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Dr. Steve Gallon III to be sworn in as School Board Member on Tues. 11/22

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The community is invited to witness the swearing-in of Dr. Steve Gallon III as the member for District 1, School Board of Miami-Dade County. On November 8, 2016, the voters overwhelmingly supported Dr. Gallon’s campaign for change and focus on improving District 1 failing schools. Dr. Gallon will be sworn-in during a public ceremony on Tuesday morning at the School Board Administration Building. However, for the convenience of parents, students and other stakeholders in District 1, a community swearing-in ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at Miami Carol City Middle School, 3737 NW 188th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055.

Please share this information with your network of family and friends. For more information call 786-307-5956.

 


Pastor Wayne Lomax to Deliver Opening Prayer before Congress Today

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WASHINGTON —This morning, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will welcome Pastor Wayne Lomax as guest chaplain to lead the day’s opening prayer before Congress. Pastor Lomax is the founder and senior pastor of the Fountain of New Life church located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Founded nearly 20 years ago, the Fountain of New Life is one of the largest churches in Florida and an indispensable community partner in South Florida. The church enriches thousands of lives in Florida’s 24th congressional district and tackles many pressing issues, including hunger, poverty, and crime. The pastor is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Tune into your local C-SPAN station, at 11:30 a.m. ET, to watch Pastor Lomax deliver the prayer and Rep. Wilson welcome him to the House floor.


Wright continues fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor

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James B. Wright continues his fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor.

There is a saying that you can't fight city hall. As quietly as it is being kept, James Wright, disqualified by the City of Miami Gardens in its mayoral race, is having none of that. Wright continues his fight today as he seeks to remain on the ballot. 

Initial discussion, on social media, of Wright's disqualification due to his returned check  led many to believe the check for his qualifying fee was returned due to insufficient funds. According to correspondence from the City to Wright, the check was returned because the account number could not be found. According to Wright’s bank, the check was never submitted for deposit.

City of Miami Gardens Clerk Ronetta Taylor notified Wright on June 20, 2016 that his check was returned and since it was after the qualifying period, he was disqualified. Wright submitted the check on the afternoon of June 1, 2016. Qualifying closed on the following day, June 2. 

Wright takes issue with the lapse in time between the date of submission of his qualifying documentation, including his check, and the notification of disqualification. Wright also asserts that City procedures were not followed when he submitted his qualifying documents. The City typically escorts a candidate to its finance area where the availability of funds in a candidate's account is determined on the spot. Wright notes a candidate for one of the council seats was notified that funds were not available in his account. That candidate opened his campaign account and filed his qualifying documents on the same day, the funds would not be available until the next day. That individual was not disqualified by the City Clerk. 

Well-known elections law attorney, J.C. Planas, has been hired to defend the City of Miami Gardens. Should the City prevail, there is evidence of change needed in the elections qualifying period, process and procedures. Should Wright prevail, this situation also warrants investigation of possible violation of established procedures. The City of Miami Gardens did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Stay tuned.

Watch the videos of Wright’s guest appearances on the Chief Jimmie Brown Show. 

June 26, 2016  - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM guest hosted by Eric Pettus

 

July 3, 2016 - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM

 

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“How to Stop the Shootings” forums to discuss making high-impact neighborhoods safer

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MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, in partnership with elected officials and other advocacy organizations, will be hosting a series of youth and young adult forums over the next several weeks to discuss the rash of fatal shootings in high-impact neighborhoods and what can be done to make these communities safer.

The “How to Stop the Shootings” forums – which are designed to help reduce tensions and empower community members by engaging youth, providing a forum to share information, identify resources and facilitate partnerships and relationships – will take place at the following times and locations:

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

African Heritage Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave.

Miami, FL 33142

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170th Terrace

Miami, FL 33157

 

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Edison Community Resource Center, 150 NW 79th Street

Miami, FL 33130

 

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Miami Gardens Community Resource Center, 16405 NW 25th Avenue

Miami Gardens, FL 33054

 

For more information, contact the CRB at 305-375-1406 or CommunityRelations@miamidade.gov or visit www.miamidade.gov/advocacy

 


Alpha Kappa Alpha Presents Heart Health Expo-2, Saturday, Feb. 27

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Enjoy a free, fun-filled day of Health at HEART HEALTH EXPO-2 presented by Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, 10am - 2pm, Saturday, 02/27/2016, Walmart, 3791 NW 167th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055. Bring your family and friends! To RSVP and for additional information, email gzohealthcommittee@gmail.com.


ARLINGTON ACADEMY TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR TO PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING

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Miami Gardens, FL. – Arlington Academy presents the 4th Annual Health Fair: Promoting Health Living as a fresh way to kick-off the New Year for 2016. The fair will take place on Saturday, January 9th from 10 am to 2 pm at Arlington Academy which is located at 4814 NW 167 Street, Miami Gardens, FL, 33014. “We are here to serve the community,” said Aundrea Blye, Principal and Director, Arlington Academy. “Healthy living has always been a mantra that we live by at Arlington Academy so annually we provide an opportunity for the community-at-large to gain knowledge on the keys to live a healthy life for free.”

This event is in partnership with the City of Miami Gardens for their healthy living initiative and is open to the public. Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson is the Keynote speaker. Guests will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one health evaluations, mini physicals, health care gift bags, HIV & STD testing, witness dental presentations, activities for the children and more! Sponsors include Molina Health Care, Miami Dade College, Union Positiva, The Big Red Bus, Jackson Memorial Healthcare, WMIB; 103.5 The Beat, Advanced Neuro & Spine Institute, City of Miami Gardens, Higher Learning Entertainment, and Oh So Sweet.

WHO:       Arlington Academy presents the 4th Annual Health Fair: Promoting Healthy Living

WHAT:    This free health fair will provide guests with one-on-one health evaluations, miniphysicals, health care gift bags, HIV & STD testing, witness dental presentations, activities for the children and more!

SPECIAL GUESTS: City of Miami Garden’s Vice Mayor Felicia Robinson & City of Miami Garden’s Chief of Police Antonio Brooklen

WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016 | 10 am to 2 pm

WHERE: Arlington Academy 4814 NW 167 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33014


Important Date Change: Miami Gardens Walking One Stop Moved to November 9

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The Walking One Stop originally scheduled for this Monday, November 2 has been postponed to November 9. Logistically, it is necessary to postpone the Walking One Stop as the Miami Gardens Police Department is in the process of moving into their new headquarters. Please mark your calendar – more details are forthcoming.  A special edition Walking One Stop is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – Noon, in Richmond Heights.

 


The City of Miami Gardens Launches Free “EXPRESS” Community Trolley Service

 

The Gardens EXPRESS Pilot Program Will Begin on June 1st at Noon for Residents and Visitors to the City

Miami Gardens, FL—All aboard the Gardens EXPRESS! Miami Gardens’ premiere circulator service is scheduled to launch its pilot program on Monday, June 1st at 12PM, following a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at City Hall at 10:30AM. The Gardens EXPRESS will operate two handicap accessible community buses covering the east and west sides of the City that will allow passengers to shop, visit and travel within the Miami Gardens area. The system is free to all riders.

To view the Miami Gardens EXPRESS promotional video featuring Mayor Oliver Gilbert and residents of Miami Gardens, visit bit.ly/MiamiGardensEXPRESS.

The Miami Gardens EXPRESS has pre-determined stops conveniently located throughout the city at landmark locations and local roads to supplement Miami-Dade County’s current transit system. The Gardens EXPRESS links major destinations, local businesses and neighborhoods, while connecting to over 20 Miami-Dade Transit stops. Service will initially be provided using temporary limousine-style buses until the permanent trolleys are manufactured later this year. Select stops along the EXPRESS’ east and west routes include City Hall, Sun Life Stadium, North Dade Regional Library, Florida Memorial University, Jackson North Dade Health Center, Shoppes at the Gardens, and Betty T. Ferguson Complex.

“The great thing about the Miami Gardens EXPRESS is that it is exclusive to our residents and visitors. It serves as a supplementary service to Miami -Dade Transit; thereby, connecting our residents to key locations in the City and to other transit connections that travel outside of our city limits,” says Public Works Director, Tom Ruiz.

The trolley services are funded by the People’s Transportation Plan (PTP) half-penny surtax, which was approved by Miami-Dade County voters in 2002. The City of Miami Gardens began to receive its share of the half-penny surtax during the Fiscal Year 2012-13. Immediately, staff began work in planning and implementing the trolley service with support from Mayor Oliver Gilbert and the Miami Gardens City Council.

Miami Gardens City Manager Cameron Benson recognizes the circulator services are a major part of the City’s advancement. “We are aiming for continued economic development success. A key to connecting these points of development will be the addition of the Miami Gardens EXPRESS trolley services,” says Benson.



ERYKAH BADU, RUN D.M.C., SHEILA E. & JAZZ IN THE GARDENS ALL STARS COMPLETE 10TH ANNUAL JAZZ IN THE GARDENS MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP



March 21st - 22nd, 2015, at SunLife Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida



MIAMI GARDENS, FL – The City of Miami Gardens is proud to announce the addition of Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E. and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne to the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival at SunLife Stadium. The two-day music festival from March 21-22, 2015, will also feature artists Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Men of Soul's Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson and Freddie Jackson, and Brian Culbertson. Comedians and nationally syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will co-host the festival.


Jazz in the Gardens will feature local artists, over 40 exotic food vendors, a Vendor Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City's milestone 10th year of its signature event. On Saturday and Sunday, doors to the festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.



The Women’s Impact Conference and Luncheon (WICL) will kick off the Jazz in the Gardens Weekend on Friday, March 20, at the Miramar Cultural Center with the theme "THERE’S NO ‘S’ ON MY CHEST BUT A HERO LIVES WITHIN." The event will feature keynote speaker reality show personality Omarosa Manigault and a surprise guest promised to "wow" the crowd. That same night at the Center, Rickey Smiley and a few special guests from his morning show will host the Official Jazz in the Gardens Pre-Party featuring a comedy show, live entertainment and dancing.



"Without a doubt, this is our most exciting lineup yet," said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. "And by the reports on ticket sales, there’s no denying it. There is no sunnier, breezier, or better place to enjoy your favorite exotic food, good friends and amazing live performances than in the Gardens in springtime. We welcome our guests who travel from all over the world to celebrate our milestone 10th year of the fastest growing jazz & R&B festival in America."



Predicted early on to break last year’s record of 68,000 tickets sold, tracking a 15% increase in ticket sales, JITG ‘10 is well on its way to breaking its record for an anticipated 71,000 tickets sold.



Official Site: www.jazzinthegardens.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jazzinthegardens
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jazzgardens
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jitg10
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What’s Happening this Weekend? Politics, Football, FAMily and Fun!

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President Clinton campaigns for Gov. Charlie Crist in Miami-Dade County. FILE photo: Florida Politics


This is the weekend after Labor Day, school has started and one would think our schedules allowed us more breathing room but that is not the case. This is a super busy weekend and that can be measured by the number of places Gov. Charlie Crist visits as he continues to unleash his historic re-election campaign. Crist, a Republican turned Independent and now Democrat could become the first person to hold the top elected position in the State of Florida as a Republican and a Democrat. The Crist Campaign has brought out the really big guns in the person of President William Jefferson Clinton so let’s hope that motivates eligible voters to register and registered voters to get out and vote.  

One of the largest high school football games will be played tonight at Traz Powell Stadium as the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes take on the Miami Central Rockets. Traz Powell is far too small a venue for a game with such a large fan base; SunLife Stadium is too large and FIU Stadium is too far in distance. Too bad that wasn’t considered prior to the demolition of the Orange Bowl or perhaps it was and the powers that be didn’t give a hoot about how inner-city black communities would be impacted.

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By the way, the football game tickets with Miami misspelled, really should not have been sold. Mistakes can happen but that’s why there should be quality control procedures in place to catch items are made available for the public. I could go on and on about how this mistake results in derogatory comments about black schools but I think you get my point. One little misspelled might not seem like a big deal but it is.   

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The Florida A&M University Rattlers play the University of Miami Hurricanes Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. Since FAMU no longer presents the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami, when the team is here to play, the game results in a big celebration by local FAMU alumni and supporters. Several FAMU students from the Miami area will travel back home for the experience.  

There are several activities included on the list of official list of Florida A&M University-sanctioned events for this weekend: 

Friday, September 5

8PM - Set Fridays II - An evening of networking and music with DJ and FAMU alum “Ed the World Famous,” Fate Lounge - Gulfstream Park, 601 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. Admission - $20. Presented by the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. 

Scholarship Gala featuring FAMU President Dr. Elmira Mangum, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 Southeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33131, Admission - $85. Presented by the Gold Coast Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.

Saturday, September 6

9AM - Scholarship & Recruitment Workshop, Featuring Florida A&M University President Dr. Elmira Mangum, the famous performing troup, FAMU Connection, and FAMU student leaders. Scholarships will be awarded on the spot! The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, Admission - FREE. Presented by Florida A&M University in partnership with the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. 

Noon - Rattlers Strike in the Gardens - Join the Rattlers before the FAMU/UM football game for an afternoon of music, food and fun featuring health and wellness presentations and local vendors. Betty T. Ferguson Recreational complex, 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056, Admission - FREE or VIP $30. Presented by the City of Miami Gardens and the Miami-Dade Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association.  

7PM - Football Game - Florida A&M Rattlers vs. University of Miami Hurricanes, featuring the halftime performance of the Marching 100. Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL and ESP3. 

Except for the football game, profits from these events will fund scholarships for deserving students at Florida A&M so please support events that support FAMU.  

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Journalist, commentator, motivational speaker and author Jeff Johnson and several hundred youth will invade Florida Memorial University on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, for a South Florida #HacktotheFuture Youth Summit YouthTown Hall Meeting and tech workshops. This is an excellent event for your teen.

Have an awesome and safe weekend!