the Play Deficit by ensuring their children have the time and space they need to play. “It is an honor that the City of Miami Gardens, for the second consecutive year, has been named ’Playful City USA’ amongst 151 cities across the nation. One of the City’s top priorities is to bring activities

and programs to the community that enhances the overall quality of life for residents. Our innovative Parks and Recreation Department provides activities for all ages and levels, ensuring every member of the community shares in the opportunity to get fit and healthy, and to have fun doing it!”, says Shirley Gibson, City of Miami Gardens Mayor. For the fourth consecutive year, Florida paced first in the nation with 20 Playful City USA communities. KaBOOM! also selected Miami Gardens for its outstanding dedication to play. Miami Gardens' Playground Replacement Program funded six new playgrounds over the past four years. The City performs audits on all playspaces to ensure that safety standards are being met and employees are being held accountable. “The Play Deficit continues to harm our children and stifle their mental and physical development, while directly facilitating the ongoing childhood obesity crisis,” said Darell Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder and CEO and author of TheNew York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. “Miami Gardens is committed to the well-being of children and serves as an outstanding role model for the rest of America as we continue to strive toward the KaBOOM! vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child.” For more information on the KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, including Let’s Play grants and applications for 2012, visit

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••••• EDUCATION ••••

City Of Miami Gardens Shinning Stars After-School Program The City of Miami Gardens Shining Stars After-School program includes certified teachers, chess and tennis instructors, recreational sports, nutrition, and much more! Registration is $20 non-refundable; the weekly fee is $30.00. If applicable, transportation is available for an additional $10.00 weekly. Snacks will be provided daily. We are currently accepting registrations at either our main administrative office located at 1515 NW 167th Street, Building 6, suite 300, or at Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex located at 3000 NW 199th Street Miami Gardens, FL 33056. Register today, space is limited and fills up quickly! The Shining Stars Afterschool Program is for children ages 5-12 years of age. The program offers a wide variety of benefits that include certified teachers that will assist your child with their homework; chess instructors that will stimulate your child’s critical thinking skills and tennis instructors to develop your child’s fitness and motor skills.

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Who: School-Age Children 5-12 What: Parks and Recreation Shining Stars Afterschool Program When: Monday-Friday 2:00pm-6:00pm Where: A.J. King Park, Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, Miami Carol City Park, Rolling Oaks Park, and Scott Park URL: parks&rec/index.html Contact: Shaneika Harvey, Recreation District Supervisor (305) 622-8000 EXT. 2537 SHARVEY@MIAMIGARDENS-FL.GOV

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Miami Gardens lien amnesty program gives homeowners a break BY LATOYA BURGESS - THE MIAMI HERALD Gladys People receives her final paperwork from Jessica Dominguez-Soto, a senior permit and licensing clerk, after getting a chance to pay of her leans on her home during the Lien Amnesty program at Miami Gardens City Hall. Gladys People owed the city of Miami Gardens more than $25,000 because of code violations on her property. But thanks to a two-day lien amnesty blowout event last week, the 57-year-old settled the accrued amount at just $500 each. “It’s such a big difference to go from paying $25,000 to just $2,000,” said People, a homemaker fined for faded paint and a deteriorated shed in her backyard. Code Compliance Division director Roderick Potter said the city decided to host the event “so that people will not have that burden.” “It’s not that we want to collect revenue,” Potter said. “We had to place liens because it is procedure, but now we’re trying to give back to the community.” The city’s amnesty program allows residents whose homes are encumbered by liens take care of their outstanding fines, generally for less than what they are currently facing.

CHRIS CUTRO / FOR THE MIAMI HERALD –––––––––––––––––– “When you have liens on your homes, you can’t get loans, you can’t sell your property and do the things you want to do,” said Potter. “We have a lien amnesty program in place, and people try to take advantage, but we took it a step further by having a blowout.” The most recent “blowout” took place Aug. 26 at Miami Gardens City Hall. Potter said People’s case “may seem minute, but liens are placed on properties that vary from the minute to severe, like operating a commercial property without a license.” Even small violations, when not taken care of promptly, can balloon into exorbitant amounts as fees compound over time. The Aug. 26 event allowed residents

with homeowner’s exemptions to pay a flat $500 fee for each violation; nonhomesteaded properties were charged $60 extra per violation. The amnesty program is still in effect, but the amount that property owners may have to pay per violation could be higher, according to Potter. People was one of 17 local residents who were cleared of liens, some facing fines as high as $190,000. In total, the property owners ended up paying Miami Gardens $30,000. “When my friend emailed me about this event,” said People, “I knew I had to jump right on it.”

People said that with her extra savings, she plans to buy necessary equipment to properly maintain her property. “There is still more work on the house that needs to be done,” she said. “We had no working lawn mower before; now I’m going to get one.” For more information about Miami Gardens’ Lien Amnesty Program, call Roderick Potter at 305-622-2602. Reprinted by permission of the Miami Herald

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•• PUBLIC WORKS •• A Message from the Director, Tom Ruiz

Abusing Our Drainage System

The Public Works Department has been busy installing a new Stormwater drainage system and making sure that we all are aware of the existing storm drains, and how they are directly connected to the quality of water in canals and the ocean that affects the beauty of our City and the quality of life that we enjoy. However, we have discovered waste oil and other waste (antifreeze, paint, grass clippings, household waste, pet wastes, etc.) that do not belong in Stormwater drains. These types of discharges to storm drains are illegal and harm our environment! Storm drains either go to bodies of water or into the ground. The water below the ground is the water we drink. We also do not want to fish or play in water that has oil in it, and oil will kill plants and animals in our canals. One last problem this causes is that the oil will clog the drain system, and can ruin the system. After the system does not function any longer we need to replace them at cost to us all and those costs can be better used to install other drainage sys-

City of Miami Gardens Community Newspaper EDITOR-AT-LARGE Ula Zucker-Williams • MANAGING EDITOR Anthony Jackson EDITOR Stephanie Saenz • CALENDAR EDITOR Tamilla Mullings • WRITERS Antranette Pierre, Janey Tate, Cynthia Roby CONTRIBUTORS Thamarr Griffith, Antranette Pierre, Yvette Harris, Melisa Arguilo, Tom Ruiz, Councilman Andre’ Williams, Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III, and Councilwoman Lisa Davis. SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS LaToya Burgess Courtesy of the Miami Herald - Permission Reprinted If you have news or events that you would like to submit for consideration to be published in the Miami Gardens Community Newspaper, please email or call the Events & Media Department at (305)622-8000 ext 2482.

tems to other parts of the City that do not have any drainage. And remember these simple things you can do to prevent runoff pollution of our waters. • Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads. • Never dump anything down the storm drains. • Vegetate bare spots in your yard. • Compost your yard waste. • Avoid pesticides, if possible. • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces. • Take your car to the car wash instead of washing your car in your driveway or wash on grass. • Check your car for leaks, and recycle motor oil. Do not park your vehicle over a storm drain. • Have your septic tank pumped and system inspected regularly. • And, for gosh sakes, pick up after your pet! I urge everyone to be conscientious of our Stormwater Drainage System in your community. They help minimize flooding in our streets and rights-of-way, and treat the pollution that is in Stormwater runoff. Cleaning this runoff ensures that our drinking water stays clean and keeps our cost to treat our water low, which at the end willimprove the quality of life of the community where we can live, work, and play together. For more information on our storm drains, or to report clogged drains, contact the City’s Floodplain Management Program, at 305.622.8039 or Email:

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Miami Gardens Calendar of Events September 2011 SEPTEMBER 5

•City Council Meeting 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 7pm

•City Closed in Observance of the Holiday SEPTEMBER 7 •Zoning Meeting 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Council Chambers @ 7pm

SEPTEMBER 21 •Elderly Affairs Advisory 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Council Chambers@ 3:00pm-4:30pm

SEPTEMBER 15 •Nuisance Abatement Board 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 5pm

•Commission for Women Meeting 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Conference Room @6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

•Parks & Rec. Advisory 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 City Hall Conference Room Miami Gardens, FL @ 6:30pm

SEPTEMBER 12 •Councilwoman Robinson’s “Meet Me on Monday’s” Meeting 19405 NW 32 Avenue Brentwood Park @6:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER 13 •Miami Gardens Excellence in Education Council 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Council Chambers @6:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER 14 •1st Budget Hearing 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 5:30pm-7pm

1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Council Chambers @ 6pm

SEPTEMBER 18 •Progressive Young Adults Committee 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 City Hall Conference Room @ 3pm-5pm SEPTEMBER 19 •Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Police Department 1020 NW 163 Drive Miami Gardens, FL @ 7pm SEPTEMBER 20 •Caribbean Affairs Advisory

SEPTEMBER 28 •Special Master Hearing Code Cases 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 6pm - 7pm •2nd Budget Hearing 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 6pm - 7pm •City Council Meeting 1515 NW 167 Street, bldg. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 7pm

City of Miami Gardens Police Department Use the se numb ers to contact us Operations Division Major Anthony Chapman Patrol Division

305-474-1406 305-474-1406

School Crossing Guards Cherise Asberry Traffic Concerns Neighborhood Watch Report Truants

305-474-1526 305-474-1391 305-474-6473 305-474-6473

Investigations Division Major Alan Mandelbloom Captain Rafael Suarez Captain Frank Trujillo Auto Theft/Pawn Unit CST/Narcotics Unit

305-474-1407 305-474-1430 305-474-1418 305-474-1428 305-474-1427

Support Division Major Steve List Captain Athena Skellion Captain Alfred Lewers Jr Communications Center Court Liaison Off Duty Police Employment Records Unit

305-474-1408 305-474-1380 305-474-1405 305-474-MGPD (6473) 305-474-1412 305-474-1412 305-474-1413

Professional Standards/Training Unit Background Investigations 305-622-8059 Captain Marilyn Gongalez 305-622-8059 Training Unit 305-622-8059 Non-Emergency Police Communications & Information (305) 474-MGPD (6473)

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City of Miami Gardens Staff Directory Name Julie-Ann Smith Sonja K. Dickens Ronetta Taylor Danny Crew Renee Crichton Daniel Rosemond Vernita Nelson Tasha Codner Sharon Ragoonan Patti Varney Mike Gambino David Motola Taren Kinglee Kara Petty Jay Marder O. Tom Ruiz Pam Thompson Ula Zucker-Williams Matthew Boyd Hilary Marshall Tashek Hamlette

Department E-mail Asst. to Mayor City Attorney City Clerk City Manager Deputy City Manager Asst. City Manager Asst. City Manager KMGB Director Director. Building & Code Finance Director Floodplain Administrator Fleet Manager Human Resources/ Risk Director Parks & Recreation Director Planning & Zoning Director Public Works Director Procurement Manager Events and Media Coordinator Miami Gardens Police Chief Assistant to Council (Vice Mayor Campbell, Davis, D. Williams) Assistant to Council

Main 305-622-8010 305-622-8055 305-622-8003 305-622-8007 305-622-8006 305-622-8005 305-622-8008 305-622-8009 305-622-8018 305-622-8000 Ext. 2780 305-622-8039 305-622-8000 Ext. 2697 305-622-8030 305-622-8080 305-622-8025 305-622-8004 305-622-8000 Ext. 2490 305-622-8035 305-474-1400 305-622-8000 Ext. 2793 305-622-8000 Ext. 2705

City of Miami Gardens Mayor and Council’s Corner To contact your Council representatives, call 305-622-8010.

Mayor Shirley Gibson

Vice-Mayor Aaron Campbell Jr. (Seat 1)

Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis (Seat 2)

Councilman AndrĂŠ Williams (Seat 3)

Councilwoman Felicia S. Robinson (Seat 4)

Councilman David Williams, Jr. (Seat 5)

Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III (Seat 6)

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•• FYI ••



After 18 years of being a money manager, I have consistently heard how many people do not feel comfortable with their investment decisions. Have you ever second-guessed the investment decisions you have made? Do words like foolish, dumb, wrong, confused, guess, uncertain, frustrated, and overwhelmed describe your feelings? You are not alone in feeling uncomfortable about decisions you have made. Would you like to feel better about your investment decisions? If the answer is yes, then here are some basic steps to consider:

If you need guaranteed stability, then you are a saver. When the stock market is positive, many people say that they want to invest and that they are an “investor.” They say that they can tolerate the volatility of the stock market and that their investment time horizon is long term (greater than 10 years). Then 2008 comes along and the stock market (S&P 500) drops 34% and the “investors” now are running for safety as “savers”. Their long-term time horizon has decreased from 10 years to 10 minutes and the risk tolerance has decreased from moderate to minimal. You need to be honest with yourself as to what degree you are a saver or an investor. This is a personal decision that in a perfect world should not be influenced by your family, friends or coworkers.

There are investments for savers and investments for investors. Before you select from the thousand of choices, decide what will make you sleep at night. Don’t rely on a sales rep to tell you what your investment profile is because the sales rep may adjust your profile to fit the suitability of the investment they are trying to sell you.

Do you need to put money away for a rainy day? Make a “To Do List” of items that you want the money to attain such as vacation, education or wedding. Give each item a specific cost such as $5,000 for a vacation. Determine which item motivates you to attain it. Motivation that is ratcheted up is called passion. If you find a passion for an item, that will be your top priority. How quickly you want to attain the item will help determine what investment to consider. Again decide on the specific purpose of the money and then consider your options.

As an “investor,” you need to accept that you are prepared to lose part or all of your investment. If this risk is not comfortable for you, then you are a saver. There are times when people have borrowed on the equity of their home and invest in the stock market because the potential gains offset the risk of losing their home. People make reckless decisions so that they can attain the item they want quicker than what is realistic. Plan so that if it takes a year to attain an item, you give yourself two years to attain it. If you attain the item in one year, that’s good but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make your deadline. The important thing is to keep working toward what you want.

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The Miami Gardens Caribbean Affairs Advisory Committee (MGCAAC) will be hosting our first “Meet and Greet” event on Saturday, October 1st, 2011, from 10:00 am to 1:00pm at Miami Gardens City Hall in the Council Chambers, located at 1515 NW 167th Street, Miami Gardens, Florida. Our goal is to provide people from all cross sections in our community with an opportunity to meet the members of MGCAAC in a social setting and obtain feedback on future initiatives. This information will help set the objectives of the MGCAAC. If you operate a City-licensed business

in Miami Gardens, you may register with us as an exhibitor to promote your goods and services to the Caribbean community at no cost. Space is limited, and registration is accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. For additional information or to confirm your participation level, please complete the enclosed registration form and submit it to us by Friday September 16th, 2011. You may do so by contacting Evelyn Sanchez at (305) 622-8000 Ext. 2640 or via email to

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TOWN HALL MEETING All interested parties please take notice that you are cordially invited to a Town H a l l Meeting, sponsored by The Honorable Lisa C. D a v i s , Councilwoman for Residential Area Seat 2, which encompasses: Northern Boundary of NW 215th Street; Eastern boundary of NE 2nd Avenue, south to NW 199th Street, West to North Miami Avenue, South to NW 183rd Street; Southern boundary of NW 183rd Street and Western Boundary of Florida Turnpike, North to NW 199th Street, West to NW 27th Avenue, North to NW 215th Street.

When: Thursday, September 8, 2011, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Where: Andover Middle School Cafeteria – 121 NE 207th Street, Miami Gardens, FL TOPICS: a. NW 7th Avenue Road Improvement Project b. 2011-2012 FY Budget Special guest will include: State Senator Oscar Braynon II; State House Representative Barbara Watson; MiamiDade County School Board Member for District 1, Wilbert Tee Holloway, and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan. The public is invited to attend and participate by expressing their views or concerns, and getting their questions answered. For further information please contact Hilary Marshall, Council Assistant at: 305-622-8000 ext. 2793 or email at:

Councilman Williams Sponsors Estate Planning Seminar for Older Adults to Protect Their Future It is so important that we empower older adults and their families by providing them information, education and counseling on elder care, law and finances so that these older adults may lead the rest of their lives with security and dignity. My parents are older and I want to provide them every opportunity to protect their financial future.

That's why I am hosting a free seminar for older adults tilted: "Aging Wisely and Protecting Your Future" to discuss estate planning with older adults in our community. I am joined by the Greater Miami Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. who is co-hosting the event on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Betty T. Ferguson Community Center located at 3000 NW 199th Street in Miami Gardens from 6pm - 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided. We will discuss wills and trusts, guardianships, health care directives, living wills, financial powers of attorney and life insurance. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis. For more information, please call 1- 800-658-1292 or visit our website at

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LEGACY MAGAZINE HONORS SOUTH FLORIDA’S 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL & PROMINENT BLACK WOMEN IN BUSINESS FOR 2011 City of Miami Gardens Deputy City Manager Renee Crichton Is Amongst the Honored For the sixth year, Legacy magazine has chosen an elite group of women for its 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business for 2011 distinction. These honorees were carefully selected by a distinguished and highly professional selection committee comprised of business leaders from South Florida.

tributed so much to the South Florida Community,” wrote Deborah Gracia M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Borinquen Medical Center. Legacy was published on Monday August 15th, 2011, and distributed in the Business Monday section of The Miami Herald. Over 150,000 copies were circulated throughout South Florida. You can also view this issue by on line at Legacy magazine congratulates the following honorees for being selected South Florida’s 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business for 2011. • Dorria L. Ball, Vice President of Human Resources Latin America, Kraft Foods Inc. • Edith Bush, Member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee & Community Leader • Lisa Campbell, Co-Founder and CEO of Accessible Communication for the Deaf • Renee Crichton, Deputy City Manager for the City of Miami Gardens

Renee Crichton ––––––––––––––––––– This year among the stellar group of impressive women is our own Deputy City Manager, Renee Crichton. The list of women ranged from; a hospital CEO, a university vice president, a hospital COO, an insurance agent and several very successful entrepreneurs and business executives. This is just a sampling of the 25 impressive honorees in this year’s group. Dorria L. Ball, Vice President of Human Resources Latin America, Kraft Foods, Inc., states “I am humbled to be embraced and recognized during my short tenure here. It has really made me feel welcomed and I will endeavor to pay it forward by being of service to the South Miami community.” “I am deeply honored as well as extremely proud to be recognized as one of South Florida’s 25 Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business for 2011,” added Tifphanie Tucker, President Women Under Construction, Inc. “I am honored to be among this impressive group of women who have con-

• Christine Franklin, President of Cherokee Enterprises, Inc. • Deborah Gracia, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Borinquen Medical Center • Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center • Gabrielle Finley-Hazle, Chief Operating Officer of North Shore Medical Center • Enette Henderson, Agent for State Farm Insurance • Marsha Jackman, President of The Vailon Group • Rosa Jones, Ph.D, V.P. of Student Affairs for Florida International University • Mami Hampton-Kisner, Community Leader of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church

• Emily McHugh, Creative Director and CEO of Casauri • Marcia McPherson, Founder and CEO of Employment Resources, Inc. • Tamara Moodie, Ph.D., Principal and Director of South Florida Autism Charter Schools, Inc. • Annie Neasman, President and CEO of the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. • Carline Hyppolite-Oyadiran, M.D., Regional Medical Director of North Miami Beach Medical Center • Upendo Shabazz-Phillips, V.P. for Allegany Franciscan Ministries • Joan Robertson, Co-founder and CEO

of Robertson Forwarding Company, Inc. • Jane Snell, Founder and President of JS-1 Construction Co. • Andrea Stephenson, Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Health Council • Tifphanie Tucker, President of Women Under Construction, Inc. • Monica Walker, M.D., Medical Director and Proprietor, Centerpoint Medical Services • Renee Ward, President and CEO of the Miami Children’s Initiative • Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Founder and Principal of Burnadette NorrisWeeks, P.A.

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••••• business ••••

Tips to Increase Your Sales BY THAMARR GRIFFITH Businesses have experienced tremendous success during the economic boom of the late ‘90s and turn of the century. Today, over a decade later we find ourselves in undeniably one of the worst recessions in history. As business owners we need to strategically figure out how to make more than just a fraction of what we earned in the past while remaining profitable. Below are a few questions to ask yourself about the respective business in which you operate. Who are my true customers? Why did they shop at my business? How can I access more customers? Take the time to get to know your customers. The customers who frequent your business have a clear need and know exactly where to find it. Appreciate that they can go to any opposing company for the products they purchase from you, but they come back to you and give you repeat business. Ask them what they like specifically about the product or service you provide. Capture vital information like email addresses. Ask them to “LIKE” your page on Facebook so they can stay connected with store events. When business seems slow or when you simply want to say “thank you”, send out coupons via email for the popular items. Be sure to include an expiration date on the coupon with a short time frame i.e. 2 weeks to drive sales on a high margin popular product. This will allow you to measure the results of the promotion. Why your company and not another company? This question may answer where your competitors fall short. Here is a chance to capitalize on your competitors’ weakness before they notice. Come up with a quick message about the benefits of your company and repeat it to each customer

who comes through the door. Make your competitive advantage clear. Strike when the iron is hot. Broaden your reach. Target the ideal customer from question #1 in the neighborhoods of your competitors and make them aware that your business is an alternative. Consider offering first time customer promotions. You can also try partnering with other businesses who offer products to be used in conjunction with your product or service offerings. This will enable you to access a well-defined defined targeted customer base from an existing company. If you are going to ask for partnering opportunities, don’t ask if you are not willing to give. Here are two examples of partnering or strategic alliances: Example 1- Used car dealership offers $50 gas card from a local station to customers with a vehicle purchase. The car dealership may then ask the gas station to set up an ad at the pumps or distribution of promotional cards for an upcoming test drive event. Example 2- A local restaurant in a shopping plaza with a video rental offers, “Get 10%off movie rentals from Acme Video with purchase of a dinner”. The video store will then offer “Free meal from Sample Restaurant with every 10th video rental”. Thamarr Griffith is the principal of Grifco Incorporated, a business development consulting firm specializing in strategy, growth and sales for health care and government organizations. They work with small startups to large worldwide conglomerates. To learn more about how to grow your sales and revenue in your respective industry, email Thamarr Griffith at (800) 515- 4024 or

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The Greater Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural networking event

BY ANTRANETTE PIERRE On Thursday, July 28, 2011, The Greater Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce (GMGCC) hosted its inaugural networking event at El Dorado Furniture located at 4200 NW 167 Street in Miami Gardens. The free evening event boosted more than 70 businesses including Brandsmart, Calder Casino & Race Course, St. Thomas University, D. Stephenson Construction, City of Miami Gardens, and Florida Memorial University. Other attendees included Senator Oscar Braynon, III, Miami Gardens’ Mayor Shirley Gibson and Councilman David Williams, Jr. Interim Executive Director Antranette Pierre introduced the Board of Directors which included Meg Garza, Board Chairperson (Calder Race Track & Casino), James Bussey, Vice Chairperson (St. Thomas University), Taimar Khan (Prestige

Automobile), Larry Levine (Brandsmart), James Cole (Ruden McCloskey), Melissa A. Smith (Sun Life Financial), Kundalini Florencio (Wells Fargo Bank), Robert Beatty (South Florida Times) and Al Brunson (Sharpton Brunson PA). A special thanks goes out to the event sponsor El Dorado Furniture, a newest Founding Member of the Chamber. Established in South Florida in 1967, El Dorado Furniture has grown to become the largest Hispanic-owned retail enterprise in the United States. With services offered all over the world, the family-owned company is ranked among the top 50 furniture retailers in the country. The primary store including distribution site, warehouse and retail store is located in Miami Gardens. El Dorado Chief Operating Officer Pedro Capo presented a check for Founders Level membership to Meg Garza, Chamber Board Chairperson. “We are so proud to be at the forefront of such a

tremendous endeavor,” said Capo. “El Dorado Furniture has been a community partner for many years, continually supporting the residents' of Miami Gardens and now the Greater Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce.” El Dorado staff gave away pillows as parting gifts to all attendees. Kevin McKenna from McKenna Photography served as the official photographer for last night's event. Congratulations to Yolanda Henri of Miss Miami Carnival and Gregory Clarke of Tek Ninja Designs who won the raffle prizes: a beautiful lamp! GMGCC is officially launched its brand to the local business community. The purpose of the event was to recruit members to the GMGCC and begin offering networking opportunities for local businesses to dialogue, collaborate and cross promote where the possibilities exist. GMGCC encourages economic sustainability through business partnerships, new busi-

ness recruitment, networking and professional development. The GMGCC is a membership driven non-profit organization consisting of local and regional businesses interested in the boosting their exposure to local consumers and advocating its mission to the greater Miami Gardens area. Prices for membership vary based on level of participation. Benefits to membership include increased exposure to local entrepreneurs, business-to-business networking opportunities, technical training seminars, brand awareness, greater exposure to the local consumer market and the opportunity to meet really great entrepreneurs and business leaders. GMGCC is a newly formed 501c6 organization whose mission is to make the City of Miami Gardens a destination location for businesses to invest, grow and expand. For more information, call (305) 414-1949.

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The 7th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” Music Festival Set For March 17 & 18, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium “Lucky 7th” year aiming to be best ever! BY MELISSA AGUDELO The City of Miami Gardens is proud to announce that the 7th annual “Jazz in the Gardens” music festival will be held March 17 & 18, 2011, at Sun Life Stadium, located at 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, in the heart of Miami Gardens. Since its 2006 inception,” Jazz in the Gardens” has consistently delivered a dynamic mix of musical genres including Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul and World Beat sounds. Among the legendary entertainers who have performed at “Jazz in the Gardens” are Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Robin Thicke, the late Teena Marie, Wyclef, Babyface, Kenny G., Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Common, Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton and Roy Ayers.

“I am elated about the success of ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ and really feel like I’ve made an impact on the community during my time here as Mayor. I remember when no one knew anything about the event and now everyone has the desire to be involved! ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ has become so much more than just a music festival. It’s become a reunion point for friends and family, a source of economic opportunity for small and large businesses and a vacation destination for adults seeking a break from the winter cold,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson. “This may be my last year as Mayor, but I know ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ will continue to grow and I look forward to attending the festival year after glorious year.” This year the City has partnered with AEG Live to produce and showcase the 7th Annual Jazz in the Gardens as a premiere festival in the country. AEG Live,

one of the world's leading concert promotion and touring companies is devoted to all aspects of live entertainment. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and Justin Bieber to name a few. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America. Mayor Gibson created “Jazz in the Gardens” seven years ago to help boost the City of Miami Garden’s economic growth and since then the festival has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated musical events, attracting audiences from all across the nation and abroad. In March 2011, over 45,000 people attended the music festival. The annual “Jazz in the Gardens” music festival formula for success is simple: a stellar line-up, great exotic foods,

affordable ticket prices and amazing weather. The 7th annual “Jazz in the Gardens” music festival will undoubtedly live up to its reputation that has been established over the previous years as one of the premiere music festivals in the country. For the past six years, it has enjoyed unprecedented growth, constantly delivering stunning increases in attendance, enjoying a burgeoning worldwide popularity and attention for the beautiful City of Miami Gardens, with attendees from as far as Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. “Jazz in the Gardens 2012” performers will be announced soon and tickets will be on sale in December 2011 for the two-day starstudded music festival. For more information about the 7th annual “Jazz in the Gardens,” please call the general hotline at 1-877-640-JAZZ or visit All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at 305-576-3790.

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Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens” Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture BY: YVETTE HARRIS Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce one of South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL. This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend. The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early buzz has already been created by a new band called Ascension. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemblance of

what lies deep beneath the water; they have set the tone for some fierce competition this year. “Home to a vast Caribbean population, M i a m i Gardens is proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival in the Gardens for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival began in the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have it come home. The event is truly the best celebration and representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visiting the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enthusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visitors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens. “Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a

unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a global audience of C a r i b b e a n Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience. There are Carnivals in various cities throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced by the soldout airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business establishments throughout the tricounty area in previous years. With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we anticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and welcoming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Director of MBOCHC. "One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event. You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes

to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music," All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc. This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top all-star royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards. In true Carnival fashion, this year’s Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots. Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) at The tickets are $20 online after August 31.Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877. Visit, www.facebook/carnivalmiami and twitter/#1/

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City of Miami Gardens Welcomes New Citizens Academy Members Congratulations to the graduates of the first Miami Gardens Citizens Academy. These individuals represent the successful completion of an inaugural 10-week educational program and the embodiment of citizen participation in government. Participants in this program had the opportunity to meet the City’s elected officials and professional staff who educated them about the purpose of local government, city services, interdepartmental collaboration, and the public servants employed by the City. Nineteen (19) loyal residents will graduate from the program and be recognized at the next City Council Meeting on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011: • • • • • • • • • •

Claudette Armbrister Kevin Brown Steven Bellamy, Sr. Susan Burns Shannon Campbell James Clausell Milton Felton, Jr. Sonia Flowers Fannie Gilbert Rodney Harris

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Janice Isley Pamela Knox-Shuler Donald Koonce Flora Matchett Johnson Pearline Powell Hermain Remy Christopher Smith Tim Turner Sandra Williams

In an effort to increase citizen participation and engagement in the City of Miami Gardens, Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert, III established the Miami Gardens Citizens Academy by resolution on February 9, 2011. The program consists of interactive presentations by the various City departments and culminates into increased citizen awareness and involvement on boards, committees, and other community-wide initiatives. The course sessions range from the organization of the City, public safety, fiscal management, building permitting and code compliance and zoning. The next series of classes will start on January 26, 2012 and online registration will be available.

Front - Left to Right: Rita Santana; Flora Matchett Johnson; Sonia Flowers and Evelyn Heisley-Sanchez Center - Left to Right: Sharon P. Ragoonan; Tim Turner; Shannon Campbell; Fannie M. Gilbert; Claudette Armbrister; Susan E. Burns; Janice R. Isley; Pearline Powell and Steven E. Bellamy Back - Left to Right: Pamela Know-Shuler; Sandra D. Williams; Rodney Harris; James Clausell; Damian Gonzalez; Donald U. Koonce; Remy Hermain; Sr.: Kevin Brown and Milton Felton: Jr. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis Is Urging You to Take an Active Role Against Bullying Communities nationwide are urged to plan for October’s National Bullying Prevention Month and take an active role in the movement against bullying. During this month and throughout the year—you are encouraged to use creative resources to engage, educate, and inspire others to join this movement and also being aware of the warning signs that a child may be getting bullied. Know Some Essential Facts About Bullying: 1. Nearly 1 in 3 students is involved in bullying. 2. While school violence as a whole is declining, bullying behaviors have increased by 5%. 3. Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children. 4. Boys are more likely than girls to bully others. 5. Boys and girls get bullied in different ways.

Be Aware of the Warning Signs: Possible warning signs that a child is being bullied include: • Comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings • Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches • Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she spends time • Seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities with peers (such as clubs) • Takes a long, "illogical" route when walking to or from school • Has lost interest in school work or suddenly begins to do poorly in school • Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home • Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches, or other physical ailments • Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams

• Experiences a loss of appetite • Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem Join us and read the October feature

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A New School Year BY COUNCILMAN OLIVER G. GILBERT III As a new school year begins, we are again afforded the opportunity to s h a p e tomorrow to an image of our liking. We have purc h a s e d school supplies; shopped for new clothes; and arranged transportation. Preparations for the new school year may be a novel thing for some of us parents sending our children to school for the very first time; and for others, preparation is routine, as our children are well into their school years and they know what to do, as do their parents. No matter the age of your child,

the most important thing that can happen with regard to your child's education is your involvement. All through my years of schooling the teacher I remember most is my mother and the classroom I most easily recall is our kitchen table (my father was the hall monitor and my older sister was the classroom snitch). No matter the lesson, without regard to the grade level, I knew the passing mark I would get was from my parents. They needed to be satisfied and they paid attention and never missed a beat. Whether it was math or English; social studies or science, my education was my parents' priority, so it became my priority. When I was in elementary school, their involvement was active and persistent. In middle school, it was less intense but always engaging, always questioning the what, when, where, and how of my education. In high school, our educational interaction had evolved into scheduling and preparing for college, with the dependable call to a teacher or open house visit to insure I

was the student they had prepared me to be. They were always there. I always knew my education was important to my parents. Especially since it was the one thing that could never be taken away. Even through law school, my dad would always ask me “what did you learn today?” My parents did everything they could and should to groom me into being the man I am today. They knew if they put in the effort, their work would be rewarded. They shaped and molded my character to be a productive, committed and educated man. While I make my own choices, the guidance they provided set the course upon which I travel. As we move into the new school year, my hope is that we move back to a time when parents taught their children at home, and sent them to school disciplined and ready to learn; and teachers taught children at school and communicated with the parents, making education

a team sport. It has to be a team effort because we can do together what we cannot do alone; we can educate our children. I know my dad was old school, but the question he asked me was, “What did you learn today”. I always had to have an answer. I think we should get back to that, ask your kids what they learned and make them answer you. That would be a good start, to a great year. A good effort always pays off!

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Davidson Fellows Scholarship Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology. Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community. Dell Scholars Program For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals. Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Discovery Scholarship Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school. E Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news. EMPOWER Scholarship Award Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color. ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts. F Fulbright Scholar Program Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research. Future Engineers Scholarship Program For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance. G Gates Millenium Scholarship Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students. Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who want to write their way to college money. Google Anita Borg Scholarship For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders. H Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need. HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship Provides travel opportunities for stu-

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