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Miami Gardens

JULY, 2011

Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis Honors Silver Knight Recipients






ast month at the bi-weekly City Council meeting, Councilwoman Lisa Davis, Seat 2 of Miami Gardens, honored four young aspiring student achievers from Miami Carol City Senior High School who were awarded the prestigious Miami Herald Silver Knight Award. The four young honorees, Jazmin Lightbourn, Stephanie Jennings, Ba’Carri Johnson, and Adrianna Mozell were recognized for being model students who excelled in their academic studies and successfully dedicated themselves to providing a service to the community in order to improve the lives of others. Where they found a need, they met the need! They each had a vision of how things could be better, and rather than wait for someone else to do it, they took it upon themselves to make a difference and make an impact. The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most prestigious student awards programs. Founded in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of the Miami Herald, it recognizes high school students who not only excel academically, but also go above and beyond their own needs and desires to make significant service contributions to their schools and/or communities. A typical Silver


Knight is well-rounded, with a high GPA (the minimum unweighted GPA required for nomination is a 3.2), they are heavily involved in school and in the community, they are often in leadership positions in various school clubs and/or student government, make various community service contributions, and organize one major project which they either spearheaded or

demonstrated outstanding leadership in building and contributing too. “It is so important we recognize our children for what they have achieved. This is a

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Councilman André Williams Helps Miami Gardens Residents Save Their Homes From Foreclosure or the past two years, Councilman André Williams has been assisting homeowners in Miami Gardens and South Florida who may be victims of predatory lending practices or struggling with their mortgage payments. While some individuals say they are seeing signs of an economic recovery, others are still stressed with debt and see no signs of relief. “It’s in our best interest to do whatever we can to keep people in their homes and help struggling families especially if we are looking


forward to an economic recovery,” says Councilman André Williams, Seat 3, of the City of Miami Gardens. Two years ago, Ruby Milligan received a foreclosure notice from her bank. Ruby, a retiree and grandmother, was supposed to be enjoying her retirement, but now she had to worry about saving her home. Taking a proactive approach, she attended one of the many

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rewarding moment for the students of Miami Gardens who have been honored. It’s also a proud moment for their families and for Miami Gardens. It’s imperative that as a community we identify the talent these students possess; we must nurture and support their creative abilities,� says Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis, Seat 2, Miami Gardens. Students selected to receive the Silver Knight Award receive many rewards including $2000 cash, a roundtrip airline ticket anywhere in the continental US, a medallion that can be worn at graduation and a Silver Knight trophy. While the rewards are enticing, the honor and prestige of the award are of the most importance. The outstanding seniors selected to receive the award must first be nominated by their schools in one of 15 categories: Art, Athletics, Business, Drama, English Literature, General Scholarship, Journalism, Mathematics, Music, New Media, Science, Social Science, Speech, VocationalTechnical and World Languages. They must complete a lengthy application detailing their academic achievements, involvement in their school and community, and their major service project. They must also participate in an interview before a panel of three judges where they are assessed based on answers and character. One Silver Knight is chosen from each category for Miami-Dade and one for Broward; in addition, three Honorable Mentions, receiving $500 and a plaque, are selected from each county for each category. The model young women honored by Councilwoman Davis are unique individuals with unique dreams and goals for both themselves and the community. Through their service and commitment we hope other students are inspired to help make their community a better place. About the recipients: Jazmin Lightbourn Silver Knight Winner in Drama For Jazmin, drama is not just a passion. It’s a lifeline. Growing up poor, her family often lived without electricity or water. When they lost their home, they moved to her grandmother’s back porch. Jazmin said she was abused, teased in school, angry and withdrawn. Then a middle school teacher introduced her to the theater and she found what she described as “the glue that held my broken mind together.� Life would still bring struggles, but two close friends refused to let Jazmin give up. Recognizing the importance of such support, Jazmin started a program called Building Bonds to

help at-risk children through drama, for which she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. A gifted performer, she received a superior rating in voice and was selected as one of 12 students to perform at the Superintendent’s Benefit Gala last year. Jazmin Lightbourn has a 4.4 GPA and will attend Miami-Dade Honors College in the Fall Stephanie Jennings Silver Knight Winner in Speech Tormented by a troubled childhood, Stephanie wanted to help other teens facing similar problems. She reached out to girls in her community, forming a support group called Birthing Imperishable Diamonds. Stephanie, whose mother faced life-threatening injuries when she was shot by a boyfriend, worked with teens to build their self-esteem. She provided counseling, tutoring, mentoring and support. The group, which expanded to three chapters, held retreats, went on picnics, studied together and formed bonds. Stephanie helped the teens express themselves through writing and art. Stephanie, who has served on the youth advisory board of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. She has also repeatedly placed in the state and regional SkillsUSA competitions. Stephanie Jennings has 3.8 GPA and plans to attend the University of Central Florida Ba’Carri Johnson Silver Knight Honorable Mention in Mathematics Ba’Carri in the course of the last year has dedicated her time to the service of others, and she is excelling in the community because of her efforts. Ba’Carri is sharing her passion for mathematics through showing students in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods in Miami, northern Florida and in the Bahamas the importance of Mathematics and its practical application to their lives, through her community service project entitled Future Achievers in Mathematical Excellence (FAME). Ba’Carri is assisting students from African American, Hispanic and White ethnicities and they are intermingling and learning alongside and from each other. One thing Ba’Carri has learned is that poverty has no color restraints and that mathematics is universal and unifying. Currently, Ba’Carri is allowing the students to see that math can be fun and functional through a great deal of hands-on activities, which is an unusual and pioneering approach to teaching math skills. Ba’Carri is ranked number one in her class of over five hundred students, with a 6.68 GPA. Ba’Carri was elected by her peers to serve as the voice of the students as Miss Miami Carol City Senior High. She

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was first runner up for Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship Pageant serves as Key Club President, and sits on the City of Miami Gardens Junior Council as Director of Public Affairs. Ba’Carri is a Coca Cola Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar, won the Princeton Prize in Race Relation because of the success of Project FAME. Ba’Carri Johnson has a 6.68 GPA and will attend Duke University in the fall Adrianna Mozell Silver Knight Honorable Mention in English Adrianna’s inspiration to create her program, Kobe’s Kourage, was because of the courage Adrianna saw in her younger cousin Kobe who was diagnosed with Autism. Adrianna saw her cousin was displaying traits of Autism and she also bore witness to her family’s difficulty acknowledging Kobe’s uniqueness, therefore Adrianna decided to become a pioneer for Autism starting with Kobe. She tirelessly


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Foreclosure Prevention Clinics hosted by Councilman Williams. With many of the major banks in attendance, the clinic provided an opportunity for her to meet with the banks one-on-one and face-to-face to discuss her options. As a result of attending the Foreclosure Prevention Clinic, Ruby’s foreclosure action was dismissed this past week. Her home is no longer in foreclosure and she can have a measure of peace in her life. “I am eternally grateful to Councilman

advocated on Kobe’s behalf, initially with getting him diagnosed, and after Kobe was diagnosis with Autism, Adrianna made it her mission to research and become educated about Autism. Adrianna then used that knowledge to spread awareness within her family. Adrianna realized as a part of her research her family was not a phenomenon, but there were a number of Kobe’s out there with families that were familiar with dealing with a child with Autism. With this information in hand, Adrianna decided to go into local elementary schools in her community that have programs focusing on autistic children, and work with them and assist their families with becoming comfortable with their child’s different abilities. Adrianna is currently in the process of creating a children’s book for autistic children. Adrianna Mozell has a 3.5 GPA and will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in the fall.

Williams for his service to the residents of Miami Gardens and particularly to me. I have a notice of dismissal without prejudice and discharge of Lis Pendens from my attorney’s office,â€? said Ms. Milligan. “It is so heartwarming to hear stories about regular people overcoming great challenges and improving their quality of life. I do what I do because I enjoy helping people. I hope Ruby’s wonderful story of overcoming adversity inspires us all to help others and promote the common good,â€? says Councilman Williams. If you are struggling with your mortgage payments or facing foreclosure and need assistance, please call Councilman AndrĂŠ Williams at 305-622-8063.

Plant a Tree and

Keep the Air Clean 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 Mayor Shirley Gibson, Councilwoman Lisa C. Davis, Councilmen Oliver Gilbert III, and Chef Emanuel Washington 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.

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Critical Condition’ Soul Food Restaurants at the Crossroads! The Series: Part 2 BY CHEF EMANUEL WASHINGTON We are living in very challenging economic times. I am sure most of the world would agree. To be successful in business today, smart companies employ cost-efficient strategies that reduce waste and maintain high levels of quality and service to their customers. Companies have to either step up their game or become business casualties. This is true at all levels of business. No immunity! This is markedly true for Soul Food restaurants. Since the start of the economic downturn in 2007, restaurants have been struggling to survive. The economic impact has caused devastation at every level and sector of the restaurant industry from fine dining to casual; fast casual to quick serve, all have been affected. No segment is exempt from this circumstance. However, some have experienced more distress than others. The market segment most shaken by economic volatility has been small, independent restaurants. Mom and Pop restaurants have been this economy’s #1 casualty. The overwhelming majority of all restaurants that closed as a result of the current economic downturn were independently owned. I have outlined several factors below that have contributed to their demise. Lack of rainy day funds: Many independent restaurants are undercapitalized; as such, most don’t have adequate reserve capital to stay afloat during tough economic periods. Escalating food cost: Food costs are at the highest level in 36 years. Food prices soared 3.9 percent in February. This was the largest gain since November 1974. Much of the increases were due to the sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased by almost 50 percent. Soul Food restaurants cook with a lot of vegetables. Rising energy prices have also made a contribution. Access to finance: Restaurants have high operating expenses. This makes access to capital critical. When the credit markets were frozen in late 2008, banks tightened their boot straps on businesses in general and small businesses in particular. Even before this occurred, small independent businesses had difficulty getting access to capital through traditional financing. The banking industry often takes a conservative position when it comes to investing in some small businesses, and especially in certain communities. Lack of financing options forces these businesses to support themselves financially. To that end, independent restaurants means exactly that— independent. Soul Food restaurants must be savvy enough to think outside of the box. There

are many non-traditional business financing options available. Deep Pockets: To the contrary, chain restaurants were better equipped financially to withstand the economic storm. These businesses are often well-capitalized enterprises. While many Soul Food restaurants are “robbing Peter to pay Paul”, major restaurant corporations have unlimited capital access. This enables them to buy goods and services at lower costs and are therefore able to operate more efficiently. Chain restaurants are walking around with a pocket full of money and playing golf with the bankers. Today major restaurant corporations dominate the restaurant landscape in America. The restaurant industry is very spirited. You have to be clever in order to operate in such an immensely competitive business environment. Sometimes the truth can’t wait. This does not apply to all Soul Food restaurants. Most are vibrant businesses. But, if Soul Food restaurants as a whole are to survive in the 21st century, they must bring their A Game. This will require collaboration and perfect scores in Business Savvy 401. Soul Food restaurant business models must be equal to or greater than that of the competition. The days of opening or operating Soul Food restaurants with a few of Granny’s recipes, and a shoestring budget are a distant memory. Today we must collaborate, pool resources and tap into top talent. Now, let’s put Soul Food Restaurants in the mixer. The majority of Soul Food restaurants are located in African American communities. The number one customer at traditional Soul Food restaurants are African Americans. These restaurants are directly and immediately impacted by the economic stability or instability of the communities where they are located. This places the success of these restaurants at the mercy of the community pocketbook. Let’s keep it real— some things just stare you in the face like a hungry pit bull at midnight. Here’s the math. The unemployment rate in African American communities all across America is 3 times that of the National average. African Americans are acutely aware of this statistic. Some groups have been disproportionately impacted by the weak economy; no rocket science here. I don’t care who you are, if you’re unemployed you don’t eat out as much. Hello! Then, that brings me to another critical condition question and I need your wisdom on this one! Why is it that restaurants from all other cultures are located inside and outside of their communities and Soul Food

BUSINESS restaurants remain located in predominately African American communities? My philosophy may be in stark contrast to conventional wisdom, but I think it is a Big Mistake. I understand the reasoning and the cultural implications. That is why I do what I do. I get it! There was a time in history when this was appropriate, but it’s not now. Times have changed. Life has changed. People have changed. And the way we do business has changed. Business isolation limits business potential. Antiquated business practices equals extinction particularly in the restaurant industry. Restaurants should be accessible to everyone. Not every restaurant can achieve name recognition or notoriety. If you happen to be one of the famous Soul Food restaurants you have a leg up. If you are not, then you have work to do. You can have the best food in the city, but if no one knows about

it and cannot find you, what’s the point? Everyone loves Soul Food, but not everyone can get it when they want to eat it. That needs to change. These are just some of the reasons why many Soul Food restaurants are at a greater risk of being in critical condition. Business has changed and Soul Food restaurants need to change along with it. It is time to take Soul Food to the next level. Chef Emanuel is a prominent soul food critic. Recently relocated from Chicago, IL, he was formerly the Executive Chef and Food Service Director at The Department of Defense Analysis. He is also the founder and owner of a culinary school in South Florida as well as a Food Historian. He has studied American Food History and the ‘Soul Food’ discipline for decades. For more information about Chef Emanuel, visit his website at

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Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Center Pool Reopen to the Public

Just in time for summer, the City of Miami Gardens’ Betty T. Ferguson Pool is now open! The finishing touches to the paint in the pool area are complete, and the City has hired Red Cross Certified lifeguards and water safety instructors! The pool is open for public swim Monday through Friday from 1:00pm until 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am until 4pm. The daily entry fee for public swim is $1 for children and $2 for adults, and memberships are available. Additionally, Aqua Fit classes are offered twice daily Monday – Thursday at 9am and 7pm, and 9am on Friday. The 45 minute class sessions are easy on the joints

and will have you splashing your way to a healthier you. To ensure water safety for our residents, both group and private swim lessons will be available for all ages beginning later this month. Swim lessons will be offered in two- week sessions that will be held nightly to get you or your child familiar and comfortable in the water and are only $30 per session. Come visit and cool off this summer at the Betty T Ferguson Pool, fun for the whole family… it starts in parks! For more information regarding Betty T. Ferguson programming, please contact 786-2791222.

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2012 Mazda5 has design, functionality, performance Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The 2012 Mazda5 is a great family vehicle that fits well in an active lifestyle setting. It also handles well and gets good fuel economy. Launched as a 2006 model, the Mazda5 has a stylish design with sliding rear doors, a unique combination of flexible seat arrangements and a high level of safety. The new Mazda5 incorporates Mazda’s Nagare “flow” design language inspired by “the beauty of nature and the forces of wind and water.” Mazda previously has featured Nagare design only on concept cars and this marks the first time it has been used in a production vehicle. The “flow” begins at the front grille and passes smoothly over the headlights, hood and fenders, then continues over the sides of the body, rear combination lights and tailgate in a continuous stream. The mesh pattern five-point grille shares the Mazda

family face and the hood is higher than the previous generation. Riding on a 108.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda5 is roomy and comfortable, yet surprisingly compact. The long wheelbase allows for excellent passenger space and the short front and rear overhangs enable better handling and parking ease. Despite the long wheelbase, it is very agile, turning a circle in just 36.7 feet, and it has a low drag coefficient of 0.30 for aerodynamic efficiency. Manually operated sliding rear side doors continue as a feature of the new Mazda5. The doors can be operated with one finger and they hug the sides of the vehicle when open to create a wide opening for easy entry and exit to the rear seats, even for third row passengers. The Nagare design language continues into the vehicle’s interior, from the lines above the dials and along the instrument panel to the stitch pattern in the seats and the design of the seat fabric. The instrument panel flows from the cockpit to the center panel and on to the passenger-side dashboard in a rippling effect. The cockpit is stylishly designed and sporty, with twin deep-set gauges, chrome plating, silvertrimmed control knobs and genuine leather

Manually operated sliding rear side doors continue on the new Mazda5.

wrapping the steering wheel and gearshift knob. The interior is very flexible and can be configured for two, three, four, five or six passengers. The second row has separate captain’s chairs that slide and recline and can be folded flat without removing the headrests. They also have a one-touch lever that automatically tips the seatback forward and slides the cushion to its front-most position to allow access to the third row. Changes continue under the skin, too, as the new Mazda5 is powered by a 2.5-liter

MZR I4 engine, (the same engine in the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-7) and it can be paired with either a manual or automatic transmission. The MZR I4 engine is standard in all three models — Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Pricing starts at $19,195. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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PUBLIC WORKS A Message from the Public Works Director “Litter Causes Damage” BY TOM RUIZ

Since the inception of the Public Works Department, one of our main priorities was to rid the City of Miami Gardens of litter and enhance the landscaping footprint. Many programs have been initiated through the department’s “Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful” Division to fulfill our goal with programs like, Swat A Litter Bug, Adopt A Road, Neighborhood Beautification Awards, Community Beautification Grants, Tree Canopy Initiative, Volunteer Efforts, and Public Service Announcements. After six years, we are proud of our progress in making the City aesthetically pleasing to drive, and walk through, not just for the residents but visitors alike. However, we still have a lot to do. I would like to ask and encourage the community to assist us in maintaining the “Keep Miami Gardens Beautiful” efforts. Littering continues to occur daily all around the City. Research and experience have shown that litter is the result of individual behavior—by either choosing to litter or being careless in the handling of waste. Of

course, once litter is on the ground it attracts more litter; even as small as candy wrappers and cigarette butts can cause damage to our environment. The Public Works Department collects close to 10,000 bags of litter every year, which is a large disposal expense. We can minimize or eliminate litter and gain great savings to the City. When litter is not picked up, wind and rain move the litter to our stormwater drainage system plugging up our drains and causing flooding. This litter also includes landscapers and residents alike blowing and sweeping yard waste into the drains. This act is a violation of our ordinance and a fine will be imposed. Many times this litter will be carried through the drainage system to the local waterways and in turn to our oceans contaminating the ecosystems killing fish and other wildlife. I urge everyone to choose not to litter. Make the commitment now and remind others on why we do not litter. It takes one person to positively impact the behavior of others to improve the quality of life of the community where we can live, work, and play together.

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Would You Like Your Children to Pay for College Without Needing Financial Aid? What Financial goal should I have with paying for my children’s college? When planning to pay for college for your children, I encourage you to establish clear goals. First, you need to determine if you want to have your child’s education be paid with or without the need for financial aid. If you do not want your child or yourself to be burdened with a loan to have to pay back, then set the goal of having enough money saved before they enter college so that the college is paid.

Yes. If you can afford it and feel motivated to do so, you can match your childs earnings dollar for dollar. My son, Steven, did pizza delivery for 4 hours on Firday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of 12 hours a weekend. Back in 1995 – 1996 he earned $10 an hour which was $120 a weekend or $480 a month. I matched it $1 for $1. Our goal college was the University of Florida, and in 1996 the 4 year cost was $32,000. When he graduated from high school, we had $32,000 in the savings account. $16,000 he earned and $16,000 I matched. No financial aid was needed.

Who should pay for my children’s college? As parents we feel motivated or obligated to take on the full responsibility of paying for our children’s college education. The second goal is to establish a clear understanding with your child that if they want a college education they should invest in it by saving for it with earnings from a job. If they invest in their education, your child will value it more.

Does a Matching Savings Plan have other benefits? The matching savings plan may create a new dimension in the relationship you have with your child. You become partners in achieving a long term goal. Your child should be motivated to in essence to earn twice as much as their pay check. Your child may begin to ask you how to red the account statement and how to invest the savings. Their buying habits may be influenced by their employment. Those $150 sneakers may mean 20 hours of their work so maybe they are not so motivated to buy them because it is not worth 20 hours of their life to have them after all. They may start to look for value in what they buy. They may even appreciate you a lot more for working for a living and paying the bills.

What is an attainable financial goal? Harvard cost $52,000 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $208,000 based on current costs is not attainable for most people. The University of Florida cost $16,690 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $66,760 based on current costs is more attainable. Florida International University total matriculation and fees are $4,580.38 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $19,215.20 is even more affordable. I suggest that you set your goal on a specific college and save enough to cover the actual cost when your child enters as a freshman. Your child should consider a job on campus during the school year and summer jobs during the college years. I have a 401k plan at work; can I se et up a matching savings plan with my child?

Rick Tonkinson is a Certified Tonkinson Financial, Inc Financial Planner (CFP™) who works 2398 Speople Dixie in Hwy, with working your area since 1991. The family business, Miami, FL 33133 Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc is located Phone: 866-323-8326 at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral (305)Telephone 858-1627 # 305Gables, Fax: FL 33134. 447-6617. Securities offered throughthrough SecuritiesSecurities America, Inc., memSecurities offered America, ber FINRA/SIPC, Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Inc., member Rick FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Registered Advisory Representatives. Registered Representatives. servicesAdvisory offered services offered throughAmerica SecuritiesAdvisors, America Advisors, Inc., through Securities Inc., Rick Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Investment Advisor Representatives. Tonkinson Financial Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities and the Securities America companies America companies are not affiliated.are not affiliated.

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Miami Gardens Calendar of Events July 2011



Zoning g Meeting 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg. 5-200 Council Chamber @ 7PM

Park & Rec. Advisory 1515 NW 167 St., 6-300 Miami Gardens, FL @ 6:30pm

Caribbean Affairs Advisory 1515 NW 167 St., 5-200 Council Chambers @ 6pm

JULY 21 Nuisance Abatement Board 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg.. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 5pm


JULY 12 Speciall Master Red d Lightt Hearing 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg. 5-200 Council Chamber @ 9am-5pm

JULY 13 Special Master Hearing Code Cases 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg.. 5-200 Council Chambers @ 9am City Council Meeting 1515 NW 167 St., 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 7pm

Progressive Young Adults Committee 1515 NW 167 St., 5-200 City Hall Conference Room @ 3pm-5pm

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

JULY 19 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Police Department 1020 NW 163 Drive Miami Gardens, FL @ 7pm

JULY 27 Special Master Hearing Code Cases 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg.. 5-200 Council Chambers @ 9am

JULY 20 Elderly Affairs Advisory 1515 NW 167 St., 5-200 Council Chambers @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

City Council Meeting 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg.. 5-200 Miami Gardens, FL Council Chambers @ 7pm

Commission for Women Board Meeting 1515 NW 167 St., Bldg.. 5-200 Conference Room @ 6:30pm-8:30pm

City of Miami Gardens Police Department Use these numbers to contact us Operations Division

Support Division

Major Anthony Chapman . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1406

Major Steve List

Patrol Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1406

Captain Athena Skellion . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1380

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Captain Alfred Lewers Jr . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1405

School Crossing Guards Cherise Asberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1526 Traffic Concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1391 Neighborhood Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-6473

Communications Center . . . . .305-474-MGPD (6473) Court Liaison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1412 Off Duty Police Employment . . . . . . . .305-474-1412 Records Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1413

Report Truants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-6473

Professional Standards/Training Unit Investigations Division Major Alan Mandelbloom . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1407 Captain Rafael Suarez . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-474-1430

Background Investigations . . . . . . . . . .305-622-8059 Captain Marilyn Gongalez . . . . . . . . . .305-622-8059 Training Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .305-622-8059

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MDCP Works Department Urges Residents about Mosquito breeding areas in the County With the onset of the rainy season, mosquitoes will become more abundant in our county. Heavy rainfall, floods, soil depressions and low-lying areas create favorable mosquito breeding conditions. Although southwest Miami-Dade County usually experiences the greatest mosquito nuisance due to its proximity to the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, most areas of the county are afflicted by mosquitoes during the summer months. The Mosquito Control Division of the Miami-Dade County Public Works Department has begun inspections and treatment of known mosquito breeding areas, and will conduct ground and aerial spraying as needed to control adult mosquito populations. Residential inspections are also performed to find and eliminate breeding and adult mosquitoes. Please be aware that two of the species of mosquitoes found in Miami-Dade County can be effectively controlled by vigilance on the part of residents, as these mosquitoes breed in water holding containers. Therefore, residents are urged to inspect their properties and dispose of tin cans, waste tires, buckets, discarded plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Residents should also flush bromeliads weekly, repair leaky

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EDUCATION Miami Norland Track Star Chases Education and Sports Dream at the University of Nebraskaa BY: JANEY TATE Miami Norland Senior High School student, Monique Nicayne Lewis, joined the Lady Vikings girls track team after a friend encouraged her to tryout. She never imagined it would lead to a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska. On June 6, 2011, Nicayne signed her acceptance contract making her matriculation into the University of Nebraska official for the fall of 2011. “I’m happy that I have the opportunity to use my athletic ability to obtain a higher education. I’m excited about going to college. I plan to make sure that I use the scholarship to obtain a first class education and work on strengthening and developing my athletic ability,” said Lewis Lewis felt the University of Nebraska was a right fit for her to attend and continue her education. Lewis, who was scouted by the school at the State Championship track competition, is receiving a full athletic scholarship from the university. Joined by her mother, Leleith Lewis; track coach, Alex Johnson; and City of Miami Gardens Councilman, Oliver G. Gilbert III, an alum of the high school, Lewis decided to make the occasion more significant by sharing her moment with the City of Miami Gardens and signed her contract in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Proud of his student, Miami Norland Senior High School track coach, Johnson said “Nicayne has an extraordinary amount of fortitude and a God given talent to run!” Lewis who only started running track 15 months ago, has developed into one of the best runners on the team and in the state of

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Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH With the current state of the economy, money is tight, and we all could stand to pocket those extra dollars where we can. A lot of the money we spend on our homes can be better spent or even saved by taking a few simple measures. Here are some tips on how to save on home costs. SAVE ON YOUR MORTGAGE Each of our financial situations are different, but it might be wise to consider a 15-year mortgage rather than a 30year mortgage if you are considering refinancing. According to one financial expert, a $100,000 mortgage at 9.5 percent over 15 years saves $114,747 over the life of the loan compared to a 30-year mortgage at the same interest rate. At 7.5 percent the savings between a 30-year and 15-year mortgage of $100,000 would be $84,854. A 9 percent loan of $100,000, refinanced for 15 years at 7.5 percent, would add $86 per month to your payment, but would save you a hefty $135,845 over the life of the loan. If you can, refinance to a lower interest rate. For every $10,000 of your mortgage loan, 0.5 percent difference in the interest rate can save you over $40 a year. A $100,000 loan at 9.5 percent refinance at 7.5 percent can save you $1,704 per year for a total of $50,991 over the course of a 30-year mortgage. Also consider paying half of your monthly mortgage every two weeks, or paying an extra principal payment on your 30-year loan each year. SAVE ON YOUR UTILITIES Lower the temperature on your home’s hot water heater to between 110 and 120 degrees. Any hotter is unnecessary and wastes energy.

Switch from incandescent light bulbs to long-lasting fluorescent light bulbs, which last much longer and save on electricity. Install flow restricting shower heads, which can save a great deal of wasted water. Hang wet clothes on a clothes rack when possible, rather than using your dryer. A dryer can be a big energy drain. Always do full loads of laundry, and only run your dishwasher when it is full. Also try using warm or cold water when washing clothes, as opposed to hot. Use your microwave instead of your oven when possible, which will cut your cooking energy costs in half. It’s tempting to set thermostats down to 60 degrees in those sweltering South Florida summers, but try not to lower thermostats below 74 degrees. Make sure to turn thermostats up when leaving home. Make an appointment with your utility company for a free energy audit. They will inspect your home and recommend simple, inexpensive ways to cut energy costs. SAVE ON REPAIRS AND UPKEEP The recession has hit everybody pretty hard, including contractors. When making repairs on your home, try negotiating with contractors. They may not mind striking deals with you in order to get your business. The same goes for service workers, such as landscapers and housekeepers. If you can be flexible about the timing of your project, you’ll have the most leverage behind your bargaining. Make sure to get multiple price quotes before settling on a contractor. Bargaining also can work in the upkeep and decorating of your home. Higher shipping and material costs are pushing furniture prices up. Matched with slow sales in the summer season, many furniture boutiques will cut deals to move inventory. Ask for 20 percent off, and don’t settle for less than 10 percent. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at

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A Dream Comes True! BY JANEY TATE

Three years ago I began competing in the Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship Pageant with the hope of winning the extraordinary title of Miss Miami Gardens. A friend, Corey Jackson, educated me about the pageant and all the great benefits it had to offer and I decided to accept the challenge and competed for the first time in 2009. Apprehensive at first, I did not want to wear a swimsuit on a stage in front of an audience and I thought I had not one shred of talent. Corey and my family continued to encourage me, and when I learned of the $2,500 scholarship prize that would be awarded to the winner, I decided to step up to the challenge. I dove into the pageant world head first and since then I have never looked back. In 2009, I placed as second runner-up. I was so devastated that I didn’t win the title, but with the encouragement of friends and family, I decided I would not quit and that I would plan to compete again the following year. In preparation for the 2010 competition, I decided to compete in other local Miss Florida pageants, hoping to win, but most of all walking away with the experience! While interning at the City of Miami Gardens one day, I began to sing along to the radio which was playing in the background. The Events and Media staff heard me sing and began encouraging me that signing should be my talent. I had never before considered that I had any vocal talent and decided to give it a try. I invested in a singing instructor. I did not win in the following pageants I competed in, nor placed, but I was able to grow my singing abilities and begin to try to perfect my talent. Now I was ready for my second entry into the Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship Pageant. In 2010 with a new and improved talent, I was certain I was going to win the Miss Miami Gardens Pageant. I competed for the title, and once again was disappointed only placing as first runner up. It was a hard blow, and after recovering from the disappointment, I gained the will to commit myself to competing again and this time I had to win! I realized preparation was the key to success and therefore I would commit myself to getting ready for the third round. I entered as many local pageant competitions as I could within the Miss America system; taking notes and pointers from fellow competitors, especially the winners and the judges. I learned the winning walk, talk and style. I wanted to win! After losing each pageant, I dissected what I did wrong and what I could improve. I took it very seriously. Most importantly, I learned how to be comfortable with myself whether I won or not.

On April 23, 2011, I competed for the third time in the Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship pageant. This time I had experience along with the handwork and commitment I had invested into myself and reaching my goal. I was focused and had my eye on the crown. The competition was steep, as I competed alongside seven wonderful and talented young women. As usual, I made sure I put my best forward. That night as all the contestants stood confident waiting to hear their name as the title winner, many thoughts crossed my mind including all the “what ifs”. “What if I lose again?” “What if I don’t even place?” “What if this is the end of the road?” I was ready for disappointment, since I had lost so many times before. If anything I was probably the most graceful loser in the pageant system. I was certainly ready for the win! “And the Winner of the 2011 Miss Miami Gardens Scholarship Pageant is …” Then they called my name, “Janey Tate”, the excitement and happiness that consumed me was surreal. It was like seeing my name in lights on the Marquis. While the win was amazing, what I gained throughout my years competing, designed me to be a better person in so many ways. The journey confirmed that the goal was attainable, but like anything in life worth having, you have to work hard, commit yourself and become disciplined to reach the goal. While I feel like a champion, I also realize that there are many more dreams and wins ahead of me that I have to accomplish,

but this particular win really made the difference in building my character, self-confidence and my tenacity to persevere. Winning was not easy. There were many long late nights, tears and personal struggles, and I am so happy to see my perseverance paid off. While I invested in myself personally, many of my family and friends sacrificed their time and money to help me reach my aspirations. I worked with what I like to call a “Dream Team” of people who helped me prepare for the competitions. Mock interviews, lots of fundraising, singing instructions and consultations with a stylist all went into the preparation for the big night. Three years later and discovering that I actually had an unknown talent, I now hold the title of 2011 Miss Miami Gardens and I will go on to represent my city, the City for Miami Gardens, at the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant July 6th- 9th, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. While I have one title under my belt, I really look forward to winning the 2011 Miss Florida crown and the $10,000 scholarship prize. I continue to work hard each day, balancing life, school and my goals. I hope to come back with the Miss Florida crown, but besides the crown, the friends, support, love and knowing I can do absolutely anything I set my heart and mind to as long as I believe in myself! The Miss Miami Gardens and Miss Florida Scholarship Pageants are franchises of the Miss America pageant system. Contestants must compete in the following categories: private interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, and on-stage question. The competition is very intense and preparation is the key to winning. The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. The Miss America program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. The program provides a forum for today’s young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. To become Miss America, a contestant must first win a local competition and then compete to represent her state, a process requiring personal commitment, hard work and talent. A woman may compete at the state level more than once, but may only

compete in the national Miss America competition one time. More than twelve thousand women participate each year in the local and state events, culminating in the selection of 52 national finalists who vie for the Miss America title. Tens of thousands of volunteers organize the local and state preliminary competitions, promoting community involvement throughout the United States and furthering scholarship and achievement among young women in their communities. I want everyone to know all I have accomplished since I began competing would not have been possible without the emotional and financial support from the community and my sponsors. The first year I competed, I fundraised over $600 within 3 weeks and $400 of that went to the Children’s Miracle Network- the Miss America Organization’s national platform. I was overwhelmed by the generous contributions and how many people believed in me. Since I began, I have fundraised over $1,400 for the Children’s Miracle Network and that money goes to help children in need. I would like to give a special thanks to my mother, Velveeta Tate, my grandmother, the late Carrie Elizabeth Tate, my aunt, Tawanda McNair, AFSCME Local 1363, Richelle Wright, Jan Solomon, Rosie Justilien, The Miami Gardens Events & Media Department, The City of Miami Gardens Mayor & Council and The JMH Health Plan employees. These people have never hesitated to support me and I greatly appreciate them.I am also proud to say that I have encouraged former contestants to come back and compete for the title again. Other than the allure of pageantry, the opportunity to win scholarship money to further their education is the most important thing. Since being crowned I have made a number of appearances, participated in photo-shoots and attended great events where I represented the City, such as Taste in the Gardens. I especially loved attending the Relay for Life- a marathon walk that gives to cancer research. This year, the event was held in the City of Miami Gardens and we raised over $55,000 for the cause. I will take full advantage of my title through my year of service and I will use this opportunity to promote my platformMentoring and Volunteering with Passion(MVP). I look forward to a great year of service to my community and of course completing college with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communications. If you would like Miss Miami Gardens to appear at your school, business, church or organization please contact the Miss Miami Gardens Pageant Coordinator, Stephanie Saenz, at and (305)-622-8000 ext. 2482 or Janey Tate, at

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Mike McKenzie and Antwan Barnes teamed together to raise funds and community awareness for McKenzie’s 34 Ways Foundation, which helps inner city youth by providing resources to help enrich their lives. The two football greats planned a weekend of fun and invited several of their NFL friends and Celebrities to participate in the festivities. The weekend kicked off on Friday June 3, with a bowling extravaganza at Sparez Bowling Alley in Davie Florida. Bowlers donated a minimum of $15.00 to bowl, eat and drink. Saturday, June 4th, the Celebrity Basketball game was held at the Miami Norland Senior High school gymnasium. The crowd cheered on their favorite celebs which included Willis McGahee, Daunte Culpepper, and several current and former NFL players, who squared off to play an exciting game of basketball for a great cause! McKenzie’s 34 Ways team

won the game. In attendance at the game was Chad OchoCinco, Councilman Oliver Gilbert, and 2011 Miss Miami Gardens, Janey Tate. The players graciously took pictures with fans and signed autographs.

On Sunday, June 5th, McKenzie and Barnes conducted an intensive and interactive football camp at the Betty T. Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. Participating youth learned the fundamentals of the sport which included tech-

nique, strategy and good sportsmanship. McKenzie and Barnes especially enjoyed this event because it allowed them to interact with the children in the community and be role models if only for one day. Both players are natives of Miami Gardens and wanted to demonstrate their commitment to the City and host the majority of the weekend’s events in the City of Miami Gardens in order really give back to the community and create goodwill for the community that supported them when they were young athletes. McKenzie firmly believes in a strong community and knows events like this help to strengthen the community and provide hope to young aspiring athletes. His vision is that these youth will develop into mature adults one day and whether they become athletes or not, hopefully they will give back to the community who supported them. McKenzie plans to make this an annual event and make it bigger and better each year.

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The Black Health Medical Research Foundation, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, Big Bend AHEC of Florida and Black Health Magazine will hosts its 3rd National Black Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health and Beauty Conference and Professional Education Symposium entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Giving You the Best that I Got.â&#x20AC;? The conference will be held in Hollywood, Florida on the sandy beach of the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. For the busy professional woman, mom or caretaker seeking to refill her tank, it is the ideal atmosphere for an informative, relaxing and rejuvenating time. The event is designed to address the health concerns of individual consumers and to prepare practicing professionals to provide culturally competent services. It will also showcase the beauty of African American women and discuss measures on how that beauty can be enhanced and maintained. One of the hot topics of the conference involves weight loss, obesity and healthy living in the African American community. This discussion is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The CocaCola Company is proud to support the National Black Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health and Beauty Conference that helps educate African-American women and health professionals on the importance of living active, healthy lifestyles,â&#x20AC;? said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. Scheduled at this 2011 event are a variety of sessions: - panel discussionsvendors/exhibitors- Salsa dance classmentoring sessions for professional women- career coaching- resume building and review workshop- healthy cooking

demonstrations- book publishing workshop- black-tie banquet event- children activities, and much more. In addition to the sessions described above, they will award five (5) scholarships: two (2) for women who desire to return to college and otherwise have not had the opportunity and three (3) for qualifying students in healthcare programs selected after their presentation of original abstracts. On the last evening of the conference, Black Health Magazine will host the Black Health Awards Banquet where all scholarship recipients will be presented. Also during the award ceremony, they will honor Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25 Most Influential African American Doctors who have â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given their Bestâ&#x20AC;? to improve the health of African Americans in their respective communities. In addition, they are honoring R&B Sensation Angie Stone along with Celebrity Fitness Trainers Donna Richardson-Joyner, Andrea Riggs and ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott. Get the answers to your questions/concerns and the opportunity to network with other women from all around the country, who-like you, want â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the bestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for themselves and those important people around them. So, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on this event. Corporate Sponsors for the conference include Pfizer, Inc., Coca-Cola Company, Novo Nordisk, ING, Florida Milk, Florida Beef Council, National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Nova Southeastern University, Department of Health and Human Services, American Heart Association, Baptist Health System, Community Health of South Florida, The Cleveland Clinic, Johnson and Wales University and Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association. Registration information, along with hotel accommodations information, for the 2011 National Black Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health and Beauty Conference and Professional Education Symposium can be accessed online at

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Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III and Walmart reward Miami Gardens students with new computers Recently, Councilman Oliver G. Gilbert III, Seat 6, Miami Gardens, presented new laptop computers to five graduating seniors from Miami Carol City Senior High School (MCCSHS) and five graduating seniors from Miami Norland Senior High School (MNSHS). These students were identified by their respective high schools as most deserving of the rewards for the academic excellence they exhibited during their high school matriculation. Wal-Mart, located at 19501 Northwest 27th Ave., partnered with Councilman Gilbert to support his commitment to high academic standards for Miami Gardens’ students. This initiative was designed to reward academic achievement by students who will be attending college this fall. “We have exceptional students living and attending school in Miami Gardens and I believe we have to make sure we acknowledge the ones who are going above and beyond! These are the future leaders of tomorrow and I think it’s important that as a community we provide as much support as we can to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. There is a lot we can do, but a new computer is definitely a good start,” says Councilman Oliver Gilbert. The students from MCCSHS who received gifts are: Tavarus Green, who has a 4.2 GPA and plans to attend the University of Florida this fall.

Xavier Campbell, who has a 3.7 GPA and plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in the fall. (but was also considering BethuneCookman College) Yelena Coello, who has a 3.3 GPA and plans to attend Miami –Dade Community College this fall. Edwlyn Delancey, who has a 3.1 GPA and plans to attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University this fall.

Jazmin Lightbourn, who has a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend the West Carolina University this fall.

Brian Malcolm, who has a 4.4 GPA GPA and plans to attend the University of Miami this fall.

Peterson Pierrelouis, who has a 4.8 GPA and plans to attend the University of Florida this fall.

Lexandra Roache, who has a 4.5 GPA and plans to attend the Florida Atlantic University this fall.

Se’Kayla Harrell, who has a 4.8 GPA and plans to attend the University of Florida this fall. Runiya Brown, who has a 4.4 GPA and also plans to attend the University of Florida this fall. The students from MNSHS who received gifts are:

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Washington politicians put their party over people R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I have wanted to write a column about our elected officials caring more about their political parties than the people they were elected to represent. But other subjects, more date sensitive, keep coming up. Then I read a short Miami Herald article “112th Congress is one of least productive in years.” I realized that we hardly write, read or talk about it anymore — so maybe I should. Elected officials only care about us going into an election. They want our money and our vote. Once they win they turn their loyalty from the citizens of the district or state they represent into a blind loyalty to their party and the few major hitters who support their election bid. Mark me, I am not picking on any particular party. The Democrats and Republicans are all alike in this one respect. The Herald article went on to say that the 112th is, by most measures, underperforming even the “do-nothing Congress” of 1948, as

Harry Truman dubbed it 63 years ago. One of the measures is the number of bills voted into law. Not that I think this is such a great barometer as we have laws that are only changed to accommodate the wishes and desires of the party in power. However the parties in Washington are so concerned about “party loyalty” that they have lost the objective of an elected official. The 112th Congress was measured by votes taken, bills made into law and nominees approved. The article goes on to say that the Senate has approved a little over half the presidential nominations. By this time in the last presidential cycle almost all the nominations had been approved or given thumbs down. So what has Washington been doing? Posturing. The Republicans haven’t been shy in stating their goal, which is to make President Barack Obama a one-term president. Not that this an original plan. Every out party wants to remove the president and replace him with a member of their own party. But to admit that they rather see the nation stagnate than go along with any idea that the White House wants is a bit ridicules. The stalemate over increasing the nation’s debt limit is the ultimate example. Do I agree that we just can’t continue to borrow, and at

VIEWPOINT some point we must put a stop to spending what we don’t have? Yes. But to put the nation at risk of not being able to pay the bill is more than a little ridiculous. It’s totally financial irresponsibility. Let’s reduce the question from Washington to our own personal life. Let’s say one of our best friends has been short of funds to meet his minimum family expenses. This has been going on for quite a while, however he has never “missed” repaying us on time when the loan came due. Now he comes to us to borrow “more” money. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, he cannot repay his current loan. Now, he comes to us and says, “Hey, guys, sorry I can’t pay you back the money I owe you, but, I need some more money. How about another loan? You know what you would say. Now what do you think China or another nation holding American treasury debt that is in default would say? Do you think they will lend us more money? Possibly, but at a much higher interest rate because our credit stand-

ing has been tarnished. Not tarnished; badly damaged, perhaps to the point where no one will want to lend us money in the future. Adios American credit. What took days to destroy will take years and years to rebuild. In the meantime, other nations have moved into positions of power. China, India and Brazil are waiting on the sidelines for the United States to slip and fall. Thanks, White House and members of Congress. And, if we do slip and fall, it will be the fault of our elected officials that have placed themselves, their party and their “big” financial supporters ahead of the American people. Must I say more? We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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City of Miami Gardens Crime Scene Unit Spends the Morning with WSVN-7 News Team

The City of Miami Gardens Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crime Scene Unit was recently invited to tour Channel 7 News Station by News Program Director Cynthia Williams. Crime Scene Supervisor Willard B. Delancy II, Crime Scene Investigator Cynthia Alexander and Investigation Section Major Allen Mandelbloom tour the newsroom facilities. The morning started with a completed tour of the behind the scenes of what makes Channel 7 News Station operate and the people that make it

happen. Upon conclusion of the tour, CMGPD Crime Scene Unit witnessed the noon-day news broadcast with Diana Diaz, Christine Cruz and Meteorologist, Julie Durda. This was an amazing experience for all in attendance to see what broadcast news looks like behind the scenes and what it takes to bring news to the people of South Florida in real and broadcast time. The City of Miami Gardens Police Department Family would like to say Thanks to WSVN- 7 for our special day.

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