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M-DSPD PATROL OFFICER HONORED DURING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CEREMONY

By Carma Henry M-DSPD PATROL OFFICER HONORED DURING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CEREMONY — Chief Ian A. Moffett congratulates Patrol Officer Gerardo Alayon for winning the 2014 Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Award in the Uniform Services category and the Office of the Attorney General’s “Outstanding Law Enforcement” Award. Officer Alayon’s intuitiveness and investigative skills enabled him to gain the trust of a teenage student, uncovering information that she was a victim of “human trafficking” and forced prostitution which led to the arrest of the adult male subjects for their exploitation of the young victim. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Blacks locked out of housing market

By Carma Henry Blacks locked out of housing market By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – As the housing market recovers a new report by the Urban Institute shows that Black borrowers “have been disproportionately shut out of the market.” According to the report titled, “Where Have All the Loans Gone? The Impact of Credit Availability on Mortgage Volume,” the share of Black borrowers was 6 percent in 2001 but fell to 4.8 percent in 2012. By contrast, the share of White borrowers increased more than 3 percent from 2001 to 2012 and now account for 71.2 percent of mortgage loans. From 2001 to 2012, the number of loans that went to Black borrowers decreased by 55 percent while the number of loans to Whites dropped 41 percent, with most of the losses occurring after 2005. Nearly five million first lien mortgages for home purchases were filed in 2001, the Urban Institute report said. The number of first lien mortgages for home purchases has declined more than 44 percent over the same period. According to a report by Zillow, a home and real estate marketplace and the National Urban League, “Blacks experience the highest loan application denial rates. 1 …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Love Equals an Empty Tomb’ two shows April 18 and 20

By Carma Henry Christal H. Walker Love Equals an Empty Tomb’ two shows April 18 and 20 MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL — Matthew 28 Verse 1: Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the Sepulchre. 2: And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. 3: His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. Bible Out Loud Ministries presents Holy Weekend “spectacular” Love Equals an Empty Tomb with music, singing, dancing and storytelling written, produced, directed and performed by Master Storyteller Christal H. Walker. Witness the annual performance of Love Equals an Empty Tomb Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20, at 7 p.m. It’s the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, live on stage…witness a Holy Weekend experience – a music, dancing, singing and storytelling SPECTACULAR! Performances during Holy Weekend: Good Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. at Ebenezer MBC, 816 N.W. First Ave., Hallandale Beach, Fla. The event will be hosted by Angela Haynes (Co-Host Maestro Powell’s) WEDR 99.JAMZ FM, Sunday Morning Gospel – (954) 454-0245. Sunday, April 20, 7 …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Dr. Norbert S. Marcelle, Jr.

By Carma Henry Dr. Norbert S. Marcelle, Jr. April 1929 – March 2014 Another valiant soldier has fought a good fight, finished his course and gone on to receive his eternal reward. On Saturday, March 15th the Angel of Death came to escort the Late Dr. Norbert S. Marcelle, Jr. to his heavenly home. Dr. Marcelle was born 84 years ago, in Orlando, Fla. to the Late Bishop Dr. Norbert S. Marcelle, Sr. and Evangelist Melissa Evans. Dr. N. S. Marcelle, Jr., was the 11th of 16 children born to this holy union. He attended grammar school and graduated from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn, NY in 1947. He pursued training at the New York School of Embalming and Restorative Arts. He graduated with a degree in Mortuary Science 1950. In 1950, he married his fiancée and soul mate Beatrice Louise Davis. Six children were born to this union with posterity of 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The United States Army drafted Dr. Marcelle during the Korean War. He served as an Embalmer/Grave Registration Specialist from 1951 to 1953 until he was honorably discharged. Dr. Marcelle moved his family to Palm Beach County in 1984, where he and his wife opened Marcelle Funeral Home and Flower Shop. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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NNPA luncheon focuses on Black economics, growing income gap

By Carma Henry NNPA luncheon focuses on Black economics, growing income gap Maggie Anderson talks about buying exclusively Black. By James Wright Washington Informer WASHINGTON, DC – The economic status of African-Americans and the “crisis-level” income gap between the rich and the poor was the agenda of this year’s State of the Black Press luncheon last week at the National Press Club in D.C. The event, sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Foundation, featured discourse amongst journalists and financial experts about the different factors affecting Black economics, including the crippling recession that some said wiped out gains made by middle-class Blacks during the recent recession. “The recession supposedly ended in 2009 but there are still adverse effects,” said economist Valerie Wilson, who works with the D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute. “At the rate of recovery that is taking place we will not reach pre-recession employment levels possibly until 2018.” Wilson took part in the panel, “Access to Economic Opportunity,” which was moderated by NNPA News Service Editor-in-Chief George E. Curry. Author Maggie Anderson and William Spriggs, former Assistant Secretary of Labor in the Obama Ad-ministration and chairman of Howard University’s economics department, also sat on the panel. Spriggs said that income …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Six things you can do as a board member

By Carma Henry Pearl and Mel Shaw FUNdraising Good Times Six things you can do as a board member Calling all nonprofit board members: Do you sometimes wonder what value you bring to the nonprofits you serve? Do you wish you were more engaged, or that “they” took more ad-vantage of the talents you bring to the board? We have the solution for you: take initiative! Don’t wait for someone to ask you to get involved. Here are six things you can do between now and the next board meeting to energize yourself and your fellow board members. Choose one or more that sounds like fun to you. Each can help engage new supporters, increase awareness and raise money. These tips work if you are involved with university, a grassroots organization, or any size nonprofit in-between. First, write a thank you note or personally call a donor to thank them for their gift. Allocate five minutes for the conversation. Ask what encouraged them to give and what attracts them to your organization. Listen. Respond to any questions they may have. Thank them again. Second, invite a potential supporter to visit the organization’s facilities and observe its programs. Agree on a date …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson sponsors ACA Enrollment Fair in North Miami

By Carma Henry Congresswoman Frederica Wilson sponsors ACA Enrollment Fair in North Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (CD-24) hosted an ACA Enrollment Fair at the Teamsters Local 769 Union Hall in North Miami on March 22, to afford her constituents the opportunity to enroll into a private healthcare plan provided through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. “More than five million people have already signed up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), proof that ACA works and proof of need for affordable health insurance for millions of individuals and families who for too long have been uninsured and under insured. I urge South Floridians who need health insurance to take advantage of this unprecedented and historic opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance before the ACA open enrollment period closes on March 31. “Access to affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” said Congresswoman Wilson. Congresswoman Wilson’s district office has been flooded with calls from people asking who to call and where to go to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the March 31, 2014 deadline. In addition to sponsoring ACA events, Congresswoman Wilson has been working with community groups from the Miami-Dade ACA Alliance Coalition to collect heart-warming ACA success stories from her …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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This statement can be attributed to Judith Browne Dianis

By Carma Henry This statement can be attributed to Judith Browne Dianis To be successful in school, all children deserve a head start, not a head start to the Juvenile Justice System Washington, D.C. — Recently, the U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) released sweeping data from the 2011-2012 school year on racial disparities in education. The CRDC tracks everything from access to advanced placement courses to suspension and expulsion rates for children of color and for the first time includes data on discipline in pre-school. Among the findings was startling information noting that African American pre-school children accounted for 18 percent of the total preschool population but 42 percent of suspensions and African American students of all ages are suspended and expelled at a rate that’s three times higher than that of White children. Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis released the following statement in response: “As a pioneer in the movement to end the criminalization of youth of color, Advancement Project has long argued that too many students are being suspended, expelled, or even arrested for minor infractions like being late or violating a dress code. Students who should be sent to the guidance counselor to find out what’s really wrong …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Chi Psi Omega Chapter of AKA charitable arm supports Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble

By Carma Henry Chi Psi Omega Chapter of AKA charitable arm supports Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble Pictured l to r: Israel Charles, DCA artistic director; Casandra Robinson, principal; Veronica E. Phillips, Chi Psi Omega president; Christopher Dorsey, director DCA Jazz Ensemble; Luwando Wright Hines, A PLUS Foundation president; Barbara J. Thomas, A PLUS Foundation treasurer and Gracia Curlee Gordon, A PLUS Foundation board of director. By Barbara Thomas Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Caritable Arm, A Plus Foundation, Incorporated presented a check in the amount of $500.00 to the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble. The donation was in sup-port of the students who will be traveling to New York City to compete in the Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition and Festival. The nationally renowned DCA Jazz Ensemble has earned First Place at Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition in 2011 and 2012 and First Place at Swing Central National Jazz Competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The A PLUS Foundation, Inc. is preparing to host its first inaugural music awards luncheon, Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Signature Grand in celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month. This year’s Emerald Award honorees include: Kyle Woodard; Ascension Peace Presbyterian …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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2014 Miami Herald Spelling Bee

By Carma Henry 2014 Miami Herald Spelling Bee– Amber Robinson of Herbert A. Ammons Middle School wins 74th Miami Herald Spelling Bee at Jungle Island on March 19. Photo credit Al Diaz …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Suspected Palm Beach County serial rapist arrested

A suspected serial rapist in Palm Beach County is in custody after being captured in Guatemala. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Palm Beach County state attorney on Thursday announced the arrest of Baltazar Gabriel Delgado Ros. Authorities said he has been charged in connection with five sexual assaults between April 2009 and September 2011. Delgado Ros was extradited back to the U.S. from Guatemala on Wednesday night. CNN’s Tory Dunnan reported that Delgado Ros was in the U.S. illegally and fled to Guatemala after the last victim was attacked. Authorities said he cut off his hair to disguise himself. Delgado Ros was recently arrested on a sex crime in Guatemala, and a DNA sample from that crime matched DNA taken from the Palm Beach County assaults, WPBF-TV reported. The PBSO took to Twitter in announcing Delgado Ros’ arrest, tweeting, “We got him.” He was being held without bond. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Have a Little Faith Video: The atheist church

By Sally Morrow Singing, ice breakers and talks on science are all part of the Sunday Assembly, a gathering of atheists. Zach Anner, host of SoulPancake, meets with Sarah, an atheist at the Sunday Assembly in L.A. that is a, “godless congregation that celebrates life.” The post Have a Little Faith Video: The atheist church appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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23 charged in massive retail theft investigation

Nearly two dozen people have been charged in a retail theft investigation across South Florida and in Orlando. The Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office will hold a news conference Thursday to give further details on the investigation. Authorities say 23 people were charged in the joint investigation that went as far north as the Orlando area. Police on Thursday arrested all those involved in the organized crime enterprise, from the shoplifting thieves to those who sold the stolen goods. The organized crime ring is estimated to have $15 million in stolen merchandise. Also participating in the news conference are Miami-Dade police, Doral police, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Homeland Security investigators. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Commissioners to vote on future of Miami circle site

Commissioners in Miami are expected to vote on a plan to both preserve and build at the site of a major prehistoric Native American village in the city’s downtown. Developers, archaeologists and city officials reached an agreement last week that would preserve two sections of limestone that once held Native American structures. The two circle formations carved into the bedrock would be surrounded in glass and put on display in a building that would also house a movie theater, restaurants and a hotel. HistoryMiami would also operate an exhibit at the site. The village’s discovery set off an intense debate between archaeologists and developers. City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said the new plan was modeled off historic preservation sites in London and Barcelona and is likely to pass Thursday’s vote. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Pope Francis hosts President Obama for ‘cordial’ talks

By Eric J. Lyman VATICAN CITY (RNS) According to an official statement from the Vatican, Pope Francis and President Obama said the two men discussed immigration reform and “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection.” The post Pope Francis hosts President Obama for ‘cordial’ talks appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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The Third Chapter: Goodness and Peace in Man

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK TWO: THE INTERIOR LIFEThe Third Chapter: Goodness and Peace in Man FIRST keep peace with yourself; then you will be able to bring peace to others. A peaceful man does more good than a learned man. Whereas a passionate man turns even good to evil and is quick to believe evil, the peaceful man, being good himself, turns all things to good. The man who is at perfect ease is never suspicious, but the disturbed and discontented spirit is upset by many a suspicion. He neither rests himself nor permits others to do so. He often says what ought not to be said and leaves undone what ought to be done. He is concerned with the duties of others but neglects his own. Direct your zeal, therefore, first upon yourself; then you may with justice exercise it upon those about you. You are well versed in coloring your own …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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Book Club in a Bag 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

– Weston Reference Desk Interested in starting your own book club? Join the book-club-in-a-bag program today! When you join, you will receive a kit that contains 10 copies of a title, and all the tools you will need for your own book club. To get started, please contact Linda Abraham 954-357-5304, or stop by the Reference desk. …read more Source: Broward County Library     ...
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