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July 2010

N. Patrick Range, Sr. named Professional of the Year

Congratulations to Mr. N. Patrick Range, Sr., recipient of the prestigious Robert H. Miller Professional of the Year Award presented by the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association.

Mr. Range is actively involved with the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association Inc., having served on the National Board of the same, representing the State of Florida as its President. He is an active member of the First Regional District of the Florida Morticians Association, Inc. and a past president of the same. He is also a member of the Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Miami-Dade College Department of Funeral Service.

Mr. Range was recognized by his peers as the "Mortician of the Year" in 2006 by both the First Regional District of Florida and the Florida Morticians' Association. He is presently in his 50th year through Range Funeral Homes, Miami.

The award will be presented at a banquet on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. It is one of the highlights of the 73rd National Convention & Exposition of the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, July 31- August 5, 2010.

New chapter of The Links established in Miami-Dade County

The Links, Incorporated
Miami – Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, chartered at National Assembly


MIAMI --  Thirty- one of South Florida’s most accomplished professional  women were recently inducted as charter members of the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated,  an international  service organization of concerned, committed, and talented women, linked in friendship, to enrich, sustain, and ensure the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African descent.  Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated (“The Links”) is among the most prestigious associations of African American women in the world. 

The Induction Ceremony, held one day before the First Plenary Session of The Links, Incorporated,  37th National Assembly in Detroit, Michigan on June 30, 2010, culminated a full year of candidate orientation and community service programming.  The Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is the first chapter of the organization’s 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to be chartered on a national stage before the formal Assembly of The Links membership.  


The Miami- Biscayne Bay Chapter is the third chapter of The Links, Incorporated to be established within the geographic boundaries of Miami-Dade County, FL, joining the Greater Miami and Dade County Chapters in friendship and service to the community.    In the coming weeks, the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, will further introduce themselves, their goals and program focus for 2010-2011.

Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter, The Links, Incorporated

Seated left to right:   Rosa Simmons; Shirlyon McWhorter-Jones; Zandra Rucker; Darlene Gay; Roslyn Jackson; Lillian Cooper; Cheryl Capers of the National Chapter Establishment Committee; Martha Johnson-Rutledge; Carolyn Hazelton; and Reva Vangates.

Standing left to right:  Rebecca Fuzz; Tearsa Black-Harvey; Georgia McLean; Eunice Hogan; Valerie Williams; Val Screen; Elaine Adderly; Mary Tillman; Jennifer Green; Lucia Davis-Raiford; Audrey Edmonson; Jean Teal; Beatrice Cazeau; Beatrice Louissaint; Ronda Vangates; Effie Adams; Linda Kearson; Beth Williams; Jacqueline White; Carol Wilson; H. Leigh Toney; and Vanessa Woodard Byers.

South Florida Caribbean News: July 26th is the Last Day To Register To Vote For Primary Election

South Florida – This August 24th the Primary Elections features congressional, state, judicial, school board, county commission, and municipal candidates, and important county and city issues.

Voting is the best and most impactful way for residents to have a say in issues that affect them, as well as in selecting government leaders. However, to vote in the August 24, 2010 Primary Election residents must be registered to vote with the Miami-Dade Elections Department by July 26, 2010.


Residents can go online at to print a Voter Registration Application or call 3-1-1 to have a Voter Registration Application mailed to them.

The application must be filled out completely, contain an original signature and sent to the address on the form.

Residents are eligible to vote if they:

· are 18 years or older (pre-registration begins at 16);

· are a U.S. citizen;

· are a permanent resident of Miami-Dade County. There is no specific time requirement to live in Miami-Dade County to be considered a permanent resident.

Residents may register to vote at a number of locations including:

· Public libraries;

· Most city, town and village halls;

· State public assistance agencies;

· Florida Driver License Bureaus;

· Miami-Dade Elections Department Offices located at:

o Main Office
2700 NW 87 Avenue

o Voter Information Center
111 NW 1st Street (1st Floor, West Lobby)

For more information, please call 3-1-1 or visit


Register to vote in Broward County by either going to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ website: and filling out an online application form and mailing it in.

You may also obtain a voter registration application in person or by telephone by contacting: The Supervisor of Elections Main office: 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, Office Number-954-357-7050. You may also pick up a form at any public library.

After completing the voter registration application, it can be mailed or delivered to the Supervisor of Elections office. A voter information card will be mailed to the applicant approximately 2-3 weeks after the application is processed.

Trumps AIDS National Bid Whist Tournament Aug. 14

On August 14, 2010 Empower “U”, Inc.  South Beach Aids Project and the Black AIDS Institute (The Institute), will host the final qualifying tournament for the Institute’s national “Bid Whist Tournament”.

Empower “U”, Inc is a minority, peer-based, 501(c) 3 CBO founded in 1999 by two African-American women living with HIV/AIDS. Its mission is to empower, educate, and promote better health care choices for individuals and families living with or at risk for health disparities, particularly HIV/AIDS.

The Institute being the only national HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people, has been looking for a uniquely Black idea that could be used to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Black communities and possibly raise resources to help fight this deadly disease. One such idea is Bid Whist. Bid Whist—in various forms—has been a popular Black American past time for centuries.

Trump AIDS and The Institute’s National Bid Whist Tournament, provides a platform to mobilize Black communities, raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and serves as the vehicle to raise funds to reduce HIV rates in Black communities


Use of CRA funds to pay Commission staff questioned

Posted on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010

2 Miami commissioners want CRA funds to pay staff

Two Miami commissioners want to transfer $105,000 from community redevelopment funds to their own offices, a move experts say could be illegal and skirts the intent of helping blighted communities.

The request, to be voted on Thursday, comes as commissioners grapple with a free-falling city budget -- and as they look for ways to shore up their own staff finances.

``They're over budget in their commission offices, big time,'' said Mayor Tomás Regalado, among those questioning the idea.

Housing discrimination is illegal...Try HOPE


The federal Fair Housing Act as amended, as well as Florida’s state fair housing law, prohibit discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance and advertising of dwellings and in other housing-related transactions, based on:
Race · Color · National Origin · Religion
Sex · Familial Status · Disability
Miami-Dade County’s local fair housing law provides protection against discrimination on these additional basis:
Age · Marital Status · Sexual Orientation
Broward County’s local fair housing law provides protection against discrimination on these additional basis:
Age · Marital Status · Sexual Orientation  
Political Affiliation

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, housing operated by organizations, private clubs that limit occupancy to members and housing for older persons (55 and over Properties May Exclude Children under 18) with 1) HUD 202 sponsored elderly program; 2) property occupied solely by persons 62 years or older; or 3) 80% of the units house at least one person 55 years or older and the community has services and programs for older residents


Ö  Builders

Ö  Condominium Associations

Ö  Insurance Agents/Brokers

Ö  Landlords

Ö  Mortgage Lenders /Brokers

Ö  Newspaper Organizations

Ö  Property Appraisers

Ö  Realtors

Ö  Residential Managers

Ö  Others who provide housing / housing services

Non-compliance, based on the protected classes, can be a federal, state and/or local offense.  It is a provider’s lawful responsibility to comply with fair housing laws. Violators of the law may be subject to litigation, exorbitant costs and public embarrassment.
§ Many providers neglect to train each staff member to unsure understanding and application the fair housing laws.  Providers can discriminate unintentionally, however, owners are still responsible for the actions of their employees.  Providers should seek training as a preventative measure.
§ Some providers do not administer even-handed screening practices.   Providers must provide complete and accurate information to every housing prospect that comes through their doors.
§ Inquiring too much into the nature of someone’s disability can expose the provider to liability.  For example, inquiries about whether or not a disabled person can live independently.
§ Some providers wrongly assume that housing discrimination is not reported.  As more residents and home-seekers become educated about their rights, there is a greater likelihood that those who engage in discriminatory practices will get caught.


H.O.P.E., Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting equal opportunity in housing.  H.O.P.E., Inc. is the only private fair housing organization in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties engaged in testing for fair housing law violations and pursuing the enforcement of meritorious claims.  Since its 1988 inception, the agency has been instrumental in the recovery of over $6.8 million dollars in out-of-court settlements for victims of housing discrimination.


H.O.P.E., Inc.’s mission is to ensure fair and equal housing opportunities for all people.  In furthering our mission, we realize the importance of increasing voluntary compliance with the fair housing laws.  Therefore, we work with providers by:
§  Conducting fair housing educational workshops/ seminars
§  Developing fair housing policies and procedures
§  Identifying best practices in working within our diverse community
§  Conducting the required Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) for local jurisdictions
§  Preparing final AI reports for local Jurisdictions who are Grantees of Federal HUD funds
§  Providing comprehensive contractual relocation services
·  Comply with the fair housing laws and keep a copy of the laws on hand
·  Make sure staff is knowledgeable of fair housing laws
·  Establish fair housing policies and procedures, and review / update as needed on an annual basis
·  Promote and advertise fair housing practices
·  Treat all housing prospects equally, regardless of their protected class
Keenya J. Robertson, President & CEO
18441 N.W. 2nd Ave., Suite 218
Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Phone: 305-651-HOPE
Fax: 305-493-0108
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
-- Maya Angelou

Former FAMU President Dr. Frederick S. Humphries to Announce FAMU Partnership with Local High School


Humphries Florida A&M University has adopted Miami’s Solid Rock High School as a feeder school for youth in Miami-Dade County. Don’t miss one of the University’s most celebrated presidents, Dr. Frederick  S. Humphries as he introduces this new program to the Miami community at the FAMU-Solid Rock Partnership Banquet, 8 pm, July 8th at 19000 SW 112th Ave, Miami 33157.

For tickets and information contact:

Barbara Fountain Dent

(305) 235-7376 or (305) 238-9545

If you cannot attend, please make a donation to the Solid Rock Scholarship Fund.