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October 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month: José Griñan


Jose Grinan
Former local newscaster José Griñan of WCKT-TV, now WSVN-TV, is of Cuban descent.


If you were in South Florida during the 1980’s you remember the dapper WCKT (now WSVN) news anchor, José Griñan. A well-respected journalist, the Tampa native was a calming and informative voice during the McDuffie riots. He is apparently still delivering the news elsewhere without the drama we’ve come to expect from current news anchors. 

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Obama Campaign strengthens community outreach in Miami-Dade County


As the election cycle moves closer to the November 6, 2012 Election Day, Organizing for America (OFA) is opening more offices on the north end of Miami-Dade County. More volunteers are needed to continue to strengthen the campaign’s ground game and get President Barack Obama re-elected.


A new field office has opened in North Miami Beach at 17152 West Dixie Highway and there’s a staging location at 5603 NW 31 Avenue in the Brownsville area. Make time on your schedule to do what you can to help the campaign.

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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson Hosts Foreclosure Workshop

Join Congresswoman Frederica Wilson for a foreclosure workshop, 1 p.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 2012, The Fountain of New Life church, 4601 NW 167th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33055.

Meet HUD approved counselors; learn about the HAMP program; independent foreclosure review and principal reduction. To pre-register and for more information, call (305) 690-5905.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Town Hall Meeting on School Bond Referendum 10/16

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, October 16. 2012, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the school bond referendum on the November ballot. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of the School board Administration Building, 1450 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132.

Carvalho will share information and answer questions.  The meeting will also be televised live on WLRN Channel 17 and webcast on


State Rep. Cynthia Stafford to Hold Domestic Violence Town Hall Meeting 10/25

State Representative Cynthia Stafford will host a Domestic Violence Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Carrie P. Meek Senior & Cultural Center (Hadley Park), located at 1350 N.W. 50th Street, Miami, Florida 33142.

The focus of the Town Hall Meeting is to increase awareness and education in the community, as we observe “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”


FMU Black Male College Explorers Program Receives AT&T Grant


FMU President Henry Lewis III and AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser pose with graduates of FMU's Black Male College Explorers Program


MIAMI GARDENS, FL. – The Florida Memorial University (FMU) Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) has been awarded a $50,000 grant from AT&T that will help underwrite tutoring services, staff and activities geared toward one purpose: enhancing the skills and life trajectory of black male students.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Faizon Love

Faizon Love
Faizon Love is an actor and comedian of Afro-Cuban descent. He is best known for his role as Big Worm in the film Friday. He also starred in Elf, Made and Couples Retreat.

Faizon Andre Love was born Langston Faizon Santisima on June 14, 1968 in Santiago de Cuba. He grew up a military brat because of his father’s Navy career and was raised in San Diego, CA and Newark, NJ. 

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So So Much Sadness

It appears the remains of missing UF student Christian Aguilar may have been found in an isolated area east of Cedar Key. Aguilar’s friend and Doral Academy classmate Pedro Bravo and admitted to beating Aguilar and leaving him without medical care.

Three construction workers died and one is still missing in the partial collapse of the parking garage at the West Campus of Miami Dade College in Doral. The five-story structure was set to open in December. OSHA and other authorities are investigating. Classes have been moved to other locations.

Coral Reef High School student Christian Valdes died unexpectedly due to meningoccocal meningitis. Parents have been notified and asked to seek medical care for their child if symptoms arise.  Health authorities advise this death is not to be confused with recently reported deaths due to fungal meningitis.

Let’s pray for everyone impacted by these situations. Amen.



Miami-Dade County General Election Early Voting Schedule and Locations

Here is the Early Voting Schedule and Locations for Miami-Dade County for the November 2012 General Election. Your vote is your voice. We get the elected leaders we deserve when we don't participate in the process. Get out and vote. 

Why wait? Vote early!

The Early Voting period's range of days and choice of a convenient voting site near your home or place of employment makes it an ideal option.

Please go to the Voter Toolkit for details on what to bring.

General Election - November 6, 2012

Early Voting Schedule





Early Voting Locations
Aventura Government Center
19200 W Country Club Drive
(2nd Floor Commission Area)
City of Miami - City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
(Entrance is located at the northeast side of the building - ADA entrance is through the front door of City Hall)
Coral Gables Library
3443 Segovia Street
Coral Reef Library
9211 SW 152nd Street
Elections Department (SOE Main Office)
2700 NW 87th Avenue
Florida City - City Hall
404 West Palm Drive
(Commission Chambers)
John F. Kennedy Library
190 West 49th Street
Kendall Branch Library
9101 SW 97th Avenue
Lemon City Library
430 NE 61st Street
(Reading Room)
Miami Beach City Hall
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Lakes Public Library
6699 Windmill Gate Road
Model City Library @ Caleb Center
2211 NW 54th Street
North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183rd Street
North Miami Public Library
835 NE 132nd Street
North Shore Branch Library
7501 Collins Avenue
(Program Room)
South Dade Regional Library
10750 SW 211th Street
Stephen P. Clark Gov't Center
(SOE Branch Office)
111 NW 1st Street (Lobby)
West Dade Regional Library
9445 SW 24th Street
West Flagler Branch Library
5050 West Flagler Street
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Boulevard

Source: Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections


Hispanic Heritage Month: Lola Falana


Lola Falana
Loletha Elaine "Lola" Falana born September 11, 1942 in Camden, New Jersey is an American singer, dancer, and actress of Cuban descent.

Lola Falana's father left Cuba to become a welder in the United States, where he met his wife. Falana spent most of her childhood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By the age of three she was dancing, and by age five she was singing in the church choir. By the time she was in junior high school, she was already dancing in nightclubs to which she was escorted by her mother. Pursuing a musical career became so important to Falana that, against her parents' wishes, she left Germantown High School a few months before graduation and moved to New York City.

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